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Jazzing up the college

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presented a performance by the South Dakota State University Jazz Quintet in Torrington on Saturday evening.
The five musicians, Nathan Jorgensen on the saxophone, Robert McCurdy on the trumpet, Chris Champion on the guitar, Andrew Reinartz on the bass and James McKinney on drums, played a number of songs at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine
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Rabies: up to 40 confirmed cases

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Longer days and warm weather might mean golfing or swimming to some local residents, but, for several state and local agencies, the shift to spring means furthering education and attempting to curb the rabies outbreak in Goshen County.
On Thursday, the Goshen County Predator Board organized a public meeting featuring presentations from various rabies experts, and Saturday the Eastern
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Man pleads not guilty to burglary

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington man pleaded not guilty in Goshen County District Court last week to four counts of burglary, according to court documents.
Reece Benjamin Posten, 25, allegedly entered a Torrington home on four separate occasions between Dec. 18, 2013 and Jan. 21, 2014 in order to take prescription medication, the documents state.
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All hail Lingle-Fort Larmie’s prom royalty!

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Junior class attendants Taylor Bever and Barry Greenwald (left) and senior class attendants Brody Lay and Kylah Meyer (right) flank Prom King Ian Duncan and Queen JuliAnna Wakamatsu on Saturday night.
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Jackson named GCSD No. 1 Teacher of the Year

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, During a surprise assembly at Torrington Middle School (TMS) Friday, sixth-grade language arts teacher Josh Jackson was named Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1's Teacher of the Year.
GCSD No. 1 Superintendent Jean Chrostoski presented the award to Jackson and said it was a very tough decision to make between all of the worthy candidates that were submitted
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Community comes out to support Hawk Springs building

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
HAWK SPRINGS, A number of hungry residents came out to support the Hawk Springs Community Building during the association's chicken noodle soup and chili dinner on Saturday evening.
Funds raised via freewill donations at the event go toward the building, which hosts a number of events in Hawk Springs each year.
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Lottery tickets coming to a store near you ... soon

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Wyoming Lottery Corporation's (WLC) Chief Executive Officer Jon Clontz served as guest speaker at Monday's Torrington Rotary luncheon and gave members an update on the progress of Wyoming's lottery efforts.
And, according to Clontz, the day Wyoming residents can plop down their dollar bill and take a chance on a big payday is getting closer.
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Ducks Unlimited hosts annual banquet

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Approximately 200 people attended the Ducks Unlimited banquet Saturday night at the the Rendezvous Center for food, fun and fundraising. Events at the banquet included raffles for two DPMS AR-15s and chances to win a pair of Lazor Mark rifles at the Wyoming Ducks Unlimited State Convention.
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Trustees approve summer projects

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Numerous Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 facilities will be upgraded or replaced over the next two summers, as the Board of Trustees last week approved an extensive list of maintenance work.
Funding for the projects will come out of the district's major maintenance fund, which has about $923,000 left over in this fiscal year to go along with
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Southeast FCCLA wins awards at State Convention

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
YODER, Twenty-five members of the Southeast Junior-Senior High School chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) along with their chapter adviser, Lorie Zimmerer, attended the State Convention in Cheyenne on March 26-28, 2014.
Members attended leadership workshops and competed in many events and received several awards at the awards banquet on the closing day of the
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Officer Condie settling into TPD

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Fresh out of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, new Torrington Police Department (TPD) Officer Aaron Condie is looking forward to working in the department and community.
"This is just a really great place, especially to start out a law enforcement career," Condie, who is originally from a small town north of Evanston, said.
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The Emporium up and running in Hawk Springs

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Goshen County's newest restaurant, The Emporium, located in Hawks Springs, had a ribbon cutting Wednesday, sponsored by the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce. Attending the ribbon cutting were (from left) Linda Evans, Tami Afdahl, Ronda Meyer, Dennis Simmons (owner), Kaiden Hill, Lori Hill, Nora Simmons, Lillian Green, Jana Ross, (back row) Cherokee Gribble, Marsha Middleswarth and
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THS presents ‘The Crucible’

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington High School's (THS) spring production of "The Crucible" is set for this weekend in the THS auditorium with curtain times of 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening.
The Crucible, presented by THS Drama, is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller that was initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good."
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Good Friday service sponsored by Goshen Ministerial Association

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON - This service will be held at the First Baptist Church at the corner of Main Street and 23rd Avenue. This service will be on April 18 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m.
This lunchtime service is an awesome way to gather as a community of churches and praise God for what He has done in our
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Torrington Today for April 14

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
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Torrington Today for April 11

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
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Golf or no golf?

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
TORRINGTON, During a regularly scheduled work session prior to its board meeting Tuesday, the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Board of Trustees reviewed a previously approved measure to eliminate the EWC golf team beginning in 2015.
The board made this decision before the election of several current board members.
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Two schools, one principal - School board makes Trail, Lincoln decision

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
TORRINGTON, After soliciting feedback from staff, administrators and community members over the last few weeks, the Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees decided Tuesday by 5-3 vote to hire an assistant principal for both Lincoln and Trail elementary schools.
The moved means current Lincoln Elementary School Principal Angie Halvorson will serve as principal of both Lincoln and
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Goshen Care Center board chooses Welcov

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
TORRINGTON, During its meeting Monday, the Goshen Care Center Joint Powers Board (JPB) unanimously agreed to enter a lease agreement with Welcov Healthcare of Edna, Minn. for the operations of the Goshen Care Center and Evergreen Court.
"We are very pleased with the selection of Welcov to manage the Care Center and Evergreen Court," Paul Novak, president of the JPB,
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Hill refuses return to WDE

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Given the opportunity early this week to return to the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill refused to head back to work in a move Gov. Matt Mead said left him puzzled and disappointed.
Attorney General Peter Michael Monday formally offered Hill a chance to return to her office at WDE by stating
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Moose donate to three local causes

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Photo/ Dondrea Braun - Shaylee Rickard received $300 Tuesday afternoon from WOTM to help with expenses on her upcoming trip to Italy to play softball. Pictured (from left): WOTM co-worker Janet Schwartzkopf, WOTM Jr. Graduate Regent Gail Babbitt, WOTM Secretary/Treasurer Myrna Ellis, Shaylee Rickard, WOTM Sr. Regent Phyllis Koon, WOTM Chaplain Sharon Hernandez and WOTM Recorder Anne Thomas.
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Table Mountain Vineyards recognized and awarded three medals at international wine competition

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Table Mountain Vineyards and Winery (TMV) in Huntley was awarded three medals for its Wyoming-grown wines at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) held in Rochester, the second largest wine competition in the United States.
Table Mountain Vineyards entered three of its wines in the competition to represent Wyoming, ensuring all 50 states were part of
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Teeters talks education, SF 104

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
While the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) remains in limbo in Cheyenne, one of the co-sponsors of Senate File (SF) 104, Goshen County Rep. Matt Teeters, a Republican, took some time to talk about education in Wyoming following the Rotary Club meeting Monday at the Cottonwood Country Club in Torrington.
On April 25, the Joint Education Committee will take input
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Area teacher has the ‘Right Stuff’ after Space Camp

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington resident and area high school teacher Katie Juarez now has the "Right Stuff" to share with her students after attending a three-day Space Camp program for educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. last month.
Juarez, who is a high school science teacher at Valley Alternative Learning Transition School (VALTS) in Scottsbluff, Neb., found
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Hip, hip, hooray for school volunteers!

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Lincoln Elementary School students and staff took time Wednesday to thank volunteers. After reading off a long list of names and businesses, students presented several volunteers with small tokens of appreciation, and the crowd gave a boisterous "hip, hip, hooray!"
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Royal affair in Yoder

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Southeast High School's 2014 Prom royalty included junior attendants Nelson Lewis and Jessica Lessard (left), king and queen Logan Milligan and Kelsea Herriman (center) and senior attendants Dustin Baldridge and Carlie Enns.
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Torrington Today for April 9

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
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Perry named CEO

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
TORRINGTON, On Friday, Western Sugar Cooperative's Board of Directors named Rodney Perry as the company's new president and chief executive officer (CEO) to replace retiring CEO Inder Mathur. Mathur announced his retirement in June, and the search for his replacement started in September.
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Local reps talk 2014 leg. session

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
TORRINGTON, It may have only lasted 20 days, but the 2014 budget session proved busy and eventful for local legislators.
Reps. Hans Hunt and Matt Teeters and Sen. Curt Meier told the Rotary Club about some of the session's notable bills and achievements during a regular member luncheon at Cottonwood Country Club Monday afternoon.
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Watson awarded for community service, work with Gracie’s Promise

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington resident Richard "Bud" Watson was honored Friday as the Wyoming winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network's Salute to Senior Service award.
Watson, who is 77 years old, was recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work at Gracie's Promise.
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TPD: Cracking the case in a small community

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Criminal investigators in a small community may face challenges that larger departments don't, but that doesn't mean a small department can't effectively investigate local crimes, according to Torrington Police Department (TPD) Detective Lieutenant Doug Weeks.
"You go to a big department and they'll have a homicide division and a robbery division and a patrol division," Weeks, who has been
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Hiking for the hearing-impaired

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
FORT LARAMIE, Approximately 30 hikers hit the trail at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site Saturday for the annual Job's Daughters International "High Plains Hike."
According to organizer Erin Jespersen, participants get pledges for the walk to raise money for the Job's Daughters H.I.K.E. charity (Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment) in order to help obtain hearing aids, text telephones (TTY)
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Three felonies in process

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Below is a rundown of the cases that have either been sentenced or those in which the defendant has pled guilty but awaits sentencing in Goshen County District Court.
Timothy S. Nickels, 51, Torrington
A jury found Nickels guilty of one felony count of the strangulation of a household member following his trial on March 24.
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Trail’s most honest earn recognition

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Courtesy - Trail Elementary School honored students who displayed the March character trait of honesty. Winning students included (front row, from left) third-graders Tyler Anderson, David Eaton, Gabrielle David, Peyten Husted, Marissa Moorehouse and Avey Jespersen; (middle row) fourth-graders Trisha Cates, Tanner Drueke and Carson Schultz; and (back row) fifth-graders Kameron Stitt, Deven Rabago, Kennedy Thompson, Kaylie Rafferty and Robert
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Potatoes and porcelain part of April 19 Historical Society meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Hugo Lenz of Wheatland will share stories of his license plate collection during the April meeting of the Goshen County Historical Society. Lenz has been collecting license plates for about 50 years and has stories that will entertain and educate his audience.
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Wee basketball players, big smiles

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) freshman Kalil Potts interacts with several kids during Weeball Basketball last week. The camp is for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, and many EWC basketball players like Potts volunteer to help put on the clinic.
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Torrington Today for April 8

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
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Torrington Today for April 7

Posted: Monday, Apr 7th, 2014
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Torrington Today for April 4

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Torrington Today for April 4
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County can pay bills

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
TORRINGTON, During Tuesday's Goshen County Commissioners' meeting, county Treasurer Maxine Mitchell reported the county had a cash position of $218,000 and payroll of $209,000.
"We can pay this month's bills," Mitchell told the commissioners. "January and February were terrible months in terms of tax revenue collections. Sales and fuel taxes were down, but historically those months are always low
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Parents voice concerns - GCSD No. 1 talks elementary administrations

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 hosted a parent focus meeting Wednesday evening to discuss potential changes coming to the administration of Lincoln and Trail elementary schools.
GCSD No. 1 representatives plan to move current Trail Elementary School Principal Diane Nye to a new position within the district: the recently created Gifted and Talented Coordinator.
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Varney honored for service, ideals

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington Mayor Mike Varney received special recognition Tuesday during the 39th Annual Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) Energy Annual Meeting in West Point, Neb.
Varney was presented with the "Rudy Hultgren Dedicated Service Award", which is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies what the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) represents and who has displayed commendable efforts in
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Wolski did it his way

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Last week's annual members meeting of Wyrulec Company marked F.E. "Wally" Wolski's final curtain call, ending 27 years as a member of the Wyrulec Board of Directors. Wyrulec provides electricity to 2,200 rural electric users in Goshen County and the surrounding area.
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Republican governor race getting crowded

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Photo/ Dondrea Braun - Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Dr. Taylor Haynes, (R-Cheyenne), spoke to local residents Wednesday evening on issues facing Wyoming and how he would address them if elected governor. Haynes said Wyoming will face significant challenges in the near future due to the encroachment of the federal government on issues including health care reform, property rights and natural resources.
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April is Month of the Military Child - Community groups and Goshen County Commissioners honor military kids

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
The family with seven children knew communication and team-building activities at the Operation: Military Kids (OMK) camp near Centennial would help them be more resilient during the father's deployment.
The teenager from southeastern Wyoming attending a 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens event realized other teens across the state were experiencing the same stresses.
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Local dancers take home awards from Gillette competition

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Courtesy - Recently, Downtown Dance Loft participated in the Spotlilght Dance Competition held in Gillette. The outfit took home several awards. Jaycee Myrtle and Carly Keller won Emerald in lyrical duo; Mindy Jude and Gina Ramos won Emerald in hip hop duo; Jayme Rogers and Maryssa Lira won Diamond and Overall Ruby Duo in lyrical duo, as well as a
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Student helps Denver homeless

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
TORRINGTON, At the beginning of the semester, the American and Wyoming government class, taught by instructor Ellen Creagar, reads the Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, by Paul Loeb, and the students discuss why it matters for citizens to get involved and what a person gets back when they get involved.
Each student then
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Recognizing the Blazers of the month

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - Pinnacle Bank this week honored the Torrington High School Blazers of the Month. Bank representative Andrea Matlock (center) presented the honor to Tyler Pickinpaugh and Crystal Munoz on Monday.
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Southeast FFA rakes in awards

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Courtesy - Clay Hiser of the Southeast FFA chapter recently participated in the regional FFA creed speaking contest. Hiser took first place for the day and will be representing Southeast at the State FFA Convention April 7-10 in Cheyenne.
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Miller named TPD Employee of the Year

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington Police Department (TPD) Communications Specialist Brenda Miller knows what it's like to work under pressure. And she loves it.
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