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Tom Lawrence

The story I often tell about Steve Howe is the time he threw a baseball at my head. But more on that later.

There’s a lot of stories about Howe, the talented but troubled pitcher who bounced in and out of the major leagues while battling cocaine and alcohol for 17 years.

Worland boy with ties to Powell aims for national free-throw title

WORLAND — A Worland boy with roots in Powell will compete for a national free-throw shooting title this month.

Thumbs up to the safety-oriented practices that followed the fire on the Northwest College campus a decade ago.

Bridger Hall was extensively damaged in a fire on March 30, 2004. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed in the blaze, which was sparked by an electrical malfunction, reportedly in a power strip.

It’s not just hay you have to make when the sun shines.

Many farmers in the Big Horn Basin chased sunset this weekend as they tried to catch up on field work. They’ve lost time to a stubborn winter and a slow-to-emerge spring.

Farmers are on our minds right now.

We wish them well as spring planting gets underway. The long, cold, damp winter of 2013-14, which is officially over but, like an unwelcome guest who ignores hints to depart, is sticking around.

GOP candidate denounces federal government, calls Obama an ‘idiot’ 

Dr. Taylor Haynes really didn’t want to run for governor but God insisted, he said in Powell Tuesday night.

“The Lord won’t give me peace if I don’t do it,” Haynes said during a question-and-answer session on the Northwest College campus.

The eerie final flight of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 calls to mind another mystery flight that ended with the deaths of all aboard.

But while Flight 370 ended in the cold, deep waters of the southern Indian Ocean, according to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, the other flight came to earth in the barren Upper Midwest of the United States.

Thumbs up to a report from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Wyoming Area Office, which says there should be abundant water available to farmers this year.

Republican gubernatorial candidate asks voters to examine his record 

Dr. Taylor Haynes says he’s the true conservative voice — and choice — for Wyoming.

Haynes, 68, a Cheyenne rancher, businessman and retired doctor, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. He announced his candidacy earlier this year, and is making campaign appearances across the state, including several in the area.

Hank Coe isn’t going anywhere.

Not for more than two years, anyway. The Republican state senator from Cody was elected to his seventh term in the Legislature in 2012. That term expires in January 2017, and if Coe runs again in 2016 — he reportedly is undecided at this point — he may be there for several more years to come.

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