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Enjoy the skies, from a campsite or anywhere

Aug 14, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  Another month has gone by and August is upon us. Last month we did a little camping, watched a full moon rise, and sat around a campfire roasting marshmallows ... [more]

The high-speed chase

Aug 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  No one likes it or wishes for it, but sometimes there is no alternative

Riverton and its vicinity have witnessed two high-speed pursuits of private ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Dog days?
We don't get too many days like these in Fremont County in mid-August, namely cool, mostly cloudy and something resembling humid. Take note, ... [more]

Two 'first friends' gone too soon

Aug 13, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Kemper Sackman and Wesley Rice didn't know each other.
And they never will -- at least in this world.
Both men played memorable roles in my life. Both died ... [more]

GOP could take some 'Frank' advice

Aug 11, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  WASHINGTON -- The slump of his shoulders told the story.
He cleared his throat and then told the 100 or so reporters waiting at Los Angeles's Good Samaritan ... [more]

Forget the war; smell the cookies

Aug 11, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Today's never-ending military missions are marketed like fast food.

It's an old trick used by hucksters to get prospective buyers in the mood. If you ... [more]

Sensible, not sexy

Aug 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The first project to be funded by the 1 percent sales tax meet basic community needs

Less than one year after Fremont County voters agreed to impose ... [more]

Privacy in the age of terrorism is complicated

Aug 9, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  Incredibly, Edward Snowden has found freedom from persecution in Russia, of all places. That puts him out of the reach of U.S. prosecutors for at least a year, ... [more]

A very personal thing

Aug 9, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  'American Dream' has different meanings

"Most (people) see the American Dream slipping away," reads the headline of a recent news article.
But don't ... [more]

Somewhere out there

Aug 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The perpetrators of two felony firearms offenses last month are still at large

In late July, when an armed man, or men, barged into a residence in ... [more]

Eaton's case demonstrates why death penalty should be abolished

Aug 9, 2013 - Daniel Talley, Riverton:  Editor:
Recent headlines in The Ranger offer yet another update in the now decade-long saga of appeals for Wyoming's only death row inmate, Dale Eaton. There ... [more]

West Nile is back

Aug 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Don't raise your or your family's risk this summer by ignoring the danger

There is a mosquito out there with your name on it.
That is the only safe ... [more]

Less-popular Obama still outpolls Congress

Aug 7, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  But House members who stand in his way aren't worried about pressure from voters who support the president; they are more worried about primary challenges ... [more]

High-level visitors

Aug 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two cabinet officers are coming to town, so let's show some class

If two members of a president's cabinet have ever visited Fremont County on the ... [more]

Realities of Wyoming's water

Aug 6, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The wide spot in the road known as Eden can be found just beyond To Hell and Gone on the Wyoming highway map.
Just kidding.
Eden is an actual place, as ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Target: Potholes
There's more to fixing potholes than the average person might think. The City of Riverton will use its first chunk of optional 1 ... [more]

I got Indiana in a nutshell

Aug 5, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The conversation started with sports, but it went a lot of other places.

As a tag-along at a classical education conference last month I had some ... [more]

Experts at budget time

Aug 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Increasingly, spenders and consumers see themselves as interchangeable

An increasingly apparent face-off in government at all levels involves those ... [more]

Mideast needs more than new peace talks

Aug 2, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Can you blame Americans for not getting excited about new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians? It's not that we don't care, but we know these talks ... [more]

A rock from a mountaintop

Aug 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  I know better, but it helps me remember a nice day.

It's confession time.
I took a rock from a national forest.
It's about the size and shape of a ... [more]

Guard reunion was fun, so let's do it again this year

Aug 2, 2013 - Terry TenBoer, Thermopolis:  Editor:
First Battalion, Forty-Ninth Field Artillery, Wyoming Army National Guard, predecessor to the current Second Battalion, Three-Hundredth Field ... [more]

Wyoming Wildlife

Aug 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The state-published magazine is under the financial gun, but it is worth preserving

When budget times are tough, hard choices have to be made. One ... [more]

Crackdown

Aug 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  So much for Egypt's first exercise in democratic government

The weekend crackdown in Egypt on supporters of ousted former president Mohammed Morsi ... [more]

Finding balance in curious case of Bradley Manning

Aug 1, 2013 - The Baltimore Sun:  There was no question that Pfc. Bradley Manning broke the law when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. He admitted as much ... [more]

I love dance, even if I'm not much good

Aug 1, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Some important things can be accomplished under layers of lace.

Not long ago, I got to attend my youngest sister's dance recital.
It was fun, ... [more]

Think we've got troubles? Look at Europe

Jul 31, 2013 - Tom Lindsey, Cheyenne:  Just as in Washington, most politicians in Europe actually agree on some measures that would help solve their problems -- they just can't make it happen. ... [more]

Making the mail

Jul 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  We'll post our deadline performance on this page every day, starting now

We wrote earlier this year about a change in the post office's new deadline ... [more]

Search to locate Holocaust criminals is worth the effort

Jul 30, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  Because there should never be a statute of limitations on genocide, Nazi hunters are launching what they call a "last chance" search for Holocaust-era war ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Cool, man, cool
Two words to describe the outdoor conditions for the first few days of the Fremont County Fair might be "deliciously cool." Fairgoers ... [more]

Three taken, leaving us behind

Jul 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  These are the kind of occasions that leaves us to ponder the imponderable.

Near the end of Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Cat's Cradle," a dialogue takes ... [more]

Republicans had best not get cocky

Jul 28, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  "The past is never dead," wrote Faulkner. "It's not even past."

Republicans who have not won a majority of the vote in a U.S. presidential election ... [more]

Our showcase

Jul 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Powered by people, the old fairgrounds come to life again

Far more than animals, arts and crafts, and produce are on display this week at the Fremont ... [more]

Swift and severe

Jul 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The perpetrators of Thursday's break-in and robbery will face stern consequences

An alarming view of an underside of Fremont County life felt the ... [more]

Poll: Americans want curbs on surveillance

Jul 26, 2013 - By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- Americans are fed up with the federal government collecting information on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what ... [more]

Yes, this is beautiful country

Jul 25, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  But until last week, I'd never really seen it before

I'll declare at the beginning that this column involves a lot of hot air -- realizing, of course, ... [more]

Rewarding misbehavior

Jul 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  In NYC, at least, a sex scandal doesn't seem to matter much anymore

A curious development is emerging in light of the never-ending string of ... [more]

A twisted, modern 'Romeo & Juliet'

Jul 24, 2013 - By Chris Peck, Associated Editor:  Maybe that's what two Wisconsin teenagers thought they were just before the collided deliberately with a pickup truck on the Riverton-Lander highway last ... [more]

Enter the parade

Jul 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Fremont County Fair Parade is intended to showcase our best

"I love a parade!" exclaims the old song form the 1930s that still is heard at summer ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jul 23, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sinks Canyon fire
A frank reminder of an rare unpleasant side of life in the West is being provided in close-up detail again this week via the wildfire ... [more]

The snake consuming itself

Jul 21, 2013 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  q Some Wyoming legislators have rushed headlong into the very acts they claim State Superintendent Hill is guilty of.

Perhaps the name Uroboros doesn't ring ... [more]