Articles from the November 4, 2015 edition


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  • GR seniors dress up for Halloween

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 4, 2015

    Children were not the only ones having fun on Halloween. Seniors at the Golden Hour Senior Center were encouraged to wear costumes on Friday. Those who participated in the costume competition had a chance to win a prize for the silliest, scariest or most creative. After the votes were tallied, Carmen Tune, who was dressed as a cow, won the silliest, while Ann Lowe, who was dressed as Minnie Mouse, won the most creative and Kay Danielson, who was dressed as a witch, was the scariest. "It's a lot...

  • Wolves advance to semi-finals

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 4, 2015

    A hard-fought 24-20 victory in Buffalo Friday night gives the Wolves a chance for payback in Jackson Hole in the semifinal round of playoff games for the 3A State Football Championship. The Jackson Hole Broncs defeated the Wolves earlier this year in Jackson. The Broncs are the higher-seeded team going into the game and will host the Wolves a second time at William T. McIntosh Stadium. The Broncs remain undefeated this year, coming off of a 44-21 win over Riverton last week in a contest also...

  • Volleyball team faces tough Cheyenne East squad in first state tournament round Thurs.

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 4, 2015

    The Wolves put up a good fight during the regionals tournament last week, but came away with two losses, against Natrona and Evanston. The Wolves went into regionals as the second seeded, so even with their losses at regionals they have an automatic bye to compete in state. Competing in regionals was to rank their placement in competing for state. "We fought really hard, but we lost both of our matches so we are going into the state tournament ranked fourth," Coach Rikki Shantz said. The girls...

  • Swim team 6th at state

    David Martin, Staff Writer|Nov 4, 2015

    The GRHS Girls Swimming and Diving Team wrapped up their season at the state meet in Gillette last weekend. The team placed sixth overall, but head coach Colleen Seiloff said the team showed great improvements during their final meet. “The girls had a strong performance,” Seiloff said. Seiloff said the team continues to improve and attract more talent. Seiloff said the aquatics center at GRHS has already had an impact in attracting students interested in swimming, either for the high school tea...

  • Nourishment exhibit now on display at CFAC

    Nov 4, 2015

    For the month of November, the Community Fine Arts Center is featuring a group exhibit created by 11 women artists who reside in Lander and Laramie. This traveling art show titled "Give/Take exhibition" is a traveling art exhibition with artists Dannine Donaho, Virginia Moore, Tonya Pepper, Jodie Atherton, Kristin Vogel, Sally Watt, Anne Austin, Lisa Hueneke, Mati Snodgrass, Maggie Kanengieter, and Cristin Zimmer. Linked in a focused exploration of "nourishment", each artist explores how they...

  • Multi-instrumentalist to perform

    Nov 4, 2015

    The Community Fine Arts Center is hosting multi-instrumentalist Todd Green in concert Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Rock Springs High School Theater. Green performs original music on more than 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from all over the world, inspired by many different cultures in the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America. His custom-built electronic system allows him to layer instruments as he performs, which in effect turns him into a high-tech one-man-band of World Music. As Green takes his audience on...

  • Residents can learn how to shop wisely for presents

    Nov 4, 2015

    With the holidays approaching quickly, the Sweetwater County Library System has a couple of upcoming events to help people make the most of their holiday shopping budget. The library system is hosting two Thrifty Holiday Shopping events in November. The first will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sweetwater County Library. The second event will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 at White Mountain Library. The classes will be taught by local couponing and discount shopping expert Bridgette Nielsen, who has taught several couponing classes through...

  • Births

    Nov 4, 2015

    Kyllian Eric Tycee Nielson of Green River recently announced the birth of her son Kyllian Eric. He was born Oct. 25, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Emmett Jeffrey Heslep Tanisha Driggs and Devan Heslep of Green River recently announced the birth of their son Emmett Jeffrey Heslep. He was born Oct. 27, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Aurora Dyllain Allred Connor Allred and Ashley Hart of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Aurora Dyllain Allred. She was born Oct. 28, 2015, at Memorial...

  • Engagement

    Nov 4, 2015

    The family of Lorrie Jaramillo recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage to Alan Hunter of Toronto, Canada. A summer wedding is being planned....

  • Toy run starts fundraising season

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 4, 2015

    A motorcycle toy run will officially kick off one of Sweetwater County’s toy fundraising drives. On Sunday, the 25th Annual Toy Run will once again start in Green River at 1 p.m. Flaming Gorge Harley-Davidson, Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets M.C., are teaming up to host this event. “It’s a kickoff to the firefighters in Rock Springs,” Lisa Maes, Flaming Gorge Harley Davidson motor clothes manager, said. “They have a toy drive every year for Christmas.” Maes said the store has been collecting...

  • The first snow

    Nov 4, 2015

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  • Meet Mary Poppins cast

    Nov 4, 2015

    Well-known classics from Mary Poppins will appear on stage, but community events are taking place before the musical. November will be filled with wonder as Western Wyoming Community College's Performing Arts Department prepares to bring the magic of Mary Poppins to life on stage, the community is encouraged to read, explore and experience the story. Pass-along Mary Poppins books have been available at the Sweetwater County Library, Rock Springs Library and White Mountain Library. Books were...

  • Dennis Gene Peterson

    Nov 4, 2015

    Dennis Gene Peterson, 67, died peacefully Oct. 24, 2015 at the IMC in Murray, Utah following a brief illness. He is the son of the late LuGene and Ora Anderson Peterson. He was raised in Lehi, Utah and graduated from Lehi High School and Utah Technical College. He married Nancy Kay Martin, the love of his life, in Salt Lake City on Feb. 21, 1969. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He served in the Naval Reserve and was a Vietnam Veteran. He then worked for 34 years at... Full story

  • Hershel "Bettle" Graham

    Nov 4, 2015

    Hershel "Beetle" Graham, 78, of Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Oct. 26, 2015 at Mt. View Hospital in Las Cruces, N.M. A graveside service took place Friday at Carlsbad Cemetery Gazebo with long dear family friends, Pastor Don Neighbors and Pastor Michael Lee officiating. Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard provided military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Hershel "Beetle" Graham was born March 5, 1937 in Atoka County, Okla. to Troy and Charlesie (Price) Graham. He gradu... Full story

  • Vickie P. Branch

    Nov 4, 2015

    Vickie P. Branch, 63, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 26, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Branch passed away following a lengthy illness. She was born on Aug. 28, 1952 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Albert Branch and Viola Muniz Branch. Branch attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School. She married John Patrick Clingan in 1974 and they later divorced. Branch worked at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater... Full story

  • Austin DeShane Allen

    Nov 4, 2015

    Austin DeShane Allen, 18, of Green River, passed away Oct. 22, 2015 in Phoenix. A lifelong resident of Green River, Allen passed away suddenly. He was born on Feb. 28, 1997, in Green River, the son of Milton Allen and Amber Grange. He attended school in Green River and graduated from Green River High School. His interests included music, the outdoors, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his father Milton Allen of Green River, and mother Amber Grange of... Full story

  • LaVerne N. Bettolo

    Nov 4, 2015

    LaVerne N. Bettolo, 83, of Rock Springs passed away Oct. 29, 2015 at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. A long-time resident of Superior and Rock Springs, Bettolo passed away following a lengthy illness. She was born on January 13, 1932 in Rock Springs, the daughter of the late Carl J. Carlson and Lillian Johnson. Bettolo attended schools in Superior, and graduated from Superior High School with the class of 1950. She attended and graduated from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in De... Full story

  • Mary Loraine Angeli

    Nov 4, 2015

    Mary Loraine Angeli, 92, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 30, 2015 at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Angeli died following a lengthy illness. She was born on Sept. 18, 1923 in Superior, the daughter of the late Joseph and Albina Angeli. Angeli attended school in Superior and was a 1941 graduate of the Superior, High School. She then attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in education. She was employed as... Full story

  • Guest Column: Wyo. Arts Council, new focus

    Michael Lange, Executive Director|Nov 4, 2015

    The Wyoming Arts Council’s national partner, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is in the process of celebrating its 50th anniversary. Now 48 years old and counting, the Wyoming Arts Council celebrates its long partnership with the NEA. Our budget includes NEA funding, funding from the State Legislature, and a small amount of money from private sources. Every dollar we provide is matched locally with $18 plus $3 in in-kind donations. Add all of this together and you come up with a flourishing arts scene in this vast state. In 1965, a s...

  • Picture book month at the library system

    Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System|Nov 4, 2015

    November is Picture Book Month, an international initiative that celebrates picture books throughout the entire month. For many people, picture books are their first experience with art and literature. A picture book that stands out from my childhood is Margret and H.A. Rey’s “Curious George Takes a Job.” In this book George, a curious brown monkey, escapes his zoo cage and wanders the city causing mischief and working different jobs including chef, window washer and movie star. It’s a delightful story that I have been able to share with my...

  • Notes from Town Square: Landfill changes coming

    Reed Clevenger, City Administrator|Nov 4, 2015

    It has been in the works for years and there have been numerous articles and meetings about the changes coming ahead for residents and customers who use our landfill facilities, but it seems there can never be enough communication when it comes to projects that impact so many of us. Next week on Nov. 10, the Green River City Council will host a workshop that will provide an update on the “Cease and Transfer Project.” This simply means we need to “cease” using the landfill and build a “transfer” station by the end of 2017. No, this doesn’t mean...

  • Barrasso calls rule 'overreaching'

    Sen. John Barrasso, U.S. Senator|Nov 4, 2015

    Energy and mineral production is the backbone of Wyoming’s economy and provides good-paying jobs for families across the state. That’s why the hearings this month in the U.S. Senate on a variety of job-crushing energy regulations and policies are so important. In addition to hearing from key Obama administration witnesses, members of the Senate heard from Wyoming’s own Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) director about the impact overregulation is having on energy-producing states. WY DEQ Director Parfitt Testifies Before Senate On Oct. 2...

  • Kids trick or treat downtown Friday

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 4, 2015

    Children and teens from throughout the Green River converged on Downtown Green River Friday afternoon dressed up as their favorite characters and monsters, trick or treating at many of the local businesses. A few stops along the way also were caught up in the Halloween spirit and employees at the Sweetwater County Courthouse, City Hall and businesses like Tolley's Coffee were showing off their costumes to visitors. At the county courthouse, the second-floor offices each maintained a specific...

  • Co. may see new oil distillery

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 4, 2015

    A crude oil upgrade and storage tank facility is in the planning phases at the Sweetwater County Planning and Zoning Office. The facility, which is proposed by Rock Springs Energy Group, LLC., aims to utilize land near Reliance and adjacent to the Regency of Wyoming Mobile Home Park owned by Dowell Schlumberger and Dow Chemical Company. The facility will take crude oil and refine it into paraffin wax, marine diesel and paint solvents. According to information about the facility on file at the...

  • Police: Car used as a weapon

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 4, 2015

    A woman accused of using her car as a deadly weapon claims the faulty brakes were to blame. Tresha D. Bachman, 34, of Green River, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James to two counts of aggravated assault and battery. If found guilty of both charges, she could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000. According to court documents on Oct. 5, 2015, an officer responded to a call of a hit-and-run report. Once the...

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