Pig wrestling cancelled this year

Alexis Barker  NLJ Reporter

Although it isn’t technically viewed as a “Fair Event,” the pig wrestling competition that has taken place during Fair Week each year has become a staple that has grown to draw some of the largest crowds to the annual countywide celebration, but a number of challenges are going to keep it off the menu for the 2016 Weston County Fair.

On July 12 at the regularly scheduled Weston County Fair Board meeting, Fairgrounds Manager Ellen McKenzie informed the board that the pig wrestling event was not going to take place this year, and Newcastle Booster Club representative Kim Conzelman confirmed that in an interview with the News Letter Journal later in the week.

Budget concerns from 4-H


Todd Bennington NLJ Reporter

The Weston County Commissioners voted Monday evening on last minute budget adjustments to be carried out by Assistant Deputy Clerk Mona Wineteer, though not on a finalized budget which they had until Tuesday to adopt.

First, however, the commissioners heard from Extension Office Coordinator Vicki Hayman and 4-H Educator Stacy Buchholz. The pair complained respectively that they hadn’t yet had access to detailed budget figures for their department, and that the ability of 4-H members to attend a Mallo Camp gathering may be threatened.

“Is there some reason we weren’t allowed to see this ahead of time to prepare when other counties all get it,” Hayman asked the commissioners of her department’s line item figures.

Upton wants to enforce ordinances

Todd Bennington NLJ Reporter

Mayor Dustin Upton confessed to Upton Town Council members at their July 12 meeting that public comments that had come out of the town’s recent discussion on allowing chickens within city limits have caused him to think that perhaps town officials aren’t doing enough to address the enforcement of city ordinances.

Upton, who noted that the City of Newcastle maintains an officer dedicated to ordinance enforcement, said he feels a sense of personal responsibility that the town is falling short in areas such as animal control, junk, abandoned vehicles, and weeds.

“It’s something in my opinion we need to really be looking at, to start picking up on some of the ordinances that I feel the community is asking us to do,” he said. “I got a lot out of that last meeting, and it was pretty obvious to me what everybody’s concerns were.”

Truck crash claims a life

Bob Bonnar NLJ Associate Publisher

A 27-year old Newcastle man is dead following a single vehicle crash west of town last weekend.

According to a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, George Thompson sustained fatal injuries at the scene of a rollover accident that took place approximately seven miles west of Newcastle. The crash occurred on Highway 16 at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Sergeant David Wagener of the Highway Patrol reported that Thompson was traveling east on the highway in a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck when the vehicle left the highway to the south before being overcorrected to the left, and the situation quickly worsened from there.

Osage brings Alaska and Wyo together



by Tom Mullen NLJ Publisher

An Alaska native with Osage roots, Dawn Linton Warren organized a luncheon that brought together America’s two smallest delegations in Cleveland on Sunday.

“Bob (Bonnar) and I were having dinner,” she told the News Letter Journal in an interview, “and when he learned that (husband) Kris is an alternate delegate, he said, ‘what I’d like to do is get the states, Wyoming and Alaska, together.”

The News Letter Journal Publisher, and cousin-in-law of Linton (her mother, Kay, is a Townsend by birth), had Wyoming House District 2 Representative Hans Hunt on speed dial and arrangements were made.

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