Articles from the February 24, 2016 edition


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  • Police Reports

    Feb 24, 2016

    Officers responded to a report of a hit and run vehicle collision on Miller Street. It was reported a vehicle struck a mailbox post and left the area. Officers completed a report regarding the incident, which is under investigation. Officers met with an individual who reported accidental damage to a door on their vehicle, at 375 West Flaming Gorge Way. Officers issued a vin check at 375 West Flaming Gorge Way. Officers posted a notice to abate on a nuisance property and tagged two vehicles as abandoned, on Spring View Drive. Officers attempted...

  • Karen Lee Marty

    Feb 24, 2016

    Karen Lee Marty, 62, passed away Feb. 24, 2016 at her home. A longtime resident of Green River, she passed away following a battle with cancer. She was born on Oct. 1, 1953 in Pasadena, Calif., the daughter of the late Richard Horton and Nellie Marty. Lawrence Marty would become her adoptive father in 1965 when Nellie remarried. She graduated from high school in Green River as valedictorian and went on to college at the University of Wyoming. She graduated cum laude in 1976 with a bachelor of... Full story

  • Square dancing lights up an afternoon

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Feb 24, 2016

    Saturday afternoon was a lively time at Mission at Castle Rock, filled with shuffling feet, twirling skirts, and smiles all around. The Sashay Pardners square dance group put on a performance for the residents there. Their spectators were delighted with smiles on their faces and some even clapped along to the songs. It was the first performance the group had there in a few years, though they have actively danced since the 1970s. While there are a few younger dancers in the crowd, the majority...

  • Senior menus/activities

    Feb 24, 2016

    Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center Menu Feb. 25-Feb. 27 Thursday — Continental breakfast — Flavored oatmeal, cinnamon roll, fruit cup Brunch/breakfast — Hot cereal, croissant, fruit, tamales with Spanish rice and green salad topping Fiesta snack — Cook’s choice snack Supper — Chicken and noodle soup in a bread bowl, frog-eye salad Friday — Continental breakfast — Cream of Wheat, egg of choice, hash browns, toast Brunch/breakfast — Hard-boiled egg with toast and cheese slice, fish sticks, fries, marinated vegetable salad Fiesta snack — Cook’s ch...

  • GR team finishes 2nd in Rawlins

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    For the second week in a row, the Green River Speech and Debate Team had to settle for a second-place finish. Once again, Cheyenne East grabbed the top spot with 63 points, GRHS claimed second with 44 and Rock Springs took third with 32 points. “We have work to do leading up to state; there are only two more tournaments before state,” head coach Carina White said. “I think that a state championship is absolutely within our reach, but we have to make the right choices for the state squad and w...

  • County raises $48,000 for Make-A-Wish

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    Both the Green River and Rock Springs communities came together to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this year. Amanda Santhuff, Green River High School student council sponsor, said for the second year in a row, the communities were able to reach $48,000. “Our communities chose to divide the money two ways. First, we had one grand total that included the money from businesses; and our second total we competed based on what each school raised within the schools, excluding business check...

  • Children invited to Sweetwater Library's Dr. Seuss Party

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    Those wanting to meet the Cat in the Hat will definitely want to stop by the library Saturday for the Dr. Seuss party. In an effort to promote reading and literacy, the Sweetwater County Library is once again hosting a Dr. Seuss party. The event will take place at the library from 1-3 p.m. Children attending the event will watch “Green Eggs, and Ham” in the reader’s theater at 1:30, 2 or 2:30 p.m. When the children are not busy watching a show, they can play Dr. Seuss games, have their photo...

  • Kids enjoy playing at pavilion program

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    Children were busy running, hopping, bouncing and burning energy at the Expedition Island Pavilion Monday morning. This is all part of the Kids in Motion program the city of Green River offers for children six months to five years old. "There's no set program," instructor Michelle Bozner said. "Sometimes if it's a good turnout, I bring out the parachute." During this active play, parents, guardians or grandparents must interact with the children they brought to the program. Bozner said she is...

  • Serving GR since 2006

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Feb 24, 2016

    Small businesses that stand the test of time in Green River have truly proven the loyalty of its Green River patrons. Get Real Coffee regularly brings in customers from Green River, Rock Springs, and Bridger Valley. Within the guest book, there are names written from people from across the country and back. Get Real Coffee has been in business since 2006. It will be a complete decade on Thanksgiving of 2016. Victoria Shaw-Newsham, owner of Get Real Coffee said as a small business, you have to ri...

  • GR business known for ice cream

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Feb 24, 2016

    Some may like the ice cream, while some might enjoy the burgers, but one thing proven by their sales is, Green River loves its Arctic Circle. Green River's Arctic Circle sold approximately 15,000 ranch burgers and 60,000 shakes in 2015. June of last year, their busiest time of year, they sold 2,000 gallons of ice cream, 2,500 pounds of Black Angus Beef and used 200 gallons of fry sauce. The Green River location was fifth in sales in 2015, out of 60 stores. "What's unique about our store is it's...

  • Swimmers prepare for state

    David Martin, Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    The boys swimming season is nearing an end with the state swim meet in Gillette taking place this weekend. The Green River Wolves Boys Swimming and Diving Team took second in regionals two weeks ago, and has qualified eight swimmers in state events. During last week's last chance meet, the Wolves picked up their final state qualifier, Lane Huchison. Competing at regionals, head coach Colleen Seiloff said the team had a number of great performances. Michael Richmond won the 400-meter freestyle...

  • Last chance meet gives some a first chance

    David Martin, Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    During the Last Chance Meet Thursday afternoon, a few Green River students got a shot at competing in an event. Students from the school district's adaptive physical education program swam in a 50-yard freestyle race. The competition is the brainchild of head swimming coach Colleen Seiloff and adaptive physical education teacher Tracy Giesenhagen. Giesenhagen said the race was the first of its kind hosted in Green River and hopes to make it an annual event for her students. The students in the...

  • GR wrestlers take first at regional tournament

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Feb 24, 2016

    Green River High School wrestlers are well on their road to victory and are headed to Casper for the state tournament. The wrestling team competed at the regional tournament Friday and Saturday, at Kelly Walsh High School, also in Casper. Green River won the tournament with 264.5 points. "As a team we wrestled about as good as we can and I am excited about that," head coach Marshall Rhodes said. Green River finished in first, followed by Natrona with 201 points, Evanston; 174, Riverton; 166.5, R...

  • Girls lose close game to RS

    David Martin, Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    The Green River High School Lady Wolves Basketball Team lost a back-and-forth battle with their rivals from Rock Springs Thursday night. While the final score of 55-38 reflects a 17-point lead, the girls kept up with Rock Springs throughout much of the game, with the two teams exchanging the lead multiple times during the game. Rock Springs would maintain a small lead throughout much of the game, but wouldn't be able to pull away from the Lady Wolves until the final minutes. "I thought we had...

  • Tigers defeat Wolves at home

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Feb 24, 2016

    Green River played in a rough game against Rock Springs Thursday. Rock Springs grabbed the lead early in the game and held it throughout the night. The Tigers took a commanding lead at the end of the first quarter, extending the point deficit to 12 in favor of the Tigers, 19-7. “We played probably our worst game of the season,” head Coach Laurie Ivie said. “We did not play well from start to finish.” Once the Tigers got a large lead over the Wolves, it was a difficult obstacle to overcome. It wa...

  • Mission seeks Villa ownership

    David Martin, Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    Seeking to alleviate losses amounting to $10,000 a month, Mission Health Services seeks to take ownership of The Villa and change its care model. Last night, the first step towards that move was signed in a lease amendment between Mission Health and Castle Rock Hospital District. Gary Kelso, president of Mission, said while the company is a nonprofit entity, it has lost $120,000 in the last year in operating The Villa, a longterm-care facility that is part of the Mission at Castle Rock...

  • Castle Rock ambulance service improves

    David Martin, Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    A number of improvements made to the Castle Rock Ambulance Service have resulted in faster response times and better care. John Taylor, director of the ambulance service, said since they’ve started staffing paid ambulance crews, the service’s response times have dropped from 15 minutes to 2 minutes. Taylor said ambulance crews have beat Green River Police Department officers in responding to an emergency call. Taylor said the service has had a busy month so far as well, with ambulance crews res...

  • Police investigate 2 Family Dollar burglaries

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Feb 24, 2016

    Two burglaries occurred within four days at the Family Dollar on Uinta Drive. The two reported burglaries are currently under investigation by the Green River Police Department. Officers arrived on scene at about 10:50 p.m., after the store's alarm sounded Tuesday night. The glass door leading into the store was broken into. Family Dollar's surveillance camera showed an image of a person wearing tan-colored pants and a blue-green turquoise hooded sweatshirt inside the store at the time of the...

  • Cheer time

    Feb 24, 2016

  • Trona props hosp. district

    David Martin, Editor|Feb 24, 2016

    With the decline in the oil and gas industry affecting budgets for both the state and county, many would assume local tax districts, like the Castle Rock Hospital District, would feel a similar sting. According to Todd Toolson, CFO for the hospital district, while the district will see a decrease in tax funding, it won’t be on par with other shortfalls. More than 80 percent of the district’s revenues come from trona, the value of which is stable in comparison to oil, natural gas and coal. Too...

  • Anna Dolores Clouse

    Feb 24, 2016

    Anna Dolores Clouse, 85, of Rock Springs, passed away Feb. 22, 2016, at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Paris, Ark., Clouse died following a lengthy illness. She was born on Feb. 22, 1931, in Paris, Ark., the daughter of Leon T. and Cecilia Neihouse McGee. Clouse attended schools in Paris, Ark., and Superior. She was a graduate of the Superior High School with the class of 1949. She married Norman L. Clouse in Rock Springs on...

  • Heather Alyson Punches Waugh

    Feb 24, 2016

    Heather Alyson Punches Waugh suddenly passed away at her home in Salt Lake City, Feb. 22, 2016. Waugh was 50 years old. She is survived by her husband Jason Waugh, sister Alicia Cook, brother Ian Punches, her parents, James Punches of Green River and Ann Underdahl of Las Vegas and her nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are underway....

  • Our View: Feds should not have a back door

    Feb 24, 2016

    Apple technologies has had a long and loving relationship with the newspaper industry; the Green River Star included. The same is true of most businesses which might be loosely be defined as somehow associated with the arts. That’s because Apple’s vision was always to be user-friendly, intuitive and dependable. How they did all that, few of us know, but they did really do all that and have been the most widely-used machinery of the press since the mid-1980s. So we’re prejudiced in our defense of Apple as they stand up to our federal gover...

  • Notes from Town Square: Green up for Spring

    Misty Brodiaea Springer, Public Affairs and Grants Administrator|Feb 24, 2016

    The Vernal Equinox may not take place until March 20 but meteorologically speaking, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the official spring season begins on March 1. OK, it might not look much like spring outside your window right now, but take heart; spring will eventually find its way to Green River and since this most ebullient of seasons does indeed begin in just a few days, why not start getting ready? Last week, the public works department hosted their first Earth Day Fair planning meeting and this got us all daydreaming about the beau...

  • What's the deal with Leap Year?

    Jacquie Kramer, Sweetwater County Library System|Feb 24, 2016

    Every four years we find ourselves with an extra day at the end of February – a “Leap Day,” and 2016 is a leap year. The Leap Year has an interesting origination. I’m sure we were all told about the reason behind leap years in elementary school. I had to read up a little bit to refresh my memory on the phenomenon. Here’s the deal, for those of you in my shoes. Before Julius Caesar came into power, around 60 B.C., there was a 355-day calendar with the addition of an extra 22-day month every two years. Caesar was not a fan of this calendar,...

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