Articles from the September 2, 2020 edition


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  • Expedition Academy: A school and family aiming for success

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Sep 2, 2020

    The greatest hope is to empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners that are prepared for the choices in their lives according to Expedition Academy's website. The school, operating in Green River since 1999, has worked to provide a safe and challenging family environment where students can find a comfortable place to learn. It provides an alternate means of earning a diploma, as well as a place to get more connected with the community. Yet,... Full story

  • Suit filed against school district

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 2, 2020

    The former transportation director for Sweetwater County School District No. 2 filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming he was unjustly removed from his position last year. The suit, filed Aug. 10, name both the district and Donna Little-Kaumo, former superintendent for the district, as defendants. According to court documents, the transportation director, Oscar Barton, was fired after an incident involving the department’s mechanic was found to have been working on private vehicles...

  • Local campaign funding reported

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 2, 2020

    The dust has settled for the Primary Election in August and candidates have disclosed how much was contributed to their campaigns. For candidates in Green River, the campaign costs have so far been less than $1,000, with all of the candidates self funding their election bids. Robert Berg, unopposed for reelection in Ward 1 has so far only contributed $25 to his campaign, which is the filing fee candidates are required to pay. In Ward 3, incumbent Tom Murphy reported contributing $209.24 towards...

  • GRFD responds to two fires last week

    Staff Report|Sep 2, 2020

    The Green River Volunteer Fire Department had their work cut out for them after being dispatched to a deck fire and a trailer fire less than six hours apart. Just after one a.m., firefighters were called out to the scene of a deck fire on New Mexico Street. Upon arriving, the department could see that a deck on the backside of the house was completely engulfed in flames. According to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Erdmann, the homeowner was notified by the neighbor. After being notified the homeowner went outside and began dousing the fire with...

  • Annual picnic canceled

    Sep 2, 2020

    The annual Labor Day picnic, originally scheduled for Sept. 7 has been cancelled. The picnic, sponsored by the Southwestern Wyoming Central Labor Council, and held annually at Crossroads West Park in Rock Springs has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We made the decision to cancel the picnic for safety reasons after speaking with health care professionals. We look forward to the picnic every year but there is no way we can maintain everyone’s safety at this time. Please celebrate separately this year so we can all be here to cel...

  • Main Street earns recognition

    Sep 2, 2020

    Green River Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program, following a presentation Tuesday night to the Green River City Council. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach. In 2019 alone, the Wyoming private and public sectors invested $18 million in Main Street downtowns. This investment set the stage for the start of 5...

  • Eric Conrad Branson

    Sep 2, 2020

    Eric Conrad Branson, 64, passed away Aug. 29, 2020 at his home in Green River. Survivors include his wife Kim Branson and son Mark Branson. Services will be held at a later date....

  • Services for Bryce Rodney Wright

    Sep 2, 2020

    A celebration of life for Bryce Rodney Wright will take place 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1475 Cahoon St, in Ogden Utah. A lunch will take place after services at the home of Richard and Louise Shupe, 1431 Cahoon Street, in Ogden....

  • Anthony "Tony" M. Angelovic

    Sep 2, 2020

    Anthony "Tony" M. Angelovic, 66, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020 at his home in Pinedale, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Wyoming. Mr. Angelovic was born on October 10, 1953 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of William H. Angelovic and Dorothy J. Hill. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1972 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Mr. Angelovic married Tina Stevenson on July 7, 1972 in Rock Springs, and they later divorced. Tony worked for Wylie Construction for a few years...

  • Betty Jean Taylor

    Sep 2, 2020

    Betty Jean Taylor, 95, passed away at Mission at Castle Rock on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. She died following a lengthy illness. Betty was a lifelong resident of Green River, Wyoming. She was born on March 5, 1925 in Green River, Wyoming, the daughter of Willard Ashley Dow and Rhonda Matilda Williams. Mrs. Taylor attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and was a 1943 graduate of the Green River High School. She married Donald Lee Taylor in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 7, 1944. He preceded her...

  • Michelle R. Flores Sanchez

    Sep 2, 2020

    Michelle R. Flores Sanchez, 47, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died following a courageous battle with cancer for the last year. Michelle was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for the past eight years and was a former resident of Taos New Mexico. She was born on August 17, 1973 in Green River, Wyoming; the daughter of Eusebio Agonsago Sanchez and Emilia Jaramillo Sanchez. Michelle attended schools in Taos, New Mexico and was a 1991...

  • Kevin Jon Hanson

    Sep 2, 2020

    Kevin Jon Hanson, 44 , passed away on August 28, 2020 in Green River, Wyoming following a lengthy 4 year battle with cancer. He was born on November 18, 1975 in Virginia, Minnesota, the son of Dian Lynn Hanson. Kevin attended schools in Green River, Wyoming and graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1995. He loved working at Domino's Pizza for over 20 years, and being a computer tech for Staples for over 10 years. Kevin really enjoyed working and being with his work family....

  • Our view: Want football? It's time to wear a mask

    Sep 2, 2020

    It isn’t often you hear an athletic director beg fans to follow directions. During last week’s football scrimmage with Mountain View, the school district’s athletics director, Tony Beardsley, did exactly that in an attempt to get fans to follow health guidelines designed to limit the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. A large group of children behind Wolves Stadium having their own football game, none of them wearing masks or socially distancing themselves as they played. A threat to end the scrimmage because health directives weren’t b...

  • The Prairie Doc: Let's start exercising our brains

    Kenneth A. Bartholomew M.D., The Prairie Doc|Sep 2, 2020

    Albert Einstein conducted thought experiments to figure out theoretical problems. Let’s do one of our own. Suppose that you fell and broke your left leg and had to be in a cast for eight weeks. Would you expect your left leg to be as strong as your right leg when the cast was removed? Of course not. You know that muscle that is not exercised gets smaller and softer. Secondly, would you expect that, by sitting in a recliner for the next two months, your left calf would magically grow back and strengthen to where it was before? Of course, you w...

  • Armed vigilantes, stoked by team Trump, threaten all of us

    Kerry Drake, Wyofile.com|Sep 2, 2020

    I usually don’t share conspiracy theories, but one recently appeared in my inbox that was so wild it stopped me in my tracks. Cheyenne, according to the sender, is extremely vulnerable to an attack by Colorado socialists who would likely stop at nothing to blow up the city’s refinery, a chemical plant and even Warren Air Force Base. “What the nation is putting up with now are armed miscreants supported by big money and backed by leftists from Hollywood to Silicon Valley and Democrat leaders,” warned the writer. Good grief — how will Cheyenne be...

  • Scavenger hunt for health set

    Sep 2, 2020

    No one wants to be the person who says “if only.” “If only I had scheduled an annual mammogram. If only I had used sunscreen. If only I had taken better care of myself.” If hindsight truly is 20/20, let 2020 be the year to create a clear vision on wellness. Vow to take a proactive approach to cancer prevention and awareness. Grab your smart phone or tablet and join in on the Paint the Town Pink: Hindsight is 20/20 Scavenger Hunt from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 3. The staff at Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center and Wyoming Cancer Resource Services will...

  • Ready for action

    Sep 2, 2020

  • Runners compete at home

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 2, 2020

    A two-day, four meet cross country invite at Pioneer Trails Picnic Grounds near the Ciner facility gave high school runners a challenge last week. Green River runners Madison Yoak and Greg Sherwin were able to post times in the top 10 finishers Saturday evening. The course is one of the most difficult high school runners will face this season, combining stretches of dirt and gravel with sand, as well as a few hills. While he said only one parent complained about the course, head cross country...

  • Lady Wolves volleyball kicks off

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Sep 2, 2020

    The Lady Wolves volleyball team is gearing up for its competitive season. Despite the complications the COVID-19 pandemic caused to schools throughout the country, Green River High School is ready to get out on the courts and play. According to Rikki Shantz, head coach, the team has 24 players total, two of them being returning seniors and two being returning varsity. The team is largely made up of sophomores this year, which is something new to the GRHS coaches. With the lack of experience this year’s team has, there were some initial concerns...

  • Tennis team sees success early in season

    Shay Mahana, Intern|Sep 2, 2020

    The Green River High School tennis teams are hitting their stride. Though the pandemic has taken quite a tole on school functions and activities, GRHS coaches and athletes couldn’t be more excited to get into the season. According to Phil Harder, the head coach, the team has five senior athletes on the girls team and seven senior players on the boys team, as well as a hand full of returning players. He said players are looking forward to showing other teams just how ready they are to get into the competitions. Having the returning varsity h...

  • Tennis squad sweeps Rock Springs, Natrona Co.

    Staff Report|Sep 2, 2020

    Despite struggles against Kelly Walsh, the Green River High School Tennis team swept Rock Springs and Natrona County last week. The Wolves traveled to Rock Springs last Thursday to compete against the Tigers on their home courts. While the Tigers enjoyed the home court advantage, it ultimately didn’t serve them well as the boys and girls won all of their matchdes. That streak continued Friday against Natrona County High School when the Wolves, playing at home, went undefeated in boys and girls competition. It wouldn’t last however as Kelly Wal...

  • Swimmers qualify 12 for state

    David Martin, Publisher|Sep 2, 2020

    The Green River High School girls swim team is getting used to being in the 3A division this year. Having dropped down from 4A means different qualifying times in 3A, but it doesn't mean the competition has gotten any easier on the team. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said the girls have competed amazingly being three competitions into the season. She said 12 swimmers have qualified for state so far, with some of them qualifying in multiple events. "Being in 3A doesn't mean it's easier," Seiloff...

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