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Consequently, we once again find ourselves looking for some way to solve the puzzle of why someone takes such deadly measures and stop such rampages before they begin. Allow me to say up front that I’m not going to blame guns for causing such … more
About an hour down the road from Powell, I officially became a news writer, joining the small staff of the local paper. It is actually among the oldest newspapers in Wyoming, and it has a rather … more
“I like to tell people that before there was Bear Grylls, there was me,” McCafferty said, laughing. “I was the guy they would drop off on the top of a mountain, how to survive in the winter.” This particular assignment found McCafferty on … more
In one of those “only in Wyoming” stories, Sen. Mike Enzi and his wife Diana had their tickets to the Wyoming-Oregon game back before they even knew they were missing. That’s the kind of recognition that comes with serving 20 years in the U.S. … more
So to prevent a condition known as “PTD” (Persistent Thought Delirium), I utilize this forum to express these private notations before they gather and fester, causing me to forget frequently called phone numbers of relatives. And away we … more
I wonder, for instance: when was the last time I looked at my phone from this far away? Not literally, but figuratively — to figure, relatively and honestly, how paramount it’s become in my experience. It started a couple months ago on a … more
After getting skunked on my first two attempts in my new home state, I decided to call Sam Hochhalter, Cody Region Fisheries Supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and pick his big brain for some answers. First question: Where are the … more
Those of you who read this column have probably guessed that one of my favorite things about living in northwest Wyoming is being just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park — and that I … more
I have been visiting the past in my reading, as usual, by learning about the life and career of a guy named Whittaker Chambers. If you are wondering who Whittaker Chambers is, and why someone … more
There was big news on the astronomy front earlier this month when a team of researchers managed to take the picture of an actual black hole. It was an impressive achievement, but some people used the … more
It seems like only yesterday that critics were taking aim at President Barack Obama for something he said to other world leaders. Supposedly, he had been traveling around the world, blaming the U.S. … more
Ah, it’s great to see the word April in big letters on the calendar. It’s not that the first three months of 2019 have been so bad. I’ve just had some difficulty keeping to my … more
This year, Wyoming women earned 68 percent of men’s salaries on average. That’s according to a just released (October) study by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, writing for … more
While hunting alone on the last day of antlered deer season, I sat hidden — haunted by memories of words best left unsaid. It took nearly an hour before I managed to get the thoughts out of … more
Today’s title could easily have been, “Honey, We Need to Talk,” or “It’s Not Me, GOP; It’s You.” I’m ending this toxic relationship via this public … more
These days, though, I’m afraid my verbose tendencies mean that I’m approaching dinosaurhood. Today’s with-it people are text messaging or using an online thing called “Twitter” to send “tweets.” Both of which actually demand short … more
There were Indian singers and dancers, a magician’s act and, of course, birthday cake to celebrate the 172nd birthday of William F. Cody. At the last minute, the scheduled appearance of a Buffalo Bill look-alike was canceled due to … more
After all, a person can’t eat apple pie all the time — although I’d like to try that for a week or two sometime. When it comes to griping about something or somebody, though, Americans can, and usually are more or less set in complaining … more
So I’m driving the mile home from a local pub after a mere pittance of beer when at the end of 29th Street, I theoretically stopped before turning for my final hundred yards. Pulling into my … more
You think a horse spooking away from a rattlesnake is skittish? Try talking to your mother or daughter, your son or father about their mortality. Or yours, for that matter. The very act of … more
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