Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition

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  • Eagle Scout builds fire pits at Pioneer Trails

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 31, 2023

    When it came to doing his Eagle Scout project, Logan Wadsworth chose something that combined a way to serve the community with one of his favorite activities. Logan loves camping with his fellow scouts, so after the Boy Scouts worked with the county commissioners to be able to camp overnight at Pioneer Trails Picnic Grounds, Logan wanted to do something that would both complete their camping experience and benefit the community as a whole for years to come. "I thought of putting a couple fire...

  • Artists encouraged to exhibit at county libraries

    Debora Soule, Community Fine Arts Center Director|Aug 31, 2023

    As part of the Sweetwater County Library System commitment to the community, there are opportunities to exhibit local artists work. The Exhibits Committee invite both emerging and established artists to display their original artwork in the Sweetwater County Library in Green River and White Mountain Library in Rock Springs. Along with individual exhibits, annual group exhibits include the Sweetwater Open, Photography Open, Quilter's Open, and the Small Works Exhibit. These open shows provide...

  • Search and Rescue recovers body of missing hiker

    Staff Report|Aug 31, 2023

    Tip Top Search and Rescue and the Sublette County Sheriff's Office were looking for a missing hiker last week, and on Thursday they reported recovering his body. On Tuesday, August 22, the Sublette County Sheriff's Office reported that Tip Top Search and Rescue was seeking public assistance to locate John Diepholz in the Wind River Range out of the Elkhart Park Trail head in the greater Wall Lake area. Diepholz was reported missing to Sublette County Dispatch the afternoon of Monday, August 21...

  • Police Reports for Aug. 18 - 23

    Staff Report|Aug 31, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 18 At 2:54 a.m., officers responded to a report of a disturbance. Officers met with involved parties, gathered statements, and placed Erick Botello Rojas, of Green River, under arrest for alleged domestic battery. Officers transported Botello Rojas to the Sweetwater County Detention Center and completed a report of the incident. At 9:29 a.m., officers responded to a report of a bus light violation and issued the driver, a juvenile, age 16, of Green River, a citation for alleged meeting or passing... Full story

  • Some Enchanted Evening

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Aug 31, 2023

    It will be an enchanted evening of music and theater when The Horizon Theater's newest show opens tonight. "This is supposed to be an evening of elegance and Golden Age classical music," Director Cory Schaeperkoetter said. "Some Enchanted Evening" is a showcase of songs by the famous composer-lyricist team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The roots of musical theater "Really, Rodgers and Hammerstein kind of created musical theater with things like 'Oklahoma' and 'Carousel,'" Cory...

  • Tollgate Rock and the evolution of a highway

    Dick Blust, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Aug 31, 2023

    Just west of Green River, standing between Wyoming Highway 374 and Interstate 80, is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Sweetwater County - Tollgate Rock. 374 passes along its western base and has seen several designations since the early 1870s. The Sweetwater County Historical Museum recently received a research inquiry about the origin of the promontory's name; specifically, whether or not it was ever the site of an actual toll gate. The answer is "yes." The Green River-South Pass Stage...

  • Memorial Hospital program saves patients $4.5M

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Aug 31, 2023

    ROCK SPRINGS — Patients of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County saved $4.5 million during the last fiscal year thanks to one program – Patient Financial Navigation. The program was created to help patients and their families address financial needs and to help reduce barriers and stress related to healthcare costs, visits, and treatment. Patient Navigators Melida Marin and Megan Benedict work directly with each patient to explain and assess obstacles and needs. They help patients understand out-of-pocket expenses, health insurance coverage, a...

  • Wolves' swimmer dominates Laramie Pentathlon

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Aug 31, 2023

    Green River's Tavia Arnell dominated the pool and was the overall winner of the Laramie Pentathlon that took place in Laramie on Saturday. There were more than 88 swimmers that competed in the event. Arnell won the 100 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Backstroke and 100 Yard Butterfly and took second place in the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Her combined total for the five strokes was 4:34.14, beating Cheyenne Central's Izzy DeLay by 5.14 seconds. Head Coach Colleen Seiloff was very...

  • Golfers celebrate personal success in Casper

    Staff Report|Aug 31, 2023

    The Green River High School Golf team traveled to compete in the Casper Invitational last week and came away with new improvements and insight. "We had a fairly successful two days of grinding through high temperatures and lots of wind," Assistant Coach Danielle Salas said. "It was definitely worth giving our team a look at the 4A side of things." One highlight was seeing the entire Natrona County staff turn out to support their team. The tournament itself had several high points for the...

  • Wolves fight in season opener against the Buffalos

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Aug 31, 2023

    With a new head coach, an almost completely new staff, a lot of new faces on the new turf field, and a new player at the key quarterback spot, the Wolves kicked off their 2023 football season. The Green River High School football team was up against the always-tough Mountain View Buffalos, who are ranked third in 2A. An unusual starting time and day marked the first game of the season as the two teams faced off on a beautiful Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Wolves Stadium. A good crowd of...

  • Lady Wolves compete in Cheyenne Invitational

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Aug 31, 2023

    The Green River Lady Wolves traveled to Cheyenne to play in the Cheyenne Invitational tournament last Friday and Saturday. The girls had a great start, winning two games during the first day of the tournament and losing one. Green River beat Cheyenne South, lost to Thunder Basin and won against Cheyenne Central. The second day, Green River took a loss to Natrona County and Cheyenne East. The Lady Wolves will travel to compete in the Evanston Border Wars on Friday and Saturday. The Evanston Borde...

  • Residents, elected officials blast utility over historic Wyoming rate hike

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile|Aug 31, 2023

    Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to hike electric utility rates in Wyoming by an average of 29.2%, if approved, would put households and businesses in peril and only serve to line the pockets of the company's shareholders and executives, which includes its parent company PacifiCorp's owner, billionaire Warren Buffett. That was the consensus among about two dozen people who spoke at a public comment hearing held by the Wyoming Public Service Commission Thursday in Casper. "We're going to lose a lo...

  • Lawmakers punt on crossover-ban fix

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile|Aug 31, 2023

    Gov. Mark Gordon let a crossover-voting ban go into effect without his signature earlier this year because he was worried the bill’s ambiguity could deny participation to eligible voters. An agreement to work on clarifying the bill before the 2024 election dissuaded Gordon from a veto, but lawmakers have yet to settle on a solution. Instead, they opted Thursday to delay a decision after the secretary of state questioned whether a legislative fix was necessary.. The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee met in D...

  • Judith Ann Harder

    Aug 31, 2023

    Judith Ann Harder, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, August 18, 2023 at her daughter's home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past five months and former resident of Elk Point, South Dakota. She was born November 24, 1939 in Battle Creek, Iowa; the daughter of Henery Mildenstein and Marie Margaret Redenius. Mrs. Harder attended schools and graduated in Iowa. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Western Iowa Tech... Full story

  • Roderick Bright

    Aug 31, 2023

    Roderick Bright, 79, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2023 at Wyoming Retirement Home in Basin, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born September 3, 1943 in Bishop, California; the son of Joseph Bright and Dorothy Thatcher. Mr. Bright attended schools in California and was a 1961 graduate of Big Pine High School. He married Mary Paulik in Rock Springs and they later divorced. They remained close friends, and spent a lot of their time together. Mr. Bright was a United... Full story

  • Jason Jelaca

    Aug 31, 2023

    Jason Jelaca, 51, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Jason was born January 24, 1972 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Joseph Jelaca and Pamela Jelaca. He was raised in Rock Springs, and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1991. Jason worked as a Laboratory Technician at Solvay for the last 25 years. In 1994 he met Becky Thomas and her daughter Janessa. Although he and Becky parted ways, he felt blessed to be a part of both Janessa and her... Full story

  • Troy Howard Forcier

    Aug 31, 2023

    Troy Howard Forcier, 66, passed away at his home in Green River, Wyoming surrounded by his family on August 22, 2023. He was born on October 11, 1956 in Redwood City, California, the son of Thomas Forcier and Claudia West. Troy was a former resident of Silver Springs, Nevada. He married Joni Marrelli, his constant companion and partner in all of life's adventures, in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1994. Troy was a boating and sailing enthusiast, a seasoned fisherman, and a skilled motorcycle salvager.... Full story

  • William "Billy" L. Baker

    Aug 31, 2023

    William “Billy” L. Baker, 84 passed away August 5, 2023 at his home in Sun City, Arizona. He was a resident of Sun City, Arizona and former resident of Spokane, Washington, and Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born January 15, 1939 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Carthel Baker and Elizabeth Allen. Mr. Baker attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1957 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He earned his Bachelor in Pharmacology from the University of Wyoming in 1964. He also earned a Bac... Full story

  • Kodin John Mahana-Johnston

    Aug 31, 2023

    Kodin John Mahana-Johnston, two months, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Granger, Wyoming. He was born June 18, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Skylar Herchel Johnston and Shaleena Lyn Mahana. Kodin was a dedicated member of Foothills Apostolic Church. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his parents, Skylar Herchel Johnston and Shaleena Lyn Mahana of Granger,... Full story

  • Brenda Shaffer

    Aug 31, 2023

    Brenda Shaffer, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home Friday, August 25, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for the past five months and former resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She died following a lengthy illness. She was born February 10, 1944 in Hillsboro, Ohio; the daughter of Maurice Shaffer and Lucy Linkhart. Mrs. Shaffer attended schools in Hillsboro, Ohio. She married Gerald Eagle in 1960 in Ohio and he preceded her in death. Brenda... Full story