Worland Area News 11-16-18

Written by on November 16, 2018

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow was unanimously chosen as president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Board of Directors on Wednesday.
Quote, “It’s an honor to represent Wyoming at the national level. My hope is to be a strong voice for rural education and prioritize issues that impact our state, such as school safety and security, access to educational opportunity, and making sure all relevant decisions happen at the local level to better serve our students as they prepare for their future.” End quote, said Superintendent Balow.
Superintendent Balow has served on the Board of Directors since 2016. She will have one year to select a national platform before assuming the presidency in 2019. As President, she will frequently be asked to speak with federal policy makers about education issues.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO’s Board of Directors manages the overall business affairs of the Council and is the governing body of the organization.

The Greybull Standard reports a strong voter turnout in 2018. Three out of every four registered voters in Big Horn County went to the polls in last week’s general election, putting it slightly ahead of the turnout in 2014 and on par with the turnout from 2010, which were the last two non-presidential general elections.
Figures released by the county clerk’s office on Tuesday show that 4,358 ballots were cast in the district’s 13 precincts. The total number of registered voters in the county was 5,787, which doesn’t include new voters who registered on the day of the election.
Big Horn County continues to be a stronghold for the GOP. Eighty-four percent (4,872) of the county’s registered voters (5,787) are registered Republicans. Eight percent (457) are registered Democrats. Seven percent (405) are unaffiliated voters.

Officials at Yellowstone National Park say the park had the third busiest October on record, sending the park over the 4 million-visitation mark for the year.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports park officials say Yellowstone hosted 218,076 visits last month, about a 3 percent increase over last October’s visitation numbers. The park averaged nearly 190,000 visits in October from 2012 to 2017.
For the year, the park has counted 4,078,770 visits, which is down slightly from the same period last year. The park recorded 4,084,763 visits through October in 2017.
With the increase in October, the park’s year-to-date visitation in 2018 is 3 percent lower than it was in 2016, with 4,212,782 visits through October. However, the report through October pegs park visitation 29 percent higher than it was in 2013.

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