News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Nov 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
Warm vs. cold
We're almost halfway through November, but we still haven't had any typical November weather. The first five days were much warmer than normal, more like late September, and the next five days were much colder than normal, more like Christmas. The former is preferred, and the latter is inevitable.
We're getting our final few stories on the general election into the paper today. Fremont County had a big ballot even before Wyoming legislative and county commission districts were created, and the districts have created more headlines. There's a lot to cover on election day.
For the benefit of our readers, we also have posted the complete 2012 general election results at dailyranger.com in the same form that they were published after the election in the newspaper. We'll leave the big spreadsheet up for the rest of the year in hopes it will be proved useful.
Bring the bronc
The Wyoming Cowboys got a rare television appearance Saturday, and it was a victory to boot. There haven't been many of those this football season. But when did the Cowboys start wearing the dark brown helmets with the big white "W" on the side? All those who think this headgear is an improvement over the gold or white helmet with the brown bucking bronc logo please raise your hands. For the record, the editorial writer sees no hands in the air.
Paths to points
A bit farther down Interstate 25, the Denver Broncos are jelling (yes, it's jelling, not gelling) into a team that looks as if it could run a good distance into the NFL playoffs. Admittedly, the pro postseason is still two months away, long enough for anything to happen. But not many teams have given the Broncos much of a challenge over the past month.
On Sunday they scored in just about every way possible in a football game. There was a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown, a handful of extra-point kicks, a couple of field goals, a punt return, an interception return and a safety. About all that was missing was a kickoff return -- and the Broncos did that the week before.
It's fascinating to watch Washington's response to the unexpected resignation of retired Army Gen. David Petraeus from his relatively new job as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Clearly, judging from the reaction of major figures in both political parties, Petraeus was considered one of the most important people in the U.S. government, and replacing him is a big worry.
The regard in which he was held was about as high as it's possible to get -- until he had to acknowledge that he had engaged in an extramarital affair with a woman, apparently, who may have compromised some security protocols thanks to her proximity to Petraeus.
Regardless of how the various investigations come out, it's obvious that the loss of Petraeus from the director's chair is viewed as a serious situation because Petraeus was considered all but irreplaceable.
Clipping for the contest
This is the time of year when the newspaper staff submits entires to the annual Wyoming Press Association newspaper awards contest. Among the many contest categories is column writing. Regular columnists Randy Tucker and Betty Starks Case will enter, as will a couple of members of the news staff.
And we also are making sure that the late Carolyn B. Tyler is entered one last time in the Wyoming press contest. Carolyn, who died in July, won a WPA "Pacemaker" award for her popular Ranger column several times over the 51 years she wrote for us. This week we're picking out three of her best of 2012 and putting her in the running for one more Pacemaker.
Fremont County has a high school football state champion for 2012. It's the Dubois Rams, who play in the smallest classification in Wyoming high school sports -- the Class 1-A 6-man division. If you've never seen a game in the 6-man format, it is a hoot and a half to watch. The game reminds everyone who ever played football on a vacant lot with half a dozen friends why the game can be so much fun. It's loaded with speed, lateral passes, long runs and lots of touchdowns. It relies much less on bruising blocking and tackling, and normal-sized kids can excel in a way that might not be possible in the larger classifications, where brawn is a necessity in addition to speed and agility (the best teams have both).
As wide open as Friday's 54-30 win by Dubois over Little Snake River was, Friday's game actually was relatively low scoring by 6-man standards. Just a week earlier, DHS had unspooled 85 points in the state semifinals.
Countywide congratulations to the Dubois Rams, and thanks for playing such an entertaining brand of football.
Three yards and a cloud of dust this ain't.
Here's to a good week.