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June 17 - 24, 2011

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People patiently waiting for pool to re-open during the midday lifeguard break.

City Pool Opening Day By Keary Speer With the temperature at a 96 degree high, Monday, June 4th was a perfect day to open the City’s outdoor pool. With the afternoon session starting at 1 o’clock, the line started an hour early. People showed up in droves in order to ensure their spot by the pool before capacity was met. Children were being tortured by the call of the fountains through the chain link fence as they longed to splash through the water. As soon as the doors opened, the life guards were met with enthusiasm and people flooded in. The atmosphere was loud and gleeful as people of all ages beat the heat for the afternoon. The concession stand was busy as well, selling many inexpensive treats to the masses. The seemingly most popular item being the rainbow colored snocones. Luckily for the community, this pool will be open daily (weather permitting) from 10-12, 1-4:30, and 6-8 Monday through Friday. On Saturdays from 10-12 and 1-4:30, and on Sundays from 1-4:30. The admission is free which means people need to get their early if they want to get in right away. Otherwise, they may have to wait in line for others to leave. However, it seems to never be too long of a wait.

The City of Gillette’s Parks Division announced today that the City Pool is open for the summer. ADMISSION IS FREE Located at 909 South Gillette Avenue (just south of the City Park and Twin Spruce Junior High School) the City Pool provides the public a safe and pleasant water-oriented recreational experience. The pool facility is operated by the Parks Division of the Public Works Department. The lifeguards are provided by the Campbell County Parks & Recreation Department through a cooperative effort between the City and the County. The swimming pool facility includes a deep well for diving, a lap swim area, a zero depth/ shallow pool area, a bathhouse, a concession area, a sand playground, climbing structures, and a sunbathing area, as well as extensive landscaping. The City Pool has an ADA accessible lift to get in and out of the pool.

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Burma Avenue Railroad Crossing - Country Club Road - Gillette Avenue - Mesa Drive The City of Gillette’s Engineering and Utilities Departments announce the following road closure updates. Burma Avenue Railroad Crossing The Burma Avenue Railroad Crossing will be closed Thursday, June 7th from 7am to 8pm for crews to complete work on the intersection. Mesa Drive Mesa Drive from Cimarron Drive to Stetson Drive will be under construction beginning Monday, June 11th and ending Friday, July 13th. This construction is for work related to the Pavement Management Schedule C project and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax. Country Club Road Country Club Road east of Thunderrock Apartments to Butler Spaeth will be closed from Friday, June 8th through Friday, August 31st, while crews remove asphalt, install storm water infrastructure and water distribution infrastructure. During this time the road will be closed to through traffic from the east side of Thunder Rock Apartments to Butler Spaeth Avenue.

Access will be maintained to all properties during this phase of construction. All traffic from Thunder Rock Apartments and Fairway Drive Apartments will be leaving to the west towards Highway 59. No traffic will be allowed to the apartments from the east end of the project. This closure will last until August 31st. Also during this phase of construction concrete improvements will be beginning on the first 900’ of the project from the west. The contractor will be installing curb and gutter, sidewalks, and asphalt. Traffic will be maintained through this work to Thunder Rock Apartments and Fairway Drive Apartments. Please be very aware of all construction traffic control as it will be protecting wet and curing concrete that is not ready for traffic. This project is part of the Country Club Road Improvements and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax. South Gillette Avenue (south bound lane closure) The south bound lane of South Gillette Avenue from 7th Street (near

Twin Spruce Junior High School) to midway between 8th Street and 9th Street closure has been extended through Tuesday, June 19th for preparatory work related to installing a new sanitary sewer line. North bound traffic will be allowed during this closure. Alleyway between S. Gillette Avenue and Warren Avenue (between 7th and 6th Street) The alleyway between S. Gillette Avenue and Warren Avenue from 7th Street to 6th Street will be closed from Tuesday, June 5th through Tuesday, June 12th. This closure is for prep work related to the installation of a sanitary sewer line. Alley Pavement Management The Alley between Dalbey Avenue and 4J Road from 11th Street and 12th Street will be under construction from Monday, June 4th through Friday, August 24th. This is part of the 2012 Pavement Manage Schedule for alleys and includes paving the alley and waterline replacement. This project is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

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Council rejects all bids for streetscapes project By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News During Monday’s Gillette City Council meeting, the council unanimously rejected the two bids they received for the Gillette Streetscape project after the bids came in more than 160 percent higher than the city’s own estimate. “We’ve put out a bid recently with respect to requests for some improvements at the interstate exchanges here to try to improve the beautification efforts over there,” explains City of Gillette administrator Carter Napier. The problem was that the bids came back much higher than anticipated considering the architectural and landscaping aspects of the project, according to Napier. He adds that city staff was concerned something was missed and they want-

ed to put the bids out again. “With a little more direction both from an architectural and engineering standpoint to guarantee that we’re getting the best bids that we can for the public and also get the projects done in a safe and expeditious manner that will hopefully benefit all of the public much better,” Napier says. During discussions, Councilman John Opseth wanted to know if Napier believes a problem arose in estimating the bids or if the bids simply came in higher than they should have. “My feeling is that in terms of the estimate we feel like the estimate was probably not what it should have been and so therefore the contractors provided information with regard to

what they knew,” Napier responded. “So yes we think it was an estimate problem.” The city anticipated the bids to be in the area of $320,000 while the actual bids were around $840,000. When Opseth followed by asking Napier if the scope of the project can be reduced enough to bring the cost down to the original estimated cost, Napier responded by saying he couldn’t say for sure. “I cannot say definitively that we will cut enough out of this project and reduce the scope enough to where you will see bids come back more in the neighborhood of $300,000. We do think that with the repackage of the bids that we will have a more responsible

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ter sources such as lakes, rivers and ponds. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture inspects public pools in Wyoming. Together, the agencies monitor recreational water illness (RWI) linked with public pools, hot tubs and hot springs across the state. “We also work with pool operators to encourage healthy standards and practices that are important to maintain healthy swimming environments,” said Dean Finkenbinder, consumer health services manager with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Simple steps swimmers can take to help protect themselves and others from RWIs include: • Don’t swim on days when experiencing diarrhea. Germs can spread in the water and make others sick. • Don’t swallow pool water. Avoid getting water in the mouth. • Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on the body end up in the water.

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Departments: Avoid illness to keep pool time fun With many families looking forward to splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools this summer, two state agencies are reminding swimmers to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses. Diseases such as cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are commonly passed on from person to person due to swimming in pools contaminated with the waterborne parasites. Symptoms of these diseases in humans can occur days to weeks after exposure and include active diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea and loss of appetite. “Basically, these illnesses are caused by germs found in the places where we swim so we want to prevent the spread of those germs,” said Kelly Weidenbach, an epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. “Most recreation water illnesses are caused by contamination with fecal matter. That’s why we strongly encourage people to shower before entering pools or hot tubs.” Normal pool disinfection measures may not fully kill the parasites, which are also found in untreated wa-

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Destruction of Property Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a destruction of property that occurred to an unfinished residence at the corner of Beaver and Meadow Brook Ln. Sometime within the last two weeks unknown suspect(s) entered the unfinished residence and vandalized it by splattering paint all over the walls, kitchen cabinets, doors and living room carpet. Drywall mud was strewn about the house and holes were punched into walls. If you have information that can solve this or any other crime please call Crime Stoppers at 686-0400 or the High School Crime Stoppers at 682-4185. You can remain anonymous and may earn up to $1,000 in reward.

Youth Challenge graduates Class 13 The Wyoming National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program’s Class 13 will graduate on June 9, at 1 p.m., at the Eastern Wyoming College Auditorium, in Torrington. Fourteen cadets have spent the last 5 1/2 months at the Youth ChalleNGe residence program, located at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center. Core components of the program include academics, citizenship, life-coping skills, civic service, leadership and physical fitness. “I have no doubt these cadets will go on to contribute great things to our communities,” said Robert Fisk, Wyoming National Guard

Youth ChalleNGe director. “The Wyoming Youth ChalleNGe gives at-risk students the tools they need to become responsible citizens by giving them the courage to change.” Class 13 graduates include cadets from the Wyoming communities of Casper, Laramie, Worland, Thermopolis, Riverton, Rock Springs, Gillette, Sinclair, Evanston, Cody, Douglas and Rawlins. They also are from the Colorado communities of Log Lane Village and Aurora. Applications for the next Youth ChalleNGe class, beginning in July 15, are being accepted.

CCMH Excel Athletic Performance Program begins June 7 Campbell County Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services department has scheduled the summer session of Excel Athletic Performance Program for June 7-August 9, 2012. Held at the Wyoming Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute (WORI building), located at 508 Stocktrail Ave, the program features flexible dates and times from 9am to 7 pm. EXCEL utilizes specialized training to bring together the key components of improved speed, agility

and overall athletic performance, and is targeted for youth athletes. Athletes work with certified athletic trainers and other Rehabilitation Services’ staff during their sessions. Training sessions involve speed enhancement, agility development, flexibility training, power and vertical jump improvement, and strength training. Adult sessions are also available. To register, or for more information, call CCMH Rehabilitation Services at 688.8000.

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Community Business council reviews 36 grant applications at regular board meeting The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors held its regular board meeting in Pinedale, Wyo., today to hear updates from Business Council divisions and review 36 applications for Business Ready Community (BRC) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requests. The board evaluated applications for one Business Ready Communities (BRC) Business Committed grant; six BRC Community Readiness requests; and seven BRC Community Enhancement requests. Twenty-two CDBG applications were reviewed as well. Additionally, the board heard updates from the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division; Business & Industry Division; Regional Directors and Wyoming Rural Development/ Wyoming Main Street. The board held a joint Wyoming Board of Agriculture/Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors meeting the day before to discuss horse slaughter facilities, the Mountain States Lamb Co-op, and the Wyoming Premium Heifer Program. The board also adopted rule changes to the BRC program as recommended by staff. The changes include allowing for planning as an eligible grant loan activity; and an increase in

the maximum amount for Community Enhancements to $500,000 among other changes. Details may be found at: content/board_meeting_materials under “BRC Rules Revision.” Staff recommendations and comments on the changes may be found on the same webpage under “Comments and Recommendations to Proposed BRC Rule Changes.” The rules will now be delivered to the Management Council of the State Legislature and then to the governor’s office for a final decision.

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The board reviewed 14 applications, totaling $13,639,747. Before making the final recommendation to the board, staff reviews each application, conducts a site visit, and presents to a board subcommittee. Board recommendations will be forwarded to the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) for approval at its June 21 meeting at 8 a.m. in Room B-63 of the Hershler Building in Cheyenne. About the Program: The Business Council administers the Business Ready Community Grant and Loan Program (BRC), which provides

financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and promotes economic development within Wyoming communities. The Business Council board is required by statute to forward BRC grant recommendations to the SLIB for final approval. The SLIB is made up of the five statewide elected officials: Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Treasurer Joe Meyer, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.

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CCMH and PROS announce strategic alignment Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) and PROS (Powder River Orthopedics and Spine), announced an agreement today that will form a strategic alignment between the orthopedic practice and Campbell County Clinics. The new division will be known as Powder River Orthopedics and Spine—a Campbell County Clinic. The series of five agreements consist of purchasing portions of PROS, business employment of seven PROS employees, including three orthopedic surgeons, and entry into a management agreement for the other PROS employees. The productivity-based management agreement allows the physicians to manage their practice by employing and managing the clinic staff through a separate entity, PROSM. Real estate, equipment and other assets were appraised to determine Fair Market Value as part of the contract negotiation

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process. The Real Estate purchase price is $1.84 million, Radiology service purchase price is $4 million and PROS equipment and supplies purchase price is $150,000. The agreement is effective June 29, 2012. “We all came together to develop an agreement that ultimately will benefit the patients we treat,” said Dr. Nathan Simpson, partner in PROS. “This alignment combines the best of the productivity and efficiencies of an independent practice with the best of what a governmental entity like CCMH can provide.” “This alignment model enhances CCMH’s ability to recruit and retain physicians that want to remain independent and take advantage of some of the benefits afforded by hospital employment,” said Bob Morasko, CEO. “It also enhances CCMH’s ability to provide high quality, cost effective healthcare to our service area.”

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Community Dog stolen and tortured, family says By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News A Campbell County family says their dog was stolen over the weekend and tortured. Carrie Anne Ellison first noticed Skipper and a second dog missing at 8 a.m. on Friday. Knowing something was wrong, the family quickly spread the word through social media and by going door-to-door. Before too long, sheriff deputies and neighbors were helping to scour the countryside along Cow Creek Road for the missing animals. “We had people on horseback and ATVs looking all day Friday and Friday night until about 10 [p.m.],” Ellison recalls. “We started again at 7 a.m. Saturday.” Then, Ellison says both dogs were returned at night the day after they went missing. While she says both dogs were abused, Skipper’s injuries required immediate medical attention. “At 10:30 at night Saturday in the pouring rain and hail my dogs showed up clean and dry, just with muddy paws,” Ellison describes. “They had been beaten. [Skipper] had battery acid poured over her nose; they had taken something and put the battery acid over her eyes.” She says Skipper was apparently struck in the mouth by an object as well, since her nose was swollen and several of her teeth were broken. Skipper, who is a rescued shelter dog adopted by the Ellison’s four years ago, is recovering at home now after a stay in intensive care at Animal Medical Center in Gillette. Ellison

says for a while they didn’t know whether the 11-year old Australian shepherd/ blue heeler mix was going to survive. But the ordeal isn’t completely over for Skipper. Ellison says the veterinarian informed her that the acid will continue to eat away at Skipper’s skin for another two weeks. According to Ellison, over 20 dogs along Cow Creek Road and the nearby Adon Road have gone missing in recent weeks. She says those missing animals were never reported until recently because people just assumed the dogs had fell prey to a mountain lion or other predatory animal. Captain Roy Seeman with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says a 54-year old man on Adon Road reported his English springer spaniel missing on Friday afternoon. “He said he’s had the dog for three years; it’s never left the yard,” Seeman explains. Seeman says the man’s neighbor told investigators he witnessed a suspicious small blue pickup truck with a meat freezer in the bed in the area around the time the dog went missing. In the meantime, Ellison is urging her neighbors in the area to keep a close eye on their pets and children until the issue is resolved. As well, Ellison and her family wanted to express their gratitude to the sheriff deputies who helped them during the ordeal. Specifically, they say Deputies Duane Peyrot, Mike Hieb, and Brittany Vanzee went beyond their call of duty. Captain Seeman with the

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Skipper, an 11-year old Australian Heeler mix is adjusting to life back at her home near Cow Creek Road on Wednesday afternoon following treatment in Intensive Care for injuries she received when her family says she was stolen and tortured with battery acid. Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says deputies do not believe the teenagers suspected of vandalizing a nearby home over the weekend were involved with Skipper’s disappearance and torture. Meanwhile, Ellison doesn’t know who to suspect either. “It seems like it would have to be somebody out here that nobody would find weird driving around,” she says. While the investigation continues into this incident, Captain Seeman reminds pet owners to report their

lost or stolen animals to the sheriff’s office. “If we have a lost report and the dog is found running at large, or turned into the shelter, then the shelter can cross reference the lost reports with the type and age of the dog and potentially contact the owner that way,” Seeman explains. “Or if they have a stolen animal then we would investigate it like we would any other larceny.” You can contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office by calling (307) 6827271.

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University of Wyoming Spring Semester Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls

The University of Wyoming lists 59 students from Campbell County on the 2012 spring semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls. The honor rolls consist of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade point average. To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades. Students are: Gillette: Chelsea Shay Aguilar, Kylee Kay Ashton, Brooke Ann Benson, Kari Jo Borchgrevink, Brianna

Delmae Bowker, Shaylie Christine Brown, Matthew Jordan Christofferson, Rex Arnold Corliss, Brittani M. Dvorak, Jackson Douglas Fry, Lacy Fry, Amber Marie Gangestad, Hannah Mary Gorman, Michelle Elizabeth Gouldin, Justin Thomas Gross, Zachary Tanner Hamilton, Garrett J. Heusinkveld, Jami Danielle Hitt, Lexie M. Hoffmann, Ashleigh K. Hopp, Leslea Renae Hunt, Benjamin J. Ireland, Derrek Alton Jerred, Jordan Alise Johnson, Melissa Marie Jones, Levi J. Kissack, Justin M. Klein, Megan Michelle Klein, Alexis Lang, Gretta Shea Macdonald, Shane K. McCreary, Jamie L. Miller, Jennifer Alysse Morkemo, Mitchell

R. Nedved, Morgan Lynn Pearson, Wendi A. Percifield, Kristopher V. Quick, Amy Elizabeth Reece, Carrie Saur, Lacy N. Schatz, Jayde Schelling, Julionna Skinner, Cinnamon Jean Smith, Ann Marie Spragg, Hannah Marie Thorfinnson, Tanner B. Thorfinnson, Shay J. Tucker, Stephen Michael Wadsack, Scott Jacob Walker, David Wayne Wiley, Vanessa Roseanna Williams, and Cailin Tyler Wuensch. Rozet: Blair Vernon Gauthier, Kody Dawn Knighten, Carly Delsa Temple, and Shaylee Rae Thar. Wright: Kyle Thomas Huseth, Katlyn Nicole Thomas, and Lynzie Marie Weyer.


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Local entrepreneurs and business owners will have an opportunity to learn ways to elevate their networking abilities to the next level at the June e2e events in Sheridan and Gillette, sponsored by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC). The Sheridan event is from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Black Tooth Brewing Company. The Gillette event is from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Gillette College Technical Center. Molly Wendell, president of Executives Network, will speak at both events about “I’m Here to Network. Now What?”

Following 15 years in sales, marketing and business development in the high-tech industry, which included 10 years at IBM Corporation, Wendell has emerged as one of the leading experts on effective networking. Using her proven network methods, she’s helped thousands find upper-management positions. Her book, “The New Job Search: Break all the rules. Get connected. And get hired faster for the money you’re worth,” was recently published. “Networking is a critical skill for business owners and entrepreneurs, and this is an opportunity to learn some proven techniques from an expert,” says John

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Warden’s Corner

The water temperature is slowly rising at Keyhole Reservoir and the crappie are biting hard. As the water continues to warm with the hot days we’ve been having many of the game fish in the lake will begin to move out of the warmer bays in search of cooler, deeper water. Watch your fish finder for the appropriate water temperature and depth and you’ll find fish to fill your live well. Good Luck!

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This series of articles is going to cover the major aspects of shooting and hunting. Safety, firearm selection, accuracy, gun care, wildlife identification, and hunting safety. Let’s get started with the first commandment of firearm safety. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. We all know that the muzzle is the end of the barrel that the bullet exits, but what exactly is a safe direction? When on the range the only safe direction is down range, most gun ranges are set up with a large dirt bank behind the targets. This bank is made of dirt so it can stop even the highest caliber of bullets. When hunting there are more concerns of muzzle control such as your hunting partner, vehicles, horses

and dogs. Always be aware of where other hunters are in relation to your muzzle otherwise bad things can happen. Accuracy tip of the week: A clean barrel is an accurate barrel. As a bullet is fired from a firearm solid gunpowder is burned producing a gas. This expanding gas pushes a lead bullet down the barrel and out the muzzle. As this bullet travels down the barrel it leaves traces of lead and copper inside the barrel. In addition to this as the powder burns the solids are converted into carbon and some of this carbon is deposited on the inside of the barrel. Cleaning this lead, copper, and carbon from the barrel on a regular basis will maintain the accuracy of your firearm.

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Keyhole Fishing report By Mike & Roxan Smith Empire Guesthouse, RV Park & General Store Fishing at Keyhole has been pretty good this week. A few walleye are starting to show up again. Crappie fishermen are picking up a few and some are being caught on crank baits on the west end. Crappie is still the big story. Fishermen that move around and search them out are getting big stringers. Fish are reported in 6-12 feet of water and minnows or small plastics have been working best. Most of the crappie we’ve seen has been some real slabs. We seem to have a growing population of northern pike this year. Almost all fishermen we’ve talked to are catching them. Most are undersized with a few over 30” being taken now and then. Most are being caught while fishing for walleye or crappie. For those looking for something different to try, give bow fishing for carp a try. Keyhole has a large population of carp and shooting can almost be non stop. Some of the best places to shoot you don’t need a boat, like around Wind Creek, Mule Creek, or the Belle Fourche. There is public access at these areas and wading or walking the shore works well.

Try to pick a calm sunny day for best results. If you own a bow you can get set up to shoot for about the same price as a good rod & reel, also a good pair of polarized sunglasses really helps to spot fish. In Wyoming, you don’t need a license to shoot carp. One thing to be aware of is that you can’t shoot within 400 yards of roads and campgrounds around the park. If you’ve never tried carp shooting and want to give it a try before investing in the equipment, you can call Rusty Bell at 307- 660-7412 or David Harvey at 307680-5578. They’ve started a guided bow fishing outfit called Stick ‘N Fins Bow fishing Adventures, LLC. They will provide boat & all equipment needed to shoot carp. They have bows for men, women, & children. The Northeast Wyoming Walleye Association will have their tournament this weekend at Keyhole. Rules meeting registration will be held at the Empire Guesthouse in Pine Haven starting at 5:30 pm on June 8th followed by a BBQ. Entry fee is $350 per team making it a good tournament for those wanting to try tournament fishing. The other area tournaments run

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Rozet, Newcastle residents among 28 youth traveling to Mongolia By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Justin Mehrer of Rozet and Jordan Holmes of Newcastle are joining four other Wyoming youth and will be among 28 from 10 western states experiencing the deserts, tundra forests, snowcapped mountains and ancient nomadic cultural heritage of Mongolia through a youth exchange program administered by the University of Wyoming Extension. The youth, accompanied by four adults, will leave June 30 and return July 19 and spend time in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, and various rural locations. The visit is through the American Youth Leadership Program funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “The program will provide an opportunity for students to explore global issues common to the western United States and Mongolia,” said Warren Crawford, UW Extension youth development specialist. “Students will also gain real-world experi-

ence learning about and living in a culture different from their own.” Kim Reaman, volunteer development specialist with UW Extension, will also accompany the group. “This type of experience can be life changing and start a young person down the path to being an involved, global citizen,” she said. “My first international experience was through the International 4-H Youth Exchange to Jamaica. I have had a heart for international programs and the effect they have on a young person’s life ever since. ” This is the second year youth visited Mongolia through the program. They are selected through an application and interview process from the 13-state western region of the land-grant universities Cooperative Extension System. Finalists are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Officials from Gillette, Wright and Campbell County identified what projects they would like to fund with some of the $3.6 million State Land Investment Board consensus grant funding during a meeting on Tuesday. Last year, Gillette and Campbell County each received 38 percent of the consensus grant funding while Wright received 24 percent. This year, however, Wright Mayor Tim Albin said the funding should be evenly split three ways. Wright Councilman Glenn Holt added that over the last couple of years Wright has used its consensus funding to benefit the entire county. “The last two years the Town of Wright has turned their money back around and put it into actually county facilities,” Holt says. “Obviously it helped Wright but it helped everybody in the county.” By the end of the meeting representatives from Gillette and Campbell County agreed on an even split. “The entities basically agreed that dividing it up three ways exactly would get the most bang for the buck for the entities needing projects done,” explains City of Gillette administrator Carter Napier. According to Napier, the program is working exactly as it was designed. “The entities get together, they share the needs that each has, and they come together on a consensus basis to move forward

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- At 7:03 a.m. to 1604 Shadetree Avenue for an carbon monoxide (CO) detector activation. CCFD responded to the scene and monitored the atmosphere inside the home for the presence of CO. None was found and it was determined that the alarm had malfunctioned. - At 7:56 a.m. to Hwy 50 MP 52 for a single vehicle rollover with injuries. - At 9:32 AM to the area of North Highway 14-16, near Ratcliff Drive for a two vehicle accident with injuries. - At 1:27 p.m. to the area of Westover Road and Skyline Drive for a straw pile on fire. CCFD responded to the scene and found a small pile smoldering in the gutter on Westover Road. The fire was extinguished and the cause was determined to be a lit cigarette butt that was discarded. No damage was caused by the fire. - At 2:18 PM to the area of Union Chapel Road and Khadafy Skoal Road for a one vehicle accident. - At 2:53 PM to the area of East Union Chapel Road for an EMS assist. - At 8:44 p.m. to Boxelder Road for an EMS assist.

May 31, 2012

- At 6:31 a.m. to Foothills Blvd for an EMS assist. - At 8:50 AM to the 300 block of Rohan Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 10:05 to the area of South Highway 59 and Four Corners Road for a two vehicle accident. - At 11:28 AM to the 1000 block of Robertson Circle for an EMS assist. - At 6:59 PM to Union Chapel Rd. for an ATV accident. - At 9:30 PM to the 1200 block of W. 3rd St. for an EMS assist.

June 2, 2012

- At 12:24 PM to Bitter Creek Rd. for an EMS assist. - At 4:29 PM to Wild Horse Rd. for a reported grass fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished a small

grass fire that was estimated at ½ acre in size that was started by lightning. - At 5:54 PM to the Savageton Rd. for a reported grass fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished a small grass fire that was estimated at ¼ acre in size that was started by lightning. - At 6:49 PM to the 200 block of E. Boxelder Rd. for an EMS assist. - At 10:40 PM to the 3900 block of Wigwam Blvd. for a possible natural gas leak. Firefighters arrived on scene and determined it was not a natural gas leak.

June 3, 2012

- At 1:25 AM to the 800 block of Lincoln Street for an EMS assist. - At 8:28 AM to Campbell Co. High School South Campus for a dumpster fire near the rear of the building. The cause is under investigation with Gillette Police Department. - At 12:52 PM to Echeta Rd. and North Highway 1416 for a 3 vehicle accident , no injuries. - At 3:19 PM to Lakeway Rd. and South Highway 59 for a 2 vehicle accident with injuries. - At 5:25 PM to Cheryl Ave. for an EMS assist. - At 9:00 PM to East Boxelder for an EMS assist.

June 4, 2012

- At 6:17 a.m. to Foothills Blvd. for an EMS assist. - At 7:42 a.m. to Country Club Road for a cut gas line. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found a 2” natural gas line that was hit by an excavator. CCFD applied clamps to the line and was able to stop the flow of gas in approximately 30 minutes. The scene was turned over to SourceGas for repairs to the line. - At 8:06 a.m. to 1080 Country Club Road for an automatic fire alarm (AFA) activation. CCFD responded to the scene and determined the alarm was caused by a fire hydrant being used

on the gas leak mentioned above. - At 11:30 a.m. to Rohan Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 5:20 p.m. to the intersection of Mohan Road and South HWY 59 for a 2 vehicle collision with injuries. The driver of one of the involved vehicles had to be extricated and was transported to CCMH-ER with injuries. CCFD also contained hazardous fluids leaking from the involved vehicles.

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to the State of Wyoming. So I think Campbell County and its citizens should be proud that we were able to work together and help each other and make projects happen.” Under the new agreement, each of the three governmental entities will receive slightly more than $1.2 million over two years. Under the old distribution, Gillette and Campbell County would have received almost $1.4 million while Wright would have received $872,322. Another possible scenario would have distributed the funds based on population. In that case, Gillette would have received 64 percent of the funds, Campbell County would have received 32 percent of the funds, and Wright would have only received 4 percent. Campbell County Commissioner Micky Shober says the county intends to use their consensus funds towards the Children’s Developmental Center expansion. Meanwhile, Mayor Albin explains his town will use the consensus funds towards their new town hall. As well, Napier says the City of Gillette is looking to apply the consensus funds towards either a drainage project in the Sunflower subdivision, a drainage project in Fox Park, or towards part of the reconstruction of Gillette Avenue. Napier believes the government entities will officially pass a resolution shortly before the applications are due back to the state by mid-July.

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By Theresa Rodriguez As a little girl, I grew up in a small town in North Dakota, much the same as Wright Wyoming, a small community with a large heart. I remember all the summer celebrations and the anticipation of participating in all the fun activities as a child. Street dances, pig wrestling, mud volleyball, art in the park, main street sidewalk sales, Ice Cream social and a demolition derby that was out of this world in my young eyes. It was a time when a child could run wild, enjoy all the festivities, and get as dirty as the day would allow! All the adults scrambled about at each event like there was something to worry about and the kids were all without a care in the world. In a community where everyone knew everyone the celebrations were amazing! The friendships and family ties have lasted a life time. Today, I’m all grown up and again living in a small community, and loving every minute of it. Although I have only been in Wright for a short time, I’m already growing lasting friendships and getting involved in community events, where everyone knows everyone; well almost everyone. This year I have been selected to coordinate the “Wright Days” events….. What a task I thought it would be. Now I understand why all the adults used to scramble about. But again, a small town community has touched my heart and made this newbie feel right at home. What an incredibly giving community we live in, selfless to say the least. I have had the pleasure of talking with several long standing residence of Wright such as, Steve Grose, who will coordinate the tractor pull event, Harriet Underwood, who is a member of the Thunder Basin Bells and will head up the bingo activity, Hank Pridgeon who heads up the ever popular horse shoe tournament, Darlene Burnell with Hair it is salon who will coordinate the little MR/MRS Wright days pageant, making sure each little one feels just like a prince or princess. Each person heading up an event has been wonderful to work with and very informative of their event and the history of years past. Having an incredible coordinator from 2011 to work with has also been an invaluable re-

source, Thank you Elizabeth. A Movie in the park! What an outstanding way to kick off the Wright Days community event. There is nothing like good old fashion family entertainment. So bring out your lawn chair and join everyone for a movie at Gibson Park on Thursday June 14th at dusk. Festivities start Friday June 15th with a Community Photo Contest, Museum Program, Softball Tournament, Home run derby, Little Mr/Mrs Wright Days Pageant and will finish with the Levi and Lace Square dance club performing at the Multi Purpose Bldg. Don’t forget the Monster Garage sale going on from noon to 5pm at the Community Closet Parking lot, coordinated by 21 Divide 4H Group. Saturday is packed full of excitement and adventure starting at 7:00am with a Fun/ Run walk, Come on everyone get your tennis shoes and participate. A pancake feed at town hall will fill your belly after the walk and prepare you for the sweets and treats of the Memorial parade. The day’s events continue with root beer floats at the museum, kid’s games on the front lawn of the school. Then get ready to get down and dirty with Mud Volleyball, Mud Races and then those crazy roller derby girls, the Powder River Roustabout Betties are going to show off their moves at the Multi Purpose Bldg at 7:30. Sunday morning grab your fish’n pole and take your kids to panther pond for the fishing derby, bright and early at 8am. Then enjoy a round of golf or take in the calf roping before the BBQ at 11am back at Panther Pond. Afternoon events include N.E.A.T Tractor Pull, Thunder Basin Bells Bingo and Inner Tube Races across Panther Pond, finishing with the Horse Shoe Tournament at Hanks. The lineup is extensive and the people are Fabulous, so come and join the Town of Wright as they host the Celebration of 34 years. With all of the hustle and bustle of coordinating Wright Days, this home town girl would like to take a moment to say “THANK YOU” to the Wright Community for inviting me to be a part of your home town.


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Just Gotta Dance year end recital By Keary Speer There was a buzz throughout the North Campus High School on the evening of Thursday, May 31st and it had nothing to do with the end of school or graduation. It was the year end Just Gotta Dance recital that was being held in the auditorium that had every seat packed. Children ages 3 to 18 performed in 36 different musical numbers in the donation-based performance for the community. The theme this year was Jungle so

every dance number had their own, animal themed costume. The mixture of older, experienced dancers and the small dancers who are just learning to deal with performing kept the audience thoroughly entertained. It was a splendid way for all of these young people to celebrate the fruits of their labor and experience the reward or appreciation and applause for their hard work. With all of the extra help

from the new staff and the parent volunteers, the night went smoothly and everyone, spectators and participators alike, left happy. They are holding three different week long summer camps throughout the summer season and registration into this dance school for the fall is in the month of August. Call Just Gotta Dance for more information at (307)670-9010 (307)-689-0237 or e-mail them at justgottadance@

Governor expresses Wyoming’s frustration with grizzly remaining on endangered species list

Governor Matt Mead is asking Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to work with Wyoming to remove the grizzly bear from the Endangered Species List sooner than currently anticipated. Delisting by the federal government appears to be at least two years away because an evaluation of data related to white bark pine is starting and is slated to take two years. “The situation is severe and costly,” Governor Mead wrote in a recent let-

ter to Secretary Salazar. Governor Mead noted grizzly bears caused four human deaths over the past two years. Wyoming does not have jurisdiction over the grizzly bears yet the state pays for the management of the bears. “Wyoming’s investment in recovery over the past 28 years exceeds $35 million. The average annual cost to Wyoming for grizzly management approaches $2 million.” Governor Mead thanked

the Secretary for his work on wolves and sagegrouse and said he hoped the two could continue their cooperative relationship. Governor Mead is specifically asking that they work together now to expedite the analysis related to white bark pine and how it may relate to grizzly bear populations. “Two years is too long and the cost is too great,” Governor Mead wrote.

Elk management meetings scheduled for Gillette, Wright The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information gathering meetings in Gillette and Wright to discuss herd management objectives for the Rochelle Hills Elk Herd, which includes Hunt Areas 113 and 123. The meeting in Gillette

will be held at the Campbell County Library on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. The meeting in Wright will be held Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Wright Town Hall. “This will be an opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to pro-

vide comments and input on elk herd management in the Rochelle Hills for the next five years or until another herd unit management review is conducted,” says Senior Wildlife Biologist Erika Peckham.


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Story Time at the Library By Keary Speer A common occurrence at the Campbell County Public Library is their story time. After a month long break during May, the staff at the library were back at it. Over fifty children between 3 and 5 showed up with their parents to enjoy story time on Tuesday, June 5th. They started things off with announcements followed by singing and dancing. The theme on this day was Space so the songs revolved around rocket ships and astronauts. Two space-themed stories were read and then all of the children participated in a song accompanied by maracas played by all. After all of the activity came an arts and crafts project in which all of the materials were supplied for everyone to make rocket ships from construction paper with tissuepaper fire coming out of the ends. This month, the children’s branch of the library is kicking off their “Dream Big, READ!” program. To participate, stop by the library and pick up a large plastic “Dream Big,” bag from the desk. In it is a

bookmark and a reading log for your child. Between June 6th and August 31st, your child will color a small picture for every 15 minutes of reading time by themselves or with a grown-up. There are prizes for every 75 minute interval achieved which includes toy treasures, a paperback book, a swim pass, and much more. Nothing, though, compares to the reward of reading experience for the child. The last day to claim those prizes is August 31st. The best part is that all of these are offered free of charge so literally anyone can participate. Story time occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:3011:30. There is also ToddlerTime which is for 18 months to 3 years on Thursdays at 9:30 and Families in Jammies which is for all ages an occurs on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. There are many other events happening at the library for children and adults alike. Just check their website or pick up a printout of their calendar at the library.

A proposed amendment to a city ordinance that would allow minors under the age of 21 inside restaurant liquor dispensing rooms before 10 p.m. failed on its first reading during Monday night’s Gillette City Council meeting by a 3-1 vote. Despite receiving support from a majority of councilmembers present Monday night, the amendment failed to garner the four favorable votes required to move forward to a second reading. Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy and Councilman Robin Kuntz were absent from Monday’s meeting, Councilman Everett Boss abstained from voting and City Council President Kevin McGrath voted against the proposed amendment. As well, not everyone from the public was in favor of the proposal. Ward 3 candidate Scott Clem said during public comments that he believes the proposed amendment is a poor law and that he’s surprised the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) supports the proposed ordinance. For one, Clem says he does not like ordinances that cannot be enforced. “A minor has to be with their parents or legal guardian, but you might have a 24-year old person who comes with a 16-year old brother let’s say, and that 24-year old brother says to the owner ‘mom and dad are in jail and I’m his legal guardian,’ and that could be completely false,” Clem says.

Laura Hensala selected as the 2012 ANG Family Program Volunteer Laura Hensala, the wife of Master Sgt. Michael Hensala, 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, was selected as the National Guard Bureau Family Programs 2012 Region 8 Volunteer of the Year. She will be recognized during the Wyoming Air National Guard’s Wing formation on July 14. Hensala has been volun-

teering with the Airman and Family Readiness Program for three years. According to Denise Rampolla, 153rd Airlift Wing Airman and Family Readiness Program manager, Hensala has made significant contributions to the success of her unit but has also been a great team member doing much to support the Airman and

families of our wing. “I am delighted that Mrs. Hensala was selected for this honor,” said Rampolla. “It has been a true pleasure to work with her. Her dedication, attention to detail and sincere approach to making a difference within our community has been exceptional.”

Animal Shelter to participate in Just One Day on Monday, July 11 Adoption event and other activities going on at the Animal Shelter

The City/County Animal Shelter will participate with animal shelters across the nation by taking the JUST ONE DAY pledge - a pledge which means the shelter will not euthanize any adoptable animals for JUST ONE DAY, and will host an event to find new homes for these animals. JUST ONE DAY is a nationwide effort to empty the shelters the good way, by finding homes for puppies, kittens, cats and dogs. The animals will put their best paws forward to encourage residents to open

their hearts and homes and adopt these animals. To help these pets find homes, the Animal Shelter will be hosting an Adoption Event on Monday, June 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Animal Shelter (950 W. Warlow Drive). The event will include animals for adoption, fun, games, contests, petting zoo. A local company, Photo Imaging, will be present at the event, taking pictures and donating half of their proceeds back to the shelter animals.

Turf dispute temporarily closes park By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News A 14-year old male received a misdemeanor citation shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday following a dispute at the skate park in Gillette. “He was cited for throwing trash at a red, 1998 Dodge truck parked at the skate park,” explains Gillette Police Lieutenant Brent Wasson. “The boy was upset with the ‘non-skaters’ doing burnouts and revving their engines.” Police are also investi-

gating a possible case of battery after the same 14year old boy is suspected of striking another boy with a metal iced tea container. According to Wasson, there were no reports of injuries. “Because of these incidents, we contacted a supervisor with Parks and Rec and they asked that we close the park for the remainder of the evening,” says Wasson. Less than an hour later, an 18-year old man was

cited for hitting a 19-year old man in the jaw near the skate park. “The two men had been arguing in the lot at the skate park but would not explain what the argument was about,” Wasson says. Wasson says the two incidents were not related. Wasson adds the skate park was temporarily closed to prevent any further incidents.


Kent Jeffries represents the Old Chicago coming to Gillette, and he responded by saying there has been some misconceptions as to what constitutes a dispensing area. To clarify, he said that at Applebee’s in Gillette the proposed amendment would allow minors under 21 to sit at the lower-level high-rise tables around the bar so long as they were accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The new law, he says, would not permit children to sit at the actual bar. The later exclusion was written directly into the proposed city amendment at the request of SAAC. “Understanding how this will really affect our community and those people who are going out to businesses to enjoy an evening meal with their family or their spouse or what have you, really finding that balance is very important to us,” explains SAAC project coordinator Kellie Furman at Monday’s meeting. “And that’s why we really kind of took the position that we did, just really looking at what are the public health and public safety issues and balancing the need for our businesses to do good business in our community.” Arnold Vetter, general manager of Applebee’s in Gillette, says the proposed amendment is about creating a business friendly environment in Gillette. “This weekend was a perfect example. We had so many kids here in town and

our high-top area sat empty because we couldn’t bring those families down there; we actually turned people away this weekend because of it,” Vetter describes. Council President McGrath said he was in favor of the part of the amendment dealing with restaurant dispensing rooms. He ultimately voted against the amendment, however, because he says he’s against the part of the ordinance that permits minors to enter liquor stores. At McGrath’s request, City of Gillette attorney Charlie Anderson said staff could rewrite the amendment to exclude the section permitting minors to enter liquor stores. As originally written, the proposed change would have permitted minors under the age of 21 to accompany their parents inside package liquor stores as long as the liquor store provides a separate area for on-premise alcohol consumption. After the amendment failed, Councilwoman Louise Carter-King expressed concern that an injustice was done since the ordinance didn’t pass its first reading despite receiving strong support from the councilmembers in attendance. “Especially with us being short two members tonight I think it’s an injustice to pass it like this without the other’s input so I hope you do bring it back,” Carter-King says.

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The City of Gillette releases the names of the City Council candidates One seat in each of the three City Wards is up for election

The City of Gillette released the names of the candidates running for City Council Wards 1, 2 and 3. The candidates are:

Ward 1 (one seat):

Kevin McGrath (incumbent) Donald T. Elder

Ward 2 (one seat):

Forrest Rothleutner Damon Hart Billy Montgomery

Ward 3 (one seat):

Ted Jerred (incumbent) John Wayne Robert J. Kothe Scott Clem Please note: There only three seats on the City Council up for election (one

seat from each ward), and after the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 21st, the top two candidates from each ward move on to face each other in the general election - which will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. At the General Election, the candidate with the most votes in each Ward race, is elected to the City Council and represents their respective ward. For example, in Ward 2, there are three candidates running to represent Ward 2. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary Election will move on to face each other in the General Election. The candidate who receives the least

number of votes will not move on, and their name will not appear on the General Election ballot. If there are two or fewer candidates on the ballot for an individual City Council Ward seat, all the candidates in that particular race move forward to the General Election ballot. The Ward 1 race would be a good example, as both candidates will advance from the Primary Election to the General Election. Those elected to the City Council will be sworn in at the first City Council meeting in January, 2013.

The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money. Many people had tried over time (weightlifters, longshoremen, etc.) but nobody could do it. One day this scrawny little man came in, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a tiny, squeaky voice, “I’d like to try the bet.” After the laughter had died down, the bartender said okay, grabbed a lemon and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little man. But the crowd’s laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass. As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man, “What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weightlifter, or what?” The man replied, “I work for the IRS.”

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Public Pulse Letters to the Editor

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Dear Editor, According to the Gillette Newsrecord, gas prices in Gillette a year ago were $3.95. Yesterday I pumped gas on River Road for $3.379. Where are the Obama critics who a few months ago were blaming him for high gas prices? By their economic logic, they owe him a debt of gratitude. Elizabeth Bookser-Barkley-Submitted via. Facebook

While the MAYOR is AWAY! By Glenn Woods Ok, look, every time I talk about this people think that I am picking on our dear Wyoming state politicians. Well, okay I do pick on them, sure, but this time it’s all in good fun. And this time I was wondering if you might want to join me. See, the Mayor of Gillette, Tom Murphy, is in China for a few weeks. Along with him are Wyoming State Rep Tom Lubnau, our Governor Matt Mead, and a few others. So, I’m thinking, while they are gone, we can have a little fun at their expense. First, let’s have a little fun with Mayor Murphy: 1). Can someone change the signs as you enter the city from Gillette, Energy Capital of the nation, to Gillette JELLO CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! Let’s make sure that everyone in town is walking around eating jello and that all of the vending machines are filled with nothing but jello brand products. And maybe all of the restaurants could have nothing but jello products on the menus. When you see the mayor, please make sure to great him by saying “JELLO” rather than hello. 2). Can someone please change the Mayor’s parking space to a handicap space? When he asks about it he needs to be told that the Sherriff wanted to speak to him about the two years worth of parking fines he owes totaling thousands of dollars. 3). As the Mayor returns to City Hall could we have everyone in the building, no matter if you work there or not, speaking in foreign language? Now I know that most of you do not speak a foreign language, and that’s ok. Just make it up as you go and pretend that you understand the person next to you. 4). I’d like the mayor’s office to be swapped out with the office next door. As he stands there SWEARING that this is not his office, and when he asks about it I’d like everyone in the room to just shrug your shoulders and say, “Me no

speak-a de English-a.” Ok. That should take care of Mr. Murphy. Now, about Representative Tom Lubnau: 1). Tom is a lawyer. So let’s send him down to the Courthouse to deal with the Mayor’s overdue handicap parking fines. 2). When Tom shows up in court I’d like the judge to gasp and scream, “WHEN THE HELL DID YOU GET OUT?” 3). When the very confused Mr. Lubnau gets back to his office I need his secretary and his wife to contact him every twenty minutes and remind him that it’s time to take his medication. Tom is not on any medication that I know of, and that is what makes this funny as all get out. Finally, it is time to deal with Governor Matt Mead. 1). Will everyone who is at the capital when the Governor returns, no matter if you work there or not, please speak REALLY LOUD when ever speaking to him, as if he is deaf as a pine stump. 2). For lunch, make sure he is served nothing but Tofu. When he asks why just look at him, pause, then start to sob uncontrollably. 3). If we can have the

Governors secretary to please replace all of his pens and pencils with crayons and Replace all the paper in the office with thick, colored, construction paper make sure there are safety scissors on his desk, but no glue. I say this from personal experience - it tastes too good. And about one if the afternoon turn his office lights down low, place a mat of the floor, and tell him that it’s nap time. 4). Finally, could we get the top brass from the national guard to show up and ask Mr. Mead what his final decision is on invading Utah is. At that point they need to roll out at map, draw on colored construction paper, of the battle plans that they SWEAR came from the Governors own crayon. Finally, they need to ask, “Sir, were you able to get military support from China? That is, after all, why you said that you went.” I’m not sure who else is on this little trip to China, but if you do know, and you happen to live and work with that person, please sit down with your friends and coworkers and come up with a list like the lists that you see here. Honestly, how often do we get a chance like this?

To listen to Glenn Woods morning radio show tune in to 1270am KIML Gillette Monday through Friday from 6 - 10 a.m.

Dear Editor, Memorial Day should be about more than summer road trips and mattress sales. For 26 years, I served our country as a Foreign Service officer alongside my fellow federal workers -- both civilian and military. In addition to serving every American, one of the federal workforce’s greatest responsibilities is to support and equip our nation’s men and women in uniform. My civil servant colleagues and I have a great regard for our armed forces and the tremendous tasks they undertake on behalf of this nation. We mourned each time we learned of a fallen soldier. So to me, Memorial Day is sacred. On behalf of America’s federal workers -half of whom work directly with our nation’s military -- we salute our fallen heroes and thank the men and women who are currently serving around the world to defend the United States of America. Harvey Alan Somers Dear Editor, While I support the idea that parents should be able to choose what education program they want for their children, I have yet to hear Mitt Romney state how he plans to fund such a program. Until he does, it’s a definite buyer-beware situation. Personally, I would love to see a pay cut for school administrators. Top heavy administrations force the schools to stop providing the many things they did years ago. Art, music and gym for all grades are just a few things that have either been done away with or only offered in a few schools. If top administrators reduced their pay scale, public schools might be able to offer the same things that the charter programs do. Paula Caravella Dear Editor, My name is Eric Barlow and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Wyoming House of Representatives, District 3 (HD3). The recently passed redistricting legislation has created a very unique district. HD3 embraces a wealth of people and resources unparalleled in Wyoming and beyond. The miners, ranchers, oil and gas workers, business people and service providers, both private and public, working and living throughout this area all contribute to a diverse and remarkable community which generously provides many opportunities for us, and fuels and feeds Wyoming and our nation. I am proud to be part of it. Please allow me to give you a brief introduction to who I am and what will guide my work as a legislator. I was born in Gillette in 1966 to Bill and Bernadette Barlow and grew up on the family cattle ranch west of Gillette. I graduated from Campbell County High School in 1984 and then served four years in the United States Marine Corps. I have also worked as a carpenter and commercial shell fisherman in North Carolina and in agriculture in Australia and Colorado. In 1991, I married my wife, Kelly, who I had met in ninth grade (1981), when her family moved from Mississippi to the relatively new community of Wright for work in the coal mines. Kelly and I soon moved to Windsor, Colorado to further our educations. Life and love happens and we were blessed with our daughter, Kate, in 1993

and our son, Graham, in 1995. That’s when the real education began! Nonetheless, by 1998, Kelly had received a Masters in Special Education from Northern Colorado University and me, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. We then moved to Newcastle where I worked in a veterinary practice and Kelly tended to our busy children. In 2000, we arrived back in Gillette where I began my own practice and assisted my folks on the ranch. My father, Bill, passed away in 2001 and since then our role on the ranch has increased steadily until now my family leases the ranch from my mother and we own the livestock ranging upon it. Kate has just successfully completed her first year at Sheridan College and Graham will soon begin his senior year of high school and intends to take many of his classes at Gillette Campus. Kelly likes to say she is in her seventeenth year of maternity leave, but rest assured between homeschooling, 4 H activities, the direct marketing of lamb and beef through our company, Gourmet Lamb of Wyoming, and other community efforts, she is very, very busy. I continue to practice and also serve on the Wyoming Livestock Board, a Governor appointed board responsible for protecting Wyoming’s livestock from theft and disease. Knowing where I came from and where I have been physically is one part of who I am. The second part is what I have learned and have grown to revere. My parents and grandparents taught me by their example to be engaged in the things that interest you and help others. Whether it be on a bank board, in a philanthropic organization or as a parent involved with their children and their children’s friends, being engaged is being willing and available to serve others, where they are and with what they need. Kelly and I seek opportunities to be engaged, to contribute, and believe it is one of the greatest gifts we could hope to pass on to our children. Becoming your legislator will be a simple continuation of what we value in others and attempt to emulate ourselves, service. My service as your legislator will be based on three foundations. First is the Constitution of the United States of America. I accepted the sacred charge of upholding and defending it as a United States Marine, and once a Marine, always a Marine. My commitment continues to be strengthened as I live and learn the magnificent vision of our forefathers. My eyes tear and my throat tightens with humble gratitude when our nation’s colors pass or our anthem plays. We are blessed. Next, I will serve Wyoming. More precisely, with the Constitution of the State of Wyoming and your guidance, I will endeavor to strengthen this State and our communities through just and timely legislation which enhances personal freedoms and holds government accountable. My effort will be to find solutions that are purposeful, practical and fiscally responsible. I will ride for the brand: WYO. Finally, my faith and my family are the personal anchors from which I will draw strength to serve. Pundits and deceivers will receive no quarter from me. If you believe I am worthy to represent you and serve Wyoming’s interests, then I respectfully request you vote for me in the Republican Primary on August 21, 2012. If you want to help me during the campaign with a contribution of time, talent or treasure, I will be most appreciative. And, if you have questions or concerns, I am available, just as I will be if you choose me to serve you. Please contact me at or 682-9639. Thank you and best regards, Eric Barlow Ridin’ For WYO, HD3

What’s Going On? Ongoing • Girl Scouts: Make the

World a Better Place – Can recycling, through June 30, Pacific Steel & Recycling • “They Served With Honor” exhibit, May 21 - June 29, Rockpile Museum • Performing Arts Clinic, June 4-June 23, CAM-PLEX Heritage Center, 682-8802

Friday, June 8

• Alcoholics Anonymous 12, 5:30 and 8 pm 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Narcotics Annonymous, 5:30 pm, 610 Kendrick Ave. • Wright Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:30 pm, 265 Rochelle, Park Community Center • Teens Open-Play Gaming, 1-4 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Razor City Rumble Demolition Derby, 7 pm, CAMPLEX Morning Side Park

Saturday, June 9

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30, 8 & 10 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Teen Dungeons & Drag-

ons, 10 am, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Teen Open-Play Gaming, 1 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road

Sunday, June 10

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30, 8 & 10 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • CC Senior Center, CLOSED

Monday, June 11

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30 & 8 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Narcotics Annonymous, 5:30 pm, 610 Kendrick Ave. • Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 4 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Green Advantage/Green Contruction Training, 3-5 pm, Gillette College (307) 6746446 x 4505

Tuesday, June 12

• Alcoholics Anonymous 12, 5:30 & 8 pm 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Storytime - Kids 3-5 years old, 10:30 am, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road

• Teen Card Club, 4 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road

Wednesday, June 13

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30 & 8 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • AVA Just for Girls, 1-4 pm, 509 W. 2nd Street • Mommy & Me Class, 1-2 pm, 509 W. 2nd Street • Teens Open-Play Gaming, 1-4 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road

Thursday, June 14

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30 & 8 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Pinnacle Bank Barbeque, 11-1 pm, 1708 W. Hwy 14-16 • AVA KIDZ Summer Day Camp, 9 am - 5 pm, 509 W. 2nd Street • Freedom to Worship, 9 am - 7 pm, Cornerstone Ministries, Moorcroft WY • Governor’s Worforce Summit, 8 am - 5 pm, Gillette College Technical Education Center • Toddler Time, 9:30 am, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J

Road • Storytime - Kids 3-5 years old, 10:30 am, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Families & Jammies Kids birth - 6th grade, 6:30 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Teen Anime Club, 7:00 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road

Friday, June 15 • Alcoholics Anonymous

12, 5:30 and 8 pm 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Teen Open-Play Gaming, 1 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Narcotics Annonymous, 5:30 pm, 610 Kendrick Ave. • Wright Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:30 pm, 265 Rochelle, Park Community Center • Wright Days, 10 am - 6:30 pm, Wright Wyoming • Freedom to Worship, 9 am - 7 pm, Cornerstone Ministries, Moorcroft WY • Governor’s Worforce Summit, 8 am - 5 pm, Gillette College Technical Education Center


• The Summer Dance, 5 pm, CC Senior Center • Relay for Life, CAMPLEX Central Pavilion Plaza

Saturday, June 16

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30, 8 & 10 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 am, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • AVA VanGogh Kiddos, 10-11:30 pm, 509 W. 2nd St. • AVA Mommy & Me Ice Cream Social, 1-3 pm, 509 W. 2nd St. • Teen Open-Play Gaming, 1 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Wii Play Saturday (grades 4-6), 1 pm, CC Public Library, 2101 4-J Road • Wright Days, 7 am - 7:30 pm, Wright Wyoming • Boys & Girls Club 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, 8 am, Bell Nob Golf Course, 685-1050 • Relay for Life, CAMPLEX Central Pavilion Plaza

Sunday, June 17 Happy Fathers Day!

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 12, 5:30, 8 & 10 pm, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. • Carry-In Game Day, 12 pm, CC Senior Center • Wright Days, 8 am - 4:00 pm, Wright Wyoming • Family Fun with Fathers BBQ, 12-4 pm, Dalbey Memorial Park, Lions Point Shelter

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Sports Report Gillette College Women’s Basketball signs two new recruits By Vic Wright - Basin Radio

Will Rider, head women’s basketball coach for Gillette ings in 3 point FG % and in the top ten in the state in 3A F.T. College, announced today the signing of his two latest re- % and in made 3 point FG’s. cruits to National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Coach Rider stated that, “Chelsey is a terrific scorer from Pronghorns next season. beyond the arc and we are very excited to have her add Chelsey Mudgett, the daughter of Greg and Mitzi Mud- to the offensive fire power of our team this Fall.” Chelsey gett, is a 5’ 8” shooting guard is planning to take up a career in out of Wheatland High School in Nursing. Wheatland, Wyoming. Chelsey Halli Stocklin, a 5’ 3” point helped the Lady Bulldogs win guard from Ten Sleep H.S. in Ten back to back State 3A ChampionSleep, WY is the daughter of Jefship Titles in 3A Girls Basketball frey and Georgia Stocklin. Halli in 2011 & 2012 and knows what is a two time All-State selection it takes to bring a championship in Girls Basketball, 4 years Alldesire and attitude to Gillette. Conference, and a member of Coach Rider commented in a the Academic All-State Team. In phone interview to Basin Radio her senior season Halli finished Network that Mudgett is, “[...] the season as the No. 1 scorer in an excellent shooter. She’s got the state 1A rankings at 18 ppg great floor presence on the peshooting 42% from the field and rimeter and when she gets hot, 65% from the FT line. She was boy, she’s a Nikki Tresch type No. 3 in assists, No. 4 in steals, shooter that can put it in the hole and led the state in 1A Girls in 3 and get a lot of things done.” point FG % at 39%. Nikki Tresch played for the “[Halli is] a good shooter, she Pronghorns during the 2009-10 handles it well,” Rider says. and 2010-11 seasons and holds “She’s quick and defends well. most of the three-pointer reShe brings a complete package cords, including the most made in, so we’re excited about that,” in a Pronghorn player’s career Rider said. at 173. Stocklin’s stats are impressive Photo by Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio “I think one of our weak points and when asked what she could Gillette College Women’s Basketball improve on, Rider said its about last year is that we just weren’t able to consistently score from Head Coach Will Rider announced the opponents. the perimeter,” Rider says. “One “With every freshman comtwo new recruits on Tuesday. of our recruiting focuses this ing in, especially with the 1A-2A year was to actually find some of ranks, its just a matter of getting those players that can come in to play better opponents. Typiand maybe hit some shots from the outside. With Chelsey, cally, if you’re going to be the leading scorer in the state goshe helps bring that element to the program next year.” ing into games, you’re going to be facing the best defender As a junior she was named to the All-State Tournament every weekend. She’s used to that already. That in itself is team where she averaged 14 ppg to help spark Wheatland a good thing, but [she has] yet to compare herself against to victory in their first State Title and was instrumental in the best players in the junior college ranks. That’s where we their championship victory this past March hitting key bas- are going to see improvement as they play against stronger kets in the final game to help them earn back to back titles. talent, their games are going to improve.” In her senior season she finished No. 7 in the state 3A rankHalli plans to pursue a degree in the Health Sciences.

Austin Tennant had two singles, a double and a triple Wednesday evening against the Miles City Outlaws as he drove in six runs and scored three times. Photo by Nathan KobieluszBasin Radio

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Gillette College Men’s Basketball Coach Shawn Neary has announced the signing of Myles Henry to an NJCAA National Letter of Intent.

Neary announces D-II transfer to Pronghorns By Vic Wright - Basin Radio and Shawn Neary The Gillette College Men’s Basketball team signed Myles Henry, according to head coach Shawn Neary. Henry is a 6’2”, 175 pound guard that is transferring from Wayne State College (Neb.). Wayne State College is an NCAA division two institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Henry will have two years of eligibility with the Pronghorns because he red-shirted this past season at WSC. Henry graduated from Nicolet High School in Milwaukee and attended one year of prep school at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wis.). He was a member of the inaugural post-graduate season at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy and is one of eight players to have signed or committed to a college. Henry scored a season-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds vs. Brehm Preparatory (Ill.) and had 12 points and six rebounds against #1 ranked Hargrave Military (Va.). Henry averaged 15.6 points, six rebounds and five assists per game in 2009-10 at Nicolet High

Gillette pounds Miles City at Home

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By Ted Rikpo - Basin Radio Sports On a beautiful night at Roughrider Stadium the Gillette American Legion Baseball team slugged their way to a 20-11 win over the Miles City Outlaws. In a game that featured very few pitching highlights the bats were the stars. It didn’t hurt when Austin Zigray threw two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th innings, however, to help preserve the blowout victory. The offense of the Riders

was the star as six players combined for 10 hits, 13 RBI and 16 runs. Austin Tennant was just a homer short of the cycle as he had two singles, a triple and a double and he drove in six runs and he scored three times as well. Westin Hinkel also had a double and a triple while scoring three runs and driving in another. Ian Durgin picked up the win in relief of an injured Kadison Wass who left in

the top of the third inning with an apparent left ankle injury. Durgin tossed 2 2/3 innings while allowing just one hit and one run and striking out two. Early on in the game it was very close as Miles City grabbed an early 3-0 in the top of the first and then the Riders responded with seven unanswered runs only to see the Outlaws grab the lead back with five runs in the top of the third.

However, Gillette answered right back with six runs of their own in the bottom of the third and they never relinquished their lead. Next up for the Riders they’ll be battling the former Riders in the Annual Alumni Game at Roughrider Stadium at 6 p.m. Friday night. If you want to play in the game the cost is $20 and that includes a t-shirt for the game.

Friday, June 8 • Razor City Rumble De-

molition Derby, 7 pm, CAMPLEX Morningside Park

Saturday, June 9

• Gillette Main Street: Paint the Town 5K Run/Walk, 7 am, Pat’s Hallmark, 200 S. Gillette Ave. • 4-H County Shoot, 9 am 4 pm, CAM-PLEX Barn 3

Race Results

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IMCA THUNDER STOCK - Main Event Car X3 80P 51 33C 39 80 08 19 01 7 91 29J 27 S16

Driver Shayna Reed Duane Haines Lucky Speer Alan / Mcneil Mark Brandt Chad Horst Thomas Martell Matt Wanner Brittini Snyder Derric Culey Walker Hoxie Art Garrity David Hughes Teresa Schuler

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Car E5K 33 3B X3 8K 55M AK47 18

Driver Eddie Kirchoff David Karst Brian Brennan Shawn Reed Ed Kirchoff Anthony Miller Adam Konrad Paul Jones

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Car 95J 521 20 99

Hometown Race Points Casper , Wy 40.00 Gillette , Wy 39.00 Gillette , Wy 38.00 Rapid City, Sd 37.00 Gillette , Wy 36.00 Gillette , W 35.00 Rozet , Wy 34.00 Gillette , Wy 33.00 Gillette , W 32.00 Gillette , Wy 31.00 Upton , Wy 30.00 Sturgis , Sd 29.00 Gillette , Wy 28.00 Wright , Wy 27.00

IMCA MODIFIEDS - Main Event Hometown Gillette , Wy Mills , Wy Rozet , Wy Casper , Wy Gillette , Wy Rozet , Wy Gillette , W Casper , Wy

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Driver Hometown Race Points John Garrigan Jr Rapid City, Sd 35.00 Reggie Schrank Gillette , Wy 33.00 Logan Hersley Newcastle , Wy 32.00 Ryan Fulk , Wy 31.00Ra

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Car 54 55 10 00 33 72 50 37 95

• Pepsi Challenge Race for Midwest Modifieds, 7 pm, Gillette Thunder Speedway

Sunday, June 10 Monday, June 11

• 4-H Rodeo Timed Events 6-10 pm CAM-PLEX Wrangler Arena

Tuesday, June 12 Wednesday, June 13 Thursday, June 14 • CC Cowgirls/Cowboys

Car Driver Hometown Race Points 10J Scott Joslyn Gillette , Wy 35.00 17 Troy Leiker Gillette , Wy 33.00 7 Allen Racing Gillette , W 32.00 2J Jerry Martin Moorcroft, Wy 31.00 8 Scott Edwards Gillette , Wy 30.00 31 Kyle Harkin Hermosa , Sd 29.00 14 Kenny Bell Gillette , W 28.00 28S Cannon Slawson Gillette , Wy 27.00 54 Tom Manning Gillette , Wy 26.00 13 Seth Cavanaugh Gillette , Wy 25.00 23 Ernie Acuna Gillette , Wy 24.00 5C J Conda Sheridan , Wy 23.00 27 Scotty Fischer Gillette , W 22.00 9E Wyatt Smith Gillette , Wy 21.00 33A Ben Alley Gillette , Wy 20.00 34H Rob Hoffman Gillette , Wy 19.00 37 Matt Barber Gillette , Wy 18.00 29 Ty Miller Gillette , Wy 17.00 33 Austin Long Gillette , Wy 16.00 23DB Maklain Harrison Gillette , Wy 15.00

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School to earn First Team All North Shore Conference honors, leading his team to the sectional championship. Henry was a Second Team All-Conference selection the previous two seasons averaging 13.7 and 11.7 points per game as a junior and sophomore. “Myles is an athletic guard that will be a great addition our program. He can defend any of the positions on the perimeter and his offensive skill set on the perimeter is strong”, stated Pronghorns head coach Shawn Neary. “He’s very good off the bounce, he can get to the rim very easily; he’s a good shooter.” Coach Neary also stated in a phone interview with Basin Radio Network that Henry’s experience prior to coming to Gillette will be a major asset for the Pronghorns. “Honestly, his experience at the prep school and a year of division two basketball—he’s going to come in and be ready to help us at both ends of the floor.” Henry is the first recruit from Milwaukee to become a Pronghorn. Myles is the son of Perry Henry and Leslie Savage.

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Driver Hometown Race Points Tom Manning Gillette , Wy 35.00 Duane Manning Gillette , Wy 33.00 Todd Mccoy Gillette , Wy 32.00 Benjie Bayne Casper , Wy 31.00 Robert Harley Casper , Wy 30.00 Dakota Estrada Cheyenne , Wy 29.00 Wade Manning Gillette , Wy 28.00 Chris Harley Casper , Wy 27.00 Joshua Dobos Casper , Wy 26.00

6:30-10:30 pm C A M PLEX Wrangler Arena

Friday, June 15 Saturday, June 16

• Regular Race 7 pm Gillette Thunder Speedway

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Czech CZ-82 Pistol. 9X18 Caliber, semi auto. High quality steel construction made for field use. 12 round capacity magazine, cock and lock style safety, super accurate polygonal rifled barrel. Comes with extra magazine, cleaning tools, and original issue military holster. Regular price $387.93, On sale with this ad for only $315.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad.

1939 HA Selmer Trumpet $750 OBO. 687-1087

Are you a friendly outgoing individual? Do you connect with people casually? Are you looking for supplemental income? Do you need to be in charge of your own hours? We are looking for an independent contractor for commissioned based ad sales. For more information call Sandra at 307-689-0028 or email at Needing Models for style show. Contact corey or cassee @ fashion bug. 6862588 Job Opening - Advertising Sales-N.E. Wyoming and more. Pays 20% commission, gas allowance, monthly team and individual bonuses. Set your own hours, work around your own schedule. You would be selling advertising for the fastest growing company in N.E. Wyoming. In the next five years, we will be expanding to many new areas and cities around the country. If you join our team now, you can be on top later. This position is a career, not a job. If you are interested, please call 307-670-8980 or e-mail us at Contributors wanted for weekly newspaper. Need a doctor, a Politician, a lawyer, and more to contribute an article a month. E-mail CampbellCountyObserver@gmail. com for more information. State Wide Sales people. Print Advertising Sales for new State-wide newspaper. Call 307-299-4662 Website/ad designer wanted. Must be familiar with building/maintaining websites and website advertising design. Commission and base salary pay. Call the Cowboy State Free Press at 307-670-8980

Services Homeowners and renters insurance for house, trailer, or apartments. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520 Want To Get in Shape?Like to have Fun? Learn The Graceful moves of American Oriental Belly Dancing! The 3rd Sunday of every month. Call Leanna Tabatt 307-6808457 Avenue Mall - Over 30 vendors, come check us out! 217 Gillette Ave. Mon-Fri. 9AM to 7 PM, Sat. 9AM- 5 PM, Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM Auto insurance preferred and SR-22’s. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520 Motorcycle and ATV insurance. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520


Get a piece of history. Mosin Nagant Russian M91/30 Surplus Rifle. Very good to Excellent condition 7.62X54 Caliber. These are a very accurate rifle shooting 4” groups at 1000 yards. Open sights are adjustable to yardage with a push of a button. Great gun for hunting deer or elk very cheap ammo available for target practice ($85 per 440 rnds) Comes with military issue sling, sling pouches, bayonet, and cleaning tools. Retailing as high as $175.00 on sale with this ad $145.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Wyoming Mountaineers now offers easy payment plans on any in stock firearm. Your debit card is your line of credit. Purchase any firearm that is in stock making 4 payments weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Processing fee and payment plan fee apply. Call Wyoming Mountaineers for more details. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad. Taurus Model 827, 38SPL Revolver. 7rnd, 4” Barrel, Stainless Steel. MSRP: $664.00 on sale with this add $575.00. or make 4 payments of $163.20 each. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Gunsmithing Special of the week. Electrolysis Barrel Cleaning. Increase the accuracy of your firearm, get ready for hunting season or a summer of shooting fun. Most cleanings complete overnight and your gun is ready the next day. This week only $25.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Before you buy, make a call to get a quote. We can order any gun you are looking at and just may be able to save you a ton of money. Call for a free quote. $15.00 FFL Transfer Fee on all internet purchases. If you find that smoking great deal on the internet we transfer guns for only $15.00 per gun. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. 1903 Springfield. 30o6 Cal. U.S. Military. $700 obo. Call (307) 682-7864

Business Opportunities Choose your hours, your income, and your rewards. I DO! Contact Julie BalmerAvon Independent Sales Rep. 307-689-6812 or email Looking for Vendors to be part of our Benefit for the Boys and girls Club. Low Cost vendor space. Contact Robin @ 605-545-1188 or Sandra @ 307-689-0028 Health problems? Try doTERRA certified pure essential oils. 307-680-0363. www.

Heavy Equipment/ Trailers 6x10 trailer. Great shape, fits your biggest Harley. $1,400 obo. 299-4967. 1981 Circle J 4-horse Horse Trailer. New floor, paint and wiring. $2500 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 1981 Circle J 4-horse Horse Trailer. New floor, paint and wiring done in shop class 2 years ago. No rust only used once since redone. $2500 or OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374

QUEEN SLEEP NUMBER BED like new. $700 call 680-2982. Can text photo if you like. Blue Dual Reclining Sofa. Good shape $100 Call 6802982. Can text photo if you like. Spyder Semi-auto paint ball gun. cal..68 Special Edition. Only used twice! New $300 For you $175 plus two canisters. Call 680-1302 If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108. Great Jerky My First Computer hardly used. Asking $15. Call 605 - 545 – 1188 Five roasts and twelve pounds of hamburger for a flat rate. $150.00. All ranch raised beef. This is an approximate savings of 10% on the total. Contact Jason Walker at 307-686-0577 Two place aluminum snowmobile trailer. $1,600. 307689-0202

Autos, Trucks and Vans 1993 Chevy 1500 4x4 350 Engine, runs great. 5 spd. manual, transmission needs rebuilt. Transfer case in great condition. No other problems other than transmission. Asking $2,000 or best offer. Price: $2,000obo. Contact: 307-670-20372003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (White) with 137,000 mi; $6500. Call 307 - 689 – 0966 ‘76 Electra-Glide would consider trade on Pan or Knuck if ya know of anyone, ‘81 sent it to LA-S&S, 11.5to1 and dual-plugged to run regular-gas, had burn-out time at Hog-Jam! Ben 680.7464. 2004 Yukon Denali XL,6.0 Motor, Loaded $14,000 OBO 660-9351 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532. 2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4 1/2 Ton Pickup. New tires, ext. cab, long bed. 148,000 mi. One owner. 307-6700858 or 303-250-4096 97’ Chevy Long Box Extended Cab. ¾ Ton, selling for Parts. $1,000 OBO. 307680-7431 1982 Chevy Ventura Van. 350 Engine, 400 Turbo newly rebuilt transmission. Interior in GREAT shape, has a working electric wet bar and built in cooler in back. Carb. needs re-jetted, other than that there are no problems. Must see. Asking $3,500 or best offer. Price:$3,500obo. Contact: 307-670-8980

BOAT FOR SALE. 18ft 120 port jet outboard bass tracker for sale. Call 307-680-5947

1997 32ft. Class A Motor Home. Sleeps 6, Only 31,000 Miles. Asking $17,000. Call (307) 660-7520.

Chopper - Custom built frame, s&s engine, carb, etc. 80ci. Evolution engine. Wide glide front end. Low. Torn apart down to frame. Have all parts, could be built in two days with under $200.00. Asking $5,500 or best offer. Price:$5,500obo. Contact: 307-670-2037 1981 Harley Davidson FXBSturgis, 1st dual-belt drive to commemorate Hill-Climb @ Sturgis, Jack-Pine Gypsies rally started in ‘41, 50th anniversary model. 12K on straight-up original paint, new Moetzler’s driven-by beefed Shovel, 102hp at wheel. Perfect in every aspect, serious inquiries only, loan is $15K and value of over 25K. Ben 680.7464, 3-other older bikes and this has to go to the right person! Custom Harley Soft tail. Being built, need to sell now. Almost finished. Chopper, built in Sturgis, SD. Asking $5,500 and will help you build it. HAVE ALL PARTS! Call 257-2306 Boat for Sale with trailer. Needs work. Call 670-8980 for info.

Homes for Sale Home for sale by owner in Western Way. Asking $239,000 for the 1,800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with an unfinished basement and a two car garage. Fully fenced, large landscaped yard with a sprinkler system. Home is within walking distance to the new recreation center and the new elementary school that is being built. Please contact me at 307-670-1209 if you are interested. Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925. Gorgeous land home package set up in Wright. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, hickory cabinets throughout, front porch, central air, and much more. Financing available. For a personal showing call (307) 687-0333 40+ Acres 2 miles south of Wright 1999 Atlantic Oak Modular. $250,000 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 Great House 4 bedroom, 2 bath, computer room, huge island kitchen, fireplace. Must see! call 307-687-0333 C1-23-tfn FSBO 2,688 SF home on corner lot with fenced back yard. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, upgraded kitchen, finished walkout basement, oversized garage. $259,000. 307-680-9180.

Large Private RV/Camper Lot for rent. Big yard, trees. All utilities available. $400 per month, $400 deposit. 1 year lease. Call (307) 6601007. 5th wheel camper for sale. Call Skip (307) 680-0073

Camping/Fishing Minnows, crawlers, leeches, fishing tackle, boating and camping supplies. Fully furnished cabin rentals, 50 Amp Full Hookup RV sites 5 minutes from Keyhole Reservoir in Pine Haven. Empire Guesthouse & RV Park 307756-3454.

Miscellaneous Licensed daycare now open. Spots available full-time and before and after school. Close to Rozet school and the post office. Monday through Friday 6:30am to 6pm. Ages 3 and up. Call 307-299-1915 Bring your catch by the Empire Guesthouse for photographs which may be published in this newspaper with our fishing reports. Along with that, the Guesthouse staff will be awarding monthly prizes for those that let us photograph them and their catch. It doesn’t have to be a trophy to enter and there will be special prizes for those 12 and under. Carp shooters are also welcome to enter. Check with the Guesthouse for more details. ACE will reduce your appetite and give you energy. The natural way to lose weight. 660-2974 RYO Filling station has come to Gillette! Stop in and see just how easy and affordable it is to roll your own for a fraction of the cost of name brand cartons. Stop in at Jack’s Liquor, home of the adult daycare at 302 E. 2nd st, right across from NAPA

Wanted to Buy I Buy Militaria. Swords, uniforms, bayonets, medals, guns/parts, field gear. 6827864 Newspaper vending machines. Contact us at: CampbellCountyObserver@gmail. com WILL PAY CASH FOR CAMPERS. Call Scott (307) 680-0854.

Apartments for Rent 1-5 bedroom units available for rent. Please contact Real Estate Systems of Gillette Inc at 307-682-0964 for all the updated details. Spacious & new, 1, 2, &3 bdrm affordable apartments available now! Call 6858066. Washer and dryer in every unit. Private sunny patio or balcony. Special move-in rate, 1 bdrm: $694, 2 bdrm: $777, 3 bdrm: $888. Move in now and deduct $ 200 off first month while special lasts. Call Konnie or Celeste at Highland Properties 685-8066.

Work Wanted Skidsteer with Operator. For all your Snow Removal and Dirt needs. Call Ken at 307680-5947 Weekly house cleaning-$50.00 per week. Windows, floors, dusting, bathrooms, etc. Call 670-2037.

Toy Parts & Accessories Stock pipes for Sportster. 500mi. Stock pices for Dyna Wide Glide. 1500mi. Email for info. Harley Accessories for sale. Call 307-670-8980. Ask for Tammy.

For Rent 2 Bedroom Duplex, with one car garage, washer/dryer, no pets. $700rent/$700deposit. 307-689-0202 Room for Rent. Nice Room for Rent for one responsible person. $480.00 per month. 689-9358.

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Produce for Sale Fresh local “Free Range” eggs. All natural, no animal by-products. No antibiotics. $3/Doz. 257-9049

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1952 Chevy Dumptruck, hauls 5 tons of coal $1500 307-682-1172 1986 Toyota Tercel 4x4. $1050.00. Call 307-2995918

Home Appliances/ Furnshings Microfiber couch with 2 recliners combined. Green. $100 Call 299-4967. Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967 Three antique pressedbacked oak chairs. Excellent condition. $85 each. 6820042 Storage Unit Sale!!!!! Home stereo, car speakers, 2 dressers, mattress and box spring sets $20, chests, coffee table, chairs, end tables and much more. Call (307) 682-7864

Grand Opening Avenue Mall Grand Opening, Wednesday June 6,2012 10 am - 6pm. Ribbon Cutting Celebration at 4:45 P.M. 217 South Gillette Ave.


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Savage Arms/Stevens Model 350 12 Ga. pump shotgun. 3” chamber, 28” barrel, 4+1 Capacity, Black soft touch synthetic stock. Screw in chokes comes with modified choke. Bottom eject makes this an excellent waterfowl and upland bird hunting gun. Regular price $294.95. On sale with this ad for only $250.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad.

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Electrical Process Manager sought by Alpha Coal West, Inc. for its Eagle Butte Mine in Gillette, WY. Position is responsible for electrical maintenance continuous improvement program, among other responsibilities. Must have Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Engineering Management or related field, plus (A) 2 yrs. exp. In job offered or related occupation. (B) 2 yrs’ exp. with (i) coal mine asset management/ maintenance; (ii) troubleshooting surface mine electrical systems, including conveyor, load out, AC and DC electrical drive systems and electrical distribution infrastructure; and (iii) integrating multiple OEM hardware systems with Rockwell PLC and existing infrastructure; (C) 1 yr. exp. with programming and troubleshooting coal preparation plant and shovel electrical systems, including Rockwell and Allen Bradley PLCs, Toshiba T300MVI drives, and Avtron drive systems; (D) familiarity with Federal and State regulations relating to electrical maintenance of mining equipment, including 30 CFR Part 77, NEC, NFPA 70E and WY title 30; (E) Current Wyoming Mine Forman Certification or able to obtain one within 12 months of hire. Employer accepts Bachelor’s degree +5 yrs. related exp. Apply online through (See Electrical Process Manager in Job Openings).

2 prill stoker coal boilers for hot water heat systems well maintained $650 each or $1100 takes all 307-6821172 Exterior door with window, interior light fixtures, and computer supplies. E-mail

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World War I Zimmerman telegraph By Mike Borda When we think of World War I, the first battlefields that come to mind are in Europe. Battles at places like the Somme and Gallipoli stand out as the major fronts of conflict. However, there was nearly another front much, much closer to us. During the middle of the war, an event transpired that few foresaw, but that could have drastically changed the course of what was then called The Great War. The First World War was fought from 1914-1918, between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers. Allied nations including Great Britain, France, and Italy fought against Central nations Germany, AustriaHungary, and the Ottoman Empire. During the final years of the war, the United States joined the Allies, adding to their power on the European front lines. At the beginning of the war, however, America was still neutral. The country was divided on whether or not it was our duty to contribute to the conflict or to stay out of it. Our decision was not an easy one, though. While we initially desired to remain neutral, the British navy blockaded our aid shipments from reaching Germany. To combat this, German U-boats, in some of the first

submarine warfare ever used, began sinking Allied ships. These increasing tensions made it inevitable that the United States would have to enter the war on one side or the other. Although there were numerous factors considered in our decision to go to war, one event played an interesting role in the result. In January of 1917 Germany’s foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmerman, sent a telegram to Mexico, stating that if the United States sides with the Allies, Mexico should ally themselves with Germany. In return, Germany would give aid and support to Mexico so that it could re-conquer Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona from America. The telegram was intercepted by the British quickly, and turned over to the United States government. It eventually reached President Wilson, who reviewed it personally. It did reach Mexico, however, and they had a difficult decision of their own to make when figuring out how to proceed. The Mexican government looked into it, but ultimately decided that the risk was not worth any potential reward. They did not have the resources or military capability of

waging a war with the United States, and knew that Germany would not be able to help them immediately even if they did. Alternatively, peace with America meant more trading and better economic fortunes for Mexico. However, for Germany, a Mexican war with the U.S. would have served a variety of purposes. Primarily, the war would have diverted American military resources away from any involvement in Europe. Additionally, an American war would have kept our aid from reaching the Allied Powers, giving Germany an advantage in their own theater. The Zimmerman telegram would ultimately turn into one of the largest backfires in military history. Rather than stall the American military, the telegram marked a dramatic shift in how the American people viewed the war. In light of this event, Americans turned against Germany and began siding with the Allies. Eventually, the United States joined World War I on the side of the Allies, and contributed to their victory in 1918. The Zimmerman telegram, while intended to help Germany, instead went down in history as one of the events that led to the Central Powers’ defeat in the Great War.

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.” - President Jimmy Carter

On June 12, the public is invited to the Gillette Masonic Lodge on Gillette avenue to learn more about the Masonic Family.

The Masons are a non-profit charitable organization. Come on down and have a good time meeting your local Masons.

The Reluctant Soldier By Jeff Morrison In 1946, authors Frazier and Robert Hunt set about writing the memoirs of First Sergeant Charles A. Windolph, United States Army (Retired), who had received both a Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during a single combat engagement. At this point in history, with the Second World War freshly finished, the American public was devouring the biographies and autobiographies of war heroes as fast as they could be written – and Sergeant Windolph’s story had all the elements of a classic. During the battle for which he was so highly decorated, Windolph’s detachment was surrounded and heavily outnumbered by the enemy, yet managed to hold out for two days, under withering fire, until reinforcements arrived and the enemy was forced to disengage. No, it was not the Battle of the Bulge. Nor was it Normandy, or Iwo Jima, or any other famous World War II battle – Charles Windolph retired from the army more than a decade before the dawn of the Twentieth Century. But on July 25, 1876, Charles Windolph (a.k.a. Charles Wrangel) was a private in Company H, United States 7th Cavalry, and was fighting a seemingly hopeless battle on the bluffs above the Little Big Horn River in Montana. Windolph, who was born in 1851 in Bergen, Germany, did not want to be a soldier. In fact, he was a draft-dodger, who immigrated to America in 1871, specifically to avoid conscription into the Prussian army. But upon arriving in the Land of Opportunity, he soon discovered that the army was one of the few employers willing to hire immigrants fresh from the Old Country, and so he reluctantly enlisted in New York City into the 2nd United States Infantry, Company A, on November 12, 1871. Apparently, marching was not Windolph’s cup of tea. By July he made the decision to “go over the hill” (desert), and reenlist in the cavalry under the name, Charles Wrangel. Even though the penalty for desertion from the post-civil war army could be extremely harsh – offenders could be sentenced to anything from lashings to hard-labor imprisonment, and in some cases execution – it was not an uncommon method used to change branches of the service. It was a crime Windolph had in common with several of his fellow troopers in the 7th Cavalry, and at least two of the officers. As a trooper in Company H, Private Windolph spent two years in Nashville, Tennessee, engaging in police actions against the Klu Klux Klan and moonshiners. During this time Windolph, who had been trained as a cobbler in Germany, became the company shoemaker and also learned to speak English. In 1873, Company H joined the rest of the 7th Cavalry at its new regimental headquarters at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory and later provided the military escort for the surveying party of the Great Northern Railway up the valley of the Yellowstone River. In 1874, the Black Hills Expedition took the Seventh

into the heart of the spiritual center of the Lakota. For Pvt. Windolph and his comrades, it was just one long picnic, where they spent their plentiful leisuretime panning for gold and talking about returning to do some serious prospecting when their army days were over. Ironically, in 1875, Company H spent the summer evicting prospectors from the Black Hills in an effort to enforce the 1868 treaty. By early spring of 1876, the Great Sioux Campaign was underway. When a large trail of an Indian encampment on the move was discovered, the expedition commander, General Alfred Terry, ordered Custer and the Seventh to make an armed reconnaissance with the implied intention of surprising the Indian encampment and placing the hostile force between General Terry’s column and the flanking 7th Cavalry. But on the morning of June 25, probably fearing that their presence had been discovered and the opportunity for a decisive action would be lost, Custer force-marched the regiment 25 miles to the valley of the Little Big Horn River. A little way short of the river, Custer ordered Benteen to take his three companies and scout to the south-southwest, and “pitch into anything you see.” That was the last time Pvt. Windolph saw Col. Custer alive. As the three troops under Benteen’s command headed out on what Benteen would later characterize as a “pointless exercise”, Custer then ordered his pack train, and its accompanying escort to follow Benteen. A few miles later, he then ordered Major Reno and his three companies to cross the river and make a frontal assault on the largest Indian village anyone had ever seen. Custer then continued on with five companies in what must have been an attempted flanking maneuver around the village. After two hours of scouting empty, rugged terrain, Benteen was convinced he had been sent on a fool’s errand and turned his command north. He was soon met by two messengers who had been sent by Custer to hurry up and bring the pack train. But as they neared the village, they saw Maj. Reno’s command retreating in disarray up the bluffs on the east side of the river and Benteen soon joined them. Some time was spent bringing up the pack train and organizing the seriously wounded, but eventually the combined force attempted to move toward the sounds of gunfire they could hear to the north. In less than a mile, they met a wall of furious warriors charging their direction from the north and chose to retreat back to their original location, where they improvised a defensive ring, with a makeshift hospital in the center. Like most of the troopers, Windolph was both terrified and resolved. They had nowhere to go, so they dug in as best they could and prepared for the worst. They attempted to dig trenches in the hard ground with hunting knives and piled up saddles, packs and whatever else they hoped might turn a bullet. Now completely surrounded, the desperate

battle raged for another three hours, when nightfall made it too dark to shoot. At the crack of dawn, the onslaught began again. Company H was catching the brunt of it. Windolph’s friend, Pvt. Jones was shot while attempting to take his coat off. And Windolph himself caught a ricochet and was lightly wounded. Indians were creeping in close enough to throw rocks and dirt clods at the soldiers in an attempt to goad the troopers into exposing themselves. Benteen, concerned that they would be over-run, borrowed two other companies from the line and did what every Cavalry commander was taught to do – they charged. The Indians were totally surprised by this action and the troopers drove them completely off the bluff on that side. Not long after the soldiers returned to their line, concern for the wounded soldiers begging for water prompted Benteen to call for volunteers. Windolph and a few other soldiers known for being good marksmen were selected to protect another group of soldiers who would sneak down a gully from the top of the bluff, then run a few dozen yards to the river bank to fill buckets with water. Windolph and the other sharpshooters spaced themselves across the line and advanced several yards in front until they had a commanding view of the valley below. They were instructed to stand up to draw the Indian’s fire, then shoot anything that moved. They were so effective that, for the length of time it took to bring up enough water, only one serious injury occurred to the carriers, and none of the sharpshooters were hit.


Captain Benteen was so impressed with Pvt. Windolph that he gave him a battlefield promotion to sergeant. Later in the afternoon, the Indians began to break up camp and leave to the south. Another night was spent in defensive position and the next day the advancing infantry of General Gibbon made contact with the besieged cavalrymen. It was then that they learned of the fate that befell Col. Custer and five companies of their bretheren. Sgt. Windolph, acting as Capt. Benteen’s orderly, rode the field with his commander and held his horse while Benteen identified the bodies of Col. Custer and those around him. After the Little Big Horn, Charles Windolph reenlisted, saw action once again the next summer during the Nez Peirce Campaign, and eventually achieved the rank of First Sergeant. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his participation in the water brigade, but like most of those who were awarded the medal for the battle it took years before he finally received it. It took longer still for Purple Heart to be awarded – it was finally presented to him in 1946, when Windolph was 95 years old. Sgt. Windolph cut his military career short to get married in 1883. He made good on his promise to return to the Black Hills. He and his wife settled in Lead, South Dakota, where Charlie worked for the Homestake Gold Mine for 49 years. He died in 1950, at the age of 98, and is buried in the Black Hills National Cemetary. At the time of his death, he was the last white participant of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

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