Articles from the January 9, 2019 edition


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  • Truck stop concerns voiced

    David Martin, Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    Concerns about the potential construction of a truck stop west of Jamestown continue to grow after a zone change was approved by the Sweetwater County Commissioners last month. During the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Clerk of District Court DonnaLee Bobak, a resident of Jamestown, told the commissioners the area’s residents were mostly unaware of interest in building a truck stop. She said she realizes the Jamestown-Rio Vista Water and Sewer District approved the proposal, but stated the boar...

  • Fire season has ended for now

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    To sum up 2018: it was a both a good and bad year for fires. Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian gave the Sweetwater County Commissioners an update on the 2018 fire season, but he wasn’t going to give out any predictions on what 2019 would bring. “What 2019 will hold, I do not know,” Bournazian said. “I never predict what next year’s going to be.” However he does know that things can’t continue the way they are now. “We can’t stretch our folks to the level we did,” he said. Bournazian...

  • Program helps students improve

    David Martin, Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    A Friday afternoon program at Green River High School is credited with helping students improve their academic skills and grades. According to the high school’s principal, Darren Howard, the interventions program has helped students climb from D and F grades. During a presentation Tuesday night, Howard said the program has resulted in a 34 percent reduction in the number of D grades given to students and a 10.5 percent reduction in the number of Fs. Howard said the program operates through a l...

  • Center hires new director

    David Martin, Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    A county resident has been tapped to head up the Sweetwater Combined Communications Center. Last week, the joint powers board overseeing the center announced it hired Rick Hawkins as its next executive director. Hawkins was most recently employed with the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, where he was the captain of the administrative section under former Sheriff Mike Lowell. Hawkins started his new position Jan. 8. Hawkins has 28 years of experience in law enforcement and volunteer f...

  • Man accused of punching kid

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    A 21-year-old man was charged with a felony after he allegedly punched a 15-year-old boy in the face. Chance D. Wood, of Green River, was arraigned in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James for felony child abuse. He pleaded not guilty and a jury trial is set to take place March 4 at 9 a.m. If he is found guilty of the crime, he could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. According to court documents, on July 31, 2018, at around 8:39 p.m. two Green...

  • A beaming smile

    Jan 9, 2019

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  • Buddy Kaumo

    Jan 9, 2019

    Buddy Kaumo, 72, passed away Dec. 31, 2018, at his home in Rock Springs. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Kaumo was born April 25, 1946, in Rock Springs, the son of Angelo Luigi Kaumo and Pierina Caroline Flaim. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1964 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. Kaumo also attended the University of Wyoming for four years where he obtained a bachelor's degree in business. He married Mary Joe Tardoni June 17, 1967, in Rock Springs. she...

  • Brad Michael Stassinos

    Jan 9, 2019

    Brad Michael Stassinos of Rock Springs passed away Jan. 2, 2019, in Rock Springs. Brad was born April 5, 1984, the son of Mary Stassinos and was fathered and raised by his Pappa Harry Stassinos until Jay Whitfield became his dad. He attended schools in Rock Springs. Stassinos was a service technician for H&N Gold Field Services for the past six months. He managed PRH investments for his cousin Riley Hamm. Brad was a snubbing supervisor at 20 years old and helped launch the family business:...

  • Cornelio Santana Montoya

    Jan 9, 2019

    Cornelio Santana Montoya, 91, passed away Jan. 1, 2019, at his home in Fort Bridger. He was born July 26, 1927, in Alamosa, Colo., to Victor and Casilda Medina Montoya. He was a section foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad, worked maintenance at the Fort Bridger Cemetery and was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends along with spending time at the family cabin. He also took great pride in his home and yard. Montoy...

  • Agnes Jane Wylie

    Jan 9, 2019

    Agnes Jane Wylie, 70, passed away Dec. 31, 2018, at her home in Rock Springs. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 47 years and is a former resident of Bingham Canyon, Utah. Wylie was born Aug. 14, 1948, in Murray, Utah, the daughter of Emil K. Kallen and Jeanette Groves. She attended schools in Utah and was a 1966 graduate of the Bingham High School. Wylie also attended Cosmetology School in Salt Lake City before she obtained a real estate license from the Wyoming Real Estate Commission as we...

  • Martin (Marty) Hettervig

    Jan 9, 2019

    Martin (Marty) Hettervig, 55, of Buxton, N.D., passed away Dec. 30, 2018 in Fargo, N.D. He was born on Oct. 8, 1963, in Grand Forks, N.D. the son of Ernest and Barbara Hettervig. He attended grade school in Climax, Minn., and graduated in 1982. Marty attended college at NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D., for diesel mechanics and graduated with a two-year degree. After his schooling, he worked on the Hettervig family farm with his dad, Ernest. Marty was an active member of the Highland Lutheran Church and...

  • Seeking efficiencies in Wyoming

    Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Instruction|Jan 9, 2019

    As the 2019 legislative session approaches, a major discussion topic in state government from 2018 moves to action. That topic is “government efficiency.” You’ve likely heard it mentioned on the campaign trail from candidates, in news coverage, and throughout your communities when discussing our state’s affairs. As a statewide elected official, this topic has been a top priority for me for the past four years. I thought I would take an opportunity to provide some insight into government efficiency as it relates to education. “Govern...

  • Lifelong learning: Paying yourself

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Jan 9, 2019

    If you are like me, you worry a little about stretching the dollar during the holidays. Of course, as has always been the case no matter where I have worked in education, my December paycheck has arrived the last day before vacation in December. This is great, for Christmas shopping of course, but then the extra week on the other end seems like a small eternity until payday at the end of January. It is what is it though and over the years I am becoming much better at planning ahead for this. So let’s talk about the concept of pay for a bit i...

  • Wrestlers take 2nd at Thoman

    David Martin, Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    The Wolves are riding high after a second-place finish at their annual Thoman Soda Ash Memorial Wrestling Invitational. The Wolves went 6-1 in dual meets and were undefeated in their pool. Green River's grapplers defeated teams Worland (66-15); Mountain View (72-6); Granger, Colo. (64-18); Cokeville (51-9) and Evanston (63-12) in Pool A. Reaching the Gold Bracket, Green River defeated Northridge High School from Layton, Utah, (60-18) but were unable to secure a win against Uintah High School...

  • Boys drop 3 during Cheyenne tournament

    David Martin, Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    A weekend tournament in Cheyenne ended badly for the Wolves basketball team. The Wolves lost each game they played during the weekend, losing against Laramie 73-64 in overtime, to Cheyenne Central 79-65 and to Cheyenne East 68-54. “We learned a lot from the weekend and grew as a team. We know what we need to work on and put into place moving forward,” head boys basketball coach Laurie Ivie said. Ivie said free-throw shooting was poor throughout the weekend. While facing Laramie, the Wolves wer...

  • Girls lose against eastern Wyo. teams

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    The Green River Lady Wolves basketball team traveled to the east side of the state for a tournament and lost three games. On Thursday the Lady Wolves lost to Laramie 56-43, while on Friday they lost to Cheyenne Central 58-53, and on Saturday they lost to Cheyenne East 54-47. “The games were a good test. We didn’t play with a great intensity against Laramie,” head coach Rick Carroll said. Despite the losses, the team continued to work hard and Carroll said they put forth a much better effort afte...

  • Wolves swimmers continue winning ways

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    Two meets competed in and two first-place finishes to show for it. The Green River High School boys swimming and diving team took first in Green River and in Evanston this weekend. The Wolves swam hard and it showed in broken records and two more state qualifiers. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said Jonathan Clark qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke this weekend, while Gabe Davis qualified in the 50-yard freestyle. “We had really good times across the board,” Seiloff sai...

  • Toddler Time

    Jan 9, 2019

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  • Hampton Inn employees recognized

    Staff Report|Jan 9, 2019

    Three employees of the Green River Hampton Inn and Suites were recognized at the quarterly REACH (Rare and Exceptional Achievement for Customer service in Hospitability) awards last month, according to a press release issued by the Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board. The employees are Quinn Phillips, Doris Rodriguez and Guadalupe Angelito. According to the release, the three were honored at a ceremony Dec. 13. Phillips was nominated by Kim Strid, saying he “always arrives for work with a smile on his face and ready to tackle any task t...

  • First baby of 2019 was impatient

    Jan 9, 2019

    Arkyn William Leavitt is Sweetwater County's first baby of 2019. Craig and Hilary Hollihan Leavitt of Green River expected him to enter the world on Jan. 13. Arkyn had other plans. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's first baby of the new year was born at 10:46 a.m. Jan. 1, 2019, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 1/4 inches long. It took a bit of studying to come up with a name. They both teach special education at Green River High School, so run across a wide variety of names. "Craig is...

  • Miniature treasure chests decorated

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jan 9, 2019

    Keeping the mind and hands active is something one resident tries to encourage seniors to do through her crafts. On Friday, Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center and Villa residents were busy painting miniature treasure chests, which were made out of wood. Kathy Elliott, who is the craft teacher, provided all of the materials to the residents. She put out tray after tray of paints filled with just about every color imaginable. Of those colors, some were plain, while others were metallic....

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