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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…

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Some of the words that I live by come from part of Section 1 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966:

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Polls open for Wyoming voters at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the Primary Election. For those who haven’t already submitted an absentee ballot, there’s a 12-hour window to cast votes and determine the final contenders for November.

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Many important things are taken for granted. As long as the lights turn on when we flip the switch, it’s easy to forget the people and processes that make it possible.

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“Mr. Gagnon you’re out of order!” shouted the chairperson. It was Aug. 2, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Sweetwater County Conservation District (SWCCD). It’s hard to make a point in a public meeting when you’re told to make it very brief, and the subject you’re trying to address …

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I read a story on Tuesday about a New York woman who is suing Canada Dry, claiming the company false advertised that its ginger ale contains ginger when it actually does not. She said she was misled to believe it would be a “healthier alternative” to other sodas.

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We’re about halfway through a sunny summer, though the coming school year looms over some households. Before autumn settles in with stricter, busier schedules, people are rushing to fit in a few more days of vacation and fun.

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A headline greeted me early Tuesday morning, my first full day as the new managing editor of the Rocket-Miner newspaper. It read, “Sweetwater women on display through August.”

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Some scale the ladder to the heights of power, straining for grand titles and lofty positions. Those who ascend gain greater power, but it can come with a loss of perspective. When the distance traveled leaves the starting point as a mere dot in the rearview mirror, leaders may lose track of…

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I recently returned from vacation and found waiting for me a letter. This letter was unsigned, but the information about Western Wyoming Community College prompts me to respond and offer my thoughts.

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Social media can be a positive tool for a myriad of reasons ranging from communicating with family who are far away to receiving up-to-date sports scores.

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Ever wanted to voice your opinion about things concerning our community? Want to be part of a group that has a voice to share and it only take one hour of her week?

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The Fourth of July is fast approaching and it is a good time to take a look at a few items, aside from the holiday itself, that are worth celebrating:

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Protesting derives from a variety of political directions. Recently, the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed oil and gas lease sales have drawn attention, and multiple sides say they are fighting for the state of Wyoming.

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Decorations don’t put up themselves. The sign-up sheet for the organizing committee had gone up weeks in advance of the dance. While the high-profile gala was expected to attract a large turnout, proportionally few put their names down to plan the celebration. Few were willing to commit to t…

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The summer solstice approaches, bringing with it the longest stretch of daylight in the year, and the official end of spring. Some have already marked the end of a chapter, however, and are reflecting before they begin the next. Let us take time to join them in looking back, enjoying the mom…