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  • Summer fun with the library

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Aug 15, 2019

    The Sweetwater County Library hosted their end of summer event last Wednesday. The mini medieval faire included crowns, swords, shields, cotton candy, tattoos, renaissance games and archery. Youth Services Director Becky Iwen was excited to be there and make the cotton candy for everyone. “The support our library system receives from the community year round, but especially during the summer reading challenge is overwhelming,” Iwen said. The faire took place at Centennial Park, giving the kids l...

  • First time's the charm for Green River girl

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Aug 8, 2019

    Brylee Price won grand champion in the junior showmanship division while showing off her rabbit to the judge on Friday morning. This is her first year participating in 4-H with her eight-month-old silver fox rabbit. Brylee enjoyed the event and will be back next year to show another rabbit. "I'm really interested in rabbits," Brylee said. "The showmanship is my favorite part." While she did get nervous as the judge asked her questions and didn't know the answers to all of them, she enjoyed...

  • Hard work pays off

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Aug 8, 2019

    Delaney Gardea, a junior at Green River High School, participated in 4-H and FFA events at the fair this past week. This is Gardea's fifth year in 4-H. She entered into six events: cake decorating, photography, baking, visual arts, chickens and pigs. She took home five grand champion, three reserve grand, nine first place, four seconds, one fifth and one seventh place ribbons. Gardea worked hard this past year to prepare for her competitions. Putting in time with her pigs almost every day to...

  • Kids show sidewalk chalk creativity

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Aug 1, 2019

    The city's clock tower's sidewalk is full of vibrant colorful drawings from the youth. Last week, the Sweetwater County Library hosted its third annual Chalk it Up! event. They had music playing and chalk, charcoal, paintbrushes and water set out. The participants had a time allotment based on their age. The four groups were from ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15. Each group was given three winners; most creative, most original and most artistic. The winners received a certificate, coloring page...

  • City combats mosquitos

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 25, 2019

    The mosquitoes are in full force this summer and the city is fighting back. Green River Parks and Recreation Director Brad Raney, sent out a press release in June about the city’s plan to control the mosquitoes. The plan includes eliminating larvae to combating adults in places around the city. For areas of standing water they are using BTI biscuits. These tablets neutralize the mosquito larvae. They also sprayed the standing waters in the city limits with Vecotbac, which is naturally occurring and safe to use. As for the adult mosquitoes t...

  • Women celebrating women

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 25, 2019

    A mother-daughter duo hosted their first book launching party as co-authors on Thursday night. Brigida R. Blasi and Christine Alethea Williams’ book “Women in Sweetwater County” celebrates women who made an impact in the southwest region of Wyoming. The authors are excited to have their book come out the same year as the 150th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement in Wyoming. The book launch and signing included guest speaker, historian Ann Chambers Noble, whose grandmother is featured in the book. Noble spoke highly of our state a...

  • GRHS student to sing at state fair

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 25, 2019

    Dakotah Houchin Beck will take her singing talent to the Wyoming State Fair in August. After coming in third place at the Futures Farmers of America’s talent show in April, Beck, a 17-year-old senior at Green River High School, readies herself to perform at the state fair in Douglas. Each year, the Wyoming State Fair asks FFA to provided entertainment for the midway Pepsi stage. After placing third in the FFA talent show, Beck didn’t think anymore of it. She was just excited to do the talent show. She has been singing since she was two yea...

  • Kids entertained at show

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 18, 2019

    Dancing, bubbles and fun were rampant at Centennial Park Wednesday afternoon. As part of the Sweetwater County Library's summer line-up, The Micah and Me Music Show entertained kids and adults for more than an hour. The musical duo sang songs like "Baby Shark," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and a few original songs to a group of more than 100 people. The two stay-at-home dads began singing five years ago as a way to entertain their kids and have expanded to regular gigs...

  • Music festival returns Fri.

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 18, 2019

    The Mansface Mountain Music Festival will kick off its second year this weekend. The festival, hosted by the Muley Fanatics Foundation, begins at 11 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The group is excited to still have its musical line up both nights with the return of Jalan Crossland, who will wrap things up Saturday. However, the foundation has added some new events to the festival. There will be cornhole and ping pong tournaments with barbecue smokers as the prizes. They also have an inflatable pirate ship for smaller youth to enjoy. In an email...

  • U18 softball brings home state

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 18, 2019

    Green River Chaos took the state championship in Casper last weekend. They played six games in a bracket style tournament winning four of the six to become the reigning champions. The last game pitted them against local rivals the Rock Springs Storm winning with a final score of 11-6. The team has been playing together since April said coach Tami Kelley. She was very proud of the team and even commended them for playing the Cheyenne team that placed 6th in nationals. They just had a really great season. The team consisted of 15 players ranging...

  • Green River sees impact from FGD

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 10, 2019

    Flaming Gorge Days has always been a staple in Green River and some businesses are feeling the effects. Most of the excitement was at Expedition Island, but according to the owner of Sweetwater Trophies, Mike Frink, he could feel the difference and excitement that comes with FGD a few days before. “We had a lot of people in here Wednesday and Thursday,” Frink said. “They try to find things to do beforehand.” Arctic Circle, managed by Robert Berg, felt the impact greatly compared to their average daily earnings becoming the fourth most lucrati...

  • 4-H members prepare pigs for fair

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 10, 2019

    4-H'ers learn valuable life skills while raising animals for the Sweetwater County Fair. Most residents look forward to the fair each year for Wyoming's Big Show, but for these kids it's the time that all their hard work and dedication pays off. This year more than 30 kids from the Green River and Jamestown area are participating in 4-H Club. One of the clubs, Project Hope, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their swine barn located in the horse corrals on East Teton Boulevard. Most of the...

  • GR Farmer's Market returns

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jul 3, 2019

    Returning favorites and a few new faces will kick off the farmer’s market next week. The Green River Farmer’s Market begins July 10 and will run until Sept. 11 on Roosevelt Street. The market will welcome four new vendors with 15 returning to make 19 total for the summer. URA/Main Street Administrator, Jennie Melvin, said all their vendors are kept to the city’s standards for the market which is handmade, homemade or food related. They want to keep it friendly to small businesses. She encourages the residents to come out and keep the suppo...

  • RV rally brings big business

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 26, 2019

    People from around the country and Canada traveled to Sweetwater County to participate in the Tiffin RV Rally, which took place at the Sweetwater County Events Complex. Sweetwater County Events Complex marketing and events coordinator Lena Warren said the complex has been trying for four years to get the Tiffin rally to come to Rock Springs. The Tiffin company hosts three to four rallies a year. This is the first year they decided to make a stop in Sweetwater County. With the complex having 1,235 RV spots with complete electrical and full...

  • Summer food program open to all

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 19, 2019

    For a fourth year in a row, a free summer food program continues to serve the community. Linda Martin, Sweetwater County School District No. 2 nutrition service director, and Leah Kenison, nutrition service assistant director, have implemented the summer food program since 2015. It is a federal grant given to areas based on the yearly census. Once approved, it is in place for five years. The census is reassessed each year and the five years is extended accordingly. Currently, Green River has three elementary schools in the program; Monroe,...

  • Sword fighters perform for GR children

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 19, 2019

    Dueling Dames, a feisty mother-daughter duo, used humor and education in their performance at Centennial Park. This performance was part of the Sweetwater County Library summer lineup last Thursday. The Dueling Dames, Victoria and Carson Goring, have been traveling across country sharing their live theater act. They try to incorporate anti-bullying, girl power and self-defense into their performances. Becky Iwen, youth services librarian, began the mid-morning program with a high five contest. The contestants dressed up as big green inflatable...

  • Summer road work begins

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 19, 2019

    It's that time of year again: road construction. Public Works Director, Mark Westenskow outlined the city road work for the summer. Downtown has already begun the slurry seal project. They have divided up the streets into an every other one method to leave access open to businesses and housing. "Slurry seal is a pavement preservation technique that is used to supplement existing asphalt roads that are in decent shape to extend their useful life," Westenskow said. "It is ideally placed on a 5-7...

  • Family history fuels passion

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 12, 2019

    Denny Pace’s family history created a lifelong passion in World War II reenactment. Pace, a Green River resident, recalls watching war documentaries with his dad, Presley Pace, while growing up. He remembers slowly beginning to enjoy them more after he learned about his own family’s connection to the war. Pace mainly studies the method of the Army’s 182 Airborne Division, having researched the daily life and routine of soldiers for the past 20 years. His grandfather, David Pace, served in the Navy during World War II. His great-uncle was draft...

  • Fawn saved from storm drain

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 12, 2019

    Quick action by city workers saved a newly-born fawn that fell in a rain gutter Monday morning. Jackie Finch was traveling down Nolan Street with her granddaughter, Aaliyah Byrd, when a doe and her two fawns caught their attention. Finch pulled the car over to allow her granddaughter to capture the small family on video. This beautiful scene of nature took a shocking turn very quickly when the fawns both struggled over a storm drain in the sidewalk, with one falling inside. The doe did not see...

  • Community garden established in GR

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 5, 2019

    Jennifer Edelmayer's lifelong dream to bring a community garden to Green River is coming true. The Wild Sage Garden will be a community-based garden open to everyone. The Edelmayer family donated acreage for the community garden which is located west of the city in Jamestown. "Everybody loves food," Edelmayer said. She wanted to bring more awareness to the community about gaining access to healthier foods through agriculture. This year, they are using hay bales as their planters. Each hay bale i...

  • Children enjoy a day in space

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|Jun 5, 2019

    More than 300 people attended the Sweetwater County Library's summer kick-off event. Last Wednesday, the library in association with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services program created a day filled with solar system fun. A universe of stories is this year's summer reading theme. Youth services librarian, Becky Irwin, gushed about her excitement for the following season. The library has events all summer lined up rooted in Science Technology Engineering and Math to help kids in Green...

  • Green River seniors kick up their feet

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|May 29, 2019

    Every Tuesday and Thursday, a small group of women gather together to learn new line dances and catch up with one another. Line dancing leader Debbie Leathers who has been dancing for more than 30 years decided to start teaching the classes when Lila Seyersdahl no longer wanted to do it. Every time they meet at 9 a.m. in the Golden Hour Senior Center's dining room residents can hear music and laughter coming from the room. She scours Youtube to find easy, beginner dances, without a lot of turns...

  • Summer homecoming

    Lexi Mitchell, Intern|May 29, 2019

    This summer, I, Lexi Mitchell, will intern at the Green River Star. As a communication major at the University of Wyoming, I jumped at the chance to return to the town I spent 10 years of my life residing. While I grew up a little south of Green River in Vernal, Utah, I spent my summers on my grandparents’ ranch in McKinnon. This led to my love of Wyoming and relocating to Green River after graduating high school. I have deep family connections in the community and have held several jobs in the area, most notably at Arctic Circle, where I w...

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