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True tax reform

While we are encouraged by the proposals filed this past session, and the few that legislators passed in the 2023 General Session, we know Wyoming must engage in an honest and robust tax reform discussion to achieve true tax reform. The variety of bills filed primarily in the residential property tax arena, plus those that addressed the structural challenges identified in Tax Reform 2000, by no means could be considered true structural tax reform. Instead, we hope this is the beginning of a conservative, pro-family and pro-business tax reform effort and a sign of significant tax reform action in the future.

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Letter to the editor: Traps are a safety hazard on public lands

As an avid outdoorswoman, I implore state and local wildlife management agencies to expeditiously implement the models of modern-day wildlife biology and ethics through laws and regulations that reflect empirical evidence.

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Letter to the editor: Rights being restricted in Wyoming

Rather than attempting to map out the nuances of any of these issues, these legislations simply attempt to put a hard stop on what legislators feel threatened by in the ongoing culture war.

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Wyoming Equality fighting to protect transgender student athletes

“We are confident that the law will recognize the promise of Wyoming’s Constitution: ‘No discrimination between pupils. In none of the public schools so established and maintained shall distinction or discrimination be made on account of sex, race or color.’ The Bostock decision clearly stated that gender identity was encompassed in the definition of sex. The tragedy is, we haven’t had to rely on court cases and statutes in the past: We’ve treated our children with the dignity, respect and individuality that all Wyoming students deserve.”

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Legislative work reflects Wyoming values

We operate differently in Wyoming. Our way of doing things, also known as the Code of the West, is what distinguishes our state from the rest of the world. Our unique position allows Wyoming to fund a world-class education system, grow our economy and live a life of liberty, free from government overreach. This session, we faced multiple attempts by outside Washington, D.C., interests to infiltrate the people’s house like never before, encroaching on Wyoming people’s priorities and promoting a narrative that is far from the truth. This effort is putting our conservative, common-sense Wyoming way in jeopardy.

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March 2023 Garden Column: Ask Flora

“Planting for Pollinators” is an upcoming class being offered by Sage & Snow Garden Club at the Pinedale Library on Thursday, April 20. Arlinda McLaughlin and Julie Kraft will share information on the importance of planting to attract pollinators. Pollinator Workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. Seed Exchange 5:30 p.m. (before the workshop). Bring seeds to share!

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Legislative Update - March 1, 2023

I will highlight four bills that passed the House on Wednesday.

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Column: Arguing is part of marriage

It was found that people who are more religious say they argue more than those couples who don’t go to church. I understand this. With God in the picture, we have another avenue to explore, similar to fifth-graders in a disagreement during recess, as we bring others into our tiffs. “I don’t like the way you mimic me and I’m pretty sure God finds that ridiculous, too.”

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Living – Life – Large

I probably will be shunned for being a non-sports fanatic, but I don’t watch sports. The only exception would be the Super Bowl. I don't, however, watch it for the game; I watch it for the commercials. I will also interject, this year’s Super Bowl was very disappointing. I can’t remember who was playing but the advertisements were far from entertaining or stimulating.

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Guest column: The greatest threat to your property rights in Sublette County

Recent decisions related to planning and zoning (P&Z) matters in Sublette County have created a fog of war, caused a great deal of uncertainty and made a mockery of enforcement. These are signs of property rights being lost and the continuation of this pattern is the biggest threat there is to your property rights in Sublette County.

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Legislative Update – Jan. 25-31

HB0121 - Property tax deferral program-amendments. I have heard the concern over rising property taxes. This bill would provide relief for some who are struggling with paying their property taxes. This bill amends a current property tax deferral program that counties can administer, but to date, only Teton County has adopted rules to use the program. This bill would move program administration to the Department of Revenue, open it up for taxpayers in all 23 counties and the state would then hold the lien, instead of the county. A taxpayer would qualify for the deferment program if they demonstrate any one of the following conditions: a limited income that is at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line; over the age of 62; has a disability as determined by the Social Security administration; purchased the property at least 10 years before the beginning of the tax year or is a disabled veteran. While this program does not solve the property tax problem alone, it is another tool taxpayers have to access relief, and I lean toward supporting this bill.

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More government transparency coming from your newspapers

The Wyoming Press Association has brought a bill to the 67th Wyoming Legislature requiring the state’s newspapers to publish all public notices that appear in print editions on their websites, too.

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Life is better than ever if work is not your forte

With my phone, which has more computing power than the Apollo 11 had when it went to the moon and back, I’d texted my kids, reaching them in less than a second. Their response was slightly slower as they decided if they really wanted to ruin their day by getting into a lengthy communication with the woman they’ve never forgiven for making them, when ill with strep throat, get shots instead of pills. It was a mere sampling of their childhood … hell on earth.

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Living – Life – Large

The average price for a dozen eggs is around $4.25, unless you’re shopping at Ridley’s; then it’s closer to $8.25. In Mexico a dozen eggs is around $2.20 USD. The average price for all countries is $2.87 USD.

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Legislative Updates – Jan 16 through Jan. 19

As a citizen legislature, there is limited time to discuss all the ideas brought forward by legislators. Today, we spent time discussing the rules for this legislative session with the aim of deciding on procedures that will allow us to run a smooth and effective legislative process. The House considered several rule changes today. There has been a great deal of discussion about how large a majority it requires to bring a bill out of the Speaker’s desk, or move a bill up on the Majority Floor Leader’s bill order for the day.

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Letter to the editor: It doesn't take a scientist

We are not scientists, but it doesn’t take a scientist to know that this gravel pit and hot mix asphalt plant will enormously affect the environment and quality of life for the surrounding area. The U.S. Office of the Environmental Protection Agency, Air Quality, Planning and Standards states, “Asphalt processing … facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants … exposure to these air toxins may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems and skin irritation.”

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An open letter from the Green River Valley Health Foundation

As a foundation, we want to make sure that we are able to meet the needs of our community in advancing health and wellness, as well as being able to continue to support our clinics and the future critical access hospital. After much consideration, we felt keeping our independence would best help us continue to accomplish this.

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Legislative Update – Jan. 10

The last Speaker of the House to be elected from Pinedale was Dick Luman in 1943. Needless to say, it has been a long time since Sublette County had a Speaker of the House.

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Column: What does it mean to be local?

Again, I will share the advice of the late Snook Moore, an outfitter that lived up Tosi Creek, “Never live on a place ya’ can’t pee off the porch.”

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Column: No one is youer than you

As the new year starts, it’s not usually a significant end to something or the monumental beginning of anything else. It’s simply another try at being a lot more valuable than we were, attempting to eliminate vices and willingly striving to be part of the solution and not the problem. None of us have it all figured out and also everybody’s family is crazy.

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Contributing to the chaos – Oct. 15

Though commonly known, it is not commonly accepted. Sometimes it is easier to not accept the truth than to deal with the discomfort of it.

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Eiden: Furniture was never meant to last

When we met, Gar was a bachelor with an eclectic assortment of furniture and decorations that I was fairly certain we needed to burn.

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Barrasso: Irresponsible Democrats pushing for U.S. to follow California's failed energy model

Democrats are trying to impose California‘s unreliable energy policies on the rest of the country. Americans are responding, “Don’t turn America into California!”

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Eiden: Fear not – your children will always need you

Parents are never unemployed.

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Lummis: The West is burning and politics are fanning the flames

As smoke from summer Western wildfires spreads all the way to Maine, the entire country finally realizes what the West has long known: America’s forest-management policies are not working.

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Contributing to the chaos - Sept. 17

As I look at the illusion of reality, brought forth by the incompatible deeming that to be you must be compatible with incompatible, I slow my steps.

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Eiden: I'm understanding a few things better

I’m understanding a few things better as time goes by. It takes longer for me because I’m a little hardheaded.

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9/11 retrospective: A different country now

This is a column from Roundup editor Brady Oltmans as part of the Roundup's anniversary coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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9/11 retrospective: Why it's called terrorism

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Roundup has published columns from its Sept. 13, 2001, edition. This is from Rob Shaul, editor and publisher of the Roundup at the time.

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9/11 retrospective: Land of the Free...Home of the Brave

A guest column from Aidan M. Mullett II, that was originally published in the Pinedale Roudup's Sept. 13, 2001, edition.

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Legislative Update – Aug. 31

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the 2021 interim work of the 66th Legislature.

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Contributing to the chaos

Local commentary from contributor Dan Abernathy.

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Our body has a wired set point

I recently read an article stating, “Don’t scold yourself for gaining weight, your body is wired to return to a natural set point.”

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Contributing to the chaos

Washing the Day Away

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Relationships are hard

Gar and I are still married after 42 years, even after spending two winters in a 30-foot camper.

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Legislative Update – Aug. 1

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from interim work of the 66th Legislature.

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Contributing to the chaos

Due to the what, of what is, we as small-town dwellers are seeing firsthand a seemingly no end to the new disembarking from urban arenas. Because we were raised this way we, for the most part, accept them with open arms.

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Sublette Centennial 'pioneers' sought

The search is on for residents of Sublette County for at least 50 years to be recognized as a “Sublette Centennial Pioneer.”

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Proposed ordinance bringing out the worst in us

This is an editorial from the staff at the Pinedale Roundup.

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Parents are never done helping kids

I do think 4-H is a hecka lotta work for mom and dad.

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Biden nominees spell disaster for Wyoming

By Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

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Contributing to the chaos

It’s not that I’m totally rebelling against the ways of now.

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Bears and I have a lot in common

Bears are not my favorite animal; in fact I really dislike bears, but I’ll admit, we have a lot in common.

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Contributing to the chaos

Pole Creek is a small river that was born in the high granite cracks of the Wind River Range.

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It's Christmas in July, in letter form

In case you hadn’t noticed, every year the Eiden’s Christmas letter gets later and later, until this year, it’s an epistle for Christmas in July. Lucky you.

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Contributing to the chaos

On May 9, we celebrated Mother’s Day amidst the turmoil of weak people offended by the name of the day. During this invasion of offensive terminology, I introduced my mother.

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Off the beaten path

Finding outdoor solitude in Sublette County is easy.

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Legislative update – The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce

I am in Casper for meetings of the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce.

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Men better have a sense of humor

From Trena Eiden.

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My hiking partner

The first time I took my best friend up on a mountain, he was a shivering puppy in the snow.

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Contributing to the chaos

The Flowers on Fremont.

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Nancy Beth Burstad

May 14, 1955 – May 26, 2021

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Monogamous animals don't know how long marriage lasts

By Trena Eiden

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Let conservative states lead on reducing national debt

From Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

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Contributing to the chaos

In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Forrest was asked if he was stupid. He replied, “Stupid is as stupid does,” meaning that a person should be judged by his actions, not his appearance.

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I talk to myself while I walk

At my and Gar’s age, not to mention our activity level, which is less than any sloth on planet earth, we’re certain we should be moving our joints every day, so I walk and Gar swims.

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Contributing to the chaos

By Dan Abernathy

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Once a mother - always a mother

Recently, sleep physiologist Rachel Markwald set out to study fatigue on a Navy warship.

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Brunette chose as regional Volunteer of the Year

Des has been a part of our MESA program since its inception nearly 10 years ago.

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Contributing to the chaos

There are people who find anger with who you are for speaking your truth.

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Highway Patrolman problems

It was a Monday morning so I naturally didn’t have a joyful spirit, similar to how I am on all the other days of the week.

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Wyoming 66th Legislature – Update No. 5

From Rep. Jim Roscoe, House District No. 22

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Lummis: Call it a crisis

Night after night, Wyoming citizens are turning on the news to see a national security and humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border.

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Contributing to the chaos

Local commentary from Dan Abernathy.

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Legislative Update – April 3

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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It's not easy living with a brown-haired blonde

I use a hair product called “Freeze-It” to keep my mop in place and my motto is, “One can never, no not ever, use too much hairspray.”

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Contributing to the chaos

From Dan Abernathy

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Legislative Update – March 26, 29

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

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Wyoming 66th Legislature Update 4

From Rep. Jim Roscoe, House District No. 22.

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Let's start over

From Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons.

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Daytime habits that affect your sleep at night

Local commentary from Trena Eiden.

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Legislative Update – March 20

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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Ricketts: The fight for Wyoming's economy

From Bondurant resident and former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts.

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Contributing to the chaos

An underlying problem I feel, in this masked world we exist in right now, is not seeing faces anymore.

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Legislative Update – March 12, 16

Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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Wyoming 66th Legislature Update No. 3

From Rep. Jim Roscoe, House District No. 22

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Legislative Update – March 7-9

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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A chat with 10-year-old me

I’ve often thought what I’d say to my 10-year-old self if I could go back in time.

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Contributing to the Chaos

Mindfulness is awareness. It is to know, feel and see what is happening in the moment.

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Legislative Update – Feb. 28, March 1-2

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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Church people are much too trusting

We try to attend church everywhere we visit.

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Contributing to the Chaos

Some of us stay up way too late at night, but for myself, I get up way too early in the morning.

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Sommers: Funding Wyoming's K12 education program

A brief history and the situation the Legislature faces this session.

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Eiden: The first week is always the hardest

After arriving in Florida, we stayed with our kids for a few days while setting up the camper.

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Legislative Update – Feb. 3-6

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

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OP-ED: 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.

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Contributing to the Chaos

I do believe it is time that we begin to put the pieces back together, if in fact we are not beyond fixable.

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Robinson: GOP purity test

A letter from Sublette County Republican Party Chairman Jim Robinson.

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