Articles from the December 4, 2019 edition

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  • District seeks sewer line

    David Martin, Publisher|Dec 4, 2019

    A $7.5 million project to extend sewer service through Jamestown and into land west of Green River was pitched as a potential addition to the growing list of potential Sixth Penny Improvement Tax projects local governments are compiling for a vote during the 2020 elections. The project would extend a wastewater collection line from Jamestown to a lift station near the Joint Powers Water Board treatment facility. According to Kael Jasperson, vice chairman of the Jamestown-Rio Vista Water and...

  • Antelope hindered by solar farm

    David Martin, Publisher|Dec 4, 2019

    More than 1,000 antelope were bottlenecked near the Sweetwater Solar facility west of Green River over the weekend as they attempted to migrate to winter ranges. The antelope were forced onto Wyo. Highway 372. According to Mark Zornes, Regional Wildlife Management Coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, pronghorn have traditionally migrated through the area because it’s a spot where snow blows away from a nearby ridge, creating an easy passage for wildlife. However, those a...

  • County museum hosts Christmas display

    Dec 4, 2019

    The spirit of Christmases past is on display at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum throughout December. An exhibit features toys, a Christmas tree, and other sights from what Christmas would look like decades ago. “Christmas exhibits are fun to do,” Brie Blasi, executive director of the museum, said. “It’s more about a feeling and the time of year.” One of the toys featured in the display is board game based off of journalist Nellie Bly’s attempt to recreate the feat originally proposed in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days.” Th...

  • Our view: Leaders need to be proactive

    Dec 4, 2019

    No one would argue the fact that coal has been the lifeblood of Sweetwater County and Wyoming for much of the state’s history. Without coal, Rock Springs wouldn’t exist. The state as a whole would be much different without the economic benefits coal has provided us. That’s why it isn’t surprising to see how people are reacting to Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to retire portions of the Jim Bridger Power Plant. Sweetwater County Commissioner Wally Johnson isn’t out of line in fearing the retirement of the two units would lead to them being disma...

  • Beware of online health insurance scams

    Trudy Lieberman, Community Health News Service|Dec 4, 2019

    If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated – and dangerous – than ever. Dangerous? How can that be? This is health insurance we’re talking about, not some sketchy Internet site. But the reality is that the scam artists are out in full force, and anyone buying a policy by shopping online had better watch out. There’s a high likelihood you could buy something that won’t provide much coverage but will shortchange you mightily when you get sick. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, w...

  • Sage advice

    Dec 4, 2019

  • Marguerite Santa returns to RS museum Monday

    Dec 4, 2019

    The iconic red suit is a giveaway for who it is, but it isn't often people see the big man sitting at an organ. The Marguerite Santa returned to the Rock Springs Historical Museum Monday for the museum's annual Christmas display at the building's firehouse window. The display was originally seen at the front window of the Marguerite Gift Shop in Rock Springs from the mid 1940s until 1977. The shop closed in 1978. Generations of residents remember looking at the mechanical, music-playing display...

  • Rock Springs named as pilot for Wyoming Arts Alliance program

    Dec 4, 2019

    Rock Springs was recently named one of three pilot communities for the Wyoming Arts Alliance Professional Development Program. The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency and Community Fine Arts Center jointly applied for the program earlier this fall. The Wyoming Arts Alliance’s (WyAA’s) mission is to advance a creative and culturally vibrant state, fulfilling their vision of More Art. Better Wyoming. In support of that mission and vision, and supported by recommendations from the 2016 Community Forum and Survey Results, WyAA lau...

  • Local photographer featured at show

    Dec 4, 2019

    The Community Fine Arts Center is featuring local photographer David Halter from Dec. 10 through Jan. 29. The public is invited to the opening reception Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Halter is a third generation native of Rock Springs. Most of his hobbies growing up involved computers and technology. "What once was a hobby turned into my profession, and eventually became a little less fun," Halter said. "Oh, I still enjoy technology, and working on computer systems, but I started to dabble in...

  • Submissions sought for "Boar's Tusk Literary Journal"

    Dec 4, 2019

    Western Wyoming Community College’s Boar’s Tusk Literary Journal is accepting submissions from now until Dec. 18, and submitters are eligible to win prizes. Sweetwater County residents, including Western’s students, are invited to submit art, photography, poems, essays, stories, and creative non-fiction. "The entire literary journal would be impossible without the many authors who contributed their artistic genius, and the reason for this magazine's existence is due to the many writers, photographers, and artists in Sweetwater County, Rache...

  • Anne Mae Smith

    Dec 4, 2019

    Anne Mae Smith, 42, of Green River, Wyoming, passed away November 30, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. Anne was born on October 30, 1977 to Gene and Betty Garcia. She married Rodney Smith II on September 26, 2003 in Green River. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, and friend....

  • Tata donation

    Dec 4, 2019

  • Community college funding holds steady in governor's budget proposal

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 4, 2019

    CHEYENNE — In terms of funding, the last decade has been a tough one for Wyoming’s community colleges. Since the 2011-12 biennium, community colleges have lost $53.8 million in funding when adjusting for inflation, according to a report presented by community college representatives during a meeting of the Legislature’s Joint Education Interim Committee last month. During the meeting, Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa said community colleges act as an economic engine for the state, developing and training citizens to meet local needs...

  • Douglas man's furniture found in famous homes

    CINTHIA STIMSON, Douglas Budget via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 4, 2019

    DOUGLAS - David Schultz has had his hands all over former POTUS Bill Clinton's custom wooden dressers and television console. He's also had his hands on former Argentinian President Hugo Chavez's enormous dining room table, and on Muhammad Ali's dressers. At face value, it's an odd trinity of names to tie together, but the commonality between these otherwise unconnected individuals is one man – David. He custom built the pieces as a solo master woodworker at times and also as part of a team w...

  • Finding should end shooting probe

    Clair McFarland, Riverton Ranger via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 4, 2019

    RIVERTON — In his document detailing the legal conclusion to an investigation into the Sept. 21 officer-involved shooting in front of Walmart in Riverton, Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun cautioned the public against further proceedings in the matter. The shooting killed 58-year-old Anderson Antelope Sr. LeBrun wrote that because the Riverton Police Department officer who shot Antelope did so because Antelope placed the officer and several bystanders in “immediate peril” by swinging a six-inch knife. The officer had the right to “take...

  • Holiday ornament making

    Dec 4, 2019