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One-second crime fighting

Feb 26, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The burglars on the loose find their dirty job easy when cars aren't locked

Many readers remember fondly the monthly column in The Ranger written for ... [more]

Hoping for a honey-free March

Feb 26, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  At least as far as the upstairs bedding is concerned

It's been a crazy month.
I wish I could impart this analysis out of a wellspring of ... [more]

Tournament time

Feb 25, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Get ready for three days of concentrated economic development (and basketball)

Some years ago, during the final night of the Class 1-A/2-A West ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 24, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring ahead
The decline of winter is as much about light as temperature -- and even in our cold second half of February, the sunlight is noticeably ... [more]

The ways we make ends meet

Feb 22, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Sometimes it's hardest following a time of prosperity.

It was one of those great items that presented itself at the wrong time.  In early May 1980, ... [more]

The envelope, please

Feb 22, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Great movies, unforgettable lines

Oscar night is here, the night of the greatest awards show on Earth, the night when the American move industry get ... [more]

Simple gifts and personal acts

Feb 20, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  The world saw an example this week from Wyoming

Valentine's Day can seem sappy and fake.
Until it doesn't.
Sometimes personal expressions of ... [more]

Defeating the zealots

Feb 20, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  We mustn't think of them in the same way we view a piece of pork-barrel legislation

In his remarks Thursday at a conference called the White House ... [more]

The pleasures of February

Feb 19, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  In our family, this month is one of the biggies

Here we are halfway through February, but it's still an important month. For our family, fate has ... [more]

Success on ice

Feb 19, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton's new, public ice rink was a well-planned hit

One of Riverton's success stories in the winter of 2014-2015 is the new community ice skating ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 17, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Back to the right month
After experiencing a displaced slice of April for about 10 days, the new week has reminded us what season we are in.
It is ... [more]

Presidents Day

Feb 15, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Of the 44 who have held the office, just two weren't politicians before the White House

On Monday the nation observes Presidents Day. By the time the ... [more]

Reloading for another weekend

Feb 15, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  It's a good thing I love covering local sports, because I do a lot of it this time of year.

The afternoon light leaked onto the south end of the ... [more]

We stuck it to Obamacare

Feb 13, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  But that decision comes with consequences

Do you feel better now, you Wyoming state senators who stuck it to Obama?
Probably so.
The vote in the ... [more]

Say it your way

Feb 13, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Valentine's Day is the time

Friday the 13th one day, Valentine's Day the next. So says our 2015 calendar.
If you are superstitious about the first, ... [more]

My life as a windy allegory

Feb 12, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Sometimes it's loud and crazy, but I love the fresh air

Finer weather strolls in like a good friend, but it often brings its cantankerous relative ... [more]

Farm and Ranch Days

Feb 12, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The two-day event reinforces the industry's place in our economy, culture

All but the most ignorant among us have long since set aside the notion of ... [more]

Flying a drone of one's own

Feb 11, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our Christmas quadcopter makes us YouTube ready

Some of my favorite YouTube videos of the new year show excited Christmas gift-getters flying their ... [more]

When to discriminate

Feb 11, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two bills at the Legislature show the legal and philosophical contradictions at work

The Wyoming Legislature is exhibiting some confusion over the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 10, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Snowmelt
It's hard to believe that less than a week ago we were worrying about snow removal in the streets of both Riverton and Lander, to say nothing ... [more]

Recruiting an airline

Feb 8, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Disastrous passenger figures at the airport prove that it must be done

Not that any more persuasion was required, but the year-and air passenger ... [more]

Column subjects rarely get the picture

Feb 8, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  It's a simple reflection of life, where the people who need a solution the most are the last ones to see they have a problem.

Febreze is an enigma ... [more]

More than just the game

Feb 6, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Sports can provide a tie that binds us

"I hate the Super Bowl,'' my wife said just as I was settling in on the couch last Sunday.
Holy ... [more]

Keep board votes public

Feb 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Legislation that would permit secret voting ought to be allowed to die

If a piece of legislation that would permit public boards and commissions to ... [more]

Energy from the winter carnival

Feb 5, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  We are all part of humanity's creative forces

Isn't Riverton's Wild West Winter Carnival fun? Activities like last weekend's ice artists on Main ... [more]

A thousand cuts

Feb 5, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's how legislation to expand Medicaid in Wyoming might die

The Wyoming Legislature's path toward expanding access to Medicaid in the state grows ... [more]

Mental health bill

Feb 4, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  It recognizes a serious problem and could better the situation

Well worth noting in the Wyoming Legislature amid the showy legislation about guns, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Feb 3, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Phil says phooey
Here's our first weekday edition of February. New Year's is behind us, with thoughts of groundhogs and valentines at hand.
In ... [more]

Hands-on learning is dying out

Feb 1, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  From discipline to education, we might benefit from a bit less protectiveness.

The boys had a name for it. When one of my football or basketball ... [more]

Holiday and verse

Feb 1, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The first is unofficial, and the second comes with an annual apology to poets

America's great, undeclared, mid-winter holiday -- Super Bowl Sunday -- ... [more]