News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Sep 4, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
The newspaper staff appreciated the day off Monday. It wouldn't have been a publication day anyway, but we did close the office of The Ranger and Ranger Printers for Labor Day.
And thanks as always to the volunteer veterans who place the "Avenue of Flags" in Riverton. It dresses up the town for important occasions.
We're back on the bike again today in the newspaper office, and we don't expect another interruption in our normal schedule of operations until Thanksgiving Day. For you calendar watchers, that date is Thursday, Nov. 22, which happens to be the earliest possible date for Thanksgiving Day.
We don't exactly know what happened to our color printing capabilities in Section C of Sunday's edition. Despite everything appearing normal in the pre-press phase of production, when the pages were sent electronically to the press room late Saturday night, they arrived as black-and-white images, with no color anywhere. Repeated attempts to fix the problem failed, and with the clock ticking it was decided to run the sports front page and page 2 in black-and-white.
The problem affected both news and advertising, and we apologize. It didn't look bad, but it wasn't what readers or advertisers were expecting.
Summer's finish line
Labor Day has passed, meaning the next big milestone for the summer of 2012 will be its conclusion. There are 17 days left in the season officially.
September is the month summer ends, fall begins, and snow can begin to fly, although that seems a long shot given the spring and summer we've had.
So bet a nickel with somebody on these change-of-season weather questions: Will there be another 90-degree day this year? Will we have an 80-degree day in October? Will there be measurable snow before Halloween?
With that nickel on the line, we'll answer no, yes and yes.
Saturday's terrible news
Family and the many friends of Shawn Brogdon were shocked Saturday at his death in a car accident, and followers of Riverton High School sports instantly recalled some great moments on the track, the football field and the baseball diamond involving the strong, fast Wolverine athlete, who graduated from high school in 2005. He will be forever young.
One update on the accident story: It now has been determined that Shawn and his father, Jerry Brogdon, who was injured severely in the wreck, both were wearing seatbelts. For our initial story, we relied on eyewitness accounts of information provided at the scene, which was preliminary, as stated in the story. Subsequent investigation by the Wyoming Highway Patrol has determined that belts were in use after all, an important detail to acknowledge and correct.
It's true that Billy Mills, who was the convocation speaker at last week's Central Wyoming College convocation, had appeared in Fremont County before. His stirring life story was familiar to local audiences.
But if you think you already know everything the 1964 Olympic gold medalist has to say, then please look again at Sunday's story about his convocation speech. Yes, it included familiar material about his American Indian heritage and the unexpected gold medal triumph in Tokyo in the 10,000-meter run, but he has updated his remarks to include tidbits about the recent 2012 London Olympics and his place in them.
Mills is an interesting man who makes a living talking about past glories -- but time didn't stop in 1964, and that isn't his only subject matter.
Fun at the field
There were good reviews Friday night for the new Wolverine Field, which this season now boasts a large section of higher, roomier and generally more comfortable seating on the home side. It is a welcome and successful expansion of the original grandstand that opened last year.
There was a good crowd there as well to start the first full season of varsity football at the new venue. The bigger grandstand now has plenty of room for the band, which last year was stationed in a far corner of the field.
All that was needed was a Wolverine victory. Defending state champion Powell won a hard-fought battle. RHS is on the road both this Friday and next, so the next chance for a win at home comes Sept. 21 against Rawlins. That's also the date by which the new restroom and concession complex is supposed to be ready.
Please keep supporting your high school football, volleyball, golf, cross country and tennis teams this fall, no matter where they play or what their record is.
Here's to a good week.