News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
May 29, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
The Ranger staff thanks our newspaper and printing customers for the day off Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We hadn't taken a day off since Monday, Jan. 2.
Our next schedule day of interrupted business comes Wednesday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.
Safer grad nights
Once upon a time it was practically a given that our first edition after high school graduation night would be news of an automobile accident or other awful event that injured or even took the life of one of our graduates.
But not these days. We passed another safe grad night, thanks in large part to the after-grad parties that offer a safe venue for celebrating with enough structure to keep track of the teens but not so much as to become overly confining to the grads.
The concept has proved to be a great success in terms of staving off awful headlines about tragedy on graduation night. Another job well done, everyone.
Wetter and wonderful
After weeks of fretting about the summer water season, we've seen a week or two of great improvement. The soil got a couple of badly needed drinks, and some more snow piled up in the mountains, which were just about empty.
Equally important to the water picture has been 10 days of cooler weather, the better to slow snowmelt up high.
Maybe the watering year won't be as bad as we've feared.
As if Mother Nature knew
After an uncharacteristically long period of dark, gloomy weather (no complaints -- it brought the rain), things improved Monday just in time for Memorial Day observances around the county.
In most places, the skies cleared significantly, the temperature warmed noticeably, and the holiday itself was far more pleasant than it was looking on Sunday -- or than last year, when we had a major snowstorm. The day was saved, and the flags never looked better.
Thou in the Dow
Last week's stock market traded more bad days than good ones, the one big advance was enough to boost the value of our imaginary thousand-dollar investment in the rise or fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
If the "thou in the Dow" had been invested last August, the day after the last in a series of sickening losses, it would have increased in value to $1,098.46 as of Tuesday morning.
One more 'Fiddler'
If you haven't had the chance to see Riverton High School's entertaining production of "Fiddler on the Rood," there's still a chance thanks to an unusual bit of scheduling.
The play ran Friday and Saturday nights before taking two full days off to accommodate the rest of the Memorial Day weekend and RHS graduation.
Now it returns for one more show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center (the teens also will stage the show for the RHS student body Wednesday morning).
One of the many decisions even small cities and towns must make is how to provide for the remembrance of the community's dead.
Each Memorial Day is a reminder of what a fine job the City of Riverton has done in providing a beautiful space for Mountain View Cemetery. Many years ago we created a taxation district to supply funds for Mountain View's operation, maintenance and, when necessary, expansion.
The crisp, well-organized Memorial Day ceremonies there Monday could hardly have a more pleasant setting, and the cemetery continues to play a significant role in maintaining a continuity between our community's past and present.
As Monday proved again, we have a beautiful cemetery, and it reflects well on the city that it has remained so through the generations.
Future leaders, take note: It will be up to you one day to do the same.
Here's to a good week.