Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition


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  • Rising to expectations

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Oct 12, 2023

    While Sweetwater County School District No. 2 remains mostly above the state average in standardized testing results, a few lower-than-expected results have the district looking for solutions for future improvement. Superintendent Craig Barringer spoke to the School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night to go over the WY-TOPP and ACT test results for schools in the district. The state's testing system, the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP), tests students' proficiency in...

  • Panel discusses new industrial projects

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Oct 12, 2023

    “Things are going to be fun in Sweetwater County,” Craig Rood, the Project West director of public relations, said. A number of new industry-related projects, such as Project West, are slated to come to the community within the next few years. From trona mining technologies to carbon capture to nuclear energy, opportunities in and around Sweetwater County are expanding. To provide more information on these upcoming projects, the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition hosted the “So...

  • Man arrested after fleeing police pleads guilty

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Oct 12, 2023

    Tracy Warren recently pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance of methamphetamine and a count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers during a hearing in the Third District Court of Judge Suzannah Robinson. Warren was arrested May 18, one of many arrests made by the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) around the same time frame for drug-related offenses. Warren initially appeared before Judge Robinson on July 7 for an arraignment, where he was...

  • The joy of transformation

    Oct 12, 2023

    Stephanie Lewis, owner of Transformations Face Painting, shows Kenzley Cox her new face paint during the third annual Downtown Green River Street Fair. Lewis was one of 65 vendors to fill the streets of downtown with fun activities and shopping opportunities for the whole family last Saturday....

  • William D. Brazell

    Oct 12, 2023

    William D. Brazell, 97, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock. He was a 50 plus year resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of Baggs, Wyoming and Rawlins, Wyoming. He was born on August 19, 1926 in Savory, Wyoming; the son of William Alfred and Ethel Lucille Brazell. Mr. Brazell attended schools in Baggs and Rawlins, Wyoming. He served in the United States Army in World War II as a Military Police, Rifleman and...

  • Joshua Clifton Sinnett

    Oct 12, 2023

    Joshua Clifton Sinnett, 43, passed away Monday, September 25, 2023 at his home in Granger, Wyoming following a sudden illness. He was born on March 23, 1980 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Dwayne Clifton Sinnett and Linda Darleene Jenkins. Joshua graduated from Mountain View High School with the class of 1998. He worked as a tower foreman for Union Wireless for the last 17 years. Josh was an avid hunter who shared the love for this with his family and friends. When the snow would fall...

  • Garland Ray McMartin

    Oct 12, 2023

    Garland Ray McMartin, 63, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2023 at home in Rock Springs, Wyoming, with his wife by his side. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, and died following a courageous four-year battle with cancer. He was born July 14, 1960 in Rock Springs; the son of Thomas William McMartin and Lillian Carol Schwerdfeger. Garland attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1978 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married the love of his life Anne Marie Brandt on...

  • Steven John Fritzel

    Oct 12, 2023

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Steven John Fritzel, known by friends as "Scuba". He passed away September 25, 2023. Steven was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on February 13, 1987. Steven had a larger-than-life character that was deeply rooted in his courageous spirit. He was always the first one to explore the unknown, be it jumping off a cliff or pushing the speedometer to its limit. His adventurous lifestyle inspired and motivated those around him. Steven had a passion...

  • Larry Glen Shepard

    Oct 12, 2023

    Larry Glen Shepard, 69, passed away October 3, 2023 at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born January 17, 1954 in Rock Springs, Wy, the son of Cecil and Darlene Shepard. Larry graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1973 before working for the railroad. He held many jobs in the automotive sales industry before eventually taking a job for First Choice Ford until his retirement. He was also co-owner of White Mountain Mining for 30 years. He married Terri...

  • Anne Mary Caller

    Oct 12, 2023

    Anne Mary Caller, 101, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. She was a longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of Denver, Colorado and Winton, Wyoming. She was born August 2, 1922 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Peter Bonini and Maria Anselmi. Mrs. Caller attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1940 graduate of Rock Springs High School. She married Joseph Caller Sr. January...

  • Wade Lee Kobernick

    Oct 12, 2023

    Wade Lee Kobernick, 58, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River for 15 years and former resident of Casper, Wyoming. He was born December 23, 1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the son of Leo Albert Kobernick and Frances Lee Farmer. Wade attended schools in Casper, Wyoming. Mr. Kobernick worked for Hemphill Trucking Company for 10 years and ill health forced his retirement in 2015 as a Truck Driver. He enjoyed spending time with...

  • Karen Ragnhild Enders

    Oct 12, 2023

    Karen Ragnhild Enders, age 83, passed away in Lake Oswego, Oregon on October 3, 2023. Karen was born in Fargo, and raised in Hillsboro North Dakota, Karen was the oldest daughter of Ole and Frances Buringrud. Karen was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband Raymond Enders. She is survived by two sons, Brett and Todd Enders, her grandson Jacob Enders, her siblings Glenn, Arlene, Lynn, and Duane, and several nieces and nephews. After close to 40 years of working as an X-Ray Tech she...

  • Letter to the Editor: RMP draft could help wildlife

    Oct 12, 2023

    Dear Editor, All lands are not created equally. Some have values for wildlife that are far beyond other areas. The BLM Resource Management plan is in draft and allows Sublette County to determine what we value. As a community it is critical that we determine our priorities based on accurate and factual information without outside influences and based on majority consensus of we who are most affected by the changes. As a Wildlife Habitat Biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Sublette County, I was in the field researching and...

  • Letter to the Editor: A thank you to the community

    Oct 12, 2023

    As time passes and I have gotten older, I was thinking about back in 2015 when I gathered businesses, volunteers and community members to help me and to send care packages to our troops when the war was going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were successful in sending over 8,000 letters and care packages to our Wyoming guardsmen overseas. Some of the children that helped write the cards have become young adults now. I wanted to personally take the time to tell them and the community of Green River and Rock Springs how much I appreciate all of...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Sept. 29 - Oct. 7

    Oct 12, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Sept. 29 At 3:21 p.m., officers responded to the GRPD lobby to meet with an individual regarding a suspicious circumstance. The individual reported concerns after receiving a letter from an individual who was incarcerated. Officers gathered information and completed an incident report. At 3:59 p.m., officers responded to a report of the possible sale of alcohol to minors. Officers met with an individual who reported concerns about an incident where alcohol was served to minors at a local establishment....

  • Having hard conversations

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Oct 12, 2023

    Some topics are hard to talk about. When it comes to losing a child, fighting against cancer, or facing the dangers of domestic violence, it can be difficult to share your experiences or know what to say to those going through it. But talking about hard things is one of the first steps to shedding light on their dark realities, which is another step towards healing and hope. October is a month full of awareness for important causes, including being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month,...

  • GRFD celebrates promotional pinning ceremony

    Nancy Rider, Green River Fire Department|Oct 12, 2023

    Recently Green River Fire Department held a pinning ceremony for promotions of new officers. Lieutenant Casey Kendall was promoted to Captain after beginning his fire career in 2007. He was a young man full of energy and laughter - so much laughter that it was contagious. Kendall became a lieutenant in 2018 where he proved he was ready to lead GRFD crews and take on the added responsibilities. When it came to safety, he pulled no punches. Kendall definitely earned the respect of his...

  • Wyoming writer to give reading and book signing, visit memoir writing class

    Barbara Smith, Western Wyoming Community College|Oct 12, 2023

    Wyoming writer Marcia Hensley will read from her new book, Away from it All: A Wyoming Love Story, on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Gasson Room at White Mountain Library. Locals may remember Marcia as a long-time English instructor at WWCC, and a former resident of Rock Springs and Farson, Wyoming. Hensley's book combines the story of her personal journey of self-discovery with depictions of small-town and rural life in Wyoming from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. In her...

  • Green River swims away with another win

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Oct 12, 2023

    The Lady Wolves Swimming and Diving team competed in the Rawlins Invite on Saturday. Green River won nine of the eleven events and left the rest of the competition behind them as they raced through the water. Green River dominated the meet with 397.5 points. In second place was Rawlins with 201.5 points, followed by Evanston with 175.5, Lyman with 153, Kemmerer with 130, Sublette County with 113.5 and Rock Springs with 91. First-place event winners were Brianna Uhrig, Tavia Arnell, Haley...

  • Jackson Hole Broncs run over Green River

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Oct 12, 2023

    The Green River Wolves traveled to Jackson Hole to play in what was characterized as a "must win" game for either team as the Wolves came in with a 1-4 overall record and Jackson was 2-4. Jackson had the number one rated quarterback and number one rated receiver in #3A, as well as a potent passing game, averaging over 300 yards passing per game. The Wolves held them to just 129 yards passing, but Jackson changed gears and came up with an effective running game, rushing for 179 yards to the Wolve...

  • Cross Country competes in Rock Springs

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Oct 12, 2023

    The Green River High School Cross Country team wrapped up their regular season meets close to home during the Rock Springs "Tough Pumpkin" XC Meet at the White Mountain Golf Course last Friday. The girls team raced first, and the Lady Wolves were off to a strong start, with Isabelle Murdock maintaining the lead throughout most of the course, and her sister Madison Murdock close behind. As the runners approached the finish line, however, some of the runners from Evanston began to push ahead for...

  • Lady Wolves keep fighting for a win

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Oct 12, 2023

    With two weeks left until the 4A Regional Volleyball Championships, which will be hosted in Green River this year, the Lady Wolves are still trying really hard to win some games and are currently ranked third in their quadrant in the 4A Southwest. Green River hosted a match against the Mountain View Buffalos on Tuesday. During three heated sets, the Lady Wolves were unable to get ahead of the Buffalos and lost all of the sets. Green River gave up the first set 17-25, the second 18-25 and the third 23-25. On Friday, Green River traveled to play...

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