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Another new phase

Bring on the braces. My oldest son, Matthew, 7, got braces put on exactly two weeks ago. He was so excited to get them on and the place I took him to made it a wonderful experience. After his braces w...

 

Our View: State should look beyond fossil fuels

The coal industry will likely never return to its former glory, despite promises President Trump has made to the contrary. Fossil fuels will likely take a similar course, but not for several decades. Still, countries are starting to put the writing...

 

Notes from Town Square: Fall activities

The Green River URA/Main Street Agency finished up an exciting Farmers’ Market season Sept. 13.   We were excited to bring back past and new vendors and best of all, it didn’t even rain every Wednesday like it has been known to do. The vendors...

 

Our View: Residents support school tax

A recent Wyoming Education Association poll revealed 78 percent of voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support education in Wyoming, a finding we could see coming and will undoubtedly ruffle the feathers of conservative legislators and groups f...

 

We have colds already?

It has literally only been two weeks of school and I’m already sick. What gives? It’s like from the moment school starts until the day it ends someone in the family has a cold or worse, the flu....

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    September 6, 2017

Lifelong Learning: The difference between "with" and "for"

It’s not uncommon nowadays to see a group of people sitting together while they are all texting or checking social media on their phones. They are “with” each other in proximity but they are not actually engaged “for” each other. I think...

 

Notes from town square: Sticking to a diet and exercise plan

Deciding to start a healthy dose of exercise paired with a healthy diet is a goal for all of us, but how do you stick with it? Temptation is on every menu, in every aisle of the grocery store, and at most social gatherings. Staying consistent with an...

 

Our View: It's not all 'fake news'

As our president continues to trumpet the idea that the media is a source of evil, it is important to remember that in any group, there will be outliers that are not representative of the whole population. Some journalists use dubious tactics, make...

 

Notes from Town Square: The awful smell in town

Over the past few weeks, residents may have noticed some very foul odors coming from the Wastewater Treatment Plant on East Teton Boulevard. After extended warm periods, many bodies of water tend to “turnover,” allowing odors trapped in the deepe...

 

The Right-to-try-drug proposal is a solution for a non-existent problem

This fall the House of Representatives is likely to take up legislation passed by the Senate that gives terminally ill patients the right to try unproven, experimental drugs that are not yet on the market. Thirty-seven states have already passed...

 

Our View: Funding should not be cut

With Green River’s children going back to school today, the fight to maintain adequate school funding has never been more important. Legislators across the state, who believe themselves experts in education simply because the way they learned...

 

Off to school they go

Monday was an exciting day at my house and not because of the eclipse. It was the first day of school for my children. This year, was a little different as I realized I would no longer be driving my...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Wyoming has no tolerance for hate groups

A few days after we moved to Casper from Cheyenne in 1999, my 12-year-old son asked me something I’d been wondering myself: “Dad, where are all the black people?” Wyoming’s capital city can’t be described as even remotely diverse, with an...

 

Notes from Town Square: Intergalactic Spaceport Days

The fifth annual Intergalactic Spaceport Days are here.  Did you know that the Green River Intergalactic Spaceport is one of the top 10 unique airports, as voted by pilots in Flying Magazine and it is right here in our own backyard?   Also, the...

 

Notes from Town Square: Exercising through play

What better ways to get your exercise than to get out there and play, walk, run, or enjoy a game of basketball, racquetball, football, baseball or soccer? There are so many opportunities to do these and much more right out your back door. With an...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    August 16, 2017

Time traveling in the Wind River Range

What if you were on a long trip, and away from all media, and when you came back everything had changed? I always liked the “Planet of the Apes” movies. You go on a little space-ship ride, and look what you come back to. My immediate future...

 

Stalemate in D.C. leaves health insurance in limbo

What should you expect now that the drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears dead – at least for the moment?  Given how legislation gets made in Washington, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some elements of the repeal and...

 

Our View: The fair could be improved

The Sweetwater County Fair has come and gone. The rides, funnel cakes, the concerts and Lanky the Clown won’t come back for another year, but we think a few more things could be added to that list to make the fair better. The county fair is a...

 

Letter: Seeking an end to money in politics

Dear Editor, Money’s dominance over politics is the number one problem our nation faces. It is a growing crisis that prevents us from tackling anything else. We have now reached a stunning point: Either we are a country that makes decisions based...

 

Letter: Respecting the Founding Fathers' wishes

Dear Editor, The Founders promised that ours would be government by, of and for the people. It appears that the governed are being ruled by the governing. The servants are running the estate. Instead of us telling them what to do in Washington, they...

 

Helping American veterans at the county museum

August’s Artifact of the Month continues to focus on World War I artifacts in conjunction with the traveling World War I exhibit, “Home Front Posters of the Great War, 1917-1918,” from the Fort Casper Museum. This month’s artifact is a wool...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Lifelong learning: The transition from youth to adulthood

I recently read an article in “Fostering Families Today,” July/August 2017, titled “Partnering with Youth Through Transitions to Adulthood” by Shatiea Blount. I really enjoyed this article and I want to share it with you. I have several...

 

I know, school starts soon

Yes. I am aware that there’s only a couple of weeks left until school starts. Please stop reminding me. Maybe it’s because my youngest is going to start kindergarten this year that makes me feel...

 

Our View: Hospital costs are the problem

Most Senate Republicans are licking their wounds this week after several failed attempts of replacing or repealing the American Care Act. While we’re certain Sen. Mike Enzi will undoubtedly blame those darn Democrats for those repeated failures,...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Donald Trump on the range

(Editor note: This column is fiction, but reflects the writer’s views of where the country is headed) Maneuvering the artillery took months longer than anyone had imagined. The impatient commander-in-chief yelled and screamed and twisted and contor...

 

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