Articles from the September 14, 2023 edition

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  • Connection and support

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 14, 2023

    From making schedule changes to developing grant-funded programs, schools and groups within Sweetwater County School District No. 2 are focusing on creating connections and offering support for students. During Tuesday night's meeting, the School Board heard presentations from Lincoln School administration about recent changes to the school's schedule and from Brittney Montgomery about the Trauma Informed School Services (TISS) grant and new programs. Changing schedules to build community "We...

  • RSPD responds to active shooter at restaurant

    Staff Report|Sep 14, 2023

    The Rock Springs Police Department responded to a call concerning an armed suspect and shots fired last Saturday. At approximately 12:40 p.m. on September 9, the RSPD was dispatched to Santa Fe Southwest Grill restaurant. “Dispatchers were informed that there was a male suspect walking around the restaurant with two guns and that shots were fired,” an RSPD press release explained. “The staff of Santa Fe Trail evacuated all customers and employees while officers were en route. Once Rock Springs Police Department officers arrived on scene, they... Full story

  • Walking to never forget 9/11

    Sep 14, 2023

    The Green River Fire Department hosted their annual "Never Forget" 9/11 Memorial Walk on Monday evening. The walk took place at 6:45 p.m., approximately 12 hours after the time of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The decision was made to host the walk in the evening so more people could participate. The walk started at Fire Station 2 on Shoshone Avenue. Firefighters, law enforcement officers, local leaders, and community members gathered to walk together and ring the bell at the end of the... Full story

  • Books are only a problem if our kids can read

    Rep. Landon Brown, WY HD9 Representative|Sep 14, 2023

    There has been a major dust-up over the past year or so about the materials available to our children in our school libraries and even our county libraries. While I do not condone or believe that our school libraries are an appropriate place for many of these books, I am far more concerned with the ability of our children to be able to read. According to the Wyoming Department of Education’s WYTOPP scores from school year 2021-2022, only 47.89% of our 3rd graders are reading at a proficient or above proficient level. That means a majority of o...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 30 - Sept. 5

    Sep 14, 2023

    Aug. 30 At 4:33 p.m., officers responded to Smiths at 905 Bridger Drive for a report of a two-vehicle collision. It was reported both vehicles were backing out at the same time and collided. Officers met with the drivers and completed an incident report. At 8:56 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of MM 91 I-80 EB and issued the driver a verbal warning for alleged speeding. At 9:22 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of MM 91 I-80 EB and issued the driver, Johanna R. Smith, of Ohio, a citation for vehicle... Full story

  • GR native joins Desert View Eye Care

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 14, 2023

    A Green River native who set his sights on home again is now ready to help the community with their sight. Dr. Amasa Mecham has joined Dr. Jeffrey Wilson's team at Desert View Eye Care and will be bringing over a decade of experience in optometry back to his home community. Dr. Mecham grew up in Green River, graduating from Green River High School in 1998. He ran cross country track in college, attending BYU Idaho and the University of Wyoming, where he met his wife. The couple eventually moved...

  • Library System welcomes new White Mountain Library Manager

    Breezy Cukale, Sweetwater County Library System|Sep 14, 2023

    The White Mountain Library is seeing some changes with a new Library Manager. Long time staff member Sherri Angelovic has been named Library Manager at the White Mountain Library. Angelovic has worked for the library system for over 20 years, beginning in Youth Services before moving to Circulation and Technical Services. Most recently, Angelovic has been the Youth Services Manager at White Mountain, planning programs, encouraging literacy and building relationships within the community. She's... Full story

  • Sweetwater County Birth Announcements

    Sep 14, 2023

    Brent Stewart and Sydney Jenkins of Rock Springs welcomed their daughter Evie Rayne Stewart on August 12. Austin Olson and Kasey Crofutt of Green River welcomed their son Andrew Michael Olson on August 15. Andrew and Chayli Anderson of Green River welcomed their son Russell Mike Anderson on August 17. Emily and Caleb Wimer of Green River welcomed their daughter Autumn Wimer on August 18. Nathan and Kara Garrett of Green River welcomed their daughter Collyns Quinn Garrett on August 24. Ryan David Poyer and Taylor May Skinner of Rock Springs welc... Full story

  • Green River Golf team hosts 3A West Conference

    Staff Report|Sep 14, 2023

    The Green River High School Golf team hosted the 3A West Golf Conference Championship in Green River this past weekend. The tournament kicked off with an opening ceremony that included the Green River High School choir singing the National Anthem and Seniors Tyler Castillon and Isabell Salas presenting the flag. The 3A West Conference teams included Green River, Lyman, Pinedale, Evanston, Powell, Lovell, Cody and Lander. "Highlights on the boys side for the Wolves included Senior Tyler... Full story

  • Lady Wolves dual Lander, compete in Powell

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Sep 14, 2023

    The Green River Lady Wolves Swimming and Diving team traveled to Lander on Friday to dual against the Lander Tigers. Lander was the State Champion last year, beating Green River by 44 points, so it was very exciting to see how Green River would match up against them this season. The Lady Wolves’ relay teams swam with intense rivalry, but couldn’t grab the first place spots away from the Tigers. In the individual events, the Lady Wolves had several strong swimmers who came out on top. Haley Clevenger won the 200 and 500 Yard Freestyle, bea...

  • Cross Country team sees exciting wins

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 14, 2023

    The Green River High School Cross Country team has been working hard on getting faster and has seen both some exciting wins and tough competition in the last few weeks. "The girls have been doing really good, they've been moving up in the rankings," Head Coach Craig Leavitt said. "Our boys team is pretty young but they're getting faster." Two weeks ago the team headed to Lander to compete and saw some impressive wins. The Wolves had four top finishers among the girls and one top finisher for the...

  • Lady Wolves victorious against Rock Springs Tigers

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Sep 14, 2023

    The Lady Wolves took down the Rock Springs Tigers, winning three of the five games played on Thursday in Green River. All five of the games were intense and the scores were very close. In the first game, Green River won with a final score of 25-22. They also won the second game with a final score of 25-23. In the third game, Green River gave up some points at the end of the game, falling to the Tigers with a final score of 24-26. The fourth game was another nail-bitter as the Lady Wolves barely...

  • Wolves hope to learn from mistakes after losing to Rawlins

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 14, 2023

    Fresh off a first-game victory over Lander, the Green River Wolves hit the road for their second game of the season, taking on the Rawlins Outlaws this past Friday night. The game matched two teams with similar size and numbers, though Rawlins had a few less players on their varsity roster. Rawlins kicked to the Wolves to start the game, and the good kick put the Wolves deep in their own territory to start the game at the 10-yard line. However, things only got worse as on the first play from scrimmage Rawlins’ do-everything-back Zach Covolo i...

  • Tennis faces multiple opponents during busy week

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 14, 2023

    The Green River Girls and Boys Tennis teams had an extremely busy week this past week. They played Rock Springs at home Tuesday, traveled to Laramie Thursday to play Torrington, then came back to Green River to play Cheyenne South Friday, Cheyenne East Saturday morning and Cheyenne Central Saturday afternoon. In their first meet of the week, the girls defeated Rock Springs in the teams scores 4-1, while the younger boys team was defeated by Rock Springs 4-1, with their lone win coming from...

  • MHSC nurse receives national certification

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    Growing up in southwestern Wyoming among a wide variety of demanding industries led one of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's nurses to strive for national certification. Registered Nurse Robyn Owens' job at the Family & Occupational Medicine Clinic of Sweetwater Memorial is as varied as her expertise, which now includes national certification through the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses. "I embarked on this certification because I grew up in this area and I was able to see... Full story

  • Clinics have new practice coordinator

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    Relationships – with staff and patients – are the best part about working in a healthcare clinic, says Misty Cozad, the new Practice Coordinator for the Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Sweetwater Walk-In clinics at 3000 College Drive. "From registration to providing care, everyone in the building is continuously building relationships with patients and with each other," Cozad said. "Each of us makes a difference in a patient's life, if only for a brief moment." Cozad's position is... Full story

  • Dedication to care is recognized

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    A dedication to high-quality care earned Kara Jackson, Quality Director at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, recognition as a finalist for the Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence during the Wyoming Hospital Association's Conference Aug. 30-31. "Being nominated for this award is such an honor. I am so grateful to my team, our leadership team, and our staff at the hospital," Jackson said. "What we do here requires collaboration and determination and we look forward to continuing to... Full story

  • MHSC receives UW Nursing award, hosted five UW BRAND students this past year

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County recently was honored with the 2023-24 University of Wyoming Community Partner award from the Basic BSN and BRAND nursing programs of the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. "We are very appreciative of the support of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County this past year," said Sherrill J. Smith, Dean and Professor at Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. The hospital is "an outstanding community partner who works with our school to bring all of our students'... Full story

  • Dixie Ann Ecker

    Sep 14, 2023

    Dixie was born October 6, 1941 in Laramie, Wyoming to Elizabeth Ann and Roscoe Richard (Dick) Allen. Dixie's stay in Laramie was a short one of only 10 days, however, much of her early years were spent in Wyoming. Her father worked construction so the family moved frequently. From this time until a Junior in high school, Dixie lived in over 35 different towns in 6 western states. Although this was difficult at times, it was also a blessing in many ways as well. Through these experiences, Dixie... Full story

  • Flavia "Floyda" Pineda

    Sep 14, 2023

    Flavia "Floyda" Pineda, 95, passed away Monday, September 4, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Reliance for the past 70 years and former resident of Taos, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado; Cheyenne, Farson, White Mountain, and Winton, Wyoming. She was born April 12, 1928 in Taos, New Mexico; the daughter of Antonio and Lucinda Martinez. Mrs. Pineda attended schools in Taos, New Mexico and was a 1946 graduate of Dan Fernando High School. She married the... Full story

  • Diana R. Lorentzen

    Sep 14, 2023

    Diana R. Lorentzen, 63, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 26 years and a former resident of Winnemucca, Nevada. She was born February 16, 1960 in Richwood, West Virginia; the daughter of Clayton Furr and Betty Jenkins. Diana married the love of her life, Loren "Lee" Lorentzen on December 5, 1987 in Reno, Nevada. She was a wonderful homemaker who loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her... Full story

  • Wayne Doney

    Sep 14, 2023

    Wayne was born in Lewistown, MT. He was the second born son of Donald and Eileen Searby Doney, following his brother Alan Doney, the family moved to Butte, MT in 1951 and enlarged their family with one more son Gordon Doney, who preceded Wayne in death and three daughters, Barbara Doney Conavad and husband Pete Conavad, Kim Doney Boyle and husband Tom Boyle, and Jill Doney Clements and husband Rich Clements. Wayne married his wife Debbie Atkins Doney on March 30, 1974 and had two sons in Butte,... Full story

  • William "Bill" Callas Jr.

    Sep 14, 2023

    On September 7, 2023 our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather William "Bill" Callas Jr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years old. He was the oldest child born to William Callas Sr. and Joan Riccardo Callas on April 19, 1929 in Helper, Utah. He attended school in Helper until Jr. High School when his family moved to Superior, Wyoming. Bill got his first job at the age of 12 working at the Superior Meat Market where... Full story

  • Lucas Jess Blackie

    Sep 14, 2023

    Lucas Jess Blackie, 44, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2023 at his home. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 44 years and former resident of Oklahoma. He died following a lengthy illness. He was born July 10, 1979 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Leonard Blackie and Annie Ramone Blackie. Lucas attended schools in Clearfield, Utah and was a 1998 graduate of Great Basin High School. He attended Clearfield Job Corps and received his Automotive Mechanic Certificate. He was a Tattoo Artist... Full story

  • Lucky Jim Parrish

    Sep 14, 2023

    Lucky Jim Parrish, 75, passed away Friday, September 8, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident for 33 years and former resident of Hanna, Wyoming. Mr. Parrish was born September 26, 1947 in Rawlins, Wyoming; the son of Duke Parrish. He attended schools in Rawlins, Wyoming. Mr. Parrish married the love of his life Kay Jack March 17, 1966 in Casper, Wyoming. He worked at Black Bute Coal for 20 years until ill health forced his retirement in February 2009 as a Welder. He enjoy... Full story

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