Articles from the April 10, 2019 edition


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  • GR to get $1.59m in excess taxes

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Apr 10, 2019

    Green River and other municipalities should have received their excess sixth-penny funds on Friday. Green River’s share is about $1.59 million. The 2012 specific purpose tax, also known as the sixth-cent tax, terminated on April 1, 2018, however, the county collected more than the projects needed. During a recent Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting, Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter gave the commissioners an update on what is going to be done with the excess sixth-cent penny collect...

  • County grant will pay for industrial site study

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 10, 2019

    The Wyoming State Loans and Investments Board awarded a $50,000 grant to Sweetwater County last week to help the county create a plan to attract industrial development near the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport east of Rock Springs. The grant will cover one third of the anticipated cost, while the county and the Green River and Rock Springs councils are pledging to split the other $100,000 needed for the plan. Krisena Marchal, grants coordinator for the county, said the plan the grant will...

  • Region V BOCES seeks .2 mill levy from SCSD No.2

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 10, 2019

    By DAVID MARTIN Publisher Region V Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which services several school districts including Sweetwater County School District No. 2, seeks a .2 mill levy from the district to help fund its work. Representatives of the organization spoke to school board members Tuesday night about the services they provide the district and the mill levy they seek, which amounts to $185,895. Region V BOCES provides services to students with emotional, social and behavioral...

  • City works to fill potholes

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 10, 2019

    Winter weather in Green River has created a number of potholes the city is working to address. With the weather improving throughout the last week, more potholes have appeared on city streets. Speaking during the Green River City Council meeting last week, City Administrator Reed Clevenger said the city’s streets crew used up the patching material it had, forcing the city to order 25 tons of mix. “We burned through that (original supply) immediately,” Mark Westenskow, director of public works...

  • Eyes on the prize

    Apr 10, 2019

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  • WWCC selects new college president

    Apr 10, 2019

    After a six-month long national search process, the board is pleased to announce that they are completing contract negotiations and expect to have a signed contract for official acceptance next week at the April board meeting. At that meeting, they will officially appoint Kimberly Dale of Scottsbluff, Neb., as the next President of Western Wyoming Community College. From a pool of 54 applicants, Western’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee, composed of community members, and current and past College personnel, narrowed the applicants down t...

  • RS man sentenced for poaching bull elk

    Apr 10, 2019

    Rock Springs resident Christian J. Cosby will pay over $5,000 in fines and have his hunting and fishing privileges suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to the intentional illegal taking of a bull elk in 2017 and taking a mountain lion with an illegal caliber firearm in 2018. In the fall of 2017, Green River Region Game and Fish enforcement personnel received multiple tips suggesting Cosby had illegally killed a large bull elk in an area he did not have a license for and had entered the bull in a local contest. Green River Wildlife...

  • Johnathan Lee Chipp

    Apr 10, 2019

    Johnathan Lee Chipp, 57, of Rock Springs, passed away at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. He was born Jan. 10, 1962, in Rock Springs, the son of Richard Keelin and Phyllis Purviance and later adopted by Bob Chipp. Johnathan attended school in Rock Springs and was a graduate of Rock Springs High School with the class of 1980. He attended Central Wyoming College in Riverton. He married Judy Cantrell Dec. 3, 1982, in Rock Springs. In this union a son Bryan Johnathan Chipp was...

  • Bradley "Dave" Calvert

    Apr 10, 2019

    Bradley "Dave" Calvert died April 4, 2019. Dave was born in Lander July 26, 1975, where he spent his early childhood. Growing up in Rock Springs, he graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1994. Dave lived a life of adventure. Chasing his dream of rodeo landed him in Silver City, N.M. To fund his rodeo, Dave started into the world of wildland firefighting. This became the love of his life as he joined the Gila Hot Shots. He loved everything about it. The thrill of adventure was his motto. He...

  • Alma Edith Hughes

    Apr 10, 2019

    Alma Edith Hughes, 88, of Green River passed away at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City April 6, 2019. She was a long-time resident of Green River and former resident of Missouri. Survivors include her son Jonathan Hughes of Green River; two daughters, Phyllis Hughes of Green River and Rebecca Morris and husband Jerry of Eau Claire, Wisc.; four brothers, C.L. Chatman and wife Rose of Missouri, Truman Chatman and wife Carol of Missouri, T.C. Chatman and wife Belinda Jo of Montana and Lawrence Chatman and wife Jeannie of...

  • Alicia Bernadette Guerra

    Apr 10, 2019

    Alicia Bernadette Guerra, 40, passed away April 5, 2019, at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Green River. Guerra was born Sept. 24, 1978, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Eleuterio Guerra and Marion Lukich Guerra. She attended schools in Rock Springs and Green River and was a graduate of Green River High School with the class of 1997. She earned an associate's degree in business from Western Wyoming Community College. Guerra was formerly employed at First Bank North Side and Wells...

  • William "Bill" A. Garcia

    Apr 10, 2019

    William "Bill" A. Garcia, 83, of Rock Springs passed away at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County April 5, 2019. He was born Aug. 12, 1935, in Victoria, Texas, the son of William A. Garcia Sr. and Agnes Cisneros Markisich. Bill married Virginia Cantu March 23, 1953, in Quirro, Texas. She preceded him in death Oct. 20, 2012. Bill was a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war. He owned Pioneer Engine Service and had also been an instructor at WWCC teaching industry tec...

  • Our view: Enzi's plan was promising

    Apr 10, 2019

    During his recent visit to the Genesis Alkali facility, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., mentioned the association health plan idea he worked on with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. However, a federal judge has ruled against the plan and in the words of the Washington Post, placed some companies in limbo. This is an unfortunate event because we think the idea is promising for a sparsely-populated state like Wyoming. The association health care idea allows similar businesses to pool together for health insurance coverage and retirement plans. While...

  • Lifelong learning: Why Western works

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Apr 10, 2019

    I want to share a story. My oldest daughter Aly graduated a couple of years ago from Western. Then she worked at Western, while still taking a couple of classes after graduation. For her own reasons, she needed some time off before pursuing her bachelor’s degree. This January, she left Rock Springs for California and now lives 710 miles from me. This is hard because even though she is 22 years old, she will always be my little girl. This semester, Aly is taking a history class, two psychology classes and a math class as she pursues her psycholo...

  • Imaging with a little help from my friends

    Richard P. Holm, The Prairie Doc|Apr 10, 2019

    The world of radiology began in 1895 when a European physicist Wilhelm Röntgen noticed fluorescence behind heavy cardboard when a cathode tube was activated nearby. Röntgen used his wife’s hand to demonstrate for the first time how these unknown rays, or X-rays, could penetrate the soft tissue of her hand and illustrate the bones that lay within. Röntgen generously refused to patent his discovery, which allowed the explosive growth and development of a new industry. Unfortunately, researchers were unaware of the dangers of too much X-ray expo...

  • Music and exercise combined makes for an interesting class

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Apr 10, 2019

    Green River elementary students used drum sticks to tap balls, their shoes or the floor in order to make music while exercising. Harrison Elementary and Washington Elementary music teacher Kathy Rath and PE and health teacher Briana Fuller taught kids at Harrison School how exercise and music can be combined to get fit and have fun by using a DrumFit kit they borrowed from Lincoln Middle School. Rath said she and Fuller were discussing how to incorporate a dance unit into PE, when Fuller told...

  • LMS student named state champ

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Apr 10, 2019

    An interest in maps and flags at a young age led one Green River student to a passion for geography. This passion for geography has now led to a trip to Washington D.C., for Lincoln Middle School eighth-grade student Dillon Davis, who recently won the Wyoming Geography Bee. The geography took place at the Casper College March 29 and followed the same format as all other state competitions across the country. For Dillon, geography is just something he’s always been interested in. “Geography is...

  • Something new

    Apr 10, 2019

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  • Ham radio enthusiast embraces new role

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Apr 10, 2019

    For local ham radio enthusiast Richard Breininger, being elected as the American Radio Relay League section manager is a new and exciting adventure. Breininger, also known as call sign N1TEK, started the two-year team on April 1 and is already making plans on what he would like to accomplish. “I was elected in the Spring,” Breininger said. “Nobody opposed me though so it was an easy election.” Even though Breininger was unopposed, he still had to receive at least five nominations from members...

  • Students of the month

    Apr 10, 2019

    Each month, Expedition Academy High School honors a male and female student for hard work and dedication to the school and the community. Dawson Heiss and Jazmin Winn were selected as Students of the Month for February. Selections come from the school's staff and student input throughout the month. When a staff member see's a student doing something good or above and beyond, the student receives a cheetah buck redeemable for a prize. Only 18 students earn this accolade each school year, with...

  • Western's play hits the stage

    Apr 10, 2019

    “Into the Woods,” a Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim about wishes and what can happen when they come true, will be presented by Western Wyoming Community College’s Performing Arts Department. The performances are scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday and April 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on April 20 at 2 p.m. The story follows a childless baker and his wife in their quest to have a child. Their paths are crossed by well-known characters from the Brothers Grimm such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beans...

  • Team improves at Rock Springs meet

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Apr 10, 2019

    The Green River Wolves track team competed in Rock Springs at the Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope, competing against 12 other teams. There were a number of fine performances on the day as many of the Wolves set their personal best times or distances. In the girls 100 meters, all of the Lady Wolves finished in personal record time. They were led by junior Mariyah Brady taking fourth in 13.17, followed by senior Erika Wilson in ninth place in 13.72, sophomore Jacque Vaquera at 11th in 13.84, freshman Sara Wilson at 23rd, freshman Karli Rasmussen at 30...

  • Lady Wolves soccer wins 1, loses 1 last week

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Apr 10, 2019

    By STEPHANIE THOMPSON Editor The Lady Wolves first conference game turned out to be a rough start for them when they took on the Rock Springs Lady Tigers. On Thursday, the Lady Wolves played the Lady Tigers on their home field and lost, 9-0. However, the team bounced back against the Evanston Lady Red Devils on Friday with a 2-1 win in overtime. Head coach Tracy Wyant said the Lady Tigers are a good, tough, solid team this year. She said they are good on defense and offense and had already...

  • SWAT members earn many titles at state meet

    David Martin, Publisher|Apr 10, 2019

    The Sweetwater Aquatics Team, a group of swimmers from Green River, Rock Springs and Lyman, were declared the team champions of the winter state swim meet for USA Swimming in Laramie. The team brought home 26 individual titles and three relay state titles during the meet. The team of Lauren Jensen, Lauren Lee, Bryn Busskohl and Alexa Lauze earned both state titles in the relay events for the 15-16-year-old girls division, as well as 11 of 13 individual titles. Hailey Uhrig broke two state...

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