Articles from the May 16, 2018 edition


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  • Wilson waives hearing

    David Martin, Editor|May 16, 2018

    Green River City Councilman Allan Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning minutes prior to when the hearing was scheduled to take place in Rock Springs. Wilson is charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Sweetwater County and faces a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Lincoln County. After waiving his preliminary hearing, his Sweetwater County charges were bound over to Third District Court in Green River. His charge in Sweetwater County... Full story

  • Chief deputy positions eliminated

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 16, 2018

    A resolution abolishing certain county chief deputy positions was approved by the Sweetwater County Commissioners. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that will abolish the chief deputy assessor’s position and future chief deputy positions in other offices. During previous meetings, the Commissioners discussed whether or not to even have chief deputy positions for certain offices including, county clerk, treasurer, assessor and clerk of district court. At...

  • Re-election sought in HD39

    Staff Report|May 16, 2018
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    Green River resident Stan Blake is seeking another term as the House District 39 representative in the Wyoming Legislature. Blake, a Democrat, has served in the legislature since 2007, spending the last 11 years representing HD 39. “I wish to say it has been a humbling experience, and an honor to represent the citizens of Green River, Rock Springs, Jamestown and other parts of Sweetwater County that are in House District 39,” Blake said in a press release. Blake has served on the House Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Com...

  • City gets grant for mosquitoes

    David Martin, Editor|May 16, 2018

    The city’s parks and recreation department is ramping up its continual battles against mosquitoes. Tuesday night, the Green River City Council voted unanimously to accept emergency insect management funding from the state. The funds, provided through a grant from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, total $8,913. The city also received $50,150 in matching funds from the department’s Emergency Insect Management Committee. However, both award amounts were not the full requests made by the city,...

  • Man sentenced in sexual abuse case

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 16, 2018

    Editor’s note: To protect the victims’ identities only a brief account of the affidavit information will be published. A man who pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with three girls under the age of 17 will serve at least eight years in prison. Brandon J. Stanphill, 24, Green River, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at a sentencing hearing to one felony count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one felony count third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He was...

  • Dennis Wayne Birch

    May 16, 2018

    Dennis Wayne Birch, 71, of Mapleton, Utah passed away peacefully May 1, 2018, in Provo, Utah, surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 16, 1946, in Montpelier, Idaho, to Kenneth Wayne and Lillian Ruth Bruce Birch. He attended Cokeville High School and graduated from BYU. He continued his education at Loyola University Dental School where he completed his DDS degree. He opened his dental practice in Green River in July, 1973. He retired in November 2011, spending the last five years working wit... Full story

  • Lenore Helene Knutson

    May 16, 2018

    Lenore Helene Knutson of Hobart, Ind,. passed away in Green River April 17, 2018, peacefully and surrounded by the love of her family at the age of 100. She was born in Kesley, Iowa, daughter of George and Helene (Hintzen) DeVries. She was the second of four children, Esther, Arnold, and George. Lenore attended elementary school in Kesley, Iowa, and she graduated salutatorian of her high school class in 1934 at 16 in Aplington, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938, with a... Full story

  • Violet Louise Smith

    May 16, 2018

    Violet Louise Smith, 84, passed away at her home May 5, 2018, surrounded by her loving family after a diagnosis of cancer. Violet was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Emporia, Kan., to Fred and Viola Smith. She spent her life in Wyoming, much of it in Eden, where her father was a teacher and principal in the Eden school before it was combined with Farson. She graduated from the University High School in Laramie. She married Carl Tomich in Eden and had Debra Jo in Laramie, Karl Fred in Seattle and Andrew...

  • Brook L. Rutland

    May 16, 2018

    Brook L. Rutland, 38, passed away May 6, 2018 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. She was born Oct. 13, 1979, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Jim Tipton and Tricia Gregory. Rutland attended schools in Rock Springs and obtained her General Education Degree. She attended class to become a certified nursing assistant at Sageview Care Center and attended Western Wyoming Community College for one year. She was employed by KG Tree...

  • Lois Josette DeCora and William E. "Bill" O'Neal

    May 16, 2018

    Lois Josette DeCora and William E. "Bill" O'Neal were married May 19, 1951, and would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary May 19, 2018. Lois passed away on Feb. 4, 2012, and William passed away Nov. 16, 2017. They will be inured together at 10 a.m., Friday, at the columbarium in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery, with military graveside services for William....

  • Am I tough enough?

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 16, 2018

    My six-year-old son, John, started playing soccer for the first time and absolutely loves it. Which has left this mom wondering “Am I cut out to be a soccer mom?” So far, I have only missed one soccer practice because my oldest son, Matthew, had a school function I needed to take him to. After being at John’s practices and games, I have quickly come to the conclusion that not only do you have to be tough to play soccer, but you must be tough to watch it. The team, which consists of eight six y...

  • Recognizing Police Week

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|May 16, 2018

    It’s National Police Week and a great time to show appreciation for our police force. The history of National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year, Green River’s Mayor, Pete Rust, signed the National Police Week Proclamation observing May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and calling all Green River residents to observe May 13-19 as Police Week. In recognition of National Police Week, law...

  • Our View: Focus on the bicycles

    May 16, 2018

    A lot has been said about boosting tourism in Green River. Already, the city has Flaming Gorge Days, River Festival and the National High School Finals Rodeo shooting competition this year, as well as the Mansface Mountain Music Festival. Events do bring people to town, there’s no denying that. However, we think those promoting Green River as a tourist’s destination should consider how perfect the city is for bicyclists. Admittedly, this isn’t a new idea we’re proposing. We used this space to discuss the benefits of highlighting Green River a...

  • Project reveals students' past

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 16, 2018

    A fifth-grade assignment led children to find out about their family's past and share what they learned with their classmates. Two fifth-grade teachers at Monroe Intermediate School, Genny Luckau and Terri Jones asked their students to complete a six-week family heritage project for their final project. "This project was set up for students to discover their heritage, learning why the United States is considered a 'melting pot,' and explore the country of their family's history," Jones said....

  • Mother's Day tea well attended

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 16, 2018

    The senior center dining room was packed with mothers, grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers all celebrating Mother's Day with a special tea luncheon. On Friday, the Golden Hour Senior Center hosted a Mother's Day tea and luncheon and the event was a huge success. In fact, there were only a handful of chairs left in the dining room. A small plant in a box and a large pink flamingo popping out of it acted as the centerpieces. Upon sitting down, those in attendance had to try an decide which...

  • Soccer season ends

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 16, 2018

    The Lady Wolves soccer team's season ended Thursday night with a loss in overtime to Natrona County. The loss at regionals will leave the Lady Wolves out of State, which takes place this weekend. Head coach Tracy Wyant said it wasn't the way the Lady Wolves wanted to end their season, but they gave it their all and played a good game. The Lady Wolves were tied with Natrona 1-1 in regulation play, but in overtime Natrona County took advantage of a defensive error and the season ended with a 4-1...

  • Wolves take regional title

    David Martin, Editor|May 16, 2018

    A tough weekend of competition, ending with a nail-biting conclusion against the Rock Springs Tigers, saw the Wolves take the regional championship Saturday evening. The Wolves earned the first seed at the tournament, giving them a bye Thursday and a chance to watch Jackson and Natrona duke it out for the opportunity to play them Friday. Natrona earned that shot and took on the Wolves Friday evening, falling short to Green River’s squad 1-0. For Green River’s rivals from Rock Springs, the Tig...

  • Track prepares for state meet

    Pete Rust, Contributor|May 16, 2018

    The Green River Track team traveled to Jackson to compete in the 4A West Regionals in less than ideal weather. Teams from Evanston, Rock Springs, Jackson, Natrona and Kelly Walsh also competed at the meet. The top eight finishers qualify for State, with some athletes having already prequalified by achieving certain benchmarks during the season. For the Lady Wolves, sophomore Mariyah Brady leads the way qualifying in three events, while seniors Lauren Hoyt and Natasha Young qualified in two and Kaisa Arnell, Chatney Tirrell, Erika Wilson and...

  • Oh, come on!

    May 16, 2018

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