News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Apr 8, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck
Central Wyoming College has its three finalists for the presidency soon to be vacated by the coming retirement of Dr. Jo Anne McFarland.
The longtime president made her plans known months ago, but the announcement of the finalists makes the changing of the guard much more real in the public eye. One of the three names to go with the faces on Friday's front page will be the president of CWC a couple of months from now.
It has long been anticipated that the favorite for the job is current CWC vice president Jason Wood, and he is one of the finalists. Many locally will be rooting for him. But whether the job goes to him or one of the others, the change is coming soon. It will be a major transition in the community and is sure to be a notable moment in local history when we look back in the years ahead.
Egg hunters, gear up
Our annual Ranger Easter Egg Hunt starts today. See the first clues inside today's edition as to the hiding places of two big, wooden eggs (ostrich-sized) decorated by Marcia McBeath of The Ranger staff.
The winner gets a pair of Colorado Rockies baseball tickets and some cash to help cover the cost of the trip. This year the seats are spectacular -- third row on the third base side of the infield. If you sit there, you are right on top of the action.
It's the third time around for this, the second of our seasonal treasure hunts for 2014. The Wild West Winter Carnival started things off over the winter, and we'll follow it with the Balloon Block search in July and the Find the Football contest in the fall.
These are popular contests for our readers, and they are fun for our staff to put together. Have fun looking for the eggs, and be sure to take note of the advertisers on the page that help make the contest possible. They support the local newspaper, and they deserve the patronage and support of our readers.
National goes local
Reporter Eric Blom wrote Sunday about a national news topic hitting close to home. Wyoming Catholic College, based in Lander, is one of the many entities nationwide at issue in the disagreement about whether health care benefits paid to employees can exclude coverage for birth control if the employer objects.
We will follow this with interest, all the while reminded of a slight alteration to the late House Speaker Tip O'Neill's remark that "All politics is local," namely, "all news is local."
Roy would have smiled
The just-concluded Roy Peck Invitational Track Meet would have pleased its namesake.
Many people in Fremont County remember Roy Peck, but that number is shrinking. He's been gone 31 years now.
Roy grew up in Riverton and was a top half-miler for the Wolverines. After combat duty in World War II, he actually was the track and field coach at the University of Wyoming. He was just a year or two older than the team members himself as UW scrambled to rebuild its sports programs after the war as quickly as possible.
Later he served numerous times as the official starter for the Wyoming state high school track and field meet, and he never lost his enthusiasm for the sport.
He and brother Bob Peck were the founders of The Ranger, and during his 30 years as a publisher Roy always made sure track and field got first-rate coverage in our sports pages. Riverton's 1963 state championship, first ever for the school in any sport, was a proud moment for Roy as a newspaperman, meet official and supporter of the sport.
After his untimely death in 1983, Riverton began hosting a big track and field invitational that is named for Roy, and had he been there Saturday, striding briskly from event to event, camera and notebook in hand, Saturday's sunny skies and calm winds would have brought a smile to his face -- as would the fantastic new track facility at Riverton High School. It was a great day for a track meet.
Columnist Betty Starks Case in her Thursday column noted a favorite old quote about the difference between the first day of spring and the first spring day. We had the first a couple of weeks ago, but whether we've had the second is debatable. Our weather hasn't been terrible since March 20, but it's been a struggle to shake off winter.
By the end of this week, however, there won't be any doubt. The high temperatures from now until Friday in the Riverton Valley are forecast as 67, 62, 67 and 59, with sunshine the whole time.
In 1633, poet George Herbert wrote of the season as follows: "Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets, compacted, lie."
The lid is off the box now. Have a taste of spring.
Here's to a good week.