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By Randy Tucker
Sep 27, 2020

Perhaps it is inevitable this time of the year, but thoughts range from the melancholy to almost despair for many people as the summer comes to an end. The ...

By Randy Tucker
Sep 22, 2020

When it comes to athletics, particularly middle school and high school sports, counting is near the top of the list when it comes to being an effective coach. ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 30, 2020

My mind wandered as I pulled up the hill west of Hudson watching the cars and trucks ahead of me vie for position before the four-lane changed back to two. ...


By Randy Tucker
Aug 25, 2020

The saying "There is nothing new under the sun" dates back more than 3,000 years to the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. When it comes to classification, ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 23, 2020

There always will be winners and losers. As we continue this strange trip through the end of the second decade of the 21st century, the winners and losers over ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 16, 2020

History often reveals seemingly unconnected events having profound consequences. Rachel Carson wrote of the connection between the insecticide DDT and the ...


By Randy Tucker
Aug 11, 2020

When you throw a small stone into a placid pond, the subsequent concentric waves flowing out from that little rock hitting the water show much more effect than ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 9, 2020

We made another trip across America last week. While many things remain the same, others have taken on almost ethereal weirdness. As I thought about the ...

By Randy Tucker
Aug 4, 2020

Major League Baseball opened last week, and to say the least, the boys of summer did not hit the ball out of the park. The initial visit of the Miami Marlins ...


By Randy Tucker
Aug 2, 2020

Jack McCoy approaches the expert witness, eviscerating the paranormal specialist the defense team has sent to the stand with repeated, jackhammer-style ...

By Randy Tucker
Jul 5, 2020

We used to live in a nation that sought to change the world for the good, rather than harvesting it for profit. If you're a "Baby Boomer," your parents did ...

By Randy Tucker
Jun 23, 2020

The funny thing about being an athlete is that you're often good at everything physical that you try. Ok, maybe Greg Louganis wouldn't make a great shortstop, ...


By Randy Tucker
Jun 21, 2020

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling ...

By Randy Tucker
Jun 16, 2020

If you're a "Star Trek" fan, then you might remember the "Kobayashi Maru," a training exercise based on a no-win scenario. Capt. James Kirk cheated it as a ...

By Randy Tucker
Jun 14, 2020

"It was a dark and stormy night." OK, I'm not going to plagiarize Snoopy any more than that, but when we speak of storms here in Wyoming it always means ...


By Randy Tucker
Jun 7, 2020

q It's the capacity not just to recognize the wonder around us, but to appreciate it. One Sunday in the comics section of the Sacramento Bee when I was a ...

By Randy Tucker
May 26, 2020

If you're a sports fan, odds are you're a fan of memorable sports movie quotes as well. My favorite comes from "Hoosiers." As coach Norman Dale gathers his ...

By Randy Tucker
May 24, 2020

Irrigating is a combination of gravity, technology and ingenuity. --------- A little ditch ran just west of the big willow tree in my grandparents' ...


By Randy Tucker
May 19, 2020

The magic of living in a smaller community, in this case, Fremont County in its entirety, is that you get the privilege of watching the kids in Riverton, ...

By Randy Tucker
May 17, 2020

They called it "talking in the nail." I learned the process quickly. When you're driving larger nails, 16d, 20d, or long ring-shanks, they sometimes bend ...

By Randy Tucker
May 12, 2020

The envelope sat for more than four years in my rarely used mailbox behind the Ranger front desk. I don't work from the office. I get a letter there once in ...


By Randy Tucker
May 10, 2020

On June 6, 1933, an icon of Americana opened in Camden, New Jersey. That evening, the Park-In Theater, the first drive-in movie theater in the world, opened to ...

By Randy Tucker
May 5, 2020

Someone who didn't like physical education in junior high and high school told me last week "my P.E. teacher was like an ex-Marine." It brought back memories ...

By Randy Tucker
May 3, 2020

One summer we picked up a lot of construction jobs. Hoag, a big college kid who played offensive tackle at Black Hills State, was on the crew along with one of ...


By Randy Tucker
Apr 28, 2020

My wife's grandmother, Esther B. Hahn, spent her final years in a senior living center in Valentine, Nebraska. Valentine is the biggest town in Cherry County ...

By Randy Tucker
Apr 21, 2020

When I started my teaching career back in 1980, I didn't realize it, but Niobrara County was the cheapest school district in the entire state. Lusk was a ...

By Randy Tucker
Apr 12, 2020

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said. It is one of his two most memorable quotes, the other being, "Out of ...


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