Articles from the April 22, 2020 edition

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  • Bomgaars opens in GR

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 22, 2020

    Green River residents can start shopping at Bomgaars this week. Located in the former Shopko building next to Smith’s, Green River’s Bomgaars store opened Tuesday. Bomgaars is a general merchandise retailer with an emphasis in farm and ranch supplies and offers automotive wares, power tools, and clothing departments, among other wares. “Everyone’s been happy with the store,” employee Ken Rhodes said. Rhodes said the store was consistently busy throughout opening day and said he heard a number of...

  • County events complex receives loan

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 22, 2020

    The Sweetwater County Events Complex received a $200,000 loan from the Sweetwater County commissioners Tuesday morning, shoring up finances that have taken a hit from the loss of two summer RV events. The request was approved with three votes. Commissioner Jeffery Smith abstained from the vote and Commissioner Lauren Schoenfeld was absent from the meeting. Despite those three votes, commissioners were reluctant to immediately motion for a vote, with several seconds of silence occurring between...

  • The masked lady

    Apr 22, 2020

  • Health orders to end May 1

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 22, 2020

    Following on an announcement from President Donald Trump about a three-phase plan to re-open the American economy, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced the COVID-19 public health orders will remain through April 30. “You have done what was asked and have helped to flatten the curve,” Gordon said. “We are, and have been open for business.” Gordon said the state’s health orders are consistent with phase one of President Trump’s Opening Up American Again guidelines. Many of the guidelines...

  • Schools close for remainder of year

    Staff Report|Apr 22, 2020

    Schools in Green River, McKinnon and Granger won’t be re-opening for the remainder of the school year. In an announcement last week, Interim Superintendent Jamie Christensen said the school year will conclude under the district’s Adapted Learning Plan after discussions with local health officials. Students were allowed back into school buildings to collect their belongings. “Uncertainty around a decision about the end of the school year seems to be creating more stress than simply making the decision and allowing parents, teachers, and stude...

  • MHSC receives masks

    Apr 22, 2020

    From Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County It seems that private 3D printer owners all over the world are picking up where manufacturing plants have left off. Sweetwater County is no exception. Zack Pendleton is among a few area 3D printer owners who are helping area healthcare professionals come up with much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Pendleton, using a 3D printed frame and a 4 mil clear plastic sheet, created 100 face shields he donated to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. “It’s not the most beefy plastic, but it sho...

  • Community college month celebrated at Western

    Apr 22, 2020

    From Western Wyoming Community College Community College Month is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of community colleges. Nearly half of all undergraduate college students in the Nation today are enrolled in community colleges, and graduates and employees play a major role in local economies. The campaign was created by the Association of Community College Trustees, and are advocating to get each state to proclaim April as Community College Month. Western Wyoming Community College serves Southwest Wyoming in providing a robust...

  • Charlie S. Gomez

    Apr 22, 2020

    Charlie S. Gomez, 34, of Cheyenne, Wyoming died April 9, 2020 in Cheyenne. Charlie was born November 20, 1985 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was raised in Cheyenne and attended High School III. He loved the outdoors including fishing, camping, grilling, drinking beer and being around all of his family and friends. He loved to laugh and just have a good time. He was very loved and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Lydia Berger of Cheyenne; his sister, Hollie Berger...

  • Marilyn Mae Richards

    Apr 22, 2020

    Marilyn Mae Richards passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. She was born April 15, 1933. She is survived by her husband Robert Joseph Richards (RJ), and her four children, Danny, Lori, Larry and Dayna, her sister, Beverly Wolff, a niece and nephew, Cheryle and Jeff. She has seven wonderful grandchildren and three great grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Marilyn loved music. For most of her adult life, she taught piano lessons to people of all ages in the living room of her home. She also played the piano and organ at church on Sundays,...

  • George Erven Buckendorf

    Apr 22, 2020

    George Erven Buckendorf, 64, passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. He was a lifelong resident of Wyoming. Mr. Buckendorf was born on October 8, 1955 in Laramie, Wyoming; the son of Erven Ewon Buckendorf and Goldie Myrtle Wohlford. He attended schools in Wyoming and was a 1974 graduate of Farson-Eden High School. Mr. Buckendorf married Cindy F. McMurry on June 17, 1974 in Kemmerer, Wyoming. He worked as a butcher and in the oilfield for years. He was...

  • Our view: Want to open the state? Offer more testing

    Apr 22, 2020

    The Flaming Gorge Days Committee has a difficult decision to make. Having to cancel an event that would have taken place in its 64th consecutive year is something we’re sure no one involved wanted to do. They made that tough decision and while there are some unintended consequences associated with that choice, the group should be commended for pulling the trigger on a difficult call. While the decision ultimately came down to a business dilemma, specifically what to do if contracts were signed and FGD would have to be canceled due to state h...

  • Letter: Commissioners make great move

    Apr 22, 2020

    Dear Editor, One of the many things I love about living in Western Wyoming is the abundant amount of public land that is available for recreation. As an avid sportsman who relies on access to public lands, I was relieved to see that the Sweetwater County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management requesting that they delay their Draft Resource Management Plan for Rock Springs until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and the public can safely engage in this important process. The Rock Springs plan will determine how...

  • State must mend previous mistakes

    Kerry Drake,|Apr 22, 2020

    Observers have long dreaded the arrival of an economic perfect storm in Wyoming, but not even the most pessimistic of the bunch imagined the epic collapse that a recent Legislative Service Office memo says is in store for the state. Its “optimistic” scenario shows a loss of $556 million through the 2021-22 biennium. On the other end of the scale, where no one in state government wants to stare, the “pessimistic” forecast is a $2.8 billion deficit. House Revenue Committee Chairman Dan Zwonitzer (R-Cheyenne) told WyoFile reporter Andrew Graham, w...

  • The best way to learn is making mistakes

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 22, 2020

    The English language can be tricky. This is a language that offers different spellings for the same-sounding words. To, two and too, for example. Or there, they’re and their. Add in the fact that each of those six words have their own usage rules and definitions and you can see why English can be so difficult to learn for both native and nonnative speakers. Then there’s the regional variants for spelling. Think the difference between the British (and Canadian) “flavour” and the American “flavor...

  • Man shot by Riverton police dies

    Clair McFarland, The Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 22, 2020

    RIVERTON — New developments in the standoff that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Riverton have emerged, revealing that James Hinman, 56, was shot during a rapid volley of gunfire earlier in the day – not while being extricated from his home by law enforcement at the end of the incident. Hinman died between Thursday night and Friday morning. His death marks the third officer-involved shooting fatality in Riverton in 15 months. Two involved the Riverton police department, while the other shooting was by federal drug enforcement agents. Hin...

  • Lawmakers to prepare emergency legislation

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 22, 2020

    CASPER — Legislative leaders voted unanimously on Thursday to pursue several pieces of emergency legislation, all but guaranteeing the Wyoming Legislature will meet in its first special session since 2004. In a conference call with Management Council on Thursday morning, Gov. Mark Gordon outlined a tentative agenda for state lawmakers in the coming months to begin to immediately stabilize the state’s economy – which is projected to experience revenue declines anywhere between $555 million and $2.8 billion due to COVID-19 and an overseas price w...

  • Girl Scout leaders honored

    Staff Report|Apr 22, 2020

    Five Green River Girl Scout leaders were recognized for their local contributions to the organization, earning awards for their accomplishments. Vicki Oliver, Kris Sherwin and Dottie Lacquement received the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin, which recognizes a person’s service in support of providing Girl Scout Leadership Experience. According to a media release, their service had a measurable impact on a geographic area and helped reach and surpass the organization’s mission-delivery goals for the area. Chelsie Kirts was recognized as a Vol...

  • County museum produces review videos

    Apr 22, 2020

    From the Sweetwater County Historical Museum With people spending more time at home, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum announced a new Internet outreach feature Thursday.​ Museum director Brie Blasi said “History Screenshots,” short videos posted on the Museum’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, reviews feature films, television shows, and documentaries about history or that have historical themes and provides information on where to watch them.​ Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Yidio, Tubi, Vudu, Amazon, and Crackle are readily a...

  • Cruising the Drag raises over $15k for MHSC

    Apr 22, 2020

    From Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Thousands of people in hundreds of cars cruised The Drag in Rock Springs and Green River on Friday night, raising $15,386 for the Memorial Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund. “What a fabulous evening,” said Charlie Van Over, Memorial Hospital Foundation President. “It was so great to see the smiles and laughter during this time of uncertainty. It was just a magical evening. “Sweetwater County always comes through in a time of need, and they sure did last night. I was overwhelmed with the suppo...

  • County museum establishes scholarship program

    Apr 22, 2020

    From the Sweetwater County Historical Museum The Sweetwater County Historical Museum and its non-for-profit partner, the Sweetwater County Museum Foundation, are sponsoring a scholarship program and essay contest for 2020. ​ The scholarship program is open to Sweetwater County high school seniors who will attend a college program in the summer or fall of 2020. Participants will write and submit an essay of no more than 3,000 words - its theme: “How a Local Historical Event or Person Impacts my Life.”​ The winning essay will be publish...

  • Opening day

    Apr 22, 2020

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