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By Lillian Palmer
Staff Writer 

Karate means business in GR

Tournament returns to city


Sweetwater County’s premiere karate tournament returns to Green River next month, after a five-year hiatus and the city expects a bump in tourism dollars flowing to local businesses.

While the tournament started in Rock Springs 36 years ago, the tournament moved to Green River in 1991. Jim Dean of Pineda’s Kenpo Karate took over leadership of the tournament from founder Willie Pineda. For two decades the tournament was an annual part of the Green River community.

“It grew up in Green River,” Dean said. “I’m excited to have it back in Green River. It’s kind of a Mayberry feelin...

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