Articles from the December 10, 2014 edition

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  • Commissioners seek judgement

    Stephanie Thompson and Jack H. Smith, Staff Reporters|Dec 10, 2014

    When Rock Springs resident Randal "Doc" Wendling won two seats during the General Election, there was a lot of speculation going on about whether or not he could retain both seats. On Nov. 4, Wendling was elected to the Board of Commissioners of Sweetwater County and the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees. On Nov. 24, the Board of Commissioners of Sweetwater County filed a complaint in the Third District Court for declaratory judgement against Randal Wendling. The...

  • Sales permit revoked

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    After complaints from residents and police calls regarding salesmen, a door-to-door sales permit was revoked by the city’s community development department. Last week, the Green River Police Department responded to calls complaining about salesmen from Northwest Distribution Inc., a company based in Fort Collins, Colo., violating the Green River Ordinance. According to police reports, officers responded to reports of suspicious activity on Fir Street, Elm Street and Riverview Drive. People later identified as salesmen were reported to offer r...

  • To kill or to sterilize

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    During Tuesday night's workshop meeting, the Green River City Council was presented with three possible options it could pursue in dealing with the deer living in the city. One method the city could use involves shooting darts at female deer that have a temporary sterilizing agent loaded onto them. Police Chief and Interim City Administrator Chris Steffen said one of the benefits of darting deer is if the deer are darted twice, it doesn't harm them. Initially, he said deer would need to be shot...

  • Woman sentenced for drugging child

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    A Green River woman who admitted to drugging her infant grandchild with Ambien will serve time in prison. Lisa Ann Alexander recently appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at a sentencing hearing to one count of distribution to a person under 18. Under a plea agreement, Alexander pleaded guilty to one count of distribution to a person under 18, which focused on her distribution of Ambien to the grandchild. The other two felony counts, one charge of child abuse, and one count of distribution to a person under 18, were dism...

  • Our View: Green River Ordinance should spread

    Dec 10, 2014

    Last week, another door-to-door sales permit was revoked by the City of Green River and we couldn’t be more happier with that outcome. While many had initial fears that reworking the ordinance would lead to waves of salesmen skulking around neighborhoods in the pursuit of a commission, the language within the ordinance has done a great job in serving its purpose. Residents can chose who they can have come to their door but posting either a no soliciting sign or a no commercial soliciting sign while salesmen who don’t follow the rules lose the...

  • Technology doesn't trump old-school paper

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2014

    We live in a world, where technology has pretty much taken over everything. You cannot go anywhere without someone pulling out their phone to check Facebook or try to find a knockoff recipe from Olive Garden, while they are eating at Olive Garden. Even at sacred places like church, phones are everywhere. I guess now poor Dad who wanted to miss church so he could watch his beloved Green Bay Packers can actually watch his Packers from a pew. While he can’t have a nice cold beer, he can have a l...

  • Fairy tales resurge in popularity

    Pat Horn, Sweetwater County Library System|Dec 10, 2014

    Our youth winter reading program, “Reading is COOL!,” is underway throughout the Sweetwater County Library System. Kids of all ages are invited to sign up. For every 20 minutes a someone reads or is read to they can fill in a “snowball” on their reading log. When half of the circles are finished on the log sheet, bring it in to receive a prize. Another prize is awarded when the sheet is full. If it’s done before Jan. 31, pick up another log. And grownups, don’t feel left out. The adult winter reading program, “Reading is a HOOT!,” begin...

  • To self clean or not to self clean

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    Just before the holidays, I start to notice things around the house that are not as clean as they should be. I apparently do not notice these areas except when I realize the house is about to be visited by family. Although I do realize they are visiting to see us and not the house, I still cannot help trying to get the house cleaner than it normally is. Those of you who have ever had small children in the house know just how hard that can be. I will busily work my way through the house...

  • Sherie Ann Anderson

    Dec 10, 2014

    Sherie Ann Anderson, 64, of Green River died Dec. 2, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs. She was a lifelong resident of Green River. She was born March 7, 1950 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Harold Leslie Laughter and Ruth Rosetta Race Laughter. She attended school in Green River and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1968. She married David Lyle Anderson Jr. Oc. 5, 1968 in Green River. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS temple. Sh... Full story

  • Leotrice N. Lev

    Dec 10, 2014

    Leotrice N. Lev, 92, of Green River passed away Dec. 4 at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A longtime resident of Green River, Lev died following a brief illness. She was born on Sept. 10, 1922 in Graceville, Minn., the daughter of David D. Weins and Ella Louis Quade. Lev attended schools in Duluth, Minn. and was a 1940 graduate of Central High School. She graduated with a bachelor degree in music and math from Duluth State Teacher's College. She received a master's degree in special... Full story

  • Mary Louise Hernandez

    Dec 10, 2014

    Mary Louise Hernandez, 79, of Green River, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, peacefully at her home surrounded by family. She was born Sept. 14, 1935 in Maxwell, N.M., the daughter of Louie Sena and Lucy Sena. She married William Hernandez Sr. in Raton, N.M. She worked as a CNA for the senior center in Rock Springs for 20 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Green River. Her interests were her pets and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors... Full story

  • Katie L. Seiller

    Dec 10, 2014

    Katie L. Seiller, 62, of Green River, passed away Dec. 2, at the Mission at Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River. A longtime resident of Green River, Seiller died following a brief illness. She was born on Sept. 2, 1952 in Charlo, Mont., the daughter of the late Jerl and Ara Weber. Sieller attended schools in Charlo and was a 1970 graduate of the Charlo High School. She married Kelvin Seiller in St. Ignatious, Mont. on Jan. 15, 1972. Seiller was employed at FMC for 31 years and... Full story

  • Melva Ann Peternel

    Dec 10, 2014

    Melva Ann Peternel, 94, of Rock Springs passed away Dec. 8 at her home. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Peternel passed away following a brief illness. She was born on July 28, 1920 in Rock Springs, the daughter of the late George Arthur Soulsby and Martha Ann McQuillan. Peternel attended schools in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1938. She married Frank Peternel in Rock Springs on June 27, 1953 and he preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 2009.... Full story

  • Wanted: few good men and women

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    Some enjoy it for the adrenaline rush, while others enjoy doing something to help the community. Regardless of the reason, The Green River Volunteer Fire Department has always attracted gung-ho, community-minded people into its ranks. Currently, they’re seeking a couple more. The department is accepting applications from residents interested in joining the volunteer department and plans to host a basic level firefighter class in February or March. For Assistant Fire Chief Mike Liberty, he initially took the course because he thought it would he...

  • Gift certificates keep money local

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    While many gift givers might be tempted to buy a store-specific gift card or gift certificate for an online app store as a stocking stuffer, the local chambers of commerce are offering a program to keep that holiday gift money within Sweetwater County. The chamber gift certificates have been around for more than 20 years according to Rebecca Eusek, Green River Chamber of Commerce director. The certificates can be used at any business within the county, regardless of if the purchase is made at a small, locally owned business or a national...

  • Survey shows city divided on deer

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    Results of a deer survey issued by the city show the city is divided in regards to how it should approach the deer living in Green River. Police Chief and Interim City Administrator Chris Steffen said residents returned 1,064 surveys of a total 4,300 sent out in the September water bill. The survey contained five yes and no questions, while also giving residents a chance to voice their opinions about what should be done with the deer. According to the results, residents are split on a number of questions. The first, asking if deer are a...

  • Residents share opinions about deer in Green River

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    People speaking before the Green River City Council about the city’s resident deer herd were just as divided as the results from the city-issued deer survey results. Tuesday night, residents shared opinions ranging from living with the deer to culling and controlling the population in town. One of the residents who has made peace with the deer is Patsy Sorensen, who also sat on the city’s working group focused on the deer. A resident of the city for the past 30 years, Sorensen, like others talking to the council, said they didn’t initi...

  • Tis the season for Christmas programs

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    December is a time for family and friends to get together and for people to get into the holiday spirit. For many young students in Green River, it's also a time where they perform in front of their parents in the many Christmas programs hosted by the schools throughout Sweetwater County School District No. 2. Last week, students from Truman Elementary had their chance to perform at the Green River High School Auditorium. While their schoolmates performed on state, other classes spent their...

  • Bakery offers wide range of treats

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    From baked goods to dog treats, residents can find gift ideas and tasty treats at the Daily Knead bakery on Flaming Gorge Way. Having been open for the past four years, the bakery offers its customers baked goods made daily and is willing to take up special orders. Daily Knead’s Aaron Slaton said they do request at least one week between when the order is placed and when it’s needed and are willing to work with their customers. One of the biggest selling items the bakery produces are its dog treats. “It’s really just a crunchy peanut butter...

  • Volunteers needed to judge at GR tourney

    Stephanie Thompson, Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    The Green River High School Speech and Debate Team is hosting its tournament Friday and Saturday. Head coach Carina Stulken said residents are encouraged to volunteer as judges for the tournament, which will take place at the high school. Those who would like to act as judges do not need any prior qualifications. A judge’s table will be set up in the main hallway; and judges will quickly learn how to correctly fill out ballots and what to look for in each round. The team will need the most help during the semi-final rounds, which take place S...

  • Santa to visit

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    Once again, children of all ages will be in awe when the big man in red shows up Saturday. This year, residents will not have to worry about freezing in a long line to visit with Santa Claus because he will be inside the Sweetwater #2350 Fraternal Order of Eagles, 88 N. Second E. Excited boys and girls will have a chance to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1-3 p.m.Children are also encouraged to bring their lists to Santa; and be ready to answer whether or not they have been naughty or...

  • Familiar face for new position

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 10, 2014

    For more than four years, Becky Iwen has worked in the Sweetwater County Library's Youth Services Department. Now, she will take on a new role as she was recently named the library's new youth services manager. Iwen has always had a love for the library, which started when she was a child. "I've always had a real strong love of reading," she said. "Learning to read for me was really difficult. I was not a strong reader." Learning how to read was a real struggle for Iwen. Iwen, who was home...

  • Green River opens with Vernal

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2014

    It will be a tough test right out of the gates for the Green River High School wrestling team. The Wolves will start the 2014-15 season tomorrow night with a dual against Uintah (Utah) High School. Green River head coach Marshall Rhodes said the Vernal-based team has already been wrestling for about a month and their kids will probably have anywhere between eight and 12 matches under their belts. The Wolves started practice for this season Dec. 1. Rhodes said what he is pushing the first couple...

  • Girls starts with Star Valley

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2014

    For the first time in several years, the Green River High School girl’s basketball team will get the opportunity to open the season at home. The 2014-15 Lady Wolves will start their campaign Friday night at 5:30 p.m. against Star Valley. New head coach Aric Hanusa said it’s great to be opening the season at home and they are really looking for fan support. “I noticed that with our volleyball team, they made a run to state and a lot of that confidence was from from the fans and home crowd and knowing that people cared about them. I think that...

  • Pokes preview: Looking for road victory

    Jack H. Smith, Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2014

    The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team rebounded from their first loss of the year in impressive fashion with a 70-35 victory Sunday over Regis University. Things won’t get any easier for the Cowboys in their second road game of the season when they travel to play California (7-1) tonight at 9 p.m. In their first road game of the season last Friday, Wyoming (8-1) was defeated by SMU, 66-53. The Cal Bears come into the game with four players averaging in double figures, led by Tyrone Wallace who averages 19 points and 8.9 rebounds per...

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