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January 5 2023

Happy New Year!...

 By AVERY HOWE    News    January 5, 2023

Worland City Council begins 2023 work

WORLAND - The Worland City Council pulled up their chairs to hear Mayor Jim Gill’s State of the City New Year’s Address at their first meeting of 2023 on Jan. 3. Gill stood proud and addressed his department heads and council members, including new...

 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 h...

 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 e...

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    January 5, 2023

Things we learn from Hamlin collapse

Monday night Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle on Cincinnati Bengals player Tee Higgins. CPR was administered on the field, an AED was used and then Hamlin was taken...

 By WENDY WIECKI    News    January 5, 2023

A new year brings new perspective

A new year here and with that comes the ever popular, but rarely accomplished new year’s resolutions. This year, I would challenge that and offer a new perspective. Instead of making a just a resolution, let’s make this year a year of ref...


George Q. Bower

George Q. Bower, 94, passed away on December 23, 2022 in Worland WY. George was born January 30, 1928 to Earl T. and Hilda H. Caroline (Reesy) Bower. George grew up in Worland on the Bower family... Full story


Philip Ernest Johnson

Philip Ernest Johnson made another one of his fast getaways when he went to meet his Lord on December 30, 2022. He came into this world on June 24, 1946, the son of Claire and Ejnar Johnson. Home was... Full story


Priscilla Anne Grooms

Priscilla (Sally) Anne Grooms, age 92, passed away on December 24 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born to Clarence and Eva Mae Kellogg on May 2, 1930, in Valentine, Nebraska and spent her childhood on... Full story


Mary Ann Stephenson Erickson

Mary Ann Stephenson Erickson, 90, passed away on Dec. 28, 2022, at St. John’s United Hospice in Billings, Montana. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.... Full story

 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 w...


Burst pipe floods Lovell theater

LOVELL (WNE) — Saturday afternoon, Dec. 24, a water line broke at Lovell’s historic Hyart Theatre, sending water flowing into the lobby, out onto the sidewalk and into the street. The break was caused by the recent spate of frigid temperatures acr...

 By Billy Arnold    News    January 5, 2023

Yellowstone hot spring death leaves mystery in its wake

JACKSON — An investigation report Yellowstone National Park officials released this week sheds no light on a key question surrounding the death of a man whose foot was found floating in a hot s... Full story


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