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Miserable fate

Jan 9, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Community mustn't brush aside two hypothermia deaths

It ought to be troubling to note that two men in our community have, apparently, frozen to death ... [more]

Resolving to appreciate good health

Jan 8, 2015 - By Betty Starks Case:  Welcome, 2015! And I do mean welcome!
If our family is typical of 2014's ending, most of the local population must be ready for a new start.
To begin, we ... [more]

Enough pin-balling

Jan 8, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming would benefit from a comprehensive transportation policy

Highway safety in Wyoming surely is the subject of some of the most disjointed and ... [more]

Doing away with ticket quotas is right move

Jan 7, 2015 - Ed Fowler, Riverton:  Editor:
I would like to thank State Sen. Eli Bebout for his putting a stop to the quota system the Wyoming Highway Patrol was using to evaluate its officers. ... [more]

Scaffolding on the dome

Jan 7, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Does it signal something for the new Congress convening this week?

Is it illustrative in some way that the U.S. Capitol dome is encased in ... [more]

A big press breakdown, but the show went on

Jan 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  On Nov. 28, our printing press broke down.
Among the many things conspiring to make a newspaper publisher's hair gray -- or, in certain cases, fall out -- ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Jan 6, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  White new year
The snow isn't piling up in record amounts, but we have been receiving pretty consistent snowfall from week to week since winter began ... [more]

Knowing just the right people

Jan 4, 2015 - By Randy Tucker:  Cronyism and nepotism is a good way to earn the public's distrust.

It was the talk of the technology boom of the late 1980s and early 90s and was ... [more]

Wyoming's top news

Jan 4, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  Wyoming's news year in 2014 touched on politics, the environment, social policy, crime, education and more. Some of the year's top news involved Fremont ... [more]

We feel spoiled even without gifts

Jan 2, 2015 - By Clair McFarland:  After 10 weeks lost, our cat Luca found her way home

Christmas came, and Christmas went, thus joining the ranks of Christmases "past."
And, though ... [more]

A big news year ahead

Jan 2, 2015 - By Steven R. Peck:  We'll see some of it coming, but most will catch us by surprise

A wintry Friday brings the first edition of our newspaper of the new year.
With it ... [more]

Quoted in the news ... 2014

Dec 31, 2014 - From staff reports:  "They lied to the jury, committed prosecutorial misconduct, and they denied a man a fair trial in Fremont County. I'll be damned if I'm going to let the ... [more]

Top news

Dec 31, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  How our votes matched the outcome of the national AP news top 10 list

Elsewhere in today's year-end edition, you can find The Associated Press annual ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 30, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Holiday schedule
The Ranger will not publish Thursday in observance of New Year's Day. Our offices at 421 E. Main St. in downtown Riverton will be ... [more]

Calculating the cost of happiness

Dec 28, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  It's not likely to have a dollars-and-cents price tag attached.

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness, but there is a lot more to the ... [more]

Go team, go

Dec 28, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  The college football playoff might or might not be better, but we all still watch

To borrow shamelessly from the old song, the hills are alive with ... [more]

Wolves, Republicans and wind

Dec 26, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Some suggestions to make 2015 a good year in Wyoming

Here are 10 low-cost New Year's resolutions that would Wyoming an even better place to live in ... [more]

Unlikely hero

Dec 26, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Of all the things that could become a banner for free speech, 'The Interview' is among the strangest

When Sony Pictures gave the go-ahead for the ... [more]

Among the Santa letters, the fullness of all we feel

Dec 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  For a quick but comprehensive course in human nature, try typing 600 letters to Santa Claus.
Ranger staff members did it again this year, with Kelli Ameling, ... [more]

Silver and gold

Dec 24, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Said the night wind to the little lamb,
"Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Dec 23, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Ho ho housekeeping
The Ranger will not publish this Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Day.
We'll do our best to have Wednesday's paper ... [more]

Grateful for the chance to keep playing when the meaning of it all still escapes me

Dec 21, 2014 - By Randy Tucker:  It's a question children ask parents, it's a question people ask as they take their last breath and it's a question that thinking people often conjure in the ... [more]

Still shining

Dec 21, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  A child's long-ago Christmas letter continues to offer seasonal inspiration

We are typing busily in these final few days before Christmas to convert ... [more]

I'll watch 'The Interview' so others may follow safely

Dec 19, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer:  I volunteer as tribute!
Dear Sony,
Let me watch "The Interview," and when I don't get blown up, you'll know the threats are hollow and that you can release ... [more]

When rich dictate to poor

Dec 19, 2014 - By Chris Peck:  Medicaid expansion in Wyoming makes sense for all

Well-to-do people imagining the lives of the poor can devolve into an embarrassing, sometimes ... [more]

Hang a light

Dec 19, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  There's a reason for so many celebrations among all peoples this time of year

The next time we publish our newspaper, winter will have arrived.
From ... [more]

Missing a purring presence

Dec 18, 2014 - By Clair McFarland:  Eighth Christmas with Luca looks doubtful

It's almost Christmas, and I've just about gotten every traditional, material, or artificial element that I ... [more]

A new low

Dec 18, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  Humanity is challenged even to describe the Taliban school massacre, much less comprehend it

Human language fails to provide the vocabulary ... [more]

You can learn from a tadpole

Dec 17, 2014 - By Carl Manning:  I never knew it was a type of galaxy too

I was driving to work the other day and heard a radio story about tadpole galaxies, which I had never known ... [more]

Having a safe Christmas

Dec 17, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck:  It's the top time of the year for accidental poisonings

Christmas time makes home safety experts nervous. There are many more hazards around the ... [more]