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 By Shay Mahana    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Adventure on the Green

During the warm weather of Saturday, my party of five and I decided there was no better time to go kayaking down the Green River. After deciding that a short, one-hour float from County Picnic Grounds to the Island Park would be best, we started our...

 

Our View: Act should be illegal

We’re delving into uncomfortable territory this week, but we think it’s an important topic all the same. Last week, we reported on an investigation the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is conducting into allegations of a man trespassing into...

 

Life lessons take time to appreciate

Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later. Many years ago, when I was a very wet behind the ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the care team for an elderly Native American woman. She had...

 

Letter: A "Red October" will arrive soon

Dear Editor, This is truly it. Russia had its Bolshevik revolution in October 1917. China its October 1949 and August 1966. Now we face our own Red October 2020 in America. Will the outcome be enslavement, mind control and the death of millions as...

 

Our View: Plan for the future, expand the city's splash park

Government budgets are going to be tight in the foreseeable future, as impacts from a struggling minerals industry and continued fallout from the global pandemic cause havoc for even the most conservative budgets. While it may be a few years before...

 

Letter: Health orders have hurt more than the virus

Dear Editor, Without risk, there are no rewards. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency. Governor Gordon declared a state emergency. I cried. For WY residents of nursing ones who were denied visits from...

 
 By Jessica Petri    Opinion    July 22, 2020

The Black 14 and Wyoming's cultural change

(Editor's Note: This is the winning essay from a contest hosted by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. The writing prompt was: A local historical event that inspires me. Part of the grand prize...

 

Our View: County should lead with face mask resolution

Sweetwater County commissioners missed an opportunity to take a lead on an issue tied to the coronavirus pandemic and should reverse course. Last week, the commissioners debated a resolution requiring residents to wear a mask when entering a county b...

 
 By John Barrasso    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Sen. Barrasso: Don't stop now

America is starting to recover from its coronavirus-induced coma. The economy added nearly 5 million jobs in June – our largest-ever monthly jobs gain. Businesses small and large are waking up. Thousands of Americans who lost their jobs are being h...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Radical right completed GOP takeover

By Kerry Drake Wyofile.com The Wyoming Republican Party’s recent convention in Gillette demonstrated that the radical right’s takeover of the GOP is now complete. It wasn’t just that officials ramrodded through wholesale bylaw changes that...

 

Our View: Mask mandates don't limit personal liberties

The Anderson County Review in Kansas became a viral sensation over the weekend, calling attention to itself well beyond its 2,900 circulation.  The newspaper’s publisher posted political cartoon on its Facebook page critical of the state’s...

 

Insurance law under siege again

At the height of the pandemic, many Americans are experiencing firsthand the flaws in the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance it guaranteed. They are also facing the possibility that even the protection it does afford may be stripped away. T...

 

As plain as the nose on your face

My friend broke my nose at an after-prom party in high school. It was nothing deliberate, such as fighting over a girl. Rather, we bumped heads while wearing those big round air-filled sumo wrestler suits. Besides hurting a lot, I remember thinking,...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 8, 2020

West is needed in Wyo.

Kanye West isn’t your typical musical genius/billionaire entrepreneur/fashion designer/Wyoming rancher/presidential candidate. There will never be anyone else like him. If West didn’t exist, someone would have to invent him, and the only person...

 

Our View: Don't get careless with fireworks this July 4th

Another Fourth of July holiday; another opportunity to see the hills catch fire. It’s almost a yearly tradition in itself. People playing with fireworks outside of Green River or Rock Springs ignite a brushfire resulting in fire crews from multiple...

 

Infrastructure investment should be a key state, national goal

As we poke our heads above ground to survey the damage visited on our shores by the coronavirus, it is imperative that we move forward with an intelligent, focused, and effective plan of action for rebuilding the economies and promise of our...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Wyoming knew better than to blame health officers

More than a century ago, Wyoming residents lived through a flu pandemic much the same way people deal with the coronavirus today: restricting business activity and keeping their distance from others. However, there is one notable difference: Wyomingi...

 
 By Shay Mahana    Opinion    June 24, 2020

A landmark decision for equality

A great stride was made in the efforts of workplace equality June 15. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gerald Bostock, Donald Zarda and Aimee Stephens, all victims of discrimination and unjust firing. Bostock worked as a child advocate for...

 
 By DAVID MARTIN    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Wyoming's beauty can be found in the most unexpected places

It’s taken 36 years, but I’ve finally visited Yellowstone. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to visit, especially being a Wyoming native. I would assume it’s almost mandatory for anyone...

 

Letter: Food bank donations go a long way for residents

Dear Editor, We all know someone who might have trouble providing food for their family. With the coronavirus pandemic causing layoffs throughout Sweetwater County, the demands on the Sweetwater County Food Bank are only increasing. Donating to the f...

 
 By Kerry Drake    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Will the Wyo, GOP let anonymous actors define it?

Republicans used to vastly outnumber Democrats in the Wyoming Legislature. Their 77-12 super-majority seemed destined to last forever. But if you ask a shadowy political group organized last year, the margin has suddenly narrowed to 21-12 ...

 

Our View: Pandemic is not over

Looking around Sweetwater County, with businesses reopening and people enjoying the warm June weather, one could be mistaken for thinking the pandemic is over and we’re in the clear. Yes, restaurant servers are wearing masks and many of the annual...

 
 By Mike Enzi    Opinion    June 17, 2020

It's time to fix our national parks, but not by putting it on America's credit card

Our national parks are an important source of pride for our country. But they are in the midst of a rising crisis that has been building over many years. Simply put, they are falling apart. They are in desperate need of repair and maintenance....

 

Our view: Be careful around the river

Despite a few days of cold, spring-like weather in the last few days, summer is quickly approaching in Green River. With that, summer activities on the river itself are becoming an attractive past time as well. While we’re in favor of a fun...

 

Letter: Lawmakers should pass loan forgiveness

Dear Editor, Millions of Americans are concerned about the continued impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on our economy. As a result of the pandemic, hospitals and frontline workers nationwide are at the forefront of this fight both from a...

 

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