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Tuesday notes

Mar 31, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Easter weekend
A bit of newspaper non-housekeeping as a holiday weekend nears. The Ranger will publish as usual Sunday -- Easter Sunday. The holiday ... [more]

The conversations of a lifetime

Mar 29, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  For me, some of the best came not in a classroom but a dormitory.

Discussions came easy as a 19-year old college student.  Occasionally there were ... [more]

What's in a name?

Mar 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  In the case of the airport, it could be quite a lot

Among the actions being discussed to improve -- perhaps even preserve -- commercial air service in ... [more]

Who needs Florida? We've got Wyo

Mar 27, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  A new study rates us the No. 1 state for retirement

I just spent a long weekend in Florida.
It was 82 on a Saturday afternoon --  in the middle of ... [more]

Crashing a plane

Mar 27, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  We ask ourselves how, and why

The civilized world has one question on its mind today. Why did, or how could, a young airline pilot crash his plane ... [more]

Paying our 'electeds'

Mar 26, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Increasing compensation for our leaders is a worthy topic for the legislative interim

The Wyoming Legislature did two things right this year in its ... [more]

Turning a black thumb to green

Mar 26, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  With a lot of help, I'm going to try to grow veggies

It seems my black thumb is changing color.
How it can be that I'm committing to growing a ... [more]

What's on the tray

Mar 25, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  New school lunch guidelines have been drawn up with good intentions

Some [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 24, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Chill on
It got cold again this week, colder than average for late March. We'd enjoyed a nice stretch of seasonal warmth, or a bit better, so the chill ... [more]

Doing whatever it takes to watch

Mar 23, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  At NCAA tournament time, we rigged up a TV system in Shoshoni.

A disappointed defense leaves the field after the opening drive. Massive tackle Blue ... [more]

Shine the light

Mar 23, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Government has found a new way to keep the public in the dark: money

This week news media organizations around the nation are finishing up a public ... [more]

Let Holder quit

Mar 20, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  If he's so bad, his replacement should be confirmed immediately

The name of the game in Washington is politics.
That is to say, the professionals in ... [more]

Alive through the generations

Mar 19, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  Naming new family members preserves memories

Spring is almost here, they say -- they being the calendars, of course. So far, we've seen a pair of ... [more]

Sing along

Mar 19, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  'Ragtime Cowboy Joe' didn't start out as a Wyoming song, but we've made it ours

There's an old movie called "Ragtime Cowboy Joe." It's strictly ... [more]

Enzi's bill

Mar 18, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Our senior senator is looking for a remedy for part of the air service mess

Give U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming a set of golden pilot's wings for ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 17, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wearin' o' the green
Mindful of the pinch promised by at least one enthusiastic Irish-descended staff member, most members of our Ranger staff are ... [more]

Gloom-and-doomers rarely get it right

Mar 15, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Once it was predicted that traveling 30 mph by train would kill all the passengers.

When the small coal-burning locomotive dubbed Stephen's Rocket ... [more]

Life and death

Mar 15, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's the level of importance as ambulance department decisions are being made

The people who bear the responsibility of providing ambulance and ... [more]

Fretting about firing squads

Mar 13, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Our state hasn't got capital crime figured out very well

Shooting someone to death can get you killed in Wyoming.
The state has a death penalty ... [more]

Over the top

Mar 13, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Let's come together and raise the final match needed to build the skate park

Great news arrived last week for the drive to build a modern, safe, ... [more]

Leadership cloth

Mar 12, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Philp and Urbigkeit were cut from the same type, and our county was better for it

Frank Philp and Ralph Urbigkeit were not of the same generation. ... [more]

Against damnation online

Mar 12, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Better to prevent the crime than simply curse the criminal

The other day, I read that police think they have [more]

Hillary's e-mail

Mar 11, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Her foes are trying to whip up a scandal, but can they manage it?

Being the "next president of the United States" is an iffy proposition. Once upon a ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 10, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Very vernal
Monday surely must have been the most welcome weather day in the Wind River Basin in a long time. After pretty much a solid month of ... [more]

Tribal liaisons

Mar 8, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The Wyoming Legislature has taken steps to improve a faltering program

In a year during which some observers are quick to describe the Wyoming ... [more]

Catching 'Star Trek' on skip

Mar 8, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  I'll always be grateful to Leonard Nimoy and 'Star Trek.'

Do you remember attending national school assemblies in the gym on special afternoons when ... [more]

Things a little boy must learn

Mar 6, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Soon I'll be teaching them to a grandson

My daughter is going to have a baby.
I'm going to be a grandfather.
Everybody says there is nothing ... [more]

History at home

Mar 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  This year's schedule of local history treks looks promising and fun

Winston Churchill, in one of his many marvelous speeches, said, "History, with ... [more]

Marvels seen through the heart

Mar 5, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  A friend's new memoir demonstrates the technique well

So what do we do with all this snow?
My answer: Find a good book to read.
I recently ... [more]

Sixty-two candles

Mar 5, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The first edition of The Ranger was published on this date in 1953

It's our newspaper's birthday, the 62nd one.
On March 5, 1953, the first edition ... [more]