Articles from the September 9, 2020 edition


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  • Winter storm pounds Green River

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 9, 2020

    The snowstorm passing through Sweetwater County early Tuesday morning resulted in power outages in Green River, as well as lead to road closures and travel advisories issued throughout the state. According to Rocky Mountain Power, more than 12,000 customers in Wyoming, most of whom living in Sweetwater and Uinta counties, were without power Tuesday afternoon. A release from Rocky Mountain Power states winds exceeding 110 mph in some areas were recorded and impacted service Idaho and Utah as...

  • Lusk man featured on Discovery Channel show

    Alex Hargrave, Lusk Herald Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 9, 2020

    LUSK – Todd Hoelmer's spot on Main Street is not a visible one. The white structure looks like an abandoned garage at first glance. Step inside, and it still looks that way, thanks to remnants of a 2015 flood Hoelmer said he is still dealing with. Past empty rooms with concrete floors is The Skeleton Closet, as indicated by his business card. The work area, illuminated by dim lights and filled with fossils of early mammals and dinosaurs alike, is where he restores and preserves these ancient a...

  • Census period winds down for Green River

    Shay Mahana, Contributor|Sep 9, 2020

    With the end of this year quickly approaching, it is time to fill out your 2020 census. The census can be filled out online, through a phone call to the number provided on the website or through the paper questionnaire sent by mail. The census asks a few simple questions about everyone living in your house hold. The census counts every person living in the United States as well as the five US territories. According to Pete Rust, Mayor of Green River, the census determines many important things such as state and federal funding, as well as...

  • WWCC group calls for layoff alternatives

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 9, 2020

    Staff and faculty at Western Wyoming Community College are calling for alternatives to a plan they claim will lead to undue stress for employees laid off by the college. According to a release from the Education Association at WWCC, more than 20 college employees are expected to be laid off as the college contends with a growing deficit as a result of economic impacts the state is weathering as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Those layoffs are anticipated to take place at the end of the...

  • Potential seen by Occidental land owners

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 9, 2020

    CASPER — The new owners of 5 million combined acres of land and mineral rights in southern Wyoming say they plan to pursue opportunities to expand renewable energy development in addition to existing drilling and mining activity — a potential new source of revenue for the state as a third-party investment company takes over land long held by oil companies Anadarko and Occidental Petroleum. In a Friday interview with the Star-Tribune, Jon Lamb, the CEO of the purchasing firm Orion Resource Partners, and Johnny DeCooman, the new CEO of Swe...

  • State sees 58 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

    The Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 9, 2020

    An increase of 58 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming on Tuesday — including 18 new cases in Albany County — pushed the number of active cases in the state up by 36. The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said a total of 71 new confirmed and probable cases were reported Tuesday to bring the number of active cases to 610. Albany County had 98 active cases; Carbon had 76; Laramie had 73; Fremont had 58; Natrona had 53; Sheridan had 50; Park had 37; Goshen had 30; Teton had 29; Campbell had 25; Uinta had...

  • Eric Conrad Branson

    Sep 9, 2020

    Eric Conrad Branson, 64, passed away in Green River, Wyoming August 28, 2020. Eric was born to William R. and Marianne Branson in Rolla, Missouri. He grew up working side-by-side with his Dad on the family's homestead. Eric began his engineering education at the University of Missouri Rolla, completing his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston. His family was immensely proud of him as their first-generation college graduate. Eric had a brilliant mind, pursuing his career...

  • Laura LeAnn Maestas Schumacher

    Sep 9, 2020

    Laura LeAnn Maestas Schumacher, 37, passed away August 31, 2020 at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. Laura was a resident of Johnstown, Colorado, and a former resident of Green River. She was born on September 7, 1982 in Rock Springs to Arthur Maestas and Mary Morrison. Laura was blessed with a Bonus Mom and siblings when Arthur remarried in 1998. Laura was a 2001 graduate from Green River High School. Laura married the love of her life Eric Schumacher on July 13, 2002. They...

  • Lewis L. Brown

    Sep 9, 2020

    Lewis L. Brown, 73, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for the last 50 years and is a former resident of Missouri. Mr. Brown was born on May 26, 1947 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Avery "Buck" Brown and Lolita "Lets" Overy. He attended schools in Rock Springs. Mr. Brown married Janice Elaine Hamilton on January 15, 1966 in Rock Springs. Lewis worked for a local mechanic for many years, and then worked at the Jim...

  • Noal Byron Haegele

    Sep 9, 2020

    Noal Byron Haegele, 72, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his daughters' home. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the past one month. Mr. Haegle died following a lengthy illness for the past five years. He was born on February 28, 1948 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Noal Richard Haegele and Mary Gladys Seward. Noal attended school in Westminster, Colorado and was a 1966 graduate of the Westminster High School. He attended college and received his Associate of Arts...

  • John Vasquez

    Sep 9, 2020

    John Vasquez, 71, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for the last 33 years and is a former resident of Helper, Utah. Mr. Vasquez was born on September 3, 1948 in Spring Canyon, Utah; the son of Frank Vasquez and Louise Lovato. He attended schools in Price, Utah and was a 1966 graduate of Carbon High School. John married Frances Marie D'Ambrosio on May 22, 1971 in Helper, Utah. Mr. Vasquez served in the United States Army...

  • Stephanie C. Sorensen

    Sep 9, 2020

    Stephanie C. Sorensen, 60, passed way suddenly in her sleep on August 29, 2020. She was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, WY. She was born on April 15, 1960 in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Clevon and Dona Jensen. Stephanie worked for the Sweetwater Transportation Department as a dispatch for the bus barn. She was very well liked by all of her co-workers whom she was very fond of as well. Her interests included spending time with her family, working, and her animals. Stephanie loved God and was well respected in the community. She always...

  • Powder River Basin set to produce less than 200M tons of coal

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 9, 2020

    GILLETTE — Under the right circumstances, carbon under pressure produces diamonds. But the intense pressure from multiple fronts now squeezing Powder River Basin coal is crushing the industry. Already struggling with weakening demand for U.S. coal, the nation’s largest coal-producing region also has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with historically bad results. Through the first eight months of 2020, PRB production is nearly 25% below this time last year and hundreds of high-paying jobs have been lost. While the last four months of the...

  • Wolves struggle with Lander

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 9, 2020

    The Green River Wolves football team started the season for the second year in a row against Lander Valley High School. Lander had the advantage of having already played a game defeating Pinedale 35-0 in their early season opener. The Wolves started the season with high hopes as they have more than 20 talented seniors on their roster, along with a new first year head coach, Ken Cuthbertson. The first couple of series set the tone on the night for the Wolves as they moved the ball into scoring...

  • Swimmers win Friday meet at home

    Sep 9, 2020

    Sept. 5 at GRHS 200-yard medley relay 1. GRHS A, 2:01.65 3. GRHS B, 2:19.11 200-yard freestyle 1. Courtney Clark, 2:12.39 3. Emilee Barnes, 2:20.45 4. Kaylee Peterson, 2:32.64 200-yard IM 2. Lauren Jensen, 2:23.51 3. Alexa Lauze, 2:28.86 4. Hailey Uhrig, 2:31.07 50-yard freestyle 2. Lauren Lee, 27.66 4. Amaya Spartz, 28.45 5. Ivory Neher, 28.78 1-meter diving 3. Zella Maez, 160.35 4. Olive Roberts, 156.05 5. Kaili Wadsworth, 145.80 100-yard butterfly 4. Neher, 1:24.40 5. Madison Moffat, 1:25.12 6. Haylie Gavin, 1:33.54 100-yard freestyle 1....

  • Wolves tennis team dominates last week

    Sep 9, 2020

    Rock Springs at Green River Sept. 1 Singles 1: Gabrielle Heiser defeated Haylie Nandrup in two sets, 7-5, 6-2. Caeden Grubb defeated Nico Woolsey in two sets, 6-0 and 6-0. Singles 2: Megan Counts defeated Abbie Erramouspe in two sets, 6-0 and 6-1. Connor Friel defeated Khrishan Sanarez in two sets , 6-1 and 6-1. Doubles 1: Kaylee Carson and Emmie Archibald defeated Rikki Cozad and Kayleigh Hamblin in two sets, 6-1 and 6-1. Camden Nelson and Domenick Kunkle defeated Jaxon Smith and Tegan Conover in two sets, 6-0 and 6-1. Doubles 2: Alicia...

  • Golfers' season continues

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 9, 2020

    The Green River High School golf team started their season in Star Valley two weeks ago, playing in two competitions. The team earned a fifth-place finish, scoring 379 during their first day in Star Valley. The Wolves placed higher than Pinedale, which scored 384 and Lyman's 400. Jackson placed first with 315, Evanston took second with 339 and Star Valley placed third with 346. The team took sixth the following day with a score of 381, beating Lyman's score of 396. The top three teams were...

  • Imagining a fresh skate park

    Shay Mahana, Contributor|Sep 9, 2020

    The skate park on Uinta is one of the most used recreational parks in Green River. When at the park, you can definitely tell it has had its fair share of wear and tear. After seeing how in need of some renovations the skate park was, I contacted Brad Raney. Raney, being the parks and recreation administrator, I believed he could share some insight. The first thing I asked Raney was if there had been any discussion or suggestions to renovate the park. To which he replied yes, and that it was on a long list of amenities to be done. Along with...

  • The Prairie Doc: Passing the torch

    Jill Kruse, The Prairie Doc|Sep 9, 2020

    When I was younger my parents would let me stay up late to watch “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. I will never forget when it was announced that he would be leaving the show and Jay Leno would be the new host. I was shocked and upset. How could anyone possibly sit behind that desk and host the show as well as Johnny? My family begrudgingly started watching Jay Leno as he took the stage. The show was not the same, but over time we came to accept the new host and what he brought to the show that was different and new. Change is dif...

  • Late courses available at Western

    Sep 9, 2020

    Western Wyoming Community College has late start courses available to students who missed the August 26 deadline, but still wish to make progress in their studies. Western is an award-winning institution and the Online Learning Program was rated number one in Wyoming, and number three in the nation in 2019. Additionally, Western was ranked the most affordable college in Wyoming, whether students are from out-of-state, online students, traditional or non-traditional students. Late start courses are available as in-person courses or online...

  • GR police respond to vehicle crash at school

    Staff Report|Sep 9, 2020

    A three-vehicle crash occurred at Truman Elementary School on Shoshone Avenue last Thursday. Green River police report the female driver, driving a pickup pulling a small trailer, suffered a seizure at the wheel. This seizure caused her to loose control of the vehicle. No serious injuries were sustained by any parties involved. The driver was traveling East bound on Shoshone towards Truman school. The truck then hit a parked car, which then was pushed into another vehicle. The truck continued east then proceeded to jump the curb, sending the...

  • Senior center hosts fundraiser to continue services

    Staff Report|Sep 9, 2020

    With the recent news that Wyoming will be eliminating funding for programs that serve seniors citizens, Golden Hour Senior Center needs the community’s help. The funding is being eliminated due to the first round of budget cuts caused by the novel coronavirus. The center will host a drive through fundraiser in hopes to receiving funding to continue the center’s services. During the pandemic, the center has has served over 20,000 meals to seniors in the Green River area. The center has also been providing daily activities, outreach and opp...

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