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Platte River just barely warm enough for a game of fetch...

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017

Jaxon, left, leaps into the chilly North Platte River as Craig Smith pulls back to throw a stick at the access point below U.S. Hwy. 85 in Torrington on Saturday. The pair were enjoying the warmer weather to get a little exercise along the river.
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HB 82 has promise for local governments

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
CHEYENNE, A bill meant to give local governments the ability to raise revenue by incrementally increasing the local sales and use tax passed its third reading in the Wyoming legisla-ture Monday.
House Bill 82 had the full support of Goshen County's representatives Cheri Steinmetz and Hans Hunt. The bill would grant local governments the ability to raise the
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Tip Top Shape preschool program check

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
The Our Savior Lutheran Church preschool program, Tip Top Shape: Active Mind, Active Body, received a $1,200 check from the Community Pride Foundation Tuesday. Wylie Martinez (left) of Our Savior Lutheran Church, foundation treasurer Kraig Lashley, Cheryl Lapp of Our Savior Lutheran Church, foundation president Tami Afdahl and secretary Sandy Hoehn were on hand at the check presentation Tuesday.
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Children's Theater check presentation

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
Crystal R. Albers/Torrington Telegram
The Community Pride Foundation donated $1,600 to Goshen Community Theatre's Children's Theater Workshop Tuesday. Foundation members treasurer Kraig Lashley (left), president Tami Afdahl (second from right), and secretary Sandy Hoehn presented the check to GCT's Ronda Meyer (second from left).
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Children's Theater check

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
Crystal R. Albers/Torrington Telegram
The Community Pride Foundation donated $1,600 to Goshen Community Theatre's Children's Theater Workshop Tuesday. Foundation members treasurer Kraig Lashley (left), president Tami Afdahl (second from right), and secretary Sandy Hoehn presented the check to GCT's Ronda Meyer (second from left).

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Making therapy fun

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
TORRINGTON, A new licensed professional counselor in the area is offering a unique approach to therapy for residents of all ages.
Jessica Rapp, who grew up on a farm in Wyoming, has worked as a counselor for more than five years, with a twist. She specializes in play therapy.
"I'm working toward becoming a registered play therapist," she said. "The
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Popular supper club closes

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
TORRINGTON, The beginning of the new year marked the end of an era for an iconic local restaurant. Little Moon Supper Club shuttered its doors Jan. 1 after nearly 70 years of memories.
Torrington resident Rod Farrier, who leased the restaurant for the last seven years, said closing down the popular eatery wasn't an easy decision.
"The key factor was
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Court rules against city in lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
TORRINGTON -- In December, without much fanfare, the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld a ruling by First Judicial District Judge Steven K. Sharpe that stripped the city of Torrington of its presumed ability to unilaterally raise the electric rates of customers living outside the city limits.
Torrington is one of the few cities in the state that owns and operates
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Mead talks plans to address fiscal crisis

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
CHEYENNE -- Sounding more upbeat and hopeful with this year's "State of the State" address than he did last year, Gov. Matt Mead on Wednesday said, "Wyoming has prepared well for these challenging times and remains strong due to the great contributions of our citizens."
Mead's remarks came during his annual State of the State address before a joint session
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Chocolate for charity, in time for cupid

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
TORRINGTON, Sugar, flour, cocoa and a whole lot of love.
These are the ingredients Gracie's Promise volunteers combine to provide for families with sick children while ensuring the group's annual Sweetheart Cake Campaign is a success.
The local charity organization, designed to help families with children facing catastrophic illness, sponsors a fundraiser every February featuring homemade, heart-shaped chocolate cakes.
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TeamMates seeks Goshen mentors

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
GOSHEN COUNTY, Positive, encouraging interaction between adults and young people is important to youth development.
That premise is at the core of a program operating in the Goshen County School District and the group behind it is seeking more individuals to help.
At the Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, Parent Coordinator Rocio Ruiz
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Together in perfect harmony

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
TORRINGTON, Next week, more than 450 of Wyoming's most talented high school musicians will converge on Cody for an event culminating in the All-State Gala Concert Tuesday evening.
Five Torrington High School students were asked to participate in the invite-only rehearsal and performance opportunity, based on a single audition.
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Austerity is the theme at EWC

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
TORRINGTON -- With Wyoming's 2017 Legislative session getting underway, Eastern Wyoming College President Dr. Rick Patterson told the board of trustees the focus this year is public school funding.
To date, there has been no legislation introduced that call for further cuts budget cuts at Wyoming's community colleges, Patterson said. The state's seven community colleges have already trimmed more than
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‘Bailey, Bailey!’

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
TORRINGTON, It started as a single voice, quickly growing to a joyous roar of ‘Bailey! Bailey!' which filled the auditorium early Friday at Torrington High School.
With tears in her eyes and a big smile, 18-year-old Bailey Williams walked a gauntlet of her schoolmates as she returned to classes for only the second day in more than two months last
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Another Reprieve

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
TORRINGTON, A short drive westward on Wyoming Highway 156 reveals a large pile of sugar beets behind the Western Sugar plant, still waiting to be processed. That pile of beets is a good sign for the city of Torrington and sugar plant employees.
They signify the plant will remain open for the duration of campaign, which usually stretches to the
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Refreshment options with remodeled space

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
TORRINGTON, AJ's Soda Shop, set to open this month, is the brainchild of two friends with one mission, create a space where residents and visitors can treat themselves to specialty refreshments, ice cream and baked goods.
Amy Johansson, who hails from Idaho, and Jaclyn Miller, originally from Utah, both moved to the area for their husbands' jobs in recent years
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Decrease in enrollment

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
GOSHEN COUNTY, Wyoming public schools' fall enrollment is down nearly 750 students, from 94,002 in 2015 to 93,261 in 2016, according to a report from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).
Kari Eakins, WDE communications director, said school districts submitted the data to the department based on a snapshot of Oct. 3, 2016.
Locally, Goshen County School District No. 1
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Winter Wonderland

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
Tony Richard, building and grounds superintendent for Goshen County, shovels new-fallen snow from the steps of the courthouse on Thursday in Torrington.
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Council approves recycle agreement

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
TORRINGTON -- The Torrington City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a final agreement with Diversified Services Inc. to take over recycling services within the community.
DSI Inc. serves individuals with developmental disabilities in the Torrington area. The group ceased operations of its recycling center and the city took over, effective Jan. 1, due to changes in regulations at the federal
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Commissioners appoint new board members

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
TORRINGTON, The first meeting of the new year is when new appointees are named to fill vacant positions on various county boards and commissions and the Goshen County Commissioners wasted no time Tuesday in naming the new or reappointed members.
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Eastern Wyoming College seeks search committee members

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
TORRINGTON, The Board of Trustees of Eastern Wyoming College is seeking individuals interested in serving on a search committee to fill the position of college president.
Current President Dr. Rick Patterson in December announced his plans to retire from the position effective June 30. The EWC board has begun its search for a new leader and will appoint a committee
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Hospital’s emergency management coordinator employs military background

Posted: Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017
TORRINGTON, In case of a medical emergency, most people know to dial 911 to receive quick transport to a healthcare facility. But what happens when there's an emergency, ranging from a storm-related power outage to workplace violence, at the hospital?
That's where Mike Huntington steps in.
Huntington grew up near Seaside, Ore. and has lived in Goshen County for
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