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    Did you know that a bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 100,000 slices of bread?...

  • Expenses soon to outpace revenues for Big Horn Regional

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Dec 10, 2020

    WORLAND — Big Horn Basin Regional Water System Manager John Joyce said expenses were increasing but revenues were not increasing at the same pace thus the Joint Powers Board would be faced with using reserves every day to meet general operating expenses. That reasoning, as well as a recommendation from the auditor has led to proposed rate increases to its eight member entities — City of Worland, Washakie Rural Water Improvement District, Town of Greybull, South Big Horn Water Supply Joint Powers Board, Town of Kirby and Lucerne Water and Sewer...

  • Fire destroys Thermopolis restaurant

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Dec 10, 2020

    THERMOPOLIS - A popular Mexican restaurant in Thermopolis was destroyed from a fire on Monday night, Dec. 7. According to Thermopolis Volunteer Firefighter Forrest Coleman-Weisz, the volunteer fire department was called to a structure fire in the 500 block of Arapahoe at 7:50 p.m. Monday. He said the department responded with five trucks and approximately 22 personnel. Suppression efforts were completed around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Coleman-Weisz said the building at 530 Arapahoe appears...

  • Karla's Kolumn: Just wait until Mom gets home

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Dec 10, 2020

    I am a fur parent. I cannot speak for parents of children of the human variety but I was once one of those human children so I feel I am qualified to state that there are similarities in raising both. How many of us growing up ever heard “Wait until your father/mother gets home?” Or how many of you human parents say that now? Well fur parents do not actually voice the words, we let actions speak for themselves. Case in point. When our “children” misbehave, i.e. tear something up or get into something my husband leaves the mess. It’s the fur p... Full story

  • Senate passes bill to rename Thermopolis post office after lifelong resident, former postmaster

    Dec 10, 2020

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to rename the Thermopolis, Wyo., post office after former Postmaster Robert Brown, who passed away on September 11, 2020. Brown’s career with the U.S. Postal Service spanned 44 years, including 18 years as the postmaster. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Tom Carper, D-Del., introduced the legislation earlier this year. U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who was Brown’s son-in-law, cosponsored the legislation. “Renaming the post office after Bob Brown is a fitting tribute... Full story

  • Worland Volunteer Fire department awards given in different fashion

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2020

    WORLAND – Delay after delay after delay of their banquet led to the Worland Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) finally being able to present the awards for the year 2019 at a business meeting on Nov. 24. The original banquet for the event was set to take place back in March, but was unable to occur due to restrictive guidelines brought about from the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards this year were given to Rookie of the Year Matt Borovatz, Operator of the Year was given to Mike Orona, Spirit of S...

  • Virtual wolf meeting hijacked by heckler

    Dec 10, 2020

    POWELL (WNE) — Not even an obscure Zoom meeting of the Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board could escape 2020 unscathed. As about 16 state and federal officials discussed the compensation offered to producers who lose livestock to wolves in certain parts of the state, their progress was briefly slowed by an outburst from an unknown person in attendance at Tuesday’s virtual meeting. The board was carefully considering how to respond to a portion of a four-part comment on the compensation program when a man only known as “Robert” voted nay. Hi... Full story

  • Sen. Cooper assigned to two committees in first legislative session

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2020

    Wyoming Senate District 20 Senator-elect Ed Cooper was elected to serve on the Judiciary Committee and the Minerals, Business & Economic Development Committee when assignments were made for the 66th Wyoming Legislature. Cooper along with the new senators and all members of the Wyoming House of Representatives are set to be sworn in on Jan. 12, 2021; however, according to Cooper's understanding, the in-person session to address the COVID-19 pandemic is not set to occur until March at the...

  • Huella Frances Griffith Darling

    Dec 10, 2020

    Huella Frances Griffith Darling, 97, passed away at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital on December 2, 2020. Huella was born on July 16, 1923. Memorial services are pending.... Full story

  • Hyster Allen Thrush

    Dec 10, 2020

    A young man, Hyster Allen Thrush, 25, who enjoyed life and wanted everyone around him to do the same, passed away Dec. 2, 2020, in Worland. Hyster was born to Jakob Thrush and Danna Wilson June 18, 1995 in Denver. Father and son moved to Worland in 2000, and Hyster graduated from Washakie County School District No. 1 in Worland in the spring of 2013. Hyster's zest for and enjoyment of life became apparent at an early age. Despite his Dad's admonitions to never approach or talk to "strangers"... Full story

  • Ann Katherine Melton

    Dec 10, 2020

    Ann Katherine Melton, 92, passed away in the early morning hours of December 6, 2020 at Worland Healthcare and Rehab. Ann was born on Oct. 8, 1928 in San Francisco, CA, to Benjamin and Mabel Hoover. Ann moved to Worland, Wyoming in 1999. She enjoyed her faith, family, food, and her kitty George. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, sons Tim and Shannon Mitchell and daughter Mary Howard. Those left behind and cherishing her memory include her sister Jean Philpps of Oak Harbor, WA and... Full story

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  • Embattled state health official quits

    Morgan Hughes, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 10, 2020

    CASPER – A Wyoming Department of Health doctor who at an event last month suggested COVID-19 was created by Russia and China to spread communism across the globe has resigned from the state agency, a department spokesperson said via email Wednesday. Dr. Igor Shepherd was the readiness and countermeasures manager for the Wyoming Department of Health. At a Nov. 10 event in Loveland, Colorado, Shepherd shared a debunked conspiracy theory about the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine, saying it had been developed as a biological weapon and would r... Full story

  • Governor's mask mandate raises questions about Constitution

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 10, 2020

    CODY – The recent establishment of county and statewide face mask orders has people questioning the constitutionality of those measures enacted by local health officers and Gov. Mark Gordon. “I think it is an act or desire to do something when they don’t know what to do,” said Bob Ferguson, vice chairman of the Park County Republican Party, who opposes the measures. Many residents, on social media and other public forums, have criticized Gordon’s move to declare an emergency order, citing section 38 of the Wyoming Constitution, making the argum... Full story

  • Twenty-two Coronavirus-Related Wyoming Deaths Confirmed

    Dec 10, 2020

    Twenty-two 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 Campbell County woman died within the last week. She was hospitalized, was a resident of a local long-term care facility and had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. An older adult Campbell County man died within the last week. He was hospitalized; it’s unclear whether he had health conditions reco... Full story

  • WDH reports 7 More Coronavirus-Related Wyoming Deaths Confirmed on Tuesday

    Dec 10, 2020

    Seven more coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported on Tuesday, Dec. 15. An older adult Campbell County man died earlier this month. He was a resident of a local long-term care facility and had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. An older adult Campbell County man died earlier this month. He was a resident of a local long-term care facility; it’s u... Full story

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