Eliud “Lute” Leyva

Eliud “Lute” Leyva of Buckeye, AZ passed away on Thursday October 7, 2021. Lute was born on December 26, 1937 to Andrew and Julia Leyva in Worland, WY. He resided in Worland for 81 years before moving to Buckeye, AZ. Lute married Cida Munoz in 1960, going on to have five children, Andy, Jerry, Robert,…

Mike Montoya Jr

Mike Montoya Jr, 78, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY with his wife and son by his side. He attended Worland High School before serving his country in the United States Navy. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan on the USS Princeton carrier and served as a navigator…

Jesus “Jesse” Charles

Born on one of the most romantic days of the year February 14, 1953, Jesus Charles was born to Antonio and Margarita Charles in Texas. His family started their journey from Texas to Worland where Jesse attended school with his many siblings. Jesse’s family worked the surround fields as migrant workers teaching their children the…

Special session to address mandates slated to begin Tues.

CHEYENNE – A special session to address vaccine mandates appears to now be a reality with a three-day session set for next week. Last Tuesday, Oct. 12, Wyoming Senate President Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow said, “Today we have fulfilled our duty under the rules of the Wyoming Senate and House…

Judith Ann (Hoagland) Plum

Judith “Judy” Ann (Hoagland) Plum was born on February 9, 1945 to Robert and Jean (Briggs) Hoagland, a farming family working north of Hastings, Nebraska. Judy was later joined by her younger sisters, Mary “Jan” Hoagland Cross and Nancy Hoagland. Judy went to a one-room school where she was the only student in her class…

Ralph Edward Cline

Ralph Edward Cline, 73, passed away on October 11, 2021 shortly after being life-flighted from Worland to Greeley, Colorado. Ralph was born on March 8, 1948, to Mary Alice (Pauley) Boben and Ralph Edward Cline, Sr. in La Junta, Colorado. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1966. Following high school, he worked for…

County Health Officer: COVID surge on downward trend

WORLAND – Washakie County Health Officer Dr. Amber Moss met with the Washakie County Commissioner board during their regular meeting Tuesday to discuss Washakie County updates regarding COVID-19. Moss spoke about the updated COVID numbers as well as recent hospitalizations and recent surges in other illnesses. “The current surge is on the downtrend,” she explained.…

The call to help others

WORLAND – On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Court McGee, professional mixed martial arts fighter, celebrated 5,660 days of recovery, more than 15 years. McGee shared his story of addiction and struggles with recovery with Worland Middle School students in the morning and then to a good-sized community crowd that evening at Worland Middle School. He outlined…

UFC fighter uses his story of addiction to help those battling addiction

WORLAND – Speaking about one’s struggles and failings can be difficult even in the most comfortable situations. UFC fighter Court McGee has made it his mission to not only talk about his battle with substance abuse and trials that it brought but do so in front of crowds of strangers. Through The McGee Project, a…

Supreme Court sides with Walker; notes Slayer Rule

CHEYENNE — In a probate case that led to a change in Wyoming statute, a Worland man got a small win from the Wyoming Supreme Court in a ruling issued Aug. 2. In February 2020, Deidra Walker Rowe, 33, was shot and killed by her husband Darren Rowe, 35, at their home in Casper. Several…

Black Thunder earns superior rating

CASPER – The Worland High School Marching Band Black Thunder earned a superior rating for the fourth straight year during the State Marching Band Festival in Casper last Saturday. Worland was one of 19 high school bands competing. All but two of the bands competed in the division with color guard. Five other high schools…

End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Destiny Gutierrez

End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Destiny Gutierrez Editor’s Note: Since 2011, October has been proclaimed National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month, Cloud Peak Counseling Center, in partnership with the Northern Wyoming News, is bringing four stories of recovery from Worland community members. Meet Destiny Gutierrez, an addiction recovery warrior. Destiny started her drug…

October 21, 2021

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Bishop the fastest in the 3A East

WORLAND — Not wasting the opportunity to win a conference championship on his home course, Worland Warrior Jack Bishop won the 3A East individual title at the Green Hills Golf Course on Oct. 15. Bishop, a junior, finished the 3A East conference race with a time of 16:51.92, a season-best, to finish first. “He was…

Inspiring messages of hope

If you didn’t go to mixed martial arts fighter Court McGee’s presentation last Wednesday night at the Worland Middle School Auditorium you missed out. It doesn’t matter if you are battling addiction, if you know someone who is battling addiction, McGee’s story, as well as anyone’s story who is in long-term recovery is inspiring. Yes,…

COVID UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021: Active coronavirus cases fall by 407 over weekend

By The Wyoming News Exchange The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming declined by 407 over the weekend, the Wyoming Department of Health said Monday. The department’s regular coronavirus update showed the state received reports of 826 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 202 new probable cases between Friday and Monday. During the same period, the…

Flags at Half-Staff for Gen. Powell

Governor Gordon Orders Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Through October 22 CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Joe Biden’s Proclamation, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately in honor of the life and legacy of General Colin Powell. Flags should remain lowered until…

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Board sets 2022 fair dates, looks at new entertainment

WORLAND — The Washakie County Fair Board selected dates for the 2022 fair and are looking at possible new grandstand entertainment events. At Monday’s regular meeting, the board opted to keep the dates similar to this year, July 25-July 30 with the horse show on July 23. The board had considered moving it closer the…

Ten Sleep school board approves optional quarantine process

WORLAND – Washakie County School Board District No. 2 met Oct. 11 and discussed updating quarantine procedures. The board voted to use the same procedure being used by schools in Basin and Lovell. According to Superintendent Jimmy Phelps, when a person in the school tests positive, they will contact trace as best as possible within…

County has no breakthrough deaths, hospitalizations

WORLAND — The Wyoming Department of Health is tracking breakthrough cases through their COVID-19 dashboard on its website. According to the Wyoming DOH, “Breakthrough infections are infections that occur in people who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people are those who completed the COVID-19 vaccine series 14 or more days before their infection. Janssen requires…

Linda Kay Spiva Bessler

Linda Kay Spiva Bessler, of Worland, formerly of Powell, passed away September, 30 at St. Vincent Health Care in Billings. Linda, the daughter of George and Bea Shanley Spiva was born on July 21, 1949 in Riverton, Wyoming. She was raised in Shoshoni and in 1956 moved with her family to Casper. She graduated from…

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