Articles from the March 20, 2019 edition


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  • Drought conditions may improve

    David Martin, Publisher|Mar 20, 2019

    Local snowstorms have dumped inches throughout Sweetwater County during the past few months, but the area is still considered abnormally dry according to a report from the U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. Despite that classification, drought conditions in southern Wyoming could improve. Abnormally dry is the lowest drought rating listed on the drought monitor, which uses a five-point scale ending with “exceptional drought.” According to the National Weather Service’s drought infor...

  • Jamestown subdivision moves forward

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Mar 20, 2019

    The possibility of more housing northwest of the Rolling Green Golf Course is one step closer. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, the Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning map amendment request from Randy Laughter and Lane Fillingim for a 38.2-acre parcel of land to be changed from agriculture to R-1. County land use director Eric Bingham said a R-1 designation is the most restrictive, and even though the proposed lots are 1 and 2 acres in size, they are...

  • Sharing a powerful story

    David Martin, Publisher|Mar 20, 2019

    For Cheryl James, Climb Wyoming has given her the opportunity to provide for her family and stay in a community with a great school system. James, speaking to the Green River City Council during an update from the organization, spoke about her experiences before applying for the program and how CDL training offered by Climb Wyoming changed her life. Originally from New Mexico, James came to Green River when her husband accepted a job in the area. James took a job at McDonald's, but eventually...

  • Bill allows community colleges to issue bachelors degrees

    David Martin, Publisher|Mar 20, 2019

    A bill signed by Gov. Mark Gordon will allow the state’s community colleges to issue bachelors degrees without input from the University of Wyoming. The bill, Senate File 111, was signed Friday. Rep. John Freeman, D-Green River, said the bill allows the state’s seven community colleges to issue Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in specific fields. Freeman said once Western Wyoming Community College creates the coursework needed for a degree, residents can earn bachelor degrees without lea...

  • Sales tax revenue increases in March

    David Martin, Publisher|Mar 20, 2019

    An increase in sales tax receipts in March led to increases in the amount collected by the state and for the Optional Fifth Percent Tax levied in Sweetwater County. According to Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter, sales tax collected through the four percent state sales tax was up approximately $30,000 from the same time last year, while the Optional Fifth Percent Tax, which collects an additional percent on top of the state sales tax, was up $20,000 over last year. “It was s...

  • Ruth Izatt Beck

    Mar 20, 2019

    Ruth Izatt Beck, 74, of Green River, passed away March 15, 2019, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Evanston. Ruth was born May 29, 1944 in Soda Springs, Idaho, the daughter of Charles C. and Loa June Peterson Izatt. She was the oldest of five children and attended schools in Idaho where she graduated from Grace High School with the class of 1962. She attended Utah State University, receiving a bachelor of arts in history and later earned multiple teaching certificates throug...

  • Debora Kathryn Fiedor

    Mar 20, 2019

    Debora Kathryn Fiedor, 52, of Rock Springs passed away March 4, 2019, at her home. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Debora died following a brief illness. She was born Feb. 21, 1967, in Rock Springs and was the daughter of Donald Joseph McMillan and Kathryn Jean Archuleta. Debora attended schools in Rock Springs and was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School. She also attended Western Wyoming Community College. Her interests included spending time with her family and her animals. She...

  • Deana Marie Frolic

    Mar 20, 2019

    Deana Marie Frolic, born Jan. 19, 1978, passed away peacefully in Las Vegas surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous 17-month battle with cancer. She was a charismatic person who spread her light on this world until her very last day March 12, 2019. Deana was born and raised in Rock Springs. She graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1996 and immediately started college at Western Wyoming Community College, where she graduated with an associate of science degree in 1999. She...

  • Barbara Jean Leeper

    Mar 20, 2019

    Barbara Jean Leeper, 64, passed away March 12, 2019, at her home in Rock Springs, surrounded by her family. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Leeper was born Oct. 11, 1954, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Ralph and Angelina Portillo. She graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1972 and obtained two associate degrees from Western Wyoming Community College in the 1990s. Barbara married Howard Leeper, June 24, 1989, in Rock Springs. Barbara worked in the family business, Bitter...

  • Niki Stephan McCulley

    Mar 20, 2019

    Niki Stephan McCulley, 57, passed away March 14, 2019, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. McCulley was born Sept. 27, 1961, in Rock Springs, the son of Basil "Mac" McCulley and Eileen Bertoncelj McCulley. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a graduate of Rock Springs High School with the class of 1980. He attended the University of Wyoming and he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education. He married Kendrah...

  • Our View: Amazon kills main street business

    Mar 20, 2019

    If you purchase an item from Amazon, they will, in what appears to be a modern miracle, deliver it your door, even in the remotest part of Wyoming, within a day or two. If you don’t like it, an even bigger miracle takes place. When the courier comes to retrieve the item, in that same box Amazon sent it you, the courier scans it at your door, for delivery back to Amazon and you are instantaneously refunded the money. Amazon might be getting an empty box when they credit you, no questions asked. But that’s no miracle - their business model is...

  • Letter: Help sought for recognizing serviceman

    Mar 20, 2019

    A dear friend of mine needs some help in locating someone here in Green River. Harry Holler, who many of you know, has been on a selfless mission at least since I met him 10 years ago. His mission is to recognize our local loved ones who are serving in any branch of the military. Through his efforts, Harry makes sure that our soldiers are provided with proper recognition for their service, oftentimes during our City Council meetings. Additionally, over the past 10 years since I met him, Harry has also worked with the schools and the city of...

  • Lifelong learning: taking perspective on moods

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Mar 20, 2019

    I read a passage in a book recently, describing mood contagion. Mood contagion says that when a person walks in the room, we can automatically sense if they are sad, angry, anxious, or upset and unless we are very mindful, their negative mood can overtake ours. Similarly, if we are happy or joyful, we can project that to others. I agree completely. Many times I have heard myself say, “Oh man, it’s Monday,” or “the weather is awful,” when really I should be saying, “I get to go to work and support my family,” or “After work, the kids and I reall...

  • GR residents make lucky bracelets

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Mar 20, 2019

    Making St. Patrick's Day bracelets was as activity residents and volunteers alike seemed to enjoy. On Friday residents at the Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center and the Villa gathered to make St. Patrick's Day bracelets. Kathy Elliott, who runs the Crafts with Kathy class, said she inherited most of the beads for the project from Jeanette Palmer, who used to volunteer at the CRRC. Each resident was given 50 beads, which were white, yellow, silver, clear and two colors of green. To...

  • Ten students qualify for nationals

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Mar 20, 2019

    For the 12th year in a row, the speech and debate team has taken first place at districts. The Green River High School Speech and Debate team didn’t have to travel far to claim first-place this time, since the Wind River District National Qualifying Tournament took place in Rock Springs Thursday and in Green River on Friday and Saturday. Rock Springs came in second and Natrona County took third. “We also won the debate sweepstakes award and the travel trophy for most degrees accumulated ove...

  • Group to perform at theater in Rock Springs

    Mar 20, 2019

    7th Ave, a group of vocalists brought together in 2016 by Chris Rupp, the founder of Home Free and the “Chris Rupp Project,” will perform March 26 at the Broadway Theater. 7th Ave presents a new sound that combines elements of pop, swing, rockabilly, country and much more. The band uses a blend of a cappella, live piano or guitar and tracked accompaniment and is aiming to reinvent and uproot the standard definitions of all of those genres and forge a new identity in the music world. The concert’s program may include “Can’t Stop the Feeling,...

  • Honor choir to perform

    Mar 20, 2019

    The 2019 Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Educational Service Children’s Honor Choirs will present an early Spring concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rock Springs Junior High Auditorium. The Children’s Choir, “VOCE,” under the direction of Sarah Wessel, will offer several selections including: “This Little Light of Mine,” arranged by Ken Berg; “The Wings of Morning,” original melody by Dimitri Shostakovich, arranged and given coutermelody and additional words by Jill Gallina; “Ton The,” a French Tongue Twister, by Jeanne and Robert Gilmore, arr...

  • Western finalists named

    Mar 20, 2019

    The Western Wyoming Community College board of trustees are pleased to announce that they have selected three finalists for the presidency of WWCC. Western first created a presidential search advisory committee in December, which was comprised of members of the college community and the community we serve. Western also hired ACCT Search Services, a standard higher education search company, to promote the position. ACCT Search Service’s hard work has elevated Western’s reputation and their collective talents helped yield a strong and deep candid...

  • GRHS honor roll released

    Mar 20, 2019

    Green River High School recently released its first semester honor rolls. To make the Regular Honor Roll, students must have a 3.5-3.749 GPA on first semester grades with no “I” or “F” letter grades. They must also have a minimum of five classes with A-D grades. Students making this list are Jordon Andersen, Michial Anderson, Emmie Archibald, Shawn Arellano, Alex Atkinson, Anthony Bartolotta, Dioselyn Batista, Briana Bautista, Patience Bentley, Karlee Bode, Samantha Burrow, Lourdes Camarillo, Nathan Campos, Jacob Chavez, Ashlie Childre...

  • St. Patrick's Day fun

    Mar 20, 2019

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  • Applications sought for Becoming Outdoors Women camps

    Mar 20, 2019

    It’s not the typical girls’ weekend, but it could be one of the most memorable. Applications are open now for two Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camps. The weekend workshops, known as BOW, are hosted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to teach women outdoor skills and activities. The first camp, June 28-30, is the traditional BOW workshop. Hosted in Dubois at the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp, women will learn about local plants and wildlife, and get to try out canoeing, orienteering, fishing, archery, shooting sports and pho...

  • Wolves compete at early bird invite

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Mar 20, 2019

    The Green River Wolves Girls and Boys Outdoor Track season started last weekend with an early season meet at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. The Wolves were the only Wyoming school in the meet. The young Wolves squad was dominated by freshman and sophomores in many of their events. In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Chatney Tirrell led the way for the Lady Wolves finishing 58th in 14.92, followed by freshman Addee Beardsley in 68th in 15.33 in a field of 79 sprinters from 23 Utah high schools. In the 200-meter dash, Green River was led...

  • Cowgirls begin postseason WNIT tournament

    Mar 20, 2019

    The Wyoming Cowgirls (22-8, 13-5 MW) are set to begin their run in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, when they host Northern Colorado (21-10, 15-5 Big Sky) at 6:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowgirls are playing in the WNIT for the third-consecutive season, joining the 2006-08 squads as the only instances of three seasons in a row of postseason action. The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network, and can be heard across the 25 stations of the Cowgirl Radio Network with Reece Monaco on play-by...