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Fall is a busy time of year in Laramie. It seems like there are a lot of competing schedules trying to take advantage of all the enthusiasm that comes with the season. Whether it’s university students returning, our younger students’ school years beginning, the homecoming of alumni, outdoor …

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The dark and the light of our souls manifest what it means to be human. As individuals, our deepest impulses create our community, our journey as a species. In turn, our communities, small and large, shape us as individuals. A co-creation. A month ago now, two remarkable artistic creations i…

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First Lady Nancy Reagan was correct when she told an Oakland schoolgirl to “Just say no,” if offered drugs. At the time, she was mocked as naïve and simplistic. But while the mainstream media dumbed down her argument, the First Lady was trying to nudge her husband’s policy from reducing the …

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The Boomerang seems to print uncritically flattering reports of Sen. Barrasso, like the article from the Sheridan Press on Oct. 10. The front page reported his committee’s infrastructure act, leading into page 3 to condemn Democrats for impeachment efforts and actions to protect our nation f…

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Is the city ever going to get the pot holes repaired before winter sets for good? For instance, there is a spot on Adams where there is a valve or something where the concrete has collapsed and there is a big drop. It has been that way for a long time.

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Monday, August 29, 1904, started out as a normal, warm, sunny Laramie day. The Semi-Weekly Laramie Boomerang devoted its front page to a problem with state fishing laws and its back page to a prizefight in San Francisco.

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After more than six months, it’s no clearer today than it was in March why the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees decided not to renew the contract of President Laurie Nichols. It’s becoming more obvious, however, that providing no explanation is not acceptable.

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Suicide continues to be a serious public health issue in the Cowboy State that affects people from all different backgrounds. The Wyoming Department of Health estimated in a 2018 report that a person dies from suicide in Wyoming every two days. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control sa…

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Almost 50 years after the Black 14 incident at the University of Wyoming, Laramie for the second time in 2019 welcomed back some of those football players to campus this week. And what a week it was as healing and amends took place that made those athletes feel like they were once again home at UW.

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It was our community’s pleasure on Friday to welcome to Laramie Carla Hayden, who was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden became the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library after she was nominated to the position by the nat…

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We’ve commented many times on the editorial page on how much we appreciate the fruits of summer in Laramie. Whether it’s the quiet that comes with the population dropping, Jubilee Days, farmers markets, the perfect weather many days or whatever else you can point to, lots of locals will tell…

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There’s an interesting political trend in the U.S. in recent years that has seen conservatives pushing for repealing the death penalty at the state level. It even saw some success in Wyoming in 2019, with a bipartisan bill making its way through the House and a Senate committee before dying …

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Providing affordable housing is a challenge nationwide, and it’s certainly a problem for the Gem City. Sadly, Laramie residents spend more of their income than any other community in the state on housing costs, according to information from the Wyoming Business Council recently provided to t…

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uly is always an eventful month in the Gem City of the Plains. The Fourth of July and Laramie Jubilee Days brings excitement to the community, and we enjoyed the celebrations earlier this month as we always do.

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Let us be absolutely clear on a point: Blaming the survivors of sexual harassment, molestation, assault and rape – fully, in-part or even just a little bit — is always wrong. If you believe that survivors bear any culpability in the harmful acts perpetrated upon them, you are part of the problem.

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It’s not an uncommon scenario in Laramie City Council chambers: developers come in saying they’re struggling to meet the requirements of city code to open a new business or provide residential options in the Gem City. There seems to be something of an eternal struggle in Laramie and elsewher…

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Seventy-nine years ago this month, in the midst of the fall of France, England was facing the unthinkable: fighting Nazi Germany alone and quite possibly failing. It was at this moment British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave one of his most memorable speeches.

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In little chunks and bigger, the foundations of our democratic republic are being destroyed. Here in Laramie, the latest evidence comes in the form of one citizen refusing to serve as a juror. She told the judge she was too busy to be a genuine citizen of the republic.

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Today, the last day of June marks the end of LGBTQ Pride Month. The month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, where members of the LGBTQ community in New York reacted to harassment on the part of law enforcement. (It’s worth noting we do not condone any of the violence tha…

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Make no mistake: The city of Laramie faces an existential threat. We all know that this city depends upon the Casper Aquifer for half of its drinking water, and folks out in the county east of town rely on it 100 percent.

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My entire life I have worked and recreated in Wyoming, and my long-held value and appreciation for our wildlife and wild places has grown exponentially. Through my career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, I’ve had the good fortune to see the sun rise over dozens of lakes and streams…

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Leading up to Flag Day today, the Laramie Boomerang published an article about the ceremony taking place this evening at American Legion Post 14. Part of the ceremony each year includes burning unserviceable American flags, meaning those that cannot be restored for proper display. It’s a dee…

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It’s cap and gown season in Laramie as people walk away from educational institutions with degrees in hand. Whether it’s graduating from high school, college or any other level of attainment, we should be proud of those in the community for their accomplishments. It takes remarkable resolve …

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As the mother of Robbie Ramirez, I am heart-broken not only by his death, but by the tragic events surrounding it. The last thing anyone wants to do is bury a child, but I am only one of the many people that have had to experience such a loss. There is nothing anyone can do that will bring R…

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Beyond that fact that we’re grateful we survived another Laramie winter and that spring is just around the corner — we promise — there were several events in April and the early days of May that give us even more to celebrate as the seasons change. Most of these events fall under the cultura…

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If you spend enough time in government meetings, you’ll probably hear the phrase, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” ad nauseam. While surely cliché, it couldn’t be more applicable when it comes to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees’ decision to not renew the contract of President …

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David Lawrence Dotson, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully on February 13 after a six-month battle with cancer.

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Legislation that will begin the building of new residence halls at the University of Wyoming cleared the state House of Representatives this week. Despite the concerns of certain lawmakers, House Bill 293’s supporters — including House Speaker Steve Harshman, R-Casper, and Senate President D…