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Our View: No need to fear the future

Graduation week is in full swing in Sweetwater County. Ceremonies at Western Wyoming Community College, Green River High School and Expedition Academy have already concluded while students at Rock Springs High School will receive their diplomas Satur...

 
 By Wally Johnson    Opinion    May 24, 2017 

Multiple use of land important to Sweetwater County residents

With great fishing, hunting and recreation opportunities, Sweetwater County in southwestern Wyoming is a paradise for Americans seeking to enjoy the outdoors and the wide open spaces of our federal public lands. The Flaming Gorge National Recreation...

 
 By Mike Lowell    Opinion    May 24, 2017 

Popular programs could be cut without county funding increase

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner May 18 story, “Budget reductions could end juvenile detention program,” while factual, does not tell the whole story. The story reports that I told the Sweetwater County Commissioners May 16 that “steep budget...

 

The price of progress

When people talk about the price of progress, they are often referring to replacement of older buildings with “modern” buildings or public amenities. In the case of Green River’s Centennial Park, some century-old houses as well as an old church...

 

Preschool graduation already!

As I watched my five-year-old son John walk down the isle with a smirk on his face, my heart fluttered. Yes. There he was in his red graduation cap and gown enjoying all the attention he was receiving...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Old format gets new life online

In the previous columns I’ve written about Youtube, I’ve focused on some of the more strange and unique video channels available. Want to watch a guy build a mud hut with a heated floor or watch...

 
 By Wally Johnson    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Public lands: a shared heritage

Public lands provide high-paying quality jobs and significant tax revenues from mineral resources that drive the economy in Sweetwater County. As a four-term county commissioner, I have witnessed the benefits federal public lands provide residents...

 

Notes from Town Square: Arbor Day in GR

Arbor Day – a day dedicated to public tree planting was first observed in the 19th century over 145 years ago. The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 with a mission to “inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” This year...

 

Our View: The city needs to privatize

Discussion Tuesday night amongst the Green River City Council caused us to realize the future of affordable garbage service in Green River is in privatizing it. This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to a slick sales pitch, but a realization after...

 

Notes from Town Square: Trees will be replaced

You may be aware that the trees near the Depot are being removed. Here is some information on how and why this decision was made. In late 2013, the city of Rock Springs approached the city of Green River about the alignment of one of their proposed s...

 

Government proposes cutting support for Meals on Wheels

Federal funding for meals on wheels is on the chopping block. The Trump administration budget blueprint released in March calls for the elimination of two federal block grants:  That’s money the federal government gives the states for social...

 

Our View: Perhaps a new tax is needed

Money is tight in Sweetwater County. Budget requests to the county commissioners are encouraged to cut 10 percent from the previous year’s request. Both cities, continuing to feel the sting of declining sales-tax revenues, are looking at more cuts...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Lifelong Learning: Parenting no matter what

I don’t watch a great deal of TV and I don’t really have a favorite show when I do watch. However, this past year a dear friend of mine, and my daughter both asked me to start watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” I didn’t watch like most people mig...

 
 By Amanda Benson    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Dummy returns to museum

Back by popular demand, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is featuring the ventriloquist dummy used by Thomas C. Smith for May’s Artifact of the Month. This dummy wears a cowboy outfit, which is fitting for Wyoming. The dummy was made in...

 

Letter: Exercise your role to protect the Red Desert

Dear Editor, I grew up in a small town in Nebraska and now live in Laramie. After working summers in Grand Teton National Park, the wildness in Wyoming greatly influenced me to stay in this wonderful state. I have travelled extensively throughout the...

 

Letter: Republicans don't have a voice in caucuses

Dear Editor, The most recent election cycle brought to the attention of many Wyoming voters a situation of which they were previously not acutely aware. This came about because they wanted to participate in the presidential primary. Wyoming is not a...

 
 By Brie Blasi    Opinion    April 26, 2017

Notes from Town Square: Our heritage and the 844

As many people saw (or heard), the Union Pacific’s “Living Legend” 844 steam engine barreled into downtown Green River town once again last Wednesday. Although the 844 has made many appearances in Green River over the years, it always draws a...

 

Our View: We need a great bison barbecue

Great ideas tend to come out of nowhere. They’re the sort of inspirations that strike like lightening and linger on afterward. Recently, an idea came to our attention that could be something the local chambers of commerce, Sweetwater County Travel...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    April 26, 2017

The devil and Donald Trump, a political analogy

Jabez Stone was a New Hampshire farmer. The time was before the Civil War. Things weren’t going well for him. Boulders emerged in his fields, his potatoes got the blight, his corn went to the borers, his horse got spavins, his wife and children...

 

Letter: Energy assistance program on the chopping block

Dear Editor, Are you aware that the proposed federal budget calls for the elimination of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)?  This is the program that keeps many Wyoming residents warm in the winter.  Earlier this year, the State...

 

Letter: Trump was a good choice for President

Dear Editor, I was going to laugh at Tom Gagnon’s op-ed piece bashing Trump and Wyoming for voting for him, but then I realized it wasn’t satire. It was apparently an article written in all seriousness. It was interesting that he glossed over...

 

OUr View: Delegation should host town halls

We appreciate members of Wyoming’s delegation to Washington D.C., coming to Sweetwater County during the congressional break, but we think more could have been done to give residents a chance to voice their thoughts about what should be done in...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 19, 2017

Youtube's endless sea of weirdness, part 2

Youtube can best be described as an endless ocean of bottled messages, floating along until someone comes along, picks one up and reads it. With an estimated 819,417,600 hours of content hosted on...

 

Notes from Town Square: Pride in Green River

The Green River Chamber is excited to announce our brand new “Shop Green River” campaign. The idea was formed through the chamber’s Business Development and Retention committee to encourage Green River pride and entice people to shop locally. A...

 

Out View: Access to government can improve

When a politician complains about public’s perception of an issue or that a journalist is making a mountain out of a molehill, it’s usually because they’ve been involved in something that most people disagree with. For example, Sen. Eli...

 

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