Articles from the December 7, 2023 edition

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  • 'Off to a good start'

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    A little over a year after Castle Rock Hospital District took over a unified ambulance service for Sweetwater County, leaders from Castle Rock had a positive report for the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners. Castle Rock CEO Bailie Dockter, CFO Todd Toolson, and new Ambulance Director Kim White gave a quarterly update on the ambulance service during Tuesday's commissioner meeting. "So far for the ambulance service things have been going about as expected," Dockter said. She...

  • Council approves Tasers, pavement project funds

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    From Taser upgrades for the Green River Police Department to funds for the Pavement Preservation Project, the Green River City Council took action on a number of issues during Tuesday night's council meeting. One of the issues that came before the council was the consideration of an agreement with Axon Enterprise. GRPD's interim Police Chief Sean Sturlaugson explained that the Taser X2 is the energy weapon that GRPD officers are currently outfitted with. Axon Enterprise, Inc., who owns Taser,...

  • Sharing Christmas wishes

    Dec 7, 2023

    Cassidy Poulsen shares her Christmas wishes with Santa Claus during the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony. The annual Christmas tree lighting took place Friday night, and the event also included s'mores, hot chocolate, Christmas Carols, and free books from the Sweetwater County Library System.... Full story

  • Pamela Brewer

    Dec 7, 2023

    Pamela Brewer, 47, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023. She was a life long resident of Green River, Wyoming. She was born February 14, 1976 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of Ronald Bingham and Debra Chailland. Mrs. Brewer attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was an 1994 graduate of Green River High. She also attended Western Wyoming Community College. She married Alan Brewer March 29, 2004 in Green River, Wyoming. She loved spending time with her "ladies" Piper and Winnifred a... Full story

  • Lena Alma Zelenka

    Dec 7, 2023

    Lena Alma Zelenka, 90, passed away peacefully at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, November 29, 2023, with her loving family by her side following a lengthy illness. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. She was born September 3, 1933 in Rock Springs Wyoming; the daughter of Carl Edd and Nina Zanetti. Lena attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from the Rock Springs High School in 1952. She married the love of her life, Robert Allen Zelenka, April 3, 1964 in Rock Springs,... Full story

  • Matthew Normanray Truxell Phillips

    Dec 7, 2023

    Matthew Normanray Truxell Phillips, 19, passed away unexpectedly November 29, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Lander, Wyoming for two years and a former resident of Green River, Wyoming. He died suddenly as a result of injuries he sustained from an automobile accident. Matthew was born December 19, 2003 in South Jordan, Utah; the son of Steven Ray Phillips Jr. and Aleta Denise Truxell. He attended schools in Rock Springs and Green River, Wyoming. Matthew worked as a floor... Full story

  • John Charles (Jack) Wilson

    Dec 7, 2023

    John Charles (Jack) Wilson age 84 of Riverton Wyoming passed away on November 27, 2023, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper Wyoming after a long battle with kidney failure. Jack was born in Rock Springs Wyoming to Jack and Catherine Wilson on Jan. 14, 1939. He went to school in Rock Springs in early years and graduated from Green River, Lincoln High in 1957. After high school, he served in the US Army for 4 years. He started work in his younger years in the trona mines west of Green River. He... Full story

  • Belva Lynn Bowns

    Dec 7, 2023

    Belva Lynn Bowns, 67, of Spanish Fork, Utah passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. She was born February 8, 1956, in Provo, Utah to Jack D. Jones and Belva Wentz in Provo, Utah. She married William Carl Bowns on July 8, 2016. Lynn worked as a customer service representative. She enjoyed puzzles, reading and going on "Adventures" (traveling/sight-seeing). She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lynn... Full story

  • LeaAnne Christiansen

    Dec 7, 2023

    LeaAnne Christiansen, 85, died December 3, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming where she moved earlier this year to be closer to family. LeaAnne was born September 19, 1938 in Butte, Montana to William and Ruth Curtis. She was raised in Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyoming graduating from Buffalo High School in 1956. She attended the University of Wyoming where she met Alex "Jim" Christiansen. They were married on June 29, 1957 in Buffalo and made their home on the family farm in Kimball County, Nebraska.... Full story

  • "A date that will live in infamy"

    Major Anderson RN, Prairie Doc Perspectives|Dec 7, 2023

    December 7, 1941 is a “date that will live in infamy” as stated by President Theodore Roosevelt in his famous speech after the events of the Pearl Harbor bombing. That event let to the United States involvement in World War II. President’s Roosevelt’s speech was a call to arms and a declaration of war against this act of aggression by a foreign nation. He never wanted us to forget what happened. President Roosevelt concluded his speech by saying “With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain...

  • Letter to the Editor: Regarding the proposed nuclear power plant

    Dec 7, 2023

    Dear Editor, The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently held a meeting in Kemmerer letting the public know there will be opportunities to get involved in the permitting process for Terra Power’s proposed natrium nuclear plant. That’s great since public input is important. However, I wonder how the NRC thinks the public can comment on and get involved in something where all of the main details have been kept secret. Time and time again NRC staff couldn’t answer questions, saying things like some details are proprietary and can’t be rele...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Nov. 26 - Dec. 1

    Dec 7, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Nov. 26 At 11:37 p.m., officers responded to Jensen Street for a report of an individual laying on the sidewalk who appeared to be intoxicated. Officers met with the individual and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. Subsequently, officers placed Delroy Trujillo, of Green River, under arrest and issued a citation for alleged public intoxication. Nov. 27 At 7:30 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Bramwell Street and issued the driver a written warning for an alleged headlights violation.... Full story

  • Local first responders rescue deer

    Nancy Rider, Green River Fire Department|Dec 7, 2023

    At approximately 4:10 p.m. Sunday, December 3, Green River Fire Department with Castle Rock Ambulance to back were paged to Expedition Island for a reported deer stuck in the ice. The original report came in from the Wyoming State Fire Marshal Inspector who noticed the deer struggling. Wyoming Game and Fish and Green River Police Department arrived on scene shortly after the original report. Wyoming Game and Fish requested GRFD's Swift Water Rescue Team to help remove the deer. Upon arrival by G... Full story

  • Carols familiar and forgotten

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    Christmas is a time for carols, both familiar and new, and for stories of redemption and healing. These songs and stories will be coming to multiple stages in Sweetwater County in the coming days with the productions of "The Forgotten Carols" by The Horizon Theater and "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge" by the Actors' Mission. The Forgotten Carols Coming back for their second year producing a Christmas musical, the Horizon Theater is bringing "The Forgotten Carols" to the Broadway Theater stage....

  • County museum hosts presentation for GRHS students

    Dick Blust, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Dec 7, 2023

    The Rocky Mountain fur trade was the topic this week for over a hundred Green River High School Wyoming History students at a special presentation hosted by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. Aidan Brady, the museum's Public Engagement Coordinator, was the program's presenter, and the era of the fur trade, which peaked during from the 1820s through the 1840s, his topic. The fur trade began flourishing in the early 1820s. When the demand for beaver pelts in the east and Europe skyrocketed,... Full story

  • Nonprofit Enroll Wyoming offers free help with health insurance open enrollment

    Caleb Smith, Enroll Wyoming Marketing Director|Dec 7, 2023

    Now is the time many households are making important decisions about 2024 health coverage on the health insurance marketplace. Strict open enrollment deadlines are in play, and free assistance is available from Enroll Wyoming to answer questions and identify opportunities. The health insurance marketplace exists to increase access to quality coverage and help more people afford health plans through cost savings including tax credits. The annual open enrollment period is the time when almost all people sign up for health plans. Those wanting...

  • Gov. Gordon hosts Town Hall for mental health

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 7, 2023

    A recent visit from Governor Mark Gordon to Sweetwater County gave local leaders and residents a chance to discuss ongoing issues and celebrate successes both around the state and locally. Governor Gordon has been hosting a series of Town Hall meetings across Wyoming, primarily to address the topic of mental health care. The latest Town Hall was on November 29 at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. "Governor Gordon is prioritizing improving access to mental health resources," a...

  • Golden Hour Senior Center December Schedule

    Dec 7, 2023

    Golden Hour Senior Center will be hosting a number of Christmas activities throughout December. A Holiday Potluck Dinner will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 14. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. There will also be a white elephant gift exchange. Gifts should be a $10 value, and you must bring a gift to participate. Christmas activities that must be signed up for beforehand include Ceramic Ornament Painting at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 18 and Christmas Cookie Decorating at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12. A Christmas luncheon... Full story

  • SWAT Swim Club

    Dec 7, 2023

    The SWAT Swim Club had a great showing at the recent "Fall In The Hole" meet in Pinedale. The team's 27 swimmers all had impressive swims and are showing great improvements in times this season. Pictured from left to right (Back row): Coach Casey Jensen, Aly Robidoux, Peyton Murray, Zoie Gilmore, Landon Meese, Dylan Witt, Brylee Price, Coach Sydnie Campbell (Middle row): Collin Gilmore, Sam Docktor, LJ Ellerbeck, Kiefer Crompton, Leighton Bailey (Front row): Mitchell Horn, Eli Weidner, Alex... Full story

  • Wyoming Cowboys Accept Invitation to the 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

    Tim Harkins, UW Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations|Dec 7, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo. (Dec. 3, 2023) – For the third consecutive season the Wyoming Cowboys will be playing in a bowl game, which is the first time that has happened in Wyoming school history. The Cowboys have accepted an invitation to the 2023 Bartstool Sports Arizona Bowl, marking the second consecutive year the Pokes will play in Tucson and the third time in the past five seasons. Wyoming will face the University of Toledo Rockets in this year’s Arizona Bowl. The 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m., Mou...

  • Wolverines win Endangered Species Act protection

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 7, 2023

    JACKSON — Wolverines officially have federal protection after federal wildlife biologists determined the species is “less secure” than previously believed in the face of climate change and habitat loss. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the elusive, rare alpine-dwelling mesocarnivore — an animal whose diet is only slightly above 50% meat — would be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle between envir...

  • WYDOT offers $2,000 hiring bonus to fill vacant positions

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 7, 2023

    CHEYENNE — As several agencies within Wyoming state government continue to struggle to provide services due to a shortage of full-time employees, the Wyoming Department of Transportation this week announced a $2,000 hiring bonus program. The “strategic” move is to help the department find enough staff to meet its mission in providing state services, according to a WYDOT news release, and is available to all permanent positions. “We recognize the importance of attracting skilled and dedicated individuals to join our team,” said Taylor Rossetti,...

  • Major Wyoming abortion decisions loom

    Madelyn Beck,|Dec 7, 2023

    The last month of the year will be one to watch for those who are both for and against abortion access in Wyoming. The week of Dec. 11 will feature two significant court hearings and the closing of a Jackson clinic — leaving only one physical facility to provide elective abortions in the state. “It’s going to be a tense week,” said Right to Life Wyoming president Marti Halverson, referring to the hearings. “There’s a lot hanging in the balance, obviously,” echoed Sharon Breitweiser, executive director of Pro-Choice Wyoming. “Right now, t... Full story

  • Wyoming officials blame Biden for coal mine layoffs

    Dustin Bleizeffer,|Dec 7, 2023

    Wyoming leaders blame Biden administration coal policies as well as bureaucratic delays they claim are deliberate for layoffs at the Black Butte coal mine in southwest Wyoming. Nineteen miners were notified this week that they'd lose their jobs, and more layoffs could be in the works, according to reports. WyoFile was unable to confirm the information with Black Butte Coal. Gov. Mark Gordon's press secretary Michael Pearlman told WyoFile, "We don't have any concrete information, although we had... Full story