Articles from the November 2, 2016 edition

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  • Committee cuts FGD concerts

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    No more concerts at Stratton Myers Park. That’s the decision the Flaming Gorge Days Committee made as a result of declining ticket sales to the weekend concerts. Scott Sager, the chairman of the committee, made the announcement Tuesday night while addressing the Green River City Council. Sager said the concerts were a financial drain on the committee, being the most expensive events funded during the weekend. During the 2016 concerts, the committee struggled with selling tickets to the evening e...

  • Union shows support for better Tata contract

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    Union members from United Steel Workers local 15320 Showed their support for a fair contract Thursday afternoon. Approximately 70 union members and their supporters gathered near the intersection of Wyo. Highway 374 and Allied Chemical Road, leading to the Tata Chemicals facility. The people weren't striking or protesting, hosting a rally to show their support for a fair contact. According to one of the union members, Brett Hood, provisions in the new contract Tata Chemicals wants workers to sig... Full story

  • Hospital, county reach agreement

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    The rift between the county commissioners and the board of trustees at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County appears to be closing. Through a joint media release, the county commissioners and hospital board announced making a number of agreements in regards to the interpretations of state statutes the two groups have argued over. According to the release, the hospital board will transfer ownership of the former College Hill Women’s Health Center at 1200 College Drive in Rock Springs to the c...

  • Man sentenced to prison time

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    A Green River man who admitted to having intercourse with a 14-year-old girl was sent to prison. Marshall L. Mechling Jr., 21, of Jamestown, appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at a change of plea and sentencing hearing to second degree sexual abuse of a minor. In exchange to Mechling Jr.’s guilty plea to second-degree sexual abuse, he was given a four to 10-year prison sentence with credit given for four days pre-sentence confinement. This sentence is to run c...

  • A Halloween trick reported to GRPD

    Staff Report|Nov 2, 2016

    A few tricks were reported by county residents as costumed trick-or-treaters made their way throughout their neighborhoods Monday evening. According to the Green River Police Department, officers responded to an undisclosed address in reference to a report of a larceny. The reporting party told officers they watched two juveniles steal their inflatable Mickey Mouse decoration. The person also reported several pumpkins that had been smashed on their property. A detailed vehicle description was given and officers gave the description to other...

  • Dating Game Killer won't come to Wyo.

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    A serial killer suspected of a 1977 murder in Sweetwater County won’t be extradited to face charges here. Last week, Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe announced Rodney Alcala won’t be extradited from California due to his health. Alcala is in the hospital wing of Corcoran Penitentiary in Corcoran, Calif., and is unable to leave without medical support. Alcala is accused of the 1977 murder of 28-year-old Christine Ruth Thornton, of San Antonio, Texas. Thornton’s remains were found nort...

  • Russell David Price

    Nov 2, 2016

    Russell David Price, 60, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct. 22, 2016, at his home. A resident of Rock Springs for the past three years and former resident of Tremonton, Utah. Price died following a sudden illness. He was born on Aug. 30, 1956, in Burbank, Calif., the son of Orville Lee and Barbara Ellen Schuyler Price. He married Cynthia Meyers Price in Las Vegas Feb. 12, 2005. Price was a member of Restoration Ministries. His interests included music and played with the band "Wanted" with Allen... Full story

  • Ruthie Lynn Linneman Vahlberg

    Nov 2, 2016

    Ruthie Lynn Linneman Vahlberg, 61, passed away Oct. 21, 2016 after a long illness with multiple sclerosis. Vahlberg was born Oct. 22, 1954 to Gordon and Virginia Linneman in Douglas. She married Ron Vahlberg in Sundance in 1975. Vahlberg attended schools in Douglas, Wamsutter, Lander, Powell and Gillette. She graduated from Gillette High School in 1973. Vahlberg loved to travel. Any time someone said, “let’s go,” she was always ready. She loved to do crafts of any kind with her mother, sister and many friends. She loved to sew, quilt, knit... Full story

  • Owen Dale "Rusty" Owens

    Nov 2, 2016

    Owen Dale "Rusty" Owens passed away Oct. 29 following a courageous and strong battle with cancer. He was 64. Owens was born to Betty Louise and Edwin LaVain Owens March 9, 1952 in Rock Springs. Rusty attended schools in Green River and Hastings, Neb. Rusty graduated from Green River High School in 1970. Owens met his best friend, wife, and eternal companion, Rosanne "Sandy" Cimino Owens, at the age of 16. They married Sept. 16, 1972. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on Nov. 11,... Full story

  • Joe A. Martinez

    Nov 2, 2016

    Joe A. Martinez, Jr. 84, of Green River, passed away Oct.13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. A longtime resident of Green River, Martinez died following a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 24, 1931, in Mora, N.M., the son of Joe A. Martinez, Sr. and Rufine Cordova. Martinez attended schools in Holman, N.M. He married Phyllis E. Vigil Martinez in Rock Springs Nov. 17, 1957, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 2012. Martinez was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean... Full story

  • Marie Connette Beckstead

    Nov 2, 2016

    Marie Connette Beckstead, 90, passed away Oct. 24, 2016 while visiting her son in Vernal, Utah. She was born Dec.12, 1925 to Charles and Connie Gilpin in Rock Springs. She graduated from Rock Springs High School where she was a cheerleader. She married Kenneth Beckstead Sept. 3, 1949 in Green River. Marie worked for the IRS in Ogden, Utah and served as the Daggett County Assessor. After retiring, she was active in the Senior Citizens Centers in Manila, Utah, Green River and Rock Springs. She... Full story

  • Betty Domson

    Nov 2, 2016

    Betty Domson, 74, passed away Oct. 28, 2016, at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Domson died following a lengthy illness. She was born on June 22, 1942, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Richard Gunyan. and Audrey Miller. Domson attended school in Rock Springs and was a graduate of the Rock Springs High School with the class of 1960. She married Bill Domson Jr. on Dec. 16, 1961, in San Gabriel, Calif. Domson was a member of the Evangelical Free Church....

  • Clora Arguello

    Nov 2, 2016

    Clora Arguello, 93, of Rock Springs, passed away Oct., 26, 2016, at the Mission at Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Green River Arguello died following a sudden illness. She was born on May 21, 1923, in Llano Alargo, N.M. the daughter of Antonio Domingo Muniz and Francisquita Martinez. She married Clarence "Shakey" Arguello in Penasco, N.M. on April 20, 1946, and he passed away in Big Piney Oct. 20, 1997. Her interests was... Full story

  • Our View: Print media still doing well

    Nov 2, 2016

    The Internet is not the latest, “greatest” thing to come along and threaten to upend the newspaper industry. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean was covered by Fox Movietone News. It sparked rumors and fears of the end of the newspaper industry. The advent of radio news and later, television broadcasts, led to the more rumors that newspapers were done as an industry. But ink and pulp have persevered. Not every newspaper from 100 years ago is still around, but many of the ones that are left are stalwarts of wh...

  • Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

    Jacquie Kramer, Sweetwater County Library System|Nov 2, 2016

    Today is the second day of November. Is it too early to begin thinking about Thanksgiving dinner? I don’t think so. Maybe you’ve got your meal down to an art, after years of perfecting recipes handed down from generations before. Or, perhaps you are looking for a new recipe or Thanksgiving tradition. Whatever traditions you hold in your own families, I’m sure they involve food. Thanksgiving, in my own family, is a time for too many cooks in the kitchen, indescribable smells wafting throughout the house, too many pies too eat, and turkey, stuff...

  • Notes from Town Square: Supporting local businesses

    Jennie Melvin, URA and Main Street|Nov 2, 2016

    Small Business Saturday is held between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages people to do some of their holiday shopping at small, local businesses. In order to support this practice, the Green River Chamber of Commerce and the Green River URA/Main Street Agency have teamed up to provide you with an opportunity to do some holiday shopping locally. We are hosting a Small Business Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Island Pavilion in Green River from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty seven businesses will be available for you to get a head...

  • Wyoming should take over federally-managed lands

    Sen. Larry Hicks, Wyoming Senator|Nov 2, 2016

    Few things in life generate enough interest to truly illicit a call to action where we feel so compelled to engage in vigorous debate and commit our time and treasure to protect and defend those fundamental issues that define both ourselves and our culture. The issue of transferring federal lands to state ownership or state management has risen to that level in Wyoming. On one hand we all recognize the inefficiencies, the protracted delays and economic losses associated with federal lands management. Management by federal bureaucratic...

  • Lighting cigarettes for political campaigns

    Amanda Benson, Sweetwater County Historical Museum|Nov 2, 2016

    Since November 2016 marks another election year, this month’s artifact of the month comes from political advertising for elections. This artifact is a matchbook advertisement from John Warden Opie’s re-election campaign for County Coroner around the 1940s. The matchbook reads, “Let’s all vote for & support your present County Coroner J. Warden Opie, Democratic Candidate, The Logical Man For The Office.” Opie originally hailed from Oroville, Wash., where he started his career in the funeral business. He moved around to other towns such as W...

  • Clipping brings back memories

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    For a Green River resident, all it took to bring a few memories of a terrible disease she had was looking at an old newspaper clipping. Carmen (Trujillo) Tune, recently received a letter in the mail from her brother Pat Trujillo, who lives in New Jersey. In the letter was a newspaper clipping from 1946. This newspaper clipping was a photo of Carmen and her brother Pat. The clipping read "There's good reason why Pat and Carmelita Trujillo of Rock Springs are contributing their pennies to the...

  • Quilting art on display at White Mountain Library

    Staff Report|Nov 2, 2016

    The Sweetwater County Library System is currently displaying the annual Sweetwater Quilters’ Exhibit. This is an open show in which local quilters are encouraged to submit their work for the public to enjoy. This exhibit consists of 10 quilts designed as wall hangings and can be seen at the White Mountain Library now through November. The participating quilters are Jeanne Allen, Nancy Vase, Becky Morrison, Mary Jane Matthews and Debbie Wolfe. As members of the local group “Sweetwater Piecemakers” last year they celebrated 25 years of quilting t...

  • Children collect treats around town

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    This Halloween was neither too hot nor too cold; and it showed in the amount of kids out and about. Children who were dressed in various costumes, including princesses, witches, super heroes, zombies, ninjas and Disney characters made their way from business to business Monday afternoon. Some of the costumes were homemade and others were store bought. But all of the children had a common goal in mind -- get as much candy in their bucket, bag or pillowcase as fast at they can. Downtown was...

  • Seniors enjoy scavenger hunt

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    Seniors were looking high and low to find out where baskets filled with candy were hidden. On Friday the Golden Hour Senior Center hosted a scavenger hunt and costume contest for seniors into the Halloween spirit. Activities and marketing director Summer Holdsworth said the seniors have had scavenger hunts before, but not like this one. "I wanted to make this one a little more challenging for them," Holdsworth said. "It's proving to be. I'm loving it." Holdsworth came up with a list of hints or...

  • Wolves one step closer to state game

    David Martin|Nov 2, 2016

    The Green River High School football team left Torrington one step closer to a state title last week, beating the Trailblazers 27-21. While Torrington took an early lead over the Wolves, the Wolves would claw their way back to a tie with a touchdown pass from Chance Hofer to Drew Wilson, ending in a 59-yard run. After the PAT, the Wolves would struggle to find the endzone the rest of the half, but continued scoring with well-placed field goals kicked by Hofer, ending the half 13-7 in the...

  • Volleyball players are heading to state

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 2, 2016

    The Green River Lady Wolves Volleyball team came in fourth place at regionals and are now focusing on state. Making it to state was one of the goals the girls set at the beginning of the season and is now something they can check of the list. Head coach Rikki Shantz said she hopes the team can relax, have fun and enjoy the experience of playing at state. She said the girls have been getting better every day. Before heading to state Thursday, which takes place in Casper, the girls will continue t...

  • A shy girl

    Nov 2, 2016