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A night in the castle, 35 years later

May 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  It had been that long since I last slept in a college room

I have spent exactly two nights in a college residence hall in the past 35 years, six ... [more]

Odd Fellows

May 29, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The handsome little cemetery on Riverview Road still needs caretakers

No one whose Memorial Day observances this week included a visit to Mountain ... [more]

Lugar's list

May 28, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The retired Republican senator scores lawmakers on cooperativeness in legislation

What does a retired U.S. senator do after six terms in office? In ... [more]

Impact, emotion and appreciation

May 28, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  The feelings mix freely at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

It calls to you. It haunts you. It won't let you go.
For many years that's been the effect ... [more]

State hosts

May 27, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  If the 1-A basketball tournament is available, then Riverton ought to explore hosting it

The Wyoming High School Activities Association recently ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 26, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Soaked
We live in a sunny, semi-arid climate, but things have been going strongly against that pattern in recent days. Rarely will we see a wetter ... [more]

Understanding the dead

May 24, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  That could be Memorial Day's best mission

Our newspaper was the first in Wyoming to become a member of The Associated Press. That was in 1953. ... [more]

Three early champions of life

May 24, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Seeing the child of a friend do well is a joy almost as great as watching your own child succeed. 

Memories can betray you at the most inopportune ... [more]

Who's listening?

May 22, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  National Security Agency phone spying hard to package politically

It's now been more than two weeks since a federal court ruled that the federal ... [more]

School lectures can wait awhile

May 21, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  For now, my preschooler gets to enjoy his summer

My preschooler is finishing his first year of school (part-time though it is), and he's experiencing ... [more]

Making room

May 21, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Plans for the remodeled Wyoming Capitol ought to include the news media

Progress on the costly renovation of the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne, and the ... [more]

No offense to Carson, but Letterman's the best

May 20, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  The gap-toothed man from Muncie is signing off.

What you are about to read is a statement of blasphemy, an open and acknowledged demonstration of ... [more]

No joke

May 20, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  'The Sagebrush Sea' affirms our prairie shrub's important position

Years ago, we produced an April Fools edition of The Ranger featuring a fake page ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 19, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  A little at a time
Tuesday brings another "special weather statement" from the National Weather Service warning of new snowfall in our part of the ... [more]

Solving the world's problems

May 17, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Roy Maxson and I did it during many a long bus ride.

Whether by fate or providence, there are times in life when just the right person enters your ... [more]

Up, down up

May 17, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Revenue projections make budgeting a chore

Sometimes when we are living through extraordinary circumstances, we are so busy dealing with them that ... [more]

Still, and always, part of Wyoming

May 15, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  Fremont County did well to find a burial place for unclaimed

The burial of the "unclaimed remains" touched me.
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Eureka -- a budget bill

May 15, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi had a pivotal role, as he will going forward as well

Lo and behold, the U.S. Congress has passed a full budget bill for ... [more]

Thirty years in the making

May 14, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  We have a new Shoshone National Forest plan, but it took awhile

Congratulations to the U.S. Forest Service and the State of Wyoming for signing a new ... [more]

Strange sounds, strange causes

May 14, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  One of them emanated from my own pants pocket

It's true. I was hearing strange sounds.
Some were voices. Some sounded more like a gnawing mouse. ... [more]

Old West crime

May 13, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Livestock theft is a growing concern in Wyoming and the West

Cattle rustling? Really?
When the Wyoming Legislature's committee on ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 12, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Not using 1 percent money
The City of Riverton is not -- repeat, not -- using money from the optional 1 percent sales tax to pay for the DuraPatch ... [more]

Stacks and scrubbers

May 10, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  A big oil refinery is going try to comply with new pollution rules

Last week the owners of the big HollyFrontier oil refinery in Cheyenne announced  ... [more]

Cancer spreads inside the body and out

May 10, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  The Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies -- A Biography of Cancer" is a riveting work full of triumph and tragedy.

Physician and ... [more]

The art of nursing

May 8, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thursday's pinning ceremony showed some of our community's very best

Florence Nightingale, the woman who is credited with establishing and ... [more]

Dylan can't sing a lick, but so what?

May 8, 2015 - By Chris Peck:  In a society where the older too often are relegated to being forgotten, shoved aside and minimalized, the enduring presence of Bob Dylan is a reminder that ... [more]

Never-ending battle

May 7, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Two significant drug busts in quick succession show the scope of the fight

Should it be considered a good thing or a bad thing that two large-scale ... [more]

Parental milestone: Little League mom

May 7, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  Is that why my son is wearing a large leather mitten?

Life seems to throw a new milestone at me every week, and this week is no exception: I'm now a ... [more]

Fight of the century?

May 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fell far short of living up to that title

Occupying part of the Riverton City Council's time in recent weeks has been the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

May 5, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  May flowers
Those who look for small milestones of the season will note to the spring record that we seem to be having crabapple blossom season in the ... [more]