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Mar 14, 2017 By Steven R. Peck

Month of mud

If December, January and February were the months of record-setting snow in Fremont County, then March, and probably April, most certainly are going to be the months of mud.

There aren't any official records kept for mud, but we probably can take note of this spring's mud and assume that it won't be matched for some time to come. Slip your shoes off at the front door, everyone.

Meanwhile, we appear to be in for an extended stretch of very nice weather -- the first time that's been the case since November. This Saturday's projected high in Riverton: 70.

A warning from last year

We've now gone some time without a big snowstorm after getting one every 2-3 weeks from mid-December into February. By no means does that mean we are out of the snowy season, however. Weather watchers will recall that the biggest snowstorm we got all last year came at the tail-end of March, when 16 inches of snow fell during a long storm from the 29th through the 31st. Get the golf clubs out if you like, but don't lose the snow shovel.

Flipped

Rarely in the history of Riverton has a scene so wild as the one that played out Saturday morning been witnessed. We just don't see an automobile accident on the slow-moving 600 block of E. Main St. downtown which leaves one vehicle on the sidewalk and another one flipped on its top. The aftermath, in which the driver fled the scene on foot, added to the spectacle.

It seems more than fortunate that no one was killed, much less injured, but that seems to be the case with the exception of a minor arm or hand injury to the driver of the overturned car.

That driver may end up having more problems than his arm and his car. We will continue to follow the story.

Chief's departure

Through last week, neither the City of Riverton nor chief of police Mike Broadhead had made official comment since the day it was revealed a week earlier that the chief was in line for a job in Statesboro, Georgia. Observant readers, however, will have noticed the help-wanted advertisement in Sunday's edition for an interim chief of police. If ever there was an indicator that the chief truly is departing, it's that. Sure enough, he has made it official. See our story on page 1.

Chopped-off sentence

We received a few questions on Monday about our story on page A-10 of Sunday's edition regarding the abrupt dismissal of Wyoming's Kip Crofts and the remaining 45 U.S. attorneys who had served in the Obama Justice Department.

The final sentence in that story was a fragment that ended, inadvertently, in the middle of the line. The intent was to end the story with the sentence before that fragment, but the first few words of the following sentence sneaked in by mistake. Chalk it up to a simple error by a hurried editor.

The sentence didn't have huge pertinence to the story. For those who care, here it is in its entirety: "One U.S. attorney appointed by Obama was out of state on Friday and was forced to say goodbye to his office by a blast e-mail, said Tim Paurdon, a former U.S. attorney from North Dakota who was included on the e-mail chain."

Dow Now

In the nearly nine months since we began our latest watch-and-wait investment experiment called "Dow Now," there haven't been many weeks that the imaginary account didn't increase in value. The past week was one in which it did fall, but not by much.

To review, after the famous Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted when British voters opted to pull their nation out of the European Union, there were some very gloomy Wall Street forecasts for the future. So, we imagined investing a thousand dollars in a Dow "index fund." No stock expertise is needed. If the Dow rises, then the investment does too. Simple as that.

The market has been on a real roll since last fall. Even with last week's 1 percent downturn, had you actually invested $1,000 in a DJIA index fund last June 24, as of Tuesday morning it would have grown to $1173.49.

Riverton champs

For the first time in history - and that history encompasses nearly 100 years - Riverton High School has won the state boys basketball championship. The team wrapped up a remarkable season with its victory in the Class 3-A title game Saturday night. Worland was the opponent.

To the delight of RHS fans who have followed the team from the start, it was great to see the championship won on a night when the boys were playing at their best. This one was never even close.

There will be more coverage of the great season in the days ahead, but for now, our newspaper, which has reported on every RHS basketball game ever played, joins all in the community in offering our greatest possible congratulations. What a year.

Here's to a good week.

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