I was watching tv today and this music video came on and I couldn’t help but notice that Green River was most of the backdrop for the music video. I decided to check it out a little bit more and sure enough Ben’s Cafe (La Veracruzana), Cathy’s, Oasis Bar, Midland Hotel and Ray’s Tavern are all in the video. - Mark Porth, former Epicenter summer AmeriCorps VISTA
The Phillip Phillips’ Home Music Video features Green River! Pretty neat.
Admit it, out-of-towners. You miss the Green River Thrift Store! Well, miss those sweet goods and wares no longer. We’re helping out the Thrift Store (again) and putting up the “good stuff” for sale online. Follow the Green River Thrift Store blog or like the PACT Facebook page for all of the awesome steals to come.
Spoiler alert: Items to come include vintage wooden tennis racquets, a slide viewer, a thermos, and much much more!!!
Eat Green River Melon! is an investigation of history and stories, farming families, and agricultural economy of Green River, Utah. The project is a concentrated effort to promote authentic Green River melon, and will consist of a short documentary film (Melon Days), local hand-painted billboards, a potluck and film premiere for the entire community, merchandise, and a website. Agriculture is a source of regional pride throughout the world, and the melon is an over 100-year-old symbol of community pride in Green River. Eat Green River Melon! is a creative placemaking effort and a benchmark in Epicenter’s continued mission to promote the town, positively impact the local economy, and contribute to the community.
One part of this project is a documentary and accompanying website. Melon Days will be a thirty to ninety minute digital documentary about Green River melon. The website act as an online community for sharing Green River melon photos, recipes, viewing video clips, and purchasing melon merch. The documentary will premiere in Green River in 2013 at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum’s theater. At this community event, people can purchase promotional merchandise and printed collateral including invitations, DVDs of Melon Days, DVD packaging, t-shirts, melon stickers, bumper stickers, postcards, and posters.
The final piece of this project (for now) will be a catalog of local melon recipes, a melon field guide, old timers’ stories, local myths, and Melon Days Festival retrospective photos. The Green River Melon book’s content will be curated throughout the project. This book will not only act as the printed document for the entire project but it will also provide a how-to or case-study for similar communities to utilize in promoting their town. We intend to print 50 books in this first edition. All profits will go to Epicenter to help further serve the community of Green River. Additionally, the book will be converted for iPad and iPhone and sold online.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Nick Zdon (Former Frontier Fellow) for volunteering his time to develop this project with Epicenter. Maria and Nick collaborated on the overall idea and art concepts, but Nick provided all of the graphic design free of charge. Amazing, right?! If all goes as planned, Nick will continue to be the lead graphic designer on this project as well as the film-maker. Check out Nick’s Taco Tuesday short he made while in Green River to get an idea of his talent and style.
In addition to Nick, Epicenter would like to thank Megan Deal (Designer & Educator), Nicole Lavelle (Designer & Educator), and Kelly McAuley (Copywriter & Blogger) for their feedback throughout this project. We recently applied to Sappi’s Ideas That Matter grant for this project and their input was invaluable for our final presentation. Thank you!
Ok. We’re pretty sure the sudden temperature fluctuations have ceased and spring is here. We know this because the City finally turned on the glorious amazing brilliant beautiful perfect life-saving water feature at O.K. Anderson Park. Trust us, these guys make life better on a hot day in the desert…
In case you were wondering… no one on our staff has ever seen the Crystal Geyser go off. Still. Proposed Solution: One weekend in the next month we will camp at the geyser until it goes off. Photo to come.
Photo by Maria Sykes featuring Juanita Sykes & Kim Pruitt (on vacation in Green River this week!).
Attention Green River Residents! Depending on your income and other factors, you may qualify for a low-interest loan or grant on certain home improvements. For more information, please stop by our office at 180 South Broadway or call us at 435/564.3330 to schedule an appointment.
The purpose of this program is to provide free start to finish technical assistance to eligible applicants, including: application preparation, inspections, scope of work, choosing a contractor, executing contract documents, supervision and oversite of actual construction, coordinating with local building inspectors, purchasing replacement manufactured homes, etc. Repairs can include electrical, plumbing, roofing, siding, windows, doors, furnaces, modifications such as bathrooms, ramps, and doorways.
1) Increasing the value of your home.
2) Preventing further damage to your property.
3) Saving money through energy efficiency.
4) Remaining in your home longer despite health or disabilities.
1) Homeowners must be income qualified for family size*.
2) If home is a manufactured home, applicant must own the land it sits on.
3) If home is a manufactured home, it must have been built after 1976
4) Applicant must be the titled owner of the property.
5) The home must be your principle residence.
6) Applicant cannot have any open/unpaid judgements on their credit report.
*Please contact us for the most recent income requirements.
It’s almost warm enough outside to start planning a trip to the golf course…
Green River State Park golf course is a golf oasis on the banks of the Green River, with the Book Cliffs towering in the distance. The elevated tees and greens add character to a leisurely round of golf. The course offers fairways lined with mature cottonwood trees and water hazards from the meandering Green River. Surrounded by natural wonder, this nine-hole classic was designed to challenge the experienced player, but remain playable to newer golfers. After the challenge of nine holes, rest under a canopy of cottonwood trees on the banks of the Green River. The park is a starting point for boaters adventuring through Labyrinth and Stillwater canyons. Annual events include the 184-mile Friendship Cruise and Melon Days, which is the third weekend in September. Amenities include a boat dock and launch facilities, modern restrooms, hot showers, group camping, and covered group-use pavilion.
Nine holes of golf cost $10, and cart and club rental costs $5 each. What a steal, right?!
Great idea for Grand Junctionites: Hop on the 4pm Friday train to Green River (with your clubs or not!), book a room at the classic Robber’s Roost Motel (a short walk from the train station), eat dinner at Ray’s Tavern next door (best burgers in town), spend the next day enjoying the town of Green River (especially the golf course), book another night at the Robber’s Roost, eat dinner at the Tamarisk (best view of the river in town),
and then take the 8am Sunday morning train back to Green River. We bet you’ll spend under $125/person for the whole weekend!
Last Friday, Utah State Engineer Kent Jones approved Blue Castle Holdings’ application to lease and divert 53,600 acre-feet of water from the Green River to the company’s proposed nuclear-power plant near Green River, Utah. This means the proposed nuclear power plant is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Artist: Jim Sanborn
Title: Green River, Utah, 1997
Description: Large format projection, digital print, 30”x36”
Series: The Topographic Projections and Implied Geometries
This image was produced by direct, large format, light projection. The projector, powered by a mobile generator, was moved from site to site. All of the pieces were photographed at night using long exposures. On moonless nights, the landscape was lit with searchlights. The landforms themselves are quite large, requiring the projector and camera to be, on average, 1/2 mile away from the subject landscape.
See more of Sanborn’s work or buy the Green River, Utah, 1997 print here.