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The choices we make

I’m in a rather philosophical mood today. I think it started when I stepped out my back door and...

 

Happy Halloween

It began as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, with people dressing in costumes and lighting bonfires to ward off ghosts more than 2,000 years...

 

Some scratch on chickens

I’ve been following the controversy over keeping chickens in town. I am not a Thermopolis resident, but I own property in Hot Springs County and...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Some final words

For those of you who haven't heard yet, this will be my last official personal column at the Thermop...

 

Time for transitions

It doesn’t seem like it should be nearly November already, but here we are. Nearly all the leaves have changed or fallen, sports seasons have or...

 

Keeping up with tech

I’ve been pretty lucky to be “tech savvy” up to this point. Sure, I’ve had to ask my kids...

 

First Amendment binds all American freedoms

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the...

 

The pros and cons of chickens in town

“I ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. Now I’m just waiting to see which one comes...

 

Reporting the facts

Questions that often come up from time to time when you work in the newspaper industry are “How do you remain objective in your writing?” or...

 

All who knew her loved her

I wish to express my condolences to the family of Ruth Clare Yonkee. For the 54 years we lived in Thermopolis, Ruth Clare was my dearest and best...

 

A word about Youth Alternatives

I wanted to note a clarification regarding my Youth Alternatives monthly report to the Commissioners as reported in last week’s paper. There were...

 

Love-hate relationship with snow

I have something of a love-hate relationship with snow. On one hand, I really don’t like driving...

 

Know your Constitution

In the current political climate in the United States its sometimes hard to discern what is real and what isn’t. I don’t just mean the difference...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    October 3, 2019

Enjoy it while it lasts

“The sky’s blue again!” These were the excited words of my boys as they headed out to the car...

 

Working together

On the front page of this edition, you might notice we toot our own horn a bit, as we’re partnering with Hot Springs Travel and Tourism to...

 

Special thanks mystery woman

On Sept. 13 my son was t-boned on Broadway by an out of state driver that just didn’t understand the intersection. My son was hit in the driver’s...

 

Things will slow down

I think one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves as adults is, “after this week things will slow...

 

Bobcats prepare for homecoming

Homecoming football games have been a decades long tradition for Hot Springs County High School,...

 

The power of a flag

There’s something to be said about a flag at half-staff. It certainly is noticeable when we see our stars and stripes flying not as high as they...

 

Kind of like a squirrel

I believe fall is my favorite season of the year. I can pull out my sweaters and other snuggly, soft...

 

Remember fire safety

By Tuesday most residents in Hot Springs County probably realized the smoke from various fires in the state had worked its way to us. The biggies are...

 

What some hard work will do

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you put in the love, patience and time. This past summer...

 

Recognizing labors

Labor Day is certainly an interesting name for a holiday, considering how many people actually have the day off from work, but it’s not necessarily...

 

Let's enjoy the last of summer

There were a few mornings this week when we all awoke to temperatures in the 50-degree range. Some...

 

Summer is fading

We have come to the “Dog Days” of summer when the mornings are cool and the afternoons so hot you just want to sit on the porch with the pups and...

 

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