Articles from the September 14, 2016 edition

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  • Daughter saves mother's life

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    A daughter’s quick thinking is credited with saving her mother’s life Aug. 31. What started as a normal morning for Robyn Stoeger and her daughter CeAnna Sadberry became terrifying after a persistent cough Stoeger suffered from gradually worsened. “I felt kind of dizzy,” Stoeger said. “I was coughing because I couldn’t get air into my lungs.” As her cough worsened, Stoeger decided to go outside and get some fresh air, thinking that would alleviate the cough. Upon stepping out on to her porch,...

  • New signs will aid city visitors

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    During the past couple of weeks, about 39 new informational signs have been strategically placed throughout the city. Project engineer Holden Wright said 22 large, metal signs at 5-feet wide by 12-feet tall, 14 small, metal signs at 5-wide and 4-feet tall and three little, metal parking signs at 2-feet wide by 31/2-feet tall were purchased; and almost all of them have been placed in the city. Wright said two more signs will go up after the street construction has been completed on East Teton...

  • Firefighters kill early morning fire Tuesday

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    An early morning house fire Tuesday was extinguished by the Green River Fire Department, containing it before it could cause serious damage to the home. At about 1:20 a.m., firefighters arrived to 221 East 2nd South with two command vehicles, a pumper truck and the department’s aerial fire truck, according to Fire Chief Mike Nomis. In total 18 firefighters arrived to the scene. Nomis said firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly, isolating it to the home’s porch and overhang abo...

  • Truck knocks down power pole

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    An unoccupied truck that rolled down a hill and into a power pole caused a power outage Thursday around noon. According to Luke Benson, Green River Police detective and public relations specialist, at around 11:55 a.m. the GRPD received a call about a truck hitting a power pole on Shoshone Avenue. The accident happened after a 1986 gray Chevy truck, which was being worked on by Green River resident Daniel Gilbert, 54, rolled 81 feet downhill into a power pole. Gilbert told officers he was...

  • Kenneth LeRoy Ockerman

    Sep 14, 2016

    Kenneth LeRoy Ockerman, 90, of Rock Springs, passed away Sept. 2, 2016 at his home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, and former resident of Utah, Ockerman died following a lengthy illness. He was born on Dec. 12, 1925 in Garfield, Utah, the son of Albert Leodell and Ethel Moss Ockerman. Ockerman attended schools in Utah and Wyoming and was a 1945 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. He also attended college and obtained his master electrician degree. He married Virginia Ruth Carpenter... Full story

  • Agnes M. Okano

    Sep 14, 2016

    Agnes M. Okano, 83, of Salt Lake City, passed away Aug. 16, 2016 at her home where she resided for the past year. She was a former longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and died following a lengthy illness. She was born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Kenichi Ota and Yoshiko Nakayama Ota. Okano attended schools in Rock Springs and was a Rock Springs High School graduate. She married Jiro Okano in Rock Springs Sept. 3, 1955 and he later preceded her in death on Sept. 15,... Full story

  • Anthony "Tony" Ray Wozniak

    Sep 14, 2016

    Anthony "Tony" Ray Wozniak passed away peacefully, in his sleep Sept. 7, 2016. He was born Aug. 2, 1975. He was employed by Imerys Perlite. He was an avid Bronco's fan. He loved video games. He spent a lot of time riding around with his nephew, Jordan, listening to music. Tony left behind his longtime companion, Deb Herbert; mother Lorelei Oakley Wozniak; father Frank Wozniak; sister Jodee Wozniak; brother Robert Wozniak; nephew Jordan Wozniak; niece Alexa Trovillian; grandfather Ray Oakley;... Full story

  • Our View: 15 years later, we can do better

    Sep 14, 2016

    Without a doubt, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will forever live with the people who experienced them or watched the tragedy unfold live on TV. Some may have been students walking into class when the events took place while others may have been sitting to breakfast or starting their workday. Like when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Challenger space shuttle exploded or, going further back, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, there is a generation of people who have where they were and what they were doing that day permanently etched into...

  • Another year of germs starts with the kids

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    And so it begins. Another school year, another year of sick kids. This was the thought I had the minute my youngest son, John, 4, said he wasn’t feeling well. I had just returned home; and he was hiding underneath a blanket with his favorite monkey, while my oldest son Matthew, 6, was running around the room playing with toys. I didn’t even have to ask. I just knew something wasn’t right. For any of you who have met my John, you can vouch for me when I say that boy is always running, jumpi...

  • A new hair, nail salon comes to the city

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Sep 14, 2016

    We’ve got a new business downtown. Pyper Jeans Hair and Nail Salon is a cozy little shop that joined us in June at 551 E. Flaming Gorge Way. Yvette Portillo, shop owner, was raised in Green River and says it is definitely home to her. She feels safe and secure here and thinks it’s a great place to raise a family. Portillo has six children, ranging in age from seven to 33, and they were all brought up here. She said that some of her favorite things about Green River are the wildlife in her backyard, and all the recreational activities that are...

  • Canadian food, bite by bite

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    Usually, when Stephanie Thompson or I sit down to write a food column, the idea is to share a recipe we enjoy, or in the case of my switchel column, the result of a sleepless night spent on Youtube. This time, I want to share a few observations I made during a recent trip to Canada. Food is one of the easiest ways to experience culture and while traveling to the Western portion of Canada is more like going to another state as opposed to another country, there are still some interesting things...

  • The caveman and the bobcat

    Tom Gagnon, Guest Columnist|Sep 14, 2016

    I sometimes camp under rock overhangs of about 5-50 feet deep, and a few to several feet high and wide. Here I’ll just call them caves. In the summertime I don’t generally camp in them, because there are too many critters like snakes and scorpions, various bugs and rodents. This is especially true in ones that have a lot of loose and broken-up rock, cracks in the walls, odd combustible items, and sometimes moss or dripping. The time to camp in a cave, to be a caveman, is in the winter. I have half a dozen such places scattered around Wyo...

  • Senator discusses climate and guns

    John Barrasso, U.S. Senator|Sep 14, 2016

    By John Barrasso, M.D. U.S. Senator With Congress out of session in August, I traveled around the state extensively and visited with folks in communities across Wyoming. I also fought harmful new Obama administration executive actions on carbon-based energy and on our Second Amendment rights. Both of the president’s proposals hurt small businesses and law-abiding individuals around our state. White House Finalizes Climate Change Directive On Aug. 2, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released its final direction to federal agencie...

  • Toddlers learn at GR library

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    Toddlers in Green River started by shaking their sillies out and ended with their parents reading to them and matching animal cards. The Sweetwater County Library hosts is weekly Toddler Times Mondays at 10:30 a.m., which are designed specifically for the library's youngest patrons, according to Youth Services Manager Becky Iwen. Iwen said Toddler times are focused on children 0-2 years of age and help them learn more about the world around them. Iwen said activities are designed with a...

  • Residents complete fall project

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    Friday morning, a few Mission at Castle Rock residents were busy working on a patchwork project. During this session of Crafts with Kathy Elliott, residents laid 3-inch to 4-inch pieces of precut fabric onto a tablecloth-sized orange fabric. Elliott had spent most of Thursday evening cutting the fabric for the residents to use. The autumn-colored fabric, which had been cut into strips, had various designs on it. From pumpkins, leaves, flowers and acorns to checkered, polka dot and striped, the...

  • Food bank prepares for winter 

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    Grants, community support and volunteers keep the Sweetwater County Food Bank going. Recently, the Food Bank, which operates Green River and Rock Springs locations, received a $60,000 grant from United Way of Southwest Wyoming. This money will go toward operating expenses, including building and van insurance, pay roll and office supplies, Executive Director Kathy Siler said. With these items covered, the food bank can focus on what’s really important — providing food to those who wou...

  • Green River dominates Outlaws 52-12

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 14, 2016

    A packed house of mostly, the hometown, Green River Wolves supporters came out to be entertained by some good high school football and the Wolves did not disappoint with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball. The Rawlins Outlaws started strong on their first series of downs with a good combination of accurate passing and strong running to score a touchdown and went to 6-0 after, the Wolves blocked the extra-point attempt. Green River got the ball back after a nice 35 yard kickoff return by senior Kalen Kester, but Rawlins stopped...

  • Tennis teams have victorious weekend

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    The Green River High School Boys and Girls Tennis teams walked off the court with three wins, setting them up for one more week of conference play before competing in regionals. The team took on their rivals from Rock Springs a second time Thursday afternoon, repeating their earlier success against the team, with the girls winning 4-1 and the boys sweeping the Tigers 5-0. Friday, they turned their attention to the visiting Rawlins Outlaws, with the Lady Wolves again winning 4-1 and the boys...

  • Lady Wolves earn 2 conference wins in Rock Springs, Jackson

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 14, 2016

    The Green River Lady Wolves volleyball team took on their biggest rivals and a new team they have never played before and still walked away with two conference wins. During the Rock Springs game Friday, the Lady Wolves won the first set 25-16, and the second set, 25-20, pretty easily, but struggled with the third set, 20-25, and fourth set, 23-25, losing both. During the fifth set, 15-10, the girls regained their focus and made it to the 15 points before Rock Springs, giving them the conference...