Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition


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  • For the youth

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    When it comes to helping the youth of Sweetwater County, it is important to understand the risks they face, the factors that could lead to future problems, and the available — and unavailable — resources that can help. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners heard a Juvenile Needs Assessment presentation addressing these topics during Tuesday’s meeting. The commissioners approved the assessment in June and awarded a contract to Corona Insights to conduct the study. The asses...

  • City and county approve inmate housing agreement

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    With prices going up, local agreements need to be adjusted, including the agreement between Sweetwater County and the cities of Green River and Rock Springs concerning inmate housing contracts. The contract change came before both the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners and the Green River City Council during their meetings on Tuesday. “The City of Green River currently has an agreement with Sweetwater County to use their detention facility to house municipal offenders sentenced t...

  • Melvin pleads not guilty

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    Jennifer ("Jennie") Melvin pleaded not guilty to charges filed against her during an arraignment last Thursday afternoon in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery. Melvin, the City of Green River's former URA/Main Street Administrator, is charged with two counts of alleged felony theft over $1,000. She is suspected of embezzlement from the Green River Urban Renewal Agency (URA) and Flaming Gorge Days (FGD). A trial date was set for January 8, 2024. According to the probable cause...

  • RMP meeting moved, leaders ask for public comment period extension

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management's Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Rock Springs Field Office has been the topic of much discussion lately, from government leaders to local wildlife groups. Amidst the discussion, many are preparing for the upcoming meetings hosted by the BLM, and some are hoping for even more time to weigh in. The only BLM meeting on the RMP taking place in Sweetwater County is scheduled to be in Rock Springs from 3 to 6 p.m. next Wednesday, September 27. This week the BLM...

  • Putting Patches at the Park

    Sep 21, 2023

    The new Green River Dog Park sculpture, named "Patches," was placed at the dog park last Saturday morning. A ribbon cutting was hosted by the Green River Chamber and the Green River High School National Honor Society. The sculpture, made possible by the City of Green River and Green River Arts Council, was first revealed during the Art on the Green event a few weeks ago. After the event, the Arts Council took suggestions from patrons on what to call the sculpture, and the majority picked the... Full story

  • Judge Sam Soulé

    Sep 21, 2023

    Judge Sam Soulé died September 13, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming after a long life serving and supporting his community. Sam was born July 5, 1936 in Hampton, Virginia; the adoptive son of Hartley A. and Anne Watson Soulé. The Soulé family resided due to Hartley's employment as the Assistant Director of Research for N.A.S.A. Sam graduated from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in June of 1959. He then served his country in the United States Army from January 19... Full story

  • Paul Dennis Blasi

    Sep 21, 2023

    Paul Dennis Blasi, 79, passed away September 7, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for over 30 years, and was a former resident of Granger, WY. Paul was born on September 11, 1943 in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Renado (Reno) Blasi and Amelia Lee. He graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1963. Paul married Betty Blasi in 1968, she preceded him in death in 1991. He then married Karen A. Blasi on August 12, 1995 and they hav... Full story

  • John Edgar Blatter

    Sep 21, 2023

    John Edgar Blatter, 78, passed away September 9, 2023 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions in Casper, WY. He had been hospitalized in Ogden, UT with complications from cancer. John was born to Maxine and Gotthilf Blatter at his grandparents' home near Lewis, Iowa on December 18, 1944. He grew up on a farm near Ellendale, ND and graduated from Ellendale High School. He wanted to join the navy when he graduated, but his father wouldn't sign the papers, so he had to wait until he turned 18.... Full story

  • Jason Jelaca

    Sep 21, 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

  • Terri Jean Tarufelli

    Sep 21, 2023

    Terri Jean Tarufelli, 58, of Rock Springs, passed away on September 17, 2023 surrounded by her family. Terri Jean passed away due to health complications. She was born on February 26, 1965, to Eugene and Teresa Tarufelli in Rock Springs, WY. Terri Jean grew up in Rock Springs with her brother Rick. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother. Terri Jean raised 3 kids with her longtime partner John Layne; Mariah Pacheco, Dalton Tarufelli, and Derek Tarufelli. She loved spending... Full story

  • Alfredo Acosta Jr.

    Sep 21, 2023

    Alfredo Acosta Jr., 22, passed away on September 14, 2023, in Colorado where he worked as a Machine Operator and Welder. His life began on November 28, 2000, in Alanta Georgia; the son of Alfredo Acosta and Mirna Hernandez. He was raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he graduated from Rock Springs High School in 2019. Growing up, Alfredo loved to play soccer and video games but saying that he lived life in the fast lane would be an understatement, he was always the life of the party and knew... Full story

  • Don't forget your passport

    Senator Cynthia Lummis|Sep 21, 2023

    As the month of September begins, people in Wyoming are focused on their kids going back to school and the start of football season. What many might not realize is that September is also Passport Awareness Month, a time to check your documentation, especially if traveling overseas during the holiday season. One of the top requests my staff receives from constituents is help getting or renewing a passport. This process has become aggressively long and drawn out and has caused more than one hiccup in peoples’ travel plans. Currently, the U.S. D...

  • Letter to the Editor: Sidewalk disrepair concerns

    Sep 21, 2023

    Dear Editor, I have given up on walking on the Green Belt because of the number of unleashed dogs that are allowed to run free as long as they’re in control of their owners voice. I am afraid one of these “controlled “ dogs could attack me or my elder dog. My thoughts on the matter have been dismissed by Animal Control, the City Council, and the Mayor. So, I began walking on the sidewalks in my neighborhood and am finding them in terrible shape. The route I took was from Lincoln school to Smiths, then to Veterans Park and back. A major...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Sept. 5 - 18

    Sep 21, 2023

    Sept. 5 At 8:55 p.m., officers responded to a report of domestic violence. Officers met with individuals who were involved in a verbal dispute. The parties separated and officers completed an incident report. At 11:14 p.m., officers responded to a report of civil issues. Officers met with individuals who were involved in a verbal dispute, gathered information, and completed a report of the incident. Sept. 6 At 7:05 a.m., officers responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance. Officers met with an individual who reported that they heard... Full story

  • Fishing closures announced for Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Green River Region

    WGFD press release|Sep 21, 2023

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of our diverse aquatic ecosystems. To that end, annual fishing closures are in place to protect spawning kokanee salmon and other species in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River below Fontenelle Dam. Shoreline spawning kokanee are crucial for maintaining and recovering the kokanee population in Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Research indicates that they constitute a significant portion of the kokanee population,... Full story

  • Green River recognizes Hall of Fame inductees

    Staff Report|Sep 21, 2023

    Green River High School recently added several new GRHS graduates into the Hall of Fame. The inductees were honored during halftime of the Wolves varsity football game against Worland Friday night and officially inducted during the 2023 Hall of Fame Banquet the next night. Michael Clark While Michael Clark was originally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, he was re-introduced this year since more information can now be shared about his military service. Michael graduated with the class of 1... Full story

  • A different sort of play: Actors' Mission presents "Marat/Sade"

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    Many directors hope audiences will walk away from their plays with a particular feeling or thought. Shane Westfall hopes audiences walk away from “Marat/Sade” with that feeling being confusion, and that thought being “what did I just watch?” “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade,” usually shortened to “Marat/Sade,” is the Actors’ Mission’s latest production, directed by Westfal...

  • Lady Wolves annihilate the competition

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Sep 21, 2023

    The Lady Wolves Swimming and Diving team continues to annihilate the competition. On Friday, Green River competed against Evanston, Kemmerer, Rawlins and Rock Springs at the Rock Springs Invite. Green River swam away with 448 points, while Evanston came in second with 207, Kemmerer came in third with 189, Rawlins came in fourth with 180 and Rock Springs came in fifth with 168. On Saturday, the Lady Wolves hosted the Green River Invite, competing against Rawlins, Lyman, Evanston, Kemmerer, Rock...

  • Wolves fall to Worland in close game

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 21, 2023

    On a beautiful late summer evening this past week, the Green River Wolves, with a record of 1-2, took on the visiting Worland Warriors with a similar 1-2 record. The special night was also the "Hall of Fame Game." There was a huge crowd on hand for the celebration and to watch the Wolves and the Warriors. The game started with Green River receiving the kickoff, but three plays later the Wolves had failed to pick up a fist down and they had to punt. Worland then got the ball, but after the Green...

  • Lady Wolves take a loss against Lady Trojans

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Sep 21, 2023

    The Lady Wolves Volleyball team hosted a match against the Kelly Walsh Trojans on Friday. The first two sets were an unfortunate loss for Green River as they fell to Kelly Walsh 14-25 and 17-25. The third set was a closer match for the Lady Wolves, but after a hard fought battle, they fell again to the Trojans with a final score of 22-25. Green River's Abigail Fuss had over 13 skillful digs during the game, while Eva Murray had several impressive kills and blocks. Addison Demaret also had a...

  • Golfers improve at State, Salas finishes impressive high school career

    Staff Report|Sep 21, 2023

    The Wolves Golf team competed in Worland this past weekend in the 2023 3A State Golf Championship, seeing an impressive finish to Senior Isabell Salas's high school golf career as well as improvement among the team members. Isabell Salas "battled hard" after a one-stroke lead on day one and came in at second place, according to Assistant Coach Danielle Salas. "Isabell ended her high school career as the most decorated female golfer in the history of Green River High School Golf," Coach Salas... Full story

  • Tennis players take on tough competition at 3A Regionals in Cheyenne

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 21, 2023

    This past week the Wolves Boys and Girls Tennis teams traveled to Cheyenne to compete in the 3A South Regionals on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16. The more experienced, older girls team finished fourth out of the seven teams competing, while the young boys team was sixth out of eight teams. All of the boys and girls team members will be competing next week at State in Gillette with their seeding based on where they finished at Regionals. The brackets for State are set and Head Coach Phillip Harder looks for his team to continue their...

  • Delta-8 - AKA 'diet weed' - could be criminalized in Wyoming

    Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com|Sep 21, 2023

    Wyoming has long had an adversarial relationship with smokable or edible intoxicants, and that may continue with delta-8 - colloquially known as "weed light" and "diet weed." Members of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee will consider a draft bill Tuesday in Casper that would effectively ban that substance and any other with "similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity." The discussion comes at a time when stores selling the substance are proliferating in Wyoming, national leaders... Full story

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