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Class Valedictorians Melody ZumBrunnen and Cory Bruegger share the mike during their speech to the audience.

Niobrara hosts WYVA graduation

NIOBRARA - American journalist Sydney Harris once said, “The purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” And, the graduating class of Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA) opened the window to their future last Friday. Proud parents, supportive siblings, and festive friends gathered at the Niobrara County High School Auditorium to congratulate a total of 51 students graduating from the statewide virtual academy. WYVA is a state-subsidized, fully accredited education program hosted by Niobrara County School District No. 1. According to 9-12 Principal Jennifer Copeland, the academy’s online model provides students with a greater degree of pliability than a traditional, brick-and-mortar school.      

Rawhide Gymnastics completes season

LUSK - Students of Rawhide Gymnastics received an opportunity to flaunt their newfound talents before an audience of parents and fan on Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday May 15.

NCSD #1 approves middle school and high school cross country

NIOBRARA - Niobrara County School District #1 (NCSD #1) school board recently approved several things on their agenda on May 13, one that will be an addition to next year’s sports middle school and high school cross country.
Sports

Pair of Tigers heading to State

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Sophomore Kadyn McCully battles his opponent from the LFL/SE team at the 2A East Regional Tournament in Tongue River. McCully punched his ticket to state in the 144-pound bracket at the regional tournament.
Sophomore Kadyn McCully battles his opponent from the LFL/SE team at the 2A East Regional Tournament in Tongue River. McCully punched his ticket to state in the 144-pound bracket at the regional tournament.
Two grapplers at Niobrara County High School qualified to compete at the state wrestling tournament this weekend in Casper by placing in the top eight at regionals.

Tracksters snag all-state nods and state trophies

The NCHS Lady Tigers garnered third place at state track with 62 points. Pictured, from left, are coach Ron Nelson, coach Sandra Johnson, Gracie ZumBrunnen, Melody ZumBrunnen, Phoebe Allbright, Abby Glavan, Marleigh Smith, coach Chris Skeen and head coach Jim Lyons. Also on the team is Taci Bartschi.
The Niobrara County High School track teams found plenty of success at the state track and field championships, returning with two state trophies.

NCHS golfers conclude spring season

The NCHS golf team wrapped up its season at the spring championships in Torrington on May 10. Pictured, from left, are Franscheska Bannan, Aubrey Manning, coach Ed Fullmer, Camden Rose, Jackson Smith and Hudson Leimser.
A summary of the Niobrara County High School golf team's achievements during the spring season.
Freshman Marleigh Smith clears the pole in the high jump at regionals in Sundance. Smith snagged the regional championship in the event with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches.
NCHS track teams snag third at regionals
Niobrara County High School tracksters pulled out all the stops at the 2A regional meet in Sundance.
Senior Melody ZumBrunnen catches air in the long jump. ZumBrunnen went on to win the event, along with the 100-, 200- and 400-meters at SEWAC in Glenrock on May 4.
NCHS quartet earns SEWAC titles
A successful weekend at the SEWAC Meet culminated in four NCHS athletes earning championships at the meet.
Lady Tigers host hoops awards banquet
The NCHS Lady Tigers hosted their annual basketball postseason awards banquet.
Sophomore Charlie Gaukel clears the bar in the high jump at the Dennis Zowada Invite in Lusk on April 26. Gaukel placed fifth in the event with a mark of 5-02.

Zowada Invite garners 14 golds and a school record

The Niobrara County High School track team swept the competition at the Zowada Invite on Saturday.

Best in the West

Athletes represented Niobrara County High School at the Best in the West track meet in Scottsbluff the previous week.

Penfield jumps into final RMAC championships

2019 NCHS alumni Alec Penfield is preparing to compete in his final RMAC championships for Chadron State College.

Hot performances on a cold day at Pine Bluffs

The Niobrara County High School track team bagged plenty of hardware and posted solid performances at the Pine Bluffs Invitational.

Tiger coaches host basketball awards banquet

The NCHS tigers celebrated an epic season at the annual awards banquet.
Obituaries
Virginia May Bryant
Virginia May Bryant October 13, 1915 - April 13, 2024
Virginia May Bryant October 13, 1915 - April 13, 2024 Virginia May Bryant, 108, died peacefully at Hospice of Laramie on Saturday April 13, 2024 in Laramie, Wyoming. Virginia was born …
Barbara (Strube, Sigler) Yonts
Barbara (Strube, Sigler) Yonts April 11, 1937 - April 2, 2024
Barbara (Strube, Sigler) Yonts April 11, 1937 - April 2, 2024 Barbara J. (Strube, Sigler) Yonts of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on April 3, 2024, at Banner Wyoming Medical Center.  She …
Eleanor Aamodt July 8, 1939 – March 26, 2024
Eleanor Aamodt, age 84, of Lusk, died on March 26, 2024, at the Niobrara Community Hospital Extended Care Facility in Lusk, Wyoming. A memorial service for Eleanor will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the First Baptist Church in Lusk. 
Winona “Kay” Green
December 22, 1954 - January 16, 2024
Winona “Kay” Green
Winona “Kay” Green, 86, of Manville, Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Life Care Center of Casper, Wyoming.
Gordon Potter
October 4, 1943 - January 27, 2024
Gordon Potter
Gordon Potter, 80, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024 in Rapid City, SD, in the presence of his loving wife of 53 years, Faye.
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Annual Coyote Days bring in diverse crowds and promote fur and trapping industry.

Attendees at John Graham’s Coyote Days watched demonstrations on the lawn at the Niobrara County Fair grounds.
Opinion

Harriet Hageman:

I have often said that there is a special place in hell for those who pursue policies that are intended to increase the price of food, energy, and housing.

Fresh flavors lighten things up

I think I always found shrimp intimidating because it was always “fancy” food when I was growing up and through much of my adult life. Not to mention, growing up in Wyoming in the 80’s and 90’s shrimp was invariably always frozen and breaded to begin with then deep fried….and it just wasn’t my thing.

News and Views 8.16.23

It was the sound of music to my ears when I heard a rider mower cruising up and down the alley behind my home on Saturday morning.

What a Week

I've been bought and sold on the "Dark Web". For the second time in my adult life I received a phone call stating I was being taken to court for a debt owed from over 10 years ago.
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