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What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to the pandemic, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans, who consider it a living presence.

I will not lie. I want lots of space placed between a beautiful duck gliding on the marshes and the duck a l’orange carefully arranged on my plate. And I’ll never forget the jarring sight of a hawk plucking a baby duck from the water. Its pathetic little quacks still haunt my ears.

To cruise or not to cruise? To safari or stay put? So goes the great moral dilemma now lurking in the travel and tourism industry, perhaps the beating heart of global consumerist extravagance. Now that our year-plus travel fast is close to over, shall we commence gorging once more?

Last spring, at the height of some of the most anxiety-ridden moments of the pandemic, my father read a poem to me over the phone. He’s 89 this year, and while he’s vibrant and healthy I don’t take for granted any opportunity to hear his voice — especially when he’s reciting a poem.

“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent Associated Press story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

I love fish — the way they look, the way they fry up, the secret lives they live under the water. And of all the fish in the seas, rivers or lakes, I most prize those that descended from the great oceangoing salmonids, trout and char.

“It takes a very intense effort to get back to Wyoming, and the rewards I don’t think are quite there. You have to take a huge financial pay cut, and the job opportunities just aren’t as advantageous as they would be somewhere else.”

Would you like to earn money and prizes by killing coyotes, foxes, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, squirrels, crows, rattlesnakes, rabbits, prairie dogs, woodchucks or skunks?

Here in Wyoming, we understand the importance of living within our means. We don’t spend more than we have, we save when times are good, and we take pride in not saddling future generations with debt.

Pushback against the March 20 “MeatOut Day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Nearly half of Colorado’s counties adopted pro-meat proclamations. Governors fro…

Watching the Wyoming Senate Appropriations Committee’s hearing on House Bill 207 — “Coal fired generation facility closures-litigation funding” — which sets up a litigation fund to sue other states for their energy portfolio choices, my husband and I were both nearly apoplectic about the mon…