Turkey Tangle Results


Commissioners want minutes sooner

At the Nov. 17 meeting of the Weston County Commissioners, a discussion was held in regard to the timeliness with which the minutes of prior meetings are made available to the commissioners for their review. Though no vote was taken, the commissioners decided to request that the county attorney review the matter in order to determine what action, if any, might be taken.

Commissioner Tracy Hunt broached the issue to the board, indicating he is displeased that the minutes of commission meetings aren’t available within the week in which they take place.

“I just want to throw this out,” he said. “We’ve had a bunch of discussion about minutes and what’s the proper form of minutes … It has been an unnecessary roadblock to forward progress on other matters. I don’t see why … the minutes wouldn’t be easier to recall and reproduce if they were done in close temporal relationship to when they occurred.”

Shooting being investigated

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Weston County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating a shooting that occurred just south of Newcastle on Saturday evening, and according to Sheriff Bryan Colvard officials continue to gather evidence and have yet to make a determination about the exact nature of what transpired at the intersection of Highway 85 and Old Highway 85, also known as Dump Road.

“We are investigating it fully, and currently haven’t identified any suspects,” Colvard told the News Letter Journal.

He said that police dispatch received a call at approximately 5:15 p.m. on November 21 from a passerby who came upon the scene and described a female victim laying on the ground near a silver 2008 Hyundai Elantra. Colvard reported that the caller informed dispatch that the victim was bleeding from a head wound.

Pay to perform

Weston County Health Services is looking at a system that would provide for approximately $36,000 in performance- based pay to be distributed in the form of bonuses to employees that are going above and beyond the call of duty.

Human Resource Director Julie Sindlinger gave a presentation to the Weston County Health Services board on November 19 about the program.

“We have been planning this for about five years now,” Sindlinger announced, noting that the performance-based bonuses in the proposal are meant for employees who go “above and beyond to help the facility succeed.”

These employees, according to Sindlinger, aid with extra activities the facility organizes, as well as serve on boards and help other employees deal with conflict. She referred to them as proactive team members.

Cost of living still low

Weston County scored a 91 on the state’s Comparative Cost of Living Index for the second quarter of 2015, which was released last month, placing the county on the same level as Big Horn County and slightly behind Uinta, Hot Springs, and Lincoln Counties (Afton), each with an index score of 92.

Teton was far and away the most expensive county in the state in which to live with a score of 135, followed by Campbell, Converse, and Sublette Counties with respective scores of 107, 106, and 105.

Platte and Niobrara Counties were the least expensive spots in the state, with index scores of 88, followed closely by Goshen with a score of 89.

Teton’s index score of 135 means it’s cost of living is 35 percent higher than the state average of 100.

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