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  • October 31, 2019

    Oct 31, 2019

    Happy Halloween! This week's copy has inserts from Blair's and Bomgaars (print and online), as well as for print subscribers Bloedorn, Pizza Hut and Arby's....

  • Karla's Kolumn: Happy Halloween

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Happy Halloween. For children today’s holiday is about fun and candy. Children get to dress up in costume, perhaps as their favorite superhero, favorite villain, favorite Disney princess or movie character or they get creative and make up their own costume. There are plenty of opportunities for children to go trick-or-treating in Worland and Ten Sleep with many organizations and businesses hosting trick-or-treat or trunk-or-treat festivities. There’s a story listing the many events in tod... Full story

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  • DEQ to investigate whistle-blower complaints about Black Hills Bentonite

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com|Oct 31, 2019

    Wyoming environmental regulators will investigate complaints that a bentonite mining company regularly violated rules and escaped proper oversight, Gov. Mark Gordon’s spokesman confirmed. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will investigate complaints made by a former employee of Black Hills Bentonite, LLC., according to the governor’s chief energy policy advisor Randall Luthi. He made his commitment in an Oct. 22 email that responded to at least 14 complaint letters from former Black Hills employee Bruce Lawson, who retired in Sep... Full story

  • Fifteenmile wild horse herd at 107 after gather

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    WORLAND - An eight-day gather of wild horses in the Fifteenmile Herd Management Area resulted in 607 horses gathered with 11 deaths and 97 returned to the range. Sarah Beckwith, Bureau of Land Management public affairs officer for the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office in Worland, said, "We had four gather-related horse deaths and seven horses were humanely euthanized because of pre-existing conditions that were so bad that their prognosis for survival out on the range was very poor." Hors...

  • More concrete numbers asked for softball, stipend approved

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    WORLAND – The Worland school board met on Monday night to discuss the numbers surrounding the future of softball in Worland, and approved a one-time stipend for classified and certified staff in the district. Worland High School Activities Director Mark Mortimer brought forth an estimate for the initial costs to support a softball team, as well as a list of 23 girls that would be interested in playing in the initial season from Worland and the Basin/Greybull area, but School Board Clerk Terri L...

  • Growers fight freezing temps to try and complete sugarbeet harvest

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    WORLAND - With Wyoming Sugar harvest at 80% Saturday and a nasty cold front forecasted, growers lent a helping hand. Wyoming Sugar CEO and President Mike Greear said several growers who had completed their harvest lent labor and equipment to other growers to help them finish their harvest. Greear said neighbor helping neighbor is what the growers here are always inclined to do. He added, however, that as a cooperative, every ton harvested helps everybody" within the Wyoming Sugar cooperative....

  • Local schools offer streaming services for athletics

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    TEN SLEEP – Ten Sleep athletics recently joined the National Federation of State High School Associations , or National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) streaming service to provide livestreams of sporting events to people who are unable to attend the games in person. "We all definitely have a little bit of a learning curve," Ten Sleep Athletic Director Sarah Novak said. "I know that I do since I am responsible for putting in all of the information." According to Novak, Ten Sleep currently o...

  • Embroidery classes help out fellow students

    Seth Romsa, Staff Writer|Oct 31, 2019

    WORLAND – Worland High School students from Brenda Trippel's family and consumer science courses have helped out over the years by providing custom embroidering for different departments throughout Washakie County School District No. 1. According to Trippel, different departments, such as sports teams and activities come to her and ask her class to make personally embroidered objects, and the respective department will pay the Family and Consumer Science group in order for Trippel to purchase m...

  • City hosts second composting day this Saturday

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    WORLAND — Nearly a dozen residents participated in the community compost day Oct. 18 and residents will have another chance to bring their green waste to the city of Worland’s compost pile this Saturday. Thanks to a collaborative partnership between Washakie County Extension, City of Worland and the Washakie County Conservation District a compost pile has been established adjacent to Riverside Rotary Park in hopes of providing compost for the city parks and community garden in the spring, as wel...

  • Tharp honored as Wyoming 4-H Volunteer of the Year

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    WORLAND - Washakie County 4-H leader Jessica Tharp was recently honored as the Wyoming 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Each year, county 4-H programs can nominate two outstanding individual volunteers to receive the 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards. The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years as a 4-H volunteer while the Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than 10 years. Four regional winners are...

  • Joe Allen Bowen

    Oct 31, 2019

    Joe Allen Bowen, 76-year-old Worland resident, passed away at his home. He was found on October 21, 2019. Joe was born on May 16, 1943 in Olney, Illinois to Walter James and Carro Mae (Clark) Bowen. He spent some of his childhood in Sterling, Colorado before moving to Wyoming. He completed his GED in June of 1965 in Casper, Wyoming. Joe served his country in the United States Air Force from 1965 through 1967. He retuned to Wyoming after his service, working in the oil industry most of his life.... Full story

  • Peggy Eileen (Thompson) Lane

    Oct 31, 2019

    Peggy Eileen (Thompson) Lane, 63, passed away Oct. 15, 2019, in Greybull. Peggy was born Jan. 3, 1956, in Riverton, to Jakie Leon and Betty Joan Thompson. She grew up in Worland. She raised five children, Kirtis Shane of Basehor, Leon Edward of Missouri, David DeWayne of Tipton, Joseph Micheal of Browning and Michelle Ann of Sedalia. She had nine grandchildren. Peggy enjoyed getting together with friends, cooking and going to yard sales. She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived... Full story

  • Bernice Lucille Stine

    Oct 31, 2019

    Bernice Lucille Stine, 89, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyoming surrounded by family. Bernie was born in Worland, WY on June 25, 1930 to Adam and Elizabeth Lungren. She was the eighth child out of ten children. She grew up milking cows and bucking hay on the family farm and enjoyed hunting and fishing with her dad when she wasn't doing chores. She graduated from Washakie County High School in 1948 and married Robert William... Full story

  • Wyoming students testing above national average

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 31, 2019

    CHEYENNE — An education report released Wednesday shows Wyoming students scored higher than national averages on standardized reading and math tests. Wyoming students outperformed students nationwide on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, given every two years to fourth- and eighth-grade students. In Wyoming, about 8,900 students took this year’s test across about 210 schools. “This is one metric that we take pretty seriously in Wyoming,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian B... Full story

  • Shoshones claim hunting rights under court ruling

    Clair McFarland, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 31, 2019

    RIVERTON — A United States Supreme Court ruling that an 1868 tribal treaty still grants Crow Indian tribal members the right to hunt and fish on "unoccupied lands" without state enforcement in the country may have done the same for Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members as well. The 1868 Treaty with the Crow Tribe was upheld by the high court in "Herrera v. Wyoming" – a poaching case that started in Sheridan County in 2014 and ended in the Supreme Court in May, with the verdict that hunting rights in the 150-year-old document did... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs OCTOBER 31

    Oct 31, 2019

    Walgreens sued in overdose CHEYENNE – Unidentified pharmacists from the Walgreens on Lincolnway are accused of giving a person the wrong dose of their prescription, which caused him to overdose. Eric and Jennifer Smith are suing Walgreens and John Does 1 and 2, who are alleged to be the licensed pharmacist or technicians that filled the prescription, in U.S. District Court over the allegedly faulty prescription. The Smiths are suing Walgreens for professional malpractice, negligence, negligent hiring and retention, and agency/respondent superio... Full story

  • Concussion concerns hurt football recruiting

    Jen Sieve-Hicks, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 31, 2019

    BUFFALO — Typically, after winning a state championship, a coach can look forward to a bump in the number of players who come out for the team the next year. That’s not the case for Buffalo High School football coach Rob Hammond. After winning the 2A state title in 2018, the football team’s numbers are down, a trend that is part of a bigger national trend. High school participation in 11-player tackle football is at its lowest level since 1999-2000 with just over 1 million players, according to the National Federation of High School Assoc... Full story

  • Governor Gordon Declares October 'General Aviation Appreciation Month'

    Oct 31, 2019

    Today, national general aviation organizations applauded Governor Mark Gordon for declaring October “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Wyoming, general aviation airports contribute over $73 million in economic impact annually. “General aviation is a critical tool that supports rural communities all throughout Wyoming,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “There are 25 public-use general aviation airports in the state of Wyoming, and these airports play an important role in supportin... Full story

  • Sheridan College kicks off Multicultural Center

    Allayana Darrow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 31, 2019

    SHERIDAN — When a student wrote a racially-charged comment on a white board in Braylee Armajo’s dorm in 2017, some people told her to just erase it. “That’s not the point,” she said. “We’ve been erasing it for how long? It’s time to actually fix something here.” Armajo is the president of the Native American Club at Sheridan College. A packed room of students and faculty celebrated the grand opening of the new campus Multicultural Center at Sheridan College Wednesday. There has been substantial movement toward celebrating diversity in Sher... Full story

  • Gun reporting bill fails

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 31, 2019

    CASPER — Wyoming lawmakers on Thursday defeated legislation that would have prevented some people with mental illnesses from buying guns. The legislation would have required the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to submit certain mental health records to a federal database used for background checks while purchasing firearms. The bill, which failed by a 9-5 vote, essentially mirrored federal legislation signed into law by President Donald Trump in the 2018 budget. Introduced in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in P... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs NOVEMBER 4

    Oct 31, 2019

    Former tribal judge’s sentencing postponed RIVERTON (WNE) — Although she was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for cocaine and oxycodone distribution, the former head judge for Wind River Tribal Court has received a last-minute extension. Terri Smith’s new sentence date is Feb. 18; she is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. that day in the United States District Court of Wyoming in Cheyenne. Smith’s attorneys asked for the continuance Oct. 25, writing that Smith is undergoing inpatient treatment for “addiction issues” and is not expected to comple... Full story

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