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A Southern serenade

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Sisters (from left) Sarah, Emily and Lindsay, three of four members of Southern Raised (Matt not pictured), perform on Wednesday evening at Torrington High School.
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Murder trial set for teen - Cardeilhac to be tried Nov. 17 for Baker killing

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
GERING, Neb., A Nebraska state prosecutor has amended the charge against a Torrington teenager accused of killing Scotts Bluff County jailer Amanda Baker.
Monday, Doug Warner filed an amended charge of first-degree murder during the commission of a robbery against Dylan Cardeilhac, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.
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Preschool hopes to open in September

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
YODER, The children of Goshen County, and especially those in the Yoder area, will now have a new local preschool to call their own.
Earlier this month, the Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 Board of Trustees signed a one-year contract with the town of Yoder to lease the community building for use as a preschool.
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Sims retires from THS after 33 years

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The 2014-15 school year began without a familiar face roaming the halls at Torrington High School (THS). Former automotive teacher and football, wrestling and track coach Dean Sims ended his 33-year career earlier this summer when he submitted his resignation to the Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees.
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Assistant principal ready for work at two schools

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, It happened even before the local school board formally hired new Lincoln and Trail elementary school Assistant Principal Tyler Floerchinger.
It was long before I ever called him the first time.
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Red Roots, Southern Raised put on a show

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Two bands, Southern Raised and Red Roots, performed a concert in Torrington on Wednesday evening at the Torrington High School auditorium.
Southern Raised, a classically trained quartet from Branson, Mo., dazzled the crowd with their instrumental talents and vocal range.
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Chip seal project scheduled for Sept. 4

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A contractor will begin a $75,000 chip seal project on several stretches of Torrington roads on Sept. 4, and city representatives are asking residents to remove cars and plan alternate routes during the work.
Topkote, Inc., out of Yankton, S.D., will start construction on Thursday and conclude on Saturday, Sept. 6, weather-permitting, according to Torrington Project Engineer Mark Weis.
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Torrential downpours cause street flooding

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Residents traveling along East 20th Avenue near Evergreen Court were met with a significant travel hazard Wednesday. Torrential rain in the area caused flooding in several areas around Goshen County.
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VCS isn’t just for believers

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Kids in Wyoming have started back to school, a celebratory time for many parents. For others, it is an anxious time.
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Homesteaders Museum sponsors speakers

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Paul Puebla and Bill Rossiter were featured in the Homesteaders Museum's speaker series held Tuesday and Wednesday evening at City Hall.
The men spoke about the history of Wyoming, Puebla focused on St. Joe's, and Rossiter discussed the perseverance required by early settlers of the state.
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Staying on top of their game

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The gunshots echoing from somewhere in the back of the building came in random, staccato patterns; BAM, BAM … pause … BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM … pause … BAM … pause … BAM, BAM, BAM.
No yelling, no screaming, just the repetitious gunshots signaling the likelihood of more victims.
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Crosswalk safety highlighted - Goshen County deputies closely monitoring pedestrian crossings during school year

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, School is officially back in session, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), in connection with local police departments, is working hard to ensure the safety of students.
WYDOT recently reviewed its pedestrian and school traffic control manual and found no significant changes needed to be made.
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Crowded field for school board

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Three incumbents filed for re-election on the Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 Board of Trustees, but they will face plenty of competition from five challengers, the County Clerk's office announced as the deadline passed Monday afternoon.
Current Trustees Charlie Harshberger, Linda Kessler and Jeff McClun will each vie for one of four openings.
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College trustees won’t see changes

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, There won't be any changes coming to the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees.
Monday was the filing deadline for candidacy for the three open positions on the board, and only the incumbents placed their names on the ballot: George Nash as the at-large candidate, John Patrick as subdistrict 3 candidate and Angela Chavez as the candidate from subdistrict
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McKee benefit a success

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Courtesy - The Cottonwood Golf Course organized a benefit for employee Mark McKee, who was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident on Aug. 9, on Sunday. See the story and more photos on page A9.
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New assistant principal settling in at TMS

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, While attending a rodeo, Cedric Cooper's now-10-year-old son Jakobe had a simple request: he wanted a bovine to call his own.
"My son asks me, and we're at a rodeo in Houston, ‘Can we get a cow in the backyard?'" Cooper recently recalled with a laugh.
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Benefit held for injured golf course employee

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Torrington community came together for a golf tournament, horseshow throwing competition and barbecue Sunday to benefit Mark McKee, who sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident Aug. 9.
More than 80 golfers paid $50 to participate, with proceeds going toward McKee's medical expenses.
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Barbecue held for district staff, families

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees Chairman Charlie Harshberger and Vice Chairman Linda Johnson serve up salad and burgers at the welcome-back district barbecue held Thursday.
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School is back in session throughout county!

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Students of all ages headed back to school on Monday at schools from LaGrange to Torrington to Lingle-Fort Laramie and everywhere in between. Here, some Lincoln Elementary School students work on a poster before the bell rings.
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No wind and rain makes for good crop-dusting weather

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Mild weather with no wind made for perfect conditions last week for aerial spraying of crops and fields.
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SAREC showcases projects at field day

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The University of Wyoming's (UW) James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) held its annual open house and field day Thursday for anyone interested in learning about SAREC and the various projects underway there.
For Jim Freeburn, director of operations at SAREC, the field day is a way for UW to engage with area farmers and
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Homesteaders Museum hosts Business After Hours

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The light buffet at Business After Hours at the Homesteaders Museum Thursday night was a big hit with all the patrons who attended.
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Fort Laramie greetings

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Fort Laramie's two new welcome signs are installed and ready to greet visitors. A grant from the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) paid for the signs.
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Wyoming Lottery began on Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Wyoming Lottery began in Goshen County and statewide Sunday beginning at noon.
WyoLotto reported more than $198,000 in sales the first day, or about $1,000 in sales per minute.
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WyoLotto ready to kick off

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
TORRINGTON - The Wyoming Lottery will kick off sales statewide beginning Sunday, Aug. 24 at noon.
WyoLotto tickets will be available at five Torrington locations, according to the lottery webpage. Included:
--Hi-Way Package Liquor, 1202 S. Main St.
--Maverik, 500 E. Valley Rd.
--Main Street Market, 1542 S. Main
--Panhandle Cooperative Association, 740 W. Valley Rd.
--The Cigarette Store, 208
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Students learn from the pros

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Local high school students participated in several activities and teaching exercises at Torrington Community Hospital's Camp Med this week.
Students learned to use various medical tools, toured the ambulance and practiced life-saving medical procedures on mannequins.
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Wanted: SLIB funding - County looking to upgrade buildings

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, County Commission Chairman Jim Hudelson received approval for a joint resolution to fund three Goshen County projects totaling $187,000 at the Torrington City Council meeting Tuesday evening.
According to Hudelson, the county plans to apply for consensus block grant (CBG) funds from the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) for improvements at the courthouse and jail, the Goshen County
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Election Results: Mead moves on to general election

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, In what was probably the most anticipated primary election of this campaign season, incumbent Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead held off challengers Dr. Taylor Haynes and current Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill to become the Republican nominee for governor in November's general election.
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Election Results: Steinmetz wins HD 5 primary

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Cheri Steinmetz unseated incumbent Matt Teeters in the Republican primary for House District 5 during Tuesday's elections in Goshen County.
Steinmetz, a Lingle resident, garnered 1,270 votes, or roughly 59.2 percent.
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Election Results: Balow nominated for superintendent of public instruction

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, The race for the Republican nomination for Wyoming's superintendent of public instruction saw intense competition, but eventually Jillian Balow, of Cheyenne, collected 8,000 more votes than her nearest challenger, Sheryl Lain, of Cheyenne.
Bondurant's Bill Winney finished a distant third.
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Election Results: Varney just edges out Pittman

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Mayor Mike Varney inched by opponent Sandy Pittman in Goshen County's primary election, according to results released Tuesday night.
Varney received 662 votes, or 50.23 percent, while Pittman made a strong showing with 643 votes, or 48.79 percent.
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Type III team ready to roll

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County Commissioners received a tour of the county's new Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) response trailer, courtesy of Torrington Fire Chief Jeremy Wardell and Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Kirchhefer, during their Wednesday meeting.
According to Wardell, the trailer will act as a command post for any large-scale incident, such as a fire, tornado or flood,
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Banner training future medical professionals

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers, Lingle-Fort Laramie student Cody Powell tries his hand at inserting a endotracheal tube with some help from Dodi Walters during Camp Med at Torrington Community Hospital.
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Lummis carries Republican vote

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, Incumbent U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne handily defeated opponent Jason Senteney of Yoder both locally and statewide in the Republican primary election held Tuesday.
Lummis received 2,091 votes, or 76.51 percent, in Goshen County, and 70,916 votes, or 76.1 percent, statewide.
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Enzi rises above contenders - Will face democratic candidate Hardy in Nov.

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi of Cheyenne won the Republican primary Tuesday, receiving 77,965 votes, or 82.1 percent, statewide. Enzi was also the strongest contender locally, receiving 2,364 votes, or 84.10 percent, in Goshen County.
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Local voter turnout higher than state average

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County had a higher voter turnout than the state average during the primary election Tuesday.
The number of registered voters in Goshen County participating in the election was 50.45 percent, whereas Wyoming voter turnout averaged 46 percent.
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Goshen County gets out and votes for primary election

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - More than 50 percent of registered Goshen County voters headed to the polls during Tuesday's primary election. Here, John Kinberg and Conni Rutar work on their ballots at the Lingle Town Hall.
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Wyoming, the Railroad State

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Historian, author and filmmaker Greg Nickerson visited Torrington on Wednesday evening for a free presentation about how the building of the railroads profoundly affected, and in many ways created, the Wyoming we know today. Nickerson, who writes for WyoFile.com and WyoHistory.org, talked about how the construction of the Union Pacific and Chicago Burlington and Quincy tracks shaped
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Goshen County youth perform well at State Fair

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DOUGLAS, The Torrington/Lingle FFA has returned from the Wyoming State Fair with prizes in hand.
Below is how the students fared:
PD Miller: Grand Champion FFA Round Robin Showman; Grand Champion FFA Beef Showman; Grand; Champion Market Hog; Champion AOB Heifer
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Steinmetz wins House District 5 primary

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Cheri Steinmetz unseated incumbent Matt Teeters in the Republican primary for House District 5 during Tuesday's elections in Goshen County.
Steinmetz, a Lingle resident, garnered 1,270 votes, or roughly 59.2 percent. Teeters, also of Lingle, collected 867 votes, or 40.4 percent.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Gordon outs Redo

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Incumbent Mark Gordon defeated challenger Ron Redo in the Republican primary Tuesday for Wyoming state treasurer.
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Murray wins tight secretary of state race

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Ed Murray narrowly defeated Ed Buchanan and two other opponents in the Republican primary Tuesday.
Murray, of Cheyenne, tallied 32,947 votes statewide to Torrington resident Buchanan's 31,336. Pete Illoway accumulated 16,594, and Clark Stith took 8,509.
In Goshen County, Buchanan won more than 67 percent of the vote to Murray's roughly 21 percent.
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Beer and belly laughs

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Another Comedy Night came and went last weekend, with a beer tasting, silent auctions and plenty of belly laughs again characterizing the event.
Proceeds from the 14th annual event benefit the Community Healthcare Foundation.
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Schlager pleads not guilty

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, William Schlager, Jr. pled not guilty due to mental illness to five felony charges at his arraignment Tuesday in connection with a Hawk Springs shooting and high-speed police chase in April.
If found guilty, Schlager could face maximum penalties of life in prison and a $10,000 fine for attempted first-degree murder, 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
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EWC vet tech put on probation

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, In May 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association placed the Eastern Wyoming College's (EWC) veterinary technology program on probation for its lack of a program director.
In response, the college recently hired two new co-directors of the program, Cristi Semmler and Jamie Michael, both of whom are certified veterinary technicians.
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Surratt, Spears to represent Wyo. in Hawaii

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Two Goshen County teens are showing off their state pride and musical talents by participating in the Wyoming All-State Marching Band (WASMB).
Bailey Surratt of Torrington and Sierra Spears of Lingle have spent the past summer traveling across Wyoming and performing with the WASMB.
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Mattis returns as physician assistant

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington's own Matthew Mattis, a Torrington High School graduate and former Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) attendee, began his new duties as a physician assistant (PA) last month at Banner Health Clinic.
Mattis will specialize in family medicine, but he also has a strong interest in sports medicine.
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Goshen’s best invade Douglas

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
DOUGLAS, Another fair season came and went with the grand finale again occurring at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas this past weekend.
Goshen County's top performers headed northwest to compete in various competitions with the ultimate goal of being a grand champion.
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Wyoming Buddy Walk coming up in Laramie on Oct. 4

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
LARAMIE, The 14th Annual Wyoming Buddy Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Laramie at the University of Wyoming (UW) Memorial Fieldhouse.
The purpose of the Wyoming Buddy Walk is to celebrate the lives of people with Down syndrome and raise awareness about Down syndrome in Wyoming.
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Free and reduced-price lunch policy announced

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County School District No. 1 announced last week its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, and/or School Breakfast Program.
Each school and the Central Administration Office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested people.
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Hattan receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
DOUGLAS, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) volunteer Jerry Hattan doesn't head into the office every morning looking to win awards.
No, the Torrington resident with more than 50 years of conservation experience does it because, simply, he loves his work.
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Senior companions wanted

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE, The Senior Companion Program of Wyoming would like to serve the Torrington area. Sponsored by Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc., we hire volunteers over 55 to help people remain living independently in their homes.
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Varney edges out Pittman

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Mayor Mike Varney inched by opponent Sandy Pittman in Goshen County's primary election, according to results released Tuesday night.
Varney received 662 votes, or 50.23 percent, while Pittman made a strong showing with 643 votes, or 48.79 percent.
The pair will square off again in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
City council members Deanna Hill
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Lummis carries Republican vote

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Incumbent U.S. House Representative Cynthia Lummis handily defeated opponent Jason Senteney both locally and statewide in the Republican primary election held Tuesday.
Lummis received 2,091 votes, or 76.51 percent, in Goshen County, and 70,916 votes, or 76.1 percent, statewide. Senteney was supported by 632 votes, or 23.12 percent, locally, and 22,256 votes, or 23.9 percent, statewide.
Lummis will
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Enzi carries primary, Hardy wins Democrat side

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi won the Republican primary, receiving 77,965 votes, or 82.1 percent, statewide. Enzi was also the strongest contender locally, receiving 2,364 votes, or 84.10 percent, in Goshen County.
Bryan Miller was a far-off second, with 9,332 votes, or 9.8 percent, statewide.
James Gregory received 3,770 votes or 4 percent, Thomas Bleming finished out Tuesday
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County primary races decided

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Very few local races characterized Tuesday's primary election in Goshen County.
Jim Hudelson and Carl Rupp appear primed to retain their seats on the Goshen County Commissioners. Barring any surprise write-in campaigns, Cindy Kenyon remains as county clerk, Maxine Mitchell will return as county treasurer, and Debra Surratt will again fill the county auditor seat.
Democrat Patrick Korell
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Balow wins race

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Jillian Balow won the Republican nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction during Tuesday's election and will face off against Democrat Mike Ceballos in November.
Balow held off challenges from fellow Republicans Sheryl Lain and Bill Winney.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Mead wins primary

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Mead held off challenges from Taylor Haynes and Cindy Hill to win Tuesday's primary election.
Mead will face Democrat Pete Gosar in November's general election for governor.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Eklund wins Republican primary in HD 10, will face Wright in general

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - House District 10 incumbent John Eklund carried the Goshen and Laramie county votes in the Republican primary Tuesday.
The Cheyenne resident will face Democrat winner Gaylan D. Wright, of Cheyenne, in the November general election.
Eklund tallied 1,186 votes between the two counties House District 10 covers. Cheyenne resident Anthony Bouchard came in second with 567 votes, and
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