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Rocking out for education

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Kirsten Tucker (left) and Elle Tapia play guitar and sing during the fourth-grade musical "Education Rocks" on Thursday at Torrington High School. See more photos on page A10.
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Resident killed in rollover - Accident occurred at East D Street and East Valley Road intersection

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington resident was killed in a rollover accident at the intersection of East D Street and East Valley Road in Torrington Friday night.
At 10:35 p.m. on Nov. 21, John Menard, 35, was involved in a two-car collision near Maverik, according to the Torrington Police Department (TPD).
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Suspect tied to five cases - TPD arrests Torrington resident for burglary

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Torrington Police Department (TPD) arrested a suspect in connection with several local burglaries last week.
Officers booked Ed-wardo Hernandez, 42, on Tuesday, Nov. 18 after an interview with the Torrington resident produced probable cause.
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Basix dazzles with a cappella harmonies

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Peter Bach of Basix sings the lead on one of the Danish group's songs on Saturday at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington. See more photos on page A9.
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Prado fulfills dream of own restaurant - The Korner Cafe will open Dec. 1 on Main St.

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, With Thanksgiving only a day away, Connie Prado is busy, to put it lightly. As she does every year, the Torrington resident is preparing a massive feast for her burgeoning family.
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Fourth-graders display many musical talents

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Trail Elementary School fourth-graders presented the musical "Education Rocks" on Thursday at Torrington High School for both a matinee and evening performance.
The students sang and danced to six songs touting the merits of school and learning for their classmates at Trail and parents and community members.
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Spagner pleads not guilty

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) inmate pled not guilty to two felony counts of interference with a peace officer Monday.
Kenneth Nathaniel Spagner, 59, appeared via video for his arraignment in District Court in connection with a Sept. 4 incident during which he allegedly threw a chair at one officer and tackled a second, resulting in injuries.
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Frank Implement under new ownership - 21st Century Equipment acquires local John Deere dealer

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Nebraska-based company announced the purchase of Torrington's John Deere dealership Friday.
21st Century Equipment, LLC, with corporate offices in Scottsbluff, Neb., will take ownership of Frank Implement Company's Torrington and Scottsbluff branches in early 2015.
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Just the Basix

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Danish a capella group Basix performed a concert in Torrington on Saturday at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Art Auditorium.
A good turnout attended the Eastern Wyoming Arts Council-sponsored presentation to see the award-winning sextet that came from about 4,000 miles away.
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Table Mountain Vineyards hosts third annual craft show

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
HUNTLEY, Table Mountain Vineyards and Winery (TMV) held its third annual Holiday Craft Show and Winery Open House this past Saturday in Huntley.
Residents came out from all over to sip wine and shop from a variety of vendors, who had holiday gifts, delicious sweets and a whole lot more to choose from.
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Miss Wyoming mentors local youth

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Jessie Allen of Lander, who was crowned Miss Wyoming in May, stopped by Number 34 in Torrington Thursday evening to visit with students and staff.
Allen spoke about the importance of extracurricular activities, talked about her life, answered questions and handed out autographed photos.
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‘Letters from Santa’ keep holiday spirit alive

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
NORTH POLE, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child's letter to Santa, complete with a North Pole postmark!
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Rotary recognizes Students of the Month

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Courtesy - Torrington Rotary is pleased to name two students from Southeast High School as Students of the Month. The students were recognized at the Nov. 10 Rotary Club meeting hosted at Cottonwood Country Club and presented with certificates.
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A battle for food - Beef workshops suggest cows, fields can thrive in winter

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Cover crops, winter grazing and finding a balance between a healthy herd and improved corn yield were all issues addressed at the Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention Tuesday at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.
Marc and Kate Vogel of Ballantine, Mont. were the featured speakers and opened the convention with a presentation about their success with no-till and cover crop
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Guilty - Cardeilhac convicted of second-degree murder

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
GERING, Neb., A jury found a Torrington teenager guilty of second-degree murder after several hours of deliberation Wednesday night.
Dylan Cardeilhac, 16, was convicted of killing Scotts Bluff County Corrections Officer Amanda Baker on Feb. 14, 2014 during an attempt to escape from the detention center.
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Golf course raises rates - Season passes to increase by 3 percent

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, City council members approved the 2015 rates for the Cottonwood at Torrington Golf Course at the meeting Tuesday evening.
David Dent, course manager, proposed several fee increases for residents and non-residents for the upcoming year, including a 3 percent hike for all season passes, a $1 raise in daily fees and a $5 increase for annual trail licenses and all
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Bell ringers raise money that stays local

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, What would Christmas be without the Salvation Army bell ringers? For one thing, it would not be so merry for some Goshen County residents.
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Building 429 plays in Torrington

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Photo/ Tim McFarland - Building 429, a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tenn., performed for a full house in Torrington Saturday. The First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church hosted the free concert at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium.
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Some Strange comedy on Thursday at Valley Christian School

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Greg Strange, Christian comedian and musician, traveled all the way from Tennessee to entertain the students at Valley Christian School Thursday morning during their chapel service.
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Building raffle leads to a tasty evening

Modified: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Courtesy - Tim Toedter of Hawk Springs won the Hawk Springs Hamburger Fry raffle for a free dinner party with five people of his choosing. The raffle benefited the Hawk Springs Community Building.
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THS Blazers of the Month

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Photos/ Travis Pearson, Wade Bruch (center), with Pinnacle Bank, stands with October's Blazers of the Month, seniors Taylor Troxel and Reo Radford.
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Elk hunter, companion cited over killing elk inside Fossil Butte National Monument

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
KEMMERER, Two Wyoming men have been cited in connection with the poaching of a bull elk recently inside Fossil Butte National Monument in southwestern Wyoming.
The 4-by-3-point male was shot and killed inside the monument, which under federal law is off-limits to all hunting.
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Wyo. Vietnam War reunion scheduled for June 2015

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
CASPER, The Wyoming Veterans Commission and key partner organizations will host a statewide Wyoming Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Reunion June 4-7, in Casper.
This event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War and is part of the national effort to recognize the veterans that served during that conflict.
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SE students back from Nevada

Modified: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
YODER, The Southeast FFA chapter recently sent four students to Elko, Nev., for a National Range Judging contest.
The students quickly found that the terrain in Nevada is very different than the terrain in eastern Wyoming.
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Cardeilhac convicted of second-degree murder

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
A Scotts Bluff County District Court jury convicted Dylan Cardeilhac, 16, of second-degree murder in the February death of correctional officer Amanda Baker late Wednesday after eight hours of deliberation.

Second-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment to life imprisonment. Sentencing has been set for January 9, 2015 at 9 a.m.

For the
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Chukars with ‘Wild Wings’

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Cheyenne hunter Blake Wilson and his dog, Loki, show off their skills during Saturday's Wild Wings Classic held northeast of Lingle. The classic calculated team's scores based on how long it took to shoot three birds and how many shots were fired. See more photos on page A2.
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Murder trial begins

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
GERING, Neb., The Dylan Cardeilhac murder trial began Monday morning with opening arguments from the prosecution and defense.
The 16-year-old Torrington native is accused of strangling Scotts Bluff County Corrections Officer Amanda Baker, 24, in an attempt to escape from the juvenile detention center, where he was being held for armed robbery of a Mitchell, Neb. convenience store.
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Homesteaders Museum avoids catastrophe - Frozen water line closes Torrington museum, but artifacts and exhibits undamaged

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, As temperatures drop, like they did last week, frozen and broken water lines can occur not only in homes and businesses, but also in museums, which is what happened last Friday at the Homesteaders Museum on South Main Street in Torrington.
According to Sarah Chaires, director of the museum, the break happened sometime Friday night and was discovered Saturday
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Toys and treats at LaGrange bazaar

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson, Wanda Kessler and her grandson Jim Palmer welcomed visitors to her table of baked goods during the LaGrange Fall Bazaar. See more photos on page A8.
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ACLU calls for changes to school board policies

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to the Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 Board of Trustees late last week encouraging changes to two governance policies involving public comments by board members.
The document is the latest backlash from Trustee Val Peterson's censure, or public reprimand, which passed by 7-1 vote on Sept. 10.
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Goshen 4-H Meats Judging Team scores at national contest

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Congratulations to the 2014 National 4-H Meats Judging Reserve Champion Team representing Goshen County and Wyoming 4-H! Team members competed at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., and are coached by Michael and Mai Lee Olsen.
Team members are: Makenna Greenwald, president, Lingle Aggies 4-H Club and sophomore at Lingle-Fort Laramie
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Scenic sun dog

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Photo/ Dale Radford - Warmer days are here, but last week's frigid temperatures produced a striking spectacle in Goshen County. A sun dog, or halo caused by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere, was on full display last week just outside of Torrington.
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GCHS members, guests come to meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson, Lanny Stilwell, of Sybil Canyon, relays his experiences backpacking along the Bozeman Trail to members of the Goshen County Historical Society during their Saturday meeting at the VFW in Torrington.
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Residents urged to exercise caution with electrical outlets this winter

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Firefighters were called out to a possible electrical fire Monday afternoon in a home near Community Hospital in Torrington.
The report said a flame "shot" out of an electrical outlet, but firefighters did not find any immediate fire danger.
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LaGrange bazaar showcases local creations

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Shirley Willoughby had plenty of knitted goods for people to choose from during Saturday's Fall Bazaar held in the LaGrange Community Center.
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Irons enters guilty plea

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington resident pled guilty to felony burglary at his arraignment in District Court Monday.
Joshua Stewart Irons, 24, admitted to illegally entering a Torrington home late Friday, Sept. 19 or early Saturday, Sept. 20 and stealing a laptop and tablet.
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Wyoming family seeks the public’s help in locating missing relative

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
LUSK, The family of Kenneth Van Buskirk is seeking the public's assistance in locating their missing relative, Kenneth Van Buskirk.
Kenneth is 54 years old and was last seen on July 28, 2014 in Lusk.
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AARP checks out Waggin’ Tails in Torrington

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Courtesy/ Betty Allen - The local AARP toured Waggin' Tails Animal Shelter for its October meeting. Teri Shinost (not pictured), shelter director, conducted the tour.
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The Torrington Rotary Club names Students of the Month

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Courtesy - Torrington High School seniors Taylor Troxel and P.D. Miller (center) were named Students of the Month by the Torrington Rotary Club recently. The duo accepted their awards from Judge Keith Kautz and Nicole McIntosh, the Torrington High School counselor.
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Veterans Day: Thank you to those who served

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Veteran Rusty Sorrick chats up American Legion Travis Snow Post No. 5 Commander Brad Helzer Tuesday. See more photos on page A10.
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Local schools miss AYP - District reps say they’re on the right track

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON, While the federal government and state of Wyoming muddy the process designed to judge schools' so-called Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), everyone else, districts included, are tasked with sorting through the data to try and improve student achievement and make the grade.
Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 Director of Curriculum Donna Fields focused on just that during her
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Lancers to get new website

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Board of Trustees approved a contract Tuesday night for PrestoSports of Rockville, Md., to redesign and host a website for EWC athletics.
According to the service agreement, PrestoSports will design and host EWC's athletic website using company software, which will allow the EWC athletic staff to manage the website through an administrative page.
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Local 4-H agent receives national award

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Megan Brittingham claims to "bleed green", which sounds like a strange symptom of some rare disease, but is actually her way of saying she truly loves 4-H.
In October, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents honored Brittingham with the Achievement in Service Award for her contributions to state and local chapters.
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THS brings back the past today and tomorrow knight

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Hear ye, hear ye, one and all, the Torrington High School (THS) drama department is producing King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.
The musical focuses on two characters, Artie and Gwen, who are sent back into the time of knights and chivalry.
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A salute to past and present veterans

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County honored servicemen and women on Veterans Day with several celebrations.
Bright and early, the Torrington American Legion held a breakfast for all vets.
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Scottsbluff based Denver Coach is back - Shuttle offers transportation from Torrington to Denver, as well as other stops

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., One couple's personal experience with Denver Coach Shuttle has inspired them to bring the popular service back to the community after almost a year's hiatus.
Becki Schlager and her husband, Wally, of Gering, Neb., purchased the Scottsbluff-based company earlier this year after returning to the area from Colorado.
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Launching memories at Family Night

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON , Local 4-Hers gathered at the Goshen County Library Activity Center Monday night for an experiment of epic proportions.
4-H educator Megan Brittingham instructed participants to build a paper model of a rocket ship used to deliver food in a fictitious natural disaster.
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Cold temperatures, hot music

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
YODER, Southeast schools hosted a fall concert on Monday evening in Yoder.
The sixth-grade band, high school band, junior high band, high school choir and the Cy-Tones all performed for the crowd that gathered in the Southeast gymnasium.
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Torrington memories inspire Texas author

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
TORRINGTON, In writing his recently released book, Angel Dreams, Chris Schneider drew a lot from his memories as a boy growing up in Torrington.
"Originally, the name of the town in the book was Torrington," Schneider said.
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