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INTERVIEW: Jim O’Reilly with Bob Quist, Interim CEO of Memorial Hospital of Carbon County

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Arlington may see reduction in wind turbines

Rocky Mountain Power PacifiCorp is looking to repower the first wind energy facility it built in Carbon County. The proposed project, which is located near Arlington, will reduce the number of turbines on the landscape. Emma Diercks has the story.

 

 

Photo Credit: The office of Lynn Hutchings.

Wyoming Senator Hutchings responds to accusations

By Jim O’Reilly

State Senator Lynn Hutchings of Cheyenne yesterday responded to charges from LGBTQ rights groups that she compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. Hutchings allegedly made the comparison to a group of students who were lobbying for a gay rights bill at the legislature on February 1st.

In a lengthy written statement released yesterday, Hutchings said it never happened. Instead, Hutchings wrote, that she has become a victim. The Republican Senator wrote that the people demanding an apology, have assaulted her with racial slurs, character assassination, profanity and even threats. She said the attacks are the result of a fabricated and one-sided story.

Hutchings is herself a member of a minority group in Wyoming. She is a black woman. She called the allegation “an untruth” which will continue to bring negative attention to Wyoming – a reference to how the murder of Matthew Shepherd was used by national media outlets to paint the state as redneck and intolerant of alternative lifestyles.

Although the remarks attributed to Hutchings are lengthy, no audio or video of the conversation has surfaced. She described her encounter with the students as “cordial.” They parted company on friendly terms, and even shared “fist bumps.”

A complaint about her alleged remarks was filed by Wyoming Equality, a LGBTQ rights lobbyist group. The head of the state Democratic Party later called for Hutchings to resign from the legislature. Senate leadership is investigating the allegations.

 

College-bound students eligible for Carbon County scholarships

Carbon County students planning to attend an in-state university or community college in the fall are eligible to receive up to $1,000 in scholarships from the Board of County Commissioners. Cali O’Hare has the details on the four scholarships now available.

 

 

Saratoga Police Department hires part-time officers, dispatchers

The Saratoga Police Department continues to hire part-time officers and dispatchers to fill vacant shifts when full-time employees are absent. One part-time officer and one dispatcher were hired at last week’s Saratoga Town Council meeting. Emma Diercks has the story.

 

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Rawlins Chamber of Commerce Chug Along event this Saturday

The Rawlins Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual awards banquet Saturday night. Chamber director Josh Martinez and his board are brewing up something special for this year’s attendees. Cali O’Hare reports.

 

 

Sports: Panther basketball looks to win out in last weekend of play

The Saratoga boys basketball team has a pair of games left on the regular season schedule, and the results will be crucial for post season seeding. Joey Saverine reports.
More Highlights:
  • Wyoming basketball takes on Utah State in Logan.
  • Cowgirls look for revenge on Lady Aggies.
  • Wyoming wrestling wins weekly accolade
  • Wyoming football Head Coach Craig Bohl hires linebackers coach.

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