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Can The Ham

Karl Rove is no friend of democracy. To suggest so would be much like calling the History Channel an educational outlet. How many episodes of “Pawn Stars” or “American Pickers” do you have to watch to hear one reference to George Washington...


Restaurant Review: Wonderful House

Wonderful House occupies an enviable space. The destination restaurant in Scottsbluff is a multiple winner of the local paper’s annual “best of” survey. It attracts near full house crowds at...


Drinks: Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila

Sauza Hornitos reposado remains one of the best tequilas on the market, when price point is taken into consideration. While brands with bigger names and flashier livery demand $50 or more per bottle, it’s possible to find this aged, 100 percent...


Longhorns Win Come From Behind Thriller

Time can slow to a crawl. It certainly appeared to as Darbi Klinkhammer drove into the lane, forced her shoulder between frantic defenders and arched a shot toward the net with just five seconds on... Full story


Kimball Boys Sink Sailors In Home Finale

Throughout the opening eight minutes of Saturday’s 63-40 Kimball win, visiting Sutherland looked like potential giant killers. They connected on four of five three point attempts and rushed out to...


Three Banner County Wrestlers Earn Trip To State

Who says there is strength in numbers? Banner County will send three of its five man wrestling squad to Class D state competition in Omaha this weekend after the trio qualified during the district meet at Sutherland. “We did a pretty good job,...


It Seems You Can't Turn Either Way

Despite Wall Street’s newfound optimism and other indications of stuttering economic growth, close to 15 million Americans remain out of work according to reasonable estimates. This figure accumulates the unemployed, the long term unemployed and...


Restaurant Review: Tacos Mexico

Tacos Mexico presents a dubious face. A plasticized banner strung outside advertises their breakfast burritos, calling to mind thoughtlessly prepared, Americanized things stuffed with sage sausage...


Coppola's 2010 Silver Label Pinot Noir

Fans of the movie “Sideways” know that Pinot Noir is a moody, unreasonable grape. It is thin skinned, despises all manner of weather and, finally, is quite willing to wither or rot if not treated with the greatest sensitivity by man and nature....

 By Dave Faries    Sports    February 7, 2013

Daum Scores 21 As Kimball Boys Capture Seventh Consecutive WTC Crown

Kimball’s seventh consecutive Western Trails Conference title on Saturday did not come as easy as the 42-28 score line would indicate. Bridgeport outscored the Longhorns 14-7 in the second period...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    February 7, 2013

Kimball Girls Edge Mitchell In Overtime Thriller, 63-61

The final seconds came and went, and then returned to impose their agony so often on Tuesday night, the Longhorns’ 63-61 overtime win at Mitchell could only be measured by frayed nerves and frantic moments. “It was tense,” admitted Kimball... Full story


A Middling Matter

A number of articles appeared in print recently cringing over the future of America’s vaunted middle class. Once upon a time, white collar jobs and well paid union labor—as well as a global war that left this country in a most enviable position...


Restaurant Review: Company Bar & Grill

If you ask most people, they will tell you that dishes prepared from scratch beat out frozen quick service meals every time—particularly if the cook works with fresh ingredients. In the hippest...


Strathisla 12 Year Single Malt Scotch

The Chivas name is dated, recognized by some of us—me, to be precise—from the days of shag carpeting and polyester. Yet they have longevity on their side. And in 1950 they purchased the Strathisla distillery, using its product to blend into...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 31, 2013

Kimball Boys Hang On In Thriller

Heartbeats paused, eyes widened and minds raced as Quentin Baxter’s desperation shot sailed toward the net. Kimball held a scant two-point advantage thanks to Caleb Reuter’s free throw with four... Full story

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 31, 2013

Kimball Girls Stroll Over Bridgeport

It was apparent from the beginning that visiting Bridgeport hoped to smother the Longhorns’ versatile guard, Darbi Klinkhammer. They double-teamed her inside the arc, the pressed her on the...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 31, 2013

Kimball Girls Sting Hornets

When Kimball’s high powered offense shifts into gear, the resulting speed and noise can be exhilarating--for local fans, if not for the opposing team. The Longhorns’ commanding 55-36 victory on Friday night at Pine Bluffs began as a back and...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 31, 2013

Reader, Reuter And Defense Secure Kimball Boys Win At Pine Bluffs

An ill-omen occurred before the Longhorns took to the court at Pine Bluffs on Friday night. Big center Mike Daum tossed an empty bottle toward a garbage can barely three feet from his seat. The clear plastic container bounced off the rim and onto the...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 31, 2013

Knigge Named To 8-Man Football All-Star Squad

Brady Knigge admits to being a bit shocked by the news--so much so that he hesitated to mention it to anyone. But after a few moments, the Potter-Dix senior and standout wide receiver put down the...


Learning From The Man

The Man died on Saturday. On the surface, Stanley Frank Musial was one of the greatest hitters ever to step onto a baseball diamond. A member of the Hall of Fame, a 24-time all star, player of the decade, 475 home runs, a lifetime batting average of... Full story


Restaurant Review: Deacon's

It’s no stretch to label Deacon’s the most popular restaurant in Torrington. Granted, I have not canvassed the town on this matter—just passing along an observation. With every parking spot... Full story


Odell's Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout

Cream or milk stouts draw both their strength and sweetness from the addition of lactose during the brewing process. Odell’s Lugene, released just a couple of weeks ago, goes a step further,... Full story

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 24, 2013

Kimball Girls Survive Late Tigers Challenge, Improve To 9-2

At times on Tuesday night the Longhorns amassed leads comfortably in the double digits. Basketball, however, is game that rewards persistence—and there is one fact everyone in red and white agreed...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 24, 2013

Four Longhorns In Double Digits As Boys Hammer Mitchell

There were a few moments when Tuesday night’s game might have been in doubt. They came in the first quarter and were wiped out by Austin Pile. While the Longhorns rolled over visiting Mitchell, 67-4...

 By Dave Faries    Sports    January 24, 2013

Gifford Tops Field At Lingle-Ft. Laramie

Ranked second in the district at 220 and in the top five statewide, David Gifford is used to sitting out the early round of any tournament. On the way to gold in his weight class at the Lingle-Ft....


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