Articles from the March 21, 2024 edition


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  • Betting at the old theater

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 21, 2024

    The old theater building at 699 Uinta Drive is set to become a venue for wagering on horse racing. During their meeting on Tuesday, the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners gave approval to 307 Horse Racing, Inc. to use the building to conduct pari-mutuel wagering on live horse racing, historic horse racing, and simulcast events. The company's Vice President Kyle Ridgeway and CEO Jack Greer spoke to the commissioners about their plans for the building. "This would be our first... Full story

  • City, county to apply for impact assistance funds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 21, 2024

    The future of industry in Sweetwater County continues to progress, with local governments and entities preparing for the potential impact, and working to request funding to help alleviate that impact. This week, both the Green River City Council and Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during their regular meetings that will allow them to work together with other entities in order to apply for impact assistance funds from the Industrial...

  • Kurt Swa

    Mar 21, 2024

    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Kurt "Ewok" Swa. Ewok passed away in his home on March 5, 2024 in Green River, Wyoming surrounded by loved ones after his courageous battle with cancer. He was born on December 7, 1960 in Montpelier, Idaho. Ewok loved his pets, family and friends dearly. His best moments were out riding his Harley with loved ones and going to concerts. Ewok was preceded in death by his father Willard, mother Joyce and brother Kent. He leaves behind his... Full story

  • Wilma Jean Walker

    Mar 21, 2024

    In the early morning hours of March 4, 2024, surrounded by her family, Wilma Jean Walker stepped from this earth into eternity at the age of 94. Born on May 11,1929 to Christ and Marie Goehring, she was the oldest of seven children. Wilma had a passion for reading, was a very social individual who loved to be with people. and had a strong connection with her family. She enjoyed many careers in her life, one of which eas being a teacher In 1948 she married Albert Walker and life brought them... Full story

  • Jerry Edward Leo Mason

    Mar 21, 2024

    Jerry Edward Leo Mason, 41, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born July 5, 1982 in Rock Springs; the son of Nelson Edward Mason and Michele Marie Dubois Jerry attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community. Jerry loved spending time with his family and enjoyed care taking his grandparents. He enjoyed fishing; camping; reading; playing World of... Full story

  • Angela Amanda Cunningham

    Mar 21, 2024

    Angela Amanda Cunningham, 32, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024 at her home. She was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born November 7, 1991 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Richard Karl Hall and Ronda Amanda Coyle. Ms. Cunningham attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 2010 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She worked many jobs in her lifetime including the Rocket Miner; Pretzel Maker; Coach House Gifts; Footlocker; Majestic Lube; Elk Horn Construction;... Full story

  • Yauncy Wayne White Sr.

    Mar 21, 2024

    Yauncy Wayne White Sr., 49, passed away peacefully at his home with the love of his life, best friend and soul mate Amanda Strate by his side Monday, March 4, 2024. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer October 13, 2023, Yauncy had a strong will to live and heroically and bravely tried everything to win the battle, he fought until the very end. Yauncy was born September 17, 1974 in Vancouver, Washington; the son of Gary White and Carol Gard White. He was a proud father of three children... Full story

  • June Deyon Schumacher

    Mar 21, 2024

    June Deyon Schumacher, 76, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday, March 8, 2024 at Deer Trail Assisted Living. She was a 56-year resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mrs. Schumacher was born July 12, 1947 in Jackson, Wyoming; the daughter of Martin Edward Tyler and Clarice Deyon Hereford. She attended schools in Olympia, Washington and was a 1965 graduate of William Washington Miller High School. She attended college Olympia, Washington and received her Associate of Arts Degree in Bus... Full story

  • Donita J. Kizzire Thornock

    Mar 21, 2024

    Donita J. Kizzire Thornock, 69, of Granger, WY, passed away March 14, 2024 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, WY. Donita was born September 30, 1954 in Rock Springs, WY, to Clifford Arthur and Helen A. Tanner Kizzire. She lived her whole life in Granger and attended school in Granger and Green River, where she later graduated from high school. After high school, Donita attended college at Western Wyoming Community College. She worked for Brown and Root, TG, Texas Gulf Soda Ash, and FMC. S... Full story

  • Brian "Cutter" Paul Nasi

    Mar 21, 2024

    Brian "Cutter" Paul Nasi, 41, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 16 years and former resident of Michigan. He was born September 24, 1982 in Iron Mountain, Michigan; the son of Larry Albert Nasi and Karen Jean Rantala. Cutter attended schools in Iron Mountain, Michigan and was a 2001 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Surveying at Michigan Tech University. He worked for... Full story

  • Patricia "Pat" Rogers

    Mar 21, 2024

    Patricia "Pat" Rogers passed away March 15, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. She was born on March 12,1941 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Charles and Burdetta Slavens. Pat traveled and lived in Germany, England, and throughout the Continental United States as a young mom. In 2000 Pat was diagnosed with a life threatening illness with a five year life expectancy. Her physician recommended that she not live alone, at this time she moved to Green River, Wyoming with her daughter and her... Full story

  • Penny Jean Christensen

    Mar 21, 2024

    Our dear Mother and Sister Penny Jean Christensen, 69, passed away surrounded by her family March 7th 2024 at the University of Utah Hospital. Penny was born to Raymond S Parks and Betty J O'Brien in Utah. Later moved to Wyoming where she had spent most of her adult life. Married Niel Christensen in 1972 they later divorced. In this union they had 3 sons Jeremy, David and Derek Christensen. She loved fishing, camping, enjoyed spending time with her family and most of all her grandchildren and gr... Full story

  • Myrt McFarland

    Mar 21, 2024

    Our beloved mother, Myrt McFarland, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on March 15, 2024, in Green River, Wyoming. Myrtle Lavon McFarland was born on February 15, 1934, to William Robert Serl and Marjorie Mae Prickett Serl, in Alliance, Nebraska. She was a sister to Thelma Mae, Robert J., and Eugene L. Serl. Myrt was a 1952 graduate of Lyman High School, Lyman, Nebraska. She worked at her aunt's boarding house before moving to Rawlins where her parents resided. While living in Rawlins she... Full story

  • Dorothy Lee Theis Walker

    Mar 21, 2024

    Dorothy Lee Theis Walker, 87, bid farewell to this world Friday, March 15, 2024 in Green River, Wyoming. She lived in many places and spent a lot of her life in Green River, Wyoming and St. Louis, Missouri. She was born October 20, 1936 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to Alvin Theis and Nellie Bates. Dorothy married Faye Walker, August 11, 1970 in Kemmerer, Wyoming; they were later sealed in the Logan Utah Temple and were happily married until he passed away December 9, 1988. She worked for Union Pacific... Full story

  • Shelly Brenden

    Mar 21, 2024

    Shelly Brenden, 64, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at her home. She was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born January 26, 1960 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Kenneth Scott and Arlene Miller. Shelly attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She married the love of her life Dale Brenden September 30,1978 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He preceded her in death October 9, 2021. Shelly worked for several companies throughout... Full story

  • Gordon vetoes bills, Rep. Heiner criticizes

    Mar 21, 2024

    On March 15, Governor Mark Gordon vetoed two bills: Senate File 103 (Wyoming PRIME Act) and Senate File 13 (Federal land use plans- legal action authorized). Representative Scott Heiner, who represents portions of Sweetwater County, criticized the Governor’s veto of both bills, which he supported “as each provided a way for Wyoming to regulate itself and choose its own destiny.” Rep. Heiner continued: “Senate File 103 would have allowed for the sale of meat from producers directly to consumers without the government getting in the way and fur... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Retire the AC gas chamber

    Mar 21, 2024

    Dear Editor, A recent news article in the Green River Star discusses the continuing use of a gas chamber for euthanasia by Green River Animal Control. The article quoted the Animal Control Supervisor as stating there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue for the use of the gas chamber in euthanasia for animals. There are not strong opinions on both sides of this issue. The American Veterinary Medical Association has stated the most humane method of euthanasia for animals is by injection and while they do allow for the use of inhaled as...

  • Green River Police Department reports for March 11 - 18

    Mar 21, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for March 11 At 3:44 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested the driver. Officers issued citations to Jeremy Maurer, of California, for alleged driving while license canceled, suspended or revoked and compulsory auto insurance violation - first offense. Officers transported Maurer to the Sweetwater County Detention Center and completed an incident report. At 5:54 p.m., officers responded to a report of a disturbance. At 6:44 p.m., officers... Full story

  • RSPD recovers tools reported as stolen

    Elizabeth Coontz, Rock Springs Police Department|Mar 21, 2024

    On the morning of March 14, the Rock Springs Police Department responded to two separate auto burglaries that occurred on the west end of the city. The suspect, 32 year old Zachary Shay, would allegedly target work trucks and then steal the tools that were contained within them. One victim reported approximately $10,000 in tools stolen. The other victim was reporting the second time that his work truck had been hit. Officers developed a lead in the case and executed a search warrant at a local... Full story

  • "They call me Grandma"

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 21, 2024

    On Monday morning, Grandma Becky helped kids go down the slide, cheered them on as they made their way across the monkey bars, and assisted with putting on a boot that had fallen off. On Monday afternoon, Grandma Karen helped students add up three plus seven, write out the equations they were putting together, and draw a specific numbers of apples on a tree. Becky Figgins and Karen Hale are Green River's foster grandmas, as they are both part of the Foster Grandparents of the Wyoming Rockies... Full story

  • Wolves soccer player signs to be a Hardrocker

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 21, 2024

    One of the Wolves' soccer standouts will continue playing in his college career. Green River High School Senior Stone Rubeck recently signed his letter of intent to play soccer for the Hardrockers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. Rubeck explained he'd been looking into different colleges and emailing coaches when the Hardrockers coach replied to him and said there were still some spots on the roster. Rubeck was able to take a short-notice trip to th...

  • BLM seeks public comment on proposed Jackalope Wind Energy Project

    Staff Report|Mar 21, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to inform development of an environmental impact statement for the proposed Jackalope Wind Energy Project in Sweetwater County. A BLM press release explained the project would include approximately 213 wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure, which would generate up to 600 megawatts of clean electricity - enough to power roughly 250,000 homes, according to the EPA Calculator. Jackalope Wind, LLC, a wholly owned indirect... Full story

  • Wolves Softball start off season in Gillette

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Girls Softball team was scheduled to play in the Cheyenne Invitational with a large number of teams from across the state last weekend. Due to the winter storm that dumped quite a bit of snow, the tournament was canceled. With some amazing planning and lots of help, the Wolves were fortunate enough to get to travel to Gillette to compete in the Gillette Tournament on Saturday. Green River played three games during the tournament. Green River played their first game against the two-time State Champions, the Thunder Basin...

  • Track and Field competes in Glenn Legler Early Bird Invitational

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 21, 2024

    This past Saturday, due to weather and road conditions, the Green River High School Track and Field team wasn’t able to attend the scheduled Lone Peak High School Invite in Highland, Utah. Instead, the team stayed in-state and competed with 12 other Wyoming teams at the Glenn Legler Early Bird Invitational hosted by Natrona High School. Top performers for the girls on the day, finishing in the top nine and thereby qualifying for finals, included Izzy Murdock finishing eighth in the 1600 Meter Run, Mikayla Dockter taking second in the Pole V...

  • Western Has Horsepower: Mustangs Sweep National Awards

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College Athletic Director|Mar 21, 2024

    Western Wyoming Community College's (Western's) wrestling team competed this past weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) National Men's Wrestling Champion (Championship). Defending their 2023 Championship Title, the Mustangs brought home another Championship, outscoring the second-placed team by 21.5 points. Returning to Rock Springs late Sunday evening, they received an escort to campus along with an impromptu welcome back from students,... Full story

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