Articles from the December 23, 2020 edition

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 By David Martin    City    December 23, 2020

Former fire chief sentenced

By DAVID MARTIN Publisher The final chapter in the court case against former Green River Fire Department Chief Mike Nomis concluded Thursday after an argued sentencing hearing. Nomis plead guilty to...

 

Mines band together to fight COVID-19

CASPER – Leaders of Wyoming’s largest trona mines have banded together to launch a public health campaign for Sweetwater County to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep businesses open. Wyoming’s trona patch in the southwest part...

 

MHSC installs swab tents

Don’t let the white tents fool you. It’s still the place to get swabbed for COVID-19 in front of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. “The swabbing tents offer protection from the harsh weather, while still providing easy access to patients...

 
 By Staff Report    City    December 23, 2020

Grinch steals from Mission at Castle Rock

A week before Christmas, Mission at Castle Rock in Green River was burglarized, with gifts directed to the residents either damaged or stolen from the facility’s Angel Tree. “It was really disheartening ... I don’t know who would have done...

 

Samuel Blackie

Samuel Blackie, 67, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past thirty years and former...

 

James "Jim" Allen Jones

James "Jim" Allen Jones, 61 passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a long-time resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Oceanside, California....

 

James Perry Nelson Jr.

James Perry Nelson Jr., 71, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a former resident of Keene, Texas. He was born on January 13, 1949 in Cleburne, Texas,...

 

Our view: healing can begin

We’re thankful to see the Green River Fire Department healing from the trial disgraced former fire chief Mike Nomis put it through. Part of that healing process involved firefighters, some of whom had known Nomis for decades, talking about how his...

 

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

(Editor’s note: Since Friday is Christmas Day, we thought we’d share what has become the most republished newspaper editorial in history which proves Santa Claus is real. The unsigned editorial, published Sept. 21, 1897 in New York’s Sun...

 

The one-page solution to Wyoming's budget crisis

The legislature’s budget and fiscal staff recently prepared a very novel one-page document that merits the attention of every Wyoming lawmaker and citizen. “Wyoming Estimated Tax Capacity” asks and answers a seemingly simple question: How much...

 

The Prairie Doc: Look for the light

Depending on where you live, it looks like we may not have a “picture perfect” white Christmas this year. It seems fitting given the many things about 2020 which were not what we imagined, let alone “perfect.” While the holidays can be a...

 

Girls win 2 at Flaming Gorge Classic

The Lady Wolves are riding high after a winning weekend at the Flaming Gorge Classic. The Lady Wolves beat back a late-game rally from Gillette High School Friday, earning a 44-42 win. Saturday...

 

Boys break even at tourney

The Wolves faced strong teams from Gillette and Kelly Walsh during the Flaming Gorge Classic tournament they hosted in Green River, with the boys coming up short against the team from Campbell...

 

More swimmers qualify for State

A long weekend of competition may have exhausted the Wolves swimming and diving team, but they continued to impress, qualifying four additional swimmers for the State meet. The qualifiers are Cole...

 

Green River wrestlers leave Gillette 2-4

The last week may not have gone the way the Wolves wrestling team wanted, but they continue to make gains early in the season. The boys took on Mountain View Wednesday, winning the dual at the end the night. Members of the team then traveled to...

 
 By Dick Blust    People    December 23, 2020

A historic Christmas Eve at the Emery House in 1901

By DICK BLUST Sweetwater County Historical Museum While searching through its photo archives recently, the staff at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River came across a unique holiday...

 

Student's artwork to be displayed in Rock Springs

Western Wyoming Community College art student, Mae Sota, had her artwork was chosen to be wrapped on an electrical box in Bunning Park, in Downtown Rock Springs. Western is proud of students who are able to give back to their community. The Rock...

 

Evanston gun rule invalid

EVANSTON — Uinta County School District No. 1’s Rule CKA, which allows for approved staff to carry concealed firearms on district property, has again been ruled invalid, this time by the Wyoming Supreme Court. The history of the district’s...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 23, 2020

Committee supports tobacco tax hike

CHEYENNE – State lawmakers, during a meeting Friday, narrowly advanced a measure to increase excise taxes on cigarettes and moist tobacco snuff, marking one of the only revenue-raising measures to be advanced by a legislative committee during...

 
 By Tom Coulter    News    December 23, 2020

Mill levy increase plan for schools rejected

CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing a structural revenue deficit worth hundreds of millions of dollars in its K-12 education fund, state lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposal to raise mill levies on properties to supplement education funding during a...

 

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