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December 31, 2020

Don't forget to check out our annual year in review as we take a look back at the stories that impacted the Big Horn Basin in 2020. Have a Happy New Year!...


Majority of county ends year in extreme drought

WORLAND – The majority of Washakie County remains in extreme or severe drought conditions as 2020 draws to a close. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, 85% of the state h...


Pandemic, price war led to challenging year for oil; Wyoming's rig count fell to zero for first time since 1884

CASPER — The ubiquitous heads of pumpjacks, usually faithfully bobbing up and down across Wyoming’s landscapes, largely came to a standstill this year. A series of events devastated the U.S. oil and gas business, and the Equality State was not imm... Full story


The News Editorial: COVID was only one major story in 2020

In this week’s issue we begin the annual year in review, a look back at the stories that moved us, changed us, made us laugh, smile and cry. We take a look at major stories throughout each month in 2... Full story


Work underway on new water load-out system

WORLAND - Work is in full swing for the new water crane/bulk water load-out at Railway and Russell Public Works Superintendent Brian Burky said the new system will be up and running in the spring, but...

 By Tom Coulter    News    December 31, 2020

Lawmakers weighing options for 2021 general session

CHEYENNE — After state lawmakers decided last month to delay most of the 2021 general session beyond January due to COVID-19 concerns, plans for the 66th Wyoming Legislature are still up in the air, with a couple main options being considered by l... Full story


Governor Gordon reveals county-led Community Charitable Relief Program

CHEYENNE – Governor Mark Gordon has unveiled the Community Charitable Relief Program, which provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations that have provided public assistance or seen a decline in donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The G... Full story


Melvin L. Slack

Melvin L. Slack, 90, passed away Thursday, December 24, at his home in Thermopolis. Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 31, at 10 a.m. at Federated Community Church Hall.... Full story


Roxie Ann Crabtree

Roxie Ann Crabtree, 66, passed away on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, in Billings, Montana. She was born Roxie Ann Davis to Edwin and Betty Davis on September 22, 1954, in Alliance, Nebraska. She was... Full story


Donna Jean (Pickett) Swing

Donna Jean (Pickett) Swing, 92, died December 21, 2020 at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Donna was born August 11, 1928, in Worland, WY, the youngest of two children, to Harold Allen... Full story


Mary Evelyn Bower

Mary Evelyn Bower passed away in Worland on December 23, 2020 with her son Brian at her side. Mary Evelyn was born in Spokane, WA on May 6, 1936 to Thomas and Lois Elaine (Coulter) Turnbull. Her... Full story


John A. Worrall

John A. Worrall died on December 25, 2020 at Washakie Medical Center from complications of COVID-19. John was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado on January 7 1926 to Tresa Strelow Worrall and A.I. "Ike"... Full story


33 More COVID-Related Deaths Confirmed; 3 in Washakie County

Thirty-three more coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), according to a Dec. 31 release.. An older adult Big Horn County man died... Full story


Bars, Restaurants Can Resume Late Night Service After Decline in COVID-19 Hospitalizations

CHEYENNE – Governor Mark Gordon has announced a return to normal operating hours for bars and restaurants, praising the response by Wyomingites that has resulted in a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations around the state. Effective January 9, u... Full story


2 More COVID-Related Deaths confirmed in Washakie County, 26 statewide

Twenty-six more coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), according to a release on Tuesday, Dec. 5.. An older adult Albany County... Full story


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