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These are the numbers that have occupied my thoughts in the last day: 82, 17, and six. They come from the Great Miller Moth Invasion of 2022, which is currently being played out within our home, shop, and shed.  Why are there so many moths this year? From everything I have read while researching...
It was just awful. Recent flooding in Yellowstone National Park was a national disaster of colossal proportions. Hopefully the federal government will come to its aid soon. It might cost billions to complete the repairs.  As we celebrate the 150th year of the park, it is stunning to see what has...
After over four years of writing mostly feature stories about local people and their milestones, accomplishments and the things they love (which I love!), I have officially finished my first “hard news” story, which feels like a milestone in my life.  The story, appearing on page one of this week’s...
Thomas Jefferson once observed that fearless, independent newspapers were indispensable to the American experiment, and to “the people’s right to know.” Without an informed citizenry to scrutinize, question and challenge governmental acts, the great goal of holding government accountable to the...
Former Newcastle Police Chief Sam Keller’s arrest for domestic violence is concerning for a number of obvious reasons, but we are relieved at least that he has apparently acknowledged wrong-doing and chose to immediately resign his position. While embarrassing to the city for obvious reasons,...
High school athletics have much in store for anyone who partakes in them. Whether it be the camaraderie that you gain from team sports or the lessons you learn from individual ones, high school athletics has something to offer everyone. Every coach I’ve ever had has always told me that accolades...
Several challenges come with regularly writing and commenting on Wyoming politics.  First, it is a challenge to keep from repeating yourself too much.  Real problems are not usually solved overnight, so when I write about what I believe are important issues, I am often tempted to return to the same...
Billings Gazette recently caught our eye: “Is mass death now accepted in America?” The Associated Press analysis that followed stated that, as Americans, we have become numb to death on a large scale, from the more than 1 million deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to the seemingly endless...
We always encourage people to speak their voice and let their opinion be heard, especially when it comes to anything your government is doing. When issues affect you or your neighbors, it’s crucial to be a part of the conversation. However, we don’t feel you should hide behind paper, the internet...
I know it probably seems crazy to give up an entire year of work or college to attend a small Bible program that doesn’t even offer a degree, but it’s a year I would not trade for anything. For the past nine months, I have had the amazing privilege of attending Jackson Hole Bible College, a one-...

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