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  • October 8, 2020

    Oct 8, 2020

    Check out the Warrior Hall of Fame Induction in this week's issue, as well as the Worland firefighters honored. School District No. 2 Candidate Profiles are inside this week's issue....

  • 1st Lt. Skretteberg earns prestigious Bronze Star

    Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND - 1st Lt. Andrew Skretteberg, of Worland was awarded the Bronze Star at a welcome home ceremony in Casper on Friday, Sept. 25. He was awarded the medal for his efforts while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. His unit, Charlie Battery, 2-300th Field Artillery was deployed to Kuwait from May 2019 to March 2020. Skretteberg said the award was a great honor and he's deeply humbled to have received it. He accredited the award not just to him but to all the Soldiers of C-Battery, 2-300th...

  • Library bid officially awarded to Groathouse

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Library is set to have a new home, this vision took one step closer to becoming a reality when the Washakie County Commissioners officially awarded a bid of $2,173,051 for the project to Cody-based company Groathouse Construction at their regular meeting Tuesday. The process of moving to a larger space for the library has been a process that has been discussed since 2007. Discussions of renovating or relocating the library began in 2016 when the commissioners at t...

  • Yes, Wyoming you still must set your clocks back on Nov. 1

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND — In March the Wyoming State Legislature approved a bill, and Governor Mark Gordon signed it, that would keep Wyoming in Mountain Daylight Time year round if certain conditions are met. Those conditions have not been met and the bill’s sponsor said it could take years before they are met. Rep. Dan Laursen (R-Powell) brought the daylight saving time bill before the legislature for several years before finally getting it passed both Houses earlier this year. This year, he said, he thinks the difference was requiring at least four of sev...

  • Worland City Council approves 4-year contract for golf course management

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND — The Worland City Council on an 8-1 vote approved a new four-year contract with Sagebrush Sports to manage the Green Hills Golf Course. Sagebrush Sports is completing its first year as the course management firm. Public Works Superintendent Brian Burky said the contract is for four years which will help reduce cost to the city over the period of the contract, while providing consistency in management at the golf course. Council member Mike Neufer said he had spoken to several golfers and all were in favor of a four-year contract and s...

  • Washakie County School District 1 board discusses RIF policy

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND – The Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, held discussions on several board policies. The board discussed the reduction in force policy. This policy currently states that “if by the judgment of the board of trustees it is necessary to reduce the certified staff due to a change of circumstances such as reduction or elimination of a program in any given subject or field, or if it is necessary to con...

  • First year teacher begins in special education

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND – Jennifer Jones has begun her first special education teaching position at Worland Middle School after moving to Worland from Cowley to accept the position. Jones teaches reading, social and life skills to special education students at the middle school. However, before moving to Worland Jones was a school-to-work grant coordinator for Big Horn County School Districts No. 1 and No. 2, transition specialist as well as a paraeducator prior to receiving her master's degree in special e...

  • Blood drive Oct. 13; Vitalant will accept COVID-19 survivor plasma donations

    Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND — The Worland Community Blood Drive is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Worland Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments may be made by calling the local organizer, Judy Council at 347-9388 or going to bloodhero.com with the code: worland. Persons may fill out the health history questionnaire early to save some time the day of the drive. Go to www.vitalant.org/health. Masks are required for those donating blood, as well as Vitalant staff. Blood donors are not tested for coronavirus. Do not d...

  • Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho help teach others about indigenous people

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND - Eastern Shoshone Indian Willie LeClair provided the keynote address and opened the annual Indigenous People's Day at Washakie Museum & Cultural Center Saturday in Worland. LeClair discussed the history of the tribe and the Indian culture. When asked toward the end of his presentation if he preferred Indian or Native American or another word to describe his ethnicity, he replied, "I was born an Indian and I will die an Indian," all the others, he said is political correctness for the...

  • Four Lady Warrior seniors to be honored during senior night in dual vs. Cody

    Alex Kuhn, Sports Editor|Oct 8, 2020

    WORLAND - It's homecoming week and senior night for the Worland Lady Warriors swimming and diving team. Tonight four seniors will be honored in the dual against Cody at 5 p.m., and tomorrow, the team hosts a triangular against Green River and Powell at 4 p.m., both at the Worland Aquatic Center. The Lady Warrior seniors being honored tonight are Kaila Harris, Annalise Newell, Ella Stanek and Kylie Warren. The quad has not only contributed well in the pool, but they also stepped into leadership...

  • Lynn "Bear" Bruce Terry

    Oct 8, 2020

    Lynn "Bear" Bruce Terry, 67, of Cody, Wyoming passed away suddenly on September 29, 2020 at his home while walking his dogs. Lynn was born in Worland, WY on January 27, 1953 to Don and Rhonda Terry. He had one older sister, Dawn. Lynn's father was with Wyoming Game and Fish. The family lived in Dubois, Wyoming prior to moving to Ten Sleep where the family lived at the fish hatchery. He had many fond memories of his life at the hatchery. He and his Dad hunted and fished in the Big Horn Mountains... Full story

  • Ralph Joseph "Joe" Campbell

    Oct 8, 2020

    Longtime rancher, Ralph Joseph "Joe" Campbell, 87, passed away at the family ranch on Upper Owl Creek, September 27, 2020. The son of Ralph and Hazel (Sneider) Campbell, he was born May 16, 1933 in Thermopolis, Wyoming. He graduated from HSC High School. He received a degree in Animal Production from the University of Wyoming. During college he joined the Wyoming National Guard. While serving in the US Army based at Fort Knox he met a Department of Army civilian worker Barbara Jean Alvey. On... Full story

  • Dena Balstead

    Oct 8, 2020

    Thermopolis resident, Dena Balstead, 75, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the Wyoming Hospice Center in Casper, Wyoming.... Full story

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  • BLM Leader not backing down

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 8, 2020

    POWELL - Two weeks after a federal judge in Montana ruled the Trump administration's choice to direct the Bureau of Land Management rose to his position illegally, William Perry Pendley told an audience in Cody that the decision has changed nothing. Pendley paraphrased Mark Twain in saying, "News of my political demise has been greatly exaggerated," while speaking to the Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network conference on Tuesday at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. U.S.... Full story

  • Justices uphold sentence in murder case

    Stephen Dow, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 8, 2020

    BUFFALO — The Wyoming Supreme Court has affirmed Fourth Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman's ruling in the re-sentencing of convicted murderer and robber Donald C. Davis last year. “Considering the re-sentencing proceedings in their entirety, it is apparent that the court had much evidence before it and balanced various considerations when it re-sentenced Mr. Davis," the court ruled last week. "The court's 12- to 50-year aggravated robbery sentence reflects not just the court's belief that 'it is not appropriate to release Mr. Dav... Full story

  • County Health officer criticized for coronavirus comments

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 8, 2020

    GILLETTE — The Campbell County Public Health officer compared people who have tested positive for COVID-19 yet break quarantine to “homegrown terrorists," a correlation that angered at least one county commissioner. During a public comment period at the commission's Tuesday meeting, Dr. Kirtikumar Patel expressed frustration over the recent surge in cases. On Sept. 23, there were 233 confirmed cases in Campbell County since the pandemic began. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 362 confirmed cases. The increase is due to the loosening of restr... Full story

  • Grand Teton goat cull works toward elimination of mountain goats

    Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 8, 2020

    JACKSON - "Mountaineering with a rifle" is how Taylor Glenn summed up his first few hours of pursuing mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park. The morning of Sept. 23, Glenn was soft-spoken and bummed out, having just descended a steep scree slope below Symmetry Spire after an unsuccessful chase that led him over fifth-class terrain. "These things are a lot harder than you realize," he said. "This terrain is full-on." A professional photographer and Jackson resident, Glenn was among the few... Full story

  • Injured firefighter out of hospital

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 8, 2020

    CASPER — A firefighter injured while battling the Mullen Fire in southeastern Wyoming on Wednesday is out of the hospital and recovering, according to Russ Bacon, the forest supervisor of the Medicine Bow-Routt national forests. “I’m happy to report that that firefighter is doing OK,” Bacon said during a virtual conference held on Wednesday evening. The wildland firefighter “did not need to spend a night in the hospital.” The Mullen Fire, which began nearly three weeks ago in the Medicine Bow National Forest, has burned 170,996 acres and r... Full story

  • U.S. Senate candidates Lummis, Ben-David debate over COVID-19 response, health care reform

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 8, 2020

    CHEYENNE – With just a few weeks remaining until Election Day, the pair of candidates vying to become Wyoming’s next U.S. senator discussed their approaches to the federal COVID-19 response, health care reform and several other issues during a debate Thursday night in Torrington. The event, which was hosted by WyomingPBS and Wyoming Public Radio at Eastern Wyoming College, featured Republican Cynthia Lummis, who previously served as the state’s delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2017, and Democrat Merav Ben-David, a zoo... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs Oct. 9

    Oct 8, 2020

    Woman charged with stealing from Evanston Police Department EVANSTON (WNE) — A former City of Evanston employee has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the Evanston Police Department (EPD) over an approximately three-year period. Selina Zuehlsdorff was previously employed as an administrative assistant at the EPD and was arrested following an investigation conducted by the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office. According to the investigation, Zuehlsdorff took time off from wor... Full story

  • Total of Coronavirus-Related Deaths Updated

    Oct 8, 2020

    The number of coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 has been updated, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). An older adult Lincoln County man died earlier this month. The man had been hospitalized and was known to have health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. An older adult Washakie County woman died earlier this month. The woman was known to have health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of... Full story

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