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By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jul 1, 2018

Riverton is projected to have lost 120 residents from 2016 to 2017, according to the final U.S. Census Bureau population estimate before the 2020 census. The ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jun 6, 2018

The average human male weights 195 pounds. The Caterpillar 793D dump truck weighs in at 846,021. An average person can bench press a max of about 130 ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jun 6, 2018

After a decade of work and renovation, nearly all of the historic Carissa Mine and Mill site's early 20th-century equipment is up and running in time for South ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Dec 15, 2017

I'm a sucker for holiday lights, and I've already spent enough time in this space ranting about them. So, naturally, I intend to rant some more. Indulge ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Dec 8, 2017

It's been 65 degrees in Iowa City all autumn so far, including the early December days. I've been running outside and forgoing the gym, taking extended birding ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Dec 1, 2017

There is a tragedy for birds in winter. The leaves are gone. I suppose I don't know if this really is a tragedy, or if they like things better this way, but ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2017

Behold, the 10 Commandments of American Automobiling: 1. Thou shalt not sitteth at a stop sign waving me through the intersection before thee when thou ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Nov 22, 2017

Riverton's annual community Thanksgiving meal delivery program kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday at Riverton's James H. Moore Career Center on College View Drive. ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Nov 3, 2017

What's the most meaningful holiday, to you? Christmas, New Year's, the Fourth of July? How about the holiday you work hardest to celebrate? Thanksgiving for ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Oct 27, 2017

Last year was my first as a householder in position to expect trick-or-treaters of my own on Halloween, but I'm still young enough to remember ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Oct 20, 2017

I had a meeting on the Northwestern University campus in suburban Chicago recently. The person I was meeting with said I could find him that morning in a ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Oct 13, 2017

There's a lot to like about autumn weather, even though it means things get colder. Lovely leaves, sweaters, hot drinks return. I'll always defend fall, and ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Oct 6, 2017

My student was anxious. He'd waited in the rain to talk to me, pacing up and down outside the cafe window while I finished my meeting with another kid. I ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Sep 29, 2017

I was out for a run the other day when a hawk landed casually on the railing next to me. And by "next to me" I mean next to me. The photo below was shot with ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2017

Maybe you've heard this legend of the space race: the Americans, desperate to write in antigravity but thwarted by the ink in their pens rising away from the ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2017

Can there be a more sobering, sombering local tragedy than the homecoming parade being called on account of rain? I suppose apple pie is on the chopping block ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Sep 8, 2017

Readers may remember a time I wrote in this column about hesitance to put jalapeno peppers into an omelette. Those days have passed. I've developed a real ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Sep 1, 2017

As we enter September, the Major League Baseball regular season nears its close. It's bittersweet. Mostly bitter, though, because I have to find something ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Aug 18, 2017

Among nature writing, little comes close to Annie Dillard's accomplishment in her essay "Total Eclipse." While the depths it speaks to about our shared ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Aug 11, 2017

As baffling as the city of Las Vegas itself is -- a water-sucking, massively air conditioned, energy and labor intensive hole of vice located in one of the ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Aug 4, 2017

Saturday brings the Fremont County Fair's annual ice cream making contest, traditionally judged by the staff of this newspaper. I am driving back from Iowa to ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2017

Hot peppers and I have a hate-love relationship. No, not quite a love-hate relationship, with both parties alternatively disliking and liking each other ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2017

Every lease my landlord offers has a one-week gap in the middle, during which I'm not allowed to live in my own apartment. My housing in Iowa is usually ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jul 7, 2017

Airline delays are a fact of life for travelers, even if we do everything we can to avoid them and manage to pass the time when they occur. Sooner or later, ...


By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jun 30, 2017

For various reasons far too personal to share here, I decided this week to remove three bumper stickers that have long adorned the back of my faithful station ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jun 14, 2017

Exposed during runoff from heavy spring snow, the hole could be part of the original Federal Gold Mining Co. production shaft from 1898. A sinkhole ...

By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer
Jun 14, 2017

Restoration work brings more life to historic site steadily Despite budget shortfalls and unexpected obstacles, the Carissa Mine and Mill restoration ...


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