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Attorney, coroner, sheriff candidates debate at forum

Jul 25, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Republican candidates for elected offices locked horns Wednesday evening during a forum at Central Wyoming College's Little Theatre. Members of the 100-strong ... [more]

Late fair parade entries welcome

Jul 25, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The annual procession starts at 6 p.m., with check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Smith's Food and Drug on West Main Street.

It may be too late to ... [more]

Accused of kidnapping, Brock says he is broke, illiterate

Jul 25, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The initial appearance on Thursday for the Riverton man arrested in the kidnapping of a young girl gave more insight into the case than most such ... [more]

'Red flag' fire warning takes effect locally

Jul 25, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The National Weather Service has issued a "red flag" fire warning for residents in Riverton, Lander and throughout the Wind River Basin.
The status does not ... [more]

Fire season below expectations so far

Jul 25, 2014 - The Associated Press:  The number of fires to date is about 70 percent of the 10-year average, and the area burned is less than half.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Widespread drought ... [more]

Digest

Jul 25, 2014 - The Associated Press:  Lawmaker: Investigate Mead
CHEYENNE -- A state lawmaker is asking for a special prosecutor to investigate Gov. Matt Mead and his staff.
Republican Rep. ... [more]

Commercial parking in downtown lot concerns city officials

Jul 24, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton city officials are weighing potential changes to parking regulations at the public lot on Fremont Avenue and Broadway.
The lot is not regulated at ... [more]

Election Matchup: Fremont County Attorney (Part two)

Jul 24, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Both candidates in the closely watched Fremont County Attorney race, Michael Bennett and Pat LeBrun, addressed their views on sentencing, the Environmental ... [more]

Accused Sinks Canyon vandals waive hearings

Jul 24, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt transferred their cases to District Court on July 16.

Three defendants in a string of capers in Sinks Canyon ... [more]

Man charged in child abduction

Jul 24, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The suspect is jailed in Lander on a $250,000 cash bond.

Prosecutors have charged a Riverton man with kidnapping for the abduction of 9-year-old girl ... [more]

Dig to begin at fossil cave

Jul 24, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of ... [more]

Hill: Latest salvo by Legislature a 'smear campaign'

Jul 24, 2014 - The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill released its final report on Wednesday, formally rebuking ... [more]

Digest

Jul 24, 2014 - The Associated Press:  School under-funding alleged
A coalition of seven Wyoming school districts says the state had underfunded K-12 schools by $151 million in recent ... [more]

Ranger Sports

15-year-old Babe Ruthers dominant so far at state play

Jul 25, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Riverton has outscored its opponents 25-2 in two games, trying to advance to Saturday's state championship game.

Riverton secured a spot Thursday in ... [more]

Laramie bests Raiders to start district tourney

Jul 25, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Riverton still could earn a state tournament bid.

The Laramie Rangers opened the Class A South District American Legion baseball tournament beating ... [more]

Big comeback sends Lander to Little League state title game

Jul 25, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Lander overcame a nine-run deficit to shock Cody 15-14 Thursday night in Park County, earning a spot in the Wyoming Little League 11- and 12-year-old state ... [more]

15-year-olds trounce Rock Springs in 12-0 no-hitter

Jul 24, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Riverton 15-year-old all-star baseball pitchers Brayden Draper and Reed Axthelm combined to throw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Rock Springs Wednesday in the ... [more]

Run, ride, swim Saturday at Go Fremont County's fourth annual competition

Jul 24, 2014 - From staff reports:  The Go Fremont County Parade Day 5K, Cycle or Swim takes place this Saturday, July 26, in Riverton and signups will be accepted on Saturday morning.
Three ... [more]

It's been a great summer for Riverton Babe Ruth ball

Jul 24, 2014 - From staff reports:  There is no question Saturday had to be one of the best days the Riverton Babe Ruth baseball league produced in a number of years.
The two all-star teams ... [more]

Ranger Opinion / Community

Must everything be political?

Jul 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Driven by media commentators who need us to fight, we politicize almost everything

This summer a quarrel has emerged in Wyoming over whether it is ... [more]

County fair's rule on showing animals punishes baseball team

Jul 25, 2014 - Dianna K. Stanley, Buffalo:  Editor:
Riverton's 13-14-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team won the state championship July 19 in Torrington. This qualifies them to go to regionals in Montana. ... [more]

The guy who follows a legend

Jul 25, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Cristobal Valdez has that task; give him a chance

I haven't met new Central Wyoming College president Cristobal Valdez yet, but I sympathize with his ... [more]

Downed jetliner shows weakness in NATO alliance

Jul 25, 2014 - By Richard Parker, McClatchy Newspapers:  The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has claimed yet another casualty: the NATO alliance.
Most assuredly the human costs -- the loss of 298 lives in the shootdown of ... [more]

Gold Rush Days a 'great success'

Jul 25, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer:  This year was the first time the Carissa Mine and Mill was open during the event.

Organizers for South Pass City's Gold Rush Days called the weekend ... [more]

Girl Scouts look for volunteers in Lander

Jul 25, 2014 - From staff reports:  Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming are looking for Lander volunteers and troop leaders.
According to press release from Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, ... [more]

Visiting pastor to deliver Sunday service

Jul 25, 2014 - From staff reports:  The Dr. Rev. Thea McKee will deliver the message "In All Things" at the United Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Broadway Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Her message ... [more]

Parade needs you

Jul 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Here are a few ways almost anyone can participate

The Fremont County Fair deserves a proper kickoff in the public eye, and the fair parade is a great ... [more]

Sometimes ordinary is pretty great

Jul 24, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  We'd all do well to celebrate the basics more often

"We're all so busy chasing the extraordinary that we forget to stop and be grateful for the ... [more]

CERA meeting 'over-hyped' and didn't amount to much

Jul 24, 2014 - Joseph Bowdlerdale, Riverton:  Editor:
On the letters by Mr. Laidlaw and Ms. Williams about the CERA meeting in Riverton, this was a hyped-up meeting that didn't amount to a hill of beans. ... [more]

A fair sales tax for online shopping is a good proposition

Jul 24, 2014 - By The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News:  It's been nine years since Congress first took up online shopping's unfair sales tax advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers. But Virginia's Bob Goodlatte, ... [more]

City coffee roastery using custom bike to make deliveries

Jul 24, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  The family-owned business uses the machine to bring customers bags of roasted beans.

Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery has an eye-catching new promotional ... [more]

Start Up Institute returns to Jackson

Jul 24, 2014 - From staff reports:  Silicon Couloir and Central Wyoming College have partnered to bring the third session of the Start Up Institute to Jackson in the fall.
The Start Up ... [more]