Articles from the April 8, 2015 edition

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  • Tronox completes FMC buy

    Staff Report|Apr 8, 2015

    The world’s largest trona mine is no longer part of FMC. It’s now Tronox Alkali. Tronox and FMC announced the two companies completed the sale of the mine west of Green River April 1 in joint media releases. “The combination of Tronox and Alkali creates a leading inorganic chemicals company comprised of two fully integrated businesses with a competitive industry advantage,” Tom Casey, Tronox chairman and CEO said in the company’s release. “The acquisition of the Alkali business also diversifies our end-market exposure and revenue base and in...

  • Business gone, but memory remains

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    Burger A Go Go. The mere mention of the business' name will cause a few residents to start drooling. The business was known around the town for its maxi burger, also known as the hubcap. Stephen Barrera, son of Faye Bussart who owned Burger A Go Go, said his mother special ordered the buns for the maxi burger from a bakery in Colorado. The buns, which were 8 1/2 inches around, were delivered every couple of days to meet the demand. Barrera said his mother opened the business in the early 70s. Pr... Full story

  • Cities lend support for megacomplex

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    With Sweetwater County seeking support from its neighboring counties towards a jointly shared industrial megacomplex, the cities of Rock Springs and Green River have offered up their support as well. Green River Mayor Pete Rust said he, Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar and County Commissioner Wally Johnson decided a unified approach, with the cities and county sending a unified message would help bring attention to the county. Rust said the city sent a letter to Gov. Matt Mead supporting the project. “I think it’s hugely important in reg...

  • Plea changed in forgery case

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    A Green River woman who pleaded guilty to one charge of falsifying bacteriological reports sent to the Environmental Protection Agency will be sentenced at a later date. Margaret R. Jones appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at a change of plea to five felony forgery counts. These counts comes from five separate incidents. According to court documents, in April of 2014 a Sweetwater County Sheriff’s deputy met with Tara Donn with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Donn told the officer there was an investi...

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  • Mr. Kolb goes to Washington

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    Seeking to represent the county and state, Commissioner John Kolb attended a policy convention in Washington, D.C., in late February. The convention was hosted by the National Association of County Officials. Kolb believes the expenditure was well worth it to the county, noting that the trip cost him more in family time and lost income than the amount charged to the county. According to receipts released by the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office, Kolb charged $3,971.73 to the county for airfare, meals, hotel accommodations, a rental car and r...

  • William "Vern" Van Matre

    Apr 8, 2015

    William “Vern” Van Matre, 68, of Green River passed away April 3, 2015 at the Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City of pancreatic cancer. Following cremation, military graveside services and inurnment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Green River at a later date.... Full story

  • Randall Ernest Osier

    Apr 8, 2015

    Randall Ernest Osier, 66, of Rock Springs passed away at his home April 2, 2015. A resident of Rock Springs since 2000 and former resident of Elko, Nev., Osier passed away following a brief illness. He was born on Dec. 24, 1948 in Butte, Mont., the son of Ernest Osier and Delores Ibson Osier. Osier attended schools in Butte, Mont. and graduated from Butte High School with the class of 1966. He married Dina Wise in Elko, Nev. on Jan. 21, 1998. Osier served in the United States Army. He worked as the manager of Wyoming Casing until his... Full story

  • James Joseph "Jim" Beveridge

    Apr 8, 2015

    James Joseph "Jim" Beveridge passed away April 4, 2015 at the Deseret Health and Rehab Center in Rock Springs. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Nebraska, Beveridge passed away following a lengthy illness. He was born on Nov. 8, 1939 in North Platte, Neb., the son of James T. Beveridge and Macelle Ward Beveridge. Beveridge attended schools in North Platte, Neb. and graduated high school there. He was active in his church and Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout and God... Full story

  • Kimberly Anne Sherrod

    Apr 8, 2015

    Kimberly Anne Sherrod, 45, of Green River died March 28, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County after a sudden illness. She was born April 25, 1969 in West Covina, Calif., the daughter of Harry Lenski Jr. and Barbara Anne Premsey Lenski. She attended schools in California and graduated from La Serna High School in Whittier, Calif. with the class of 1987. She received her nursing degree and worked as a nurse for 15 years. She married Kirk Allen Sherrod on Oct. 5,1991 in Bullhead City,... Full story

  • Timothy James Kozlowski

    Apr 8, 2015

    Timothy James Kozlowski, 51, of Green River passed away April 7, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs. A resident of Green River for the past three and a half and former resident of Kalamazoo, Mich., Kozlowski passed away suddenly. He was born on Feb. 15, 1964 in Laporte, Ind., the son of James Norman Kozlowski and Carol Linda Stesiak. Kozlowski attended schools in Hoffman Estates, Ill. and graduated from Fremd High School with the class of 1982. He also attended... Full story

  • Our View: Questioning closed doors

    Apr 8, 2015

    Let’s get one thing out of the way, executive sessions are vital to government operations. An executive session is a legal method of keeping discussion secret, allowing elected officials to meet behind closed doors in very specific circumstances. While on the surface it would seem that any governing body utilizing one is acting secretively and outside of the public’s interest, we’ll admit there are instances the public shouldn’t have complete transparency as it can directly have an adverse effect on the public’s business. For example,...

  • The power of poetry

    Jacquie Kramer, Sweetwater County Library System|Apr 8, 2015

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is one of my favorite lines of poetry. Mary Oliver ends her poem, “The Summer Day,” with this question. The bulk of the poem meditates upon a moment of a grasshopper’s life. The beauty of poetry, I think, is its ability to take ordinary things and use them to push you to examine yourself, your actions, your life. April is National Poetry month. Millions of teachers, students, librarians, booksellers, publishers, bloggers, authors, and poets take part in this cele...

  • Notes from Town Square: Green Belt is a treasure

    Kristine Lessard, Parks and Recreation Dept.|Apr 8, 2015

    Spring – a time of year when the earth tilts closer to the sun, and thus comes the opportunity to get outside, take a walk, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. The City of Green River is home to more than 12 miles of connector trails that include the Greenbelt Trail System, which meanders alongside the banks of the Green River. The idea of a greenbelt pathway was first conceived in the 1970s, but didn’t come into fruition until a group of dedicated volunteers serving on the Green River Parks and Recreation Advisory Board moved it for...

  • Reliving some youthful, insane nonsense

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 8, 2015

    Here is yet another column that begins with me at the grocery store. I’m pretty sure that I should just hire someone to go grocery shopping for me to avoid all the unnecessary shenanigans, but if it gives me stuff to write about, then it’s probably worth it. I was walking out of the store when I saw a guy going to get a cart when he was almost run into by somebody else with a cart. The man did not take it well. He turned red, shook his head and spent the next few seconds cursing about how nob...

  • Please, just put down your cellphone

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    When I am not focused, or a better word for it while shopping might be distracted, I do try to look around and see the world. Recently, I have noticed a change or maybe I have just been too distracted by my children that this change may have occurred a while ago; and I am just not catching up with the rest of the world and noticing it. I am not sure if I like what I see. All I have been seeing recently is people constantly attached to their phones. I think I can even say it might be turning...

  • Kids enjoy Easter carnival at center

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center was packed Friday morning with children of all ages attending the center's carnival. Those who wanted to attend had to park on Uinta Drive and walk to the facility. Inside, children and their parents were busy going from activity to activity. Some of the games children played were fishing, bean bags and ring toss. For the fishing game, children held a fishing pole and threw their line over the top of a sheet. Behind the sheet someone put a prize or...

  • Hospital seeks county bond approval

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    With its eyes firmly set on bringing an ambulatory surgery center to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, the hospital’s board of trustees presented their proposal to the Sweetwater County commissioners Tuesday. The commissioners are needed to sign off on the use of revenue bonds, which the hospital seeks to use in paying for the $40 million project because the county owns MHSC. Irene Richardson, chief financial officer for the hospital, said taxpayers would not be affected by a potential b...

  • SNAAG continues to net alleged criminals

    David Martin, Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    Late last week, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Green River and Rock Springs police departments, arrested three people in Green River on drug charges. That same week, the sheriff’s office helped capture a Rock Springs woman in Colorado who was wanted on a felony theft charge. Both incidents were handled by the sheriff’s office newly-formed SNAAG unit. SNAAG, the Sheriff’s Narcotics and Arrest Group, has had a busy month working warrants and drug investi...

  • Volunteers recognized

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Apr 8, 2015

    Golden Hour Senior Center volunteers were publicly recognized Thursday morning through an awards ceremony and luncheon. A total of 134 volunteers were recognized at the ceremony. Many were unable to attend, but they will still receive a plaque from center. GHSC executive director Beth Whitman said April is National Volunteer Month; and in the spirit of that, she and the rest of the employees of the GHSC wanted to show the volunteers just how much they appreciated their volunteers. "You're a...

  • Libraries to celebrate National Library Week

    Staff Report|Apr 8, 2015

    Think about all the things one can do with their library card. Residents can check out books, check out movies and music, and access digital items such as eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies and databases. Libraries also have educational programs for people of all ages, from Toddler Time and Story Time for our youngest community members, to nutrition programs and humanities programs for adults. The possibilities libraries make available are truly unlimited. That’s why the theme for this year’s National Library Week is Unlimited Pos...

  • Births

    Apr 8, 2015

    Blaire Elizabeth Timmons Philip and Morgan Timmons of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Blaire Elizabeth Timmons. She was born March 28, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Kennedy Isabel Teigen Chris and April Teigen of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Kennedy Isabel Teigen. She was born March 28, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Gentry Leigh Richins Derek and Jessica Richins of Rock Springs recently announced the birth of their daughter Gentry Leigh Richins....

  • Throwers spark Wolves to strong finish

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 8, 2015

    The Green River High School track team had some strong individual performances at the Alpha Invite Track Meet last Thursday and Friday in Orem, Utah. Head coach Steve Boyd said they were on spring break so they didn't have a full team, but it was a true twilight meet and the kids got the opportunity to run under the lights. "Which was a neat experience for them. We rarely get the opportunity to run under the lights," Boyd said. Senior Dylan Rust took first in the discus with a personal best and...

  • Green River soccer travel to battle rivals

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 8, 2015

    The Green River High School boys and girls soccer teams will look to get back to winning ways tomorrow afternoon at Wolves Stadium. After opening the season with 4A West Conference victories in Evanston, both teams dropped their last two games at a Jamboree March 28 in Casper. The Lady Wolves (2-2, 1-0 4A West) will open the doubleheader at 3 p.m. against a resurgent Rock Springs team who has opened the season 3-1 and also picked up a 4A West victory over Evanston. Just four games into the...

  • Green River resident receives prestigious honor

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Apr 8, 2015

    When Cory Hintz joined the Green River Grapplers wrestling team, it was the start of an amazing career that included a great deal of success at both the high school and collegiate levels. The Green River resident was recently recognized for his tremendous accomplishments when he was named to the 2015 Class of the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Hintz said his longtime friend and current Western Wyoming Community College wrestling coach Art Castillo nominated him for...

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