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Our View: Ambulances needed

The thought of not having an ambulance service in Sweetwater County is something we cannot even fathom. We believe if it’s a situation requiring emergency assistance, an ambulance had better be there. At a recent Sweetwater County commissioner’s...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    August 15, 2019 

Convenience may actually hurt us

We live in an age of unparalleled convenience. With a tap on a cell phone screen, we can summon a driver, order carryout delivery or have our groceries shipped right to our front doors. Don’t want...

 

Heart can make a popping-corn rhythm

“Every once in a while, my heart seems to be jumping out of my chest, I get a weak feeling and short of breath,” the patient explained. When I listened with my stethoscope, his rhythm was different than the usual lub-dub, foot-tapping, sounds,...

 

Our View: URA is overstepping

Recent comments by the Green River Urban Renewal/Main Street Agency regarding the Love’s Travel Stop proposal have us confused as to how the agency thinks the commissioners can implement its requests. According to the comments, the agency wants Lov...

 

Letter: Greenbelt cleanup efforts don't go unnoticed

To the Editor, Green River citizens and visitors using the Greenbelt from FMC Bridge along the river, behind the ball fields all the way to the horse corrals deserve a big thank you. As one of the people who pick up dog doo and trash left by others,...

 

Zen and the art of tough love

I got pulled over for speeding Saturday. I was in Rock Springs and driving near Veterans Park when it happened. The Rock Springs Police Department officer told me I was driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone, which I can confirm because the knee-jerk...

 

Our View:Ready for fair fun

It’s that time of the year again. Fair time. It’s something we not only enjoy going to with our families and friends, but covering it for the newspaper. What’s not to like? From the special entertainment, concerts and carnival rides to 4-H...

 

Thinking about health: Caregiving costs are not just for the elderly

Is the U.S. ready for a discussion about paying for caregiving, an increasingly vexing and costly problem for a growing number of Americans? The answer may be “yes.” It has become obvious that long-term care insurance is not the answer to paying...

 

Our View: Accessible information

Want to find out how much your local government is spending, where it’s spent or which government positions earn the most; there are a variety of publicly available documents to satisfy that curiosity. Want to know how a public official responded...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    July 25, 2019

'Lion King' offers spectacle

In 1994, Disney released “The Lion King,” an animated film widely considered to be one of the crown jewels of the so-called Disney Renaissance period from the late 1980s to late 1990s. Exactly 25...

 

It's time to stand up against bullies

We have all had to deal with bullies throughout our lives, and I have had my share. One fall day, coming home from school, I saw two guys from my third-grade class beating up on a smaller kid and was moved to step in to help. I was chagrined, but...

 

Our View: Rodeo impacts county

There’s a lot to check out at the National High School Finals Rodeo. Of course there are the rodeo performances, which take place twice daily, at 9 a.m., and 7 p.m. The last performances take place Saturday, which culminates in the rodeo’s champi...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Lifelong Learning: Balancing acts

I recently read an article written by Emily Tipping, editorial director for the magazine Recreation Management, May 2019, about trying to keep work life and home life in balance on a consistent basis. Tipping said that we all have an idea of where...

 

Is the information one reads fake news?

It is miraculous to consider how much access and exposure we have to information through our computers, televisions, radios and newspapers. Unfortunately, we need to be on guard because too much of this buzz can be false information. In an October...

 

Our View: Layoffs illustrate economic needs

News of layoffs never goes down easy. It’s an unfortunate event we in Sweetwater County have dealt with in the past. So when news broke last week of 700 coal miners and employees in Campbell County being without jobs after Blackjewel suddenly...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    July 10, 2019

What the future holds

One of the most frequent questions we’ve been asked over the past month is what the future holds for us now that the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner is shifting to a twice a week publication schedule and...

 

Our View: Be careful with fireworks

It’s a message that bears repeating every year: be careful with your fireworks. With the Fourth of July holiday tomorrow, it’s inevitable that Sweetwater County residents will want to celebrate with the colorful sparks, sound and smoke most...

 

Air quality study questioned by resident

Dear Editor, This letter is to express concerns with Love’s truck stop. All of these issues were voiced in public meetings and to the Sweetwater County Commissioners in writing. The only response so far has been Love’s air model which did not...

 

Basketball players' actions praised

Dear Editor, On Flaming Gorge Days, our Wyoming Military National Guard band played two concerts in the park and marched in our parade. The first song was our National Anthem. There were young people playing basketball adjacent to the park and when...

 

Skin cancer questions answered

Q: What are some types of skin cancer?  A: The three major types are basal cell, squamous cell and malignant melanoma. In general, one in five, or 20 percent of people in the U.S. have had or will have some type of skin cancer. In Australia where...

 

Our View: Tourism can improve

Minerals will likely play a vital role in Sweetwater County’s economy regardless of what coal’s future will be, but tourism will be an increasingly larger player in the coming years. With Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism’s announcement that...

 
 By David Martin    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Playing with Power: Super Mario Bros. 2

Anyone looking through the games released on the Nintendo Entertainment System would notice there’s something odd about some sequels released for many long-running series people are familiar with....

 

From misery to miracles

Miracles still happen. Some think that the scourge of smallpox was present around 12,000 years ago, however, we know for sure it was here 3,000 years ago as it was found on the face of an Egyptian Pharaoh mummy. We know that it caused many large and...

 

Our View: Shift gears on coal

While the “War on Coal” is an attractive title for opposition to using coal as a means of power generation, we think that war has already been fought and decided. What we’re seeing now is the aftermath. We understand the concern the Sweetwater...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Lifelong Learning: many forms of communication

The other day, my five and six-year-old daughters were singing the words to the song, “Nerves” by Terri Hendrix. My five year old sang, “You’re getting on my nurses.” (You should’ve seen me look at her and NOT react.) Then my six year...

 

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