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Chamber of Commerce Volume 21 Issue 12

NEWSLETTER

December 2015

Happy Holidays

From the Green River Chamber Board and Green River Chamber Staff

Pictured above: Green River Chamber Board Front L-R: Tammy Vaught, Trish Gregory, Linda Martin, Misty Springer, Jeremy Gibson, Blair Graham, Angela Shutran, and Kelli Lennon. Back L-R: Tom Arnold, Allan Wilson, and Jason Bartlett.

Pictured above: Green River Chamber Staff: Public Relations and Marketing Specialist Destinee Rael, Chamber Director Rebecca Eusek, Finance and Membership Manager Lisa Herrera.

Lunch and Learn - “Providing Networking Opportunities” THE HAMPTON INN Join us for our December Luncheon held on Wednesday the 16th at noon at the Hampton Inn in Green River. The Hampton Inn will be catering, please RSVP by Monday, December 14th by 10:00 AM. We will hear from Muley Fanatic Foundation, the Rotary Club, and Adopt-A-Tree Awards will be presented. At November’s Luncheon, we heard from several retail businesses from our community for our Holiday Retail Promotion Luncheon: C & L Creations, Flaming Gorge Harley Davidson, White Pine Ski Resort, Sweetwater County Library, Wyoming Embroidery & Sporting Goods, The UPS Store, Sweetwater County Museum, Earthwise Herbal and Massage, and Keama’s Quilts. The winners from November’s Lunch and Learn were as follows: Cheryl Jensen with Castle Rock Realty won the quarter page ad in our Newsletter; Tammy Vaught with The Radio Network won a week of free advertisement on our digital sign; Robyn Blackburn with White Pine Resort won the business profile in our Newsletter; Amber Zmolek with Farm Bureau Financial Services won free radio ads from The Radio Network; Megan Brown with Golden Hour Senior Center won a S’mores Dessert Pizza from Papa Murphy’s; Mindy France with Northern Title Company won a Free Cheesy Bread from Papa Murphy’s; Josh Coursey with Muley Fanatic Foundation won the 50/50 raffle; Northern Title won free radio ads donated by Wyo Radio; Marc Hammond with The UPS Store won two tickets to the Ghost of Christmas Past donated by the Sweetwater County Library; and Marianne Emden with Northern Title Company won a 16X20 canvas donated by The UPS Store. Congratulations to our November Lunch and Learn winners! We do ask that you RSVP for each Luncheon to the Green River Chamber at 307-875-5711 or email [email protected] or [email protected] by Monday, December 14th by 10:00 AM. You may also RSVP directly from our Website at www.grchamber.com/pages/ LunchLearn. If you know by Monday, November 16th that you will not be able to attend, please let us know and you will not be invoiced. Lunch will be $12 for members and $15 for non-members. We would like to thank everyone who attended our November Holiday Promotion Luncheon Lunch & Learn!

YOUR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATE 1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way Green River, WY 82935 307-875-5711 FL-GORGE www.grchamber.com Published monthly to serve members in business and community needs

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

Don’t tell me you got nothing to do! 

Make sure to get your last minute Christmas shopping done! Support your own and spend at home!

December 2015

Information Distributed October/November 2015

Year to Date

Relocation Packets

5

83

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Go sledding for a day with the family.

Vacation Packets

3

57



Bake some holiday treats!

Convention Packets

55

1230



Santa’s Arrival will be held on December 5th.

Wyoming Pins

0

0

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting will be held December 3rd.

City of Green River Pins

4

136

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Gift Certificates

1,950

8,753

Dollar Amount

$40,078.21

$212,380.57

Brochure Racks

1,392

17,111

Chamber Kiosk

350

12,692

Walk Ins

1,042

16,588

Web Site Hits

53,715

498,628

Web Site Sessions

1,817

19,768

E-Mails

797

7,617

New Facebook Likes

13

1,560

Sales Tax Disbursements–October 2015 County $2,124,876 Green River $974,728 Rock Springs $1,843,665 Lodging Tax Sweetwater County –October 2015 County $4,329 Green River $10,719 Rock Springs $69,241 Labor Force Employment Sweetwater County October 2015 September 2015 Information not available October 2014 Unemployment Sweetwater County October 2015 September 2015 Information not available October 2014 Statewide Employment October 2015 September 2015 Information not available October 2014 Statewide Unemployment October 2015 September 2015 Information not available October 2014

Chamber Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors: Patricia Gregory, Oak Tree Inn ~ President Angela Shutran, US Bank ~ Vice President Joanna Nara-Kloepper, BLM ~ Secretary Tom Arnold, Arnold Family Chiropractic Center ~ Hole in the Wall Gang President ~ Treasurer Blair Graham, Krazy Moose Jason Bartlett, Solvay Misty Springer, Public Affairs & Grants Administrator, City of Green River Curg Murray, Gorge Rock Products

Kelli Lennon, Green River Import Plus, Hitching Post Restaurant & Saloon Allan Wilson, City Council Liaison Tammy Vaught, Radio Network Linda Martin, SWC School District #2 Jeremy Gibson, Trona Valley Federal Credit Union Staff: Rebecca Eusek, Executive Director Lisa Herrera, Finance and Membership Manager Destinee Rael, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist

Chamber Mission Statement: The Green River Chamber of Commerce is committed to enhancing the community through advocacy and partnership between businesses and community leaders.

December 2015

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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December/January Sunday

Monday

Tuesday 1

Wednesday 2

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Thursday 3

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8 Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

Mayor’s Tree Lighting, 5:30pm Clock Tower

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

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Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

Friday 5

Team Roping, 6pm (EC) Tronox Christmas Party, 6:30pm (EC)

United Steel Workers #15320 Christmas Party, 6pm (EC) Santa’s Arrival, 1pm Eagles GR

Government Affairs, 8am (VC)

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Indoor Arena Closed (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

4H Horse Development Meeting, 6:30pm (EC)

Solvay Christmas Party, 6pm (EC)

GR Chamber Board Meeting, 7:30am (VC)

Saturday

12 Southwest Wyoming BMX, 1pm (EC)

Business Dev. & Ret. 8:30am

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Southwest Wyoming BMX, 9am (EC)

Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Lunch & Learn, 12pm Hampton Inn

Wind River Riders Dressage Club, 6pm (EC)

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GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

4H Sagehopper Meeting, 6:30pm (EC) Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball Tournament (GRHS)

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Team Roping Jackpot, 12pm (EC)

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Green River Chamber Closed

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Team Roping Jackpot, 12pm (EC)

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United Steel Workers #13214 Christmas Party, 6:30 pm (EC)

R & R Rodeo, 6pm (EC)

Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball Tournament (GRHS)

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Green River Chamber Closed

Green River Chamber Closed

Sweetwater County Fair Board Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

29 Green River Chamber Closed

30 Green River Chamber Closed

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Green River Chamber Closed New Year’s Eve

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC) GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

3

Wild West Gymkana, 10am (EC)

Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Green River Chamber Closed

Sweetwater Ranch Sorting, 6pm (EC)

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Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball Tournament (GRHS)

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Green River Chamber Closed Team Roping, 6pm (EC)

7

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Indoor Arena Closed (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Up In Arms Gun Show, 3pm (EC)

Up In Arms Gun Show, 9am (EC)

HIWG, 7pm

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December 2015

November Red Carpet Award—Marcus Crumpler Marcus Crumpler with Arctic Circle was nominated for November’s Red Carpet by Lacey D., Casey Harmon, Chase J., Tyler Young, and Chloee Beardsley. They had this to say about Marcus, “He is always very friendly, helpful and a joy at work. He made us feel welcomed and offered more services than we asked. It was great service.” Marcus received a $25 Gift Certificate, a Red Carpet Pin, as well as other advertising. He will be entered in the Red Carpet of the Year Award for 2015 to be presented in 2016.

Pictured: Marcus Crumpler receiving his Gift Certificate and Red Carpet Pin from Chamber Board Member Kelli Lennon.

Northern Title

Pony Express Christmas Card Ride

About Us

With an experienced and knowledgeable staff of 7, Northern Title Company of Wyoming has been serving Sweetwater County since March of 2006. With offices in both Rock Springs and Green River we can accommodate your needs. We also have offices in Pinedale, Evanston and Thayne Wyoming to serve your needs. When you are buying or selling a home or property, the last thing you want to discover is that the property has a complication you were unaware of, which may affect the transaction. Northern Title seeks to protect buyers and sellers from such situations. The company performs title examinations on real estate records and issues title insurance policies for buyers, sellers and lenders along with performing escrow closing work. Another service available is IRS 1031 exchanges, which make it possible for one property owner to sell real estate and purchase a different piece of real estate, and thereby defer the payment of federal income taxes. Next time you are in the market to sell, buy or refinance, remember Northern Title Company where “Good Deeds Done Daily” is truly our motto.

Legislative Forum The Green River Chamber will be hosting a Legislative Forum for the public and businesses to attend. Legislators that represent local Sweetwater County Districts will be available to answer your questions. The Legislative Forum will be held on January 28, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Green River City Hall Council Chambers. Opportunities to speak to the contingency will be in 10-15 minute increments. Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to schedule a time so they can discuss their particular interest to them before the upcoming legislative session in Cheyenne. To schedule your 10-15 minute session, please contact the Green River Chamber at 307-875-5711. Please call by 5:30 PM January 26th to book your time.

The Sweetwater County Pony Express will hold their 14th annual Christmas Card Ride on December 12th. The cards will be carried on horseback from the Green River Post Office to the Rock Springs Post Office. All cards must have the correct postage and be ready to mail. The cards will be place in the Mochila after they have been stamped with our special Pony Express Stamp. We ask that all businesses please limit their cards to no more than 20. Cards will be accepted at the Green River Post Office no later than Friday, December 11th at 5:00 PM.

Sweetwater County Photo Contest Post Cards

BUY YOURS TODAY! We had over 75 entries in the 2015 Sweetwater County Photo Contest. In lieu of printing calendars this year we have printed the winning photos on post cards available for purchase at the Green River Chamber of Commerce. The post cards will be sold for 50 cents a piece or 5 for $2. Each post card has captured the beauty in Sweetwater County!

Support Your Own Spend at Home! The Chamber of Commerce offers “Chamber Gift Certificates” in any denomination for a small fee of 50 cents each. Gift Certificates are redeemable at any business in Sweetwater County and can be used just like cash! Stop by the Green River Chamber at 1155 W Flaming Gorge Way or call 307-875-5711 ahead of time and we will have them ready for you!

December 2015

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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Business Profile—SweetwaterNOW SweetwaterNOW is an online news source, focusing on professional reporting and coverage of community events and regional news. As Sweetwater County’s most-viewed news and information resource, we follow a familiar format that includes several sections, much like a printed newspaper or magazine. From our home page, readers can access many sections. Here are a few: –News—current regional, local and pertinent national news – Sports—scores and stories about local and State sports teams – Jobs—job postings and career recruitment for positions in Southwest Wyoming – Sponsored Content—featured posts from sponsors and businesses We also have featured sections during the year for the Holidays, elections, and more. Whether you’re looking for a recap of a City Council meeting or to see where local bands are playing, more and more residents are turning to SweetwaterNOW, and are participating in our growing social network to find out what’s going on in, and around, Southwest Wyoming. Advertising Because of our focus on content specifically relevant to the Sweetwater County area, our readers are more local than any other publication in the region. Our daily visitors are educated and engaged in the local community. Since launching in 2013, SweetwaterNOW has grown to an average of 90,000 active readers and 1.5 Million page views per month, making us the fastest-growing website AND news source in the area. Sound good? Sponsors Please patronize our sponsors, and when you do, let the owners or managers know that you saw their message on SweetwaterNOW. Please tell them you appreciate their continued support for providing free news to the community. Who are we? SweetwaterNOW is locally owned and operated by a small and mighty team. All content comes from our own staff, as well as contributions from the public, organizations, press releases, and our readers. We believe in the power of community and encourage you to share your news & tips. You are our eyes and ears. Our Mission Our mission is to facilitate communications and commerce by producing high-quality, daily news content for the residents of Southwest Wyoming and by offering an affordable option for highly-relevant advertising and social media marketing in the community. SweetwaterNOW will strive to be the most relevant, compelling and accurate record of our community’s news and events. Get Involved! There are several ways to get involved, from leaving comments on Sweetwater NOW to interacting with our community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Our History SweetwaterNOW was founded in early 2013 by journalist/photographer, Carlo Harryman. After working in the traditional news field for many years he knew there had to be a better way to get the news out to the public – and a faster way. With the help of his friends and family he took the leap into entrepreneurship and created SweetwaterNOW. Within the first year it became the most popular news source in Sweetwater County and gains new readers every day. With his model of getting accurate news to the public in real-time, while partnering with the community to provide the local and regional information they are looking for, Carlo and his staff have shown their readers where journalism is headed in the future – available right at their fingertips on their computers, tablets, or smart phones. Carlo was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Wyoming Main Street in 2013.

Burbot Bash & Burbot Classic

Mayor’s Tree Lighting

The 2016 Burbot Bash will be You are invited to join us held January 22nd-24th, preas the Mayor lights the registration entry fees (prior to tree at 5:30 PM on January 10) are: adults $40, youth $10—Credit Cards will Thursday, December 3rd be accepted with a 5% transat the Clock Tower. action fee; registration on January 22nd will be $50 adults, $20 for youth - cash only. Participants enter the The University of Wyoming Men’s Swim contest as teams of up to four members and will compete for Team will host the University of Utah Men’s the most fish and biggest fish caught categories. Bash organizers say Team in a Swim Meet prizes will be offered in several categories. This year, a cash opportunity is available for those who enter both the Burbot Bash and the Buckboard Burbot Classic scheduled the following weekend on January 29th-31st. Both contest organizers have generously put $500 into a pot and participants who enter both events could be randomly selected to win an additional $1,000. The random drawing will occur at the end of the Buckboard Burbot Classic.

Saturday, December 5 1:00 PM GRHS Aquatic Center Public is invited to attend!

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Ribbon Cutting—Earthwise Herbal & Massage

December 2015

Red Carpet Nominations— “Promoting the Community” Deb Durain Business: Ace Hardware Why: Deb was wonderful! Great customer service. Nominated by: Sally Smith Alicia Turner Business: Hampton Inn Why: Exellent customer service. Nominated by: Trisha Beldon Marcus Crumpler Business: Arctic Circle Why: Marcus was nominated by multiple people: He is always very friendly, helpful, and a joy at work. He made us feel welcomed and offered more services than we asked. It was great service. Nominated by: Lacey D., Casey Harmon, Chase J., Tyler Young, and Chloee Beardsley

Pictured above (L-R): Mike Shutran, Angela Shutran, Amber Zmolek, Terry Wood, Mark Peterson, Ethan Conley, Mary Conley, Ansley Conley, Allan Wilson, Rick Owens Russell Conley, Lisa Herrera, Kat Kolesar-Picoldi, and Barb Van Matre.

Business: City of Green River Why: Rick is one of the finest, most courteous and helpful public On Monday, October 26th, the Green River Chamber welcomed Earthwise employees I have ever dealt with. We are very fortunate to Herbal & Massage into their new building with a Grand Reopening/After have him. Hours Event at 224 Uinta Drive in Green River. Earthwise Herbal & Mas- Nominated by: Ron Carey sage offers herbal remedies, reiki, massage therapy, native crafts, and earth crafts. Hours are Monday-Wednesday 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM, closed on Thurs- Mr. Christiansen days, Friday 1:00 PM-5:30 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. To schedule Business: Smith’s Why: He provided excellent services, he is kind and attentive. an appointment contact Earthwise Herbal & Massage at 307-828-1388. Nominated by: Bill Lewis

Ribbon Cutting—O’Reilly Auto Parts

Thea Business: US Bank Why: Excellent service, and she knows us by name. Nominated by: Wally Holm If you would like to nominate someone who works for any business in Green River, please visit our website at http://www.grchamber.com/pages/RedCarpetAward and fill out the entry form or contact the Chamber for any questions at 307-875-5711.

Tickets for Sale Sweetwater County Concert Association Membership Packs 2015-2016 Concert Season Membership is available. Adults are $45, Seniors 65+ are $35, Students in HS and under are $25, a family 2A and 1+child is $110. A season membership will get you into all four concerts. Cash and check will be accepted.

New Members—Welcome! O’Reilly Auto Parts 80 Uinta Drive Green River, WY 82935 Pictured above L-R: Jennifer Hanson, Jocelyn Hanson, Mike Shutran, Angela Shutran, P: (307) 466-8018 Tristan Martinez, Gracy Flores, Jeremy Gibson, Corey Beckermann, Reed Clevenger, Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 AM-9:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AMNate King, TJ Miller, Rober Beaver, Allan Wilson, Jeremy Parry, Krista-Lynn Rose, Ted 7:00 PM. Barney, Amber Zmolek, Kat Kolesar-Picoldi, Mark Peterson, and Rebecca Eusek. Retail auto parts and accessories for professionals and do it yourself customers. The Green River Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting for O’Reilly Auto Parts on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015. O’Reilly Auto Parts offers retail auto November Renewals—Thank you! parts and accessories for professionals and do it yourself customers. Make Years sure to stop by and visit them at 80 Uinta Drive in Green River, open Mon- Business day-Saturday 7:30 AM-9:00 PM and Sunday 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM or give them a call at 307-466-8018.

Whisler Chevrolet Co. Inc.

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December 2015 Shop Green River Top Ten List

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Mine Rescue Day

Business owners, members, and individuals from our community have given shoppers their ideas for great gift items. The Chamber, in an effort to increase your bottom line and promote our “Support Your Own, Shop at Home!” effort has released its Shop Green River Top Ten List. With Christmas right around the corner, here are some items from our local business. 1.

Pink Sink Luxuries, 340 East Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, 307-871-5771—Luxurious life size soap cupcake made with the highest quality ingredients including silks and clays that make them extra bubbly and fun! The cupcakes are $6 and come in an array of scents, colors, and styles. 2. Wyoming Game and Fish, 351 W Astle Ave., Green River, 307875-3223—The perfect gift for the hunters! The Wyoming land status GPS chip is one of this year’s most popular sales items. You can purchase the GPS chip from the Green River Region Office or online at http://wgfd.wyo.gov for $105.99 (includes tax). 3. Boy Scouts of America, 98 N 1st E Street, Green River 307-8752016—Scouting items and some outdoor items. Prices range for each item. 4. Keama’s Quilts, 91 W Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, 307875-5461—You have so many options at Keama’s Quilts. Unique sewing notions, Wyoming fabric/yarn, fabric to create quilts, blankets, and many more! 5. Earthwise Herbal & Massage, 224 Uinta Drive, Green River, 307 -828-1388—Earthwise Herbal & Massage has so many gift items to choose from! Massage gift certificates, herbal remedies to beat the cold and flu season, Busy Bee products, Unique Jewelry, Paintings by Angie Bennett, Furniture by Mark Lutz, and Dragonfly Designs by Donna Ragsdale. 6. Wyoming Embroidery & Sporting Goods, 420 Uinta Drive, Green River, 307-875-5334—Wyoming Embroidery has unique Wyoming items for relatives out of town, they can show their support for our area too! Wyoming Embroidery also has a great selection of outdoor and hunting items. 7. Sweetwater County Museum, 3 East Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, 307-872-6435—Knightia is an extinct species of fish and the official fossil of the state of Wyoming. They are found locally in the Green River formation, one of the largest fossil deposits in the world. Fish fossils range from $5-$20 depending on the size. 8. Hampton Inn & Suites, 1055 Wild Horse Canyon Road, Green River, 307-875-5300—Have family coming in to town? Or want a gift for yourself? Book a “Super Family Fun Night Package” with the Hampton Inn for $80 + tax. This package includes two queen bed junior suite, large two topping pizza, popcorn and 4 sodas, On -Demand movie of your choice, free hot breakfast, indoor pool and spa, exercise room, and free Wi-Fi. 9. Get Real Coffee, 71 Uinta Drive, Green River, 307-875-1488— Can’t figure out what to buy your loved ones? How about a Gift Certificate from Get Real Coffee! 10. Golden Hour Senior Center, 550 Uinta Drive #A, Green River, 307-872-3223. Golden Hour Senior Center will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fair on December 4th and 5th, there will be many local artists and crafters at the fair selling homemade crafted and custom made items. This is the perfect time to look through all the great items!

Holiday Closure Notice The Green River Chamber of Commerce will be closed December 24th-January 1st. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, January 4th.

On October 30th, the City of Green River was the first community in America to hold a celebration in recognition of National Mine Rescue Day. In perfect Wyoming style the day turned out to be cold and windy. Though the weather did us no favors the community turned out in great numbers to pay respect to the men and women past, present and future who risk their lives to help their fellow miners. Many of this community’s industry and political leaders were in attendance on Friday. Senator Bernadine Craft read a proclamation from the Office of Governor Mead recognizing Mine Rescue Day in the state of Wyoming, Secretary of State Murray sent a poignant letter to the community and Mayor Rust read the first Mine Rescue Day proclamation which originated right here in Green River. Members of Mutual Aid, and cooperative of rescue teams from the mines performed a reenactment of an actual mine rescue, and to end the event the ribbon was cut on the beautiful bronze statue, “Shift Change” by Bryan Cordova, as it took its permanent place at the Mining Memorial Park. Green River is honored to have been the first city to recognize all of the valiant individuals above ground and below who are involved in mine rescue. You perform a great service to the state of Wyoming, your country and most of all, your community. Thank you for your participation in this event: Mine Rescue Team members; Senator Bernadine Craft; Mayor Pete Rust; Ken Ball, Vice President Holmes Mine Rescue Association; Terry Adcock, Wyoming Director of State Inspectors; Dustan Crelly, Assistant Director MSHA; Jeiremy Gomez, Chairman, Green River Arts Council; Jerry Klein, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County; Joe Thompson, Solvay; and Brian Cordova, artist. Others in attendance include: Fred von Ahrens, Mine Manager Tronox; John Fackrell, Mine Manager Tata Chemicals; David Caplan, Director of Cooperate Communication Tronox; Representative JoAnn Dayton; Commissioner Wendling; Councilman Allan Wilson; Councilman Brett Stokes;Councilman Mark Peterson; Councilman Gary Killpack; Former Mayor, Hank Castillon. Special thanks to: OCI; Solvay; Tronox; Black Butte Mine; TATA; MSHA; Jim Bridger Power; Miner’s Hospital; Green River Arts Council; City of Green River; Green River Chamber.

Green River Chamber of Commerce 1155 W Flaming Gorge Way Green River, WY 82935

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~Green River Chamber Newsletter~

December 2015

2016 Crystal Classic Winter Festival What art form utilizes chainsaws, handsaws, hairdryers, irons and chisels? Why only the art of Ice Carving, which is the main event during the Crystal Classic Winter Festival. Each year carvers gather in Green River, WY from all over the United States to work with massive blocks of ice weighing over 300 pounds apiece. You won’t want to miss this family fun weekend filled with activities for people of all ages. We will once again be holding our ever popular Soup Cook Off on Friday evening. This year we are opening up a Junior Chef category for those 10-17 years old. Registration for the competition is now open. You ask what else is going on during this time? Don’t miss the Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Strolling Magic, Live Music or roasting marshmallows over the fire for your s’more while you ponder over your 2015 People’s Choice Competition—T-Rex vote for the People’s Choice Ice Sculpting Competition. If you say this isn’t enough well then by artist Greg Butauski make sure not to miss our Sponsor Walk carved out of ice, interactive ice games or the fireworks display for all to enjoy.

Curious about the

Sponsor Walk? There is still plenty of time to get your business involved in the Sponsor Walk which will light up the Park on Friday evening and is a great way to get your business out to the public and support this family fun event in Green River. If the evening event isn’t for you or your little ones, then we hope Saturday will be. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast hosted by our local Boy Scout Troop 312, the Frostbite 5K Walk/Run and many more activities. Our main events for the day will be the National Ice Carving Association Sanctioned Ice Carving Competition and a family friendly Magic show in the Pavilion. We can’t wait to see you at this year's Crystal Classic Winter Festival. For more information call 307-872-0514. How can I become a part of the Crystal Classic? The top 10 ways you can become involved in the Crystal Classic Winter Festival 10. Compete in the 5th Annual Soup Cook Off, now with a new Junior Chef category for 10-17 year olds. Registration now open! 9. Register a team for the Snow Boot Softball Tournament. 8. Run or Walk the Crystal Classic Frostbite 5k. 7. Roast a marshmallow and make a FREE s’more with us.