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Oil, gas and coal are commodities with abruptly swinging prices. This is because of events that are beyond our control. In fact, the higher that oil, gas and coal prices go, the faster that they can be replaced by solar and wind electricity. This … more
But many other things — like who will win the Super Bowl Sunday — we have no way of knowing for sure. I’m betting on the underdog Falcons purely on flawless instincts born of decades of gambling. But many things remain unknown, at least in the … more
She didn’t fool me, though. I knew the librarian side of her personality had already looked through the library, because she had cataloged all of them. Every book, including the discarded textbooks I have saved, Bible study books dating back to … more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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