Articles from the November 11, 2020 edition

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  • Granger mayor charged with theft

    David Martin, Publisher|Nov 11, 2020

    The mayor of Granger is facing allegations he used municipal funds for personal use, which include purchasing a furnace part for a rental home he owns in New York state. Bradly McCollum, 55, was arrested and charged last week with felony theft and misdemeanor wrongful appropriation of public property. The felony charge carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000 while the misdemeanor carries a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and a fin...

  • County is thoroughly Republican

    David Martin, Publisher|Nov 11, 2020

    If the General Election last week proved one thing about Sweetwater County’s voters, it’s that they’re overwhelming Republican. Democrats seeking office, both longtime fixtures in the Wyoming Legislature and newcomers looking to take over for retiring Democrats were cast aside as voters sought to support President Donald Trump. According to election results certified by the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office Friday, 16,698 ballots were cast both prior to and during Election Day. During the Pre...

  • Any mask mandate could be challenging to enforce

    David Martin, Publisher|Nov 11, 2020

    COVID-19 infection rates continue to increase in Sweetwater County. As of Monday evening, Sweetwater County recorded 200 active COVID-19 cases, with another 46 probable, but unconfirmed cases. In Sweetwater County, the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests conducted surpassed 20% during the weekend. As infections continue to increase locally, some have started calling for a mandate to require masks in public places. Bailie Dockter, CEO of Castle Rock Medical Center, asked the Green River City Co...

  • Pup'ulation Control fishing contest announced by WGFD

    Nov 11, 2020

    Just when anglers thought fishing on Flaming Gorge Reservoir was enticing enough on its own, Buckboard Marina is once again hosting the ‘Pup’ulation Control Contest for lake trout. Anglers will be able to participate in this contest now through mid-June 2021 for only $20 per angler. Registered participants will be entered for prizes and immediate cash rewards for catching a tagged lake trout. One hundred lake trout under 25 inches were tagged in Wyoming with a bright green external tag and these fish are worth $100. Additionally, there are mor...

  • Wyoming Downs will move to Uinta Drive

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2020

    A resolution approved last week by the Green River City Council will allow Wyoming Downs to operate at 110 Uinta Drive, a location formerly operated by Stellar Coffee. During the council meeting, Eugene Joyce, managing partner for Wyoming Downs, said they were unable to continue the lease agreement with Town Bar and Grill, which has forced them to find another location. With a closure of nearly two months, Joyce said the county and city will receive about $150,000 in revenue from local gambling. “We hope to grow it going forward,” he said. Joy...

  • Number One

    Nov 11, 2020

  • Library hosts picture book month

    Nov 11, 2020

    November is Picture Book Month, a month celebrate and recognize the importance picture books have in developing reading skills. The Sweetwater County Library System is celebrating Picture Book Month with a month-long reading challenge. “Picture books are important to young readers as they learn basic literacy principles such as vocabulary and story composition,” said Lindsey Travis, Assistant Library Director. The Picture Book Month Reading Challenge is simple. Children will be encouraged to read picture books by authors with names sta...

  • Dennis "Marco" Mark Rubeck

    Nov 11, 2020

    Dennis "Marco" Mark Rubeck, 73, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 72 years and former resident of Nebraska. Mr. Rubeck was born May 25, 1947 in Sidney, Nebraska; the son of Dennis F. Rubeck and Vyral Hafer. He attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1966 graduate of Lincoln High School. Marco also attended meat cutting school. Mr. Rubeck married Debra Perri on August 23, 1969 in Helper, Utah. He worked as...

  • Juan Jauregui

    Nov 11, 2020

    Juan Jauregui, 62 passed away Saturday, October 31,2020 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 25 years and is a former resident of Mexico. Mr. Jauregui was born March 8, 1958 in Hermosillo Senora Mexico; the son of Trinidad Jauregui Corona and Guadalupe Jimenez. He attended schools in Guadalajara, Mexico. Juan worked at Outlaw Inn for 9 years until ill health forced him into retirement. Mr. Jauregui was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community, He enj...

  • Bette Robertson

    Nov 11, 2020

    Bette Robertson, 98, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 63 years and a former resident of Washington. Mrs. Robertson was born on October 6, 1922 in Melvin, Illinois; the daughter of John Edward Hanener and Easter Lily Simmons. She attended schools in Illinois and graduated from Loda High School in 1940. Bette also earned an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. Mrs. Robertson married LeVoyd...

  • Raymond "Ray" L. Black

    Nov 11, 2020

    Raymond "Ray" L. Black, 89, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Wyoming. Mr. Black was born March 20, 1931 in Kemmerer, Wyoming; the son of Harry James Black and Marie Guerina Anelli. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1949 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Ray also attended technical schools during his career at Mountain Bell. Mr. Black married Ann Bersche; they had four children, and later divorced. Later,...

  • Robert C. Peters

    Nov 11, 2020

    Robert C. Peters "Bob" passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, WY. Bob grew up in the small town of Jerome, Idaho. He enjoyed spending his summers working on his Grandpa Callen's ranch, building fence and racing tractors with this cousin. He was always a "busy boy" and got himself into his fair share of innocent boyhood trouble. When in high school, he was a star football player and track athlete, running the hurdles and doing the long jump. He won the most...

  • Our view: Marijuana might bring state bundles of green

    Nov 11, 2020

    Chronic, kush, ganja, cannabis, the devil’s lettuce or pot. Regardless of what you know it as, marijuana and the legalization of its use was a big winner during last week’s General Election. This push for legalization event took place for two of Wyoming’s conservative neighbors. South Dakota voters approved initiatives legalizing medicinal and recreational use of marijuana while Montana voters approved an initiative to establish 21 as a legal age to purchase, use and consume cannabis. A second question in Montana regarding the legal...

  • Letter: Masks should not be forced on us

    Nov 11, 2020

    Dear Editor, I think the CEO of (Castle Rock Medical Center) has no business trying to dictate whether or not the public should or should not wear masks. Who elected her to represent the town? She is not our babysitter and I don’t appreciate her trying to be. No, I do not want to wear a mask. The city council should not try to push this on the GR citizens. If anything, the Star could do a poll around town and come up with the numbers. From going to the Dollar Store, I would say one out of 10 customers might be wearing masks. Let the citizens d...

  • Making pandemic 'personal responsibility' optional was a grave mistake in Wyoming

    Kerry Drake,|Nov 11, 2020

    By KERRY DRAKE I don’t know what mystifies me more: Wyomingites who don’t care enough about their neighbors to wear a mask during a surging pandemic, or Gov. Mark Gordon not requiring people to cover their faces in public. Both, however, anger me. Enough with the endless hand-wringing and excuse-making, all in the name of pandering to those who think they have constitutional rights to selfishness and stupidity. Is that too blunt? Sorry, tell it to the daughter whose parent is dying alone on a ventilator because someone decided not...

  • Let's put ourselves in their shoes

    Debra Johnston, The Prairie Doc|Nov 11, 2020

    When I met her, she was younger than I am now. I was responsible for admissions to our hospital that day, and the ER doctor called me about a woman with intractable bleeding. It had been going on for several months, but she was embarrassed and unsure. She hid the severity of her bleeding from her husband, until the day she passed out in the kitchen. Ultimately, we diagnosed her with cancer, and she started down a difficult road of surgery, chemo, radiation, and more surgery. But they faced many hurdles beyond her disease. She and her husband...

  • Watercolor exhibit opens at library

    Nov 11, 2020

    The work of eight art students is on display through the end of December at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River. The students are all part of the "For the Love of Watercolor" class instructed by Sandra Banks and offered through Western Wyoming Community College's Community Enrichment program. The exhibit displays 44 original paintings that use different compositions and watercolor techniques. Students featured in the exhibit are Judy Graham, Deborah Gasper, Jackie Herwaldt, Kathy...

  • New GR museum director appointed

    Nov 11, 2020

    The Sweetwater County Historical Museum Board of Directors is excited to announce the promotion of Dave Mead to the position of Executive Director. Mead has been with the museum as the Exhibit Coordinator for eleven years. His exhibits have been admired in the museum and offsite at other locations across the county. Mead has led countless tours of the museum and downtown Green River, plus birding field trips and treks to historic trails sites. The former Executive Director, Brigida Blasi, resigned in July to take a position as the Public...

  • New COVID-19 tests being used at hospital

    Nov 11, 2020

    Curative oral swabs are now being used at the Drive-Thru COVID-19 Specimen Collection Center at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Sweetwater Memorial is transitioning to the new specimen collection system this week. All residents who need to be swabbed for COVID-19 at the drive-thru are asked to first sign on to and make an appointment. The test is free, made possible by the Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division, which is making tests available to swabbing centers through Wyoming’s County Health Departments. I...

  • Email, PayPal scams reported in Wyoming

    From the CyberWyoming Alliance|Nov 11, 2020

    Pulling on Spiritual Heart Strings Email Scam: An email from claiming that God lead her to contact you to help distribute funds to charity as a dying wish was reported by a Laramie citizen. These types of emails are often money laundering scams. Never respond to unsolicited offers from people you don’t know, even if they quote the Bible and claim to want to support ‘orphanages and justice for the poor.’ Two PayPal Email Scams: Two PayPal Email scams were reported by a Laramie Citizen. The subject lines on each were...

  • Peabody's quarterly report shows lull in output, lower costs

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 11, 2020

    CASPER – The nation’s largest coal company published mixed results in its quarterly financial report released Monday, showing both losses and gains in its Powder River Basin coal operations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock energy markets. Peabody Energy reported a 39% decline in revenue between July and September due in part to lower production volumes and weaker prices for exported coal. The third quarter report painted an uncertain future for its three thermal coal operations in the Powder River Basin, the nation’s epicenter for c...

  • Buildings decontaminated after state employees test for COVID

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 11, 2020

    CHEYENNE – At least 40 state employees have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past week, as the number of active virus cases in Wyoming continued its steady rise to new record highs. The positive tests resulted in portions of seven state-run buildings in Laramie County being decontaminated, two of them for a second time, Gov. Mark Gordon said in a letter sent to all state employees Friday morning. “The rising number of positive cases and quarantines among state employees is impacting our operations, our ability to deliver products and...

  • Statehouse shifts further right with election

    Andrew Graham,|Nov 11, 2020

    Amid record voter turnout in a presidential year, Republicans in the Wyoming Legislature picked up one seat each in the House and Senate. Between last night’s results, August’s primary elections and lawmaker retirements, the 2021 Wyoming Legislature will feature at least 23 new faces. The body on the whole looks to have shifted to the right ideologically once more. When voters hit the polls yesterday, the House tallied 50 Republicans, nine Democrats and one Independent. In 2021, there will be 51 Republicans, seven Democrats, one Ind...

  • Oil and gas rule is promising

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 11, 2020

    CASPER – A new rule designed to ease the number of drilling applications received by the state and level the playing field for oil and gas operators appears to be working as intended, recent data collected by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission shows. In December, the rule change went into effect. Between January and September, the commission received 2,226 applications to drill — an over 99% decrease compared to the same period last year. Supervisor Mark Watson told lawmakers during a Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Dev...

  • Presidential support

    Nov 11, 2020

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