Articles from the June 24, 2021 edition

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  • Feeling the squeeze: Library programs continue on despite funding losses

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 24, 2021

    The Sweetwater County Library's multipurpose room was filled with smiling faces Monday morning, though few as beaming as Becky Iwen's. The library's manager of youth services, Iwen read stories and sang to 25 toddlers and parents gathered for the weekly Toddler Time program she hosts. Iwen brings an energy similar to Fred Rogers and Sheri Lewis when interacting with the children. Wearing a soft gray cardigan over a pink dress and sporting her trademark colorful hair -- this time dyed a lavender...

  • County claims $13.7M in back taxes

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 24, 2021

    Sweetwater County will receive more than $13.7 million in back taxes after nearly two years. Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter said Southland Royalty Company paid the back property taxes at the start of the month following a May court hearing between the company’s attorneys and attorneys representing the county. Slaughter said payments to various entities were sent this week. Southland Royalty is an oil and gas company based in Fort Worth, Texas which owns a number of land parcels in t...

  • Sheriff's office conducts sex offender sweep

    Staff Report|Jun 24, 2021

    An annual compliance check of registered sex offenders in Sweetwater County resulted in one arrest and two ongoing investigations according to a media release from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. Last week, county detectives and deputies initiated 104 registered sex offender compliance checks throughout the county, including Granger, Bairoil, Point of Rocks and Wamsutter. Registered offenders were delivered a copy of the Wyoming Sex Offender Registration Act, a list of applicable fees to their status and a letter detailing individual re...

  • Events complex prepares for RV rally

    Jun 24, 2021

    More than 1,000 visitors are expected to visit the county as part of an RV rally being hosted at the Sweetwater County Events Complex next month. The 60th Escapade-Escapees RV Club Rally will be July 18-23 at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Participants will be traveling to Rock Springs from across the country in their RVs for a week of RV education, entertainment, and exploring of Sweetwater County. 800 RVs of all brands, shapes and sizes will be pulling into the complex for their weeklong on-site stay. During the week attendees will...

  • Nancy Barnum

    Jun 24, 2021

    Nancy Barnum, 73, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at her home in Casper, Wyoming, following a lengthy illness. Nancy was a current resident of Casper, Wyoming. Nancy was born September 10, 1947, in Reliance, Wyoming; the daughter of Anna Gulla and George Shalata. She was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School with the class of 1965. Nancy worked for the State of Wyoming Unemployment Office in Rock Springs, Wyoming and Casper for 37 and a half years until her retirement on February,...

  • Nelia "Nellie" Boren Castillon

    Jun 24, 2021

    Nelia "Nellie" Boren Castillon, 55, passed away Friday, June 11, 2021 at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah following a lengthy illness. She was a longtime resident of Wyoming and former resident of Eagle Pass, Texas. Ms. Boren was born August 27, 1965 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; the daughter of Homero Castillon and Inocente Hernandez. She attended schools in Eagle Pass, Texas and Green River, Wyoming. Neila was a 1983 graduate of Green River High School. Ms. Boren enjoyed spending...

  • Clifford Douglas Reeder

    Jun 24, 2021

    Clifford Douglas Reeder, 75, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born on October 30, 1945 in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Verna Faith (Roach) Reeder and Edward David Reeder. Clifford attended high school in Hotchkiss, CO . He was a veteran having served in the US Army. He married his wife of 53 years, Mary Cole in Delta, CO on February 19, 1968. Clifford worked for Halliburton for 38 years until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed spending his time f...

  • Our View: Tower shouldn't be OK'd

    Jun 24, 2021

    A decision regarding if an 80-foot cell tower will be built near the Green River Post Office and Ace Hardware will be made during the July 6 Green River City Council meeting and we're hoping the Council doesn't approve it. This isn't about the supposed danger of potential 5G service and we're not against Union Wireless or the idea of cellular communication. The simple fact of the matter is its proposed lattice design and its height will create an eyesore for residents and visitors in Green...

  • Wyoming voters: Don't fall for the purity test

    Dave Dodson,|Jun 24, 2021

    With the excommunication of Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from the Republican Party leadership, what was intended to be a sleepy mid-term political season is shaping up to be a bellwether for what Wyoming looks for in a congressperson. Most of Cheney’s primary challengers seem to be running on a platform of partisan purity, which is exactly what the political parties want. Don’t fall for it. While 70% of the state was disappointed with the results of the 2020 election, we have more important issues facing our state than preserving for...

  • Green River Police Department reports for June 16-23

    Jun 24, 2021

    Green River Police Department reports for June 16 At 9:11 a.m., officers responded to a report of vandalism at 1000 W. Flaming Gorge Way. Officers met with an individual that advised a vehicle dolly had been moved to the northeast corner of the lot and observed the vehicle dolly had been damaged on both fenders as well as the driver’s side tire. Officers completed a report of the incident, no suspects have been identified at this time. At 1:41 p.m., officers responded to a report of a possible explosion. Officers met with an individual who r...

  • High school honor rolls released

    Jun 24, 2021

    Principal Honor Roll To be placed on the Principal Honor Roll, a student must earn between a 4.0 GPA without an I or F grade and enroll in a minimum of five classes. Students listed on the Principal Honor Roll are: Liliana Adams, Luciana Adams, Adara Akin, Ezeekeil Allison, Hailey Allison, Genesis Anderson, Kelsi Angelovich, Emmie Archibald, Jade Arnell, Korbin Arnell, Alex Atkinson, Addee Beardsley, Katelin Beck, Dusten Berg, Devin Bobbitt, Jayla Braden, Allison Brown, Eliza Burgess, Victor Carrillo, Kaylee Carson, Paxton Castillon, Tyler...

  • Museum hosts preservation program

    Jun 24, 2021

    Sweetwater County Historical Museum Curator Amanda Benson hosted a workshop Saturday, the latest in her series, “Protecting Our Precious Possessions.” At the Broadway Theater in Rock Springs, Benson talked about preservation and storage of pop culture objects, including comic books, trading cards, vintage toys, and vinyl records. Such collectibles can be quite valuable and, like any investment, deserve proper care. Among the tips and information she imparted were environmental considerations, the fact that cardboard boxes are among the wor...

  • Reviving the Red Desert's ancient stories

    Katie Klingsporn,|Jun 24, 2021

    RED DESERT – Sitting in the verdant shade of an aspen grove on Steamboat Mountain — which rises out of the Red Desert in southern Wyoming — Jason Baldes talks about buffalo. As the buffalo reintroduction coordinator for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, this is not unusual for Baldes, who’s wearing a shirt that reads “Make Buffalo Great Again.” But on this day in early June, he isn’t focused solely on the herd he helped reintroduce to the Wind River Indian Reservation. Instead, he imagines the hulking creatures that once roamed this mountain being pu...

  • Redistricting ramps up. Here's what to expect

    Nick Reynolds,|Jun 24, 2021

    Wyoming lawmakers have begun the lengthy and involved process of redrawing legislative district maps for the next decade. The Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions’s June 7 meeting marked the beginning of months of data crunching, discussion and negotiation on how population changes recorded in the 2020 census will affect representation in the Wyoming Legislature. The results could impact sitting legislators, shift the voting tendencies of individual districts, affect the partisan representation in the House a...

  • Story time

    Jun 24, 2021

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