Articles from the June 15, 2016 edition

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  • Seniors will pay more rec fees

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Recreation fees will be going up, along with city utility fees. While not many fees have changed for Green River residents, there were some small consensus decisions made. During the presentation for parks and recreation, council members were in favor of senior citizens 80 years old and up using the Green River recreation center to get in for free. Recreation Supervisor Katie Blood said they may not be able to give the service for free and may have to charge a fee. In that case, 80+ seniors coul...

  • Commissioner seeks another term

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Sweetwater County Commissioner Don Van Matre is running for re-election this year in hopes of continuing his service to the county. Van Matre has been a commissioner for six years and he enjoys his work with his co-commissioners, which is one of the several reasons he is seeking re-election. “You have to be able to trust the people you work with and we have that right now. That doesn’t happen overnight, you have to work at it,” Van Matre said. He is confident in the current commission’s ability to take on the difficult budget decisions the cou...

  • Woman uses car as a weapon

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    A woman who used her car as a deadly weapon has already broken her probation. Tresha D. Bachman, 34, of Green River appeared on March 9 at a sentencing hearing in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James to two counts of aggravated assault and battery. During this hearing, Bachman pleaded guilty to two reduced charges of reckless endangering. Both of these are misdemeanor charges. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Bachman was given two one-year terms in the Sweetwater County Detention Center,...

  • Reservoir completion delayed due to weather

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Spring weather has delayed reservoir construction near Green River. The raw water reservoir project was initially planned to be a 17-month project, has been under construction for more than a year. The project was originally planned to be completed by late June, but is now expected to reach completion by mid to late summer. Frequent rain and hail storms passing through the area have delayed the project with shorter work days, but the worst was at the beginning of May. The construction's biggest...

  • Motorcyclist dies south of GR

    Staff Report|Jun 15, 2016

    A Green River man died in a fatal crash south of city June 12. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 66-year-old Nick Sanchez died about 13 miles south of Green River after he failed to make a turn in the road. The crash occurred at about 5:33 p.m. on Wyoming Highway 530. A release from the WHP states Sanchez was riding his motorcycle at a high rate of speed during a heavy rainstorm. He drove off of the road and was thrown frrm his bike as it rolled multiple times. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but sustained fatal...

  • Barney resigns from county race

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    A field of five Democrats drops to four after one of the candidates announced his plans to drop out of the race. Ted Barney, currently a Green River City Councilman, announced his intent to withdraw from the election Tuesday evening. Barney said he’s withdrawing as a result of personal issues. “An unforeseen development has arisen this week and after verifying the events, it is with regret that I have to announce my withdrawal from the Sweetwater County Commissioner race for 2016,” Barney wrote...

  • Voters seek more absentee ballots

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    Voters in Sweetwater County are requesting more absentee ballots than they have in the past. As of Friday, 378 voters have asked for the ballots, which will be sent out July 1. In previous election years, the county would have only received about 100 requests for the ballots by mid-June. Sweetwater County Clerk Dale Davis said he believes the increased interest comes from fliers inserted in residential water bills. “I’m kind of surprised by the number of requests we’ve had so far,” Davis s...

  • Leona May Riddle

    Jun 15, 2016

    Leona May Riddle, 77, of Lander, died June 10, 2016 in Thermopolis. Riddle was born Feb. 20, 1939 in Terre Haute, Ind. She was raised in Reliance and attended school in Rock Springs, graduating in 1958. She was a long time resident of Green River and later retired in Lander. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Raymond Thienpont; and many aunts and uncles. Survivors... Full story