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Our View: Flaming Gorge Days will be great

We’ve heard a lot of talk in Green River about how Flaming Gorge Days will be different this year, with a few pessimistic voices claiming it won’t be good because the events have been relocated to Expedition Island. We think they’re dead...

 

When life gives you lemons

It seems like whenever you least expect it, life decides to hand you a bunch of lemons. For me, my turn to receive a handful of lemons was on Friday. The day started out with me waking up with a...

 
 By Trudy Lieberman    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Patient-centered care shouldn't be just a marketing slogan

Recently I heard from a woman in rural Nebraska who told me about her 76-year old father, who in late April had a lemon-size cancerous mass removed from his brain. The man chose to have his chemotherapy and radiation treatments at a hospital close...

 

Our View: No debate and no leadership

Last week, when the Green River City Council was supposed to discuss and deliberate on an increase to residents’ solid waste rates, anyone interested in listening to what individual Council representatives thought about the proposed increase was...

 

Notes from Town Square: Running for your life

Run for your life. This phrase can have many meanings, but in the Green River Parks and Recreation Department, we are talking about health. More specifically we are talking about the benefits of running. Everyone knows that running is good for your...

 
 By Jennie Melvin    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Placemaking in Green River

Last month, Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, Inc., conducted training for communities statewide, “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities” in Douglas. “Cultivating Place” is a series of intensive trainings...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    June 14, 2017

A dangling road annoyance

Driving along throughout Sweetwater County, it’s easy to become annoyed with one’s fellow motorist. I’m not annoyed too much with people who make a turn without using their signal or someone...

 

Our View: Hospital agreement benefits GR

Green River’s residents stand to benefit from a potential affiliate agreement between Castle Rock Hospital District and Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and we’re happy to see the two healthcare organizations taking the first steps in...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Lifelong Learning: Bringing successful leadership

I read an article in the Athletic Business magazine, from April 2017, entitled, “Commonsense tips for Successful Leadership” by Don Schumacher. Schumacher is the recently retired Executive Director of the National Association of Sports...

 

Letter: Green River as I seen it in 1943

Dear Editor, The main highway 30 ran straight through town. There were no tunnels by passing town. There was a great high school, Lincoln High, gymnasium and track and football field now demolished. The main street was lined with trees, green lawns,...

 

Our View: Not like the national media

Many readers have no doubt heard about newly-elected Montana governor Greg Gianfonte “body slamming” a reporter from UK-based news organization The Guardian. Regardless of where individual opinions lie with what happened, one thing we can all...

 
 By Holden Wright    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Notes from Town Square: Spring construction in GR

Spring has sprung, and with the change of weather comes a new slate of construction projects throughout the City of Green River. Several Sixth Penny projects are currently active in the city. This includes the completion of Second South Street, the...

 

Elderly may see drastic cuts in Medicaid, Medicare services

Older Americans may be in for a rough ride if the changes Washington politicians are considering come to pass. Because good, explanatory journalism is in short supply and TV shouting matches don’t tell you much, I decided to use this space to discu...

 

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...

 

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