Articles from the September 3, 2014 edition


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  • Council returns depot grant

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    Citing declining revenues, the Green River City Council voted to return a $1 million grant issued by the Wyoming Business Council last year. The city will now attempt to apply for a different grant through the Wyoming Business Council to renovate the Lynch Hall portion of the building, rebranding the renovation work as an economic improvement project. During the Green River City Council meeting last night, the council was presented with three options regarding how it could proceed with the U.P....

  • Bear cub wanders around city

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    Green River residents are used to seeing wildlife in town, especially deer. It's normal to see deer wandering down the streets, but residents had to do a double take when they saw a bear heading down Uinta Drive Monday afternoon. Green River Police Department Patrol Sgt. Mark McDonald said a lot of times they get dispatch calls and they turn out to be nothing. When he received a call from dispatch saying there was a bear in the ditch along Uinta Drive, he thought someone had found the remains...

  • Finding strength for Laurie

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Sep 3, 2014

    While they may not know her by name, most Green River residents will recognize Laurie Macioszek. For years, Macioszek worked at the city’s lone grocery store as a checker. What they may not know is that behind her smiling face, was someone who has spent the last 10 years in a heroic battle against cervical cancer. This weekend, Green River residents will be able to help her battle at the Strength for Laurie Cervical Cancer 5K Walk/Run. The event will take place Sept. 6 starting at 9 a.m. at Expedition Island. Macioszek said the proceeds from t...

  • Man missing after capsize

    Staff Report|Sep 3, 2014

    A 69-year-old fisherman from Riverton, Utah is missing after an inflatable boat he and his 62-year-old girlfriend were sharing capsized on the Flaming Gorge Resevoir. The Daggett County Sheriff’s Office in Daggett County, Utah reports they are searching for Charles Darrell Thomas, with multiple agencies assisting in the search. According to press releases from the sheriff’s office, they were notified of a capsized boat at about 4 p.m. Monday, with the unidentified 62-year-old woman reporting that their small boat capsized during a trip fro...

  • New commissioner hopefuls enter race

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    Voters will get to have a few more options running for Sweetwater County Commissioner in the upcoming General Election Nov. 4. Randal “Doc” Wendling, who originally ran for commissioner as a Republican and withdrew has formally rejoined the race. Wendling, who will now run as an independent, originally withdrew because he sought to run for Sweetwater County School District No. 1’s board in Rock Springs and believed he could only run for one position. However, after seeking legal advice, Wendling discovered he could run for and perform both...

  • Work continues on ghost book

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    At this point, it’s no secret that the Sweetwater County Library has had some erie occurrences taking place inside its brick walls. For the past several years, Micki Gilmore, a reference librarian at the library, has worked with other employees to produce a book about the history of the library some of the ghostly phenomenon that has occurred over the years. While a rumor has spread suggesting the book project was abandoned, Gilmore said work continues. She estimates the book to be at about 75 percent of completion, with work now focusing on w...

  • Reminder: Stop for buses

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    A few people in town are learning the hard way why its not a good idea to pass a school bus with flashing lights. According to reports from the Green River Police Department, multiple residents have been cited for passing a stopped school bus, a fine that according to the Green River Municipal Court, is levied at $225. Buses have security cameras positioned on the outside of the vehicle and often record drivers who pass by a stopped bus. Det. Luke Benson with the Green River Police Department said during investigations, video taken from buses...

  • Lucille Martha Grothe Hanks

    Sep 3, 2014

    Lucille Martha Grothe Hanks, 89, of Green River, died Aug. 28 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center. A longtime resident of Green River and former resident of Manila, Utah, Hanks passed away suddenly. She was born in Taylorsville, Utah on Jan. 26, 1925, the daughter of the late William A. Grothe and Martha Griguhn. She was raised south of Manila in South Valley. Hanks was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She married Reed H. "Sonny" Hanks, Jr. in... Full story

  • Annette Schofield

    Sep 3, 2014

    Annette Schofield, 77, of McKinnon, died Aug. 26, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County after a sudden illness. She was born Feb. 13,1937 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Harold Brady and Zelda Triplett Brady. She attended schools in McKinnon and Green River. She married Donald Schofield on May 13,1954 in McKinnon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 2010. She worked as cook for the school district for eight years. She was a member of the Quarter Horse Association and the McKinnon... Full story

  • Zachariah David Kuck

    Sep 3, 2014

    Zachariah David Kuck, 24, of Rock Springs, died Aug. 25, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County after a lengthy battle with Leukemia. He was born March 3, 1990 in Grand Junction, Colo., the son of Douglas John Kuck and Mary Ann McCloud Kuck. He attended schools in Gillette and Green River. He was an entrepreneur, working for himself. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. His interests were motor cross racing, hunting, fishing, spending time in the outdoors. Survivors inclu... Full story

  • John "Pinky" Angelovic

    Sep 3, 2014

    John "Pinky" Angelovic, 78, of Carlsbad, N.M. died Aug. 31 of cancer at home. He was born Feb. 5, 1936 in Rock Springs, the son of Joseph and Helen (Young) Angelovic. He was a lifelong resident, spending all but the last few years of his life in the state of Wyoming, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and hanging out with friends and family. He worked 40 years at FMC and moved to New Mexico following retirement for the mild winters. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother,... Full story

  • Our view: Keep e-cigs from city youth

    Sep 3, 2014

    One of the biggest topics cities have worked to deal with during the last few years is how to legislate vaporizers and e-cigarettes. The devices are a replacement for tobacco-based products, often touting them as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. While some places have taken to legislating them the same as tobacco products, Green River and much of Wyoming haven’t addressed the issue. One of the problems associated with e-cigarette legislation is there tends to be a legal grey area regarding underage usage of the products. While t...

  • Letter: Hunters should act like sportsmen

    Sep 3, 2014

    Dear Editor: As a lifetime Green River resident and hunter I write this letter in disappointment. I take pride in the city and the people who live here. Residents enjoy the outdoor activities that are abundant in this area, and each September and October the sportsmen and hunters enjoy going on the big hunt. In the past this meant tromping through the mountains looking for the elusive six point elk or a trophy mountain deer. This has changed for many. For the last nine or 10 years, the family ranch I grew up on has become bombarded with... Full story

  • Get moving and get reading

    Pat Horn, Sweetwater County Library System|Sep 3, 2014

    With less lawn watering required and other outdoor projects rained out, these recent summer storms have allowed for extra reading. For me, nothing is more satisfying than to read an enthralling account as lightning, thunder, and watery percussion provide soundtrack to fade the world into the background while pulling me deep into the story. And that allowed more entries in our Adult Summer Reading program. Wasn’t it fun? Many adults completed at least five books to receive a mug with the welcome commands: EAT, SLEEP, READ. Since those are alread... Full story

  • An adventure in sunny California

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Sep 3, 2014

    Last week’s edition of the Green River Star featured a column I wrote about all the places I would like to travel. Well I’d now like to say that other than a trip I’ve already paid for to Las Vegas, I don’t plan on going anywhere out of state for a long time. As I had mentioned in the column, I was going to San Francisco and I was excited to get to the airport and get out of town for a few days. The line for security looked long, but in no time I was through the line and ready to catch my flight...

  • The second year should be easier

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    As I drove away from my sons’ daycare, I was anxious about how one son’s day would go. Matthew, who is four and my oldest, started his second year of preschool at the Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center. I think I was more anxious than he was. However, at least this year I wasn’t fighting back tears. So that was an improvement. Still, I wondered what time the STAR bus would pick him up and if he would like his new teacher and classmates. Soon, I found myself at the Green River CDC a...

  • County museum gets support for photo grant

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    The Sweetwater County Museum received support for a grant application towards the purchase of the New Studio photo collection. The letter, which was approved by the Sweetwater County Commissioners Tuesday, is one of two that will be sent with a $5,000 grant application to the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation. According to Ruth Laurizen, director of the Sweetwater County Museum, the museum has raised more than $34,000 of the needed $62,000 purchase price. While the museum has worked hard to raise the needed money before their April deadline, a...

  • County successful with nuisance plan

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    A complaint-driven program devised to mitigate nuisance properties is finding some success in Sweetwater County. Speaking yesterday at the Sweetwater County Commissioners’ meeting, Jim Zimmerman, the county’s nuisance officer, said the program has been successful in clearing up nuisance properties. Nuisance properties typically have large accumulations of garbage and debris throughout the property. These properties become problematic in that they can attract animals and insects as well as become fire hazards. However, one of the most not...

  • Preschool starts: kids ready to learn basics

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    While walking up to the Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center Tuesday morning, parents and children were bustling to get into the building. Many were stopping to take pictures outside of the building for their child's first day of school. For some children, this was the first time going to a school and being away from their parents. Some children just ran into the room as if they had always been there, others clung to their mother's legs not sure what was going to happen next; while some...

  • Volunteer teaches bracelet making

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    It was an hour of fun and talking for those who attended one of the Mission at Castle Rock Convalescent Center's craft programs. On Friday morning, about six residents were painting their nails, having someone paint them or making their own beaded bracelets. Some did both. Kathy Elliott, a volunteer who runs a craft program about every Friday, has been volunteering to host a craft time. "I got so attached to people when my mom was here that I just couldn't stay away," Elliott said. Elliott alway...

  • Woman promotes children's book

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 3, 2014

    Deciding what to write a book about can become overwhelming, but for former Green River resident Karen Cotton this was not the case. Writing and taking photos was something Cotton had always done. Cotton can still remember when she developed an interest in photography. She was seven-years-old and in the Girl Scouts. She used a camera for some Girl Scouts project and never stopped using one. Cotton said she was one of the fortunate children who always had a nice camera, which was usually given to her by her parents or grandparents. At 18,...

  • Knit classes continue at CFAC

    Staff Report|Sep 3, 2014

    The knit students at the Community Fine Arts Center are living up to the saying “The more you learn, the more you want to learn.” An ongoing weekly knitting class is available for beginners and experienced knitters on Thursday afternoons. Everyone is welcome, call or stop by the CFAC for times and information. Individual instruction times are available for beginners. These classes are free of charge, but participants provide their own materials. The current major project of the Thursday afternoon knitting class taught by Debora Soule is a 20-bl... Full story

  • GR church hosts guest speaker

    Staff Report|Sep 3, 2014

    Harvestime Church of Wyoming is hosting guest speaker Dr. George Johnson, the president of Harvestime International Inc. He will speak on “Go Into all the World.” Johnson will be ministering at Harvestime Sept. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 10:15 a.m. Johnson served in a special search and rescue unit of the U.S. Navy in DaNang, Vietnam, whose job it was to locate and rescue American pilots. Johnson was discharged in 1969. He was born again in 1970 and entered the ministry in 1971 as an American Baptist youth minister. In 1972, he rec... Full story

  • GRHS homecoming events schedule

    Staff Report|Sep 3, 2014

    Thursday, KICKOFF- Sept. 4 Duel in the pool takes place at Monroe Intermediate School at 7:30 p.m. There will be an entrance fee that supports the swim team. Monday, Sept. 8 Dodgeball at 7:30 p.m. in high school main gym. Teams of six are required and must pay $24. Sign-up at the door at 7p.m. Spirit Day: Class Colors: Seniors: pink, Juniors: blue, Sophomores: yellow, and Freshman: purple. Faculty: red Tuesday, Sept. 9 GRHS Student Talent show at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School Theatre. A fee of $3 will be charged to spectators. Spirit Day:... Full story

  • GR couple united in marriage June 21

    Sep 3, 2014

    Candace Gregory and Austin Wuolle of Green River were united in marriage on June 21, 2014. The wedding to place at Immaculate Conception Church in Green River with Decan West performing the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Darren and Fran Gregory of Green River. Her grandparents are Frank and Gloria Reyes of Green River and Red and Ruth Anne Gregory of Green River. The groom is the son of Tony and Misty Fowler of Green River and Jason Wuolle of Utah. His grandparents are Linda Campbell of... Full story

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