BLM: Fire danger still exists

The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management is reminding people of the ever-present threat of wildfire, and encouraging residents and visitors to exercise caution on the 4th of July even though they may feel a bit more secure because of an abundance of rainfall in the past month.

“Despite the recent precipitation, please remember to take care and use caution enjoying our beautiful public lands in Wyoming,” said Fire Mitigation Specialist Carmen Thomason. “The smallest spark has the potential to start a fire. For those camping over the 4th of July, remember to extinguish campfires properly with water and dirt until they are cool.

“Never leave a campfire unattended, crush cigarettes, ensure that your vehicle is parked in areas clear of vegetation and remember that fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands in Wyoming. We want everyone to have a fun but safe holiday.”

Billie B. Wheeler

Billie B. Wheeler

-June 23, 2015

Billie Wheeler entered the gates of Heaven on June 23, 2015.  Billie was formerly of Newcastle and resided at Providence Place at Glencroft, Glendale, Ariz. for the past 10 1/2 years.

She married Keith Carlson in 1941 and had five children.  She put all her love into family, nursing, and sewing.

She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends who were touched by her passions.

She was preceded in death by two children, daughter, Sherrie (Michael) Belcourt, Newcastle, son, Larry Carlson, Granddaughter, Debra Fish, Grandson, Clifford Tompkins, and  Great Granddaughter, Hannah Belcourt.

Survivors include daughters, Deanna (Earl) Louderback, Pasco, Wash.; Darlynn (Marvyn) Tompkins, Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Brent (Phoung) Carlson, Garden Grove, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 24 Great grandchildren and 16 Great, great grandchildren.  Services will be held at West Resthaven, 6450 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Ariz. and viewing will be from 9-11 am and graveside services held at 11:15am.

Adam Wilbert Staiger

Adam Wilbert Staiger

December 14, 1925-June 19, 2015

Adam, 90, of Seattle, Wash. passed away June 19, 2015. Adam was born on December 14, 1925 to Christian and Magdelene (Heupel) Staiger on a farm south of Glen Ullin, N.D. On the family farm, he was the youngest of seven children.

He met his wife, Eilene, in Mandan, N.D. They moved to Seattle, Wash. and both worked at Boeing. The couple was married 54 years.

Adam raised chickens, ducks, geese and birds and sold the eggs to cafes. He also dearly loved his dog.

Adam passed away due to his illness and spent the last 6 years at Burien Nursing Home in Seattle.

Adam is survived by his wife Eilene, his sister Anita Ottema of Newcastle, his sister-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his 4 children, his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, nieces, nephews, Aunts, Uncles, and many cousins.

His wishes were cremation and no services.

Russel Daniel Davis


Russel Daniel Davis

October 30, 1930-June 8, 2015

Russell Daniel Davis, age 84, of Newcastle died Monday, June 8, 2015.

He was born in rural Crook County at the Livingston Ranch on October 30, 1930 to Daniel Thomas Davis and Dorothy (Livingston) Davis. He had two sisters, Estella and Zelpha, and one brother, Gerald.

He grew up on the Davis Ranch in Rural Weston County where he attended the Davis Country School through the 8th grade. Russell attended Newcastle High School where he was a charter member of Demolay. He participated in track and football before graduating in 1948.

After graduation Russell joined the Army from 1949-1953. During this time he served in the Korean War. After returning home, Russell married Louella Lorraine Hansen on August 22, 1953. They were blessed with two children, Dana and Grant.

Russell worked for the Refinery for 20 years and was a member of the Newcastle First United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, Fire Board, and Weston County Weed and Pest and Stockgrowers Association.

In 1962, Russell and Lorraine purchased their ranch on Beaver Creek near Newcastle. Russell loved to farm and ranch and continued to do so until he was 80 years old. Even after 80, he could still be found with his oxygen tank strapped to the tractor while he was plowing the field.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of Newcastle; children; Dana (Harold) Tysdal of Newcastle, Grant of Powell; grandchildren, Garrett Tysdal and Kyla (Micah) Popma both of Newcastle; sister, Estella Boulden of Fort Collins, Colo.; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Zelpha Hansen, and brother, Gerald Davis.

Services were held June 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church.

Center needs new roof

The Weston County Senior Services Center is in desperate need of a new roof, according to Executive Director Glenda Mefford, who told the News Letter Journal that they noticed that the roof was leaking roughly a year ago.

The news isn’t a complete surprise to Mefford or the WCSS Board, however, as they knew when they moved into the former Gertrude Burns Elementary School in 2003 that the aging building would present such maintenance needs in time.

“It could be put off when we first move down here,” explained Mefford, who noted that it wasn’t until roughly a year ago that it became apparent the leaking had gotten bad enough that it was in desperate need of repairs. That cost of a new roof for the entire building is estimated to be $320,287.

Mefford proclaimed that while maintenance personnel have been doing their best to patch the roof and replace damaged tiles, an entire roof replacement needs to take place as soon as possible to avoid further damage, which is already becoming apparent throughout the facility, but mainly in the east wing.

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