Weston County

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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...
Newcastle High School science instructor Jim Stith has again received a grant to turn creative teaching ideas into reality as part of the Voya Financial Inc.’s Unsung Heroes award. Stith is the only winner in the state and one of 50 winners in the nation to receive the award, according to a press...
Students in Weston County School District No. 1 will eventually be eating locally produced meat, and possibly produce as well, after the board of trustees voted to implement a farm to school program in Newcastle schools.  Superintendent Brad LaCroix recommended during the Aug. 31 regular meeting...
Everyday mask use and routine COVID-19 testing for staff are no longer required at Weston County Health Services and the Manor after a Sept. 23 update from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Masks and regular testing have been required at the facility for over two years, according to...

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service 

After draining in 2019 due to infrastructure failures, Turner Reservoir, located outside of Osage, is open again for fishing and stocked with rainbow trout and largemouth bass. 

 
After the 4-acre Turner Reservoir was drained in 2019 due to leakage issues, the popular fishing spot 7 miles northwest of Osage has been refilled and restocked, according to Aaron Voos, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service.  “The contractor who did the initial repairs (JTR...
Only six Newcastle City Council candidates for three four-year terms will appear on the 2022 general election ballot because of a “miscommunication” regarding a fourth open council seat, according to City Clerk-Treasurer Stacy Haggerty and Mayor Pam Gualtieri.  According to Mayor Gualtieri, only...
Fire restrictions lifted in forests   LARAMIE (WNE) — Fire restrictions on all National Forest System lands managed by the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland were removed on Friday.  The restrictions were lifted because of increased fuel moisture and favorable...

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder, Zach’s father Brian Beam, Newcastle Science Teacher Zach Beam, Zach’s wife Crystal Beam, Weston County School District #1 Superintendent Brad LaCroix,  and Newcastle High School Principal Bryce Hoffman.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional information.  A short ceremony in Crouch Auditorium on Thursday, Sept.  22, proved to hold a big surprise for one high school teacher, and the reason for the unannounced assembly at Crouch Auditorium became apparent after the Pledge...

Now married to her husband, Kelly, and living in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, with their two daughters, Emersyn, 9, and Avery, 6, Kristin Carmichael decided it was time to transition out of her coaching career to spend more time with her family. She is now the assistant athletic director at BHSU. 

 
Kristin Carmichael’s passion for volleyball started on the courts of Newcastle Middle School when she was in seventh grade, and this year her dedication to the sport has earned her a spot in the 2022 Black Hills State University Hall of Fame.  “Kristin is arguably one of the best, if not the best,...
It’s that time of year again for hunters to don their camouflage, load up their firearms and bows and head into the quiet serenity of the wilderness to see if they’re lucky enough to bring home wild game. Local Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist Joe Sandrini projected what the 2022...

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