Worland Area News 11-26-18

Written by on November 26, 2018

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The Torrington Telegram reports that in a letter to Wyoming Workforce Services in Torrington and Mayor Mike Varney, Western Sugar Cooperative announced it would be permanently laying off 92 employees by the end of January 2019.
Varney read part of the letter during Tuesday’s Torrington City Council meeting. The letter stated the lay-off is quote, “based on current and projected business plans and needs, Western Sugar intends to permanently lay-off employees at this facility,” end qutoe, and restated that the lay-offs will be permanent several times.
Varney told the council and citizens in attendance this news could mean Western Sugar is going to shut down the factory, which they have been reportedly trying to do for several years. Most recently, Western Sugar announced it would be shutting down the plant in Nov. 2016.
Varney attributed the lay-off and potential shutdown in Torrington to the fact Western Sugar has invested heavily in processing factories in Scottsbluff, Neb., and Fort Morgan, Colo. – factories owned by Western Sugar. Varney said the company leases the Torrington factory – reportedly for $1 a year from a Montana company that purchased the factory for the acreage that came with it.

Gillette College will consider expanding its nursing program to help address a shortage of nurses in northeast Wyoming.
The Gillette News-Record reported Friday that college officials plan to begin reviewing a possible expansion next semester, after the program completes its accreditation requirements.
The program now accepts 32 students each year, all in the fall. College nursing director Louise Posten says the school is considering admitting 24 students in the fall and 24 in the spring.
The change could begin in the fall of 2021.
College officials say expansion would require two additional faculty members and more assistants, and class schedules would have to be adjusted to make room for more students.
Posten says the college might also need to increase financial aid, academic support services and other student resources.

An elk refuge in Wyoming will now require hunters to participate in a program to monitor the spread of a deadly wildlife disease.
Officials at the National Elk Refuge announced last week, that hunters must now turn over the heads of elk they kill for disease testing. Up to now, participation in the monitoring program was voluntary.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently detected chronic wasting disease in a mule deer killed by a vehicle in nearby Grand Teton National Park.
The detection raises concern the disease could spread rapidly at several western Wyoming feed grounds where elk are given food pellets to help them survive the winter.
Humans aren’t known to get chronic wasting disease but officials encourage hunters to test game meat from affected areas as a precaution.





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