Tuesday notes

Sep 10, 2013 By Steven R. Peck


Hot weather after Labor Day? Yes, indeed. We had at least three 90-degree days after last Monday's holiday, including a scorcher of 94 on Friday. That's almost 20 degrees above the 40-year average for the date, the equivalent of a 106-day on the Fourth of July, or a 51-degree Christmas. These things happen, but not often.

Then, abruptly, an end to it all. Saturday night, seasonal weather returned, with some rain to boot. It reminds us that the period from Labor Day to Halloween can be the nicest weather of the year in central Wyoming. Fingers crossed, everybody.

Fair Scrapbook

Wednesday is the day for our annual Fremont County Fair Scrapbook edition, which is intended to present the judged results of all contested events at the fair. It's also packed with ads from fair participants who want to say thanks to those who supported them this year, as well as businesses and institutions who want to send a congratulatory message as summer nears its end.

Look for it Wednesday in The Ranger and our sister weekly the Lander Journal. We'll have some extra copies around the office as well if anyone wants an extra keepsake or two from this year's fair.

Thanks to Ranger intern Andee Novotny who took the huge results file supplied by the fair office and transformed it into a newspaper-printable format.

And thanks as always to the many advertisers who support the Fremont County Fair and our newspaper's coverage of it.

An alternative in Syria

Things are changing fast in the crisis in Syria as President Obama and some U.S. allies try to drum up congressional support at home and international support abroad for a U.S.-led military action against Syria as punishment for that nation's use of chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 of its own citizens.

Tuesday morning, however, a diplomatic alternative surfaced suddenly. Russia emerges suddenly as a key player because it is a close ally of Syria and could be instrumental in getting Syria to agree to surrender its chemical weapons and be subject to international supervision of its weapons program in the future.

Talking usually beats bombing. In this case, let's hope that stays true.

Five in the 500

September has been good for our yearlong "Five in the 500" investment exercise. We're coming up on eight months since we invited readers to imagine investing $500 in an "index fund" based only on the rise or fall of the Standard & Poors 500 index. It's not quite so famous as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but lots of stock experts see the S&P as a more accurate reflection of the real-world economy than the Dow's huge companies provide.

We picked the day of President Obama's second inauguration as our starting point. That was Jan. 21. Had you invested $500 on that day in an S&P index fund and simply left it alone since then, as of Tuesday morning it would have been worth $596.59.

That's a return of 19 percent in just short of eight months.

New to the newspaper

The Ranger is pleased to introduce two new staff members, one in news and one in advertising. The former is Kelli Ameling, an experienced young journalist with reporting and editing credentials from earlier jobs at daily newspapers in Michigan. She's a graduate of Central Michigan University.

Kelli will work primarily from the Lander Journal's office at 332 Main St., but her byline will be seen frequently in The Ranger and the Wind River News as well.

And Jean "Sunni" Jensen joins the Ranger advertising staff. She became known to her appreciative clientele from a previous business, Executive Sweets, where she created delightful baked goods that looked as good as they tasted.

Sunni will be calling on advertising accounts across Fremont County. If summer intern Nick Esposito was your Ranger account representative, chances are Sunni has brightened your doorstep recently, or soon will.

Nowhere to go but up

Fremont County's high school football teams didn't have a good opening weekend. Six teams played, and all six lost their first games of the season. Dubois, defending Class 1-A 6-man state champ, likely would have won its game against Normative Services, but Normative called it off at the last minute and didn't make the trip to the Upper Country. As it is, the Rams get a victory by forfeit.

Luckily, the football season is more than one game. Everyone gets another chance either Friday or Saturday.

Cheer for your teams, win or lose, and here's to a good week.


MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Friday's edition of The Ranger was delivered to the Riverton post office at 3:15 p.m., in time to meet the postal deadline for next-day mail delivery.

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