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Erin Persche W.C. 4-H Educator   The Weston County 4-H Shooting Sports program was well represented by Trevon White, Tevon White, Samuel Ferguson and Tanner Lenardson in Douglas at the 2022 Wyoming 4-H State Shoot held July 7–10.  The Wyoming State 4-H Shoot started in the late 1980s and has been...

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JoAnn Stearns recently crafted her own cedar strip kayak, a labor of love that took over 200 hours of work. Above, Stearns in the kayak on the water. Stearns said that she often gets compliments shouted from the shoreline about her homemade kayak. 

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   JoAnn Stearns thought it would either be a beautiful boat or a fragrant bonfire when she first began working on her cedar strip kayak. However, after over 200 hours of work, a true masterpiece has emerged.  Stearns beamed. “Everything just kind of came together like...
Avery Chick NLJ Correspondent   Cutting class is about to take on a whole new meaning for Jacob Dunseth. Jacob has moved around his entire life for various reasons, but ended up calling Newcastle home for the conclusion of his high school career and is a graduate of the Newcastle High School class...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Zebra mussels are slowly but surely creeping closer to the Wyoming border, sparking the closure of the LAK reservoir for all boats and watercraft to hopefully prevent the establishment of a population there, according to a July 27 press release from the Wyoming Game...
Don Botkin NLJ Reporter   Three local men recently competed in Laramie at the U.S. Powerlifting Association’s Powerlifting Drug Tested Wyoming State Championship. Laramie Fitness hosted the event on June 11-12. The powerlifting meet served as a qualifier for several national powerlifting events,...

Photo courtesy of Tom Wing

Ham operators Tom Wing and Darrel Schlup hosted the annual Amateur Radio Relay League field day exercise on June 25-26. Pictured is the radio they used to communicate during the exercise. They used rope, wire and 90-foot trees as their tower and powered the radio through solar-charged batteries.

Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    The Amateur Radio Relay League has been hosting its annual ARRL Field Day exercise the final full weekend in June since 1933 in locations across the United States. Ham operators locate contact to as many stations as possible in 24 hours during the exercise. Tom...

Cutline for top photo: Photo courtesy of Diana Douglas-Turner

The second annual Handgun Hunter’s Competition occurred June 17-18 at the Cross H Ranch near Newcastle. The event, organized by Joe Sandrini and Chris Rhodes, offers a variety of scenarios to sharpen handgun hunting skills and also benefits the Handgun Hunters Charitable Foundation, founded by Sandrini and Rhodes last year. Above, Mark Hampton enjoys one of the shooting stations.

 

Second Photo: Photo courtesy of Diana Douglas-Turner

Guest of honor Matt Codney prepares to shoot while others look on during the second annual Handgun Hunter’s Competition June 17-18 at the Cross H Ranch near Newcastle.

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   For two years now Newcastle has been the scene of a unique handgun contest that draws participants from all over the country. The second annual Handgun Hunter’s Competition just took place June 17-18. The competition, organized by Newcastle’s Joe Sandrini and Chris...

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Bailey and Paul Eitel, pictured with their two sons Trey and Jace, own and operate Broken Arrow Farm just outside of Newcastle. The young couple raises meat chickens, beef cows and meat rabbits along with a variety of other animals on their 90-acre farm. 

Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    Whether it’s butchering 320 chickens, raising emus or growing a 525-pound pumpkin, life is never boring for Paul and Bailey Eitel at the Broken Arrow Farm just outside of Newcastle. According to the farm’s website, the animals are fed with a hormone-free diet in a...
Story & photos by Erin Persche Weston County 4-H Educator   Seven members of the Weston County 4-H Robotics group competed at the annual 4-H Showcase Showdown in Laramie on June 22 and 23. The 4-H Showcase Showdown is the Wyoming 4-H annual opportunity to explore various contests, workshops,...

Photo by Walter Sprague/NLJ

Ernie Hamlet, with his wife Rei, celebrated his 80th birthday on May 21 at the Newcastle Country Club. Plenty of family and friends came to enjoy Hamlet’s company, with food and cake. 

Not many can say they have lived through eight decades, but Ernie Hamlet reached that milestone on May 11, still in “spectacular health,” according to his youngest daughter, Polly Liggett.  To celebrate, Hamlet’s three children threw him a birthday party with his friends and families at the...

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