Articles from the June 1, 2023 edition

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  • Honoring both the living and the dead

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 1, 2023

    When Memorial Day begins at midnight, all American flags and state flags across the country are lowered to half-staff. At noon, the flags are referred to full staff. "I think it's important for people to realize that both people are honored, the living and the dead," Barry Tippy said, explaining the first half of the holiday recognizes the dead, while the second half of the day is for the living. Both the living and dead were recognized and honored during a ceremony at Riverview Cemetery Monday...

  • Proposed budget outlines city priorities

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 1, 2023

    The budget currently under consideration by the Green River City Council details the city’s priorities for the coming year and beyond. The budget maintains a commitment to community organizations by upholding previous funding levels the city budgeted last year while adding funding for a few new requests. In total, the city will distribute $271,585 to local organizations, which represents an increase of $72,185. Organizations being funded include Climb Wyoming, the Sweetwater County Transit A...

  • Green River Fire Department responds to two-story house fire

    Nancy Rider, Green River Fire Department|Jun 1, 2023

    At approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning, the Green River Fire Department, along with Green River Police Department and Castle Rock Ambulance, was dispatched to a report of smoke around the area of Truman Elementary School. While responding, smoke was visible and coming from about two to three blocks away. GRFD Co-Chief Bill Robinson arrived on scene and notified dispatch it was structure fire, giving them the correct address. Robinson and GRPD officers quickly confirmed nobody was at home.... Full story

  • Tracie Lynn Malone

    Jun 1, 2023

    Tracie Lynn Malone, 50, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Tracie was born August 10, 1972 in Gillette, Wyoming; the daughter of James Richard Malone and Debora Sue Carlile. She attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1990 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Tracie was a Senior Permit Agent for Dominion Energy/Wexpro. Her interests included going for side by side rides, camping, outdoors, golfing and attending... Full story

  • Barbara Gipson

    Jun 1, 2023

    Barbara Gipson, 79, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at St. Marks hospital in Millcreek, Utah. She was a 30-year resident of Green River, Wyoming and former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born June 29, 1943 in Yerington, Nevada; the daughter of Frank Rippee and Barbara Mann. Mrs. Gipson attended schools in Oklahoma and Nevada. She was a 1961 graduate of Yerington High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English from University of Nevada, Reno. She married Lonnie Gipson... Full story

  • Mary Lou Lavery

    Jun 1, 2023

    Mary Lou Lavery, 94, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Wyoming for 70 years and former resident of Valentine, Nebraska. Mary Lou was born December 19, 1928 in Carroll, Nebraska; the daughter of David J. Thomas and Helen Iva Swihart. She attended schools in Nebraska and was a 1947 graduate of Valentine High School. Mary Lou also attended Wayne State Teacher College for 2 years and obtained a teaching certifcate.... Full story

  • Barbara Erramouspe

    Jun 1, 2023

    Barbara Erramouspe, 86, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a life-long resident of Rock Springs. She was born September 13, 1936 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Joseph Radosevich and Mary Ardisone. Mrs. Erramouspe attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1954 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married the love of her life Joseph J. Erramouspe August 27, 1959. He preceded her in death in 2014. Mrs. Erramouspe was a member of the... Full story

  • Connie Wilcox-Timar

    Jun 1, 2023

    Connie Wilcox-Timar, 60 passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 21, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock. She was a long-time resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Green River. Connie was born March 15, 1963 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of James G. Wilcox and Judith H. Brown Wilcox. She attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1981 graduate of the Green River High School. Connie received her Associates Degree in Business Accounting from Western Wyomi... Full story

  • Skylar Jason Brenden

    Jun 1, 2023

    Skylar Jason Brenden, 40, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2023 at his home. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born April 11, 1983 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Dale Brenden and Shelly Scott Brenden. Skylar attended school in Rock Springs and was a 2001 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Nutrition at the University of Wyoming. He then went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa to receive his D... Full story

  • Emiliano Morales III

    Jun 1, 2023

    Emiliano Morales III, 43, passed away suddenly in the early morning of Thursday, May 25, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born on September 12, 1979 in Laramie, Wyoming, the son of Emiliano Morales Jr. and Maryalyce Carson. Emiliano graduated from Green River High School before beginning his career in construction which he continued for the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Restoration Ministries Church. Emiliano enjoyed spending his free time drawing, creating art, bike... Full story

  • Senators comment on Supreme Court ruling

    Staff Report|Jun 1, 2023

    U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) recently released statements applauding the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency Case. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the petitioners, which narrowed the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal government in regulating “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. “This ruling is a major win for farmers and ranchers in Wyoming, as it provides regulatory clarity regarding what is and... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Protect Wyoming wildlife

    Jun 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, This crazy winter, coupled with highways and industrial development that have dismembered habitat and disrupted wildlife corridors, has resulted in the death of us to 75% of the pronghorn in Western Wyoming. Mule Deer have also suffered greatly. It is imperative that Governor Gordon designate migration corridors so they can be protected, and we can maybe, just maybe hold on to the pronghorn and mule deer that we have left. Write to Governor Gordon. Tell him that we have known about these migration corridors for decades. The time...

  • Green River Police Department reports for May 23 - 29

    Jun 1, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for May 23 At 7:46 a.m., officers responded to Colorado Drive for a report of possible property damage. Officers met with an individual who requested a trespass warning be issued to the individual. Officers met with the individual, issued the trespass warning, and completed a report of the incident. At 10:29 a.m., officers responded to a report of an individual with an active arrest warrant. Officers met with agents and the individual. The arrest and hold order was confirmed and officers placed Rachael Rodr... Full story

  • Marriages

    Jun 1, 2023

    Marriage licenses recorded at the Sweetwater County Courthouse from April 10 to May 26: Wesley Robert Burchett, 29, to Dusti Rose Bryant, 28, both of Rock Springs. John Thomas Lane, 52, to Ginny Lynn Slaugh, 33, both of Green River. Joshua Allen Powell, 40, to Haaley Ann (Thullen) Carmine, 37, both of Rock Springs. David Joseph Soller, 62, to Catherine Mayme (Hannah) Johnson, 56, both of Rock Springs. James Gage Richardson, 21, of Rock Springs, to Megan Theresa Willis, 20, of Green River. Henry Leonard Reynolds, 70, to Lucia Helena (Rodriques... Full story

  • News Briefs

    Jun 1, 2023

    Former commissioner added to planning and zoning board Former Sweetwater County Commissioner Roy Lloyd is continuing his public service career as the newest member of Green River’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Lloyd was appointed to a vacant position last Tuesday night, May 16, at the Green River City Council meeting, receiving unanimous approval for his appointment. Lloyd previously served one term as a Sweetwater County Commissioner from 2019 to 2022. Aside from political work, Lloyd has volunteered in multiple areas, including service on... Full story

  • A down-to-earth musical: The Horizon Theater presents "Ordinary Days"

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 1, 2023

    Musicals aren't always seen as "realistic," since people typically don't burst into song in their daily lives or sing every conversation. However, despite being completely sung through with no spoken dialogue, "Ordinary Days" strives to present a realistic and relatable look at everyday life. The musical gives a slice-of-life look at four New Yorkers and follows their stories as they intertwine and connect. "It's very much real people with real stories and real lives," Sarah Schaeperkoetter,...

  • Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center receives donations

    Tiffany Marshall, Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director|Jun 1, 2023

    Scout troop donates blankets and care packages The Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center recently was gifted a generous donation of 48 blankets, care packages, and port pillows for patients from the Boy Scouts of America's Girl Troop 1869. This project was led by senior patrol leader, Tiana Lester, as part of her Eagle Scout project. "I started making these in January and then was able to get the rest of our troop involved in this project," Lester explained. The care packages that the troop put... Full story

  • Green River Knights swing into new season

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Jun 1, 2023

    The Green River Knights' season started on May 2 with a game against the Post 24 Stallions. The Knights lost the game with a final score of 2-3. The Knights played the Post 24 Stallions again on May 8, and lost the game with a final score of 6-7. On May 9, the Knights played a game against the Evanston Outlaws. The Knights fell to the Outlaws with a final score of 3-13. The Knights struggled the first three games to grab a win. They are a young team this year, losing two seasoned players from la...

  • Western Wyoming Karate Championships hosted by Pineda's Kenpo Karate

    Chris Dean, Pinedas Kenpo Karate|Jun 1, 2023

    The 42nd Annual Western Wyoming Karate Championships were hosted by Pineda's Kenpo Karate at the Green River Recreation Center on May 13, 2023. The championships hosted 183 competitors from Wyoming, Utah, Montana, and Colorado. Competition included forms, weapons, self-defense, sparring, flag sparring, padded sword sparring, and board breaking. Several grand champions were awarded in both black belt and under belt categories; each receiving a samurai sword and a grand champion tournament hoodie.... Full story

  • Friendships, inspiration on display at Special Olympics games

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 1, 2023

    GILLETTE - Dozens of athletes were at the Thunder Basin High School track Friday afternoon, running, walking, throwing and rolling. Jordi Stewart, 9, ran to grab a Powerade for Lander Special Olympian Nick Eisnnicher, who just completed the 30-meter slalom on the track, swerving his wheelchair in and out of cones as eighth-graders from Sage Valley Junior High timed him. Jordi, a Buffalo Ridge student, also helped over the weekend with the basketball skills competitions, which included...

  • Towns face chicken-and-egg dilemma with nuclear project needs

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Jun 1, 2023

    KEMMERER- When a 16-inch diameter ductile-iron municipal water pipeline failed this spring, a crew dug in for repairs. They found that the 40-year-old line was so brittle that repressuring it after patching it up created more breaks 100 yards away. The crew chased and patched leaks over several days until they ran out of repair "bands" and had to find a manufacturer to build new ones. Forty-seven homes were without potable water for days as the community pitched in with water deliveries and...