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Mar 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

Sprung

The clock change to daylight saving time mandated this year on Sunday morning still takes some getting used to compared to the more familiar April change-over that was in effect for many years. It still seems too early to suit many people, but this already is the fifth year of the March switch.

We can adjust the alarm clock with the touch of a button, but the body clock is a different story. Try to get to bed at your normal hour, even if you don't feel sleepy yet. The experts say you'll make the physical adjustment in two to three weeks.

Where to build?

Compasses are pointing north in the ongoing talk about where to build a new courthouse/sheriff's office in Riverton -- that is, toward the big piece of land sold to Fremont County at a huge discount by the Major family.

The big parcel lies north of West Sunset drive "behind" the Riverton Junior Football League field and medical offices of Major Avenue.

The tack-on, retrofit, make-do approaches at or near the current county complex in south Riverton seem, so far, to present as many problems as they solve. When the money to remodel is nearly the same as building new, the latter option looks more attractive.

The conversation continues, as does the search for funding, but don't be surprised if backing for the Major site continues to rise as study and planning move forward.

McOmie's sendoff

Fremont County voters joined with elected leaders from around Wyoming in giving former State Rep. Del McOmie of Lander a public pat on the back Friday night at a nice tribute ceremony in the county seat.

The longtime state lawmaker, who earlier served as Lander's mayor, retired from the legislature last year. The session that just ended was the first without Del McOmie since 1998.

As an older generation of lawmakers passes from the scene in our state, the sense of pragmatic, common-sense, achievement-based work these people brought to the table will be missed. Many new legislators in Wyoming often seem to cleave first to dogmatic partisanship of the sort preached from Washington and in national media rather than entering their offices thinking about what needs to be accomplished for the benefit of the state and their constituents.

How much respect did Del McOmie command across Wyoming? Look no further for the answer than to the roster of dignitaries and other constituents who turned out Friday to wish him well.

Five in the 500

What a month it's been for the stock market. March has come in like a bull as the major stock averages have hit record highs, wiping out the devastating losses of the Great Recession in most cases. If you had the time and patience to wait it out with your mutual fund, your IRA, your 401(k) account or your self-made stock portfolio, then you've probably been rewarded at last.

As for our "Five in the 500" experiment, the imaginary $500 invested on President Obama's inauguration day in the Standard and Poor's 500, as of Tuesday morning it would be worth $520.81

Evanston 54, Riverton 50

Hopes fell hard Saturday night at the Casper Events Center when the Riverton Wolverines tried valiantly but couldn't win the Class 4-A state basketball championship game, falling to Evanston 54-40.

RHS is in its 90th year of high school basketball competition, but the Wolverines have never won the state title.

Only one team can win it each year, and this year it was Evanston. Second place is hard to swallow, because it is the only state trophy that you "win" by losing a game.

But if ever a team deserves to be remembered with great pride and fondness, it is this year's Wolverines, who set a record for wins in a season, won the 4-A West conference, had three all-conference players who ought to be named all-state as well, and who played a brand of basketball unrivaled in terms of skill, entertainment value, excitement and excellence.

And we'll always have that Gillette game. The Wolverines looked dead and buried three quarters of the way through their state semifinal Friday night against that most fearsome of all 4-A teams, but a fourth-quarter comeback seemingly tinged with magic gave RHS a 69-63 victory that left fans gasping, laughing, weeping or all three put together.

It forever will rank among the very few greatest occasions in local sports, and we all would do well to remember it even amid the disappointment from the game played the next day.

As one Wolverine parent put it an hour after the title game, "I think our boys left their entrails on the court Friday night, and there wasn't quite enough left for Saturday."

In the end, there is just one lasting evaluation of this year's basketball Wolverines: They were great, and their season was as well.

Here's to a good week.

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