Jun 14, 2017 - From staff reportsHere's our 62nd versions of the annual Mining and Energy Edition.
It's produced each year to coincide with the summer convention of the Wyoming Mining Association -- an entity founded by the late Ranger co-publisher Bob and Roy Peck in 1956.
Staff writers Katie Roenigk and Dan Bendtsen provided the bulk of our local reporting this year. Energy industry stories are harder to to these days because many corporate parents of in-state mines, mills and offices no longer permit the kind of easy access to their premises and personnel that characterized the coverage of earlier editions.
Consequently, we have more features stories about individual, fewer in-person site visits. But good source information about the energy industry remains available, and corporate media representatives usually are helpful and informative.
Staff writers Randy Tucker, Alejandra Silva and Robert H. Peck also contributed bylines stories, as did a few others.
Ranger publisher Steve Peck edited the section again this year, assigning stories, laying out pages, writing headlines and captions, and assembling the pages on the computer screen.
Compositor Claire Peart did some of that work as well along with creating the bulk of the advertisement in the edition that weren't supplied by outside agencies.
The editions takes five separate press runs, beginning around Memorial Day and continuing through today. This year, head pressman Robert Stover is recovering from shoulder surgery and couldn't run the big machine. He has many other responsibilities that he can carry out one-armed. The other two members of our press crew, Trevor Bartlett and Kim Rogers, covered the extra duty without complaint (at least not the boss).
Advertising sales representatives Lisa Herron, Kristin Hoffman and Natalie Dickerson were the heavy lifters, with department manager Cathy Cline handling some big accounts as well. She'll take extra copies of the edition to the WMA convention in Sheridan on Wednesday afternoon. Ruth Urbigkeit kept the ads organized on the computer, with Stacey Bennett and Jean Marlatt adding ably to the ad side of the edition.
In the mailroom, foreman Sean Nestell and crew used the big inserting machine to assemble the sections with sections within section and get them ready to deliver. Longtime mailroom clerk Mary "Charlie" Treber is an old hand on mining edition day.
Shannon Stover and Kim Draper man the Ranger's front office, each handling duties for Ranger Printers along with Debra Evans. Kim is our public notice advertising clerk as well, and Shannon pulls time in the mailroom every day, her original Ranger stomping grounds.
The ming edition is an important revenue source for our small business, and bookkeeper Marcia McBeath helps make sure we get the billing out the door, and she'll pester slow payers if and when necessary.
A 52-page edition is a big deal for our small staff, which now is about half what it was 10 years ago.
With luck and recovery, our page count will be up next year. If so, we'll be ready.
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