Articles from the December 18, 2019 edition


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  • Our View: 6th Penny options needed

    Dec 18, 2019

    A special purpose tax is a great tool for communities wanting to make improvements that all residents can benefit from. Road replacement, water and sewer upgrades, even construction of needed facilities can be accomplished through this tax, commonly known as the sixth penny tax because it’s implementation creates a 6 percent sales tax within Sweetwater County. For Green River and other towns within the county, the tax has become a needed source of funding to pay for construction they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. This isn’t the fault...

  • Walking through Western

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Dec 18, 2019

    I try to run to work ALMOST every day. I run in the hot weather and in the cold weather, the snow, the wind, the heat…I enjoy running although I don’t run all that fast. I would run every day but sometimes I need a car in the middle of the day, if I need to run an errand or if it’s my turn to pick up the little kiddos after school. On days where I don’t get to run to and or from home, I try to run during a break at work. I am fortunate to work at Western where I can utilize the Wellness Center or run outside on the Running/Walking Trail o...

  • Lifelong learning: Everyone should get a smiley face, gold star or celebration word

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Dec 18, 2019

    My sixth and final child is in kindergarten this year. My older three were in elementary school quite some time ago. I was in kindergarten in the dark ages. Many things have changed throughout the years but one thing I has not and I hope it never does. For as long as I can remember, when an elementary student, especially a kindergartener or first-grader, brings home “done work” in their folders and backpacks, it is pretty much a guarantee that every paper will have either a smiley face, a gold star or celebration word sticker/comment (“Wow”, “G...

  • Ensuring no community is left behind

    Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary of Agriculture|Dec 18, 2019

    Access to the internet is critical for life in the 21st century, not just something that is simply nice to have. To ensure our rural communities have quality health care, college-level math classes at the county high school, or precision ag technology at the local farm, high-speed broadband internet connectivity is necessary. When I first took office, President Donald J. Trump directed me to lead the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, a team of federal, state and local leaders...

  • Christina "Tina" Brown

    Dec 18, 2019

    Christina "Tina" Brown of Rock Springs passed away Dec. 03, 2019 at her home. Tina is survived by her mother Jean Brown; brother, Shawn Brown and wife Brittany; nephews, Derrick Tucker and Hunter Finley; nieces, Breanna Tucker and Missy Hutchinson, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services will be held at a later date....

  • City prioritizes tax list

    David Martin, Publisher|Dec 18, 2019

    After receiving criticism from the Sweetwater County commissioners regarding the city’s project list, Green River representatives submitted a prioritized list to the county last week. The list is heavy on infrastructure projects, focusing on several road packages and totals $32.4 million. The top priority for the city is its first roads package, listed at a cost of $15.9 million. The package would fund full rebuilds, including water and sewer replacement, on both sides of Riverview Drive, B...

  • Weight change not supported

    David Martin, Publisher|Dec 18, 2019

    A request to reduce the annual weight limit residents have at the city’s solid waste transfer station did not receive support during a workshop meeting last week. The Green River City Council spoke about the request after Michelle Foote, Wyoming Waste Systems’ general manager in Rock Springs, said the company wasn’t making as much money as initially believed. She said the company anticipated more people meeting the 1,800-pound weight limit initially set. “Bottom line, we’re not making money,” s...

  • Man arrested after crash

    Staff Report|Dec 18, 2019

    Green River police officers arrested a 45-year-old North Dakota an following an alleged hit-and-run collision Friday. Leif Johannessen, 45, of Dickinson, N.D., was arrested after officers discovered he had an active warrant from an original charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol, second offense within 10 years. At 6:34 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Roosevelt Drive and Uinta Drive to a report of a hit-and-run collision where two people had fled the scene on foot. It was reported a vehicle was traveling...

  • Solar changes adopted

    David Martin, Publisher|Dec 18, 2019

    Changes to the county’s industrial solar permitting rules, which would force developers to seek comments from the trona industry and state agencies like the Wyoming Game and Fish Department were approved by the Sweetwater County commissioners Tuesday in a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Wally Johnson was absent from the meeting. The changes come after issues arose during the Sweetwater Solar permitting process. A second solar facility, Raven Solar, is proposed near the current Sweetwater Solar location....

  • Wayne Silvers

    Dec 18, 2019

    Wayne Silvers, 54, of Rock Springs, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11. He was born Nov. 29, 1965, in Rock Springs, the son of Malcolm and Billie Jean Silvers. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at Vase Funeral Chapel, 154 Elk Street, Rock Springs....

  • Delivering joy

    Dec 18, 2019

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  • Therapy can help ease pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms

    Dec 18, 2019

    Are you leaking urine? Do you have pelvic pain? Sarah Warren can help. Warren is a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor disorders at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. “I have been interested in pelvic floor rehabilitation for many years,” Warren said, who has a doctorate in physical therapy. “This population of patients tends to be underserved because many people don’t know that they can seek evidence-based treatment for problems that they may see as ‘too personal’ to discuss.” Pelvic floor dysfunction is common, but y...

  • New pediatrician hired at MHSC

    Dec 18, 2019

    Sweetwater County has a new pediatrician. Dr. Lucy Ryan has joined the staff at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. She is a board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years of experience. At Sweetwater Memorial, she will not only serve as a pediatrician in the outpatient pediatric clinic, but will also provide inpatient pediatric care. “I love seeing kids from birth through adolescence and enjoy helping them with their medical and emotional needs,” Dr. Ryan said. “I like being a part of their lives as they grow up.” Before moving to Swee...

  • 3 qualify for state swim meet

    David Martin, Publisher|Dec 18, 2019

    The Green River High School boys swimming and diving team might be young, but they’ve shown themselves to be very competitive in the pool. The team traveled to Gillette last week to compete in the Gillette Relays Friday, followed by the Gillette Pentathlon Saturday. The Wolves took fourth at the relays and fifth at the pentathlon. The divers tied for second. According to head coach Colleen Seiloff, three swimmers qualified for state. Jason Richmond qualified in all five events in the p...

  • Ninja toy drive

    Dec 18, 2019

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  • Former secretary of state arrested for DUI

    Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 18, 2019

    By Isabella Alves and Tom Coulter Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE – Former Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at 12:39 a.m. Friday at his residence. Murray, 61, who was elected secretary of state in 2014, resigned from the position last year following two separate allegations of prior sexual misconduct. According to the arrest report, Laramie County Sheriff’s deputies went to Murray’s residence on Wildflower Drive in Cheyenne after they received a report of an...

  • State lawmakers skeptical of $1m suicide hotline request

    Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 18, 2019

    By Seth Klamann Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — Wyoming is the only state in America that doesn’t have a local affiliate to the national suicide prevention hotline, and lawmakers were skeptical Monday of a $1 million request to change that. “We can do this a whole lot better,” said Rep. Bob Nicholas, the Republican co-chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee, which holds the state’s purse strings. “To me, you’re throwing money before you’re throwing your brains at it.” That sentiment was echoed by Sen. Eli Bebout,...

  • Student nominated to academy

    Dec 18, 2019

    Mikkie Scott, a student at Green River High School, was nominated for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Monday. “Wyoming has a proud history of nominating some of our best and brightest students to attend our nation’s military academies,” Barrasso said. “Mikkie is hard-working, highly motivated, and has shown she possesses the characteristics necessary to succeed,” he said.” It’s an honor to nominate her, and I am confident that if she is offered an appointment, she will represent Wyoming well....

  • WWCC researchers receive grants

    Dec 18, 2019

    Western Wyoming Community College’s professors were awarded $29,300 in Scaled Participatory Research and Education Model (SPREM) Grant monies. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds a program called IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), whose goal is to provide support to states with underrepresented research infrastructure, allowing them to compete for major grants. Wyoming INBRE is a collaboration between the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges. Participating community colleges are awarded a base g...

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