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 By Seth Romsa    News    July 2, 2020

Commissioners hold special end of fiscal year meeting

WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners met in a special session Tuesday, June 30, to finalize bills for the 2019-20 fiscal year and to address other agenda items. At the beginning of the meeting, the commissioners transferred $13,000 to the...

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    July 2, 2020

AmeriCorps volunteers help community garden grow

WORLAND - The Worland Community Garden is growing, not just in produce but in volunteers with four AmeriCorps members working in the garden and with Washakie County Extension this year. Extension Educ...

 By Nick Reynolds    News    July 2, 2020

Questions surface regarding Occidental purchase

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon’s office says it could submit its first formal bid for 5 million acres of Occidental Petroleum-owned land in southern Wyoming next week in what would be the first official step in closing one of the largest public land... Full story

 By Andrew Graham    News    July 2, 2020

State pays Barclays $2.5 million for work on Occidental deal

The state of Wyoming signed a contract in late April with banking giant Barclays to pay it $2.5 million to evaluate the purchase of 1 million surface acres and 4 million mineral acres from Occidental Petroleum. The state has already paid Barclays $1... Full story


Wyoming News Briefs July 3, 2020

Herbicide runoff blamed for fish deaths LARAMIE (WNE) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has determined that an herbicide, probably washed into Spring Creek through a storm drain, was the likely culprit in the deaths of several dozen fish in... Full story

 By MIKE KOSHMRL    News    July 2, 2020

Yellowstone's biggest concessionaire requires masks

JACKSON — The hordes flowing through Yellowstone National Park will be required to wear masks in dozens of areas, indoors and out, this summer. The National Park Service itself has not mandated masks to blunt the spread of COVID-19, but Xanterra,... Full story


Wheatland Burger King closes

WHEATLAND (WNE) — You will no longer be able to have it your way in Platte County as Burger King, the 30-year iconic Wheatland franchise has closed its doors. According to Burger King vice president Shelly Ritucci, who oversees 20 Western stores,... Full story


Rare toad spotted near South Pass

RIVERTON (WNE) — A rare sighting of three western toads near South Pass on June 25 has biologists and game wardens encouraged by the persistence of the species. Classified officially as a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need,” the western... Full story


Municipal judge resigns, sparks shouting at Gillette council meeting

GILLETTE - Gillette Municipal Court Judge Doug Dumbrill abruptly resigned during Tuesday's Gillette City Council meeting, then got into a shouting match with the audience, most of whom were there to p... Full story


Jackson altercation opens free speech debate

JACKSON — When Kevin Hernandez denigrated the president in the direction of a man wearing a pro-Trump hat, he was met with a fist to his face and a criminal citation for picking a fight. The scuffle happened June 14 near Town Square on the sideline... Full story



Not guilty plea entered in double murder case CHEYENNE (WNE) — The man accused of fatally shooting two adults and shooting two children pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges Monday afternoon in Laramie County District Court. Andrew... Full story


Northwest College announces fall 2020 reopening plan

POWELL, Wyo. ─ After receiving approval July 6 by the Board of Trustees, Northwest College has released a reopening plan for fall 2020, which includes precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and a mixture of flexible in-person and online... Full story


June 25, 2020

Check out our Adventures in the Big Horn Basin page inside this week's issue. Inserts this week are Blair's, Bomgaars, Bloedorn, Sutherland's...

 By Seth Romsa    News    June 25, 2020

Citizen's Life Saving Award given to local hero

WORLAND – Saturday, May 9, was progressing like any normal day for Thad Shaffer as he was out in the yard with his wife Beth trimming trees, and talking to their neighbor when, at around 4:03 p.m.,...

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    June 25, 2020

With renewed energy, U.S. Senate candidate Lummis ready to fight for Wyoming

WORLAND - Former U.S. House of Representative and current U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Lummis made a few stops in Washakie County Saturday, including speaking at the organizational meeting for the...

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    June 25, 2020

Worland BAPC reviews possible changes to subdivision chapter of city code

WORLAND — The Worland Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission (BAPC) has begun reviewing proposed changed to the subdivision chapter of the city code. Changes have been proposed by Building Official Randy Adams and city engineering...

 By Seth Romsa    News    June 25, 2020

WHS Speech and drama hold end of year celebration

WORLAND – The Worland High School speech and debate team and the drama team held an end-of-year celebration on Thursday, June 18, at Sanders Park to celebrate the drama team's three-peat as well as...


State holding over $800,000 belonging to Washakie County residents

CHEYENNE – The state of Wyoming is holding over $91 million belonging to current and former residents of Wyoming – including a little more than $800,000 earmarked for those in Washakie County. “We just recently helped Washakie County get paid... Full story

 By Seth Romsa    News    June 25, 2020

School board approves retention policy; one-time stipend

WORLAND — After discussing potential options for opening for the new school year, the board handled several personnel and policy items during Monday’s regular meeting. A one-time stipend was approved due to a surplus of funds being unable to be...


Worland BLM announces fireworks area

WORLAND —In anticipation of the Independence Day holiday, the Bureau of Land Management Worland Field Office is again making a temporary, local exception to the fireworks ban on public lands. The use of fireworks will be permitted at a gravel pit... Full story


Adventures around the Basin

The Northern Wyoming News has provided activities and trips around the Big Horn Basin for anyone looking for some "staycation" things to do. BIKING Many Big Horn Basin communities have bike and...

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    June 25, 2020

Dome provides options at community garden

WORLAND – A project that began last fall with raising funds came to fruition last week with the construction of the geodesic dome in the northeast corner of the Worland Community Garden. The dome...


June 18, 2020

Happy Father's Day Sunday to all you fathers out there. Look for Bomgaars and Blair's inserts in this week's issue....

 By Karla Pomeroy    News    June 18, 2020

Human-caused Slick Creek Fire burns 14 acres

WORLAND - The Slick Creek Fire at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14, burning approximately 14 acres of sagebrush and cheatgrass on Bureau of Reclamation land two miles southeast of Worland. Washakie County...

 By Seth Romsa    News    June 18, 2020

Schneider appointed as new district court clerk

WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners appointed Christy Schneider as the new Clerk of the Fifth Judicial District Court to replace current clerk SuZann Whitlock who submitted her letter of...


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