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Poll: Most in U.S. favor relaxing marijuana laws

Apr 5, 2013 - By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau:  WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, a new poll shows, with the change driven largely by a huge shift in how the baby boom ... [more]

Heritage Center will endure after 'Trapper Jake'

Apr 5, 2013 - Lew Diehl, Riverton:  Editor:
Thanks to the many people who have shown your concern and best wishes during the loss of "Trapper Jake" Korell. His loss was a great blow to us all ... [more]

Power in the poem

Apr 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  April is National Poetry Month, so consider a favorite verse -- or find one

We have no illusions about the modest observance of National Poetry Month, ... [more]

Digest

Apr 5, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Mountain pine beetle declines in state
CHEYENNE -- An aerial survey shows that the mountain pine beetle epidemic declined across Wyoming's forests last ... [more]

Ranchers, BLM settle suit on wild horses

Apr 5, 2013 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square ... [more]

Police arrest man wearing only 'a shirt and a smile' near RMH

Apr 5, 2013 - From staff reports:  Steven Amos, 41, of Riverton, was arrested for indecent dress and exposure at about noon Thursday after reportedly leaving Riverton Memorial Hospital wearing ... [more]

Precipitation levels stay below average

Apr 5, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Snowpack in the Wind and Sweetwater river basins remains below average, but Riverton has seen more precipitation this year compared with last year, and ... [more]

Choir delivers message of hope through song

Apr 5, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  The Kuyasa Kids children's choir from the Kayamandi township in South Africa visited Wyoming this week with a message of hope and overcoming sorrow and loss ... [more]

WPBS sees 5 percent cut in fed funding

Apr 5, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The station's general manager says viewers won't notice a change.

Wyoming PBS general manager Ruby Calvert says viewers will not notice the effects ... [more]

CWC theater department preps for Hair

Apr 4, 2013 - Staff:  Central Wyoming College student Shanelle Anderson (back to camera) watched students, from left, Taylor Stagner, Sara Ludgate, Katie Wagner and Sarah Widdoss ... [more]

Reservation getting an American Legion team

Apr 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Mike Broadhead is moving ahead with his idea of having an American Legion baseball team for players from the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The Riverton ... [more]

RHS athletes ready to take spotlight at Roy Peck meet

Apr 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Events begin at 9 a.m. and should be finished by 5 p.m. at Wolverine Field.

The Wyoming high school track and field season is less than a month old, ... [more]

Today

Apr 4, 2013 - Staff:  Deaths
FABRIZIUS

Mary Fabrizius, 89, of Riverton, died Thursday, April 4, at  Wind River Health Care. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, ... [more]

Jay Patrick Corbett

Apr 4, 2013 - Staff:  Jay Patrick Corbett, of Gunnison, Colo., died Saturday, March 23, 2013, as a result of accidental drowning while he was enjoying a vacation in Hawaii. He was ... [more]

Patty 'Pat' M. Petek

Apr 4, 2013 - Staff:  Patty "Pat" M. Petek died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after a battle with leukemia. She was 79 years old.
An open house remembrance will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... [more]

Google needs more than slap on wrist for invading privacy

Apr 4, 2013 - By The Philadelphia Inquirer:  By agreeing to a toothless invasion-of-privacy settlement with Google, federal and state authorities blew a chance to take a bolder stand against the Internet ... [more]

Writer's 'paranoia' short on facts and specifics

Apr 4, 2013 - Daniel Talley, Riverton:  Editor:
On Wednesday, March 27, The Ranger printed a letter to the editor by Mary Sue Shoup titled "U.S. being 'shafted' out of its money." In the letter, Ms. ... [more]

Is it spring yet? Calendar says yes

Apr 4, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  Is it spring yet?
The calendar says we turned the corner two weeks ago. But during that time we awoke four successive mornings to a new sifting of snow on ... [more]

Rankings on health

Apr 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Fremont County gets slapped again from another time zone

Chalk up another low ranking for Fremont County on some out-of-state graduate student's ... [more]

Digest

Apr 4, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Supreme Court accepts Hill lawsuit
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by state schools Superintendent Cindy ... [more]

UW student loan default rate below national average

Apr 4, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- The percentage of University of Wyoming students defaulting on federal loans is well below the national average, while five of the state's seven ... [more]

Commissioners review indigent burial policies

Apr 4, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  State statute requires counties to pay the funeral costs of people who cannot provide for themselves.

The Fremont County Commission is looking to ... [more]

Gardening expo to feature workshops, vendors, concessions

Apr 4, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  Gardeners, grill meisters and everyone who likes good, local food will find something of interest at this year's Gardening and Backyard Living Expo.
The ... [more]

County population continues to grow

Apr 4, 2013 - Staff:  Wyoming's 10 most-populous counties (2012 estimate)

1. Laramie County -- 92,487
2. Natrona County -- 76,356
3. Campbell County -- 47874
4. ... [more]

City council ups water, sewer and sanitation rates

Apr 4, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  The Riverton City Council voted Tuesday to raise utility rates for residents, approving a 4 percent hike in water fees and a 2 percent increase to sewer and ... [more]

RHS alumna enjoying fast-pitch club at UW

Apr 3, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  Hannah Soll developed a passion for playing on the diamond when she was on the Riverton U.S. Energy girls fast-pitch team in high school.
Soll, now a ... [more]

RHS coming off losses to play Casper Natrona

Apr 3, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer:  Although most Riverton High School students are on spring break, the RHS boys and girls soccer teams have been on the pitch and are set to play Thursday.
The ... [more]

I should have gone with Big East

Apr 3, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor:  My NCAA men's bracket for the tournament is finished, which is bad, considering the Final Four hasn't even started.
Even worse, I filled out two brackets ... [more]

Today

Apr 3, 2013 - Staff:  Corrections
In Tuesday's Ranger, the page one photo cutline should have said Ryannen Rose Behan counted her eggs after the Riverton Chamber of Commerce ... [more]

Cady Marie Hammers

Apr 3, 2013 - Staff:  Cady Marie Hammers died Monday, April 1, 2013, at her home. She was 17 years old.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Dubois ... [more]

O'Dell R. Shakespeare

Apr 3, 2013 - Staff:  O'Dell R. Shakespeare, of Arapahoe, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the Lander Regional Hospital. He was 69 years old.
A rosary will be Wednesday, April 3, at ... [more]

Sequester causing pain -- for Congress

Apr 3, 2013 - Nance Shelsta, Riverton:  Here's a certainty: No one will suggest budget sequestration again for a long, long time.

Think the automatic budget cuts Congress ordered at the ... [more]

Please keep trees among the options for North Federal

Apr 3, 2013 - Nance Shelsta, Riverton:  Editor:
I was disappointed to read that trees were left out of the North Federal reconstruction project in Riverton.
Trees would add some natural beauty to ... [more]

The rattling saber

Apr 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  North Korea's 20-something leader had better hope the U.S. doesn't take him at his word

Check the word "bellicose" in a thesaurus, and you'll find ... [more]

Digest

Apr 3, 2013 - The Associated Press:  Halfway house escapees found
CASPER -- Two men who failed to return to a Casper halfway house have been captured.
Officers in St. Louis picked up ... [more]

Plows clear roughly four miles of Yellowstone road

Apr 3, 2013 - The Associated Press:  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- About four miles of roadway have been cleared by snow plows on the east side of Yellowstone National Park.
The Wyoming Department ... [more]

New Mexico man admits to burning down Hitching Post

Apr 3, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press:  CHEYENNE -- A New Mexico man pleaded guilty Monday to arson and conspiracy charges in the 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne.
Robert ... [more]

Group designing District 24 facility has four seats open

Apr 3, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer:  Fremont County School District 24 is still looking for individuals to participate in a design charrette Thursday for its new facility.
"We have four spaces ... [more]

County officials debate gun restrictions

Apr 3, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Riverton police chief Mike Broadhead and Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett take a stance against certain bans.

Riverton police chief Mike ... [more]

Vets receive a warm welcome home

Apr 3, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer:  An extended warm welcome was given to war veterans, young and old, Monday at the REACH Foundation Club House in Riverton as part of Wyoming Welcome Home Day. ... [more]