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  • October 3, 2019

    Oct 3, 2019

    Check out our profiles of the 2019 Warrior Hall of Fame Class. Inserts this week include Blair's and Bomgaars (print and online)....

  • Inaugural WHS Hall of Fame class inducted tonight

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND — The festivities are set and ready to go for the first eight inductees into the Warrior Hall of Fame. Francie Faure, Mary Faure, Debbie Hammons, Tom Harrington, Carl Selmer, Grant Ujifusa, Roger Youtz and David Zuniga are the first to be enshrined in the Warrior Hall of Fame, which aims to celebrate the many accomplishments by Worland High School graduates and/or Washakie County School District No. 1 workers and allows those to reconnect to the schools deep and rich past. The c...

  • Commissioners hold off on accepting bid for bike path

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners met on Tuesday to open the four bids that were submitted for the repairs to a failed retaining wall along a section of the bike path along Airport Road. The four bids were from Jorgensen Geotechnical LLC out of Jackson, Inberg Miller Engineers out of Riverton, Strata out of Gillette and WJE Engineers Architect Scientists out of Lakewood, Colorado. County Planner David Anderson stressed that it is more important to consider qualifications over bids w...

  • Foster care focuses on reunification

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND — The ultimate goal for the majority of foster care cases is reunification. In a case reported in the Northern Wyoming News about a teen that has spent the past eight months in the Wyoming Department of Family Services and was recently reunited with her family through art and equine-assisted counseling. The teen’s story is not unique with statistics showing more than 1,000 youth in the foster care system in Wyoming. According to the Wyoming Department of Family Services handbook, the...

  • Vaping discussed at council

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND — Should the Worland City Council consider prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes was a question that council member Delayne Renner posed Tuesday night at the regular council meeting. Renner said the topic of vaping, the use of e-cigarettes, came up at the Washakie Prevention Coalition last week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, e-cigarettes are sometimes called ‘e-cigs,’ ‘vapes,’ ‘e-hookahs,’ ‘vape pens,’ and ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).’ Some e-cig...

  • 25th annual and final Gorgeous Gals Gala this Saturday

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND – The 25th annual and final Gorgeous Gals Gala, sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s Organization, is Saturday evening, Oct. 5 at the Worland Community Center Complex located at 1200 Culbertson Avenue in Worland. When asked why the 25th annual gala will be the last gala Gorgeous Gal member Meg Stark stated, “This is the last one it’s the 25th annual and it is the last. People are too busy in their own lives to be part of it, I guess. It’s like every other club that’s dying in town and you can’t make it go if you don’t hav...

  • Tracie's Thoughts: Let's talk about guns

    Oct 3, 2019

    With the 2020 elections there is an item of interest that has me completely baffled; getting rid of Americans' guns. Why would anyone in their right mind want to take away, for some, the only form of protection law-abiding citizens have? I live 37 miles away from the nearest law enforcement, which means that if I call for help it will be at the very least 30-40 minutes before an officer arrives, unless I am super lucky at the time and there is an officer close by. What should I do if someone is...

  • Amalia "Millie" Snider

    Oct 3, 2019

    Millie Snider was born Amalia Habersatter on February 3rd, 1935 in Radstadt, Austria to Mathias and Amalia (Erlbacher) Habersatter. She grew into a beautiful young woman during World War II in war torn Europe. In 1956, with her husband and infant son, Millie immigrated to the United States but proudly maintained her Austrian heritage. She lived in various small towns scattered across Wyoming and Montana before permanently settling in Worland in 1964. Millie worked tirelessly at different jobs...

  • Ruth Clare Yonkee Johnson

    Oct 3, 2019

    Long time resident and business woman, Ruth Clare Yonkee Johnson, 97, peacefully passed away Sunday, September 22, at Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center where she had resided the past 3 years. Born June 20, 1922 in Thermopolis, she was the daughter of Otto and Clare (Armstrong) Menger. She later became step daughter to Clifford W. Axtell. After graduating as Valedictorian from Hot Springs County High School in 1940, she studied briefly at Mills College in California and the University...

  • Isaac Leyva

    Oct 3, 2019

    Isaac Leyva, 60, of Worland, passed away Sept. 30, 2019, at Washakie Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Natalie of the home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Worland. Further information may be found at veilemortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Veile Mortuary of Worland....

  • Collins quadruplets born at 31 weeks

    Tracie Mitchell, Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – Ten Sleep residents Levi and Savanah Collins welcomed three girls and a boy on Sept. 21, at 31 weeks via C-section in Salt Lake City, Utah. Savanah is doing well and all four babies are in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) but are reported to be doing well. “[The] babies decided they needed to make their appearance this morning at exactly 31 weeks today! All 4 babies are doing great and are getting some rest in the NICU. I’m in my room recovering from a C-section that went very well with no complications thankfully! Pleas...

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  • Lady Pioneers still searching for a rhythm

    Alex Kuhn|Oct 3, 2019

    TEN SLEEP - Last week was a busy week for the Ten Sleep High School volleyball team, they had three matches in three days, two of which were 1A Northwest division contests St. Stephens and Dubois, on top of all the usual festivities that come with homecoming week. The Lady Pioneers went 1-2 in their matches against St. Stephens, Dubois and Arvada-Clearmont. On Saturday at Ten Sleep High School, they lost to Dubois 3-1 (25-20, 13-25, 25-23, 25-19) and Arvada-Clearmont (25-15, 25-23, 25-16). Both...

  • Lady Warriors thriving during unusual swim season

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Oct 3, 2019

    WORLAND - The 2019 girls swimming season has been a unique one for the Worland Lady Warriors, to say the least. The Worland Aquatic Center has been working on some fixes this over the last handful of weeks and it has made training for the Lady Warriors tougher. As the competitive pool has been worked on, the Lady Warriors have had to use the two extra lanes in the community pool to practice. "It's been a pretty challenging season," said WHS girls swimming coach Mike Blissett. We haven't had our...

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 3

    Oct 3, 2019

    UW freshman class size second only to 2018 LARAMIE (WNE) — The University of Wyoming has enrolled the second-largest freshman class this fall, according to figure released Wednesday concerning “Census Day,” the 15th day of classes that’s the marker for enrollment figures. Despite being the second largest class, this year’s class has 89 fewer students than the record-breaking class of 1,849 that came to the university in the fall of 2018. This year’s figure is a nearly 12% increase from fall 2014. According to Wednesday’s figures, the number of...

  • Former Powell treatment center employees charged with multi-million dollar fraud

    C.J. BAKER, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    POWELL — Federal prosecutors have charged three Powell men with health care fraud and other felony crimes, alleging they submitted millions of dollars worth of fraudulent bills to Medicaid several years ago. Under an indictment unsealed late Wednesday afternoon, former Northwest Wyoming Treatment Center employees Matthew “Ty” Barrus, Greg Bennett and Devin Dutson face a combined total of 15 charges; each charge carries the possibility of prison time. All three men made their first appearances in U.S. District Court in Casper this week and a...

  • Blackjewel mines sold again

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    GILLETTE — A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved the sale of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines in Campbell County to Eagle Specialty Materials. The ruling by Judge Frank W. Volk in Charleston, West Virginia, clears the way for ESM, a subsidiary of Alabama-based FM Coal, to reopen the Powder River Basin mines and operate them for the foreseeable future. The sale also relieves Contura Energy Inc. of about $230 million worth of reclamation obligations and allows ESM to begin hiring back as many as 500 coal miners to resume o...

  • NWC students join the fight against CWD

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    POWELL — As chronic wasting disease marches its way across Wyoming, Northwest College students are pitching in to help battle the disease. NWC’s biology department and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are collaborating to test a higher percentage of hunter’s harvests of mule deer from the Lower Shoshone and Clarks Fork herds. The Game and Fish needs as many samples as possible from the area, but lacks the manpower to get it done alone. After training, NWC students will get practical experience and help track the disease, which is fatal...

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 4

    Oct 3, 2019

    Life Care Center of Cheyenne sued for alleged wrongful injury CHEYENNE (WNE) - Life Care Center of Cheyenne and its associated companies are being sued by a local man who allegedly suffered injuries post-surgery after staying in its care. Edward Ziolkowski is suing the center, which is a nursing home that provides services such as post-surgery care, and its associated companies, Life Care Centers of America and Cheyenne Operations LLC. The court case is seeking damages, and the amount will be set by the court, if Life Care is proven negligent....

  • Dead man's brother urges peaceful aftermath

    Clair McFarland, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    RIVERTON — Forgiveness is the key theme of a Sept. 28 letter the brother of the late Anderson Antelope Sr. sent to the editor of The Ranger. Antelope, 58, was fatally shot in an officer-involved incident Sept. 21 at Walmart in Riverton. The Riverton Police Department officer involved was not injured. The incident is being investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, which has not furnished comment. Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun wrote an official press release on the fatality which stated that an RPD officer was a...

  • Wyoming first lady announces hunger initiative

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    CHEYENNE - Wyoming first lady Jennie Gordon announced a hunger initiative Thursday aimed at fighting food insecurity for children and families across the state. The Wyoming Hunger Initiative will bring together various groups working on food security, according to a news release issued Thursday by Gov. Mark Gordon's office. "I am not interested in reinventing the wheel, but rather in making a difference for kids in Wyoming," Jennie Gordon said in the release. "If I can shed light on the work that is currently being done and bring organizations...

  • UW acting president vows more faculty investments

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 3, 2019

    LARAMIE — During a Thursday State of the University address, acting University of Wyoming President Neil Theobald said the university will work to increase the number of endowed chair positions to 100, roughly doubling the current number. In September, the university’s Board of Trustees signed off on a plan to spend $1.3 million, with half coming from donations, to create a permanent endowment to hire 20 new faculty by the end of 2019. According to documents from the September trustees meeting, UW is looking to spend that funding to hire thr...

  • Flags at Half Staff Sunday

    Oct 3, 2019

    Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Donald Trump's Proclamation issued today, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The President's Proclamation follows: Since 1922, our Nation has observed Fire Prevention Week to promote emergency preparedness and reaffirm our enduring commitment to fire safety. This week, we honor and...

  • Wyoming residents urged to prepare for expected early-winter storm Wednesday and Thursday

    Oct 3, 2019

    An early-winter storm is possible early Wednesday through Thursday, and it is expected to extend from northwest Wyoming through the southeast part of the Cowboy State. In preparation for the upcoming winter storm and colder weather, National Weather Service and Wyoming Department of Transportation are encouraging people to build a vehicle winter safety kit and know where to get the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. “When you travel Wyoming, you can drive long distances without services, so travelers need to be ready to wait out a st...

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