Weston County

Road access will be a bit limited for the remainder of the spring for some residents and businesses on Newcastle’s eastern edge, but they will be rewarded with significant improvements in the city water system and resurfaced roads when the work is done. A portion of Boyd Avenue, South Summit Avenue...

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In some cases the snow drifts after Saturday’s blizzard were more than two feet high. Range Communications on South Sumner Avenue had snow practically up to the windows at the front of the business.

 
All roads in and out of Weston County were closed due to heavy snowfall and high winds as a spring storm rolled through the area on Saturday and Sunday, according to the county’s emergency management coordinator, Gilbert Nelson.  The National Weather Service reported that the storm dumped 9 inches...

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On May 19, the Weston County Library was the location of a candidate training session, organized by Kari Drost. About 30 people filled the library’s conference room to listen to Corey Steinmetz, national committeeman of the Republican Party, while he took them through a PowerPoint presentation giving them the nuts and bolts about how to run for public office.

 
A candidate training session spearheaded by the head of the Weston County Republican Party was offered to potential office seekers and interested voters — regardless of their political affiliation — earlier this month.  In addition to general information about the upcoming elections, those who...
The first election day of 2022 will be May 3 when both the Weston County Hospital District and Weston County Museum District hold their special district elections.  “All qualified voters are eligible to vote. The election will be held between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” an election notice...
The cost of living in Wyoming is increasing at a rate that hasn’t been seen in four decades, and Weston County occupies the corner of the state that led the way in the pace of inflation as 2021 drew to a close. Northeast Wyoming experienced the largest inflation rate in the state at 10.4% in the...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County School District No. 1 received $2,902.004.74 in federal funding through eight different grants during the 2021-22 school year, according to documents provided by Newcastle Middle School Principal Tyler Bartlett. The school provided the information in...

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Toby Johnson, a senior at Newcastle High School, looks over his data that he submitted for his WyTeach Award.

Avery Chick NLJ Intern   Toby Johnson, a senior at Newcastle High School, has a reputation for being among the most talented students in the entire state in the realm of science. That talent is why he was recently given the WyTeach Award — and it would seem to be the perfect fit for Johnson, whose...

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Crews with Weston County Road and Bridge work on Fairgrounds Road Tuesday, which is closed to through traffic while repairs are made. Painted Hills Road is also closed, but detours are available.

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   After receiving numerous complaints about the condition of Fairgrounds Road, such as potholes and drainage issues, Weston County Road and Bridge is moving forward with repairs on the road. For that reason, portions of Fairgrounds Road and Painted Hills Road are...

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Erin Persche, pictured with her husband Trent, is the new Weston County 4-H educator. She worked for eight years  as health inspector with the Department of Agriculture, and said she looks forward to continuing to build her relationship with the community.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County’s newest 4-H educator, Erin Persche, has county extension education running through her veins. Not only did the Lusk native grow up participating in 4-H activities, her mother, Denise Smith, worked as an educator for 46 years, retiring on March 31, the...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Daniel Lee Harris, a South Dakota man convicted in a Newcastle murder case, died on April 17 in the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington.  Harris was sentenced to life in prison on Dec. 20, 1995, for his involvement in the death of Cheryl Varner. He...

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