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Lyman woman wins singer-songwriter competition

The next great American singer-songwriter just might hail from Uinta County. Twenty-year-old Lyman native Kira Dawn Walk, better known artistically as Kira Dawn, won the 2023 Wyoming Singer-Songwriter Competition in Ten Sleep last month. Having only started writing and performing songs a mere 14 months ago, Dawn is making considerable waves on the state’s music scene.

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Fundraiser to restore windows planned

The Evanston Union Presbyterian Church and the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission invite the public to join them for an evening reception, which will include wine, chocolates and conversation, in order to help raise matching funds for the restoration of the church’s historic stained glass windows.

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Progress update on switch engine 4420 brings large crowd to museum event

EVANSTON — Local historian Shelly Horne was the guest speaker at the Uinta County Museum’s last brown bag lunch for the season. A large crowd gathered in the Beeman-Cashin building to listen as Horne provided a history of Engine 4420, its life in Evanston and the current project to restore the engine to a working condition.

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Sheriff Kopp appointed to state commission

Uinta County Sheriff Andy Kopp recently received notice from Gov. Mark Gordon that he has been appointed to serve on the Wyoming Emergency Response Commission. In a letter dated Aug. 21, Gov. Gordon congratulated Kopp and said he would be serving at the pleasure of the governor for an indefinite term.

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4-H educator joins UW Extension’s local office

The University of Wyoming Extension recently welcomed Samantha Krieger as Uinta County’s 4-H youth development educator. Krieger recently moved from Utah, where she worked as the Summit County 4-H coordinator.

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Ladies Moonlight Paddle raises $3,500

EVANSTON — The third annual Ladies Moonlight Paddle was held Friday, Aug. 25, at the Bear Ice Ponds and raised around $3,500 from the silent auction and registration fees. Funds go to any maintenance or projects for the Bear River Greenway, which serves as a natural and cultural focal point of the community.

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Rendezvous celebrates 50th anniversary

FORT BRIDGER — The 50th Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous over Labor Day weekend at the Fort Bridger State Site turned time back to the early 1800s as the rendezvous recreated a slice of early American history. Weather hit the area Sunday evening as the sky opened up and delivered a cloudburst, sending people inside and dispersing the crowd. Monday’s rain added to the fast shutdown of the rendezvous as many people packed up quickly and head for home.

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Chamber event ‘light’s up the night’

Kids launch lanterns at the Bear Ice Ponds during the Evanston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Light Up the Night Water Lantern Festival, held Saturday, Aug. 26. (COURTESY PHOTO/Gwen Crist)

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Pioneer Counseling’s CLIP recognized

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Committee congratulates Pioneer Counseling’s CLIP (Community Living Integration Program) by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 23. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

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Ranch Day scheduled, RSVPs due by Aug. 31

The Uinta County Conservation District is asking community members to join them at the Lyman Town Hall to learn more about agriculture in southwest Wyoming. The district has organized Southwest Wyoming Ranch Day, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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Students return united

Students and staff at Evanston Middle School celebrate the first day of the new school year by spelling out EMS on the school’s football field. The school, thanks to first-year principal Pat Fackrell, provided all staff and students with new T-shirts, color-coded by grade. Eighth-graders, in white shirts, formed the E, while seventh-graders donning blue shirts formed the M. Sixth-grade students wore black T-shirts and formed the S. The event took place Monday, Aug. 28. The photo was taken by Mike Fackrell, who flew a drone to capture the scene.

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SportsWorld donates rifle for rendezvous raffle

SportsWorld has once again donated a rifle for a raflle at this year’s Bear River Rendezvous, scheduled for this weekend in Evanston. This year’s prize is a .50 caliber muzzleloader. Pictured are SportsWorld manager Mark Tesoro, Mike Bird and Jason Whitmore. (HERALD PHOTO/Jamie Durrant)

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Ford Model A clubs stop in Evanston

Three Ford Model A clubs drove their antique cars down the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway on Friday, Aug. 11. They stopped for photos at the Evanston Roundhouse, lining their vehicles in front of the historic building. The classic cars were produced between 1928 and 1931, selling for $450-700 new.

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Rainy summer causes paving delays for city

EVANSTON — The Evanston City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 1, focused on resolutions brought by Evanston Director of Engineering and Planning Dean Barker, along with a limited malt beverage permit request for the VFW softball tournament. Councilmembers Jesse Lind and Tim Lynch had both been excused from the meeting. A third resolution was added to the agenda as requested by Barker.

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Southwest Counseling Service to offer free trauma retreats

Trauma is tough; but there is help, and there is healing. Trauma is the response to a disturbing or distressing experience that can have both short-term and long-term effects on all aspects of one’s health: social, emotional, physical and mental. While some causes of trauma are widely recognized, others are not.

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Local nursery moves from outskirts to Main Street

EVANSTON — Aspen Grove Nursery (AGN) has moved to a new location in downtown Evanston, next to Ivory & Iron at 1101 Main St. The nursery has created a beautiful environment in what was once an empty lot. After losing the previous location off Hwy. 150, nursery owner Conrad Osborne said, with the encouragement of friends, he and his wife Jessica decided to move to the lot downtown. The nursery also has a bulk yard for trees at 246 Wasatch Rd.

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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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