No changes expected with refinery purchase

The $271.4 million purchase of Newcastle’s Wyoming Refining Company and related logistics assets by Par Pacific Holdings won’t bring about any immediate changes in terms of jobs or otherwise, according to company officials.

“We don’t foresee any changes in regard to employment in Newcastle,” said Christine Thorp, director of Investor Relations and Public Affairs for Houston-based Par Pacific, citing past Par Pacific acquisitions where employment figures have remained unchanged.

Fireworks Banned

n Monday night the Newcastle City Council instituted a ban on Fourth of July fireworks in response to the high fire danger that exists in this region, joining Weston County and a number of federal and state agencies who have initiated burning restrictions in recent weeks.

The council voted on June 20 to suspend the ordinance that allows fireworks to be used on the 4th of July each year, which effectively prohibits the use of fireworks within city limits this summer. The vote came after Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department Chief Donny Munger reported that conditions are extremely dry, and also indicated that if conditions don’t improve the department will not be putting on a community fireworks display either.

A mile in his shoes


His journey began 19 years ago.

Through those years, Gatlin Miller has faced his share of hurdles— literally— and destroyed them all.

Through hard work, determination, and an amazing system of support, Gatlin was able to complete actions that were once thought to be nearly impossible— starting with getting around without the scooter that he used for most of his life to get from one place to another and culminating with him walking up stairs without assistance.

In fact, Gatlin walked up the stairs and onto the stage to accept his high school diploma last month, a symbolic action that seemed to tell the world that, like his fellow graduates, he is ready to move forward and chase his dreams.

No chickens for now

The Upton Town Council heard a number of comments both for and against a proposed ordinance allowing up to six chickens to be kept within city limits at their June 14 meeting. However, the proposal died on its first reading after no council member proved willing to put forward a motion to adopt it.

Upton resident Betty Strong was the first to speak against the proposal, saying, “I guess I’m one of the old people who knows what it was like when we had chickens before.”

In addressing arguments made by Katie Norman at the council’s May meeting in support of allowing chickens in town, Strong made a number of points, including the following:

Benny Lee Dial

Benny Lee Dial

-Jun. 12, 2016

Benny Lee Dial, 46, of Powell died Sunday, June 12, 2016, of a glioblastoma in Billings, Montana, St. Vincent Hospital.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dow Park in Newscatle.

Please bring your lawn chairs, lunch or drinks and any stories or memories you would like to share.

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