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 By Staff Report    County    March 25, 2020 

Interstate work starts near GR

The Wyoming Department of Transportation started work on a section of Interstate 80 between Granger Junction and Green River Westbound Monday. According to a release from WYDOT, the work will include grading and milling, concrete pavement and bridge...

 

Hospital enacts new policies

It’s time to curb large gatherings countywide and restrict visitations at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Sweetwater County Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon, and Sweetwater County...

 
 By Joy Ufford    County    March 11, 2020

BLM seeks input on horse plan

PINEDALE - The High Desert District's wild horse draft environmental impact statement and proposed Bureau of Land Management revisions for its management are open for public comment through April 30....

 

County able to fight virus

Sweetwater County is prepared to combat the Corona virus according to the Sweetwater County Emergency Management. “Sweetwater County Emergency Management is in contact with the State Response Coordination Center (SRCC), as well as Sweetwater...

 

Crashes closes I-80, kills 3

CASPER - At least three people died in a wreck involving 80-100 vehicles Sunday on Interstate 80, while a second crash on I-80 involving at least 30-40 vehicles occurred around the same time, just mil...

 

Purchase could impact county

A historic land purchase Wyoming’s top officials are interested in pursuing could involve nearly 1,000 square miles of surface land in Sweetwater County. Last week, Gov. Mark Gordon announced the st...

 

Man accuses mayor of violating oath

ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — A former Green River resident who is serving multiple life terms for murder and attempted murder is alleging the mayor of Green River has violated his oath of office in not responding to letters seeking...

 

State eyes land purchase

CHEYENNE — In what could be a historic step for Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon and several top lawmakers announced Monday the state will explore the possibility of buying a million acres of land owned by Occidental Petroleum Corporation in southern...

 

Clerk's office prepares for elections

As the 2020 election season begins to heat up across the United States, the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office is gearing up for local elections. “We want more people involved in elections,...

 

Love's wants to start dirt work on site

People will likely start seeing work at the future site of Love’s Travel Stop near Jamestown in April. According to Jim Zimmerman with the Sweetwater County Land Use Office, the company is working...

 

Drivers fumble during Super Bowl weekend

From the Wyoming Department of Transportation As part of a county-wide, multi-agency Impaired Driving Enforcement Operation over Super Bowl weekend, Sweetwater County law enforcement stopped 67 vehicles and arrested four impaired drivers. For Super B...

 

Solar rules certified Tues.

The Sweetwater County commissioners approved and certified changes to the county’s zoning codes related to solar farms Tuesday morning. The codes were subject to a 45-day comment period. According...

 

Ambulance funding approved by county

The Sweetwater County commissioners approved two budget amendments aimed at funding local ambulance services. The county moved $150,500 from its cash carryover reserves to pay Castle Rock Hospital District for ambulance services starting in January...

 

Former dispatch center director faces charges

The former director of the Sweetwater County Combined Communications Center and his wife were booked at the Sweetwater County Detention Center Monday. Robin Etienne, 50, of Ogden, Utah and his wife, Laura Etienne, 55, of Ogden, Utah, both face...

 

Raven Solar open house set

The Bureau of Land Management will host an open house regarding the proposed Raven Solar Project west of Green River Feb. 13. The open house takes place 3-6 p.m., at the BLM’s Rock Springs Field Office, located at 280 U.S. Highway 191 North in...

 

Meeting for RMP plan set

The Wyoming Public Services Commission will host a public comment hearing in Rock Springs Jan. 29, continuing with its investigation into Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to retire two units at the Jim...

 

Program allows free searches

A recent update to software and services used by the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office allows users to seek information without paying for it. The county recently upgraded its online database to the...

 

Dominion Energy vows to 'better protect' birds

After it fired an employee who saved ducks from oilfield ponds near Rock Springs, Dominion Energy said it will strive to “better protect” animals that run perilously afoul of its facilities. Dominion will work with wildlife officials to...

 

College to host Scottish Burns Night

From Western Wyoming Community College Western Wyoming Community College will host Scottish Burns Night on Jan. 25 from 2-4 p.m., in the Rock Springs campus atrium. Scottish Burns Night is a traditional birthday celebration of the Scottish poet and...

 
 By David Martin    County    January 8, 2020

New county chairman elected

The Sweetwater County Commissioners elected a new chairman for the group Tuesday morning, opting to give the role to Commissioner Randy Wendling. Commissioner Wally Johnson was the previous chairman...

 
 By David Martin    County    January 8, 2020

Charges upset realtors

Recent charges for use of the county’s iDoc records system has created escalating tensions between realtors and Sweetwater County, with one realtor having retained an attorney to represent her....

 

RS man fired for bird rescues

Dominion Energy fired an oilfield worker in Rock Springs after the employee saved an estimated 50 waterfowl from wastewater ponds. Adam Roich said he’s rescued about that many waterfowl in the last five years after they landed in tainted ponds at h...

 

Scientists blast inaction on sage grouse issues

In some 50 years of working as a sage grouse scientist, Clait Braun has seen it all. He’s witnessed the adoption of conservation plans, their subsequent dilution, the loss and degradation of sage grouse habitat, the waxing and waning of...

 

Truck stop, power plant were major county news in 2019

The year saw many new faces taking office within the county. New county commissioners, a new sheriff, a new county clerk, and county assessor took their oath of office at the beginning of the year....

 

Dispute arises from records request

A dispute over a portion of a public records request made by Sen. Tom James (R-Rock Springs) has led the senator to question a delay Superintendent Jillian Balow made this week. James requested a list...

 

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