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Many Wyomingites care deeply about our state’s natural beauty and rugged terrain. But we’re not just concerned about our state’s clean air, pure water, rural lifestyle, natural resources and wild landscape for ourselves — we care about the animals that roam our mountains, fly across this air and swim through local rivers.

Lawmakers and education leaders from around the state are debating whether computer science should be a mandatory part of K-12 education in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Legislature’s 2018 Budget Session is set to convene in just a couple of weeks in Cheyenne, and the decisions made during this session will affect funding from everything from education to infrastructure to wildlife and environmental research.

In recent months, women across the country have stepped forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment, breaking years of silence. Their stories have led many high-profile public figures to step down from their jobs or be forced out.

We were pleased to see Congress reopen the federal government on Monday, ending a relatively brief shutdown. But it’s hard to offer federal lawmakers any real kudos without sounding insincere.

There’s a sense of hope as Wyoming lawmakers look to next month’s budget session. The state has weathered the economic storm that dampened recent years and forced lawmakers to draw millions of dollars from the rainy day fund.

The new year is in full swing, and many of us are struggling to adhere to our lofty resolutions, whether it be to quit smoking, take up a new hobby or just be nicer to those we wish would be nicer to us.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

If you were to query Wyomingites about the things they dislike about the federal government, you’d likely hear — over and over — a complaint that Washington, D.C., takes a “top-down” approach. It’s another way of saying that we don’t like it when politicians or bureaucrats thousands of miles away come up with ways to affect our area without involving us first. The objections to edicts from Washington are so commonplace here that you might call it a Wyoming mantra.

Unfortunately, 2018 has already been a busy year for the Powell Volunteer Fire Department, with two structure fires inside a week. A local resident died in a home fire on Saturday night; a separate fire earlier in the week destroyed all of a homeowner’s belongings.

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