Articles from the April 1, 2020 edition


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  • 3 positive for COVID-19

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 1, 2020

    Editor's note: This is an updated version of the print article published April 1. Between print publication and posting this article to our website, a third confirmation was announced. A third confirmed case of COVID-19 infection was announced Wednesday evening by Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. It also marks the third case confirmed in Green River. According to a press release, the hospital was notified Monday by a private lab that a male in his 20s had tested positive for the virus....

  • SEDC creates business recovery team

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 1, 2020

    As the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition continues to establish itself at the county courthouse, it’s already working on helping area businesses weather the economic storm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kayla McDonald, Economic Development Specialist for SEDC, said organizations like the SEDC often have a business recovery team to help businesses respond to disasters. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the SEDC board decided to from a team. Those involved in the team include Green River C...

  • Gas drops 26.7 cents in Wyo.

    Apr 1, 2020

    GILLETTE (Wyoming News Exchange) — Wyoming gas prices have fallen 10.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 494 stations. Like everything else in the nation these days, the cause of the lower prices is the coronavirus. People are staying home and driving far less than they did two weeks ago. It has led to “an unprecedented drop never before seen in U.S. gasoline demand, causing prices to sink like a rock,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBudd...

  • Packing up

    Apr 1, 2020

  • Hospital urges residents to take precautions

    Apr 1, 2020

    From Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County As you’re enjoying Sweetwater County’s open spaces as part of your social distancing, it’s important to take precautions and extra safety measures. As COVID-19 cases continue to mount, the staff at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County ask that you remain active, but be careful. “Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals around the country, including our own, are preparing for volumes of patients like we’ve never experienced before,” Dr. Tony Pedri, an orthopedic surgeon at Sweetwater Memorial...

  • MHSC walk-in clinic opens

    Apr 1, 2020

    From Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Several healthcare options are available at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County to meet the community’s more urgent needs. Sweetwater Walk-In: The walk-in clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at 3000 College Drive. The walk-in clinic is for health issues requiring urgent medical attention including, but not limited to, falls, urinary tract infections, congestive heart failure (CHF) exacerbations, diabetic issues, and dehydration. The Family & Occupational Medicine providers will c...

  • Elsie Gentilini

    Apr 1, 2020

    Elsie Gentilini was born on September 25, 1922, to Frank and Frances (Benedik) Gosar and died on March 30, 2020 of complications from congestive heart failure. She was preceded in death by both her parents, three brothers, three sisters, Leo, her husband of 58 years and one daughter, Kareen Lescoe. She is survived by her son Raymond (Eleanor), two granddaughters, Marsha McDonald (Doug) and Elaina Gentilini, one grandson, Leo Gentilini, one great grandson, Michael McDonald (Lara) and two...

  • Margaret Ann Patterson

    Apr 1, 2020

    Margaret Ann Patterson 55, of Rock Springs Wyoming passed away March 27, 2020. She was born on May 22, 1964 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Linda June and Robert Patterson. Margaret was a wonderful, amazing, and giving woman who was loved by all and will be extremely missed. It was often said she had a "heart of gold." She never met a stranger and welcomed conversation from all. You knew that if she was in your life you were "special." She loved her brothers and sisters and her 3 boys, but you...

  • Linda Ann Ollis

    Apr 1, 2020

    Linda Ann Ollis, 73 of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her home in Rock Springs,Wyoming following a life long illness. She is a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past 25 years and former resident of Nevada. She was born on February 13, 1947 in Elko, Nevada, the daughter of John G. Privett Jr. and Beverlee Ann Ford. Mrs. Ollis attended schools in Carlin, Nevada and was a graduate of the Carlin Combine High School. She married Richard Ollis in Elko,...

  • Michael Lyle Mosbey

    Apr 1, 2020

    Michael Lyle Mosbey, 74, of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Deer Trail Assisted Living. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Mike died following a lengthy illness. He was born on September 30, 1945 in Rawlins, Wyoming, the son of L.H. Mosbey and Elizabeth McClure Mosbey. Mike attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1964 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. He was a United States Marine Veteran of the Vietnam Era. Mike was employed as a salesman in the...

  • Melanie Sue Steffins Von Schriltz

    Apr 1, 2020

    Melanie Sue Steffins Von Schriltz, 53, of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Melanie died following a brief illness. She was born on June 16, 1966 in Plentywood, Montana, the daughter of Lyle Lloyd and Alma Marie Torgerson Steffins Melanie attended schools in Plentywood, Montana and graduated from High School there. She married Robert Vern Von Schriltz in Plentywood, Montana on October...

  • Carl Wesley "Sonny" Purdin

    Apr 1, 2020

    Carl Wesley "Sonny" Purdin, 87, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a life-long resident of Wyoming. Mr. Purdin was born on March 11, 1933 in Saratoga, Wyoming; the son of Carl LeRoy Purdin and Elizabeth Jessie Casto. He attended schools in Rawlins and Saratoga, Wyoming, and was a 1951 graduate of Platte Valley High School in Saratoga. Mr. Purdin married Patsy Cudney on June 21, 1972 in Riverside, Wyoming. He served in the United States Army...

  • John F. Thibeault

    Apr 1, 2020

    John F. Thibeault, 72 passed away March 25, 2020 at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT after an 8-month battle with cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his family. John put up a courageous, fierce fight all the way to the end. John was born May 1, 1947 in Medford, MA, son of George and Florence Thibeault. He was the first of three sons. John grew up in Massachusetts and graduated in 1965 from Littleton High School, Littleton, MA. He attended Castleton State College, Castleton,...

  • Roberta Ward

    Apr 1, 2020

    Roberta Ward, 67, of Rock Springs, passed away March 27, 2020 at her home after a short illness. She was born January 18, 1953 in Brownfield, Texas, the daughter of Charlie Robert Foster and Betty Jean Byrd Foster. She attended schools in Brownfield, TX. Roberta married Robert Harbison in New Mexico in 1972. He preceded her in death. She married Ken Ward June 29, 2007 in Rock Springs. She was a member of the Lady's Auxiliary of the American Legion. Roberta worked as a cook and waitress at Lew's...

  • Charles James Besso

    Apr 1, 2020

    Charles James Besso passed away suddenly at his home Friday March 20, 2020. Charles James Besso was born on September 17, 1929 in Winton Wyoming to Charles Martin and Mary (Frullo) Besso. He married Georgann Radosevich on April 24, 1954 in Rock Springs where they and their family lived until he started work for Mountain Fuel Supply in 1963. He then moved the family to a small gas camp named Hiawatha and another named Powder Wash. The family moved to Grand Junction Colorado for a time so the...

  • Dorothy J. Overy-McCormick

    Apr 1, 2020

    Dorothy J. Overy-McCormick, 90, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born on June 28, 1929 in Superior, Wyoming the daughter of Thomas Overy and Gertrude Hagg Overy. Mrs. McCormick was employed at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in the Laundry Department for sixteen years and worked at various motels in house-keeping and Burns Security for three years. She enjoyed playing bingo, bunco, crocheting, rock hunting and...

  • Elsie Lee

    Apr 1, 2020

    Elsie Lee, 99, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 85 years and is a former resident of Burnt Fork, Wyoming. Mrs. Lee was born on June 12, 1920 in Lehi, Utah; the daughter of William Fred Stoll and Emily Vaughn. She attended schools in Lehi, Utah and Burnt Fork, Wyoming. Elsie graduated in 1939 from Lincoln High School in Green River, Wyoming. Mrs. Lee married Charles Gilbert Lee on May 26, 1939 in Green River, and he...

  • Sienna Raquel De Arcos

    Apr 1, 2020

    Sienna Raquel De Arcos passed away Saturday March 21, 2020 doing something she loved to do, riding her ATV and enjoying the outdoors with her family. She was born on September 26, 2008 in Page, Arizona, but grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Sienna was a member of the 5th grade class at Pilot Butte Elementary School of Rock Springs. There were many things that Sienna liked to do, but her favorites were soccer, hanging out with her friends, camping, laser tag, and target shooting. She was...

  • Our view: The feds failed

    Apr 1, 2020

    As of last week, the United States surpassed China in total number of recorded COVID-19 coronavirus infections. There are a few caveats to take in with that, but viral infections in China appear to be on a downward trend. China has a population of 1.4 billion people. The U.S. has a population 331 million people and confirmed infections have only increased. As of this writing, Wyoming had 95 confirmed infections. That will likely increase between the time this paper is printed and when our readers get a chance to peruse this edition, which...

  • Game flies people to new horizons

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 1, 2020

    It’s probably a wish a lot of us have right now: to fly away to some tiny island and away from everything that’s going on right now. With that in mind, it’s almost tragic to say “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” released two weeks ago at what is likely the perfect time for its kind of video game. Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, the game allows players to develop a desert-island community for a huge cast of animal residents. While “Animal Crossing” doesn’t have the same name recognition as...

  • TP, guns and ammo: How will you survive the pandemic?

    Kerry Drake, Wyofile.com|Apr 1, 2020

    I never expected to be writing about anything as terrible as coronavirus, let alone the strange question that has been on so many people’s minds since the pandemic started: Where can I find some toilet paper? Frequent readers of this column likely believe this is the subject I am most qualified to report about. I will try not to disappoint. So why is toilet paper flying off the shelves of Wyoming stores and throughout the country? I asked several people to give me their theories, including a psychologist. My favorite response was from Joanne Ca...

  • Girl donates masks to hospital

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 1, 2020

    A Green River girl recently donated masks for visitors at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for visitor use. Lily Harris donated a bundle of hand-made masks yesterday. Harris said she was inspired to make the masks because her mother has compromised lungs and when she goes to the hospital for appointments, masks aren't always available. "I hope this donation will help," she said. Harris, a Lincoln Middle School student, sewed the masks herself, using skills she learned from Mrs. Kennedy....

  • Historical museum: We're here to help

    Apr 1, 2020

    From the Sweetwater County Historical Museum The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River is offering its resources to educators and students.​ Director Brie Blasi said that while the museum is currently closed to the public, the staff is continuing to handle research requests via telephone and email and prepare and maintain exhibits.​ In addition, on March 19 the Museum launched a new digital outreach program called “Wyoming and Sweetwater County History Outreach.” Through media releases, its Facebook page, website, and its new You...

  • District selects new football coach

    Staff Report|Apr 1, 2020

    The Wolves football program will have a new head coach next season. Tony Beardsley, athletics director for Sweetwater County School District No. 2, announced the selection of Kevin Cuthbertson as the new head coach. The selection will be finalized at the next school board meeting. “We look forward to working with Kevin as our new GRHS head football coach,” Beardsley said in a press release. “Kevin has put in a great deal of time in the past as one of our assistant coaches, as well as a physical education and social studies teacher within Sweetw...

  • Spring sports suspended to April 20

    Staff Report|Apr 1, 2020

    Spring activities have been suspended until April 20 according to the Wyoming High School Athletics Association. This move follows an extended school closure order from Gov. Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Department of Health. “Due to the continuing influence of COVID-19 we are not able to predict when it will be safe to resume spring sports. We will continue to be guided by the Government of Wyoming, including the Wyoming Department of Health and the State Department of Education,” a release from the WHSAA states. Initially, activities were can...

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