Articles from the February 2, 2023 edition


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  • UW builds partnerships

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 2, 2023

    The University of Wyoming is always looking for more ways to improve their partnerships with community colleges and businesses throughout the state, including Western Wyoming Community College and the trona industry, specifically through a partnership with Genesis Alkali. To share some of the success of the partnerships with Sweetwater County, representatives from the university hosted a "UW in Your Community" event at Western Monday night. At the event, Professor Patrick Johnson, the head of...

  • Winter activities, winter difficulties

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 2, 2023

    Winter sports and activities in Wyoming face unique challenges, including trying to travel to compete when roads are treacherous and can close at any time. Several of the Green River High School sports and activity teams encountered these extra difficulties last weekend, including the Cheer and Dance teams who traveled to Casper for State only to have the competition canceled and the Speech and Debate team who had to be rescued when their bus broke down. Competition canceled The GRHS Wolf Pack...

  • Dancing with the GR Stars

    Feb 2, 2023

    Owen and Enna Adams performed a routine together during the annual Dancing with the Green River Stars. The brother-sister duo was chosen as the winners of the event Monday night. Green River High School Theater hosted the dance competition, which pairs student dancers with student athletes and student leaders and serves as a fundraiser for the theater department.... Full story

  • Diana Marie Coleman

    Feb 2, 2023

    Diana Marie Coleman, 63, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born on July 11, 1959 at the West Valley Community Hospital in Encino, California, the daughter of Homer Ross and Margaret Alton Wolfer. Diana graduated from Kennedy High School with the class of 1977. She met her high school sweetheart, Wesley Bodeen Coleman in 1976. They married in Casper, WY in 1978 and spent the last 46 years happily together. Diana had a great love for the outdoors... Full story

  • Ruby May Macy

    Feb 2, 2023

    Ruby May Macy, 88, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A resident of Rock Springs, for 46 years and former resident of Gillette, Wyoming. Mrs. Macy died following a lengthy illness. She was born on October 18, 1934, in Upton, Wyoming, the daughter of William Gray and Edna Overton. Mrs. Macy worked for the City of Rock Springs as a meter-maid for many years. She also worked being a waitress for the most of her life. She mar... Full story

  • Frank "Jerry" Hernandez

    Feb 2, 2023

    Frank "Jerry" Hernandez, 70, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at his home in Reliance, Wyoming. He was a resident of Reliance for the past 48 years and former resident of Green River, Wyoming. He was born June 28, 1952 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of William Hernandez and Mary Lois Sena. Jerry attended schools in Green River, Wyoming. He married Lana Law March 11, 1974 in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Jerry served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. He worked for FMC for 20 years and r... Full story

  • David S. Petrie

    Feb 2, 2023

    David S. Petrie, 85, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mr. Petrie died following a lengthy illness. He was born May 21, 1937 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of David Low Petrie and Leontina Stienwander Mr. Petrie attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1955 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married Carolyn Stewart June 14, 1958 in Rock Springs, Wyoming... Full story

  • Loretta L. Germer

    Feb 2, 2023

    Loretta L. Germer, 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a life-long resident of Green River, Wyoming. She was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming September 26, 1940; the daughter of Thomas Henry Clark and Emma Lucille Jenkins. Mrs. Germer attended schools in Winton and Green River, Wyoming. She was a 1958 graduate of Lincoln High School. She married Raymond Germer September 5, 1964 in Layton, Utah. Mrs. Germer... Full story

  • Thomas Angelo Andersen

    Feb 2, 2023

    Thomas Angelo Andersen, 53, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of California. Mr. Andersen was born on December 8, 1969 in Bellflower, California; the son of George Lionel Andersen and Nancy Susan Anselmi. He attended schools in San Dimas, California Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1988 Graduate of Rock Springs High School. He earned his Bachelors Degree at University of Wyoming in... Full story

  • Lorie Lynn Cantrell

    Feb 2, 2023

    Lorie Lynn Cantrell, 53, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born December 14, 1969 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Ron Riddle and Becky S. Drenon. Mrs. Cantrell attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1988 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She earned her Cosmetology License at Southwest Beauty Academy. She married Kevin L. Cantrell October 13, 1990 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.... Full story

  • Angel Louise Quigley

    Feb 2, 2023

    Angel Louise Quigley, 27, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming. She was born December 31, 1995 in Salt Lake City, Utah; the daughter of Randy Quigley and Lora Tenorio. She attended schools in Wyoming. Angel enjoyed, spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews; listening to music; reading; dogs; helping others and snuggling up in blankets. She was also a connoisseur of candy. Survivors include her fiancé, Robert Austin Wiley of Green River, Wyoming; moth... Full story

  • Sen. Lummis, colleagues demand answers from CPSC on gas stove ban

    The Office of Senator Cynthia Lummis|Feb 2, 2023

    U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) led a letter along with nine of her colleagues to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) demanding answers on Commissioner Richard Trumka's desire to ban gas ranges and stoves. Sen. Lummis sent this letter after several people in Wyoming reached out to her office with concerns about the potential ban and the impacts it would have on people throughout the state. "People in Wyoming should have the choice over what kind of appliances they have in... Full story

  • Medicaid expansion could prevent difficult healthcare decisions

    Tania Malone|Feb 2, 2023

    When I was pregnant with my second child, Barrett, I began experiencing severe health problems.   When that happened, I had just started working full time in the kitchen of the hospital in my hometown of Douglas. I found it increasingly difficult to stand and move my body for extended periods of time.   My life took a dramatic turn when my OB/GYN told me that my baby’s health was in danger. I remember going to the doctor and being shocked to hear that I needed to be induced into an early labor to protect him.   After Barrett’s...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Jan. 22 - 25

    Feb 2, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Jan. 22 At 9:29 p.m., officers were in the area of Cumorah Way, attempting to serve a summons, when officers detected a strong odor of burnt or burning marijuana coming from somewhere inside the apartment complex. Officers located an individual who stated they had been smoking marijuana and would surrender the marijuana to officers. Officers confiscated approximately 20.74 grams of suspected marijuana, gathered information and completed a report of the incident. Jan. 23 At 1:28 a.m., officers, along wit... Full story

  • Local student raising funds for Diabetic Alert Dog

    Staff Report|Feb 2, 2023

    A local student is looking for community support in order to raise funds to buy a Diabetic Alert Dog. Elena Barrera is a teenager currently attending Green River High School. She was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes about four years ago. "I have always had the thought of having a service dog and I'm going to college next year and have decided to take the step," Barrera explained. Barrera will use a Wyoming breeder named Duty Dogs, located in Cody, for her dog. They have been breeding diabetic... Full story

  • Golden Hour Senior Center February Schedule

    Feb 2, 2023

    Pancake Tuesday: GHSC’s community event for February is Pancake Tuesday Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature special guest local author Susie Cook and music by Steve Davis. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee and more. Prices are $7 for adults, $5 for patrons 60 and over, and $3 for kids up to 12 years old. Those interested in attending should RSVP to (307) 872-3223. February Events: Nurse Clinic - Feb. 2 and 16, 9 - 11 a.m. Book Club - Feb. 8, 10 a.m. Library Checkout - Feb. 8, 11 a.m. Potluck... Full story

  • College trustee resigns following election win

    David Martin, Contributor|Feb 2, 2023

    An opening on the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees occurred last month after a board member who won her re-election bid in November resigned. Dr. Veronica Donaldson submitted her resignation from the board of trustees during the group’s January meeting. Donaldson was a board member representing Sweetwater County School District No. 1. Western’s website identifies Dr. Donaldson as the board president, and she won re-election to her position in November, earning 4,194 votes... Full story

  • Green River Star wins two awards at press convention

    Staff Report|Feb 2, 2023

    The Green River Star was recognized for excellence in two categories during the Wyoming Press Association’s 124th winter convention in Cheyenne last weekend. Editor Hannah Romero received two Pacemaker Awards. She received second place in the Column Writing category for a package of three columns sharing personal reflections on the holidays of Veterans Day, Christmas, and New Year’s. The contest judges especially took note of the New Year’s column, commenting: “Pick a word for the new year... Well, that’s different. Enough with the we...

  • Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

    Feb 2, 2023

    JodiRae Orton and Cody Halligan of Green River have announced the birth of their daughter Ingrid Rose, who was born Dec. 29, 2022. Tony and Shayleen Munoz of Green River have announced the birth of their daughter Everly Marley Munoz, who was born Jan. 5. Kyle and Andria Carpenter of McKinnon have announced the birth of their daughter Oie Lynn Carpenter, who was born Jan. 5. Charlene and Mitch Hodges of Rock Springs have announced the birth of their daughter Calliope Denise Hodges, who was born Jan. 9. Will Arias and Linsey Pulley of Rock Spring... Full story

  • Old West revolver at museum showed signs of extensive use

    Dick Blust, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Feb 2, 2023

    A frontier-era handgun recently researched by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum showed signs of extensive use. Museum staff determined the handgun to be a .45-caliber, six-shot Colt Single Action Army single-action revolver, perhaps the most iconic handgun in American history. Museum staff assessed that it was manufactured in 1883. Needing to replace its Civil War era percussion and cartridge-conversion revolvers, the U.S. Army adopted the Single Action Army in 1873. Fitted with a... Full story

  • Wolves struggle through the water in Gillette

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Feb 2, 2023

    The Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team made it to the Gillette Invite last weekend despite most of the roads in the state being closed. The team struggled to get points in the swimming events and took a fifth-place finish out of 10 teams. It was no surprise that Green River's Braxton Cordova took another first-place finish in the 1-Meter Diving event. He has been working very hard this year to complete his dives and his hard work has shown in his top performances. Brady Young took...

  • Lady Wolves conquer Star Valley at home

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Feb 2, 2023

    It was an exciting Saturday for the Lady Wolves when they won another conference game. The ladies conquered the Star Valley Braves with a final score of 53-38, in an intense game, bringing Green River to a 3-0 conference record. The girls came out slow at the beginning of the game, trading baskets and turnovers, but they picked up momentum by the next quarter. During the second quarter Green River got Star Valley to turn the ball over more and they had really great ball movement in offense. The...

  • Boys basketball coming up short

    Raena Finch, Contributor|Feb 2, 2023

    The Green River Wolves Boys basketball team played the Star Valley Braves on Saturday. The Wolves kept up the first half of the game, making some good plays. Coming into the second half of the game, the boys were very flat. This led the team to an unfortunate three-to-four-minute hole where the Braves had a 13-0 run and Green River couldn't recover. The Wolves lost the game with the final score of 60-70. Although the game didn't lean in their favor, "the boys played some of their best basketball...

  • Wrestlers compete in Ron Thon tournament

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 2, 2023

    Green River competed this past weekend in the state's largest wrestling tournament, the Ron Thon Memorial in Riverton. The tournament had 37 teams in the Boys Varsity division and the largest field since the inception of Girls Varsity Wrestling in the Girls division. Green River's Head Wrestling Coach Josh Wisniewski stated that he was "very happy with how we wrestled this weekend as a team. We had eight wrestlers place in the top four with one Champion in Thomas Dalton." The coach noted that...

  • Indoor track team competes well in large regional meet

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 2, 2023

    The Green River High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track team traveled south this past week to compete in the annual Weber State Indoor Invitational for the first time since the COVID-19 cancellations. Green River competed with 58 teams from Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming in a huge regional meet. The Wolves had 21 athletes competing in 35 events, one competitor participating in three events, and several others competing in two events. Among the athletes whose performance Head Coach Dan Hansen noted was senior thrower Dillon Davis, who took...

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