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May 14, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

Three seasons in one

We had our last winter day a little more than a week ago, and we had our first summer day a couple of days ago, yet it is neither winter nor summer.

It is, instead, a classic Wyoming spring, with a little bit of everything -- including a few days that actually could be called spring-like.

With the warm day Sunday and the downright hot day Monday, Riverton's distinctive crab apple trees suddenly are in a sprint to emerge in bloom. A few have opened, but this has got to be the latest the blossoms have appeared in a decade or more.

As we all know from experience, however, their delayed arrival will be well worth the wait -- both for the eyes and the nose.

Sunday, not Wednesday

We have made a minor change in our publication schedule. Our annual Fremont County Graduation Edition will be published Sunday, May 19, rather than Wednesday, May 15, as announced previously.

A few of the schools are still adjusting their final graduation lists, and everyone concerned feels better about waiting a bit longer to make sure the edition, with its array of names and pictures, is as accurate as we can make it.

Also, we won't be producing the weekly Diversions section this week to allow for the graduation edition to fill Diversions' normal spot in the pressroom. Although it appears Sunday, Diversions actually prints Thursday mornings, and it is used as the carrier for the Sunday comics, American Profile and many of the advertising circulars. Look for those inside the graduation edition instead, this Sunday only.

Summer job

We are glad to introduce Andee Novotny as our Ranger summer intern. She is a 2009 Riverton High School graduate who has just completed her junior year as a journalism student at the University of Wyoming.

Novotny will be covering a variety of community news this summer with her pen, notebook, laptop computer and camera. She'll also assist in a couple of special editions already in the works, including one commemorating the 30th anniversary of our Student of the Week/Student of the Year program in the fall.

She started work Monday and will be with us until mid-August.

Five in the 500

Since President Obama's second inauguration day in the third week of January, we have been keeping readers abreast of a yearlong experiment based on an imaginary investment of $500 in the Standard & Poors 500 index, a broad-based stock market index that doesn't have the name recognition among the public like its "big brother," the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but is recognized by investors as a more reliable indicator of the overall market economy than the blue-chip DJA.

2013 has been a great year for stocks so far, and the S&P 500 is one of several examples. Had you put $500 into an S&P index fund Jan. 21, as of Tuesday morning, it would have grown to $537.46.

Ranger on radio

A reminder from the printed page that a short roundup of Ranger news can be heard daily on radio station KTUG, nicknamed "The Pulse." The station is at 105.1 on the FM dial.

Our "Ranger News Brief" interrupts the all-day lineup of hit music for about three minutes at a time at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

It's been an enjoyable exercise so far. Listen in once in a while if time permits.

Downplaying politics

Tuesday looks like it will be the day that the Fremont County Commission names the successor to Fremont County Clerk of District Court Katie Brodie Meredith.

It is unfortunate that the elected clerk of court has decided not to finish out the term that voters elected her to serve, but we are equally fortunate that two highly qualified candidates have emerged during the process to succeed her.

Also beneficial to the county has been the restraint shown by the Republican Party Central Committee in not turning the replacement task into an overtly political exercise.

The clerk of court's views on President Obama, immigration reform, health care, and the performance of Congress generally are not germaine to the important job the clerk has in our county's judicial processes. The party central committee is, by design, the group most consistently involved in strictly partisan issues, but its members are to be commended for keeping those concerns out of the clerk replacement procedure for the most part.

The time for that will come, but this wasn't it.

Here's to a good week.

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