Nov. 16 Robert LaVerne Leavitt, 80, of Billings, Montana, formerly of Shell
Worland temperatures: High 23, Low -4 precipitation: 0.00
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values as low as -5. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. South southeast wind around 6 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 34. South southeast wind around 6 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 14. East southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west southwest in the evening.
Sunset tonight: 4:35 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:14 a.m.
By Ben Neary
CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the
outgoing Washakie County attorney from practicing law for 30 days,
ruling she violated professional rules in billing the county to cover a
disciplinary sanction against her.
Marcy Argeris’ suspension will start March 15, the court ruling states. An attempt to reach her for comment wasn’t immediately successful Wednesday.
Argeris is set to leave office at the end of the year. She lost to challenger John Worrall in August’s Republican primary.
Wednesday’s suspension order against Argeris stems from how she handled a private reprimand she received from the Wyoming State Bar in 2013.
According to Wednesday’s court order, the state bar’s Board of Professional Responsibility in 2013 found Argeris had violated a professional rule by questioning minors and their parents about an incident on school property without advising them of their right to legal representation.
The board ordered her to pay $550, of which $500 was an administrative fee and $50 was costs.
The court order adopts a new report from the Board of Professional Responsibility that examines how Argeris handled the board’s 2013 private reprimand against her.
The new board report says Evanston lawyer Mark Harris represented Argeris at the 2013 disciplinary hearing. She instructed him to pay the $550, and he did so and then billed for reimbursement, the report says. The court order says that Argeris submitted Harris’ bill to the Washakie County Clerk.
According to the board report, “Argeris did not fully and properly inform the county commissioner of the nature of purpose of the $500 administrative fee or the $50 cost assessment that appeared in the bill.”
The report says that because the $550 was a bill resulting from Argeris’ violation of a rule of professional conduct, she had a duty to call the commissioners’ attention to the matter. The board ruled that her failure to do so amounted to misconduct.
A citizen discovered that the county had paid the $550 and protested to the Washakie County Commissioners, the report says. In response, the commissioners requested that Argeris reimburse the county and give permission for them to engage outside counsel to advise them on the propriety of the payment, the report says.
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City addresses cemetery,
water ordinance proposals
By Bob Vines
WORLAND – The Worland City Council approved on
first reading a pair of ordinances Tuesday night addressing plot usage
at Riverview Memorial Gardens and how the city charges fees for
out-of-city water users.
The first ordinance would establish a veterans’ gardens at the cemetery designated for casketed and cremains burial spaces for honorably discharged American veterans without felony convictions. Spouses, children and other family members will not be allowed to be buried in the gardens. The ordinance would further provide for additional burial spaces in the Garden of Memories.
“It’s a fairly restricted area,” said city attorney Kent Richins about the proposed veterans-only section which was referred to as the Garden of the Patriot. “If you have a veteran and their spouse, or family, can’t be buried I wonder how much use this would get but I have been advised that it would get substantial use.”
He explained that the city was approached by a veteran’s group to establish the section and their suggested language was not changed – the proposal is what they requested.
“It seems to me that we would be able to utilize these lots better if we could make some accommodation for spouses,” said Councilman Dennis Koch. “In national cemeteries they bury them two-deep.”
Mayor David Duffy said that the established Garden of the Valiant already allows veterans, their spouses and children.
According to city engineer representative Mike Donnell, the additional spaces had been drawn up some time ago with some burials already taken place in the Garden of Memories, but covenants had not been established.
“This is mainly to complete the process,” he said.
City Clerk Tracy Glanz suggested inviting Todd White with the VFW to address the council during the next meeting to answer the board’s questions in regard to the proposed veteran’s section.
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