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Tom Lawrence

Black Friday may get a lot of national media attention, but Small Business Saturday’s impact in local communities is on the grow.

The two shopping days follow Thanksgiving but they are as different as night and day. While big box stores have pushed Black Friday from the afternoon to early morning to, in some cases, Thanksgiving itself, Small Business Saturday remains a locally driven day on the Saturday following the annual family gathering and feast.

Thumbs up to the spirit of Thanksgiving.

New Year’s Eve is about booze and celebration. The Fourth of July is about fireworks and outdoors fun. Halloween is candy and parties. Christmas, intended as a major Christian event, is often seen as a time for spending large sums of money and stressing about the cost and hassle.

can hardly remember a time I wasn’t a Bill Cosby fan.

That’s what makes the repeated allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted young women — the count is up to 16 as I write this but it may have grown — so troubling. Like millions of people, I want to trust Cosby.

Coach reminds players to step up defense and ‘they responded’

It all seemed to be going well, but coach Brian Erickson wasn’t satisfied.

Sen. Enzi said he will consider ‘every option’ to stop Obama on this issue

The Wyoming congressional delegation strongly criticized President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration policies by using executive orders.

Wyoming Republican gains power as he prepares to start fourth term in Senate

Sen. Mike Enzi considers Sen. Jeff Sessions a good friend.

The two Republicans, Enzi from Wyoming, Sessions from Alabama, entered the Senate in 1997 and were re-elected to fourth terms on Nov. 4. They have common views on most issues and are both eager to serve in the majority, since the GOP seized control of the Senate in the election.

Thumbs up to the report that Northwest College faculty members and staffers feel better about their jobs and college.

There’s room for more inmates at the Park County Detention Center.

Should the jail accept some inmates from Montana to help alleviate a problem in Carbon County, Mont., while bringing in some revenue to the Park County Sheriff’s Office?

Thumbs down to the Park County Clerks Office and its Elections Office for mishandling the election returns on Nov. 4-5.

Tim Sapp got revenge at the polling places Tuesday, reclaiming the Ward 3 City Council seat he lost to Myron Heny in 2010.

Sapp defeated Heny 227-209, a margin of 51.83 percent to 47.72 percent. There were two write-in votes.

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