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Always searching for Utopia

The problem with these idealized concepts is the participation of imperfect human beings.

A century ago utopia was a real concept, striven for by ...

Outlasting the experts

Newspapers have proved their staying power for 400 years

Predicting the demise of the newspaper has been a popular topic for centuries.
That's ...

A job to avoid

Congress is in disarray as Republicans struggle unexpectedly to find a new speaker

Most registered voters in Fremont County are Republicans. While ...

We all know the Oregon shooter

Gun-friendly Wyoming could be a leader on positive changes

The damaged young man who shot up Umpqua Community College in Oregon a few days ago, ...

We're part of the big picture

Sometimes that's not so easy to recognize
As a writer, one of my hobbies is reading the work of other writers, so I often read the other columnists who ...

How could it happen

U.S. must account for the air strike that hit a civilian hospital in Afghanistan

As the United States government wrestles with the extraordinarily ...

Answering the call

Notice our special Fire Week pages today, and salute our firefighters

In the early 1900s, when Riverton, Pavillion, Shoshoni, Dubois, Hudson, ...

Tuesday notes

Finally fall
Our early fall weather finally started fitting the description in recent days after a dogged period of unseasonably hot weather for much ...

Another shooting

Remarks and counter-remarks have a troubling similarity, from both sides.

The mass shooting Thursday at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, ...

Our never-ending dance on guns

The reaction to the Oregon college shooting from left and right will produce another argument with the usual impotent result.

It's the pivotal moment ...

4-A to 3-A

Some stature is lost, but the sensible move gives our teams better chances

Local pride took some bruising this week when the Wyoming High School ...

Do clothes make the person?

In earlier times, we wore what we could get

What is this thing we feel about clothes? How much does our manner of dress speak of who or what we are? ...

Not a team player

The U.S. isn't exactly thrilled over Russia's entry into the fight against Islamic State

Russia these days does nothing so well as make the rest of ...

It's time I was rewarded for the success I bring them

I have the answer to the Colorado Rockies' problems.
I am it. It is I. Me.
The Rockies home ...


It still matters, because it encourages us to connect in a time of disconnection

Passing through Denver recently, a news staff member saw a marquee ...

Tuesday notes

Blood moon
Fremont County, with cloudy skies at sunset, was cheated out of much of Sunday night's rise of the "super blood moon" and subsequent total ...

College pal was farm-boy strong

The UW running back was a heck of piano player too.

My friend J.C. Fowler grew up working on the huge produce farms his father managed as ...

A lesson to us

With the sage grouse, Wyoming proved a different path to resolving conflict can work

Against long odds at the outset, the greater sage grouse will ...

Pope's vigor reaches Wyoming

He's breathing new life into venerable traditions

As a Methodist kid growing up in Riverton, Catholics were exotic.
So exotic, in fact, that later ...

New 'alternative'

Frontier Academy and other public schools are showing creative thinking

The image of the "alternative high school" is being rehabilitated in Fremont ...


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