Articles from the September 15, 2022 edition

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  • Morris arrested

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office Public Relations Officer|Sep 15, 2022

    The sheriff's office has announced the arrest of the former executive director of the Young at Heart Senior Center in Rock Springs for what investigators describe as the suspected embezzlement of over $2 million from Young at Heart's daycare facility, the Young at Heart Early Learning Center. In late June of this year, Morris suddenly tendered her resignation from the Sweetwater County School District #2 Board of Trustees, citing "personal reasons." Days later, on Friday, July 1, 2022, Morris... Full story

  • Heroes' remembrance

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 15, 2022

    The communities of Green River and Rock Springs, led by the firefighting forces in each city, are working to ensure Sweetwater County never forgets the horrors of 9/11 or stops honoring those who lost their lives and those who survived. This year, both cities held memorial walks and ceremonies on Sunday, the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. Green River's event was the first annual memorial walk for the city, while Rock Springs hosted a walk and a...

  • Mary Rosanna Muniz

    Sep 15, 2022

    Mary Rosanna Muniz, 93, passed away at her home peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, September 3, 2022 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a long-time resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Green River, Wyoming. She was born October 3, 1929 in Antonito, Colorado; the daughter of Jose T. Vigil and Isabelle Lopez. Mrs. Muniz attended schools in Antonito, Colorado. She married Jose Ruben Muniz March 24, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was later blessed at the Our Lady of... Full story

  • Carl Edward Parsons

    Sep 15, 2022

    Carl Edward Parsons, 92, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs for the past 46 years and former resident of Springfield, Colorado, Illinois, and Indiana. He was born September 6, 1930 in Collyer, Kansas; the son of Alpha D. Parsons and Esther L. Mullender. Mr. Parsons attended schools in Collyer, Kansas and was a 1948 graduate of Manhattan High School. He attended El Dorado Junior College and received his... Full story

  • Jean Leon Jauregui

    Sep 15, 2022

    Jean Leon Jauregui, 91, passed away peacefully at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado on September 5, 2022, after a brief illness. "Leon" had been living in Aurora, Colorado, near his daughter, for the past four years. The last of the Basque immigrant sheepherders to Wyoming, Leon made his life in the desert of southwest Wyoming and the mountains near Geneva, Idaho and Cokeville, Wyoming. An era has truly ended with his passing. A man of strength, fortitude, humor, deep love and... Full story

  • Richard Kriest

    Sep 15, 2022

    Richard Kriest, 88, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Rock Springs, for the past 54 years and former resident of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He was born April 26, 1934 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; Stephen Kriest and Ruth Wagner Kriest. Mr. Kriest attended schools in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and was a 1952 graduate of Hopewell High School. He married Ruth Hannan August 14, 1954 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Mr. Kriest worked for the first... Full story

  • Elma Maestas

    Sep 15, 2022

    Elma Maestas, 97, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 71 years and former resident of New Mexico. She was born October 10, 1924 in Llano, New Mexico; the daughter of Matias Dominguez and Maria D. Tafoya. Mrs. Maestas attended schools in Llano, New Mexico. She married Manuel Maestas August 17, 1942 in Penasco, New Mexico. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1975. Mrs. Maestas was a... Full story

  • Marion "Midge" (Hodges) Cox

    Sep 15, 2022

    Marion "Midge" (Hodges) Cox, 81, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away on 04 September 2022, at the University of Utah Hospital with family by her side. She was born to parents James William and Izora "Butch" Hodges, on 28 July 1941 in Fairbury, Nebraska. Her family relocated to Green River in the 1940's. She attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and graduated from Green River High School in 1958, She was retired and enjoyed spending her time between her main home with her son Erin, in Gillette,... Full story

  • Doris Lee Price

    Sep 15, 2022

    Doris Lee Price, 79, passed away Friday, August 13, 2022 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 48 years and former resident of Illinois. She was born June 15, 1943 in Elco, Illinois; the daughter of Harrold A. Bufford and Marilyn Watkins. Mrs. Price attended schools in Highland, Illinois and was a 1962 graduate of Triad High School. She married Kenneth R. Price June 1, 2000 in Green River, Wyoming. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2022. Mrs. Price worked... Full story

  • Wyoming must look forward

    Casper Star Tribune, Via the Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 15, 2022

    Wyoming doesn’t need another warning that we can no longer rely on the fossil fuel industry to propel our economy and pay the lion’s share of our government services. We’ve seen for years growth in renewables like wind and solar. Coal plants are retiring in favor of cleaner sources of energy. The market is responding to climate change with innovation that will reduce our country’s dependence on carbon-based fuels to power our cars, our homes and our industries. Earlier this month, we saw yet another sign of the change that is coming, regardl...

  • Letter to the Editor: The loss of "nobody" is important

    Sep 15, 2022

    Dear Editor, I am just a nobody but if I was a someone that would be listened to, I would ask that people consider more regarding what their values could have in regards to a person’s life. Anyone who has been in trouble with the law knows that you gotta pay to play. What if a person wasn’t playing? What if a person could not pay? To treat human beings like cattle and use them to make money is wrong but that is most local government’s “cash cow.” Excuse the pun. As I said, I am a nobody but I would like to believe that somebody would notice if...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 29 - Sept. 11

    Sep 15, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for Aug. 29 At 11:14 p.m., officers responded to a report of a barking dog complaint on South 5th West Street. Officers located the residence and attempted to make contact with the resident. Officers posted a notice, completed a report of the incident, and forwarded it to Animal Control. Aug. 30 At 1:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a loud gunshot-like noise on River View Drive. Officers met with individuals who reported their lights were flickering after hearing a loud bang. Officers contacted th... Full story

  • Students get cooking in new facility

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 15, 2022

    As Green River High School students get cooking this semester, they are doing so in a brand new culinary arts room. The high school hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new facility last week. "It's amazing and I'm happy that it got done," Marisa DeClercq, the Culinary Arts teacher at GRHS, said about the new room. She added it's shocking to remember what the room was and see what it is now. The discussion about updating the culinary facilities at the high school began early last... Full story

  • Preparedness Fair will offer information for emergencies

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 15, 2022

    Everyone who would like to learn more about how to be prepared to face an emergency is invited to attend the Emergency Preparedness Fair hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The fair will be held in conjunction with local emergency service providers. There will be multiple agencies and vendors from Green River and the surrounding area. The purpose of the event is to offer helpful information and educate the citizens of the area on how to better prepare in the event of an...

  • GR students outpace state in latest test scores

    Daniel Bendtsen, Contributor|Sep 15, 2022

    Students in Sweetwater County School District No. 2 continue to do better on Wyoming’s standardized tests than the average Wyoming student, according to the latest batch of data released Tuesday by the Wyoming Department of Education. Under the state testing system, WY-TOPP, students are tested in English, science and math. In each of the three subjects, their test scores are labeled as either “below basic,” “basic,” “proficient” or “advanced.” Grades 3-10 are tested in English and math, while only fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders are...

  • County Treasurer: Property tax bills will be mailed soon

    Staff Report|Sep 15, 2022

    Sweetwater County Treasurer Joe M. Barbuto would like to inform taxpayers that 2022 property tax bills will arrive in mailboxes over the coming days and weeks. Bills include the total amount owed, and allocations to taxing entities within the district. “In particular, I encourage people to look over the breakdown of where their tax dollars are allocated and how those monies are put to work for our communities,” Barbuto said in a press release. “Folks should not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or ideas.” Taxes are payable... Full story

  • Wolves score big over Rawlins, win 48-0

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 15, 2022

    Last Friday the Green River Wolves celebrated their first win in two years. The Wolves played host to the visiting Rawlins Outlaws, who were fresh off a big 39-7 win over Pinedale. To start the game, Rawlins won the coin toss but deferred, electing to kick off the ball to the Wolves. The Wolves wasted no time in moving the ball behind some fine blocking from their offensive line. The Wolves' Jackson Mitchell ran the ball twice for 10 yards, and Jaxxson Gomez carried twice for seven yards, with...

  • Volleyball team achieves victory and good sportsmanship

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 15, 2022

    The Lady Wolves volleyball team has kept stepping up throughout the season, taking home wins and having a player recognized for her good sportsmanship. The Green River High School team's most recent victory came against the rival Rock Springs Tigers in a conference match last Thursday. "It was a great night for our whole entire program overall," Head Coach Jessica Demaret said about Thursday's competition. "Our freshman team started out by winning in two sets, and our sophomore team won their...

  • Girls swimming team continues to gain speed

    Sep 15, 2022

    The Green River High School girls swim team headed to Lander last Friday for a duals meet and to Powell Saturday for an invite with seven other teams. During both meets the Lady Wolves posted impressive times and led in a majority of events. Against Lander the Lady Wolves took first in eight out of 12 events. At the Gene Dozah Invite at Powell, Green River took second overall, had swimmers take first place in six events, and had swimmers in the top five in all but one event. This Friday Green River will head over to Rock Springs for an invite... Full story

  • Golfers get All Conference honors

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 15, 2022

    The Green River High School Golf team powered through bad weather and still came away with several successes, including players taking All Conference honors, at the 3A West Conference Tournament in Lander last week. "Day one was very successful on both the boys' and girls' side," Assistant Coach Danielle Salas said about the tournament. After the first day, Senior Ryker Mele was sitting at fourth, Sophomore Ashton Lucero was right outside the top 10 sitting at 13th, and the boys' team was...

  • Tennis teams improving with busy week

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 15, 2022

    The Green River Girls and Boys Tennis Teams concluded a busy week as they traveled to Rock Springs Tuesday for a make up meet, took on Torrington High School in Laramie Wednesday, and played Cheyenne South in Cheyenne Friday before having two meets Saturday in Cheyenne with Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central postponed until next week. The meets will now take place some time before Regionals in Rock Springs, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. During the week, the young,...

  • Cross Country competes in regional meet

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 15, 2022

    The Green River Cross Country boys and girls teams competed this past Saturday at the Chief Nation Invitational Cross Country Meet in Ethete, Wyoming against twenty teams with approximately 200 runners from schools from across the state. Ryanna Smith of Rawlins won the girls division in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 19:17.8, with Natrona taking home the team title. Owen Burnett of Mountain View won the boys 5,000 in 16:11.5, with Star Valley winning the boys title. For the girls, Green Riverss top finisher was Isabelle Murdock in...

  • Vincent's ride: Bikers make young man's dream come true

    Tyler Johnson, Rocket Miner Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 15, 2022

    ROCK SPRINGS — The biker community made a young man’s dream come true Sunday morning. Motorcyclists from all over joined together to give Rock Springs resident Vincent Johnson, an 18-year-old with cerebral palsy, a ride that he will never forget. For several years, it was Johnson’s dream to go on a motorcycle ride. In order to make that dream happen, though, he needed to ride in a sidecar. His grandmother Susan Nay began reaching out, making calls and posting on Facebook in search of one so her...

  • Fearing misconduct, lawmakers consider opening teacher personnel files

    Sofia Jeremias,|Sep 15, 2022

    Spurred by constituent accounts of harassment and bullying by teachers and coaches, the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee debated Tuesday how to best hold K-12 employees accountable when they behave inappropriately with students. “I think we have instances where we need to do a better job of looking out for the safety of our kids,” said Sen. Affie Ellis (R-Cheyenne). “We need to figure out a better process so that parents and students have confidence in these institutions.” Ellis proposed two pieces of draft legislation to address t...

  • Shell woman's podcast teaches listeners about Wyoming

    Shayne Mazur, Greybull Standard Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 15, 2022

    GREYBULL - Podcast host Carla Mowell first got into podcasting when "This American Life" started posting show episodes online in the mid-2000s. "I had an office job, so when I was doing things that were more tedious I would put on an episode of 'This American Life,'" she recalled. "Ever since then, when I got really into podcasting, I realized I wanted more." Mowell was disappointed early on by the lack of Wyoming podcast content. "When I searched, I didn't find anything that scratched the itch...

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