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How to shrink government

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A common refrain expressed by the public, particularly in our part of the country, ...

Tuesday notes

Autumn in July
Sure enough the weird weather that has characterized 2015 in the Riverton Valley had a hand in the Riverton Rendezvous hot-air balloon ...

Time to take responsibility for impact of wrongdoing

I would like to send out my apologies to my loved ones and to the community of all Fremont County, taxpayers, both Fremont County courts, tribal ...

Seeing what Oswald did in Dallas

A visit to the JFK assassination sight was eerie and informative.

If you were to name a single event in modern American history that changed the ...

Who's in charge?

Hiring a project manager for the costly Capitol rebuild is the right move

A few days ago, when the governor and key members of the Wyoming ...

We had to flee a forest fire

Our cabin in Idaho was one of the survivors

"I smell burnt toast,'' my wife said one morning while we were on vacation.
Only it wasn't.
It was ...

Our skyscrapers

For the 35th summer, hot-air balloons grace the local skies.

Editor's note: This editorial on the Riverton Rendezvous balloon rally first appeared in ...

And then there were 15

The 2016 GOP presidential field has become a giant mosh pit

The famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie first made a name for herself with a book ...

Hung jury

What happened last week in Lander is rare, but it's part of our legal process

In this era of plea bargains, courtroom trials have become rare. A hung ...

Tuesday notes

All summer
There are only two months on the calendar that are summer and nothing but summer. We're in the middle of one of them, and it's going to feel ...

We need reminders from the past

That's true even if they are unpleasant to some people.

We celebrated the 90th birthday of a friend a few weeks ago. A large gathering of family ...

44th star

125 years ago this weekend, the nation's newest state was being created

There are celebrations this weekend for Wyoming's birthday. It's the 125th ...

Bumps and burns on vacation

And I wouldn't want my time off any other way

Here's how my summer vacation has been going so far.
Day One: Slipped on rocks. Skinned knee.
Day ...

Pennies for crosswalks

Safety concern is high now, and improvements could be made using optional 1 percent funds

Something close to unanimity has emerged in and around ...

Celebrations, public and private

Hot, sunny July seems the perfect month for both

Our roses are blooming in bouquets. Not in single blossoms, but in ready-made bouquets.
They seem ...

More than just the flag

Symbolic gestures are important, but they can breed complacency afterward

Part of today's national news roundup is word that South Carolina's state ...

Nursing shortage

It's real, making the new McFarland center at CWC more vital than ever

Fremont County voters gave strong majority approval some years ago to the ...

Tuesday notes

Your daily newspaper appreciated the day off for the Independence Day holiday. The advertising staff took Friday off, while the rest of us ...

My 16-foot garage door was a no-go

Twenty years later, however, the unacceptable trusses are still holding the extra weight.

July 4, 1995, marked the unofficial halfway point of ...

Beyond the years

A beautiful, patriotic son was inspired by an easterner's visit to the Mountain West

Katharine Lee Bates was the head of the English department at ...


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