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GOP Primary Full of Surprises

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After lots of finger-pointing, shrill complaints and off the wall ideas, the primary campaign of 2014 came to a close with predictable results.

Oddball Police News in Wyoming Involves Tasers, Cats, Exhibitionists

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It has not been hard to collect unusual police stories in Wyoming in recent months. For example:

Who Will Win Big In the Primary Elections?

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The 2014 Republican primary is shaping up to be a real doozy.

Just about all the statewide action of this political cycle will be decided in less than a week from right now. Thus, it is time to make some SWAG predictions. (SWAG stands for Scientific Wild A** Guess).

A ‘Come Home to Wyoming’ Campaign Might Fill Critical Jobs

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Way back in December 1999 I wrote a column, which detailed the achilles heel of Wyoming's economic expansion - the lack of qualified workers who live here.

Wyoming’s Lincoln Highway Helped Define Our State

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Besides ending the Civil War, freeing the slaves and launching a national railway, President Abraham Lincoln also thought it important to have a designated highway crossing the country from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

It’s Not Too Late to Put Together Your 2014 Wyoming Bucket List

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By definition, the term “bucket list” stands for those places you want to visit or those things you want to do before you die.

For some time now, I have been publishing my own version of this list and have gradually been checking a few off my list.

Wyoming is 124 Years Young, Beginnings Auspicious

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Should women work in coal mines?
Should there be a severance tax on coal?
Should you be literate in order to vote?
Should women be allowed to vote?
Should the state own rights to all the water?
How many people do you need to become a state?

Waterspouts, Landslides and Massive Floods

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Mother Nature can take on some ornery appearances across America this time of year – even here in Wyoming.

Although tornadoes are rare in the Cowboy State, dust devils and waterspouts are quite common.

Wyoming Politics This Time of Year: Constant Travel and Crazy Schedules

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This is the time of year when our Wyoming political world truly becomes the crazy season.

Between parades, celebrations and backyard meet-and-greets, the folks competing for political office find themselves on the dead run.

America's Longest Highway Bisects Wyoming from Lusk to Yellowstone

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During a recent road trip through nine states, I stumbled on to an interesting factoid: the longest highway in America bisects Wyoming.

Long-lost Manuscript Offers First-hand Look at State History

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True recollections of Wyoming history involving such things as wolf roundups and recollections of historical figures like Gen. George Armstrong Custer and Sacajawea come alive in a uniquely historical book, whose story of how it came into being is almost as interesting as the stories it tells.

Early June Stroll Paints Wyoming Morning

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Morning people have always impressed me. For some time now, it has been my desire to reinvent myself as a lark, rather than an owl. These two birds pretty much represent those two unique kinds of people – the morning person and the night owl.

D-Day Invasion Was Big Deal for 30,000 Wyoming Soldiers

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World War II was an extraordinary time in Wyoming with over 10 percent of the state’s population involved in fighting that war. Over 1,000 died.

Message to Grads: Don’t Be Bamboozled by Yalse ‘Facts’

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This summer I will attend my 50th high school graduation reunion. As someone that old, what on earth could I possibly tell a crowd of Wyoming high school or college graduates during their important time?

Little Wyoming Baby Girl Kissed by the Pope in Rome

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Some day little Theresa Freeh will realize what a special little girl she was on that Wednesday when Pope Francis kissed her.

She was among 800,000 people crowding the Vatican in the center of Rome during the sainthood ceremonies recently where two former popes were canonized.

Spring Offers Opportunities for Wyoming Saver-Hoarders

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At a recent meeting of the Lander Planning Commission, of which I have been a member for years, it was mentioned that we would soon be deciding on the addition of yet another “storage” facility on the east edge of our town.

101 Places About Wyoming for Which We Are Thankful

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Wyoming folks are not shy about talking about their favorite places in our home state.

And I am going to take that habit to an extreme in my next book, which will include photos and stories of 101 of Wyoming’s favorite places.

The King of Yellowstone

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This is one of my favorite Wyoming stories and it includes an interesting twist at the end.

Yellowstone National Park is just about my single most favorite place on the planet. It is this vast two million acre park full of wonderful creatures and amazing sites.

Wyoming As a Melting Pot?

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One of the great things about the whole concept of the United States of America is that it is a fantastic melting pot of people of different nationalities, colors and creeds all coming together to form a nation of 50 different and diverse states.

Springtime in Wyoming – Water Along the Rockies

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The first time I heard the Wyoming term “mud season” it conjured up images of the sloppy dirt roads that I had to drive on growing up in the Midwest far country a long time ago.