Articles from the May 8, 2019 edition


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  • Commissioner dies Thursday

    David Martin, Publisher|May 8, 2019

    Don Van Matre, a long-serving Sweetwater County Commissioner and former mayor of Green River, died early Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was 76. Flags were flown at half-mast Monday in both Sweetwater County and the state offices in Cheyenne from sunrise to sunset in Van Matre’s honor. Van Matre grew up in the Farson-Eden area before joining the U.S. Army. He served as an aviator during the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star. He would later command an air base i...

  • Vacancy delayed to May 21

    David Martin, Publisher|May 8, 2019

    With the passing of Sweetwater County Commissioner Don Van Matre Thursday morning, the county commissioners will need to declare his position vacant. However, the commissioners decided to wait until their May 21 meeting to make that declaration. Chairman Wally Johnson said he wanted to give the Sweetwater County Republicans as much time as possible to find qualified candidates for the remainder of Van Matre’s term. “It’s a big responsibility,” he said. According to John Deleon, deputy Sweetwater...

  • Justice center building earns award

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|May 8, 2019

    The Sweetwater County Justice Center was recently selected for a design award for its innovative and functional design. The justice center was designed to house two Third Circuit Courts, the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department, Sweetwater County attorney's department and the Wyoming public defenders' offices. "It brought everything into one location," Sweetwater County Facilities Director Chuck Radosevich said. The success of the justice center has earned a BEST Award from the International...

  • First impact payments made

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|May 8, 2019

    Sweetwater County officially received its first Gateway West Impact payment Tuesday. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, the Commissioners heard an update from Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter about the impact funding the county is receiving. Slaughter said the county received its first payment of $254,155.56 Tuesday and is supposed to receive this same amount each month for the next 15 months from the Industrial Siting Council. Slaughter said the total...

  • Don Van Matre, Jr.

    May 8, 2019

    Don Van Matre, Jr. passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was born June 13, 1942. Don was very grateful to have served his country and Sweetwater County. He was first a soldier. Don retired from the United States Army as a Lt. Col. and an aviator. His career accomplishments included flying combat missions during a tour in Vietnam and earning a Bronze Star for his service, serving as an aid to General Schultz at Fort...

  • Mary Ellen Nelson

    May 8, 2019

    Mary Ellen Nelson, 82, passed away Feb. 1, 2019, at her home in Rock Springs. She was a resident of Rock Springs for the past two years and is a former resident of Oklahoma. Nelson was born May 28, 1936, in Iowa, the daughter of Louie B. Shepherd and Leona Marie Kemp. She attended schools in Iowa. Nelson married Merle Thompson and he later preceded her in death in 1982. She then married Vernon Nelson, who also preceded her in death. She was a homemaker for many years. Nelson enjoyed spending tim...

  • Howard Quinn

    May 8, 2019

    Howard Quinn, 62, succumbed to cancer in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and friends on May 5, 2019. Howard was born in Fontana, Calif., and moved to Wyoming when he was 16, where he met his wife Dolores. They had one daughter, Pamela. In the early years of marriage, he worked for the Wyoming Highway Department, then the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked for 20 years until he became ill with lupus. Prior to becoming ill, he was an avid team roper. In 1985, he won $35,000, a few...

  • Charles Anton "Chuck" Berti

    May 8, 2019

    Charles Anton "Chuck" Berti, Sr., 70, of Rock Springs, passed away May 1, 2019, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He had been a longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Superior. He was born March 2, 1949, in Rock Springs, the son of Elmer Mario and Joan Patricia Pomije Berti. Chuck attended school in Superior and Rock Springs and was a 1967 graduate of the Rock Springs High School, He also attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie to become an auto-mechanic. He...

  • Vaughn Long

    May 8, 2019

    Vaughn Long, 74, of Rock Springs, passed away May 1, 2019, at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He had been a longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Colorado. He was born Sept. 17, 1944, in Salina, Kan., the son of Harry M. Long and Winifred I. Scott. Long attended schools in Longmont, Colo., and was a 1962 graduate of the Longmont High School and also attended Northeast Jr. College. He was in United States National Guard and served from July of 1965 to...

  • Our View: Maybe feed the deer

    May 8, 2019

    The deer in Green River have been the root of a contentious debate for several years now. It’s easy to see why too. A study conducted by the city a few years back revealed residents are nearly split 50/50 between people who want to leave them alone and those who want something to be done with them. With a split like that, it’s impossible to make a decision that doesn’t upset people. While some people are content with leaving the deer alone and others would rather seen them rounded up and shipped out, or even killed, there might be a solut...

  • Lifelong Learning: growing, growing, gone

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|May 8, 2019

    It’s that time of year where schools all the way from pre-school through college, celebrate the accomplishments of students through graduation and commencement activities and ceremonies. This year, I am very excited as I actually have three graduates in my house. My 16 year old is graduating high school and heading into her sophomore year of college already. She is well on her way to becoming an amazing success at whatever she chooses to do. She has already accomplished so much and she is by no means “done.” Every time I stop for a minut... Full story

  • Men would rather face a charging lion than visiting a the doctor

    Richard P. Holm, The Prairie Doc|May 8, 2019

    Did you know that an average South Dakotan male lives to 75 years of age, and the average woman lives to 80? Why is that? Is it because we men are more prone to violent deaths early by going to war, riding motorcycles or driving cars faster? Nah! This accounts for only a small part of the difference. I think more likely it is because men, who are genetically built larger and more muscular, likely in order to be the defender or hunter for the family, no longer need to use those muscles in this modern world. Just look at most 22-year-old men,...

  • May the Fourth be with you

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|May 8, 2019

    Children of all ages were using the force to navigate their way from activity to activity at the May the Fourth be with you event. On Saturday afternoon the Sweetwater County Library hosted a May the Forth be with you event to celebrate the Star Wars franchise, which is known for the line "May the force be with you." At this event, children had the opportunity to make a BB-8, a droid character in the Star Wars franchise, make a Jedi training manual, create a lightsaber bookmark or pose for...

  • GR grad receives award

    May 8, 2019

    At the April 12 Martin Methodist College annual Honors Convocation, two students, athletes Teven “Drew” Nipper of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Aubriana Schneider of Green River, were recognized as joint recipients of the prestigious MMC Alumni Association Exemplary Student Award. The MMC Alumni Association Exemplary Award is presented to students who, in the opinion of the Alumni Council, have exhibited through word and deed one or more of MMC’s core values of nurture, honor, diversity, and compassion. Students are nominated by faculty members, coach...

  • GR students sweep welding competition

    May 8, 2019

    Western Wyoming Community College hosted the Percy Hadley Welding Contest on April 12 and three Green River students took the top spots. The Percy Hadley Welding Contest is an annual high-school welding competition hosted by Western. Each high school in Western’s service area is allowed three senior competitors. The 13 high school students who competed came from Rock Springs, Green River, Big Piney and Greybull. The contest consists of a written exam and a practical welding project. Welding inspection students, those who receive 60 hours of w...

  • Former GRHS graduate honored at UW

    May 8, 2019

    Katie James, a 2015 Green River High School graduate, who is currently studying at the University of Wyoming, was named the Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year by the Division of Kinesiology and Health. This award is presented to one of the top physical education majors in the state of Wyoming. James was presented the award at the annual DKH awards banquet April. James is the daughter of Casey and Aaron James of Green River. She is the granddaughter of Kathy and Tom Ellis of Rock Springs. In May of 2019, James will graduate from...

  • Thrift store gives donations to many organizations

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|May 8, 2019

    Thanks to a local group, many organizations received monetary donations. The St. John’s Episcopal Thrift Shop committee recently met to determine which organizations would receive money the shop raised by selling clothing and other items. Thrift shop member Angie Bennett said the committee meets monthly, but once a year they discuss where they would like they would like to donate their funds. Bennett said some of them are the same every year, while some news ones are added or taken off of the l...

  • Paramedicine degree now offered

    May 8, 2019

    Western Wyoming Community College will begin offering an associate of science degree in Paramedicine starting August 2019. Western’s faculty have developed a learning environment fostering communication between students and faculty. The EMS practice, like all medical fields, is ever-changing. The faculty utilize active student learning to promote competence and students are given opportunities to practice skills in a variety of hands-on settings where people need care. The associate of science degree in Paramedicine enables students to seek emp...

  • After school strings program to perform

    May 8, 2019

    Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Educational Services will present students of the After School String Program in concert Monday at 7 p.m. at the Rock Springs Junior High Auditorium. The open and free to the public event will feature violin students of Green River and Rock Springs presenting solo and ensemble performances will be: Ashlyn Piaia, Reghan Obray, Nevaeh Bryant, Taylor Burnham, Sally Lew, Sophia Millens, Brook East, Adelyn Welchman, Mari Atwood, Trinady Beatty, Korbyn Carpenter, Lilia Faudoa, Kiera Forbush, Laura Ramos, Tayla Heer,...

  • Residents can now register for Wyoming Writers Conference

    May 8, 2019

    The Wyoming Writers Conference is scheduled to take place in June and those interested in attending can start registering May 15. Brad Wilson, professor and director of the University of Wyoming’s creative writing program, will deliver the keynote address during the 2019 Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference. His presentation, “You’re Talking to Yourself,” will be given during the conference banquet June 8. Watson’s writing has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Guggenhei...

  • Company collects diapers: makes big donation

    May 8, 2019

    Tata Chemicals hosted a successful diaper drive for United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank. During the Diaper Drive, 1,049 diapers and $2,500 in funds were donated by employees of Tata Chemicals and United Steelworkers Local 15320. As a generous gesture, Tata Chemicals matched employee contributions to bring the total to $5,000 collected. All monetary proceeds and diapers collected during the drive will benefit the United Way of Southwest Wyoming Uinta County Community Diaper...

  • Swimmer signs with Midland University

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|May 8, 2019

    After 10 years of swimming for Green River, Michael Richmond will move onto the collegiate level. On Friday, Richmond, who was surrounded by a table filled with medals and plaques he earned over the years, signed a letter of intent to swim during his time at Midland University, which is a four-year college in Nebraska. "They just gave me the best offer out of the two colleges I visited," Richmond said. The offer wasn't all that impressed him during a recent visit to Midland. "I felt really at...

  • Boys soccer rebounds after two shutouts

    David Martin, Publisher|May 8, 2019

    The week wasn’t kind to the Green River High School boys soccer team. Following a game postponement in Evanston April 26, the boys went back the following Monday and were shutout in a 4-0 loss to the Red Devils. The Wolves’ trip to Natrona County started just as badly, with their first game at Kelly Walsh ending an another 4-0 shutout. The boys found their groove the following day against Natrona however, earning a much needed 5-1 victory. According to head boys soccer coach Chris Bieber, the...

  • Track team battles cold weather conditions at home

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 8, 2019

    With wind chills in the low 20s to 30s to start the Green River twilight Track meet, five southwest Wyoming school’s competitors were dressed in hooded sweatshirts and wrapped in blankets for the chilly, mostly overcast, late afternoon meet. Last Thursday and despite the cold, competitors gathered for one last opportunity for competition prior to the 4A West Regionals next week in Evanston. According to head coach Dan Hansen, it was a nice opportunity “to be able to recognize our seniors and their hard work over the years.” Hansen felt that...

  • Lady Wolves lose 2 more before regional tourney

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|May 8, 2019

    The Lady Wolves soccer team wrapped up the regular season with two more losses. On Friday, the Lady Wolves took on Kelly Walsh and lost 6-2. Head coach Tracy Wyant said the team played well together, but Kelly Walsh is a good, fast-paced team. “We played good,” Wyant said. “Just not good enough on offense. They had shot opportunities.” She said the Lady Wolves scored their only two goals in the first half of the game and seemed to fall apart during the second half. The team didn’t have long...