Articles from the June 10, 2021 edition

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  • Attitudes frustrate health officer

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 10, 2021

    Prior to the start of a monthly meeting with elected officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweetwater County Health Officer was frank with her opinions regarding shifting attitudes. “It’s kind of disconcerting that everyone thinks the pandemic is over -- it isn’t,” Dr. Jean Stachon said before the meeting started. Sweetwater County continues to have some of the highest infection and percent positivity rates in the state, with the county having 9.9% positivity for COVID-19 tests while the state...

  • Jim Bridger may get a nuclear option

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 10, 2021

    The Jim Bridger Power Plant may get a second lease on life if selected to house a new nuclear reactor being touted as a game changer for the state’s economy. Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state would partner with TerraPower and PacifiCorp to build a next-generation Natrium reactor at one of four retiring coal plants in Wyoming. Other plants under consideration are in Kemmerer, Gillette and Glenrock. “I am thrilled to see Wyoming selected for this demonstration pilot project, as our great sta...

  • Nielsen gets life sentence

    Lisa Romero, Rock Springs Rocket Miner Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 10, 2021

    ROCK SPRINGS - Christopher James Nielsen has been sentenced to life in prison without parole on first-degree murder charges for the death of a 5-year-old boy in his care. Nielsen's argued sentencing hearing was conducted via video before Judge Suzannah Robinson on Thursday in Sweetwater County Third District Court. Nielsen, 27, was arrested Nov. 14, 2019, and originally charged with aggravated child abuse due to injuries sustained by a boy in his care in Green River. The 5-year-old was...

  • Kenneth Doyle D'Spain

    Jun 10, 2021

    Kenneth Doyle D'Spain of Bandera, Texas passed away on May 24th, 2021. He was born in Brady, Texas on June 6th, 1938. He was the son of Nimrod "Doc" Johnson D'Spain and Otelia Pool. He was the brother of LaVern Wharton, Carol D'Spain and Willard D'Spain. Kenneth attended Bandera High School where he excelled in football, basketball and track each year of attendance. He was awarded 4 football scholarships and he was voted Class Favorite and Best Dancer. He made many lifelong friends at Bandera...

  • Lawrance Henry Lowell "Jug"

    Jun 10, 2021

    Lawrance Henry Lowell "Jug", 80, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at his home in Green River. He was born on August 11, 1940 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of Lourin Lawrance Lowell and Belva Walker. Lawrance attended schools in Green River and graduated from Lincoln High in 1958. He married Sonia Maldonado and had three sons. They later divorced. He married Carol Rosine Banzhaf in Green River on December 27, 1975. Lawrance was a Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam era after...

  • Our View: Sweetwater county is the perfect place for a nuclear plant

    Jun 10, 2021

    In keeping with the slogan ‘Wyoming powers the nation,’ the state will be the site of a new nuclear power plant -- with the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs being one of the four proposed locations. As county and city leaders are preparing to make their pitch to decision makers, one thing that is abundantly clear to us is the fact that Sweetwater County is the best location for this kind of energy project. The Jim Bridger Power Plant is located close enough to Rock Springs for workers to easily travel to, while far enough away to not...

  • Letter: Board's proposed policy highlights college's issues

    Jun 10, 2021

    Dear Editor, This letter is being written in response to the resignation of Carla Hester-Croff from the Board of Trustees at Western Wyoming Community College. It was with great sadness that I read Ms. Hester-Croff was stepping down. Ms. Hester-Croff asked the hard questions at the discomfort of the administration at Western. She also stood to be the lone dissenting voice when the layoffs were confirmed on January 28. Layoffs that included nine instructors, three of which were math instructors. Layoffs that included seven WEA members to include...

  • Letter: Comments help public lands

    Jun 10, 2021

    Dear Editor, For several years, the Bureau of Land Management has been working towards publishing its Draft Resource Management Plan for its Rock Springs Field Office, which covers over 3 million acres of public lands within Sweetwater County and southwest Wyoming. Even though it may be months before this draft plan is published, it is important for everyone who uses and enjoys BLM land to watch for public notices of its publication and be prepared to comment on a wide array of multiple use resource issues covered by the draft plan. Commenting...

  • Red flags fly over Wyoming's nuclear power 'silver bullet'

    Kerry Drake,|Jun 10, 2021

    I’m not going to invest in Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s plan to bring a nuclear power plant to Wyoming. I’d also prefer to not see taxpayers like myself forced to shell out hard-earned money on such an environmentally risky venture. No, I plan to spend any surplus cash I can muster on cornering the red flag market. Demand is about to skyrocket. As residents consider what it means to have an experimental nuclear reactor in their backyards, they’ll be waving them in droves. In fact, I’m raising a half-dozen red flags in this column alon...

  • A cowboy's summer treat

    Jun 10, 2021

  • Patricia Lynne Preddy

    Jun 10, 2021

    Patricia Lynne Preddy, 80, of Green River, passed away December 31, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock following a lengthy illness. She was born November 22, 1940 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Charles Thrasher and Mary Bahan. Cremation has taken place; a Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 900 Hitching Post Drive, Green River. Inurnment will be in Riverview Columbarium. Condolences may be left at

  • Admiring the small details

    Jun 10, 2021

  • Museum hosts special display

    Jun 10, 2021

    June 6, marked the 77th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in France, known as Operation Overlord, and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum hosted a special two-day exhibit in commemoration. Green River resident Denny Pace has been a World War II re-enactor for more than 15 years. He has compiled an extensive collection of gear, clothing, and weapons used by American paratroopers of the Second World War era, particularly the 82nd Airborne Division, all of which were on display las...

  • Overland Stage Stampede action

    Jun 10, 2021

  • Three promoted at Memorial Hospital

    Jun 10, 2021

    Three employees have been promoted to directorships at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Marianne Sanders is now the Director of Physician Recruitment & Relations; Jeanne West, Director of Case Management; and Patty O’Lexey, Director of Education. Marianne Sanders: Sanders was born and raised in Rock Springs, making her the perfect person to speak with potential new providers who are considering a job at Sweetwater Memorial or any of its Specialty Clinics. Sanders attended Western Wyoming Community College and immediately joined the banki...

  • Hospital board member steps down after five years

    Jun 10, 2021

    After serving five years on the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Board of Trustees, Richard Mathey did not reapply for a second term. Mathey, the board vice president, has said his drive to serve as an MHSC trustee came from his understanding that healthcare is a vital part of this community. He wanted to help it thrive. When a board position opened up, he thought it was a good fit. His fellow trustees say it was the perfect fit. "Richard will most definitely be missed at MHSC," said...

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