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editor@newslj. com tug- 3 news letter journal IIBWS Stopping by for a Chat Photo by Walter Sprague/NLJ U.S. Senator Mike Enzl, R-WY, stopped by the News Letter Journal offices on Aug. to see how things are going throughout the state. In this image, Enzi animatedly speaks with NLJ’s managing editor, Kim Dean. Enzi, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997, and Is the chairman of the Budget Committee and a member of the Finance Committee, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation, is not running for re-election in November. Enrollme During the Aug. 26 board of trustees meeting, Newcastle High School Principal Tracy Ragland reported that pre- liminary enrollment at the school was about 240. School secretary Diana McCormick confirmed on Tuesday, Sept. 1, that the school had 241 students enrolled. “That is kind of what we were expecting. It could change but right now that is where we are a ,” Ragland told the school board. [Lasts year, enrollment numbers were reported to be 237 at the high school, which was a decrease from previous years. Newcastle Middle School had also reported a decrease in enrollment during the 2019—20 school year with 182 students. , According to school Principal Tyler Bartlett, 173 students were enrolled at the middle school on the first day of the 2020—21 school year. While the school did lose some students who left the district, he said, the school added several new students and others who transferred back to the district. Preliminary enroll- ment numbers at Newcastle Elementary School are similar to those reported in 2019 when the school had 391 stu- dents, school secretary Dawn Williams said. “We are not seeing a big decrease at this time because nt from Page 1 .................................................................. .. of COVID, at least not some of the drastic changes that other districts have seen,” LaCroix said. “Every student ' not enrolled is an impact though.” According to LaCroix, the number of students enrolled determines the district’s funding, so the higher the enrollment numbers, the more money the schools have to operate on. Thankfully, LaCroix said, to date the school year hasseen a similar number of students, so funding decreases shouldn’t cause an issue yet; As the. school year progresses, and health orders surrounding the COVID-l9 pandemic evolve and change, he said, enroll- ment numbers could change. from Page 1 ................................................................................... .. Trandahl, Willis and Hargrave will join Upton Town Council incumbent Justin Norman in the race for the two available council seats. Norman garnered 285 primary votes. Owens will appear on the ballot with incum- WCSD No. 1 incumbents all seek reelection bents Roger Hespe (436), Thomas Voss (475) and Michael Alexander (512), as well as new- comer Daren Downs (542), on the general elec- tion ballot. Three seats on the council are up for grabs in November. Newcastle will have a new mayor afier the Nov. 3 general election. Councilwoman Pam Gualtieri (508) out-polled longtime councilman Don Steveson (352), but both will- appear on the general election ballot. In What proved to be the closest race for votes in the Weston County primary, incumbent Ed Wagoner (1,098) and newcomer Don Taylor (1,077) are assured of seats on the Weston County Commission in 2021 after defeating Vera Huber (1,074) in the primary. Rounding out the local and state races for Weston County will be incumbents Tina Cote for Weston County clerk, Rep. Hans Hunt, R-NCWCastle, for House District 1 and new- comer Chip Neiman, R-Sundance, for House District 2,rwho defeated majority whip Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance. On the national scene, President Donald J. Trump is seeking reelection for his second term against Democrat nominee Joe Biden. Other national offices on the Nov. 3 ballot are the U.S. Senate seat currently held by the retiring Sen. Mike Enzi and the sole U.S. congressional seat held by Liz Cheney. Incumbent Cheney will face Democrat can- didate Lynette Grey Bull in the general election from Page .............................. .. A total of eight candidates will face off for five seats on the Weston County School District No. 1 board of trustees V in the 2020 general election on Nov. 3, according to Weston County Clerk Becky Hadlock. At the close of business on Aug. 24, the last day that school board can- didates could file for the general elec- tion, Hadlock reported that incumbents Dana Mann-Tavegia, Ronnie Mills, Tom Wright, Tina Chick and John Riesland had all filed to run. Three additional candidates — Rachel Blumenthal, Sharla Dowding and Billy Fitzwater‘— will also vie for one of the five available seats. According to Hadlock, only two can- didates, Diana White and Curtis Rankin, had filed to run for the Weston County School District No. 7 board of trustees. Cindy Dysart, in the district’s business office, previously reported that three seats were up for grabs in the Nov. 3 general election. for the U.S. House seat, while Republican 'and former Rep. Cynthia Lummis will face University of Wyoming professor and Democrat nominee Merav Ben David for the U.S. Senate. ......................................................................... .. number of folks out in the field to Melissa Smith, a hydrolo- gist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City. In the first 12 days of August in 201 9, the News Letter Journal reported that Weston County had already received 5.49 inches of rain. “I can tell you, that is a lot. It definitely blows away the previous record that was set in 1942 at 3.04 inches,” Smith said. With moisture comes veg- etation growth and Weston County is not in short supply of fire fuel after receiving record 3 . amounts of rain last year. The combination, Tysdal said, is what we have experienced in 2020. To date, Weston County has seen 23 natural-caused wildland fires that have burned 185.93 acres and 20 human- caused fires that have burned 51.08 acres. I “We can hope that the number of thunderstorms pro- ducing lightning will begin to decrease as we move into. September; however, at the same time, we are moving into hunting seasons and the always increases the chances for human-caused wildland fires,” Tysdal said. “Therefore, the public should continue to be particularly careful with any outdoor activity that could cause a fire and remember to be aware of and abide by all fire restrictions in place and realize these restrictions could vary between land management agencies.” Tysdal said that people should call 911 immediately if they see a fire or distinct smoke column. 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