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Apr 3, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
Moderate in March
We're in a new month now, and a look back at the previous one recalls days of remarkable warmth. Reporter Christina George looked into it with our friends at the National Weather Service, and it will come as no surprise to anyone that March 2012 was the warmest March in recorded history in Riverton and Lander.
The wind gauge
We're wondering as well about the winds of March. Are records kept for the windiest months? Many residents for Fremont County would bet that March set a record for that meteorological condition as well. March came in like a lion and roared all month long.
We did at least get a dose of April showers Monday. The soil was looking a little Dust Bowly over the past few weeks, so the timing of the dampening was good.
As for the proverbial May flowers that follow April showers, they already were appearing in March, with nary a honeybee in sight. This strange early spring could get even stranger.
That empty space
We wish we could blame an April Fool's prank for the inexplicable disappearance of the team results story on the Roy Peck Invitational track meet from the front page of Sunday's sports section.
Seeing a headline with a blank space 3 inches deep and four columns wide under it was a shock to us just as it must have been for the readers.
While the initial responsibility lay with the Saturday night editors, there was opportunity before the press run and during the press run to correct the mistake. That we didn't do so is embarrassing and inexcusable, and readers have our apologies.
The story appeared correctly on dailyranger.com, and it is being republished in its entirety on today's sports page.
The price of one
There was a satisfactory ending to the incident described in last week's Tuesday Notes about a newsstand Ranger buyer taking more papers than he had paid for from the news rack at Smith's Food and Drug.
Upon seeing our published complaint, he presented himself at our office with an apology and an explanation. Apology accepted.
Remember, opening the news rack with 50 cents entitles you to one paper.
It took no imaginative stretch to predict Kentucky would win the NCAA men's college basketball championship, which is exactly what the Wildcats did Monday.
Now, watch as 40 percent to 80 percent of the players in the starting lineup leave college early for a shot at the big money of pro basketball.
Kentucky was a great team this year, but there's no chance of that same team being great next year, because it won't exist.
The "one and done" policy permitting college freshmen to play one year of college ball before jumping to the pros has created an odd sports monster -- the super team comprised mostly of freshmen.
Celebrate the Wildcats, but save a soft spot in your fan's heart for the teams from the less-celebrated schools that occasionally make a run at the title with players older than 20 who conform more closely to the term "student athlete."
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off the frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost wrote that in 1936. And in the Riverton Valley, we experienced that very April thing, all on the month's very first days.
Here's to a good week.