Articles from the August 19, 2021 edition

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  • Task force survey sees strong response

    David Martin, Editor|Aug 19, 2021

    An ongoing survey asking residents to give their thoughts about the Greenbelt has seen more than 700 respondents so far, giving members of the Greenbelt Task Force a valuable insight into what their next priorities should be. Brad Raney, director of parks and recreation for the city, said the group is seeing trends in the responses received. The data has shown the Greenbelt being used year-round, even during the winter months and 96% of respondents so far want additional development on the...

  • Green River Basin FCU merges with WyHy FCU

    Staff Report|Aug 19, 2021

    Green River Basin Federal Credit Union is now part of the WyHy credit union family. A merger between the two credit unions was approved during a Green River Basin membership meeting last week. According to a press release, the credit union will remain at its location on 131 E. Railroad Ave. The staff will also remain in place. “This merger was not compelled by our federal regulator,” Kelly Davis, President of Green River Basin FCU said. “Our board believes that this will enhance the offerings and choices available to our members.” The merger...

  • Natrium project inches forward

    Nick Reynolds,|Aug 19, 2021

    A progress report to members of the Joint Committee on Minerals, Business & Economic Development in Laramie Thursday offered mostly good news to proponents of building a first-of-its-kind nuclear reactor in Wyoming. Even with the backing of the Biden White House and the U.S. Department of Energy, however, the nascent plan still faces numerous administrative and legislative hurdles. Officials with Rocky Mountain Power — who will facilitate construction of the project alongside billionaire tech entrepreneur Bill Gates’ company, TerraPower — t...

  • Rex Gary Bennett

    Aug 19, 2021

    Rex Gary Bennett, 67, passed away suddenly on August 9, 2021 after a courageous battle against cancer. Rex was born in Ames, Iowa on December 5, 1953 and after moving to Wyoming as a child, graduated from Rawlins High School. He retired after a long career with BP Amoco. Rex loved the outdoors and spent time touring the landscape of the Wind Rivers on his ATV, camping, fly fishing on Wyoming lakes, rivers and streams, and shooting. When Rex wasn’t adventuring outdoors, he enjoyed gunsmithing, riding his motorcycle and cruising the highway in h...

  • Pamela Jane Clark

    Aug 19, 2021

    Pamela Jane Clark, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for the last 45 years and is a former resident of Utah, Pamela was born October 8, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana; the daughter of Robert Samuel Singletary and Elsie Marie Stubbs. She grew up and attended schools in Louisiana and was a 1962 graduate of Alcée Fortier High School, before moving to Utah. Pamela married William Walter...

  • Bryce Morgan Hunt

    Aug 19, 2021

    Bryce Morgan Hunt, 28, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 18 years and former resident of Rapid City, South Dakota. Bryce was born August 27, 1992 in Ely, Nevada; the son of Lance Dylan Hunt and Tina June Potter Hunt. Mr. Hunt attended schools in Green River and was a 2011 graduate of Green River High School. He has been installing garage doors for the last eight years....

  • Helene B. Novotny

    Aug 19, 2021

    Helene B. Novotny, 84, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, Wyoming. Mrs. Novotny was a life-long resident of Wyoming. Helene was born March 1, 1937 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Louis Yakse and Mildred Christensen. She attended schools in Rock Springs, and was a 1955 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Mrs. Novotny also attended the University of Wyoming where she earned a Bachelors of Education Degree. Helene...

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    Aug 19, 2021

  • Our View: We need to fight misinformation

    Aug 19, 2021

    Misinformation proliferates on social media like a plaque. Hundreds of posts and videos are solely designed to maximize their reach and spread fear amongst those who consume that media. As baseless claims start reaching public discourse, we all need to be ready to quash them as soon as possible. Something we recently heard was the possibility the vaccines created to fight the coronavirus may cause a cancer. While the term “Google University” is often derided because people can fall into rabbit holes of misinformation, factual and aut...

  • Biden's land grab: The federal policy for intentional decline

    Harriet Hageman, Guest Columnist|Aug 19, 2021

    One thing that can be safely said about the Biden Administration is that when you think they could not become even more extreme, they make clear that you underestimate them at your peril. Take President Biden’s Executive Order 14008, entitled “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” Buried on page 9, is Section 216, with the heading, “Conserving Our Nation’s Lands and Waters,” the goal of which is to develop a plan to “conserve at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.” Known as the “30x30” program, the ultimate objective...

  • Editorial cartoon for the week of Aug. 19

    Aug 19, 2021

  • Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 10-16

    Aug 19, 2021

    Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 10 At 1:10 p.m. officers responded to a report of property damage at the Green River Recreation Center. Officers met with an individual who reported another individual that cracked the windshield of their car. Officers met with the responsible party, who arranged to fix the window. Officers completed a report of the incident. At 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the GRPD lobby and emptied the prescription drug drop off box. Officers collected the medications, booked them in for future destruction,...

  • Carnegie capitalism

    Jessica Petri, University of Wyoming student|Aug 19, 2021

    (Editor’s note: Jessica recently won an essay contest hosted by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. The Star agreed to publish the winning essays) In the early 1900’s the City of Green River’s dynamic was much different. The entire population was far less than 2,000, and the railroad had quite recently made its debut in town. Green River did not yet have the expansive education system we have today, but rather hosted one small schoolhouse that did not produce a single high school graduate during its first 20 years. Public resources were...

  • Advocating for the city's furriest residents

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|Aug 19, 2021

    Green River Animal Control has been busy. Tracy Wyant and Kim Wilkins, Green River's two full-time Animal Control Officers (ACOs), have had their hands full lately. The Animal Control Shelter usually averages six to seven dogs at a time - last Friday they had 19. Wyant said the shelter has seen more animals than usual this summer, and Wilkins noted that they've been dealing with a number of other cases, such as wildlife calls. However, staying busy is nothing new for Animal Control. "We do more...

  • Texas company donates to GR students

    Hannah Romero, Staff Writer|Aug 19, 2021

    "Everywhere we go we try to give back to the community," Rick Haydon said. Haydon was one of the representatives from Peterson Beckner Industries (PBI) who brought backpacks full of school supplies to the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Central Office last Friday. PBI is a steel erection company out of Houston, Texas, that is currently working at the Genesis Alkali Granger facility. Haydon said the $350 million project will last until the spring. Local workers were hired for the project,...

  • High school hall of fame adds inductees

    Staff Report|Aug 19, 2021

    Several past Green River Wolves are being added to the Green River High School Hall of Fame. The Class of 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees are Don Van Matre, Dr. Marlene Tromp, Glen McLean and the 1976 GRHS football team. Don Van Matre served over 20 years as a US Army Lieutenant Commander for various Army and Army Aviation units in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also commanded the Albrook Army Airfield in Panama. Van Matre was elected as Mayor of Green River in the 1980s, and was appointed as head of the Southwest Wyoming Veteran Services Offices...

  • Hospital joins national 'Good Catch' program

    Aug 19, 2021

    A campaign aimed at improving the recognition and reporting of potential risks in the hospital’s processes and systems has proven successful just out of the gate. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County kicked off the Good Catch campaign in early June. The campaign, initiated and managed by American Data Network PSO, offers MHSC the opportunity to significantly increase near-miss reporting; develop proactive, data-driven improvement activities; and recognize those who are actively promoting a strong culture of safety. A Good Catch, often r...

  • Birth announcements for the week of Aug. 19

    Aug 19, 2021

    Tyler Himebauch and Alexandra Shields of Green River are announcing the birth of their daughter Harlow Amory Himebauch. Harlow was born August 7 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Josh and Stephanie Dillard of Rock Springs are announcing the birth of their daughter Freya Dillard. Freya was born August 9 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Cody and Amanda Zampedri of Rock Springs are announcing the birth of their son Luke John Zampedri. Luke was born August 10 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Joe Oler and Lucee Reynolds...