Nov 20, 2012 - By Steven R. PeckNo paper Thursday
Give thanks, readers, give thanks. The Ranger will not publish this Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
By that we mean give thanks for the holiday, not the absence of the newspaper for a day.
We will be back as usual Friday, Nov. 23, and our weekend publication schedule will not be affected.
Packed press room
On a related note, this Sunday's Ranger will not include its usual Diversions section. Missing a Thursday in the Ranger press room chucks the proverbial monkey wrench into our normal printing schedule.
As some readers will recall, Diversions is printed on Thursday morning for Sunday publication. That's also the day our affiliated newspapers the Wind River News, the Shoshoni Pioneer and the Dubois Frontier all come off the press. Wednesday's typical press day includes two sections of the Lander Journal and the Thermopolis Independent Record, while Friday brings the big EXTRA! press run.
And, oh, there's also the little matter of the daily Ranger to work in there every day.
What it all means is that when we don't have Thursday in the press room we look for ways to compensate -- and that means we'll forgo Diversions this week, put the puzzles, Dear Abby and the opinion page into Section A, and be back to normal next week.
We're glad to announce the latest addition to The Ranger news staff, Alejandra Silva. Attentive readers will have noticed a few of her bylines already, and there will be many more to come.
"Alex," as her friends often call her, comes to Fremont County from Chicago, where she earned a journalism degree from Columbia College.
She also has experience working in the health care industry, and she plans to make local health care issues a focus of her work for us. Her other coverage emphases will be Riverton city government, Wind River Indian Reservation news, and general assignments.
Alejandra arrives with her husband, Edgar, who already is employed in construction here, and their 4-year-old daughter, Alondra. We're glad to have helped bring this young family to our midst, and we hope our readers will welcome them.
Under the road
Last week's editorial on the likelihood of wildlife underpasses or overpasses on Fremont County highways, similar to those appearing in energy-rich Sublette County, was focusing on the energy-development angle. But it's worth noting that our county has an example of that very thing, the striking wildlife underpass constructed as part of the new Togwotee Pass highway rebuild. We published a picture of it Sept. 16, as a matter of fact. (There's not a lot of energy development up there, however, and the impetus for that structure was different.)
Find the Football
The Ranger staff is preparing for our next newspaper "treasure hunt." The inaugural edition of the Find the Football contest is set to begin this Friday, Nov. 23. The competition has some things in common with our long-standing Wild West Winter Carnival medallion hunt and the summer Balloon Block search connected to Riverton Rendezvous festivities, along with our newer spring Easter egg contest. But Find the Football has its unique elements as well -- not the least of which is the lineup of prizes: $250 cash, a football jersey autographed by Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and two tickets to the Broncos' game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 30 in Denver.
A touch of sadness accompanies the news that Ruby Calvert will retire as the general manager of Riverton-based Wyoming Public Television after a top-notch tenure there. Her departure is still months away, luckily, but the announcement serves notice that a new person is on the way to replace Ruby's familiar face at the helm of this important statewide institution, which has its roots planted firmly in Riverton.
Ruby Calvert is an up-from-the-ground-floor success story, someone who started in a staff position many years ago and rose to the top position, growing with Wyoming Public Television all the while. The station is recognized as one of the best of its type in the nation, which reflects well -- very well -- on its local management. Ruby's slippers will be tough to fill.
Here's to a good week.
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