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It often seems that if the words “public lands” appear in this newspaper, it’s in the context of some kind of controversy.

They’re often scorned, ridiculed and under-appreciated. They’re also often our first, last and only line of defense against the dark underbelly of a community, serving as watchdogs, domestic dispute referees and the voice of reason during highly-charged situations and events. They respond to fire calls and car crashes, offer directions to lost motorists and assist during events like parades and funeral processions. They’re a constant and reassuring presence whenever large groups of people are assembled, whether it’s at sporting events or county fairs.

Oil and natural gas production and prices have bounced back in Wyoming. In Park County, it looks like our property tax base grew by perhaps 12 percent last year, spurred in large part by more mineral production, though also by rising home values.

A nurse’s role often comes full circle in a person’s life.

For most of us, when we took our first breaths of air, a nurse was nearby, providing care and comfort.

Wyomingites often have a love-hate relationship with tourists.

Gun ownership has been an intimidating topic of late — one that, because of recent tragedies, has taken a seat at the forefront of national and statewide debate.

Campaign season is arriving in Park County and Wyoming. With each passing day, more people announce their intentions to run for public office.

Warm weather finally arrived over the weekend with lawnmowers running, kids playing outside, birds tweeting and another familiar sound filling the air: fire sirens.

Celebrate Powell’s trees on Arbor Day

The trees in our community have become an interesting topic of discussion of late, ranging from replacing trees along the canal on Coulter Avenue following last summer’s median removal to the impending demise of about 21 trees lining Absaroka Street as part of the street widening project. (Those living on Absaroka Street can find solace in that the trees removed will eventually be replaced.)

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it was backing off its plans to more than double the entrance fees charged at the country’s most popular national parks, including Yellowstone.

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