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Jan 29, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

January as January

No one who has lived in Wyoming for very long would categorize this as a hard winter, but it sure is harder than the past few. We did experience the familiar "January thaw" over the weekend (and had, in fact, been treated to another warm couple of days earlier in the month), but for the most part it's much more like ... well, like January than the curiously warm new-year months we had almost become accustomed to.

Winter Carnival

One sure sign we're having "real" winter is the thick shell of ice on our lakes and most of our streams as well. At Boysen Reservoir over the weekend, the enthusiastic practitioners of ice fishing found good conditions for their sport. We hope you took notice of reporter Eric Blom's nice feature story on the Wild West Winter Carnival ice fishing derby in Sunday's edition. We've tracked down the results of that competition, and we'll print those in a day or two, along with another picture from the fun day on the ice.

Eric and Alex

Speaking of Eric Blom, he's one of two new additions to The Ranger news staff this winter who are making solid contributions to our daily news products, as well as to our sister newspapers, the twice-weekly Lander Journal and the weekly Wind River News.

Also new around the office is Alejandra Silva, who comes to Fremont County from a slightly bigger place: Chicago. Alejandra got journalism training at Columbia College in that city, which she is putting to use in coverage of city government, general assignments, and Wind River Indian Reservation news. Readers of the Wind River News will see her byline more than any other.

Alejandra arrives with husband Edgar and daughter Alondra who just turned 5 years old last week.

Community newspaper work is fun, challenging and important. It is an unending source of gratification that smart young people continue to believe it.

Medallion hunt

It's week two for The Ranger's Wild West Winter Carnival Medallion Treasure Hunt, and week two is when it really starts to get interesting. There was no accidental finding of the medallion this year (yes, that has happened several times through the years), so now the daily clues really start to count.

The clues will run through Sunday if necessary, but history suggests that it won't be. Happy hunting.

Solons in Cheyenne

Like or hate it (and it appears that many people fall into the latter category), the bill removing all meaningful authority from the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction has passed the Wyoming Legislature. We will follow the ramifications of that decision, good or bad, in the future.

Now, however, the lawmakers can get on to a lot more business than they were able to when the superintendent bill dominated the first two weeks of the session.

Yellow, yellow, yellow

If you had to choose the most inconvenient place for a traffic light to malfunction in Fremont County, tops on the list probably would be the intersection of East Main Street and North Broadway Avenue in Riverton. It's the busiest urban, four-way interchange in Fremont County for automobiles.

That's exactly where the stoplight has gone on the fritz, offering only a steadily blinking yellow light all day Monday and again Tuesday as these Tuesday notes are being written.

The appropriate authorities and technicians have been notified. Meanwhile, it is interesting to observe which motorists are willing to stop on Main Street and allow the cross traffic from Broadway to proceed. Some do, some don't. We haven't heard of a collision yet, but there have been some close calls already.

A bit of advice from the friendly newspaperman: Treat it as you would a four-way stop sign. Take turns.

Baltimore vs. San Francisco

This year's Super Bowl matchup is an engaging one for its change of pace, if nothing else. No Patriots. No Eagles. No Packers, Steelers or Giants.

The Ravens got healthy on defense in the nick of time, and having been handed a first-round victory by the sleeping Denver defensive backfield, Baltimore has taken full advantage. Good defense has won a lot of Super Bowls through the years, and that's exactly what the Ravens bring to the game.

The rebirth of the San Francisco 49ers is complete, a decade after the last players of their great late-century teams have left the scene. The Niners play some mighty unfriendly defense themselves, but the hunch here is that the rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be the difference in the game. He is not Peyton Manning, he is not Tom Brady. But the Ravens beat both those guys to get here. Kaepernick presents a whole different package, and it could have a Super Bowl ring wrapped up inside it.

Niners 30, Ravens 20.

Here's to a good week.

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