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Town Crier: Wednesday's Highlights

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support meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30 a.m., 917 N. Beech; 8:30 a.m., 500 S. Wolcott; 10 a.m., 328 E. A; noon, 500 S. Wolcott; 2 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 5:30 p.m., 1124 Elma, Imitate the Image Church; 5:30 p.m., 328 E. A; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 7 p.m., 520 CY; 8 p.m., 328-1/2 E. A; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech. Douglas: 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open. Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Al Anon: 7 p.m., 302 E. 2nd St., First Methodist Church, east door, downstairs room 12.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 7 p.m., 15th and Melrose, at the church. Web site:

TOPS #162, weight loss support, 8:30 a.m., 1868 S. Poplar.

Reveille hears physical therapist

Reveille Rotary Cub meets at 7 a.m., at the Casper Senior Center. The speaker is Kathy Blair, PT, DPT, OCS. She is the physical therapist owner of Wind City, Hands On and High Country Physical Therapy. She grew up outside of NYC and was an avid varsity runner in high school and in college and still is active locally with running and cycling events. She migrated to the West in 1994 and has made her home in Casper since then. Her vision and commitment to her patients has allowed her to expand into five facilities between Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie. Anyone who may be interested is welcome to attend the program.

Ashes at St. Mark’s

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent, will be observed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7th and Wolcott, with two services.

Imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist are scheduled at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 21, the schedule during Lent includes the traditional soup supper at 6 p.m.,followed by Lenten study.

For further information, the church office at 234-0831 or check St. Mark’s website.

Free tax assistance has new location

The Natrona County VITA Program, a United Way of Natrona County initiative, runs Tuesday through Saturday through April 12, 2018. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The service is closed Sunday and Monday. The new location is 350 Big Horn in Casper, located off of Poplar Street close to I-25. This is a first come, first serve program, no appointments will be scheduled. Individuals must bring their social security card, photo identification and the appropriate paperwork with them. For a complete listing of required paperwork, please visit the website listed below. The initiative is supported by funding from the Wyoming Free Tax Service and United Way of Natrona County.

If you have any questions, please call (307) 337-7411 during hours of operation or visit the website, or on Facebook.

Quilts of Valor

The Crossroads Quilters chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation will be meeting weekly from 1 to 4 p.m., on Wednesdays at the Central Wyoming Senior Services center, 1831 East 4th St., in the activity room. Quilters who are interested are welcome to attend. For more information contact Jan Whitney, 237-7709 or Linda Tackett, 253-0110.

Downloading eBooks

The Natrona County Library will offer a Downloading eBooks with Cloud Library class from 2 to 4 p.m. Library staff will show patrons how to download eBooks for free with Cloud Library’s mobile app. Call 577-READ x2 or email for more information.

After school at

the library

The Natrona County Library will host a Valentine’s Day craft program for elementary-age students at 4 p.m. Using wood dowels, pipe cleaners, and beads, students will make wands complete with beaded heart-shaped toppers and ribbon. All supplies provided at no cost. Call 577.READ x5 for more information.

Chicken fried steak

at Elks

Wednesday Night Special at the Casper Elks Lodge is chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, green beans and corn. All you can eat for $7. Children 5 to 12 are $3, serving from 6 to 7 p.m. or until gone. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839. All proceeds go to Elks charities.

Ash Wednesday at Christ Episcopal

Begin your Lenten journey with the Ash Wednesday liturgy with Imposition of Ashes at 6 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W. Cedar in Glenrock. For info, call the church at 436-8804. The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Services at Our Saviour’s Lutheran

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the season of repentance and preparation before Easter. This year, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 318 E. Sixth St., will hold worship at noon and 7 p.m., with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion at both services. All are welcome at the powerful worship experience.

CC Art Club

hosts fundraiser

The Casper College Art Club is raising money for a trip to New York City. Diners from 4 to 9 p.m., at Racca’s may contribute 15 percent of their ticket to the cause. Roses will be sold by club members and there will be a donation jar as well. To RSVP for dinner on Tuesday, use the link

Services at CUMC

Christ United Methodist Church cordially invites the community to attend an Ash Wednesday Service at 5 p.m., at 1868 S. Poplar. The following Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m., there will be a study, Half Truths, by Adam Hamilton. This will be a six-week biblical journey into Christian cliches that may have been heard and accepted but are not found in the Bible. All are welcome to share in great discussions. The book may be purchased for $14 on site. For more information, please call Rev. Dan Odell at 234-6371.

Archaeologists hear of herders

The monthly meeting of the Casper Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will be held at 7 p.m., on the ground floor of the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd. Please use the entrance on the east side of the building.

Following a brief business meeting, Dr. Spencer Pelton from Laramie will be the guest speaker. His presentation is entitled: A Thermoregulatory Perspective on Global Human Dispersal. Pelton’s research is based on ethnoarchaeological research of Mongolian Dukha reindeer herders and archaeological research of the Folsom archaeological record. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Please contact Mavis Greer, Chapter President, at if you have any questions.

All That Jazz hosts love stinks party

Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? Have a great night out regardless, as All That Jazz presents it’s Love Stinks Valentine’s Day Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with free admission. Come hang with friends, meet some new ones and get ready to hit the dance floor to DJ Dynamic Sound and Lighting. The exclusive drink special for the evening is “The Whipped Heart.”

Deadline for

FFA grants

WY FFA chapters in search of funding for their next animal science lab, community garden or other noteworthy agricultural project, take note.

Tractor Supply Company stores in Wyoming have launched their third annual Grants for Growing campaign, a competitive grant program designed to support local FFA chapters in Wyoming that want to make a difference in their communities through sustainable agriculture-focused projects.

To qualify for a grant, FFA advisors should visit and submit an application by Wednesday. The submission process requires entrants to provide a detailed proposal, including how they will start, maintain or expand on a project that will benefit their communities.

Grants, which are awarded to chapters in the spring, have a value between $500 and $5,000.

Since 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization, including a record setting $731,000 in 2017. In total, the initiative has funded 692 grants supporting projects involving 69,134 students.

Dan Cepeda, Star-Tribune  

Natrona County sheriff’s investigator Taylor Courtney gives a presentation on a stalking case his department has worked on over the past several months during a conference Thursday afternoon at Casper College.

Stalking revisions move forward in Wyoming Legislature after last year’s failure

CHEYENNE — Domestic violence advocates achieved a small victory in an ongoing effort to strengthen Wyoming’s stalking laws, following a similar measure’s failure in the Legislature last year.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill expanding the definition of stalking and creating harsher penalties for individuals convicted of the offense, sending it to the full House for consideration.

If the bill becomes law, an individual could be convicted of stalking if they engage in a pattern of behavior that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their personal safety or that of another person. It would also expand jurisdiction in state law, to allow prosecutors to charge individuals for behavior that takes place across state lines or even international borders.

“This bill reflects what my agency, which is working with victims on a basis, is seeing,” said Cara Chambers, who heads the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office Victim Services Division.

A similar bill failed last year in the Senate over concerns about some of the language in the bill and the measure approved by the judiciary committee Tuesday faces an uncertain fate when it reaches the full House.

Committee chair Dan Kirkbride, R-Chugwater, said that despite his committee’s approval, some lawmakers will still be concerned about whether the changes would open people up to false accusations of stalking by accusers exaggerating behavior that is ordinary in romantic relationships.

Tara Muir, public policy director at the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, said that the expanded definitions were necessary because perpetrators of stalking take advantage of the current ambiguity.

“Intimate relations get very twisted and batterers and stalkers know that,” she said.

As an example, she said that a man might put a dozen red roses on a former girlfriend’s doorstep and claim to law enforcement that it was a romantic gesture.

“But what we know from talking to victims is: ‘No, he said he was going to lay 12 red roses on my grave because he was going to kill me and now they’re on my porch,” Muir said. She added that while there is a stereotype of scorned women making false accusations, woman are as likely to lie about being stalked as anyone is to lie about being the victim of any crime.

Muir said that stalking often escalates into violence and sometimes even murder.

The committee did agree to reduce the period of monitoring following a conviction for stalking from 10 years to five at the request of Department of Corrections Director Bob Lampert, who said it was important to allow the chance for those who have completed their sentence to see “light at the end of the tunnel.”

“We’re in the business of corrections and we have to believe people do have the ability to change,” Lampert said.

The bill passed the committee nine to zero.

Toward the end of the discussion Rep. Clark Stith, R-Rock Springs, attempted to offer a friendly amendment that would have added some additional language to the bill but Muir said that could wait for another year.

“We really want this bill to move,” she said. “We’ve waited too long.”

Natrona County school board approves new KW principal, district administrators

The Natrona County school board officially approved the replacement for Kelly Walsh Principal Brad Diller on Monday night.

Mike Britt, the principal at Centennial Junior High, will take the reins after Diller retires at the end of this academic year. Britt was one of five finalists announced last month, a field that included two other principals and two high school administrators. He was recommended by district officials last week.

Diller is in his 23rd year at the helm of Kelly Walsh.

The board also approved the hiring of two new district administrators, Steve Ellbogen and Charlotte Gilbar. Both of the new officials will adopt the title of executive director, but their more specific titles and duties have not yet been determined.

Ellbogen is the principal at Dean Morgan Junior High, and Gilbar is the district’s director of assessment research. Associate Superintendent Verba Echols said Gilbar would likely continue with assessment work in her new role.

They will be filling administrative spots left vacant by the retirements of Rick Skatula, the executive director of school improvement, and Dennis Bay, the executive director of business services. District officials said they planned to fill the vacancies when Skatula and Bay’s retirements were publicly announced last year.

Both departing administrators made over $127,000 a year, according to district data, which matches what other executive directors earn here.

Echols said though Ellbogen and Gilbar will fill the vacancies in the district’s administration, they won’t necessarily take over the exact duties held by Skatula and Bay. Bay oversaw the recent renovations within the district, including the major projects at Kelly Walsh and Natrona County high schools.

The approvals, along with a number of other personnel moves, were approved by an 8-to-1 board vote at Monday night’s meeting. Typically, the process of approving personnel moves, along with other routine board business, is swiftly done all at once by the entirety of the board.

But trustee Angela Coleman put forward a motion Monday night for the board to vote on all 22 personnel changes individually, and when that motion failed to gain any traction, she voted against approving all of them.

It’s unclear why Coleman tried to force a vote on each personnel move. A message left for her was not returned Tuesday.