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Citizens are being asked to weigh in on how their forest will be managed for the next decade or more, as the Black Hills National Forest has launched its Land Management Plan revision process. The effort begins with an assessment phase, and the proposed revisions are now open for public comment...

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Max Makousky gets ready to race in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, in which he got 34th place.

 
Max Makousky, a recently graduated home-schooler in Newcastle has spent the summer following graduation racing semipro motocross — but not without the help and support of his family.  Motocross is a form of family bonding for the Makouskys, and according to Max, it brings them together as all of...
Stacie Hoxie, director of FOCUS, approached the Weston County commissioners on July 5 to discuss the funding cuts made to the FOCUS budget provided by the state for fiscal year 2023.  She explained to the commissioners that when FOCUS submitted its budget to the state, the victim witness...

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Jeff Jordahl, local entrepreneur who owns a yard service, fills up at Maverik in Newcastle. Jordahl expressed frustration with recent gas price increases, and he said it affects his business and the prices he has to charge his clients. 

 
Consumers continue to watch the prices at the pump, even as the cost of gas has leveled off and started to decline in some areas.  Gasoline prices were on the rise nationwide for several months, and the increase accelerated after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The national average, as of July 19...

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Matt Fridell describes several ideas for the proposed Veterans Memorial presented by Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, which will build the memorial. The idea for the yellow dot vote is standard practice for the firm, giving the residents of a city voice in the design.

 
The City of Newcastle, Pinnacle Bank, the Newcastle Veterans Memorial Committee and other local organizations continue to work together toward the creation of Heritage Park, and as they begin to identify the scope of the project they have enlisted the help of Matt Fridell of Tallgrass Landscape...
The Newcastle Police Department is down to four officers after the resignation of Sgt. Levi Tacy last week. The department employs 8 officers when it is at full strength, according to previous reports given to the News Letter Journal. Tacy’s resignation — on the heels of resignations from Chief Sam...
The Newcastle Workforce Center office is officially closing its doors on Aug. 8 due to a “myriad of things,” including increased costs around the state and a lack of walk-in traffic in the office, according to Christina West, the One-Stop deputy administrator for the Wyoming Department of Workforce...
Former Police Chief Sam Keller was serving on the FOCUS board of directors at the time of his arrest for domestic assault, according to information provided by the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Division of Victim Services. FOCUS, according to its Facebook page, is a nonprofit advocacy...

he Wyoming Wool Initiative’s Lamb-a-Year program connects producers with UW students interested in the lamb industry. Photo courtesy of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Laramie, Wyo.—July 20, 2022—At the annual Wyoming Wool Growers Association conference this month, University of Wyoming Extension sheep specialist Whit Stewart announced the launch of the Wyoming Wool Initiative.    The initiative leads innovative research and programming that promotes and expands...

Weston County's COVID-19 numbers for 2022 via the Wyoming Department of Health. 

CHEYENNE — Laramie County — and Wyoming as a whole — have recently seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, which may be attributable to the highly transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of the omicron variant.  These sub-variants have been described by health organizations as the most contagious...

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