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I am thankful for my life. That statement comes from someone who has survived her fair share of obstacles. more
This column has been a long time coming. I began working on it a bit over a week ago, and have started over four or maybe five times.  I’ve stayed up late working on it and I’ve … more
February is a month dedicated to love, and there are many saints’ feast days that point to God’s love for his children. Perhaps the most famous saint is Saint Valentine, celebrated on … more
Gar hates winter and has wanted to get out of it since the day we met. I’ve ignored his grumbling because, for one thing, he’s had a job and for another, I like to eat. One bleak day … more
The UW Board of Trustees was faced with a very difficult decision about whether to enter into a new three-year employment agreement with former President Laurie Nichols. According to the public … more
Writing about Northwest College and esports got me thinking about the academic end of what is, after all, a huge industry (worth around $1.5 billion in 2019). What, I wondered, must our youth learn … more
Everyone wants to be known as tolerant. But what does that mean? The concept of “tolerance” has undergone a drastic shift in definition over the last several decades. It used to be that … more
There’s something wonderful hiding in plain sight, right under your noses here in Powell. This “something” is a commodity which Nebraskans in York, Kearney, Lincoln and who knows … more
I’ve often used the cliché “Join the club,” like when someone says, “I can’t catch a break,” or “I think I might be demon-possessed.” But you … more
If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.” In his book, Brain … more
Long ago, Moses gave the people of God an important admonishment before he was taken from them. As they prepared to enter the promised land without Moses, he told them, “Be strong and … more
Last week I sent the second quarter report cards home with the boys for their parents’ perusal. Through the help of our county school superintendent, I had located some old fashioned printed cards that require a response from the parents. more
I’ve heard some folks say that our state hasn’t executed anyone since 1992, so it doesn’t make sense that the Diocese of Cheyenne should join other groups who are seeking to repeal … more
Gar doesn’t cook and it’s hard to understand. He’s always told our kids, “If you can read, you can learn to do anything because there’s books written about … more
At this pivotal moment for both our state’s finances and education system, the Wyoming Legislature should go beyond just “recalibrating” the cost of our current education system and … more
On Nov. 8, I flew out of the Cody airport to go home to North Carolina. As we began our long trek across the country, my thoughts quickly turned toward my heartache of knowing it could become the day … more
As I start my 35th year in police work, and as we begin 2020, I was recently working night shift, driving the streets of Powell in the early morning hours. I began to think about certain calls that I … more
A November column introduced the importance of artificial and natural light when growing an indoor garden. Besides lighting you will also need to monitor temperature, humidity, water and nutrition. … more
We all recently learned that Northwest College plans to offer a new activity to its students: namely, video game competitions rebranded as esports. This news gave me pause. Right up front, I’ll … more
In Aramaic the word “nazir” means to sacrifice, set aside or dedicate. I remember our parents used the term nazir to teach us acts of charity. Often times, my mother would say … more
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