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In a stinging post-mortem to itself, Republican Party vows t

Mar 20, 2013 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  After weeks of soul-searching following Mitt Romney's bitter loss to President Barack Obama in last fall's presidential election, Republicans say they are ... [more]

The joy of speech

Mar 20, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton High School's top talkers excelled in their version of March Madness

Here's a shout-out (particularly relevant in this case) to the smart ... [more]

A parent for the fastest 20 years of my life

Mar 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As of today, I have a 20-year-old son.
It raises questions.
First, how can it be? How can 20 years have passed since the breezy, sunny, chilly last day of ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 19, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Spring's battle
It's sure been feeling like winter in the early hours this week -- no warmer than the mid-teens at 8 a.m. after Sunday's fierce winds ... [more]

The unheralded frontrunner

Mar 15, 2013 - By Bart Jones, MCT News Service:  Oddsmakers ignored Bergoglio, but cardinals liked him all along

VATICAN CITY -- He wasn't at the top of the lists of candidates that Vatican ... [more]

Naming names

Mar 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  UW's new boss is demeaned by suggestions that better candidates could have been found if there were more secrecy

It is insulting to soon-to-be ... [more]

Francis: A pope of firsts

Mar 14, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who had been the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the church's first pope from the Americas.
He is also the first pope to hail from the ... [more]

It's birthday month in our house

Mar 14, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  And time is sitting on my shoulders, shouting at me

Today is my younger son's first birthday. Also, my older son's third birthday is in 10 days, so ... [more]

Next stop: funding

Mar 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Let's pursue grant money for the new
Riverton justice center with unity and vigor
All commendation to the Fremont County Commission in settling on a location ... [more]

Plugging holes

Mar 13, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Good institutions must be able to withstand the loss of good people

A sure sign that an institution -- any institution -- has achieved the critical ... [more]

Picking pope an opportunity to scrutinize Vatican as well

Mar 12, 2013 - By Tracy Wilkinson, MCT News Service:  VATICAN CITY -- Roman Catholic cardinals gathering here to elect the next pope have focused with unusual intensity on the management of the Vatican, which by ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sprung
The clock change to daylight saving time mandated this year on Sunday morning still takes some getting used to compared to the more familiar ... [more]

Smiles from the police blotter

Mar 8, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer:  From time to time a call to law enforcement strikes a humorous cord. Here are a few rather entertaining reports made to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office so ... [more]

Final Four

Mar 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's been years since Riverton's boys
have made it; Lander's are there, too


It has been many years since the Riverton Wolverines have found ... [more]

Market is up; are happy days here again?

Mar 8, 2013 - The Baltimore Sun:  Economist John Kenneth Galbraith once observed that there are two kinds of market forecasters, those who don't know and those who don't know they don't know. ... [more]

Missing the shoebox under the bed Don't count on online services to treasure your memories

Mar 7, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  I didn't know the full potential of loss that was possible.
Remember my last column on the value of cursive writing and old letters, etc. to help us preserve ... [more]

News then, news now

Mar 7, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Many of the headlines from our first
Ranger 60 years ago still apply today


Tuesday's page-one reproduction of the original Ranger front page from ... [more]

Goodbye to Hugo Chavez, who was just another looter

Mar 7, 2013 - The Kansas City Star:  Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez portrayed himself as a man of the people, a defender of the poor. But during his long tenure, life for Venezuela's unfortunate ... [more]

Crying wolf

Mar 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Sequestration was supposed to be our
Doomsday machine -- but maybe not


In old science fiction movies, the mad scientist's laboratory always had a ... [more]

Draw lines through Orion's belt in the sky

Mar 6, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  I was wondering about how many cloudless nights we average in our area, so I tried to find some information about it.
As I was looking, I found this website ... [more]

FFA pages brought back memories of an old jacket

Mar 5, 2013 - Mary Shellert, Phoenix, Ariz.:  Editor:
I sincerely appreciated the pages in the Sunday paper recently about National Future Farmers of America Week. It is good to see there are some active ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Mar 5, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Marching toward spring
March is the month when spring begins, but winter isn't going quietly. After mild weather over the weekend that most definitely ... [more]

The short-hand of politics

Mar 5, 2013 - By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- From an early age, Americans are conditioned to see the world in sharp lines -- black-and-white labels in a society where the reality is many ... [more]

Familiar old faces at the WDE

Mar 3, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Thrown out by voters in the 2010 election by the voters, they are coming back into power under the new, appointed education CEO.

The sign reads "You ... [more]

Count me in the 'Silent Generation'

Mar 3, 2013 - By Mark Shields:  This past Monday night, along with 680 other lucky people in Washington's historic Ford's Theatre, I was able to enjoy the wit and wisdom of America's dominant ... [more]

Abortion in America is a gruesome industry based on killing babies

Mar 3, 2013 - Marian Bellinger, Riverton:  Editor:
We recently picked up a film featuring abortion providers telling the industry from the feet up. It is money. They don't do it gratis. No options ... [more]

Spending per person

Mar 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Lander and Riverton rank low on the list, but it's about more than numbers

Are we to be pleased or troubled by the news that among the 18 Wyoming ... [more]

Fed workers first to confront impact of sequestration cuts

Mar 1, 2013 - By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- As a single dad with seven kids living at home, Bill Blevins is used to pinching every penny.
The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. ... [more]

Volume 107, No. 1

Mar 1, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  As of today, there are 60 candles on The Ranger's birthday cake.

Today is The Ranger's 60th birthday.
That simple statement is a convenient ... [more]

Thanks to the mean dogs

Feb 28, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  You make me run faster and pedal harder

I've been tempted, this afternoon, to write an outdoors(wo)man's diatribe against the malicious dogs ... [more]