Worland News 11-5-18

Written by on November 5, 2018

Tomorrow is voting day across the nation and locally across Washakie County and the City of Worland.
Two ballot propositions will be presented to citizens of Washakie County. Both of the proposals concern taxes, the first is the Washakie County One Cent Sales Tax. The second measure up for vote is the four percent lodging tax proposition.
The Washakie One Cent Tax is a local sales tax that benefits a number of recipients. This includes the cities of Worland and Ten Sleep, Worland Community Center Complex, Worland Fire Protection District, Worland and Ten Sleep Senior Centers and the Crisis and Prevention Center. A plethora of information about the tax can be found online at www.washakieonecent.com.
Washakie County voters will also decide if the county should continue collecting a four percent lodging tax that is applied to visitors staying at hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds and similar establishments. It is limited to stays of 30 days or less. The tax benefits the Visitor’s Council, which uses the revenue to advertise and sponsor local tourism initiatives. A Northern Wyoming Daily News article reports that Washakie County has approved the lodging tax since 1990 and collected $102,354 in 2018. All voters in Worland will cast ballots at the Worland Community Center Complex, while Ten Sleep votes at the Ten Sleep Senior Center.

The National Park Service is taking more public comment on a proposal to replace the bridge over the Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park.
The bridge was built in 1960 and is in poor condition. The proposed new bridge would be located directly east of the existing bridge on the park’s South Entrance Road between the South Entrance and Grant Village.
The South Entrance Road would remain open during construction although there may be temporary closures. Access to the overlook of the Lewis River Falls would be closed during the duration of the project.
In addition to replacing the bridge, the proposal includes reconstructing the adjacent Lewis River Falls parking area. Construction would begin in 2020 and continue into 2022.
Comments must be received by Nov. 30.

A federal magistrate has ordered that a 27-year-old man remain in custody while his court case proceeds on charges of breaking into and setting fire to a local Wyoming Republican Party office.
Kellen M. Sorber is charged with one count of using fire to commit a felony. KTWO-AM in Casper reports that Sorber appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelly Rankin in Cheyenne.
Authorities say the Albany County GOP headquarters in downtown Laramie was vandalized and set on fire on Sept. 6. No one was hurt in the fire.
Both Democratic and Republican party leaders in Laramie said they had never heard of Sorber, who is not a registered voter in Wyoming.

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