Articles from the July 18, 2019 edition


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  • Folk Dancer: A dancer, dressed as an old man, performed with the Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl de Utah, which specializes in Mexican folk dances, during International Day in Rock Springs Saturday. Star photo by David Martin

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  • Students take trip of a lifetime

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    A high school trip inspired a seventh-grade teacher to provide the same opportunity for students in her school. Lincoln Middle School teacher Bridgette Nielsen recently took 32 students and nine adults on a trip to visit Washington D.C. and New York. "I took a trip like this when I was in high school and it changed my life," Nielsen said. "Seeing things in person changes a person." Nielsen said the trip offered to LMS seventh and eighth-grade students to go on was similar to the one she took in...

  • Kids entertained at show

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 18, 2019

    Dancing, bubbles and fun were rampant at Centennial Park Wednesday afternoon. As part of the Sweetwater County Library's summer line-up, The Micah and Me Music Show entertained kids and adults for more than an hour. The musical duo sang songs like "Baby Shark," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and a few original songs to a group of more than 100 people. The two stay-at-home dads began singing five years ago as a way to entertain their kids and have expanded to regular gigs...

  • Truck stop hearing postponed

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 18, 2019

    The Sweetwater County Land Use Office was forced to postpone the Planning and Zoning Commission’s hearing regarding a proposed Love’s Travel Stop near Jamestown. The hearing was canceled because a legal publication was not published on time in the Rock Springs Rocket Miner, the county’s newspaper of record. This came after the newspaper shifted from daily publication to a twice-a-week schedule. The missed legal notice was intended to be published prior to the shift, but the notice was unint...

  • Airport may get funding

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    The Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport will continue to pursue Federal Administration Aviation funding to complete the commercial terminal upgrades. During the Sweetwater County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, the Commissioners unanimously approved a motion supporting the commercial terminal project and the roughly $172,000 needed to match funding the airport may receive from the FAA. Airport Manager Devon Brubaker said the FAA gave the airport a list of items it can do to place itself in a...

  • Funding for coalition approved

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 18, 2019

    A agreement to fund the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition between Green River, Sweetwater County and Rock Springs was approved by the Green River City Council Tuesday evening, committing the city to pay $30,000 into the organization. The coalition aims to bring businesses to the county, creating more jobs and revenue for the three entities. While the initiative was approved, it wasn’t done so unanimously. Councilman Robert Berg voted against the agreement. “I’m all for economic devel...

  • Music festival returns Fri.

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 18, 2019

    The Mansface Mountain Music Festival will kick off its second year this weekend. The festival, hosted by the Muley Fanatics Foundation, begins at 11 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The group is excited to still have its musical line up both nights with the return of Jalan Crossland, who will wrap things up Saturday. However, the foundation has added some new events to the festival. There will be cornhole and ping pong tournaments with barbecue smokers as the prizes. They also have an inflatable pirate ship for smaller youth to enjoy. In an email...

  • Flowing with the rhythm A dancer with the Red Desert Rapture Belly Dancing group performs at Bunning Park in Rock Springs during International Day Saturday morning. Star photo by David Martin

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 18, 2019

    A conflict between the city of Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo and the Sweetwater County Events Complex Executive Director Larry Lloyd has been patched over and a memorandum of understanding between the city and complex board is anticipated to be completed soon, but the issue could have threatened the future of the National High School Finals Rodeo being at the events complex. The root of the argument involves the RV campground at the events complex. A portion of the campground was built on land...

  • Swimmers prepare for state

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 18, 2019

    While many children and teens enjoy the fun and free time the summer months bring, a dedicated few continue to hone their skills in the pool and prepare for a summer state event in South Dakota this weekend. Members of the Sweetwater Aquatics Team, a USA Swimming club team comprised of members from Green River, Rock Springs and Lyman have practiced throughout the summer and prepare for their final meet, which starts Friday. The state meet, originally scheduled to take place in Gillette, was...

  • U18 softball brings home state

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 18, 2019

    Green River Chaos took the state championship in Casper last weekend. They played six games in a bracket style tournament winning four of the six to become the reigning champions. The last game pitted them against local rivals the Rock Springs Storm winning with a final score of 11-6. The team has been playing together since April said coach Tami Kelley. She was very proud of the team and even commended them for playing the Cheyenne team that placed 6th in nationals. They just had a really great season. The team consisted of 15 players ranging...

  • GRHS girls soccer coach steps down

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Jul 18, 2019

    After eight years as the Green River High School Lady Wolves Soccer coach, head coach Tracy Wyant has resigned. For the past 10 years, Wyant has coached for GRHS, working two years as assistant coach and eight years as the girls' head coach. The decision to move on didn't come easy for Wyant. "It was hard," Wyant said in an interview Monday. "It was a tough decision. I debated back and forth for several months." Wyant said she gets so attached the girls that whenever she thought about giving up...

  • Our View: Rodeo impacts county

    Jul 18, 2019

    There’s a lot to check out at the National High School Finals Rodeo. Of course there are the rodeo performances, which take place twice daily, at 9 a.m., and 7 p.m. The last performances take place Saturday, which culminates in the rodeo’s championship round at 7 p.m., that night. For rodeo fans and those who like a good show, the competitors are top notch. Some of them will be future stars of the sport and this rodeo is an opportunity to see them in action. There is the trade show as well. The annual trade show, which follows the rodeo, gives...

  • Lifelong Learning: Balancing acts

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Jul 18, 2019

    I recently read an article written by Emily Tipping, editorial director for the magazine Recreation Management, May 2019, about trying to keep work life and home life in balance on a consistent basis. Tipping said that we all have an idea of where we want to operate: when we are doing everything we need to do and as a result our mind, body and soul are good. Tipping said that even when we think we have it all figured out there will be days when nothings seems to go right. However, she said we just need to be mindful of this and stay positive...

  • Is the information one reads fake news?

    Richard P. Holm MD, The Prairie Doc|Jul 18, 2019

    It is miraculous to consider how much access and exposure we have to information through our computers, televisions, radios and newspapers. Unfortunately, we need to be on guard because too much of this buzz can be false information. In an October 2017 article, the Pew Research Center found 43 percent of people in 2016 received their news from Facebook listening for information that aligned with their world view (not necessarily with facts). Pew also found 23 percent had shared, by intention or accident, untrue political messages on social...

  • Bonnie C. Ringdahl

    Jul 18, 2019

    Bonnie C. Ringdahl, 83, of Green River, passed away July 5, 2019, at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. A longtime resident of Green River, Ringdahl died following a lengthy illness. She was born May 8, 1936, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Leon William and Frances Clare Thompson. Ringdahl attended schools in Omaha, Neb., and Green River and was a 1954 graduate of Green River High School. She also attended college. She married James Ringdahl in Green River at the...

  • Beverly Ann DeVoy

    Jul 18, 2019

    Beverly Ann DeVoy passed away July 4, 2019, in Ogden, Utah from a short illness. She was born Jan. 28, 1951, in Evanston, to Francis and Darlene DeVoy. Beverly graduated from Evanston High School in 1969. She later married Brent Taggart in Morgan, Utah. She attended Weber State College and graduated with a degree in journalism. She later divorced Taggart and married Brian Black, whom she also later divorced. Beverly was a big fan of the Oakland Raiders. She enjoyed listening to the Grateful Dead...

  • Stratton Jay Bruderer

    Jul 18, 2019

    Stratton Jay Bruderer was born March 16, 2003, in Afton. He passed away July 9, 2019, in Rock Springs. He was the youngest of four children born to Bradley and Suzzette Howell Bruderer. Stratton will be missed by everyone that ever had the opportunity to come in contact with him. He had a special way of making people feel loved and was known for his huge bear hugs. Stratton is survived by his parents; one brother, Kirk and wife Ting of South Carolina; two sisters, Sierra Jones and her husband...

  • Jay A. Weidler

    Jul 18, 2019

    Jay A. Weidler, 80, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, at his home in Rock Springs. He was a long-time resident of Rock Springs and is a former resident of Indiana. Weidler was born March 6, 1939, in Lake City, Mich.; the son of Benno Weidler and Bernice Joesey. He attended schools in Lake City, Mich., and was a 1957 graduate of the Lake City High School. Weidler married Delores Palen in Three Oaks, Mich., and she preceded him in death Feb. 4, 1987 in Wyoming. He later married Mary Jane Maes...

  • Green River Arthur G. Pacheco

    Jul 18, 2019

    A longtime resident of Green River Arthur G. Pacheco, 66, passed away April 21, 2019, at his home in Delta, Colo. He was born Jan. 18, 1953. A rosary will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, at 900 Hitching Post Drive in Green River. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A celebration of life will follow July 19, from noon to 5 p.m., at Sweetwater County Picnic Grounds in Jame...

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