Articles from the August 4, 2022 edition

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  • Municipalities, hospitals receive $159K from excess SPT revenue

    Daniel Bendtsen, Contributor|Aug 4, 2022

    After vendors collected $169,123 in excess sales tax revenue, communities and hospitals in Sweetwater County received a small bonus from the 1% special purpose tax that was in effect from 2013 to 2018. The 1% SPT was approved by voters in 2012 and included $60.5 million in projects for county and municipal projects. Another $21.3 million was approved for projects at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and Castle Rock Hospital District. After funding for those projects was fulfilled in 2018, the treasurer’s office of Sweetwater County has con...

  • Black's Fork bridge work will cause delays

    Stephanie Harsha, Wyoming Department of Transportation|Aug 4, 2022

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation and contract crews from DeBernardi Construction Company, Inc., began working on the Black’s Fork bridge on WYO 530 at mile marker 14.66 south of Green River on August 1. During the work, traffic will be reduced to a single, alternating lane controlled by a temporary signal. Drivers are advised to be aware of traffic control devices, reduced speeds and expect delays of up to 15 minutes under stop conditions. The bridge will also be under a width restriction of 14 feet. Those traveling with large c... Full story

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  • Beryl J. Pierce Martinez

    Aug 4, 2022

    Beryl J. Pierce Martinez, 74, passed away Monday, July 18 at Saint Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a resident of Green River for 62 years and former resident of Payson, Utah. She was born in Payson, Utah, the daughter of Paul C. Pierce and Bernice Hill. Mrs. Martinez attended school in Green River. She earned her General Education Degree. She married Floyd J. Martinez on October 24, 1964 in Evanston. He preceded her in death on May 5, 2018. Mrs. Martinez worked for General... Full story

  • Raymond L. Searle

    Aug 4, 2022

    Raymond L. Searle, 74, passed away with his family by his side Monday, August 1, 2022 at his son's home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 33 years. He died fighting a courageous battle with Cancer and complications due to diabetes. He was born September 28. 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah; the son of Robert Leo Searle and Illa Weeks. Mr. Searle attended school in Midvale, Utah and was a 1966 graduate of Hillcrest High School. He was a Private Pilot and loved flying his... Full story

  • Howard Daniel "Danny" McCoy, Jr.

    Aug 4, 2022

    Howard Daniel "Danny" McCoy, Jr. passed away July 30, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs. He was born on October 11, 1952 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Howard D. McCoy Sr. and Fontella (Sally) Bean. Danny was the oldest of four children. The family moved to Colorado in 1958, settling in Buena Vista where he lived until he enlisted in the Army in 1971. After being discharged he moved back to Colorado where he met and married Sally Baltzell and they had their first two children. They moved to Rock Springs... Full story

  • John R. Ratcliff

    Aug 4, 2022

    John R. Ratcliff, 68, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming surrounded by family. He was born on September 22, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of John and Betty Ratcliff. John married Phyllis Walker in Green River, WY on April 2, 1977. He loved playing baseball in his early years, the Tigers and White Socks tried to recruit him to play as an outfielder at the age of 17, but his parents would not let him because they were worried that he was too young.... Full story

  • Helen L. Petersen

    Aug 4, 2022

    Helen L. Petersen, 86, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Sageview Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a long-time resident of Rawlins. She was born January 9, 1936 in Rawlins, Wyoming; the daughter of Don McCannon and Arlene B. Seiloff McCannon. Helen was the first of five children born. Mrs. Petersen attended school in Rawlins, Wyoming. She married Milo L. Petersen in June of 1955. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2007. Helen was a long member of the Seventh-Day Adventist... Full story

  • Donald Brown

    Aug 4, 2022

    Donald Brown, 73, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 49 years and former resident of Cheyenne, WY. Donald was born on June 10, 1949 in Yakima, Washington, the son of Ira Donald Brown and Bernice Violet Edinger. He served in the United States Navy serving two tours in the Vietnam War, and was stationed in Gulfport, MS. Donald married Gloria L. Johnson on January 15, 1971 in Cheyenne, WY. He worked as a Union... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Questions for new Republicans

    Rose March|Aug 4, 2022

    Dear Editor, Well… The Wyoming Primary is coming around again (like it does every 2 years). We get to decide who is running for the Democrat and Republican tickets. This is the most important election for the State of Wyoming, even though is a Primary. Currently, we have some newly minted Republicans (from the Democrat Party) running in August 16, 2022 Primary: Rob Slaughter, running for County Commissioner, is a new Republican of several months. He was a died-in-the-wool Democrat during the 45 years I have lived in Sweetwater County. Jeff R...

  • Letter to the Editor: Feeling blue in a red state

    Elizabeth Erickson|Aug 4, 2022

    Dear Editor, I’ve been feeling blue. Today I did something that was hard for me. I changed my party affiliation. Now, I’ve lived in Wyoming my whole life. On my eighteenth birthday, I registered to vote. I registered as a Democrat. Being blue in a red state is no easy feat. It has meant keeping my mouth shut with my in-laws to keep the peace. It has meant choosing to nod along and hold my tongue when strangers talk to me, and it has meant keeping a distance from people I care about in political seasons. To be quite honest, it has made me fee...

  • Green River Police Department reports for July 21 - 27

    Aug 4, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for July 21 At 11:48 a.m., officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision. It was reported one vehicle was traveling West on East Flaming Gorge Way, and a second vehicle was parked facing east on the east side of the roadway. The first vehicle crossed the center line then collided with the second vehicle, then the vehicle overturned and came to rest on the hood of the vehicle. GRFD and EMS personnel assisted in getting the driver of the first vehicle out of the vehicle and the driver was... Full story

  • GRHS receives national recognition

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 4, 2022

    Green River High School is always looking for ways to improve the school experience and give back to the community, and has now received national attention for that effort. Students and educators from Sweetwater County School District No. 2 attended the Jostens Renaissance Global Conference in Orlando, Florida at the end of July. During the conference, Green River High School was recognized as a Silver Tier School of Distinction. Nine GRHS students and three educators attended the conference...

  • Primary election debates upcoming

    Staff Report|Aug 4, 2022

    Debates among candidates in the upcoming primary election will be held locally and across the state. Primary election debates hosted and sponsored by SweetwaterGOP will take place the evenings of Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at the Broadway Theater in Rock Springs. The public is welcome to attend the debates in person, or can watch the livestream on SweetwaterGOP’s Facebook and YouTube. The debates will be moderated by Johnny K. Monday, Aug. 8 Debates: Sweetwater Clerk of District Court debate between DonnaLee Bobak and Annette Eychner Sweetwater County A... Full story

  • GRHS hosts volleyball camp

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 4, 2022

    The Lady Wolves volleyball team has been honing their own skills and helping build the skills of others through volleyball camps this summer. Last week the team hosted a three-day camp for middle schoolers in grades six to eight at Green River High School. "It's a great way to get a jumpstart for their middle school season coming up in a few weeks, and an awesome way to just kind of get good practice on all those fundamentals that the younger kids really need to hone in on," GRHS Head Volleyball...

  • Lady Wolf track star signs with Colorado Mesa

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 4, 2022

    Green River High School track and field athlete Kaelea Gibson recently signed her letter of intent to compete for Colorado Mesa University. Gibson will be attending CMU this fall and studying business while she competes in her favorite track and field event, the high jump. This spring at the 4A West Regional track meet in Casper, Gibson was the high jump regional champion, clearing 5-04 inches. "I've just loved [track and field] because I started it in middle school and then just grown with...

  • Fun in the foam

    Aug 4, 2022

    The Sweetwater County Library System wrapped up its summer reading program this week with end-of-summer parties. One of the activities that was part of the reading program throughout the summer was special Story Time Foam Parties in local parks. Kids enjoyed playing in the foam after listening to stories at Centennial Park on July 26.... Full story

  • Primary election voter's guide

    Aug 4, 2022

    Editor's Note: For our primary election edition, local candidates were given the opportunity to run short articles free of charge and/or to place paid advertisements. The following are the articles candidates submitted. The articles serve as a chance for candidates to tell voters about who they are, why they are running for their position and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Articles are unedited and have the exact wording the candidates chose. Not every candidate replied to the...