2021

Devils Towers visitors spend $40M   GILLETTE (WNE) — Devils Tower National Monument had a record-breaking year in terms of visitors in 2021, and that translated into an increase in local revenue. Visitors to Devils Tower spent nearly $40 million in the region in 2021. According to a study done by...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County experienced an increase in deaths in 2021, while births stayed on trend, according to information provided by the Wyoming Department of Health. Statewide, the official records filed with Vital Statistics Services, part of the Wyoming Department of...
As 2021 comes to a close, it’s once again time to look back and reflect. In doing so, I have a few rants and raves from this crazy, interesting year.  As usual, I want to start with my rants first so I can end with the good stuff as I get ready for 2022. It’s hard to pick which of these things...

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In April, crews worked to tear down the Stardust Motel, a Newcastle fixture for decades.

The year 2021 brought its share of ups and downs for Weston County, but events and activities slowly started coming back after many were cancelled the prior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. By the time school started in the fall, it felt as though things were getting back to near...
On page 11 of the July 29 issue of the News Letter Journal, the correct name of the adult pig wrestling team is Broken Bacon, and team members are Susan Bridge, Trinity Haynes, Naomi Haynes and McKaylia Stevenson.   The board of the Weston County Mini Roughstock Rodeo is Eric Gewecke, George Graham...
Rhonda Sedgwick-Stearns Special to NLJ   The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame has announced the 2021 roster of honorees. Nominator Tom Fordyce and daughter Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns were notified that Violet May (Coy) Sedgwick (November 1906–May 2005) is the sole honoree for Weston County this year....
Garth Brooks to play Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2021   By Niki Kottmann Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE — Cheyenne Frontier Days Foundation launched a new campaign Wednesday to ensure the 125th anniversary of the “Daddy of ’em All” is better than ever, and in doing so,...
On July 10, in an email titled “thank you,” Deb Piana announced her resignation to the Newcastle City Council and Clerk-Treasurer Greg James. Elected in 2016, Piana was up for re-election in 2020 and had not filed to re-run for the seat prior to deadlines.  “It has been a pleasure working with...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   After conducting a Facebook poll, Tracy Olson, class of 1986, and Jennifer Smith, class of 1989, have announced that the Newcastle High School All-School Reunion scheduled for 2020 will be postponed until 4th of July weekend in 2021.  Smith said in a May 1 post to a...

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