Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition


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  • A new future for a historic building

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jul 20, 2023

    The historic Union Pacific train depot in downtown Green River usually stands empty, apart from the pigeons that have found their way in. But on Tuesday afternoon the doors were opened and community members and local government leaders gathered inside to dream about a future where the building is once again full and active. People wandered through the large brick building, looking into the various rooms, even climbing the stairs and using cell phone flashlights to look through the old office...

  • Commissioners approve component unit contracts, capital project list

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jul 20, 2023

    The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners is making adjustments after adopting the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget for the county, including making changes to contracts with component units and approving the Capital Projects List for Core County and Component Units. During Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners approved contracts with the Sweetwater Events Complex, Southwest Counseling, the Sweetwater County Library System, and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. The contracts had t...

  • Sheriff's office investigates homicide in Reliance

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Jul 20, 2023

    The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 30-year-old Teton County man whose body was discovered on Sunday afternoon by passersby near a dirt side-road in Reliance, Wyoming, north of Rock Springs. The decedent was identified as Colter Wesley Watsabaugh, 30, originally of Teton County, Wyoming. Watsabaugh had been living and working in Rock Springs prior to his death. According to sheriff's detectives, in concert with the county coroner's office and the county...

  • Dewey E. Corhn

    Jul 20, 2023

    Dewey E. Corhn, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, July 8, 2023 at his home. He was a 71-year resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of Rosiclare, Illinois. He was born November 3, 1948 in Rosiclare, Illinois; the son of Randolph Corhn and Helen Arlene Shaw. Mr. Corhn attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and he was a 1969 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married Susan Diehl October 20, 1967 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; and she preceded him in...

  • Richard "Rick" Wayne Rowland

    Jul 20, 2023

    Richard "Rick" Wayne Rowland, 76, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family Sunday, July 9, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 29 years and former resident of Casper, Wyoming. He was born October 11, 1946 in Powell, Wyoming; the son of Wilbur A. Rowland and Janet Elaine Crowder. Mr. Rowland attended schools in Powell, Wyoming and was a 1965 graduate of Powell High School. Mr. Rowland was a United States Navy Veteran having served in the...

  • Mary Elizabeth Grubb

    Jul 20, 2023

    Mary Elizabeth Grubb, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday, July 10, 2023 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 45 years and former resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Mrs. Grubb died following a courageous battle with cancer She was born June 4, 1950 in Steubenville, Ohio; the daughter of Donald Lewis and Georgia Morgan. Mrs. Grubb attended schools in Ohio and she was a 1968 graduate of Steubenville High School. She received her...

  • Sheri Ann Otter

    Jul 20, 2023

    Sheri Ann Otter, 59, passed away Friday July 7, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a resident of Green River for 46 years and former resident of Redondo Beach, California and Boise, Idaho. Sheri was born April 6, 1964 to Ray William Hayes and Carol Bliss Hayes in Redondo Beach, California. She graduated from Green River High School in 1982. After high school she attended cosmetology school at Hollywood Beauty School in Ogden, Utah. After receiving her cosmetology license she returned to Green...

  • Michael "Mike" John Nauenburg

    Jul 20, 2023

    Michael "Mike" John Nauenburg, 49, passed away in Rock Springs, Wyoming on Sunday, July 9, 2023. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past 12 years and former resident of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He was born October 16, 1973 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; the son of Jean Nauenburg. Mike attended schools in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and was a 1992 graduate of Scottsbluff High School. He married the love of his life Bridget Ann Bamrick June 29, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike worked for...

  • Paula Elizabeth Wall

    Jul 20, 2023

    Paula Elizabeth Wall, 82 passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock, in Green River, Wyoming. She was born on October 27, 1940 in Lucerne, WY; the daughter of Mary Valdz and Augustine Vigil. Paula attended schools in Evanston, WY. She married Frank Thomas Wall on November 14, 1959 in Evanston, WY. He preceded her in death on November 13, 2019. Paula was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She worked as a receptionist for the Animal Clinic of Green River...

  • Richard E. Erickson

    Jul 20, 2023

    Richard E. Erickson, 76, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 34 years and former resident of Table Rock, Wyoming. He was born August 17, 1946 in Lamar, Colorado; the son of Charles A, Erickson and Alice M. Dishman. Mr. Erickson attended schools in Springfield, Colorado and was a 1964 graduate of Springfield High School. He married the love of his life Barbara E. Moulder January 11,...

  • Mark Harry Taylor

    Jul 20, 2023

    Mark Harry Taylor, 67, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born on June 14, 1956 in Syracuse, NY the son of Alfred Harry Taylor and Carrol Joyce Stodder. Mark was a jack of all trades. He was an EMT and firefighter in New York. Mark worked at Pamida where he met his first wife and had his two beautiful daughters. He also worked various jobs while he played in his band. Mark enjoyed playing his guitar, spending time with his kids, grandkids and dogs. Survivors...

  • Raise your voice before RMP raises your rates

    Sam Shumway, AARP Wyoming State Director|Jul 20, 2023

    As the economic effects of inflation continue to jeopardize Wyomingites’ finances, Rocky Mountain Power wants its customers to pay more. The Wyoming Public Service Commission is considering a proposal that would hit the pocketbooks of Rocky Mountain Power’s customers hard. In short, the company is asking for a 21.6% rate increase, which would go into effect just after the New Year. That increase would mean over $140 million of new annual revenue for Rocky Mountain Power, but it also means the average customer will be paying $204 more per year....

  • Wyoming (a poem)

    Norm Finch|Jul 20, 2023

    When you walk through Wyoming territory The views you can see are extraordinary From lakes and streams and picturesque mountains To desert and rock forms and geyser fountains Where deer, elk, and bear all run free And the air is still clean and you can see From mountian top to mountain top to the valley floor Because the Wyoming beauty can be seen galore There is never an end of what you can do From hunting and fishing and mountain climbing too From rock hunting and metal detecting across the plains Boating and sky diving are not all the games...

  • Green River Police Department reports for July 11 - 16

    Jul 20, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for July 11 At 1:04 a.m., officers responded to a report of domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers met with the individuals involved in an altercation. The parties were separated. Officers gathered information and completed a report of the incident. At 9:23 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Upland Way and issued a verbal warning for alleged improper registration. At 10:48 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Blake Street and issued the driver a verbal warning...

  • Prescription: See "Next to Normal" and talk more about mental illness 

    Caleb Michael Smith|Jul 20, 2023

    Content warning: Mental illness; suicide I’m not a doctor, but I play one on stage. This week the Starling Company presents “Next to Normal,” a mental illness musical. The story focuses on a family that has been touched by tragedy and doesn’t know how to cope with the lingering emotional damage. We hope you join us at the Broadway Theater to laugh, maybe cry, and begin conversations on mental illness. The show illustrates the ramifications of how we engage with mental illness (or refuse to acknowledge it). At first glance, the Goodmans look li...

  • "Next to Normal" tackles subject of mental health

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jul 20, 2023

    Conversations about mental health can be hard to have. But in "Next to Normal," the conversation is not only brought up, it's sung. The new musical from The Starling Company tackles the subject of mental health head-on by following the story of the Goodman family as they try to deal with tragedy, trauma, and managing mental illness. "They seem like a regular family at first, but you start to figure out pretty quickly that something's off," Director Kenny Starling explained. The musical won...

  • Former GRFD fire chief to be inducted into hall of fame

    Steve Core, City of Green River Communications Administrator|Jul 20, 2023

    Former longtime Green River Fire Chief Glenn Hill will be posthumously inducted into the Wyoming Fire Service Hall of Fame this August in Riverton. According to Byron Mathews, Wyoming State Fire Marshal, "induction into the Wyoming Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals who have significantly influenced the Wyoming Fire Service as a whole." He added, "Chief Hill's contributions will be chronicled among the great leaders who have positively impacted the Wyoming Fire Service." Chief Hill s...

  • City chooses not to bond, continues preliminary work on sixth penny projects

    Steve Core, City of Green River Communications Administrator|Jul 20, 2023

    While sixth penny projects will not begin construction in Green River until 2024, the city continues to do preliminary work on several of the approved initiatives. The city of Green River elected not to bond the projects for cost-saving reasons and knowing that there would be work that had to be done prior to starting them. Bonding could allow entities to begin projects sooner, however, at an interest rate cost that would add to the project totals. The city plans to use their $22 million...

  • Knights earn first seed at district tournament

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Jul 20, 2023

    The Green River Knights played two more conference games against the Evanston Outlaws on July 12. The first game was another win for the Knights, as Evanston scored one run in the first inning and Green River dominated the rest of the game. The Knights won with a final score of 7-1. Ashton Eldredge pitched a remarkable game as he allowed six hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine and walking one player. Eldredge also led the team in hits with two hits in four at bats. Others...

  • Electricity bills could climb 22% for Rocky Mountain Power customers

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Jul 20, 2023

    Wyoming's largest electric utility, Rocky Mountain Power, wants to hike prices by nearly 22%, a request that's primarily driven by volatile natural gas and coal markets, according to the company. It's the largest rate increase request the regulated-monopoly utility has made in more than a decade, and it would result in an additional $16.42 per month for the average household customer, according to the company. A hearing on the matter, including an opportunity for public comment, will take place...

  • Shorn down, growing back: Woolgrowers eye opportunity

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Jul 20, 2023

    WIND RIVER RANGE FOOTHILLS-Kristy Wardell dawned rain gear though the skies were clear. The lifelong rancher was dressed in protective garb to guard against manure and urine that 366 ewes and 442 lambs had discharged along the wheeled journey around the Winds. On her hands and knees, the 59-year-old crawled into the bowels of a big rig she'd driven to flush out the animals, which will summer on Jim Magagna's pasture land along the banks of Lander Creek. Not used to being trucked, the band "had a...

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