Articles from the April 1, 2015 edition

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  • Tom Wilson says goodbye to GRHS

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2015

    Tom Wilson has decided it’s time to move on. The longtime teacher, coach, and current activities director for Sweetwater County School District No. 2 announced earlier this month he planned to retire at the end of the school year. Wilson said he has been taking the steps towards retirement the past several years, but he wasn’t sure when the absolute right time would be to step down from the position he’s held for the past 14 years. “The deciding factor was that it was my oldest grandson’s 16th birthday in January and I had to be here for a tou...

  • Resident denies alleged relationship

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    A man accused of having sex with a minor pleaded innocent to all three felony charges. Scotty Don Anderson, 23, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at an arraignment to three counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. If found guilty of all three charges, Anderson could face a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison and a maximum fine of $30,000. A jury trial has been scheduled to take place June 8, 2015. According to court documents, on Jan. 14, 2015, a Rock Springs...

  • Firefighters respond to Tuesday night house fire

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    A kitchen fire required the attention of the Green River Fire Department Tuesday evening. The fire department received the house fire call at 6:07 p.m., responding to 455 East Fifth South Street. Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said the fire started when the resident was cooking a meal. The fire ignited from the stove top, quickly burning the overhead cabinets and scorching the ceiling. After the department was contacted, Kennedy said the resident was able to kill the fire by the time the emergency resp...

  • Rock Springs mail facility to close

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    The postal sorting facility in Rock Springs is set to close later this month, but residents in Sweetwater County shouldn’t notice decreased service according to a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson. David Rupert, a spokesperson for the USPS in Wyoming and Colorado said processing will be done in Salt Lake City, but residents should still see the same two-day mailing time to locations in southwestern Wyoming. Rupert said the transition should be seamless, without any operational delays. The Rock Springs facility sorts mail for the 829, 831 and 8...

  • NFI brings new 3D breast cancer imaging to county

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    New Frontier Imaging in Rock Springs is in the midst of introducing a new mammography technique that will improve cancer detection rates in breast cancer screenings. Digital tomosynthesis, or 3D breast imaging, will be introduced to the county though NFI next week. Maria Stradley, NFI’s CEO, said the new technology was approved by the FDA in 2011 and took a year to plan for the equipment’s introduction at NFI. “It’s pretty amazing, you won’t miss cancers,” Stradley said. “This is huge.” She said the technology averages 41 percent improve...

  • New location

    Apr 1, 2015

  • David Lavern Weaver

    Apr 1, 2015

    David Lavern Weaver, 77, of Rock Springs, passed away March 27, 2015. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Colorado, Weaver passed away following a brief illness. He was born in Englewood, Colo. on Oct. 21, 1937, the son of Bernett Weaver and Peggy Bryson Weaver. Weaver attended schools in Colorado. He married Cora L. Vette in Englewood, Colo. on June 22, 1962 and she preceded him in death in Grand Junction, Colo. on March 13, 2005. Weaver served in the United States Navy... Full story

  • Martin J. Scala

    Apr 1, 2015

    Martin J. Scala, 90, of Rock Springs, passed away March 19, 2015 at the Deseret Health and Rehab Center in Rock Springs. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Scala passed away following a lengthy illness. He was born in Rock Springs on June 24, 1924, the son of the late Henry Scala and Maddalena Marta. Scala attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1943. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II. Scala worked as a heavy... Full story

  • Vera Lewis

    Apr 1, 2015

    Vera Lewis, 88, of Green River passed away at the Mission at Castle Rock March 28, 2015. A long time resident of Green River, Lewis died following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 21, 1926 in Danbury, Iowa, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Oberreuter. Lewis attended schools in Danbury and was a graduate of the Danbury Catholic High School. She married Edward Oscar Lewis in Green River on Nov. 20, 1946. Lewis was employed as a telegrapher for the Union Pacific Railroad for more... Full story

  • Troy Garland Jones

    Apr 1, 2015

    Troy Garland Jones, 36, of Farson passed away March 24, 2015 at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. A lifelong resident of Farson, Jones passed away following a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 31, 1978, in Rock Springs, the son of Steven Jones and Donna Hagan Jones. Jones attended schools in Farson and graduated from Farson High School with the class of 1997. He married Dawn Lewis on March 26, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev. His interests included hunting, fishing, riding horses... Full story

  • George Clinton "Skinny" Field

    Apr 1, 2015

    George Clinton "Skinny" Field, 95, of Rock Springs, passed away March 29, 2015 at Deseret Health and Rehab in Rock Springs. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and former resident of Lyman, Field passed away following a lengthy illness. He was born on Sept. 17, 1919 in Lyman, the son of the late John W. Field and Mary Hobson Field. Field attended schools in Lyman and graduated from Lyman High School with the class of 1937. He married Ida Marie White on Nov.24, 1944 and they later... Full story

  • Our View: Bills are a slippery slope

    Apr 1, 2015

    There’s been a lot of controversy regarding a pair of bills passed in Indiana and Alabama, known as so-called “religious freedom restoration acts.” On the surface, a bill that alleges it will protect religious freedom is something that should be supported, despite the fact freedom of religion is one of the rights protected in the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. However, the actual content of the bills, which essentially give business owners the right to discriminate against gay and transgender people based on religious grounds, have...

  • Spring sports coming to GR

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2015

    Spring in Wyoming is a little bit different than most states. At one moment it can be a comfortable 60 degrees with not a hint of wind and within seconds, everything changes. The wind will pick up to 50 MPH and roof shingles can be seen flying all over Green River. Moments later it will be hailing. That will turn into snow and so the story goes. While the weather can be chaotic, spring in Wyoming also gives local residents the chance for one more season of high school sports, and it just so...

  • Unlimited possibilities at Sweetwater County libraries

    Lindsey Travis, Sweetwater County Library System|Apr 1, 2015

    Take a look at today’s libraries, they are far different from the libraries of a century ago. Walking around today’s library, you will find kids playing with LEGOs, teens working on computers, adults researching job opportunities, and preschoolers singing and “shaking their sillies” out during Story Time. Stepping out of the library buildings, patrons still have access to library materials and resources. They can find homework help, eBooks, digital audiobooks, movies and a large selection of databases. These are all available with a library...

  • Notes from Town Square: Main Street helps reinvest in city

    Jennie Melvin, Green River URA and Main Street|Apr 1, 2015

    Did you know that along with the Wyoming Main Street Program, Green River is celebrating 10 years as a Certified Main Street Community? Are you aware that as a result of the efforts of our Main Street Program and volunteers, every dollar that is spent revitalizing the downtown spurs an additional $9.07 reinvestment? Statewide, the overall reinvestment rate is that for every dollar spent, $5.79 is reinvested. The Green River URA/Main Street Agency’s mission is to create a vibrant downtown and riverfront that is attractive and encourages e...

  • Long live the video game arcade!

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    The lights and sounds of a video game arcade are things that will always put a smile on my face. I was in Salt Lake City over the weekend and had a chance to stop off at the Nickel Mania arcade in Murray, Utah. The arcade itself is located on State Street, but is pretty much housed within a nondescript, single-story building with large windows. A small sign with an image of a friendly-looking coin waving a people, along with an LED sign displaying the names of the various arcade machines...

  • A simple project makes lasting memories

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    It’s amazing how a simple afternoon project can create lasting memories. Last week, I decided to make a Play-Doh volcano with my sons, Matthew, 5, and John, 2. Matthew had been talking about volcanos for the past few weeks, which came from a preschool lesson. Since he had been talking about them so much, I thought maybe we could make a volcano. I must confess, I did not come up with the idea on my own, I heard about the Play-Doh volcano from a friend at church. She also had photos, which h...

  • Almost anything is better than moving day

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2015

    Pouring salt into a cut. Being pepper sprayed, than Tasered by a cop, than stung by a swarm of angry African bees. Using a public toilet after getting giardia. What do these all have in common? They are all probably things I rather do than move to a different house. In my mind, moving is one of my least favorite things. I’ve lived all over the western United States, but have actually been at my recent place for well over a year. I was content there and up until last week I had no plans of m...

  • Senior pet-project plan created

    Staff Report|Apr 1, 2015

    For many seniors, a pet may be their only companion. Oftentimes, seniors who have pets will delay taking care of their own needs because their pets need food, medical care or other things, said Jamie Lee, Young at Heart Senior Center’s marketing and special events coordinator. Lee, who is the Rock Springs AARP Community Advocacy Team chairman, said the benefits of senior pet ownership are endless and include physical, mental and emotional aspects, which is why this project is so important. There are two components the pet project. The first i...

  • A work of art

    Apr 1, 2015

  • GR student wins stock market essay contest

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 1, 2015

    When Green River High School student Alan Halverson signed up for an investment class, he had no idea a paper he would write in that class would lead to a state award. Halverson recently found out he was named the winner of the 2014 Wyoming InvestWrite Fall Essay Contest. About 16 to 20 students, Halverson included, were in Mickey Kleinman’s investments class. Halverson said he had tried to get into the class a couple of times, but it was full so he had to wait until his senior year to get i...

  • Birth announcements

    Apr 1, 2015

    Mathias Hendrick Valenciano John and Kendall Valenciano of Green River recently announced the birth of their son Mathias Hendrick Valenciano. He was born Feb. 27, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Oakley Benlee Fajardo Benny Fajardo and Jaycee Cherny of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their son Oakley Benlee Fajardo. He was born March 7, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. ZoeLynn Adoree Grazin Ashley Gurr and Timothy Grazin of Green River recently announced the birth of their daughter ZoeLynn Adoree...

  • LMS honor rolls

    Apr 1, 2015

    Lincoln Middle School recently released its third-quarter honor rolls. Those making the seventh-grade honor roll are William Allen, Sydney Beutel, Ashelynn Birch, Carlee Boden, Landon Bolander, William Bradley, Hannah Burgess, Caitlyn Croft, Alyssa Curtis, Aundra Drinkle, Gabrielle Farnsworth, Brissa Ford, Heather Gibson, Garrett Gilmore, Bryson Greymountain, Reagan Hamilton, Madelyn Heiser, Kolbi Hester, Grant Huber and Kaylee Hymas. Also named to this list are Robyn Jauregui, Ashlyn Jensen, Emma Johnson, Kathryn Johnson, Carly Kettering,...

  • Monroe Intermediate School honor rolls

    Apr 1, 2015

    Monroe Intermediate School recently released its third-quarter honor rolls. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to be named to this list. Those making the fifth-grade honor roll are Genesis Anderson, Zxander Anglesey, Jonus Aragon, Alexa Barajas, Allison, Brown, Raegan Burbank, Trenton Burd, Liberty Campbell, Braden Cantrell, Matthew Chavez, Megan Counts, Allysa Cudney, Brynlee Doak, Abigail Dolinar, Grace Duncan, Kiley Edmonds, Natasha Edwards, Morgan Farnsworth, Jacob Findlow, Austin Fox, Delaney Fullmer-Middlebrook, Haylie Gavin, Kaelea...

  • Green River has high expectations for 2015

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2015

    Over the past several seasons, the Green River High School boy's soccer team has established itself as one of the best programs in Wyoming. Coming off a season in which they won the 4A West Regional Tournament and finished third at state, the Wolves have set some lofty goals for the 2015 season. "Conference champions, back-to-back regional championships and a state championship are our team goals for the season," head coach Chris Bieber said. While the team is returning several key members from...

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