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When we taught a course on trends in American foreign policy after the Cold War together at UW six years ago, we explored global patterns of interdependence (and dependence). We spent a lot of time discussing America’s place in the world and especially our relationship with China. The articl…

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Fifty years ago, on June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. The river was one of the most polluted in the U.S. Journalists filled glasses with pitch-black river water. The Santa Barbara, California oil spill occurred in January and February1969 in Southern California. It …

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I am alarmed at the free college rhetoric that hit the Wyoming news cycle over the past week. I know our post-secondary institutions are concerned about enrollment being down this fall and the financial hardship that will cause. But dangling the offer of free college with federal CARES money…

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Considering challenges, problems, and crises as opportunities is a well-known entrepreneurial strategy. The current financial, health, and economic crises present such an opportunity for Wyoming to step back, reconsider, pivot, and pursue more aggressively alternative paths to economic diver…

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There’s a party game called “two truths and a lie.” Sounds like a great party game. But we’re all grownups here – we should have more integrity. Politics shouldn’t be played like a teenage party game. Willfully misleading people is wrong. Most of us agree that the commandment “though shalt n…

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I am writing in response to Emma Clute’s Letter to the Editor published on July 19 titled “The Rail Tie Wind Project is an unethical endeavor.” That letter contains several false and misleading statements, and I would like to set the record straight.

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It’s been a decade since I reflected on radiation, both the kind emitted by nuclear tests and the radium inserted up my nose to shrink swollen adenoids.

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America is starting to recover from its coronavirus-induced coma. The economy added nearly 5 million jobs in June – our largest-ever monthly jobs gain.

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Reclining in my favorite chair recently in vanishingly small Inez, Wyoming, I found myself close to tears. My wife Maria sat beside me to ask what was troubling me.

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The University of Wyoming opened its doors in 1886 as Wyoming’s land-grant institution, created to be a partner with communities in our state. From partnerships with our community colleges, articulating courses to build toward seamless student transfer, to our partnership with the Wyoming Bu…

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Since Covid-19 has dismantled the stability of our small businesses, healthcare system, schools, local and state government, Main Street programs all over the nation have held fast to their mission to revitalize historic districts while uplifting the heart of their communities. As one of man…

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Finally, “Black Lives Matter” gains traction. Showing videos and telling stories that bring attention to the large numbers of deaths by police and the cases and deaths by Covid-19 among African-Americans has led to this long-delayed confrontation with our prejudiced society. What we see with…

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Food insecurity is a largely invisible problem, most typically experienced within the privacy of a home or kept an uncomfortable secret in a school setting. Walk into any grocery store in Wyoming and it’s hard to imagine how anyone might not have enough to eat, but that’s the irony of hunger…

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Laramie is having a historic summer as incredible numbers of people have taken to the streets in our small community and across the country. I wish I could say these events were a celebration marking some happy milestone of achievement.

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As I look out my window, the smoke from the Bush fire is belching upward behind the fabled profile of the Superstition Mountains. The fire has closed Highway 87 that joins the Phoenix metro area to Payson, one of its exurbs. Some small communities are evacuating.

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I’m black, and for years I’ve been saying that if you peel back a layer or two of anything, you find racism.

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As we navigate trying times in the wake of COVID 19, we must embrace vision in order to beef up Wyoming’s economy. We have a rare opportunity to diversify by adding value to Agriculture and becoming more self-sufficient in the process. By housing the supply chain from farm to fork in-state, …

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Everyone understands that Wyoming is dependent on its oil and gas industry. And since we are in competition with other hydrocarbon-producing states, we need to find ways to attract investment in exploration and production. The worst thing we could do is continue with expensive and unnecessar…

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When historians see that their nation is in big trouble, facing the proliferation of protests that raise bedrock questions about American race relations, and locked in disputes over the proper pacing of “re-opening” after the regime of social distancing, it is time for people in my line of w…

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I’ve heard many people say that Wyomingites have been practicing social distancing our whole lives. That’s likely true. Being able to get away and fish for hours without seeing a soul is one reason residents live here and others visit often. These last few months made us all appreciate Wyomi…

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As Laramie Main Street works along side partners to develop strategies to rebuild the economy, we want to share insight with the community into our holistic, grassroots approach to economic development.

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For many of us, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Camping trips, backyard barbecues, and gatherings with friends all traditionally ring true during this time of year. But as is the case for many businesses, summer will look just a little bit different this year than it has i…

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Each spring, the acequias in New Mexico carry cold, clear snowmelt to freshly furrowed fields on small farms. The centuries-old irrigation culture is recognized in state law and supported by strong communities.

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As I am sure you are all seeing in Wyoming or wherever you may be, many communities around the nation are in turmoil in reaction to the killing of George Floyd, and to the history of racism, intolerance and bigotry and their terrible outcomes that this event signifies to people across the na…

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No one denies it: Over-consumption of water and extreme drought caused by climate change are realities driving the Colorado River into crisis. But some solutions are better than others.

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In these past several months, we have been navigating historic times together. We have all taken on new roles and responsibilities for the health of our community. Homes have turned into home offices and classrooms, and businesses have gone online and curbside. Through this disruption to dai…

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Writer and composer David Vader once said that, “The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.”

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My Wyoming cottonwood saga began in the late 1990s in Casper, where I was nurturing all flavors of flowers in various pots scattered about the yard. Gardening is in my genes, thanks to Slovenian grandparents who grew vegetables and planted cottonwoods in front and back of their early 1900s h…

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Albany County is experiencing a significant economic downturn during this difficult period of COVID-19. I have been approached by several individuals and businesses regarding the three bills that were passed in the Wyoming Legislature’s Special Session and how it could impact them or their b…

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It is no exaggeration to say that a mega-drought not seen in 500 years has descended on the seven Colorado River Basin states: Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. That’s what the science shows, and that’s what the region faces.

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Over the past two months, the nation has engaged in unprecedented shutdowns in an effort to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. After many weeks of economically crippling restrictions and stay-at-home orders, citizens are beginning to question the justification for these measures and whether c…

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Based on the most recent Department of Family Services (DFS) intake data, reports of child abuse and neglect are down an astonishing 30 percent! Has Wyoming discovered the secret to preventing abuse and neglect?

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In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, if you had mild symptoms and were able to recover at home, you were not tested. Nobody had testing in place for several reasons. Because it was a new virus, a test had to be developed. Then there were problems obtaining the supplies needed for testi…

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Laramie Main Street and our partners at the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance and the Albany County Tourism Board continue to monitor the impact of the coronavirus on the local economy. As we transition into a “reopening” phase, we remain dedicated to offering our services and support to the…

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Big capital does not care about us. Monopoly capitalism. Large corporations have turned our economic system to the benefit of top executives and shareholders. This is made all too evident in the age of Coronavirus. Transportation companies do little to protect employees delivering packages i…

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COVID-19 has impacted everyone, seemingly overnight. From working from home, to homeschooling, to losing employment or wages, life has changed. To make these challenges more difficult, public places are closed and we are left with no place to go. It’s normal to feel stuck, alone, and isolated.

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Most of the United States has been under some level of lockdown, quarantine or social distancing orders for more than six weeks now. We have seen just about everyone sacrifice something, whether it be merely the ability to do what we want on a day-to-day basis, or the more substantial sacrif…

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Up until recently, staying home was unlikely something hunters, anglers and all types of wildlife enthusiasts did often. That idea runs counter to almost everything we know. Hunters and anglers are always heading out — pursuing spring turkeys, fishing for trout on the Miracle Mile or waiting…