Articles from the January 20, 2021 edition


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  • Tax revenue not a concern yet

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 20, 2021

    Revenue from sales tax receipts took a tumble in January, but the figures aren’t a cause of alarm for the City of Green River yet. Chris Meats, the city’s finance director, said revenue is typically down in January as sales tax from Christmas shopping isn’t available for distribution to towns and cities. Meats said revenue from sales tax, which accounts for 73% of the city’s total revenue, ranged between $767,000 and $700,000 since the start of the fiscal year, which began in June. January...

  • District braces itself for budgetary woes

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 20, 2021

    A voluntary separation program initiated by Sweetwater County School District No. 2 has drawn some interest from employees. During an update last week, Jason Fuss, director of human resources for the district, said 19 employees have applied for the program. That number consists 11 certified professional staff, seven support staff and one administrator. Fuss said those applications can be withdrawn, but if everyone who has applied follows through with the agreement, the program would cost the...

  • Commissioners host in-person meetings

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 20, 2021

    A meeting Friday at the Sweetwater County Courthouse represented the first in-person meeting the county commissioners hosted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming last year. This was courtesy of a massive renovation to the commissioners; meeting room that allows for more space between the commissioners themselves, as well as better access to technology and up-to-date-services. “There’s no better way to have a good meeting than being present in person,” Sweetwater County Commi...

  • Fixing up Main Street

    Jan 20, 2021

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  • Petra Carranza Jorgenson

    Jan 20, 2021

    Former Green River resident, Petra Carranza Jorgenson, 75, of Tucson, AZ, was born in Leòn, Guanajuato, Mèxico on May 2nd, 1945 to Jesus and Maria Carranza. Along with her parents, Petra and her five siblings came to this country in the early 1950's settling down around Helper, UT. There, her Father worked for the railroad and she reminisced often of her fond memories of her youth. She graduated from Carbon High School in Price, UT in 1965. After graduation, Petra found her way to Tucson, w...

  • Gordon Johnson

    Jan 20, 2021

    Gordon Johnson, 78, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at his daughters' home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a longtime resident of Superior, Wyoming and former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and Austin, Minnesota. He was born on December 28, 1942 in Fort Benning, Georgia; the son of John Johnson and Mabel Preuss. Mr. Johnson attended schools in Rose Creek Minnesota and was a 1961 graduate of the Rose Creek High School. He was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from the National...

  • Patrick D. Thaler

    Jan 20, 2021

    Patrick D. Thaler passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County at the age of 68. He was born May 15, 1952 in San Diego, California to Anthony and Thelma Thaler. The eldest of three sons, Pat moved his life to Wyoming in the 70's where he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad. He later worked at OCI for many years where he retired from in 2014. He married Lorraine Lucero May, 19 2000. They lived a simple life enjoying each other's company and...

  • Our view: Expect more event cancellations this summer

    Jan 20, 2021

    The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic led to a lot of event postponements or changes worldwide and our little corner of it in Sweetwater County was no exception. Flaming Gorge Days, International Day, high school graduations, River Festival; the summer was quieter for sure. Initially, our belief was that this summer would take place in a vastly different environment where everything would largely be back to normal. We could enjoy the summertime events we missed out on last year would return and we could generally have a good time celebrating the end of...

  • Lifelong Learning: The uphill and downhill battles we face

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Jan 20, 2021

    I have probably made the jog from my house to the work at the college and/or back home, legitimately 500 times over the last couple years. I have run Grant Street so many times, I might actually have every crack in the sidewalk memorized. However, every time I run up, or down, it’s not only different, but it’s always still hard. Some days when I run, the wind is blowing (as it does often in Rock Springs). Some days it’s cold. Some days there is snow and it is slick. In the summer, some days are pretty warm. Some days my body is feeling prett...

  • Protesting the slaughter of pigs

    Madhu Anderson, Guest Columnist|Jan 20, 2021

    "Hey, I am going to the lake, what about you," says seven-year-old Bella, a black lab mix, as she pokes her head out of a car window at a stop light on a warm sunny day in Rock Springs. "What's a lake? Maybe I am going to the lake too," replies six-month-old Charlie, a pig who struggles to reach his snout out through a small opening in an overcrowded transport truck. The truck carries two hundred pigs en route to slaughter. My heart was filled with joy when I read the press release in the...

  • Photographers selected for library exhibit

    Jan 20, 2021

    Six local photographers are featured in the Photography Open Exhibit on display through the end of February at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River. Photographers included in this year’s Photography Open are Gary Mortensen, Marni Christensen, Ian Cadena, Jennifer Knox, Terry Sell, and Gerda Dickinson. The exhibit features varying images, from picturesque landscapes to images of animals. “It’s a beautiful exhibit,” said Assistant Library Director Lindsey Travis. “The photographs are also for sale. You can contact the artists to purchase...

  • Residents placed on wildlife group

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 20, 2021

    A new task force focused on Wyoming’s wildlife will feature a familiar face as part of the group. Josh Coursey, cofounder of the Muley Fanatic Foundation, was one of 18 people appointed to the task force to study wildlife policy issues impacting Wyoming. The task force will investigate various topics over the next 18 months, with the end goal being to present conclusions based on the data the group analyzes, as well as make recommendations to the Wyoming Legislature based on those c...

  • Tablets donated to area hospital

    Jan 20, 2021

    The Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County received a generous donation of six HD Fire Tablets, with screen protectors and cases, for patients to use to communicate with their families while in the hospital. Delivering the tablets, Elise Haapala explained that her grandfather John Timlin was admitted into the hospital after contracting COVID-19. She said she and her family are so appreciative of the staff for doing everything they could for her grandfather and they wanted to do something for...

  • Newspaper earns Pacemaker honors during convention

    Staff Report|Jan 20, 2021

    The Green River Star received several Pacemaker accolades during the Wyoming Press Association’s annual convention over the weekend. The Star competes in the Large Weeklies category, which encompasses weekly newspapers with a circulation of more than 2,500. Publisher David Martin received two Pacemaker awards for editorial content, placing second in column writing for opinion-based column writing and second in obituary writing for an article featuring community leaders reflecting on former Green River City Councilman Carl Morck’s life. Llo...

  • Museum livestream attracts many viewers

    Jan 20, 2021

    Seventy-five people took part in a recent Facebook livestreamed event created by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River. Amanda Benson, the museum’s curator, took questions across a broad range of topics, including the duties of a curator, genealogical research, the museum’s extensive collection of historical photographs, care and preservation of artifacts, historic documents, and the museum’s volunteer program. Before the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, “Coffee With the Curator” was an in-person event at local coffee shops. “We...

  • New COVID variant detected in Teton County

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 20, 2021

    JACKSON — The new, fast-spreading coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom has been detected in Teton County, and health officials are repeating their plea for people to only gather with household members. “Our community is in perhaps the most critical position we have faced yet in the course of this pandemic,” Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell said in a press release Saturday. “With the identification of the COVID-19 variant along with cases of COVID-19 rapidly rising in our community, we are asking all residen...

  • Wyoming GOP condemns Cheney

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 20, 2021

    CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Republican Party issued a statement highlighting an outpouring of opposition from its members in response to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., voting to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot that occurred a week earlier. The party issued the statement late Wednesday night, a few hours after Cheney joined nine other Republican representatives in voting to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, making him the first president to be impeached t...

  • GOP chair says Western states watching Texas secession effort

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 20, 2021

    CASPER — The chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party on Friday said Western states are “paying attention” to the effort by some in Texas’ far-right to try to secede from the United States. Appearing on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast last week to discuss Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump, Eathorne made the comment in response to a Bannon question about what conservatives should keep in mind in light of their movement’s recent political losses. “We need to focus on the fundamentals,” Eath...

  • Wolves host Thoman tourney

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 20, 2021

    Monday afternoon, head coach Josh Wisniewski was having his boys work on their bridging. "Keep your shoulders off the mat," he ordered as they worked through the drills. "Try to stay in your bridge." The drills come after two close losses to Worland and Cheyenne East Saturday during the Thoman Soda Ash Memorial wrestling tournament. "We gave up to many pins this weekend," he said. While the coach said it's never fun losing duals, he does see a lot of improvement from his boys compared to where...

  • Swimmers continue to excel

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 20, 2021

    With six weeks until the end of their season, the Green River High School Boys Swimming and Diving Team continue to push themselves in the pool. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said the boys are swimming tired, but remain competitive at their meets. It will be another three weeks until they start to taper their practices in preparation for State. The process slowly eases the practice workouts on swimmers, allowing them rest and compete at 100% during Regionals and State. The team hasn’t had any n...

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