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Jun 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck

All night long

Night owls in the Riverton Valley noted another strangely warm night. A newspaperman we know who worked a late shift logged a temperature of 81 degrees at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday. summer, it would seem, is here -- even in the middle of the night.

Aug. 21 approaches

The filing period for the primary election has ended, and we have a good primary ballot in place. There are races up and down the line, from the smallest of the town councils to the U.S. House and Senate.

Now, if only we all could vote for more offices. Setting aside the arguments tied to legality, geography, demographics and common sense, this much is certain: All the new districting sure has taken a lot of the fun out of voting.

Do your best to maintain interest, everyone. Primary voting may not be as fun as it used to be, but it's still vital to our community.

Two down

As of Tuesday morning, two sections of The Ranger's 57th annual Mining and Energy Edition are complete. They have been printed and combined, totaling 16 pages so far.

We've designated these first two sections as F and G, which means the remaining task at hand is to complete Sections A through E in time for the scheduled publication date Wednesday, June 20.

We'll pull it off.

Thou in the Dow

On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost .14 percent -- and it was a relief. No one likes a loss, but the nearly flat performance did restore a bit of calm after a volatile week that ended up with a whopper of a loss Friday that completed the wipeout of the nice gains made since the first of the year.

What it all means to our yearlong "Thou in the Dow" investment experience is that $1,000 invested into a Dow Jones Industrial Average index fund based entirely on the rise and fall of the Dow would have been worth $1064.44 at 9 a.m. -- its lowest in months. Just a month ago it stood at $1,158.32.

School vacation

School is now out, and the summer months have begun. Just about everyone can remember how that felt, with the classroom behind and the seemingly endless summer ahead, with the sun rising early and setting late.

In the process of looking through the newspaper archives for our weekly "The Way It Was" feature, we often see newspaper headlines and photographs about traffic accidents, bike wrecks and other individual human disasters from summer vacations past that have taken the life of a child. Many others recount injuries to kids.

Let's be alert, sensible and careful out there. These are pictures and headlines we could do without.

A day in June

There is no price set on the lavish summer,

And June may be had by the poorest comer.

And what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days.

The poet James Russell Lowell wrote those lines. We all still get to live them.

Here's to a good week.

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