Articles from the May 13, 2021 edition


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  • Business flourishes downtown

    David Martin, Editor|May 13, 2021

    The scent of coffee hangs heavy in the air as barista Lauren Lee fills an order for an iced latte at Coal Train Coffee Wednesday morning. Light coming in from a window facing Castle Rock illuminates the inside of the coffee shop, showcasing the stainless steel appliances. Everything looks new. Located in the Tomahawk Hotel, in the corner space facing Flaming Gorge Way, the coffee shop's owner, Denise Webster thinks is the perfect spot for her business. Originally, her aim was to establish Coal T...

  • District pays pool off in June

    David Martin, Editor|May 13, 2021

    A long-standing debt for Sweetwater County School District No. 2’s aquatics center at Green River High School ends June 15 with the district’s final payment. “We own the pool,” Steve Core, SCSD#2 chairman, said excitedly Tuesday night. The aquatics center, completed in 2014, was initially approved by voters in Green River in 2012. The addition to the high school was paid through bonds sold to fund construction costs, which were then repaid through the district’s mill levy. Voters approved...

  • Barbara Ann Anderson

    May 13, 2021

    Barbara Ann Anderson (Waite), age 79, a resident of Ocean Shores, died on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at her home in Ocean Shores. Mrs. Anderson was born on April 12, 1942, in Monterey Park, California to Alton D. and Lodene (McTee) Russell. She grew up in the Central California area. From 1964 to 1990, she lived in Green River, Wyoming where she worked for the Sweetwater County Assessor's office, after retiring, She moved to Ocean Shores in 2012, to be with her daughter. Mrs. Anderson loved...

  • Amber Lannette Richardson-Lucero

    May 13, 2021

    Amber Lannette Richardson-Lucero passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the age of 12 after a courageous battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Amber was born on September 26, 2008 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the daughter of Brooke Richardson and Nickolas Lucero Sr. She attended East Side Elementary school and was in the 6th grade. Amber enjoyed 3D puzzles, Legos, camping, races and above all else, she loved being with her family. Although her death came too soon, Amber left a big impression on anyone who met...

  • Larry William Hanks

    May 13, 2021

    It is with great sadness that the family of Larry William Hanks announce his passing, on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the age of 74 years. Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Patty and their children, Cresta (Ted) Slaugh of Vernal Utah, Jenifer (Dennis) Kosub of Magnolia Texas, Billy (Anna) of Tomball Texas, and Sara Hunt of Lyman Wyoming. Larry will also be fondly remembered by his brother, Kenneth (Bonnie), sister-in-law Michelle Hanks, uncle Dan (Charla) Youngburg, his...

  • Rachel M. Elmer

    May 13, 2021

    Rachel M. Elmer, 46, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming following a brief illness. She was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for the last year and former resident of Lander, Wyoming. Rachel was born March 5, 1975 in Waukegan, Illinois; the daughter of Richard Allen Payton and Louise Victoria Bogoyevich. She attended schools in Kentucky and Wyoming. Rachel married Sean Lee Elmer on March 23, 2001 in Lander, Wyoming. Mrs. Elmer...

  • Two flights offered at regional airport

    May 13, 2021

    ROCK SPRINGS (Wyoming News Exchange) — The Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport will once again be offering two daily flights to Denver. After being temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SkyWest Airlines will be restoring twice daily United Airlines service to Denver International Airport starting May 27. “This is great news for our entire region,” said Airport Director Devon Brubaker. “We are grateful for our partnership with SkyWest Airlines and the Wyoming Department of Transportation that has allowed air service to remain in plac...

  • Lifelong learning: A matter of perspective

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|May 13, 2021

    A while ago, my seven-year-old and I were watching ‘Elmo in Grouchland’. In the Elmo movie, Huxley, the villain, steals Elmo’s blanket. When Elmo asks for his blanket back, Huxley says, “If I touch it, I own it” then he touches a variety of objects he has taken from people and as he touches each item he says “BING, I own it.” I told Gracie that Mr. Patinkin, who plays the villain, is one of my favorite actors. ‘Well, he might be nice other times, but he’s not my favorite right now,” she said. She and I both had our own perspectives and at...

  • Track team competes in final regular season meets

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 13, 2021

    On the final week of the season for the Wolves, the junior varsity meet featured an opportunity for the underclassman to compete prior to Regionals. One exception for the Boys was senior distance runner Greg Sherwin, who ran away from the competition and took first place in the 3,200-meter run in 10.42.17. In the 100-meter dash for the girls, Olivia Sheets, a sophomore, took seventh in 14.56, took 12th in the 200-meter dash at 31.69 and took sixth in the triple jump at 28-5.00. Also for the girls, Morgan Owens took 18th with a throw of...

  • Learning from a champion

    May 13, 2021

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  • City hopeful study elevates street project

    May 13, 2021

    With talk of infrastructure funding in the news, staff at the City of Green River Public Works Department are optimistic that the Flaming Gorge Way Corridor Study may elevate the status of a project they have been trying to promote for years. Public Works Director Mark Westenskow says The Flaming Gorge Way Corridor Study project was started in January 2020 through a cooperative agreement between the City of Green River and the Wyoming Department of Transportation. He says this project’s purpose has been to develop an integrated land use, t...

  • Teacher of the year finalists announced

    May 13, 2021

    Six Green River educators are finalists in the district’s Teacher of the Year award. The award is given annually to teachers who go above and beyond in educating Green River’s youth. The district received 33 teacher nominations, with the selection committee narrowing the group down to the final six. The Teacher of the Year will be announced at the June 8 Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees meeting. That teacher will then be in the running for Wyoming’s Teacher of the year award. The nominees are: Phil Harder Harder is in...

  • Hospital awards scholarship to Green River student

    May 13, 2021

    Three Sweetwater County high school graduates are Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County scholarship recipients. Rikki Cozad, Delaney Gardea, and Abby Hautala all received scholarships. Two of the scholarships were awarded by the MHSC General Medical staff. Cozad, a Rock Springs High School student, and Gardea, a Green River High School student, each received a scholarship for $3,000. The hospital contributes $1,500 and the medical staff contributes $1,500 to each scholarship. Hautala received a $1,500 scholarship from Sweetwater Memorial. The...

  • Lawmakers review tax structure again

    Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 13, 2021

    CHEYENNE — With Wyoming facing an annual funding shortfall worth roughly $300 million for its K-12 education system, lawmakers on the Joint Revenue Committee spent much of their meeting Monday reviewing how the state pays for its services, as well as how its economic lynchpins have changed over the past decade. Wyoming, which has long relied on coal, oil and natural gas industries to pay the lion’s share of taxes in the state, has seen a substantial decline in revenues over the last decade. From the 2013-14 biennium to the 2017-18 bie...

  • Former Gillette resident returns to challenge Cheney

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 13, 2021

    GILLETTE — A Campbell County High School graduate and U.S. Army veteran is running for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2022. Denton Knapp, a 1983 CCHS grad who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army, has announced that he will challenge Republican Rep. Liz Cheney. Knapp, who now lives in California but is moving back to Gillette, said he’s wanted to go into public service since high school and that “now is a good time to do it.” Knapp joins other Republicans in state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, state Rep. Chuck Gray, Bryan Kel...

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