Articles from the July 22, 2020 edition


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  • GR named 'Purple Heart City'

    Staff Report|Jul 22, 2020

    Trona Capital of the World, Launching Point for Powell’s Expedition and now Purple Heart City. Green River has another moniker. Flaming Gorge Way was recently included in the Purple Heart Trail, a system of roads landmarks and other monuments designed to give tribute to men and women who have earned the Purple Heart, according to the program’s website. This is the first such designation in Wyoming. According to a release from the city, resident Josh Coursey approached Jennie Melvin with the city’s Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street organ...

  • GR woman dies from COVID-19

    Staff Report|Jul 22, 2020

    Two days after a Rock Springs man succumbed to complications resulting from a COVID-19 infection, a second person died from the illness. According to the Sweetwater County Public Health, a Green River woman in her 90s died July 15 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. She initially tested positive for coronavirus infection July 7. She experienced worsening symptoms and was admitted to the hospital July 11. She was reported to have pre-existing conditions known to elevate the severity of symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus. According t...

  • Protection program benefits GR

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 22, 2020

    Businesses in Green River received More than $2 million in loans created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In total, the amount protected 745 jobs, according to data released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The CARES Act was approved by Congress to help address economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the areas funded by the act created a Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration, which allowed employers to apply for...

  • Guardsmen to work on runway

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Jul 22, 2020

    The Wyoming National Guard will complete two weeks of training at the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport in August. The Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport will get some basic improvements courtesy of the Wyoming National Guard. According to a release from the city, the national guard will train at the spaceport Aug. 7-21, with 30 troops learning to operate machinery, manage schedules and working in less-than-preferable conditions in order to level the mile-long dirt runway. Public Works Director Mark Westenscow said the...

  • Eleanor Rohlf Drazovich

    Jul 22, 2020

    Eleanor Rohlf Drazovich of Palo Alto, California, died July 13, 2020 at the age of 93 at Mission House Hospice in Redwood City, California. She was a long-time Wyoming resident of 62 years. Eleanor was a trailblazer. Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, she was second and youngest child of Owen and Grace Rohlf. Owen died before her birth and Eleanor was raised by a single mother who instilled a hard work ethic and love education in Eleanor. She was one of the rare women of her age with a higher...

  • Harold "Butch" Tomjack

    Jul 22, 2020

    Harold "Butch" Tomjack, age 80, passed away at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, on Friday, July 10, 2020. He was born in Gering, Nebraska, December 25, 1939; son of Louis Tomjack and Margaret Tikalsky. Butch attended schools in Quealy, Farson and Rock Springs, Wyoming and was a graduate of Rock Springs High with the class of 1958. He married Patricia (Pat) Phillips on February 12, 1961 in Rock Springs, Wyoming Butch joined the ARMY in 1962, he served his country in the 2nd Battalion,...

  • Ruben Flores

    Jul 22, 2020

    Ruben Flores, 73 went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 24, 2020. He was a life long resident of Green River, Wyoming. He was born on August 28, 1946 in Green River, Wyoming, to Telesforo Flores and Susie Maez Flores. Ruben graduated in 1964 from Lincoln High School and enlisted in the Army in January 1965, where he received a good conduct medal, sharpshooter medal, and a national defense service medal. He was employed with the Union Pacific railroad for 35 years...

  • Arlin David Kinikini

    Jul 22, 2020

    Our little angel Arlin David Kinikini left us and returned to his Heavenly Father on the same day of his birth, July, 15th 2020. "And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief." You will forever be in our hearts. He is survived by his parents, Senituli Sosaieti Kinikini and Heidi Duckwitz Kinikini, as well as his grandparents, uncles, and aunts who love him dearly. Graveside Service and Interment will take place 10:30 am, Saturday July 18, 2020 at Midway City Cemetery, Midway,...

  • Irene A. Kalivas

    Jul 22, 2020

    Irene A. Kalivas, 96, of Green River, Wyoming passed away on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at Sweetwater Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs, WY. A long time resident of Green River, Irene died following a brief illness. God took our precious Mother back to heaven where she is free of any pain. She was born on November 1, 1923 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Aristides and Anna Bekiarellis. Irene attended schools in Kataraktis Chios, Greece and Gary, Indiana. She married John Kalivas on January...

  • Bryce Rodney Wright

    Jul 22, 2020

    Bryce Rodney Wright, 39, of Evanston, Wyoming, passed away Thursday July 9th, 2020. He was born on December 26, 1980 to Cheri Ann Russell Kelso and Rodney D. Wright in Ogden, Utah. In his formative years, he attended high school in Green River and Evanston, Wyoming. During this time, Bryce formed his passion of everything outdoors..( hunting, fishing, boating, motorbiking etc..) He loved to cook, mechanic, woodwork, carpenter, and gardening. There's not much he couldn't do. Bryce always had the...

  • Mary Maureen McGee

    Jul 22, 2020

    Mary Maureen McGee passed away at her home in St. Regis, MT with her family and her dogs by her side. Mary was born on Jan. 18, 1950 in Oakland, CA to Philip and Veronica Warner. Mary loved the outdoors and traveling with her husband. She was a big dog lover. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Veronica Warner; her sister, Laurel Warner and her brother, Stephen Warner. Mary is survived by her husband of 30 years, Robert McGee; daughters, Christine Nelson and Tamara Herrera; sons-in-law, Jake Nelson and Gustavo Herrera;...

  • Our View: Plan for the future, expand the city's splash park

    Jul 22, 2020

    Government budgets are going to be tight in the foreseeable future, as impacts from a struggling minerals industry and continued fallout from the global pandemic cause havoc for even the most conservative budgets. While it may be a few years before everything returns to normal, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking to the future. We should look ahead and plan for certain expansions that would pay dividends to Green River businesses for years to come. The most cost-effective project to do this is an expansion on the city’s splash park at Ev...

  • Letter: Health orders have hurt more than the virus

    Jul 22, 2020

    Dear Editor, Without risk, there are no rewards. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency. Governor Gordon declared a state emergency. I cried. For WY residents of nursing ones who were denied visits from family and friends. For family who were denied, not only visits, but goodbyes, to loved ones. At the end of April, the President of the United States delegated the powers to assess the needs for health orders, at the state level. By then, we had established that our hospitals were not overwhelmed. We...

  • The Black 14 and Wyoming's cultural change

    Jessica Petri, Guest Columnist|Jul 22, 2020

    (Editor's Note: This is the winning essay from a contest hosted by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. The writing prompt was: A local historical event that inspires me. Part of the grand prize is having the essay republished in the Green River Star. Jessica will be a senior at Green River High School this year.) On Friday, Oct. 17, 1969, University of Wyoming star football players Jerome Berry, Tony Gibson, John Griffin, Lionel Grimes, Mel Hamilton, Ron Hill, Willie Hysaw, Jim Issac, Earl...

  • K-9 deputy receives vest donation

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Jul 22, 2020

    A four-legged Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office deputy is sporting some new protective gear thanks to a kind donation. K-9 deputy Deena was awarded a bullet and stab-protective vest by Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in providing protective gear and assistance to dogs of law enforcement. According to a release from the sheriff's office, the vest, normally pricing $1,744-$2,283, was the result of a donation of $960 made by sponsor, Mark Riccardi of Monument,...

  • Fire extinguished on Wilson Street

    Staff Report|Jul 22, 2020

    Responding to seven calls within five hours, the Green River Fire Department had a busy day last week. The calls took place from 3-8 p.m., Wednesday and included a structure fire reported at 4:30 p.m., at 610 Wilson St. According to Larry Erdmann, assistant fire chief, the fire was caused by a plastic cigarette butt container placed next to the trailer. The container melted and due to strong winds, melted onto the deck and the trailer’s vinyl siding. A fire ignited and spread rapidly. Erdmann said the fire spread to the attic space of the t...

  • GR man dies at gorge

    Jul 22, 2020

    The drowning death of a Green River resident is being investigated by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. Frank M. Ortega, 63, died Saturday while snorkeling alone in windy conditions approximately 50 feet offshore, between Squaw Hollow and Anvil Draw. Friends and family searched the shoreline by boat after they lost sight of Ortega and were able to pull him from the water. Despite performing CPR on Ortega, they were unable to revive him. A helicopter from Rock Springs was initially dispatched by emergency responders, but Ortega was p...

  • Team at cancer center present project at meeting

    Jul 22, 2020

    A team of healthcare providers at Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center recently provided a presentation during the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s virtual Quality Training Program Meeting. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Cancer Center earlier this year was among 10 oncology practices nationwide to receive a three-year grant from the ASCO to target improvement in the delivery of cancer care in medically underserved communities. “Sharing our project and listening to other cancer center’s presentations was an awesome learnin...

  • Hospital works with Public Health on employee contact tracing

    Jul 22, 2020

    As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, Sweetwater County is seeing more cases of the COVID-19 disease. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is no exception. “Just like businesses and healthcare entities all over the county, we have seen a slight increase in the number of staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19,” said MHSC spokeswoman Deb Sutton. “The hospital continues to work with Sweetwater County Public Health in its contact tracing efforts to ensure that every potential contact is notified. “If there is ever a risk of...

  • Pro-police marchers rally in Laramie

    Joel Funk, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 22, 2020

    LARAMIE — Dozens of American and Blue Lives Matter flags flew at the corner of Third Street and Grand Avenue Saturday as pro-police demonstrators filled the intersections’ four corners. The demonstration was loosely organized by local citizen groups looking to show support for law enforcement amid protests against police brutality and racism that have seen supporters calling for reforms or even defunding police agencies. Brandon Homan, who led marchers from the American Legion Post 14 to the busy downtown intersection, said he and his sup...

  • Sheriff's office investigates horse abuse north of RS

    David Martin, Publisher|Jul 22, 2020

    The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is investigating claims of horses being sexually abused north of Rock Springs. According to Jason Mower, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, the initial case was reported June 25 after a property owner turned over trail camera footage depicting a man trespassing into a private corral and initiating sexual intercourse with a mare. Mower said the property owner became suspicious after leaving the corral locked and returning to find it loc...

  • Two die in rollover

    Jul 22, 2020

    A fatal crash occurred Sunday south of Rock Springs, killing two men. At 4:06 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a one vehicle rollover. A 2002 GMC Envoy was heading north on US 191 when the vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, near milepost 525. The driver corrected to the left and exited the the left side of the road before the driver over-corrected a second time to the right causing the vehicle to overturn. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Steven A. Reed. The passenger was identified as...

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  • A grandmother's love

    Jul 22, 2020

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