News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Oct 30, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
Just fine, thanks
We can be glad today that we are far-removed from the Eastern Time Zone, where an estimated 100 million people are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy as it collides with the same storm that gave us snow and cold weather a few days ago, not to mention an icy blast from the Arctic spiralling into the Northeast from Canada. Said effects range from inconvenience to severe property damage, from worry to death.
Here, 2,000 miles away but still in the same nation, we had a fine, mild weekend that tilted more toward the summer end of autumn's balancing act. As Sunday dawned, the first big snowcaps of the season decorated the peaks of the Wind River range. With November knocking, this could be the first of the snows that stay around until spring.
What the people on the Jersey Shore wouldn't give to have had our mild Monday. Keep a good thought for the strugglers in the storm.
CWC sports tumult
These are difficult days for Central Wyoming College athletics, which are only a part of the college's wide community profile, but a conspicuous part. The news came Monday that men's basketball coach Curtis Condie had 'separated' from CWC just three days before the start of his season. Coming as it did on top of last week's revelation that the women's volleyball team must forfeit all of its 53 victories of the past three seasons because the team used an ineligible player, it's clear that more commotion is being generated by CWC sports than at any time in the college's history.
We'll cover these stories by the book, but we also were happy to publish our front-page spread Sunday on the amusing and creative "Trail of Terror" Halloween activities on campus. They had nothing to do with fired coaches or ineligible players, nor does most of the teaching and learning going on inside the CWC buildings every day.
The public might never know all the details behind these unsettling stories about the sports programs. We must place our trust in the elected trustees of the community college district and the administrators they have hired to run the college, all in the presumption that these situations are being handled as they ought to be. There is no reason to believe otherwise.
Two out of three
For the second time in three seasons, the San Francisco Giants are the champions of Major League Baseball. Whichever idiot it was who predicted the Detroit Tigers would win the World Series in seven games was more than a little off. That prognosticator shall remain nameless (and hopeful that readers don't remember last week's edition of Tuesday notes). Congrats to the Players by the Bay.
1-A through 4-A
On another sports note, an editorial last week underwent some necessary condensing for purposes of space on the page and came out the worse for wear. The finished product referred inaccurately to the classifications in which our county's teams play high school football. The gist of the piece was that our county fields sports teams in every classification from 4-A to 1-A, and even the sub-classification of 1-A 6-man football, but the process of boiling it all down under deadline pressure left references to Riverton as a Class 4-A football team and Shoshoni as a Class 2-A team. Riverton plays Class 4-A in all sports except football, in which it plays 3-A, and Shoshoni is a 2-A sports team in everything but football, where it plays 1-A ball. Apologies for any confusion.
Cody 24, Riverton 17
The Riverton Wolverines were given a bitter pill to swallow Friday night on the football field, and it went down sideways without benefit of a drink of water. RHS, which swept through the East 3-A (yes, 3-A) conference season as league champs, were upset in the first round of the playoffs by Cody. No excuses -- Cody won it fair and square. But it's a very tough way to end the year for a team that had higher hopes and expectations.
Everyone remember this, however. The Wolverines are the undefeated 2012 Class 3-A East conference champions. It's been many years since they could claim such a feat, and it mustn't be forgotten in the immediate disappointment of Friday night's game. The team had a great year, period.
Final election sprint
In a week we'll know who our president will be for the next four years -- or will we? It's all the rage these days to talk of a tie in the Electoral College, which could throw the decision to Congress. Looking at the state-by-state electoral map, there are lots of ways it could happen, but it's highly unlikely that it actually would happen. If it did, however, the ensuing weeks would make the 2000 election fiasco seem like a junior high student council vote.
Here's to a good week.