Worland Area News 11-20-18

Written by on November 20, 2018

Local issues are in the spotlight at both the Washakie County Commissioners and Worland City Council meetings today in Worland.
The County Commissioners, who meet beginning at 9:00 A.M., will discuss traffic on a pair of roads, Washakie Ten in Worland and the Lower Nowood Road near Ten Sleep. The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports that both roads are seeing heavier out of state and semi-truck traffic that is damaging the road surface. As well, local residents are concerned about the rates of speeds they are seeing vehicles travel on the roads in question. The Commission is considering making both of the roads open to local traffic only. Currently weight restrictions are in place, but the County is looking to do more. Washakie County is working with WYDOT to research state aid in re-routing traffic and updating GPS systems to inform drivers the roads are local-traffic only. The Daily News also stated that John Worrall, Washakie County Attorney, said the Sheriff’s office would have jurisdiction to issue citations to non-residents, should a policy be adopted.
The Worland City Council will meet tonight at 7:00 P.M. in council chambers at City Hall. Among regular business, the council will hear the first reading on a proposed Vendor Ordinance. Local and traveling food trucks and vendors have been a topic for the council for some time, and this will be the first of three readings to pass the ordinance. A copy of the proposed Vendor Ordinance is available for viewing online at CityofWorland.org.

The Wyoming State Museum is launching a video series to teach people about firearms from the museum’s collection. The first two videos in the “Firearms Friday” series were posted this week on the museum’s YouTube channel .
Museum volunteer Evan Green explains the history and other details of two revolvers, one produced by Remington and another produced by Smith & Wesson.
Museum Collections Section Supervisor Jim Allison says the series is intended to show people the variety of weapons contained in the museum’s collection.
The museum in Cheyenne focuses on the history of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. Its collections also include items crafted and used by Native Americans, clothing and household items and examples of fossils, minerals and animal life.

The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.
Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the wolf’s status and is expected to declare they’ve recovered sufficiently to be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The House bill enshrines that policy in law. It was approved, 196-180, and now goes to the Senate.

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