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Retiring Secretary of State Max Maxfield thinks copies of the new Wyoming commemorative coin would make a great Christmas gift.

In a recent column, I questioned that in the current Wyoming Republican-dominated political landscape, would it even be possible for such popular Democrat governors as Ed Herschler, Mike Sullivan or Dave Freudenthal to win today?

A lonely bald eagle near Kaycee, a long pile-up of semi-trailer trucks on Interstate 80 near Rock Springs, dry roads all around Rawlins and high winds between Douglas and Wheatland.

When famed author and reporter Bob Woodward asked a Wyoming audience recently if they thought President Barack Obama was doing a good job – about 12 out of 500 hands went up.

According to all indicators, business in my home county of Fremont is going well.  My banker friends and Chamber of Commerce officials say times are good. Business folks are doing brisk sales.

Those “hazardous materials” suits that you see health workers wearing on TV?  Well, they are not comfortable and they are difficult to get on and off.

No, I am not running for any political office, but lately we have been all over Wyoming and what we have seen is very impressive.

In Gillette for a state tourism summit, we heard Mary Silvernell of the Campbell County Lodging Board say that lodging tax receipts are at “an all-time high.” It is not tourists who are filling all those hotel rooms, but workers in the oil and gas industry.

We joined folks from Laramie, Green River, Lusk, Rawlins, Saratoga, Encampment, Medicine Bow, Chicago and Sun Valley at an event at an even more obscure place in Wyoming recently.

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