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Is writing a column a job?

Sep 6, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  I'm starting this column on Labor Day --†a non-working day for most folks.
We did our holiday excursion to Boysen Park yesterday, and we're so glad we did. ... [more]

Trotting out Bill Clinton

Sep 6, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The former president still has "it," as he proved Wednesday at the convention

If you ever have a cause that you believe in, or an office that you ... [more]

How about a fact-based campaign?

Sep 5, 2012 - By The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Here's a suggestion for President Barack Obama as he prepares for his big moment on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.:
Embrace ... [more]

'Summer Triangle' still dominates

Sep 5, 2012 - By Carl Manning:  August skies are behind us, and we had a rare "blue moon" on Friday, Aug. 31. One of the several definitions of a blue moon is when there are two full moons in ... [more]

Crossing the river

Sep 5, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  A second road and bridge out of Riverton might prove too big to tackle

For years Fremont County elected leaders, business people and travelers ... [more]

Romney speech leaves out war

Sep 4, 2012 - By Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press:  It's the first time in 60 years that a Republican presidential nominee omitted the topic from his acceptance speech.

WASHINGTON -- With America ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Sep 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  No-Labor Day
The newspaper staff appreciated the day off Monday. It wouldn't have been a publication day anyway, but we did close the office of The ... [more]

GOP leaders support the causes 'that benefit people who already have great wealth, power

Sep 2, 2012 - Darlene Dahlin, Riverton:  Editor:
I think Cynthia Lummis's recent radio ad to the effect that the only way Congress is going to get anything done is to get rid of all the Democrats ... [more]

The feel of football season

Sep 2, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer:  You know it even if you're nowhere near a practice field or a stadium.
We walked out of a store in the failing light last week. The sun had set a few ... [more]

Making a living -

Sep 2, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  America's labor picture is a huge thing, and we all are part of it
Labor Day weekend has arrived for 2012. It comes on the heels of a Republican ... [more]

Hall of Famer

Aug 31, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  In Ranger newspaper lore, M.J. Schlichenmayer was exactly that

Long-termers in our newspaper office sometimes talk about The Ranger Hall of Fame, a ... [more]

Thanks for being part of my life

Aug 31, 2012 - Marvin Schlichenmayer:  Editor's note: Longtime Ranger printing superintendent Marvin J. Schlichenmayer, known to his Ranger cohorts as "Slick" during his 29-year career her ... [more]

Fact checkers find Ryan's convention speech lacking

Aug 30, 2012 - The Associated Press:  WASHINGTON -- Laying out the first plans for his party's presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday when ... [more]

I'm happy to be near the Winds again

Aug 30, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk:  It's not that we didn't like Idaho. It's just that we missed Wyoming so much!
My boyfriend, Cooper, and I left Fremont County last August when he was accepted ... [more]

Cue the nominee

Aug 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Mitt Romney's big speech comes Thursday, and the bar is high

When you are a relatively bland presidential candidate, you run the risk of being ... [more]

Romney takes risk in echoing Reagan

Aug 29, 2012 - By Michael Finnegan, MCT News Service:  TAMPA, Fla. --¬†Nearly 32 years have passed since a Republican ousted a Democratic president. Now Mitt Romney is trying to pull it off in much the same way ... [more]

Armstrong

Aug 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  He's forever the 'First Man'

If you see a flag flying at half staff this Friday, it's in honor of Armstrong.
Not Lance. Neil.
If you ask the ... [more]

Bring troops home from Afghanistan

Aug 28, 2012 - By The Seattle Times:  Two thousand is just a number. The number of pounds in a ton. The number of years in two millennia.
The number of U.S. dead in Afghanistan, according to a ... [more]

Tuesday notes

Aug 28, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Hot time
In Fremont County we had an unusually mild winter, if you'll recall, followed by an unseasonably warm spring, and an almost unbelievably ... [more]

No back-to-school for me

Aug 26, 2012 - By Randy Tucker:  For the first time in 50 years, I won't be in the classroom this fall.

The surprising bestseller skyrocketed to the top of the charts a quarter ... [more]

In 2012 race, a traffic jam on the low road

Aug 26, 2012 - By Mark Shields:  And when the down-and-dirty campaign is over, there has been no agreement reached between the voters and the leaders about what we must do as a nation. ... [more]

What has been lost

Aug 26, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Court decisions supposedly meant to improve local elections have worsened them

Thanks to the court-ordered "districizing" of just about everything on ... [more]

My percentage on primary picks

Aug 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  The news Thursday that the Republican primary election for Fremont County Commission District 2 had some incorrect ballots might play a role in the official ... [more]

No harm done

Aug 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Riverton was right to warn citizens of water shortage, even if it didn't pan out

Riverton public services director Bill Urbigkit was good-natured ... [more]

Leaving the fishing to the bears

Aug 23, 2012 - By Betty Starks Case:  Bearsy Dotes? Who or what is that?
This has been a peculiar year in many ways, so hang with me. With so little rain, and fires burning out of control ... [more]

You've got to run

Aug 23, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Even rich, favored political candidates have to work hard in the election

Why in the world would U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and U.S Rep. Cynthia Lummis ... [more]

Just chalk it up to 'synchronicity'

Aug 22, 2012 - By Walter Cook:  Margi and I had definitely broken passenger protocol.
When you're 30,000 feet in the air, death is generally something you don't talk about, as your captive ... [more]

On to November

Aug 22, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  Primary has its close shaves

For the longest time Tuesday night, it looked as if the two Fremont County Commissioners who faced primary election ... [more]

Let's fix up the Zimmer trail

Aug 21, 2012 - By Jamie Drendel:  On a recent road trip with Rivertonians, I learned that my interest in the pioneers who crossed this country in butt-breaking wagons isn't unique to my status ... [more]

Some picks for the primary

Aug 21, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck:  If it's late August in an even-numbered year, then it must be primary election time --†when I always crawl out on a limb and start sawing as fast as I can in ... [more]