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  • GR man sent to prison

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 27, 2019

    A man accused of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old while at work will serve prison time. Bradley A. Baugh, 23, appeared in the Third District County of Judge Richard Lavery at a sentencing hearing to one count of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual abuse of a minor. In exchange for Baugh’s guilty plea to third-degree sexual assault, the other three felony charges were dismissed. Baugh was given a five-to-nine year prison sentence with credit given for 229 d...

  • Commissioner disagrees with RMP plan

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 27, 2019

    A Sweetwater County commissioner wasn’t afraid to publicly voice his displeasure about Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to retire two units at the Jim Bridger Power Plant. During the commissioners’ meeting last week, Commissioner Wally Johnson discussed an 18-page letter sent to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney. He said during his recent trip to Washington, D.C., he met with the all three to discuss important issues facing the county and one of those was RMP’s...

  • Team places in top 3 on road

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 27, 2019

    Even though only a portion of the team could compete, the Green River speech and debate team is already taking top three trophies home. This weekend, the Green River High School Speech and Debate team, traveled to Cheyenne to compete in the Cheyenne South tournament. They came in third after Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East. Two weeks ago, the team competed in Rock Springs and took second. Coach Daniel Parson said the team consists of about 50 students, including 15 freshmen, 11 sophomores,...

  • Senior center needs volunteers

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 27, 2019

    Those looking for a way to help out a senior this Christmas will want to visit the Golden Hour Senior Center. Once again, the center is hosting its Christmas giving tree program. Irish Kreis, GHSC activities and marketing coordinator, said all of the applications for the program were due Monday. This gives the center enough time to put all of the names and requests on tags, which are then placed on the giving tree. The program will officially kick off Dec. 2 when the tree goes up. “We would l...

  • Kids enjoy book event

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 20, 2019

    Children quickly learned at a recent event why dragons love tacos. Those who attended the Dragons Love Tacos event at the Sweetwater County Library this weekend had numerous activities to participate in. As soon as the librarians opened the doors, children, parents and grandparents entered the building ready for fun. While at the Dragons Love Tacos event, which was inspired by the book "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin, children had the chance to spin a wheel to see what prize they could win....

  • Sweetwater Medics to increase rates

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 20, 2019

    In an effort to provide more sustainable business, Sweetwater Medics ambulance service is going to raise its rates. During the Sweetwater County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Sweetwater Medics director, Ron Gatti addressed the Commission about the proposed rate increases. “We need a long-term way to create a system in the county that’s more sustainable and better for the county,” Gatti said. The decision to raise rates came when Gatti learned from a Safetech Solutions consultant Sweetwater...

  • Player named All Conference

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 20, 2019

    For the second time in her career, she was named to the All-Conference list. Madelyn Heiser, a Green River High School senior, was recently named to the Wyoming Coaches Association All-Conference list for 4A Division volleyball. All-Conference honors are voted on by the head coaches in each conference. Heiser was the only Green River Lady Wolf receiving the honor this year. "It's an honor to receive All Conference," Heiser said. "I have put a lot of time and effort into a sport that I love. It...

  • GR singer joins regional choir

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, Editor|Nov 20, 2019

    When she was only 3 years old, she started singing in front of an audience. Now, she has the chance to perform with students in a choir of more than 100. Chatney Tirrell, a Green River High School junior, is the only Sweetwater County singer going to perform in the Northwest American Choral Directors Honor Choir in March. According to Jacob Gantz, GRHS and Lincoln Middle School vocal music director, Tirrell is one of nearly 100 Wyoming singers chosen for the honor. Gantz said Tirrell is in the...

  • Kids slime principal

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    Nothing seems to motivate kids more than the opportunity to slime their principal. Students at Monroe Elementary School worked hard to raise $11,907 in their first Dance-A-Thon fundraiser. All of the money raised will go to help the library. Not only were the students rewarded with a dance party last week for exceeding their fundraising goals, but those who raised the most money had the chance to squirt principal Jared Hardman with red slime. About 140 students formed a line on both sides of...

  • Woman celebrates 100 years

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    On Sunday, Donnette Petersen turned 100 years old. Petersen said she didn't really have any tips for making it to 100 years, however she did share something. "I didn't smoke or drink," she said. As for maintaining a special diet to obtain longevity, Petersen said she just ate what she wanted. Petersen said she's not sure how she lived to be 100 years. "I just made it," Petersen said. "I don't know why." "I had three chances to die and I didn't die," Petersen said. However, she could only...

  • Thespians to perform 'Newsies' musical

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    The ‘Disney’s Newsies’ musical is set to hit the stage this week. The Green River High School theater department, with the help of Lincoln Middle School and elementary school students, will put on the performance. Performances are scheduled to take place Thursday, Friday and Monday at 7 p.m., while Saturday a performance will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the website www.showtix4u.com. Newsies is based on a 1992 musical film, which was inspired by a real-life newsboy strike of 18...

  • Seniors' chair volleyball a hit

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    The sounds of laughter and yelling traveled down the hallway, making visitors wonder what was going on. During chair volleyball at the Golden Hour Senior Center last Wednesday, volleyball players were laughing and shouting with almost every play. As the beach ball was hit, seniors moved in their chairs to try and hit the ball. Whenever one would move off of the chair in an attempt to get the ball, they would get called out for it. When senior Goldie Buckendorf moved out of her seat to get the...

  • Swimmers take 2nd at State

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    For the second year in a row, the Lady Wolves swimming team has come home with a second place trophy from State. The Lady Wolves went into State with the goal of placing in the top three and were happy to accomplish that goal again. Laramie High School took first place for a third year in a row, which was expected, due to how dominant they had been throughout the season. "Everybody was excited about getting second," head coach Colleen Seiloff said. "We knew we'd have to work hard at it to beat C...

  • Heiser to play basketball at Sheridan College

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    A passion for basketball has turned into an opportunity to play college basketball for one Green River student. Madelyn Heiser, a Green River High School senior, recently signed her letter of intent with Sheridan College to play basketball for them next year. Heiser started playing basketball in the third grade. "My brother played basketball and I wanted to be just like him, so my dad started a basketball team," Heiser said. Even though it has been a long time, Heiser can still remember her...

  • Death ruled an accident

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    The death of a Green River woman has been ruled an accident. Aubree Shanae Corona, 28, who went missing July 13 after she left a campsite near New Fork Lake by Pinedale, was found Aug. 20. Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said since Corona was found more than a month after she went missing, the date she was found becomes the date of death. According to the coroner's report, the death was ruled an accident and the cause of death was due to complications of environmental exposure and...

  • Castle Rock Hospital District's new construction project questioned

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    While at a recent meeting, employees from Castle Rock Hospital District were asked why they are moving forward with the construction of a new facility during an ambulance service funding discussion. The new facility will be built through a 40-year, $10 million United States Department of Agriculture loan. During the Sweetwater County commissioners meeting last week, Commissioner Randy Wendling wanted to know how the district can afford to pay for a new building when it has to keep asking the...

  • RS airport funding request not favored

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 13, 2019

    An airport funding request to renovate its west hanger for a client arriving in 2020 didn’t go over well at a commissioners’ meeting. During a recent Sweetwater County commissioners meeting, Southwest Regional Airport Director Devon Brubaker told the commissioners a project he had scheduled to start in a couple of years, will now need to be completed by June of 2020. This project is the renovation of the west hanger, which has been vacant for years. Brubaker said the need for the hanger to hav...

  • Decorations enjoyed by all

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    What started out as a joke, turned into something the whole town can enjoy. After last year's Urban Renewal Agency's Trunk or Treat event, Debbie Hansen, administrative services tech, placed a whole bunch of skeletons around a table in City Hall. "Everyone just thought it was hilarious," Hansen said. She positioned the skeletons so it appeared they were having a meeting. Everyone at City Hall got a kick out of it and even Mayor Pete Rust thought it was a great idea, Hansen said. The skeletons we...

  • An excellent performance

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    The Green River High School band marched its way into an excellent rating at a recent State competition. The 55-member marching band recently attended the Wyoming State Marching Band Festival in Casper. Since 2008, the band was attended this event. "We attend this festival to give the students an opportunity to perform for different music educators, receive feedback and better themselves as musicians," GRHS band director Quinn Kalinski said. "Additionally, it is a great opportunity to support th...

  • Volleyball season ends at Regionals

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    The Lady Wolves Volleyball team's season came to an end this weekend at Regionals. Despite the Lady Wolves growing as a team and improving, they did not advance to State this year. On Friday, the Lady Wolves once again had to play the Rock Springs Lady Tigers for a chance to advance in the bracket. They lost in three sets, 30-28, 25-12, 25-19. This loss put the Lady Wolves in the consolation bracket where they took on Cody Saturday morning. They won in five sets, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 18-25,...

  • Lady Wolves prepare for State swim meet

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    With the regular season coming to an end, the Lady Wolves swimming and diving team is preparing for State. State takes place this week in Gillette and the Lady Wolves know Laramie High School is the team to beat. All season long, the team has seen Laramie dominate the competition, but they are still setting their sights on a top-three finish. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said the team would like to bring home a State trophy. Seiloff said Cheyenne Central and Campbell County will also be tough...

  • Probation given in boot case

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    A man who pleaded no contest to kicking his girlfriend in the face with a steal-toed boot was placed on probation. Jeramia Rael, 40, of Green River, recently appeared at a change of plea and sentencing hearing in Third District of Judge Richard Lavery to a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery, a strangulation of a household member felony charge and one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. In exchange for Rael’s no contest plea to the felony aggravated assault and battery charge, R...

  • CRHD asked to come back in January

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    Representatives from Castle Rock Hospital District were asked to return in January for another discussion on whether or not the county would continue to subsidize the district’s ambulance service. During the Sweetwater County commissioners meeting Tuesday, the commissioners spoke with district representatives about subsidizing the ambulance service for another six months from January through June. CRHD CEO Bailie Dockter said they have been attending the workshops about the possibility of c...

  • Courthouse to receive new sculpture

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Nov 7, 2019

    Thanks to a joint effort, a new statue will appear in front of the Sweetwater County Courthouse. Green River recreation supervisor Katie Duncombe said a fox sculpture, which was purchased by the Green River Arts Council for about $5,000 through the Thomas and Mary Kourbelas Charitable Trust, will be located at the west entrance of the Courthouse. Ducombe said the statue will be located near the door the residents use to purchase registration tags. She said this location is very visible and once...

  • Residents enjoy Halloween golf

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    The residents take aim with their plastic, blue and yellow putter. They're careful not to hit the ball too hard or soft. Once they think a shot is lined up, they swing the putter. Sometimes the ball goes in the hole, other times it misses and hits one of the five Halloween-themed indoor golf holes cutouts. All of this was part of a Halloween golf game residents at the Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center were playing. Cora White, CRRC activities assistant, walked around the center...

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