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  • September 5, 2019

    Sep 5, 2019

    Look for Blair's, Bomgaars (print and online) and Reese & Ray's IGA (print only) inserts in this week's issue....

  • WCSD#1 students shine in WY-TOPP Testing

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND – Spring testing in Worland brought about positive results for Worland area schools. According to the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) is a system of assessments that will help determine the level that each child is performing at, with this test just recently replacing the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) which had been administered to Wyoming students since 2005-06. These scores are being compared district by d...

  • Washakie County Ambulance Service Director earns Rising Star Award

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND – Washakie County Ambulance Service Director Luke Sypherd was recently honored with the Rising Star Award, and was one of five recipients throughout the state to receive the award from the Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). The ceremony for the award did happen from August 14 through 17, but Sypherd was unable to attend as he wanted to stay home with his wife, in anticipation of the birth of his first child. According to a press release from the OEMS, this award is g...

  • Washakie Works continues excellent work in community

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND – Patience. That is one of the most stressed words regarding the Washakie Works program, which was founded in 1995 by the late Lew Markley, and has been serving the community ever since. The program is designed to help individuals within the Worland community who may not have the ability to hold down a job because of a mental hurdle they are unable to overcome, or are unable to maintain a job because they need support to help them learn new skills that may be required to get a job. Curre...

  • New digital message signs/web cameras coming to northwest Wyoming

    Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND - Installation of seven new digital message signs/web cameras is under way throughout northwest Wyoming. Prime contractor on the $1.4 million project is Advanced Electric, LLC, of Casper. The new digital message signs/web cameras will be located at: -- U.S. 14/16/20 (milepost 48.39), about 2 miles west of Cody; -- U.S. 26/287 (milepost 8.1), about 8 miles east of Moran Junction near the Blackrock Ranger Station; -- U.S. 16/20 (milepost 202.87), about 2 miles south of Greybull; -- U.S. 16... Full story

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

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Sep 5, 2019

    The NFL season kicks off tonight with the Packers-Bears game and with it comes the finale of The Most Courageous 2019-20 NFL season predictions. We’ve got 12 teams and postseason predictions to cover, let’s get to it! The over/under win totals for each team are pulled from and the stats are courtesy from No. 6-SEEDS AFC Los Angeles Chargers 2018 record: 12-4 2019 Over/Under: 10 – Push, they’ll hit right at 10 wins this year. I really liked the Charger... Full story

  • Nice weather brings solid starting times for WHS cross-country runners

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND - Taking advantage of the cooler weather the Worland High School cross-country team put up stronger starting numbers as they began their season with the Billings Invitational on August 31. Typically, the Billings Invitational is among the hottest races Worland runs all year as it is held in August. Last week though, the weather was the best WHS cross-country coach Tanya Kienlen has seen. With cloud cover and light rain, the temperatures around the low 80s the Worland runners poster stron... Full story

  • Van Brunt named Chief Nursing Officer

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    WORLAND – Banner Health Washakie Medical Center announced that Lisa Van Brunt, who has 20 years nursing experience, 15 at the facility, as their new CNO (Chief Nursing Officer). “I am really excited and very honored that I get to be the CNO for our hospital,” Van Brunt stated. “My goals as CNO are that we continue to deliver quality care with compassion, kindness and that we have the expert staff in all of our areas and support them in being able to deliver that quality given care every single day while always being competent and kind. Our foc... Full story

  • Robert Michael Kling

    Sep 5, 2019

    Robert Michael Kling, age 69, of Mena, Arkansas died Sunday, August 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on Monday, March 27, 1950 to James B. and Viola Ellen Weis Kling in Austin City, Minnesota. Robert lived his life by the Golden Rule. He served proudly in the United States Navy and was of the Catholic faith. Robert spent 33 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Washakie County, Wyoming. Robert was given a Purple Heart from the Sheriff’s Department as well as a Life Saving award for saving a man while serving in the line of duty. He served proudly a... Full story

  • Tracie's Thoughts: What has gone wrong?

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 5, 2019

    There are a lot of unpleasant things that I have experienced in my lifetime; losing a good friend to suicide when I was a teenager, the death of all but one of my grandparents, abusive relationships, having my first grandchild born premature at 27 weeks and not knowing if he would live or die (he lived), dealing with cancer at the age of 30 and many more unpleasant events, but never has an experience bothered me as much as the experience of covering a sexual molestation trial. After the first day of the trial, I was left reeling from the testim... Full story

  • Sep 5, 2019

    Legal Notice: Washakie County Commissioners Minutes...  PDF

  • Sep 5, 2019

    Legal Notice: Washakie County School District #2 Warrants...  PDF

  • Sep 5, 2019

    Legal Notice: City of Worland Salaries...  PDF

  • Sep 5, 2019

    Legal Notice: Thomas Jolly Estate...  PDF

  • Wyoming News Briefs SEPTEMBER 5

    Sep 5, 2019

    Supreme Court: Facility not responsible for shooting CHEYENNE (WNE) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by Laramie County District Court Judge Steven K. Sharpe that a senior living community wasn’t responsible for a fatal shooting that occurred at the complex. The shooting at Heritage Court Apartments, owned by parent company Accessible Space Inc., occurred Sept. 14, 2016. Shooter Larry Rosenberg, 77, was a disgruntled resident who shot three people, killing employee Matthew Wilson, before shooting himself, according to pre... Full story

  • Gold prospectors still panning in Wyoming

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 5, 2019

    POWELL - Jan Earle can still remember the first time she saw color - flakes of gold - in the bottom of her pan. "It was like finding a lost ring or a diamond. Or seeing a spectacular butterfly for the first time," she said. Forty-something years ago, Earle was a geologist helping to survey the South Pass for new state of Wyoming geological maps. After long hours of summer field work, she'd spend some time panning area streams. Earle was lucky enough to know boundaries of claims and recognize... Full story

  • Supreme Court says judge had no authority over UW gun case

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 5, 2019

    LARAMIE — The Wyoming Supreme Court threw out a ruling by Albany County district court Judge Tori Kricken, who determined in November that, contrary to common understanding, state law does not prevent local governments from regulating guns — so long as those guns are manufactured outside of Wyoming. The case arose from the prosecution of Lyle Williams, a Uinta County man who was charged with trespassing in 2018 after violating a University of Wyoming regulation by open-carrying a gun at the UW Conference Center during the annual Wyoming Rep... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs SEPTEMBER 6

    Sep 5, 2019

    Sex assault reported after first day of UW classes LARAMIE (WNE) — After just the first day of fall classes at the University of Wyoming, a sexual assault allegedly occurred in one of the university’s dormitories, according to an email from UW. According to UW’s police logs, staff reported the Downey Hall “sex offense” Thursday morning. The log indicates the crime occurred at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, when a male perpetrator who was “known to the victim” assaulted a female. “Advocacy and medical support options were provided to the... Full story

  • CWC seeks federal approval for 4-year degree

    Katie Roegnik, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 5, 2019

    RIVERTON — After earning authorization last week from the Wyoming Community College Commission, Central Wyoming College will now seek approval from the Higher Learning Commission accrediting agency to offer a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree. The process will involve a site visit to the Riverton campus this winter, during which HLC representatives will meet with the CWC Board of Trustees and “other functional units around the college” to determine whether the BAS is appropriate for the school, according to previous reports. “This... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs SEPTEMBER 9

    Sep 5, 2019

    Wyoming schools ranked sixth best in nation JACKSON (WNE) — Wyoming may be small, but its schools pack a punch. That's according to Education Week, a publication that reports on schools across the country. The final part of its 2019 Quality Counts report pitted the states' educational systems against each other in a number of categories, and Wyoming ranked near the top in some. For school finance, a measure of how much the state spends on education, Wyoming ranked first, with high levels of spending per student and equity in spending across s... Full story

  • Legislators form committee to look at coal bankruptcies

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 5, 2019

    CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers voted last week to create a committee specifically focused on addressing the negative effects of a rash of coal bankruptcies across the state over the past several months. Members of the Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council, a bipartisan group of state legislators that sets the legislative agenda for the rest of the government, voted to create the subcommittee in its Thursday afternoon meeting. The committee will focus on securing obligations from coal companies that often go unpaid during bankruptcy, albeit in... Full story

  • Study says students of color more likely to be suspended

    Chris Aadland, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 5, 2019

    CASPER — Native American students in Wyoming are disproportionately suspended from school compared to their non-Indigenous peers, leading to negative outcomes like poor grades and dropping out, according to a new report. The report by the Wyoming Community Foundation found that schools disproportionately give students of color harsher “exclusionary” discipline, with Indigenous students facing the biggest disparity, when compared to white students. The “exclusionary” discipline — in-school and out-ofschool suspensions — can lead to poor grades;... Full story

  • Plague, rabies found in Riverton dogs, bats

    Katie Roegnik, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 5, 2019

    RIVERTON — Plague and rabies both have been detected in Riverton animals. Three Riverton family dogs have tested positive for plague in the past two weeks, Riverton Police Department animal control officer Becki Weber said Sept. 5, and a bat found in town tested positive for rabies last week. Both diseases can spread to humans and may result in death without proper treatment. The recent plague diagnoses represent the first time the disease has been detected in Fremont County dogs, Weber said, noting that none of the cases were related. More c... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs SEPTEMBER 10

    Sep 5, 2019

    Threat reporting service records Wyoming increase JACKSON (WNE) — A program that gives students, parents and teachers a safe place to report threats in schools saw growth in the 2018-19 school year. Safe2Tell offers an anonymous way to report a range of threatening behaviors and situations. The 24-hour confidential service has a toll-free number (800-996-7233), an app downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play, and a web portal through which reports can be made. Since Safe2Tell started in October 2016 it has received nearly 2,900 tips f... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs SEPTEMBER 11

    Sep 5, 2019

    Commissioner: Two Naughton units may close by 2025 AFTON (WNE) — Lincoln County Commissioner Kent Connelly says Rocky Mountain Power may shut down Naughton Units 1 and 2 by the year 2025 and convert Unit Three to full-time natural gas. He says the plan originally was 2022 and the power company has a top-five outcomes that are laid out in a ten year planning process. However, the issue is nothing is decided. “It’s really got us in a big yo-yo having no idea what they’re going to do in the next two, three years,” Connelly said. “That is very conc... Full story

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