Weston County

With the memory still fresh of the May 24 Uvalde, Texas massacre in which 19 kids and two teachers were shot to death in their classrooms at Robb Elementary School, plans are underway for a day of active shooter training in Newcastle schools.  “We need to be prepared. We always say it can’t happen...

Photo by Avery Chick/NLJ

Simone and Jeremy Bland visit with Jess Cassiday during a Mallo event on June 4 and 5. Jeremy’s classmate, Koree Khongphand-Buckman, put together the weekend to mirror the Newcastle Elementary School fifth-grade Mallo experience, since Bland was unable to attend with the rest of his class. 

 
Elementary school is that time in our lives when we’re most malleable. We are shaped by the experiences we have when we are young, and one of the most memorable for anyone who attended Newcastle Elementary School is almost always the fifth grade Mallo Camp trip.  In fifth grade, as sort of an...
The case filed by citizen Garrett Borton against Weston County Commissioner Tony Barton, which questioned his ability to serve in the office due to his residency in Crook County, has been dismissed by Sixth Judicial District Court Judge James Michael Causey.  Borton and Barton appeared in court on...
In the wake of the sudden and unexpected resignation of Police Chief Sam Keller early last week, the Newcastle City Council has reportedly approved Mayor Pam Gualtieri and Council Member Don Steveson to jointly serve as chief of police until a new chief can be appointed.  Keller submitted his...
"Our goal is for the kids to experience 'hands-on' outdoor education," Camp director Crystal Kellebrew said. Working for. the Campbell County Conservation District Kellebrew heads the Black Hills Natural Resources Youth Camp, June 8 to 10. She said that most of the students come fro Campbell and...

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Jennifer Steveson, Jody McCormack, and Tyler Bartlett stand together after McCormack was named Wyoming Middle School Science Teacher of the Year at the 2022 middle school awards ceremony on the 27th of May.

 
Jody McCormack teaches middle school science at Newcastle Middle School and has for the past 10 years. She has been described by her colleagues as extremely hardworking and passionate about what she does, and carrying that attitude into the classroom for the past decade helps earn statewide...
Weston County School District No.  1 is bidding farewell to four teachers who are retiring this year, each of whom has served as a teacher for decades. All four women chose Newcastle to be their final destination in education, and the impact of their retirement will be felt across the district. ...

Photos by Erin Persche/Weston County 4-H

Lily Parsons, Kayla Oleson, and Anika Oleson work on their 4-H Robotics projects.

 
The sounds of brainstorming, problem solving and working cooperatively have filled the Weston County Extension Office the last few Fridays, as the 4-H Robotics project members began work on their robots for the 2022 Showcase Showdown competition to be held June 23 in Laramie, Wyo. The robotics...

Photo by Alexis Barker/NLJ

Travis Peterson presents Dr. Willis Franz with a plaque on behalf of the Newcastle Tree Board at the local Arbor Day ceremony on April 29 for his dedication to making Newcastle beautiful.

 

 
For 28 years, Dr.  Willis Franz, 101, has worked to beautify Newcastle through his activity on the Newcastle Tree Board, so this year the board chose to recognize Franz for his efforts at the annual Arbor Day celebration on April 29.  The board presented Franz with a plaque for “his many years of...
Weston County has finally seen its unemployment rate fall — to 2.8% — after several months of increases or holding steady.  That was the good news according to the April 2022 unemployment report from the Research and Planning office of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.  With an...

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