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  • Guest Editorial: The market killed Campbell County coal long ago

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record|Jun 13, 2024

    Lost in the uproar over the impending death of coal in Campbell County is the reality of who the real killer is. Of course, the Bureau of Land Management pursuing an end to new coal leases in the Powder River Basin amounts to an undeniable death blow should it get its way. But if you were to solely listen to the folks who attended this week’s meeting with Campbell County Commissioners, you may overlook the context in which that seemingly extinction-level decision was made. No new coal leases have sold in Campbell County since 2012 — more tha...

  • Gillette mayor resigns over texts

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 6, 2022

    GILLETTE — Louise Carter-King resigned as the mayor the City of Gillette Thursday night, two days after apologizing for old text messages that surfaced this week that included off-color and denigrating language about City Council members and other Campbell County officials. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the Mayor of the City of Gillette," Carter-King said in a press release Thursday night. "I want to thank (City Council) and the many outstanding staff members who I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the yea... Full story

  • Man reflects on letters he sent from Vietnam

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 11, 2021

    GILLETTE - Dave Olsen found them 26 years ago. He recognized them immediately while going through his mother's belongings after she died. That was in 1995. The sight alone took him 25 years into the past. Back to 1969. He never knew, or even suspected, that she had kept them. But there they were. The faded white envelopes with "free" written in lieu of a stamp were unmistakable. Almost a dozen letters a 24-year-old version of himself mailed across the world from war-torn Vietnam to small town... Full story