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Tuesday notes

May 20, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck

Holiday housekeeping

Could Memorial Day weekend be arriving already? Indeed. May 26 is an earlier Memorial Day than our minds are used to, but that's the date of the legal holiday this year.

On that note, this bit of newspaper scheduling data: The Ranger and Ranger Printers will be closed May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. We'll be open as usual May 27, and no interruption in our normal publication schedule will take place.

(And if you think this year's Memorial Day comes early, just you wait. Memorial Day 2015 is on May 25, the earliest date for the holiday possible by law.)

Water watching

It's been an on-again, off-again pattern of warm weather so far in May. That is good in terms of flood risk, as one- or two-day spurts of warm weather have allowed periods of higher runoff without bringing the deluge that summery temps would trigger.

After consultation with meteorologists, hydrologists, psychologists and floodologists, a definite procedure for warding off flooding has emerged. It's called keeping your fingers crossed.

Apple blossoms

That same roller-coaster weather pattern has been pretty hard on Riverton's trademark hopa crabapple trees this spring. Certainly there were some that emerged in full glory, but many others seemed unable to decide whether and when to bloom. Too bad. It reminds us again how lucky we are when all the conditions align for a magnificent blooming show. This wasn't one of those years.

Not identical

The recent forum intended to ease the friction surrounding the federal Environmental Protection Agency's opinion that Riverton is still on the Wind River Indian Reservation certainly was a useful exercise in general, but the devil, as they say, is in the details.

We're all for negotiations when appropriate -- and for civil conversation all the time -- but the conditions of the Michigan reservation/municipal government situation as described during this month's forum in Riverton are not transferable automatically to the Fremont County scenario.

To that point, a 1905 Act of Congress removed Riverton from the reservation. That can't be erased by local-level negotiations (or an EPA opinion). Perhaps other issues can, but not that one.

Talking things over always helps, but acts of Congress supersede cordial town meetings, which is why this thing is heading to court -- again.

Grad season

It's soccer season, track and field season, baseball season, and graduation season. So look for the annual Ranger Graduation Edition on Wednesday. It contains lots of names, smiling faces and messages of congratulations. Thanks to the schools, the kids and the photographers for your cooperation in our production of this keepsake edition, and the advertisers who make it possible for us have our heartfelt appreciation as well.

Naming a school

Fremont County School District 25 is beginning the fun process of choosing a name for its next elementary school. Nominations for the name are being accepted through Tuesday at the district office, and grade-school kids will get to choose the name from a list of three finalists.

Here's a plug for the traditional angle -- Jefferson, Lincoln and Jackson were good, solid names in an earlier time of school building. The geographical is nice, too -- Ashgrove School's represented its neighborhood. Riverview Elementary, anyone?

Having offered our two cents' worth, here's a penny more. We urge the powers that be not to get overly creative. No Sweetness and Light Elementary, please. Above all, remember this: The new school's name is something we'll all have to live with for a long time.

Here's to a good week.

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