Articles from the November 16, 2023 edition

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  • Cut taxes, cut services

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Nov 16, 2023

    An initiative gathering signatures around Sweetwater County and Wyoming is designed to lower property taxes, but could also lower funding for local education and county services. The "People's Initiative to Limit Property Tax in Wyoming through a Homeowner's Property Exemption" is a ballot initiative looking to cut property taxes in half by making 50% of the assessed value of a primary property exempt from property taxation. However, there are concerns regarding the ways the initiative is being...

  • Sugar at school: Parents express concerns

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Nov 16, 2023

    Janae Curtis can tell when her first-grader has been given sugary treats at school. "He wasn't able to focus long enough to do his reading homework," Curtis explained. "If he'd had candy it would take 30 minutes to get through one paragraph. On the rare occasion that he didn't have candy that day, it would take five minutes and he could read me an entire book." Curtis spoke to the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees during their regular meeting Tuesday night, as did...

  • Saying "thank you" with pancakes

    Nov 16, 2023

    Robert Perry, center, smiles as he talks with Scout Brooks Rushing, left, and Green River City Council Member Sherry Bushman, right, at the Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast. Veterans and their families were able to enjoy a free breakfast prepared and served by Boy Scout Troop 312 at the American Legion Tom Whitmore Post 28 on Saturday morning in honor of Veterans Day.... Full story

  • Rock Springs massage parlor searched in human trafficking investigation

    Jason Mower, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office|Nov 16, 2023

    The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Rock Springs Police Department, served a search warrant Tuesday afternoon at a downtown Rock Springs massage parlor as part of a months-long human trafficking investigation. Sheriff's office spokesperson Jason Mower said, "Earlier this year, we began investigating the alleged performance of sexual acts at an Asian massage parlor in the 600 block of Broadway in Rock Springs." Mower said that during the investigation, detectives devel... Full story

  • Bertha "Sue" L. Roderick Palmer

    Nov 16, 2023

    Bertha "Sue" L. Roderick Palmer, 75, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side Friday, November 3, 2023 at her home in Jamestown, Wyoming. She was a life-long resident of Green River, Wyoming. Sue died following a courageous battle with oral cancer that began in 2018. Sue was born March 24, 1948 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Fred Wilmer Hall and Wanda Louise Mengel. She and her siblings were raised by their maternal grandfather, George Elias Mengel. She attended schools... Full story

  • Valarie Denise Lytle

    Nov 16, 2023

    Valarie Denise Lytle, 71, passed away peacefully at her home November 3, 2023 in Farson, Wyoming. She was a resident of Farson for 17 years and a former resident of Nevada and California. Valarie was born June 16, 1952 in Brawley, California; the daughter of Frank Ames and Betty Faye Meyer. She attended schools in Monte Vista, California and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1969. Valarie married the love of her life, William Scott Lytle, October 18, 1988 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Her... Full story

  • Hollis Andrew Gipson III

    Nov 16, 2023

    Hollis Andrew Gipson III, known as H.A., passed away on November 2, 2023, at the age of 67 in Green River, Wyoming, after a battle with lung cancer. He was born on December 7, 1955, in Memphis, Tennessee. H.A. was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Delynne Gipson, with whom he shared 36 years of his life, his three daughters Tuesday, Shauna, and Sheena, and eight grandchildren: Kenneth, Kaden, Kegan, Starr, Tanner, Legion, David, &... Full story

  • Carolyn "Connie" Root

    Nov 16, 2023

    Carolyn "Connie" Root, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at her home. She was a resident of Superior, Wyoming for the last seven years and former resident of Green River, Wyoming and Illinois. She was born September 24, 1949 in Dixon, Illinois; the daughter of Ercel Dresden and Leota Irene Zimmerly. Mrs. Root attended schools in Polo, Illinois. She earned her General Education Degree. She married James Reynolds Root May 29,1968 in Oregon, Illinois.... Full story

  • Florida Miera

    Nov 16, 2023

    Florida Miera, 83, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 5, 2023 at her home. She was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 40 years and former resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born June 14, 1941 in Chamisal, New Mexico; daughter of Elisada Chacon. Florida attended schools in New Mexico and was a 1959 graduate of Catholic Boarding School. Mrs. Miera married the love of her life, Edward Miera, in Evanston, Wyoming on June 20, 1985. Florida enjoyed helping people and spending time... Full story

  • Frances Lee Kobernick

    Nov 16, 2023

    Frances Lee Kobernick, 77, passed away November 4, 2023 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River for 25 years and a former resident of Meeteetse and Greybull, Wyoming. Frances was born December 11, 1944 in Cody, Wyoming; the daughter of Max Farmer and Lillian Marcus. She attended schools in Meeteetse and Greybull, Wyoming and was a 1961 graduate of Greybull High School. Frances married Leo Albert Kobernick May 14, 1969 in Casper, Wyoming, he preceded her in death Se... Full story

  • Allen Leroy Alexander

    Nov 16, 2023

    Allen Leroy Alexander, 80, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Wyoming for the last 50 years, and a former resident of Colorado. Allen was born August 31, 1943 in Golden, Colorado; the second son to William Franklin Alexander and Elsie Madge Bretthauer. He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, as a Second Gunners' Mate, on the heavy cruiser USS St. Paul CA-73. His favorite stories to tell about Vietnam was... Full story

  • Gerald (Jerry) F. Putnam

    Nov 16, 2023

    Gerald (Jerry) F. Putnam, 70, passed away November 1, 2023 at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born on June 30, 1953 in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Elwood and Ora (Drake) Putnam; he was the 8th child of 9 kids born to Elwood and Ora. Gerald graduated from Midland High School with the class of 1972 before attending Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Ohio. He also attended American Trucking school and earned his CDL. He worked for Wilson Machine Company for... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: An open invitation to Vice President Kamala Harris

    Nov 16, 2023

    Dear Editor, I recently wrote and sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris inviting her to Wyoming to witness a recitation of the Gettysburg Address. I don’t know whether she will receive the letter. But as Wyoming is the Equality State and she is our first female and Black vice president, I believe it is an important issue and wanted to invite her. Democracy is all about communication. And the Gettysburg Address is relevant to our country today. Lincoln knew we needed to overcome slavery to move on in our country. Have we moved on? He h...

  • Letter to the Editor: The big city's hand has reached into Green River

    Nov 16, 2023

    Dear Editor, I recently moved to Green River in hopes of recapturing what once was in America, but the big city’s ways had moved here way before I did. Not going into all those things, what I am so very disappointed about is when there is a person obviously working on a car that is broken down on a busy bridge and three separate officers simply drive by, one making eye contact with the minor granddaughter and the other two staring straight ahead as one does the panhandlers on the street corners. It is very alerting that the big city has r...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Nov. 5 - 9

    Nov 16, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Nov. 5 At 10:01 p.m., officers responded to Anvil Drive for a report of missing property. Officers met with an individual who reported an item missing. Officers gathered information and completed a report of the incident. Nov. 6 At 3:04 a.m., officers responded to Wilkes Drive for a report of a violation of a court order. Officers met with an individual who reported the violation. Officers gathered information and completed an incident report. At 9:18 a.m., officers responded to Easy Street for a... Full story

  • New coach, same great team

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Nov 16, 2023

    With a new coach but an experienced team, the Green River High School Speech and Debate program is hitting the ground running this year, already bringing home top finishes only two tournaments into the season. "So far it's going pretty well," Head Coach Jericho Morrell said. "We've got a good team." The team has over 30 students on the roster currently, almost a dozen of whom are seniors, and Morrell expects to get even more students joining now that the high school's latest theatrical...

  • Helping families in need

    Nov 16, 2023

    David Caplan of Genesis Alkali recently presented a $500 donation to Truman Elementary Principal David Asselmeier. The Genesis Alkali donation will help sponsor the Truman Fall Festival Extravaganza and the "Pack our Pantry" food and winter clothing drive. The festival is the culmination of the elementary school's yearly goods drive that has helped students in need. Both campaigns Truman hosts help students and families experiencing hardships and in dire need of daily necessi... Full story

  • Paint the Town Pink rivalry continues

    Lena Warren, MHSC Community Outreach Director|Nov 16, 2023

    The Paint the Town Pink rivalry continues as Amber Kramer State Farm in Rock Springs and Trona Valley Federal Credit Union in Green River won Paint the Town Pink Contest, but the contest was intense. This year, Trona Valley Credit Union Green River Branch had some competition during the voting from State Bank, but their "Pirates of the CURE-IBBEAN" took it for a three-peat win in Green River. They were closely followed by State Bank, Amber Kramer State Farm Green River, the Sweetwater County... Full story

  • Nuclear reactor back in focus at Kemmerer meeting

    Virginia Giorgis, Bridger Valley Pioneer Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 16, 2023

    LYMAN — A meeting was held Tuesday in Kemmerer during which the proposed TerraPower nuclear plant was discussed and residents questioned the timeline and safety of the proposed plant. The meeting, held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, played to a full house as concerned residents were on hand to hear how the plant would be operated and the safety provisions would be implemented at the TerraPower nuclear plant near Kemmerer. TerraPower has not yet submitted an application for construction, so many of the questions Kemmerer residents had a...

  • Lawmakers split over advanced legislation banning delta-8

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 16, 2023

    CHEYENNE — State lawmakers advanced a bill draft on Monday that aims to ban all hemp-products containing any psychoactive properties, including delta-8, without providing a distinction between “synthetic” and “naturally occurring” properties. Members of the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee were divided in their opinions of the bill. Some members said the draft was a necessary step toward protecting youth, while others hesitated over the bill’s broad language. Committee co-Chairman Rep. Art Washut, R- Casper, said the bill was “not read...

  • Legislators want $50M to sue feds over environmental laws

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr.,|Nov 16, 2023

    Wyoming lawmakers want to earmark $50 million to sue the federal government over implementation of national environmental and natural resource laws. Lawmakers added the proposed $50 million appropriation to a draft bill — Federal land use plans-legal actions authorized — that the Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee endorsed Oct. 30. The bill authorizes the Legislature “to prosecute actions involving the proper administration and interpretation of federal acts.” Lawmakers proposed the measure in part because... Full story

  • Path of the Pronghorn at 'high risk' of being lost

    Mike Koshmrl,|Nov 16, 2023

    The pathway of a highly migratory western Wyoming pronghorn herd that's been known by researchers for a quarter-century is at "high risk" of being lost. That's according to a draft "threat evaluation" released Thursday by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in conjunction with an announcement that the state agency will consider identifying or designating migration corridors used by the Sublette Pronghorn Herd. "In summary, the known current and potential threats pose a high risk to the... Full story

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