Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition

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  • Project West progresses

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 24, 2023

    Project West, a project aiming to bring a new solution trona mine and soda ash processing facility to Sweetwater County, is making progress towards its goals. The most recent steps in the process included getting approval for a zone map amendment from the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners and hosting informational open house meetings in Green River and Rock Springs. Planning for Zoning Project West representatives came before the commissioners during the August 15 meeting for the...

  • BLM RMP gets mixed responses

    Staff Report|Aug 24, 2023

    A Resource Management Plan that has been in the works for over a decade was released last week, meeting with a mixed response from local and statewide conservation groups and political leaders. The RMP The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been working on a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Rock Springs Field Office since 2011. An RMP is a land use plan for a management area. The area of the Rock Springs Field Office brackets the cities of Green River and Rock Springs and overlaps w... Full story

  • Police chief addresses Greenbelt safety concerns

    Chief Shaun Sturlaugson, Green River Police Department|Aug 24, 2023

    Recently, concerns have been raised about the use of two wheeled vehicles on the Greenbelt. To address these concerns, the Green River Police Department would like to remind everyone of laws, regulations, and etiquette regarding the use of motorcycles, bicycles, and electric bicycles in that area, and other areas of the City. Motorcycles (including dirt bikes) are considered motor vehicles under State Statute and must be street legal, registered, and insured to be used anywhere within the city... Full story

  • Julia "Judy" Ann Bowker

    Aug 24, 2023

    Julia "Judy" Ann Bowker, 76, passed away Thursday, August 17 at her home in Rock Springs. She was a life-long resident of Wyoming. She died following a lengthy illness. She was born September 27, 1946 in Lander, the daughter of John Thomas Kiernan and Okal Gould Kiernan. Judy attended schools in Rock Springs. She married the love of her life Wilfred Bowker on July 20, 1979 in Rock Springs and he preceded her in death September 9, 2007. Judy worked for New Grand Café for 20 plus years and... Full story

  • David "Dave" Gerard Westling

    Aug 24, 2023

    David "Dave" Gerard Westling, cherished husband, father, papa, and brother, left us on Monday, August 14th after bravely battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease. He was 69 years old. Born prematurely on January 27, 1954, to Walter and Joan Westling, David's early arrival was the first and last time he was early for anything. Dave grew up as an Air Force brat, with most of his early childhood memories at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas, before landing in Pavilion, Wyoming at the... Full story

  • Mary Katherine Bright

    Aug 24, 2023

    Mary Katherine Bright, 75, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at Heber Valley Hospital in Heber, Utah. She was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born November 17, 1947 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Joseph Paulik and Ann Blasnek. Ms. Bright attended schools in California and was a 1966 graduate of Carson High School. She received her Associates Degree in Arts. Mrs. Bright was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam Conflict. She was the per... Full story

  • Curtis Wayne Ogden

    Aug 24, 2023

    Curtis Wayne Ogden, 68, passed away August 18, 2023 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was born on February 22, 1955 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of Curtis W. Ogden and Alice Arlena Marlow. Curtis attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and held varies jobs in the area doing mechanical works, handyman services, wood working, plumbing, construction and lastly being an RV tech. Survivors include his daughter Stephanie Ogden of Ft. Collins, Colorado; companion of the last 12 years... Full story

  • Sheila Zotti

    Aug 24, 2023

    Sheila Zotti, 74, passed away August 19, 2023, peacefully in a place that she loved, Colter Bay, Wyoming. She was born July 1, 1949, in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Charles Kalassinsky and Irene (Jacobitz) Kalassinsky. Sheila was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. She graduated in1967 from Rock Springs High School. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming and her master's degree in education from Lesley University. She married Robert L. Zotti on March 19,... Full story

  • Art on the Green

    Staff Report|Aug 24, 2023

    The 18th Annual Art on the Green event was held August 18 and 19. Artists from Utah and Wyoming competed in the 2D and 3D art competition for 24 hours straight. In attendance were five high school competitors, seven amateurs, 14 semi-professionals, and 16 professionals. The weekend began at 11 a.m. on Friday. All 42 competitors began the creative process in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil, clay, airbrush, and more. The following are the results from this weekend's Art on the... Full story

  • The power in the presence of pets

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 24, 2023

    It’s amazing what the presence of an animal can do — the way that just by being there they can bring so much laughter, chaos, comfort and joy. One year ago, I got my first pets. At least, they’re the first ones that have belonged only to me as an adult. I’d wanted a pet for a while, but I don’t feel like I’m in the position to give a dog or even a cat as much time and attention as I would want. So I started thinking of smaller pets that could be left alone for longer periods of time during the...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 15 - 17

    Aug 24, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 15 At 7:09 a.m., officers responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a deer. It was reported that the vehicle was traveling westbound in the westbound lane of W Teton Boulevard when a small deer darted out into the roadway and the vehicle struck the deer. The deer was injured and officers were advised to dispatch the deer. Officers gathered information and completed a report of the incident. At 10:59 a.m., officers responded to the GRHS parking lot for a report of a vehicle collision. It was... Full story

  • Fly in for fun at annual Spaceport Days

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 24, 2023

    It's time for the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport to welcome visitors - extraterrestrial or otherwise - once again. The annual Spaceport Days event will take place this weekend with a movie night on Friday, August 25 and a fly-in and pancake breakfast Saturday morning, August 26. "It's just great to get people an opportunity to come together and enjoy aviation in Wyoming," Mark Westenskow, the City of Green River Public Works Director, said of the event. The event is hosted by the...

  • Local runners win "Run with the Horses"

    Staff Report|Aug 24, 2023

    The Green River Chamber of Commerce recently shared the results from the 20th Annual "Run with the Horses Marathon" which took place on Saturday, August 19. This event included three different races: the marathon, the half marathon, and a 10K. These races began and ended at Expedition Island. The official start time for each race was 7 a.m. and they had a 7-hour time limit. "The Run with the Horses set record numbers this year" the Chamber said in a press release. "Our biggest race was in 2021... Full story

  • Car show and River Festival

    Aug 24, 2023

    The annual River Festival included a car show.... Full story

  • Wolves football starts a new era

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Aug 24, 2023

    A new era in Green River Football started with arrival of new Head Coach Blaine Christensen and an almost completely new group of mostly younger assistant coaches. Many of the assistant coaches played football for and graduated from Green River High School and then went on to play, and in one case coach, college football. Matt Freeze is the only holdover coach from the last staff, and he brings a lot of knowledge and passion to the game according to Christensen. The three coaches who played for...

  • Lady Wolves dive into new season

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Aug 24, 2023

    It's a new season and a new chance for the Green River Lady Wolves to snag a State Championship! The Lady Wolves Swimming and Diving team officially started their practices on August 14. Throughout the summer the girls worked on general conditioning and technique to get stronger and ready for the upcoming season. They also went to the gym and were lifting weights to stay in shape during the off season. Green River was a very strong team last year, ending their season with six All-State Champion...

  • Cross Country team sets goal to compete at State

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 24, 2023

    The Wolves have their running shoes on, and a team of both returning and new athletes are ready to go for the Green River High School Cross Country season. "We've got a full team, mostly returning athletes, although we have quite a few freshmen, too," Head Coach Craig Leavitt explained. "We had several kids come over from Track and decide to do cross country, so that'll be good this year. We're pretty excited about it." Recruitment being up is always a plus, but having more team members can also...

  • Volleyball team ready to hit the court

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Aug 24, 2023

    The Green River High School Volleyball team is ready to hit the court and play their first game of the season. The Lady Wolves will travel to Cheyenne tomorrow to compete in the Cheyenne Invite that takes place on September 25 and 26. "We're actually really excited," said Head Coach Jessica Demaret. "We didn't get to go to the Cheyenne Invite last year, so we're excited to see some of the other 4A teams from the other side of the state that we usually don't get to see." She said it will benefit...

  • Tennis players are "sponging up" new skills

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Aug 24, 2023

    The Green River High School Boys and Girls Tennis teams' season got underway Monday, August 8 with the start of practice under veteran Head Coach Phil Harder. The varsity teams will have fourteen regular season matches against their Wyoming rivals, with six of the matches being home games and eight away games. All fourteen of the regular season matches will be completed by September 9, with Regionals scheduled to take place September 15 and 16 at Cheyenne South High School. State will take...

  • Golf team pushes for growth and improvement

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 24, 2023

    While the Green River High School golf team's season is already underway, the team is always looking to keep growing and learning. "I'm excited to see improvements from our returning players that put a lot of work into the summer," Head Coach Karly Eyre said. "We also have an eager group of newcomers excited to push for more opportunities." Coach Eyre explained the veteran team members among the girls add leadership and drive, while the new and younger boys add eagerness. She also said the...

  • State Parks drops contentious via ferrata project near Lander

    Katie Klingsporn,|Aug 24, 2023

    Nesting falcons, development concerns and loud local opposition bedeviled a proposal to build a via ferrata in Sinks Canyon State Park. But it was an engineering cost that finally spelled its end, according to Wyoming State Parks. State Parks recently announced it is pulling the plug on the effort to build a via ferrata - a series of cables and rungs strung up a cliff that offers users protection while climbing. After spending considerable time determining a site that most people found... Full story