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The Long Dry History of the West

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Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. – Quote attributed to Mark Twain.

Dry as a bone.

That describes the status of much of the American West in recent years, although Wyoming has had a reprieve in recent years.

Wyoming’s Ontiveroz Covers the Super Bowl, Olympics

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What a life! At the young age of 29, Wyoming’s AAron Ontiveroz just returned from covering the Olympics and prior to that, the Super Bowl.

Does the Richest Man in the World Live Here in Wyoming?

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You have all seen this Wyoming guy.

He doesn’t look rich.

But if you examine his life and measure his level of happiness, there is a compelling argument he could very well be the richest man in the world.

Just How Bitter Cold is it? Wyoming’s Coldest Stories

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During that recent cold spell of Feb. 4-5-6, Wyoming endured some of its coldest temperatures of the current 2013-2014 winter season.

Our Popularity Was Due to Our Wyoming License Plates

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So there we were, driving the most popular vehicle among what seemed like 25,000 cars and trucks stopped in a massive Southern California traffic jam.

‘My Wyoming’ – Here is Your Chance to Contribute to New Statewide Book

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Our most recent Wyoming book was so successful and so much fun that we are now planning on doing another one in 2014.

Wild Time in Wild Wyoming When it Comes to "Wild" Life

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God bless Wyoming and keep it wild. – Last diary entry by 15-year old Helen Mettler in 1925.

Based on somenews stories there is no shortage of “wild” events occurring around Wyoming in recent months that have caught my attention. Four come to mind:

Poof! Financial Windfall for Wyoming Media Disappears as Cheney Bows Out

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Santa Claus retired. The Easter Bunny went AWOL. And the Grinch has officially wiped out the financial Christmas being anticipated by members of Wyoming’s advertising media in 2014.

‘Boon Docking’ Describes a Trip to Warmer Weather

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 Ever since most of Wyoming got pelted with that first snowstorm in September, I have been itching to get to a warmer climate.

On Dec. 30, we climbed into our nine-year old motorhome (aptly named FollowMyNose) and started our slog southward.

Looking Ahead to 2014: The Future is so Bright, We Have to Wear Shades

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Today’s Wyoming is not your grandfather’s Wyoming.  Or even your father’s Wyoming.

Last Minute Christmas Thoughts . . .

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There are many groups of people in Wyoming who could use a little nudge of assistance at this time of year.  Two types that come to mind are the under-employed and the unemployed.

The Perfect Present, Duh! Adventures in Gift Giving

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Last week we celebrated my wife’s birthday by installing a new furnace in the house. I even put a red bow on it.

She was not impressed.

Best ‘Wyoming books’ to buy this Christmas

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“Books and booze,” is how one of my coffee buddies answered, when I asked his ideas for the perfect Wyoming-oriented Christmas gifts. 

Where Were You When JFK Was Killed?

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Just about everybody who was alive in America in the last 40 years can remember a pivotal life event that occurred on Nov 22, a half century ago.

Where were you when President John Kennedy was killed?

My story is somewhat unique and so are many others.

Is Mike Enzi Pater Familias? And is Liz Cheney Bona Fide?

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Having breakfast with Liz Cheney recently and listening to her at our Rotary Club got me thinking about this unprecedented Republican U. S. Senate primary race going on in Wyoming.

Wintry Autumn Weather Makes Old Men Grumpy

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The boys down at the coffee shop were in a grumpy mood earlier on this day.  They had just endured their fourth heavy wet snowstorm. And it was just Oct. 28!

Lighthouse is Beacon of Hope and Safety or Just Someone Reaching Out to Help

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The whole concept of what a lighthouse is and can mean has always been a big deal to me.

Virginia Uden Mystery Solved – Maybe Someday We Will Learn About Amy Bechtel

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After 33 years of one cold case and 16 years for the other, it has always been easy to believe that some unsolved disappearances will just never be explained.

Loving to Look Down at (and Up at) Wyoming’s Devils Tower

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From land and from the air, the outline of Devils Tower can be seen from a long way off.

In the early 1980s, I owned a newspaper in Spearfish, S. D., and flew a private plane across Wyoming taking care of business there.

A Hearty Breakfast With a Youthful Dick Cheney

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It is almost stunning to see how healthy Dick Cheney looks the first time you see him with his new heart.