Articles from the December 14, 2023 edition


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  • New chief announced

    Staff Report|Dec 14, 2023

    The City of Green River recently announced that Green River Police Department Captain Shaun Sturlaugson has been promoted to be the department's new chief of police. "I am very grateful, excited, and yet humbled by this enormous responsibility," Sturlaugson said in a press release. "I look forward to continuing my commitment and dedication of fostering an environment where our officers and staff want to come to work every day. I also recognize the devotion needed of me and my team in ensuring... Full story

  • Monroe Elementary is focused on phonics

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    When it comes to teaching elementary children, one of the most important skills to build is the ability to read. And when it comes to teaching reading, Monroe Elementary is building on a phonics-based system and finding new ways to help students succeed. Several members of Monroe's staff spoke to the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees at Tuesday night's meeting to share more information about the Sounds to Spelling program the school has been using. "I really do think... Full story

  • The Pony Express experience

    Dec 14, 2023

    The Andrews family was one of the many families that got to experience the Pony Express up close and personal Saturday morning. Mike, Karen, Henry, and Harper Andrews got to chat with Gary Gwin and his horse before the annual Pony Express Christmas Card Ride. The public was invited to meet the local riders and their horses, and children were given free horse rides before the riders set out. This year the Pony Express carried over 100 pounds of mail from the Green River Post Office to the Rock... Full story

  • Clifton "Jeff" Lytle

    Dec 14, 2023

    Clifton "Jeff" Lytle, 66, passed away Friday, November 24, 2023 at his home in Farson, Wyoming. He was a resident of Farson, Wyoming for the past 24 years and former resident of Rawlins, Wyoming. He was born August 29, 1957 in Rawlins, Wyoming; the son of William Lytle and Shirley Ann McCannon. Mr. Lytle attended schools in Rawlins, Wyoming and was a 1976 graduate of Rawlins High School. He was the Owner/Operator of Pronghorn Trucking for 24 years. Jeff enjoyed spending time with his three sons... Full story

  • Raymond Harry Chipp

    Dec 14, 2023

    Raymond Harry Chipp, 73, passed away at his home on November 26, 2023 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Ray was born March 10, 1950 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Harry R. Chipp and Lena (Prevedel) Chipp. He attended school in Rock Springs and was a 1968 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Raymond also attended the University of Wyoming. Ray worked for the City of Rock Springs at the Rock Springs Fire Department for 30 years and retired in 2008 as a fi... Full story

  • Robert Wayne Thomas Keelin

    Dec 14, 2023

    Robert Wayne Thomas Keelin, 35, suddenly passed away, November 19, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Though he left this world far too soon, he is now at peace but will be forever missed. Tommy, as everyone called him, was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Tommy was born March 6, 1988 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and was the son of Robert L. Keelin and Cherie Fletcher. He attended schools in Rock Springs and Jackson, Wyoming. Tommy was larger than life, his laughter and humor... Full story

  • Stanley Ackerman (updated with services)

    Dec 14, 2023

    Stanley Ackerman, 86, passed away peacefully November 21, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming surrounded by his loving family He was a resident of Rock Springs for 51 years and a former resident of Pocatello, Idaho. He was born April 12, 1937 in Idaho Falls, Idaho; the son of Glenn Ackerman and Wanda Davis. Stanley married the love of his life Shirley Ann Moss in Pocatello, Idaho on June 17, 1955. He was an iron worker for 28 years until his retirement in 1984. Stanley enjoyed spending... Full story

  • Mikeal Thomas "Tommy" Anastos

    Dec 14, 2023

    Mikeal Thomas "Tommy" Anastos, 41, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River since 2017 and former resident of Rawlins; Lyman and Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born October 31, 1982 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Steven Harry Anastos and Julie L. Underwood Mr. Anastos attended schools in Lyman, Wyoming and Rock Springs, Wyoming. He worked for J & A Enterprise for the last seven years as a Mechanic. Tommy loved hanging out... Full story

  • David Jack McDonough

    Dec 14, 2023

    David Jack McDonough, 61, passed away on December 6, 2023 at his home in Rock Springs, WY. He was born on August 3, 1962 in Rock Springs, the son of Dave and Patti McDonough. Jack attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated with the class of 1980. Soon after graduation Jack went to work at Solvay. He worked there until moving to Salt Lake City, UT where he managed Wiseguys Live Comedy Club. Jack moved back to Rock Springs due to health issues. He and his constant four-legged companion Ted lov... Full story

  • Ida "Norma" Ferrero

    Dec 14, 2023

    Ida "Norma" Ferrero, 98, passed away at The Villa on December 8, 2023. Norma was born September 30, 1925 in McCurtain, Oklahoma to Ida Jane Woodruff and William McKinley Stiles. She married John Joseph Ferrero, Jr. on June 9, 1945, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. They had two children, John Ferrero and Theresa Ferrero Loisate. Norma grew up in Oklahoma before making a life in Rock Springs. She worked several jobs before opening Norma's Beauty Shop in 1966. She enjoyed painting, playing the organ,... Full story

  • Michael James "Jim Bob" Walton

    Dec 14, 2023

    Michael James "Jim Bob" Walton, 64, passed away December 9th, 2023, at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He resided all over the United States, but called Rock Springs home for 25 years. Jim Bob was born April 22, 1959 in Evanston, Wyoming; the son of Vasco Gene Walton and Connie Roberts Walton. He attended schools in Evanston, Medicine Bow, and Rock Springs, Wyoming. Jim married Maria Clingan in Rock Springs in 2009. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2023. He was a welder and the owner of... Full story

  • Wyo. is open for business – let's keep it that way

    Rep. J.T. Larson, Sweetwater County Republican House District 17|Dec 14, 2023

    Serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives for just one year has opened my eyes to what the future holds for the State of Wyoming. Coupled with my role as an economic developer serving to drive robust prosperity in Sweetwater County, I can confidently say Wyoming has big opportunities ahead. Our mining and energy industries are a big reason for our optimistic outlook. Wyoming has powered the country for generations and fueled our world’s ever-growing energy needs. Wyomingites across the Cowboy State have proudly worked and leaned into supp...

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank you, local heroes

    Dec 14, 2023

    Dear Editor, In the wee hours of the morning on December 9, angels walked into our home. Green River Police Officer Murphy was first to arrive. He showed incredible comfort and care. Next to arrive was the ambulance crew. Then came the lift team to assist in taking Larry/Papa from his home to the ambulance. Once we were discharged from the hospital, the lift crew returned to move him from our vehicle back into his home. We could not have done this without the help of these incredible people. You are all heroes – thank you from the Cummings, N...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 1 - 11

    Dec 14, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 1 At 7:59 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Monroe Avenue and issued the driver, Todd Mathews, of Green River, a citation for alleged speed. At 8:23 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Shoshone Avenue and issued the driver, Carolynn St. John, of California, a citation for alleged speeding in a school zone. At 1:02 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Uinta Drive and issued the driver, a juvenile, of Green River, a citation for alleged expired temporary license permit/improper... Full story

  • GRHS Theater brings home State Championship

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    The Green River High School Theater Department continues to not only show the talent and dedication of the students, but to beat their own records. Over 30 students participated in this year's Wyoming State Thespian Festival, hosted at Casper College at the beginning of the month. "Last year we set a new school record with 19 All State awards and recognitions that were given, and this year we even topped that with now 22 All State recognitions," Theater Director Bradlee Skinner explained. Not...

  • MHSC staff retains executive leaders

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Dec 14, 2023

    The Medical Staff of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County recently elected new officers for the coming year. During a recent meeting, the medical staff elected to retain General Surgeon Brianne Crofts, MD, as chief of staff, and Hospitalist Alicia Gray, MD, as vice chief of staff. Anesthesiologist Steven Croft, MD, will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer. The MHSC Medicine Department elected Radiation Oncologist Joshua Binks, M.D., as chairman, and Pulmonologist Rasheel Chowdhary, MD,... Full story

  • SWAT team wins big in Polar Bear Plunge meet

    Heidi Jensen, Sweetwater Aquatics Swim Team|Dec 14, 2023

    Sweetwater Aquatics Team traveled to Pinedale on Saturday, December 9, to compete in the Polar Bear Plunge hosted by Sublette County Swim Team. For some, it was their first meet. For other veterans, it was an opportunity to "show off" all the hard work they have been putting in at practice. SWAT practices at the Green River Highschool five nights a week and these awesome athletes swim between two and six miles a night while preparing for swim meets. Part of the team practices at Western Wyoming...

  • Wolves Swimming and Diving team starts season off in Gillette

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Dec 14, 2023

    The Green River Wolves Boys Swimming and Diving team started their season by traveling to Gillette on Friday to compete in the Gillette Relays. The teams that competed were Campbell County, Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne South, Green River, Kelly Walsh, Laramie, Natrona County, Newcastle, Rock Springs, Sheridan and Thunder Basin. On Saturday the boys competed in the Gillette Pentathlon against many of the same teams from Friday's meet. Head Coach Colleen Seiloff was very impressed wit...

  • Wolves basketball starts season with a win at tournament in Casper

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 14, 2023

    The Green River High School Boys Basketball team kicked off their season last weekend when they headed to Casper for the Oil City Tip Off Tournament. The team got off to a good start on Friday night when they faced Cheyenne South and won 63-53. Theran Archibald led the team against Cheyenne South, scoring almost half of the Wolves’ baskets and finishing with 30 points, along with 11 rebounds. Chris Wilson was another strong player, contributing 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two s...

  • Wrestlers compete in tough regional meet in Heber

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Dec 14, 2023

    The Green River High School Boys Wrestling team got their 2023/24 wrestling season under way this past week, competing in the very tough Wasatch Duels in Heber, Utah. The tournament hosted 15 other teams from Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The meet had competition in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions. The Wolves competed against eight other teams, including Fruita Monument, Colorado, and two perennial powerhouse teams from Utah — Mountain Ridge and Wasatch. Green River finished the two day tourney with a 5-3 team record. One of the l...

  • Lady Wolves wrestlers start season with wins at Star Valley Brawl

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Dec 14, 2023

    The Green River High School Girls Wrestling program kicked off the 2023/24 wrestling season this past Thursday in Afton. The Star Valley High School Girls Wrestling program hosted the Star Valley Lady Braves Brawl with Star Valley, Evanston, Green River, Jackson, Kemmerer, Lyman and Rock Springs invited. "The girls competed well in Star Valley this past Thursday," Head Coach Josh Wisniewski said of the meet. Last year was the first year for girls wrestling in the state of Wyoming. This year...

  • Lady Wolves earn two wins at Oil City Tip-off tournament in Casper

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Dec 14, 2023

    The Green River Lady Wolves basketball team played their first game of the season as they took on Cheyenne South at the Oil City Tip-off Tournament in Casper last Thursday. Green River tore up the court and claimed their first win with a final score of 74-44. The players that make up the Varsity team are Brianna Strauss, Ella Stanton, Madison Moffat, Eva Murray, Addison Demaret, McKinley Killpack, Isabel Vasco, Nicole Wilson, Sophia Arnold, Sydnie Eastman, Izzy Kelley and Maci Hernandez. Stanton led the team with 20 points and 13 rebounds...

  • Mysterious mailers attack Wyoming lawmakers, prompt investigation

    Maggie Mullen, WyoFile.com|Dec 14, 2023

    As summer turned to fall in Wyoming this year, red and gold political leaflets began to appear in mailboxes. At first glance, the oversized glossy postcards didn't look much different than any other campaign material. They featured an official lawmaker headshot, his name, contact info and the word "conservative" several times over. The header "Legislative Update" was emblazoned on the front. Albeit early for a campaign season that won't officially kick off until May - when the candidate filing p... Full story

  • Montana to start trucking grizzlies into Yellowstone region to improve delisting prospects

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Dec 14, 2023

    Fresh grizzly bear bloodlines are expected to arrive in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem this summer, adding genetic diversity to a population of animals that's been isolated for a century. The infusion of genetics will come from the North Continental Divide Ecosystem, and it will roll down the highway in the form of a slumbering grizzly or two. Why truck in grizzly bears to a population last estimated at nearly 1,000 animals? Montana and Wyoming - which have hashed out an agreement - are... Full story

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