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Tuesday notes

Jan 2, 2018 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

News in review, take 2

As many readers have noticed, we had a bit of a snafu inSunday'sedition regarding the 12-month chronology of 2017 in review. It was an honest mistake in the production side of things, but a significant one.

For you news-in-review consumers, we are reproducing the missing portions on page 9 and 10 of today's edition. Our apologies.

Off and running

It's the first edition of The Ranger of the new year. We appreciated the day off from newspaper dutieson Monday. New Year's is one of the six paid holidays we observe each year. This one didn't affect our publication schedule, as the holiday fell on aMonday, which isn't a publication day for us.

This ends the relatively "interruptive" portion of our publication year, when we've had three days off and two missed publication daysin six weeks. Our next paid holiday is Memorial Day - that'sMay 28this year - and our next planned day away from regular publication is fullyseven months from now,onWednesday, July 4.

Frosty new year

We have been given a frosty, foggy start to 2018. There seems to be something about the Christmas/New Year's period that brings about the condition known as hoarfrost, at least in the Riverton Valley. It is a spectacular sight, particularly when the fog lifts and we are left with sunshine, blue skies, and trees and shrubs looking like they've been spray-painted with snowflakes.

No doubt about it, these are some cold, cold days - but they are lovely ones, too, in their way.

Sorry side of the news

Sundaywas the day we announced the new staff's choices for the top 10 local news stories of 2017. Such lists are conversation starters, we hope, and they always are subject to debate.

There were some significant also-rans that didn't quite make the top 10, including a series of homicides, attempted homicides, traffic deaths classified as homicides because of impaired driving, and several trials and other court proceedings related to the various incidents.

This kind of news is unpredictable but, sadly, inevitable as well. It's a sorry fact of life that we know our pages this year will have headlines, pictures and stories about violent deaths in Fremont County visited by some citizens against others. We long since have become accustomed to it in our newspaper business, but that doesn't make it much easier.

If we all were to make a community new year's resolution for 2018, it might be for a safer, more law-abiding year than the one just ended.

Two still standing

The former longtime sports editor of The Ranger, Bruce Tippets, liked all of the sports he covered locally and watched nationally, but he always said his favorite part of the huge world of spectator sports was the college football season. Anyone who watchedMonday'snational semifinal contest between Georgia and Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl game probably would affirm that opinion, at least for one day.

It was as exciting, well-played and entertaining as a major sporting event could be - surely ranking among the best "big" games ever played or witnessed.

Georgia won it and now faces one of its archest rivals, Alabama, for the championshipnext Monday. That game probably won't live up to the Rose Bowl, but that's OK: nothing else really could.

The years

Remember the huge anticipation of, and attention paid to, the changing of the calendar from 1999 to 2000? Thinking back, one might have thought there had never been a New Year's Day that mattered before then.

That's now been18 years ago. Children born that year will be graduating from high school this spring. Think of the things that have happened in our individual lives, as well as our collective experience, since the great "Y2K" hullaballoo.

Time keeps striding along. Make the most of it.

Here's to a new year, and a good week.

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