Articles from the August 1, 2019 edition

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  • Police dept. fails records audit

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 1, 2019

    Correction: In the Aug. 1 edition of the Green River Star, the article “Police Dept. fails records audit,” the incorrect statute was listed governing the release of public documents. The statute listed, 16-4-407, pertains to public meetings and is not applicable to documents. According to 16-4-203, which governs public documents, inspection can be denied if the inspection would be contrary to any state statute (16-4-203 a,i) or federal statute or regulation (16-4-203 a,ii). Regardless of thi...

  • Meeting doesn't go as planned

    David Martin, Publisher|Aug 1, 2019

    A meeting last week initially intended to be a simple gathering of the county’s mayors to discuss the sixth-penny tax process became a special Rock Springs City Council meeting to discuss specific needs, according to Green River Mayor Pete Rust. The meeting took place Tuesday and featured presentations from some groups and cities about specific needs and dollar amounts they would like to request. Rust believes the problem came down to a miscommunication, saying the meeting he wanted to call w...

  • Man will serve prison time after breaking probation

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Aug 1, 2019

    A Green River man who failed to register as a sex offender pleaded guilty to two felony counts. Colton S. Martinez, 27, recently appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery for a change of plea and sentencing hearing to three felony counts of failure to register and one misdemeanor charge of prohibited access to school facilities by adult sex offender. In exchange for Martinez’ guilty plea to two felony counts of failure to register, one count of failure to register and the m...

  • Wildland fire:Firefighters at the Green River Landfill prepare to make their next move as they fight a fire that started near the landfill Tuesday afternoon. Star photo by David Martin

    Aug 1, 2019

  • Live entertainment:Kamryn Ferrel performs at the Green River Farmer's Market last week, providing some live entertainment for the event. The farmer's market takes place each Wednesday near Roosevelt Park from 4-7 p.m. Star photo by David Martin

    Aug 1, 2019

  • Warmer weather is harmful to fish

    Staff Report|Aug 1, 2019

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Green River fish management staff expressed concerns for catch and release fishing in the warmer weather in a press release this past week. The staff is concerned about the fish in our area, especially the trout below the Fontenelle Reservoir and the kokanee in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. “Trout experience significant mortality at prolonged exposure to water temperatures greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit and brief exposure to temperatures over 80 degrees are lethal,” Troy Laughlin, Green River Fishe...

  • Our View:Ready for fair fun

    Aug 1, 2019

    It’s that time of the year again. Fair time. It’s something we not only enjoy going to with our families and friends, but covering it for the newspaper. What’s not to like? From the special entertainment, concerts and carnival rides to 4-H shows and exhibits of all kinds. There’s so much to do and not enough time to do or cover it all, but we sure try. Over the years, the fair has had numerous special entertainers. One special event we’re looking forward to seeing this year are the duck races. This event was at the fair a few years ago and i...

  • Thinking about health: Caregiving costs are not just for the elderly

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Aug 1, 2019

    Is the U.S. ready for a discussion about paying for caregiving, an increasingly vexing and costly problem for a growing number of Americans? The answer may be “yes.” It has become obvious that long-term care insurance is not the answer to paying for nursing home and other kinds of care for the elderly. Sales for this product have been declining, the result of sky-high premiums, rate increases, and the difficulty of qualifying for a policy if you’re sick. But the elderly are not the only Americans needing care. At the other end of the age spect...

  • Kids show sidewalk chalk creativity

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Aug 1, 2019

    The city's clock tower's sidewalk is full of vibrant colorful drawings from the youth. Last week, the Sweetwater County Library hosted its third annual Chalk it Up! event. They had music playing and chalk, charcoal, paintbrushes and water set out. The participants had a time allotment based on their age. The four groups were from ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15. Each group was given three winners; most creative, most original and most artistic. The winners received a certificate, coloring page...

  • Going for a national title

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Aug 1, 2019

    She might not be able to say many words yet, but she's in the running for a national title. Rylie McMullan, an 18-month-old pageant participant, is currently the 2019-20 Wyoming's Baby Miss All American Girl. The Green River native hasn't had the chance to grace the stage yet, but she will when she attends the All American Girl National Finals competition in Las Vegas Aug. 4-8. Her mother, Bree McMullan, said Rylie's platform is "Inspire Change." Rylie does this through making small and simple...

  • Green River Pond and Garden Tour set

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Aug 1, 2019

    Once again, residents are opening up their yards to the public to showcase their beautiful gardens and ponds. According to Lyneen Murphy, Green River Pond and Garden Tour director, the tour will take place Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's tour will feature 10 homes in Green River and two in Rock Springs. "You can visit any home in any order," Murphy said. "This event is free to the public and cameras are encouraged." This year will be the 26th year for the Green River Pond and Garden...

  • SWAT takes summer state title

    Staff Report|Aug 1, 2019

    The Sweetwater Aquatics Team took state during the Wyoming Summer Championship meet in Rapid City, S.D. July 19-21. The meet took place in South Dakota because the pool in Gillette originally scheduled to host the event needed repairs. Overall, SWAT took first with nearly 1,000 points abover second place. SWAT scored 3,014, while second-place Laramie Swim Club scored 2,072.5. Third went to the Gillette Gators Swim Team, which earned 1,935.5. Several swimmers earned high point awards from the event. Miriam Parker earned the award for scoring...

  • Dale Dean Newland

    Aug 1, 2019

    Dale Dean Newland, 79, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Farson. He was a resident of Wyoming for 32 years, and is a former resident of Colorado. Dale was born on May 14, 1940, in Yuma, Colo.; the son of Joseph W. Newland and Zella Lucille Moser. He attended schools in Colorado and was a 1958 graduate of Yuma High School. Dale also attended Adams State University in Colorado. Dale married Joan Stephen in Otis, Colo., in March of 1961 and to that union three children were born Bob, Steven...

  • Gordon Thomas Grigg

    Aug 1, 2019

    Gordon Thomas Grigg, 87, Mountain View, passed away peacefully in his sleep July 20, 2019, in Rocky Mountain Care Lodge, Heber City, Utah. He was born June 3, 1932, in Boise, Idaho, to Nina Adaline Dyas and Anthon Wells Grigg. He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary in the North Central States, a service mission in Green River and a full-time mission with his wife in Nauvoo, Ill. He was also an ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple...

  • Maria Crnich

    Aug 1, 2019

    Maria Crnich, 84, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A former longtime resident of Rock Springs and resident of Colorado Springs, Maria died following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Mrkopalj, Yugoslavia, the daughter of Josip and Ema Butkovic. Maria attended schools in Croatia earning a bachelor's degree in business. She married Fred Crnich in Rock Springs June 15, 1969, and he preceded her in death May 27, 2004. Maria was employed by School Distr...

  • Robert "Bob" Orin Sell

    Aug 1, 2019

    Robert "Bob" Orin Sell, 77, Green River, passed away at his home Saturday, July 27, 2019. He was born Sept. 20, 1941, in Powell, the son of Lenard and Osie Sell. He was a graduate of Meeteetse High School. Bob married LaVonne Coursey in Green River Aug. 7, 1965. Survivors include his wife LaVonne Sell; daughters Kelli Lennon, Sarah Banks and husband Mike, Bobbi Tucker and fiancé Mark Smith; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews. He is...

  • Margaret Ann DePoyster Perry

    Aug 1, 2019

    Margaret Ann DePoyster Perry, 75, passed away, Nov. 30, 2018, at her home in Rock Springs, following a lengthy illness. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 40 years and was a former resident of Bellevue, Neb. Perry was born July 22, 1943, in Lawton, Okla., the daughter of Lewis Edward DePoyster and Lohrine Margaret Schernikow. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be conducted at noon Saturday, at Santa Fe Southwest Grill, 1635 Elk Street, Rock Springs. The family is going to...