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The WY-Wind River Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium was educational, enlightening and inspiring for all who attended and aware of issues, challenges and success of the Wind River Reservation. The professional presentations left the audience captivated in the message of self…

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The world stood aghast as the cathedral of Notre Dame burned. It was centuries old and full of symbolism and history. Yet like the even older temple of Jupiter upon which it was built, it fell. Its wooden framework originally required timber from 52 acres. Now it is ash. I saw it once. The s…

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The morning after Attorney General William Barr issued his summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, CNN reported that “The political fight is just beginning.” The Washington Post’s lead headline read: “Republican Cheer, Democrats challenge Mueller’s findings.” Fox News reported th…

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I covered the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees for six years in the ‘90s, through turbulent times that included academic and athletic program eliminations, proposed facility closures and controversies over academic freedom.

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An old preacher joke acknowledges how most of their congregation believes the preacher only works an hour a week. On behalf of my clergy colleagues, the following will give folks in the pews a sense of that part of the preacher’s week dedicated to preparing a meaningful sermon, especially as…

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Like most of the women who wound up in the new town of Laramie, Martha Salisbury Boswell didn’t do anything particularly spectacular, she stayed in the background but showed a level of commitment to her marriage that survived some serious trials. What she endured might make the bride of toda…

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At age 75, I have the privilege of looking into the eyes of my grandson. His view is full of wonder. Whether it’s watching a ray of light on the ceiling, or trying to touch the soft fur of our Australia Shepherd, or enjoying the stories of animals in Yellowstone, our grandson is full of wonder.

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In recent years we have heard a variety of conversations from the governor’s office, to the legislature, to ENDOW, to private studies about the need to diversify Wyoming’s economy. Indeed “economic diversification” has become a buzzword through the state. It is no secret that we need to chan…

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I am racking my brain to remember what I was doing 25 years ago this week. April 6, 1994, was the Wednesday after Easter in the tiny Nebraska town where I lived. I was likely still enjoying the afterglow of my favorite Sunday of the year.

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If you spend enough time in government meetings, you’ll probably hear the phrase, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” ad nauseam. While surely cliché, it couldn’t be more applicable when it comes to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees’ decision to not renew the contract of President …

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David Lawrence Dotson, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully on February 13 after a six-month battle with cancer.

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Legislation that will begin the building of new residence halls at the University of Wyoming cleared the state House of Representatives this week. Despite the concerns of certain lawmakers, House Bill 293’s supporters — including House Speaker Steve Harshman, R-Casper, and Senate President D…

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So there was the new governor – standing by the copier patiently waiting for some copies to print. He was making a little banter with Alfrieda Gonzales who keeps things humming in his front office while chatting with the plain-clothed highway patrolman, who serves as security man and all-aro…

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Many of us stayed up late on a Sunday recently, taking to the cold to gaze up at the heavens Jan. 20 to see a stunning lunar event. A Super Blood Wolf Moon appeared that night as the moon entered total lunar eclipse. The Earth’s atmosphere filtered out blue light waves, granting the moon a r…

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Public safety — especially when it comes to firearms — is one of the most divisive issues in the nation. Mass shootings in schools and other public arenas have gripped people and left us all feeling, no matter how insulated our community may seem, that some of these instances are too close to home.

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Last year we witnessed one of the strangest legislative battles Wyoming has ever seen, the fight over Senate File 74, “crimes against critical infrastructure.” Last year’s bill not only sparked the ire of Native Americans and nonprofit groups around Wyoming who believed it would chill free s…

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The crisis is not at our southern border, it is in our nation’s capital. In their desire to separate us for political purposes, our government has lost its capacity to function. And if they cannot sort out 215 miles of border fence, how can we trust them to address even bigger and more compl…

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Imagine you’re stuck in this horrible situation: while driving on the job you are seriously injured many miles from a hospital. When an ambulance finally arrives, EMTs decide you need to be transported to the nearest medical facility by helicopter.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – University of Wyoming junior defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan pleaded “no contest” Wednesday to charges related to an incident that occurred the morning of the Cowboys’ football game at Colorado State in late October.

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On the last Sunday of each month, this board generally dedicates the community editorial to reflecting on things we’re thankful for in Laramie and Albany County. With the holiday season wrapping up, there’s plenty that comes to mind.

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I got to my drug dealer early on Christmas Eve, lined up behind others wanting their fix. She moved with manic energy, hopped up on her own product. Profits are good, with prices fifty times what the growers in Columbia receive. The organization that employs her took in 25 billion dollars la…

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With 2020 approaching, potential presidential candidates are waiting until after New Year’s Day to announce. One chose the day the whole world was celebrating his birthday to throw his hat, or rather his kippah, into the ring.