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Lydia Anderson wrangles two pigs after letting them out for exercise on a Friday morning. She and her brothers, Jonathan and Isaiah, raise pigs for fair nearly every year and are excited to see how this year’s batch performs at the 2022 Weston County Fair, which begins July 22. 

Lydia, Jonathan and Isaiah Anderson have been raising pigs — typically a crossed breed of Hampshire and Yorkshire — through 4-H and showing them at the Weston County Fair for several years. The sibling trio is back at it again this year with high hopes.  “I think they’re the best ones that we’ve...

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Although it took a series of obstacles to get there, Uunited States Air Force Col. Chris Roness achieved his dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot in 2003, 10 years after he enlisted.

After serving in the United States Air Force for nearly 27 years, Col. Chris Roness decided it was time to fly “full circle” by celebrating his retirement from military life in his hometown of Newcastle.   “I really wanted to go full circle. That (Newcastle) is really where the dream began,” the...
The Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office has dished out an unprecendented amount of unclaimed property over the course of the past few years, but the state still has nearly $100 million it would like to return to its rightful owners, and a significant chunk of that is right here in Weston County....

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Debb Loebs and Missy Harder make conversation during a low in their workday, Harder has worked for the small business for years.

Local businesses appear to be getting back on their feet after the pandemic, and Weston County was recently named one of the 10 best places statewide to operate small businesses, according to SmartAsset. The company released an analysis of the business landscape in Wyoming, and this county ranked...

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The Newcastle Police Department remodel is set to be completed by Sept. 15 of this year, and includes a dispatch office, dispatch room, Chief of Police office, evidence room, break room and more. Pictured is city engineer Mike Moore in the soon-to-be dispatch office. 

The city of Newcastle approved a budget of $8,108,121 at a hearing on June 20, for fiscal year 2023 that runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.  The city also closed the books on the past year and stayed well within its fiscal 2022 budget of $7,372,252, as expenditures as of June 30 totaled only...
Nissen, Coy & Wehri make Honor Roll Casper College officials have released the names of the 399 students who made the Dean’s Honor Roll at Casper College for the 2022 spring semester, and 489 students who made the President’s Honor Roll. To qualify for Dean’s Honor Roll, a student must have a...
Don Botkin NLJ Reporter   Three local men recently competed in Laramie at the U.S. Powerlifting Association’s Powerlifting Drug Tested Wyoming State Championship. Laramie Fitness hosted the event on June 11-12. The powerlifting meet served as a qualifier for several national powerlifting events,...

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Ham operators Tom Wing and Darrel Schlup hosted the annual Amateur Radio Relay League field day exercise on June 25-26. Pictured is the radio they used to communicate during the exercise. They used rope, wire and 90-foot trees as their tower and powered the radio through solar-charged batteries.

Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    The Amateur Radio Relay League has been hosting its annual ARRL Field Day exercise the final full weekend in June since 1933 in locations across the United States. Ham operators locate contact to as many stations as possible in 24 hours during the exercise. Tom...

Cutline for top photo: Photo courtesy of Diana Douglas-Turner

The second annual Handgun Hunter’s Competition occurred June 17-18 at the Cross H Ranch near Newcastle. The event, organized by Joe Sandrini and Chris Rhodes, offers a variety of scenarios to sharpen handgun hunting skills and also benefits the Handgun Hunters Charitable Foundation, founded by Sandrini and Rhodes last year. Above, Mark Hampton enjoys one of the shooting stations.


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Guest of honor Matt Codney prepares to shoot while others look on during the second annual Handgun Hunter’s Competition June 17-18 at the Cross H Ranch near Newcastle.

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   For two years now Newcastle has been the scene of a unique handgun contest that draws participants from all over the country. The second annual Handgun Hunter’s Competition just took place June 17-18. The competition, organized by Newcastle’s Joe Sandrini and Chris...
In the article titled “Seminar will help people understand property taxes,” printed in the June 30, 2022, issue of the News Letter Journal, the 10% to 15% increase was referring to cost tables. Cost tables are “values reflecting replacement cost determined by the statisticians at the state level,”...

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