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The resumption of classes in Sweetwater County requires a change in routines. It’s not just the students who have to alter their ways. Students can’t sleep in as much, parents have to make sure their kids are ready for classes and extracurricular activities, and commuters need to take altern…

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Whack-a-mole is enjoyable when the stakes are low. If you’ve popped in a token in search of carnival tickets, you’ll probably be smiling as you pound away at the targets popping up and down. When you’re playing for something important like freedom of access and our way of life, you may wear …

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The peak of summer draws people together. On the smaller scale, we welcome friends and family into our homes as they follow through on long-promised visits. Alternatively, striking out on mile-spanning road trips cause those sharing a cramped vehicle to move closer to each other physically a…

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Today, July 27, is the National Day of the American Cowboy. The celebration coincides with the Red Desert Roundup Rodeo and Cheyenne Frontier Days, which arrived on the heels of Sweetwater County hosting the National High School Finals Rodeo. Meanwhile, the University of Wyoming is about to …

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Between the National High School Finals Rodeo, the change in deadlines and delivery at the Rocket-Miner, and the rush to fill the dwindling days of summer, it feels like we’ve crammed more moments than usual into the last week. Life is in a state of flux, as always, and we’re trying to figur…

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Sweetwater county School District No. 1 is looking at potential attendance policy changes to address its chronic truancy issue. We agree it’s a good thing and the truancy problem needs addressed. We do, however, have some concerns with the changes, and we are disappointed in regards to how p…

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Health requires an investment. Bad health takes work to improve. Good health takes work to maintain. Daily choices and long-term habits all take a toll, as does time. A bowl of mom’s chicken soup, a warm blanket and a nap can do a lot, but they can’t cure everything. To be prepared for accid…

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Anyone who has perused the magazines in the supermarket checkout knows if you want to impress, you accentuate your best features and work on your imperfections. This advice is important as our area attracts greater attention.

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Our nation and our state were founded on principles of volunteer service, self-sacrifice, and courage, principles instilled in me at a young age. They ignite a passion in the American soul and inspire a sense of duty that’s never more evident than in the heart of those who join our nation’s …

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a proposal in Sweetwater County School District No. 1 to make a monumental change, and we’ve been given a short amount of time to make up our minds. The issue at hand has been known for years, but not all the project details are known, and the…

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Just over a year ago, President Donald Trump and his health secretary, Alex Azar, stood in the Rose Garden at the White House and told the American people they were going to start putting American patients first and lower prescription drug prices. The President announced a bold blueprint tha…

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“If gambling is rampant in town and public funds are disappearing, chances are there’s a cover-up going on at city hall. Who pays off who? Who covers up what?” Dan Rather asked while introducing a segment called “Our Town” on the investigative program “60 Minutes” in 1977. During that episod…

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Summer may not officially start until later this month, but the flurry of graduation celebrations and the blooming flowers make it feel like a new season. Life is speeding up like traffic on a newly reopened road, but we shouldn’t overlook the positive developments around us.

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The process to register a boat depends on if it is new, or where it was registered before. You can register a boat in Wyoming for one or three years. Here is the process:

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The vacancy on the Sweetwater County Commission following the death of Don Van Matre deserves considerate deliberation and out-of-the-box thinking. The passing of this great man provides an opportunity for another person to step up. The goal shouldn’t be to find a candidate to duplicate the …

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We wish to toast the Class of 2019 as members don their caps and gowns, collect multiple copies of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” and write new chapters in their lives.

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The Joint Revenue Committee met in Lander earlier this month to continue discussions focused on diversifying Wyoming’s energy dependent revenue streams. As the meeting was concluding, the focus turned to the recently considered statewide lodging tax that would have funded the Wyoming Office …

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The flashing lights could be seen from a distance. There was no doubt they signaled trouble. Their appearance had been preceded by warnings that steadily grew in volume from reliable sources. The hazard lights were only the latest proof that the rumors were true and there were rough conditio…

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As we shake off what we hope are the last snowflakes of the lingering winter, we see a shining forecast ahead of us. Locals are looking up, stepping out, and working for a brighter future.

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Improvement at the societal level rarely comes from a single source. When the quality of life rises, it is the result of people coming together. Local groups are looking to up their game and their positive impact, and we want them to receive the support needed to take everyone to a higher level.

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We’re approaching vacation season. When it comes to finding spectacular scenery, engaging events, elusive wildlife, sweet sales and living history, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles. You can run down all these attractions and more on a single tank of gas. Too often we get caught in …

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The Ray Lovato Recycling Center is skilled at diverting trash. Last year it kept more than 1.25 million pounds of recyclables from reaching Sweetwater County landfills. That’s about 5,300 cubic yards of landfill space that was saved.

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A common misconception about the newspaper is that it knows everything. Some speculate that if something isn’t published, it is by conscious and sometimes conspiratorial choice. Oh to have the burden of possessing too much knowledge. Alas, the less exciting truth is that the Rocket-Miner is …

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After months of the dreary, dusty hues of winter, green is sneaking back into the landscape. New sprouts are stretching skyward, and while we haven’t seen the last of the snow, warmer temperatures are around the corner. Of course, we didn’t have to wait for the arrival of spring to see new g…

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Why is it that a TV sold by national retail stores is the same price in Seattle Washington, Morris Plains New Jersey, and Casper Wyoming, or for that matter, how about a hamburger, a cup of coffee, or a tube of toothpaste?

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We wish to roll out the red carpet for the future president of Western Wyoming Community College. Even though we don’t know who will replace President Karla Leach, we’re marking the public receptions on March 25, 26 and 27 where the public can chat with the finalists.

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Sweetwater County School District’s No. 1’s four-day school week proposal won’t produce significant cost savings, it will increase the financial burden on local families, and there’s scarce research to justify its effectiveness.

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What is a second chance worth? The amount varies from person to person. This past month in Sweetwater County, we’ve seen residents step up to maximize the opportunities before them and create new ones for others. They’ve proven the value of transformative moments and the need to provide more.

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From an early age, Norman Rockwell wanted to be an artist. He was blessed with the access and encouragement to pursue his dreams. He took advantage of the opportunities around him to hone his skills. This allowed Rockwell to capture the images and, ultimately, hearts of generations.

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Words are like knives. When kept sharp and brandished by a master, they’ll cut straight to the core of matters. If they’re dull and clumsily applied, their ragged carvings harm the ones who wield them, along with others in proximity.

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If there’s a problem in the classroom, and a student is consistently misbehaving or underachieving, parents will get together to speak with the child’s teacher. Additional parties may be pulled in, such as a counselor or principal.

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The phones never stop ringing at the Internal Revenue Service. The office manager massages his temple with one hand and picks up a blaring receiver with the other. He is greeted with a series of personal identification numbers as the prelude to a pitch.