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  • Campbell County Recreation Center to address gender in locker rooms

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 7, 2024

    GILLETTE — The Campbell County Recreation Center is one of the county’s busiest facilities, with hundreds of thousands of visits each year. But earlier in February, Rec Center staff members were faced with a situation they’d never dealt with before, and the Campbell County Attorney’s Office and human resources department are working on a solution. At the Parks and Recreation Board’s quarterly meeting with commissioners Monday, Commission Chair Del Shelstad said an adult at the Rec Center reported seeing a transgender woman in the women’s l...

  • Campbell County selected as site for adult diversion court program

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 24, 2023

    GILLETTE — For more than two decades, Campbell County has used treatment courts to help those with substance abuse issues turn their lives around, get sober and become productive members of society. Now, Campbell County is looking to expand it even further. It was recently chosen by the state to be the site of an adult diversion program that is based on the treatment court model. To start, the program will focus on non-violent misdemeanor offenders with select mental health issues that can be treated with medication. If Campbell County is s...

  • Campbell County library board passes new collection development policy

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 15, 2023

    GILLETTE — The Campbell County Public Library Board passed an amended collection development policy Thursday night on a 3-2 vote. The vote comes after months of work, dozens of public comments and some help from the Florida nonprofit Liberty Counsel. Board members Charlie Anderson and Darcie Lyon voted against the policy, while board chair Sage Bear and board members Chelsie Collier and Charles Butler voted for it. Collier called the policy a “safety net” for children who don’t have “invested parents” protecting them, and that it would provi...

  • Friendships, inspiration on display at Special Olympics games in Gillette

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 1, 2023

    GILLETTE - Dozens of athletes were at the Thunder Basin High School track Friday afternoon, running, walking, throwing and rolling. Jordi Stewart, 9, ran to grab a Powerade for Lander Special Olympian Nick Eisnnicher, who just completed the 30-meter slalom on the track, swerving his wheelchair in and out of cones as eighth-graders from Sage Valley Junior High timed him. Jordi, a Buffalo Ridge student, also helped over the weekend with the basketball skills competitions, which included...

  • Campbell County Lodging Tax Board votes to keep geofencing contract

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 4, 2023

    GILLETTE — The Campbell County Joint Powers Lodging Tax Board is continuing with its contract with Zartico, a company that compiles anonymized geolocation and credit card data. A group of county residents has raised concerns about invasion of privacy and constitutionality since early April, when the Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau told commissioners it would be using a geofencing technology to track spending and activity habits during the National High School Finals Rodeo. The board held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss t...

  • Bill would make treatment courts part of judicial branch

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 2, 2023

    GILLETTE — A bill that is making its way through the state Legislature would transfer treatment courts from the Wyoming Department of Health to the judicial branch. Senate File 23, sponsored by the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee, passed its third reading in the state Senate on a 24-7 vote Wednesday, and has now been introduced in the House. Currently, treatment courts are part of the Wyoming Department of Health. The directors of the court-supervised treatment programs in Campbell County are big supporters of the bill. Chad Beeman, the c...

  • Future of Campbell County library board members up in the air after call for removal

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 22, 2022

    GILLETTE — The future of two library board members is up in the air after Commissioner Rusty Bell revealed their membership in the Wyoming MassResistance private Facebook group and called for their removal from the board. Commission Chairman Del Shelstad said Thursday he has no issue with putting that on the agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting, but that he wanted to run it by the other commissioners before making it official. In an email written Tuesday morning to deputy county attorney Kyle Ferris, who was recently hired by the com...

  • Campbell County clerk files complaint regarding PAC

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 22, 2022

    GILLETTE — The top elections official in Campbell County has filed a complaint with the state and federal governments regarding a local political action committee. Campbell County Clerk Susan Saunders filed a complaint with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office and the Federal Election Commission about the Coal Country Conservatives Political Action Committee. The PAC, which distributed political materials ahead of the primary election in August, did not file reports about where it was getting its money from or how it spent its money. Can...

  • Throwing a shoe: 42 compete in state horseshoe championship in Gillette

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 8, 2022

    GILLETTE - The sounds of metal against metal rang out Saturday morning, with two-and-a-half pound horseshoes clanking against stakes in the dirt after traveling more than 25 feet in the air. Forty-two competitors took part in the Wyoming Horseshoe State Championship at Fireside Horseshoe Club behind Fireside Lounge Saturday and Sunday. The tournament, put on by the Wyoming Horseshoe Pitching Association, included nine people from Gillette, but it also brought in people from all over the state,...

  • New Gillette mayor wants to repair, restore city's image

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 10, 2022

    GILLETTE - Gillette's new mayor doesn't plan on coming in and making a lot of changes. Eric Hanson, who was appointed to be mayor by a 4-2 vote among the City Council earlier this week, said his top priority is to help repair the city's image and its relationship with its residents over the next 11 months. Hanson said he doesn't plan on running for any elected office this year, because campaigning would take away from that goal. "My sole focus is to help the City Council be in a better position...