Tuesday notes

Aug 6, 2013 By Steven R. Peck

Target: Potholes

There's more to fixing potholes than the average person might think. The City of Riverton will use its first chunk of optional 1 percent sales tax money to repair potholes and other street damage around town. There is a schedule to follow, based on traffic volume on the streets. In other words, this will not be the job consisting of drive-by pothole patching. It will be organized, systematic, and most welcome.

The sooner this work can start, the better.

Fair scrapbook

The Fremont County Fair is complete. As we begin preparations for our annual Fremont County Fair Scrapbook edition, we encourage anyone with a post-fair message --particularly those who want to thank buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction from Saturday -- to contact the Ranger advertising staff ASAP.

The scrapbook will be ready to roll in a couple of weeks, complete with ribbon results from all county fair events. Ads from junior livestock exhibitors are part of this special edition's keepsake quality.

Five in the 500

Back in January, when we began our weekly investment experiment we call Five in the 500, it was up in the air whether an imaginary investor putting an imaginary $500 into an index fund based only on the daily rise or fall of the Standard & Poor's 500 index would be a winner or a loser.

More than halfway through the 12-month exercise, there is no longer any question about it. If you actually had done this with $500, you would think yourself as an investing genius.

Last week, the S&P 500 soared to a new all-time high. It cooled off slightly Monday, but the investment still looks rock solid. Had you sunk 500 bucks into the S&P 500 on the day of President Obama's second inauguration, as of Tuesday morning it would have been worth $594.80.

Bowman's story

Rarely will anyone hear a more death-defying story, nor a more inspiring one, than that of Dana Bowman. He's the military skydiver who, by all accounts, should have been killed in the terrifying midair collision years ago that did take the life of his jumping partner. As it was, Bowman's legs were severed from his body when the two collided in the sky. That's right -- he jumped from the plane in one piece but landed in three.

But Bowman is still with us, still skydiving. He wowed increasingly large audiences at Crowheart last week as he jumped from an airplane to the ground supported by a parachute and trailing a gigantic American flag during his descent. His gleaming artificial legs are second nature to him now, and he brought an inspiring message during the fundraising events at Crowheart.

If you didn't read Ranger staff writer Andy Novotny's feature story Sunday about this man, then it is well worth finding that edition or seeing it online here.

Making the mail

Last week, The Ranger's weekday editions left our premises in time to meet the post office's new deadline to guarantee next-day delivery to our mail subscribers all four days of publication.

We made it fairly comfortably Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and we got in just under the wire for the new 3:30 p.m. deadline which recently has been set by the Riverton post office. That's a full hour sooner than it was during the spring, and two hours sooner than it was a few years ago.

We are making adjustments internally to meet this new requirement as often as possible -- and we are making it almost every time.

But if you subscribe to The Ranger by mail and did not receive your paper on the next day as expected last week, then that is an issue to be taken up with the post office. Management leaders at the post office want to know if the papers are being missed even when we make the deadline. We held up our end of the deal last week, and that's all we can do when it comes to postal delivery which, in the end, falls to the post office rather than us.

Of course it is the goal of both The Ranger and the post office to get the mailed subscriptions to subscribers on the appointed day and time.

Customers, you will be the ones to keep both The Ranger and the post office on their toes.

Farewell to the fair for another year, and here's to a good week.


SUBSCRIBERS: Friday's edition of The Ranger was delivered to the Riverton post office at 3:30 p.m., in time to meet the postal deadline for next-day mail delivery.

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