Articles from the September 21, 2016 edition

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  • Charges filed in 1977 murder

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    A murder investigation dating back to 1982 has finally resulted in criminal charges filed after Sweetwater County investigators found evidence linking a serial killer from California to the crime. Tuesday, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office announced charges were filed against Rodney James Alcala, a 73-year-old man, who became known as the Dating Game Killer after a 1978 appearance on the popular television game show. Alcala is currently on death row in California for five murders he c...

  • Green River fight involved brass knuckles

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    A man accused of using brass knuckles to hurt another man pleaded not guilty to two felony charges. Joshua S. Moody, 31, of Green River appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery for an arraignment to aggravated assault and battery and burglary. If Joshua is found guilty of both felonies, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000. A jury trial has been scheduled to take place Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. According to court documents, on May 9,...

  • Director seeks work on museum, tipple

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    The pillars and windows at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum will be the focus of some renovation work in the future. The glaze used on the building’s windows was damaged as a result of the June hail storm, while ice melt is being blamed for the deterioration impacting the building’s pillars. According to Brie Blasi, executive director of the museum, said the pillars, as well as the stone tiles used for the museum’s steps, are made from a composite stone. Beneath the hardened exter...

  • Linda Irene Haselhuhn

    Sep 21, 2016

    A Celebration of Life for Linda Irene Haselhuhn will take place Oct. 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Green River. Haselhuhn passed away July 18, 2016. She had one older brother, Cecil Hasley; a younger sister, Ruth Ann Keggs, infant daughter Ronda Jo Draper, mother Vivian Marie and Stepfather Fred Beaulieu, father Dallas "Red" Hasley, and many other friends and family members who passed before her. Her youngest brother Fred lives in Michigan. She lived in many places... Full story

  • GR needs another grocery store

    Sep 21, 2016

    We realize we might be beating a dead horse with this, but think about another grocery store in Green River. Yes, that survey conducted by the now-defunct Sweetwater Economic Development Agency argued Green River could not support another grocery store, but let’s suppose we walked away with the wrong interpretation. At face value, it appears Green River residents have a number of options for their grocery needs. Yet, a majority of those “options” were actually convenience stores -- places residents wouldn’t do a bulk of their grocery shoppin...

  • Grouse management gives westerners what they want

    Josh Coursey, Muley Fanatic Foundtion|Sep 21, 2016

    One year ago this month, the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell stood on a stage flanked by Republican Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming and Democratic Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. They were joined by ranchers, conservationists and other westerner stakeholders to proclaim the Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the greater sage-grouse did not warrant a listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to the creation of the strong, science-based Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land management plans...

  • Notes from Town Square: City building permits through the roof

    Laura Profaizer, Community Development Director|Sep 21, 2016

    June 12 seemed like just another early summer Sunday. At least, until 3:45 p.m. when a damaging hail storm passed through. In addition to the piles of hail and leaf covered streets the storm left in its path, it also left behind damaged roofs, siding and even a few broken windows. Almost immediately after the storm, Green River Community Development started to see an increase in permits for re-roofing projects. Of the 50 building permits issued in the month of June, nearly half (23) were issued for re-roofing projects. The extent of structural...

  • Facebook: Friend or foe?

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    I, like millions of other people, have a Facebook account. I don’t use it all the time; and when I am on vacation I don’t even bother looking at it. I am not one of those people who are constantly updating my Facebook status on what I am eating, where I am eating it at, what I am watching, what I am reading and just about anything else one can think of posting. A lot of my posts are about my kids, but in that area too, I don’t go overboard. On Thursday, I was trying to find story ideas. Every...

  • Is the government against you?

    David Miller, House District 55|Sep 21, 2016

    Recently I attended a meeting with the Bureau of Land Management on a proposed drill site in Fremont County. The proposed unit and resulting test well have been in the planning stage for many years and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to date with the preliminary work, scientific interpretation, leasing federal minerals, state minerals, and private minerals. Now they need a drill permit. It was clear the BLM was never going to issue the permit. At the end of the meeting I did ask the BLM officials if they could simply, at the...

  • Obesity rates still higher than 1990

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Sep 21, 2016

    Is the message that the nation is getting too fat beginning to sink in? The answer is “yes but,” says the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, non-partisan group that aims to protect the health of communities and make disease prevention a national priority. And a study of healthcare quality and quantity across the nation suggests some reasons why things are not improving uniformly. Obesity is a disease, and for the last 13 years the Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have monitored obesity rates in the country, focusing on the p...

  • Swimmers take 2nd at invite meet

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    Green River High School's girls swimming team continues to work hard in the pool, gearing up for regionals at home Oct. 13-14. The girls hosted the Green River Invite Saturday, which attracted swimmers from Gillette, Rock Springs, Evanston, Sublette County, Lyman and Natrona County. Green River ended up taking second with 295 points, finishing behind Gillette's score of 409. So far, Green River has qualified six swimmers for the state meet in Gillette at the end of October. Those qualifying are...

  • Wolves football remains undefeated, now 3-0

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Sep 21, 2016

    The Wolves’ depth showed through once more as they came up against a tough Torrington team with less than 20 players on their football team. But with one of Wyoming’s most dominating linemen, finishing the game 28-14, and earning another win. Torrington showcased two-time All State and the 2015 3A South East Conference Defensive Player of the Year Friday night. Drew Wilson was able to keep his team in the game with outstanding play on both sides of the ball. Green River got the ball to start the game and were forced to punt early on. In Torring...

  • Lady Wolves drop two in Natrona County

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    The Green River Lady Wolves volleyball team took on two of the toughest teams in the 4A conference and lost to both teams. Head coach Rikki Shantz said she knew they would have their work cut out for them when they took on Natrona County and Kelly Walsh. The two losses take the team to 2-2 for the conference season so far. During the Natrona County game, the Lady Wolves lost to the Fillies in four sets. The Lady Wolves won the first set, but had problems in the second, third and fourth set....

  • Vickie Lee Blalock

    Sep 21, 2016

    Vickie Lee Blalock, 63, of Rock Springs, passed away at her home Sept. 11, 2016. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Blalock died following a battle with cancer. She was born on Oct. 2, 1952, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Hugh E. Williams Sr. and Lois Irene Powell Williams. Blalock attended schools in Lyman and was a 1971 graduate of the Lyman High School. She also graduated from beauty school in Utah and received her cosmetology license. She was employed at America's Best Value Inn as a hot... Full story

  • Joyce Virginia Patterson

    Sep 21, 2016

    Joyce Virginia Patterson, 63, of Green River passed away at her home on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. A lifetime resident of Green River, Patterson died following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born May 18, 1953, the daughter of James D. Davis and Jennie V. Yeager Davis in Rock Springs. Patterson attended schools in Green River and was a graduate with the class of 1971. She attended Western Wyoming Community College and received her associates of science degree in radiology. She married Braden... Full story

  • Dennis Carl Seyersdahl

    Sep 21, 2016

    Dennis Carl Seyersdahl, 59, of Green River, passed away peacefully at the home of his mother in Green River after a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 3, 1957, in Rock Springs, the son of Chris A. Seyersdahl and Lila M. Holladay Seyersdahl. He attended schools in Green River. He married Sandra and they were later divorced. Seyersdahl was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed rock hunting, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. Survivors include his... Full story

  • John Lawrence Tollefson

    Sep 21, 2016

    John Lawrence Tollefson passed away Sept. 15, 2016, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving children. Tollefson was born Feb. 22, 1945, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Larry and Florie Tollefson. He spent his youth between Washington, D.C., and southern California. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he was an electrician on the USS Pictor. It was the Navy that led him to Idaho Falls, Idaho, and into the arms of the love of his life, Rozanne Rigby, whom he married Oct. 11,... Full story

  • Chuck Charles Erwin Jones

    Sep 21, 2016

    Chuck Charles Erwin Jones died April 6, 2016, in Washington. A memorial service will take place Saturday, starting at 5 p.m at the Green River Eagles, at 88 North 2nd East Street. Born July 1, 1938, he served in the Navy from 1955 to 1963. He lived in Green River, a member of the Rowdy Bunch amateur radio club. He was married to Leanna Fae Lindorff Baker Jones Oct. 5, 1985 in Elco, Nev., married for time and all eternity in the Portland, Ore. temple Nov. 17, 1989....

  • Library hosts GR Lego club

    David Martin, Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    Legos, those ubiquitous Danish building blocks, have long been a popular toy line for children and teens who enjoy building whatever they imagine. The Sweetwater County Library, looking to help foster a creative spark in children and host a fun activity, started its Lego Club Monday afternoon. The club isn't the library's first foray into Lego-based activities. The library has hosted Lego parties in the past and the system's White Mountain branch in Rock Springs has hosted Lego clubs in the past...

  • Many attend senior center's Hoedown

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    Friday evening, seniors were busy dancing, listening to music, getting their photos taken or playing bingo. All of these activities were part of the Golden Hour Senior Center's Hoedown event. Marketing and activities coordinator Summer Holdsworth said about 50 to 60 seniors attended the event and considered it a success. However, even though attendance was good, she doesn't necessarily consider it a success based on the attendance. "It didn't matter if we have five or 500, if they are having a...

  • New activities coordinator hired

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Sep 21, 2016

    Seniors may have noticed a new face at the Golden Hour Senior Center. Summer Holdsworth took over the position as marketing and activities coordinator at GHSC about a month and a half ago. Prior to moving to Rock Springs, Holdsworth worked in the oilfield in California. She said when the oilfield industry crashed, she didn’t know what to do. Her best friend and godchild lived in Rock Springs and she decided to move closer to her friend. “I figured I’d give it a shot and see how small-town life i...

  • Did I win

    Sep 21, 2016