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Our View: The outdoors are waiting, pandemic or not

We’ve had some beautiful weather in southwestern Wyoming over the past week. The blue skies, warm temperatures and the greenery sprouting everywhere is enough to make someone forget about work and the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy a day s...

 

Our view: First responders go above and beyond again

The area’s first responders typically excel when working under conditions most people would find trying. Firefighters, ambulance workers and police officers are often the people tasked with responding to emergencies large and small. They’re the...

 
 By Richard Holm MD    Opinion    May 6, 2020

A woman experiences life with color

Mrs. R was a character. Her natural red hair had changed to gray years earlier, but thanks to the magic of her hairdresser, her hair was again flashy red, and she had a personality to match. She was a feisty, fun and full-blooded woman full of zest...

 
 By Wally Johnson    Opinion    May 6, 2020

BLM should postpone Rock Springs RMP

(Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Bureau of Land Management. Sweetwater County Commissioner Wally Johnson requested its publication in The Green River Star as well.) Sweetwater County strongly recommends that the Bureau of Land M...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Bleach is bad for you, right?

There is a lot to unpack this week. Who would have thought the President of the United States of America, a person in a position that arguably demands a high degree of intelligence regardless of who...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Lifelong Learning: Old dogs and new tricks

During this time where I am working from home, I am trying to focus on a growth mindset for me personally. In addition to working from home, I am homeschooling my three littles and enjoying my three older children being at home, even though I wish...

 

College presidents urge students to 'finish strong'

With the coronavirus outbreak, we have all had to adapt to new ways of doing things. The majority of you are adjusting to online or remote learning from your homes, faculty are transitioning to virtual classrooms from their homes, and staff are suppo...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Kudos to Legislature, Gov. for protecting landlords, tenants

Observers have long dreaded the arrival of an economic perfect storm in Wyoming, but not even the most pessimistic of the bunch imagined the epic collapse that a recent Legislative Service Office memo says is in store for the state. Its “optimistic...

 

Our view: Want to open the state? Offer more testing

The Flaming Gorge Days Committee has a difficult decision to make. Having to cancel an event that would have taken place in its 64th consecutive year is something we’re sure no one involved wanted to do. They made that tough decision and while...

 

Letter: Commissioners make great move

Dear Editor, One of the many things I love about living in Western Wyoming is the abundant amount of public land that is available for recreation. As an avid sportsman who relies on access to public lands, I was relieved to see that the Sweetwater Co...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 22, 2020

State must mend previous mistakes

Observers have long dreaded the arrival of an economic perfect storm in Wyoming, but not even the most pessimistic of the bunch imagined the epic collapse that a recent Legislative Service Office memo says is in store for the state. Its “optimistic...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 22, 2020

The best way to learn is making mistakes

The English language can be tricky. This is a language that offers different spellings for the same-sounding words. To, two and too, for example. Or there, they’re and their. Add in the fact that ea...

 

Our View: Shelter-at-home order needed in Wyoming

It’s a photo we’re definitely happy to publish. The main image on the cover of this newspaper depicts two teens playing basketball at Edgewater Park last week. From the action in the image to what they’re wearing, it’s a photo announcing the...

 

Letter: Health workers deserve thanks

Dear Editor, As the President of the Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA), I’d like to recognize and give thanks to all involved in the fight of COVID 19 in Wyoming. The Wyoming Nurses Association is the professional organization for registered nurses...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 15, 2020

A light hovering in the dark

(Note: This is the first article in a series looking into strange phenomena that has reportedly occurred in Wyoming) Over the years, I’ve heard some strange tales of things happening in Sweetwater...

 

Our View: District's food program deserves kudos

If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that normal life can be changed in an instant. Three months ago, who would have thought we would have seen schools closed, business hours reduced and alerts telling people to wear masks while in...

 

The Prairie Doc: Aging is a mixed bag

During my lifelong practice of geriatrics, I observed many people reaching the end of their lives. Truth is, what I’ve seen is a mixed picture. The two patient stories I describe here are really a blend of hundreds of experiences. Ms. A is in her...

 

What the stimulus package means for Wyo.

The COVID-19 CARES Act is so involved, complex and voluminous that — just as the speaker of the U.S. House famously said of another bill a few years ago — Congress may have had to pass it to see what all was in it. The relief package is broadly...

 

Our view: The feds failed

As of last week, the United States surpassed China in total number of recorded COVID-19 coronavirus infections. There are a few caveats to take in with that, but viral infections in China appear to be on a downward trend. China has a population of...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Game flies people to new horizons

It’s probably a wish a lot of us have right now: to fly away to some tiny island and away from everything that’s going on right now. With that in mind, it’s almost tragic to say “Animal...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    April 1, 2020

TP, guns and ammo: How will you survive the pandemic?

I never expected to be writing about anything as terrible as coronavirus, let alone the strange question that has been on so many people’s minds since the pandemic started: Where can I find some toilet paper? Frequent readers of this column likely...

 

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...

 

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