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County positions questioned

The future of the chief deputy positions at the county level is still up for discussion. The issue came up when the Sweetwater County Commissioners were discussing whether or not to approve a request...

 
 By DAVID MARTIN    County    March 14, 2018

Final destination

Since October, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has accumulated a stockpile of drugs from 19 felony drug arrests made within the county. The stockpile, which consists of 1,138.44 pounds of...

 
 By Staff Report    County    March 14, 2018

Sheriff aims for re-election

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell is seeking a second term. The former Rock Springs police chief announced his candidacy in an email Friday afternoon. Lowell, a Democrat, was elected in 2014 after defeating then-Sheriff Rich Haskell. Lowell...

 
 By Deb Sutton    County    March 7, 2018

MHSC pregnancy clinic brings peace of mind

Meagan Sheesley wants what most mothers want — happy, healthy children. Now in her second trimester, she also wants peace of mind. That can be difficult to obtain when your pregnancy is considered high risk. Tears came to her eyes Feb. 6 as she...

 

Crowd attends county hearing

It was standing room only at the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning when residents and organizational leaders from across the state let the Commissioners know how they felt about...

 
 By David Martin    County    March 7, 2018

Support shown for WSAs

A public hearing Tuesday wasn’t the only opportunity for people to comment about how the county commissioners should address the 13 Wilderness Study Areas within Sweetwater County. During the past...

 

County receives WSA comments

Comments are pouring in to the Sweetwater County Commissioners regarding what should be done with the Bureau of Land Management’s Wilderness Study Areas within the county. According to Mark Kot,...

 

Security, detention officer position now open

After months of discussion between Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners, the Sheriff’s Department will start the process of hiring three...

 

County assessor appointed

David Divis will take over the Sweetwater County Assessor’s Office after a 4-1 vote Tuesday by the Sweetwater County Commissioners. John Kolb was the only dissenting vote. Divis takes over for Pat...

 

Utah man found guilty of murder

A Utah man was found guilty last week of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder at a Rock Springs hotel in 2016. Bradley Ross Fairbourn, 20, of Draper, Utah, was found guilty Thursday a...

 

Sheriff's office arrests fugitive

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had a busy week, headlined by two arrests. According to Dick Blust, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, the sheriff’s office helped arrest an armed fugitive Friday afternoon in Rock... Full story

 

County assessor job opens

The Sweetwater County Democratic Party is now seeking applications for the County Assessor’s position. This position was left vacant after Pat Drinkle, a Democrat, announced her retirement. On...

 

Legislators see tough session ahead

Local members of the Wyoming House of Representatives are expecting a difficult legislative session. The budget session, which starts Monday, is expected to bring about debates regarding the...

 

SCS will receive building donation

Southwest Counseling Service will receive a 4,000-square foot building from Jonah Energy LLC. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, the Commissioners voted unanimously...

 

County lodging tax declines in 2017

Revenues from the county’s lodging tax declined by 11 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to a report from the Sweetwater County Joint Travel and Tourism Board. Jenissa Meredith,...

 

Man charged in shooting death

A Rock Springs man made an initial appearance at Circuit Court in Rock Springs Tuesday, facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after allegedly killing a woman in a situation witnesses believe was accidental. Stephen Jeffrey Taranovich, 41, could f...

 

Trees letter will be sent to D.C.

The Sweetwater County Commissioners will send a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Washington D.C., opposing the Little Mountain juniper tree removal. During the Commissioners Dec. 16...

 

Airport will have new name

Starting Feb. 1, the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County will no longer be the name of the local airport. From that date on, it will be known as the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport. Airport Manager...

 

Sixth-penny tax to be removed soon

By STEPHANIE THOMPSON People Editor The Special Purpose Use Tax, also known as the sixth-penny tax, will stop April 1. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, Chairman Reid...

 

Legislator wants eased CBD laws

A Green River legislator seeks to ease restrictions for patients to legally purchase CBD, an oil extract from hemp plants its proponents claim can be used to treat a variety of medical problems. Stan...

 

Bill proposes license plate for wildlife connectivity

The Muley Fanatics Foundation is drumming up support for a legislative bill that would help create wildlife crossings through the purchase of special license plates. The bill, known as House Bill 39,...

 

BLM responds to county letter

The Bureau of Land Management responded to the Sweetwater County Commissioners letter about the removal of juniper trees on Little Mountain with a letter of its own. After reading this letter, Commiss...

 

Girl found safe on Interstate 80

An early morning commute to work Monday resulted in the rescue of a girl suffering from hypothermia. According to Stephanie Harsha, public involvement specialist for the Wyoming Department of...

 
 By DAVID MARTIN    County    January 3, 2018

Assessor plans retirement

It’s never easy saying goodbye; and for Sweetwater County Assessor Pat Drinkle, she’ll say goodbye to her staff Feb. 3. Drinkle announced her intent to retire Tuesday morning, submitting a letter...

 

Detention center gets 2 officers

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell was given the go ahead to hire two additional full-time sworn detention officers. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, the...

 

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