Articles from the July 1, 2015 edition

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  • County approves 2015 budget

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    The Sweetwater County Commissioners approved a budget of nearly $50 million last week. The budget resolution was approved in a special meeting Wednesday evening that Commissioner Wally Johnson said aimed to give residents a chance to comment on the proposed budget before it was approved. While the general county budget totals $49,614,061, the total appropriations approved in the resolution fund county agencies to a total of $171 million. A majority of those funds belong to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s budget, which lists a total $...

  • City conducts mosquito fogging

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2015

    Say goodbye to those pesky mosquitoes, because the Green River Parks and Recreation Department have started mosquito fogging. Monday was the first day for residential mosquito fogging and it will continue throughout the week. The fogging is occurring between 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday night the Parks and Recreation department fogged downtown. Tuesday they sprayed the tree streets area. Wednesday they are spraying the areas by the horse corrals, Lincoln Middle School and up East Teton Boulevard. Thursday they are spraying by the Mission at Castle...

  • Memorial wall visits county

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    It was solemn and quiet as people walked along the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall. The wall, located at Western Wyoming Community College’s Rock Springs campus for four days, was heavily visited. During those visits, some stood in awe of the wall, while others searched for names of loved ones lost to the Vietnam War. Tony Blair, American Legion Post 24 member, lifetime member of the VFW Post 2321 and event organizer, said people came for various reasons. Some, were seeking closure. According to a...

  • Flaming Gorge Days arrests down in 2015

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2015

    The hustle and bustle of Flaming Gorge Days is over. With the completion of the annual festivities comes the aftermath or lack of one, according to Green River Police Department Det. Luke Benson. “I think overall, it was a good weekend,” Benson said. In total, there were seven arrests over the weekend; two DUI arrests, four public intoxication arrests, and one underage consumption arrest, which also involved interference with a police officer. “It was a pretty safe and smooth weekend,” Benson said. “I want to thank the community for helping t...

  • Our View: Print is alive and well in Wyoming

    Jul 1, 2015

    Trust us, we’ve heard it before. “Print is dead.” “Nobody reads newspapers anymore.” “The Internet is the place to be.” Well, those naysayers are wrong. According to a survey from Pulse Research, Wyoming’s newspapers are still the number one source for news and consumer information. Newspapers beat radio, television and yes, the Internet, as sources people turn to. “Unfortunately, many businesses have the misperception that ‘print is dead,’” said an executive summary of the results written by John Marling of Pulse Research. Nearly 70 per...

  • Remembering the price of freedom Saturday

    Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System|Jul 1, 2015

    Several years ago I worked for the Sheridan County Public Library in northwest Wyoming. One of my job duties at the library was to visit the Sheridan VA Medical Center each month and provide a program about the library’s online services that could be accessed from the medical center’s computer lab. This was before eBooks or streaming movie services or digital library collections, so I spent a lot of time talking about information rich databases that provided access to newspaper and magazine articles. The audience listened because they were pol...

  • Notes from Town Square: The difference a year makes

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Jul 1, 2015

    The Green River URA/Main Street Agency has had a very busy couple of weeks. Flaming Gorge Days was a lot of fun this year. As part of our fundraising efforts, the Organization Committee had a booth at Battle of the Bands and introduced our Original Green River Cheese Steak Sandwiches. They also sold the sandwiches at Evers Park on Friday and Saturday. Our rough estimate is that we sold about 430 sandwiches. I think the Green River Police Department really enjoyed them because we saw several of their faces more than once throughout the weekend....

  • Beckilyn Munro Dawes

    Jul 1, 2015

    Beckilyn Munro Dawes, 57, of Green River, passed away June 28, 2015 at her home in Green River. Longtime resident of Green River, Dawes passed away following a brief illness. She was born on Nov. 24, 1957 in Murray, Utah, the daughter of Dorrian Evert Munro and Noreen Nelson Munro. Dawes attended schools in Soda Springs, Idaho and graduated with the class of 1976. She married Dean M. Dawes in 1997 in Green River. Her interests included gardening, camping and crafts. She was famous for her... Full story

  • Timothy Patrick Wells

    Jul 1, 2015

    Timothy Patrick Wells, 63, of Rock Springs passed away June 25, 2015 at his home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wells died following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was born on June 3, 1952 in St. Paul, Minn., the son of John F. Wells and Anita L. Gillis Wells. Wells attended schools in Hudson, Wis. and was a 1971 graduate of the Hudson High School. He served a four-year apprenticeship to become a journeyman carpenter. He married Jacalyn Lanman on July 20, 1974 in Bloomington, Minn.... Full story

  • Ida L. Vigil

    Jul 1, 2015

    Ida L. Vigil, 95, of Green River, passed away June 25, 2015 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. A longtime resident of Green River, Vigil passed away following a short illness. She was born on Dec. 27, 1919 in San Luis, Colo., the daughter of the late Jose Francisco DeSalles LaCombe and Sarah Lewis Sanchez LaCombe. Vigil attended schools in San Luis, Colorado. She married Joe C. Vigil in San Luis, Colo. on Dec. 17, 1938. He preceded her in death in Green River, Jan. 11, 2006. Throughout... Full story

  • Carol Ann Hill Rounkles

    Jul 1, 2015

    Carol Ann Hill Rounkles, 70, of Rock Springs passed away June 29, 2015 at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. She was a longtime resident of Rock Springs. She was born on June 16, 1945 in Rock Springs, the daughter of the late Robert Hill and Lucille Wilder Hill. Rounkles attended schools in Lyman. She married Orlie D. Rounkles on June 19, 1965 in Rawlins. Rounkles was co-owner of Orlies Refrigeration. Her interests included crafts, painting, sewing and gambling in Wendover, Nev. She also... Full story

  • Susan Joan Lininger

    Jul 1, 2015

    Susan Joan Lininger, 71, of Rock Springs passed away June 28, 2015 at her home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Wilcox, Mo., Lininger passed away suddenly. She was born on June 28, 1944 in South Hampton, England, the daughter of James Surface and Dorothy Batchelor Surface. Lininger attended schools in Burlington Junction, Mo. She married Harley Lininger in Hiawatha, Kan. Dec.13, 1962 and he preceded her in death in Rock Springs, May 7, 2015. Survivors include John... Full story

  • Kids enjoy Flaming Gorge Days events

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    Despite the heat, children were still standing in long lines waiting for their turn. There were several lines. One for a bounce house, another for a slide, one for an obstacle course and another for a pirate ship. After the children bounced around or went down the slides, they would quickly run back to the end of the line for another go. After a few times, their faces were starting to get red and they looked as though they were getting tired, but that didn't stop them from running back to the...

  • Seventh in the nation

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    Going to nationals one time and placing in the top 10 is hard enough, but Green River High School Speech and Debate team member Alexander Marchal was able to do this twice. The National Speech and Debate Tournament took place in Dallas; and the Green River representatives were prepared for the challenge. "Alexander was defending his fifth-place finish in extemporaneous debate from last year at nationals," head coach Carina Stulken said. This year, Marchal had one big advantage - he had done...

  • Coach proud of her team

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    Once again, the Green River High School Speech and Debate Team did not disappoint its coaches. “The team worked very hard before nationals practicing into evening hours almost every week day for about a month,” head coach Carina Stulken said. “We knew that each of them had a real shot at advancing at the tournament and overall they did very well.” The students that didn’t make it to elimination rounds had records of winning at least half of their debate rounds, Stulken said. “We took three...

  • Public-forum debate duo has great finish 

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    Keeping calm under pressure, was one of the tactics a Green River High School Speech and Debate duo used during the national competition. JD Richardson and Maggie Fischer, might have had different goals for the tournament, but they remained calm and progressed as far as they could. For Fischer, her goal was already met before she even arrived in Dallas for the National Speech and Debate Tournament. "My personal goal was to make it to nationals so I was pretty content with how it would have...

  • Volunteers made the difference

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 1, 2015

    With the help numerous dedicated senior volunteers, the Golden Hour Senior Center was able to pull of a pancake breakfast, flea market and lunch all in one day. "It was great," GHSC activities director Megan Brown said. "I couldn't have done it without them." On Saturday morning, the GHSC was open for a public pancake breakfast. During this time, about 100 residents took advantage of the bacon, eggs, sausage and all you can eat pancakes. "It was nice to see so many families in the community get...

  • Flaming Gorge 5K results released

    Staff Report|Jul 1, 2015

    Among the exciting events lined up during the annual Flaming Gorge Days celebration is the Flaming Gorge 5k run. Finishing the run first was Curtis Westenskow with a time of 18:52:12, followed by Jackson Ramsey with a 19:55:54 time and Brenda Gray finishing third with 21:01:34. Complete Results Curtis Westensk0w - 18:52:12 Jackson Ramsey - 19:55:54 Brenda Gray - 21:01:34 Gina Harvey - 25:03:07 Will Madura - 25:34:02 Jennifer Drinkle - 25:51:45 Lydia Westenskow - 1 mile Jordyn Pawleska - 1 mile Jayden Pawleska - 26:27 Hailey Westenskow - 26:34...

  • Butterfly eyes

    Jul 1, 2015

  • Candy and smiles

    Jul 1, 2015

  • Dodge this!

    Jul 1, 2015