Articles written by Amanda Cavaz


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  • Rodeo returns to Green River

    Amanda Cavaz|Jun 5, 2019

    If you have driven past the rodeo grounds and horse corrals lately then you have probably noticed the new buck and rail fence and ranch gates. This project has been in the making for a while behind the scenes. The timing is perfect. To spite the uncooperative weather last month, the project completed just in time for the Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo’s 32nd year. The rodeo is an important part of our community. While it may not be the highlight of the summer for every resident, it is certainly a hallmark of the spirit of Wyoming. There’s a ric...

  • Practicing gratitude

    Amanda Cavaz, City of Green River|Nov 21, 2018

    It is an interesting time of year. The mid-term elections are over, the days are shorter, and the holidays are picking up speed. Some businesses will have their peak of profits over the next week, while others are slowing down as their staff takes holidays and focuses on family, food, and snagging the best black Friday deals. Some businesses are preparing for year end. Reflecting on accomplishments, balance sheets and wrapping up projects. On a personal level many will take time this week in particular to practice gratitude. Gratitude makes...

  • 150th was a community effort

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River communications administrator|Oct 24, 2018

    A little over two weeks ago we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Green River with the arrival of the transcontinental railroad. The event was well attended and full of old-fashioned fun. We are grateful for the support of the residents that celebrated with us and helping to foster a deeper sense of our community roots. From behind the scenes, I’d like to shed some light on the partnership and collaboration it takes to plan and put on an event of this scale. Partnership is the key word. Lots of it. And for this event in p...

  • The littlest big need in GR

    Amanda Cavaz, Communications administrator for the city of Green River|Oct 3, 2018

    Every parent knows that having children is expensive. For many, just how expensive is the surprising part. The costs of caring for and raising kids go up year after year. There are millions of choices to make about what a child needs, what particular style and brand is the best fit for the child, and what is simply not necessary. When I was a new mom, one of the biggest stresses was choosing the “right” bottle, sleeping arrangement, formula, and the list goes on. For families that have financial hardships, these same choices become less abo...

  • Why it's important to remember the past

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|Sep 12, 2018

    There are some dates we should always remember such as your child’s birthday or your wedding anniversary. Dates like these are important to acknowledge and celebrate. They mark happy moments in our lives. Our city turns 150 this year. That’s worth celebrating as a community. There are also the dates that commemorate loss and difficulties. Horrible acts in history even, such as Pearl Harbor Day, and especially relevant this week, 9/11. This is such a deeply rooted element of our culture, to remember. But why? Why celebrate a milestone that hap...

  • City improves ADA access

    Amanda Cavaz, City of Green River|Sep 5, 2018

    Last week, a very special swing set was dedicated to children with special needs in our community. The specialized playground equipment is the result of a partnership with a local Girl Scout Troop and the city of Green River. Girl Scout Troop No. 1932 has a lot to be proud of, as they worked very hard to sell a lot of Girl Scout cookies and raised $1,900 to put toward this project. The city met them with $2,200 to complete the project. The girls did more than sell cookies to make this happen. Their troop came up with three ideas for a “Take A...

  • Get to know neighbors on National Night Out Aug. 11

    Amanda Cavaz, Communications Administrator for the City of Green River|Aug 1, 2018

    I’m going to start out with a few rhetorical questions. These may not seem related, but stick with me, it will come together. When was the last time you got together with your neighbors? Do you know them well, or is it more of a quick wave from the driveway? And secondly, are you familiar with the police officers in your community? Do you know what services they provide, how to reach them, and when? These two sets of people make up an important part of our community experience, at an individual level and collectively. Police-community p...

  • Spirit Ride comes to GR

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|Jul 11, 2018

    There’s a new law in place. As of July 1, Wyoming’s Move Over law has been broadened. Drivers must now move over in the far left lane for maintenance, construction and utilities workers and vehicles, and emergency responders when traveling on Wyoming’s interstates and highways. Hopefully this is something you already do. It’s more than a courtesy. Anyone who has found themselves stranded on the side of a busy interstate knows how dangerous it can be to get out of your vehicle. First responders, tow truck operators, and even good samarit...

  • Is your household prepared?

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|Jul 5, 2018

    I was recently at a FEMA led Emergency Preparedness training. The class was less boring than it sounds and really got me thinking. Not just about being prepared at a government and city level, which is what I was there for, but on a personal level. How does an entire city stay in a state of preparedness for an emergency? While there are plans, practice, contact lists, mutual aid agreements, and more across the pillars of city and county government the real preparedness is in the household of every citizen in the form of an emergency kit and a f...

  • Water safety is important in GR

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|Jun 13, 2018

    While it’s not yet officially summer, school is out, the temperatures are rising, and the water beckons. Be it the pool, the river, the lake, or even the splash park, one of the best parts of summer is water sports and swimming. In Green River we have a lot of pride in our namesake river and the Flaming Gorge that it pours into. And by all means, we should enjoy it. With that, it’s important to understand water safety and preventive measures. The stats on unintentional drowning in the Unites States are surprising and staggering. The risk is...

  • A successful adoption event in GR

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|Jun 6, 2018

    The Green River Animal Control Adoption fair held Saturday was a success. The adoption fair resulted in place 25 animals in homes, and 4 more who are being tested out for adoption with potential adopters. Out of 33 dogs total, there and only four left. There was a lot of support from the community and businesses to make this happen. From time to time Green River Animal Control is in a position to help out other animal shelters that are at capacity. Originally, 20 dogs were brought in from a shelter in New Mexico, and four from a shelter in...

  • A drive to replenish Wyo. blood bank

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|May 30, 2018

    The Sweetwater County Emergency Responders are hosting the fourth annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive from June 11–14 in both Green River (June 11-12) and Rock Springs (June 13-14). This event is part blood drive, part competition. This year, the need hits close to home as a Jacob Carlson, a police officer in Casper, was critically injured this month in an officer-involved shooting. Carlson was shot five times and required a significant amount of blood due related to his injuries and multiple surgeries. He is still fighting for his life. T...

  • The firefighters' memorial

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|May 23, 2018

    The names of five firefighters were added to the memorial walls at the Wyoming Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Riverton over the weekend. Fifty nine surviving family members of thone named attended to lay a rose at the memorial and an estimated 100 firefighters were in attendance. Casper Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums played at the memorial and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso served as a keynote speaker. Representing Green River Fire Department at the memorial were volunteer firefighters Tom Murphy, Bryan Carpenter, and Jaime Walgren and had...

  • Recognizing Police Week

    Amanda Cavaz, Green River Communications Administrator|May 16, 2018

    It’s National Police Week and a great time to show appreciation for our police force. The history of National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year, Green River’s Mayor, Pete Rust, signed the National Police Week Proclamation observing May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and calling all Green River residents to observe May 13-19 as Police Week. In recognition of National Police Week, law...

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