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    Jan 30, 2020

    Come join us and meet the staff of the award-winning Northern Wyoming News at our open house Thursday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments, giveaways and door prizes. Did you know that the Chiefs just snapped a 49-year Super Bowl drought? Now, the Detroit Lions, the Cleveland Browns, and the New York Jets have the longest active Super Bowl droughts. The Lions and Browns have NEVER been to the Super Bowl....

  • Karla's Kolumn: A myriad of musings

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 30, 2020

    Should senators seek the office of the president be sitting in as jurors in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump? The answer is a simple no, but not because there is an impeachment trial. Trump supporters are complaining that four senators who are vying for his position are also jurors in the trial. Supporters of the senators are complaining they aren't in Iowa to prepare for that state's caucus. The simple solution is one I have been a proponent for, for a long time, if a senator,... Full story

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  • Bill would bring back wolf depredation funding

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 30, 2020

    WORLAND — The Wyoming State Legislature will convene on Feb. 10 in Cheyenne and one bill State Rep. John Winter (R-Thermopolis) hopes to get introduced this budget session is a wolf depredation bill. Similar legislation was approved by the legislation in 2016 but the program had a termination date of June 30, 2018. That bill was successfully brought to the Legislature by Winter’s predecessor Nathan Winters. Rep. Winter’s version filed this year would allocate $45,000 for fiscal year 2021 and a...

  • A reunion seven decades in the making

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 30, 2020

    WORLAND -Thanks to the determination of a half-sister he never knew existed, Dan Garnett of Worland was reunited with two sisters he had given up hope of ever seeing again. Garnett was born to William and Lois Martin Sharp in Richmond, Missouri. At the age of 4, Dan, his brother John, 3, and sisters, Lisa, 2, and Annette, an infant, were separated in 1950. Garnett said his sisters told him that his father was extremely abusive and that is why his mother allowed the children to be adopted. In a...

  • Clark Enterprises earns national accolades

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jan 30, 2020

    WORLAND — Clark Enterprises Inc. of Worland will be honored at the upcoming American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 6-8. Clark Enterprises was nominated by Wyoming Sugar for Sugar Producer Magazine’s Grower of the Year Award. Sugar Producer Magazine editor Tyrell Marchant said the annual award has been presented for more than 15 years. Each year the magazine works with the ASGA and contacts several sugarbeet companies for nominees. This year the...

  • NWN earns Editorial Excellence honors; 2 Pacemakers from WPA

    Jan 30, 2020

    WORLAND - The Northern Wyoming News earned a major award and two Pacemakers at the 2020 Wyoming Press Association Winter Convention in Casper last week. The NWN won second place in Editorial Leadership in the small weekly category. Judging was from the winners of the National Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest editorial writing awards. Judges considered literary excellence, insight, scope, suitability and timeliness. Newspapers are asked to submit between five to 10 editorials...

  • Artists continue to pursue dreams after more than 25 years in Kirby

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    THERMOPOLIS – Art comes in many forms, and one of the more difficult forms to excel at is gilding, which long-time Kirby resident Barry Bryant has taken the time to learn, and succeed with in the last 20-plus years. Gilding is a process that has been around for more than 4,600 years, and is where gold leaf, primarily 22-karat or higher yellow gold, is used in order to accent certain objects to embellish their appearance so that they are more valuable. Bryant and his wife, artist AB Word, were b... Full story

  • Draft of Natural Resource Plan presented; comments accepted through April 1

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jan 30, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County commissioners presented their initial draft of the Natural Resource Plan on Monday night at the Worland Community Center. According to the presentation, the update to the Natural Resource Plan comes after the passing of Wyoming House Bill 54 in 2019 to provide funds to the counties to “take actions specified in response related to federal land, water, air, mineral and other natural resource policies which may affect the tax base of the state, wildlife man...

  • Elizabeth 'Betty' Scoggin

    Jan 30, 2020

    Elizabeth “Betty” Scoggin, 87, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23 at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis. Mass of the Resurrection will be Jan. 30, 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • Kevin Mark Cannon

    Jan 30, 2020

    Kevin Mark Cannon, age 69, died at home on January 23, 2020 after succumbing to mesothelioma. He was surrounded by his wife and all seven of his crazy kids. Kevin was born on September 29, in 1950, as the sixth of seven children to parents Maurice and Ora (Wallwork) Cannon in what is now the Washakie County Library. There in the nursery, only seven days later, he first came into contact with his future "Babe" Devin (Rillahan) Cannon, whom he married in 1969. Kevin spent his entire life in... Full story

  • Wanda "Lou" Schaper Steinle

    Jan 30, 2020

    Wanda “Lou” Schaper Steinle, 83, of Thermopolis, WY passed away on Saturday. January 25, 2020, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Thermopolis. Wanda Lou Schaper was born on June 24, 1936 in Riverton, WY to Arthur and Opal Olga (Ibach) Schaper. Lou was raised in Buck Horn Flats and attended schools in Riverton. She graduated from Riverton High School with the class of 1955. She majored in Elementary Education and Home Economics at Northwest Naza... Full story

  • Mark Burton

    Jan 30, 2020

    Mark Burton, longtime Worland resident, recently passed away. Mark was born in Worland to Harold and Jerry Burton in 1951. He graduated from WHS in 1970 and attained his Bachelor and Master Degrees at Eastern Montana College, Billings, MT. After graduation he became an educator. Mark returned to Worland in 1977 to teach and coach at WMS. In 1990 he moved to Tempe, AZ to advance his career and his wife’s education. Mark worked as a guidance counselor in the Arizona school system for 27 years before his retirement in 2017. He is survived by h... Full story

  • Gary Michael Mercado

    Jan 30, 2020

    Gary Michael Mercado, 54, lifelong resident of Worland, Wyoming passed away January 26, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. Gary was born on July 21, 1965 in Worland to Eugene and Ida Mercado. He graduated from Worland High School in the class of 1984. A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 31, 2020 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. A full obituary maybe found at... Full story

  • Missing woman's body found

    Jan 30, 2020

    Missing woman’s body found RIVERTON (WNE) — Missing since Jan. 2, 23-year-old Jade Wagon has been found deceased. Her body was found in a field near Ethete. Authorities verified her identity Tuesday. Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen was tight-lipped about the state in which Wagon was found. “The only thing we’re saying is that she was found, and we’ve confirmed her identification,” Stratmoen said. The coroner ordered an autopsy on Wagon’s body, which should yield a cause of death in about five weeks. The results of the preliminary a... Full story

  • Greybull backs away from pit bull ban

    Jan 30, 2020

    GREYBULL (WNE) — In the face of heavy opposition from the community, the Greybull Town Council has decided to address the problem of dangerous and vicious dogs without the use of any breed-specific legislation that targets pit bulls. The decision, reached during a special meeting at Town Hall Jan. 23 was not unanimous, but rather 4-1 with Councilman Clay Collingwood casting the lone dissenting vote and, taking it a step further, suggesting that he might raise the issue again at the February meeting. After flaring up on social media in the d... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

    Jan 30, 2020

    Man accused of sharing marijuana candy in nursing home PINEDALE (WNE) — A Colorado man visiting his father at the Sublette Center nursing home is charged with giving another resident some THC candy, which the resident had asked him to bring to Wyoming when he came to visit. William A. Ahrens, of Lyons, Colorado, now faces a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, on or about Dec. 2, 2019, according to court records. Colored edible squares were marked with “THC” on them, according to the affidavit filed by Sublette Count... Full story

  • Plan to allow armed teachers in Campbell Co. wins initial approval

    Kathy Brown, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 30, 2020

    GILLETTE — School trustees have unanimously approved a policy and regulations that would allow educators to conceal carry handguns in six rural schools in Campbell County. The approval of the five trustees iat a Tuesday meeting came on first reading of the proposal that exceeds state requirements. After undergoing three public hearings on the proposal, the board will be asked to OK the measure in a final reading, said trustee chairwoman Anne Ochs. Administrators covered nearly all 30 pages of the proposal — something that took just shy of an... Full story

  • ACLU: State elected officials' disregard of ICE jail is unlawful

    Andrew Graham, WyoFile.com|Jan 30, 2020

    By refusing to regulate a private immigration jail planned outside Evanston, Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials leave the state vulnerable to litigation and immigrants to poor treatment, the American Civil Liberty Union of Wyoming says. The ACLU asked the governor, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, secretary of state and auditor in a Jan. 21 letter to exert their authority over the project. The officials should follow state statute that requires both approval and regulation of for-profit incarceration in Wyoming, the c... Full story

  • Pharmacy to pay $1 million to settle drug law violation allegations

    SHANE SANDERSON, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 30, 2020

    CASPER — A Casper pharmacy will pay $1 million to settle allegations of violations of federal drug law, the federal government said Tuesday afternoon. According to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming, federal investigators began looking into the Osco Pharmacy located in the CY Avenue location of Albertsons grocery store in connection with a Casper doctor who was eventually convicted of running a pill mill. The doctor, Shakeel Kahn, is now serving a quarter-century prison sentence. The pharmacy and... Full story

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