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Everybody's job

Oct 10, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  In a significant way, we are all volunteer firefighters

Fremont County doesn't have professional fire departments. With the exception of a small ... [more]

Stewart, O'Reilly jab in 'debate'

Oct 9, 2012 - By Josh Lederman, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- There were all the trappings of a high-octane presidential debate: the over-the-top declarations, the pre-practiced zingers and the schmaltzy ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 9, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Summer's surrender
When it gets along to the second week of October, there's always a worry that the bad stretch of weather is the one that will tilt ... [more]

Where's TR when we need him?

Oct 7, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  America is ready for a different kind of political candidate.

Ever wonder where the root causes of the cynicism we so routinely accept as part of our ... [more]

The 'those-who-know-him-best' factor

Oct 7, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  In 1976, with voters still fuming over the Watergate scandals and Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, President Ford faced a tough uphill fight against a ... [more]

Only perfect will do

Oct 7, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  After pretending to be average Joes, candidates must appear extraordinary at debate time

The first of the three presidential debates has come and ... [more]

Romney did an about-face in the debate

Oct 5, 2012 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  The Mitt Romney who shone in Wednesday night's debate was the moderate Massachusetts governor, not the condescending presidential candidate who spent the past ... [more]

Welcoming younger people

Oct 5, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The key might be cultivating an inner focus

In listening to local political debates, I always wonder at candidates' answers when they relate their ... [more]

Drop in a coat

Oct 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Coats for Kids and Coats for Folks boxes around town need filling

We offer a good word for the annual Kiwanis Coats for Kids, or Coats for Folks, ... [more]

Lawmakers divided on counterterror initiative

Oct 4, 2012 - By Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Stinging criticism from Congress about a counterterrorism effort that improperly collected information about innocent Americans is turning up the ... [more]

I think trees are part human

Oct 4, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  And science says I just might be right

Leaves. They're everywhere and every color these autumn days, hanging like bright red afghans on fences, ... [more]

Wolverine Field

Oct 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  There can be no doubt now that the new facility has fully 'arrived'

Riverton High School sewed up a successful Homecoming week Saturday with the ... [more]

As debates begin, plenty of questions need answers

Oct 3, 2012 - By The Miami Herald:  Watch enough campaign rallies and listen to enough of those my-opponent-stinks commercials and you could come away convinced that the country is hopelessly ... [more]

See the Orionid meteors this month

Oct 3, 2012 - By Carl Manning:  Yes, it is October, the month of those beautiful autumn leaves and cool, crisp mornings. Time for getting ready for winter.
October is the month for putting ... [more]

Parks closed at sundown

Oct 3, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's a big step in response to a big problem, and it deserves a chance

Citizens often appear to presume that public officials have a magic wand. If ... [more]

Is Mitt Romney a superstar?

Oct 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wednesday night brings the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. There will be two others later this ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two flips to go
We've reached a new month, the 10th of 2012. Just two more flips of the calendar this year. The month is young, but we're already ... [more]

When grappling is called for

Sep 30, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  I would pick the 50-foot extension cord over the Bat-o-Rang every time.

It's become an iconic image in action/adventure films since the days of ... [more]

Questions I'll never get to ask

Sep 30, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  For 25 years, Jim Lehrer has been my friend and colleague on "PBS Newshour." He has been an exceptional journalist for more than twice that long. On Oct. 3 in ... [more]

Maxfield's suit

Sep 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A new challenge to term limits in Wyoming resharpens attention on an unnecessary rule

It's been awhile since term limits for elected officials in ... [more]

Butt crack problem in Riverton? Try this new ordinance on for size

Sep 28, 2012 - Gloria J. Zak, Seattle:  Editor:
Recently we read an article in your paper regarding a "butt crack" issue in a local restaurant. One of our employees had an issue a couple of ... [more]

Inaction by Congress has wind energy in state of limbo

Sep 28, 2012 - By The Kansas City Star:  Suddenly, much of the wind has gone out of the sails of a once-growing industry in this country.
Wind energy companies are laying off a lot of employees, ... [more]

AML money vanishes

Sep 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  When federal spending cuts hit home, the hard reality of budget cutting does as well

The realization that Wyoming is going to lose tens of millions ... [more]

What the presidential polls show

Sep 27, 2012 - By Doyle McManus:  Only six weeks to go in the presidential campaign, and the public opinion surveys have developed a case of the jitters. Last week, one respected poll reported ... [more]

Homecoming matters

Sep 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  In our increasing rush to disconnect from each other, here's a chance to get together

Do giant high schools in huge cities have Homecoming Week the ... [more]

Longing for a campfire

Sep 26, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk:  As a member of the Minnesota Roenigk family, I didn't grow up camping.
My dad likes to joke that his idea of a wilderness trip is staying at a cheap motel, ... [more]

One evil for another

Sep 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Secretary of State spoke with power and poignance on the death of Ambassador Stevens

Civilized people of all nations were both stunned and ... [more]

Early voting alters fall campaign tactics

Sep 25, 2012 - By Paul West, MCT Washington Bureau:  More than 35 percent of the presidential vote is expected to be cast before election day, compared with less than 15 percent in 2000.

DES MOINES, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 25, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Familiar sight
Yes, the mountains are still there. The showers that dampened the Riverton Valley on Sunday and Monday knocked down enough smoke from ... [more]

UW football too good for Wyo kids?

Sep 23, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Funny how that has become so accepted across the 100,000 square miles that constitutes the Cowboy State.

One of my former players sent me an e-mail ... [more]