Tuesday notes

Oct 10, 2017 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

Little by little

Another cloudy weekend, another clear work week with crystal-clear views of more new snow on the Wind River Mountains. The gradual, steady accumulation of mountain snowpack has begun, with everyone in the valleys below hoping it culminates with an adequate amount of snow for recreation, healthy stream flows for wildlife, and abundant water for our essential agricultural economy so that crops can be irrigated and livestock can graze.

The previous water cycle provided a bit more than we wanted, and at times we didn't want it. Nature's balance-beam act continues.

Not just the paper

Our publishing business has been having some success with Wind River Country Magazine, which is produced monthly and is available around Fremont County free of charge. You'll also find it on Denver Air Connection flights to Denver. We also printed a solar eclipse guide in August, and last year a student guide to the eclipse.

Not all these publications are included automatically as inserts in The Ranger. Some are separate, stand-alone products. Now a new one is arriving, a student guide to archaeology and geology particular to Wyoming and the West. Central Wyoming College is an indispensable partner in this publication, which has educational material of value to students from college age down to the primary grades.

You will see this one The Ranger. Take special notice if you are an educator, a student, or a parent of one. Please pardon the irresistible pun, but we think you'll dig it.

We have received good response to the updated look and functionality of the Ranger's newspaper website, The kind words and timely advice are appreciated. The print edition of the paper remains our top priority, but the website is a key part of our news package. We think the two elements complement each other well.

Website users, take note: The free trial period of the updated dailyranger.comis nearing its end. We will begin requiring payment for all but the most-limited access later this month.

Hall of Fame

Riverton High School hosted a nice schedule of activities over the weekend for the induction of new members of the RHS Hall of Fame, providing for broad, public recognition atFridaynight's football game at Wolverine Field, then for more detailed, up-close involvement atSaturday's induction banquet indoors.

So far, the hall of fame is doing a good job of balancing inductees according to their achievements at RHS, such as the great volleyball team of the early 1980s, longtime band director John Aanestad, and teacher, coach and official Mike Harris, along with those whose accomplishment came about largely after their time at RHS had ended, such as television Emmy Award winner Brian Connell and physicist Dr. Scott Acton. Our congratulations to the inductees, worthy members all.

Remember, nominations always are welcome, and previous nominations can be renewed or updated. Contact RHS at 856-9491 to start, renew or update a hall of fame nomination.

Corker vs. Trump

For some Americans the best part of the Trump administration is its entertainment value. We simply haven't ever had a president before this one with such a short fuse and such a loose tongue (or tweeting finger, as the case may be). His latest war of words is with U.S. Sen. Robert Corker of Tennessee, who over the weekend referred to the Trump White House as an exercise of "adult day care," with the president the recipient of the service. This came as Corker was calling out Trump after the president said Corker was a coward for not seeking re-election, claiming Corker had begged for Trump's endorsement and then quit the re-election race after Trump refused.

Corker seemed to be getting along well enough with Trump for the first few months of the term, and it was known that Corker had been given consideration for both vice president and secretary of state. But lots of people didn't quite understand what they would be getting when they voted for Trump, or backed him. Corker's views certainly have changed.

"SaturdayNight Live" is going to have fun depicting the diminutive, southern-accented Corker's rhetorical fencing with the big, bombastic Trump. We'll tune in, as will millions of others. Meanwhile, outside the realm of entertainment, this is an ugly episode for the Republican Party, which has the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives but still can't keep from getting tangled up in its own underwear. The party has the chance to do big things. This sort of episode is preventing it.

October gold

October brings us something no other month does: pure gold. Not the metal kind, but the kind that colors the trees, paints the grass and infuses afternoon light in a way that identifies the month as definitively as any calendar ever could.

For the next 10 days or so, we'll see October gold as its peak. Don't forget to notice.

Here's to a good week.

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