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Do you hear what I hear?

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Kiera Fleenor and William Burton listen for Santa Claus during the LFL Elementary Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 15. See more photos and story on page A10.
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Council awards contract - Public restrooms project has $500,000 price tag

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON, In a 3 to 1 vote, council members awarded the bid for the city's public restroom project to Goshen County Construction for more than $500,000 at a meeting Tuesday evening.
Mayor Mike Varney, Randy Adams and Bill Law were in favor of the motion.
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Trustees set 2015-16 calendar

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 approved the 2015-16 calendar after some discussion at a Board of Trustees' special meeting on Tuesday evening.
Highlights of the calendar: First day of school: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
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Goshen County finances continue to top commissioners’ agenda

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County Commissioners paid close attention to revenues and expenses during Tuesday's commissioners' meeting in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year's peek over the fiscal cliff.
In a move to meet some annual obligations prior to their due dates and before any end-of-the-year belt tightening, the commissioners approved a motion to pay approximately $65,000 in
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Community colleges seek funding adjustment

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Wyoming's seven community colleges, including Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), are hoping that the upcoming legislative session will promulgate changes to the formula used to fund the institutions, particularly in the way variable costs are calculated.
According to EWC Vice President for Financial Affairs Ron Laher, there are three components of the current funding model.
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A merry melody

Modified: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Zach Bearnson and Molly Creagar sing "Love Is An Open Door" during the Torrington High School choir concert, "Santa Unplugged", Tuesday night. See more photos and story on page A8.
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‘Tis the season for a Lingle-Fort Laramie Christmas concert

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
LINGLE, Lingle-Fort Laramie (LFL) elementary students, decked out in their best Christmas clothes, performed in a holiday concert at the LFL High School gym Monday evening, Dec. 15.
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Even Frosty thinks it’s a chilly morning

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - It was a cold and foggy Thursday morning around Goshen County as folks woke up to temperatures in the single digits. The freezing fog left the trees east of Torrington glowing as the sun tried break through.
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THS choir performs

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington High School hosted its holiday choir concert, "Santa Unplugged", on Tuesday in the school's auditorium.
The show featured the Combined Choir, Women's Choir, Concert Choir, Show Choir and a number of solos and duets.
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Holiday help for Care & Share

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Staff members at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site, including Joe Reasoner (from left), Chris Mather and Tom Baker donated 12 turkeys, 120 pounds of potatoes and several hundred pounds of non-perishable food to Goshen County Care & Share Wednesday, Dec. 17.
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Martinez faces forgery charges

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington resident pled not guilty to three counts of felony forgery at his arraignment in District Court Wednesday.
The state accused Joseph Daniel Martinez, 18, of illegally obtaining money or goods not entitled to him by falsifying checks on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 5 of this year.
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The spirit of giving

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Santa Claus, AKA Dennis Grubbs (from left), along with Torrington Telegram advertising representatives Jenn Weaver and Megan Kuhnel, recently donated several boxes of canned goods to Goshen County Care & Share. The Telegram collected the non-perishable items at the annual Photos with Santa event, held before the Christmas parade along Main Street.
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Dancing for Our Lady Guadalupe

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Six-year-old Los Guadalupano Dancer Myah Villafranca performs during the Our Lady Guadalupe Fiesta at St. Rose Social Hall in Torrington on Friday evening. See more photos and a story on page A10.
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School district survey available

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Goshen County School District No. 1 issued a survey this week, and representatives are hoping community members will take some time to fill it out.
Please see all the information in the attached photo.
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Morrill woman killed in accident

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Morrill, Neb., resident died in a one-vehicle rollover accident east of Torrington at around 7:36 a.m. Saturday morning, Dec. 13.
Crystal Dones-Braddock, 29, was traveling westbound on County Road 72, or Sheep Creek Road, approximately one-quarter to one-half of a mile west of the Nebraska state line when her pickup left the roadway due to black ice conditions,
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GCSD No. 1 expanding bandwidth

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, At the meeting last week, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of about $90,000 worth of laptops and tablets for students and staff at Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1.
This transaction highlights how the school district, just like its counterparts nationwide, is tapping into technology more than ever.
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2 Shot Goose Hunt goes out with a bang, then some harmonies

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The acoustical magic of the Rawhide Band put the 2 Shot crowd in the mood for an evening of food, drink and bidding during Saturday's awards banquet. See story and pictures on page A9.
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EWC show team hits the road

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Although Eastern Wyoming College's (EWC) livestock show team only has one year of competition under its belt, it has already experienced a pretty fair amount of success, taking champion and reserve champion titles at last year's National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., and then nearly quadrupling the number of its team members this year.
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Community comes out for Our Lady Guadalupe celebration

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Guadalupe Society of St. Rose Catholic Church in Torrington Friday hosted its 40th annual fiesta to celebrate Our Lady Guadalupe with homemade food, dancing and other activities.
Attendees packed the St. Rose Social Hall after mass to watch the Los Guadalupano Dancers of Scottsbluff, Neb., and for various raffle drawings.
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2 Shot honors champions

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The 27th annual 2 Shot Goose Hunt came and went this past weekend, as hundreds flocked to the Rendezvous Center for festivities Friday and Saturday evening.
Despite a little fog, the hunt proceeded Saturday, with winners crowned: First place: Seth Brush and Jerrod Bower
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Frontier Christmas

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Old Fort Laramie (FLNHS) hosted its annual "Christmas on the Frontier" program over the weekend.
Local residents headed to the barracks to catch a number of performances, as well as demonstrations to show what Christmas used to be like at FLNHS.
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Christmas around the world

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Third-graders at Trail Elementary sang about holiday customs from around the world at a musical Thursday. The students introduced each song by explaining how different countries celebrate Christmas, including Mexico and Sweden.
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Gardy Pyle, unsung hero of the golf course

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, When you walk into Cottonwood Golf Course Superintendent Gardy Pyle's office, you notice a wall covered with the memories of his 22 years at the course, the last 18 as superintendent.
The pictures, awards and certificates covering the wall are a testimony to the dedication Pyle has shown in turning the Cottonwood Golf Course into one of the more
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A little more Christmas cheer

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
YODER, Southeast Elementary School hosted its K-4 Christmas musical and fifth-grade band concert last week at the Southeast schools gymnasium.
A big crowd filled the bleachers to watch the kids perform various holiday numbers.
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Don’t Be A Jerk (It’s Christmas)

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
LINGLE, The Lingle-Fort Laramie Christmas concert, featuring the middle school band and choir and high school choir, performed for a large audience Thursday night in Lingle.
The program included a mix of traditional songs, as well as a few parodies, which garnered plenty of laughs from the crowd and included "The Twelve Days After Christmas" and "Don't Be A Jerk
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Dramatists keep calm, break legs

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Torrington High School (THS) State Drama Team, along with coach Christine Quillen, drama enthusiast Becky Cannata and transportation specialist extraordinaire Chuck Stoeger, recently joined over 700 talented dramatists from 32 schools around Wyoming at the annual Wyoming State Drama Competition held at the Cam-plex in Gillette Dec. 4-6, 2014.
This annual event features competition in the performance and
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Food, gifts benefit camp

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
LINGLE, A large crowd attended the annual Lingle Lions Club Christmas Auction at the Lingle Presbyterian Church Monday. A meal was served, and club members, along with auctioneer Terry McIntosh, sold mystery gifts to the highest bidders throughout the night.
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Trustees OK Lingle rebuild - Board approves $11 million contract contingent on state funding

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, About six months after construction was scheduled to get underway, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 finally has its contractor for the new Lingle-Fort Laramie (LFL) Elementary School demolition and rebuild, now all it needs is a cash infusion from the state.
The Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved an approximately $11 million contract with GH Phipps contingent
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EWC settles with former president

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Board of Trustees adjourned into executive session during Tuesday's meeting and, after reconvening, accepted the resignation and employment settlement for former EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.
Armstrong was placed on administrative leave Sept. 11 with pay.
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There’s a new sound in Torrington

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Richard Castro and his wife, Jennifer, have spent most of their lives playing music, mostly in bars and on the road.
But things changed for them about 10 years ago.
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Sharing Tree brightens holidays

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Along with Santa Claus, the annual parade and local Christmas concerts, the Pinnacle Bank Sharing Tree has quickly become a holiday favorite in the community, warming hearts since its inception some 15 years ago.
Todd Peterson, branch president of Pinnacle Bank, started the tradition in 1999.
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DeBock named 2014 Miss Merry Christmas

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, As the 2015 Lions Club Miss Merry Christmas, Lingle-Fort Laramie High School sophomore Taylor DeBock is looking forward to the role and the opportunity it gives her to spread some Christmas cheer.
"Christmas is the most magical time of the year," DeBock said.
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Despite recent spring-like temperatures, snowmobile season will soon return to the Cowboy State, and the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails reminds the public that a new fee structure will be in effect this year.
With the passage of House Bill 32 during the last legislative session, visitors to Wyoming's snowmobile trails can expect an
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Fire consumes LaGrange body shop

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
LAGRANGE, A fire destroyed a Goshen County body shop and used vehicle dealership Saturday, Nov. 29, in LaGrange.
Sanders Sales, located at 4746 State Highway 151, was completely engulfed in flames when the LaGrange Volunteer Fire Department arrived Saturday night, according to Fire Chief Tracy Pragnell.
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Torrington Boy Scouts honor outgoing scoutmaster

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Boy Scout Troop No. 26 held its annual Christmas party and Court of Honor Monday, Dec. 8 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Torrington. J.W. Dupuy (far right) received a challenge coin in honor of his resignation and years of service to the troop.
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Moments with Santa

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Santa Claus smiled and laughed with Goshen County children on Saturday morning at the Torrington Telegram's annual Photos with Santa event. Here, Paul (right) and Abel Estes get their chance to meet the busy man from the North Pole. See more photos on page A10.
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The end of an era - TPD Chief Billy Janes to retire after more than 40 years

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Forty-one years ago this January, momentous events were taking place all over the world, representatives from the U.S. and Vietnam signed a cease-fire agreement and ended the war, rock band KISS played its first-ever show in Queens, N.Y., and a young Billy Janes began what was destined to become a lengthy and prestigious career with the Torrington Police Department
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Jumping for joy this Christmas season

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson, Loralei Telford and Asher Bumguardner perform the "Kangaroo Hop" during the Kindergarten Music Program on Thursday evening at the Torrington High School Auditorium. See story and more photos on page A10.
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Probation revoked - Salazar receives two to five years for fair incidents

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Judge Keith Kautz ordered a Douglas resident to serve time in prison at a probation revocation hearing in District Court Friday.
Gabriel Salazar, 30, received two to five years in prison, with credit for time served, as a result of violating his probation during the Goshen County Fair last summer.
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The 40th celebration of Our Lady Guadalupe

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Forty years ago, the local Guadalupe Society of the St. Rose Catholic Church formed in Goshen County to celebrate the Patroness of the Americas each December.
Much has changed since 1974, but the society still celebrates Our Lady Guadalupe with a mass and fiesta annually.
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Santa takes break from preparations, visits Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Arabella Bohdan tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas.
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Sugar Valley Singers serenade Senior Friendship Center

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - The Sugar Valley Singers, a group that sings men's barbershop chorus-style music, came to the Senior Friendship Center in Torrington Sunday evening for a holiday concert. The men hail from Wyoming and Nebraska and delighted the crowd with their songs, which ranged from classic carols to those with hilarious twists.
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Good deed noticed

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The Torrington VFW Post No. 2918 donated 10 turkeys to the Wyoming National Guard's 960th Bravo Company and Family Readiness Group (FRG) for its annual Christmas party held Saturday, Dec. 6. In return, Staff Sergeant Jason Woody (from right) and 1st Sergeant Darrell Deboer, along with FRG Lead Tami Foos, presented VFW representative David McKimmey,
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Festival of Trees supports Gracie’s Promise

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Festival of Trees, which took place Friday and Saturday at the Western Mall building in Torrington, brought a festive and colorful start to the holiday season by offering a variety of seasonally decorated trees for silent auction.
Area residents and businesses decorated trees to benefit Gracie's Promise, a local charity set up to help families of children going
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Local dealer featured in national ad

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, "It freaked me out."
That was Big Sky Ford owner and general manager Martin Gubbels' reaction to an inside front cover, four-color ad, featuring Gubbels and the University of Wyoming's wrestling team, which the Ford Motor Company ran in Automotive News.
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Getting into the holiday spirit

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Santa Claus, his elves and even the National Guard came out Saturday evening for the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Torrington, presented by the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce.
After last year's frigid temperatures kept many folks home, this year, a pleasant evening meant streets filled with kids and their families to kick off the holiday season by collecting candy
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Science fair season kicks off in January

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The upcoming science fair season is just around the corner! Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 has a long tradition of qualifying students for the Wyoming State Science Fair, and last year, the first GCSD student qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair, which was held in Los Angeles in May.
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