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    Jan 9, 2020

    Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Look inside this week's issue for our pages showing support for our law enforcement...

  • City reaches agreement with West River Road District

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 9, 2020

    WORLAND — After approving rate increases for a depreciation fund for water and sewer users outside the city limits, the Worland City Council agreed to a proposal from the West River Improvement District that would lower those residents’ rates. In a letter from board members Stanley C. Skinner and Ward Tigner, the district proposed eliminating the $1 assessment fee. They also wrote, “In addition, we would like to reduce the new monthly assessment fee imposed by the City of Worland from $14.8...

  • New federal law changes purchasing age for tobacco

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 9, 2020

    WORLAND – President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, a new regulation restricting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The new law does not explicitly state when it goes into effect. The new law also only addresses purchasing of tobacco but not possession or use of tobacco. The new federal regulation, passed with the House spending bill, HR 1865 - Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, specifically changes the sale of tobacco products to i...

  • Proposed bill would prohibit taxpayer funded buyback program

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 9, 2020

    WORLAND — With more than a month before the Wyoming Legislature opens the 2020 budget session on Feb. 10, legislators and legislative committees are prefiling bills fast and furious. On Tuesday there were already 37 House Bills and 27 Senate Files that have been pre-filed. The budget session that begins next month will require all non-appropriation bills to receive two-thirds vote for introduction. One bill, co-sponsored by Worland Republican Rep. Mike Greear, expands on the Wyoming Firearms F...

  • BLM Wyoming announces 2020 wild horse adoption events in Rock Springs

    Jan 9, 2020

    ROCK SPRINGS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the first wild horse adoption events of 2020 in Wyoming. The events are scheduled for January 17-18, March 13-14 and April 24-25 at the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility. Gates will open at 9 a.m., load out begins at 1 p.m. and gates will close at 3:30 p.m. A selection of 40 horses recently gathered from the Fifteenmile Herd Management Area (HMA) will be available for adoption at each event. There were 607 ultimately gathered d...

  • Commissioners officially amend policy on leave time

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 9, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners met for their first regularly scheduled meeting of 2020 on Jan. 7 to amend changes to the county’s policies regarding vacation, sick and compensation (comp) time. The amendments that were made to the verbiage included changing the range of years an employee accrues 15 days of vacation leave from a range of 10-14 years (from the previous 10-15 years), and earning 20 days of leave when working for the county 15 years of more. A paragraph was also str...

  • Worland Speech and Debate team finishes first for 3A at Green River Tournament

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 9, 2020

    WORLAND – The Worland High School Speech and Debate team took first place in Class 3A in the Green River Speech and Debate tournament that took place last month on Dec. 13-14. According to speech and debate coach Rick Dorn, Trenton Keuntjes and Chase Johnson took first in novice policy debate. Zoe Fernandez took second in Congressional Debate, and Elizabeth Bleicher took second in novice Lincoln-Debate and fifth in novice oratory. Dorn said that this win should be expected from a smaller tournam...

  • Senator grants extension request for education department salary info

    Tom Hallberg, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 9, 2020

    JACKSON — The Wyoming Department of Education has extra time to deal with a large public records request sent at the end of November. Rock Springs Republican Sen. Tom James asked all state government departments for information on their employees, specifically names, titles and salaries. The original deadline for fulfilling the request was Dec. 27, but state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow told James in an email that she needed an extension due to employee privacy concerns. She said some employees could be put in danger if t...

  • Record number of hikers enjoy First Day Hike at Medicine Lodge

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 9, 2020

    HYATTVILLE — Despite windy conditions through much of the state, more than 460 people braved the weather to participate in this year’s Wyoming State Parks sponsored First Day Hikes event. This year’s participation was a 65 percent increase over last year, according to the Wyoming State Park press release. Seventeen New Year’s Day guided hikes and walks were held at state park and historic site venues statewide in conjunction with similar hikes held in all 50 states; a part of the America...

  • John Hausauer

    Jan 9, 2020

    Memorial services for John Hausauer were held Wednesday at the Thermopolis VFW. John, 87, died January 4, 2020 in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • Myrona Lee Apland

    Jan 9, 2020

    Myrona Lee Apland, 83-year-old Thermopolis resident, passed away Jan. 5, 2020, at the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. Myrona was born on January 3, 1937 in Worland. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • Peggy Kirsch

    Jan 9, 2020

    Peggy Kirsch, 79, died Jan. 4, 2020, in Thermopolis. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at Community Federated Church.... Full story

  • Warren Schroefel

    Jan 9, 2020

    Warren Schroefel , 79, of Casper, Wyoming, died Thursday, December 26, 2019. He was born on October 19, 1940, in Lusk. No services will be held at this time.... Full story

  • Nettie Jean (Woods) Egbert

    Jan 9, 2020

    Nettie Jean (Woods) Egbert, 77, of Worland, passed away at Billings Clinic Hospital on December 20, 2019. Nettie was born December 21, 1941 in Lewistown, Montana, to Henry A. and F. Cecil (Fairbairn) Woods. Nettie was the oldest of their twelve children. During her childhood, her family moved to Arkansas where they lived for several years before returning to Lewistown. In 1960, Nettie met the love of her life, Larry Egbert. They were married September 2, 1960. To this union four children were... Full story

  • Maurice Eugene Seghetti

    Jan 9, 2020

    On December 28, 2019 Maurice Eugene Seghetti, loving husband, father & grandfather passed away at the age of 75. Maurice was born December 9th, 1944 in Buffalo, Wyoming. His family moved to Worland when he was still a baby where he lived until moving to warmer weather in retirement in Anthem, Arizona. Maurice was a proud graduate of Worland High school who went on to play collegiate football and wrestle on a full-ride scholarship at Black Hills State University. When duty called, Maurice... Full story

  • Jack Decker

    Jan 9, 2020

    Jack Decker has passed on to his next journey. He lived in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born Oct. 19, 1957. He is survived by his sisters Ronda Johnson of Laramie, Ruby Self of Aurora, Colorado; and brother, James W. Decker of Worland. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack Decker and Kay Anderson; brothers Bob Decker and Charles Decker; and sister Evelyn Monteleone. He will be missed by his loved ones. Cremation has taken place. Services are pending.... Full story

  • Brenda Lee Zastrow

    Jan 9, 2020

    Brenda Zastrow, 59, passed away on December 30, 2019 at her home. She was born on September 30, 1960 in Greybull, WY to Darrell Bullinger, and Edith and Bill Roessing. Brenda spent most of her years growing up and living in Worland. She had many different jobs around the Worland area including the Movie Center, flagger for construction company, secretary/bookkeeper for a well service company, and currently working as a bookkeeper for TR's Auto. She loved watching football and was an avid fan of... Full story

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  • Cowboys get difficult lesson in toughness in route vs. No. 7 San Diego State.

    Michael Katz, WyoSports|Jan 9, 2020

    LARAMIE – If only for a fleeting moment, the University of Wyoming had its chance at history. San Diego State, undefeated and ranked seventh in the nation, came to Arena-Auditorium as the talk of college basketball. The Cowboys, in the midst of another trying season, had upset on their mind. The Cowboys had pulled it off before: In 2017, UW took down No. 23 Nevada in double-overtime in Laramie. On Feb. 13, 2014, UW defeated No. 5 San Diego State behind 14 points from star Larry Nance Jr. to end... Full story

  • Search continues for Montana 16-year old

    Jan 9, 2020

    If you were on I-90 between Billings, MT and Hardin, MT near the rest area and Fly Creek between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on New Year's Day 2020, please call the Big Horn County, Montana Sheriff’s Office Tip Line: 406-665-9800 From the desk of Sheriff Lawrence C. Big Hair: As the search continues for 16-year old Selena Not Afraid, the Bighorn County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to report tips to our tipline: (406) 665-9800. Our office has been investigating Not Afraid's d... Full story

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  • Karla's Kolumn: Thank an officer today

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 9, 2020

    Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. According to national calendar website, in 2015, several law enforcement organizations and support organizations came together to create National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The day is intended to encourage people to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. As we were putting together our National L.E.A.D. sponsorship pages with many local businesses thanking our law enforcement... Full story