Duty Calls

Three young families in Newcastle will be separated in August when Justin Kolbeck, Michael Bissey and Justin Wermers are deployed with their United States Army National Guard units.
Each of the three men will be leaving a family behind. Kolbeck will be leaving his pregnant wife, Megan and four year old step-son Carter Townsend. Bissey is a single father and his almost three-year-old son Liam will live with his mother, Kendra Turner, in Gillette while his father is gone. Wermers wife, Jennie, will be caring for 21 month old daughter, Caprice, and six-month-old son, Jace, while he is deployed.
The News Letter Journal visited with each of the men and their families about their departure in just a few weeks.




Good neighbors

School and refinery reach agreement on land
As part of Wyoming Refining Company’s ongoing expansion and renovation, the company has been pursuing a plan to re-implement a long abandoned pipeline between the refinery and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe rail yard, and it appears almost certain that the local school district will reap nearly a half-million dollars in rewards in exchange for allowing the refinery to use a piece of previously unused school property for the project.
The company approached Weston County School District #1 with a proposal to purchase a 25 foot strip of land— less than half an acre— on the north side of Newcastle Middle School, from Stampede Drive to the rail yard. The sale of the land was approved, in principle, at the WCSD #1 Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, May 13, in exchange for $10 and in-kind payment of goods and services—estimated at about $450,000— provided by WRC for the school district. The agreement is in the hands of lawyers from both parties to be finalized.

Former FOCUS Director arrested

The former director of FOCUS (Foundation of Caring, Understanding Services) who left the agency in 2013 under a cloud of suspicion has been arrested in the State of Washington and faces four charges in Weston County related to allegations of misusing agency funds, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Weston County Attorney William Curley.
“On May 20, 2015, 39 year old former Newcastle resident Amy Natchke, aka Amy Henry, was arrested by Clallam County (Washington) authorities,” the release stated.

Bock Memorial Walk/Run

This year, the Weston County Children’s Center will again host the Eva Marie Bock Walk/Run in order to raise funds for the Eva Marie Bock Memorial Preschool Scholarship Fund, which helps provide preschool education to children who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

“She was a huge advocate for early childhood development, and we wanted to keep that going,” proclaimed Tina Chick, a counselor at WCCC. She continued that the scholarship began when Eva Marie’s family created the fund with the money from her memorial after her passing on Sept. 11, 2008.

Docs want choices

Suggestions for better patient service and care were at the forefront of a local doctor’s report to the hospital board last month, and officials with the facility may implement a couple of changes as a result.

During the medical staff report at the Weston County Health Services Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 19, Medical Staff Director Dr. Michael Jording addressed the board primarily on in-home physical therapy options and continuity of care in Weston County Manor.

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