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  • Board honors early graduates, hears textbook concerns

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    The Jan. 23 meeting of the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees began by recognizing four early graduates. Seniors Emilee McDonald and Makenzie Paxton walked the floor of the board room in the administration building in Worland and accept their diplomas from board member Jonathan Hake. They were then congratulated from the rest of the trustees, Superintendent Tawn Argeris and administrative assistant Nicole Hellyer. Friends and family were there to share cake and celebrate...

  • Busy week and many topics addressed by State House

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    WORLAND - State Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland) wrapped up another week of general session in the 67th Wyoming Legislature on Friday. "Probably the best word to describe the week was busy, but I think it was productive as well," Lawley said. As a member of the House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee, Lawley saw House Bill 69 pass its third reading and move on to the Senate, which she supported. The bill made amendments to existing legislation allowing the governor...

  • Committee stops resolution to phase out electrical vehicles

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    TEN SLEEP – Senator Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep) reported this week that Senate Joint Resolution 4, a commitment to phase out sales of new electric vehicles by the year 2035, has been laid to rest by a decision from the Senate Minerals, Business & Economic Development Committee. The electric vehicle resolution, a response to California Governor Gavin Newsom making a commitment to phase out the sale of gasoline vehicles by 2035, garnered attention nationwide, and Cooper said the response that W...

  • Derald Wayne Cheeney

    Jan 26, 2023

    Derald Wayne Cheeney, 87-year-old long-time Ten Sleep resident passed away on January 20, 2023 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyoming. Derald was born on March 12, 1935, in Henry, Nebraska, the third child born to Everett Vernon and Mary Inez (Terrell) Cheeney. He grew up on a ranch south of Ten Sleep, graduating from Ten Sleep High School in 1953. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1954 through 1958, in the Strategic Air Command. One of his favorite memories g... Full story

  • Cypriano Hernandez

    Jan 26, 2023

    Cypriano Hernandez of Montrose Colorado succumbed to his battle with cancer on December 15, 2022, at the age of 81. He and his wife Lori, moved to Montrose, Colorado, where they established roots in 2005 and raised their two children, Kierra and Raquel. Cy and Lori became an integral part of the community. Cy was born on September 16, 1941, in San Vicente Texas. He was the son of Eusebio and Ramona Hernandez. He spent much of his childhood involved and excelling in boxing and wrestling. Cy atten... Full story

  • Gary Gene Gilmore

    Jan 26, 2023

    Gary Gene Gilmore, 59, passed away in Worland, Wyoming on January 18, 2023, surrounded by family. Gary was born in Worland on September 25, 1963, to Charles Edward and Vasca Lou (Sturdevant) Gilmore. He was the only boy with three sisters. Gary was raised in Worland and graduated from Worland High School in 1982. Gary was always athletic and loved playing basketball, baseball, and football. He continued his education at Southern Utah University, receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology with... Full story

  • Leota Mae Wells

    Jan 26, 2023

    Leota Mae Wells, 83, passed away at Billings Clinic on January 16, 2023, surrounded by her family. Lee was born on December 11, 1939 in Corvallis, Oregon, the second and only daughter of three children born to Curtis Benjamin and Francis Irene (Wrobliski) Brown. She grew up in Oregon, graduating from Eugene in 1957, marrying Charles Thomas Wells on July 26, 1958, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The couple lived in various cities in California and Montana. They moved every few years because of Charlie'... Full story

  • Tamara Lynn (Eads) Brazell

    Jan 26, 2023

    Tamara Lynn (Eads) Brazell, 62, passed away Jan. 17, 2023, in Denver, Colorado. Tami was born on June 29, 1960, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worland Stake Center.... Full story

  • Duane Stuart Riedel

    Jan 26, 2023

    Duane Stuart Riedel, 69, passed away Jan. 21, 2023, in Worland. He was born April 14, 1953, in Madison, South Dakota. A Celebration of Life will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 at the Worland Middle School Auditorium.... Full story

  • William Joseph Shepperson

    Jan 26, 2023

    William Joseph Shepperson, 78, passed away at his home near Worland on Jan. 23, 2023. William was born in McCook, Nebraska, Red Willow County on Oct. 6, 1944. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.... Full story

  • There is hope

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 26, 2023

    There are some odd bills and some frustrating bills that have been filed during the current Wyoming Legislative Session, which should tell all residents to pay attention to what is happening in Cheyenne. Once again there is a bill to try and limit the ability for voters in the state to change party affiliation. I have argued many times in this space that voting is a constitutional right that should not be infringed by party affiliation. Some parties are concerned that elections are being manipul...

  • A trio of golden retrievers offers a unique therapy experience

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    WORLAND – Andrew Stiles, an occupational therapist at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center in Worland explained the role that his dogs have in his work. Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center is located behind the Worland Health Club at 120 South 17th in Worland, and offers physical and occupational therapy with the added bonus of an on-duty golden retriever. Stiles, the owner of the dogs, said "It's just something different, it's something a little niche that you try to stand out and be different." A...

  • Buck up, buttercup: Tackling men's mental health

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    Callouses, wads of chew, whisky, gun powder. Ready to shoot. Gruff men of few words. We love our punchy, gritty, down-in-the-dirt cowboys here in Wyoming. It’s been said, the world needs more of them. But when does the unflinchingly tough, aggressive, hyper-independent stereotype we often associate with “real men” turn on us? “You know, we’re always talking about pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps, or we fake it till we make it, right?” said Bob Vines, Prevention Specialist with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual...

  • What is mental wellness?

    Wendy Wiecki, Cloud Peak Counseling Center|Jan 26, 2023

    What do you think of when you hear “mental wellness”? You might think this defines a state of constant happiness. But it’s more than that. The key to mental wellness is—instead of staying consistently happy, it is passing through many life events and emotions with a sense of balance. The World Health Organization provides a mental wellness definition: “A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribut...

  • Worland Speech and Debate performs well in Jackson tournament

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    Worland High School Speech and Debate team finished third place overall for 3A in Jackson last weekend, according to Coach Rick Dorn. Chase Johnson and Lexani Damiano took first place in cross examination debate, Myles Lass and Jorden Valli tied for third in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, and Kaydence Mosley and Tori Colwell took sixth place for duo interpretation. Kendra Naasz took fourth place for poetry, Justice Nelson went to semifinals in oratory, and Luis Matamoros and Tessa Barnhill went...

  • News staff honored with writing, design awards

    Jan 26, 2023

    The Northern Wyoming News staff earned honors at the 2023 winter convention of the Wyoming Press Association in Cheyenne last weekend. Editor and Manager Karla Pomeroy earned a first place award in government issue reporting for coverage of the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission special exemption hearing for the ambulance station and subsequent petition for review. She also earned an honorable mention in the spot news category for a house fire story. Pomeroy also took a first place in general news photo category for her photo titled...

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  • Educational Freedom Act heads to Senate floor

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 26, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Legislation that would influence instruction and supporting materials as public schools teach students about the U.S. Constitution, the Wyoming Constitution and “the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals” was passed Wednesday morning out of the Senate Education Committee. Lawmakers voted 4-1 in support of Senate File 130, with Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, voting no. He voiced concerns that the bill overstepped the Wyoming Legislature’s purview by dictating curriculum and educational content. This was met wit... Full story

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