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County hosts Republican debates

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Several state and local candidates showed up for the Goshen County Republican debates held last Wednesday and Thursday at Torrington High School.
Mike Varney and Sandy Pittman, both of Torrington, seemed intent on keeping their longtime friendship intact during the mayoral debate, having previously worked together for 33 years.
"I have total respect for Mr. Varney," Pittman said.
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Playin’ away at the fry

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - Hawk Springs hosted its final hamburger fry of the season Wednesday evening at the Hawk Springs Community Building. The community building was packed with people visiting and listening to live music as they enjoyed hamburgers with all the side trimmings, and homemade ice cream and cake to top off the meal.
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Meth bust - Authorities take out county drug ring

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A local drug ring estimated to be distributing up to one pound of methamphetamine per week in Goshen County was taken down last month by authorities.
The Southeast Enforcement Team of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) out of Cheyenne has been actively investigating a rural Torrington resident suspected of selling drugs since October of last year.
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Educators push Youth Challenge Program

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County students who have either completed the 10th grade or are between 16 to 18 years of age and wish to withdraw from high school will now be referred to the Wyoming National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP) in Guernsey.
At a meeting held Tuesday evening, school board members voted unanimously to approve the revision of a district
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All in a year’s work for Steve Brill

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-born viral disease that infects birds, horses and humans, was first detected in the United States in 1999 in New York City and surrounding areas.
By the summer of 2000, WNV was identified in 12 states in the northeast and along the Atlantic Coast.
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EWC news: Construction at full speed

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, An update of Eastern Wyoming College's (EWC) various construction projects currently underway was presented to the EWC Board of Trustees during Tuesday's meeting by Vice President of Administrative Services Ron Laher.
According to Laher's report, the $12 million EWC Douglas campus is well underway with completion anticipated for January 2015 and the first students are set to walk through
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Bernatow donates $6,000 for Bike MS

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Elaine Bernatow donated $6,000 to Joe Dinges and Eric Duncan Wednesday morning as the pair prepares for the Wyoming Bike MS event this weekend.
She has raised money for multiple sclerosis since 2000, but took a break from it in 2010 when it "became too much", as she is suffering from the disease.
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Activities abound at the fair

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The airplane ride at the Scotts Bluff County Fair carnival was a big hit with children.
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Munger awarded highest honor

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - Patrick Munger of Torrington, a member of Torrington Lodge 664, Loyal Order of Moose, received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose earlier this summer.
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Glow-in-the-dark 5K planned

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, If you like to walk, jog, run or dance, mark the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6 on your calendar to attend the Jane McGuire Memorial UV Colorsplash 5K event sponsored by the Goshen County Task Force (GCTF) on Family Violence & Sexual Assault. Proceeds go to help victims of abuse in Goshen County.
Board member and event organizer Brandon
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Old West alive and well

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers, A Fort Laramie National Historic Site ranger gives a frontier woman a ride around the grounds during the living history demonstrations held this past weekend at the park. See more photos and story on page A8.
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Brothwell receives prison time

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington resident was sentenced for fraudulent over-billing of Torrington Livestock Markets, LLC in District Court Monday.
Donald E. Brothwell faces jail time, as well as several years of probation for four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses in an amount over $1,000.
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Welcov taps local for Care Center administrator

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, For Michael Speidel, being selected by Welcov Healthcare as the new administrator for the Goshen Care Center is a ticket home.
"I graduated from Southeast," Speidel said.
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Cagle brings country charm to county fair

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Chris Cagle and his band closed out Saturday's concert at the Scottsbluff County fair by offering up his line up of new hits and old favorites. See more photos and story on page A7.
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Junior golf blasts into Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington's Cottonwood Golf Club (CGC) played host to 60 junior golfers this weekend all vying for the title of Wyoming State Golf Association's (WSGA) Top Junior Golfer.
Golfers were broken into divisions by gender and age: boys/girls ages 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old, 13-15 years old and 16-18 years old, however, first year WSGA executive director Dave Snyder
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TMS Students of the Year

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The top academic students at Torrington Middle School for the 2013-14 school year included Samuel Firminhac (from left), sixth grade; Emi Glass, seventh grade; and Ryan Johnson, eighth grade. Each student was awarded a plaque to recognize his or her academic achievement.
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Mud bog is filthy fun at fair

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
MITCHELL, A large crowd was treated to a mud bog and ATV racing Friday night at the Scotts Bluff County Fair.
The mud bog featured street stock, sportsman and modified classes, as well as an open exhibition class.
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Big Bucks Bingo benefits local WyoRing handbell ringers

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The WyoRing handbell ringers hosted Big Bucks Bingo Sunday in order to raise money for new handbells.
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Living history delights at old Fort Laramie

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
FORT LARAMIE, Employees at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site delighted visitors with the annual "Moonlight Tour" Saturday night, as well as living history demonstrations throughout the weekend. Tour guides were on hand to take groups of visitors through a series of vignettes depicting life at Fort Laramie in the 19th century.
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Scotts Bluff County Fair finishes strong with Confederate Railroad, Chris Cagle concert

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
MITCHELL, Neb., People turned out in droves Saturday night to hear multi-platinum band Confederate Railroad and chart-topping country artist Chris Cagle perform at the Scotts Bluff County Fair.
Teenager Mia Bergmann opened for the two powerhouses, entertaining the crowd with her impressive voice and guitar playing.
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Christian bands to appear in Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Star Concert Ministry will be hosting Red Roots and Southern Raised in concert Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Torrington High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
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EWC holding informational meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Dr. Tom Armstrong, president at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), announced he will be holding an informational meeting for individuals interested in learning more about serving as a member of the EWC Board of Trustees. 
This informational meeting is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Dolores Kaufman
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Rotary awards scholarships

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Courtesy - The Torrington Rotary Club recently awarded several $1,000 scholarships for students to attend colleges of their choice. They were chosen out of the batch of Students of the Month in 2013-14.
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Community spirit alive and well!

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Tilly Fogle gives the rope traverse a try during Wednesday's Community Night Out at Jirdon Park. The traverse was set up by Boy Scout Troop No. 26. J.W. Dupuy and his wife, Shelley, help spot Fogle across the rope. See more photos on page A-8.
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Death ruled a suicide

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, According to a press release issued from the Goshen County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, dispatch personnel received a call at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday reporting a man hanging from the railroad overpass 37 miles north of Torrington on Van Tassel Road.
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State steps in to fund county program

Modified: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County Commission Chairman Jim Hudelson informed the commissioners at the regular meeting Tuesday the county received $60,000 from the Wyoming Department of Family Services' (DFS) general fund to replace funds lost when the filing deadline was missed for a grant from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
Since 2008, the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC)
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EPA inspects local ag companies

Modified: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was in Goshen County last week inspecting agricultural facilities, including farms, ranches and greenhouses that have employees and handle pesticides.
According to Caleb Carter, University of Wyoming Extension educator for Goshen County, the EPA has a specific purpose for the inspections, which were also carried out in Albany, Laramie and Platte counties.
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Waring, Walsh leave St. Joe’s after a combined 73 years

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A combined 73 years of experience walked out of the doors at St. Joseph's Children's Home this week. Bob Waring and Shirley Walsh, two renowned and beloved employees at the psychiatric residential treatment facility, were honored at a retirement celebration Tuesday afternoon.
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Eyes on the finish line

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
MITCHELL, The 31st annual Rubber Check Race, held Wednesday in the Scotts Bluff County Fair grandstands, is far from the average rodeo event.
After a slight rain delay, teams took off starting with a lap on horseback, and then another team member takes an additional lap.
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Picnic draws crowd despite rain

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
LINGLE, The Lingle Volunteer Fire Department and Lions Club joined together Wednesday evening to put on the annual Picnic in the Park.
The fire department grilled and served burgers, chips and beans for freewill donations, and Lions Club members dished out scoops of ice cream as part of a fundraiser to send visually impaired children to camp.
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Torrington heads to the park for Community Night Out

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The city of Torrington and various organizations hosted the annual Community Night Out event at Jirdon Park on Tuesday evening.
Numerous attendees braved some rainy conditions for free hamburgers and hot dogs, games and other fun activities.
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Thomas admits guilt in local burglary

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington resident pled guilty to felony burglary charges as part of a plea agreement Tuesday.
Colton Thomas, 24, admitted to entering a Torrington home with intent to commit larceny by stealing a PlayStation 3, Dell laptop, Sony PS3 remote control and prescription medication.
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Torrington Rotary Club staying active

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
Courtesy - On July 7, 2014, Nancy Hobbs welcomed Britt Marsh as the first member to be installed during her term as president. Marsh's wife, Brenna, and his sponsor, Dr. Tim Pieper, are also featured in the photo.
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County EMS equipment to be updated

Posted: Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments will soon be better equipped to help serve the community. Torrington City Council members approved funding for Hawk Springs and LaGrange EMS equipment and, in addition, were able to view the new Torrington fire truck at the meeting Tuesday night.
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