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 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 17, 2021 

Lifelong learning: The value of pets

Much has changed in the past year and a half with COVID-19 and our abilities to be out and about as much. However, one thing that has NOT changed is the love shown to us by our pets. In fact, if you are like me, even though you have still been just...

 

Letter: King Kong is coming to Green River

Dear Editor, King Kong is coming to Green River, Wyoming. Union Wireless would like to erect an eighty-foot 5G tower in a lot immediately east of Ace Hardware. At a Planning and Zoning meeting June 9, this was discussed and somebody made the... Full story

 

Our View: Sweetwater county is the perfect place for a nuclear plant

In keeping with the slogan ‘Wyoming powers the nation,’ the state will be the site of a new nuclear power plant -- with the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs being one of the four proposed locations. As county and city leaders are...

 

Letter: Board's proposed policy highlights college's issues

Dear Editor, This letter is being written in response to the resignation of Carla Hester-Croff from the Board of Trustees at Western Wyoming Community College. It was with great sadness that I read Ms. Hester-Croff was stepping down. Ms. Hester-Croff...

 

Letter: Comments help public lands

Dear Editor, For several years, the Bureau of Land Management has been working towards publishing its Draft Resource Management Plan for its Rock Springs Field Office, which covers over 3 million acres of public lands within Sweetwater County and...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    June 10, 2021

Red flags fly over Wyoming's nuclear power 'silver bullet'

I’m not going to invest in Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s plan to bring a nuclear power plant to Wyoming. I’d also prefer to not see taxpayers like myself forced to shell out hard-earned money on such an environmentally risky venture....

 

Our View: WWCC trustee policy should be changed

Last week, we reported on Western Wyoming Community College trustee Carla Hester-Croff’s resignation following her claims of the college administration not being transparent and her concerns about a proposed board policy expanding on how a trustee...

 

Our View: Washington politics arrives in Wyo

The time between now and the 2022 election will be never ending when it comes to the race for Rep. Liz Cheney’s seat in the U.S. House. Nearly six months into her second term, she’s already facing a cadre of Republican challengers after voting...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    May 27, 2021

YouTuber offers a taste of history

One of the appeals YouTube has is the fact it can offer almost anything to anyone. Of course, much of that is nothing more than entertainment, often aimed to cultivate a persona that can be built...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Can Wyo's failing juvenile justice system be fixed?

By Kerry Drake Wyofile.com Wyoming officials knew something was seriously wrong with the state’s juvenile justice system in 1970, when a governor’s committee examined the issue and came to the startling conclusion that no system actually...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Lifelong learning: A matter of perspective

A while ago, my seven-year-old and I were watching ‘Elmo in Grouchland’. In the Elmo movie, Huxley, the villain, steals Elmo’s blanket. When Elmo asks for his blanket back, Huxley says, “If I touch it, I own it” then he touches a variety...

 

Our View: Snow remains an issue with alternate route

An alternate route between Green River and Rock Springs isn’t a new idea. During the mid 2000s, when money was a lot more free flowing into and out of government coffers, the idea was floated that an alternate route between the two cities would...

 

Our View: Wyo. misses out on booming West

Take a brief look at data released from the 2020 census and one thing becomes very clear -- the West is booming. The population growth in many of Wyoming’s neighbors over the last decade is staggering. Utah saw an 18.4% increase in its population....

 

Letter: Thankful medical treatment bill had support

Dear Editor, Well, Wyoming, we almost did it. The House passed the Medical Treatment Opportunity Act, HB162, but the Senate failed us on SF154, Medicaid Expansion with Federal Match Requirements. Representative John Romero-Martinez, how can we ever...

 

Our view: We must protect our water

There are a lot of thirsty eyes looking at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Some of them are our neighbors in Wyoming. Nearly 14 years have passed since the idea of a trans basin water diversion was first presented to the residents of Sweetwater County...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 22, 2021

Gordon must lead school funding fix

When House-Senate negotiations on a school finance bill - one of the most crucial issues facing Wyoming - collapsed on the final day of the session, it became clear any long-term funding solution...

 

Lummis: Call it a crisis

Night after night, Wyoming citizens are turning on the news to see a national security and humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border. This influx in illegal immigration, which is the largest surge we’ve seen in two decades, is a threat...

 

Winners, losers and fireworks of the education budget failure

Every Wyoming legislative session contains fireworks, and this year was no exception. Lawmakers added to the drama this go around by saving the pyrotechnics for the very last day, grand finale style, when House and Senate negotiators let the gavel...

 

Our View: A June event is needed in Green River

We’re not going to criticize the decision to postpone Flaming Gorge Days. While other organizations are busy planning for summer events, we understand the idea of not wanting to host Flaming Gorge Days because of the pandemic. We told our readers...

 

Letter: Republican blames liberals for GOP issue

Dear Editor, It’s election season in the Wyoming Republican Party and all across the state liberals, who for many years successfully exploited the Republican brand in order to get their left-wing cronies elected to public office, are in a...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Lawmakers waste chance to make suicide prevention gains

One of the most perplexing mysteries about Wyoming’s 2021 legislative session is how the House could kill a suicide prevention bill. Then, when lawmakers got a chance to reconsider the matter, they rejected a second measure, too. Trying to keep...

 

Our View: Ambulance tax district needed in county

No one will argue that an ambulance service isn’t a needed and integral part of any community. These are the first responders who take our neighbors to the hospital under the most dire situations, sometimes staving off life-threatening conditions...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    March 25, 2021

Taking that first shot

Monday morning, I had my first COVID-19 vaccination shot. I scheduled an appointment at Castle Rock Medical Center last week after the announcement of vaccinations being open to anyone and was quickly...

 

How COVID spending affects fiscal health

In the last four years the federal government has both cut government revenue and dramatically increased spending. It’s an unsettling combination, the precise long-term results of which will be debated by economists like myself until the cows come...

 

Our View: Welcome to the new Green River Star

As you can see, we’ve made a lot of changes in the past week. The biggest change being the format of the newspaper itself. Starting this week, the Star will be printed in Jackson at the same press which prints the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The...

 

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