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Our View:GR's future remains bright

Losing Green River’s Shopko Hometown store was certainly a blow to many residents throughout the city, but we believe the city will ultimately thrive once a new business makes use of the property. The space has long been a spot for a small-scale de...

 
 By Mike Leman    Opinion    February 13, 2019 

Why life must be an inalienable right

My dad started teaching me hunter safety at our ranch outside of Douglas when I was 8 years old. One of the most important lessons was this: “Never pull the trigger unless you’re ready to accept the consequences.” Of course, this means you...

 

U.S. may seek to lower drug costs

David Mitchell is a man with a mission. He is determined to stitch together a movement that will finally smash the power of the pharmaceutical industry and bring pocketbook relief to millions of Americans who need expensive drugs. Mitchell, a...

 

Playing with Power: A cheat that stands the test of time

For gamers in their late 30s and early 40s, one of the most memorable aspects of the games released on the Nintendo Entertainment System is their brutal difficulty. The concept of “Nintendo hard...

 

Our View: Cities gain from school rivalry

We are proud of Sweetwater County’s high school students. During the annual friendly blood drive between Green River and Rock Springs high schools, students raised a total of 713 pints of blood. The schools almost raised exactly the same amounts,...

 

Our View: We must save the Carnegie

The Carnegie Library building in Green River is the focus of a $12,000 grant to pay for a structural study on the building and we’re hoping it reveals a way to save the building. We agree with Brie Blasi, director of the Sweetwater County...

 

Award-winning work at the Star

To be honest, I’ve never cared about winning awards for my work. I won’t argue that it doesn’t feel good to have our work recognized by our peers. It does. I also won’t argue against how good...

 

Legislators urged to vote against HB140

HB140 (48-hour waiting period for abortion) is an unnecessary, discriminatory bill, and an example of government overreach. This bill requires that a woman wait at least 48 hours after receiving information about ultrasound before she is allowed to h...

 

Action urged against HB140

Supporters, doubtlessly, you’re bringing your own personal religious bottom lines to bear on this intensely private matter, HB140, that, truthfully, is none of your beeswax! Why should we tolerate your push to inflict your positions on us? The...

 

Our View: Bills will not promote transparency

In any democratic government, transparency is key to good governance and enhances trust between the people government serves and the elected officials sworn to represent their constants. When Gov. Mark Gordon announced his intent to form a financial...

 

Letter: BLM lease deferrals called for

Southwest Wyoming anchors the longest known mule deer migration in the world.  This region is also central in the nation’s energy development, and current federal “energy dominance” policy has sped up the leasing process.  Despite the...

 

Hospital thanks county for $1 million

Like anything, a 40-year-old building shows signs of wear. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is no exception. Sweetwater Memorial has a list of projects on its maintenance list. One of those at the top of that list is a project to upgrade the...

 

Changes coming to Star

Changes are coming to the Green River Star, and we’re definitely excited about what the future holds. The change readers will likely notice this week is new titles given to Stephanie Thompson and...

 

Our View: Watch out for the plows

It’s that time of the year where a lot of Green River’s residents think about warmer climates and avoid any mention of the four-letter word referring to cold, fluffy white stuff. While it goes without saying that the county’s motorists should...

 

Grocery tax a blow to poor

A lot of blood, sweat and years went into the fight to remove state sales taxes from groceries in Wyoming. It finally happened in 2006. Former State Rep. Ann Robinson (D-Casper) spent eight years bringing bill after bill to the Wyoming House before...

 

Seeking efficiencies in Wyoming

As the 2019 legislative session approaches, a major discussion topic in state government from 2018 moves to action. That topic is “government efficiency.” You’ve likely heard it mentioned on the campaign trail from candidates, in news...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Lifelong learning: Paying yourself

If you are like me, you worry a little about stretching the dollar during the holidays. Of course, as has always been the case no matter where I have worked in education, my December paycheck has arrived the last day before vacation in December....

 

Our View: Sixth-penny tax use a tough sell

The sixth penny improvement tax is almost certain be on the 2020 ballot. Both cities, as well as the county’s outlying towns, will need infrastructure improvements beyond what they can provide from...

 

Little America manager voices concerns about truck stop

Editor’s note: What follows is a email conversation between Spencer Riggs, on-site general manager at the Little America west of Green River and the Star’s editor, David Martin. In order to provide Riggs’ comments the best context, we decided...

 

Outage underlines internet needs

One day without the internet doesn’t seem like that big of a deal until it happens to you. Last Thursday, as my coworkers and I tried to go about getting our work done, we quickly realized just how...

 

Explore beyond county borders

I had the chance to visit Japan last month. The only thought I’ve had on my mind since returning is how much I’d like to venture away and see world. I’ve always been fascinated with Japan. Its c...

 

Our View: City, county had a great 2018

Overall, we think 2018 was a good year for Green River and Sweetwater County. Green River celebrated its 150th birthday to a celebration worthy of something that occurs once every 150 years. The city has made strides in work on the UP Depot...

 

Letter: Veteran does not agree with Enzi's letter

I live many miles from Green River, but I remember visiting you town back in 2013. I enjoyed the motel and the food up near the interstate. The HR299 bill, which Senator Enzi objected to, was not a new expenditure. It was simply a return of benefits...

 

Our View: Fulfilling gambling demand not a good idea

With the attorney general’s decision that skill games terminals are illegal and playing those machines is considered gambling under state law, residents who enjoyed playing those machines are likely out of a means to enjoy those games. Of course,...

 

Enzi responds to newspaper editorial

We owe our veterans, who have sacrificed for their country, our careful consideration of legislation that would affect them so much. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is no exception. Yet the Veterans Administration continues to have serious...

 

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