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September 3, 2020 Newcastle, Wyoming Weston County 1054 02-06-21 927 w RAILROAD AVE ************ALL FOR ADC SMALL TOWN PAPERS INC $1.91! 980 51P 6T ## SHELTON WA 98584 3847 I l I *2 Hill llill'lll'lll"'IHIIIIH'I'IIIIHI'lliil'mIlilllll'l'l 7‘ Year 134 Week 36 Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor “We have somewhat good news in that we actually saw fewer fires in the past month than the previous month, but the Weston County Fire Protection District has still been quite busy,” said Daniel Tysdal, Weston County fire warden. September will be the make it or break it month for Weston County, as far as the number of wildland fires in the county goes. Tysdal said that Weston County is right about average at this time for the number of fires in a year. So, depending on how September shapes up, the county. could end up right about average or above average, he said. “Unfortunately, the National Weather Service has already issued a ‘fire weather watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening for gusty and low relative humidity,’ and indications are that the weekend will likely see crit- ical fire weather conditions develop as well,” Tysdal said. . The weather plays a direct role in the fire danger, according to Tysdal, and with the US. Drought Monitor showing Weston County at about 50% “abnormally dry” and in 50% “moderate drought,” conditions are faVOrable and fires could easily start and spread. While rain is one solution to the problem, that seems to be in short supply in Weston County. A mere 0.12 inches of rain fell on the county in August, according to the National Weather Service. During that same time, the average high was 90 degrees and the average low was 61 degrees. The drought that Weston County is experiencing comes after one of the wettest years in history, according — See Fire, Page jitters Flock of newcomers to challenge incumbents Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor First ay A total of four write-in candidates will appear on the ballot for the 2020 general election on Nov. 3, according to Weston County Clerk and official election officer Becky Hadlock. “Upton had eight (write-in candidates) meet the requirements; however, only three could be on the ballot for Upton Town Council. Nicholas Trandahl, Robert Willis and Jeffery Hargrave will appear on the ballot,” Hadlock said. .“Newcastle only had one meet the requirements for Newcastle City Council Tyrel Owens.” . Write-in candidates must receive a minimum of three votes and agree toproceed afler the primary elec- tion. All other guidelines applying to candidates also apply to write-in candidates, per Wyoming law. “Each write-in candidate is notified by the clerk within 48 hours, after the canvassing is complete, and they must reply within five days,” Hadlock said. “Each candidate, who accepts going forward, must file their application, pay the filing fee and submit the required campaign reports.” According to Hadlock, Trandahl received a majority of the write-in votes in Upton with 44. The Weston County Gazette assistant publisher and editor had announced his write-in bid via Facebook’ the week before the Aug. 18 primary election. The News Letter Journal was unaware of any announced write-in bids from Willis, Hargrave and Owens, but all three accepted their nominations and will appear on the general election ballot, according to Hadlock. * Photo by Alexis Barker/NLJ Kindergarten teacher Amanda Finley meets one of her students outside of Newcastle Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 26, the first day of school in Weston County School District No. 1. See more photos on Page 18. — See Election, Page 7 t; wcso No; 1 enrOllment j. stays steady jones retires after more than two decades ' She’s very passionate about her patients and What’s best KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Correspondent As they say, all good things must come to an end, and after 26 years of service with WestOlIl for (them).” , County Health Services, Caroe I ' ' b PP EEECELfl’§§r§a¥§§§i§°Zi yseefifi Jemima 6. Her retirement party will be on WCHSDZVQCIOV Sept. 3 at 2 pm. in the hospital 'Of Patient Services ~ Alexis Barker - z z : t cafeteria. Jones started working for WCHS in 1994 in the dietary department, helping nursing home residents and hospital patients with their dietary needs. Later on, she became the activities director for the Weston County Manor, plan- ning activities for the residents to have fun and socialize. While serving as activities director, Jones put herself through school, graduating as a licensed practical nurse in 1998 and receiving her associate degree as an RN in 1999. Jones’ career at the local hospital has been multifac- eted, and she has worked in several different departments through the years. Currently, she’s a night shift nurse at the hospital and also works in acute care. She is also certified as an emergency room nurse and is the trauma coordinator, a position she’s held since 2011. “I count it a privilege and an honor to be able to serve our community,” Jones said, noting her natural tendency toward care- giving as a woman. Putting formal training behind that to take it to the next level in caring for people was a desire of hers, she said. Working at the hospital is more than just a job, Jones said, and the Carole Jones pictured with her husband, Michael. Jones ls retlr- ing on Sept. 6 after 26 years of service at Weston County Health -— See Jones, Page 9 Services. NLJ News Editor Despite a reported increase in home- school recognition and virtual learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic that ended the previous school year two months early across the country, Weston County School District No. 1 Superintendent Brad LaCroix reported that preliminary enroll- ment numbers in the three schools are similar to 2019-20 numbers. “We will know by mid-week official enrollment for the beginning of the year; we usually wait about 10 days,” LaCroixj said. “That is how many days we leave them enrolled at the high school before they are dropped at the start of each schoor Submitted photo — See Enrollment, Page 7’ a: .— Thursday Friday Saturday Monday Tuesday Wednesday. - INSIDE», . Lu (D MosllySunny Sunny NbsllySunny PatlySunny Rain MosflyCloudy ’ _— I 5 Hi 79, Lo 53 Hi 86, Lo 59 Hi 94, Lo 59 Hi 60, Lo 37 Hi 51, Lo 34 Hi Lo 37 COVlD-19. Page 2 '— - Unemployment, Page 2 a D: :Tea ' ' _» f,;§P°“rsviEagie”11