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  • July 18, 2019

    Jul 18, 2019

    Back to School information inside this week's issue for Worland students. Inserts in this week's issue include Blair's and Bomgaars (online and print) and Reese&Ray's (print only)...

  • Karla's Kolumn: What's the next giant leap?

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    There are many major events in recent history that I can say I remember where I was — 9/11 of course is the most obvious; the Challenger; President Ronald Reagan’s attempted assassination. But 50 years ago this Saturday was the historic landing on the moon and I can honestly say I do not know where I was. At the age of 1 and 1 month, I can speculate I was causing my parents and siblings havoc, but that is pure speculation from what I know about 1-year-olds. I may have been trying to take a nap. I say trying because my siblings liked to tor...

  • Manufactured rock-climbing holds in canyon leads to investigation

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – Manufactured rock-climbing holds being created in Ten Sleep Canyon has led to an investigation by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Manufactured holds to many climbers is unethical and to many it is not, but to the USFS and BLM manufactured holds are considered damaging federal property. “It is illegal. Yes we know that it is being done. We have evidence, we have photos as part of our work with the BLM, which is also experiencing this on their lands, so we have been meeting with dif...

  • Becoming a citizen

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND – Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what it means to be an American citizen, but one Worland resident completed his journey a couple of months ago, and gained his full citizenship. Emmanuel "Manny" Davila has had a long journey on the path to citizenship, but he finally completed his journey by attaining his citizenship for the United States on May 13, in Casper, along with 18 other people completing the oath and becoming citizens. According to Manny, this long journey began w... Full story

  • Budget finalized; library floor plans discussed by county commissioners

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners officially adopted their final budget for the 2019-20, with a final budget being agreed upon of $12 million. Prior to accepting the proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, the commissioners held a conference call with the architects of the proposed floor plan for the library if it were to move in to the Kennedy ACE Hardware building, which is also dependent on an ACE move into the old Shopko building. These floor plans were evaluated and c...

  • Lighthouse reaches new milestone, serving 109 clients

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND - The Cloud Peak Lighthouse Adult Crisis Center served a record 109 clients over the past fiscal year, according to program director Sabrina Ochoa. Ochoa said the number of people they have been able to help in the Big Horn Basin and Fremont County has increased over the past four years with 109 during the 2018-2019 fiscal year that runs July 1 through June 30. The 2017-2018 years saw 108 clients served, 80 in 2016-2017 and 72 in 2015-2016. The 11-bed facility was increased from six... Full story

  • NWS surveys damage on Powder River Pass, classifies storm as EF-1 tornado

    Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND - The National Weather Service completed their site investigation to a storm that hit Powder River Pass on June 19 and has categorized the storm that caused damage to trees and snow fences as an EF-1 tornado. According to a release from the NWS Riverton office, on Wednesday, June 19, a thunderstorm began to develop on the border of Park and Big Horn counties around 5 p.m. As this storm moved east it strengthened and reached its peak intensity in extreme southeastern Big Horn County. The... Full story

  • New dance studio in Worland welcomes dancers of all ages

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND – Tap's Dance Studio opened this spring in Worland by longtime dancer, Teri Parker. The studio's summer classes started in June, following an open house in May. Also in May was the studio's "Shopping Soirée" where those preparing for dance classes were offered the opportunity to pre-order dance shoes, leotards and tights so they could be ready for summer and fall classes. The studio welcomes all ages to sign up for their classes. Previous camps and clinics have included junior dance ca...

  • Kerry Van Clark

    Jul 18, 2019

    Kerry Van Clark, 69, passed away in the mountains of Idaho on July 13, 2019. Kerry was born on August 10, 1949 to Milford and Patricia (Walker) Clark in Pratt, Kansas. He was welcomed home by his big sisters Janet and Linda. In 1950 the Clark Family loaded up and headed west to Cheyenne. Soon after, his little sister Kris was born, making Kerry the only boy in a house full of girls, one could surmise that this was the reason he was perpetually in motion. It didn't take long for Kerry's roots to... Full story

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  • Gail Kocherhans Quinn

    Jul 18, 2019

    Gail Kocherhans Quinn, 76, of Worland died July 7, 2019, in Cody at the Spirit Mountain Hospice House. Gail was born April 16, 1943, in Farragut, Idaho, the oldest of 11 children. Her parents were Leo Kocherhans and Ruth Parkin. She grew up in Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School. Gail married Scott Caturia, and they had three children, Robbie, Robin and Joy. They were later divorced. She was blessed with grandchildren whom she loved very much. Gail was a skilled beautician and spent... Full story

  • Glen G. Myers

    Jul 18, 2019

    Glen G. Myers left this world March 4, 2019 to join his wife Edna on the morning of their 58th wedding anniversary. Survivors include his children, Sandi Myers of Gillette, Wyoming, Stacy Myers of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ty Myers (Janice) of Meeteetse, Wyoming; grandchildren Stacia, Jessica (Alex), Kellin, Kaiden, Kameron, Allison (Dan), Katheryn, Logan, and Madeleine; and great grandchildren, Wren and Wayne. He is also survived by his brother, Lloyd Myers of Powell, Wyoming and sister, Betty Workman of Muskogee, Oklahoma, along with... Full story

  • Joanne L. Rose Walker

    Jul 18, 2019

    Joanne L. Rose Walker, 85, passed away July 9, 2019, at H.S. Co. Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a short illness. Born May 28, 1934 in Casper, Wyoming, she was the daughter of Milo and Hazel (Judd) Rose. She loved Thermopolis, the many friends she made there, and would only ask that they smile when they think of her. Remember all the good times. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Dale Allen Crabtree and her sister, Loretta "Connie" (Rose) Colenbaugh. She leaves... Full story

  • Wildfires cruise to second consecutive state championship

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND - Leave no doubt. That might as well have been the 16U Worland Wildfires mantra during 16U B State championship tournament in Casper on July 11-14. The Wildfires made it back-to-back state titles as they blitzed through the field, beating Powell 12-0 in the championship game. "The girls played fantastic [last] weekend," said 16U Wildfires coach Dave Coronado. "It was a weekend where everything came together. The girls were focused from the first pitch and would not be denied playing in... Full story

  • Hear Me Out...Column buffet: The dog days of the sports calendar

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    NBA free agency and big moves are wrapped up, the NFL is still a few weeks away from the preseason and the MLB has another month to go before it becomes interesting. We are officially in the sports calendar’s most boring stretch. This is the time of year when “B” Block topics are upgraded to the “A” Block, and may even open most sports talk shows like PTI. So it’s time to bring the column buffet back. IS PLAYER MOVEMENT HURTING THE NBA? No. … … … OK, I’ll explain my reasoning. Seriousl... Full story

  • Requirement for hunters to carry bear spray being considered

    MIKE KOSHMRL, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    JACKSON — Wyoming wildlife officials gathering in Rock Springs plan to discuss the idea of requiring hunters to carry bear spray in the grizzly-occupied Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Such a mandate is perhaps unlikely. The reason it’s coming up before the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is because seven environmental activist groups petitioned the state agency and its governor-appointed board. “Bear spray is not ‘brains in a can,’ ” the groups wrote, “and petitioners do not suggest that it alone can substitute for comprehensive best practice... Full story

  • Earthquakes, not volcano, biggest Yellowstone threat, says expert

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    POWELL — The world’s foremost expert on the Yellowstone caldera and the national park’s geophysical characteristics has a sense of humor. “I want you to visit Yellowstone before it visits you,” Robert V. Smith quipped at a recent presentation in Cody. Smith admits a volcanic eruption would be catastrophic, but he says it is far from the biggest natural danger in the park. “I’m going to tell you right now, Yellowstone ain’t about to blow,” Smith said during his July 11 talk at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. About once or twice a week, Smi... Full story

  • Theobald brings new focus at first trustees meeting

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming’s board of trustees first meeting with Neil Theobald as the school’s acting president began Wednesday with the new president leading a discussion on ways UW could improve its graduation rate and become more accessible to Wyomingites. After the trustees picked him to be acting president, Theobald told the Laramie Boomerang that getting undergraduates to finish school in four years would a priority of his. This week, the trustees are meeting at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. After an executive sessi... Full story

  • 75% of Campbell County School District's survey respondents support arming school staff

    JONATHAN GALLARDO, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    GILLETTE — Three out of four people who responded to a monthlong public survey from the Campbell County School District are in favor of arming certain school staff, but the discussion is far from over. Deputy Superintendent Kirby Eisenhauer presented the survey results to the school board at its meeting Wednesday night. Overall, 1,249 people responded to the survey in the month of June and 76%, or 945, said they support allowing select school staff to carry guns. There were 231, or 18.5%, against it, and about 6% said they need more i... Full story

  • Task force formed to study missing and murdered Native American women

    Chris Aadland, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    CASPER — A group formed to study missing and murdered Native American women and girls in Wyoming will begin meeting next week, Gov. Mark Gordon said Wednesday. Gordon said in late April that he’d convene a task force to come up with ways to address the high rates at which indigenous women and girls go missing or are murdered in Wyoming. He said he was prompted to create the group after attending an event at the University of Wyoming bringing attention to the problem. “I’m eager for us to tackle this issue, as I believe it is imperative to ensu... Full story

  • Jackson repeals business solicitation laws

    Cody Cottier, Jackson Hole News & Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    JACKSON — Facing legal action from a high-end downtown cosmetics store known for high-pressure sales tactics, the Town Council repealed a set of laws that the business said violated its constitutional right to free speech. WY GP Retail LLC, which operates under the name Beleza, filed a lawsuit last month in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming, arguing for its ability to solicit customers on the sidewalk. But the company dropped its claim Friday after the town annulled four ordinances. Beleza’s lawsuit alleged that law enforcement singled out... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs JULY 19

    Jul 18, 2019

    State matches funds for Jackson CWC center JACKSON (WNE) — The State Building Commission has approved matching funding for the new Central Wyoming College center in Jackson. The allocation amounts to more than $7.5 million from the state. Administrators said the funding will be matched through philanthropy and possible local public funding in Teton County. That community already approved a $3.82 million special purpose excise tax in 2017 for land acquisition, planning, design, engineering and construction of the new facility, which now is to b... Full story

  • Irrigation tunnel collapse threatens 104,000 acres of farmland

    Tom Milstead, Torrington Telegram Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    FORT LARAMIE – A portion of a tunnel on the Gering-Fort Laramie irrigation canal has caused water to back up and breach the canal a mile upstream from the collapse and will essentially bring irrigation along the canal to a halt until it is repaired. More than 104,000 acres of farmland in Wyoming and Nebraska could be affected by the collapse and the ensuing lack of irrigation water. According to Division 1 water superintendent Brian Pugsley, the tunnel collapsed sometime in the early morning hours of July 17. “All we know right now is that som... Full story

  • UW Trustees Adopt Presidential Search Process

    Jul 18, 2019

    July 19, 2019 The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a presidential search process that will include public listening sessions; a search committee composed of faculty, staff, students, trustees and other stakeholders; and open forums with finalists. In voting to adopt a search process outline today (Friday, July 19), the board did not announce a specific timeline, but board Chairman Dave True says the intent is to have a new president on board by July 1, 2020. The search... Full story

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