Oct. 26 Cindy S. Miner, 57, of Thermopolis, in Billings, Montana
Oct. 24 Nancy Ann Scott, 80, of Worland
Oct. 23 Janet E. Stockhouse, 83, of Billings, Montana, formerly of Greybull
Oct. 7 Esther Ernst, 88, of Denver, Colorado
Oct. 28 9:18 a.m. 2100 Morgan Ave. #9
Worland temperatures: High 54, Low 17 precipitation: 0.00
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. East wind 5 to 9 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68. South southeast wind 5 to 11 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunset tonight: 6:01 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:43 a.m.
Ten Sleep mayor resigns amid town clerk controversy
Haggerty takes over mayor duties
By Jeanette Johnson
TEN SLEEP – Sandi Juetten resigned as mayor of Ten Sleep during a
special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23 following a dispute over being
denied access to town hall files and trying to set up an email list.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Jack Haggerty was appointed to take over as mayor. He has been serving as a councilman. Councilman Ernie Beckley was appointed Mayor Pro Tem.
“I fired my town clerk (Lori Hughes) because she would not let me have access to the office file cabinets and everything,” Juetten said. “I have repeatedly asked for it.”
Hughes response, according to Juetten, was that no other mayor had asked for full access. Hughes has been in the position over 11 years.
According to Juetten, the council members wanted her to take back the resignation but she felt the liability issue surrounding her concerns was too high.
“If I’m responsible for where the money goes in there, then I should darn well have full access to the office,” she said.
Juetten was contacted by the town’s attorney, Sandy Kitchen from Powell, who told her she couldn’t fire Hughes because she was appointed to the town clerk position. Juetten admitted she handled the situation incorrectly but didn’t realize the town clerk is an appointed position. She did say she was told by Kitchen she has the right to hire and fire employees.
“Hughes is an ‘at will’ employee but according to our lawyer, that doesn’t matter,” Juetten said.
The situation arose when Juetten noticed a sequence of checks were missing regarding the town approving, during a regular meeting, the bills to be paid. The council doesn’t have access to the bank statements until just before the meeting, she said. Juetten questioned a check written for a large amount.
Haggerty said the whole thing comes down to following rules.
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Students show support for
coach at board meeting
By Jeanette Johnson
WORLAND – Several audience members attended
Monday night’s school board meeting to show support for a coach and
encourage the trustees in Washakie County School District No. 1 to
continue funding for students to attend national events.
Taran Pennington was the spokesman on behalf of his peers to talk about Coach Thor Ware.
“Thank you for hiring him,” he said. “I think we all have a better understanding for football this year. He’s been a positive in our lives. It’s completely different from what we’ve done before and we enjoy it.”
Pennington took it a step further by talking about his little sister who has learned at a higher pace and more than the family expected this year due to Ware.
“He’s been a positive in our lives,” Pennington said.
One agenda item was to discuss and review the school activities policy. The remaining speakers all asked the Trustees to give strong consideration in favor of continuing to support the students who earn the right to attend national programs, no matter whether it was for sports, forensics, FFA or any other activity.
Chairman Don Bryant told the group the board could only listen to their comments during the meeting and not give any feedback to stay within Robert’s Rules of Order.
Business Manager Jack Stott gave the trustees the latest information on the HVAC upgrade. He told them the upgrade could be done in phases. The project including design work is about $1.3M. The project would upgrade HVAC in every place but the shops, he said.
Following discussion, at Stott’s suggestion the board unanimously passed a motion to get the preliminary work started. This will allow the engineers to get a head start so the project can go out for bid next year.
Also on the agenda:
•Approved the resignation of Mark Hansen effective the end of the school year
•Approved hiring Mary Adami for a tech position at the high school; Andrea Uhrig as a part time special education para at West Side; and Janet Thompson to fill a position at the central office
•Recognized Brittany Miller and the Worland Varsity volleyball for the WHSA AA Good Sportsmanship award.
“They were able to win this award twice,” Bryant said. “That’s awesome.”
•CPA Steve Stine went through the audit and said there were no budget violations or significant difficulties in preparing the audit
The board approved the audit by motion.
•Superintendent Dave Nicholas reminded everyone the lot around the central office is set up so people can park in area for varsity events
“We have gates so you can use the back door to the high school,” he said.
That will make it easier for regional basketball, he said.
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