Articles from the April 27, 2023 edition


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  • Protecting the marina

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 27, 2023

    Concerned citizens, the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners, and representatives from the Ashley National Forest and Flaming Gorge Recreation District recently weighed in on plans and potential problems regarding the future of the Buckboard Marina. The marina, which is located approximately 22 miles south of Green River, is the only marina for the Flaming Gorge in the state of Wyoming. The Ashley National Forest and Flaming Gorge Ranger District are currently considering a boundary...

  • $51.3M treatment plant bid awarded to Utah company

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 27, 2023

    Green River's long-needed wastewater treatment plant is one step closer to realization after the Green River City Council awarded the project's construction bid Tuesday afternoon. The $51.3 million bid was awarded to Bodell Constriction from Salt Lake City. According to a media release from the city, city engineers plan to work with the company to find potential savings that could rein in the costs for the project. The city had already attempted to award a bid for the project two prior times...

  • The GRHS band plays on

    Apr 27, 2023

    Ashlynn York and Keegan Gailey take part in the Green River High School Band and Choir's "Swingin' on the Green" event at the Expedition Island Pavilion last Saturday. The GRHS Jazz Bands, Pack N Harmony Choir and Tritones Choir performed during the free event, which also featured food trucks. The band recently announced that the GRHS Band, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Bands all received Superior ratings at the District Festival this year.... Full story

  • Robert Maddox

    Apr 27, 2023

    Robert Maddox, 82, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a resident of Green River since 1965 and was a former resident of Custer, South Dakota and Spearfish, South Dakota. He was born March 27, 1941 in Custer, South Dakota; the son of Millard Maddox and Ada Mahnke. Mr. Maddox attended schools in Custer, South Dakota and was a 1959 graduate of Custer High School. He received his Bachelor's in Education from Black Hills State University College in 1... Full story

  • Jo Ann Carpenter Wilmetti

    Apr 27, 2023

    Jo Ann Carpenter Wilmetti, 86, died Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Lexington, Nebraska. Mrs. Wilmetti died following a lengthy illness. She was born July 8, 1936 in Lexington, Nebraska to Tom and Mabel Carpenter. The family moved to Rock Springs in 1941. Jo Ann attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and she was a 1954 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married Robert Wilmetti, Sr., on August 8, 1954 in Rock... Full story

  • George Thomas Fabian

    Apr 27, 2023

    George Thomas Fabian, a life-long resident of Sweetwater County, passed away peacefully after a brief stay at the Mission at Castlerock and a seven year battle with Lewy Bodies Dementia. He was 80 years old. George was born in 1942 to parents, Stanley and Virginia Fabian and grew-up with his family in Superior, Wyoming. George received a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Wyoming in 1965 and was the first member of his family to obtain a college degree. Upon graduating from... Full story

  • Nixie Diane Kennedy

    Apr 27, 2023

    Nixie Diane Kennedy, 50, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at her home in Rock Springs, WY. She was born February 20, 1973, in Portland, OR, the daughter of Patricia Eileen Kennedy. Nixie adored her 6 beautiful grandchildren. She enjoyed fashion, crafting, thrifting, interior design, animals, and wildflowers. Nixie was an expert at keeping up with the Kardashians trivia. Survivors include her sons Austin Porter of Evanston, WY, Kyle Bertagnolli of Rock Springs, WY; daughters Jessica... Full story

  • Albert Frank Myers

    Apr 27, 2023

    Albert Frank Myers, 65, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for the past 40 years and was a former resident of Beaver, Utah. He was born July 13, 1957 in Cedar City, Utah; the son of Franklin Bradshaw Myers and Phyllis Lee Smith. Mr. Myers attended schools in Beaver, Utah and was a 1975 graduate of Beaver High School. He married the love of his life Shannon Frances Carr December 7, 1985 in Green River. Mr. Myers worked for Texas Gulf/FM... Full story

  • Rebecca "Becky" Boyse

    Apr 27, 2023

    Rebecca "Becky" Boyse, 65, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2023, at her home in Green River, WY, surrounded by family. She was born August 3, 1957, in Niagara Falls, NY, the daughter of Bill Bish and Jean Norton Bish. Becky obtained her diploma form LaSalle High School. She married Robert Boyse on March 4, 2001 in Lake Tahoe, NV. He preceded her in death on January 26, 2022. Becky worked as a mail carried for over 30 years for the USPS, until her retirement in 2018. She was a member of the... Full story

  • Thomas "Tom" Joe Christoffersen

    Apr 27, 2023

    Thomas "Tom" Joe Christoffersen, 65, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at his home in Salisbury, North Carolina. He was a resident of North Carolina for 43 years and a former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Tom was born July 17, 1957 in Denver, Colorado; the son of Edwin Harry Christoffersen and Gladys Florene Gass. He attended schools in Rock Springs and Santa Monica, California; Thomas was a 1975 graduate of Santa Monica High School. Tom obtained his Airframe and Power Plant License in... Full story

  • Josephine Ugalde

    Apr 27, 2023

    Josephine Ugalde, 68, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born April 23, 1954 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Pedro C. Armijo and Martha Garcia. Ms. Ugalde attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1972 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married Fernando Candelaria in 1994 in Green River and later divorced. Josephine married Miguel Ugalde in 1999 in... Full story

  • Erica Luana Casper

    Apr 27, 2023

    Erica Luana Casper, 36, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2023 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a life-long resident of Green River. She was born April 9, 1987 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Bruce Eldon Casper and Hermelinda Flores Casper. Erica attended schools in Green River and was a 2005 graduate of Green River High School. She worked for FMC for 12 years as an operator. Ms. Casper was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her... Full story

  • Gordon "Gordy" Burton

    Apr 27, 2023

    Gordon "Gordy" Burton, 68, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at his home in Farson, Wyoming. He was resident of Farson since 1990 and former resident of Farmington, New Mexico, Rock Springs, Wyoming and Casper, Wyoming. He was born on September 9, 1954 in Spanish Fork, Utah; son of Donald Burton and Fern Pearl Fillmore. Gordy attended schools in New Mexico and was a 1972 graduate of Galina High School. He received his Associate of Arts Degree in Agriculture Mechanics Automotive in... Full story

  • DWS commemorates Workers' Memorial Day

    KAREN J. BEBENSEE, OSHA Program Manager for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services|Apr 27, 2023

    April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day of remembrance and commitment initially established by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and now also known throughout numerous countries as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Annually, this day honors and commemorates workers who have lost their lives on the job, recognizing the tremendous loss to families, peers and communities. It is an emotional holiday for everyone touched by this loss. The loss brings communities together to recognize t...

  • Letter to the Editor: New e-book available

    Apr 27, 2023

    Dear Editor, As a boy growing up in the Midwest, I idolized Green River native Curt Gowdy, a pro sports TV announcer and host of the American Sportsman program. As an adult, I would serve as sports editor of the Rock Springs paper and cover Sweetwater County and University of Wyoming sports in the 1980s. My new e-book, PRESSING ON By the Grace of God, recounts that time. Another former sports figure from that era read the book and said he found it fascinating to relive Wyoming sports from the ‘80s. For those who would also enjoy that trip d...

  • Letter to the Editor: Grateful for community support

    Apr 27, 2023

    Dear Editor, I am a person with a hereditary mental disease, but one that is totally treatable with medication. I recently experienced an embarrassing rough patch. But rather than shun me or throw me out with the trash, I received compassion, caring, and much-needed help. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties, however, I am so very appreciative to those of you in the Green River region who see through my challenge and are helping me get back on track. I respect that and am immutably grateful. Will you please forgive my...

  • One arrested after car chase, SWAT standoff on interstate

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Apr 27, 2023

    A SWAT standoff with a man barricaded in his vehicle on the interstate ended with his arrest late Friday afternoon, according to Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office. David Eugene Furman, 52, of Washington, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 when he was stopped by a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper near mile marker 50 in neighboring Uinta County, Wyoming. Upon contact with him, Furman fled in his vehicle toward Green River, leading law enforcement on a miles-long high-speed pursuit. After... Full story

  • Green River Police Department reports for April 18 - April 23

    Apr 27, 2023

    April 18 At 12:22 a.m., officers responded to a residence on Cumorah Way for a request for subject removal. The subject had already left the residence upon the officer’s arrival. Officers met with the reporting party who reported a dispute. Officers made contact with the subject, gathered information, and completed a report of the incident. At 1:15 a.m., officers responded to a report of a missing five-year-old juvenile. Officers were notified the juvenile was located and was ok. Officers gathered information and completed a report of the i... Full story

  • FFA brings home Chapter of the Year Award

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 27, 2023

    Green River's FFA chapter may be smaller and newer than many other chapters across the state, but the students showed their skills and their heart during the recent FFA Wyoming State Convention, where Green River received the Chapter of the Year Award. "The kids did amazing this year," Liz Thoman, the FFA advisor, said. "Definitely one for the books." While this was the 96th annual FFA Wyoming Convention, Green River's chapter is only seven years old. They're also a relatively small chapter from...

  • Hilltop Baptist Church hosts Spring Giveaway open to community

    Staff Report|Apr 27, 2023

    Community members in need of household items, clothing, and more can stop by Hilltop Baptist Church this weekend to get free items. The church will be hosting a Community-wide Spring Giveaway on Saturday. “We have many items that have been donated to the church over the years, so we are spring cleaning and want to bless the community with items they may need,” Melissa Roderick said. Roderick is the wife of the church’s pastor, Harper, and she came up with the idea for the giveaway and is coordinating it. She said she “just wanted to meet needs... Full story

  • GRHS celebrates achievements at State Art Symposium

    Staff Report|Apr 27, 2023

    Green River schools recently attended and did well at the Wyoming State Art Symposium. "Green River High School is proud to announce our outstanding performance at the State Art Symposium on April 20 and 21," a press release said. This year the Wyoming Secondary Art Educators Association (WSAEA) hosted the 55th Annual State Art Symposium at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The state art show showcased a total of 4,225 pieces of student artwork from 61 different secondary-level schools across... Full story

  • Maverik to purchase Kum & Go chain convenience stores

    David Martin, Contributor|Apr 27, 2023

    Utah-based convenience store chain Maverik announced last week it will acquire the Kum & Go chain of convenience stores in a deal that also includes a tank truck carrier and logistics firm owned by Kum & Go’s parent company. Maverik operates one convenience store in Sweetwater County located in Green River, while Kum & Go operates four locations in Rock Springs. Maverik’s purchase expands the company’s reach by more than 400 Kum & Go locations in 13 states. Once the sale is complete, Maver...

  • Lady Wolves beat Lyman, fall to Mountain View

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Apr 27, 2023

    The Green River Lady Wolves Soccer team traveled to play a conference game against the Lyman Lady Eagles on Friday. Green River had a victorious win with a final score of 5-2. Leading the team was Isabel Vasco with two goals, along with Emily Magana, Jazlynn Hunt and Dalya Salcedo scoring one goal each. Claira Kuball and Isabel Vasco each had one assist and Fatima Salcedo had an amazing 12 saves during the game. Head Coach Matt Robles said the field wasn't as wide as Green River usually plays...

  • Wolves soccer team continues winning streak, ranked 2nd in 3A West

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Apr 27, 2023

    The Green River Wolves Boys Soccer team had a great weekend of ball. On Friday, the Wolves traveled for a conference game and played the Lyman Eagles. "It was a challenge for us because the field was so narrow," said Head Coach Josh Webb. "It really messed with our possession. And it was still wet and not very firm so that was another challenge." Coach Webb said the boys came out kind of slow and could have played better, but with the challenging conditions he is proud of them and they came out...

  • Lady Wolves softball sweeps Natrona, loses to Kelly Walsh

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Apr 27, 2023

    The Green River Lady Wolves Softball team has played several games the last week and the players have found their groove. On Friday, Green River played a conference game against Natrona County. "We were actually down to our last out and last strike," said Head Coach Blair Aimone. "The girls battled back and that's what we try to instill - the game isn't over until it's over." Green River was able to shut Natrona County down and it was an awesome victory. The Lady Wolves played a great game, with...

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