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Last week I received a tour of the property that is set to become the new steak house in Douglas. The building is still very much under construction, but just walking around the massive space and hearing about the plans from marketing manager Jen Pollock and chef Andy Revella made it clear t…

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Public notices are not controversial things. The public values them, according to nearly every poll taken across the country. The notices run in newspapers because they provide you, the public, valuable information about what your government is doing with your tax dollars.

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Former Sen. Al Simpson once was quote as saying that “everything in Wyoming is political, except politics. And that’s personal.” He said that a long time ago, and probably stole it from someone else to start with, but we doubt he would have realized the timelessness of his words given the cu…

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Last week I took a drive down to Wheatland to do some shopping at a couple thrift stores that I had my eye on.

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Every once in a while, we get asked why we would dare run this letter or that letter, or why we run a political cartoon about which some may disagree or find truly offensive. The answer isn’t necessarily simple, but the concept behind our decisions is simple. It’s called freedom of expressio…

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Memorial Hospital of Converse County has partnered with Western Medical Associates for years in very limited respects, as it had for several decades with Wyoming Medical Center – the publicly owned, quasi-privately run hospital in Natrona County and many other medical institutions.

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As if things weren’t hard enough for Wyoming’s small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll.

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V ery few things in American life these days enjoy the broad, cross-party and cross-ideology support as the U.S. Post Office. Enshrined as the only government agency specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, the Postal Service has had its own share of woes and headaches – financial an…

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The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot has made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money back to workers through small businesses.

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I see poetry in the clouds and hear music in the wind. While stress and setbacks will inevitably claw at the back of your neck at times, we can always fight this grasp by standing atop a hill just before sunset and soaking in fiery wisps of cloud and inhale gusts of sweet breeze.

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The Wyoming legislature may be taking up the anti-Republican position of raising taxes to fund state government this year, while the city of Douglas has suggested a quarter-cent sales tax to fund economic development work in all its variations. While we certainly can understand the desire to…

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Gov. Mark Gordon was right not to jump on the “lock down the state” bandwagon that was closing down the economy across the country in March, and instead proceed with smaller, less draconian measures as the data for our state became available. He is also right not to jump on the bandwagon now…

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We are not surprised by the actions of Converse County residents this past week. Read that again, we are NOT surprised. Our residents have always been willing to help out when some- one needs it. We have always jumped to action with fundraisers, rides to medical appointments, direct donation…

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The all-important Wyoming State Fair released it’s new master plan a week ago, and we’ve been pouring over it trying to decipher real possibilities from pipe dreams. Master plans, especially government-funded ones, tend to ignore the real costs of doing a project – like the political realiti…

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Robert Short, the 6’5” Converse County commissioner who hails originally from Glenrock but lives in Douglas, announced this week he is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to replace the wildly popular Mike Enzi. Jumping into the race which could feature some high-spending c…

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Don’t get it confused. There’s hardly anything patriotic about preventing U.S. citizens from expressing their amended rights.

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The 2018 Wyoming State Fair will be only four days long, half of the eight days it has been for more than two decades. That agonizing decision was made by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and state fair leaders based on available revenue in the current budget after severe funding cuts w…

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You may or may not have heard about a new series that just debuted March 31 on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why.” This series is about a teenage girl who commits suicide and documents the 13 reasons, or people, who she feels are the reasons for killing herself. This post is definitely not a “r…

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People are so confused about the war on terror and the connection to Islam. But the issue is being obfuscated with the extreme right’s ‘merica rhetoric and the left’s identity politics.

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I recently read an article about an alarming trend of 911 calls made in recent months by students at Boston College, which unfortunately was true. Two female students called the police after seeing a mouse run across their floor and later sought counseling. Another called police to report th…

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When lawmakers learned last year that the Laramie Boomerang had filed a records request for emails between university students and their student senate representatives about a proposal to allow guns on campus, they cringed and immediately moved to action, taking on the state’s public records law. 

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Super Bowl 50 has garnered a new name amidst the aftermath of the NFL’s biggest year-end celebration — “The gayest Super Bowl in history.”

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The death of the leader of the Supreme Court’s conservative wing will have national ramifications, undoubtedly shifting the conversation of the presidential election and potentially touching issues from abortion to gun rights to climate change to affirmative action.

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Through 20 games this season, Dominick Firnekas never stepped foot on the court during a varsity game.

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We hear this mantra every time the economy in Wyoming dips into the bust cycle: It’s time to diversify our economy. Then, when energy prices are on the rise and drilling hits a fevered pitch once again, we fall into the old trap of worrying about the moment and forgetting about the future. W…

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My taste in music is literally trash. I started collecting records sometime in high school; a friend that worked at the village dump and I would occasionally riffle through the massive dumpsters and find boxes of LPs that people had pitched out.

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It was a long walk to the garbage can and one of the hardest good-byes I have ever had to make. Although the year was 1992, I remember it like it was yesterday.

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A state legislator in South Carolina introduced a bill last week that seeks to establish a state registry for “responsible journalists.”

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People are naturally curious about what Veterans experienced during war, and it’s a good thing that people want to know more and understand it.

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This week’s question from a reader deals with snow removal, specifically who shovels, where and when and what happens to a person if they fail to shovel?

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In a recent piece from the English tabloid Daily Mirror Online, columnist Brian Reade emphatically states that Kentucky-born Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali, is a better American than Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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People like to say that sports is just a game. Clearly those same folks have not spent any amount of time watching the Douglas Bearcats this season.

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With the start of the annual U.S. and South Korea joint war games this month, North Korea has picked up a familiar rhetoric: “The capitalist aggressors are planning to invade us, so we must strike preemptively” the North Korean state-run media says.

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The ongoing fight over whether Apple should open up the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone for Uncle Sam isn’t a conservative or liberal issue, though if you fired up your computer or smartphone in the last few weeks you’ve likely seen it framed that way. Nor is it about one iPhone. 

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It was a long walk to the garbage can and one of the hardest good-byes I have ever had to make. Although the year was 1992, I remember it like it was yesterday.

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A state legislator in South Carolina introduced a bill last week that seeks to establish a state registry for “responsible journalists.”

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The opposing forces to the proposed new Douglas Rec Center bring up some pretty persuasive arguments, many of which will need to be addressed and dealt with when the time comes. They have pointed out access to the proposed site across Interstate 25 on the Wagonhound development called Seven …

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As they do every year, the Converse County Commissioners recently split up state grant money – about $1.5 million in total – among the county, City of Douglas and towns of Glenrock, Rolling Hills and Lost Springs. This year, however, the Town of Glenrock was absent from the meeting . . . and…