Tuesday notes

Dec 12, 2017 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

Just fine, thanks

December finally asserted itself, weather-wise, last week, but things could be so much worse than they are. We had some single-digit temperatures just after sunrise for a few days, but it's not at all uncommon this time of year for such temperatures to be ourhigh readings.

Upper 30s? Low 40s? Two weeks before Christmas? No complaints here. Not one.

Lights of the season

Staying on the Christmas theme, our request last week for some suggested properties to photograph for our new "Lights of the Season" series generated some good response already. We'll get to as many of them as we can, considering there are other newsworthy subjects for front-page display as well. We do still plan to come up with a suggested route for Christmas-light viewing around town for anyone with an hour to spare.

This is a particularly good year for lights. Thanks to the many home and business owners who have made the effort.

Who will fly?

An important moment from Fremont County's immediate future is at hand. This is the week when the public is supposed to learn whether a commercial air service provider other than Denver Air Connection has made a formal proposal to start flying to and from Riverton Regional Airport, and whether Denver Air has made an improved proposal of its own.

What we are hearing is that Denver Air set a new all-time passenger record in November, an excellent indicator that the Fremont County air service market will continue to be viewed as one well worth serving. We should know soon whether more than one airline feels the same.

Wind River Country Magazine

Speaking of Denver Air Connection, the in-flight magazine aboard all DAC flights is Wind River Country Magazine, which is a Ranger publication. No, it isn't inserted in the newspaper, although we are considering a way in which certain subscribers could get it.

The new Wind River Country for November-December is available now. You don't have to buy an airline ticket to get it. The magazine can be found in numerous locations around Fremont County, free of charge.

Big John

We're also in the final stages of a one-time magazine commemorating the life and career of the late John P. Smith, better known as Big John Smith during his years as a basketball player at various levels in Fremont County and, most importantly, as a transportation expert who worked for years to improve highways on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Keep an eye out for it in the days to come. It's a keeper.

Alabama votes

Has there ever been an off year special election that's sparked so much interest as the voteTuesdayin Alabama?

Former Sen. Jeff Sessions was named U.S. Attorney General, so there is an election for someone to serve out the remainder of his term. Rather like the 2016 presidential election, mainstream Republicans don't feel comfortable with the nominee for the seat, and who could blame them?

Roy Moore, twice thrown out of judicial office for refusing to abide by the law, now stands accused by more than a half dozen women of improper activities ranging from unwelcome advances to sexual assault, mostly on teenage girls.

In Wyoming we like to think that such a candidate would never run, much less be nominated, and if nominated would drop out once such ugliness was made known. But in Alabama he very probably will win anyway, although it's bound to be the closest a Democrat has come to winning a Senate seat from that state in 25 years.

The elves are typing

The first dozen letters to Santa intended for ourDec. 22Christmas Greetings Edition has been typed and filed. That leaves about 50 times that many still to do.Several were delivered by our daily mail carrier.

The address on the envelopes: "Santa Claus, North Pole."

In Riverton, Wyoming, that's still good enough. They found their way here thanks to a post office staff touched by the Christmas spirit.

Remember, our strongly preferred deadline to receive all Santa letters isnext Tuesday. That'sDec. 19. Drop Santa letters in the mailbox in our office at 421 E. Main (332 Main in Lander), mail them care of The Ranger at P.O. Box 993 in Riverton, 82501, or e-mail them to

Season's greetings, and here's to a good week.

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