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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…

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It’s never too early to talk about voting. With 163 days until Election Day on Nov. 6, there’s time for names to be added to the ballots; political parties and coalitions to form; and the public to teach incumbents, and those who seek to replace them, what they expect.

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Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” sold millions of copies to those seeking to make better connections, increase persuasiveness and draft more followers. He advises being sympathetic with people’s ideas and desires. Carnegie stresses the effectiveness of being genuinel…

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Winter is slowly releasing its grip on the area, and the change in season frees us to pursue new opportunities. We’re blessed to see our community improve thanks to those who provide creature comforts, restore our roads, add art and inspiration, and give credit to our defenders.

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The United States has faced, and beaten, some mighty foes. Our citizens have taken on pirates, terrorists and their sponsors, oppressive royalty, and Nazis, and won. We have developed a reputation of rising to the occasion and overcoming the odds. No matter the terrain or tenacity of our foe…

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Forty-eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Since then, organizers claim more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Over the years we’ve seen the holiday’s impact in the form of legislation,…

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For the past several years, Sweetwater County has requested that the Bureau of Land Management manage our federal lands in a balanced manner that supports our mineral economy while protecting the open spaces, wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities that help sustain our high quality …

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Spring in Wyoming only seems to last a moment. If you want to make the most of your green thumb, the brief season between the icy and scorching extremes doesn’t leave much time to lounge. Those who want to cultivate vegetation have to put in the work to take advantage of the opportunities th…

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For nearly 20 years, a coalition of southwestern Wyoming citizens — hunters, anglers, drillers, miners and hikers — have been working tirelessly to protect one of our state’s most beloved places: Greater Little Mountain Area. Yet, years of collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, oi…

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Many shady dealings take place in the dark, out of the view of inquisitive eyes. When actions are hidden, it’s easier to fall prey to temptations. If you want people to be on their best behavior, let them know they’re being watched closely. It’s interesting to see how some people act differe…

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“We need to have a conversation about school safety,” Riley Skorcz told the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees in discussing the walkout she was organizing at Rock Springs High School.

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When it comes to Wyoming’s unique lands and hidden treasures, there are sharp divisions over the best ways to enjoy them. We saw an example of this schism at the Sweetwater County Commission meeting when the public was asked to share their opinions on what to do with wilderness study areas.