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“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…

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is a conservative Republican from Idaho whose concept of wildness in the 1990s was going into the rough at a golf course.

In Wyoming, COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and weekly death tolls are all down significantly in 2021 from their high points late last year. In Laramie County, active cases are down from a high of 1,689 on Nov. 23 to just 53 on Feb. 9. And the 14-day rolling average of coronavirus te…

When I was a young man growing up in rural Oregon, there was a term for people like me: “gun nut.”

I attended a ranger program recently dealing with Leave No Trace. The ranger showed a picture of rock art, or “ancestral inscriptions” as arch­aeologists often refer to the practice.

The last action taken by state lawmakers that anyone would consider bold was a proposal from the executive branch, led by Republican Gov. Stan Hathaway, who, in 1968, proposed a bill to institute a severance tax on mineral extraction in the state.

Just days after the Dec. 8, 2020, Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources committee meeting, Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, posted this on Facebook: “I have been recently attacked by the ‘Leash-free’ anti-trapping crowd in Wyoming about my stance opposing dogs off lea…

As the rest of the West rushes to meet increasingly ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions, one state is moving in exactly the opposite direction. It’s Wyoming, which even wants to take on the coal-fired generation that states such as Oregon and Washington are abandoning.

There’s a lot of disgruntlement, if not downright hate, these days in America. On Facebook, strangers snipe at each other. Old friends “unfriend” each other based on political preference. Talking heads trade insults on cable “news.” The angry acting out isn’t new: Four years ago, New York Go…