Articles from the April 4, 2018 edition


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  • Director resigns from center

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    The Sweetwater Combined Communications Center lost its director Thursday. Robin Etienne resigned from his position at 8 a.m. Thursday. No reason was given for the resignation. The joint powers board overseeing the center, comprised of representatives of law enforcement and firefighters from Rock Springs, Green River and Sweetwater County, met in a special meeting Thursday morning at 9 a.m., prior to unanimously accepting Etienne’s resignation. The board convened the meeting then immediately vote...

  • GR resident wins store contest

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    “I haven’t won anything in my entire life,” a surprised Tom James said after the shock subsided. Tom, a Green River resident, was shocked when friends, family and coworkers helped surprise him Thursday afternoon at the Crum Electric Supply Company in Rock Springs, where it was revealed that he had won two Polaris Timbersleds from Maverik’s “Stok’d in the Snow Sweepstakes.” The Timbersleds are convertible motorcycles that can be used as either motorcycles and snow bikes. Tom’s prize included...

  • Senate candidate visits county

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Gary Trauner visited Sweetwater County earlier this week, his visit culminating in what he dubbed a "listening session" with residents to talk about their concerns. This isn't Trauner's first attempt at becoming a member of Wyoming's delegation. He initially ran for U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 against Republican Barbara Cubin, which he narrowly lost. A second try in 2008 against Republican Cynthia Lummis was a more decisive defeat, with Trauner...

  • Sheriff's budget questioned

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting, Sheriff Mike Lowell’s budget came under some scrutiny. The Commissioners are requesting a meeting with Sheriff Lowell to discuss the projected budget overage of $291,000. Chairman Reid West started the conversation by saying Sheriff Lowell is running out of time to get his budget back on track. He and the other county commissioners received a letter from Lowell informing the board that he is projecting a $291,000 shortfall. West said the b...

  • Lowell disagrees with figures

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2018

    A media release sent from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening disagrees with claims made by the Sweetwater County Commissioners. During their meeting Tuesday, the commissioners claimed the sheriff’s office was over budget by approximately $291,000 this year. However, Sheriff Mike Lowell disagrees with the commissioners’ assessment, saying the amount the office will be over budget is much less than what the commissioners claim. “There are many factors that come into play in a budget assessment such as this,” Lowell said, “an...

  • Elizabeth Apostolope

    Apr 4, 2018

    Elizabeth Apostolope, 74, passed away March 26, 2018, at her home in Green River. She was a longtime resident of Green River and former resident of Lulea, Gäddvik Norrbotten, Sweden. Apostolope was born Nov. 11, 1943, in Lulea, Gäddvik Norrbotten, Sweden, the daughter of Karl Edvin Gustavsson and Annette Eleonora Jakobsson Gustavsson, She attended schools in Green River and was a graduate of the Green River High School with the class of 1963. She attended and graduated from the Hollywood B...

  • James E. Getz

    Apr 4, 2018

    James E. Getz, 86, of Rock Springs, passed away March 20, 2018, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Getz was a resident of Rock Springs since 1979 and former resident of Lancaster, Ohio. He was born May 8, 1931, in Lancaster, Ohio, the son of Edward Getz and Mary F. Creiglow Getz. He attended school in Lancaster, Ohio, and was a graduate of the Lancaster High School with the class of 1949. Getz served in the United States Navy as a seaman on the USS Boxer during the Korean War. He was...

  • Debbie Haeck

    Apr 4, 2018

    Debbie Haeck, 56, passed away March 16, 2018, at the Park View Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs and was a former resident of Pennsylvania. Haeck was born Feb. 17, 1962, in Grants, N.M., the daughter of William J. Haeck, and Joyce Graham Haeck. She attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1980 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. Haeck worked as a care taker for many years. She enjoyed dancing, camping, playing pool, and making people laugh....

  • Donna Lindroos

    Apr 4, 2018

    Donna Lindroos, 77, of Green River, passed away March 26, 2018, at Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs. A resident of Green River for 47 years and former resident of Casper and Price, Utah, she died following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Lathrop, Ohio, the daughter of Lisle Driggs and Marjorie Frash Driggs. Lindroos attended school in Sunnyside, Utah, and Dragerton, Utah. She was a graduate of Carbon High School with the class of 1958. She married Robert Lindross on...

  • Kenneth G. Tyler

    Apr 4, 2018

    Kenneth G. Tyler lost his courageous fight with cancer in the early morning hours of March 30, 2018, with his family and his faithful dog Prancy by his side. In the days preceding his death, he was very touched by visits and calls from his loved ones and friends. He was a cowboy and deeply proud of his Wyoming roots. He lived and worked here all of his life. He loved to share his work and life experiences with family and friends - often as he led 4-wheeler treks and long drives on his familiar...

  • Evelyn Woodward

    Apr 4, 2018

    Evelyn Woodward, 83, passed away March 31, 2018 at her home in Rock Springs. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 40 years and was a former resident of California. Woodward was born Dec. 2, 1934, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Henry J. Chase and Mildred L. Bochaine. She attended schools in Pasadena, Calif., and was a 1952 graduate of the Pasadena High School. Woodward also attended fashion design school for one year. Woodward married Bill D. Smith and he later preceded her in death. She...

  • Mike Pritza

    Apr 4, 2018

    Mike Pritza, 91, died March 29, 2018, at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. Mike was born April 26, 1926, to Peter and Milena (Wuicich) Pritza, at Rock Springs, in a Union Pacific Railroad bunkhouse where the M Street underpass is now located. He started grade school at the newly-built Lincoln High School, where he also graduated from high school, a member of the National Honor Society with a scholarship to the University of Washington. He also attended schools at Bitter Creek and Superior....

  • Letter: CEO supports legislation

    Apr 4, 2018

    Dear Editor, As a credit union CEO, I support common-sense regulation that serves a purpose. The U.S. Senate recently passed S. 2155, also known as the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. It had bipartisan support from 68 Senators, including Senator Enzi and Senator Barrasso. First, I’d like to thank our Senators for supporting S. 2155. The bill adds protections for seniors from elder abuse, makes applying for a mortgage easier and quicker, and increases affordable rental housing. S. 2155 is now in the House of R...

  • Seeking land lease deferrals

    Josh Coursey, Muley Fanatic Foundtion|Apr 4, 2018

    For nearly 20 years, a coalition of southwestern Wyoming citizens – hunters, anglers, drillers, miners and hikers – have been working tirelessly to protect one of our state’s most beloved places: Greater Little Mountain Area. Yet, years of collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), oil and gas companies, and local and state officials towards this end now hang in the balance as the BLM recently proposed one of the largest oil and gas lease sales right in the heart of Little Mountain. The Greater Little Mountain Coalition (Coal...

  • A forgotten story about a important visit

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    Each year, I get the pleasure of getting dusty and sifting through books upon books of old newspapers in search of interesting historical stories. For me, this is one of the perks of the job. Each historical edition I write articles for the more I learn about Green River’s past. As I delve into the past, I am surprised at where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. This year, I marveled at how ingenuity and brute force could make something visible from almost every part of town, the twin tunne...

  • Girls prepare for tournament

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    Last Tuesday, the Lady Wolves soccer team pulled off its first non-conference win against the Evanston Lady Red Devils. "The losing streak's over," head coach Tracy Wyant said she heard her Lady Wolves saying after the game. With the 3-2 win, the Lady Wolves now are 1-1 in conference play. "It felt good to get one under the belt," Wyant said. "It builds confidence and takes off the pressure." Wyant said the win was good, but Evanston hasn't been known to be a strong soccer team. However, she...

  • Many attend fundraising event

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    With the parking lot at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center full, residents had no choice but to park along Highway 30 to attend the annual Easter Carnival. For the fourth year in a row, CRRC hosted an Easter Carnival for its spring fundraiser. All of the proceeds raised during the event will go to the activities fund. Marilyn Dockter, CRRC social services director, said the center used to host an annual Easter egg hunt, but then they decided to change it to a carnival because a lot of other...

  • Easter carnival brings kids out

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 4, 2018

    Easter decorations were placed throughout Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center to get residents and children alike in the mood for the Easter Carnival. Children and their parents were bustling around the center Friday playing the games the center had to offer, buying raffles tickets for a chance to win a prize basket or making crafts. One of the most popular games at the carnival, was the cake walk. Children were encouraged to walk around a circle until the music stopped. Once the music stopped,...

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