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  • BAPC says no to crematory in residential zone

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Apr 15, 2021

    WORLAND — The Worland Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission unanimously opposed a special exemption that would allow a crematory at 301 South Eighth where Veile Mortuary is currently located. Veile Mortuary owner Clayton Dragoo initially approached the city council on Feb. 5 about his proposal and was referred to Building Official Randy Adams and the BAPC. In a letter to Adams, Dragoo said he has two possible locations for a crematory, one where the mortuary is currently located at 301 S...

  • Legislature keeps funding intact for Ten Sleep School design

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2021

    TEN SLEEP - “Design for new Ten Sleep School is in the budget,” Superintendent Jimmy Phelps said during his legislative update to the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees Monday. In addition to the funding for the design of the new building remaining in the statewide budget, Phelps said that the Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved the vocational building as an enhancement, which means that the district will not have to pay for up to 5,000 feet of the new bui...

  • Small earthquake south of Ten Sleep Tuesday

    Apr 15, 2021

    TEN SLEEP — The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.9 magnitude earthquake 49 kilometers (30.4 miles) south of Ten Sleep at 6:22 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 13, 2021. The depth of quake was reported at 13.7 kilometers or 8.5 miles. The USGS website shows reports of 23 people feeling the quake around Ten Sleep, as far south as Casper, Thermopolis and in Fremont County. All reports were listed as “weak” in regard to severity of the earthquake. On social media, several Ten Sleep area residents reported feeling the quake with one resident repor...

  • Roy Kyle Phillips

    Apr 15, 2021

    A Celebration of Life for Roy Kyle Phillips will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 19, at the Thermopolis VFW. Roy Phillips, 75, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Billings, Montana.... Full story

  • Consider QPR training to save a life

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Apr 15, 2021

    We have all had that friend who we think might be a little depressed due to stressors in their life. According to SSM Health, intimate partner problems, legal issues, unemployment/financial problems and health concerns are among the most common precipitating circumstances for suicides in middle-aged men. But, during the COVID era that we entered into in 2020, these stresses can be the same for many of us. We never know what someone is going through or how they will react to the things in their l... Full story

  • Stott named Washakie Medical Center Employee of the Year

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2021

    WORLAND – Registered nurse Julie Stott was named the Banner Health Washakie Medical Center (WMC) Employee of the Year for 2020. Stott has been an employee at WMC for nearly 32 years, and was nominated for the award after showing her versatility as a nurse in a rural hospital setting. "I am very honored to be the employee of the year," Stott said. "I work with some very skilled professional people so to be the employee of the year out of such a great group is such an honor." According to WMC C...

  • Lady Warriors earn first ever win

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Apr 15, 2021

    WORLAND - Nearly everything the Worland Lady Warriors softball team does in their inaugural season is historical in some fashion. This 2021 team will essentially be the version of a YouTuber who puts "FIRST" at the bottom of a newly posted video. But, Saturday's 14-4 win against Green River is the best firsts of them all, as it was the program's first win. The Lady Warriors (1-2) April 10 win over Green River (0-5) at Newell Sargent Park was also the team's first home win and conference win....

  • Robert Ray Alford

    Apr 15, 2021

    Robert Ray Alford, born in May 1944 to Raymond and Alice (Wagoner) Alford was destined to live life full throttle. In his very early years, he was modifying and racing bicycles, and winning! Very early on he realized he was a poor boy competing in a rich man's world. He modified his meager bicycle with a God-given mechanical gift and bike parts from the junk yard. His junk yard modified bike whooped the butts of the rich boys' bikes. Early on he was taking their money in races, that scenario con... Full story

  • Clyde 'Chepo' Leyva

    Apr 15, 2021

    Born November 14, 1937 – August 23, 2020 Clyde was born and raised in Worland, Wyoming, to Benita (Gonzales) & Clyde Leyva Sr. He became a painting apprentice as a young teenager. He later joined the armed forces, Army and Navy. He loved traveling, fishing, being with his family and his Denver Broncos. He is survived by his 4 children; Debra (Arlie) Rich of Waddell, AZ, Cheryl (Jeff) Sindorf of Glendale, AZ, Anthony Leyva of Montana, Jason (Bobbie) Leyva of Laurel, MT, 13 grandchildren and 20 gr... Full story

  • Geneva Doreen Matheson

    Apr 15, 2021

    Geneva died April 8, 2021 in Worland Wyoming. Geneva was born January 7, 1945 to Frank and Lee Verta (Lucas) Mead in Thermopolis Wyoming. She was raised and educated in Arapahoe and Thermopolis Wyoming. In 1962 she married Leroy Gall, they had four children. She is remembered by her children as the most loving and caring Mother. She married Cal Hall in 1993, they traveled to Alaska many times. In 2001 she married Edward Matheson, they enjoyed camping and fishing at Meadowlark Lake. They visited... Full story

  • School funding bill death shows House, Senate differences

    Nathan Oster, Greybull Standard Via Wyoming News Exchang|Apr 15, 2021

    GREYBULL — The demise of House Bill 173, which would have changed the way the state funds its school districts, served as a reminder of the deep philosophical differences between the two chambers in the state legislature, according to Rep. Jamie Flitner of Shell. Heading into the session which wrapped up last week, the House and Senate faced the same challenge. With the state facing a $300 million annual shortfall in education funding, lawmakers were tasked with figuring out a long-range solution. That they didn’t — and that the current funding... Full story

  • Wyoming counties top list of most vaccine-hesitant in nation

    Morgan Hughes, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 15, 2021

    CASPER – Wyoming is home to the 11 most vaccine-hesitant counties in the nation, according to statistical modeling conducted by an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Thirty-two percent of residents in Johnson, Converse, Washakie, Crook, Niobrara, Weston, Natrona, Goshen, Campbell, Platte and Carbon counties are believed to be hesitant toward the inoculations, more than any other counties in the U.S. All 23 Wyoming counties were in the top 1% for most hesitant in the U.S. Only Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota r... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs Thursday, April 15

    Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 15, 2021

    Commissioners make Johnson County a Second Amendment preservation county BUFFALO (WNE) – Johnson County is now a Second Amendment preservation county, after the unanimous passage of resolution No. 655 by the county commissioners on April 6. Commission Chairman Bill Novotny said the resolution came about after consultation with the sheriff's office and hearing concerns from county residents. The resolution states the county's strong support for the Second Amendment and the belief that it is “an inalienable right of the citizens of Johnson Cou... Full story

  • Cheney rails against plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

    Nick Reynolds, WyoFile.com|Apr 15, 2021

    Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday criticized plans by the Biden administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The planned troop withdrawals would mark the United States’ exit from a nearly two-decade long conflict in the Middle Eastern country set off by attacks orchestrated by extremists in the desert nation. It is the longest war in U.S. history. Some 2,500 U.S. troops and another 7,000-plus NATO forces would be affected. “President Biden’s decisio... Full story

  • Sublette County school board receives pushback on mask vote

    Robert Galbreath, Pinedale Roundup Via Wyoming Exchange|Apr 15, 2021

    PINEDALE — Community members spoke out at its April meeting against the Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees’ March 11 vote to defy state public health orders mandating masks in schools when social distancing is not possible. The trustees voted 4-2 to pass a motion in March eliminating school SMART Start Plans and replacing them with the minimum guidelines set out by the state. The motion made an exception for public health orders on masks in schools and lifted those requirements for students and staff in the district. Gov... Full story

  • Sheridan County Medicaid advocates continue fight after death of expansion bills

    Stephen Dow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 15, 2021

    SHERIDAN — Sheridan advocates for Medicaid expansion in Wyoming are used to disappointment. The topic has come up frequently in the state Legislature since a provision in 2010’s Affordable Care Act first called for expansion of Medicaid eligibility. But for every step forward, there have been multiple steps back. Former Gov. Matt Mead spent many years exploring options for expansion of coverage and regularly included it in his budget proposals, but he continually faced pushback from the Legislature. That pushback continued after the ele... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs, Friday, April 16

    Apr 15, 2021

    No definitive timeline yet for rollout of Wyoming's short-time compensation program CHEYENNE – A program that will let workers who have had their hours cuts gain partial unemployment benefits is in the works at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, though a timeline for the program’s rollout has yet to be finalized. Earlier this year, the Wyoming Legislature established the state’s short-time compensation program through its passage of House Bill 9. Under the bill, workers who have their hours cut between 10% and 60% would be eligi... Full story

  • Flags at Half Staff for Indiana Victims

    Apr 15, 2021

    Governor Gordon Orders Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Statewide Through April 20 in Honor and Remembrance of the Victims of the Tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana. CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Joe Biden's Proclamation in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide until sunset April 20. The Presidential Proclamation follows: HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - - - - - - -... Full story