Articles from the August 26, 2020 edition

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  • 10 seek school board seat

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 26, 2020

    While the Primary Election season concluded with last week’s election, candidates have filed for the upcoming General Election in November. This time, several positions on local boards and management districts are up for election. One of those boards is the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees. Ten people have registered for election, including incumbents Brenda Roosa, Steve Core and Mark Sanders. Those three face challenges from Cristy Pelham, Robbie L. de Leur, Danielle S...

  • All West questioned about change

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 26, 2020

    All West Communications updated the Sweetwater County commissioners about its activities, which resulted in a company representative getting questioned about plans to drop traditional television service. The company recently announced plans to discontinue its traditional television service to customers on Nov. 1. According to a letter from the company, All West stopped offering the service to new customers last year, but decided to discontinue the service because of outdated infrastructure...

  • Ward II nominates candidate

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 26, 2020

    With nine votes, residents in Ward II nominated Brian Hughes to campaign for Lisa Maes’ seat on the Green River City Council last week. As of Tuesday morning, Hughes hadn’t accepted his nomination. Election results were certified by the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office Friday. Hughes received 11.69% of the write-in votes tallied in Ward II. Others collecting more than one write-in vote were George Jost with four votes, Maes with three votes and Carol Ross, Daniel Wilson, Sherry Bushman, Willy...

  • Ready for a new year

    Aug 26, 2020

  • Final plat of Ranch View subdivision approved

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 26, 2020

    The final plat for housing development west of Jamestown was approved last week by the Sweetwater County commissioners -- paving the way for the development of homes near Rolling Green Country Club. The development encompasses nearly 42 acres north of Interstate 80 off of Gaensselen Road. The area is zoned as a single-family residential subdivision. Eric Bingham, director of the county’s land use office, said the zoning is the most restrictive zoning, only being open for the development of r...

  • WWCC cuts jobs, degree paths

    Aug 26, 2020

    ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — Western Wyoming Community College will eliminate job positions and degree pathways in the days ahead. The decision was announced to employees on Monday, Aug. 17, and is due to state budget cuts, declining enrollment, and the impact of COVID-19, according to a press release. “As a new president, this was not how I wanted to start our journey,” President Kim Dale said. “I’m keenly aware that there are people attached to these decisions. I’ve asked our Western family for compassion and understandi...

  • CFAC seeks quilts

    Aug 26, 2020

    The White Mountain Library is calling all quilters to display their creative quilting projects. Quilters are invited to enter up to three quilted pieces each. Pieces can be anything from Wall Hangings to clothing and table runners. Pieces must be under 45”x60”. Quilts can be original or from patterns and must be appropriate for display. There will be a two-page entry form, available at the library circulation desks as well as at the Community Fine Arts Center. The guidelines and additional information can be found on the entry forms. Par...

  • Donnette Butters Petersen

    Aug 26, 2020

    Donnette Butters Petersen, 100, passed away August 24, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center. She was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for 90 years. She was born on November 10, 1919 in Morgan, Utah, the daughter of Newell Bailey Butters and Lillian Flora Rich. Donnette attended Morgan Elementary School and graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1939. Donnette married Franklin C. Petersen at her parents' home in Green River, WY on June 7, 1940. Their marriage w...

  • David Perez Rios Smith

    Aug 26, 2020

    My loving husband and best friend of 15 years David Perez Rios Smith, 34, passed away on Thursday August 6, 2020 in Rock Springs, Wyoming holding his beloved son. He was a resident of Rock Springs for the last 13 years and is a former resident of Idaho. Mr. Smith attended schools in Idaho and was a 2003 graduate of Cassia High School. He married Chelsey Gale on October 27, 2012 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. David was an amazing man, father, husband, son, brother and friend, David was very...

  • Cooper Smith

    Aug 26, 2020

    It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved son Cooper Smith at the age of 7 he passed away on August 6, 2020 in his daddy's arms in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Cooper was born on March 7, 2013 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, he's the son of Chelsey and David Smith. He attended school at Westridge Elementary for two years, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Cooper enjoyed spending quality time with family; playing soccer and basketball; riding...

  • Our View: State has better things to do than match campaign

    Aug 26, 2020

    It’s fair to say the University of Wyoming is facing some serious budget problems, like almost every other governmental entity in the state. A recent article from the Casper Star-Tribune reported the university prepared to take a cut of at least $42 million due to the pandemic and the state’s own revenue woes. Up until recently, the university has projected a 20% decrease in enrollment until the state announced it would provide education grants to residents that had become under employed or unemployed due to the pandemic. Now the col...

  • Letter: Newspaper should report other issues

    Aug 26, 2020

    Dear Editor, Overall nobody is all that concerned about another abuse case involving family members. Let the law handle it. Why not publish an investigative report on the federal budget deficit that involves every American? When have you and your staff ever went out and investigated a story? Never. Investigative reporting does not happen anymore. Kevin Bertagnolli Rock Springs...

  • Older voters decide elections

    Sam Shumway, State Director AARP Wyoming|Aug 26, 2020

    Kate Sarosy is the AARP Wyoming State President, but you may know her as the former mayor and city councilman in Casper. She says during her campaigns in the 2000’s it never occurred to her to specifically court the age 50+ vote. She isn’t alone. While research tells us candidates tend to court young voters, older voters are deciding elections. According to US Census data, 90.5 percent of registered voters aged 50+ participated in the 2016 election. In Wyoming, the 50+ voter remains reliable. According to the Secretary of State, 81 percent of r...

  • Wyoming Legislature continued its rightward march in primaries

    Kerry Drake,|Aug 26, 2020

    There’s nothing like knocking off a few bruised and battered “Republican in name only” incumbents in a Wyoming primary election to make self-proclaimed “real conservatives” whoop and holler. Four-term moderate Sen. Michael Von Flatern (R-Gillette) had the biggest target on his back, with several groups and well-heeled conservative donors out to end his political career. They helped Troy McKeown trounce Von Flatern by more than 1,000 votes last Tuesday. He wasn’t the only high-profile GOP legislator to fall out of favor with voters. House Majori...

  • Staff sheds light on 1919 murder case

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 26, 2020

    New information regarding a century-old murder discovered by staff at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is shedding light on the acts leading to that murder. According to a article by Dick Blust, an employee at the museum, the death of a game warden in 1919 may have been the result of legislation aimed at immigrants. On Sept. 14, 1919, a deputy game warden, John Buxton, encountered two boys, 16-year-old John Kolman and 17-year-old Joseph Omeyc north of Rock Springs. The two...

  • Green River Main Street to host street fair in Sept.

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Aug 26, 2020

    Green River Main Street will host a street fair Sept. 12. Many other organizations joined together in order to host the event, including the Green River Development Fund and local businesses. The street fair will feature many different types of vendors as well as flea market items and food trucks. Live music will follow after the market closes. Vendors must pay a $25 fee in order to sell their products at the fair. According to Jennie Melvin, Green River Main Street administrator, the idea of the street fair was brought up as a group decision...

  • County concert association hosts Wendy Woo

    Aug 26, 2020

    The Sweetwater County Concert Association is presenting Wendy Woo as their next featured artist. Woo’s concert will be an extra performance outside of the concert series presented by the association for the season. Woo is a Colorado artist who has penned and recorded over 200 original songs and played over 150 dates annually. Woo’s energy, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite. An example of her proceeding reputation is her invite to legendary Carly Simon’s “Festival of the Senses” on Martha’s...

  • Resolution against health orders gets rejected by Carbon County

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 26, 2020

    GILLETTE — Campbell County Commissioners will not adopt a resolution against the state’s coronavirus public health orders. At a directors meeting Monday, Commissioners Del Shelstad and Colleen Faber said they had received questions from residents about whether Campbell County would pass a resolution against government overreach similar to what has been done in other communities. The city of Sheridan adopted a resolution July 20 “declaring all legal businesses and personnel in the city as essential.” The resolution was necessary “for the purpose...

  • Legislators pass COVID-19 immunity bill

    Isabella Alves, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 26, 2020

    CHEYENNE — A bill concerning immunity and liability during a pandemic was approved to be sponsored by the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee in the upcoming legislative session. The bill was brought up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic because insurance doesn’t always cover situations that emerge due to pandemics. The bill addressed immunity during pandemics for business owners and passed through the committee. The bill would create immunity for “any person or entity who follows in good faith the instruction of the health officers, wheth...

  • Mayors push lawmakers to consider tax options amid budget crisis

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 26, 2020

    CHEYENNE – With Wyoming facing a projected $1.5 billion revenue shortfall over the next two years, a few mayors from across the state asked lawmakers Monday to start seriously considering new taxation options. In response to the budget crisis – which emerged from long-term declines in Wyoming’s energy industries and was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic – the state has already cut about 10% of its state agency budgets, totaling about $250 million. But for mayors who testified to the state Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee on Monday, c...

  • Wolves sweep Torrington Fri.

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 26, 2020

    The Green River High School tennis squad showed how competitive they are in a series of contests with three other schools over the weekend. The team swept Torrington Friday in Laramie and nearly accomplished the same against Powell at home, with the Lady Wolves dropping one match against the Panthers Saturday. The team broke even against Cody, who also visited Green River, as the Lady Wolves lost 3-2, with two matches being decided in a tiebreaker, while the Wolves overcame 3-2, with three of...

  • WGFD issues summer fishing advisories

    Aug 26, 2020

    Summer days are a beacon calling anglers to the water to cast out a fly and see what bites. But, those fishing in the hottest months should be aware of the effects warmer water has on fish, especially Wyoming’s trout. “Low water flows combined with high air temperatures cause water temperatures to get high enough to be lethal to trout,” said Alan Osterland, Wyoming Game and Fish Department fish division chief. “Warm water also holds less oxygen which can stress not only trout, but also all fish.” Trout experience increased mortality at prolon...

  • Sports network to air Cowboys games

    Aug 26, 2020

    The Cowboy Sports Network and the University of Wyoming athletics department announced Monday that 13 classic football games will be aired on Saturday afternoons from September through November on the Cowboy Sports Network. “We’re excited to deliver some of the great Cowboy football games of the past, and support our Cowboy Sports Network radio affiliates across Wyoming,” said Brad Poe General Manager of Wyoming Sports Properties. “It’s tough on all of us to not have a 2020 season, but we’re hoping these classic games will help our partners, w...

  • Warming up

    Aug 26, 2020

  • Buffalo britches

    Aug 26, 2020