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Beware, the Folks are coming

May 1, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Remember the old John Lennon protest song called "Power to the People"? It was a catchy, hooky tune that stayed in your head once you heard it. It had some ... [more]

Sunshine on a cloudy day

May 1, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  May is a favorite of the poet and the
songwriter, and with good reason


Some months of the year aren't favored much by popular songwriters. Most of ... [more]

Bless you, tree, for grabbing me

Apr 30, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  Could I let this Arbor Day-Earth Day-Poetry Month escape without honoring them all? Especially when this column appears on the very last day of April?
It's ... [more]

1 percent priorities

Apr 30, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Planners are right to seek an organized approach, with important input from citizens

It has been heartening during the past year to see the various ... [more]

Still more to do on reservation roads

Apr 29, 2015 - By John Barrasso:  Last year, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation, along with the state of Wyoming, completed construction of ... [more]

Good move, Arapahos

Apr 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Win or lose on tribal borders, you didn't need a murderer's 'assistance'

This newspaper is on the record editorially in opposition to the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 28, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Damp days
Former Ranger columnist Richard Klein is a farmer among other things, and in dry times he sometimes would mention the longed-for "three-day ... [more]

Old guys have some advantages

Apr 26, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Most of my fellow retired coaches doubt they would want to start over in today's sports environment.

Someone slipped a girls shot into the rack at ... [more]

I-80 pileups

Apr 26, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Much has been done, but there is always more

Pictures from Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming over the past week have been spectacular in the worst ... [more]

What 'middle class' means in 2015

Apr 24, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  In Wyoming, we're keeping up better than many states

If you live in Wyoming and consider yourself a member of the middle class, you're doing ... [more]

Seeding the clouds

Apr 24, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Research shows promise, and the costs ought to be weighed against effects of drought

For many years the idea of "seeding" clouds over mountain ... [more]

Time to head out to sea

Apr 23, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Even if we only go so far as the front yard

Boredom is a dark, dusty force -- and it's important to be vigilant against boredom and the agitation it ... [more]

Magicians of language

Apr 23, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Those are the poets, and April is the month to appreciate them

It has become our enjoyable custom in recent years to make note in this space of ... [more]

UW transition

Apr 22, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The university needs to show it can complete a presidential search successfully

An important transition will be coming next year at the University ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 21, 2015 - Staff:  Snowcaps
Our Wind River mountains looked white again over the weekend. That's just how we want them to look this time of year.
The snowpack hasn't ... [more]

Quote of the year

Apr 19, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The ambulance consultant spoke the truth

Not quite one-third of the way through 2015, if we were asked to select the news quote of the year in ... [more]

When everyone becomes an expert

Apr 19, 2015 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  It means the real experts have a much harder job.

A state champion cross country runner decides to try volleyball and is a star at that sport too.
A ... [more]

Speed limit is the law even if you do come from Casper

Apr 17, 2015 - Jeff Capelow, Riverton:  Editor:
So, this Mr. Hjelmstead is upset that he got a [more]

What a U.S. senator can do

Apr 17, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  John Barrasso can build on his visit to Ethete

At one level it's a plus to have Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso [more]

Why she runs

Apr 17, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Hillary Rodham Clinton has done a lot already, so why endure another battle?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president. The worst-kept secret ... [more]

Tax help for the 'olderlies'

Apr 16, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  The need for more, and better, senior care is real

Isn't it spring? The season of new life? Teasing, calling to us from every direction?
So why ... [more]

Promises, promises

Apr 16, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Income tax reform still seems far off

The great late-night TV host David Letterman, immersed in a broadcast farewell tour in the countdown to his ... [more]

And sleep out in the rain

Apr 15, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Percy Sledge sang one of popular music's all-time greatest hits

The rhythm and blues singer Percy Sledge wasn't quite a one-hit wonder, but he had ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Apr 14, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Snow on high
All things considered, it's been a relief to see a return to more seasonal weather conditions in recent days -- and it appears there was ... [more]

An aging college faculty

Apr 12, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  CWC faces a significant challenge and must be supported financially to meet it

There was a wave of hiring in Fremont County school districts in the ... [more]

When Great American tragedy ended

Apr 12, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  The Civil was at its conclusion 150 years ago this month.

It's a phrase commonly uttered in times of crisis.
"Desperate times call for desperate ... [more]

What we believe vs. what we know

Apr 10, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  The bare-knuckle debate might pound home the point

Bare-knuckle fighting is a stupid excuse for a sport that only attracts stupid people.
That's my ... [more]

Funny business

Apr 10, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our Sunday comics are different, but not because of anything we did

One of the most popular parts of our newspaper has changed.
The Ranger's Sunday ... [more]

Are smartphones truly evil?

Apr 9, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Or was it just an extended April Fools' Day?

April Fools' Day is such a party for all you tricksters, but it wouldn't be what it is without all the ... [more]

Just the facts

Apr 9, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Video evidence missing in Ferguson is proving pivotal in North Charleston

A defining characteristic of the new video showing a police officer in ... [more]