Articles from the February 22, 2024 edition


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  • Putting heads in local beds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    Tourism is an important industry for Sweetwater County, and strengthening the local economy by "putting heads in beds" is "the entire purpose of our efforts" for Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism, according to President and CEO Jenissa Meredith. The Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board recently released their 2023 Annual Report, and Meredith gave an annual update to the Green River City Council during Tuesday night's meeting. Meredith explained that the Lodging Tax is currently...

  • Pursuing solutions to protect kokanee

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    Declining rates of kokanee salmon in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is an ongoing concern, and local fishery managers in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department want to start taking action to address the problem. Green River Fisheries Biologist John Walrath and Regional Fishery Supervisor Robert Keith have been working to gather public input and work on solutions when it comes to protecting the kokanee. They hosted open houses last fall, including a well-attended gathering in Green River. During...

  • Racing to the Frostbite finish

    Feb 22, 2024

    Rhiannon Adkins holds her hands up in celebration as she participates in the Frostbite 5K. The annual Frostbite 5K/10K race put on by the City of Green River took place Saturday morning and had over 100 participants....

  • GRPD's Brad Halter promoted to Captain

    Feb 22, 2024

    Green River Police Department Sergeant Brad Halter was recently promoted to Captain. A pinning ceremony for Captain Halter took place during the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Halter's sons Jeremyah and Nathanyl performed the pinning....

  • City deer count shows slight increase

    Steve Core, City of Green River Communications Administrator|Feb 22, 2024

    The City of Green River recently joined forces with the Wyoming Game and Fish to conduct the annual deer count within the city limits. The annual count started in 2017 after concerns were raised by the community of too many deer in the city limits. The count conducted February 8 was completed by city employees, Game and Fish personnel and a few volunteers. The city is divided into eight sections. The total number of deer counted was 112, the most since the count began eight years ago. Last...

  • Frank Virgil "Pups" Goglio

    Feb 22, 2024

    Frank Virgil "Pups" Goglio, 93, passed away February 9, 2024 surrounded by his loving family at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He lived in Star Valley Ranch for 39 years and was a former resident of Green River, Wyoming. He was born July 14, 1930 in Rockvale, Colorado; the son of Frank Goglio and Anna Syputa. Pups attended school in Rock Springs, Wyoming and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1948. He married the love of his life Cora Jean "Gigi" Horton...

  • Joe "Pete" Trujillo

    Feb 22, 2024

    Joe "Pete" Trujillo, 77, of Cheyenne, passed at Davis Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 29th, 1946, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Patricio and Stella (Romero) Trujillo. After graduation he met Mary Frances Villalpando. The couple was married in 1965 and had one daughter, Linda. Pete was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1976, the couple purchased a business, Plush Cue Family Billiards. Pete loved spending time with his family and friends,...

  • John "Blake" Prevedel

    Feb 22, 2024

    John "Blake" Prevedel, 62 passed away on February 10th 2024. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs Wyoming, where he has been appreciated and loved by many. Blake was born July 11th, 1961 in Rock Springs. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1980 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Blake was known for his kindness, love and trust. He was always making people smile. He was extremely proud of his kids and grandchildren. He called his mother everyday saying "Hi, Mom, this is your...

  • Betty Jean Veesart

    Feb 22, 2024

    Betty Jean Veesart, 90, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada. Mrs. Veesart was a resident for nine years in Winnemucca, Nevada and former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Kansas and Missouri. She died following a sudden illness. She was born October 14, 1933 in Sterling, Colorado; the daughter of Louie Burhenn and Goldie Sloan. Mrs. Veesart was a 1951 graduate of Radium High School. Following graduation Betty worked as a Telephone Operator for several...

  • Darlene Mae Jothen

    Feb 22, 2024

    Darlene Mae Jothen, 81, passed away peacefully February 8, 2024 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 36 years and a former resident of Rawlins, Wyoming. Darlene was born September 22, 1942 in Hurdsfield, North Dakota; the daughter of Edward E. Ehman and Maria Eckeman. She attended school in North Dakota. Darlene married the love of her life Ronald Jothen September 1970 in Minot, North Dakota. He preceded her in death October 24, 1992. She...

  • Richard "Ricky" Henry Kendrick

    Feb 22, 2024

    Richard "Ricky" Henry Kendrick, 68, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024 in Panhandle Texas. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 38 years and former resident of Mineral Wells, Texas. He was born August 2, 1955 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; the son of Henry Kendrick and Betty Lou Egnor. Ricky married the love of his life Annie Wirtz August 2, 1990 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She preceded him in death March 3, 2016. He owned and operated Quik Ricks Welding for 30 years. Ricky loved...

  • William "Bill" V. Normington

    Feb 22, 2024

    William "Bill" V. Normington, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Missions at Castle Rock. He was a resident of Sweetwater County for 88 years. Bill was born November 28, 1935 in Eureka, Utah; the son of Delamar Normington and Erma Tarris. He attended schools in Superior and was a 1958 graduate of Superior High School. Bill earned his Associates Degree from Western Wyoming Community College in Secondary Education. Mr. Normington attended...

  • Lauretta Jean Tanner

    Feb 22, 2024

    Lauretta Jean Tanner, 85, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024 in Murray, UT. She was a resident of Rock Springs, WY. She was born on September 8, 1938 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of and Irvin Leander Mascher and Iola Mae Bowlin. Lauretta attended Judge Memorial Catholic High before attending nursing school and obtained her degree. She was a practicing nurse for 35 years. She married Leslie R. Tanner on March 1, 1989 in Salt Lake City, UT. Lauretta worked as a store manager for Buckboard...

  • Jose Maria "Pepe" Rendon

    Feb 22, 2024

    Jose Maria "Pepe" Rendon, 89, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on January 21, 2024. He was born on January 6, 1935, in Tangier, Morocco. Pepe was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He battled colon cancer for three years and succumbed to his illness. Pepe had a diverse and successful career. He began as a shoe designer and salesperson, specializing in children's shoes in Morocco. He later worked as a warehouse employee and salesman...

  • Lifelong Learning: Unconditional love

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Feb 22, 2024

    My cat and I are watching TV as I write this. She loves sitting on me or near me, she sleeps on my head and is forever coming up to me and asking me to pet her. Sweetest cat ever. The ironic part of this whole thing is that from the time I was born until about 6 years ago, I have been extremely allergic to cats. Because of this, I really didn’t like cats even though we grew up with one. Being allergic and having a cat in the house really wasn’t hard, as our cat was really my mom’s cat and she pretty much kept to herself. Additionally, for m...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 13 - 20

    Feb 22, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 13 At 1:27 p.m., officers responded to a report of burglary. At 1:46 p.m., officers responded to a report of fraud. At 2:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of larceny. At 5:03 p.m., officers responded to a report of an accident. At 6:04 p.m., officers responded to a report of threats/harassment. At 6:13 p.m., officers responded to a report of an accident. At 6:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of a disturbance. At 6:55 p.m., officers responded to a report of a missing person. Feb. 14 At...

  • RSPD seeks cold case help

    Elizabeth Coontz, Rock Springs Police Department|Feb 22, 2024

    Rock Springs Police Department is seeking information from the public related to a cold case from 1999. On May 8, 1999, Davida Peterson was working at V-1 Propane in Rock Springs when two armed robbers took her life. Sgt. Steve Reekers investigated this case until his retirement, and now Detective Jennifer Saloga is continuing his work. Sgt. Reekers was able to develop persons of interest in this case. These persons of interest have ties to Rock Springs and were never excluded as potential...

  • U.S. Attorney's Office warns of scam

    Lori Hogan, U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Wyoming|Feb 22, 2024

    The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming would like to warn members of the public about a recent COVID fraud enforcement scam that has surfaced in other parts of the country. The victim receives a document or documents warning that he or she is being investigated for fraud under the Paycheck Protection Program (also known as PPP). The documents state that an arrest warrant has been issued and that in order to “lift the warrant” the victim needs to go to a crypto currency kiosk to make a designated payment. The docum...

  • Striving for success

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    Learning, growing, and seeing success is all just part of the experience for the Green River High School Speech and Debate team. The team, along with its new set of coaches at the helm, has been working hard all season and coming away with win after win. "We've been able to take first in whichever class we were in," Head Coach Jericho Morrell said, explaining that schools are sometimes divided into 3A and 4A categories and sometimes simply divided into "large schools" and "small schools."...

  • Library exhibit features GRHS student artwork

    Debora Soule, Community Fine Arts Center Director|Feb 22, 2024

    Becoming an annual event, the Sweetwater County Library System has included the Green River High School art students in the exhibit calendar for February and March this year at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River. "Green River High School Art Department is once again proud to display artwork for the public to enjoy. The artwork on display is from Mr. Steiss's advanced painting and pottery classes and will be up through March 30th. All the students who have art on display have worked...

  • Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

    Feb 22, 2024

    Isabella and Kyle Fernandez of Rock Springs welcomed their daughter Evelynn Palmer Fernandez on January 2. Ashton Robinson and Karlee Bode of Green River welcomed their son Kaizen Foster Stan Robinson on January 4. Joshua Rogers and Jerrelynn Cowett of Rock Springs welcomed their son Ezra Skye Rogers on January 10. Dwayne and Chelsey Andrew of Rock Springs welcomed their daughter Reagan Kaye Andrew on January 23. Natacha and Robert Mahoney of Green River welcomed their daughter Gwen Narida Mahoney on January 23. Enrique Gonzalez and Liliana...

  • Wolves win Regional Championship in Riverton

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 22, 2024

    This past week the Green River Wolves Boys and Girls Varsity Wrestling teams competed in Riverton at the 3A Regional Championships. The Boys competed with eight other teams from the west including Pinedale, Cody, Powell, Evanston, Riverton, Lyman, Lander and Mountain View. The boys came away the Regional Champions with six individual champions. They defeated second-place Pinedale, finishing 246 to 209, with Pinedale having three individual champions. The boys qualified a total of 20 wrestlers...

  • Wolves swim away with a sixth-place finish at State Championships

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Feb 22, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team traveled to Laramie to compete in the 3A State Championship last Friday and Saturday. This young team of athletes has continued to improve all year, and they finished their season in sixth place out of 13 teams at the Championships. “I was just really pleased with their performance,” said Head Coach Colleen Seiloff. “I think our sixth place finish was a strong finish for our young team. We had some really good swims and some really good improvements. They improved a whole bunch this year and I...

  • Indoor Track competes with hundreds of athletes in Simplot Games

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 22, 2024

    Green River’s Indoor Track team traveled to Pocatello, Idaho this past week to compete in one of the top high school Indoor Track meets in the nation, the Simplot Games. The team headed to the ICCU Dome, formerly the Holt Arena, on the campus of Idaho State University along with 21 other teams from Wyoming, as well as teams from many states and some foreign countries. There were as many as 300 competitors in some events. Green River’s top performance was from their girls throwers as Junior Lillian Allison finished fifth in the weight thr...

  • Wolves take on Evanston and Jackson in close "nail biter" games

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    The Wolves hit the court ready to play last weekend. After facing some hard defeats the previous week, the Green River High School Boys Basketball team was ready to make the changes they needed as they faced the Evanston Red Devils and the Jackson Hole Broncs - two teams who defeated the Wolves earlier in the first conference games of the season. This time around, the Wolves played hard and held their own until the end in both games, which were "nail biters," according to Head Coach Laurie...

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