Worland News 11-8-18

Written by on November 8, 2018

The unofficial results are in and the people have spoken, unseating Hot Springs County attorney Jerry D. Williams (R) and unseating Thermopolis mayor Mike Mortimore by a large margin. This per a report in the Northern Wyoming Daily News.
Independent Jill Logan received 1,399 votes to unseat Williams who received 821 votes in Tuesday’s general election.
Mike Chimenti received 754 votes to unseat Mortimore who received 467 votes.
Three seats on the Hot Springs County School District No. 1 board of directors were up for grabs with Jennifer Axtell retaining her seat with 1,111 votes. The other two seats were filled by new members Richard Engelbrecht with 1,089 votes and Ronda Freel with 1,142 votes.
Two seats were available for Hot Springs County commissioners with Thomas J. Ryan retaining his seat with 1,569 votes and newcomer to the position Jack T Baird with 1,254 votes.
Hot Springs County voters decided against the proposed conservation district tax on all assessed property in Hot Springs County to provide soil, water conservation and recycling programs with 1,175 votes against the proposed tax and 977 for the proposed tax.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a buck white-tailed deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Deer Hunt Area 32. The deer was harvested west of Kaycee. CWD has previously been documented in neighboring deer hunt areas.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is concerned about CWD and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer. The disease is fatal to deer, elk, and moose. Recent research in Wyoming shows that it poses a threat to deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish announces when CWD is found in a new hunt area.
A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.
Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,882 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years, and continue to consider new recommendations for trying to manage the disease. Although chronic wasting disease has not been shown to be transmissible to humans, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that hunters should not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park has waived his preliminary hearing on a separate incident in Cheyenne.
KGAB-AM reports that Gabriel Villalva, of Greeley, Colorado, is charged in Laramie County with interference with a peace officer-injury, reckless driving and eluding.
The charges stem from a Sept. 19 incident in which police say Villalva led police on a chase that included crashing into a police car. Villalva remains jailed on a $10,000 cash bond. His arraignment date has not yet been set.
Before the Cheyenne incident, Yellowstone rangers cited Villalva for walking off boardwalks and within a few feet of Old Faithful on Sept. 14. Tourists also captured video of a man resembling Villalva sitting next to one of Yellowstone’s hottest springs.

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