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Sunrise-ing from the rubble

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Sunrise Mine, just a few miles north of Guernsey, started as a copper mine in the 1880s but, within a few decades, became the largest iron mine in Wyoming.
The mine was owned and operated by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company of Colorado (CF&I) until 1980 when the company shut down operations and demolished the mine and
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Sunrise-ing from the rubble

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Sunrise Mine, just a few miles north of Guernsey, started as a copper mine in the 1880s but, within a few decades, became the largest iron mine in Wyoming.
The mine was owned and operated by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company of Colorado (CF&I) until 1980 when the company shut down operations and demolished the mine and
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Local poachers caught - Allege that WGFD release doesn’t tell the whole story

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) has charged a Gering, Neb. resident and head coach of the Eastern Wyoming College golf team with several hunting-related violations.
On June 4, 2014, Zachary Smith, 32, was convicted of hunting on private land without permission, illegally baiting big game and pursuit of wildlife from a vehicle.
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Drug-testing explained - Q&A on the controversial policy

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Since its inception more than five years ago, the Goshen County School District (GCSD) No. 1's student drug-testing policy has drawn protest and praise, making it one of the more controversial policies in the district.
Leading up to the election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, drug testing has been a hot-button issue.
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Ellis releases song for good cause - Christmas track sales to go to Wounded Warrior, Freedom Alliance

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Each year around the beginning of November, area radio stations, department stores and loudspeakers along Main Street in Torrington set the tone for the upcoming season by playing classic Christmas music.
This year, one Lingle native hopes to contribute to the festive tradition with the release of his own holiday song.
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Platte Valley ABATE helping SAR

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Local resident and ABATE member Galen Alexander saw the volunteers of Goshen County Search and Rescue (SAR) as hardworking individuals who paid for all supplies and training out of their own pockets.
So he and the rest of Platte Valley ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments), a motorcyclist organization, decided to help.
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Musical skills dazzle at EWC fall concert

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The Eastern Wyoming College Master Chorus/Community Choir and the EWC College/Community Band plays for the audience Wednesday evening. See another photo on page A7.
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Eastern Wyoming College students, community members show off talents

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The Eastern Wyoming College Collegiate Chorale performs a fall concert for the public Wednesday night at the Fine Arts Auditorium.
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Hall of Fame to honor first class of inductees

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, On Sunday, Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m., the newly formed Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) will recognize its first honorees during induction ceremonies in Douglas at the Fort Reno building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds.
Lingle rancher and WCHF board member Pinky Walter said public reaction to WCHF and its efforts to recognize Wyoming cowboys has been exceptional,
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All Saints makes big donation to Backpack Program

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - The congregation of All Saints Episcopal Church in Torrington recently donated $12,000 to the Goshen County School District No. 1 Backpack Program. This money was received as a grant from the Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming.
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Springer hunt results in plenty of shooting, birds

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The special, 15-day preseason pheasant hunt at the Springer Wildlife Management Unit resulted in plenty of shooting. The hunt ends today.
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Springer hunt results in plenty of shooting, birds

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The special, 15-day preseason pheasant hunt at the Springer Wildlife Management Unit resulted in plenty of shooting. The hunt ends today.
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EWC to host Community College Information Night

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) will be holding a Community College Information Night on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the EWC Cafeteria located at 3200 West C St.
This informational session is specifically designed for ethnic minorities and their families to learn more about college.
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All ready for All Hallows’ Eve

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - There were clowns, animal balloons, games and lots of candy during Friday night's Hallelujah night at Lifeway Church. See more photos on page A8.
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Vet tech still getting kinks out

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, An animal rights activist group filed an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) against Eastern Wyoming College for recent infractions of the Animal Welfare Act cited during a Sept. 10 APHIS inspection of the school's veterinary technology facility.
The complaint by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW references four specific violations found
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Cederholm named teacher of the year - Wins Head Start Region 8 honor

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Kelly Cederholm, Head Start teacher at the Lincoln Toddler and Infant Center (LITC), was recently named the Region 8 Head Start Teacher of the Year. Besides Wyoming, Region 8 includes Head Start programs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Montana and Colorado.
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Warning: Attackers beware - TPD, EWC team up to bring women’s self-defense course to Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Last week, area women, including this reporter, gathered at the Torrington Police Department to learn self-defense techniques from officers Beth Reed and Alison Sterkel.
The class, billed as a means to increase personal awareness and ward off attackers in the event of a crime, was offered through Eastern Wyoming College's (EWC) Community Education Office.
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Garments of the past

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Vickie Zimmer explains how hides were processed for Native American garments during her presentation "Native American Fashions during the fur trade era of the 1800s" Thursday evening at the Western History Center.
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A big unveiling

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - The Community Hospital celebrated its opening of the new obstetrics wing Sunday afternoon with a ribbon cutting and open house. Helping with the ribbon cutting were (in no order) Shanna Smith, Bonnie Randolph, Susan Kautz, Vince DiFranco, Vickie Hitt, Ingrid Long, Johanna Abernathy, Ron Kaufman, Linda Evans, Roger Hamer, Jeanne Hamer, Dick Yates, Dodi Walters, Peg
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Hallelujah night a pre-Halloween hit

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Lifeway Church Pastor Marty Rostad had plenty of goodies to hand out to kids and parents during the Hallelujah night activities.
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Boot Heel 7 headed to Texas for world championship rodeo - A Goshen County team member contributes to wins

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
LUSK, A recent ranch victory in Billings, Mont., has five ranch rodeo participants, one of which hails from Goshen County, headed to the world championship in Texas next week.
Team members Andrew and Eric Wasserburger, Brett Hageman of Torrington, Lance Hladky and Nolan Brott of the Boot Heel 7 ranch rodeo team in Lusk won The NILE ranch rodeo in Billings recently.
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Britain meets the West at presentation

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - British documentary filmmaker and author Tim Slessor spoke at Tebbet room 131 on Friday afternoon. He told the small crowd about his fascination with the American West, and the numerous differences and some of the history between America and its English friends in the United Kingdom.
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WMCI names Employees of Second Quarter

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) is pleased to announce Heidi Buchholz (office support specialist) and Officer Brian Church as Employees of the Second Quarter at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) in Torrington.
Buchholz is a Wyoming native and has been with the department since May 2012.
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A health boost before flu season

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Cathy Grace, Goshen County Public Health nurse manager, applies a Band-Aid to Torrington resident Virginia Rieb following her flu shot at the Senior Center Thursday.
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Autumn acoustics

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Ninth-grade violinist Kelly Peterson performs during the Lingle-Fort Laramie Middle and High School Fall Concert as part of the high school band on Tuesday. For more photos, see page A-9.
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Roof repair rules set - City looks at amendments to existing ordinance

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Dennis Estes, city building official, presented revisions to an ordinance pertaining to roof replacement at the council meeting Tuesday evening.
The amended ordinance includes three additional exceptions to the requirement that entire existing roof coverings, including felt and shingles, must be removed down to the roof deck prior to the installation of a new covering.
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GCEA hosts school board public forum

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County Education Association (GCEA) hosted a public forum for school board candidates on Wednesday evening, as seven potential future trustees came out to tell the community about themselves.
Hopefuls Chris Gaspers, Katherine Patrick, Clay Peterson and Forrest Vannier joined incumbents Charlie Harshberger, Jeff McClun and Linda Kessler on stage.
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Commissioners appoint new EWC trustee

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, In an eleventh-hour motion, the Goshen County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Marilyn Fisher to the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Board of Trustees to replace Gary Olson, who resigned from the board in September.
EWC Board President Angie Chavez and board member John Patrick asked the commissioners to make an appointment when the EWC trustees missed the statutory deadline for
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GCEDC seeks tax renewal

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County is the only Wyoming county that currently collects a portion of local sales tax for economic development purposes. On Nov. 4, voters will be asked whether this one-quarter percent sales tax should be continued.
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‘You Put Up With Me’

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Don and Vivien Hills delighted the audience with their chemistry and performances at the Eastern Wyoming College faculty recital Wednesday evening. See more photos and story on page A10.
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EWC faculty shows off musical aptitude

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, College faculty members graced the stage at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium for a fall recital Wednesday. The performances included several instruments, including the piano, guitar, harmonica and fiddle.
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A peek into the past at the library’s Family Night

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Carolyn and Toby Lewis talk during their Family Night presentation on Monday evening, entitled "Pieces from the Past." For the first time ever, the couple debuted their Western garb, from Indian moccasins and dresses to buffalo jackets, to the crowd that gathered at the Goshen County Library Activity Center.
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Inflows, storage up in North Platte River Basin

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Above-average precipitation boosted inflows in the North Platte River Basin in water year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014), according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) at a public information meeting held Tuesday.
Brad Cannon, BOR acting chief of water management, spoke at the event.
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LFL holds fall concert

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Sixth-grader Eli Asa, percussionist in the beginning band, concentrates on his symbols during Tuesday's concert.
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Appeals court upholds Wyo. plan to control SO2

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld Wyoming's plan for controlling emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) under the Clean Air Act's regional haze program.
Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians, challenged the EPA's approval of Wyoming's plan on the ground that the plan failed to guarantee progress toward the goal of
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EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) is pleased to announce that 13 students were initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society on Oct. 13, 2014. 
Students initiated into the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of PTK include:  Dylan Boltz, Lusk; Alyce Bowman, Wheatland; Shannon Brown, Douglas; Shelby Burroughs, Torrington; Daxa Chaudhari, Douglas; Kylie Christopherson, Laramie; Stacey Cruth, Lingle; Marni
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LED retrofit saving Wyoming energy costs

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
CASPER, Work is underway on a statewide project to convert all of Wyoming Department of Transportation's (WYDOT) roadway lighting to LED, an upgrade expected to save the department about $690,000 a year in energy costs.
The upgrades being completed by Casper's Modern Electric Co. are beginning in the Casper area and will spread across the rest of the state over the
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Dude looks like a lady!

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Performers at the 2014 Ladies Night Out met a full crowd at the Rendezvous Center Thursday night.
The annual breast cancer awareness event drew hundreds of women from in and around Goshen County, who gathered for food, drinks, a raffle and plenty of entertainment.
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JPB seeks WBC funding

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Goshen Care Center Joint Powers Board (JPB) held a public hearing Monday afternoon to seek public comment on its intention to submit an application for a Business Ready Community (BRC), Senior Care Grant and Loan to fund expansion at the Care Center, now called the Goshen Healthcare Community, which would include new kitchen facilities, therapy area and mechanical
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Open house to feature OB wing

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, As its $3.1 million remodel nears completion, Community Hospital in Torrington boasts improved patient care, privacy, comfort and technological offerings, as well as increased capacity.
This Sunday, the hospital will host a public open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
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Local vocalists show off harmonies

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - The Torrington High School (THS) choirs put on a fall concert last Thursday at the THS auditorium. The school's Women's Choir, Concert Choir and Show Choir (shown here) each performed.
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Romero to retire after 36 years - Plans include 1956 pick-up, plenty of travel

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Ruben Romero, head custodian at Lincoln Elementary, is hanging up his mop next month after 36 years of service to the school district.
Prior to his long janitorial career, Romero was a paraeducator for emotionally and mentally challenged students at Torrington Middle School (TMS) for nine years, a position he was surprised to find he truly enjoyed.
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Tailgating for the Cowboys in Torrington

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Pinnacle Bank sponsored a customer appreciation barbecue and tailgate party on Friday.
Jennifer Booth (right), as well as several other bank employees, served burgers, beans and chips to loyal customers, who also had the opportunity to have their photos taken with Pistol Pete or inside a mock stadium.
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Friday fire destroys barn, grain truck

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Torrington Volunteer Fire Department dispatched at approximately 7:40 a.m. Friday morning to a vehicle fire about 4 miles north of Torrington on County Road 51.
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‘The Plainsman’ sparks imagination at GCHS meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Alan Korell spoke at the Goshen County Historical Society meeting Saturday and presented information about a grave he found while excavating on his property southwest of Lingle in 1980. The body belonged to a man referred to as "The Plainsman", a gunshot victim from the 19th century.
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Pinnacle Bank continues GCT support

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - Todd Peterson (middle), president of Pinnacle Bank, presented a check for $5,000 to the Goshen Community Theatre (GCT) Monday. Pinnacle Bank has been a corporate sponsor of the program since its inception in 2002.
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Eat your heart out, Idaho

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Torrington gardener Larry Pyle pulled this monster potato, which weighed between 4.5 and 5 pounds, from his garden recently. After someone drew a face on the front, giving it the rough appearance of a potato walrus, the tuber's handlers traveled around town to show it off.
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Same-Sex couples can begin marrying tomorrow

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
CASPER - Today, the state of Wyoming announced that it will file a notice stating that it will not appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that found the state's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. As a result, same-sex couples can begin marrying at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of
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