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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 read recently that our president, determined to waste money on a useless great wall along the border with Mexico, has asked for proposals from possible builders. Apparently, hundreds of companies have actually submitted proposals. Not all of … more
John said that a lot of this was encouraged by government subsidies, and though that might end soon, the momentum that’s propelling clean energy would probably continue, both because people are committed to it, and costs are coming down really … 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
If you’ll indulge me (and I won’t take no for an answer), I’ll unload in no particular order. Should you disagree, it’s important you keep it to yourself. • I find the months between March and May a bad time frame for spring cleaning. … 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
Warren began building the cabin five or six years ago, when he and Julie were living in Greybull. He literally built it by hand — cutting down the trees, hewing and joining the logs and milling the lumber with some help from his father, … 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
She’s the beautiful, flamboyant girl who only uses you for your money while carrying on affairs with countless others. But just try and break up with her. It might take years, but eventually you’ll desperately miss her seductive charms and go … more
At age 11, when my parents found out the Wyoming Game and Fish Department had changed the legal age to hunt big game from 14 to 12, they asked me if I wanted to hunt. I told them yes, I wanted to hunt elk. When I was little, my dad, grandpa and a … more
The three of us: Peter, my Pudelpointer; Jonelle, my best friend; and me, set out into the Thorofare to begin the first leg and initial 70 miles of a three-leg, 24-day, 200-mile trip across some of the wildest, steepest wilderness in Wyoming. Our … more
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