News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Nov 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
Election night at The Ranger
We have reached election day 2012. It's taken awhile, but we're here. As it has on every primary and general election night since 1950, our newspaper office is hosting its open-door election night get-together.
Candidates, voters and other interested citizens are invited to stop by for a while any time after 7:30 p.m. to see and be seen, to talk and be talked to, to have a beverage and a sandwich, and watch as the election returns are gathered and posted.
We hope to see you here.
Nice day for voting
It's mild as can be for early November, so there shouldn't be any problem for voters getting to their Fremont County polling places for election day. We've had some election-day problems related to weather over the years, but this most definitely is not one of them.
Readers might recall that in last year's mild "cold season" the coldest extended weather we got was the week right around Thanksgiving. That's still three weeks off, but we'll take as many 60-degree November days as we can get.
Change upon us
Adjusting to the return of standard time always takes some time, but now that daylight saving time has been extended so far into the fall the change is stark when it finally does occur. When it used to take place in early to mid-October, there would still be daylight around 6 p.m. for a while. But when standard time doesn't return until early November, the curtain on daytime drops very suddenly.
The sure signs of the change of season are upon us. The green leaves are gone (although not necessarily raked). Halloween has passed, and election day has arrived. And now comes word that the main roads through Yellowstone National Park are closed until spring. Time to find that sweater, everyone.
Treasure hunt No. 4
Be watching in the days ahead for the announcement of our newest newspaper treasure hunt. It will join our winter, spring and summer contests -- the Wild West Winter Carnival Medallion hunt, the spring Easter egg find and the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Block search.
This new event will have a fall theme, a different format, and some unique prizes. Keep your eyes peeled for the details. We think it will be fun and exciting.
It was great to see the Make it With Wool contest alive and well for another year. Ranger photographer Wayne Nicholls got some fun pictures over the weekend at this year's event.
There weren't so many entrants as there have been in some years, but those who were there provided a good show with top-quality craftsmanship.
Make It With Wool (or, as it used to be called, Make It Yourself With Wool) has been a fun tradition on our fall events calendar for generations. Let's keep it up, and please think about entering next year if you have the talent. The more creative wool-workers, the merrier.
At Fifth and Main
When the city of Riverton, through University of Wyoming intern Angela Cochran, asks your opinion on what to do with the recently vacated city-owned property at the intersection of East Main and South Fifth East (just across the street from our newspaper office), take advantage of it.
Get creative. Speak your mind. Imagine possibilities. Brainstorm.
Now is the time to raise ideas. This is an opportunity that very probably won't come again for a long time. No clear-cut idea has emerged as a clear favorite for the spot. Participate in this process, and the community will get a better outcome.
To the polls
Our newspaper hits the streets at about 3 p.m. daily. If you're seeing this on Tuesday afternoon, there still is time to vote. The polls don't close until 7 p.m. If you aren't registered, you can do that at the polling place as well, then step right over and vote.
This is America. This is election day. There are so many reasons to vote, and almost no good reason not to. Get out there.
Here's to a good week.