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Shortage of volunteer firefighters a growing crisis

Mar 5, 2014 - Jerri Robinson, Kinnear:  Editor:
It is a sad day in our community. Another long-standing tradition has gone by the wayside. The Morton-Kinnear annual fireman's pancake supper, an ... [more]

If Riverton is to be part of new reservation state, will governing council expand?

Mar 4, 2014 - Michael Anderson, Riverton:  Editor:
I have been closely following the discussions concerning the recent EPA ruling which determined the inclusion of Riverton within the Wind River Indian ... [more]

County's museums 'sure need something'

Mar 3, 2014 - Marlene Stefanson, Lander:  Editor:
I was disappointed to read about the "central museum director" position again for the county museums. I was hoping it might have gone away. Still ... [more]

Commission correct to ask county employees to pay more on insurance

Feb 28, 2014 - Randy Learlieb, Riverton:  Editor:
Applause to the Fremont County Commission for requiring more employee financial input to the county's health insurance plan. I don't hold anything ... [more]

Waiting too long for response on Shoshone tribal recall petition

Feb 27, 2014 - Inga Sogope, Helen Grace Ward, Fort Washakie:  Editor:
To all enrolled members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe 18 years of age and older,
Hauh naruwerah zondt dauvey.
I am writing this letter to inform my ... [more]

Past mayor incorrect on MOU history; positions contradictory

Feb 26, 2014 - Dennis Heckart, Sarasota, Fla.:  Editor:
As a longtime Riverton resident now living in sunny Florida, my heart and roots are still in Wyoming and especially Riverton -- my hometown.
I have ... [more]

Hill: SF104 mistake is easy to fix: quit stalling, restore previous duties

Feb 25, 2014 - Cindy Hill, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction:  Editor:
The leadership of the Wyoming Legislature is struggling to understand the Wyoming Supreme Court's decision finding SF104 unconstitutional. I have ... [more]

Public defenders often in tough position, deserve appreciation

Feb 24, 2014 - Dany Kurttila, Riverton:  Editor:
I recently read an article in your paper concerning public defenders. It occurred to me that those providing that service have an often thankless, but ... [more]

Don't assume 'the sky is falling' due to EPA order

Feb 21, 2014 - Frank Tanner, Riverton:  Editor:
Bravo, Mayor Warpness and ex-mayor Vincent. It's nice to see that at least a few of our leaders have not fallen prey to the "Chicken Little" theme ... [more]

Readers, please send Wyoming items for student project in Iowa

Feb 20, 2014 - Lauren A., Iowa:  Editor:
Hello. My name is Lauren. I am a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.
We are studying the history and geography of ... [more]

State's 'power grab' from Hill left some ugly scars

Feb 19, 2014 - Carole S. Anderson, Riverton:  Editor:
This power grab in our state government is ugly.
The cannibalistic nature of the governor and state legislature in their treatment of legally-elected ... [more]

If you disapprove of the Hill Bill, then remove those who did it from office

Feb 18, 2014 - Lyle Williams, Evanston:  Editor:
It occurs to me that Wyoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau is guilty of many sins, among them bearing false witness. Last session, Speaker Lubnau ... [more]

Legislators who backed SF104 ought to impeach themselves

Feb 17, 2014 - Evelyn Black, Riverton:  Editor:
 The Wyoming Constitution is the supreme governing document of the State of Wyoming. It is the law. Proposed amendments must be approved by a majority ... [more]

Second Amendment rights infringement needs corrected

Feb 14, 2014 - Jack Gordon, Dubois:  Editor:
Who is Steve Barlow? According to a story in the Jan. 18 issue of The Ranger, Mr. Barlow is the Central Wyoming College campus safety director. The ... [more]

Flashing speed sign 'really does help' on West Main

Feb 13, 2014 - Jen Lowry:  Editor:
The other day I was driving on West Main Street, and the sign that shows your speed as you are driving had been put up.
I think this is a very good ... [more]

EPA ruling must be challenged

Feb 12, 2014 - William L. Morgana, Riverton:  Editor:
When I hear people saying "calm down" over the EPA ruling trying to make Riverton part of the Indian reservation, what that says to me is "just sit ... [more]

Need in Wyoming for higher beer tax is real, and it is not going away

Feb 12, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton:  Editor:
This is an open letter to all our elected legislators who are starting the new legislative session. You are going to have the opportunity to do a ... [more]

Lawmakers, consider the worker

Feb 11, 2014 - Bruce Palmer:  Editor:
This week the Wyoming Legislature convenes for a 20-day budget session to hammer out the budget for the next two years. Fortunately, the state is in a ... [more]

Sue Wallis will be missed dearly

Feb 11, 2014 - Steven R. Doyle:  Editor:
Sue Wallis, a state representative from Recluse, passed away last week.  Many in Fremont County had the pleasure of working with her on several issues ... [more]

Now is the time to 'get real' on state beer tax

Feb 7, 2014 - Ron Warpness, Mayor, Riverton:  Editor:
This is an open letter to all our elected legislators who are getting ready for the upcoming legislative session. You are going to have the ... [more]

Community concern eased holiday emergency greatly

Feb 6, 2014 - The Peden family, Riverton:  Editor:
As a family, we would like to voice our appreciation for the many hours spent on Christmas Eve search and rescue efforts to find Adam.
We were so ... [more]

A 2-year-old has more sense than all of Washington, D.C.

Feb 5, 2014 - Dan Wimp, Riverton:  Editor:
Between Obama, the government, the Senate, and the house, our dog Bella is more grown-up than all the people in the White House.
You people should ... [more]

'Concern for the younger generation'

Feb 4, 2014 - Tom Lindsey, Cheyenne:  Editor:
I feel concern for the younger generation. They desire independence, freedom and happiness, but in reality by not critically analyzing what it takes ... [more]

Bebout and others correct to question red carpet for Magpul

Feb 3, 2014 - Jess Rodgers, Casper:  Editor:
I couldn't believe the news that the State Loan and Investment Board would turn Casper's request for a conference center down, and then the Wyoming ... [more]

Shoshones' survival as a tribe being threatened

Jan 31, 2014 - Mary Hope, Ethete:  Editor:
I am writing in response to recent articles and letters to the editor about whether Riverton is on the Shoshone Indian Reservation, now called Wind ... [more]

Event for writers was well done and well received

Jan 30, 2014 - Carol Deering, Riverton:  Editor:
I'd like to say how much I enjoyed reading at the Westword Writers "Winter Gathering of Words" at the Riverton Branch Library on Jan. 23.
I believe ... [more]

Question to a reckless driver

Jan 29, 2014 - Kim Rogers, Pavillion:  Editor:
This is an open invitation to the driver of the white Ford pickup that was heading east on Highway 26 before turning left on Airport Road at around 7 ... [more]

Stranded air traveler helped by 'exceptional young people'

Jan 28, 2014 - Beverly Higgs, Riverton:  Editor:
Recently I was scheduled to take a plane from Denver to Riverton. The flight was canceled by Great Lakes Airlines, which left us unable to leave until ... [more]

Legal landowners 'thrown under the bus' by EPA ruling

Jan 27, 2014 - Janet Conover, Pavillion:  Editor:
What follows is from a letter to the Fremont County Sherif's department:
"I respectfully request an increased number of patrols and wellness checks ... [more]

Kindness matters, both to the giver and the recipient

Jan 24, 2014 - Tracy Morrin, Riverton:  Editor:
I was touched by an unexpected act of kindness recently. I was in a store the previous week to get some little books to send to my twin ... [more]