Articles from the August 18, 2022 edition


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  • Primary election results are in

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 18, 2022

    Voters across Sweetwater County headed to the polls Tuesday to make their voices heard and play their part in deciding who will fill leadership positions. Now the Wyoming primary election is over and the unofficial results are in. A total of 11,079 ballots were cast in Sweetwater County, with 9,807 Republicans voting and 1,056 Democrats voting. Over 2,600 ballots were either early vote or absentee, while 8,422 ballots were cast on election day. While the primary election typically narrows down t... Full story

  • County tempers admin talks; three new commissioners to join board

    Daniel Bendtsen, Contributor|Aug 18, 2022

    Two-thirds of the Sweetwater County Commission seats will change in January after incumbent Commissioners Roy Lloyd and Jeffrey Smith lost their re-election bids during Tuesday’s Republican primary. Commissioner Randy “Doc” Wendling, whose term expires this year, did not run for re-election. Barring some unlikely victory from a write-in candidate in November, the commission will be joined by Robb Slaughter, Island Richards and Keaton West. The top three candidates from the Republican primary advance to the general election, where...

  • David Robert Maxam

    Aug 18, 2022

    Long-time Green River resident David Robert Maxam passed away Aug. 3 in Kalispell, Montana where he had resided since 2016. David was born December 27, 1927 in Green River to Robert and Rose Maxam. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945. After graduation he attended the University of Wyoming and then joined the Marines from February of 1946 to December of 1947, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. He returned to Green River and married Barbara Fox on September 2, 1948. David was a hard worker... Full story

  • Gregory "Gibby" Scott Gibson

    Aug 18, 2022

    Gregory "Gibby" Scott Gibson, 66 passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022. He died from a sudden illness. He was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for the past 42 years and former resident of Fairbury, Nebraska. He was born November 24, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas; the son of Robert Lee Gibson and Janell Jesse Brownwell. Mr. Gibson attended schools in Nebraska and Illinois. He was a 1973 graduate of Fairbury High School. He received a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Chadron State University. He... Full story

  • Betty Joyce Sindle West Maez

    Aug 18, 2022

    Betty Joyce Sindle West Maez, 90, of Green River, Wyoming passed away at her home peacefully with her daughters by her side on August 7, 2022. Following Cremation, no services will be conducted at her request. Condolences may be left at www.vasefuneralhomes.com.... Full story

  • LaRae Wood Rothe

    Aug 18, 2022

    LaRae Wood Rothe, 85, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for one year and four months and former 47 year resident in Tuscon, Arizona. She was born on October 10, 1936 in Tremonton, Utah; the daughter of Clyde Quincy Wood and Beth Rhodes. Mrs. Rothe attended schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming and was a 1954 graduate of Cheyenne High School. She married Bobbie Joe Rothe August 12, 1956 in... Full story

  • Lynda Abrahamson

    Aug 18, 2022

    Lynda Abrahamson, 73, passed away July 19, 2022 at her home in Longview, Texas. She was born to Warren and Ardith Harmison in Ogden Utah. She spent her childhood years in Labarge, WY but later graduated high school in Hallock, MN. After graduation, she married Paul F. Abrahamson and they had four children together. After 27 years of marriage they took separate roads. As a single mom with the youngest 3 still at home she started providing foster care and care for the disabled within our... Full story

  • Ronnie Dean Pivik

    Aug 18, 2022

    Ronnie Dean Pivik, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday, August 11, 2022 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. Mr. Pivik fought a courageous three-year battle with Cancer. He was a resident of Green River and Sweetwater County for 45 years and former resident of Casper, Wyoming. He was born November 10, 1945 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Antone E. Pivik and Lempi Marie Kiviaho. Mr. Pivik attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a 1964 graduate of Rock... Full story

  • Deborah Oehler

    Aug 18, 2022

    Deborah Oehler, 66, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 12 years and former resident of Bismarck, Missouri. Mrs. Oehler was born October 1, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri; the daughter of Timothy Twomey and Margaret Key. She attended schools in Bismarck, Missouri and was a 1974 graduate of Bismarck High School. Mrs. Oehler married Steven Oehler September 13, 1975 in Bismarck, Missouri.... Full story

  • Marilyn L. Thomas

    Aug 18, 2022

    Marilyn L. Thomas, 69, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 53 years and former resident of Colorado and New Mexico. She was born December 27, 1952 in Roswell, New Mexico; the daughter of William Harold Maines and Cenellia E. Rawdon. Mrs. Thomas attended schools in Green River, Wyoming. She married Michael R. Thomas on August 8, 1969 in Green River, Wyoming. He preceded her in death June 13, 1991. Mrs. Thomas worked for... Full story

  • Robert "Bob" Muckley

    Aug 18, 2022

    Robert "Bob" Muckley, 83 passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 surrounded by family in Denver, Colorado. He was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born September 3, 1938 in Lander, Wyoming; the son of Jack Muckley and Charlotte Jane Bragg Muckley Zurlo. He was raised by his mother and stepfather Ralph Louis Zurlo. Mr. Muckley grew up in Lander, Wyoming; Casper, Wyoming; Lamont, Wyoming and California. Lamont held a special place in his heart, a small oilfield town with lots... Full story

  • Our View: Keep local politics respectful

    Aug 18, 2022

    One of the things Sweetwater County — especially Green River — prides itself on is having that small-town vibe and being a close-knit community. This doesn’t go away during elections. If anything, it becomes even more important.  We want the people who lead us to be our friends and neighbors, people we can pass on the street, people who are active in our community, people we know and trust.  But when it comes to election season, it can be too easy to separate the concept of a candidate from the concept of a human being. We value them...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 9 - 14

    Aug 18, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 9 At 8:09 p.m., officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Uinta Drive. It was reported two vehicles were traveling northbound on Uinta Drive when a deer began to cross in front of the vehicle in front. As the vehicle stopped, the other vehicle collided with the rear of the first vehicle. Officers met with the drivers, gathered information and issued the driver of the second vehicle, Zachary Musbach, of Green River, a citation for alleged inattentive driving with a crash.... Full story

  • Mine rescue national champions

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 18, 2022

    Four local mine rescue teams from Genesis Alkali and Sisecam recently competed at the annual Mine Safety Health Administration National Mine Rescue Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. Every team came away with at least one first place win, with both teams from Genesis coming away with "a boatload of top awards," according to Genesis Director of Communications David Caplan. The Genesis Blue team was the overall winner of the entire competition, beating 20 other teams from mines across the... Full story

  • New director comes to Child Developmental Center

    Staff Report|Aug 18, 2022

    The Board of Directors of Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center recently announced their new Executive Director Lori Lucero. Lori comes to SCCDC with twenty-four years of special education experience within the public school and early intervention education settings. Lori earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tulsa, graduating magna cum laude. With a background in speech-language pathology, Lori has also received teaching certifications for deaf/hard of... Full story

  • Local FFA earns recognition

    Staff Report|Aug 18, 2022

    The Green River FFA chapter has recently received recognition for the program itself and one of its outstanding members. The Green River chapter was recognized in the 2022 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization, and Delaney Gardea, a member of the local chapter, will be awarded the American FFA Degree at the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 26-29. Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members, like Gardea, who show the utmost dedication to the... Full story

  • GRHS Golf team putts into new season

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 18, 2022

    The Green River High School coed golf team started the season with a strong day of competition at the Snake River Shootout in Afton last Wednesday. While the team only competed on the first day of the two-day competition, the Wolves came away with several team highlights, according to Assistant Coach Danielle Salas. The boys on the team posted their lowest day one total achieved during Head Coach Karly Eyre's tenure. Junior Tyler Castillon and Junior Zayn Draney did especially well, both...

  • Tennis team starts the season at home

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Aug 18, 2022

    The Green River High School boys and girls tennis teams kicked off their season Saturday morning on a beautiful sunny day against a very good, seasoned Jackson team. Jackson's older, more experienced squad, which included a defending State champion on the boys team, won both the girls' and the boys' matches. The young Lady Wolves team was shut out by Jackson, who won all their matches, while the Green River boys #1 and #2 doubles team defeated Jackson in two competitive matches, with Jackson...

  • Green River celebrates National Night Out

    Aug 18, 2022

    Green River observed National Night Out last weekend. Friday evening, Red White Buffalo hosted a special National Night Out event with demonstrations by local law enforcement agencies including the Green River Police Department, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office, the Sweetwater County SWAT team and more. Green River residents hosted block parties on Saturday. GRPD officers visited the block parties and gave out awards and prizes. "National Night Out is a national community-building campaign... Full story

  • Wyoming soldier named best warrior of the Army National Guard

    Sgt. Kristina Kranz, Wyoming National Guard Public Affairs|Aug 18, 2022

    Sgt. Tyler Holloway, a fire support specialist with the 115th Field Artillery Brigade in the Wyoming Army National Guard, was named top Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in the Army National Guard. He earned this distinction by winning the 2022 All-Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 22-29 in Tennessee. Sgt. Spencer Fayles, a combat medic with the 144th Area Support Medical Co. in the Utah Army National Guard, was named top Soldier of the Year for the competition. The announcement came...