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  • Worland son moving on to Sheridan

    Zach Spadt|Dec 19, 2015

    Whelp. You never know how to announce these things without sounding pretentious. So. Here goes: I will be leaving the Northern Wyoming Daily News. I’m bound for The Sheridan Press. I love Sheridan, and my friends can attest to that. It’s been a fun ride that almost didn’t happen. In November of 2014, I thought I was going to be working for the Union Pacific Railroad. I drove six hours from Worland to Scottsbluff, Neb., for a job interview with Union Pacific Railroad. It was for a job on the coal-line out of Bill, Wyo. I got the job, but I fai...

  • Hospital 'above standard' on state site survey

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 18, 2015

    WORLAND — During their monthly meeting Thursday, Washakie County Hospital Board members discussed the ongoing $23.4 million renovation at Washakie Medical Center in Worland and the state site survey which was conducted this week. Surveyors from the Wyoming Department of Health were at Washakie Medical Center for two days this week to review the hospital and the performance of its staff. WMC Chief Financial Officer Jennifer McMillan said that the hospital and its staff performed extremely well during the two-day survey. “We’re above stand...

  • Worland Aquatic center struggling to stay afloat

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2015

    WORLAND — Although there is a degree of disagreement between Washakie County Commissioners, Worland City Councilors and Washakie County School Dist. No. 1 Board members, there is solid agreement on one thing: The Worland Aquatic Center is struggling to stay afloat. Beginning Monday evening at the WSCD No. 1 meeting, school district business manager Jack Stott told school board members that there is a cash flow problem at the aquatic center. Worland City Councilor Mandy Horath serves on the Worland Aquatic Center Joint Powers Board. During t...

  • Pathologist: Victim on his back when shot twice

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 9, 2015

    WORLAND — A Sheridan forensic pathologist testified Tuesday afternoon in the manslaughter trial of Washakie County man Anthony Haire that two of Jamye Don SoRelle’s wounds were consistent with him lying on the ground when he was struck. Haire is charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment for shooting and killing SoRelle the night of April 13. (See related story p1.) If convicted, Haire faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both. At the time of the incident, Thomas Bennett worked in Billings and performed SoRelle’s autop...

  • Manslaughter trial underway

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 8, 2015

    WORLAND — For Anthony Haire of Worland, April 13 was a good day — it was also the worst day of his life. That’s according to Worland attorney Richard Hopkinson, who is representing Haire in a manslaughter trial. Jurors heard opening arguments in the case Monday. Haire is charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment for events that occurred the evening of April 13. In his opening argument, in the Wyoming Fifth Judicial District Court in Worland, Washakie County Attorney John Worrall said there is no dispute as to whether or not Haire...

  • Disagreement over landfill fees

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 4, 2015

    WORLAND —City of Worland officials believe that the Washakie Solid Waste Disposal District dumped unfair fees on the city — and they’re not happy about it. In response to the solid waste removal district establishing tipping fees (See related story, pg. 2.), the city passed an ordinance increasing residential sanitation fees from $15 to $25 per month and commercial fees from $18 to $28 per month. The increases were based on the city’s understanding that it would be assessed about $30 per ton. However, to officials’ shock, the city received...

  • Golf course concerns addressed

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 3, 2015

    WORLAND — During a sometimes tense meeting Tuesday, Worland city councilors discussed a golf course maintenance contract. Worland Mayor Dave Duffy said there is a great deal of information being spread throughout the community. Green Hills Golf Course board member Katelin Vail addressed the council. Vail submitted a letter to the council which addressed a number of concerns, including that the golf pro had been “let go.” Vail said she was under the impression that the contract between the city and the golf club was in effect through Dec 31. D...

  • WHS drama students compete at state

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 3, 2015

    WORLAND — Worland’s aspiring thespians are taking their act to Laramie today. The Worland High School Drama club is headed to the state competition which begins today in Laramie. The club hopes to defend its state title, having won the contest last year. Students will perform a variety of acts and styles, with others competing in costume and set design. Students will perform two, sometimes emotional, one-act plays at the competition, including a piece that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Margaret Edson’s “Wit” tells the story of Dr. Vivia...

  • Landfill fees to City of Worland triple

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 2, 2015

    WORLAND — City of Worland officials were shocked to learn that the Washakie County Solid Waste Disposal District billed them more than they expected. During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Worland Mayor Dave Duffy announced that the solid waste district billed the city more than three-times the expected amount. The city expected to be billed about $30 per cubic ton for using the dump. However, the city recently received two invoices for the months of September and October. The landfill charged $92 per ton, more than three times the e...

  • Scammers calling Worland businesses alleging past due payment for Rocky Mountain Power companies

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 2, 2015

    WORLAND — A new wave of phone scams has hit the Worland area. According to Washakie County dispatch logs, three Worland businesses received phone calls Monday from people claiming they were from Rocky Mountain Power and that the businesses’ bills were past due. Larsen’s Bicycle, King’s Carpet and the Sunset Inn all received phone calls from the reported scammers Monday afternoon. Rocky Mountain Power Spokesperson Margaret Oler said the calls are simply false. “That’s not how Rocky Mountain Power does business. We encourage anyone receiving t...

  • City tackles snow removal

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Dec 1, 2015

    WORLAND — With Worland receiving its first major winter storm of the year, city crews also faced their first test in getting the streets clear. According to Worland Superintendent of Public Works Brian Burky, the city is successfully removing snow and ice buildup from last week’s storm. Burky added that there is always room for improvement. Snow began falling in the Worland area Wednesday and continued through the weekend, leaving several inches on the ground. Burky said intensive cleanup efforts began 5 a.m. Thanksgiving with crews win...

  • The 'hunt of a lifetime'

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 28, 2015

    WORLAND - It was an opportunity they wouldn't have had without the help of a local non-profit and the help of a generous landowner. That's according to a group of hunters who successfully bagged their elk near Ten Sleep last month. Their experience was unique because they all suffer from some sort of physical disability, which is where Wyoming Disabled Hunters of Cody steps in. The non-profit, founded in 2008, began assisting hunters who would otherwise have a more difficult time bagging their...

  • Coverage starts with new air medical service

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 21, 2015

    WORLAND — As of Nov. 17, Washakie County residents have a new air ambulance service. Washakie County Commissioners approved entering into a three-year, $25,000 contract with Guardian Air Ambulance, a subsidiary of the Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG). Guardian will provide both fixed-wing and rotary-wing flights. In order to be covered by the service, someone must only have a Washakie County address, Shanon Pollock, AMRG Vice President of Business Development said. 16-state coverage area In addition to being covered in Washakie County, W...

  • Worland clerk/treasurer receives WAMCAT of the Year Award

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 19, 2015

    WORLAND - The Wyoming Association of Municipalities has named its clerk and treasurer of the year. Of the 99 municipalities in Wyoming, Worland's Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Glanz received the award. "Given that there are 99 municipalities in the state, I am very honored," Glanz said Wednesday. Glanz was hired as City of Worland payroll/deputy clerk in September 2000. She was appointed clerk/treasurer in January 2004. Worland Mayor Dave Duffy and City Attorney Kent Richins sent letters of nomination t...

  • Fixed-wing air ambulance coming to Washakie County

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 18, 2015

    WORLAND — Worland is getting a new air ambulance service. Washakie County Commissioners went forward Tuesday with a three year, $25,000 contract with Guardian Flight, a subsidiary of Air Medical Resources Group. The county switched from using EagleMed (now Reach) to Guardian Flight, a subsidiary of the Air Medical Resources Group. The contract with EagleMed ends this month. Commissioners approved the switch for a number of reasons, but most importantly, the commission made the change to Guardian Flight because the company intends to build a f...

  • Plowing snow on Washakie Ave.

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 17, 2015

    WORLAND — Washakie County Commissioners will review a memorandum of understanding with the City of Worland during its regularly scheduled meeting today at 9 a.m. Worland Superintendent of Public Works Brian Burky will meet with commissioners to discuss a memorandum of understanding which addresses keeping Washakie Avenue in Worland clear during the winter. The agreement sets clear responsibilities for keeping the jointly-owned street clean. Under the agreement, Washakie County crews would be responsible for plowing Washakie Avenue. Because t...

  • Sexual assault conviction a rarity

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 13, 2015

    WORLAND — Tuesday’s conviction and sentencing of Steven E. Fabela, a Worland man who was convicted of second degree sexual assault is being viewed largely as landmark victory for victims’ advocates. Appearing in the Wyoming Fifth Judicial District Court in Worland Tuesday, Fabela was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in February. Sexual assault convictions are exceedingly rare, Worland Crisis Prevention and Response Center Director Jeanne Core said Thursday. Nationally, two out of every 100 sexual assau...

  • Thermopolis youth killed by passing train identified

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    WORLAND — A Thermopolis boy who was struck by a freight train in Thermopolis Sunday has been named. Gavin Jacobson, 12, of Thermopolis was struck and killed by a passing Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train Sunday at approximately 9:38 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Thermopolis Police Department Chief Steve Shay said. Shay said the train crew spotted Jacobson “well before” the train struck him. Despite engaging the train’s brakes, the crew was unable to stop the train. The train crew also sounded the train’s horn, but Jacob...

  • Hot Springs County Airport takes flight

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 10, 2015

    THERMOPOLIS - Thermopolis has its new airport. Hot Springs County, state and federal officials celebrated the completion of the $20 million project during a grand opening ceremony Saturday. Wyoming Gov.Matt Mead was in attendance along with former Gov. Dave Freudenthal, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. Hot Springs County Commission Chairman Brad Basse said, "Welcome to the newest airport in Wyoming, if not the nation." Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said that...

  • Girlfriend of shooting victim reacts to suspect being named

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 6, 2015

    Editor's Note: The following news article includes interviews with the girlfriend of the victim in the 2013 Ten Sleep Canyon shooting. The victim was unable to be interviewed due to a language barrier. By Zach Spadt Staff Writer WORLAND - A beautiful day of climbing and camping in Ten Sleep Canyon nearly ended in tragedy for a young couple from Quito, Ecuador. Ana Deaconu and her boyfriend, José Araujo were camped out in Ten Sleep Canyon on Sept. 16, 2013, when her boyfriend, a victim of a...

  • Banner Health, nurse, reach settlement in wrongful death lawsuit

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 5, 2015

    WORLAND — A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit in the Wyoming Fifth Judicial District Court. Court documents filed Wednesday indicate that Banner Health Corporation and Washakie Medical Center nurse Donna Clothier have settled with Stephanie Anderson for an undisclosed monetary amount in connection with the alleged wrongful death of her husband, Kevin Anderson. Edward Zimmerman, M.D., is also named in the lawsuit. He is still facing a lawsuit which alleges he is responsible for the death of Kevin Anderson. According to c...

  • Sanitation, sewer increases on council agenda tonight

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Nov 3, 2015

    WORLAND — Worland City Council members will consider raising sewer and sanitation fees for the third and final time during tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting. Ordinance No. 828, passed on second reading, will increase Worland residents’ garbage fees from $15 $25 per month. Commercial fees would increase from $18 to $28 per month. The original ordinance, passed on first reading, would have increased residential rates from $15 to $23.50 per month, but an amendment during last month’s meeting increased that to $25 per month. Commercial fees we...

  • 'One of the best'

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Oct 30, 2015

    WORLAND — Washakie County School Dist. No. 1 schools are performing above average according to an AdvancED report. Officials from AdvancED visited schools in the school district throughout the week. The review culminated Thursday with a public meeting at the Worland Middle School Auditorium. During the survey, officials with AdvancED spoke with 80 teachers, 138 students, 46 support staff and 23 parents and members of the Worland community. “We see a culture of improvement throughout the school district,” Steve Epperson told school offic...

  • Montana murder suspect charged for 2013 Ten Sleep Canyon shooting

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Oct 24, 2015

    WORLAND — The suspect in the July double-murder near Pryor, Mont., has been charged in connection with a 2013 shooting in Ten Sleep Canyon. Jesus Yeizon Deniz was formerly charged with attempted second degree murder in Washakie County Circuit Court in Worland late Friday afternoon. Deniz is currently in the custody of the United States Marshal Service. Charging documents allege that during the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 2013, emergency room staff at Washakie Medical Center in Worland notified law enforcement that a gunshot victim had v...

  • Enabling hunters

    Zach Spadt, Staff Writer|Oct 24, 2015

    WORLAND - For seven years now, a Wyoming non-profit has allowed people who would otherwise be unable to hunt an opportunity to do just that - hunt. Founded in 2008, Wyoming Disabled Hunters has provided physically challenged hunters the means to get out and hunt in addition to providing them with room and a hot meal. The organization also offers hunts to disabled service men and women. Wyoming Disabled Hunters Board Vice President Larry Frandson said, "It was originally an organization that was...

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