Articles from the March 9, 2023 edition


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  • Council approves updated Greenbelt master plan

    David Martin, Contributor|Mar 9, 2023

    An updated master plan for the city's Greenbelt was adopted by the Green River City Council Tuesday night, giving both the city and the Greenbelt Taskforce a roadmap to dictate the future growth of the pathway system. According to the city's Parks and Recreation director Brad Raney, the plan is already being used to bring grant funds to the city for improvements along the Greenbelt. The original plan was drafted more than 30 years ago, before the volunteer group and city were able to build the...

  • County joins Emergency Fire Suppression Account

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 9, 2023

    Breaking with the precedent of past years, Sweetwater County will join the Wyoming Emergency Fire Suppression Account this year. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously during Tuesday's meeting for the county to join the account, which is set up by the Wyoming State Forestry Division. County Fire Warden Jim Zimmerman and Deputy Fire Warden and Fire District No. 1 Fire Chief Scott Kitchner presented to the commissioners to explain the account and the reasons for joining it. "Basically...

  • Pie time

    Mar 9, 2023

    Michael Burd braces himself to receive a "pie" in the face last Friday. The Monroe Elementary School teacher was just one of many faculty members who got a pie in the face as a reward for students who helped raise $200 for a school fundraiser organized by the Monroe Elementary PTO.... Full story

  • GRFD responds to vehicle fire

    Green River Fire Department|Mar 9, 2023

    At approximately 9:37 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, the Green River Fire Department, along with Green River Police Department and Castle Rock Ambulance, was dispatched to a vehicle fire that threatened a home. The fire crew quickly extinguished the fire, which was contained to the original vehicle. The cause of the fire was determined to be from the block heater on the Chevy Duramax pickup. GRFD Lieutenant Casey Kendall, who is also an electrician, assisted with the investigation. Kendall stated that... Full story

  • Daniel Roy Friebel

    Mar 9, 2023

    Daniel Roy Friebel, a dedicated police officer, active outdoorsman, and skilled taxidermist, passed away on February 27th, 2023. He was 64 years of age. He is survived by his loving children, Lucas Friebel and Andrea Rasmussen, and his four cherished grandchildren. Daniel was born in Rapid City, South Dakota to his parents Ann and Virg Friebel and sister, Kathy Jensen. He grew up with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. This lead him to become an avid hunter and fisherman, and... Full story

  • Ronald Drue Clark

    Mar 9, 2023

    Ronald Drue Clark passed away peacefully March 1, 2023. Ron was born April 14, 1951 in Price, Utah. He moved to Green River with his family in 1957, and remained a lifelong resident there until his passing. He graduated from Lincoln High School, in Green River, in 1969, and married the love of his life Regina McFarland on June 12, 1976, in Riverton Wyoming. Ron was an outside salesman for Fairmont Supply for 27 years before his retirement in 2011. He was a volunteer fireman for Green River Fire... Full story

  • Donald "Tex" Tyler

    Mar 9, 2023

    Donald "Tex" Tyler, 89, passed away Friday, March 3, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs. He was born March 23, 1933 in Cheyenne, Wyoming; the son of Roy Tyler and Opal Ayres. Mr. Tyler attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1951 graduate of Rock Springs, High School. He married Elizabeth Tyler in 1952 In Rock Springs, Wyoming. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2008. Mr. Tyler worked for FMC for... Full story

  • Donald Lindsley

    Mar 9, 2023

    Donald Lindsley, 62, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for the past 34 years and former resident of Granger, Wyoming and Roosevelt, Utah. He was born October 27, 1960, the son of Donald B. Lindsley and Carma Mackay Lindsley. Mr. Lindsley attended schools in Green River and Granger, Wyoming. He was a 1979 graduate of Green River High School. He earned his Automotive Degree at Arizona... Full story

  • Joel Thurman Tankersley

    Mar 9, 2023

    Joel Thurman Tankersley, 63 passed away February 25, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming. He was a long-time resident of Green River, Wyoming and former resident of Titusville, Pennsylvania and Creede Colorado. He was born October 31, 1959 in Del Norte; the son of Seth Eugene Tankersley and Joanne Harbour. Mr. Tankersley attended schools in Del Norte, Colorado. He was married to Shawn McGinnis October 19, 1990 in Livingston, Montana and they later divorced. Mr. Tankersley served in the United States... Full story

  • Jessie M. Reinard

    Mar 9, 2023

    Jessie M. Reinard, 92, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a long-time resident of Jamestown, Wyoming and former resident of Harlingen, Texas and Naples, Florida. She was born December 2, 1930 in Barnsburro, Pennsylvania; the daughter of Henry Kuntz and Nettie Noreen Fry. Mrs. Reinard attended schools in Bell Township, Pennsylvania. She married Harold Reinard September 15, 1949 in Troutville, Pennsylvania. He preceded her in death January... Full story

  • Russell Dean Smith

    Mar 9, 2023

    Russell Dean Smith, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 4, 2023. During his 13 year battle with multiple myeloma, he was a relentless optimist. Russ was born June 23, 1953. He was the son of William Dean Smith and Charmaine Marlene Fagnant, the oldest of five children. He was a lifelong resident of Green River, Wyoming with the exception of a 10 year exile in Minnesota. He attended school in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1971 graduate of Green River High... Full story

  • Priscilla "Darleen" Fabiny

    Mar 9, 2023

    Priscilla "Darleen" Fabiny, 83, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Littleton Adventist in Littleton, Colorado. She was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Highlands Ranch, Colorado for the past year and former resident of Paradise Valley, Nevada and Ahwatukee Arizona. She was born April 24, 1939 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of George Fabiny and Gloria Persilla. Ms. Fabiny attended schools in Rock Springs, and was a 1957 graduate of Rock Springs High... Full story

  • Op-Ed: 67th general session positions tomorrow's leaders for success

    Ogden Driskill and Albert Sommers, Wyoming Legislature|Mar 9, 2023

    On March 3rd, the Wyoming Legislature gaveled out the end of the 67th General Session. The work your elected officials achieved was remarkable. As the leaders of the House and Senate chambers, it is our privilege to report out the accomplishments of this body’s work, which are strengthening the future of Wyoming, starting with strong investments in education. Educating Wyoming’s children is perhaps the single greatest investment our state can make. Public education is the crucible of democracy and the very foundation of our system of gov...

  • Letter to the Editor: Wyomingites overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion

    Mar 9, 2023

    Dear Editor, Senate President Driskill and House Majority Leader Neiman, Regardless of party or residence, Wyomingites overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion. We see substantial benefits for rural hospitals, local clinics and health insurance for roughly 20,000 families. Failing to introduce HB80 in the Senate is actually unlawful under Wyoming’s Constitution. Article 1, Section 1 proclaims that “all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and hap...

  • Editorial Cartoon: Coyote Culling

    Mar 9, 2023

    Cartoon by Rob Pudim... Full story

  • Green River Police Department reports for Feb. 28 - March 6

    Mar 9, 2023

    Feb. 28 At 8:54 p.m., officers responded to Bridger Drive in reference to a report of suspicious activity and persons in the area. Officers met with an individual who reported two unknown individuals that had been in the area. Officers attempted to locate the individuals, gathered information, and completed a report of the incident. At 10:52 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of W 2 S Street and issued the driver a written warning for alleged speed. March 1 At 12:46 p.m., officers responded to the GRPD lobby to empty the prescr... Full story

  • Morality and Mortality

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 9, 2023

    Life, death, existence, and everything in between - for everybody, and for specific individuals - are the subjects of the Actors' Mission's 76th production, "Morality and Mortality: an Evening of One-Act Plays." The evening will have two separate but thematically connected one-act plays, starting with "Everybody" by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and ending with "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre. "Everybody" "This is not going to be what everybody's expecting, and I kind of enjoy that," Heather Pristash,...

  • Veteran donates books to SWCSD No. 2

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 9, 2023

    Harry Holler, an 82-year-old veteran from Green River, always likes to give back where he can. So a few months ago when he was looking for a good home for a collection of books, he decided to donate them to Sweetwater County School District No. 2. "They'll last several generations if they're well taken care of," Holler said of the books. "And the pictures were beautiful." The books were ones Holler had collected over the years, many of which were leather-bound editions and good quality. "I...

  • Have your letter carried by the Pony Express

    Dick Blust, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Mar 9, 2023

    Application forms for a special letter to be carried along this year's National Pony Express Association (NPEA) Pony Express Re-Ride are now available in Green River at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum, the U.S. Post Office, and the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Center. The Pony Express was a unique old west express mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Relays of lone riders carried mail in special saddle covers called mochilas, traveling both ways fro... Full story

  • Lady Wolves take 2nd at 4A West Regionals

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Mar 9, 2023

    It was an exhilarating weekend for the Lady Wolves basketball team. The 4A West Regional Tournament games took place last Thursday in Star Valley. Green River was looking for two wins so they would be able to compete at the State tournament. The first game of the tournament was the Green River Lady Wolves against the Riverton Wolverines. Green River started the game slow offensively and allowed too many turnovers in the first half of the game. They figured out what they needed to do differently...

  • Boys basketball team ends their season at 4A West Regional tournament

    Raena Finch, Contributor|Mar 9, 2023

    The 4A West Regional Basketball games started last Thursday in Star Valley. On Thursday, Green River played the Riverton Wolverines in the first game of the day. Green River really tried to take the lead away from Riverton but fell short and lost the game 61-45. The four top scorers were Theran Archibald with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists; Chris Wilson with eight points and four rebounds; Kason Ivie with six points, four rebounds and one assist; and lastly Hunter Lake with six points, two rebounds and one assist. Green River played...

  • Indoor Track team competes at State Competition

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 9, 2023

    The Campbell County Recreation Center Fieldhouse in Gillette was the site of this year's 2023 State Indoor Track Championships this past Friday and Saturday, March 3-4. Thirty-one teams were competing in the two classifications, 3A and 4A, with 21 of those teams competing in the 3A division with the Wolves. The top eight in each event received individual medals. According to Head Track Coach Dan Hansen, "Green River competed with a total of 16 boys and girls with nine of them placing. All but on...

  • Former GR All Star signs to play football at Crown College

    Staff Report|Mar 9, 2023

    A former Green River All Star athlete will be heading to Minnesota to continue his football career. On March 3, led in prayer by his pastor Robert Douglas of Aspen Church, Carson Van Gieson signed his letter of intent to play Division 3 college football at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. Van Gieson is currently a senior at Evanston High School. "His passion and skill for football started in the fourth grade where in Green River he was selected twice to play on the All Star team in La... Full story