Articles from the September 9, 2015 edition


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  • 18 in GR indicted for meth conspiracy

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    (Editor's note: the article was changed to correct a typo in the print version of this article.) A number of arrests took place last week in conjunction with a year-long investigation regarding methamphetamine trafficking in the area. According to a release from the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation, 33 Sweetwater County residents were indicted by a grand jury last week for drug-based offenses. Two others under investigation by DCI were previously indicted through a federal grand...

  • Alleged belt use results in felony charge

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    A Green River man accused of hitting his daughter with a belt pleaded not guilty to child abuse. Ivan Jason Martinez appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at an arraignment to a felony charge of child abuse. If found guilty of the felony, Martinez could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. According to court documents, on May 5, 2015, the Green River Police Department received an anonymous report of suspected child abuse. A GRPD...

  • School district launches new website

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Sep 9, 2015

    No more guessing whether your child has homework or not. No more shenanigans. Parents will also easily be able to know within a few clicks or less about events going on for multiple schools, all at once. This and more will now be possible with Sweetwater County School District No. 2’s newly developed website, www.swcsd2.org, which launched Aug. 19. “We’re hoping it’s going to be very informative for parents, the community and staff alike,” Assistant Superintendent Jamie Christensen said. “We...

  • Police department utilizes web service

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Sep 9, 2015

    The Green River Police Department will get some online-based backup in the form of Leads Online. The Green River City Council approved a motion for a software agreement with Leads Online, for the investigations division of the GRPD last week. Detectives will utilize Leads Online as an investigative tool. Use of the website for a year will cost $2,848. Funding for the years-worth use of the software will come out of the regular allotted budget of the GRPD Investigations Division, and will not...

  • Play to address sensitive topic

    Staff Report|Sep 9, 2015

    The Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the WWCC Performing Arts Department, with assistance from the Episcopal Suicide Prevention Connection, will present “Chimes,” an original one-act play by Rock Springs resident Donovan Rawlings Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the WWCC Theater. “Chimes” was commissioned by the Rev. Bernadine Craft to emphasize that September is Suicide Prevention Month; the play highlights some of the reasons adults make the decision to end their lives. Craft chairs the statewide Suicide Prevention Connect...

  • Stephen C. Taggart

    Sep 9, 2015

    Stephen C. Taggart, 52, of Green River, died Sept. 5, 2015 at his home. He was born May 7,1963 in Igloo, S.D., the son of Arthur D. Taggart and Jean H. Kegel Taggart. He attended schools in Clearfield, Utah. He worked as a welder for many years. His interests were fishing, camping, taking walks, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include sons Stephen J. Taggart and wife Allissa of Vernal, Utah, Jakob Taggart and Skyler Taggart, both of Green River; sisters Virginia...

  • Richard Allen Olson

    Sep 9, 2015

    Richard Allen Olson, 69, of Rock Springs, passed away Sept. 1, 2015. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Olson passed away suddenly. He was born on July 20, 1946 in Conrad, Mont. the son of Elmer A. Olson and Marguerite P. Hansen Olson. Olson attended Kelso High School in Washington. He married Linda A. Rickard in Everett, Wash., in 1978. Olson served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked as a machinist for Kauppi Wireline. His interests included hunting, fishing,...

  • Our View: Dead trees should be harvested

    Sep 9, 2015

    While much of the west continues to burn, those of us living in Sweetwater County have been lucky to have only seen small-scale blazes and deal with smoke blowing through from those larger forest fires. Yet, considering how dry conditions have been in the region as well as the continued reminders about high fire warnings on Interstate 80’s signs, we’re not out of the woods yet. While Sweetwater County is mostly populated by desert foliage, the possibility of fire remains present, but that possibility is much larger north of us. The Bri...

  • Letter: The deer are a problem

    Sep 9, 2015

    Dear Editor, Where did AIDS come from? An animal. Where does Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever begin? With a tick. Which critter brings Lyme disease to humans? The DEER tick. What happens when deer get diarrhea from eating gardens in Green River? They leave deer patties in lawns and parks all over town. How many little kids play with, walk on, sit on, those deer patties? How many diseases are being spread from deer to humans? In the middle of summer, one of the deer feasting on my garden was so sick its ribs were showing. Maybe we aren’t having a m...

  • Events planned for teens

    Mary Halterman, Sweetwater County Library System|Sep 9, 2015

    With the start of school comes fall activities provided by the library. We have weekly groups for teens in fifth through eighth grades (our Middle School group) and in ninth through 12th grades (High School Group). This year’s activities for fifth through 8th graders are coming to them. Our Middle School group is meeting in the Lincoln Middle School Media Center right after school on the first, second and third Thursdays. The High School Group also meets on Thursdays, at the library from 6- 7:30 p.m. Each week we’ll be playing board games, look...

  • Notes from Town Square: Riverview Cemetery then and now

    Kristine Lessard, Parks and Recreation Dept.|Sep 9, 2015

    Did you know that Green River’s original cemetery was located at 300 N. 1st E.? The address probably sounds familiar to many; perhaps because that is the location of the Sweetwater County Library? The original cemetery was established in 1892 where it remained for nearly 25 years until 1917 when the burials were relocated to the present day location of 1079 N. 1st E. In 1914, the city purchased land just up the hill and away from residential areas for the site of the current, Riverview Cemetery. Why the name “Riverview,” maybe, just maybe...

  • Chasing the bus and feeling the death grip

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    I wish I could say that last week went smoothly. I thought after the first day of kindergarten and preschool were over, the rest of the week would be better. That was not the case. On the first day of kindergarten, my son Matthew, did not get off of the bus at the bus stop. I had to chase the bus down. Luckily, the bus driver stopped to let some children cross the street; and I was able to flag him down. He opened the door; and I said “Matthew Thompson was supposed to be on this bus; and get off...

  • Last Roller Derby bout of season is Saturday

    Staff Report|Sep 9, 2015

    Saturday is the last chance to see the Bitter Sweet Bombshells in action before the season ends. The Bombshells will take on Sheridan’s Wild West Wreckers in the “Sweet and Wild: A Roller Derby Showdown” bout. The bout starts at 6 p.m. at the Rock Springs Recreation Center on Sept. 12. Bombshells’ president, Michelle Garcia-Balzly said the Sheridan Wreckers are a tough team. “A few of us had the chance to play with the Wreckers as subs earlier in the season and we know we are going to have to fight hard from start to finish,” Garcia-Balz...

  • Former GR game warden is peace officer of the year

    Staff Report|Sep 9, 2015

    The Wyoming Peace Officer Association has named Dayton Senior Game Warden Dustin Shorma the 2015 Peace Officer of the Year. The Peace Officer of the Year award is given to a peace officer who provides outstanding services to his department, community and himself and has a major impact on law enforcement in Wyoming. Shorma was nominated by his peers for his unmatched effectiveness, dedication, work ethic, leadership, perseverance, attitude and professionalism as a Wyoming game warden. Shorma received the award during the 88th Annual Wyoming...

  • Families visit splash park one last time

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    The Green River Splash Park may have been unvisited for a few days after school started, but it was busy once again before it closes for the season. The city usually shuts the Splash Park off after the Labor Day; and knowing this residents and visitors alike were flocking to it one last time. Friday afternoon was no different. Brian Thompson of Manilla, Utah said they were visiting the big city of Green River to do grocery shopping. While his wife grocery shopped, he took his kids and one of...

  • GR pageant participant does well in Las Vegas

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    A Green River girl recently took third place in a national pageant contest. In August, Jaylene Gallegos, 7, of Green River, was crowned Wyoming's Mini Miss All American Girl. Mercedes Montano, Gallegos mother, said her daughter has always enjoyed the attention she receives while on stage. "She's been in pageants since she was six-months old," Montano said. "She loves them." Montano said her daughter really enjoys meeting and making new friends at the pageants she attends. Even though Montano...

  • Sweetwater Library's teen area updated

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    Teens going into the Sweetwater County Library can look forward to visiting their own cozy corner. The library recently updated its teen area to be more inviting to Green River’s teens, while showcasing a larger collection of books and graphic novels aimed at them. Mary Halterman, the library’s young adult librarian, said the library also placed new furniture in the area unique to the library. One of the new purchases are a set of noodle chairs, which Halterman said are often used for peo...

  • Homecoming Carnival booths wanted

    Sep 9, 2015

    The Green River High School is asking for the communities help in making its Homecoming Carnival a success. This carnival will take place Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the GRHS parking lot. All carnival entry forms must be turned in by Tuesday, Sept. 15 by 3 p.m. Clubs, organizations and businesses are encouraged to have a child-appropriate booth. Booths will be free to the community, however, all participants will have to pay a $15 entrance fee. These booths are also encouraged to provide prizes. Booth participants are also asked to...

  • Library hosts fall book sale

    Sep 9, 2015

    The Sweetwater County Library System is once again hosting its Fall Book Sale. The sale, which will be at White Mountain Library, 2935 Sweetwater Drive in Rock Springs, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “This year, we’re also having an Early Bird Special,” Michelle Maser, White Mountain Library manager said. “For just $5, you can get into the sale from 8-10 a.m. to get the first look at the books.” The books in the sale are a combination of those removed from the library collection and those that have been donated from the...

  • Sept. 9 edition births

    Sep 9, 2015

    Corbin Jake-Cole Greene Anthony Greene and Kirsten Sarratt of Green River recently announced the birth of their son Corbin Jake-Cole Greene. He was born Aug. 8, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Jennifer Nichole McOmie Mark and Laurissa McOmie of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Jennifer Nichole McOmie. She was born Aug. 10, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Kolby Wayne Harrington Mike and Mischon Harrington of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their son Kolby Wayne...

  • Christopherson anniversary

    Sep 9, 2015

    Bob and Sandi Christopherson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 16, 1955. Family and friends are invited to join in on the celebration, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1-4 p.m. at Westwood Village Clubhouse, 1111 N. 2000 W., Farr West, Utah....

  • Residents enjoy fishing trip

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center residents and one Villa resident ended August with a fishing trip at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Six CRRC residents and the Villa resident, along with six employees and four volunteers loaded onto a CRRC bus for the trip. During the bus ride, the residents enjoyed looking at all the scenery. When they arrived at Cedar Springs Marina, the entire group was treated very well, Marilyn Dockter, Social Services Director for CRRC said, the employees at the...

  • Little cheerleader

    Sep 9, 2015

  • Riverton hands GR 1st loss

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    Despite a strong defense capable of holding off many of Riverton's scoring drives, the Green River Wolves Football team received their first loss of the season at Wolves Stadium Friday. The game was delayed by an hour due to lightning, but head coach Don Maggi said that delay, nor the wet ball, was the cause of the Wolves loss. Maggi said the Riverton team had to deal with the same setbacks Green River faced. During the first quarter, Riverton would score their first touchdown with 8:05 left in...

  • Wolves football attracts large numbers

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 9, 2015

    Numbers for the Green River High School Football team are larger than in years past, according to head coach Don Maggi. This year, the football team was able to recruit 59 sophomores through seniors and 28 freshmen into the 2015 team. “I think we’re off to a good start,” Maggi said. He said part of the larger recruitment comes from team members recruiting their friends to the team. He believes the other reason for the larger numbers comes from increased student interest. Maggi said diffe...

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