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  • Shirley A. Morgan

    Apr 11, 2019

    Memorial services for Thermopolis resident, Shirley A. Morgan, 82, will be held Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Thermopolis. Mrs. Morgan passed away April 5, 2019 at the Worland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center....

  • Ronald Swartzendruber

    Apr 11, 2019

    Ronald Swartzendruber passed away April 7, 2019, at the age of 82. Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Worland on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m....

  • Jon Matthew Pavlus

    Apr 11, 2019

    Jon Matthew Pavlus, 65-year-old Worland resident, passed away on April 7, 2019, at the Billings Clinic Hospital. He was born on September 27, 1953. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held later this summer....

  • Warren Claude Swiger

    Apr 11, 2019

    Warren Claude Swiger, 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather, grandpa-great, brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend was unexpectable called home on April 2, 2019. He passed at Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyoming. He was born March 23, 1941 in Center Point, West Virginia, the youngest of 7 children born to Claude and Rilda Swiger in Salem, West Virginia. He joined the U.S. Army in 1958 serving as an MP in Germany. This was where he met his bride, Waltraud "Trudy" Reitzig. They married... Full story

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  • Two years after flood event, bids let to fix berm

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Apr 11, 2019

    WORLAND – A project that started two years ago is now starting to see progress thanks to several partnerships and a federal grant. The Washakie County Conservation District (WCCD) is the lead agency on the Paxton Berm project to repair the berm along the Big Horn River behind Big Horn Co-op and Paxton Automotive. Two flood events in 2017 created damage to the Paxton Berm on the north side of the Big Horn River on the south side of U.S. Highway 20 - the ice jam flooding in February and then t...

  • Neighbors selected as new Washakie County emergency management director

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Apr 11, 2019

    WORLAND — The new Washakie County Emergency Management/Homeland Security director is a familiar face for the county and emergency responders. The Washakie County commissioners, after receiving nine applications and interviewing four candidates, made an offer to Kami Neighbors, who accepted late last week, Commission Chairman Fred Frandson said. Neighbors will begin duties on April 22. She still must complete a background check with the Homeland Security and receive a formal appointment by G... Full story

  • No demolition derby for this year's fair

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Apr 11, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met for their monthly meeting Monday in advance of the 2019 Fair. At the meeting, they discussed additions to the 4-H livestock portion of the fair, advertising, pricing and discussed a substitute for their consideration of the demolition derby. At last month’s Fair Board meeting, Joe Maul proposed acting as contractor for a 25-car derby to be held on Saturday night to close off the week of activities. However, prior to Monday’s meeting while looking into the derby, Maul announced the demolition derby...

  • Ten Sleep Prom Royalty

    Apr 11, 2019

  • Board rejects all bids for vocational building

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Apr 11, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – All five bids the Ten Sleep School Board received for the construction of the new vocational building were rejected by the board Monday evening due to the fact that all bids were at least about $135,000 over budget. Arete Design Group, architect Karen Kelly, out of Sheridan explained to the board via telephone that she wasn’t expecting that the bids would be so high and that she had contacted the two lowest bidders, Diamond Point Construction out of Buffalo and Fox General Construction out of Ten Sleep, to figure out ways to low... Full story

  • Wyoming hemp update: state plan submitted

    Apr 11, 2019

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) submitted their state plan to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for delegated authority to regulate the hemp industry in Wyoming on April 4, 2019. With the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) and HB 171/HEA 110 during the 65th Wyoming State Legislature legalization of hemp in Wyoming is changing. In compliance with W.S. § 11-51-101-107 and HEA 110, the WDA had 30 days to develop and submit a plan to USDA to request delegated authority for he... Full story

  • 4-H Carnival

    Apr 11, 2019

  • WHS track has their best week yet at Powell Invite

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Apr 11, 2019

    WORLAND - Having nearly a full team and great weather at the L.A. Kohnke Invitational at Powell High School on April 6 proved to be a big boost for the Worland High School track and field teams. Both the Warriors and Lady Warriors turned in their best performances of the season, to date. "It was awesome and I'm proud of the kids," said WHS track and field coach Tracey Wiley. "The kids keep getting better and better with the all the conditioning and repeats we're doing. We have a really young... Full story

  • Lady Pioneers place first at Burlington Invitational

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Apr 11, 2019

    TEN SLEEP - Last week was a big week for the Ten Sleep track and field teams as they competed at the Burlington Invitational on April 5 and the L.A. Kohnke Invitational at Powell High School on April 6. In Burlington, the Lady Pioneers scored 85 points to beat out 2A Rocky Mountain, who scored 80 points, for first place. "Getting to a smaller meet in Burlington was nice for us and getting first place was a surprise for us. We had no intention of winning, it wasn't even in the back of our head.... Full story

  • Bobcats sprint medley team breaks school record

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Apr 11, 2019

    THERMOPOLIS - It was a record-setting day for the Hot Springs County High School track and field team at the L.A. Kohnke Invitational at Powel High School on April 6. The Bobcats sprint medley relay team set a new school record by breaking the old record of 3:54.55 by over three-tenths of a second at 3:54.33. The relay team even had a new member, as Kolby George usually ran the relay anchor leg, with Ethan Becher joining Blake Williams, Jesse Skelton and Wyatt McDermott in Powell. "We didn't... Full story

  • Hear Me Out...The most courageous 2019 NBA playoff predictions

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Apr 11, 2019

    Trying to save some words, so I'm going to make this intro quick. The NBA playoffs start this week and with this weather storm bumping up our deadline. I'm not going to be able to breakdown each playoff matchup because seeding was still up in the air as I was writing this. (If Detroit gets eliminated, they're forever dead to me and I hope all the bad sports things happen to them and only them.) Instead, I broke down the 16 remaining teams into five categories, which are all pretty... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs - Man wields bat at VA hospital

    Apr 11, 2019

    School district employees receive deferments in conspiracy allegations TORRINGTON (WNE) — Goshen County School District employees Loreen Fritzler and Robert Flock both received deferred adjudications to charges of conspiracy to commit interference with a police officer after an incident in December. Fritzler and Flock allegedly conspired to cover up a car accident involving former GCSD No. 1 Superintendent Jean Chrostoski. Charges against Chrostoski, as well as three other GCSD employees, were dismissed. A deferred adjudication is a way for def... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs- Former Greybull Doctor has licensed suspended

    Apr 11, 2019

    Board of Medicine suspends physician’s license GREYBULL (WNE) — The Wyoming Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a Casper physician who spent nearly two decades of his career at South Big Horn County Hospital before his resignation in March of 2017. The order of summary suspension against Demar “Dusty” Hill alleges that he failed to comply with the terms of a monitoring agreement with the Wyoming Professional Assistance Program (WPAP) by returning to his job at Cedars Health in Casper before he was discharged from a treatment program... Full story

  • Trump executive order could pave way for Washington coal port terminal

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 11, 2019

    CHEYENNE — An executive order from President Donald Trump that could help pave the way for coal exports garnered praise from Wyoming leadership this week. But critics see it as a way to lessen local control over issues of water quality in favor of industry's bottom line. One of the executive orders Trump signed Wednesday is aimed at preventing states from using the Clean Water Act to delay or kill energy projects. The most pertinent example for Wyoming is Washington state stopping the construction of a coal export terminal in 2017. Gov. Mark G... Full story

  • Jackson stores prepare for plastic bag ban

    Jennifer Dorsey, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 11, 2019

    JACKSON — Paper or plastic? The cashiers at Jackson Whole Grocer can tell you: Some people have definite preferences about how they carry their purchases out of the store. Since Whole Grocer phased out plastic bags in December and started offering only the paper variety, its checkout staffers have seen enthusiasm about the change but also a bit of resistance. “Some are upset about it and want us to tell the manager they want the plastic bags back,” Caitlin Brooks said. “Others say, ‘It’s about time.’” One woman told Brooks that paper bags are... Full story

  • APRIL 15 - Wyoming Legislature could take another look at tolling I-80

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 11, 2019

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature will take another crack at the idea of tolling Interstate 80 as a way to help fund improvements and maintenance along the more than 400 miles of road. The Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee has made studying tolling I-80 its second highest priority during this interim session. As part of that work, the committee will look at updating studies conducted in 2008 and 2009 by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Transportation committee co-chairman Sen. Michael Von F... Full story

  • APRIL 15 - Chevron plans to buy Anadarko

    HEATHER RICHARDS, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 11, 2019

    CASPER — With a $33 billion cash and stock deal, Chevron’s planned acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum will create a new super major oil firm, with uncertain impacts in Wyoming, where Anadarko represents one of the largest players in the state’s oil and gas business. The combined company’s first blush news was heavy on excitement for the Permian Basin — a prolific play in West Texas and New Mexico where both Anadarko and Chevron have a presence. Chevron will buy Anadarko as well as divest between $15 and $20 billion in assets in the next few... Full story

  • Right-of-way fencing project begins north of Worland

    Apr 11, 2019

    More than 72 miles of right-of-way fencing will be replaced in a $1.6 million project currently under way north of Worland alongside U.S. 20. "The work will take place in 10 different locations throughout the Big Horn Basin," said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Michael Miller of Basin. Other sections of new right-of-way fencing to be built include: Wyoming 36 (mileposts 0.37 to 3.13), Golf Course Road near Basin; U.S. 14/16/20 (mileposts 100.75 to 99.7), north of Greybull; U.S. 310, (mileposts 249 to 257), from Deaver... Full story

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