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  • Circle J Ranch holds annual Apple Fest this weekend

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Sep 29, 2022

    WORLAND – Circle J Ranch in Ten Sleep will be holding their annual Apple Fest this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Circle J Camp Coordinator Jackie Denison, Apple Fest is an opportunity for the community to come together and have a, “fabulous family day at the Circle J Christian Ranch. It’s a time when we can give thanks to our Father for the beautiful state in which we live, the amazing community He has given us and the harvest He has provided.” Circle J Ranch was a ranch that was sold to the United Methodist Church nearly...

  • Ten Sleep's budget includes first raise for employees in three years

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff reporter|Jul 21, 2022

    WORLAND – During their mid-month meeting June 22, Ten Sleep mayor Ernie Beckley presented the budget for the fiscal year to the Ten Sleep Council. He explained the discussions resulting in the resolution breakdown and the council was firmly behind the resolution. According to Beckley, this year’s budget has an increase of just under $79,000. The budget includes a raise for employees, the first in three years. Beckley said he didn’t have to adjust the budget specifically for fuel, but instead did an overall increase of $1,500 for fuel and suppli...

  • Pinedale's own Rogerson to perform next Thursday


    WORLAND - County fairs and rodeos are the perfect venues for Jared Rogerson and the Rodeo Wreck and they will be bringing their "rodeo rock" music to Worland for a free concert Thursday night in the stage area. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Rogerson, who hails from Pinedale said, "The reason I love to play at county fair and rodeos is because I think it's the best venue for my music. It's definitely suitable to rural audiences and people that are in to horses, rodeos and Wyoming culture."...

  • Hospital board seeks to fill two positions

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jul 7, 2022

    WORLAND – During their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 28, the Washakie Medical Center Hospital Board was informed of the possibility of two openings on the board. Treasurer Marlene Bower and Kimberly Daniels-Kielmeyer have both been absent during the last couple of meetings. Hospital board president Dean Carrell received a letter from Bower providing her formal resignation from the board. Bower wrote, “Please accept this letter as a formal notification that I’m resigning from my position as treasurer with the board. My last day wi...

  • Washakie County Public Health holding COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children 6 months to 5 years old

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 30, 2022

    WORLAND – Washakie County Public Health Nurse Manager Amanda Heinemeyer informed the commissioners during the Washakie County Commissioner meeting Tuesday, June 21, that Washakie County Public Health had received a stock of vaccines for those 6 months old to 5 years old. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a news release on their website on June 17 that they were authorizing the, “Emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children dow...

  • BLM, city, county provide safe area for fireworks near Worland

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 30, 2022

    WORLAND – As per usual for the Worland Fourth of July celebration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field office will be temporarily lifting the fireworks ban on public lands for the holiday. According to a news release from the Worland BLM office, the use of fireworks will be permitted July 1-5 5 at a gravel pit northeast of Worland. Fireworks use is permitted within this gravel pit and not on the Fifteen Mile Road or gravel pits north of the landfill. “The BLM is committed to providing a safe place on public land for people to use...

  • WCSD No. 1 moves garage sale to July

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 30, 2022

    WORLAND – During their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 27, Washakie County School District No. 1 school board approved a motion to move their rummage sale to June in the upcoming years, as opposed to October, like it has been years prior. Business Manager Charlie Cauffman approached the board with the idea to move the sale, not seeing a point of holding onto the surplus property for several additional months. However, due to short notice, this year’s sale will be July 15 and 16. Cauffman will be presenting the board with a fin...

  • 21st annual Culturefest this Saturday

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 16, 2022

    WORLAND – This Saturday the Worland Community Center Complex (WCCC) will be hosting the 21st Culturefest in the back field of their building. The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Worland Community Center Complex Marketing Director Sheryl Ley said she is expecting about 40 vendors at the festival this year. “It’s one of those things where people wait to see what the weather is going to be,” Ley added. One of the things that will be different this year, according to Ley, is that a company out of Riverton will be bringing large blow-up...

  • Stars and Pipes Demolition Derby results

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 16, 2022

    WORLAND – The Worland Demolition Derby, which was put on by Stars and Pipes Demolition Derby, a Thermopolis company promoting and organizing derbies, had 18 cars compete, nine Gut-n-Go's and 10 trucks on Saturday. "The numbers were right at what we were expecting," Harvey said. "It's the biggest one Worland has had in a long time." The Worland show kicked off a circuit across the state. The company is doing a circuit to encourage drivers to go to different towns. The drivers earn points for g...

  • Commisioners accept bid for fencing project

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 9, 2022

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners opened and accepted a bid for the Lower Nowood Road fencing project during their regular meeting on June 7. Chairman Fred Frandson was absent. The bids for the project originally opened in May, but after receiving a single bid from Fettig Enterprises out of the Ten Sleep area for $60,296, the commissioners rejected the bid as it was not within budget. The commissioners removed the cattle guard from the project before seeking new bids. This time they received two bids — one from Rattlesnake Field Ser...

  • Ten Sleep student wins Google award

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 9, 2022

    TEN SLEEP – Grace Gertsch, who will be a sophomore this fall at Ten Sleep High School, won an award from Google after submitting her drawing for the Doodle for Google contest for eighth to ninth grade students across Wyoming. Gertsch's drawing was selected as the Doodle for Google Wyoming winner along with the winners from the other states and territories. People will be able to vote for their favorite drawing soon. As a state winner she received Google hardware, a congratulatory message from G...

  • Stars and Pipes brings new demolition derby to Worland

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 9, 2022

    WORLAND – This Saturday, Stars and Pipes Demolition Derby, a company promoting and organizing derbies, will be bringing a demolition derby to the Washakie County Fairgrounds this Saturday. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the derby starts at 6 p.m. Bradyn Harvey started the business with his brother, Bryce Harvey, in 2020 when the derbies in the area were being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Me and my brother wanted to keep it going, because if you skip a year, it’s hard to go back,” Bradyn Harvey said. “So we did the Thermopol...

  • Kindergarten Celebration

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 2, 2022

  • Second annual March for Jesus this Saturday

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 2, 2022

    WORLAND – This Saturday will be the second annual March for Jesus, starting at Seventh Street and proceeding east on Big Horn Avenue. The march will begin at 10 a.m. but marchers are asked to gather at 9:30 a.m. The march will proceed down the eastbound lanes of Big Horn Avenue. Participants will hand out bookmarks and balloons from Seventh to 11th streets where they will then head south to Sanders Park for an ice cream social. Big Praise, a local Christian worship group, will be sharing live music at the park after the march. There will a... Full story

  • Miller celebrates 20 years with Banner Health

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Jun 2, 2022

    WORLAND – Rita Miller currently works as the manager of respiratory and cardiopulmonary rehab at Washakie Medical Center, where she's just celebrated working for 20 years. Miller has lived in Worland since 1986. She grew up in Idaho and Montana. "I actually was eight years with Lutheran Hills Systems when they were here. I originally started as a rover, so I worked in administration, medical records, was a pharmacy tech, purchasing manager, and then I was in clinical informatics as Banner," M...

  • Working on baby formula shortage

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|May 26, 2022

    WORLAND – Like a baby’s temper tantrum, the meltdown in the infant formula market has been building for quite some time. Abbott, one of two companies responsible for the shortage, is the company that makes Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas. They recalled many of their infant formula products and closed its Michigan plant in February after reports of bacterial infections in four infants. According to a press release on the Abbott website, Abbott Laboratory reached an agreement Monday, May 16 with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

  • Washakie County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day this Saturday

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|May 12, 2022

    WORLAND – Eight agencies, working together as the Washakie County R3 (reduce, reuse and recycle) Coalition are sponsoring a Washakie County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washakie County Landfill. Washakie County Weed and Pest, Washakie County Conservation District, Washakie County Solid Waste Disposal District No. 1, Washakie County Emergency Management, Worland Fire Protection District No. 1, Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, City of Worland, Cody Regional Health and Washakie County Public Hea...

  • DPS employees bring life skills into the classroom

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|May 5, 2022

    WORLAND – Two employees from Diesel Pickup Specialists (DPS) in Worland have been teaching three automotive classes since the beginning of the school year, all of which have proven to be successful. DPS owner Mike Baugh and lead technician Josh Keller offer three classes at the high school. The first class is Auto One. According to Keller, this is an entry-level class for those with no auto experience, and is a requirement for the other two classes. The other wo classes – electrical and engine and drivetrain – are for more experienced kids....

  • Business Expo 2022

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Apr 28, 2022

  • WHS Drama Department presents the musical 'The Addams Family'

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Apr 28, 2022

    WORLAND – The Worland High School Drama Department will present “The Addams Family,” a musical this Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29. Both performances are at 7 p.m. at the Worland Middle School auditorium. The cast features Jacob Durrant as Gomez, Katherine Martinson as Morticia, August McIntosh as Wednesday, Maren Cottrell as Grandma, Tate Green as Lurch, Trisha Hansen as Pugsley, and Kadyn Riley as Fester. Josh Yslava, Parker Ruffing and Ashlyn Erickson play Wednesday’s boyfriend and his...

  • Community weighs in on alcohol, substance use of area youth

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Apr 28, 2022

    WORLAND – A recent community survey showed that 65% of the community believes that alcohol is a major problem among youth. In 2018, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded Washakie County Youth Alternatives a Drug-Free Communities Grant (GFCG). They contracted with the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) to develop and administer a survey to better understand community views on substance abuse in 2019 and again in 2021. Results from the 2021 survey were discussed at the Washakie Prevention Coalition meeting on Thursday, A...

  • County purchases new property for ambulance station


    WORLAND — On Tuesday, the Washakie County Commissioners authorized Chairman Fred Frandson to sign a purchase agreement for property at 603 North Road 11 for an ambulance station. The county has been seeking a new location for a new ambulance station since contracting with Cody Regional Health last year. They acquired a parcel of land at the corner of Eighth and Robertson, but architect estimates to construct a new facility came in at $2.6 million, more than $1 million over the budget the county has from American Rescue Plan Act funding. F...

  • Burlington author tells tales of Alaskan frontier

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Mar 24, 2022

    WORLAND – Melissa Cook, author of "The Call of the Last Frontier: The True Story of a Woman's 20 year Alaska Adventure" will be coming to the Washakie County Library at 6 p.m. April 4 to discuss her book and adventure during National Library Week. The audience can expect to learn about living in bush Alaska, travel around the state, weather conditions, Cook's story and more. Cook lived in Burlington from 1986 to 1995, and moved back to Burlington in 2016. "The Call of the Last Frontier" tells t...

  • Worland speech and debate team places 2nd at state, Bleicher earns state title

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Mar 17, 2022

    WORLAND – The Worland High School speech and debate team placed second in 3A at the State Meet in Riverton last weekend. Elizabeth Bleicher, Ten Sleep senior competing for Worland, earned the Wyoming 3A State Championship and the Overall Championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. “We did so much better than expected,” said coach Rick Dorn. “There was only one point between second to third, third to fourth and fourth to fifth [place]. It was a real dogfight.” According to Dorn, Riverton took firs...

  • Second annual virtual career fair Tuesday

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Mar 17, 2022

    WORLAND – University of Wyoming Extension and Wyoming 4-H is hosting their second annual virtual career fair at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. “Exploring your future and growing a career: Virtual career night” will begin with a welcome and introduction, followed by a brief presentation by Tris Munsick, a country music artist from Sheridan. Following Munsick’s presentation, participants will learn about career opportunities in six different career tracks. These tracks are agriculture and natural resources, business, health and education, express...

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