Weston County

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...
Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    Although the merger has been a complicated process, the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies took over the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center after entering a management agreement, effective June 1, according to Aimee Foster, VOA vice president of behavioral...

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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...
Avery Chick NLJ Correspondent    Newcastle is full of rich history, but the very foundation of that history has started to crumble. According to WyoHistory.org, Newcastle was founded in 1889 as an expansion of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. As coal was found in the northeast corner of...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County now has a public health officer after going nearly 18 months without one. The Board of Weston County Commissioners unanimously voted during its June 21 meeting to appoint Kristen Johnson, an advance practice nurse.  Johnson was the only person to...
Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    Upton is on its way to becoming the first location in the western hemisphere to have a demonstration-scale rare earths processing and separation plant, according to Rare Element Resources consultant George Byers. A plan that has been in the making for several years...
With RPM days in the books and the Weston County Fair not starting until July 22, the next big event scheduled is the Open Horse Show on July 16. However, those without a livestock background can still enjoy the other public events happening at the fairgrounds this summer.  The next Friends of Fair...
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...

Photos courtesy of Weston County Historical Society

Dennis Dixon shakes hands with his son Dwight after receiving the “Champion” trophy for his livestock, above, in this historic photo from the Weston County Fair.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” For as long as most people can remember, the Weston County community has been coming together every August at the Weston County Fairgrounds to celebrate the county fair.  What most people might not...

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