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Blazing a trail...

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Lingle-Fort Laramie Elementary students Hunter Smith (left) and Gunner Newcomb greet the crowd as they arrive at school courtesy of Lingle Volunteer Fire Department's Jeremy Straley. The students met specific reading requirements to earn a fire truck ride to school Friday.
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GCEDC: Advocating for Goshen County’s success

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
TORRINGTON, "We are your advocates for the business community." This statement reflects the key point Ashley Harpstreith, executive director of the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation, emphasizes when explaining the organization's purpose and goals.
"We're here to facilitate business development and position communities in Goshen County for economic growth."
Harpstreith supports these statements with a long list of projects GCEDC
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EWC looks to fund ATEC

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Even as Eastern Wyoming College faces tough personnel decisions in the next few weeks in order to meet mandated budget cuts from the governor's office, it is pushing forward with construction of the Career and Technology Education Center and continues to look for ways to make its proposed Agriculture and Technology Education Center a reality.
Two years ago, the
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High river levels close roads, threaten residences

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Late spring precipitation and snowmelt raised water levels statewide Monday, May 23, resulting in Goshen County flood warnings.
Among road closures, underwater greens on the golf course and residents keeping a weary eye on the water creeping closer to their homes, Goshen's river systems are stirring up trouble for the county.
The National Weather Service, which gauges the North
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No Olympics for county Olympians

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Thanks to the efforts of the Torrington Police Department, Goshen County Special Olympians were able to experience some of the pomp and circumstance associated with the Wyoming Special Olympics, scheduled for May 19-21 in Laramie, even though they will not be attending the event this year.
According to Rita Mills, whose daughter has competed in Special Olympics since they
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Kelly’s responds to recall

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Dave Kelly, owner of Kelly's Super Market and Kelly Pack, Inc., is responding to the recent recall of meat products produced at his custom meat-processing plant.
"Business has dropped dramatically," Kelly said. "What the original press release (issued by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture) didn't say is 95 percent or more of our meat comes from Affiliated Foods in
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Lincoln elementary principal accepts job closer to family

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
TORRINGTON, After four years with Goshen County School District No. 1, Lincoln Elementary School Principal Angie Halvorson resigned May 10.
"In the Goshen County administration," Halvorson said, "We've always said family comes first, so I am moving on to be closer to my family."
Partly due to distance and partly health concerns, Halvorson accepted a position as principal at Park
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EWC makes plan to cut positions

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
TORRINGTON, The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss ways the college could implement an 8-percent cut in revenues as ordered by Gov. Mead in April.
Last week EWC President Dr. Rick Patterson said the required cuts would result in job reduction at the college, but those would have to follow the college's
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Globetrotter rides through town

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Torrington is about 83 miles from Cheyenne, 32 miles from Scottsbluff, Neb. and 159 miles from Casper, but Megan Lewis rode 12,000 miles to get here, give or take a thousand, she said.
Destined for California, Lewis, 67, stopped in Torrington Monday, May 16, to have her horses shod at Mike's Shoeing.
Lewis began her globe-spanning trek
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Flooding closes back nine at golf course

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
TORRINGTON, The back nine holes of the Cottonwood at Torrington golf course has experienced substantial flooding over the last few weeks and are closed until the water recedes and the course dries out. However, the front nine holes remain open.
The last time the golf course experienced similar flooding was five years ago, when the back nine holes did not
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Kelly’s responds to recall

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Dave Kelly, owner of Kelly's Super Market and Kelly Pack, Inc., is responding to the recent recall of meat products produced at his custom meat-processing plant.
"Business has dropped dramatically," Kelly said. "What the original press release (issued by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture) didn't say is 95 percent or more of our meat comes from Affiliated Foods in
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‘This will certainly result in job loss'

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Going into the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1, Eastern Wyoming College was already facing a $900,000 budget cut due to Wyoming's economic mudslide, but recently EWC President Rick Patterson received word the college will have to punch new holes in its budgetary belt in order to accommodate new cuts ordered by Gov. Mead.
"Three weeks ago [the
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Lifeline...

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Women of the Moose donated enough money for two Lifelines (medical alert systems) recently. On hand at the presentation were: Mona Morehouse (back row, from left), Jill Bryant, Gail Babbit, Rita Sonnenfeld, Myrna Ellis; Lifeline representative Vern Ellis (front row), Senior Regent for Women of the Moose Annette Dillion and a second Lifeline representative.
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Students shine at THS awards night

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Torrington High School students embraced the spotlight Monday, May 16, at the annual THS Awards Night.
Recognized for their efforts in areas such as leadership, activities, athletics and academics, the high schoolers accepted their hard-earned accolades with grateful handshakes and the successive applause with bright smiles.
Among the awards given, THS Principal Jim English presented Molly Creagar with valedictorian
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KC Henry: LFL’s biggest fan

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
LINGLE, When Lingle-Fort Laramie football coach Kevin Derby nominated KC Henry for his efforts on and off the field, it had nothing to do with yards, passes, tackles or anything else one might find on a stat sheet.
In fact, Henry, who will graduate later this month, was sidelined most of his junior year for health reasons.
So, why did
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Goshen County 4-H separates sheep from goats

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GOSHEN COUNTY, Heavy, gray clouds rolled overhead as fifty ewes anxiously bleated when Dawn Gara approached with an armful of hay.
"Food rules their world," Gara said April 29. Like the old adage, "The way to a sheep's heart is through its stomach."
Gara, 45, helps her sons Lucas, 11, and Brett, 9, run Gara Brothers Show Lambs,
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Preschool performance..

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Ryan (front row, from left), Bethany, Blakeleigh, Tyler (back row) and Easton perform at the Valley Christian School preschool concert and graduation Thursday.
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Photos from THS awards ceremony

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Torrington High School held its annual awards ceremony last night. Photos by Ike Fredregill.
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Kelly’s recalls meat products

Modified: Friday, May 13th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Torrington's Kelly Pack, Inc., owner of Kelly Pack custom meat processing plant and Kelly's Superette, have issued a recall of all products produced at its plant between March 21, 2016 and May 4, 2016. The recall includes meat products sold at Kelly's Super Market under the Kelly brand and custom processed meats.
According to a press release from the
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Math plus technology equals learning

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
GOSHEN COUNTY, While test anxiety may have been in the air, the Goshen County School District No. 1 board members passed a math exam with flying colors Tuesday evening. District Instructional Facilitator (math) Antoinette Scusa demonstrated an electronic testing program called "Plickers" to the board with a real-life test.
At first, students were uneasy about having others see their
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EWC’s SkillsUSA team scores big at state competition

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Despite the threat of additional budget cuts looming in Eastern Wyoming College's future, there was good news during Tuesday's meeting of EWC's Board of Trustees. The college's chapter of SkillsUSA was recognized as the "Second High Chapter" in the post-secondary division during the Wyoming State Leadership Conference and Welding Fabrication Competition held in April.
According to the report presented
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Court happenings

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Visiting Judge John Brooks presided over four felony cases on Wednesday, May 10 at the Eighth District Court in Torrington. The cases included two individuals well acquainted with the legal system, and two testing the legal waters to determine if they want to plunge in or walk away from that intimate knowledge.
Newcastle's Cade W. Barker, 20, and
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