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May 22, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  National Security Agency phone spying hard to package politically

It's now been more than two weeks since a federal court ruled that the federal ... [more]

School lectures can wait awhile

May 21, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  For now, my preschooler gets to enjoy his summer

My preschooler is finishing his first year of school (part-time though it is), and he's experiencing ... [more]

Making room

May 21, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Plans for the remodeled Wyoming Capitol ought to include the news media

Progress on the costly renovation of the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne, and the ... [more]

No offense to Carson, but Letterman's the best

May 20, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The gap-toothed man from Muncie is signing off.

What you are about to read is a statement of blasphemy, an open and acknowledged demonstration of ... [more]

No joke

May 20, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  'The Sagebrush Sea' affirms our prairie shrub's important position

Years ago, we produced an April Fools edition of The Ranger featuring a fake page ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 19, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  A little at a time
Tuesday brings another "special weather statement" from the National Weather Service warning of new snowfall in our part of the ... [more]

Solving the world's problems

May 17, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Roy Maxson and I did it during many a long bus ride.

Whether by fate or providence, there are times in life when just the right person enters your ... [more]

Up, down up

May 17, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Revenue projections make budgeting a chore

Sometimes when we are living through extraordinary circumstances, we are so busy dealing with them that ... [more]

Still, and always, part of Wyoming

May 15, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Fremont County did well to find a burial place for unclaimed

The burial of the "unclaimed remains" touched me.
You saw [more]

Eureka -- a budget bill

May 15, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi had a pivotal role, as he will going forward as well

Lo and behold, the U.S. Congress has passed a full budget bill for ... [more]

Thirty years in the making

May 14, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  We have a new Shoshone National Forest plan, but it took awhile

Congratulations to the U.S. Forest Service and the State of Wyoming for signing a new ... [more]

Strange sounds, strange causes

May 14, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  One of them emanated from my own pants pocket

It's true. I was hearing strange sounds.
Some were voices. Some sounded more like a gnawing mouse. ... [more]

Old West crime

May 13, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Livestock theft is a growing concern in Wyoming and the West

Cattle rustling? Really?
Really.
When the Wyoming Legislature's committee on ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 12, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Not using 1 percent money
The City of Riverton is not -- repeat, not -- using money from the optional 1 percent sales tax to pay for the DuraPatch ... [more]

Stacks and scrubbers

May 10, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  A big oil refinery is going try to comply with new pollution rules

Last week the owners of the big HollyFrontier oil refinery in Cheyenne announced  ... [more]

Cancer spreads inside the body and out

May 10, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  The Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies -- A Biography of Cancer" is a riveting work full of triumph and tragedy.

Physician and ... [more]

The art of nursing

May 8, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thursday's pinning ceremony showed some of our community's very best

Florence Nightingale, the woman who is credited with establishing and ... [more]

Dylan can't sing a lick, but so what?

May 8, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  In a society where the older too often are relegated to being forgotten, shoved aside and minimalized, the enduring presence of Bob Dylan is a reminder that ... [more]

Never-ending battle

May 7, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two significant drug busts in quick succession show the scope of the fight

Should it be considered a good thing or a bad thing that two large-scale ... [more]

Parental milestone: Little League mom

May 7, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Is that why my son is wearing a large leather mitten?

Life seems to throw a new milestone at me every week, and this week is no exception: I'm now a ... [more]

Fight of the century?

May 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fell far short of living up to that title

Occupying part of the Riverton City Council's time in recent weeks has been the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 5, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  May flowers
Those who look for small milestones of the season will note to the spring record that we seem to be having crabapple blossom season in the ... [more]

The summer I built my own house

May 4, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Twenty years later, the challenges and successes are still fresh in my mind.

You've probably already heard it.  The biggest test for a marriage isn't ... [more]

EMS meetings

May 4, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County is asking citizens for help, so let's provide it

Fremont County government has a big decision to make as leaders evaluate the ... [more]

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]