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  • LCSD1 to require more training after bus driver arrest

    Hannah Black, Wyoming Tribune Eagle|Feb 24, 2022

    CHEYENNE — Following last week’s arrest of a bus driver for allegedly driving students while drunk, Laramie County School District 1 drivers will be required to go through increased training, a district spokesperson said Tuesday. David Richard Williams, 60, was arrested Feb. 16 by Wyoming Highway Patrol on misdemeanor charges of DUI and having an open container in a moving vehicle. He was booked into the Goshen County jail at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 16 and had been released sometime before Tuesday afternoon, according to the Goshen County She... Full story

  • Ukraine invasion could keep energy prices high

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star Tribune|Feb 24, 2022

    CASPER —Wyoming’s oil and gas industry appears to be in for another tumultuous year. It looked, until recently, like the market would stabilize at last. Prices, though still high, would start to fall, and supply would eventually catch up with demand. Then the world learned that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine. A number of countries rely on Russia, one of the world’s top exporters of both oil and natural gas, for fuel. If countries stop accepting that fuel, or Russia cuts them off, the cost of the remaining supply will go up. “I think t... Full story

  • Local artist's piece selected for Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition

    Feb 24, 2022

    CHEYENNE — Some of Wyoming’s finest artists will be recognized during the 2022 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition reception in the Wyoming State Capitol Extension tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 14, and open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year 134 artists submitted 357 artworks and Juror Wade Patton of South Dakota selected 59 artists for inclusion in the show. Among the pieces selected was a fiber art piece titled, “Don’t Fence Me In,” by Rhonda Schmeltzer of Worland. Sc...

  • Two State Senate Files try to assist with property taxes

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND - Two bills that would assist Wyoming citizens regarding property taxes are moving through the Senate. Sen. Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep, SD20) said Senate File 69 would limit property tax from rising more than 5% in one year. The bill has been introduced and referred to the Agriculture Committee, which Cooper is a member. The bill was not on the committee's agenda on Tuesday. According to the Legislative Service Office, the fiscal impact by the bill is "indeterminable, as it would depend on...

  • The News Editorial: Change in Party bill solves nothing, hinders voters

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Feb 24, 2022

    The primary election is six months away but work to impact who can vote in that election is underway in the Wyoming State Legislature with Senate File 97 – Change in Party Affiliation. The bill, similar to ones that have been filed in previous years since the 2018 governor election, would limit the timeframe when a person could change party affiliation. Currently you can change party affiliation at any time including on the day of the election. The bill, if approved would only allow an “elector” or qualified voter to change party affil... Full story

  • I may be 'bias'ed: Transgender girls are girls

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    A group of state lawmakers filed a bill that bars transgender women and girls in Wyoming from participating in high school and collegiate sports that match their gender identity. The Senate voted 25-4-1 to introduce the bill and it was referred to the Education Committee on Feb. 18. The “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” or Senate File 51, is sponsored by Senator Wendy Schuler, R-Evanston, and six other lawmakers. In addition to implementing a ban, the measure seeks to protect students who may experience retaliation for reporting fellow stude...

  • Worland Speech & Debate places first in 3A

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND – The Worland High School speech and debate team took first place overall in 3A at the Riverton tournament Feb. 19. Helping lead the team to the first-place victory was Kinley Anderson who was the tournament champion in drama and Elizabeth Bleicher, tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Other placers at the Riverton meet were: Gabe Gould received second place in congress, followed by Zach Fernandez in third. Anderson and Bleicher both advanced to super congress. Chase Johnson a...

  • County planner gives update on plans for bike path repairs

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND – The bike path just north of the canal on Airport Road will hopefully be repaired this summer after the retaining wall caused cracking along the pavement. According to Washakie County Planner David Anderson, a couple of summers ago, the damage started with the pavement surface cracking north of the canal bridge. “What has happened is that the retaining wall is settling vertically and it’s also starting to shift away from the bike path, which creates gaps, which forms cracks in the asphalt,” Anderson said. “We’ve tried to repair those a...

  • Veterans assistance in Big Horn Basin counties

    Feb 24, 2022

    CHEYENNE – A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout March. Brad Cline is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. Cline can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims, or request healthcare. His office is located at 1026 Blackburn Ave., Ste. 1, in Cody, and he will be available at the fol...

  • WESTI Ag Days focuses on farmer mental health

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND – This year at WESTI Ag Days in Worland, the serious topic of mental health was discussed, with the help of Darla Tyler-McSherry and her program Ask in Earnest. Ask in Earnest is an organization put together by Tyler-McSherry, a teacher at Montana State University in Billings. Tyler-McSherry gave a presentation and a workshop on the topic of farmer mental health, as well as suicide in the farm and ranch community. According to the Ask in Earnest website, Tyler-McSherry started the organization after her father, who was a farmer, took h...

  • WESTI Ag Days: Getting more carbon in the soil, good for the environment

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND - When one thinks of a carbon footprint, thoughts of oil and gas usually come to mind, not cattle grazing, but that is exactly what was discussed during a WESTI Ag Days presentation last week in Worland. Washakie County Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist, Chris Mejus of the Western Sustainability Exchange and Montana ranchers Roger and Bonnie Indreland discussed carbon sequestration and the carbon market available in Montana through Native Energy. According to the Native Energy...

  • Wolverines in the Snowy Range? Biologists aim to find out

    CHRISTINE PETERSON, WyoFile.com|Feb 24, 2022

    When it comes to animals, not comic book characters, few wolverines are as famous as wolverine M56. Over the course of a few years, the badger-sized animal with claws meant for digging and teeth meant for ripping wandered from the Tetons to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to North Dakota, where he was shot by a ranch hand unsure of the strange animal approaching his cows. Wolverine M56 made headlines because his radio transmitter allowed biologists to track the epic journey, which spanned hundreds of miles. But those kinds of... Full story

  • Washakie County Fair Board accepting entries for fair theme and fair book cover

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair board announced at their regular meeting Feb. 15 that they would start taking entries for the fair book cover and the 2022 Washakie County Fair theme. Submissions from any Washakie County resident may include just the theme or theme idea and suggested cover for the fair book based on the proposed theme being submitted. Residents are encouraged to make their own cover for the fair book and submit it to the board. Last year the fair board did not receive any entries for the fair theme or book cover. The Washakie...

  • Ten Sleep school district ready to renovate Masonic Lodge

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Feb 24, 2022

    TEN SLEEP – At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, Washakie County School Board District No. 2 announced that they would start accepting bids for renovations to the old Masonic Lodge in Ten Sleep. The school board is looking to accept bids to remodel the building into a board room, complete with a couple of offices as well. The board will be accepting bids for this after completing the process of getting specifications for an architect, according to WCSD No. 2 Superintendent, Jimmy Phelps. Purchased by the school in 2016, t...

  • Senate Chambers

    Feb 24, 2022

    The Senate Chambers during the 66th Wyoming Legislature Tuesday February 15, 2022 in Cheyenne. Photo by Michael Smith....

  • Warriors bring home third-place trophy from 3A State meet, Stanek and Quigley earn All-State honors and set school records

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 24, 2022

    WORLAND — Saving their best for last, the Worland Warriors boys swimming team ended their season on a high note during last week’s 3A State meet in Gillette. “We could have swum a little better in a couple of events, but we still wouldn’t have finished any better. We were too far behind Buffalo but third out of 13 teams is pretty good. A lot of people took notice of Worland swimming at state,” said WHS boys swimming coach Justin Howe. The Warriors finished third at the 3A State meet, scoring 1...

  • Hear Me Out: The topic of the week: trans athletes

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 24, 2022

    If you haven’t heard, Penn swimmer Lia Thomas smashed a lot of records last week, and a lot of people are up in arms. Thomas is at the center of a new round of American culture wars because Thomas is a trans woman. Then here in Wyoming, as of writing, the bill SF0051 Fairness in women’s sports act is in the Senate Education Committee would ban transgender women and girls from competing in high school and collegiate sports that aren’t their biological sex at birth. To quote Nigel Tufnel, the h... Full story

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