Articles from the August 19, 2020 edition

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  • COVID-19 closes classrooms

    Staff Report|Aug 19, 2020

    Two classrooms at the YWCA Early Care Center were closed following a positive COVID-19 case tied to the building. Students and teachers inside those rooms will be quarantined. According to a release from the YWCA, other classrooms in the building were not impacted and the case is suspected to a singular instance of infection. “We appreciate the public’s support of YWCA and all its programs during this difficult time.” Executive Director Melinda Baas, said. “We know how much our parents rely on our Center to care for their children while they ar...

  • Legislative races attract donors

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 19, 2020

    The campaigns for seats in both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Wyoming Senate have attracted a number of donors from throughout the state. Local races in Sweetwater County are no different, with candidates on both sides of the political spectrum receiving thousands in contributions from residents and political action committees. House District 60 For the Republicans, Mark Baker raised $8,864.96 to Ted Barney’s $25, according to state campaign finance records accessed Monday. B...

  • Running with the horses in GR

    Aug 19, 2020

    Run with the Horses Marathon results Men’s 10K 1. Jason Mael, Rock Springs, 40:33.8 2. Ethan Sholey, Rock Springs, 40:48.2 3. Mike D. Flores, Amarillo, Texas, 54:51.6 4. Perri Rubeck, Green River, 56:53.7 5. Robby Sensibaugh, Boise, Idaho, 57:41.8 6. Paul Helvik, Green River, 58:35.2 7. Dwayne Jozwik, Casper, 1:00:17.2 8. John Margrave, Rock Springs, 1:04:59.7 9. Bryan Burdette, Rock Springs, 1:13:34.0 10. Robert Keys, Rock Springs, 1:19:08.6 11. Brandon Hutchinson, Green River, 1:29:36.3 12. G...

  • Work towards new plant continues at federal level

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 19, 2020

    More details about a new soda ash plant project near Green River have emerged as work continues with state and federal agencies. The site is located west of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and will utilize a solution mining process. The company behind the project, Pacific Soda LLC, is conducting core hole drilling in the area. A Research and Development License application through the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Land Quality Division is in its public comment phase, which will r...

  • GR woman found guilty of abusing father

    Aug 19, 2020

    ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — Thera Leanne Siler, 41, of Green River has been convicted of a felony charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult for an incident involving her father. A jury returned with a guilty verdict during a trial in Sweetwater County District Court on Monday and Tuesday. Siler was not convicted on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. She remains in custody at the Sweetwater Detention Center awaiting sentencing. The Green River Police Department responded to a report of domestic violence on Sept. 14, 2019, at the h...

  • Virginia Melissa Marin

    Aug 19, 2020

    Virginia Melissa Marin, was born on November 16, 2001 in Redlands, California and moved to Rock Springs in 2011. She enjoyed nature, gazing at the stars and the moon, gymnastics and hanging out with friends. Family and friends were very important to her. In 2019, she graduated as a Health Academy student from Rock Springs High School. After graduation, she went on to become a partner of the Starbucks Team as well as work at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Unexpectedly, the morning of...

  • David Winn Johnson

    Aug 19, 2020

    David Winn Johnson, 66, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was born on May 25, 1954 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of "Johnny" Vivian Oliver Johnson and Frances Lucille Cooper Johnson. David attended Clearfield High School in Salt Lake City, UT. He worked as a shop maintenance technician for Black Butte Coal until his retirement in 2007. David enjoyed spending his time playing the guitar, fishing, rock collecting, and going on adventures into the...

  • Barbara Jean Rawl-Daniels

    Aug 19, 2020

    Barbara Jean Rawl-Daniels, 83, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 10 years and is a former resident of Trenton, South Carolina. Ms. Daniels was born on May 16, 1937 in Johnston, South Carolina; the daughter of Delphin Wesley Rawl and Maude Margaret Rhoden. She attended schools in Johnston, South Carolina and was a 1955 graduate of Johnston High School. Barbara married LeRoy Daniels in North Augusta, South Carolina, and...

  • Election Day

    Aug 19, 2020

  • Our View: Senate is a major source of disappointment

    Aug 19, 2020

    There’s a lot to be disappointed in when it comes to the U.S. Senate and, by extension, Wyoming’s two senators. After discussions regarding a second pandemic response bill fell through, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate until September. Any bill focused on pandemic relief for Americans will likely not be approved until then, unless something spurs the Senate to go back to Washington, D.C. This means additional unemployment funding to people who lost their job during the pandemic have stalled, which include quite a few...

  • Trumped-up hemp prosecution was miscarriage of justice

    Kerry Drake,|Aug 19, 2020

    It wasn’t exactly a secret that Josh Egle wanted to grow hemp in Wyoming. He and his mother Debra Palm-Egle stood next to Gov. Mark Gordon in March 2019 for the signing of a bill legalizing hemp production in the state. During the previous three years, mother and son both lobbied for the legislation and promoted the industry as a way for struggling Wyoming farmers to grow a potentially lucrative new crop. In November, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents swarmed their farm near Albin, where Egle was curing a small test crop of h...

  • The Prairie Doc: Seek help for urinary incontinence

    Lauren Wood Thum MD, The Prairie Doc|Aug 19, 2020

    Just because something is common does not mean it is normal. Many diseases are common nowadays, yet few would consider them normal. For example, while obesity and diabetes are rampant, none would argue that these conditions are normal or should go untreated. However, when it comes to problems of the urinary tract, this is often the case. Millions of individuals suffer from urinary incontinence – the involuntary loss of urine. Leakage can occur due to a strong “gotta go, gotta go” urge, activity such as coughing or laughing, or even witho...

  • The hacker's Brief: Fake Blue Cross emails reported

    From the CyberWyoming Alliance|Aug 19, 2020

    (Publisher’s note: This column covers a variety of digital scams reported throughout Wyoming and is being printed to help residents identify potential scams before they occur.) Anthem Blue Cross Fake Email: An email claiming to be from Anthem Blue Cross encourages you to open an encrypted message about an invoice. The email is from or and the subject line is EFT Enrollment Form – Approved. Similar messages have been used to steal people’s personal information. It was followed up by a second email...

  • City projects will result in savings

    Staff Report|Aug 19, 2020

    Green River has recently completed a series of energy-efficient projects which will save the taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. The city’s parks and recreation department completed six different projects over the course of three years, which will result in an estimated cost savings of $56,000 yearly. The streets department replaced city-owned streetlights with LED lights Aug. 7. These streetlights are located along Flaming Gorge Way, the overpass to Second Street, Scotts Bottom Road as well as Spur Road. In total, 115 LED corn bulbs w...

  • Hospital receives three awards

    Aug 19, 2020

    Working collaboratively and providing opportunities for nurses to advance are just a few of the areas in which Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County excels. The Southwest Region of the 2020 Wyoming Nurses Association recently awarded Sweetwater Memorial in three areas. The hospital’s COVID-19 Preparedness Incident Command Team and its Surgical Services Team each received the Collaborative Practice Award for best practice in improved patient outcomes. Registered Nurse Rachelle Harris received the Face of our Future nursing award. “Working col...

  • A day with the market vendors

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Aug 19, 2020

    Every week throughout the summer, residents driving along Uinta Drive will see a collection trailers and popup shops, as well as a large group of customers, gathered on Roosevelt Drive. The Green River Farmers' Market features local produce, goods and handmade creations. The market is also a great place for vendors to seek exposure and support. For Leslie Webster, the founder of LGWimaginations, the market is a means of introducing people to her art. Webster sells acrylic poured paintings,...

  • Hospital receives SLIB funding

    Aug 19, 2020

    Wyoming’s State Loan and Investment Board awarded Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County nearly $4.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Grants. The board met Thursday, Aug. 6 to discuss and award grant applications. CEO Irene Richardson said the hospital is thankful for the additional grant funding. “Our No. 1 goal has always been to keep our patients, staff and community safe. This grant funding will help us tremendously in enhancing our efforts to help manage COVID-19,” she said. “We are truly grateful to Gov. Mark Gordon, his team, the Wyoming...

  • Fall sports will continue at Western

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Aug 19, 2020

    While the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit school functions, Western Wyoming Community College made the decision to proceed with falls sports. All five of the school’s sports teams will be participating in both the fall and spring seasons. However the main competition season will be spring rather then fall. The fall season will be strictly scrimmages. According to Lu Sweet, Western’s activities director, the most challenging part of going through with the season is the extra precautions required to ensure the sports are safe for the stu...

  • Work concludes at spaceport

    Aug 19, 2020