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  • Edgar "Bud" Carlton King

    Jan 11, 2024

    Edgar Carlton King (Bud), 94 years old, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2024, at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyoming. He had been under Hospice Care there for a couple of weeks. Prior to living there, he was a patient at the Worland Rehabilitation Center for two years. Bud was born in Calgary, Canada on October 1, 1929. His parents were James Edgar King and Blanche Largent of Worland, Wyoming. They divorced when Bud was a toddler. Blanche then married Roy Glenn who helped raise... Full story

  • Leona Joyce Smith

    Jan 11, 2024

    Leona Joyce Smith, 60 passed away peacefully on January 6th, 2024 at the Billings Clinic following her battle with pancreatic cancer, with her husband and family by her side. Leona was born in Clarkston, WA on January 29, 1963 to David and Maribel Wilks. Many of her relatives still live in this area. Her family moved to Alaska in 1971. She graduated from Howard Valentine School in Coffman Cove, AK in 1980. She had a daughter Robyn from a previous marriage. While in Alaska, she met and married... Full story

  • Glen William "Bill" Noble

    Jan 11, 2024

    Glen William "Bill" Noble, 92, passed away January 3, 2024 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitaton Center. Bill was born on December 5, 1931 in St. Ignatius, Montana to Charles Rupert and Ida Mae (Benson) Noble. After a short time his family moved to Leadore, Idaho where he lived until graduating from high school. Following graduation he worked a variety of jobs which included ranch work, seismograph, and truck driving. It was during this time he met his future wife in Cody, Wyoming. After... Full story

  • Racial slurs shut down Jackson council's Zoom comments

    Rebecca Huntington and Jeannette Boner, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 11, 2024

    Council scrambled Monday to react to slurs, after trolls hit Victor meeting in November. JACKSON - Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson shut down online public comment midway through Monday night's council meeting after one commenter started shouting slurs. The incident follows a similar "Zoombombing" incident that prompted the Victor City Council to reexamine how the Idaho municipality handles virtual participation. The Jackson Town Council was taking public comment via Zoom about a proposal to allow... Full story

  • Sorority: Judge rightly dismissed UW transgender member case

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Jan 11, 2024

    Six women who sued UW's Kappa Kappa Gamma last year are incorrect to assume the term 'woman' cannot include transgender women, according to attorneys for the sorority. The government should not interfere with how a private organization interprets its bylaws or determines its membership, the sorority at the center of a lawsuit over a transgender student's admission argues in its latest court filing. The University of Wyoming chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was sued by six of its members last year... Full story

  • Kroger retires as Worland wildlife biologist

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jan 11, 2024

    As of January 1, Bart Kroger retired as the wildlife biologist for the Worland office of Wyoming Game and Fish. As a wildlife biologist, many know Kroger for his work with the public and his activism in youth hunting programs. When you didn't see Kroger, he was working hard either in his office or in the field, making observations and collecting data to assist in important conservation decisions. Kroger's career spanned 35 years, and he considers himself lucky that 20 of those were spent...

  • New school getting closer to completion; Supt. contract extended

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jan 11, 2024

    Superintendent Annie Griffin shared some exciting news about the new school build progress during the Jan. 8 meeting of the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees. Griffin said, “The gym is almost to its full height, the big beam above the music room is installed and the roof is going on. The first window was put into the fourth grade classroom. It looks sharp and has an emergency exit built in as an added safety feature.” She added that ductwork, plumbing and electrical work were being carried out throughout the building as...

  • Nowoodstock funding changes; organizer O'Brien's final year

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Jan 11, 2024

    At the Town of Ten Sleep council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, Nowoodstock organizer Pat O’Brien explained to council members how funding the music festival will change moving forward. According to Ten Sleep Mayor Ernie Beckley, groups such as the Wyoming Arts Council had to make financial donations to Nowoodstock through the Town of Ten Sleep, and the town was the, “financial sponsor.” Now, O’Brien said organizations can no longer donate to Nowoodstock through the town and that donations need to be given directly to an entity. Because of thes...

  • BLM provides guidelines for comments regarding management plan

    Trina Dennis Brittain, Rocket Miner|Jan 11, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange ROCK SPRINGS — There are quite a few barriers between the use of technology and older adults, especially when thousands of organizations depend on technology for public input. A Sweetwater County resident brought forth concerns regarding comment guidelines for the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan. Cleve Holloway addressed the Sweetwater County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, after a recent visit to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office. According to Holloway, he went t... Full story

  • BAPC welcomes new member and officers

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Jan 11, 2024

    In the absence of former Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission (BAPC) members Scott Fritzler, Landis Benson and Mike Dykman who reached the end of their term limits at the end of 2023, the BAPC welcomed a new member to the commission, Worland resident Steve Siebert. Two seats still remain open on the board. Given that Fritzler and Benson were the board’s previous chairman and vice chairman respectively, the board additionally had to elect a new chairman and vice chairman. Nominations were made for board member Dan Fredrick as chairman a...

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    Jan 11, 2024

  • Law enforcement not an easy job

    Karla Pomeroy|Jan 11, 2024

    Tuesday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Each year, the organization Concerns of Police Survivors and other organizations who support law enforcement, call the nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Per the C.O.P.S. website, “Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time … to show their support. In light of recent negativity directed toward law enfor...

  • Gary Steven Klispie

    Jan 11, 2024

    Gary Steven Klispie, 68, passed away at his home in Worland, Wyoming on Jan. 6, 2024. A rosary will be held 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held the following week, 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. A full obituary is pending.... Full story

  • John Darby Palmer

    Jan 11, 2024

    John Darby Palmer, 76, passed away on Jan. 8, 2024, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana. He was born on June 26, 1947, in Los Angeles, California. Services will be held later this year.... Full story

  • Warriors close out weekend with two wins

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    Big Horn Basin Classic Friday games: Worland vs. St. Stephens 1:30 p.m.; Worland vs. Rocky Mountain 7:30 p.m. After opening last week with two losses, the Worland Warriors basketball team closed out the week with two victories. The Warriors lost their home opener to 4A Cody on Jan. 4, 45-41, and lost the opening game at the Winter Classic in Pinedale on Jan. 5 vs. Lander Valley, 55-49. But the team rallied and closed the week with wins over Lyman 48-45 and Pinedale 62-59 on Jan. 6. WEEKEND "The...

  • Prosecutor: Allegations of assault at Cody school not supported by evidence

    CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 11, 2024

    POWELL — In late October, Cody police received a report that a 5-year-old student at Livingston Elementary School had been sexually assaulted and beaten by fellow students on multiple occasions. However , following an “extensive” investigation by police, Park County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Skoric says he doesn’t believe the assaults actually happened. On Tuesday, he formally declined to file any criminal charges in connection with the case. “There’s simply no evidence that crimes were committed … it’s just not there,” Skoric said in an... Full story

  • Scammers text man picture of fake arrest warrant

    Jan 11, 2024

    GILLETTE (WNE) — A 42-year-old man is not out any money after he received an arrest warrant over text message Wednesday morning. The man was driving through Natrona County when he got a phone call that claimed he had an arrest warrant out of Campbell County and that unless he paid his bond, he would be arrested. He believed this to be a scam and he called the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, said Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds. He also received a text message with a copy of the warrant. At the same time he received the text, he was stopped b... Full story

  • Campbell County school officials look into complaints of sexual images in Wright art class

    Cassia Catterall, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 11, 2024

    GILLETTE — The concerns of a number of Wright parents about an art lesson taught in September have spurred Campbell County School District officials to look into what happened inside a Cottonwood Elementary School classroom. On Tuesday, a group of Wright parents and residents came to Gillette to ask school board members to review the curriculum and an elementary school teacher, who they said showed inappropriate images to children in her fourth-grade art class. About 25 Wright residents traveled the 80-mile round trip in a show of support, u... Full story

  • Deadline Tuesday: Free help available to enroll in the health insurance marketplace

    Jan 11, 2024

    Time is running out to easily apply for affordable health coverage. The health insurance marketplace exists so more people can compare and access quality health plans at more affordable prices. The open enrollment period when most people sign up ends on Jan. 16. A Wyoming nonprofit offers free help to explore marketplace options. Enroll Wyoming is a grant-funded nonprofit that identifies and explains health insurance resources. Its skilled navigators guide people through programs and applications, empowering them to make informed decisions... Full story

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