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Christmas is not the time to diet 

This is the season when we lose sleep buying for family, friends and neighbors, but a word of warning. Three a.m. shopping is usually the time of artists and writers, but for purchasers, as our grafted-in-daughter points out, “Those are dangerous hours.” One morning last December, I woke to the thought, “Was I dreaming or did I actually place a 498-dollar order to Eddie Bauer last night?”

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The Intrepid Explorer Living – Life – Large Nov. 30, 2023

Question everything and understand why we are doing what we do.

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The Intrepid Explorer Living – Life – Large Nov. 23, 2023

Wild horses may have reverted to the wild state from domestication, but they have become symbols of freedom. They are part of the mythology of the American West. Like nearly all Americans, the wild horse is an immigrant and has secured its place as an American icon.

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The Intrepid Explorer Living – Life – Large Nov. 16, 2023

Social conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group. Humans have a common tendency to adopt their opinions and follow the behaviors of the majority.

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Holidays aren’t always perfect

Americans spend just over a billion dollars on Thanksgiving food. A billion dollars would buy a roundtrip ticket to the moon, but would that include a turkey dinner? You could buy an NFL team for that kind of money and make them cook. You could also buy a private island, but who’d kill the turkey?

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Skeleton crews and subpoenas: The state of community journalism in your community

This community deserves a quality newspaper and we, the skeleton crew, deserve owners who support this newsroom. The free press is worth fighting for and we cannot let it die a slow and imperceptible death by rotting away from the inside out. If you know me, you know that I have never shied away from fighting for what is right and just. Speaking of, I spent much of Halloween gearing up for a fight as a local process server circled my newsroom, sat in his van in the parking lot, and wandered in and out numerous times to ask for my other reporter Joy’s cell phone number, her location, her schedule, etc. He was here to serve the Pinedale Roundup and Joy with subpoenas for her notes from a September 2021 interview with the survivor of a sexual assault and to demand she take the stand as a witness.

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Living – Life – Large Nov. 9, 2023

This week I’m sharing a few of my bewildering thoughts that arrived from the unknown and unlimited origins during the month of October.

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Letter to the editor: A sweet sound

There are sweet sounds and lights of a drilling rig above Pinedale. This promises to help refresh dwindling natural gas supplies that are less than 40 percent in the field.

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Letter to the editor: The gambler should pay

Rocky Mountain Power gambled very large on renewables and they want us to pay for it.

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Letter to the editor: The hypocrisy of humans

After reading the Oct. 26 letter to the editor published in the Pinedale Roundup and written by Michael Kramer regarding hypocrisy on Pine Street, I felt the need to respond.

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Saying goodbye

The Pinedale Roundup is owned by News Media Corporation in Illinois. As the conversation with my publisher progressed on Oct. 17, he informed me that during a recent visit to the corporate office to discuss budgets for each local paper the company owns, News Media Corporation made the decision to cut a position in the newsroom in Sublette County.

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Buy high, sell low

I am not one of those people. I have a motto, “Buy high, sell low,” which unbelievably has a label, “loss eversion.” Put simply, it supposedly means I feel more emotional pain from loss than emotional pleasure from gain. The think tank who came up with that are dolts.

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Intrepid Explorer Nov. 2, 2023

Despite the fact that free speech is a critical part of the First Amendment and considered the backbone of freedom, book banning has returned as a politicized and discriminating issue.

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Dear editor: Hypocrites are everywhere

I couldn’t agree more with the statement, “81 MILLION VOTES MY ASS!” If this statement leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth or offends, I suggest moving to a “liberal utopian state” with “safe places,” like California, where you will be protected from being exposed to ideas and reasoning contrary to what you have been brainwashed to believe.

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Dear editor: Hypocrisy on Pine Street

While reading the Oct. 5 Pinedale Roundup Street Talk on page 3, I found one of the respondents’ answers to be blatant hypocrisy for everyone on Pine Street to see.

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Living – Life – Large Oct. 25, 2023

The use of digital identity has evolved together with our hybrid lifestyles. Several countries have explored digital vaccine passports for travel to secure a confirmation of a traveler’s health status. This exploration has driven home the value of digital identities to both private companies and government entities.

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Marriage is complicated

After all these years I think Gar thinks he really knows me, but every now and then wonders, “I thought she was as weird as she was ever gonna get, but here she is takin’ it to a whole new level.”

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The Intrepid Explorer - Living – Life – Large Oct. 19, 2023

We, from the skillfully influenced artificial society, now know more stress than ever before. We respond to so many types of stimuli that disturb, or interfere with our normal reflective philosophical equilibrium. We are being pulled one way even though within who we are, we may allow this tug in a particular direction, but we do not want to go. In psychology this is known as “cognitive dissonance.”

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All lands are not created equally

The mule deer migration corridor passes through the area where ungulate species birth fawns and nourish themselves on the wild plants, following long-established trails passed down from ancestral memory. It is the corridor that goes from I-80 in the south, which is the winter range, to the Hoback Basin in the north, which is fawning and summer range. This corridor has been identified as the longest ungulate migration corridor in the lower 48 states. In addition, the Red Desert area contains winter ranges for mule deer, pronghorn antelope and elk. It is virtually an area undeveloped from an industry perspective, which is important for many species.

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I don’t seem to improve with time

After standing there for a bit watching the world go by, I happened to look up and there in huge red letters was a sign attached to the front of the building, “TAX PREPARER.”

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The Intrepid Explorer - Living – Life – Large Oct. 5, 2023

We are no longer talking about helping humans who are impacted by mental and neurological problems, who could benefit greatly from such technologies. The true goal is to market a device that can be used to record intracranial activity and optimize mental processes. This is the new world order that a reckless tycoon, holding an icepick and hammer, is nudging us into living in.

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Legislative Update – Oct. 2 – Important topics and discussions in Sublette County

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting from the interim of the 67th Legislature. Two of the issues I am working on right now are the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office Resource Management Plan (RMP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and property taxes.

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ABCs of preparing vegetable, flower gardens for winter

Winter is coming! Follow these tips from members of the Sage and Snow Garden Club to prepare your gardens for the changing seasons.

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My hair gets no respect

The amount of hairspray I use could only be determined by a cost-analysis professional with experience in data. Having strong analytical skills and a great attention to detail he’d tell you, if not for my hair product addiction I could easily purchase a Ford F-150 Raptor F-Series truck. Ford states, “The Ford F-150 Raptor is like a regular F-150 on steroids and the most expensive truck we’ve ever built.” At $109,145, it’s almost exactly the same financial equivalent to a year’s worth of the chemical I spray into the atmosphere to tame my locks. Side note: It’s not that my hair product is expensive; it’s the mass volume involved that’s startling.

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Living – Life – Large Sept. 15, 2023

There is no possibility of saving the planet when we have lost the concept of saving ourselves. We have fallen into a captured mortality that we do what we are told. What will look right, and be accepted, without any interest or importance of the impact on our neighbor.

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BLM breaches local policies, trust with Draft RMP

The RMP, and its preferred alternative B, highlight a broken federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, a part of the larger national permitting process which is badly in need of reform.

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Letter to the editor: Oppose future development in migration corridors

Here are some of the key reasons why we should not approve development in migration corridors. • It can fragment habitat. When development breaks up migration corridors, it can make it difficult or impossible for animals to move between the different parts of their habitat. This can lead to population declines and even extinctions. • It can increase the risk of collisions with vehicles and other human-made structures. Animals that are trying to migrate through developed areas are more likely to be hit by cars, trains and airplanes. They are also more likely to be killed by fences and other barriers. • It can introduce pollution and noise. Development can pollute the air and water that animals need to survive. It can also create noise pollution that can disrupt animal communication and behavior. • It can disrupt breeding and feeding grounds. Many animals migrate to specific breeding and feeding grounds. Development in these areas can make it difficult or impossible for them to find food and raise their young. In addition to the harm it does to wildlife, development in migration corridors can also have negative impacts on humans. For example, it can lead to flooding and other natural disasters. It can also reduce the availability of clean water and air.

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There are no easy days 

The operation was taking longer than I was told it would. Keeping friends and family updated, I texted, “It’s way past when they said Gar would be out of surgery. The operating room called to say he was fine, but it was more extensive than originally thought. If it’s lengthy because he’s getting liposuction and a chin lift, while I muddle through with flabby thighs, I’m gonna be so mad.” When Gar was finally taken to recovery I texted, “He received six screws and a cage and the doctor says it went well.” A funny friend replied, “I’m glad it’s over but I hope you’re not going to keep him in the cage all the time.” I replied, “It depends on if he got a tummy tuck.”

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Letter to the editor: Thanks to Sen. Barrasso!

I did artwork for our Wyoming Senator John Barrasso as an appreciation gift to thank him again for the “great assistance” he gave me to get the Sublette Center Nursing Home veteran-approved!

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RMP rate hike ‘unacceptable,’ ‘unsubstantiated’

So when Rocky Mountain Power filed their recent rate case arguing to increase their rates, it wasn't a surprise; businesses all over the country are also feeling the effects of inflation and adjusting their cost of goods and services. However, the percentage of increase was a surprise — over 30 percent when you add all their requests together. To put it bluntly, the requested increase is unacceptable and unsubstantiated.

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Suicide Prevention Awareness

The latest stats are sobering: • Almost 48,000 people died by suicide in 2021 • That’s one death every 11 minutes • 12 million adults thought about suicide and over 3 million made a plan.

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Letter to the editor: Support Foundation 23

The Foundation 23 Community fundraising campaign is set to conclude on Sept. 23. Don’t miss this opportunity to support participating Sublette County nonprofits and have your donation go even further for our community.

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Living – Life – Large Sept. 14, 2023

Since we were in lockdown while being conditioned for compliance and people were hidden behind a mask. These people behind a hidden face became unashamed and more brazen towards other people. People became rude, more aggressive, and tossed their compassion to the wayside. They used their masks to emulate highway bandits obscuring and canceling their identity.

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Letter to the editor: Support Foundation 23

Foundation 23 was created after members of the Pinedale Half Marathon committee shifted the focus of the race in 2022 to a fundraising event for the nonprofits in Sublette County. (This concept is based on Jackson Hole’s Old Bill’s Fun Run.) This new community foundation is focused on raising funds and awareness for the various nonprofits in our county.

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Living – Life – Large, Sept. 7, 2023

Because we have Yellowstone, we still have the possibility to preserve this animal’s wild nature. To really save them, to save anything, we have to do the evolving and learn to live without conflict with the bison and the organizations that are trying to manipulate them. There are ways to do this and there is enough land. Let’s let bison be bison. Let them be safe in and around the national park as one of the last living symbols of America’s Wild West

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Sage and Snow Garden Club celebrates 40 years

“The first order of business was to decide on a name for the club. The day of the first meeting brought terrible weather. There was such a wild blizzard you could hardly see. We thought sage should be in our name since about the only thing growing here in Pinedale at the time was sagebrush. Then someone looked out the window and jokingly mentioned snow should be in the club’s name. With a little discussion and a lot of laughing it was decided. Our club became The Sage and Snow Garden Club of Pinedale.

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Transgender women have rights

The judge found that the offended sorority sisters’ dislike of transgender women did not and could not supersede the sororities’ own right to determine membership qualifications.

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Wyoming’s permanent savings

These savings accounts are growing from strong energy prices and constrained government growth through the careful planning and framework that traditional conservative Republicans put in place through the years, including the 2023 legislative session. 

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Living – Life – Large Aug. 28, 2023

One of the moments of dialogue contained the views of desire. What really evoked a thought in me was when he told me the greatest desire was to have no desire.

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State Treasurer defends WyoStar II program

These two WyoStar programs have very different profiles. WyoStar I is a short-term, money market type of fund that is liquid and stable. WyoStar II (WS2) is a short-maturity bond fund. Its price fluctuates. When interest rates go up, bond prices go down, and vice-versa.

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Ensuring the health of our public lands today, for tomorrow

In Wyoming for example, we’re investing $20 million in restoring wildlife habitat, clean water, and biodiversity across the LaBarge and Muddy Creek landscapes near Pinedale and Rawlins. This effort is supporting partnerships that are conserving wildlife habitat and migration corridors, restoring priority greater sage-grouse habitat, removing invasive species, and protecting vital water resources.

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Who doesn’t love stories about food?

I have a 94-year-old client, and we’ve had many conversations about how much we dislike cooking and how truly bad we are at it. One morning as we discussed our food failures she quipped, “I’ve burned more muffins than I’ve ate.”

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Living – Life – Large Aug. 21, 2023

There will be no judgment from me regarding your religion, beliefs, sexuality or race. However, I will notice with impending disbelief if you don’t use your turning blinkers, how you treat the wait staff, if you’re not kind to the checkout person, won’t get off the phone when they check you out or step over rubbish rather than bending over and picking it up.

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The Intrepid Explorer Living – Life – Large

Each morning I open my journals and pour into them myself. These are my thoughts and ideas that arrive from unlimited sources. I’m sharing some of these daily thoughts and ideas. As always with the words I share, my hope is that they will reflect a meaning to the reader and perhaps evoke your own thought of bewilderment.

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Wildland firefighters need our support

Wildland firefighters typically log 16-hour days for weeks at a time, burning 4,000 to 6,000 calories a day while carrying heavy backpacks. Yet despite the hardships and the history, a mandated pay raise in June 2021, spurred by President Joe Biden, brought the minimum wage for federal wildland firefighters up to a mere $15 an hour. Enter a temporary order from President Biden raising that base pay rate by 50 percent. Put in place in August 2022 and retroactive to the previous October as part of a hotly contested package of infrastructure-funding policies, the pay raise was funded only until Sept 30, 2023, after which pay for wildland firefighters drops back to 2020 levels.

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Legislative Update – Mental Health Taskforce

Mental health challenges have become increasingly prevalent in our courts, schools and society in general. In 2021, Wyoming had the highest suicide rate in the nation, and has retained one of the worst suicide rates for several years. I advocated for the creation of this taskforce, and I am a member.

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Living – Life – Large Aug. 3, 2023

Imagine, if you will, a world where six megacorporations are the only authorized distributors of information and everything else is branded as fake news and banned from the public eye. This is not an old episode of the Twilight Zone. This is real and happening now.

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Dear Editor: Save our migration corridors

If you are a supporter of big game migration in Sublette County, please contact Gov. Gordon or other wildlife-related officials and let them know. Time is of the essence.

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Dear Editor: No development in Path of the Pronghorn

The state of Wyoming, in a gas and oil lease auction in July, included a state parcel (#194) despite the requests to exclude it based on this crucial fact: it is the main New Fork River crossing for pronghorn traveling from Trappers Point across the Mesa. It is critical that development not take place on this lease. Given the tragic loss of up to 75 percent of the pronghorn that use this path (Wyofile, May 23, 2023) we should do everything possible to make this iconic herd survive and thrive.

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Dear Editor: Help save Etna, Wyoming

The Etna, Wyo., community is fighting the decision of their elected officials in order to preserve the peace and quiet of their town. The Lincoln County Commissioners have approved the extension of a gravel pit extension into Etna. Residents say this decision is illegal, without merit, and would open Pandora’s box.

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Sometimes life works out in spite of us

Recently I was driving along listening to the radio when Rod Stewart came on belting an oldie I was familiar with. Then immediately after, I heard The Band Perry entertaining me with one of their songs. As I listened, I cleverly put the two songs together in my mind and couldn’t wait to get home to croon my new ditty to Gar. Bursting through the door, I hurriedly strode straight to Gar’s office and cornered him at his desk. He started to stand, I presume to hug me, but I put my hands on his shoulders and settled him back in his chair. Then feeling very foxy, I chortled, “I have an eschewed version of a couple songs and you are gonna be so proud.” He never knows if he should relax and enjoy the show or bolt for the nearest exit. He’s dealt with me and my shenanigans for so long that if I was a good person, I’d almost feel sorry for him.

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Living – Life – Large July 27, 2023

In character, we are not harmonious with everyone. We all have, even if just slightly, different beliefs and ideas. This is all we must understand. We are different. We don’t have to agree, and it’s certainly okay to disagree, but when disagreeing we must have respect for the other person’s belief.

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Raise your voice before RMP raises your rates

That increase would mean over $140 million of new annual revenue for Rocky Mountain Power, but it also means the average customer will be paying $204 more per year. Rocky Mountain Power serves many Wyoming communities including Pinedale, Big Piney, Marbleton, Kemmerer, Green River, Rock Springs, Lander, Casper, Cody, Worland, Douglas and Laramie.

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Living – Life – Large

To reduce the elk population, these hunts could be outside of the normal season and focused on private land-dwelling herds. Last winter, wildlife managers authorized a few hunts on ranches south of Laramie. Thirty-two hunters killed 39 elk during the month of February. Wyoming hadn’t held a depredation hunt since 2004.

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Living – Life – Large

As we were basking in the joy of treason and celebrating our independence from English treachery on the Fourth of July, a judge issued an injunction to protect free speech on social media platforms.

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Beards and mustaches are all the rage 

All the Bible scholars will remember that in the Book of Judges, Samson had great strength; slaying a lion with his bare hands and decimating an entire Philistine army using only a donkey’s jawbone. In dedication to the Lord, Samson, a Nazarite, never cut his hair, and in that hair, God gave him his great power. The Philistines weren’t very happy that they couldn’t counteract Samson’s force so decided to utilize the services of a harlot named Delilah. She was paid a hefty sum to find out how to take down this mighty, though sinful, warrior. Samson told her his secret of strength, so as he slept, Delilah had his locks shorn. He woke and due to his breaking of vows to God (which had little to do with his haircut), he was left as weak as any man.

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Dear Editor: Consider closing Fremont Bottleneck in April and November

I am a retired science teacher and taught in Pinedale for 25 years. I’d like to share with you an incredible experience my students and I witnessed on an early May morning, several years ago. We hiked up to the Fremont Lake outlet and dam structure where we were actively engaged in the CCC Ponds restoration project. Excited and chattering, the seventh-graders were eager to start their assigned jobs as they hiked along. But as we approached the bridge we were suddenly stunned into silence. We quickly sat on the ground, completely mesmerized by the most intimate and wild encounter we had ever seen. Just above the bridge, in the narrow outlet, were about 30 mule deer quietly slipping into the frigid water. Their heads just above the surface; they swam. Nostrils flaring, mouths opened, gulping the crisp morning air. We could hear their little grunting sounds as they swam. This was their time. They knew the way, taught to them by their mothers and grandmothers before them.

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Dear editor: Support the proposed closure of 'Fremont Lake Bottleneck'

I’ve watched the annual migration over several years, seeing mule deer attempt to avoid humans and pursuing canines, while navigating their two crossing areas, near the Fremont Lake outlet and irrigation/dam control structure/pedestrian bridge. Within the past two years, two additional residential structures have been constructed on the east side of Fremont Lake in the Lake Ridge subdivision, adjacent to a historical resting spot for migrating ungulates.

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Ensure big game have a seat at table in Bridger-Teton Forest Plan

Wyoming’s deer and pronghorn populations will rebound if we prioritize the habitat and migration corridors these animals need to thrive. Research from the University of Wyoming’s Monteith Shop shows that mule deer with quality summer range pack on more fat reserves and are far more likely to survive harsh winters. For western Wyoming’s deer herds, much of that summer range lies in the BTNF. So how can we, as sportsmen and sportswomen, help?

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Independence Day should be a day of rest

This year’s Independence Day marks the 247th commemoration of the Declaration of Independence and freedom from British rule. Since those amazing signers’ time, we’ve grown from 2.5 million people to 330 million and with advances in health and sanitation, child mortality has been cut from more than 45 percent to under 1 percent. We live an average of 35 years longer and have built almost 4 million miles of paved roads. We have over 5,000 public airports and electricity powers our country, with 85 percent of households having access to broadband internet and nearly every home has a computer.

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Living – Life – Large

I always try to live with the concept of mindfulness. I prefer living in the moment. I will plan for the future, but I do not worry about it. Worrying about what will happen in the future only diminishes the now. As for the past? I will always remember what has been, but I do not live there.

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Letter to the editor: Rendezvous Parade direction change – the facts

The original decision to reverse the "traditional" parade route was based on the following factors: Safety for all the parade participants while creating less impact on businesses and residents and the inclusion of senior citizens at the Sublette Center.

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Living – Life – Large

Living here in Sublette County, Wyoming, we are slightly protected from becoming over-civilized, but look into the massive metropolitan areas that are merging together. With algorithms monitoring our movements, wants and thoughts are bunching us together with what is known and accepted as the same.

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Letter to the editor: We do have homegrown litter bugs

As I passed them on the way out I took down the license plate of the “Bison” brand horse trailer, which was the size for two horses and included a side door. Both licenses were County 23. The dark pickup pulling the trailer was black or dark blue and also had a local plate. Please, if anyone knows these folks, just let them know we don’t want to see their garbage when we go out to recreate. Create a little social pressure to encourage responsible, not selfish behavior in the great outdoors.

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Dads are pretty amazing when they’re not being ‘manly’

One day last summer, Gar and I were driving in city traffic and as we came to a red light, there was a bit of a traffic jam. A dozen men on motorcycles were coming, single file, from the opposite direction. Suddenly, one guy in the middle flipped his bike into a wheelie and drove on the back tire until he was out of our sight. I turned to Gar, who was staring longingly, with little hearts in his eyes, and said, “See, that’s why women live longer than men.” Gar shook his head, pointed a finger at me knowingly, and with great wisdom, according to him, declared, “No, that’s why men have more adventures than women.” I sighed, “That’s probably true, but somebody has to be the sane one.”

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Living – Life – Large

I have come to understand the disorder and the anarchy in which we live. With this understanding, I have found the clarity and order that I choose not to be involved. Without fear, I have come to understand myself so that I may go beyond myself. I am learning as I teach myself to watch, watch the way that I am, and become aware of the way in which I am. As I do this, I also am honing the ability to listen to another voice and understand their personal point of view.

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Don’t fall into the cracks created by Medicaid changes

Medicaid provides health coverage to 83.1 million Americans or more than 20 percent of the population, including low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. In Wyoming, there were more than 83,000 people receiving health insurance through Medicaid at the start of 2023. Health coverage helps people fulfill needs that might not otherwise be met. It plays a vital but also complicated role. After all, it’s difficult to keep up with expectations, especially when the rules are regularly rewritten.

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Letter to the editor: Gov. Gordon should act on designation now

In 2008, Kniffy Hamilton, the supervisor of Bridger-Teton National Forest, designated “The Path of the Pronghorn” in the section of this important migration corridor that went through Bridger-Teton National Forest. After this designation, many optimists thought that the BLM, private landowners and the state of Wyoming would take steps to continue the designation, which would offer this thousands-of-years-old migration a degree of protection from development and overuse. That did not happen.

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Letter to the editor: No more politics, please

Political pressure has further stalled the State of Wyoming’s attempt to protect the Sublette pronghorn migration corridor, which includes The Path of the Pronghorn. This world-famous migration route was publicly proposed by Wyoming Game and Fish in 2019, accompanied by maps and data.

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Living – Life – Large

“Mustanging” was a brutal practice of capture and sale to slaughter. This practice outraged the American public at large. However, the law had a huge backlash from those that had profited from running horses, hog-tying them to wait for the kill truck and then grinding them up for fertilizer and chicken feed.

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Living – Life – Large

Our country is being overrun with lawsuits from people who want to blame someone every time something goes wrong. People are suing for anything and everything because there are not any consequences if they lose. Frivolous lawsuits are abundant and harmful.

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Letter to the editor: Look up, Wyoming!

it looks like the light pillars are beaming up into the sky, the opposite is true. Light traveling up into space is actually being reflected back down to Earth by the ice crystals. We see it as multiple columns of light. Pretty spectacular sight!

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Living – Life – Large

“Likes” on social media are addictive because they affect your brain, similar to taking chemical substances. “Likes” symbolize a gain in reputation, causing you to constantly compare yourself to your peers.

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Roscoe: Legislative Update – Fall 2021

The Joint Corporations Committee, which is focusing on redistricting and voting processes, has met numerous times.

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Contributing to the chaos – Oct. 15

Though commonly known, it is not commonly accepted. Sometimes it is easier to not accept the truth than to deal with the discomfort of it.

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Eiden: Furniture was never meant to last

When we met, Gar was a bachelor with an eclectic assortment of furniture and decorations that I was fairly certain we needed to burn.

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Barrasso: Irresponsible Democrats pushing for U.S. to follow California's failed energy model

Democrats are trying to impose California‘s unreliable energy policies on the rest of the country. Americans are responding, “Don’t turn America into California!”

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Eiden: Fear not – your children will always need you

Parents are never unemployed.

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Lummis: The West is burning and politics are fanning the flames

As smoke from summer Western wildfires spreads all the way to Maine, the entire country finally realizes what the West has long known: America’s forest-management policies are not working.

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Contributing to the chaos - Sept. 17

As I look at the illusion of reality, brought forth by the incompatible deeming that to be you must be compatible with incompatible, I slow my steps.

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Eiden: I'm understanding a few things better

I’m understanding a few things better as time goes by. It takes longer for me because I’m a little hardheaded.

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9/11 retrospective: A different country now

This is a column from Roundup editor Brady Oltmans as part of the Roundup's anniversary coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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9/11 retrospective: Why it's called terrorism

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Roundup has published columns from its Sept. 13, 2001, edition. This is from Rob Shaul, editor and publisher of the Roundup at the time.

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9/11 retrospective: Land of the Free...Home of the Brave

A guest column from Aidan M. Mullett II, that was originally published in the Pinedale Roudup's Sept. 13, 2001, edition.

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Legislative Update – Aug. 31

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the 2021 interim work of the 66th Legislature.

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Contributing to the chaos

Local commentary from contributor Dan Abernathy.

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Our body has a wired set point

I recently read an article stating, “Don’t scold yourself for gaining weight, your body is wired to return to a natural set point.”

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Contributing to the chaos

Washing the Day Away

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Relationships are hard

Gar and I are still married after 42 years, even after spending two winters in a 30-foot camper.

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Legislative Update – Aug. 1

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from interim work of the 66th Legislature.

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Contributing to the chaos

Due to the what, of what is, we as small-town dwellers are seeing firsthand a seemingly no end to the new disembarking from urban arenas. Because we were raised this way we, for the most part, accept them with open arms.

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Sublette Centennial 'pioneers' sought

The search is on for residents of Sublette County for at least 50 years to be recognized as a “Sublette Centennial Pioneer.”

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Proposed ordinance bringing out the worst in us

This is an editorial from the staff at the Pinedale Roundup.

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Parents are never done helping kids

I do think 4-H is a hecka lotta work for mom and dad.

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Biden nominees spell disaster for Wyoming

By Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

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Contributing to the chaos

It’s not that I’m totally rebelling against the ways of now.

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Bears and I have a lot in common

Bears are not my favorite animal; in fact I really dislike bears, but I’ll admit, we have a lot in common.

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Contributing to the chaos

Pole Creek is a small river that was born in the high granite cracks of the Wind River Range.

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It's Christmas in July, in letter form

In case you hadn’t noticed, every year the Eiden’s Christmas letter gets later and later, until this year, it’s an epistle for Christmas in July. Lucky you.

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Contributing to the chaos

On May 9, we celebrated Mother’s Day amidst the turmoil of weak people offended by the name of the day. During this invasion of offensive terminology, I introduced my mother.

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Off the beaten path

Finding outdoor solitude in Sublette County is easy.

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Legislative update – The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce

I am in Casper for meetings of the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce.

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Men better have a sense of humor

From Trena Eiden.

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My hiking partner

The first time I took my best friend up on a mountain, he was a shivering puppy in the snow.

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Contributing to the chaos

The Flowers on Fremont.

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Nancy Beth Burstad

May 14, 1955 – May 26, 2021

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Monogamous animals don't know how long marriage lasts

By Trena Eiden

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Let conservative states lead on reducing national debt

From Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

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Contributing to the chaos

In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Forrest was asked if he was stupid. He replied, “Stupid is as stupid does,” meaning that a person should be judged by his actions, not his appearance.

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I talk to myself while I walk

At my and Gar’s age, not to mention our activity level, which is less than any sloth on planet earth, we’re certain we should be moving our joints every day, so I walk and Gar swims.

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Contributing to the chaos

By Dan Abernathy

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Once a mother - always a mother

Recently, sleep physiologist Rachel Markwald set out to study fatigue on a Navy warship.

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Brunette chose as regional Volunteer of the Year

Des has been a part of our MESA program since its inception nearly 10 years ago.

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Contributing to the chaos

There are people who find anger with who you are for speaking your truth.

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Highway Patrolman problems

It was a Monday morning so I naturally didn’t have a joyful spirit, similar to how I am on all the other days of the week.

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Wyoming 66th Legislature – Update No. 5

From Rep. Jim Roscoe, House District No. 22

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Lummis: Call it a crisis

Night after night, Wyoming citizens are turning on the news to see a national security and humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border.

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Contributing to the chaos

Local commentary from Dan Abernathy.

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Legislative Update – April 3

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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It's not easy living with a brown-haired blonde

I use a hair product called “Freeze-It” to keep my mop in place and my motto is, “One can never, no not ever, use too much hairspray.”

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Contributing to the chaos

From Dan Abernathy

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Legislative Update – March 26, 29

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.

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Wyoming 66th Legislature Update 4

From Rep. Jim Roscoe, House District No. 22.

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Let's start over

From Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons.

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Daytime habits that affect your sleep at night

Local commentary from Trena Eiden.

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Legislative Update – March 20

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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Ricketts: The fight for Wyoming's economy

From Bondurant resident and former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts.

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Contributing to the chaos

An underlying problem I feel, in this masked world we exist in right now, is not seeing faces anymore.

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Legislative Update – March 12, 16

Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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Wyoming 66th Legislature Update No. 3

From Rep. Jim Roscoe, House District No. 22

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Legislative Update – March 7-9

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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A chat with 10-year-old me

I’ve often thought what I’d say to my 10-year-old self if I could go back in time.

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Contributing to the Chaos

Mindfulness is awareness. It is to know, feel and see what is happening in the moment.

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Legislative Update – Feb. 28, March 1-2

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20

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Church people are much too trusting

We try to attend church everywhere we visit.

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Contributing to the Chaos

Some of us stay up way too late at night, but for myself, I get up way too early in the morning.

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Sommers: Funding Wyoming's K12 education program

A brief history and the situation the Legislature faces this session.

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Eiden: The first week is always the hardest

After arriving in Florida, we stayed with our kids for a few days while setting up the camper.

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Legislative Update – Feb. 3-6

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20.

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OP-ED: Presidential suspension on mineral development bad for Wyoming’s wildlife

Brian Nesvik is the director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He has worked on behalf of Wyoming wildlife and people for over 25 years.

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Contributing to the Chaos

I do believe it is time that we begin to put the pieces back together, if in fact we are not beyond fixable.

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Robinson: GOP purity test

A letter from Sublette County Republican Party Chairman Jim Robinson.

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