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    Aug 15, 2019

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

  • Karla's Kolumn: Let freedom, not fear, reign

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    "The ultimate human experience." A trailer from the Universal Pictures movie "The Hunt," that was set to be released next month describes the scenario where rich elitists get to hunt 12 Midwest humans (including one from Wyoming) in what was described in the trailer as "the ultimate human experience." After some public backlash last week, producers have pulled the release of the movie at this time. Several media reports stated the movie showed Trump supporters being hunted although it was not...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: Wyoming citizens are the best

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    I first arrived in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, from Vermont, in July of 1997 and I was amazed by the people here, their old fashioned morals and willingness to help each other ... for no pay. Over the years I have bragged about the Wyoming way of life to everyone and anyone. I couldn't believe that people would get together and brand calves for no pay other than a job well done and a good meal. I couldn't believe how people banded together, for no pay, to help a family who had a fire or to make sure...

  • Wyoming State BBQ and Bluegrass Festival continues to grow

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND — Fifteen years ago the Pepsi Wyoming BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival at the Washakie County Fairgrounds began and the last few years have seen steady growth in attendance and barbecue competitors. Committee Chairman Dave Paxton said some years they struggled to get the 25 competitors needed to be a sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society competition. The past two years he has had at least 25 competitors signed up no later than May. This year there are 31 competitors signed up f...

  • Worland area schools ready to begin school year on Tuesday

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND – Summer is officially over for Worland area students come Tuesday, Aug. 20. With multiple projects going on throughout the district over the summer, many teachers started to head back to their classrooms on Wednesday, in preparation for another school year. HIGH SCHOOL One of the large projects that happened over the summer was a sewer replacement project at Worland High School, which went a lot smoother than anticipated, according to Washakie County School District No. 1 Business M...

  • BAPC investigates establishing historical downtown district

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND — The Worland Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission is investigating the feasibility of establishing a historic downtown district. During the past several meetings the board has discussed options and benefits for establishing a historical downtown district. Building Official Randy Adams said for the commercial businesses within the district they would be eligible for grant funding to redo their facades. They would also be eligible for tax credits. The area currently being c...

  • Washakie County Fair Board discusses successes from 2019 fair; discussions begin on changes for 2020

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met Monday night to discuss the successes and failures of the 2019 Washakie County Fair. With the fair having just finished about two weeks ago, the board finalized bills and decided to discuss what they believe should be implemented next year to enhance the experience of the 2020 fair. Final figures from the paid fair events likely will not be available until all of the bills and entry fees are finalized. One of the main talking points was moving e...

  • US Army Corps of Engineers visits river two years later

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND – When large blocks of ice floated down the Big Horn River and caused flooding in downtown Worland in February 2017, response to the event was huge from the community. The efforts to protect homes and the community was a huge part of the recovery effort, and removing more than 34,000 cubic yards of a sand bar from the middle of the river next to Big Horn Avenue Bridge was a major part of preventing a future catastrophe. Along with the removal of silt and sediment from the sand bar, a p...

  • Washakie County Junior Livestock Sale tops $175,000

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND - Area businesses showed their generosity for Washakie County youth at the Washakie County Fair Junior Livestock Sale Aug. 3, purchasing 83 animals for $176,041.47. Washakie County 4-H Extension Educator Amber Armajo said the sale amount includes $12,201 from add-ons, where companies support youth by designating an amount to add on to an animal's final sale price. Armajo said the sale amount was about $21,000 higher than last year with 15 fewer animals sold. There were 83 animals sold...

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  • Warriors considered among the top contenders in 3A golf

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    WORLAND - The Wyoming High School golf season begins today with tournaments taking place all over the state. The Worland High School golf team will see their first action of the season with tournaments in Powell, today, and Cody, tomorrow. "We want to win. We're to the point where we're moving past trying to be competitive and moving on to trying to win. Lander will be there and we'd like to send a message early on to them," said WHS golf coach Chad Rose, when talking about expectations for the...

  • Hear Me Out...The most courageous 2019-20 NFL season predictions: The Baddies

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Aug 15, 2019

    It's time! The NFL season is a few short weeks away and optimism abounds for all 32 NFL franchises. So what better way to burst some bubbles with another year of the most courageous NFL season predictions. I liked last year's format of separating the teams into categories (Bums, The Jeff Fisher Zone, In the hunt, Playoff Teams) rather than going by conference and division. Last year, I messed up the schedule and had to combine the In the Hunt and Playoff teams. This year I'm spreading it out...

  • Temporary closure of Tongue River Cave

    Aug 15, 2019

    Sheridan, WY-August 15, 2019- On a recent trip to Tongue River Cave, biologists discovered a maternity roost of Townsend's big-eared bats. This species is considered sensitive. The Bighorn National Forest Plan mandates that a closure be placed in effect if bat maternity roosts are found. Tongue River Cave is temporarily closed to allow the bats to rear their young undisturbed. For further information please contact the Tongue Ranger District at 307-674-2600....

  • Yellowstone uses humorous poster to advise against petting bison

    LEW FREEDMAN, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 15, 2019

    CODY - For the people who still don't get it, the National Park Service recently spelled out – for the zillionth time in the zillionth way – the stern, common-sense advice to avoid approaching bison as if they are the family dog. Your close, homebody pal loves it when you pet it. Bison, not so much. The thing to remember – bison are wild. It is apparently not enough that visitors to the Park are handed a flyer at entrances containing a multi-language, colored-paper warning with the illus...

  • Wildlife Services commits to review of methods

    MIKE KOSHMRL, Jackson Hole News & Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 15, 2019

    JACKSON — Facing legal pressure, a federal agency that kills wildlife deemed to be a nuisance has agreed to reassess its plans for operating in Wyoming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services will take that step because of a settlement agreement with a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups, which sued last winter arguing that the agency’s current plans are outdated and ignore the best-available science. The agreement also includes a range of “commitments” from Wildlife Services, including not using cyanide-based “M-44” de...

  • Cheyenne police recommend charges against priest in abuse case

    Ramsey Scott and Isabella Alves|Aug 15, 2019

    CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Police Department has recommended sexual abuse charges against a member of the Roman Catholic clergy and another man who was seeking to join the clergy related to incidents from the 1970s and ’80s. In a news release, CPD said it has sent a recommendation for charges to the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office after a year-and-a-half-long investigation into allegations that juvenile males were the victims of sex abuse. One of the suspects was a member of the Catholic clergy and another person was seeking membe...

  • Former Basin clerk pleads 'no contest' to embezzlement

    Aug 15, 2019

    GREYBULL (WNE) — A former Basin town clerk/treasurer charged with embezzling funds from the town and Basin Area Chamber of Commerce changed her plea on Tuesday, Aug. 6 as a result of a plea agreement. Danielle Lampman, formerly Chapman, entered an Alford plea to one felony count of theft of $1,000 or more and one misdemeanor count of misconduct as a public official. An Alford plea is a plea in which the defendant maintains their innocence, but admits that the prosecution’s evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if brought to tri...

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    Aug 15, 2019

    Greybull studies ban on ‘skill games’ GREYBULL (WNE) — The Greybull Town Council may be positioning itself to be on the frontline in the dispute over electronic games of skill and their place in Wyoming. With litigation pending around the state over the legality of the machines, council members on Monday night directed their administrator-finance director, Paul Thur, and town attorney, Kent Richins, to draft an ordinance that would prohibit them within the town limits. First reading of that ordinance is expected in September. Between now and t...

  • WYDOT schedules pre-harvest meeting in Worland

    Aug 15, 2019

    A pre-harvest meeting for Big Horn Basin growers is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Worland Community Center. The Worland meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a public safety presentation will take place between 11:30 a.m. and noon, according to Barb Pierson of the Wyoming Department of Transportation's Frannie Port-Of-Entry. The Worland Community Center is located at 1200 Culbertson Ave., in Worland. Pierson said agriculture trucking permits will be available for purchase at the growers meeting. "Please bring along all...

  • Bleak outlook for crops affected by tunnel collapse

    Morgan Hughes, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 15, 2019

    CASPER — Farmers in the Platte River Valley affected by an irrigation tunnel collapse are beginning to lose hope that their crops will be salvageable this year. The tunnel is part of an irrigation system that spans more than 100 miles between Wyoming and Nebraska, beginning at the Guernsey Reservoir and ending in Gering, Nebraska. A tunnel near the beginning of the system collapsed in the middle of the night July 17, blocking water from moving through the system and washing out 500 yards of a canal bank upstream from the collapse. More than 1...

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