Articles from the October 3, 2018 edition


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  • Department seeks funding

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    The Green River Fire Department is seeking grant funds to provide firefighters with a drug overdose-treating nasal spray and potentially a new pumper truck. The Green River City Council approved requests for the fire department to apply for a prescription drug overdose grant and an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new pumper truck Tuesday night. According to Fire Chief Mike Nomis, the pumper truck is needed because their oldest truck, a 1991 model, needs to be replaced. “It’s nearing the...

  • County's money has been moved out

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    All of the county’s funds have officially been pulled out of Bank of the West. During the Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter said the there was about $540,000 left in the accounts at the bank, but by Friday all the accounts were closed. The only county exception is with Sweetwater County Community nursing, which will take a little longer than they thought it would. However, Slaughter said Commerce Bank is ready and willing to w...

  • Depot garners more interest

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    While the interior is almost completely gutted, residents still lined up for a tour of the Union Pacific Depot building Saturday. The tours gave visitors a chance to look a portions of a building previously closed off for the past several years. It also gave the city a chance to give residents a glimpse at the future of the depot. “It would be nice to see our historic sites up and running,” Jessica Robidoux, one of the many people touring the building said. Other visitors also voiced sup...

  • Homecoming blaze

    Oct 3, 2018

  • Oliver James Harrison

    Oct 3, 2018

    Oliver James Harrison, two-month-old son of Jeffrey Harrison and Sara Jean Elmer passed away Sept. 24, 2018, at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He was born on July 25, 2018, in Rock Springs. Survivors include his parents of Rock Springs; two step-brothers, Grayson Harrison of Pennsylvania and Taylor Harrison of Colorado; his paternal grandparents, Steve Hill and Jeannie Harrison, both of Rock Springs and his paternal grandparents Oliver Elmer and Diane Elmer, both of Rock Springs;...

  • James Theodore Schultz

    Oct 3, 2018

    James Theodore Schultz, 89, of Aurora, Colo., passed away Sept. 19, 2018, at Rose Medical Center in Denver. A longtime resident of Aurora, Colo., and former resident of Rock Springs, Schultz died following a long illness. He was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Ada, Minn., the son of Ottilia (Yeschke) and August Schultz. Jim attended schools in Ada, Minn., and was a 1946 graduate of Ada High School. He was a United States Navy Veteran, and also attended North Dakota State University. He married Norma...

  • Neri Rodriguez-Juarez de Flores

    Oct 3, 2018

    Neri Rodriguez-Juarez de Flores, 55, passed away Sept. 15, 2018, at her home in Rock Springs. She was a resident of Rock Springs for 23 years and is a former resident of Mexico. Flores was born June 8, 1963, in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, the daughter of Conrado Rodriguez and Juana Juarez. She attended schools in Mexico. Flores married Margarito Flores in July of 1984 in Nuevo, Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She worked as a housekeeper for 22 years in the United States and was a cook in Mexico....

  • Douglas Dack

    Oct 3, 2018

    Douglas Dack, 78, passed away Sept. 24, 2018, at his home in Farson. He was a lifelong resident of Farson. Dack was born on May 23, 1940, in Farson, the son of Ray Dack and Marjorie Steele. He attended schools in Farson and was a 1958 graduate of the Farson High School. Dack married Mary Jo Smardo on March 20, 1960, in Farson. He started work with the Wyoming Highway Department in the summer of 1958 as a temporary maintenance helper and then joined the six-month program with the United States...

  • John E. Crouch

    Oct 3, 2018

    John E. Crouch, 86, passed away Sept. 26, 2018, at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was a resident of Rock Springs for 54 years and is a former resident of Green River. Crouch was born on Nov. 3, 1932, in Dines, the son of Hugh Wilbert Crouch and Elizabeth Frances Beane. He attended schools in Dines and Green River and was a 1950 graduate of the Green River High School. Crouch married Patricia Ellen Sweets in Rock Springs Oct. 22, 1956, and she preceded him in death Oct. 10, 2008, in Salt...

  • Letter: Deer issues need to be addressed now

    Oct 3, 2018

    Dear Editor, The population of deer in Southwest Wyoming has exploded. On any given day, small groups of deer jaunt around our town. These hoofed invaders have always seemed abundant, but over the past decade they have reached extremely high counts. Adorable Bambi-like creatures cause destruction everywhere. Hazards associated with high deer populations include increased car accidents, destroyed landscaping, broken fences, unsightly poop decorating lawns and, not least of all, Lyme Disease. I have seen many deer carcasses rotting on the shoulde...

  • Pick up after your pets

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    As I was writing the story about a lady who picks up dog poop irresponsible pet owners leave behind, I became appalled. This wasn’t the first time I had been told or received phone calls on this issue I recalled. This was at least the third time in less than a year that someone has called to tell me about the dog poop problem Green River was having. I am glad someone called to give credit where credit is do and even though the lady I interviewed this week seemed like she didn’t really want to...

  • Our View: A political misstep in Wyoming

    Oct 3, 2018

    A recent press release from the Mary for Wyoming gubernatorial campaign has us worried about the Democratic candidate’s trust in Wyoming-based solutions. The press release touts the campaign’s “unprecedented” investment into digital advertising, with purchases involving Facebook, Hulu, Netflix and video across the internet. According to the release, the campaign has spent six figures in this endeavor, touting Mary for Wyoming as the most digitally savvy campaign. While this is good for Silicon Valley, this decision hurts all of Wyoming’s media;...

  • The littlest big need in GR

    Amanda Cavaz, Communications administrator for the city of Green River|Oct 3, 2018

    Every parent knows that having children is expensive. For many, just how expensive is the surprising part. The costs of caring for and raising kids go up year after year. There are millions of choices to make about what a child needs, what particular style and brand is the best fit for the child, and what is simply not necessary. When I was a new mom, one of the biggest stresses was choosing the “right” bottle, sleeping arrangement, formula, and the list goes on. For families that have financial hardships, these same choices become less abo...

  • Commemorative UP locomotive visits GR

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    While Green River celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday, residents were able to check out one of the Union Pacific’s commemorative locomotives. Locomotive 1943, The Spirit, was brought to Green River Saturday to help celebrate the city’s founding. The city was originally founded in anticipation of the Transcontinental Railroad passing through the area in 1868. While Union Pacific initially decided to make Bryan the location for its switching house, as the land in Green River wasn’t owned...

  • City's history put in Congressional record

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    The history of Green River was introduced into the congressional record prior to the city’s 150th anniversary celebration Saturday. U.S. Senator John Barrasso read a version of the city’s history on the Senate floor Sept. 24. Barrasso joined Green River Mayor Pete Rust Saturday morning at the start of the city’s celebration, speaking about Green River’s importance to Wyoming and the nation. “It’s not going to get lost, ever,” Barrasso said. Barrasso said reading the city’s history into th...

  • Kids celebrate 150 years

    Oct 3, 2018

  • Trying to keep Green River clean

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    A handful of unknown volunteers are working hard to keep the city’s Greenbelt and pipeline pathways clean. One of those volunteers who wanted to remain anonymous, is Green River resident Terri Clawson. Clawson is known by some as the woman with the latex gloves who picks up the dog poop along the pipeline pathways and any other area in town she walks along. “Wherever I go, I just find dog doo doo,” she said. Clawson said she just doesn’t find the dog poop along the Greenbelt, but the pipelin...

  • Former narcotics detection K-9 dies last week

    Oct 3, 2018

    Wyoming Highway Patrol lost a former narcotics detection K-9 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Basil passed away at home surrounded by his family. Basil’s career began with the Wyoming Highway Patrol in the fall, of 2008 and assigned to Trooper Barry Tippy. Basil worked in the Green River and Rock Springs areas until his retirement in September 2017. Basil had a highly successful career. He helped remove thousands of dollars of illegal narcotics and U.S. currency from the sale of those illicit substances . Over his career, Basil was deployed 473 ti...

  • Interesting speech

    Oct 3, 2018

  • Wolves take homecoming loss

    Pete Rust, Contributor|Oct 3, 2018

    The No. 2 ranked and undefeated Jackson Broncos rolled into town Friday night, with the leading rusher in the state and proceeded to run 90 percent of their offense through their leading ball carrier. The Wolves were hard pressed to stop Jackson's rushing attack. The Wolves as they have done all season played hard and had their moments on both offense and defense, but were not able to stop the big plays. Jackson, despite two on-side kicks recovered by the Wolves in the final quarter, were able...

  • Lady Wolves duel in Cheyenne East's pool

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    The Lady Wolves swimming team continues to travel on the road for their swim meets. The Green River High School Lady Wolves swimming team traveled to Cheyenne to participate in the Cheyenne East duels in the pool with Cheyenne Central and East. The team came out ahead of East, but lost to Central. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said that despite not having any additional state qualifiers this weekend, the team had a good meet. The team then traveled to Laramie for more duels and took on Laramie and...

  • GR volleyball team continues to learn, improve

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    Each game is another opportunity for the Lady Wolves volleyball team to gain experience and learn the game. On Friday, the Lady Wolves took on Lyman at home and lost in three sets, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19. “We played OK, but not our best,” head coach Rikki Shantz said. “We need some work on responding under pressure. Lyman is one of the most athletic teams we will play this year.” Shantz said the team showed some good offensive and defensive moments during the Lyman game, however, the team still m...

  • Marks improve for GRHS cross country runners

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    The Green River High School cross country team continues seeing success in the meets it participates in. Head coach Craig Leavitt said the team is running well, though he’s still working on getting enough girls to field a team during meets. For the girls, Leavitt said Kaisa Arnell and Madison Yoak continue to place high in the standings. During their meet in Salt Lake City Sept. 21, Arnell finished 53rd while Yoak took 68th in the race. Leavitt said the two continue improving their times, with Y...

  • Competitiveness shows at Wii Bowling

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 3, 2018

    The laughter could be heard in the hallway. While at the Golden Hour Senior Center Thursday morning, eight seniors were playing Wii Bowling in one of the recreation rooms. It's was their laughing passersby could hear. One group of four, Gail Robertson, Melinda Roundy and Gail and Wes Heikkinen, were taking turns using the Wiimote to roll the bowling ball down the screen on the TV screen. Robertson was having a spare game. It seemed like almost every time she would roll the ball it would look...

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