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Jul 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Cool, man, cool
Two words to describe the outdoor conditions for the first few days of the Fremont County Fair might be "deliciously cool." Fairgoers ... [more]

Three taken, leaving us behind

Jul 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  These are the kind of occasions that leaves us to ponder the imponderable.

Near the end of Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Cat's Cradle," a dialogue takes ... [more]

Republicans had best not get cocky

Jul 28, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  "The past is never dead," wrote Faulkner. "It's not even past."

Republicans who have not won a majority of the vote in a U.S. presidential election ... [more]

Our showcase

Jul 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Powered by people, the old fairgrounds come to life again

Far more than animals, arts and crafts, and produce are on display this week at the Fremont ... [more]

Swift and severe

Jul 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The perpetrators of Thursday's break-in and robbery will face stern consequences

An alarming view of an underside of Fremont County life felt the ... [more]

Poll: Americans want curbs on surveillance

Jul 26, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Americans are fed up with the federal government collecting information on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what ... [more]

Yes, this is beautiful country

Jul 25, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  But until last week, I'd never really seen it before

I'll declare at the beginning that this column involves a lot of hot air -- realizing, of course, ... [more]

Rewarding misbehavior

Jul 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In NYC, at least, a sex scandal doesn't seem to matter much anymore

A curious development is emerging in light of the never-ending string of ... [more]

A twisted, modern 'Romeo & Juliet'

Jul 24, 2013 - By Chris Peck, Associated Editor:  Maybe that's what two Wisconsin teenagers thought they were just before the collided deliberately with a pickup truck on the Riverton-Lander highway last ... [more]

Enter the parade

Jul 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Fremont County Fair Parade is intended to showcase our best

"I love a parade!" exclaims the old song form the 1930s that still is heard at summer ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sinks Canyon fire
A frank reminder of an rare unpleasant side of life in the West is being provided in close-up detail again this week via the wildfire ... [more]

The snake consuming itself

Jul 21, 2013 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  q Some Wyoming legislators have rushed headlong into the very acts they claim State Superintendent Hill is guilty of.

Perhaps the name Uroboros doesn't ring ... [more]

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]