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Our View: City has to privatize

While city officials haven’t decided if they will privatize the solid waste department, the budget passed last month all but finalizes privatization. While city rates for solid waste management did increase, those rates were not increased to...

 
 By Devon Brubaker    Opinion    July 19, 2017 

Notes from Town Square: Air service enhancement

Sweetwater County is home to over 130,000 annual airline passengers. Over 39,000 of those call Green River home. To ensure that reliable commercial air service is available to our community, the city of Green River has partnered with Sweetwater...

 
 By Trudy Lieberman    Opinion    July 19, 2017 

U.S. healthcare ranked lower than in most developed nations

One thing I haven’t heard much in this latest healthcare debate is that the U.S. has the best health system in the world. That’s different from the last two times around. When the nation debated the Clinton health plan in 1994 and the Affordable...

 

Our View: Respect goes both ways

Last week, Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter accused the Sweetwater County Commissioners of being disrespectful towards other elected officials near the end of the county’s budget process, and we’re inclined to agree with him....

 

Letter: Star covered a 'nothing event'

Dear Editor, While I am amused at your (Stephanie Thompson and David Martin) attempts to make a story out of a nothing event, it is misleading to some people. The public should not expect to wait 50-60 minutes in line to pay taxes at the Sweetwater...

 

Letter: Fire warden upset over July 4 fires

Dear Editor, As the Sweetwater County Fire Warden, I would first like to thank the great majority of our county residents who used caution and common sense in their use of fireworks in their celebrations of the founding of our great country on the ev...

 

Letter: 10 million may lose insurance

Dear Editor, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and 52 Republican senators are about to kill the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and strip 10 million people of their health insurance. Fifty two Republican senators screwing 10 million Americans out of...

 
 By Kevin Sadler    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Notes from Town Square: Concussions in youth sports

In response to mounting evidence that concussions have the potential to cause long-term damage and have a devastating effect on young brains, a major focus has been given to concussions in youth sports. Specifically, causes of concussions, how to...

 

Surviving the long road trip

Yes, the Thompson family once again survived the long 18-hour drive to and from Minnesota. The trip itself was a blast, but the grueling hours spent in the car with a son who never stops talking is...

 

Our view: Fireworks rules need consistency

In what may seem schizophrenic from our editorial last week, we believe the city needs to be clear in how it handles fireworks-related issues. Last week, we advocated for a set area, the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport in our example,...

 
 By Jennie Melvin    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Notes from town square: Enjoying fun in the sun

The Green River URA/Main Street Agency is excited about this summer. We kicked it off with a Movie in the Park. This event was hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department in the past and had to be cut due to budget restrictions, but we are...

 
 By Amanda Benson    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Artifact of the Month: The GAR flag

This month’s artifact of the month is the first of a four-month series revolving around World War I and patriotic artifacts. The Sweetwater County Museum will host a traveling exhibit on World War I from mid-July to early October, to celebrate the...

 

Notes from Town Square: The city's budget process

The governing body passed the recent fiscal year 2017-2018 budget this last week as part of the June 20 council meeting. This year’s internal budget process was again focused on maintaining service levels with less funding. To get to this approval...

 

Our View: Fireworks can create opportunity

Green River is sitting on a fantastic business opportunity. With Rock Springs canceling their July 4 fireworks show, Green River can capitalize and draw Rock Springs residents to the city for its own fireworks display.  We’re not criticizing the...

 
 By Jillian Balow    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Education superintendent discusses school funding work

Having attended legislative committee meetings, educator trainings, and community events these past several weeks, I felt it was time to update you on school funding and another topic I have been working on since being elected:    School funding: ...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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