Jul 17, 2012 - By Steven R. PeckThere's hot, and then there's hot
A look back on the summer of 2012 might well show that the hottest weather came right at the beginning -- part of it before true summer had even begun.
We're still getting warm-to-hot summer days, but things have returned to a much more typical summer weather pattern from the blast-furnace conditions of earlier in the year.
This is also the time of year when the Wind River Basin begins to enjoy what many would rate as the most beautiful skies of the year -- billowing thunderheads in the afternoon, cast in the dramatic, late light of the summer sun.
Extra Balloon Block clue
There are just three clues left to help you locate the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Block -- unless you're an online subscriber to dailyranger.com, that is.
The Balloon Block treasure hunt, which awards a $500 cash prize to the finder, plus a balloon ride at the Riverton Rendezvous balloon rally this weekend, normally has seven published clues. The fourth one appears elsewhere in today's edition.
But if you subscribe to dailyranger.com, you'll have access to an eighth clue. The bonus will be posted this Wednesday, July 18. visit www.dailyranger.com to get a peek at this bonus clue.
Participants enjoyed the busy day in Riverton City Park for Saturday's Arts in Action Day in the Park, which for many people serves as the official kickoff to Riverton Rendezvous. Longtime Day-in-the-Parkers noted a decrease in the number of entries this year, a condition apparent in other regional events around the West as exhibitors weigh the cost of gasoline and other travel expenses in choosing which fairs and shows to enter.
It was still a successful show, however, setting the stage for another week of fun to follow.
No demo derby
Fans of loud engines and dented fenders were disappointed Saturday to arrive at the Fremont County Fairgrounds arena to find that the annual Riverton Rendezvous demolition derby had been canceled.
Derby watchers note that a big Casper derby was scheduled opposite the Riverton event, which could have limited entries locally. If so, that's a trend to watch for the future. Riverton might have to choose a different day.
Fans of fireworks will be disappointed to learn that the big Riverton Rendezvous public display set for Saturday night west of Riverton on Griffey Hill has been called off.
It's just too dry out there, and the risk of starting a wildfire is too great.
Thou in the Dow
Our imaginary investment experiment placing $1,000 in a stock fund based entirely on how much the Dow Jones Industrial Average rises or falls each day didn't have much action over the past week.
Had you invested the "Thou in the Dow" last August, when the market had taken a terrible nose dive, it would have grown to $1,122.91 as of Tuesday morning. That's off about $3 from the previous Tuesday but still a return of more than 11 percent for the year.
Farewell to CBT
We gave 51-year Ranger news staff member Carolyn B. Tyler a fitting sendoff Monday. She died July 10 at age 77. One of the great pleasures of the memorial service was the unexpected appearance of JoAnne McKay, the former Shoshoni High School journalism instructor who became fast friends with Carolyn in the 1960s and wrote a Ranger column called "Just Thinking."
She relayed many memories of the early days of Carolyn's time in The Ranger newsroom.
McKay, who now lives in Minnesota, noted that she and Carolyn communicated via e-mail every day, morning and night, and when McKay was traveling by car she often called Carolyn by cell phone to help her stay alert at the wheel.
Driving to Riverton from a late-night air arrival in Casper, McKay got sleepy. By force of long, pleasurable habit, she said, she reached for the phone to call Carolyn and talk away the miles.
Then she remembered.
"Oh, well," she told the memorial audience. "I just put the phone down and talked to her 'upstairs.'"
Here's to a good week.
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