Articles from the October 7, 2020 edition


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  • Airport sees recovery in passenger use

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 7, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been kind to commercial airports. As the lockdown and the subsequent health orders have dissuaded people from using air travel, airports around the country have reported large decreases in commercial air travel. The Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport is no different, reporting a 74% decrease in passenger county from last year. In 2019, the airport reported 30,083 passengers utilizing commercial air service out of Rock Springs at the end of September, while only h...

  • Attempted murder trial starts Tues.

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 7, 2020

    The trial of a Green River man accused of trying to kill his wife will start next week. Bradley Setzer, 40, has been held at the Sweetwater County Detention Center since his arrest Aug. 25, 2019. He was charged with first-degree attempted murder, a felony that carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole, along with up to a $10,000 fine. He was also charged with interference with a peace officer, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $...

  • Schools record COVID-19 infections

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 7, 2020

    While COVID-19 infections have remained low in Sweetwater County, students in Green River have been getting infected by the novel coronavirus. On Monday morning, administrators at Lincoln Middle School informed parents through an email that a student had tested positive for the illness and resulted in five students being quarantined. Other students have recently tested positive as well. Last week, Sweetwater County School District No. 2 announced multiple confirmed cases within Green River schoo...

  • Seriously!?

    Oct 7, 2020

  • Plea agreement reached in RS stabbing case

    Oct 7, 2020

    ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — A Rock Springs man originally charged with attempted second-degree murder in a stabbing case pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of aggravated assault and battery as part of a plea agreement Monday morning. Alexander Cave, 27, entered his no contest plea before Judge Suzannah Robinson during a change of plea video hearing in Sweetwater County District Court. He will be sentenced at a later date following a pre-sentence investigation. Cave was arrested Jan. 29, 2020 for the stabbing of Rafael Magana, 26,...

  • Museum seeks identity of Navy Cross honoree

    Oct 7, 2020

    The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River is working to confirm the identity of a Rock Springs man killed in action in World War II and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the second-highest award of the Navy or Marine Corps can bestow, exactly 75 years ago on Friday. The museum recently came into information that on Saturday, on Oct. 2, 1945, a Rock Springs native was awarded the Navy Cross, which was presented to his mother. Unfortunately, neither the man nor his mother are identified in the information. Museum staff believes...

  • Vincent "Vince" John Jereb

    Oct 7, 2020

    Vincent "Vince" John Jereb, 72, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Sage View Care Center. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born February 25, 1948; the son of Vincent Valentine Jereb and Maxine Menapace. Vince attended school in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1966 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He was self-employed as a concrete worker for over 25 years. He also worked at Jim Bridger Coal as it was being built, and Western Pertroleum. His interests...

  • Robin S. Vesco

    Oct 7, 2020

    Robin S. Vesco, 58, a Sweetwater County native, has passed away. He was born January 14, 1962, in Rock Springs, WY, to Joyce and Albert "Bob" Vesco and after a lengthy illness, he died September 27, 2020 at home surrounded by family. While growing up, he played kickball on the street, ran in the mountains behind his home, studied at the old Washington school, attended CCD classes at the old Immaculate Conception Church, bussed tables at the Teton Café, viewed movies at the Isis Theater, rode...

  • Our view: We can't be lax on coronavirus action

    Oct 7, 2020

    The coronavirus has made quite a surge in Wyoming over the past week and a half. Much of the infections have been in Albany County, home to the University of Wyoming, and have included 11 freshmen football players according to UW’s public relations office. Sweetwater County, while not experiencing the same large increase other counties have seen, hasn’t been spared either. As of Monday evening, the Wyoming Department of Health reported Sweetwater County had 31 active cases of COVID-19, up from 10 active cases reported Sept. 28. We’re seein...

  • The Prairie Doc: The first goodbye

    Jill Kruse, The Prairie Doc|Oct 7, 2020

    When you ask a physician why they became a doctor there is often a pattern that emerges. It is usually one of three things: they have family members who were doctors, they went through a significant health issue of their own, or they had a family member or close friend who went through a serious health issue. In my case, it was the latter. Sadly, there have been many such experiences with people I love but let me share with you the first I can remember. I was five years old. She was my neighbor, the only person who could over-rule my mother on...

  • Local artists to appear at Art Stroll

    Oct 7, 2020

    This month’s 2nd Saturday event focuses on an Art Stroll with several artists setting up pop-up displays on Saturday, October 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Rock Springs. Local businesses have invited an artist or two to set up their artwork for the public to see. A free event for the public, along with the visual art there will be live music by Steven Davis on the corner of Broadway and D Street, a poetry jam at Coal Train Coffee during the afternoon and the Actor’s Mission returns with a performance of “The Waverly Gallery” that ev...

  • Gun group's election activites probed

    Clair McFarland, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 7, 2020

    RIVERTON — Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan’s elections division is reviewing the practices of a social media activist that has been pressuring Fremont County campaigns this election season. Wyoming Gun Owners identifies itself as a pro-gun group but has been accused by many of picking favorites in Wyoming Legislative campaigns regardless of candidates’ Second Amendment stances. The group often posts negative, combative videos about candidates on sites including Facebook and YouTube that accuse their unfavored political contenders as an...

  • Wyoming's 'dark money' coal promotion campaign

    Andrew Graham and Cooper McKim, Wyofile.com and Wyoming Public Radio|Oct 7, 2020

    At a Sep. 3 press conference, Gov. Mark Gordon introduced a nonprofit that’s been advocating for Wyoming’s coal industry for years: the Energy Policy Network. He announced a new contract with the group in which taxpayers would “contribute” $250,000 this year. The governor believes there’s still a place for Wyoming’s coal in the electric utility market despite the long and accelerating shift toward renewable sources and natural gas. “We face the challenge that many other states’ public service commissions, unfortunately, don’t see it that way,...

  • The Pledge

    Oct 7, 2020

  • Schultz earns MHSC DAISY award

    Oct 7, 2020

    Sheridan Schultz, a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's Intensive Care Unit, is the 2020 DAISY Award recipient. The award, which she received Wednesday, is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. Schultz was nominated for the award by Tiffany Marshall. While Marshall is employed by Sweetwater Memorial as Executive Director of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, she said...

  • Flag presentation

    Oct 7, 2020

  • Wolves fall to #1 Jackson Broncs

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Oct 7, 2020

    The Jackson Broncs came into Wolves Stadium undefeated, with a reputation for having a team filled with big, strong, fast, players. The Wolves were riding high themselves after a close come-from-behind road win against the Evanston Red Devils the week prior. Jackson won the coin toss to start the game, but deferred and kicked off to the Wolves. During the first two plays, Green River gained no yardage. Things were not looking good, but on third down, senior quarterback Jachob Fuss found junior...

  • Lady Wolves compete in Cheyenne

    Oct 7, 2020

    Green River at Cheyenne Central, Oct. 2 200-yard medley relay 1. GRHS A (Lauren Jensen, Lauren Lee, Hailey Uhrig, Lily Munoz), 1:55.78 5. GRHS B (Madison Young, Chezni Rubeck, Brianna Uhrig, Ivory Neher), 2:10.47 200-yard freestyle 1. Alexa Lauze, 2:06.09 5. Amaya Spartz, 2:16.35 6. Emilee Barnes, 2:18.86 200-yard individual medley 2. H. Uhrig, 2:24.71 3. Courtney Clark, 2:31.48 5. B. Uhrig, 2:33.19 50-yard freestyle 2. Jensen, 25.37 4. Munoz, 27.10 12. Rubeck, 30.20 1-meter diving 3, Zella Maez, 184.20 5. Kaili Wadsworth, 160.80 7. Olive...

  • 7,000 to attend Cowboys football game

    David Potter, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 7, 2020

    CASPER — The University of Wyoming will be allowed to have 7,000 fans in attendance at the Cowboys’ first home football game this fall. The school announced the attendance number last week, which is roughly 24% of full capacity at War Memorial Stadium. The stadium seats 29,181 fans. The attendance number is based on current COVID-19 data and could be altered if the data changes before the start of the season, the school said in a release. The Mountain West has released a revised schedule for each team following the conference’s annou...

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