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Families enjoy We Love Kids Fair

Children’s librarian Michelle Kallas joined some furry friends for the We Love Kids Fair on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Machine Shop in Evanston. The annual event is put on by the Evanston Early Childhood Coalition. (HERALD PHOTO/Bryon Glathar)

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Free mental health services available for agricultural workers

EVANSTON — A 2020 study by the CDC found the suicide rate for farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers was 43.7 deaths per 100,000 and is the sixth highest among occupational groups in the U.S. A Morning Consult Poll found that during 2021, most farmers, workers, and rural adults reported experiencing more stress and mental health challenges compared to the prior year.

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Commission approves $900,000 budget reallocation

EVANSTON — A few orders of business were conducted at the Uinta County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Wes Moon was approved to the Veterans Board; Commissioner Brent Hatch joined the Tripartite Board; and Commissioner Eric South was appointed to the Fire Protection Board. Each appointment is for a three-year term.

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January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Jan. 11 was National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Day. A mayor’s proclamation acknowledging the day rallied support from several local victim advocate members and law enforcement officers. Pictured are: Officer Seth Schulthess, WHP Trooper Brandon Deckert, Trooper Kyle Coudriet, Trooper Matt Arnell, Uinta County Drug Court Officer Aaron Hutchinson, Trooper Robert Remington, Trooper Brad White, Uinta County Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Coordinator Maria Oroz, Uinta County Sheriff’s Office Victim Witness Coordinator Gina Sundquist, Evanston Police Chief Mike Vranish, Mayor Kent Williams, EPD Victim Witness Coordinator Vanessa Weekly, EPD Lt. Ken Pearson, WYDOT Port of Entry Officer Izzy Saavedra, SAFV Advocate Jade Zuehlsdorff, SAFV Advocate Adelaida Ramirez, WYDOT Port of Entry Officer Codi Curtis, Bridger Valley SAFV Advocate Andrea Burnett, SAFV Task Force Director Jesse Barnes and Uinta County Sheriff Andy Kopp. January is also National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and National Stalking Awareness Month. (HERALD PHOTO/Amanda Manchester)

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Local animal chaplain helps those grieving lost pets

EVANSTON — When Cheryl Sherman was 14 years old, she lost a dear friend — her dog, Whiskers. Her grief remained with her through her adult life and just recently she was able to talk about the death of Whiskers. Her strong attachment to animals of all kinds and her understanding of how people feel at the loss of a pet influenced her to focus on becoming an animal chaplain or, as she calls it, an interspecies chaplain.

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Raffle raises funds for Friends of Bear River State Park

EVANSTON — Friends of Bear River State Park raised funds in a first-time raffle for the park’s interpretive education programs and improvements.

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Horse Palace donates cash, toys to YAHA

Wyoming Horse Racing, aka, Horse Palace, recently donated $1,000 and an array of toys to benefit the youth at Evanston’s Youth Alternative Home Association (YAHA). Pictured are YAHA Assistant Director Mark Cornell, YAHA Executive Director D’Andrea Chichester, Horse Palace Evanston Manager Chris Lloyd, Horse Palace Evanston Assistant Manager Lidia Garcia and YAHA Program Coordinator Ryan Honeycutt. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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New police officer sworn in at council meeting

EVANSTON — A swearing-in of new Evanston police officer Chad Carson started the Dec. 5 city council meeting off on a positive note. Evanston Police Chief Mike Vranish introduced Carson. “We are excited to have Chad Carson as a member of the department. He served his country in the U.S. Army and completed two tours in Afghanistan. We think he will be a strong force in our town.” Vranish said.

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Evanston Alliance Church joins chamber

Members of the long-standing congregation from Evanston Alliance Church celebrate joining the Evanston Chamber of Commerce with the Red Carpet Ambassadors. Pictured are: Brandy Robben, Vickie Wood, Bethany Balser, Associate Pastor Ethan Martin, Kim Trujillo, Pastor Marc Trujillo, Lori Carleton, Wendy Sather, Wayne Johnson, T.J. Lalonde, Deanna Johnson, David Travis and Kalli Mills. (HERALD PHOTO/Amanda Manchester)

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Santa Claus comes to town

Everett Gaudette asks Santa for a soccer ball and a football at the Santa House on Evanston’s Main Street. Santa came to town on Saturday, Dec. 9. (HERALD PHOTO/Rana Jones)

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Free concert, ‘A Winter Festival,’ set for Friday with new director

EVANSTON — Directing the Evanston Civic Orchestra (ECOC) this season is James Cavazos, originally from Houston, Texas. Cavazos moved to Evanston in 2020 during the pandemic when he and his wife Victoria decided to leave Texas.

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Chamber welcomes Clean Energy

Evanston Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Ambassadors welcomed the newest member, Clean Energy, to the Chamber on Nov. 29. Pictured are: David Benton, Brandy Robben, Kenny Oldham, Tony Sargent, Jon Snyder, Derek Pendragon, Dylan Ercanbrack, Steven Totten, Mike Candelario, Jon Eastman, Lexi Lamb, General Manager of Clean Energy Cryogenics Division Sean Columbia, Jeannie Staley, Vickie Wood, Britt Sloan, Tammy Staley, Zach Reynolds and Jessica Cornia. (HERALD PHOTO/Amanda Manchester).

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