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  • Funding takes flight

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 23, 2024

    While both the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners and representatives from the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport expressed frustration about the circumstances surrounding the decision, the county commissioners approved several agreements with the airport to help support and potentially fund plans for the completion of the airport renovation projects that have been delayed. "The gateway to our community is in disarray," Airport Director Devin Brubaker said, explaining the desire to...

  • Sheriff's office announces civilian firearms training

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|May 16, 2024

    Our firearms training staff is pleased to announce this year’s civilian firearms and concealed carry training schedule. This year, we are offering two basic classes. Each class features a combination of classroom instruction and shooting exercises. The training emphasizes firearms familiarization and safety, and topics include grip, stance, sight picture, trigger control, holster considerations, firearms storage, and more. Our two scheduled classes this year are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, and Saturday, August 17. There is a $...

  • Commission considers ambulance, roads

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 9, 2024

    Some plans the county has previously worked on have been going well, while other plans for the future are still looking for more input. During this week's Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners meeting, discussions included both updates on topics including ambulance service and camping in Pioneer Trails Park, as well as overviews of projects regarding the future of certain county roads. A quarterly update from Castle Rock Ambulance Service was presented during the meeting. Ambulance...

  • Western announces new president

    Mikayla Wonnacott, Western Wyoming Community College Public Relations Specialist|May 2, 2024

    The Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of the College's next president, Dr. Kirk Young at the April 25 special board meeting. Young will begin on July 1, 2024, and succeeds Dr. Kim Dale, who announced her departure from the College last year. In discussing Youngs's appointment, Board President Jim Jessen shared that the board could not be more pleased to find a dynamic leader to continue Western's evolution and on-going impact in the region....

  • Wyo. is angry with the EPA

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 2, 2024

    Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Clean Power Plan 2.0 regulations, including issuing a suite of final rules that would cut down on coal production. Wyoming leaders and lawmakers reacted strongly to the new rules, expressing their anger and their intent to fight against the regulations. On April 25, the EPA released the final rules, explaining in a press release that the purpose of the new regulations is to "reduce pollution from fossil fuel-fired...

  • County hears federal partner updates

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    Sweetwater County works together with a number of federal partners throughout the year, particularly when it comes to managing land and resources in the county. Several of these partners provide an annual update to the county in order to give an overview of what they've been working on and project coming up in the future. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners heard an update from representatives of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Ashley National Forest (ANF), and the...

  • Connecting the county

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    Sweetwater County is one step closer to being part of a trail system connecting communities across Southwest Wyoming. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution designating and enrolling county roads as open to off-highway vehicle travel during their meeting on Tuesday. The decision came after discussion of Sweetwater County being a part of Southwest Wyoming Off-road Trails (SWOT), a group hoping to create an interconnected trail system people can use to travel...

  • Property assessments coming, residents may qualify for exemptions

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    Within the next few days, Sweetwater County residents will begin receiving their 2024 Notice of Value Property Assessments in the mail. Residents will also see some changes on their Notice of Value because of recently passed legislation, and some residents may qualify for exemptions. If applicable, the exemption amounts will be listed on the bottom left corner of the notice, and the resulting tax amount exempted in the bottom right corner, according to a press release from the Sweetwater County...

  • BLM extends comment period, announces upcoming events

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has shared several recent updates on ongoing project developments and upcoming events, including extending the public scoping period for the Jackalope Wind Energy project, hosting local meetings on greater sage grouse land use plan amendments and hosting wild horse and burro adoption events. Jackalope Wind public comment period extended The BLM Rock Springs Field Office announced this week that they have extended the public scoping period for the Jackalope...

  • To harness the wind

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 11, 2024

    A project aiming to bring a wind farm to Sweetwater County is in the early stages of development, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is accepting public input to help guide the process of analyzing the project and developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). "This is a brand-new project," Rock Springs Field Office Manager Kimberlee Foster said. "We're doing our public scoping now to identify issues for analysis. So we want feedback from the public." The...

  • WYDOT starts construction on I-80 west of Green River

    Stephanie Harsha, WYDOT District 3 Public Relations Specialist|Apr 11, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation, along with contract crews from Kilgore Companies, LLC, doing business as Lewis & Lewis, Inc. will be conducting work on Interstate 80 west of Green River near the Sweetwater County line. Crews will be working on the shoulder at various locations in the eastbound and westbound lanes. Work began Monday, April 1. On April 15, work will begin in the westbound lanes. Drivers will see traffic shifted to a single lane while crews prepare for the milling and...

  • Legislative look back

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 4, 2024

    While the Wyoming Legislature's 2024 Budget Session officially ended several weeks ago, a series of vetoes from Governor Mark Gordon prompted discussion of a special session. The special session was voted against, however, leaving the legislature finished for now. Overall, many Sweetwater County representatives and local government leaders expressed positive opinions about how this year's legislative session wrapped up. Governor's vetoes While Governor Gordon signed many of the bills presented...

  • Sheriff's office warns about scam calls

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office is again warning the public to be aware of and not fall for scams that claim to be from the sheriff's office and demand payment. "We continue to receive multiple daily reports of people falling victim to rampant 'jury duty' and 'warrant' phone scams," the sheriff's office reported in a statement. With these fraudulent calls, scammers claim to be someone from the sheriff's office, using the name of an actual employee, demanding payment for outstanding arrest...

  • Wyoming to Washington

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    Wyoming made its way to Washington recently, as representatives from Sweetwater Country traveled to the nation's capital to speak out about the need to protect a balanced approach to both conservation and development on public lands. First, Sweetwater County Commissioner Taylor Jones traveled to Washington, D.C., with Senators John Kolb, Stacy Jones, and Dan Dockstader to talk to Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning about the Rock Springs Field Office Resource Management Plan (...

  • Pacific Soda shares solution mine updates

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    Plans to bring solution mining for trona to Sweetwater County continue to move forward, with the latest updates coming from Pacific Soda's Dry Creek Trona Project. Pacific Soda LLC is a partner with Sisecam, Ciner, and WE Soda, and is pursuing a multi-billion dollar project "to construct and operate a solution mine field and associated facilities capable of producing annual quantities of both marketable soda ash and sodium bicarbonate," according to Wesley Slaugh, the Permitting and Regulatory...

  • City, county to apply for impact assistance funds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 21, 2024

    The future of industry in Sweetwater County continues to progress, with local governments and entities preparing for the potential impact, and working to request funding to help alleviate that impact. This week, both the Green River City Council and Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during their regular meetings that will allow them to work together with other entities in order to apply for impact assistance funds from the Industrial...

  • RSPD recovers tools reported as stolen

    Elizabeth Coontz, Rock Springs Police Department|Mar 21, 2024

    On the morning of March 14, the Rock Springs Police Department responded to two separate auto burglaries that occurred on the west end of the city. The suspect, 32 year old Zachary Shay, would allegedly target work trucks and then steal the tools that were contained within them. One victim reported approximately $10,000 in tools stolen. The other victim was reporting the second time that his work truck had been hit. Officers developed a lead in the case and executed a search warrant at a local...

  • BLM seeks public comment on proposed Jackalope Wind Energy Project

    Staff Report|Mar 21, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to inform development of an environmental impact statement for the proposed Jackalope Wind Energy Project in Sweetwater County. A BLM press release explained the project would include approximately 213 wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure, which would generate up to 600 megawatts of clean electricity - enough to power roughly 250,000 homes, according to the EPA Calculator. Jackalope Wind, LLC, a wholly owned indirect...

  • Warren receives sentence

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 14, 2024

    Tracy Warren was sentenced to time in the Wyoming State Penitentiary after pleading guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance of methamphetamine and fleeing or attempting to elude police officers. Warren appeared for sentencing in the Third District Court of Judge Suzannah Robinson Monday, March 11. He was sentenced to 7-12 years for the count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance of methamphetamine and 2-4 years for the count of fleeing or attempting to elude police...

  • Santa Fe shooter sentenced

    Lori Hogan, US Attorneys Office District of Wyo.|Mar 14, 2024

    James Vickers, 45, was sentenced to 24 months' imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl imposed the sentence on Mar. 5, in Casper, Wyoming. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 28, 2023. According to court documents, on Sep. 9, 2023, Rock Springs Police Department responded to Santa Fe Southwest Grill to a report of shots being fired inside the restaurant. RSPD officers contacted Vickers in the parking lot and...

  • County considers technological innovations

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    From geofencing to aerial photography, Sweetwater County is seeing the impact of technology and considering its potential uses for the future. During Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners heard updates from the Sweetwater Events Complex and from County Assessor Dave Divis that included information on how technology is being used and could be used. Sweetwater Events Complex Director Kandi Pendleton spoke to the commissioners to give an overview of how the Events...

  • RSPD K9 recovers controlled substances including fentanyl

    Elizabeth Coontz, Rock Springs Police Department|Mar 7, 2024

    On Friday, March 1, Rock Springs Police Department Officer LaPointe initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in Rock Springs. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mark Harding of Utah. During the stop, Officer Brown's police K9 indicated the presence of a controlled substance inside the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was searched and officers found approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine, 6 grams of heroin, 19 fentanyl pills, and other controlled substances. The driver of the vehicle was...

  • Hageman hosts packed-out town hall

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    Even after extra chairs were set up in the meeting room at White Mountain Library, the crowds kept coming in until the room was packed with Sweetwater County residents, many of whom had to stand in the back to hear U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman speak. Hageman explained that she made a promise to host a town hall in every county in Wyoming every year, so her stop in Rock Springs last Thursday night was a part of keeping that promise. "As your representative, I am committed to not only representing...

  • BLM proposes wild horse gather in White Mountain area

    Staff Report|Feb 29, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management recently asked for public input on a proposed wild horse gather in Southwest Wyoming's White Mountain Herd Management Area. "The White Mountain HMA's appropriate management level is 205-300 wild horses," the BLM explained in a press release. "BLM completed a population survey for the HMA in 2022 and found 549 wild horses present on the HMA at that time. Considering an estimated annual growth rate of 20%, the estimated number of wild horses within this HMA in 2024...

  • Putting heads in local beds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    Tourism is an important industry for Sweetwater County, and strengthening the local economy by "putting heads in beds" is "the entire purpose of our efforts" for Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism, according to President and CEO Jenissa Meredith. The Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board recently released their 2023 Annual Report, and Meredith gave an annual update to the Green River City Council during Tuesday night's meeting. Meredith explained that the Lodging Tax is currently...

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