Articles from the December 30, 2015 edition

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  • Seniors had a busy year

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    Seniors in Green River were just as busy as other residents in 2015. From Wii Bowling, pool, card games, jam sessions, writing classes, arts and crafts, Zumba, line dancing and dice games, to dinners, Farmer's Markets and craft fairs the Golden Hour Senior Center and the Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center and The Villa had a lot of their time occupied. There is always something going on at the senior center and CRRC residents were busy this summer taking trips to Wyoming's Big Show...

  • Green River swimmers continue pool improvement

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    The Green River High School Boys Swimming and Diving Team didn’t have to travel far to compete two weeks ago. Due to a problem with the Riverton High School pool, the Riverton Invite was moved to the GRHS aquatics center, giving the team a respite from traveling on the winter roads. At the end of the competition, the teem placed fourth with a score of 183. Head coach Colleen Seiloff said the team continues to cut time in all of its events. During the 500-yard freestyle, Michael Richmond set a n...

  • 2015: a great year of service

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    In 2015, the community of Green River was busy donating their time, giving donations or being recognized for their accomplishments. 2015 kicked off with both communities seeking blood donations. Both Green River High School and Rock Springs High School competed in the Premier Bone and Joint Center's Blood Drive Challenge. Green River residents were asked to bleed green, while Rock Springs residents were asked to bleed orange. The friendly rivalry has always helped the cause. The total amount rai...

  • Police Reports

    Dec 30, 2015

    Animal control officers met an individual at the animal shelter who was there to pick up their dog. A traffic warning for speeding was issued on Uinta Drive. Animal control officers received a call of a dog at large on Hillcrest Way. The dog was described as a black lab mix without a collar. Animal control officers located two dogs at large on North 7th West Street. The dogs returned to their residence and their owner was given a warning. Officers contacted an individual by telephone who reported they received a call of an attempted IRS scam. T...

  • Slip sliding away

    Dec 30, 2015

  • City council sees busy 2015

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    Green River started the year with a few new faces joining the city council. A new mayor, Pete Rust, along with new council members Ted Barney and Allan Wilson, set to work on one of the city’s biggest issues at the beginning of the year: finding a new city administrator. After making a change to the criteria utilized by the city’s human resources department, the council decided to focus on candidates already living in Green River. After a series of executive sessions discussing applicants, the...

  • Buildings and money shape county 2015 agenda

    David Martin, Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    The Sweetwater County Commissioners had a busy 2015, debating issues involving Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and a proposed justice center which will house both of the county’s circuit courts. The year started with a new face being added to the group. Republican candidate Randy “Doc” Wendling won election to the position last November, resulting in former Sweetwater County Sheriff Gary Bailiff being edged out of the five-member group. Incumbent commissioners, Democrat Reid West and R...

  • Probation given in car chase

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    A woman who used her vehicle as a weapon was placed on probation. Heather L. Ortega, 41, Green River, appeared in the Third District Court at a sentencing hearing to 11 different charges which stemmed from three separate incidents. These charges include seven felonies, which were five aggravated assault and battery charges, two property destruction and defacement charges and four misdemeanor charges, which were possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), duty to stop vehicle where...

  • A new restaurant comes to Green River

    Lillian Palmer, Staff Writer|Dec 30, 2015

    Green River has a new restaurant opening in town. Staci Ann's Cafe opened Monday at 95 East Railroad Avenue. The opening was the soft launch for the restaurant. The official opening day is tentatively set for Monday. The cafe's owner, Staci Martin is no novice to the restaurant business. She has served, managed and operated various restaurants throughout her food-service career, and owned a restaurant before this one as well. Frequenters of the Rolling Green Country Club may know her food from...

  • Our View: We have a few suggestions for 2016

    Dec 30, 2015

    New Year’s Day is always a great time to resolve to make great changes or embark on new challenges. That new calendar represents a clean slate and a lot of potential. There’s a reason why they’re known as new years resolutions. We have a few suggestions to help get the city off to a great start in 2016. Plan for another sixth penny tax The sixth penny tax is a great tool for the county and cities to get major improvement projects completed. We think the city should start planning a sixth penny funding request for the wastewater treatment plant...

  • Library programs often come with a lot of work

    Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System|Dec 30, 2015

    My daughter has spent most of her holiday break reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She is a Harry Potter fan and asked me the other day when the library would be holding its next Harry Potter party. I told her unfortunately she would have to wait until October. The annual Harry Potter party held in October has become a favorite at the library. For one day, the entire library is turned into the magical world of Harry Potter with games and activities for Harry Potter fans of all ages. The purpose of the party is to celebrate one of the...

  • Notes from Town Square: Looking ahead to 2016

    Pete Rust, Mayor of Green River|Dec 30, 2015

    Over the past year, oil and gas prices have fallen and coal production has struggled due to Federal regulations principally concerned with deteriorating air quality. Since a majority of state revenue is linked to these resources a tighter state budget will result with a trickledown effect to local governments. Counties, cities, and towns will most likely be facing similar tasks and working around balancing their future budgets with reduced sources of revenues. A great debate is expected when the legislature convenes in February relative to the...

  • 2016: The year of me, not weight

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    It’s that time of year again. Time to make another New Year’s resolution. What will 2016 hold? I do not know, but if it is anything like this year it will not disappoint. Usually, I am all ready to make a resolution about losing weight, eating healthier and exercising. But this year, I am not so ready to hop on that exercise train again. I could stand to lose 10 pounds, but I am not sure if that is something I need to openly state that I am going to resolve. This left me wondering what some of...

  • Rafael Martinez

    Dec 30, 2015

    Rafael Martinez, 41, of Rock Springs, passed away Dec. 24, 2015 at his home. He was a longtime resident of Rock Springs, and former resident of Mexico City, Mexico. Martinez was born Aug. 8, 1974 in Mexico, City, Mexico, the son of Sabas and Otilia Martinez. He attended schools in Mexico City, Mexico. Martinez was employed in oilfield fabrication as a technician. He married Lynnette Martinez in Salt Lake City, June 4, 2013. His interests included spending time with his family and he loved workin... Full story

  • Antonina "Toni" Pallesen

    Dec 30, 2015

    Antonina "Toni" Pallesen, 89, of Green River passed away at her home Dec. 25, 2015. She was born on April 2, 1926 in a town near Kiev, Ukraine, daughter of Dmitro and Domka Prozka; baptized Greek Orthodox. When the Germans invaded Ukraine, she was taken from her home at age 15 and placed in a work camp in Germany. There she met her future husband Delbert Pallesen of Manila, Utah. They were married in Augsburg, Germany on Oct. 12, 1946. Later they returned to the United States, at age 22.... Full story

  • Betsy Sue Peverley

    Dec 30, 2015

    Betsy Sue Peverley, 82, of Green River, passed away Dec. 25, 2015 at Mission at Castle Rock in Green Rvier. She was born on May 22, 1933 in Rock Springs, the daughter of the late David Sidney Dillon and Amy Pewtress Dillon. Peverley attended schools in Green River, and was a 1951 graduate of the Green River High School. She married Guy DeWitt "Dee" Peverley and they later divorced. Peverley worked for Sweetwater County for 42 years and was also the Sweetwater County Treasurer. She retired on... Full story

  • James H. "Jim" Chailland

    Dec 30, 2015

    James H. "Jim" Chailland, 77, of Green River, passed away Dec. 27, 2015 at his home. A long time resident of Green River, Chailland died following an illness of four years. He was born on June 26, 1938 in Cardwell, Mo., the son of the late Earl and Daisy Chailland. Chailland attended schools in Missouri and Green River and later college. He married Ida Martinez Chailland in Evanston Oct. 1, 1957. Chailland was a United States Army veteran and served from 1957 until he received his honorable disc... Full story

  • Competing in the Ironman

    Stephanie Thompson, People Editor|Dec 30, 2015

    For the past eight years, Kris Milobar has dedicated time to becoming as physically fit as possible. His mother, Betty Milobar, said this all started when her son decided he needed to change his focus in life. Change he did. Kris worked for the City of Green River and is now employed for the city of Surprise, Ariz. His wife, Becky, was a Lincoln Middle School teacher. Kris and his family moved to Surprise, Ariz., and as he continued to get in better shape he decided to compete in Arizona's...

  • A passion for cheer continues at UW

    Olivia Kennah, Special to the Star|Dec 30, 2015

    "I was hoping they would be open," University of Wyoming freshman cheerleader Tayler Irving says of the closed café in Coe Library at the University of Wyoming. It's 9:30 a.m. and Tayler sits on a couch outside of the café reading an issue of "The Branding Iron," the university's student newspaper while sporting a UW cheerleading jacket. He wakes up early because he is in "cheer routine". The University of Wyoming's cheer team practices at 6 a.m. so early mornings have become routine for him. Ta...

  • Cowboys have rematch in San Diego

    Dec 30, 2015

    The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team opens conference play at San Diego State on Wednesday in what is a rematch of last season’s Mountain West tournament title game. The Cowboys (7-6) got the better of the Aztecs (7-6) last March for the conference crown, but now travel to Viejas Arena where they haven’t won since 2007. Meanwhile, SDSU enters the contest with one of the top defenses in the nation. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT. The contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network (Charter: 634, DirecTV: 221) and broadcast on the r...