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ugust is now here. That’s right, time for fall sports for all age groups to fire up, businesses to kick into overdrive, and vacations to run out until the holidays. Most people are thinking about school starting, hunting season, and the inevitable month-long, and seemingly neverending, holiday season. Relaxing time is almost over. The good news is that it is not over yet. There is still about three weeks left, and plenty to do, and if you have nothing planned to enjoy the rest of summer or your vacation time is used up or pre-planned, I have a great suggestion for you. Why not rent a cabin at Empire Guesthouse and RV Park in Pine Haven? My family and I stayed there a couple weeks ago and received many pleasant surprises that added up to the best small vacation we have ever had as a family. Now understand, it has been awhile since we have even had a day off since March of 2010, which was when I worked the swing shift at the mines and was simultaneously running for Wyoming House of Representatives. It was the day after the election that November that I decided that I was going to open up a newspaper. Now that the newspaper is starting to run like a well-oiled machine, we are launching a new News company here in the area. Days off? Ah, not for a business owner. Suddenly a couple weeks ago, my Advertising Sales Manager (with help from my wife) set me up to take a weekend off with my family because of an opportunity to stay at Keyhole. After some reluctance, it was worth it! That Friday, we borrowed my neighbor and friend’s canoe, packed up one of our mini-vans, and headed out. Now imagine my attitude, happy that I get to actually take some time off, but with a type ‘A’ personality telling me that there was still work to be done (there always is) and I shouldn’t take the time off. Pulling into Empire Guest House and RV Park and getting a first look at the cabins available started to calm that type ‘A’ personality. My children were extremely excited and my beautiful wife was ready for a weekend away from the dungeon of the house that she spends most of her time at, being a wonderful housewife and raising small children. We immediately went into the office, which also serves as a bait/convenience/hunting store, for our key. In there, we learned all about where the fish are biting, what the hunting season looks like and, best of al,l my children received free ice cream, compliments of owners Mike and Roxanne Smith. Next was the first opening of our cabin. The cabins are a perfect and small, reminding you of a space (as I told my children) that some of the original Wyoming homesteaders used to live in. They are log, have

one main room, and a bathroom. They are very ‘homey’ feeling, fully furnished, and so comfortable that my wife exclaimed that she could live in one year round. That first evening we spent unpacking, playing some football, eating, and just getting comfortable. Later, we received the enormous hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Smith over some home-made Mead (made by myself) and wine. And what goes with some good drinks but great conversation? Mike, who is also the Mayor of Pine Haven, knows the local politics, fishing, and hunting; while Roxanne will enlighten you on the history of the area, and the building. “It used to be the house of a widowed rancher before it was moved to this location. To make sure that the ranch hands she would hire would stay in line, she would target practice every morning with cans on her fence. She was a dead shot!” Roxanne told us. You can find the widow’s story at the Moorcroft museum. The next morning, my wife and I woke up specifically to watch the sunise. We are usually up at that time anyway, but we never get to enjoy the majestic scenery. After our moment together, we made breakfast for the kids and we all ate outside on the picnic table provided on the perfect sit-

ting porch built onto the cabin. Then we packed up and spent the day (with great and easy access to Keyhole Reservoir) canoeing and playing on the beach. That evening, we had burgers and roasted hotdogs over the fire pit, and the children indulged with smores. Again that evening was great company and conversation. This time, there was a bike rider riding from Oregon to Maine, and a Scottish couple touring on motorcycles through both North and South America. We were so tired at the end of the day, we passed out before the kids. There are TV’s in the cabins, but ours never came on. Nobody even asked. There was so much to do, we wished the weekend would never end, but unfortunately it did. However, I can tell you this: if you want a quick and easy trip, or just a weekend getaway before the stresses of fall come knocking at your door, I would highly recommend Empire Guesthouse and RV Park in Pine Haven. It is a wonderful place to stay. It provides a great atmosphere, top-notch hospitality, and in my humble opinion, the best log cabin camping experience between the Bighorns and the Black Hills. And remember, they also are open during hunting season!

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Governor Appoints New Circuit Court Judge overnor Matt Mead has selected Craig Jones as the new Circuit Court Judge for the Third Judicial District in Sweetwater County. Jones will replace Judge Daniel Forgey who moved to the Seventh Judicial District. “Craig’s vast trial experience, his long history working in the court room and the great recommendations he received show that he should be an excellent judge. I thank him for his commitment to public service, and to the contribution he will now make in Sweetwater County as he takes on this judgeship,” Gov-

ernor Mead said. Jones is currently the Chief Deputy District Attorney in Cheyenne. He received his law degree from the University of Wyoming and has been a municipal court judge in Buffalo, a Deputy County Attorney in Johnson and Converse Counties and was also in private practice. “My family and I are excited to move and become part of the Sweetwater County community. It is humbling to have the trust of Governor Mead and the Judicial Nominating Committee,” Jones said.

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July 24, 2013 - At 9:31 a.m. to Dogwood and Lakeway for two vehicle accident, no injuries, with leaking anti freeze. Floor dry was applied. - At 10:00 a.m. to the 600 block of Primrose Drive for an EMS assist. - At 10:59 a.m. to the intersection of Kendrick Avenue & 3rd Street for a vehicle accident with no injuries. - At 3:55 p.m. to the area of Wagonhammer Lane & Boxelder Road for a vehicle fire. The fire started in the engine compartment from a suspected fuel leak in the older model Ford passenger vehicle. Bystanders helped extinguish the flames before the arrival of CCFD which fully extinguished the flames upon arrival. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at close to $2500.00. There were no reported injuries during the incident. - At 4:18 p.m. to East Juniper Lane for an EMS assist. - At 7:03 p.m. to 509 Ross for open burning in city limits. The homeowner was trying to burn a stump out of his yard, he was informed of the city ordinance banning open burning. July 25, 2013 - At 1:23 a.m. to the area of Rozet for a report of a possible grass fire in the area, nothing was found upon arrival. - At 3:12 a.m. to 816 Sutherland Cove for a fire alarm activation, it was determined to be a faulty detector. The system was restored and crews returned to service. - At 8:10 p.m. to the area of American Road for a grass fire along the railroad tracks. CCFD responded to

the scene and upon arrival found a 1/3 acre fire burning in grass. The fire was kept inside the fire guard and extinguished in approximately 20 minutes; the cause was determined to be sparks from a passing train.

July 26, 2013 - At 8:44 AM to 3384 Bird Drive for a fire alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled when it was learned that dust had caused a smoke detector to activate. - At 9:47 AM to 1004 East Highway 14-16 for a three vehicle traffic accident resulting in one person being transported by ambulance. - At 1:56 PM to 4600 Overdale (Bell Knob) for an automatic fire alarm, units were cancelled as employees had set off a bug bomb. - At 4:36 PM to S. Gillette Ave. for an EMS assist. - At 5:00 PM to 631 Primrose for an automatic fire alarm, units were cancelled en route by the alarm company. - At 5:20 PM to Rodgers Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 8:13 PM to 14054 Highway 51 (Rozet Elementary School) for a fire alarm. A check of the building revealed no fire and the false alarm maybe related to construction going on in the school. - At 10:15 PM to the 800 block of East Lincoln Street for a medical assist

als were involved or leaking from the motorcycle. - At 10:25 p.m. to Nepstad Drive for an EMS assist. July 29, 2013 - At 6:30 pm to Clarion Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 4:57 pm to North Highway 59 for a grass fire less than 1 acre in size. - At 8:38 pm to Reata Dr. for an EMS assist, all units were cancelled en route. July 30, 2013 - At 8:09 PM to Sierra Circle for a medical assist. - At 2:41 PM to 2150 South Douglas Highway (Kmart) for a fire alarm that turned out to be a system malfunction. - At 5:39 PM to 2431Kluver Road for a broken fuel line on a tractor. Firefighters contained the fuel leakage.

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ect, and several others like it for the McDonalds Corporation, came to me after City Council Meeting six weeks ago and commended the City of Gillette and its staff for (being) efficient and friendly, and (for the) great customer service he received. He told me he was making that point because he goes to communities all over this nation and that this was the best community he had dealt with.” Murphy said. Murphy said he was very impressed with that feedback and glad to pass it

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Merged Montana, Wyoming Water Centers to Enhance Opportunities The U.S. Geological Survey’s Wyoming and Montana water science centers will merge in October, improving science capacity and capabilities by integrating scientists in the two centers and allowing them to share equipment and expertise. The merger is a logical one because Wyoming and Montana are in the same geographic and USGS administrative regions and deal with similar issues, including several crossborder activities in such areas as the Tongue and Powder River watersheds and the Yellowstone River Compact.

Current Montana Water Science Center Director John Kilpatrick will lead the new two-state center after the merger in October. The new center, which will be headquartered in Helena, Mont., will have 82 employees in seven locations and a budget of more than $11 million. Over the next few months Kilpatrick will lead the team charged with planning the details of the new center’s implementation in consultation with cooperating agencies in both states. According to Suzette Kimball, Acting Director of the USGS, “The merger of the WY and MT water sci-

ence centers will result in savings in support costs related to management and administration, improved efficiency and flexibility in data collection operations, and better science through improved access to technical expertise and stateof-the-art scientific equipment.” No offices will be closed in the reorganization and no jobs will be lost. However, substantial cost and staffing efficiencies will be realized because some vacancies in the two existing organizations will not need to be filled under the new plan. The employees of the new center are

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At the July 29th Gillette City Councils workshop session, the council met with “Friends of Coal”. Dave Moss, vice president of the Kentucky Coal Association, says “Friends of Coal” has over forty thousand members. He and Judy Colgan, Rocky Mountain Coal Mine Institute Executive Director have been traveling the nation spreading the “Friends of Coal” message. They will be providing a lot of that information in Campbell

County today. “It’s good to be in Coal Country. I know a lot of you guys in the room are pro coal, already “Friends of Coal”, but this will be something done over the next year or so trying to organize trying to get people under this larger umbrella.” Moss said. Moss says one of the main goals of the “Friends of Coal” is to educate the public on how they can help fight back against the

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Liz Cheney Announces Campaign Leadership Team The Cheney for Wyoming campaign is pleased to announce its statewide leadership team today. Dick and Maggie Scarlett of Jackson, Bill and Toni Thomson of Cheyenne, and Byra Kite of Laramie will serve as statewide campaign cochairs. Margaret Parry of Rock Springs will be the campaign finance chair. In addition, Kim Brown

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Northern Rockies Skies for August: Scorpius and the Perseid Meteor Showers

monthly look at the night skies of the northern Rocky Mountains, written by astronomers Ron Canterna, University of Wyoming; Jay Norris, Challis, Idaho Observatory; and Daryl Macomb, Boise State University. In August, always a good time for viewing the Milky Way, one can easily explore a myriad of faint stars, dark dust clouds and many star clusters with the naked eye and binoculars. Visible on the lower southern horizon around 10 p.m. is Scorpius, the scorpion, and its brilliant red star, Antares. Located near the center of the Milky Way, Scorpius is one of the oldest and most interesting constellations. With its inverted “question mark and curlicue” formation, Scorpius houses many intriguing stars, star clusters, dust-forming regions and gaseous nebulae. In Greek mythology, it was the scorpion that killed Orion the hunter. Antares, the red star “rival of Mars,” is so large its visible surface would reach outside the orbit of Mars! There are many star clusters and nebulae within the constellation. One of the most unique is the “Cat’s Paw Nebulae,” which is a vast region of concurrent star formation. Get out those binoculars and small

telescopes, and view the Scorpion’s wonders. The Perseid meteor showers will last up to four days and is centered around its peak dates, Aug. 13-14. You may see up to 60 meteors per hour. Look in the direction of the constellation Perseus, in the northern sky after midnight. You can see Venus on the western horizon and Saturn in the southwest near Spica, in Virgo, right after sunset. Jupiter and Mars will rise in Gemini after 4 a.m. Astronomy from Orbit: Gamma-ray Bursts BeppoSAX and Swift For 30 years (19671997), gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) were observed by space instruments that did not have the capability to image the burst positions to better than about a degree accuracy. Hence, no association had yet been made between the gamma radiation and possible counterparts in the X-ray, ultraviolet, visible, Infrared or radio portions of the spectrum. At these longer wavelengths, many object classes with arcsecond-sized positional error boxes are known, and their astrophysical properties are relatively well understood. (An arcsecond is 1/60th of an arcminute, which is 1/60th of a degree or 1/360th of a circle). On Feb. 28, 1997,

the Italian/Dutch satellite “BeppoSAX” detected a GRB with one of its wide field cameras -- coded aperture X-ray /low-energy gamma-ray instruments with fields of view 40 degrees square and angular resolution as good as one arcminute. Rapid communication to the ground and followup of the GRB position by large optical telescopes revealed a faint, long-lived optical afterglow coincident with a galaxy at a redshift of 0.695, corresponding to a distance of 8 billion lightyears. BeppoSAX continued to detect many GRBs with X-ray, optical and radio afterglows until the satellite fell into the Pacific Ocean in 2003. BeppoSAX’s discovery that GRB sources are in galaxies at cosmological distances led to a competition for a new dedicated GRB satellite that would map the distribution of GRBs as a function of redshift, or distance. The winner was “Swift,” selected by NASA for construction in 1999. It was launched in November 2004 and is still operating. Swift has three instruments. The Burst Alert Telescope (BAT), a hard X-ray coded aperture telescope with field of view covering 1/6 of the sky, produces arcminute positions.

Upon a BAT alert, Swift is re-oriented so that the two narrow field-of-view instruments, the X-ray Telescope (XRT) and Ultraviolet Optical Telescope (UVOT), can examine the BAT position for afterglows. The BAT, XRT and UVOT localizations are relayed to the ground on a timescale of minutes. Ground-based observatories, with small to very large telescopes, monitor the positions for afterglows. In the visual, most detected afterglows range from about the 16th to 21st magnitude (10,000 to a million times fainter than the naked eye). Swift has detected about 750 GRBs (one every three days or so) and has determined distances for about 200 of them. The GRB “co-moving” distance distribution peaks around 20 billion lightyears. The “look-back time” distribution peaks near 12 billion years ago, about 1.8 billion years after the Big Bang, when the GRB host galaxies were very young.

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Tips to Make This Camping and Tailgating Season a Success

hether you’re camping, tailgating or barbecuing, this season, the party is outside. And with outdoor fun comes different challenges. Here are four things to consider while planning your camping weekend or tailgating party. Go Gourmet In addition to your standard fare of burgers and hot dogs, impress your friends with some gourmet choices. Think shish kabob, grilled fruits and teriyaki chicken wings. For drinks, think outside the beer can and bring your blender. Look for drink recipes that highlight your team’s colors. If you’re camping, gussy up your roasted marshmallows with Nutella or peanut butter. Bake homemade cookies to bring along and use them as your base instead of graham crackers. Power Up When it comes to power, the generator you choose is important. Look for an inverter generator to keep your cell phones and portable electronics charged and your food cooking. You won’t want the power to cut out before half time, or before the weekend is through. Look for an inverter generator that features computercontrolled technology, so it continuously adjusts engine speed to save fuel and run longer. For example, the Briggs & Stratton Inverter Generator, a 2000 watt generator, is designed for efficiency and reliability, and is highly portable, as it’s 45 percent lighter than traditional camping generators. And if you’re going camping, while you’re outside under the stars, the last thing you want to hear is the rumble

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Game and Fish Surveys Whitefish Submitted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department ish biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently conducted the first-ever mountain whitefish population survey on the Hoback River south of Jackson. In three separate passes on a three-mile stretch of the river, fish biologists were able to capture and release approximately 600 whitefish. In 2010, with neighboring states noticing a decrease in their whitefish populations, fish managers in Wyoming initiated a statewide effort to take a closer look at the state’s mountain whitefish populations across their range. In Wyoming, mountain whitefish generally occur in mountain streams of the western part of the state, including as far east as the Bighorn Range in the northcentral part of the state. Extensive population surveys have never been done in Wyoming, so biologists are gathering baseline population information in order to detect any future declines. So far, whitefish populations have been surveyed in the Salt, Smiths Fork,

Green, Wind, Popo Agie, Shoshone, Clarks Fork, and Hoback rivers with healthy populations being found in them all. In order to survey a population, fish managers float a river in rafts equipped with electrodes that extend into the water, which temporarily stun the fish. This way the fish are easy to scoop up with a net and are transferred to a live well on the raft. The effects of the electricity wear off within minutes. The team stops periodically to weigh, measure, mark, and release the fish back into the stream. Each captured fish is marked by simply clipping a portion of one of its fins. By floating the same stretch of river multiple times, they record how many fish are re-captured, and from that can estimate the actual population. For most anglers, a mountain whitefish is not as prized as other sport fish, such as trout, primarily due to a bone structure that makes them harder to eat. However, the presence of this native fish is just as

crucial to the overall health and function of an aquatic ecosystem. Without baseline population data, biologists may not be able to detect declines until populations are critically low. Baseline population data will allow biologists to detect future declines and, if necessary, initiate management actions to reverse these declines. Additionally, understanding the state’s whitefish populations is important to establish appropriate fishing regulations. For example, the creel limit of mountain whitefish was recently lowered statewide from 25 fish to 6 fish, partly due to the lack of data. The population estimates conducted in recent years, along with the support of mountain whitefish anglers, allowed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to move forward with increasing this limit back to 25 in the Snake River drainage in 2014. Fish managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will continue their survey efforts across the state, but for now populations appear to be healthy.

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Bold Republic Weekly Shooting Your Foot Off Then Re-loading!? By Glenn Woods ast weekend, I learned that the Big Dogs of the GOP from D.C. plan to send representatives to Wyoming to “bring the party back together” - or words to that effect. Their claim is that the party, here in Wyoming, is in trouble, fighting amongst itself. They want to come to the state and restore unity, to make the party stronger, on the local level as well as the national stage. As one example they point to Liz Cheney running against Senator Enzi. Why would anyone want to oust a respected sitting Senator? The GOP in D.C. cannot imagine. Well, the answer to that is quite simple: Mr. Enzi has drifted, becoming part of the establishment. Voting to raise the debt ceiling numerous times and his Internet Sales Tax idea are just a couple of items in a long list of examples. Mr. Enzi is a good man but he has been “Washington-ized and so he no longer represents the views of the people of Wyoming. We need a change. To my friends in the Wyoming GOP, let me make a suggestion: As soon as the BIG DOGS from D.C. step off the plane in Cheyenne - greet them with a ticket for the very next plane out, which should be leaving that very moment. As they stand there stammering and stuttering, looking at their new tickets, have someone cart their luggage off to that fight out. Let those boys from D.C. know that: 1). THEY - are the real problem with the Republican Party. And, 2). Frankly, it is none of their damn business who we elect to represent us here is Wyoming. Focusing for a moment on local Wyoming GOP problems, I read this, from the Casper Star Tribune, and AP

News, this past Monday: “A resolution before Wyoming Republican Party leadership that would have demanded due process for Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill during her upcoming investigation by the House Rules Committee narrowly failed to gain approval Saturday. Members of the GOP Central Committee tabled the due process resolution 33 votes to 32 votes, said Bonnie Foster, party secretary. Saturday’s meeting at the Ramada Plaza Casper Hotel and Conference Center was closed to the press and the party did not make a copy of the resolution available.” WAIT! - Hold on. What was that last part? The meeting was closed to the press and they did not make a copy of the resolution available? Bad enough the Wyoming GOP shot itself in the foot over the Cindy Hill issue. But now watch as they reload to do it again. SF-104 should have never been even suggested, much less passed. It has done nothing but enrage the people of Wyoming as it caused them to lose their vote for a very important position. Then the Wyoming GOP makes matters worse by telling us that we never lost our vote for Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction. But we know what a lie is. We, the voters, know that we are voting for something else, and not the person who is really in charge of the schools. So here is a brilliant idea from the Wyoming GOP: Let’s compound that by holding meetings behind closed doors, no press, and no notes. Well forget reloading - at this point the Wyoming GOP has opted to go fully automatic with an extended mag-

azine - which I’m sure were provided by MagPul, formally manufacturing magazines in Colorado. Oh I’m sure that those behind those closed doors will have a list of excuses as to why the meeting was kept from the public. I’m not even going to address if it was appropriate or not. How does holding a closed door meeting on such an important issue look? Answer: It looks bad. Real bad. For those in politics, you know that perception is reality. Holding a closed door meeting on this issue was a big mistake. It does not matter if you are hiding anything. It looks like you are hiding something. Lock and load Wyoming GOP. On second thought, why bother locking first? We all know where this is going. Just have at it. There is a way, however, that the Wyoming GOP could save face on this issue. But I am not sure that any of our representatives have what it takes to do what needs to be done. It would involve MANNING UP! 1). They should admit that SF-104 was a mistake, apologize, and repeal it. That does not mean that they still can’t go after Cindy Hill, if they think that they have a case. The people of Wyoming want their vote back. That is the real issue here. 2). Make sure that the next session of the Wyoming Legislator is focused on getting off the D.C. dole and getting as far away from Federal control as a state can get. This would include giving back the money for school programs like Common Core and getting as far away from ObamaCare and Medicaid and Medicare programs, as Washington D.C. mandates them.

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The state director for Wyoming’s largest smallbusiness association today reacted to news that President Obama would pitch a “grand bargain” with Congress, under which corporate tax cuts would be coupled with federal spending projects as a way to spur economic growth. “Ninety-six percent of employers in Wyoming are small businesses, and most of them pay the individual income tax,” said Tony Gagliardi, Wyoming state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “We like that President Obama sees the need to cut business taxes, but this proposal would exclude more than half of the businesses in Wyoming.” At an event today in Tennessee, the President asked Congress to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and

create a special 25-percent rate for manufacturing. The United States imposes a higher corporate tax than most of the rest of the world, a burden that many experts believes creates an incentive for corporations to create jobs overseas and keep their profits off shore. “In the past year there has been a growing consensus in Washington and on Wall Street that we need corporate tax reform,” said Gagliardi. “We don’t disagree, but that’s not comprehensive reform. It helps the biggest, most profitable corporations but it excludes the Main Street businesses that provide a majority of jobs in the United States. It’s understandable corporations would be looking out for themselves, but Congress and the President should be looking out for everyone, especially the small businesses that have

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Let Us Live in the Rapture of Liberty, Not Ignorant Bliss of Conformism By Nicholas DeLaat he federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people’s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient. While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university

professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would “experiment” with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs. Well, I would like to say that I didn’t know that it was the Federal Government’s job to influence our behavior, but with all the current activities that our national government is involved with, it does not surprise me that their thought process steers into this direction. The question is: Is it the government’s job? Well, time to pull out that old document called the Constitution. Just in case, I pulled mine out of my desk and read it at 5:30 this morning, cover to cover, to

see if I have missed something in the past hundreds of times I have read it. Of course, I did NOT read anything that defines a government’s job as needing to influence the people. I did find, however, in our founding document (you know, that pesky Declaration of Independence) a statement that reads: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” I find it very interesting that virtually all of our elected, and non-elected, representatives in the Federal Government seem to think that this sentence was written backwards. With all of the oversight, programs, laws, and direct manipulation coming out of Washington, apparently it is supposed to read backwards and state that “to secure these rights,

men are instituted among Governments, deriving their rights from the consent of the Governments.” Now it makes more sense. Now I understand the thought process coming out of our Central Government. This Behavioral Insights Team is needed because we cannot think for ourselves. We are not intelligent enough to make decisions for ourselves. We need to be conformists. This means that there is a good reason that transparency is lacking, as we could not make the best decisions if we were completely informed. We need the government to tell us how much water we can use in our toilet, what light bulbs we can use, when we can use our first amendment rights, and much more. Since we are still not conforming to their political wishes,

Kentucky AG Attempts Advice-Column Censorship Submitted by the Wyoming Liberty Group Imagine – if you stopped at a gas station to ask for directions and the attendant gave you advice about the route – that the Wyoming attorney general might declare the attendant cease from delivering furthering instructions because she wasn’t licensed to do so. So far our attorney general is not declaring cease and desist orders on the speech of people who are kind enough to offer advice. However, a recent Kentucky case has prompted the Institute for Justice (IJ) to rally First Amendment advocates throughout the nation to the cause of newspaper advice columnist John Rosemond. Rosemond has authored a syndicated parental advice column since 1976. He has 11 books on parenting

under his belt. This past February, Rosemond wrote a nationally syndicated column in which he responded to a letter from parents who complained about a misbehaving and academically underachieving teenaged son. While some writers might recommend motivating the young lad with the assistance of a hickory switch, Rosemond’s suggestion was more subdued: restrict his privileges; confiscate his cell phone; and remove decorative items from his bedroom walls. While not exactly mollycoddling, Rosemond’s advice spurred a retired Kentucky psychologist to complain that Rosemond had infringed on hallowed economic territory jealously defended by psychologists

licensed to practice advice in Kentucky. Jack Conway, Kentucky’s Democrat Attorney General, issued a cease- and- desist letter to prohibit Rosemond, who is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina and was writing for a national readership, from identifying himself as a psychologist. The letter, officially from Kentucky’s Board of Examiners of Psychology, doubled down on Conway’s inanity by inferring that Rosemond’s columns provide mental health services by a person unlicensed to do so in that state. All this begs the questions whether Rosemond’s advice irresponsibly damaged anyone who read it in the newspapers as well as whether his advice ne-

cessitates government intervention to silence him for the greater good. If answered in the affirmative, what’s next – requiring a license for anybody who might seek to advise an uncomfortably obese friend to stop breakfasting on fried peanut- butter- andbanana sandwiches? Of course, this is all too silly for words, but both silly and more serious challenges to First Amendment freedom of speech rights appear to be more frequent than ever. Rosemond filed a federal lawsuit this week that seeks to protect him from any legal actions from the good people of Kentucky. IJ has joined Rosemond’s legal cause, claiming Kentucky is, in effect, engaging in state- enforced censorship.

we also need them to change our thought process. Now, I believe that government knows best, that we should never question their judgment nor hold them accountable for their actions. We need to smile and pay more taxes, and all get on welfare at the expense of the production of a few. It is time to conform. There is a word that keeps slipping from the back of my mind, however…What is it? Oh, that is right…Liberty. But hey, that word no longer belongs in the American dictionaries, and we should create a law against its use. If we do this we will all be happy, as you know what they say… Ignorance is Bliss. Me? I prefer to live in Rapture and fight for Liberty. How about you?

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City Council Alcohol Decision Bad For Churchgoers

Dear Editor, The Gillette City Council made a bad call with the alcohol ordinance change on July 15th. It approved a change in dispensing hours on Sunday from 12:00pm—10:00pm to 6:00am—2:00am. My feelings aside, it objectively hurts the city in three ways: First, it’s a slap in the face to those who object morally; second, it weakens public safety; and finally, it undercuts the city’s work on the prevention, misuse and abuse of alcohol. Gillette has a total of 40 churches. Some of these church goers drink, some don’t. What most have in common is the belief that Sunday is different. It’s a time for family, a time for rest, and a time for God. As such, they believe Sunday should be treated with a kind of reverence. Before the change, the morning hours were given to God and family, and just maybe an alcoholic would stumble into a church house waiting for the bar to open at noon. But let’s not discriminate against the drunk. After all, we’re a politically correct society now. Let’s open the bars at 6amso the drunk--er, alcoholic-- can worship at the altar of his god too. Public safety is important. Imagine this; if an average of 50 people attended each of Gillette’s 40 churches, this is 2000 men, women, and children on city roads. Under the old rule, a guy didn’t have to worry so much about drunk drivers on his way to church. But shoot, now that the bars are open at 6am we can party all night Saturday and pick up where we left of Sunday Morning! At least it will keep the police busy. After all, by ordinance they don’t have to respond to your burglar alarms if they’ve gone off more than five times in a year. Isn’t the government’s first responsibility safety? The city has spent a lot of money trying to educate the masses about the dangers of alcohol. It’s been stated that if Wyoming were a country, it would rank 8th in the world for death by suicide. Many of these suicides are alcohol related. Alcohol is a depressant, and it makes depressed people more depressed. All the while making efforts to education, doesn’t it seem counter-productive to make alcohol more accessible? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. The only silver lining in all of this is Robin Kuntz. At least he had the sensibility to say no. By Scott Clem

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Dear Friends, Since 9-11 our country has been struggling to find a balance in how we ensure safety for our citizens while respecting citizens’ rights in the midst of the technological age. So much of the information transferred between us takes place digitally; the same is unfortunately true of terrorists. Since the NSA blanketed surveillance practices were exposed, debates have turned back to what amount of surveillance is necessary and where to draw the line between constitutional rights and national security. There is little question that we live in a dangerous world. But we cannot hide in fear and allow our rights to be sacrificed. This week the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations. Within the bill were two amendments taking aim at the excessive collection of private citizens’ phone records. Congressman Richard Nugent (R-FL) introduced an amendment to prevent the NSA from storing the content of citizens’ electronic communications without a court order. Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced a more pointed and comprehensive amendment to block funding for any blanketed NSA record collections, allowing funds only to be used for collection on individuals actually under investigation. I was a supporter of both amendments. Congressman Nugent’s amendment was accepted and passed the House; the Amash Amendment did not. Although it’s uplifting to see the Nugent Amendment succeed and our government begin to support private citizen’s rights it is unfortunate that more of my colleagues were not willing to cease the collection of private citizens’ phone records. As this discussion continues I want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and concerns or of any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you soon! Sincerely, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis

Too Patriotic? Too Disgusting.

Dear Editor, I find it disgusting that the creative director of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum thought the picture of firefighters raising the U.S. flag at ground zero was too patriotic to be included in the display. Let me tell him and others about Sept. 11, 2011. Americans came together during that atrocity, and yes, Americans were very patriotic then. Why do we need to hide the fact that most people in America are still proud of their country, unlike those who hate their own nation? We patriots can’t change how we feel about America, and we should put up pictures that reflect the feelings of the firefighters, police, first responders and courageous citizens who helped on that terrible day. Americans are patriotic. We can’t stop this, nor should we stop our traditions. Those pictures were taken on Sept. 11, 2001, so they should be put up in the museum. VICTORIA COSTANZA

Throwing Support For Liz Cheney

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Rousta Bout It Betties Fall to Naughty Pines he Betties squared off in what was a grudge match of last year’s defeat against the Laramie Naughty Pines Derby Dames on July 27. They came into the bout with confidence and a year’s worth of preparation and gelling as a team. The ladies were excited, and nervous, knowing Laramie is the original derby team of Wyoming, established almost four years ago. As the ladies warmed up, you could see the excitement in their eyes as they looked to avenge their prior defeat. As fans started filing in, you could see the Betties’ bright green colors everywhere. Family and friends holding signs to help encourage the ladies could be seen as well, as the team skated around, warming up and greeting their fans with smiles on their faces. As the clock ticked down, they

sang the National Anthem and did the introductions. One thing you defiantly noticed was the sportsmanship and comradery, as the ladies gave high-fives and said “good luck” between the two teams. For the bout, Gillette had even borrowed a player who skates for Laramie, and who used to be a Betty. They had also borrowed a few ladies from their mother team, in Billings. After all the introductions were done, they finally took to the track. Both teams looked for a fast start; unfortunately it was the Pines who got one. As the bout started, the Betties ran into some bad luck, getting girls in the penalty box almost from the very beginning. As Betties sat in the penalty box, Naughty Pines jumped out to an early, almost commanding lead. The Betties didn’t give up though. Skating

hard, they tried doing anything they could to close the gap in the first half. As one Bettie said, “Laramie has skated together for a long time now, they have a better strategy, and they are more gelled together.” As the half closed the Betties were down 202-45. During halftime, the Betties came out with donations that they had raised for GARF. Boxes and boxes of house hold items had been raised and donated thanks to the Betties and this bout. They talked to fans and family a little, not letting their sprits get down. They came out in the second half full of energy, never accepting defeat. The second half went a little better, as communication became more apparent for the Betties. They still had the bad luck of ending up in

the penalty box quite often, but they skated their hearts out. Fans cheered them on till the final buzzer sounded Naughty Pines winning 322-111. After the bout, the ladies from both sides got together, hugging and thanking each other for the hard-fought, rough bout. Both sides hit the track hard at some point, as they laughed and talked afterwards. One bright note for the Betties in the bout was blocker Nichole Kock, and jammer Stacy Helwig earned MVP honors for their team. The Betties now get ready for their next bout August 24 against the Electric City Roller Grrrzl. It’s a home bout at the Rock Pile Skating Center. So come out and support your Rousta Bout it Betties.

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Keyhole Fishing Report By Mike Smith - Empire Guesthouse & RV alleye fishing at Keyhole is still reported to be very good. Fish are mostly being taken with worm harnesses on 2-3 ounce bottom bouncers baited with night crawlers or leeches. Look for fish in 10 feet of water or less. We’ve heard of good fishing in Mule Cree Bay, and a lot of fishermen are doing well on the west end river channel and mouth of Deer Creek. Lots of dinks (small walleye) have been showing up, ensuring a good crop of fish for next year. Please release fish under

15 inches and over 20 inches to help keep Keyhole’s walleye population healthy and abundant. The last 2 years have been the best in many years and all fishermen would like to keep this trend going. Summer is passing us quickly and even better fishing will be on its way. Fall fishing at Keyhole does nothing but improve until ice up. Last year, fishermen that fished late November, early December, reported exceptional fishing for walleye and big crappie. Crappie this time of year

Joke of the week Submitted by John Hammarren An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son to describe his predicament: Dear Vincent, I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Papa A few days later he received a letter from his son. Dear Papa, Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried. Love, Vinnie At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son. Dear Papa, Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Vinnie

are a mystery. We see good catches of them early during the spawn and again in late fall. During the summer, they seem to disappear. A few fishermen actively look for them with no luck. The best theory I’ve

heard is that they school up, suspended somewhere in the deeper water that isn’t fished. If anybody finds them, I’d sure like to know the trick to catching summer crappie at Keyhole.

Empire Guesthouse, RV Park & General Store Pine Haven, Wyoming 82721 307-756-3454/307-670-0428 http://www.empireguesthouse.com/

10 Reasons to Advertise

1. Advertise to Reach New Customers. Your market changes constantly. New families in the area mean new customers to reach. People earn more money, which means changes in lifestyles and buying habits. The shopper who wouldn’t consider your business a few years ago may be a prime customer now. Remember...20% of families will move this year, 5 million people will be married and 4 million babies will be born*.

6. Advertise to Generate Trac. Continuous trac to your business is the rst step toward sales increases and expanding your customer base. The more people who contact your business, the more possibilities you have to make the sale and sell additional merchandise or services. For every 100 items that shoppers plan to buy, they make 30 unanticipated “in the store” purchases, an NRMA survey shows.

2. Advertise continuously. Consumers don’t have the loyalty they once did. You must advertise to keep pace with your competition. The National Retail Merchants Association states: “Mobility and non-loyalty are rampant. Businesses must promote to get former customers to return and to seek new ones.

7. Advertise to Make More Sales. Advertising works! Businesses that succeed are usually strong, steady advertisers. Look around. You’ll nd the most aggressive and consistent advertisers in your market are the most successful.

3. Advertise to Remain With Shoppers Through the Buying Process. Many people postpone buying decisions. They often go from store to store comparing prices, quality and service. Advertising must reach them steadily through the entire decision-making process. Your name must be fresh in their minds when they ultimately decide to buy. 4. Advertise Because Your Competition is Advertising. There are only so many consumers in the market who are ready to buy at any one time. You’ll need to advertise to keep regular customers and to counterbalance the advertising of your competition. You must advertise to keep your share of customers or you will lose them to the more aggressive competitors. 5. Advertise Because it Pays O Over a Long Period. Advertising gives you a long-term advantage over competitors who cut back or cancel advertising. A ve-year survey of more than 3,000 companies found...Advertisers who maintain or expand advertising over a ve-year period see their sales increase an average of 100%. Companies, which cut advertising, averaged sales decreases of 45%.

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8. Advertise Because There is Always Business to Generate. Your doors are open. Sta are on the payroll. Even the slowest days produce sales. As long as you’re in business, you’ve got overhead to meet and new people to reach. Advertising can generate customers now... and in the future. 9. Advertise to Keep a Healthy Positive Image. In a competitive market, rumors and bad news travel fast. Advertising corrects misleading gossip, punctures “overstated” bad news. Advertising that is vigorous and positive can bring shoppers into the marketplace, regardless of the economy. 10. Advertise to Maintain Employee Morale. When advertising and promotion are suddenly cut or canceled, your staff may become alarmed and demoralized. They may start false rumors in an honest belief that your business is in trouble. Positive advertising boosts morale. It gives your staff strong additional support.


Classifieds

August 2 - 9, 2013

Help Wanted

Child Care

Guns for Sale

Services

*Immediate Openings!* Are you looking to join a fast paced, growing company? Are you ready to earn the income you know you’re worth? Are you outgoing and enjoy meeting new people? Do you enjoy sales and have sales experience? Do you enjoy leading and helping others to succeed? If so, this is the career for you! We have openings that provide print, website, and radio advertising as well as marketing solutions to businesses. We focus primarily on smaller communities, providing personalized, in-depth information specific to each coverage area. It is our goal to ensure that every customer has a positive experience, from the initial sale to final publication. We are looking for a few highly motivated and passionate individuals that will provide exemplary customer service and sales expertise to keep our clients happy and keep our company growing! If interested, please email cover letter and resume to CampbellCountyObserver@gmail.com for an interview.

Child Care in Sleepy Hollow. Room for 2 children. $20 per day per child. Call 307-2572306.

Before you buy, make a call to get a quote. We can order any gun you are looking at and just may be able to save you a ton of money. Call for a free quote. $15.00 FFL Transfer Fee on all internet purchases. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad.

Homeowners and renters insurance for house, trailer, or apartments. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520

Looking for CDL to work in North Dakota full time. Call 307-670-3629. Hiring Newspaper Journalist. Government/Politics. Work at Home. Must be able to perform advanced research, and write unbias. Must be able to attend government meetings and conduct interviews professionally. Pays per article/Part Time. Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample to CampbellCountyObserver@ gmail.com. Hiring Newspaper Sports Writer. Must be able to attend Campbell County Sports games at all levels and various sports. Can write in a bias/home team manner. Must also be able to take photographs of covered games, get information from coaches, and retrieve stats. Much of the work is performed Home. Pays per article/Part Time position. Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample to CampbellCountyObserver@gmail.com.

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 In a Pinch?? Back up Daycare service call 307-6807948

Apartments for Rent 1-5 bedroom units available for rent. Please contact Real Estate Systems of Gillette Inc at 307-682-0964 for all the updated details. 2 Bedroom apartment $650 per month, $650 security, $650 last months. Above Gillette Cheese House. No pets, no smoking, laundry facilities available 685-6449 Criminal background check and renters insurance Required Immaculate 1-2 bedroom apartments, fresh paint, and new flooring. (no pets). Call for move-in special starting at $595 307-686-6488 Apartment for Rent in WindRidge Appts. Water/Trash/ Washer/Dryer. Air and Heat. 3bs/2bth. Must qualify for low income housing. $740.00/ mo. Call 307-685-8066 Foothills View Apartments Hot Move In Special! Cool, Clean, Quiet Apartments. A/C, 2 Bdrm. $695 1Bdrm. $595. Showing anytime Call 307-686-6488 C3-28-2v Apartments for rent. Foothills View Apartments. Clean and Quiet. One and Two bedroom units starting at $595.00. Call for showing andmove in special 307-6866488 (c3-42-3v) 2 bedroom apartment $675 per month, $675 security, $675 last months rent. Above Gillette Cheese House no pets, no smoking laundry \ facilities available 685-6449 Criminal Background check and renters insurance required.

Summer Job - Age 14 and up. Newspaper Subscription Sales. Pays $5.00 for every 6-month subscription sold and $10.00 for every year subscription sold. Perfect for summer money. Extra bonuses for 100 subscriptions sold (Pizza Party at Godfathers with friends/family) and more. Email the Campbell County Observer at CampbellCountyObserver@gmail. com

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.

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED: We are looking for an Office Assistant. Duties include greeting clients, answering phones, and routing mail, data entry and retrieve,scheduling and calender maintenance,Ideal candidates will have proven customer service skills in an administrative setting and experience with Microsoft Office applications email resumes to akeelahanderson001@gmail.com IF INTERESTED

Merchandise

Personal Assistant needed to organize and help. Basic computer skills needed, must be good with organization. I am ready to pay $600.00 per week. Interested person should contact: deans995@ gmail.com Bl-32-2V Full Time Flooring Installers wanted. Must have experience. Bring resumes in to Carpet Express Direct on Hwy. 59 next to the Prime Rib Restaurant. State Wide Sales people. Print Advertising Sales for new State-wide newspaper. Call 307-299-4662

Business Opportunities Looking for investor in local business. Call for Details. 307-257-2306. Exciting career available Now! No weekends, holidays, or nights. Unlimited income potential. 20% commission plus gas allowance selling print advertising. Call Anne Peterson (advertising manager) at (307) 299-4662 or email AnnePeterson@ CampbellCountyObserver. com Health problems? Try doTERRA certified pure essential oils. 307-680-0363. www. myvoffice.com/healingisbelieving

1939 HA Selmer Trumpet $750 OBO. 687-1087 Large Underground Tank. 307-680-8838

Fuel

Large and Small Band Saws call for info. 307-680-8838 18v Dewalt tools - sawzall, hammer drill, one battery and one charger. $150 obo. call (307)299-1382 Exterior door with window, interior light fixtures, and computer supplies. E-mail Corsair115@yahoo.com “As the economy worsens, don’t rely on government... rely on us to sell or trade. $0.25 per word per week. Stop in or go to www. CampbellCountyObserver. net. Refrigerator (white) Great condition $100 307-2995918 Blue Dual Reclining Sofa. Good shape $100 Call 6802982. Can text photo if you like. Spyder Semi-auto paint ball gun. cal..68 Special Edition. Only used twice! New $300 For you $175 plus two canisters. Call 680-1302 If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108. Great Jerky http://www.rberlinger.jerkydirect.com/ For sale: whirlpool refrigerator, brand new patio propane heater, still in box Cabela’s shower tent, large dining room dark blue/red rooster rug, 10” wet tile saw, treadmill. Call 682-6353. Kojac series One, two and three dvd $65.00 $98 value 307 - 670 - 1887 Two place aluminum snowmobile trailer. $1,600. 307689-0202

Gunsmithing Special of the week. Electrolysis Barrel Cleaning. Increase the accuracy of your firearm, get ready for hunting season or a summer of shooting fun. Most cleanings complete overnight and your gun is ready the next day. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. With the current controversy of gun control you can expect changes. One of these changes will be permanently attached low capacity magazines. Make your current guns compliant to this regulation. Call for quotes on all your gunsmithing needs. Call Wyoming Mountaineers (307)299-2084 to get yours today. 1903 Springfield. 30o6 Cal. U.S. Military. $700 obo. Call (307) 682-7864 Chinese Type 53 Carbines 7.62X54R. These guns have been fully restored and are excellent shooters. They are a shorter model of the Mossin Naugant making them easy to carry through the brush and trees. Large caliber with plenty of take down power for the largest and most dangerous game. Ammo is still available and still very reasonably priced. This gun comes with a fold down bayonet permanently attached. Adjustable sights on an elevation ramp rear sight makes this package very versatile. permanently attached floor plate magazine holds 5 rounds with one additional one in the chamber. Call Wyoming Mountaineers (307)299-2084 to get yours today. Wyoming Mountaineers now offers easy payment plans on any in stock firearm. Your debit card is your line of credit. Purchase any firearm that is in stock making 4 payments weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Processing fee and payment plan fee apply. Call Wyoming Mountaineers for more details. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad. Get a piece of history. Mosin Nagant Russian M91/30 Surplus Rifle. Very good to Excellent condition 7.62X54 Caliber. These are a very accurate rifle shooting 4” groups at 1000 yards. Open sights are adjustable to yardage with a push of a button. Great gun for hunting deer or elk very cheap ammo available for target practice. Comes with military issue sling, sling pouches, bayonet, and cleaning tools. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. A friend of mine called the other day and tells me he has 2 friends that are looking for some AR-15’s do I have any? I told him yes I do, They are M4 style scope ready models and priced at $695.00. Great, he says, They will be right over. They never showed up so a few days later I asked him if his friends were still interested. He told me nope, they bought them online for $1500.00. So, here they come with UPS, I still made my $15.00 for the transfer but while they were there they looked at the rifles I had in stock and discovered they were the same models they ordered with the same features and they could have bought 2 from me for the same price they paid for one they ordered. Don’t let this happen to you, Any gun, Any models, Any features can be ordered or built for a lower cost. Call for a free quote. Call Wyoming Mountaineers (307)299-2084 to get yours today.

Weekly Trivia Answer

What was the first European colony established in what became the United States?

RV Winterization starting at $99.95 at YOUR house. Call Randy at 307-660-3091 (b340-tfnh) Spring Cleaning Special! Any purchase over $200 prior to 5-31-13 Will have the choice of: Free couch cleaning (up tp 8ft. long) or Free 1 year warranty on oil/water based spots. www.pineridgeclean. com 307-660-7856 find us on Facebook 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 Looking to buy a new computer? Why waste the money? “Your Computer Store” has refurbished towers and laptops rebuilt right here in our store. Plenty of memory, disc space, and advice. Come by and see our inventory at “Your Computer Store,” where YOU come first! 802 E. Third St next to Ice Cream Land “Did you see this? Than it worked. Go to www.campbellcountyobserver.net to list your ad today!” Powder River Mechanics. We have the cheapest labor rates, but the best quality repairs in town. We offer full services on Foreign and domestic vehicles, ATV’s, Snowmobiles, motorcycles, jet ski’s, boats, and more. Let us put you on a Preventative maintenance schedule so your vehicles run miles past your warranty. Call for an appointment. 307-6967713. 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 Computers have become like cars, and they need repaired. Want the best quality repair work in N.E. Wyoming? Bring your computer to “Your Computer Store.” Quality work at a quality price. “Your Computer Store,” where YOU COME FIRST 802 E. Third street next to Ice Cream Land. 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

Wanted to Buy

St. Augustin (Established by Spain in 1565)

The first temporary colony was created around the year 1000 and located in Newfoundland, Canada, by Norse mariners from Greenland. The first permanent colony in modern day America was actually located in St. Augustine, Florida and was set up by the Spanish in 1565. San Agustín was founded in September 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and subsequently served as the capital ofSpanish Florida for two hundred years. It remained the capital of East Florida as the territory changed hands between the Spanish and British, and remained the capital of the Florida Territory until it was moved to Tallahassee in 1824.

Weekly Sports Trivia Answer Who played in the very first Major League game?

Boston (the Red Caps) & Philadelphia (the Athletics)

On April 22, 1876, the Boston Red Caps beat the Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 6-5 in the National League. This might lead you to believe that the predecessors to the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics participated in this game, but that would be incorrect. The Boston Red Caps began their existence in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings and were later known around town as the Beaneaters, the Doves, the Rustlers, the Bees, and the Braves. In 1953, the team relocated to Wisconsin and became the Milwaukee Braves. In 1966, they headed south and became what we know today as the Atlanta Braves. The Athletics, meanwhile, were booted out of the National League in 1876 after failing to play a full slate of 70 games. The American League Philadelphia Athletics were conceived in 1901 and are the ancestors of our current Oakland A’s.

I Buy Militaria. Swords, uniforms, bayonets, medals, guns/parts, field gear. 6827864 Wanted: Old Batteries. Call 307-670-1675. D4-30-8P WILL PAY CASH FOR CAMPERS. Call Scott (307) 680-0854.

GARAGE SALE

8 to 11:30 am

CCW Garage Sale St. Matthew’s Parish Hall Saturday, August 3rd

Property Management Administrator Responsible, under the direction of the Property Manager, for all phases of the property operations, and to act as main point of contact in the absence of the Property Manager. Responsible for administrative functions and the preparation of all reporting documentation,Assist in timely collection of rents, banking activities, documentation of all transactions.Send resume to: waynejack@outlook.com

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William Magear “Boss” Tweed By Mike Borda

In 1877, city officials traced more than $25 million in embezzled funds to Boss Tweed, and his fate was sealed. He was sentenced to jail, but managed to escape and made his way to Spain. However, due to his fame he was recognized and captured soon after arriving. Brought back to America, he still sought a way out. Tweed tried to divulge his Tammany Hall secrets in exchange for freedom, but after testifying was not granted a release. He died in jail in 1878. William Tweed was indeed a corrupt man. But in his corruptness, he showed the country exactly how powerful men could exploit the people, and in a way his ingenuity would serve as an example on what we need to be wary of. His story is one of success, but more importantly, one of caution.

“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.” - Herbert Hoover Provided By the

Harry Kimbrough Home Selling Team

RE/MAX Professionals 907 E. Boxelder Road Gillette, WY 82718 www.HarryKimbrough.com

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Why Is It? (a/k/a The Advertising Poem) A man wakes up after sleeping under an advertised blanket, on an advertised mattress, pulls off advertised pajamas, bathes in an advertised shower, shaves with an advertised razor, brushes his teeth with advertised toothpaste, washes with advertised soap, puts on advertised clothes, drinks a cup of advertised coffee, drives to work in an advertised car, and then, refuses to advertise, iot Publ believing it doesn’t pay. atr Later when business is poor, he advertises it for sale. Why is it?

Classifieds Toys (ATV’s Boats, Etc.) 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! HONDA 1988GL1500 MOTORBIKE FOR FREE.. IF INTERESTED CONTACT: (philiphorn192@ymail.com) if interested International Tractor 300 Utility For Sale. $2000 Artic Cat 4X4 2001For Sale. $2000 Call Bill 307 - 660 – 8563. 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: 307-670-2733 2013 Custom Harley Hardtail Bobber all new $9,500. Marlins 685-4452 or 685-8100 2010 Polaris 550 eps with less than 100 miles, books for $8,000. make and offer. Call Steve Terry at 307-2992992 16ft Sea Nymph Fishing Boat, 50 hp outboard Merc, trolling motor, just serviced at wyoming marine $2,500 O.B. O 307-299-4662 or307622-0825

Camping/Fishing Camper spot for rent $300 per month in Silver Hills 307680-8838 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

Miscellaneous Have you heard the Buzz lately? Bring your catch by the Empire Guesthouse for photographs which may be published in this newspaper with our fishing reports. Along with that, the Guesthouse staff will be awarding monthly prizes for those that let us photograph them and their catch. It doesn’t have to be a trophy to enter and there will be special prizes for those 12 and under. Carp shooters are also welcome to enter. Check with the Guesthouse for more details. What are you looking at? Others could be looking at your ad for only $0.25 per word per week. Go to www.campbellcountyobserver.net ACE will reduce your appetite and give you energy. The natural way to lose weight. www.facebook.com/AcePill 660-2974

For Rent 2 Bedroom Duplex, with one car garage, washer/dryer, no pets. $700rent/$700deposit. 307-689-0202 Office and Retail space for rent Marlins 685-4452 or 685-8100 For Rent Single Bedroom House in Silver Hills 307680-8838. C2-12-4h Room for Rent. Nice Room for Rent for one responsible person. $480.00 per month. 689-9358.

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

Solutions from this week

Autos, Trucks and Vans ‘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. 2008 Dodge Charger AWD Hemi, loaded Black $18,000 books for $22,500 Marlins 685-4452 or 685-8100. 2006 Dodge Mega Cab 4x4 Laramie 102,000 miles $16,000 307-689-7290 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora. Black. Leather interior. Good condition. 87,400mi. Power everything. Front wheel drive. New tires. Call Charlene 307-660-7316. 1993 Chrysler LHS for sale or trade. Needs tie-rod and alignment. Runs good. $1,500.00 OBO. Email KevlarGrease@gmail.com 1994 Plymouth Voyager for sale or trade. Runs/ looks great. 188,000 miles. $2,000.00 OBO. Email KevlarGrease@gmail.com 2004 Yukon Denali XL,6.0 Motor, Loaded $14,000 OBO 660-9351 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532. 2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4 1/2 Ton Pickup. New tires, ext. cab, long bed. 148,000 mi. One owner. 307-6700858 or 303-250-4096 97’ Chevy Long Box Extended Cab. ¾ Ton, selling for Parts. $1,000 OBO. 307680-7431 1982 Chevy Ventura Van. 350 Engine, 400 Turbo newly rebuilt transmission. Interior in GREAT shape, has a working electric wet bar and built in cooler in back. Carb. needs re-jetted, other than that there are no problems. Must see. Asking $3,500 or best offer. Price:$3,500obo. Contact: 307-670-8980

Pets 2 AKC Registered male and female English Bulldogs free to a new good home, They have current shorts and play along with children and oth

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

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For much of the nineteenth century, large cities like New York were not run the idea democracy many immigrants had sought. When they arrived, they found others had already taken control of the political system, seeking to control the people’s voices. Those select few men played an enormous role in the political system of America, and would shape local populations for generations to come. One such man would go down in history as “Boss” Tweed. But he was far more complex than his reputation. William Magear Tweed was born on April 3, 1823 in Manhattan. At the time this was a hub for immigrants, although Tweed’s family history itself is less than clear. After a youth spent in many different trades, Tweed eventually turned a firefighting job into a political role, becoming so popular among his peers that he ran for office, elected a city Alderman in 1851. A year later he became a U.S. Representative from his New York district. At some point during his early political run, Tweed became associated with the political powerhouse of the city known as Tammany Hall. He was not especially secret about his tactics, with many people knowing that he was participating in less than moral practices. Tweed is known to have not only paid for votes, but also show extreme nepotism during appointments. During this time, he became extremely well known throughout the city, and began accumulating social power. It was this power that made Tweed so interesting. He did not simply use the power to gain political positions, but he spread himself out to many different aspects of American business. During his most prominent years, Tweed accomplished the following: He obtained and practiced law, even though he was never schooled in the subject. Bribed his way into control of the Erie Railroad, one of the largest transportation companies in the country. Approved (with considerable profit for himself) the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Politics were good to Tweed, and he was enjoying a wealth and fame few else in the world knew. It would not last forever, though. With his tactics, he had made many enemies, and eventually they found a way to bring him down.

August 2 - 9, 2013


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Campbell County Observer

August 2 - 9, 2013

The Elusive Lost Cabin Mine By Jeff Morrison

ountless prospectors have travelled through northeast Wyoming over the years. Most were en-route to such places as Deadwood Gulch in the Black Hills and Alder Gulch in Montana. Many of them tried their luck at striking color in the Big Horn Mountains, with varying degrees of success. Gold was definitely present in the Big Horns, but not of a quality or quantity that would set off a major rush to the area. And yet the Big Horn Mountains are the home of the most famous gold mine in Wyoming history, the Lost Cabin Mine (sometimes called the Lost Cabin Lead). Ironically, it has been in a perpetual state of being “lost” since 1869. That the Lost Cabin Mine existed at all is debatable. There are several contradicting versions concerning the original discovery of the lead, and even more concerning the lead’s “rediscovery” over the years. The only evidence of its actual existence is hearsay and circumstantial at best. According to one account, Allen Hulburt, a ‘49er, had prospected his way from California to Walla Walla, Washington with little success. In 1863 he and two companions, named Jones and Cox, geared up and journeyed east, with the intention of prospecting the east side of the Rockies. After reaching the Yellowstone River, they traveled by boat to the head of the Big Horn River. Apparently their exploratory panning struck enough color that they decided to follow the Big Horn back to the mountains where they panned and prospected their way higher up, searching for the source load. Eventually the trio found an area so rich in color that they sunk a shaft to the bedrock, which was about seven feet below, finding gold all the way. At this point they decided to spend the winter. They dammed the creek and built a series of sluice boxes, as well as a cabin with a stockade. Hulburt later claimed that they were sluicing about $100 per man, per day until winter closed in and they had to suspend mining until the spring thaw. That next spring, shortly after they had resumed operations, they were attacked by Indians. Hurburt had returned to the cabin for something when the fight began. Jones and Cox were killed before he returned, so he hid and watched the war party ransack the cabin and attempt to burn it down. After they departed, Hurburt took what gold

he could and fled for his life. Since the Indians had gone down the only trail he knew, Hurburt ran south, through the mountains, eventually reaching the Oregon Trail near present-day Casper. He then joined a wagon train headed to Alder Gultch. Hurburt’s tale of a rich bonanza in the Big Horns managed to convince a large portion of the party to join him to rediscover his lost mine. But Hurburt was unable to relocate the site and, after several fruitless days searching, the now-angry mob of prospectors threatened to lynch him. He reluctantly gave up the search and continued with the wagons to Montana, where he disappeared from history, but his mine lapsed into legend. The lure of the Lost Cabin Mine has inspired many attempts to find it. Everyone from bored cowboys to serious prospectors have combed, not just the Big Horns, but all of the neighboring mountain ranges, in an elusive quest to find the missing El Dorado. The list of seekers includes a few notable prospectors, such as Thomas Paige Comstock, who discovered the silver load that bears his name in Nevada, and another Jack Nye, also from Nevada, but more known for his mineral discoveries in Montana. Nye didn’t discover the gold lead, but did manage to find a rather rich load of copper ore near Big Horn Canyon. Comstock found nothing, and left the Big Horns a bit more depressed in both spirits and fianances. Claims that the Lost Cabin Mine had been found began surfacing in the 1870s and continued with regularity well into the 20th century. But every “discovery” turned out to be a disappointment for the gold-seekers, albeit a great source of entertainment and excitement for the readers of local and sometimes national newspapers. The headline: “Lost Cabin Mine Finally Located” was printed so frequently it probably became something of a joke among printers, much like Elvis sightings of today. One early claim of discovery involved three men supposedly stumbling on the mine in the spring of 1876, and having the misfortune of trying to carry their booty back to civilization via Sitting Bull’s village on the Little Big Horn. As with most of the Lost Cabin stories, all but one of the fortune hunters was killed and the survivor couldn’t find the lead again. In 1885, a newspaper confidently reported that the Lost Cabin Mine was found in Oregon. Appar-

Although no one will ever know for sure, the Lost Cabin Mine may have been located in the Red Wall area of the southern Big Horn Mountains. ently Hurburt, Jones and Cox were really, really lost and only thought they were in the Big Horns. Most of the Lost Cabin discovery claims based their confirmation on a nearby log structure of unknown origin but the appearance of great age, and either a shaft or sluice box remains – and of course, gold, but never enough of it to fit the legend. Yet one discovery claim not only had much of the usual Lost Cabin formula, but some interesting physical evidence to go along with it. In 1902, prospectors Albert E. Sutton and Barnes Burris found a notch in a cliff in the southern Big Horns. The notch appeared to be an old tunnel of sorts where they found a lead of carbonate ore infused with gold. They also discovered the names of the men who dug the tunnel carved into the rock. It read, “… Gorman and Wilhelm Arback, 1869.” Could this have been the real Lost Cabin Mine? Certainly the newspapers, including the New York Times reported that it was. And even though no evidence of a cabin

was reported by Sutton and Burris, the inscription, along with two separate tales from other sources seems to lend authenticity to the claim. It seems that the soldiers stationed at Fort Fetterman told of two prospectors who came to the fort occasionally and bought supplies with gold nuggets they had mined from an undisclosed location. The miners never told the soldiers the source of their gold but it was speculated that they were mining it in the Big Horns. A few years prior to Burris and Sutton’s discovery, an aged gentleman arrived in Buffalo with some younger companions in tow. As it was later related by the younger men, the elder (who was not identified by name) claimed to be the last survivor of the party that discovered the Lost Cabin Lead. He told them that, due to the various Indian troubles in the region, he was never able to return to the claim in a timely fashion, but was willing to take them on as partners if they would help him re-find the claim. Their search took them to the very area that Burris and Sutton later found the tunnel, but the old man ap-

parently didn’t recognize the exact location. The party left in discouragement and, as the story goes, the old man died of heart failure on the return trip to Buffalo. Burris and Sutton had great plans for their find. They spent a great deal of money bringing in a stamp mill and plotted out a town site they named “Arback”. But like all the Lost Cabin “discoveries” and other gold mining ventures in the Big Horns, the lead never produced gold in large quantities and eventually played out, leaving their mine to be “lost” all over again. Their re-discovery of the Lost Cabin Mine was not the last, but it was probably the most expensive. And so the location of the Lost Cabin Mine remains a mystery to this day. For anyone who wishes to try their luck finding it, Wyoming historian, Bill Bragg once gave the best advice: “The nicest way, in my opinion, to hunt for this mine, is to get a fishing pole and tackle, and a good big lunch, and a piece of mountain country where the big trout bite hard and fast. Then proceed to hunt for the ‘lost cabin’ mine.”

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