Articles from the April 18, 2024 edition

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  • Connecting the county

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    Sweetwater County is one step closer to being part of a trail system connecting communities across Southwest Wyoming. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution designating and enrolling county roads as open to off-highway vehicle travel during their meeting on Tuesday. The decision came after discussion of Sweetwater County being a part of Southwest Wyoming Off-road Trails (SWOT), a group hoping to create an interconnected trail system people can use to travel...

  • City accepts columbariums, grant funds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    The City of Green River officially accepted the donation of two columbariums for veterans in Riverview Cemetery, and is using grant funding to establish a tree management plan for the city. A donation made by and for veterans At the end of March, the second of two veteran columbariums was lowered into place in Riverview Cemetery. The columbarium was the culmination of over a decade of consideration and several years of fundraising from the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2321 and other local...

  • Fighting for the gold medal

    Apr 18, 2024

    Mason Blazovich pushes hard to get ahead in one of the races for the 2024 Area II Summer Games for Special Olympics Wyoming. The Area II games took place in Rock Springs last Thursday, with local teams from Leap Services and Life Skills Wyoming going up against teams from Evanston and Jackson. The state summer games will take place in Gillette in May.... Full story

  • Property assessments coming, residents may qualify for exemptions

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    Within the next few days, Sweetwater County residents will begin receiving their 2024 Notice of Value Property Assessments in the mail. Residents will also see some changes on their Notice of Value because of recently passed legislation, and some residents may qualify for exemptions. If applicable, the exemption amounts will be listed on the bottom left corner of the notice, and the resulting tax amount exempted in the bottom right corner, according to a press release from the Sweetwater County... Full story

  • BLM extends comment period, announces upcoming events

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has shared several recent updates on ongoing project developments and upcoming events, including extending the public scoping period for the Jackalope Wind Energy project, hosting local meetings on greater sage grouse land use plan amendments and hosting wild horse and burro adoption events. Jackalope Wind public comment period extended The BLM Rock Springs Field Office announced this week that they have extended the public scoping period for the Jackalope... Full story

  • Thomas Baxter Barker

    Apr 18, 2024

    Thomas Baxter Barker, 64, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2024, at his home. He was a 26-year resident of Rock Springs, and former resident of Green River, Wyoming. Tom was born August 4, 1959, in Salt Lake City, Utah; the son of Hugh Barker Jr. and Mary Lou Baxter. He attended school in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a 1977 graduate of East High School. He graduated from The University of Utah: Master of Engineering Mechanical Engineering, 1989; Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering, 1982. He... Full story

  • Judith "Judi" Ann Lopez

    Apr 18, 2024

    Judith "Judi" Ann Lopez, 42, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2024 at her home. She was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She died following a courageous 24 year battle with illness. She was born October 13, 1981 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Eddie Lopez and Debbie M. Schmidt. Judi attended school in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She loved spending time with her family especially her children; riding horses; 4-H and teaching horsemanship to children. Survivors include her mother,... Full story

  • Julia Rodriguez

    Apr 18, 2024

    Julia Rodriguez, 67, passed away April 12, 2024 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah following a lengthy illness. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 17 years and a former resident of Hastings, Nebraska. Julia was born September 15, 1956 in Littlefield, Texas; the daughter of Julian Rodriguez and Jesusa Martinez. She attended school in Texas and Torrington, Wyoming. Julia was employed at Western Wyoming Community College as a server from 2007 until a medical illness... Full story

  • In Wyoming, tormenting a wolf is not a big deal

    Wendy Keefover, Writers on the Range|Apr 18, 2024

    It’s legal in Wyoming to chase coyotes and run over them with snowmobiles, but recently, a man used his snowmobile to run down a wolf until it was disabled. Then he taped the wolf’s mouth shut and paraded the animal around a local bar, taking photos to commemorate the event. Finally, he killed the wolf. According to news reports, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department fined the man $250. His only crime: possession of a live wild animal. The more we learn, the worse this disturbing story gets. Most recently, one news outlet released video foo...

  • Green River Police Department reports for April 7 - 14

    Apr 18, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for April 7 At 8:37 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued warnings for alleged vehicle exceeding 30 miles per hour in an urban district (6+ mph over) and expired temporary license permit/improper registration. At 9:16 a.m., officers responded to a report of trespassing. At 4:55 p.m., officers responded to a report of drugs. At 5:07 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued a warning for alleged speeding. At 5:21 p.m., officers... Full story

  • A "loving crash course" in Shakespeare

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    The works of William Shakespeare have previously come to life on the Western Wyoming Community College stage, but never quite in the way they will this weekend when the Western Theater Program presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] [again]." The concept behind the play is "three actors putting on all 37 plays of Shakespeare in 90 minutes," Director Eric de Lora explained. He added that the result ends up being "pretty intense and ridiculous." The actors admit...

  • Man vs. Machine in Actors' Mission's Page to Stage event

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    The battle of Man vs. Machine is coming to the stage this weekend thanks to the Actors' Mission. For the second time, the local theater company is hosting a 24-hour playwriting event, only this time with a twist. Most of the one-act plays will be written by humans, but one play will be written by AI. Members of the Actors' Mission had been wanting to put on another 24-hour page to stage experience after the success of the first event in August 2022. "It really meets the mission," Nina Tyler, an...

  • Top GRHS basketball player signs letter of intent to play for Trappers

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    One of Green River High School's top basketball players is getting ready to take the next step in his athletic career. Theran Archibald recently signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Trappers at Northwest College in Powell. Archibald, who is a senior this year, said he weighed his options when it came to choosing a college. He was able to visit Northwest recently and had the opportunity to talk with the coach and play with the team. "I really like the coach and the program,"...

  • Wolves earn fifth consecutive win this season

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Apr 18, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Soccer team had a fantastic weekend on the field, winning two more conference games. The Wolves are playing very strong this year and have shown their determination and skills every game they've played. A lot of their success so far has been attributed to their ability to work together as a team. On Friday, the Wolves hosted a conference game against the Powell Panthers. Green River dominated the game, scoring two goals in the first half and one goal in the second half....

  • Lady Wolves beat Powell, face two tough losses

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    The Green River High School Girls Soccer team had a difficult weekend of competition, going up against tough teams and facing close calls and hard losses. The weekend started out stressful but still positive when the Lady Wolves took on Powell last Friday. At the start of the season, Green River beat the notoriously strong Lady Panthers during the Pinnacle Cup Soccer Tournament in Worland. Facing Powell at home, the competition was kicked up a notch. "They were better at pressing our midfield in...

  • Wolves Track and Field gets first place finishes in Big Piney

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Apr 18, 2024

    The Green River High School Track and Field Team traveled to the "Icebox Capital of the World" this past Friday for the Puncher Invite in Big Piney. It was one of the better weather days of this spring, with temperatures reaching 65 degrees there although it was windy. Teams competing included the host Big Piney, Green River, Mountain View, Kemmerer, Dubois, Evanston, Farson/Eden, Pinedale, Lyman, Ft. Washakie, Shoshoni, Star Valley and Western Heritage Lutheran Academy. The Green River boys...

  • Wolves Softball struggles with errors, loses to Rock Springs Tigers

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Apr 18, 2024

    The Green River Wolves Softball team traveled to play a doubleheader against the Rock Springs Tigers last Thursday. During the first game, the Wolves struggled with some errors and bringing their runners home. Green River was unable to score in the first three innings of the game, while Rock Springs got on the board in the second inning with three runs. The Tigers continued to bring in the runs and outscored Green River for the rest of the game. The Wolves lost with a final score of 2-8....

  • State slaps down utility's effort to relitigate controversial rate hike

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Apr 18, 2024

    State utility regulators on Thursday denied a request by Rocky Mountain Power to relitigate its recently resolved request for a rate hike, commenting they were “offended” by one of the utility’s allegedly misleading arguments. The company had hoped to add two charges to its Wyoming customers’ bills, despite those increases having been tossed in December following months of intense debate. Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming’s largest electric utility, filed an application for “rehearing” portions of two 2023 rate cases, which began with a reques... Full story

  • Wyoming's elections will look different this year. Here's what voters need to know.

    Maggie Mullen,|Apr 18, 2024

    How and when Wyoming residents can vote will look different this year. Two election laws related to political party affiliation and absentee voting were added to the books in 2023, making the August primaries the first major election affected by the new regulations. Under the new rules, May 15 is the last day registered voters can change their political party affiliation. The affiliation associated with a voter’s registration determines which primaries — either Republican or Democratic — they are entitled to vote in. Previously voters could... Full story

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