Articles from the January 15, 2020 edition

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  • New store coming to city

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    A new store is coming to Green River this year. Bomgaars, a retailer headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa, will be opening a branch in Green River. The store will open at the old Shopko building on Bridger Avenue. “We’re looking forward to coming into the community,” Aaron Bomgaars, vice president of property management and store development said. Bomgaars said work is underway at the building and the company is aiming for a spring or early summer opening. He said the Green River location repre...

  • Robert "Bob" Lee Martinez

    Jan 15, 2020

    Robert “Bob” Lee Martinez, 51, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. Robert was born on October 17, 1968 in Rock Springs. Following Cremation, a Celebration of Life will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Victory Christian Fellowship, 591 Broadway Street, Rock Springs....

  • Man pleas not guilty to murder

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    A Green River man charged for first degree murder in the death of a five-year-old boy plead not guilty to the charge Friday afternoon. Christopher James Nielsen, 26, made the plea during an arraignment in District Court Judge Suzannah Robinson’s court. If convicted, he could face either life in prison or the death penalty. As of press time, the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office has not decided if it will seek the death penalty in the case. The office has to decide if the death penalty wil...

  • Program allows free searches

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    A recent update to software and services used by the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office allows users to seek information without paying for it. The county recently upgraded its online database to the iDoc Market because service and support for its previous iteration was going to be discontinued, according to Sweetwater County Clerk Cindy Lane. Lane’s office has come under fire in recent months because of the move, as critics claim the upgraded service forces users to subscribe to a service for...

  • Cause of GR fire still under investigation

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    The cause of the Washington Square fire Dec. 26 is still being determined according to Green River Fire Chief Mike Nomis. A fire burned through the upper floor of the building and took firefighters all night to extinguish. While much of the second floor was burned, the first floor suffered mostly water and smoke damage. Nomis said a majority of the investigation is complete, but the department is waiting for insurance investigators to compile their data with the department’s findings before h...

  • Dominion Energy vows to 'better protect' birds

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr.,|Jan 15, 2020

    After it fired an employee who saved ducks from oilfield ponds near Rock Springs, Dominion Energy said it will strive to “better protect” animals that run perilously afoul of its facilities. Dominion will work with wildlife officials to “expeditiously implement additional measures” to better protect animals that bypass existing deterrents at deadly oilfield facilities, a vice president wrote. She posted her statement Jan. 9 after WyoFile first reported Dominion fired employee Adam Roich who said he had saved 50 waterfowl during five years w...

  • Stories from Green River: The librarian with the colorful hair

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    It isn't easy to miss Becky Iwen. While many can easily spot the mother of two by the colorful hair she wears as she works at the Sweetwater County Library, much of Green River's youth have gotten to know Iwen through the library programs she hosts. Iwen works as the library's youth services manager, hosting programs like its weekly Story Times, as well as events geared towards older children and teens. Over the past decade, Iwen has watched as a generation of Green River's youth has grown up,... Full story

  • College to host Scottish Burns Night

    Jan 15, 2020

    From Western Wyoming Community College Western Wyoming Community College will host Scottish Burns Night on Jan. 25 from 2-4 p.m., in the Rock Springs campus atrium. Scottish Burns Night is a traditional birthday celebration of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns. Robert Burns penned classic poems such as Address to a Haggis and Auld Lang Syne. Western will host its own Burns night to celebrate the poet’s life and work, as well as the culture and traditions of Scotland. Savor the sounds of live bagpipe music and the taste of haggis, a d...

  • Suicide severity scale questions now in use at Memorial Hospital

    Jan 15, 2020

    From Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County The healthcare providers at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County have implemented a new set of screening questions to help identify risk and prevent suicide. If you’re coming to the hospital for inpatient care, you may be asked some sensitive questions from the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (C-SSRS), part of The Columbia Lighthouse Project protocol. Hospital staff began working to implement the process over the summer. It went into effect in October, said Crystal Hamblin, a registered nurse w...

  • Photo exhibit open at White Mountain Library

    Jan 15, 2020

    From the Community Fire Arts Center Nine Sweetwater County photographers are sharing their original images in a display at the White Mountain Library in Rock Springs now through the end of February. The Sweetwater Photo Open is an annual event in the Sweetwater County Library System and is an opportunity for photography artists to present their work. The images include local landscapes and animals. Participants are Angela Cable, Pat Doak, Kevin Doak, Micki Gilmore, Michele Irwin, David von Metz, Diana Metz, Gary Mortensen, and Patricia...

  • Our view: New store is a boost for the city's economy

    Jan 15, 2020

    Well, this is exciting, isn’t it? Green River will get a new store later this year as Bomgaars will establish a branch at the old Shopko building. This is an amazing development. When a store closes, it seems to take a long time before someone comes along to use the vacated space. Look to Rock Springs and Harbor Freight for example. What used to be a Hastings and sat vacant for a couple of years before that was turned around. There’s still the massive vacant building K-Mart used to occupy and it’s been several years since the last blue light...

  • State's future might be in Arizona

    Tom Gagnon, Guest Columnist|Jan 15, 2020

    This is a story about Wyoming’s near future, though it takes place in Arizona. Entering Page, Ariz., the plan was to ask one question of ten people, “With the closing of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station (NGS), on Nov. 18, 2019, is the view less hazy?” If I were not understood, I would ask something like, “Can you now see the mountains over there more clearly?” Or, I could ask, “Has the air quality gotten a little better?” Nine out of the 10 answered in the affirmative. Their answers ranged from, “Much more clear and better,” to a t...

  • Edward Lee Martin

    Jan 15, 2020

    Edward Lee Martin, 84, of Billings, Montana, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his home. A resident of Billings for the past two years and former resident of Green River, Rawlins, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mr. Martin died following an illness of one year. He was born on July 24, 1935 in Thermopolis, the son of Joseph Houston and Nettie Elizabeth Slagle Martin. Mr. Martin attended schools in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He married JoAnna Lee Valencia in Evanston on Aug. 29, 1966 and she preceded...

  • A day at the rec. center

    Jan 15, 2020

  • Wrage no longer football coach

    Richard Holm MD|Jan 15, 2020

    Marty Wrage is no longer the head football coach for Green River High School. A press release issued by Athletics Director Tony Beardsley announced Wrage would not be returning to the role in 2020. Wrage still is an assistant coach for the high school’s boys basketball team and he continues to teach physical education at the school. The release does not state if Wrage will continue working as a teacher for the district next year or if he will leave. According to the release, the district will search for a new head football coach later this m...

  • Boys dominate Rock Springs swim meet

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    The Wolves were on top at the end of a swim meet in Rock Springs over the weekend. The Wolves scored 346 points by the end of the competition, securing a commanding lead over second-place Rock Springs, which scored 255 points. Evanston took third with 251 points, followed by Kemmerer with 194 points and Lyman with 121. "I'm really pleased with the boys," head coach Colleen Seiloff said. She said the team picked up two new state qualifiers in Kyle Kight and Devin Bobbitt, bringing the team total...

  • Basketball teams compete at Taco Johns invite

    David Martin, Publisher|Jan 15, 2020

    The Wolves and Lady Wolves traveled to Eastern Wyoming over the weekend to compete in the Taco Johns tournament hosted in Cheyenne and Laramie. The boys struggled throughout the tournament, losing close games throughout the weekend. The boys suffered a 52-49 loss against Laramie Thursday, followed by a 63-59 loss to Wheatland Friday and a 67-64 loss to Cheyenne South Saturday. The boys have a 2-9 record so far. The girls saw more success over the weekend, coming home with two wins. The girls too...

  • Taylor competes in Chili Bowl nationals this week

    Staff Report|Jan 15, 2020

    Zac Taylor is heading into his fifth run at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire held inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla., this week better prepared and more confident than ever. Last year's Chili Bowl outing was the first race back for Taylor following a long layoff after having fractured his collar bone during the summer months of 2018. Heading into the 2020 Chili Bowl Taylor is coming off some late 2019 testing in car owner Todd Henry's midget. "We ran some before Thanksgiving and a couple of...

  • WGFD sees record Cutt-Slam achievements in 2019

    Jan 15, 2020

    From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department It was a record year for one of the most sought-after achievements for anglers in Wyoming. A total of 144 anglers completed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cutt-Slam in 2019. Established in 1996, the Cutt-Slam challenges anglers to catch the state’s four subspecies of cutthroat trout — Bonneville, Colorado River, Snake River and Yellowstone — in their respective native ranges. That number broke the previous record of 142 set in 2013. This year marked the seventh that more than 100 anglers...

  • Ready to swim

    Jan 15, 2020