Articles from the March 28, 2024 edition

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  • Wyoming to Washington

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    Wyoming made its way to Washington recently, as representatives from Sweetwater Country traveled to the nation's capital to speak out about the need to protect a balanced approach to both conservation and development on public lands. First, Sweetwater County Commissioner Taylor Jones traveled to Washington, D.C., with Senators John Kolb, Stacy Jones, and Dan Dockstader to talk to Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning about the Rock Springs Field Office Resource Management Plan (...

  • Pacific Soda shares solution mine updates

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    Plans to bring solution mining for trona to Sweetwater County continue to move forward, with the latest updates coming from Pacific Soda's Dry Creek Trona Project. Pacific Soda LLC is a partner with Sisecam, Ciner, and WE Soda, and is pursuing a multi-billion dollar project "to construct and operate a solution mine field and associated facilities capable of producing annual quantities of both marketable soda ash and sodium bicarbonate," according to Wesley Slaugh, the Permitting and Regulatory...

  • Myrtle Lavon McFarland (updated services)

    Mar 28, 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

  • Donald William Fritzel

    Mar 28, 2024

    Donald William Fritzel, 57, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at his home. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 54 years and former resident of Washington. He was born September 26, 1964 in Kemmerer, Wyoming; the son of Tony James Fritzel and Lela Diane Keithley. Don attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1983 graduate of Rock Springs High School He received his Bachelors in Engineering. He worked for BODEC, Incorporated for 23 years as an Electrician. Don loved to... Full story

  • David William Martin

    Mar 28, 2024

    David William Martin, 68, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born July 16, 1955, in Schenectady, New York; the son of Willis E. and Elsie M. (Stiles) Martin, he was raised in Clifton Park, New York, and was a 1973 graduate of Shenendehowa Central High School in Elnora, New York. Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and became a member of the Military Police. He moved to Rock Springs in the 1980s and worked for Rahonce... Full story

  • Rejecting calls for a special session

    Albert Sommers and Ogden Driskill|Mar 28, 2024

    Last week, in the aftermath of Governor Gordon’s veto of Senate File 54, the Department of Revenue conveyed to us that the veto would effectively halt any additional legislative efforts toward property tax relief in 2024. However, on Monday, the Department of Revenue informed us that property owners could be notified of the exemption in their September tax bills, although it may lead to some confusion for the taxpayer. This information made us take a second look at whether we would recommend a special session. In the end, we think a special s...

  • Green River Police Department reports for March 18 - 21

    Mar 28, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for March 18 At 8:41 a.m., officers responded to a report of vandalism. At 10:06 a.m., officers responded with EMS to a report of an unconscious individual in a parked vehicle. Officers and EMS met with the individual; no transports were made. Officers issued a citation to Andrew Walker for alleged public intoxication and completed an incident report. At 12:53 p.m., officers responded to a report of an animal bite. At 3:24 p.m., officers responded to a repor... Full story

  • Pierce Brosnan fined for foot travel in thermal area

    Lori Hogan, US Attorneys Office District of Wyo.|Mar 28, 2024

    Pierce Brosnan, 70, of Malibu, California, was fined $500, and required to pay a $1,000 community service payment to the Yellowstone Forever Geological Fund, a $30 court processing fee, and a $10 special assessment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Hambrick imposed the sentence on Mar. 14, in Mammoth, Wyoming. Mr. Brosnan pleaded guilty to foot travel in a thermal area. According to court documents, on or about Nov. 1, 2023, Brosnan uploaded pictures to his Instagram page of himself standing... Full story

  • Welcoming all veterans home

    Joseph Coslett, Wyoming National Guard Public Affairs|Mar 28, 2024

    A military homecoming is a very moving event as service members jump into the arms of their loved ones. These reunions serve as powerful reminders to veterans that their sacrifices are appreciated. During the Vietnam War, people did not always show their appreciation for veterans who came home. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and his wife, Jennie; Maj. Gen. Greg Porter, the Adjutant General of Wyoming; and Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Kenneth Persson, Chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission, traveled...

  • Women's History Month - County Museum profiles Nellie Tayloe Ross

    Dick Blust, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Mar 28, 2024

    March is Women's History Month, and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is recognizing one of the most groundbreaking women in Wyoming history - Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first woman governor in the United States. Nellie Ross was born in Missouri in 1876. She became a kindergarten teacher and married lawyer William Bradford Ross in 1902. Later, the Rosses moved to Cheyenne, where Ross established a law practice and served as Laramie County's prosecuting attorney. He became involved in... Full story

  • Grant helps hospital purchase state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment

    Deb Sutton, Sweetwater Memorial Marketing Director|Mar 28, 2024

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $551,594 to the Memorial Hospital Foundation to purchase six new ultrasound machines for the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The initiative includes nearly $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and boost sonography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state. "The Leona M. and... Full story

  • Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

    Mar 28, 2024

    John Ventura and Brooke Dimick of Green River welcomed their son Gabriel Dale Ventura on January 26. Eliza and Jacob Mastro of Green River welcomed their son Keaton Charles Mastro on January 28. Rihana Stanhope of Green River welcomed her daughter Lorraine Amber Stanhope on February 27. Elijah Mathis and Faith Flores of Rock Springs welcomed their daughter Aurora Kendra Mathis on March 7. Kenny Aguirre and Georgina Barrios of Rock Springs welcomed their daughter Emiliana Esme Aguirre Barrios on... Full story

  • Wolves take third place in Pinnacle Cup Soccer Tournament

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Mar 28, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Boys Soccer team traveled to compete in the Pinnacle Cup Soccer Tournament in Worland last weekend. The Wolves started the season off strong, winning two of the three games they played and snagging a third-place finish in the tournament. The Wolves' first game was against the Douglas Bearcats on Friday. It was a victorious day on the field for the Wolves as they earned their first win, beating the Bearcats 3-0. Leading the team were Braxton Doak, Aidan Falcon and Gavin Mar...

  • Track and Field team has top finishes at KW Quad Meet in Casper

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 28, 2024

    The Green River High School Boys and Girls Track and Field team traveled north this past Thursday to compete with four other Wyoming teams - Glenrock, Douglas, Natrona and host Kelly Walsh. Green River's team continues to have additional athletes coming out and competing for the first time this season. This meet marked the return of last years' top point scorer for the boys in Senior Chris Wilson. Wilson took second place in the 200 Meter Dash and third in the Long Jump with an excellent...

  • Wolves Softball team hits the field strong in Casper

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Mar 28, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Softball team traveled to Casper last weekend for two days of action against the Kelly Walsh Trojans and the Natrona County Fillies. On Friday, the Wolves took on the Trojans and played their first conference game of the season. It was a back-and-forth struggle the entire game as both teams scored against each other and fought for the win. Eventually, the Wolves took the lead and defeated the Trojans with a final score of 17-14. Leading the team was Izzy Kelley with five h...

  • Lady Wolves start season with shutouts at Pinnacle Cup

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    The Lady Wolves hit the field ready to play and had a strong start to their season as they won two out of three games at the Pinnacle Cup Soccer Tournament. The tournament took place in Worland last weekend, giving Wyoming teams the chance to face each other, including going up against teams outside of their normal conference competitors. The Green River High School Girls Soccer team had their first game on Friday as they took on New Castle. It ended up being a decisive victory, with the Lady...

  • Gordon signs off on state budget for next two years

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 28, 2024

    CHEYENNE — A budget to fund Wyoming state government for the next two years was signed into law Saturday morning by Gov. Mark Gordon, hours before the midnight deadline. The governor had the final say on which amendments would be vetoed in the 2025-26 biennium spending plan, since the Wyoming Legislature submitted the budget on the last day of the session, March 8. In a typical budget session, the final week is used to submit a budget to the governor, and he usually has three days in which to sign it or use his line-item veto authority. On t...

  • Governor vetoes bill to repeal gun-free zones in Wyoming, bill lacks transparency and flexibility

    Brian Martin, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 28, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Late Friday evening, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced that he had vetoed a bill that would have repealed Wyoming’s gun-free zones. House Bill 125 received widespread support in both chambers of the Wyoming Legislature, but although he signed four bills related to firearms freedom this session and nine others in support of the Second Amendment, he said he couldn’t support this one. “House Bill 125/Enrolled Act No. 49 erodes historic local control norms by giving sole authority to the Legislature to micromanage a constitut...