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Tuesday notes

Jun 13, 2017 - By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

It's June -- honest

A year already for notable for its unusual weather added another chapter over the past day or two, with some of the more-violent conditions we have seen here in some time. Sunday night's ferocious thunderstorm that sped diagonally across the Riverton Valley was, to use the technical term, a real humdinger.

On Monday, it almost look like we would get a repeat performance - an perhaps some areas did -- with near-hurricane-strength winds whipping around central Fremont County, with temperatures plunging. I was a wild hour or two of police scanner traffic -- not to mention what the emergency responders were dealing with.

But it's nothing compared to what Wyoming citizens on either side of us are getting. A brief but intense snowstorm Monday on South Pass was a spillover from wintry weather on the other side of the mountains from us. Jackson, Pinedale and Kemmerer could have snow on the ground by Tuesday afternoon. Note: the date is June 13.

To the east, there were tornadoes and hail, with reports of hailstones the size of baseballs -- and ,photos to prove it. See page 3 of today's edition.

Summer - yes, summer - starts one week from today.

Mining edition

One typical sign of the change of seasons around our office is the publication of The Ranger's annual Mining and Energy Edition. Normally that happens near the first day of summer. This year, due to the change of schedule for the Wyoming Mining Association's annual convention, we are publishing the big edition a week earlier than normal.

Four of the five sections have been printed, and the completed product will be delivered as Wednesday's edition of The Ranger.

Newspaper carriers, be prepared. The page count will be in the 50s - smaller than most years, but still formidable.

Watching the water

The cloudburst Sunday night could not have helped the flooding picture in Fremont County. Some areas aren't being hit so hard as feared, while other, unpredicted impacts are being felt.

Flooding is about more than high-water calculations. There is a measure of luck involved, and a good bit of preparation and mediation has been done since the last whopper flood we had six years ago. More will follow this one. "Live and learn" could be the operative phrase.

Comey talks

Former FBI director James Comey said more during his high-profile Senate testimony last week than some observers had predicted. He didn't pull too many punches in describing what he says were inappropriate actions by president Donald Trump and some members of his administration regarding the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election and the Trump transition.

At the very least, Comey's remarks have done nothing to slow the investigation, which now is being carried out by independent counsel.

There was talk Monday and again Tuesday that the president might consider firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the highly respected predecessor to Comey in the FBI job. That would be a bizarre move and public relations disaster for the president. Unpredictable as Trump is, it's hard to believe he actually would take such a step.

Dow Now

There was not much change from one week to the next in our year-long investment experiment called Dow Now. It has just one week to go. Last June, stock markets suffered heavy losses following the British "Brexit" vote. There was talk of a long-term bear market as a result.

We chose last June 24 to make an imaginary "investment" in a Dow Jones industrial average index fund, which makes investors money when the Dow Jones industrial average closes higher, and loses investors money when the same index closes lower.

Dow Now turned against our hypothetical investors for the past seven days, but just barely. For the most part, the Dow has been on a steady role for months now. Had you actually invested $1,000 in a DJIA index fund on June 24 and simply left untouched since then, as of Tuesday morning it would have grown to be worth $1187.27, down about two bucks from last week.

Asking Dad

Fathers Day is coming up this weekend. Look for our annual Fathers Day questionnaire on this Sunday's opinion page. We hope we can get some conversation started.

Here's to a good week.

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