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Jul 30, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

Cool, man, cool

Two words to describe the outdoor conditions for the first few days of the Fremont County Fair might be "deliciously cool." Fairgoers know how hot it usually is, but we're getting a very nice break this year. Rarely has there been a more pleasant evening for watching the rodeo in the big grandstand than Monday.

The forecast is the same for Tuesday. See you there.

At the fair

Aside from the nice weather, we're in the midst of a full week and a half of comprehensive coverage of this, the 100th Fremont County Fair. Wayne Nicholls, Eric Blom, Andrea Novotny and Robert Peck reported over the weekend, and Nicholls, Alejandra Silva and Bruce Tippets roamed the fairgrounds Monday.

This is one if the best weeks of the year, both for the community and the newspaper that has covered it faithfully for generations. Look for fair pictures and stories every day in print and at dailyranger.com. We'll be there every day.

Piling on Hill

Wyoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau went through a useful exercise over the weekend when he detailed his position on his impending investigation of Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, which is intended to lay the groundwork for her impeachment (let's not pretend otherwise, shall we?).

The state central committee gave its very narrow endorsement of the plan for yet another investigation of Hill. Its action is non-binding either way, but the process did give Speaker Lubnau a taste of some of the still-widespread suspicion of and disagreement about the continued badgering of Hill.

Impeachment seems a foregone conclusion. Conviction is another matter, and many in Wyoming don't -- and won't - like the piling on.

Five in the 500

It's been a couple of weeks since we looked in on our imaginary $500 investment in the Standard & Poors 500 Index. We wondered what would happen if someone put $500 into an S&P index fund -- meaning a fund that rises and falls based only on the daily close of the S&P 500 -- on the day of President Obama's second inauguration. Expert analysts disagreed on whether the second Obama term would be good or bad for the stock market, which is where most of our 401(k) accounts, pensions and other consumer retirement accounts exist.

So far, the answer has been clear enough, at least for our hypothetical S&P 500 fund buyer. Had you made a one-time investment on Jan. 20, as of Tuesday morning it would have been worth $587.23, an increase in six months of 17 percent.

Gobs of trouble

Readers of Sunday's edition might have learned something about crime that they hadn't known before: Spitting on a sheriff's deputy is a felony assault. Just such charges have been filed against an unruly prisoner who launched a loogey (or is that loogie)? on a couple of deputies while they were trying to calm him down.

Already in trouble over the apparent theft of a vehicle, this guy just got an armload of new problems.

Moral of the story: Keep your spit to yourself, especially when a peace officer is present.

Last full month

July is in the books. Hope it was a good one. The last full month of summer begins Thursday. Let's make the most of it, and here's to a good week.

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