July through December


July

Cheyenne company
awarded bridge project

LINGLE – The Goshen County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on July 2 to award Reiman Corp., a Cheyenne company, with a bid to install a prefabricated bridge over Wiley Draw north of Lingle.

According to county engineer Bob Taylor, the county received two bids for the project.

“We opened bids for the FAB bridge structure, the prefabricated bridge, that we’re going to install over Wiley Draw North of Lingle,” Taylor said. “Yesterday, we received two bids – one from Reiman Corp. and one from Dietzler Construction. I have a recommendation of award here in my hands, which summarizes that information.”

Reiman Corp.’s bid came in at $154,518.50. Dietzler Construction, the Yoder company that is currently overhauling the frontage road that runs parallel to US 26 in east Torrington, valued the project at $185,134.

August

Newcomb resigns from
Lingle council, citing poor treatment, policy differences

LINGLE – Paula Newcomb has resigned from the Lingle town council, saying “I cannot let myself be treated like this.”

“This is with great regret. I love this town and the people here,” she wrote in a letter to the mayor and council dated Aug. 22. “I feel that I am not respected and not treated as the other councilman (sic).”

Newcomb received a 2015 appointment to the council and won election to a full term the following year. She said that after the executive session on Aug. 21, held behind closed doors to discuss personnel, “enough

was enough.

“Literally I was asking a simple question

and it just got out of control,” she said. “When I was getting yelled at by a council member and disrespected and degraded, I looked at the mayor and I said, ‘you need to stop him. You need to stop this.’ And the mayor didn’t do anything.”

She identified Council Member Greg Asa as the

person who was “completely out of line.”

“I’m a loud person all the time,” Asa responded. “If it seemed like I was yelling, I apologize for that. Sometimes I’m a lot louder in a small space than I need to be. I regret she felt that way to the point that she needed to resign.”

Asa said he did not recall Newcomb asking the mayor to address Asa’s conduct.

September

Lingle council considers
ambulance replacement

LINGLE – The town’s ambulance needs repairs and the council is considering a replacement vehicle.

“We had it die on a cardiac scene the other day. It could have been bad,” Tabitha lambert of the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department told council members. “We made a committee to start doing some fundraising and finding grants for a new ambulance.”

Lambert estimated a new ambulance would cost $142,000. She said Lingle’s vehicle also covers Fort Laramie, Torrington and Lusk occasionally.

“I was thinking of the other rural departments like Jay Em – if it comes down to actually doing some fundraising, send the patrons a letter and say, ‘Would anyone care to donate?’” Council Member Greg Asa said.

Lambert said she may talk with the Banner Health Foundation to determine if they would be willing to partially fund a new vehicle.

In other business, town supervisor Larry Haeffelin said he would prefer to remove the non-functional baby pool this fall. The only cost to the town would be labor. Pool manager Brandi Hill asked if the town could convert the pool instead into a splash pad, which children could run through, similar to sprinklers.

October

Cook appointed to
Lingle council vacancy

LINGLE — By a 4-0 count, the Lingle Town Council chose Brandie Cook over Mike Duane

Gibson as its new councilwoman in its Oct. 9 public meeting.

Cook, a local realtor, replaces Paula Newcomb, who resigned on Aug. 22.

“I look forward to it,” Cook said. She told the council she wants to give back what it has brought her for 15 years.

Lingle Council Member Greg Asa said he would flip a coin to decide before Lingle Mayor George Siglin said state law doesn’t allow that.

Cook and Gibson spoke in front of the council before the council chose Cook. Gibson said after two votes in Cook’s favor he would not be upset if he was not selected.

“I’ll see you in June,” he said.

Siglin also encouraged Gibson to run.

Lingle Council Member Joe Welte said that he lived only two doors down from Gibson but didn’t meet him for a year. He made the remark after Asa said that he didn’t think he had ever met Gibson, which was “pathetic” given the size of the town. Asa said he ultimately leaned toward Cook since he knew her better than he knew Gibson.

November

L-FL junior Eli Asa is the first
Goshen County student to perform in All-National choir

LINGLE – Eli Asa left Wyoming in early November on a jet plane bound for Orlando, Fla., and he landed in a totally different world. 

When he got on the plane, he was leaving behind the harsh early Wyoming winter for a humid climate with temperatures over 90 degrees. Just a few days prior, he’d been practicing with his choir mates at Lingle-Fort Laramie High School – all 11 of them. 

He traveled to Florida to take part in the 200-voice National Music Educators Association All-National Choir. Asa, a junior, was the first singer in the history of Goshen County to make it in-to the All-National category, and it was a night-and-day difference from what he’s used to. 

“My favorite part was when we got in there, on the first day, and I was in a mixed choir so we only had about 200 some kids in our group, but my favorite part was just getting everybody in there,” he said. “You’ve got all these strong basses, tenors, altos, sopranos from all over the country. You just start singing, and these kids just love music so much that it’s almost spot on the very first day from the get-go.”

Asa practiced with the elite group, which was selected from All-State musicians from all 50 states, for two days before performing. The results, according to L-FL music teacher Erin Jes-persen, were incredible. 

“It was beyond any expectations I ever had,” Jespersen said. “There are students from around the country, all 50 states were represented, and you expect them to be amazing because they’re the best of the best. You had to make All-State in your own state first, and then you tried out for All-National and from there, that’s how they picked them.”

December

Young Doggers share
for the holidays

LINGLE – Two Lingle-Fort Laramie Elementary classes are reaching out into the larger community to share a bit of the holiday spirit this year.

Independently of each other, Rachel Gibson’s third graders and Eva Hayes fifth-grade students came up with community service projects to help people far from home. Third graders assembled and sent off Christmas stockings to troops stationed overseas while the fifth-grade class made tied fleece blankets for kids who’ll be spending Christmas at Denver Children’s Hospital.

“Every year, I do Christmas Around the World,” Gibson said. “Every year, I try to do something that’s a little different.”

Her Christmas Around the World looks at holiday observances in different cultures. In the past, students would choose a culture or country and research the different holiday traditions.

This year, after getting to know several soldiers and soldier’s families, Gibson decided to see if her students wanted to take a slightly different approach to the project.

“I got the idea of doing the same project but reaching out to soldiers stationed overseas who aren’t going

to be home for the holidays,” Gibson said.

Likewise, L-FL Elementary Library Aide Denise Jackson had in her mind to have students write letters to kids who were stuck in the hospital during the holidays. After contacting Denver Children’s volunteer coordinator, she learned – since paper can’t be sanitized – letters wouldn’t be an option. But there was something the diminutive Doggers could do to help.

“She said, ‘It’s so awesome your kids want to get involved,’” Jackson said. “The hospital gives away about 100 tied fleece blankets every week. She asked if that was something the kids would like to do? These kids were all over it.”

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