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  • December 14, 2023

    Dec 14, 2023

    Elementary Winter Concert photos, an update on legislative interim work from Senator Ed Cooper and more....

  • Priority misalignment between public and BLM regarding Rock Springs management plan

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Dec 14, 2023

    As the Bureau of Land Management develops their Resource Management Plan for the Rock Springs Field Office, they have received criticism and opposition from Wyoming residents across the state. BACKGROUND According to a notice published by the BLM on the Federal Register website, “The purpose of the Rock Springs RMP is to provide an updated, comprehensive, and environmentally adequate framework for managing and allocating uses of public lands and resources administered by the BLM Rock Springs Field Office. The Rock Springs RMP will address c...

  • Ten Sleep School gets new secretary with Collen retiring

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Dec 14, 2023

    With Janet Collen retiring at the end of the month, the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board approved the hire of Anne Lyman to fill the position effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Collen’s retirement party was held at Ten Sleep School’s cafeteria on Dec. 13. Board Elections The Dec. 11 meeting of the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees began with the election of board officers. A motion was approved to allow all current officers to maintain their current positions, resulting in this outcome: Erin Blu...

  • Edra Luzelle Snider

    Dec 14, 2023

    Edra Luzelle (Hubble) Snider, 95, passed away Dec. 11, 2023, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Edra was born in Maysville, Missouri, Feb. 29, 1928. Cremation has taken place and a private family inurnment will take place next summer....

  • Charles Edward Gilmore

    Dec 14, 2023

    Charles Edward Gilmore, 84, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 12, 2023. Charles was born Sept. 18, 1939, in Upham, North Dakota. Services are pending at this time. A full obituary will be in next week’s edition of the Northern Wyoming News....

  • George Allen Eckhardt

    Dec 14, 2023

    George Allen Eckhardt, age 77, passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on November 30, 2023. George was born on May 23, 1946 in Worland, Wyoming, the eldest son of George and Bonnie Jean Eckhardt. He grew up in the Powell and Cody area, residing on the Two Dot Feedlot, outside of Ralston. After graduating from Powell High School in 1964, George went on to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a mechanical engineering degree. He worked for the Taggart Construction Company,...

  • Tyson Ray Hoopes

    Dec 14, 2023

    Tyson Ray Hoopes was born July 18, 2006 to Jessica Challis Hoopes and Dustin Ray Hoopes in Cedar City, UT. He was 10 days late and born with thick black hair. He spent many hours in his Bungy Baby Bouncer getting exercise and being in on the action. He was scared of the vacuum cleaner and all Halloween decorations. He enjoyed his summer walks around Cedar City and the SUU campus with his great Aunt Joy Challis and lots of days at the pool with his Mom. His Grandparents Richard and Kathi Hoopes...

  • Goldie Mae Warren

    Dec 14, 2023

    Goldie Mae Warren, 85, of Worland, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on December 7, 2023. She was born on February 9, 1938, in Cameron, Oklahoma, to Elbert and Margaret Jane (Glenn) Ridenour. Goldie spent her formative years in Cameron, Oklahoma, where she developed the values and warmth that defined her character throughout her life. Her journey took an unexpected turn when she crossed paths with Lawrence "Pinky", her future husband, at Fort...

  • Lessons learned in December

    Karla Pomeroy|Dec 14, 2023

    There have been a few things happen this month that can teach us some important life lessons. One lesson was about gossip and how words can hurt. This lesson was found in the Worland third grade performance of the “Reindeer Whisperer,” a musical by Teresa Jennings and Karl Hitzemann. Elves overhear part of a conversation Santa is having and then assume things they did not hear and share that the with the reindeer, specifically that they believed Santa was going to get rid of them and ship them to California. The truth comes out and the tru...

  • Interim work spawns priority judiciary, mineral bills ahead of Budget Session

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Dec 14, 2023

    Between the Wyoming Legislature’s 2023 General Session and the 2024 Budget Session, State Senator Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep) has been hard at work with his committees establishing priority issues to bring to the floor when the Budget Session starts on Feb. 11. Cooper said, “One thing that’s going to be a challenge to us on all of these bills is that the upcoming session is a budget session, so anything that isn’t budget related must win a two-thirds majority vote to be considered on the floor. We’ll bring all these bills to present but it’s like...

  • Ten Sleep School participates in statewide mental health services connection program

    NORTHERN WYOMING NEWS STAFF|Dec 14, 2023

    Wyoming Superintendent of Schools Megan Degenfelder and the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announce Care Coordination, a free statewide service connecting Wyoming students, families, and school district staff with mental health care providers both locally and nationally. This resource will create the opportunity for improved mental wellbeing while keeping Wyoming parents in charge. The program also furthers the WDE’s strategic plan initiative to value and support teachers. In a press release, Degenfelder said, “Mental and behavioral hea...

  • Lady Warriors go 1-2 to start the season

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    The Worland Lady Warriors returned from the Re/Max Invitational in Gillette last weekend 1-2 but showed plenty of promise. Worland lost to St. Thomas More (South Dakota) 42-22 on Dec. 7 and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 54-49 on Dec. 8, but beat Torrington 51-46 on Dec. 9. There were many positives from the weekend in Gillette for Worland. For starters, they hit the glass hard and were able to execute multiple defensive looks. "We had a ton of positives," said WHS girls basketball coach Mark Mortimer....

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  • Worland man arraigned for unlawful possession of machineguns and an unregistered short-barreled rifle

    Dec 14, 2023

    Steven Shobert, 48, of Worland, Wyoming, was arraigned on Dec. 12 for unlawful possession of machineguns and possession of an unregistered short-barreled rifle. Shobert pleaded not guilty. A trial has been set for Feb. 15, 2024, before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl. Shobert was detained at the request of the government and remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. If convicted, Shobert faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release and up to a $500,000 fine. A federal district court j...

  • President Biden Orders Flags be Flown at Half Staff Statewide Dec. 19

    Dec 14, 2023

    President Biden Orders Flags be Flown at Half Staff Statewide Dec. 19 CHEYENNE, Wyo. - In accordance with a proclamation by the President of the United States, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the United States and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff beginning at midnight until sunset on Dec. 19, 2023, on the day of interment as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Sandra Day O'Connor, retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. O'Connor passed away Dec. 1. The Presidential Proclamation...

  • Felony child abuse charges filed after boy found beaten, starved

    Sarah Elmquist Squires, The Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 14, 2023

    RIVERTON — When law enforcement officials found the 13-year-old boy, his back reportedly had multiple healing fractures, his nose was broken, and he’d lost around 10 pounds, among other serious injuries. Nearly his entire face was bruised and swollen, and he had bruises and lacerations across his body, according to federal charges filed last week. The criminal affidavit alleges Truman Sittingeagle and Kandace Van Fleet starved, beat and locked the boy in a room for more than a month – punishment after he took some food to his room. The coupl...

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