Photo by Tim Trippel
Thursday’s partial eclipse as seen through the Worland telescope. The moon’s shadow is at the top left, the dark spots below and right of the moon are recent sunspot activity. See story and photos in today's Daily News.


Health facilities
panel releases
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CHEYENNE (AP) — The state-run Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin would be privatized or closed, and the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston and the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander would have their roles better defined, under recommendations made by a task force.
The Wyoming Task Force on Department of Health Facilities released its final recommendations on Wednesday for the future of the state’s five state-run safety net medical facilities.
The panel’s report now goes to the state Legislature.
The state operates five health care facilities: Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander, Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, and the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming in Buffalo.
Members of the task force presented four options but chose one as their preferred option.
Under the preferred option, the State Hospital would focus on acute care, while the Life Resource Center would add intermediate and long-term care to its current focus on caring for the developmentally disabled and residents with acquired brain injuries.
“The State Hospital has the expertise to deal with behavioral health-related issues,” said Tom Forslund, the Wyoming Department of Health director. “The life resource center has specialized up to now in dealing with the developmentally disabled and (acquired brain injury) populations. The question is what happens then when you have populations that have co-occurring problems.”
Forslund told the Casper Star-Tribune that the State Hospital would provide oversight for the transition of patients from acute to intermediate care between the two facilities.
The proposal includes a boost in the role of the Life Resource Center, the addition of skilled nursing positions to the site and a redefinition of the mission statement of the two facilities.


DAILY NEWS photo by Jeanette Johnson
Upon opening the door to the Washakie County Cooperative Extension Office, Phyllis Lewis was surprised to find herself surrounded by a group of familiar faces. Above, Lewis, 2nd from left, accepts a certificate from B&PW President Meg Stark as the organization’s Woman of the Year 2014. Also pictured: Extension Office Executive Assistant Tajin Perez, B&PW member Mary Minish, 4-H Program Associate Amber Armajo holding 9-month-old Scotlyn, County Coordinator Caitlin Youngquist, and B&PW member Wendy Sweeny.

Businesswomen choose
Lewis as ‘Woman of the Year’

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

WORLAND – The Worland Business and Professional Women chose Phyllis Lewis as the B&PW Woman of the Year 2014, making the announcement as the organization celebrates National Business Women’s Week Oct. 20-24.
The presentation was made at the Washakie County Extension Office on Wednesday, catching Lewis unaware as she walked back into the office. Lewis was selected for her years of commitment to the extension office and her service to the community.
“She’s the busiest woman in town, writes articles and is involved in so many activities,” B&PW President Meg Stark said.
The unanimous choice was recently made during a club meeting, she said.
National Business Women’s Week has been sponsored by B&PW USA to recognize and honor the achievements of working women throughout history.
NBWW was first observed in 1928 and has grown to be a nationwide salute to all working women, according to a press release.


Photo courtesy Flying Mollusk
The development team at Flying Mollusk took a time out from working on their new project. In front is Erin Reynolds. In back are WHS graduate Jesse Busch, Greg Hillegas and Brian Watson.

WHS grad helping develop heart-racing video game

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA – It’s the American dream. Teenager graduates from Worland High School. Young man goes to the University of Southern California to pursue his hopes and aspirations. Classmates collaborate on a project.
“Nevermind.”
It’s the name of the video game that will keep players on their toes and challenge their stress levels.
Nevermind began as a Master’s Thesis project at USC that put Jesse Busch and Erin Reynolds on a path to test a player’s mettle. Busch is the lead programmer. Reynolds was in the Game Design Masters program through the cinema school at USC. Busch was in the Engineering Masters program through the Viterbi School of Engineering.
It’s described as “a biofeedback-enhanced horror adventure game that takes you into the dark and twisted world within the subconscious minds of psychological trauma victims.” Goodbye PacMan, hello challenge.


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Wyoming Trivia

State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Gemstone: Jade

State Mammal: Bison

State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

State Reptile: Horned Toad

State Dinosaur: Triceratops

State Sport: Rodeo

State Coin: Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin

State Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Area: 97,914 Square Miles

Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890

State #: 44

State name is from a Delaware Indian word meaning "mountains and valleys alternating"

First National Park: Yellowstone 1872

First National Monument: Devil's Tower 1906

First state to give women the right to vote

First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest

First state to have a country public library system

First state to have a woman governor Nellie Tayloe Ross 1925

First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

First town in nation to be governed entirely by women: Jackson 1920 to 1921

First business west of the Missouri River: Trading post at Fort William

 

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