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  • Guest Column: Giving Wyoming parents choices in their child's education

    Martha Lawley|Feb 8, 2024

    Parental choice in education is guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the fundamental right of parents to direct the care, upbringing and education of their children. While parental choice in education may be a new concept to some, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized this right since the 1920s. What is new is the growing number of states developing school choice options for parents. In Wyoming, we have always valued individualism and freedom. So, it is no surprise that many Wyoming parents desire...

  • Cooking failures and successes

    Karla Pomeroy|Feb 1, 2024

    We were talking in the office about the show “Worst Cooks in America” and how some of the “cooks” did not know some of the basics, which brought to mind some of my first cooking experiences when I was a novice (not that I am an expert now but I know a lot more than I did in my teens). We had a small kitchen growing up so there was not a lot of room for mom to show us how to cook and she was not someone who used recipes a lot. She was a wonderful baker and known for her sugar cookies. She would give people her recipe and I would hear comment...

  • My health journey in 2023 and beyond

    KARLA POMEROY, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    Last year in March I took my health fair results to my doctor. I figured things would have to change in my life based on my numbers. I was right. Numbers for liver, heart, cholesterol and A1C were all high, not surprising to me. We discussed all but the A1C first and came to the conclusion I could address all with diet and exercise. The A1C was 6.6, diabetic range. Her tone was serious so I knew it was nothing to mess around with. She asked if I wanted to deal with it through medicine or exercis...

  • The News Editorial; Biggest reward comes from our readers

    Karla Pomeroy|Jan 25, 2024

    The Northern Wyoming News won several awards over the weekend, which is exciting to our staff but should also be exciting to you, our readers. Your Northern Wyoming News, which was originally started as the weekly Worland Grit in 1905, then the daily Northern Wyoming Daily News in 1939 and back to a weekly as the Northern Wyoming News, in 2019, is striving every week to bring you a quality product filled with strong news, features, sports stories and opinion. This past weekend our peers in the industry judged us and found that to be true based...

  • The News Editorial; 'By The People Act'

    Karla Pomeroy|Jan 18, 2024

    One piece of proposed legislation in the upcoming 2024 Wyoming Budget Session is designed to increase public accessibility and participation. House Bill 49, also known as “By The People Act” adds to the current Wyoming public meeting law the following language, “To the extent practicable, public meetings shall provide live remote audio or video access to the meeting by members of the public.” We know through the COVID pandemic that this is possible as many public meetings provided remote access. Washakie County purchased a couple of Meeting...

  • Guest Column; Moving Wyoming mail processing out of state is bad policy

    Matt Adelman, Douglas Budget|Jan 18, 2024

    Wyoming is one of the last rural states to be hit with the U.S. Postal Service’s inappropriately named “Delivering for America” plan to cut costs, regardless of the cost of doing some of the hair-brained schemes included in it. The current plan is to move the Cheyenne mail processing center duties to Denver this year, then in 2025 reduce the already understaffed and overworked Casper postal workforce by shifting that mail processing to Denver. Such money-saving moves elsewhere have not proven to save any money, and in fact the postal servi...

  • Law enforcement not an easy job

    Karla Pomeroy|Jan 11, 2024

    Tuesday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Each year, the organization Concerns of Police Survivors and other organizations who support law enforcement, call the nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Per the C.O.P.S. website, “Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time … to show their support. In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enfor...

  • Happy New Year; New facilities, election highlight, what's to come

    Karla Pomeroy|Jan 4, 2024

    As a new year rolls in one of the common sayings is “out with the old, in with the new” and that is exactly what 2024 will be bringing to Washakie County. Ten Sleep School is moving forward and appears to be on schedule. Not only will the new school be a great asset for the community and the students but the construction has also been a great learning experience for students as they have been able to assist on various parts of the construction. Plans are for the new school to be ready by winter break this year. Last year ground broke for the...

  • 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 missing since 2015. Initial searches in the Worland a...

  • 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...

  • Christmas wishes

    Roscoe Pomeroy|Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, Hello, It's me Roscoe again. I'm over 2 years old now and this Saturday will be my two-year anniversary with my furever family. I know I thanked you last year for them but I have to thank you again. Having a furever family and furever home is the best. Mom and Dad have given a great furever home to many animals including us five - yours truly, Ivy, Shadow, Tigger and Fluffy. We are all extremely grateful. We love it here so my Christmas wish this year is that all the doggies and...

  • Lessons learned in December

    Karla Pomeroy|Dec 14, 2023

    There have been a few things happen this month that can teach us some important life lessons. One lesson was about gossip and how words can hurt. This lesson was found in the Worland third grade performance of the “Reindeer Whisperer,” a musical by Teresa Jennings and Karl Hitzemann. Elves overhear part of a conversation Santa is having and then assume things they did not hear and share that the with the reindeer, specifically that they believed Santa was going to get rid of them and ship them to California. The truth comes out and the tru...

  • Help spread the message that it is OK to take care of your mental health

    Karla Pomeroy|Dec 7, 2023

    In 2021 Cloud Peak Counseling spearheaded a luncheon designed to help “end the stigma” about mental health and last week Worland Mayor Jim Gill invited people to help organize a mental health awareness and fitness fair event similar to one organized in Shell earlier this year. Gill invited a few of the members of the committee to come and speak at a meeting in the library last Thursday. Kendra Ware volunteered to chair the Worland committee but noted she will need a lot of help. Stan Flitner of Shell said mental health is as important as phy...

  • Be smarter than your smartphone

    Karla Pomeroy|Nov 30, 2023

    Apple iPhone 17’s new feature NameDrop has created quite a stir over the weekend, with majority of the concerns blown out of proportion. A Facebook post circulating around law enforcement social media sites around the Big Horn Basin and the country states, “For those of you with iPhones that recently installed the update (IOS 17) please be aware that this update automatically turns on a setting called bringing devices together. This feature allows information like your phone number, photos, and other information to be shared by just holding you...

  • Thankful for local businesses

    Karla Pomeroy|Nov 23, 2023

    Year round and especially at the holiday season you hear the phrase shop local. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday to try and support small businesses who traditionally get overlooked during Thanksgiving weekend. We all know it is fun to go out of town and shop, maybe have lunch and have an experience but before you go I do encourage you to first take a moment and check out what our local shops have to offer. I encourage you to support the businesses who support this community. Their support is foremost shown in operating a business in a...

  • A closer look at Delta-8

    WENDY WIECKI, Cloud Peak Counseling Center|Nov 23, 2023

    Delta-8 is a naturally occurring chemical compound, called a cannabinoid, that is found in traces in hemp and marijuana plants. Its popularity is on the rise, and you can purchase it legally in many States. It comes in various forms, including gummies or brownies, liquids, sprays, lotions/creams, capsules, and vape cartridges, and is often referred to as “diet weed”. Individuals argue that because it is “natural” it has to be something that is “safe” to use, but let’s take a deeper look at this, what it actually is, what it does, if it is addi...

  • Don't listen to the critics, give 'The Marvels' a chance

    Karla Pomeroy|Nov 16, 2023

    The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe release “The Marvels” has not received stellar reviews and did not do well at the box office in its opening weekend last week, but what can I say I have never been one to agree with the critics. To be fair, I never know what critics want. Critics liked “Howard the Duck” and I thought it was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. In fact, it is the only movie I have ever wanted to walk out of but stayed because my college roommate needed me there as her “wingwoman” for a guy she was interested in. Turns o...

  • Veterans programs worth attending

    Karla Pomeroy|Nov 9, 2023

    What is a veteran? Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines a veteran as a person “who has served in the armed forces” or an alternative definition is an “old, experienced soldier, especially one who served in time of war.” My father was a veteran. I have aunts, uncles, cousins who are veterans. I am proud of their service. I am thankful for their service. During Veterans Day and on Memorial Day my thoughts go to those who have served since the Revolutionary War to today. I realize during the draft period in our nation’s history som...

  • Do you hate?

    Karla Pomeroy|Nov 2, 2023

    What things do you hate? What people do you hate? One mild definition of hate is “intense dislike” and I think that’s what we use the word as when we say we hate broccoli or hate spiders. Perhaps hate is thrown around too much and we just don’t see hate as it really is, “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury,” per Meriam Webster. I feel that is the most accurate definition of hate. I remember growing up and when we would use the word hate my mother would suggest that we didn’t hate broccoli and if w...

  • What's that smell?

    Roscoe Pomeroy|Oct 26, 2023

    Sunday morning Mom wanted to sleep in but Dad woke her up, standing in the doorway he said, “We’ve got a problem.” Now wait just a minute. Do not assume that because I am writing this column that it was my fault. I mean it was but it is not nice to just assume. Sunday I learned what all the talk was about “leaving the black and white kitties alone” and “don’t find any skunks.” I mean what is a skunk. Well now I know. And skunks do not even come close to being kitties. I mean our kitties are cute and they usually run from me. OK, so Tigger f...

  • 'The Descent' made me afraid of caves

    SEAN MORTIMER, Staff Reporter|Oct 26, 2023

    So far, I’ve tackled subjects of horror that hinge on either the paranormal or extraterrestrial to deliver the fear factor. These work in the moment, but I find that as an adult I don’t fixate on the scary bad guys like I used to as a kid; I wouldn’t lose sleep for days if I watched “Jeepers Creepers” today. But, what if the object of fear is a cave? Caves are already intrinsically scary to me. They are dark, claustrophobic, largely unexplored and unpredictable. Before I had ever seen “The Descent,” the furthest I had walked into a cave was th...

  • 'Annihilation' introduced cosmic horror to new audience

    SEAN MORTIMER|Oct 19, 2023

    “Annihilation” flew under my radar for a long time, actually. I have no idea how, because when it popped up on my recommended queue on Netflix, I read the description about Natalie Portman being a soldier/biologist and I hit play. That sounded like a good movie by itself, honestly. Really, “Annihilation” is ultimately an action movie about an all-female cast heading toward an unknown threat. I think that just at that level alone the movie functions very well; there’s more than enough gunfighting and explosions to satiate fans of the genre. To...

  • Take time to be informed and participate in 2 important issues

    Karla Pomeroy|Oct 19, 2023

    Next week residents in Washakie County have an opportunity to be involved in the discussion of two important topics — property tax rates and mental health. On Monday, State Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland) will be hosting a town hall meeting regarding property tax. Lawley has invited Wyoming Taxpayers Association Executive Director Ashley Harpstreith to visit about the Wyoming property tax structure and challenges facing Wyoming residents. Harpstreith and Lawley will also update residents on current legislative activities to address t...

  • Think pink … and yellow and white and blue and purple and …

    Oct 12, 2023

    Turn on any sporting event in October and you will see pink. NASCAR cars all had pink window coverings, referees in some football games had pink whistles, players, coaches and more have pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink abounds in October. Before I go any further let me just say I support breast cancer awareness month. I have friends and family who are breast cancer survivors, but I also know some who, unfortunately, did not survive. Perhaps the next well known “cancer month” is November or what has become known as “No...

  • 'Hereditary' changed horror

    Oct 12, 2023

    In my opinion, “Hereditary” set the bar for modern horror when it came out in 2018. Stylistically it’s very similar to “Midsommar,” which was put out the following year by the same director Ari Aster. “Midsommar” is arguably the more popular of the two, but the elements present in both blew me away the first time I saw them in “Hereditary.” It’s a very unique movie; at its core, it’s just a paranormal horror movie set in suburban Utah; the kind where you would expect jump scares are the bread and butter. “Hereditary” does not have a single jump...

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