Articles from the July 15, 2020 edition

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  • Our View: County should lead with face mask resolution

    Jul 15, 2020

    Sweetwater County commissioners missed an opportunity to take a lead on an issue tied to the coronavirus pandemic and should reverse course. Last week, the commissioners debated a resolution requiring residents to wear a mask when entering a county building and also making masks mandatory for county employees unless they’re in their private offices. Some of the concerns presented were legitimate, such as the enforceability of the resolution. However, other concerns weren’t as solid. “We’ve seen some incidents where face masks are required or ev...

  • Sen. Barrasso: Don't stop now

    John Barrasso, U.S. Sentator|Jul 15, 2020

    America is starting to recover from its coronavirus-induced coma. The economy added nearly 5 million jobs in June – our largest-ever monthly jobs gain. Businesses small and large are waking up. Thousands of Americans who lost their jobs are being hired back. And yet with the recent spike in cases, the country needs a responsible plan to bring us back to the pre-pandemic economy: strong, healthy and growing. Some see the spike and immediately call for another shutdown. They want to abandon our economic recovery, which would give whiplash to hard...

  • Radical right completed GOP takeover

    Kerry Drake,|Jul 15, 2020

    By Kerry Drake The Wyoming Republican Party’s recent convention in Gillette demonstrated that the radical right’s takeover of the GOP is now complete. It wasn’t just that officials ramrodded through wholesale bylaw changes that punish county organizations and candidates who don’t follow the orders of the party’s central committee. Or even that the party’s last-minute Senate-race straw poll — taken after many delegates walked out in disgust following the bylaws fiasco — selected a little-known, far-right candidate over a staunchl...

  • An evening at Flaming Gorge

    Jul 15, 2020

  • Main Street Farmers Market returns

    Staff Report|Jul 15, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic hasn't halted the Green River Farmers Market. The market started last week and will continue each Wednesday from 4-7 p.m., through Sept. 9. Jennie Melvin, the city's Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency administrator, said the market will observe social distancing recommendations and will offer hand sanitizer produced by a Wyoming company at the Main Street booth. Overall, Melvin said she was happy with the first market's turnout, saying the attendance was similar to last...

  • Childbirth during a pandemic is safe

    Jul 15, 2020

    Giving birth during the novel coronavirus pandemic can be a scary thought. The providers and staff at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Labor and Delivery Department understand those fears. “We realize this is a very scary time to have a baby,” MHSC Women’s Health Director Megan Jacobsen said. “We want you and your baby to have a safe and happy delivery.” To help ease those fears, here are the answers to some common questions the Labor and Delivery Department have received lately: Q: Do I have to be tested for COVID 19 before I de...

  • Sweetwater County birth announcements

    Jul 15, 2020

    Everly Jean Hefner Jon and Ronda Hefner of Rock Springs are announcing the birth of their daughter, Everly Jean Hefner. She was born June 28, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Jacob Hayden Trefethen Michael and Sarah Trefethen of Green River are announcing the birth of their son, Jacob Hayden Trefethen. He was born June 30, 2020 at Memorial hospital of Sweetwater County. Kylo Ray Brown Darellyn Hughes and Bryant Brown of Rock Springs are announcing the birth of their son Kylo Ray Brown, He was born June 30, 2020 at Memorial...

  • Tensions with China may impact land deal

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 15, 2020

    CASPER — If Wyoming plans to double down on minerals to save its future, then trona – one of the Equality State’s most critical natural resources – is probably its safest bet. Worldwide, Wyoming stands as one of the world’s richest stores of the mineral, whose natural byproduct – soda ash – is a key ingredient in everything from the baking soda in your kitchen to the glass facades of the world’s skyscrapers. The fate of the mineral is also closely tied to the world’s GDP and, with strong domestic demand, it remains a reliable source of revenue...

  • University expects 20% enrollment drop this fall

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 15, 2020

    LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming is expecting to have about 1,900 fewer students enroll this fall than were enrolled at the university in fall 2019. UW had 6,212 undergraduates enroll for fall 2019 and, according to preliminary headcounts, that number is scheduled to drop 18.8% this fall. The drop in number of graduate students will be even more drastic: With just 1,170 graduate and professional students scheduled to enroll, UW’s graduate student count is set for a 38.9% decline. “We called everyone who did not register that we were expec...

  • Robert (Bob) Wayne Jensen

    Jul 15, 2020

    Robert (Bob) Wayne Jensen passed away peacefully on July 9th, 2020. Bob arrived into this world on Christmas Day 1973 to Wayne and Joyce Jensen. He grew up in Castle Dale, Utah, and later moved to West Jordan, Utah. Bob attended West Jordan High School where he met his future wife, Trish Miller. They moved to Washington State and later settled in Green River, Wyoming. Together they had 3 daughters, Shayla Ann, Ashlyn Ella, and Baylee Joyce. They later divorced, but remained friends. Bob worked...

  • James Daniel Davis III

    Jul 15, 2020

    James Daniel Davis III, 65, passed away at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 2, 2020 following a lengthy illness. James was a lifelong resident of Green River, Wyoming. He was born on May 3, 1955 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of James Daniel Davis Jr. and Jennie Yeager. James attended school in Green River, Wyoming and was a graduate of Green River High School with the class of 1973. He was employed by Church and Dwight as a Plant Operator for 41 years and he retired in...

  • Justin Dean Mullins

    Jul 15, 2020

    Justin Dean Mullins, 39, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at his home with his family by his side in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs. Mr. Mullins was born on June 7, 1980 in Rock Springs; the son of Joe N. Garnica and Roberta L. Miera. He attended schools in Wyoming and Colorado. Mr. Mullins worked as a manager for Subway for the last two years. He was a member of the Rock Springs Worship Center. Justin was a mother's boy, very family oriented and loved...

  • Andrew Lee Hawkins

    Jul 15, 2020

    Andrew Lee Hawkins, 62, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 40 years and is a former resident of Lander, Wyoming. Mr. Hawkins was born on July 8, 1957 in Lander, Wyoming; the son of James B. Hawkins and Patricia E. Palmer. He attended schools in Lander and was a 1976 graduate of Lander Valley High School. Mr. Hawkins married Debra Sue Andersen on October 15, 1977 in Lander. He worked for PacifiCorp as a mechanic for 30...

  • Jennie V. Davis

    Jul 15, 2020

    Jennie V. Davis 94 of Green River, Wyoming passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock where she had been a resident for the past seven years. She was born April 02, 1926 the daughter of John Yeager and Betty Simmons Yeager. Mrs. Davis attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a Green River High School graduate with the class of 1944. She married James D. Davis in Kemmerer, Wyoming June 6, 1948, he preceded her in death on February 12, 2008. Jennie worked for Del's Market...

  • First COVID-19 death reported

    DAVID MARTIN, Publisher|Jul 15, 2020

    By DAVID MARTIN Publisher An unidentified Sweetwater County man is the first person in the county to die from COVID-19, according the Wyoming Department of Health. The man was 77 years old and had health complications known to increase the risk of serious illness from the virus. According to Jason Mower, interim public information officer for Sweetwater Public Health, the man started experiencing symptoms July 7 and was taken to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County July 10 after testing positi...

  • State budget cut by $250 million

    Nick Reynolds and Seth Klamann, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 15, 2020

    CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon has signed off on more than $250 million in state budget cuts that includes furloughs and layoffs for state employees, a significant hit to senior services and a $90 million reduction to the Department of Health amid a worsening pandemic. “This is an incredibly difficult task but we must respond to the financial circumstances the state is facing,” Gordon said in a statement. “These cuts will impact families across the state, will affect the services we provide and will have an effect on dollars that flow into the pri...

  • City to test sewage for coronavirus

    DAVID MARTIN, Publisher|Jul 15, 2020

    Green River is joining a group of cities in monitoring sewage for presence of the novel coronavirus. Last week, the city council voted to approved a contract with the Wyoming Department of Health to monitor sewage for the virus. The health department is providing up to $28,000 in funding from the federal CARES Act for sampling and testing. Testing sewage for evidence of the coronavirus isn’t new to Wyoming. In April, Teton County started sending samples to MIT for testing as it allows s...

  • Rendezvous canceled due to COVID-19

    Staff Report|Jul 15, 2020

    Like many other local events, the annual Fort Bridger Rendezvous is being postponed to 2021. The rendezvous was canceled for the first time in 48 years due to concerns related to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The decision was made by the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association Board after carefully considering their options. According to a press release regarding the decision, as the event has a large number of people attending each year, it would have been difficult to meet requirements such as social distancing and limiting contact with...

  • A cool treat

    Jul 15, 2020