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 coal has provided us. That’s why it isn’t surprising to see how people are reacting to Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to retire portions of the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

Sweetwater County Commissioner Wally Johnson isn’t out of line in fearing the retirement of the two units would lead to them being dismantled -- forever reducing the plant’s capacity. If th...


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