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Our view: Open government limits should be temporary

Something occurred last week which received little, if any, notice amidst the ever growing concern of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. March 15 through 21 was National Sunshine Week, which celebrates open government and citizens’ access to...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    March 25, 2020 

Cheney's comments mask the truth

As we continue to hunker down and weather this viral epidemic, some of our nation’s leaders have started using tactics to focus blame for causing the global pandemic. President Donald Trump has...

 
 By Jill Kruse    Opinion    March 25, 2020 

History has its eyes on us

History has its eyes on you. That is a quote from the popular musical Hamilton, but as we are dealing with a global pandemic it also applies to all of us. The year 2020 is going to be remembered someday in history books. How it will be remembered is...

 

Letter: Farm cows and calves face horrible treatment

Dear Editor, Watching the Oscars on Feb 9, 2020, my love and respect doubled for award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix, when I heard his award acceptance speech addressing social justice issues like gender inequality, racism, queer rights, women’s...

 

Letter: Local Smith's store management questioned

Dear Editor, We are concerned about the operation of the local Smith’s store. We have been there twice in the last two weeks. At Walmart the have a person at the toilet tissue aisle directing how much can be purchased. In Green River there is no...

 

Our view: City should have ranger presence

Amongst Green River’s many nicknames, “Gateway to the Flaming Gorge” is one of the most apt. Not more than 30 miles south of our city, a man-made recreational paradise lies, brimming with potential. Fishing, camping, boating, skiing, swimming...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    March 11, 2020

We will make it through this

It’s easy to panic during the public health crisis the COVID-19 virus has created throughout the world. I can’t blame anyone for feeling unnerved or worried about current events. We’ve seen our... Full story

 

Our view: Make your voice heard for horses

Green River’s Wild Horse Canyon might only be a name if the Bureau of Land Management moves forward with its preferred plan to contain wild horses found across the checkerboard to a section of land around Adobe Town. The horses are an important...

 

Generic drugs not all equal and sometimes dangerous

As insurance companies push doctors to save money by switching their patients to generic drugs, complaints about those generics appear to be on the upswing. That’s the observation of journalist Katherine Eban, who has written a book, “Bottle of...

 

Tax ideas that stumble may return

If there was anyone left in Wyoming who hadn’t yet gotten the memo, lawmaker activity during current legislative session has made it abundantly clear: The state needs to find some funding solutions. Toward that end, lawmakers have considered bills...

 

Our view: We should be wary of land purchase

A massive land deal might make a lot of sense for the state, but Sweetwater County’s residents should be weary of such a purchase. With more than 1 million acres of land and 4 million acres of mineral rights in play, it’s hard not to frame it as...

 

Letter: Writer reminds residents of solar comment deadlines

Dear Editor: I am writing to remind the community that comments on the proposed Raven Solar project are due to the BLM by March 12. I am opposed because it will negatively impacts antelope. Already stressed from winter, they are having to expend...

 

Our View: Cutting tourism spending is not a hot idea

Last week, Sen. Tom James (R-Rock Springs) attempted to convince the Senate to cut state funded tourism promotion claiming the promotion of Wyoming tourism would be better served by the private sector. This amendment would later be withdrawn by the...

 

Concerns continue for Greater Little Mountain Area's future

It has been well documented and met with zero opposition to the priority and significance of maintaining the Greater Little Mountain Area (GLMA) and its bountiful recreational resources. That being said, I am incredibly concerned about the future of...

 

Should Wyoming gamble on statewide gambling?

Some pieces of legislation receive far less attention than they deserve. House Bill 171 – Wyoming gaming commission, sponsored by the travel committee, looks to be one such under-the-radar measure this session. Early legislative comments focused...

 

Cowboy Skill Games explains group behind machines

As a Native Wyomingnite and former State Senator, I’m well aware of the boom and bust economy that we experience here in the Cowboy State. I know firsthand, our elected officials care deeply about Wyoming’s residents and I applaud the Wyoming...

 

Our View: A lot to love here

What do residents love about Sweetwater County? Is it the fact people living in the county can escape civilization with a simple half-hour drive. Public lands not owned and fenced off can be accessed and enjoyed easily. We can camp, hike, ride an...

 

So many bills, so little time

So many bills, so little time. Most veteran lawmakers would agree that the condensed 20-day budget sessions — like the one Wyoming’s 65th Legislature enters into this week — are much more demanding and stressful than the 40-day general...

 

Our view: Be safe on snowy roads

Winter driving in Wyoming isn’t fun. We’re not talking about the kind of driving where someone is on their way to their favorite ice fishing hole or a weekend trip of skiing or sledding. We’re referring to the everyday, Point A to Point B...

 

State has power in congress

Last week when news broke that Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney would remain in the House of Representatives instead of running for an open Senate seat, there was a clear winner: the people of Wyoming. In her statement announcing her decision to run...

 

It's time to modernize education in Wyo.

At this pivotal moment for both our state’s finances and education system, the Wyoming Legislature should go beyond just “recalibrating” the cost of our current education system and use this opportunity to modernize our education system....

 

Our view: Middle Baxter project is a worthy gamble

The Wyoming Public Services Commission is hosting a hearing today to receive public comment regarding Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to retire two of the four Jim Bridger Power Plant Units in the next decade. While it’s easy for us to focus on how...

 

Letter: Coal plant retirements are not completely negative

Dear Editor: I am writing to let the community know of an important meeting to be held in Rock Springs Jan. 29 with the Wyoming Public Service Commission. They are investigating PacifiCorp’s Integrated Resource Plan, the one that has forecast the s...

 

CEO weighs in on Integrated Resource Plan

Rocky Mountain Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan outlines how we plan to meet the electricity needs of our Wyoming customers safely, affordably and reliably over the next 20 years. As I visit with customers and community leaders around the...

 

Our view: A reasonable fee is a hard target to hit

What is a reasonable fee? This is the question that’s at the heart of the ongoing complaints about the Sweetwater County Clerk’s decision to charge for access to a database of records maintained by a separate company. This is also a question...

 

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