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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…

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Providing opportunities for affordable, accessible healthcare services – especially in times of emergency – has long been one of our top priorities in the Wyoming State legislature. Every session we consider important healthcare measures to address everything from the high cost of prescripti…

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The COVID-19 CARES Act is so involved, complex and voluminous that — just as the speaker of the U.S. House famously said of another bill a few years ago — Congress may have had to pass it to see what all was in it.

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Gov. Mark Gordon recently invited me to a meeting with legislators and community college presidents to discuss how we can work together to create new economic opportunities for Wyoming. This was shortly after my new boss, incoming University of Wyoming President Edward Seidel, was hired. Dr.…

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As we closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state, Ivinson has been working diligently to safeguard our patients, staff and community. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Team meets daily to evaluate the current situation and develop processes at Ivinson that ensure our readiness for t…

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I am 8 years old and in 2nd grade at Indian Paintbrush Elementary School. Since COVID-19 is keeping me home from school and other activities, I wanted to share what it has been like for a kid.

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When we most need God’s help, is God silent? Maybe it seems so, if we expect him to answer us with some great loud voice from heaven or some immediate miraculous solution to the plague. But what if we look at what he has already told us in His Word, the Bible? Then you will find he speaks cl…

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Even in ordinary times, the 74,000 of unpaid family caregivers in Wyoming face a daunting set of daily tasks. Oftentimes with little or no training, they may be responsible for wound care, tube feedings, dressing, managing the finances and medical bills of their loved ones, transportation and more.

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Affordable food, affordable housing, and affordable energy – the “three-legged stool” of our prosperity in this Country, and Wyoming has all three. Considering the national panic over what was just three weeks ago termed the “Wuhan Coronavirus” but has since been rebranded out of political c…

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With all the media attention regarding the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, you may feel like you are getting mixed messages. A recent article carried by WyoFile.com, “Two who couldn’t get COVID-19 test: a study in rationing,” highlighted some pitfalls I would like to address.

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We are now deep into two serious worldwide events that threaten our physical and our economic well-being. One of these events has been building for decades. The other for only a few months.

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Our nation’s founding fathers determined that every ten years, we will count every person living in the United States. Since 1790, the U.S. government has conducted a census to do just that and in 2020 there will be another count of America. The 2020 Census will count every living person in …

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This session, we have seen our legislators debate many different aspects of wind development in Wyoming – some good, some bad. Clearly, it is a discussion that is worth having. As I have watched the debate, however, it seems like all too often, our state legislators and policymakers miss an …

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The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees was faced with a very difficult decision about whether to enter into a new three-year employment agreement with President Nichols. According to the public record, the terms of a new agreement, including compensation, were negotiated with Dr. Nichol…

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Albany County Clean Water Advocates want the public to know that the Albany County commissioners are still making decisions affecting the safety of our community’s drinking water.

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Some joke that in Wyoming folks extend a helping hand so they have something to hold on to – an anchor to keep from blowing away in the wind! But we know the truth. Extending your hand is simply how you get the big chores done.

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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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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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Last year we witnessed one of the strangest legislative battles Wyoming has ever seen, the fight over Senate File 74, “crimes against critical infrastructure.” Last year’s bill not only sparked the ire of Native Americans and nonprofit groups around Wyoming who believed it would chill free s…

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – University of Wyoming junior defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan pleaded “no contest” Wednesday to charges related to an incident that occurred the morning of the Cowboys’ football game at Colorado State in late October.