Articles from the June 15, 2016 edition


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  • Police Reports

    Jun 15, 2016

    Animal control officers responded to a call of a bird inside a business at 180 Uinta Drive. Animal control officers received a call of a contained golden retriever in a resident’s yard on West Flaming Gorge Way. Officers responded to a motorist assist in reference to a vehicle broken down at the intersection of Riverview Drive and Uinta Drive. Officers assisted Castle Rock Ambulance Service on a medical call. Officers provided an escort for a funeral procession. Officers attempted to locate a vehicle described in a REDDI report on East 4th S...

  • Summer program takes on string art

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    The BOCES Adventure Challenge group enjoyed working on an art project June 8 as part of the two-week activity program. Adventure Challenge is sponsored by Sweetwater BOCES and takes place the first two weeks of summer. This summer marked the 26th year the Adventure Challenge has been active. The kids get a T-shirt every year and get to experience a variety of fun activities. The group consists of kids from fourth through eighth grade. "It's a fun age group," instructor Michelle Cordova said....

  • Word puzzles keep seniors' minds sharp

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    Monday morning while several seniors were busy strengthening their bodies with Zumba Gold, others were strengthening their minds. In the Golden Hour Senior Center dining room about six senior citizens were busy completing the daily word search the center provides. "It keeps my brain alive," senior Gloria Culp said. "It's just something I do when I get here. It's kind of fun." Each puzzle has a different theme. Some are based on popular sports, the seasons or historical events. Monday's word...

  • Leatherworker keeps traditions alive

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    Sometimes finding out about one's past can lead to a hobby they never thought about before. For Green River resident Simone Keevert, this is a reality. Keevert was adopted as a child and she searched for her birth parents for years. Eventually, she found her brother and discovered she was part of a Native American tribe. After more research, Keevert found out she was a part of the Delaware Cherokee tribe out of Toronto, Canada. "I thought 'wow what a rich culture,"' Keevert said. Keevert...

  • Local yarn enthusiasts gather for public event

    Jun 15, 2016

    Local knitters and crocheters are invited to participate in a "knit in public" event June 18, in Rock Springs. This is the eighth year a World Wide Knit in Public Day event will be held locally. More than a dozen knitters and crocheters participate each year, sharing their projects with each other, teaching new techniques and just having fun. Since they knit at local coffee shops, outside near a busy street corner, or in a restaurant enjoying lunch, many passersby stop to find out why the group...

  • GR couple married in Utah

    Jun 15, 2016

    Ashton Marsing and Braxton Miller of Green River were united in marriage on April 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. in a ceremony at the Salt Lake City Temple. The bride is the daughter of Richard L. and Lisa Marsing of Green River. She is a Green River High School graduate and is currently a student at Western Wyoming Community College. The groom is the son of Jared and Shannon Miller of Green River. He is a Green River High School graduate and in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently employed by...

  • LMS Honor roll

    Jun 15, 2016

    Lincoln Middle School recently released its fourth-quarter honor roll. Students making the seventh-grade honor roll are Hailey Allison, Kelsi Angelovich, Jade Arnell, Abbey Atkinson, Emma Baas, Devin Bobbitt, Jordan Brady, Sydney Brice, Kaylee Carson, Paxton Castillon, Hayley Cloward, Rocco Coppolo, Allison Dickson, Liberty Ferrell, Bethany Friberg, Connor Friel, Jachob Fuss, Ashlee Green, Maylee Gregersen, Darrius Greymountain, Caeden Grubb and Olivia Holmes. Others making the list are Ashtyn Jasperson, Lauren Jensen, Jocelyn Johnson, Elijah...

  • Red Desert presentation set

    Jun 15, 2016

    Learn about Wyoming’s Red Desert by attending a library-sponsored presentation. The Sweetwater County Library System is hosting two free presentations by Erik Molvar. The first is at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Sweetwater County Library and the second is at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at Rock Springs Library. Molvar explores the rich and varied conservation history of one of Wyoming’s most spectacular and enigmatic landscapes in his presentation “Wyoming’s Red Desert: A Century of Conservation History.” Molvar’s presentation will also take those in at...

  • Edgar R. Bobo

    Jun 15, 2016

    Edgar R. Bobo, Jr., 66, of Green River passed away June 9, 2016 at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. He was a resident of Green River for the past three years and former resident of Rock Springs and Sandrock, Ala.. He was born on Aug. 17, 1949 in Gadsen, Ala., the son of Edgar R. Bobo, Sr. and Wilma Miriam Hood. Bobo attended schools in Sandrock, Ala. and was a 1969 graduate of the Sandrock High School. He owned and operated Bo's Trucking Business for 20 years until ill health forced...

  • Lloyd P. Lofton

    Jun 15, 2016

    Lloyd P. Lofton, 74, of Green River, died suddenly June 7, 2016 at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1942 in Key West, Fla., to Martha Moon Jones Lofton Edgren. He moved from Florida to Kansas by himself at 15, he then graduated from Ford High School in Ford, Kan. in 1961. He met Geri, his wife of 53 years, while they both worked at the Wyoming State Hospital. They were married on April 18, 1963 in McKinnon. They were later sealed for all time and eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He was an...

  • Dale Raymond Colvin

    Jun 15, 2016

    Dale Raymond Colvin, 82, of Farson passed away June 10, 2016 at his home. A resident of Farson and Eden Valley for the past nine years and former longtime resident of Musselshell, Mont., Colvin died following a lengthy illness. He was born on ranch in Kaycee May 1, 1934, the son of the late Emil B. Colvin and Helen V. Schulz. The family later moved to Thermopolis, where he attended grade school and he finished high school in Musselshell, Mont. in 1952. Colvin joined the United States Army and...

  • Ronald Leon "Gunnie" Gunyan Jr.

    Jun 15, 2016

    Ronald Leon "Gunnie" Gunyan Jr., 67, of Rock Springs, passed away June 6, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Gunyan had been in ill health for the past 10 months. He was born on March 24, 1949 in Dines, the son of the late Ronald Leo Gunyan Sr. and Rosetta L. Manlove Gunyan. Gunyan attended schools in Rock Springs, was a 1969 graduate of the Rock Springs High School and he attended college and obtained a degree in maintenance. He married Barbara...

  • Darrell Jack Lell

    Jun 15, 2016

    Darrell Jack Lell, 53, of Rock Springs, passed away June 11, 2016 at his home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Georgia and Virginia, Lell died following a sudden illness. He was born on Dec. 31, 1962 in Abingdon, Va., the son of Jack Ruey and Minnie Sue Miller Lell. Lell attended schools in Virginia, Georgia and Wyoming and obtained his GED. He was employed by IBEW Local 322 Electrician's Union for 18 years. His interests included playing guitar, camping, fishing, and...

  • David Dwayne Nield

    Jun 15, 2016

    David Dwayne Nield, 24, of Rock Springs, passed away June 2, 2016. He was a lifetime resident of Rock Springs. He was born on Jan. 8, 1992 in Rock Springs, the son of Quentin David Norman and Tally Ann Nield. Nield attended schools in Rock Springs and the Collbran Job Corps and was a Christian. He was employed at the Auto Spa for the past five years. His interests included spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed singing and listening music, writing, reading and playing video...

  • Margaret Lilian Reese

    Jun 15, 2016

    Margaret Lilian Reese, 86, of Rock Springs, passed away at her home June 10, 2016 following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 11, 1930 in LaJunta, Colo., the daughter of Leeland J. and Lilla Mae Prater. Reese attended schools and graduated in LaJunta, Colo.. She married Raymond J. Reese in Rock Springs March 9, 1957. She had been employed at Union Mercantile as a manager and at City Market. She later opened a daycare at her home where all the children called her lovingly "Grandma...

  • Sisters seek boxing titles in Texas

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    Two amateur girl boxers have fought their way to nationals and are ready to represent Wyoming at the national tournament. The sister duo, who compete separately, are Sarah Garrison, 13, and Emily Garrison, 10, of Rock Springs. They have both earned spots at the Junior Olympic National Championship. The USA Boxing Junior Olympics tournament will take place June 25 through July 2 in Dallas. Sarah, who has been boxing for four years, won the Wyoming Junior Olympic/Prep Title, the WyoMonDak...

  • Knights' success continues in Rock Springs

    Pete Rust, contributor|Jun 15, 2016

    After winning the Roy Peck Memorial Tournament in Riverton the previous weekend, the Green River Knights were ready for action at the Sand Puppy American Legion Tournament last weekend in Rock Springs. Despite being short three regulars, two to illness and one playing in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl Game, Green River started tournament play with a strong performance, beating the host team Archie Hay Post No. 24 11-4. Saturday evening the Knights played the team coach Stub Hatfield called the Knights’ nemesis, losing to Jackson 8-4. It was the K...

  • GR racer competes at home for first time

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    The smell of fuel and an engine's roar can leave a lasting impression on a person. That is what happened to Zac Taylor about 11 years ago when he and his family watched racing action at the Sweetwater County Speedway in Rock Springs. Zac's father, Terry, remembers the moment his son's fascination with racing began. The Taylor family was in the pits at the Sweetwater County Speedway when Zac was about five years old. One of the racers, Casey Delp, invited Zac to look at his car. Terry said Zac's...

  • GR golfer takes state title

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 15, 2016

    A golfer from Green River won the 2016 Wyoming State Match Play tournament at the Powderhorn Country Club in Sheridan. Siddoway, who has golfed since he was five years old, competed in golf in high school, started competing competitively when he returned to the area after college. His toughest match was the final he played against John Hornbeck, a victory that started with Siddoway behind Hornbeck by four holes after the first eight. Momentum swung in Siddoway's favor and he was able to take...

  • Wrestlers compete in Colo.

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2016

    Green River wrestlers dominated in recent off season duels they competed in. Green River High School wrestlers traveled to Paonia, Colo. this weekend to compete against some tough competition, head coach Marshall Rhodes said. Thirteen wrestlers competed in 12 duels. The wolves won 81 out of 119 matches overall. Senior all-state placers from last year, Gage Byers, Jordan Tucker and Kaycee Cochrane, competed and won many of the duals. Other wrestlers from last year’s state championship team, J...

  • Our View: State should look beyond energy

    Jun 15, 2016

    Is energy the only thing Wyoming has going for it? Why must we focus solely on mineral extraction as a means of making money for the state government? In Sweetwater County, minerals are our specialty since we have trona, coal, natural gas, oil and uranium sitting beneath our feet. We’ve even got lithium, used in those lithium-ion batteries in almost every high-tech gadget and toy on the market, though it may be decades before that resource can be tapped. As we’ve seen countless times however, when times are good, our communities are bustling, w...

  • Notes from Town Square: Sweetwater Trophies and Gifts

    Jennie Melvin, Green River Main Street|Jun 15, 2016

    Have you been to Sweetwater Trophies and Gifts in downtown Green River on Flaming Gorge Way? Did you know that in addition to providing custom trophies and awards they also offer UPS services, custom framing, and have an extensive gift shop with many unique items? They even sell some items from local artisans on consignment which gives you a chance to find distinctive gifts and home décor and supports our local art community. Mike Frink has lived in Green River for about 41 years and has owned Sweetwater Trophies & Gifts for 14 years. Mike...

  • Higher insurance premiums likely

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Jun 15, 2016

    An Indiana couple who wrote to me a few weeks ago has experienced the ups and downs of Obamacare, and they wanted me to know about one downside they now face---a monthly premium of $836. “No one should have to pay those high premiums unless you’re considered high class, and we aren’t,” the woman said. The couple-she is 59 and he is 62-are self-employed, and their income fluctuates. At first the Affordable Care Act was, a “godsend,” the woman told me. Before they signed up for Obamacare, they were paying almost $1,000 a month for insurance c...

  • Expansion opponents should pay the price

    Kerry Drake, Wyofile.com|Jun 15, 2016

    Watching state legislators debate Medicaid expansion during the budget session was like seeing a driver head full-speed toward a cliff and refuse to hit the brakes. The fully anticipated plunge adds to the financial pressures faced by many Wyoming hospitals and played a role in Wyoming Medical Center laying off 58 employees in Casper last week. During the past four years literally everyone who testified before the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee told the panel what would happen if lawmakers did not expand Medicaid. If they...

  • Lifelong learning: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Jun 15, 2016

    I was listening to the radio on my way to work this morning and heard the song “Wish I Didn’t Know Now” by Toby Keith. If you haven’t heard it, some of the lyrics are “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then. I wish I could start this whole thing over again.” I started thinking about how many times I get stuck in this kind of mindset…the mindset involving hindsight. Hindsight is when you understand a situation or event better only after is happens. I’m sure you’ve also heard the saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.” by Billy Wilder. I starte...

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