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  • May 09, 2019

    May 9, 2019

    Print subscribers look for the following inserts this week • Blair's, Reese&Ray's IGA, Bomgaars, Sutherland's and Big Horn Co-op....

  • Community Calendar

    May 9, 2019

    EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY — Worland Public Transportation to Cody. 347-3208. FIRST and THIRD TUESDAY of EACH MONTH — Worland City Council meeting: 7 p.m. at city hall. FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAY of EACH MONTH — The Washakie County Commissioners meeting: Commissioners’ room in the courthouse start at 9 a.m. SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH – Worland Acoustic Jam: 6:30 pm. at the Worland Senior Center. EVERY SECOND TUESDAY — The Washakie County Democrats meeting: 7 p.m. at the Worland Community Center Complex. EVERY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY ... Full story

  • Karla's Kolumn: Win or lose, it was the right call

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|May 9, 2019

    I was watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday when a NASCAR race broke out. I know you're expecting a political column or words of wisdom here instead of a sports column, but rest assured we'll get there. Saturday was the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown. I'm not a big fan of horse racing. I watch the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, but mainly in memory of my mother who loved watching those three races. (P.S. Happy Mother's Day up in heaven... Full story

  • Washakie County Homemakers name Scranton as the 2019 Unsung Hero

    Christine Weber, Washakie County Homemaker|May 9, 2019

    WORLAND - Washakie County Homemakers are observing Homemakers Week this week, May 5-11. As part of that observation the group nominates a community member, or one of their own members, as an "unsung hero." This year the organization has named Fran Scranton as the 2019 Unsung Hero. For 30 years Scranton has been a volunteer for the Worland community through several different projects. "When we moved to Worland in 1983, my wife Diana and I became involved in Oktoberfest." Many folk remember this...

  • Worland Middle School students learn that choices matter

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|May 9, 2019

    WORLAND – Wednesday, May 1, eighth-grade Worland Middle School students set out into the community to learn more about choices that could impact the rest of their lives. Previously referred to as "Life R U Ready," Worland Middle School started the program "Choices That Matter" in order to allow students to receive more hands-on experience about the consequences of their choices. Life R U Ready was a life-simulation health fair to increase awareness with teenagers on consequences of behavior a... Full story

  • Citizen requests for upcoming events approved

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|May 9, 2019

    WORLAND — The Worland City Council approved several requests from citizens at Tuesday night’s regular meeting. They approved allowing camping at Newell Sargent Park this weekend for the annual Mother’s Day softball tournament. Armando Parra said this year funds will be raised for the U12 baseball players who travel to Powell to play in the summer. The motion to approve the camping request was approved with one no vote from Dennis Koch. The council then approved the annual request to close North... Full story

  • Environmental Impact Statement released for proposed reservoir near Hyattville

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|May 9, 2019

    WORLAND – Last week the Bureau of Land Management Worland Field Office released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alkali Creek Reservoir Project near Hyattville. The proposed project, from the Wyoming Water Development Office (WWDO), supports the BLM's commitment to modernizing infrastructure and is consistent with Wyoming's 2015 Water Strategy. According to the EIS, "After eight years of conducting studies and scoping, the WWDO determined locations in Wyoming that need rese...

  • Raymond William 'Monk' DeVries

    May 9, 2019

    Memorial services for Raymond William “Monk” DeVries, 51, will be Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. at Mortimore Funeral Home in Thermopolis. Mr. DeVries died Friday, May 3, at Riverstone Hospice in Billings, Montana.... Full story

  • One-Ring Phone Scam Can Rack Up Big Bills

    May 9, 2019

    Scams that involve phone calls are nothing new, it remains one of the top ways that scammers target consumers. But a new scam involves a phone call that just triggers one ring on your phone. Consumers all over the country are reporting the scam. Luckily by following a few simple tips, you can avoid getting caught up by this fraud. The scam starts by you receiving a call that hangs up after one ring. You may receive a series of calls from the same number, which may be from your area code. If you call the number back, you are asked to accept char... Full story

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  • Warriors and Lady Warriors ready for 3A West regional meet

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|May 9, 2019

    THERMOPOLIS - The moment has come for the Worland High School track and field athletes. After all the meets in the regular season and hard work in practice, the postseason is finally here. Worland will be in Pinedale May 10-11 for the 3A West regional meet as they battle against athletes from Big Piney, Lander, Lovell, Lyman, Mountain View, Pinedale and Powell for spots at the state tournament and conference bragging rights. "We're ready and I tell the kids this is the time to be at the top of... Full story

  • MAY 10 Wyoming News Briefs

    May 9, 2019

    Whooping cough cases in Campbell County draw warning GILLETTE (WNE) — A cluster of at least five cases of whooping cough in Campbell County has occurred over the past week and is drawing warnings from the Wyoming Department of Health. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a serious illness for all ages and especially dangerous for infants, said Kim Deti, spokeswoman with the state department. However, it is preventable with vaccinations. Deti said the cluster of five cases — and she expects there could be more — is a mix of those who have been... Full story

  • HSCHS track heads to 3A East regional meet Friday

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|May 9, 2019

    WORLAND - After hosting their annual Bobcat Invitational track and field meet on May 3, the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats are ready and raring to go for the 3A East regional meet in Burns on May 10-11. "Not as many personal records as we have had in other meets but they kids still did a decent job," said HSCHS track and field coach Amiee Kay about her team's performance in the Bobcat Invite. "Now we just have our regionals to get our kids qualified for state. Looking at the rest of the conference,... Full story

  • Bad tactics in sports and 'GoT'

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|May 9, 2019

    Tactical errors are a part of sports. A perfectly executed game plan by two opposing coaches would be fun to watch, once, but after that, it’d get quite boring. Human error or miscalculations are what adds to the excitement. There’s no entertainment value in watching computers play chess. (Although, we might not be far off from the robot apocalypse if those goons at Google and Facebook don’t knock it off with their A.I. experiments.) The only reason I got to thinking about bad tactics in sport... Full story

  • MAY 9 Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    Man facing five felonies in Cheyenne chase CHEYENNE (WNE) — The man who shot at law enforcement while leading them on a high-speed chase through Cheyenne on Friday is facing multiple charges, including five felonies. Dominique Childers was arrested Friday after leading the Cheyenne Police Department and Wyoming Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase that went through downtown Cheyenne. Childers is also accused of firing multiple shots at the pursuing officers while trying to evade capture. At the time, Childers and his passenger, Chastity Jacobs,... Full story

  • Experts say McCormick report should be made public

    Chrissy Suttles and Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    CHEYENNE — Experts in Wyoming public records law say Laramie County School District 1 officials have no legal basis for denying public access to McCormick Junior High's report on bullying. The district announced it had wrapped up its investigation into harassment and bullying at the school last week, issuing a one-page statement to parents, staff and journalists revealing "some" instances of bullying at McCormick over time. The report also noted administrators didn't always follow district policy for reporting these incidents. Now that LCSD1 h... Full story

  • UW Board of Trustees to Interview Three Candidates for Acting President

    May 9, 2019

    The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will interview three candidates for the office of acting president of the university during an executive session Wednesday, May 15. The candidates are Chris Boswell, UW's former vice president for governmental and community affairs (2012-18); Bill Mai, former vice president for finance and administration (2013-18); and Neil Theobald, current vice president for finance and administration (since July 1, 2018). The interviews will take place starting at 7... Full story

  • Flags at Half Staff Wednesday

    May 9, 2019

    Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Donald Trump's Proclamation, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The Presidential Proclamation follows: Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2019 - - - - - - - By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending... Full story

  • MAY 13 Wyoming News Briefs

    May 9, 2019

    Man fired multiple times at Cheyenne police in chase CHEYENNE (WNE) — The man who was shot twice after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Cheyenne on May 3 allegedly told investigators he fled because he was in possession of methamphetamine and had an outstanding warrant. According to court documents, Dominique Childers told detectives from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation he “freaked out” when a trooper from the Wyoming Highway Patrol tried to pull him over for speeding on southbound Interstate 25 near Cheye... Full story

  • Cloud Peak files for bankruptcy

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    GILLETTE — Cloud Peak Energy’s bankruptcy filing Friday afternoon may be the beginning of the end for the Gillette-based coal producer. Unlike previous Powder River Basin coal bankruptcies, Cloud Peak seems to be looking to shed debt and sell its assets rather than emerge as an ongoing company. The company said it will continue to attempt to sell "all of its assets" and that the company expects its three PRB mines "will continue normal operations throughout the process.” The filing ends moths of speculation about Cloud Peak's shaky finan... Full story

  • UW creating four new jobs to combat sexual assault

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming is planning to create four new jobs as part of its No More Campaign, which aims to provide more resources to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campaign. The positions won’t be filled until the Board of Trustees signs off on the budget for the 2020 fiscal year, but President Laurie Nichols and Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Blackburn have already found money for the jobs through internal re-allocation of funding — not through an overall budget increase approved by the trustees. “I just think i... Full story

  • Settlement in Rawlins police shooting case tops $900,000

    Ray K. Erku, Rawlins Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    RAWLINS — On Tuesday, the final settlement figure for a U.S. District Court civil case regarding John Randall Veach, an unarmed man who was shot dead by members of the Rawlins Police Department in 2015, was revealed. According to Qusair Mohamedbhai, an attorney representing the Veach estate, who filed suit in 2017, the settlement reached a final tally of $925,000 in damages. Mohamedbhai said that much of that figure will be paid for through state funds, using a “risk pool.” Rawlins City Manager Scott Hannum confirmed on Tuesday that the “lion... Full story

  • Colorado police officer who held Jackson teen at gunpoint sued

    Emily Mieure, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    JACKSON — A teenager held at gunpoint last summer by an off-duty police officer who assumed he had committed a crime is suing her for violating his civil rights. In a complaint filed Thursday in Teton County District Court, Gerardo Becerra, 18, claims assault, battery, false imprisonment and outrage against Colorado police officer Vanessa Schultz. Schultz, 32, is employed by the Lakewood Police Department but was off duty and vacationing in Jackson in July 2018 when she heard a loud noise near Snow King Avenue and Flat Creek Drive. “Mr. Bec... Full story

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