Articles from the April 22, 2021 edition

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  • Reservoir protection group reorganized

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 22, 2021

    It all started with one man’s dream and the entire county’s opposition to that dream. When water pipeline developer Aaron Million initially pitched his idea to divert water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado’s Front Range, it was met with opposition from all sides in Sweetwater County and resulted in the formation of Communities Protecting the Green, a committee tasked with monitoring various proposals like Million’s and filing a lawsuit challenging a proposal if it clears the various...

  • Soccer teams seek wins this weekend

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 22, 2021

    Following a winless weekend for both high school soccer teams, the Wolves and Lady Wolves are looking to make a rebound in the coming week. The teams will take on Star Valley Thursday and Jackson Hole Saturday in two away games. For head girls coach Chris Nielsen said his main goal for the girls is to score a goal and build upon the momentum that would bring them. This weekend pits the against the teams both battled at the start of the season. Nielsen said he’s excited to see how the girls c...

  • Police to get new body cams

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 22, 2021

    The Green River Police Department will receive new body cameras as part of an upgrade it plans to initiate in the coming months. Captain Shaun Sturlaugson of the GRPD said the equipment the department has is, at its oldest, a decade old – dating back to when the department first started equipping officers with body cameras. He said some cameras are newer, replacements for equipment that has broken over the years, but still relies on older technology and infrastructure. “We’re still using the o...

  • Eyes on the prize

    Apr 22, 2021

  • Michael Carl Goich

    Apr 22, 2021

    Michael Carl Goich, 72, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mr. Goich was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of Riverton (Fremont County), Wyoming. He was born on May 8, 1949 in Rock Springs, Wyoming ; the son of Manuel Goich and Lois Lightner Goich. Mr. Goich attended schools in Riverton, Wyoming and attained his GED in 1973 while serving in the US Army. He married LaVonne Valdez on January 26, 1974 in Riverton, Wyoming Mr. Goich was...

  • James Arthur "Art" Kalivas

    Apr 22, 2021

    James Arthur "Art" Kalivas, 70, passed away Monday April 12, 2021 at Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He lived most of his life in Green River and spent several years snow birding to Mesquite, Nevada. He died following a courageous battle with an aggressive form of cancer, surrounded by his family. God called him home as his work was complete, where he is now free from pain. He was born April 14, 1950 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of John Kalivas and Irene...

  • Josiah "Joe" Samuel Griffith

    Apr 22, 2021

    Josiah "Joe" Samuel Griffith, 24, passed away March 29, 2021 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 5 years and former resident of Rawlins, Wyoming. He was born June 14, 1996 in Jackson, Wyoming; the son of Joe Griffith and Tonya Griffith. Joe attended schools in Hanna Wyoming and was a 2013 graduate of the HEM High School. He worked as a Pipeline Welder for Wyutex for the last two years. Joe was very passionate member of the Dead Men Motorcycle Club; he was...

  • Janice Ann Summers

    Apr 22, 2021

    Janice Ann Summers, 76, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Janice was a resident of Rock Springs for the last 6 years of her life and a former resident of Casper, WY. She was born on March 15, 1945 in Refugio, Texas, the daughter of JW Wiginton and Sue Britain. Janice graduated from the Natrona County High School with the class of 1963 and worked as a bookkeeper for 40 years until her retirement in 2008. She married Robert Joe Summers in...

  • Our view: We must protect our water

    Apr 22, 2021

    There are a lot of thirsty eyes looking at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Some of them are our neighbors in Wyoming. Nearly 14 years have passed since the idea of a trans basin water diversion was first presented to the residents of Sweetwater County and thankfully the project proposals tossed around by people like Aaron Million never took flight. We are as opposed to the idea as we have ever been, as there is not situation involving trans basin diversion we could conceive that would benefit the residents of Sweetwater County. We’re also happy t...

  • Gordon must lead school funding fix

    Kerry Drake,|Apr 22, 2021

    When House-Senate negotiations on a school finance bill - one of the most crucial issues facing Wyoming - collapsed on the final day of the session, it became clear any long-term funding solution must be brokered by the governor. In his comments the following day, Gov. Mark Gordon announced he will take up the issue. But his response was so lukewarm, it inspired no confidence that what he does will be either timely or impactful. "I have to say I was disappointed that we were not able to come to...

  • Woman accused of killing wants confession stricken

    Clair McFarland, The Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming Exchange|Apr 22, 2021

    RIVERTON — A woman accused of killing her husband with a knife in their Pavillion home on Christmas Eve has asked to have her confession removed from trial evidence. Through her attorney, Bennilee Strock argued Tuesday that she had asked for a lawyer prior to her confession but didn’t get one. According to arguments made during a Tuesday suppression hearing in Fremont County District Court, the following discussion occurred between Strock and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office detective Anthony Armstrong after the latter allowed her to revie...

  • Sublette County school board receives pushback on mask vote

    Robert Galbreath, Pinedale Roundup Via Wyoming Exchange|Apr 22, 2021

    PINEDALE — Community members spoke out at its April meeting against the Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees’ March 11 vote to defy state public health orders mandating masks in schools when social distancing is not possible. The trustees voted 4-2 to pass a motion in March eliminating school SMART Start Plans and replacing them with the minimum guidelines set out by the state. The motion made an exception for public health orders on masks in schools and lifted those requirements for students and staff in the district. Gov...

  • State firefighter pension plan faces depletion

    Stephen Dow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 22, 2021

    SHERIDAN — A Wyoming Retirement System plan currently serving 273 retirees and their beneficiaries, including 25 from Sheridan, will likely be exhausted sometime in 2026, according to the Wyoming Retirement System. A fix is still possible, according to the city of Sheridan’s Human Resources Manager Heather Doke, but it will require the state and contributing cities and counties to provide millions of dollars in funding over the next 15 to 20 years. Doke said the city is willing to pay that price to keep its commitment to the city’s employees an...

  • Hospital brings mobile laboratory to residents

    Apr 22, 2021

    A new mobile laboratory is just a small part of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s efforts to bring healthcare directly to those who need it. The 37-foot mobile laboratory pulled into the hospital campus Tuesday afternoon. Including a mobile lab in the hospital’s available resources to the community will allow an increase in collection availability and improve accessibility for patients, said Laboratory Director Mary Fischer. “Sweetwater Memorial is thrilled to be able to provide the community with a mobile laboratory to service many...

  • Museum researches old GR cemetery

    Dick Blust, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Apr 22, 2021

    The Sweetwater County Historical Museum is researching Green River’s first cemetery, established in 1862 not far from the site of the Overland Trail Stage Station on the south bank of the Green River. Last week a couple from Colorado, Stuart and Sue Stuller, came to the museum with a remarkable old photograph of a grave and headstone marked “Miss C.H. Kerfoot Died Aug 13th 1865 Aged 16 Yrs and 6 mo.” Stuart is a descendant of Cornelia “Neelie” Kerfoot, a frontier emigrant from Missouri who, according to family history, died on the Overland...

  • Learning local history

    Apr 22, 2021

  • Wyo. Game and Fish seek reduction in antelope hunting license quotas

    Apr 22, 2021

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to reduce antelope license quotas for the 2021 hunting season. In many hunt areas, the proposals cut the quota due to impacts from persistent drought conditions and the record-breaking 2021 spring blizzard. The license reductions should be short-term, according to wildlife managers who believe the conservative proposals for each herd will stabilize pronghorn populations and allow them to bounce back. Fluctuations of the number of pronghorn licenses Game and Fish offers is not uncommon, said...

  • Coach focuses on building the team

    Staff Report|Apr 22, 2021

    The Green River High School softball team are seeking their first win of the season as they travel to Natrona County to take on both Natrona and Kelly Walsh this weekend. They take Natrona on Friday at 3 p.m., while their game with Kelly Walsh starts at noon. Head coach Blair Aimone is working with her staff and the girls to make sure they improve every week. "They are working hard. And they are starting to pick up with what we are trying yo do. I am a fundamental softball coach. We use two...