Letter to the editor: Hospital district supports Dr. Wallace

Dr. Wallace wanted us to express his thanks for the overwhelming amount of support to date. As Dr. Wallace continues to heal and moves toward returning home and back to work, he asks that donations to either the SAFV (Sexual Assault and Family Violence Task Force) or the Sublette County Health Foundation be made in lieu of meals or cards.... more

Letter to the editor: Social contract

As part of this contract, we the citizens of Sublette County are required to hold the county officials accountable and participate in decision-making processes, as Lacinak says. We cannot lose sight of the social contract and our part in sustaining it. That contract is essential for the building of community, preservation of aspects of Sublette County that must be preserved, and managing development to consider the public good rather than narrowly construed private interests.... more

Dear editor: This calls for a response

I have dedicated over half of my 80 years to the operation of that elk feeding operation. I have spent unaccounted (and unpaid) hours during the off season performing work to make the operations run efficiently. I have spared no effort. The original pay was $18.00 per day – and I provide the horses (the horses earned $1.00 per day). I have suffered broken bones, loss of part of a finger, frozen fingers and toes, several concussions. I have done this out of dedication to the job, but more so in dedication to the elk. If these elk herds must be artificially fed – and in this day and age, in most cases they must – then I have always wanted it to be done efficiently and properly.... more

Letter to the editor: Until when?

It is time for all of us to become political. We have such little time left!... more

An open letter to the citizens of Wyoming

We urge you to vote AGAINST Amendment A.... more

Letter to the editor: The tall tales of Pinocchio the Independent

The truth is Kainer abandoned his constituents and employees after I won the 2018 primary. The office manager at the time, Julie Bell, called me in December of 2018 stating Kainer had disappeared and she did not know what to do with the court docket as he could not be reached. Throwing a temper tantrum and not showing up for the job you were elected to do because the voters didn’t want four more years of you is a strange prelude to asking them for their vote down the road. A flashback to the past is in order. Kainer made a complete mess of the Sublette County Attorney’s Office during his term, evidenced in part by his appalling three out of 10 jury trial success rate. Good prosecutors will lose a case now and then, but Kainer lost the vast majority. This clearly establishes that he fundamentally does not understand how to assess cases and lacks the skill to try them.... more

Legislative Update – Sept. 29, 2022

The taskforce also examined the special draw statutes for nonresident deer, elk and antelope. The taskforce voted on and approved a recommendation to the Wyoming Legislature to increase the nonresident special license fee to $1,950 for elk and $1,200 for deer and antelope. Currently, the special draw nonresident license fees are $1,268 for elk, $662 for deer and $614 for antelope. The money from this increase in license fees would help support a variety of wildlife and hunter access programs. The increase will also help the outfitting industry, as nonresident special license holders often utilize outfitters. The taskforce is also examining moving the split on the special draw from 40 percent to 50 percent of nonresident special draw licenses. The taskforce is sending that concept out for public comment as well.... more

Legislative Update – Sept. 19

Hello Sublette County and LaBarge, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the interim of the 66th Legislature. On Sept. 6-7, I participated in the Joint Education Committee (JEC) meeting in Cheyenne. On Sept. 8, along with a delegation of folks from Sublette County, we met with members and staff of the State Land and Investment Board (SLIB) to discuss state grant funding for Sublette County’s new hospital project.... more

Letter to the editor: ultra rural areas at risk

On Sept. 15, the Sublette County Planning and Zoning Board unanimously rejected the CUP of this new Moyes’ financial venture at the Rim that was proposed through a request for a CUP because they felt it would be more difficult to rezone. As with Ricketts' rezoning, the new Moyes’ Rim conditional use request will be presented before the county commissioners again following the unanimous rejection of the Planning and Zoning Board. Once again, Bousman, White and Noble have the ability to disregard community sentiment and the requirements for rezoning and dismiss recommendations of the zoning board assigned to qualify rezoning. Commercial development of our cherished ultra rural A1-zoned county space by individuals with no respect for community virtues, through the practice of hiring Rio Verde Engineering and out-of-state parties to produce short sighted documents, once again will allow ultra rich out-of-state developers the ability to permanently alter our community and threaten a multitude of wildlife corridors.... more

Letter to the editor: Is this heaven? No, it’s Pinedale, Wyoming

"They and other Pinedale citizens who were so kind to us over those four days represent the best in all of us. Pinedale is a small town with a big heart."... more


Vern: 'No Name'

My name is Vern McWilliams and I’ve been in and around the cattle, horse and general ranching lifestyle for 60 years.... more

Eiden: Investigating SCUF's spending

As I researched expenditures versus income in Sublette County, I found that we’re spending far more than we make and while a few of our county commissioners find it acceptable to continually use our reserves, that is not sustainable. ... more

Roscoe: Legislative Update — Special Session summary 2021

On Oct. 26, both houses of the Wyoming Legislature convened for a special session.... more

Legislative Update – Nov. 4

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20.... more


Lawton: A community of river guides copes with loss

The Grand Canyon boating community — devoted to each other and to the Colorado River — was shocked to learn this fall that we’d lost two of our own.... more

Legislative Update – Oct. 27-28

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from Cheyenne and the Special Session of the Wyoming Legislature.... more


McWilliams: Take it or leave it

Take it or leave it. I had just completed some marvelous carnie feat that allowed me to present to this girl that I had known since first memory, one of the finest pieces of jewelry that we, me or her, had ever seen before.... more


Marston: This rancher has radical ideas about water

If Jim Howell, a fourth-generation rancher in western Colorado, has a guru, he’s Allan Savory, the champion of intensive cattle grazing even on semi-arid land.... more

Legislative Update – Oct. 21

Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you on Thursday, Oct. 21, prior to a Legislative Special Session.... more

Woodruff: Let's redefine those bucket lists

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.... more

Wellington: Please don't pet the wildlife

“I can’t believe that person is getting that close.”... more

Sniffin: Here was the time when I missed the best part of America the most

The rain was falling in sheets. The wind was howling. The temperature was 40 degrees and I could see my breath. My raincoat was soaked through and my umbrella was inside out. It was late at night and I was standing on a street corner in Cardiff, Wales, waiting for a bus.... more

Barrasso & Lummis: IRS wants to spy on your bank accounts

Democrats in Washington are planning a far-reaching Big Brother initiative to squeeze every last penny out of everyday Americans. They need more money to pay for their reckless spending programs. Their targets are middle-class families in Wyoming and across the country.... more

Barrasso: Biden and Democrats are the party of chaos

For eight months, the Democrats have been in control of the White House and Congress. In that time, America has veered from calamity to calamity.... more


Sniffen: Yellowstone Part 2 – Wow, what a place!

“Like No Place on Earth” was the official slogan for Wyoming’s tourism division a few years ago. I liked the slogan but thought it referred more to Yellowstone National Park than anywhere else in the state.... more


Babbitt: Chaco Culture National Park is under siege

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans who consider it a living presence.... more

Legislative Update – Sept. 13-15

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20... more


Sniffen: Liz vs Harriet could be a big-time heavyweight boxing match

Donald Trump made a big Cowboy State splash this past week when he anointed Harriet Hageman as his choice to run for Wyoming’s lone Congressional seat against three-termer Liz Cheney.... more


Pyne: Welcome to Yosemite, the new Pyrocene Park

The Pleistocene epoch that began 2.6 million years ago sent ice in waves through Yosemite.... more

Legislative Update – Sept. 7

Hello Sublette County this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from interim work of the 66th Legislature. On Sept. 1, the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce met in Casper, and I am a legislative member of that taskforce.... more


UW game day ‘back to normal’ – so much fun for the Cowboy State

And by the way, the Pokes won last Saturday! But there was so much more going on besides a football game.... more


Surdam: Mask up and vaccinate

Dr. Dan Surdam, MD, is an emergency medicine physician at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Amy Surdam, FNP, is the COO of Stitches Acute Care Clinics and Lt. Col. in the Wyoming Army National Guard.... more


Hageman: Biden's land grab

One thing that can be safely said about the Biden administration is that when you think they could not become even more extreme, they make clear that you underestimate them at your peril.... more


Coyotes – True Stories with Vern

It was cold and it was hard.... more

Biden nominees spell disaster for Wyoming

By Sen. Cynthia Lummis... more


As Lake Powell dwindles, wonders are revealed

On May 9, protected by neoprene, I bobbed around in a flooded canyon in Utah’s Lake Powell.... more

Barrasso: Biden must pull Stone-Manning BLM nomination if he's serious about domestic terrorism

This originally ran as an op-ed in the July 19 edition of USA Today.... more


Hey Phoenix Zoo, that ferret is from Wyoming

This past spring, I noticed that Wyoming’s black-footed ferret is a rock star at the Phoenix Zoo. In fact, you might think the elusive little critter was native to Arizona.... more


This could tear your clothes – True stories with Vern

The latest installment in stories from Vern.... more


Wyoming remembers: Memorial Day 2021

Do you remember where you where?... more


My uncle Chuck – True stories with Vern

True stories with Vern.... more

Lummis: Why I'm founding the Financial innovation Caucus

Wyoming has always boasted pioneers.... more


Bar Talk – True stories with Vern

True stories with Vern.... more


'Critical Race Theory' in Wyoming

By State Superintendent Jillian Balow... more


Double clutch it, Bill – True stories from Vern

When the siren went off in the little town where I went to school, just like in any other small metropolis, the volunteer fire putout crew sprang into action.... more

Balow: Addressing our school funding crisis

From Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow.... more

Ask Flora

April 2021 –– Seedlings... more


Buchanan: Dangers of the "For the People Act"

I write today to offer my opinion on recent legislation before Congress.... more

Lummis: Call it a crisis

From U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis.... more

The end of the 2021 session

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20... more

Legislative Updates – March 30-April 1

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20... more


Celebrating Wyoming's history of remarkable women leaders

Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso... more

Legislative Update – March 22-25

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.... more

Fitzsimmons: Let's start over

By Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons.... more

The fight for Wyoming's economy

by Joe Ricketts... more

Legislative Update – March 17-18

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20... more


Open government is key to honest government

When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.”... more

Legislative Update – March 10-11

From Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.... more

Legislative Update – March 3-4

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, House District No. 20.... more


Gilliland: SF103 bad for Wyoming's economy

On Thursday, Feb. 25, SF103 a 90/10 license allocation and fee increase bill was filed by Sen. Larry Hicks.... more

Funding Wyoming's K12 educational program

House Rep. Albert Sommers provides context and corrects the record.... more

Nesvik: Presidential suspension on mineral development bad for Wyoming's wildlife

Brian Nesvik is the director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He has worked on behalf of Wyoming wildlife and people for over 25 years.... more

Legislative Update, Jan. 27 - 28

From House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20... more


As Wyoming Legislative session resumes, committees begin advancing critical bills

From Rep. Eric Barlow and Sen. Dan Dockstader... more