Articles from the July 5, 2018 edition

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  • GR splash park remains busy

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    The Green River Splash Park was a busy place Monday morning. With temperatures already in the upper 70s, several families brought their children to the Splash Park to cool off. Some children were running through the splash park, while others decided the splash park just wasn't enough and proceeded to fill water balloons and water guns to either throw or spray at each other. When the children would get cold, they would run and play on the playground equipment at Evers Park, which is only several...

  • Waiting

    Jul 5, 2018

  • GR students return from nationals

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    For some it was the last high school tournament they would ever compete in. For others, it was a chance to experience speech and debate at nationals and learn from the experience. Thirteen students from the Green River High School Speech and Debate Team recently attended the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Florida. Abigail Grubb competed in informative, Jesse Lauze-Reyes and Rebecca Shamer chose World School debate, Gregory Marchal participated in extemporaneous speaking, Victoria Allen...

  • Lease sale worries advocates

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    An oil and gas lease auction set to start July 11 has members of the Wyoming Outdoor Council concerned about possible drilling in sensitive areas located in Sweetwater County. An auction hosted by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments lists 187 parcels throughout the state, consisting of 65,422 acres of land. More than 29,000 acres of that land is within Sweetwater County. One parcel, labeled Parcel 166, is primarily within the Sand Dunes Wilderness Study Area, with the exclusion of...

  • County to enter lawsuit

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    Sweetwater County will join other Wyoming and Utah counties in a class-action lawsuit against the Federal Government to recover money owned under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, the Commissioners voted unanimously to approve entering into the class-action lawsuit. Chairman Reid West was absent. In the original case, Kane County, Utah, vs. the United States, Kane County claimed the government should have to pay the money owed...

  • The firefighters' longest night

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    It was a scene not unlike any other Independence Day celebration. Grilled meats and soft drinks available to all. Children playing while the adults enjoyed a chance to chat. However, the purpose behind the gathering is what set it apart from every other Fourth of July festivity in Green River. They were firefighters and their families waiting for the inevitable call. The gathering is a tradition for the Green River Fire Department. As residents celebrate congressional approval of the...

  • Re-election sought in Senate District 13

    Staff Report|Jul 5, 2018

    Senator John Hastert, D-Green River, seeks re-election to his Senate District 13 seat on the Wyoming Legislature. The district is comprised of Green River, Jamestown and portions of Rock Springs. "It has been truly a privilege representing the families of Sweetwater County and I would be honored to serve another term in the Wyoming Senate," Hastert said in a campaign announcement. One of Hastert's largest contributions to the state is the creation and enhancement of a medication donation...

  • Our View:The people behind the newspaper

    Jul 5, 2018

    There are real people behind the publication of this newspaper. The shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland which left five staff members dead is an all too sobering reminder of that fact. Five people, all of whom were someone’s neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers, were murdered because of the work they do. The response from Chase Cook, a Capital Gazette reporter posting reports to social media from the scene wouldn’t surprise anyone who has spent time working in news. “I can tell you this: WE are putting out a damn...

  • A warning would be nice

    Jul 5, 2018

    Dear Editor, An open letter to the bicyclists using the Greenbelt pathways: Would you please, PLEASE, give some kind of alert, vocal or bell, as you approach those of us who walk. I am so tired of being startled out of my skin when suddenly being passed by someone who has come up silently from behind. My heart can only take so much of this. Carol Aldinger Green River...

  • My first fireworks show

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    Every once in a while, a memory from my childhood comes back to me vividly. Sometimes it doesn’t even have anything to do with what I’m doing, but the memory floods in and I can’t help but relive it. Sometimes the memories are good and other times they are bad, but they’re my memories just the same. This past week, as I was thinking about the Fourth of July fireworks my family will see, when a memory came back to me. It was when I saw my first big fireworks show. I was probably in element...

  • Is your household prepared?

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|Jul 5, 2018

    I was recently at a FEMA led Emergency Preparedness training. The class was less boring than it sounds and really got me thinking. Not just about being prepared at a government and city level, which is what I was there for, but on a personal level. How does an entire city stay in a state of preparedness for an emergency? While there are plans, practice, contact lists, mutual aid agreements, and more across the pillars of city and county government the real preparedness is in the household of every citizen in the form of an emergency kit and a f...

  • Firefighters respond to landfill fire

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 5, 2018

    A landfill fire near Manila, Utah, required assistance from the Sweetwater County Fire Department last week. At about 5:30 p.m., Wednesday night, the Manila Fire Department contacted county fire warden Mike Bournazian, seeking assistance with the fire. According to Bournazian, county firefighters were given support from the Green RIver Fire Department, as well as the Granger Fire Department. The departments provided two engines and about 200 gallons of firefighting foam. The fire was cleared at...

  • Rabon "Ray" Barfield

    Jul 5, 2018

    Rabon "Ray" Barfield, passed July 1, 2018, at Sandy Regional Rehabilitation Facility in Sandy, Utah. Ray was born May 20, 1938, in Pelham, Ga., to Homer and Annie Barfield. He was father to Brian Barfield ( Barbara), Dr. Sandi Pershing (Dr. David Pershing), and Skip Schiable (Jean). He was also a proud grandfather to Mikhail Barfield (and her three daughters), Rylee Barfield, Helena Schiable and Cameron Schiable, Quincy Parkes, Tressa Parkes, Nicole Pershing (Jason Seifert and their baby Emma)....

  • Vivian Irene Brannan

    Jul 5, 2018

    Vivian Irene Brannan, 79, of Rock Springs passed away June 27, 2018, at Sage View Care Center. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Brannan died following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 26, 1938, in Rock Springs, the daughter of John and Irene North. Brannan attended schools in Rock Springs and was a Rock Springs High School graduate with the class of 1956. She attended the Parks School of Business in Denver and graduated with a business degree in November of 1956. She worked at the...

  • Mark Quint Elder

    Jul 5, 2018

    Mark Quint Elder, 53, passed away July 1, 2018, in Salt Lake City. He was a longtime resident of Rock Springs. Elder was born on March 29, 1965 in Douglas, the son of Robert H. Elder and Donna Mae Oak. He attended schools in Rock Springs. Elder married the love of his life, Cindy Forest in Elko, Nev., in 1985. He worked as a derrick hand for the oil field for many years. Elder enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, arrowhead hunting, fishing, and hunting. Survivors include his wife,...

  • Quick break

    Jul 5, 2018