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Donnybrook

Jul 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Liz Cheney Has a famous name, but beating Mike Enzi will require a bruising confrontation

All of a sudden, the national political news media are ... [more]

Our skyscrapers

Jul 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  For the 33rd summer, hot-air balloons grace the local skies

They say the first time two brothers named Montgolfier flew their hot-air balloon -- made ... [more]

Preparing for two 'bambini'

Jul 18, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Yes, I am pregnant again -- this time with twins

Although this is an unusual public proclamation, the reader must know that I'm expecting.
That is ... [more]

An accomplishment?

Jul 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Senate has little to boast about from Monday's filibuster deal

Anyone who follows the work of the U.S. Senate these days, regardless of political ... [more]

Immigration not so easy after all

Jul 17, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Debate this summer has highlighted divisions within Republican ranks.

For a moment there, immigration reform almost looked easy.
Republicans, ... [more]

No rubber stamp

Jul 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It would be wrong to deny defenders of Cindy Hill a seat at the investigative table

Wyoming House Speaker Tom Lubnau said something interesting last ... [more]

EU trade talks pushing hot buttons

Jul 16, 2013 - By Rob Hotakainen, MCT Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Hoping to win the largest trade deal in history, the president's new U.S. trade representative offered negotiators some advice as they launched ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fire watch
We're still dodging the wildfire gremlins in the Wind River Basin as mid-July arrives. Be on high alert, everybody. There have been a few ... [more]

Fighting the foe of foxtail

Jul 15, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  A visiting relative said it was pretty, but that's not how I see it.

Hordeum jubatum.
It sounds like the name of latest addition to the no-fly list, ... [more]

Can House GOP nix bipartisanship forever?

Jul 15, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  It's hardly surprising that the final stages of the Senate's immigration debate saw painstaking negotiations on complex border security provisions to assure ... [more]

Wyoming's better way

Jul 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our work on sage grouse protections ought to be a model for the nation

Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal is correct in hoping that Wyoming can keep itself ... [more]

Bad performance by Congress hurts Americans

Jul 12, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  Lawmakers return to work on Capitol Hill this week, but the record of the 113th Congress so far offers little hope that they can make progress -- on ... [more]

It's a different day

Jul 12, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The last of my elder generation is gone

My mother-in-law died a few days ago, and the umbrella closed.
The umbrella held in the well-calloused hands ... [more]

Progress in the park

Jul 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As discussions continue, how the park's biggest users are treated is important

A good bit of useful discussion has taken place over the past year or ... [more]

Nothing to do? Perish the thought

Jul 11, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  This time of year, Wyoming is offering up its best

Has anyone run out of something to do this great Wyoming summer?
If you're able to get out, ... [more]

Our bargain

Jul 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Even in the face of disaster, we've come too far to turn away from industrialized life

It has been a bad week for mechanized disasters. Given the ... [more]

44th star on the flag

Jul 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The day Wyoming joined the union

July 10 is an important day for Wyoming. In fact, it might well be the most important one. Today is Wyoming ... [more]

Congress divided on aid to pressure Egypt

Jul 9, 2013 - By Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- While the Obama administration throws its support behind Egypt's military, some members of Congress are looking at withholding some or all of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Triple digits
We have hot summers in Fremont County, but it's rare that the temperature reaches 100 degrees. If that is going to happen in 2013, the ... [more]

Illness encroached, but never hopelessness

Jul 7, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Gene Franklin was a fine friend and finer example to me and many others.

Proverbs 20:29 tells us that the glory of young men is their strength, and ... [more]

A whiff of hypocrisy on Cayman Islands

Jul 7, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  Are offshore investments only evil when Republicans make them and somehow insignificant when they enrich Democrats?

Barack Obama has never minced ... [more]

A single museums chief

Jul 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Proponents say it's time for a change, but some salesmanship is required

Only with great care should the Fremont County Museums Board and Fremont ... [more]

Changes coming in RHS activities programs

Jul 5, 2013 - By Jeremy Hill:  Since the highly successful Riverton High School activities seasons are behind us, it's time to look back with honest reflection and forward with earnest ... [more]

Job Corps

Jul 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Awarding the contract, at last, is an important 'yes' for the city

Sandy Barton, the chief of the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational ... [more]

See Arcturus, the brightest night star

Jul 3, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  Summer is here. So far, "hot" is the word. Record-breaking heat in the Southwest and raging forest fires in Colorado and Arizona are making in the news. Our ... [more]

Yankee Doodle Boy

Jul 3, 2013 - Staff:  George M. Cohan and the Fourth of July

"A real, live nephew of my Uncle Sam, born on the Fourth of July."
Most Americans see those words and ... [more]

Gay marriage in Wyoming? It's possible

Jul 2, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Wyoming is a conservative state. A live-and-let-live state. A state where people live together in small towns, and mostly have a habit of getting along. And ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  All-summer month
The calendar has flipped to the first of the two all-summer months. July has arrived.
Here's how the poet Niji Chrys embraced the ... [more]

A chance meeting in Schaffhausen

Jun 30, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  It's how my family came to be.

They knew they were making history, and it was the greatest adventure of their lives. It was one of the most poignant ... [more]

Criticize Snowden for right reasons

Jun 30, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  His critics are too focused on the fact that he didn't graduate from high school

Let's get this straight: Edward J. Snowden surrenders his well-paid ... [more]