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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...

 

NEPA assault will weaken Wyo. people and places

In less than three years, President Donald Trump’s administration — aided and abetted by Wyoming’s congressional delegation and state leaders — has rolled back 58 environmental rules and regulations and has another 37 such changes on the...

 

Our view: New store is a boost for the city's economy

Well, this is exciting, isn’t it? Green River will get a new store later this year as Bomgaars will establish a branch at the old Shopko building. This is an amazing development. When a store closes, it seems to take a long time before someone...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    January 15, 2020

State's future might be in Arizona

This is a story about Wyoming’s near future, though it takes place in Arizona. Entering Page, Ariz., the plan was to ask one question of ten people, “With the closing of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station (NGS), on Nov. 18, 2019, is the...

 

Our view: Changes raise inconvenient questions

While a recent change in federal regulation has risen the age required to buy tobacco and electronic vaping products to 21, the change also raises some questions about when a person can make adult choices. The regulation change was heralded as a...

 

A new direction for a new year

Welcome to 2020! I realize I’m a bit late on that take, but when the first publication of the new year doesn’t come out until Jan. 8, sometimes things have to wait. I realize I could have written...

 

Shed the fear of cancer treatment

Mrs. B came into the emergency room one night, years ago, with some stress related issue. After taking her history, I began to suspect there was something else bothering her. As I was beginning her physical exam she blurted out, “I know there is a...

 

Concerns grow for Little Mountain area

Comprising over half a million acres in southwestern Wyoming’s Sweetwater County, the Greater Little Mountain Area is one of the West’s hidden gems and home to some of the most sensitive fish and wildlife habitat in the state. As an avid...

 
 By Mike Enzi    Opinion    December 24, 2019

A year of hard work pays off in Washington, D.C.

The story of our country is often told by the decades that define it. With the end of this decade so close at hand, it can often be tempting to imagine what the last ten years will be remembered for. Or for that matter, the last year alone. For me,...

 

Our View: 6th Penny options needed

A special purpose tax is a great tool for communities wanting to make improvements that all residents can benefit from. Road replacement, water and sewer upgrades, even construction of needed facilities can be accomplished through this tax, commonly...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 18, 2019

Walking through Western

I try to run to work ALMOST every day. I run in the hot weather and in the cold weather, the snow, the wind, the heat…I enjoy running although I don’t run all that fast. I would run every day but sometimes I need a car in the middle of the day,...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 18, 2019

Lifelong learning: Everyone should get a smiley face, gold star or celebration word

My sixth and final child is in kindergarten this year. My older three were in elementary school quite some time ago. I was in kindergarten in the dark ages. Many things have changed throughout the years but one thing I has not and I hope it never doe...

 

Ensuring no community is left behind

Access to the internet is critical for life in the 21st century, not just something that is simply nice to have. To ensure our rural communities have quality health care, college-level math classes...

 

Our View: Wildlife should be considered

If things continue as they’re going, we’re likely to see more solar development in Sweetwater County in the coming years. Along with the current Sweetwater Solar facility west of Green River, a second facility is being proposed in the same area....

 

A permanent answer to temporary problem

Years ago, a family brought a 25-year-old farmer into the emergency room with a gunshot hole over his heart and with no pulse or breathing for more than ten minutes. It was a self-inflicted wound and this young farmer would farm no more. The family...

 

Boomers should rethink death penalty issue

Make no mistake, the state of Wyoming is experiencing an epic crisis of magnificent proportion that must end. We hear it time and time again that our young people are leaving Wyoming in search of better jobs and careers. Certainly, this is true, but...

 

Our view: Leaders need to be proactive

No one would argue the fact that coal has been the lifeblood of Sweetwater County and Wyoming for much of the state’s history. Without coal, Rock Springs wouldn’t exist. The state as a whole would be much different without the economic benefits...

 

Beware of online health insurance scams

If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated – and dangerous – than ever. Dangerous? How can that be? This is health insurance we’re talking about, not some sketchy Internet site. But the...

 

Our View: Businesses have much to offer

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, the Christmas season is set to rear its head with the annual Black Friday shopping circus. While Black Friday itself is a name more than anything else, as many big box stores have pushed their sales into...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    November 27, 2019

Lifelong Learning: Put some dirt on it

We’ve all heard the expression, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s so true, and kids are super impressionable. We need to be mindful every time we open ours mouths TO and AROUND our children. I know with my...

 

Noise induced hearing loss: What's that?

Of the 40 million people with hearing loss in the U.S., 25 percent of those, or 10 million, have lost their hearing as a result of exposure to excessive noise. But how much noise is too much? Measured as decibels (dB), the acceptable manufacturing...

 

Our View: Service important

Ambulance service once again was a major topic of discussion this week with the Sweetwater County Commissioners. This time, the discussion focused on a rate increase Sweetwater Medics of Rock Springs plans to initiate. Providing a cost-effective ambu...

 

Funny words can make a day fun

It’s been said that a person needs to know 2,000 words to be fluent in a language. This is deceptive because I’ve also read a person needs about 4,000 works to have some freedom of expression in...

 

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