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    Sep 30, 2021

    Check out the 2021 Warrior Hall of Fame Class inside as well as our 2021 Hunting Section....

  • Boating ramp discussion continues with Washakie County Commissioners

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Sep 30, 2021

    WORLAND – Recently, the Washakie County Commissioners met Sept. 21 with organizations regarding Washakie County boat access for the proposal of the Bighorn River Blueway Trail. Organizations represented would include the Bureau of Land Management. This would include new land the commissioners recently discovered they owned on Tiedown Road/Lane 17 1/2. The commissioners said that, with this project they would create an access point for residents to begin floating down the Bighorn River and would create the opportunity for 4 1/2 miles of r...

  • Barbara Margaret Sterkel

    Sep 30, 2021

    Funeral services for Barbara Margaret Sterkel, 82, were held at 10am Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Scott Firminhac officiating. Burial followed in the Valley View Cemetery. Barbara died September 19, 2021 University Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Memorials maybe given to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Torrington, Platte Valley Lutheran Church in Saratoga, Wyoming or St Luke Lutheran Church in Worland, Wyoming. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and... Full story

  • Margaret "Peggy" Jean Paxton

    Sep 30, 2021

    Wife, mom, nana, sister, aunt and friend, Margaret "Peggy" Jean Paxton passed away peacefully at Spirit Mountain Hospice on September 21, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband and her daughters as she was welcomed into heaven through her faith in Christ. Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Alan Paxton, daughter Theresa Green of Worland, WY, daughter Randi Lynn Noble (Rory) of Basin, WY, Rick (Candace) Paxton and Curt (Amy) Paxton of Rivert... Full story

  • Joyce Jaye Shepard

    Sep 30, 2021

    Joyce Jaye Shepard passed away at Washakie Medical Center surrounded by family on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Joyce was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Lee Edward and Jessie Lula (Laird) Shepard on January 6, 1946. She spent most of her young adult life in Phoenix. She married Larry Baker in 1966 and from this union they were blessed with three children. Later in life, Joyce and Larry parted ways, and Joyce moved to Worland in 1997 to be near her children and grandchildren. More than anything in... Full story

  • Jimmie Allen Dowdy

    Sep 30, 2021

    Jimmie Allen Dowdy, 88, passed away on Sept. 24, 2021, at his home in Thermopolis. He was born on Sept. 19, 1933. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held next spring.... Full story

  • Marvilla A. Nichols

    Sep 30, 2021

    Marvilla A. Nichols, 93, passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born April 18, 1928, in Rexburg, Idaho. Cremation has taken place. No service is planned per her request.... Full story

  • Worland school board approves pool bid

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Sep 30, 2021

    WORLAND – The Washakie County School District No. 1s board meeting Monday night, awarded the bids for the pool remedy project. According to Business Manager Charlie Cauffman, discussion on the project started back in April after it was brought to the board’s attention that a differential settlement had occurred. A differential settlement commonly occurs after a type of non-uniform movement of the underlying soils. This can cause cracks in the foundation, exterior cladding and interior finishes. Additionally, with a pier and beam foundation sys...

  • Six inducted into Warrior Hall of Fame 2021 class tonight

    Sep 30, 2021

    WORLAND — The 2021 and third Warrior Hall of Fame inductee class have been announced and will be inducted tonight with a public meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. at the Worland Middle School Auditorium. A dinner for inductees and guests will follow the meet and greet. The inductees will be honored in the Homecoming Parade at 1 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, the inductees will ring the bell to welcome the Warriors onto the field at 6 p.m. for the game against the Rawlins Outlaws. At halftime, the inductees or their representatives will be honored at t...

  • Public input sought at WYO HELP town hall Monday

    Sep 30, 2021

    WORLAND — WYO HELP, the new community action agency now in Washakie County, will be hosting a town hall this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland. “It’s important for us to understand the needs of these communities in order to be better able to serve,” said Clark Urbin, WYO HELP’s caseworker in the county. Urbin wants to hear how to prioritize the help WYO HELP is able to provide. Important questions will include: “Where are the needs; what obstacles to getting service; what agencies are available for assistance;...

  • Time drops coming in bunches for Lady Warriors

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Sep 30, 2021

    WORLAND - This is the point in the girls swimming season when personal records are being set each week, and for the Worland Lady Warriors, each meet brings new PRs as seconds are being dropped all over. The Lady Warriors started last week with a triangular in Buffalo on Sept. 24, and on Sept. 25, they closed out the weekend with their annual home meet at the Worland Aquatic Center. "I liked the intensity that the girls brought to both meets," said WHS girls swimming coach Mike Blissett. "They ca...

  • The News Editorial: What is 'off the record?'

    Karla Pomeroy|Sep 30, 2021

    This Sunday marks the start of the observance of National Newspaper Week, where I traditionally like to try and educate the public about something regarding the role of the newspaper but this year I would like to talk about “off the record.” The phrase “off the record” is bantered about quite a lot anymore, usually in jest but occasionally people say will say it when covering a meeting or in the midst of an interview. There are a few things to know about “off the record.” The Poynter Rep... Full story

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  • Interest in parasitic medicine for cattle on the rise

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Sep 30, 2021

    WORLAND — In one year, the number of calls to the regional poison control center doubled from the five previous years on complications related to ivermectin. According to a health advisory on Aug. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed with the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) that human exposures and adverse effects associated with ivermectin reported to poison control centers have increased in 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic baseline. T...

  • Rock scaling expected to be completed next week in Wind River Canyon

    Sep 30, 2021

    An $8.78 million slide stabilization/rock scaling project is continuing in Wind River Canyon alongside US20/WY789 between Shoshoni and Thermopolis, and a months-worth of rock scaling is scheduled to be completed next week. Prime contractor is Oftedal Construction Inc., of Casper. "(Subcontractor) Midwest Rockfall is scheduled to complete rock scaling by the end of next week," said Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer Jordan Erz of Worland. "Following rock scaling, prime... Full story

  • Thursday News Briefs

    Sep 30, 2021

    Cheyenne censured lawyer appointed part-time judge CHEYENNE (WNE) –- A Cheyenne prosecutor was appointed as a part-time hearing judge to the Cheyenne Municipal Court on Monday, after being recently censured by the Wyoming Supreme Court. David Singleton has been an attorney in Cheyenne for almost a decade, and previously served as Laramie County assistant district attorney. He was censured this summer after failing to correct false testimony in a dismissed 2020 marijuana case. Based on his conduct, Singleton could have been suspended from p... Full story

  • Committee rejects proposed energy tax structure

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 30, 2021

    CASPER — Sen. Cale Case on Thursday proposed a new energy tax structure that would be shared across all electricity producers. But a motion to have a bill drafted for the plan failed by a vote of 4–9 in the Joint Revenue Committee. Case, R-Lander, outlined a gross receipts tax that would be levied on producers’ total sales, but would allocate credits for existing generation fees, including the severance taxes paid by coal, oil and gas companies. “The world is changing, and we’re going to have to leave a lot of those minerals in the ground,... Full story

  • State says tribes not eligible for Business Council money

    Katie Roenigk, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 30, 2021

    RIVERTON — Wyoming’s Attorney General says local tribal entities are not eligible for grants and loans through the Wyoming Business Council Business Ready Community Program, WBC staff told the Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations last month. The news was surprising to Wyoming Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, who was involved, almost 20 years ago, in crafting the legislation that governs the WBC program. “The idea was to have people be able to apply through the tribal governments – either individually or together,” Case said d... Full story

  • Campbell school vaccine incentive program criticized

    Cary Littlejohn, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 30, 2021

    GILLETTE — Members of the public, including some teachers, came to tell the Campbell County School District’s board of trustees that they were not happy with the decision to offer district employees a $300 incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Two weeks ago, the board voted to offer the incentive to all district employees who could show proof of being fully vaccinated (meaning two shots of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) by Dec. 1. If employees show proof, they will receive the inc... Full story

  • Rude comments led to end of Jackson mask complaint site

    Evan Robinson-Johnson, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 30, 2021

    JACKSON — At first, submissions to the Teton County Health Department’s COVID-19 complaint form were helpful. On Sept. 1, for example, an anonymous tipster wrote that Cultivate Cafe didn’t have public signage announcing the county’s mask mandate, according to records obtained by the Jackson Hole Daily. The next day, two more commenters wrote about a lack of mask compliance at Merry Piglets, Liberty Burger and Albertsons. On Sept. 5, someone expressed the same concern about Teton Gravity Research. But that same day, someone wrote to the Health D... Full story

  • Friday, Oct. 1 news briefs

    Sep 30, 2021

    Campbell library accused of criminal activity GILLETTE (WNE) — The Campbell County Public Library has been accused of criminal activity for having books in the teen and children’s section that some deemed inappropriate for teens and children. At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hugh and Susan Bennett went to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to report criminal activity going on at the library. They believed the library board and the library director were committing a crime by “offering for dissemination obscene material,” said Sheriff Scott Matheny.... Full story