Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition

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December 28, 2023

The beginning of our 2023 Year in Review and community spotlights. Happy New Years!...

 By GRACE WALHUS    News    December 28, 2023

Doris Anderson named as Champion of Education

At a ceremony in Ten Sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 19, Washakie County School District No. 2 Superintendent Annie Griffin said, “At Ten Sleep Schools, we believe that it is important to recognize people...


Hot Springs Health warns community to beware of scam phone calls

Hot Springs Health has recently been made aware of its main hospital number (307) 864-3121 being used in an attempt to scam members of the community. The caller ID shows the call coming from the hospital. During the call, the person on the phone... Full story

 By SAMIR KNOX    News    December 28, 2023

Wyoming federal judge appointee praised by both parties

Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE — Two current Republican federal lawmakers and two former Democratic governors expressed support for Biden administration appointee Judge Kelly H. Rankin as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of... Full story


Firefighters' families rally to oust Jackson fire chief

Via Wyoming News Exchange JACKSON — The families of firefighters added Friday to a wave of calls to oust Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Stephen Jellie. “I see stressed out spouses and kids because of the leadership that has gone on in this... Full story

 By Sofia Saric    News    December 28, 2023

Judge allows lawsuit to continue: Parents suing district over using students' preferred pronouns and names

Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — A federal judge ruled that a Sweetwater County teacher who is suing the school district over using students’ preferred pronouns and names is not entitled to First Amendment protections when it comes to her... Full story


Rock Springs resident expresses drag show concerns to council

Via Wyoming News Exchange ROCK SPRINGS — Rock Springs resident Laura McKee returned to city chambers to discuss her concerns for an upcoming New Year’s Eve drag show, which will take place at the Broadway Theater in downtown Rock Springs on Dec.... Full story


Residents band together to send substantive comments to BLM

Via Wyoming News Exchange ROCK SPRINGS — Members of the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan Task Force are urging the public to send their comments as soon as possible. To help the process, Sen. Stacy Jones of Senate District 13, and Sweetwater... Full story


Today in History

Dec. 21: In 1933, a bill to introduce a state income tax failed. Dec. 22: In 1942, it was announced that a major butane plant would be built by Continental Oil Company at Lance Creek. Lance Creek saw a huge boom in oil activity during World War II.... Full story


Missing persons top news stories for 2023

Sunday we say goodbye to 2023 and on Monday we welcome in a new year, 2024. As usual we are ending the year with a look at the 2023 in review, highlighting some of our top stories for the year and...


Start the new year by eliminating stigma regarding mental health

Stigma. It often involves inaccurate stereotypes. Negative attitudes, prejudice and false beliefs create stigma in mental health. Assigning people with certain traits that have a mental health disorder can have serious harmful effects on their...


Charles Clifford Ferree

Charles “Charlie” Clifford Ferree passed away on December 25, 2023. He was born on June 28, 1964. Services are pending.... Full story


Paula Martinez

Paula Martinez, 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in Worland, Wyoming on December 23rd, 2023 after a lengthy illness. She was born October 11, 1966, in Laredo, Texas to Victoriano G... Full story


Mary Esther Flores

Mary Esther Flores, whose intense faith led her to read the scriptures and pray for two hours every night, passed away on December 6, 2023, due to Glioblastoma, a brain tumor, at Merwick Care &... Full story


More crossing guards needed near high school

Bob Aguilar of Thermopolis was present for public comment at the Dec. 19 meeting of the Hot Springs County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meeting. Initially, Aguilar wanted to present about “academia statistics,” but board policy prevent...


Historic electric rate hike whittled to 5.5% after utility admits error

Rocky Mountain Power’s Wyoming customers will see an overall rate hike of 5.5% in January rather than the historic 29.2% increase the company initially proposed In a last-minute deal, the day before facing the Wyoming Public Service Commission,... Full story


Year in Review: Warrior defense powers them to five-peat

It was supposed to be a down year for Warrior Soccer, but the season ended with the Warriors winning their fifth straight 3A State soccer championship in Green River on May 20. "They've been...


Cyber Security

Hacker’s Brief 12/29/2023 Bluehost Bluff: A resident of Laramie received a suspicious email allegedly from Bluehost, with the subject line "Payment Issues - Please update and use a new method!" Despite the sender's email address bearing the name "B... Full story


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