After the inquest

Coroner’s finding leads to further investigation

Alexis Barker

NLJ Reporter

The Coroner’s Inquest into the manner and cause of death for Richard Campbell came to an end in December when the jury determined, after hearing the testimony of over 25 witnesses, that Campbell’s death was to be ruled a homicide.

With that decision comes a recommendation, which the jurors stated in a document filed in District Court, that further investigation into his death was needed.

The Weston County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for continuing that investigation, and Weston County Coroner Cindy Crabtree told the News Letter that she has been informed that there is, indeed, an active investigation going on.

Slow down and make time

Supe urges community to embrace mentoring

Alexis Barker 

NLJ Reporter

January is National Mentoring Month, and Weston County School District #1 Superintendent Brad Lacroix hopes the designation will raise awareness of the need for mentors for today’s youth, who he believes may require productive mentors more than any generation before them.

Due to the change in the lifestyle of Americans over the last 30 years, Lacroix suggested that the way children are mentored has changed as well. He asserted that the needs of each age group may vary, but feels mentoring at all ages is important to preserve the lifestyle in rural Wyoming.

“Mentoring starts early, when they are coming into school for daycare, and for parents we try to build that bridge right away,” Lacroix explained, noting that early childhood is an important transition age. He said that school personnel try to provide children with a sense of belonging early on through peer tutoring and the Double Aaces after school program, and indicated they use other avenues to engage children as well.

BHSU students named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List

BHSU students named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List

The Office of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. has released the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester, and Newcastle’s Alyssa Dawson, Carissa Deming, Shenae LaCroix, Sierra LaCroix, Caleb Munger, Kennedy Ragland and Francesca Romano were all recognized.

They were among a total of 742 students at BHSU who maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours to qualify for the honor. Deming and Munger each logged a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

There’s a new chief in town

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Andy McKay

NLJ Reporter

The City of Upton has been looking to fill the chief of police position since it was left vacant with the previous chief, Lynn Holland’s, retirement back in September. After careful consideration, the Upton Town Council has decided to place its trust— and police department— in the hands of Susan Bridge, a police officer from Evanston who boasts a long career in law enforcement.

This is not simply a change in scenery for the longtime officer, as she’ll be taking on additional duties and responsibilities with her new position.

“This is the first time I’ve had this type of administrative role. I am very excited and anxious to serve in this beautiful place,” Bridge admitted.

Still looking for docs

Alexis Barker

NLJ Reporter

Weston County Health Services hosted a strategic planning presentation and lunch last week to present their long-range strategy to interested stakeholders and receive feedback from them about the information presented.

The individuals who joined CEO Maureen Cadwell for lunch were also given the opportunity to ask questions regarding any part of the operation at WCHS, and one area of concern expressed at the gathering involved staffing at the community’s medical facility, specifically the number of traveling nurses utilized by WCHS and the long-term plan for recruiting physicians to Newcastle.

Cadwell admitted that when it comes to CNAs WCHS has utilized quite a few “travelers,” but insisted that the local nursing staff is a very stable group and that traveling professionals are actually used very little.

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