Ranger marks 60th newspaper birthdayMar 5, 2013 Staff
It's been 60 years to the day since the first edition of The Ranger was published.
The March 5, 1953, edition was the result of a business merger between the Riverton Review, which dated to the community's founding in 1906, and The Riverton Times, which had been publishing in Riverton since 1937 under several names.
The first front page of the new paper is reproduced at left. It includes wire copy from the Associated Press. The Ranger was Wyoming's first AP member newspaper.
The merged papers, along with several others that had published under the names Riverton News, Riverton Reporter, Riverton Independent, Riverton Chronicle and Riverton Republican, had been weekly editions. After the Times-Review merger, the new paper went to twice-weekly publication.
The Ranger began publishing Monday through Friday in August 1960, and added a Sunday edition in 1999.
The original Ranger publishing team included Bob and Roy Peck of the Times and E.T. '"Beany" Childers of the Review. The Peck family remains the owner and operator of the The Ranger today.
The newspaper marks the first publication date in March as its official anniversary, which, under the current publishing schedule, could be anywhere from March 1-4. The first actual Ranger appeared on Thursday, March 5. The previous Tuesday, March 3, was the final edition of the both the Times and the Review.