PEAKS to Conga returns for 11th year

By Nathan Oster
After setting fundraising records last year, the P.E.A.K.S. to Conga event returns Saturday, June 25 with all the fun and festivities locals have come to expect over the past 10 years.
The “pedal to kick cancer to the curb” cause has never been more important. P.E.A.K.S. is an acronym for People Everywhere are Kind and Sharing, an auxiliary of the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation. The organization uses the money it generates to help cancer patients in the Big Horn Basin with their non-medical expenses — primarily things like gasoline, food and lodging.
With unleaded gas costing nearly $5 a gallon and inflation at record levels, the money that’s raised won’t go nearly as far as it has in the past, said Laurie Parker Stoelk, the organizer of the event and a former oncology nurse.
“I expect we’ll be giving out a huge number of gas cards,” she said.


It’s a team effort to conduct trials in Big Horn County

COVID-19 changed how day-to-day business is conducted. This includes the judicial system, where many court cases are still moving forward despite a global pandemic. 
With many court hearings moving to being conducted online, jury trials still need to be conducted in person. The Wyoming Supreme Court ordered that no jury trials be conducted unless a jury trial operating plan be adopted by judges and submitted to the county health officer without objection. The Wyoming Supreme Court has laid out recommendations on how jury trials be conducted. 
In Big Horn County, Judge Bobbi Overfield put an operating plan in place for jury trials that was approved by Big Horn County Public Health. 
“It’s a team effort of the entire court,” said Big Horn County District Court Clerk Serena Lipp. 
Lipp and Circuit Court Clerk Diane Nuttall will work together if a jury trial is needed in Big Horn County.

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