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  • Defending Wyoming's access to our public lands

    Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Harriet Hageman|May 16, 2024

    In Wyoming, we have always relied on access to America’s public lands for our way of life and our livelihood. It is essential for energy and mineral development, ranching and agriculture, hunting and fishing, hiking and climbing, and so much more. Unelected, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats are now jeopardizing Wyoming’s access to that land. They want to hijack Wyoming’s decision-making surrounding public land management and transfer it to climate zealots. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s new Rock Springs Resource Management Plan (R...

  • Time travelers in Green River

    Hannah Romero, Editor|May 9, 2024

    As Ruby Sunday steps out of the TARDIS, she enters a lush prehistoric world, standing on a cliff overlooking a broad river with waterfalls and groups of roaming dinosaurs. As she admires everything in amazement after having traveled back in time, the Doctor explains where they are. "The TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space. So we've moved location as well. This will be North America. One day this is Wyoming. Little town called Green River." This exchange happens in the first...

  • Letter to the Editor: We need to stop school bullying

    May 9, 2024

    Dear Editor, We aren’t doing enough to stop bullying in schools. School bullying is plaguing our children with ill health, causing depression, headaches, poor grades, along with the inability to focus on school work and becoming anti-social, not wanting to be part of school activities. We need more education in our schools for our children about the impact school bullying is having on fellow students along with procedures that can be taken when someone is being traumatized due to school bullying. It should never be ignored. Schools can offer c...

  • Letter to the Editor: Retired Game Warden shares information on wolf case

    May 2, 2024

    Dear Editor, I retired from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2014 after a 40 year career as a Wyoming Game Warden. During that career, I wrote several hundred citations to people violating the laws and regulations that dealt with illegal taking of wildlife in Wyoming, and spent many sessions in courts around southwest Wyoming dealing with the aftermath of these violations. I am as sickened as most folks are after hearing of the injured wolf at the Green River Bar in Daniel. No one should...

  • Letter to the Editor: Bicycles for inmates proposal

    May 2, 2024

    Dear Editor and community, I would like to start a bike program for inmates that are upon release to be given a bike to ride to achieve their new goals and dreams or even just to Cruel Jack's truck stop. I feel that a donation pile would be greatly healthy due to being on the way to the local landfill, and the detention center being right there! I would like to donate at least beginning with one day of my time a month for the rest of my short stay on this Earth being that we are not promised...

  • Recognizing human creativity

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    Can you tell the difference between something created by a computer and something created by a human? This question is increasingly put to the test these days, with the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) rising quickly, and AI-generated pictures and text being shared all around us. Last weekend, the same question was put to the test in an especially chaotic and hilarious way thanks to the Actors' Mission's 24 Hour Page to Stage: Man vs. Machine event, which I was insane enough to...

  • In Wyoming, tormenting a wolf is not a big deal

    Wendy Keefover, Writers on the Range|Apr 18, 2024

    It’s legal in Wyoming to chase coyotes and run over them with snowmobiles, but recently, a man used his snowmobile to run down a wolf until it was disabled. Then he taped the wolf’s mouth shut and paraded the animal around a local bar, taking photos to commemorate the event. Finally, he killed the wolf. According to news reports, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department fined the man $250. His only crime: possession of a live wild animal. The more we learn, the worse this disturbing story gets. Most recently, one news outlet released video foo...

  • Pay attention to who you threaten

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Apr 11, 2024

    I was startled when I started going through my email on Tuesday, and was getting ready to mark “receive death threats” off my journalism bingo card. I had to read the email a couple of times as I tried to understand it, and understand why I had received it. It said: “First of all you are morally and legally responsible for the action taken again [sic] innocent Earth life in your establishment. You will be closed in a year. I hope you and your family starve and get ripped apart by the speci...

  • House votes against special session

    Albert Sommers and Clark Stith and Barry Crago|Apr 4, 2024

    While a majority of the senate voted for a special session, a majority of the Wyoming House voted against. As a result, taxpayers will be spared the likely $700,000 expense of a 20-day special session in 2024. We take pride in Wyoming’s history of a citizen legislature, deeply rooted in its connection to the people and in stark contrast to a professional political class. Safeguarding this institution is paramount and more important than any single bill. The prospect of a third special session in four years presented significant practical c...

  • Secretary of State Gray responds to Governor's vetoes

    From the office of Secretary Chuck Gray|Apr 4, 2024

    Acknowledging receipt of Governor Mark Gordon’s veto letters addressed to him in his capacity as Wyoming Secretary of State and in accordance with Article 4, Section 8 of the Wyoming State Constitution, Secretary Chuck Gray issued a response noting his disagreement with many of the vetoes in a letter. “While acknowledging receipt of these vetoes, our republic is built on discourse and debate,” Secretary Gray said. “In this vein, I wanted to respond to some of the points made in your letters that I disagree with as well as express disagre...

  • Rejecting calls for a special session

    Albert Sommers and Ogden Driskill|Mar 28, 2024

    Last week, in the aftermath of Governor Gordon’s veto of Senate File 54, the Department of Revenue conveyed to us that the veto would effectively halt any additional legislative efforts toward property tax relief in 2024. However, on Monday, the Department of Revenue informed us that property owners could be notified of the exemption in their September tax bills, although it may lead to some confusion for the taxpayer. This information made us take a second look at whether we would recommend a special session. In the end, we think a special s...

  • Gordon vetoes bills, Rep. Heiner criticizes

    Mar 21, 2024

    On March 15, Governor Mark Gordon vetoed two bills: Senate File 103 (Wyoming PRIME Act) and Senate File 13 (Federal land use plans- legal action authorized). Representative Scott Heiner, who represents portions of Sweetwater County, criticized the Governor’s veto of both bills, which he supported “as each provided a way for Wyoming to regulate itself and choose its own destiny.” Rep. Heiner continued: “Senate File 103 would have allowed for the sale of meat from producers directly to consumers without the government getting in the way and fur...

  • Letter to the Editor: Retire the AC gas chamber

    Mar 21, 2024

    Dear Editor, A recent news article in the Green River Star discusses the continuing use of a gas chamber for euthanasia by Green River Animal Control. The article quoted the Animal Control Supervisor as stating there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue for the use of the gas chamber in euthanasia for animals. There are not strong opinions on both sides of this issue. The American Veterinary Medical Association has stated the most humane method of euthanasia for animals is by injection and while they do allow for the use of inhaled as...

  • Legislature passes conservative budget, large property tax reform package

    Albert Sommers and Ogden Driskill|Mar 14, 2024

    On Friday evening we gaveled a close to the 67th Budget Session in the Wyoming Senate and House. It was a tumultuous budget year. Yet, despite political differences and policy disagreements, the Legislature passed a conservative, balanced budget that addresses our state's needs and invests in the future. Those investments include funding for nursing homes, preschool for developmentally disabled children, and home services for senior centers. The budget supports mental health efforts and funds...

  • 988 suicide hotline saves lives

    From the office of Rep. Cyrus Western, Wyoming House District 51|Mar 7, 2024

    The state of Wyoming has taken a significant step in addressing its longstanding struggle with high suicide rates by implementing the 988 suicide hotline. This critical tool in the fight against suicides has proven to be an invaluable resource for individuals facing mental health crises in the state. The 988 hotline, unlike national hotlines, operates locally in Wyoming, with trained counselors based in Casper and Greybull who are available around the clock. This localized approach ensures that individuals calling the hotline receive support...

  • Officials applaud decision to keep Trump on ballot

    Mar 7, 2024

    On March 4, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision reversing the Colorado Supreme Court’s December ruling to remove Donald Trump from the ballot in 2024. Some Wyoming politicians released statements to express their approval of this decision. Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray previously filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing that the Supreme Court should reverse the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar Donald Trump from the ballot under Section Three of the Fourteent...

  • Our View: A once-in-28-years newspaper

    Feb 29, 2024

    This week’s newspaper is a very special edition. For one thing, along with the articles on local issues, people, and sports, this week’s paper also includes our special “Things We Love” section highlighting just a few of the reasons we love our community. But even beyond that, this week’s paper is extra special simply because of the date on which it is being published, as February 29 is a day that doesn’t always exist. In the roughly 130-year history of the Green River Star, the newspaper has been published on Leap Day only a handful of...

  • Lifelong Learning: Unconditional love

    Lu Sweet, Western Wyoming Community College|Feb 22, 2024

    My cat and I are watching TV as I write this. She loves sitting on me or near me, she sleeps on my head and is forever coming up to me and asking me to pet her. Sweetest cat ever. The ironic part of this whole thing is that from the time I was born until about 6 years ago, I have been extremely allergic to cats. Because of this, I really didn’t like cats even though we grew up with one. Being allergic and having a cat in the house really wasn’t hard, as our cat was really my mom’s cat and she pretty much kept to herself. Additionally, for m...

  • Our View: CRHD is on the right track

    Feb 15, 2024

    After the ongoing questions about ambulance safety, it was encouraging to see the Castle Rock Hospital District Board sit down with the Board of County Commissioners last week to open an honest discussion and channel of communication. It was especially encouraging to see that Castle Rock is taking strides to being more open and accessible in general, and that some of the concerns we brought up in a past editorial (“Castle Rock Hospital District needs to be more accessible,” published September 28, 2023) are being addressed. Just from wal...

  • Op-Ed: Governor's budget is unaffordable and unsustainable

    Wyoming Freedom Caucus Representatives|Feb 15, 2024

    By Representatives John Bear (HD 31), Scott Heiner (HD 18), Ben Hornok (HD 42), and Tony Locke (HD 35) In late 2023, Governor Gordon submitted his state budget. The Governor described his budget as ‘disciplined,’ ‘business like,’ ‘forward-thinking,’ ‘fiscally conservative,’ ‘realistic,’ ‘practical,’ ‘balanced, ‘prudent,’ ’sustainable,’ and ‘living within our means.’ The Wyoming Freedom Caucus has thoroughly reviewed the Governor’s budget and would ourselves describe it as UNAFFORDABLE and UNSUSTAINABLE. This is the largest budget in the history...

  • Where have all the doctors gone?

    Katie Klingsporn, Writers on the Range|Feb 8, 2024

    There’s never been enough doctors in rural Wyoming, where I live, but a shortage of obstetricians is now increasing the risks for pregnant women across the state—and the nation. In the last decade in Wyoming, three hospitals have closed their maternity ward. That includes Rawlins, where pregnant moms now have to risk travel on Interstate 80—notorious for weather-related closures—to deliver their babies in Laramie, 100 miles away. But Wyoming isn’t the only state to face inadequate maternal care: Less than half of the rural hospitals in Americ...

  • Op-Ed: Coming together over the BLM's RMP

    Joshua W.D. Coursey, Muley Fanatic Foundation President and CEO|Feb 1, 2024

    Land use planning does not usually grab a lot of headlines. It tends to happen out of the public eye; its terminology can be confusing and hard for the layperson to understand; and its impact – while significant – can seem removed from our daily lives. That’s all changed over the past few months. You can hardly open a paper or go online these days without coming across a story about BLM’s draft land use plan for the Rock Springs area. Members of the public are clearly engaged and paying attention in ways that they haven’t before. This is t...

  • Letter to the Editor: Skip the national search

    Feb 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, I see this same mistake made by college boards all the time. They hire these out-of-state firms so that they can claim to have done an “exhaustive, nationwide search” when really all they are doing is allowing the education establishment to pick their next short term President, V.P. or Dean. I have lived in fifteen states, so far, and I see the same stupidity practiced by college boards over and over again. They take some candidate from a group of three delivered to them by some far-away consultant who has no ties to the com...

  • I am not an imposter

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    I tend to struggle with imposter syndrome. "Imposter syndrome" generally involves feelings of self-doubt and incompetence, feeling like a fraud, feeling like you don't deserve to be somewhere or do something, etc. Usually these feelings are unfounded, or they may even be in contrast to external, objective success. WebMD points out that Imposter Syndrome isn't an actual mental health condition, but the term is used to describe a pattern of thinking and a common feeling and experience that many...

  • Endangered Species Act is flawed; there is now a road map to fix it

    Sen. Cynthia Lummis and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito|Jan 18, 2024

    Fifty years ago, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon with the intention of establishing a clear process for recovering species on the verge of extinction. In the years that have passed since its enactment, this well-intended law has taken on a life of its own and has dramatically shifted from its original purpose to the point where it does far more harm than good. Since its passage, the ESA has become a weapon wielded by the Left to appease environmental activists that has punished landowners and...

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