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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]

Wednesday notes

Jan 2, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck:  First of the year
The staff of your daily newspaper appreciated the day off Tuesday as the new year arrived. Happy 2013.
We don't expect to close the ... [more]

A very bad idea from Cheyenne

Dec 31, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  Some education "experts" in the Legislature want to remove elected control of the department of education from the people.

We were in the midst of a ... [more]

Picking a president will never be the same

Dec 31, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  Who needs the Iowa caucuses if you've got a billionaire in your pocket?

Over the last 10 presidential campaigns, the first two -- and the most ... [more]

AP top 10

Dec 31, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  We agreed with most of their choices, with some exceptions

Each year as December winds down, our newspaper gets to participate in the process of ... [more]

New Year's is crystal-ball time

Dec 28, 2012 - By Patrick May, McClatchy Newspapers:  Here's a prediction for 2013 you can take to the bank:
This time next year, the world will be awash in predictions for 2014.
It's December and the ... [more]

To 2013

Dec 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Next week's calendar transition is more than just Monday to Tuesday

Here is a New Year's resolution suggestion for everyone in 2013.
Be ... [more]

Where's the 'cliff' urgency?

Dec 27, 2012 - By The Dallas Morning News:  If your paycheck is a little thinner in January, don't fault your boss. Blame rests squarely at the ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Congress, returning to ... [more]

A Christmas season stained

Dec 27, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Wasn't Christmas Day 2012 a glorious one in Wyoming? Fresh snow lit up the countryside just as we dreamed it might, just as the songs portray.
Yet in the ... [more]

Winter arrives

Dec 27, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  It doesn't seem to have its old strength, but don't be caught unprepared

The notion of "winter preparedness" hasn't been on the minds of ... [more]