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  • Rep. Hageman talks gender identity, border security to local GOP

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jun 8, 2023

    U.S. Representative Harriet Hageman paid a visit to Washakie County Republicans for her “quarterly report” during their Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, June 3 at Green Hills Golf Course in Worland. Hageman informed attendees that she had been appointed to the two committees she most desired to be on – Judiciary and Natural Resources, alongside the Water, Wildlife and Fisheries and Limited Government and the Constitution subcommittees and was named chairman of the Indian Affairs subcommittee. Hageman also reported that she had been...

  • West Side teacher receives Master Teacher Award

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jun 8, 2023

    Andrea Cooley, a fourth grade teacher at West Side Elementary, was selected by the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board as the 2023 Master Teacher Award winner and was presented the award at the May 22 board meeting. "It's such an honor to be acknowledged," said Cooley. This award is given annually by the school board to recognize a teacher within the district that has gone beyond their calling as an educator. Through her 12-year career in Worland, Cooley has shown continued dedication...

  • Conservation District requests city bring back compost pile

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jun 8, 2023

    Washakie County Conservation District Manager Amanda O’Keefe and Education Coordinator Janet Hofmann made an appearance at the June 6 Worland City Council meeting to advocate for the resurrection of the town composting system. O’Keefe pointed out that the last effort to create a workable compost lot at Newell Sargent Park was headed by the Conservation District, City and University of Wyoming Extension Office starting in 2015. In 2019, a new composting lot was opened, but since then, the composting setup has fallen into disrepair and dis...

  • Robert Henry Fritzler

    Jun 8, 2023

    Robert Henry Fritzler went to his heavenly home on May 29, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Worland, WY on May 21, 1937 to Henry H. Fritzler and Edith O. Bower. "Bob" graduated from Worland High School and attended the University of Wyoming. He owned the Conoco Station on Big Horn and 10th Street before serving a brief stint in the U. S. Army. He then went to work for Pure Oil Co. which became Unocal. After retiring, he worked at Tommerup Machine Shop until he left the workf... Full story

  • Vicki DeVita

    Jun 8, 2023

    Vicki DeVita was born August 7, 1942, to Jim and Donna Brownell in Denver, CO. On May 25, 2023, she went to be with the Lord, she was 80 years old. A closed casket funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at the Sterling Berean Church with Pastor Daniel Holsten officiating. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 14 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO. Vicki spent most of her childhood in Wyoming. She graduated from Worland High School, and she went on to become an RN and worked in various hospitals... Full story

  • Do you honor the flag when you display it?

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jun 8, 2023

    The other day when I was putting out our flag at the Northern Wyoming News, a gust of wind knocked the flag out of my hand. I know etiquette says that the flag should not touch the ground, but it was not intentional. I gently picked it up and put the flag in the stand attached to our exterior wall. I mentioned to one of the employees that it hit the ground and how I thought flag etiquette meant it should be properly disposed of, but considering how many people treat the flag in the name of patriotism, I was not going to do that. (I was wrong,...

  • Occupational therapist Doyle leaves district after 31 years of service

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jun 8, 2023

    Michelle Doyle observed an occupational therapist at work back when she was attending Worland High School and found a calling. Now, she has helped 31 years' worth of Worland students as an OT for Washakie County School District No. 1, bidding her last classes goodbye in her retirement this year. "I was always a Wyoming fan, even when I went to school in Colorado," Doyle said. She attended the University of Wyoming for her prerequisites and continued to cheer on the brown and gold from Colorado...

  • Cleaning up: Fronk reflects on 18 years as school custodian

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jun 8, 2023

    Stacie Fronk was born and raised in Worland. So were her two children and six grandchildren, all of which graduated from Worland High School, where Fronk worked for 18 years until her retirement last December. Fronk started out in the kitchen at Worland Middle School in 2001, moved to West Side Elementary School that fall, then went on to become high school custodian in 2005, 21 total years of service. "The graduating Class of 2023 was born the year I started at the high school," Fronk pointed...

  • Lyman, Moody bid Ten Sleep School adieu

    AVERY HOWE, Staff Reporter|Jun 8, 2023

    Ten Sleep School employees Betty Lyman and Larry Moody bid adieu to students and staff during a retirement celebration on May 19. Washakie County School District Number 2 Superintendent Annie Griffin read aloud several memories and farewells submitted by coworkers about Lyman, who served in the cafeteria and as a bus driver for a total 27 years, and Moody, who worked as janitor for 16 years. Reminiscing on the many meals Lyman has served, friends recalled delectable "Betty's Spaghetti," cinnamon...

  • Thermopolis 2023 Brewfest

    Jun 8, 2023

  • The return of Worland Legion Baseball

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jun 8, 2023

    For the first time since 2008, the Worland American Legion program is back and out on the diamond. The last time Worland had a team was the 2008 season when they combined with Lander. The Worland Post 44 Chiefs played their first games of the season in a doubleheader against Thermopolis on May 30 at Newell Sargent Park. The Chiefs dropped both games to Thermopolis, 14-2 and 8-2. The nerves were there in Worland's first game back, 12 of the 14 runs Thermopolis scored in Game 1 came in the first...

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  • June 7 2023 Wyoming News Briefs

    Jun 8, 2023

    Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp inmate escapes custody CHEYENNE (WNE) — An inmate at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp escaped during a work detail assignment Monday, according to a news release from the Wyoming Department of Corrections. Monday morning, three forestry work details left the facility north of Newcastle, according to the release.Two details had 10 inmates and a supervisor each, and one detail had five inmates and a supervisor to work at a forestry work site east of the facility. At approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday, the work d... Full story

  • Honeybee on Phlox multiflora

    Jun 8, 2023

  • Laramie County school district considers offering parents four book options

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 8, 2023

    CHEYENNE - The library book policy in Laramie County School District 1 is set to expand, but it will remain opt-out for the immediate future. English language arts secondary curriculum coordinator Joe Evans said he hopes to present four options in the coming months to district stakeholders when it comes to their schools' media centers: open choice, parent limits choice, no access choice or identified list choice. He told trustees at their meeting Monday night the goal is to recognize every... Full story

  • Gillette City Council passes hate crime ordinance 4-3 on final reading

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 8, 2023

    GILLETTE - The Gillette City Council remained split on a proposed malicious harms ordinance, but the group passed it on a third and final reading Tuesday night with a 4-3 vote. Amendments were made to the ordinance, with the biggest change being the addition of age as a protected class. The votes on the ordinance remained unchanged from the first two readings, with City Councilmen Jim West, Billy Montgomery and Nathan McLeland and Councilwoman Heidi Gross voting for the ordinance, and Mayor... Full story

  • Third-party takes over investigation of Cody police officer

    Jun 8, 2023

    CODY (WNE) — The City of Cody will bring in a third party to review its investigation and findings regarding Cody Police Officer Blake Stinson’s conduct during an arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile in January. A formal complaint was filed in early May that “expressed concern over the officer’s professional conduct” during the arrest, a City of Cody June 6 press release said. The complaint was followed by a YouTube video published May 21 which compiled Stinson’s body camera and dash camera footage of the arrest. The video also called into question... Full story

  • Deborah Ann Goncalves

    Jun 8, 2023

    Deborah Ann Goncalves, 66, passed away peacefully at her home on June 6, 2023. Deb was born October 28, 1956 in Merced, California to J.D. and Geraldine (Sneed) Dixon. She received her education in California, graduating from Merced High School in 1974. She married Michael Louis Goncalves on July 13, 1974 in Reno, Nevada. The couple was blessed with three sons, John, Robert, and Matt. The family stayed in Merced where Mike was a fire-fighter/paramedic and Deb worked for a school district that ha...

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