Articles written by Jonathan Gallardo

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  • Gillette woman finds new purpose in life thanks to alpacas and their manure

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 22, 2023

    GILLETTE - Two years ago, Heidi Nation was looking for a purpose in life. She had moved out to the Oriva Hills subdivision in the spring of 2021 after years of living in Gillette. "We came out here, and there was, like, nothing," said Nation, the owner of Spirit Nation Alpacas. But even before the move, "I was in the same kind of predicament," she said. She needed something to do, she needed someone to take care of. Then one day, Betty White, Gary Busey, Kevin Hart and Wanda Sykes walked into...

  • Friendships, inspiration on display at Special Olympics games

    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 commissioners' meeting featured extra security

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 11, 2021

    GILLETTE — Six officers were assigned to the commission chambers Tuesday for the Campbell County Commission’s regular meeting after the county sheriff had been asked to provide extra security. The request was made because of behavior at the previous commission meeting when some people were asked to leave because they were being disruptive. A group of library protesters showed up, as they have for the last few months, over concerns about library books. But on Tuesday, their signs were placed against the walls and chairs. And they were quiet for...

  • Former Gillette resident returns to challenge Cheney

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 13, 2021

    GILLETTE — A Campbell County High School graduate and U.S. Army veteran is running for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2022. Denton Knapp, a 1983 CCHS grad who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army, has announced that he will challenge Republican Rep. Liz Cheney. Knapp, who now lives in California but is moving back to Gillette, said he’s wanted to go into public service since high school and that “now is a good time to do it.” Knapp joins other Republicans in state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, state Rep. Chuck Gray, Bryan Kel...

  • Research team microwaves coal powder, turns it into nano-graphite

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 13, 2021

    GILLETTE – A research team at the University of Wyoming has found a way to use a microwave to turn coal into graphite. Using copper foil, glass containers and a conventional household microwave oven, UW researchers have demonstrated that pulverized coal powder can be converted into higher-value nano-graphite. “This method provides a new route to convert abundant carbon sources to high-value materials with ecological and economic benefits,” the research team wrote. Nano-graphite is used as a lubricant and other items like fire extin...

  • Resolution against health orders gets rejected by Carbon County

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 26, 2020

    GILLETTE — Campbell County Commissioners will not adopt a resolution against the state’s coronavirus public health orders. At a directors meeting Monday, Commissioners Del Shelstad and Colleen Faber said they had received questions from residents about whether Campbell County would pass a resolution against government overreach similar to what has been done in other communities. The city of Sheridan adopted a resolution July 20 “declaring all legal businesses and personnel in the city as essential.” The resolution was necessary “for the purpose...