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Yoder man severely burned in fire

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
YODER - A man suffered severe burns earlier this week as a result of a structure fire in Yoder.
The Yoder Fire Department dispatched to the home, located west of Yoder, at 12:18 a.m. on Sept. 23, according to Fire Chief Justin Burkart.
"When we arrived, we found a burn victim who was sitting outside the residence in a chair
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After nearly 40 years, the Community Garden endures

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, You've driven past it 100 times and probably never even given it much of a second glance. Maybe the first time you saw it, you thought, "Huh, I wonder what that is?"
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Chaires reenergizes museum

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Director Sarah Chaires is breathing new life into one of Goshen County's most culturally valuable and often overlooked institutions, the Homesteaders Museum.
Chaires, who took on the role of director in January 2013, is largely responsible for bringing the Smithsonian exhibit, "Journey Stories", to Torrington this past summer.
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Drilling rigs pop up north of Lingle

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Rising above the horizon, just a few miles north of Lingle on Tea Kettle Road, is the newest drilling rig in Goshen County.
According to Goshen County Road and Bridge Supervisor Jerry Haun, two permits were issued to Transworld Systems Petroleum Inc. (TSPI) to drill oil wells in the area.
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Mustang master scores second extreme victory

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, For the second time in as many years, Tom Hagwood, Torrington rancher, clinician and mustang trainer, was named top trainer at this year's Extreme Mustang Makeover competition, which was held Sept. 18-20 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Hagwood is the first trainer in the history of the competition to win it twice.
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Lending a helping hand

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Courtesy - Student and instructor volunteers from Eastern Wyoming College helped stuff backpacks at Torrington Middle School on Sept. 24. Various other organizations and individuals helped out Wednesday in support of the Goshen County School District No. 1 Backpack Program.
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EWC holds forum to discuss bond

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) held a public forum Tuesday evening to present information regarding the college's general obligation bond initiative, which will be on November's general election ballet.
The bond is to help with construction of the new Career and Technology Education Center and the Agriculture Technology Education Center.
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Duncan earns state realtor’s office

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Lingle resident was elected to state office at a realtor's convention held in Casper earlier this month.
Shelly Duncan will begin her duties as vice president/treasurer of the Wyoming Association of Realtors (WAR) Monday, Nov. 10.
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Mead signs and files emergency rule for wolves

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
CHEYENNE, In response to the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson placing the gray wolves back under the protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gov. Matt Mead this week signed and filed an emergency rule establishing that Wyoming's commitment under its management plan is legally enforceable.
The emergency rule has the full force and effect
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EWC announces HLC focus visit

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) will host a two-member team on campus in Torrington on Oct. 6-7, 2014 for a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) focus visit on diversity. 
Team members include Dr. Benjamin Young, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and Dr. Iwalani  Else, director of institutional research and assessment at College
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EWC Fine Arts Building sports new, modern look

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Renovations on the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Fine Arts Auditorium were recently completed. The work included expanding the entryway, adding a ticket booth and landscaping the area around the entrance.
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Homecoming honorees

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington High School (THS) celebrated Homecoming in style last week. Besides decorating Main Street and spreading Blazer pride all around town, the school also hosted a pep rally, dance-off and games.
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Vandals strike at baseball field - TPD investigating if incident is related to two others in county

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Torrington Police Department (TPD) is actively investigating a string of sports-related vandalism in the area.
Over the span of a week, from Saturday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 21, three separate incidents occurred at different athletic facilities in Torrington.
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Missing boater found

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Deputies with the Goshen County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) recovered the body of a missing boater Saturday morning at Hawk Springs Reservoir.
Capital City Canine Search and Rescue out of Cheyenne discovered the body of Torrington resident James Nelson, 53, while conducting training exercises.
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District ACT scores up

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 students improved their ACT scores in all subject areas in 2014 but still lagged slightly behind state of Wyoming averages.
The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework, and students nationwide take the
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Huntley businessman heads to NYC

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Dale Pitcher has searched for a better speaker for over 40 years. And the last 12 years of that search has included designing, building, puttering and re-designing acoustic equipment in his workshop in the decommissioned Huntley School gymnasium building.
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Homecoming pageantry in full display

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
LINGLE, Lingle-Fort Laramie (LFL) students went all out to celebrate Homecoming last week during a week jam-packed with events.
On Thursday night, LFL students and staff got out for a car smash and bonfire, and then Friday both Dogger teams, football and volleyball, took care of business during their respective games.
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Doggers get pumped at car smash

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
LINGLE, The Lingle-Fort Laramie bonfire and car smash was held Thursday night at Kirk Field, where athletes and coaches came together to discuss the big game and have fun.
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Local artists display impressive works at annual art reception

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - The Southeast Wyoming Art Association held an art reception at Platte Valley Bank on Saturday, and community members came from all over to see local artists' work. Winners this year were selected by artist Barbara Shaffner of Wheatland.
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Bio-energy key to Big Country Herbs Wellness Center

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
YODER, A new Goshen County business is catering to residents with aches, pains and open minds.
Big Country Herbs Wellness Center of Yoder is an alternative health treatment facility designed to balance the body's energy, also known as bio-energy healing.
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Dogger pride abounds at rally

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
LINGLE, A sea of red, white and blue filled the bleachers at Kirk Field Friday afternoon as students, staff, family and friends gathered for a pep rally.
Coaches and athletes gave speeches, the crowd sang and clapped along as the pep band played, and students participated in an all-school tug-of-war tournament.
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WGFD seeks info on elk poaching

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
LARAMIE, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is seeking information on an elk poaching in Albany County off Rogers Canyon Road.
Deputies with the Albany County Sheriff's Office recently discovered the dead cow elk and reported it to the Game and Fish Department.
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GCTF thanks Rotary members for hard work

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Diona Savoy-McDaniels, executive director of the Goshen County Task Force on Family Violence and Sexual Assault, presented a plaque to the Rotary Club of Torrington Monday. Rotary Club members helped to replace walls, bathroom cabinets, doors, exterior siding, trim and fencing at the shelter. Ken Owens, member, accepted the plaque on behalf of the Rotary
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Wyoming farmers markets make big economic impact

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
CASPER, Farmers markets throughout Wyoming contributed more than $2.8 million to the state's economy in 2013.
Data collected by the Wyoming Business Council's Agribusiness Division and run through an economic impact model at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources found that direct sales of more than $2.1 million also generated secondary sales of more than $654,000.
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Showing off the wheels during summer’s last ride

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Classic cars lined Torrington's Main Street Saturday morning for the 14th annual city car show. The public was able to view and vote for their favorite street rod until noon.
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EWC GEAR UP Program celebrates GEAR UP Week

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) GEAR UP program announced its participation in National GEAR UP Week 2014.
This week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success.
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Banner Health implements visit restrictions beginning Oct. 1 - Restrictions set due to Enterovirus D68

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
PHOENIX, Banner Health will implement visitor restrictions at its hospitals by Oct. 1 because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.
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Donation to Land of Goshen

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Westco and Land O'Lakes partnered to make a donation to Land of Goshen Ministries Tuesday. Wesley Anderson (left), Westco Torrington branch manager, presents the checks to Gary Flom, vice president of the Land of Goshen board.
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Twenty years of colorful quilts

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The 20th annual Quilts Along the Platte quilt show took place this weekend, as hundreds of interested individuals from around the region headed to the Goshen County Fairgrounds Rendezvous Center.
The event featured demonstrations and classes throughout the weekend, as numerous quilts filled the building for spectators to view.
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A star-spangled tribute

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Trail Elementary School hosted its annual Patriotic Assembly on Wednesday morning outside the school.
This year, Mayor Mike Varney and Torrington Police Chief Billy Janes spoke to the students about the meaning and importance of the flag to the United States.
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Gas funds return - City plans to use money on fair, Homesteaders

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The city of Torrington received a reimbursement check for more than $9,700 from Wyoming Community Gas this week.
At Torrington's council meeting Tuesday evening, city Clerk-Treasurer Lynette Strecker reported the company had presented her with the money at its quarterly conference in Laramie Sept. 16.
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County has no authority over Huntley School

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, During Tuesday's meeting, the Goshen County Commissioners received an opinion from Public Health Officer Dr. Marion Smith regarding a reported health and safety issue at Huntley School and what actions might be available to the county to resolve any issues that may exist.
Smith reported that, after looking at the property, reviewing the scope of her authority and asking
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Surprise, surprise

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Last week's personnel moves by the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Board of Trustees, which placed college president Dr. Tom Armstrong on administrative leave and named Dr. Rick Patterson as interim president, caught many people by surprise. Not the least of whom was Patterson.
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Yates is an Impact Award recipient

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, One of Torrington's unsung heroes is finally being recognized for his efforts as local director of emergency medical services (EMS).
Darin Yates, a 22-year EMS veteran, was announced as recipient of the Regional West Medical Center Impact Award at the annual Air Link conference held Saturday, Sept. 13.
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A Head Start on American pride

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers, The children and staff at the Lincoln Infant Toddler Center, along with Mayor Mike Varney, enjoyed ‘Red, White and Blue Day' Wednesday. The event was held to kick off Head Start's 50th birthday celebration in October.
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Family Night hosts K-9s

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - During Monday's Family Night in the Activity Center of the Goshen County Library, Jerry Numon of Goshen County Search and Rescue explained to kids and parents how to prepare for a day in the outdoors and what to do if they should get lost, as one of the search dogs waits patiently.
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Lingle resident to compete in pageant Sept. 21 in Casper

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
CASPER, A Lingle resident will be competing in one of the year's most anticipated events, the Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA competitions slated for Sept. 21 in Casper.
Taylor Debock's campaign for the Miss Wyoming Teen USA crown is sponsored by Asbury Insurance, Premier Properties, Torrington Vision Source, as well as many friends and family members.
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Yoder business up and running

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Big Country Herbs Wellness Center of Yoder on Tuesday. Kellie Farrens (from left), office manager at the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce (GCCC), helped hold the ribbon for Debra and Richard Schamel, business owners.
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Legion Auxiliary president to visit

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Leila Dean, 2014-15 president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Wyoming, of Fort Bridger, will be visiting units from Lingle, Van Tassell, Guernsey, Torrington and LaGrange on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Deacon's Restaurant in Torrington.
Dean is eligible for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary through her husband, Tom Dean, who is a Vietnam veteran and a
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EWC to host community forum

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) has announced that there will be an informational forum for individuals interested in learning more about two new facilities.
This will be a great opportunity to learn about these two new facilities: the Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC) and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC).
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AARP supports district Backpack Program

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Representatives for AARP, including Mary Kirkpatrick (from left), secretary; Bud Hinderliter, chairman; Virginia Green, treasurer; and Betty Allen (far right), program director, present a $150 check to Bobbi Mullock with the Goshen County School District No. 1 Backpack Program. The program helps to provide food for students in need in Goshen County and is primarily
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Goshen County 4-H Senior Meats Judging team headed to Nationals

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Makenna Greenwald, Nelson Lewis, Skyler Miller and Danielle Schainost earned top honors at the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest last April, beating out six other senior teams from around Wyoming. Now they are headed to the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.
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Sun comes out for Fun Run

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Taryn Kilty and Levi Pafford pace themselves during Saturday's Fun Run in LaGrange. The run was held to help raise matching grant money funds for the town's Smart Start Preschool. See more photos and story on page A10.
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Local man drowns at lake

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
HAWK SPRINGS, The body of a 53-year-old Torrington resident has yet to be found after a suspected drowning at the Hawk Springs Reservoir Sunday.
According to Gary Schoene, public information manager at the Wyoming Department of State Parks, rangers were notified Sunday afternoon James "Jesse" Nelson dove into the reservoir to save a person who had jumped from his or her
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Waiting for an explanation

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Though changes occurred at a fairly quick pace last week at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), reasons for those changes have been slow in coming.
Recapping last week's events, EWC Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Olson resigned his position as a trustee during an executive session of the board, called during its regular Tuesday meeting.
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Wyoming Democrat candidates visit Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Mike Ceballos (left), democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction, visited Garcia's Restaurant Saturday in Torrington and spent time visiting with Goshen County voters, including life-long Democrat Rick Breedlove.
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Grant goes toward programs to improve academic climate

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Educators at Goshen County schools are working hard to create a positive academic climate through the use of innovative programs, assessments and presentations.
This year, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 received a $9,000 school safety grant to help fund various character-building and anti-bullying campaigns.
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Runners and walkers support preschool

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
LAGRANGE, The Longhorn Stampede 5K Fun Run/Walk was held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Longhorn Trail Marker on the LaGrange walk path. All proceeds from the event went to the Smart Start Preschool.
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GCEA completes cemetery service project

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Courtesy - The Goshen County Education Association recently completed a service project. At the Valley View Cemetery, association representatives replaced flowerpots at the Veterans Memorial and will maintain them in the future.
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HHS awards funds to increase access to primary care - Funding creates an estimated three new jobs in Wyo.

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $381,308 in Affordable Care Act funding to two health centers in Wyoming to expand primary care services.
Today's awards enable health centers to increase access to comprehensive primary health care by hiring an estimated three new staff including new health care providers, staying open for longer hours and expanding
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Construction projects ongoing in Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Crews work last Thursday to repair water service lines to residences on Monte Vista Road in Torrington, closing a small section of that street. The road should reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 17 according to city Water Department Supervisor Tom Troxel.
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Collaboration could extend services

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Three Goshen County agencies are hoping to come together in the near future to better integrate their services for adult learners who need help with basic literacy, employment or educational skills.
According to Diane McQueen, executive director of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), the three agencies, Wyoming Workforce Services, NOWCAP Wyoming Family
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Squirrel causes power outage

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A squirrel caused serious damage to city electrical equipment Sept. 14, resulting in a power outage Sunday morning through early afternoon.
Dana Youtz, Torrington's electrical superintendent, reported the animal climbed on top of one of the city's reclosers, a circuit breaker able to automatically restore power to the line after a momentary fault, located at the substation on 28th
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Gosar, other Dems visit Goshen County

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pete Gosar was at Garcia's restaurant in Torrington Saturday afternoon to meet with voters and pass out campaign information.
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Suspicions swirl around new oil transfer facility

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
FORT LARAMIE, A proposed truck-to-pipeline oil transfer facility is causing concern amongst Fort Laramie residents.
According to a public notice published in the Telegram, Concord Midstream Services (CMS), LLC, out of Denver, plans to construct a facility less than a half-mile east of Fort Laramie that will consist of three 400 barrel (approximately 16,800 gallons) fixed roof crude oil tanks.
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Discussing economic development over breakfast

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Lisa Johnson, executive director of the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC), addresses the morning crowd during its quarterly breakfast Friday. Johnson brought the group up to date on current development efforts by the organization and detailed the importance of the renewal of the GCEDC quarter-cent sales tax, which is up for a vote on Nov.
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Homemakers award scholarhips

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Courtesy - Goshen County Homemakers Council President Donna Peterson (from left) awards scholarships to 4-H members Carlie Enns and Whitney Walson, both freshmen at Eastern Wyoming College. The Homemakers Council is an educational and social organization open to all ladies in the county who wish to belong to a club and learn new and old homemaking skills through programs, demonstrations
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