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  • December 28, 2023

    Dec 28, 2023

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

  • Doris Anderson named as Champion of Education

    GRACE WALHUS, Staff Reporter|Dec 28, 2023

    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 in our community that continue to positively impact the lives of our students and community.” Because of this, Griffin and the Ten Sleep school board nominated community member and former front office and business manager Doris Anderson for the Champion of Education award. According to the Wyoming Ass...

  • Hot Springs Health warns community to beware of scam phone calls

    Dec 28, 2023

    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 misrepresents themselves as an employee or representative of the hospital, and asks for personal information including Social Security Numbers, Medicare ID numbers, and other personal information. The caller may attempt to use an unpaid hospital bill as an excuse to gain this information. While the... Full story

  • WHS Winter Concert

    Dec 28, 2023

  • Wyoming federal judge appointee praised by both parties

    SAMIR KNOX, Wyoming Tribune Eagle|Dec 28, 2023

    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 Wyoming. If approved by the U.S Senate, Rankin will take the place of Senior District Judge for the District of Wyoming Nancy D. Freudenthal. Among the people who endorsed Rankin was former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Judge Freudenthal’s husband. In a joint statement with former Gov. Mike Sul... Full story

  • Firefighters' families rally to oust Jackson fire chief

    SOPHIA BOYD-FLIEGEL, Jackson Hole Daily|Dec 28, 2023

    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 organization,” said Jesse Lara, wife of Cody Lara, a career firefighter and EMT. “You owe the people in this department an explanation as to why you trust this man who has completely mangled his first year as chief.” Speaking to county commissioners, Lara stood in front of 13 other partners and spouses a... Full story

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

    Sofia Saric, Casper Star-Tribune|Dec 28, 2023

    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 duties at work. Ashley Willey is not speaking as a citizen when she is working as a teacher, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled on Monday. She is speaking as a public employee while engaged in official duties, and “referring to a student by their chosen or preferred names in a classroom, pursu... Full story

  • Rock Springs resident expresses drag show concerns to council

    Trina Dennis Brittain, Rocket Miner|Dec 28, 2023

    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. 31. McKee had appeared before the Rock Springs City Council on Oct. 17 to oppose the inaugural family drag story at the Broadway Theater, which was held on Oct. 19. Author Tara Lipsyncki, a Salt Lake City, Utah, native, read their first published children’s book, “Letter from the Queen.” About 50... Full story

  • Residents band together to send substantive comments to BLM

    Trina Dennis Brittain, Rocket Miner|Dec 28, 2023

    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 County Commissioner Taylor Jones hosted a comment writing workshop. Commissioner Jones is a member of the Rock Springs RMP Task Force, which Gov. Mark Gordon appointed recently. After the task force reviews the public input, it will develop recommendations and send them to the governor and the B... Full story

  • Today in History

    Dec 28, 2023

    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. (The population of the Niobrara County town -- as of the 2010 census --- was 43.) Dec. 23: In 1889, a monument was erected in Natrona County Wyoming to S. Morris Waln and C.H. Strong, who had been murdered by their guide while hunting and prospecting in the Spring of 1888. Waln was from... Full story

  • Missing persons top news stories for 2023

    Karla Pomeroy|Dec 28, 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 while 2023 had many interesting and noteworthy moments, were top 2 stories for 2023 was the weather and missing persons. In the spring of this year, Patrick Combs family finally had closure after the Idaho man’s remains were found in the Honeycomb Wilderness Area east of Worland. Combs had been m...

  • Start the new year by eliminating stigma regarding mental health

    WENDY WIECKI, Cloud Peak Counseling Center|Dec 28, 2023

    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 mental health and wellbeing. When someone is facing the challenges of a mental health disorder, and adding someone’s negative reactions to it, this adds nothing but additional pain. Stigma surrounding mental health disorders can include social exclusion and isolation, decreased self-esteem, d...

  • Charles Clifford Ferree

    Dec 28, 2023

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

  • Paula Martinez

    Dec 28, 2023

    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 and Elisa A (Ambros) Martinez. When Paula was a toddler her parents moved to Worland, where her family settled after many years of migrant work in different cities and states. Paula travelled to many places during high school as a proud gymnast and swimmer, she graduated from Worland High School in... Full story

  • Mary Esther Flores

    Dec 28, 2023

    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 & Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Her son, Don Dixon, with whom Mary had been living, rushed to her side. She was 83. "Mom's love of life made the mundane seem interesting," son Don said. "She was always excited to go out, and her enthusiasm was infectious." The fourth of eight children, Ma... Full story

  • More crossing guards needed near high school

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Dec 28, 2023

    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 prevents members of the public from speaking on topics that are not agenda items. Aguilar pivoted to raise complaints about keeping the crosswalk outside the high school near Taco Johns staffed with crossing guards. The crosswalk is understaffed, and board Chairman Sherman Skelton told him that this is mostly...

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

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Dec 28, 2023

    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, Rocky Mountain Power admitted a major accounting error regarding fuel cost overruns and agreed to a $9.4 million rebate, resulting in a reduction to the utility’s second major rate hike of the year. Commissioners on Tuesday approved the “energy cost adjustment” settlement agreement that was hashed... Full story

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

    Dec 28, 2023

    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 resilient all season long. They refused to lose and took it one day at a time," said WHS boys soccer coach Ron Overcast. "They worked hard in practice and were coachable. I have a great coaching staff, and I'm really proud of the boys. They don't know how to lose but know how to win. They do what it takes...

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  • Cyber Security

    Dec 28, 2023

    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 "Bluehost," the recipient immediately recognized that this message was not legitimately from the company. The content of the email claimed an inability to process the recipient's last payment and urged immediate action to rectify the situation. Additionally, the email conveyed a sense of urgency by warn... Full story

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