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If there ever was a place that required everyone to own a dog, it probably would be Wyoming. This is a true dog-loving state. And everyone has their favorite dog story. Here is mine:

Our old family dog, Shadow, had been listless and seemed not well for most of the long winter months.

What can you learn about America after traveling through eight states over the past four weeks?

Perhaps the biggest shock to a Wyomingite is that there is so much empty space out there in other states other than the Cowboy State.

Journalists today face both the best of times and the worst of times.

The good news is there is so much news to cover. And there is an unlimited audience out there that wants to feast on your excellent reporting.

The first time I heard of Charlie Belden was during a visit to Omaha where my old friend Lee Myers lives a nice retired life with his wife Barbara.

Wyoming’s oldest person is Leonard Ross of Jackson at 107. He attained that singular honor when a hero of mine, Leola Maude Dollard Reschke of Lander died last November at the age of 108.

The cold wind is blowing, the snow is piling up and the temperatures are plummeting in Wyoming as I write this . . . from Texas, where it is 74 degrees!

We make an annual trip to north Dallas each January and it seems that I always learn something about energy that can be applied to Wyoming.

Re-reading an old favorite book is much like renewing an acquaintance with an old friend. The experience is rewarding and fulfilling.

This happened to me recently when I picked up John McPhee’s classic book about Wyoming geology, Rising from the Plains.

One of the most conservative members of the Wyoming State Senate is Cale Case (R-Lander). He favors approval of a medical marijuana bill and says there is a surprising amount of support for such an effort among older, conservative Wyomingites.

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