Articles from the May 25, 2016 edition

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  • Police Reports

    May 25, 2016

    Animal control officers responded to an address on wilderness Trail in reference to a report of a cat caught in a trap. Animal control officers responded to an address on Schultz Street in reference to a welfare check on a dog. Officers responded to an address on Fir Street in reference to a report of a suspicious person. Animal control officers responded to the address of 705 Uinta Drive in reference to a report of a dog left in a vehicle. Animal control officers responded to an address on Knotty Pine Street in reference to a report of a...

  • Our View: Public lands should stay public

    May 25, 2016

    With summer fast approaching, our desire to see public lands remain under the jurisdiction of the federal government only grows. Some would have us believe Wyoming’s legislative body would have the best interests in managing the land, saying the state should “take back” the land as the state government is the one closest to the lands in question. We disagree because doing so would take away one of the basic rights Wyomingites have. Placing all federal lands under the state’s jurisdiction would essentially be Wyoming selling its soul. The ide...

  • William Wilson McDaniel, "Bill"

    May 25, 2016

    William Wilson McDaniel, “Bill”, was born in Jackson, Feb. 16, 1945 to Sam and May McDaniel. He died at the age of 71, May 22, 2016 of congestive heart failure. His love of cars and motorcycles lasted a lifetime. He loved to travel and do road trips. After a tumultuous life as a young adult, Bill got clean and sober in 1975 with the help of A.A. In later life he became a bus driver and enjoyed charter trips all over the U.S. He made thousands of trips to and from the trona mines. He married Virginia LaRocque and had a daughter, Tana. His wif... Full story

  • Stetsan Sierra Butler

    May 25, 2016

    Stetsan Sierra Butler, 19, of Rock Springs died May 17, 2016 at the University Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born January 29, 1997 in American Fork, Utah, the daughter of Michael Reed Butler and Brandy Lynn Bennett (Childress). She attended schools in American Fork and Rock Springs High School, and Independence High School. She has currently been working as a secretary for Alexis Auto Body and Arby's in Rock Springs for the past year. Her interests include photography, being... Full story

  • Margo Ann Botero Kos

    May 25, 2016

    Margo Ann Botero Kos, 86, of Rock Springs passed away May 20, 2016 at her home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Kos died following a lengthy illness. She was born on March 19, 1930 in Red Lodge, Mont., the daughter of the late John Joseph Botero and Lempi Josephine Matson Botero. Kos attended schools in Winton and Rock Springs. She was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School. She attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in education. She married... Full story

  • Pamela Elizabeth Kaumo Collins

    May 25, 2016

    Pamela Elizabeth Kaumo Collins, 73, of Green River, passed away May 23, 2016 following a lengthy illness. She was born on Feb. 6, 1943 in Rock Springs, the daughter of the late Frank and Eva Jackson Kaumo. Collins married Darwin Collins in Rock Springs, Oct.19, 1962 and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2013. She was employed by Sageview Care Center for five years and retired as a housekeeper. Her interests included spending time with her children, playing bingo, she loved dogs, clowns and M... Full story

  • Nadine Amberdee Leeman

    May 25, 2016

    Nadine Amberdee Leeman, 42, of Rock Springs, passed away May 23, 2016. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. She was born on May 2, 1974 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Dale Wensinger and Karen Hill Wensinger. Leeman attended schools in Rock Springs. She married Russell Leeman in Strugis, S.D., Aug. 7, 2012. Leeman was employed by Elmore and Elmore Swabbing for the past one year. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, watching old movies and soap operas. Survivors include her husband Russell Leeman of Rock Springs; mother Karen Wensinger of... Full story

  • GR children excited to graduate kindergarten

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 25, 2016

    Before the famous graduation song "Pomp and Circumstance" even started playing, a couple of students could be seen poking their heads around the corner. A couple of Truman Elementary School kindergarten students kept peeking around the door frame trying to spot a relative in the gym. While the other students in Marcie Gargano, Moriah Howard and Carolyn Locker's classes waited in line behind them. When the song finally started to play, the students weren't quite sure what to do. However, a...

  • New therapist welcomed

    May 25, 2016

    Summit Physical and Sports Therapy is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Alcorn, DPT to their physical therapy team. After practicing outpatient physical therapy for the past year in Rawlins, Jeff and his wife Kada, a Green River native, felt drawn to Sweetwater County to be near family, friends and the recreation opportunities of this area. Jeff was raised in Chadron, Neb., -participating in football, basketball, track and baseball at Chadron High School. He continued his athletic career...

  • Authors recognized for great stories

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 25, 2016

    It’s one thing to tell a story. It’s a completely different idea to capture that story in the written form for others to read. Young writers from across Sweetwater County had a chance to put their stories down in written form for the Young Authors competition. Many of those authors showed great potential, while doing well at the state and county levels of competition. Prior to the Wyoming Young Authors Competition, Sweetwater County School District No. 2 and No. 1 students competed at the dis...

  • Births

    May 25, 2016

    Scarlet Don Driskell Jeremy and Amanda Driskell of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Scarlet Don Driskell. She was born April 19, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Jovian Von Thoma Iris and Josh Thoma of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their son Jovian Von Thoma. He was born April 21, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Brooklyn Elizabeth Grube Sean and Anna Grube of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Brooklyn Elizabeth Grube. She was born April 23,...

  • Several stray kittens and their mothers captured

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 25, 2016

    Eleven kittens and their two mama cats should have new homes thanks to the efforts of one Green River resident and two animal control officers. Phyllis Baker, who lives near Flaming Gorge Way, has a couple of cats of her own and loves them, but when she discovered two cats recently had kittens near her home, she knew she had to call Green River Animal Control. Baker said she is always getting stray cats by her house. “I think maybe people dump their cats off because they know I’ll feed the...

  • First Mother's Day event well attended

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 25, 2016

    It may have been the first year The Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center hosted a Mother's Day lunch, but the turnout was more than expected. Shauna Erramouspe, CRRC registered dietician and dietary manager, said the two-hour luncheon, which took place Mother's Day, was a great success. Erramouspe said not only were CRRC residents invited, but their families were encouraged to come. "This is something new," she said. "We just tried it this year to see how the residents and community...

  • Track team gains experience at state

    Pete Rust, contributor|May 25, 2016

    The Green River girls team, with only three seniors out of the eight state qualifiers, had a good performance finishing seventh out of the field of 10 teams. Green River's best sprinter, sophomore Andri Dewey, recovering from a muscle pull, finished 11th in the preliminaries 100-meter dash, exactly one-half second out of second place. Andri followed up with a 13th place finish in the 200-meter dash against a senior dominated field while also placing 13th in the 400 meters, showing some great pro...

  • Boys soccer prepares for state tourney

    David Martin, Editor|May 25, 2016

    Having already done what no other Green River boys soccer team has done, the Wolves prepared for their final matches in Sheridan this weekend with the dream of a state title a real possibility. The boys took first in both the 4A West Conference as well as at the regional tournament last weekend. Tuesday, the boys practiced on the grass field at Lincoln Middle School to get accustomed to the grass they will play on in Sheridan. "There's one thing left to do on out agenda," coach Chris Bieber said...

  • Lady Wolves' soccer season ends before state

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    The Green River varsity girls soccer team won’t be going to state this year. The girls had trouble scoring in their last few games of the season. The fire they built in the first half of the season dissipated with players missing from injuries and not finishing goals. “They were taking shots, we were just having a hard time finishing,” Wyant said. The team lost key defensive player Kelsey Moffit from a knee injury shortly before regionals as well. “We lost some speed in the back,” head coac...

  • Record-holding cross country runner passes through GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    "Wyoming is the wild west," Bjorn Suneson said Saturday evening. Suneson, a 68-year-old Swedish runner, was taking refuge from the heavy rains in the Dusty Trails Café at Point of Rocks, passing through Green River just a day or two before. He was enjoying a long awaited sip of a cold Pepsi; something he doesn't get the chance to drink on a whim while running an average of 33 miles a day. Suneson holds the world record for most solo coast-to-coast runs across the United States, and is...

  • Karate action in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    The parking lot was packed, not a space available at the Green River Recreation Center Saturday. Walking through the doors of the recreation center, kids and adults were all wearing karate gis, typical martial arts clothing. The gym floor is flooded with people; competitors and spectators alike. A sea of 200 competitors from 18 different schools from around the region attended the event. Of the 200, 42 competitors from Pineda's participated. Wyoming competitors traveled from Worland, Cheyenne,...

  • Shot fired on Railroad Ave. Sunday

    David Martin, Editor|May 25, 2016

    An incident at a residence on West Railroad ended with one person shot and another arrested Sunday. Ted Kalivas, 57, of Green River was arrested Sunday night after allegedly shooting his daughter’s boyfriend in the leg. Kalivas made his initial appearance before Circuit Court Judge John Prokos Monday to a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery, which carries a maximum penalty of not more than 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000. He is being held at the Sweetwater Coun...

  • Baxter wants to give back to Green River

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|May 25, 2016

    Longtime Green River resident Richard Baxter has filed to run for city council in Ward I. Baxter has lived in Green River for 29 years, works at Little America and is a Green River High School graduate. Baxter currently serves on the Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees as secretary. Before his current position, he was treasurer for two years. He said as treasurer and secretary, he and the other board members would have to make tough decisions when it came to the budget. "I've...

  • Teachers, students offer advice

    David Martin, Editor|May 25, 2016

    Monday and Tuesday evenings were a time for families to watch Green River's senior high school students in the age-old tradition of graduation. Monday, seniors from Green River High School received their diplomas, while Tuesday was reserved for Expedition Academy's graduating class. According to Phil Harder, EA's graduation speaker and math teacher at the school, the tradition dates back more than 3,000 years to ancient Greece. While the event itself dates back to ancient times, both students...

  • More candidates file for public offices

    Staff Report|May 25, 2016

    More candidates have filed for election to local offices, but time is running out for those interested in becoming a city councilman, county commissioner or state legislator. As of Tuesday evening, two of the three available council slots in Green River will be contested. In Ward I, Richard Baxter and Tom Murphy will vie for the council seat while in Ward III Robert Berg will attempt to defeat incumbent Brett Stokes. Lisa Maes, the incumbent in Ward II, has filed for re-election, but faces no opposition at this time. In Granger, only Kimberly...

  • Coal and orange jump suits

    Tom Gagnon, Guest column|May 25, 2016

    At least now we have something to do with the rainy-day fund, and some people may need orange jump suits. It just seemed like a big hole in the ground, and how could that be bad out on the empty prairie. It was four decades ago. Cities like Gillette, Wyoming, wouldn’t even be there now, maybe it would be a town, like a prairie-dog town, but not much in human economic terms. All these big coal mining companies came in, like Arch and Alpha and Peabody. They promised thousands of jobs and infrastructure and a great source of tax money. They a...

  • Healthcare consumers get little help

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|May 25, 2016

    Who protects consumers of healthcare? Two recent emails from readers got me thinking about that question. I don’t mean consumers in their role as patients whose medical well-being is looked after by state medical boards and health departments that police doctors and hospitals. Those organizations don’t always do a perfect job protecting patients from harm, but at least they are in place. But who protects patients when things go wrong on healthcare’s financial side? What happens when you receive a bill you didn’t expect and can’t afford to...

  • Enjoy a fresh mozzarella caprese salad with dinner

    David Martin, Editor|May 25, 2016

    When someone thinks of salad, most think about a huge mass of lettuce, along with a mix of some other vegetables. The lettuce is the star, despite the fact that the most common type used, iceberg lettuce, is a tasteless substance that cries out for dressing because it’s so bland. Because it’s so common, it’s nearly impossible to find a salad that doesn’t use lettuce as a base. Go to the store and check out the bagged salad section. Easily 95 percent of the offerings use lettuce as the major i...

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