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Springtime Around These Parts Can be Balmy and Blizzardy

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Ah, spring.

In much of the United States, spring is a time of tilling the soil, putting out flower plants and long walks in short sleeve shirts.

Wyoming Said Good-bye to Some Significant Folks Recently

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Recently, we have found ourselves saying good-bye to people who were influential to us and other folks around Wyoming.

Relationships – How on Earth Do You Stay Married for 50 years?

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Over the years, I have become convinced there is something about Wyoming that makes being married for 50 years easier here than in other places.

Passing Out Counterfeit $100 Bills on the Las Vegas Strip is a Bad Idea

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A few weeks ago, we were spending some warm weather time in Las Vegas. It felt good to enjoy some 75-degree weather after enduring January’s temperatures of -29 and winter conditions like 17 inches of fresh snow in Lander.

Everyone Has a Wyoming Dog Story: Here is Mine From a Few Years Ago

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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.

On the Road Again; Eight States, Lots of Empty Space

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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.

The Key for Journalists on Being Relevant in Today’s Digital Age

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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.

Charlie Belden Chronicled State’s History in Photography

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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.

Perhaps it’s the Water? Folks Live Long Lives Here

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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.

Rising From the Plains Describes State’s Geology

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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.

Lots of Older Conservative Folk Favor Medical Marijuana for State

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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.

Welcome to 2017 – Can’t Have Champagne Lifestyle on Beer Budget

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My immediate thoughts about predicting the first part of Wyoming’s upcoming year 2017 include some not so joyous conclusions.

Some Ideal Christmas Gifts With a Cowboy State Feel

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Ken Smith of Laramie has a great idea for an ideal Christmas gift – he thought someone should go around the state and “bundle up” all the different craft beers and market them as a package.

Not sure how that could be done, but sounded good to me.

From Saratoga to UW Football and Back Home

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My new favorite baseball cap says “Wyoming versus BYU,” except that this cap is 20 years old from the 1996 WAC football championship held in Las Vegas. We were at that game and now it is Déjà Vu all over again.

Here Are Last Words on 2016 Election: Wyoming Voters Most Powerful in USA

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Welcome to the Cowboy State – home of the most powerful voters in America.

On These Long, Dark Winter Nights, Here Are Favorite Movies About Wyoming

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With our nights getting longer and colder, this gives me an excuse to watch my favorite movies that take place in our state, feature our state or include themes about Wyoming.

Cowboys Playing Most Hectic & Crazy Season in UW History

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During University of Wyoming home football games, War Memorial Stadium in Laramie becomes the fifth largest city in the state.

Tilting at Windmills: Our Wind Should Provide Power for California Utilities

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Just about any sunny afternoon of the year, the famous (and infamous) Wyoming wind blows its hardest across the high prairie. While it has been cursed millions of times for its velocity and consistency this is, in fact, an economic blessing for the people of the state.

Cheney Candidacy Recalls Memories of Another Election Back in 1978

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The problem with our times is that the future is not what it used to be, oops then, again, perhaps it is! – A modified famous old quote.

Cowboy Pickup Drivers Speeding Through Mountains and Prairies

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Is it possible that you can learn more about your home state by spending some time in and traveling through some adjoining western states?