Articles from the November 18, 2015 edition


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  • Wolves fall at state championship

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    The road to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie was a long one for Green River High School's football team, but it didn't end with a state title. The Wolves fell 31-15 to the Star Valley Braves Friday afternoon in a contest where Green River was out matched early on. Green River would remain scoreless throughout much of the game, posting 15 points in the final quarter off of two touchdowns, an extra point and a two-point conversion. The Braves came out in force at the start of the game, quickly scor...

  • Middle school swimmers win in Rawlins

    Staff Report|Nov 18, 2015

    The Green River Middle School Swimming and Diving Team continued their winning ways after taking first at a competition in Rawlins. The team dominated a number of events throughout the course of the meet. The team of Cherlann Moritz, Kinley Cochrane, Lauren Jensen and Sydni Sanders took first in the 200-yard medley relay while the team of Ce'Nedra Hooley, Emily Reyes, Kathryn O'Toole and Lauren Lee took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Moritz also won the 200-yard freestyle while Jensen...

  • Center prepares for season of giving

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Golden Hour Senior Center is already making preparations for its annual Thanksgiving dinner. This dinner may take place a week early, but the meaning is still the same — it’s a time for family and friends to get together around a nice dinner and give thanks for what they have. GHSC activities coordinator Megan Brown said the dinner, which takes place Thursday, will cost $8 per person; and is open to the public. She said anyone, any age, is wel...

  • Drama students prepare for state

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    Practice makes perfect. At least, that is what the Green River High School theater students are hoping is true. In an effort to prepare for their upcoming state drama competitions, the GRHS thespians are hosting a public showcase of their state entries. The Wyoming Educators of Secondary Theatre will host state drama Dec. 3-5. That may seem far away, but in reality it is only a couple weeks away. In order to prepare for the annual event, which has taken place since 1972, the GRHS thespians will...

  • A lot of experience gained at tournament

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    The novice members of the Green River High School Speech and Debate team had a chance to show off their skills during a novice-only tournament. During the novice tournament, which took place at Cheyenne South, individual ribbons are given out, head coach Carina Stulken said. “There is no sweepstakes at a novice tournament; the novice tournaments are intended to teach novices so they can learn and grow,” Stulken said. “The novice season is about teaching and as we move into the regular seaso...

  • New GR pastor comes with educational background

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 18, 2015

    Pastor Jeff Chappell is a breath of fresh air for the congregation of the Green River Bible Baptist Church and Christian Academy, after being without a pastor for much of 2015. Chappell brings an added bonus to the community with his combined religious and education background. Chappell taught fourth grade for six years at a private Christian school at his previous home in North Carolina. In 2013, Chappell moved to Salina, Utah, with his wife Julie and four children, where he volunteered as the...

  • CFAC class set for Friday

    Nov 18, 2015

    On Friday local jewelry maker Jennifer Messer is offering a class in creating a "Holiday Lights Bracelet" at the Community Fines Arts Center. Students will use basic jewelry making techniques to craft charms that look like tiny light-bulbs to hang from a slim bracelet. The completed pieces will be delicate, but also be ready for students to continue to add on charms in the future if they like. "This bracelet is so pretty and light," Messer said. "It is festive without being obviously a...

  • U.S. Senator needs an intern

    Nov 18, 2015

    U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging students and graduates from all backgrounds to apply for a spring internship in his Washington, D.C. office. The deadline for applications is Friday. “An internship in my office is rich with opportunity and provides students with firsthand knowledge and experience,” Enzi said. “Interns are an important part of the office. They also have the chance to meet some remarkable people, work on projects and experience the dynamic of living in Washington, D.C.” The internships, which include hands-o...

  • Monroe Intermediate School Honor Roll

    Nov 18, 2015

    Monroe Intermediate School recently released its first-quarter honor roll. Those making the fifth-grade honor roll are Konnor Adam, Alexa Alatorre, Shanaya Allen, Ezeekeil Allison, Heather Allison, Logan Allison, Celi Andrews, Korbin Arnell, Hayden Arvig, Jacee Avery, Destiny Barrett, Kyler Bartlett, Katelin Beck, Amy Bernard, Lani Jo Blaylock, Travis Brady, Keagan Braithwaite, Moriah Brice, Eliza Burgess, Trenten Butcher, Aris Calzada, Jennifer Carrizales, Shelby Carson, Natalia Chavero, Braxton Clissold, Eric Comer, Braxton Cordova, Colter...

  • Jason Alan Harmon

    Nov 18, 2015

    Funeral service for Jason Alan Harmon, 31, took place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheatland High School Gym in Wheatland with Bishop Paul May conducting the service. Graveside service will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, at Riverside Cemetery in Green River. Jason Harmon passed away Nov. 14, 2015, near Chugwater from an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 10, 1984, in Ogden, Utah, the son of Alma K. and Laurel A. (Grigg) Harmon. Arrangements are under the direction of Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland. Condolences may be left f... Full story

  • Phoebe May Snyder

    Nov 18, 2015

    Phoebe May Snyder, 82, of Bentonville, Ark., died Nov. 11, 2015. She was born March 20, 1933, in Clearfield, Pa. a daughter of the late John Sr. and Anna (Kanouff) Lansberry. Religion was a large part of her life as she always prayed for others and would often take children to church. Snyder also enjoyed cake decorating and was an accomplished cook. She is survived by two children, daughter, Rhonda Lee Snyder of Bentonville, Ark., and Seldon Wilsdale Snyder Jr. and partner Nicole LeMaster of... Full story

  • Jonathan Lewis "Jonny" Shurtleff

    Nov 18, 2015

    Jonathan Lewis "Jonny" Shurtleff, 81, of Lyman, passed away Nov. 12, 2015, at the Evanston Regional Hospital, following a brief illness. Jonny was born on Nov. 18, 1933, in Mountain View, Wyoming, the son of Homesteaders Wallace Vincent and Mary (Erickson) Shurtleff. He attended schools in Millburne and Mountain View and obtained a GED from the Bridger Valley Community Education Center. He began his employment at Union Pacific Railroad, followed by Allied Chemical and retired from his dream posi... Full story

  • John Charles Ruckman

    Nov 18, 2015

    John Charles Ruckman, 86, passed away Nov. 9, 2015, at Deer Trail Assisted Living. A resident of Albuquerque, N.M., Ruckman passed away following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Bridger, Mont., the son of Carl D. Ruckman and Lois N. Simpson. Ruckman graduated from Cody High School in 1947. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served for 28 years, in two wars: Korea and Vietnam. After his retirement from the military in 1975, he received his nursing... Full story

  • Rosana Elisa Romero

    Nov 18, 2015

    Rosana Elisa Romero, 96, of Rock Springs passed away Nov. 13, 2015, at her home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Rancho de Taos, N.M., Romero died suddenly. She was born on Jan. 3, 1919, in Taos, N.M., the daughter of Teofilo Mondragon and Estefana Cordoba. Romero attended schools in Taos, N.M. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community. Her interests included playing bingo and spending time with her entire family. She married Jose T. "Tim" Romero on Oct. 12, 1... Full story

  • Billy "Bill" Joe Purviance

    Nov 18, 2015

    Billy "Bill" Joe Purviance, 54, of Rock Springs, passed away on Nov. 15, 2015, at his home. Purviance was a longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Nebraska. He was born on July 9, 1961, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the son of Jerry Jerome Purviance and Dorothy Ann Parker. Purviance attended schools in Morrill, Neb., and graduated from Morrill High School with the class of 1980. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Black Butte Coal for over 12 years. Purviance was an avid... Full story

  • James R. Hawkins

    Nov 18, 2015

    On Nov. 14, 2015, at 12:15 p.m. James R. Hawkins passed away. On April 18, 1940, Hawkins was born to Rector and Thelma Ann (Dame) Hawkins near Sesser, Ill. He was raised in southern Illinois and graduated in 1958 from Benton Community High School. He was raised on a farm and continued his farming career at Old Ben Coal. In 1980, he moved to Green River where he continued his career working in the trona mines at Tenneco Minerals which later became Solvay Minerals. He retired from Solvay in Februa... Full story

  • Brandon Michael Freeze

    Nov 18, 2015

    Brandon Michael Freeze, 30, of Rock Springs passed away on Nov. 11, 2015, from a stroke. He was born in Ogden, Utah, on Feb. 19, 1985, the son of Michael Freeze and Terrie Tomich Freeze. Freeze attended schools in Rock Springs and received his GED in 2003. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Terry Pitt Construction. His interests included spending time with his family, especially his children, hunting, fishing, working on vehicles, music, the outdoors and in general loved life.... Full story

  • Library has more than books to offer

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    One is never too young to visit the library. After a Monday toddler time, a program designed for children 0-2 years old, the children made their way out of the multipurpose room toward the books. In most cases, the mothers picked out books while their children played in the Legos, tents, or trains set up in the youth services area of the library. Becky Iwen, Sweetwater County Library youth services manager, said there is a nation-wide campaign by the American Library Association encouraging...

  • State faces difficult session

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    A Green River legislator expects a difficult budget session in February. Rep. Stan Blake, D-Green River, said budgetary problems the state is reacting to will make the session more difficult, as legislators for the past 10 years have worked with budgetary surpluses. “There will be people who don’t want to touch the ‘rainy day’ fund and do cuts,” Blake said. Budgetary shortfalls are being anticipated throughout the state as funds in mineral production, mostly in the oil and gas industrie...

  • County OKs fuel storage for distillery

    David Martin, Editor|Nov 18, 2015

    A conditional use permit to store fuels for an oil distillery near Reliance was unanimously approved Tuesday after public comment opposing the facility was read to the Sweetwater County Commissioners. The distillery will be located close to B&R Trailer Park operated by Regency of Wyoming, who opposes the distillery’s construction. The zoning for the facility supports heavy industrial, though a portion of the trailer court is located within a few hundred feet of the property boundary. The c...

  • Lift station will be replaced

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 18, 2015

    Residents living in the Hutton Heights mobile homes will see some mid-winter construction, starting in January. The construction is due to the replacement of the city’s water lift station located in Hutton Heights. “It’s in desperate conditions,” City Engineer Mark Westenskow said. The station lifts water to the houses in Hutton Heights and to a portion of the Hutton Heights shopping center. Westenskow said plans will be discussed with residents of the area before construction starts. The cit...

  • Reservoir work 40 percent done

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 18, 2015

    Green River residents who live on the west side of Mansface Mountain near Telephone Canyon have noticed major construction going on near their homes. Word of the construction has spread among the neighborhood, as well as a layer of dust on their houses, lawns and cars. The ongoing construction on the outskirts of the Green River neighborhood is due to the excavation, construction and building of The Raw Water Reservoir. The reservoir will be located at the mouth of Telephone Canyon, across from...

  • The agony of defeat

    Nov 18, 2015

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  • Brian "Bubba" Green

    Nov 18, 2015

    Brian “Bubba” Green died unexpectedly on Nov. 16, 2015, at the age of 45. Brian is survived by his parents, Rodney and Jackie Green of Green River; wife Shelley Green of Afton; children, Ali Green, Jamee Green and Sierra Green of Evanston; siblings, Melodie (Shawn) Davis of Laramie, and Kellie (Jim Sinnett) Owens of Lyman, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Brian is preceded in death by grandparents Garth and Alice Green, James and Betty Gray, and little brother Lucky the dog. Brian was born April 1, 1970, in Salt Lake Cit... Full story

  • New fence built for Chamber's new sign

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Nov 18, 2015

    Green River residents may have noticed a new sign at the entrance to town at the intersection of Uinta Drive and Flaming Gorge Way, and may have noticed the fence along Flaming Gorge Way by the intersection was recently moved to better expose the new sign. The Green River Chamber of Commerce recently acquired a new digital sign to replace the outdated sign that was located by the chamber building, which will be removed in the next few months. Green River Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Re...

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