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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...

 

Language, literature, ethics, music and spirit

A muddle and mixture of family and friends surrounded the dying elderly woman like she was a campfire. They came to honor and pay their respects; many generations, from all over the country. This group seemed well educated, well-read, and the...

 

Our View: Program a success

Once again, the kids at Lincoln Middle School did a bang-up job on their annual Veterans Day Program. Along with the school’s band performing the “Star Spangled Banner” and the “Armed Forces Medley” and the sixth graders’ presentation of...

 

Pain only matters if you are cute

On the afternoon of September 13, 2019 I called 911 to report a criminal animal cruelty happening in the middle of the city of Rock Springs. I approached a transport truck due to the strong foul...

 

'Use it or lose it'

If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. I bet I’ve heard and repeated this age-old aphorism a million times. But can it be over-used? The adage about using it certainly fits when trying to enhance wellness for all sorts of medical systems:...

 

Our View: Coats for a cause

We are proud to live in a community where residents take care of each other. From fundraisers to help residents in need pay medical bills, to donations to pay for the Golden Hour Senior Center’s new technology center. This community often steps up...

 

Quality rural health care with less burnout a possibility

The elderly patient came back to our rural hospital from a hospital in a nearby larger city after having had major surgery and feeding-tube placement. The care from the bigger hospital was superb except that the patient was getting too much nutrient...

 
 By Dick Blust    Opinion    November 7, 2019

Tales of Sweetwater County

A navy warship named the USS Green River was built and saw service during World War II, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum stated in an article. The Green River (LSM(R)-506) was classified as a...

 

Our View:Events bring money to all of Sweetwater County

We are excited to hear about the Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally, which will take place in August 2020. We believe all of the hard work employees at the Sweetwater Events Complex have been doing is paying off. We also agree we can’t...

 

Nuclear fuel rod storage a bad idea for Wyo.

Dear Editor: I am writing in opposition to the proposed legislation the minerals committee is considering regarding temporary spent nuclear fuel rod storage. This a bad idea on so many levels. Wyomingites have consistently opposed such ideas because...

 

Today's Wyoming hunting, tomorrow's heritage at risk

Here in the Cowboy State, hunting isn’t just a pastime, it’s a way of life. And for generations the dirt under our fingernails and the game in our freezers has come from our world class public lands. So, when there are plans to drill in our most...

 

Hard to throw away shoes

I’m not the kind of person to get attached to my things. I think this has something to do with having been through a house fire as a teenager and losing everything I owned. If I need to throw someth...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Wyo. appear's to have a new deal

The economic-panel discussion on Boom and Bust Cycles came to Rock Springs on Oct. 9. It was held at Western Wyoming Community College, and generously funded by the American Heritage Center. In attendance were about 75 people from the area. On the...

 

Our View:Much to consider

As we watch the sixth-penny special purpose tax requests make their way in front of the Sweetwater County commissioners, we’ve come to realize just how much our cities and towns have come to rely on the tax. Without this tax, the cities and...

 

GR cats, kittens and more cats

Green River Animal Control has seen an influx of cats and kittens this year, and the cat room has been overflowing. Animal control would like to encourage everyone to be a responsible pet owner. Keep...

 

Our View: Change the focus

Now is not the time to be fretting about the eventual closure of the Jim Bridger Power Plant. Yes, the first unit closure is scheduled to take place in 2023, a little more than four years away. However, what we should be doing is plotting a future...

 

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