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  • District 1 Board: Aquatic Center to remain public

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Mar 2, 2023

    WORLAND – In light of recent confusion surrounding the future of the Worland Aquatic Center, the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees clarified that as the owners of the building since its construction and the future sole operators of the aquatic center, they plan to keep the facility open to the public for the foreseeable future. During the Feb. 27 board meeting, school board Chairman David Tommerup said “We gotta have a public pool if we have a pool at all.” He continued, “We’ve been running it that way for 10 years now...

  • Cooper's Wildlife Fund bill sees success

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Mar 2, 2023

    CHEYENNE – State Sen. Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep) was happy to announce that Senate Files 87 and 106, both relating to the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Funding Act, were approved and signed by Governor Mark Gordon on Monday. Senate File 87, which Cooper sponsored, serves to expand the category of “small projects” up to $400,000 from $200,000, in the interest of saving time that would be spent approving projects in that price range that would previously qualify as “large projects” and require legislative action to proceed. Senate File 106...

  • Lawley's property tax bill dies in committee

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Mar 2, 2023

    State House Rep. Martha Lawley (R-Worland) was disappointed to report the failure of her sponsored bill to amend the current property tax deferral program after it died in the Senate Revenue Committee on Feb. 24. The proposed legislation, House Bill 121, would have raised the responsibility of property tax deferment out of the counties to the Department of Revenue, a change that Lawley suggested could make it more accessible to counties who could not afford to run the program on their own. “[House Bill 121] did have some people on the Senate s...

  • Paul Richard Ostrander

    Mar 2, 2023

    The family of Paul Richard Ostrander is saddened to announce he passed away on February 21, 2023, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Worland, he was 88 years old. Paul was born on November 11, 1934, in Portland, Oregon. He was the youngest of four children born to Raymond and Lorraine (Chambreau) Ostrander. He grew up in Portland Oregon, graduating from Jefferson High School in July 1952. Following High School, he enlisted in the United States Army, finishing his service at... Full story

  • James Richard Acord

    Mar 2, 2023

    James Richard Acord, 84, passed away on February 21, 2023, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings Montana. Jim was born on May 19, 1938 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Lloyd and Mary (Igreas) Acord. His childhood backyard had a river running nearby, within 300 yards. As a young boy, he fished there and also hunted squirrels and rabbits. He lost his father at age ten which caused him to grow up quickly. He helped his mother with the family business, Acord Fuel & Coal, in Fond du Lac. He served his... Full story

  • Elsie Waunita Nichols

    Mar 2, 2023

    Elsie Waunita Nichols passed away on Feb. 23, 2023 at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 3, 1937, in Westcliff, Colorado. Funeral services will be held at a later date.... Full story

  • Positives from the Wyoming Legislature

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Mar 2, 2023

    It is official, it is no longer illegal to let you vehicle idle unattended. What? That’s right, until recent legislation passed by both state houses and signed by Governor Mark Gordon last week Wyoming drivers were not allowed to leave vehicles idling unattended. Now has that law been enforced? Probably not much at all in many years. As people can attest over this winter many people leave their vehicles idling unattended, whether warming it up in the morning before work, after work, leaving it idle on errands to keep it warm in subzero t...

  • Grow Washakie offers food security workshops

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Mar 2, 2023

    WORLAND – The Grow Washakie: A Rural Living Workshop will be this Saturday at the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, and whether you own a farm or not it is a good opportunity to come and learn about food security and self-sustainability. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and sessions will begin at 9 a.m., continuing until just after 2 p.m. There will be a registration fee, which includes lunch catered by the Washakie County Cowbelles. The event is hosted by Washakie County Conservation District, a...

  • Worland Community Garden sprouts anew

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Mar 2, 2023

    WORLAND - After eight years the Worland Community Garden is taking a new direction in hopes of becoming sustainable long-term. During a community garden membership meeting at the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center information about the potential expansion, a new board and membership program were outlined. "It's been a really wonderful project," Washakie County Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist said of the garden that began in 2015. The focus was to provide fresh produce to the residents of Wa...

  • Meet Worland City Councilmember Rebecca George

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Mar 2, 2023

    WORLAND - “I just wanted to be a public servant,” said Rebecca George, who was sworn into her first term on Worland’s City Council on Jan 3, 2023. “I had the opportunity and willingness to serve, so I did.” George was born in Canada. Growing up, her father was an ag teacher in Wyoming until 1999, when her family moved to Idaho, where George graduated high school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in ag education and started teaching in Lovell right out of college. George also taught for two years in Meeteetse. She and her husband, Richard Geo...

  • Meet Worland City Councilmember Peter Calderon

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Mar 2, 2023

    WORLAND – As a young child in Las Vegas, Nevada, Peter Calderon grew up with his second cousin – Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) – as an idol. “It was my fundamental primary exposure to politics. Marco, as a kid, he had a picture of Reagan in his bedroom. He was always discussing politics, and he was very passionate about it. I’m the oldest kid, so I always looked up to Marco as like my oldest brother that I didn’t have,” Calderon said. Calderon’s mother was a political refugee, brought to America from Cuba by her parents during Fidel Ca...

  • Harper wins 3A 195-pound title

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Mar 2, 2023

    WORLAND - The 2023 wrestling season came to a close for the Worland High School team, which proved to be an eventful season for the program. Wrestling at the 3A State tournament and girls State tournament on Feb. 23-25 in Casper, the Warriors and Lady Warriors closed out the season with one state champion, three runners-up and four other placers. Warrior senior Nathan Harper won the 3A 195-pound weight class with a pin of Buffalo's Lance Rabel in the championship round. It was the first state ti...

  • Lawmakers reshape chemical abortion ban bill

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 2, 2023

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House of Representatives reshaped the chemical abortion prohibition bill on Tuesday with changes lawmakers felt addressed the heart of the issue. Rep. Barry Crago, R-Buffalo, introduced his amendment to delete references to chemical abortion drugs, and shift the intent of the bill to banning the procedure of chemical abortions. He said it broadened the purpose of the bill, and leaves it without a chilling effect on pharmacists and physicians who use the drugs for purposes that are legal under the bill. Removing the s... Full story

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