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Erin Persche, pictured with her husband Trent, is the new Weston County 4-H educator. She worked for eight years  as health inspector with the Department of Agriculture, and said she looks forward to continuing to build her relationship with the community.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County’s newest 4-H educator, Erin Persche, has county extension education running through her veins. Not only did the Lusk native grow up participating in 4-H activities, her mother, Denise Smith, worked as an educator for 46 years, retiring on March 31, the...

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John Murray, former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who moved to the Weston County area eight years ago, offers quality handyman services to the community. Murray’s goal is to be reliable and see his work to completion.

John Murray, Canada native who moved to the Buckhorn area about eight years ago, has been working as a handyman for several years and wants the community to know that he offers quality services. John the Handyman will do all sorts of jobs, such as kitchen and bathroom remodels, flooring, minor...

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Lady Justice stands on top of the portico of the Weston County Courthouse after suffering damage from Thursday’s high winds. With gusts up to 80 mph, her arm that held the scales of justice was broken and swept away. The arm was found in front of the steps on the sidewalk, where one of the scale plates broke loose and was severely damaged.

Located on the prominent corner of West Main Street and South Summit Avenue, the Weston County Courthouse has stood since 1911, the year that construction was completed. In October of the same year, President William Howard Taft even visited the Beaux-Arts style elaborate building and gave an...

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Lorraine Davis and her granddaughter, Kyla Popma. Davis, 89, still rides horseback and helps move cattle with her granddaughter and family, who took over the operation of Davis’ ranch more than a decade ago. 

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   Lorraine Davis first began riding horses as a young child, when she often rode bareback because her family couldn’t afford a saddle. Davis even has memories of riding horseback to go visit her neighbors, Earl Christiansen and his family.  “Mom would put four of us on...

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Newcastle Middle School students Baleigh Knight, Kaitlyn Blumenthal, and  Preslee Fitzwater, and were recognized in Crouch Auditorium for being published in a national Poetry Collections book.

Avery Chick NLJ Intern   Often in education, teachers look for ways to help their students express themselves in themes of learning. Expressing yourself as a student can help build lasting connections to important content in school subject areas. Some students may express themselves in the arts,...
KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   A team of Newcastle High School students, under the direction of science teacher James Stith, was recently honored as one of the two Wyoming state champions in the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The students’ efforts earned a $6,500 grant for the...

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Sonya Tysdal, Weston County School District No. 1 curriculum director, was selected by her peers as the 2021 Wyoming Curriculum Director of the year late last month.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   After nearly 10 years serving as Weston County School District No. 1’s curriculum director, Sonya Tysdal has been named 2021 Wyoming Curriculum Director of the Year by the Wyoming Curriculum Directors Association.  A part of the district for 16 years, Tysdal has...

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Don and Ruth Taylor, shown on their wedding day in 2019, are the new owners of Mondell Heights Retirement Home in Newcastle.

Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    As a Weston County commissioner and owner of Donna’s Main Street Diner, Don Taylor and his wife, Ruth, a pharmacist and owner of Cambria Discount Drug, have their hands involved in the community as local entrepreneurs. The Taylors recently added elderly care to...

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Doug and Diane Hudson purchased Mondell Heights Retirement Home in 2010. The recently sold the assisted living facility to Ruth and Don Taylor.

Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    After serving the residents of Mondell Heights for 12 years, owners Doug and Diane Hudson decided it was time to move on. They sold the assisted living business to Don and Ruth Taylor, effective the first of the year. Although a few parties were interested in...

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Don and Kacy Botkin started a new cleaning business earlier this year, Blue Dog Cleaning, and are offering a variety of services to Weston County. They are passionate about offering excellent service.

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   “Gruff on Grime” is the motto of the new Newcastle cleaning business started by Don and Kacy Botkin. Blue Dog Cleaning, named after their favorite dog, a blue Australian cattle dog, began offering services in May, seeking to provide quality cleaning services to the...

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