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    Jul 23, 2020

    See Senate District 20 candidate profiles inside this week's issue. Check out Bomgaar's and Blair's inserts in this week's Northern Wyoming News....

  • The News Editorial: Preparing for fair and the election

    Jul 23, 2020

    The Washakie County Fair kicks off this Saturday with the youth horse show and a full slate of shows and entertainment starting next Monday. This year’s fair will look slightly different due to COVID-19 but unlike some county fairs that have canceled most entertainment, the area county fairs, Washakie, Hot Springs and Big Horn County are moving forward with mostly typical lineups. The fair board and county maintenance have been working hard to prepare to offer a safe but fun experience at this year’s fair. At this writing, the fair board and... Full story

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  • Drought declaration?

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 21, at their regularly scheduled meeting and discussed the dry conditions impacting Washakie County and drafting a letter to send to Governor Mark Gordon to seek declaration of a drought and how to move forward with the process. Representatives present for the discussion were from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) which is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), W...

  • WCPH receives CARES funds; no exemption for fair yet

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND – Washakie County Public Health Nurse Manager Amanda Heinemeyer reported to the county commissioners Tuesday that Washakie County Public Health (WCPH) had received $130,000 in Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the testing of uninsured and underinsured individuals in Washakie County. She said with this funding they may be able to do surveillance testing in local businesses, but added that she is waiting on more guidelines before proceeding with that t...

  • Godfrey honored as state vocational ag teacher of the year

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND - Worland High School ag science and business teacher Grace Godfrey was honored earlier this summer as the Wyoming Vocational Ag Teachers Association Teacher of the Year. As a state award winner, Godfrey is eligible for the National Association of Agriculture Educators Teacher of the Year which should be announced next month. Godfrey said this is the first time being honored by her peers in Wyoming, having been honored in Indiana before coming to Worland. She said she has been nominated...

  • Campaigning on city property mulled by council

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND — Political campaigning in city parks came under scrutiny at Tuesday night’s Worland City Council meeting. City Attorney Kent Richins said there was a political event at Pioneer Square earlier in the evening. Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Glanz spoke to the organizers and told them by state statute campaign information could not be posted in city parks. She and Richins said the group became argumentative and told Glanz that the city needed to have their own campaign guidelines. Richins said sta...

  • Community Center houses Neiber Fire firefighters

    Karla Pomeroy and Seth Romsa|Jul 23, 2020

    By KARLA POMEROY and SETH ROMSA WORLAND — When fire management for the Neiber Fire south of Worland transitioned to a Type 3 Management Team, the Bureau of Land Management called up the Worland Community Center to provide shelter for firefighters. According to Marketing Director Sheryl Ley she was notified shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday by the BLM that they would be needing use of the facility for the management team. “We’re providing them the main conference room to utilize for eatin...

  • WCSD No. 1 board discusses school reopening

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, July 15, to discuss school reopening, hear a presentation from a student and approve bids for services for the 2020-21 school year. According to Superintendent David Nicholas, the initial plan that was discussed at last month’s board meeting that involved a four-phase plan for school being fully open, open with restrictions, partially open or closed with online learning has been scrapped and changed into a th...

  • District's budget steady for this year; next year's budget uncertain

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees passed their budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year during their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15. The general fund saw a slight increase from last year’s budget up to just over $25.8 million, from the $25.6 million that was budgeted for last year’s general fund. Total appropriations for the fiscal year total $42.5 million. Business Manager Jack Stott told the board that they are in a good spot with a balanced budget. The b...

  • Local talent and Journey-tribute band highlight county fair music

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Jul 23, 2020

    WORLAND - For the third year in a row the Washakie County Fair Board contracted with professional event consultant Daniel Kosel to set up the musical lineup for this year's Washakie County Fair. This year due to COVID-19 concerns the board opted for three days of music instead of six. Kosel said while the lineup is half as many days there is still quite a variety of music genres for people to enjoy. As far as securing contracts during the pandemic, Kosel said, "Most people are sitting around une...

  • David V. Kovash

    Jul 23, 2020

    David V. Kovash, 83, of Thermopolis, passed away July 13, in Casper at the Wyoming Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at a later date.... Full story

  • BernaDene Horton Waddell

    Jul 23, 2020

    BernaDene Horton Waddell passed from this life to her heavenly home on June 29, 2020, at the Dialysis Center of St Joseph's Hospital in the arms of Francis, her husband of 40 years. BernaDene was born on Jan. 13, 1943 in Greybull, Wyo., the third child to Orthello and Emma Horton. Orthello was a brakeman for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. The family had just moved from Ainsworth, Neb., and was living above the Sawyers Store which is now the Probst Western Store. Mrs. Lena Anderson, the... Full story

  • Voters to decide on legalized gambling in Park County

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 23, 2020

    CODY — Park County voters will be asked on this year’s general election ballot if they want to approve a form of legalized gambling in their community. Pari-mutuel gambling will be put up for consideration on the November ballot, following approval by the Park County commissioners at their meeting last Tuesday. “I firmly support putting this in front of the voters,” said commissioner Jake Fulkerson. Pari-mutuel most typically involves gambling on a variety of racing sports, but it is only associated with horse racing in Wyoming. On a local l... Full story

  • Fair variance approved for up to 750 spectators at grandstand events

    Jul 23, 2020

    By KARLA POMEROY Editor WORLAND - The variance for the Washakie County Fair for outdoor gatherings has been approved by State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. The board sought a variance to the order allowing only 250 people to gather at outdoor events. The variance sought up to 750 guests and outlines a plan of separating the bleacher seating by taping off every other row to encourage social distancing. This will allow about 600 people in the stands. The board will allow, per the variance up... Full story

  • State Notified of Uinta County Coronavirus-Related Death

    Jul 23, 2020

    A Uinta County man who died recently in another state has been added to Wyoming’s total number of deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). The adult man had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. He had been previously included in Wyoming’s case count and was hospitalized in another state when he died. Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 26 coronavirus-related deaths, 2,136 lab-confirmed cases and 453 pro... Full story

  • Extension of Current Public Health Orders Continues Through August 15

    Jul 23, 2020

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming’s current public health orders will remain in place through August 15 as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the state. “It is important for all of us to remain vigilant as we continue to see case numbers increase statewide,” Governor Gordon said. “We are approaching a critical time for our state’s economy. So far, Wyoming has been able to keep our businesses open and our citizens safe. That’s good for our economy and good for the health of our people.” “As we look towards the... Full story

  • Ranchers protest Burger King ad campaign

    Tom Milstead, Torrington Telegram Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 23, 2020

    TORRINGTON - A recent ad campaign by fast food giant Burger King proved to be the last straw for a group of Goshen County ranchers. Burger King released the Impossible Whopper in August 2019, a controversial to some product which features a meat-free patty made mostly of soy instead of beef. The latest ad campaign features BK's plan to introduce lemongrass to cows' diets to reduce methane emissions. In it, teen pop-country singer Mason Ramsey sings about how the new BK diet reduces emissions by... Full story