Articles from the December 12, 2018 edition


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  • VFW sends Christmas cheer

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    Snacks, newspapers, hats, Christmas cards and more were stuffed into the care packages. Whatever could fit, went in and was sent to troops overseas Tuesday afternoon by volunteers from VFW Post 2312. According to Jim Shoemaker, Commander of the post, the VFW sent 125 boxes to servicemen all over the world. Shoemaker said any serviceman not stationed in the continental United States were eligible to receive a care package, saying some of the boxes were sent to locations in Hawaii and Alaska....

  • Wilson enters guilty plea

    David Martin|Dec 12, 2018

    Green River City Councilman Allan Wilson entered a guilty plea to sexual abuse Monday morning. Wilson was scheduled for a motion hearing Monday at 11 a.m., but the hearing became a change of plea hearing. Wilson plead guilty to the charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. The other charges against him will be dismissed at disposition. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered Monday and will be completed in approximately three months. The disposition will occur afterward.He will...

  • Home threatened by ice jam

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    As the water and ice started to pour onto the property, the owner just looked on in terror. Not knowing what do or who to call, he just stood there shocked and wondering if he and his wife would lose their home. The nightmare for Jamestown residents Susie and Todd Heslep started Thursday afternoon when the Green River started having an ice jam. This jam pushed water and ice onto their property engulfing the septic system and leach pond and coming within several feet of their house. “The ice j...

  • River ice jam cannot be removed

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    The Sweetwater County Emergency Management Agency can’t blow up ice jams in the Green River even if a home is being threatened. Jamestown residents Todd and Susie Heslep called emergency management hoping they would break up the ice jam, which is causing flooding on their property, but didn’t get the response they were hoping for. “It’s not our policy to break up the ice jam. We prefer for nature to run its course,” Emergency Management coordinator Judy Roderick said. “We can help with sandba...

  • Traffic light will be removed

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    The traffic signal at the intersection of Flaming Gorge Way and N. 1st E. Street will be taken down. The Wyoming Department of Transportation switched the traffic signal to flash Monday afternoon, the first step in the signal’s dismantlement. According to Darin Kaufman, the District Three Traffic Engineer for WYDOT, the signal’s removal is based on several federal regulations and criteria used to determine if the signal is needed. Kaufman said there wasn’t enough street traffic to warrant the s...

  • Lucy Frazier

    Dec 12, 2018

    Lucy Frazier, 53, of Green River, passed away Dec. 8, 2018, at her home. A former, longtime resident of Green River and resident of Reliance for the past year, she died following a brief illness. Lucy was born Nov. 25, 1965, in Wallace, Idaho, the daughter of William H. Clark and Glenna Nebeker Clark. She attended schools in Green River. Lucy married Sargent Paul Frazier in 1988 and they later divorced in 2001. She later married Rodney McCarrie in Green River on March 20, 2008, and he preceded...

  • Susan G. Gorsuch Munoz

    Dec 12, 2018

    Susan G. Gorsuch Munoz, 74, of Green River, passed away Nov. 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City, surrounded by her loving family. She had been a longtime resident of Green River and a former resident of Klaskenine, Ore. Susan was born Dec. 6, 1943, the daughter of Edward Gorsuch and Chris Mathes in Alameda, Calif. She attended schools in Alameda, Calif., and a 1961 graduate of St. Mary of the Palms High School. Susan married Don Munoz on Nov. 17, 1979, in Las Vegas. She was a purchaser for Texas Gulf...

  • Norma Jean Paxton

    Dec 12, 2018

    Norma Jean Paxton, 87, passed away Dec. 9, 2018, at her home in Green River, surrounded by her family. She was a lifelong resident of Green River. Paxton was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Green River, the daughter of Frank E. Krause and Jean M. Kinniburgh-Krause. She attended schools in Green River and was a 1948 graduate of the Green River High School. Paxton married Richard Allen Paxton June 6, 1950, in Green River, and he preceded her in death Dec. 26, 2005, in Green River. She worked as a...

  • Dorothy Ruth Barney

    Dec 12, 2018

    Dorothy Ruth Barney, 74, of Green River passed away Dec. 7, 2018, at the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, following a sudden illness. She was born April 12, 1944, in Driggs, Idaho, the daughter of Warren and Grace Woddel Outzen. She attended schools in Richfield, Utah, and graduated from Richfield High School with the class of 1962. She also attended Western Wyoming Community College. Dorothy married Larry Afton Barney July 7, 1961 in Richfield, Utah. She was a member of The...

  • Donald K. Warne

    Dec 12, 2018

    Donald K. Warne, 89, of Rock Springs, passed away Dec. 9, 2018, at Sage View Care Center after a lengthy illness. Donald was born March 07, 1929, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Theodore (Red) and Hildred Ripley Warne. Warne attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1947 graduate of Rock Springs High School. He married Betty Orme in Rock Springs in 1949. Betty preceded him in death in 2014 after 64 years of marriage. Donald joined the Navy in 1951, serving during the Korean conflict, through 1953....

  • Paul J. Zorn

    Dec 12, 2018

    Paul J. Zorn, 61, passed away Dec. 4, 2018, at his home in Green River. He was a resident of Green River for 47 years and was a former resident of Utah. Zorn was born Feb. 12, 1957, in Price, Utah, the son of Delbert Zorn and Margaret Robinson. He attended schools in Utah and Wyoming and was a 1975 graduate of the Green River High School. Zorn retired from FMC Corporation after 20 years working as a miner. He also drove trucks for Swift for the past two years. Zorn enjoyed spending time with family, computers, roller coasters and fishing. Survi...

  • Marie Fitzloff

    Dec 12, 2018

    Marie Fitzloff, 59, of Rock Springs passed away peacefully Dec. 4, 2018, at her home. She was a longtime resident of Rock Springs for about 38 years. She was born April 7, 1959, in Sterling, Ill., the daughter of Charles Williams and Carol Grams Porter. She and her two brothers were raised by her maternal grandparents George and Eleanor Grams. Marie attended schools in Illinois and graduated from Sterling High School with the class of 1977. She married Daniel Fitzloff April 15, 1998, in Las Vega...

  • Our view: Enzi's objection disappoints

    Dec 12, 2018

    Anyone stopping at the Green River Post Office Tuesday afternoon would have seen the support our community has for our servicemen. A trailer packed with priority boxes was brought to the post office by members of the VFW, sending them to soldiers stationed overseas. The fact a community the size of Green River can manage to donate enough care packages to fill a truck trailer is impressive at any stretch of the imagination and speaks to Green River residents’ dedication to those serving in the armed forces. Unfortunately for Wyoming, U.S. S...

  • Letter: Mule deer migration at risk

    Dec 12, 2018

    Over 100 years ago Abner Luman created the Green River Drift, a grazing system where he moved his cows more than 100 miles each way from near La Barge to the upper Green River near Union Pass, and then back again. The cows grazed slowly up the Green as the grass greened up in the spring, spent the summer in high meadows, and grazed slowly back down to La Barge in the fall. The grazing during the trip, both up and down, was a crucial portion of the annual feed for his herd. The Green River Drift is still in place today, though not quite as long....

  • Where are the books?

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    Ah. Yes. It’s the case of the missing library books: part two. During this past month, my sons, Matthew, 8, and John, 6, have managed to misplace three library books. Even though I check their backpacks every day when they get home, things still wind up disappearing. The one book Matthew had checked out I never saw him bring home. This led to an even bigger question. Where did the book go between our house and the school? I asked him about the missing book that I can’t seem to remember the tit...

  • Lifelong learning: Staying realistic and un-focusing

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Dec 12, 2018

    I read an article by Drs. Srini Pillay and David R. McDuff in the Nov./Dec. 2018 issue of Coach and AD, where they discussed how student-athletes can sharpen their minds by actually intentionally “un-focusing.” I really enjoyed this article and I am going to try to instill some of their tips and reminders into my own life. After all, who couldn’t stand to sharpen their mind a bit? So, I’ll share with you! The authors point out that no matter how hard we try to concentrate on tasks, our minds do wander. I know mine does and in the past, I have...

  • Blankets to keep GR residents warm

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    A group of seniors who wanted to make some home-bound residents' lives a little bit warmer made more than 80 blankets to give them. Members of the sewing group at the Golden Hour Senior Center started the project last spring in the hopes they would have enough made for the 75 residents who receive home delivered meals from the center, executive director Jackie Grubb said. She said the project was an idea former GHCS executive director Sheela Schermetzler had. This is the same group who made...

  • Students enjoy library visit

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    After listening to six books, children were faced with the tough decision of having to pick just one as their own. On Friday, first-grade students in Phyllis Timmons' and Brittney Montogmery's classes from Harrison Elementary School, visited the Sweetwater County Library to learn about the program Wyoming Reads and take a tour of the library. Youth services manager Becky Iwen said Wyoming Reads started in Casper, but then expanded to include the entire state. This program is funded through the...

  • Speech team named to 400 club

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    For a second time, the Green River High School Speech and Debate team was named to the 400 Club. According to a press release from the National Speech and Debate Association, club awards were given to nearly 800 schools nationwide, including two Wyoming schools GRHS and Cheyenne East High School. The clubs range from 400 to 900 and both Wyoming schools were named to the 400 club. “Our Club Award winners show an incredible commitment to this activity, their students and their success,” J. Sco...

  • Student-written play performances scheduled

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    A play based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” written by Green River High School seniors will grace the stage next week. GRHS theater director Bradlee Skinner said the one-man show is an adaptation of the beloved classic and is suitable for all ages. “This production is entirely produced by our seniors to help them apply for college scholarships. It is student designed, student directed and student acted,” Skinner said. “With Raymond Garcia in the role of Charles Dickens, he plays all...

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  • Boys start season with 3 wins

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    The Green River High School boys basketball team started their season in strong fashion after earning three wins during a tournament in Riverton. The boys defeated Cheyenne South 63-49, Cody 67-46 and Laramie 59-45. For head coach Laurie Ivie, while the team played three good games of basketball, the bond the senior players have formed was a major factor in the Wolves' success over the past weekend. "This group of senior boys have been playing together for several years," Ivie said. "They have...

  • Girls earn 3 wins in tournament play

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    This weekend the Lady Wolves basketball team won three games in a row on the road. The Lady Wolves traveled to Casper for the Casper Invite and played Natrona County, Cody and Laramie during the tournament. During the Natrona County game, the Lady Wolves came out on top 48-39. This win was one that would go down in the books because it was head coach Rick Carroll’s 300th win as a head basketball coach. “I’m extremely proud to be associated with such a hard working and great coach. The commu...

  • Wrestlers take 2nd place in Evanston

    Staff Report|Dec 12, 2018

    The Green River High School wrestling team started the season strong with a second-place finish in Evanston over the weekend. The Wolves scored 202.5 points during the tournament, coming up short against Spring Creek High School from Nevada and its tournament-winning 215 points. The third-place Bear River, Utah, team scored 171 points. The tournament also saw a few Wolves crowned as champions of their divisions. Dominic Martinez finished first at 113, Kade Florez took first at 120 and Kaden Lloyd took first at 182. The team will travel to...

  • Boys swim takes 1st in Laramie

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 12, 2018

    The Wolves swimming team took first place in the Laramie pentathlon and third in the Laramie relays. Diving and assistant coach Rick Barker said the team traveled to Laramie and competed in relays Friday night and the pentathlon Saturday. “These early meets are fun to get everyone going,” Barker said. “The kids looked really good and the times were solid. All in all, I was pretty pleased with the way the kids swam on Friday.” In the pentathlon event, competitors swim in the 100-yard freesty...

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