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    Lots of pictures, a new alternative high school in Worland and other local news!...

  • Ambulance building gains certificate of occupancy

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|May 9, 2024

    At the Washakie County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, May 7, ambulance building project manager Tom Schmeltzer gave the commissioners an update on the building’s progress. Schmeltzer said that he and building maintenance manager Breck Buer met with the state fire marshal and following the meeting, they now have a certificate of occupancy on the way. The commissioners approved the installation of fencing around the ambulance building and window blinds. The commission and Buer will meet in the future to discuss furnishing and potentially carpet...

  • Local UW undergraduate researcher honored

    May 9, 2024

    The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the University of Wyoming selected two winners of 2024 Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Day Awards during last weekend's event at the Wyoming Union. The event celebrates exceptional student research that embodies the values of intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary exploration and scholarly excellence. This year's Phi Beta Kappa awards recognize two students whose work exemplifies the highest standards of academic excellence and intellectual rigor. In the categ...

  • Alva "Joe" Doak

    May 9, 2024

    Surrounded by his family, Alva "Joe" Doak, 74, passed away from Liver Cancer, Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana. Joe was born April 25th, 1949 in Thermopolis, Wyoming to Betty Earl and adopted by Alva W. and Lillian Doak. He attended school in Thermopolis until 1964 when his family moved to Ten Sleep, WY where he graduated with the Class of 1967. After college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, Joe returned to Thermopolis and purchased the Sideb... Full story

  • Wanda Sue Shipley

    May 9, 2024

    Wanda Sue Shipley, age 74, of Worland, Wyoming passed away on May 2nd, 2024 after a long battle with cardiovascular disease. Wanda was born on February 5, 1950, to Alex and Viola Thiel at their home located at 809 Grace in Worland, Wyoming. Some of Wanda's favorite memories centered around the storybook childhood she shared with the neighborhood children and their many adventures growing up in a small town. In high school, Wanda worked as a carhop at the A&W drive-in and next at Ma Bell before... Full story

  • Susan L. Blom

    May 9, 2024

    Susan Blom, a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and friend, unexpectedly passed away with loved ones at her side on May 2, 2024 at the age of 66 due to complications from emergency surgeries to repair an aortic aneurysm. Susan's life was a testament to her selflessness and dedication. She devoted herself to providing a safe and loving home for countless animals, a role that truly defined her. Her kindness and compassion extended not only to her friends and family but also to the animals she c... Full story

  • Rancher Landis Webber

    May 9, 2024

    Rancher Landis Webber, 92, died April 17, 2024, at Thermopolis Hot Springs Health. A Mass of Resurrection was held April 30 at St. Francis Church in Thermopolis.... Full story

  • Darvin M. Jemming

    May 9, 2024

    Darvin M. Jemming, 87, passed away May 3, 2024, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis. Rosary will be recited Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass of Resurrection will be May 10, 10:30 a.m. at the church.... Full story

  • Harvey Michael Simmons

    May 9, 2024

    Harvey Michael Simmons, 52, passed away on May 3, 2024, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on April 10, 1972, in San Jose, California. Graveside Services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Riverside Cemetery in Thermopolis, Wyoming.... Full story

  • Patrick Edward Sutton

    May 9, 2024

    Patrick Edward Sutton, 79, passed away on May 4, 2024 at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyoming. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska on April 8, 1945. No services are planned at this time.... Full story

  • The News Editorial: Kudos to teachers, mothers and graduates

    Karla Pomeroy|May 9, 2024

    Last Tuesday I attended the Chief Washakie FFA awards banquet, and, like other times I have attended the banquet I saw seniors talk about their respect, admiration and appreciation for advisor and ag teacher Grace Godfrey. Each time I witness this I think back to my own primary and secondary schooling and while I remember many of my teachers fondly, I never felt the type of closeness and admiration that was expressed Tuesday night toward Mrs. Godfrey. I had some favorite teachers in high school...

  • Mental Fitness Minute: Can you get help for mental illness without taking medications?

    May 9, 2024

    On March 16, a grassroots committee hosted the Worland Mental Fitness Fair at the Worland Community Center. Members of the panel were Dr. Ralph Louis, psychologist from Oxbow Counseling in Basin; Janae Harman, owner of Family Circle Counseling in Worland; Mary Johnson, CEO of Oxbow Counseling in Worland; and Carol Bell, provisionally licensed therapist at Foundations Counseling in Cody. The panel answered prepared questions that came from the committee and from similar events in Shell, Greybull and Cowley. The Northern Wyoming News will be cove...

  • Fredericks named Washakie County Homemakers 2024 Unsung Heroes

    CHRISTINE WEBER, Washakie County Homemakers|May 9, 2024

    Dan and Nancy Frederick of Worland have been named Washakie County Homemakers 2024 Unsung Heroes. The nod was a result of the couple's involvement with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. "It was six years ago when I was watching a video on Facebook," said Dan. "Mike Rowe, host of the TV show 'Returning the Favor' talked about a gentleman in Idaho building beds for kids and giving them away. The man's name was Luke Nicholson. As I was watching it I told my wife Nancy 'Come look at this. This is something...

  • Worland brings home four medals from SkillsUSA; 2 earn state titles

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|May 9, 2024

    The annual Wyoming SkillsUSA competition took place in Casper April 22-24, where students with skills in various arts and trades have an opportunity to win scholarship money by competing against students from across Wyoming and neighboring states. This year, Worland took a team of 34 students to the competition competing in 12 categories, up from seven students the year before. Welding teacher Brian Aagard, who coached the SkillsUSA team for the first time last year, said, "The school as a whole...

  • Hageman answers community questions

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|May 9, 2024

    On Saturday, April 27, U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-Wyoming) answered a number of questions from Washakie County residents during a town hall meeting April 27. BORDER One concerned citizen said, “When they [undocumented immigrants] first started coming across the border, I said they’re going to give them the vote. We’ve got to stop that.” Hageman responded, “We’ve got to change the law so that illegals are not counted in every district. That would disincentivize cities allowing them to come. Right now, we are giving seats back to California...

  • Entrepreneur Jenkins tells businesses to keep fighting

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|May 9, 2024

    Entrepreneur Ty Jenkins of Ten Sleep talked about finding a home in Wyoming and offered some tips to business owners during his keynote address at the Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce awards banquet April 26. Jenkins said he and his wife, Debbie, built a company in 1991, but prior to that he began work for a credit union and then some consultants doing some auditing. He said he realized there had to be a better process to streamline things. "I sat down, I started typing a little bit of...

  • BLM requests preservation of Castle Gardens Recreation Area; Opportunity for public comment

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|May 9, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted an application to extend the withdrawal of the Castle Gardens Recreation Area, protecting the natural features there. Being withdrawn, the following actions are prohibited within the 110-acre area – “settlement, sale, location or entry under the general land laws, including the United States mining laws,” according to a notice released from by BLM. According to BLM Wind River and Bighorn Basin District Public Affairs representative Sarah Beckwith, “The Castle Gardens Recreation Area preserv...

  • Lady Warriors pick up first conference win of the season

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|May 9, 2024

    In one of their final home games for the season, the Worland Lady Warriors softball team notched their first conference win last week at Newell Sargent Park in Worland. Playing the Green River Lady Wolves on May 3, the Lady Warriors beat the Lady Wolves 12-7. The bats of Molly Glanz and Oakley Voyles helped power Worland to the conference victory. Voyles had three hits and two RBIs, and Glanz had two hits and four RBIs. WHS softball coach Tim Barrus missed last week's final home games due to att...

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