News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Apr 10, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
We're off and running with The Ranger's second in what we hope will become an annual spring Easter egg hunt.
The daily clues borrow something from our popular "Jumble" game that appears in the classified pages. Once you've unscrambled the letters to form the simple words, the clues are pretty simple. It's putting them in the right order that poses the challenge. They aren't necessarily published in the order required to find the eggs.
Remember, please, that all the information available about the egg hunt appears on the clue pages between now and April 20 if necessary. Placing a telephone call to Ranger receptionists and asking about the eggs will do you no good. Use the clues. They're all you've got.
And thanks, as always, to the advertisers who are supporting the clue pages. We encourage our readers to support local businesses that support the local newspaper.
Jet vs. apartment building
You don't often see pictures like those from Virginia Beach, Va., showing the remains of the crashed military jet that hit an occupied apartment building. More often they are the stuff of the movie screen. A scene from Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" comes to mind when viewing the pictures from Friday's crash.
But this was the real thing. An 18 fighter jet smashed into an apartment house -- yet not a single person was killed.
Some are calling it the Good Friday Miracle. Whatever the reason for the unexpectedly good outcome, it sure seemed miraculous.
The 'P' word
Residents of Campbell County aren't thrilled with the idea of prairie dogs, which are normally relegated to more remote parts of Weston and Converse counties, being moved to Campbell County. Wildlife managers say there's nothing to worry about and are sounding their most reassuring tone. The reason for the transplant? The little mammals need to be separated because they often carry the plague. Yep, sounds reassuring all right. There's nothing like using the word "plague" to put public worries to rest.
Thou in the Dow
The stock market has had a great year, but the past few days have bucked the trend. Our "Thou in the Dow" experiment, in which we imagine putting $1,000 into an index fund based entirely on the rise or fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is showing the effects. After peaking in late March, the thousand bucks would have been worth $1,130.68 as of Tuesday morning.
Golf followers were told that Tiger Woods had re-emerged as the favorite to win the Masters, the first for the sport's four major professional championships. Consequently, more people watched the tournament on TV. No one draws viewers like Tiger.
And a Woods win would have been a good story. His three-year slump, which began when the tight wall of privacy around his life crumbled to reveal a sordid lifestyle, forever changed his image. The slump continued through a series of injuries as years of high-torque golf swings began to take their toll. Woods had finally won again two weeks ago, and the golf world was prepared for the Tiger man to roar again.
But the story we got Sunday might be even better. The almost comically unconventional Bubba Watson, he of the giant pink driver, he who never took a golf lesson and who does so many things today's robotic golf pros would never dream of doing -- Bubba Watson won the Masters. He pulled off one of the great, strange shots in the history of the tournament after pulling his ball deep into the trees on the second playoff hole against the sweet-swinging Louis Oosthuizen. When that 40-yard hook with a pitching wedge hit the green and spun both left and uphill toward the hole, he had the thing won.
Watson can be an oddly stiff and awkward person to watch on the golf course and in interviews, but his all-out emotional reaction to achieving the life-changing victory will not be forgotten in the sport. Quite a thing to see, coming hours after Woods had finished in something like 47th place.
March was warmer than the first 10 days of April have been. That's a weather pattern familiar from the recent past. Last year, even February had as many warm days as April did, and May wasn't a whole lot better. We hate to keep harping on the wintry Memorial Day of 2011, but it's hard to forget.
Easter, however, delivered the kind of day we all remember as "Easter weather" from childhood. Sunny and mild, with music playing and goodies hidden in the grass.
Here's to a good week.