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  • Wolves fight Star Valley into double overtime

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    The Green River High School Boys Basketball team fought hard against the number one team in the west when they took on Star Valley in an intense game last Saturday. Unfortunately the Wolves came up just short of victory, losing by just a few points in double overtime. The first half of the game was neck-and-neck between the Wolves and the Braves. Both teams played strong offensively and defensively from the start. Theran Archibald and Chris Wilson led Green River, scoring 13 points each. In the...

  • Hoping to connect

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    When it comes to creating a system of trails connecting communities all across Southwest Wyoming, Sweetwater County wants to be on the map. The Sweetwater County Commissioners heard an update from Mark Tesoro, the president of Southwest Wyoming Off-road Trails (SWOT) during their January 16 meeting. Tesoro first presented the idea of SWOT to the Board of County Commissioners at the end of 2021, and progress on the project has been made since. Now both Tesoro and the commissioners are hoping to...

  • Western starts search for new president

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    What makes a good leader? This is the question Western Wyoming Community College is asking as the school begins the search for a new president. Western recently hosted a series of presidential search meetings to gather input about what the community and the college are looking for in the next president. Current Western President Kim Dale announced her resignation in October, while will be effective July 12, 2024. The Board has partnered with the academic search consulting firm Pauly Group, Inc....

  • I am not an imposter

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    I tend to struggle with imposter syndrome. "Imposter syndrome" generally involves feelings of self-doubt and incompetence, feeling like a fraud, feeling like you don't deserve to be somewhere or do something, etc. Usually these feelings are unfounded, or they may even be in contrast to external, objective success. WebMD points out that Imposter Syndrome isn't an actual mental health condition, but the term is used to describe a pattern of thinking and a common feeling and experience that many...

  • A lifetime of connections

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    Sitting by a window at the Villa Assisted Living Facility at Castle Rock, slits of sunlight illuminating his face, Bob Renick held a shiny quarter in his wrinkled hands. "I'll be darned," he said. "Oh, there she is, dancing." Bob's face twisted with emotion as he looked at the image of Maria Tallchief on the back of the American Women Quarter released in October. Bob may not have had a close relationship with Maria since she was three years ahead of him, but he remembers being in school...

  • Wolves come up short in conference games

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    While the Green River High School Boys Basketball team fought hard against tough opponents, they came up short in their first two conference games of the season. On Thursday the Wolves took on Evanston, currently ranked second in the 4A Southwest Quadrant. Green River struggled on their home court and ended up losing their first conference game 75-51. "Our performance against Evanston on Thursday night was pretty disappointing," Head Coach Laurie Ivie admitted. "We got into foul trouble early...

  • Wyo. Waste shot down

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    After much discussion, and some division, the Green River City Council voted against amending Wyoming Waste Systems' contract with the city, meaning the waste services, including yard waste removal, will continue as before without change. The issue came before the city council during Tuesday night's council meeting. Wyoming Waste Systems first spoke to the council on December 19, 2023, when they requested a fee increase in addition to the annual CPI index-based increase in order to cover costs...

  • Final comments on BLM RMP submitted

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    While much has been said on the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Management Plan (RMP) draft for the Rock Springs Field Office over the past five months, the final official comments were made this week. With the deadline for the public comment period ending on Wednesday, many organizations and individuals got their last comments in this week, including Sweetwater County and the governor's task force. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners approved the final comments on behalf of...

  • Some of the "brightest and best"

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    Making it to the State level in any competition is an impressive accomplishment, and band and choir are no exception. This week several Green River High School students had the honor of performing at the All State Music Festival in Casper in the All State Band and All State Choir. Band Director Quinn Kalinski presented to the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board during their January 9 meeting to introduce and honor the students who made it into these groups. "Every year the band and...

  • Saving the city money

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    This week the Green River City Council continued discussions regarding Wyoming Waste Systems, the company's contract with the city, and potential changes to some of the company's programs, particularly yard waste collection during winter months. The council had a workshop Tuesday night to further discuss these topics, during which it was noted that the reason the city originally established the contract with Wyoming Waste was to save money for the residents of Green River. City Administrator...

  • Students track their progress at Truman

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    At Truman Elementary, students not only work on making progress in their education, they track it in tangible ways so they can see how far they've come. Staff members from Truman spoke to the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees during their meeting Tuesday night and presented on the school's use of Student Data Binders. "We really decided to start implementing data binders when we found out how much growth that they can have in students," Third Grade Teacher Jaime Olson...

  • 35 years of service and support: Firefighter honored

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    Firefighters in Green River tend to stick around - some even more than others. Most volunteer firefighters around the country stay active for about five years. In Green River, the average is higher, with many volunteers serving for roughly a dozen years. But there are only an elite few who have ever reached 35 years with the Green River Fire Department, and now Captain Jeb Burnett has joined their ranks. GRFD Co-chief Larry Erdmann shared these statistics at a special service award celebration...

  • Wolves make improvements, get win in Cheyenne

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    The Green River High School Boys Basketball team started the new year off with some tough competition at the James Johnson Winter Showcase in Cheyenne last weekend. "It was good to be back in action following several practices over Christmas break," Head Coach Laurie Ivie said. The Wolves took on three teams over the course of the three-day tournament, facing Sheridan, Cheyenne Central, and Cheyenne South. Green River came away with losses in their first two games but an exciting win to end the...

  • The future of the theater

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    The movie theater building at 699 Uinta Drive has stood silent since the Star Twin Cinema closed its doors on August 10, 2023, but the building has new prospects for the future. At Tuesday night's Green River City Council meeting, the council had a public hearing for a new retail liquor license application from Full Circle Realty, LLC regarding the theater building. Later in the meeting, the council voted to approve the liquor license. Amy Surdam spoke to the City Council on behalf of Full...

  • County prepares BLM RMP draft comments

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    Sweetwater County has a lot to say when it comes to the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Plan draft for the Rock Springs Field Office, and the Board of County Commissioners is working to ensure that comments on behalf of the county will be ready by the upcoming public comment deadline. Land Use Director Eric Bingham spoke to the commissioners again during Tuesday’s meeting to present the draft of the county’s comments. “We are finally narrowing down the process here and getting...

  • New chief celebrates pinning ceremony

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    Green River's new Chief of Police Shaun Sturlaugson wanted to focus on his work more than taking part in ceremonial events, but when his family had the chance to participate in a pinning ceremony, he obliged. "Shaun didn't want to do a lot of hoopla," City Administrator Reed Clevenger explained during Tuesday night's City Council meeting, where the pinning ceremony took place. Clevenger added that Chief Sturlaugson's family was in town for the holidays, so it was the perfect opportunity to have...

  • Year in review: Growth and progress in 2023

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 28, 2023

    For Green River and Sweetwater County, 2023 was a year of growth, of building on pre-existing excellence, and of rising to meet new challenges. Addressing issues in the city With several returning members and one new member being sworn into their positions on the Green River City Council at the beginning of January, the council members got right to work. The council and other city employees dealt with a variety of important issues through the year. Perhaps the most challenging and upsetting...

  • The power of people throughout 2023

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 28, 2023

    Through changes and triumphs, the people of Green River and Sweetwater County consistently came together throughout 2023 to have fun, support one another, and continue strengthening the vibrant life of the community. Leadership changes The City of Green River saw some changes in local leadership this year. Police Chief Tom Jarvie retired after 31 years of service to the Green River Police Department. Captain Shaun Sturlaugson stepped up to fill the role of interim chief from April through...

  • Green River's dedication to sports in 2023

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 28, 2023

    Boys Swimming The Green River High School Boys Swimming and Diving team had a successful season. The Wolves took second place at 3A West Conference Championships and third place in the 3A State Championship. Leading the team were Swimmer Brady Young and Diver Braxton Cordova, who consistently finished first in their events. Young earned All-State honors, tied for the Athlete of the Year award, and set the new State record in his event. Cordova set a new Conference record in diving and was the...

  • Wyoming Waste has to wait

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    Following discussions concerning Wyoming Waste Systems' recycling and yard waste programs, Wyoming Waste presented a solution that wouldn't add extra costs but would cut down on yard waste pickups. Several Green River City Council members weren't satisfied with the proposal, and decided more discussion is needed. City Administrator Reed Clevenger reminded the council that the original request brought forward by Michelle Foote, the site manager for Wyoming Waste, was to raise costs by not only th...

  • Commissioners consider election integrity, RMP

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners took care of several points of business during their last meeting of the year on Tuesday, including hearing a presentation about election integrity and an update on the county's comments to the Bureau of Land Management concerning the Resource Management Plan (RMP) draft for the Rock Springs Field Office. Election integrity The commissioners heard an "election integrity proposal" from members of the group Cause of Wyoming, which is asking for...

  • Keeping Christmas every day

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." These words from Ebenezer Scrooge as he pleads for his hope of redemption are the climax and heart of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. Last year I wrote a column sharing some of my favorite adaptations of the story after...

  • The impact of a faithful life

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    When Louise Laughlin told Father Denis she was planning a dinner for him before he leaves the church, he told her not to worry about cooking so much food. But Louise knew better. On Sunday night, roughly 300 people crowded into the hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to honor Reverend Father Denis D'Souza before he steps down from his leadership in the church in order to continue his ministry elsewhere. The turnout was certainly bigger than Father Denis expected, and even bigger than...

  • Wolves win two of three Flaming Gorge Classic games

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Green River High School Boys Basketball team came out ready to fight for the Flaming Gorge Classic. The annual tournament hosted by Green River took place December 14 to 16, with the Wolves facing three opponents and coming away victorious in two games. Green River got started early with a game against Rawlins on Thursday night. It was a strong start to the tournament, with the Wolves coming away with a 58-51 victory. Hunter Lake, Adrian Ruiz, and Theran Archibald were the top scorers for...

  • Monroe Elementary is focused on phonics

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    When it comes to teaching elementary children, one of the most important skills to build is the ability to read. And when it comes to teaching reading, Monroe Elementary is building on a phonics-based system and finding new ways to help students succeed. Several members of Monroe's staff spoke to the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees at Tuesday night's meeting to share more information about the Sounds to Spelling program the school has been using. "I really do think...

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