Articles from the June 17, 2021 edition


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  • WYDOT: Expect more delays on I-80

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 17, 2021

    Residents regularly commuting along Interstate 80 have likely seen or been stuck in traffic backups on the eastbound lanes leading to Green River over the past few weeks. At least once, the traffic has backed up to the interstate's tunnels outside Green River. According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, as work continues at multiple locations around Rock Springs, people driving along the interstate can expect delays. Stephanie Harsha, the public relations specialist for WYDOT...

  • Golden Hour seeks additional funding from city

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 17, 2021

    Golden Hour Senior Center is facing a dire funding situation as a result of funding cuts made by the Sweetwater County commissioners, which forced the center’s director, Jackie Grubb, to approach the Green River City Council, for additional help. Grubb told the Council the center’s funding from the county was dropped from $220,000 to $150,000 as the commissioners continued examining the county budget. The $70,000 in lost revenue impacts the center’s salaries, which Grubb said may result in la...

  • Airport receives $8.4m in grants

    Staff Report|Jun 17, 2021

    The Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport has received nearly half of the funding needed to complete its modernization of the commercial terminal. Devon Brubaker, general manager of the airport said $8.4 million was awarded through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The largest amount, $4.9 million, was awarded by the FAA, while another $3 million came from the WBC and an additional $500,000 was granted by WYDOT....

  • Lawrence Cauthorn

    Jun 17, 2021

    Lawrence Cauthorn, 77, passed away on Thursday May 20, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a longtime resident of Green River, Wyoming and former resident of Casper, Wyoming. Lawrence was born on May 17, 1944 in Casper, Wyoming; the son of Ivan Cortez Cauthorn and Maxine Mildred Burns. He attended schools in Casper, Wyoming and was a 1962 graduate of Natrona County High School. Mr. Cauthorn married Eva Merrell on December 12, 1975 in Douglas Wyoming....

  • Frances Newton

    Jun 17, 2021

    Frances Newton, 90, passed away Wednesday August 26, 2020 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She has been a resident of Sweetwater County since 1961. She was born on January 17, 1930 in Raton, New Mexico, the daughter of Ola and Edna Johnson. Frances graduated from Des Moines High School in New Mexico with the class of 1947. She married Billy Carl Newton in Capulin, New Mexico on December 7, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 2, 2008. Survivors include her son Darryl...

  • Kathleen (Kathie) A. Bostwick

    Jun 17, 2021

    Kathleen (Kathie) A. Bostwick, 75 of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away June 7, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, following a lengthy illness. Kathie was born January 10, 1946 in Oakland, California to Arnold (Rusty) Volkmann and Rosaria (Rose) Arcuri. Kathie graduated from Lakewood High School and went on to receive a certificate in clerical; Kathie also attended classes at Western Wyoming Community College. Kathie met Richard Brandt and they married in 1964 they had one son...

  • Ethel Fiscus-Fletcher

    Jun 17, 2021

    Ethel Fiscus-Fletcher, 85, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Rangely Hospital in Rangely, Colorado. She was a resident of Rangely for the last five years, and former resident of Wyoming and Montana. Mrs. Fiscus-Fletcher was born December 1, 1935 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Rodney McLennan and Alice Williams. She attended schools in Okanagan, Washington. Ethel married Lloyd Fiscus on August 18, 1953 in Farson, Wyoming, and he preceded her in death on August 23, 1986 in Grand...

  • Michael Wright

    Jun 17, 2021

    Michael Wright, 42, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021, West of Green River, Wyoming. Mr. Wright died unexpectedly. He was a resident of Rock Springs for the last year and former resident of Colorado. Mr. Wright was born August 19, 1978 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the son of David Wright and Karen Brown Wright. He attended schools in Colorado Springs and was a 1997 graduate of Whitefield High School. Mr. Wright worked as a laborer for Elwood Staffing for the last eight months. He was a huge...

  • Quinn Cherice McKinney

    Jun 17, 2021

    Quinn Cherice McKinney, 57, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born on October 28, 1963 in Aberdeen, Washington, the daughter of William N. McKinney and Beverly S. Ramey McKinney. Quinn attended schools in Washington and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1982. Her interests were the Special Olympics, taking care of her baby doll collection, spending time with her family and having birthday parties and BBQs with her second family at Able Hands....

  • Kathy June Coffey

    Jun 17, 2021

    Kathy June Coffey, 65, passed away at her home in Green River, Wyoming on May 29, 2021. She was born on June 30, 1955 in Gallup, New Mexico, the daughter of William Coffey and Katherine Duff. Kathy attended Ramah and Zuni High School in New Mexico where she was a track star all through high school. Then she attended Western Wyoming Community College where she received her engineering degree. She came to Wyoming to help build the OCI plant outside of Green River in 1991 and fell in love with the...

  • Lifelong learning: The value of pets

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Jun 17, 2021

    Much has changed in the past year and a half with COVID-19 and our abilities to be out and about as much. However, one thing that has NOT changed is the love shown to us by our pets. In fact, if you are like me, even though you have still been just as busy, you may have been at home a bit more and MY pets have enjoyed this immensely. The great thing about pets (or as I refer to them – furry people) is that they love you no matter what. They are there for you when you’ve had a hard day, they don’t care if you made some mistakes and they are p...

  • Letter: King Kong is coming to Green River

    Jun 17, 2021

    Dear Editor, King Kong is coming to Green River, Wyoming. Union Wireless would like to erect an eighty-foot 5G tower in a lot immediately east of Ace Hardware. At a Planning and Zoning meeting June 9, this was discussed and somebody made the statement that, “It will be there, but nobody will see it.” According to images provided, it will be totally conspicuous for a good quarter mile around, and it will seem like a giant ape menacing everybody who lives, works, shops, or visits the area. For perspective, ask yourself, what is eighty feet tal...

  • Overland Stage Stampede results

    Jun 17, 2021

    Ever wonder how much a rodeo performer earns if they place in an event? Residents curious about the purses offered by the Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo can satisfy their curiosity as the results, with the amounts paid to the athletes, were released by the city Tuesday. As is the case with most rodeos, the competitors paid an entry fee to participate in the rodeo's various events. Overland Stage Stampede Results, June 4-5 Team Roping 1. Tanner Pallasen/Wes Miller, 5.4 seconds, $479.85 per roper...

  • District names teacher of the year

    Jun 17, 2021

    Brittney Montgomery has been selected as the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Teacher of the Year. Montgomery is the epitome of what an "excellent teacher is" and is a great example of the type of teachers that we have at Sweetwater School District No. 2. Here are some comments, from the multiple nominations from Montgomery's colleagues: Brittney takes pride in her work as a teacher. She is dedicated to her students and always works to provide the best education to all of them. She...

  • Travel and tourism board celebrates designation

    Jun 17, 2021

    The Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Board (SWCTTB) hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 9th at the Flaming Gorge Gateway Sign on U.S. Highway 191 South to celebrate the designation of the Flaming Gorge – Green River Basin Scenic Byway as an All-American Road. The SWCTT board, along with several partners around the byway, submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2020 and the application was successful, making the byway one of only 37 designated All-American Roads in the Country. “This has been a dre...

  • Learn how to preserve pop culture collectables Saturday

    Jun 17, 2021

    The Sweetwater County Historical Museum will host a special event at the Broadway Theater at 618 Broadway in Rock Springs. Beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Museum Curator Amanda Benson will present the latest in her “Preserving our Precious Possessions” series, when she will discuss preservation, care, and storage of pop culture collectibles, such as comic books, trading and sports cards, action figures, vinyl records, and vintage toys. Benson said that whether an old comic book or baseball card has mostly sentimental value or is a prized col...

  • School districts' uses of federal relief funds worry lawmakers

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Jun 17, 2021

    Some lawmakers are worried that school districts are using federal pandemic-relief and recovery funds to add new positions and purchase equipment that might add to ongoing costs for the state. The anxiety stems from the fact that school districts have discretion in how to spend the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds distributed to districts from the CARES and American Recovery and Reinvestment acts. Wyoming’s allotment of ESSER funds total $470 million so far, according to state and federal data. About 90% is directly a...

  • Gov. Gordon strategizes use of ARP funds

    Margaret Austin, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 17, 2021

    CHEYENNE –– Gov. Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Legislature are playing the long game when it comes to American Rescue Plan relief funding, mapping out a three-pronged plan that is centered around serving future generations of Wyomingites. With the state being granted about $1 billion to spend by the end of 2026 – in addition to more funding for municipalities, infrastructure improvements and schools – the governor’s “Strike Team” has outlined the state’s near-term, mid-term and long-term spending strategies based on surviving, driving and the...

  • Liz Cheney: 'I don' t feel any real downside' to losing chair position

    Steven R. Peck, The Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 17, 2021

    RIVERTON – If there’s one thing Liz Cheney never expected, it was to be called a RINO. The derisive term, an acronym for “Republican in Name Only,” seems not just an unlikely label for Wyoming’s sole U.S. Representative, but an absurd one, given party norms over most of the past 25 years. Applied, typically, to Republicans who run afoul of generally understood party principles, the put-down in the past tended to be used after a Republican member of Congress cast votes outside the party majority or ran for re-election while espousing something...

  • Expert: Reactor will be safe; Nuclear proposal incorporates molten sodium technology

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 17, 2021

    CASPER – After the recent announcement that Wyoming would be getting a nuclear power plant, many Wyomingites had a similar question. Is it safe? The Star-Tribune spoke with an expert who says yes, both the reactor and the waste storage are secure. Wyoming will be the site of the first Natrium small modular reactor (SMR) from a partnership between Bill Gates’ company TerraPower, the U.S. Department of Energy and PacifiCorp. The Natrium SMR has a design distinct from previous reactors, making it safer than traditional reactors. Traditional mod...

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