Articles from the May 5, 2022 edition

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  • Commissioner, councilwoman clash over ambulances

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 5, 2022

    As discussions about providing and funding ambulance services in Sweetwater County continue, so do tensions connected to those discussions. During Tuesday’s Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting, Green River City Councilwoman Sherry Bushman addressed a comment Commissioner Mary Thoman made during a previous meeting. “I would just like to challenge our cities to step up to the plate and offer to help instead of objecting to everything we’re doing. It’s frustrating when you’re trying to get a...

  • Survey results seen as promising for tax push

    David Martin, Editor|May 5, 2022

    A recent survey of residents about their views on a potential specific purpose sales tax is considered promising by local leaders and has already had impact on the types of projects that will be brought forward. The sales tax being considered is similar to previous 1% specific purpose taxes passed by Sweetwater County voters in 2012 and 2006, which listed the uses proposed for the tax. The tax initiative voters defeated in November would have been for a general purpose sales tax, which would...

  • Only a drill

    May 5, 2022

  • Solvay buys out longtime partner

    Staff Report|May 5, 2022

    Solvay is now the sole owner of the soda ash operation bearing the company’s name west of Green River. The company issued a press release Wednesday morning announcing it had purchased the 20% minority stake in the operation owned by AGC for $120 million in a deal that was completed later that day. Solvay and AGC formed the Solvay Soda Ash Joint Venture in 1992, buying the operation that was owned by Tennaco Inc. The facility is one of two plants operated by Solvay in the United States. The company operates six other soda ash facilities in E...

  • Gerald "Jerry" William Miller

    May 5, 2022

    Gerald "Jerry" William Miller, 54, passed away on Monday April 25th at the University of Utah following a sudden illness. His wife and children were by his side. Jerry was born in Sonora, California on April 7th, 1968. He spent time living in California, Colorado and Utah before settling in Green River. Jerry attended college at Mesa State University in Grand Junction Colorado. Jerry loved all things sports, especially football. He loved watching the USC Trojans, LA Rams, LA Lakers and the LA...

  • Rosemary Weathermon

    May 5, 2022

    Rosemary Weathermon, 93, Passed away Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born on December 18, 1928 in Dickenson, North Dakota, the daughter of Nickidemus Weisgerber and Elizabeth Senn. Rosemary married Marvin Weathermon in Bridger, Montana on August 19, 1950. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2007. She worked as a cook for Park County School District for 15 years until her retirement on April 25, 1989. Rosemary was a member of the St. Barbara's...

  • Robert Joseph Jones (Bobby)

    May 5, 2022

    Robert Joseph Jones (Bobby), age 46, beloved son and father, passed away on April 30, 2022 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born September 8, 1975 in Price, Utah, to Roger Hugh Jones and Kathy Xiras Etzel. Married DeAnna Campbell July 31, 1999; they later divorced. Bobby was a graduate of East Carbon High and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Until his disability from a motorcycle accident in 2005, he worked for Andalex Resources as a roof bolter. He loved riding his horse Brandy and was a...

  • Lorain Hazel Robinson (Rainey)

    May 5, 2022

    Lorain Hazel Robinson (Rainey), faithful servant of God, passed into glory January 14, 2022, in Puyallup, WA. She was a resident of Superior, WY from 1953 to 1988. She resided in Green River, WY from 1988 to 2018. Lorain was born on August 7, 1932, in Hanna, WY to Lucille Ann Booker Robinson and Royal Douglas Robinson, Sr. Mrs. Robinson attended schools in Hanna, Wyoming and was a 1951 graduate of Hanna High School. She married Milford Othello Robinson August 15, 1953 in Rawlins, Wyoming. He...

  • Harold Raymond Roach Jr

    May 5, 2022

    Harold Raymond Roach Jr., 65, of Eden, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at his home on April 25, 2022. He was born in Sacramento, California on February 23, 1957, to Harold Raymond Roach Sr. and Joann Faith Reed. He graduated from Farson-Eden, Wyoming, in 1977 and enlisted in the Army, which he served in until 1980. After serving in the Army, Harold enjoyed his time farming and ranching. He later began over-the-road truck driving, of which he shared many stories about his time traveling the...

  • Wyo. officials think customers should pay $1B to 'save' coal

    Kerry Drake,|May 5, 2022

    Gov. Mark Gordon and the Legislature apparently believe Wyoming’s electricity customers are all chumps.What other conclusion is possible, given their push to prop up the dying coal industry by retrofitting the state’s coal-fired power plants with wildly expensive, efficiency-killing carbon-capture systems by 2030? PacifiCorp, which operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming, said last month it would cost between $400 million and $1 billion for each coal power plant unit to add carbon capture utilization and storage technology. A law pas...

  • Green River Police Department reports for April 27-May 2

    May 5, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for April 27 At 9:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a student in possession of a vaping device at Green River High School. Officers met with school administration, the student, a parent or guardian and subsequently issued the juvenile, 14, a citation for alleged use or possession of tobacco by a minor - second offense. Officers completed a report of the incident. At 11:04 a.m., officers responded to a report of a three-vehicle collision at Green River High School. It was reported three vehicles...

  • Softball wins include no-hitter game

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 5, 2022

    The Green River High School Girls Softball Team will be heading to their match against Rock Springs today with confidence after two huge wins and a no hitter last week. The team beat both Natrona County and Kelly Walsh in their conference games, and the Natrona County game last Friday included a no hitter pitched by freshman Haidyn Terry. A "no hitter" refers to a game where there are no hits against the pitcher. While runners may still be able to get to bases off a walk or an air by an... Full story

  • Boys soccer sees mixed week

    David Martin, Editor|May 5, 2022

    The Green River High School varsity boys soccer team split their games last week, taking a 3-0 loss in Rock Springs, turning around and winning their rematch against the Evanston Red Devils 1-0 Friday. The win Friday was accomplished by a late-game goal scored by Brett Stanton. Head coach Jorge Salsedo said the boys are reacting more on the field and have turned around from where they were earlier in the season. Right now, Salcedo and the coaching staff are working to help the Wolves have a...

  • GRHS grad gets NFL opportunity

    Staff Report|May 5, 2022

    Former Green River High School football player Hunter Spartz is gearing up for a shot at the big time after being invited to the New England Patriots mini camp as an undrafted free agent. Hunter is a 2017 graduate of Green River High School who had earned All Conference and All-State as an offensive lineman during his junior and senior years. During his senior year, he was selected All-Conference as a defensive end. Following graduation, he enrolled with Montana Tech and began studying...

  • Lady Wolf signs to swim in Oklahoma

    David Martin, Editor|May 5, 2022

    Green River High School swimmer Hailey Uhrig will be swimming in Oklahoma next year after signing a letter of intent to compete for Oklahoma Christian University. Uhrig has earned multiple state championships in several events during her time as a high school swimmer and holds several school and state records. Hailey said the facilities at the university and the campus itself helped solidify her decision. She had previously visited the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University before h...

  • Girls soccer games determine regional seeding

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 5, 2022

    The Green River High School Girls Soccer Team is set to head into regional competitions next week in the fifth seed after one loss and one win in their games last week. The competition started with a disappointing 11-0 loss in Rock Springs last Thursday. “We have a mental block with Rock Springs,” head coach Matthew Robles said. “The score reflected how the game went for us. It started bad and just progressively went downhill from there.” The Rock Springs Lady Tigers are currently ranked...

  • Basketball player signs with Chadron State

    David Martin, Editor|May 5, 2022

    Senior girls basketball player Megan Counts signed her letter of intent to play for Chadron State College in Nebraska this fall. "I loved the team when I went there ... I just really like the environment," she said about what attracted her to the team. Counts played as a power forward for the Lady Wolves, saying she would like to play as a guard, but isn't sure if she will switch when she plays for Chadron State. Regardless, Counts said she loves the game, having played basketball since she was...

  • Green River students win at state SkillsUSA championships

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 5, 2022

    A group of Green River High School students recently proved their skills while competing with high school students from across the state during the Wyoming SkillsUSA state championships. Of the local students who attended, Cole Murray took first place in Cabinetmaking, Branson Barton took third place in Advanced Welding, and a team of Xander Lindsey, Alicia Harrison, Allysa Cudney and Addee Beardsley took third in the Knowledge Bowl for Medical Terminology. The SkillsUSA Championships include... Full story

  • Counting your chickens: Lek surveys check sage grouse population numbers

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 5, 2022

    Sunrise was cold and windy north of Farson last Sunday. Wyoming Game and Fish Game Warden Justin Dodd scanned the sagebrush through his binoculars. "There they are," he said, catching sight of white feathers. Roughly 20 sage grouse slowly moved around the patch of land. A lone antelope stood nearby, but he and the birds didn't seem to mind each other. Still, within half an hour, most of the sage grouse had either flown away or hidden themselves. But the fact there were birds present was a good...

  • Closure at Jim Bridger avoided

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|May 5, 2022

    A coal-burning unit at the Jim Bridger power plant will be allowed to remain in operation pending a second revision of the state’s regional haze compliance plan, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal agency confirmed Monday it has no plans to order PacifiCorp to shut down Unit 2 — among four coal-burning units — at the Jim Bridger power plant east of Rock Springs, despite blowing past a January 1 deadline to install regional haze pollution controls. It cited a sue-and-settle consent decree reached in February betwe...

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