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We stuck it to Obamacare

Feb 13, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  But that decision comes with consequences

Do you feel better now, you Wyoming state senators who stuck it to Obama?
Probably so.
The vote in the ... [more]

Say it your way

Feb 13, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Valentine's Day is the time

Friday the 13th one day, Valentine's Day the next. So says our 2015 calendar.
If you are superstitious about the first, ... [more]

My life as a windy allegory

Feb 12, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Sometimes it's loud and crazy, but I love the fresh air

Finer weather strolls in like a good friend, but it often brings its cantankerous relative ... [more]

Farm and Ranch Days

Feb 12, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The two-day event reinforces the industry's place in our economy, culture

All but the most ignorant among us have long since set aside the notion of ... [more]

Flying a drone of one's own

Feb 11, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our Christmas quadcopter makes us YouTube ready

Some of my favorite YouTube videos of the new year show excited Christmas gift-getters flying their ... [more]

When to discriminate

Feb 11, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two bills at the Legislature show the legal and philosophical contradictions at work

The Wyoming Legislature is exhibiting some confusion over the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 10, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Snowmelt
It's hard to believe that less than a week ago we were worrying about snow removal in the streets of both Riverton and Lander, to say nothing ... [more]

Recruiting an airline

Feb 8, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Disastrous passenger figures at the airport prove that it must be done

Not that any more persuasion was required, but the year-and air passenger ... [more]

Column subjects rarely get the picture

Feb 8, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  It's a simple reflection of life, where the people who need a solution the most are the last ones to see they have a problem.

Febreze is an enigma ... [more]

More than just the game

Feb 6, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Sports can provide a tie that binds us

"I hate the Super Bowl,'' my wife said just as I was settling in on the couch last Sunday.
Holy ... [more]

Keep board votes public

Feb 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Legislation that would permit secret voting ought to be allowed to die

If a piece of legislation that would permit public boards and commissions to ... [more]

Energy from the winter carnival

Feb 5, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  We are all part of humanity's creative forces

Isn't Riverton's Wild West Winter Carnival fun? Activities like last weekend's ice artists on Main ... [more]

A thousand cuts

Feb 5, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's how legislation to expand Medicaid in Wyoming might die

The Wyoming Legislature's path toward expanding access to Medicaid in the state grows ... [more]

Mental health bill

Feb 4, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  It recognizes a serious problem and could better the situation

Well worth noting in the Wyoming Legislature amid the showy legislation about guns, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 3, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Phil says phooey
Here's our first weekday edition of February. New Year's is behind us, with thoughts of groundhogs and valentines at hand.
In ... [more]

Hands-on learning is dying out

Feb 1, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  From discipline to education, we might benefit from a bit less protectiveness.

The boys had a name for it. When one of my football or basketball ... [more]

Holiday and verse

Feb 1, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The first is unofficial, and the second comes with an annual apology to poets

America's great, undeclared, mid-winter holiday -- Super Bowl Sunday -- ... [more]

For new Congress, 'success' ought to mean some much better habits

Jan 31, 2015 - By Lee Hamilton:  With the 114th Congress under way, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the ... [more]

Questions and the Marlboro Man

Jan 31, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Smoking is a more complicated issue than we realize

Darrell Winfield had the most recognizable face of anyone who has ever lived in Riverton.
He was ... [more]

A better year

Jan 31, 2015 - By Steve R. Peck:  New approaches to drunken vagrancy in Riverton have made real progress

Mark Twain is credited with saying, "Everybody talks about the weather, but ... [more]

A mom's questions of time

Jan 29, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  I think I need a wormhole at 4 in the morning

Time is speeding up.
Whether this is true objectively or subjectively depends upon whether I've lost ... [more]

Solution vs. problem

Jan 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The same-sex marriage bill being aired in the Legislature doesn't have much going for it

There can be a tendency among Wyoming legislators, ... [more]

Force and law enforcement

Jan 28, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  RPD report shows value of experience and the need for governments to prioritize it

There is good news in the Riverton Police Department's year-end ... [more]

Getting the chances I didn't

Jan 27, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva:  I'm trying not to miss my daughter's activities

While sitting on the cushioned seats of the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre at Central Wyoming ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 27, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Time well spent?
Let's hope the Wyoming Legislature doesn't have to spend much time at all "debating" the place the jackalope deserves in the statutory ... [more]

A woman's life well worth emulating

Jan 25, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  I knew Valoy Maddock through coaching her sons

I don't remember who gave her the nickname "Flo" but it seemed to fit. 
Flo actually was Valoy ... [more]

Medicaid talks

Jan 25, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  When only politicians object to something, it is fair to question the rationale

After a couple of years of bobbing and weaving over the expansion of ... [more]

Newspaper awards

Jan 23, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Seven news staff members combined for 12 awards in state competition

The Wyoming Press Association conducts an annual awards contest for Wyoming ... [more]

The downtown Dubois rebuild

Jan 23, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  After the fire, distinctive Western theme can be restored

Stewart's Trapline Gallery has always been a must-stop on my visits to Dubois.
I visited ... [more]

Drones and the law

Jan 22, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming legislators are right to tackle the issue early on

Wyoming never could be accused of being a state which over-regulates private affairs, but ... [more]