Articles from the December 31, 2014 edition

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Wendling chooses county role

By DAVID MARTIN Editor Believing he could be more effective as a Sweetwater County commissioner, Randal “Doc” Wendling announced he would resign from the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees Monday. Wendling won election to...

 By David Martin    City    December 31, 2014

Police, WYDOT advise safe winter driving

A number of vehicle crashes occurring in Sweetwater County have resulted in law enforcement telling residents to be cautious while driving. In Green River, officers responded to a number of crashes...

 By David Martin    City    December 31, 2014

Deer rescued from icy waters

A whitetail doe deer was rescued from the Green River Sunday morning after residents reported seeing her fall through the ice. According to Det. Luke Benson with the Green River Police Department,...


Man faces 55 years for multiple charges

A Green River man pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges and nine misdemeanor charges, which stemmed from a four to five-month relationship. Joseph Daniel Kunkle, 30, recently appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery at an...


Deputy coroner's salary increased

Two weeks ago, the Sweetwater County commissioners voted to adjust the deputy county coroner’s salary to match other pay increases awarded to the county’s chief deputies. Garry McLean, human resources director for the county, said the increase...

 By David Martin    City    December 31, 2014

BLM land sale set for next year

After nearly eight years of work, two sections of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management will be sold off next year. The sections of land, formally known as Sections 10 and 12, contain 390 acres...


Mentality questioned

A man accused of pulling a gun on three others claims he is not mentally fit to proceed. Raymond Price pleaded not guilty by reason of mental deficiency in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James at an arraignment to three counts of aggravated...


Cards save county time and money

Those who had to change their polling station or were registered to vote, but did not do so, will receive a small courtesy card from the Sweetwater County Clerk’s Office. According to Sweetwater County Clerk Dale Davis, the office sends cards in...

 By David Martin    City    December 31, 2014

Former administrator's jeep sold to local business

While the city continues to seek a new city administrator, it was able to sell off one of the holdovers from former administrator Marty Black’s tenure. Black left the city in June and was replaced by Police Chief Chris Steffen on an interim basis....


Polar plunge Jan. 1

Nearly 20-years ago a group of local residents started what has become a New Year’s Day tradition. They started the new year with a quick swim in the cold water. This year will be no different, with the 18th annual Polar Plunge slated to take...


Geraldine Ray (Sis) Nelson

Geraldine Ray (Sis) Nelson, 81, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Foxfield, Colo., on Dec. 18, 2014, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Nelson was born on Nov. 26, 1933, in Poteau,... Full story


Shirley M. Cilensek

Shirley M. Cilensek, 78, of Rock Springs passed away Dec. 21, 2014, at her home.  She had been a longtime resident of Rock Springs. Cilensek was born July 30, 1936, in Nuckolls County, Neb., the... Full story


Irma Evelyn Parkko Anselmi

Irma Evelyn Parkko Anselmi, 97, of Rock Springs passed away Dec. 19, 2014, at her home. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Anselmi died following a sudden illness.   She was born on April 27,... Full story


Marie Rae Miller Hubert

Marie Rae Miller Hubert died on Dec. 20, 2014, in Torrington, Wyo., at age 94. Hubert wore many caps, including pilot, teacher, artist, mother, wife, grandma, great-grandma and world traveler. Born... Full story


Stephen Royal Griffin

Stephen Royal Griffin, 56, passed away Dec. 26 at the McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah following a sudden illness. He had been a resident of Ogden, Utah for the past three years and former resident... Full story


Virginia Vanderpool

Virginia Vanderpool, 76, of Green River died Dec. 24, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs after a brief illness. She was a former resident of Missouri and Rock Springs. She was... Full story


Mary W. "Polly" Vollmer

Mary W. "Polly" Vollmer, 87, of Rock Springs passed away on Dec. 25 at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A resident of Rock Springs since 2013 and former resident of Denver; Tucson, Ariz.... Full story


Frank Zeleny

Frank Zeleny, 94, of Green River passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20.  A longtime resident of Green River and former resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Zeleny passed away following a short illness. He was... Full story


Beverley Jean Renner Williams

Beverley Jean Renner Williams left our world to share her 35th wedding anniversary with her best friend Bob Williams Nov. 22, in Lake Havasu, Ariz. It was the last chapter of Bev and Bob’s love story here on earth and a beginning of their next.... Full story


Our View: A resolution for Green River

As 2014 comes to a close, people throughout the city are looking forward to the coming year with hope and anticipation. It’s also a time when people resolve to make changes and turn over a new leaf in the coming year. For the residents of Green...


A shusher's conundrum

I have become one of those moms. You know the ones. The ones who shush their kids. I can honestly say I never thought I too, would become a shusher. In fact, for years I used to criticize the moms who used to do that, arguing that when they shush the...


Movie drama kills winter films

While I’m not as obsessed as I used to be, I still consider myself to be a movie buff. I love everything from a big time summer blockbuster to more of an indie movie whose plot can be something as...


Understanding the two sides of hockey

After watching my first live hockey match, I came away with the opinion that hockey is equal parts grace and violence. I date a woman whose family is very much into hockey. Earlier this year, I spent...


Coyote hunting for the first-time hunter

I am not a professional coyote hunter, nor an expert caller. What follows will help someone new get started if they should choose so. Coyote hunting is a way to extend your hunting season and assist with conservation. For some that have gained the...


County libraries offers tablet-based services

This Christmas, my five-year-old son received a tablet designed for kids. As I was loading it on Christmas morning with learning games and interactive books, I couldn’t help but think of how different Christmas morning was seven years ago when my...


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