Articles from the March 8, 2017 edition

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  • Transfer station vote postponed

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    A vote to approve a bid for construction of the solid waste transfer station was postponed Tuesday night after Green River City Council decided to mull over a request to increase rates before the end of the fiscal year. The vote would have approved a $1.97 million bid to build the transfer station building, with construction slated to begin in March or April. Tabling the decision does not impact the bid proposal, which is good for 60 days. According to Chris Meats, the city’s finance d...

  • Vehicle drives into house

    Staff Report|Mar 8, 2017

    A vehicle drove into a Green River residence Friday morning. According to a release from the Green River Police Department, officers and emergency responders were dispatched to the residence at 695 Evers Street at 10:13 a.m., Friday after a vehicle had driven into the home. Four adults and a child were in the home when the crash occurred. Three of the adults and the child were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County while the fourth adult drove their vehicle to the... Full story

  • Ralph Parker

    Mar 8, 2017

    Ralph Parker passed away at the age of 79 Feb. 27, 2017, peacefully at his home in Reno, Nev., with daughter Beth Ann at his side. He was born Dec. 27, 1938, to Alpha O. (Johnson) Parker and William E. Parker Jr. in Gorman, Tenn. Upon graduating high school, Ralph enlisted into the United States Air Force (airman basic) out of Denver, Colo.; ending his honorable service in the 21st Field Maintenance Squad out of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Ralph held many positions of employment... Full story

  • County expects another 10% budget cut

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    Another 10 percent reduction is expected to occur for the 2017-2018 budget, but county officials are hopeful the worst is behind the county. “It is what it is,” Commissioner Don Van Matre, said. According to County Assessor Pat Drinkle, the county assessment is expected to be down $250 million from last year, and is estimated to drop between $2.05 billion and $2.1 billion. Last year, the assessment finalized at $2.298 billion. With each loss of $100 million in the valuation, the county’s budget...

  • Free haircuts help families

    Stephanie Thompson|Mar 8, 2017

    It only takes a few snips of a scissors or passes with a clippers to make a big difference in one’s appearance. Last week, Green River and Rock Springs Head Start students received free hair cuts from local hair stylists. Angel Pope of Green River’s 307 Salon and Kaycee Thomas from Color Works in Rock Springs were on hand at the Rock Springs Head Start location to provide haircuts to any Head Start children who needed one. Erin Barbuto from Head Start said they came up with the idea from a pro...

  • Report: tourism brought $167.4 million

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    Tourism spending in Sweetwater County has declined in from the past two years, but still brought in approximately $167.4 million in 2015 according to a report from the Sweetwater County Joint Travel and Tourism Board. The board promotes Sweetwater County as a destination for travelers to visit, spending much of its budget on marketing the county outside of the area. According to the report, the board spends 62 percent of its budget on various marketing attempts, including its mobile phone app,...

  • Helping hands

    Mar 8, 2017

  • Kent W. Ramon

    Mar 8, 2017

    Kent W. Ramon, 70, of Sandy, Utah, passed away March 6, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C., surrounded by his family. The son of the late Bill and Peggy Droege Ramon, he was born in Rock Springs, May 12, 1946. He was married to Anne Trumble Ramon for 50 years. Ramon graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, was a university varsity football letterman and devoted Utah fan. He is survived by wife, Anne; son Lonnie (Kim) of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter Amber (John) Tsumas of Charlotte, N.C.;... Full story

  • Lela Maxine Gregory Gosar

    Mar 8, 2017

    Lela Maxine Gregory Gosar, 83, of Green River; a remarkable, one-of-a-kind person took her final eternal journey, surrounded by her family at her home in Green River Thursday, March 2, 2017. She was born April 27, 1933, in Lonetree to Frank and Veloy (Terry) Gregory. During this time of the year, over one foot of snow fell. Dr. Stratton rode horseback from Lyman to Lonetree to deliver her. Her family moved to Green River when she was in the fourth grade. Her parents bought a home on the corner,... Full story

  • Ardath Vernell Logan

    Mar 8, 2017

    Ardath Vernell Logan, 96, of Rock Springs passed away March 3, 2017 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. The daughter of Dewitt and Nellie Hampton Keefee was born in Gering, Neb., Sept. 30, 1920. She grew up in Wheatland, where she attended the local schools and later married John Logan. They lived in Wheatland and later they moved to Rock Springs. John joined the army and upon his discharge was hired by Mountain Fuel as a plant operator. They lived in the company camps at Hiawatha and...

  • Michael Anthony Reyes

    Mar 8, 2017

    Michael Anthony Reyes, 53, of Green River passed away Feb. 8, 2017, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Green River. Reyes was born Sept. 4, 1963, in Rock Springs, the son of Joe and Ernestina Cordova Reyes. He attended schools in Green River. Reyes was employed as a roustabout in the oil field industry. He was an avid outdoors man who loved fishing. Survivors include five brothers; Jerry Reyes, Joel Reyes and wife Amy and Steven Reyes, all of Green River; Chris Reyes of Aurora, Colo.,... Full story

  • State hopes end in RS

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    A tough 63-46 loss last week ended the Green River High School Boy’s Basketball team’s hopes for a state championship tournament appearance. Facing Natrona County High School for the second time in a week, the Wolves needed to win their first game in the regional basketball tournament Thursday to stay in the tournament. However, despite a strong first quarter, the Wolves fell behind and were unable to keep up with the Mustangs. While the Mustangs were the first to score, Green River kept up, cap...

  • Loss to Lady Red Devils ends season

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    The Green River High School Lady Wolves Basketball team's last game of the year was their first and only game at regionals last week. The team ended their season 10-12, with a loss to the Lady Red Devils last Thursday, 50-42. “I thought we started out really well defensively in the first half,” head coach Rick Carroll said. The team kept the Lady Red Devils in check for the first half, but let the team get away from them in the third quarter. It was something the team couldn’t come back from....

  • Frostbite 5K/10K results

    Mar 8, 2017

    Men’s 5K Run/Walk Overall Winner: Jarrit Saul Men Ages 5-17 1. Landyn Gray 25:35.9 2. John Carson 28:48.5 3. Logan Gray 29:53.1 Men Ages 30-45 1. Jarrit Saul 21:00.8 2. Joaquin Barrera 21.09.5 3. Michael Culver 21.40.3 Men 46-60 1. Terrance Andrews 32.59.4 2. Dale Pecolar 33.31.1 3. Jason Petri 34.48.0 Men 61 and up 1. Bob Doak 29.17.8 2. Dennis Pineda 32.09.4 3. George Chacon 50.18.7 Women’s 5K Run/Walk Overall Winner: Aubrielle Maes Women 5-17 1. Aubrielle Maes 24.37.0 2. Shelby Carson 28.44.3 3. Mary Mclaren 30.02.8 Women 18-29 1. Jess Bru...

  • Seniors recognized

    Marshall Rhodes, Wrestling coach|Mar 8, 2017

    The Green River Wrestling senior class has had a phenomenal run and great success for the past four years. Cyro Montoya, Gage Byers, Jordan Tucker, Zack Orr, Kaycee Cochrane, Eric Clingenpeel and Blake Waite have competed in the program all four years while Gabe Bunderman has been with us for three. The year before entering high school, the Wolves program was struggling as we finished in the middle of the pack in the 4A competition. As freshmen and sophomores, these boys helped us climb up to a second place finish both years. As juniors, this...

  • Indoor track succeeds at state meet in Gillette

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 8, 2017

    This past weekend the Wolves traveled north to compete in the State Indoor Track Championships in Gillette. The boys were led by senior sprinter and long jumper Kalen Kester and senior distance runner Braden Reichl. Both broke personal records in their specialties. Kester came into the meet with a state-qualifying time of 6.74 seconds in the 55-meter sprint and immediately improved that time in the preliminaries, finishing second at 6.70. Improving his time with a personal best of 6.66, Kester finished third in the finals. Kester also had an...

  • Our View: Delegation should travel Wyo.

    Mar 8, 2017

    Generally speaking, it isn’t a policy for this newspaper to publish letters to the editor signed by groups. Of course, exceptions can be made and while a recent letter we received doesn’t warrant special treatment, the subject it brings up is worthy of discussion. A letter, signed by the “Citizens of Cheyenne,” requests the Wyoming senators and representative serving in Washington, D.C. to host a town hall-type meeting with residents in Cheyenne to discuss and explain actions the three have taken during the first months of the year. Wyoming...

  • A reflective walk through the Dark Canyon

    Tom Gagnon, Guest Columnist|Mar 8, 2017

    Walking the land is a form of poetry. My preference is off-trail walking, especially in the high deserts of the west. Every curve and slope, drainage and rock outcropping, becomes an experience. There is no better way to observe animals, plants, rocks and soil, the weather, and your own heart rate, and new thoughts and deep old memories. It can be done singly or with a friend. This is the original activity and pace and rhythm of human observation, learning, and thinking. Ken Wright and I exited Dark Canyon by way of the tributary Lean-to...

  • Notes from Town Square: The American Legion in GR

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Mar 8, 2017

    Have you ever wondered exactly who are the American Legion and what do they do? I spoke to Tom Niemiec, Adjutant of the American Legion Tom Whitmore Post 28 in Green River to get some insight. Tom told me that the American Legion has always been around in Green River, but in 2014 they revitalized a building at 38 North Center Street in downtown Green River. Their goal was to re-energize their presence and impact in the community. They were able to remodel the building using money raised by donations, raffles and other activities. They also rece...

  • Dressed up to learn about rhymes

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    It was as if characters from Dr. Seuss' books came to life and were living at the Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center last Thursday. From characters like Cindy Lou Who, the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, the children were dressed up and ready to learn about Dr. Seuss and his great books. Throughout the building, children enjoyed dressing up to celebrate Dr. Seuss' March 2 birthday, but more seemed to be dressed up in the Seussville class, which was fitting. CDC teacher...

  • Bowls of Caring painted at center

    David Martin, Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    At first, the large bowls didn't look like much, but after the residents at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center got their hands on them, they became beautiful works of art. The residents at CRRC painted bowls for the annual Bowls of Caring fundraiser hosted by the Sweetwater County YWCA. Prior to the fundraising dinner, residents throughout Sweetwater County are encouraged to host painting parties where basic bowls are purchased and painted. The bowls are then glazed and fired, and are...

  • State speech, debate squad picked

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    Fifteen Green River High School Speech and Debate team members were selected by the coaches to represent the team at state this week. The Wolves will have home-turf advantage since the tournament is scheduled to take place in Green River this Thursday through Saturday. “The coaches made the best state squad we were able to; its strength lies in the diverse talent of this group of students,” head coach Carina White said. “Each one of them has made it to final rounds in their event, and if they...

  • Teams ends regular season on strong note

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Mar 8, 2017

    The Green River High School Speech and Debate Team wrapped up its regular-season with another first-place finish. This past weekend the team traveled to Worland and came out on top. Green River took first place with 141 points, Rock Springs claimed second and Kelly Walsh grabbed third. Head coach Carina White said Riverton, which is now a 3A Division team had more points than Rock Springs or Kelly Walsh, but were moved out of the 4A Division this year. With more than 300 competitors from about...