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Goshen County under severe thunderstorm warning until 4:15 p.m.

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHEYENNE WY
332 PM MDT SUN JUL 24 2016

NEC157-165-WYC015-242215-
/O.CON.KCYS.SV.W.0101.000000T0000Z-160724T2215Z/
SIOUX NE-SCOTTS BLUFF NE-GOSHEN WY-
332 PM MDT SUN JUL 24 2016

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 415 PM MDT
FOR SOUTHWESTERN SIOUX...NORTHWESTERN SCOTTS BLUFF AND SOUTHEASTERN
GOSHEN COUNTIES...

AT 332 PM MDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED
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‘May I have this dance?’

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
TORRINGTON - Hightailing it toward Lingle, Russell Zimmer rolled back the throttle of a Harley Davidson he borrowed from a friend.
Behind him, Ila Kaufman tightened her grip around his waist. Grinning, Zimmer gunned the motorcycle's engine. Kaufman clung tighter still. Zimmer checked the speedometer: 90 mph.
It was Aug. 15, 1945.
The allies announced Japan's unconditional surrender.
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Better than a certificate of deposit

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County Commissioners' room was packed Wednesday with potential property buyers as the Goshen County Treasurer's office conducted its annual property tax sale. There were 66 properties offered and 55 buyers looking for investment opportunities that guarantee, at a minimum, an 18-percent return on investment.
Every year, May 11 is the deadline for paying property taxes, after that
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Potholes here to stay

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016

TORRINGTON, Every year the Wyoming Department of Transportation prepares its State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) report and agency representatives present it to local officials during their public meetings. Tuesday, during the Goshen County Commissioners' meeting, WYDOT representatives, led by District 2 engineer Lowell Fleenor, summarized the report for those attending the meeting.
There are five WYDOT Construction
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UPDATE: Lingle fire contained

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
LINGLE, Local firefighters have contained a blaze which destroyed outbuildings and threatened other structures at the 2900 block of Wyncote Road west of Lingle. The residence is currently uninhabited. The fire was reportedly started by a spark caused by a lawnmower.
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Temperatures crank up across nation

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
TORRINGTON, With temperatures hitting 100 degrees Tuesday, July 19, and 101 Wednesday, July 20, Goshen County is warming up just in time for the fair, which kicks off July 24.
A high heat warning issued by the National Weather Service for the midwest earlier in the week extended to the Nebraska/Wyoming state line Wednesday. The forecasted extreme temperatures even
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New Moon

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
A July full moon looks down on a farm near Veteran.
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BREAKING: Fire near Lingle, outbuildings in danger

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
LINGLE, Multiple Goshen County fire departments have been dispatched to a grass fire on the 2900 block of Wyncote Road west of Lingle. Outbuildings are in danger.
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Razed but not forgotten

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
LINGLE, Brick by brick, Lingle's old elementary school tumbled Monday, July 18, beneath backhoe blades.
Behind the piles of rubble and crumbling walls, a new school stood patiently waiting to fill its halls with the next generation of memories and traditions.
However, the loss of the old building was bittersweet for many Lingle residents.
"I hoped they could save some
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Elder care: Know your options

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
TORRINGTON, It can be the hardest decision a family will ever make, to limit a loved one's independence. There may have been many reasons to make such a decision, but ultimately the all-encompassing factor was safety; a loved one can no longer live on their own, safely.
Next, when that decision is finally reached, comes the second hardest decision
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Goshen County students’ PAWS score above state average

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
GOSHEN COUNTY, Goshen County students dug out the middle ground in the 2015-16 Proficiency Assessments of Wyoming Students (PAWS), according to test results released Thursday, July 14.
The overall number of students who scored in the proficient and advanced range increased, but so did the number of students scoring in the below basic range.
The results garnered from PAWS
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Jury scam

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
TORRINGTON, The Denver, Colo. Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a press release Friday warning Wyoming residents of a new scam making its way around the state.
Known as the jury scam, the caller poses as a law enforcement official, using actual names of officers and judges from the area and informs the potential victim there is
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A new lease on life …

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
WYO-VETS-ON-THE-MOVE, a Centennial-based group determined to provide local veterans who struggle with mobility with a free Action TrackChair, presented Lewis Matteson (third from right) of Torrington with an all-terrain wheelchair Friday. On hand were group members Frank Cylvick (from left), Jim Hardekopf and Dr. Dwight Larson (far right). Also present was Annie of Action TrackChair in Colorado, and Matteson's son,
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James Lee Sanders July 1, 1936-July 12, 2016

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
BLANCHARD, Okla., James Lee Sanders, 80, of Blanchard, Okla. passed away in Norman, Okla. on July 12, 2016. James was born on July 1, 1936 in Oklahoma City to Leonard and Cora Sanders.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Orville, Eugene, Joe and Billy; and one sister, Anabelle.
He is survived by his loving
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A look back at fair history ...

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
TORRINGTON, The Homesteaders Museum and Edward Jones are gearing up for the Goshen County Fair. Museum Director Sarah Chaires (pictured left) set up a display of fair memorabilia from years past, with the assistance of Senior Branch Office Administrator Elaine Bernatow, in the Edward Jones display window last week. Chaires is looking for additional fair mementos, especially buttons. The public
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Strong thunderstorm near Torrington

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 3:30PM MDT MON

... SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWESTERN SIOUX AND EAST CENTRAL GOSHEN COUNTIES UNTIL 330 PM MDT...

AT 249 PM MDT... DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM NEAR TORRINGTON... MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HALF INCH HAIL AND WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 55 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS
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Significant weather advisory for Goshen County

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
Significant weather advisory for southwestern Goshen and
southeastern Platte counties until 215 PM MDT...

At 129 PM MDT... Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over
Slater... or 17 miles southeast of Wheatland... moving northeast at 20
mph.

Nickel size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with
this storm.

Locations impacted
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Grass fire: Goshen County’s largest ever

Modified: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
TORRINGTON, At 11 miles long, five miles wide and with nearly 100 fire trucks called into action to battle its 1,000-degree flames fed by 40-mph winds, the Prairie Center fire has earned the distinction of being Goshen County's largest fire on record, according to Goshen County Emergency Management Director Shelly Kirchhefer.
"We're estimating the fire covered about 25,000 acres," said
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Quarters by the bag full

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
After achieving their donation goal during the Cut-a-thon, Class Act and J and S employees handed Goshen County Search and Rescue co-Director Jerry Numon a check. Along with the check, Bill Pickerel, of J and S Car Wash, presented Numon with a bag containing $1,000 in quarters. (Top row, from right) Janet Schwartzkopf, Lori Gustafson, Dr. Jerry Erschabeck, Jerry Numon,
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EWC finalizes 2016-17 budget

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
TORRINGTON, After a short public meeting Tuesday night, in which there were no questions or comments, the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees approved the college's 2016-17 budget, which saw significant cuts compared to the 2015-16 budget.
Although the budget is set at approximately $31 million, the college lost almost $1 million in state funding due to a slumping state
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Local scam

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
TORRINGTON, The Torrington Police Department has received complaints of an active scam circulating in Goshen County.
According to reports, a female with a foreign accent is calling residents and claiming she works for the TPD. She will inform the resident an officer is going to arrest him or her if he or she does not pay the caller over the
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Six GCSD No. 1 board terms up for reelection in November

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Amid late resignations, a salary increase and a budget hearing, the Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees announced Tuesday, July 12, six board positions are up for reelection in November.
Val Peterson's, Carlos Saucedo's, Dean Harshberger's, Linda Johnson's and Rob Branham's four-year terms are up in November, Chairman Charlie Harshberger said at Tuesday's board meeting.
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High school interns help with discoveries at Hartville

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
TORRINGTON, For six weeks during June and July, 16 high school students voluntarily gave up digital contact with the outside world in order to help uncover the secrets held at the Powars II archeological site in the former mining town of Sunrise.
Most of the high schoolers came from local high schools: Torrington, Lingle, Fort Laramie, Guernsey, Wheatland and Douglas.
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Pokémon GO lures Torrington residents outdoors

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Dozens of Torrington residents congregated outside around historical landmarks July 9-10 to collect digital creatures in the latest phone-game craze, Pokémon GO.
The game, which was released July 6 for iPhone and Android devices, has been plagued with issues like server overload and glitchy software from the outset. But, that didn't stop potential "trainers" (the game's term for a
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Old fort, new mayor

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
FORT LARAMIE, Clad in worn cowboy boots, blue jeans and a tucked-in, button-down shirt with the cuffs rolled halfway up his arm, Bill Baker slipped a fresh dip of tobacco into his lip.
Leaning back in his office chair, he talked with an internet provider about the details of improving Fort Laramie's service area. Although he'd never met or talked
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Up in smoke: Thousands of acres burn

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
PRAIRIE CENTER, It was all hands on deck this week at a grass fire near Prairie Center which burned approximately 25,000 acres, destroying multiple outbuildings, fences and livestock along the way.
There have been significant losses to Prairie Center ag operations, according to a statement from the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department.
"No homes were lost," Goshen County Fire Warden Bill
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BREAKING: TVFD dispatched to Ochsner ranch for structure fire

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
TORRINGTON, At approximately 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Torrington Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the Ochsner ranch near Prairie Center for a structure fire. Area agencies have been battling a fire in the Prairie Center area since Sunday evening, and it has already consumed 25,000 acres.
The fire was considered contained Monday evening at 10 p.m.
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FIRE UPDATE: Crews continue mop-up

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
TORRINGTON, Firefighting crews continue mop-up at the site of the Prairie Center fire this morning. The blaze was officially contained as of 10 p.m. last night, although hot spots remain. U.S. Highway 159 is reopened until further notice, however due to heavy traffic from fire units and equipment, the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department requests that residents do not attempt to
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