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 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 26, 2023 

Board honors early graduates, hears textbook concerns

The Jan. 23 meeting of the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees began by recognizing four early graduates. Seniors Emilee McDonald and Makenzie Paxton walked the floor of the board...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 26, 2023 

Committee stops resolution to phase out electrical vehicles

TEN SLEEP – Senator Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep) reported this week that Senate Joint Resolution 4, a commitment to phase out sales of new electric vehicles by the year 2035, has been laid to rest by a...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 26, 2023 

A trio of golden retrievers offers a unique therapy experience

WORLAND – Andrew Stiles, an occupational therapist at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center in Worland explained the role that his dogs have in his work. Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center is...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 26, 2023 

Worland Speech and Debate performs well in Jackson tournament

Worland High School Speech and Debate team finished third place overall for 3A in Jackson last weekend, according to Coach Rick Dorn. Chase Johnson and Lexani Damiano took first place in cross...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 19, 2023

Electric vehicle resolution response to California

TEN SLEEP - Senator Ed Cooper of Ten Sleep said that he thinks the General Session of the State of Wyoming 67th Legislature is off to a great start. The session opened with Governor Mark Gordon delivering the State of the State Address on Wednesday,...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 19, 2023

11th annual Mammoth Quick Draw breaks fundraising records

The Washakie Museum & Cultural Center hosted a 'thank you' lunch on Jan. 11 for the Worland Rotary Club and the artists that participated in the Mammoth Quick Draw, where results from the event...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 19, 2023

CatchAFire men's event Friday at WMS

WORLAND – Wyoming Cowboy Preacher James Scott, a founder of the CatchAFire Men's Event, gave an discussed the 10th annual event that will be Jan. 20-21. "It's a vision that God made on my heart 12...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 19, 2023

Breece Ferguson: Lighting up the arts

If you have ever been to a performing event at the Worland Middle School auditorium or the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, you are probably familiar with Breece Ferguson as the man behind the...

 
 By Sean Mortimer    News    January 12, 2023

Personnel items highlight Ten Sleep school board meeting

TEN SLEEP – Changes in staff highlighted the brief January 9 meeting of the Washakie School District No. 2 Board of Trustees. Principal Robert Griffin opened the meeting by congratulating students that had been exemplary of the month of...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 12, 2023

Ten Sleep School competes in Knowledge Bowl after lengthy hiatus

TEN SLEEP - Ten Sleep had a team compete in the Knowledge Bowl on Dec. 7, an event for students in the Big Horn Basin to test their knowledge in various academic disciplines against teams from other...

 
 By Sean Mortimer    News    January 5, 2023

Rakness puts away badge after 34 years in law enforcement

WORLAND – After serving 17 years as Washakie County Sheriff, Steve Rakness has retired from the position effective Jan. 3 when Austin Brookwell was sworn in as the new sheriff. When asked about how...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 5, 2023

Worrall changes focus of legal practice after county service

WORLAND – Washakie County Attorney John Worrall has officially retired as of Jan. 3 when former Deputy Attorney Anthony Barton was sworn in to the position. Worrall served as County Attorney for...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 5, 2023

Christmas Tree Recycling turns holiday waste into a useful product

WORLAND – On Jan. 7, volunteers will be collecting undecorated, not bagged, Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch. The Christmas Tree Recycling program is a joint effort between local organizations to help to the community. Worland residents...

 

Washakie County Clerk retires after 38 years

WORLAND - Effective at the start of January 2023, Mary Grace Strauch will be retiring from the position of Washakie County Clerk after 38 years of service. As County Clerk, Mary Grace helped a lot of...

 

Early graduate, elections highlight Worland school board meeting

WORLAND – Worland High School senior Sophia Scheuerman had an early graduation ceremony at the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 13. While friends...

 

Sen. Cooper optimistic about future Wyoming energy legislation

TEN SLEEP – State Senator Ed Cooper, Republican representing Senate District 20 that includes Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties since 2021 gave insight into his duties and the issues he will face in the upcoming year....

 

Commissioners hear reports on bridges, lack of flu vaccinations

Washakie County Attorney John Worrall, Clerk to the Washakie County Commissioners Board Mary Grace Strauch, attended their final Washakie County Commissioners meeting on Dec. 20 before they retire in...

 

Worland High School drama wins overall title at Wyoming State Thespian Festival

WORLAND – The Worland High School drama team took the first-place overall trophy home from the State Thespian Festival in Gillette last weekend thanks to high scores in music and plays. This is...

 

Mayor outlines town viewpoint on school gym

TEN SLEEP – Mayor Ernie Beckley shared his perspective on the issue of the demolition of the Ten Sleep School gym and his interactions with the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees that lead up to this decision during the Ten...

 

State Representative Winter bringing back three bills in 2023 session

THERMOPOLIS – State Rep. John Winter, who represents portions of Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs and Park counties for House District 28, says that there is a lot of work to do on a wide variety of topics in the General Session of the Wyoming Legisl...

 

Worland music students earn all-state, regional honors

Talented band and choir students from Worland High School have been selected to perform at the state level and beyond in winter 2023. All State Band and Choir participants submitted an audition and...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    December 8, 2022

Festival of Trees decorators share what keeps them participating

WORLAND — Each year Pinnacle Bank sponsors the Festival of Trees to raise funds that is then donated to many local non-profit organizations. Funds are raised through the auction, which was Friday,...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    December 8, 2022

County hears reports on damage to road signs, fairgrounds

WORLAND – The Winchester Bridge is planned to be relocated from its current location over Cottonwood Creek on Washakie County Road 86 to be displayed outside the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center. Road and Bridge Superintendent Stuart Bower told...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    December 8, 2022

Memory Tree ceremony celebrates the lives of loved ones

WORLAND – A ceremony to honor the names decorating the Worland Memory Tree will be held tonight, Thursday, Dec. 8 in the conference room of the Worland Community Center Complex at 7 p.m. The Memory...

 

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