Let's work together 'to make our city shine' for solar eclipse visitors

Aug 4, 2017 John L. “Lars” Baker, Mayor Riverton


Riverton is about to become one of the host cities for hundreds of thousands of people who will come to Wyoming to witness the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Our population might double for a few days.

While there will undoubtedly be some inconveniences, this will be a great opportunity to sell our community.

If eclipse watchers have a good experience while they are here, they will come back. They will come to experience the things that they become aware of while here but did not have the time to see.

o help our visitors have a good experience, and reduce our own stress levels, could I suggest a few things Fremont County people could do to help?

First, prepare for your own needs a week or two ahead. Buy your groceries and gas before the crowds arrive, because there will be lots of competition for what is in the stores starting as early as Aug. 17 and lasting for a day or two after the eclipse on Aug. 21. It may take a day or two for stores and restaurants to recover. If you are prepared, you will be able to help others, and there will be less need for you to add to the congestion.

Second, find out as much as you can about the eclipse and the services Riverton can offer so that you can be a good ambassador for the community. Material is being developed that will help in that regard.

Third, can I ask you to help clean up the city? Riverton is a beautiful place. As I drove down Main Street in the morning on my way to the recent Arbor Day and Veterans Day celebration I was struck by the trees and flowers along the street and all the flags flying. It was a beautiful sight.

We could make it even better if we worked together to cut the weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalks, clean up the alleys, and mow lawns. With hot weather arriving, the weeds are doing well. If they are not controlled now they will be three or four feet tall in a month. If you are aware of people who are unable to take care of their property due to age or incapacity, please help them as your ability allows.

During the 10 years that I have served on the Riverton city council and as mayor, I have been the most impressed by the number of people who give so much to our community. So many serve selflessly to lift others and make Riverton a great place to live. Thanks for all you do. I hope we can all work together to make our city really shine.