Tuesday notes

Jun 11, 2013 By Steven R. Peck

The one and only

Yes, it happened. Summer weather finally has arrived in the Wind River Basin.

It took some doing --and true summer doesn't arrive for another week --but anyone stepping outside morning, noon or night this week experiences the sensations of one season and one season only.

High water?

The last time Fremont County experienced flooding to a large degree was two years ago, and it came later in the year than we are right now. There is a fair amount of snow in the mountains still, but the conditions simply are not anything like they were in 2011. That year, mountain snowpack in late spring was 220 percent of average in many places. This year's is only about one-third as much. Flooding? Not really a concern in 2013.


Our Ranger headline last week touting the upcoming Fremont Area Road Tour raised some eyebrows when we used the initials of the event in capital letters. In case you didn't see it, just do the alphabetical deciphering yourself and you'll come up with the humorous acronym for the Fremont Area Road Tour.

Organizers, this is your event, not ours. But here is a friendly suggestion: rearrange a couple of the words so that this acronym isn't immediately associated with your worthwhile work, and vice versa.

Four-footed roadblocks

The planned cattle drive that figured to block access to a major highway around Jackson drew statewide attention because it was happening around Jackson.

In turn, that means it got regional and even some national attention as well. That's all well and good, but Fremont County residents know livestock moving en masse across roadways is nothing new in our part of the state. Many residents have experienced cattle and/or sheep being herded in large numbers across the Boysen causeway between Riverton and Shoshoni, on Lander's Main Street right through town from time to time, and through the primary Dubois business district as well.

Only in Wyoming? Not quite, but not in very many other places either.

Heat vs. Spurs

If you are a fan of professional basketball, then you have been focused on the NBA playoffs for a good long while. The final series between San Antonio and Miami is tied 1-1 as these words are written, with the third game set for Tuesday night.

San Antonio is talented and wily, with great experience and a perfect track record in the finals. But Miami is just too good. The pick here is for the Heat to win a second straight title.

Still on ice

A quirky little test we have written about before concerns whether the year ever would come when the professional basketball playoffs actually got finished before the professional hockey playoffs did. This could be that year.

It is strange indeed for these two indoor winter-time sports still to be deciding their champions as the Fourth of July approaches. It would be stranger yet if the sport played on ice finished its season even later in the summer than the basketball season.

Five in the 500

The rollercoaster movements of the Standard & Poor's 500 index were evident again over the past week as we continue to track our "Five in the 500" investment experiment.

To review, with so many naysayers predicting a dive in the nation's stock markets if President Obama were elected to a second term, we imagined investing $500 in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, a broad-based economic barometer, beginning on his second inauguration day.

There have been some swings up and down in recent weeks with more than the usual intensity, but the trend has been good. Had you invested that fictitious $500 on inauguration day, as of Tuesday morning it would have been worth $547.87.

Three down

The third section of the Ranger's 58th annual Mining and Energy Edition came off the press Tuesday morning. That leaves four to go between now and Wednesday, June 19. We're looking at about 84 pages this year.

That's a lot of press work to pile on our staff in addition to our normal obligations, so again this week we will not publish a separate Diversions section for the Sunday edition dated June 16. We will use the normal Diversions press run Thursday to crank out another Mining Edition section or two.

While we're at it, here is an early reminder to our Ranger carrier staff and parental assistants: Next Wednesday's paper will be five or six times bigger than typical, so be prepared.

Keep cool between now and then, and here's to a good week.

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