Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition

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  • 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...

  • "Mac Attack" fishing contest targets small lake trout

    Wyoming Game and Fish Department|Jan 4, 2024

    Hone your fishing skills and see how you stack up against other anglers during the Mac Attack Fishing Contest, targeting lake trout less than 25 inches at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The two-day contest is Jan. 13-14. Participants will compete for eight prize categories and enter into five drawings, including two youth drawings. Registered participants can fish from shore, ice, or boat. The Green River fisheries biologists endorsing the Mac Attack are concerned that the large number of lake trout l... Full story

  • Ruth Lauritzen Ruess

    Jan 4, 2024

    Ruth Lauritzen Ruess, 61, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada from complications of pancreatic cancer. Ruth was dedicated to and lovingly supported her family, church, and civic communities. Ruth was born on May 27, 1962, in Logan, Utah, to Arden W. and Georgia C. Lauritzen. After graduation from Sky View High School, Ruth attended Utah State University. She graduated with a BA degree in American/United States Studies and Civilization in 1983. She earned a MA degree... Full story

  • Mary Ilayne Jackson

    Jan 4, 2024

    Mary Ilayne Jackson, 77, passed away December 23, 2023 at her home on Kolman Ranch in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Sweetwater County for the last 19 months and was a former resident of Shelton, Washington. She was born on January 4, 1946 in Port Townsend, Washington, the daughter of Clarence E. Patten and Irene N. Rustemeyer. Mary graduated from Tumwater High School in Washington with the class of 1964. She married Jerome Jackson in Las Vegas, NV on April 16, 2011. Mary enjoyed... Full story

  • Betty J. Morrison

    Jan 4, 2024

    Betty J. Morrison, 64, passed away, December 18, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming. She was born October 17, 1959 in Flagger, Colorado; the daughter of Richard Dave Ingersoll and Joyce Leach. Betty attended schools in Colorado. She later earned a CNA license. Ms. Morrison married Lee Lortentzen and they later divorced. Then she married Harry W. Morrison and they later divorced. Betty worked as a CNA for many years and odd jobs until her retirement in 2022. She enjoyed spending time with family and... Full story

  • William Jay Harper

    Jan 4, 2024

    William Jay Harper, 73, passed away December 21, 2023 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming but moved to Green River in 2002. William was born May 4, 1950 in St. Paul, Minnesota; the son of Harry J. Harper and Rose Marie Evans. He attended school in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1968. He attended Western Wyoming Community College, Gillette College, as well as Colorado State University where he received his Bachelors... Full story

  • Keith Joseph Ramon

    Jan 4, 2024

    Keith Joseph Ramon, 73, passed away Monday, January 1, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a lifelong resident of Green River, Wyoming. He died following a lengthy illness. He was born February 16, 1950 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of William Ramon and Margaret Droge. Mr. Ramon attended schools in Green River and he was a 1968 graduate of Green River High School. He attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Keith married Shelley Thrasher September 30, 1969 in... Full story

  • Daren Joel Woodbeck

    Jan 4, 2024

    Daren Joel Woodbeck, 62, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 10 years and former resident of Montana and North Dakota. He was born September 19, 1961 in Moorhead, Minnesota; the son of Joel Woodbeck and Beulah Houge. Mr. Woodbeck attended schools in Montana and Idaho. He worked at Waterford for 10 years and retired in 2018 as a Carpenter. Daren enjoyed spending time with family; he was a jack of all trades; building just about anyth... Full story

  • Taking flight into the new year

    Jan 4, 2024

    A Canada Goose spreads its wings on the Green River. More geese were seen on the river before the water froze over recently. Below-freezing temperatures are expected to continue this week.... Full story

  • Wyoming needs to be bullish about energy

    Governor Mark Gordon|Jan 4, 2024

    Loading an unwilling bull into a trailer can be daunting, even if it is for its own good. Bulls tend to be testy and their size presents a special challenge. My dad’s approach involved roping the bull, dragging it to the trailer, attaching a block and tackle and then – after a good deal of cussing and a lathered-up saddle horse or two – we might wrench it into the trailer. We never hurt a bull, but we had some impromptu rodeos in the process. It didn’t always work, especially if the bull was distracted by somebody’s yappy dog or a party of...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 26 - Jan. 2

    Jan 4, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 26 At 12:25 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued a warning for an alleged valid certificate of title, certificate of registration violation. At 4:25 p.m., officers issued a citation to Rachael Rodriguez for an alleged hit and run - unattended property. At 9:32 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued a warning for an alleged valid certificate of title, certificate of registration violation. At 9:52 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued a warning for an alleged... Full story

  • 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...

  • Golden Hour Senior Center January Schedule

    Jan 4, 2024

    GHSC will be celebrating the New Year with a special lunch at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 5. The menu will include chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, biscuits, fresh fruit, and cannoli. The event will also feature music, giveaways, party favors, and a champagne toast. Call 872-3223 to RSVP. GHSC is also starting a new activities on Wednesdays with a Show and Tell time at 11:30 a.m. This is a time to get to know the people who are at the senior center and give people a chance to share what inspires them. This is a time... Full story

  • New Year's Baby welcomed at MHSC

    Lena Warren, MHSC Outreach Director|Jan 4, 2024

    Sweetwater County's first baby of the new year has official arrived. Hayden Zumbrennen was born bright and early at 6:54 am. Jan. 1, 2024, to Monica and Alec Zumbrennen of Rawlins. He came into the world at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County weighing 8 pounds, 15.9 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Auxiliary welcomed the New Year Baby by donating a basket to the family with a variety of items for the new parents and baby. The donation included $50... Full story

  • MHSC offers new technology for knee and hip replacement

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jan 4, 2024

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County now offers Mako SmartRobotics, an advancement in joint replacement surgery that will transform the way total knee and hip replacements are performed. Mako SmartRobotics consists of three unique components – 3D CT-based planning, AccuStop haptic technology and insightful data analytics. The technology can help surgeons plan for better outcomes like less pain and quicker recovery times compared to manual surgery, helping patients get back to the things t... Full story

  • Wolves Swimming and Diving team competes in Laramie Holiday Invite

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Jan 4, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team faced some tough competition on Thursday and Friday when they competed in the Laramie Holiday Invite. On Thursday, there were 10 teams that competed in the non-scored meet. The teams included Green River, Buffalo, Campbell County, Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne South, Jackson, Lander, Laramie and Rawlins. Leading the Wolves were Keegan Gailey in second place and Irie Kuball in fourth place in the 1-Meter Diving event. Colin Gilmore took...

  • Wyoming Cowboys walk off a 16-15 victory in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

    Tim Harkins, UW Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations|Jan 4, 2024

    Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 30, 2023) -- It was a storybook ending for the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday as they sent retiring head coach Craig Bohl out with a dramatic 16-15 walk-off victory in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Cowboy place-kicker John Hoyland made a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pokes their ninth win of the season. Wyoming quarterback Andrew Peasley was forced to leave the field on numerous occasions during the game following big hits, but fought through to return and lead the Cowboy offense, while the Wyoming defense...

  • Carnivores and scavengers could help reduce CWD

    Christine Peterson,|Jan 4, 2024

    Wyoming Game and Fish biologists and technicians have spent the last year and a half feeding four captive bobcats ground meat infected with chronic wasting disease. The study isn't to see if bobcats can contract the disease - it hasn't been shown to cross the species barrier to carnivores like big cats - the goal is to see what comes out the other end. The results so far have been promising. Only 2% of the chronic wasting disease prions that go into a bobcat's mouth can be detected in the... Full story