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Granger mayor pleas not guilty

ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — Granger Mayor Bradley McCollum pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon in District Court to using the town’s bank cards for personal purchases. McCollum, 56, who was elected mayor in 2018, is alleged to have...

 

Fatigue a possible cause in fatal crash

Either fatigue or an unknown medical issue are the causes of a fatal crash west of Rock Springs. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, they were notified of a crash took place at 12:16 p.m., Jan. 28 near mile marker 99 on the westbound lane of...

 

County COVID infections drop

After several weeks of dire reports about Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 infection rates, Sweetwater County Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon had good news to share Monday. The county’s infection...

 

WWCC leaders select 15 for layoffs

Needing to cut more than $2.4 million from Western Wyoming Community College’s 2021-2022 operating budget, the college’s president revealed a plan that would cut 15 positions from the college,...

 

Commissioners host in-person meetings

A meeting Friday at the Sweetwater County Courthouse represented the first in-person meeting the county commissioners hosted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming last year. This was...

 

Cold case ends with 229-year sentence

Mark Douglas Burns was driving through Rock Springs on his way to North Carolina when he stopped to fuel his vehicle and find another victim. He stalked a nearby apartment complex and found a home...

 

County will receive more vaccines

An effort to administer as many vaccinations as possible has resulted in the county being selected to receive more doses of COVID-19 vaccinations created by Moderna and Pfizer. An additional 975 doses...

 
 By David Martin    County    January 6, 2021

Next priority group named for vaccines

The Wyoming Department of Health has determined its next group for priority COVID-19 vaccinations, which will include teachers and people older than 70 years of age and preparations to vaccinate them...

 
 By Staff Report    County    January 6, 2021

Star will continue to publish county legals

People looking for the legal notices and minutes from the Sweetwater County Commissioners’ meetings can continue to look to the Star for that information. The Sweetwater County Commissioners approved a bid by the newspaper to continue publishing...

 

RS man allegedly charged officers with knife Dec. 28

ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — A Rock Springs man was arrested after allegedly charging police officers with a knife. At 1:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, officers of the Rock Springs Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of...

 

Swab tents close early

The drive-through swabbing station at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County will be closing early on New Year’s Eve. According to information from the hospital, the station will close at 11 a.m. Thursday and will remain closed Friday. The station...

 

Vaccinations begin in county

As vaccines roll out to people in the 1A priority group, local health workers are waiting for state officials to define who would be in the 1B and 1C groups. Several hundred doses of Pfizer’s...

 

County approves terminals

ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Sweetwater County commissioners approved a plan by Wyoming Downs LLC to add more historic horse racing terminals in Sweetwater County. Wyoming Downs operates pari-mutuel simulcast wagering in the county and is seeking approval...

 

County distributes CARES Act charitable relief applications

The Sweewtater County commissioners are distributing applications for CARES Act funding to go to the county’s charitable organizations. Sweetwater County charitable organizations, including churches, which qualifies as tax-exempt under either 501...

 

Report dead rabbits to WGFD

Wyomingites are being asked to keep a lookout for dead rabbits in their yards, rural property and other outdoor areas. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is collecting wild rabbit carcasses for Rabb...

 

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...

 

Contact tracing still lags

The number of positive COVID-19 infections continues to concern healthcare workers, through there is some good news as infection rates are starting to trend downward slightly. According to Dr. Jean...

 

Amber Alert child found safe in Rock Springs

A broken-down vehicle led to the recovery of a 10-year-old child abducted from Idaho Falls, Idaho. According the Wyoming Highway Patrol, at 7:08 a.m., a WHP trooper was notified of a broken-down vehicle near mile marker 32 on Wyoming Highway 430...

 

Mask mandates extended

The a mandate requiring people in Sweetwater County to wear facial coverings in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was extended last week, with its new expiration date set for Jan. 4, though a...

 

Future of a democratic stronghold questioned

In Sweetwater County, the November election capped — at least for now — a decades-long shift of one of the state’s few Democratic strongholds from blue to red. The transition marks a milestone for the state’s southwest region, as well as its...

 

COVID-19 concerns mount

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has six COVID-19 patients in its ICU and healthcare workers are concerned about another jump in infections after the Thanksgiving holiday. During a virtual...

 

Courthouse sees CARES Act improvements

While jury trials have been postponed by the Wyoming Supreme Court, work in the state’s judicial branch hasn’t completely halted. Throughout the state, CARES Act funding, federal money approved for pandemic-related uses, has been spent in...

 

Deputy injured in altercation

A Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured Saturday after an incident with a wanted suspect who allegedly attempted to flee the scene of a traffic stop. According to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy and a trainee...

 

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