Articles from the April 6, 2016 edition

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  • Police Reports

    Apr 6, 2016

    Officers responded to a motorist assist regarding a vehicle stuck and blocking a turning lane, on Uinta Drive and Roosevelt Drive. Officers issued a traffic warning for allegedly speeding in a school zone at 250 Monroe Avenue. Officers contacted an individual who reported a nuisance regarding smoke from wood stoves in the area on Colorado Drive. Officers received a call of a vehicle with mechanical problems on the bridge on Uinta Drive. Officers worked traffic control while the motorist had help arrive and tow the vehicle. Officers responded...

  • Sue Ann Seneshale

    Apr 6, 2016

    Sue Ann Seneshale, 73, of Rock Springs, passed away April 2, 2016, following a lengthy illness. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 63 years and former resident of Selma, Ala. She was born on May 1, 1942 in Selma, Ala., the daughter of the late Al D. and Ann Browser Rainville. Seneshale attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1959 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. She married August J. Seneshale in Rock Springs, Dec. 31, 1959. He preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1999. Seneshale wa... Full story

  • Kyle Steven Rodda

    Apr 6, 2016

    Kyle Steven Rodda, 22, of Rock Springs, passed away March 28, 2016. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. He was born on Dec. 8, 1993 in Rock Springs, the son of Steven Rodda and Stacie Jeanminette Brown. Rodda attended school in Rock Springs and was a 2012 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He was employed as a foreman operator for Great Basin Industrial. His main interest was his daughter. Other interests included spending time with his family, fishing, camping and hunting. Survivors... Full story

  • Harry Sheldon Fox

    Apr 6, 2016

    Funeral services and interment of ashes will take place this summer in Green River for Harry Sheldon Fox, who died March 30, at his home in Washington, Utah, at the age of 79. He had been in declining health for some time. Fox was born September 8, 1936, to George and Frieda Porter Fox, in Green River and grew up on a ranch on the Green. He retired from OCI after 35 years of service and for a while split his time between the family home in Green River, the Fox cabin at Commissary Ridge above... Full story

  • Frederick Alexander Banks

    Apr 6, 2016

    Frederick Alexander Banks, 52, of Rock Springs, passed away March 26, 2016 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, surrounded by his friends, following a valiant battle with cancer. He was born on Dec. 22, 1963 in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Arnold Banks and Nora Mae Burkes. He served honorably in the United States Army and was a member of American Legion, Archie Hay Post No. 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2321. He was employed as a carpenter for Doud BTS Construction. His interests were vintage guitars, music, bull riding and riding... Full story

  • Our View: 20 percent might be too much to ask

    Apr 6, 2016

    Sweetwater County, like every other governing body in Wyoming, faces a severe funding problem as a result of a decline in natural gas and coal prices. Discussion taking place between the Sweetwater County Commissioners Tuesday morning heavily foreshadow tough economic choices to be made amongst the county department heads and the directors of its satellite agencies. With a projected 20 percent decrease in county revenues, amounting to a loss of about $8 million total, the county commissioners are doing the right in telling the various groups...

  • Police mistreated by media

    Apr 6, 2016

    Dear Editor, There are very few people in Green River that have a feeling of apprehension when their husband, wife, or child goes to work. Each police officer’s family feels this every day. Not just their husband, wife or child, but their parents and siblings have this uneasy feeling. When we hear a siren, it is always frightening. Most people think Green River is a small town and not much happens here. None of you really know what goes on in this town because you don’t hear it on the radio or read it in the newspaper. Green River has many crim...

  • Notes from Town Square: Baked goods at Daily Knead

    Jennie Melvin, Green River Main Street, URA|Apr 6, 2016

    Are you in the market for some baked goods? Try our local bakery, The Daily Knead, located downtown on Flaming Gorge Way. Loanda Slaton opened her bakery about 5 and a half years ago to start a college fund for her two sons. She and her son, Aaron, do all the baking themselves and everything they sell is homemade. Loanda said that she decided to start a bakery because she loves baking for other people. She really enjoys watching people’s expressions as they take a bite of one of her goodies and seeing the look of joy that comes over their f...

  • Drug coupons mask drugs' real costs

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Apr 6, 2016

    What would make your medicines cheaper? That’s a question Americans are asking every time they go to the pharmacy and find the price of a maintenance drug they’ve been taking has doubled or tripled, or that a new medicine, like one of the new diabetes drugs, their doctors have prescribed is beyond their means. Increasingly the answer from the drug industry, which pretty much can charge whatever it wishes, is more patient assistance programs that come in the form of coupons, co-pay cards, or vouchers to help people buy their drugs. People nee...

  • Council finalizes city signs

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Apr 6, 2016

    Longtime residents may not have any difficulty finding their way to various destinations in the city of Green River, but for those who are traveling through or visiting for an event, some places prove difficult to find. Funds were finalized at Tuesday’s city council meeting for construction of way-finding signs in Green River. The total project budget is set at $168,000. The amount of $84,000 is paid for by a Wyoming Business Council Enhancement Grant, which was awarded to the city in O...

  • Green River must cut $1 million

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Apr 6, 2016

    Hard times are ahead for Green River. Green River has gone through five straight years of budget cuts; and this coming fiscal year is no different. In fact, it’s worse. “The state took some large hits this year,” Green River finance director Chris Meats said. The city will plan a budget with a substantial cut in funds totaling $1.2 million. The deficit comes from two avenues of revenue; consensus funding from the county and sales taxes revenue. The state has also cut its budget for the past...

  • County's fiscal outlook remains grim

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    As Sweetwater County’s offices and agencies prepare to present budgets to the county commissioners, the funding picture for the county remains grim. The county is looking at an $8 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year, roughly a 20-percent decrease in revenues from last year. The county commissioners voted 3-2 to notify county agencies to request at least a 20-percent decrease in funding from the previous year. The two dissenting votes come from Commissioners Reid West and Randy Wendling....

  • Sex offender moved near school

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    A registered sex offender who is accused of failing to report his change of residence, which happened to be near a school, and employment could serve prison time. Lonnie Phillip Moffitt, 41, of Green River was convicted in 1999 of third-degree sexual assault. Since then, he is required to notify the proper authorities on his employment or residential changes, however, he is accused of failing to do so. Moffitt appeared in Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at an arraignment to two...

  • Golden hour faces funding problems

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Apr 6, 2016

    An update from the Golden Hour Senior Center at Tuesday’s city council meeting revealed the center is in a time of need. The center’s attendance is at an all-time high, their meal count is up, classes and activities they provide is up, seniors they serve are up, low-income seniors serviced is up, but funding from the state legislature is down. During the Wyoming Legislature’s session in February, the Wyoming tax refund for elderly and disabled programs was cut. “We know that we served at leas...

  • 'Grease' musical to hit the stage this week

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    The ever-popular movie "Grease" will come to life in the form of a musical this week at the high school. The Green River High School Theater Department is putting on "Grease" the musical Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the GRHS theater. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from the administration office ahead of time for $5 for students and seniors and $7 for general admission. GRHS theater director Terrin Musbach said the production was adapted for the stage from the...

  • Tales brought to life

    Apr 6, 2016

    Game of Tones: Guy Mendilow Ensemble revives the fantastic world of Ladino Song with Global Grace in Tales of the Forgotten Kingdom. Community Fine Arts Center proudly presents Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom performed by Guy Mendilow Ensemble. The performance takes place April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Theater located at 618 Broadway, in Rock Springs. Tickets are $12 and $10 seniors/students and available at the CFAC and at the door. More info at and A...

  • Sweetwater County libraries to celebrate National Library Week

    Apr 6, 2016

    From April 10 through 16 the Sweetwater County Library System joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the dynamic changes happening in today’s libraries. Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but are creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate, attend fun and educational programs, or just relax. The library offers access to a variety of print and digital r...

  • Student selected for Naval Academy

    Apr 6, 2016

    A Green River High School was selected to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program. Eric Clingenpeel, a junior, will attend this program in June of 2016. Student selection for the seminar is based on overall accomplishments in and out of the classroom. This fast-paced, six-day experience is designed to challenge student limits and take them beyond anything they have ever done before. During this session, Clingenpeel will become part of the Naval Academy, he will live in Bancroft Hall,...

  • Rising star

    Apr 6, 2016

    Harrison Elementary School second-grade student, Jaylene Gallegos, 8, was asked by her teacher Senter Timmons and activities director Tony Beardsley to sing the National Anthem at the last Green River High School Boys Varsity basketball game, which was Feb. 27. Timmons discovered Gallegos when she was singing in the hallway. He asked her to sing for him again; and she did. He recorded her singing the National Anthem and asked Beardsley if they can have her sing at a basketball game. Gallegos...

  • District champs: 8 qualify nationals

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    For the ninth year in a row, the Green River High School Speech and Debate Team has came home with a District Championship. Not only did the team bring home a District Championship trophy, but they also brought home the debate sweepstakes award. With 40 points Green River took first, and with 38 points Rock Springs took second. “We won the Leading Chapter Award as well for excellence in Speech and Debate,” head coach Carina White said. “Our team has consistently proven that they deserve to be...

  • GRHS speech coach receives state recognition

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    With all of Green River High School Speech and Debate team's success, it was no surprise when the team's head coach was recognized for her work. At the Wyoming Speech and Debate competition, head coach Carina White was named 4A Coach of the Season and was given a plaque from the Wyoming High School Forensics Association. The WHSFA is a state-wide association that encourages and advances speech in all its phases in Wyoming schools. Coaches from all teams were encouraged to nominate another coach...

  • Seniors love game and playful banter

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    Several Green River seniors gather each week, not only for the love of a card game, but for the socialization that comes with it. Friday afternoon was no different. Walking down the hall to find where the card game "31" was being played, all one could hear was laughter. A quick glance into the conference room, and one could see a group of ladies eating popcorn, laughing and teasing each other as they played the game. One would accuse the other of hiding their quarters behind their popcorn,...

  • Senior menus/activities

    Apr 6, 2016

    Golden Hour Senior Center Menu April 7-13 Thursday - Artichoke chicken, rice pilaf, Harvard beets, fresh fruit, roll, brownie Friday - Fish sandwich with lettuce and tomato, French fries, coleslaw, Jello Monday - Indian tacos, refried beans, fruit, pudding Tuesday - Baked tilapia, seasoned rice, spinach, peach cobbler, biscuit Wednesday - Pizza, hawaiian and sausage, olive cup, cottage cheese with tomato, dessert Golden Hour Senior Center Activities April 7-13 Thursday - Diabetes and me, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Coffee break with Mayor Pete Rust, 11...

  • GRHS defeats Evanston at home

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 6, 2016

    Both Green River High School varsity soccer teams walked away from Wolves stadium with wins Tuesday afternoon after tough encounters with the Evanston Red Devils. For the boys team, the victory is the first of the season after battling Cheyenne Central to a tie during the first game of the season Saturday. For the girls, it's a chance to soothe the sting resulting from a 2-0 loss to Star Valley. Head coach Chris Bieber said the team played well together during their second outing of the season....

  • G&F receives lands access donation

    Apr 6, 2016

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received $28,350 for Access Yes, the private lands public wildlife access program. The donations are a combination of support from the Wyoming Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Wyoming Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Wyoming Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Bowhunters of Wyoming. Access Yes is a program that facilitates the partnership between landowners and the department to create public hunting and fishing access on private land. These include Walk-in Areas, H...

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