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    Jan 7, 2021

    Did you know that the Canary Islands are named after dogs, not birds....

  • Council members sworn in for first meeting of 2021

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 7, 2021

    WORLAND - In an abbreviated Worland City Council meeting, appointments were made, new members sworn in and a liquor license transferred. At the start of the meeting Mayor Jim Gill, council members Kody DeMunbrun and Mike Neufer and newly elected members Wendy Fredricks and William Worley took the oath of office administered from City Attorney Kent Richins. New member Scott Schaeffer took the oath last Thursday. Adam Martinez was absent from the first meeting of 2021. The new members were...

  • Commissioners discuss temporary EMS help

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 7, 2021

    WORLAND – During their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Washakie County Commissioners discussed different ways to help offer temporary relief to the Washakie Ambulance Service who is dealing with increasing calls and COVID-19 as they continue to discuss a potential takeover of the service by Cody Regional Health (CRH). The commissioners discussed with Washakie County Fire Chief Chris Kocher about him potentially asking members of the fire department to temporarily drive for t...

  • Lodging tax increases as of Jan. 1

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 7, 2021

    WORLAND – Travelers in Wyoming on Jan. 1 and after found that they were paying more for lodging than they did in 2020, with a new lodging tax going into effect last Friday. The 2020 Wyoming Legislature approved House Enrolled Act No. 7 in the budget session in March 2020. According to the Legislative Service Office, the act imposes a tax of 5% on sales of lodging services in the state. The act specifies distribution of the tax, providing that 3% shall be dedicated to state revenues, with 80% of that amount deposited in the Wyoming tourism a...

  • Karla's Kolumn: Starting the anti-resolution

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 7, 2021

    I know, right now you are thinking there is a typographical error and that I meant to type revolution. You may be thinking this would have to do with protests regarding the 2020 presidential election, alleged election fraud and (as I right this) the upcoming votes from representatives and senators regarding certifying the aforementioned election. You would be wrong. It is not a typo. Yes, I decided 2021 would be my year to try and lose a little weight, eat fewer sweets and exercise more. I don’t want to call it a resolution, however. I call i... Full story

  • County fair dates remain unchanged; slated for last week of July

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 7, 2021

    WORLAND — The Washakie County Fair Board confirmed a decision to leave the 2021 dates for the county fair as originally scheduled, July 25-31. In November, and again at the December meeting Washakie County 4-H Educator Amber Armajo asked the board if they would consider pushing the fair later one week since the Wyoming State Fair moved their dates. Traditionally the state fair has been a week after the Washakie County Fair ended. Washakie County 4-H Educator Amber Armajo reported to the fair board at their regular monthly meeting Monday that t...

  • Galloway Ranch honored with Environmental Stewardship Award

    Hannah Bugas, Wyoming Livestock Roundup|Jan 7, 2021

    After moving to Wyoming to raise their three boys, Keith and Laura Galloway purchased a ranch in Ten Sleep with the hopes of running an operation where conservation and agriculture could meet. In 1998, the family established the Galloway Ranch, where they have continued to improve their operation and instill their love for animals and the land in their children. For 22 years, the Galloway family has practiced stewardship and conservation, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed. In fact, the...

  • Robert M. Myers

    Jan 7, 2021

    Robert M. Myers died Sunday, January 3, 2021, in Billings, Montana, at St. Vincent Hospital. Full burial will be Monday, January 11, 2 p.m. at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • Millison Dee Grana

    Jan 7, 2021

    Millison Dee Grana, 87, passed away at Thermopolis wellness & Rehabilitation Center on January 4, 2021. Millie was born on February 21, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa. Cremation has taken place and a family gathering will be held later this spring in Henderson, Nevada.... Full story

  • Wilma Jean (Paumer) Skeen

    Jan 7, 2021

    Wilma Jean (Paumer) Skeen passed away of natural causes at her home on December 30, 2020. Jean was born in Basin on March 18, 1934. Her parents were William and Nellie (Moon) Paumer. She grew up on the family cattle ranch in Hyattville and attended her elementary school years in Hyattville. Jean graduated from Basin High school in 1952 and attended Business College in Omaha, NE. Jean married Jack Skeen in September 1953 at the Hyattville United Methodist church. They were married for 48 years... Full story

  • James Ronald Conner

    Jan 7, 2021

    As the new year began, so too, Ron Conner began his new life with his Eternal Heavenly Father on January 1, 2021 at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody, Wyoming. He was born James Ronald Hunter in Ector County, Odessa, Texas on February 25, 1950. Three days later he was adopted by Samuel Ernest and Myrtis (Smith) Conner who had waited years for a child to call their own and they gave him the name James Ronald Conner, which later became Ronnie. He grew up knowing that he was loved by all who crossed... Full story

  • Ruth Puebla Bower

    Jan 7, 2021

    Ruth Puebla Bower, 100, passed away on January 2, 2021 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Ruth was born in Casper, Wyoming on April 13, 1920. She was the oldest of three children born to Arthur and Violet (McDonald) Puebla. Ruthie joked that affordable housing was not readily available in Casper, but there were homes in the Sandbar Section. This was the only part of town her parents could afford (it was inhabited by Notorious Women.) Her dad, Arthur Puebla, worked on the... Full story

  • Charles (Mike) Thiel

    Jan 7, 2021

    Charles (Mike) Thiel passed away on January 3, 2021, surrounded by his family. Mike was born inWorland WY on February 4, 1944 and learned the value of hard work early, on the family farm. After attending school in Worland, Mike went on to work in the oilfields for most of his career. Quick with a joke, Mike always had a smile on his face and never passed up an opportunity to help his fellow man. With hard work and perseverance, Mike took care of the family that he fiercely loved. He spent his... Full story

  • Nyla Jean Romero

    Jan 7, 2021

    Nyla Jean Romero (Logan) of Worland, Wyoming, passed on to join her heavenly Father on Dec. 30, 2020, in the presence of her husband and youngest daughter, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana. Nyla was born in Guernsey, Wyoming, on April 13, 1943, to Ruby and Arnold Logan. She was raised in the former mining town of Sunrise, Wyoming, graduating from Sunrise High School in 1961. She earned a cosmetology license in Cheyenne in 1962. She married Frank "Franco" Romero on March 14, 1963, in... Full story

  • Shirley Margaret (Bower) Goodrich

    Jan 7, 2021

    Shirley Margaret (Bower) Goodrich passed from this earth on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas Wyoming. She would have turned 94 on January 10, 2021. She was born Monday, January 10, 1927 to Rollin James and Beulah Dorothy (Albert) Bower in Worland, Wyoming. She spent her young life on her father's farm in Worland along with brothers Warren and Dennis. She was surrounded by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She graduated from Worland High School. Upon high school... Full story

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  • Twenty-five More Coronavirus-Related Deaths Confirmed

    Jan 7, 2021

    Twenty-five more coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), according to a release on Jan. 7. Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s total based on official death certificate information and location of permanent residence. If death certificates do not describe COVID-19 as either causing or contributing to a death, those deaths are not included in the WDH count. An older adult Campbell County woman died late l... Full story

  • Weston County commissioners oust health officer

    Alexis Barber, Newcastle News Letter Journal Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 7, 2021

    NEWCASTLE — After the denial of their most recent public health order variance requests, the Weston County Commissioners voted 4-1 on Jan. 5 to remove Dr. Mike Jording, the county’s public health officer. Jording has been serving the community in that capacity since 2004. Appointed by the commissioners, Jording was paid $1,050 a month for the position of county health officer forWeston County. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, an additional $2,222 went to Jording from out of CARES Act funding from the federal government and state. The commissio... Full story

  • No one injured in emergency plane landing

    Jan 7, 2021

    RIVERTON (WNE) — No one was injured Monday after an aircraft landed without hydraulics at Central Wyoming Regional Airport. Airport manager Paul Griffin said he was notified just before 7 p.m. Monday that a Key Lime Air pilot headed to Riverton needed fire and ambulance crews to stand by due to a hydraulics failure on his aircraft. Griffin described the twin-engine Metroliner cargo plane as the “flying cigar” that carries mail to and from Riverton twice a day. The hydraulic malfunction meant the pilot – who was the only person on board – had t... Full story

  • Gillette couple gives account of D.C. rally

    Cary Littlejohn, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 7, 2021

    GILLETTE — Most Wyomingites took in the violence and destruction in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday through their TVs, phones and computers. Mark and Patty Junek of Gillette were in Washington, D.C. — there to show their support for President Trump and their shared view that the 2020 elections were racked with fraud. They’d gone on somewhat of whim, looking into the trip roughly 10 days ago. They were in D.C. for the Save America rally and heard President Trump’s address to the crowd of supporters at the Ellipse in front of the White House.... Full story

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    Jan 7, 2021

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  • Governor Gordon Orders Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Statewide Through January 13 in Honor Of United States Capitol Police Officers

    Jan 7, 2021

    CHEYENNE - Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Donald Trump's Proclamation honoring U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide until sunset January 13. The Presidential Proclamation follows: HONORING UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick...