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Year in Review: A look at 2013 in Platte County

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2013

Editorís note: The Year in Review summarizes events that took place in Platte County during 2013.

January 2013

John Barberini drove his vehicle into the Hortonís Corner building in on Jan. 30. He later reportedly told authorities he slipped on ice and was unable to control the vehicle. The building is heavily damaged. Sandy Kontour is the first female Platte County Commissioner to be elected in Platte County. Thomas Pierson, of Torrington, pled guilty to a charge of third degree arson for starting an illegal campfire in Kelly Park the afternoon of June 9. The fire burned out of control and quickly spread to the nearby state park land and resulted in damage to nearly 2,700 acres of public and privately-owned ground.

February 2013

Governor Matt Mead signed into law Senate File 104. SF 104 defers responsibilities from the Superintendent of Public Instruction, currently Cindy Hill, to the new lawís constitutionality. Mead appointed James Rose the interim director; Immediately after Mead signed SF 104 into law, Hill served him with a lawsuit challenging the new lawís constitutionality. The Town of Wheatland is looking to submit an application for a Business Ready Community (BRC) Community Enhancement Grant from the Wyoming Business Council for a splash park at the Wheatland City Pool. The Wheatland Bulldog wrestling team competed in the East 3A Regional wrestling tournament. Jhett Eike failed to make weight and instead of bumping a JV wrester at another weight class, Eike chose to forfeit the tournament and his chance at state. The Bulldogs finished in fourth place of eight teams.

March 2013

Confirmed case of whooping cough (pertussis) in Guernsey. Pertussis is a very contagious disease. Most people have been vaccinated as youngsters, and the vaccine is highly effective but is not a 100-percent guarantee. It can cause pneumonia, apnea and can by deadly. Three WHS players make All- Conference. Wheatland Bulldog basketball players Dusty Nipper and Tyler Pollock made the 3A East list. Lady Bulldog Kortni Simonton made the girls 3A East list. The Platte County Main Street Board invites business owners and interested residents of Platte County to attend a roundtable discussion about marketing its organization. Leslie Zynda, former clerk-treasurer for the Town of Guernsey, pled guilty to one felony count of income tax evasion for failing to pay taxes on the $276,706 she took from the Town of Guernsey. Three of seven people involved in an animal abuse case at Wyoming Premium Farms were sentenced. In 2012, the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover video depictin cruel treatments to animals in the facility. The video showed workers kicking piglets, striking sows and noting untreated illness and infections on the animals.

For the complete article see the 01-01-2014 issue.

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