Articles from the February 8, 2024 edition


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  • Storm drains and pickleball

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    Ice and meltwater drainage concerns, the future of the movie theater building, DCI's investigation of internet crimes against children, and the use of the Recreation Center by pickleball players were all topics of discussion during Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Citizen concerns During the citizen requests and communications portion of the meeting, Green River resident Kevin Kinney came to the council to express some of his recent concerns. First, Kinney asked the council about the sewer...

  • Southwest Wyo. Regional Airport plans for future

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    While continuing to struggle with pilot shortages and industry challenges, the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport is looking to the future and hopeful in finding ways forward to continue improving service. Airport Director Devon Brubaker recently gave updates on the airport's current situation and future plans to Sweetwater County residents during an Airport Master Plan Community Meeting and to the county during Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting. The airport has had "another year...

  • Fog and frost on the river

    Feb 8, 2024

    Heavy fog and cold weather last week turned the Green River landscape into a frosty winter wonderland for several days. Despite Wednesday's heavy snow, the rest of the week should be a little clearer. Cool temperatures around 30 degrees in the day are predicted.... Full story

  • Ronald Eugene Barlow

    Feb 8, 2024

    Ronald Eugene Barlow, 85, a longtime resident of Green River, passed away on Sunday January 21, 2024 surrounded by his family at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ron was born May 21, 1938 to Kelley (Curly) Blanchard Barlow and Dorothy Lillian (Tiny) Wilhite in Humboldt, Kansas. Ron graduated from Humboldt High School class of 1956. Upon graduation, Ron hopped a train and headed to Wyoming where he started his career in the pipeline industry. Along with starting his career,... Full story

  • John Lewis Elliott

    Feb 8, 2024

    John Lewis Elliott, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on January 19 at the age of 74. Known for his infectious sense of humor, John's playful spirit left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Born to Barbara May Hasten Elliott and Hollie Elliott on October 14, 1949, in Mineola, Texas, John touched the lives of many with his warmth, kindness, and unwavering love. He leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories and a profound...

  • Vaughn Earl Cross

    Feb 8, 2024

    Vaughn Earl Cross, 92, passed away January 14, 2024 at the Sublette County Nursing Home in Pinedale, Wyoming. He was a longtime resident of Pinedale, Wyoming and a former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Vaughn was born June 6, 1931 in Edison, Nebraska; the son of William Earl Cross and Helen Elizabeth Hays. He attended school in Edison, Nebraska and graduated from Edison High School in 1948. Vaughn married Lila Mae Noltie April 7, 1956 in Edison, Nebraska. She preceded him in death July 11,... Full story

  • James Edward Davis Sr.

    Feb 8, 2024

    James Edward Davis Sr., 71, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024 in Rawlins, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 16 years and former resident of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born February 13, 1952 in Knoxville, Tennessee; the son of Robert Glen Davis and Joyce Case. Mr. Davis attended schools in Knoxville and was a 1970 graduate of Central High School. He was a United States Air Force Veteran having served in Vietnam. Mr. Davis worked for Allied Chemical for nine years and... Full story

  • Phillip D. Greer

    Feb 8, 2024

    Phillip D. Greer, 65, passed away January 12, 2024 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 40 years and a former resident of Arizona. He was born December 9, 1958 in Teton, Arizona. Phillip attended school in Teton, Arizona and graduated High School in 1975. He worked at Wal-Mart as a stocker for 14 years. Phillip was a hard worker and enjoyed his time at Wal-Mart. In his spare time, you could find him hanging out with everyone down at Jenkins Music and... Full story

  • Billy Joe Larsen

    Feb 8, 2024

    Billy Joe Larsen, 62, of San Antonio, TX died on January 15, 2024. Billy fought a valiant battle against heart and lung disease for many years. He was born in Rapid City, SD and lived many places including Laramie, WY; Green River, WY; Elko, NV; Lake Havasu, AZ; and San Antonio, TX. Billy graduated from Green River high school in 1979. Billy will be laid to rest at the Larsen family cemetery in Farmingdale, South Dakota on February 10, 2024 at 10:30. A luncheon will be held at Comfort Suites... Full story

  • Blake Rock Brower

    Feb 8, 2024

    Blake Rock Brower, 35, of Rock Springs Wyoming passed away suddenly on January 28th 2024. Blake was born on January 14, 1989 to Tony J Brower and Mischelle Rock Brower, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Shortly after Blake was Born his family moved to Rock Springs. He was the fair haired, fearless baby in the family with the cutest cheeks, and adored by his three older siblings. He was funny, a little mischievous, easy going, light hearted and lit up a room with his grin. He attended schools in Rock... Full story

  • Jean Popp

    Feb 8, 2024

    Jean Popp, 81, passed away peacefully, with her son by her side, on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital. She was a resident of Spring Creek, Nevada for 15 years and former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She died following a sudden illness. She was born March 30, 1942 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Jack Mitchelson and Jean Jones. Jean attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1960 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married Michael J.... Full story

  • Where have all the doctors gone?

    Katie Klingsporn, Writers on the Range|Feb 8, 2024

    There’s never been enough doctors in rural Wyoming, where I live, but a shortage of obstetricians is now increasing the risks for pregnant women across the state—and the nation. In the last decade in Wyoming, three hospitals have closed their maternity ward. That includes Rawlins, where pregnant moms now have to risk travel on Interstate 80—notorious for weather-related closures—to deliver their babies in Laramie, 100 miles away. But Wyoming isn’t the only state to face inadequate maternal care: Less than half of the rural hospitals in Americ...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Jan. 28 - Feb. 5

    Feb 8, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for Jan. 28 At 12:19 a.m., officers issued a warning for alleged use of a cellular telephone while driving. At 12:49 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Upland Way. The driver was subsequently arrested for alleged DWUI. Officers issued citations to Leslie Price, of Green River, for alleged DWUI of alcohol .08 or greater and speeding. Officers transported Price to the Sweetwater County Detention Center and completed a report of the incident. At 3:37 a.m., officers responded to a report of... Full story

  • Filling a void and continuing a legacy

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    The loss of Ruth Lauritzen is keenly felt at Golden Hour Senior Center, but Marcia Driggs is doing her best to not only keep the center moving forward but to honor Lauritzen's legacy and impact. Driggs was recently named the executive director of Golden Hour following the passing of Lauritzen. Lauritzen had worked at the senior center for almost two years, having started as executive director in March 2022. She previously worked at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum for 30 years and worked...

  • Golden Hour Senior Center February Schedule

    Feb 8, 2024

    GHSC is hosting a Super Bowl Game Time event this Friday, Feb. 9. Games will start at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:45 a.m. The menu will include chili dogs, waffle fries, pasta salad, and football cookies. Appetizers will include Chex mix, pretzels and cheese, and caramel corn. Wear a jersey to celebrate spirit week. GHSC will also have a special luncheon on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 11:45 a.m. The menu will include chicken alfredo, asparagus, garlic bread, tropical fruit, and black forest cherry cake. Call 872-3223 to RSVP. Special E... Full story

  • Sisecam gives back

    Feb 8, 2024

    Shelley Richno and Kelly Frink from United Way of Southwest Wyoming were recently presented with a check from Sisecam leadership and their United Way campaign team representing employee donations of $51,105.92 and a $20,000 company match. Pictured left to right: Shelley Richno, Kelly Frink, Angelica Mecham, Jennifer Maze, Heather Allen, Lori Ungaro, Michael McGrady and Hidayet Ozdemir.... Full story

  • Free suicide prevention class offered

    Staff Report|Feb 8, 2024

    The Sweetwater County Prevention Coalition is offering a free QPR suicide prevention class next Tuesday. “QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, which are the steps used to help someone at risk for suicide stay alive and get professional help,” according to a press release. “What would you do if you thought that someone in your life was considering suicide?” the press release asked. “Would you know how to spot the warning signs? What to ask them? What to do if they answer yes, that they are thinking about ending their life? Our free... Full story

  • Expedition Academy shares Honor Rolls

    Feb 8, 2024

    Expedition Academy recently released their first and second quarter honor rolls for Fall 2023. To be on the Principal Honor Roll, students had to earn a 4.0 Grade Point Average. To receive Scholastic Honors, students had to have a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99. Students received Achievement Honors for earning a 3.0 to 3.49 GPA. First Quarter Principal Honors: Naomi McMullan Scholastic Honors: Owen Calzada, Alyssa Campton, Jayden Melhorn, Logan Strength, Jon Thompson, Taisha Boutin, Charlotte Burd, Carlos Rodriguez, Paul Stromberg Achievement... Full story

  • Wolves earn several All-Conference honors and take third at 3A Conference Championships

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Feb 8, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team traveled to Pinedale to compete in the 3A South Conference Championships. The teams included Green River, Evanston, Lander, Rawlins, Lyman, Kemmerer and Sublette County. Friday was an intense day of competition. Only the top 12 swimmers and divers would be heading into the Championships on Saturday. Green River definitely showed up with a lot of determination and hit the water aggressively during the Prelims. The following swimmers and divers...

  • Wolves win game against Rock Springs Tigers and lose to Trojans

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    The further into the season they've gone, the tougher the Wolves have been on the court. Last weekend the Green River High School Boys Basketball team continued to take on strong opponents in intense and close games. Last Thursday, Green River headed to Rock Springs for the annual Make-A-Wish game. "Rivalry games are always exciting for the players, coaches, and the community," Head Coach Laurie Ivie said. The Wolves and Tigers faced off, with Green River struggling a little in the beginning. "W...

  • Lady Wolves struggle to get a win against Rock Springs and Kelly Walsh

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Feb 8, 2024

    The Green River Lady Wolves played the Rock Springs Lady Tigers last Thursday in Rock Springs. Green River and Rock Springs both started the game with a lot of intensity. At the end of the first quarter, Green River had scored 15 points while Rock Springs scored 16. The game took a turn in the second quarter when Green River only scored two points and allowed Rock Springs to score seven points. Falling behind hurt the Lady Wolves, so they came back on the court in the third quarter with a lot...

  • Wrestlers take on tough teams

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 8, 2024

    This past Thursday, the Green River High School Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity traveled to the Star Valley High School in Afton to take on the always-formidable Star Valley Braves Wrestling teams. The Wolves Varsity defeated Star Valley 43-25 while the Junior Varsity scored a 62-50 win over the Braves. After the meet, Head Wrestling Coach Josh Wisniewski commented that they were very happy with how the team competed in Star Valley. "It's always tough to wrestle them in their gym or anywhere...

  • Green River hosts Shiver in the River at the GR Aquatic Center

    Staff Report|Feb 8, 2024

    On the first day of competition at the "Shiver in the River," the Women's Sweetwater Aquatics Team scored 138 points in 13 events and came in third place, while the men scored 133 points and also came in third. During the second day of competing, the Women's Sweetwater Aquatics Team finished the meet with 284 points in third place after a total of 25 events. The men scored a total of 252 points claiming second place. Shiver in the River results 01/26/24 Girls 8 & Under; Under 100 Yard Freestyle...

  • Barrasso, Lummis, Carper Bill Honoring Wyoming's Dessie A. Bebout

    Press Release from the Wyoming Senate State Delegation|Feb 8, 2024

    CASPER, WY – A bipartisan bill honoring the life and legacy of former Shoshoni Postmaster Dessie A. Bebout passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs last week. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), and Tom Carper (D-Del.), honors Dessie Bebout by naming the local post office in Shoshoni, Wyoming after her. Bebout, a WWII veteran, passed away last year at the age of 102. Bebout's honored c... Full story

  • Casper woman's murder solved

    Anna Shaffer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 8, 2024

    CASPER — The homicide of Casper native Teree Becker has been solved after more than 48 years, the Westminster Colorado Police Department announced Wednesday. Years of effort and genetic genealogy are credited for identifying Thomas Elliott as Becker’s killer. Becker grew up in Casper with her parents, a brother and a sister. She was a graduate of Kelly Walsh High School and worked for a newspaper for a time. She moved to Denver shortly after graduating. “Her family said that she often lived life on the edge. They said she never met a stran...

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