Worland Area News 1-9-19

Written by on January 9, 2019

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Prior to the opening of Tuesday’s County Commissioners meeting, newly elected county officials took part in a swearing-in ceremony inside the District Court House. Judge Bobbi Overfield preceded over the swearing-in ceremony.
County Commissioners Fred Frandson and Terry Wolf, County Attorney John Worrall, County Treasurer Doris Kern, County Assessor Kathy Treanor, District Court Clerk Suzann Whitlock, Sheriff Steve Rakness, Coroner Jeff Lapp and County Clerk Mary Grace Strauch all took their oaths to serve their offices.
The commissioners met Tuesday and heard regular department reports from Public Health Director Amanda Heinemeyer, Building Maintenance Manager Tom Schmeltzer and Ambulance Director Luke Sypherd. They also heard an after action report from Washakie County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jeff Schweighart, in regard to the county-wide emergency management exercise. Schweighart is compiling his final report on the full-scale exercise.
Jarrod Glanz, Washakie County Weed and Pest Director met shortly with the Commissioners to appoint the Weed and Pest Board members. Again serving on that board will be Paul Scheuerman, Steve Propp and Terry Glanz. Washakie Counties Weed and Pest Board is the longest serving in the state of Wyoming.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s next meeting is Jan. 24 in Cheyenne. The meeting will be held at the Cheyenne Headquarters office, 5400 Bishop Blvd. The public is invited to attend and provide input on important topics.
The Commission will be asked to vote on the continuation of sage grouse trans-locations to North Dakota, eligible department volunteer projects for 2019 and several damage claim appeals. The Commission will also hear informational presentations and updates on possible regulatory action for new technologies for hunting equipment and a look back on the 2018 hunting season.
Game and Fish is also hosting a public open house with commissioners and department staff beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Game and Fish Department Headquarters. Refreshments will be served and youth are encouraged to attend as there will be lifetime licenses raffled for youth that meet residency requirements and are at least ten years of age. The lifetime licenses are provided by Pine Bluffs High Plains Chapter of Pheasants Forever.

The Wyoming Lottery has made a record $2.8 million payment to local counties, cities and towns across the state.
WyoLotto says the payment to the state Treasurer’s Office for disbursement is the largest amount of profit it has ever transferred to the state since the Wyoming Lottery was launched in 2014.
It’s the fifth consecutive transfer to the state of over $1 million and brings the total transfer amount to over $13.6 million since April 2016.
WyoLotto CEO Jon Clontz noted in a statement that the record transfer comes on the heels of a brother and sister from Casper winning the $3.3 million Cowboy Draw jackpot last month.
WyoLotto offers four draw games, including the state-only Cowboy Draw and the Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life nationwide draw games.

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