Articles from the July 1, 2021 edition

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  • Wastewater plant clears DEQ review

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 1, 2021

    Green River’s wastewater treatment plant got approval to continue running following two site visits conducted by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The facility was originally built in 1962, utilizing a sewer lagoon system to treat wastewater before being discharged into the Green River. The system consists of two pre-aeration cells, three aerated lagoons and two polishing ponds. According to information found on the city’s website, residents generate approximately 1 million gal...

  • Fire concerns grow beyond July 4 holiday due to dry conditions

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 1, 2021

    As the July 4th holiday approaches this weekend, fire concerns grow as the threat of fires loom. While promoting the annual Fourth of July fireworks show Sunday night, a press release from the city also issued a warning to residents of the city’s ordinance banning the use of fireworks within city limits and states police officers will be patrolling the streets in search of violators. “Conditions are also very dry on the outskirts of the city and we ask that you be cautious and careful and hel...

  • Walking hand in hand

    Jul 1, 2021

  • Rumors circulate regarding Amazon warehouse

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 1, 2021

    Residents throughout the county have heard rumors regarding a warehouse operated by Amazon being established in Rock Springs -- rumors that may hold little truth to them. Both Green River City Councilman Gary Killpack and Rock Springs City Councilman David Halter both said they were told the e-commerce giant was looking to expand into Rock Springs, with Killpack saying the rumor he heard focused on the company using the former Halliburton building on Blairtown Road as its warehouse. Laura...

  • Walter William Cook Sr.

    Jul 1, 2021

    Walter William Cook Sr. died June 25, 2021 in Kemmerer, Wyoming at the age of 87. He was born in Green River, Wyoming to Edwin [Ted] and Lillian [Cross] Cook. Walt attended school in Green River and was an avid football and basketball player. His basketball team took the state championship two years in a row. He lettered in football, basketball and track. He was awarded "All State" three times before graduating from High School in 1953. He was inducted into the Green River High School Hall of...

  • Deborah Gibson

    Jul 1, 2021

    Deborah Gibson, 56, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a former resident of Provo, Utah. Deborah was born on October 24, 1964 in Rock Springs, WY, the daughter of James and Loretta Boling. She graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1983. Deborah married Ronald Leon Gibson in Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1992. He preceded her in death on October 1, 2017. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deborah enjoyed spending her time fishing, being with her pets,...

  • Stanley "Stooge" Jereb

    Jul 1, 2021

    Stanley "Stooge" Jereb, 90, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs. Mr. Jereb was born December 3, 1930 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of John Jereb and Anna Rupar. He attended schools in Rock Springs, and was a 1949 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Stanley also attended Salt Lake Area Vocational School. Mr. Jereb married Mary Ruth Russell on August 18, 1957 at Saint Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Rock...

  • Marion Sonja Churich Lukich Oneida Guerra

    Jul 1, 2021

    Marion Sonja Churich Lukich Oneida Guerra, 83, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a longtime resident of Green River and former resident of Bingham, Utah. She was born April 27, 1938 in Bingham Canyon, Utah; the daughter of Rada Lukich and Sophie Churich. Mrs. Guerra attended schools in Utah. She married Henry Rupert Oneida on October 18, 1955 in Bingham Canyon, Utah and had six wonderful children together. They were later divorced. She married...

  • Our View: It's time for Wyo to buck Gore from politics

    Jul 1, 2021

    Spies in Wyoming -- it has to be the ludicrous plot of a poorly-written novel, right? No dear reader, it isn’t. Proving truth to be stranger than fiction, the New York Times broke news last week that a spy ring had operated in Wyoming and focused on gathering information about political operations in the state. These spies mostly focused on Wyoming Democrats, the Wyoming Investor Network and Better Wyoming, a left-leaning group seeking to change the conservative narrative in Wyoming’s politics, as well as moderate Republicans. The Times als...

  • Green River Police Department reports for June 23-28

    Jul 1, 2021

    Green River Police Reports for June 23 At 10:31 a.m., officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Family Dollar. Officers made contact with the individual suspected of taking items without paying for them and issued Sharina McGarrah, 29, of Branson, Missouri, a citation for alleged shoplifting. McGaraah was placed under arrest and transported to the Sweetwater County Detention Center. Officers completed a report of the incident. At 11:46 a.m., officers responded to a report of larceny on Crossbow Drive. Officers met with the individuals...

  • Nurse earns mental health certification

    Jul 1, 2021

    The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board recently certified Tamara Walker to practice as a Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist. Walker is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Pediatric Clinic of Sweetwater Memorial. More than a year ago, she trained and began offering the COPE – Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment – program, a seven-week cognitive behavioral therapy program designed to build resiliency skills in children and teenagers. She also began working on her recent certification. “I wanted more tools t...

  • Safe!

    Jul 1, 2021

  • LMS student wins beauty pageant

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 1, 2021

    A Lincoln Middle School student was crowned Little Miss Wyoming Preteen after having stepped away from the beauty pageant scene for the past four years. For 13-year-old Jaylene Gallegos, coming back to competition resulted in a title. Jaylene is a typical teenager who admits to sleeping in most mornings and enjoys playing basketball and volleyball. However, when it comes to pageants, Jaylene gets to show another side of herself, the side that enjoys the attention and the glamor that comes with...

  • UCC welcomes sabbatical pastor to church

    Jul 1, 2021

    Union Congregational United Church of Christ was so excited to announce in October 2019 that they were the recipients of a National Clergy Renewal Grant funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant, totaling $46,618, would allow the church to hire a Sabbatical Interim for three months, plus cover expenses for their pastor to be on sabbatical leave. This was all to take place in the summer of 2020. Then Covid-19 happened. Plans for an interim got cancelled and sabbatical leave was put on hold. As 2021 unfolded with vaccines and declines in active...

  • School district's free meal program extended to June 2022

    Jul 1, 2021

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 is extending its free meal service to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge through June 30, 2022. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19. Meals are available to all children including those learning in-person...

  • Stun and dismay follow espionage revelations

    Nick Reynolds,|Jul 1, 2021

    Wealthy conservative donor Susan Gore was a key financier of a years-long effort to spy on Wyoming Democrats and Republicans, an article published Friday by the New York Times revealed, shining a light on the lengths to which the Gore-Tex heiress and Wyoming Liberty Group founder has gone to influence the state’s politics. The report alleges Gore helped finance the infiltration of numerous political organizations in the state by a pair of “spies” tied to the right-wing group Project Veritas. Their targets were varied, according to the inves...

  • Legislators say they were targeted by political infiltration operation

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 1, 2021

    CASPER — Two Wyoming lawmakers and a former state representative say they were targeted as part of an undercover operation performed by conservative operatives to infiltrate political campaigns and progressive groups during the 2020 election cycle. Wyoming appeared to be the home base for these efforts, according to an investigation published Friday by the New York times. The conservative operatives, Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, reportedly used the Wapiti home of Erik Prince, the founder of private military firm Blackwater, for training. T...

  • Former Pavillion clerk charged again with stealing from town

    Clair McFarland, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 1, 2021

    RIVERTON — Originally charged with stealing more than $34,000 from the Town of Pavillion, the municipality’s former clerk was charged again last week, after more unexplained expenditures were discovered. The newly discovered bank account charges date back to 2013 and appear to have funded a wedding in Kentucky. Rebecca Irene Milleson, a 48-year-old Riverton woman also known as Rebecca Hatcher, now faces an additional count of felony larceny. The charge in worst-case scenarios could be punishable by up to a decade in prison and $10,000 in fin...

  • Editorial cartoon for July 1

    Jul 1, 2021