Articles from the May 20, 2021 edition

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  • Showing love

    May 20, 2021

  • Input for Greenbelt sought

    David Martin, Editor|May 20, 2021

    Members of the Greenbelt Taskforce are looking for input on what the future of the Greenbelt should look like. John Freeman, a member of the task force, said the group is preparing surveys for residents to voice their opinion with in the coming weeks. So far, Freeman said he’s heard someone propose a fishing dock and more Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant entrances to portions of the path. He also believes the Greenbelt is a prime location for a disc golf course. Freeman is not s...

  • Lawmakers discuss funding fix for emergency communications system

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 20, 2021

    CHEYENNE — With money expected to run out by next summer for the state’s emergency communications system, known as WyoLink, lawmakers discussed potential ways to fund the radio system during a committee meeting Tuesday. First established in 2005, WyoLink connects more than 500 local agencies via communications towers, allowing public safety officials to coordinate rescue missions and other emergency responses across the rural landscape of Wyoming. However, with its funding largely coming from local governments’ share of mineral royalties, its c...

  • James "He Says" Fernandez

    May 20, 2021

    James "He Says" Fernandez, 68, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2021 at St. Josephs in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born on April 16, 1953 in Rock Springs; the son of Emilio C. Fernandez and Corina Gonzales. Mr. Fernandez attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1972 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married Jerrie McArthur on April 14, 1972 in Rock Springs, Wyoming and they later divorced but remained friends. James was employed by...

  • Leta Leon Andrews

    May 20, 2021

    Leta Leon Andrews, 89, passed away May 11, 2021 at Sage View Care Center. She has been a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming the past eight years. Mrs. Andrews was born May 21, 1931 in Sterling, Colorado; the daughter of William Leo Lindstrom and Enid Levellyn Rife. She attended schools in Sterling, Colorado and was a 1949 graduate of Sterling High School. Leta married Wayne Larry Rosenbach on April 20, 1952 in Sterling, Colorado. They had three children from this union; Randy, Eddie, and Renee....

  • Can Wyo's failing juvenile justice system be fixed?

    Kerry Drake,|May 20, 2021

    By Kerry Drake Wyoming officials knew something was seriously wrong with the state’s juvenile justice system in 1970, when a governor’s committee examined the issue and came to the startling conclusion that no system actually existed. “It is clear that there is no uniformity in the disposition of matters involving juveniles at the local level,” the panel’s report concluded. “Change has been slow to come.” The ink from that document could be fresh today. The Legislature has undertaken piecemeal attempts at juvenile justice refor...

  • 60 years at Little America celebrated

    David Martin, Editor|May 20, 2021

    Sixty years is a long time for anyone. For some, that amount of time can nearly fit an entire lifetime. However, for one housekeeper working at Little America, it's the length of her career. Mary Morin celebrated her 60th anniversary working for the hotel and travel stop Tuesday with a celebration featuring family, friends and coworkers. Morin, an 83-year-old resident of Granger, has worked at Little America since May 18, 1961. Her starting wage was 90 cents an hour, making $7.20 a day. At the...

  • Women's club hosts installation

    May 20, 2021

    The Woman’s Club of Rock Springs, part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, met on May 18 at White Mountain Mining for a dinner meeting and installation ceremony. Officers installed were President - April Dittman, Vice President - Cindy Wakefield, Secretary- Gloria Skiles, Treasurer - Leslie Jo Gatti, Corresponding Secretary - Maggie Choate, Auditors - Judy Litchfield and Edna Larsen. The ceremony chosen by April Dittman and done by past president Marcia Volner was a comparison of the club to a flower garden. April Dittman was given a ro...

  • Remembering the fallen

    May 20, 2021

  • County woman's death tied to COVID; total deaths at 713

    The Wyoming News Exchange|May 20, 2021

    The death of a Sweetwater County woman has been linked to the coronavirus, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday. The department said the older woman died within the last week, bringing the number of Wyoming deaths tied to COVID to 713. The announcement came as the state said it received reports of 77 new confirmed cases and 20 new probable cases of coronavirus on Tuesday. Due to a malfunction in the Health Department’s website, the number of recoveries reported to the state Tuesday was not available....

  • Multiple Wolves qualify for State track

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 20, 2021

    The Wolves had several track athletes on both the boys and girls teams travel to Riverton for the second time this season to compete in the 4A West Regional track meet Friday and Saturday. A number of the young Wolves athletes improved their times and distances, setting personal records and showing promise for the coming years, but only the first eight finishers qualified for State, along with some that had achieved the marks in previous meets to pre-qualify. The Lady Wolves have qualifiers in...

  • Congratulatory handshake

    May 20, 2021

  • Barrasso encouraged after infrastructure bill meeting

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 20, 2021

    CHEYENNE — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., was among a handful of GOP senators who met at the White House on Thursday to discuss President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, and he was encouraged that the president could be willing to scale down his spending package. “Today’s meeting was a positive step forward,” Barrasso said in a statement to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle late Thursday. “The president understands Senate Republicans will not support tax increases or hundreds of billions of dollars for the Green New Deal, envir...

  • Wind River tribes look at legalizing marijuana

    Nate Perez, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 20, 2021

    CASPER — The Eastern Shoshone General Council met Saturday at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie to vote on legalizing medical marijuana on the Wind River Reservation but did not meet quorum. Still, several resolutions were passed — resolutions are law on the reservation — including the authority to move forward with a medical marijuana commission to regulate, oversee and operate tribal-owned cultivation and extraction facilities for cannabis-related products under the Fort Bridger Treaties of 1863 and 1868. Meanwhile the Northern Arapaho Tri...

  • Ouster mirrors battles within state GOP

    Nick Reynolds,|May 20, 2021

    Within minutes of Wednesday’s vote to oust Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her House Republican Conference leadership position, a handful of her Republican colleagues, including Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Ken Buck of Colorado — released statements supportive of Cheney. Others, like disgraced New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed, expressed dismay over the vote and what it stood for. Namely, the party’s unwavering loyalty to Trump, and general concern of the direction of the Republican Party, which demoted Cheney for her criti...