Articles from the March 2, 2023 edition


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  • Commissioners approve county logo

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 2, 2023

    Sweetwater County now has its own logo. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the new logo at their last meeting on February 21. The logo was discussed in more detail during the February 7 meeting, when IT Director Tim Knight presented the new design and explained it to the commissioners. "I'm really excited about this opportunity," Knight said. "Every once in a while I get asked 'Where's the county logo?'" Knight demonstrated how this question can be a problem by...

  • Council to seek $10M principal loan increase for treatment facility

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The Green River City Council decided a larger loan is needed to pay for the long-desired wastewater treatment facility. In a 6-1 vote, the Council agreed to seek a $10 million increase in the principal amount of the city's Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan, creating a new $45.1 million loan. Councilman Ron Williams was the lone dissenting vote. The Council voted after hearing Public Works Director Mark Westenskow detail the history of the project and the need for a higher loan amount. The ci...

  • City Council urged to consider plumbing certification

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The prevalence of improperly installed hot water tanks in southern Wyoming and northern Utah has led to area businesses seeking assistance from the Green River City Council. Lance Ball, the CEO of Aspen Mountain Plumbing, brought several photos of hot water tanks in Green River that had been improperly installed and were venting carbon monoxide gas into the homes they were installed in. “These are showing a lack of education in the trade of plumbing in general and we’re starting to see a hug...

  • Jason Eric Jones

    Mar 2, 2023

    Jason Eric Jones, 43, passed away Friday, February 10, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past 20 years and former resident of Fort Pierce, Florida He was born August 18, 1979 in Stuart, Florida; the son of Glenn H. Jones and Judy C. Daigneau. Mr. Jones attended schools in Fort Pierce, Florida and was a Fort Pierce High School graduate in 1997. He attended Indian River Community College. He was self-employed Technology Consultant for 25... Full story

  • Paul Brian Beck

    Mar 2, 2023

    Paul Brian Beck, 54, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023 in Green River, WY from complications of Multiple Sclerosis, following a courageous 28 year battle. He was born on September 19, 1968 in Boseman, Montana, the son of Helen Stefoin (Beck) and Richard D. Beck. Paul loved his job of working in our Western Oilfields, as well as being an avid bowler and pool player. He bowled 298, 299, and 300 sanctioned. The pride and joy of his life was his son Brian. Paul had a contagious smile and... Full story

  • Armella Frances Haverkamp Freeman

    Mar 2, 2023

    Armella Frances Haverkamp Freeman, 93, passed away Monday, February 20, 2023 at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, WY. Armella was born on the family farm on July 1, 1929 in Kelly, Kansas. She was the first child of Lawrence and Matilda Haverkamp. She attended schools in Kelly, graduating with the class of 1947. Armella didn't want to become a farmer or a farmer's wife. She entered a nursing program at a nearby hospital where she became an RN. Armella was the first in her family to earn... Full story

  • Loren Joseph "Bub" Green

    Mar 2, 2023

    Loren Joseph "Bub" Green, passed away in his home in Grand Junction, CO on Monday February 20, 2023. He was 71 years old. Bub was born on January 25, 1952 in Rock Springs, WY. He was the youngest child and only son born to Loren Charles Green and Alice Jane Wilson Green. He attended Elementary school through High School in Green River, WY. He also attended and graduated from Western Wyoming Community College and also Weber State University. He married Cindy Beauchamp and they later divorced. He... Full story

  • Josephine (Jo) D. Larson

    Mar 2, 2023

    Josephine (Jo) D. Larson, 100, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Superior and Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past 78 years, Superior for one year and former resident of Horseheads, New York. Josephine, affectionately known as Jo, Jo-Jo, or Josie, was born on her grandmother's birthday, April 5, 1922 in Elmira, New York to James Beardsley Donahue and Laura Kluge Donahue. She attended schools in Horseheads, New York... Full story

  • Kerry Len Hehr

    Mar 2, 2023

    Kerry Len Hehr, 78, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for 52 years and former resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was born December 1, 1944 in Cheyenne, Wyoming; the son of Emil G. Hehr and Beuna E. Nolan Hehr Metzler. Mr. Hehr attended schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming and was a 1962 graduate of East High School. He married Susan Taliaferro July 9, 1994 in Green River, Wyoming. Mr. Hehr... Full story

  • Norman Claire Kneeland

    Mar 2, 2023

    Norman Claire Kneeland, 78, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, February 24, 2023 at his son's home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for the past five years and former resident of Lacey, Washington. He was born November 11, 1944 in Clovis, California; the son of Joel Myron Kneeland and Kate Florence Smallin Kneeland. He attended schools in Auberry, California and was a 1962 graduate of Sierra Joint Union High School. Mr. Kneeland attended... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Opposing coyote killing contests

    Mar 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, We stood peacefully and respectfully in freezing cold weather for the third year in a row, protesting with signs outside Buddha Bob's bar on February 25, 2023. This bar hosted the "check-in" of a coyote killing contest organized by a private group called 'Wyoming Best of the Best.' We held red roses in our hands and wore white shirts with (fake) blood stains in honor of the animals who had been brutally killed, their bodies brought to the bar's parking lot to be weighed and counted....

  • Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 18 - 27

    Mar 2, 2023

    Feb. 18 At 9:52 a.m., officers responded to a report of a hit and run collision in Smith’s parking lot at 905 Bridger Drive. Officers met with an individual who reported they had just parked their vehicle in a parking space facing northeast with another car parked directly in front of them. The driver reported as they were getting out of their car, the other vehicle began to reverse and struck the front of the first vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle reported they spoke to the driver of the second vehicle briefly then the driver left. O... Full story

  • A tribute to a legend

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 2, 2023

    A year ago, Eric de Lora was sitting in the audience of the Western Wyoming Community College theater, watching the performance of "Once Upon a Mattress" that he directed, but he was already thinking ahead to future shows. De Lora's thoughts also kept returning to Stephen Sondheim, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist who had died just a few months before at 91 years old. "I just thought, we should do something because everybody's doing something as kind of a tribute to Sondheim," de...

  • Golden Hour Senior Center March Schedule

    Mar 2, 2023

    Wind River Casino Bus Trip: GHSC will host a second Wind River Casino Bus trip March 24. This will be a day trip to Riverton leaving from GHSC at 8 a.m. and leaving the casino at 4 p.m. Transportation is free for seniors 60 and over. You will need to bring your own money for lunch, gambling and incidentals. A backup date of March 31 has been planned in case of bad weather. Call (307) 872-3223 to reserve your place and fill out your paperwork. Please sign up by March 17. The trip will be the same day as the public breakfast, so come early to... Full story

  • Sweetwater County raises thousands for Make-A-Wish

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 2, 2023

    Even with a historic winter storm in the middle of fundraising efforts, the communities of Green River and Rock Springs couldn't be stopped as they came together and competed to raise money for the annual Make-A-Wish donation. This year Green River raised $26,315.45 for Make-A-Wish Wyoming, and Rock Springs raised $36,214.21, for a combined total donation of $62,529.66. "We did really, really well," Green River High School Student Council Supervisor Marisa DeClercq said. "I'm very happy with...

  • Wolves Wrestlers are 3A State Champions

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The Green River High School Boy's Wrestling team followed up their outstanding performance from two weeks ago in winning the 3A Regional Championships with another outstanding performance, this time winning the 3A State Wrestling Championship this past weekend in Casper. Each team can qualify two wrestlers in each weight class at regionals to go to State. The Wolves qualified 22 wrestlers in the 12 weight classes, giving them a large contingent of potential placers to score points. They came...

  • Girls compete at first State Championships

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The Green River Girls Wrestling team competed in the first-ever Wyoming Girls State Championships this past Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24, in Casper at the Wyoming Ford Center. There were 30 teams competing, and the Lady Wolves finished in the top half of the state with a 13th-place finish. The team of two seniors, two juniors and two sophomores has stayed the course during the season. At State the team had some great matches, with half of the girls finishing in the top six and all of them gaining valuable experience. The top...

  • Indoor Track team heads to State

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    The Green River High School Girls and Boys Indoor Track team, weather permitting, will be taking the long trip north on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, to participate in the Wyoming State Indoor Track Championships. The State tournament will be at the Gillette Sports Complex in Gillette and hosted by Campbell County High School. The Wolves lost out this past week to compete in a Last Chance State qualifying meet at the Laramie Invitation due to inclement weather and bad roads. The boys will have at least seven competitors at State and the...

  • Lady Wolves win last Conference game, first in their quad

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Mar 2, 2023

    The Lady Wolves played the annual Make-A-Wish basketball game against the Rock Springs Lady Tigers last Thursday. Green River took the lead in the first quarter, outscoring Rock Springs 22-13. In the second quarter the Lady Wolves fell behind, letting Rock Springs score 17 points to their four points. Head Coach Rick Carroll said the girls came out strong but didn't play very well defensively and got too impatient offensively. It was a tight third quarter, with Green River scoring 11 points and...

  • Wolves lose games to Rock Springs and Star Valley, headed to regionals

    Raena Finch, Contributor|Mar 2, 2023

    On Thursday, February 23 the Wolves played a game against the Tigers in Rock Springs. The gym at the Rock Springs High School was full during the Make-A-Wish game for these two rivalry teams. Green River couldn't come up with a win against Rock Springs and lost 41-62. Leading the team for scoring was Caleb Lake with 18 points, along with Chris Wilson with six rebounds. Caleb Lake had three assists and he and Theron Archibald had two steals each. On Saturday, the Wolves played their last...

  • Through black ice and whiteouts, plow driver minds South Pass

    Katie Klingsporn, WyoFile.com|Mar 2, 2023

    SOUTH PASS-Kevin Maynard doesn't bat an eye at these conditions. Highway 28 is visible, after all, and it's not snowing. Still, as the Wyoming Department of Transportation plow driver navigates the winding highway toward the 7,500-foot-elevation pass, streaks of snow blowing across the road morph into sheets. Visibility deteriorates as the windblown snow and sky blend into a white mass, and drifts encroach onto the lanes. A sign warns the route is closed to high-profile light traffic, with the...

  • Crossover voting ban on its way to governor

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 2, 2023

    CASPER — Lawmakers have tried for years to push through legislation to restrict crossover voting. This session, they finally succeeded. House Bill 103, which significantly restricts when people can change their party affiliation, cleared its last vote in the Legislature on Friday in a 19-11 vote. Though the bill has made it through the Legislature, Gov. Mark Gordon must still decide on it. The bill, sponsored by Wheatland Republican Rep. Jeremy Haroldson, would bar voters from changing their party affiliation after the first day of the c...

  • Guns, juries and public offices: Felonies could regain rights

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Mar 2, 2023

    CHEYENNE—Wyoming residents with a first-time, nonviolent felony conviction can see their voting rights restored upon completion of their sentence. Lawmakers are now considering expanding the restoration process to other rights, including owning or using a firearm, serving on a jury and holding public office. Senate File 120 – Restoration of civil rights received the approval of its original chamber before the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to support the bill on Friday. “This is a bill that’s actually been on my heart and on my m...

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