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Easter weekend
The happiest Easter Sundays in memory for most of us are those from childhood, reminiscent of grandparents, green grass and sunshine. Ma ...

Putin playing a weak economic hand

In global affairs, as in domestic politics, symbolism can be as important as substance.
So when the world's major industrial democracies, known as the G-7, ...

A tough guy I was glad to know

There was a lot to George Swan, and I appreciated it all.

It was a little more than 40 years ago. My recently restored 1962 Chevy Nova was making an ...

Animal-control deputies

If we impose a new tax, then uniformed personnel for the specific job might be in order

It has been enlightening this spring to learn more about the ...

Social Security ought to let old debts lie

Social Security Administration has paused its misguided efforts to collect debts more than a decade old, including dunning children of the dead. Collection ...

From the air, Morocco looked a lot like central Fremont County looks

Most of the similarities ended when we reached the ground.

Wyoming looks a lot like Morocco.
That was the first thought to fill my mind as the ...

Pools in the park

The State of Wyoming and a Thermopolis pool business are locked in dispute

For decades it's been taken for granted that there are commercial swimming ...

Pulitzer Prize for Snowden coverage both important and well-deserved

There were other worthy contenders for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, but no reporting was more deserving than the revelations about the National ...

Let's all practice 'holy peace'

The magic of this story is that of new life. It is also a story of Easter. And of spring itself.
I've strolled the aisles of stuffed toys and candy displayed ...

Coal, speak up

The industry relies too much on political wishful thinking to confront its problems

A U.S. senator from West Virginia has a good idea for ...

Government as innovator? You bet

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.
People who ...

The blood moon and the night streets of town

There's only one way to see a lunar eclipse that peaks at 2 a.m.
So I stayed up until 2 a.m. Tuesday to try to get a look at the "blood moon."
I wanted a ...

Countywide elections

Those that remain are an antidote to the anti-voter lawsuits and districts of recent years

The political season is building speed in Fremont County, ...

Tuesday notes

Calendar counting
Monday was about as close as we're going to get this year to one of those fun calendar numbers like Dec. 12, 2012 -- 12/12/12 -- or ...

Dems in trouble if Obama numbers stay down

Joseph Napolitan, who essentially created the profession of campaign consultant and who departed these earthly precincts this past December, was a wise man. ...

Spring stirs the seeds of obsession

The gardening bug is endemic in my family.

The signs are finally here. Last week I watched a father and son playing catch at the Babe Ruth Park on ...

Huggers and haters

Interpretations of the newest wolf numbers will vary but ought to encourage both sides

So far, so good for delisted wolves in Wyoming and its ...

Like it or not, Obamacare now might well be 'too big to fail'

When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state ...

Equal pay

We share our information, and we encourage local businesses to pay equally

Equality of wages and salaries between men and women is in the news this ...

Quoted in the news

It is with a heavy heart that we are sending this notice that Bill Urbigkit has passed away. Please keep his family in your thoughts during this very difficult ...

 
 

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