Weston County

The second program for the 31st season of the Weston County Concert Association will be on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. in Crouch Auditorium. The Cambria String Band will take the stage, giving the audience a taste of music with roots in both Wyoming and South Dakota. Larry Roetzel, the founder of the...

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Lynda Russell sits at the organ of the First United Methodist Church, where she has been playing for around 17 years. She loves classical music and traditional hymns.

 
Many of the women you’ll find playing the piano or organ in church on Sunday have been tickling the ivories since they were young girls. That hobby eventually bloomed into a passion and became a way to serve their churches in song.  Music is a central part of most worship services, and Weston...
The Bureau of Land Management has started revising the agency’s 1999 Newcastle Resource Management Plan, a document that guides the management of the 292,000 surface acres and 1.6 million acres of mineral estate in Niobrara, Weston and Crook counties, according to Tyson Finnicum, public affairs...

Photo courtesy of Emily Hartinger

Kori Hartinger, 8, and her mom, Emily Hartinger, converted this mini horse trailer together for their newest business venture, Gourmet Coolers. Kori sold unique lemonade flavors to customers at the farmer’s market this summer. 

 
When school is out of session and the spring days turn into hot summer scorchers, it is not unusual to see kids selling cold, refreshing lemonade to earn some extra cash.  That’s just what 8-year-old Kori Hartinger enjoyed doing in front of Skull Creek Studios and Boutique, owned by her mother...
The development of the first Rare Element Resources Ltd. demonstration plant in Upton is right on schedule for its projected 40-month timeline, which began in October 2021, according to an RER press release dated Sept. 26, 2022.  The project is spearheaded by General Atomics, which is an affiliate...
The Board of Weston County Commissioners agreed to take another look at Old Highway 85 and reconsider the planned scope of work, prior to a bridge replacement scheduled for 2024 and additional road work on the docket for 2025.  Vice Chairman Nathan Todd and Commissioners Ed Wagoner and Don Taylor...
A trio of Weston County commissioners expressed concerns during a recent meeting about Deputy Weston County Attorney Jeani Stone’s work on both the county employee handbook and a dispatch contract or resolution. Vice Chairman Nathan Todd and Commissioners Don Taylor and Ed Wagoner were the only...
SHERIDAN (WNE) — Wyoming high school seniors can now apply to become a 2023 Daniels Scholar and receive up to $100,000 toward their college degree.  Interested students must apply at DanielsFund.org/Scholarships by 4 p.m. Oct. 15 to be considered for the scholarship. The Daniels Scholarship Program...
The Wyoming State Historical Society held its annual awards luncheon on Sept. 10 in Wheatland, Wyo. Several Weston County residents received awards this year, all nominated by the Weston County Historical Society. KateLynn Slaamot won first place in the Newspapers category with her ongoing piece, “...

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Tour participants of the Weston County Historical Society’s Fall 2022 Trek stopped by the old Darlington School on Lynch Road outside of Newcastle. Children of the early Weston County homesteaders who attended these centrally located schoolhouses often had to walk or ride horseback, according to Latal Fisher in “Early Day Memories.” Although the Darlington School has long been abandoned, the remains of a stove and chalkboard can still be seen through the windows.

 
The homesteaders who poured their hearts and souls into creating a legacy is being preserved in Weston County by the ranchers who continue to work from sunup to sundown on the land passed down to them by their ancestors, and that legacy was on display for those fortunate enough to participate in a...

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