Articles from the May 6, 2015 edition


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  • FGD funding cut suggested

    David Martin, Editor|May 6, 2015

    Green River Councilman Ted Barney suggested defunding a $24,000 budget request from the Flaming Gorge Days Committee because of their alleged refusal to waive booth fees for the city’s Urban Renewal Agency. Prior to the official Council meeting, Council members discussed funding requests from community groups during a budget workshop. Barney made his suggestion, saying he wasn’t happy with the committee because of its decision. Saying he supports Flaming Gorge Days and realizes the importance the event has to Green River’s economy, however he b...

  • Struggle results in arrest

    David Martin, Editor|May 6, 2015

    A 19-year-old man was arrested after he and an unnamed passenger were involved in an escalating engagement with a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper outside of Green River. Ronnie Rake, 19, of Nice, Calif., was arrested Friday and plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of interference with a peace officer and speeding Monday in Judge John Prokos’ Circuit Court in Green River. Rake was sentenced to 19 days in the Sweetwater County Detention Center, with three days credit served. The trooper, identified as Richard Rhoades in the affidavit information, w...

  • Green River woman accused of defrauding welfare programs

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 6, 2015

    A Green River woman who is accused of collecting about $23,000 through alleged welfare fraud pleaded not guilty to a felony charge. Maria Magana appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at an arraignment to a felony charge of public welfare benefits fraud. If found guilty of this charge, Magana could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and maximum fine of $10,000. According to affidavit information, on May 17, 2012, the Department of Family Services Fraud and Recovery Unit received an anonymous letter which asked how M...

  • City seeks signage grant funding

    David Martin, Editor|May 6, 2015

    Residents and visitors alike may have an easier time navigating Green River if it receives a grant to help pay for the placement of directional signs throughout the city. Last night, the Green River City Council voted to apply for up to $25,000 from the Wyoming Business Council’s Business Ready Community Planning Grant. Signs and way finding in Green River isn’t a new issue. The problem with navigating to certain locations was identified in the city’s “Blue Canopy” study and action plan, as well as the city’s strategic plan originally...

  • Sen. Barrasso's monthly report: fracking and water

    John Barrasso, U.S. Senator|May 6, 2015

    In Wyoming, almost half of our land is controlled by the federal government. Regulations coming out of Washington have a huge impact on the people in our state. In April, we heard from Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Supervisor about the impact of federal hydraulic fracturing regulations. I also introduced two bills to protect the water rights of private property owners and to keep our waterways clean. New Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Waterways The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are once again overreaching and trying to expand the Cle...

  • The end of one road and the start of another

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|May 6, 2015

    The old saying goes that all good things have to come to an end. Over the past several years, I have loved my job at the Green River Star. It can be safe to say that you’ve found the right profession when you don’t mind coming to work. Do something you love, right? One of my favorite parts of the job has always been my weekly column where I hope I’ve made people laugh, think and even a little mad. So I figure that this column would be the perfect avenue for me to announce that after sever...

  • Preparing for my birds to leave the nest

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 6, 2015

    As I filled out the pages and pages of kindergarten registration forms for my oldest son, Matthew, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed. Not just for filling out the forms, while trying to keep my three-year-old son John, and Matthew entertained while filling them out, but overwhelmed that my oldest is going to be a kindergartener. I literally could feel my heart getting heavier. This feeling would only intensify for me a couple weeks later as I was registering John for preschool. ...

  • Our View: Snail mail is slowing more

    May 6, 2015

    There are times when an idea sounds good during its initial pitch, but absolutely fails in its implementation. Among thoughts too numerous to mention, it seems the U.S. Postal Service’s idea of consolidating its processing plants and shipping mail from southwest Wyoming to a plant in Salt Lake City was one that sounded good on paper, at least for now. So far, we can say the change has affected us and our ability to send papers outside Green River. For the past two weeks, our subscribers in Rock Springs haven’t received their print copies of the...

  • Green River Library has reworked teen section

    Mary Halterman, Sweetwater County Library System|May 6, 2015

    Flying saucer shaped easy chairs. Dual-purpose footrest/side tables. Noodle chairs. Ready to visit the made-over teen section at the Sweetwater County Library yet? Teens now have a comfortable and brightly colored place to work, read, chat, and hang out at the library. There have been many changes in the young adult section in the past few months, and we hope to see many more as the teen advisory boards get up and running. Teens are invited to come check out our dispenser of quotes, poems, and book recommendations. Anyone with an idea for a cat...

  • Notes from Town Square: Arbor Day and Tree City USA

    Kristine Lessard, Parks and Recreation Dept.|May 6, 2015

    Arbor Day; a day in which individuals, families, groups and communities are encouraged to plant trees, trees and more trees. Come join us in celebrating Arbor Day in Green River May 9 at Centennial Park, located at 160 West Flaming Gorge Way. The first Arbor Day took place in Nebraska April 10, 1872, orchestrated by Julius S. Morton; it is said that over a million trees were planted in Nebraska that year. Further yet, Julius set an example by the many plantings on his farm; planting trees for shade, wind breaks and even creating orchards. It...

  • Patrick W. Blaisdell

    May 6, 2015

    Patrick W. Blaisdell, 24 of Green River died May 1, 2015, suddenly at his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1990 in Rock Springs, the son of Bill Blaisdell and Wendy Barker Blaisdell. He attended schools in Rock Springs. He married Jasmine Robertson Feb. 17, 2014, in Rock Springs. His interests were fishing, shooting guns, playing softball and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife Jasmine Blaisdell of Green River; children Brennan, Breyannah and Braelynn, all of Green River; father...

  • Raquel M. Delgadillo

    May 6, 2015

    Raquel M. Delgadillo, 76, of Rock Springs passed away April 28, 2015, at her home. A resident of Rock Springs for the past eight years and former resident of Leon, Mexico, Delgadillo died following a sudden illness. She was born on Sept. 29, 1938 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, the daughter of the late Salvador Munoz and Andrea Padilla Munoz. Delgadillo attended school in Leon, Mexico. She married Arturo Delgadillo in Leon, Mexico on Oct. 4, 1959. Survivors include her husband Arturo Delgadillo of Rock Springs; four sons, Arturo Delgadillo Jr....

  • Phyllis Green

    May 6, 2015

    Phyllis Green, 79, of Rock Springs passed away April 29, 2015, at her home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of Superior and Springfield, Ill.; Green passed away following a brief illness. She was born in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of the late Edward Spisak and Esther Currie Spisak. Green attended schools in Springfield, Ill., and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy with the class of 1955. She married John Green in Springfield, Ill., and he preceded her in death in...

  • Tony A. Haselhuhn

    May 6, 2015

    Tony A. Haselhuhn, 39, of Green River passed away May 2, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A resident of Green River for the past 34 years, Haselhuhn died following a battle with cancer. He was born on De. 31, 1975 in Roger City, Mich., the son of Jeffrey and Brenda Dworek. Haselhuhn attended schools in Green River. He was employed at Brook Cliffs as a salesman. His interests included hunting, fishing, camping, photography and spending time with his children. He was a member of Duc...

  • Rolene Williams

    May 6, 2015

    Rolene Williams, 75, of Green River died April 30, 2015 at her home. She was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Price, Utah, the daughter of Rollen Robert Duke and Juanita Cowley Duke. She attended schools in Roosevelt, Utah, and graduated from Union High Roosevelt School with the class of 1957. She also attended the Barnes Business School. She married Robert R. Williams Aug. 1, 1958 in Oak Creek, Colo. They later divorced. Her interests were painting, going to the Golden Hour Senior Center, crafting,...

  • Cinderella receives laughs

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 6, 2015

    A tale of what can go wrong took the stage last week. Students from Lincoln Middle School performed "Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother" on Friday and Saturday night. Saturday night's performance was well attended and the audience laughed during the comedic play. This play was written by Ed Monk and is meant to be the story of what would happen if Cinderella had a substitute fairy godmother. The play starts with fairy godmothers planning a party. They were excited about it and...

  • School district hires new activities director

    May 6, 2015

    Sweetwater County School District No. 2 has a new activities director. Last week, the district announced it hired Anthony Ray Beardsley. He will take over for longtime Activities Director Tom Wilson, who is retiring this summer. Beardsley is currently the activities director at the Big Sky School District in Montana. He brings extensive experience to the position including the last four years in Big Sky, one year at Montana State University, and one year as an assistant athletic director at the University of Michigan. Prior to his stint as an...

  • Rightful home: GR sweeps Sweetwater Cup

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|May 6, 2015

    In their first matchup of the season against Rock Springs, the Green River High School girls soccer team was able to defeat their rivals by three goals. The second verse was same as the first. The Lady Wolves kept the Sweetwater Cup in their possession with a 4-1 road victory May 1 in Rock Springs. Green River came out of the gates early and got early goals from McKenzie Lucas who scored on a amazing floater and Taylor Stoeger who sent a kick with force to the back of the net. GRHS head coach...

  • Green River splits with rival, look to Casper matchups

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|May 6, 2015

    Despite a heartbreaking 3-2 loss last Thursday to rival Rock Springs, the Sweetwater Cup belongs to the Green River High School soccer team. After splitting the season series with the Tigers, the Wolves recaptured the cup with a higher number of total goals. Green River won the first game of the series 6-0 last month at home. “We are proud to have the Sweetwater Cup; it was not how we wanted it to go down, but we have regained it,” head coach Chris Bieber said. The Wolves had a 2-1 second half lead last week against Rock Springs, but two lat...

  • Rust shines, great week for GRHS Wolves track

    Staff Report|May 6, 2015

    After a month of dominating against the best in Utah, Green River High School’s Dylan Rust showed the State of Wyoming just how good he is. The senior was once again in top form at last weeks Wyoming Classic in Casper and walked away with a first-place finish in the discus with a throw of 175 feet and one inch. His throw was over ten feet more than the second-place finisher. Rust also finished third in the shot put at the prestigious event. Green River freshman Andri Dewey also continued to excel and finished third in the 400 meters. Juniors J...

  • Eagle Scout honors obtained

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 6, 2015

    When boys join the scouts, usually starting in the Cub Scouts, many have visions of becoming an Eagle Scout. Despite all of their efforts, most do not make it. For various reasons, including interests changing or joining other activities, the scouts usually move onto something else. Recently, Green River Boy Scout Troop 19 honored three of its scouts with Eagle Scout awards. One of those awards was given to Green River High School ninth-grade student Caleb Nathan. Nathan joined the Cub Scouts and has been a member of Troop 19 for the past four...

  • Helping the community

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 6, 2015

    An interest in outdoor activities led Braxton Davis to join the Cub Scouts. The 10th-grade student has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 19 for the past four years. Davis said he wanted to join the scouts, not just for all of the activities, but because he got to do a lot of outdoor stuff away from his mom and dad. Some of the activities Davis has participated in over the years include garbage clean ups, food drives, cementing banner poles and other fun activites. “My favorite projects were the o...

  • Giving to others in need

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|May 6, 2015

    Dedication and commitment were needed for Brennan Davis to obtain his Eagle Scout. Davis, a 10th-grade student, spent four years in Troop 19. Davis said he heard about the Boy Scouts through his church, which emphasized the importance of joining community groups. “My mom really helped me to decide to become a Cub Scout and progress towards my decision to continue to Boy Scout,” he said. Through the years Davis has participated in numerous projects, including the Scouting For Food Food Drive. He has also helped others complete their Eagle Sco...

  • Couple to wed

    May 6, 2015

    Jennilee Morgan of Gridley, Calif, formerly Green River and Joe Ruggirello of Gridley, Calif, recently announced their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride elect is the daughter of Owen Morgan of Green River and Diadra and Rob Cain of Gridley, Calif. Her grandparents are the late Joe Morgan, and Jean Morgan of Marysville, Calif., both former longtime residents of Green River. She has a bachelor's degree from Chico State University and will obtain her master's degree in psychology from...

  • Honor choir to perform

    May 6, 2015

    The Sweetwater County Children’s Honor Choir, sponsored by Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Education Services will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rock Springs Junior High Auditorium in Rock Springs, and at the annual ‘Trills & Thrills’ Regional Music Festival in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Members of the Choir are Aspen Arwood, London Beutel, Felicia Chambers, Savannah Cheney, Kaleb cheney, Trinity Chrisawn, Shelby Davis, Jadyn Fernandez, Sandra Figenser, Michael Guymon, Myles Harper, Kolby Jones, Jennifer Kerns, Kristin Lee, Mary McLar...

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