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Chamber of Commerce Volume 21 Issue 10

NEWSLETTER

October 2015

September Red Carpet Award—Katie Duncombe Katie Duncombe with the Green River Recreation Center was nominated for September’s Red Carpet Award by Jackie Jensen. Jackie had this to say about Katie, “My kids attended the Summer Day Camp and we needed a few accommodations and had several questions. She handled our issues with grace and professionalism. We did not expect her to accommodate us, let alone offer suggestions and solutions. She was amazing at helping us to let our kids enjoy all the summer activities she planned. Thank you Katie.” Katie received a $25 Gift Certificate, a Red Carpet Pin, as well as other advertising. She will be entered in the Red Carpet of the Year Award for 2015 to be presented in 2016. Pictured: Chamber Board Member Misty Springer presenting Katie Duncombe with her Gift Certificate and Red Carpet Award Pin.

Lunch and Learn - “Providing Networking Opportunities” THE HAMPTON INN October’s Luncheon will be held on Wednesday the 21st at noon at the Hampton Inn in Green River. We will hear from Dan Wheeler about ways to protect yourself from identity theft and Donna Little-Kaumo with Sweetwater County School District #2. The Hampton Inn will be catering, please RSVP by Monday, October 19th by 10:00 AM. At September’s Luncheon, we heard from City Administrator Reed Clevenger and city representatives Chris Meats, Brett Stokes, Misty Springer, Brad Raney, Laura Profaizer, and Mark Westenskow on “State of the City”. The winners from September’s Lunch and Learn were as follows: Melinda Baas with YWCA won the quarter page ad in our Newsletter; Aaron Wostrel with United Site Services won the free flyers for our Newsletter; Barbara Nickels-Smith won the business profile in our Newsletter; Pictured L-R: Front: Jennie Melvin, Cari Kragovich, Laura Profaizer, Brett Stokes, Mike Nelson, Jennifer Baker with Elwood Staffing won free and City Administrator Reed Clevenger. Back: Chris Meats, Mark Westenskow, Brad Raney, Misty radio ads; Regina Clark with Bank of the West Springer, Chief Chris Steffen, and Mike Liberty. won the 50/50 raffle, Regina donated her winnings to the back pack program—thank you Regina!; Joe Killpack with Newpeak Construction won cookie dough from Papa Murphy’s and Sheela Schermetzler with Golden Hour Senior Center won cheesy bread from Papa Murphy’s; Penny Pizzie with Northern Title won Fall Festival Dinner tickets donated by Golden Hour Senior Center; Mindy France with Northern Title and Marc Hammond each won tickets to Oktoberfest donated by Young at Heart Center. 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, October 19th by 10:00 AM. If you know by October 19th 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 September 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!   

October 2015

Information Distributed

Halloween will be here before you know it—go out and find a great costume and start decorating! Relocation Packets The Pumpkin Patch will start on October 9th in Green River Vacation Packets and Rock Springs, make sure to check it out!

August 2015

Year to Date

6

74

6

52

0

1175

0

0

City of Green River Pins

0

130

Gift Certificates

876

5,706

Dollar Amount

$22,850.58

$157,243.86

Brochure Racks

2,839

13,093

Chamber Kiosk

1,425

11,452

Walk Ins

1,905

14,075

Web Site Hits

52,293

390,504

Web Site Sessions

1,591

16,098

E-Mails

869

5,979

New Facebook Likes

17

1,545

Convention Packets

Visit the Green River Recreation Center on Halloween while Wyoming Pins you’re out trick-or-treating!

Sales Tax Disbursements–August 2015 County $1,939,294 Green River $897,663 Rock Springs $1,696,075 Lodging Tax Sweetwater County –August 2015 County $7,904 Green River $26,000 Rock Springs $91,631 Labor Force Employment Sweetwater County July 2015 21,994 June 2015 22,098 July 2014 22,175 Unemployment Sweetwater County July 2015 983 June 2015 1,089 July 2014 945 Statewide Employment July 2015 302,870 June 2015 302,701 July 2014 299,453 Statewide Unemployment July 2015 11,441 June 2015 12,446 July 2014 12,245

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.

October 2015

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

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October/November Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday 1

Friday 2

HIWG, 7pm

Saturday 3

Power of Pink Barrel Race (EC)

Power of Pink Barrel Race (EC)

Govt. Affairs, 8am

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5

Power of Pink Barrel Race (EC)

6 Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

7

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

8 Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

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

12 Columbus Day

2nd Annual Tattoo Convention, 12pm (EC)

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2nd Annual Tattoo Convention, 12pm (EC)

2nd Annual Tattoo Convention, 12pm (EC)

Pumpkin Patch Opens (GR & RS)

Trunk or Treat, 11am (Downtown GR)

2nd Annual Tattoo Convention, 12pm (EC) 4H Horse Development Meeting, 6:30pm (EC)

RS Motocross Meeting, 6:30pm (EC)

11

9 Bus. Dev. & Ret. Meeting, 8:30am

13

14

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

15

YWCA Women High Tea, 10am (Expedition Island)

16

Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

17

Oktoberfest, 5pm (EC)

Oktoberfest, 5pm (EC)

Chamber Board Meeting, 7:30am

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

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20

Life R U Ready, 8am Life R U Ready, 8am (EC) (EC) Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

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26 Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC) Ride Em High 4H Ride Night, 6pm (EC)

1

2

Lunch and Learn, 12pm (Hampton Inn GR)

GR City Council Meeting, 7pm

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23

Life R U Ready, 8am (EC)

Mountain States Circuit Finals, 7:30pm (EC)

24 Mountain States Circuit Finals, 7:30pm (EC)

Mountain States Circuit Finals, 7:30pm (EC)

Life R U Ready, 8am (EC)

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

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29

Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

31

Costume Roller Skate Night (GR Recreation Center)

Sweetwater County Fair Board Meeting, 7pm (EC)

3 Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

21

4 City Council, 7pm

Hotdoggers 4H Meeting, 7pm (EC)

Roller Derby Practice, 5:30pm (EC)

5

6

Indoor Arena Closed (EC)

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 6pm (EC)

7

HIWG, 7pm

Govt. Affairs, 8am

Southwest Wyoming BMX, 1pm (EC)

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

October 2015

Sweetwater County Library Halloween Events 300 N. 1st East, Green River: Zombie Walk Saturday, Oct. 3 — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Join us in the afternoon for a family-friendly Zombie Walk down Flaming Gorge Way — then compete in the costume contest! Teens and adults are welcome to attend the gory Zombie Party and screening of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead.” Harry Potter Party! Saturday, Oct. 10 — 1 to 3 p.m. Dare to enter the Tri-Wizard Tournament at our Harry Potter-themed extravaganza! Dance your way through the Yule Ball, battle dragons, attend the house sorting, receive your magic wand and more! Volunteers wanted. Contact the Youth Services department for more information. White Mountain Library Halloween Events 2935 Sweetwater Drive, Rock Springs: Halloween Carnival Saturday, Oct. 31 — 1 to 3 p.m. This FREE Halloween Carnival is for kids of all ages and their families. Drop in for fun Halloween games and more! Halloween Movie Night for Teens Saturday, Oct. 31 @ 4:30 Who needs trick or treating? Teens can enjoy a laugh at the library with the movie “Young Frankenstein,” and have some pizza and candy! At Rock Springs Library Halloween Events 400 C Street, Rock Springs: Middle School Halloween Party Wednesday, Oct. 28 @ 3:30 p.m. Join the Halloween fun with your peers! Dress in costume, play games, have treats and enjoy the festivities of this spooky holiday!

Green River Tire Ribbon Cutting The Green River Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting for Green River Tire on Wednesday, October 16th. Green River Tire is a tire and tire service provider serving customers all over Wyoming. Make sure to stop by and visit them, open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM-1:00PM or give them a call at 307-875-4200 located at 425 Uinta Drive in Green River. Pictured L-R: Chamber Finance and Membership Manager Lisa Herrera, Blair Graham, Camille Wiseman, Amber Zmolek, Arye Ydiando, Scott Steverwald, Jace Tatum, Mark Clark, Representative Ted Barney, Cody Bowles, Gary Rodriguez, City Administrator Reed Clevenger, Irene Shiner, Travis Samulski, Kat Kolsar-Picoldi, and Juanita Guthrie.

October 2015

~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

Adopt-A-Tree

Flaming Gorge Way BINGO! It’s that time of year again. Christmas is almost here! The trees along Uinta Drive are ready to be adopted and decorated for the holidays starting Monday, November 2nd. Trees cost $35 each and we will accept cash, check, or credit card. There will be a 5% fee on all credit card transactions. There are a limited number of trees, so adopt one fast! All trees are on a first-come, firstserve basis.

Trees on Uinta Drive need to be decorated with small lights only. You may also have a 24”X24” sign next to the tree. NO ornaments, ribbon, garland, or other decorations are allowed. You may start decorating your tree the third week of November, the exact date is TBA. A traveling trophy and cash will be presented to the best decorated tree. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place trees. Each tree will have a stake with a corresponding number to help you pick your favorite one. For more information, please contact the Green River Chamber of Commerce at 307-875-5711 or stop by 1155 W Flaming Gorge Way.

Don’t miss your chance to win $300! The Green River Chamber is giving everyone (18 and older) the chance to win $300! You will have to stop by participating businesses to get your stamp on your Bingo card and ask them each three questions: How long have you been in business? What is the most popular item/service at your business? How does your business benefit Green River? We would like our community to be involved in our local businesses and learn more about them! You will have until October 16th to get your Bingo cards stamped. Black out cards will have the chance to win $300, X cards have the chance to win $200, and a straight card has the chance to win $100. Drawing will be held on October 21st. One entry per person. Stop by the Green River Chamber to pick up your Bingo card or visit our website to print one off at www.grchamber.com. Call 307-875-5711 for more info.

Candidates Nominated for a Chamber Board Director Position to Serve a Three Year Term Amber Zmolek

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I grew up in Torrington, Wyoming. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Wyoming where I received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I began my career with Farm Bureau Financial Services in the home office in Laramie, Wyoming in 2012. I advanced my career with Farm Bureau Financial Services as an insurance agent with moving to Green River in August 2015. I am still active in the Laramie community through the community service organization, Zonta Club of Laramie, which advocates to advance the status of women locally and internationally. My husband, Jon, and I have a dog and a cat. We enjoy taking our dog camping and going for regular, long evening walks. I also enjoy cooking and baking in my spare time. I am enjoying being involved in the Green River community and am looking to advance my participation.

Dan Perusich My name Is Dan Perusich (pronounced Per-ooo-sitch!) and I hail from Chicago, Illinois. I arrived in Green River in early June to assume the role of Director of Workforce and Community Development (and Director of the Green River Center) for Western Wyoming Community College. In my role, I oversee a department that serves the needs of the workforce and community members in Green River and throughout Sweetwater County. The town of Green River has been amazing at welcoming my family with open arms and we are elated to become contributing members to this wonderful community.

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~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~

October 2015

Red Carpet Nominations— “Promoting the Community”

As a Member of the Green River Chamber:

Deb Durain Business: Ace Hardware Why: Deb is a very friendly and helpful person. Nominated by: Wanda Martin

You will have access to a Membership mailing list to mail out any event information you would like to. You also have access to use our bulk mail permit Jeff Stout for a discount when you mail out at least 200 Business: Hitching Post pieces of mail. Restaurant and Saloon

New Members—Welcome!

Why: It is a new business in town that had hired our young people so they have an opportunity to learn a trade as they go to school or are raising their family. It was a well needed business and an asset to Green River. Nominated by: Hazel Koenig

White Pine Ski Resort 74 White Pine Road Pinedale, WY 82941 P:(307) 367-6606 F:(307) 367-8642 Regular Winter Hours: Thursday-Sunday 9:00AM-4:00PM White Pine is open all of Christmas break and most holidays. Come Katie Duncombe join us on the slopes! Business: Green River Recreation Center Grill Hours: 11:00AM-3:00PM Why: My kids attended the Summer Day Camp and we needed a few Bar hours: 12:00PM-Negotiable accommodations and had several questions. She handled our issues with grace and professionalism. We did not expect her to Green River Tire accommodate us, let alone offer suggestions and solutions. She was 425 Uinta Drive amazing at helping us to let our kids enjoy all the summer activities Green River, WY 82935 she planned. Thank you Katie. (307) 875-4200 Nominated by: Jackie Jensen Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Darren Gregory Business: Darren’s Towing Welcome to Green River Tire, your number one source for all local Why: Darren’s is known for fast, friendly service. Great with all cars and Green River, WY tire services. We are dedicated to giving you the trucks regardless of year or model. He has always been so helpful. very best tire repair service, with a focus on upfront and honest Very deserving. quotes, timely response to issues, and quality products and parts. Nominated by: Randy Walker New Peak Construction 2524 Knadler Laramie, WY 82072 (307) 875-4494

Keisha Business: China Garden Why: She is always so kind and meets all needs. Nominated by: Jackie

New Peak Construction Company is a Wyoming-based and Wyoming-owned construction services company that takes pride in Wyoming values. Our company has two locations in the state, Laramie serving Southeast Wyoming and in Green River serving Southwest Wyoming. We offer general constructing services in the areas of residential homes, light commercial, residential development and specialize in small medical facilities. The company has earned First place recognition from the University of Wyoming for its business plan in 2008 with the College of Business 10K Business Competition. We embrace emerging technologies and practices that make the difference for our clients.

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.

Sweetwater County Community Nursing 333 Broadway, Suite 110 Rock Springs, WY 82901 P: (307) 922-5390 F: (307) 922-5496 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Green River - Every Tuesday by appointment only at 550 Uinta Drive, Suite E

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. Ink Fest Tattoo Show October 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 12 AM to 12 PM at the Sweetwater County Events Complex. Bring ID 18 to enter 21 to drink. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 12 and under are free. Cash, check, and credit card will be accepted. There will be a 5% fee on all CC transactions.

Public Health Services including maternal child health, HIV/STI testing and counseling, diabetes education, best beginnings, emergency preparedness, health emergency classes, immunizations, YWCA Celebrating Women High Tea pregnancy testing, and blood pressure screening. Adult home Saturday, October 10th at the Expedition Island in Green River, health services and foreign travel vaccine. Open since 1950's. 2:00-4:00 PM. Tickets are $20. Cash and check will be accepted.

October 2015 ~ Green River Chamber Newsletter ~ Business Profile—Sweetwater County Library System

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Were @ Your Library You may think of your library as only a building full of books. But step inside or visit our website and you’ll be surprised at what is available to you. And all you need to access these great resources is a library card. Audiobooks: Download books or check out a Playaway – just add headphones. Movies: Streaming and downloadable movies to watch on your laptop or handheld device or check out DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. Music: Streaming and downloadable music that’s iPod compatible or check out CDs. Homework help: Visit the library’s website to get help from a tutor at Tutor.com or ask a librarian how to use the library’s online resources. Mobile phone apps: Visit the library’s website to find out about apps for your phone. The apps help you find books and learn about upcoming library events and activities. Language Lessons: Need a crash course in French or Japanese before your next vacation? Free online language learning courses are available through Mango languages on the library’s website. Digital Magazines: Access Zinio Digital Magazines from the library’s website to check out more than 100 digital magazines to enjoy on our PC, tablet or smartphone. Genealogy Research Help: Find out if you’re descended from royalty or related to one of the Founding Fathers with one of the library’s online genealogical resources. Research at the library or from home with Ancestry.com or MyHeritage. Activities for Kids and Adults: Programs for both younger and older folks. For kids, activities include everything from Story Time to crafts. For adults, you can look to your local library for book clubs, lectures, musical performances and much more. Check the library’s website for a schedule. Experts: Let one of the librarians show you shortcuts for researching, tips for building a better resume, or recommend your next book. These 10 things and more are all at your library at 300 N 1 st East or www.sweetwaterlibraries.com.

2015 Sweetwater County Photo Contest Winners We left it up to the public to choose the last winning picture in the 2015 Sweetwater County Photo Contest. The winner of the People’s Choice award went to Jerry Brown. Jerry received a $25 Gift Certificate along with a winners trophy. Congratulations Jerry! Joanne Zotti was the Grand Champion overall winner of the 2015 Sweetwater County Photo Contest. Joanne received a $100 Gift Certificate along with a winners trophy. Congratulations Joanne!

Pictured: Jerry Brown and his granddaughter Evie.

Attention Retailers! Holiday Promotion Luncheon

1455 Dewar Drive Rock Springs, WY 82901 307-362-3743 100% Wyoming Owned Eleven locations throughout the state of Wyoming! An independent agency offering personal & commercial insurance with a variety of carriers to choose from including: Allied/Nationwide, Safeco, MetLife, Progressive, Foremost, Allianz, Philadelphia, EMC, Berkley, Zurich, bituminous, Great American, One Beacon, Travelers, and many more. Personal Lines Staff Tanya Wolf-Zambai—Personal Lines Producer Mary P Taylor, CISR—Personal Lines Manager Raquel Walker—Personal Lines Account Manager Juanita Ramos—Personal Lines Account Manager

Retailers are invited to promote their business at the November Holiday Promotion Lunch & Learn. November’s Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at Noon at the Hampton Inn. If you would like to promote your business, any prodCommercial Lines Staff ucts, events, or specials for the holiday season, please contact the Green River Jessica White—Commercial Lines Producer Chamber of Commerce at 307-875-5711. Rob Zotti, CIC—Commercial Producer & Branch Leader Space is limited! Charlene Pflieger—Commercial Lines Account Manager ~Superior Customer Service ~ ~Annual Account Reviews ~ ~Knowledgeable Staff ~

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

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~Green River Chamber Newsletter~

October 2015

Mustang Versatility—Trail Ride Buckle Series 2015

Youth & Mustang Challenge – A First for Wyoming!

Pictured above: (L-R): Mandy Eyre & Lou; Danika Nageli & Sheby; Lynn Huckaby; Cassidy Calhoun & Veronica; Savannah Maughan & Juno

Cassidy Calhoun and her filly Veronica received 1st Place and $400 in cash; Danika Nageli and her filly Shelby received 2 nd place and $300 in cash; Mandy Eyre and her filly Lou received 3rd place and $200 in cash and Savannah Maughan and her filly Juno finished in 4th place and received a $100 in cash. These young Mustangs not only did their four required maneuvers they also did much more. They crossed a tarp, were saddled and much more. These young trainers had done a fantastic job with them. The fillies were then auctioned off to the highest bidder. Cassidy Calhoun and Danika Nageli family’s both purchased their fillies. Stacey Brittenham, of Rock Springs bought Mandy Eyre’s filly Lou. Savannah’s filly Juno went to the Honor Farm in Riverton, to finish her training and will make someone a very nice horse! Trish Calhoun, Cassidy’s mom said, “This has been a very rewarding experience for these young trainers. They all learn a lot about the Mustangs and found them to be very willing learners.” The awards, prize money and help with putting the Youth & Mustang event on, was made possible by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in partnership with the BLM and T.I.P. Trainer Lynn Huckaby. The Mustang Versatility Committee looks forward to doing this again next year!!!

The Youth and Mustang Challenge in Wyoming was hosted by the Mustang Versatility of Southwest Wyoming in partnership with Mustang Heritage Foundation. Youth trainers between the ages of 12 and 16 picked up their BLM Mustangs in mid-July. They were picked up at the Rock Springs Wild Horse and Burro holding facility and all were from the Salt Wells Herd Management Area. They had 60 days to train their horses to lead, pick-up all four feet, back-up and load in a trailer. They were then invited to come back and show their yearling Mustangs at the last All Breed Series Trail Competition September 12, 2015 in Rock Springs, Wyoming at the Events Complex Indoor Arena. The young trainers Cassidy Calhoun, Savannah Maughan, Danika Nageli, (all from Utah), and Mandy Eyre, (Mountain View, WY were all beaming as the brought their young fillies into the arena. After each of them showcased their horses for the judges they were presented their placing.

Pictured above: Cassidy Calhoun & Veronica walking over tarp.