Articles from the November 11, 2015 edition


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  • City still working on depot

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    While the Green River City Council did vote to move money in the U.P. Depot renovation fund for use towards a shooting range at the Green River Police Department, the city is still committed to the project. City Administrator Reed Clevenger said a survey of the building was completed two weeks ago and the city still intends to complete asbestos and hazardous materials abatement. However, the city now seeks to seal the building and protect it from further damage and decay. Clevenger said the...

  • GRHS mulls over virtual training

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    Special services students at Green River High School may have the chance to receive training on industrial equipment in the future. The district’s special services department is looking at purchasing virtual training modules capable of training students on commonly-used heavy equipment used in the county. Alan Demaret, special services director for the school district, said while the modules would initially be available only to students with mental or physical disabilities, they could u...

  • Fire department called to roof fire Friday afternoon

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    Pat White made an urgent phone call Friday afternoon, to notify the Green River Fire Department of smoke coming out of her neighbor's Tom and Paula Wall's house across the street. White said she first noticed the smoke when she looked outside to see why her neighbor's dogs were barking. The dogs were inside of the neighbor's house, the neighbors away to lunch. She called right away. "They're like family for me. I'd do anything for them," White said. The Green River Fire Department arrived on sce...

  • Veterans remember their service

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    They approach each other like longtime friends, both young and old. A smile, a firm handshake or a warm hug, then words of gratitude are solemnly spoken. “Thank you for your service.” Green River has a long history of its residents serving their country. Their motivations vary from person to person, and while some served in peaceful time or away from the front line, others were literally laying their lives on the line in defense of their country. Veterans gathered at the Golden Hour Senior Cente...

  • Our View: Cheer on our Green River Wolves

    Nov 11, 2015

    Normally, on this portion of the Opinion Pages, we chose a topic to write about in an attempt to weigh-in on an issue and sometimes explain what we think the best course of action is to deal with that issue. There are a huge number of subjects for us to broach too. A few ideas we’ve had kicking around include local housing, the U.P. Depot, community involvement and how the city should have planned how to pay for the water-treatment facility years ago. But, we figure those thoughts can wait a week. Instead, what we want to do is urge Green R...

  • Small steps have a big impact on early literacy

    Becky Iwen, Sweetwater County Library System|Nov 11, 2015

    According to the American Library Association, in the past 20 years, numerous studies have exposed a startling truth: by the time children from low-income families reach the age four, they will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers. This word gap has a profound influence on a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life. The Sweetwater County Library is joining libraries and partner organizations across the country to help bridge this word gap with a new initiative: Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, R...

  • Notes from Town Square: GR's Expedition Island

    Kristine Lessard, Parks and Recreation Dept.|Nov 11, 2015

    Expedition Island - A National Historic Landmark in the heart of Green River. One might ask, what does it mean to be recognized as a National Registered Historic Landmark? To be listed the site must possess an exceptional value in commemorating a part of history to the United States. The Island obtained this status a mere 100 years after the famed river expeditions of John Wesley Powell in 1869 and again in 1871. Powell, a U.S. Army Major in the Civil War, launched his 1869 river adventure in May; Wyoming was not declared a territory until...

  • The greenlight movement

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    The GreenLight A Vet campaign is something I never heard of until this year. I was watching my stories on the television, when a commercial came on about lighting a green light on Veterans Day to show veterans support. I didn’t quite understand the whole concept, so I searched for more information on it on the Internet. While on the website www.greenlightvet.com, I found out more about the cause. U.S. citizens are encouraged to change one of their lights to green in a visible location, such a...

  • Where did all the movie listings go?

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    A man just walked in the office asking about why the local movie theatre listings are not in the newspaper. Truth is, we’d love to see the movie theatre listings back in the newspaper just as much as anyone else. Perhaps the movie theatre just assumes we all happily do an internet search for movie listings every time we’d like to go out to a movie, and such is not the case. Of course, unless we want to make the drive to the movie theatre or search for the movie theatre’s phone number to call. Ou...

  • The 'Cadillac Tax' brings more costs, less value to your health insurance

    Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service|Nov 11, 2015

    More health insurance upheaval is coming your way. The value of your health insurance is shrinking, and you may be paying more for less this year and in years to come. Perhaps your employer has taken away the choice of plans with large provider networks and instead is offering those with a much narrower selection of doctors and hospitals. Some companies are enticing workers with lower premiums if they leave preferred provider organizations (PPOs), which let them use any provider, and choose health savings accounts. These are tax-advantaged...

  • Ima Jean Staton Hart

    Nov 11, 2015

    Ima Jean Staton Hart passed away Nov. 2, 2015, at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Sheridan, following a brief illness. Jean was born Sept. 21,1925, in Henning, Ill, to Glenan H. and Ethel M. Cash Staton. She was raised in Henning until the age 13, when the family moved to Fairfield, Ill., where she graduated from high school in 1943. Following graduation, Jean was a secretary for Wayne-White County Electric Cooperative in Fairfield for three years. She married her high school sweetheart,...

  • Geraldine Mae Kallas

    Nov 11, 2015

    Geraldine Mae Kallas, 91, of Rock Springs passed away Nov. 10, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Kallas passed away following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 30, 1924 in Fort Collins, Colo., the daughter of Luther Francis McNalley and Maude Frances Maxwell. Kallas attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1943. She married Jack Kallas in Laramie in 1946 and he preceded her in death in...

  • Mary Madison

    Nov 11, 2015

    Mary Madison, 70, of Rock Springs, passed away Nov. 6, 2015 at her home. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Madison passed away following a brief illness. She was born on May 31, 1945 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Tony S. Evanoff, Sr. and Hester V. Musgrove. Madison attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School. She married Floyd Madison in Pinedale, Nov. 4, 1966 and he preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 2012. Madison worked as head cook for the Rock Springs...

  • Kathleen Elaine Suftko

    Nov 11, 2015

    Kathleen Elaine Suftko, 44, of Rock Springs, passed away Nov. 3, 2015 at her home. A long time resident of Rock Springs, Suftko died following a lengthy illness. She was born on June 11, 1971 in Chicago, the daughter of the late William and Wanda Suftko. Suftko attended schools in Phoenix. She had been employed as a desk clerk at Days Inn. Her interests included spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching movies and getting manicures and pedicures. Survivors include her fianc...

  • Luangyong "Pon" Wooden

    Nov 11, 2015

    Luangyong "Pon" Wooden, 78, of Rock Springs passed away Nov. 8, 2015 at her home. She had been a longtime resident of Rock Springs. She was born on June 24, 1937 in Bangkok, Thailand. Wooden attended schools in Thailand. She married James Richard Wooden in Nakhon Ratchsima, Thailand on Nov. 24, 1971. Wooden was of the Buddist faith. Her interests included bingo where she met many friends. She enjoyed taking care of her family especially her grandchildren and keeping her home meticulously clean....

  • Joseph Henry "Bevo" Bertagnolli

    Nov 11, 2015

    Joseph Henry "Bevo" Bertagnolli, 76, of Cora, passed away Nov. 7, 2015 at his home. A long time resident of Cora and former long time resident of Rock Springs, Bertagnolli passed away following a lengthy illness. He was born on Aug. 11, 1939 in Rock Springs, the son of the late Edward R. Bertagnolli and Emma J. Katich Bertagnolli. Bertagnolli attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1958 graduate of the Rock Springs High School. He also attended the Carbon College in Price, Utah. He was a...

  • Investigation leads to prostitution arrests

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    A tip from the Wyoming Highway Patrol led to a prostitution bust at the Motel 6 in Rock Springs last week. Five people were arrested in the Nov. 3 bust. Katrina Ross, 30, of Las Vegas was arrested for allegedly committing acts of prostitution, a misdemeanor offense. Davinvi Dupree, 31, of Las Vegas, was arrested for allegedly promoting prostitution, also a misdemeanor offense. Rock Springs residents Robert William Henderson, 44, and Nicholas Matthew Suhr, 22, as well as Green River resident...

  • City police equipped with new body cameras

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    With the recent stream of negative police publicity plaguing the nation, the question of how the incidences happening around the country may be effecting the Green River Police Department comes to mind. Interaction between the public and the Green River police force has not turned for the worse, as frequent national news stories depict across the nation. “I think our officers contacts with residents is about the same, as far as that goes, it’s been pretty much consistent,” GRPD public relations...

  • Wolves advance to final showdown

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    The Wolves ended the Jackson Hole Broncs' dreams of an undefeated season and a state championship Friday night. The Wolves, walking into William T. McIntosh Stadium with a 5-4 record and No. 3 seed in the playoffs, had already lost to Jackson once in an earlier meeting between the two. Jackson, on the other hand, was coming off of a 44-21 win against Riverton at McIntosh Stadium and prepared to host the Wolves a second time. Head coach Don Maggi said he was confident the Wolves would win in...

  • Middle school swimmers win area meets

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2015

    The Green River Girls Middle School team took first in two competitions last week. Their opening meet, which took place in Lyman, resulted in the girls taking the meet with a score of 213 to Lyman’s 101. A second, larger meet at Jackson Hole Middle School, also ended with a victory for Green River. The team earned 353 points in Jackson, nearly 100 more than JHMS and 220 points more than third-place finisher Pinedale Middle School. The Jackson meet also resulted in some fast times for Green River swimmers. Sydni Sanders took first in the 1...

  • Volleyball wraps up season in Casper

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 11, 2015

    While the season ended in a way the Green River High School Volleyball team didn’t want, they left Casper with a few accolades and a strong base for the next season. Going into the state tournament, Green River, seeded fourth in the west, was pitted against the first seed Cheyenne East team from the eastern half of the state in a Thursday afternoon match. Green River ultimately fell to East in three sets, which sent the Wolves to the losers’ bracket and a match against Sheridan. While the Wol...

  • Pokes fall to Ft. Lewis

    Nov 11, 2015

    After trailing by nine with five minutes left, the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team rallied to take Fort Lewis to overtime, but fell, 77-69, in the extra period in an exhibition contest on Saturday night in the Arena-Auditorium. Senior guard Josh Adams paced the Pokes with 18 points, but did not play the majority of the second half. “I thought Fort Lewis really shot the ball well in critical situations and they have six seniors that have won a lot of games,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “On the other side, I really have to comp...

  • Santa leads the way

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    The 25th annual motorcycle toy run was Sunday. Motorcyclists from the Flaming Gorge Harley-Davidson, Vietnam Vets, Legacy Vets M.C. and independent motorcyclists delivered about 1,000 toys to the Rock Springs Fire Station No. 1. The variety of toys delivered includes games, monster trucks, match boxes, footballs, action figures, Legos, and more. "We've got quite a variety here," Fire Chief Jim Wamsley said. Wamsley said the amount of toys delivered by the motorcycle toy run was impressive. The...

  • GRHS speech and debate team finishes 2nd

    Stephanie Thompson, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    The nationally-ranked Green River High School Speech and Debate team came home with a second-place finish this past weekend. The team may have not had enough time to practice and were missing quite a few varsity team members, but that did not stop them from taking second out of 16 teams competing at the Rock Springs Tournament. This speech and debate team currently has a national ranking of 99 out of 8,159 teams, and is first in both the state and its district. “We have only been practicing f...

  • Kids learn bus safety with Buster

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2015

    Harrison Elementary school children had the chance to learn about bus safety Tuesday, with Buster the Bus. Buster is a miniature bus that travels to elementary schools, teaching them about bus safety. Second graders at Harrison Elementary learned bus safety from Buster with some magic numbers. The magic numbers are numbers to remember when getting on and off the bus to stay safe. The first magic number is five, for how many minutes to arrive at the bus stop before the bus is scheduled to...

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