Weston County

It was hot, it was dusty, and it was ripe with adversity.  The Dogie Cross Country team was in the same boat as all runners at the meet in Sturgis Thursday, as each had to suffer through some miserable conditions. The challenges presented proved themselves difficult as nearly every participant put...
The Bureau of Land Management has started revising the agency’s 1999 Newcastle Resource Management Plan, a document that guides the management of the 292,000 surface acres and 1.6 million acres of mineral estate in Niobrara, Weston and Crook counties, according to Tyson Finnicum, public affairs...

Photo courtesy of Emily Hartinger

Kori Hartinger, 8, and her mom, Emily Hartinger, converted this mini horse trailer together for their newest business venture, Gourmet Coolers. Kori sold unique lemonade flavors to customers at the farmer’s market this summer. 

 
When school is out of session and the spring days turn into hot summer scorchers, it is not unusual to see kids selling cold, refreshing lemonade to earn some extra cash.  That’s just what 8-year-old Kori Hartinger enjoyed doing in front of Skull Creek Studios and Boutique, owned by her mother...
A trio of Weston County commissioners expressed concerns during a recent meeting about Deputy Weston County Attorney Jeani Stone’s work on both the county employee handbook and a dispatch contract or resolution. Vice Chairman Nathan Todd and Commissioners Don Taylor and Ed Wagoner were the only...

Photo by Hannah Gross/NLJ

Tour participants of the Weston County Historical Society’s Fall 2022 Trek stopped by the old Darlington School on Lynch Road outside of Newcastle. Children of the early Weston County homesteaders who attended these centrally located schoolhouses often had to walk or ride horseback, according to Latal Fisher in “Early Day Memories.” Although the Darlington School has long been abandoned, the remains of a stove and chalkboard can still be seen through the windows.

 
The homesteaders who poured their hearts and souls into creating a legacy is being preserved in Weston County by the ranchers who continue to work from sunup to sundown on the land passed down to them by their ancestors, and that legacy was on display for those fortunate enough to participate in a...
Only six Newcastle City Council candidates for three four-year terms will appear on the 2022 general election ballot because of a “miscommunication” regarding a fourth open council seat, according to City Clerk-Treasurer Stacy Haggerty and Mayor Pam Gualtieri.  According to Mayor Gualtieri, only...
Forest visitors should always use caution with anything that could be an ignition source for wildfire. (LARAMIE, Wyo.)  September 22, 2022 – As of Friday, Sept. 23, fire restrictions will no longer be in effect on all National Forest System lands managed by the Medicine Bow-Routt National...
In the most recent episode of the city of Newcastle and Weston County Board of Commissioners dispatch saga, the city warned the county in a letter that the contract for dispatch services would be terminated in 60 days if a new agreement was not met. The commissioners discussed the letter during...
The Lady Dogie swim team made the long haul to Worland last Friday for a quinquangular meet and then went on to Powell for an invitational meet on Saturday. Head coach Doug Scribner admitted that his team swam a little tired over the course of the two days, however there were still some...

Photos by Walter Sprague/NLJ

The Black Hills South Dakota Tractor Run group decided to come into Newcastle for lunch at Pizza Hut on Thursday, Sept. 8. Since the tractors can only go about 15 miles per hour, the run into Newcastle and back took about eight hours. Above, participants as they get ready to have lunch at Pizza Hut in Newcastle. Below, a vintage tractor is carefully backed into a space at the Pizza Hut parking lot.

 
On Thursday, Sept. 8, Newcastle was mildly overrun by a slow-moving and colorful invasion from the east. For the first time in four years, the Black Hills South Dakota Tractor Run came to town. It tries to do one every two years, but its last run was in 2018. When COVID hit, the organization had to...

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