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  • July 11, 2024

    Jul 11, 2024

    Pictures from the 4th, local news and many political candidate profiles!...

  • Celebrating Independence Day in Style

    Jul 11, 2024

  • Fireworks at the pits

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  • Mountain liverworts in late spring

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  • Slow ticket sales for Thompson Square fair concert a concern for board

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Jul 11, 2024

    The Washakie County Fair Board, during meetings July 1 and July 8 finalized several items for the July 21-27 fair and expressed concerns about ticket sales for country duo Thompson Square. According to their website, thompsonsquare.com, Thompson Square, is a Grammy-nominated husband and wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson. They have won ACM, ACA, CMA and CMT awards, and have a “multi-platinum mega-hit” ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.’” Per the website, “After taking time out over the last few years to focus on family (venturing out briefly...

  • Commissioners approve 2024-2025 budget; receive PILT funds

    Jul 11, 2024

    By GEORGE HORVATH Staff Reporter At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the Washakie County Commissioners unanimously approved the county’s budget for fiscal year 2024-2025 (ending June 30, 2025). More details on the budget will be published in next week’s edition of the Northern Wyoming News. The commissioners were also notified that the U.S. Department of the Interior recently transferred $1,453,993 to Washakie County as part of its Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. According to the notification letter from Sec...

  • Library seeks additional funding for children's center expansion project

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jul 11, 2024

    The Washakie County Library is currently in the process of receiving a grant of federal funds in an amount of just over $1 million for a project to expand the children’s center at the library. Library Director Karen Funk said the need for the library expansion comes from an influx in use seen by both children and adults at the library that is currently hurting their ability to provide space for both groups. Currently, the children’s center is a sliver of a room at the north end of the building with a maximum occupancy of 22 people, housing som...

  • Gerald "Matt" Mathew Nusbaum

    Jul 11, 2024

    On June 26, 2024, Matt's lifelong battle with a severe seizure disorder was lost. He was born on October 15, 1999 in Cody, Wyoming to Edward Lee and Tracey Lynn (Kebler) Nusbaum. Matt was known as "The Happy Gentle Giant", riding his electric bike all around town. Even though he struggled with his own medical problems and the grief of losing his own sister to a seizure disorder, Matt remained a happy, upbeat man. He told everyone that his goal everyday was "To make people laugh and smile" and he...

  • Jacque J. Reed

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jacque J. Reed, 96, died Monday, June 24, 2024 at his residence in Thermopolis, WY. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration will be in the near future....

  • William Matthew Whitt

    Jul 11, 2024

    William Matthew “Matt” Whitt, 70, passed away Friday, June 28, 2024, in Thermopolis. Cremation has taken place and private services will be held later this summer....

  • Janis Diane Palmer

    Jul 11, 2024

    Janis Diane Palmer, 78, passed away on July 7, 2024, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana. Janis was born on May 27, 1946, in Santa Monica, California. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2024, at St. Albans Episcopal Church....

  • Karen Elizabeth Rickman

    Jul 11, 2024

    Thermopolis resident, Karen Elizabeth Rickman, 64, passed away July 8, 2024, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Cremation has taken place and private services will be held at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis....

  • The News Editorial: Plenty of opportunities to learn about the candidates

    Jul 11, 2024

    Starting this week and continuing over the next five weeks the Northern Wyoming News will be profiling candidates who are on the Aug. 20 primary election ballot. This week we begin with the four U.S. Senate candidates (three Republicans and one Democrat) and three U.S. House candidates (two Republicans and one Democrat). Next week will be the Republican candidates for House District 27 and House District 28. No Democrats have filed for those legislative offices. We will proceed with Senate District 20, Washakie County Commissioners, Worland...

  • Mental Fitness Minute: When is it typical teenage problems or something more serious?

    Jul 11, 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...

  • Tris Munsick and company bringing homegrown country to county fair

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Jul 11, 2024

    Get ready for live, authentic country music when Tris Munsick and The Innocents take the stage at the Washakie County Fair on Thursday, July 25 for a set listed from 9 p.m. until midnight. Entry is free. Munsick, a lifelong country musician who grew up in rural Sheridan County is excited to bring his band to play in Worland this summer. "The last four or five years we've been playing out of the state more and more, but there's nothing like playing to Wyoming folks; they're our kind of people,"...

  • Social media and internet increasingly a danger to kids

    GEORGE HORVATH, Staff Reporter|Jul 11, 2024

    Speaking to a small audience composed almost entirely of grey-haired elders, author and anti-human trafficking advocate John DiGirolamo presented crucial information that he said all parents of teenage and even younger children should know. At the Worland Community Center on Monday, July 1, DiGirolamo described in detail the many devious means by which online predators target kids, and the ways that even young children may scheme — successfully — to circumvent parental restrictions on their internet use. He also showed that even teens, who...

  • Washakie County hosts 307 Livestock Judging Series

    Jul 11, 2024

    Washakie County 4-H hosted the 307 Livestock Judging Series last Tuesday, July 2 at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland with youth from around the state competing. The 307 Livestock Judging Series, through the University of Wyoming 4-H is designed to increase participation in state-wide livestock judging contests and is used for selection of Wyoming 4-H All-State. Results of overall, listed in order of placing from the Washakie County series are as follows: Juniors: Sammy Boardman, Lacy A...

  • Ten Sleep Parade brings out the spectators

    Jul 11, 2024

    A near record crowd watched the 2024 Ten Sleep Fourth of July Parade, according to organizer Becky Cooper. She said the streets were lined with people and she had not seen a crowd like that in a long while. Winning Best Parade Theme (Chute for the Stars) was Flying A Animal Health. Judge’s Choice was the Lazy T Ranch. Other winners were: Horse entry Wyoming High School Rodeo Queen Payton Bischoff; and Toni Gamble. Car entry: Pony Express with 1947 Ford. Best Community Group: Ten Sleep Senior Center. Best Boy: Dooley Livestock Best Girl: W...

  • U.S. Senate: Republican - John Barrasso

    Jul 11, 2024

    Where do you currently reside and how long have you lived in Wyoming? For more than 40 years, I've called Casper home. I raised my family there and all three of my children are proud graduates of the Natrona County School District. During my 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper, I served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. I've had decades of experience caring for patients and families across Wyoming. Before serving in the U.S. Senate,...

  • U.S. Senate: Republican - John Holtz

    Jul 11, 2024

    Where do you currently reside and how long have you lived in Wyoming? Why are you running for Senate? What is THE most important issue facing our country that you hope to help address if elected? Do you feel you are able to work across party lines to find solutions to issues for the betterment of the country? I am an Eagle Scout and a member of the Christian Legal Society since law school. I obtained the first double-digit firm fixed-price contract in the history of the Hughes Aircraft Company;...

  • U.S. Senate: Republican – Reid Rasner

    Jul 11, 2024

    Where do you currently reside, and how long have you lived in Wyoming? I currently live in Casper, Wyoming, and have lived almost my whole life in Wyoming. My life has always been about Wyoming, starting with working at our generational family business, graduating from the University of Wyomign, and starting a successful finance firm. My mission has always been to benefit Wyoming and take advantage of what it has to offer, I intend to increase the opportunity and build off of what has been...

  • U.S. Senate: Democrat - Scott Morrow

    Jul 11, 2024

    Where do you currently reside and how long have you lived in Wyoming? Laramie; from May 2008 to June 2012, moved back October 2019 equals almost 10 years. Why are you running for Senate? In my current volunteer job as president of the largest APWU chartered retiree chapter in this area, I have unsuccessfully lobbied for one of our most vulnerable demographics to no avail as my Congressional Delegation votes 100% of the time against retirees and seniors. I vote every election, call and write the...

  • U.S. House: Republican – Harriet Hageman

    Jul 11, 2024

    Where do you currently reside and how long have you lived in Wyoming? I am a fourth-generation Wyomingite and live in Cheyenne with my husband, John. Why are you running for Congress? I am running for re-election to continue to fight back against Joe Biden's broken immigration system, terrible economy, and woke nonsense. Wyoming needs a champion to protect our western way of life. What is THE most important issue facing our country that you hope to help address if elected? Stopping the war on...

  • U.S. House: Democrat – Kyle G. Cameron

    Jul 11, 2024

    Where do you currently reside and how long have you lived in Wyoming? I was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and raised on the south side of the city. My mother was born in Dubois, Wyoming, and my father near Sperry, Oklahoma. In Wyoming, I have lived in Casper, Rock Springs, Laramie, Carpenter, and Cheyenne. While I have spent most of my life in Wyoming, I have also lived in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, and California. I hold a degree from the University of Wyoming, a master’s in science from Colorado State University, and a master’s in philoso...

  • U.S. House: Republican - Steven R. Helling

    Jul 11, 2024

    Candidate Helling stopped by the Northern Wyoming News office for an interview and to answer the questionnaire. Where do you currently reside and how long have you lived in Wyoming? “I have lived in Casper close to 19 years and lived in Wyoming 26.5 years.” Why are you running for Congress? “I’m running to give the voters a choice. I also feel strongly about a couple of issues, including being against nuclear power, and particularly the nuclear power plant in Kemmerer, which will create highly radioactive nuclear waste. And we have no permanent...

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