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  • City Council seeks WYDOT ADA grant

    David Martin, Contributor|Jul 13, 2023

    The Green River City Council approved a grant application to help improve upgrades compliant to Americans with Disabilities Act standards in front of Lincoln Middle School and Monroe Elementary School. The grant, formally known as a Transportation Alternatives Program Grant, is provided by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. In total, the city seeks $244,895.80 and, if selected, will provide $25,737.20 in matching funds – an amount representing 9.5% of the total project amount. A...

  • City salaries approved with budget

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 29, 2023

    Along with approving how the city will spend funding for the next year, the Green River City Council approved salaries for the city's employees. Some of those employees are seeing large pay bumps in their yearly salaries. City Administrator Reed Clevenger is one of the employees who will see bigger paydays in the upcoming fiscal year. According to Council documents between fiscal years 2021-2022 and the newly adopted 2023-2024, Clevenger's salary is boosted from $157,838 a year to $172,473,...

  • Wild horses on display at Vistors Center

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 22, 2023

    The Green River Visitors Center has a couple representatives from Wyoming's wild horse herds living on site this summer. The two horses are part of an annual summer tradition at the center, which houses wild horses during peak tourism months to give visitors a chance to glimpse the animals as they pass through the city. The center has two geldings on display from the Wyoming Honor Farm. The two are from herds found in central Wyoming. Both were captured with their mothers as part of a...

  • Celebrating school success

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 15, 2023

    "We had a lot of good things happen this year," Superintendent Craig Barringer said. Between schools receiving prestigious awards and students continuing to excel in both their studies and school activities, Sweetwater County School District No. 2 has a lot to be proud of. Barringer spoke about the school year with the district's board of trustees Tuesday evening. While the district has accomplished a lot and received several accolades worth celebrating, Barringer says there's room for...

  • Six years in the making: New dog park to open June 19

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 8, 2023

    It all started with an idea – Green River should have a dog park. That was six years ago and since then, the National Honors Society at Green River High School has worked to bring that idea to fruition. On June 17 at 9 a.m., the realization of that idea will be complete when a ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at the Green River Dog Park near the city's horse corrals. A grand opening for the park will take place June 19. Victoria Hemphill, the advisor for NHS group, said the group initially t...

  • Proposed budget outlines city priorities

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 1, 2023

    The budget currently under consideration by the Green River City Council details the city’s priorities for the coming year and beyond. The budget maintains a commitment to community organizations by upholding previous funding levels the city budgeted last year while adding funding for a few new requests. In total, the city will distribute $271,585 to local organizations, which represents an increase of $72,185. Organizations being funded include Climb Wyoming, the Sweetwater County Transit A...

  • 35th Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo brings new thrills

    David Martin, Contributor|May 25, 2023

    A few new events aim to please rodeo fans at the upcoming Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo, including a wild horse race that proved to be popular years ago. Rodeo weekend is fast approaching and will take place June 2-3 at Green River's rodeo grounds. Kelly Harmon, the vice president of the rodeo and sponsorship coordinator, said the group plans to include an adult calf scramble that will take place similar to the long-running kids' event. The difference for the adult event involves the use of...

  • Council looks at city budget

    David Martin, Contributor|May 18, 2023

    A preliminary version of the city’s upcoming budget reveals the Green River City Council and City Administrator Reed Clevenger continue to work towards a budget that could run the city through its sales tax revenues alone. A final version of the budget will not be passed until June. Work on the budget started in January and focused on a conservative approach to spending. One of the inherent challenges the city faces is how to accurately predict what revenues it can expect to receive. Sales t...

  • Celebrating excellence

    David Martin, Contributor|May 11, 2023

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 is finding a lot of reasons to celebrate excellence within the district as the final days of the school year approach. During the meeting Tuesday evening, Braxton Cordova was honored for being one of three recipients of the Southwest 3A/4A Senior Student Athlete of the Year award. The nominees are selected from throughout 3A and 4A schools in southwestern Wyoming. Braxton's selection was initially announced after a selection meeting April 18 in Rock...

  • City council defeats animal-at-large proposal

    David Martin, Contributor|May 4, 2023

    The Green River City Council defeated proposed changes to the city's animal-at-large rules after a second reading of the proposal. The ordinance proposed was aimed to clear up the city's animal-at-large ordinance in Sections 6-1 and 6-2 in the city's code of ordinances. Councilman Gary Killpack spoke against the ordinance amendments, saying the city's current ordinances already address how a pet owner should legally keep control of their animals. "My position is that's already in the ordinance....

  • $51.3M treatment plant bid awarded to Utah company

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 27, 2023

    Green River's long-needed wastewater treatment plant is one step closer to realization after the Green River City Council awarded the project's construction bid Tuesday afternoon. The $51.3 million bid was awarded to Bodell Constriction from Salt Lake City. According to a media release from the city, city engineers plan to work with the company to find potential savings that could rein in the costs for the project. The city had already attempted to award a bid for the project two prior times...

  • Maverik to purchase Kum & Go chain convenience stores

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 27, 2023

    Utah-based convenience store chain Maverik announced last week it will acquire the Kum & Go chain of convenience stores in a deal that also includes a tank truck carrier and logistics firm owned by Kum & Go’s parent company. Maverik operates one convenience store in Sweetwater County located in Green River, while Kum & Go operates four locations in Rock Springs. Maverik’s purchase expands the company’s reach by more than 400 Kum & Go locations in 13 states. Once the sale is complete, Maver...

  • City plans to address potholes

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 20, 2023

    As anyone driving in Wyoming can attest, the ice and snow of the winter months result in potholes developing in roads and streets. The severe winter storms that have passed through the area have left their marks on Green River's streets, and while the city has material ready to fill those potholes, the weather hasn't been accommodating. "It's been a bad year for it," Public Works Director Mark Westenskow said. The city has 32 tons of patching material ready for use. While streets workers have...

  • Council urged to seek input on animal ordinance, leash laws

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 20, 2023

    When Haley Rawlings talks about George, it’s easy to get a sense of his personality. He’s playful, friendly, and somewhat nosey. He enjoys the chance to run in the desert or around his neighborhood. He loves exploring the Scotts Bottom area and Greenbelt He’s also a border collie training to become a therapy dog. Rawlings spoke to the Green River City Council Tuesday evening to urge the governing body to seek input from more pet owners regarding a rewritten animal-at-large ordinance under consi...

  • Super Mario Bros is a super good time

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 20, 2023

    It really isn’t a surprise the “Super Mario Bros. Movie” made a huge pile of cash in its first weekend at the box office. It might be surprising for some to hear the movie had the second-strongest opening weekend for an animated feature on record and has had the highest-grossing opening weekend of a film this year – something Disney has likely taken note of. What might be most surprising is the film is an enjoyable view of a world that has mostly existed in the realm of video games. From a...

  • City seeks to simplify at-large animal rules

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 13, 2023

    Amendments to the city’s animal-at-large ordinance aims to make the law more clear for pet owners in Green River. The updated ordinance was introduced last week during the April 5 Green River City Council meeting and specifically bans animals not leashed or in a kennel when not at their owner’s property, excluding areas deemed off-leash areas by Green River City Administrator Reed Clevenger. On their owner’s property, animals need to be fenced in to prevent them from escaping, restrained with...

  • RMP plan speeds up gas conversion at Jim Bridger, focuses on renewables and nuclear

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 6, 2023

    Rocky Mountain Power continues its quest for net zero emissions, which will have impacts locally as the company seeks to convert the four units at the Jim Bridger Power Plant to natural gas by 2030. The conversations away from coal for Jim Bridger's units three and four will take place seven years earlier than initially planned. Units one and two are planned to convert to natural gas by the end of the year. The company released its 2023 Integrated Resource Plan Friday, which details the...

  • Long winter impacts antelope hunting

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 30, 2023

    The past winter was a harsh one for wildlife in Southwestern Wyoming. The weather was so harsh, the Wyoming Game and Fish plans to reduce the number of antelope licenses available in some areas during the upcoming hunting season. Some hunt areas may have half the number of licenses available compared to last year according to proposed quotes released by the WGFD. The quotas have not been finalized and are subject to change until WGFD commissioners finalize the hunting seasons next month....

  • District approves $430K budget amendment

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 23, 2023

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2’s board of trustees approved a budget amendment to increase spending in the district by $430,000. According to Chris Dean, the district’s business manager, part of the amendment is to cover an additional $293,000 in costs incurred by out-of-district student placements. “Not only do we have a few more students, but the prices of those placements increased this year pretty significantly,” she said. Other portions of the budget amendment would cover increas...

  • Council approves police grant, aids quilting committee

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 23, 2023

    The Green River Police Department will receive some extra financial support in its efforts to limit the flow of illicit drugs into the city. The Green River City Council approved a High Intensity Drug Traffic Area Sub-Contract Award amounting to $182,309 Tuesday evening. According to Council documents, the grant is used to cover the cost of two officer positions to assist the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation’s drug enforcement efforts in Southwest Wyoming. The GRPD has worked in c...

  • Council approves updated Greenbelt master plan

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 9, 2023

    An updated master plan for the city's Greenbelt was adopted by the Green River City Council Tuesday night, giving both the city and the Greenbelt Taskforce a roadmap to dictate the future growth of the pathway system. According to the city's Parks and Recreation director Brad Raney, the plan is already being used to bring grant funds to the city for improvements along the Greenbelt. The original plan was drafted more than 30 years ago, before the volunteer group and city were able to build the...

  • Council to seek $10M principal loan increase for treatment facility

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The Green River City Council decided a larger loan is needed to pay for the long-desired wastewater treatment facility. In a 6-1 vote, the Council agreed to seek a $10 million increase in the principal amount of the city's Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan, creating a new $45.1 million loan. Councilman Ron Williams was the lone dissenting vote. The Council voted after hearing Public Works Director Mark Westenskow detail the history of the project and the need for a higher loan amount. The ci...

  • City Council urged to consider plumbing certification

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The prevalence of improperly installed hot water tanks in southern Wyoming and northern Utah has led to area businesses seeking assistance from the Green River City Council. Lance Ball, the CEO of Aspen Mountain Plumbing, brought several photos of hot water tanks in Green River that had been improperly installed and were venting carbon monoxide gas into the homes they were installed in. “These are showing a lack of education in the trade of plumbing in general and we’re starting to see a hug...

  • School district becomes 'recapture district'

    David Martin, Contributor|Feb 23, 2023

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 is generating more than it is allotted in education funding, becoming one of the state’s few recapture districts. Recapture districts are important to the state as the excess funds generated are spread to the other counties to help make education more equitable between districts. District officials announced the district’s status during the monthly board of trustees meeting last week. According to Chris Dean, the district’s business manager, the distr...

  • New Western trustee chosen

    David Martin, Contributor|Feb 16, 2023

    The appointment of a board member to the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees has led to a candidate claiming corruption was the reason she was not selected to fill a vacancy on the board. During their board meeting Feb. 9, the trustees voted unanimously to appoint Ron Wild to a position recently vacated by Dr. Veronica Donaldson. Wild's term expires at the end of 2024. According to WWCC Board President Jim Jessen, the board received two letters of interest regarding the position...

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