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Tuesday notes

Apr 25, 2017 By Steven R. Peck

Like a song

The British rock band Supertramp had a few hit records some years back, including "Give a Little Bit" and "Bloody Well Right."

Some would say the group's best known song is one that is coming to mind over and over this spring. The title: "It's Raining Again." Fremont County residents might well be humming it this week.

This precipitation business is bordering on the historic. Rarely, if ever, has there been a six-month period to match the local precipitation we have received since October. Weather records commonly are expressed in terms of calendar days and months, but improved analytical technology makes it easier to calculate records that span the end of one month and the start of another for example. When examined in those terms, the magnitude of our late fall, winter and early spring is evident.

A lot of people are talking about it, so we'll keep writing about our very wet (and pretty darned cold) season(s).

Veterans Park

The work being done to expand and otherwise improve the small Veterans Park along the Rails to Trails recreation path in Riverton is commendable. Flags, new paving and the availability of commemorative bricks featuring the names of local veterans all will add to the scope of the memorial.

Many who read reporter Alejandra Silva's recent story about the plans might have been astonished to learn that Veterans Park will be 20 years old as of July. It's a good occasion for the upgrade.

The memorial's location is not conspicuous, but neither is it hard to find or access. If it's been awhile since you've been there - or perhaps you have yet to see it at all - take a walk along Rails to Trails in back of Riverton City Hall and have a look.

Flurry of executions

The State of Arkansas is busy putting people to death this month. Realizing that its supply of deadly drugs used for lethal injections of prison inmates was about to reach its expiration date, the state hurried to schedule eight executions in a span of 10 days.

Two men were executedMondaynight just a few hours apart, and six more could occur within the next week or so. (Some legal obstacles were thrown up for a couple of them, and there is one case that might not proceed to the death chamber after all.)

Regardless of one's personal opinion on the efficacy or desirability of the death penalty, the Arkansas spectacle of rushing to put human beings to death because the "use by" date on the drug bottle is coming up has an unseemly quality to it that can't really be disclaimed.

Dow Now

Our stock markets were crackling when the new year began, but it's been slower going in recent weeks. The 12-month investment exercise we've named Dow Now has reflected the pattern. Not a lot has happened to it since February, after months of good growth.

To review, the British vote to exit the European Union last summer led to a spectacular drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for a few days.

Doubtful of the doomsday predictions of some analysts, we imagined putting $1,000 into a Dow "index fund" when the Brexit plunge was at its worst. Index funds require no analysis of individual stocks or financial data. Your are simply betting theat the index closes higher than the day before. Many analysts acknowledge that simple index-fund investments perform as well or better than most "managed" funds and portfolios.

We're watching the imaginary money for a full year and now are 10 months into it.

Mondaywas a good day on the market, and had you actually invested $1,000 into a DJIA index fund lastJune 24and done nothing more since then, as of Tuesday morning it would have grown to be worth$1,162.75, up nearly $7 from last week.

Public notices

A lot of our newspaper's space is occupied by a type of advertising called public notices. Construction bids, foreclosure notices, the minutes of public board meetings, name changes, estate actions and liens against property are among the many topics covered by legal-notice laws. Yes, laws. These ads are required by law to be published, and Wyoming newspapers are required by law to print them. We get paid to do it, but only about half the price we would get from a regular "commercial" ad.

StartingWednesday, we plan a regular series on this page highlighting noteworthy information from public notices. Prediction: It's going to be fun and informative.

Here's to a good week.

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