Articles from the September 2, 2015 edition


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  • Woman pleads no contest to murder

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    A woman whose infant died last September pleaded no contest to a second-degree murder charge and three other felonies. Amanda Dawn Triplett, 25, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James Aug. 27 at a change of plea hearing to first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and two counts of child abuse. In exchange for Amanda’s no contest plea, the first-degree murder charge was reduced to a second-degree murder charge, the rest of the felony charges remained the same. A sentencing h...

  • Our View: Unions do a lot for local workers

    Sep 2, 2015

    The work of labor unions are as important now as it has been during the last 130 years. Nationwide, there are political and corporate interests invested in eroding unions and centralizing power amid the employers. Take Gov. Scott Walker’s battles against unions in Wisconsin and the state’s move to a right-to-work state. Workers’ unions have been crippled by pressure from Walker and his supporters. The winners of course are the companies who can cut back benefits in favor of profits and tell workers to either take it or leave. The workers who a...

  • County wants core habitat extended

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    Recent suggestions regarding sage grouse core habitat have drawn the ire of a Sweetwater County commissioner. Tuesday morning, Commissioner Wally Johnson voiced displeasure with the state government’s refusal to add area on White Mountain to recognized core habitat for sage grouse. The bird has drawn a lot of attention statewide as many fear of its inclusion on the endangered species list, which politicians including Johnson say would curtail industrial development in Wyoming. Within S...

  • Harrison opens inclusive playground

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Sep 2, 2015

    Playgrounds are a place for kids, though many playgrounds are not for all kids. Often, school playgrounds and parks are not accessible for children with physical or mental disabilities. Many communities have no disability-friendly playgrounds at all. Until recently, Green River was one of those communities. Allan Demaret, the director of special services saw this as a problem. "We've noticed for a while that the traditional playground that's found on our typical schools or even in our community...

  • Resident seeks new traffic light

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Sep 2, 2015

    Does Flaming Gorge Way need another traffic light? This was a question posed by a city resident seeking a new traffic light on one of Green River’s busiest streets. During the citizen requests and other communications portion of the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Harris Foster, posed a concern to the council. His concern involved there being a lack of a traffic light at the intersection of Flaming Gorge way and S. 4th W., the area of town where he lives. He was also concerned about the m...

  • A fun day at the park

    Sep 2, 2015

  • Carmen Arnoldi

    Sep 2, 2015

    Carmen Arnoldi, 82, of Rock Springs passed away Aug. 25, 2015 at her home. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Arnoldi passed away following a brief illness. Arnoldi attended schools in Green River and graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1950. She also attended Holy Cross Nursing School in Salt Lake City and received a degree as a registered nurse. She married William Joseph Arnoldi on June 6, 1954 in Superior and he preceded her in death on March 7, 2011. Arnoldi worked... Full story

  • Dawn Lee Besso

    Sep 2, 2015

    Dawn Lee Besso, 51, of Rock Springs, passed away Aug. 20, 2015 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. A resident of Green River for the past 10 years and former long time resident of Rock Springs, Besso died following a lengthy illness. She was born on Feb. 14, 1964 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Martin James and Barbara Besso. Besso attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1982 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. She attended and graduated from the Riverton Beauty Academy and... Full story

  • Karlene "Karly" Bozner

    Sep 2, 2015

    Karlene "Karly" Bozner, 71, of Rock Springs, passed away Aug. 24, 2015 at her cabin in Cora. She was born on Feb. 2, 1944 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Dutch Heikes and Janet Stoddard Heikes. Bozner attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1962. She worked as a secretary for Halliburton and BJ Services for more than 20 years until her retirement in 2008. Her interests included fishing, shopping and decorating. She loved the outdoors and... Full story

  • Priscilla Marie Dolenc

    Sep 2, 2015

    Priscilla Marie Dolenc, 95, of Rock Springs passed away Aug. 29, 2015 at her home with her family at her side. A longtime resident of Superior and Rock Springs, Dolenc passed away following a lengthy illness. Dolenc was born on July 13, 1920 in Cumberland, the daughter of John Mecca and Margherita Aleina Mecca. She married William Dolenc in Manila, Utah on July 29, 1939. They were later married in the Catholic Church. They were married for more than 73 years before he passed away on June 29,... Full story

  • Commanding lead

    Sep 2, 2015

  • Sign up for a library card

    Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System|Sep 2, 2015

    September is Library Card Sign-up Month -- a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: “Let’s have a national campaign...every child should obtain a library card - and use it.” Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that. During the month of September, the Sweetwater Count...

  • Both my boys are in school now?

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    Monday, as the bus drove away it hit me, my little boy, Matthew, is a kindergarten student. A tear started to roll down my face as I helped my youngest son, John, into his carseat. It didn’t help that John was crying too -- upset that he didn’t get to ride the bus and go to school with his older brother. I kept telling John he would start preschool tomorrow, Tuesday, but he didn’t want to hear any of it. I got into the car, backed out of the driveway; and started driving to John’s daycare...

  • Lady swimmers qualify 4

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    With their first two meets under their belt, the Green River High School girls swimming and diving team has already qualified swimmers for the state meet. Diver Brianna Rath qualified in her first competition in Lander Friday. Rath placed second in 1-Meter Diving with a score of 181.25. Fellow Lady Wolf Victoria Allen placed fifth in diving with a score of 146.75. Kayla Majhanovich, diving coach for the swim team said Rath was determined to qualify. “She did some amazing dives, now we’re goi...

  • Wolves tackle Riverton Fri.

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    The Wolves will take the field against their first real opponents Friday night as they take on the Riverton Wolverines at Wolves Stadium at 7 p.m. Last week, the Wolves participated in a jamboree with Lander Valley High School and Mountain View High School, resulting in a team performance head coach Don Maggi was very happy with. "I think we got off to a good start," Maggi said. Maggi said he noticed few mistakes from the team during their first live action of the season last week, but said...

  • Girls volleyball fares well at tourney

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    Their first weekend of action has already given the Green River High School Volleyball Team a chance to compete against schools both large and small. The Lady Wolves competed in a tournament in Cokeville Aug. 28 and 29, pitting them against competition from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The team finished the tournament with a 4-2 record. “I could tell we were getting better each time we played,” head coach Rikki Shantz said. Shantz said the team suffered from a slow start at the beginning of the tou...

  • Sports scoreboard for Sept. 2, 2015

    Sep 2, 2015

    GRHS Cross Country Green River Invite GRHS Girls (Top 15): 1. Josie Givens, 21:07 5. Cassie Newcomb, 22:49 6. Kaisa Arnell, 22:53 Girls Team standings: 1. Evanston High School, 35 2. GRHS, 60 3. Wyoming Indian High School, 86 GRHS Boys (Top 15): 3. Braden Reichl, 18:40 4. Curtis Westenskow, 18:51 9. Brayden Kovick, 19:25 Boys Team standings: 1. Evanston, 22 2. GRHS, 37 3. Lander, 107 Girls Tennis Aug. 28, GRHS vs. Powell Singles: Anna Ujavry vs. Madi Morrow (GRHS, 6-1, 6-1) Isabel Leininger vs. Tessa Eller (Powell, 5-7, 0-6) Doubles: Alex...

  • Farmers Market ends Sept. 9

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Sep 2, 2015

    A sure sign that summer is coming to a close is the ending of the summer farmers markets. They are not over yet though. The peaches are ripe, the baked goods are plentiful, and the salsa is fresh. The Green River Farmer's Market will continue from 4-7 p.m., until Sep. 9. "We've had good success this year," Kris Weidner of Weidner Family Specialties said. "Our markets this year seem to be a little bit better than what they have been in years past. I love that it's finally up here." The Green...

  • Transforming a yard

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    During the spring, something started to change. Each week, a new raised garden bed appeared in front of a house on Andrews Street. Sometimes those beds were moved, but finally they remained in one place. As summer weather changed, so did what was happening inside of those garden beds. Soon, sprouts could be seen poking through the ground. An observer may not have known what each plant was at the time, but the planters, Rich and Laurie Kriegh could tell. “We had both talked about raised b...

  • GR residents inducted to school's hall of fame

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Sep 2, 2015

    A longtime music teacher, a swimming coach with four of his winning teams and a retired engineer publishing an online newsletter will be immortalized into the Green River High School Hall of Fame Friday. During the halftime show taking place at the Green River and Riverton football game, the inductees will be introduced to the crowd. Two of this year’s new Green River High School Hall of Fame inductees, Bill Hoyt and Mark Hoffman, will be honored at halftime. Both inductees have spent much of t...

  • Conference to help people stay safe

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    Safety is important for all, which is why the Golden Hour Senior Center is hosting a safety conference. The GHSC and the AARP are working together to present a dinner and conference, which will discuss home, internet and community safety issues. GHSC activities coordinator Megan Brown said the center hosted an aging brain conference last year; and although the class was well received, the seniors were wanting a class that focused on safety issues. Brown said the center is answering that request...

  • Floating the river at the end of summer

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    Every time I drive across the overpass spanning the Green River, I look briefly towards Expedition Island and hear the river’s siren call. The opportunity to spend a lazy afternoon blissfully floating down the river is one I’ve longed for throughout the summer. Work and life scheduling always got in the way; and as the summer weekends slowly dwindled, I quietly feared the chance would escape me this year. Luckily for me, a late summer weekend opened up. I’m not sure if this is just true for t...

  • Kids' Story Times continue at library

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 2, 2015

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday, twice a day, one of the Sweetwater County Library's youth services librarians can be found reading to children in the building's multipurpose room. Sitting on a raised stage in front of a small gathering of youngsters Tuesday morning, librarian Trista Smith read "Pete the cat" while wearing a set of paper glasses made for the story. Becky Iwen, youth services manager for the Sweetwater County Library, said their Story Times are aimed to help young children learn basi...