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August 8, 2019

Inserts this week are Blair's and Bomgaars (print and online) and Reese & Ray's (print only)... Full story

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    August 8, 2019

Vacancy officially declared for Ward 2

WORLAND — Worland Mayor Jim Gill officially declared a vacancy for Ward 2 following the death of council member Dennis Koch on June 27. Koch was elected to the council in 2012 and re-elected to a seco...

 By Seth Romsa    News    August 8, 2019

Commissioners continue discussions on future library plans

WORLAND — The Washakie County commissioners continue to discuss the future of the Washakie County Library in Worland. A third concept of the first-floor plan was discussed at the commissioners r...

 By Seth Romsa    News    August 8, 2019

Ed Luhm enjoys transition to Circuit Court Judge

WORLAND – Wyoming Fifth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Ed Luhm has recently made the transition from attorney to sitting on the bench and making impactful decisions in the community. Luhm took... Full story

 By Nick Reynolds    News    August 8, 2019

Red tape delays hemp planting

CASPER — This winter, lawmakers voted to allow hemp in Wyoming, hoping the crop will become a boon for the state’s agricultural industry. But farmers will have to wait at least one more growing season before they can plant hemp in Wyoming soil. Sub... Full story


Worland student appointed to UW Presidential Search Committee

LARAMIE — Sixteen people representing a wide range of interests have been named to the committee that will help select the next president of the University of Wyoming including a Worland student. UW trustees, faculty, staff and students are r... Full story

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    August 8, 2019

4th annual Battle of the Bands cancelled

WORLAND — The fourth annual Battle of the Bands has been cancelled. According to Worland Community Center Complex Marketing Director Sheryl Ley the Battle of the Bands, which was slated for Aug. 2... Full story


Christine Nicole Stagner

Christine Nicole Stagner passed away at the age of 44, on June 24th, 2019 at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, WA. Nicole is preceded in death by her parents Gayle and Donald Stagner. She is survived by her two children, Maya Quinanola, age 17 and... Full story


Patricia Jean (Patterson) Price

Patricia Jean (Patterson) Price passed away on July 25, 2019 in Pueblo West, Colorado. Born Dec 7, 1939 to Charles Benson Patterson and Thelma Patricia (Sublette) Patterson in Worland, Wyoming. She... Full story


Billy Gene Huhnke Sr.

Billy Gene Huhnke Sr., 83, of Branson, Mo., passed away in Branson on June 21, 2019. Billy was born on Sept. 14, 1935, in Smith Center, Kansas. No services are planned at this time.... Full story


Rubie Cassie Koskyn

Memorial services for Rubie Cassie Koskyn, 85, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Thermopolis. Mrs. Koskyn passed away July 18, 2019 at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.... Full story


Marilyn Yvonne 'Bunny' Lindsey

Marilyn Yvonne Lindsey, 83-year-old former Worland resident, passed away on May 30, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper. “Bunny” was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on Feb. 23, 1936. A celebration of Bunny’s life will be at 10 a.m., Frida... Full story


Karla's Kolumn: How do we stop it? Stop the hate

It was a horrific weekend in America with 31 people killed, dozens injured by mass killers in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The shootings were less than 13 hours apart and less than a week from... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 8

Former tribal judge pleads guilty to drug charges CASPER (WNE) — The former chief judge of the Wind River Tribal Court pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two federal drug felonies. Judge Terri Smith entered the guilty pleas to a single count each of c... Full story

 By Tom Hallberg    News    August 8, 2019

Whistleblowers sue Teton Weed and Pest

JACKSON — Thomas Spatafore worked as a seasonal weed technician for Teton County Weed and Pest for a decade. By all accounts, he enjoyed the job and was good at it, moving up the ranks to lead his own crew, including on an important contract with the... Full story

 By Mara Abbott    News    August 8, 2019

Mixed reactions to Pendley appointment as BLM chief

BUFFALO — In a move that spurred mixed reactions from sportsmen, ranchers, former Bureau of Land Management employees and the state's congressional delegation, Wyoming native William Perry Pendley was named acting director of the BLM in an order from... Full story

 By Leo Wolfson    News    August 8, 2019

Cody murder trial begins, defense says killing accidental

CODY — With the Dennis Klingbeil murder trial now underway neither side is arguing whether Klingbeil shot and killed his wife, but the defense has said the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt he did so as a premeditated, first-degree act. D... Full story

 By Isabella Alves    News    August 8, 2019

Man arrested on federal sex trafficking charges

CHEYENNE - A man was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges in Cheyenne. Keith Anthony Crawford was arrested July 25 after Cheyenne Police investigated him on suspicion of sex trafficking. Crawford's case is making its was through U.S. District... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs AUGUST 12

Grand Teton visitor bitten by rabid bat JACKSON (WNE) — A Grand Teton National Park visitor has been treated for rabies after being bitten by a bat that later tested positive for the disease that’s fatal if not treated. The incident occurred last wee... Full story

 By Daniel Bendtsen    News    August 8, 2019

UW requesting $31.3 million more in state funding

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming has requested the Legislature appropriate $31.3 million more in biennial funding for the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years. The bulk of that, $28 million, is being requested to boost the university’s standard ope... Full story


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