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Olympics can't mask Putin's many abuses

Jan 3, 2014 - By The Chicago Tribune:  In 2007, when the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2014 Winter Games to the Russian city of Sochi, it raised hopes that the Kremlin was open to ... [more]

Low population has its perks

Jan 3, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Stats don't lie: With more people come more problems

The latest U.S. Census figures are out, and once again Wyoming has the smallest population of ... [more]

No grouse listing

Jan 3, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  New BLM guidelines testify to work group's effectiveness

An only-in-Wyoming scenario is playing out this winter as federal officials prepare to enact ... [more]

Another rate hike won't fix postal problems

Jan 2, 2014 - Newsday:  Federal regulators approved Tuesday a two-year temporary price increase for first-class stamps. The charge will go to 49 cents per stamp on Jan. 26 to help the ... [more]

I blame the Christmas fudge

Jan 2, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  The New Year brings with it enthusiasm and ambition -- and the two traits combine to make me scrub obscure nooks and crannies throughout the house. The final, ... [more]

The news to come

Jan 2, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Much of it will come out of nowhere

Here is the first edition of The Ranger of 2014. With it comes an obvious question, a fascinating question, a ... [more]

Quoted in 2013

Dec 31, 2013 - Staff:  "It was exciting to hear a new baby cry. We deal with a lot of stressful stuff in here, but luckily this one was a good outcome."
-- Alexandra Keeley
911 ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 31, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our big year-ender
It's New Year's Eve, the last day of 2013, and our last newspaper of the year. Elsewhere you'll find our ranking of the top news ... [more]

I love and hate my carving machine

Dec 30, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  When it's not working so well, it is like owning a sick goldfish, albeit one with a constantly revolving price tag for repair parts to arrive from ... [more]

In praise of the NYR

Dec 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There can be more to it than an internal proclamation on Jan. 1

This time of year, most people at least pay some mind to the idea of the New Year's ... [more]

Americans must demand better financial security

Dec 27, 2013 - By The Dallas Morning News:  News that cyber-criminals have put accounts of 40 million customers of retail giant Target at risk is a sober reminder that as much as you might think your ... [more]

It's 'Candid Camera' every day

Dec 27, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  The surveillance system at Riverton City Park is the newest example, but far from the only one.

Remember your excitement as a kid when you heard the ... [more]

Marijuana in Wyoming

Dec 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Once unthinkable, it's now about to be debated in the Legislature

Wyoming voters have been tipped off to what promises to be one of the most ... [more]

It pays to read the instructions

Dec 26, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  In this case, the proof was in a cedar chest.

You wouldn't think one would have time for reading and watching movies just before Christmas, would ... [more]

Fires and states

Dec 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Western governors say they are ready to do more, and they ought to be given the chance

Our nation's western governors recently had a good discussion ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Busy Santa letter season

Dec 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If there were a prize-winner for the ordinary word that Santa letter writers have the most trouble spelling, I nominate "would."

I slipped my coat ... [more]

And to all a good night

Dec 24, 2013 - By Clement Clark Moore:  'A Visit from St. Nicholas,' by Clement Clark Moore (1823)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, ... [more]

A sneak peak at the 2016 election

Dec 22, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  When electing a new president, we tend to choose one who has something his predecessor lacked.

A check of this year's record shows that in Galesburg, ... [more]

The best football game I ever played

Dec 22, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  The players ranged from age 10 to 40, and no one wore a team uniform.

Does your mind ever wander during long meetings, sermons or while you're ... [more]

Love and belief

Dec 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  A child's Christmas letter from long ago has enduring value

From the giant haystack of letters to Santa Claus came a cherished needle one year long ... [more]

Minding our business

Dec 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Amid technical advances and emerging security concerns, privacy takes a beating

Once upon a time, privacy was a major issue in the public mind. ... [more]

Cool down the rush to legalize pot

Dec 19, 2013 - By Ben Barber, MCT News Service:  There is a mad rush to legalize marijuana these days, but it's time to rethink that generous yet foolish move -- generous because it lifts the onus of crime ... [more]

A stay-at-home state of mind

Dec 19, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  A stay-at-home state of mind

Mothers, especially of the stay-at-home variety, are prone toward reclusiveness. This is a state of mind, life, and ... [more]

Tough mission

Dec 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Traditional veterans groups are making difficult, good decisions

Riverton-area veterans groups had a difficult choice to make earlier this year. ... [more]

A Christmas compromise

Dec 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Congress looks poised for an actual accomplishment for once

What's this? An actual give-and-take compromise emerging from Congress on the federal ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 17, 2013 - Staff:  Nighttime thaw
One of the great weather oddities of 2013 took place Sunday night in the Riverton Valley. We set the scene: It's seasonally chilly with ... [more]

Kerry walks the diplomacy high wire

Dec 17, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  His success has been limited so far, but he's willing to take risks -- and he's not even a year into the job.

Has John F. Kerry turned into the ... [more]

The man who should terrify everyone in Congress

Dec 16, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  His name is Vance McAllister, and none of the tired old labels can hurt him.

In the U.S. House of 435 members where seniority still counts, ... [more]

At Ruth's house, dinner was at 5

Dec 16, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  In all the time I knew my mother-in-law, I heard her complain exactly once.

There is an enigmatic photograph of young, smiling couple in a very small ... [more]

Holiday stress season

Dec 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Even a joyous time of year can be stressful for many of people

"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
So goes the Christmas song.
For many ... [more]