Tuesday notesDec 19, 2017 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher
We are lucky to have passed mid-December without yet experiencing a bona fide, unarguable, extended period of cold weather. No, what we've been getting doesn't count. It's been cold, but not C-O-L-D.
That luck is about to run out.
Winter arrives, officially,on Thursday, and it will bring weather to match. The longest weather forecasts offered with reliability are predicting at least a solid week of single-digit highs and sub-zero lows.
In other words, enjoyWednesday. Old Man Winter has been distracted for awhile, but we are about to get his undivided attention, just in time for Christmas.
Christmas week publishing
Here is some holiday housekeeping from your daily newspaper staff: The Ranger will not publish thisSunday, Dec. 24(Christmas Eve), and the office will be closedMonday, Dec. 25(Christmas Day).
Coming thisFriday, Dec. 22, is our annual Christmas Greetings Edition, where you'll find letters to Santa Claus, our annual Christmas art contest winners, season's greetings from local advertisers, and Christmas news and features intended to make spirits bright as we huddle inside away from the Arctic blast that's coming.
The Christmas Greetings Edition will be part of an extra-largeFridaypaper, which we call "Frunday" around the office, combining theFridayandSundayeditions. The color comics and otherSundayfixtures will be wrapped up in the expandedFridaypublication.
Tournament time already?
Covering high school basketball here in the early week or two of the season has brought a postseason flavor, at least to the Ranger sports staff. There are more basketball teams than any other type in Fremont County's high schools, and when seven schools start their seasons by playing in two- to three-day tournaments - both boys and girls mind you - that adds up to covering dozens of games in one weekend. Postseason tournament time is the only thing that comes close to matching it, although this is bigger because by the time sate tournaments arrive, some of the teams have been eliminated.
There's a lot of basketball out there. We love covering it, but we'll also be relieved when teams end their pre-conference tournament schedules and settle down into a more-normal schedule - with a few more home games, at last.
Speaking of hoops, Fremont County has two defending state champions, the Class 3-A Riverton Wolverines and the Class 2-A Wind River Cougars, and both teams so far are playing as if they intend to defend those championships, or at least come very close to it.
Fremont County's members of the Wyoming Legislature are finishing up their interim committee work and making the rounds at various meetings to begin talking about the coming session. It's an important and informative part of what our lawmakers do.
On Monday, most of the legislators attended a luncheon with Central Wyoming College trustees and faculty, and, while they weren't exactly glowing with enthusiasm, they did say that the debilitating fiscal climate that has squeezed Wyoming for three-plus years is starting to look a little better.
As they proceed toward their biennial budget session, every dollar of improvement lessens the pressure on them and the schools, agencies, and services they must fund just a bit.
Reminder, everyone: We will get out of this.
Fremont County readers will note with interest the appointment of a new justice to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Gov. Matt Mead announced last week that he had named Lynne Boomgaarden to a seat on Wyoming's highest bench. She is an attorney in private practice, working in Cheyenne.
Any time a new Supreme Court Justice is seated, it's an interesting news item. Boomgaarden's arrival is more so locally, because she is replacing longtime Wyoming justice William U. Hill. He is a Riverton High School graduate who, throughout his RHS career, displayed indications of the high places he eventually would reach in the state. In the early days of the top-flight RHS speech and debate program assembled by the legendary Riverton coach, Lois Sackman, Bill Hill was the brightest star.
That's now been more than 50 years ago, but longtime residents agree that anyone who knew him then is not astonished in the slightest that he became one of the most-learned and respected justices in the history of our state Supreme Court.
He has a bit more than a month to go on his job, but the path to replacing him has now been cleared, and we join all of Wyoming in congratulating him on a fine public-service career. He is one of ours, and we are proud of him.
Here's to a good week.