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  • September 26, 2019

    Sep 26, 2019

    Blair's and Bomgaars (print and online) inserts in this week's issue of the Northern Wyoming News. Also, don't forget our football contest, pick your teams and enter for a chance to win $50 or $100....

  • Karla's Kolumn

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    I had a wonderful week-long vacation earlier this month in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my husband and our two dogs and while I won't bore you with the family vacation photos I would like to share some random thoughts about the vacation and our travels. First, I would like to know what the national memorials and monuments have against Pepsi products. Everywhere we went it was Coca-Cola products and when you are addicted to Diet Mountain Dew that's a problem. Thank goodness for neutral...

  • Worland school board seeks more information on girls softball

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND – The Worland school board met Monday night to discuss how the first month of school went, as well as the future of girls fast-pitch softball in the Worland community. Softball was brought up and discussed by Superintendent David Nicholas, and Athletics Director/Wyoming High School Activities Association Representative Mark Mortimer to discuss what was next for softball possibly becoming a sanctioned varsity sport in Worland. After the Laramie school board voted to become the eighth scho...

  • Ten Sleep Council works to amend fireworks ordinance

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – On Sept. 3, the Ten Sleep Council approved on first reading ordinance 218 regarding the mayor salary and councilmen payments and ordinance 219 regarding fireworks usage. Ordinance 219 amends section 4-5-3 of the Town of Ten Sleep Town code pertaining to fireworks. Ordinance 219 states: No fireworks shall be in any way fired or discharged at any time within the town, with the exception of the following dates and holidays. — New Year’s Eve beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on January 1. — Martin Luther King, Jr.’s b...

  • From darkness to light

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND - Entering the foster care system can be a scary, dark time for any youth, and one young Worland youth came out into the light several months later through equine and art therapy. For six months the Wyoming Department of Family Services has been working with a teenager in foster care. According to social services worker Alison Fink, "Part of [the teen's] goals of independent living skills is tapping into [the teen's] individual artistic interests and easing [the teen] into transition...

  • Rachel's Challenge returns for second successful year

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND – Rachel’s Challenge has been a part of promoting kind acts every day through schools across the country the past 18 years, and on Monday, Sept. 16 and Tuesday, Sept. 17, the program came back to promote that message to Worland area schools. The first year of the program tells the story of Rachel Scott and how she has been able to inspire millions, even after being the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. This story was told by her uncle, Larry Scott, who to this d...

  • FBI relaunches #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign

    Sep 26, 2019

    DENVER, Colorado - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver Division has relaunched a public awareness campaign to educate the public about the consequences of making threats and reminding community members hoax threats are not a joke. In the aftermath of tragic shootings which continue to plague our nation, law enforcement agencies around the country often see an increase in threats made to schools and other public buildings. Even making a reference to conducting a mass shooting, “jokingly,” is being taken seriously and tying up val...

  • Worland homecoming kicks off Saturday with burning of the 'W'

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND — Worland High School’s homecoming week kicks off Saturday night with the burning of the W. The event begins at 8 p.m. behind Warrior Stadium. Classes will decorate their respective hallways on Sunday and dress-up days begin on Monday with meme/character day, followed by tourist day on Tuesday. Classes selected their own colors for class color day on Wednesday — seniors blue, juniors yellow, sophomores red and freshmen grey. Thursday is throwback day and Friday is the traditional Warri...

  • The giants are coming to Worland

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND – The eighth annual Wyoming State Championship Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off is Saturday at the Worland Big Horn Co-op, located at 400 W Big Horn Ave. This event also marks the second year the weigh-off is state sanctioned. Event organizer Jay Richard stated that all pumpkins, no matter how big or small are welcome. "Bring your pumpkins whatever size they are. This event isn't about winning, It doesn't matter if you win, it doesn't matter if you grow a world record pumpkin. I will never g...

  • Washakie County 4-H Week begins with pancake breakfast Saturday

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND — The Washakie County 4-H Week begins this Saturday with the annual community pancake breakfast. Washakie County Extension and 4-H Youth Educator Amber Armajo said last year the breakfast and 4-H week coincided with the Wyoming State Champion Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Pumpkin Drop at Big Horn Cooperative so they decided to plan their celebration accordingly this year. The free pancake breakfast, that also includes sausage and a drink, runs from 9-11 a.m. at Big Horn Cooperative in W... Full story

  • Ruth Clare Yonkee Johnson

    Sep 26, 2019

    Ruth Clare Yonkee Johnson, 97, passed away Sep. 22, 2019, at the Thermopolis Rehab and Care Center. Funeral services will be September 28, 10:30 a.m. at the Thermopolis Community Federated Church.... Full story

  • Warriors finish second at state

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    WORLAND - The 2019 golf season ended with another runner-up finish for the Worland High School boys golf team at the 3A State meet in Afton on Sept. 20-21. Sophomore Karsten Simmons also came in second for the Warriors, falling just short of defending his 3A State title. The Lander Tigers as a team shot a 295, 306 – 601 to threepeat as 3A's best golf team, 22 strokes ahead of second-place Worland. And senior Jaren Calkins went 71, 67 – 138 for his second title in three seasons, beating out Sim... Full story

  • Bomengen wins final home meet

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    THERMOPOLIS - The Hot Springs County High School cross-country team held their own on their home course last week as they hosted the Bobcat Invitational at the Legion Town and Country Golf Course in Thermopolis on Sept. 21. Lady Bobcat senior McKenna Bomengen finished first with a time of 20:46.46 and fellow senior teammate Tahja Hunt crossed the finish line at 22:20.38 for a fourth-place finish. Overall HSCHS cross-country coach Stephanie Metz was thrilled with her team's performance as they... Full story

  • Hear Me Out...NBA wading into troubled waters

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Sep 26, 2019

    When the Jags Jalen Ramsey requested a trade at the end of Week 2, all the NFL guys lost their minds and were claiming the NFL was turning into the NBA. Obviously, it was an overreaction because there are plenty of cases with NFL superstars demanding a trade. It’s just a superstar thing. It was weird that Hall of Famer Steve Young, who was one of the first to go in on this NFL-NBA comp, forgot about Joe Montana demanding a trade after the Niners chose him over Montana. Just goes to show r... Full story

  • School plans for possible rain during homecoming parade

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – After seeing the forecast of a 40 percent chance of rain tomorrow morning, Ten Sleep School has come up with a contingency plan for the community tailgate party around 11:30 a.m. and three possible plans for the parade. Ten Sleep School Student Council Advisor Paula Beck stated that if it is raining at the time of the tailgate party, the party will be moved to the cafeteria. She also gave three different options for the parade if it is raining. - Plan No.1: The parade will be p... Full story

  • GAO: BLM bonds insufficient for reclamation

    Mara Abbott, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 26, 2019

    BUFFALO — Bureau of Land Management regulations could leave some Johnson County landowners waiting decades for oil and gas operators to reclaim wells, while saddling American taxpayers with millions in costs nationwide, according to a new Government Accountability Office report titled “Bureau of Land Management Should Address Risks from Insufficient Bonds to Reclaim Wells.” The report recommends that the BLM adjust its minimum bond rates to more accurately match the costs of reclamation and levy a new fee on all oil and gas operators to help... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs SEPTEMBER 26

    Sep 26, 2019

    Body of missing kayaker found AFTON (WNE) — The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body of a missing Opal kayaker had been found at Lake Alice on Monday, September 23. That notification came following a search that extended over a month and involved search and rescue operations from both Kemmerer and Star Valley. In addition, several other organizations and volunteers were involved. Schuyler McKnight, 22, Opal, was first reported to the Lincoln County Dispatch Center as missing at Lake Alice at 5:30 p.m. August 12, 2019. The Lin... Full story

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  • Out-of-state Democrat announces U.S. House bid in Wyoming

    Chrissy Suttles, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 26, 2019

    CHEYENNE – Carol Hafner has only read about Wyoming. The only Democratic candidate so far to announce her intent to run for Wyoming's sole seat in the U.S House of Representatives plans to officially visit the Cowboy State for the first time next year. The address she plans to use to file for office next year is that of a mail-drop site in Box Elder, South Dakota – a spot primarily used by RVers – but she has family in New Jersey and calls from a Honolulu phone number. Her son, Eric Hafner, ran... Full story

  • Vigil attendees ask police to release shooting information

    Chris Aadland, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 26, 2019

    CASPER — Dozens gathered in Riverton Thursday evening to remember the man police fatally shot Saturday while calling for authorities to disclose more information about the incident. A police officer shot and killed 58-year-old Northern Arapaho man Anderson “Andy” Antelope Saturday afternoon outside of the Riverton Walmart after he allegedly stabbed and then continued to attack the officer with a knife. Carrying signs with messages like “Justice 4 Andy” and holding candles outside of the Riverton Police Department and City Hall, about 50 family... Full story

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