Articles from the May 17, 2017 edition


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  • Lincoln tract C off the table

    David Martin, Editor|May 17, 2017

    The Green River City Council decided to keep tract C of the Lincoln High School properties, keeping hope alive the city will transform the land into a park. Previously, discussion about vacating the tracts centered on requiring developers to develop tract C into a walking park, an idea originally proposed years ago. Speaking about the proposed vacation of both tracts, resident Misti Zimmerman said the previous Council promised the land would be turned into a park. The city’s parks and r...

  • Tunnels will be cleaned this week

    From the Wyoming Department of Transportation|May 17, 2017

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be cleaning and sweeping the Green River tunnels this week starting tomorrow, May 23. Work will begin on the eastbound tunnel and move to the westbound tunnel upon completion. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the duration of the work zone. Speeds will also be reduced to 45 miles per hour while crews are working in the tunnels. In addition to the lane reductions, the Green River eastbound on-ramp at exit 89 (west side of Green River) will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents... Full story

  • Innocence claimed in trafficking charge

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 17, 2017

    A Rock Springs man accused of attempting to commit human trafficking claims he’s innocent. Guadalupe J. Chavez-Arellano, 53, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at an arraignment to solicitation to commit human trafficking in the first degree, attempt to commit human trafficking in the first degree, attempt to commit sexual servitude of a minor and attempt to commit sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. Chavez-Arellano pleaded not guilty to all four felony c...

  • Students tasked with thinking like computer scientists

    David Martin, Editor|May 17, 2017

    Local teachers aim to inspire their students to think about careers in the computer science field worked with students at Monroe Intermediate School during a special Tuesday night program. Tracy Clement, a teacher at MIS, said the program shows students what they can do in different computer science fields and gives students instruction in basic computer programing and engineering through different stations spread throughout MIS. One station allowed students to build a basic video game while...

  • Blowup over fireworks stand

    David Martin, Editor|May 17, 2017

    A conditional use permit for a fireworks stand at the former Ted’s Supper Club building on Purple Sage Road is lighting tensions with other operators in the vicinity. The Sweetwater County Commissioners unanimously approved a one-year permit for Big Thunder, LLC to operate a fireworks stand out of the former restaurant. According to county documents, the stand would be open from May to September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Documents state the company expects an average of 20 vehicles per day d...

  • Earlene Jane Pickerel

    May 17, 2017

    Earlene Jane Pickerel, 82, died May 9, 2017 at Sweetwater Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for one day. She was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Lodge Pole, Neb., the daughter of Earl and Vi Dodrill. She grew up in Albin, where she worked for her parents at a restaurant and remembered vividly the storm of 1947. Her family later moved to Pavillion. Upon graduation she worked at Midvale Irrigation, where she was a secretary. She later married Donald Ernest Pickerel Aug. 26, 1954. They lived...

  • Shirley Anne Kelley

    May 17, 2017

    Shirley Anne Kelley, 72, passed away May 6, 2017, at home. She was a longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of the Bridger Valley and Arizona. She was born Jan. 2, 1945, in St. Mary's, Ohio, the daughter of Eugene Cole and Dorothy Marie Downing Cole. Kelley attended schools in Arizona and graduated from high school. She also attended a trade school for one year. She was married to Michael Kelley on May 20, 1995 at Soda Lake. Kelley was employed as a bus driver for Sweetwater...

  • Rudy Dolence

    May 17, 2017

    Rudy Dolence, 93, of Rock Springs, died May 8, 2017, at his home. Rudy, a life-long resident of Rock Springs, was born Nov.12, 1923, the son of Rudolph and Antonia Dolence. Rudy's parents were immigrants from Europe in the early 1900s. The entire family were fluent in English and Slovenian and ran the Lincoln Motel on Dewar Drive for many years. Graduating in 1943 from Rock Springs High School, Rudy immediately was drafted into the U.S. Army, in which he served from June 1943 to Feb. 1946. He...

  • Mary J. Britton

    May 17, 2017

    Mary J. Britton, 78, of Rock Springs passed away May 11, 2017, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Holbrook, Neb., the daughter of Earl Morris and Maci Evangeline Harding Morris. Britton attended schools in Scottsbluff, Neb., and was a graduate of the Scottsbluff High School with the class of 1955. She married Larry Britton in Pocatello, Idaho in Jan. 1, 1959. He later preceded her in death at Rock Springs on Feb. 16, 2004. Britton had been employed as a...

  • Old format gets new life online

    David Martin|May 17, 2017

    In the previous columns I’ve written about Youtube, I’ve focused on some of the more strange and unique video channels available. Want to watch a guy build a mud hut with a heated floor or watch someone open up a 50-year-old military ration and, maybe, eat some really old crackers? I’ve had you covered. Those channels are maintained by people not interested in Youtube stardom, but want to share their particular hobbies with others. However, Youtube has become more than a simple video servi...

  • Public lands: a shared heritage

    Wally Johnson, Sweetwater County Commissioner|May 17, 2017

    Public lands provide high-paying quality jobs and significant tax revenues from mineral resources that drive the economy in Sweetwater County. As a four-term county commissioner, I have witnessed the benefits federal public lands provide residents and non-residents alike. As a native of Sweetwater County, I also know that public lands provide enjoyment, adventure and opportunities to strengthen family bonds and friendships through hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation in the natural beauty and vast wide open spaces in Wyoming. Sweetwater...

  • Notes from Town Square: Arbor Day in GR

    Kristine Lessard, Green River Parks and Recreation|May 17, 2017

    Arbor Day – a day dedicated to public tree planting was first observed in the 19th century over 145 years ago. The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 with a mission to “inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” This year will mark the 34th annual celebration for Green River, which also will mark the 34th year as a designated Tree City USA community. Green River holds the second longest continuous streak for being named as a Tree City USA community in our great state of Wyoming, second only to our capital city of Cheye...

  • Wolves track sends 25 to state

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 17, 2017

    The Wolves Boys and Girls Track team had prequalified nine competitors prior to this weekend's regional meet in Rock Springs and came out of the meet with an additional 12 competitors, including three regional champions, that will be heading to the 2017 State Track Championships. Senior Hunter Spartz won the shot put event, Braden Reichl won in the 800 meters and Erika Wilson won in the high jump. Those that finish in the top eight at regionals automatically qualify for state. For the Lady...

  • New high school wrestling coach selected

    David Martin, Editor|May 17, 2017

    The Wolves wrestling team will be headed up by a longtime middle school football and wrestling coach in their 2017-2018 season. Sweetwater County School District No. 2 announced hiring Josh Wisniewski, a health and fitness teacher at Jackson Elementary School, as the new head coach for the high school program. He has 11 years experience in K-4 physical education and health teaching and works as a wellness and activity instructor at both Jackson and Harrison during the summers. “We look f...

  • Lady Wolves: forget the past and focus on state

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 17, 2017

    The Green River High School Lady Wolves soccer team will need to put their poor regional performance behind them and focus on their upcoming state games. It was almost like looking at a different team during regionals this past weekend and head coach Tracy Wyant knew it. During the first game, the Lady Wolves had to take on their biggest rivals, the Rock Springs Lady Tigers. In the last two match ups the Lady Wolves came out on top, which left the Lady Tigers ready to settle the score....

  • Wolves face Laramie Plainsmen at state Thurs.

    David Martin, Editor|May 17, 2017

    A dominating 2-0 win over Jackson at the start of the 4A West Regional Soccer Tournament in Casper secured the Wolves a spot at the state tournament this week and puts them on a collision course with the Laramie Plainsmen. Their game with Jackson last week was an important match for the Wolves, as defeat meant an end to their season. Goals by Haden Counts and Gregory Marchal, along with a strong defensive game punched the Wolves’ ticket to Sheridan. Their second game of the tournament, a...

  • Morning running club wraps up the season

    David Martin, Editor|May 17, 2017

    While most kids are still preparing for their day at school, a few motivated children are jogging along with friends at Jackson Elementary School. Jackson Elementary School's running club attracts dozens of students before school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The club has existed for about four years. The runs take the group from the elementary school to nearby locations, such as the bridge to FMC Park. The first club meetings focused on sprints and stretches in a grassy field on school grou...

  • Many women attend Mother's Day tea

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 17, 2017

    A tea focused on celebrating mothers took place at the senior center Thursday. The tables were decorated in bright colors with flowers as center pieces. In front of each guest was a tea bag, dessert, which was an ice cream cone filled with chocolate mousse with whipped cream and a strawberry. A plate filled with bite-sized cookies and bars was also on the table for mothers to snack on. Golden Hour Senior Center activities and marketing coordinator Barbara Bates was busy making sure all of the...

  • Student named Presidential Scholar

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 17, 2017

    A Green River High School student will join 160 other U.S. Presidential Scholars in Washington D.C., in June to receive a medallion and participate in numerous activities. Anna Harris, a senior at GRHS, recently received a letter from United States Secretary Betsy DeVos of the Department of Education informing her of her selection as one of the 2017 Presidential scholars. According to a press release, Harris was one of 722 semifinalists from nearly 5,100 candidates who applied across the...

  • State young author awards given to county kids

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 17, 2017

    By STEPHANIE THOMPSON People Editor Several Green River students brought home first place and honorable mention awards from the State Young Authors Competition. “The results for Green River are excellent. Given our small population, to have that many representative winners and honorable mentions speaks volumes for the talent and dedication of our young authors. This is a big deal,” Fredrick “Steve” Schwartz, Sweetwater County School District No. 2 young author’s coordinator, said. Each dist...

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