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Beware of fake jury duty phone scam By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of a telephone scam in which an individual claiming to be a U.S. court employee tells the person on the other end of the line that an arrest warrant has been issued because they failed to appear for jury duty. Then, the caller claims to need personal information to verify the victim’s identity, including a date of birth, Social Security number, and even credit card numbers.

Law enforcement warns that these calls are made in an attempt to defraud you and steal your identity. The judicial system does not contact people by telephone and ask for personal information. Authorities urge anyone who receives one of these calls not to give out any personal or confidential information. Rather, you should immediately hang up the phone. If you have already been contacted and have already given out your

personal information, closely monitor your financial accounts and credit reports and contact your local FBI Field Office. In Wyoming, victims should call the field office located in Denver by calling (303) 629-7171. More information on the FBI can be found online at Victims in Campbell County can also report the incident to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office by calling 682-7271.

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Community Councilman Boss receives national steering committee appointment

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By Basin Radio Admin City Councilman Everett Boss has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2012 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee. This Committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, and solid and hazardous waste management. The appointment was announced by NLC President Ted Ellis, Mayor, Bluffton, Ind. As a member of the committee, Councilman Boss will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home. The chair of this year’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee is Michael A. Sesma, Council Member, Gaithersburg, Md. Serving as this year’s vice chairs are Matt Applebaum, Mayor, Boulder, Colo., and Mary Hamann-Roland, Mayor, Apple Valley, Minn. For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit influence-federal-policy/policy-committees. The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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By Robyn Brooks - Campbell County Observer Are You Alright Today? As a friend and member of the community, I really hope so. We know life can be challenging, and often a struggle to march to the beat of the daily grind! At times it can be tough just to complete regular duties, much less reach our goals and heartfelt desires. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that the majority of the population is under ‘chronic stress.’ The dayto-day necessities of work, time for personal life and obligations is a heavy load for many to manage. Not to mention, unexpected matters that can cause pressure and completely take over our attention! The WHO called ‘chronic stress’ a “worldwide epidemic,” that is causing “insomnia, accidents, irritability, fatigue and overall lower quality of life.” Surprisingly, some help for our struggles can be just a conversation away! At the gas station, convenience store, or while waiting in line at Wal-Mart! We can lift someone’s spirit, and help ourselves by sharing an encouraging word. I

don’t know about you, but I’ve been delighted when people in Gillette simply open their mouths to share a good greeting! Somehow, hearing “hi,” “hello” or “how are you,” makes me happy and improves my day. I appreciate their kind expression, and try to share the same with others. So, how are you? Are you alright today? How do you feel about yourself and those around you? Experts say that most people have deep concerns about the way they and those around them are handling life. At the end of the day, it would be great to have a sense of peace or contentment about the way we spend our lives. If you don’t feel like you’re at your best today, try to connect with others, personally or sociably. A well-known author and poet said, “the finest gift we can give anyone is encouragement.” A regular habit of taking a little extra time for others builds character. We learn more about what makes us tick, and the quality of our life improves. Here are some simple ways to improve your wellbeing, while sharing a little

goodness with others: Appreciate the efforts of others Ask for advice Find ways to contribute to someone else’s challenge Give compliments Make a commitment to yourself to change a daily habit Offer to lend a hand to someone with an obvious need Pay attention to what’s on your mind Show real interest in someone’s life Show respect Take time to rest Most of us want a good life, and the good fortune to share it with someone. If nothing more, we can encourage others and ourselves by starting a courteous conversation. It has been said, “a meaningful conversation is one of the quickest cures for depression.” A friendly greeting, nice e-mail, text or a quick call to say, “How are you,” can change a day and improve our outlook! When we understand the importance of human contact; that we need others, and they need us, it leads to a better life.


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An intensive training is scheduled Feb. 8-10 at Northwest College to provide business, government and not-for-profit leaders the tools to grow through innovation. Participants in the Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute will be engaged for two and a half days in learning a process that can help their business or enterprise come up with ideas, competently tell others about them, and then develop a quick and easy method to test if their idea can really make money. The focus of the institute is on learning a proven process that’s designed to help profit and nonprofit enterprises generate innovative ideas that go to market/development faster and more inexpensively. In the past 2 years Wyoming business owners and nonprofit leaders from LaGrange to Sheridan have successfully participated in the institute to learn how to lower the risk and cost of producing new ideas or products. Doug Hall of the Eureka! Ranch teaches the intense training that includes day and evening sessions. Considered experts on business growth, The Eureka! Ranch team works with top name companies like Proctor & Gamble, Nike, Disney and Coca Cola. Its interactive programming is geared to showing how Wyoming enterprises can create, communicate and commercialize opportunities for growth in the public or private sector.

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The Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute is sponsored by ManufacturingWorks and the Northwest College Center for Training and Development. These two partners along with First Bank of Wyoming are also helping host a Deming Dinner Tuesday, Feb. 7, at The Commons to honor W. Edwards Deming’s, innovative thinking and accomplishments by recognizing outstanding Wyoming businesses. Further details are available at More information and registration options for the leadership institute, including scholarships and nonprofit discounts, go to Contact Matt Melinkovich at 307-5678171 or for more information.

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Community What’s Going On? Friday, February 3

-Michael Charles band @ Jakes Tavern -Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -AVA: Little Tikes, 10 a.m. -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Senior Center: 1st National Bank Birthday Dinner, 12 noon -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Heritage Christian School Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center, Brent Potthoff, 686-1392 -AVA: Uncorked! 7-9 p.m. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Saturday, February 4

-Michael Charles Band @ Jakes Tavern -Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Top Guns Team Roping, 8 a.m., Cam-plex East Pavilion, Larry Steele (307) 2900743 -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -AA- Discussion, 8:30 a.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA: Van Gogh Kiddos, 10 a.m. -Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1 p.m., CCPL -Sportsman for Fish & Wildlife Banquet, 5 p.m., Cam-plex Wyoming Center, B.J. Clark 686-0329 -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Sunday, February 5

-Superbowl @ Jakes Tavern -Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Top Guns Team Roping, 8 a.m., Cam-plex East Pavilion, Larry Steele (307) 2900743 -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -AA-Morning Spiritual, 10:15 a.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy. -Senior Center: Carry In Game Day, 12 noon -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Pilobolus, 7-10 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center, 682-8802 For Tickets -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Monday, February 6

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Wyoming Entrepreneur Business Fitness Program: Successful Business Habits, 2/6-3/2, Email & Web Conferencing, (307)682-5232 -John Werbelow’s “Natural Inspiration” Exhibit, 2/6-3/9, Cam-plex Heritage Center -GilletteChamber.comBanner Advertising Sales meetings, 2/6-2/10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, 682-3673 -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AiE “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” for 2nd Grade, 12:45-1:45 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center -Green Advantage/Green Construction Training, 2/62/9, 3-5 p.m., Gillette College, (307)6746446 ext. 4505 -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30

p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center, 682-8802 for Tickets -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Domus Artist Reception, 6-8 p.m. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Tuesday, February 7

-Jackdanny Band @ Jakes Tavern -Winter Western, Cam-plex -Wild West Championships, Rocky Mountain Nationals Wrestling, Cam-plex Wyoming Center -ACT Test, 8 a.m., CCHS South Campus -AA- Discussion, 8:30 a.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Rockpile Museum: Inventors & Inventions at the Rockpile Museum, 10 a.m.- 12 noon, 6825723 for ReservationsFREE -Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -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. -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. -Lakeview 2nd Grade Music Program, 6:30 p.m., Lakeview -AA-Beginners, 6:45 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Wednesday, February 8

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -Peregrine: Leadership Foundations, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., 801 E 4th Street Suite #2, 685-1555 -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. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Thursday, February 9

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Winter Western, Cam-plex -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Peregrine: Leadership Foundations, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., 801 E 4th Street Suite #2, 685-1555 -Senior Center- Tin Lizzie Bus, 9 a.m. -Toddler Time, 18 months3 yr., 9:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA- Homeschool Art, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m. -Artist Reception- John Werbelow, 5-7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center Lobby -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Cinda Baxters The 3/50 Project: Building Business from the Ground Up, 6-9 p.m., Prime Rib Restaurant, 682-3673, RSVP By Feb. 3 -Families & Jammies, Birth- 6th Grade, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -Riders In The Sky, 7-10 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center, 682-8802 for Tickets -Teen Anime Club, 7 p.m., CCPL -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Friday, February 10

-Senior Center- CLOSED -Jackdanny Band @ Jakes Tavern -Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Winter Western, Cam-plex -AVA: Little Tikes, 10 a.m. -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Ribbon Cutting: Oasis Tans, 12:15- 12:45 p.m., 1103 E. Boxelder Rd. Ste. G2, 682-3673 -Senior Center- Prime Rib Dinner, 5 p.m. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA: Uncorked! & Sol

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Tuesday, February 14

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! -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- Cloud Peak Energy Sponsored Dinner, 12 p.m. -AVA- Preschool Art, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -Teen Card Game Club, 4 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Beginners, 6:45 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Sage Valley Choir Valentine’s Day Concert, 7 p.m., CCHS South Campus Commons Area -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

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The Campbell County Observer Staff (PP-1) Volume 2 Issue 5 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

Nicholas De Laat - Owner/Editor

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Community Nominations from Wyoming now being accepted for Citizen Service Before Self honors Submitted by the Office of Governor Matt Mead - State Capitol Governor Matt Mead and The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced they are now accepting nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, which recognizes and honors those ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness. Citizen Service Before Self Honors are unique, because they are presented to unsung heroes by our nation’s most honored heroes—the fewer than 90 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for valor—the Medal of Honor. Citizen Service Before Self Honorees represent the values of courage, sacrifice and selfless service. Governor Mead and Medal of Honor recipients encourage individuals to nominate any United States civilian who has clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for others whether through a single act of extraordinary heroism at risk to one’s life or through a prolonged series of selfless acts. The nominee’s actions must epitomize

the concept of “service before self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional area of responsibility or conduct. Citizens may submit an eligible nominee by completing the nomination form online via the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website, www.CitizenServiceBeforeSelfHonors. org. The nomination period ends on Friday, February 10, 2012. A panel, to include Medal of Honor recipient representation, will consider all nominations and select national finalists. Finalists will be announced on Monday, February 27, 2012. From among those finalists, a second panel of Medal of Honor recipients will select three individuals to receive Citizen Service Before Self Honors. The recipients will be announced on Monday, March 12, 2012, and honored at a ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day. The ceremony will be held near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Ar-

lington, VA. Profiles for each of the finalists will be available on the Citizen Service Before Self Honors website and each finalist will receive an embossed framed certificate signed by the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society: The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country and to inspire our youth to become worthy, dedicated citizens of our country. It consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor recipients. Today, there are fewer than 90 members, who come from all social classes and race, ethnic and economic backgrounds. They range in age from 23 to 94 and live in all areas of our country. For more information, visitwww. About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foun-

dation: The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the Medal of Honor’s legacy of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism, and to promote American values through increased awareness, education, behavior and example. The Foundation supports the objectives, activities and outreach programs of the Society, and raises funds for initiatives that promote what the Medal of Honor represents, operation of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society headquarters, and the public service activities of the Society’s exclusive membership. For more information, please visit www.cmohfoundation. org.

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Submitted by Master Sgt. Trudy Woodcock Alisa Cochrane, state veterans service officer for the Wyoming Veterans Commission, will be conducting outreach to assist veterans and their families with their state and federal benefits, claims, and healthcare. She will be available at the Crook County Courthouse, 309 Cleveland, in

Sundance, on Feb. 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cochrane will be available at the Weston County Courthouse, 1 W. Main St., in Newcastle, on Feb. 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. During periods of inclement weather, please check with the staff at the outreach locations to ensure

the service officer will be available. Cochrane is available to meet with veterans and their families in their homes and after hours. Please contact her for more information and to schedule an appointment at 307-6965048.

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Woman with alcohol on breath jailed for contempt of court By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News A 35-year old Wright woman got into trouble with a judge on Tuesday when she showed up to a scheduled court appearance with alcohol on her breath. “The employees there at the courthouse could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the area where she was standing,” explains Campbell

County undersheriff Scott Matheny. “They could smell the odor of alcohol from the other side of the security window at the circuit court’s office.” Rather than having the opportunity to tell the judge why she previously missed a court appearance, the judge explained to the woman that she was going

to be spending the night in jail. According to Matheny, the woman has had previous problems with alcoholrelated incidents. “She went in front of Judge Bartlett,” Matheny says. “Judge Bartlett found her in contempt of court and ordered her to stay the night in the Campbell County Detention Center.”

Campbell Co. Fire Dept. January 26, 2012

- At 1:13 a.m. to West Warlow Drive for and EMS assist, - At 12:53 PM to the area of 904 East Ninth Street for a citizen assist. - At 2:34 PM to the area of mile marker 132 on Interstate 90 for a possible vehicle fire. The vehicle was found to have a malfunctioning wheel bearing which caught part of the vehicle on fire. The driver of the vehicle extinguished the small fire prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. The damage estimate to the vehicle was less than $500.00. - At 3:18 PM to the area of East Boxelder Road and Maple Circle for a two vehicle accident with injuries. - At 6:07 PM to the intersection of Kluver Road and North Gurley Avenue for a two vehicle traffic accident with one injury. Firefighters applied floor dry to spilled engine fluids.

January 27, 2012

- At 8:36 AM to 501 South Burma Avenue for a fire alarm activation. All units were cancelled en route. - At 10:27 AM to the area of North Highway 14-16 for a propane smell in the area. Fire units arrived in the area and found that a propane company had been purging propane tanks. There were no reported injuries and no harm done. The odor quickly dissipated once the company completed their work. - At 7:07 to Cottonwood Ln for an EMS assist.

January 28, 2012

- At 5:35 AM to Laurel Ct. for a medical assist. - At 9:06 AM to the 1000 block of Stanley Avenue for a medical assist. - At 12:31 PM to 1321 Overdale Drive for a smoke detector activation that turned out to be a smoke detector malfunction. - At 12:41 PM to 609 South Kendrick Avenue for a fire alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled when it was learned it was a false alarm. - At 12:45 PM to the 1100 block of Highway 50 for a medical assist.

January 29, 2012

- At 8:31 AM to the 900 block of 8th St. for an EMS assist. - At 12:29 PM to Union Chapel for a report of a four wheeler accident, nothing found upon arrival. - At 12:38 PM to Robin Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 4:10 PM to Crestline Circle for an EMS assist. - At 7:26 AM to Prarieview Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 11:29 PM to Ledoux Ave. for an EMS assist.

January 30, 2012

- At 6:13 PM to the 500 block of South Gillette Avenue for an alarm activation. Dust from construction was found to have set off the detector. There was no emergency found upon arrival.


Community Joke of the week Submitted by Kate Albuerquercie

“Fish cost a fortune”

Two Wyoming rednecks go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment - the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. I mean they spend a fortune! The first day, they go fishing but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish. As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred bucks?” The other guy says, “Wow! Then it’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”

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Knights of Columbus crown free throw champions On January 28, 2012 six boys and girls from Gillette, ages 10 to 14, were named local champions of the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the state level. Council 3477 in Gillette sponsored the local competition at Twin Spruce Junior High. All youngsters ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate. Morgan Doherty was the winner of the 10-year old boys’ division. In the 11-yearolds’ bracket Skyler Piasecki was the boys’ champion. Twelve-year-old winner of the girls’ division was Marie Doherty.

The 13-year-old girls’ division was won by Jenikah Michael and the boys’ by Jordan Evans. The fourteen-year-old boys’ champion was Dalton Holst. The overall best shooters were Jenikah Michaels in the girls’ division and Jordan Evans in the boys’ division. Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged. Each of these winners will be able to compete in the state completion to be held on March 24 in Casper, WY.

continues to encourage girls to dream big and do great things with their lives. Through the Girl Scout Cookie program, girls learn financial literacy skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Girls are empowered to decide how to spend the proceeds generated through their business activity, whether it’s for a community service project, trip, or a unique goal designed by the girls. The full cookie lineup for 2012 includes Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Dosi-dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche, and Thank U BerryMunch. Watch for Girl Scouts in your neighborhood and at cookie booths through the community. Help them use the power of Girl Scout Cookies to make the world a better place. Visit gsmw. org/cookies for more information on how to purchase Girl Scout cookies, or call 800-736-5243 to be connected with a Girl Scout in your area. To locate a booth sale in your area, utilize Little Brownie Baker’s Cookie Locator at www. cookielocator.littlebrownie. com beginning in March, or call the Girl Scout Council for more information. About Girl Scouts: Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent

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Community Pilobolus By Keary Speer

It seems that too often, when outsiders think of Wyoming, they picture it as a cultural “no-man’s land.” Though, in some places that may be true, that is definitely not the case here in Gillette. We are lucky to have exposure to all kinds of diverse forms of art and this past week was no different. A group of six interpretive dancers have left a deep impression on many of us in a performance called Pilobolus. These four men and two women kept the audience engaged on all levels of emotion throughout the two hours. There were times of sorrow, laughter and amazement all expertly expressed through movement of the body. Their understanding of the laws of physics made it possible for them to seemingly defy

them. The sheer strength of these dancers and the astounding ways they could configure their bodies had everyone buzzing. The five part performance kept the level of entertainment at its peak. Trying to crack the code of the stories being told in each part was part of the fun and everyone seemed to take something different away from it. What would seem to be utterly chaotic at times would, just as suddenly, turn into perfect unison and boggle the mind. The mostly serious show ended on a very upbeat note with all six dancers performing what had to be a seriously exhausting dance number. It was the perfect ending as it had left the audience with an excited energy. Pilobolus has been in

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By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News You’re invited to come see the new $2.8 million upgrades to the Campbell County School District Planetarium during an open house on January 31. The upgrades, completed this past summer, include the Goto Chronos II Hybrid System, RGB SkyLase, Nano-Seam Dome, LED lighting, New Chairs, and an Interactive Interface. “Nello Williams is going to be there to talk about the old Planetarium we had and the history of our Planetarium, how we got it originally and what we do at the Planetarium,” explains Planetarium Director Paul Zeleski. “Then I will give a short presentation on the

new equipment, and what it all does, what makes it special, and what we’re planning to do with all this equipment in the future.” The Goto Chronos II installed during the upgrade was the first one installed in the United States. This star projector accurately shows over 8000 stars on our 30 foot diameter NanoSeam dome. With a point projected Milky Way and many deeps sky objects the Chronos II projects over 3 million objects onto the dome. The planetarium was built and is maintained by funds from Wyoming’s No. 1 school district and the donations of community sup-


porters. It has been operational since 1981. During the school year the planetarium is host to nearly every student in Campbell County and even serves schools and communities from as far as southern Montana. In addition to school shows the CCSD Planetarium is one of only a few planetariums in the world to offer free shows to the public. The open is on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Planetarium is located behind Sage Valley Junior High School at 1000 W. Lakeway Road. There is no show scheduled for the open house.

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Governor Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield and State Treasurer Joe Meyer appointed Jeff Vogel as the new Director of the Department of Audit. He is appointed to serve a six-year term as Director and the appointment requires confirmation by the Wyoming Senate. Vogel has been the head of the Division of Banking, in the Department of Audit, since 2002. “Jeff has a great mix of institutional knowledge and new ideas that will enhance the Department of Audit and serve the people of Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “We appreciate him taking on this leadership role and the challenge of leading an agency.” “We interviewed a terrifi-

cally talented pool of applicants,” Secretary of State Max Maxfield said. “We are delighted with our choice. Jeff has the expertise and experience we were seeking and feel he will take the Department forward in a positive direction.” Vogel said he will look for ways to improve the Department of Audit. “I believe we need to take a look at our processes and ask ourselves if this is the most efficient and effective way of getting things done. I will start with the Department of Audit processes and in the normal course of working with our stakeholders, the Department and I will identify policies, procedures, and processes that may improve overall risk management and communica-

tion, to provide value to the citizens of Wyoming.” Vogel is replacing Mike Geesey who left the Department of Audit to head the Wyoming Bankers Association. Vogel has an accounting degree from the University of Wyoming. “While head of the Division of Banking, my budget philosophy was to run as lean as possible while fulfilling our statutory mandates. This included utilizing technology to advance examination procedures while gaining efficiencies in order to save time, costs and burden on our regulated industries,” Vogel said. He added he will bring this same approach to the entire Department of Audit.

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Community Elected official arrested for check fraud By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Campbell County Conservation District supervisor Travis Hakert was arrested last Thursday and is being charged with two counts of felony check fraud. The 41-year old Rozet man is accused of bouncing two checks he wrote to Foree Tire totaling $7,984. According to Gillette Police investigator, Aaron English, Hakert runs a tire business and the bad checks were made out to a tire supplier. English says the supplier claimed they originally attempted to work with Hakert following the first bad check. After receiving a second bad check at a later date, Foree told investigators that Hakert no

longer desired to work with the supplier. Hakert’s current term on the Campbell County Conservation District expires in 2014. In 2010, Hakert unsuccessfully ran as an independent for the Wyoming State House District 52 seat, where he came in a distant second behind incumbent Sue Wallis. Hakert could not be reached for comment. His home telephone number as listed by the conservation district is disconnected or no longer in service. If convicted, Hakert faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 on each count of felony check fraud.

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Admissions and financial aid officers at the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges are encouraging prospective college students and their families to apply for financial aid now. Students interested in receiving federal grants, loans or work-study awards for college financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UW and the community colleges are offering free information sessions around the state to assist individuals with the application process (see schedule below). Sessions are designed to help individuals complete the FAFSA. Participants are encouraged to bring their most recent W-2 forms, tax returns (this year or last), asset information and Social Security card. “Many people don’t complete

the FAFSA form because they don’t think they will get aid. They think they will only get loans or perhaps find it too cumbersome,” says Becky Vinzant, assistant to the UW vice president for student affairs. “These workshops are designed to eliminate the challenge of completing a FAFSA. Experts are on hand to walk you through the FAFSA process and help you submit it that day.” Vinzant says students and their families are often unaware that financial aid could help them successfully complete their college education and reduce future financial burden. A recent study shows many students who would have qualified for financial aid did not complete the FAFSA. About one-third of these students, for example, would have qualified for a partial Pell Grant and about a sixth for a full Pell Grant.

“Submit the FAFSA whether or not you think you will qualify for aid,” Vinzant says. “You are sure to get nothing if you don’t apply. Each program has its own rules and you may meet the qualifications.” She adds that it is important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to meet the priority deadlines at most Wyoming schools. Application forms for FAFSA are available at . For more information about college financial aid and FAFSA assistance, call the financial aid offices at UW local community colleges at: -- Eastern Wyoming College, serving Converse, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Platte and Weston counties, (307) 532-8224; -- Gillette College, 1-800-9139139, ext. 142; Moorcroft -- Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at Moorcroft High School.


Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week Where did the Mayflower make its first landing in the New World?? Provincetown, MA The Mayflower initially dropped anchor in Provincetown, MA after its perilous journey from England. Its story surprises many twists and turns for people who since childhood have learned only the iconic tale of Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving, and little if anything about what happened first. Perhaps it is because the Mayflower Pilgrims spent only about five eventful but difficult weeks in their first landing spot before a search party scouted out Plymouth Harbor, about 30 miles southwest across Cape Cod Bay, and determined it to be a more suitable location for a permanent settlement. Carrying English separatists and other settlers, the Mayflower’s original destination wasn’t Massachusetts at all but the Hudson River in what was then part of Virginia colony. The ship was blown off course, and the Pilgrims arrived at what is now Provincetown on Nov. 21, 1620. It was there aboard the vessel that the Mayflower Compact, often viewed as the first governing document of the New World, was signed. Yet Provincetown — today an artists’ community and popular summer beach destination — was also a scene of considerable hardship and misfortune. Desperate for food and fresh water after the long sea journey, Pilgrims exploring the area discovered and raided Indian corn stores. On a nearby beach in modern day Eastham the Pilgrims had their first encounter with the native population and an unpleasant one at that, a fierce exchange of musket and arrow fire that remarkably caused no casualties on either side. But four settlers did die during the short stay in Provincetown, including the wife of future Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford, who drowned after falling overboard the Mayflower. There also was one birth.

Community Mayor appointed to national transportation infrastructure committee Tom Murphy, Mayor, has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2012 Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee. The Transportation Infrastructure and Services committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports. The appointment was announced by NLC President Ted Ellis, Mayor, Bluffton, Ind. “Transportation infrastructure is vital to our nation’s economy, and I look forward to serving with the other members of this committee to continue to stress the importance of investing in infrastructure,”

the mayor says. “Here in Campbell County, the Optional 1% Sales Tax does so much for us - other communities around the country are not as fortunate to have the public support for infrastructure that we have here.” As a member of the committee, Mayor Murphy will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home. The chair of this year’s Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee is Lee Dunlap, Council Member, Plano, TX. Serving as this year’s vice chairs are Ron Roberts, Mayor, Temecula, CA, and Patsy Kinsey, Council Member, Charlotte, NC.


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Community Public hearing on agency funding this Monday By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News For weeks, the Gillette City Council has been discussing a possible resolution designed to establish objective criteria for which social service and outside agencies receive funding from the city. The current criteria the council is considering will cut off funding to six local agencies. The city council is allotting time during their February 6 meeting for public comments on this issue before they formally consider the issue. “It’s always nice to hear from the public on what they feel about what the council is doing, and on this one we have always supported quite a few different social agencies in town plus children’s activities and other things,” says Gillette City Councilwoman Louise CarterKing. “So I think if anyone is interested in hearing reasons for or against continuing to support these agencies they should come.” Under the new criteria the city council tentatively agreed to on January 23, any social service or outside agency seeking funds from the city will have to be a nonprofit organization that relates to a scope of city services that would ordinarily be

provided by a municipality. In addition, they will have to demonstrate an appropriate need and comply with new accountability standards set by the city. “The goal that we were really trying to secure is the notion of identifying a series of core values that the council could rally around and support with regard to agencies that didn’t have those same purposes in their mission,” says City of Gillette administrator Carter Napier. According to Napier, one of the biggest challenges the City of Gillette faces is turning down projects that have good merit, but at the same time, are not consistent with the directives of the council or the city. It’s a decision that has to be made, he says, because the city’s budget allocated to social service and outside agencies has grown 82 percent over the last four year. This trend, Napier contends, is unsustainable in the long run. In fiscal year 2011-12, the City of Gillette allocated over $1 million to provide funding to social service and outside agencies, up from a budget of under $600,000 just four years ago. As it stands now, the tentative resolution will cut funding to the

following six agencies: • Bell Nob Golf Course, $25,000 • Lasting Legacy Park, $15,000 • Fourth of July parade, $4,000 • Gillette Thunder Speedway, $25,000 • RENEW, $60,000 • Campbell County Drug Court, $15,000 Carter-King says there are a few agencies on the chopping block she wants to revisit during Monday’s city council meeting. “One of them being the Fourth of July celebration,” she says. “I think that is a wonderful community activity that I would hate to stop supporting. It’s a very small monetary contribution and I think I would rather keep supporting the Rec Center for putting that on.” Carter-King adds that she wants to revisit the idea of cutting of funding to the Campbell County Drug Court. “I’d like to discuss that more before we would cut that off too,” she concludes. Monday’s Gillette City Council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. on February 6 inside the council chambers on the first floor of City Hall.

Wyoming Attorney General’s Office reviews Dish Networks’ blackout of local channels Submitted by Clyde Hutchins Senior Assistant Attorney General - Attorney General’s Office A dispute between Dish Network (DISH) and the ABC and Fox affiliates in Casper and Cheyenne, and the CBS affiliate in Casper over the price DISH pays them to rebroadcast local channels has left some Wyoming consumers unable to receive those channels. The Attorney General’s

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CCMH restricts visitation to maternal child unit due to virus

Campbell County Memorial Hospital has initiated visiting restrictions to the Maternal Child, Labor and Delivery and Nursery Departments due to a recent rise in confirmed cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. Visiting is limited to spouse or significant other and grandparents. This means that children under 12 years old are not allowed to visit the Obstetrics and Nursery Units. “Newborns are at a higher risk for contracting RSV than the general population”, according to Baerbel Merrill, CCMH Vice President of Mission. “We understand that it’s disappointing when people can’t visit their loved ones, particularly at such a happy time. Our first concern is the health and safety of our patients. I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience and cooperation.”

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“Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide” reads a poster from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Every 41 seconds someone is left to make sense of it. Suicide. It’s a harsh word, a scary word, and most of all a misunderstood word. Those who remain, the survivors, are left with trying to make sense out of a situation that makes no sense. Why did this happen? What could I have done? How can I live with this? Who can I talk to for support? The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is an organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide. Their website states: Many survivors struggle to understand the reasons for the suicide, asking themselves over and over again: “Why?” Many replay their loved ones’ last days, searching for clues, particularly if they didn’t see any signs that suicide was imminent. Because suicide is often poorly understood, some survivors feel unfairly victimized by stigma. They may feel the suicide is somehow shameful, or that they or their family are somehow to blame them for this tragedy. Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them. Warning signs of suicide include: • Observable signs of serious depression: Unrelenting low mood Pessimism Hopelessness Desperation Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension Withdrawal Sleep problems • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die • Making a plan:

Giving away prized possessions Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications • Unexpected rage or anger The emotional crises that usually precede suicide are often recognizable and treatable. Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often it is rather expressed as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that had been enjoyable. One can help prevent suicide through early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses. We can’t afford to wait any longer. The time is now to stop talking about the issue and to start doing what we can to prevent it. After all it’s our children we’re talking about. And can’t afford to wait any longer. Many times, talking to someone is key. Keeping things bottled up inside can lead to decisions that may not be thought out from a calm point of view. Even though the world seems to close around you, there is ALWAYS someone who will listen. We can’t afford to wait any longer. In less than one year, we have had two of our bright and wonderful children of our community take their own lives. Initiatives need to be undertaken to help prevent more of this tragedy that affects our children, our families, our schools and our community. We can’t afford to wait any longer. In our community, there is always help available. Students have teachers, guidance counselors, and friends. You can talk to parents, or even a trusted neighbor. The Campbell County Observer would like all students who are having any thoughts of suicide or self-harm to take the time and “Talk it Out.” But it is not enough! The CCO encourages the creation of a suicide prevention coalition of mental health professionals,

school personnel, agencies involved in dealing with troubled families and children, and interested community members to research what has been successful in other areas and to implement prevention strategies to help protect our community. The time is now to stop talking about the issue and to start doing what we can to prevent it. After all it’s our children we’re talking about. We can’t afford to wait any longer, do something about it. Some States to think about… Over 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. In 2008 (latest available data), there were 36,035 reported suicide deaths. Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the United States (29,668 suicides). Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among those 5-14 years old. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old. A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the United States. Every day, approximately 99 Americans take their own life. Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide. There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides for every suicide death. Figures from the National Center for Health Statistics for the year 2008

Help Prevent Suicide

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, immediately call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). This hotline is staffed around the clock with certified. members of the American Association of Suicidology.


Joke of the week Submitted by Carol Mellencamp

“On Wyoming” If ‘vacation’ to you means going shopping for the weekend in Casper or Cheyenne (while the kids swim at the Comfort Inn) - You might live in Wyoming If parking your car for the night involves an extension cord - You might live in Wyoming If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 8 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by - You might live in Wyoming If you’re proud that your state makes the national news primarily because it houses the coldest spot in the nation - You might live in Wyoming. If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there - You might live in Wyoming. If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead - You might live in Wyoming. If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time You might live in Wyoming. If your town has an equal number of bars and churches - You might live in Wyoming. If you measure distance in hours- You might live in Wyoming. If your family vehicle is a crew cab pickup - You might live in Wyoming. If you often switch from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again - You might live in Wyoming. If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching, - You might live in Wyoming. If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events - You might live in Wyoming. If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them - You might live in Wyoming. If there are 37 empty cars running in the parking lot at Wal-Mart at any given time - You might live in Wyoming. If there are more people at work on Christmas Eve Day than on Opening of Deer Season - You might live in Wyoming. If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit - You might live in Wyoming. If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow - You might live in Wyoming. If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction - You might live in Wyoming. If you can identify a southern or eastern accent - You might live in Wyoming. If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your cottonwood - You might be from Wyoming. If a brat is something you eat - You might live in Wyoming. If finding your misplaced car keys involves looking in the ignition - You might live in Wyoming. If you find 0 degrees ‘a little warmer’ - You might live in Wyoming. If you actually understand these observations, You ARE from Wyoming.

Public Pulse Bold Republic Weekly Tempted by The Dark Side By Glenn Woods

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, On the Speed Limit Change Southern drive should be 55 mph, not 50. It was 45 in some areas and 55 in others so our commissioners decide just to play the middle. Go drive it sometime, especially when it’s ice on the hills. Just turn the whole road to 55, and quit confusing drivers into getting more tickets. James Grearson From Editor Keary Speer: Not only do I agree with you but I think the same can be said for the entire town! It seems like there is no possible way to know what the legal speed is, is to just KNOW. When my family comes to visit I have to be their back-seat driver in order for them to know how fast to go. I have a problem with those misleading signs that tell you that the speed limit is 25…in residential areas but the signs are always posted in places where the actual speed limit is 45! I, personally, don’t know what can be done about it but I share in your annoyance. Dear Editor, I have said this before, and I will say this again. You need a liberal columnist. Yes, though we are few there are liberals here in Gillette. I am not taking sides, as the liberal Newsrecord should have a conservative columnist instead of their own liberal writers, but Glenn Woods should not be your columnist. He has an awful show that is all opinion and no fact. If this country was run by the way he says it should, we would be third world. As far as the rest of the Observer, you have the best paper in North East Wyoming… except Glenn’s article. My advice, get a liberal columnist that can refute his uneducated rants. By John Hammond From Editor Keary Speer: Dear John, I am sorry you feel that way about our columnist, Glenn. Because you flattered me by saying that the rest of us are the best…I think I will agree with you. All joking aside, however, Glenn is really good

at one thing and that is giving his opinion. If you are aware of how opinionated he is then you can take him however you choose and use your own discretion on whether or not you choose to agree with him. It doesn’t matter who you prefer to listen to, that should be true of everyone. The problem is that no single person believes the exact same things as the next. If we were to try and satisfy everybody in their views, we would have to hire countless columnists! We are appealing to our largest demographic and are also going off of his listenership. Because it is a column and not an article, it leans toward his side. However, because of this, we strive to make the rest of the paper appeal to anyone and everyone by providing a publication that is unbiased in nature. It also makes sense the local talk show host writes the column for the local paper. If you disagree with him, you can also call into his show…he loves debate! Thanks for writing in! Dear Editor, I just looked at the re-districting plan coming up. WAY TO GO CHOPPING UP CAMPBELL COUNTY!!! A Senate district sharing with Crook and Weston Counties, and another Senate district with Converse County. Oh, let’s not forget the new Representative district sharing half of Converse County. Way to represent us. I hope you can do much better than this when the State Legislature is in session voting on the bills. John Griling From Editor Nicholas De Laat: Don’t worry, I am also paying very close to the Redistricting. Right now, it is only a plan, and there is still a lot of legislative process to happen. If I were you, I would write your Representatives and Senators to discuss with them what you want to see. For anyone else interested, below is the Wyoming Legislative link to find the current information on the State’s website.

When I got the call from Senator Barasso’s press secretary, asking if he could come on my radio show, I said yes, of course, but then I hung up the phone wondering if, after the interview he would ever want to come back on again. As far as I was concerned I had no choice but to corner the senator over the latest in a long line of congressional scams. --- Nothing major this time. Just a little issue of congress borrowing another $1.2 trillion dollars. That’s all. Mr. Barasso came to my studio after the last time congress raised the debt ceiling and the phones rang off the hook with complaints and demands that he promise never to do it again. Badgered by callers, and the host (that would be me), he finally let out a sigh, and promised that he would never make such a vote again. The very next week, I took a call from Senator Enzi’s office, asking if he could come on the show. Why in the world would I say no? During the interview, I asked Mr. Enzi why we have a debt ceiling in the first place if every time we reach it congress just raises it again. Senator Enzi explained that the debt ceiling was simply “a marker” and nothing more. But unlike Senator Barasso, Mr. Enzi would not promise to not raise the debt ceiling again. But they would not have to vote to raise the debt ceiling again. Because the Republican’s in the house, under the leadership of John Boehner, had come up with a clever ploy to allow the debt ceiling to be raised, while escaping blame for it, and at the same time appearing to be the ones who were fighting against it. You see, under the Constitution, Congress spends the money. So if the debt ceiling is to be raised then it is Congress who has to write the legislation, then vote and pass it. In this way, every member of congress is on record as to if they are in favor of adding to our debt or not. But in a deal struck with President Obama, they

handed over the power, to the president to raise the debt ceiling. All the President had to do was put in a request for a raise the ceiling and then congress had 15 days to pass legislation objecting to it. The beauty of this deal is that, even if Congress is able to pass this bill, the President can simply veto it, and the raise occurs anyway. This way your congressional representatives can come home and look you in the eye and swear to you that they fought to stop the President. Obama and the democrats get all the blame, and the Republicans, even those who have always voted for an increase in the past, can appear blameless. Senator Barasso’s office called again. He was coming to town. They wanted to know if he could come on the show. This is where we came in, and where I hung up the phone thinking…. ‘I hate to do this to you John, but…’ I’m just going to have to come out and say that Senator Barasso’s performance on my show was --disgusting. He danced and dodged around the topic like a well-trained “Washingtonian” attempting to evade and confuse rather than deal with the issue. But I did not let up. Finally, I cornered him, and he stammered and stuttered, looking for way out. “I think this is a ploy,” I said. “But if the debt ceiling is raised again be assured that the American people will cast blame. They will blame the President, and Congress, both houses, and both Democrat and Republican.” The very next week, my phone rang again. This time it was Representative Lummis’s office. Not only did I agree to have her on but I offered her an hour on my show. As always she was very good on air, and filled the phone lines with callers. Finally, when I thought that the time was right I moved in to corner her, as well. To her credit she did not duck and jive as Senator Barasso had. She explained that she felt suckered the last time she voted for a debt increase, and had gone

to Mr. Boehner’s office to complain about the current debt ceiling deal. She was interested in cutting spending, not politics as usual. But to her I also explained that no one would off the hook, when the ceiling was raised again. She agreed with me. Last week, a mass e-mail went out from Senator Enzi’s office. I read it. I Let out a sigh, then posted it on my website ( with a heavy heart. Senator Enzi, who, up until now I have had great respect for, has just lost me as a supporter. Here is what Mr. Enzi wrote: “Today I voted against raising the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion. Because the vote failed, 44-52, the debt ceiling will be raised. The promise of future fiscal responsibility cannot be the bait dangled in front of the American people every time the President fails to lead and sidesteps addressing our debt crisis. In the future, if the President wants to raise the debt ceiling, he should begin by explaining to every person in this country why continuing to borrow money from China is a better course than cutting spending and beginning to work our way out of this $15 trillion hole.” I’m sorry Mr. Enzi, but I am not buying it. As far as I can tell, you have voted to raise the debt limit every time in the past. You said, on my own show, that you considered the debt limit to be nothing more than “a marker.” But it is not “a marker” Mr. Enzi. It is the law. The debt ceiling is supposed to be the limit on the congressional credit card. It is supposed to prevent Congress from spending us into the very devastating crash that Europe is going through right now. Readers -- by the time that you read this article in this newspaper the debt ceiling would have been raised, and our great grandchildren will be responsible for yet another $1.2 trillion dollars. Please call, or write, your representatives and let them know that their ploy to appear blameless did not work, and they are not off the hook. We still hold them responsible.

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

What’s Going On In Government? Monday, February 6

-City Council Pre-Meeting, 6 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall

Tuesday, February 7

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

Monday, February 13

-City Council Work Session, 6 p.m., 2nd Floor Community 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

Back Pain Awareness Week

Tuesday, February 14

-Board of Examiners, 12:30 p.m., Community Conference Room, City Hall

Wednesday, February 8

-Campbell County Joint Powers Fire Board, 6 p.m., Fire Dept. Community Room, Station 1


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Thursday, February 9

-Parks & Beautification Board, 5:30 p.m., 2nd floor Community Conference Room, City Hall -Campbell County Public Land Board, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Board Room

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Sports Report 10 local gymnasts qualify for state meet Ten local gymnasts qualified for the Wyoming State Gymnastics meet in March. These gymnasts include: • Phaesia Harkins • Lauryn Collins • Laci Parish • Cheyenne Domingue • Annastasia Cooley • Kenzie Long • Kimmie Huddleston • Ashtyn Evans • Kaitlyn Hughes • Tessa Trouchon Gillette Elite Gymnastics team coaches Niki Mullen and Megan Brosa send their congratulations to these gymnasts and thank them for all their hard work and dedication.

Photo courtesy of Jannie Miller

Peak Wrestlers from a tournament in Newcastle earlier this month include (left to right) in front, Tanner Macy, Mason Miller, Tanner Cook, Hunter Schultz, and Cooper Cook; in back, Josh Macy, Dalton Macy, Zane Reed, and Hunter Rawlings.

All participating Peak Wrestlers place in Spearfish tournament Submitted by Jannie Miller Peak Wrestlers traveled to the Spearfish Optimist Wrestling Tourney on January 21, and had all participating wrestlers place. Rayce Mason in the 9/10 division 50 lbs, Warren Carr in the 9/10 division 80 lb, and Joshua Macy in the 11/12 division 75 lb all placed first. Other results include: Hunter Schultz 9-10 70 lb 2nd Dalton Macy 13-14 85 lb 2nd Tanner Macy 7-8 55lb 3rd Cooper Cook 9-10 50lb 3rd Tristan Wornkey 9-10 75lb 3rd Tanner Cook 11-12 55lb 3rd Britt Dohse 11-12 80lb 3rd Brady Carlson 9-10 55lb 4th Cole Deimling 9-10 60lb 4th On Jan. 28, a few of the Peak Wrestlers competed in the Douglas, South Dakota AAU tournament where there were over 500 wrestlers. The Peak Wrestlers were impressive

at this tourney with either a first or second place finish. Rayce Mason in the 9/10 division 50 lbs, Josh Macy in the 11/12 division 75 lb, and Dalton Macy in the 13/14 division 85 lb all placed first. Vance Petersen in the 7/8 division 45 lb and Hunter Rawlings in the 13/14 division 95 lb placed 2nd. On Jan. 29, several Peak Wrestlers competed Buffalo Outlaw Wrestling Club Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament. Warren Carr in the Intermediate 80 lb division, Jacoby Garcia in the Intermediate 110 lb division, Drayson Hladky in the Schoolboy 130 lb division, and Trenton Smith in the Cadet 106 lb division all placed first. Nate Delgrande, who wrestled in his first wrestling tournament ever ,was the highlight of the day pinning his first two opponents and placing 2nd in the Intermediate 60 lb division.

Other results include: Sage Grey - Intermediate 55 lb 3rd place Hunter Schultz - Intermediate 70 lb - 3rd place Tanner Cook - Novice 6o lb - 3rd place Britten Grey - Novice 100 lb - 3rd place Tristan Wornkey - Intermediate 75 lb - 4th place Wrestling but not placing include: Cooper Cook - Intermediate - 60 lb - DNP Brady Carlson - Intermediate - 65 lb - DNP Cole Deimling - Novice - 65 lb DNP Peak Wrestlers are preparing for the Wild Wild West Rocky Mountain National tournament that will be here in Gillette at the Cam-plex on February 11.

Pronghorn women fall to Sheridan By Vic Wright - Basin Radio The Gillette College (12-9, 5-3) women played pretty well on defense, according to Head Coach Will Rider, but the offense struggled at key places in the game against Sheridan (19-2, 7-1). The Lady Generals came away with the win, 75-61. The major difference between the two teams was Sheridan’s opportunities at the free throw line. The Lady Generals made 22 of their 31 shots from the charity stripe. Gillette College shot 70.6 percent from the line, but that was 12 points out of only 17 attempts. Both teams struggled from behind the arc, as the Pronghorns made only one trey and three for Sheridan. Gillette College had more steals and blocks than the Sheridan defense, however, the Lady Generals had more board than the Pronghorns. Finally, two-pointers were close. Gillette made 24 of them, one less than Sheridan. In the men’s game, the Pronghorns (13-8, 4-4) lost their fourth game in a row, as the Generals topped them, 81-67. The Pronghorn women take on the Air Force Academy Prep School on Friday at the South Campus. Both the men and women host the Dawson Community College squads at the South Campus on Saturday. You can hear both games against Dawson CC on News/Talk 1270 KIML and online at The women’s game is set for 5:30pm, the men’s at 7:30pm.

Saturday, February 4

-CCHS BSW, Gillette Invite -CCHS WRE (JV/V) @ Ron Thon, Riverton, 10 a.m. -WJSH HS WRE @ Riverton, 10 a.m. -Gillette College WBB vs. Dawson, 5:30 p.m., CCHS South Campus -Gillette College MBB vs. Dawson, 7:30 p.m., CCHS South Campus

Monday, February 6

-WJSH Drama Rehearsal, 5-8 p.m., Town Hall

Tuesday, February 7

-WJSH Dev B/G BB @ Hulett -Kinser Jazz Festival, 8 a.m., Casper College -WJSH Drama Rehearsal, 5-8 p.m., Town Hall -CCHS WRE (JV2) vs. Moorcroft, 6 p.m., Gillette

Wednesday, February 8

-Kinser Jazz Festival, 8 a.m., Casper College -Gillette College WBB @ Miles City Community College, 5:30 p.m. -Gillette College MBB @ Miles City Community College, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 9

-CCHS BSW Conference, Kelly Walsh -WJSH Drama Rehearsal, 5-8 p.m., Town Hall -CCHS WRE (JV/V) @ Sheridan, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10

Saturday, February 11

-WJSH B/G BB @ Tongue River -Gillette College Indoor Track Meet @ Black Hills State, Spearfish, SD -CCHS BBB (SO/JV/V) @ Laramie, 10 a.m. -CCHS GBB (SO/JV/V) vs. Laramie, 10 a.m., CCHS North Campus -Gillette College WBB @ Western Wyoming Community College, 3 p.m. --Gillette College MBB @ Western Wyoming Community College, 5 p.m. -Gillette WILD vs. Helena, 8 p.m., Cam-plex Spirit Hall

Sunday, February 12

-Gillette WILD vs. Helena, 1 p.m., Cam-plex Spirit Hall

Monday, February 13

-WJSH Dev B/G BB vs. Sage Valley, Wright -WJSH Drama Spring Play, 7 p.m., Town Hall

Tuesday, February 14

-WJSH Drama Spring Play, 7 p.m., Town Hall

Photo by Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio

Keke Wright led the Pronghorn women with 16 points in their loss Saturday night against Sheridan.

Camel kids wrestling results from Buffalo tournament

The Camel Kids Wrestling participated in the Buffalo Outlaw Folkstyle Tournament on Sunday, January 29. The following wrestlers placed: Peyton Henderson, 60 lbs, peewee division, 1st Place Draedyn Johnson, 50 lbs B bracket, peewee division, 4th Place Brody Sorenson, 50 lbs C bracket, peewee division, 6th Place Braydnn Terry, 35 lbs A Bracket, peewee division, 1st Place Mason Brown, 55 lbs B Bracket, Bantam Division, 5th Place Deyton Johnson, 55 lbs C Bracket, Bantam division, 5th Place Hunter Henderson, 65 lbs A Bracket, Bantam Division, 7th Place

Friday, February 3

-Gillette College Indoor Track Meet @ Chadron State, NE -CCHS BSW, Gillette Invite -WJSH B/G BB @ Upton -CCHS GBB (SO/JV/V) @ Sheridan, 4 p.m. -CCHS WRE (JV/V) @ Ron Thon, Riverton, 10 a.m. -WJSH HS WRE @ Riverton, 10 a.m. -Gillette College WBB vs. Air Force Prep Academy, 7 p.m., CCHS South Campus -CCSD Jazz Gala Concert, 7 p.m., CCHS North Auditorium

-CCHS BSW Conference, Kelly Walsh -WJSH B/G BB vs. Sundance, Wright -WJSH WRE NE Conference Duals, 2 p.m., Moorcroft -CCHS BBB (SO/JV/V) @ Cheyenne South, 4 p.m. -CCHS GBB (SO/JV/V) vs. Cheyenne South, 4 p.m., CCHS North Campus

Pronghorns Scoring Summary KeKe Wright-16 Iesha Greer-15 Jordan Scott-Benson-9 Elisha Hensey-8 Christina Davis-4 Kim Caywood-4 Alex Ward-3 Diarra Carrington-2

What’s Going On In Sports?

Carson Jefferson, 87 lbs, Intermediate Division, 6th Place Alan Blomberg, 80 lbs, Novice Division, 2nd Place Jared George, 90 lbs, Novice Division, 4th Place Dylen Johnson, 95 lbs, Novice Division, 5th Place Terren Swartz, 140+ lbs, Novice Division, 2nd Place Dawson George, 84 lbs, Schoolboy division, 6th Place Deric Johnson, 136 lbs, Schoolboy division, 2nd Place Adrian Alvarado, 136 lbs, Schoolboy Division, 3rd Place Also participating was: Kolton See, 60 lbs, Intermediate Division Jarek Sorenson, 70 lbs, Intermediate Division Brody Meader, 75 lbs, Intermediate Division Nick Davis, 84 lbs, Schoolboy Division


Joke of the week Submitted by Brian Westen Political T.V. commercials prove one thing: some candidates can tell all their good points and qualifications in just 30 seconds.

Campbell County Observer 5k Come join us on April 7th to help us celebrate our one year anniversary of publication! At 8:30 am at the Gillette College, we will be hosting a 5k run/walk to raise money for a Scholarship Fund at GC. Come join us for the run and we will be raffling off prizes for participants. Mark your calendars!

Sports Report

Photo by Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio

Dani Williams helped the Lady Camels scrape past Cheyenne Central with a teamhigh 13 points Saturday afternoon.

Lady Camels come from behind to get the win By Vic Wright - Basin Radio For the second game in a row, the Lady Camels’ (13-4, 4-0) ability to make free throws helped propel them to victory as they came from behind to defeat the Cheyenne Central Lady Indians (7-10, 0-3) Saturday afternoon, 51-46. Gillette scored first in the game and led briefly, but after three ties and four lead changes, the Lady Camels trailed Central 17-14 after the first quarter. Gillette was down in the second quarter as well, until it took a 2423 lead and go into the locker room up 26-23 at halftime. Both teams were great from the charity stripe in the first half. Gillette went nine for 10, as the Lady Indians

were a perfect seven for seven- all in the first quarter. Central took a 27-26 lead early in the third quarter and kept the lead until Selby Johnson made two free throws in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 44 apiece. The Lady Camels took the lead off a three-pointer by McCorra Ford from the key and never looked back. Before that trey by Ford, she had nine points in the game- all from the free throw line. As a team, Gillette finished the game making 86.7 percent of its shots from the line and 81.6 percent on the weekend. Free throws are what helped get the Lady Camels two wins on the weekend, as they will take on Sheridan Fri-

day night on the road. Early in the third quarter, the game was delayed for some time due to an injury suffered by Lady Indian Danielle Aldana. Aldana started seizing on the floor and was carted off on a stretcher. In the post-game interview with Assistant Coach Kevin Kline, he said that Aldana was giggling as she was being carted off and said that it seemed she was going to be okay. He continued by saying she was carted off as a precautionary measure. You can hear Friday night’s game between the Gillette Lady Camels and Sheridan on 97.3 KAML-FM and online at http://www.network1sports. com/station/kaml#menus.

Photo by Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio

George Edwards had a team-high 21 points Wednesday night against the Trappers.

Pronghorns run out of gas in effort to rally back against Trappers By Vic Wright - Basin Radio The Pronghorn Men (13-7, 4-3) had a tough time guarding against Northwest College’s perimeter play, as the Trappers (17-4, 5-2) handed Gillette College its third loss in a row. The final was 94-82. The Trappers wasted no time to attempt treys, as Northwest College went 50 percent from beyond the arc, sinking nine of them. Chris Hansen, who came into the game as the Trappers leading scorer with an average on 20.2 points-per-game, made four of those threes and had 14 points at halftime. Ty Ackelson was right behind Hansen in the three-pointer department, making three of them himself in the first stanza. The scoreboard looked ugly from the eyes of Pronghorns fans as the teams went to the locker room, as Gillette College trailed 52-34. Northwest College opened up the second half the same way they played the first one, with Junior Coleman striking first-it was another three-pointer. However, the Pronghorns didn’t let the Trappers leave the South Campus without a battle. Gillette College found a spark towards the middle of the second half. The team took advantage of some turnovers and opportunites at the free throw line. That was one bright spot for the Pronghorns, as they went 62.5 percent from the charity stripe, almost 10 percent better than the Trappers. Gillette College got as close as four points. It was 8480 with a minute and change left in the game. However the Pronghorns rally was running on fumes at that point, and just couldn’t stop the Trappers. Head Coach Shawn Neary was not happy with the way the team played on defense. In the pregame interview with Coach Neary, he said he wanted to see more energy from his team during the dog days of the season. He saw a little bit of that, but nowhere near enough against the Trappers. Next up for the Pronghorns are the Generals of Sheridan College on the road Saturday night. How sweet would it be for Gillette College to end its three-game skid against the team’s biggest rival.

Pronghorns Scoring Summary George Edwards-21 James Hunter-19 Tony Lowry Jr.-9 Kash McKinney-8 Kalen Foreman-7 Matt Strickland-6 Reece Maxwell-6 Asante Smiter-4 Lucas Reller-2

Members of the Rosie the Riveters Girl U19 team include (left to right) in front, Karen Storie, Tanner Straight, and Erin Thamm; in back, Laurie Storie, Brittney Lacek, Tiffany Polson, Shelby Jurewicz. They are coached by Dorvan Polson (not pictured).

Rosie the Riverters Girls U19 2012 Rushmore Winter Classic Champions Submitted by John Lacek Last weekend (January 20-22, 2012) Rosie The Riverters from Gillette wyoming playing under The Gillette Edge soccer club took first place in the girls U19 division in the 2012 indoor Rushmore Winter Classic in Rapid City South Dakota. The Riverters handled a very tough schedule and overall played very well over the weekend playing six games

in two days with winning 5 and Tie. up next for the Riverters is the Fort Collins Showcase tournament in Fort Collins Co (Feb. 3-5 2012) then the Gillette Indoor Soccer tournament February 17-19. 2012 Erin Thamm is who came up with the idea for the Rosie The Riverters: Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing

the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. Rosie the Riveter is commonly used as symbol of feminism and women’s economic power.


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Sports Report Camels top Central, 54-40 Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports The Gillette Camels (13-4, 3-1) picked up their third consecutive conference victory Saturday as they took down Cheyenne Central (7-9, 1-3) at the Storey Gymnasium 54-40. In a game that was back and forth early, the Camels trailed 9-8 midway in the first quarter before reclaiming the lead and never looking back. By the end of the first quarter, Gillette was up 13-11. The Camels outscored Central 18-13 in the second quarter to take a 31-24 halftime lead. Both teams added eight points in the third quarter. Then, it took Central over four minutes before getting their first points in the fourth quarter, as they were outplayed by the Camels and fell behind by as much as 17-points. Central was able to sink a few buckets late in the game to make the score more respectable, but in the end, Gillette outscored Central 15-8 in the final quarter to win by 14 points. Following the game, Camels assistant head coach Jim Hinshaw said Gillette had to be patient on defense. “When we’re used to pressing the ball and keeping the tempo up in practice every day, it’s a tough adjustment to come in a play a slower tempo and essentially be patient on defense,” Hinshaw says. Senior Cody Anderson led the Camels with 11 points, despite sitting out most of the first half because of foul trouble. Jade Kampfe did an effective job of filling in for Anderson during the first half, ending the game with eight points. “Jade does a nice job of being solid in there for us and he can get on a roll,” says Hinshaw. “He’s tough to handle down there. He’s a big, athletic guy.”

Anderson was followed by sophomore Cody Kelley, who chipped in 10 points. Westin Hinkel scored all seven of his points in the final quarter of the game, as he has been coming on strong late in games. In the last two games alone, Hinkel has scored 17 points in the final quarter of play. In the end, only six Camels got on the scoreboard. “They [Central] played so slow we actually get to rest a little on defense,” explains Hinshaw. “Maybe we don’t have to go as deep in to the bench as we would on a faster game.” On the other side, the six-foot senior Kyler Robinson led Central with a game-high 16 points. Next, the Camels host their archrival on Thursday when they take on the Sheridan Broncs beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Castle of Chaos. Hinshaw says Sheridan is a good team because they are big, strong and athletic. “They give us trouble with their physicality and we give them trouble with our finesse and so it’s always an excellent matchup,” he says. You can catch all the action Thursday on 97.3 KAML-FM and online athttp://www. beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the Shell Food Mart pregame show.

Scoring Breakdown for the Camels: Cody Anderson – 11 points Cody Kelley – 10 points Jade Kampfe – 8 points Logan Wasson – 8 points Michael Cook – 7 points Westin Hinkel – 7 points

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Despite sitting out most of the first half because of foul trouble, Cody Anderson scored a team-high 11 points to help the Camels past Cheyenne Central Saturday at the Storey Gymnasium.

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

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

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

Merchandise 1939 HA Selmer Trumpet $750 OBO. 687-1087 Spyder Semi-auto paint ball gun. cal..68 Special Edition. Only used twice! New $300 For you $175 plus two canisters. Call 680-1302 If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108. Great Jerky My First Computer hardly used. Asking $15. Call 605 - 545 – 1188 Five roasts and twelve pounds of hamburger for a flat rate. $150.00. All ranch raised beef. This is an approximate savings of 10% on the total. Contact Jason Walker at 307-686-0577 Two place aluminum snowmobile trailer. $1,600. 307689-0202

Wanted to Buy I Buy Militaria. Swords, uniforms, bayonets, medals, guns/parts, field gear. 6827864 Newspaper vending machines. Contact us at: CampbellCountyObserver@gmail. com WILL PAY CASH FOR CAMPERS. Call Scott (307) 680-0854. Manual Transmission for 93’ Chevy Pickup 4wd. Must be in good shape. Call 2572306.

Services 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

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Homes for Sale Home for sale by owner in Western Way. Asking $239,000 for the 1,800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with an unfinished basement and a two car garage. Fully fenced, large landscaped yard with a sprinkler system. Home is within walking distance to the new recreation center and the new elementary school that is being built. Please contact me at 307-670-1209 if you are interested. Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925. Gorgeous land home package set up in Wright. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, hickory cabinets throughout, front porch, central air, and much more. Financing available. For a personal showing call (307) 687-0333 40+ Acres 2 miles south of Wright 1999 Atlantic Oak Modular. $250,000 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 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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Home Appliances/ Camping/Fishing Furnshings Minnows, crawlers, leeches, Microfiber couch with 2 recliners combined. Green. $100 Call 299-4967. Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967 Three antique pressedbacked oak chairs. Excellent condition. $85 each. 6820042 Storage Unit Sale!!!!! Home stereo, car speakers, 2 dressers, mattress and box spring sets $20, chests, coffee table, chairs, end tables and much more. Call (307) 682-7864

Toys (ATV’s Boats, Etc.) Boat for Sale with trailer. Needs work. Call 670-8980 for info.

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


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

Sporting Goods Like new Horizon Elliptical. $300 obo. Call 299-7058 for more info. Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike. $165.00. 307-6890202

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

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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

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

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

Miscellaneous Exterior door with window, interior light fixtures, and computer supplies. E-mail

Autos, Trucks and Vans 1986 Toyota Tercel 4x4. $1050.00. Call 307-2995918 Chopper - Custom built frame, s&s engine, carb, etc. 80ci. Evolution engine. Wide glide front end. Low. Torn apart down to frame. Have all parts, could be built in two days with under $200.00. Asking $5,500 or best offer. Price:$5,500obo. Contact: 307-670-2037 1993 Chevy 1500 4x4 350 Engine, runs great. 5 spd. manual, transmission needs rebuilt. Transfer case in great condition. No other problems other than transmission. Asking $2,000 or best offer. Price: $2,000obo. Contact: 307-670-2037 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

Autos, Trucks and Vans 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. ‘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! 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (White) with 137,000 mi; $6500. Call 307 - 689 – 0966 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532.

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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln

By Mike Borda

The founding fathers are well-known among us all for what they contributed to the early days of our country. Names such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams are taught every day across America’s schools. However, among all these great men were also great women. One such woman was Abigail Adams. Though she never held an office of power, she influenced our country’s course greatly through her poise and wisdom as the shining example of political feminism. Born on November 11, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Abigail Smith belonged to a reputable family. Her father, the Reverend William Smith came from a lineage of religious leaders, dating back to the earliest American colonists. While many families were struggling before the Revolution, the Smiths were seen as leaders, and had the respect of many in the community. However, even with this respect Abigail was, like most girls of that era, unable to attend school. This did not deter her, however. She used her family’s home materials and gave herself a custom education incorporating many of the liberal arts, along with her father’s religious texts. It was in fact this knowledge that would eventually capture the eye of her future husband, John Adams. She wed John Adams, at that time an up and coming lawyer who had recently graduated from Harvard, on October 25, 1764. While they first lived on the Adams’s family farm, they later moved to Boston when John became active in political activities. Their marriage was put to the test early on, when John

would leave for months at a time to serve in his various political functions. Since he was a member of the Continental Congress, an elected office, he was required to spend many months away from home drafting the foundations that would become our government. In this time apart, Abigail had to deal with many hardships. By 1772 she had given birth to five children (their second, John Quincy would later go on to be the 5th President of the United States), and along with being a single mother she also struggled with unstable income and rations that were put in place during the War. However, they endured, and upon America’s victory, she became the first Second Lady of the United States when John Adams was named our first Vice President. Eight years later, she became First Lady. Abigail showed the fierceness we see in many of the First Lady’s of today, becoming extremely active in the political happenings of the day. She wrote letters to the papers, argued with her husband’s rivals, and even earned the joking title of “Mrs. President”. When Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams in 1804, Abigail’s four years in the spotlight were over. The couple retired to their home, and focused their attention on their children. Although she never lived to see her son inaugurated, there is no doubt that she influenced him greatly. Abigail Adams died on October 28, 1818. While she never held an elected position, there is no doubt that her vigor and energy helped set the stage for future women of politics.

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The Wire that won the West By Jeff Morrison

Few innovations designed to make life easier on the American frontier has sparked more controversy, generated so much litigation, been the cause of so many violent and sometimes deadly disputes between neighbors, as an invention that has since become an icon of farming and ranching: barbed wire fencing. Although several earlier versions of barbed fencing had been around since the 1860s, Joseph Glidden obtained the first patent for barbed wire in 1874, after winning a legal dispute against Jacob Haish, a competing inventor who also obtained a patent for barbed wire. The victorious Glidden, known as the “Father of Barbed Wire”, was no doubt blissfully unaware that his hardwon lawsuit was merely the precursor of things to come. Although Hollywood would later try to teach us that barbed wire was viewed by critics (i.e. most people west of St. Louis) as being an evil, cruel invention that crippled and killed hapless grazing animals, and that only crop-farmers and city slickers would be so callous as to construct such a fence, the reality was much different. There certainly were some who held that view of barbed wire fencing, but most people (especially those west of the Mississippi) were quick to grasp the obvious advantages of the new material. In country largely devoid of the usual fencing materials, and considering the large tracts of land being fenced, barbed wire was an affordable, time-saving solution. On flat ground, two or three men could put up a mile of barbed-wire in less time than it took to build a quarter mile of rail fence. As for animals getting tangled in the wire, livestock were more likely to die from lightning strikes, snakebite and predators. The proof that barbed wire did not pose a significant danger to livestock is that it continues to be used today. No, the cause of all the angst, lawsuits, feuds and bloodshed associated with the fencing of the West had little to do with the material used, and more to do with the laws governing fencing. Fencing law varied from state to state and territory to territory. What worked in one area was not considered feasible in another. Even when the law was

spelled out plainly, it seemed implementation and interpretation also varied, depending on who was doing the implementing and interpreting. In some cases outright disregard for the law was normal. In 1905, W. C. Heintz, an agent for the General Land Office, told a reporter for the Gillette News, “It is an undisputed and notorious fact that Crook County is one huge network of illegal fences.” In every state or territory it came down to a question of whether fences were required to fence animals in, or to fence them out. In Wyoming, an open range state from its inception until well into the 20th century, a land owner was required to fence free roaming animals out. There was, however, a doublestandard, reinforced over the years by numerous litigations, between cattle and sheep. A cattleman could not be held responsible for damages caused by his cattle wandering onto land not fenced, while a sheepherder was deemed responsible for keeping his flock off private land – fence or no fence. Fences in northeast Wyoming were unheard of until the mid1880s. At first they were used to fence off areas of land near ranch headquarters and homesteads. Such fences were mainly to protect garden areas, hay storage and sorting pens. Few ranchers understood or else didn’t care about the concept of using fencing for range management at that time. Eventually, as competition for open range came into conflict with homesteading and farming, fences were used to define range boundaries. Unfortunately, boundary fencing caused most of the trouble. Conflicts arose at first between small homestead farmers and the cattle drovers moving herds north from Texas. A trail boss often discovered a new fence had been built, cutting him off from a trail he had just used a few months before. In most cases the drovers cut the fence and drove their cattle through anyway. If caught, the angry land owner was either bullied into submission or paid off to avoid time-devouring arguments. One of the last of the big cattle drives, in 1896, spent so much time in negotiations with landowners and detours around fenced land that the drive took twice as long

as normal. Water for livestock was another major commodity on the high plains. Ranchers soon realize that huge parcels of rangeland could be controlled simply by laying claim to the water holes in an area and fencing them off. This type of fencing was usually done by cattlemen to keep sheepherders out of the area, but occasionally it was done by small cattle ranches to keep the big outfits from over-running their range. As with the trail drives, these fences were often cut to allow animals access. But rather ending with a monetary pay-out for the use of the water, these disputes often ended with an exchange of bullets. By the turn of the 20th century, landowners saw the liberal use of fencing as a convenient means of acquiring large tracts of public lands. This practice was wide-spread in northeast Wyoming, parts of Nebraska and South Dakota. In Crook County, including areas that would soon become northern Campbell County, Agent Heintz claimed, “nearly every rancher includes land in his pasture to which he has no legal right or title.” Illegal fencing was so wide-spread that it became a felony to build one. More than one Wyoming landowner was either imprisoned or fined into bankruptcy over an illegal fence, even after being given a written warning to take the fence down. A prime example of how fencebuilding could become deadly occurred near Upton in the fall of 1911. L. M. Whiteman and Edward Koster had been on friendly terms until a feud erupted between the two homesteaders

over a boundary fence. It seems that Whiteman had built the fence thirty feet inside his own property with the understanding that Koster would do the same. The plan was that the two would then share the cost of building a road between their two places. Whiteman became angry when Koster, rather than building his own fence parallel to Whitemans, extended then ends of his pature to Whiteman’s, absorbing the thirty foot “right-of-way” into his own property. Whiteman made public threats toward Koster, and one morning in September drove out to the fence and began tearing down Koster’s wire gates where they attached to Whiteman’s fence. Koster, enraged by his neighbor’s actions, arrived at the fence line armed with a rifle. Whiteman was armed with a shotgun. A heated argument between the two ended when they shot each other. Whiteman died

on the scene. Although seriously wounded in the side, Koster lived to see trial. One version of events states that Koster, many years younger than Whiteman, beat the older man to the “draw” and fired first, and that Whiteman fired his shotgun as he fell. The defense contended that Whiteman fired first and Koster shot in self-defense, arguing that the proof was that Koster’s bullet struck Whiteman in the heart and would have killed him instantly; therefor Whiteman must have fired first. The jury agreed and Koster was found Not Guilty by Reason of Self-Defense. Fencing the range can still be contentious and feuds and lawsuits still happen as a result, although mostly of the non-lethal variety. But barbed wire itself has been and continues to be the fencing material of choice for landowners large and small on the high plains.

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