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'Sue and Settle:' the rigged game that Wyoming can only lose

by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, M.D. Wyoming is the energy capital of America. Americans count on Wyoming energy for gasoline and diesel fuel for our...

 

Wy not Disneyland?

Time will tell how much the flood-caused closing of Yellowstone will hurt the Wyoming tourism industry. Seems there was a brief boom for Thermopolis a...

 

The system is broken

Wyoming’s property tax system is deeply flawed. The recent burden that rapidly rising home values placed on residents illustrated those flaws....

 

The difference Dad's make

by Brian Schroeder Superintendent of Public Instruction “We’ll go fishing on Saturday, boy, I promise!”All week long, it’s what the kid lived...

 

Of car keys and "Gun Control"

by Thomas L. Knapp, Director The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism The clamor for “gun control” never goes away...

 

The correlation between inflation and lack of accountability

by Kevin Killough Every time we go grocery shopping, fill up our cars, or buy new appliances, we all feel it. Inflation is up 8.5% over last year,...

 

Honoring those who lost their lives serving our country

by Lara Love Plans are underway to put up the Memorial Avenue of Flags at Monument Hill Cemetery on Monday for Memorial Day. If there is significant...

 

Musk buys Twitter, national media proclaim free speech a threat

by Kevin Killough Billionaire Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, purchased Twitter for $44 billion. Musk has long been a critic of the platform...

 

Property tax burden too much

Property taxes shooting up 50%, 70%, 90% in a single year — or 337% in four years, depending on what properties sold in a neighborhood — shows...

 

New Visitor Guides have arrived

The 2022 Thermopolis/Hot Springs Wyoming Visitor Guides have arrived. We will be doing our best to begin getting them delivered to area businesses...

 

Happy Mother's Day

by Jim Herlihy, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Alzheimer’s Association When we gather on May 8 to celebrate Mother’s Day, give a...

 

Team work in WRC

Mother Nature offered up some much needed moisture last week on Friday and Saturday. The Owl Creek area received a full inch of measurable moisture,...

 

Do not plod along like cattle

I am respectfully submitting an excerpt from a book called “Freedom Tide” written by Chad Connelly: Anyone making statements that our Founding...

 

Federal spending will ruin the economy

by Kevin Killough Who wouldn’t want to go back to the economically simpler times before the COVID pandemic?   We can look back with warm nostalgia...

 

A reminder to governing bodies

Reports on improper meetings serve as reminder to governing bodies around the state. Gillette City Council recently found itself in hot water after...

 

Board accepting bids for new school bus drop off lane

Editor’s note: This information originally ran in the June 17, 2021 Independent Record on this page. We are running it again to help answer...

 

Project with potential

The Bighorn River runs 95 miles from the Wedding of the Waters south of Thermopolis to the North Kane Boat Ramp on the south end of the Bighorn...

 

We all hate springing forward, but do we really want to stop?

by CJ Baker Spring didn’t officially arrive in Wyoming until Sunday, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it began March 13 — when we and the...

 

Slices of Life - Dealing with grief

by Jill Pertler Grief teaches me new lessons every day. I think writing about them is important, because grief is a topic many of us shy away from....

 

Biden administration energy policy baffling in a time of war

The Biden administration’s response to rising oil prices is perplexing, to say the least. Whether the much higher prices of oil and gas are a...

 

Agriculture - The industry we cannot live without

by Doug Miyamoto, Director, Wyoming Department of Agriculture There is no need to sugar coat this news because everyone already knows… The last few...

 

The crooked teeth of the gift horse

In one of the most decisive steps yet taken in the international effort to convince Vladimir Putin to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United...

 

Celebrate Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring...

 

Why do fans yell at sports officials?

Everyone wants to win the game! When we don’t , the officials usually get the blame. If you think officiating is easy, grab a whistle sometime and t...

 

Raises for state employees ensure stability, service in Wyoming

Higher state salaries mean more effective services One of the top priorities mapped out in Gov. Mark Gordon’s budget and State of the State address...

 

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