Articles from the October 24, 2018 edition


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  • Students enjoy pumpkin patch

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    With nearly 1,400 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, a person is bound to find the perfect one. The Union Congregational Church's pumpkin patch is a busy place with children from both Sweetwater County School District No. 2 and No. 1 visiting almost every day. Thursday was no different with kindergarteners from Monroe Elementary School visiting the pumpkin patch. Church member Pam Kerr said they have all sorts of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes for residents to buy. Some items...

  • Couple visits cabin near huge fire

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    While many residents lost their homes to the Roosevelt Fire in Sublette and Lincoln counties, one Green River couple was happy their future retirement home was still standing. Jack and Debbie Leathers recently returned to their cabin in the Sargent Subdivision, which is about 3/4 of a mile off Highway 191 near the Hoback Ranches area. As they drove to their cabin, they didn't know what to expect. They had seen photos on webcams close to the home, but seeing it in person is different. All they...

  • GRHS band brings home superior rating

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    For the first time in history, the Green River High School Marching Band received a superior rating at state. The Wyoming High School Activities Association State Marching Band Festival recently took place and the GRHS band was ready for it. "It's super exciting," GRHS band director Quinn Kalinski said. "This is my first year out of college." For a director who just graduated from college not too long ago, the superior rating was something he wasn't sure was possible this early in his career....

  • Wolves' season ends in Cody

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    Despite a strong showing by the Wolves, their football season ended in Cody Friday night, losing their final game against the defending state champions 24-20. While the game started with a scoreless possession and an early touchdown from the Cody Broncs, the Wolves turned a penalty call into a touchdown drive to tie the game. The Wolves were forced to punt during their second possession of the night, but during the play, the Broncs were flagged for roughing the punter, a 15-yard penalty which...

  • Swimmers take 2nd in conferences

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    The Lady Wolves Swimming team continues to improve their times each week. This week was no different when they broke records and qualified another swimmer for state while at Conferences at Kelly Walsh High School. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said Patience Bentley qualified for state, taking the total to 14 state qualifiers for the team. “They swam really strong,” Seiloff said. “They were out there getting it done.” The team came in second right behind Laramie, which were moved into Green River’s...

  • Volleyball team loses 2 before Regionals

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    The Lady Wolves volleyball team may have had the home-court advantage, but it wasn’t enough for them to beat Rock Springs or Star Valley this week. On Thursday, the Green River High School Lady Wolves lost to the Rock Springs Lady Tigers in three sets, 27-25, 25-13, 25-17. “We were disappointed,” head coach Rikki Shantz said. Even though the team lost and needed to improve playing together as a team, including passing and defense, the team had its moments. “I saw some great things individually a...

  • Our view: Support our local lodging tax

    Oct 24, 2018

    Of all the choices voters will make Nov. 6, we think one decision involving the future of the county’s lodging tax should be a no-brainer. The county’s lodging tax has been in place since 1991 and is only applied to people staying in the county’s hotels. This tax helps support many of the local events across Sweetwater County and is only applied to people staying at hotels. As such, it’s something Sweetwater County’s residents should support. The tax not only supports local events, it helps the area’s two chambers of commerce and market the...

  • Hastert's work earns support

    Oct 24, 2018

    I am writing this letter endorsing Senator Hastert for re-election. Two years ago, tragedy struck my family’s lives. My younger brother was murdered and dismembered. So many emotions dealing with the news of this all caused our lives to spin out of control. I felt upside down and couldn’t think of anything else except the punishments the offenders were likely to receive once convicted of this violent crime. The penalties of up to three years repeated in my mind. I had no idea where to begin but wanted to make a change. It was then that I kne...

  • Museum is important to GR

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    It takes a lot to create a community. There are a lot of pieces that fit together and create the Green River we love. It’s more than the sum of its parts. We have excellent schools and library system. We have an extremely dedicated volunteer fire department and several active community organizations seeking to improve our community. There are a lot of moving parts making Green River the kind of place we’re proud to call home. One of the pieces we believe doesn’t get as much credit as it shoul...

  • Celebrating a spooktacular Halloween

    Jamie Green, City of Green River|Oct 24, 2018

    Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a day filled with lots of activities here in Green River, school costume parades, costume contests, and of course trick or treating. This year school kids have an early dismissal at 1 p.m. The Green River Police Department, along with many businesses along Flaming Gorge Way, will be participating in the fun. We look forward to seeing children strolling along, collecting candy, and showing off their costumes. Make sure you stop in to the GRPD lobby for a treat. Halloween tradition includes kids out w...

  • Showing support for the Wyo. ENDOW initiative

    Oct 24, 2018

    By Shannon Smith Executive Director of the Wyoming Humanities Council Michael Lange Executive Director of the Wyoming Arts Council Like all parents, we want our kids and grandkids to thrive at whatever they desire to do in life. As Wyomingites we believe their lives would be even better if their success can take shape right here in the Cowboy State. The hard truth is, of the jobs that will be available to them in about twenty years, one in every three do not exist yet and it’s expected they’ll have more than seven different careers by the tim...

  • 150th was a community effort

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River communications administrator|Oct 24, 2018

    A little over two weeks ago we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Green River with the arrival of the transcontinental railroad. The event was well attended and full of old-fashioned fun. We are grateful for the support of the residents that celebrated with us and helping to foster a deeper sense of our community roots. From behind the scenes, I’d like to shed some light on the partnership and collaboration it takes to plan and put on an event of this scale. Partnership is the key word. Lots of it. And for this event in p...

  • Property ownership questioned

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    A question submitted to panelists at a candidate forum resulted in warranty deeds filed at the Sweetwater County Courthouse changing ownership of property in Green River. During the Sweetwater County Assessor’s forum Thursday, panelists received a question from the audience regarding if Sweetwater County Assessor David Divis and his opponent, Republican candidate Perri Rubeck, owned property in Sweetwater County. One of the requirements to be a county assessor in Wyoming is to own real p...

  • MHSC makes fiscal strides

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    The Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has made quite the turn around in its finances in one fiscal year. According to Sweetwater County Commissioner John Kolb, who acts as a liaison to MHSC, the audit recently conducted on the hospital came back clean. Kolb said the auditing firm has been the group that has been watching the hospital for years. “Never have they seen a hospital of that size make that big of a turn around in one year,” Kolb said. “They had a clean audit. It’s probabl...

  • Vote approaches for lodging tax

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    As the General Election approaches, candidates are looking to promote themselves as much as possible in the final weeks leading to Nov. 6. Aside from candidates for Green River City Council and Sweetwater County Commissioner, voters will also have a choice to make regarding if the county should continue the optional lodging tax and if it should increase to 4 percent. Jenissa Meredith, executive director of Sweetwater County travel and Tourism, spoke to members of the Green River Chamber of...

  • Jackson school lives on under Region V BOCES

    David Martin, Editor|Oct 24, 2018

    Editor’s Note: Stephanie Thompson, the Star’s People Editor, is a member of the Region V BOCES Board, representing the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees. The entrance doesn’t look too different from last year. However, new motivational posters hang from the walls, showcasing the Wyoming’s code of ethics and the idea of “ubuntu,” a word describing the value of having compassion for all members of a group. A portrait of President Andrew Jackson is still prominently displaye...

  • The best pumpkin

    Oct 24, 2018

  • Tammy Ann 'Bambi' Pflieger-Beckwith

    Oct 24, 2018

    Tammy Ann 'Bambi' Pflieger-Beckwith passed away Oct. 18, 2018, after a lengthy illness. She was 50 years old. Tammy loved bright colors, music, bubbles, fairies, witches, vampires, pirates, butterflies, and flowers. She adored her children and grandchildren, and she especially treasured her favorite kitty in the whole world, Marvin. Her favorite band was Rush, but she also liked listening to Pink Floyd, Styx, Queensryche, and U2. She liked reading V.C. Andrews and watching "Game of Thrones" and...

  • David Gene Ryan

    Oct 24, 2018

    David Gene Ryan, of San Angelo, Texas, passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by family Oct. 14, 2018, following a lengthy illness. David was born in Bisbee, Ariz., April 30, 1937, to Jack and Mabel Ryan. The family moved to Texas when he was a young boy. On April 20, 1956, David married the love of his life, Mary Hasty, of San Angelo, Texas and together they had six children, Karen, Sharon, Ron, Randy, Laurie and Roy. In 1973, they moved to Green River where they lived until...

  • Margaret J. Rock

    Oct 24, 2018

    Margaret J. Rock, 75, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 22, 2018, at the Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River. She was born Dec. 31, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of John Aman and Lorraine Wozney Aman. She married Robert Melvein Rock Sept. 10, 1966, in Las Vegas. Margaret enjoyed shopping, playing word puzzles, country music and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her husband Robert Rock of Rock Springs; son Kevin Rock and wife...

  • Bernice May Torrontegui

    Oct 24, 2018

    Bernice May Torrontegui, 73, of Green River, passed away Oct. 17, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born May 2, 1945, in Stonington, Colo., the daughter of James Wesley Howard and Eva Fern Crissman Howard. She attended schools in Springfield, Colo., graduating from Springfield High School with the class of 1963. Bernice married Jose A. Torrontegui in Rock Springs in 1981. She enjoyed embroidering, cooking and spending...

  • William "Bill" Edward Loisate

    Oct 24, 2018

    William "Bill" Edward Loisate, 74, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 17, 2018, at the University of Utah following complications from a stroke, with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 17, 1944, in Rock Springs, the son of the late Angelo and Mary Mendiola Loisate. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1962 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. He served from April 1964 until...

  • Sadie K. McTee

    Oct 24, 2018

    Sadie K. McTee, 106, passed away Oct. 16, 2018. She lived at Deer Trail Assisted Living for two years and later moved to Sage View Care Center. She was born May 1, 1912, in Oak Creek, Colo., moving to Wyoming when she was three years old. First to Reliance, then to Lionkol and finally to Rock Springs when she was 12 years old. Sadie was born to Mable and Henry "Robert" Krake, one of three children. She had an older brother Martin, and a younger sister, Ethel Krake Rebol. She attended school in...

  • Connett Jean Sains

    Oct 24, 2018

    Connett Jean Sains, 83, passed away Oct. 14, 2018, at the Sublette Center in Pinedale. She was a lifelong resident of Wyoming. Sains was born July 2, 1935, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Henry Welsh and Mary Skorup. She attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1953 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. Sains also attended the University of Wyoming for one year. She married Robert Sains in Rock Springs in 1955 and he preceded her in death Sept. 17, 1989, in Rock Springs. Sains was a...

  • John E. Pandalis

    Oct 24, 2018

    John E. Pandalis, 76, died peacefully in his sleep at his home, Oct. 14, 2018. John was born Aug. 3, 1942, in Rock Springs to the late Gus Andrew Pandalis and Elsie Marie (Soderlund) Pandalis. He grew up in Rock Springs, where he worked for the family business, Andy's Supper Club. John attended Rock Springs High School until he joined the United States Navy Jan. 20, 1960, where he served on the USS Vance and the USS Forster as a navy fireman. After receiving an honorable discharge from the...

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