Articles from the July 10, 2019 edition


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  • Business owner: Love's will hurt GR

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 10, 2019

    The Sweetwater County Land Use Office has received numerous comments regarding the potential construction of a Love’s Travel Stop west of Green River in Jamestown. Among those who have commented is Mike Frink, owner of Sweetwater Trophies, who believes the truck stop will not provide an economic benefit to Green River. In a letter to the Sweetwater County Commissioners, Frink argues the truck stop would not benefit the area. He thinks people would not come to Green River for gas or food b...

  • Sweetwater Speedway results from July 4 weekend

    Jul 10, 2019

    Top 5 and local racers listed July 4 IMCA Modified 1. Justen Yeager, Green River 2. Zane Devilbiss, Farmington, N.M. 3. Casey Delp, Rock Springs 4. Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah 5. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M. 6. Braxton Yeager, Green River 10. Chris Delp, Rock Springs 13. Scott Verner, Green River 15. Ronnie Roy, Rock Springs 16. Lakota Cleveland, Rock Springs 18. Justin Wright, Rock Springs 19. Bert Beech, Rock Springs IMCA Sport Modified 1. Tony Dugan, Denver 2. Jason Wright, Rock Springs 3....

  • Erma "Dixie" Cook

    Jul 10, 2019

    Erma "Dixie" Cook, 93, passed away July 7 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. She was a resident of Rock Springs for over 30 years and is a former resident of Nebraska. Cook was born Oct. 21, 1925, in Morrill, Neb.; the daughter of Henry Miller and Belinda Lind. She attended schools in Torrington and was a 1943 graduate of the Torrington High School. Cook also attended community college in Lakewood, Colo., and Barnes Business School in Denver. Dixie worked as an accountant for Continental...

  • Dennis Smith Passey

    Jul 10, 2019

    Dennis Smith Passey, 77, of Green River, passed away at the University of Utah Hospital July 1, from a stroke. Dennis was born Sept. 23, 1941, to Newell Beck and Mary Smith Passey in Georgetown, Idaho. He was a twin to Doris (Passey) Rogers. Dennis was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an avid hunter and fished regularly before retiring from General Chemical in his early 50s. He then pursued his love of race horses and the game of golf. Dennis is survived by his children Yvonne Passey of Cortez, Colo., Scott C. Passey and Kym...

  • James "Jim" Joseph Sulkowski

    Jul 10, 2019

    James “Jim” Joseph Sulkowski of Rock Springs passed away July 6, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness. Jim was born April 29, 1951, in Hempstead, N.Y., the son of Alfred Sulkowski and Erkle (Curtis) Sulkowski. He attended schools in Long Island, N.Y., and graduated from Massapequa High School in 1969. Jim was an Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War from 1973 to 1977. He married Deborah Rose Horn in Fort Ashley, W.V., in January 2007. Jim was a sel...

  • Grant will help airport renovations

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2019

    Improving the lighting system and taxiways are just a couple of projects a multi-million dollar grant will allow the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport to complete. According to a letter from Airport Director Devon Brubaker addressed to the Sweetwater County Commission, the project will take about three years to complete and numerous items are on the list for improvements, including rehabilitating taxiway A, lowering sections of Taxiway A to meet Federal Aviation Administration design...

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    Jul 10, 2019

  • Star changes publishing dates

    Jul 10, 2019

    Due to changes being made to where the Green River Star is being printed, starting next week, the Star will transition to a Thursday publication date. “We’re making this change to accommodate for added shipping time needed between when the paper is printed and when we will receive it,” David Martin, publisher of the Green River Star, said. The change in publication dates also reflects changes made to the Rock Springs Rocket Miner’s publication dates. The newspaper announced it would cease daily publication and printing in Rock Springs last mont... Full story

  • Green River sees impact from FGD

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 10, 2019

    Flaming Gorge Days has always been a staple in Green River and some businesses are feeling the effects. Most of the excitement was at Expedition Island, but according to the owner of Sweetwater Trophies, Mike Frink, he could feel the difference and excitement that comes with FGD a few days before. “We had a lot of people in here Wednesday and Thursday,” Frink said. “They try to find things to do beforehand.” Arctic Circle, managed by Robert Berg, felt the impact greatly compared to their average daily earnings becoming the fourth most lucrati...

  • Knights drop double header to Cody

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 10, 2019

    The final home games for the Green River Knights didn't go the way they would have wanted. A double header against the Cody Cubs Sunday ended with the Knights being swept and the Cubs winning 15-4 and 16-4. "We did not execute," head coach Benjamin Lail said. "We laid an egg." Lail said the team struggled to hit the ball, but was happy with pitching from senior captains Ramsay Taliaferro and Joe Schultz. For those two, it would be their last time playing at Stratton Myers Park as Knights, which...

  • Zac Taylor earns top-10s in Kansas races, prepares for Montana competition

    Jul 10, 2019

    Green River’s Zac Taylor recorded a pair of top-10 finishes with the POWRi Lucas Oil Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association and it happened in just one day. The fourth annual Midget Round Up at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan., was rained out Friday, compressing the two-day show into a one-day affair Saturday with two complete programs. During the first show, Taylor started and finished fifth in his heat race, which relegated him into the B Main. “We got to second, which put us in the show, but we had to start 18th,” he said. “Todd...

  • 4-H members prepare pigs for fair

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 10, 2019

    4-H'ers learn valuable life skills while raising animals for the Sweetwater County Fair. Most residents look forward to the fair each year for Wyoming's Big Show, but for these kids it's the time that all their hard work and dedication pays off. This year more than 30 kids from the Green River and Jamestown area are participating in 4-H Club. One of the clubs, Project Hope, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their swine barn located in the horse corrals on East Teton Boulevard. Most of the...

  • Clay art masterpieces

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2019

    The table was filled with miniature cookie cutters and molds ready for residents to use. On Friday, residents at The Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center and The Villa were busy picking out which molds or cutters they would like to use for their air-dry clay project. Craft class leader Kathy Elliott said the participants had the opportunity to make a necklace, bracelet or magnet out of their clay. Elliott told the group they were using glue and cornstarch clay. Elliott knew the class...

  • 11 GRHS students attend nationals

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2019

    After competing at nationals, several Green River Speech and Debate students gained experience they can bring back to their team. Green River High School students attending nationals were seniors Hannah Thomas, competing in domestic extemporaneous speaking, Raymond Garcia, competing in humor, Rachel Heisinger, competing in Lincoln Douglas debate, Rebecca Shamer and Levi Hren, competing in cross examination debate and Matthew Pickering and Ramsay Taliaferro, competing in public forum debate, juni...

  • GRHS speech student ranked 13th in nation

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2019

    Staying calm and having fun during competition is something this Green River student did to end up 13th in the nation. Green River High School sophomore Jessica Petri competed at the National Speech and Debate competition in Dallas a couple weeks ago and came home 13th out of 64 in the big questions debate category. “She made it to round 10, which is exceptional and in that round she lost on a split ballot, meaning one of the three judges voted for her,” head coach Carina White said. Petri sai...

  • GR artist displays artwork

    Jul 10, 2019

    Green River artist Leslie Webster will be featured in the next exhibit at Sweetwater County Library, which will run through Aug. 30. Webster is a self-taught artist, having originally been drawn to the popular painted rocks movement where people leave their colorful creations somewhere for others to discover. She credits this new interest in art to helping her through some health issues and difficulties in life. “It gave me a purpose and helped me regain my happiness,” Webster said. Moving from rocks to canvases, Webster studied online vid...

  • Student's essay receives 3 awards

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2019

    A Lincoln Middle School student received state, district and national awards for an essay she wrote about the American flag. Sixth-grade student Lily Harris wrote her essay on the VFW Patriot’s Pen theme “Why I Honor the American Flag” in her class. Her teacher Lori Hastert asked all of her sixth-grade classes to write an essay based on the theme. Lily said Hastert also asked the students who would be willing to submit their letter in the VFW’s competition. Lily said she figured she put the tim...

  • Our View: Layoffs illustrate economic needs

    Jul 10, 2019

    News of layoffs never goes down easy. It’s an unfortunate event we in Sweetwater County have dealt with in the past. So when news broke last week of 700 coal miners and employees in Campbell County being without jobs after Blackjewel suddenly closed the doors on its Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines, we understand what those workers and their families now face. Many of us have been there too. While Blackjewel may ultimately find a way to reopen the mines, this event couldn’t be a more clear signal to Wyoming’s leaders that they need to find...

  • What the future holds

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 10, 2019

    One of the most frequent questions we’ve been asked over the past month is what the future holds for us now that the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner is shifting to a twice a week publication schedule and will no longer print in Rock Springs. For the past six years, this newspaper has been printed in Rock Springs through an agreement between us and the Rocket Miner, currently Adams Publishing Group. While the option to continue that relationship was available, with us also having our paper printed i...

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