Articles from the July 5, 2017 edition


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  • Expect to wait at courthouse

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    The line extended outside the Sweetwater County Courthouse's main entrance Friday afternoon. "We've made a few new friends here," Tasha Urbatsch, one of the many people waiting in line said. Residents looking to pay their vehicle taxes were forced to wait, sometimes nearly an hour, to make their way to the county treasurer's office. Urbatsch said she waited about half an hour before she made it to the doors leading into the treasurer's office. Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter said...

  • Change of plea hearing cancelled

    Stephanie Thompson and David Martin|Jul 5, 2017

    A change of plea hearing for Jacob Anglesey, 35, was cancelled Friday morning after the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office and Anglesey were unable to reach a plea agreement. People had filed into the main courtroom and waited for the hearing, scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday. After a few moments, Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe, dressed in street clothing, stepped into the courtroom to speak with some members of the audience. “There’s a reason I’m dressed like this,” he told the group. Erramouspe said a plea agreement...

  • Fires ignite throughout county

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    Fires ignited across Sweetwater County during the weekend, many of them caused by fireworks or other man-made causes. One of the earliest fires to occur started at Lost Dog Saturday afternoon. The fire, according to Sweetwater County Fire Chief Mike Bournazian, burned about six acres of land next to the water at the Flaming Gorge. "Luckily the lake was there, that fire was ripping," Bournazian said. Bournazian said the fire was started by fireworks from nearby campers. Bournazian said...

  • Fontenelle slows the river's flow

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    Residents may finally see the Green River start to shrink in the coming days as releases from the Fontenelle Reservoir decrease. According to a schedule from the Bureau of Reclamation, releases dropped by 1,000 cubic feet per second Monday, decreasing from 9,000 cfs to 8,000 cfs. Releases are set to further decrease Wednesday to 6,500 cfs after 4 p.m. Heather Patno, a hydraulic engineer for the bureau said inflows are dropping rapidly, which is the main reason for the decreased releases. With th...

  • Group's move, name change complete

    Jul 5, 2017

    Fremont Therapy Group recently completed moving into their new building on Upland Way. When Fremont Therapy Group purchased Summit Physical & Sports Therapy in April of 2014, they wanted to retain the local presence in Green River. With the addition of the new building, the owners felt it was a perfect time to unify the clinics under one name. The new facility will add opportunities for their therapists as well as new treatments for their patients. They've incorporated an aquatic therapy...

  • Peru Hill bridge closed for repairs

    Jul 5, 2017

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be closing the Peru Cutoff Bridge over the railroad on County Road 4-37 near Green River Wrecking and Salvage Yard. The closure will tentatively begin July 5. Business accesses will be maintained over the duration of the project. Green River Wrecking will remain open, and local residents will be able to access the area by driving on WYO 530 South of Green River and then on to County Road 4-37. The area will not be accessible from Interstate 80. The old bridge will be removed and a new bridge will...

  • Richard Muniz

    Jul 5, 2017

    Richard Muniz, 52, of Rock Springs, passed away July 1, 2017, at his home. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Muniz died following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 5, 1964, in Rock Springs and is the son of Ruben and Rosanna Vigil Muniz. Muniz attended schools in Rock Springs and was a Rock Springs High School with the class of 1983 and he also attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology. He was the owner-operator of Muniz Inc. His interests included spen...

  • Stanley John Tominc

    Jul 5, 2017

    Stanley John Tominc, 95, of Rock Springs, passed away June 29, 2017, at Sage View Care Center. He was born on Aug. 14, 1921, in Gunn, the son of Frank and Frances Rozic Tominc. Tominc attended schools in Gun Qualey and Rock Springs and was a 1939 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. He married Jeanne Frolich Tominc July 7, 1943, in Davis, Calif., and she preceded him in death Oct. 18, 2013. Tominc was a United States Army Signal Corps Veteran of World War II. He received a Purple Heart for...

  • Kimberly Ann Willoughby

    Jul 5, 2017

    Kimberly Ann Willoughby, 51, of Rock Springs, passed away June 24, 2017, in Rock Springs. She was born Oct. 31, 1965, in Ganado, Texas, the daughter of Robert and Wilma Cihal Willoughby. Willoughby attended schools in Rock Springs. She was currently employed at the Grey Hound Bus Depot as a clerk. Her interests included playing bingo, watching horse races and movies. She also liked to fish. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was looking forward to the birth of her first grandchild....

  • Valgean Raddon

    Jul 5, 2017

    Valgean Raddon, 72, of Rock Springs, passed away June 16, 2017, at her home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Raddon died following a brief battle with cancer.  She was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Cedar City, Utah, the daughter of Val Marvin and Evelyn Webb Jones.  Raddon attended school in West Valley, Utah and was a 1963 graduate of the Granger High School with honors. She also attended and graduated from Western Wyoming Community College with an associate's degree in medical laboratory...

  • Planters in need of flowers

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    Flower planters along Flaming Gorge Way are up for adoption this summer as budget cuts have resulted in fewer plants along Green River's main street. According to URA and Main Street Administrator Jennie Melvin, Main Street was able to only pay for planting flowers in only half the planters along the street. She said the city pays the Harris family to water the plants, but they donate their time to plant the flowers. The cuts have caused Main Street to start an adoption program to allow...

  • Our view: Fireworks rules need consistency

    Jul 5, 2017

    In what may seem schizophrenic from our editorial last week, we believe the city needs to be clear in how it handles fireworks-related issues. Last week, we advocated for a set area, the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport in our example, free of debris where people could light fireworks in a controlled setting with limited supervision by fire fighters and police officers. Anyone acting like a jackass with their fireworks would get a citation from the officer and the firefighters would be on hand to put out any fires that do start. We...

  • Notes from town square: Enjoying fun in the sun

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Jul 5, 2017

    The Green River URA/Main Street Agency is excited about this summer. We kicked it off with a Movie in the Park. This event was hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department in the past and had to be cut due to budget restrictions, but we are thankful that we were able to bring it back as a free event for the public. Movies in the Park will be at Centennial Park on the second Friday of every month, through September. Be watching our Facebook page for the movie titles. We also hosted our first summer-time Downtown Rhythms and Rhymes. Many local...

  • Artifact of the Month: The GAR flag

    Amanda Benson, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Jul 5, 2017

    This month’s artifact of the month is the first of a four-month series revolving around World War I and patriotic artifacts. The Sweetwater County Museum will host a traveling exhibit on World War I from mid-July to early October, to celebrate the war’s 100-year anniversary. We decided to design an accompanying exhibit as well as feature World War I artifacts for Artifact of the Month in conjunction of the traveling exhibit. For July, we are featuring a 48-star American flag from 1905. The flag has “GAR 1905” written on it. GAR stands...

  • Library hosts puppet show

    Jul 5, 2017

    As part of its Build a Better World Summer Reading Program, the Sweetwater County Library System is bringing award-winning ventriloquist Meghan Casey and the Rocky Mountain Puppets to the area for three shows. Casey and her puppets will be performing their “Building a Better You!” show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at the Broadway Theater in Rock Springs, and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12 at Lincoln Middle School in Green River. The shows are free to the public. In the show, Aidan’s house is a little too small, so he needs to bui...

  • 2 promoted at hospital

    Jul 5, 2017

    Two members of the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County health care team have been promoted. Sarah Roth is the new Director of Infection Prevention and Employee Health. Melissa Anderson has accepted the position of Director of Acute Care Services, which means she is the nursing director for the intensive care and medical surgery units. They are "amazing, talented and skilled nurses," MHSC Chief Nursing Officer Kristy Nielson, said. "I am excited for them – and for us – as they embark on ne...

  • Wolves host tennis clinic

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    Groups of elementary school-aged children had a chance to learn tennis from the Green River High School tennis team last week. The Wolves hosted a three-day tennis clinic designed to introduce children to the sport, as well as improve basic tennis skills. Children were given instruction through a variety of stations taught by members of the team. Head tennis coach Phil Harder said the turnout was better than last year, with 42 students signing up for the clinic. The cash raised from the clinic...

  • Knights have a rough weekend

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    The Knights hitting woes continued to haunt them during a tournament in Jackson last weekend. The Knights ended the weekend tournament with only one victory across five games. Two of those games ended early for the Green River team. Competing against the East Idaho Rockies Thursday afternoon, the Knights ended the first inning with a 3-2 lead over the Rockies. At the top of the third inning, they extended the lead with another run, but the Rockies fired back during their turn at bat, making 10...

  • King of the pool: swimmer seeks Olympics

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    An up and coming swimmer is already making a name for himself and he hasn’t even started high school yet. James King, who is going to be starting his freshman year at Green River High School this fall, is already becoming well-known on the swimming circuit. “He just crushed records,” Randy Walker, Green River USA head coach, said. Walker said he was crushing the middle school competition throughout the season and breaking records left and right. He even broke a couple of the records set...

  • City champs

    Jul 5, 2017

  • Children enjoy splash park fun: warm weather

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    With the warm, partly cloudy skies lately, the Green River Splash Park has been filled with children. Almost every day, the Splash Park is filled with children running through the various water features, including the fire hydrant, the mushroom, the frog and the buckets. While the children ran through the various features laughing and screaming, parents and grandparents sat on blankets or folding chairs and watched them. Some of the parents were visiting with friends, while others were...

  • Experience gained at nationals

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2017

    Members of the Green River High School Speech and Debate team may not have advanced as far as they would have liked at nationals, buy they gained valuable experience. Twelve students attended the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament, June 19-23, which took place in Birmingham, Ala., this year. "They learned what it takes to compete at a national level. They learned new speech and debate trends from competitors from other states," Jason Grubb, assistant speech and debate...

  • GR middle school student to attend Play 60 summit

    Jul 5, 2017

    Sarah Quick, a student from Lincoln Middle School, was selected to serve as the Wyoming State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest health and wellness program created in partnership with Western Dairy Association and the NFL, in cooperation with USDA. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages students to eat healthy, be active and make positive, healthy changes in their schools and communities. “Sarah has already demonstrated such impressive leadership skills, and we can’t wait for her to join our team,” Nicole Croy, Director of...

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