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As first 9/11 trials planned, loved ones of victims getting some relief

Aug 27, 2013 - By Ben Fox, The Associated Press:  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The visitors getting VIP treatment from the U.S. military sat through days of legal debate so dense that even lawyers yawned ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 27, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  No more 90?
Here is a seasonal question we like to ask this time of year: Are our 90-degree days over for the year? Weather watchers know it's rare to ... [more]

Why is one museum director an improvement over three?

Aug 25, 2013 - Ann Rowner, Riverton:  Editor:
Please explain to me how having one director for all the museums would be a better idea. The problem is not with the museums each having a separate ... [more]

Smile because it happened

Aug 25, 2013 - Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  Maybe it's a sign of advancing age, but I've been to an inordinate number of funerals this summer. As the common cliché rings out, the only two things in life ... [more]

Four words

Aug 25, 2013 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  In the hot summer of 1963, Martin Luther King talked about his dream
Most people living in America today were not yet born when Martin Luther King Jr. ... [more]

Volunteers, performers, patrons all made River Walk a succes

Aug 23, 2013 - By Karen Peden, Riverton:  Editor:
During a conversation one day, someone asked of a new resident, "Why on Earth would you move to Riverton, Wyo., except for work?"
During the summer, ... [more]

Thanks for the fodder, residents

Aug 23, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  Residents rely on law enforcement to respond to any request for help within Fremont County. And dispatchers receive all kinds of calls - including some that ... [more]

City traffic

Aug 23, 2013 - Steve Peck, Publisher:  A new municipal ordinance changes things for collection and enforcement

It probably came as a surprise to many Riverton residents to hear that the ... [more]

In Egypt, choices for the U.S. run from bad to worse

Aug 22, 2013 - By The Chicago Tribune:  The bloody images coming out of Egypt invite Americans to pick white hats and black hats: to punish the generals who staged a coup and killed many ... [more]

Finding ourselves in the newspaper

Aug 22, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  "Sometimes I can hear those old newspapers talking."
That line came from a character in a summer theater performance by the University of Wyoming's Snowy ... [more]

Eyes wide open

Aug 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Soon enough, Internet crimes will be less amusing and more troubling

We quote from The Associated Press:
"A judge has set an Oct. 9 trial date for a ... [more]

Mexico right in wanting to open oil industry to investors

Aug 21, 2013 - By The Dallas Morning News:  Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto still needs to fill in details about his intriguing proposal to open up more of Mexico's energy industry to foreign ... [more]

What everyone 'knows' of Wyoming

Aug 21, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Not very much, judging by an online search.

Many Americans couldn't find Wyoming on a map.
Most likely, few of our fellow citizens around the ... [more]

Critics carrying the day

Aug 21, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  If there are supporters of a single director for the county museums, they are keeping quiet.

On the single-director concept for the county's museum ... [more]

Three years out, Cruz is a 2016 force

Aug 20, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Ted Cruz is on a roll.
The tea party firebrand from Texas has been in the Senate all of seven months, but he's already looking like a strong contender for the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Still the season
No, last week's day or two of cooler, damper weather didn't mean summer was over. This week's hot, dry, smoky weather proves it's ... [more]

Leroy changed a lot of lives

Aug 19, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  For decades, he was exactly what kids needed -- and they loved him for it.

It's almost rhetorical, nearing the edge of reason as much as the old ... [more]

A decent, genuine class act

Aug 19, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  That's former President George H.W. Bush in a nutshell.

Tom Rosshirt, a friend of mine, was a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. ... [more]

The PAWS dip

Aug 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  How long will it take for someone to blame it on Cindy Hill?

By now, anyone who still cares has heard that scores in the Proficiency Assessment for ... [more]

Jackson Jr. got softer fall than he might have

Aug 16, 2013 - The Chicago Tribune:  "I grew up in a house with great expectations. Everything I do has a mark of excellence on it. I did what my community said do -- go to college, get a degree, ... [more]

Riding with the Rangers: Blueberry ice cream, Martha Raye, and a young man named Island

Aug 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  At a recent Sunday afternoon reception for former Riverton resident Jan Saban, who gave so much for so long to youth activities in Riverton, visitors got to ... [more]

All hands on deck

Aug 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Job Corps is happening because local government kept the feds on track

It's an established fact that local government is the most responsive form. ... [more]

There is sense in de-escalating 'war on drugs'

Aug 15, 2013 - By The Seattle Times:  Attorney General Eric Holder's speech Monday to the American Bar Association in San Francisco was a bit like hearing from a stockbroker after trading has ... [more]

Check 'yard sale' off the must-do list

Aug 15, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  Ours went well, thanks to lots -- and lots -- of string cheese

While there are certain endeavors in adult life which are entirely optional -- like ... [more]

Celebrating 60

Aug 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Today is Riverton's 107th birthday, and The Ranger is marking its 60th

This date -- Aug. 15 -- is marked as Riverton's birthday.
Although there are ... [more]

A.G. on right track in calling for discretion in drug sentences

Aug 14, 2013 - By The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  The federal prison system in the United States is an $80 billion industry that houses more than 219,000 prisoners, with about half of them serving time on ... [more]

Enjoy the skies, from a campsite or anywhere

Aug 14, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  Another month has gone by and August is upon us. Last month we did a little camping, watched a full moon rise, and sat around a campfire roasting marshmallows ... [more]

The high-speed chase

Aug 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  No one likes it or wishes for it, but sometimes there is no alternative

Riverton and its vicinity have witnessed two high-speed pursuits of private ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Dog days?
We don't get too many days like these in Fremont County in mid-August, namely cool, mostly cloudy and something resembling humid. Take note, ... [more]

Two 'first friends' gone too soon

Aug 13, 2013 - By Chris Peck:  Kemper Sackman and Wesley Rice didn't know each other.
And they never will -- at least in this world.
Both men played memorable roles in my life. Both died ... [more]