2001

— Children at Lincoln Elementary School participated in an All-School Read-A-Thon that dated back to beginning of the 2000-2001 school year. A PTA-sponsored event encouraged the entire school to participate.

In the second quarter, the children read 2,996 books. The school’s goal for the quarter was 2,500 books. The students read 2,643 books during the first quarter, totaling 5,639 books for the first half of the school year.

Different grades were challenged with different goals, and when each milestone was met, the students received a goal accomplished slip. Students, with assistance from their teachers, created a 15-foot bookworm from the goal slips.

— Students from Rock Springs High School competed in the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science, or JETS/TEAMS, competition hosted by the college of engineering at the University of Wyoming. The Rock Springs varsity and junior varsity teams each finished third in their respective divisions in the state competition.

The society sponsored the contest for high school students across the country. Students worked in teams to solve problems and answer questions related to engineering on Jan. 13, 2001.

1991

— The United States and its allies hurled a mighty air armada against Iraq in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, 1991, to crush that Arab nation’s military power and drive it from conquered Kuwait. President George Bush declared that the liberation of Kuwait had begun.

Wave after wave of warplanes, in hundreds in hundreds of sorties on a starlit night, streaked north from Saudi Arabian bases to punish Iraq for its five-month defiance of the rest of the world.

Bomb explosions shook the refinery 10 miles away was in flames, and flashes of light brightened the night sky, apparent ant-aircraft fire.

— The Sweetwater County Commission appointed Dr. Jean Stachon as county health officer. Stachon said her main objective was letting people in the community know what is available in preventative medicine and through Sweetwater County Community Nursing Services.

The services included the traditional Public Health programs such as immunizations, clinics to promote wellness and home visits to people of all ages recovering from illness or surgeries.

Stachon’s responsibilities also included a growing number of programs directed at education and prevention of disease and illnesses.

1981

— Wyoming legislators put the hammer down on Jan. 13, 1981, and rushed to make Wyoming the first state to repeal the controversial 55 mile per hour speed limit. Just hours after the Legislature convened, the Senate Transportation and Highways Committee unanimously recommended a bill that would replace the 55 mph speed limit with a 65 mph limit on interstates except where posted.

The 65 mph speed limit was a compromise from the initial 75 mph initially proposed. The bill was expected to move to the Senate floor as early as Jan. 14, 1981.

Wyoming gained national attention in 1979 it led the fight for dumping the 55 mph limit. At that time the Senate approved a speed limit increase, but it did not pass the House.

— Green River residents began doing business at a new post office on Jan. 19, 1981. The facility was located in the shopping center between Riverview and Roosevelt drives.

Crews worked the weekend of Jan. 17-18, 1981, to move the mail and equipment to the new site. Crews from Casper and Cheyenne would be in place to run the office until a permanent postmaster was in place.

Green River had outgrown its other facility located in the downtown business district. Work began in October 1979 on the 15,000-square-foot building. The one-story facility was built under the direction of contractors Reiman Weurth Co. from Cheyenne at a cost of $998,800.

Compiled by Connie Wilcox-Timar. If you have information for the column or would like to contact her, send an email to cwilcox@rocketminer.com.

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