Articles from the January 5, 2023 edition

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Getting down to business in 2023

Government business for the new year got underway when returning incumbents and newly elected officials got to work this week during the Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning and...

 By Staff Report    County    January 5, 2023

Emergency services respond to fires, sliding plane

The Green River Fire Department, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office, and other local law enforcement and first responder agencies have responded to several emergencies over the last two weeks, includi... Full story


James William Smith

James William Smith was born to Henry J. and Doris Mae Smith in Laramie, Wyoming on October 2, 1951. He lived until December 17, 2022. James attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1971. He... Full story


Robert "Bob" James Vasa Jr.

Robert "Bob" James Vasa Jr., 66, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022 peacefully at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming surrounded by family. He was born December 24, 1956 in Ogalalla, NE to Robert... Full story


Edward Leon Ballegeer

Edward Leon Ballegeer, 86, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for the past three years and former... Full story


Timothy "Tim" Macy

Timothy "Tim" Macy, 73, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Tim was... Full story


Janet "Darleen" Sexton

Janet "Darleen" Sexton, 85, of Green River, WY, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.  She was born on February 18, 1937 in Aleppo Township, Greene... Full story


Samela "Sami" Kay Large

Samela "Sami" Kay Large, 64, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for the past 40 years and... Full story


Karla Jean Gunderson

Karla Jean Gunderson, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at her son's home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs and Green River,... Full story


Donald Lindsley

Donald Lindsley, 62, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming, He was a resident of Green River for the past 34 years and former... Full story


Our View: New year, new look, same Star

It’s the start of a new year — the time when people reevaluate their lives and make resolutions in order to make changes. Usually these changes are in an effort to continually be growing and improving. As a newspaper, we wanted to make a few...


Enroll Wyoming offers free help with health insurance

I have worked in public health for almost 20 years, and one of the top concerns that always comes forward is access to quality health care for an affordable price. Fast forward to today where I am proud to lead the Enroll Wyoming program where we...


Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 22 - Jan. 1

Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 22 At 7:25 a.m., officers responded to a report of a hit and run. The reporting party advised that their fence had been hit sometime during the night. Officers observed the damage but were unable to... Full story

 By Jason Mower    County    January 5, 2023

RS man arrested in toddler son's overdose death

A Rock Springs man was arrested the morning of December 19 after his child died from an accidental drug overdose in October. Daniel Scott James, 35, of Rock Springs was arrested at his residence... Full story

 By Jason Mower    County    January 5, 2023

Sheriff's office hosts community emergency response training

The sheriff’s office emergency management and homeland security division recently announced their upcoming community emergency response team training for interested volunteers. Training is designed to be completed over two separate weekends. The... Full story


Zamtrip rocks into the New Year

The local band Zamtrip performed at American Legion Post 28 on New Year's Eve to help everyone welcome 2023.... Full story


Trona Valley FCU donates $10,000 to McKenzie Home project

Bringing the McKenzie Home to the old Washington Square school building is still an ongoing project, but progress is being made, especially with donations like Trona Valley Federal Credit Union's...

 By Gaby Hurt    People    January 5, 2023

Barrasso nominates Green River student to U.S. Service Academy

On Dec. 21, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) announced that he has nominated Green River student Triston Drozd for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. “It is an honor to nominate Triston to a U.S. service academy to represent the Cowboy... Full story


Golden Hour Senior Center January Schedule

Wind River Casino Bus Trip: GHSC will host a Wind River Casino Bus trip Jan. 20. This will be a day trip to Riverton leaving GHSC at 8 a.m. and returning to GHSC at 7 p.m. Transportation is free for seniors 60 and over. You will need to bring your... Full story


Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

Lauryn Burge of Rock Springs has announced the birth of her daughter Ophelianna Louise Burge, who was born Dec. 7, 2022. Alexander Yeaman and Lakaya Hamblin of Green River have announced the birth of their son Hudson Tyler Yeaman, who was born Dec.... Full story

 By Jackie Finch    Sports    January 5, 2023

Wolves take 4th at Laramie Holiday Invite

There wasn't much of a holiday break for the Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team. They traveled to Laramie and competed on December 29 and 30. Green River's Brady Young dominated the 200 and...


Passion for kids has kept Montoya in the gym

CHEYENNE - Ray Montoya passed by what he thought was an abandoned building when he walked to his grandmother's south Cheyenne house after school each day. One afternoon, the 7-year-old Montoya peeked...

 By Nicole Pollack    News    January 5, 2023

Grizzly conflicts down; Game and Fish Department counts just over 170 in 2022

CASPER — Wyoming’s grizzly bears — and the humans who manage them — have had a standout year. Conflicts, the official designation for confrontations between bears and people or their property, were the lowest the state has recorded since...


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