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On the whole, that’s all a good thing: Business in the oil patch has picked back up, this remains a desirable place to live and times won’t be quite so lean for our state and local governments. But it’s not the time to kick back and relax. … more
Park County commissioners recently decided to reach out to their constituents before passing a new tax on phone lines, even though they have every legal authority to pass the increase with nothing … more
On the morning of Aug. 22, just hours after learning that he’d finished as runner-up to Mark Gordon in the Republican Party’s gubernatorial primary race, Foster Friess sent out an email … more
With coal and other minerals companies going bankrupt at an alarming clip, state lawmakers are considering ways to better protect Wyoming taxpayers and workers. Last week, the Legislature’s … more
It’s the natural progression of the delisting process — and it’s a good idea. The proposed hunting season would run from Sep. 15 to Nov. 15 in six of the eight hunting areas bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and two … more
In Wyoming, we know what it means to be unplugged. If you drive in any direction, you’ll find beautiful backcountry where there’s no cellphone reception, much less a Wi-Fi … more
They remain a source of care throughout our growing-up years, whether it’s a public health nurse giving a vaccination or a school nurse checking for a fever. During our worst moments — taking a child to the emergency room or receiving a … more
For someone who never planned on getting into politics, Sen. Mike Enzi has spent much of his life working for the people of Wyoming. It’s not the path he expected. Growing up, Enzi enjoyed … more
It was a devastating weekend for America, as two mass shootings occurred within 24 hours. Shootings in Texas and Ohio left at least 31 people dead, dozens injured and even more lives shattered as … more
On an ordinary day in 1949, a young woman named Sally Montoya started volunteering with the Christmas Basket program in Powell. It was a simple act of kindness as the 19-year-old sought to help … more
John Wesley Powell, for whom our town is named, had an enormous contribution to exploration and effective irrigation policies that have allowed the American West to thrive, including our own … more
When comparing the two neighboring National Park Service properties, the differences can be stark. While over 4.1 million visitors flocked to Yellowstone National Park last year, only around 260,000 ventured into Bighorn Canyon National … more
With today officially marking the first day of summer, more and more people will be spending time in swimming pools and also visiting area rivers and lakes. While spending time in or near the … more
It was 20 years ago that two men savagely beat Matthew Shepard and left the 21-year-old college student for dead on a fence outside of Laramie, reportedly doing so because he was gay. His murder … more
When a pair of dog lovers approached the City of Powell last spring with a proposal for a dog park within our city limits, the idea was met with vehement opposition from residents whose property … more
Highlighting its potential “to give farmers an opportunity to grow a crop they can set their own prices with,” state Rep. Bunky Loucks’ legislation to legalize the growth and … more
When we hear about all of the money travelers are spending here — more than $3.5 billion last year alone — we welcome out-of-state and international visitors. But that welcome can quickly wear out when sitting in a traffic jam in Yellowstone … more
City of Powell leaders recently gave IT director Zack Thorington the ultimate promotion, naming him as the next city administrator. It is a good decision. Thorington immediately brings a deep … more
Offer people enough money and they’ll put up with quite a bit. So if the State of Wyoming was offered, say, billions of dollars a year, you might find some folks willing to hold their nose … more
A famous quotation says that there are three kinds of people: Those who learn by reading, those who learn by observation and — to take a bit of creative license — those who just have to … more
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