Westward Ho!

Feeling attached to Wyoming

It is not unreasonable to yearn to live in Wyoming, a place with sparkling clean air, no income taxes and a surfeit of elbow room. Some residents of neighboring Nebraska's western panhandle want to become Wyomingites, but they do not intend to move. They want to secede.

According to an informal newspaper poll, 85% of the region's 98,000 residents may favor an official switch of allegiance. They feel their chunk of Nebraska is misunderstood or ignored by the government in the state's capital back east in Lincoln. The rawboned ranching life in the panhandle, they argue, is kindred to...

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