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Sweet will not be reappointed as police chief

Police Chief Tom Sweet confirms he is not to be reappointed, and is currently seeking employment elsewhere.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
Wyoming boasts high enrollment numbers
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 9:08 am

Within the first month of open enrollment — 9,020 Wyomingites have signed up for health insurance.

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New mayor in the Rock
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 11:10 am

Glenrock municipal representatives Mayor Doug Frank, Councilman Dennis Flynn and Councilman Chase Anfinson raised their right hands, swore to uphold the law of the land and discharge their duties with fidelity Monday night at town hall to a full house and a large agenda. 

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Thursday 01/08/2015
On Stage
Posted: January 08, 2015

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Hughes to join CCSO after WHP retirement
Posted: January 08, 2015

The final day of 2014 also marked the last day of Lt. Nate Hughes’ 24-year career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, and the beginning of his time with the Converse County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
Dave Andrews — a review of 12 years as PWD
Posted: December 31, 2014

After 12 years as Glenrock’s public works director, Dave Andrews is hanging his hat for retirement. He’s not completely out the door until March 2015, but his successor has been named and Andrews intends to hang around and show him the ropes before making his way for some long-awaited time off. 

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Rumpler was not convicted, G.I. makes an error
Posted: December 31, 2014

The story headlined “Rumpler hired as town public works director” in the Dec. 25 edition of the Glenrock Independent included an error and lack of further explanation.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
IMPORTANT CORRECTION
Updated: December 31, 2014 - 10:27 am

The story headlined “Rumpler hired as town public works director” in the Dec. 25 edition of the Glenrock Independent included an error.

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How do we fund a justice center?
Posted: December 24, 2014

Unlike a college campus, libraries and rec centers, voters will not be asked to approve a special-purpose tax for a new justice center in Converse County. Instead, the county will look to use its ample cash reserves either upfront or as collateral for a loan, issue revenue bonds, or use a combination of those methods to fill the need.

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Rec center shaping out for May ballot
Posted: December 24, 2014

The Glenrock Rec Center Board cited an increase in community usage and the August sales tax revenue of more than $1.6 million  in presenting their  conceptual plans for renovation to the school board Dec. 11. School board representatives posed plenty of questions concerning the unofficial plans that call for a $14-$18 million upgrade. 

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Hometown Holiday
Posted: December 18, 2014

The Glenrock Chamber of Commerce rang in the holiday season, hosting the first Christmas parade in nearly 10 years at the inaugural Old Fashioned Christmas. 

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School lunch program pushes for bill change
Posted: December 18, 2014

Last month at the State School Board Association meeting, the Converse County School District #2 School Board tried to push through a bill to change school food regulations and shift funding from the National School Lunch Program to a state responsibility. Under current National School Lunch Program’s regulations, school food services must meet certain standards regulating the likes of trans-fat and cholesterol while ensuring the recommended dietary intakes.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Higgins Hotel benefit raises funds for violence coalition
Posted: December 11, 2014

The historic Higgins Hotel raised several hundred dollars Friday and Saturday night to donate to the Converse County Coalition against Violence.

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Elf on a Shelf
Posted: December 11, 2014

In an effort to increase local business awareness and raise holiday spirit, the Glenrock Chamber of Commerce and Glenrock Main Street initiated a second Elf on the Shelf program. 

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Growth coming to Glenrock?
Posted: December 10, 2014

Town Council approved an  annexation study Monday night to initiate the annexation process of two parcels located off Brubaker Road.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
High School heats up after cold snap
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Converse County School District #2 contracted with Prairie Wing Builders of Casper this week for a $7,000 project at Glenrock High School to address the effects of a subzero cold snap. 

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Frank wants in on public works pick
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Doug Frank takes office as Glenrock Mayor Jan. 12 at the first 2015 town council meeting. The process of selecting a replacement for retiring Public Works Director Dave Andrews is set to complete before the council closes its last 2014 meeting. 

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Senior Center turkey dinner raises $2,600
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 2:47 pm

The Glenrock Senior Center raised $2,628 at this year’s community turkey dinner with the help of volunteers from seven churches, three 4-H clubs and the Helping Hearts Food Bank. 

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Heavy haul load delayed due to weather
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 8:44 am

Global Specialized Services of Casper is moving an oversize and overweight heavy haul load to a gas plant north and west of Glenrock.

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Chili raises $2,500 in scholarships
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 8:34 am

The Dave Johnston Power Plant’s third annual Chili Cook Off raised $2,413 for four full-year scholarships. The 30-year-old fundraiser helps dependants of plant employees with college expenses.

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to all service members
Posted: November 13, 2014

A call to attention and the playing of “To the Colors” before Reveille  and a cannon blast at the corners of Fourth and Birch Streets started the Glenrock Veterans Day ceremony. Flags waved in the cold fall air over snow-covered ground throughout the day, while ceremonies around town celebrated those who served, those who continue to serve and those who never made it back.

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Out of gas – Source Gas emergency response plan relights town ahead of schedule
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 8:24 am

More than 1,000 homes and businesses relying on gas-powered heat felt the cold front Monday morning as Source Gas activated its emergency response plan following a still unidentified problem that interrupted gas flow to the town. As of 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, all but seven homes came back online.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Natural gas service down in Glenrock
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 8:32 am

SourceGas initiated their emergency response plan, pulling technicians from Casper and Gillette following an unknown circumstance that has shut down natural gas services to Glenrock. SourceGas has yet to issue a press release, but said their technicians are on site to restore services.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
B&G Club raises $14k
Posted: November 06, 2014

The Glenrock Boys and Girls Club raised a total of $14,700 at this year’s eighth annual “A Night For The Kids” fundraiser. 

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Frank wins
Posted: November 06, 2014

Voters in Glenrock strongly favored a new face at town hall Tuesday by picking Wm. Douglas Frank over incumbent Sue Dills by 170 votes. Frank took 59.16 percent of the vote with 481 votes to Dills’ 311.

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Haunted hayrides
Posted: November 06, 2014

The leafless trees of the late October nights leading up to Halloween were silhouetted in the moonlight across WY 95 down by the Platte River. Fires around the campground crackled, masking the sounds of footsteps crushing leaves in the dark. A moan crept from the distance and the trailer halted to a stop with squeaking brakes. The woman in the back of the trailer was holding her baby. Not even the infant made a sound until everyone saw the creature glowing red, illuminated in the tail lights. The zombie, carrying a severed leg in one mangled arm, groaned and stumbled forth, reaching with the free arm for the woman on the rear hay bale. 

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Tuesday 11/04/2014
General Election Results
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 8:12 am

Final election results are in. See attached PDFs for general results and results broken down by precinct. PDFs will download in full resolution. 

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Do you know your olive oil?
Posted: October 30, 2014

Virgin olive oil from the island of Crete will not be shipping to the United States as a result of strong summer Saharan winds taking buds from their branches. 

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9-year-old donates money from birthday party to kids program
Posted: October 30, 2014

Most 9-year-old girls would ask for gifts like a pony, a cell phone or a Barbie. Skye Harvey is not your average 9 year old. 

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Red Ribbon Week kicks off at CCSD#2
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 8:34 am

Red Ribbon Week focuses on teaching students to make healthy choices in life, especially the choice to avoid drugs, with the message, “love yourself, be drug free.”

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Lutkins: “Guilty, your honor”
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:59 pm

After reaching an agreement with the State of Wyoming, Max A. Lutkins changed his plea Oct. 16 to reduced charges and sentence recommendations to counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping.

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Scouting the lines
Posted: October 23, 2014

Glenrock Cub Scout Troop 1027 is working to activate back into the community. The scouts recently went through a period of nonexistence but are resurfacing and gaining engagement as of this year.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
Glenrock 6th safest town in Wyoming
Posted: October 16, 2014

A recent publication by Movoto Real Estate listed Glenrock as the sixth safest town in Wyoming. 

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Industrial park project stalls
Posted: October 16, 2014

By Trevor Andersen

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Longmire author touts book for Glenrock Library’s 75th
Posted: October 16, 2014

The Glenrock library started in 1939 in the old barber shop on Birch Street. It moved to its current location in 1968 and will, hopefully, after 75 years of existence, move into a brand new building next year. 

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Becoming someone else
Posted: October 16, 2014

Glenrock High School drama club’s first production “Sympathy Jones” filled chairs at Glenrock Intermediate Middle School Tuesday and Wednesday evening. While the musical only lasts a few hours, the effort and time put in by instructors and students is daunting. 

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Cameco teams with UW for biostimulation
Posted: October 09, 2014

Cameco’s Smith Ranch-Highland uranium mine, in northern Converse County is the largest in the nation. Utilizing a grant program initiated by the Wyoming Legislature, the University of Wyoming has teamed up with Cameco to study a process called biostimulation that will hopefully increase the effectiveness of land reclamation efforts. 

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Glenrock Police Department using three new technologies
Posted: October 09, 2014

The Glenrock Police Department is now using iPhones and iPads and has installed two of three new radar speed sign systems around town. 

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Helping Hearts food bank in trouble
Posted: October 09, 2014

Helping Hearts food bank is in the red. The only affordable food source for low-income families in Glenrock provides its service strictly through volunteer and donation assistance. 

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Thursday 10/02/2014
July sees 1 million barrels of oil in county for first time
Posted: October 02, 2014

Monthly oil production in Converse County has nearly doubled and gas production has more than doubled in the last year, reaching monthly levels never before seen here.

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Blair engraves hobby to business for more than 23 years
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 8:34 am

Jim Blair has been engraving longer than he cares to remember. The hobby turned into a professional business 23 years ago just before he came to Glenrock. The town attracted his eye as he wanted to work with a local gunmaker who has since moved out, Roger Green. After more than two decades in the business, Blair says he has not produced a single piece for himself. 

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Amazing racing second graders
Posted: October 02, 2014

For the seventh year in a row, second graders from Grant Elementary have shown their map skills through a Glenrock business scavenger hunt. Students are taught for weeks how to read maps using a compass rose and basic directional instructions, culminating in a field trip that brought participants to 12 different locations around town. 

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Glenrock Industrial Park (hopefully) on track soon
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Trying to capitalize on the current energy boom in the county and state, Glenrock is applying for a Business Ready Communities (BRC) grant from the Wyoming Business Council (WBC). The grant is intended to develop a plot of land located near Sharp’s Rifle on the east side of town. The grant application is still in the process, but, fingers crossed, is looking promising. 

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Mock military exercise at DJPP successful
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Just outside of Glenrock town limits, the Wyoming Air and Army National Guard deployed units for a civil disturbance Saturday morning. Exercises early in the morning under the spinning blades of Black Hawk helicopters blew the tall Wyoming brush in rolling waves continuing on into the weekend. 

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Where the money goes from municipal taxes
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 9:17 am

We all know more money is coming into the stat, county and town then in previous years. Do you know how this increase is being handled in Glenrock?

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Steele standards: the recovery of a role model
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 9:17 am

According to Sturgis Steele, a good day is a full day. At 5:30 a.m. he wakes up and heads to Patriot Industries to work an eight-hour shift. From 3:30-6:30 he helps coach football practice at Glenrock High School. From 7-9 he hits the Rec Center for daily training. 

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Helitack: A day on the job
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 9:07 am

Every day, the Helitack team stationed southeast of Glenrock just off Box Elder Road. on Duncan Ranch, starts with a mandatory equipment check. Once all the vehicles and operational devices are assuredly working and prepared to respond to fires around Wyoming, the team goes through safety briefings before beginning their morning physical training. Even with no fires burning, there is always something to do at the base. 

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Library cuts hours, staff after commissioners slice request by 40%, suggest using reserves
Posted: September 04, 2014

The Glenrock Branch of the Converse County Library cut five hours and one part-time position starting this week to keep up with county-imposed budget constraints. The Converse County Commission, bristling at the library’s $1 million in cash carryover, slashed the library’s 2014-15 tax request by 40 percent and encouraged the library board to fall back on its reserves to make up the difference.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Labor Day Weekend brings DUI crackdown to Converse County
Posted: August 28, 2014

Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard barbecues and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. August Crackdown 2014 will be Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, and law enforcement will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to save lives. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Converse County roads. 

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Lightning causes fire on hillside
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 7:57 am

Units from rural fire, state forestry helitack, Glenrock Volunteer Fire Department and a state helicopter responded Monday afternoon to a fire in Boxelder Canyon county park. The fire reportedly started days earlier from a lightning strike and burned slightly less than an acre of steep, rocky terrain. 

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