DAILY NEWS photo by Lee Lockhart
The recipients of the Pinnacle Bank Festival of Trees gathered at Pinnacle Bank earlier this week to receive the funds raised as a result of the Festival of Trees auction. Bank President Gil McEndree stressed that while the bank puts time and effort into the program, without the individuals, organizations, and businesses who decorate and otherwise contribute time, talent, and money the event could not help all the recipients. He said since 1999 more than $300,000 has been contributed to entities in Washakie County. This year’s recipients include: Washakie County 4-H, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Big Horn Basin Concerts, Big Horn Enterprises, Boy Scouts, Children’s Resource Center, DARE Program, Friends of Ten Sleep Library, Friends of Worland Library, Girl Scouts, Gorgeous Gals, HW Youth Camp, Worland Vocal Clinic, Life R U Ready, New Hope Humane Society, Ministerial Association, NOWCAP, OWL Unlimited, Special Olympics, Support Our Troops, Ten Sleep Community Learning Center, Ten Sleep Branch Library, Crisis Prevention & Response Center, Washakie County Diaper Bank, Washakie County Library Foundation, Washakie County Library, Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Washakie Reading Council, Washakie County Search and Rescue, Worland Celebrate Recovery, Worland Community Center Complex, Worland Garden Club, Worland Volunteer Fire Department, Worland Youth Learning Center, Worland Youth Cabin, Worland Wyoming Wood Turners.

City follows priority map
to remove snow, ice

By Bob Vines

WORLAND – Worland’s snow removal priorities were discussed during Tuesday’s city council meeting with multiple members stating they have received complaints about uncleared streets after last week’s storm.
Councilmember Mandy Horath shared concerns about the lack of snow and ice removal along walking routes for schoolchildren. Acknowledging drainage problems in the neighborhoods near Worland Middle School and Worland High School, she reminded the council these were high-traffic areas that became nearly impassable.
“I know it’s a huge discussion about who is responsible, but we are pushing our kids out in the traffic area where the roads are terrible,” she said.
Much of the problem was attributed to higher temperatures melting snow during the days, but refreezing as temperatures dipped well below freezing during the nights. This caused several areas around town that saw several inches of ice covering sidewalks and the areas along the curbs and into the streets.
Airport Manager/Superintendent of Public Works Wayne Hill explained that the city crews, with limited equipment and manpower, were following a priority map that had been instituted previously by the city.
“It came from the collective minds of the supervisors involved with the city and basically covers emergency routes,” he said during a phone interview with the Daily News on Wednesday.
Hill clarified that the routes prioritize state highways, emergency routes and high-traffic areas. He also said that the crews rarely are able to work their way through the priority lists before it snows again, sending them back to the start.
“We do not do residential areas or secondary roads,” he said. “There are very few cities in Wyoming that do plow secondary roads.
“The crews do a hell-of-a job getting the roads clear. They work hard. If I clear snow away from one person’s yard, how do I say “no” to someone else?”

County moves forward with
gravel pit plans on mountain

By Susan Lockhart
Special Project Coordinator

WORLAND — Washakie County Commissioners directed county planner David Anderson to begin the application and permitting process for a gravel pit off Hazelton Road in the southeastern part of the county during their meeting Tuesday.
Commission chairman Aaron Anderson explained that the county has been working on getting a gravel pit in place so work can be done on the Hazelton Road South which runs for about 30 to 33 miles south of the Ten Sleep area to Natrona County.
“It’s an access road for a large amount of private land in Washakie County,” Anderson said.
Over the last few years the county has finished up easements that were not in order.
“We’ve been looking for the last couple years to repair that road. Part of our problem is it’s rutted out and every time the snow blows or it rains or anything else, it’s just a giant mud puddle down through there. Once we get that cleaned out we want to, over time, put ditches on both sides of that road and build it up and gravel it.”
But the road is a long way from any gravel.

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