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Dressed and ready for battle

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Photo/ Bud Patterson, The worst part about hunting for Easter eggs is waiting to hunt Easter eggs. But Byran Deffenbaugh, age 4, makes the best of it during Saturday's Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Praise Assembly of God Church.
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Bird Flu lands in Wyoming

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
TORRINGTON, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed the state's first case of avian influenza, or bird flu Thursday, March 26.
Researchers took a sample from a sick goose, and the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory tested the specimen.
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GCVAP: The victim’s voice

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County's Victim Assistance Program flies below most residents' radar, but, at any given time, GCVAP may work with nearly 100 victims of crime within Goshen County.
According to Director Donna Duncan, GCVAP provides services to victims regardless of the crime they have experienced.
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Just a spoonful of sugar

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier, A Mary Poppins themed fundraising event for the Western History Center and Homesteaders Museum was held Saturday at the Wyoming Theatre in Torrington. Volunteers were dressed appropriately as the infamous nanny.
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Scales of safety – Part 2: A closer look at Torrington’s Port of Entry

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
TORRINGTON, "Torrington's Port of Entry averages 60,000 vehicles a year. This is fairly middle-of-the-road for Wyoming, with 2.5 million vehicles going through Interstate POEs, and small stations processing 40,000 vehicles a year," said Wyoming Highway Patrol officer and POE supervisor, Wade Hunter.
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Lakota walk for generational healing

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
FORT LARAMIE, Over eight days, ending last week, members and friends of the Lakota nation took part in an ancestral healing walk from Harney Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota to Fort Laramie National Historic Park for many reasons and one purpose: healing.
For many participants, the walk was part of a process for moving forward.
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Auction showing spring interest

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
TORRINGTON, The Madden Brothers' Auction attracted hundreds of people from miles around Saturday, March 28, to peruse rows of tractors, trucks and miscellaneous items.
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Voight speaks at WHC

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
LINGLE, "Maybe I'd dangle my toes, but that's why I don't go swimming there," said John Voight, owner of Sunrise iron ore mine and surrounding area.
Voight was speaking of the "fish" he has occasionally seen swimming in the old Sunrise glory hole.
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Where there’s smoke ...

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Photo/ Bud Patterson - A plume of smoke south of Torrington Monday is a reminder of the dry conditions existing in the county, and the importance of taking precautions when burning ditches, brush piles or working in dry grasses.
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Disney philanthropy

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - A well-organized and themed event, which included cupcakes, popcorn, lemonade and a spoonful of sugar for movie-goers.
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Props for “The Addams Family” play

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
TORRINGTON, The Torrington High School production, "The Addams Family" will be April 17 and 18, with a 6 p.m. dessert social and play at 7 p.m., at the THS auditorium. Tickets are $3 for the dessert social, and $5 for the play. Proceeds will go to the drama club and THS, respectively.
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THS Blazers of the Month

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - Torrington High School Blazers of the Month are seniors Lindsey Lemmon and Juan Gomez, shown here with Pinnacle Bank's Regional President Todd Peterson.
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Wyo. department seeks safer ambulance rides for children

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
CHEYENNE ­, A new Wyoming Department of Health effort aims to ensure Wyoming children who must be transported in ambulances are as safe as possible during these critical rides.
The Wyoming Responders Safe Transport Initiative is led by the WDH Office of Emergency Services.
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The Breakfast Club

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
TORRINGTON, A simple, yet radical restructuring of all freshman education at Torrington High School is showing signs of progress with far-reaching benefits for the school and students alike.
About a year ago, THS teachers began talking about freshmen issues, such as failing classes and disruptive behaviors.
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Behind the glass: Part 1 - A closer look at POE

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
TORRINGTON, As of March 9, Torrington's Port of Entry is operating with a full staff of four Wyoming Highway Patrol officers. The government agency recently filled three positions that had been vacant since August 2014, due to officers retiring or transferring to other stations.
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Don’t let tax day become scam day

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
TORRINGTON, In recent weeks, the Internal Revenue Service has issued several consumer warnings regarding the fraudulent use of the IRS name and logo by scammers trying to steal peoples' identities.
Attempts to steal someone's identity over the Internet is called "phishing."
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G&F keeps illegal scouting grounded

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
TORRINGTON, Representatives of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department were in town Tuesday evening to share proposed hunting regulation changes with area sportsmen.
Approximately 30 interested parties attended the meeting to learn about suggested rule changes for whitetail and mule deer, elk, pronghorn, pheasant and waterfowl hunting for the 2015-16 season.
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Himes lives on in poetry book

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
TORRINGTON, "Only faith can see the beauty of the land of paradise. Only faith can save a sinner from a sinful life that dies,", a line from just one of former Goshen County resident Bessie Himes' collection of approximately 74 poems, mostly based on faith and the afterlife.
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Clearing things up

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Glenda Bell spoke about Calamity Jane and the fact, fiction and fantasy surrounding her life at Eastern Wyoming College Tuesday, March 24. The presentation was part of EWC's focus on Women in History Month.
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An enduring spirit: Derr works hard, plays hard

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
TORRINGTON,To say Karen Derr is a strong woman is an understatement. Even in elementary school, Derr was breaking social barriers by joining the boys' Little League team in Huntley, an early indication of boldness and a competitive streak that has served her well throughout her life.
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Rife receives Future Leaders in Science Award

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
Manhattan, Kan., The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America selected Torrington native Trevor Rife, doctoral student in plant pathology, as recipient of the 2015 Future Leaders in Science Award.
Rife is one of 18 graduate students who received the award in recognition of his interest and engagement in science advocacy.
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Honk heaven at 17th goose cook-off

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
HAWK SPRINGS, Dozens of people turned out for the annual Hawk Springs Goose Cook-off Saturday, March 21. Gun raffles, a youth goose-calling contest and, of course, creative goose dishes kept guests coming back for more.
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Johnson leaves GCEDC, stays in area

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
TORRINGTON, It was just about seven years ago that Lisa Johnson took the reins at Goshen County Economic Development Corporation with the goal to attract visitors and new businesses to the area.
Soon, however, Johnson's duties and responsibilities will expand to include not only Goshen County, but also Laramie, Albany and Platte counties.
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Northern Exposure prevails

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
TORRINGTON, RadioShack's time has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the end for Northern Exposure in Torrington. The electronics store that sells ice cream isn't closing anytime soon.
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Impressive spread at Torrington Rotary Club’s gala

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The Torrington Rotary Club's 14th annual Wine Tasting Gala attracted hundreds of people to the fairgrounds Friday evening for hors d'Oeuvres, a silent auction and plenty of wine and spirits. Proceeds from the event went toward polio eradication and other humanitarian efforts.
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Fatal crash on Highway 154 near Veteran

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
VETERAN, On the evening of Monday, March 23, deputies from the Goshen County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported car accident at 5429 Wyoming State Highway 154.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered that a vehicle driven by Willmetta Lorraine Evans, 52, of Torrington had struck a male subject, Byron Heath Ross, 47, of Veteran, as she attempted to leave the residence.
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Lingle-Fort Laramie goes cowboy chic for Prom

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
FORT LARAMIE, The cowboy chic theme was in full swing at Lingle-Fort Laramie's Prom Saturday, March 21 at the ornately decorated Pioneer Community Hall in Fort Laramie.
"I wasn't about to allow him to wear his cowboy hat on a night like this," an overheard mother said.
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Mouth-watering waterfowl

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Winners of Saturday's Hawk Springs Goose Cook-Off competition were, from left, Jay Donaldson for goose jerky; Matthew Carlson for his soup/chili entry; Jared Hort, Peoples' Choice Award winner; Jodi Simmons for main dish; and Dillon Simmons and Alex Volk (not pictured) for their goose appetizers.
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Food frenzy at Main Street Market

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - Valley Christian School's shopping spree auction winner, Kathy Stricker, sent her son, Dennis Harold, to run the three-minute gauntlet around Main Street Market Saturday, March 21.
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EWC teams with GCSC for shooting league

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College's community education program will offer Goshen County residents the opportunity to bag clay pigeons on Tuesday nights during April and May.
According to Ron Miller of the Goshen County Sportsman Club, the GCSC and EWC have partnered to offer a six-week shotgun league, made up of two-man teams, for all interested shooters.
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Taking agriculture seriously

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - Approximately 35 FFA chapters from across the state of Wyoming competed in the State Vet Science Contest at Eastern Wyoming College Monday, March 23. Topics included agronomy, poultry and farm business management.
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The farmer’s cut

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
GOSHEN COUNTY, Farmers and ranchers receive 15.8 percent of every dollar spent on food by consumers, according to the National Farmers Union, which published the information based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.
Approximately 80 percent of every dollar spent by consumers on food goes to people who handle or promote the product after
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Locals are state winners in National Corn Yield Contest

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Two area corn growers have been honored as state winners in the 2014 National Corn Yield contest sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association.
RAC Farming Inc of Lingle placed first in the state in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 260.7155 bushels per acre.
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A pathway to mini park

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - Dave and Troy Claussen and Cardell Mackrill of Tip Top Tree Service out of Mitchell, Neb. removed eleven trees Thursday at 2533 W. C St. The city of Torrington recently purchased the property from Abel Jr. Escamilla Tabullo for $14,074.50 and will be clearing the site for Mini Park Trail parking.
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Wyoming announces 2015 State FFA Degree recipients

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
CHEYENNE, The Wyoming FFA Association has announced the recipients of the 2015 Wyoming State FFA Degree. The program recognizes students' accomplishments in their supervised agriculture experience program.
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Beefing up interest

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - Rachel Purdy, 2015 National Beef Ambassador of Wyoming, visited Eastern Wyoming College on Thursday, March 19 to invite students to apply for the Wyoming Beef Ambassador contest. "The contest is open to beef-loving students, aged 16 to 20, of all majors and interests. The deadline for applications is April 11," said Purdy.
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Lingle native joins Balow’s executive leadership team

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
CHEYENNE, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow announced the final three members of her executive leadership team last week. Kari Eakins will be joining as division of communications director; Lisa Weigel will be the division of individual learning director; and Rob Bryant returns to the department to be the division of school support director.
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Martinez gets first-offender status Monday

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
TORRINGTON, Jose Andres Martinez, 20, was sentenced to five years supervised probation and restitution of $24,005 on Monday at the Eighth District Court in Torrington.
Martinez, who has a history of misdemeanors, had previously pled guilty to felony burglary.
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Stitches in time

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - Goshen County Theatre performs "Quilters." The Goshen County Quilters began sewing for the production in December, and the actors started rehearsals in January, putting in 10 hours a week and, later, 16 hours a week to be ready for the show.
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Brighter nights ahead

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
TORRINGTON, The Torrington City Council approved a request to increase funds for lighting and highway projects at its meeting Tuesday night.
Buck Klemola of Wyoming Department of Transportation informed the council that bids for lighting from Main Street to M Street along U.S. Highway 26 and from the south end of the overpass to U.S. Highway 85 (near Kelly's Supermarket)
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It won’t rain today

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
GOSHEN COUNTY, The Goshen County Commissioners met on Tuesday and heard several reports and requests, including one from the Goshen County Fairgrounds.
GCF General Manager Stephanie Lofink's report included a request for sunny skies on Friday, during the Torrington Rotary Club Wine Tasting at the Rendezvous Center, citing concerns about muddy parking areas.
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No more ‘on-call’ for Patterson

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
TORRINGTON, After nine elections spanning 36 years, retired Goshen County Coroner Mike Patterson has taken down his coroner sign.
Patterson first took office as county coroner in January 1979 after having moved to Torrington eight years earlier to work at Colyer Funeral Home.
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Goose Cook-off is long-standing tradition

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
HAWK SPRINGS, To many residents, the extent of which one can prepare a goose for human consumption is limited to either frying or roasting. For entrants in the annual Hawk Springs Goose Cook-off, however, the possibilities are endless.
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Living large at Little Britches

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
TORRINGTON, Although this weekend marks just the sixth year of Torrington's Little Britches Rodeo, the area event is already well known throughout the U.S. for its level of competition and awards.
Torrington Elks Lodge #1726 sponsors and supports LBR, which will be held March 21-22 at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.
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A seamless production

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
TORRINGTON, Goshen County Theatre's latest production, "Quilters" opened Thursday night, March 19. The play highlights the life of pioneer women in the American West.
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Women in History: No separation between Ludwig, Goshen County

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
GOSHEN COUNTY, A lifelong member of Goshen County: Dee Ludwig's choice of words to describe her connection to and history in the area are reflective of her nature. She did not describe herself as a "resident of" or having "lived in" Goshen County, but a member, a lifelong member.
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Torrington students qualify for state history contest

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
CHEYENNE, On Tuesday, March 17, 18 students from Torrington Middle School participated in the District Four Regional National History Day contest at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. This year, the theme was, "Leadership and Legacy."
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Coming together for a common cause

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
Photos/ Crystal R. Albers - Dana Yetter serves pizza to attendees at the community building fundraiser Thursday.
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Goshen County Democratic Party elects officers March 11

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County Democratic Party met on March 11, 2015 to elect officers and discuss state and local party priorities.
Officers elected are chair, Robert Melonuk; vice-chair, Sharon "Sherri" Lovercheck; secretary-treasurer, Sherrill Helzer; national committeewoman, Anne Gardetto; and the party nominated Wayne Deahl for national committeeman.
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February Rotary Students of the Month

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
Courtesy - Torrington Rotary Club's Keith Kautz proudly presented the February 2015 Student of the Month awards to Trey Faessler and Grace Wydnersom. Both students are seniors at Torrington High School.
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March Rotary Students of the Month

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
Courtesy - Torrington Rotary Club's Keith Kautz proudly presented the March 2015 Student of the Month awards to Konnor Harves and Myre Pauls. Both students are seniors at Southeast High School.
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The luck of the Irish

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
Photo/ Jennifer Lanier - She said, "Yes!" when Zach Bearnson asked Molly Creagar to, "Be mine for prom?"
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Orsborn booked in rollover accident

Modified: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
TORRINGTON -- On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at about 7:03 p.m., Goshen County Sheriff's Office deputies and Torrington Emergency Medical Services responded to the intersection of County Road 47 and County Road 74 for a one-vehicle rollover. While deputies were en route, Torrington Central Dispatch advised responding units the occupants of the vehicle were fleeing the scene on foot.
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