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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…

Last Friday I attended the Coronation Ball for Miss Frontier and her Lady-in-Waiting. Bailey Bishop is our Miss Frontier and Savannah Messenger is her Lady-in-Waiting. The highlight of this wonderful evening was the video Savannah put together to honor Bailey. It was funny, emotional, and a …

Last weekend was a busy one for our family.  Judy and I went to Littleton Colorado to watch the musical Carousel outdoors at Hudson Gardens.  The gardens were beautiful and watching a show while seated in the grass was so much fun.  It was a Christmas gift that took a couple of years due to …

I was horrified to learn of the two-year-old boy in Cheyenne who was tortured to death by his mother’s boyfriend. I try to imagine the trauma the child’s mother and his two surviving siblings are experiencing just now, with the details of the toddler’s suffering in so many papers. Most of al…

We had a great holiday weekend.  It was very restful and fun.  I was able to play a couple nine-hole rounds of golf and barbequed some steaks. The highlight was looking at wedding venues with my son, Jac, and his fiancé, Whitney.  It is so exciting to start the planning for their big day.  T…

I hope you did not miss the Mayor’s minute too much last week, but I am back. I took last week off for a short fishing vacation in Missouri. The weather was perfect, and the fishing was even better. I truly love bass fishing. It is an annual thing I get to do with my brother-in-law, Gordon. …

I have some exciting news for our family. Our youngest son, Jac, is moving back to Cheyenne to take a job with our State Treasurer’s office. We are excited to have him and our grand dog home. Another good part of the move is he is an avid golfer and I have not taken the time to play recently…

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Last Saturday I had the opportunity to swear-in members of the Cheyenne Gunslingers.  Since 1983 the Gunslingers have been western ambassadors for Cheyenne.  I enjoyed the slapstick melodrama show they performed.  I was dressed in my best western wear, but almost got hung for the lack of a c…

My wife, Judy, and I spent the Memorial Day holiday in Salt Lake City with our two sons and their girlfriends. Our oldest, Sean, lives there and attends the University of Utah. He is a huge hockey fan as he played the entire time he was growing up. Jac, our youngest, played soccer.

Last Saturday was a fun day. I started my day by joining Councilman Cook as an honorary starter for the Kinship Connections 5k run. It is a fundraiser for grandparents and others raising their grandchildren. Great cause and I was so impressed with the runners that came out to brave the cool …

Monday was a City Council Meeting day. We meet the second and fourth Monday of each month. A City Council member and I meet at KFBC radio station the morning of a Council Meeting to talk with Reece Monaco to discuss the agenda and topics of the day. I really enjoy the experience of talking w…

#FearofUnknown is a common feeling when going through life, especially when facing hardships out of your control. The chaplain shares good advice, "Be strong and courageous and do not be afraid!" Learn more, watch more!

I met with the leadership of our Community Recreation and Events department on Monday. A developer in South Cheyenne wants to build a park and give it to the City of Cheyenne. With cuts the Parks Division has made over the past few years, the question is: do we have the resources to manage a…

I met with our staff to discuss the transient problems downtown. We have a significant investment in our parking garage. The damage done is very expensive and the filth makes the garage less attractive to the citizens who need to park there. The homeless population are human, and we need to …

Hello Cheyenne, The Mayor’s Minute is a way for me to share things that have happened in the past week, and what I am looking forward to in the coming week. It is also a way for me to communicate with you how I feel about what is happening in our great city. I would also like to answer your …

Variants of Covid-19 have been on the march since November. In late December several Covid-19 mutations appeared in the US. These are highly transmissible, much more so than the original. Stringent measures are necessary.

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There is still a lot to be thankful for…….so let us be! 

A quick trip to Cheyenne recently resulted in a parking lot encounter that required a call to CPD.  Officer LeBlanc responded to that call and was a calming professional throughout the ordeal.