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Lugar's list

The retired Republican senator scores lawmakers on cooperativeness in legislation

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

Impact, emotion and appreciation

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 ...

State hosts

If the 1-A basketball tournament is available, then Riverton ought to explore hosting it

The Wyoming High School Activities Association recently ...

Tuesday notes

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 ...

Understanding the dead

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. ...

Three early champions of life

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 ...

Who's listening?

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 ...

School lectures can wait awhile

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 ...

Making room

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 ...

No offense to Carson, but Letterman's the best

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 ...

No joke

'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 ...

Tuesday notes

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 ...

Solving the world's problems

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 ...

Up, down up

Revenue projections make budgeting a chore

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

Still, and always, part of Wyoming

Fremont County did well to find a burial place for unclaimed

The burial of the "unclaimed remains" touched me.
You saw ...

Eureka -- a budget bill

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 ...

Thirty years in the making

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 ...

Strange sounds, strange causes

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. ...

Old West crime

Livestock theft is a growing concern in Wyoming and the West

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

Tuesday notes

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 ...


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