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    Jan 14, 2021

    Did you know that copper door knobs are self-disinfecting?...

  • Budget concerns face mayor in second term

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 14, 2021

    WORLAND — While 2020 had several challenges, 2021 looks to just have one major challenge for the City of Worland — funding. Mayor Jim Gill began his second term as mayor on Jan. 1, officially taking the oath a second time on Jan. 5. “It’s going to be challenging. We are into tougher times,” Gill said. He added that the city’s biggest challenge is that it will be facing the likelihood of receiving less revenue from the state of Wyoming, specifically direct distribution funding. Direct dist...

  • Phelps will not seek contract extension

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 14, 2021

    By SETH ROMSA TEN SLEEP – At the end of the Washakie County School District (WCSD) No. 2 Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, WCSD No. 2 Superintendent Jimmy Phelps told the board he will not be seeking an extension on his current contract which expires at the end of June 2023. Phelps had his contract extended through that date during the board’s evaluation of him in February of 2020. Phelps felt it was the right time to inform the board that he would not be seeking an extension and...

  • Random violence is never the answer

    Jan 14, 2021

    Random acts of violence are never the answer — no matter the question, no matter the issue. The random acts of violence and rioting over the summer in the name of social and racial injustice was not the answer to bring attention to those issues. Storming the U.S. Capitol last week was not the answer or the way to bring attention to the issue of voting irregularities. This summer I heard and read people’s opinions that the only thing that would get people’s attention on social and racial injustice now was violence. It would be the only thing... Full story

  • Frosty Sunday Morning

    Jan 14, 2021

    Washakie County residents woke up to fog and frost Sunday morning.... Full story

  • Following God: From rancher to evangelist to author

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 14, 2021

    WORLAND - The first time you meet James Scott he does not hesitate to share the Gospel with you to make sure that you have a relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is not shy to tell you his story of being saved from a life of sin. Now, through his new book, "From Range Ridin' to Soul Seekin'," Scott has a found a way to reach many more people than just one-on-one visits, preaching at churches, rodeos, revivals or any other venue God leads. Wyoming cowboy preacher James Scott said he...

  • Carol Peterson-Spitler

    Jan 14, 2021

    Former Thermopolis resident, Carol Peterson-Spitler, 87, died January 9, 2021 in Powell, Wyoming. Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 13, at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • James V. Leseberg

    Jan 14, 2021

    James V. Leseberg, 85, died January 10, 2021 at his home in Thermopolis. Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 14, in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • James Arthur Miller

    Jan 14, 2021

    James Arthur Miller, 66, passed away at his home on January 9, 2021. Jim was born in Colfax, Washington on August 4, 1954 to Joseph Kenneth and Patricia (Conklin) Miller. The family moved to Baker, Oregon where Jim attended elementary school. He graduated from Dos Palos High School in California in 1973, later receiving his certificate in Diesel Mechanics in Denver, Colorado. He went to work for CAT Equipment for a short time before helping with the family business, J & P Icing and later Hanford Ice. Jim came to Wyoming with his brother, Mike,... Full story

  • Harvey Emerson "Chip" Rhoads

    Jan 14, 2021

    Harvey Emerson "Chip" Rhoads left this world to enter his new heavenly home on December 25, 2020. He passed away peacefully with family by his side at Life Care Center in Casper. He was 78 years old. Chip was born in Gillette in 1942 to Harvey and Mildred Rhoads, the youngest of seven children. He is survived by his children Clint (Roxanne) of Reno, Kimberly of Green Bay, and Christopher (Gayle) of Casper, six grandchildren (Nolan, Cody, Cedar, Sage, Bennett, and Elizabeth), his brother Buck, an... Full story

  • Debra Featherston Rush

    Jan 14, 2021

    Debra Featherston Rush (Debbie), 66, a resident of Worland, Wyoming died on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. Debbie was the daughter of George C. Featherston and Laura Jean Hesson Stewart. Debbie was born on February 4, 1954 in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Debbie was quite accomplished in her educational achievements. She had an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She also had a Postgraduate Degree in Law... Full story

  • Richard Luciano Venzor Sr.

    Jan 14, 2021

    Richard L. Venzor Sr. passed away in the early morning hours on December 26, 2020. He was born August 17, 1938 in Springer, New Mexico. His parents were Antonio & Roseanna Lopez – Vensor. He was the oldest of 5 children. In his elementary years, they moved to Rock Springs Wy, where he worked side by side with his Dad in the coal mines. Later they moved to Hudson, Wy and Richard attended and graduated high school in Lander, Wy. He met his wife, Kathryn (Hitch)Thompson, while in high school and t... Full story

  • Margy C. White

    Jan 14, 2021

    Margy C. White, age 89, passed away January 4, 2021. She was born on November 21, 1931 in Hayes Center, Nebraska to William and Opel (Bodaman) Cary. Margy married Alfred E. White on April 10, 1953. Margy was a full time homemaker until 1968 when she got a job as a sales clerk at JCPenny's. She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church on Big Horn Avenue. Margy was also a den mother for Sons. Whether it be cooking on a stovetop or campfire, all the kids learned from her. Margy is preceded in... Full story

  • Luis Alberto Deniz Guitron

    Jan 14, 2021

    Luis Alberto Deniz Guitron passed away on January 5, 2021 with his wife by his side. He was 62 years old. He was born to Luis Deniz Ramirez and Eva Guitron Corona in El Llano Grande, Jalisco, Mexico on September 16, 1958. In June of 1981, Luis moved to Worland, WY to work with his cousins and uncle to earn a living to help support his family in Mexico. He worked as a beet laborer, roofer, and a farm hand. He then worked for Sage Creek Land & Cattle for over 25 years, Wyoming Sugar for 15 and... Full story

  • Mary Lois Pearce

    Jan 14, 2021

    Mary Lois Pearce passed away on January 8, 2021 at the Bella Terra Facility in Billings, MT from natural causes. She was a feisty 99 ½ years old. Mary was born May 13, 1921 on the family farm to David and Edna Horn, in Caddo, OK. She was taught at a very young age how to work hard and how to earn and save money, along with her seven brothers and sisters. She was helping with the chores almost by the time she could walk. There were cows to milk, chickens to feed, eggs to gather, horses to... Full story

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  • Wyoming Guardsmen called to support inauguration

    Jan 14, 2021

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Responding to a request by the Federal government, more than 100 Wyoming National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have volunteered to support crowd control, communications and logistics during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20. The 59th Presidential Inauguration, like all presidential inaugurations, is considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE). P.L. 106-544 designated the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising and implementing... Full story

  • First COVID-19 "UK Variant" Case Identified in Wyoming

    Jan 14, 2021

    The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH)) today confirmed the state’s first case of the “UK variant,” or B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, has been identified in a Teton County adult male. While further investigation is ongoing, early information suggests exposure to the virus variant occurred locally. Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said the department is not surprised and expected the variant would be found in Wyoming at some point. “It is not unusual for variants to emerge with viruses and that’s been happen... Full story

  • 28 Added COVID-Related Deaths Confirmed, 1 in Washakie County

    Jan 14, 2021

    Twenty-eight added 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 Tuesday. An adult Albany County man died in November. He had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. • An adult Big Horn County woman died in December. She had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. • An older adu... Full story