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December 15, 2022

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Worland High School drama wins overall title at Wyoming State Thespian Festival

WORLAND – The Worland High School drama team took the first-place overall trophy home from the State Thespian Festival in Gillette last weekend thanks to high scores in music and plays. This is f...


Mayor outlines town viewpoint on school gym

TEN SLEEP – Mayor Ernie Beckley shared his perspective on the issue of the demolition of the Ten Sleep School gym and his interactions with the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees that lead up to this decision during the Ten S...


Lawley finding her own way following in Greear's footsteps

WORLAND —Worland resident Martha Lawley will head to Cheyenne on Jan. 5 to complete freshman orientation with the largest freshman legislative class for the Wyoming Legislature. As the state r...


Robert Edward "Bob" Korenke

Robert Edward "Bob" Korenke, 81, of Idaho Falls, passed away November 28, 2022, at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bob was born to Edward Arthur Korenke and Anne Catherine Drummond... Full story


Frank Alcaraz

Frank Alcaraz, 91, passed away on December 9, 2022 at the Thermopolis Wellness and Rehabilitation Center. He was born to Faustino and Natalia (Gaytan) Alcaraz in Galeana, Puruandiro, Michocan, Mexico... Full story


Harry Duane Ahrens

Harry Duane Ahrens, 85, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis. A family gathering was held December 7, 2022.... Full story


Barbara Nell (Leavitt) Blakesley

Barbara Nell (Leavitt) Blakesley, 95, passed away Dec. 9, 2022, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Worland of natural causes. Barbara was born in rural Shell, Wyoming on Aug. 13, 1927. Graveside services were held Tuesday,... Full story


Volunteers: Where would we be without them

A comment made at Monday night’s Washakie County Fair Board meeting got me thinking. The audience member at the meeting told the board that most people in the community do not realize all the work t...


Worland BLM seeks volunteers for eagle survey 

WORLAND, Wyo. - The Bureau of Land Management Worland Field Office is seeking volunteers in the Basin, Worland and Thermopolis areas to assist with the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey on Saturday, Jan. 7,...


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State Representative Winter bringing back three bills in 2023 session

THERMOPOLIS – State Rep. John Winter, who represents portions of Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs and Park counties for House District 28, says that there is a lot of work to do on a wide variety of topics in the General Session of the Wyoming Legislat...

 By MARK DAVIS    News    December 15, 2022

Wildlife task force tackles preference points

POWELL — As the Wyoming Wildlife task force prepares for its final meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, members of the group brought one of the toughest issues they’re attempting to tackle to Park County constituents knowing no matter what is done — inclu...


Worland music students earn all-state, regional honors

Talented band and choir students from Worland High School have been selected to perform at the state level and beyond in winter 2023. All State Band and Choir participants submitted an audition and...

 By ALEX KUHN    Sports    December 15, 2022

Five Warriors qualify for state in first week of swimming

WORLAND - Starting their season on an excellent note, five Worland Warrior swimmers qualified for the 3A State meet in February during the first weekend of the season. Swimming at the Powell quad on...


Kevin Jensen Tonkovich

"If you are reading this, I'm dead." Kevin always wanted his obituary to start this way; a macabre decree in the first person from beyond the ether. Sadly, this is now true. As Kevin would remark (as... Full story


Thursday Briefs via WNE

UW hires vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion LARAMIE (WNE) — For the University of Wyoming’s first-ever vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, Zebadiah Hall, making sure that everyone in the community belongs and matters is... Full story


BHC law enforcement seeing increased presence of fentanyl

LOVELL — A Las Vegas man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for distributing counterfeit pills that contained fentanyl, resulting in the death of Steven Corr Jr., a Cowley native who died at the age of 30 in 2019. Daniel Anguiano, 43, p... Full story


Secretary of state seeks donations for ongoing lawsuit

CASPER — Interim Secretary of State Karl Allred asked members of the GOP State Central Committee in an email Wednesday for donations to cover the costs of an ongoing lawsuit among Uinta County Republicans, a move that sources said is unusual for a... Full story


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