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    Jul 2, 2020

    Happy Fourth of July. Have a safe and fun holiday. Read about Ten Sleep festivities in this week's issues. Inserts this week include Blair's, Bomgaars and Arby's...

  • Karla's Kolumn: Look for the individual

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 2, 2020

    Wyoming National Guard Captain Eli Varney and his unit were deployed to Kosovo last year to patrol an administrative boundary but the unit wanted to do more. They found ways to engage with the people so that the Kosovo residents did not just see them as soldiers but instead they saw them as individuals, as people. I heard him tell this story last winter when schools were collecting supplies for Kosovo students. I heard it again on Monday when he was presenting thank-you plaques to our local... Full story

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  • Board mulls COVID-19 fair guidelines

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 2, 2020

    WORLAND — The shows will go on. That was the final word from the Washakie County Fair Board Monday night at a special meeting. After a nearly two-hour discussion on COVID-19 safety protocols for the upcoming Fair July 25-Aug. 1, the Washakie County Fair Board unanimously approved a motion to have the animal shows continue as normal, with COVID-19 guidelines in place. Chief Washakie FFA Advisor Grace Godfrey, along with beef and pig show superintendents Myles Bush and Lynn Murdoch, r...

  • 75th Ten Sleep Fourth of July Rodeo highlights holiday festivities

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    TEN SLEEP – Despite many events and large gatherings being cancelled around the state due to COVID-19, the 75th edition of the Ten Sleep Fourth of July Rodeo is set to take place on Friday and Saturday July 3 and 4, along with a wide range of other activities in Ten Sleep. According to Thelma Geis, the rodeo has been around since the mid-1940s as a non-profit rodeo that started from humble beginnings. Vehicles formed the arena early on prior to the completion of the Ten Sleep Rodeo Grounds. Wyom...

  • Truman returns to Ten Sleep Council; budget passes final reading

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    WORLAND – The Ten Sleep Town Council met in a special mid-month June meeting on Tuesday, June 23, and appointed a familiar face back to the council. At the start of the meeting, the council voted to appoint Amy Truman back to the council, Truman narrowly lost her re-election in May but applied for the seat after it opened up at the beginning of the month. Truman was voted into the seat by the council, ahead of Kevin Couch who was the other person to apply for the position. After appointing T...

  • Guardsman says thanks to Worland schools for helping Kosovo students

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 2, 2020

    WORLAND -Wyoming Army National Guard Capt Eli Varney, returned to Worland this week to visit family and to say thank you to the Worland and Big Horn Basin schools who sent supplies for the Adopt-A-School program in Kosovo. Last fall, Varney, a captain of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment for the Wyoming National Guard, and 2006 graduate of WHS, served with his unit in Kosovo. The unit returned back to the states about three months ago. Monday, Varney presented plaques to...

  • Venable replaces Pfrangle on Transportation Commission

    Jul 2, 2020

    CHEYENNE - Gov. Mark Gordon appointed Greg Venable of Worland to the Wyoming Transportation Commission to replace retiring Commissioner Louie Pfrangle. Venable will represent Commission District 5, which includes Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties. Pfrangle, of Worland, retired in February. "We're pleased to have Greg on the board representing the residents in the northwestern part of the state," said WYDOT Director K. Luke Reiner. "Greg brings experience in the transportation... Full story

  • July Fourth holiday safety reminders

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    The Fourth of July is a holiday to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States from England nearly 250 years ago, but is typically one of the busiest times for law enforcement. Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness wants to remind people to not drink and drive because you not only put your life in danger, but also increase the chance of ending someone else’s life in the process. Rakness also wanted to remind those who are going camping this weekend to plan a...

  • Paying It Forward

    Jul 2, 2020

    With the Wyoming Championship BBQ and Bluegrass Festival canceled this year due to COVID-19, the festival committee looked for guidance on what to do with the community support grant from Rocky Mountain Power. They received permission from RMP to donate the $1,500 to the Washakie Ministerial Association Food Pantry. The check was donated by Bethany Measles, festival treasurer, and Randy Harry, retired RMP employee. They presented the check to Washakie Ministerial Association vice chairman... Full story

  • Commissioners hold special end of fiscal year meeting

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners met in a special session Tuesday, June 30, to finalize bills for the 2019-20 fiscal year and to address other agenda items. At the beginning of the meeting, the commissioners transferred $13,000 to the public health budget and $20,000 to the road and bridge budget to finish balancing out the 2019-20 budget. Both amounts were transferred from the unanticipated expenses funds. After transferring the funds, Washakie County Fire Warden Chris Kocher c...

  • AmeriCorps volunteers help community garden grow

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 2, 2020

    WORLAND - The Worland Community Garden is growing, not just in produce but in volunteers with four AmeriCorps members working in the garden and with Washakie County Extension this year. Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist said, "The AmeriCorps program has been very beneficial to the garden over the past four years. With so much great help this year we have been able to get some big projects done, like the new shed and the geodesic dome." THE VOLUNTEERS This year's AmeriCorps volunteers are Han...

  • Madelon Fern Wetherbee

    Jul 2, 2020

    Madelon Fern Wetherbee, 90, longtime Worland resident passed away June 16, 2020 at the Worland Healthcare Center. Graveside service will be July 13, 2020, 11 a.m. at the Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.... Full story

  • Ronald Ray Osban

    Jul 2, 2020

    Ronald Roy Osban died on June 27, 2020, at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland. Ronald was born in Lamar, Colorado, on October 4, 1949. As per his wishes cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will take place later this summer.... Full story

  • Elias S. Molina

    Jul 2, 2020

    Elias S. Molina, age 81, peacefully passed away in his home on June 29, 2020. Eli was born on November 4, 1938 in Odem, Texas to Baldomero and Alberta (Soto) Molina. His family moved to Basin, Wyoming in 1949 where he attended school. He moved to Worland in his teenage years where he resided for the duration of his life. Eli had a variety of trades including painter, Phillips 66 manager, Salt Creek Freightways driver, and his final job as head of the water department for the City of Worland. Aft... Full story

  • Kathleen Yvonne (Schmeltzer) Gibbons

    Jul 2, 2020

    Kathleen Yvonne (Schmeltzer) Gibbons passed away on June 26, 2020 with her son by her side at Washakie Medical Center in Worland. Kathleen was born on May 13, 1929 to Mary Della and John Edward Schmeltzer, in Bowman, North Dakota, the youngest of four children. Her father was a restless sort – moving often to either be a barber or a farmer – neither job being very lucrative, resulting in frequent moves from one town to another in South Dakota. In high school, her family moved to Gillette, Wyomin... Full story

  • COVID-19 tracking app available in Wyoming

    Jul 2, 2020

    CHEYENNE (WNE) — A free mobile app designed to help with COVID-19 contact tracing will now be available in Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday. The Care19 Diary app, which was launched in North Dakota and South Dakota in April, keeps record of a person’s location for potential use in contact tracing if the user then tests positive for the coronavirus. The app only keeps track of location data, with users remaining otherwise anonymous, and histories can be deleted at any point. “Here in Wyoming, the more citizens who choose to voluntar... Full story

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