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  • Local events celebrate Pride Month

    Staff Report|Jun 6, 2024

    Several local events are coming up as part of recognizing and celebrating Pride Month. This weekend, Pride events will kick off in Rock Springs. On Friday night, June 7, The Starling Company will present a performance of "Freakshow." The drag show will be "an original, immersive, theatrical experience," according to the Starling Company, and will focus on a circus-like atmosphere of spooky and scary performances. The event is rated "R," and tickets are available at different price points for the... Full story

  • Green River High School hires new Girls Basketball coach

    Staff Report|Jun 6, 2024

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 recently announced that they have selected a new Green River High School Head Girls' Basketball Coach. Clint Landon will take over the Girls' Basketball program, replacing long-time coach Rick Carroll, who retired in April. Landon has been an Assistant Varsity Coach for the Green River High School Girls' program since the 2015 season. Coach Landon was an assistant football, basketball, and track and field coach at Torrington High School from 2010 to 2015.... Full story

  • Teacher of the Year nominees announced

    Staff Report|May 30, 2024

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 recently announced the Top 10 nominees for the District Teacher of the Year. "This esteemed group represents a combined 172 years of dedication to education, and was chosen from nearly 40 nominations submitted by colleagues, parents, and community members," a press release from the district said. "Congratulations to these outstanding educators!" The SWCSD No. 2 Board of Trustees will announce the winner during an upcoming board meeting. The nominees are:... Full story

  • MathCounts program competes at Regionals, State competitions

    Staff Report|May 30, 2024

    Students from Lincoln Middle School's MathCounts program competed and had top finishes in the Wyoming Regional and State MathCounts Competitions. Dogan Gunduz, a math teacher at LMS and the head coach for the MathCounts program, shared the following results: Southwest Chapter Competition (aka Regionals) - Feb 15, 2024 Foursome Teams 1st Place - Rock Springs Junior High 2nd Place - Lincoln Middle School, Green River (Taryn Davis, Andrew Bozner, Stevie Winer, Kaiden Olson) State Competition -... Full story

  • Local student raising funds to attend National Pathways to STEM event

    Staff Report|May 23, 2024

    Green River fourth grader Rowan Kinney from Harrison Elementary School is raising funds to be able to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM event. Rowan was nominated by his teacher, Melanee Litz, in honor of his "maturity and academic excellence" and his "leadership potential." "NYLF Pathways to STEM is a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking elementary school students who will evolve into next generation innovators, engineers, doctors, software...

  • Summer meals program starts soon

    Staff Report|May 16, 2024

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 has announced the start of this year’s summer meal program. The district will be offering meals at no charge to children 18 years of age and younger. Meals will be served at Monroe Elementary School at 250 Monroe Avenue in Green River from May 28 to August 9. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, off i... Full story

  • Local students chosen as scholarship recipients

    Staff Report|May 16, 2024

    Several local students will receive help for their next steps in life as they were chosen to be the recipients of a variety of local scholarships. This year Destyni German was chosen to receive the Freda Ann Bozner-Brittenham Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was created by Mark Brittenham in honor of his mother, a first-generation American born to Yugoslavian/Slovenian immigrants who overcame adversity through her life and passed away from colon cancer. Mark established the scholarship in... Full story

  • Honoring heroic actions

    Staff Report|May 2, 2024

    Ryan Pasborg was recently awarded the Carnegie Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor for heroism, for his heroic efforts rescuing a Green River family from a house fire. Pasborg stopped to assist the Wadsworth family on Feb. 2, 2022 when he smelled smoke and realized their house was on fire. He entered the burning home and pulled out Stephanie Wadsworth and her then four-year-old son, Weston. "Ryan's actions epitomize the first rule of the Wyoming Code, the Code of the West, to 'Live each... Full story

  • Pond and Garden Tour returning this summer

    Staff Report|May 2, 2024

    The annual Green River Pond and Garden Tour is returning once again this year, and is continuing to expand and showcase even more gardens in Sweetwater County. This year, the tour will cover homes in Green River, Rock Springs, and, for the first time, in Reliance as well. A Master Gardener will be on hand, ready to answer questions about growing and maintaining gardens in Wyoming. "If you are new to Sweetwater County and looking for gardening ideas or backyard ponds this event is for you,"... Full story

  • Rick Carroll will retire from coaching basketball

    Staff Report|Apr 25, 2024

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 recently announced that Rick Carroll, the Green River High School Girls' Basketball Head Coach, is retiring from his position. Carroll has coached various sports during his tenure in Green River, with his most recent stint being the Girls' Basketball coach. He was the girls' head coach for 19 years, coaching from 1991-1999 and again from 2015-2024. In a span from 1993-97, his girls teams were 118-24. His overall girls' record was 253-207, which is a total... Full story

  • Property assessments coming, residents may qualify for exemptions

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    Within the next few days, Sweetwater County residents will begin receiving their 2024 Notice of Value Property Assessments in the mail. Residents will also see some changes on their Notice of Value because of recently passed legislation, and some residents may qualify for exemptions. If applicable, the exemption amounts will be listed on the bottom left corner of the notice, and the resulting tax amount exempted in the bottom right corner, according to a press release from the Sweetwater County... Full story

  • BLM extends comment period, announces upcoming events

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has shared several recent updates on ongoing project developments and upcoming events, including extending the public scoping period for the Jackalope Wind Energy project, hosting local meetings on greater sage grouse land use plan amendments and hosting wild horse and burro adoption events. Jackalope Wind public comment period extended The BLM Rock Springs Field Office announced this week that they have extended the public scoping period for the Jackalope... Full story

  • GRFD responds to house fire

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Green River Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. First units arrived to the area of N 2nd W Street and Flaming Gorge Way at approximately 7:55 p.m. "Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were visible in the interior of the home," the GRFD said. "Engine 2, Engine 22, Tower and approximately 16 firefighters were on scene. Fire crews conducted an offensive interior attack and were able to quickly extinguish the fire." No one was home at... Full story

  • Sheriff's office warns about scam calls

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office is again warning the public to be aware of and not fall for scams that claim to be from the sheriff's office and demand payment. "We continue to receive multiple daily reports of people falling victim to rampant 'jury duty' and 'warrant' phone scams," the sheriff's office reported in a statement. With these fraudulent calls, scammers claim to be someone from the sheriff's office, using the name of an actual employee, demanding payment for outstanding arrest... Full story

  • BLM seeks public comment on proposed Jackalope Wind Energy Project

    Staff Report|Mar 21, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to inform development of an environmental impact statement for the proposed Jackalope Wind Energy Project in Sweetwater County. A BLM press release explained the project would include approximately 213 wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure, which would generate up to 600 megawatts of clean electricity - enough to power roughly 250,000 homes, according to the EPA Calculator. Jackalope Wind, LLC, a wholly owned indirect... Full story

  • Wyo. Legislature wraps up budget session

    Staff Report|Mar 14, 2024

    The Wyoming Legislature officially wrapped up the 2024 Budget Session last Friday at the Capitol in Cheyenne. The Legislature adopted the State's biennial budget, and the bill has been sent to Governor Mark Gordon for his consideration. He will have 15 days to consider line-item vetoes and sign the bill. The appropriations and transfers in the bill for the 2025-2026 fiscal biennium total $11 billion. Of this, $3.4 billion is from the General Fund, net of de-appropriations and including $170 mill... Full story

  • Speech and Debate team ends season, qualifies 13 students for Nationals

    Staff Report|Mar 14, 2024

    The Green River High School Speech and Debate team wrapped up a successful season over the last two weekends, bringing home some exciting wins. First, the team took place in the District Tournament, hosted by Rock Springs, over the weekend of March 2. "The team had amazing success at districts this year," the Speech and Debate coaching staff posted on the team's Facebook page. "For the kids, this is the most important tournament of the season. It is the tournament that decides who will qualify... Full story

  • BLM proposes wild horse gather in White Mountain area

    Staff Report|Feb 29, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management recently asked for public input on a proposed wild horse gather in Southwest Wyoming's White Mountain Herd Management Area. "The White Mountain HMA's appropriate management level is 205-300 wild horses," the BLM explained in a press release. "BLM completed a population survey for the HMA in 2022 and found 549 wild horses present on the HMA at that time. Considering an estimated annual growth rate of 20%, the estimated number of wild horses within this HMA in 2024... Full story

  • Free suicide prevention class offered

    Staff Report|Feb 8, 2024

    The Sweetwater County Prevention Coalition is offering a free QPR suicide prevention class next Tuesday. “QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, which are the steps used to help someone at risk for suicide stay alive and get professional help,” according to a press release. “What would you do if you thought that someone in your life was considering suicide?” the press release asked. “Would you know how to spot the warning signs? What to ask them? What to do if they answer yes, that they are thinking about ending their life? Our free... Full story

  • Green River hosts Shiver in the River at the GR Aquatic Center

    Staff Report|Feb 8, 2024

    On the first day of competition at the "Shiver in the River," the Women's Sweetwater Aquatics Team scored 138 points in 13 events and came in third place, while the men scored 133 points and also came in third. During the second day of competing, the Women's Sweetwater Aquatics Team finished the meet with 284 points in third place after a total of 25 events. The men scored a total of 252 points claiming second place. Shiver in the River results 01/26/24 Girls 8 & Under; Under 100 Yard Freestyle...

  • Star wins five Pacemakers at 125th WPA convention

    Staff Report|Jan 25, 2024

    The Green River Star was recognized for journalistic excellence during the Wyoming Press Association’s 125th winter convention in Casper last weekend. Editor Hannah Romero received five Pacemaker Awards, four of which were for first place. The article “‘Who She Is’ shares stories of MMIW in Wyoming” was chosen for first place in the General News Story Category. “Concerns over the BLM’s RMP,” a packet of articles regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Plan for the Rock Springs Field Office, took first place in Government I...

  • Local organizations give Christmas donations

    Staff Report|Dec 21, 2023

    In keeping with the Christmas spirit, a number of local groups and individuals have recently made donations to help with community programs and important causes. Here are just a few of the donations that have been made within the past few weeks. The Eagle Riders of Post 2350 in Green River recently donated $760 to Washington Elementary for their Christmas for Kids program, and $500 to the radio station for Coats for Kids. The GFWC Women's Club of Sweetwater County always donates 10% of the... Full story

  • New chief announced

    Staff Report|Dec 14, 2023

    The City of Green River recently announced that Green River Police Department Captain Shaun Sturlaugson has been promoted to be the department's new chief of police. "I am very grateful, excited, and yet humbled by this enormous responsibility," Sturlaugson said in a press release. "I look forward to continuing my commitment and dedication of fostering an environment where our officers and staff want to come to work every day. I also recognize the devotion needed of me and my team in ensuring... Full story

  • Pony Express plans annual Christmas card ride

    Staff Report|Nov 30, 2023

    It's the time of year to send Christmas cards, and the time of year for the Sweetwater County Pony Express to deliver those cards with some extra holiday cheer. The local Pony Express group will host their 22nd Annual Christmas Card Ride on Saturday, December 9. The cards will be carried on horseback from the Green River Post Office to the Rock Springs Post Office. Cards will be stamped with a special Pony Express stamp and placed into a mochila - a special bag used by Pony Express riders, named... Full story

  • Law enforcement warns about local scams

    Staff Report|Nov 22, 2023

    Sweetwater County residents often face scams that claim to be coming from local organizations and businesses. The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office recently warned people of a scam that claimed to be from the sheriff's office. "We are aware of a recent high volume of fraudulent calls allegedly coming from the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office demanding payment for outstanding arrest warrants and/or the failure to appear for jury duty," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook on November 9.... Full story

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