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It’s good to have a veterinarian in the family, particularly one who is versant in wildlife. In my case, the animal-savvy individual is a son who used to live and work in Wyoming. This week he pays a visit; an assignment had brought him to his former stomping grounds. 

At a luncheon at the local senior center I mentioned a problem with my refrigerator. Someone at my table handed me his card.

I love the holidays once the pressure of buying presents is done.  We were blessed to have my youngest son Jac and his fiancé Whitney home for Christmas, as well as one of my little sisters and her husband join us.  I got to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen.  Thanks to Susan from the Pra…

Sometimes, though very rarely, we experience an individual with an uncommon generosity of mind and spirit. When this happen, our memories of the encounters will leave us with gratitude and guide us when times are dark. Such a one was Dr. Louis Tedone.

Merry Christmas!  This is a special time of year where we have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.  I love to watch the movie White Christmas with my family, wrap presents, and enjoy the season.  We know all the words and sing along with the songs.  I hope everyone has a b…

On the basis that stronger legal protection results in fewer asset forfeitures, the Institute for Justice issues “report cards” of State Law Grades for every state that reports its asset forfeiture activities. Wyoming’s grade? Same as many other states’ plus the federal government’s: “D-.“ T…

I started this Mayor’s minute period with coffee with our City Engineer, Tom Cobb. Tom came to the city after years working in the private engineering world and that experience has helped him to balance the needs of our developers with the requirements of the municipality. We spent two hours…

Support for legalizing marijuana in Wyoming has grown over the years, according to surveys conducted by the University of Wyoming’s Survey and Analysis Center. In October 2020 it found that 54% of Wyoming residents support allowing adults to legally possess marijuana for personal use, while …

The Women’s Civic League helped get me into the holiday spirit. I was asked to cut the ribbon on this year’s Christmas House. I am ashamed to admit I had not been to a Christmas House before this year, and I can report, it is awesome. The house was filled with so many cool gifts, crafts, and…

Judy and I got a chance to really kick off the holiday season on Saturday with the wreath hanging at the depot plaza and the Christmas parade in downtown.  I loved the mounted patrol that rode their horses to bring us the wreaths to hang on the light poles.  Then Brendan and Katy Ames drove …

What is an AUMF? Briefly, AUMFs is a congressional authorization for a president’s use of force. The wars in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq have all been authorized by AUMFs.

 I am sitting at my computer in a bit of a food coma after a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. A day cooking, watching football, playing games, and spending time with family makes it my favorite day of the year. I hope you all were able to enjoy all the above. This has been a surprisingly quiet…

We have discussed our dream of having a railroad experience in Cheyenne by providing residents and guests a chance to see the Union Pacific’s historic steam engines stored here.  Last Friday, Judy and I drove to Evanston, Wyoming to visit their historic roundhouse and machine shop.  We were …

Last Friday was one of the darkest since I have been elected Mayor. We lost 13-year-old Makaili Evans to a tragic accident on his way to McCormick Jr. High School. Judy and I are heartbroken by the loss, and send our condolences and prayers to the family, McCormick students and staff, and th…

My nephew, born in Germany and residing in Switzerland, recently sent a lengthy email. “I’m so stressed out,” he wrote. “I have a good job, but I take on too many projects.”

As I write this week’s mayor’s minute, I am reminded that it was exactly a year ago you elected me to the office of Mayor in Cheyenne. I cannot believe it has already been a year since that perfect day.  I would like to thank you for this opportunity and tell you that I am loving this experi…

In doctorate studies as “adult learner” (the university’s euphemism for students seeking a degree later in life—I was fifty), I was preparing to teach English and German at college level when a course in language arts brought a new understanding of our use of language. First off, the profess…

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It has been a very busy two weeks. I spent last week on vacation playing golf with a group of friends in Mesquite, Nevada and St. George, Utah. I have not played much over the past couple of years, and it felt great to get out and swing the sticks. Both communities have become destination va…

Old-timer Jack Chadwell tells this story about his grandfather, whose long-lived service watch has become the stuff of legend:

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Wyoming has always been about small government and limited regulations.  These are core values to me. I remember well my father working to protect Wyoming’s Right to Work laws.  Our family eagerly supported Malcolm Wallop’s successful Senate bid in 1976.  He was unshakeable in his conservati…

In California my three children learned to deal early on with a volatile dad and a put-upon mother. Today, their father long dead, only the youngest still resides in the Golden State; his brothers dispersed to other states while I myself live in yet another one. In June 2021, with Covid abat…

Youth Alternatives is celebrating 50 years of serving Cheyenne’s youth.  We attended a dinner last Friday to commemorate the event.  Ronn Jeffrey was hired as a young 21-year-old, and he took the opportunity and built Youth Alternatives.  It was nice to see Judge Jeffrey get the recognition …

I attended Manufacturing Day at LCCC on Friday (10/1). This is a celebration of manufacturing in Wyoming and Cheyenne. I was honored to read a proclamation and congratulate those working in the manufacturing industry. We have 1,076 folks working in manufacturing in Laramie County, making an …

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Somewhere between 1980 and ‘85 I became friends with a woman of Austrian descent who grew up in Argentina. Call her Constanze. I admired her precise diction of Spanish, English, and German, and I loved how she and her surgeon husband, “Gary,” made a handsome pair. Unlike Darold and I, both w…

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Visit Cheyenne brought the Small Market Meeting to Cheyenne from September 26th thru 28th.  This conference brought 100 meeting planners whose job is to site conferences up to 2000 people.  I was asked to give a short welcome last Sunday evening, and I found it to be one of the liveliest gro…

OH OH OH It's Magic, or not. Let's review reality: There are two infrastructure bills being bantered about. The first is a multi-party compromise bill that rebuilds our roads and bridges, invests in our communities through broadband, and funds other communications infrastructure. The second …

September 17th was POW-MIA Recognition Day in our country. Gordon “Alf” Parks and his wife, Ms. Sallee, asked me if we would be willing to do a proclamation declaring Cheyenne a POW-MIA city.  As we were discussing the pain of having a loved one not come home from war, I was shocked to learn…

My cousin in Germany recently sent an email asking if I didn’t want to return to my erstwhile homeland. “Much as I admire President Biden,” she said in a follow-up telephone conversation, “I can’t stand his condoning drone strikes that kill uninvolved families.”

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As part of the promotion process at our police department, along with the testing, verbal interviews, and review of accomplishments; you are assigned a project to research and write a paper telling the chief how you would solve it. I love this deep dive to find solutions to problems we are h…

When my husband passed the California Bar around 1970, we celebrated. Darold had attended Santa Clara University’s law school at night while continuing his engineering job and I, pregnant with our second child, helped. At night I read his case books out loud when his eyes were too tired to f…

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Judy and I took a trip over the Labor Day weekend to take care of some family business. The trip took us to four capital cities in four days. Cheyenne to Denver, to Carson City, Nevada and finally to Sacramento, California. The only disappointing thing was I had to miss Lt. Rob Dafoe’s retir…

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I flew to Shreveport, Louisiana last Thursday to attend the promotion and change of command for Tony Cotton. I got to know Major General Tony Cotton when he served here in Cheyenne as the Commander of the 20th Air Force. Fast forward a few years, and he has been nominated for promotion to hi…

I was on my way to family in Texas, happy to have Covid in my rearview mirror, when I had a run-in with the law. It was a January morning in the Texas panhandle, breezy but clear, with my canine companion stretched the length of my backseat. The detour to Palo Duro Canyon State Park had been…

I had a great experience on the 17th when I was invited by my friend Mary Gutherie, to welcome the guests to the last performance of the Cheyenne Civic Concert Band.  The concerts are held the first and third Thursdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day at the Brimmer Amphitheater.  I was so…

As a friend and I watched the chaotic withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, he turned livid. “Just like Vietnam,” he yelled. “We shouldn’t have been there in the first place.” I had no answer to that. He served; I didn’t. I do, however, open myself to people willing to share their …

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It’s Sunday morning and what used to be one of my favorite days of the week is now just another day of angst. I woke up to an email from a physician colleague, which was a cry for help. She was frustrated that there wasn’t more being done to help physicians, providers, and healthcare workers…

Last weekend was epic for my family and I. We went to the Miracle Mile to camp and fish for a few days. I caught a half dozen beautiful Rainbows and spent time with my father and two boys. We played cribbage and spades, and I have bragging rights until the next time we play. I do not win muc…

This week has been a good reminder for me of one of my favorite leadership principles, and that is that leaders learn always. We met with one of the owners of the Hitching Post Urban Renewal Plan Area.  She is the legacy owner that inherited some of the area from the folks who started the Hi…

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When I lived in Tennessee and taught as a lecturer sans summer employment, I spent the summer months with family in Wyoming. Driving to get here, I broke up the trek with overnight visits to friends in Illinois and South Dakota. Invariably, as I entered the Black Hills, blue skies would appe…

I want to start my Mayor’s Minute this week with a heartfelt thank you to all of you. During the rodeos last week, I lost count the number of times I was thanked by visitors to our city for the courtesy and friendliness of the residents here. I received numerous compliments for the condition…

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In November 2020, researchers everywhere treated themselves to a well-deserved victory dance. They had succeeded in an extraordinary scientific achievement: developing vaccines against a virus identified only 10 months earlier. Virtually from the day Chinese scientists shared the genetic seq…