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Pressure mounts to<br />

release NC video<br />

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help wanted<br />

4<br />

Opinion<br />

Will Wyoming have the stuff?<br />

Page 2<br />

The<br />

Nation<br />

Classifieds<br />

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2021</strong> • 8 pages • Volume 115, No. 42<br />

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FREMONT COUNTY’S DAILY NEWSPAPER<br />

50 cents<br />

WYOMING DIGEST<br />

CUTS CLOSE GILLETTE GROUP HOME<br />

gILLeTTe (WNe) — The greenhouse<br />

group Home will no longer house residents<br />

beginning July 1 as a result of statewide<br />

budget cuts that reduced funding for behavioral<br />

health programs throughout the state.<br />

The six-bed group home in gillette,<br />

operated in partnership between the<br />

Council of Community Services and<br />

Campbell County Health, will relocate its<br />

residents and lay off its seven full-time<br />

workers by the start of July.<br />

CCH has subcontracted the Council of<br />

Community Services to run the group<br />

home for the past 15 years. The home has<br />

given housing and stability to adults experiencing<br />

mental illness and homelessness with<br />

the goal of transitioning them into the<br />

community.<br />

WOMAN CHARGED IN TODDLER DEATH<br />

CODY (WNe) — Carolyn Aune is still<br />

being charged with first-degree murder<br />

despite some ambiguity surrounding her<br />

role in the death of a 2-year-old partly in<br />

her care. Her case was bound over to district<br />

court.<br />

The decision to keep the charge came<br />

after a more than two hour back-and-forth<br />

discussion in Judge Bruce Waters’ circuit<br />

court on Thursday morning. Although<br />

Waters said there is a certain amount of circumstantial<br />

evidence present in the case, the<br />

fact that a young child died while in Aune’s<br />

care was enough to sway him. Under<br />

Wyoming law, anyone who perpetrates<br />

child abuse against someone 16-years-old or<br />

younger that results in their death can be<br />

charged with first-degree murder, whether<br />

they intended to kill the child or not.<br />

STATE MAKES MUSSEL ‘STRIKE TEAM’<br />

(WNe ) -- For more than a decade, the<br />

Wyoming game and Fish Department has<br />

been actively planning and gearing up to<br />

keep damaging invasive species of mussels<br />

out of the state. But invasive zebra mussels<br />

were found in aquarium moss purchased in<br />

a pet store this spring, prompting the U.S.<br />

geological Survey invasive aquatic species<br />

experts to trigger a national alert.<br />

The department now has put together a<br />

new “strike team” and developed emergency<br />

plans that would restrict public access to<br />

waterways if the mussels—a leading factor<br />

in freshwater fish extinctions— are discovered<br />

in the area.<br />

State and federal agencies have already<br />

been forced to spend millions of dollars<br />

fighting invasive species, so preventing<br />

spread early is a top priority.<br />

“It’s kind of a gloomy picture when you<br />

think about the effect these things can have<br />

on our state,” game and Fish Director<br />

Brian Nesvik said Tuesday.<br />

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Frontier grad<br />

Frontier Academy<br />

graduate Adrianna<br />

Michelle WhiteHawk, left,<br />

joked with Riverton school<br />

board president Carl<br />

Manning after receiving<br />

her diploma during<br />

Tuesday’s board meeting.<br />

She became emotional as<br />

she recounted her graduation<br />

story and thanked<br />

family members and<br />

Frontier faculty for their<br />

assistance. Frontier offers<br />

an alternative path to high<br />

school graduation, and<br />

most grads are recognized<br />

individually by the board.<br />

Photos by Steve Peck<br />

No immediate action on superintendent at<br />

school board meeting; audience stays silent<br />

q JoAnne Andre-Flanagan’s initial<br />

court appearance on a DUI complaint<br />

is scheduled for noon<br />

Wednesday May 5, but that date<br />

could change if her attroney<br />

requests a continuance.<br />

By Katie Roenigk<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Riverton school board took no action Tuesday<br />

related to the weekend arrest of superintendent JoAnne<br />

Andre-Flanagan.<br />

Andre-Flanagan was arrested at about 11:45 p.m.<br />

Saturday in the 100 block of South Fifth Street West in<br />

Riverton for driving under the influence.<br />

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred<br />

after a local police officer initiated a traffic stop on the<br />

Dodge Charger that Andre-Flanagan was driving.<br />

Officials said she had made an improper turn,<br />

pulling into the outer lane of traffic as opposed to the<br />

inside lane.<br />

Police reports indicate her blood-alcohol content was<br />

.14 at the time.<br />

After her arrest, Andre-Flanagan was held in a<br />

Riverton Police Department holding cell, where she<br />

remained until she was “sober,” officials said; she was<br />

then sent home with a citation and a court date.<br />

She was back at work this week, speaking at public<br />

events and attending meetings – including the Fremont<br />

County School District 25 Board of Trustees meeting<br />

Tuesday, which included an executive session regarding<br />

personnel.<br />

The executive session item was added to the agenda<br />

Tuesday.<br />

Board chairman Carl Manning would not say<br />

whether the executive session was related to Andre-<br />

Flanagan’s arrest.<br />

“The policy of the board of trustees and FCSD 25 is<br />

to make no comments about personnel issues,”<br />

Manning said Tuesday. “The board has to look at all<br />

incidents once at a time and make decisions that way<br />

(based on) board policy and contract.”<br />

The school district’s policy on the superintendent’s<br />

contract states that, “except in the case of immorality or<br />

incompetence which are grounds for immediate dismissal,<br />

the board shall give not less than 180 days written<br />

notice to the superintendent.”<br />

Other policy items refer to employee actions involving<br />

students, on school grounds, or during school functions.<br />

When asked if district policy indicates whether an<br />

arrest would result in firing, Manning said “no,” also<br />

noting that, “in my 30 years I don’t remember that<br />

being the cause of anyone’s dismissal.”<br />

Tuesday’s board meeting was well-attended by community<br />

members celebrating a Frontier Academy gradq<br />

Please see “District 25,” page 5<br />

“<br />

Thats a long time<br />

when you’re sitting<br />

in a room by yourself.<br />

ROBERT BURRESS<br />

Wyoming Honor Farm inamte who<br />

faced lengthy quarantine as officials<br />

tried to slow COVID spread<br />

COVID<br />

behind bars<br />

For inmates, coronavirus<br />

lockdown meant more<br />

than simple restrictions<br />

By Katie Roenigk<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Throughout the course of the ongoing<br />

COVID-19 pandemic, most Fremont County<br />

residents have felt a certain level of social isolation<br />

as they have adjusted their daily activities to<br />

comply with public-health restrictions meant to<br />

limit the spread of the coronavirus.<br />

But for a small subset of the community, the<br />

level of isolation has been even more extreme.<br />

More than 50 Fremont County residents were<br />

sentenced to prison March 2020-March <strong>2021</strong><br />

and remained incarcerated at the end of last<br />

month, according to the Wyoming Department<br />

of Corrections.<br />

Quarantine<br />

Because of the pandemic, inmates have faced<br />

more stringent restrictions on their movements<br />

than usual while in<br />

prison, beginning<br />

with their transition<br />

to WDOC custody.<br />

Robert Burress,<br />

65, who was sentenced<br />

to prison in<br />

March 2020,<br />

remembered arriving<br />

at the Wyoming<br />

FIRST IN A SERIES<br />

Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington<br />

the following month.<br />

“It looked like I’d landed on the moon,” he<br />

said, describing the WMCI employees who<br />

approached his transport vehicle that day clad in<br />

personal protective equipment. “They came out<br />

in their suits and stuff.”<br />

Because Burress had been arrested before the<br />

pandemic hit, he had not had to quarantine<br />

while he was being held in county detention – at<br />

that point, he said, inmates at the jail weren’t<br />

even being separated. But at WMCI, coronavirus<br />

protocols dictated that new inmates be<br />

placed in quarantine for two weeks immediately<br />

upon their arrival.<br />

“You’re in a room by yourself with no TV or<br />

radio or nothing,” he said.<br />

Despite the lack of entertainment, Burress<br />

said his first stint in isolation “wasn’t that bad.”<br />

“I didn’t have to deal with any idiots that<br />

way,” he joked.<br />

Again, longer<br />

Later, though, Burress was required to quarantine<br />

again, this time for a longer period of<br />

time.<br />

“They had tested everybody, (and) my test<br />

came back inconclusive,” he said. “So they put<br />

me in isolation for three and a half weeks.”<br />

He endured yet another lengthy quarantine<br />

period this spring when COVID-19 spread<br />

through the Wyoming Honor Farm, where he<br />

now is incarcerated.<br />

“(It was) probably a month and a half or so,”<br />

Burress estimated, adding, “That’s a long time<br />

q Please see “Virus,” page 5<br />

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WORLD & NATION<br />

Page 2 Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Feds search<br />

Giuliani’s NYC<br />

home, office<br />

NeW YORK (AP) — Federal<br />

investigators executed search warrants<br />

Wednesday morning at the<br />

Manhattan home and office of<br />

Rudy giuliani, former President<br />

Donald Trump’s attorney, a law<br />

enforcement official told The<br />

Associated Press.<br />

The former New York City<br />

mayor has been under investigation<br />

for several years over his business<br />

dealings in Ukraine. Details<br />

of the searches were not immediately<br />

available, but it comes as the<br />

Justice Department continues its<br />

investigation into the former New<br />

York City mayor and staunch<br />

Trump ally.<br />

Investigators executed warrants<br />

at giuliani’s home on Madison<br />

Avenue and his office on Park<br />

Avenue and seized electronic<br />

devices, a person familiar with the<br />

investigation told the AP.<br />

The officials could not discuss<br />

the investigation publicly and<br />

spoke to the AP on condition of<br />

anonymity. News of the search<br />

was first reported by The New<br />

York Times.<br />

The federal probe into<br />

giuliani’s overseas and business<br />

dealings stalled last year because of<br />

a dispute over investigative tactics<br />

as Trump unsuccessfully sought<br />

reelection, and amid giuliani’s<br />

prominent role in subsequently<br />

disputing the results of the contest<br />

on Trump’s behalf.<br />

The full scope of the investigation<br />

is unclear, but it at least partly<br />

involves the Ukraine dealings, law<br />

enforcement officials have told the<br />

Associated Press<br />

giuliani was central to the<br />

then-president’s efforts to dig up<br />

dirt against Democratic rival Joe<br />

Biden and to press Ukraine for an<br />

investigation into Biden and his<br />

son, Hunter — who himself now<br />

faces a criminal tax probe by the<br />

Justice Department.<br />

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EXPECTED COVID BABY BOOM MAY BE A BABY BUST<br />

The<br />

NeW YORK (AP) — When most of the U.S. went into<br />

lockdown over a year ago, some speculated that confining couples<br />

to their homes — with little to entertain them beyond<br />

Netflix — would lead to a lot of baby-making. But the statistics<br />

suggest the opposite happened.<br />

Births have fallen dramatically in many states during the<br />

coronavirus outbreak, according to an Associated Press analysis<br />

of preliminary data from half the country.<br />

The COVID-19 baby boom appears to be a baby bust.<br />

Nationally, even before the epidemic, the number of babies<br />

born in the U.S. was falling, dropping by less than 1 percent a<br />

year over the past decade as many women postponed motherhood<br />

and had smaller families.<br />

But data from 25 states suggests a much steeper decline in<br />

2020 and into <strong>2021</strong>, as the virus upended society and killed<br />

over a half-million Americans.<br />

Births for all of 2020 were down 4.3 percent from 2019, the<br />

data indicates. More tellingly, births in December 2020 and in<br />

January and February <strong>2021</strong> — nine months or more after the<br />

spring 2020 lockdowns — were down 6.5 percent, 9.3 percent<br />

and 10 percent respectively, compared with the same months a<br />

year earlier.<br />

December, January and February together had about<br />

41,000 fewer births than the same three-month span a year<br />

earlier. That’s an 8 percent decline.<br />

“When there’s a crisis, I don’t think people are thinking<br />

about reproduction,” said Dr. John Santelli, a Columbia<br />

University professor of population and family health who<br />

reviewed the AP’s analysis.<br />

The analysis included 24 states that provided data on births<br />

to residents. Joining them in the analysis was California, the<br />

most populous state, which provided data on all births that<br />

happened in the state, including among visitors.<br />

BIDEN TO PITCH SWEEPING ‘FAMILY PLAN’ IN SPEECH<br />

WASHINgTON (AP) — Marking his first 100 days in<br />

office, President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to<br />

Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families<br />

and education that would fundamentally transform the<br />

role government plays in American life.<br />

Biden will make his case Wednesday night before a pareddown<br />

gathering of mask-wearing legislators due to coronavirus<br />

restrictions and in a U.S. Capitol still surrounded by black<br />

fencing after insurrectionists protesting his election occupied<br />

the very dais where he will stand.<br />

In the nationally televised ritual of a president standing<br />

before Congress, Biden will lay out a sweeping proposal for<br />

universal preschool, two years of free community college, $225<br />

billion for child care and monthly payments of at least $250 to<br />

parents. His ideas reflect the frailties that were uncovered last<br />

year by the pandemic, and he will make the case that economic<br />

growth would best come from taxing the rich to help the middle<br />

class and the poor.<br />

His speech will also provide an update on progress in combating<br />

the COVID-19 crisis he was elected to tame, showcasing<br />

hundreds of millions of vaccinations and relief<br />

checks delivered to help offset the devastation wrought by a<br />

virus that has killed more than 573,000 people in the United<br />

States. He will also champion his $2.3 trillion infrastructure<br />

plan, a staggering figure to be financed solely by higher taxes<br />

on corporations.<br />

Seizing an opportunity born of generational calamity, Biden<br />

has embraced momentous action over incremental progress,<br />

with the goal of making the economy fairer and stronger. But<br />

he will be forced to thread the needle between Republicans<br />

who cry government overreach and some Democrats who fear<br />

he won’t go big enough.<br />

The Democratic president’s strategy is to sidestep the polarization<br />

and make his appeal directly to voters. His prime-time<br />

speech will underscore a trio of central campaign promises: to<br />

manage the deadly pandemic, to turn down the tension in<br />

Washington and to restore faith in government as an effective<br />

force for good.<br />

BISHOPS MAY PRESS BIDEN TO SKIP COMMUNION<br />

(AP) -- When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national<br />

meeting in June, they’ll be deciding whether to send a<br />

tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other<br />

Catholic politicians: Don’t receive Communion if you persist<br />

in public advocacy of abortion rights.<br />

At issue is a document that will be prepared for the U.S.<br />

Conference of Catholic Bishops by its Committee on<br />

Doctrine, with the aim of clarifying the church’s stance on an<br />

issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops in recent decades.<br />

It’s taken on new urgency now, in the eyes of many bishops,<br />

because Biden — only the second Catholic president — is the<br />

first to hold that office while espousing clear-cut support for<br />

abortion rights. Such a stance, by a public figure, is “a grave<br />

moral evil,” according to Archbishop Joseph Naumann of<br />

Kansas City, Kansas, who chairs the USCCB’s Committee on<br />

Pro-Life Activities and believes it’s necessary to publicly rebuke<br />

Biden on the issue.<br />

APOLLO 11 PILOT MICHAEL COLLINS DEAD OF CANCER<br />

HOUSTON (AP) -- Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins,<br />

who piloted the ship from which Neil Armstrong and Buzz<br />

Aldrin left to make their historic first steps on the moon in<br />

1969, died Wednesday of cancer, his family said. He was 90.<br />

Collins was part of the three-man Apollo 11 crew that effectively<br />

ended the space race between the United States and<br />

Russia and fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to<br />

reach the moon by the end of the 1960s.<br />

Though he traveled some 238,000 miles to the moon and<br />

came within 69 miles, Collins never set foot on the lunar surface<br />

like his crewmates Aldrin and Armstrong, who died in<br />

2012.<br />

None of the men flew in space again after the Apollo 11<br />

mission.<br />

“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand,”<br />

Collins said on the 10th anniversary of the moon landing in<br />

1979. “exploration is not a choice really — it’s an imperative.”<br />

Ranger<br />

Rev. T. Anthony Spearman,<br />

President of the North Carolina<br />

NAACP, urged the state<br />

to take over the investigation<br />

into the police shooting death<br />

of Andrew Brown Jr.<br />

AP<br />

Judge denies request<br />

for shooting video<br />

eLIZABeTH CITY, N.C.<br />

(AP) — A judge on Wednesday<br />

denied requests to release body<br />

camera video in the case of a Black<br />

man who was shot to death by<br />

North Carolina deputies as they<br />

tried to arrest him on drug-related<br />

warrants.<br />

Judge Jeffery Foster said he<br />

believed the videos contained<br />

information that could harm the<br />

ongoing investigation or threaten<br />

the safety of people seen in the<br />

footage. He said the video must<br />

remain out of public view for at<br />

least 30 days.<br />

However, he said, videos from<br />

multiple body cameras and one<br />

dashboard camera must be shown<br />

to Brown’s family within 10 days.<br />

He said some portions of the<br />

video may be blurred or redacted.<br />

including conversations between<br />

officers. The family previously saw<br />

only a 20-second portion of one<br />

body camera video.<br />

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SPORTS<br />

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2021</strong> Page 3<br />

NATIONAL LEAGUE<br />

East Division W L Pct GB<br />

New York 9 9 .500 _<br />

Atlanta 11 12 .478 ½<br />

Philadelphia 11 12 .478 ½<br />

Miami 10 13 .435 1½<br />

Washington 8 12 .400 2<br />

Central Division W L Pct GB<br />

Milwaukee 14 9 .609 _<br />

Pittsburgh 12 11 .522 2<br />

St. Louis 12 11 .522 2<br />

Cincinnati 11 12 .478 3<br />

Chicago 10 13 .435 4<br />

West Division W L Pct GB<br />

Los Angeles 15 9 .625 _<br />

San Francisco 15 9 .625 _<br />

Arizona 12 11 .522 2½<br />

San Diego 13 12 .520 2½<br />

Colorado 9 14 .391 5½<br />

All Times EDT<br />

Monday's Games<br />

Philadelphia 2, St. Louis 1<br />

Atlanta 8, Chicago Cubs 7<br />

Miami 8, Milwaukee 0<br />

San Francisco 12, Colorado 0<br />

Cincinnati 5, L.A. Dodgers 3, 10 innings<br />

Tuesday's Games<br />

Pittsburgh 2, Kansas City 1<br />

Boston 2, N.Y. Mets 1<br />

Toronto 9, Washington 5<br />

Atlanta 5, Chicago Cubs 0<br />

St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 2<br />

Milwaukee 5, Miami 4<br />

Arizona 5, San Diego 1<br />

Colorado 7, San Francisco 5, 10 innings<br />

Cincinnati 6, L.A. Dodgers 5<br />

Wednesday's Games<br />

Miami (Alcantara 0-2) at Milwaukee (godley 0-0),<br />

3:40 p.m.<br />

Cincinnati (gray 0-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw<br />

3-2), 4:10 p.m.<br />

Kansas City (Minor 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Keller 1-2),<br />

6:35 p.m.<br />

Boston (Pivetta 2-0) at N.Y. Mets (degrom 2-1),<br />

6:40 p.m.<br />

Washington (Fedde 1-2) at Toronto (Matz 4-0),<br />

7:07 p.m.<br />

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 1-2) at Atlanta (Ynoa 1-<br />

1), 7:20 p.m.<br />

Philadelphia (Velasquez 0-0) at St. Louis (Oviedo<br />

0-0), 7:45 p.m.<br />

San Diego (Weathers 1-0) at Arizona (Widener 1-<br />

0), 9:40 p.m.<br />

Colorado (Márquez 1-1) at San Francisco (Wood<br />

2-0), 9:45 p.m.<br />

Thursday's Games<br />

Philadelphia at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.<br />

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.<br />

L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.<br />

Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.<br />

EASTERN CONFERENCE<br />

Atlantic Division W L Pct GB<br />

x-Brooklyn 42 20 .677 —<br />

Philadelphia 40 21 .656 1½<br />

New York 34 <strong>28</strong> .548 8<br />

Boston 32 30 .516 10<br />

Toronto 26 36 .419 16<br />

Southeast Division W L Pct GB<br />

Atlanta 34 <strong>28</strong> .548 —<br />

Miami 32 30 .516 2<br />

Charlotte 30 31 .492 3½<br />

Washington 27 34 .443 6½<br />

Orlando 18 43 .295 15½<br />

Central Division W L Pct GB<br />

Milwaukee 38 23 .623 —<br />

Indiana 29 32 .475 9<br />

Chicago 26 35 .426 12<br />

Cleveland 21 40 .344 17<br />

Detroit 19 43 .306 19½<br />

x-clinched playoff spot<br />

All Times EDT<br />

Monday's Games<br />

Detroit 100, Atlanta 86<br />

Philadelphia 121, Oklahoma City 90<br />

L.A. Lakers 114, Orlando 103<br />

Toronto 112, Cleveland 96<br />

San Antonio 146, Washington 143, OT<br />

Phoenix 118, New York 110<br />

New Orleans 120, L.A. Clippers 103<br />

Chicago 110, Miami 102<br />

Minnesota 105, Utah 104<br />

Denver 120, Memphis 96<br />

Sacramento 113, Dallas 106<br />

Tuesday's Games<br />

Portland 133, Indiana 112<br />

Milwaukee 114, Charlotte 104<br />

Oklahoma City 119, Boston 115<br />

Brooklyn 116, Toronto 103<br />

Minnesota 114, Houston 107<br />

Dallas 133, golden State 103<br />

Wednesday's Games<br />

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.<br />

Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.<br />

Riverton Livestock Auction<br />

Results for Tuesday, <strong>April</strong> 27, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Total Receipts: 582<br />

Last Report: 819 Last Year: 2,345<br />

Compared to last Tuesday sale selling<br />

all classes of cattle; slaughter cows<br />

mostly steady, slaughter bulls 5.00-7.00<br />

higher with higher yielding bulls, not<br />

enough feeder calves for a good market<br />

test. Several bred and cow/calf pairs<br />

with good demand and buyer<br />

participation. Supply included: 26%<br />

Feeder Cattle (43% Steers, 57%<br />

Heifers); 24% Slaughter Cattle (77%<br />

Cows, 23% Bulls); 50% Replacement<br />

Cattle (64% Stock Cows, 19% Bred<br />

Cows, 17% Cow-Calf Pairs). Feeder<br />

cattle supply over 600 lbs was 0%<br />

FEEDER CATTLE<br />

STEERS - Medium and Large 1 (Per Cwt / Actual Wt)<br />

Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price<br />

5 352 352 192.50 192.50<br />

15 421 421 190.25 190.25<br />

5 466 466 180.00 180.00<br />

15 526 526 170.00 170.00<br />

HEIFERS - Medium and Large 1 (Per Cwt / Actual Wt)<br />

Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price<br />

5 321 321 167.50 167.50<br />

12 377 377 177.50 177.50<br />

22 4<strong>28</strong>-449 444 159.00-160.00 159.22<br />

14 487 487 151.50 151.50<br />

SLAUGHTER CATTLE<br />

COWS - Breaker 75-80% (Per Cwt / Actual Wt)<br />

Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Dressing<br />

3 1565-1785 1667 56.00-57.00 56.49 Average<br />

3 1535-1630 1595 64.50-68.50 65.85 High<br />

COWS - Boner 80-85% (Per Cwt / Actual Wt)<br />

Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Dressing<br />

27 1227-1495 1323 55.00-60.50 58.64 Average<br />

16 1275-1436 1385 62.00-65.50 63.83 High<br />

Scoreboard<br />

Major league glance<br />

NBA glance<br />

AMERICAN LEAGUE<br />

East Division W L Pct GB<br />

Boston 15 9 .625 _<br />

Tampa Bay 12 12 .500 3<br />

Toronto 11 11 .500 3<br />

Baltimore 10 13 .435 4½<br />

New York 10 13 .435 4½<br />

Central Division W L Pct GB<br />

Kansas City 14 8 .636 _<br />

Chicago 12 10 .545 2<br />

Cleveland 11 11 .500 3<br />

Detroit 8 16 .333 7<br />

Minnesota 7 15 .318 7<br />

West Division W L Pct GB<br />

Oakland 15 9 .625 _<br />

Seattle 13 11 .542 2<br />

Houston 12 11 .522 2½<br />

Los Angeles 11 11 .500 3<br />

Texas 10 14 .417 5<br />

All Times EDT<br />

Monday's Games<br />

Kansas City 3, Detroit 2<br />

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 3, 10 innings<br />

Baltimore 4, N.Y. Yankees 2<br />

Oakland 2, Tampa Bay 1<br />

L.A. Angels 9, Texas 4<br />

Houston 5, Seattle 2<br />

Tuesday's Games<br />

Pittsburgh 2, Kansas City 1<br />

Cleveland 7, Minnesota 4<br />

Boston 2, N.Y. Mets 1<br />

N.Y. Yankees 5, Baltimore 1<br />

Toronto 9, Washington 5<br />

Tampa Bay 4, Oakland 3<br />

Houston 2, Seattle 0<br />

Texas 6, L.A. Angels 1<br />

Detroit 5, Chicago White Sox 2<br />

Wednesday's Games<br />

Minnesota (Happ 1-0) at Cleveland (Allen 1-3),<br />

1:10 p.m.<br />

Kansas City (Minor 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Keller 1-<br />

2), 6:35 p.m.<br />

Boston (Pivetta 2-0) at N.Y. Mets (degrom 2-1),<br />

6:40 p.m.<br />

N.Y. Yankees (germán 1-2) at Baltimore (Kremer<br />

0-1), 7:05 p.m.<br />

Washington (Fedde 1-2) at Toronto (Matz 4-0),<br />

7:07 p.m.<br />

Oakland (Irvin 2-2) at Tampa Bay (glasnow 2-1),<br />

7:10 p.m.<br />

L.A. Angels (Cobb 1-1) at Texas (Dunning 1-0),<br />

8:05 p.m.<br />

Detroit (Mize 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Rodón<br />

3-0), 8:10 p.m.<br />

Seattle (Dunn 1-0) at Houston (greinke 2-1),<br />

8:10 p.m.<br />

Thursday's Games<br />

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.<br />

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.<br />

Seattle at Houston, 2:10 p.m.<br />

Boston at Texas, 8:05 p.m.<br />

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.<br />

WESTERN CONFERENCE<br />

Southwest Division W L Pct GB<br />

Dallas 34 27 .557 —<br />

Memphis 31 29 .517 2½<br />

San Antonio 31 29 .517 2½<br />

New Orleans 27 34 .443 7<br />

Houston 15 47 .242 19½<br />

Northwest Division W L Pct GB<br />

x-Utah 44 17 .721 —<br />

Denver 40 21 .656 4<br />

Portland 33 <strong>28</strong> .541 11<br />

Oklahoma City 21 41 .339 23½<br />

Minnesota 19 44 .302 26<br />

Pacific Division W L Pct GB<br />

Phoenix 43 18 .705 —<br />

L.A. Clippers 43 20 .683 1<br />

L.A. Lakers 36 25 .590 7<br />

golden State 31 31 .500 12½<br />

Sacramento 25 36 .410 18<br />

Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Chicago at New York, 7:30 p.m.<br />

L.A. Lakers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.<br />

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.<br />

New Orleans at Denver, 9 p.m.<br />

Portland at Memphis, 9 p.m.<br />

L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 10 p.m.<br />

Utah at Sacramento, 10 p.m.<br />

Thursday's Games<br />

Brooklyn at Indiana, 7 p.m.<br />

Dallas at Detroit, 7 p.m.<br />

golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m.<br />

Milwaukee at Houston, 8 p.m.<br />

New Orleans at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.<br />

Toronto at Denver, 9 p.m.<br />

Friday's Games<br />

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.<br />

San Antonio at Boston, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Washington at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m.<br />

Portland at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.<br />

Milwaukee at Chicago, 9 p.m.<br />

Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m.<br />

Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.<br />

The<br />

Ranger<br />

FREMONT COUNTY WEATHER<br />

Lander<br />

43 / 70<br />

Send it flying<br />

Riverton Wolverine senior Rylan Koehn has been one of<br />

Wyoming’s top throwers in the <strong>2021</strong> track and field season.<br />

He won Monday’s Wolverine Twilight meet with a<br />

148-5 toss of the discus. Photo by Randy Tucker<br />

Late homers lift Rox over SF<br />

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --<br />

Ryan McMahon delivered a tworun<br />

homer in the 10th inning and<br />

C.J. Cron followed with a solo<br />

blast as the Colorado Rockies<br />

evened their three-game series<br />

against the host San Francisco<br />

giants with a 7-5 win on Tuesday.<br />

San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford<br />

had three hits and forced<br />

extra innings when he tied the<br />

score at 4-4 in the ninth with a<br />

leadoff home run against Daniel<br />

Bard (1-1).<br />

garrett Hampson put the<br />

Rockies ahead in the top of the<br />

ninth with a pinch-hit homer off<br />

former Colorado reliever Jake<br />

Mcgee.<br />

Colorado’s Yonathan Daza<br />

began the 10th inning as the automatic<br />

runner at second base, and<br />

he scored on McMahon’s 449-foot<br />

blast off rookie gregory Santos (0-<br />

2). Cron then added an insurance<br />

run with a blast to right field.<br />

giants catcher Buster Posey had<br />

three hits and singled home a run<br />

in the bottom of the 10th off<br />

Carlos estevez, who recorded his<br />

first save.<br />

Cron, Hampson and Charlie<br />

Blackmon each had two hits for<br />

the Rockies, who snapped a fourgame<br />

losing streak against the<br />

giants.<br />

Blackmon ended a 0-for-14<br />

skid and gave the Rockies a lead in<br />

the first with a two-out, two-run<br />

double off Aaron Sanchez.<br />

The giants answered with a run<br />

in the bottom half of the first and<br />

pulled even in the fourth when<br />

rookie Jason Vosler recorded his<br />

first career RBI with a two-out<br />

double to right field off Chi Chi<br />

gonzalez.<br />

Belt put the giants ahead 3-2<br />

with two outs in the fifth with a<br />

homer to right off gonzalez, who<br />

gave up three runs on seven hits<br />

over five innings.<br />

The right-hander struck out<br />

four without issuing a walk.<br />

Starting pitching has been a<br />

strength for the Rockies, who<br />

raised their record to 9-14 after a<br />

3-11 start to the season.<br />

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work performed under that certain contract between the State of Wyoming, acting<br />

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Budget Program<br />

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accepted as completed according to plans, specifications and rules governing the same<br />

work performed under that certain contract between the State of Wyoming, acting<br />

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Probate No. 12688<br />

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 5th day of <strong>April</strong>, <strong>2021</strong>, RENEE STEWART<br />

made application to the Ninth Judicial District Court pursuant to W.S., Section 2-1-205,<br />

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Will Wyoming<br />

have the stuff?<br />

Some key leaders bet on an energy<br />

re-boom, but what if they are wrong?<br />

A headline in a recent front-page Ranger news “digest” must<br />

have struck the uninitiated as hard to believe.<br />

“Arch on track to leave PRB,” it read.<br />

The PRB is the Powder River Basin, the Western<br />

Hemisphere’s richest coal mining region, with gillette as its<br />

unofficial capital.<br />

Arch is Arch Coal, long one of the coal titans of the Powder<br />

River Basin and, therefore, the United States and the world.<br />

The change in the coal marketplace has been turning conventional<br />

wisdom in Wyoming on its head for some years<br />

now, with the economic impacts felt far and wide. There are<br />

social impact as well, and that’s what the headline such as this<br />

one illustrates. Arch Coal leaving gillette? Along with the<br />

other coal giants there, to an extent Arch Coal is gillette, and<br />

gillette is Arch Coal.<br />

We know the feeling in Fremont County. Businesses that<br />

defined our communities, and made them to a large degree in<br />

modern times, folded up and left town, with nearly a quarter<br />

of the Fremont County work force stopped in their tracks.<br />

Lucky Mc. Federal American Partners. Western Nuclear.<br />

Union Carbide. All of those, and others were mainstays not<br />

just of Fremont County’s uranium mining district but also<br />

Fremont County’s economic and social fabric.<br />

They seemed permanent and powerful, stable and steady.<br />

And they were, until, one day, they weren’t.<br />

Lander saw the something of the same thing. U.S. steel<br />

closed its iron ore mine near South Pass after 20 years — 20<br />

years when hundreds of people made a living and built what<br />

day hoped was security.<br />

Clichés come to mind. “The only constant in life is<br />

change.” That sort of thing. Roll with the punches. Play the<br />

hand you are dealt.<br />

Just a couple of years ago, one of the hottest topics in<br />

Wyoming state government was the eNDOW initiative, an<br />

ambitious and future-thinking strategic plan to carry<br />

Wyoming through the transitioning fossil fuels economy into<br />

whatever would come next.<br />

It passed the Legislature, but many of the lawmakers who<br />

backed it are gone. It was signed into law, but the governor<br />

who pushed for it now is gone as well.<br />

Today it’s not unfair to ask where that all stands. It seems<br />

dicey at best, unrealistic at worst, to presume that a booming<br />

state economy based on coal and oil is going to return in<br />

Wyoming, but a lot of state legislators at the recent session still<br />

seemed ready to fight for that position above all others.<br />

Strictly from the fiscal point of view, Wyoming would welcome<br />

a big energy re-boom, but planning for something that<br />

probably can’t happen isn’t a reliable policy, either fiscally or<br />

politically, in the decade to come.<br />

For many years, politicians decried the boom-and-bust<br />

aspect of Wyoming’s minerals-based economy. But that always<br />

was done with the comforting supposition that the boom<br />

would return, as it always had before.<br />

It’s not impossible that something like it might return again,<br />

but the signs aren’t all that good. And if it doesn’t, then the<br />

2020s likely will be the time when Wyoming learns whether it<br />

has the stuff not just to navigate what comes next but help<br />

direct it. We must do more than stand and watch.<br />

— Steven R. Peck<br />

OPINION<br />

The<br />

Ranger<br />

Key is growing trees, not just planting<br />

For 149 years, Americans have<br />

marked Arbor Day on the last<br />

Friday in <strong>April</strong> by planting trees.<br />

Now business leaders, politicians,<br />

YouTubers and celebrities are calling<br />

for the planting of millions, billions,<br />

or even trillions of trees to<br />

slow climate change.<br />

As an ecologist who studies forest<br />

restoration, I know that trees<br />

store carbon, provide habitat for<br />

animals and plants, prevent erosion<br />

and create shade in cities. But<br />

planting trees is not a silver bullet<br />

for solving complex environmental<br />

and social problems. And for trees<br />

to produce benefits, they need to<br />

be planted correctly.<br />

Not a panacea<br />

It is impossible for humanity to<br />

plant its way out of climate change,<br />

as some advocates have suggested,<br />

although trees are one part of the<br />

solution. Avoiding the worst consequences<br />

of climate change will<br />

require governments, businesses<br />

and individuals around the globe<br />

to make rapid and drastic efforts to<br />

reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<br />

Moreover, planting trees in the<br />

wrong place can have unintended<br />

consequences. For example, planting<br />

trees into native grasslands, such<br />

as North American prairies or<br />

African savannas, can damage these<br />

valuable ecosystems.<br />

Planting fast-growing, nonnative<br />

trees in arid areas may also<br />

reduce water supplies. And some<br />

top-down tree-planting programs<br />

implemented by international<br />

organizations or national governments<br />

displace farmers and lead<br />

them to clear forests elsewhere.<br />

Large-scale tree-planting initiatives<br />

have failed in locations from<br />

Sri Lanka to Turkey to Canada. In<br />

some places, the tree species were<br />

not well-suited to local soil and climate<br />

conditions. elsewhere, the<br />

trees were not watered or fertilized.<br />

Karen D. Holl<br />

ThE CONvERSaTION<br />

In some cases local people<br />

removed trees that were planted on<br />

their land without permission. And<br />

when trees die or are cut down, any<br />

carbon they have taken up returns<br />

to the atmosphere, negating benefits<br />

from planting them.<br />

Focus on growing<br />

It’s time to change the narrative<br />

from tree-planting to tree-growing.<br />

Most tree-planting efforts focus on<br />

digging a hole and putting a<br />

seedling in the ground, but the<br />

work doesn't stop there.<br />

To achieve benefits from treeplanting,<br />

the trees need to grow for<br />

a decade or more. Reforested areas<br />

often are re-cleared within a decade<br />

or two.<br />

The U.N. Decade on ecosystem<br />

Restoration and other initiatives<br />

intend to restore and grow 1 trillion<br />

trees. Here are key guidelines<br />

that we and others have proposed<br />

to improve the outcomes of treeplanting<br />

campaigns.<br />

• Keep existing forests standing.<br />

The earth lost an area of rainforest<br />

the size of New Mexico in 2020. It<br />

is much more effective to prevent<br />

clearing of existing forests than to<br />

try to put them back together<br />

again. And existing forests provide<br />

benefits now, rather than decades<br />

into the future after trees mature.<br />

• Include nearby communities<br />

in tree-growing projects.<br />

International organizations and<br />

national governments fund many<br />

tree-growing projects, but their<br />

goals may be quite different from<br />

those of local residents who are<br />

actually growing the trees on their<br />

land.<br />

• Start with careful planning.<br />

Which species are most likely to<br />

grow well given local site conditions?<br />

Which species will best<br />

achieve the project's goals? And<br />

who will take care of the trees after<br />

they are planted?<br />

It is important to plant in areas<br />

where trees have grown historically,<br />

and to consider whether future climatic<br />

conditions are likely to support<br />

trees.<br />

• Planting in areas that are less<br />

productive for agriculture reduces<br />

the risk that the land will be recleared<br />

or existing forests will be<br />

cut down to compensate for lost<br />

productive areas.<br />

• Plan for the long term. Most<br />

tree seedlings need care to survive<br />

and grow. This may include multiyear<br />

commitments to water, fertilize,<br />

weed and protect them.<br />

• We encourage people who<br />

support tree-growing efforts to ask<br />

where the money is going. Who is<br />

monitoring the effort and how<br />

long will they track it?<br />

growing trees can help solve<br />

some of the most pressing challenges<br />

of our time. But it is important<br />

to understand that planting<br />

--------<br />

Karen D. Holl is a professor of<br />

environmental studies at the<br />

University of California, Santa<br />

Cruz. The Conversation is an independent<br />

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Learn from the<br />

past, but do<br />

not dwell on it<br />

editor:<br />

It was with interest that I read<br />

Chesie Lee's letter in the <strong>April</strong> 4<br />

Ranger regarding our county. I do<br />

not remember the article on<br />

poverty mentioned, but this letter<br />

seems to be focused more on<br />

racism.<br />

Though people should be<br />

judged by their actions and not<br />

actions of others, very often judgment<br />

comes from past experiences<br />

with others of the same race, age,<br />

looks, etc. That is a fact of life.<br />

But please remember most<br />

opinions are made or altered by<br />

whether interactions are good or<br />

bad. T<br />

he more good, the more opinions<br />

can be changed.<br />

Many of the comments about<br />

the per-capita are because most<br />

know little about them and only<br />

parrot what they hear.<br />

That is where a study of history<br />

might help, as there is so much to<br />

be learned from the past.<br />

However, we need to learn from<br />

it rather than use it for an excuse.<br />

There is no doubt that many programs<br />

do and have done more to<br />

hinder than help. And that Native<br />

Americans, along with many others,<br />

have got the short end of the<br />

stick by the government, and it is<br />

still happening.<br />

However, as I used to tell the<br />

young ones I worked with as a<br />

mentor, you have no control of<br />

the past and cannot undo it.<br />

You do have control of how you<br />

let it affect you and what you do<br />

in the future.<br />

Learn from the past, yes, but do<br />

not dwell on it and use it for an<br />

excuse for a poor life, but use your<br />

learning and focus on making life<br />

better in the future.<br />

Wayne Dick<br />

Riverton<br />

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First space tourist took off on Russian ship today, 2001<br />

Today is Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>28</strong>, the 118th day of <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

There are 247 days left in the year.<br />

Today’s Highlight in History:<br />

On <strong>April</strong> <strong>28</strong>, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion<br />

Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to<br />

be inducted into the armed forces.<br />

On this date:<br />

In 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify<br />

the Constitution of the United States.<br />

In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress,<br />

Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans<br />

as they attempted to flee the country.<br />

In 1952, war with Japan officially ended as<br />

a treaty signed in San Francisco the year before<br />

took effect. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower<br />

resigned as Supreme Allied commander in<br />

Europe; he was succeeded by Gen. Matthew<br />

B. Ridgway.<br />

In 1958, the United States conducted the<br />

first of 35 nuclear test explosions in the Pacific<br />

Proving Ground as part of Operation<br />

Hardtack I. Vice President Richard Nixon and<br />

his wife, Pat, began a goodwill tour of Latin America that<br />

was marred by hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas,<br />

Venezuela.<br />

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter accepted the resignation<br />

of Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, who had opposed<br />

the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing<br />

American hostages in Iran. (Vance was succeeded by<br />

Edmund Muskie.)<br />

In 1986, the Soviet Union informed the world of the<br />

nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.<br />

In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and more than 60<br />

persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines<br />

Boeing 737 tore off during a flight from Hilo (HEE’-loh) to<br />

Honolulu.<br />

Leno<br />

In 1994, former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had<br />

passed U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia,<br />

pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion, and was<br />

sentenced to life in prison without parole.<br />

In 2001, a Russian rocket lifted off from Central Asia<br />

bearing the first space tourist, California businessman<br />

Dennis Tito, and two cosmonauts on a journey to the international<br />

space station.<br />

In 2010, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said a<br />

massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was worse than officials<br />

had believed, and that the federal government was<br />

offering to help industry giant BP contain the slick threatening<br />

the U.S. shoreline.<br />

In 2015, urging Americans to “do<br />

some soul-searching,” President<br />

Barack Obama expressed deep<br />

frustration over recurring black<br />

deaths at the hands of police, rioters<br />

who responded with senseless violence<br />

and a society that would only<br />

“feign concern” without addressing<br />

the root causes.<br />

In 2019, former Republican Sen.<br />

Richard Lugar of Indiana, a leading voice on<br />

foreign policy during his 36 years in the Senate, died at a<br />

hospital in Virginia at the age of 87. “Avengers: Endgame”<br />

shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an<br />

estimated $350 million in ticket sales domestically and<br />

$1.2 billion globally.<br />

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama reshuffled<br />

his national security team, with CIA Director Leon Panetta<br />

succeeding Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen.<br />

David Petraeus replacing Panetta at the CIA. Convicted<br />

sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, pleaded<br />

guilty to kidnapping and raping a California girl, Jaycee<br />

Dugard, who was abducted in 1991 at the age of 11 and<br />

rescued 18 years later. (Phillip Garrido was sentenced to<br />

Cruz<br />

431 years to life in prison; Nancy Garrido was sentenced<br />

to 36 years to life in prison.) Canada’s Patrick Chan won<br />

the world figure skating championships in Moscow.<br />

Five years ago: Vice President Joe Biden pressed<br />

Iraq during an unannounced visit not to let its crippling political<br />

crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic<br />

State group.<br />

One year ago: President Donald Trump signed an executive<br />

order under the Defense Production Act to keep<br />

meat packing plants open; it classified meat processing<br />

as critical infrastructure. The Navy said the number of<br />

sailors aboard the USS Kidd who had tested positive for<br />

the coronavirus had risen to 64, or about onefifth<br />

of the destroyer’s crew. Joe Biden won<br />

Ohio’s presidential primary, the first major test<br />

of statewide elections via mail amid the virus<br />

outbreak. Hillary Clinton became the latest Democrat<br />

to endorse Biden as the party continued<br />

its unification efforts. Democrat Kweisi<br />

Mfume easily won a special election to complete<br />

the term of the late Maryland Rep. Elijah<br />

Cummings.<br />

Today’s Birthdays:<br />

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker<br />

III is 91. Actor-singer Ann-Margret is 80. Actor Paul Guilfoyle<br />

is 72. Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is 71.<br />

Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 69. Actor Mary McDonnell<br />

is 69. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic<br />

Youth) is 68. Actor Nancy Lee Grahn is 65. Supreme<br />

Court Justice Elena Kagan is 61. Rapper Too Short is 55.<br />

Actor Bridget Moynahan is 50. Actor Chris Young is 50.<br />

Rapper Big Gipp is 49. Actor Jorge Garcia is 48. Actor<br />

Elisabeth Rohm is 48. Actor Penelope Cruz is 47. Actor<br />

Nate Richert is 43. TV personalities Drew and Jonathan<br />

Scott are 43. Actor Jessica Alba is 40. Actor Harry Shum<br />

Jr. is 39. Actor Jenna Ushkowitz is 35. Actor Aleisha Allen<br />

is 30.


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DEaThS<br />

haMILTON<br />

Robert William (Bill) Hamilton, 88, of Lander,<br />

died Friday, <strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2021</strong>, at the family ranch,<br />

surrounded by family. The funeral service will<br />

be held at 1 p.m. Friday, <strong>April</strong> 30, at The<br />

Pioneer Museum Livery Stable in<br />

Lander. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope<br />

Cemetery in Lander. A reception and meal will<br />

follow, also at the museum.<br />

CONWay<br />

Daniel Conway, 18, of Shoshoni, died<br />

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2021</strong>, in an accident. A<br />

graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.<br />

Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 29, at Lake View Cemetery in<br />

Shoshoni, followed by a celebration of life at<br />

the Shoshoni Recreation District building in<br />

Shoshoni.<br />

MITChELL<br />

Dallas Mitchell, <strong>28</strong>, of Riverton, died<br />

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2021</strong>, in an accident. A<br />

memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.<br />

Saturday, May 1, at Davis Funeral Home.<br />

aNGIER<br />

Jo Anne Angier, 85, of Riverton, died<br />

Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 22, <strong>2021</strong>, at the Help for Health<br />

Hospice Home. No local services are planned.<br />

NELSON<br />

Mary Nelson, 84, of Lander, died Friday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2021</strong>, at her home. As were her wishes,<br />

there will be no services held.<br />

SIFUENTES<br />

Joe Sifuentes, 67, of Riverton, died Friday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2021</strong> in Billings, Montana. Services<br />

are pending through Davis Funeral Home.<br />

NIChOLaS<br />

W.J. “Jack” Nicholas, 94, of Lander, died<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

EMERGENCy CaLLS<br />

Information in this column is taken from<br />

official law enforcement reports. An arrest is a<br />

preliminary step in the legal process. It does<br />

not mean that a person has been found guilty<br />

of a crime. By law, persons who are arrested<br />

are innocent until proven guilty through due<br />

legal processes.<br />

In Riverton police reports from Tuesday<br />

to Wednesday morning:<br />

• Suspicious circumstances were reported<br />

at about 10:10 a.m. Friday on Village Drive.<br />

The reporting party said there were “flames<br />

and smoke on the grass.” There also was a<br />

controlled burn ongoing in the area, according<br />

to the initial report.<br />

Shoplifting was reported at about 12:40<br />

p.m. Friday in the 700 block of North Federal<br />

Boulevard. The initial report was regarding<br />

three subjects who “took a pair of boots and<br />

(a) pair of pliers.” Officials said the “suspect<br />

(was) identified and charges are pending.”<br />

Injuries were recorded in a traffic incident<br />

reported at about 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 700<br />

block of East Fremont Avenue. The initial<br />

report indicates the incident involved “airbag<br />

deployment.”<br />

Theft from a motor vehicle was reported at<br />

about 3:45 p.m. Friday on East Jackson<br />

Avenue. The reporting party said “someone<br />

stole the registration off (of) his vehicle.”<br />

No injuries were recorded in a traffic incident<br />

reported at about 5:20 p.m. Friday in the<br />

1000 block of North Federal Boulevard. The<br />

initial report indicates the incident involved a<br />

red 2002 Ford Ranger and a blue 2002 Chevy<br />

Trailblazer.<br />

Christopher Scott, 31, of Riverton, was<br />

arrested at about 10:25 p.m. Friday in the 200<br />

block of North Federal Boulevard for driving<br />

under the influence and possession of<br />

methamphetamine.<br />

Tom Logan, 38, of Arapahoe, was arrested<br />

at about 2:10 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block<br />

of North Federal Boulevard for driving under<br />

the influence. Jenna Lane, 37, of Riverton,<br />

was arrested for public intoxication and resisting.<br />

The initial report was regarding a “highly<br />

intoxicated” driver.<br />

Justin VanFleet, <strong>28</strong>, of Riverton, was<br />

arrested at about 1:50 p.m. Saturday in the<br />

1900 block of East Monroe Avenue for public<br />

intoxication.<br />

Shoplifting was reported at about 2:20 p.m.<br />

Saturday in the 600 block of North Federal<br />

Boulevard. Officials said a suspect has been<br />

identified, and charges are pending.<br />

A juvenile problem was reported at about<br />

5:30 p.m. Saturday on Dinwoody Circle. The<br />

reporting party said “there are two juvenile<br />

subjects riding dirt bikes … really fast … for a<br />

few hours now.” Officials said the subjects<br />

were “contacted and warned.”<br />

Joanne Flanagan, 55, of Riverton, was<br />

arrested at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday in the<br />

100 block of South Fifth Street West for driving<br />

under the influence.<br />

A suspicious vehicle was reported at about<br />

1 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of Eagle<br />

Drive. The initial report was regarding a vehicle<br />

“playing music really loud.” Officials said<br />

the “music was turned down.”<br />

Police responded at about 8 a.m. Monday<br />

to a report of a horse on the road on the Rails<br />

to Trails pathway. The initial report indicates<br />

the reporting party “found (a) mule.”<br />

A bomb threat was reported at about 9:10<br />

a.m. Monday. Officials said no bomb was<br />

located, but the incident is under investigation.<br />

Patricia Clark, 31, of Riverton, and Crystal<br />

Clark, 25, of Riverton, both were arrested at<br />

about 12:20 p.m. Monday on North Broadway<br />

for child endangering. Crystal Clark also was<br />

arrested for possession of a controlled substance.<br />

The initial report indicates the ticket<br />

was made per officer request.<br />

No injuries were recorded in a traffic incident<br />

reported at about 4:15 p.m. Monday in<br />

the 600 block of South Federal Boulevard.<br />

The initial report indicates the incident<br />

involved a gold Toyota Camry and a white<br />

truck.<br />

No injuries were recorded in a traffic incident<br />

reported at about 6:40 p.m. Monday in<br />

the 500 block of West Main Street. The<br />

reporting party said “his vehicle was hit by<br />

another vehicle.”<br />

Arron C’Hair, 43, of Ethete, was arrested at<br />

about 6:50 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of<br />

East Park Avenue for public intoxication.<br />

A 22-year-old man was cited at about 10:50<br />

p.m. Monday in the 1800 block of North<br />

Federal Boulevard for possession of marijuana.<br />

The initial report was regarding a purple<br />

Ford Fusion that was “swerving in (the) drive<br />

through.” The reporting party also said the<br />

“driver’s eyes were red, puffy and glossy.”<br />

Quinn Duran, 29, of St. Stephen’s, was<br />

arrested at about 2:55 a.m. Tuesday in the<br />

3000 block of College Hill Drive for interference.<br />

Officials said the charge was “for lying<br />

about his name.” The reporting party said<br />

Duran “pushed her down.”<br />

In Fremont County Sheriff’s report from<br />

Tuesday to Wednesday morning:<br />

Deputies responded at about 7:45 a.m.<br />

Sunday to a report of cattle on the road in the<br />

700 block of Eight Mile Road near Riverton.<br />

A juvenile runaway was reported at about<br />

10:20 a.m. Sunday on Minter Lane near<br />

Riverton.<br />

Deputies responded at about 5:45 p.m.<br />

Sunday to a report of cattle on the road on<br />

Tunnel Hill Road near Pavillion.<br />

Starr D. Miller, <strong>28</strong>, of Arapahoe, was arrested<br />

on a Fremont County warrant for failure to<br />

appear.<br />

Deputies responded at about 8:35 a.m.<br />

Monday to a report of a traffic hazard in the<br />

7800 block of Wyoming Highway 789 near<br />

Lander. The initial report was regarding “one<br />

cow on (the) side of (the) highway.”<br />

Mark W. Eisnnicher, 39, of Dubois, was<br />

arrested at about 8:45 a.m. Monday in the<br />

4600 block of U.S. Highway 26 near Dubois<br />

on a Natrona County warrant for possession<br />

of a controlled substance.<br />

The initial report was regarding “trespassing”<br />

and “squatters.”<br />

Paloma A. Warren, 24, of Arapahoe, was<br />

arrested at about 1:05 p.m. Monday in the<br />

100 block of Norkok Street near Fort<br />

Washakie on a Fremont County warrant for<br />

contempt of court.<br />

Fraud was reported at about 1:10 p.m.<br />

Monday on North Fork Road near Lander.<br />

The initial report indicates the ticket was<br />

made “per sergeant request.”<br />

Shannon Antelope-Rhodes, 32, of Ethete,<br />

was arrested at about 5:40 p.m. Monday in<br />

the 400 block of Railroad Street in Lander<br />

(the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office) on a<br />

Fremont County warrant for failure to appear.<br />

Jacquelyn M. Burnham, 34, of Lander, was<br />

arrested at about 6:20 p.m. Monday on<br />

Escarpment Road near Lander for aggravated<br />

assault and domestic assault. <strong>April</strong> D. Garcia,<br />

39, of Lander, was arrested for property<br />

destruction. The initial report indicates someone<br />

pointed a gun at the reporting party.<br />

Deputies assisted in responding at about<br />

6:55 p.m. Monday to a report of a cow on the<br />

road in the 12100 block of U.S. Highway 26<br />

near Riverton.<br />

Virus Continued from page 1<br />

when you’re sitting in a room by yourself. …<br />

“When you’re locked down for a month or two,<br />

it’s a little harder.”<br />

“Luckily,” he said, he had a television set at his disposal<br />

by then, so he was able to pass the time by<br />

watching TV and reading books.<br />

Isolated on arrival<br />

Other inmates, including Dusty Harris, 39, went<br />

through long periods of isolation with no access to<br />

video entertainment.<br />

When he arrived in Torrington in August, Harris,<br />

who was sentenced in June, said he was put in quarantine<br />

alone for five weeks.<br />

“I didn’t hear nothing about any news or know<br />

what was going on with the outside world,” he said.<br />

“We were locked down to our bedrooms (and) could<br />

only get out to use the shower for 15 minutes at a<br />

time and use the phone for 15 minutes at a time. …<br />

So we only got 30 minutes a day.”<br />

The WDOC offered reading material, but Harris<br />

said the book cart contained a limited selection of<br />

titles that had to be divided among all of the inmates<br />

in the housing unit.<br />

“They weren’t letting us get new books because<br />

they didn’t want to cross-contaminate,” he explained.<br />

“So we were limited to five or six books for that<br />

whole time. …<br />

“You get to read the books quite a bit.”<br />

Harris also spent time working out in his room,<br />

doing calisthenic exercises.<br />

He said the physical exertion “really helped me<br />

mentally.”<br />

Joe L. Sifuentes, November 2,<br />

1953 - <strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2021</strong>, of<br />

Riverton, Wyoming, was faithful<br />

to the end and received his<br />

crown of life.<br />

Of all the titles he had, his<br />

favorite was that of a husband.<br />

He married his bride, Shirlee<br />

Sifuentes, on <strong>April</strong> 22, 1972, and<br />

together they began to write<br />

their love story. He adored his<br />

"Sho," his "candy girl," which<br />

resulted in the family that he<br />

cherished most on this earth.<br />

Their love story is a true<br />

example of the love God has<br />

for His bride and the love God<br />

has called every husband to have<br />

for their wives. Together Joe and<br />

Shirlee walked out their vows,<br />

hand in hand, until the end, 49<br />

years and one day.<br />

Daddy, Dad, and Pops are the<br />

names his children affectionately<br />

call him. His children and their<br />

spouses were his world. He<br />

lavished them with love,<br />

affection, wisdom, and strength.<br />

He was the best father, mentor,<br />

pastor, and friend to each of his<br />

children and had the highest<br />

honor of leading each child to a<br />

personal relationship with Jesus<br />

Christ. He trained his children in<br />

the way they should go, and they<br />

have not departed from it.<br />

He was called Papa by his<br />

grandchildren Kenisha and<br />

Brandon Fullerton, Kierra and<br />

Kendric Muehler, Zedekiah,<br />

Jeremicah, Zion, Jodeyah Mills,<br />

and Zareesha and Geoffrey<br />

Norman Leier. He is a greatgrandfather<br />

to Azirah Mills.<br />

The youngest of fourteen, he<br />

held the titles; son, brother, tio,<br />

and uncle. Though he was the<br />

youngest, his healing as a child<br />

was instrumental in the entire<br />

family's salvation story. He<br />

quickly grew to be the spiritual<br />

leader, not just to his parents<br />

but also to all of their offspring.<br />

PAID OBITUARY<br />

Joe L. Sifuentes<br />

Joe L. Sifuentes<br />

He was and will remain a<br />

beacon of light, love, and hope<br />

for all remaining families to<br />

follow.<br />

Pastor is the title he is known<br />

by in the community, his<br />

network of friends, and fellow<br />

laborers in Christ. Although he<br />

began as an evangelist, God<br />

quickly called him to the<br />

office of a pastor. It was not<br />

just a title to him. It was a<br />

calling. In his words, "I do not<br />

want to live and serve according<br />

to my personal preferences.<br />

Instead, I long for my life and<br />

ministry to be driven by the<br />

Person and Presence of God!"<br />

He transitioned his father’s<br />

church into what is known as<br />

Way of the Cross Assembly of<br />

God. He also pastored at<br />

Billings Praise Center and most<br />

recently founded Crown of Life<br />

Fellowship. He served a total of<br />

43 years in ministry. He touched<br />

countless lives as a pastor,<br />

presbyter, and chaplain of both<br />

The Riverton Police<br />

Department and the<br />

Fremont County Sheriff<br />

Department. He was a crisis,<br />

family, and marriage counselor.<br />

His formula for success was to<br />

love God and love people.<br />

His passion was preaching<br />

“You go nuts when you’re cooped up (by) yourself<br />

and not able to talk to anyone or communicate,” he<br />

explained. “It gets very mentally challenging, especially<br />

when you get claustrophobic (and) you just feel<br />

like you’re getting smothered, stuck in tight quarters<br />

like that … not being able to go outside and get fresh<br />

air. …<br />

“You can’t even see outside except through a little<br />

tiny window. It’s very depressing.”<br />

eventually, Harris said, he reached out to the<br />

WDOC for help coping with the confinement, and<br />

he was offered mental health treatment as well as<br />

puzzles and other activities to do in his room.<br />

“You just have to remember it’s a mental deal,”<br />

Harris said. “You have to do something to change<br />

your mind.”<br />

Harris was placed in quarantine again at the<br />

Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins after he contracted<br />

COVID-19 in January, and he was part of the<br />

recent pandemic-related lockdown at the Wyoming<br />

Honor Farm in Riverton.<br />

He estimates that he has spent half of his time<br />

with the WDOC in isolation – an ordeal he characterizes<br />

as “the worst experience of my life.”<br />

“I understand it, because they’re trying to eliminate<br />

the contamination,” Harris said. “But it’s frustrating<br />

as an inmate.”<br />

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uate, two sportsmanship award winners, and another<br />

student who was chosen to name a new supercomputer<br />

in Cheyenne.<br />

One of the student athletes is related to Andre-<br />

Flanagan, Manning pointed out, so several members<br />

of her family were in attendance as well.<br />

Others at the meeting did not appear to be associated<br />

with those celebrations, Manning said, but no<br />

one spoke when he invited public comment.<br />

Andre-Flanagan’s initial court appearance is<br />

scheduled to take place at noon May 5, but Riverton<br />

municipal court clerk Meghan Miller said that date<br />

may change if Andre-Flanagan’s lawyer requests a<br />

continuance.<br />

The full police report regarding Andre-Flanagan’s<br />

arrest is “not releasable at this time,” RPD executive<br />

assistant Summer Cassady said Wednesday.<br />

“We will be able to release it once the adjudication<br />

is complete,” she said.<br />

For people without prior felony convictions,<br />

Wyoming Statute 7-13-301 allows the state to “defer<br />

further proceedings … without entering a judgment<br />

of guilt or conviction,” as long as the individual<br />

adheres to the terms of a probationary period that<br />

could last up to five years.<br />

‘We’ll Take Care of It!’<br />

RANGER<br />

and teaching the Word of God.<br />

He was best known for his<br />

remarkable ability to bring a<br />

personal touch to any service he<br />

officiated. He also enjoyed<br />

Facebook, “poker nights” with<br />

the boys, shopping for suits and<br />

ties, fishing, writing<br />

poetry, good day smiles, and he<br />

enjoyed his sweets.<br />

Joe L. Sifuentes is preceded in<br />

death by his grandparents,<br />

Pedro and Anastacia<br />

Sifuentes, Tomas and Narcisa<br />

Mauricio, his parents José and<br />

Herlinda Sifuentes, and siblings,<br />

Fernando Valadez, Antonio<br />

Valadez, Maria Luisa Martinez.<br />

He is survived by his wife<br />

Shirlee Sifuentes, his children<br />

Stacie and husband Jason<br />

Muehler, Delilah and husband<br />

Michael Mills, Desireé and<br />

husband Aaron Hunter, Josiah<br />

Sifuentes and wife Madelyn and<br />

those he loved as his own<br />

children, Nelson Valerio and<br />

Lisa Beebe. He is also survived<br />

by his siblings Irma Holguin,<br />

Phylis Trujillo, Rafael Sifuentes,<br />

Pedro DeLeon, Linda Valadez,<br />

Roberto Sifuentes, and<br />

Anastasia Ramirez as well as<br />

several nieces, nephews and inlaws.<br />

The outpouring of love and<br />

affection proves just how much<br />

Joe L. Sifuentes lived a<br />

"BIG TIME" life and was "Top<br />

of the Line.”<br />

Viewing is on Friday, <strong>April</strong> 30,<br />

<strong>2021</strong> at Davis Funeral Home<br />

2203 West Main Street from<br />

6-8 pm.<br />

Celebration of Life Service is<br />

Saturday, May 1, <strong>2021</strong> at<br />

Lighthouse Bible Church, 1510<br />

Lewis Street Riverton, WY<br />

82501 at 10:00 a.m.<br />

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Page 6 Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> <strong>28</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Ranger<br />

SPEED BUMP<br />

by Dave Coverly<br />

BABY BLUES by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott<br />

Abigail Van Buren<br />

BABY BLUES by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott<br />

Family friend fears<br />

oung woman may<br />

e addicted to meth<br />

DEAR ABBY: The 22-year-old<br />

aughter of close friends of ours<br />

as been living in a van during the<br />

andemic. Her parents, my husand<br />

and I heard her on her cellhone<br />

talking about a party where<br />

er friends were doing meth. No<br />

ne reacted except me. I said,<br />

That’s terrifying!” and she anwered,<br />

“Right?”<br />

I cannot stop worrying about<br />

his young woman, who I have<br />

atched grow since she was a baby.<br />

he red spots on her face, which I<br />

ad assumed were from acne, now<br />

aunt me. What can I do?<br />

I had offered her the use of our<br />

riveway, if needed, but I don’t<br />

ant meth users here because I<br />

ave two college-age sons, so now<br />

regret even that. I feel since she<br />

roached the topic she was asking<br />

or help. Her mom let it comletely<br />

slide. Help! -- SICK WITH<br />

ORRY IN COLORADO<br />

DEAR SICK: The baby you<br />

atched grow up is now an adult.<br />

f you think she was asking for<br />

elp because she is addicted to<br />

ethamphetamine, talk to her and<br />

ffer to help her get it. IF she says<br />

he wants to move her van to your<br />

roperty, explain that as long as<br />

he is using and/or partying with<br />

ontemporaries who do, the offer<br />

s off the table.<br />

As to her parents who, from<br />

what you wrote, appear to be clueless,<br />

tell them you are alarmed and<br />

why, and urge them to go online<br />

and educate themselves about the<br />

symptoms of meth addiction,<br />

which include facial sores.<br />

DEAR ABBY: I have a wonderful<br />

husband. He is very outgoing,<br />

and I would like to think of myself<br />

as the same, but I work hard. He<br />

always makes plans for the weekends,<br />

but sometimes I just want to<br />

stay home, relax and get the house<br />

in order. The problem is, he insists<br />

we go and do something like day<br />

or overnight trips hours away every<br />

weekend. I encourage him to go<br />

visit our friends because I know I<br />

can trust him, and I need some<br />

alone time! Am I wrong for that? --<br />

PEACEFUL AND STILL<br />

DEAR PEACEFUL: You are<br />

not wrong. You are as entitled to<br />

your feelings as your husband is to<br />

his. Things should not always have<br />

to be his way. The two of you need<br />

to work out a compromise. (Compromise<br />

is the secret ingredient in<br />

happy marriages.) If he feels the<br />

need to get away and it doesn’t<br />

bother you because you trust him,<br />

you should be entitled to time at<br />

home to get the place -- and your<br />

head -- straight.<br />

ARIES (March 21-<strong>April</strong> 19).<br />

After an interaction, you feel<br />

charged, drained or neutral.<br />

Whether you decide to keep moving<br />

forward with a person has a<br />

lot to do with which category you<br />

most consistently fall into after<br />

being around them.<br />

TAURUS (<strong>April</strong> 20-May 20).<br />

The same person who asks terrific<br />

questions and helps you along can<br />

also miss your point from time to<br />

time and/or be unavailable when<br />

you need them. It’s why you need<br />

lots of people on your team. Keep<br />

adding.<br />

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).<br />

Embrace your inner juvenile<br />

delinquent. And if you don’t<br />

think such a person exists, all the<br />

more reason to discover and celebrate<br />

that naive rebel who holds<br />

the key to your creative genius.<br />

CANCER (June 22-July 22).<br />

You are still discovering how to<br />

best project your talents. Right<br />

now, this is not about trying new<br />

things out. Rather, it’s a process of<br />

stripping away the excess to reveal<br />

the pure essence of what you do.<br />

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Crude<br />

resources and tools will force you<br />

to reckon with the soundness of<br />

an idea. The concept will have to<br />

be very strong to shine through.<br />

Indeed, when you have a wonderful<br />

idea, it doesn’t take much to<br />

convey it.<br />

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).<br />

The important thing sticks. You<br />

may not know why it’s important,<br />

but the picture that lingers in<br />

your mind after the situation has<br />

long passed is there for a reason.<br />

All will be revealed in time.<br />

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).<br />

While it is pleasant to spend time<br />

with that cheerful and even-tempered<br />

someone, you must admit<br />

that the troublemaker in your life<br />

has an irreplaceable role. To interact<br />

with both people in the same<br />

day is heavenly!<br />

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).<br />

There’s a danger of getting too<br />

stuffy in your approach. What if<br />

you were to take things in a direction<br />

quite casual, whimsical and<br />

anti-intellectual? In a weird way,<br />

the scene can be elevated by the<br />

Holiday Mathis<br />

YOUR HOROSCOPE<br />

seemingly low brow.<br />

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-<br />

Dec. 21). You’re not always in an<br />

environment that is conducive to<br />

influence, so don’t expect yourself<br />

to just know what’s current. Observation<br />

and research will freshen<br />

your perspective and get you<br />

thinking ahead of the curve.<br />

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.<br />

19). Relationships aren’t always<br />

about the sort of connections that<br />

can be fallen into. Often these<br />

bonds must be created. Though<br />

instinct helps, right now it’s a<br />

downright intellectual enterprise.<br />

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18).<br />

Today holds all the fluid fun and<br />

challenge of one of those line<br />

drawings where you’re not allowed<br />

to take your pen off the paper for<br />

the entirety of the sketch.<br />

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).<br />

There are so many worlds inside<br />

this world that it would be impossible<br />

to reflect on rules that apply<br />

to all. You’ve a gift for visiting<br />

other worlds with openness and<br />

yet sticking to your own rules.<br />

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (<strong>April</strong><br />

<strong>28</strong>). The spotlight swings to your<br />

talent for putting people at ease<br />

and the many benefits that go<br />

with the breezy atmosphere you<br />

cultivate. Do not underestimate<br />

the power of taking a social risk.<br />

A stranger-connection or cold call<br />

will be among the year’s most lucrative<br />

opportunities! A group win<br />

will sparkle up a leisurely endeavor.<br />

Leo and Sagittarius adore<br />

you. Your lucky numbers are: 9,<br />

30, 22, 1 and 40.<br />

GARFIELD by Jim Davis<br />

GARFIELD by Jim Davis<br />

THE OTHER COAST by Adrian Raeside<br />

ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman<br />

BARNEY GOOGLE AND SNUFFY SMITH by John Rose<br />

DEAR ABBY: I am my husband’s<br />

second wife. His first wife<br />

died of cancer eight years ago. His<br />

late wife’s mother still calls him her<br />

son-in-law and introduces him as<br />

such. She also asks him to help her<br />

with things around the house, like<br />

getting mulch and remodeling the<br />

bath. She invites all of us over to<br />

holidays, but I can’t help but feel<br />

awkward. Am I overreacting?<br />

Shouldn’t she find someone else to<br />

help her now that bond is broken?<br />

-- IN THE PRESENT IN INDI-<br />

ANA<br />

DEAR IN THE PRESENT: If<br />

the bond were broken, your husband’s<br />

former mother-in-law<br />

would find someone else, and your<br />

husband would help her to do it.<br />

He may still feel like a member of<br />

that family. Please be smart and<br />

less defensive. The woman is making<br />

an effort to include you in her<br />

celebrations. Accept the gesture for<br />

what it is and be gracious.<br />

ONE BIG HAPPY by Rick Detorie<br />

BLONDIE by Dean Young and John Marshall<br />

Answer to yesterday’s puzzle<br />

BEETLE BAILEY by Mort Walker<br />

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