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    Jun 27, 2024

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  • James Yule honored with Bell Ringer award; New East Side principal named

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    The June 24 meeting of the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees began with the presentation of the annual Bell Ringer Award to photographer James Yule. Presented to a community member each year who makes a difference within the schools, Yule was selected as the recipient of the Bell Ringer Award for the time he has spent over the years photographing school events. Chairman David Tommerup read aloud a statement saying, "I can't think of anyone else who devotes so much of their...

  • Daniels resigns from HSC School District 1

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    After 12 years at Hot Springs County School District No. 1, Curriculum & Professional Learning Community Specialist Breez Daniels submitted and was granted a resignation from the district during the June 20 meeting of the Board of Trustees. According to her profile on the district’s website, “In 22 years as an educator, Daniels has taught grades K-5, as well as 8th-9th grade reading strategies and social studies in a large junior high… Named Wyoming Elementary/Middle Schools Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal in 2016,...

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    Jun 27, 2024

  • Public Health to provide tent for mothers and babies at county fair

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Angela Leone from Washakie County Public Health approached the Washakie County Fair Board Monday in a special meeting to find out about the possibility of putting up a lactation tent for mothers during fair week. She said they need a 5-foot by 5-foot space for the tent. There will be a rocking camp chair, portable table, battery operated combination light and fan and donated wipes and diapers. Leone said it is a place for mothers to change diapers, nurse their babies or have a quiet moment. The tent and contents will be “fully the responsibilit...

  • Culturefest features local food vendors, area musicians

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Food, fun and music highlight this year's Culturefest in Worland this Saturday. This is the 14th year the Worland Community Center has organized the annual event and Sheryl Ley said she has multiple food vendors and plenty of entertainment for the family. New this year will be a mechanical bull. There is a small fee to ride, she noted. Back this year will be the bouncy houses and slides. There is a fee for the rides. This year the inflatable entertainment comes from a vendor in Sheridan, Ley...

  • Martha Isabel Chavez

    Jun 27, 2024

    Martha Isabel Chavez, 64, of Worland, Wyoming, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 20, 2024. Martha was born on August 30, 1959, in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Rutilo Sr. and Natividad Chavez. She was one of six siblings. In 1976, Martha married Saul Martinez. To this union, three children were born: Jesus, Saul Jr., and Perla. While raising their three children, Martha and Saul worked in the migrant fields in various states, and often their children would be working right... Full story

  • Betty Lou (Brown) Hecht

    Jun 27, 2024

    Betty Lou (Brown) Hecht, 90, passed away on June 20, 2024, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Worland, Wyoming. Betty was born on November 14, 1933, to Arlo and Ella (Grable) Brown in Worland. She fell in love with Owen Hecht, who was serving in the Army National Guard at that time. She and both sets of parents traveled to Seattle, Washington, so that the couple could be married before he shipped out to fight in the Korean War. When Owen came home, two children were added to... Full story

  • Laura Slye

    Jun 27, 2024

    Laura Slye passed away June 24, 2024, at her home in Worland after a courageous battle with cancer. Her family was by her bedside. She was 82. Laura Ellen (Brazelton) Slye was born December 29, 1941, in Worland, Wyoming to Clair and Ellen (Tiny) Brazelton. At the age of eight, she and her family moved to Winchester, Wyoming (about 15 miles south of Worland) where her father got a job with Marathon Oil. She and her four siblings, Peggy, Bill, Audrey and David, attended a one-room schoolhouse heat... Full story

  • Randy Lee Wahler

    Jun 27, 2024

    Randy Lee Wahler, 75, died Saturday, June 15, 2024, at his home in Thermopolis. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Community Federated Church.... Full story

  • Robert Fay Thorne

    Jun 27, 2024

    Robert Fay Thorne, born on July 20, 1940, in Worland, Wyoming, peacefully passed away on June 2, 2024, at the Washakie Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2024, at the United Methodist Church in Worland.... Full story

  • Donna Lee Moberly

    Jun 27, 2024

    Donna Lee (Bruce) Moberly, 90, passed away at her home on Feb. 17, 2024. Donna was born on Sept. 8, 1933, in Cody, Wyoming. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 4, 2024, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Worland, Wyoming.... Full story

  • The News Editorial: Summer fun in full swing

    Karla Pomeroy|Jun 27, 2024

    Summer officially began last Thursday with the summer solstice and with it comes the busy time of summer for special events in Washakie County. This weekend is the annual Culturefest celebration at the Worland Community Center Complex back lawn. There will be food, fun and music for the whole family. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also Saturday is an antique show and community yard sale in the parking lot of the Washakie Cinemas. The following week is Ten Sleep's annual Fourth of July celebration with parade, rodeo, craft show, street...

  • Mental Fitness Minute: Dealing with traumatic brain injuries

    Jun 27, 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 prepared questions that came from the committee and from similar events in Shell, Greybull and Cowley. The Northern Wyoming News will be covering...

  • Social media, online dangers focus of free presentation

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Continuing their presentations on a safe community, the Worland Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting a public presentation regarding social media safety and online safety for children and seniors. Author and speaker John DiGirolamo will present “Inside the Mind of a Predator” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1 at the Worland Community Center . The presentation is free and open to everyone. DiGirolamo will discuss how predators operate and what every parent needs to know including covering topics such as: Is social media safe? A police off...

  • Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative plans community float trip

    Jun 27, 2024

    The Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (BBORC) convened its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 13 at the Ten Sleep Library. The featured speaker was Jared Koenig, Recreation Program Manager for the Sheridan Community Land Trust. Koenig is also a member of the newly formed Cloud Peak Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (CPORC). According to the June 21 edition of Wyoming Outdoor Recreation’s Collaborative Connection newsletter, Koenig discussed the process of creating and expanding Sheridan’s Tongue River Water Trail, a paddle and flo...

  • Commissioners hear funding request, address encroachment issue

    GEORGE HORVATH, Staff Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    Kyle Borger, executive director of WYO HELP, came to the Washakie County Commissioners at their meeting June 18 to request a donation for his organization’s activities in Washakie County. According to its brochure, “WYO HELP is a community action agency managing multiple grants in an effort to provide stabilization services to families in need, training and education for families, and planning support for all communities to improve the health of all families.” In addition to Worland, the organization has branches in Lusk, Moorcroft, Newca...

  • Chiefs show grit in games against Powell and Buffalo

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Playing doubleheaders against Powell and Buffalo, the American Legion Post 44 Worland Chiefs Class C played some of their best baseball of the season last week. On June 19, Worland played a road game doubleheader against Powell. Powell won Game 1 13-7, but the Chiefs were winning 7-6 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. After a pitching change to start the bottom of the inning, the Chiefs made too many mistakes, which Powell capitalized on. "In Game 1, Kyston Rollema started and pitched...

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  • As state moves forward with new Hot Springs operator, Star Plunge family cries foul

    Jun 27, 2024

    A boy swims in the Star Plunge in May 2024. (Katie Klingsporn/WyoFile) Star Plunge owner Roland Luehne stands in front of historic signs decorating a wall at the aquatic facility. (Katie Klingsporn/WyoFile) In a state where generations of families grew up visiting the pools, the issue has touched off debates pitting nostalgia and local-business values against modernity and outsider ideas. By Katie Klingsporn, WyoFile.com HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK-The tang of sulfur drifted from mineral springs... Full story

  • WYO 22/Teton Pass to reopen midday Friday with new detour

    Jun 27, 2024

    Wyoming State Highway 22, Teton Pass will reopen this Friday with an interim detour around the Big Fill landslide at milepost 12.8. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials began work on a detour around the site immediately after its collapse on June 8. Crews from Evans Construction and WYDOT personnel have been working around the clock for the last three weeks to construct a paved, two-lane detour to connect the severed communities in the Teton Valley. "We saw the viral video of the... Full story

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