Articles from the January 5, 2023 edition


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  • Getting down to business in 2023

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 5, 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 Green River City Council meeting Tuesday night. County Commission "It is a new year and we are excited," Commissioner Mary Thoman said at the beginning of Tuesday's meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. The board met for the first time in 2023 on Jan. 3, which was also the first meeting for...

  • Emergency services respond to fires, sliding plane

    Staff Report|Jan 5, 2023

    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, including two fires at mobile homes in Green River and a plane that slid on the runway when landing at the airport. Mobile home explodes near McDonald's At approximately midnight the evening of December 29, Green River Fire Department, Castle Rock Ambulance and Green River Police Department were dispatched... Full story

  • James William Smith

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 attended Denver Automotive School and received his diesel certification. James worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 38 years. James enjoyed traveling the country attending model railroad conventions until his kidneys failed. He was an avid Harley Davidson fan. He enjoyed reading about local history... Full story

  • Robert "Bob" James Vasa Jr.

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 Vasa Sr. and Dorothy Moore. Bob lived in Ogallala as a youth until his family moved to Loveland Colorado in 1969. Bob's family moved again to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1974 where he attended school and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1976. He was a very successful wrestler. Bob married the... Full story

  • Edward Leon Ballegeer

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 resident of Rangely, Colorado. He was born on December 11, 1936 in Denver, Colorado; the son of Edward John Ballegeer and Esther Maul. Mr. Ballegeer attended schools in Denver, Colorado. He earned his General Education Degree. He was married to Shirley Ann Harper on December 31, 1956 in Denver,... Full story

  • Timothy "Tim" Macy

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 born on November 1, 1949 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Jack Mitchelson and Jean Jones. He attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1969 graduate of Rock Springs, High School. Tim married the love of his life, Bonnie Branch May 2, 1969 in Rock Springs, Wyoming and she preceded him... Full story

  • Janet "Darleen" Sexton

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Willis Allen Yoder and Ruby Catherine Yoder Grim.  Janet attended school in Neville Island Pennsylvania and graduated with the class of 1955.  She married her sailor, Melvin James Sexton in McKeesport, PA on August 6, 1955. He preceded her in death on Febru... Full story

  • Samela "Sami" Kay Large

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 former resident of La Barge and Kemmerer, Wyoming. She was born July 8, 1958 in Fort Morgan, Colorado; the daughter of Jack Wilson and Marian Lowery. Mrs. Large attended school in Kemmerer and was a 1977 graduate of Kemmerer High School. She married the love of her life Michael Large August 19, 1995... Full story

  • Karla Jean Gunderson

    Jan 5, 2023

    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, Wyoming for the past 10 years and former resident of East Carbon, Utah. She was born July 17, 1931 in Culver City, California; the daughter of Cliff Albert Woodruff and Elva Mae Bingham Woodruff. Karla Jean Woodruff attended schools in Price, Utah and was a 1949 graduate of Carbon High School. She... Full story

  • Donald Lindsley

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 resident of Granger, Wyoming and Roosevelt, Utah. He was born October 27, 1960; the son of Donald B. Lindsley and Carma Mackay Lindsley Mr. Lindsley attended schools in Green River and Granger, Wyoming. He was a 1979 graduate of Green River High School. He earned his Automotive Degree at Arizona... Full story

  • Our View: New year, new look, same Star

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 small changes of our own as we head into the new year. You may have already noticed little changes in the paper over the last six months as our dynamic duo team of Jackie and Hannah have adjusted to putting out the paper every week (along with the help and support of our amazing part-time team and str...

  • Enroll Wyoming offers free help with health insurance

    Jason Mincer, Enroll Wyoming Project Director|Jan 5, 2023

    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 focus on this issue, specifically. Enroll Wyoming is a nonprofit whose mission is finding those who need health care and health insurance and helping them find solutions that work for each individual’s situation. We are grant funded and provide free assistance to anyone in Wyoming who needs help n...

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

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 locate any suspect vehicles. Later in the day the reporting party called back to report that the person who hit their fence had come to their house and let them know. Officers met with the driver, a juvenile, 17, of Green River, and issued them a citation for alleged inattentive driving with a crash.... Full story

  • RS man arrested in toddler son's overdose death

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Jan 5, 2023

    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 without incident. James is accused of involuntary manslaughter in his son's death. Sheriff's office spokesperson Jason Mower said on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 21, deputies responded to a home north of Rock Springs for a two-year-old boy who was unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing. "When they... Full story

  • Sheriff's office hosts community emergency response training

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Jan 5, 2023

    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 first portion of training is from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. The second portion is at the same times on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 and Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training enhances your ability to recognize, prepare for, r... Full story

  • Zamtrip rocks into the New Year

    Jan 5, 2023

    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

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 5, 2023

    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 recent $10,000 contribution to the transitional home for single mothers. Debra Moerke, who came up with the idea for the McKenzie Home, visited Green River at the beginning of December to give presentations on the project. A representative from Trona Valley attended one of those presentations, then...

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

    Gaby Hurt, The Office of Sen. John Barrasso|Jan 5, 2023

    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 State. He has proven he has the academic and leadership skills needed to succeed,” said Barrasso. “If offered an appointment, I am confident he will make Wyoming very proud.” Senator Barrasso annually nominates the most-qualified Wyoming students to compete for acceptance to the U.S. Air Force, Coast G... Full story

  • Golden Hour Senior Center January Schedule

    Jan 5, 2023

    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 own money for lunch, gambling and incidentals. A backup date of Jan. 27 has been planned in case of bad weather. Call (307) 872-3223 to reserve your place and fill out your paperwork. January Events: Nurse Clinic - Jan. 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Book Club - Jan. 11, 10 a.m. Library Checkout - Jan.... Full story

  • Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

    Jan 5, 2023

    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. 9, 2022. Brittney and Devin Vaught of Green River have announced the birth of their son Grayson Klie Vaught, who was born Dec. 10, 2022. Logan Sell and Martha Dulaney of Rock Springs have announced the birth of their daughter Aszlynn Laura Marie Sell, who was born Dec. 10, 2022.... Full story

  • Wolves take 4th at Laramie Holiday Invite

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Jan 5, 2023

    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 500 Freestyle events, making him one of only two swimmers who were double-event winners at the Laramie Holiday Invite. The other swimmer was Lander's Benny Kulow, who won the 50 and 100 Freestyle races. Head Coach Colleen Seiloff was happy with the results of the swim meet and said they did pretty...

  • Passion for kids has kept Montoya in the gym

    Jeremiah Johnke, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 5, 2023

    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 his head into the building and saw boys hitting punching bags. "I asked Clyde Jacoby what was going on, and he told me it was a boxing club and asked me if I wanted to join," Montoya said. "It looked pretty cool, so I ran home and asked my mom if I could do it. "... Boxing was never something I had...

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

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 5, 2023

    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 2014. And the six bears relocated in 2022 represent the least since the ‘90s, said Dan Thompson, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s large carnivore supervisor. “It felt all summer, and into the fall, like a low-conflict year,” Thompson said. But the agency was reluctant to declare the year a success too e...