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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.

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”The agencies of Wyoming exist to conduct public business. Certain deliberations and actions shall be taken openly as provided in this act.”

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You know it’s time to replace the calendar when state legislators gather in Cheyenne to meet in between waves of snowstorms and lobbyists. The Wyoming Legislature is in session, and a limited number of days remain to get serious work done.

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Drive down Dewar Drive in Rock Springs or Uinta Drive in Green River at night and they are lit up like an airport beacon with Christmas lights. It is one of many signs that Christmas is upon us.

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The right candidate is out there. He or she may not have heard of Western Wyoming Community College yet. The perfect person may not yet know where to find Rock Springs on a map. The leader we need may not have heard of the needs and opportunities that await. All we know is that the top job a…

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Finding ourselves on the last page of the 2018 calendar, there’s much to do and a dwindling supply of days until the new year. In the midst of the bustle, we hope everyone takes the time to enjoy the special moments of the season and lend a hand to friends and neighbors.

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The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks stood as a fixture in the community for more than a century. It encouraged and promoted goodwill in Sweetwater County, and members practiced its principles of charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity.

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We’re getting an early start on Thanksgiving by giving thanks that the election is over. Things moved pretty smoothly at the Sweetwater County polls. There were no power outages, threatening weather or a polling station that was locked shut because the building was foreclosed the night befor…

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We didn’t need the change in temperature and stacks of candy piled up at the front of stores to know Halloween was coming, but now there’s no missing it. Decorations are out, pumpkins have been carved, and the final touches are being put on costumes.

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Those closely following the ramp up to the election have had their calendars filled with candidate forums and meet and greets. There have been many opportunities to get a look at those seeking elected office in Sweet-water County. Attendance at the events has been healthy, especially at the …

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Those who aren’t filling out absentee ballots have 38 days to get ready for the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. That doesn’t leave much time to get the measure of the men and women who are running and decide who best represents our views.

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Reminders of the importance of fire safety are literally in the air. They assault the senses through smoke that irritates the eyes and throat and the penetrating odor of burning wood. They add vibrancy to our sunsets and the harvest moon, but the colorful hues stem from destructive flames.

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More morning alarms are ringing in Sweetwater County homes. With summer vacation concluded, there are fewer opportunities to sleep in and more homework to be done, and students aren’t the only ones carrying extra responsibilities. With the Primary Election concluded, the final candidates and…