Articles from the March 18, 2021 edition


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  • Storm delays COVID vaccine shipments

    Morgan Hughes, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    CASPER — Vaccines headed for Wyoming will be delayed as residents emerge from a record-setting winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the state this weekend. Federal officials halted shipments of the vaccine into Wyoming until the storm clears, though it remains up in the air when those shipments will arrive, Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti said via email. “They aren’t going to send us shipments when airports may be closed or when roads are closed,” Deti said. “We know our shipments into the state thi...

  • Budget proposals finalized

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    CHEYENNE — After two days without meeting due to the historic winter storm that hit southeast Wyoming last weekend, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol Wednesday with a divide between the House and Senate budget proposals that the bodies will attempt to resolve in the coming weeks. Last Friday, lawmakers in their respective chambers finalized their versions of the state’s supplemental budget, which would cut between $400 million and $450 million in general funds from the state’s two-year budget approved last year, after consi...

  • Water project delayed

    Mar 18, 2021

    The Monroe water line project has been delayed due to frost still in the ground. Public Works Director Mark Westenskow says the project was originally set to start March 22, however, will be delayed one month due to the frost. Rock Springs contractor Lewis and Lewis was awarded the bid in February by the City Council. The enclosed map shows the project. This project will require short-term closures of Monroe Avenue and East Teton. Lewis and Lewis bid $404,880. With the delay, the project will not be completed until the end of May. The project...

  • Women's club assists GR, RS schools

    Mar 18, 2021

    The Woman's Club of Rock Springs, part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, with members from both Green River and Rock Springs met on March 16th at White Mountain Library for their General Meeting. The club has hit the ground running since we have been able to meet again. We are working on three more buddy benches for kids who feel they need a friend for the day. They may be new to town or just need a friend to play with or talk to. Teachers are trained in the use of the benches and the...

  • Swab station, outpatient lab hours change

    Mar 18, 2021

    The drive-thru COVID-19 swabbing station and outpatient lab services at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County both will reduce hours beginning April 1. What isn’t changing? The hospital’s face covering requirement and its limited visitation. Here’s a brief rundown: Drive-thru COVID-19 swabbing station: Beginning April 1, the drive-thru will offer appointments from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The station will not be open on Sundays. Appointments can be made at curative.com. Outpatient Medical Laboratory services: The new lab h...

  • Considering the cost: Study examines trade-offs in energy development

    Eve Newman, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    LARAMIE – A study conducted by the University of Wyoming found that Wyomingites are open to renewable energy and diversifying the economy. However, they realize they’ll have to make trade-offs, and they want their leaders to have realistic conversations about these decisions. In a study titled “Social License for Wyoming’s Energy Future: What Do Residents Want?” Jessica Western, a research scientist at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, explored the perspectives, values and visions of Wyoming residents when it comes to...

  • Our View: Welcome to the new Green River Star

    Mar 18, 2021

    As you can see, we’ve made a lot of changes in the past week. The biggest change being the format of the newspaper itself. Starting this week, the Star will be printed in Jackson at the same press which prints the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The News & Guide is not only one of the best newspapers in Wyoming, but in the nation and part of that comes from the high-quality press work involved in printing the newspaper. We’re excited to be able to work with the crew at Teton Media Works. The page size has gotten shorter as a result, but tha...

  • The federal stimulus bails out Wyo. state, local governments, for now

    Michael Madden, Wyofile.com|Mar 18, 2021

    The $1.9 trillion stimulus plan’s full implications for Wyoming are too numerous and nuanced to know yet, but the import of one facet is already clear: The roughly $1.3 billion it provides Wyoming’s state, county and local governments will go a long way toward alleviating their current fiscal crises. President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law last week and the details of this latest federal stimulus are finally emerging. Observers are already making comparisons to the CARES Act passed just under a year ago. Many que...

  • Lummis: Making sure government works for you

    Cynthia Lummis, U.S. Senator|Mar 18, 2021

    Wyoming is the most beautiful, wonderful place in the country. I’m honored to be from here, and even more honored to be a voice for the greatest state in the United States Senate. I’m also humbled to be the first woman to serve as U.S. Senator for the Equality State. However, this position isn’t about me. It’s about you. I tell my staff that I want us to be “All Wyoming, all the time.” While I have the privilege of serving as your Senator I am committed to making sure that we do everything we can to make your voices heard in Washington....

  • Leslee Dawn Wood-Saderup

    Mar 18, 2021

    Leslee Dawn Wood-Saderup, 56, passed away on March 8, 2021 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a Sweetwater County resident for two years and a former resident of Fernley, Nevada. She was born on February 4, 1965 in Ely, NV, the daughter of James E. Wood and Mona D. Moore. Leslee graduated from Lincoln County High School with the class of 1983 before becoming a nurse. Survivors include her significant other William Winters of Green River, WY; mother Mona D. Prince of Fernley, NV; son...

  • John Ussery

    Mar 18, 2021

    John Ussery, 78, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for three years and a former resident of California and Oregon. He was born on November 17, 1942 in San Diego, California; the son of Harry H. Ussery and Margaret M. Morgan. Mr. Ussery attended schools in Ukiah, California and was a 1960 graduate of Ukiah High School. Johnny married Clyda Warren, and she preceded him in death in...

  • Tropical moisture fueled storm hits

    Camilee Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    CASPER — Wyoming was pummeled with one of the biggest snowstorms in the state’s history this weekend. The storm dropped more than two feet of snow in many parts of the state, leading to power outages, stalled travel and shuttered schools. What caused this weekend’s massive storm? Local meteorologists said a low pressure system brought a significant amount of tropical moisture up into the high plains. That high level of moisture, pulled in from the southwest, meant the snow had a lot of water content. High wind gusts mixed with heavy moist...

  • Legislature wants to use $1.2 million to help coal

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    CASPER — A proposed bill to set aside $1.2 million for Wyoming to sue other states divesting from coal received a warm welcome from lawmakers at a committee meeting on Friday morning. The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to advance the drafted legislation to the floor. House Bill 207 would give Wyoming’s governor and attorney general the money to challenge actions taken by other states that “impede the export of Wyoming coal or the continued operation of Wyoming’s coal-fired electric generat...

  • Marijuana bill gains committee approval

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    CHEYENNE — Wyoming is one of six states where marijuana remains fully illegal without any sort of decriminalization. But that could change in the near future, as state lawmakers advanced a bill Friday that would open the door for wide-ranging forms of cannabis to be grown and sold in Wyoming. Members of the Legislature’s House Judiciary Committee considered two marijuana-focused bills during their meeting Friday, one of which would require the state health officer to establish a report on the implementation of medical marijuana in Wyoming. Whi...

  • Sales tax expansion, real estate transfer tax bills fail

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    JACKSON — The House Revenue Committee was again disinterested in new taxes last week as it voted down a real estate transfer tax and an expansion of the sales tax from goods to services. Teton County legislators supported the real estate tax. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lobbied against the sales tax expansion. Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Albany, was the lead sponsor on the sales tax bill. Pointing to a report on Wyoming’s estimated “tax capacity” — the ability to increase taxes while remaining competitive business-wise — she argued that Wyomin...

  • Bill to keep fossil fuel plants open approved by committee

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 18, 2021

    CASPER — A bill to prevent Wyoming fossil fuel plant closures cleared a legislative committee on Wednesday, despite opposition from the public, consumer advocates and several utility companies. House Bill 166 would prohibit the early retirement of coal or natural gas power plant units, unless a utility company takes additional steps to prove ceasing operations would not hurt customers or compromise reliability. In other words, the drafted legislation would create a presumption against coal and natural gas plant retirements. State regulators cou...

  • Lady Wolves take 4th at state

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 18, 2021

    The Lady Wolves ended their season with a fourth-place finish at the 4A State tournament last weekend. One player was named All State, while another was awarded All State Honorable Mention. An head coach Rick Carroll couldn't be more happy with his players. The Lady Wolves' first game took place against Cheyenne Central in a match that Carroll said was some of the best basketball the Lady Wolves played all season. "We just played really well as a team," Carroll said. "We shot the ball pretty...

  • Girls prepare for soccer season

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 18, 2021

    For head coach Chris Nielsen, his first year with the Lady Wolves is like starting a new soccer program. With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 spring sports season, both soccer programs, as well as the track program are starting back up after a year absence. Nielsen said his younger players have not competed at the high school level at all, while many of his juniors have only played junior varsity soccer. Nielsen while he’s still trying to learn the team’s pulse, he believes they wil...

  • Track and field warm up for March 24 home meet

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 18, 2021

    The Wolves will be completing in their first outdoor track and field this weekend in Lyman, which leads to a meet March 24 at Wolves Stadium. According to head coach Dan Hansen, the full team likely won’t be available during those early meets. With other activities like basketball running into the practice period, some athletes are unable to get the required number of practices logged before being cleared to compete. With a group of 53 athletes with the team, Hansen said the last two weeks of p...

  • Boys soccer returns

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 18, 2021

    The Wolves soccer team will be returning to the field Friday as they start their season against Star Valley in a home game. Action starts at 5 p.m. at Wolves Stadium. They will then take on Evanston Saturday in a second home match scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Like the girls team, the boys are headed up by a new head coach in Kahler Dawson. Dawson was chosen to replace former head coach Chris Bieber last year, but was unable to coach his first official year. Before becoming the head coach, he...

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