Articles from the August 25, 2022 edition


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  • Walk to End Alzheimer's comes to Green River

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    The Sweetwater County Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming to Green River for the first time in four years. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. "I think that awareness of Alzheimer's disease is very important for people to realize it's there and they are still struggling to find a cure," Ruth Lauritzen said. Lauritzen is a member of the local committee that...

  • Monkeypox in Wyoming

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2022

    This week the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced the first monkeypox case in a Wyoming resident was identified in Laramie County. Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said public health representatives are following up with the individual to see if additional Wyoming residents are at higher risk of contracting monkeypox due to direct contact with the adult man, who was tested within the last week. “Because monkeypox spreads through close, intimate contact we do not believe the risk for the v... Full story

  • Mary M. Allen

    Aug 25, 2022

    Mary Michael Allen, of Cheyenne, passed away at Polaris Nursing Home following a short illness. She was born on April 3, 1944, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Clarence Marshall and Mary Collins. Mary M. Allen was a homemaker and military spouse for over 20 years. She enjoyed knitting, music, and helping her family and friends. She is survived by her sons and their spouses, David-Michael Allen, Stephen P. Allen and wife Rachele L. Unguren-Allen, Christopher J. Allen and wife Amanda M. Allen;... Full story

  • Floyd Johnny Ortega

    Aug 25, 2022

    Floyd Johnny Ortega, 67, of Green River, Wyoming passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. A lifelong resident of Green River, Mr. Ortega died following a brief illness. He was born on January 20, 1949, in Rock Springs, the son of Domenico and Audilia Martinez Ortega. Mr. Ortega attended the Green River High School and was a 1967 graduate. He was a United States Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War and served from 1967 until 1969 when he... Full story

  • Brian Matthew Kolczak

    Aug 25, 2022

    Brian Matthew Kolczak, 53, passed away about August 7, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 40 years and former resident of Idaho. Mr. Kolczak died following a lengthy illness. He was born on April 25, 1969 in Silverton, Idaho; the son of John Warren Kolczak and Arlene Katherine Polla. Mr. Kolczak attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1987 graduate of the Green River High School. He married Kristine A Crowder June 11, 1994 in Rock... Full story

  • Stephen Harry Anastos Jr.

    Aug 25, 2022

    Stephen Harry Anastos Jr., 80, passed away Monday, August 15, 2022 at Mission at Alpine Village in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He was a life-long resident of Wyoming. He was born March 26, 1942 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Stephen Harry Anastos Sr. and Marcella May Murphy. Mr. Anastos attended schools in Green River, Wyoming. Stephen Owned and Operated S &A Auto Services for several years until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Anastos enjoyed, fishing; hunting; carpentry; gambling; gardening;... Full story

  • James Franklin Baker

    Aug 25, 2022

    James Franklin Baker, 81, of Green River, Wyoming joined the lord on August 17, 2022. "Punk" was born on December 8, 1940 in Wallace, Idaho, one of seven children born to James Joseph Baker and Dorothy Baker (Musto). Jim attended schools in Idaho and Utah. He met his future wife and soulmate, Phyllis TenEyck in the 2nd grade in Idaho and they have been happily married for the last 57 years. Together they raised 3 sons and also helped raise their granddaughter. Jim worked many mining jobs in the... Full story

  • Mark Lee Hawks

    Aug 25, 2022

    Mark Lee Hawks, 74, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2022. He was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on December 10, 1947, the son of Gary Hawks and Alice Harns. Mark graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1967 before starting a career in law enforcement working as a police officer and then as a sheriff. He then worked as the safety manager for John Bunning Transfer Inc. for 33 years until his retirement in march of 2015. He married Krystal Karol Scott in Rock Springs on April 29,... Full story

  • New walk-in area for hunting and fishing in Sweetwater County

    Regina Dickson, Information and Education Specialist Wyoming Game and Fish Department|Aug 25, 2022

    Wyoming Game and Fish Department - in cooperation with several private landowners - has established a new walk-in hunting and fishing area (Sweetwater #3) along the Green River. Historically, the private landowners allowed access to their property by sportsmen for hunting and fishing. Problems with littering, camping, and abandoning property on those private lands have resulted in the private landowners working with the department to regulate activities on those private properties by enrolling... Full story

  • Death at detention center being investigated

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Aug 25, 2022

    A death investigation is underway at the Sweetwater County Detention Center, sheriff’s office spokesperson Jason Mower announced last week. The individual, temporarily housed pending alleged state criminal charges, was found unresponsive at around 11:54 a.m. Thursday morning, Aug. 18, during a routine residence check at the facility. Sheriff’s deputies and in-house medical staff immediately initiated life-saving measures while awaiting the arrival of emergency medical services and until pronounced deceased at approximately 12:19 p.m. in the... Full story

  • Twenty-four hour talent

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    A lot of art was created in Sweetwater County in the 24 hours from last Friday night to Saturday night. Two different creative 24-hour events took place over the weekend. The Art on the Green and connected Battle on the Green competitions were happening in Green River, while the Actors’ Mission page to stage event was going on in Rock Springs. While Art on the Green has been around for almost two decades, the page to stage event was the first time the Actors’ Mission has done a 24-hour playwriti...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 15 - 19

    Aug 25, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 15 At 8:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision at Cedar Street and Elm Street. It was reported one vehicle was traveling northeast on Cedar Street. A second vehicle was parked and unoccupied on the east side of the roadway. The first vehicle struck the rear of the second vehicle. Officers gathered information and completed a report of the information. At 10:57 a.m., officers responded to a report of an individual with an active arrest and hold order. Officers met with... Full story

  • New surgical services director at MHSC

    Deb Sutton, Marketing Director Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County|Aug 25, 2022

    A familiar face is now at the helm of the Surgical Services Department at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Registered Nurse Noreen Hove is the new Director of Surgical Services, a position she also held from 2009-14. Her team includes nurses, scrub techs, central sterile techs, and schedulers. "She is a great asset to the hospital," said Chief Nursing Officer Ann Clevenger. "She has experience as Director of Surgical Services at MHSC, and we are excited to welcome her back to that role.... Full story

  • Rock Springs physician assistant joins Internal Medicine Clinic

    Deb Sutton, Marketing Director Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County|Aug 25, 2022

    Shawn Rockey is now part of the team at the Internal Medicine Clinic of Sweetwater Memorial. Rockey, a certified physician assistant, is working with Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Israel Stewart, D.O., and is now taking appointments. Paula Bryant, a licensed practical nurse, has joined them. Until recently, Rockey worked as a certified physician assistant at Donaldson Medical Center since August 2019 and at Aspen Mountain Medical Center since March 2020. "Shawn brings experience in internal...

  • 17th annual Art on the Green event

    Katie Duncombe, Recreation Program Supervisor|Aug 25, 2022

    The 17th annual Art on the Green event held August 19 and 20 was well received by the community. Forty-five artists from Utah and Wyoming competed in the 2D and 3D Art competition for 24 hours straight. The weekend began with a bang at 11 a.m. on Friday. All 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 Green event. Artists' Choice Professional 2D 1st place: Jill... Full story

  • River Festival Cajun Shrimp Boil photos

    Aug 25, 2022

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  • Football team brings experience to starting line

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    The Wolves football team is ready for the new season, and heading in with a group of experienced players. "Currently, every starter on both sides of the ball is a senior," Head Coach Kevin Cuthbertson explained. "In 22 years of coaching, I don't think I've ever been fortunate enough to have every starter be a senior. So that's pretty incredible for us." Cuthbertson said he's excited for the season, especially with so many players returning. "We were very young last year, which meant a lot of und...

  • Tennis team keeps swinging

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Aug 25, 2022

    After falling to a strong Jackson team in their first meet of the season, Green River's girls and boys tennis teams took the long bus ride north to Gillette to take on Thunder Basin and Campbell County high schools. The girls were swept by Thunder Basin, though they had a couple of close doubles games. Against Campbell County the Lady Wolves #3 doubles team of Raygan Cochrun and Jocelyn Peterson won a close match 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker) and 7-5. The boys swept their matches with both Campbell...

  • Volleyball team ready to compete

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    The Lady Wolves volleyball team has been working hard to prepare for their season and is ready to be competitive. "We are feeling very optimistic," Head Coach Jessica Demaret said. "We have had a lot of girls in the gym over the summer working really hard and getting a good jump start on the beginning of our season." Through their work over the summer, the Green River High School volleyball team has focused on skills including ball control and serving, according to Demaret. In her first season...

  • State champion swim team returns to the pool

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    After winning the 3A state championships two years in a row, the Green River High School girls swim team is back in the pool and ready to take on another season. "I think that we have a great crew of returning swimmers, and we had some nice freshmen join the team, so I'm feeling really good about them," Head Coach Colleen Seiloff said about the team. "They're working hard. This first week they're already sore and they're putting a lot of time in, so I'm excited about this season. I think it's...

  • Golf team continues strong start

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    Two weeks into the season, the Green River High School golf team is off to a fantastic start, according to Head Coach Karly Eyre, and she's excited to see where they go from here. "We're really excited because these kids have worked really hard," Eyre said. "Lots of them have put in extra time to catch up to our returners, and our returning kids have put in the work to stay on top of things." The team is led by Isabell Salas and Ryker Mele, who have both stepped up and worked hard through the...

  • Cross country team hits the ground running

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 25, 2022

    The Green River High School Cross Country team is ready to run. Head Coach Craig Leavitt is especially excited about the returning talent in the girls team this season. “It’s a good girls team,” Leavitt said. “We didn’t lose any girls that were here last year that ran state, so they’re all returning runners. They’ve had a good track season and are coming into this season pretty strong.” This may be the strongest the girls team has been in 30 years, according to Leavitt, which he believes is due...