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Tuesday notes

Jun 6, 2017 - By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

Suddenly, it's summer

The summer solstice itself isn't for two more weeks, but summer temperatures, skies, weather patterns, sights, sounds and smells are here -- at last. That was a long winter and a cold, wintery spring we had here in central Wyoming.

Do you suppose it's possible that Mother Nature knew last Friday marked the end of school locally? It's a very nice coincidence.

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days."

-- James Russell Lowell

Flood watch

Ranger cameras snapped the beginnings of flood activity over the weekend. The experts no longer say it's a matter of if we'll see substantial flooding in the Wind River Basin, but where, how bad and for how long. The amount of snow still remaining high in the mountain is astonishing for what is about to become the second full week of June.

Normally, most snow monitoring stations are showing little to no remaining snow by now, but 2017 is no typical year. As of Monday, the snowpack in the Sweetwater Drainage was reported to be something like 40,000 percent of the 30-year average. Again, this time of year it doesn't take much snow at all to skew the percentages, but that remains an astonishing number.

The extent of the flooding will be seen soon. Regardless, the cloudburst-style rainstorms that poured down on parts of the Riverton Valley late Monday night and very early Tuesday morning will not help.

Two down, three to go

Two of a scheduled five sections of The Ranger's 62nd Annual Mining and Energy Edition have been printed. The third goes to press Thursday morning. That means we do not intend to have a Diversions (Section B) in our Sunday edition dated June 11. Diversions prints Thursday morning most weeks (yes, a Sunday section prints on Thursday), and we need that press time for the big edition.

This probably will be the last such interruption for awhile. Look for Diversions to return with the Sunday edition dated June 18, just in time for Father's Day.

Students of the Year

A week later than we expected, we do plan to have our full-page presentation of the 2016-2017 Fremont County Students of the Year.

The announcement completes the 36-week Student of the Week program.

Each student was selected by his or her high school (plus Central Wyoming College), and each will receive a $500 scholarship from The Ranger to be used for higher education.

Dow Now

Just two weeks remain in our year-long investment exercise called the Dow Now. Last June 24, after American stock markets took a nosedive following the British "Brexit," vote, we decided to "invest" an imaginary $1,000 in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index fund in an effort to see if the downturn would be long-term.

Index funds are among the simplest of investments. They don't require any market evaluation or rash decision making. If the market is higher at the end of the day than it was at the beginning, then you've made money. Often the index funds outperform the managed brokerage accounts.

We have not compared our Dow Now investment against any expert management, but it has been a good performer for 50 weeks now. Had you actually invested $1,000 on June 24, 2016, in a Dow Jones Industrial Average index fund and simply watched it since then, as of Tuesday morning it would have been worth $1,189.33.

The Cup

That was some kind of goal-keeping on the ice Tuesday night in the NHL Stanley Cup finals, wasn't it, as the improbable Nashville Predators evened the best of seven series with the defending champ Pittsburgh Penguins? For casual fans who, like many Americans, tune in for the finals but don't follow the sport in detail the rest of the time, the Nashville goalie's name is Pekka Rinne. That's Finnish. He hadn't looked so good in the first two games, but he's been all-world since then.

Warriors up

As for the NBA finals, they are in exactly the place they were a year ago, with the Golden State Warriors leading 2-0 on the series and appearing poised to roll to the title over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Didn't happen last year. Will it this time around? Into their fourth series of the playoffs, the Warriors still haven't lost a game yet -- and this year's team has something last year's didn't: Kevin Durant.

Here's to a good week.

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