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 By Hannah Romero    County    January 13, 2022 

Raising awareness of modern slavery

Slavery still exists and is a widespread problem, not only through the world but in Wyoming. Human trafficking, often referred to as modern slavery, involves exploiting adults or children and forcing...

 

PacifiCorp continues to run coal unit with approval in limbo

PacifiCorp continues to operate unit 2 at the Jim Bridger coal-fired power plant despite running afoul of a federal regional haze permit — an infraction some believed would force a Jan. 1 shutdown. Gov. Mark Gordon, who recently attempted to...

 
 By David Martin    County    January 6, 2022

Courthouse locked down following threat

A threat made against the Sweetwater County Attorney's Office and the Sweetwater County Commissioners resulted in the county courthouse being locked down Tuesday morning. The building was locked down...

 

Coronavirus pandemic saw ups and downs throughout the last year

While many people hoped the COVID-19 pandemic would improve throughout 2021 and life would get back to normal, the fight against the novel coronavirus and its variants continued throughout the year,...

 

County faced changes and challenges in 2021

This year, the Board of County Commissioners had new faces join county leaders and worked through ongoing discussions about the future of the county — especially in regard to ambulance service and t...

 

Governor signs order to postpone partial Bridger shutdown

Gov. Mark Gordon issued an emergency suspension order Monday seeking to temporarily block the Environmental Protection Agency from potentially shutting down one of four coal-burning units at the Jim Bridger power plant for falling out of compliance...

 

Warden defends county fire department staffing

As the Board of County Commissioners continues to look for ways to save revenue and make county services more efficient, Commissioners Roy Lloyd and Mary Thoman have turned their attention to the...

 

FBI warns of phone scam

The Denver Division of the FBI is warning residents of both Colorado and Wyoming of a phone scam being conducted where the caller identifies themselves as a law enforcement official and asks for money or gift cards to clear supposed warrants and...

 

Festival of trees a success

YWCA of Sweetwater County’s Festival of Trees 2021 kicked off a festive start to the new year and helped raise over $20,000 to help support YWCA clients. The Festival of Trees is held each December to raise funds for all the services that YWCA...

 

Ambulance services pursue consolidation

Castle Rock Ambulance Service and Sweetwater Medics are continuing discussions about consolidating ambulance services and looking into the possibility of Castle Rock eventually taking over service...

 

More snow expected in December

After a warm and dry November, southwest Wyoming may start to see more “Christmasy” weather with colder temperatures and more chances for precipitation this month. Thursday and Friday are...

 

County contends with ambulance, fire funding

“I’m getting frustrated that we don’t make hard decisions as a board,” Commissioner Mary Thoman said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We have got to start looking down the road and not kicking...

 

County sees more interest in Red Desert lands

Buyers continue to show their interest in purchasing parcels of land in the Red Desert, despite the area being devoid of utilities or means to access properties. Jim Zimmerman, the code enforcement...

 

Coal plant at risk for premature retirement

CHEYENNE — Unit 2 of the Jim Bridger Power Plant is six weeks from violating federal air quality regulations, putting the plant at risk of premature retirement, Gov. Mark Gordon revealed Monday. In a strongly worded letter to the Environmental...

 

Natrium nuclear plant to be built in Kemmerer

Kemmerer will be the site of the Natrium nuclear reactor demonstration project. The town was named Tuesday in a statement issued by TerraPower, the company behind the Natrium plant design. Along with the Sweetwater County location, other potential...

 

Extra funds for Sweetwater Medics approved

Sweetwater Medics will receive $235,000 from the county to help the ambulance service get through the end of the year. Sweetwater Medics Director Ron Gatti asked the Board of County Commissioners to...

 

Connecting Southwest Wyo: SWOT presents trail system

Southwest Wyoming Off-Road Trails (SWOT) has a vision: “connecting the communities of Southwest Wyoming with a series of off-road motorized trails.” SWOT was started by Mark Tesoro of Evanston,...

 

Nurse shortage impacts MHSC

Dealing with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a high number of emergency room visitations has put Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County at a “crisis level” as it...

 

Residents report tax support signs to clerk

A number of signs supporting Tuesday’s general purpose tax caused concern at the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office as some residents believed the signs to violate Wyoming’s electioneering laws....

 

Election sees high turnout

Sweetwater County voters have spoken and they do not want a 1% sales tax. Tuesday's special election resulted in a massive loss for tax, with unofficial tallies showing 5,359 against and 1,300 for...

 

MHSC offers COVID-19 therapy

Monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 positive outpatients is being provided by Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. The therapy is provided for COVID-19 positive outpatients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Treatment is by provider...

 

Commissioners approve grants

Sweetwater County will receive funds to provide a new bomb squad trailer and help with emergency management.  During Tuesday’s meeting, the county commissioners approved grant agreement documents...

 

Oil and gas industry shows signs of recovery across Wyoming

Wyoming’s oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery from the 2020 pandemic shockwave that drove the price of oil below $0 per barrel, spurred layoffs and stalled production. At least 18 rotary rigs were active in the state during...

 

Sheriff's deputy apprehends escaped fugitive

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with officers from the Rock Springs Police Department, learned of an inmate who had escaped custody from a private inmate transport vehicle while passing through Rock Springs Tuesday night. The...

 

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