Articles from the April 5, 2017 edition


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  • Tomahawk Building sold

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    The Tomahawk building is under new ownership. Friday, Green River Futures sold the building to Green River Opportunities Wyoming (GRoWYO), a limited liability company formed by a group of investors with local ties. Green River Futures member Mike Frink said he will continue tomanage the building, while GRoWYO will make investments into a fire suppression system and elevator, which will allow for futures improvements and open occupancy to the upper floors of the building. According to a press... Full story

  • Deaths in the family

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    The Green River Police Department mourns the deaths of two of their own, one a respected detective and the other a beloved drug dog. Tuesday night, police chief Chris Steffen told the Green River City Council of retired Lt. Mont Mecham’s death in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Monday. Mecham was shot while on duty in 1996, an injury a teary-eyed Steffen said “is what probably ended his life.” Mecham was one of two officers shot during a confrontation with Steven Mitchell Oct. 14, 1996. According to a Gre...

  • Teens save lost pit bull

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    Cold, alone and scared was how she was found in the road. The 10-month-old pit bull ran across North Second West Street next to Centennial Park right in front of a carload of teenagers. "We were just driving around because we had nothing else to do," Derrik Erickson said. At first, the group thought they had hit the dog, but they didn't hear a yelp or feel a thump against the car. However, they still stopped the car to check on the dog. All six of the Green River teenagers, Taylor Thornton,...

  • County airport sees positive increases

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    A Green River contractor was awarded a bid to build the new General Aviation Terminal at the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport. A Pleasant Construction won the bid for the $5.84 million project, construction of which will start Monday. Devon Brubaker, airport manager, said the 75-year-old terminal’s roof started caving in recently, after the bid was opened. He said no local funding outside of what’s spent in furniture, fixtures and equipment will be used in the construction project. Bru...

  • Local Harley-Davidson dealership earns award

    Apr 5, 2017

    Flaming Gorge Harley-Davidson in Green River received the prestigious Platinum Bar and Shield Circle of Distinction Award for 2016, an award given to the top six dealerships in the U.S. “This is the highest award we give to our dealers,” Mike Kennedy, Vice President and Managing Director for the United States division of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We’re proud to present it to Dennis Laughlin, in recognition of the outstanding work being done at Flaming Gorge Harley-Davison. It’s because of dealers like Dennis Laughlin that Harley-Da...

  • Ryan Scott named on advisor list

    Apr 5, 2017

    Edward Jones financial advisor Ryan Scott of Rock Springs has been named to Barron’s magazine’s annual list of “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, State by State.” Scott has served area investors for the past 16 years. “This is a great honor. Every day, I work with clients to help them identify their financial goals and develop a strategy to help achieve them. It is such satisfying work, and it makes a difference in people’s lives,” Scott said. Barron’s magazine’s “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, State by State” ranking appeared...

  • Thomas Dwayne Mitchelson

    Apr 5, 2017

    Thomas Dwayne Mitchelson, 64, of Rock Springs, passed away April 1, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He had been a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Mitchelson was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Rock Springs, the son of Leopold and Patsy Jean Carpenter Mitchelson. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1971 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. Mitchelson was employed at FMC/Tronox for 42 years and retired as a mechanic June 1, 2016. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic... Full story

  • Mark Lamonte "Mont" Mecham

    Apr 5, 2017

    Mark Lamonte "Mont" Mecham, 67, of Shelley, Idaho, passed away peacefully April 3, 2017, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 29, 1949, to Oren and Udeen Palmer Mecham of Firth, Idaho. He married his high school sweetheart, Carol Keller, of Shelley, Idaho. They welcomed a daughter, Donna, and a son, Mark. Mont began his law enforcement career in 1970 at the Shelley Police Department. In 1976, Mont became the chief deputy of the Bingham County Sheriff's Office. In 1980, he... Full story

  • Our View: Tomahawk sale is a positive step

    Apr 5, 2017

    A surprise sale of a downtown Green River property marks a positive step in attracting business to the city, as well as redeveloping the downtown area. The Tomahawk Building’s sale to a group of private businessmen interested in turning the building around and opening up use on all floors shows Green River is worth investing in. We can hope the added space at the Tomahawk will result in a larger push to attract business to the city, something all of Green River desperately needs. Once the upper floors of the building are opened up, we can o...

  • Artifact of the month: A cure for that cough

    Amanda Benson, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Apr 5, 2017

    Catching a cold can be a year-round occurrence and quite the nuisance when you catch one. Everyone hates the runny noses, sneezing and coughing that comes with a cold, and many people have go-to supplies for handling cold-related symptoms. For this month, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is featuring a common product to deal with a pesky cold symptom: cough syrup. This cough syrup was manufactured by the pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Perrigo, in Allegan, Mich. They marketed this cough syrup as “White Tree Cough Syrup,” which con...

  • Lifelong learning: Being stuck in the giggles

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Apr 5, 2017

    Have you ever been sitting in a meeting or a classroom and suddenly you (maybe by yourself, or maybe with a friend) - get the giggles? Me? All the time. I remember one time in particular as if it were yesterday. I was on vacation in Hawaii with my family, more than 30 years ago. My dad, brother and I were sitting at an outdoor table waiting for my mom and sister to finish some souvenir shopping. Suddenly a bird flew by and pooped from the air, as they do, and it landed smack dab on my dad’s forehead and glasses. My brother and I were less t...

  • Youtube and the guy in the wilderness

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    On paper, the concept behind Youtube is utterly bananas. “Let’s give anyone with access to a video camera and an internet connection the ability to upload a video on almost any topic they want,” I can imagine the pitch going. While it sounds crazy, Youtube has become an incredibly big business with some of its biggest users earning more than millions of dollars a year off of agreements with Youtube involving advertising on their videos. The ability to upload almost anything has resulted in a...

  • Wolves track team competes in RS

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Apr 5, 2017

    The Ted Schroeder Track Meet of Hope hosted a large contingent of the Southwest Wyoming Track competitors at Rock Springs last weekend. The meet included teams from Green River, Rock Springs, Farson, Lyman, Mountain View, Kemmerer, Evanston, Saratoga and H.E.M. (Hanna/Elk Mountain/Medicine Bow) this past weekend. The weather was typical for this meet, overcast and blowing winds, which kept the competitors and fans alike bundled up and times and distances were not optimal. Andri Dewey, a junior, led the way for the Lady Wolves in the sprints as...

  • GR, Kelly Walsh play to draw

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    After a big win against the Evanston Red Devils last week, the Green River High School boys varsity soccer team battled a tough squad from Kelly Walsh High School to a draw Tuesday afternoon after overtime. Taking on the Trojans at the GRHS field, the Wolves struggled to make a score despite multiple shots on the goal. The Trojans likewise struggled, having difficulty kicking the ball past goalie Patrick Marchal. For head coach Chris Bieber, the first half didn't reflect the Wolves' ability on...

  • Girls beat Red Devils at home

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    The Green River High School Lady Wolves Girls Soccer Team won its first game last Tuesday afternoon and is hoping for more wins this weekend. With 3-1, the Lady Wolves beat the Evanston Lady Red Devils, however, the win didn’t come easily for them. “We played good,” head coach Tracy Wyant said. “A win’s, a win.” For 90 percent of the game, the Lady Wolves controlled the pace and dominated the game, she said. Even though the team was controlling the game, they just couldn’t get the ball into the...

  • The joys of professional wrestling

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    The world of professional wrestling is ridiculous. I know this. You know this. Even the annoying dog down the street that barks at 3 a.m. knows this. At this point, most people also know professional wrestling isn’t a true athletic contest and is more of a testosterone-fueled soap opera where everything is predetermined. Despite the gaudiness of it all, there is something incredibly appealing to professional wresting. My dad introduced me to pro wrestling when I was seven years old through r...

  • Painting like a master

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    Thursday night, while most kids were at home working on homework or enjoying a few hours of free time, a group of about 40 parents and students at Harrison Elementary were painting a work of art. Michelle Wickstrom, an art teacher at Harrison Elementary, hosted the school's first Art Night Thursday evening drawing double the number she anticipated. "I was honestly shocked at the response we got," she said. Wickstrom said the school has wanted to host an Art Club for the last few years, but...

  • Christian students win awards

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    Three students returned home with ribbons and medals after competing in Idaho. Students from Green River Christian Academy recently competed in the Rocky Mountain Association of Christian Schools Academics and Fine Arts Tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho. Tristin Fundell took first place in humorous interpretation in the speech category, while Jamie Sprecher took third place in arts and crafts for his leather belt and first place in religious interpretation in speech. Lisa Fundell took second place...

  • Many GR young authors receive awards

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    Young authors put their most precious stories out there for others to judge. In the end, more than 100 authors from Sweetwater County School District No. 2 submitted entries for the 2017 Young Authors Awards program. Each year, students across the state are invited to write fiction, nonfiction and poetry for the competition. Fredrick “Steve” Schwartz, District No. 2 young authors coordinator, said the number of entries was comparable to what the district has received in other years. “Fiction alw...

  • District No. 2 Young Authors Winners and Participants

    Apr 5, 2017

    Kindergarten Fiction: 1st Place: “Sky the Pterodactyl,” by Kyler Steiss, Truman Elementary 2nd Place: “My Snowman and Me,” by Carter Johnson, Harrison Elementary Nonfiction: 1st Place: “The Life Book,” by Breilynn Eychne, Jackson Elementary First Grade Fiction: 1st Place: “The Tale of Electro the Dragon,” by Andrew M. Bozner, Jackson Elementary 2nd Place: “Holly Goes Skating,” by Malloree Mullins, Harrison Elementary 3rd Place: “The Mystery Girls,” by Anna Kropf, Kimber Academy Nonfiction: 1st Place: “I Love My New Clothes!,” by Madelyn Can...

  • Better balance class helps seniors

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 5, 2017

    Soft music was coming from the exercise room, and the calm voice of an instructor could be heard giving people directions. Better Balance Class teacher Mary Grubb was explaining each move to the eight-person class Monday morning. "You guys are the perfect example of people who are trying not to fall," Grubb said. She continued to give the students instructions on how to elongate their spines in order to have better posture. Once the group warmed up through stretches, they started making ball...

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