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  • Speech and Debate triumphs at Nationals

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jul 11, 2024

    Displaying both eloquence and argumentation, the Green River High School Speech and Debate team recently took to the national stage, bringing home significant accolades from the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Jericho Morrell, the team navigated an intense season of preparation and competition to reach this prestigious event. Coach Morrell, a local business owner and former team member, stepped into his coaching role with...

  • Savor the summer with "Street Eats on the Green"

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jul 11, 2024

    Green River is set to sizzle with excitement as the community comes together for "Street Eats on the Green," a new food truck event hosted by Green River Parks and Recreation. Set to take place at Expedition Island on July 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., this event promises to be a flavorful evening filled with fun activities and a lively atmosphere. "We wanted to create a simple yet enjoyable event for the community," explained Raime Drake, a program supervisor at Green River Parks and Recreation. "A loca...

  • Green River roars back: Flaming Gorge Days returns

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jul 3, 2024

    The streets of Green River were bustling last weekend with the eagerly-anticipated return of the Flaming Gorge Days Festival. After a year-long hiatus marked by disappointment and challenges, this beloved community event made a triumphant comeback, drawing enthusiastic crowds and a record number of vendors. Event coordinator Alishae Blazick was hired by the city to oversee the vendor fair for the event this year. She shared her journey in bringing Flaming Gorge Days back to life, emphasizing...

  • Castle Rock focusing on employee well-being and patient care

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 27, 2024

    Castle Rock Medical Center is not just holding steady; it's thriving with a vibrant workforce and a flurry of innovative initiatives aimed at bolstering both staff satisfaction and patient care, according to the Castle Rock Hospital District Board. The board hosted their regular meeting on Tuesday night, June 25, and discussed several recent developments at the medical center and plans for the future. In a significant development, Castle Rock is on the verge of acquiring new land from Western...

  • A love of reading and a little library

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 27, 2024

    In an era dominated by screens and digital interactions, Lily Harris has found a way to reconnect her community with the timeless joy of reading. This local student, who has an insatiable love for books, has created a "little free library" that stands as a testament to her dedication and an inspiration to the community. Lily's mother, Marsha Harris, provided a glimpse into her daughter's background. "Lily is going to be a senior this year at Green River High School," Marsha explained. "She's...

  • An artistic celebration: Plein Air competition returns

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 27, 2024

    In a picturesque celebration of art and community, the annual Sweetwater Plein Air Competition captivated Green River last Saturday. With artists setting up their easels under the open sky, the event brought together painters of all backgrounds to capture the beauty of the local landscape. Among the participants was Amanda Romero, a lifelong artist and resident of the area. "I grew up in Green River and have been passionate about painting my entire life," Amanda explained. "Although I began seri...

  • Reviving a community landmark

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 20, 2024

    In a world where fast food chains dominate, there's something profoundly heartwarming about a classic American diner making a triumphant return. Rock Springs' beloved Grub's Drive-In has reopened its doors, inviting the community to relish the flavors and memories that have been cherished for decades. Under the new ownership of Green River residents Jaycia and Justen Hunt, this landmark is not just serving burgers; it's serving slices of history and heaps of nostalgia. Grub's Drive-In first open...

  • Inspiring minds: Pepper Rynio-Brandt named Teacher of the Year

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 20, 2024

    When you walk into Pepper Rynio-Brandt's classroom at Green River High School, you're immediately struck by the warmth and energy that radiate from within. Walls adorned with inspiring quotes from literary giants and student artwork set the stage for an environment where creativity and learning thrive. Mrs. Rynio-Brandt, a dedicated English teacher with an infectious passion for literature, has recently been honored with the prestigious Teacher of the Year award for Sweetwater County School...

  • Advancing inclusivity

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 13, 2024

    In a significant stride towards fostering inclusivity and enhancing community well-being, the Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Board hosted a workshop before their regular meeting on June 11, showcasing their commitment to creating a supportive and legally compliant educational environment. The workshop was led by Brian Farmer, director of the Wyoming School Board Association and former University of Wyoming educator. Farmer emphasized the importance of having multiple stakeholders...

  • Beyond the lanes

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 13, 2024

    In the heart of our community stands a beacon of inspiration who has transformed high school athletics and education. Colleen Seiloff, a respected mathematics teacher and the mastermind behind the women's and men's swimming teams at Green River High School, is preparing to retire from teaching while continuing her coaching career. Lauren Jensen, a former student and athlete, can attest to Seiloff's positive influence. "Her high expectations and bold leadership led us as her proteges to success,"...

  • Council highlights rodeo's success

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 6, 2024

    In a comprehensive report on the Green River City Council agenda for the June 4 meeting, the Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo Committee's update emerged as a highlight, capturing the attention of both council members and community members alike. Led by the dynamic trio of Karie Collins, Braden Perry, and Jerry Perry, the committee presented a detailed overview of their recent accomplishments and ambitious plans for the upcoming rodeo season. With a stellar track record of attracting crowds,...