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  • February 21, 2019

    Feb 21, 2019

    Please see the FFA Section Inside this week's edition. Look for 3A West regional preview information next week as Worland hosts the boys and girls regional tournament Feb. 28-March 2....

  • Groups join efforts on placemaking projects

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND — The Wyoming Business Council conducted a placemaking workshop in Worland recently and it inspired several groups to look at projects in the community. Those groups came together recently to exchange ideas and support a grant proposal. According to the WBC website, “Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to make your community a better place to live, work, and play by transforming underutilized public spaces into vibrant community places. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s...

  • FEB. 27 Gov. Gordon takes out his veto pen for state budget

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon used his veto pen Tuesday to reject more than two dozen items out of the state supplemental budget passed by the Legislature this month. The vetoes started a domino effect in the Legislature with the House set to meet today, when it will most likely start the process to override at least some of Gordon's decisions. In a letter to the House on the vetoes, Gordon highlighted 29 budget footnotes that he saw as overstepping the constitutional boundaries of the Legislature. He pointed out that multiple footnotes dealt w... Full story

  • FEB. 27 - Wrongful death lawsuit filed in police shooting of Casper man

    SHANE SANDERSON, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 21, 2019

    CASPER — The mother of a man shot and killed by Casper police last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Monday on the anniversary of his death. The lawsuit was filed Monday by Todd Hambrick, who represents the family of Douglas Oneyear. It names the city of Casper, the Casper Police Department, the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and officers Jonathan Schlager and Cody Meyers as defendants. Schlager shot and killed Oneyear in February 2018 after he and Meyers encountered the man on 15th Street near Wyoming Boulevard on the city... Full story

  • Property identification focus of commission

    Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND – Multiple county agencies met with the Washakie County Commission on Tuesday, to discuss the identification of rural homes in case of an emergency, and how to best provide signage so county ambulance and fire services can identify the correct home in case of an emergency. Due to the number of un-named roads in local subdivisions and particularly on multi-home family property, it is difficult for emergency services to identify the correct addresses, and since the property is private, the county is limited to placing home numbers on c... Full story

  • The future of hemp in Wyoming

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND - With the Wyoming Legislature seeking to authorize funds to establish an industrial hemp pilot program, WESTI Ag Days organizers made sure to include a discussion of hemp on the agenda last week. Washakie County Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist provided some facts she had researched regarding hemp. She said hemp has not been grown in the United States since 1970 and, in fact, the last commercial field was in 1957. She said there are many cultivars from the hemp plant and... Full story

  • FEB. 22 - Party-switching bill dies

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE – The Senate voted Thursday to kill the last bill in the Legislature that would have closed the state’s primary elections to voters who switched their party affiliation. House Bill 106, sponsored by Rep. Jim Blackburn, R-Cheyenne, was voted down by the Senate on a 14-11 vote. The failure of HB 106, or the other two bills that were filed this session on the issue, came as somewhat of a surprise to many watching this session. The issue was named the top priority of the Wyoming Republican Party this year. And donors, including former gub... Full story

  • FEB. 26 - Statewide lodging tax condemned by Senate

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE – The Senate killed a bill to implement a statewide lodging tax on a final vote Monday after it was pulled from the consent list. It was just one of several bills aimed at broadening and diversifying the state’s revenue stream that failed to make it through the Legislature after a lot of talk to start the session about this being the year for change. House Bill 66 died 19-7 in the Senate after it had passed out of the House earlier this session on a 44-16 vote. The bill would have put a 5 percent statewide tax on lodging sales, wit... Full story

  • Karla's Kolumn: A session of good, bad and odd

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    More than 500 pieces of legislation have been introduced during the current Wyoming Legislative session; 500 pieces of legislation that could potentially impact your life. Here are some thoughts on the good, the bad and the odd. Let's start with the odd. With the stroke of a pen this week, Governor Mark Gordon signed into law a bill that recognized the blotched tiger salamander as the state amphibian. I know what you're thinking, why do we need a state amphibian? I'm thinking the same thing and...

  • Free tax service available now at Worland Senior Center

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND - For more than 15 years the Worland Senior Citizens Center has been an AARP tax preparation site and they are again this year, starting the free service this week. According to coordinator Sherry Stottler, each year the preparers help with 150 tax returns. The preparers are certified to prepare taxes by the IRS under the auspices of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly. Stottler said each preparer goes through 30 to 40 hours of training and testing to...

  • Planning for the future generations of agriculture

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND – An interactive presentation during WESTI Ag Days Feb. 12 in Worland included surveys and information on how to speak with family members about continuing land and farm operations. Caleb Carter of the University of Wyoming extension began the presentation “Ag Legacy” discussing statistics of small business owners. Carter started the presentation discussing statistics of small business owners. According to him, 70 percent of small business owners had no plan of succession of business. He also said that 70 percent of family-owned farms...

  • West Side Breakfast With Dads

    Feb 21, 2019

  • Bobcats win first regional championship in school history

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    THERMOPOLIS - The 2A West regional wrestling tournament was going to be a battlefield, having four of the top five ranked teams competing for the top prize in the 2A West. The then No. 1-ranked Kemmerer were the favorites to claim the West's top prize, as the two-day tournament was held at Kemmerer High School. But the Hot Springs County Bobcats had other plans and ultimately played spoiler. The No. 4-ranked Bobcats won the tournament scoring 186 points, besting second-place Kemmerer by 18... Full story

  • No. 4 Warriors place second at 3A East regional meet

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND -The Worland High School wrestling team was unable to defend their 3A East championship from a year ago but the Warriors were able to leave Rawlins High School on Feb. 16 with a second-place finish and three individual champions. The No. 3-ranked Douglas Bearcats finished first with 258 points and the Warriors came in second place with 195. Worland edged out host Rawlins High School for second, who came in third with 194 points. The Warriors also had three regional champions in... Full story

  • Lady Pioneers open 1A West regionals vs. Little Snake River

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Feb 21, 2019

    TEN SLEEP - The 1A West regional girls basketball tournament opens today at Lander Valley High School and the Lady Pioneers enter the tournament as the No. 2-seed out of the Northwest division. The Lady Pioneers quarterfinal matchup will be against the Little Snake River Lady Rattlers the No. 3-seed from the Southwest division. "I think we match up well with Little Snake. They got off to a tough start to the season, they're a young team but have been playing better of late. We'll see some zone... Full story

  • Lady Pioneers fall in quarterfinals

    Feb 21, 2019

    LANDER - The Ten Sleep Lady Pioneers lost 31-25 to Little Snake River in the quarterfinals of the 1A West Regional girls basketball tournament in Lander today. The Lady Pioneers play Meeteetse at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) in a loser-out game. A full report of the Lady Pioneers regional tournament will be in the Feb. 28 edition of the Northern Wyoming News.... Full story

  • Christopher Lee Short

    Feb 21, 2019

    Christopher Lee Short, 46, passed away in a vehicle accident on February 12, 2019. Chris was born on October 11, 1972 in Worland to Merlin Dean and Susan Rae (Lewis) Short. He grew up playing in the canal, shooting guns, racing BMX bikes and riding dirt bikes in the hills. When he was 3 or 4 years old, he earned the nickname "Bug" for one of two reasons. He accidently lit the kitchen on fire thus earning the name "firebug" and he was seldom seen at that age without some sort of creepy-crawler... Full story

  • Gladys Ann Noland

    Feb 21, 2019

    Gladys Ann Noland, 82-year-old longtime Worland resident passed away on February 14, 2019 at the Washakie Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. Gladys was born on October 4, 1936 in Glenrock, Wyoming to Louis Conrad and Mildred Dolly "Dot" (Shoemaker) Althoff. She grew up in Powell, graduating from Powell High School in 1954. She met the man who would steal her heart at a dance. He was a lineman from Idaho working for Mountain Bell Telephone,... Full story

  • EvyAnn Wiese

    Feb 21, 2019

    EvyAnn Wiese, age 85, passed on to her next journey on Saturday February 2, 2019 at the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, a nursing home facility in Thermopolis Wyoming. She was finally set free from her long battle from dementia and pain. She was a longtime resident here in Worland Wyoming. From her birth, in Sweden, in October of 1933 to her passing on Saturday, she inspired people around her with her art and her independent spirit. EvyAnn truly loved life and she was able to notice things... Full story

  • Demolition/blasting of old Sage Creek bridge set for Feb. 27 near Lovell

    Feb 21, 2019

    LOVELL — Demolition of the old Sage Creek bridge is scheduled for 10 a.m., Feb. 27, adjacent to U.S. 310 between Lovell and Cowley, and traffic delays are expected. "The bridge piers are set to be blasted, leaving the old bridge deck to fall to the ground. About 9:55 a.m. Feb. 27, northbound and southbound traffic will be stopped 1,500 feet from the bridge, and an area will be cleared prior to blasting," according to Wyoming Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Michael Miller of Basin. Miller said Shoshone River bridge improvements a...

  • Phyllis M. Capen

    Feb 21, 2019

    Phyllis M. Capen, 72, passed away February 21, 2019 at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center. Memorial services will be held Monday, February 25, 4 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1156 So. Road 11, Worland, WY.... Full story

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