Weston County

Weston County will again see an increase in assessed valuation, according to Assessor Kara Lenardson, who reported that preliminary numbers show an increase of approximately $10 million in the local assessed value.  “I am still waiting on some of the state-assessed valuations, but I did receive...

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Allison Farella, new school nurse in Newcastle, was recently honored in the Rapid City Journal’s 2022 Nurses Contest, receiving the People’s Choice Award.  Pictured is Allison’s family, from left: Camryn, Chuck, Allison and Carter.

Allison Farella just always knew she wanted to be a nurse. With a desire to help people and a natural caring personality, it only seemed natural. Now, after being a nurse for over a decade, she was recently honored for excellence in her field.  Farella is a registered nurse, and she recently...
Unlike in past elections, a majority of the Weston County precinct committeeman/committeewoman seats will be determined by the voters this year after multiple people  filed for the available seats.  With 27 candidates seeking the position of either committeeman or committeewoman in the eight...
The Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department will help the community celebrate Independence Day this year, but their annual display will be on Sunday, July 3 instead of July 4. There will be plenty of fireworks on Independence Day, however, as they are permitted in both the county and Newcastle on the...
Questions and concerns surrounding the resignation of former Newcastle Police Chief Sam Keller and the decision to have Mayor Pam Gualtieri and Councilman Don Steveson assume his duties came to a head on June 20 during the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting (see City Council Minutes).  As...
The Flying V trail system will get a boost thanks to a $28,000 grant from Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.  Jeremy Dedic, who has been digging trails in the local area for a number of years, counts the Flying V trail system as one of his projects. The system, which is continually...

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Liliya Giroux, Jared Caing and Emma Patron, students with the Montana Conservation Corps, dig out part of “Hairnet Trail” at the Old Quarry Trails being developed a mile past the LAK Reservoir. The MCC signed a three-year contract to work on the trails, and the first crew of five workers came from June 8-14. See story on Page 11.

 
Between the Flying V and Serenity Trail, Weston County has offered well over 20 miles of trails for hikers and bikers to enjoy, but this summer there are even more trails available to the public.  Jeremy Dedic, the District 1 assistant district forester for the Wyoming State Forestry Division, has...

Sad and Lonesome Boys played inside Perkins after the first Warm Summer Nights concert was rained out. 

Kim and the Classics (formerly Kim and the Cue Balls), which was scheduled to play the first Warm Summer Nights concert on Friday, canceled its planned appearance abruptly. Hosted by the Weston County Arts Council, the show was to be sponsored by First State Bank of Newcastle and the Weston County...

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Chad Sloan, above, pulls a wagon full of plants to help his mom Lacey with the family garden. Lacey said he enjoys being the “little helper” and keeps transplanting the same potato plant to tell her he’s “planting potatoes.” Above, he climbs the fence to hop into the sheep pen. This year, the family is raising four ewes and one lamb.

 
“My entire life I’ve been a critter lover,” said Lacey Sloan, owner of Dos Acres Farm. “One of my cousins — she was like, ‘I always knew that you would have a farm and that you’d have a lot of animals.’” Sloan is now living that dream with her husband, Jonathan, on their just over two-acre farm a...
Diverting from normal practice to allow board members time to digest information about a full slate of candidates, the Weston County Health Services board of trustees tabled the appointment of a new board member until its July meeting. On June 16, the board met with Esther Murray, Dorothy Briggs,...

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