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Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   On July 2, the entire five-person Central Weston County Solid Waste District board resigned, presenting the Weston County commissioners a letter and the keys to the transfer station and landfill. The resignation was accepted two weeks later, and the commissioners...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   An open burn restriction will go into effect Aug. 1 for Weston County. The commissioners approved the resolution enacting the ban on July 16.  “Due to a potentially severe to extreme fire situation throughout Weston County, created by heavy fuel load and dry summer...
Bob Bonnar NLJ Publisher   Decker’s Market has been in its present location since it was built in 1954, but it hasn’t always looked the way it does now. The first addition to the structure was made in 1962, and the size of the store was quickly doubled in 1973. The building underwent a facelift in...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Taxable sales were up 16.2% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period in 2018, according to an economic summary report released by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division of the Department of Administration and Information.  Overall, the state of...

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Firefighters with the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department move fans through the front door of CrossRoads Cantina while responding to a fire early Tuesday morning. The fire was contained quickly, but the building sustained damage causing closure. 

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   A fire at CrossRoads Cantina Tuesday morning was easily contained but garnered the response of Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department, Weston County Fire District, Newcastle Police Department and Newcastle Ambulance Service.  According to Fire Chief Robert Munger, the...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County Health Services $20,192,195 budget for fiscal year 2020, which began on July 1, will remain “pretty much status quo,” according to CEO Maureen Cadwell. Major changes in the budget are for staff pay increases and the addition of a telepharmacy in Upton...

The local assessed valuation and state assessed valuation have merged closer to being equal amounts over the last 10 years. Over this time the overall valuation for the county has fluctuated and is currently on an uphill slope over the last three years. 

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County entities will reap the benefits of increased valuation for 2019. The county’s 2019 valuation is up by roughly $9 million, according to County Assessor Tina Conklin.  The state-assessed value includes railroads, oil and natural gas production, electric...

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Danny and Jeremiah Decker look over the construction progress at the new location of Decker's Market, on Washington Boulevard near Loaf 'N Jug. 

Bob Bonnar NLJ Publisher   Dan and Jeremiah Decker have admitted for years that construction of a new Decker’s Market on Newcastle’s east side was in the works, but they were reluctant to publicly confirm that the project was “under way.” The father/son duo held off on a formal announcement when...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The entire five-person Central Weston County Solid Waste District Board resigned on July 2, handing their keys and paperwork to the county commissioners during their regular meeting. The board consisted of Joe Wood Jr., president; Cindy Crabtree, Joseph Cummings,...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Despite concerns about proposed water and garbage collection rate increases, the Newcastle City Council voted unanimously on July 1 to approve the ordinance setting the increases.  According to City Clerk-Treasurer Greg James, water rates will increase by 18% or $2....

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