Articles from the June 3, 2020 edition


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  • No one filed to run in Ward 2

    DAVID MARTIN, Publisher|Jun 3, 2020

    While candidates have filed to run for positions on the Green River City Council in Wards 1 and 3, no one has filed to seek election for Ward 2. Councilwoman Lisa Maes’ term in Ward 2 expires at the end of the year. She did not file for re-election. According to Green River Finance Director Chris Meats, the elections laws have changed since the last time the city was faced with this situation. Meats said the primary ballots in Ward 2 will have a write-in option and the two names with the h...

  • Democrats show up in last filing week

    DAVID MARTIN, Publisher|Jun 3, 2020

    The number of Democrats filing for both state offices and the Sweetwater County commissioner race jumped significantly in the final days of election filing, leading to a primary contest for Democrats in House District 60. Lindsey Travis and Mike Burd filed to seek election to Green River’s House District 60 as Democrats. The two join Republicans Ted Barney and Mark Baker in campaigning for the seat, creating an important Primary Election contest on both sides of the ballot. Democrats have a...

  • RS man arrested for child porn

    DAVID MARTIN, Publisher|Jun 3, 2020

    A Rock Springs man is facing a potential 240-year prison sentence if found guilty of possessing child pornography. James Adam Gehring, 34, of Rock Springs, is charged with 24 felony counts of sexual exploitation of children. “We are aware of approximately 2,000 images of child pornography,” Teresa Thybo, chief deputy Sweetwater County attorney said during Gehring’s initial appearance hearing Friday afternoon. Thybo said the state decided not to charge for each alleged pornographic image becau...

  • Four new coronavirus cases recorded in Sweetwater County

    Staff Report|Jun 3, 2020

    Four Rock Springs residents have tested positive for COVID-19 infections, according to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. In a press release sent to local media Saturday, MHSC officials said contact tracing efforts are continuing for all four individuals. Three of the four are reported to be in good condition and isolating at home. The fourth individual, a man in his 70s, is reported to be in stable condition and also isolating at home. After the four cases announced Saturday, the total number of known infections in Sweetwater County rose...

  • Arlene Patterson

    Jun 3, 2020

    Arlene Patterson, 78, passed away Friday May 22, 2020, in the presence of her loving husband Larry Patterson of 56 years. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 27, 1941, to Victor and Sylvia Basso. Larry and Arlene were married on Sept. 7, 1963, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and have three children. Arlene is survived by her husband Larry Patterson, her brother Richard Basso and his wife Cora of Staten Island N.Y., daughter Paula Knezovich and husband Ozzie of Spokane Wash., son Victor Patterson of Lyman,...

  • Summertime in Green River

    Jun 3, 2020

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  • Lynne M. Ball Burrola

    Jun 3, 2020

    Lynne M. Ball Burrola, 66, passed away at her home in Green River, Wyoming, on May 26, 2020. Lynne was born on February 1, 1954 in Kemmerer, Wyoming, the daughter of James M. And Gloria F (Lumbert) Ball. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Green River, WY in May of 1972. She attended Casper College for 2 years and studied Art. She married Jerry Burrola on May 30, 1986 on Teton Mountain at Teton Village, WY. They later divorced, and Jerry preceded her in death on January 31, 2007. Lynne...

  • Marie Lorraine Triplett Wilkinson

    Jun 3, 2020

    Marie Lorraine Triplett Wilkinson, resident of McKinnon, Wyoming, age 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at her home. Marie's beloved companion, Steve, preceded her in death on August 27,2012, and we take great comfort in the belief that they are once more together, their eyes looking toward eternity. She is survived by her seven children: Sara Marie Lamb of St. George, Utah; Rhodes (Alison) Wilkinson of Hyrum, Utah; Chris (Vida) Wilkinson of Layton, Utah; Robin (Blake) Savage...

  • Our view: We're all on edge

    Jun 3, 2020

    Here at the offices of your hometown newspaper, we consider ourselves among the fortunate ones. The press, like it or not, are deemed essential in times of crisis, so we get to work through this global pandemic. So most of our work these days centers around this crisis, and the pain that it is causing. All of us have seen friends and loved ones lose jobs over the past two months. One in four Americans have been forced out of their jobs. That’s pretty depressing for the out-of-work, who may struggle to find value in their lives and to pay t...

  • Lifelong learning: Keep walking on

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Jun 3, 2020

    I need to pay more attention to the messages in children’s books. I have read them to my kids for 23 plus years now, or they have then read them to me once they began reading on their own. We read a variety of stuff-chapter books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, self-help, how to, inspirational-the list goes on. But as I said, I need to pay more attention to the MESSAGES in children’s books. Madi is 7 and she loves “Pete the Cat” books by Eric Litwin. If you haven’t read “Pete the Cat,” let me share Madi’s favorite. It is called, “Pete the Cat:...

  • Residents mark man's death

    Margaret Austin, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2020

    CHEYENNE – Cheyenne South student Isabel McClendon said when she saw the news that another black man had died at the hands of the police, she cried. The story of George Floyd – who died last week after being restrained by four Minneapolis police officers because he matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case at a grocery store – made McClendon think of her own family and the fear she carries for them. "It's horrible. If I was to bring a child into this world, I'd have to worry every...

  • Renewables top coal for 1st time

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2020

    GILLETTE — For the first time since before 1885, the annual United States energy consumption from renewable sources outpaced coal, according to a new report released Thursday by the federal U.S. Energy Information Administration. Market pressures from cheap natural gas and reduced production continues to drag down the nation’s thermal coal industry. Compared to 2018, last year’s consumption of coal in the U.S. was down nearly 15%, the EIA reports. At the same time, total consumption from renewable sources grew by 1%. Last year, coal accou...

  • Worst of unemployment claims may have passed

    Allayana Darrow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2020

    SHERIDAN — As far as unemployment claims in the state, the worst may have passed, according to Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Robin Cooley. The Wyoming Legislature Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee addressed COVID-19 issues Friday morning, including agency response from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services — one “tip of the spear” helping the state trudge through the pandemic, Chairman Rep. Sue Wilson, R-Cheyenne, said. The purpose of the meeting was to brief the committee on agency response since n...

  • HollyFrontier announces plan to lay off employees

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2020

    CHEYENNE— HollyFrontier Corporation announced Monday that it will be laying off about 200 employees at its Cheyenne refinery over the next 18 months. The layoffs will come as part of the company’s plan to convert its Cheyenne oil refinery into one that processes diesel fuel from renewable materials. HollyFrontier CEO Mike Jennings said in a statement Monday that the challenges of high operating and capital costs, compounded by the effects of COVID-19, forced the shift in operations at the refinery. “We realize that this decision affects many...

  • Grant will continue to support cancer programs

    Jun 3, 2020

    HPV education, cancer screenings and sunscreen dispensers are just a few of the programs Wyoming Cancer Resource Services’ Region V Coordinator wants to focus on in the next two years. This is the second time Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center has been awarded the two-year grant, which begins in July. The Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Memorial Hospital Foundation, was recently awarded a grant totaling $178,200 to host the Wyoming Cancer Resource Services Regional Coo...

  • Nancy Joy West

    Jun 3, 2020

    Nancy Joy West, 63, of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away on Monday, May 28, 2020 at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Nancy was born on October 16, 1956 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the daughter of Clyde M. Faler and Donna May Gillespie. She attended school in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School with the class of 1975. Nancy married Kim West on May 17, 1980 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. They had two children from this union and later divorced....

  • Charles J. Schanno

    Jun 3, 2020

    Charles J. Schanno, 83, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a resident of the Rock Springs, Wyoming area, for the last 50 years and was a resident of Superior before his passing. He was born on December 22, 1936 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Francis and Thelma Schanno. Charles married Dianne Brown. He was an owner/operator for his own trucking company for 10 years and a driver for 50 years. His interests included hunting, fishing, and camping. He lov...

  • Dr. Carl Allen Morck

    Jun 3, 2020

    Dr. Carl Allen Morck, 81, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a life-long resident of Green River, Wyoming. He was born on July 6, 1938 in Green River, Wyoming, the son of Carl M. Morck and Allice Whitmore-Gaensslen. Carl attended Lincoln High School and graduated with the class of 1955. He then attended the University of Wyoming where he received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. He later received his PHD in 1973 from the University of Utah....

  • Drifting down the Green

    Jun 3, 2020

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  • Hospital foundation gives $394K donation for new Hologic mammography unit

    Jun 3, 2020

    Memorial Hospital Foundation has generously donated $394,000 to Memorial Hospital to purchase a Hologic 3D Dimension state-of-the-art mammography unit. The purchase was approved in February and the staff at MHSC have been working diligently to get the equipment installed, tested, and ready for the community. “Our staff are all trained and we are now scheduling patients. We are so excited to now offer this service to our community,” said Tracie Soller, MHSC Director of Medical Imaging. The new 3D Mammography Unit is proven to detect 20%-65% mor...

  • Mansface Mountain Music Festival cancelled

    Jun 3, 2020

    The Mansface Mountain Music Festival organized by the Muley Fanatic Foundation that was scheduled for July 17 and 18 on historic Expedition Island in Green River has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 and the on-going restrictions on social gatherings. “Much like many others, we are disappointed to have to cancel the festival, the risks are just too high and the unknowns too great,” Joshua Coursey, MFF President and CEO, said. “We held out as long as we possibly could hoping we would see a gainful stride of progress to allow for t...