Wednesday notes

Jul 6, 2017 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher


Here is a rare edition of "Wednesday notes" instead of the typicalTuesdayversion. It's not often that our first weekday publication date of a new week is aWednesday. It hasn't happened, actually, since the first week of 2013, whenJan. 2, the day after our paid New Year's holiday, was aWednesday.

Quick reader quiz: Who remembers if we did a regularWednesdayeditorial that day or held to the "note" format connoting the first day of the work week?

Flag-waving holiday

On that theme, your daily newspaper staff appreciated the day offTuesdayfor Independence Day. We don't miss many scheduled publication days, and our office observes just six of the eight paid federal holidays - and only if they fallMondaythroughFriday.

Our next scheduled day away from scheduled publication falls on Thursday,Nov. 23. That's Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving 2017, incidentally, is just about as early as the holiday can come on the calendar. It's possible for there to be aNov. 22Thanksgiving, given that the official designation for the holiday is the fourthThursdayin November.

But let's not think about that now. Better to enjoy our summer weather without looking ahead to gray November.


Continuing on the summertime topic, the annual schedule of Riverton Rendezvous events is beginning in earnest this week. Watch The Ranger for regular coverage and schedule updates on Rendezvous in the Park, theFridayNight Cruise, balloon rally, fireworks and other popular diversions.

Among those is The Ranger's own "Balloon Block" treasure hunt. We hide an object made of old wooden newspaper "type" from the days of letter-press printing technology, with the finder winning cash, Colorado Rockies baseball tickets, airline tickets to Denver and a hot-air balloon ride next weekend. Today's ad describes some of the particulars, with the first clue set to appear inThursday'sRanger. Enjoy.

Photos on high

We're always appreciative when a cooperative reader lends us a hand with news coverage that improves on our typical efforts. Often this involves someone with a camera in the right place at the right time.

Most recently, just such a news contributor, Chuck Hoelzen, not only had a camera, he had an ultralight aircraft as well. He took numerous trips over the flood-damaged Riverton Valley Irrigation District canal west of Riverton, shooting pictures all the while.

We published several of them last week, which added immensely to the flood reporting in The Ranger by reporters Dan Bendtsen, Katie Roenigk and others.

Those bird's-eye vantage points illustrated the accompanying text informatively, and we couldn't have done as well as we did without Chuck Hoelzen's assistance and volunteering spirit (that means he didn't even ask for money). Many thanks.

Sport on wheels

One of our favorite feature stories to cover this year was the piece on the local women who have organized a roller derby team. It's not part of any organized summer recreation program or local sports league. The team began entirely as the brainchild of one local woman, who thought the idea might appeal to others.

She was right. Each month brings a bit more skill in the rink and a bit more organizational structure and expertise with it. It turns out there is funding available to help develop the sport, plus other teams in Wyoming to skate against.

Roller derby isn't quite a full-fledged sports beat for our newspaper yet, but as more bouts are contested involving our local team, it might just become that.

Kim's missile

Just about the last thing the civilized world needs or wants is North Korea armed not only with nuclear weapons, but the means to deliver them a hemisphere away. The obstinate dictatorship had the former for more than a decade. As ofTuesday, it appears to be much closer to having the latter as well.

No one, not even the erratic and insecure Kim Jong-un, is claiming that the intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea testedTuesdayis ready to send a nuclear weapon to the United States, but it does signify beyond all doubt that such capability is Kim's goal and that said goal now, demonstrably, is within his reach. Wyoming, ground-zero of America's nuclear defense structure, watches these developments with particularly keen interest.

Tuesday'stest launch isn't a total game changer yet, but the world's response to it very well could be - and perhaps ought to be.

Here's to a good week.

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