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    Jun 11, 2020

    Blair's and Bomgaars inserts online and in print. Sutherland inserts inside the print edition. Also see the honor roll page inside....

  • Karla's Kolumn: Bird Watching

    Jun 11, 2020

    A few years ago we set up a bird feeder at the back of our house, which made the birds and our cats very happy. At first my husband was frustrated that the cats would stalk their prey, sometimes being successful and other times not. I told him not to get mad at the cats for being cats. I think the biggest issue is the one cat, Buddy, would bring his feast to the front porch, and that's just something you don't want to see walking out of the house in the morning. I do feel sorry for the birds... Full story

  • Whitlock resigns as Clerk of District Court

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND - With the resignation, effective June 30, of Washakie County Clerk of District Court SuZann Whitlock the Washakie County Republican Central Committee has begun the process to submit names for potential replacements to the county commissioners. According to state statute, 22-18-111 (ii) "if a vacancy occurs in a county elective office, the board of county commissioners of the county in which the vacancy occurs shall immediately notify in writing the chairman of the county central...

  • Bleak revenue picture for state, local government

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND — Prior to Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announcing the upcoming closures of 10 state rest areas and painting a bleak upcoming financial picture, Rep. Mike Greear (R-Worland) provided similar news to the Worland City County on Tuesday, June 2. Greear told the council, “It’s been an interesting several months. We came out of our last legislative session around March 12, had a good budget in place. Everything seemed normal in the world. The state’s investments were doing well, oil was doing...

  • Number of new COVID-19 cases declining in Washakie County

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND — Washakie County saw its slowest growth in COVID-19 since the outbreak at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center began May 9 with just two cases from Tuesday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 9. Previous to the outbreak, Washakie County had five cases. As of Tuesday, June 9, there were 34 cases. Five of the new cases were community spread. The two newest cases, reported on Thursday, June 4, were two residents from the WHRC, bringing the total number of residents to 16 residents a...

  • Emotional goodbye from Ten Sleep Mayor Haggerty; town's summer festivities set to continue

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jun 11, 2020

    TEN SLEEP – Jack Haggerty, who has been the mayor of Ten Sleep since October 2014, said one last goodbye to the council and reflected on his time as Ten Sleep mayor in an emotional end to his long career in public service. He also served as a council member since 2003 prior to being appointed mayor in 2014 after previous mayor Sandi Juetten resigned. In his final address to the town council, Haggerty was thankful for all of the hard work that he and the council have done over his tenure and a...

  • Scheuerman named Washakie County School District 1 Teacher Of The Year

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND – Worland second-grade teacher Jannel Scheuerman was named the Washakie County School District No. 1 Teacher Of The Year. Scheuerman is currently in her eighth year of teaching overall, all of which have been at the second-grade level. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education in 2012, and earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, with a specialty in reading, in December 2017. "It meant a whole bunch," Scheuerman said regarding the award. "I am not a person w...

  • Fair Board considers food vendor situation, takes stand against cruelty

    George Horvath, Staff Writer|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met Monday for its regularly scheduled meeting. They discussed a range of issues as the county fair nears. The fair will take place from Jul. 27-Aug. 1. Fair Board President Jeff Lapp recently spoke with Washakie County Public Health Nursing Manager Amanda Heinemeyer to discuss the likely COVID-19 mask and social distancing requirements that will apply at the time of the fair. Heinemeyer told Lapp that the situation remains uncertain, but that Governor Mark Gordon’s next briefing on the matter, sch...

  • Smaller projects planned for 2020-21 school year

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND – The Worland school board approved capital projects for the upcoming year at their May 25 meeting along with allowing staff movement on the salary schedule steps and lanes for the 2020-21 budget. According to Business Manager Jack Stott, the two major projects that are set to impact Washakie County School District No. 1 this upcoming year are the final security upgrades to the Worland High School entrance, along with upgrades to the Worland Middle School entrance which Stott said he r...

  • Feeding the hungry through mobile and local food pantries

    George Horvath, Staff Writer|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND – In the three months since the state of Wyoming started issuing a series of public health orders and directives, hoping to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection in the state, Wyoming businesses have been hurting. Unemployment is on the rise with the state rate at 9.2% in April and Washakie County's rate at 7.4%. Many people who work for these businesses have had to scramble to feed their families. When Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies brought its drive-up mobile food pantry to W...

  • Worland resident felt compelled to join in Casper protest

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jun 11, 2020

    WORLAND — A Worland resident joined about 300 people from Casper and Wyoming in a protest in downtown Casper last Wednesday, June 3. Amanda Hoffman of Worland said she decided to participate in the June 3 protest in Casper as soon as she saw it posted on social media Tuesday morning, June 2. Why the need to participate? “I feel really strongly that there is a very pervasive problem of racism in this country and there’s a lot of police brutality in this country. The time to say enough is enoug...

  • Steven D. Schafer

    Jun 11, 2020

    Steven D. Schafer, 80, of Cody, WY died Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Spirit Mountain Hospice Home in Cody. He was born June 28, 1939 in Corning, Iowa to Delmont G. and Vesta Ruth (Homan) Schafer. After high school, Steve served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1960. He was proud and thankful to have been able to serve his country. After college he went on to have a successful career in the banking industry. On Sept. 6, 1964, he married Nedra J. Swanson in Red Oak, Iowa. Steve's primary focus in his... Full story

  • Steven Harry Davis

    Jun 11, 2020

    Steven Harry Davis, 68, passed away on June 5, 2020 at his home in Worland. Steve was born and raised in Worland, WY to Harry and Esther (Buxman) Davis. He was born premature and fighting for his life, but nothing from this point on would manage to slow him down. Our beloved and spirited Dad was always eager to learn new things and was as smart as they come. We remember many tales of him riding bikes with his sister through town, including a time where he landed in a ditch and ended up with a pi... Full story

  • Pauline Francisco

    Jun 11, 2020

    Pauline Francisco passed away peacefully at her home in Mabank, TX on May 29th, 2020. Polly was born August 11, 1928 to Roy and Mildred (Williams) Luttes in Billings, MT. She was the Youngest of 4 children. She grew up on a small ranch in Ballantine Montana. Then her parents sold the ranch in Montana and moved the family to San Benito, TX. She graduated from San Benito High School In 1946 than 2 years later she attended Durham Business School in Harlingen, TX. After finishing business school... Full story

  • Marilyn Frances Kohler

    Jun 11, 2020

    Marilyn Frances Kohler, 72, died unexpectedly on May 29, 2020 at her home in Worland, Wyoming. She was born on January 16, 1948 to Mary Nikolai Jaecks and Norman Emil Jaecks in Wausau, WI. She graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1966 and went on to study Arts and Textiles at UW-Stout in Menomonie WI. On August 31, 1968 she married John Kohler in Rice Lake, WI . After 20+ years, they divorced yet continued to celebrate holidays together as a family and enjoy their grandchildren as the family... Full story

  • Indoor gathering limits increased, parades permitted under updated health orders

    Jun 11, 2020

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Updated public health orders that take effect June 15 will continue to ease restrictions on public gatherings in Wyoming, Governor Mark Gordon announced today. The updated orders allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with restrictions, permit parades to occur (with appropriate social distancing), and allow K-12 schools, community colleges, the University, and other educational institutions to reopen facilities and resume in-person instruction for all students. The new orders are in effect through June 30 and allow g... Full story

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  • Marvin Lee Mead

    Jun 11, 2020

    Marvin Lee Mead, 89-year-old Worland resident, passed away June 8, 2020 at his home. Marvin was born on April 11, 1931 in Fort Collins, Colorado. As per his wishes, there will be no formal services at this time. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.... Full story

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  • Wyoming News Briefs June 12

    Jun 11, 2020

    Wyoming state parks report record number of visitors CHEYENNE (WNE) — A record number of visitors came to Wyoming state parks in April and May, and parks officials expect the high turnout to continue throughout the summer. In April and May, when many public spaces were closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Wyoming’s state parks drew more than 575,000 visitors – a roughly 160% increase over the five-year average of 225,000. Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Deputy Director Nick Neylon called the numbers “stunning.” “We knew from talkin... Full story

  • Tensions grow at Laramie protests

    Joel Funk, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 11, 2020

    LARAMIE - Protests against racism and police brutality have escalated this week in Laramie as supporters and apparent counter-protesters in trucks, motorcycles and Jeeps have confronted people blocking intersections along Grand Avenue. Thursday saw the fifth consecutive day that protesters have defied police requests to confine their marches to sidewalks and instead have disrupted traffic between First and 15th streets along Grand Avenue. While the first week saw demonstrators stay on... Full story