Articles from the January 6, 2021 edition


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  • COVID kills 26 more

    Staff Report|Jan 6, 2021

    The coronavirus pandemic continues to kill residents throughout the Cowboy State, with the Wyoming Department of Health claiming COVID-19 killed 26 Tuesday evening. Three Sweetwater County residents were included in the total. According to data from the WDH, COVID-19 has caused 464 deaths out of 38,954 lab-confirmed cases and 6,615 probable cases reported since the pandemic started. A probable case involves a person who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and was in contact with someone who tested positive for the disease, but was not tested...

  • Next priority group named for vaccines

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 6, 2021

    The Wyoming Department of Health has determined its next group for priority COVID-19 vaccinations, which will include teachers and people older than 70 years of age and preparations to vaccinate them are moving ahead. The 1B classifications were released Thursday afternoon, though a focus remains on the 1A group as vaccine doses are delivered to Wyoming. “Right now, we remain focused on Phase 1A priorities throughout the state,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epi...

  • Muley foundation receives $250,000 in relief funds

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 6, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted residents and businesses throughout the state, but some of the hardest impacts have been seen with some nonprofit organizations. For the Muley Fanatic Foundation, $250,000 it received in CARES Act funding from the Wyoming Business Council will go a long way in helping the organization maintain its commitment to promoting mule deer conservation. “The Covid-19 pandemic has been dire to MFF and our efforts to further the mission,” MFF cofounder Josh Coursey sai...

  • Star will continue to publish county legals

    Staff Report|Jan 6, 2021

    People looking for the legal notices and minutes from the Sweetwater County Commissioners’ meetings can continue to look to the Star for that information. The Sweetwater County Commissioners approved a bid by the newspaper to continue publishing the notices in 2021. Each year, the county commissioners designate a newspaper to publish the county’s legal notices, which are required by state statute. Readers looking for these notices can find them in the Legals Section of the weekly Green River Star....

  • RS man allegedly charged officers with knife Dec. 28

    Jan 6, 2021

    ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — A Rock Springs man was arrested after allegedly charging police officers with a knife. At 1:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, officers of the Rock Springs Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of Evergreen Way for a physical disturbance. Officers said they encountered Tommy Ortega, 18, who was allegedly destroying furniture and screaming at the officers. As the officers attempted to calm him down, he armed himself with a knife and charged the officers, according to a press release from the Rock S...

  • First baby of 2021 born

    Jan 6, 2021

    Sweetwater County's first baby of the new year put as much distance as possible between him and 2020. Eamonn Leo Moore was born at 11:15 p.m. Jan. 3, 2021, to Brittany and Camden Moore of Rock Springs. He came into the world at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County weighing 8 pounds, 14.8 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. This is the Moore's first baby. Sweetwater Memorial gave the new family a basket and several bags of goodies including $100 Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce gift certificate,...

  • Wilfred Moccasin Gladue

    Jan 6, 2021

    Wilfred Moccasin Gladue, 64, of Green River, Wyoming left to his heavenly home to be reunited again with those that had gone ahead to wait for him; as he will be waiting for all who loved him on this earth. He was a warrior until the end but succumbed to a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by strong hearts as he took his last breath, and he will be terribly missed by anyone who received the eternal gift of knowing him. Wilfred was born on April 3, 1956 to the late Alan Gladue and... Full story

  • Patricia Lynne Preddy

    Jan 6, 2021
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    Patricia Lynne Preddy, 80, of Green River, passed away December 31, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock following a lengthy illness. She was born November 22, 1940 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Charles Thrasher and Mary Bahan. Patty was a life-long resident of Green River, Wyoming, graduating in 1959 from Lincoln High School. She worked for many years for Sweetwater County School District #2 as the Food Service Manager. Patty married the love of her life, Dennis Preddy, on June 22, 1960.... Full story

  • Manuel De Jesus Martinez Reyes

    Jan 6, 2021

    Manuel De Jesus Martinez Reyes, 70, passed away December 31, 2020 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a former resident of Glendale, California. He was born on December 25, 1950 in El Salvador, the son of Cecilio Reyes and Andrea Martinez. Manuel married Martha Lopez in San Miguel, El Salvador on February 15, 1990. Manuel enjoyed spending his time with his family especially his granddaughters. Making family dinners with his wife. Watching soccer/fútbol. Survivors include his wife Martha Lopez of... Full story

  • Johann Cort Belveal

    Jan 6, 2021

    Johann Cort Belveal passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a resident of Pinedale, Wyoming for 20 years. He was born on October 5, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri; the son of William Craig Belveal and Lila Carleita DeHart. Cort attended schools in Kearny, Missouri and was a 1995 graduate. Mr. Belveal married Hillary Tyler in Pinedale, Wyoming on August 8, 2020. Cort loved movies, the beach, flip flops and he had a special talent for... Full story

  • Tammy Lynn Boyce

    Jan 6, 2021

    Tammy Lynn Boyce, 60 passed away Friday January 1, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on December 18, 1960 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania to Richard Joseph Heidecker and Rosalie Elizsabeth Weil and was raised by her mother and adopted father Louis Anthony Rosati Tammy attended schools in Pennsylvania. She married John Cheesley and moved to Wyoming and had one son from this union. They later divorced. Tammy met Monty Boyce in 1982. They... Full story

  • Julia Ann Duncan

    Jan 6, 2021

    Julia Ann Duncan, 72, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for two months and former resident of Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Duncan was born May 23, 1948 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi; the daughter of Julius Perkins and Thelma Handy. She attended schools in Mississippi and also attended Cosmetology School in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Duncan was a Cosmetologist for over 50 years until her retirement in 2005. Julia was also a foster... Full story

  • Our view: Adobe Town should be made a national park

    Jan 6, 2021

    In the past, we’ve published pieces in this space supporting coal and wishing for it to return to prominence as an economic generator in Southwest Wyoming. As the years roll on, that’s looking less and less likely. While many local leaders continue to work on making the Middle Baxter Road industrial complex dream a reality, there’s a saying of not putting all of one’s eggs into a single basket. While mineral extraction, specifically trona extraction, will likely be a big economic generator in Sweetwater Count for the foreseeable future,...

  • Can Wyoming afford 'excess tax capacity?'

    Michael Madden, Wyofile.com|Jan 6, 2021

    Well-considered comments and e-mails following the discussion of Wyoming’s excess tax capacity, and the one-page legislative document that measured it, differed widely and reflected all of the various political positions one might expect. But a number of astute readers raised the same valid concern: Our discussion omitted the issue of ability to pay. In other words, unless Wyoming residents can actually afford to bridge the gap between what we pay in taxes and what our neighbors pay on average, then tax capacity as measured is just a bunch o...

  • Swim team competes at Laramie meet

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 6, 2021

    While other sports had the opportunity to take a break over the holidays, the Green River High School Swimming and Diving Team hit the road to compete in meets in Laramie and at Cheyenne East Dec. 30-31. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said the boys continued to work had and cut times during the meet. While they weren't able to add to the list of swimmers qualifying for state, Seiloff said some of the boys added to the number of events they qualified for. "They were really solid I think," she said....

  • Cowboys fall to Fresno State 81-61 Monday night

    Jan 6, 2021

    The Wyoming Cowboys struggled from the field in an 81-61 loss to Fresno State on Monday evening in the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Wyoming shot 39 percent from the field for the lowest total of the season. The Bulldogs also held the Pokes to a season low 61 points. The Cowboys move to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play with the Bulldogs improving to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the MW. “I think Fresno State had their back against the wall and they wanted to come out and find a win and give them credit,” UW head coach Jeff Linder said. “In...

  • Lottery scam reported in Wyo.

    Jan 6, 2021

    Home Depot Email Scam Alert: A Laramie citizen received an email saying “You have been selected for a reward from Home Depot!” The email was from cityau@darwin.nt.gov.au spoofed as “Last Reminder” and the subject line was “Home Depot’s Rew@rd Confirmed On{12/23/2020} - Pleaaaase Confirm!” The click here and claim now links do not link to Home Depot. Lottery Winner Text Scam Alert: A Wyoming citizen reported a text scam impersonating Powerball winner Bill Lawrence saying that, in light of the pandemic, he is giving one million randomly via...

  • Photographers' work sought

    Jan 6, 2021

    Local photographers have an opportunity to display their creative work at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River. The Sweetwater Photo Open is an annual event hosted by the Sweetwater County Library System and is scheduled for January and February. The exhibit will open Jan. 12 and be on display through Feb. 27. The deadline to enter is Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. The two-page entry form is available at the county libraries' circulation desks and at the Community Fine Arts Center. The application is...

  • CFAC hosts Lebanese-born artist's work through January

    Jan 6, 2021

    A new exhibit, "Realm of the Mystic," opened at the Community Fine Arts Center Tuesday featuring the work of Marwan Nahle, a combination of paintings and mixed media works he calls "recycled art." Marwan Nahle is a Lebanese-born painter and multi-media artist who has lived and worked internationally for the past 30 years. He has exhibited his work in Lebanon as well as France, Germany and several U.S. states and other foreign countries. He has his work in museums in Lebanon and Utah and he is cu...

  • Protesters: 'Stop the tyranny'

    Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 6, 2021

    CHEYENNE – About 250 people demonstrated in front of the Wyoming State Capitol Monday afternoon to protest a statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 related restrictions. Calls to "Stop the tyranny," "Free Wyoming" and make Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon a "one-term governor," were the rallying cries the protesters belted out after about an hour of listening to elected officials and other citizens decry the mask mandate, including outgoing Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, who challenged people to b...

  • Wyoming parks increase their fees

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 6, 2021

    POWELL — As the sun came up on the new year Friday, a series of significant fee increases took effect at Wyoming’s state parks. All fees are increasing, from single day use passes to annual permits, with some increasing as much as 60%. For Wyoming residents, daily use fees at state parks, recreation areas and archaeological sites will move to one rate year-round, with no more discount for off-season rates. They’re increasing from $4 and $6, depending on the season, to $7 year-round, while a visit to a historic site now costs $4 (up from $2-$3...

  • Taking office

    Jan 6, 2021

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