Articles from the April 15, 2015 edition


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  • SW-WRAP founder resigns

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 15, 2015

    While the Green River-based Southwestern Wyoming Recovery Access Programs is undergoing an administrative change, its services to its clients won’t change according to its interim CEO. Last week, Cathie Hughes, CEO and founder of SW-WRAP, resigned from her position. The board then selected former Green River resident Gene Smith to fill in as the organization’s temporary CEO until a new hire can be made. While the organization is making administrative changes, Smith said the services it offers won’t be impacted. “The changes are interna...

  • Third round of charges filed

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 15, 2015

    A Green River woman faces five more charges after she allegedly used her car as a deadly weapon for the third time within the last five months. Heather L. Ortega, 41, was scheduled to appear for an arraignment in the Third District Court of Judge Lavery on three felony charges of aggravated assault and battery and two misdemeanor charges; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and failure to maintain liability insurance. However, the arraignment on these charges never occurred and an order for an evaluation for competency to...

  • Junior kindergarten approved

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 15, 2015

    The Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees voted to approve a new kindergarten concept aiming to help kindergarten students who have difficulties transitioning into their new environment. Specifically, the junior kindergarten concept targets students whose birthdays are celebrated during the summer months, as well as those turning five years old in September, prior to the kindergarten cutoff date. According to Lu Kasper and Greg Figenser, the principals of Harrison and Truman Elementary Schools respectively, many of the...

  • City nets $295K for landfill work

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 15, 2015

    A trip to Cheyenne resulted in $295,000 in additional funding for the city’s landfill closure and transfer station projects. Mayor Pete Rust said the city received the funding through the State Lands and Investments board during its annual meeting last week. SLIB is headed up by the five top elected officials in the state and provide funding and grant assistance to communities throughout the state. Rust said he was surprised when he was told elected officials from other communities don’t often travel to SLIB meetings to help present their fun...

  • SNAAG snags alleged drug group

    Staff Report|Apr 15, 2015

    A drug and fugitive apprehension sweep conducted by county deputies and the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Arrest Group team resulted in eight arrests Thursday night. According to Sheriff Mike Lowell, Adam Fulmer, 20, of Rock Springs was arrested for alleged delivery of a controlled substance, alleged conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, and alleged possession of marijuana. Adam Wesley Benton, 25, of Rock Springs was arrested for an alleged probation violation on an original charge aggravated assault was wanted by Powell County, M...

  • Our View: Senate vote is concerning

    Apr 15, 2015

    Last week, a group in the U.S. Senate, including both of Wyoming’s senators, voted to support state efforts to buy national forests, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas. The vote, which is a symbolic vote and thankfully not carrying any legal weight, was a budgetary amendment called SA 838. We’re also thankful that national parks, preserves and monuments can’t be sold, though we’re sure it would be political suicide to travel down that route. The idea of purchasing federal land was kicked around the Wyoming Legislature during the session...

  • A world without a library?

    Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System|Apr 15, 2015

    A few years ago, a student essay contest was hosted in New York City with the topic “A World Without Libraries.” More than 50 students from elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools submitted essays sharing their views about what the world might be like without libraries. Some of the students’ observations included: 1. “A library is a need in our community. That is what I’m trying to explain to you. A library has knowledge and we can never get too much knowledge.” 2. “So a world without libraries would be a dump. People won’t...

  • Notes from Town Square: Cheyenne trip pays off

    Pete Rust, Mayor of Green River|Apr 15, 2015

    The city has been provided the opportunity by the Green River Star to have different staff write an article in the weekly edition and for this week the schedule calls for a member of the Council or mayor to contribute so I thought I would let our citizens know about a trip myself, our new City Administrator Reed Clevenger, and our Solid Waste Supervisor, Linda Roosa made to Cheyenne last week. We traveled to Cheyenne to appear before the State Land and Investment Board made up of the governor, the secretary of state, the state treasurer, the...

  • Taking on 72 ounces of meaty glory

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2015

    It’s very safe to say that the television of today is far different than what I grew up with. While a lot of my viewing consists of quality shows I religiously watch, there’s also a great deal of rubbernecking involved. I think a lot of times it’s just the pure shock value that keeps me involved and for some reason I can’t pull my eyes away. I hate to admit it, but I once binged watched a marathon of a show called “Jerseylicous” which is about a hair salon in New Jersey with the classic Ita...

  • Industrial complex, fact or fiction?

    Dave Hanks, Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce|Apr 15, 2015

    Is the vision of a mega Industrial Complex a reality for Southwestern Wyoming? Many believe it is possible while others have concerns about the potential for such a project in the vast open spaces of western Wyoming. Today information is being gathered to evaluate the potential and partnerships exist to move forward with this very ambitious concept. The idea was first brought to light last year by the Governor's office and state legislature. Whom had recently visited Alberta's Industrial...

  • Melanie Sue Jones

    Apr 15, 2015

    Melanie Sue Jones left us before her time. She was born, Nov. 23, 1968 and passed away April 12, 2015 due to complications of the liver. Melanie was a fun-loving and loyal friend to all. She loved cooking and dolphins. Melanie leaves her father Terry R. Jones (Katherine), mother Mercy J. Garcia (Gene), siblings Natalie Anne, Brianna, Conor, & Fiona Jones, John Garcia, Anne Garcia Smith, and Chris Garcia, and many loving family and friends. A mass of christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic... Full story

  • William "Vern" Van Matre

    Apr 15, 2015

    William "Vern" Van Matre, 68, of Green River passed away April 3, 2015 at the Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City of pancreatic cancer. Van Matre was born in Hilo, Hawaii. At the age of four, he moved to Eden Valley and then moved to Green River, where he attended Green River High School. He was inducted into the hall of fame twice for athletic accomplishment. Later he joined the Navy, serving his country for 25 years, retiring as master chief. He moved on to become associate dean of... Full story

  • Julian "Julio" Delgadillo

    Apr 15, 2015

    Julian "Julio" Delgadillo, 87, of Rock Springs passed away at his home April 11, 2015. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Teocaltiche, Jalisco, Mexico, Delgadillo passed away following a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 9, 1928 in Teocaltiche, Jalisco, Mexico, the son of the late Eutimio Delgadillo and Epigmenia Jauregui. Delgadillo attended schools in Ostotan, Jalisco, Mexico. He married Josefina Jauregui in Mexticacan, Jalisco, Mexico on April 21, 1954. Delgadillo wor... Full story

  • Tommy Eugene Potter

    Apr 15, 2015

    Tommy Eugene Potter, 62, of Rock Springs passed away April 9, 2015. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Potter passed away suddenly. He was born on June 24, 1952 in Rock Springs, the son of the late Blaine Potter and Florence Delgado. Potter attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1971. He served in the United States Army. Potter was a truck driver for PIE and PDQ for several years, until his retirement in 2001. His interests included... Full story

  • Rulon Gardner gives back

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2015

    In 1989 Rulon Gardner finished first at the annual Bill Thoman Memorial Tournament. Twenty five years later, Gardner returned to Green River High School. The 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist was at the school last week working with local wrestlers. Lincoln Middle School Assistant Principal Darren Heslep said he's known Gardner for years and he has been working to bring him to town. Along with working with younger wrestlers, Heslep said Gardner also gave a speech to LMS students. While the location of...

  • Storyteller, musician to perform at center

    Staff Report|Apr 15, 2015

    Residents will have the chance to learn about the west through music and stories through storyteller and Wyoming Humanities Council member Bill Rossiter. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Rossiter will be at the Golden Hour Senior Center to perform “The Magic Carpet Made of Steel,” songs and lies by Rossiter. Rossiter, a 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Service to the Humanities in Montana, chaired the humanities division and taught literature and folklore for 25 years at Flathead Valley Community College and the University of Montana, retir...

  • Classic hits the GRHS stage

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 15, 2015

    Residents who enjoyed "The Sound of Music" film will not want to miss the Green River High School Theater Department's musical production of the classic. The department is scheduled to perform "The Sound of Music" by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Songs such as "The Sound of Music," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" "My Favorite Things" and "So Long - Farewell," will be performed by the students Thursday and Friday nights a 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the GRHS theater. Theater director...

  • GR fares well at county level competition

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 15, 2015

    Green River and Rock Springs young authors found out who would move onto Wyoming State Young Author's Competition at the Sweetwater County Young Author Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, which took place last Thursday at the Rock Springs Junior High School was a classy event, Karen Price, Young Author Coordinator for School County School District No. 2, said. Before advancing to the county-wide level, students had to have a first-place finish at their county level to move on. Students submitted entr...

  • Wolves strong at Rock Springs meet

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2015

    It was a great day for the Green River High School track team. The Wolves ended last Saturday's 2015 Rock Springs Meet of Hope with an impressive eight first place finishers. "I thought both teams performed well Saturday. It was nice to see a number of kids have success and feel good about themselves," head coach Steve Boyd said. Leading the way for Green River was junior Tyler Vendetti who had a stellar day finishing first in the long jump, triple jump, and 300-meter hurdles. Senior Dylan Rust...

  • Squads demolish rival Rock Springs

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2015

    In their first four games of the season, the Green River High School boy’s soccer team scored four goals. The fifth game was a much different story as the Wolves came out of the gates strong April 9 against Rock Springs on their way to a crushing 6-0 victory in the first round of the Sweetwater Cup. Green River opened scoring just four minutes into the game when senior Tanner Trumble scored on an assist from fellow senior Taten Knight. Seven minutes later Kamden Carroll would take over the game with the first of three-straight first half g...

  • Lady Wolves trash Tigers

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2015

    It was all Lady Wolves in the first round of the 2015 Sweetwater Cup. In the first match up between the two rivals April 9 at Wolves Stadium, the Green River High School girl’s were able to pick up a 3-0 victory, led by a hat trick from Lauren Hoyt. She scored in the 18th minute, in the 38th minute on an assist from Taylor Stoeger, and in the 52nd minute on an assist from McKenzie Lucas. Green River head coach Tracy Wyant said that going into the game they changed some things up and went with more of an offensive formation. She said that t...

  • Aquatic fun

    Apr 15, 2015