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September 3, 2020

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend. Look for our football contest starting next week....


Council mulls solution to unsightly property

WORLAND — Worland residents Wanda and Dennis Richard, owners of property at 622 South Fifth, came before the council Tuesday night to discuss what they described as dilapidated apartments next d...


State cuts impact staffing, services

WORLAND — Last week Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced the finalization of the first round of state budget cuts totaling more than $250 million, with an additional $80 million in cuts to m...


USDA designates 6 counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas including Washakie, Big Horn, Hot Springs

BIG HORN BASIN - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six Wyoming counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Big Horn, Hot Springs, Johnson, Natrona, Sheridan and Washakie...

 By Alex Kuhn    Opinion    September 3, 2020

Hear Me Out: Welp, here we are again

Another round of civil unrest and ... it's tiring. The bad faith arguments are flying from every which direction, and they're genuinely exhausting, which is the design. But, it's time to summon the... Full story


Ag engineers in the making

WORLAND - Students in Grace Godfrey's ag mechanics class at Worland High School are learning about engineering within the agricultural field and the careers associated within that field. Each student...


Wyoming Sugar gears up for 2020 harvest

WORLAND — As rough as last season’s sugar beet harvest season ended, with snow and freezing temperatures, Wyoming Sugar CEO Mike Greear is excited about this year’s crop. “We have a darn good crop out...

 By Seth Romsa    News    September 3, 2020

WMC starting to see recovery from COVID-19 restrictions

WORLAND – During their monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25, Chief Financial Officer Jennifer McMillan informed the Washakie Medical Center Board that the Washakie Medical Center is behind budget for t...

 By Seth Romsa    News    September 3, 2020

Washakie County School District No. 1 hosts town hall update after first week

WORLAND – Washakie County School District No. 1 hosted a town hall meeting via Zoom to provide an update on how the first week of school went and how activities would be conducted this fall. The d...


Public meeting Sept. 9 for West River Road bridges replacement project

WORLAND - A public meeting has been scheduled for Sept. 9 concerning a 2021-22 project to reconstruct three bridges on WY433 near Worland. The 6:30 p.m. public meeting will be held at the Washakie...


Game and Fish Commission set to meet in Thermopolis

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 9 in Thermopolis. The public is invited to attend in person or via ZOOM video conferencing and will have a chance to comment on each specific agenda item and can s... Full story

 By Seth Romsa    News    September 3, 2020

Library discussions centered on reducing costs

WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the value engineering list set forth regarding the new Washakie County Library by...

 By Tom Coulter    News    September 3, 2020

Revenue Committee rejects multiple tax proposals amid historic budget shortfall

CHEYENNE – With Wyoming bracing for its largest revenue decline in state history, lawmakers rejected every tax-raising proposal on their agenda during a committee meeting Tuesday. Due to long-term declines in its energy industries and the economic d... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    News    September 3, 2020

Lawmakers advance bills to help agribusinesses, meat processing facilities

CHEYENNE — Lawmakers advanced legislation Friday aiming to boost the state’s meat processing facilities and provide more financial relief to agriculture industries. But the ultimate call on whether to stand up such programs will be left to Gov. Mar... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    News    September 3, 2020

Budget cuts could throw State Public Defender's office back into constitutional crisis

CHEYENNE — Just a few months removed from a Supreme Court decision forced by heavy caseloads and understaffing for the agency, the Wyoming Public Defender’s office could soon be thrust into another constitutional crisis, thanks to the 10% budget cut... Full story


Natrona County COVID Death Reported Friday

A newly reported coronavirus-related death has been confirmed involving a Wyoming resident who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in a press release Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. An older adult Natrona... Full story


Black bear areas 1 and 2 closed

Sheridan - Black bear hunters are alerted that the fall black bear season in hunt areas 1 and 2 closed at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The closed areas are located in the northern Bighorn Mountains. The 2020 fall black bear hunting season... Full story

 By Tom Hallberg    News    September 3, 2020

Teton County Latinos see higher COVID rate

JACKSON — One group is taking the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak in Teton County, and it’s not young people. Though Latinos make up just 15% of the county’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 estimates, they account for 32%... Full story

 By Seth Klamann    News    September 3, 2020

Legislators struggle with school funding

CASPER — Lawmakers alternatively poked and chafed Tuesday at the boundaries of Wyoming’s education system and the court decisions that protect it as they look to solve a yawning revenue deficit and stay on the right side of the state’s Const... Full story


Proposed land swap angers landowners, legislators

GILLETTE — An oil and gas company’s proposal to trade land with the state has angered landowners in southern Campbell County. In July, EOG Resources asked the Campbell County Commissioners to support a proposed land swap between the oil and gas com... Full story


Bighorn Forest hunting case appealed again

SHERIDAN — Clayvin Herrera, the Crow tribal member cited with taking big game animals out of season back in 2014, has again appealed his case, postponing the answers to several questions regarding tribal hunting rights in and around the Bighorn N... Full story


Gov, EPA outline plans to boost carbon capture, delay plant closures

Wyoming is collaborating with the Trump administration to develop strategies to extend the lives of the nation’s aging coal-fired power plants — the primary customers of the state’s coal mining industry. The suite of initiatives announced Thurs... Full story


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