Articles from the July 8, 2015 edition

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  • Delivery man saves GR home

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    What can Brown do for you? For two Green River residents, they can say a member of the united problem solvers helped save their house. A UPS delivery man’s quick thinking and action are credited in extinguishing a lightning-caused roof fire Monday night. The fire occurred after 7 p.m. when a bolt of lightning struck the peak of the roof at 1725 New Mexico. Mindy Larson, the resident, said she was in the kitchen opening the microwave door when the bolt stuck, momentarily giving a bright illumination to the room. At that moment, she also heard w...

  • Charges filed after shots fired

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    A night of pool ended badly for a group of Rock Springs residents and resulted in one man being arrested and charged with attempted murder. Norman Leroy Lange was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one misdemeanor charge of reckless endangering. If convicted, Lange could face life in prison. According to court documents, Lange was playing pool at the Bare Back Saloon the evening of June 28, 2015 with Stephanie Macy, and her friends Veronica Martinez and Tony Bowen. While the group played pool, Macy, Martinez and Bowen...

  • Rock Springs floods Tuesday afternoon

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    For Julie Porter, the moment the water started flowing through her insurance office was the moment she decided to grab her kids and get out of the building. Porter, an insurance agent, has an office on Broadway in Rock Springs, which was where some of the worst flooding in the city took place Tuesday evening. Mayor Carl Demshar said Broadway, as well as North Front Street and South Front Street, looked like rivers flowing through the downtown portion of the city. As of Wednesday morning, the...

  • Grant could pay for better access

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    Imagine trying to get from the house, to the grocery store, while being wheelchair-bound and with no vehicle. The short trek from the home, down the street to pick up a prescription and groceries could potentially be a dangerous one. For those living in Rock Butte apartments on Bridger Drive. The sidewalk at the intersection on East Teton Boulevard and Bridger Drive has no wheelchair ramp to use to stay on the sidewalk. Instead, you are forced to drive your wheelchair scooter along the street until the next driveway entrance to the parking lot...

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    Jul 8, 2015

  • Bike rides continue

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    The Green River Bike Rides by the Sweetwater Mountain Biking Association are going again this summer. This week’s ride is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting in parking lot B at Scott’s Bottom, FMC Park. The weekly bike rides will continue through October, with weather permitting. Sweetwater Mountain Biking Association They initially started in 1999 when the Green River Tourism Committee wanted to promote Green River’s bike trails. Land use issues occurred during the process and plans were cut short. The group tried again in 2009, this time a succe...

  • Adel M. Muije

    Jul 8, 2015

    Adel M. Muije, 44, of Rock Springs, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at her home. She had been a longtime resident of Rock Springs. She was born on Aug. 21, 1970 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Delbert and Mildred Lewis. Muije attended school in Rock Springs and was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School class of 1988. She married Michael Muije in Green River on June 4, 2010. Her interests included doing crafts, bible study, writing poems and spending time with family and friends.... Full story

  • Shirley Margaret Meeks

    Jul 8, 2015

    Shirley Margaret Meeks of Green River, passed away June 30, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 1, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Florence May Giffen and George Arthur Potts. After the passing of her parents she was adopted by her mother's sister, Ethelwyn "Winnie" Bacon and her husband Carlos Bacon. She was raised and attended school in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. She met Henry Len Meeks in New York City during World War II. They were married July 23, 1944 in Queens, N.Y. before Henry... Full story

  • Fern Barney

    Jul 8, 2015

    Fern Barney, 81, of Green River, died July 5, 2015 in Rigby, Idaho after a sudden illness. She was born Nov. 20, 1933 in Redmond, Utah, the daughter of Orville Hansen and Lela Sorensen Hansen. She attended elementary school in Redmond and North Sevier High School in Salina, Utah. She married Seldon Barney Oct. 3, 1950 in Ely, Nev. He preceded her in death March 12, 2011. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her interests were gardening and farming. Survivors... Full story

  • Allowing fireworks could work

    Jul 8, 2015

    For residents of Rock Springs, it’s so regular they can practically set their watches to it. Almost every year, someone shooting fireworks on White Mountain will catch the brush on fire, which results in an orange glow visible for miles. It spreads across a section of the mountain and leaves behind a large burned spot once the fire is extinguished. It’s been a common occurrence for decades now. In Green River, we’re fortunate not to have had a massive wild land fire resulting from fireworks, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Last nigh...

  • Non-fiction books can be fun for readers

    Mary Halterman, Sweetwater County Library System|Jul 8, 2015

    When library staff members talk to younger school groups, we often check to see whether they know what “fiction” and “non-fiction” mean. Many kids have figured out that fiction means “fake” and non-fiction means “not fake.” They’ve also recognized what adults may have forgotten after years of reading non-fiction texts for papers and reports: non-fiction can be fun! I’m not saying that if you didn’t think your eighth-grade history textbook was a barrel of laughs, you were missing something. In fact, one author, Steve Sheinken, who is now...

  • Notes from Town Square: The benefits of youth sports

    Kevin Sadler, Green River Parks and Recreation|Jul 8, 2015

    Sports are an important part of the lives of most children in the United States. Just over 21 million youth between the ages of 6 to 17 play team sports on a regular basis, with another 5 million engaging on an occasional basis, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association annual survey of households. One of the first things that come to mind when a young athlete participates in a sport or physical activity is the physical benefits that come from the sport. He or she gains physical strength and endurance, cardiovascular stamina,...

  • Has the magic ended?

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    It seems as though my children go through phases. Some are good; and others I would rather just forget. One phase that will always leave a lasting memory and a spot in my heart is the kissing the boo boo phase. My first son Matthew, who is now 5, went through this phase about a couple of years ago. Now, my youngest son John, who is 3, is going through this phase, or so I thought. It seemed like every time, no matter how big or small the injury, if it is a tiny scratch to a big bruise, John wante...

  • Travelling 1,600 feet below ground

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    We just kept dropping and dropping and dropping until we were 1,600 feet into the Earth. Tuesday, fellow reporter Lillian Palmer and I went into the TATA Chemicals Green River Facility. In reality, the ride in the shaft lasted about two and a half minutes, but it felt much longer. I could feel the change of pressure in my head and my ears were popping. Adrenaline was running through my body. I was a little nervous, but mainly I was excited for what I was about to experience. We rode down with some miners and it was just another day for them....

  • Supreme Court ruling is only one factor in health insurance decisions

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Jul 8, 2015

    At the end of its 2014-15 term the Supreme Court decided that the key component of the Affordable Care Act---the tax subsidies available to help people buy health insurance---would continue in all states. Justices addressed a challenge that the subsidies were legal only in the 17 states that ran their own shopping exchanges and not in the rest that chose to use the marketplaces operated by the federal government. That’s good news for the more than six million Americans whose subsidies were in doubt. The government’s own statistics make cle...

  • Fires break out July 4th

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    The fourth was on fire. The fourth of July in Green River was fairly calm this year, compared to Rock Springs. There were five fire calls to the Green River Fire Department over the weekend, starting with a couple on Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. with a small brush fire at Scott’s Bottom. At 10 p.m., there was a small fire citing on South Hill and on Blue Rim Road in Jamestown; both put out before firefighters arrived at the scene. Even though this year’s number of fire calls in Green River was relatively low in number, it did rise from las...

  • Fire department hosts barbecue

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    It was like any other Fourth of July celebration. Children were playing with one another in the parking lot while adults sat in groups and chatted beneath a clear sky. For volunteers with the Green River Fire Department, the yearly gathering is a chance to spend time with family and friends at the fire station, while remaining on-call for the inevitable fireworks-related fire. The firefighters’ gear was already prepared and on their assigned trucks. For added wild land fire protection, Sweetwater County Fire sent a small truck and crew to assis...

  • GR Business has ground-breaking ceremony

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    By OLIVIA KENNAH Staff Writer The business park on Commerce Drive will finally reach its potential with the help of Desert View Eye Care. Desert View Eye Care had its ground breaking ceremony July 1 for a new and improved office. Mayor Pete Rust shared some of the business park’s history at the ceremony. He said that in the late 1990s to early 2000s, an incoming call center called Sento Corporation was in the works but the plans dried up with the wave of technology. A second grocery store was also planned, but it fell through. After years of t...

  • Fourteenth annual International Day events set for Saturday

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    Rock Springs, the Home of 56 Nationalities, is hosting its 14th annual International Day Saturday. International Day is an event that celebrates the many different cultures that are present in the area. The event features a wide range of entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. There will be local, regional and international entertainment. There will also be a variety of exotic foods to try, festive costumes, exhibits and live entertainment. The festival will have over 20 imported beers from around the world to try. The festival is...

  • GR seniors gather for annual picnic

    Olivia Kennah, Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2015

    The day was full of barbecuing and good conversation for the Golden Hour Senior Center. The GHSC hosted its annual Picnic in the Park last Wednesday at Expedition Island. It was a great opportunity for people of all ages to chat with friends, participate in activities and enjoy a tasty meal. They were serving hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, macaroni salad, watermelon, cookies and brownies. Each meal was $6. A poker walk started at 11 a.m. where the picnic guests could try to win a picnic basket. GHSC Activities Coordinator Megan Brown said she and...

  • Library hosts healthy food activity for kids

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    Trying to get children to eat healthy foods can be a struggle for many parents, but thanks to one program at Sweetwater County Library's story time, that struggle was over, at least for one day. During the library's weekly Tuesday story time, youth service librarian Misti Zimmerman was busy reading children books about the importance of eating vegetables and fruits. The program kicked off with Zimmerman having the children sing the ABC's song with her. Then, she picked out four books to read to...

  • Parade horse turns 31

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    Thirty one years old doesn't sound old, but for a horse that is a pretty high number to reach. In celebration of this milestone, the owners Robert "Bob" and Verna Trujillo hosted a party with members of Able Hands Thursday morning. The party consisted of balloons, cupcakes and juice for the humans and for the palomino/appaloosa stallion Dust Buster Ace, a treat and some water. The Able Hands group visits the horse corrals frequently and some of them really get to know the horses and the horse's...

  • Park Shakespeare workshop, performance scheduled

    Staff Report|Jul 8, 2015

    Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company is offering a unique opportunity to learn everything there is to know in order to perform Shakespeare’s brilliant plays in 90 minutes. Along with this free workshop the Lander based acting company will celebrate its sixteenth year of presenting classical theater to audiences throughout Wyoming, with “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare. The free performance presented by the Community Fine Arts Center will be in Bunning Park on Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to bring their picni...

  • Couple to celebrate 55 years

    Jul 8, 2015

    Robert "Bob" and Verna Trujillo celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 19, 2015. Robert, then 23, and Verna, 21, were married in Helena, Mont., at the St. John's Lutheran Church in 1960. They moved to Green River in 1964 where Robert worked for Hilltop Grocery and manager in the meat department while Verna worked in the gift shop at Little America. Robert then worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, putting in 32 years before retiring in 1998. Verna was a full-time wife and mother...

  • Knights seek conference championship

    David Martin, Editor|Jul 8, 2015

    Returning from a tournament in Jackson over the weekend, the Green River Knights seek to become conference champs tonight in a double-header against Riverton. Head coach Stub Hatfield said the team played great baseball while in Jackson, winning three of their five games. However, he said the team struggled in their early morning games against teams Hatfield believed the Knights capable of beating. Overall however, Hatfield said the team has improved since the Knights Invite tournament last mont...

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