Articles from the September 23, 2020 edition


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  • City continues cleanup

    Staff Report|Sep 23, 2020

    City employees continue cleaning up after the Labor Day storm much of Wyoming experienced caused damage to property throughout the city. According to an update issued Monday, all of the large trees blown over during the storm, including large pine trees at the city’s cemetery, were hauled off by contractors. Workers continue cleaning up smaller branches and debris, as well as make minor repairs. Street sweepers also continue cleaning streets from branches and small debris that was deposited by the storm. Sweepers logged 99 miles, with 13...

  • Absentee ballots now available

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 23, 2020

    Sweetwater County residents wanting to vote from the comfort of their own home can request an absentee ballot from the county. “Wyoming’s citizens can begin to cast their ballots in the general election. In these unprecedented times, it is crucial that every Wyoming voter has the opportunity to safely exercise their right to vote either by absentee or in-person as outlined in Wyoming law,” Secretary of State Edward Buchanan said in a press release. Sweetwater County Clerk Cindy Lane said t...

  • Water recommendation revisits old ground near regional airport

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 23, 2020

    Water is a fuel for economic development and a recent meeting underscored the need for water in the Middle Baxter Road area near the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport. Members of the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition discussed the second phase of a study aimed at developing the area into an industrial site attracting businesses which would complement the county's existing trona and coal industries. Infrastructure is largely unavailable in the area.  Water, electricity and natural gas...

  • More commercial land proposed in Jamestown

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 23, 2020

    If a request to change zoning near the Love’s Travel Stop is approved next month, it could result in more commercial development near Interstate 80’s Exit 85. Jim Zimmerman, the code enforcement specialist for the Sweetwater County Land Use Office said the a zone change on land owned by Corner Property LC for a portion of land directly across where the Love’s truck stop is being built on Wyoming Highway 374. The property is zoned for rural residential use. A hearing is scheduled for the...

  • Linda Rae Waggener

    Sep 23, 2020

    Linda Rae Waggener, of Laramie, died Sept. 12, 2020, following a long journey with cancer. She was 55. Waggener was a fifth-generation native of Green River. She was born on July 7, 1965, to Eleanor and Richard Waggener, and graduated from Green River High School in 1983. While growing up in Green River, Waggener was installed as honored queen for Bethel #48 in International Order of Job's Daughters. She participated in 4-H, and was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, serving as an...

  • Avery Charles Beaver

    Sep 23, 2020

    Avery Charles Beaver, 26, passed away Saturday September 5, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 12, 1994 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of Robert and Debbie Beaver. Avery attended schools in Green River, WY and graduated with the GRHS class of 2012. He enlisted in the Navy in February of 2015 and was deployed twice during his service which included Operation Enduring Freedom in Bahrain. Avery was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His interests were...

  • Margaret "Maggie" Brandner

    Sep 23, 2020

    Margaret "Maggie" Brandner, 83, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for many years, and is a former resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Brandner was born on September 4, 1937 in Denver, Colorado; the daughter of Bertram H.Shaw and Bessie Syme. She attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1955 graduate of Green River High School. Margaret also attended Laretto Heights College where she obtained a...

  • William S. "Bill" Ward

    Sep 23, 2020

    William S. "Bill" Ward, 78, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 50 years and is a former resident of Lomita, California. Mr. Ward was born on June 11, 1942 in Torrance, California; the son of Elbert Ward and Thelma Franke. He attended schools in Harbor City, California and was a 1960 graduate of Narbonne High School. Bill married Donna French on June 19, 1981 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Mr. Ward served in...

  • Our view: Sixth-penny tax could pay for water work

    Sep 23, 2020

    If you build it, they will come. That statement, an often misquoted line from the film “Field of Dreams,” has been applied to economic development meaning once something is built, support will follow. This has been true for the Jamestown area. After a new water system was built in the Jamestown-Rio Vista Water and Sewer District, interest in developing land which previously had no access to water suddenly took off. The Love’s Travel Stop under construction is likely only the beginning of commercial investment in the area. Proof of this...

  • Trump administration has benefited Wyo.

    Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming|Sep 23, 2020

    America’s economy has been hamstrung by COVID-19 and revitalizing it must be the essential mission of the next administration. Key to that recovery is the need to explore and responsibly develop America’s energy and minerals. This President recognizes that a healthy country must be free. That a free people are a healthy people anxious to build a vibrant economy, a strong health care system and a country able to stand on her own two feet as the envy of our globe. Such a country, a people, an economy can lead the way to solving the most...

  • Concerning trend found in patients with diabetes

    Vishwanath Pattan, Wyoming Medical Center|Sep 23, 2020

    My name is Dr. Vishwanath Pattan and I am the Medical Director of Endocrinology at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Endocrinology is the study of hormones, and as an endocrinologist I treat patients for a wide variety of diseases related to hormonal deficiencies and imbalances. That includes many patients with diabetes. At my clinic, Wyoming Endocrine and Diabetes, I treat patients from across Wyoming, and I have noticed an alarming trend for my diabetic patients in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: an inability to monitor and control...

  • MHSC doctor advocates for cancer patients

    Sep 23, 2020

    Cancer physicians from across the country recently participated in the 2020 ASCO Advocacy Summit. Dr. Banu Symington was among them. Symington is an oncologist/hematologist at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center. She participated in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s virtual summit Sept. 15 & 16.  “I met with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, and an aide to U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi as part of the ASCO Advocacy Summit,” she said. The ASCO hosts the meeting annually to advocate for...

  • $25,000 grant will fund YWCA programs

    Sep 23, 2020

    The YWCA of Sweetwater County is pleased to announce the grant award of $25,000 from the Wyoming Community Foundations local Rock Springs Board. “We truly appreciate the Foundation and all of their hard work to build a better Wyoming. These funds will be used towards our Tuition Assistance program that helps our families afford quality childcare,” Kayla Mannikko, development director for the organization said. YWCA is a nonprofit organization serving Sweetwater County with services that include quality childcare and preschool; domestic...

  • Wolves take loss to end non-conference games

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 23, 2020

    The Wolves traveled to Worland to take on an excellent running quarterback and a spread offense different than their first two opponents. Green River senior Seth White returned the opening kickoff to the 30-yard line to give the Wolves good field position to start their first drive. On the first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Jachob Fuss connected with fellow senior Gabe Burdette for 10 yards and a first down. James King got off a 6-yard run followed by Burdette for another 6 yards and the Wolves offense was on the move but the Worland...

  • Practice makes perfect

    Sep 23, 2020

  • Break time

    Sep 23, 2020

  • Smoky skies impacts breathing in county

    Sep 23, 2020

    Wildfire smoke is making it difficult to breathe for many people in the Sweetwater County area. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, and the Wyoming Department of Health issued an air quality alert for wildfire smoke for Sweetwater and 10 other Wyoming counties last week. A change in the upper level pattern is expected to improve conditions slightly Friday afternoon, but will likely fill back in as fires continue in the West.  Dr. Michael Neyman, a hospitalist at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County,...

  • Masks protested at Capitol

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 23, 2020

    CHEYENNE – Roughly 30 Wyomingites gathered on the grounds of the state Capitol at noon Thursday to protest against the requirements for children to wear masks in school. The protestors came from across the state to demonstrate against school districts’ reopening plans, all of which require masks be worn when social distancing cannot be enforced. Laura Jorgensen, a main organizer of the protest, drove several hours from Fort Bridger to demonstrate. “We just would like the freedom of choice for our own kids back, and we want our local...

  • Health officials: Masks are key for schools

    Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 23, 2020

    CHEYENNE – After at least one teacher and one student at McCormick Junior High School tested positive for COVID-19 last week, the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department is urging continued use of face masks among all students and staff. “Masks, for the time-being, are the next best thing to actually having a vaccine,” Dr. Stan Hartman, county health officer, told the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees at a meeting Monday night. “Right now, having students wearing masks whenever they cannot properly social distance is...

  • Obstacles to a college football season remain

    Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 23, 2020

    CASPER — Once the Big Ten changed course and announced earlier this week that it will play a fall football season beginning in late October, players, coaches and fans of Wyoming and the rest of the Mountain West schools began asking the same question: Are we going to get a fall season, too? The answer is definitely maybe. There are still hurdles for the Mountain West to jump if it’s going to be able to play football this year after postponing fall sports indefinitely last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. But a reaction to the Big Ten...