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Obamacare quagmire

Oct 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming is in a position to help its citizens, and it ought to do it

So far, so congested.
Such is the experience of many Americans in accessing the ... [more]

This year's early snow was trouble, but the storm 30 years ago was even worse

Oct 3, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Yes, last week's heavy, wet snow was a damaging surprise. But do you recall one dubbed "a late summer snowstorm" by The Ranger on Monday, Sept. 13, 1983?
We ... [more]

Be ready this time

Oct 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Incredibly, another heavy snowstorm's arrival is imminent

You know all those public service announcements about "winter preparedness"?
Well, nights ... [more]

In praise of the one-shot hunts

Oct 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming leading the way on a positive path

Let's take a moment to salute one-shot antelope hunts.
Both of them.
That's right. The Lander One-Shot ... [more]

Champions

Oct 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There haven't been many in RHS boys sports, so celebrate the golfers

State championships for Riverton High School sports teams have been rare through ... [more]

Charm can only go so far

Oct 1, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  NEW YORK -- How long does it take for a charm offensive to wear thin?
By the end of a long week of glad-handing at the United Nations, even Iran's new ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Oct 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  September snow
It wasn't quite snow in the summer, but the very early fall snowstorm that socked it to Fremont County late last week still caught a lot ... [more]

Legislators locking the doors

Sep 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  There is an unspoken belief among many rural people concerning locked doors, locked vehicles and locked gates. For generations, farmers and ranchers have ... [more]

Between you and me, I'm feeling cranky

Sep 28, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  I write and speak for a living, so I bemoan the continuing collapse of grammar.

You accept that you are completely uncool when you don't tweet, when ... [more]

One last slap

Sep 28, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It is unjust -- but legal -- to require the county to pay ACLU's legal fees from the voting rights suit

Fremont County got a deeply unsatisfying ... [more]

Clearing up details about new justice center in city

Sep 27, 2013 - By Travis Becker, Fremont County commissioner, Riverton:  Editor:
As your readers are aware, Fremont County is looking to build a new justice center in Riverton. While a bullethole last June has precipitated the ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Planes, molten lead and remembering a visiting Ranger regular

Sep 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  On an airplane trip back east not long ago, the mode of transport on the final leg from Philadelphia to New Haven, Conn., was the turboprop airplane called the ... [more]

New emission standards

Sep 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming's coal industry doesn't like them, but it is in position to respond positively

Officials of Wyoming state government and leaders in the ... [more]

Baby Messiah gets to keep his given name

Sep 26, 2013 - By The Chicago Tribune:  Hospital nurseries last year were filled with Jacobs and Jaydens, Madisons and Mias.
But there is only one Messiah, a Tennessee judge declared in August, ... [more]

Mixing art with science

Sep 26, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Central Wyoming College made a wise move in promoting art in the new center on campus

Central Wyoming College's new Health and Science Center is a ... [more]

Permanent ink not fit for the fickle

Sep 26, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Few topics distract me from the joy I carry around with me these days -- in my hormone-high brain, my tapioca-spoiled tummy, and my overstuffed womb. It's hard ... [more]

We can have both art and coal

Sep 25, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  And let's not ask college trustees to be art critics

Run trustees, run.
Do not get into the business of being  Wyoming's art censors.
That's not ... [more]

Pay for the truck

Sep 25, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Even as investigations continue, some parties ought to cover costs for the Pavillion water truck

By now, feelings are deeply ingrained in the case of ... [more]

U.S.not isolationist, but skeptical

Sep 24, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  President Obama and his aides were surprised this month by the strength of public opposition to their call for military action against Syria. They shouldn't ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Too soon?
We published a picture showing the season's first snow last week, but it was barely a dusting. Plus, it fell in the mountains above Dubois, ... [more]

Put beer tax money where it will do the most good

Sep 20, 2013 - Nancy Eckstein, Riverton:  Put beer tax
money where
it will do the
most good
I am saddened that no one has listened to what I had to say last year on the issue of raising the beer ... [more]

Not this again Congress continues to act in ways that lower

Sep 20, 2013 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  Congress continues to act in ways that lower public expectations

Perhaps it ought to shock or anger us to learn that the United States Congress once ... [more]

Milestone

Sep 19, 2013 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  CWC's Health and Science Center ranks among our county's greatest achievements

On Friday, at the peak of the day, Central Wyoming College welcomes the ... [more]

Everything is clear at altitude

Sep 19, 2013 - Betty Starks Case:  That goes for scenery, air and another's needs

"Are you sure we should be up in the high hills alone after Labor Day?" I ask my mate. "Most ... [more]

Mistake to lift the ban on liquor sales on Rez

Sep 19, 2013 - Carl Rollins, Riverton:  It would be a very big mistake to start putting bars on the Wind River Indian Reservation again.
I say congratualtions to the county and the tribes for ... [more]

The allure of chrome and fins

Sep 18, 2013 - By Chris Peck, Associated Editor:  I still have a soft spot for my 1963 Travelall -- at 5 mpg
If you like old cars, there is only one place on Earth you want to be next week.
Pierce, ... [more]

Farmers market is fun; city park move is worth a try

Sep 18, 2013 - By Tammy Questa, Riverton:  Editor:
I can't disagree with the letter from Margaret Harless of Riverton about the advantages of the farmers market in Riverton.
I have attended the one ... [more]

All eyes

Sep 18, 2013 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  False positives on sightings of escapee are reasonable price to pay for vigilance

The power of suggestion is no small thing.
Proof can be found in ... [more]

Will we have 'path rangers' causing more problems now?

Sep 17, 2013 - By Belle Bransky, Riverton:  Editor:
I used to live in an area of Riverton that was pretty close to the Rails to Trails path, and my friend and I walked it sometimes in the evening.
The ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  September in the rain
We're only halfway through the month, but anyone want to bet we've already had one of the half-dozen wettest Septembers in ... [more]