— The Elks lodge hosted its first Regional Soccer Shootout on Sept. 17, 2000. More than 124 local children attended, which was one of the largest turnout in the state.

The first-place winners in each division earned the chance to compete in the state championship on Oct. 7, 2000. Those winners could go on to compete in the Western Regional Competition in November 2000 in Casper.

Division winners included:

Under 8: Alex Arambel, first; Calvin Caudell, second; and Hannah McDermott, third

Under 10: Keaton Cross, first; Andrew Arambel; and Tyler Schmill, third

Under 12: Spencer Arambel, first; Jeremy Blatter second; and Philip Anderson, third

Under 14: J.J. Facinelli, first; Jamin Blatter, second; and Aldo Valdez, third

— Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County hosted “Safer Schools: Helping Students Resist Drugs,” a video teleconference on Sept. 28, 2000, in the hospital’s classrooms.

The broadcast focused on after-school programs to help students resist peer pressure to engage in drug use. Specialists discussed the link between substance abuse and violence and offered warning signs to identify at-risk students.

The program was geared to school administrators, educators and members of the community-based anti-drug coalition and youth development programs.

The program included live, call-in segment allowing viewers to ask questions of the studio experts.


— The U.S. Army Field Band performed on Oct. 19, 1990, in the Rock Springs High School gym. The concert marked the first time the full Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Choir performed in Rock Springs. A smaller part of the field band and the jazz group had performed on several occasions in the past.

The performance included 65 band members and 30 singers. The music ranged from light pop, to patriotic, to jazz, to marches, to movie music.

The U.S. Army Field Band of Washington,, D.C., was the official touring representatives of the U.S. Army.

— Sage View Care Center hosted a Casino Night on Sept. 20, 1990. Mock games of chance included craft booths, wheel of fortune, keno and blackjack tables and others, which were all available for both residents’ and guests’ enjoyment.

Each player received $500,000 in faux money which had pictures of department heads replacing pictures of presidents and Founding Fathers. Following the games, an auction took place using donated prizes, also purchased with the Sage View money.

Non-alcoholic beverages, cake and popcorn was served.

The event was planned to honor residents’ families.


— Thirty-five students and three teachers from White Mountain Junior High School took a one-week science tour during the summer 1980 in San Diego, California. The group studied marine biology at Dana Point; toured the San Diego Zoo; toured the Wild Animal Park; visited the Scripps Institute of Oceanography; and visited the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center.

Participants included students Tracy Julius, Mark Bedard, Terri Jean Tarufelli, Tracy Goich, Karla Zueck, Diane Donner, Slade Bowcutt, Craig Herd, Leslie Hall, Todd Grenier, Maria McWilliams, Alan McWilliams, Randy Carmine, Chris Herne, Dawn Kragovich, Rich Avery, Noel Parsons, Dale Kiernan, Kandy Williams, Thayne Routh, Craig Logan, Gretchen Hensley, Brad Russell, Gay Russell, Keri Norris, Randy Driggs, Kelly O’Brien, Lynn Wierdsma, Kristi Anderson, Lesley Rishling, Shad Siegel, Lynette Korogi, Kim Simnacher, Marvin Egbert and Stewart Slafter; and teachers Dick and Beth Pickinpaugh and Donna Awdiok.

— Wyoming’s population grew 41% during the decade since 1970 to 468,909 according Census Bureau figures. All 23 counties increased in population, with several increasing by more than 75%, the preliminary counts indicated.

Sweetwater County had the second largest gain in the decade from 1970-1980 with an increase of 126.5% to 41,662. Rock Springs increased by 66.6% to 19,415. While Green River’s south division lost 59% of its population, the north division population jumped 229.3%

Only one city, Casper, topped the 50,000-mark with a population of 50,704. The second-largest city, Cheyenne, increased to 47,188.

Niobrara County had the smallest increase with 1% to 2,928.

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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