Articles from the February 29, 2024 edition


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  • Gas chamber discussions

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    Most people agree that they would rather not see animals in a shelter euthanized. Green River Animal Control is constantly working to realize this goal, and has successfully maintained a "no kill" status, meaning that at least 90% of the animals that go through the shelter are saved. This status gives a 10% margin, recognizing that some animals have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia. When it comes to that 10%, however, there has been discussion over how to...

  • Hageman hosts packed-out town hall

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    Even after extra chairs were set up in the meeting room at White Mountain Library, the crowds kept coming in until the room was packed with Sweetwater County residents, many of whom had to stand in the back to hear U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman speak. Hageman explained that she made a promise to host a town hall in every county in Wyoming every year, so her stop in Rock Springs last Thursday night was a part of keeping that promise. "As your representative, I am committed to not only representing...

  • Floyd Keith "Blinko" Gamble

    Feb 29, 2024

    Floyd Keith ”Blinko” Gamble, 61, passed away peacefully February 10, 2024 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming after a lengthy illness. He was a longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and a former resident of Nevada. He was born July 15, 1962 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Irving Roy Gamble and Nora Boan Gamble Blinko attended school in Granger, Wyoming. He enlisted in the military and served in the Army. After the military he ventured to Carlin, Nevada to work in the gold mines. Bli... Full story

  • Tara Jean (Bain) Luthi

    Feb 29, 2024

    Tara Jean (Bain) Luthi passed away peacefully in her sleep with her husband by her side December 19, 2023, at the young age of 42. Tara was born October 7, 1981, in Billings, Montana to Ruby Kay (Dickey) Bain and Jess Edgar Bain. Tara was the youngest of three, joining her sister Elysia and brother Bryson. Tara grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming. After her stepfather Raymond Langwell's retirement, the family moved to Thermopolis, Wyoming. Years laters,Tara moved to Rock Springs, where she met Dean... Full story

  • Sharon Potter

    Feb 29, 2024

    Sharon Potter, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation. She was a long-time resident of Green River, Wyoming and former resident of Granger, Wyoming. She was born April 6, 1947 in Hayden, Colorado; the daughter of Harry K. Overstreet and Virginia L. Danner. Mrs. Potter attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming, Granger and Green River, Wyoming. She married the love of her life, Teddy D. Potter June 4, 1964 in... Full story

  • James Tuttle

    Feb 29, 2024

    James Tuttle, 82, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Tuscon Medical Center in Tuscon, Arizona. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 23 years and former resident of California, Oregon, Montana and Arizona. Mr. Tuttle was born October 19, 1941 in Visalia, California; the son of Jack Kirkman Tuttle and Florence Andreas. He attended schools in California and was a 1959 graduate of Redwood High School. Mr. Tuttle also attended University of the Pacific where he earned a Bachelor of... Full story

  • Lynda Marie Leith

    Feb 29, 2024

    Lynda Marie Leith, 72, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at her home in Manila, Utah with her husband Stew by her side. She was a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah for 15 years then moved to Manila making it her home for 57 years. She was born January 17, 1952 in Tucson, Arizona; the daughter of Scott Mitchell and Viona Higbee. Lynda attended schools in Utah and was a 1970 graduate of Manila High School. Mrs. Leith also obtained her license to become an Emergency Medical Technician Lynda... Full story

  • David Seymour

    Feb 29, 2024

    David Seymour, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family by his side on Friday, February 16, 2024 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs and Lyman, Wyoming. Mr. Seymour died following a year long illness. He was born May 18, 1951 in Houston, Texas; the son of Lawrence Seymour and Jeanne Bell. Mr. Seymour attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1969 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married the love of his life Sharon... Full story

  • Darlene Mae Jothen (Updated)

    Feb 29, 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... Full story

  • Maria DeBortoli

    Feb 29, 2024

    Maria DeBortoli, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 20, 2024. She was born November 21, 1938, in Zadar, Italy, the daughter of Sabino and Angela Boksich Capozza. Mrs. DeBortoli came to Rock Springs with her family from Italy in 1956 and made Rock Springs her home for 68 years. Maria attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and was a 1960 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married Robert DeBortoli on November 7, 1960, in Rock Springs. He preceded her in... Full story

  • Our View: A once-in-28-years newspaper

    Feb 29, 2024

    This week’s newspaper is a very special edition. For one thing, along with the articles on local issues, people, and sports, this week’s paper also includes our special “Things We Love” section highlighting just a few of the reasons we love our community. But even beyond that, this week’s paper is extra special simply because of the date on which it is being published, as February 29 is a day that doesn’t always exist. In the roughly 130-year history of the Green River Star, the newspaper has been published on Leap Day only a handful of...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 20 - 26

    Feb 29, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 20 At 7:38 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued the driver a verbal warning for alleged improper registration. At 9:09 a.m., officers responded to a report of an accident. At 12:46 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued the driver a verbal warning for an alleged out-passenger-side brake light. At 8:24 p.m., officers responded to a report of trespassing. Feb. 21 At 10:41 a.m. and shortly after, officers responded to a... Full story

  • Recent sentencing from the US Attorney's Office District of Wyoming

    Lori Hogan, Public Informations Officer|Feb 29, 2024

    Evansville man sentenced for willfully injuring government property Stephen Clifford Swingle, age 45, of Evansville, Wyoming, was sentenced to six years’ probation for willfully injuring government property. U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson imposed the sentence on Feb. 20 and ordered the defendant to pay $5,839.50 in restitution. Swingle pled guilty to the charges on Nov. 16, 2023. According to court documents, starting in August 2022, campground fee tubes at the Muddy Mountain Environmental Education Area in Natrona County were b... Full story

  • "The future looks bright": Greenbelt Task Force plans future projects

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    For the past three decades, the Green River Greenbelt Task Force has been hard at work to develop the greenbelt, protect the river and wildlife, and continually promote further economic development. The task force was able to complete multiple projects last year, and has even more planned for the future. "We've been working together to enrich the lives of the residents," said John Freeman, the Chairman of the Greenbelt Task Force. "If you look at what we've built in the last 34 years, I think...

  • Green River art teacher to be featured in Western's Art Gallery

    Mikayla Wonnacott, Western Wyoming Community College Public Relations Specialist|Feb 29, 2024

    Western Wyoming Community College will be hosting an exhibition of art by Sweetwater County local artist Shane Steiss in Western's Art Gallery. The artwork on display will demonstrate Shane's unique works of mixed media painting, which are rooted in the natural world and carry personal significance as evidence of familial bonds forged in nature. The exhibition, titled "Memories in Nature," will be on display from March 8 through April 16. A public reception of "Memories in Nature" will be held... Full story

  • BLM proposes wild horse gather in White Mountain area

    Staff Report|Feb 29, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management recently asked for public input on a proposed wild horse gather in Southwest Wyoming's White Mountain Herd Management Area. "The White Mountain HMA's appropriate management level is 205-300 wild horses," the BLM explained in a press release. "BLM completed a population survey for the HMA in 2022 and found 549 wild horses present on the HMA at that time. Considering an estimated annual growth rate of 20%, the estimated number of wild horses within this HMA in 2024... Full story

  • Wrestlers win 3A State Championships

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 29, 2024

    The Green River Wolves capped a very successful wrestling season by capturing the 2024 3A State Boys Varsity Wrestling Championship for the second year in a row. In the field of seventeen teams, the Green River High School Wrestling team scored 242 points, putting them 30 points ahead of a very strong second-place Pinedale team. The Wolves had 20 wrestlers qualifying for State, with thirteen of those competitors finishing in the top five for their weight class. The Wolves were led by one of...

  • Indoor Track sees P.R.s at third and last meet before State

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Feb 29, 2024

    The Green River High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track team competed this past week at the Laramie Invitational. For many of Green River's Indoor Track team competitors, it was only their third meet of the season, despite the fact that it was also the last meet before State. This was due to the fact that they could not make it to a number of meets due to the winter weather. However, the team had many personal bests recorded as they qualified 20 competitors for the State meet. State will take...

  • Single vehicle crash kills three University of Wyoming student athletes

    Joshua Wolfson, WyoFile.com|Feb 29, 2024

    Three University of Wyoming student athletes died Thursday afternoon when the vehicle they were traveling in rolled multiple times on a highway just south of the border with Colorado, the school announced that evening. In a message sent to the UW community, school President Ed Seidel identified the three as: Charlie Clark, 19, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, who was studying psychology and competed on the men's team. Carson Muir, 18, a freshman from Birmingham, Alabama, who was studying... Full story

  • Wolves keep competition close, celebrate win over Tigers

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    The Wolves have been working hard and keeping the competition tight as they finished up their regular conference games. Starting last Thursday, the Green River High School Boys Basketball team had their work cut out for them when they took on the Star Valley Braves. "Star Valley is a very good basketball team," Wolves Head Coach Laurie Ivie explained. "They are #1 in the 4A West. They are a well-rounded basketball team full of great shooters." Green River fought to hold their own during the...

  • Lady Wolves fall to Star Valley and Rock Springs, prepare for Regionals

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Feb 29, 2024

    The Green River Lady Wolves Basketball team hosted a conference game against the Star Valley Lady Braves on Thursday, February 22. It was an intense game for Green River as they needed to beat Star Valley to move up the ranks for the 4A West Regional Tournament. Green River started the game strong, playing with lots of good energy and better defense. During the first quarter, Green River scored nine points to Star Valley's 15. Green River had a promising second quarter, scoring 12 points to...

  • Federal court overturns Obama-era coal leasing moratorium

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Feb 29, 2024

    A federal appeals court has overturned an Obama-era moratorium for new coal mine leasing on public lands - an "unequivocal win" for Wyoming's coal industry, according to Gov. Mark Gordon. Yet the decision, which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down on Wednesday, likely will not result in a rush on new federal coal leases in Wyoming. The three-judge panel even noted an apparent "de facto moratorium" dictated by markets that has all but erased demand for major new federal coal tracts - a... Full story

  • Things We Love: Green River loves to share history

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    "History is who we are and why we are the way we are," Historian David McCullough said. From organizations to individuals, Green River loves history, and loves sharing it. One of the main sources of preserving and sharing history in our community is the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. The museum not only provides interesting displays and exhibits for people to check out at any time, but the staff there is constantly coming up with new programs and sharing new information. One of the...

  • Things We Love: Green River loves generosity

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    One of the best things about living in a small town and a close-knit community is seeing how generosity is demonstrated time and time again. When it comes to pulling together for a good cause, Green River always shows up. Donations and fundraisers are taking place all year long, consistently supporting organizations that give back to the community, as well as rallying together when there is a specific need. Both in getting started strong this year and looking back over accomplishments from last...

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