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COLUMN: Creating energy with nothing

John said that a lot of this was encouraged by government subsidies, and though that might end soon, the momentum that’s propelling clean energy would probably continue, both because people are committed to it, and costs are coming down really … more

IN THE MIDDLE: Tragic loss and amazing blessings sometimes come at the same time

Warren began building the cabin five or six years ago, when he and Julie were living in Greybull. He literally built it by hand — cutting down the trees, hewing and joining the logs and milling the lumber with some help from his father, … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: A stitch in time worth two in the bush

The bottom line in a nutshell, Christmas dinner at my brother Paul’s was joyous, although less so for him I’m sure, being his first Christmas without his beloved wife, Shelia. It was a dark and stormy night by the time we opened gifts, and my … more

AMEND CORNER: Uncertain predictions for the coming year

This really isn’t a prophetic statement, though. Actually, it’s a historical observation. In my lifetime, I’ve heard hundreds of politicians, media pundits, religious leaders, businessmen, union leaders and common ordinary folks dish out … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: That miracle time of year

I’ve got a comfortable couch, my health and, as of last month, a $943 Social Security check each month till I croak. I’ve got it ALL. But I do have a few minor gift requests — one for the Powell Tribune that won’t even cost a penny. Alert … more

AMEND CORNER: Preparing for the big day

Or maybe it’s the other way around. In reality, Christmas isn’t traveling toward us at all. It’s just hanging out on the other side of the Winter Solstice, right at the same point in our journey around the sun where it was last year. We, on … more

SUCH IS LIFE: Lessons from a spring day a dozen years ago

For my best friend, the fire destroyed her bedroom and most of her belongings, from band T-shirts to family keepsakes to photographs. For another dear friend, the thick smoke caused a severe asthma attack, and she was rushed to the hospital. For … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Christmas spirit arrives early

Yet, some anonymous gifts I’ve received recently have left me feeling grateful, but also amazed and perplexed. It began on Thanksgiving eve, the same day my new dog Cocoa got bored waiting in my idling truck and was curious what that lever behind … more

AMEND CORNER: Thankful through the ups and downs

Most recently, we have had an election, which I suppose counts both ways, since the results were welcomed by some, abhorred by others. That’s to be expected, of course, given the nature of people. I happen to be among those who found the results … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Stuff you never even thought of

• Does anyone wash their ears anymore? I can only speak for myself, but it never even crosses my mind and no one has said to me, “Are you raising potatoes in those ears?” I wonder if ear-washing wasn’t just something uninformed mothers … more

IN THE MIDDLE: A non-athlete finally gets an athletic moment

Looking back, I can’t blame my teammates. I just wasn’t an athlete. I didn’t come from an athletic family — in fact, my dad viewed athletics as a distraction from academics and not worthy of our time. But it was far more than that. I … more

AMEND CORNER: Trump supporters should speak out against bigotry

I’m a bit surprised, but not totally shocked by the way the election played out. I’m not terribly distressed by it either. I do, after all, live in Wyoming and lean to the left politically, so I’ve been on the losing side in many elections, … more

COLUMN: Shoshone River cover-up ... or a fresh start?

The dam The Willwood Dam was constructed in 1924; it is 70 feet high with a crest length of 476 feet and a base width of 41 feet, with a volume of 22,100 cubic yards. The dam was built with a penstock for an electrical generator but has never had … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: An appropriate funeral

Teri is a long-time fitness trainer I’ve known since my first Cody summer, when she was a shy, raven-haired, 15-year-old beauty delivering Cokes at Bud’s Drive in. She was in Billings for a final chemo treatment and thankfully is expected to … more

AMEND CORNER: Why I won’t vote for Trump

It’s not because I have nothing to say. As an opinionated writer who has frequent opportunities to foist his opinions on an unsuspecting public in bites of 850 words or so, I feel more or less compelled to write about the choice facing my readers … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: Corruption in the funny papers

Are you even aware there’s a daily comic strip in the Billings Gazette that isn’t even remotely funny? In fact, “The Born Loser” is so UN-funny, it borders on criminal. I’m calling for a special prosecutor to look into just whose palm the … more

AMEND CORNER: Lesser evil, or, who’s the right candidate?

Thousands, if not millions, of words will be employed telling us what Donald Trump and/or Hillary Clinton did wrong, how the news media helped or hurt each candidate, and why this or that demographic group voted the way it did. Sociologists will … more

MY LOUSY WORLD: What I learned on my last vacation

I took one of those rare, overnight trips last Friday, but the only thing I prowled was Rimrock Mall. I unashamedly confess to the macho crowd: I’ve always been a mall guy. Shopping, giant cinnamon rolls, ogling attractive passersby from a bench … more

AMEND CORNER: Look behind the candidates’ words

The guy who wrote it looked a lot like me, except he was somewhat fatter, could bend his back and possessed a couple more teeth than I do. He was also an active member of the workforce and was rarely seen on the streets without a camera. The … more

AMEND CORNER: Decisions, decisions: Upcoming election should require some serious thought

Well, I didn’t forget. I made a conscious decision to avoid pontificating on the contest for the past two months. You might say I’m on strike against the election campaign. It’s my way of protesting this monster, which starts at least a year … more
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