Vital Statistics

Girl - to Katherine and Josh Davis of Worland, Oct. 13

None reported

None reported

None reported

Oct. 16 12:21 p.m. 2012 Sage Loop
Oct. 17 3:46 a.m. 1278 S. Flat Rd.

None reported

Worland temperatures: High 66, Low 27 precipitation: 0.00
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Light and variable wind.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind.
Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 38. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 75. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 71.
Sunset tonight: 6:19 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:28 a.m.

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DAILY NEWS photo by Bob Vines
Above, the Worland “welcome” sign that sits east of the town. Worland was ranked as the safest town in Wyoming by a national security company. Thermopolis took second and Cody took third.

Study: Worland safest town in Wyoming
Thermopolis 2nd according to
study by Safe Choice Security

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

WORLAND – Worland residents will be happy to hear their choice to live here was a wise decision.
According to Safe Choice Security, Worland has been named the safest city in Wyoming. The results came as a result of a “careful analysis of the 2012 FBI Crime Statistics.”
Safe Choice Security looked at both the property and violent crime statistics in creating a list of the 11 safest cities in the state.
“With this information, you have a trusted starting point for finding the ideal municipality for your next home or a business you are looking to start,” the release said.
Categories to determine rankings included: Population; violent crimes; property crimes; crime index; and percentage of safety compared to other cities in the United States.
With a population of 5,537, Worland’s crime statistics register 0.72 per 1,000 residents. Property crimes are at a ratio of 1,000:6.68. The crime index is 87. The city has been rated safer than 87 percent of US cities.
Worland is recognized as being predominantly an agricultural hub for the Federal Reserve. Seasonal deer hunting and camping make it an attraction for hunters.
Miller-Coors, Wyoming Sugar Company, Admiral Beverage Company and Crown Cork & Seal were noted as major companies. “This developing town has seen increases in attention as oil and gas drilling has exceeded yearly expectations.”
Worland received high marks for being located near educational centers such as Northwest College and regional campus centers of the University of Wyoming.
“It is the safest city in the state of Wyoming, making it an ideal location for anyone to call home,” the report said.
The news was a pleasant surprise to local authorities.
Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness said they were never notified of the distinction but heard it on the news.
“I’m pleased. I think the sheriff’s office, police department and all the emergency responders around here do a good job keeping everybody safe. And that’s with the help of the town council, the county commissioners and everybody else. We work pretty hard to do that and keep the community safe,” he said.
2. Thermopolis is known as the Gateway to Yellowstone Country – and as the smallest community on the list of safe cities, thriving predominantly off avid tourism through the hot springs, dinosaur museums, and “low-budget, Hollywood westerns.”
3. Cody is noted for its association with William Frederick Cody aka Buffalo Bill. The museums, gateway to Yellowstone, and access to the Grand Tetons earned them the standing.

Judge rules in favor of Wyoming gay marriage

By Trevor Brown
Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – It is now a matter of when, not if, gay marriage will be legal in Wyoming.
U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl issued a temporary order Friday, striking down Wyoming’s longstanding law banning same-sex marriage.
But gay marriages are on hold in the state until Thursday or perhaps earlier.
Skavdahl said his ruling will take effect by 5 p.m. Thursday or when state officials formally tell the court that they will not appeal the order.
Gov. Matt Mead said late Friday afternoon that the state will not appeal the ruling. He said he will notify the court before Thursday’s deadline.
But the governor’s office did not respond to questions about when the attorney general will file the notice with the court.
Mead did say, however, that he accepts the court’s decision even though he is disappointed by it.
“This result is contrary to my personal beliefs and those of many others,” he said in a statement. “As in all matters, I respect the role of the courts and the ruling of the court.
“While this is not the result I and others would have hoped, I recognize people have different points of view and I hope all citizens agree, we are bound by the law.”

The decision

Skavdahl’s decision came a day after a hearing in the Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building in Casper.
Lawyers representing Wyoming Equality and four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last week seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to let Wyoming’s county clerks issue marriage certificates to gay couples as soon as possible.
They argued during the 75-minute hearing that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.
In addition, they said gay marriage should be the law of the land in Wyoming following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week.

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