Tuesday notesNov 26, 2019 Steven R. Peck, Publisher
No paper Thursday
First, some holiday season housekeeping. The Ranger will not publish this Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will we will be back on Friday the 29th as scheduled for normal publication, and we will be publishing the full Sunday edition this week as usual. It's possible that the Sunday paper will not have the separate Diversions Section B this week. That typically goes to press on Thursday, and with our other production schedules involving Fremont County's weekly newspapers, the pressroom will be under stress to get it all done with one fewer day in the work week.
We'll work in Diversions if we can, depending on the demands our press crew faces from other customers.
The cold-weather holidays are one of the delights of our American calendar, but Mother Nature can play havoc with them. The big snowstorm rolling across Wyoming this week is interfering with Thanksgiving travel plans on the ground and in the air.
The University of Wyoming made a wise move ahead of time by canceling this week's classes and encouraging students planning to head home for Thanksgiving over the weekend, instead of waiting for later. The forecast for Laramie was 9 inches of snow, 10 inches in Cheyenne, as many as 8 inches in Rawlins, with strong winds everywhere. That is the recipe for prolonged closures of Interstate 80.
Sure enough, the big highway was shut tight across almost its entire span of Wyoming starting late Monday, with Tuesday travel on I-80 looking like a no-go for most of Tuesday. Denver International Airport, which is the only place to fly from Riverton Regional, was operating at a crawl.
Locally, we're noting closures of roads in and out of Fremont County. We've heard police scanner reports of numerous fender-bender crashes related to slick roads, and the snowplows and sand trucks are everywhere.
A message is being sent: Stay put if you can. Follow instructions if you must be on the roads. And be as careful as you can be, even if you're just going to the mailbox and back.
The holiday craft fair season in Fremont County is off to a good start. Staff writer Katie Roenigk did her usual seasonal roundup of as many events as she could gather up. There's a lot there. For some residents, making the rounds of the bazaars and craft fairs is as much a part of the holiday season as turkey dinner and putting lights on the tree. A fair number of cheery gatherings got checked off last weekend, but many more are coming. Check them out. They are a festive part of local life.
It is encouraging to see the City of Riverton's willingness to find a way to assist the Riverton Medical District in its effort to site and build a new community hospital. Initial plans for forming a kind of joint powers board between the hospital district and the city turn out to not be workable as imagined, but there is more than one way to skin this cat, and city leaders have pledged to explore the issue further.
The hospital district leaders are learning as they go, and it has been quite an education.
The U.S. stock market is on a hot streak as the holiday season begins. Some of the major indexes hit record highs in recent days. It flies in the face of the doomsayers who predicted that a mid-summer downturn was the sign of a long-term market correction and subsequent bear market.
In August, after the Dow Jones Industrial average suffered two gigantic losses on consecutive days and got the pessimists howling, we launched our fourth investment experiment in which we have invited readers to follow along in the performance of an imaginary buy-in to a simple Dow index fund.
The investment has been rising steadily for a couple of months now, although it didn't do much since our last check-in. Had you actually invested $100 in a Dow Jones Industrial Average index fund on Aug. 6 and simply left it alone since then, as of Tuesday morning it would have been worth $108.32, up a dime from a week earlier.
Food on the table
Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is the one most associated with food. It's also the one when opportunities to help provide food to others are available to all who want to help.
An easy way to do it is by assisting the annual Thanksgiving meal drive Thursday mormning at the James H. Moore Career Center. A small army of volunteers will assemble hundreds of meals from the morning contributions, then distribute them around town by early afternoon.
No questions are asked. If you need a meal, then you can get one. Read more about how to get a meal or help with a meal on today's page 1.
Food banks also welcome donations. We'll preview those availabilities as well in our front-page story.
Giving a little can help a lot. Here's to a good week.