Articles from the December 29, 2022 edition


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  • Year in Review: Looking back at 2022

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 29, 2022

    While facing challenges in 2022, Green River and Sweetwater County showed resilience and demonstrated how the community continually comes together to help one another and keep growing stronger. While this year wasn't unmarked by tragedy and difficulties, the majority of the news contained stories of heartwarming acts of kindness, inspiring achievements, and exciting developments. GR Strong Perhaps this year's biggest news story was also the most tragic, when Green River grieved together over a...

  • Gerald Lorenzo Smith

    Dec 29, 2022

    Gerald Lorenzo Smith, 94, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for 55 years and former resident of Evanston, Wyoming. Mr. Smith was born on December 9, 1928 in Evanston, Wyoming, the son of Lorenzo "Lennie" Andrew Smith and Florence Brough Smith. He graduated from Evanston High School in 1948. Gerald later earned an Associates of Mortuary Science Degree at the California College of...

  • Verna Faye Oliva

    Dec 29, 2022

    On December 17, 2022, loving wife, mother, great grandmother Verna Faye Oliva left this world to go back home to her family in heaven. She was born November 10, 1939, to Austin C. and Faye Titmus, Simpson in Evanston, Wyoming. She married William C. Oliva on July 2, 1955, in Green River, Wyoming. He preceded her in death after 67 years of marriage. Verna loved her family unconditionally and spoiled her great grandkids al the time. She enjoyed bingo, gambling, fishing, camping, dancing, singing,...

  • Kyle T. Dockter

    Dec 29, 2022

    Kyle T. Dockter, 48, of Lander, WY passed away Dec. 22, 2022, after a life-long disability. Kyle was born Oct. 27, 1974, to Terry and Linda (Kayser) Dockter. He died at the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander, WY, where he had been a resident for the past 18 years. We want to acknowledge his nurses, caregivers and all staff for the wonderful and loving care he received during his residency at the Resource Center. Kyle graduated high school at C-Bar-V Ranch in Jackson, WY, and was a resident...

  • William (Bill) Fischer

    Dec 29, 2022

    William (Bill) Fischer was born in Orange County, California to George and Phyllis Fischer and passed away peacefully at the age of 89 at his home in Green River, Wyoming on Friday, December 9, 2022. Bill and the love of his life, Noreen, were married in 1955 and had eight children together. Bill received a Mine Engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado in 1956 and began his career in Carlsbad, New Mexico as an Engineer in the potash industry. In 1959, Bill moved his f...

  • Ricky Cunningham

    Dec 29, 2022

    Ricky Cunningham, 66, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 39 years and former resident of Ashtabula, Ohio. Ricky died following a lengthy courageous battle for the past nine months. He was born on August 29, 1956 in Ashtabula, Ohio; the son of Frank Cunningham and Dottie Cogswell. Ricky attended schools in Ashtabula, Ohio. He received his certification in Gunsmithing. He...

  • Bobbie Jean Douglas

    Dec 29, 2022

    Bobbie Jean Douglas, 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Mission at Castle Rock Center in Green River, Wyoming. She was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of California. She was born on January 1, 1945 in Stockton, California; the daughter of William Clyde Tipton Jr. and Elizabeth Lindsey. Mrs. Douglas attended schools in California. She married Lauren Hunter Douglas Sr. on July 16, 1973 in San Diego, California. He preceded her in death March 4,...

  • Gordon "Gordy" Burton

    Dec 29, 2022

    Gordon "Gordy" Burton, 68, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at his home in Farson, Wyoming. He was resident of Farson since 1990 and former resident of Farmington, New Mexico, Rock Springs, Wyoming and Casper, Wyoming. He was born on September 9, 1954 in Spanish Fork, Utah; son of Donald Burton and Fern Pearl Fillmore. Gordy attended schools in New Mexico and was a 1972 graduate of Galina High School. He received his Associate of Arts Degree in Agriculture Mechanics Automotive in...

  • Lisa Marie Underwood

    Dec 29, 2022

    Lisa Marie Underwood, 46, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for three years and former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born on May 16, 1976 in Salt Lake City, Utah the daughter of Ted Underwood and Betty Martinez. Ms. Underwood attended schools in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a 1994 graduate of West High School. She married Pedro Lopez in Salt Lake City,...

  • Gerald W. Stout

    Dec 29, 2022

    Gerald W. Stout, 95, passed away at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming with his daughters at his side. He was a long-time resident of Farson, Wyoming coming from Nebraska with his family when he was just three years old. Gerald was born July 23, 1927 in the Village of Hollinger, Nebraska. He always said I was born in Beaver City, Nebraska. His parents were William Z. (Zeb) Stout and Thelma Irene Fiscus. He attended schools in Eden Valley until the tenth grade and was already working...

  • James "Jim" Kruger Ellifritz

    Dec 29, 2022

    James "Jim" Kruger Ellifritz, 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, December 18, 2022. He was a resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming for 50 years and former resident of Colorado. He died following a lengthy illness. He was born December 3, 1955 in Rifle, Colorado; the son of William Ledell Ellifritz and Darlene Hampton Ellifritz. Mr. Ellifritz attended schools in Colorado before also attending Job Corp to further continue his education. Later in life he obtained his...

  • In Memoriam

    Dec 29, 2022

    For all the family, friends, neighbors and loved ones we've said goodbye to in the past year - you are missed. Carissa Elise Byars (8/23/1992 - 7/22/2) Richard "Rich" Matthews Jr. (2/26/1943 - 9/6/21) Doris Louella Denton (11/15/1932 - 11/24/21) Henry Carl Adovnik (8/25/1930 - 12/4/21) Carl Aaron Pearson (4/8/1939 - 12/6/21) William David "Dave" Miller (1/23/1962 - 12/14/21) Kelly Ann Porenta (2/22/1959 - 12/21/21) Shirley Mae "McClure" Lacey (8/20/1962 - 12/24/21) Catherine Zwiener Pawleska (2/...

  • Our View: The power of everyday deeds all year

    Green River Star|Dec 29, 2022

    This Saturday night, the clock will change from 11:59 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. When it does, some will be out celebrating and will cheer and kiss and raise a glass. Others will be spending a quiet evening at home with their family (and may still cheer, and kiss, and raise a glass). Others will be sleeping soundly in their beds and miss the moment entirely. Of course, the clock changes from 11:59 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. every night, but some nights we pay more attention - especially when that shift of the...

  • Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 16 - 21

    Dec 29, 2022

    Green River Police Department reports for Dec. 16 At 11:24 a.m., officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision. It was reported the vehicle was stopped on the side of the roadway facing south on the corner of N 3 West Street and W Flaming Gorge Way. The vehicle slid on the downward grade of the road and struck a stop sign and a cement pole. Officers gathered information and completed a report of the incident. Dec. 17 At 1:38 p.m., officers responded with EMS for an agency assist for an unconscious individual. Life saving...

  • The contributions of a community: People in 2022

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 29, 2022

    A community is made up of its people, and in Green River and Sweetwater County, the community is made up of people who consistently achieve excellence and work hard to make improvements for everyone. In 2022, a number of community members received recognition for their hard work, and a number of organizations kept striving to enhance the quality of life locally. Earning recognition Several community members received awards and recognitions on a local and state level in 2022. Debora Soulé, the di...

  • Births in 2022

    Dec 29, 2022

    We were excited to celebrate with all the families who welcomed these new little ones into their lives over the past year. Wylder Hayes Fornengo - 12/17/21 Zachary John Carroll - 12/21/21 Aria-Jo Diane Wohletz - 12/22/21 Runa Brenee Fryer - 12/23/21 Slade Vander Hansen - 12/26/21 Huxtin Hayes Mandros - 12/28/21 Emily Rae Roa Hansen - 12/29/21 Chad Michael Marse - 1/1/22 Zahir Emiliano Campus - 1/12/22 Damian King Lopez-Navarro - 1/14/22 Kasen David Callas - 1/16/22 Sammi J. Moody - 1/19/22 Naomi Rose Jankowski - 1/25/22 Arlo Jude James -...

  • Census: Wyoming deaths exceed births

    Mary Steurer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 29, 2022

    CASPER — For the first time in at least a century, Wyoming recorded more deaths than births over a year-long period, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state reported 6,679 deaths between July 2021 and July 2022 compared to 6,189 births. In a census data table dating back to 1922 compiled by the Wyoming Department of Health, it’s the only year where deaths overtook births. According to a report published by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division, 23 other states also recorded more deaths than births from July 2021 to Jul...

  • Wolves take 2nd at Lander Pre-Christmas Invite

    Jackie Finch, General Manager|Dec 29, 2022

    The Green River Wolves Swimming and Diving team traveled to Lander for a meet on Tuesday, December 20. They continue to improve and brought home a second place finish out of four teams. Brady Young is a powerful swimmer in his individual competitive races and placed first in the 200 and 500 Yard Freestyle. If he keeps improving his times, it will be exciting to see how he performs at state this year. Braxton Cordova has nailed his dives and has shown to be the top diver for Green River, placing...

  • High school sports teams persevere in 2022

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Dec 29, 2022

    Wrestling Facing challenges and tough competition, the Wolves wrestling team persevered through the season and ended up sending 15 wrestlers to the State tournament. At the tournament, eight wrestlers placed and the team came home with a third-place finish overall. Tommy Dalton and Kale Knezovich, both at their second championship, earned State titles. The tournament reflected the season, with the Wolves starting out rough but pulling together to work hard and better themselves. Boys Swimming...

  • Leroy the holiday Holstein delivers Christmas spirit to Rock Creek Ranch

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 29, 2022

    POWELL -At the Rock Creek Ranch in the Clarks Fork Canyon, Leroy, the nearly 2-ton ranch "mooscot," still has free run of the iconic ranch land. And now he has developed a taste for Christmas. "He loves Christmas as long as he's eating," said ranch manager Jerry Hill of the people-loving steer. Recently Leroy accompanied the Hill family on a trip to the woods on the ranch to pick out the ranch family's Christmas tree. They found the perfect evergreen. Hill knew it was the right one because...

  • Water managers: Lower Flaming Gorge levels the 'new norm' , for now

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Dec 29, 2022

    Lower water levels at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which have left several boat ramps and docks high and dry, are likely the “new normal” for years to come, according to federal officials. The Bureau of Reclamation’s most recent water-balancing adjustment under the Colorado River drought contingency plan, announced this month, maintains current plans at Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Wyoming-Utah border. Those plans entail releasing an extra 500,000 acre-feet of water through April as per actions implemented in May. However, Flaming Gorge — alo...

  • Railroad under fire for costly decrease in coal shipments

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Dec 29, 2022

    Union Pacific Railway, one of two railroad companies that haul coal out of the Powder River Basin, is under fire for curtailing shipments to customers, including power plants. The failure to meet customer coal demand has resulted in less coal-fired power generation and higher costs to ratepayers for natural gas purchases to replace coal power. Coal-fueled power plants nationwide have responded by "curtailing operations for parts of the year in order to conserve fuel for peak seasons," National...

  • Hageman visits Turning Point Action conference in Phoenix

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 29, 2022

    CASPER — Wyoming’s Rep.-elect Harriet Hageman celebrated her win against outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney in an appearance Tuesday at Turning Point Action’s AmericaFest conference in Phoenix. “Harriet, how does it feel to be the most popular congresswoman in America?” the host, Turning Point’s chief operating officer Tyler Bowyer, asked at the start of their interview. “Well, all I can say is we beat Liz Cheney,” Hageman responded with a grin, to cheers from the crowd. “Thank you to everybody in America who helped us to defeat her and to defeat the...

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