Articles from the November 8, 2017 edition


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  • Veterans services planned

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, People Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    With Veterans’ Day falling on a Saturday this year, veterans will have a few opportunities to join in on special lunches and programs. Pete Rust, Green River Mayor and veteran, said historically, taking care of one’s country and the values of that country is something that should be celebrated. “To celebrate that basic value, just seems to me, (is) very, very important to share that,” he said. “It just brings us all together.” Rust said Veterans’ Day is about the value this country has o...

  • GR artist allegedly snubbed

    DAVID MARTIN, Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    The recent unveiling of a statue of Kenny Sailors, inventor of basketball’s jump shot, at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie has a few residents believing the university fouled on a beloved Green River artist. The statue, located at the Arena-Auditorium’s new entrance, displays a young Sailors making a jump shot at Madison Square Garden in New York, during the 1943 NCAA basketball championships. It was sculpted by Jay Warren, an Oregon-based artist. Warren wasn’t always the first selection for t...

  • Solid waste services privatized

    DAVID MARTIN, Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    With two votes, the Green River City Council effectively ended its solid waste division and contracted with Wyoming Waste Systems for its solid waste disposal. The Council voted unanimously to contract with Wyoming Waste Systems, followed by unanimous approval of a severance package for employees in the city's solid waste department. For residents, the switch to a private solid waste company means a monthly garbage bill, which Mayor Pete Rust said would be $31.50 for basic services. According...

  • County may bill UP for fire costs

    DAVID MARTIN, Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    The county may bill the Union Pacific Railroad over costs associated with fighting a wildfire east of Rock Springs. Two weeks ago, the county fire department was dispatched to fight a fire near Tipton Road, which was caused by UP employees grinding rails as part of maintenance work on nearby tracks. The fire quickly expanded to more than 450 acres before being contained. Damages included power poles owned by Rocky Mountain Power, as well as railroad ties and some fencing. While giving his...

  • Residents excited for upcoming event

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, People Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    It’s something the Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center residents look forward to every year. “It’s always full. We have people standing in the hallway even after we put out every chair we have,” Heidi Schuh, activities director and volunteer coordinator said. Schuh was describing what it’s like during the Veterans program the center hosts annually. Each year, members from the Monroe Intermediate School Choir visit the center and sing American-themed songs to the residents. Any time...

  • Seniors celebrate Halloween

    Nov 8, 2017

  • Wolves eliminated in playoffs

    PETE RUST, Contributor|Nov 8, 2017

    The No. 3 seeded Green River Wolves had to hit the road for the long trip east to take on the No. 2 seeded Torrington Trailblazers on their home field. While it was disappointing to work so hard and come so close, head football coach Don Maggi said "it was a tough game to lose, and that while it is never easy, especially when you put so much into a season." "We are extremely proud of the effort of our kids showed against Torrington and all season long," he said. The Wolves got the ball first...

  • Lady Wolves swim for 5th place at state

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, People Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    The Green River High School swimming team didn’t hit their goal of taking one of the top three spots at state, but the coach is still happy with the season. “They swam really well, but we didn’t quite come out with our team goal,” head coach Colleen Seiloff said. The Lady Wolves came out of state with a fifth-place finish and although it wasn’t what they wanted to accomplish, Seiloff knew the Lady Wolves gave it their all. “I was pleased across the board,” she said. Seiloff said she had some...

  • Lady Wolves volleyball team ends season at state

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, People Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    It wasn’t how the Green River High School Lady Wolves volleyball team wanted to end the season, but they didn’t go down without a fight. On Thursday the Lady Wolves took on Thunder Basin at state. It was the first time they had ever played this team and the teams were pretty equally matched. Head coach Rikki Shantz said the Lady Wolves played pretty good defense and they battled the whole game, however, Thunder Basin was just having a great game. “They didn’t make mistakes. They didn’t hit reall...

  • Toddlers learn new songs

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, People Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    Despite the cold and snowy weather, parents still brought their children to the Sweetwater County Library toddler time. Every Monday, starting at 10:30 a.m., youth services department employees at the library host toddler time, which is an early literacy program designed to get children listening to books at a very young age. During this toddler time, youth services librarian Becky Iwen, focused the program around getting ready for bed. The toddlers were asked what they do to prepare for bed,...

  • Speech team takes 2nd at 1st meet

    STEPHANIE THOMPSON, People Editor|Nov 8, 2017

    The Green River High School Speech and Debate Team kicked off the season with a second-place finish at their first meet of the season. This past weekend, the team traveled to Rock Springs for its tournament. Unlike previous years, the entire team attended the tournament. Head coach Carina White said in previous years only the novice team participated, but this year she decided the whole team should go. Cheyenne East took first place and Green River came in second. “They did exceptionally w...

  • Witches face off

    Nov 8, 2017

  • Beverly Kenaga Frahm

    Nov 8, 2017

    Beverly Kenaga Frahm, 83, died peacefully at home Oct. 17, 2017, in Olympia, Wash. She was born May 18, 1934, to Dan and Orcelia "Toots" Kenaga in Denver. Over the years, she also lived in Wyoming, Idaho and Arizona. She is survived by her sons, Daniel Frahm (Bridget) and Drew Frahm (Debbie); daughters, Cay Lewis (Bart), Kristi Frahm and Caren Musser (Mark); 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John Sam Frahm. A private family service...

  • Philip Kinkead

    Nov 8, 2017

    It is with a heavy heart that the family of Philip Kinkead, 63, announces his sudden passing on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The native of Ajo, Ariz., and long-time resident of Green River will be remembered by many as a 'Gentle Giant.' He was born Aug. 24, 1954, in Ajo, Ariz,. where he attended school and met and married the love of his life. After attending Central Arizona and Northern Arizona University, he moved to Green River where he worked at Tata Chemicals for 36 years. He was recently...

  • Thomas J. Thomas

    Nov 8, 2017

    Thomas J. Thomas, 89, passed away Oct. 30, 2017, at his home in Rock Springs following a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Thomas was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Rock Springs, the son of James Thomas and Fannie "Tanny" Jelouchan. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1946 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. Thomas married Shirley Kaumo Oct.19, 1948, in Rock Springs. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2004. He was a self-employed business owner of Tom's Wyoming...

  • David Paul Trujillo

    Nov 8, 2017

    David Paul Trujillo, 64, passed away Oct. 29, 2017, at his home in Rock Springs. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. Trujillo was born Nov. 6, 1952, the son of Tony M. Trujillo and Lucy V. Trujillo. He attended schools in Rock Springs. Trujillo married Karen Probert and they later divorced. He worked as an operating engineer in construction until an accident forced his retirement in 1984. Trujillo enjoyed spending time with his family, and was an avid outdoorsman. Survivors include two...

  • Our View: Donate to the county food bank

    Nov 8, 2017

    With Halloween firmly in the proverbial rear-view mirror, many are now turning their attentions to Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays. With Thanksgiving a few weeks away, we would like to remind residents to think about the less fortunate in Green River and consider making a food or cash donation to the Sweetwater County Food Bank. The food bank serves the county’s residents out of its Rock Springs and Green River locations. The Green River Food Bank is located behind Golden Hour Senior Center in the old Roo...

  • Come on, use the poo bags

    Nov 8, 2017

    Dear Editor, I’d like to express my thanks to the city of Green River for providing doggy poo bags and repositories. Many of our citizens readily use them. Unfortunately, some dog owners do not pick up after their pets. Hopefully, that will change as they see other owners being responsible. In an effort to make a difference in my corner of the world, I have been carrying extra bags to pick up after those who don’t. Why? Because I, like so many others, enjoy our Greenbelt. We enjoy a clean area to walk our pets, meet people and enjoy what our...

  • The threats facing condors

    TOM GAGNON, Guest Columnist|Nov 8, 2017

    Soaring high over the Arizona desert, condors search the landscape for meat. Anything will do: a gut pile left by a hunter; a lightning killed bison; or a tourist falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon. On an autumnal drive through northern Arizona, my Uncle Gerry Gagnon and I turned off a highway to the House Rock condor viewing area. The white guano-stain marks, just beneath the nests of the great birds, can be seen with the naked eye from miles away. The dark spots, against the blue sky, are condors. They glide swiftly and seemingly witho...

  • Notes from Town Square: Shopping small on Small Business Saturday

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street Administrator|Nov 8, 2017

    It’s November so you know what that means! The holidays are coming up quickly and shopping is on our minds. Green River URA/Main Street would like to remind everyone to shop small and support our local businesses. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25 and is the perfect opportunity to find those special gifts for our loved ones. Why should we shop and spend money locally? Helps to stimulate the local economy When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned stores, about 70 cents of every dollar stays local. Only 40 c...

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