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  • October 17, 2019

    Oct 17, 2019

    We have Blair's and Bomgaars inserts for print and online subscribers. Print subscribers can also look for the RT Communications flier in this week's Northern Wyoming News....

  • The News Editorial: Do you know why you had Monday off?

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    Monday was a federal holiday where the U.S. Postal Service was shut down, banks were closed and government, local, state and federal offices were closed. What holiday you ask, for the many like us here at the Northern Wyoming News who were working? It was Columbus Day. According to the 2019 Presidential Proclamation for Columbus Day, “On October 12, 1492, after a perilous, two-month journey across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean, Christopher Columbus and his crew aboard the Niña, Pinta, and Sa... Full story

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  • County Commissioners renew Guardian Flight contract

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners approved renewing a contract with Guardian Flight to provide medical transportation services to Washakie County residents during Tuesday’s regular meeting at the courthouse. Guardian Flight, recently acquired by Air Medical Group Holdings Inc. (AMGH), operates a fleet of approximately 100 fixed and rotor wing aircraft dedicated to air medical flights in the Upper Midwest, Mountain West, Southwest, Alaska and Hawaii. With more than 800 professional sta...

  • Council approves property maintenance ordinance on final reading

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND — The Worland City Council approved on third and final reading changes to the city code regarding maintenance of the exterior of real property. After changes on first and second readings, the council approved the third reading quickly and unanimously with no changes. There were no public comments during any of the three readings of the ordinance. Changes in the ordinance include a more detailed definition of “junk.” The current code states regarding notification and enforcement that...

  • Venturing cross-country

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND - Imagine hiking 2,410 miles in seven months, seeing all types of scenery and weather. It may sound like a dream come true for some and a nightmarish ordeal for others. For one former Worland resident it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Elizabeth Stearns, the daughter of Breece and Sherryl Ferguson, grew up in Worland and now resides in Luverne, Minnesota, with her husband Joseph and their dog Toolik. She has long wanted to do a thru-hike across the United States. This year was her...

  • Black Thunder heads to state competition in Casper

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND - The Worland High School Black Thunder Marching Band heads to the state competition this Saturday in Casper. Eighty members strong this year with band and color guard, the band is led by instructors Chad Rose and Frank Harding with drum majors senior Caleb Fraser and junior Anja Sheesley. The group has been working toward this event since the four-day camp in early August. They have had weekly rehearsals on Tuesday, as well as working during sectionals and daily class time. In...

  • Bring your green yard waste to city compost yard

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND — Community composting is coming to Worland thanks to a collaborative partnership between Washakie County Extension, City of Worland and the Washakie County Conservation District. According to Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist, Extension worked with city staff to collect and compost leaves by the city shop several years ago. “The compost was provided to residents free of charge and was very popular. Going forward, I hope that we can divert leaves and other yard waste from the landfil...

  • Fair board discusses condensing entertainment for 2020 Washakie County Fair

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met on Monday night to talk about possibly condensing down the amount of days entertainment is available for the 2020 Washakie County Fair, as well as starting the entertainment earlier. These discussions led to a general consensus of reducing entertainment nights down to three from six last year, as well as starting evening events earlier, but an official decision was not made on these potential changes. Another discussion that went on was the p...

  • Worland resident avoids Facebook prize scam

    Oct 17, 2019

    WORLAND — A Worland resident, contacted via text messaging Oct. 13, by someone claiming to be from Facebook, failed to be duped by this prize scam. The Facebook scammer said the resident had received $500,000 cash prize and only needed to send 150 (dollars were not specified) to claim the prize. According to an article from Federal Trade Commission consumer education specialist Ari Lazarus, residents should be aware “you don’t need to pay to play.” The article available on the FTC website states as follows: Consumer Education Special... Full story

  • David Lee Huhnke

    Oct 17, 2019

    David Lee Huhnke, 61, passed away on October 13, 2019 at Washakie Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. David was born on September 20, 1958 in Worland to Billy Gene and Sharon Lee (Duesenberry) Huhnke. He received his education in Worland graduating from Worland High School in 1977. He married Cindy K. Sonneman October 21, 1978. They had two sons, Joshua Lee and Christopher Paul. David worked for Halliburton for most of his adult career. His most recent assignment was in Prudhoe... Full story

  • Donald Dean Neihart

    Oct 17, 2019

    Donald Dean Neihart, 89-year-old Worland resident, returned to his loving Lavern on October 12, 2019, on what would have been their 67th wedding anniversary. Donald was born on September 16, 1930 in Crete, Nebraska to Ralph Louis and Alice (Kraus) Neihart. He attended school in Crete, graduating from Crete High School in 1948. While in high school he participated in all sports. After graduation, Don served his country in the United States Navy from 1948 to 1952. He served during the Korean... Full story

  • Ruth Warneke

    Oct 17, 2019

    Ruth Warneke, 91, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Private family services will be held at a later date. Family and friends are invited to sign Ruth's online guest book at Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.... Full story

  • Charles "Bill" Christy

    Oct 17, 2019

    Charles “Bill” Christy passed away September 17, 2019 at Shepherd of the Valley Care Facility in Casper, Wyoming. Bill was born in 1941 at Newcastle, Wyoming. He attended schools at Beulah, Worland, Meeteetse, and graduated at Riverton High School. He entered the military in 1966 and went to Vietnam; he was honorably discharged 7 years later after numerous medals to his name; an astute sharpshooter. Along with brothers Bob and Pete, Bill worked around the Denver area operating a carpet cleaning business. They did this for many years. He the... Full story

  • Flags ordered to half-staff

    Oct 17, 2019

    Governor Gordon, pursuant to President Donald Trump's proclamation, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags immediately lowered to half-staff today, October 17, through tomorrow, October 18, 2019, in memory of Representative Elijah E.Cummings.... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 17

    Oct 17, 2019

    UW trustees set timeline for hiring new president LARAMIE (WNE) — The University of Wyoming may have its next permanent president selected by early March, according to a hiring timeline approved Wednesday by the school’s board of trustees. After board chairman Dave True emphasized that the timeline wasn’t “etched in granite” and could be tweaked if necessary, the board approved the outline unanimously. The plan calls for advertisements to be placed in several higher education outlets next month; three months of candidate identific... Full story

  • Cheyenne man breaks state record with 1,491-pound pumpkin

    Margaret Austin, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 17, 2019

    CHEYENNE – The pumpkins Andy Corbin grows at his home in east Cheyenne are so big and so heavy that he needs a handmade tripod to move them. Weighing in at 1,491 pounds, his biggest pumpkin of the year broke Wyoming's state record. For more than a decade, Corbin has grown giant pumpkins in his garden to show at competitions. "It's kind of the zone where I can get away from everything," Corbin said. "My stress kind of just disappears when I go out in the garden." While it might be relaxing for C... Full story

  • Three women conquer three firsts at Women's Antelope Hunt

    Floyd Whiting, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 17, 2019

    BUFFALO - Snow covers the alfalfa field as the sun's first light creates a soft, golden glow. The air is still, and a calm hangs over the field. A single rifle shot shatters the silence. Rachel Ryan, a 29-year-old weightlifting and fitness teacher lowers her .243 rifle. After recovering from hip reconstruction surgery, months of physical therapy and hours of pain, she's finally here, successfully harvesting an antelope. She's waited years for this moment. The Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt is a... Full story

  • Buffalo wins final approval for vet facility

    Stephen Dow, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 17, 2019

    BUFFALO — After months of legislative debate, the Wyoming State Building Commission has given the final word on the location of the state's first skilled nursing facility for veterans. That word? Buffalo. “This is a big sigh of relief for me and for everyone who has lobbied to locate this facility in Buffalo,” Johnson County Commissioner Bill Novotny said. “I want to thank the five elected officials on the building commission for realizing that Buffalo is the best place for this facility. This facility will get built, and it will be built h... Full story

  • High court weighs gun case Attorneys debate application of 'stand your ground' law

    SHANE SANDERSON, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 17, 2019

    LARAMIE – Ambiguous language in a 2018 law means the Wyoming Supreme Court might have to review every criminal case that involves certain self-defense provisions, a supreme court justice said Thursday. Justice Keith Kautz made the statement in an auditorium at the University of Wyoming College of Law, where the court heard arguments in the appeal of a first-degree murder case originating in Casper. A Natrona County District Court judge earlier this year dismissed the case before trial, ruling that a “stand your ground” law only a month old at t... Full story

  • Groups rally for Trump in Jackson, Cheyenne, Gillette

    Cody Cottier and Tom Coulter, Jackson Hole Daily Wyoming Tribune Eagle And Gillette News Record Via WNE|Oct 17, 2019

    Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump took to the streets in Jackson, Cheyenne and Gillette on Thursday to protest impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives. The rallies were part of national activities organized by a group called "Women for America First" that featured marches in Washington, D.C., and other major cities around the country. JACKSON - Trump supporters rally downtown For the second time in two weeks, since first lady Melania Trump's visit earlier this... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 18

    Oct 17, 2019

    Black bear euthanized in Story SHERIDAN (WNE) — An adult male black bear was euthanized by Game and Fish personnel in Story after it broke into a secured shed near a residence. Game and Fish received a report from a Story resident on Oct. 11 that his shed had been broken into and damaged the previous night, with the carcass of his harvested deer drug away. Suspecting a black bear, Game and Fish personnel set a trap for the bear that evening. When personnel later checked the trap, they discovered the bear had an ear tag, identifying it as a b... Full story

  • Economic growth shows signs of slowing

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 17, 2019

    CASPER — Wyoming’s economic growth has started to show subtle signs of slowing, a new quarterly report published by the state’s Economic Analysis Division shows. Though statewide employment rates have remained strong, increasing by 1.3 percent compared to last August, coal and natural gas production continue to falter. Despite enduring positive signs in the overall economy, Jim Robinson, principal economist for Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division, is keeping a close eye on the limited aspects of the boom in some counties. A majority of econ... Full story

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