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Campbell County prides itself on being a leader in Wyoming. Our Powder River Basin energy resources, while declining, are still the backbone of the state’s economy. We’re active in local and state politics and try to make good public policy.

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When people learned last month that the Close to Home hospice house had closed, it felt like a personal loss.

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There’s been plenty to rail against in 2020. Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to write about a historic bust in oil prices and the continued and accelerated downturn of thermal coal, which is so important to Campbell County and the Powder River Basin.

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Last winter, the Wyoming Department of Transport-ation spent $2.4 million plowing the highways in this region to keep them open and clear of snow.

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Wyoming legislators have been working this fall on further erosion of public notices in newspapers.

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It seems the movers and shakers within the Wyoming small college community are all for promoting higher education in the Cowboy State.

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The Campbell County School District’s secrecy about the number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff remains inexplicably puzzling.

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In hindsight, it should’ve been easy to predict that Tuesday’s first 2020 U.S. presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, would be like watching a live-action stage interpretation of a Facebook thread.

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The Gillette City Council this week seated its fourth new member outside of an election in less than three years. And for the fourth time in less than three years, the council did so through a less-than-transparent process.

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As the longtime bastion for preserving and passing on Campbell County history, the Rockpile Museum is considering a historic move of its own.

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In the last two weeks in Wyoming, officials in Powell announced the first case of COVID-19 at Northwest College since classes resumed there last month.

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Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday what he called “devastating” budget cuts equaling $250 million. He predicted that no one in the state will be unaffected by them — or by the next $250 million cuts that are to come.

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The peaceful protest seems such a simple and innocuous act that, at times, it may seem more of an annoyance than an act of patriotism.

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The absurdity of politics these days was realized last week when some House Republicans called for the ouster of one of the leaders of their party.

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The Gillette City Council should blame no one but itself for the strange, strange world that it finds itself in these days.

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When Campbell County commissioners instructed staff Monday to begin investigating what it would take for Gillette College to break from the Northern Wyoming Community College District and become its own independent entity, we thought that may have been a little extreme.

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Shay Lundvall was right to resign his Ward 3 seat on the Gillette City Council even if now he wants his old job back and feels as though he was coerced into resigning.

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Twice this month, the Gillette City Council has shot down an opportunity to hear from its residents.

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Turns out most of those dang hoodlum kids who have no respect for others don’t live up to their stereotypes.

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People who are looking for a good deal this weekend during Memorial Day sales should remember a few numbers.

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What’s supposed to be one of the most memorable, life-changing times for young people has been just that this spring, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

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Time will tell whether the nation’s hurry to reopen things was a risk worth taking.

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U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso have picked an opportune time to advance the development of rare earth minerals — one that could provide a huge boost to local initiatives.

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The production of coal and oil in Campbell County is an essential service, but unfortunately essential doesn’t mean expendable.

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KUDOS TO OUR local governments for recognizing people’s needs during this pandemic and trying to do what they can to help mitigate hardships.

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If we needed another example of why our grandparents made up America’s Greatest Generation — or great-grandparents if you’re a millennial — the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is it.

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Set aside for a moment individual political proclivities and feelings toward either Donald Trump or Nancy Pelosi.

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It was unavoidable that Campbell County would end up with a case of the novel coronavirus. As much wishful thinking that we might do, the odds were stacked against it.

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It is easy these days to be judgmental of others, particularly when dealing with a pandemic that’s been so politicized.

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