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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...

 

Advocating for missing indigenous peoples

The story of Gabby Petito — a young woman who went missing in Wyoming and was found murdered — has gained national attention over the past few months. But for some, it has also drawn attention to...

 

Wild horse advocates cry foul on enormous roundup, removal

Federal contract wranglers plan to round up 4,300 wild horses in southwest Wyoming — permanently removing about 70% of them — starting Thursday in an undertaking that culminates years of conflicts among land and wildlife managers, ranchers and...

 
 By David Martin    County    October 7, 2021

Tax ballot to continue unchanged

The sixth-penny general purpose tax election will continue as is. The Sweetwater County Commissioners initially planned a discussion for amendments, alternatives or a rescission of the ballot...

 

YWCA shines a light on domestic violence in Oct.

The purple lights currently illuminating the trees by the clock tower have a specific purpose — shining a light on the issue of domestic violence and spreading the message of awareness and...

 

Wyoming's last underground coal mine closes in November

With additional reporting from the Casper Star-Tribune via the Wyoming News Exchange A letter from Bridger Coal Company to Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo signals the end of underground coal mining in Wyoming. Dated Sept. 3, the letter notifies the mayo...

 

Absentee tax ballots mailed

Absentee ballots for the general purpose tax election have been sent out, asking county residents if they would support an additional penny of sales tax to fund public safety funding and economic deve...

 

Western combats COVID-19 with mask order, clinics

Since starting the fall semester, Western Wyoming Community College has made efforts to hold a mostly-normal semester while responding to the rising numbers of COVID-19 in the community and...

 

Sweetwater GOP opposes tax proposal

A general purpose tax initiative being voted on in November has garnered opposition from the Sweetwater GOP as government leaders grapple with how they can inform county residents about how it will...

 

9/11 events commemorate lives lost

On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sweetwater County came together to honor and remember those who lost their lives.  On Saturday morning, the Rock Springs Fire Department hosted...

 

MHSC opens 2nd COVID unit as county cases surge

“We are at crisis level,” Kim White, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s emergency services director said about the number of COVID-19 patients seeking treatment at the hospital. The hospital has opened a second COVID-19 unit in response...

 

Ivermectin use for COVID-19 not reported within county

Use of a deworming medication for treatment and prevention of COVID-19 symptoms hasn’t been seen in Sweetwater County, though some residents have inquired about the drug. Ivermectin, a drug used to...

 

WWCC sets 30-day mask mandate

ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — The Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees approved a 30-day mask mandate at a special board meeting on Wednesday. The decision was made after hearing recommendations from Dr. Kim Dale, the...

 

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