Opinion

Legislative Update – Sept. 19

Hello Sublette County and LaBarge, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the interim of the 66th Legislature. On Sept. 6-7, I participated in the Joint Education Committee (JEC) meeting in Cheyenne. On Sept. 8, along with a delegation of folks from Sublette County, we met with members and staff of the State Land and Investment Board (SLIB) to discuss state grant funding for Sublette County’s new hospital project.... more

Letter to the editor: ultra rural areas at risk

On Sept. 15, the Sublette County Planning and Zoning Board unanimously rejected the CUP of this new Moyes’ financial venture at the Rim that was proposed through a request for a CUP because they felt it would be more difficult to rezone. As with Ricketts' rezoning, the new Moyes’ Rim conditional use request will be presented before the county commissioners again following the unanimous rejection of the Planning and Zoning Board. Once again, Bousman, White and Noble have the ability to disregard community sentiment and the requirements for rezoning and dismiss recommendations of the zoning board assigned to qualify rezoning. Commercial development of our cherished ultra rural A1-zoned county space by individuals with no respect for community virtues, through the practice of hiring Rio Verde Engineering and out-of-state parties to produce short sighted documents, once again will allow ultra rich out-of-state developers the ability to permanently alter our community and threaten a multitude of wildlife corridors.... more

 

State leaders ignored school funding and now the bill has come due

Editorial on the lawsuit filed by the Wyoming Education Association.... more

Where have all the workers gone?

We’ve all heard the phrases “the Great Resignation,” “quiet quitting,” “boomeranging,” “gig workers,” and other new terms to describe a new workforce and workplace. But what does this mean to businesses clamoring for help and workers still looking for employment?... more

Letter to the editor: The facts Chuck is forgetting

"He seems to have forgotten the true facts behind the bill, so I have decided to come forward with the rest of the story."... more

Letter to the editor: Is this heaven? No, it’s Pinedale, Wyoming

"They and other Pinedale citizens who were so kind to us over those four days represent the best in all of us. Pinedale is a small town with a big heart."... more

 

Letter to the editor

"We have a lot going on out there by the two parties."... more

Eiden: Investigating SCUF's spending

As I researched expenditures versus income in Sublette County, I found that we’re spending far more than we make and while a few of our county commissioners find it acceptable to continually use our reserves, that is not sustainable. ... more

Roscoe: Legislative Update — Special Session summary 2021

On Oct. 26, both houses of the Wyoming Legislature convened for a special session.... more

Legislative Update – Nov. 4

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20.... more

 

Lawton: A community of river guides copes with loss

The Grand Canyon boating community — devoted to each other and to the Colorado River — was shocked to learn this fall that we’d lost two of our own.... more

Legislative Update – Oct. 27-28

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from Cheyenne and the Special Session of the Wyoming Legislature.... more

 

McWilliams: Take it or leave it

Take it or leave it. I had just completed some marvelous carnie feat that allowed me to present to this girl that I had known since first memory, one of the finest pieces of jewelry that we, me or her, had ever seen before.... more

 

Marston: This rancher has radical ideas about water

If Jim Howell, a fourth-generation rancher in western Colorado, has a guru, he’s Allan Savory, the champion of intensive cattle grazing even on semi-arid land.... more

Legislative Update – Oct. 21

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you on Thursday, Oct. 21, prior to a Legislative Special Session.... more

Gordon: Government should be limited with as few regulations as possible

From Gov. Mark Gordon.... more

Woodruff: Let's redefine those bucket lists

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.... more

Wellington: Please don't pet the wildlife

“I can’t believe that person is getting that close.”... more

Sniffin: Here was the time when I missed the best part of America the most

The rain was falling in sheets. The wind was howling. The temperature was 40 degrees and I could see my breath. My raincoat was soaked through and my umbrella was inside out. It was late at night and I was standing on a street corner in Cardiff, Wales, waiting for a bus.... more

Barrasso & Lummis: IRS wants to spy on your bank accounts

Democrats in Washington are planning a far-reaching Big Brother initiative to squeeze every last penny out of everyday Americans. They need more money to pay for their reckless spending programs. Their targets are middle-class families in Wyoming and across the country.... more

Barrasso: Biden and Democrats are the party of chaos

For eight months, the Democrats have been in control of the White House and Congress. In that time, America has veered from calamity to calamity.... more

 

Sniffen: Yellowstone Part 2 – Wow, what a place!

“Like No Place on Earth” was the official slogan for Wyoming’s tourism division a few years ago. I liked the slogan but thought it referred more to Yellowstone National Park than anywhere else in the state.... more

 

Babbitt: Chaco Culture National Park is under siege

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans who consider it a living presence.... more

Legislative Update – Sept. 13-15

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20... more

 

Sniffen: Liz vs Harriet could be a big-time heavyweight boxing match

Donald Trump made a big Cowboy State splash this past week when he anointed Harriet Hageman as his choice to run for Wyoming’s lone Congressional seat against three-termer Liz Cheney.... more

 

Pyne: Welcome to Yosemite, the new Pyrocene Park

The Pleistocene epoch that began 2.6 million years ago sent ice in waves through Yosemite.... more

Legislative Update – Sept. 7

Hello Sublette County this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from interim work of the 66th Legislature. On Sept. 1, the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce met in Casper, and I am a legislative member of that taskforce.... more

 

UW game day ‘back to normal’ – so much fun for the Cowboy State

And by the way, the Pokes won last Saturday! But there was so much more going on besides a football game.... more

 

Surdam: Mask up and vaccinate

Dr. Dan Surdam, MD, is an emergency medicine physician at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Amy Surdam, FNP, is the COO of Stitches Acute Care Clinics and Lt. Col. in the Wyoming Army National Guard.... more

 

Hageman: Biden's land grab

One thing that can be safely said about the Biden administration is that when you think they could not become even more extreme, they make clear that you underestimate them at your peril.... more

 

Coyotes – True Stories with Vern

It was cold and it was hard.... more

Biden nominees spell disaster for Wyoming

By Sen. Cynthia Lummis... more

 

As Lake Powell dwindles, wonders are revealed

On May 9, protected by neoprene, I bobbed around in a flooded canyon in Utah’s Lake Powell.... more

Barrasso: Biden must pull Stone-Manning BLM nomination if he's serious about domestic terrorism

This originally ran as an op-ed in the July 19 edition of USA Today.... more

 

Hey Phoenix Zoo, that ferret is from Wyoming

This past spring, I noticed that Wyoming’s black-footed ferret is a rock star at the Phoenix Zoo. In fact, you might think the elusive little critter was native to Arizona.... more

 

This could tear your clothes – True stories with Vern

The latest installment in stories from Vern.... more

 

Wyoming remembers: Memorial Day 2021

Do you remember where you where?... more

 

My uncle Chuck – True stories with Vern

True stories with Vern.... more

Lummis: Why I'm founding the Financial innovation Caucus

Wyoming has always boasted pioneers.... more

 

Bar Talk – True stories with Vern

True stories with Vern.... more

 

'Critical Race Theory' in Wyoming

By State Superintendent Jillian Balow... more

 

Double clutch it, Bill – True stories from Vern

When the siren went off in the little town where I went to school, just like in any other small metropolis, the volunteer fire putout crew sprang into action.... more

Balow: Addressing our school funding crisis

From Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow.... more

Ask Flora

April 2021 –– Seedlings... more

 

Buchanan: Dangers of the "For the People Act"

I write today to offer my opinion on recent legislation before Congress.... more

Lummis: Call it a crisis

From U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis.... more

The end of the 2021 session

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20... more

Legislative Updates – March 30-April 1

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20... more

 

Celebrating Wyoming's history of remarkable women leaders

Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso... more

Legislative Update – March 22-25

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.... more

Fitzsimmons: Let's start over

By Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons.... more

The fight for Wyoming's economy

by Joe Ricketts... more

Legislative Update – March 17-18

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20... more

 

Open government is key to honest government

When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.”... more

Legislative Update – March 10-11

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.... more

Legislative Update – March 3-4

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.... more

 

Gilliland: SF103 bad for Wyoming's economy

On Thursday, Feb. 25, SF103 a 90/10 license allocation and fee increase bill was filed by Sen. Larry Hicks.... more

Funding Wyoming's K12 educational program

House Rep. Albert Sommers provides context and corrects the record.... more

Nesvik: Presidential suspension on mineral development bad for Wyoming's wildlife

Brian Nesvik is the director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He has worked on behalf of Wyoming wildlife and people for over 25 years.... more

Legislative Update, Jan. 27 - 28

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20... more

 

As Wyoming Legislative session resumes, committees begin advancing critical bills

From Rep. Eric Barlow and Sen. Dan Dockstader... more