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Comparison is the thief of joy” is a phrase I first heard from my wife many years ago.  So, I always preface the expression by saying, “As my wife Jill says ...,” when in … more
Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? In 1883, the United States Congress passed the Tariff Act, a piece of legislation requiring a 10 percent tax on imported vegetables in response to the … more
I often say that Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) is the weed that made Park County famous. The county gained recognition for the cooperative efforts of upper South Fork landowners and … more
Space travel seems to be a hot topic these days. Among other things, there is a bunch of interest in sending astronauts back to the moon, and this time, they should stay awhile and even build a … more
When we have come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and are saved, we call ourselves Christians. As Christians we have liberty in our daily walk.  The Apostle Paul talks about this … more
Too often, partisan rancor in Washington prevents Congress from doing big, important things. But no matter the headlines, there is always an opportunity for folks who are willing to work in a … more
As I contemplated what would be the subject of this column over the past week, it became clear in the last 48 hours. In response to the devastating and destructive shootings within 24 hours in the … more
The signature moment in the career of Forest Ranger Hiram “Doc” Smith involved 2,000 nudist hippies who invaded Wyoming back in 1973. Smith was the most effective District Ranger that … more
Grim news from the local employment front with the closing of Shopko and Cody Labs — not to mention the layoffs and position reductions at Northwest College — returns my attention to our … more
The county fair is an event that many look forward to and is certainly one of the grand marks of summer. The fair stirs our senses, pulling up past nostalgic memories and encouraging the making of … more
Well, summer is approximately half over now, and my wife and I have already experienced the high point of the season — the biennial reunion of the cousins. Every two years, our son’s … more
Wyoming residents don’t pay much in taxes. According to the Wyoming Taxpayers Association, the average Wyomingite receives about $27,000 a year in public services while paying only $3,000 in … more
Northwest College is lucky to call Park County home. We live in an amazing place. We are all neighbors who care about each other, the future of our children and this great county. While NWC has … more
I became a 4-H member the summer I was 9 years old. The rule said you had to be 10, but my birthday wasn’t until October so they made an exception. It was 1957 and I was the youngest … more
Simply Hungry” read the sign the man was holding. While visiting in another town my wife and I were heading to get an ice cream treat. Passing by the man looking unkempt, many thoughts … more
Wow, is it summer already? Well, maybe … and soon it will be fall. I hope all the folks in Powell are planning and scurrying around to enjoy as much of the season as possible. At the city … more
Two recent guest columns lamented what is called Wyoming’s Equal Pay Day. June 10 was the symbolic date a woman must work into the following year in order to make as much as a man made the … more
Sputnik fascinated us — a rocket blasted a satellite into space! Only it was the Russians who did it. As grade school kids, we worried about atomic war, but this was dreams and science in … more
I was returning from Cody on Sunday in the wake of the storm that blew through Powell.  As I turned off of Coulter I saw many streets were turned into raging rivers. Kayaks had replaced … more
What about those high heels, anyway? Years of wearing them certainly left me with a number of foot problems that I successfully ignored until a broken ankle a few months back. Now, physical therapy … more
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