Articles from the June 22, 2023 edition

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  • Love's sewage solutions

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 22, 2023

    Since the original septic system failed and the county commissioners didn't approve a proposed system that would put treated effluent into the river, Love's Travel Stop has been finding solutions to handle their sewage until they can be part of the new Jamestown sewer system. During Tuesday's meeting, the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Love's Travel Center and Truck Stop to add two additional sewage holding tanks to the tanks that are...

  • Wild horses on display at Vistors Center

    David Martin, Contributor|Jun 22, 2023

    The Green River Visitors Center has a couple representatives from Wyoming's wild horse herds living on site this summer. The two horses are part of an annual summer tradition at the center, which houses wild horses during peak tourism months to give visitors a chance to glimpse the animals as they pass through the city. The center has two geldings on display from the Wyoming Honor Farm. The two are from herds found in central Wyoming. Both were captured with their mothers as part of a...

  • Farmers' Market returning in July

    Staff Report|Jun 22, 2023

    The Green River URA Main Street agency has announced that the annual Farmers' Market will begin Wednesday July 5 and will once again take place on Roosevelt Drive next to Harley Davidson. The Farmers' Market will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. "We are excited to bring back the Farmers' Market for Green River and appreciate the support the vendors give to it on a weekly basis," Bonnie Tippy, President of the URA Main Street Board, said in a press release. "Our board will run the event weekly through... Full story

  • Who let the dogs out?

    Jun 22, 2023

    Ella Stanton and Jayla Braden spend time with Mozzie, one of the first dogs to enjoy the new Green River Dog Park. The dog park celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning before officially opening to the public Monday at 9 a.m. "What a beautiful day to celebrate the new Dog Park here in Green River!" the Green River Chamber posted on Facebook Saturday. "What an amazing group that has seen this wonderful project come to fruition." Several representatives from Green River High School's... Full story

  • Averia Martin

    Jun 22, 2023

    Averia Martin, 79, passed away May 12, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the last 43 years of her life. She was born on October 30, 1943 in Bowman, North Dakota, the daughter of Chris and Linda Martin. Averia graduated from Bowman High School with the class of 1961. She married her high school sweetheart Gail Ensign in Bowman on November 26, 1961. Averia worked in child care for most of her life, working for a day care until her... Full story

  • Pamela Joyce Amposta Humburg

    Jun 22, 2023

    Pamela Joyce Amposta Humburg, age 79, of Henderson, NV passed away on June 6, 2023. She was born in Montpelier, ID on June 3, 1944 to Don Humburg and Gwendolyn Jensen Humburg while they were living in Cokeville, WY. Pamela lived in many locations over her life time some including Green River, WY, Tooele, UT and Montpelier, ID prior to moving to Henderson, NV in 2017. She worked as a cashier and retired from Walmart. Pamela loved to spend time doing needle work and crocheting. Pamela is survived... Full story

  • Lorraine "Dena" Bogataj

    Jun 22, 2023

    Lorraine "Dena" Bogataj, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 9, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mrs. Bogataj was a resident of Rock Springs, for 65 years and former resident in Winton and Reliance, Wyoming. She was born November 14, 1928 in Winton, Wyoming; the daughter of John Nigra and Jenny Tardoni. Mrs. Bogataj attended schools in Reliance, Wyoming and was a graduate of Reliance High School. She married Joseph Bogataj on June 7, 1947 in Rock... Full story

  • Mow Jan "Martin" Lew

    Jun 22, 2023

    Mow Jan "Martin" Lew passed away Monday, June 12, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born September 25, 1936 in Canton, China to Hing Hem and Chou Tai Lew. Martin attended school in China and Rock Springs. He married Pui Kwun "Judy" Lew in Hong Kong on March 20, 1961. Martin was co-owner of the New Grand Cafe for 23 years. In 1975, he was ready for a new adventure and he set out with Judy and their growing family to open Lew's Family Restaurant, which they operated for 21 years.... Full story

  • Larry "Blake" Barney

    Jun 22, 2023

    Larry "Blake" Barney, 61, passed away suddenly and peacefully on June 10, 2023, surrounded by his family at East Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was a resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho for four years and former resident of Green River, Wyoming. He was born November 22, 1961 in Richfield, Utah; the first son of Afton Larry Barney and Dorothy Ruth Driggs-Barney. Blake attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1980 graduate of Green River High School. He received a... Full story

  • Sharon Patterson

    Jun 22, 2023

    Sharon Patterson, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends Friday, June 16, 2023 at the Villa at Missions at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for the past 10 years and former resident of Draper, Utah. She was born June 13, 1938 in Richmond, Utah: the daughter of Dayl J. Webb and Wilma Bartholome. Mrs. Patterson attended schools in Vernal, Utah and was a 1956 graduate of Vernal, High School. She received her Associates Degree i... Full story

  • Houston Jeremy Neff

    Jun 22, 2023

    Houston Jeremy Neff, 34, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of West Valley City, Utah. He was born September 8, 1988 in West Jordan, Utah; the son of Wendy Wilkins Neff and Craig H. Neff Houston attended schools in West Valley City, Utah. He married Jessica Flusty October 20, 2019 in Ogden City, Utah. Houston was a self-employed Tattoo Artist for six plus years. He previously worked as Iron Worker. He loved spending time with his family and... Full story

  • Peggy Jo Peterson Burns

    Jun 22, 2023

    Peggy Jo Peterson Burns, 87, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 45 years and former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born March 26. 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah; the daughter of Andrew S. Peterson and Margaret B. Bennington. Mrs. Burns attended schools in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Samuel E. Burns Jr. June 12, 1953 in Salt Lake City, Utah and they later divorced. They remained friends throughout their... Full story

  • An open letter of thanks to Wyoming Arts Council Director Michael Lange

    Jun 22, 2023

    They say that change is the only constant thing in the universe, but Michael Lange’s upcoming departure from the Wyoming Arts Council will be one of those changes that will be felt by all! We appreciate Michael’s dedication and hard work of moving the arts forward in our state. The behind-the-scenes work often is not recognized but we are grateful for his dedication. From keeping budgets intact, the level of effectiveness when staff cuts had to be made, and looking out for all the communities in our state where the arts do matter, these thi... Full story

  • Just A Word (Poem)

    Jun 22, 2023

    Yesterday is just a word after it has come and gone The same with something you might have said can never be undone An apology seems to help but will never remove the sting When something in anger has been said before you stop to think As we travel done the road of life and face the bumps and bruises Isn’t it strange that once they’ve healed do we ever remember the intrusion But it is not so with the hurtful words that have been expressed in anger Stitches cannot repair a heart that’s been cut with an emotional dagger From time to time in ou... Full story

  • Green River Police Department reports for June 13 - 18

    Jun 22, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for June 13 At 8:51 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Hitching Post Drive and Shoshone Avenue and issued the driver a verbal warning for an alleged registration violation. At 8:52 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued the driver written warnings for alleged speeding and taillights/license plate light required violation. At 11:31 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Hitching Post Drive and Shoshone Avenue and issued the driver a verbal warning for an... Full story

  • Pride events welcome everyone, draw crowds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 22, 2023

    Rainbow flags waved freely throughout Sweetwater County the last two weekends, with "Pride in the Park" hosted by Green River PFLAG last Saturday in Evers Park and the first Rock Springs Pride Fest hosted June 10 in Bunning Park. Both events drew in large crowds of people to participate in free activities, enjoy entertainment, and check out vendors and community organizations. The Rock Springs Pride Fest was estimated to have brought in close to 1,000 participants according to Chad Banks, one...

  • Rising water levels at Flaming Gorge threaten unattended travel trailers

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Jun 22, 2023

    If you’re planning to leave your camper or RV for a few days to reserve a good camping spot near the shoreline of Flaming Gorge, beware that water levels at the reservoir are currently up over eight feet from one year ago. A high amount of mountain snowmelt runoff, increased outflows upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, and decreased outflows at the Gorge itself have raised water levels nearly three feet during the first fourteen days of June. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Jason Mower said, “Obviously, if the water gets too high and you’r... Full story

  • Still having fun: Businesses host events in place of Flaming Gorge Days

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 22, 2023

    When it was announced that this year's Flaming Gorge Days was canceled, many people's first reaction was disappointment. But for some, the disappointment was quickly replaced by determination. Local business owners got together, reached out, and found ways to quickly organize multiple events for June 23 and 24 to give the community options of fun things to do in place of Flaming Gorge Days. The biggest events are taking place in Ever's Park and Downtown Green River with the "Party in the Park"... Full story

  • Knights compete at Father's Day Tournament in Powell

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Jun 22, 2023

    The Green River Knights traveled to Powell to compete in the Father's Day Tournament over the weekend. The Knights are an extremely young team this year but are fighting their way through the games and gaining lots of experience. There were tough teams competing from Wyoming and Montana at the tournament. The Knights took the field to play their first game against the Billings Expos on Friday. It was a calm first inning with neither team getting on the board. In the second inning, the Expos...

  • TransWest Express poised to expand reach of Wyo renewables

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Jun 22, 2023

    After 15 years of planning and permitting, construction will begin this year on the TransWest Express high-voltage transmission line - a milestone expansion of Wyoming's electric power export industry to markets in the American Southwest and one of the largest transmission upgrades to the western grid in decades. The Bureau of Land Management granted TransWest Express LLC a "notice to proceed" in April, culminating years of work and millions of dollars invested in a "vision" to bring Wyoming's...

  • Gillette woman finds new purpose in life thanks to alpacas and their manure

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 22, 2023

    GILLETTE - Two years ago, Heidi Nation was looking for a purpose in life. She had moved out to the Oriva Hills subdivision in the spring of 2021 after years of living in Gillette. "We came out here, and there was, like, nothing," said Nation, the owner of Spirit Nation Alpacas. But even before the move, "I was in the same kind of predicament," she said. She needed something to do, she needed someone to take care of. Then one day, Betty White, Gary Busey, Kevin Hart and Wanda Sykes walked into...

  • Retired officer driving across country for veterans

    Rana Jones, Kemmerer Gazette Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 22, 2023

    KEMMERER - Cpt. Scott Montefusco is driving down the road in a restored 1952 Korean War Willys Jeep, with a picture of Horatio Nelson Jackson - the first person to travel across the United States in an automobile - taped to the dashboard. He is wearing a jet-helmet and throwing out the occasional "Woohoo!" He told the Gazette that he refuses to put the windshield up, no matter what the weather throws his way. He compares the experience to a scene in "Forrest Gump" where Lt. Dan braves the storm...

  • 'Someone else is in charge of the lighting'; Yellowstone stars in new stamp

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile|Jun 22, 2023

    CANYON VILLAGE - Photographer Kenneth Keifer nearly missed both shots. But persistence paid off and serendipity kissed the Mooresville, Indiana resident, enabling him to get stunning photographs of two landmark waterfalls. His pictures of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park and Harrison Wright Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania, appear on two new U.S. Postal Service stamps. Sixteen years ago, Keifer visited Yellowstone bent on capturing the Lower...

  • Gordon calls proposed BLM conservation rule 'boneheaded'

    Jun 22, 2023

    CHEYENNE (WNE) — On Thursday, Gov. Mark Gordon provided testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s Conservation and Landscape Health proposed rule and in favor of a bill to withdraw that rule. According to the BLM, the proposed Public Lands Rule, announced in late March, would provide tools for it to: . Restore critical wildlife habitat and clean water . Protect healthy public lands in the face of increasing drought, wildfire and climate impacts . Ensure responsible development backed by... Full story