Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition


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  • Wyoming Waste has to wait

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    Following discussions concerning Wyoming Waste Systems' recycling and yard waste programs, Wyoming Waste presented a solution that wouldn't add extra costs but would cut down on yard waste pickups. Several Green River City Council members weren't satisfied with the proposal, and decided more discussion is needed. City Administrator Reed Clevenger reminded the council that the original request brought forward by Michelle Foote, the site manager for Wyoming Waste, was to raise costs by not only th...

  • Commissioners consider election integrity, RMP

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners took care of several points of business during their last meeting of the year on Tuesday, including hearing a presentation about election integrity and an update on the county's comments to the Bureau of Land Management concerning the Resource Management Plan (RMP) draft for the Rock Springs Field Office. Election integrity The commissioners heard an "election integrity proposal" from members of the group Cause of Wyoming, which is asking for...

  • Visiting Santa's workshop

    Dec 21, 2023

    Wyatt Carpenter visits with Santa Claus in his workshop while Elf Graci Killett listens in. "Santa's workshop" was just one of the rooms Expedition Academy prepared for local kindergarten and elementary students to visit and do festive activities in during a special Christmas event Monday afternoon. Expedition Academy students helped run the activities and work with the kids....

  • Garnet K. Nichols

    Dec 21, 2023

    Garnet K. Nichols, 76, passed away December 12, 2023 surrounded by her loving family at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a former resident of California and a resident of Rock Springs for 72 years. Garnet was born January 15, 1947 in Bakersfield, California; the daughter of Walter Keywatz and Melba Bellman. She attended school in Stansbury, Wyoming. Garnet married Donald Dean Nichols and he preceded her in death in April of 2011. She worked as a Department Head at...

  • Larry D. Cummings

    Dec 21, 2023

    Larry D. Cummings, 75, passed away December 13, 2023 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was born March 26, 1948, in Thermopolis, Hot Springs, Wyoming, the son of Guy Richard Cummings and Barbara Berdine (Drake) Cummings. He married Joy Ann Higgins June 6, 1969, in Denver, Colorado. They had 54 wonderful years together. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger sister. Survivors include his wife Joy A. Cummings, their son, James R. Cummings, Granddaughter Kimberlee Ann...

  • Paula Ann Webb

    Dec 21, 2023

    Paula Ann Webb, 57, passed away December 11, 2023 at Holy Cross Hospital in Layton, Utah surrounded by her loving family. She was a former resident of Lyman, Wyoming and a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 36 years. Paula was born September 27 1966 in Heber, Utah; the daughter of Sterling Giles and Anita Reese. She attended school in Lyman, Wyoming and graduated from Lyman High School in 1985. She then attended Western Wyoming Community College and the University of Wyoming where she...

  • Elizabeth "Beth" Irene Seals

    Dec 21, 2023

    Elizabeth "Beth" Irene Seals, 78, passed away peacefully December 14, 2023 at her home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah and Riverton, Wyoming. But called Rock Springs home for the last 57 years. She was born March 18, 1945 in Del Rio, Texas; the daughter of Fred Robert Ratliff and Hazel Iona Strother. She attended school in Riverton, Wyoming and graduated with her General Education Diploma. Beth married the love of her life, Benjamin Gayle Seals, June...

  • Donna L. Bertagnolli

    Dec 21, 2023

    Donna L. Bertagnolli, 93, passed away December 15, 2023 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, Wyoming. She was a former resident of Saint George, Utah but called Rock Springs, Wyoming her home. Donna was born November 3, 1930 in Douglas, Wyoming; the daughter of Otto Hart and Pearl Hornbeck. She attended school in Shoshoni, Wyoming. Donna married George E. Bertagnolli on July 6, 1968 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He preceded her in death on August 15, 2006. She was a...

  • Kathleen Carter

    Dec 21, 2023

    Kathleen Carter, 59, of Mesquite, Nevada passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her father Gene Whiteley and husband Therman Carter of 23 years on December 5 after a lengthy battle with illness. Kathleen, or, as many of us know her, Kas, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was the second to youngest child of Ed Tingle and Beverly Whiteley. Kas grew up and attended school in Omaha, Nebraska. After high school, she had the chance to travel and marry her first husband. The two...

  • Paula Josephine Lukehart

    Dec 21, 2023

    Paula Josephine Lukehart, 79, passed away Friday, December 15, 2023 at the Mission at the Villa Castle Rock, in Green River, Wyoming surrounded by family. She was born in Gillette, Wyoming on May 29, 1944, the daughter of Paul Lewis and Myrtle Moser. Paula graduated from the Campbell High School with the class of 1962 before attending the National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. She married Linden Lukehart in 1965, they later divorced. She then married Mike "Mac" McCullough...

  • Derek Travers Van Brunt

    Dec 21, 2023

    Derek Travers Van Brunt, 47, of Rock Springs, Wyoming passed away on December 2, 2023 after a lengthy illness. Derek was born September 8, 1976 in Cape May Courtship, New Jersey to Robert and Jean Van Brunt. His parents relocated to Wiscasset, Maine when Derek was a toddler. Derek attended school, graduating from Wiscasset High School with the Class of 1994. It was there he found a passion for the great outdoors and wrestling. He was ranked 2nd in state wrestling at a high school level. After...

  • Thomas William Andrews

    Dec 21, 2023

    Thomas William Andrews, 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, December 17, 2023 at his home. He is a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He died following a lengthy illness. He was born January 30, 1936 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Thomas Lester Andrews and Bette Davies. Mr. Andrews attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1955 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business from the University of Wyoming. He married Gale...

  • Leslie Fritz Schmidt

    Dec 21, 2023

    Leslie Fritz Schmidt, 80, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2023 at his home. He is a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for the last 38 years and former resident of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He died following a lengthy illness of almost 20 years. He was born on September 26, 1943 in Angleton, Texas; the son of Oscar Emil Schmidt and Ella Mary Merrem. Mr. Schmidt attended schools in West Columbia High School in 1960. He attended school at Texas A and M. He married Sandra Hennewinkel August 21,...

  • Jeanette (Jan) Johnson

    Dec 21, 2023

    Jeanette Johnson (Jan) left this earth to her Eternal Home with her Savior on Monday, December 11. She was 94 years old. Jan was born October 5, 1929 in Lakeville, Minnesota. She was the youngest of 11 children of Jensine and Amarius Nielsen. Jan married Marlin Johnson in 1956. They were married for over 67 years. Jan and Marlin resided in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Prior to moving to Arizona, they were long term residents of Green River, Wyoming. Survivors include her husband Marlin; daughter...

  • Keeping Christmas every day

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." These words from Ebenezer Scrooge as he pleads for his hope of redemption are the climax and heart of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. Last year I wrote a column sharing some of my favorite adaptations of the story after...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 12 - 17

    Dec 21, 2023

    Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 12 At 4:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance where an individual was attempting to enter a residence illegally. Officers observed a vehicle matching the description and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Wilderness Trail after observing a tail light violation. The vehicle stopped and the passenger of the vehicle fled the traffic stop on foot and was not located. The driver then fled and was later arrested by officers after a foot chase ensued. Officers placed...

  • K9 Arry to receive body armor donation

    Jason Mower, SCSO Public Affairs Director|Dec 21, 2023

    The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office recently announced that K9 Sergeant Arry will soon receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Sergeant Arry is a five-year-old Belgian Malinois from Czechia trained in obedience, narcotics detection, tracking, article search, area search, building search, apprehension, and handler protection. Arry's assigned human partner and handler is Deputy Sheriff Amanda Buller. Established in 2009,...

  • The impact of a faithful life

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    When Louise Laughlin told Father Denis she was planning a dinner for him before he leaves the church, he told her not to worry about cooking so much food. But Louise knew better. On Sunday night, roughly 300 people crowded into the hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to honor Reverend Father Denis D'Souza before he steps down from his leadership in the church in order to continue his ministry elsewhere. The turnout was certainly bigger than Father Denis expected, and even bigger than...

  • Christmas Art Contest champion

    Dec 21, 2023

    Congratulations to Dustin Hagemann for being the Grand Prize Winner of this year's Christmas Art Contest! Hagemann is a fourth grader at Harrison Elementary. See the rest of the contest entries in the special section in today's paper....

  • Local organizations give Christmas donations

    Staff Report|Dec 21, 2023

    In keeping with the Christmas spirit, a number of local groups and individuals have recently made donations to help with community programs and important causes. Here are just a few of the donations that have been made within the past few weeks. The Eagle Riders of Post 2350 in Green River recently donated $760 to Washington Elementary for their Christmas for Kids program, and $500 to the radio station for Coats for Kids. The GFWC Women's Club of Sweetwater County always donates 10% of the...

  • Wrestlers compete in Reno Tournament and Joe Aimone Invitational

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Wolves Varsity Wrestling team traveled to Reno, Nevada this past weekend on December 15 and 16 to compete in one of the toughest high school meets in the nation - the Reno Tournament of Champions. Green River competed along with teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The team gained excellent experience, competing with many of the best high school wrestlers in the nation. Green River...

  • Wolves win two of three Flaming Gorge Classic games

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Green River High School Boys Basketball team came out ready to fight for the Flaming Gorge Classic. The annual tournament hosted by Green River took place December 14 to 16, with the Wolves facing three opponents and coming away victorious in two games. Green River got started early with a game against Rawlins on Thursday night. It was a strong start to the tournament, with the Wolves coming away with a 58-51 victory. Hunter Lake, Adrian Ruiz, and Theran Archibald were the top scorers for...

  • Lady Wolves play tough competition at Flaming Gorge Classic Tournament

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Dec 21, 2023

    The Lady Wolves Basketball team competed in the Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball Tournament last week against some tough competition. Although Green River only came away with one win, they have been seeing improvements and their teamwork is making them stronger defensively. On Thursday, Green River took on the Mountain View Buffalos. The Lady Wolves hit the court strong and scored 15 points in the first quarter. Green River played really strong defense during the game and kept the lead throughou...

  • Wolves Swimming and Diving team hosts Green River Invite

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Dec 21, 2023

    The Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team hosted the Green River Invite which started Friday and ended Saturday. Green River has a very young team this year and have been competing well. They have been learning a lot about technique and how hard the practices can be. They have also shown how much potential they have. On Friday, the Wolves competed against six teams and swam away with a third-place finish. Keegan Gailey showed off his skills in the One-Meter Diving event and took...

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