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  • CodeRED emergency alert drill reaches fewer people than 2018

    GEORGE HORVATH, Staff Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    Washakie County Emergency Management conducted a test of the CodeRED emergency alert system on Monday, June 10. In contrast to its previous drill, conducted in 2018, which reached 88% of eligible Washakie County mobile phones and landline phones, the test conducted June 10 reached only 37% of these numbers. Although the alert system in this year's drill made 5,371 phone calls, it reached a total of only 2,013 Washakie County residents who had registered with the CodeRED system. Voice calls were...

  • Forecasts for Bighorn River Basin inflows below average

    Jun 20, 2024

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s April forecast of the May through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin shows below average inflows for reservoirs. The predictions are as follows: •Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River June through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 455,000 acre-feet (af), which is 59% of the 30-year average of 771,000 af. As of June 1, Bighorn Lake is 84% full. •Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River June through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 400,000 af, which is 77% of the 30-ye...

  • Joan Christina Propp

    Jun 20, 2024

    Joan Propp, a lifelong resident of Worland, Wyoming, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024 at age 91. Born in Worland on Sept 29, 1932, she was the fifth of eleven children of George Joshua and Rose Aline (Bosch) Ribble. Joan grew up on the family farm north of Worland, working hard with her brothers Clinton and Franklin to keep the farm running after their father’s sudden death in 1947. She met Theodore Henry Propp when he moved to Worland after WWII to help his sister and brother-in-law, Harry and Leila Strauch, on their nearby farm. They m... Full story

  • Dory Anne Cauffman

    Jun 20, 2024

    Dory Anne Cauffman, age 59, of Burlington, WY, passed away on June 9, 2024. She was born on September 18, 1964, in Worland, WY. Dory was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Dory was a passionate individual who found joy in her family, books, organization, and animals. Her love for horses was unparalleled, and despite facing challenges, she never wavered from her dream of riding. She shared a beautiful 37-year marriage with her husband and best friend, Ray Cauffman, and... Full story

  • Larry McGarvin

    Jun 20, 2024

    If you knew him you loved him and he loved you. Larry Hunter McGarvin passed away on June 9, 2024. He turned 89 on May 29. He is survived by four children Jeff (Kathy) of Durango, Lucinda of Phoenix, Melissa O'Melia (Bill) of Littleton, and Jillian Balow (John) of Cheyenne, his companion and late-in-life love, Marie Giniger, ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, his brother (Lyle), and his sister (Jeanette). In heaven, he joins his wife of 62 years (Sue), his daughter (Lisa), his grandson... Full story

  • Helen (Hopkin) Cockrell

    Jun 20, 2024

    Helen Hopkin Cockrell, age 81, passed away in Worland at home surrounded by her children after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on June 13, 2024. Helen was born on March 24, 1943, to Leo "Speck" and Ila May Hopkin. She was welcomed by her sisters Hazel (Wambeke) and Charlotte (Lewis), and brothers Neil and John. As a young girl, Helen loved being around the sheep sheds and riding horses. Her mother, Ila, became ill and was hospitalized long term when Helen was only 9 months old. In 1955,... Full story

  • Chester Paul Ogaard, Jr.

    Jun 20, 2024

    Chester Paul Ogaard Jr., 94, passed away at the Washakie Medical Center on June 16, 2024. Paul was born on June 19, 1929, in Cokato, Minnesota. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2024, at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force and American Legion Post #44.... Full story

  • John Darby Palmer

    Jun 20, 2024

    John Darby Palmer, 76, passed away on Jan. 8, 2024, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. John was born on June 26, 1947, in Los Angeles, California. Memorial services will be held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 11 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2024.... Full story

  • The News Editorial: Big Horn Basin Edition evolves through 79 years

    Karla Pomeroy|Jun 20, 2024

    The Northern Wyoming News staff has been working hard over the past few weeks on our 79th annual Big Horn Basin Edition. I am excited for you to check out the special features we have for you this year. This section has changed over the years. In the beginning it used to be included in the overall section of the paper, making the section at times 100 pages. In the beginning it was about progress and as communities and businesses grew there was a lot of progress to report on. When I began as editor of the Northern Wyoming News, the Big Horn...

  • What are some coping mechanisms?

    Jun 20, 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 Center in Basin; Janae Harman, owner of Family Circle Counseling in Worland; Mary Johnson, CEO of Oxbow Center in Worland; and Carol Bell, provisionally licensed therapist at Foundations Counseling in Cody. The panel answered questions. The Northern Wyoming News is covering the questions on a weekly basis. The pandemic...

  • Faces of Recovery: Sean Mortimer

    Jun 20, 2024

    Faces of Recovery is a column begun by Wendy Weicki of Oxbow Center about people in the community who are in active recovery from addiction. As both a newspaper reporter and a recovering alcoholic, I’m in a unique position to bring back this column with the story of my own journey. Hi, I’m Sean and I’m an alcoholic. My addiction began at 19, my first year of college. That was the year I first tried alcohol and marijuana, though my use was still infrequent. That time is mostly of note for traumatic events that negatively affected me. My best...

  • Worland's Chapter AH, P.E.O. celebrates 60th anniversary

    Jun 20, 2024

    P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is not just a social club. Members fundraise to offer scholarships for women, according to a release from the chapter. The chapter's symbol is a star and refers to "women helping women reach for the stars," by helping women achieve higher education with college scholarships, according to member Charleen Hamilton. "We offer local and state scholarships, and loans at the current interest rate of 2%. There is the International Peace Scholarship and...

  • National Speech and Debate underway, 10 Worland students competing

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    The Worland Speech and Debate Team is currently in Des Moines, Iowa, competing in the 2024 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Bus driver Dave Wiley departed with speech and debate competitors from Worland, Thermopolis, Rawlins and Laramie on June 15. Of the busload of students, 10 are from Worland; eight qualifiers and two supplemental entries. Coach Rick Dorn said, "That's a new thing that the National Speech and Debate Association started offering, you get up to two spots to let kids go ex...

  • Hyattville-Ten Sleep Pony Express envelopes available now

    Jun 20, 2024

    The 2024 commemorative Pony Express envelopes are now available for purchase at various locations in Worland, Ten Sleep and Hyattville. Each year on July 4th, the Ten Sleep-Hyattville Lions Club re-enact a horseback mail relay from Hyattville to Ten Sleep, and the public is invited to purchase commemorative envelopes to mail letters by Pony Express. Envelopes are sold for $5 each, and are available in Worland at the Washakie County Library, the senior center and Cloud Peak Vet Service. In Ten...

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  • Family Affair: Chamber ambassadors spanned 44 years and multiple generations

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    George "Buster" Sheaff founded the Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in 1973, inviting several other businessmen to join him as a welcoming committee for businesses and dignitaries. The organization had some ups and downs in membership and finally waned out in about 2017. According to former ambassador Julie Wetherbee, there were eight charter members -Buster Sheaff (clothing store), Ray Bower (bank), Bruce Edwards (real estate), Gene Kelley (shoe store), Leo Rhodes (Ten Sleep, a...

  • Cabin Fever: couple relocates and restores historic Ten Sleep buildings

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    Dan and Maureen (Tolman) Flannery weren't expecting to begin a new adventure in Wyoming at this stage in life, but three historic wooden buildings later they don't seem to regret their decision. Now based in Illinois, the home state of her actor and English teacher husband Dan, Maureen works as a poet, often drawing inspiration from her upbringing in Worland and her family's sheep ranch in Ten Sleep. She is an award-winning poet, having written 10 books of poetry including over 500 poems...

  • Arapaho Ranch Field Station placing emphasis on education

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jun 20, 2024

    The Arapaho Ranch, with its headquarters six miles west of Thermopolis, has long been a symbol of Native American culture in the West, but new developments are making the ranch a place for hands-on education in history, science, agriculture and art. According to arapahoranch.org, the ranch's website, it was originally established in 1867 on 75,000 acres outside Thermopolis and it grew to become the largest sheep ranch in Wyoming by 1918. The ranch fell victim to the Great Depression and went...

  • Bridging the gap: Cowley man shares passion for historical bridges

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    Cowley resident John Bernhisel has been fascinated by bridges ever since he was a kid growing up north of San Francisco. That fascination has grown into a passion to explore bridges around Wyoming, the country and the world. Bernhisel said, "I grew up north of San Francisco and crossed the Golden Gate bridge all the time. I was even able to run across the bridge in several races. I loved how massive it was but also became interested in its engineering and aesthetics. As I got older I started to...

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  • Wildlife officials warn residents of rabbit-killing disease

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, Lander Journal|Jun 20, 2024

    Via Wyoming News Exchange LANDER - Wildlife officials are warning of a disease that is killing rabbits in Wyoming, and are seeking the public's help in identifying dead rabbits to monitor the spread of the disease. Called Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2), the disease targets all of Wyoming's lagomorphs, including game and nongame species such as cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits and pygmy rabbits, explained Jessica Jennings-Gaines, Game and Fish wildlife disease specialist. "Any rabbit... Full story

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