Articles from the May 25, 2023 edition

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  • GRPD officers receive Medal of Valor

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 25, 2023

    Three members of the Green River Police Department were recently given the Medal of Valor for their actions in response to a suspect who exchanged fire with them in the summer of 2021. This award was given after the recent sentencing of the suspect. Officers awarded for valor Sergeant Jesse Nielson, Officer Kevin Lennon and Officer Zachary Owens of the GRPD were recognized during the May 16 Green River City Council meeting and presented with the Medal of Valor. "In July of 2021, these three...

  • 35th Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo brings new thrills

    David Martin, Contributor|May 25, 2023

    A few new events aim to please rodeo fans at the upcoming Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo, including a wild horse race that proved to be popular years ago. Rodeo weekend is fast approaching and will take place June 2-3 at Green River's rodeo grounds. Kelly Harmon, the vice president of the rodeo and sponsorship coordinator, said the group plans to include an adult calf scramble that will take place similar to the long-running kids' event. The difference for the adult event involves the use of...

  • Jill A. Cordova

    May 25, 2023

    Jill A. Cordova, 69, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, WY. She was born on June 13, 1953 in Rock Springs, WY, the daughter of Robert and Daisy Kinnaman. Jill was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She married Jose Cordova, he preceded her in death on July 19, 2010. Jill enjoyed reading, and loved playing bingo. She is survived by her daughter Andrea Morrison of Spokane Valley, WA; and brother Larry Curry. She is preceded in death... Full story

  • James Willingham

    May 25, 2023

    James Willingham, End of Watch May 21, 2023. He faithfully served in the USAF for 10 years of active duty followed by many years of service in the Army and USAF Reserves. He continued to serve as a Police Officer in Green River, WYO. His law enforcement career led him to work at Denton County District Attorney's Office in Denton, TX. His talent in computer forensics led to specialized training and certifications. He considered his time working in the Digital Forensic Lab at Fort Worth Police Dep... Full story

  • Paul Parker

    May 25, 2023

    Paul Parker, 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born on June 20, 1951 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Charles J. Parker and Gayle M. Chute Parker. Paul attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and he as a 1969 graduate of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He married Charlotte Nigra on June 10, 1972 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Paul also attended the... Full story

  • Betty Todd Emerson

    May 25, 2023

    Betty Todd Emerson passed away on Sunday, May 21st in Riverton, Wyoming. She was born May 4, 1932, in the township of Huggins, Arkansas, to Julia Mayberry Higginbotham Groves and Jesse Higginbotham. She went to school in Arkansas and Illinois and married John Robert (Bob) Todd on October 28, 1950. Betty and Bob had three children: Sondra (Sandy), John Edward (Eddie), and Michael (Mike) Allen. They remained married until Bob's death in 1991. Betty married Charles (Chuck) Emerson on October 29th,... Full story

  • Isaac Donald Barber

    May 25, 2023

    Isaac Donald Barber, 50, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for most of his life and a former resident of Colorado. Isaac was born October 12, 1972 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Donald L. Barber and Kathleen McGarvey. Mr. Barber attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1991 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Isaac married Sharon Renee Smith on November 5, 2006 in Casper, Wyoming; they moved to Craig, Colorado...

  • Paul Engen

    May 25, 2023

    Paul Engen, beloved husband, father, and papa passed away Sunday, May 21 with his wife, daughter and granddaughter by his side. He died from complications of juvenile diabetes he lived with for 58 years. Throughout all his trials with health over the last several years, he stayed optimistic, and we were blessed with the time we had with him. He was born March 28, 1953, to Bob and Rose Engen in Laramie, Wyoming. He was raised on their ranch in Centennial with his siblings until they moved to... Full story

  • Our View: Honor the fallen

    May 25, 2023

    We are privileged to live in a community that loves, values, and supports its veterans and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice. With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, be sure to take the time to remember that this is a day specifically set aside to honor those who gave their lives in the service and defense of our country. We are truly thankful for all our veterans, and need to honor and help those who are still with us. But this weekend, let's remember those who didn't make it...

  • Letter to the Editor: A veteran shares about his life

    May 25, 2023

    Dear Editor, My name is Harry Holler. My grandpa’s name is Harry Holler and my dad’s name is Harry Holler. That’s why I named my son Michael. Michael was my only son. He was killed in a car wreck. I was born in Peoria, Illinois. Later we moved to Chicago Heights, Illinois. I worked for a company called Dawe’s Labs both in Peoria and Chicago Heights. Eventually it was bought out by Solvay. I worked a short stint in Iowa at a feed plant, where they were looking for a foreman. It didn’t last long because I’m an easy-going guy but they wanted some...

  • Green River Police Department reports for May 6 - May 23

    May 25, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for May 6 At 5:34 p.m., officers responded to a trespassing request. Officers met with an individual who requested to have an individual trespassed from their property after a verbal altercation had occurred. Officers gathered information, attempted to make contact with the individual, and completed a report of the incident. May 7 At 3:51 a.m., officers responded to a report of domestic violence. Officers met with the individuals involved in a dispute and gathered information. The parties separated and... Full story

  • Multiple drug arrests made, Fentanyl pills found

    Staff Report|May 25, 2023

    Several people have been arrested by local and state law enforcement recently on drug charges, including one man who the Rock Springs Police Department allegedly found in possession of Fentanyl pills. On Thursday, May 18, officers with Rock Springs Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a dark-colored passenger vehicle, according to a press release. Contact was made with the passenger of the vehicle, identified as Alec Praytor, who had an active warrant for his arrest. A search was conducted where drug paraphernalia and pills were... Full story

  • Women's Club gives back to the community

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 25, 2023

    The GFWC Women's Club of Sweetwater County has been making good on their mission to help the community with several recent donations to local organizations and participation in local events. "We just try to do whatever we can to help our community when we hear of a need," Club President Marcia Volner said. The club has been giving out donations from the funds they raised during their annual Holiday House. The holiday event is their biggest activity and fundraiser for each year, bringing in...

  • Happy 60th Anniversary!

    May 25, 2023

    Dwain and Connie Driggs recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a dinner with family and friends. Dwain and Connie were married on May 26, 1963, in Elko, Nevada. The couple has resided in Green River since 1969 and raised three kids. They now have seven grandkids and six great-grandkids. Courtesy photos... Full story

  • Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

    May 25, 2023

    Anamarie Melgoza and John Vivier of Rock Springs welcomed their son, Attikus-Linkoln Otto Melgoza Vivier, on March 22. Montana and Braedn Moss of Rock Springs welcomed their son, Bjorn Kelly Moss, on March 23. Kennedy and Christian Fennewald of Rock Springs welcomed their son, Kamden Chayse Fennewald, on March 25. Kaycee Palmer and Edith Amezcua of Rock Springs welcomed their son, Kaycee Stetson Palmer II, on March 29. Will and Amber Ruble of Rock Springs welcomed their son, Carter Raydan Ruble, on April 6. Nicole and James Gilman of Rock... Full story

  • GRHS Wolves football player signs with Concordia University

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 25, 2023

    Another Wolf is ready to become a Cougar. This week Tanner Mosely signed his letter of intent to play football for Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. Mosely is the second Wolf this year to decide to play for Concordia, following Jeremiah Salmo, who signed his letter of intent a few weeks ago. Mosely mentioned having a friend going to Concordia as part of the reason for his college choice, but also said a major motivating factor was the friendliness of the coaches, who...

  • Lady Wolves strike out against Cheyenne East and Kelly Walsh

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|May 25, 2023

    The Lady Wolves Softball team traveled to Gillette to compete in the 4A State Championships last Thursday. Their first game on Thursday was against the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds. Green River fought the entire game but struggled putting the bat to the ball. Cheyenne East dominated the game and won with a final score of 11-0. "We had about three costly errors in the outfield that really was the difference in the game," said Head Coach Blair Aimone. "The game was definitely closer than the score...

  • Green River Wolves compete well at State Track and Field in Casper

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 25, 2023

    The Wolves Girls and Boys Track and Field teams competed in the Wyoming High School Track Championships this past weekend at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper. They were up against 13 other 4A schools, almost all of which have significantly larger enrollments. The largest contingent of athletes for Green River, both for the girls and boys, are sophomores, followed by juniors, freshman and seniors, which bodes well for the Track Program in the next few years if the athletes stick with track and work hard in the off season. Head Track Coach Dan...

  • Wolves soccer wins the 3A Consolation Championship

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|May 25, 2023

    On the first day of the 3A State Championships that were hosted in Green River, the Green River Wolves stepped on the field to play the Torrington Trailblazers. The Wolves out-possessed Torrington during the game and had lots of shots at the goal, but unfortunately at the end of the game Green River didn't get the ball in the net. Leading the team with one goal was Braxton Cordova. Green River lost to Torrington with a final score of 1-2. With a loss, Green River was sent to the consolation...

  • Sweetwater County school district responds to sexual harassment claims

    Trina Dennis Brittain, Rocket Miner Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 25, 2023

    ROCK SPRINGS — A resident came forward with sexual harassment issues at this month’s Sweetwater County School District No. 1 board meeting. During the meeting on May 8, Rock Springs resident, Cherell O’Driscoll, revealed that she has received “an ungodly amount of emails and messages” from teachers who don’t want to come forward because of retaliation. “That is disgusting!” O’Driscoll expressed. “They should be able to come forth with their issues.” She pointed out that punishment for the same type of unacceptable behavior is not the s...