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Riding with the Rangers: Old friend from the newspaper archive -- and in person

Sep 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Coincidences can be startling in the newspaper life. Last week I was in one of my favorite places, The Ranger newspaper and photo archive in the basement, and ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Odd autumn
The first week of the new season in Fremont County was a doozy, weather-wise. First we had what certainly must rank as the hottest Week 1 of ... [more]

Don't assume the worst, but plan a bit

Sep 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  The average American is believed to have about a week's supply of food on hand.

The modern world exists on a string of trust, fortified by an easily ... [more]

More wolf troubles

Sep 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Another judge, another ruling -- and Wyoming's nagging problem

A couple of years ago, Wyoming had reason to believe, or at least hope, that the ... [more]

Looking up from the screen

Sep 26, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  What is proper 'digital behavior' these days?

A confession: I am in a meeting and wasting time right now.
The speaker, a well-meaning consultant on ... [more]

Wheels of government

Sep 26, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A recent example shows they still can move pretty quickly at the local level

Local government at work -- in a good way -- was displayed over the past ... [more]

'Masculine' and 'evil' aren't synonyms

Sep 25, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Things have become confusing since Ray Rice got in trouble

I don't usually have time for philosophical thought when it intersects with football, but ... [more]

How many debates?

Sep 25, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Gosar has an interesting idea, but Mead has no reason to take part

Pete Gosar, the Democrat who is running against Gov. Matt Mead as the incumbent ... [more]

Ancient history

Sep 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Could America ever re-adjust to shorter political campaigns?

In the just-concluded PBS television series "The Roosevelts," viewers learned that ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Autumn arrival
Fall has arrived, according to the calendar -- but not the thermometer. Most of this week is predicted to be as hot as July. We might ... [more]

Wrong ritual for the wrong song

Sep 20, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  When the mundane is magnified, the magnified becomes mundane.

I've spent a lot of time my life listening to slightly off-key high school bands, ... [more]

Welcome to the show

Sep 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fall is the bridge to winter, but what a bridge it can be

Few things make us feel smaller than the change of the seasons. Nothing in our vaunted, ... [more]

That 'so sorry for you' look

Sep 19, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  I see it around the U.S. when I say I work in newspapers

Strange things happen these days around the country when you tell people at a party that you ... [more]

Honor Farm horses

Sep 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  National argument on wild horses needn't detract from fine local program

Opponents of rounding up wild horses and removing them from the grass and ... [more]

The labyrinth and the maze

Sep 18, 2014 - By Betty Starks Case:  Enter one to lose yourself, the other to find

I'm sure some readers would agree I sometimes write myself into a maze. They're lucky if I don't take ... [more]

The test of independence

Sep 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Scotland is voting today, but the lure of breaking away is universal

Poll places in Scotland's fascinating national referendum on independence are ... [more]

A lame excuse

Sep 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Explaining away the injury of a child as family tradition is unacceptable

"That's how I was raised."
Adrian Peterson, the all-pro football player of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 16, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  To freeze or not to freeze
Did it freeze hard enough Thursday night/Friday morning to end the growing season? Some say yes, some say no, which means it ... [more]

'Fish don't vote, but states do'

Sep 15, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  On a trip to Pearl Harbor, there were still some things for this history major to learn.

This is a first in my column-writing career.  These words ... [more]

Campaign money

Sep 15, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  In our state and county, the billionaires haven't taken over the elections yet

Readers from another state might well be amused to read our ... [more]

It was one great halftime show

Sep 12, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  I stepped out for a look at the year's last 'supermoon'

Monday night was another "supermoon," the last of three this summer.
It also was the first ... [more]

Go ahead, spend it

Sep 12, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Optional 1 percent sales tax revenue is coming in, and it's going right back out

Here in red-state Wyoming, it's not often that one hears ... [more]

Shopping isn't what it used to be

Sep 11, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Perhaps taking four small children to the store with me has something to do with it.

Today is a day for admissions -- and I'm not talking about school ... [more]

No magic formula

Sep 11, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Obama's plan to fight IS is based on determination and cooperation

Anyone hoping for a spectacular, groundbreaking announcement Wednesday by ... [more]

My Little League coach was right

Sep 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Unfortunately, it had been more than 40 years since the lesson

Things you learn when you see a foul ball hit by Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado ... [more]

Ray Rice

Sep 10, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The football player's brutal attack of a woman is a wake-up call on domestic violence

Ray Rice was quite well-known as a professional football ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 9, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Bracing ourselves
Summer still has about two weeks left, officially. This year's first day of autumn is Sept 22.
But it's going to stop feeling ... [more]

Why teach? Sometimes the answer is obvious

Sep 8, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer:  On Tuesday, one of my for Shoshoni High School students takes command of a Virginia-class nuclear submarine.

When people ask young teachers why they ... [more]

Helping out

Sep 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Trails development project is good mix of federal and private cooperation

Nobody is writing Valentines to the federal government these days, but ... [more]

Sage grouse and Fremont County

Sep 5, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Whether the bird survives in the wild may come down to us

The fate of sage grouse in Wyoming -- and perhaps the entire United States -- likely will ... [more]