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  • Ordinance to open more cemetery blocks, set payment deadline

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Oct 26, 2023

    The Worland City Council approved on first reading Ordinance 871 regarding opening blocks at the Riverview Memorial Gardens with rate changes to be considered later. During the council meeting Oct. 17, the council approved the ordinance to open blocks 81 to 84, which have not previously been opened for purchase from the public. The blocks will have the same restrictions as Blocks 74 to 80, horizontal or upright family memorials or headstones are available. In an earlier meeting Public Works...

  • Rep. Lawley leads property tax discussion for Washakie County

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    On Monday, Oct. 23, State Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland) held a town hall meeting regarding property taxes. Lawley said she wanted to follow up on this topic with the community, as she promised she would earlier in the year. Lawley said like most others in the community, she is unhappy with the rising property taxes happening across the state and wants to work with others to find solutions. During her meeting, Lawley shared knowledge with those in attendance and had the opportunity to let community members share their thoughts on the...

  • Shooting complex task force finalizes pre-proposal survey

    Oct 26, 2023

    SHERIDAN (WNE) — The State Shooting Complex Oversight Task Force completed work during its meeting Friday morning that will help it identify communities interested in being home to the complex. The task force was established by Senate File 169. The task force comprises several legislators and representatives from Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Travel and Tourism, firearm and archery manufacturers, shooting sports organizations and hunting or wildlife conservation organizations. The body i...

  • Ann Robinson Joyce

    Oct 26, 2023

    Ann Robinson Joyce, 93, of Hyattville, Wyoming and Brooklin, Maine, passed away peacefully Friday, October 13, 2023, at the residence of her son in Manderson, Wyoming. Ann was born in New London, Connecticut on July 9, 1930, the daughter of O.P. Robinson and Ann Scroggie Robinson, and grew up in Groton, Connecticut. She graduated from Abbot Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Smith College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in landscape architecture. Ann married Ensign Jack Berry...

  • What's that smell?

    Roscoe Pomeroy|Oct 26, 2023

    Sunday morning Mom wanted to sleep in but Dad woke her up, standing in the doorway he said, “We’ve got a problem.” Now wait just a minute. Do not assume that because I am writing this column that it was my fault. I mean it was but it is not nice to just assume. Sunday I learned what all the talk was about “leaving the black and white kitties alone” and “don’t find any skunks.” I mean what is a skunk. Well now I know. And skunks do not even come close to being kitties. I mean our kitties are cute and they usually run from me. OK, so Tigger f...

  • 'The Descent' made me afraid of caves

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    So far, I’ve tackled subjects of horror that hinge on either the paranormal or extraterrestrial to deliver the fear factor. These work in the moment, but I find that as an adult I don’t fixate on the scary bad guys like I used to as a kid; I wouldn’t lose sleep for days if I watched “Jeepers Creepers” today. But, what if the object of fear is a cave? Caves are already intrinsically scary to me. They are dark, claustrophobic, largely unexplored and unpredictable. Before I had ever seen “The Descent,” the furthest I had walked into a cave was th...

  • Brothers honor father's wish, earn Eagle Scout badges

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    Brothers Carter Arnold, 16, and Bridger Arnold, 13 were awarded their Eagle Scout badges from their Scout Master, Dr. Jim Nelson, D.D.S., at a ceremony on Oct. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Worland. The boys both climbed through six Scout ranks before Eagle Scout and acquired at minimum 14 required silver badges and seven gold elective badges. On reaching this goal at such a young age, Bridger said, “There’s a certain number of kids like me who are determined to get it done fast, but I don’t really know how many....

  • 'Roadkill' returns to breathe life into Belvedere

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    At least for a while, Dwain Christopherson, his family, and his business Performance Auto in Otto were characters on Motortrend's "Roadkill" show after filming in June and airing in a brief segment of an episode. Christopherson said that in June, he was being repeatedly tagged by friends in a Facebook post about the show "Roadkill," a web series hosted on MotorTrend+ about outlandish project cars. The show's crew would be travelling to Billings, Montana, and then drive to Denver, Colorado, and...

  • Proposed changes to private campground regulations to help protect visitors

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    In order to be closely aligned with Wyoming state statues, Interim County Planner Mike Robinson said that new proposed changes to private campground regulations in Washakie County will, “attempt to ensure that, in addition to, adequate and safe water and sewer are provided, access, drainage, fire protection, and the like are addressed as appropriate,” and “provide an opportunity for adjacent landowners and the general public to review and comment on the proposed campground[s].” According to Robinson, the following proposed changes, if adopted,...

  • Community rallies to save elementary overnight field trips

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    Community member Beth Lewis addressed the Hot Springs County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees during their Oct. 19 meeting about alternatives to cancelling elementary overnight field trips. The district is planning to phase out these field trips due to safety concerns that have presented themselves from incidents that have occurred on such trips in the past. Lewis said, “Field trips bring the classroom to life and build lasting memories while developing connections within student cohorts … We live in a community where the exp...

  • Tapia wins first state championship for Lady Warriors since 1994

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Oct 26, 2023

    The 3A State cross-country meet on Oct. 21 in Cheyenne was a historic day for the Worland cross-country program. The Lady Warriors had their first state champion in 29 years, and the Warriors finished second for the first time since 1994. Lady Warrior Zena Tapia ran a dominating race on her way to her first 3A State championship, crossing the finish line at 19:33.30. With her victory in Cheyenne, Tapia became the first Lady Warrior to win a state championship since Kristen Mathison did so in...

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  • 'Wyoming is watching' as historic electric rate hike hearing begins this week

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Oct 26, 2023

    Critics will scrutinize Rocky Mountain Power's proposed 21.6%, $140.2M rate hike as panel faces pressure to reduce request. A 21.6% electric rate hike request panned by customers and politicians as an unjustified threat to households and the state's economy will be scrutinized beginning Wednesday at a multi-day, court-like hearing before the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The high-profile and historic rate hike from Rocky Mountain Power - the largest proposed increase in Wyoming in more...

  • Attorneys disagree over appeal of UW transgender sorority case

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 26, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Recent filings by lawyers for both Kappa Kappa Gamma and the six University of Wyoming sorority sisters who filed a lawsuit against it disagree over whether a district court order can be appealed. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson dismissed the sorority sisters’ case without prejudice on Aug. 25, giving them an option to refile it. In the ruling, he said that KKG could admit members in accordance with its own membership policy under the First Amendment’s freedom of expressive association. The judge advised the plaintiffs in a foo...

  • Wyoming Freedom Caucus will have newfound power in budget session

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Oct 26, 2023

    A constitutional procedure will give the hard-line faction initial veto power in the House, but they’ll still need votes from other members to pass bills. If Wyoming’s divided Republican Party can’t work together in the upcoming legislative session, skyrocketing property taxes, a firefighter shortage and a suicide hotline fiscal cliff, among other pressing issues, could go unresolved. Political gridlock is a particular risk in the House, where the hard-line Wyoming Freedom Caucus now has enough votes to veto most bills upon introduction. Enact...

  • Wyoming Briefs Nov. 1 2023

    Oct 26, 2023

    Train derails in Yoder TORRINGTON (WNE) — The quiet little town of Yoder shook last Wednesday afternoon when a handful of locomotive cars slid off the railway tracks. “At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, local time, 11 railcars on the Union Pacific train derailed just west of Yoder, Wyoming,” Mike Jaixen, a Union Pacific spokesman said. “There were no injuries and no release of hazardous materials, though a small amount of sand was released as the cars were moved afterwards. This incident remains under investigation.” The cars...

  • Wyoming lawmakers skip crossover-voting ban fix, leave loophole intact

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Oct 26, 2023

    A legislative committee declined to change ambiguous language in the new law. Meanwhile, registered voters hoping to keep their options open in 2024 have a clear, albeit inconvenient, path forward. As long as voters are willing to jump through some hoops, the crossover-voting ban won’t block all attempts to change party affiliation ahead of the 2024 election. That’s according to an example laid out in a recent directive Secretary of State Chuck Gray provided to county clerks, which came to light during legislative conversations about how the...

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