Articles from the October 4, 2017 edition


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  • Former board members defended

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    A former Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County board member called out the Sweetwater County Commission about a comment one of the commissioners made during a meeting last month. During the meeting Tuesday morning, former MHSC board member Artis Kalivas attended not only to defend his reputation, but the reputations of members from the previous hospital board. “I approach you today with a request,” Kalivas said. “A request to stop the disrespect that is being shown to myself, my fellow prior...

  • Triplett loses court appeal

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    A man who pleaded no contest to multiple charges related to the death of his infant daughter has lost his appeal when he failed to file a brief in time. Jacob Anthony Triplett, 29, of Rock Springs, was sentenced in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James last October. During the sentencing hearing, Triplett pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of child abuse. Triplett was sentenced to serve between 128-166 years on all of the char...

  • Monument dedication planned

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    One hundred fifty years is a milestone worth celebrating and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum, with help from the Sweetwater County Commissioners, are commemorating the county’s inception Oct. 17. The county was originally known as Carter County, named for Judge William Alexander Carter, by the Dakota Territorial Legislature. When the Wyoming Territory was formed in 1869, the legislature changed its name to Sweetwater County, named for the Sweetwater River. The county’s original bou...

  • GR church donates to police, fire departments

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    A new police K-9 and some upgraded extraction equipment were possible through $5,000 donations from the Green River Assembly of God Church. Pastor Nathan Bloomfield said the church’s board of directors wanted improve the community in some way. He said the church already had the funds available and sought places to make donations. The day he walked into the Green River Police Department was considered divine intervention by Chief Chris Steffen. Steffen said Bloomfield approached the department sh...

  • UPDATE: Maestas will NOT go to trial

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    Update: George Maestas appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James this morning, Friday, Oct. 6, and changed his plea to no contest on all three charges. For complete details on the hearing, grab an Oct. 11 Green River Star. A man accused of driving through a home with his vehicle and killing two people inside doesn’t want a plea deal. George Maestas, 68, of Green River, recently appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at what was supposed to be a change of plea hea...

  • Standing watch

    Oct 4, 2017

  • Maynard Lowell Arwood

    Oct 4, 2017

    Maynard Lowell Arwood, 92, passed away Sept.30, 2017, at home in Point of Rocks. Arwood was a resident of Point of Rocks for 36 years, and a former resident of Illinois. Arwood was born April 6, 1925, in Willow Lake, S.D., the son of Vernon Arwood and Nora Nancy Antrim. He attended schools in Willow Lake, S.D. Arwood married Helen Rachel Jackson March 1, 1949, in Topeka, Kan. She passed away May 31, 2002, in Rock Springs. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a first class...

  • Paul Archie Buchanan

    Oct 4, 2017

    Paul Archie Buchanan, 82, passed away Oct. 2, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Buchanan died following a sudden illness. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. He was born May 4, 1936, in Rock Springs, the son of Archie Nelson Buchanan and Gladys Jones Buchanan. Buchanan attended schools in Farson-Eden and later obtained his G.E.D. He was married to Pearl Frazier in Rock Springs in 1958. Buchanan served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was honorably disch...

  • John M Larrabaster

    Oct 4, 2017

    John M Larrabaster, 74, of Rock Springs passed peacefully Sept. 20, 2017, at his youngest daughter's home in Keenesburg, Colo. A native of Rock Springs, he was born June 30, 1943, to the late John B. and Cecelia Larrabaster. He married Georgia C. Clark in Green River Nov. 11, 1967, and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. John was a 1961 Rock Springs High School graduate. After graduation, he was employed by Dale M. Fries Construction Company for two years before...

  • Joann Mosley

    Oct 4, 2017

    Joann Mosley was born May 8, 1934, in a log cabin in Jackson Hole to Arthur Newton Warren and Florence Cecelia Brown Warren. She had one brother, Donald Warren. Her family moved to Rock Springs when she was two years old and lived there until she married William Mosley Aug. 21, 1950. They had five daughters Carla, Billie Jo, Micki, Tracy and Jody. She raised her girls and loved her family more than anything. She loved Christmas and made homemade gifts for her family and friends. She was a...

  • Jaime Olivas

    Oct 4, 2017

    Jaime Olivas, 39, passed away Sept. 28, 2017. Olivas was a resident of Rock Springs for the past nine years and former resident of California. He was born Oct.10, 1977, in Zapotillo, Sinaloa, Mexico, the son of Jose Olivas and Maria Martina Gastelum Olivas attended schools in Mexico. He married Diana Meza in Green River Oct. 2, 2009. Olivas was employed by Bridger Coal Company as a miner. His interests included spending time with family. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jaime Daniel Olivas...

  • Dennis Mark Croff

    Oct 4, 2017

    Dennis Mark Croff of Rock Springs passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family at age 72 Oct. 1. Dennis was born in North Tonawanda, N.Y., May 8, 1945. He was the youngest son of six children born to Lawrence and Gladys Croff. He served in the U.S. Navy from May 17, 1962, to July 7, 1966, when he was honorably discharged. He married the love of his life Diane Stiefel May 15, 1970, in North Tonawanda, N.Y. Together they had two children and four grandchildren. Dennis worked for General Chemical for 32 years. He was a jack of...

  • Gordon Hoover

    Oct 4, 2017

    Gordon Hoover passed away Sept. 25, 2017 at his home in Garden Grove, Calif. Gordon was born on March 15, 1932, in Green River. He was the youngest son of Myrtle and Robert Hoover and worked the railroad prior to joining the U.S. Army and attending the University of Wyoming. He graduated with an electrical engineering degree and headed west to work for Hughes Aircraft Company. He met and married Sylvia L'Angelle in 1961 and together they raised three daughters, Kelly, Michelle and Stefanie. He r...

  • Leslie Ann Lund

    Oct 4, 2017

    It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother Leslie Ann Lund. Leslie was born in Kalispell, MT; she met her husband Curtis Lund in 1967 and they married later that year. They settled in Green River, WY where they built their family home with their four daughters and son. Leslie worked for the Forest Service, BLM and Castle Rock Medical Center. Later Leslie and Curtis moved to Reno, NV to be near their grandchildren. In Reno, Leslie work...

  • Kolb's claims are off base

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    One of the many duties journalists have to the communities they serve is to hold lawmakers and officials accountable for their actions. A few weeks back, Stephanie Thompson wrote an article about a few comments Sweetwater County Commissioner John Kolb had made regarding former members of the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A week after that story was published, I wrote an editorial that appeared under the “Our View” section of this page, criticizing him for rehashing the past and cla...

  • Former MHSC board member's letter to commission

    Oct 4, 2017

    Dear Editor, Good morning and thank you for allowing me to speak during this public comment portion of your meeting. I approach you today with a request. A request to stop the disrespect that is being shown to myself, my fellow prior hospital board members that I served with, Jerry Klein and George Lemich. For the commission to label us as corrupt is not only wrong, but insulting. When one of you is introduced in the public media arena as a commissioner those comments made to the media and/or public airways is a representation of all of you. I...

  • Notes from Town Square: Officiating youth sports can build character

    Brandy Stoeger, City of Green River|Oct 4, 2017

    Youth sports offer many different benefits to not only the young people participating, but to the young adults that mentor and officiate. Building character in young adults is a culmination of important life lessons and officiating can be a great way to help develop character. Young adults, as officials, learn to be confident in tense situations, think and react quickly on their feet, and they begin to assume more responsibility in their life as they schedule to work and earn an income. Being an official is also a mentor role to the...

  • Our View: Local news publications still strong

    Oct 4, 2017

    While we can’t speak to the long term viability of our big-city cousins in the newspaper business, we can tell you with confidence that your hometown paper is in fine shape. Our annual audit of our readership, mandated by the United States Postal Service, is printed in last week’s newspaper and it’s as strong as ever. That’s because with few exceptions, if you want to read about Green River and people of Sweetwater County, there’s one credible source that leaves the others in the dust. And it’s the same source that your grandparent...

  • Homecoming bonfire

    Oct 4, 2017

  • Runners will compete in RS

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    With a few weeks left, the Green River High School Cross Country team will have a chance to compete in Sweetwater County Friday, a first since the team hosted the Green River Invite Aug. 25. The team will compete in Rock Springs. The team has spent much of the last month traveling throughout the region, taking part in races in Utah and Idaho. Last week, the team competed in Park City, Utah, Friday. Competitors took part in the morning 5,000-meter run, posting a number of personal best or season...

  • GR football team takes first loss of the season

    Pete Rust, Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    On a beautiful night in Green River, the Wolves, second ranked in 3A, took on the Evanston Red Devils, who were fresh off a big road victory over Powell the previous week. The homecoming game for the Wolves was competitive down to the final minutes in the renewal of an old rivalry with Evanston dropping down to 3A this year. The Wolves started on defense and on the second offensive play by Evanston, took an intercepted from Cole White. The Wolves’ offense looked sharp on several big plays, including receptions from quarterback Chance Hofer t...

  • GRHS Swimmers do well at weekend duals

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    This weekend the Green River High School Lady Wolves swimming team hosted two duals. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said on Friday the team swam against Jackson, Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central. The Lady Wolves won their duals against Jackson and Cheyenne East, but lost their dual against Cheyenne Central. On Saturday, the team competed against Jackson and Laramie. They won their dual against Jackson, but lost to Laramie. Duals are set up differently that regular meets, Seiloff said. All of the...

  • Lady Wolves add 2 wins to season

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    The Green River Lady Wolves volleyball team continues to improve its defense with every game. This past week, the Lady Wolves took on Evanston, Jackson and Laramie. They won their games against Evanston, 21-25, 26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 15-12, and Jackson, 25-21, 25-7, 25-16, and lost against Laramie, 23-25, 13-25, 22-25. "This matchup is always a rival type game," head coach Rikki Shantz said about Evanston. "We hit the ball a lot better in this game. Defense is getting better every game." Even...

  • Macrame chairs at center: seniors learn a new art

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    Each week, seniors gather in the craft room to socialize and work on macrame chairs. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, seniors meet at the Golden Hour Senior Center to work on their macrame chairs. Some have been practicing the art for years, while others are just learning. Monday was no different, as teacher Verna Trujillo moved from student to student helping them with their chairs. Rue Marie Finney, who’s been making macrame chairs for the past three years, said Trujillo has all of the p...

  • DNA test helps man discover siblings

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 4, 2017

    A DNA profile test helped reunite a Green River man with siblings nearly 75 years after his birth. Bill Graham recently met family he had discovered online after taking the DNA test, traveling to Washington to meet them. The discovery started with a gift from Bill’s wife, Judy. “Judy gave me (a DNA test kit) for Christmas, one of those that tells you where you came from and all that,” Bill said. Bill was born in Washington, D.C., in 1942 and adopted in 1944, growing up on a farm in Virgi...

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