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WYOMING NOTEBOOK: Lottery puts money back into state’s economy

That said, this declaration should not be surprising: I am sold on the Wyoming Lottery. That was not always the case.  On two separate occasions — in 2009 and 2011 — I voted against bills in the Wyoming State House of Representatives that … more

SOUTH OF MONTANA EAST OF IDAHO: Longmire author draws inspiration from the classics

At first glance, “Hell is Empty,” the seventh in the Sheriff Walt Longmire series of books, would appear to be a cut-and-dry, almost formulaic entry into the hugely-popular franchise. The novel finds its hero and his crew battling sociopath … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Coal excavation is not for minors

It was 2002 when the Quecreek Mine collapsed and flooded, trapping nine miners for over 77 hours (about nine days, if my figures are correct). Quecreek, Pennsylvania, is a sleepy little town where my late sister Wanda’s teenage, ex-fiancé lived … more

AMEND CORNER: Ready or not, I’m back

I suppose some of you have missed it, although I can’t be sure. Nobody has inquired into why it has been absent except for CJ, the Tribune’s editor, and it was only last week that he raised the question of when he could expect another visit to … 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

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: Long-term memories

Seems a guy told his doctor he felt stupid, and the expensive prescription was “smart pills” to be taken daily. This went on for weeks, and blah, blah, blah, the patient says, “I can’t afford these pills anymore,” and Doc replies, “See? … more

AMEND CORNER: It’s up to us to demand civil behavior

It’s unforgivable that a Democratic nobody seriously wounded a Republican congressman, but it’s especially bad that he did it during practice for the annual Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game. Not only is baseball the original America’s … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Tidbits of tactical truths

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

OUTDOOR REPORT: Sunshine on a cloudy day

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

AMEND CORNER: Don’t let fear govern your behavior

Actually, it was big only because the protesters organized marches in some 100 cities from coast to coast, and because most of the marchers found themselves faced with counter demonstrations by opponents of their protest, who in many cases … more

AMEND CORNER: Are we really making America great again?

Part of the reason is that Republicans have been obsessed with trying to erase Barack Obama’s name from the history books, rather than do anything constructive. Take, for instance, the attempt — unsuccessful, so far — to repeal and replace … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Putting a face to the cool name

But while skimming recently, a rodeo photo caption caught my hauntingly beautiful, baby-blues. My fascination with names and their effect on futures is well documented. While certainly no rodeo enthusiast, as a tyke in Pennsylvania, my toy requests … more

AMEND CORNER: Who took my place in the Vietnam War?

It all started a few weeks ago with a documentary about five top Hollywood film directors who joined the military in 1942 to produce films supporting the war effort. In addition, Netflix provided several films produced by these men, beginning with … more

AMEND CORNER: 100 days of what, exactly?

“So what?” you might well ask. Well, the simple answer is that back in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats found themselves in control of the government charged by the voters with digging us out of the Great Depression. For the next … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Call me if you dare

I ask those who have not yet learned how to text … WHY? Do you know how often we grit our teeth and roll our eyes when you call during a good TV show? Throw in hard-of-hearing and teeth-gritting joined by under-breath cursing. I speak for all TV … more

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

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: The white man’s great shame

But my penny-pinching, yet astutely observant friend Scotty Pulse recently raised a silent inequality seldom addressed in regards to racial divide. As Scotty so clumsily points out, there’s another word that’s offensive in that it’s rarely … more

AMEND CORNER: Of walls and bigots

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
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