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    Dec 22, 2022

    Enjoy reading Santa letters and try to stay warm....

  • Amid reported tax issues, Kanye West settles Wyoming debt

    CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 22, 2022

    POWELL — Kanye West and his businesses may owe more than $50 million in taxes, but they appear mostly all square with the State of Wyoming. Now known as Ye, the musician and entrepreneur left behind tens of thousands of dollars worth of IOUs to the state when he and his businesses pulled out of Cody in 2021. Earlier this year, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services filed $75,400 worth of liens against two of West’s limited liability companies in Park County. The liens showed that Psalm Cody Ranch — which holds West’s sprawling ranch s...

  • Wyoming Supreme Court declines to hear abortion case

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 22, 2022

    JACKSON — Access to abortion in Wyoming will remain legal, for now, after the Wyoming Supreme Court has declined to answer questions of law about whether new restrictions passed by the Legislature violate the state’s constitution. In a notice filed Tuesday, Chief Justice Kate Fox declined to answer a dozen questions certified to the state’s highest court by Teton County District Court Judge Melissa Owens. “This Court does not believe it can answer all 12 certified questions on the limited factual record provided,” the one-paragraph notice sa... Full story

  • Students Ring In The Season With Music

    Dec 22, 2022

  • Donations for Food from The Field program grows thanks to generosity of hunters

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Dec 22, 2022

    WORLAND - Hunters with the Paintrock Hunter Mentor Program's Young Hunters Care Project (PHMPYHC) again showed their generosity and donated meat from hunts this season for the Food from the Field Program. In its third year, Food from the Field Program is a program under Wyoming first lady Jennie Gordon's Hunger Initiative. Under the program, Wyoming Hunger Initiative, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and participating processors work together to streamline...

  • Karla's Kolumn: Dear Santa

    Dec 22, 2022

    I heard through the grapevine that I am on the naughty list and I am writing to protest. I feel you need to hear my side of things before making a final determination before Christmas. Before we get started with my defense I just want to say thank you for giving me the best Christmas present ever last year with my furever home at the Pomeroys. The last year has been the best year of my life. (OK so I'm not even 2 yet, but still I love my family and my home so thank you.) On with the defense. I... Full story

  • Drug overdoses now leading cause of death in US

    Dr. Stephen Asay, Washakie County Health Officer|Dec 22, 2022

    For decades in the United States, the most frequent cause of accidental death had been a motor vehicle crash. That is no longer the case and, unfortunately, it’s not because cars and drivers are suddenly much safer. No, the top spot has been taken over by drug overdoses, driven largely by opioid drugs. Communities large and small across the country, including ours, have seen a steep rise in drug overdose deaths. Although there are many factors contributing to the problem, here are a few actions we can take to improve the situation. While m...

  • Caroline Cone Hansen

    Dec 22, 2022

    Caroline Cone Hansen, 90, died Monday December 12, 2022, at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born January 3, 1932, in Sheridan, Wyoming to Maurice and Janet (Prendergast) Cone. She lived in Sheridan until her father died when she was 10, then her family moved to Minnesota, where her mother eventually remarried. At the age of 15, her family moved to California, where she graduated from high school and continued her education, graduating from University of Redlands with a degree in sociology. She met Henry (Hank) Hansen in Sh... Full story

  • Maycle Fern Boyd Wilson

    Dec 22, 2022

    Maycle Fern Boyd Wilson was a kind, thoughtful and loyal daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was born May 2, 1929 at Midwest WY, her family moved to Thermopolis shortly thereafter where she lived the rest of her life. She passed away on December 17, 2022 in Bozeman, MT, at the age of 93. She was living at the Spring Creek Inn Memory Care Community. She was married to Willard Wilson in 1947, and they were married for 67 years. Her life centered around him, and... Full story

  • Kevin Jensen Tonkovich

    Dec 22, 2022

    "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 a nod to Vonnegut), "So it goes." Kevin Jensen Tonkovich was born 20 March 1953 to Vincent and Ila (Jensen) Tonkovich in Basin, WY. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Worland, where Vince worked as a pressman for the Northern Wyoming Daily News. Kevin attended school in Worland, and after... Full story

  • Douglas Agee

    Dec 22, 2022

    Douglas Agee, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed away on December 10, 2022. Born in Worland, Wyoming in 1925, he grew up on his family's sugar beet farm with two sisters and four brothers. After graduating from Worland High School, he attended Colorado State University, University of Hawaii, and University of Wyoming. He enjoyed a 30-year career at the University of Wyoming as a professor of agricultural economics and agricultural extension specialist. After retiring in 1990 in Fort Collins,... Full story

  • Ian Simpson

    Dec 22, 2022

    Ian Simpson, 35, of Carthage, Texas, passed away on Sunday morning, December 11, 2022, near Clayton, Texas due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Ian Andrew Simpson was born on September 6, 1987, in Lander, Wyoming to Patrick Doyle and Sharon Ella Skiles Simpson. He graduated from Carthage High School with the class of 2006. After graduation, Ian worked at Brookshire's and HEB grocery stores in Carthage. He was currently attending Panola College while working full time in the oil... Full story

  • Vince M. Cervantes

    Dec 22, 2022

    Vince M. Cervantes passed away December 8, 2022, at the age of 93. He was born April 5, 1929, in Alden, Kansas. He graduated from Worland High School where he was a star football and basketball player. Vince served with the Wyoming National Guard unit that was deployed to Korea during the Korean War during which he was awarded two bronze stars. He went to work for Vannoy Roofing after high school and worked for Vannoy until he retired. He also worked for Holly Sugar during campaign for many years. Vince’s passion was golf and he played until h... Full story

  • Winners of Washakie County parades announced

    Dec 22, 2022

    The Ten Sleep-Hyattville Lions Club selected the top three floats among 12 entries from Saturday's Christmas parade. Taking first was the Big Horn Bar, second was Daily Bread and third was the Ten Sleep Fish Hatchery. Voters selected the winners from the Dec. 3 Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights in Worland. People's Choice: Kings Carpet One Floor & Home Large Business was Admiral Beverage/Pepsi Small Business was McGarvin & Taylor Real Estate Organization was the combined...

  • Early graduate, elections highlight Worland school board meeting

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Dec 22, 2022

    WORLAND – Worland High School senior Sophia Scheuerman had an early graduation ceremony at the Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 13. While friends and family crowded into the Administration Building, Scheuerman walked into the board room wearing a cap and gown and received her diploma from board member Don Bryant, and was congratulated by all board members, Superintendent Tawn Argeris and Administrative Assistant Nicole Hellyer. Afterwards, a...

  • Sen. Cooper optimistic about future Wyoming energy legislation

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Dec 22, 2022

    TEN SLEEP – State Senator Ed Cooper, Republican representing Senate District 20 that includes Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties since 2021 gave insight into his duties and the issues he will face in the upcoming year. Cooper’s committee assignments have not changed since last year; he is still the Chairman of the Select Natural Resource Funding Committee. He is also a member of the following committees: Senate Judiciary, Senate Minerals, Business & Economic Development, Enhanced and Improved Oil Recovery Com...

  • Commissioners hear reports on bridges, lack of flu vaccinations

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Dec 22, 2022

    Washakie County Attorney John Worrall, Clerk to the Washakie County Commissioners Board Mary Grace Strauch, attended their final Washakie County Commissioners meeting on Dec. 20 before they retire in January. ROAD AND BRIDGE During Tuesday's meeting, Stuart Bower of Washakie County Road and Bridge said they will be halting major projects until spring to focus on winter road maintenance; this includes the development of the Cottonwood gravel pit and the moving of the Winchester Bridge. The bridge...

  • Governor Gordon Orders Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Statewide on Friday, December 23 in Honor of Wyoming Volunteer Firefighter

    Office of Governor Mark Gordon|Dec 22, 2022

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide on Friday, December 23 in honor and memory of Bruce Lang, a volunteer firefighter and Training Officer with the Pine Haven Volunteer Fire Department. Lang died Thursday when the utility task vehicle he was riding on plunged into open water while he was attempting to assist another individual who had fallen through ice on Keyhole Reservoir. “Jennie and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Lang,” Governor Gor...