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  • Tracie's Thoughts: Time to say goodbye

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Oct 24, 2019

    It's funny, one would think that the older we get, that saying goodbye would become easier and easier, as we have done it so many times in our past. But, unfortunately, some goodbyes, no matter how old you are, are incredibly difficult, painful and can leave you heartbroken. If you think about it, we start having to say goodbye to people from an early age, be it due to death or moving. You start school and make friends and then as the years go by friends move or you move and in some cases,...

  • Ten Sleep teacher named Wyoming Teacher of the Year

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Oct 10, 2019

    TEN SLEEP –Ten Sleep School 7 – 12 social studies teacher and 2018-2019 Ten Sleep Teacher of the Year, Dane Weaver was announced as the 2019-2020 Wyoming state Teacher of the year during a Superintendent's Policy Summit in Laramie Wednesday, Oct. 2, According to a press release, the Wyoming Teacher of the Year comes with the significant responsibility of representing the teaching profession in Wyoming. The Wyoming Teacher of the Year acts as liaison among the teaching community, Wyoming Leg...

  • 25th annual and final Gorgeous Gals Gala this Saturday

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND – The 25th annual and final Gorgeous Gals Gala, sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s Organization, is Saturday evening, Oct. 5 at the Worland Community Center Complex located at 1200 Culbertson Avenue in Worland. When asked why the 25th annual gala will be the last gala Gorgeous Gal member Meg Stark stated, “This is the last one it’s the 25th annual and it is the last. People are too busy in their own lives to be part of it, I guess. It’s like every other club that’s dying in town and you can’t make it go if you don’t hav...

  • Collins quadruplets born at 31 weeks

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – Ten Sleep residents Levi and Savanah Collins welcomed three girls and a boy on Sept. 21, at 31 weeks via C-section in Salt Lake City, Utah. Savanah is doing well and all four babies are in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) but are reported to be doing well. “[The] babies decided they needed to make their appearance this morning at exactly 31 weeks today! All 4 babies are doing great and are getting some rest in the NICU. I’m in my room recovering from a C-section that went very well with no complications thankfully! Pleas...

  • Ten Sleep Council works to amend fireworks ordinance

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – On Sept. 3, the Ten Sleep Council approved on first reading ordinance 218 regarding the mayor salary and councilmen payments and ordinance 219 regarding fireworks usage. Ordinance 219 amends section 4-5-3 of the Town of Ten Sleep Town code pertaining to fireworks. Ordinance 219 states: No fireworks shall be in any way fired or discharged at any time within the town, with the exception of the following dates and holidays. — New Year’s Eve beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on January 1. — Martin Luther King, Jr.’s b...

  • The giants are coming to Worland

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND – The eighth annual Wyoming State Championship Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off is Saturday at the Worland Big Horn Co-op, located at 400 W Big Horn Ave. This event also marks the second year the weigh-off is state sanctioned. Event organizer Jay Richard stated that all pumpkins, no matter how big or small are welcome. "Bring your pumpkins whatever size they are. This event isn't about winning, It doesn't matter if you win, it doesn't matter if you grow a world record pumpkin. I will never g...

  • School plans for possible rain during homecoming parade

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – After seeing the forecast of a 40 percent chance of rain tomorrow morning, Ten Sleep School has come up with a contingency plan for the community tailgate party around 11:30 a.m. and three possible plans for the parade. Ten Sleep School Student Council Advisor Paula Beck stated that if it is raining at the time of the tailgate party, the party will be moved to the cafeteria. She also gave three different options for the parade if it is raining. - Plan No.1: The parade will be p...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: When did the police become the enemy?

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 12, 2019

    It seems that every time you read the news, via newspaper or internet, or listen to the news, another law enforcement officer has been attacked, shot or killed. I don't understand why law enforcement has become the enemy. Last I knew the police are here to protect us and should be given the utmost respect because not only do they put their lives on the line every day for us, but they also take the chance of having their family's lives thrown into disarray if something were to happen to them....

  • Van Brunt named Chief Nursing Officer

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND – Banner Health Washakie Medical Center announced that Lisa Van Brunt, who has 20 years nursing experience, 15 at the facility, as their new CNO (Chief Nursing Officer). “I am really excited and very honored that I get to be the CNO for our hospital,” Van Brunt stated. “My goals as CNO are that we continue to deliver quality care with compassion, kindness and that we have the expert staff in all of our areas and support them in being able to deliver that quality given care every single day while always being competent and kind. Our foc...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: What has gone wrong?

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    There are a lot of unpleasant things that I have experienced in my lifetime; losing a good friend to suicide when I was a teenager, the death of all but one of my grandparents, abusive relationships, having my first grandchild born premature at 27 weeks and not knowing if he would live or die (he lived), dealing with cancer at the age of 30 and many more unpleasant events, but never has an experience bothered me as much as the experience of covering a sexual molestation trial. After the first day of the trial, I was left reeling from the testim...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: Things I just don't understand

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 29, 2019

    I remember growing up and not understanding things and being told by family, teachers and friends that I would understand when I got older, but here I am 47 years old and I find myself more confused now than when I was a child. The other day, my husband and I were traveling over the Big Horns, going from Buffalo to Ten Sleep. It was a beautiful day and the sights were amazing. In front of us were two campers going under the 65 miles per hour speed limit and cars were backing up behind them. The...

  • Guilty on 3 counts

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 29, 2019

    WORLAND – After nearly three hours of deliberation a jury of six men and six women declared their verdict of guilty in the case of the State of Wyoming against Jason Miller in the Fifth Judicial District Court in Worland. The jury of six men and six women found Miller, a former Worland resident, guilty of two charges of first degree sexual assault and sexual intrusion of a child under the age of 13 and one count of sexual assault and sexual intrusion of a minor under the age of 18. Miller f...

  • Ten Sleep teacher finalist for Wyoming teacher of the year

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 22, 2019

    Ten Sleep – Ten Sleep social studies teacher and 2018-2019 Ten Sleep teacher of the year, Dane Weaver is one of the three finalists for Wyoming state teacher of the year. "We are very proud of him. He is an outstanding teacher, he just completed his third year with us coming from Jackson, Tennessee, in a district of about 14,000 students and had about a 1,000 teachers and he was their teacher of the year, the year before he came here. We are very fortunate to have him as a teacher, he is h...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: Teaching your child bicycle safety

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 22, 2019

    The other day I saw an incident with a child riding their bicycle that chilled me to the bone and caused me to speak with both the Washakie County Sheriff's Office and the Worland Police Department about bicycle safety and what to parents should know about bicycle safety. I was at a four-way stop, with a car stopped at each stop sign and a little girl, maybe 8-10 years old and not wearing a helmet or pads, was riding her bike on the sidewalk. With all four cars stopped the child ran the stop sig...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: Wyoming citizens are the best

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    I first arrived in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, from Vermont, in July of 1997 and I was amazed by the people here, their old fashioned morals and willingness to help each other ... for no pay. Over the years I have bragged about the Wyoming way of life to everyone and anyone. I couldn't believe that people would get together and brand calves for no pay other than a job well done and a good meal. I couldn't believe how people banded together, for no pay, to help a family who had a fire or to make sure...

  • Meet Methodist pastor Kayilu Pfoze

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2019

    WORLAND – The Worland and Ten Sleep United Methodist churches welcomed recent seminary graduate Kayilu Pfoze as their new pastor earlier this month. Pfoze is originally from India, growing up in Nagaland. Pfoze stated that he belongs to an ethnic community called the Naga Community where 90 percent of the population is Christian. He added that the Naga Community has a unique culture and history, much different from the rest of India, but that the community is also a part of the diverse c...

  • Forest Service works on climbing management plan

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – The United States Forest Service (USFS) issued a statement from USFS Powder River District Ranger Traci Weaver, dated Friday, July 19, prohibiting the creation of new climbing routes and the destruction of any manufactured holds in the Bighorn National Forest, including Ten Sleep Canyon. According to the letter, “If an individual or group is manufacturing, or creating new routes with any type of permanent hardware or apparatus to include bolts, glue, manufactured hand holds; or modifying routes through chipping or hammering new or...

  • A look at both sides of manufactured climbing holds

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – With the U.S. Forest Service issuing new climbing regulations and questions arising regarding manufactured rock climbing holds in Ten Sleep Canyon, the Northern Wyoming News reached out to both sides of the issue, asking the same questions to each party. JB Haab, Ten Sleep Canyon climber, spoke for the group opposed to manufactured holds. Alleged manufactured hold maker Louie Anderson of Ten Sleep, spoke on his own behalf. — What are manufactured holds? Haab: “Manufactured holds are features that were made by human hands on a rock...

  • Ten Sleep resident honored as Outstanding Heroine

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 25, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – During a small ceremony Monday, afternoon, July 15 at the Ten Sleep Library, Ten Sleep resident Dolleen Grobe was honored as the Wyoming State Library Association's Outstanding Heroine for her passion and love of the library. A small ceremony was held with community members, Ten Sleep Library staff, Washakie County Library Director Karen Funk, Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Mutch and Wyoming Library Association President Kate Markus. When asked how she felt about receiving the h...

  • Manufactured rock-climbing holds in canyon leads to investigation

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – Manufactured rock-climbing holds being created in Ten Sleep Canyon has led to an investigation by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Manufactured holds to many climbers is unethical and to many it is not, but to the USFS and BLM manufactured holds are considered damaging federal property. “It is illegal. Yes we know that it is being done. We have evidence, we have photos as part of our work with the BLM, which is also experiencing this on their lands, so we have been meeting with dif...

  • Hospital board is the life's blood for Banner Health Washakie Medical Center

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 11, 2019

    WORLAND – One of the several entities which help the Banner Health Washakie Medical Center provide the newest state-of-the-art care for the community and travelers alike, is the hospital board. The hospital board has been the life's blood for the hospital for many years. The hospital building itself belongs to Washakie County and the board members are appointed by the county commissioners. The commission choses people for the board who will make good decisions as the stewards of the tax p...

  • Worland woodturner wins Best in Show

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 4, 2019

    WORLAND – Over Father's Day weekend, Worland resident and co-owner of Graceful Woodturnings, Mat King earned the prestigious award of Best in Show at the 65th annual Summer Fest Arts Faire in Logan, Utah, for his natural edge bowls, pens, wine stoppers and vases created by woodturning. "I never expected this. As an artist you always hope that your stuff will be recognized and it just kind of validates all the hard work that I have been putting in and in the same token it is a motivational f...

  • Staff Column: Kindness relieves the pain

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    So many people in this world are fighting diseases that no one knows about. The checker girl the other day who didn't smile at your joke, the waiter who kept forgetting condiments, the man who forgot to return your call, the lady who called you a second time for the same thing, all may be fighting an illness that can't be seen to the naked eye, but they are fighting and fighting hard. I personally fight everyday with fibromyalgia. I know what it is like to wake up in the morning, feeling like I...

  • Planning the future of the Washakie County Library

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jun 20, 2019

    WORLAND — The Washakie County commissioners, Washakie County Library staff and board members, along with the Friends of the Worland Library and concerned citizens met TSP architect, Mark Averett of Sheridan, along with two other architects on the phone Wednesday, June 12, to discuss the possible layout of the Washakie County Library being housed in the Kennedy Ace building at 801 Big Horn Avenue. Washakie County Commission Chairman Fred Frandson said in an earlier interview, “In order to complete due diligence and fully understand the pot...

  • Banner Health Washakie Medical Center receives three stars

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2019

    WORLAND – Banner Health Washakie Medical Center in Worland earned three stars out of five from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this year. Eighteen facilities were rated in Wyoming with Jackson’s St. John’s being the only facility to earn five stars. Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Cody Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Powell Valley Hospital and Sheridan Memorial earned four stars. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Commu...

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