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Letter to the editor: Opportunity for public comments

For the Sublette County’s Doyle Pit Mine, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) will be holding a public comments meeting on Dec. 14, 6 p.m., at the Pinedale Library in the Lovitt Room. Plan to attend as this will be a good opportunity for you to let the WDEQ and your county commissioners know what you think about the county’s plan to build an open pit mine within the county’s largest population area. The planned mine is located adjacent to the town of Pinedale and surrounded by four subdivisions. The meeting will be an excellent opportunity to have your voice heard.

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Christmas is supposed to be sweet

I’m not a guessing gal, I’m telling you right here beyond a shadow of a doubt, that forlorn bread-and-booze concoction was a fruitcake, and not even a tornado wants a fruitcake.

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Statement on the Club Q shooting

The only prevention for what happened on the night of Nov. 20, 2022 is for communities to stand up against hate and bigotry.

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Guest column: Expert input needed for good decisions

We propose, in cases where county departments do not have required expertise, the county departments should have a mechanism in place to hire expert advice that is compensated by the applicant but certainly not selected by the applicant. Consulting with and using the timely input from subject matter experts is fundamental in the process of maintaining objectivity based on facts for contentious cases the Planning and Zoning Commission and the BOCC have before them for consideration. In our opinion, the process appears especially problematic because the county seems to be forced to do their own “best analysis” in areas they have no expertise in or rely on input from “experts” paid for by the applicant.

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The Intrepid Explorer: Nov. 21, 2022

You must integrate and make it clear to the locals that you are one of them. You cannot call yourself a local until the locals designate you thus. This might even include a 1-percent outlaw biker club beat-in to get your local patch. So until then you may just be a hopeful prospect.

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Letter to the editor: Making a difference

From far away we have made a difference! They are very grateful! Each load costs $500 for fuel and $300 for two rooms and a few meals. Some good people donated to cover 90 percent of the costs. Thank you so much! It has pretty much been the same 125 or so wonderful citizens that gave for all nine loads. Some people gave three and four times over. You have good hearts!

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Thanksgiving makes for good stories

We were talking on the phone at the time of his whining and my eyes began to well with tears, not in sadness or regret or even shame. No, I was holding in mirth and it was making me near to bursting with delight at hearing his bellyaching. I knew from the time he was out of the high chair and into his booster seat that he was totally uncomfortable with any holiday dinner conversation that didn’t involve football, torturing his siblings or jokes. I wasn’t concerned with any dislike of sentimentality and continued to force him and the rest of our offspring to talk about those terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad feelings of gratefulness, thankfulness, joy and love. Making my kids squirm was the best part of my Thanksgiving. I’ve told you, I’m a terrible mother.

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Thanksgiving memories are usually zany

Two days before Thanksgiving, our turkey arrived via Gar, straining slightly to pack it to the cupboard. That was my first clue that I was in for a tussle, but the real shock came as I peeled back the bag containing it. This thing was something out of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It had been hand-plucked and cleaned, for which I will always hold Lyn, Tim and his dad, Ed, in a special place in my tiny heart, but the bird was gargantuan. With furrowed brows, I contemplated our refrigerator, too dopy to think ahead to the oven.

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Letter to the editor: Ignorance is bliss

It has, however, been said that at any given time in today’s culture that 80 to 90 percent of the population is ignorant or unaware of what is really going on and that plays very well to those who want to control our thought process.

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Dear editor: The gate's there for a reason!

The gate has a sign on it that says, “Please close gate.” That is there for a reason.

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Letter to the editor: ‘Social contract’

Chris Lacinak wrote an excellent piece in the Oct. 21 Pinedale Roundup. It deserves a followup. He makes the case that the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning regulations that execute its vision are supposed to represent a social contract “between and among Sublette County public servants and Sublette County citizens.”

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Guest column: In defense of Game and Fish and building bridges

As one of five Sublette County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissioners, I have some serious concerns about these statements. First, I would first like to set the record straight on the great and valuable work of G&F in support of P&Z.

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It’s never been more important to cast your ballot this November

In any given election, between 35 and 60 percent of eligible voters don’t cast a ballot, according to the MIT Election Data & Science Lab. The decision to carve out the time to vote requires a sense of motivation that’s sometimes hard to build up every two or four years, whether you don’t feel excited about the candidates, don’t believe in the importance of voting itself or just don’t think anything can change because of a single vote.

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The Intrepid Explorer: Oct. 28, 2022

This is being done on the premise that they help customers exit the store faster while freeing up employees for other tasks. Let us not forget as well this also allows the stores to cut back on the human workforce.

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Editorial: Don't gloss over constitutional amendments

Amendment A allows cities, counties, towns, school districts and other political subdivisions to invest money in stocks and equities. This is something the state has done in some capacity since the 1990s but local agencies have been unable to, due to Wyoming law. Approval of Amendment B would increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. There is no mandatory retirement age for federal judges, but within individual states, the age restrictions vary.

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Dear editor: Change of plans

Change on Pine Ridge Reservation donations. Alice Phelps and her husband were on their way from southwest South Dakota Friday to pick up the third load and meet our people. Last night, her husband’s brother was shot. He is in serious condition.

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Today’s the Day! Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Today is the day to come and meet Delsa Allen and view her photographs at the Lovatt Room. Members of the Sublette County Artists’ Guild will be reading their own works or from one of the publications throughout the reception. Remember — 4 to 7 p.m.. See you there!

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The Intrepid Explorer: Oct. 14, 2022

No matter where I am, each morning, I open my journals and pour into them myself. These are my thoughts, ideas and contemplations of opinion or beliefs, all of which arrive from unlimited sources. Mind thoughts and dreams are our own, we see them invading the monarchy of social media, but they are ours in the conception of the beginning. I have chosen to share mine. Each word, prose or paragraph of the following excerpts is born on a page within my artistic journals.

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Letter to the editor: I agree with Tara Miller

At the Planning and Zoning meeting, it was established that this highly guarded and secured center would cost upwards of $175,000 for a two or three-week stay. This is not for the public and it is not going to be within the needs or bounds of many people in Sublette County.

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Column: Til death do us part is a long time

Upon arrival, we had to heave-ho like sailors, through doors and around corners, to get it into our daughter’s storage. Did I mention how much I thought bringing this was a bad idea? The kicker was the monstrosity never moved from that spot one inch in three years, except for the times I bumped into it with my shins, attempting to get around it to get something I was really glad we’d brought. I readily admit to cussing the saw and the saw’s owner, and oftentimes gritting my teeth.

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Letter to the editor: The tall tales of Pinocchio the Independent

The truth is Kainer abandoned his constituents and employees after I won the 2018 primary. The office manager at the time, Julie Bell, called me in December of 2018 stating Kainer had disappeared and she did not know what to do with the court docket as he could not be reached. Throwing a temper tantrum and not showing up for the job you were elected to do because the voters didn’t want four more years of you is a strange prelude to asking them for their vote down the road.

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Letter to the editor: Horse trailers and cars

If you pull out and the distance to a horse trailer in your lane choice is not enough for you to get to even three-quarters of the speed limit before the distance on the highway closes, you are endangering yourself, the horses and myself.

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Did you know these ladies?

These writers left their words and artwork for us to enjoy. Please join members of today’s Sublette County Artists’ Guild next Friday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lovatt Room in the Pinedale Library during Delsa Allen’s photo exhibit and reception.

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Letter to the editor: Shortsighted

They are allowing a traumatized girls’ center to be built on the Rim along the highway to Jackson. They are pretending that this is a “public facility” so that they can allow it – yet is will cost $75,000 or more to attend for a three-month stay and will be strongly guarded to keep people out. They pretend it will fill a need in Sublette County – how many traumatized young girls are there in Sublette County that could come up with that type of money anyway?

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An open letter to the citizens of Wyoming

County treasurers believe the primary objective of local government investment activities is Safety. We make investment decisions to ensure the preservation of the dollars entrusted to us. We do this with the understanding that the investments will achieve a lower yield than higher-risk investments, like stocks. Current law wisely restricts local governments to low-risk, fixed-income investments like certificates of deposit, federal agency bonds and U.S. treasuries in order to ensure that your money is safe until it is put to use.

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Legislative Update — Sept. 19

Hello Sublette County and LaBarge, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the interim of the 66th Legislature. On Sept. 6-7, I participated in the Joint Education Committee (JEC) meeting in Cheyenne. On Sept. 8, along with a delegation of folks from Sublette County, we met with members and staff of the State Land and Investment Board (SLIB) to discuss state grant funding for Sublette County’s new hospital project.

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Come celebrate with us!

Members will read from past publications and from their own writings. This celebration is in conjunction with an art show of Delsa Allen’s photography.

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Column: Sport fishing and conservation

Most fishers, local or visitors, are not that interested in the history or current philosophy surrounding recreational fishing and conservation of aquatic species. They want to visit a pristine stream or lake, absorb nature and have an opportunity to hook a game fish. I believe it would be good, particularly for locals, to have an understanding of the complexities of managing recreational fishing in conjunction with conservation and how it relates to the water they are currently fishing.

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Letter to the editor: county virtues?

Sublette County elected commissioners Joel Bousman, Sam White and Tom Noble have opened the flood gates for out-of-state developers to rezone (A1) ultra rural migratory corridors of threatened species for individual developer financial gain against Sublette County Planning and Zoning Board recommendations and overwhelming Sublette County resident opposition. The allowance to rezone for out-of-state billionaire Joe Ricketts' Upper Hoback resort and multi-millionaire California real estate developers Jason (Smee Homes Inc/CA and Rim Realty Inc/WY) and Melinda Moyes' (Melson Realty/CA and Rim Realty Inc/WY) 40 Rod property for monetary gain is contradictory to community virtue.

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Clay Kainer announces candidacy for Sublette County and Prosecuting Attorney

In May of 2022, Kainer had no intention of running as a Republican nominee for the office of the Sublette County and Prosecuting Attorney. Although he knew there was widespread dissatisfaction with the current administration, he did not appreciate how bad things had truly become. A wide and diverse group of citizens who approached Kainer made it clear that the candidates who were on the ballot for the Republican nomination would simply maintain the status quo.

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The Intrepid Explorer: Sept. 30

We are asked to shoulder the responsibility and allow punishment from the atrocities of our forefathers. Everyone of now should deny this. We should never forget what has transpired. In fact, this is what we should learn from.

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Sublette County Artists’ Guild early activities

The membership of the Artists’ Guild has always been very involved in creating countywide community events. In 1935 the club sponsored a reenactment of the Green River Rendezvous, with members writing the script and helping put on the show at the Daniel historical site. The pageant has continued on in the same tradition under the sponsorship of the Sublette County Historical Society and now the Green River Rendezvous Pageant Association.

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Column: We get stranded because we’re not bright

Like everyone else who lives in this cold tundra, we plan our summers carefully. All winter as we’re notified of summer happenings, we jot it down, and one particular weekend, “shindig” was on our list. We got up early, donning shorts, hats and sunglasses, remembering money and sunscreen, and loaded our lawn chairs. It never crossed our minds to tote an extra car battery. Boy, we’re irresponsible … and dense.

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Letter to the editor

I would like to encourage Dr. J.I. Bertoncelj to educate herself on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. I believe she will discover that without the efforts of past hunter/conservationists like John Audubon and Teddy Roosevelt, it's unlikely there would be "magnificent bull moose" to view.

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The Intrepid Explorer 

The more "likes" we have, the more "likes" we want.

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What you don’t know about the Sublette County Artists’ Guild

Over its 94-year history the Sublette County Artists’ Guild has put out seven publications featuring members’ contributions in poetry, personal experiences and local history.

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Letter to the editor

"Even though the Game and Fish have designated areas around Pinedale, perhaps they could expand the “no hunting” areas farther out, away from the town, lake, beaches, campgrounds, etc."

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Column: Peeing is not straightforward

Nearly everyone in the working world has been forced to do a urine drug test.

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The Intrepid Explorer

However, what I am witnessing in today's so-called society, one that I cannot condone or boldly claim participating residence in, I find enormous disbelief.

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Guest column: Where have all the workers gone?

Numbers point in two different directions. Our older workers are retiring in numbers greater than we’ve experienced before, including those who are retiring at a non-traditional age (i.e., under age 65); and the decline in millennials working in Wyoming is substantially greater than the decline in the state’s overall millennial population. There are several possible reasons for this...

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The odd couple is still alive and well

You know how they say opposites attract? Maybe it’s true.

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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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