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    Feb 22, 2024

    Check out local news, legislative updates from the Budget Session and more....

  • Lawley's property tax awaits committee approval

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Feb 22, 2024

    After the first week of her first budget session, Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland) said, “It’s been a really exciting, kind of high paced week. And in my view, it’s been a pretty good week.” Within the first week, the House saw the presentations of committee bills, personal bills and started initial discussions regarding the governor’s proposed budget. PERSONAL BILLS Lawley introduced House Bill (HB) 134, formerly known as HB 121, which makes amendments to the property tax deferral program. According to Lawley, HB134 is intended to help a...

  • Sen. Cooper optimistic about energy, tax bills

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Feb 22, 2024

    As the second week of the Wyoming Legislature’s 2024 Budget Session nears an end, District 20 Senator Ed Cooper of Ten Sleep had much to discuss about the first week. Cooper broke down some of his positives and negatives of the first five days of the session by saying, “On the Senate side, we got through introduction of all of our bills, and like always we killed a few bad ones and we killed a few good ones. The introductory process requires a two-thirds majority with only three minutes to describe your bill. It doesn’t give a real good pictu...

  • Breck Buer hired as building maintenance manager

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Feb 22, 2024

    During the Washakie County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the commissioners interviewed six applicants for the vacant position of building maintenance manager. The position was previously held by Ryan Casad, who left the position at the end of January 2023. Previous manager Tom Schmeltzer has been temporarily filling the position. According to Washakie County Clerk Lily Rakness Parra, the commissioners selected Breck Buer for the position. Buer has been the owner of Buer Electric, and said he now hopes to be an asset to the county...

  • Gerald Phillip Welfl

    Feb 22, 2024

    Gerald Phillip Welfl passed away peacefully on February 12th, 2024, at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD. Service was Feb. 16 at the United Methodist Church, DeSmet. Interment at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date. Gerald (Jerry) was born October 14th, 1934 to Lawerance and Nina Welfl in Phillip, SD. After graduating high school in Springfield, SD, Jerry enlisted in the United States Army for 3 years. On August 19th, 1956, Jerry married the love of his life Helen Griffith.... Full story

  • Donna Lee Moberly

    Feb 22, 2024

    Donna Lee (Bruce) Moberly, 90, passed away at her home on February 17, 2024, surrounded by her beloved family. Donna was born on September 8, 1933, in Cody, Wyoming, the only child born to William Gerald and Alma Mary (Campbell) Bruce. They later adopted Michael James, giving Donna her only brother. The family moved to Greybull, Wyoming, where she attended school, graduating from Greybull High School in 1951. She married Harry Richard Moberly on September 23, 1950, in Red Lodge, Montana. The... Full story

  • Tracy Joe Kern

    Feb 22, 2024

    Tracy Joe Kern, 51, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on February 16, 2024 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on April 26, 1972 to Harvey Duane and Helen (Pantoja) Kern in Hardin, Montana. He moved to Worland when he was 15 years old. Tracy finished the school of hard knocks and earned his GED in 1990. Tracy's career in the oil field began just after getting his GED, where he displayed dedication and expertise. After a night on the town, Tracy met Doris at... Full story

  • The News Editorial: Understanding federal holidays

    Karla Pomeroy|Feb 22, 2024

    Today, Thursday, Feb. 22, is President George Washington’s Birthday. It was observed on Monday, a federal holiday. Most people observed this as Presidents’ Day. The official holiday, however is George Washington’s Birthday and was intended to honor one of our founding fathers, a decorated general and our nation’s first president. I began this research into his birthday and the February federal holiday after a discussion in the office about what is this holiday really? Because, let’s be honest...

  • Principals report on anti-bullying techniques at high school, middle school

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Feb 22, 2024

    Thermopolis Middle School Principal Darren Luebbe and High School Principal Catelyn Deromedi gave a joint report on how bullying is handled within their schools to the Hot Springs County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees at the Feb. 15 meeting. Luebbe said, “We have a bullying reporting system that’s on our district website that allows students to report bullying and sends that report to us, and it’s available to parents as well.” He stated that kids in each grade are taught how to use the reporting system at the beginning of each sc...

  • Saving Pond 6: Agencies combine efforts to improve habitat

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune|Feb 22, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange POWELL - Wildlife scattered Tuesday as massive flames formed fire devils and thick plumes of smoke rose thousands of feet from Pond 6 at the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area. As black smoke began to rise around noon, Nick Inzer watched the controlled burn from a safe place on a nearby hill, looking for wildlife escaping the flames through a pair of pricey binoculars. "There goes another pheasant," he joyfully announced each time a ringneck was pushed up. He... Full story

  • Congressional delegation seeks answers from Postmaster

    Feb 22, 2024

    Washington, DC – Last week, U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis and Representative Harriet Hageman, all Republicans from Wyoming, sent a letter to United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expressing their strong opposition to proposed changes to remove mail sorting facilities from Wyoming that would negatively impact mail service throughout the state. In the letter, the delegation relays concerns that the state of Wyoming is being overlooked and shortchanged. They also highlight how these changes could impact W...

  • Feb 22, 2024

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  • Durrant and Thomas swim their best at 3A State

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    The Worland Warriors swimming and diving team only had two swimmers compete at the 3A State meet in Laramie last weekend, but both swimmers cut time and gave it their all. Senior Joey Durrant and junior Scott Thomas were the Warriors to compete at the season's culminating event. Durrant swam the 100-yard backstroke (100-yard backstroke) and 100-yard butterfly (1:08.98) at state and Thomas the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.83). "Joey and Scottie both cut time, you can't ask for more than that....

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  • Wyoming senators pushing to protect gun rights for citizens

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle|Feb 22, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE — Federal regulation around gun laws has prompted some Wyoming lawmakers to work to preserve gun rights for residents at the state level. Three bills were forwarded to the Senate floor by members of the Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands, and Water Resources Committee on Tuesday. These bills would broaden access to gun ownership in the state, with one or two taking a stance against gun law regulation by the federal government. Two years ago, federal lawmakers urged banks to adopt a new merchant c... Full story

  • Tribe pushes back on hunting

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal|Feb 22, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange LANDER — The 2019 U.S. Supreme Court decision Herrera v. Wyoming upheld tribal rights to hunt on unoccupied off-reservation land, ruling that Wyoming’s statehood didn’t supersede the treaty rights of tribal members. In the case, Wyoming officials attempted to cite a group of Crow reservation hunters for poaching after the party followed three elk from Montana into Wyoming in the Big Horn National Forest and shot them, then took them home for food. In the wake of that decision, Wyoming has tried to figure out how it ca... Full story

  • 988 hotline funding cut to $10M

    Carrie Haderlie, Wyoming Tribune Eagle|Feb 22, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE — The House Appropriations Committee slashed a request for $40 million to fund a 988 hotline trust fund by three-quarters Tuesday morning. “I’m disappointed,” Rep. Jon Conrad, R-Mountain View, said after the meeting. “We worked hard on this.” Conrad was one of several lawmakers listed as co-sponsors of House Bill 186, “988 hotline-appropriation,” which included the request for $40 million in general fund money for the 988 System Trust Fund Account. Instead, House Appropriations voted to allocate $10 million th... Full story

  • Three UW Swimmers Killed in Crash on U.S. Highway 287

    Feb 22, 2024

    Three members of the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team died in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 287 about 10 miles south of the Wyoming-Colorado border Thursday afternoon. Two other members of the men's swimming and diving team were injured in the crash. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The crash happened between Livermore and Virginia Dale, Colo., at the intersection of Highway 287 and Red Mountain Road, according to reports from the Colorado State... Full story

  • Weekly Cyber Security Brief

    Feb 22, 2024

    Hacker’s Brief 2/23/2024 Payroll Ploy: A Jackson citizen received a scam email purportedly from a former employee, requesting assistance in updating their direct deposit information before the next payday. The citizen speculates that the email may have originated from LinkedIn, as the employee has not worked for the company for two years but has not updated their LinkedIn account. The email used the former employee's full name in both the sender's email address and the message content. CyberWyoming Note: Always verify the authenticity of unexpe... Full story

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