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Two lady Panthers to play college ball By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports three-time All-State selection, players can earn. Speaking which is a first in Wright’s of academics, Edwards is also Wright’s valedictorian for school history. Lawrence, like Edwards, was also a the class of 2012. two-time academic all-state This past season Edwards selection. She also holds accounted for 59 aces, a Wright’s solo blocks in a serve percentage of 91%, match (8), solo blocks in a 660 digs with an 83% dig season (98), and solo blocks percentage and she also in a career (270). Moreover, compiled a 1.545 serve she holds their double blocks receive on a two-point scale. in a season and double In her career she holds the blocks in a career. To add to school records for digs with this, she also holds the kills 1,064 and has served above in a career record at 1,071. 95% over the past three For her career she averseasons. aged 115.66 blocks a season Coach Martin knows Edand 335.66 kills a season. wards is what a true libero should be. “She was a three- During the Lady Panthers run to the 2011 2A State Title year starter, which she only attended our school for three Lawrence had 34 aces, a serve percentage of 91%, years, and she was a leader 375 kills, 168 digs, 65 solo in the back row who talked blocks and 13 assisted the whole time and had a blocks. While that last stanever quit attitude,” praises tistic may initially seem like Martin. “She was a great a low number, just consider example of what a libero how often she was picking should be!” up solo blocks due to her Going to Sheridan College dominance at the net. has been one of Edwards’ Academically, Lawrence main goals since her sophohas a 4.0 and is the salutatomore year because she knew that she wanted to be a rian for the class of 2012. Coach Martin is looking dental hygienist. Chambrie Lawrence will be forward to them meeting on headed to Rock Springs after the court next year in college. “I hope I get to see the two a tremendous prep career play against each other next where she was a four-year year,” says Martin. varsity starter, three-time all Northeast conference and

Earlier this week two student athletes from Wright High School announced that they would be playing volleyball at the collegiate level. Kaylin Edwards will be taking her talents to Sheridan College and Chambrie Lawrence will be going to Western Community College in Rock Springs. Edwards, who was the libero for the 2A State Champion Lady Panthers, was a two-time Northeast All Conference selection, one time honorable mention and was selected to the 2011 2A All-State team. She was also a two time All State Academic selection, which to Head Coach Wenett Martin is the biggest honor one of her

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Enjoy outdoor activities, but avoid ticks to help prevent disease Submitted by Kim Deti - Wyoming Department of Health While the Wyoming Department of Health encourages residents to enjoy outdoor activities, one important consideration this time of year is avoiding ticks and the diseases they may carry. Diseases often transmitted by infected ticks in Wyoming include tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Colorado tick fever (CTF). “Tick populations usually peak during the spring and summer months of May, June and July,” said Emily Thorp, surveillance epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. “When we walk through, play or sit in brushy and grassy areas or handle animals, we can be exposed to ticks.” Recommendations to help avoid ticks include: * Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks crawling on clothing. * Tuck pant legs into socks. * Apply insect repellents such as those containing 20 percent or more DEET and/or picaradin. * Upon return from potentially tickinfested areas, search body for ticks and remove if found. * Parents should check their children for ticks, especially in the hair. * Check pets for ticks; veterinarians

can recommend tick control products. Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever” or “deer fly fever,” frequently affects rabbits, hares and rodents and has been associated with rabbit die-offs. Other mammals can also become infected. In addition to tick bites, people may acquire tularemia when bit by infected deer flies or horse flies. It can also be transmitted by handling infected animals, or through ingestion or contact with untreated, contaminated water or insufficiently cooked meat. Added precautions to help reduce tularemia risk include: * Avoid bathing, swimming or working in untreated water and avoid drinking untreated water. * Avoid handling rabbits, squirrels or other animals that appear sick. * Wear rubber gloves when skinning animals, especially rabbits and squirrels; skin animals in a well-ventilated area. * Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling sick or dead animals. * Cook meat thoroughly before eating, especially rabbit and squirrel. Tularemia symptoms can include fever, swollen and painful lymph glands, inflamed eyes, sore throat, mouth sores, skin ulcers and diarrhea. If the bacteria are inhaled,

symptoms can include abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough and progressive weakness and pneumonia. Initial RMSF symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, lack of appetite and severe headache. Later signs and symptoms may include rash, abdominal pain, joint pain and diarrhea. RMSF patients often require hospitalization. Colorado tick fever usually causes fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and, occasionally, a rash. “While we may not see high case numbers with these diseases, they can be quite serious. We suggest anyone who becomes ill after an insect or tick bite or after handling a sick or dead animal should contact a medical professional,” Thorp said. In 2011, one tularemia case was reported to the Wyoming Department of Health. In 2010 there were three cases, including one that was fatal. In 2011 there were nine RMSF cases and no CTF cases reported. Tick-borne diseases are confirmed through physician-ordered blood tests. Healthcare providers should report any suspected or confirmed cases of tick-borne disease by calling 307-777-8634.

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Community Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow featured at Campbell County Library The Campbell County Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow for a concert on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM. The concert will be held at the library, 2101 South 4J Road, Gillette, and admission is free to the public. Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional Celtic pieces as well as his own compositions. In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.

“Jerry Barlow’s performances reveal a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting. Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience. It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment. The Indie Acoustic Project, an international award that celebrates the best in innovative, independent acoustic music, selected the title song from Jerry’s CD, Bring Down the Storm,” as “one of the best songs of

2006.” Songs from his first CD, Keepsake, were included in a PBS documentary Song of our Children. Music from Bring Down the Storm is featured in the new University of Colorado documentary Learn about Climate. Barlow’s newest CD, Fields and Fences, was released in October to excellent reviews. It has been nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Association. An in-depth review is featured in April’s Celtic Connection magazine. His music can be heard regularly on many National Public Radio stations. Jerry has been featured in

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By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News After 14 years, Great Lakes Airlines announced they will no longer provide air service to Gillette beginning on May 17. Gillette-Campbell County Airport director Jay Lundell received the news in a letter from Great Lakes Airlines CEO Charles Howell IV earlier this month. Great Lakes Airlines offered two daily round-trip flights from Gillette to Denver. “Right now in a year’s period of time we’re looking at possibly losing 15,000 total passengers if we’re not able to get more seats available in our market,” Lundell explains. But since the beginning on the year, Lundell says Great Lakes Airlines has been serving an average of roughly 2,300 passengers per month from the GilletteCampbell County Airport. In addition to the lost capacity, six people will lose their jobs once Great Lakes Airlines ends their service to Gillette. Lundell expects the airport to lose approximately $80,000 in annual revenue from planning fees, passenger facility charges, and counter space and office rent. In addition, he says Flightline will be hurt by the decision. “The fixed-base operator

here as well, Flightline Aviation, they’re going to lose revenue because they sell fuel to the airlines so that’s quite an impact on them,” says Lundell. The announcement comes at a time when Gillette-Campbell County Airport has experienced continued growth for over two years. Most recently, the airport broke records for annual and monthly passenger traffic. In 2011, the airport served an all-time high 61,998 passengers. Then in March, 6,020 passengers flew through the airport to break the previous record of 5,833 set back in October 2010. Lundell says the announcement is unfortunate. At the same time, he praised the airline saying they have been a good partner for the last 14 years. “They helped us build our air service in our community,” Lundell says. “They responded when we needed additional flights and so forth. But then as Gillette grew in the past five years exponentially then we saw they could only support us so much, and then that’s where you see the SkyWest Airlines coming in and helping to fill that void.” However, Lundell says he understands the eco-

Iseman Homes announces “Win a free home!” Home Giveaway Iseman Homes, the region’s leading provider of manufactured housing, announces a sweepstakes in which the prize is a free home. “Getting a free house is something that is pretty exciting,” said Iseman Homes president Ken Ward. “For most people, their home is the most significant expense they have so getting one for free is a once in a lifetime chance.” Though the economic challenges of the past few years have put significant pressure on the housing industry, Iseman has had unusual success. The “Win a free home” promotion not only brings attention to Iseman but also serves to communicate the most important reasons people choose a manufactured home. “We put people in high quality homes, quickly and at more reasonable cost than old-school construction methods” adds Ward. The particular home that Iseman is giving away is an excellent example of what is possible for today’s home owner. Nearly 1,400 square ft central air, designer-grade furnishings, and spacious floor plans. Each sales office in Iseman’s seven state area has a sample model of the home the company will be giving away this Christmas. Though there is no purchase necessary to register for the free home, the public is encouraged to visit their nearest Iseman office to experience the home directly. “People who know our homes will love it,” says Ward. “But people who aren’t quite familiar with our homes will walk away impressed. They always do and that’s just good marketing.” Iseman Homes was founded in 1920 in Sioux Falls, SD and has 11 locations in the upper Midwest. For more information on Iseman Homes and the “Win a free home” promotion, contact Jeremy Redepenning at 307-6820201. Iseman Homes is also available on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and at www.IsemanHomes.com

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Who was the only American President and Commander-in-Chief to witness the battle of Bunker Hill and the Burning of Boston? John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams-Aged 8 years old. Mrs. Adams went with him to watch, whispering in his ear “this is how patriots fight for freedom!” From his own pen… “I remember the melting of the pewter spoons in our house into bullets immediately after the 19th of April, 1775. I remember the smoke and the flames of Charlestown which I saw from the orchard on Penn’s Hill. I remember the packing up and sending away of the books and furniture from the reach of [Gen. Thomas] Gage’s troops, while we ourselves were hourly exposed for many months to have been butchered by them.” “my mother with her children lived in unintermitted danger of being consumed with them all in a conflagration kindled by a torch in the same hands which on the 17th of June lighted the fires of Charlestown. I saw with my own eyes those fires, and heard Britannia’s thunders in the battle of Bunker’s Hill, and witnessed the tears of my mother and mingled with them my own, at the fall of [Dr. Joseph] Warren, a dear friend of my father, and a beloved Physician to me. He had been our family physician and surgeon, and had saved my forefinger from amputation under a very bad fracture.”

As natural gas prices go lower Governor asks agencies to prepare 8% cuts “Wyoming is very fortunate to have amazing resources and all of us benefit, but we are subject to price fluctuations in the commodities market and especially natural gas price fluctuations,” Governor Matt Mead said. “Wyoming and our government are nimble and with this belt tightening we will continue working to make state government as efficient as possible.” In the State Budget the Legislature and Governor Mead directed state agencies to prepare cuts to their budgets of 4% for fiscal year 2014, but with natural gas prices moving still lower Governor Mead has now asked them to be ready with proposed 8% reductions. On top of asking state agencies to prepare for cuts by the end of this year the State Legislature also asked the agencies to prepare cuts of 8% for the

next biennium. “This year I submitted a budget that held ongoing spending flat, but looking ahead we need to be ready to reduce our spending in line with anticipated reductions in revenue,” Governor Mead said. “If we see a turnaround and revenue increases, we may not have to make deep cuts going forward, but this advance planning allows for a more surgical approach if a reduction in spending is needed.” A reduction of 8% would result in a cut of $74.5 million dollars from the budget in fiscal year 2014, which starts on July 1st, 2013. Governor Mead has also asked state agencies to immediately institute a cap on staff positions. This can stem spending now. The Department of Health is exempt from preparing cuts because the Legislature has already directed the Department of Health to make 4% cuts. The instruc-

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Submitted by Capt. Tim Lockwood - Wyoming National Guard Public Affairs The Wyoming National Guard deployed 48 members to support their neighbors to the west prepare for a disaster that could potentially affect 1.8 million people in the greater Salt Lake City area. The Wyoming guardsmen are spending three days participating in Utah Shakeout, a large scale, multiagency disaster exercise, in Utah. On Tuesday, local, state and federal agencies simulated a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hitting the Wasatch Valley area which includes the metropolitan Salt Lake City area. A disaster of that magnitude could leave some 86,000 people displaced if it actually happened. “This exercise, for us, is about the state of Wyoming helping out its neighbors to the west,” Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s adjutant general, said. “We know that Salt Lake City sits on a significant fault and we’re told it’s only a matter of time until it goes. Not if, but when.” Organizations, schools and individuals across Utah simulated everything from setting up shelters to taking cover during the earthquake. As part of the exercise, Wyoming’s Joint Task Force Cowboy, T71 Joint Incident Site Communications Capability and 84th Civil Support Team deployed to support the exercise operations. Both the task force and JISCC are based at Camp Williams and have been supporting the emergency op-

erations of the civilian authorities and Utah National Guard by helping with the processing and tasking of additional military units that are flowing into southern Utah. “A devastating earthquake in this area is a real possibility,” said Col. Shelley Campbell, commander of JTF Cowboy. “This training exercise is providing our Guard members valuable insight into assisting a large scale, multi-agency disaster exercise. “We need to be prepared to respond and support our neighbors in their time of need,” she said. “We are here to help civilian authorities practice in saving lives and mitigating damage.” The JTF and JISCC are performing JRSOI, or Joint Reception Staging and Onward Integration, functions. Basically, that means the unit is welcoming forces from others states such as Idaho and Colorado as they arrive in Utah. The JTF then provides situational and priority information briefings to each force package before providing them their assignments for assisting local authorities. “This is good training for our Joint Task Force, which we know we will be utilizing in the event of a disaster in Wyoming or neighboring states,” Reiner said. “They are doing great. They are receiving a lot of good training and there is a lot of communication going on up and down the line, which is absolutely key.” Reiner added the key to a synchro-

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Couple takes it upon themselves to put out fires Stories of vigilante lawmen may be common in the west, but stories of vigilante firefighters are much less frequent. According to Campbell County undersheriff Scott Matheny, a controlled burn at a home on Thomas Jefferson Road was extinguished by an unhappy neighbor. “They had three barrels set up on their property to burn trash and doing it in a controlled manner when the neighbor rushed onto their property, used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, then peeled out and rushed back to their residence,” Matheny explains. A 22-year old man and a 31-year old man told deputies they did not know why their

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seen from the general public and what I’ve heard from the general public I would say Name ______________________________________ no,” McGrath says. Councilman Kuntz agreed with McGrath, Address ____________________________________ saying he also opposes the resolution. “I think without some sort of complete City___________________ State____ Zip_________ commitment from the county and things I Phone______________________________________ wouldn’t support money in the budget Mother's Dayany Contest for it,” says Kuntz. Email_______________________________________ Nextcounty weekentered add e-mail or mailafter letters to: The Campbell County Observer The the discussion councilmembers 5105 Tarry St.stated the community’s fastpitch softball fields have traditionally Gillette, Wy 82718 been the responsibility of the county government. Some councilmembers were concerned about that responsibility now falling on the shoulders of the city to finance if they move forward with the Field of Dreams before discussing the issue with Campbell County Commissioners. Kuntz added that an upcoming luncheon between the City of Gillette, Town of Wright, and Campbell County on May 1 will tell a lot. Councilman Boss also expressed opposition to the Field of Dreams resolution for economic concerns. “My point is I think we’re moving a little fast here,” Boss expresses. “I think we need to go whoa, we’ve got public input here. I think we need to just sit back. I agree with Robin, our economy right now is not a good economy to be taking $10 million, or $90 million, or whatever the number is and putting it into a park right now.” If no city councilmembers change their mind from now until the May 7 vote on the resolution, the resolution will still have the support it needs to pass by a 4-3 vote. City of Gillette administrator explains how much money will be committed to the Field of Dreams if the resolution is passed on May 7. “The resolution commits no dollars,” Napier explains. “The second phase—if you will—of discussion that I need to have is with regard to the budget, which we have a number of meetings set up to deal with budget issues, and that’s where the real direction comes in terms of how much money through the capital plan or otherwise council would be interested in dedicating towards the construction of pieces and parts of the Field of Dreams.”

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Community Campbell Co. Fire Dept. April 19, 2012

- At 11:19 AM to the area of Brown Duck Drive and Hoback Drive for a 2” Natural Gas line that had been accidentally hit by a Construction Company. CCFD arrived on scene and quickly secured the scene and clamped off the escaping gas in the line. Source Gas officials arrived on scene and also secured the scene. No injuries were reported during the incident. - At 11:38 AM to Newton Road for an EMS assist. - At 1:36 PM to the address of 905 North Gurley Avenue for a Fire Alarm activation. All units were cancelled due to a false alarm. There was no fire. - At 4:31 PM to 2112 Gillette Ave. for a residential fire alarm, the cause of the alarm was light smoke due to the use of the oven. - At 5:33 PM to Meadow for a residential fire alarm, all units were cancelled by homeowner prior to arrival.

April 20, 2012

- At 6:58 a.m. to Michelle Street for an EMS assist. - At 8:59 a.m. to mile marker 20 on Highway 50 for a medical assist. CCFD was cancelled en route. - At 10:52 a.m. to the 700 Block of W. 6th Street for an EMS assist.

April 21, 2012

- At 3:58 PM to N. Highway 14 16 for an EMS assist. - At 5:25 PM to Gallery View for an EMS assist. - At 6:33 PM to Sinclair St. for an EMS assist. - At 9:55 PM to Cottonwood Ln. for an EMS assist.

April 22, 2012

Street for an EMS assist. - At 4:37 p.m. to South HWY 59 for an EMS assist. - At 4:43 p.m. to the intersection of Garner Lake Road and HWY 51 for a two vehicle accident. One person was injured in the crash and transported to CCMH-ER. - At 5:08 p.m. to the intersection of Galleryview Drive and HWY 59 for a 2 vehicle collision. Two people were injured in the crash, one of which had to be extricated, and both were transported April 23, 2012 - At 4:07 AM to North Gar- to CCMH-ER with injuries. ner Lake Road for a medical CCFD also contained fluids leaking from the involved veassist. hicles and assisted with trafAt 9:13 AM to 1080 Coun- fic control. - At 5:37 p.m. to the area try Club Road (Thunder Rock Apartments) for a fire of 485 Red Springs Road for alarm. Responding fire units a grass fire. The fire was lowere cancelled when it was cated in Johnson County and CCFD assisted with extinlearned to be a false alarm. - At 4:56 PM to 501 South guishing the 15 acre fire. The Burma Avenue (Campbell fire was caused by lightning. - At 6:17 p.m. to 1720 East County Memorial Hospital) Mispelled Easier only change Warlow Drive for an automatfor a fire alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled ic fire alarm activation. CCFD when it was learned to be a responded to the scene and upon arrival determined that false alarm. - At 7:57 PM to the 700 the alarm was triggered by block of East Laramie Street a smoke detector in the furnace room. Everything was for a medical assist. found to be normal in the room and the fire alarm sysApril 24, 2012 - At 11:15 a.m. to the area tem was reset. - At 6:39 p.m. to Sammye of mile marker 97 on North Highway 14-16 for a small Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 7:35 p.m. to the area of grass fire along the roadway. the Bower’s Ute Road for a Fire crews arrived on scene to find that a passerby had timber fire. CCFD responded already extinguished the fire to the scene and found apwhich was estimated at 20 proximately 20 acres of timfeet wide by 50 feet long. Fire ber and grass burning in increws soaked the area down accessible terrain. Crews are to cool down any remaining still on the fire today working hot spots. It was unknown as to extinguish it. - At 11:53 p.m. to Echeta to the cause of the fire. - At 1:37 p.m. to West 11th Road for an EMS assist. - At 12:46 p.m. to Warren Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 2:25 p.m. to 424 Meadow Rose Avenue for a carbon monoxide alarm activation. The alarm was found to be faulty so CCFD advised the residents to replace the alarm. - At 6:54 p.m. to Granite Street for an automatic fire alarm activation. CCFD was cancelled en route.

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Saturday, April 28

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Sunday, April 29

-AA-Morning Spiritual, 10:15 a.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy. -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -World Class Deer Display and Gun Show, 9am-3pm, Camplex

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Monday, April 30

-AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Adult Reading Discussion, 5 p.m., CCPL -Paintbrush 5th and 6th grade Program, Camplex 6:30pm -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -9:30am Walking at Senior Center -1pm Cards at Senior Center -1pm Massage by apt. Senior Center

Tuesday, May 01

-HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -10am-Oil Painting at Senior Center -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA- Preschool Art, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -Teen Card Game Club, 4 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Beginners, 6:45 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -10am Oil Painting, Senior Center -10am Computer Class, Senior Center -1pm Cards, Senior Center

Wednesday, May 02

-Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -White’s Car Wars, Camplex 8am-9pm -Super Scientific Circus, Kids Science show, Camplex 6:30pm -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCP Library -Wright Library After School Special 3:15pm -Storytime, All Ages, 11 a.m., Wright Library -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Grade School Drawing,

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Friday, May 04

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Community King Arthur’s Quest at CAM-PLEX Heritage Center Theater Please join the CAM-PLEX Heritage Center staff for the presentation of Missoula Children’s Theatre KING ARTHUR’S QUEST on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Join King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and a host of others in a musical wonderland when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of KING ARTHUR’S QUEST. Hope for the best outcome as your favorite characters of Camelot- Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Taleisin, The Raven, and Lancelot wrestle with the challenges faced by their people. Follow the original twist on this familiar story as is waves its way through a landscape full of surprises! For more information go to www. mctinc.org. The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring

children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 38 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,300 communities this year

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the cast. KING ARTHUR’S QUEST AUDITIONS will be held Monday, April 23, 2012 at CAM-PLEX Energy Hall. Those auditioning should arrive promptly before 4:00 p.m. and plan to stay for two full hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Approximately 50 roles are available for students. All students grades Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. Most students rehearse four hours each day and must be available for rehearsals April 23-28 after school and evenings. Due to generous grant funding tickets are only $10 for Adults, $8 for Youth/Students/Seniors/Military. For more information, contact the CAMPLEX Ticket Office at 307-682-8802 or visit our website at www.cam-plex. com.

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Submitted by Denice K. Varley A huge mound of “Lost and Found” clothing, shoes and other articles sits piled on tables and the floor in a local elementary school. I did call the other local schools to ask if their “Lost and Found” was as large and sadly the answer was yes. It was a terrible night; I wasn’t able to sleep thinking about how this “Lost and Found” could be a symbol of our society. The irresponsibility of the children who have lost (or is it left?) the items at the school are foremost in my mind. I have been wondering how so many items could be accumulated during the school year. There were all kinds of clothing and some it very expensive things that I’m sure the kids “just had to have.” Are the parents so busy working to provide the children with these things that they have neglected to teach them the responsibility of taking care of their possessions? When a child doesn’t come home with his coat, lunch box or boots are the parents too busy to help them look for the things? Does it take less time to go purchase new things than look for the lost item? I’ve been wondering a little about human nature or shall I say, “kid nature?” Perhaps the lunch box wasn’t as cool as his friends’ boxes and so if it gets lost, “Mom will buy me a new one” syndrome kicks in. Should we think of these children as “spoiled brats?” When you meet them they do not seem like they are spoiled or brats. A child wears a coat to school but since the afternoon is warm

she forgets to take it home. I’ve done this myself. But how does the coat remain there and never get picked up? A very small portion of the items could be attributed to move outs but where is the other “stuff” coming from? I happen to know that coats, gloves, boots are not cheap. How can it be easier to replace the items than find the others at “Lost and Found”? At this point it would be a very huge undertaking to even tackle the task of looking through the piles of things. It’s frightening to think that these “spoiled brats” who take such little responsibility or care of their things are the future of our community. Is this unique to our area or are other communities just as bad? Is this a sign of the lackadaisical attitude of our whole society? We as a people have “lost” much throughout the years in terms of self-respect and personal responsibility. The litter of our public places and roads is also a part of the “spoiled brat syndrome” where people don’t take responsibility for themselves. As I read the social issues in the papers lately, I wonder is it the “entitlement” issue that is bandied about now causing this neglect of responsibility in our young children? Are the teachers negligent in their job of teaching the children to take care of their things or is it even their job? I am sure that they mention to the kids to check the “Lost and Found” because someone has to take care of all those things at the end of the school year. Is this another result of mothers working so hard outside

the home that the children have “lost” the necessary training to take care of their things? What could be the reason that we can be so wasteful and yet complain that everything is going up in price? I admit that it’s been 10 to 20 years since my own children were in elementary school. Has this “pile” of “Lost and Found” been getting larger and larger every year? I am sure that the things are donated to a good cause at the end of each school year. I can’t even imagine that they are thrown away when there are individuals in the community collecting for the less fortunate. And in Sunday’s News Record there was a list of places collecting donations. Perhaps a large rummage sale at the end of the year would add to the schools’ funds. I don’t have the answers, I only have the questions. Let’s turn the “lost” into “found” for us and our children.

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Radio-thon raises $138,965 for St. Jude By Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio Wyoming cares for the kids of St. Jude, and that sentiment was readily apparent during the sixth annual Basin Radio Network Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon® on Fox Country 100.7 Thursday and Friday. Once again, Wyoming residents came to the call and this year and pledged a grand total of $138,965, shattering our previous annual record of $112,401 set back in 2009. Basin Radio Network and Fox Country 100.7 have been participating in the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon since 2007. Including this year, Wyoming residents have donated $617,451 over five years to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. “I can say this real honesty, Campbell County, Crook County and Weston County, where ever our signal goes the people in this community step up when they know the cause is there,” applauds Basin Radio Network general manager Don Clonch while speaking on Fox Country 100.7 Friday afternoon. It costs $1.7 million every day to operate St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thanks to donations from people like you, the families of the roughly 7,800 active patients who visit the hospital every year never pay St. Jude for anything. Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® is one of the most successful radio fundraising events in America. Since the program began in 1989, more than 200 radio stations across the country have raised more than $400 million in pledges for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Locally, this event brought

together residents throughout the community. Over the two-day radio-thon numerous community members donated their time by volunteering to answer phones and take pledges. This year, several local residents, the last two Miss Campbell County queens, and D.A.R.E. officers from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office all spent numerous hours over the last two days answering telephones at the Solving Tech Phone Bank located inside the conference room of Basin Radio Network. The end of the sixth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon marks the conclusion of an entire year’s worth of fundraising activities for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the last twelve months, Basin Radio Network with the help of numerous volunteers and local businesses completed several fundraisers that added to today’s total. The second annual community cookbook made its debut in October at Basin Radio Network’s annual trade show at Cam-plex Central Pavilion. The cookbook contains over 60 recipes from Campbell County residents. The cookbooks are $10 each and some are still available at Basin Radio Network’s office located at 2810 Southern Drive in Gillette. Moreover, the second annual St. Jude Benefit Concert in March raised almost $18,000. In all, 800 people attended the benefit concert over two nights at Jake’s Tavern to hear local bands Remnant Soul, Ruckus and headliner Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. Basin Radio Network owner Larry Patrick has visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital multiple

times over the years. He says when patients and their families first arrive they’re in despair, they’re worried, they’re crying and they’re scared to death. “You see St. Jude wrap their arms around them and you also see people almost every day walking out with a clean bill of health and the kids are going home,” Patrick recalls. “That’s what’s important—sending those kids home alive, well, happy and smiling.” With your donation you have taken the steps to help these kids go home, grow up, and have families of their own someday. Even though the Basin Radio Network Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon officially ended at 6 p.m. on Friday, you can still become a Partner in Hope online by clicking here. As well, be sure to listen around this time next year, as the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon will continue being a staple Basin Radio Network and Fox Country 100.7. About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened on February 4, 1962. St. Jude is supported primarily by donations raised by its national fundraising organization, ALSAC, which was established by Danny Thomas expressly for the purpose of funding St. Jude. The hospital also receives assistance from federal grants (mainly through the National In-

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Community Local jobless rate inches upward to 4.6 percent in March By Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio The unemployment rate in Campbell County nudged 0.1 percent higher last month to 4.6 percent as the county shed 231 jobs in March. According to the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, the number of people in Campbell County looking for work that have yet to find a job increased from 1,249 in February to 1,274 last month. At the same time, the number of people either working or looking for work shrunk in March as the county’s labor market decreased from 27,934 to 27,728. The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Ser-

vices reports that county jobless rates remained relatively stable from February to March. The most significant unemployment spikes occurred in Big Horn (up 0.4 percent to 7.0 percent) and Sublette (up 0.3 percent to 3.5 percent) counties. On the other hand, the most significant jobless rate decreases occurred in Johnson (down 0.5 percent to 7.3 percent), Platte (down 0.4 percent to 6.1 percent), Hot Springs (down 0.3 percent to 5.0 percent), and Fremont (down 0.3 percent to 7.1 percent) counties. Once again, Sublette County reported the lowest unemployment rate in the state last month at 3.5 percent. Sublette County

is followed by Campbell County (4.6 percent), Albany County (4.7 percent), and Converse (4.8 percent) counties. Alternatively, Lincoln (8.9 percent), Johnson (7.3 percent), and Sheridan (7.2 percent) counties reported the highest jobless rates in the state last month. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percent to 5.3 percent in March. This is the seventh straight month the state’s unemployment rate has decreased, according to the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

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Hillcrest Drive/Collins Heights Road Patching The City of Gillette’s Utilities and Public Works Department announce road construction and road patching activities. Hillcrest Drive This is an extension of the existing street closure on Hillcrest Drive which runs from Lakeway Road to the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Three Forks Drive. The closure, which will run from April 16th through May 8th, is extended to approximately 100’ west of the intersection at Hillcrest Drive and Three Forks Drive, and approximately 150’ east on Three Forks Court for the replacement of existing sanitary sewer. This work is for the Zone 2 Water Transmission Improvements and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

Collins Heights Pavement Patching A contractor will be doing asphalt repairs on Collins Road, Radio Road, University Road, and Badger Avenue starting Thursday April 26th. All vehicles, boats, and campers will need to be parked off the street while construction activities are occurring on your street, there will be access to driveways. The patching taking place in Collins Heights will (for the most part) take place on one side of the roadway at a time. The contractor will start Thursday, April 26th, doing all the saw cuts and then begin removing the asphalt concrete base and replacing it with new base and new asphalt concrete. There are three areas where the road will be patched full width but res-

idents can go out on Potter Avenue to Highway 51 when these occur on Collins Road and at the intersection of Badger Avenue. There is one patch on Collins Road (close to Garner Lake road) that is full width. The contractor will do one half of the road at a time, so that larger construction equipment will be able to exit onto Garner Lake Road, and not go through the residential area. Total project time from start to finish without any weather delays will be four weeks starting Thursday, April 26th. If you have any questions about the Collins Heights Patching project, call Intermountain Construction & Materials 682-8407 or Streets Superintendent, Joel Miller at City of Gillette 686-5287.

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Superintendent of Schools for the Campbell County School District, Dr. Richard Strahorn holds the most recent edition of the American School Board Journal that cites Campbell County School Board Chairman Dr. David Fall in an open letter to President Obama about fixing the country’s public school system.

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Local school official cited in letter to President Obama By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Campbell County School Board chairman Dr. David Fall is cited in an article directed to President Barack Obama in a nationally published magazine read by 50,000 school board members and school administrators. In the May 2012 edition of the American School Board Journal, the 2011-12 president of the National School Board Association and former chair of Connecticut’s East Lyme Board of Education Mary Broderick wrote an article titled “A letter to President Obama, Part 2” in which she outlines how to improve the nation’s public school system, which she says is on the wrong track. “In this article she identifies specific things that from the National School Board Journal’s perspective—and probably school board members across the nation—advice that she would give him regarding education in general and school boards specifically,” explains Superintendent of Schools for the Campbell County School District, Dr. Richard Strahorn, who

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Community Campbell County Republican Women hold meeting on Re-districting The Campbell County Republican Women will hold a meeting on April 30th at 5:30pm at the Campbell County Public Library with speaker Susan Saunders, the Campbell County Clerk. Mrs. Saunders will be presenting the issue of Redistricting. She will be giving information on the changes that have taken place and the effect that it has on county residents. The cost is FREE and open to the public so feel free to bring a friend, family member, or neighbor!

Governor visits Wyoming National Guard in Kosovo Governor Matt Mead, First Lady Carol Mead and Wyoming’s Adjutant General, Major General Luke Reiner, traveled to Kosovo to visit Wyoming Army National Guard members serving in Kosovo and in Bosnia. They arrived in Kosovo Friday afternoon and left very early Sunday morning. The 24 Wyoming National Guard Soldiers provide aviation maintenance and deployed on September 22, 2011.

“These men and women committed to serve our country in Kosovo for a year,” Governor Mead said. “Carol and I are deeply grateful for their commitment to Wyoming and America and recognize their families’ sacrifice. We were honored to have the opportunity to visit these Guard members face to face and let them know Wyoming stands behind them.” “I am very proud of this

unit,” Major General Reiner said. “These Soldiers are representing Wyoming well and proving their military value to our state and country.” The Soldiers are from Detachment 3, B Company, 777th Aviation. They are providing maintenance support for the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation, from the North Dakota Army National Guard. The Wyoming guard members are from Cheyenne, Green River,

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Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving multiple theft from autos and destruction of property crimes that continue to occur throughout Gillette. Unknown suspects are entering unlocked vehicles and removing personal property. Items taken during the thefts include firearms, electronic devices, CD’s, sunglasses, purses and money. A possibly related crime has unknown suspect(s) using a BB gun to shoot out the windows of businesses, residences and vehicles. 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

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Submitted by the University of Wyoming Sean Moran, a Campbell County High School graduate, is the 2012 winner of the Tobin Memorial Award as the University of Wyoming’s outstanding graduating man. The annual award is based on academic excellence and achievement, service to the university, participation and leadership in the community and campus activities, and citizenship qualities. Moran, who will graduate this summer, will have multiple degrees in psychology, sociology and criminal justice, all with a combined 3.8 GPA. Megan Degenfelder of Casper and Michaela Uhling of Saratoga are the corecipients of the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as UW’s outstanding graduating women. Zackie Salmon, UW McNair Scholars Program director, has a special place in her heart for Moran. The McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible undergraduate students from groups traditionally underrepresented to succeed in college. Salmon says Moran arrived on campus his freshman year with just the clothes on his back and a tattered suitcase with only a few personal possessions. “He wasn’t traveling light; those were all the material possessions he had,” she says. “However, he had so much more than money could buy. He was intelligent, even brilliant. He was compassionate and drawn to advocate for social justice issues. He had the energy and the ideas to make the world a better place. What he needed was a forum, and the University of Wyoming gave him that.” Growing up in extreme poverty, Moran never dreamed that he could afford college, Salmon says. He took advantage of UW’s GEAR UP Program, which

provides scholarships to high-achieving, low-income students. Salmon says Moran has delved into causes that are close to his heart -- victimization of women, child abuse, and equal rights for those who cannot defend themselves. She adds that an early childhood tragedy -- being burned badly in a house fire as a baby -and growing up poor have made him the person he is today. “When you meet Sean, you will forget about scars after the first 30 seconds because his aura shines so brightly, and you will feel blessed to interview one who has represented all of us at UW so well,” Salmon says. Moran also received high praise from Dolores Cardona, associate dean of students, for his well-rounded UW academic career.

“Sean’s character and citizenship are excellent as well. He holds himself well, is a role model and is engaged in UW, serving on advisory committees and contributes back as well,” Cardona says. “Individuals who get to know Sean can see that he is bright, friendly, talented and engaging. I love his follow-through. He is committed, dedicated and service-oriented. He is definitely not ‘in this for himself’ or for the glory. He truly is authentic and genuine.” She says, in many ways, Moran is an atypical UW student, but is the kind of person who “brings us honor.” Moran volunteers in many campus and community activities, and belongs to many national academic organizations. During his UW career, Moran realized that the keys to success and in-

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Long time publisher and community leader Jack Nisselius Funeral services for Jack Nisselius will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Daryl Lynde officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post #42. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2012 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Jack K. Nisselius, longtime editor and publisher of the News-Record, died Thursday morning, April l9, 2012 at the Close to Home Hospice and Hospitality House. He was 91. He was born an only child on Nov. 23, 1920 to Arthur and Hazel (Kimball) Nisselius in Newcastle, Wyoming (Mother took the train to Newcastle for his birth as she did not want “horse doctors” attending the birth). From infancy to third grade, he was in Gillette. (Dad was always in the printing trade and as a youngster, Jack used to fall asleep on a pile of newsprint.) Then Art moved the family to Spearfish, SD, in October, 1929. That was when the depression hit, but Dad always said that it didn’t arrive in Spearfish until about l931. From about l932, Mother and Jack spent the summers at the cabin in Crosslake, Minnesota, where she had been reared. They resided in Spearfish until Jack went into the 11th grade when the family moved back to Gillette. Jack played the trumpet from the seventh grade until they moved to Gillette at which time he asked his mother, “May I quit this trumpet?” and her answer was a resounding, “no”. As it turned out, it proved to be the best experience he ever had with a Mr. Fred Bond, music instructor. He graduated from Campbell County High School with the class of 1938. He entered the University of Wyoming for the first two years and then went to the University of Missouri where he met his wife to be on a blind date. He graduated with a degree in Journalism in the class of 1942. He was always thankful that the draft board gave him a chance to finish his schooling. WWII was on, so Jack was given 10 days from graduation to spend with his parents in Gillette. He used the occasion to introduce his fiancée, Christine Rutherford, to Wyoming. Among other places they visited were Devils Tower, the faces at Mt. Rushmore and the Big Horn Mountains. Jack’s mother went along to keep them company. At the end of their time, they went to Cheyenne where Chris got on a train and Jack entered the service at Ft. Warren, WY on June l9, l942. On the

14th of November, l943, he was joined in marriage with Christine R. Rutherford in Cleburne, Texas. He was to serve a little over four years almost to the date, June 29, l946. He was discharged at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He went to Germany for 19 months during which time Chris gave birth to their son, James Arthur, “Jimmy”. It was 14 months before Jack was to meet his son. A daughter, Judith Kay, was born in l948. While in service, Jack was in the 610 Tank Destroyer Battalion at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Two months later he was in the 692 TDB at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. From here, he ended up at Fort Hood, Texas and it was here that D-Day occurred with the landing of troops in Normandy on June 6th, l944. It was then that Jack received his orders to go to the European Theater. The sea was very smooth, a fact that made the sailors quite sick. Four years later, he was recalled into the Korean conflict. He entered this time of service on Nov. 11, 1950 at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and served l8 months. He was discharged on Mar. 19, 1952. During the intervening time between the two wars, Jack joined his father in The NewsRecord. At the conclusion of the Korean Conflict, he again joined his father in the newspaper. It was after a long time friendship that a partnership with Bruce Kennedy (publisher of the Greybull Standard) took place. A group of newspapers was formed, including The News-Record of Gillette, Cody Enterprise, Greybull Standard, Douglas Budget, Green River Star, Bridger Valley Pioneer, Hungry Horse News of Columbia, Montana, Whitefish Pilot of Whitefish, Montana and Dillon Tribune of Dillon, Montana. Bruce Kennedy was a real friend and was as honest as the day was long. They were partners for 20 years until his death in an automobile accident. In his youth, he was a stamp collector and also joined the Boy Scouts. Later he was again involved in Cub and Boy Scouting with his son. As an adult, he was very active in the American Legion and was a 50 year life member. He was involved in forming the Legion’s Drill team. The drill team was formed to honor those men who had given their lives in service to their country during WWII. It was a great privilege to continue participation in the drill team to honor those who had served their country at the time of their death. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 60 years and was presented the Monarch Achievement Award as

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Joke of the week Submitted by Gale Jennings Late one night a mugger, wearing a ski mask, jumped into a path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs “give me your money,” he demanded. Indignant, the affluent man replied, “you can’t do this – I am a United States congressman!” “In that case,” replied the mugger, “give me MY money.”

well as the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, served four years on the Campbell County Health Care Foundation, and participated in the promotion of the new Campbell County Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Wyoming Press Association and was president of it in 1972. His hobbies included collecting stamps and coins, and photography of which he took many for the NewsRecord. He and Chris enjoyed dancing and playing cards with their friends and family. At the age of 21, he was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church where he was a lifelong active member. He loved the Lord and knew Him as His Savior. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed the novels of James Michener of which he read all. He always said that he was so lucky to have had a wonderful wife of 68 years, and a wonderful family. The times he spent with his grandchildren were “the best of times”. The rich legacy that he passed on to his family will always be a cherished one. Jack Nisselius is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Judy (Scott) Tenney of Sheridan, Wyoming; grandchildren: Hannah (Derek) Hall of Denver, Colorado, Pat Tenney of MacKay, Idaho, Leah (Miles) Fortner of Dallas, Texas; daughter-in-law, Barbara Nisselius of Gillette, Wyoming; grandsons: Matthew (Akiko) Nisselius of Tokyo, Japan, Nathan Nisselius of Gillette, Wyoming and Michael Nisselius of Denver, Colorado, Clinton Ellison of Dallas, Texas., Curtis, Ellison of Denver, Colorado and James Beck of Sarasota, Florida; great grandchildren: Noah and Mia Nisselius of Tokyo, Japan. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, James “Jim” Nisselius. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or to the Close to Home Hospice and Hospital-

ity House. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet atwww.gillettememorialchapel.com.

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Dear Editor, Government has too much in education I really wish that all governmental agencies would quit interfering in the education of our youth. When No Child Left Behind was initially introduced to educators, it looked really great on paper. It was the way to make our students successful and competitive in the world markets. Right! The plan to test students became a monster that has basically destroyed the love of learning and more importantly...the love of teaching. Testing is not the answer to our educational dilemma. Teachers chose to teach because they loved learning and wanted to share their love of learning with their students. They did not choose to teach because they loved testing. I left teaching because I did not feel that I was able to what was expected by the government. I could not make all of my students answer the same question, on the same day, at the same time correctly. What was the fun in that? I have taught students who have become doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, state legislators, mayors, county commissioners, city council members, business owners, teachers, military specialists, homemakers, coaches, professional athletes and hard-working citizens of our city, county, state, and country. Guess what? We did this with two things. Teachers who loved to learn and wanted to share. Young people who loved learning and wanted to become successful. And...we did it with minimal testing. We need to let the teachers teach...and let the kids learn. Linda Poppleton Whites From Editor Nicholas De Laat: I call “No child left behind” in my words “No child gets ahead” for a reason. I still believe that denying federal money is the first step, because then you are denying federal policies. The people, parents, and teachers of Wyoming would be much better at running our own education system and teaching our children. I have talked to many teachers, and their biggest complaint is the restraints they have that turn into an inability to teach the way they should. You are absolutely, and in every way, right!

Yet another USELESS study By Glenn Woods I had two very nice ladies in my radio studio this Monday, just in time for them to hear a news story that made them both raise their eyebrows, and I sighed. How easy we want to believe the latest useless study. How quick we are to repeat the bad news we hear. How often we do not correct the story when we find out that it is wrong. Apparently, a survey conducted by the National Women’s Law Center found that the wage gap in Wyoming is the largest in the U.S. We are such a backwards state, I guess. Furthermore, it found that we were significantly worse than the national average of women earning 77 cents to a dollar for men. I’ll give the study a little credit in pointing out that that the difference in pay is most likely linked to the energy industry, which dominates Wyoming’s economy and hires mostly men. Still, the ladies in my studio seemed impressed by the study as further proof that we men are to blame for --- well --- everything I guess. I’m assuming that this is what these ladies were thinking because most women tell me that we men are, myself included, to blame for everything. Recently, this so called “wage gap” caused the president to endorse and then sign the Paycheck Fairness Act, calling it a “commonsense bill.” So then, let’s just take a look at how “commonsense” this is by taking a look at real life examples of why two groups of adults might be paid a different wage for the same job. For starters, the government statistics they do not take occupational choice into account. Generally, women value relationships more than their careers or money, enter and leave the work force at a much higher rate, work part-time at a much high-

er rate, and work in professions with much lower compensation. Take in to account that men see themselves as “providers”, tend to work longer hours, including nights and weekends. Women tend to see to their children’s personal needs first, take more time off to care for them, including working half days and taking multiple days off to care for them when they are ill…Add to that, many jobs for men that are higher paying are hazardous jobs that require a lot of muscle and risk of personal injury. Due to the simple laws of supply and demand, these dangerous jobs tend to be staffed by men and tend to pay more and contribute immensely to the pay gap. But again, government statistics completely neglect occupation -- making a raw comparison of all working men and women instead. For example they have the female receptionist lumped in with the professional athlete. Again, wage gap statistics also do not account for time commitment. On average, women work far less than men because they choose to have much more balance in their lives. We should give women credit for this. Did you know that nearly 85 percent of women take advantage of flexible work arrangements offered by their employers? And a decade after graduating college, 39 percent of women leave the work force or work part-time, versus 3 percent of men. Aside from the obvious benefits of working longer, workers who average 44 or more hours per week earn approximately 100 percent more than workers who average 40 hours. Again this goes back to how a woman feels the need to nurture her family where a man feels he is doing

more for the family if he is working long hours and bringing home the cash. June O’Neill, who is the former director of the Congressional Budget Office in Washington DC, argues that if you take out the effects of marriage and childrearing, essentially, “there is no earnings gap.” This brings my mind drifting back to the original title of this article “Another Useless Study.” I find many people willing to believe the first thing they hear when a study like this comes on the news. Little attention is given to the opposing studies that prove them wrong. We can include in this that the press does not spend much time talking about the studies that prove the original studies wrong. Look, I’ve been in the news business a long time. I know how it works. If it annoys, shocks, or just simply makes you mad as hell then the politicians and the press are more than happy to talk about. But good news like there is no such thing as a “wage gap” or that there is no such thing as man caused “climate change” do make for great headlines. So why promote them? Add to that, we, the public, as well as those in the press, tend to want to believe and repeat bad news and are bored by good news. I mean, think about it, what do most people spend their time doing? 1) Griping about something bad that they have heard. 2) Talking about the great news they came across this morning. This wage gap study is as useless as most studies that you hear during the course of any year. I’m waiting for the study that show how much money we, as a nation, waste on useless studies.

Dear Editor, I believe that Campbell County Citizens might be interested in investigating the Campbell County Assessor’s Office and the most recent property tax assessments. When my husband and I received our assessment, we felt it was rather high, so we scheduled an appointment to protest the amount. The Assessor’s office could provide no ‘comparables’ from our subdivision, and two of their examples – all from vastly different areas of town – were from early 2010 (the housing market is substantially different now than it was then). In doing research, with the help of our real estate agent, we have discovered some oddities. Because Wyoming is a nondisclosure state, most of our information has been comparing actual assessments to list prices of homes currently on the market, but we have found information on prices of houses that have sold within the last few months in our subdivision, versus their assessed value. What we have found is a disturbing trend: homes that have sold, or are selling, at under $180K are being assessed at an average of 22% over their sales, or selling, price. Even more disturbing, houses on the upper end of the spectrum, $200K and above, are being assessed at an average of 34% below their listing prices. One extreme example is an assessment for unimproved property (being assessed at $78K) that actually has a house built on it that is currently for sale (4 bed, 3 bath, listing at $575K – 1600 Sun Ridge Avenue). According to the “Glossary of Terms” at the Assessor’s website: “9. Fair Market Value: The amount of money a well-informed buyer would pay and a well-informed seller would accept for property that has been on the open market for a reasonable amount of time, assuming neither buyer nor seller is act-

ing under pressure.” Since the assessments read “Fair Market Value,” we are convinced that something is definitely wrong, because there is no rhyme or reason to the assessed values and the current market condition. The representative from the Assessor’s office to whom we spoke last week, Angela, showed us only 3 or 4 “comparables” for the last 2 years. This seems to us ‘cherry picking’ for assessed values in order to increase revenue from smaller homes, despite actual market trends, as we find it difficult to believe that fewer than 5 homes in Gillette have sold in the last 2 years that are similar to ours. Additionally, Troy Clements threw me out of his office last Friday morning when I had the audacity to remind him that he works for me, and every other tax-paying resident of Campbell County. This came about because I wanted to file a complaint against one of his employees for her treatment of my husband when he went into the office Thursday to file the official protest paperwork for the assessment. It is evident that Mr. Clements has forgotten that he, and his staff, are public servants. Sherilyn & Brian Likewise Gillette From Editor Nicholas De Laat: I am now going to check up on my property taxes, and if this is happening, we need to do something about it. I will get back with you when I find out from my end. Great job staying informed, researching, and educating yourself. Dear Editor, Something for the public to be reminded of: neither John Opseth or Ted Jerred were elected to the City Council, they were appointed to those seats. Something else to think about: Garner Lake Village, a 174 acre housing/commercial development, is on the other side of Boxelder Street from the Field of Dreams. The first phase which is gearing up to begin, is 106 housing lots directly across from the Field of Dreams. One part of the infrastructure deemed needed for the Field of Dreams, Axel’s Avenue, is a new street that will be directly across from one of the entrances for Garner Lake Village. The electrical, water, and sewer that the City will install for the Field of Dreams would benefit this new housing/commercial development if they connect to it, quite convenient if it happens. The land for this house/commercial development was purchased back in 2006 by anonymous investors and is now primed to begin development. According to the City, the Field of Dreams development will take 10-15 years, the developer for Garner Lake Village also anticipate it’ll take 10-15 years for their development as well. Jaime Tarver, a civil engineer and Senior Project Manager at DOWL HKM, is the person who designed the layout for Garner Lake Village. While she did this she also sat upon, as Vice Chair, the Public Works & Utilities Advisory Committee for the City of Gillette. Ask yourself now, with the infrastructure (roads, utilities) of the Field of Dreams of vital importance and of an utmost priority in the upcoming budget to be built as soon as the Council approves the plan, who will benefit the most and who is the Field of Dreams really needed for? What’s the real reason for the Field of Dreams, what conflicts of interest were involved with this project? Why aren’t the current baseball fields remodeled and expanded? Letter Submitted via. Facebook by John Hammond From Editor Nicholas De Laat: First, Councilman Opseth was elected in 2010. Your information is wrong. I don’t know about the rest, but I would hope that there would be no kickbacks of any kind, as I would hope that all of our elected officials would have the honor that is needed to hold an office. I am personally against the field of dreams (speaking for me only, not the Campbell County Observer and it’s staff), but I do believe that the people who support it have the best intensions in mind.

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City of Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy says he believes attending a coal conference in China to promote Campbell County’s Energy Industry falls under his mayoral responsibilities.

City Council opposes paying for mayor’s China trip By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News During Monday evening’s Gillette City Council workshop, a majority of city councilmembers expressed opposition to using taxpayer dollars to help send City of Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy to China for an energy conference. The Campbell County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) recently approached the Gillette City Council about the idea of sending Mayor Murphy to the 2012 International Advanced Coal Conference in the Shaanxi province to accompany other officials from Wyoming, including Governor Matt Mead. While every councilmember said it would be beneficial for the mayor to attend the conference, a majority of councilmembers opposed using $1,000 of taxpayer funds to do so. Councilmen John Opseth, Kevin McGrath, Robin Kuntz and Everett Boss said they oppose using city funds to help fund for the mayor’s trip. “I just don’t see why the taxpayers should be paying for the Mayor of Gillette—a town of 30,000 people—to go over and talk to the mayor of 10 million people,” McGrath explains. “I don’t see where that’s going to benefit Gillette. It’s going to benefit the coal companies who have officers over there, that’s the only issue I have with this whole thing.” The mayor responded by saying the trip falls under his responsibilities as mayor. “I would simply ask that you go to the Mayor/Council handbook and look at my responsibilities, and please after reading that, see if that does not fall in line [with the mayor’s duties],” Mayor Murphy said to McGrath in his reply. “Well I don’t believe going to China and passing the good word about Gillette falls into that,” countered McGrath. The mayor contends the trip is designed to help expand the market for Wyoming coal at a time when fossil fuels and coalfired power plants are under increasing attack on the domestic front. “We all know that with the present administration that we have using our natural resources here in Campbell County and maintaining our way of life that we have

and enjoy now is in jeopardy,” Murphy expresses. “We need to increase the market for those resources and that’s probably going to have to go overseas, and so I think it’s good to at least make those inroads. That’s why I think it’s important to go.” Other councilmembers argued the coal companies are already making such inroads in China. “Just to echo what Councilman McGrath said, I do know that every coal company does have an office over there,” says Opseth. “They’re trying to sell coal every day.” The 4-3 tally against using taxpayer dollars to help cover the cost of sending the mayor to the International Advanced Coal Conference was not an official vote, but merely discussion on the issue. The CCEDC has previously stated that they are prepared to pay for Mayor Murphy’s trip. However, CCEDC asked the city council to cover a portion of the cost as a sign of their support. According to the CCEDC, is will cost an estimated $7,000 to $8,000 for the mayor to attend the conference. That cost includes travel, meals and accommodations for the four-day conference in June followed by two additional days of meetings with Chinese officials. “It’s so important for the city council to support the mayor going so when he sits down with his counterparts in China he can honestly say that his city council fully supported him coming to this conference,” Campbell County Economic Development Corporation board president Joel Dingman said previously. Since city expenditures of $1,000 do not typically require approval from the city council, City of Gillette administrator Carter Napier says Monday’s discussion was merely a measure of transparency. “With regard to transparency and given the level of public discourse about this particular idea and so forth, I thought it would be in our best interest as an organization— and certainly in a larger sense on behalf of the community—to be sure that I understood them clearly what the preference of the council was,” explains Napier following Monday’s workshop.

State Rep. Tom Lubnau, II announced Monday his plans to run for re-election to the Wyoming State House. Lubnau, a Republican, has served as a Representative from House District 31 since 2004. “It has been an honor to work for the people of Campbell County,” Lubnau said. Lubnau has become a major voice for responsible energy development in the United States. He is known by his peers as a tireless voice for protecting the jobs and economy in Campbell County. “Developing our domestic energy resources is about strong Wyoming jobs and improving our economy,” Lubnau said, “Not just locally, but throughout our nation. Power does not come from a switch on the wall. We need to quit funding those without our best interest at heart, and develop our power resources at home - and especially in Wyoming.” Advocacy for the extractive industries has earned him roles as national Chairman of the Council of State Governments Energy and Environment Committee and Chairman of the Energy Producing States Coalition – a coalition of states who have banded together to push back on federal government over-regulation. “Earning these leadership positions is all about protecting our jobs and way of life. If folks from Wyoming can earn national positions to allow Wyoming’s message to be carried

School district raises lunch prices

forward, then we can begin to communicate the importance of fossil fuels to the economy.” Lubnau said. Lubnau served this last session as Majority Floor Leader in the House of Representatives. The last time someone from Campbell County served in this position was Cliff Davis in 1971. Majority Floor Leader is usually the precursor to running for Speaker of the House, a position Lubnau intends to seek. The last time someone from Campbell County held that position was in 1973, when Cliff Davis held the position. “If elected Speaker, Campbell County would have an even greater platform to carry the Wyoming message forward.” Lubnau said. Lubnau supports education, constitutional rights, low taxes and fiscal conservatism. We need to keep government small at every level, and focus on those key functions central to the operation of a free society – police and fire protection, roads, education and infrastructure. “Those advocates of the nanny-state never count on the self-sufficient independent spirit of the Wyoming people. Our people are our best resource. Government needs to get out of the way and let people succeed.” “I know how hard the people of Campbell County work, and I do all I can to meet the expectations of folks who have placed their faith in me.” Lubnau said.

Flag ordered at half-mast in honor of Wyoming Fireman

Governor Matt Mead ordered that both the U.S. flag and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset on April 24, 2012 in honor of Natrona County firefighter Adam Longo who died April 18, 2012. Mr. Longo suffered a stroke on April 12, 2012 while driving a squad truck back to the fire station after responding to a grass fire off Salt Creek Highway.

By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Campbell County School Board Trustees approved a plan to increase school lunch fees for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. Elementary lunches will increase $0.25 to $2.50, secondary school lunches will increase $0.50 to $3, and adult lunches will increase $0.50 to $3.75. School officials say they hope the increases will ease the strain on their budgets by bringing in an additional $190,000 next year. Despite the higher prices, however, officials still anticipate a $610,000 deficit in the school district’s lunch budget. “Basically we’re anticipating that with these price increases and with the cost of food, labor, fuel and all those issues that we would still fall short of our anticipated budget by about 12 percent of a $5 million budget,” explains supervisor of information services and fiscal services Don Dihle. School officials say the shortfall in the school district’s lunch budget is not a result of high salaries and inflated pay raises. “A typical full-time employee would make about $18,000 a year in our nutrition program,” Dihle describes. With the increase, elementary students who eat school lunches every day will pay an extra $40 a year, while every secondary student will pay an extra $80 per year. In the meantime, nutrition services supervisor Bryan Young tells trustees that he doesn’t anticipate the higher costs will scare away students from school lunch.

“Hopefully it doesn’t drive kids away,” he says. “Hopefully we’ll just continue to offer quality food and fresh product and participation will increase.” Compared to the rest of the state, lunches across all Campbell County schools will be higher than the state average following the increase. In Wyoming, the average cost of an elementary, junior high, high school and adult lunch is $2.16, $2.43, $2.47 and $3.36, respectively. Currently, Washakie County School District #1 has the highest priced elementary and high school lunches in the state at $2.65 and $3.50. Similarly, the highest priced junior high lunches in the state are $3 at Weston County School District #1. On the other hand, Sublette County School District #1 boasts the lowest priced elementary and secondary school lunches in Wyoming at $1.50 and $1.75 respectively. Meanwhile, the cost of school breakfasts in Campbell County schools will remain the same. Dihle says the school district is promoting breakfast as an important meal in the day, and they are still attempting to increase the number of students who eat breakfast. “The breakfast participation compared to the lunch participation is much lower,” Dihle says. “And I think their reason [to keep the price of breakfast the same] would be to continue to grow that program and increase the participation.”

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In the Roughriders’ second game on Saturday, Austin Tennant batted 4-for-5 with 4 RBI. He also scored three runs.

Roughriders struggle in Casper By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports The Gillette Roughriders went into the second of three Snowball Series in Casper coming off a dominating 15-1 victory over Rapid City Stevens and an unblemished record of 3-0. However, that record ended up with some blemishes after the weekend was all said and done. The Riders started the series off on the right foot with a solid 11-3 win over the host Oilers at Mike Lansing Field. Matt Fogle was outstanding on the mound as he picked up his second win of the season as he threw 1-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings and he struck out 8. Fogle had two wins all of last season in 24 innings pitched. This season he has been on the mound for just 9 1/3 innings. Offensively Fogle helped himself out with a triple and 2 runs scored. Westin Hinkel went 1-4 with a double, sacrifice and 3 RBI. Austin Tennant was 2-4 with 2 RBI. Then in the second game on Saturday the Riders mounted a comeback against 3-time defending state champion Cheyenne Post 6, but they weren’t able to hold onto a 13-11 lead in the sixth inning as Post 6 prevailed 16-13 to hand Gillette their first loss of the season. Andrew Young exploded offensively to help keep the Riders in it as went 2-3 with 5 RBI including a double and a sacrifice. Tennant continued his great day at the plate by

going 4-5 with 4 RBI and 4 singles, he also scored 3 runs. Hinkel was saddled with the loss after coming on in relief of Josh Settlemeyer after the Riders had battled back and taken the lead. The final blemish of the weekend came on Sunday as the Riders wasted an 8-0 lead and fell to the Oilers 10-8 for Gillette’s first loss to Casper in more than two years. The Oilers last beat the Riders 6-4 back on April 17, 2010 at Roughrider Stadium. After jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings, the Riders couldn’t hold off the Oilers late, who scored 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings. The Riders were led offensively by Matt Fogle with 3 RBI while and Austin Tennant and Westin Hinkel each had 2. Now Gillette has their sights set Rapid City Central on Wednesday on the road and then the Riders return home to host the third and final Snowball Series this weekend at Roughrider Stadium. Gillette plays Casper on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Cheyenne Post 6 at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday they play Casper again at 11 a.m. Every game the Riders play this weekend will be announced live with hosts Ted Ripko and Nicholas De Laat on NewsTalk 1270am KIML and online athttp://network1sports. com/station/kiml.

Last weekend was a beautiful weekend for soccer in Casper, WY. The Gillette Edge Soccer club sent several teams to compete in the annual Casper Jamboree soccer tournament. This is a great opening tournament for the spring season. The Edge also finished their league play while down there on Sunday. The U11 boys coached by Randy Miliron had a great weekend. They put up 3 wins and a scoreless tie on Saturday in the Jamboree. The first game, they outscored the U12 Douglas Thunder 4-0 with Colton Pilon, Caden Carlson, Isaac Howell and Nathan Brown all putting up goals. In the second game, they beat U12 Riverton 1-0 with Caden Carlson finding the back of the net. The third game, the team had a scoreless tie against the U12 Green River Spurs. The final game, they defeated the Rock Springs Avengers 1-0 with Colton Pilon scoring the only goal. Their league games on Sunday were split. They defeated the Rock Springs Avengers again 2-1 and were taken by the Casper Blades 1-5. “It is very exciting to see how much the boys have improved since their first league games on April 15th and have begun playing more like a team,” Coach Miliron said. “We are looking forward to our next three tournaments in Billings, Sheridan and the Wyoming State Cup.” The U10 girls also had a good showing in Casper to open their tournament season. The team coached by Justin and Kristina Rodswodovski won 2 on Saturday, tied 1 and lost 1. On Sunday they came and won

Wild tender offers to three local standouts

Peak Wrestling Results Submitted by Jannie Miller

Only three Peak wrestlers competed in the Sarah Tolin Invite in Casper this weekend. Cooper Cook (right) was 1st in Greco and second in freestyle, Tanner Cook (left) was second in both styles, and Mason Miller only competed in Greco and placed first. The boys are preparing for Wyoming State Greco and Freestyle May 4th and 5th in Casper.

By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio From Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22, in Casper the Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III held a development/Tryout Camp for players from around the region and Head Coach Tom Winkler was very impressed with the turnout as close to 40 players showed up for a chance to improve their game and ultimately try to land a spot with the Wild for the coming season. Gillette General Manager and Head Coach Tom Winkler tendered offers to three local players; goalie Sean Kelley, defenseman Austin Tennant and forward Brandon Castleberry, who actually saw limited action with the Wild in their inaugural season. Winkler also tendered an offer to Bozeman’s TJ McMinn. “I coached him when he was in squirt hockey many, many years ago and he’s another young player that we are looking at as a 2 to 3 year kid that really showed well,” said Winkler. “There were several other local players that showed incredibly well that we are going to bring back to main camp in either July or August.” Sean Kelley, who most recently didn’t allow a single goal for Team Northwest at the USA Hockey Showcase in Pennsylvania a couple of weeks back, really caught the eye of Winkler because of his solid play at the camp. “He didn’t give up a goal at the camp until the last scrimmage,” Winkler added. “He was extremely solid, he’s very technically sound, he’s aggressive, he’s a competitor…he’s got a good future, he’s young and again just how technically sound he is.” Austin Tennant, who after his season with the Gillette Wild High School hockey team ended, he went right to playing for the Gillette Roughriders American Legion baseball team as their starting catcher. There were quite a few things about Tennant that stood out to Winkler at the camp, but he’s also had the ability to watch him throughout the year. “He’s very aggressive as a defenseman, he skates pretty well and he does like the physical side of the game, which is why he’s probably a catcher [for the Riders].” Winkler added, “He’s a good athlete, he’s got some very good skill sets and right now he’ll have to just learn how to play the game at our level.” Brandon Castleberry was a forward for the Wild High School team, which won their third consecutive state title earlier this year

both games with a combined score of 5-0. In the U12 girls division, the Edge took three teams. The U12 Purple team coached by Alex Ayers played 6 games between the Jamboree and League play and all 6 games were shutouts for the team. On Saturday, they defeated Green River 5-0, Yellowstone Fire 3-0, Worland 2-0, and Johnson County 3-0. On Sunday, it was Green River again at 8-0 and Johnson County 6-0. The U12 White team coached by Mike Jones has an outstanding weekend according to Coach Jones. The girls had a combined score of 18-1 against their competition on Saturday in the Jamboree. Sunday brought them two commanding wins against Yellowstone Fire 8-0 and Riverton 7-0. A combined effort of the goalies, Desha Matuska, Alyssa Stumbaugh and Megan Phillips had 5 shutouts. The top scorers were Delaney Knottnerus and McKenzee Nuzum with plenty of help from Emily Dillon, Maddy Dykes, Sarah Hernandez, Emma Jarvis, Emily Jones and Chloe Williams. The U12 Black team had a great weekend as well according to Coach Chris Baumgartner. On Saturday they were defeated by Worland 2-0, Johnson County 3-1, Yellowstone Fire 1-0 and they defeated Douglas 1-0. These girls put up a great fight for some close matches. On Sunday they saw Laramie Black defeating them 1-0 and Laramie White tying them 1-1. The Gillette Edge Soccer Club will head to Billings, MT for the Magic City Soccer Clubs annual tournament. The club is always met by some tough competition in Montana.

What’s Going On In Sports? Friday, April 27

-Panther Golf at Sundance 12am -Camel Tennis at Rapid City (Duels) JV/V 12am -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Camel Track in Casper 12am -Camel Boys Soccer at Home 4and6pm -Lady Camel Soccer at Cheyenne East 4and6pm

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Gillette Wild General Manager and Head Coach Tom Winkler says he tendered offers to three local players following a development/tryout camp last weekend. stood out to Winkler because of his dynamic play. “He’s a shifty forward…he’s very dynamic, he’s very shift, he’s kind of a sneaky explosive…he gets in one on one battles and just gets to that next step.” Winkler added, “We were all really excited with his performance at camp.” Even with the addition of these four players, Coach Winkler knows the Wild still have some areas on the team to take care of. “We’re going have some holes to fill, we’ve lost a lot of good quality and character kids and this is a time of the year where you’re still not sure what a lot of your guys are going to do,” says Winkler. “What we’re getting with these young players is hunger, potential, solid foundation players like we kind of had last year with the Millers and Johnsons and all those guys. Now these young guys need to come in and make the transition.” For more on the Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team go to www.gillettewildhockey.com. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Gillette Wild hockey please contact Head Coach and General Manager Tom Winkler at (307) 696-7764.

Saturday, April 28

-Panther Golf at Sundance 12am -Gillette Roughriders at home for Snowball Series (Listen to hosts Ted Ripko and Nicholas De Laat Live on 1270am KIML Gillette) -Panther Golf at Moorcroft 12am -Camel Tennis at Rapid City (Duels) JV/V 12am -Camel Track in Sturgis 12am -Camel Boys Soccer at Home vs. Cheyenne Central 10am and 12pm -Lady Camel Soccer at Cheyenne 10am and 12pm -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming

Sunday, April 29

-Panther Golf at Moorcroft 12am -Camel Tennis at Rapid City (Duels) JV/V 12am

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-Camel Track in Casper 12am -Gillette Roughriders at home for Snowball Series (Listen to hosts Ted Ripko and Nicholas De Laat Live on 1270am KIML Gillette) -Camel Golf, Buffalo Invite JV/V 12am -Camel Track in Sturgis 12am -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Camel Track at Wright 12am

Monday, April 30

-Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming

Tuesday, May 01

-Camel Boys Soccer at Sheridan 12am -Lady Camels Soccer at Sheridan 12am -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Spring Tennis Rapid City Duels 12am

Wednesday, May 02

-Camel Boys Soccer at Sheridan 12am -Gillette Roughriders vs. Rapid City Stevens HS at Home (Listen to hosts Ted Ripko and Nicholas De Laat live on 1270am KIML Gil-

lette) -Lady Camels Soccer at Sheridan 12am -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Spring Tennis Rapid City Duels JV/V 12am

Thursday, May 03

-Camel Spring Tennis Glendive JV/V 12am -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Gillette Rougriders at Sturgis Titans

Friday, May 04

-Panther Track, Bulldog Invite 3-8pm at Upton -Gillette Roughriders at Spearfish 5:30pm and 7:30pm -Camel Spring Tennis Glendive JV/V 12am -Mens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Womens Pronghorn Rodeo at University of Wyoming -Camel Golf Casper Invite JV/V 12am -Camel Spring Tennis at Miles City 12am -Camel Track Qualifier at Home 12am -Camel Boys Soccer at Home vs. Sheridan 4pm and 6pm -Lady Camel Soccer vs. Sheridan 4pm and 6pm


Sports Report Four local athletes selected for WY-SD all-star basketball team By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports Three athletes from the Gillette Camels and one from the Wright Panthers were selected to play in the Wyoming-South Dakota Basketball All-Star Series in June. The Gillette Camels’ Cody Anderson and Westin Hinkel will join Timmy Benedict from the Wright Panthers in the 20th annual all-star game for the boys. Gillette Camel Dacia Lyman will represent the girl’s in their 19th annual all-star game. The games will be played on Friday, June 1, in Spearfish, South Dakota at Black Hills State University and Saturday, June 2, in Gillette, at Campbell County High School’s North Campus. Here are the complete team rosters: Boys Cody Anderson, Campbell County Timmy Benedict, Wright Westin Hinkel, Campbell County Ryan Madsen, Wheatland (Casper College) Jason McManamen, Torrington (University of Wyoming) Corey Peck, Natrona County High School Hunter Reece, Sheridan Riley Ryan, Sheridan (Black Hills State College) Tanner Simpson, Lander JohnSoundingsides, Wyoming Indian Girls CheyAnneBalster, Casper Natrona (Casper College) Ali Beckler, Laramie Mikayla Brower, Torrington (Western Nebraska Community College) Madison Browning, Casper Natrona Madison Forney, Rawlins; KyleighHiser, Laramie(University of Northern Colorado) Dacia Lyman, Campbell County (volleyball at Sheridan College) ChristieSchiel, Cheyenne Central (track at Montana State University) Regan Wilson, Laramie (Casper College)

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Westin Hinkel holds the Gillette Roughriders record for career saves with 16. He signed his Letter of Intent to play college baseball in Oregon.

Westin Hinkel signs NLI to play baseball in Oregon Mothers of Athletes are valuable resources in the world of sports Photo by Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio

Dacia Lyman is the lone representative from Campbell County selected for the Wyoming Girls Baskebtall Team for this year’s Wyoming-South Dakota Basketball All-Star Series.

By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports

How will you appreciate mothers of student-athletes you know this Mother’s Day? They may be considered the most valuable resource to the world of sports thanks to their unconditional love and support of children and adults that participate in events. Let’s face it, mothers are the first to gaze into the sweet little face of their bundle of joy and form a bond of love and personal commitment to do anything for their child. This is years before a child can be awarded most valuable of any peewee or professional sport. The next thing a mother experiences is her child growing up a bit and becoming involved in the world of sports that

Submitted by Eileen Taylor, Author Student-Athlete Mom she may personally know very little about. Fast forward to high school and her child becomes a student-athlete. This is when a mother realizes she has become a Student-Athlete Mom. No one will ever address her with his title or contribution to the world of sports. However, this is very important job of washing athletic clothes, feeding a bottomless stomach, carpools, cheering, and paying fees that she sometimes can’t even afford. She is in the shadow of her child and loving every minute of it, because she is exploring all possibilities to bring joy just like the first time she gazed into the sweet little face. Over 7.6 million high school student-

athletes participate in sports according to the National Federation of High School State Associations. This number doesn’t include the millions of grade school student-athletes preparing to make their high school team one day. Without the resources of a Student-Athlete Mom of unconditional love and support, it’s tough to be involved in the world of sports. That’s why Student-Athlete Moms may be considered the most valuable resource to the world of sports. A Student-Athlete Mom isn’t looking for recognition of any kind. That’s all the reason more why she should be appreciated each Mother’s Day.

Rider announces first recruits of 2012-13 season By Vic Wright - Basin Radio A 5’2” point guard from Kaycee and a 6’1” forward/center from Colorado Springs are the two newest recruits for the Gillette College Women’s basketball team. Head coach Will Rider announced Tuesday that both women have signed their national letters of intent to play for the Pronghorns this upcoming season. Chelsea Ullery graduated from Kaycee High School in Kaycee, Wyoming. During her senior year, she averaged 15 points, three assists and four steals per game. Ullery is a four-year letter winner, four-time AllConference player and twotime All-State player. She played in the state championship game during her sophomore and junior seasons and helped lead her team back to the state tournament her senior season. “Chelsea is a three sport athlete with great competitive spirit and excellent quickness,” Rider explains. “As a point guard she will be called upon to use that competitiveness and quickness to get us to the next level in the coming season. As a two-time All-State player, she has the ability to come on board and make a strong impact on our program and has already begun to ‘fit-in’ with our returning players. We look forward to Chelsea’s contribution to our team.” Outside of basketball, Ullery was on the school’s volleyball team that won state

her junior year and finished runner up her senior year. She also received All-Conference and All-State honors in track, as well as the 1A Track Athlete of the Year award in 2009. In the classroom, Chelsea was voted as the Science Student of the Year at Kaycee in 2011, a Hathaway Scholarship qualifier and held a 3.6 GPA. She is looking at careers in education or nursing as she attends classes at Gillette College in the fall. Chelsea is the daughter of Lisa Ullery and granddaughter of Jim Ullery Danielle Santos played on a team ranked in the top five in 5A girls basketball in Colorado. Santos averaged six points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots per game in her senior season. She also helped lead Doherty high school to a 23-4 record this season and making it to the Elite 8 losing on a lastsecond buzzer-beater. “Danielle is the kind of player that is going to get better every time she steps onto the floor,” Rider praises. “Her length, athleticism, and toughness will all contribute to her ability to make an immediate impact at the junior college level. Doherty was a ‘pressing team’ defensively and Danielle was at the point of attack on many of those presses so she will fit-in very well into our defensive philosophy. As a 6’1” post player, she moves well, has great hands, and can score

Gillette Roughriders senior athlete Westin Hinkel announced he will sign his letter of intent to play college baseball at Treasure Valley Community College, in Ontario, OR. Treasure Valley CC is a Division 1 Junior College and competes in Eastern Region of the prestigious NWAACC Conference. This is arguably one of the toughest conferences in the nation. The Chukars are currently 17-12 this year and first in their conference, with a 9-3 record. The Riders shortstop was recruited by several colleges in the past year, but felt very comfortable with the program at Treasure Valley. “We are very excited about getting Westin into the program,” said TVCC coach Aaron Sutton. “He is going to be a great fit for what we stand for. We really liked his actions in the infield and feel like he can be a defensive impact player. At the plate he fits right into our philosophy in being able to drive the ball to all fields. Overall, he is a high character kid who will strive in an atmosphere such as Treasure Valley and we really look forward to making him a part of the Chukar family.” Hinkel has been a Varsity starter in the Riders infield since he was a freshman. Last season, the Riders shortstop hit .348 with 74 Runs, 66 RBI, and 20 SB. On the mound he was equally impressive with a 7-4 record and a team-leading 7 saves. He holds the All-time Riders record for career saves. He has been an All-State Selection the last two seasons. Hinkel also played this fall for the Big Sky Baseball Select Program out of Bozeman, MT. “Westin has been a great role model for our program and community and is a guy that our younger players look up to everyday,” said Riders Head Coach Nate Perleberg. “As a coach, you are always looking for the player who always does the right things, commits to your program, and competes day in and day out. They are very few and far between, but over the last five years I can say that Westin Hinkel has been that type of player and person in our program. Not only am I positive that he will have a successful college baseball career, but Iím confident that he will succeed in whatever he puts his mind to.” Westin is the son of Leo and Terri Hinkel of Gillette.

Touch of Gold wrestlers compete in Douglas

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Gillette College Women Pronghorns Basketball Head Coach Will Rider on the sidelines of a home basketball game last season. Tuesday, Rider announced the team’s two newest recruits. from many places on the floor. Coming from a high school program where she experienced tremendous success in her senior season, we are anxious for her to bring that attitude of success and dominance to the Pronghorn Program here in Gillette.” Danielle is the daughter

of Lawrence and Stephanie Anaya. The Pronghorn women wrapped up the 2011-12 season with a record of 2012, in which Gillette College made it to the second round of the Region IX Tournament for the first time in the team’s three-year history.

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The Touch of Gold wrestlers competed in the Casey Uhlich Memorial Tournament last Friday in Douglas and Jeric Igo came in first place in both Greco and freestyle. Lane Catlin was first in Greco and second in freestyle. Isaiah Huus was first in freestyle and third in Greco and Dylan Catlin was second in freestyle and third in Greco. Casey Uhlich Memorial Tournament Greco on Friday 1st Place - Lane Catlin -- 7-8 age, 70# 1st Place – JericIgo – 9-10 age, 50-55# 3rd Place – Dylan Catlin – 9-10 age, 65# 3rd Place – Isaiah Huus – 9-10 age, 70# Casey Uhlich Memorial Tournament Freestyle on Saturday 2nd Place – Cort Catlin – 6 & under – 50-55# 2nd Place – Lane Catlin – 7-8 age, 70# 1st Place – JericIgo – 9-10 age, 55# 2nd Place – Cael Porter – 9-10 age, 55A# 2nd Place – Dylan Catlin -- 9-10 age, 60# 1st Place – Isaiah Huus – 9-10 age, 70# 5th Place – William Miller – 9-10 age, 75# 2nd Place – Dayton Porter – 11-12 age, 85#

“Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.” - Doug Collins


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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 campbellcountytidbits@yahoo.com 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 CampbellCountyObserver@gmail.com 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.

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

.380 Smith and Weston Bodyguard. Built in laser site. $450.00 firm. Trades possible. Call (307) 6827864. 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 jkbpennigwen@msn.com Health problems? Try doTERRA certified pure essential oils. 307-680-0363. www. myvoffice.com/healingisbelieving

Personals Interested in founding a Sherlock Holmes Society in Gillette? Contact gillettesherlockians@gmail. com for info.

Toy Parts & Accessories Stock pipes for Sportster. 500mi. Stock pices for Dyna Wide Glide. 1500mi. Email baxtersmom62@gmail.com for info. Harley Accessories for sale. Call 307-670-8980. Ask for Tammy.

Produce for Sale

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.

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

Homes for Sale

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 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.

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

For Rent 2 Bedroom Duplex, with one car garage, washer/dryer, no pets. $700rent/$700deposit. 307-689-0202

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

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. www.empireguesthouse.com

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

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

Autos, Trucks and Vans 1986 Toyota Tercel 4x4. $1050.00. Call 307-2995918 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 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 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 ‘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. 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

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

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 ACE will reduce your appetite and give you energy. The natural way to lose weight. www.facebook.com/AcePill 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

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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.

Toys (ATV’s Boats, Etc.) BOAT FOR SALE. 18ft 120 port jet outboard bass tracker for sale. Call 307-680-5947 Boat for Sale with trailer. Needs work. Call 670-8980 for info.

Patriot Publishing is a small publishing business starting up right here in Wyoming. We not only publish the Campbell County Observer and calendars, but anything in print. We will soon also have a monthly publication that we think you will enjoy. If you have a book and can’t get a major company to publish you, we are a new and American-owned publisher that may print your work. Please feel free to contact us at anytime with your idea.

Choose Your Hours, Your Income and Your Rewards. I DO! Contact: Julie Balmer Avon Independent Sales Representative

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Avenue Mall 217 Gillette Ave. Open 7 Days a Week Over 35 Vendors All Under One Roof!!!

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.

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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!

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

Microfiber couch with 2 recliners combined. Green. $100 Call 299-4967.

Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925.

Manual Transmission for 93’ Chevy Pickup 4wd. Must be in good shape. Call 2572306.

1-5 bedroom units available for rent. Please contact Real Estate Systems of Gillette Inc at 307-682-0964 for all the updated details.

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WILL PAY CASH FOR CAMPERS. Call Scott (307) 680-0854.

Autos, Trucks and Vans

Home Appliances/ Furnshings

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

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Campers & Motor Homes

If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108.

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.

I Buy Militaria. Swords, uniforms, bayonets, medals, guns/parts, field gear. 6827864

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Our Roots Annie Oakley

PRIMERICA announced today the promotion of Bonnie Jardee to Regional Vice President. She is pictured with Ivan Jardee.

By Mike Borda

In the Old West, there were many larger than life figures. Names like Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Buffalo Bill conjure up the image of brave men who lived a rough life based on grit, alcohol, and guns. However, among the ranks of these men, there were also women whose lives rivaled their masculine counterparts in every sense. The girl we came to know as Annie Oakley was actually born Phoebe Ann Moses on August 13, 1860 in North Star, Ohio. She was the sixth of seven children, and after her father died in 1866, she was often left to fend for herself. After learning to shoot at the age of eight, she began helping out her family by the selling the game she was able to kill. By the time Annie had reached her teens, she was well known in the community for her prowess with a firearm. This led to an epic 1876 showdown in the big city of Cincinnati. A traveling showman named Francis E. Butler had been touring the country, winning bets at his shows by wagering that he could beat any local shooter at a contest. When he reached Cincinnati, the local hotel owner who hosted Butler’s show, Jack Frost, set up a match between Butler and Annie. When Butler arrived, he found to his surprise that his opponent was to be a 15-year-old girl. They began the competition, and by the time it was over after the 25th shot, Butler had lost. Something must have clicked, though, because after the match Butler was enamored with this girl. They were married in 1882, and began touring together. They lived out of the Cincinnati neighborhood of Oakley, which many believe led her to adopt this

as part of her stage name. In 1885, Annie joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and as a female sharpshooter, she quickly earned national recognition along with her showmate Lillian Smith. During one of her tricks, Annie shot a dime traveling through the air at 90 feet. Through Buffalo Bill and his show, she was able to travel not only throughout the United States, but to Europe as well, performing for many European royalties (including Queen Victoria). Things took a turn for the worse in 1901, however, when Annie was badly injured in a train accident. She hurt her spine, and was partially paralyzed, eventually having five surgeries to correct the damage. While she continued to tour shortly after recovering, she eventually left Buffalo Bill’s show in 1902. Even after Annie Oakley left her tour, she continued to be an example for women everywhere. As late as 1922 at 62 years old, Annie was setting shooting records. She died on November 3, 1926. While she was never the most educated or wealthiest, Annie Oakley set an example by her will. She found her talent in life, and pursued it with unrelenting vigor for all of her days.

“A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” - President Lyndon B. Johnson

Primerica promotes local representative to Regional Vice President PRIMERICA announced today the promotion of Bonnie Jardee to Regional Vice President. In making the announcement, John Addison, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the company, stated, “I’m pleased to announce that Bonnie Jardee has joined this exceptional group of leaders. Bonnie’s success is a barometer of the number of people that Primerica has helped prepare for a more secure financial future -- and that’s what we’re all about. Thanks to dedicated leaders like Bonnie, Primerica is an industry leader, providing real financial solutions to millions of clients.” In response to the news, Jardee said, “I’m very gratified by the promotion – it means that a lot of long hours and hard work have begun to pay off. But the most satisfying aspect of being a Primerica representative is knowing that you are helping other people take control of their

personal finances. I look forward to expanding our business in order to serve even more people in the community.” Primerica, headquartered in Duluth, GA is a leading distributor of financial products to middle income households in North America with approximately 95,000 licensed representatives. The company and its representatives offer clients term life insurance, mutual funds, variable annuities and other financial products. Primerica insures 4.3 million lives and more than 2 million clients maintain investment accounts with the company. Primerica’s mission is to serve middle income families by helping them make informed financial decisions, and providing them with the strategies and means to gain financial independence. Additional information about Primerica is available on their website: www.primerica.com

Old Gabe By Jeff Morrison

James Felix Bridger was just 17 years old when he first saw Wyoming in 1822. Before he left the region for good, in 1868, he would become a living legend and the territory’s most famous resident of the time. Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1804, Bridger could neither read nor write, but as General Grenville Dodge recalled, “He was a born topographer; the whole West was mapped out in his mind, and such was his instinctive sense of locality and direction that it used to be said of him that he could smell his way where he could not see it.” Dodge also acknowledged, “As a guide I do not think he had his equal upon the plains.” As a member of William Ashley’s Upper Missouri Expedition of 1822, Bridger was surrounded by a veritable “Who’s Who” of men who would soon become fur trapping legends in their own right. “Ashley’s Hundred”, as they were known, included the likes of Jedediah Smith, Tom Fitzpatrick, Edward Rose, William Sublette and Hugh Glass. They had signed on “to ascend the River Missouri to its source to be employed for one, two, or three years...” trapping beaver and trading for furs with local Indian tribes encountered along the way. While the expedition was on the banks of Grand River, in present-day South Dakota, Hugh Glass was savagely mauled by a grizzly bear. Andrew Henry, who was actually leading the expedition for Ashley, was convinced that Glass would soon die of his extensive injuries. He assigned Tom Fitzpatrick and young Jim Bridger (who had helped Glass kill the bear) to stay behind until Glass died, give the body a proper burial and then catch up with the expedition afterward. Bridger and Fitzpatrick dug part of the grave, but got spooked by a passing hunting party of Indians. They quickly threw Glass into the grave (probably mistaking him for dead at that point), kicked a small amount of dirt over the body, took his rifle and made a hasty departure. Instead of dying, Glass dragged himself out of his makeshift grave, set his own broken leg, patched up his wounded body as best his could and

crawled over 200 miles to Fort Kiowa, driven on by a desire for revenge against his two faithless companions. By the time Glass later confronted Bridger, two years later near the mouth of the Big Horn River, he chose to forgive him, due to his young age. Thus spared an untimely end to his career, Bridger went on to become the most celebrated mountain man of them all. In 1824, while searching for the headwaters of the Bear River, Bridger became the first non-Indian to see the Great Salt Lake, which he mistook for an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the few topographical mistakes Bridger made. An excellent trapper, Bridger became a full partner in the American Fur Company in 1826, and became intimately familiar with most of the Rocky Mountains from Montana to Colorado and Utah before the age of 30. In 1830 he became the second non-Indian to visit the Geyser Basin area of today’s Yellowstone Park. Just as no one believed John Colter years earlier, Jim Bridger’s descriptions of hot water spewing hundreds of feet into the air and bubbling cauldrons where written off as one of his famous tall-tales. It probably didn’t help his credibility when he mentioned seeing glass mountains and petrified trees, with petrified birds in the branches, singing petrified songs. In the early 1840s Bridger left the fur trade and partnered up with Louis Vasquez to establish a trading post on the Green River to cater to the emigrants passing by on the Oregon Trail. Although Vasquez was the brains behind the business, Bridger was already making a name for himself, so the new post was dubbed Fort Bridger. Business at Fort Bridger was good, being the only supply center for hundreds of miles, but friction arose between Bridger and the Mormon emigrants making their way into Utah. In 1855, while Bridger was gone, guiding Sir George Gore on his infamous hunting trip, a group of Mormon elders, sent by Brigham Young and led by his enforcer, William Adams Hickman, arrived at the Fort to “convince” Vasquez to sell the trading post to the church. Although

Vasquez was perfectly able to sign his own name, the bill of sale that was registered three years later, in Salt Lake City, showed that it had been signed for Vasquez and Bridger by H. F. Morrell, who claimed to have power of attorney for Bridger in his absence. Bridger denied that claim for the rest of his life, but never regained ownership. He later tried unsuccessfully to bill the United States Army for rents due after the army took control of the fort in the 1860s. Bridger next became a scout for the U.S. Army. In 1850 he discovered what became known as Bridger Pass, and much of the route that would be used for the transcontinental railway, the Overland Trail, and eventually Interstate 80, while serving as head guide for the Stansbury Expedition. He also served as head guide for Lieutenant Warren’s 1856 exploration and survey of the Yellowstone Valley from Fort Union to Powder River, Colonel Johnson’s campaign against the Mormon Church in 1857, and Captain Raynold’s exploration of the Big Horn River in 1859. In the early 1860s, Bridger was primarily employed by the army and stationed at Fort Laramie. By this time he was known as “Old Gabe” and he entertained the soldiers and emigrant trains with his infamous tall tales and incredibly accurate recitations of Shakespeare. He supplemented his army pay by guiding the occasional wagon train. In 1864 he blazed the Bridger Trail that diverted from the Oregon Trail near present day Casper and led to the newly discovered gold fields in Montana.

Although the Bridger Trail insured that wagon trains would avoid any hostile Indians, it was largely devoid of forage and potable water. The route became known for being a livestock killer and quickly lost favor to the Bozeman Trail, which was easier on animals, but more dangerous for the humans. Bridger personally only guided two wagon trains over the trail that bore his name. Hostilities with Sioux and Cheyenne Indians led to the Powder River Expedition of 1865, led by General Patrick Connor and guided by Jim Bridger. During this punitive campaign, Fort Connor (later renamed Fort Reno) was established near North Pumpkin Butte. The next year saw the arrival of Colonel Henry Carrington the establishment of Forts Phil Kearney and C. F. Smith. Again, Jim Bridger, known as the Blanket Chief, by the Sioux and Cheyenne, went along as chief scout. He spent the next year in a virtual state of besiegement at Phil Kearney along with Carrington and his soldiers. He was wise enough

not to accompany Captain Fetterman when he rode out in pursuit of Indians, one December morning, and straight into an ambush. After the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, Old Gabe led one more expedition into Powder River Country, to retrieve anything worth saving from the three forts along the Bozeman Trail before they were abandoned. It proved to be Bridger’s last adventure on the frontier. His eyesight fading and in poor health from years living in the elements, Bridger was officially discharged from military employment at Fort D. A. Russell and he retired to a farm near Kansas City, Missouri, where he was residing when he died in 1881, at the age of 77. General Dodge later wrote of Bridger, describing him as “a very companionable man. In person he was over six feet tall, spare, straight as an arrow, agile, rawboned and of powerful frame, eyes gray, hair brown and abundant even in old age, expression mild and manners agreeable. He was hospitable and generous, and was always trusted and respected.”

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