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Gun initiative bets the most on new background checks

Jan 18, 2013 - By David Lauter and Melanie Mason, MCT Washington Bureau:  A less-ambitious effort to strengthen the background check system passed the Senate in 1999, after the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, but ... [more]

Steamroller

Jan 18, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The 'Hill bill' flies in the face of what most legislators claim to believe

One of the oddest aspects of the steam-rolling show in the Wyoming ... [more]

Regardless of how it ends, it's right time for gun discussion

Jan 17, 2013 - The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  Just 33 days after a school massacre in Newtown, Conn., claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators, President Barack Obama presented a ... [more]

Making the most of winter

Jan 17, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  We're doing it indoors, minus the cable TV

It's cold out. It's so cold, I'm considering calling George R.R. Martin and telling him that winter ... [more]

30 minutes a day

Jan 17, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  That's the oft-repeated reading goal for kids in 2013 -- and the newspaper can help

One of the well-promoted new year's resolutions nationwide for ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Jan 16, 2013 - Staff:  I can tell the public doesn't like this. I have had a couple of e-mails in favor (of the bill), and most of those people in favor have intimate knowledge of ... [more]

Pew poll finds agreement on some gun control proposals

Jan 16, 2013 - McClatchy Newspapers:  LOS ANGELES (MCT) -- A month after an elementary school massacre pushed gun control back onto the public agenda, some of the key proposals being discussed ... [more]

New Panthers

Jan 16, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Powell makes Special Olympics 'official'

Of note in the news is the announcement that Powell High School has formed a new varsity sports team.
No, ... [more]

We're world's wealthiest but not healthiest

Jan 15, 2013 - By The Los Angeles Times:  For all of our sophisticated medical care, Americans can expect shorter lives and more health troubles than the people of other well-off nations, according to ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 15, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Hot stuff
Reporter Christina George's story in Sunday's edition about 2012 being the warmest year ever recorded in both Riverton and Lander probably ... [more]

More to watch, less worth seeing

Jan 14, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  Modern technology keeps old entertainment alive -- and it's usually better.

Popular media has been in constant flux since America's first commercial ... [more]

Tourism funding

Jan 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's good reason to spare it from the state budget cleaver

Is now the time to cut tourism promotional funding from the state budget? It's one of ... [more]

New (bold?) predictions for 2013

Jan 14, 2013 - By Carl Leubsdorf:  A year ago, we predicted President Barack Obama would edge Mitt Romney 48-47 with 286 electoral votes, plus we'd get a Democratic Senate and Republican House; ... [more]

State by state, driver's licenses are becoming key point on immigration

Jan 11, 2013 - By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers:  WASHINGTON -- After first indicating it would grant driver's licenses to young illegal immigrants who have received two-year deferrals from deportation, the ... [more]

An end run in Cheyenne

Jan 11, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The bill to strip power from the state superintendent is dangerous and premature

Some members of the Wyoming Legislature have taken a dislike to ... [more]

Loopholes and earmarks are alive and well in new fiscal cliff bill

Jan 10, 2013 - By The Miami Herald:  Last month, a survey by Indiana University's Center on Congress found that a mere 9 percent of those in a recent poll approved of Congress's job performance -- ... [more]

Attitude is everything

Jan 10, 2013 - By Betty Starks Case:  We're better when we tune in to our positives

I used to approach the desk of then-editor Dave Perry with, "Dave, I've been thinking."
In feigned ... [more]

The PIT count

Jan 10, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  The objective is to enumerate the homeless in Fremont County

Winter is a poignant time to count the homeless. At no other time of year is their ... [more]

A new year for the nighttime sky

Jan 9, 2013 - By Carl Manning:  It turned cold at the end of December, so you have probably been looking at stars from inside through a window. I don't blame you. It does seem sometimes that ... [more]

No to Norquist

Jan 9, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Enzi, others show courage

An undermentioned positive development from the 2012 election featured Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, among others. Our ... [more]

Working for school accountability

Jan 8, 2013 - By Cindy Hill:  As I travel the highways of Wyoming, I find a great number of Wyoming educators and parents see their schools as models for the rest of the state and the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 8, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Thawed out
The weather forecast called for temperatures in the low to mid-30s over the past couple of days, but longtime residents knew better. The ... [more]

Not exactly a happy ending

Jan 6, 2013 - By Randy Tucker:  But the story of our Christmas calf could have been worse.

A professor in one of my English literature classes offered an explanation of the ... [more]

Rapping the gavel

Jan 6, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Take the session seriously, lawmakers, and keep Wyoming issues uppermost

Some hard and serious work is about to begin as the Wyoming Legislature ... [more]

Differences in the details

Jan 4, 2013 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Politically, the 213th Congress that was sworn in Thursday won't be much of a change from the less-than-stellar 212th Congress it replaces: ... [more]

Wyoming's top news

Jan 4, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  Try this top-10 list on for size

For years the Associated Press (of which The Ranger was the very first Wyoming member newspaper in 1953) produced an ... [more]

A wake-up call in a steamy cup

Jan 3, 2013 - By Clair McFarland:  My voice says 'good morning,' but my breath says 'bring it'

Coffee: in our society, the most fundamental drink besides water.
Usually served hot, ... [more]

No joke

Jan 3, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's no room anymore for wisecracks about violence at school

A visit to a local elementary school on a cold January morning brought to mind a ... [more]

Quoted in the news

Jan 2, 2013 - From staff reports:  Our community ... has to pull together and work together to reduce this mortality rate.
-- Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan, after announcing that the ... [more]

The perils of punditry

Jan 2, 2013 - By Doyle McManus:  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Back in 2011, at the dawn of a long presidential campaign, I established a fine baseline for my credentials as ... [more]