Articles from the June 1, 2016 edition

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  • Police Reports

    Jun 1, 2016

    Officers responded to a noise complaint of loud music coming from a vehicle on Arkansas Drive. The owner of the vehicle was contacted, given a warning and turned the music down. Officers received a report of suspicious odor of something burning from a residence the reporting party walked by on Hitching Post Drive. Officers contacted the resident at the address, who advised everything was okay. Animal control officers located a yellow labrador at large on Hitching Post Drive and Stage Place, which was taken to the animal shelter. Officers met...

  • FFA students attend 1st banquet

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    The Green River High School Future Farmers of America members hosted its first banquet and awards ceremony to cap off its first season. McKena Wallentine, GRHS agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, said they took this opportunity to recognize their sponsors and volunteers. They also recognized students who excelled in the agriculture class or competed on a Career Development Event Team. "CDEs build on what students learn in their agricultural-education classes and FFA," Wallentine said. "They...

  • Three GR students graduate from Wyoming Connections Academy

    Staff Report|Jun 1, 2016

    Three Green River students graduated from Wyoming Connections Academy May 22. The students; Bret Crofutt, Moriah Durfee and Anthony Kudar, were part of a 31-student graduating class from the academy. Other students from the academy were from Rock Springs, Powell, Cody and other locations. The academy reports 68 percent of its graduates plan to attend a university, while the rest have plans to join the military, seek vocational training or find jobs. “We’re proud to honor the class of 2016 seniors who come from various backgrounds but have all...

  • Summer reading program kicks off this week

    Jun 1, 2016

    Sign up for the Sweetwater County Library System’s summer reading programs started yesterday. The theme of this year’s summer reading program for all ages is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read. Kids finishing fourth grade and younger are invited to sign up for the youth program. They will receive reading logs to complete throughout the summer. For each 200 minutes read, the kids will receive an entry into a prize basket drawing. Drawings will take place throughout the summer at the library’s summer learning events. Similar to the youth Summer Readi...

  • Dale George Walker

    Jun 1, 2016

    Dale George Walker, 65, of Fredericksburg, Va. passed away May 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Walker was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from EJ&E Railroad and later owned and operated WAR Recovery and Towing in Fredericksburg, Va. Walker was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Walker; sons Sherman Walker (Patricia), Robert Walker (Megan) and Ronald Alexander; daughter Lisa Rodgers; grandchildren Shannon L. Lowe... Full story

  • Lawrence David Levitt

    Jun 1, 2016

    Lawrence David Levitt, 72, of Rock Springs, passed away May 25, 2016 at his home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former longtime resident of Fairfield, Calif., Levitt died following an illness of one year. He was born on April 18, 1944 in Los Angeles, the son of the late Albert H. Levitt and Reva Narvalanski. Levitt attended school in North Hollywood, Calif. and graduated from John H. Francis Poly Technic High School in 1962. He also attended college and received his bachelor of arts... Full story

  • Leslie "Wayne" Harvey

    Jun 1, 2016

    Leslie "Wayne" Harvey, 81, of Baggs and Overton, Nev., passed away May 25, 2016 at his daughter's home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. He was born on Aug. 6, 1934 in Mountain View, the son of the late Bert and Katherine Rounds Harvey. Harvey married the former Irene Rose Baker in Evanston on April 5, 1957. He joined the United States Army in 1954 and obtained his journeyman lineman certification. Following his honorable discharge from the army in 1956 and he became a high... Full story

  • Christine Georgeanna Finney

    Jun 1, 2016

    Christine Georgeanna Finney passed away May 22, 2016. She was born Nov. 6, 1997 to James and Lori Finney in Rock Springs. Christine was a senior at Evanston High School was an avid reader and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, bonfires, hiking, pottery, riding horses, swimming, lifeguarding, fireworks and being with friends and family. She is survived by her parents James and Lori Finney, her brother Curtis Allen Finney of Gunnison, Colo., sisters Sonya (Jeff) Zaharia of Phoenix,... Full story

  • Roy Alan Brockbank

    Jun 1, 2016

    Roy Alan Brockbank passed away in St. George, Utah May 21, 2016. He was born Dec. 19, 1944 to Byron Andrus Brockbank and Luella Mae Nettles Brockbank in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and was the youngest of three children. He grew up in Orlando, Fla., and graduated from Oakridge High School in 1963, moving west for education and employment. He graduated from BYU in Provo, Utah in 1968 and later graduated from Utah Technical College in 1976. He married Sandra McCurdy in 1965 and the couple later divorced... Full story

  • Utility rates will increase in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2016

    Utility rates in Green River will not decrease. A utility rate study conducted by NewGen will not have solid estimates of what the rates may look like in the future, but rates will increase. The recommended changes will more than likely be implemented by the next fiscal year, July of 2017, city finance director Chris Meats said at a city budget workshop last week. “The rates aren’t going down,” Meats said. “All the funds will need to increase to different extents. There’s some big ticket items....

  • Candidates finalized for Aug. election

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    Residents will have a lot to think about while marking their ballots in the upcoming primary election. Both Republicans and Democrats will have to decide which two commissioner candidates from their respective parties will move on to the November election, cutting a group of eight total candidates in half. Green River residents in Ward I will face a similar decision, deciding which two out of the three candidates for City Council will move on to the primary. In Green River, the race for the...

  • Spitter will go to prison

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    A man who pleaded guilty to spitting on a Sweetwater County Detention officer will serve prison time for his actions. Keith Allen Rhodes, 40, of Rock Springs, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at a change of plea and sentencing hearing to five felonies, two counts of aggravated assault and battery, interference with a peace officer and two counts of aggravated assault and battery on a detention officer. The two aggravated assault and battery on a detention officer counts...

  • Motorcyclist injured in Friday crash

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    An unidentified motorcyclist was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County after a crash involving her motorcycle and a truck Friday afternoon. The crash occurred at about 12:13 p.m. at the intersection of Uinta Drive and Roosevelt Drive. According information from the Green River Police Department, a pickup truck driven by 83-year-old Chris Leventis moved into the turning lane and attempted to make a left turn, striking a motorcycle traveling south on Uinta Drive. The police...

  • New restaurant opens in GR

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2016

    Grace doesn't want her restaurant to look like a restaurant. She wants it to look like home. She wants her guests to be at "home" in her home, she said. Grace Yeager opened the doors to her new restaurant "A Taste of Grace" on Uinta Drive, on Memorial Day. The element of home is an important element to Yeager's restaurant, her home. A taste of Grace means the recipes used at the restaurant are her own recipes from home. The restaurant is essentially a sandwich shop specializing in paninis....

  • Our View: Think local when in the voting booth

    Jun 1, 2016

    With the continued 24-hour coverage of the final presidential primaries, it’s easy to lose sight of the issues impacting residents on a county wide or state-wide scale. It’s not easy to see why either, as Donald Trump has surprised many by earning the delegates needed to be the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue to battle into the final contests prior to the Democratic National Convention July 25. But, what can the President of the United States do about local issues impacting us on a daily...

  • Library hosts reading program

    Becky Iwen, Sweetwater County Library System|Jun 1, 2016

    On your Mark, Get Set, Read! Summer is here and we are ready at the Sweetwater County Library to beat the summer slide. The Summer Reading Program is designed to keep kids reading throughout the summer and to help avoid the summer slide, which is the loss of academic knowledge over the summer break. Along with tracking their reading, the libraries also have educational and fun programs throughout the summer. Youth finishing fourth grade and younger are invited to sign-up for the Youth Summer Reading Program at all the Sweetwater County Library...

  • Protections for patients in place

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Jun 1, 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...

  • District art teacher receives award

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    For the last decade, this teacher has inspired students to think beyond their own creative realms to make masterpieces. Shane Steiss, a Green River High School art instructor, was recently selected as the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Teacher of the Year. Shane was flattered by the award and was a little bit surprised when he received a nomination letter. When he found out about the nomination, he thought about just letting it go, but his wife Annie insisted he fill out the paperwork...

  • District No 2. educator retires, his legacy lives on

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 1, 2016

    A less formally-dressed Dennis Freeman sported his University of Wyoming Alumni T-shirt Thursday, instead of his usual suit and tie attire. The halls were devoid of students while Freeman, assistant principal at Green River High School tended to his end of the year duties and prepared for retirement. The walls of his office adorned with native-american and Japanese artwork, scholarly quotes, framed diplomas, plaques of recognition, family photos and a photo from his first year of teaching; Mount...

  • Student receives scholarship

    Jun 1, 2016

    In 2005, the Bigler family and OCI Chemical, predecessor to Ciner Resources, partnered to establish a scholarship to honor Terry A. Bigler and to carry on his legacy. The scholarship is intended to help students enrolled at WWCC who are entering their second year of a degree program. The scholarship is need-based with preference given to students enrolled in the mine maintenance or trades and industry programs, as well as to students who have graduated from a high school in Southwest Wyoming....

  • Six county vocalists to perform at state

    Jun 1, 2016

    Six members of the Sweetwater County Board of Cooperative Educational Services Children's Honor Choir have been chosen to perform in the Wyoming American Choral Directors Association 135-voice All-State Children's Honor Choir, which will perform in Sheridan Saturday, June 4. Members were chosen by their directors, Wendy Compton and Sarah Wessel and the host organization in Sheridan. The members attending from Sweetwater County are Helena McManus, Makayla Johnson, Cassandra Morley and Maggie Smit...

  • Chamber employee earns award

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    A cheerleader for local tourism at the Green River Chamber of Commerce was recently recognized at the annual R.E.A.C.H Awards hosted by the Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board. Lisa Harrera received the Cheerleader of the Year award for her efforts at the chamber. The awards, which stands for Rare and Exceptional Achievement for Customer service in Hospitality, is a program in its ninth year. Rebecca Eusek, director of the Green River chamber, said Harrera goes above and beyond when...

  • GR seniors' pets receive goodies

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    For the second year in a row, Green River seniors’ pets will receive free food, treats and toys. During the Care for Critters program this May, Golden Hour Senior Center employees encouraged visitors to help seniors take care of their pets by donating pet food, treats, toys or money for vaccinations. GHSC activities coordinator Megan Brown said prior to this, seniors who were in need of some pet assistance were encouraged to fill out an application form with information about what their pet n...

  • Wolves' track star signs with Utah State

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 1, 2016

    A Green River High School track star will continue running at Utah State University. Josie Givens, who was one of two GRHS all-state nominees in 4A track, recently signed a letter of intent to run for USU in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Givens, who ran mid-level distances while in track, said she chose running because she wasn't good at any of the other sports she tried. Givens has had an incredible amount of success in track and cross county. Former cross country and track...

  • Game warden receives 35-year honor

    Jun 1, 2016

    Rock Springs Game Warden Dave Hays just reached a career milestone; Hays has worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department 35 years and is not ready to call it quits, just yet. Hays, an Iowa native, graduated from University of Wyoming in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Wildlife Management. Hays began his career with the WGFD in July of 1979 in the Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office, working various temporary appointments as a check station technician, biologist aid, district biologist, and eventually, a game warden...

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