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The calendar cannot restrict the wintry waves of Wyoming weather. Dec. 21 may mark the first day of a new season along with the shortest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere, but winter is already making moves. While colder weather and more snow are expected, so are inspiring things th…

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Today is a great time to give thanks for the people who are defending the public health in our community. We wish to encourage and lift up you hardworking Americans. These self-sacrificing role models are leading the way to a safer tomorrow. They help us do better and deserve all the support…

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The mess began, funnily or sadly enough, over efforts to clean up the Bitter Creek. Questions over the city’s request for proposals (RFP) process additionally revealed more details about how Rock Springs government operates, personal concerns about transparency and trust, and factional rifts.

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We want to praise the people of Sweetwater County who voted in the 2020 primary election. No matter who you voted for, we salute those who engaged in the process. Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone takes the steps to be registered and be counted. This requires something extra, and we’…

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It is with heavy but resolved hearts that we endorse a requirement that the people of Wyoming wear facial coverings under limited, specific conditions.

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A lot of questions remain unanswered as the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches. Officials in Sweetwater County schools and Western Wyoming Community College are preparing plans that will no doubt go through multiple revisions before the first student arrives. Even when doors open, c…

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The home team is losing. We players are tired and wrung out emotionally and physically. Things have taken a turn for the worst, the game plan hasn’t been effective, and the numbers on the scoreboard are getting ugly. But the game isn’t over yet.

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Ongoing unease and unrest is causing renewed reviews of our values, standards and heroes. Attitudes change over time, as does what is acceptable to society. We’ll never all agree or satisfactorily settle the debate, but delaying these discussions only increases tension.

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One of the challenges of editorial writing is keeping up with breaking events. Multiple times we’ve updated this column to reflect ever increasing coronavirus figures in Sweetwater County. The latest numbers, which arrived just a few hours before deadline, revealed our confirmed count had gr…

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It’s 80 days until the primary election on Aug. 18, 2020. Do you know where your candidate stands? Do you know how to get an absentee ballot? Do you know your polling station?

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We’re caught up in strange and quickly moving times. Disruptions have become legion as we find old systems and procedures cannot cope with currently unprecedented strain. Nevertheless, despite previous missteps or missed connections, an opportunity remains for a greatly beneficial collaborat…

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In a time of ongoing adjustment required by the coronavirus and its consequences, it’s important to find a few dependable things. Many buttresses that we thought were solid and steadfast have proven more rickety or unreliable.

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Coronavirus cancellations started slowly but picked up speed. No one wanted to be the first, which is why there were so many postponements to begin. Slowly but surely, however, events stopped getting kicked back and started getting scratched.

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They came from far away and made this land their own. They adjusted to the harsh conditions and raised families. Some left. Some died. Some thrived. Generations followed generations.

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Once a month, the Rocket Miner Editorial Board turns its attention to uplifting, outstanding, or inspiration news from the past month. Depending on recent events and the outlook of the board members, the brainstorming session may have difficulty staying on topic. This week, while meeting vir…

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Memories from the beginning of March seem like they’re from a different time and place. In the intervening weeks, we slipped into the Twilight Zone … and it’s unclear when we’ll escape it.

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A turning point has arrived in America’s battle with the coronavirus; one that gives us a chance to make sacrifices to better protect our neighbors. Our actions and attitudes in the coming days and weeks will impact the spread of the virus and ultimately the body count.

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Daylight saving time this weekend provides a good time to stop and reflect. Some are eager to spring ahead and take advantage of the shifted sunlight hours. Others will look back fondly on the past such as the last daylight adjustment when they were granted more sleep. Regardless of your out…

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Some contemplative conundrums need updating. Instead of asking, “If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?” meditate on “Can we properly celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks?”