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Property taxes across the state have increased 10% to 15% following a high sales year in 2021, according to Weston County Assessor Kara Lenardson.  With the hopes of helping people understand their property taxes, Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, has organized a seminar in Newcastle on July 14. During...
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 on page...
Report: Embassy Tavern shooter shot himself before law enforcement could make arrest   ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — In the early hours on Friday, June 24, a manhunt was conducted in the north area of Rock Springs for Green River resident Douglas Wolf, 51, the suspect of a double homicide that occurred...
Man gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park   AFTON (WNE) — According to information from the Yellowstone National Park Communications Office, a 34-year old male from Colorado Springs, Colorado was gored by a bull bison near Giant Geyser at Old Faithful on June 27. The man was walking with his...
Desire to honor late Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum leads town to consider policy for place names   JACKSON (WNE) — Jackson’s Town Council is planning to name a street, park or another public place in town after fallen U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, who grew up in Jackson, along with making a...
Man pleads guilty to 5 public indecency counts   GILLETTE (WNE) — The man accused of exposing himself to multiple people in Walmart, including a 5-year-old boy, pleaded guilty to five counts of public indecency. Chad Michael Hoskey, 40, pleaded guilty June 20 to the five misdemeanors, one of which...

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