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DEAR ABBY: I have a friend I’ll call Rose who likes to brag about how cheap she is. Sometimes when we’re talking, she will interrupt me and ask, “How do you like my pants? I got them for a dollar at a yard sale.” Or she’ll say, “I got them for free.”

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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Wyoming, this message is primarily for you.

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DEAR ABBY: I’m a 15-year-old girl. I’m a fun person to be with, and I love spending time with my friends and family. But one thing sometimes ruins it. I have a bit of a temper and some anger problems. I’m wondering if you have anything that could help me control my temper and be nicer to peo…

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married more than 20 years. Once in a while, he’ll stop being affectionate and ceases talking to me. Obviously, he is upset. He holds it together for our children, but I get the serious cold shoulder.

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Call me a 10-tooth rube from Flyover Country if you want, but I never thought I’d see the day when ...

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You know it’s time to replace the calendar when state legislators gather in Cheyenne to meet in between waves of snowstorms and lobbyists. The Wyoming Legislature is in session, and a limited number of days remain to get serious work done.

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DEAR ABBY: I have been best friends with “Mickey” for about five years. We spend every day together and go out to dinner/movies/events, etc. He sleeps over at my house, and I cook for him almost every night.

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Recently, I was reading a book written by a man I have known and loved for years, David Williams. The book, “Rhythms of Grace,” was published by Barclay Press in Newberg, Oregon, in 2017.

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I have been reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, and I learned some important lessons from the book.

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We are deep into winter. At this time of year, many people tend to hunker down and stay indoors where it is warm and dry. Who doesn’t like sitting in front of the fireplace with a fleece blanket covering your shoulders, a warm cup of cocoa in your hands, and a heat-junkie dog at your feet vy…

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DEAR ABBY: I started a new job a month ago. It’s a well-paying job at a great company. My problem is I’m an insecure introvert. Making friends has always been hard for me. At this new job, my desk is away from everyone else, and no one has ever asked me to lunch.

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For those familiar with the Twitterverse, you are probably aware of the hashtag phrase “#MAGA!” — “Make America Great Again!” Since that candidate won the highest office in the land and we are two years into the experiment, dare I ask, “Are we there yet?” The answers might vary depending on …

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DEAR ABBY: I am having issues with a friend who gets handed most everything he wants. I had to grow up when I was very young, pay my own way for things and take care of myself. I work three jobs to pay my rent in a house with four other people while still pursuing my passion.

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If you are like me, you worry a little about stretching the dollar during the holidays. Of course, as has always been the case no matter where I have worked in education, my December paycheck has arrived the last day before vacation in December. This is great for Christmas shopping, of cours…

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 31 years. We have four lovely children and seven grandchildren.

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Wyoming has had success in creating airline hubs around the state in Laramie, Cody, Jackson, Casper, Sheridan, Riverton, Gillette, and Rock Springs. Without state subsidies, many of these places would not have the quality of air service they are now experiencing.

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DEAR ABBY: I am a 19-year-old college student (female) who needs advice regarding something I’m trying to figure out. An ex-boyfriend I’m good friends with recently introduced me to his new girlfriend, and I took a more-than-friendly liking to her at first meeting.

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Wyoming is hyper romantic. Never mind how far the bucking horse and cowboy fall from reality, it is a much beloved symbol. Displaying it can express rugged individualism, a disdain for danger, a tie to an earlier era of imagined glory in the taming or conquest of nature, a righteous suppress…

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During New Year’s weekend temperatures dipped to 20- to-25 degrees below zero on a couple of occasions. Fortunately, I was home watching the “The Twilight Zone” marathon instead of battling the elements.

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DEAR ABBY: I am writing you about dating in these modern times. Lately I have become perplexed at the vanity and immoral behavior now associated with the task of dating. I’m a single man living by myself with no responsibilities but my own. I am looking for someone who will fit into my lifes…

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On Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, just a few days ago, Indian women held out their hands as they stood in a line to take part in a “women’s wall” protest in Kochi in the state of Kerala, at the southern tip of India. These millions of women formed a human chain in support of a court order overturnin…

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School District No. 1 has announced its intention to consider the four-day school week when it begins setting its calendar for next year. Human Resource Director Nicole Bolton said it is being considered for two reasons: because students and staff have requested the district give it another …

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DEAR ABBY: I’m currently in a mental hospital. I have been in and out for years because of suicide attempts and drug use. My drug of choice is crystal meth, and it has been a vicious cycle.

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DEAR ABBY: My son-in-law gave me a tablet that he was not using, as he had upgraded. He removed most of his information. When I went to set up my accounts, I noticed his list of apps and passwords was still present and saw four accounts to an adult dating site.

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As the 2019 legislative session approaches, a major discussion topic in state government from 2018 moves to action. That topic is “government efficiency.” You’ve likely heard it mentioned on the campaign trail from candidates, in news coverage, and throughout your communities when discussing…

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DEAR READERS: Welcome to 2019! A new year has arrived, and with it our chance for a new beginning.

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Like many local people, businesses and industries dealing with the national outage of CenturyLink internet services on Thursday and Friday, we, too, had our share of frustrations. Putting the paper together was a bit challenging, but we managed to find some workarounds. I am thankful to the …

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It’s been less than four years since the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, but in that time fans have watched as their team has nearly morphed into a bottom feeder. It would be easy to credit Peyton Manning’s departure for the struggles, but to me, the biggest losses from those glory years w…

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DEAR ABBY: I have been married for seven years and have two young boys. My husband, “Cliff,” and I earn approximately the same amount and contribute equally to our household expenses.

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As I was contemplating the last days of this monumental year of 2018, I was reading a devotional about Jesus and His continued subjection to His parents until the age of 30 when He began His public ministry. The author of the devotional, Calvin Miller wrote as if Jesus were speaking to us, H…

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It’s Dec. 28 and I am ready to move on to the new year.

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DEAR ABBY: I am 25 and have been with my boyfriend on and off for five years. I love him very much. I often overthink things, and a constant frustration of mine is that he makes no romantic gestures at all. He drowns me in compliments and shows his love in other ways.

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DEAR ABBY: My brother is my best friend. He is also an alcoholic. It runs in our family, and he has been addicted for years. His drinking has affected me in several (minor) ways over the years, but I have always taken a hands-off approach, knowing I can’t force him to get help.

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Christmas is here. I am blessed to have my family near me at this time of year, and I would hope that everyone could also be so blessed. For many that is not to be, so I wish for them the ability to contact their loved ones, if only for a moment, just to hear that familiar voice at the other end.

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DEAR ABBY: I am a man in my 40s. All my life I wanted nothing more than to get married and have a beautiful child. I have been in two relationships — one for nine years and the other for 11 years.

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Drive down Dewar Drive in Rock Springs or Uinta Drive in Green River at night and they are lit up like an airport beacon with Christmas lights. It is one of many signs that Christmas is upon us.

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