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OUTDOOR REPORT: Confessions of a white-knuckled flatlander

Heavy snow and high winds forced us off the road near Burns. We took a 30-minute break, checked the radar and then decided to continue. The snow and rain followed us to Cheyenne where we considered looking for a hotel. Our first view of mountains to … more

IN THE MIDDLE: A non-athlete finally gets an athletic moment

Looking back, I can’t blame my teammates. I just wasn’t an athlete. I didn’t come from an athletic family — in fact, my dad viewed athletics as a distraction from academics and not worthy of our time. But it was far more than that. I … more

AMEND CORNER: Trump supporters should speak out against bigotry

I’m a bit surprised, but not totally shocked by the way the election played out. I’m not terribly distressed by it either. I do, after all, live in Wyoming and lean to the left politically, so I’ve been on the losing side in many elections, … more

COLUMN: Wyoming’s next boom will be its last

Oil, gas and coal are commodities with abruptly swinging prices. This is because of events that are beyond our control. In fact, the higher that oil, gas and coal prices go, the faster that they can be replaced by solar and wind electricity. This … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Enhancing the golf experience

Also last month, my nephews Jay and Trey, Ned Flanders lookalike Lincoln Reese and I traveled to Powell for another 18 holes. Walking to the clubhouse, I prayed silently, “Please don’t let anyone be in there that remembers the ‘litterbox … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: Wyoming resident, but not Wyoming tough

I celebrated by buying my first resident fishing license, saving about $80 off the price of a nonresident license. Soon I’ll be applying for hunting licenses. It takes 365 days to become a Wyoming resident. I understand the reasons. I can’t … more

NEW KID IN TOWN: Roseanne rides again and that makes me happy

Maybe that’s why I enjoy seeing Roseanne back on TV on Tuesday nights. When Roseanne was originally on ABC from 1988 to 1997, it was one of the most popular shows on TV, ranking in the top five shows its first six seasons on the air and … more

OUTDOOR REPORT: A long walk in the sagebrush sea

“I’m here. Are you close?” asked Destin Harrell, a BLM biologist in the Cody field office. I wasn’t. Until that moment I was snug in my bed. “I’ll be there soon,” I said. In a panic, I must have looked and sounded like a mad … more

Sins of the father?

How far is too far when it comes to punishing people for making inappropriate remarks? We might have gotten our answer on Friday, when Lilly Diabetes pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas

“You know something, Virginia?” my mom asks, as we sit together on the leather couch, Sugar Bear snuggled between us, fingers curled around mugs of morning-after-Christmas coffee. “Hmmm?” I ask, balancing my cup between crisscrossed legs, … more

WILD HEART, WONDERING MIND: The family I found along the Way

You share in a whole new set of challenges, triumphs and failures together, as well — experiences that expedite and intensify the tightness of your relationships exponentially. In a month’s time, you find you’ve created more unforgettable … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Two weddings and a polyp

You may already know the bittersweet, inspirational love story that brought my big brother (I’m the youngest, ya know), Paul, and Jane Miller together. Cancer stole both their happy marriages to the tune of 81 combined years, so in a backhanded … more

AMEND CORNER: Music remains in my heart and mind

It isn’t always like that. I can sing alright sometimes, but never for long, because my voice comes and goes with little or no warning. On Easter Sunday, I made it through two verses, then was done for the day. This situation is rather … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: What I learned on my summer vacation

I felt my masculinity somewhat restored that first night, though, when I won enough in a bar poker game to cover my motel room. Back home days later, I was eager to wear the new white jeans I had bought at Dillard’s, and did so to the July 4 … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Stuff I don’t know and can’t prove

But many other things — like who will win the Super Bowl Sunday — we have no way of knowing for sure. I’m betting on the underdog Falcons purely on flawless instincts born of decades of gambling. But many things remain unknown, at least in the … more

Confronting the specter of cancer

Being in my mid-40s and overweight, concerns about my health — especially the risk of heart attack and stroke — are to be expected, especially since I was diagnosed with atrial … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: An ACLU Christmas

Ya know, before Bill O’Reilly was found to be a creepy-crawler with a Clinton/Trump-like drive, I was down with his Christian outrage over the secular assault on Christmas. You might say (though you probably wouldn’t because you’d be … more

AMEND CORNER: A tale of two Christmases

I suppose I could have written this column any time after Thanksgiving. In fact, there was a Christmas-centered event here in Powell even before we gave thanks and carved our turkeys. Americans have been complaining for years that the … more

COLUMN: Shoshone River cover-up ... or a fresh start?

The dam The Willwood Dam was constructed in 1924; it is 70 feet high with a crest length of 476 feet and a base width of 41 feet, with a volume of 22,100 cubic yards. The dam was built with a penstock for an electrical generator but has never had … more

AMEND CORNER: Unending warfare

In other words, humans seem to have an inborn need to fight about something, and if there isn’t anything important to fight about, they will make up something. Wars have been fought since prehistoric times and, as we are all aware, continue even … more
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