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Coming off their first conference loss of the season, the Lady Camels (17-5, 8-1) responded very well Saturday against the Lady Thunderbirds (9-12, 2-6). Gillette started the game on fire, opening up a 25-7 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 71-49 rout over Cheyenne East at the Thunderdome. The Lady Thunderbirds got things going in the second quarter; however, as they went on to outscore Gillette 19-16. Despite Cheyenne East’s comeback effort, however, the Lady Camels were up 41-26 at halftime. Gillette continued to dominate Cheyenne East in the second half, outscoring the Lady Thunderbirds 30-23 on their way to their eighth conference win of the season. The Lady Camels were led in scoring by Dani Williams, whose game-high 20 points

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was just one point shy of her all-time career high. For the second straight game, Williams has scored in every quarter. Shelby Johnson also finished in double figures for Gillette as she chipped in 12. Sarah Erickson scored 17 points to lead the Lady Thunderbirds. Erickson shot 6-of-9 from the free throw line. Also scoring in double figures for Cheyenne East was Elissia Johnson with 11 points. With the win Saturday, the Lady Camels clinched the regular season Eastern Conference Championship. Up next, the Lady Camels host the Lady Broncs on Thursday. The last time these two teams met on February 3, Gillette escaped with a 55-51 win on the road. You can catch all the action on February 23 on 97.3 KAML-FM and online athttp://www. network1sports.com/station/kaml#menus beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the Shell Food Mart pregame show. Scoring Summary for the Lady Camels: Dani Williams – 20 points Shelby Johnson – 12 points Sierra Toms – 8 points Julia Seamans – 7 points Michaela Anderson – 7 points Stephanie Casteel – 6 points Lexi Wilde – 5 points Lexi Hill – 4 points Dacia Lyman – 2 points

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Dani Williams had a game-high 20 points Saturday, just one point shy of her career-high.

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Razor City Cancer Run Want to win a Can-am 1000XT limited addition? Well if you do, there are only 400 tickets being sold this year and you are running out of time. The Can-am Commander is a beautiful piece of machinery, and is being provided by Action Motor Sports just off of S. Garner Lake rd. near the interstate. Tickets are $100, but you get much more than just the chance to win the beautiful off road ATV, as many people found out last Saturday. Chris Nannemann, Ron Holt, Action Motorsports, KOHL 106.1, and many more got together for the 8th

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Razor City Cancer Run... Continued from Page 1 annual Razor City Cancer Run last Saturday to sell these tickets, raise money, and get people involved on the great cause that originally came out of Chad Nannemann’s head. Chad came up with the idea when three of his longtime high school friends died only a few years apart from cancer. They were all in their late twenties and early thirties. “I thought something

needs to be done for local people who are battling.” The Razor City Cancer Run was born with the help of Don and Sammi Watt, and in the first 7 years raised over $86,000.00 for local people. Last year alone, they were able to give over $25,000.00 to Melanie Edwards, and they are hoping to do even more this year. This year’s recipient will be Nicole

Juedesse, who had brain cancer and had a tumor removed. Only 400 tickets are to be sold, and time is running out. You do get more than just a chance to win the ATV though. There is over $5,000 in cash prizes, and the ticket buys you a rib eye dinner for two at Pokey’s BBQ the night of the drawing. Want to do more? Well, there is also a

Poker Run on June 2nd in the black hills. For $50.00 you will have a breakfast, a dinner, and a live band that night at a Sturgis campground. All the proceeds go to the cause. The ticket sale day is done, and bellies were full (compliments of Pokey’s BBQ). But you can still buy the few remaining tickets by heading down to Action Motorsports soon.

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career.” “So what does your heart really do for you? Hearts move our blood throughout our bodies,” Braund said. “Our blood must keep moving to deliver oxygen from our lungs to our body tissues.” Blood also carries harmful waste to the kidneys to be removed, transports hormones from our glands to various parts of our bodies and delivers vitamins and nutrients from our digestive tracts. The average adult has roughly five liters of blood flowing through the body. “When blood vessels become more narrow and stiff due to a buildup of plaque caused by cholesterol and fat, our hearts are forced to work harder to keep blood flowing around the body. It becomes a matter of harmful high blood pressure,” Braund said. “Diet and our personal activity level are certainly primary causes of

this trouble with our blood vessels,” Braund said. “In addition, smoking harms our hearts by speeding up the process of hardening the arteries. Excessive alcohol use can also make the heart work harder than it should.” Braund offered some simple keys to keeping hearts pumping: *Eating healthier foods and avoiding choices that are high in sodium and fat. *Maintaining an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise. *Avoiding the use of tobacco products. *Avoiding long-term excessive use of alcohol. *Listen to the treatment advice offered by medical professionals if high blood pressure or high cholesterol is identified.

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Stopping SNAP Fraud in its tracks Submitted by Kevin Concannon Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Americans expect and deserve a government that ensures their hard-earned tax dollars are managed with accountability and integrity. Without that commitment, we risk undermining public confidence in the value of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly known as food stamps. This critical nutrition program helps millions of people in need put food on the table through tough economic times until they can get back on their feet. In support of this commitment, and as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing Campaign to Cut Waste and root out fraud and abuse in federal programs, USDA announced new steps to strengthen anti-fraud efforts in SNAP. In that same spirit, I am pleased to report on the first quarter results of our anti-fraud efforts in 2012. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011, we penalized – with fines or a temporary disqualification – more than 225 stores found violating program rules, and we permanently disqualified over 350 stores for trafficking SNAP benefits. While fraud is a relatively limited problem in SNAP – the violating stores represent less than ½ of one percent of more than 230,000 food stores authorized to redeem benefits –

we have a zero tolerance that misuse the program, steps underscore USDA’s policy for fraud. USDA’s we are increasing docu- commitment to combat Food and Nutrition Service mentation requirements to fraud, waste and abuse conducts ongoing surveil- verify identity and assure and inspire the confidence lance and investigation, to business integrity as well in government Americans find bad actors and remove as researching high-risk deserve. I’m proud to say them from the program. In stores using tax and busi- that USDA takes protecting fiscal year 2011, FNS re- ness databases, and we taxpayer dollars very seriMother's Day Contest viewed over 15,000 stores, recently updated our poli- ously and we are working weekcies addtoe-mail mail letters to:toThe Campbell County Observer and permanentlyNext disqualiclarify or that adverhard make sure others fied over 1,200 for program tising the sale of benefi ts do, too. 5105 Tarry St. violations. through social media is a Gillette, 82718 As Undersecretary of theWy violation. Food, Nutrition and ConTo round out our aggressumer Services, at USDA sive steps to combating - the federal agency that fraud and trafficking, we oversees the state adminis- recently launched a Fighttration of the program - and ing SNAP Fraud website having run the program at ( www.fns.usda.gov/fightthe state level in Maine, ingsnapfraud) help raise Oregon, and Iowa, I know awareness of the issues firsthand the importance of and provide a direct portal SNAP. I don’t tolerate fraud to report suspicious acand abuse in the program, tivities. Public assistance and neither do the Ameri- is vital to wiping out fraud can taxpayers. and trafficking. If you see So last December I an- suspicious activity, report it. nounced new and expand- Or persons can always call ed anti-fraud activities to our fraud hotline, at (800) strengthen USDA’s com- 424-9121. mitment to promote and Taken together, these preserve the integrity of SNAP, a critical nutrition assistance program that Leave Your Mark on feeds more than 46 million Campbell County... low-income and working Americans. To adapt state-of-the-art technology to identify suspicious activity, we awarded a 10-year contract to Unlimited LLC further develop the next Your New Generation of Beautiful generation of fraud detection systems. We are in the process of developing even stronger sanctions and penalties against retailers

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Campbell County Memorial Hospital Infection Preventionist Baerbel Merrill, RN, CIC, has recommended the implementation of additional influenza precautions for residents of Pioneer Manor. Visiting restrictions were implemented earlier this week as a result of the increased risk of influenza. These precautions follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and include the following: • A recommendation for all Pioneer Manor residents to receive antiviral medication for a period of five days as prescribed by their physician • Limit any new admissions to Pioneer Manor until no new cases of influ-

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enza have been detected for a period of 72 hours • A process of containment that includes cancellation of group activities and limited contact with groups of residents at mealtimes • Daily monitoring of residents and staff for new cases of influenza for seven days • A recommendation for Pioneer Manor employees at high risk for influenza, or those who have not been vaccinated, to see their physician to receive antiviral medication (per CDC guidelines). The Wyoming Department of Health has been notified of the additional precautions.

Special Airport Board Meeting Monday, Feb. 27 The airport board will hold a special airport board meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fulkerson Airport Operations Facility. The special meeting will discuss the control tower, and the capital construction budget for fiscal year 2012/13.

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The Campbell County Observer Staff CampbellCountyObserver.net (PP-1) Volume 2 Issue 8 The Campbell County Observer is published by Patriot Publishing L.L.C. in Gillette, WY every Friday. Postmaster: Send address changes to 5105 Tarry St. Gillette, WY 82718 Writers Candice De Laat - Owner/Publisher CandiceDeLaat@CampbellCountyObserver.com

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Community Business Opportunities in an Unfriendly Economy By Keary Speer It is no secret to anyone that the economy is in bad shape. In fact, even small children are probably aware of it via their parents or hearing it on the news in the background while they play. In a time when lay-offs, bankruptcy, foreclosures and businesses going under are a reality, people have decided to take their lives and their finances into their own hands. Direct sales have been on a steady incline since the recession and are anticipated to keep growing at a rapid rate. Carly Sweet is one of those people taking control. A single mom living in Montana and going to Montana State University full time has turned to direct sales in an effort to make money while spending more time with her son. She has replaced working nights as a waitress to working her own convenient, self-managed, schedule.

Tami Percifield said she is amazed by the number of prom dresses the community has donated to help young women attend the formal event.

The dresses are in By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Tami Percifield is thanking residents for their generous support in donating used prom dresses for underprivileged students in Campbell County. “This community has just amazed me, and what they’ve donated and the generosity has been amazing,” Percifield commented. According to Percifield, she has received close to 90 dresses that will help young women attend their prom. The generosity, however, hasn’t stopped there. “We’ve had donations so we can help girls get shoes and get their hair done,”

explains Percifield. “We’ve had beauty shops donating to do their hair and their nails, and we’ve even had donations where they can have a formal dinner. So we’ve had a really good turnout on donations.” Percifield says they are still accepting donations at Celebration Station. Nonetheless, her efforts have now shifted to helping those in need. In turn, she’s hoping the public will help spread the word about the dresses she has. Young women in need can view the dresses at Celebration Station, lo-

cated at 501 South Douglas Highway next to Mac & Roonies, on Saturday, February 25 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If that time doesn’t work, Percifield says she will make time for anyone needing a dress. “I will set up a time and they can give me a call, and if Saturday doesn’t work I can sure meet with them anytime and schedule a time where they can take a look at the dresses and we will do an individual setting for them,” Percifield says. Percifield can be reached by calling 660-5211.

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As of April 8, 2012, we, at the Campbell County Observer will be celebrating our one year anniversary of publication. In order to celebrate with the community that has made this possible, we are having a 5k run/walk. We will be raffling off prizes from local stores, newspaper subscriptions, Cowboy State Free Press mugs, and more! Please bring your friends and family on Saturday, April 7th to the Gillette College and enjoy the fun. We will start registration at 8:30 and the runner’s race will start at 9 am. All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund that we are starting. There will be a writing contest for local high school students who plan to go to the Gillette College in order to win the funds raised at out 5k event. Also, at the event, we will be starting our business card raffle. Bring your business cards or those of your friends and family to put into our business card box. Each week we will pull a business card out of the box and do our weekly business article on that person or business. Mark your calendars and join us for some run and some fun!

Campbell Co. Fire Dept. February 15, 2012

- At 11:01 AM to the 2300 block of S. Douglas Hwy for an EMS assist. - At 12:42 PM to the 500 block of Gold Rd. for a vehicle fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and found a passenger vehicle with fire in the engine compartment. The fire was contained to the engine compartment; the passenger compartment suffered smoke and water damage. The cause is still under investigation, the driver did report having mechanical problems just prior to noticing the fire. - At 8:15 PM to the 2500 block of Nogales Way for a CO alarm activation. Firefighters arrived on scene and determine the homeowner had an expired CO detector, no CO was found inside the home.

February 16, 2012

- At 8:42 AM to Echeta Rd. for an EMS assist. - At 9:23 AM to the Wingate Inn for an automatic fire alarm, units were cancelled en route, a pressure washer had set off the alarm. - At 11:29 AM to Longhorn Ave. for an EMS assist - At 3:00 PM to the 2200 Block of Foxhill Avenue for a possible Carbon Monoxide check in a residence. CCFD checked the interior of the residence with a calibrated monitor and did not find any levels of Carbon Monoxide inside the residence. - At 3:31 PM to Hereford Dr. for a reported structural fire. Prior to arrival all units were cancelled as it was determined that the smoke was coming from a barbeque grill not the house.

February 17, 2012

- At 9:05 AM to East 5th Street for an EMS assist. - At 1:05 p.m. to the intersection of East 3rd Street and Emerson Avenue for a natural gas smell. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival monitored the atmosphere and checked natural gas sources for leaks. Nothing was found and CCFD determined there were no leaks in the area. - At 11:58 p.m. to Jayhawker Street for an EMS assist.

February 18, 2012

- At 3:50 AM to Interstate 90 for a vehicle versus pedestrian. The patient was transported with injuries to Campbell County Memorial Hospital. - At 11:24 AM to Bishop Rd. for an EMS assist. - At 12:37 PM to 2305 Maple Ave. for carbon monoxide alarm activation, the residence was checked with a four gas monitor and no carbon monoxide was found. - At 2:11 PM to 2nd and Four J for an EMS assist. - At 5:41 PM to an area west of Westover Park for a report of a possible structure fire, upon arrival nothing unusual was observed. We believe someone may have been using their barbeque grill.

February 19, 2012

- At 3:26 a.m. to Hoy T.C. for an EMS assist. - At 1:06 p.m. to Union Chapel Road for an EMS assist. - At 5:06 p.m. to North Gurley Avenue for an EMS assist.

February 20, 2012

- At 12:32 PM to the 3100 block of Foothills Blvd. for a medical assist. - At 12:50 PM to the 2300 block of South Douglas Highway for a medical assist. - At 1:37 PM to the intersection of West Walnut Street and Bentley Court for a medical assist. - At 3:00 PM to the 700 block of West 6th Street for a medical assist. - At 5:35 PM to the 5200 block of Hiline Road for a medical assist.

February 21, 2012

- At 12:00 a.m. to 803 Rockwood Drive for a carbon monoxide detector beeping. Firefighters utilizing a gas monitor did not find any elevated levels of carbon monoxide inside the home. The detector was beeping because the life of the sensor had been reached and needed replacement. - At 11:35 a.m. to the 700 Block of Sako Drive for a detector activation in a residence. It was unknown if it was a smoke or carbon monoxide detector. CCFD

did check the residence with a calibrated gas monitor and did not find any elevated levels of CO in the residence. There was no smoke or fire found either. It was unknown as to the cause of the detector activation. - At 5:47 p.m. CCFD was dispatched and cancelled en route to an EMS assist on South Emerson Ave. - At 6:57 p.m. to 357 Nogales Lane for a smell of natural gas in the residence. CCFD investigated the interior and exterior of the residence and found no smell of natural gas or a source emitting natural gas into the residence. Firefighters monitored the air with a gas monitor and could not find any elevated levels of gas in the home. Source gas was called to the scene to further investigate for any leaks. - At 8:57 p.m. to 1502 Harvest Moon Drive for automatic fire alarm activation. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival was advised by the homeowner that steam from the shower set of the alarm. - At 9:11 p.m. to 601 Hoe Creek Road for a structure fire. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found a fire burning in the exterior wall on the rear of the home. The fire was extinguished in approximately 20 minutes and was contained to the wall it started in; damage to the structure was estimated at $10,000. The cause of the fire was determined to be a portable heater being used to thaw out frozen pipes that was placed too close to the wood siding of the structure.

Rodan and Fields, a line of skin care products, has allowed her to do so while selling skincare products and offering the same opportunity to others. This particular business has grown 1400% in the last year and has a widely increasing popularity. The creators of ProActiv, an extremely popular and widely used skincare line, have introduced 4 new regimens for adult men and women, Unblemish, Soothe, Reverse, and AntiAging. Not only has the science of these products amazed people by their results; but the other aspect, the selling side, has also intrigued a record number of people who have found success in its reputation. Though Montana happens to be one of their top-selling regions, Wyoming is an untapped market. According to Forbes Magazine, Gillette is one of the top ten fastest grow-

ing cities in America which makes this area a metaphorical gold mine for anyone willing to do the work. For a chance to see for yourself the wonders of these products, Carly will be at Brother’s Coffee on Monday, February 27 from 1:00-3:00. There, she will have product demonstrations, before and after pictures from current users, and an extensive knowledge to offer to the people of Gillette. Come in and check out the product, or see how you too can invest in yourself and become self-employed. If you cannot make it to the event, or just want more information, contact: Carly Sweet at (406) 471-3094, e-mail her at carlyasweet@gmail. com, like her facebook page at facebook.com/carlysweetrandf and/or visit her website at carlysweet. myrandf.com or carlysweet.myrandf.biz.

Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week What US President was not elected either President or Vice President? Gerald R. Ford

Ford was selected and confirmed as the vice President on December 6, 1973, while he was a US Congressman, after the resignation of Vice president Spiro T. Agnew. Ford then became President on August 9, 1974 with the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. (Ford ran for reelection but was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976, so he was never elected President or vice president.)

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“Big Auction” held to support UMF Motorcycle Club Last Saturday at Jakes Tavern there was a very big auction. Even by “big auction” standards, this one was huge, filling up the entire concert hall. Tons of baskets, jackets, and many other items donated by local businesses were put up for sale in support of the North East Wyoming chapter of the UMF Motorcycle Club. The money however, is allocated by the club to their own charity, which helps out single mothers and fathers in our community with rent, electric, heat, and food when they are struggling. “We always encourage them to try all the government programs first, but if all of that fails we will help them out.” More than 250 people showed up for the auction, and most walked away with all they could carry in winnings. UMF Motorcycle club puts on many events in the community raising money for this good cause. “In light of all the charities, sometimes single mothers and especially single fathers get forgotten about. We do something about it,” said one club member. Look for more events and next year’s UMF auction to get involved in this great cause. Here is a list of all local businesses who donated to this event. – our wonderful advertisers in bold Jakes Tavern Chuck Wood Auctions Frontier Lanes Eastside Liquor Sundance Lounge Good Times Joe Pets Store Center Bar Chophouse CarQuest

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Community What’s Going On? Friday, February 24

-Facelift @ Jakes Tavern -Early Release- 1 p.m. Secondary, 1:30 p.m. Elementary -HTML 5 (New Class!) 9a.m.- 4 p.m., K2 Technologies -AVA: Little Tikes, 10 a.m. -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Early Release Gaming, 1 p.m., CCPL -Up in Arms Gun Show/ Flea Market, 3-7 p.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -Cabin Fever Reliever: Art in the Stacks, 5-8 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Ring Wars, 7 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Saturday, February 25

-Facelift @ Jakes Tavern -AA- Discussion, 8:30 a.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Up in Arms Gun Show/ Flea Market, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 a.m., CCPL -RCM Barrel Race, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1 p.m., CCPL -AVA: Uncorked! 1-3 p.m. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Relay for Life: Bunko Fundraiser, 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 682-9857 -Gillette’s Got Talent, 7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center, 682-8802 -Planetarium Public Show: Astronaut, 7-7:45 p.m., 1000 Lakeway Rd., 682-4307 -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Sunday, February 26

-Senior Center- CLOSED -ABATE Meeting @ Jakes Tavern -Up in Arms Gun Show/ Flea Market, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -WRCHA Club Clinic, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Camplex Barn 3 -AA-Morning Spiritual, 10:15 a.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy. -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.

Monday, February 27

-K2 Focused Seminar: taming Your Email, 9 a.m.12 noon, K2 Technologies -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Windows 7 Basic, 1-4 p.m., K2 Technologies -PAD Meeting, 4 p.m., CCHS South Music Room -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA: Painting with Nancy, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 682-9133 -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Tuesday, February 28

-Brain Injury Group of Gillette, Carmen 680-5926 for Time and Location -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Senior Center: Vet’s Breakfast, 8 a.m. -Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., K2 Technologies -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -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. -Green Drinks, 5:30-7 p.m., Pokey’s Smokehouse, 686-5228 -All About Women Business Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., Brother’s Coffee -Wyoming Technology Business Center e2e: Going Global from Wyoming, 5:307 p.m., Gillette College -AA-Beginners, 6:45 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Hillcrest 3/4 Grade Program, 7 p.m., CCHS Auditorium -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Wednesday, February 29

-Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -K2 Focused Seminar: Excel Formulas & Functions Basics, 9 a.m.- 12 noon, K2 Technologies -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, All Ages, 11 a.m., WBL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -K2 Focused Seminar: Taming Your Email, 1-4 p.m., K2 Technologies -Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, 1-5 p.m., Peregrine Leadership Institute, LLC, 801 E. 4th Street Suite #2, 685-1555 -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Planetarium Public Show: Astronaut, 7-7:45 p.m., 1000 Lakeway Rd. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Thursday, March 1

-Pics for Pets Fundraiser, 3/1-3/31, Photo Imaging Center, 682-3278 For Info. & To Make Appt. -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Toddler Time, 18 months3 yr., 9:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Go Red for Women Luncheon- Heart Health for All Generations, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Tower West Lodge, 688-1580 -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA- Homeschool Art, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Men & Women Living with Cancer Support Group, 5:307 p.m., CCMH, 688-1950 -Families & Jammies, Birth- 6th Grade, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -Teen Anime Club, 7 p.m., CCPL -Prenatal Series, 7-9 p.m., 688-2200 For More Info. & To Register -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Friday, March 2

-Cabin Fever Reliever Event: Scavenger Hunt, 3/23/9, Entries Due by 3/9 @ 4:30 p.m., CCPL -Early Dismissal- Wright Schools Only - Judd Hoos @ Jakes Tavern -AVA: Little Tikes, 10 a.m. -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA: Uncorked! 7 p.m. -Open MIC Night, 7 p.m., Brothers Coffee

Why your flag was at half-staff last Tuesday

Governor Matt Mead ordered both the U.S. flag and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset on February 21, 2012 in honor of Teton County Search and Rescue member Ray Shriver who was killed during a mission on February 15, 2012. Over the years, Mr. Shriver had participated in some 800 missions with Teton County Search and Rescue.

-Sage Valley Jr. High Musical, 7 p.m., “Beauty & the Beast”, Camplex Heritage Center -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

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Saturday, March 3

- Judd Hoos @ Jakes Tavern -Touch of Gold Ironman, All Day, Camplex Wyoming Center -Kohr & Caldwell Barrel & Pole, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Camplex Barn 3 -AA- Discussion, 8:30 a.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -ACTRA Spring Fling, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion -Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 a.m., CCPL -AVA: Van Gogh Kiddos, 10 a.m. -All About Women: Spring Fever Shop-A-Thon, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Matthews Catholic Church -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1 p.m., CCPL -Sage Valley Jr. High Musical, 2 p.m., “Beauty & the Beast”, Camplex Heritage Center -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -16th Annual Chuckles for Charity, 6 p.m., Camplex Energy Hall -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

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Sunday, March 4

-WBA Meeting @ Jakes Tavern -Touch of Gold Ironman, All Day, Camplex Wyoming Center -WRCHA Club Clinic, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Camplex Barn 3 -ACTRA Spring Fling, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion -AA-Morning Spiritual, 10:15 a.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy. -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.

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Tuesday, March 6

-HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Senior Center: Pool & Dart Tournament, 1-5 p.m. -AVA- Preschool Art, 2 p.m. -Green Advantage/Green Construction Training, 3-5 p.m., Gillette College -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.

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Community Campbell County Republican Chairman David Horning explains the Straw Poll and Precinct Caucuses before a crowd of roughly 100 people Saturday morning at the Campbell County Public Library.

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By Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio News Republicans in Campbell County backed presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Saturday. The county GOP held its nonbinding straw poll at the Campbell County Public Library before conducting its Precinct Caucuses. According to Campbell County Republican Chairman David Horning, Santorum just edged out runner-up Ron Paul with 38 votes, compared

to 32 for Paul. Mitt Romney finished third with 21 votes, and Newt Gingrich finished last with 7 votes. The next step, the County Convention, will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at the Campbell County Public Library. The Delegates will vote to select delegates and alternatives to the State Republican National Convention which will be held in Cheyenne in April and an

alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention which will be held in Tampa, Florida in August. The Delegates to the County Commission will also debate and vote on the Campbell County Republican Party’s proposed platforms and resolutions, the issues that are the Campbell County Republican Party’s priorities for consideration at the state and national level.

Library hosts Graphic Novel Character Contest

In celebration of Campbell County Public Library System’s (CCPLS) new adult graphic novel collection, The Library Foundation, Inc. (LFI) is hosting a Graphic Novel Character Contest. To enter, artists are invited to submit their creation in the appropriate age category: Grade 1-6; Grade 7-12; 18 and older. Submit art to the Campbell County Public Library or Wright Branch Library no later than 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24. The drawing should be of an original library-themed (and library appropriate) graphic novel character. Submissions cannot be traced or copied from another artist’s work, and all entries become property of The Library Foundation, Inc. You can use any medium you like. The library encourages artists to incorporate the Campbell County Public Library System logo. Entries will be displayed in the CCPL lob-

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by display cases during the month of April. Winners in three age categories will be announced during the National Library Week Cabin Fever Reliever Cupcake Wars event at CCPL on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The overall contest winner and 1st-3rd place winners in each category will be showcased in an exhibit at CCPL following the contest. The overall contest winner will have their creation featured as the CCPLS graphic character for 2012, be one of the judges for Cupcake Wars and receive a $50 gift card. First place winners in each category will receive a $25 gift card. Second place winners in each category will receive a $15 gift card, and third place winners in each category will receive a $5 gift card. Entry forms are available at your libraries in Gillette and Wright. For more information, contact CCPL at 687-0009 or WBL at 464-0500.

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Where is this picture taken? Answer from last week Submitted by Greg Portiete

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Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal stands with a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Citizen’s Police Academy gears up for spring session By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News On March 20, the Gillette Police Department will begin the spring session of its Citizen’s Police Academy. The 12-week program consists of roughly 40 hours of instruction, most of which is taught by the police department. The intent of the academy is to expose citizens to a broad range of functions of the police department. “There’s several classes in the

program, some of the more popular ones are street and motorcycle gangs, firearms, polygraph operations, criminal law, canine operations, tactical team operations, criminal investigations and school emergency procedures,” explains Gillette Police Sgt. Dirk Blackmer. Applicants for the Citizen’s Police Academy must either be 18 years of age or older, or a high school student

with parental consent. The Citizen’s Police Academy is free and open to all residents of Campbell County. If you are interested in attending, contact Sgt. Blackmer or Roberta Thwreatt by calling 682-5155.

State Wrestling 2012 Preview Submitted John Gabrielson The following young men are to be congratulated (or should I say “Potentially” congratulated) because of what they could wrap up by the weekend. Not everyone is lucky enough to come away with a medal during each year of their high school careers but the following senior athletes have done just that in the 3 years leading up to their campaign. 1A/2A Bailey Hepp, Wright – Colton Lantz, Big Piney – Nathan Hetzel, Greybull – Taylen Arnett, Lingle/Lusk – Tom Stockwell, Saratoga. 3A Jay Stine, Worland – Karsten Hauf, Mtn. View – Lane Read, Douglas – Olie Olson, Powell – Randy Andrews, Powell – Reed Burgener, Douglas – TJ Guild, Star Valley. 4A Burke Burgess, Gillette – Cody Vichi, Rock Springs/Big Piney – Ryan Slaugh, Rock Springs – Tanner Olson, Gillette. 13 Young men are looking to move over from one list (Champions) to another list (2XChamps) and they are: Bobby West – Cody, Brigham Teichert – Cokeville, Burke Burgess – Gillette, Jordan Hanson – Lander, Justin Lewton – Worland, Mark Grant – Lovell, Preston Blankenship – Lovell, Randy Andrews – Powell, Reed Burgener – Douglas, Tanner Miller – Douglas, Tanner Olson – Gillette, Taylen Arnett – Lusk/Lingle and Tenor Teichert of Cokeville. 6 Wyoming athletes are looking to become part of a very exclusive club and bring the number to 92, the num-

ber of champions who were crowned 3 times. Up to this point we have had 86 such athletes in our history. I thought it appropriate that when it comes to kids making the finals each of their 4 years, we have the potential to boost that by exactly……….you guessed it, 4. These young men are looking to become members of the 4XFN (4-time finalist) club bringing that membership # to 35. There are currently 214 families that are featured on the smart phone app for droids (SBC Wrestling) or itunes (Champs Stats) who have had at least 6 placewinners with at least one of those being a champion, and there are a good number of families who are looking to either join that growing list, or improve their numbers on either side, (championships, or total placewinners) Some of those families are also featured as having a championship percentage of at least 20% meaning out of 5 place winners 1 was a champion, or 2 out of 10 etc. There are currently 242 of those families. Some of those percentages will go up and unfortunately some will go down, but there are likely going to be about 25-30 that are either added to that club, or move up OR down from where they currently stand. Some team information that I am looking to draw attention to also: Star Valley will likely be getting some company among teams that have had over 400 Place winners. Powell currently sits very close at 391. Only one team has a real shot at getting over 300, as they are currently sitting at 291 Placewinners. 4 teams are right on the verge of having

at least 200 placewinners, and each of those teams will likely get over that milestone this year, perhaps only 3, we’ll have to see. There are 12 teams that can boast of having at least 60 individual state titles, and that could potentially increase to 13, and of those that have had at least 70 titleists, there are 8 and that could possibly go to 11, with 3 teams within reach of that marker. 8 teams have won at least 7 team titles, and that has the potential to increase to 10 after this weekend. 13 teams are looking to extend their streak of having at least 1 place winner, for over 40 straight years, with one team looking to join them with a current streak of 39 years. Longer than a lot of fans lifetime, and double that of any current athlete. One of the longest streaks in our state’s history has the very real potential of coming to an end after this season. The same streak that ended last season for another team could happen to them this year. They have put one of their athletes into the finals for the last consecutive years, and for 26 years, someone from this school has been crowned as a state champion, going back to 1986, both of which are currently the state’s high water marks for each category. If it’s bugging you not knowing the who’s and what’s about what I’ve left blank, then come up to the WyoWrestling.com booth that will be set up near where the donuts are sold and you can definitely find those things out for yourself, and probably much more than you ever knew you didn’t know. Thanks to Spencer Condie of WyoWrestling.com!

Girls Basketball: 2A/1A Regional Matchups and Results

It’s time to begin the post-season in Class 2A and 1A! Matchups are official! Win 2 games before you lose 2 games, in order to qualify for the state tournament. Class 2A East at Torrington: Monday, February 20th: (#4 NE) Moorcroft 55 (#5 NE) Sundance 45 – Sundance Eliminated. (#4 SE) Lusk 63 (#5 SE) Saratoga 35 - Saratoga Eliminated. Thursday, February 23rd: First Round: (#3 NE) Wright vs. (#2 SE) Southeast – 9am

Lusk vs. (#1 NE) Tongue River – 10:30am Moorcroft vs. (#1 SE) Pine Bluffs – 4pm (#3 SE) Burns vs. (#2 NE) Big Horn – 5:30pm Friday, February 24th: Consolation Round: Wright/Southeast loser vs. Lusk/ Tongue River loser – 9am LOSER OUT! Moorcroft/Pine Bluffs loser vs. Burns/Big Horn loser – 10:30am LOSER OUT! Semi-Finals: Wright/Southeast winner vs. Lusk/

Tongue River winner – 4pm Winner Qualifies for States! Moorcroft/Pine Bluffs winner vs. Burns/Big Horn winner – 5:30pm Winner Qualifies for States! Saturday, February 25th: Consolation Round: Friday 9am winner vs. Friday 5:30pm loser – 10am LOSER OUT! Winner Qualifies for States! Friday 10:30am winner vs. Friday 4pm loser – 10am LOSER OUT! Winner Qualifies for States! 3rd Place Game at 1:45pm Championship at 5:30pm

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When Einstein died and arrived at the gates of heaven, St. Peter wouldn’t let him in until he proved his identity. Einstein scribbled out a couple of his equations, and was admitted into paradise. And when Picasso died, St. Peter asked, “How do I know you’re Picasso?” Picasso sketched out a couple of his masterpieces. St. Peter was convinced and let him in. When George W. Bush died, he went to heaven and met the man at the gates. “How can you prove to me you’re George W. Bush?” Saint Peter said. Bush replied, “Well heck, I don’t know.” St. Peter says, “Well, Albert Einstein showed me his equations and Picasso drew his famous pictures. What can you do to prove you’re George W. Bush?” Bush replies, “Who are Albert Einstein and Picasso?” St. Peter says, “It must be you, George, c’mon on in.”

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Public Pulse Governor Mead’s statement on Roadless Rule decision

Today, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order denying Wyoming’s petition for a rehearing en banc in the Roadless Rule case. By doing so, the Court upheld its reversal of a decision by Judge Clarence Brimmer. Governor Matt Mead issued the following statement about today’s order: “In a well-reasoned opinion Judge Brimmer stated that the Roadless Rule creates de facto wilderness areas and only Congress should have this power. We have supported that position because the Roadless Rule has serious implications for Wyoming. Wyoming has over 3 million acres of national forests, which would be subject to restrictions under the Roadless Rule. I will review this decision with the Attorney General and decide on a course of action.”

Does it seem like you have less and less of your own money to spend and jobs are harder to come by? That might be because you are battling a government that is every day more like an octopus; while you confront an ever increasing burden of government head on, its tentacles reach around and pick your pocket with hidden taxes. This cartoon is free and provided to media outlets and opinion leaders by the Wyoming Liberty Group for reprint with attribution. The Wyoming Liberty Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan research organization. The Group‘s mission is to prepare citizens for informed, active and confident involvement in local and state government and to provide a venue for understanding public issues in light of constitutional principles and government accountability.

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Bold Republic Weekly Clear the Gun Smoke By Glenn Woods

No pun intended, but with issues like gun control and gun ordinances it is easy to lose sight of the true issue through all the smoke, as all sides open fire at each other. Ok, what the heck, pun is intended. Last year, the State of Wyoming passed a gun law that essentially gave citizens back their right to bear arms, with little, if any, restriction. As long as a person has a clean criminal record they can purchase and carry a gun, open or concealed. The logic being that if you have proven you are a law abiding citizen then there should be no restriction against you. Shortly after the law was passed local city councils around Wyoming began to debate and consider local gun ordinances, regarding the right to carry a gun into city and county commission meetings, court houses, city halls, and so on. The debate, thought to be over, had begun again. There are many problems with such local gun ordinances, one of them being the patchwork of rules across the state that would leave a citizen confused, and, at times, in trouble with the law because he was not aware of every local gun regulation in each town he entered. There are a few other problems we could name here, but let’s leave it at that for now. Enter House Bill 60

(HB60), a piece of proposed legislation, its language mostly borrowed from the state of Florida, to deal with issue. The language was borrowed from Florida law because Florida was dealing with the patchwork quilt problem that included gun regulations written by local homeowners associations. Just imagine getting into trouble because of a neighborhood gun regulation. Under HB60 gun regulation the goal of the bill is to strengthen Wyoming laws by forbidding local governments from putting up any “Safety Zones.” No law or ordinances passed by local government entities would be allowed to change or override the state law that has been written in Cheyenne. Early one morning I arrived at the radio station and checked my E-mail. An urgent message from State Representative Tom Lubnau was in my box. He had a problem with HB60. “But don’t jump to any conclusions,” he wrote. “I’m not opposed to the bill.” Imagine the outrage of Anthony Bouchard, of the Wyoming Gun Owners Association, when State Representative Tom Lubnau halted the bill on the floor before it could come to a vote. Mr. Lubnau quickly explained that he had no problem with the intent of the bill, but that he did have a problem with some of the

language in the bill. With limited time in the legislature Mr. Lubnau wanted the bill to be held over, perhaps until next year, so that the issues with the language could be cleaned up. He had no intention, however, of changing the purpose of the bill. Tom Lubnau called my show to explain: Specifically, Lubnau was concerned that the bill strips away the authority of local municipalities to deal with disturbances without being sued and possibly causing police officers to be fired. Also, he was concerned with what he called vague language regulating firearms and ammunition, saying such language lacks a precise definition and could be interpreted to apply to private individuals and businesses. Later that morning Anthony Bouchard called the show. “What I’m talking about here is the Gillette Council that wanted to do a ban on all city property is saying that they don’t like people carrying guns, it has nothing to do with their conduct,” Bouchard explained. During the course of this conversation Mr. Lubnau called back, and the debate, heated at times, was on. After two days of back and forth on my radio show I think that Tom Lubnau made his point. The bill is

well intentioned, but contains some broad language that needs to be fixed. Anthony Bouchard finally relented and agreed. During the course of the debate, between these two and my other callers, I watched tempers flare and, as is almost always the way, the subject changed and illustrated in so many ways that most everyone who was listening, or a part of the debate, lost sight of what the issue was all about. The purpose of this bill was the centralization of Wyoming’s gun laws and regulations. Mr. Lubnau is not opposed to the idea. This was about tweaking the language. Having made that point, we now must address the next; do we allow citizens to carry guns into city hall, courthouses, and other government owned and operated buildings? This debate is going on now and Wyoming needs to have this debate. This time let’s all try to keep our cool and stick to the issue. If you would like to read up on part two of this debate, what do we restrict in the Wyoming, please go on line and look up House Bill 70 (HB70). To hear the debate, as it happened on my radio show, just log into my website, BoldRepublic.com. I will keep it on the front page of my website through the weekend.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The allegation that I somehow support gun control is, in a word, preposterous. My entire legislative career has been dedicated to the proposition of defending second amendment rights. I believe one of the greatest threats to our liberty is poorly worded, vague and ambiguous legislation. Forty-nine bills failed introduction in the House of Representatives this session. One of those bills, HB 60, was a poorly worded attempt at stopping piecemeal county by county gun control legislation. I said I agree with the concept of the bill, but I also saw lots of work and floor time was necessary to fix a bill to be concise, accurate and accomplishes the purpose of the legislation. I met with the sponsor after the bill failed introduction, and offered to work with him to create a better bill for next legislative session. Insuring we pass smart, wellconceived laws is my job. Voting for, and passing drivel because it has a popular bill title is something I will not do – and those who love our rights and liberties should encourage. Representative Tom Lubnau

What’s Going On In Government? Monday, February 27

-City Council Work Session, 6 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Conference Room, City Hall -Wright Town Council Workshop, 7 p.m., Council Room, Town Hall -Wright Town Council Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Council Room, Town Hall

Monday, March 5

-City Council Pre-Meeting, 6 p.m., 3rd Floor Con-

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ference Room, City Hall -City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall

Tuesday, March 6

-Mayor’s Art Council Meeting, 5 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -Planning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall

The Wyoming legislature failed to consider the pension reform bill HB0091 during the current legislative session, and that is bad news. In many states, plans that are supposed to pay government workers their promised pension do not have enough money. But taxpayers, many of whom do not even have a pension plan, are taxed to put more money into the bureaucrat retirement kitty. HB0091 attempted to increase the financial security for government retirees and stop this taxpayer abuse. It would have closed the current pension system to new employees and provided them with the type of pension plan now common in the private sector. Pension plans come in two basic types: defined benefit and defined contribution. Defined benefit plans promise a defined payment when a person retires. Defined contribution plans, on the other hand, pay out depending on how much is contributed into the plan and how well the money is invested. Defined benefit pension plans were the norm in days gone by. They were developed at a time when relatively few retirees took money out of the plan and many workers paid in. These plans held a gold-plated promise of retirement security that Bernie Madoff would have loved to sell. That is because they are nothing more than Ponzi schemes creating big financial risks for organizations, retirees and taxpayers. The private sector has been moving away from defined benefit plans for a while now. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the Mountain geographical area to which Wyoming belongs, about 84 per cent of government workers have access to gold-plated plans, while only about 20 per cent of private sector workers do. In fact, only 48 per cent of private sector employees have a company pension plan at all. If a company in the private sector has a plan, it is most likely a defined contribution plan. Organizations that still have defined benefit pension plans face huge financial risks. General Motors is a case in point. In the past, General Motors gave mostly unionized workers gold-plated defined benefit pension plans as a perk to maintain labor peace. In 2009, General Motors’ pension plan was short about $17 billion dollars. When the U.S. government bailed out General Motors, it saved the pensions of more than 120,000 retired salaried employees and 400,000 retired hourly workers with other people’s money. If the government hadn’t bailed out General Motors, the pension cupboard would have been bare and those pensioners left without a pension. Defined benefit pension plans now exist mostly in the government sector and create financial risks for taxpayers and both current and future pensioners. For example, when the pension fund in the town of Pritchard, Alabama ran out of money in 2010, the town stopped sending pension checks to pensioners. Imagine the retiree standing at his mailbox waiting for the check that never arrives. Not even government workers are safe when government runs out of money -- there will be no bailout. In Wyoming, the shine is off the state’s gold-plated pension plan and people running the retirement system know it. The state’s Retirement System director Thom Williams, in a presentation to the Joint Appropriations Interim Committee, told legislators the existing defined benefit pension plan was short more than $1 billion and it would take decades before the fund was back in the black. To close this gap and make sure the pension plan has enough money to pay the pensions of retirees, Mr. Williams proposed creating a new tier of benefits within the existing defined benefit plan for new employees. However, this means new government employees will be forced to fund gold-plated benefits for current retirees and get less of a benefit in the future themselves. It also does nothing to remove the financial risk to taxpayers and retirees. Legislators set aside HB0091 this time, but it will be back. Not only are government sector defined benefit pension plans leaving a legacy of debt and higher taxes to current and future generations, they may not even fulfill the promise of paying retirees. To ensure the financial sustainability of these plans, new government employees must be placed in a defined contribution plan, as called for in HB0091, just like employees in the private sector. Many taxpayers face an uncertain retirement future. Taxing them to fund bureaucrat retirement bliss, however illusory, is nothing more than taxpayer abuse.

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Joke of the week Submitted by John Kensic “Two things you need to know about taxes. They’ve extended the deadline to April 18, and when you write your check, just make it out to China.”

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Sports Report Pronghorn Update Submitted by Ruth Benson Donor Relations Coordinator - Gillette College IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT HEARD: • The Pronghorn Men’s & Women’s Teams won over Central Wyoming College last Saturday – Women 55 - 45 ; Men 69 -64. • A new Pronghorn Men’s Basketball Home Game has added to our schedule: The men’s basketball team has added another home game to this year’s schedule so that they can fill up their 30 game schedule before Regional Tournament. This game will occur on Saturday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm in South Campus against a SD All-Star team. • The next home game is Tuesday, February 28th – Gillette Pronghorns vs. Sheridan Generals. This is a WHITE OUT game, so wear white to the game! South Campus – Women’ game begins at 5:30 pm; Men’s game at 7:30 pm. Post- Game Gathering is scheduled for the Prime Rib Restaurant after the Men’s Game.

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Stanislaz Izvekov scored the only goal for the Wild Sunday at home as Gillette went on to drop their third game of the weekend.

Gillette Wild struggle in 3-game weekend By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports The Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team had visions of grandeur when they looked at their three games this past weekend knowing they could get that much closer to a playoff spot with just one win. However, they were unable to do just that as they dropped all three of their games this weekend. Wild Head Coach Tom Winkler thought his team’s performance against the Icedogs on Friday was their worst of the year. “One thing this team has done all year is show up an competed and they’ve played hard,” Winkler says. “Friday night in Bozeman was probably, in my opinion our worst effort of the year. Effort wasn’t there. Intensity wasn’t there. The focus wasn’t there. Really it was tough to watch.” In Bozeman the Wild fell

to the Icedogs 2-1 as Gillette jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Tyler Johnson and an assist by Chris Miracle and Trent Dillinger. However Bozeman added 2 second period goals with the eventual game winner coming off the stick of Jordan Matthys at 12:11 of the period. Coach Winkler thought the play of goalie Grant Friesen is what kept the score as close as it was. “If it weren’t for Gran Friesen playing the way he did we probably could’ve lost the game 5 or 6 or 7 to 1,” Winkler says. Then on Saturday at home versus the top team in the league, Helena, the Wild fell 6-2 as the Bighorns scored the first 4 goals of the game before Matt Rose and John Burke scored powerplay goals in

the third period. That, unfortunately, was obviously not enough to take down Helena. Gillette was seeking a bit of redemption Sunday afternoon against the Bighorns as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Stanislaz Izvekov scored a power play goal on assists by Ronnie Wilshusen and Casey Moneer, but that ended up being their only goal of the game as they fell 2-1 despite Nick Vittori making 49 saves in the loss. Coach Winkler wished his team came out with the same intensity they did on Sunday all weekend long. “If we had competed all weekend the way we competed on Sunday, I definitely believe we would’ve beat Bozeman on Friday and I think the score would’ve more a little more indica-

tive of the game on Saturday,” Winkler says. “Our competitive level was much higher, our back down level was higher and I thought we just executed our game plan much better.” Gillette now sets their sights on two very winnable games this weekend on the road against last place Great Falls this Friday and Saturday with the puck dropping both nights at 7:30 p.m. Coach Winkler says his team has what they’re calling Mission 4. “We need two wins (4 points), we’ve got a situation where these games are hugely important for us,” he says. “One of the keys will be discipline because Great Falls doesn’t have anything to play. We’ve got to go in there and realize we’ve got to play our game and take care of business.”

Camel Kids place 17 in Moorcroft

The Camel Kids wrestlers took part in the Deb Allison Memorial Tournament in Moorcroft and they had 17 wrestlers place in the top six with Antonio Avila, Peyton Henderson, Dylen Johnson and Adrian Alvarado all winning individual championships. The results are as follows: Antonia Avila, Peewee 50-A#, 1st Larson D’Agosta, Peewee 50-A#, 3rd Draedyn Johnson, Peewee 50-A#, 4th Peyton Henderson, Peewee 55+#, 1st Brody Sorenson, Peewee 50-B#, 3rd Jais Rose, Bantam 50#, 4th Deyton Johnson, Bantam 55-A#, 4th Mason Brown, Bantam 55-A#, 6th Hunter Henderson, Bantam 70#, 2nd Dymon Decker, Intermediate 65#, 2nd Jarek Sorenson, Intermediate 70#, 4th Carson Jefferson, Intermediate 87#, 4th Billy Mathiesen, Intermediate 103#, 3rd Dylen Johnson, Novice 95#, 1st Terren Swartz, Novice 140+, 2nd Deric Johnson, Schoolboy, 128#, 3rd Adrian Alvarado, Schoolboy, 144#, 1st

What’s Going On In Sports? Friday, February 24

-CCHS BSW, Aquatic Center -CCHS WRE (V) State, Casper -WJSH B/G BB Regionals, Torrington -WJSH State WRE, Casper -CCHS BBB (SO/JV/V) @ Sheridan, 4 p.m. -Gillette WILD vs. Great Falls, 8 p.m., Camplex Spirit Hall

Camels roll over the Thunderbirds 75-41

Saturday, February 25

-CCHS BSW, Aquatic Center -CCHS WRE (V) State, Casper -WJSH B/G BB Regionals, Torrington -WJSH State WRE, Casper -Gillette College WBB @ Northwest College, 3 p.m. -Gillette College MBB @ Northwest College, 5 p.m. -Gillette WILD vs. Great Falls, 8 p.m., Camplex Spirit Hall

By Vic Wright - Basin Radio The Cheyenne East Thunderbirds came into the Castle of Chaos Saturday afternoon off an upset win over Sheridan the previous night. This time, however, the T-Birds had to face the No. 3 Gillette Camels. It started out as a fast-paced, close contest, but Gillette ended the game with a huge margin of victory, 75-41. The Camels led 2-0 to start the game, and it was back-and-forth with the lead until Gillette took a 9-6 advantage and never looked back. Everyone that played for the Camels Saturday got on the scoreboard. Cody Anderson and Logan Wasson led Gillette with 14 points apiece. Nine of Wasson’s 14 points came from beyond the arc. The Camels went 11-for-16 from the line and made eight treys. As for Gillette’s defense, they held the Thunderbirds’ leading scorer Trevon Hinker to just two points, 12 points below his average. However, East’s second leading scorer, Derek Graves, shot seven points over his average to finish with a game-high 19 points. However, Graves’ performance by itself was not enough, as he was just one of two players to score in double digits for the T-Birds. Everyone else for East scored five or fewer points. With Cheyenne defeating Sheridan on Friday night, that makes the upcoming matchup between the Camels and Broncs even more exciting and meaningful, as both teams are fighting for the best playoff seed they can get. You can catch all the action as the Camels travel to Sheridan on Friday, February 24 on 97.3 KAML-FM and

Tuesday, February 28

-Gillette College WBB vs. Sheridan College, 5:30 p.m., CCHS South Campus -Gillette College MBB vs. Sheridan College, 7:30 p.m., CCHS South Campus

Thursday, March 1

-CCHS GBB/BBB (V) Regionals, Cheyenne East High -WJSH State B/G BB, Casper

Friday, March 2

-CCHS GBB/BBB (V) Regionals, Cheyenne East High -WJSH State B/G BB, Casper

Saturday, March 3

-CCHS GBB/BBB (V) Regionals, Cheyenne East High -WJSH State B/G BB, Casper

Monday, March 5

-Little League Baseball Tryouts, All Day, Camplex Central Pavilion

Tuesday, March 6

-Little League Baseball Tryouts, All Day, Camplex Central Pavilion

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Cody Anderson tied Logan Wasson with a team-high 14 points Saturday in Gillette. online at http://www.network1sports. com/station/kaml#menus beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the Shell Food Mart pregame show. Scoring Summary for the Camels: Cody Anderson – 14 points Logan Wasson – 14 points

Cody Kelley – 11 points Michael Cook – 9 points Westin Hinkel – 8 points Travis Tweeten – 4 points Dylan Haddix – 4 points Thomas Bush – 3 points Christian Garcia – 3 points Tanner Sandvich – 2 points

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“I even believe if you’re killing a team, you shouldn’t stop. You should respect your opponents enough to play 100 percent the whole time. And by the same token, if you’re getting killed by the other team, you should never quit.” - Sue Wicks-WNBA player


Sports Report Pronghorn Women defeat Lady Rustlers in hard fought game By Vic Wright - Basin Radio It wasn’t pretty, but the No. 3 Pronghorns (17-10, 9-4) defeated the No. 7 Central Wyoming Lady Rustlers (11-15, 4-10) Saturday night at the South Campus, 55-44. There were nine ties and 17 lead changes in the game, and by halftime Gillette College held a 24-23 lead. In the second half, Elisha Hensey took advantage of free throw opportunities down the stretch to help solidify the win, giving the Pronghorns their ninth victory in Region IX play. KeKe Wright led the Pronghorns with a game-high 17 points. She went 7-of-15 from the charity stripe. The Lady Rustlers were led by Courtney Patterson, who chipped in 11 points. The Pronghorns shot 33 percent from the field, which was more than 6 percent better than Central Wyoming. Despite being out-rebounded by the Lady Rustlers, the Pronghorns took advantage of turnovers, stealing the ball 16 times compared to six takeaways for Central

Wyoming. Gillette College will now go on the road to face Casper College on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. Scoring Summary for the Lady Pronghorns: KeKe Wright – 17 points Jordan Scott-Benson -11 points Elisha Hensey – 8 points Iesha Greer – 5 points Jessica Davis – 3 points Anastasia Champlin – 3 points Kim Caywood – 2 points Christina Davis – 2 points Alex Ward – 2 points Diarra Carrington – 2 points Scoring Summary for the Lady Rustlers: Courtney Patterson – 11 points Brynlie Nielsen – 9 points Emily Smith – 9 points Brynn Foster – 8 points Elise Keller – 4 points Randi Prosenic - 2 points Porsha Wadsworts – 2 points

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KeKe Wright finished with a game-high 17 points Saturday against Central Wyoming.

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Guns for Sale .38 Colt detective’s special. $525.00 obo Call (307) 6827864 .380 Smith and Weston Bodyguard. Built in laser site. $450.00 firm. Trades possible. Call (307) 6827864.

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1903 Springfield. 30o6 Cal. U.S. Military. $700 obo. Call (307) 682-7864

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Skidsteer with Operator. For all your Snow Removal and Dirt needs. Call Ken at 307680-5947

Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925. Gorgeous land home package set up in Wright. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, hickory cabinets throughout, front porch, central air, and much more. Financing available. For a personal showing call (307) 687-0333 40+ Acres 2 miles south of Wright 1999 Atlantic Oak Modular. $250,000 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 Ranchett for rent. 20mi. south on Hwy 59. Three Bed, 2 bath. 2.5 car heated garage on 94 acres. $1,600.00 per month.689-2338 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.

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Weekly house cleaning-$50.00 per week. Windows, floors, dusting, bathrooms, etc. Call 670-2037.

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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.

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

1983 Ventura (Chevy) for sale. WORKING WET BAR. Closet, fold down rear seat bed, caption swivel chairs. Great shape. Needs carburetor adjustment. Newly rebuilt Transmission, 400 Turbo. $4,000.00. Call 307670-2037.

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

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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

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

Home Appliances/ Furnshings Microfiber couch with 2 recliners combined. Green. $100 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

Heavy Equipment/ Trailers

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6x10 trailer. Great shape, fits your biggest Harley. $1,400 obo. 299-4967.

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

1981 Circle J 4-horse Horse Trailer. New floor, paint and wiring. $2500 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374

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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

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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

Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967

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

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: 307-670-2037 2004 Yukon Denali XL,6.0 Motor, Loaded $14,000 OBO 660-9351 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 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532.

2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (White) with 137,000 mi; $6500. Call 307 - 689 – 0966 ‘76 Electra-Glide would consider trade on Pan or Knuck if ya know of anyone, ‘81 sent it to LA-S&S, 11.5to1 and dual-plugged to run regular-gas, had burn-out time at Hog-Jam! Ben 680.7464. 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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Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, dry land farmers in northeast Wyoming were in need of a reliable market for their goods. Getting a profit from wheat crops was not only a matter of having a good yield and a good market price, but the cost of shipping the produce to market had to be factored in as well. A closer market meant a lower shipping cost and better profits. In January 1905, George C. Getchell presented plans to the Newcastle Commercial Club to “erect and equip a first class flouring mill” in the booming Wyoming town. Getchell and the club membership knew that a community that could build a commercial milling operation would instantly become the major center of the farming industry in the region. The plans for a 100 barrel mill were finalized that March and construction began in early summer. The mill was ready and opened in time for harvest season in early September, earning Getchell a $3,000 bonus for a prompt delivery date. The three-story mill, built of timber and stone quarried north of town, housed a variety of milling machinery powered by a 70 horse-power, coal-fired electrical generator. As it turned out, the generator could not only produce enough electricity to run the mill, but an ample surplus of generated power could be used for other purposes. Getchell was granted a contract to supply electricity for the Newcastle street lights the same week as the opening of the mill. His new enterprise was officially named The Newcastle Milling Company and Electric Light Plant. The mill produced a variety of flour products, seed and livestock feed. Nearby acreage was turned into a feed-lot. The operation not only serviced local farmers but the greater northeastern Wyoming area as well, thanks to the proximity of the railroad. By 1907 a siding had been constructed to bring grain cars directly to the site and the mill had a capacity of 65 barrels in a 24 hour period. Most of the flour produced at this time was sold under contract to an

Omaha grocery firm. The mill had also become one of the major employers in Newcastle and would remain so for many decades to come. Late in 1907, the day-to-day operations were taken over by A. C. Church, formerly of the Sundance Milling Company, who leased the mill in November. Church changed the name to The Newcastle Roller Mills in 1909 and began heavy advertising of “White Satin Flour” which had been a product of the mill since before he took over. In the next ten years he would expand the market for White Satin to include grocers and bakeries as far as 200 miles away. Church eventually bought the mill outright and continued to produce and promote flour products for more than a decade, outlasting a brief partnership with F. O. Yeats along the way. In the fall of 1919, Church sold the Newcastle Roller Mills to a Spearfish, South Dakota pioneer, D. J. Toomey, who renamed the business the D. J. Toomey Produce Company. At the time of this purchase, the operation was the largest flour mill in Wyoming, producing 80 barrels per day. Under Toomey’s management, the mill began a period of physical expansion which continued until 1947. In 1920 he contracted a Kansas City construction firm to build a concrete grain elevator which had first been proposed by his predecessor, A. C. Church, and had been in the planning stages

just prior to Toomey’s purchase of the property. Over the next three-plus decades the original building was expanded to include a warehouse and offices plus two wooden silos behind the elevator. D. J. Toomey turned the daily operations over to his son, Howard, who managed the family business until his death in 1964. Under his leadership the mill officially became Toomey’s Mills, and gained international notoriety. At some point Howard began developing self-rising flour mixtures. Using family friends as an unofficial “focus group”, Toomey perfected recipes for flapjacks and later biscuits. At this time, prepackaged flapjack mixes were rare. After he perfected his flapjack mixture, so the story goes, Toomey asked a local restaurant manager to try it out on his customers. The manager was reluctant to feed his customers an un-proven product until Toomey agreed to let him try a case for free. When Toomey later returned to see how the customers liked the mix, the manager promptly ordered another case. Toomey’s Flapjack Flour and Toomey’s Biscuit Mix were huge successes for the mill. Their distinctive yellow boxes with bright red lettering became familiar sights in homes and restaurants all over the Midwest and West Coast during the mid20th century. The packaging has since become collector’s items. Milling operations ended at

Toomey’s Mills in 1965. The buildings and all the milling equipment they contained were left abandoned for the next ten years. In 1974 the property was bought by two couples, Tom and Judith Mitich, and Cable and Vera Jones, who began converted the milling portion into a restaurant. As renovations proceeded, most of the original milling equipment was found in place and intact, as if ready to begin turning out flour once again. Once the largest flour mill in Wyoming, the aging building began a new era of existence when it reopened as a restaurant called “The Old Mill Inn”. Doug and Larita Brown purchased the property in 1995 and continued with the renovations and improvements. In 2008, the structures that comprised Toomey’s Mills were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although George Getchell’s “first class flouring mill” has survived for 117 years, it’s not likely to survive another five years. In 2011, the property and buildings were sold to Maverick, Inc. with plans to tear down part of the main building, including most – if not all – of the original 1905 mill, to make way for a gas station and convenience store. Despite the efforts made by the Weston County Historical Society and the Weston County Historic Preservation Board to prevent its destruction, the future of this historic landmark remains very much in doubt.

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By Mike Borda

When talking about unique events in American history, many different moments may come to mind. One situation, however, certainly ranks among the most unique in our country’s history. This event is hard to imagine when looking through the lens of the modern American, but all too real to those who were involved. During the 19th century, going to the opera was not only a social event, but a status event as well. Those who could afford (and understand) opera were considered among the social elite. Moreover, the most elite of the elite were the actors who performed those operas. In New York City during 1849, two men towered above all others in prestige and celebrity. Those men were American Edwin Forrest and Englishman William Charles McCready. The tension between Forrest and McCready had been building for years, and both men had extremely loyal fan bases. These were the two rock-stars of their day, and their rivalry was well known amongst the people. When you add in the resentment many Americans still felt toward British elites, the anxiety ran high when McCready was slated to perform at the Astor Opera House on May 7, 1849. Ironically, while McCready was to be performing Macbeth that night, Forrest was also playing Macbeth, not far away. That night Forrest’s fans bought out the Astor, and actually interrupted McCready’s performance by heaving rotten eggs at him while he was on stage. Three days later, on May 10, even more of Forrest’s fans came to the Astor, and

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were determined to make McCready realize that he was far from welcome. Some estimates place the number of rioters at 10,000. Local officials, fearing that things might get out of hand, called the state militia to keep the peace. The performance was a disaster, and it was all McCready could do to get out of the building in one piece. When things began escalating outside on the street, the militia fired rounds over the heads of the rioters to calm them. In the process, however, they ended up killing 22 onlookers. Surprisingly, tempers did cool and sadness set in over the casualties. The next night, another riot broke out after a town meeting called to discuss the previous night’s events. This time, however, the police and militia were prepared and able to stop the rioters before too much damage was inflicted. This event, so strange to us today, affected the culture of the time a great deal. The opera gradually became less popular, as people looked away from elitist activities. Opera houses dwindled in popularity, and the Astor Opera House itself would not survive another season. American history is filled with events that while strange and obscure, had a great impact on society as a whole. The Astor Place Riot was one such event. While it did highlight the prejudices and anger of the day, it also shows that we have always been passionate, and generations past are much similar to ourselves than we often realize.

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