Commentary

As of this writing, more than 21,000 of our Wyoming-themed coffee table books are in circulation, a figure that completely staggers my imagination.

And thanks to all of you who bought these books. 

Could journalism be any more different today than it was when I started over 50 years ago? How on earth can you give advice to aspiring journalists about their futures today?

Those questions loomed high in my mind recently.

When old-timers talk about economic trends out here on our isolated island of Wyoming, a big one always looms its head.

Is Wyoming’s economy the opposite of the rest of the country’s?

My, how things have changed in my wonderful newspaper business over the past 45 years!

We all know that Wyoming is the windiest state in the union but gusts recorded back on Jan. 5 raised some eyebrows.

They were so severe, U. S. Sen. Mike Enzi even posted some of them on his Facebook page.

Wyoming is full of unusual and mysterious places. The Medicine Wheel between Lovell and Sheridan is one such place.  The birthing rock north of Rock Springs is another.  And one of the oddest of all is the Ames Monument, known as the  “pyramid of the plains” located between Cheyenne and Laramie.

For a while it was all around me and then poof, it was gone. I am referring to the year 2014.  How could a year go by that quickly?

Alas, this means it is time to offer up my 2015 predictions of what is going to happen. 

Both statewide and worldwide, the biggest news story of 2014 has involved oil – both in how prices have dipped and how production has grown.

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