Articles from the October 7, 2015 edition

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  • Music fills the air at session

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 7, 2015

    As soon as one walked through the doors of the Golden Hour Senior Center, the sound of music filled the building. Following that sound, would lead a visitor to the stage, where on Monday afternoon four guitar players, Lawrance "Jug" Lowell, Pat Jennings, Marty Boyer and Joe Barbuto, were busy strumming away. As soon as they finished one song, they would chat for a bit and then start another. This is all part of the Monday afternoon jam session which take place at the GHSC. These sessions usually...

  • Wizarding world comes to GR

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 7, 2015

    The wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter will come to life at the Sweetwater County Library Saturday. Youth Services Manager Becky Iwen said the annual Harry Potter event is scheduled to take place Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the library. “It’s an outlet to explore literature a little deeper and bring it to life,” Iwen said. “It’s a great event for all ages.” This year, the library event is focusing on the “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” book by J.K. Rowling. Patrons will have the c...

  • Dance group to perform Saturday

    Oct 7, 2015

    Offering its audience a different way to think about a book, play or poem Converge Dance Works will hit the stage Saturday at 7 p.m. This production, which is funded through a grant from the Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Educational Services, called “Quotes,” is free and open to public. Company’s co-founder and artistic director Ann Jantz said the ideas for dance works came from some of the choreographers’ favorite books, poems and plays. Pulled from these stories are quotes that speak specifically to what each dance is about, hence the tit...

  • Our View: Gun talk won't yield anything

    Oct 7, 2015

    Another mass shooting has brought the discussion about gun control to the forefront of political discourse. Yet, for all words written and said regarding gun control, once again nothing will come of it. We realize many of Wyoming’s residents are experienced with firearm usage and do so responsibly. Hunting season is in full swing and thousands will bag their game safely, as they always have. Hunters and others who have a respect for the power any firearm has and uses them responsibly aren’t the problem. The problem comes from people who fetishi...

  • Student project tags area fish

    Oct 7, 2015

    Dear Editor, We would like to inform the city that Expedition Academy and other Green River schools, including Green River High School and Lincoln Middle School, are participating in the Adopt-a-Trout program here in Green River. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, along with the local Trout Unlimited chapter have tagged 22 brown trout and 18 burbot (ling with small radio transmitters. Twelve more burbot will be tagged this fall in the Green River arm of Flaming Gorge. The goal for the program is to find out where the burbot are spawning so...

  • Discover the magical world of 'Mary Poppins'

    Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System|Oct 7, 2015

    One of my favorite Disney movies is “Mary Poppins.” I’m not entirely sure why I enjoy this movie. I don’t typically enjoy musicals and the mix between live actors and cartoon animation is somewhat odd. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood since I watched it several times while growing up. Or maybe it is the catchy tunes: “Chim chiminey chim chim cher-oo,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Feed the Birds.” (A sing-a-long version of “Mary Poppins” was released in 2001.) Or maybe it is simply the story I enjoy of the magical umbrella-wieldi...

  • Notes from Town Square: Markets build a community

    Amy Peck, URA, Main Street Agency board member|Oct 7, 2015

    The rain wasn’t the only thing that was consistent on Wednesday afternoons from July to September; the 2015 Farmers Market kept it company. To give Mother Nature a break, there were a few markets that rain did not make an appearance. Despite the weather there were many vendors, first time market goers, faithful market goers and plenty of goods lining Roosevelt Street. A wide variety of items were available: breads, soups, raw milk, paintings, jewelry, quilts, homemade vanilla, hand carved pens, pastries and many more accompanying the expected f...

  • The bus troubles continue

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 7, 2015

    I thought after a few weeks of school all of the kinks would be worked out, but I found out I was wrong about that last week. Every day since my son Matthew, 5, started kindergarten, I have waited for him in the afternoons at his bus stop. I was doing the same last Wednesday afternoon, when I saw my neighbor’s daughters get off the bus, but no Matthew. I walked up to the driver, who was yet again a different person, and asked where Matthew Thompson was. She looked at the bus driver aide who chec...

  • A Green River doctor's life remembered

    Brie Blasi, Green River Historic Preservation Commission|Oct 7, 2015

    An auction took place at the historic Gilligan Ranch in Boulder, a few months ago. It featured many artifacts belonging to the Gilligans and their relatives, who were prominent citizens in early Green River and the surrounding areas. Luckily for the Sweetwater County Museum, a very generous donor, Jonita Sommers of the historic Sommers Homestead, was in attendance and determined to acquire the medical supplies of Dr. John Gilligan in order to donate them to the museum. The items that she...

  • Women of Distinction nominees announced

    Oct 7, 2015

    The YWCA Celebrating Women of Distinction Planning Committee is excited to present the nominees for the 2015 recognition. The committee would like to express their appreciation to all of the individuals that nominated these phenomenal women and encourages the community to come out and show its support at a High Tea Saturday at the Pavilion at Expedition Island in Green River. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Rock Springs and Green River Chambers or at the YWCA, 1035 Jackson Street. All of the nominees will be recognized and three (on...

  • Renee Romig Ragsdale

    Oct 7, 2015

    Renee Romig Ragsdale, former resident of Green River passed away Oct. 3, 2015 at her home in Big Horn. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Marcella (Betz) Romig. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bliss Ragsdale, of Big Horn. She is also survived by their children Heath Ragsdale of Casper, Bryan and Coral Ragsdale of Green River, and Scott and Renae Ragsdale of Lander. Grandchildren are Fallyn of Big Horn; Austin, Caleb, Kingston, and Joanne of Green River; Groven, Cyliss, Dagan, and Lyric of Lander; Brayton, Jonny,... Full story

  • Mary Maxine Wiggen

    Oct 7, 2015

    Mary Maxine Wiggen, 90, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 5, 2015 at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River. A life long resident of Rock Springs, she died following a lengthy illness. She was born on Aug. 5, 1925, the daughter of the late Thomas and Bertha Robertson. Wiggen attended schools in Rock Springs. She married John S. Wiggen on June 24, 1942 in Rock Springs and he preceded her in death on April 9, 2009. She was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a crew driver for many years. Her interests included going to her cabin,... Full story

  • Julie Ann Langton-Roe

    Oct 7, 2015

    Julie Ann Langton-Roe died June 3, 2015. She had been taken to Gulf Coast Medical Center May 28, severely debilitated after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas Joseph Roe who passed April 22, 2014. They moved to Bay County, Fla. 15 years years ago where they enjoyed, among many other pleasures, their passion for sailing the gulf on their boat, the Veranda. Tom her captain, Julie his first mate. Julie is survived by her sisters Suzi and Betsy, brother Tom, nieces Ameleah and Rylee, great niece Stella, Tom’s m... Full story

  • Fred "Fritz" Yenko

    Oct 7, 2015

    Fred "Fritz" Yenko, 84, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 6, 2015 at the home of his son. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Yenko had been in ill health for the past year. He was the son of John Yenko and Frances Retel Yenko. Yenko attended shools in Rock Springs and was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School with the class of 1949. He married the former Ruby Kay Wolf in Rock Springs on Aug. 24, 1958 and she preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 2005. Yenko was a United States Army Veteran of... Full story

  • Harry Walter Mitchell

    Oct 7, 2015

    Harry Walter Mitchell, 88, of Green River, passed away Oct. 2 at his home. A resident of Green River for the past three and one half years and former resident of Dubois, Mitchell had been in ill health for the past several years. He was born on Jan. 15, 1927 in Lavoye, the son of the late Walter and Angela Mitchell. He married the love of his life Marilyn Gregory in Cortez, Colo. on Dec. 5, 1969. She preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 1986. Mitchell was a United States Navy Veteran of World War... Full story

  • Ronald Joseph Graebert

    Oct 7, 2015

    Ronald Joseph Graebert, 54, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 1, 2015 at his home. A resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Fair Haven, Mich., Graebert died following an illness of two years. He was born on March 9, 1961 in Mount Clemens, Mich., the son of the late Clayton and Marcella Graebert. Graebert attended schools in Algonac, Mich. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for Sweetwater County Road and Bridge Department and following his retirement he owned his own... Full story

  • Robert D Campbell

    Oct 7, 2015

    Robert D. Campbell, 81, of Rock Springs, passed away Sept. 30, 2015 at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A long time resident of Rock Springs, Campbell died following a lengthy illness. He was born on May 25, 1934 in Portland, the son of John and Aletha Martin Campbell. Campbell attended schools in Shoshone and Riverton. He married the former Jane Gross on April 2, 2003 in Las Vegas. Campbell was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was employed most recently by... Full story

  • Zombies, skeletons come out to play

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Oct 7, 2015

    There were 90 zombies and other frightful creatures stalking the streets of Green River Saturday. The Zombie Walk, hosted by the Sweetwater County Library System is an annual family-friendly event, or "zombie parade" that kicks off the October month to lead up to Halloween. This year's batch of zombies started lurching at the Sweetwater County Library, down to Flaming Gorge Way, and lurched all the way to the clock tower plaza in front of City Hall. There was a costume contest, awarding zombies...

  • City asked to fund retail survey

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Reporter|Oct 7, 2015

    The Rock Springs Business and Economic Development Alliance and the city of Rock Springs is applying for a $50,000 grant from the Wyoming Business Council to conduct a Sweetwater County-wide retail gap analysis. They are asking for support from the city of Green River and other entities in the form of monetary funds of up to $5,555 and a letter of support; monetary amounts are not official. “We support the idea to entertain the possibility of providing some sort of funding,” Mayor Pete Rust sai...

  • Sex offender sentenced to prison time

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 7, 2015

    A Green River man who admitted to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl will serve at least 10 years in prison. Kasey D. Manley, 23, of Green River, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at a change of plea and sentencing hearing to attempt to commit sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, attempt to commit sexual assault in the first degree, sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree. He pleaded guilty to second-degree...

  • AML targets Reliance mine void

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 7, 2015

    In some locations across Sweetwater County, the remnants of the county’s rich coal mining heritage can still be found in the numerous mine voids beneath the mining towns founded to extract coal needed to feed the Union Pacific trains. In Reliance, a large mine void is causing Abandoned Mine Lands officials to plan a multiphase effort to mitigate it before it can cause any damage. The void is the result of undermining beneath the town and threatens both the county road and water line running thro...

  • Granger library will move soon

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 7, 2015

    The Granger library will soon have a new home once construction is finished on the town’s community center. Sweetwater County Library System Director Jason Grubb said the library will be part of the new community center. Currently, the town’s library is housed within a trailer that Grubb says doesn’t quite fit their needs. The space within the community center will be much better for the town library, he said. Sandy Allen, Granger’s mayor, said the earliest they will be able to start moving...

  • Tolly's Coffee now open

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Reporter|Oct 7, 2015

    There is once again a coffee shop on Flaming Gorge Way. Tolly's Coffee opened its doors not too long ago, on Sept. 21. Tolly's Coffee's owner, Susan Taliaferro Hehr is not new in town, nor is she new to the building. She owns the building, as well as Up-Up and Away Flowers-Balloons and Southwest Beauty Academy, all of which are located in the building. "This building has been in my family for as long as I can remember," Hehr said. The story of Hehr's coffee shop and the building goes back to...

  • Sweetwater concert season kicks off

    Oct 7, 2015

    The Sweetwater County Concert Association is gearing up for its 76th year and is currently hosting its annual fall membership campaign. Joining the association as a season member offers a substantial cost savings to attend the concerts, in addition to reciprocity with both the Cheyenne and Craig, Colo., Associations. The association will present four performances in the 2015-2016 concert season. Season memberships and individual concert tickets are available at the Rock Springs and Green River Chambers of Commerce and will be available at the d...

  • Police Reports

    Oct 7, 2015

    The Green River Police Department responded to the following calls for service during the last week: Officers removed a deceased cat from the roadway on Apache Avenue. Officers assisted Castle Rock Ambulance personnel on a medical call at an undisclosed address. Animal control officers met an individual at the animal shelter who was there to pick up their pet. Animal control officers responded to an address on Cedar Street for a cat in a trap. Officers responded to a report of shoplifting at 400 Uinta Drive involving juveniles on Sept. 30. Offi...

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