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A star-spangled tribute

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Trail Elementary School hosted its annual Patriotic Assembly on Wednesday morning outside the school.
This year, Mayor Mike Varney and Torrington Police Chief Billy Janes spoke to the students about the meaning and importance of the flag to the United States.
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Gas funds return - City plans to use money on fair, Homesteaders

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The city of Torrington received a reimbursement check for more than $9,700 from Wyoming Community Gas this week.
At Torrington's council meeting Tuesday evening, city Clerk-Treasurer Lynette Strecker reported the company had presented her with the money at its quarterly conference in Laramie Sept. 16.
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County has no authority over Huntley School

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, During Tuesday's meeting, the Goshen County Commissioners received an opinion from Public Health Officer Dr. Marion Smith regarding a reported health and safety issue at Huntley School and what actions might be available to the county to resolve any issues that may exist.
Smith reported that, after looking at the property, reviewing the scope of her authority and asking
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Surprise, surprise

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Last week's personnel moves by the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Board of Trustees, which placed college president Dr. Tom Armstrong on administrative leave and named Dr. Rick Patterson as interim president, caught many people by surprise. Not the least of whom was Patterson.
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Yates is an Impact Award recipient

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, One of Torrington's unsung heroes is finally being recognized for his efforts as local director of emergency medical services (EMS).
Darin Yates, a 22-year EMS veteran, was announced as recipient of the Regional West Medical Center Impact Award at the annual Air Link conference held Saturday, Sept. 13.
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A Head Start on American pride

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers, The children and staff at the Lincoln Infant Toddler Center, along with Mayor Mike Varney, enjoyed ‘Red, White and Blue Day' Wednesday. The event was held to kick off Head Start's 50th birthday celebration in October.
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Family Night hosts K-9s

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - During Monday's Family Night in the Activity Center of the Goshen County Library, Jerry Numon of Goshen County Search and Rescue explained to kids and parents how to prepare for a day in the outdoors and what to do if they should get lost, as one of the search dogs waits patiently.
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Lingle resident to compete in pageant Sept. 21 in Casper

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
CASPER, A Lingle resident will be competing in one of the year's most anticipated events, the Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA competitions slated for Sept. 21 in Casper.
Taylor Debock's campaign for the Miss Wyoming Teen USA crown is sponsored by Asbury Insurance, Premier Properties, Torrington Vision Source, as well as many friends and family members.
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Yoder business up and running

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Big Country Herbs Wellness Center of Yoder on Tuesday. Kellie Farrens (from left), office manager at the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce (GCCC), helped hold the ribbon for Debra and Richard Schamel, business owners.
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Legion Auxiliary president to visit

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Leila Dean, 2014-15 president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Wyoming, of Fort Bridger, will be visiting units from Lingle, Van Tassell, Guernsey, Torrington and LaGrange on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Deacon's Restaurant in Torrington.
Dean is eligible for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary through her husband, Tom Dean, who is a Vietnam veteran and a
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EWC to host community forum

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) has announced that there will be an informational forum for individuals interested in learning more about two new facilities.
This will be a great opportunity to learn about these two new facilities: the Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC) and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC).
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AARP supports district Backpack Program

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Representatives for AARP, including Mary Kirkpatrick (from left), secretary; Bud Hinderliter, chairman; Virginia Green, treasurer; and Betty Allen (far right), program director, present a $150 check to Bobbi Mullock with the Goshen County School District No. 1 Backpack Program. The program helps to provide food for students in need in Goshen County and is primarily
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Goshen County 4-H Senior Meats Judging team headed to Nationals

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Makenna Greenwald, Nelson Lewis, Skyler Miller and Danielle Schainost earned top honors at the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest last April, beating out six other senior teams from around Wyoming. Now they are headed to the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.
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Sun comes out for Fun Run

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Taryn Kilty and Levi Pafford pace themselves during Saturday's Fun Run in LaGrange. The run was held to help raise matching grant money funds for the town's Smart Start Preschool. See more photos and story on page A10.
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Local man drowns at lake

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
HAWK SPRINGS, The body of a 53-year-old Torrington resident has yet to be found after a suspected drowning at the Hawk Springs Reservoir Sunday.
According to Gary Schoene, public information manager at the Wyoming Department of State Parks, rangers were notified Sunday afternoon James "Jesse" Nelson dove into the reservoir to save a person who had jumped from his or her
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Waiting for an explanation

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Though changes occurred at a fairly quick pace last week at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), reasons for those changes have been slow in coming.
Recapping last week's events, EWC Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Olson resigned his position as a trustee during an executive session of the board, called during its regular Tuesday meeting.
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Wyoming Democrat candidates visit Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Mike Ceballos (left), democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction, visited Garcia's Restaurant Saturday in Torrington and spent time visiting with Goshen County voters, including life-long Democrat Rick Breedlove.
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Grant goes toward programs to improve academic climate

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Educators at Goshen County schools are working hard to create a positive academic climate through the use of innovative programs, assessments and presentations.
This year, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 received a $9,000 school safety grant to help fund various character-building and anti-bullying campaigns.
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Runners and walkers support preschool

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
LAGRANGE, The Longhorn Stampede 5K Fun Run/Walk was held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Longhorn Trail Marker on the LaGrange walk path. All proceeds from the event went to the Smart Start Preschool.
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GCEA completes cemetery service project

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Courtesy - The Goshen County Education Association recently completed a service project. At the Valley View Cemetery, association representatives replaced flowerpots at the Veterans Memorial and will maintain them in the future.
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HHS awards funds to increase access to primary care - Funding creates an estimated three new jobs in Wyo.

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $381,308 in Affordable Care Act funding to two health centers in Wyoming to expand primary care services.
Today's awards enable health centers to increase access to comprehensive primary health care by hiring an estimated three new staff including new health care providers, staying open for longer hours and expanding
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Construction projects ongoing in Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Crews work last Thursday to repair water service lines to residences on Monte Vista Road in Torrington, closing a small section of that street. The road should reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 17 according to city Water Department Supervisor Tom Troxel.
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Collaboration could extend services

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Three Goshen County agencies are hoping to come together in the near future to better integrate their services for adult learners who need help with basic literacy, employment or educational skills.
According to Diane McQueen, executive director of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), the three agencies, Wyoming Workforce Services, NOWCAP Wyoming Family
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Squirrel causes power outage

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A squirrel caused serious damage to city electrical equipment Sept. 14, resulting in a power outage Sunday morning through early afternoon.
Dana Youtz, Torrington's electrical superintendent, reported the animal climbed on top of one of the city's reclosers, a circuit breaker able to automatically restore power to the line after a momentary fault, located at the substation on 28th
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Gosar, other Dems visit Goshen County

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pete Gosar was at Garcia's restaurant in Torrington Saturday afternoon to meet with voters and pass out campaign information.
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Suspicions swirl around new oil transfer facility

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
FORT LARAMIE, A proposed truck-to-pipeline oil transfer facility is causing concern amongst Fort Laramie residents.
According to a public notice published in the Telegram, Concord Midstream Services (CMS), LLC, out of Denver, plans to construct a facility less than a half-mile east of Fort Laramie that will consist of three 400 barrel (approximately 16,800 gallons) fixed roof crude oil tanks.
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Discussing economic development over breakfast

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Lisa Johnson, executive director of the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC), addresses the morning crowd during its quarterly breakfast Friday. Johnson brought the group up to date on current development efforts by the organization and detailed the importance of the renewal of the GCEDC quarter-cent sales tax, which is up for a vote on Nov.
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Homemakers award scholarhips

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Courtesy - Goshen County Homemakers Council President Donna Peterson (from left) awards scholarships to 4-H members Carlie Enns and Whitney Walson, both freshmen at Eastern Wyoming College. The Homemakers Council is an educational and social organization open to all ladies in the county who wish to belong to a club and learn new and old homemaking skills through programs, demonstrations
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Quilts are family legacy for Preston - Featured quilter headlines 20th annual show beginning Sept. 19

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
YODER, Ellen Preston is a "frustrated engineer", according to her husband, Richard.
"I like to know how everything is put together," she admitted.
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Armstrong placed on paid leave

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees called for a special session Thursday morning at 8 a.m. and immediately went into executive session.
The board reconvened at 12:40 p.m., at which time Trustee John Patrick made a motion to place EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong on paid administrative leave beginning Friday.
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School board censures Peterson

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, An otherwise routine school board meeting took an unusual turn Tuesday evening when the Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 Board of Trustees censured board member Val Peterson.
The censure, a public reprimand, came as a result of actions trustees found "unprofessional and counterproductive to the operation of the board," according to a letter Chairman Charlie Harshberger read after
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Vet tech program ‘shattered’ - Students talk about issues at Tuesday meeting

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) veterinary technology students presented a petition to the college Board of Trustees on Tuesday expressing concerns about the condition of the program, including inadequate instruction and the troublesome direction vet tech is headed.
In a prepared statement to the board, vet tech student Tabatha Mesich, representing several vet tech students who were also in attendance,
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It’s official: Southeast getting new field

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, After many months of planning and years of throwing money and manpower at uncooperative sod, Southeast will finally receive a new, state-of-the-art football field sometime next spring.
The Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 Board of Trustees unanimously approved the installation of an $884,033 field through contractors Merrill, Inc. and FieldTurf, Inc. at the regular meeting Tuesday evening.
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Respect, goals emphasized at assemblies

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade attended a series of assemblies Tuesday in Torrington.
Camfel Productions presented a program titled "Quest for Respect" for middle school and high school students, and elementary students watched "Ready, Set, Go!", a presentation about the importance of setting goals.
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Museum upgrades continue

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - City of Torrington electricians installed four vintage-style streetlights at the Homesteaders Museum on Tuesday as part of new exterior improvements that now include the lights, a new fence and some landscaping out front. Also, don't forget, your last chance to see the Smithsonian exhibit Journey Stories is Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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New convenience stores coming along

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, By this time next year, the city of Torrington will have two new liquor, gas and convenience stores. The owners of one establishment hope to begin business as early as this week.
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Hospital plans fall wellness screening

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Community Hospital is partnering with the Wyoming Health Fairs for the fall blood draw 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 24-26.
Blood draws are available at the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds, west U.S. 26/85 in Torrington.
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Local development focus of conference

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Approximately 70 chamber of commerce and economic development professionals from around Wyoming came to Torrington Wednesday and Thursday to attend the "Ignite Your Growth Strategy" conference. Wednesday's programs were held in the Lincoln Community Complex while Thursday's events took place at Eastern Wyoming College.
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Armstrong placed on paid leave

Modified: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
TORRINGTON - The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees called for a special session Thursday morning at 8 a.m. and immediately went into executive session.
The board reconvened at 12:40 p.m., at which time Trustee John Patrick made a motion to place EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong on paid administrative leave beginning Friday.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Brrrrrrr! - Lincoln Elementary School supports ALS research with the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Lincoln Elementary School picked a chilly, breezy Friday afternoon to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but the weather did little to dampen the spirits of both students and staff.
Teachers kicked off the event by dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.
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No timetable for school rebuild

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
LINGLE, By now, the Lingle-Fort Laramie (LFL) bus barns and vo-ag building should be gone. While kids bustle through the halls at the campus, construction crews should be busy constructing a brand-new, nearly $10 million elementary school a short distance away.
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Cat ordinance pending in Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, In less than a week, the city council is expected to adopt an ordinance heralded as the answer to Torrington's cat problem.
Police Chief Billy Janes has long been an advocate for the issue, forming a committee and researching potential solutions to control wild and destructive cats within city limits.
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Community turns out to Fight for Mike

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Dozens of friends and family members showed up for the Fight for Mike 5K benefit held Saturday morning.
Mike McCommon was on hand to visit with his supporters at the event, where T-shirts and bracelets were also sold to raise funds for the McCommon family.
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District enrollment steadies - Official membership count down slightly

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, After a relatively steady decline over the last decade, Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1 enrollment numbers stabilized from 2013 to 2014, according to a spreadsheet released by the district.
The 11 schools in GCSD No. 1 combined for a total enrollment of 1,659 students to begin the 2014-15 school year.
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Septemberfest packs Rendezvous Center

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, German food, music and dancing drew a large crowd to Goshen County's annual Septemberfest Saturday evening at the fairgrounds.
The John Fritzler Polka Band played as attendees Dutch-Hop danced around the wooden floor and enjoyed cabbage burgers and baked goods sold by local churches and 4-H groups.
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Ramsey class to offer financial peace

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Residents interested in learning how to better manage their finances are encouraged to attend Eastern Wyoming College's upcoming community education course, Financial Peace University (FPU), based on the teachings of motivational speaker Dave Ramsey.
Instructor Kim Russell made the decision to bring the class to the area after completing the program herself in May of 2010.
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Railroad construction shuts down Main Street crossing

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - BNSF Railways employees worked to install a new track panel and crossing planks at the intersection of U.S. Highway 26/85 and Main Street in Torrington Monday. The scheduled construction diverted traffic around the railroad tracks as heavy machinery and workers in orange vests and hard hats filled the area.
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Sept. 10 is Suicide Prevention Day - Service in Torrington helps those in need of healing

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, New Testament Bible verse Luke 9:2 says, "And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing." This passage is what motivated Rev. Brian Gross of Torrington's All Saints Episcopal Church to start the church's Wednesday evening Public Service of Healing.
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Pickin’ raspberries and guitar strings

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
HENRY, Neb., The 2014 Raspberry Festival was held Saturday at WindHarvest Farms north of Henry.
A crowd turned out to enjoy the sunshine, raspberry picking, live music and various vendors.
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USO show comes to EWC

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Yes Ma'am Singers stopped by the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium Sunday afternoon to perform several World War II and 1950s and ‘60s era hits.
The Bayard, Neb.-based group consists of members Mary Mau, Angie Hoff and Michelle Coolidge and was formed in 2006.
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