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Kids active at Sweetwater County Fair

Children were all over the Sweetwater County Fair throughout last week. Whether they were showing animals for 4-H, riding rides, feeding animals or eating their favorite fair food, they were having a... Full story


Student enjoys political experience

For one high school senior, playing a role in politics was an interest enhanced by a recent trip to Washington D.C. The journey started when Levi Hren, a Green River High School student, applied as a... Full story


Bank angers commissioners

The Sweetwater County Commissioners feel as though Bank of the West Corporate has waged war against them when it declared it would no longer support certain businesses in the oil and gas and coal...


Abuse charges could be dismissed

A Green River woman accused of beating her child with a belt will have the felony child abuse charge dismissed if she can complete her probation. Ashley L. Todd, 28, appeared in the Third District...


Anticipating fair-time fun

I can still recall how as a child certain words could instantly lead to automatic excitement. Parade, park, fireworks, playground, lake, fishing, carnival and camping. The one word that would...


Kids jam out at Rock n' Roll event

Children had the chance to listen to and play along with a local musician last week. During the Sweetwater County Library's summer reading program, children are encouraged to attend one of their many...


Girl Scout receives silver award

When sophomore Mya Tollefson joined Girl Scouts nine years ago, she didn’t think she’d be receiving one of the highest awards obtainable, but she did. Recently, Girl Scout Troop 1041 members...


Employees take 1st at rescue competition

During recent mine rescue competitions, Genesis Alkali teams took first place in more than one area.  Each year, the teams attend two competitions and this year was no different. The Southeast...


Tax error benefits county

A tax error will give Sweetwater County about $2.37 million, but how it will be divided among the towns and cities is still unclear. During a recent Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting, county...


Charges to be dismissed

A Green River man who admitted to excessively spanking his stepchild with a belt will have a felony child-abuse charge dismissed if he can complete probation. Joshua Gautreaux, 30, appeared in the...


What happened to summer?

As I was typing up the community calendar for next week a sudden realization hit me -- there’s only one month left before the kids go back to school. What? I think “That can’t be right. They jus...


Rock painting enjoyed

"Rock painting?" "Why are we going to paint rocks?" These were just a couple of questions seniors at the Golden Hour Senior Center had before they found out just how fun rock painting can be....


Kids enjoy Summer Camp

During the summer, Harrison Elementary School takes on a new task when it acts as the city's Summer Camp central location. Around 55 students participate in the summer camp and the theme changes from...


Mural beautifies downtown area

One can't help but notice the huge horses, the train and Castle Rock painted on the side of a building when driving downtown. The mural was a project the URA/Main Street Committee commissioned....


Baseball seasons end

Both the 12U and 10U Green River All-Stars baseball seasons have come to an end after playing at districts last week. Both teams traveled to Lovell for the district tournament. During the...


All-Star teams face tough competition

Two Green River All-Star Baseball teams will continue competing, while one team wrapped up its season this week. 14U All-Stars This team is managed by Nathaniel Liebelt and consists of boy baseball pl...


Children enjoy therapy showcase

Therapeutic riding students had the chance to show what they learned during a riding showcase Thursday. The program called One Stride Closer, a Sweetwater County Board of Cooperative Educational... Full story


Space camp dream fulfilled

A teacher's childhood dream became a reality this summer when she attended space camp. Kathy Stanton, a Green River Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher, recently attended the Honeywell... Full story


Cold vs. mediation: no one wins

I’m not sure what’s worse -- a cold or the medicine to treat the cold. It’s bad enough to have gotten a summer cold, but for me it’s always tough trying to decide whether or not to suffer it...


Charges may be dismissed

A woman accused of child abuse after choking a child under 16 years of age will have the charge dismissed if she can successfully complete her probation. Joanna Stephenson, 29, of Green River,... Full story


Lodging tax nearly dies Tues.

In an unexpected move by the Sweetwater County Commissioners, the commissioners almost defeated the lodging tax initiative by not acting at all. Initially when the resolution was reviewed, chairman...


Human trafficking charges dismissed

A Rock Springs man accused of attempting to commit human trafficking had all charges against him dismissed. In the case against Guadalupe J. Chavez-Arellano, 54, the state sent motion to dismiss witho... Full story


Move over law takes effect

Motorists will not only have to move over for emergency responder vehicles, but official vehicles. The new move over law, which went into effect July 1, requires motorists to move over for maintenance...


Company donates emergency bags

A local trona company's donation will help seniors in an emergency situation. Recently, Tata Chemicals Partners teamed up with Golden Hour Senior Center to provide 175 qualified seniors with supplies... Full story


Kids explore the ocean on land

Children at the Sweetwater County Library Tuesday morning quickly realized they didn't have to travel far to learn about and explore the ocean. During this week's story time, children listened to... Full story


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