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We had so many record rains this past spring that I thought Wyoming could not get more beautiful that it looked in May and June. Everywhere we went we saw green, green, green.

In the past six months, the energy economy in Wyoming has taken some serious hits leaving folks from Gillette to Rock Springs and Cheyenne to Cody nervous and pessimistic.

It might have been former U. S. Sen. Al Simpson who said all politics in Wyoming is personal.  I would expand on that by claiming Wyoming is such a small state “everything is personal.”

Gov. Matt Mead likes to stop by our coffee group, the Fox News All-Stars, when he gets to Lander.

During the annual One Shot Antelope Hunt festivities, he showed up on a Friday morning.

It was always my intention to cause Wyoming’s 180 million year history to come alive in my newest coffee table book about the state.  Called Wyoming at 125, Our Place in the West, we have attempted to show what Wyoming looked like over its long history.

When I told my kids that I was going to write a column about their 24/7 workweeks, they looked at me like I was a Neanderthal.  Most of them have been available by text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, cell or other means 24/7 from their bosses or colleagues for as long as they can remember.

Jimmy Orr and Jon Downing of Cheyenne; Bill Novotny Buffalo; Jim Willox, Douglas; Rosie Berger Sheridan; Phil Nicholas, Noah Novogrodsky and Baend Buus, Laramie; Bill Cubin, Casper; John Brown and Kevin Roberts, Lander; and Brad Bonner of Powell are just a few of the names of possible future Wyoming political leaders that arrived at my desk when I asked my network of friends this question:

As I write this, the beautiful view of the Wind River Mountains out of my window is obscured.  It is so smoky we are leaving our windows shut because it smells like a brush fire a short distance away.

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