Articles from the October 21, 2020 edition


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  • Drive-through swab hours change

    Oct 21, 2020

    Operating hours at the drive-thru COVID-19 specimen collection site at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County will change beginning Monday, Oct. 26. Daily swabbing will continue to be available, said Deb Sutton, Sweetwater Memorial spokeswoman. However, the new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. "This is when our lab workers are seeing the most traffic," Sutton said. "And, with shorter, cooler days on the way, hospital leaders want to take every...

  • Resident is new hospital records leader

    Oct 21, 2020

    A woman with a strong background in coding and clinical documentation is Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's new Health Information Management Director. Carrie Canestorp started work earlier this month, overseeing Sweetwater Memorial's HIM Department. She moved to Green River from Kemmerer, where she has worked as a remote coding manager for Aviacode since 2013 and as an advanced Emergency Medical Technician for South Lincoln Emergency Medical Services since 2017. "I had worked remotely...

  • Plane crashes at airport

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 21, 2020

    A small aircraft crashed while attempting to take off from the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport Monday afternoon. The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m., Monday after a single-engine Belanca Decathlon had refueled and was taking off during a cross-country flight. Upon takeoff, the plane crashed and came to a rest on Taxiway Delta. The aircraft’s single occupant received medical treatment at the scene by Sweetwater Medics. The airport remained operational throughout the incident, with o...

  • Demand shown for joining solid waste district

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 21, 2020

    Green River residents have shown interest in having the city join the Sweetwater County Solid Waste District No. 1, according to Sweetwater County Commissioner Randy Wendling. Speaking during the county commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Wendling said the county has received comments about Green River joining the solid waste district. However, the county isn’t involved with the decision. “I’d like to have people realize that waste district is a special district ... that special district has its...

  • COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record in Wyoming

    Morgan Hughes, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 21, 2020

    CASPER — The number of people in Wyoming who were being hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment rose to 73 on Monday, a higher total than at any previous point in the pandemic. Monday’s total is more than twice what it was when the month began and exceeded the previous high set Sunday. Sixty-eight hospitalizations were reported to the state Monday, but the number did not include five patients hospitalized at Jackson’s St. Johns Health. The new rash of hospitalizations mirror a surge of COVID-19 cases reported statewide since late September, when ca...

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    Oct 21, 2020

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  • Poll shows support for Dems in legislature

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 21, 2020

    A straw poll conducted by the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce shows support for Democrats to represent chamber members in Cheyenne, while favoring Republicans in national races. The straw poll also showed members favoring the two Republican candidates for seats amongst the Sweetwater County Commissioners. The poll consisted of 68 responders queried by the Rock Springs Chamber last week. Democrats Stan Blake, Lindsey Travis and Liisa Anselmi-Dalton were favored in their respective races. Blake,...

  • Crash

    Oct 21, 2020

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  • Brand inspection case to resume in December

    Oct 21, 2020

    PINEDALE (Wyoming News Exchange) — The 2019 livestock brand-inspection misdemeanor case against Rex. F. Rammell is picking up about where it left off eight months ago – in Sublette County Circuit Court. Rammell contested five citations after a deputy stopped him in June 2019 and he did not have current brand inspections for horses he was moving from Sweetwater to Sublette County. He has a Rock Springs mailing address and owns a veterinary clinic in Pinedale. He argued the state law requiring brand inspections between counties violates his right...

  • Variance approved by city planning and zoning board

    Oct 21, 2020

    A resident received a variance for a building project at his Green River home, according to a press release from the city. The Green River Planning and Zoning Commission hosted a public hearing Tuesday night on a request for a variance at 439 Andrews St. The variance was requested by Ed Lee. The release states that Lee requested a rear setback variance of 6 feet for the construction of a new single-family residential unit with an attached two-car garage to replace a dilapidated structure that currently standing on the property. The commission...

  • Emogene J. "Jean" (Pratt) Hanson

    Oct 21, 2020

    Emogene J. "Jean" (Pratt) Hanson of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Rehab Center in Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born April 1, 1929 in Baker, Montana, the daughter of Wallace and Augusta (Ohlrich) Pratt. She was the last of ten children, the baby of the family. She grew up on the Pratt Family Homestead in Cabin Creek, just outside of Baker, Montana. She attended country school in the Cabing Creek area, riding her horse from the...

  • James Clifford "Willie" Wilson

    Oct 21, 2020

    James Clifford "Willie" Wilson, 64, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Willie was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming since 1978 and former resident of Riverton, Wyoming. He was born December 17, 1955 in Riverton, Wyoming, the son of Richard "Dick" Wilson and Carline Wolff. Willie attended schools in Casper Wyoming and was a 1974 graduate of Natrona County High School. He married Julianne Jereb in Rock Springs, Wyoming August 22, 1981. Mr. Wilson...

  • Joanne T. Burgess

    Oct 21, 2020

    Joanne T. Burgess, 89, passed away October 13, 2020 at the Sublette Center in Pinedale, Wyoming. She was a resident of the Sublette Center for over 4 years and a former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Joanne was born on September 21, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Anne Petty. She graduated from St. Vincent De Paul High School in Mt. Vernon with the class of 1950. She then graduated from the Good Samaritan Nursing School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She worked...

  • Virginia Ann Folks

    Oct 21, 2020

    Virginia Ann Folks, 88, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock. She was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mrs. Folks died following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 23, 1932 in Galva, Illinois; the daughter of Emil Ericson and Nettie Lindstrom. Virginia attended schools in Bishop Hill, Illinois. She married Lawrence B. "LB" "Benny" Folks in Andrew, Texas in 1950. Mrs. Folks was a member of the Grace Baptist Church. Her interests included spending ti...

  • Elsie Pauline Dolence

    Oct 21, 2020

    Elsie Pauline Dolence, 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mrs. Dolence died following a lengthy illness. She was born on August 14, 1931 in Rock Springs; the daughter of Anton Kuseck and Frances Dolenc. Mrs. Dolence attended schools in Reliance and Rock Springs. She was a 1949 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married Stanley Dolence in Rock Springs, Wyoming on July 28,...

  • Our view: Voting is a pillar of Wyoming's democracy

    Oct 21, 2020

    We’re heading into the final days of the 2020 General Election. For many, the biggest question they want a voice in is if Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be the United States’ President in 2021. While that question will have some weight as to what our lives will be like in the next four years, the more important aspects of any ballot are the local elections. An oft-repeated quote about local government is that it’s “where the rubber meets the road.” The local city council, school board, county commissioners and state legislators are where the...

  • My Shopping Cart Wheel

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community COlle|Oct 21, 2020

    I am that person that always manages to “find” the shopping cart with the wonky wheel. I used to trade it out because it irritated me. The cart wobbled and sometimes made noise and it usually drove a little slower and pushed a little harder. However, in the last bit, I have stayed with whatever cart I get first. My reasoning is simple. Having this kind of cart is/has been teaching me a very important lesson: Just because SOMEONE is a little slower, or makes a little “noise” or is harder to deal with, doesn’t mean they don’t have value. We a...

  • Putting off going to a nursing home

    Tom Lacock, AARP Wyoming Associate State Director|Oct 21, 2020

    The call is getting more common as I enter my mid-40s. It generally comes from a friend, about my age, who knows I work for AARP, and hopes I can help them navigate the services available in Wyoming to help a loved one stay at home as they age. Their question is simply, “how do I keep mom/dad out of a nursing home for as long as I can?” The best advice is to ask for help sooner than later. Develop a plan, figure out what supports are in your community. Emily Loos of LIV Health, a home services provider in southeast Wyoming, suggests a vis...

  • Record high for new coronavirus cases pushes active cases over 2,400

    The Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 21, 2020

    A record high for reported new laboratory-confirmed cases in one day pushed the number of active cases in the state over 2,400 on Monday. The Wyoming Health Department, in its daily coronavirus update, said 251 new confirmed cases were reported Monday, the highest number in one day since the illness was first diagnosed in Wyoming on March 12. The previous record of 248 was set less than one week ago, on Friday. The Health Department also said 35 new probable cases were reported Monday, as were 169 recoveries from the illness, leaving the state...

  • Pinedale settles with lab over faulty water tests

    Holly Dabb, Pinedale Roundup Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 21, 2020

    PINEDALE — Signed, sealed and delivered, following a special meeting on Oct. 9, Pinedale Council members voted unanimously to accept a $175,000 settlement against a former Pinedale lab and its future owners in exchange for their silence. The meeting was called for the sole action of “discussing a draft legal settlement with SPL (ex-Zedi).” The settlement was in conjunction with the purchase of Zedi by two subsequent companies – Banded Iron and SPL. In a telephone conference call with Inga Parsons, an attorney with Greenwood Law, council...

  • Sundance residents challenge plan to replace police

    Sarah Pridgeon, Sundance Times Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 21, 2020

    SUNDANCE — Backed by a much larger crowd than the council chamber usually enjoys, two citizens expressed dissent last week over a fledgling plan to replace Sundance Police Department with contracted service through the Crook County Sheriff’s Office. The Sundance City Council, Sheriff Jeff Hodge and Police Chief Marty Noonan were on hand during the scheduled public meeting to answer questions and concerns from the audience. Roger Connett, who said he was there as a private citizen and not as the chairman of the Crook County Republican Par...

  • Swimmers' success continues

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 21, 2020

    The girls swim season is coming to an end in a few short weeks and the Green River High School team continues to be a strong team within the region. The girls competed at home over the weekend with two quad meets, hosting Worland, Rawlins and Cody Friday evening and Worland, Sublette County and Rawlins Saturday morning. The Wolves came out on top both days. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said the Lady Wolves had a standout weekend featuring several accomplishments for swimmers. The pool record was...

  • Green River shut out 40-0

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Oct 21, 2020

    The Green River Wolves made a long road trip last Friday to take on the highly-ranked Cody Broncs, who were solid on both offense and defense throughout the night and moved their record to 6-1 on the season while the Wolves fell to 2-5. The Broncs, who have not given up more than 6 points to an opponent all season, scored their second shut out despite the Wolves forcing four Cody turnovers. The Broncs used seven different running backs to wear down the Wolves and rack up a season best 455 yards in total offense. The Wolves’ James King was b...

  • Lady Wolves grow despite losses

    David Martin, Publisher|Oct 21, 2020

    The Lady Wolves Volleyball team took two more losses over the last week, but show signs of improvement according to head coach Rikki Shantz. The Lady Wolves lost in three sets against Evanston Thursday night, struggling against the Lady Red Devils in a game that ended 25-11, 25-15 and 25-10. Their road trip to Jackson also ended in a loss, but the Lady Wolves were able to have a set win during the competition, taking the second set 25-21. However, Jackson's squad took the first set 25-16 and...

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