Articles from the January 21, 2021 edition

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January 21, 2021

Check out the local honor rolls on A11. Look for our Health and Wellness Section next week....


The News Editorial: Online petitions serve no real purpose

Online petitions are a joke. There I said it. If you have signed one recently, I apologize if I have offended you but I am only being honest and realistic. I say they are joke only because I believe...

 By Seth Romsa    News    January 21, 2021

Identifying hazards in the Big Horn Basin

WORLAND – Emergency management directors from Big Horn, Park, Washakie and Hot Springs counties met in a conference call led by Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Management Consultant Jeff Brislawn w...

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    January 21, 2021

Early morning fire under investigation

WORLAND - A home fire that began in the early morning hours Monday is under investigation by the Worland Fire Department in conjunction with the State Fire Marshall's Office due to the extensive...

 By Seth Romsa    News    January 21, 2021

County receives clean audit

WORLAND - The Washakie County commissioners received their yearly audit during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and accepted a clean audit report for the 2019-20 fiscal year....

 By Seth Romsa    News    January 21, 2021

Worland speech team takes second at Thermopolis

WORLAND – After finishing last weekend in first place at the Sundance speech and debate tournament in Utah competing against teams from California and Utah, the Worland Speech and Debate team f...


Wool Team FFA Champions at 7220 Invitational

LARAMIE - The Chief Washakie FFA Wool team participated in the 7220 Invitational Wool Judging Contest last week and won the FFA division. The Invitational was hosted by the University of Wyoming Wool...


'Little Women: The Musical' coming in February

Finally, barring any last-minute postponements from the C- word, the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center is proud to present "Little Women: The Musical" directed by Naomi Durrant with four performances...


Leah Laine Cannella

On January 17, 2021, Leah Cannella, daughter of Len and Pat Cannella, left this earth to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Leah passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister... Full story


Michael Lee Patrick

Michael Lee Patrick passed away at his home on January 12, 2021 with his loving family by his side. Mike passed away with complications from Congestive Heart Failure and NOT from the Covid-19 virus. I... Full story


George W. Ujifusa

George Ujifusa, 97-year-old lifelong resident of Worland, passed away on January 5, 2021 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. George was born on December 26, 1923 in Worland, the... Full story


Maude Colleen Rhodes

Maude Colleen Rhodes, 79, of Thermopolis, WY passed away on January 9, 2021 in Scottsdale, AZ. Colleen was born December 3, 1941 to Clifford and Edna (Ready) Dockery. She was the 4th of 5 children... Full story


Health Orders Eased as COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts Continue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon announced that health orders are continuing to ease, reflecting improvement in Wyoming’s COVID-19 situation since the beginning of December. The latest change is to increase attendance limits for indoor and out... Full story


Adverse solar bill advances after heated subsidies debate

Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill authorizing regulators to set reimbursement rates for home-generated solar power and requiring them to “prevent subsidization” of small renewable-power installations. Supported unanimously by the Senate Corporatio... Full story


Wyoming leaders criticize pause to federal oil leasing

CASPER — The Department of Interior on Wednesday temporarily suspended issuing new federal oil and gas permits or leases for 60 days unless approved by new appointees, to give the agency time to review existing policies. The order, signed by A... Full story

 By Emily Mieure    News    January 21, 2021

Families upset with release of information

JACKSON — Several families are demanding accountability after they say they were victims of criminal misconduct at the hands of the Teton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In the last few months, various complaints about the county att... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    News    January 21, 2021

Seat belt ticket bill clears committee

CHEYENNE — A legislative committee advanced a bill Thursday that would make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense in Wyoming, meaning law enforcement officers could pull a driver over solely for not being buckled up. The proposal, which will n... Full story


Longtime legislator Coe dies at 74

CODY (WNE) — Henry 'Hank' H. R. Coe, 74, a longtime Wyoming senator with deep roots in Park County, died Thursday afternoon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His ex-wife Marty Coe confirmed he passed away at home with his children around him. A... Full story


Girl hospitalized after eating mom's THC edibles

DOUGLAS (WNE) — After a Saturday night sleepover, a 14-year-old girl was hospitalized after finding and eating her mom’s THC edibles. The mother, 33, said she did not know her daughter knew where the edibles were until she had to be hospitalized Sun... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    News    January 21, 2021

Tobacco tax, net metering bills win committee approval

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature’s House Revenue Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would increase the state’s tobacco tax by 24 cents per pack of cigarettes, a proposal that would mark the first tax hike on cigarettes and other tobacco produ... Full story


Twenty-one Added Coronavirus-Related Deaths Confirmed

Twenty-one added coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). · An older adult Big Horn County woman died earlier this month. She was a... Full story


Twenty-five More Coronavirus-Related Deaths Confirmed

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). An older adult Big Horn County woman died in December. She was... Full story


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