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Karla's Kolumn: Recycling in Small Town America

Why do people recycle? Some people recycle as their gift to the Earth to help reduce use of fossil fuels for plastics and reduce the loss of trees for paper. Other recycle as a way to keep landfills...

 

Karla's Kolum: Welcome to 2018, a milestone year

It’s donut Friday here at the Northern Wyoming Daily News. One of my coworkers was gracious enough to supply the donuts. I’m sitting here at my desk trying to ignore the chocolate one calling my name. I don’t usually ignore donuts. OK, I’ll...

 

Karla's Kolumn - Mother Nature No. 1 story in 2017

I have to give Mother Nature the nod as the top story in 2017. Mother Nature was critical to several top stories in Washakie County and the Big Horn Basin. First there were the ice jams in February that flooded parts of west Worland. Mother Nature...

 

Washakie Day Part II

Last week I wrote about the “Washakie Day” celebrations first had in 1913, when Washakie County began operation, and I stated that after four years of exuberant celebration, the event was not held in 1917. The reason for this decision was that...

 

Karla's Kolumn -- Finding the Christmas spirit

As a child I loved Christmas, some of my fondest memories are from Christmas. Like the first year we had a real Christmas tree. We always had the same artificial tree growing up but the year my sister had moved away and was coming back mom wanted to...

 

Washakie Day

The Wyoming State Legislature enacted a statute in 1911 authorizing the establishment of Washakie County as a new county in the State of Wyoming. This news was greeted with enormous enthusiasm and approval by the citizens of this new county to be. Th...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Changes are coming

As an editor I love an active editorial page. I want our readers to engage and share their opinions. Usually that's a struggle in smaller papers but in Worland we have active letter writers. I hope th...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Sights and sounds of Christmas

If you didn't go downtown Saturday night for the Christmas Parade of Lights you missed a great show. Unlike last year's bitter cold, the weather was perfect, for December in Wyoming. The evening...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Don't blame them

Don't blame them. Don't blame them or judge them until you know them. Don't blame them or judge them until you've been where they've been. Don't blame them or judge them until you've walked in their...

 

More recent reading

I’m still reading a lot of books, some of which are very good. I checked out two books from our library which impressed me. “Eyewitness to Power” was written by David Gergen and it’s a first-rate memoir by a man who worked directly for presid...

 

Karla's Kolumn: A Thanksgiving buffet of thoughts

After a day off to fill myself with food and visiting with family I returned to work Friday morning and amazingly my head wasn’t full of a hundred different jumbled thoughts. While it is nice to have the mind quiet for a few minutes, however, it...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Thankful for the large and small things in my life

It’s November and you know what that means, that’s right December is right around the corner. Just kidding, it means it is almost time for Thanksgiving. Since the first Thanksgiving in 1621, people in the United States of America have been...

 

Karla's Kolumn The madness of weather and time

What are two things people love to talk about this time of year? That’s right, weather and time. The weather this week has been an especially hot topic with the recent snowstorm that brought record precipitation to Worland on Wednesday. People in...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    October 31, 2017

January 1950

It’s a long story how I came to research January, 1950, but, generally, it came about because I wanted to learn in detail about the big move of the Lower Hanover Canal in the 1940s or 1950s. That resulted in a wild goose chase that had, as an...

 

Karla's Kolumn - Gender organizations and rising park fees are OK

I was off last week but had plenty of time in the last two weeks to ponder several issues and I’m going to tackle two here today – gender organizations and park fees. Let’s start with the Boys Scout welcoming girls into their organization but...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Lessons and laughs of 'Designing Women'

A while back I found a new channel had appeared on the satellite system and with that channel came some old shows, including one of my all time favorites — “Designing Women.” The first five seasons were the best with the original cast members...

 

Karla's Kolumn - Reporting real news daily

National Newspaper Week 2017 ends today. This year’s theme is “Real Newspapers … Real News.” There’s been a lot of talk this year, thanks mostly in part to President Donald Trump, about “fake news.” So what is real and what is fake and...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    October 3, 2017

Recent readings

I’ve been reading a lot of odds and ends in the last month or so, I suppose because Celia and I have been so busy that I just grab what reading I can fit in. That trend is unlikely to change soon: We plan to go to Jackson Hole at the end of the...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Defending the national anthem

It’s about time people started defending the national anthem. I know you’re a bit puzzled by that statement. But not that long ago, in fact right after 9/11, despite all the patriotism across the country, there was a movement to change the...

 

Karla's Kolumn: It Boggles the Mind

Maybe it’s the rain, maybe it’s the fact I’m taking a few days vacation later next week, maybe it’s because of all the weird stuff that’s been happening, or maybe it’s because that’s just how my mind works but I have a lot of issues...

 

Remembering June 1, 1956

I’ve mentioned in earlier columns that I delivered the Northern Wyoming Daily News for four years. That period began on June 1, 1956 (when I was 12 and headed into the eighth grade) and ended on June 1, 1960. For some reason I recently started...

 

Karla's Kolumn: Remember It's Just A Game

Football season is here. One of my favorite times of the year. I love watching college football and the NFL. But, no matter how many games I watch and no matter how my favorite teams do, I remember it’s just a game. It’s a game where players and...

 

Leaving or staying home

After the great eclipse trip, my next trip (only four days later) was considerably longer, to Seattle, to visit my daughter and her family. Celia and I have five children between us and they are scattered all over the country. The closest one is in...

 

Karla's Kolumn: I hate spiders

I hate spiders. Yes, I know hate is a strong word but it fits. I really do hate spiders. Yes, I know they can be beneficial. I hear it from my husband all the time. My reply to him. They aren’t beneficial in my house. But for him I try and give...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 29, 2017

The great 2017 eclipse

When we first thought about the coming eclipse, my wife and I felt that the experience of an eclipse was over-hyped and that we could enjoy it as much on TV as seeing it live. And we sure didn’t want to drive through areas that promised to be chaot...

 

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