Sweetwater County

CASPER (WNE) — A Rock Springs man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.  A judge on Tuesday sentenced Luis Saavedra Villa, 44, to 125 years in prison for the crimes, which took place in June.  Saavedra Villa was already a...
POWELL — Powell Valley Healthcare and the estate of a surgeon who died nearly a year ago in a plane crash are being sued by a former patient over a 2020 surgery. Sylvia Hutton, a Cody resident, filed the claim through her lawyers in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming last week.  Hutton is suing...
GREEN RIVER — Genesis Alkali’s plans to expand its existing Granger soda ash production facility are continuing to make progress, with the most recent development being the award of $665,000 through the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ Pre-Obligation Grant Program.  This grant provides...
ROCK SPRINGS — Local massage therapists voiced their concerns over the verbiage of two ordinances outlined to help Sweetwater County law enforcement to combat sex trafficking and prevent illicit massage parlors from setting up shop in Rock Springs. During the council’s public hearing on Tuesday,...
Weston County’s August unemployment rate remained unchanged from the 2.2% reported for July, according to the Sept. 19 report from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Research and Planning Division.  Statewide, the unemployment rate was 3.1% in August, with the national rate being 3.7%,...

Domestic violence awareness yard signs are planted in various areas of Sweetwater County, including residential properties. The public can order a sign from the YWCA of Sweetwater County. Photo by Trina Dennis Brittain, Rocket Miner.

ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County residents can help break the silence by purchasing a purple YWCA Stand Against Domestic Violence yard sign and showing their neighbors they care about taking a stand.  Representatives from YWCA of Sweetwater County will deliver the signs by Saturday, Oct. 1, and...
ROCK SPRINGS – The integrity and intentions of The Starling Company, a local drag theater organization, were called into question by a Sweetwater County citizen during the Rock Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Gregory Stocks said that he wasn’t protesting against the gay community...

Before Vincent Johnson’s ride, Jay Weisgerber, a biker from Alliance, Nebraska, presents him with an autographed helmet donated by Flaming Gorge Harley Davidson.  Photo by Tyler Johnson, Rocket Miner.

ROCK SPRINGS — The biker community made a young man’s dream come true Sunday morning. Motorcyclists from all over joined together to give Rock Springs resident Vincent Johnson, an 18-year-old with cerebral palsy, a ride that he will never forget. For several years, it was Johnson’s dream to go on a...
CHEYENNE — Laramie County School District No. 1 is not only the state’s largest K-12 district, it has the biggest problem with school capacity overflow. That was one of the messages to come from the State Construction Department School Facilities Division’s annual report and supplemental budget...
CHEYENNE — Prosecutors from the Sweetwater County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will handle a criminal case against a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper.  County and Prosecuting Attorney Daniel E. Erramouspe and his office have been appointed in the case, Erramouspe confirmed Friday.  He declined...

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