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    Oct 21, 2021

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  • Bishop the fastest in the 3A East

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    WORLAND — Not wasting the opportunity to win a conference championship on his home course, Worland Warrior Jack Bishop won the 3A East individual title at the Green Hills Golf Course on Oct. 15. Bishop, a junior, finished the 3A East conference race with a time of 16:51.92, a season-best, to finish first. “He was awesome and ran so well,” said WHS cross-country coach Tanya Kienlen. “When he came through leading it, I didn’t expect it, but it gave him a pace. I was shocked that no one got out o...

  • Inspiring messages of hope

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    If you didn't go to mixed martial arts fighter Court McGee's presentation last Wednesday night at the Worland Middle School Auditorium you missed out. It doesn't matter if you are battling addiction, if you know someone who is battling addiction, McGee's story, as well as anyone's story who is in long-term recovery is inspiring. Yes, McGee, who says he has an inherent addictive personality, struggled in his recovery at the start, stumbling several times. But to date he is more than 5,660 days so... Full story

  • Supreme Court sides with Walker; notes Slayer Rule

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    CHEYENNE — In a probate case that led to a change in Wyoming statute, a Worland man got a small win from the Wyoming Supreme Court in a ruling issued Aug. 2. In February 2020, Deidra Walker Rowe, 33, was shot and killed by her husband Darren Rowe, 35, at their home in Casper. Several hours later he shot and killed himself. The state law at the time of deaths of the Rowes, stated that “no person who feloniously takes or causes or procures another to take the life of another shall inherit fro...

  • Black Thunder earns superior rating

    Oct 21, 2021

    CASPER - The Worland High School Marching Band Black Thunder earned a superior rating for the fourth straight year during the State Marching Band Festival in Casper last Saturday. Worland was one of 19 high school bands competing. All but two of the bands competed in the division with color guard. Five other high schools also earned superior ratings - Cheyenne East, South High School, Kelly Walsh, Buffalo and Thunder Basin. Hot Springs County High School's marching band earned an excellent...

  • End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Destiny Gutierrez

    WENDY WIECKI, Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Cloud Peak Counseling Center|Oct 21, 2021

    End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Destiny Gutierrez Editor's Note: Since 2011, October has been proclaimed National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month, Cloud Peak Counseling Center, in partnership with the Northern Wyoming News, is bringing four stories of recovery from Worland community members. Meet Destiny Gutierrez, an addiction recovery warrior. Destiny started her drug use at the age of 15. She says she was trying to deal with traumas that had happened in her life like "being...

  • County Health Officer: COVID surge on downward trend

    TOBIAS MOWERY, Staff Reporter|Oct 21, 2021

    WORLAND – Washakie County Health Officer Dr. Amber Moss met with the Washakie County Commissioner board during their regular meeting Tuesday to discuss Washakie County updates regarding COVID-19. Moss spoke about the updated COVID numbers as well as recent hospitalizations and recent surges in other illnesses. “The current surge is on the downtrend,” she explained. Moss said, “A lot of people get sick at once. The total number of deaths is 29, two of those are from the recent surge,” she said, speaking in the morning. However, the Wyoming D...

  • The call to help others

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    WORLAND - On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Court McGee, professional mixed martial arts fighter, celebrated 5,660 days of recovery, more than 15 years. McGee shared his story of addiction and struggles with recovery with Worland Middle School students in the morning and then to a good-sized community crowd that evening at Worland Middle School. He outlined how he got hooked on drugs, his struggles with recovery until he began his start into long-term recovery. After many failed attempts he said he was...

  • UFC fighter uses his story of addiction to help those battling addiction

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    WORLAND - Speaking about one's struggles and failings can be difficult even in the most comfortable situations. UFC fighter Court McGee has made it his mission to not only talk about his battle with substance abuse and trials that it brought but do so in front of crowds of strangers. Through The McGee Project, a non-profit aimed at helping youth or anyone battle through addiction, Court McGee gave two presentations in Worland on Oct. 13, one to the Worland Middle School and another to the...

  • Special session to address mandates slated to begin Tues.

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    CHEYENNE – A special session to address vaccine mandates appears to now be a reality with a three-day session set for next week. Last Tuesday, Oct. 12, Wyoming Senate President Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow said, “Today we have fulfilled our duty under the rules of the Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives by sending a poll to all legislators to determine whether the Wyoming Legislature will call itself into special session to address COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Mem...

  • Judith Ann (Hoagland) Plum

    Oct 21, 2021

    Judith "Judy" Ann (Hoagland) Plum was born on February 9, 1945 to Robert and Jean (Briggs) Hoagland, a farming family working north of Hastings, Nebraska. Judy was later joined by her younger sisters, Mary "Jan" Hoagland Cross and Nancy Hoagland. Judy went to a one-room school where she was the only student in her class until attending Hastings High School in town as a freshman. Her early educational experiences helped forge a strong and adventurous young lady. Her involvement with 4-H inspired... Full story

  • Ralph Edward Cline

    Oct 21, 2021

    Ralph Edward Cline, 73, passed away on October 11, 2021 shortly after being life-flighted from Worland to Greeley, Colorado. Ralph was born on March 8, 1948, to Mary Alice (Pauley) Boben and Ralph Edward Cline, Sr. in La Junta, Colorado. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1966. Following high school, he worked for the US Forestry Service on a trail crew, a job he loved, clearing the trees and building trails. He enlisted in the US Navy in May 1969 and was honorably discharged in... Full story

  • Eliud "Lute" Leyva

    Oct 21, 2021

    Eliud "Lute" Leyva of Buckeye, AZ passed away on Thursday October 7, 2021. Lute was born on December 26, 1937 to Andrew and Julia Leyva in Worland, WY. He resided in Worland for 81 years before moving to Buckeye, AZ. Lute married Cida Munoz in 1960, going on to have five children, Andy, Jerry, Robert, Tom and Aleisha. They later divorced. Lute married Olga Leyva and they celebrated 43 years of marriage. Lute worked at Holly Sugar, from there he went on to work at Washakie Block & Redi Mix and th... Full story

  • Mike Montoya Jr

    Oct 21, 2021

    Mike Montoya Jr, 78, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY with his wife and son by his side. He attended Worland High School before serving his country in the United States Navy. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan on the USS Princeton carrier and served as a navigator during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged he returned home and met Marilyn June Pederson and they were later married on April 30, 1966 in Rigby, ID. They settled in... Full story

  • Jesus "Jesse" Charles

    Oct 21, 2021

    Born on one of the most romantic days of the year February 14, 1953, Jesus Charles was born to Antonio and Margarita Charles in Texas. His family started their journey from Texas to Worland where Jesse attended school with his many siblings. Jesse's family worked the surround fields as migrant workers teaching their children the meaning of hard work. Around the age of 16, Jesse's family moved to Billings, Montana where Jesse completed his teenage years. In 1970, Jesse enlisted in the United... Full story

  • HARVEST/AG SECTION: UW Extension studies ancient grains for food and forage

    Caitlin Youngquist, Washakie County Extension|Oct 21, 2021

    Einkorn, emmer, and spelt are the ancestors of our modern wheat varieties and valued by consumers and chefs for their superior flavor and nutrition. For Wyoming farmers, they are another crop that may fit well into existing rotations and requires less water than malt barley. There is also some evidence that these grains need less fertilizer than modern wheat and barley, but its not conclusive. They are slower to maturity than malt barley and produce high quality straw. Wyoming farmers have been...

  • HARVEST/AG SECTION: Wyoming Sugar harvest strong despite delays

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Oct 21, 2021

    WORLAND — Despite losing about 300 acres of sugarbeets in the spring, Wyoming Sugar’s 2021 crop should push 32 tons per acre and finish above 19% in sugar content. Wyoming Sugar President and CEO Mike Greear said the company contracted for 12,200 acres. “We had quite a few acres abandoned with hail damage,” he said. They had 11,934 acres going to harvest this year. “It was a difficult spring for everybody,” he added. He said they initially estimated a “modest 30-ton crop” and then the beets...

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  • Evanston school district asks parents' help to end TikTok pranks

    Sheila McGuire, Uinta County Herald Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 21, 2021

    Editor’s note: This story contains terms that some readers might find offensive. EVANSTON — Uinta County School District No. 1 has asked for parental help in putting a stop to students attempting to pull off school pranks modeled after challenges circulating on the social media app TikTok. An email sent to parents on Oct. 7 by Superintendent Ryan Thomas said the challenges trending on TikTok had created an issue at schools across the country, including in Evanston. One of the circulating challenges in September included vandalizing school bathr... Full story

  • Oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery in Wyoming

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Oct 21, 2021

    Wyoming’s oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery from the 2020 pandemic shockwave that drove the price of oil below $0 per barrel, spurred layoffs and stalled production. At least 18 rotary rigs were active in the state during the second week of October compared to one rig during the same week in 2020, according to Enverus, which tracks rig data on a weekly basis. Wyoming saw a rig count of zero for the first time in its history in June 2020, then again in August 2020. Most of the drilling activity is targeting oil in the s... Full story

  • Poll: Medicaid expansion popular

    Morgan Hughes, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 21, 2021

    CASPER —A new poll commissioned by four nonprofits shows significant support for Medicaid Expansion in Wyoming, a government health insurance assistance program for those who can’t afford insurance and aren’t offered it by their employer. The results come one week before a special legislative session and six months after a proposal to expand the health insurance program died in a Senate committee after passing the state House for the first time after nearly a decade of lobbying. This new poll did not specifically ask residents if they suppo... Full story

  • School district approves girls' wrestling program

    Oct 21, 2021

    LOVELL (WNE) — Big Horn County School District No. 1 followed the Lovell school district’s footsteps Monday, also approving a girls wrestling program in their regular school board meeting. Female students are currently able to wrestle, but the sport is still run as a coed event in Wyoming, with female and male athletes often facing off on the mat. The approval of female wrestling in Wyoming would create a female bracket in tournaments, guaranteeing that female wrestlers will be able to compete against female wrestlers. Rocky Mountain wrestling... Full story

  • Ronald Alvin Friest

    Oct 21, 2021

    Ronald Alvin Friest, 85-year-old Basin resident, passed away peacefully at his home on October 20, 2021. Ron was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 23, 1936. Cremation has taken place and no formal services are planned at this time.... Full story