Worland Area News 11-28-18

Written by on November 28, 2018

The operators of Wheeler’s IGA in Basin have decided to close their doors. Wendy Corr from our Cody News Bureau with the story.
The Basin Republican-Rustler reports that the owner of the building received notification of the planned closure on Thursday, November 15th. Employees were notified on Friday the 16th, and for most of them, their jobs ended on Sunday the 18th. Just three employees remained.
Owner Ann Brundage’s grandfather, Joseph Wheeler, opened the store more than 100 years ago. She told the newspaper that the business started as a meat market and then a meat locker plant, before evolving into a grocery store. Four generations of the family worked in the store, before they leased it Dick Peterson, who then turned it over to the Durbin family.
JR Durbin said his plan is to sell as much of the stock he has and then to also sell the equipment they own. He cited expenses from major repairs that left them with an unsustainable debt load as the primary reason for the closure, adding that he is hopeful that he and his wife will be able to find jobs in the area.

Gillette police have determined that the 24-year-old man who shot his brother in the shoulder on Nov. 17 did so accidentally and no charges will be filed.
Police Sgt. Eric Dearcorn says the 24-year-old was handling a handgun when it went off in a home. A bullet hit the 13-year-old in the shoulder and then migrated to his upper chest.
Dearcorn tells the Gillette News Record that the 13-year-old was taken to a hospital in Billings, Montana, where he is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that once again, the state Legislature will be taking up public records legislation in the 2019 session.
After nearly four hours of discussion to cap months of deliberations, amendments and even the creation of a special task force designed to help hone the focus of the bill, the Committee on Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions voted 8-4 (with two absences) Tuesday to take up a bill to increase access to public records. Among other things, the bill outlined a specific timeline for public agencies to fulfill records requests, designated a person to handle those requests and outlined avenues of recourse for people to appeal denied requests or file complaints.
The bill comes months after a review of state public records law prompted by a single website, OpenTheBooks.com, flooding 800 state agencies with public records requests.
Though imperfect, several legislators noted the priority of incoming Gov. Mark Gordon and auditor-elect Kristi Racines to improve transparency and expressed a willingness to present his transparency working group with legislation to build on in the 2019 session.

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