Articles from the June 22, 2016 edition


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  • Police Reports

    Jun 22, 2016

    Officers assisted Castle Rock Ambulance Service on a medical call. Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 550 E. Flaming Gorge Way. Officers contacted the involved parties who had a verbal dispute. Officers responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle at 320 Monroe Avenue. Officers contacted the reporting party, checked on the vehicle and determined the vehicle was not abandoned. Officers responded to a report of a disturbance on West Teton Boulevard. Officers contacted the involved parties who had a verbal dispute regarding...

  • Small traveling circus entertains GR crowd

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    Circus music flowed from the Green River Recreation Center's gym Saturday afternoon as residents watched performances put on by members of the Candy Land Circus. Prior to the show, Green River children couldn't seem to get enough of the pink cotton candy, popcorn and nachos sold at the concession area. Children who were not busy purchasing light sticks, were in line to have their faces painted. The circus kicked off with one of the performers flinging a top into the air and swinging it around...

  • Museum hires new curator

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    A Colorado native became one of Green River's newest residents after being hired as the Sweetwater County Historical Museum's new curator. Amanda Benson started with the museum Thursday, filling a position that's been vacant since the museum's executive director Brie Blasi was promoted in February. The curator is in charge of managing the artifacts and archives, along with planning as to which artifacts should be displayed. Blasi also said the curator plays a role in conducting historical...

  • Library hosts writing workshops

    Jun 22, 2016

    The Sweetwater County Library System will sponsor two free writing workshops with scholar Lori Howe. The first is at 6:30 p.m. June 27 at the Rock Springs Library and the second is at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Sweetwater County Library. Howe’s workshop, “Writing Workshop: All the Water in Wyoming—Poems and Personal Essays,” will focus on the meanings of water in Wyoming through poetry or personal essay. When participants leave the workshop, they will have a strong framework and approach for writing creatively about matters of great importa...

  • Bette Lou Wilson

    Jun 22, 2016

    Bette Lou Wilson, 74, of Big Piney, passed away June 16, 2016 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. She had been a longtime resident of Big Piney. She was born on April 4, 1942 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Paul Virostko and Jimmie A. Smith. She attended schools in Big Piney. She married Lewis Wilson in Big Piney Dec. 30, 1958. Wilson Began working at her parents store, Burney and Company as a child, Later to become the owner and managed Burney and Company Grocery Store with her parents... Full story

  • Nick Sanchez

    Jun 22, 2016

    Nick Sanchez, 66, of Green River, passed away June 12, 2016. He had been a lifelong resident of Green River. He was born on June 21, 1949 in Rock Springs, the son of Frutoso and Lois Sanchez. Sanchez attended schools in Green River and was a 1967 graduate of the Lincoln High School. He married Pamela K. Overy in Rock Springs on July 19, 1969 and she preceded him in death on March 9, 2011. Sanchez was employed at OCI for 43 years and retired as a utility mechanic in 2011. His interests included... Full story

  • Barbara Rollins Fornengo

    Jun 22, 2016

    Barbara Rollins Fornengo, 84, of McCook, Neb. passed away June 10, 2016 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Neb. where she had been a resident for the past two years. She was born on Nov. 1, 1931 in Lyman, the daughter of the late James "Eugene" and Mary Webb Rollins. Fornengo attended schools in Reliance and was a Reliance High School graduate. She married James Jon Fornengo in Reno, Nev. on Nov. 14, 1948 and he preceded her in death in St. George, Utah on August 22, 1994. Fornengo was... Full story

  • Lisa Micheale Boyd

    Jun 22, 2016

    Lisa Micheale Boyd, 48, of Rock Springs, died June 13, 2016 at her home. She was born Aug. 21, 1967 in Oak Harbor, Wash., the daughter of William James Dineen and Yolanda Micheale Peck. Boyd was employed last at YWCA as a teacher's aid. She was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship. She loved working in the nursery at her church and also the children at her work. Survivors include her parents William Dineen of Arizona and Yolanda Micheale and Russell Bates of Rock Springs; two sons Christian... Full story

  • Community participates in blood-drive competition

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    Green River community members headed to the recreation center last Wednesday and Thursday to donate blood and support Sweetwater County emergency responders. Battle of the Badges is a friendly blood-drive competition between the local emergency response agencies. This summer marked the second year for the blood drive competition and the first year Green River agencies participated. Taking home the traveling plaque for Battle of the Badges this year is the Green River Fire Department. For Battle...

  • GR camp participants learn about dogs

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    A week-long summer camp helped attendees learn the ins and outs of animal care. During the Sweetwater County Board of Cooperative Educational Services Rescue Camp at the Red Desert Humane Society, 10 children learned how to care for dogs and cats. On Friday, camp attendees were busy preparing the dogs for an adoption event, society board member Joyce Fett said. This year, the dogs were taken to the Rods and Rails Car Show, which took place in downtown Rock Springs Saturday. Students were busy...

  • United Way fundraiser brings goats to community

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    Members of the community were surprised when goats visited Green River June 15 as part of a United Way fundraiser. Goat-A-Gram is a United Way of Southwest Wyoming fundraiser for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This was the first year for the fundraiser, but not the last. It was quite successful, bringing in about $4,500 for the Imagination Library and exceeding their expectations. Participants of the fundraiser paid for goats to be sent to Green River or Rock Springs residents or businesses of their choice. The cost to send a g...

  • Fine arts center offers jewelry class

    Jun 22, 2016

    This June, Jennifer Messer will be teaching a two-night advanced jewelry making class showing how to create an eclectic Boho necklace using one-of-a-kind pendants from Washington glass artist, Alex Gibson. The class will have two sessions, the first session June 23, and the second session takes place June 30. Each session will be held from 6-8 p.m. Students will be provided with a wide variety of beads, findings, and the tools and instructions needed to put the whole necklace together. Using...

  • GRHS Honor Roll

    Jun 22, 2016

    Green River High School recently released its second-semester honor rolls. To make the GRHS Principal Honor Roll students must have a 4.0 GPA with no “I” or “F” letter grades and a minimum of five classes. Students making the Principal’s Honor Roll are Abigail Alcorn, Victoria Allen, Kaisa Arnell, Abbie Atkinson, Kaitlyn Banks, Valerie Barajas, Kelsee Barton, Samuel Bayles, Hannah Braithwaite, Lyndsey Burnett, Evan Carollo, Dominique Christensen, Jonah Christensen, Eric Clingenpeel, Averee Cobb, Michael Cobb, Haylen Cordova, Kendahl Coy, Karl...

  • MIS Honor Roll

    Jun 22, 2016

    Monroe Intermediate School recently released its fourth-quarter honor roll. Students making the fifth-grade honor roll are Konnor Adam, Alexa Alatorre, Ezeekeil Allison, Heather Allison, Logan Allison, Shaelynn Andersen, Korbin Arnell, Fernanda Nahomi Barrios, Kyler Bartlett, Katelin Beck, Amy Bernard, Colby Bills, Lani Jo Blaylock, Gage Blunt, Keagan Braithwaite, Moriah Brice, Eliza Burgess, Trenten Butcher, Aris Calzada, Shelby Carson, Natalia Chavero, Eric Comer, Braxton Cordova, Colter Cudney, Korbin Cuthbertson, Thomas Dalton, Dillon...

  • Noses used to raise funds for kids in poverty

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    A national campaign turned local when Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center employees and residents decided to see how much they could raise for the cause. Bobbi Jo Drozd, CRRC administrator, said when they heard about the Red Nose Day Fundraising effort, they contacted the Rock Springs Walgreens to purchase the noses. Drozd said they purchased about $200 worth of merchandise from the store to sell in order to raise money for the cause. All of the money raised goes to help children in...

  • Our View: Limited tax on groceries might work

    Jun 22, 2016

    With budgetary shortfalls causing both local and state governments to cut back on spending, a number of ideas have come about as possible solutions to budget problems. One of those ideas is reinstating a grocery tax. The grocery tax was ended by the Wyoming Legislature in 2006, which was during the period when the state received incredible budget surpluses as a result of the booming natural gas industry. While we’re not sure completely reinstating the tax is a good idea, there is an alternative that would probably have more support with l...

  • Notes from Town Square: Stay safe while near the river

    Misty Brodiaea Springer, Public Affairs and Grants Administrator|Jun 22, 2016

    Summer has officially arrived in Green River and one of the greatest pleasures of the season is swimming. We in this community are fortunate to have a robust river flowing through town and a lovely Green Belt which makes summertime recreation more enjoyable. Water recreation offers fun for the whole family and swimming is excellent exercise, but we must never forget that water recreation has risks, and that is true whether you are boating at Flaming Gorge, tubing by the island or swimming in a pool. Water levels on the Green River are...

  • Delicious and easy JELLO fruit salad

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    I've helped my mom cook for years, mainly acting as her sous-chef. One of my first memories of helping my mom in the kitchen is when we made our very first batch of JELLO fruit salad. A coworker gave her the recipe and my mom adjusted it to her liking. We made it the night before Thanksgiving, just before bed. We received several complements from our family the next day and since then, we've made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Over the years, I started making it on my own and it has...

  • Growing up in Heaven

    Carl Morck, Green River Historic Preservation Commission|Jun 22, 2016
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    Editor’s note: Due to the length of this column, we will print it as a series. The second portion will run next week. As a member of the Green River Historic Preservation Commission, it is my turn to write our monthly article on some aspect of Green River’s past. Usually we are allowed to write on whatever subject that is of personal or general interest, which is later published in the current issue of the bound series Echoes from the Bluffs. However, Brie Blasi asked me to address growing up in Green River in the mid 40s and 50s. Wow, what exa...

  • City passes $30m budget

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    The city council finalized Green River’s 2016-2017 fiscal year city budget Tuesday. The budget comes to about $30 million, which is about a $2 million cut from last year’s budget. “Overall, $1.2 million were cut out of services somewhere,” Finance Director Chris Meats said. “Compared to elsewhere in the state, we didn’t have to cut as much.” Meats said Green River is a little better off than other large cities like Gillette and Casper, due to their heavy reliance on oil. “We anticipated a l...

  • GR Woman charged with abuse

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    A woman accused of abusing a child, who was her ward, could serve prison time. Malonie L. O’Toole, 47, of Green River appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at an arraignment to three counts of child abuse. She pleaded not guilty to all three felony counts; and a jury trial has been scheduled to take place Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. If O’Toole is found guilty of all three felonies, she could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $30,000. According to...

  • County OKs retirement program

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    The Sweetwater County Commissioners solidified details of a proposed voluntary separation program, an early retirement program, Tuesday afternoon. The county started discussions regarding the program two weeks ago. However, information about the program was not available until the day of the meeting. The initial program allowed certain employees near retirement age to take a payout amounting to 30 percent of their gross salary, with the decision to use that payout to accept a check, take the...

  • Caution urged around high, fast river waters

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2016

    Fast-moving water flowing along the Green River is a reason to be cautious during Flaming Gorge Days. Due to high runoff levels, precipitation and releases from the Fontenelle Reservoir, the Green River has been flowing at high speeds with high water levels within the past weeks. Debris is flowing down the river as well. These elements combined make for a more dangerous combination when recreating in the river. The Green River Fire Department and Green River Police Department urge those...

  • Hooley resigns from race

    David Martin, Editor|Jun 22, 2016

    The election for the House District 60 seat in the Wyoming Legislature may have ended before it began as the Republican challenger in that race will resign. Bill Hooley will resign from both the race and his position as chairman of the Sweetwater GOP, planning a to move to American Fork, Utah, for a new job opportunity. Hooley challenged incumbent Democrat John Freeman for his seat. It would have been the second time the two faced off in an election. Hooley sought to replace Freeman two years...

  • New waterfowl exhibit opens at WWCC

    Jun 22, 2016

    An exhibit titled “Waterfowl/WOW!” recently opened in the Natural History Museum at Western Wyoming Community College. The exhibit, which features live mounts of swans, cranes, geese, ducks and upland game birds, is designed and installed by Dave Mead, Exhibits Coordinator at the Sweetwater County Museum, and Will Clark, WWCC Biology Professor. The waterfowl on display are part of a large collection of mounted birds donated to WWCC by Ray Johnson of Helena, Mont. Johnson, a taxidermist, visited the college’s Wildlife Museum and found it so im...

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