Commentary

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

Posted in

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.

My solution was inviting natives, former residents and frequent visitors back home to the Cowboy State as a key way to solve this problem.

Bernard, a Bugle & Odd Politics in Old Wyoming

Posted in

Although lengthy, this is my favorite political story about a famous incident that occurred many decades ago in Wyoming’s Absaroka County. It occurred back in the times when there were foxhunts and even a drawbridge on the Tongue River.

2018 Governor’s Primary is Going to Be a Doozy

Posted in

My, how things can change on the statewide political scene over a few months.

The Wyoming governor race in 2018 may end up being the most interesting race in the state’s history. I hope people are paying attention. Not sure we will ever see the like of this circus again.

The Season Called ‘Sprinter’ Chilled Wyoming, Most of USA

Posted in

Both in the movie business and the book business, there is the concept of “false ending,” where you as the viewer or reader think the story is over. Not so. Later the ultimate ending arrives. Just about every movie or book uses this device.

Clear the Roads, the Geezers are Coming, the Geezers are Coming

Posted in

In Rinker Buck’s wonderful book Oregon Trail, he offers up a classic lament shared by many others when he complains:

“Who are all these geezers in their giant motorhomes that are clogging the roadways and causing the rest of us big problems!”

Grandpa Teaches Granddaughter a Few Tips About Fishing Ceeks

Posted in

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
-- An important quote

I spent some quality time with my young granddaughter on a Friday afternoon, some 20 years ago. Here is an old column that I wrote about that experience.

Hey Phoenix Zoo, Those Ferrets are from Meeteetse, Wyoming

Posted in

Wyoming’s Black-Footed Ferret is a rock star at the Phoenix Zoo. In fact, you might think the elusive little critter was native to Arizona. Not so.

Often When Traveling, We Sure Appreciate the Cowboy State’s Isolation

Posted in

We are alone. But we are not lonely.

To me that describes what life in Wyoming is really like. With barely seven people per square mile, our state is one of the most isolated in the nation.

The Arrival of ‘God’s Dog’ Had Huge Effect on Wyoming Indians

Posted in

The two biggest effects on American Indian tribes caused by white Americans were disease epidemics and the use of the horse.

The disease issue is so big it will be the topic of a future column. But the horse, oh my, how our Native American friends’ ancestors took to the horse!

Some of the State’s High School Mascots Provide Funny Stories

Posted in

Nicknames and mascots for schools in Evanston, Jackson, Gillette, Greybull and other places in the state provided some funny stories as a result of a recent column about school names.

Syndicate content