Articles from the March 7, 2024 edition


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  • Bringing FGD back in 2024

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    Bringing Flaming Gorge Days back to the community this year is a priority for the City of Green River. Working toward this end, the City Council approved an agreement with an event planning company during Tuesday night's meeting. City Administrator Reed Clevenger explained that the city put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for putting on a Flaming Gorge Days event. While there was some early interest from varying companies, only one ultimately came back with a proposal, according to Clevenger....

  • County considers technological innovations

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    From geofencing to aerial photography, Sweetwater County is seeing the impact of technology and considering its potential uses for the future. During Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners heard updates from the Sweetwater Events Complex and from County Assessor Dave Divis that included information on how technology is being used and could be used. Sweetwater Events Complex Director Kandi Pendleton spoke to the commissioners to give an overview of how the Events...

  • John William Schultz

    Mar 7, 2024

    John William Schultz, 94, of Rawlins, Wyoming passed away peacefully at his home on March 1. He was born April 25, 1929, to Dr. F.J. Schultz and Louise (Thum) Schultz in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1947, then served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Washington. He was employed as an engineer at FMC Corp. for 32 years, retiring in 1985. He served seve...

  • Melvin Wise

    Mar 7, 2024

    Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother Melvin Wise died February 24 at his home in Georgetown, Idaho. He was raised in Taylor, Utah, by his loving parents, Paul and Louise Wise. He attended school in Weber County, Utah. Melvin graduated from Weber State College as an elementary teacher and from Brigham Young University a school counselor. He completed post graduate work in special education, school administration and school psychology. Melvin married Julie Anne Greer on December 28,...

  • Kevin R. Shelton

    Mar 7, 2024

    Kevin R. Shelton, 30, of Lewiston, Idaho passed away of a sudden illness on February 26 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho with his family by his side. Kevin was born February 11,1994 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He attended elementary, middle and high school in Green River, graduating Salutatorian with his class in 2012. Kevin attended the University of Wyoming on a Trustee scholarship. Following his education at the University of Wyoming, he was employed with Swinerton...

  • Rod J. Merrell

    Mar 7, 2024

    Rod J. Merrell passed away February 28, 2024, after a short battle with ALS. Rod was born November 3, 1956, to Rondo Jerome Merrell and Velva Mae Merrell (Despain) in Payson Utah. Rod was a Payson High School graduate of the Class of 1974. Rod found his true calling as a Government Trapper for Wildlife Services USDA/APHIS. His career started in Carbon County Wyoming in 1997. Rod was acting District Supervision in 2006, eventually being promoted to District Supervisor in 2009, until his retiremen...

  • Laurence "Larry" Lebar

    Mar 7, 2024

    Laurence "Larry" Lebar, 83, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, February 16, 2024 in Lakewood, Colorado after a lengthy illness. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 83 years. Larry was born August 26, 1940 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Jack Lebar and Christina Koritnik Lebar. He attended schools in Rock Springs, graduating from Rock Springs High School in 1959. Mr. Lebar served in the United States Army from 1960 - 1963. Larry worked for the Wyoming Highwa...

  • Bonnnie Jean Logan

    Mar 7, 2024

    Bonnnie Jean Logan, 70, passed away on Saturday February, 24, 2024 in Tucson, Arizona following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on May 21, 1953 in Rock Springs, WY, the daughter of Earl Ben Riley and Anona Tremelling. Bonnie graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1971. She married the love of her life and soul mate Brian Logan on December 7, 1976 in Rock Springs, WY. He preceded in death on June 22, 2002. Bonnie wore many hats and worked various jobs during her life....

  • Eugene A. Boyak

    Mar 7, 2024

    Eugene A. Boyak, 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mr. Boyak died following a lengthy battle for the last several years. He was born March 11, 1931 in Superior, Wyoming; the son of Andrew Boyak and Eva Shassetz. Mr. Boyak attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1952 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married the love of his life Margaret Hickey February 11, 1967 in Reno,...

  • 988 suicide hotline saves lives

    From the office of Rep. Cyrus Western, Wyoming House District 51|Mar 7, 2024

    The state of Wyoming has taken a significant step in addressing its longstanding struggle with high suicide rates by implementing the 988 suicide hotline. This critical tool in the fight against suicides has proven to be an invaluable resource for individuals facing mental health crises in the state. The 988 hotline, unlike national hotlines, operates locally in Wyoming, with trained counselors based in Casper and Greybull who are available around the clock. This localized approach ensures that individuals calling the hotline receive support...

  • Officials applaud decision to keep Trump on ballot

    Mar 7, 2024

    On March 4, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision reversing the Colorado Supreme Court’s December ruling to remove Donald Trump from the ballot in 2024. Some Wyoming politicians released statements to express their approval of this decision. Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray previously filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing that the Supreme Court should reverse the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar Donald Trump from the ballot under Section Three of the Fourteent...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 27 - March 4

    Mar 7, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 27 At 7:49 a.m., officers responded to a report of a student in possession of a tobacco vaping device. Officers issued a citation for alleged use/possession of tobacco by a minor to a juvenile, age 15, of Green River, and completed an incident report. At 8:21 a.m., officers responded to a report of larceny. At 9:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a disturbance. At 12:31 p.m., officers responded to a report of a traffic hazard. At 8:30 p.m.,...

  • RSPD K9 recovers controlled substances including fentanyl

    Elizabeth Coontz, Rock Springs Police Department|Mar 7, 2024

    On Friday, March 1, Rock Springs Police Department Officer LaPointe initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in Rock Springs. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mark Harding of Utah. During the stop, Officer Brown's police K9 indicated the presence of a controlled substance inside the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was searched and officers found approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine, 6 grams of heroin, 19 fentanyl pills, and other controlled substances. The driver of the vehicle was...

  • The art of Historical Wyoming

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    From bison to sagebrush and cowboys to trains, Wyoming's history is full of iconic imagery, and many of these images have now been expressed in a creative new way in the Sweetwater County Historical Museum and Sweetwater County Quilt Guild's annual exhibit. This year's quilt exhibit is the seventh annual collaboration between the museum and the Quilt Guild, and the theme is "Historical Wyoming." The partnership between the two groups has been in place for almost as long as the Quilt Guild has...

  • Golden Hour Senior Center March Schedule

    Mar 7, 2024

    GHSC is hosting a Riverton Casino Bus Trip on Friday, March 15. The bus will depart from the senior center at 8 a.m. and will depart from the casino at 4 p.m. Transportation is free for seniors 60 and over. Participants should bring money for lunch and gambling. Participants should reserve their seat and sign paperwork. Call the center at 872-3223 to sign up for the trip. GHSC also has new relaxation opportunities. On Thursday, March 14, Misty Shiner and Stacey Dolinar will be doing 20-minute...

  • Happy Leap Day, little man

    Mar 7, 2024

    One baby boy was born on Leap Day at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Eli Stokes came into the world at 7:21 a.m. Thursday morning, weighing 8 pounds and 14.7 ounces. Eli is the second child of Faith Pelham and Ross Stokes of Big Piney. "I'm excited," Pelham said. "It's unique." The family plans to celebrate Eli's birthday on Feb. 28 in non-leap years. "Then we can do a big, big, big one every four years," they said....

  • Bringing two iconic playwrights together

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    Anton Chekhov was a Russian Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short story author writing in the late 1800s, known for works like "Uncle Vanya" that deal with topics like change and progress. Neil Simon was an American playwright who wrote mostly during the last half of the 1900s, and is known for comedic plays like "The Odd Couple." So when Simon decided to write a play based on the works of Chekhov, an interesting combination was created in "The Good Doctor." "It has a lot of elements...

  • Lady Wolves end season at 4A Regional Tournament

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Mar 7, 2024

    Green River hosted the 4A West Regional Basketball Tournament starting last Thursday. The Lady Wolves were seeded second in the 4A Southwest Region going into the tournament. Star Valley was seeded first, Evanston third and Jackson fourth. The Lady Wolves played their first game on Thursday against the Kelly Walsh Lady Trojans. Green River hit the court with a lot of intensity and good defense, but couldn't keep the opposing team off the offensive glass. The Lady Wolves struggled with getting...

  • Wolves basketball finishes season at Regional Tournament

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    Going into the 4A West Regional Basketball Tournament last weekend, the Green River High School Boys Basketball team was ready to play hard and keep the competition close as they did in their recent games. While they unfortunately came up short with two losses, eliminating them from the tournament and ending their season, the Wolves still persevered and fought hard to the end. Green River's first opponent last Thursday was the Rock Springs Tigers, whom the Wolves had beaten just a week before...

  • Indoor Track team has top finishes at State Championships

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 7, 2024

    The Green River High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track team participated this past week in the Wyoming Indoor State Track and Field Championships hosted by Campbell County High School in Gillette. Both the young boys and girls teams finished 13th out of the 18 teams participating. Green River had seven participants make the finals for the boys and girls. The top finisher overall for the Wolves was Junior Lillian Allison, who finished second in the girls Shot Put to receive All State honors. Two of Green River’s boys pole vaulters broke the sch...

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