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Legislature weekly roundup-Week 2

By House Rep. Jon Conrad District No. 19 The House debated extensively on a number of matters including, Suicide Prevention ­- I spoke in favor of HB0065 stating “Suicide not only impacts that person, but their families, their communities and their employers…Although we can debate the value of the money, I encourage all of us to think about our Wyoming values.” Permanent funding for the 988-lifeline had firm and vocal support, but others urged House members to reject the bill. Those of us in support continue to work on funding for this critical issue.

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Lord’s Storehouse continues to receive generous donations

Due to the generosity of local residents, the ongoing support from the Feed America program, the Casper Food Bank, First Lady Jenny Gordon’s Hunger Initiative and a generous donation of 250 turkeys from the Ogden, Utah, Latter-Day-Saints Storehouse, the holidays were made brighter for local families. Lord’s Storehouse food bank Director Kay Rossiter said, at Thanksgiving, entire meals were provided for 335 families and 10,050 pounds of food were distributed. During the month of December, 30,472 pounds of food were distributed to 757 families.

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Turkey Trot winners

Students raised $9,925 during the Clark PTA Turkey Trot Fundraiser. The proceeds help with larger purchases for our school like new TVs for every classroom, skis, book bins for the library, ukuleles for the music room, etc. The PTA also makes a monetary donation and a donation of canned goods to the Lord’s Storehouse Food Bank to help with the increased needs over the holiday season. Students then ran in the Turkey Trot race. First place winners received a turkey, second place winners received a pie, and third place winners receive dinner rolls.

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Anderson to chair commission; grandstands move forward

The Uinta County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and opened with Eric South nominating Mark Anderson to succeed him as the Commission’s chairman. Upon taking the position, Anderson thanked South for his service. “Six years is a long time to chair this board,” he said. “He’s done it really well, so I’d like to thank him for that time and all he’s done to help the community.”

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Garbage a hot topic at City Council work session

The city council work session on Tuesday, Dec. 13, involved a hearty and sometimes boisterous discussion on the subject of garbage. City Prosecuting Attorney Amanda Kirby and EPD Chief Mike Vranish asked the mayor and council to consider approving an amendment to the city code titled petit larceny and retitling it as “theft” and adding an additional section titled, “theft of services.”

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Evanston Rotary improves Guatemalan student outcomes, water access

The Evanston chapter of Rotary International is well-known for providing aid to Uinta County students and hosting community events, but their largest projects are nearly 3,000 miles away. In 2010, members of Evanston Rotary joined a book delivery program in the Central and West Highlands of Guatemala. Nowadays, the club sets up computer systems, trains teachers and sponsors students. It does all of this alongside more than 800 Rotary clubs through the Guatemala Literacy Program (GLP.)

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Annual scholarship award dinner held by Soroptimist of Evanston

Soroptimist International of Evanston held its annual scholarship awards dinner at the Legal Tender on Thursday, Dec. 8. Three young women, Katie Taylor, Madyson Green-Brown and Cassidy Schreiner, were in attendance to receive the awards and a fourth recipient, Brendee Weston, was unable to attend. President of the local Soroptimist Wendy Sather opened the evening with a game of matching the names of Christmas songs to pictures on a paper she had given to each person in attendance.

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Homestead residents gather in the spirit of Christmas

Residents at the Homestead Apartments for the elderly held a tree-decorating party in the lobby of their apartment building on Thursday, Dec. 1. The group enjoyed refreshments and the time to visit. They decorated a tree and the lobby area for the holiday.

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Project developers reveal plans at Kemmerer/Diamondville meeting

Hundreds of Lincoln County residents, county and city officials and guests from surrounding counties gathered at the Lincoln County Training and Events Center to hear from developers of specific projects happening in the county. At a three and a half hour meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, attendees received a boxed supper during a meet and greet and then listened to presentations given by executives of five companies: Williams Resources; RAIN FIRE/Canyon Road Holdings; TriSight, LLC; TerraPower/Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project; and Bechtel — Engineering, Construction & Project Management.

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