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Skunks are small, but they can be smelly! The reason skunks smell bad is because of a gland under their tail that produces and sprays their stink. The stinky spray is an oily liquid primarily made … more
According to my son, the biology major, what I call a bark beetle is actually a big, ugly Sawyer beetle with long black antennas. Like I care what he says; they’ve always been bark beetles to … more
It doesn’t occur to me, as I’m walking into Blair’s hooking an elastic over an ear, that I’ve just masked my facial expressions. The day is warm. People are in short-sleeved … more
Have you ever been scrolling through the various social media websites that you hate but their design is so good you keep coming back just to get angry? I know as we scroll — and see all … more
Sept. 7 started as a normal day. I woke up early on my Labor Day holiday — 5:30 a.m., precisely — to meet one of my friends from college, Julian, in Yellowstone National Park. I … more
It seems like just yesterday I was turning a global shutdown into a positive call-to-arms, walking almost daily. It started with less than a mile and eventually morphed to 3-plus miles at a … more
Wyoming is a vast state, as anyone who lives here or has even driven through here knows. But perhaps not as well-known is the amount of our land that’s utilized by the public, and the … more
Sadly, modern evangelical Christians often take a very narrow view of the Gospel. The good news of our Lord Jesus’ redemption is meant for more than the redemption of our souls. It is meant for … more
We Americans always seem to find some reason to fight among ourselves. As you might expect, this being a presidential election year, we have more than a few reasons to take issue with our neighbors … more
More than 20 years ago the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission started a program — known today as Access Yes — to increase public access to private and landlocked public lands for hunting … more
As a young boy I learned how to hunt from my father, other family and friends. When I harvested my first pronghorn at age 14, it was a life-changing day. Even when I was a kid, I knew hunting meant … more
Jim Owen is one of the best-known, least-known people in Wyoming. The author of both Cowboy Ethics and The Code of the West, Owen had a huge influence on the state in the last decade by helping … more
The Wyoming State Science Fair (WSSF), an outreach program of the University of Wyoming since 1998, opens otherwise inaccessible opportunities for Wyoming middle and high school students. Locally, … more
I know I am dating myself, but I really like the message of the song “Try A Little Kindness” as sung by Glen Campbell in 1970. Look it up on YouTube. Be blessed. Listen closely. I do not … more
A recent column by Don Amend, “What’s in a Name,” and the debate over the names of two fairly insignificant bumps on the Wyoming landscape remind me of just how drastically our … more
It would be disingenuous to say the money newspapers receive from publishing public notices is not important; however, newspapers view it far from being a subsidy, but part of their business of … more
Wyoming’s uranium production needs a jump-start. Our state is the number one producer of nuclear fuel in the nation. For generations, Wyoming’s uranium fueled America’s nuclear … more
The last time I wrote for the paper I had, like many of you, high hopes that COVID-19 would be a distant memory. However, here we are in late August and it is still with us, kinda like that cousin … more
Several years ago in the outpatient surgical center at West Park Hospital, I was approached by a nurse. She explained to me that her husband’s family had a long history of pancreatic cancer and … more
The crisis caused by the novel coronavirus has substantially impacted our state, nation and world. This has impacted most, if not all, facets of daily life in our state. Wyoming agriculture has not … more
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