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  • City passes $30m budget

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    The city council finalized Green River’s 2016-2017 fiscal year city budget Tuesday. The budget comes to about $30 million, which is about a $2 million cut from last year’s budget. “Overall, $1.2 million were cut out of services somewhere,” Finance Director Chris Meats said. “Compared to elsewhere in the state, we didn’t have to cut as much.” Meats said Green River is a little better off than other large cities like Gillette and Casper, due to their heavy reliance on oil. “We anticipated a l...

  • Caution urged around high, fast river waters

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    Fast-moving water flowing along the Green River is a reason to be cautious during Flaming Gorge Days. Due to high runoff levels, precipitation and releases from the Fontenelle Reservoir, the Green River has been flowing at high speeds with high water levels within the past weeks. Debris is flowing down the river as well. These elements combined make for a more dangerous combination when recreating in the river. The Green River Fire Department and Green River Police Department urge those...

  • Bombshells wreck Cody team

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    Revenge was in the air at the Rock Springs Family Recreation Center Saturday as the Bittersweet Bombshells defeat Cody's Heart Mountain Wreck on Wheels 148-79. The Wreck on Wheels are no stranger to the Bombshells. Saturday was their third battle on wheels against the team and a tie breaker. "It was really a grudge match," bombshell Janice "Dewey Decimate-Her" Grover-Roosa said. The Wreck on Wheels won the first bout the two had while on their home turf in Cody. The second bout against each...

  • Wrestlers compete in Colo.

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Green River wrestlers dominated in recent off season duels they competed in. Green River High School wrestlers traveled to Paonia, Colo. this weekend to compete against some tough competition, head coach Marshall Rhodes said. Thirteen wrestlers competed in 12 duels. The wolves won 81 out of 119 matches overall. Senior all-state placers from last year, Gage Byers, Jordan Tucker and Kaycee Cochrane, competed and won many of the duals. Other wrestlers from last year’s state championship team, J...

  • Seniors will pay more rec fees

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Recreation fees will be going up, along with city utility fees. While not many fees have changed for Green River residents, there were some small consensus decisions made. During the presentation for parks and recreation, council members were in favor of senior citizens 80 years old and up using the Green River recreation center to get in for free. Recreation Supervisor Katie Blood said they may not be able to give the service for free and may have to charge a fee. In that case, 80+ seniors coul...

  • Reservoir completion delayed due to weather

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Spring weather has delayed reservoir construction near Green River. The raw water reservoir project was initially planned to be a 17-month project, has been under construction for more than a year. The project was originally planned to be completed by late June, but is now expected to reach completion by mid to late summer. Frequent rain and hail storms passing through the area have delayed the project with shorter work days, but the worst was at the beginning of May. The construction's biggest...

  • Bittersweet Bombshells win 1st bout

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 8, 2016

    A new season of roller derby opened up Saturday, with the Bittersweet Bombshells taking on a team from Denver. The home team played against a Colorado team for the first time in the team's history. They did not know what to expect. "It was crazy. We had no idea how they play at all," Bombshell Meagan Varley said. "We just played our game. That's what we tried to do." "It was a very hard hitting bout," Bombshell Cara Kelsey said. As the game clock began to tick, the two team's jammers skated...

  • Tasty Scotcheroo bars make sweet treats and memories

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 8, 2016

    The pages of my mom's cookbook from the 1970s are soft and well worn with the stain of age and buttery fingers. The spine and faded green cover are taped together to keep the book intact. The many well-used recipes are scribbled on in my mom's cursive handwriting, with adjustments, suggestions, notes of who and when the recipe was made and whether it was a good or bad recipe. Like many of my mom's frequently used and well-loved recipes, the 'Chocolate Scotcheroos' have the word "good"...

  • City will use reserve funding

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 8, 2016

    The Green River City Council made it evident they value community programs at Tuesday’s city council meeting. In order to give city staff some direction for the finalization of the city budget set for June 21, the decision of how much money each community program asking for funds will receive was decided by consensus. Each council member voiced their opinions down the line for fund amounts to each program including the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, Green River Food Bank, Golden Hour S...

  • Barney seeks election to county

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 8, 2016

    Green River City Councilman Ted Barney's life-changing, mind-opening experience happened many years ago when he made the decision to go on a high school trip to Paris and London. "It was the best decision I ever made in my life," he said. "It opened my eyes to a great big world. It brought me out of the box of Sweetwater County." Barney pays close attention to what is going on around the world; and that is a big reason he is running for county commissioner. Barney is a Green River resident who...

  • Utility rates will increase in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2016

    Utility rates in Green River will not decrease. A utility rate study conducted by NewGen will not have solid estimates of what the rates may look like in the future, but rates will increase. The recommended changes will more than likely be implemented by the next fiscal year, July of 2017, city finance director Chris Meats said at a city budget workshop last week. “The rates aren’t going down,” Meats said. “All the funds will need to increase to different extents. There’s some big ticket items....

  • New restaurant opens in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2016

    Grace doesn't want her restaurant to look like a restaurant. She wants it to look like home. She wants her guests to be at "home" in her home, she said. Grace Yeager opened the doors to her new restaurant "A Taste of Grace" on Uinta Drive, on Memorial Day. The element of home is an important element to Yeager's restaurant, her home. A taste of Grace means the recipes used at the restaurant are her own recipes from home. The restaurant is essentially a sandwich shop specializing in paninis....

  • District No 2. educator retires, his legacy lives on

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2016

    A less formally-dressed Dennis Freeman sported his University of Wyoming Alumni T-shirt Thursday, instead of his usual suit and tie attire. The halls were devoid of students while Freeman, assistant principal at Green River High School tended to his end of the year duties and prepared for retirement. The walls of his office adorned with native-american and Japanese artwork, scholarly quotes, framed diplomas, plaques of recognition, family photos and a photo from his first year of teaching; Mount...

  • Lady Wolves' soccer season ends before state

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    The Green River varsity girls soccer team won’t be going to state this year. The girls had trouble scoring in their last few games of the season. The fire they built in the first half of the season dissipated with players missing from injuries and not finishing goals. “They were taking shots, we were just having a hard time finishing,” Wyant said. The team lost key defensive player Kelsey Moffit from a knee injury shortly before regionals as well. “We lost some speed in the back,” head coac...

  • Record-holding cross country runner passes through GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    "Wyoming is the wild west," Bjorn Suneson said Saturday evening. Suneson, a 68-year-old Swedish runner, was taking refuge from the heavy rains in the Dusty Trails Café at Point of Rocks, passing through Green River just a day or two before. He was enjoying a long awaited sip of a cold Pepsi; something he doesn't get the chance to drink on a whim while running an average of 33 miles a day. Suneson holds the world record for most solo coast-to-coast runs across the United States, and is...

  • Karate action in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    The parking lot was packed, not a space available at the Green River Recreation Center Saturday. Walking through the doors of the recreation center, kids and adults were all wearing karate gis, typical martial arts clothing. The gym floor is flooded with people; competitors and spectators alike. A sea of 200 competitors from 18 different schools from around the region attended the event. Of the 200, 42 competitors from Pineda's participated. Wyoming competitors traveled from Worland, Cheyenne,...

  • Baxter wants to give back to Green River

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    Longtime Green River resident Richard Baxter has filed to run for city council in Ward I. Baxter has lived in Green River for 29 years, works at Little America and is a Green River High School graduate. Baxter currently serves on the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees as secretary. Before his current position, he was treasurer for two years. He said as treasurer and secretary, he and the other board members would have to make tough decisions when it came to the budget. "I've...

  • Remembering karate classes in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    Attending the Western Wyoming Karate Tournament this weekend was a familiar sight to me. I even donned my 2005 tournament T-shirt for the occasion. It has been many years since I laid eyes on the hustle and bustle of the tournament. People were everywhere. My involvement in Jim Dean’s studio of Pineda’s Kenpo karate started while I was a student at Green River High School. I even remember Jim Dean and his family attending my high school graduation party just shy of a decade ago. Many of the fac...

  • Daisy Scouts learn first aid

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 18, 2016

    Little girls huddled close together, learning about first aid. It was a learning experience for the daisy troop, listening to what Green River's emergency medical technician Becky Acord had to say. What they learned that day will help them earn their safety pin for the year. Acord taught the Girl Scouts about first aid. They watched, listened, and then practiced what she taught them. First, she explained to the kindergartners what she and other EMTs do. "We will come help you if you are hurt,"...

  • City moves gas line in police dept.

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 18, 2016

    A natural gas line will add an additional $3,500 to the construction costs for the police department’s indoor shooting range. The line is just beyond the shooting range, between the firing line and the bullet trap of the range. If the gas line were to be struck by a bullet, the effects could be lethal and explosive. The city has two options to deal with the problem: build armor around the gas line or relocate the line outside of the building. Relocating the line is the cheaper of the two o...

  • A hot meal delivers more than food

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 18, 2016

    By LILLIAN PALMER Staff Writer Every weekday morning, just before 11, 57 year-old volunteer Alphonso Gardea, or Poncho as many know him, makes his way to Golden Hour Senior Center. He packs up the trunk of his car with a dozen or so freshly-made meals from the center and delivers the hot meals to each recipient on his route. Thursday is his busiest day of the week, delivering about 20 meals. "I try to hurry to get every meal delivered hot," Gardea said. "It's hard on long routes like this."...

  • Track stars of tomorrow hone their skills today

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    On weekday afternoons, about 62 Lincoln Middle School students can be seen on the track field, running, hurtling, jumping. Their faces exert concentration and sweat. They are all trying to meet personal and team goals. Some are striving to break years-standing school records, while others are making hard-fought efforts to break personal records of their own. The middle school students today are the high school track athletes of tomorrow. "If their techniques are good coming our of middle...

  • We are creatures of warmth

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    The warm sun permeates the air, trees sprout the beginning of green buds and light pink blossoms. Like hibernating bears waking from our winter slumber, we emerge from our homes and look out onto our porch. Feeling the inviting sun on our skin, we take a step further. We take a cup of coffee in our hands and decide to spend some time enjoying the fresh air. I love springtime. The warming temperature melts away not only the winter’s chill in the air, but the chill in our hearts and souls as w...

  • City sees some storm flooding

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    Torrential rain, hail and snow hit Green River Friday evening and continued throughout the night. The downpour of rain and hail affected some regions of Green River more than other. Effects on higher lying elevations were less severe, while lower lying areas of the city suffered some flooding. The area around Second South to the river suffered the most flooding Friday night. "It was just a lot of water at once," utilities director Jason Palmer said. The city utilities department had two crews...

  • The couple with the golden ticket

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    It was a normal, average day for the Salas family. Eddie mowed the grass, and the family enjoyed dinner on their porch. Eddie and his wife Danielle discussed things they'd like to fix around the house. The family later got a phone call and heard someone from Green River won the Wyoming lottery. "It was almost seven before we checked the numbers, because you never think you're going to win," Danielle said. It was a nice, average day; nicer than even they could imagine. Little did they know,...

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