Articles from the May 11, 2016 edition

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  • Track stars of tomorrow hone their skills today

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    On weekday afternoons, about 62 Lincoln Middle School students can be seen on the track field, running, hurtling, jumping. Their faces exert concentration and sweat. They are all trying to meet personal and team goals. Some are striving to break years-standing school records, while others are making hard-fought efforts to break personal records of their own. The middle school students today are the high school track athletes of tomorrow. "If their techniques are good coming our of middle...

  • Police Reports

    May 11, 2016

    A traffic warning was given for alleged speeding at 200 E. Railroad Avenue. Officers were dispatched to a fire alarm at 840 Hitching Post Drive, which was determined to be a false alarm. Animal control officers picked up a cat in a trap on Uinta Drive and the cat was taken to the animal shelter. Animal control officers received a call of an injured bird in a business at 341 Uinta Drive. Officers responded to a report of a vehicle speeding through a neighborhood on Pennsylvania Boulevard. Officers located the vehicle and contacted the driver who...

  • Bird watching trip planned

    May 11, 2016

    The Sweetwater County Museum and the Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club are cosponsoring a Green River float trip on May 14-15 to observe birds, other wildlife and the riparian/high desert landscape of southwest Wyoming. Participants will drift through Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in canoes and kayaks to get close-up views of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds and other wildlife, including pronghorn, deer and moose. The outing will be led by Kim Wilbert and guided by local boat...

  • Henry Jackson "Jack" Duncan

    May 11, 2016

    Henry Jackson "Jack" Duncan, 98, passed away March 1, 2016 at LifeStream Cook Division in Youngtown, Ariz. He was born on Jan. 10, 1918 in Kit Carson County, Colo ., northeast of Burlington, Colo ., to Bert Lorenzo and Dora Delilia Duncan. He was one of ten siblings, all of whom, with the exception of one sister, were born in sod houses. He attended elementary school in Burlington, Colo. until his parents moved away from the district and could not afford tuition for him to continue his... Full story

  • Thomas David Vigil

    May 11, 2016

    Thomas David Vigil died May 5, 2016 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 26, 1945 to Joe C. Vigil and Ida Lacombe Vigil in Alamosa, Colo. A longtime resident of Green River, Vigil graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1963. He later completed X-Ray tech school following his graduation. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army. Vigil worked as a radiology technician in Colorado, California and Oregon. After his retirement, he worked as a real estate agent for Ca... Full story

  • John C. Lewis

    May 11, 2016

    John C. Lewis, 83, of Green River, passed away May 3, 2016 at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A long time resident of Green River, Lewis died following a lengthy illness. He was born on July 8, 1932 in Rock Springs, the son of the late John C. Lewis and the former Viginia Pack. Lewis attended schools in Rock Springs. He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He married Rita Josephine Galbreth and they later divorced. He later married Nancy Thompson in Rock Springs,... Full story

  • Our View: New plan needed for economy

    May 11, 2016

    If Wyoming wants to break out of its boom and bust economy, the state has to liberate itself from worshiping the minerals and energy industries. In Sweetwater County, many of us know all too well the cycles of the boom and bust economies. When times are good, money is everywhere, from the state’s coffers to the wallets of residents working in those booming industries. When times are bad, all one needs to do is look at the stories we’ve published about funding woes local governments face to see the impact. The problem is, the cycle will lik...

  • Notes from Town Square: Arbor Day in Green River

    Kristine Lessard, Parks and Recreation Dept.|May 11, 2016

    What is Arbor Day and what exactly is it all about, you ask? Well, let’s take the last 150 plus years and compact it into a few short paragraphs. We’ll start in 1854 when a journalist turned pioneer named J. Sterling Morton, and his wife moved to Nebraska, as individuals who valued nature they planted greenery; shrubs, flowers and different varieties of trees. It was through Morton’s writings that he was able to reach out to fellow pioneers, encouraging them to plant trees. The trees were good for soil conservation, shade, fruits, firew...

  • Lifelong learning: Comfortable ruts and challenges

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|May 11, 2016

    I teach classes at the college. In one class we talked about doing things out of the ordinary, or out of their comfort zone. I challenged my students to do something they wouldn’t normally do, like sitting on the other side of the cafeteria for lunch, or sitting in a different seat in class. I didn’t ask them to do anything earth-shattering, just something out of their normal routine and then report back as to how they felt. We are all creatures of habit. Routine is comfortable and dependable. Many of us order the same thing most every time we...

  • Nothing beats a mother's love

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 11, 2016

    Mother’s Day. The one day of the year set aside so children can show their mothers just how much they love their mothers. For me, no matter how bad of a day I am having or how terrible things seem to be, if I can’t get a hold of my husband, the next person I call is my mother. I know she will always be there to listen, be supportive, but most of all she tells me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. She may be two states away, but I can always count on her. Growing up was no dif...

  • We are creatures of warmth

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    The warm sun permeates the air, trees sprout the beginning of green buds and light pink blossoms. Like hibernating bears waking from our winter slumber, we emerge from our homes and look out onto our porch. Feeling the inviting sun on our skin, we take a step further. We take a cup of coffee in our hands and decide to spend some time enjoying the fresh air. I love springtime. The warming temperature melts away not only the winter’s chill in the air, but the chill in our hearts and souls as w...

  • Try, try again: my first times drinking sake

    David Martin, Editor|May 11, 2016

    Admittedly, my first experiences with sake weren’t terribly positive. The first time I tried it, I was a poor college student in Laramie and still getting used to the fact that I could legally get into a liquor store and actually buy something. Having had an interest in Japanese things since I was a small child, I was immediately surprised I could find a bottle of rice wine in Laramie. It was in a dark green bottle and the price was right too, so I bought it and quickly took it back to my d...

  • 3-day rule can make nursing home stays expensive

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|May 11, 2016

    Judy Norblade, a retired marketing director, and her husband, Paul, a retired teacher, thought they had all their financial bases covered. They had Medicare, good supplemental coverage from a Medigap policy, a drug plan that paid for most of their prescriptions and long-term-care insurance for a nursing home they hoped they would never need. “I thought we were pretty well set for healthcare in our retirement years,” she said. Then the Norblades bumped head on into a notorious Medicare rule that has caught thousands of families off guard ove...

  • District No. 2 finalizes contracts

    David Martin, Editor|May 11, 2016

    The Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees voted to approve the 2017 contract between themselves and the district’s employees, paying a little more money to district employees. On the employee side, the contract was met with 99 percent approval before the board finalized it Tuesday night. It creates a new base salary of $47,305 for certified staff, an increase of $100, while a vertical step of $712 and a horizontal step of $1,017 was granted to all eligible employees. For s...

  • Plea changed in infant murder case

    David Martin, Editor|May 11, 2016

    "No contest." Those were the words out of Jacob Triplett's mouth when he responded to the six felony charges District Court Judge Nena James read to him during a change of plea hearing Friday morning. Triplett faced charges related to the 2014 death of his infant daughter, Susan Triplett, as well as instances of child abuse involving his other children. Initially, he was charged with first-degree murder, as well as two counts of aggravated child abuse and three counts of child abuse. The...

  • City sees some storm flooding

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    Torrential rain, hail and snow hit Green River Friday evening and continued throughout the night. The downpour of rain and hail affected some regions of Green River more than other. Effects on higher lying elevations were less severe, while lower lying areas of the city suffered some flooding. The area around Second South to the river suffered the most flooding Friday night. "It was just a lot of water at once," utilities director Jason Palmer said. The city utilities department had two crews...

  • The couple with the golden ticket

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    It was a normal, average day for the Salas family. Eddie mowed the grass, and the family enjoyed dinner on their porch. Eddie and his wife Danielle discussed things they'd like to fix around the house. The family later got a phone call and heard someone from Green River won the Wyoming lottery. "It was almost seven before we checked the numbers, because you never think you're going to win," Danielle said. It was a nice, average day; nicer than even they could imagine. Little did they know,...

  • Author, former resident signs new book

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    Lydia's story begins in Chicago. Little did she know, her tale would soon lead her to Wyoming. She sets out on a journey searching for her long lost mother. Her search brings her to Rock Springs, where she unexpectedly finds more than what she is looking for. Lydia's story is the premise of author Julie A. Burns' murder-mystery novel "The Purse." Like Burns' book character Lydia, she originated elsewhere yet found herself in Rock Springs later in life. Burns is originally from Iowa, and has...

  • 800 pounds of food donated for pet drive

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    Pet food filled the Green River Animal Shelter last week; 800 pounds of food. The food which spanned the width of the desk from one wall to the opposite was donated to the Green River food bank. This was the third year the animal shelter hosted their spring pet-food drive, and the largest amount collected to date. The drive collected about 200 pounds of pet food in 2014. The amount collected doubled from the first, with 400 pounds of food donated in 2015. The pounds doubled again from that this...

  • Prom royalty

    May 11, 2016

  • WWCC speech and debate team closes season

    May 11, 2016

    Members of the Mustang Speech and Debate Team may see plenty of team captain Tanner Petersen next year, but when they do, there is an excellent chance that she will be debating for the competition. Even so, the Ferron, Utah native and current Farson resident will continue to represent the unprecedented level of excellence attained by the Western forensics program during her two years here. “I’m not glad that it’s over, but I’m glad that I have a minute to breathe,” Petersen said recently. “I am kind of sad that I will be done competing here.” ...

  • Countdown to regionals begins

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 11, 2016

    The countdown to regionals and state is on. This week is going to decide some important qualifying outcomes in the battle to state. The Green River girls varsity soccer team finished a successful weekend against two teams. The lady wolves battled Evanston Thursday; a game which would result in a tie. Evanston has been improving and played a good game, head coach Tracy Wyant said. Green River had some unlucky shots, she said and missed some opportunities to finish on some goals. The two goals of...

  • Spring tennis gives experience

    Pete Rust, contributor|May 11, 2016

    The Green River Wolves tennis team played against a Riverton squad consisting of nine girls Thursday for the last match of their spring season. According to head tennis coach Phil Harder, each team and player competed in at least three matches for the round robin format. In the girls singles division, four players competed, two each from Green River and Riverton. Anna Ujuary from Green River finished first while Katie Banks, also from Green River, took second. Harder was pleased with the teams...

  • UW Cowboys named all-academic team

    May 11, 2016

    For just the 10th time in program history, the University of Wyoming wrestling team was named as one of 30 NWCA Division I All-Academic Teams in the nation. The Cowboys were just one of three teams from the Big 12 to earn the honor as UW recorded its best team GPA since 1995. The Cowboys join 29 other teams in the nation to be honored this season by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for team academics, announced Monday by the organization. The Pokes finished 29th in the nation in team GPA with a cumulative 3.083 mark. Harvard...

  • Mothers honored at Friday tea party

    David Martin, Editor|May 11, 2016

    Mothers were honored at a special Mother's Day tea luncheon hosted by Golden Hour Senior Center Friday, with help from students attending Expedition Academy. According to Megan Brown, activities coordinator at the senior center, interest in the lunch rose suddenly in the days leading to the event. Initially 20 people signed to attend the lunch, which grew to more than 110 Friday morning. Brown said the crew at Golden Hour worked throughout the week in preparing the lunch, which featured various...