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Adventures in house-building, part 2

Jun 7, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  June 1995 was a month that featured two emergency room runs and two close calls.

Much like this year, the rain gradually came to a halt by June of ... [more]

A rule is a rule is a rule

Jun 5, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  But even the best one can't cover everything

Recently I completed the coursework in Bureaucracy 101.
Being schooled in the frustrating vagaries of ... [more]

Lights out

Jun 5, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thursday's outage wasn't a big emergency, but we showed our stuff in handling it

The power failure that affected much of Riverton early Thursday ... [more]

To the Belmont

Jun 4, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here we are again, focusing our national eyes on a racehorse

A full American generation has passed since a thoroughbred racehorse last won the Triple ... [more]

Little boys and days in June

Jun 4, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  They have much the same temperament

June days were made for children, particularly little boys.
The perfect match is in the endless light hours for ... [more]

If the creek rises

Jun 3, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  We've seen what flooding can do here, so take warnings and instructions seriously

This is a dry part of the United States of America when statistics, ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jun 2, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The halfway month
It's our first Ranger of June, the month whose end brings that halfway point of the year, daylight until 9 p.m. and the arrival of ... [more]

Airport tax

May 31, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's an option that merits consideration as solutions to local air service are sought

This whole idea of paying an airline to provide decent service ... [more]

The many meanings of 'harvest time'

May 31, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Whether you're an overstuffed robin or a prudent businessman, when the opportunity arrives you take it.

Two robins so full they couldn't fly greeted ... [more]

A night in the castle, 35 years later

May 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  It had been that long since I last slept in a college room

I have spent exactly two nights in a college residence hall in the past 35 years, six ... [more]

Odd Fellows

May 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The handsome little cemetery on Riverview Road still needs caretakers

No one whose Memorial Day observances this week included a visit to Mountain ... [more]

Lugar's list

May 28, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The retired Republican senator scores lawmakers on cooperativeness in legislation

What does a retired U.S. senator do after six terms in office? In ... [more]

Impact, emotion and appreciation

May 28, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  The feelings mix freely at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

It calls to you. It haunts you. It won't let you go.
For many years that's been the effect ... [more]

State hosts

May 27, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  If the 1-A basketball tournament is available, then Riverton ought to explore hosting it

The Wyoming High School Activities Association recently ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 26, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Soaked
We live in a sunny, semi-arid climate, but things have been going strongly against that pattern in recent days. Rarely will we see a wetter ... [more]

Understanding the dead

May 24, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  That could be Memorial Day's best mission

Our newspaper was the first in Wyoming to become a member of The Associated Press. That was in 1953. ... [more]

Three early champions of life

May 24, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Seeing the child of a friend do well is a joy almost as great as watching your own child succeed. 

Memories can betray you at the most inopportune ... [more]

Who's listening?

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]