Articles from the May 12, 2022 edition


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  • BLM seeks comment on horse plan

    David Martin, Editor|May 12, 2022

    A plan to manage wild horses in Southwestern Wyoming will result in many herds being removed from lands they're currently living on if approved by the Bureau of Land Management. This new management plan, if approved, will see the forced removal of herds in many locations throughout Southwest Wyoming, leaving the herd living near Pilot Butte and the Wild Horse Loop Tour in the White Mountain Herd Management Area unaffected. Initially, the plan was to render the herd a non-reproducing herd, but...

  • Four charged in alleged kidnapping, attack

    David Martin, Editor|May 12, 2022

    Felony charges against three men and a minor were filed last week in Sweetwater County Circuit Court following an alleged incident where a Rock Springs man was held against his will and beaten. Charges were filed against Damon Ray Longfellow, 21, of Rock Springs; Dominick James McCall, 19, of Reliance; Tyler Jerome Billstein, 20, of Rock Springs; and Alex Carrier, 16, of Rock Springs. Carrier was charged as an adult for his alleged participation in the event. Longfellow faces felony charges of k...

  • Candidates seek legislative seats

    Staff Report|May 12, 2022

    Several people have announced their intent to seek election to various county and state offices in the past two weeks. At the county level, Donnalee Bobak, the Sweetwater County Clerk of District Court, announced she will seek re-election in 2022. “I want to thank the citizens of Sweetwater County for their confidence in allowing me to serve them, and humbly ask for your continued support,” Bobak said in her announcement. Throughout her term, Bobak said she has worked on several initiatives, including serving on the design committee for Ful...

  • Gabriel. R. (Chambliss) Wright

    May 12, 2022

    Gabriel. R. (Chambliss) Wright, 35, passed away on Sunday May 8, 2022 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past thirty years and former resident of Illinois. Mr. Wright was born July 25, 1986 in Mount Vernon, Illinois; the son of Randy J. Wright and Judy Prince Wright. He attended schools in Illinois and Rock Springs, and was a 2003 graduate of Independent High School. Mr. Wright worked for Keller Construction for one year as a Construction Worker. He...

  • Victoria Lee Moran

    May 12, 2022

    Victoria Lee Moran, 70, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Heritage Park in Roy Utah. She was a longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Moran died following a lengthy illness. She was born August 17, 1951 in Rawlins, Wyoming; the daughter of William Morris and Erma "Dixie" Cook. Mrs. Moran attended schools in Colorado and Wyoming. She graduated in 1969. She was a long standing dual member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles...

  • Robert (Bob) P. Fabian

    May 12, 2022

    Robert (Bob) P. Fabian passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer on May 7, 2022 at the age of 71. Robert was born July 17, 1950 to George P. Fabian and Mary A. Stefoin Fabian in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Robert attended schools in Superior and Rock Springs, graduating from Rock Springs High School in 1968. He later attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the college of Commerce and Industry in 1973. Robert was employed by Allied Chemical for...

  • Elizabeth "Becky" Helekahi

    May 12, 2022

    Elizabeth "Becky" Helekahi, 71, passed away Sunday May 1, 2022 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 36 years and former resident of Hawaii, Alaska and Evanston, Wyoming. She was born February 23, 1951 in Brookings, South Dakota; the daughter of Louis C. Koerner and Elizabeth Erickson. Ms. Helekahi attended schools in California and was a 1969 graduate of Ramona California High School. She attended Western Wyoming Community...

  • Georgina Orel Hysell

    May 12, 2022

    Georgina Orel Hysell, 89, passed away Monday, May 2, 2022 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming 88 years and former resident of Robertson, Wyoming. She was born May 25, 1932 in Robertson, Wyoming; the daughter of Frank Hysell and Ida Graham. Ms.. Hysell attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ms. Hysell enjoyed spending time with family; reading; baking; dancing;...

  • Biggest election in Wyoming a total snooze-fest so far

    Kerry Drake, Wyofile.com|May 12, 2022

    Liz Cheney’s fight to keep her U.S. House seat is supposed to be a slugfest. How could it not be? There’s so much inherent drama: Cheney, the fallen GOP princess, locked in a duel against her party’s once (and perhaps still) king, Donald Trump. His hand-picked surrogate is a former friend and ally, Harriet Hageman, who claims Cheney betrayed their leader. If Wyoming votes out Cheney, can she still someday make it to the White House? Folks, it’s Survivor: Politicos of the Plains! Except this showdown for the heart and soul of the Republican Part...

  • Green River Police Department reports for May 2-9

    May 12, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for May 2 At 1:09 a.m., officers responded to a report of a disturbance at an Upland Way unit. Officers attempted to make contact at the residence, and completed a report of the incident. May 3 At 4:57 p.m., officers responded to a report of drug use. Officers arrived on scene and met with an individual who reported a verbal domestic. Officers did not observe any drug paraphernalia, gathered information, and completed a report of the incident. The GRPD did not release the address officers responded to. May...

  • Library hosts board game collection

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 12, 2022

    Family game night has more options than ever thanks to the Sweetwater County Library System's new game collection. The game collection, which can be found at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River, offers a wide variety of tabletop games which library patrons can check out. "This is something we wanted to do in order to have more offerings at the library," Alan Vaughn, the library's public services manager, said. "Also we really think board games are neat and it's just a good way to bring...

  • Mother's Day meal

    May 12, 2022

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  • COVID-19 funds used in county purchases

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 12, 2022

    Sweetwater County will be able to purchase vehicles and make security upgrades for county departments and buildings thanks to coronavirus state and local fiscal recovery funds. During their meeting last week, the commissioners approved several purchases for the county, all of which will use federal funds the county received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The commissioners previously approved the use of local recovery funds for revenue loss and have already allocated $714,148.23 for...

  • County birth announcements

    May 12, 2022

    Marco Salcedo and Tanya Baer of Rock Springs are announcing the birth of their son Cedric Sébastien Salcedo. Cedric was born April 6 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Nathan and Naidy Green of Green River are announcing the birth of their son Nash Miguel Green. Nash was born April 6 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Gabriel Morones and Kristyne Bunderman of Rock Springs are announcing the birth of their son Lynden Isaac Morones. Lynden was born April 20 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Jon and Ronda Hefner of Rock...

  • Murray signs with D-1 university

    David Martin, Editor|May 12, 2022

    A Green River High School track and field athlete signed his letter of intent Tuesday to compete for Weber State University, an NCAA Division I university, following his mission. Cole Murray competes in shot put and discus events for GRHS and will continue competing in those events when he becomes a Wildcat in 2024. Weber State is also his father's alma mater. "I'm proud of him," his father Curg Murray said. Cole said he plans to study mechanical engineering while at the university. For Cole,...

  • Lady Wolves prepare for regionals

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 12, 2022

    The Green River High School Girls Soccer Team will hit the field for their first regional game today, going up against Kelly Walsh in a win-or-go-home match. The Lady Wolves are headed into regionals as underdogs, particularly after losing to Kelly Walsh 5-0 last Friday and losing to Natrona County 2-0 last Saturday. “We came out kind of flat,” coach Matthew Robles said of last week’s game against Kelly Walsh. “But the girls did fight,” he added. “We were only down one to nothing in the first h...

  • Softball team looks to improve after RS loss

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|May 12, 2022

    After recent victories, the Green River High School softball team was confident going into their games against Rock Springs last Thursday, but it just wasn’t a good day for them. “We did terrible,” coach Blair Aimone admitted. The Lady Wolves ended up losing their conference game against the Lady Tigers 7-0, and losing the second game 9-0. “If you can’t score you can’t win, and if you don’t catch and you don’t throw you can’t win,” Aimone said. “I don’t know if they got into our heads a little...

  • Upcoming soccer game decides Wolves' future

    Staff Report|May 12, 2022

    One last trip to Casper didn’t end the way the Green River Wolves would have preferred last weekend as the team returned home with two losses before they participate in the west regional soccer tournament this week. The boys took on Kelly Walsh Friday in a game that ended with a 4-1 win for the Trojans. The following day, the Wolves battled against the Natrona County Mustangs, taking a second loss in a 4-2 effort. The 4A West Regional Boys Soccer Tournament takes place in Jackson with action starting Thursday. The Wolves are seeded fourth in t...

  • Track team hits season-best times in Cody

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 12, 2022

    Green River’s track team headed north last Thursday to compete with a new group of teams including the host Cody, Powell, Worland, St. Stephens, and Sheridan. In the sprints for the Lady Wolves, seven sprinters were entered, all of whom will be returning next year for the young Green River team. In the 100-meter dash, Rylee Rosas led the Lady Wolves finishing 14th, followed by Eva Murray in 22nd, Ericka Robinson at 28th and Laynie Fundell in 32nd. The 200 meters was also led by Rosas and Murray in 11th and 16th respectively, followed by Mikayla...

  • Graduates' parade

    May 12, 2022

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  • Legislative committee considering tax increase for cigarettes

    Stephen Dow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 12, 2022

    SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature’s Revenue Committee will spend a portion of its interim session considering whether to increase the state’s cigarette tax for the first time since 2003. During its first meeting of the interim in Lander April 28, the committee voted to create a bill draft to be considered at its next meeting in September. The draft will have a placeholder number, with the actual amount of the tax increase to be determined during the September meeting, legislators said. Ideas shared at the April meeting ranged from incre...

  • Laramie County GOP leaders return from state convention disappointed

    Jasmine Hall, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 12, 2022

    CHEYENNE – Laramie County Republican Party leaders said they returned from the state convention in Sheridan this weekend disheartened, but they have no plans to file a lawsuit. Members of the county Executive Committee were joined by the majority of their delegates in a walkout Saturday, after the state Central Committee voted not to seat Laramie County’s 37 delegates. This upheld the recommendation by the state Credentials Committee, which had voted earlier last week 15-8 in favor of not seating the delegates due to Laramie County’s viola...

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