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Minority racial and ethnic groups in Wyoming experience a number of health-related challenges known as disparities, according to a new Wyoming Department of Health report. The “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Wyoming: 2012 Report” is the first comprehensive examination of health disparities in Wyoming and includes more than 30 health and related social indicators. According to the report, health disparities are gaps in issues of health and healthcare services among distinct segments of the population. “These inequalities have no boundaries from state to state and can also vary by gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, income, disability or geographic location,” the report explains. In 2010, Wyoming’s total population was 563,626, an increase of 14 percent from 493,782 in 2000. In 2010, more than 10 percent of Wyoming was Hispanic compared to 7.2 percent in 2000. The state’s second largest non-white racial/ethnic group is American Indian. “We’re hoping this report serves as informative resource for major health indicators,” said Lillian Zuniga, Office of Multicultural Health manager. “Wyoming may have a smaller minority population than many other states, but the health disparities described in this report are real.”

According to the report: Hispanics in Wyoming are more likely than non-Hispanics to: • Have lower median family incomes; • Have single parent households; • Live below poverty level; • Not own their own homes; • Not receive prenatal care in the first trimester; • Not receive any prenatal care; • Not smoke during pregnancy; • Have higher teen birth rates; • Have children without continuous health insurance coverage; • Smoke and drink while high school students; • Drop out of school; • Have lower levels of educational attainment; • Smoke as an adult; • Be exposed to secondhand smoke at work; • Be overweight or obese; • Be very obese; • Have fair or poor health; • Not get health care due to cost

American Indians in Wyoming are more likely than whites to: • Have lower median family incomes; • Have single parent households; • Live below poverty level; • Not own their own homes; • Not receive prenatal care in the first trimester;

• Not receive any prenatal care; • Smoke during pregnancy; • Have higher teen birth rates; • Have high infant mortality rates; • Have higher overall child death rates and child death rates due to unintentional injuries; • Drop out of school; • Have a college degree; • Be overweight or obese; • Smoke as adults; • Be exposed to secondhand smoke at work; • Have fair or poor health; • Not get health care due to cost; • Have higher unintentional injury and motor vehicle crash mortality rates. Many of the same disparities are also experience by other racial/ethnic groups in Wyoming such as blacks, Asians and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. Zuniga noted that socioeconomic status also affects health disparities. “Families with lower incomes often have limited access to healthcare because they may not have insurance or a primary care physician,” she said. “A family struggling to make ends meet may find it difficult to make healthy eating habits and regular exercise a priority.” The full report is available online at

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Your Heart: A Paramedic’s Perspective Campbell County Memorial Hospital is sponsoring the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, “Your Heart: a Paramedic’s Perspective” on Wednesday, February 20 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the CAMPLEX Heritage Center

Atrium. Guest speaker Matt Stroot, ccEM-P, will speak on how his experiences as an emergency responder when stabilizing patients in the field who may have suffered a heart attack. Participants will enjoy a healthy box lunch from

CCMH Nutrition Services and a fitness demonstration by Barb Hammerquist of All Dimensions Fitness. Registration is $10 per person, or save $10 on a table of 8 with reserved seating. Call 688.1580 to purchase tickets.

Wyoming tourism sees steady growth

Preliminary assessments show local and state tax revenues generated by travel in Wyoming were up 7.6% over 2011 with $128 million in tax revenues surpassing 2011’s record of $119 million. In addition the number of visitors to the state grew by 4% from 8.34 million in 2011 to 8.67 million in 2012. The report prepared for the state tourism office by Dean Runyan Associates indicates the travel spending surpassed the previous record of $2.9 billion in 2008, by climbing to $3.1 billion in 2012. The full report can be found at “Wyoming has so much to offer visitors and I am proud of the people in the state who show travelers our western hospitality. I believe that we can build on the successes of 2012 and have an even better year in 2013,” Governor Matt Mead said. Diane Shober, Director for the Wyoming Office of Tourism says the numbers are reassuring, “The fact that the number of visitors is up along with visitor spending has a very positive impact on the economy. It is a strong indication that our well placed marketing efforts are working.”

Destination spending was up 7.6% in 2012 with visitors spending more money in lodging and amenities, entertainment and food services. “The dollars spent by visitors have strengthened Wyoming’s economy by creating jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our state,” Shober reiterates. Long before Wyoming was a state, visitors came to experience the wonders of Yellowstone and the West. While tourism has long been a financial contributor to Wyoming’s economy sectors, Shober explains why it is so much more, “Visitors come for our friendly people, our wide open vistas, abundant wildlife and to experience our rich western heritage. Tourism continues to be a steady growth industry for Wyoming.” The state tourism office will continue to hit major markets like Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Kansas City and Salt Lake this spring through a series of print, TV and out of home or billboard ads. “We have a comprehensive public relations, social media and advertising plan laid out

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Campbell Co. Fire Dept. February 6, 2013

- At 5:57 a.m. to Independence Drive for a medical assist. - At 7:55 a.m. to the intersection of South Highway 59 and East 2nd Street for a two vehicle accident with no reported injuries. - At 9:39 a.m. to Laurel Court for a medical assist. - At 4:29 p.m. Almon Circle for an EMS assist. - At 6:07 p.m. to Hwy 1416 for an EMS assist. - At 9:45 p.m. to the area of 3rd Street and Rohan Avenue for a gas smell. CCFD responded to the scene and encountered a strong odor of natural gas in the area between 2nd and 4th Streets and Stocktrail and Rohan Avenues. The source of the odor was narrowed down to a backyard off of Stocktrail Avenue and in that yard firefighters detected natural gas in the atmosphere. SourceGas was called to the scene and upon their arrival they found a leak in a buried pipleline in the yard. Three houses in the area were evacuated and the occupants were placed in hotels for the night. The pipeline was excavated and the leak was temporarily fixed; permanent repairs will be made by SourceGas this morning.

February 7, 2013

- At 7:44 AM to 54 Little Thunder Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 9:03 AM to the address of 209 Stocktrail Avenue for a gas smell in the building. CCFD crews checked the interior of the building with monitors and did not find any detectable levels of gas inside. - At 9:28 AM to the area on Stocktrail Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets for a gas leak. Source Gas officials were on scene already trying to locate another leak in a pipe that they had problems with the previous evening. The source of the leak was located further up the pipe when it was dug up and the leak was clamped off by Source Gas officials. Fire crews stood by on scene with protection lines until the leaking gas line was secured. - At 11:21 AM to the 900 block of West 8th Street for a medical assist. - At 8:56 PM to Peaceful Valley Drive for a medical assist. - At 11:13 PM to the 4700 block of South Douglas Highway for a medical assist.

February 8, 2013

- At 5:27 AM to the 2000 block of Wolff Road for a medical assist. - At 8:25 AM to 220 Wright Blvd. for fire alarm activation. Upon arrival it was determined that the shop had been using the plasma cutter and that the smoke had been sucked into the air handlers and set the alarm off. - At 10:08 AM to Greenwood Avenue for a medical assist. - At 11:32 Am to East

Boxelder Road for a medical assist. - At 3:26 PM to 909 Westover Rd for a 1” gas line that had ruptured due to a slope failure of an open trench. The line was clamped by fire crews and turned over to Source Gas. - At 11:27 PM to 6361 Swanson Rd. for a gasoline spill inside a shop, crews applied floor dry and monitored the atmosphere and determined there was no longer a fire hazard.

February 9, 2013

- At 12:23 AM to 13656 Highway 51 for a report of a tree on fire in their backyard, it was determined to be a controlled burn that was not called into the Sheriff’s Department. - At 1:18 AM to 14054 Highway 51 (Rozet Elementary School) for a report of smoke an embers coming from the boiler room. It was determined that everything was coming from the stack, on site maintenance personnel advised everything was operating normally. - At 2:00 AM to Warlow Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 5:46 AM to 1000 W. Lakeway Rd. (Sage Valley Jr. High) for a report of a possible structure fire. Upon arrival it was determined that there was no fire, and all units cleared. - At 1:44 PM to 701 Granite Street for a fire alarm. Cooking caused a smoke detector activation. - At 2:53 PM to Highway 59 (by Interstate 90) for a traffic accident. Firefighters applied floor dry to vehicle fluid leakage on the roadway. - At 5:18 PM to the area of Axle Avenue and Martin Gale Road for a possible structure fire. Firefighters arrived to find no building fire but flames coming from a chimney that goes to a crematory. - At 7:11 PM to 3011 Goldenrod Avenue for a fire alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled when it was learned to be a false alarm.

homes, and clamped one side of the leak to slow the release down. A vacuum truck from the City of Gillette had to be utilized to remotely dig up and clamp the other side of the line; the leak was contained in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. No one was hurt during the leak and no fires resulted from it. - At 3:53 p.m. to 1801 Cliff Davis Drive for an automatic fire alarm (AFA) activation. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival determined the alarm was set off by an iron that had a melted substance on it. - At 6:34 p.m. to Mohan Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 6:42 p.m. to North Gurley Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 10:39 p.m. to Boxelder Road for an EMS assist.

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- At 11:35 AM to Prairie View Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 12:58 PM to Camel Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 7:55 PM to 5301 Raven for an automatic fire alarm, units were cancelled as it was determined to be smoke from cooking in the residence that set off the alarm. - At 9:11 PM to Mahogany Circle for an EMS assist.


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- At 1:48 PM to Interstate 90 near mile marker 129 for a one vehicle rollover with no injuries. - At 2:00 PM to Interstate 90 near mile marker 140 for a report of a vehicle accident, no accident was found upon arrival. There had been several slide offs in the area. All units returned to quarters. - At 4:27 PM to E. Laramie for an EMS assist. - At 9:47 PM to S. Garner Lake Rd. for an EMS assist.

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City of Gillette offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents Day. There will be no trash or recycing pick up on Monday, February 18th, and citizens should not put out their trash and recycling that day. The Solid Waste Division will run a double route on Tuesday, Febru-

ary 19th and pick up Monday and Tuesday’s trash and recycling that day. Please have your roll-outs and recycling at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19th. City offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 19th. In honor of Presidents Day, the City of Gillette encourages people

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tion high temperature gascooled reactor. • Analyzed hybrid energy systems and concluded that combining electric power generation with synthetic fuels and chemical production could increase the extent of variable power generation methods, such as wind power, compared to that achievable with conventional transmission grid controls. Hybrid Energy Systems (HES) combine two or more energy conversion technologies to produce a variety of products that have much higher value than the raw energy resources alone, for example, transportation fuels, chemical feedstock and electricity derived from coal and natural gas. “In working with the state of Wyoming and the University of Wyoming, our study determined that there are significant resources that offer opportunities to create additional value from available energy resources, especially if developed using hybrid energy concepts,” said Richard Boardman, department manager for energy systems integration at INL. Fred Moore, executive director emeritus of the Alliance, stated, “The cogeneration and hybrid energy system concepts described in this report provide the opportunity for complementary use of Wyoming’s indigenous energy resources and nuclear energy with important increased value directly benefiting the revenues to the state and the return on investment for private industry.” The Business Council, under direction from the Wyoming State Legislature, commissioned INL and UW-SER to evaluate selected energy futures for Wyoming. INL and the Al-

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Rockpile Museum Raptor Open House rescheduled

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum’s Raptor Open House has been re-scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd, from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. All community members are invited to stop by the Museum to meet the raptors and visit with the staff and volunteers of the Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience

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That old dog always laid at my feet, cool in a way but usually a pain in the butt. When I went out the door she went out the door, when I raked the leaves she rolled in the pile and scattered them. She was always by my side, in the house, in the yard, and always in the blind. Having a loyal hunting dog is very rewarding but training a faithful hunting dog is even more rewarding. One day, I had a friend over to shoot some clays and my old dog was in her kennel raising holy heck. Barking, digging, and jumping all over the kennel, especially when a gun shot was heard. My buddy asked me what was wrong with my dog. I told him she had been trained that when a gunshot is heard she goes to work and a reward follows. Right after that the shooting stopped so I could explain how I trained a dog to respond like that. So here are the tricks of the trade. Training a dog is easiest to do when the dog is young, a puppy trains very easy but that is not to say that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. Knowing that loud noises scare the heck out of any dog is a good place to start, but wait, we want our dog to get excited when it hears a gun shot, and this doesn’t make sense. How do you train a dog to get excited when it hears something to scares the heck out of it? Through its stomach, every time you feed your pal roll up a newspaper and smack the heck out of your hand held above its head then immediately pet your pup and tell it what a good dog it is. This will reinforce with your dog that loud noises will be followed by rewards. Watch the response of your trainee, when it no longer flinches from the noise but instead wags its tail and continues to eat it is time to go to the next level of noise training. Purchase an inexpensive cap pistol or runners starting pistol and shoot it over the top of your pups head followed by petting and praise every time it eats. Now it is getting used to loud noise so watch and when it no longer flinches it is time to ramp up the training into noise and fetch training. Start by taking the dog outside and playing catch, then shoot the cap gun right before you throw its favorite training dummy. If the dog retrieves and returns to you with the dummy give it a snack, make it a good one like scrap meat or jerky. After some practice your dog will get to know that loud noise means go to work and get bird then a really cool treat. Next thing you know, every time your dog hears a gunshot it will go completely ballistic. Don’t forget what is going on in Washington. Gun control, according to our current leaders is defined as take all guns away from the people. According to the United States Constitution it is as follows: The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of

the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms. As the amendment is written it states: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Due to the recent tragedies the house, the senate, and the president are forced into making a decision regarding the second amendment and its wording. They do this in a measure called gun control. The Constitution of the United States (the document that governs the Bill of Rights) starts out “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This being the case, is gun control aimed at “We the People” or rather at “Those the Government”? The original intention of the second amendment was to prevent the government from becoming out of control and saying who could say what, you could go to jail without a trial be held there indefinably or held until you paid an unreasonable bail, the governments army can force their way into your home and stay there, they can at any time search your home and take your property, or institute un-fair taxation. You can read the bill of rights at http://www.archives. gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_ rights_transcript.html and the constitution at constitution_transcript.html. Currently, it seems like the government is going to ban guns, limit what guns you can purchase or possess, limit how much ammunition you can have, and determine how much ammunition your gun can hold. Is this against the second amendment? What would happen if the government said you

can’t own a gun that you as a “well-regulated militia” can’t defend yourself or your property against the out of control government. The answer is simple; the government would take over your life and every aspect of your life. If history repeats itself then we better study the history of the united states before the revolutionary war and see what led up to the inclusion of the second amendment. We better look at what started the revolutionary war. Wasn’t it when the government tried to take guns away from the people? With the current gun control to legally purchase a firearm from a dealer you fill out paperwork and are administered to a background check to make sure the guns aren’t sold to felons or crazies like those that have committed these horrific crimes like the recent shootings. In all these shootings however the guns were not purchased legally by the suspect and to top it off the people that should have been held accountable have not been. At columbine the parents knew of the kids’ activities with guns and explosives prior to the crime being committed, at the theater shooting who let the guy in and didn’t they see or suspect he was carrying guns? And look at the range manager in Colorado who wouldn’t let the theater shooter practice there because something was “wrong” with him. In the Sandy Hooks shooting, who released the locks letting the criminal in the door, to top that off the guy was mentally unstable and there were firearms in the same house he lived in? In all these cases and many more cases that aren’t as popular guns were placed into the hands of people that didn’t belong having guns and a string of events happened that could have prevented the crimes. Gun control isn’t the answer, education is. Teach gun safety in our schools, in our communities, and moreover place well trained and armed officials into the places we need them the most, our schools and daycares. It strikes me as odd

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that they are going to tell me I can’t defend myself, my family, or my property from criminals and the tyranny of the government because bad guys committed a crime that ignorant people selling guns and lazy people failed to protect a group of innocent people. Going back to “We the people of the United States” you can do something about this. Contact you representatives in the white house and tell them how to vote on gun control. Be kind, polite, and forceful. Stand your ground on gun control but don’t be rude or threatening (I suppose reminding them that they are elected won’t hurt). They can be reached at the following: gov/contact/ , http://barrasso. cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs. ContactForm , http://www. . Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease; in this case it has been the anti-gun lobby getting the attention so e-mail these people several times a day, every day and your voice will be heard.

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UW-led research shows slight decline in big game antler, horn size Submitted by the University of Wyoming A team of scientists led by a University of Wyoming researcher recently reported that the size of trophy horns and antlers of most species of North American big game has declined slightly over the past century, most likely as a result of intensive harvest of males. Kevin Monteith, a postdoctoral research scientist with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, conducted the study along with colleagues from Idaho State University, the University of Montana and state wildlife agencies in California and Arizona. It was published this week in The Wildlife Society publication, “Wildlife Monographs.” In analyzing more than 22,000 records compiled by the Boone and Crockett Clubover the past 108 years, the researchers found a small but statistically significant decline in trophy horn and antler size for 25 categories of North American big game animals, including mule deer, moose and elk. The researchers, all of whom are hunters, then set about to find reasons for the decline, which was, on average, 1.87 percent for trophy antlers and 0.68 percent for trophy horns from 1950 to 2008. The most likely explanation, Monteith says, is that heavy harvest of males may have resulted in a gradual shift toward younger males -- in other words, fewer males are reaching large trophy size before being taken by hunters. The study also looked at the possibility that removal of the biggest-antlered and -horned animals has depleted the gene pool over the years, but the research

found limited support for that hypothesis. “If there were truly a genetic effect over time, the decline may have been more substantial over 108 years, and we would not have expected increases in size among categories like that observed for pronghorn and musk ox,” Monteith says. “In reality, the changes were small and consistent with a gradual push against the age structure due to harvest of males.” Through careful analyses, the biologists ruled out several other potential causes of the decline, including climate change, habitat alterations, and the “sociological effect” of increased interest among hunters in submitting trophies to the record book. While some people may be alarmed at any decline in the size of trophy antlers and horns, Monteith says he sees the study’s findings as evidence supporting the North American

master’s degrees from South Dakota State University. He received his Ph.D. from Idaho State University. A hunter for most of his life, he also works on the side as a taxidermist. He obtained access to the valuable Boone and Crockett Club records, in part, through his selection as an official measurer for the conservation organization, established in 1887 by Teddy Roosevelt. To see the study produced by Monteith and his colleagues, go tohttp:// doi/10.1002/wmon.1007/ full.

model of wildlife management -- which focuses on harvest of males over females. The system has largely maintained healthy populations of animals with subtle changes in trophy size. At the same time, the study shows that if wildlife managers and the public are concerned about the slight decline in trophy size, “our results suggest there’s likely a pretty quick and easy fix -- a slight lessening of harvest pressure on males.” “We’re not trying to tell wildlife managers what to do,” he says. “We’re simply reporting the results from an impressive data set while offering some considerations for effectively balancing competing interests in overall opportunity for harvest and opportunity to harvest trophy males.” Monteith, who joined UW’s Department of Zoology and Physiology two years ago, grew up in eastern South Dakota and earned his bachelor’s and

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LOLA COSNER Funeral services for Lola Mae Cosner was held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church with Father Raymond Canete officiating. Burial followed in Wright Cemetery. Lola Mae Cosner, age 86, of Wright, Wyoming, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Lola was born on December 4, 1926 in Arcadia, Nebraska to John Commodore Price and Goldie Edna Price. They lived on a farm and at 18 months of age, she contracted meningitis, which resulted in her becoming deaf. When Iola was 12 years old she was enrolled in the Nebraska School for the Deaf in Omaha, Nebraska where she eventually met Dean Cosner. Upon graduation, Dean brought Iola to Wyoming. They were married on September 3, 1950, settling on the Cosner Sheep Ranch south of Wright. Together they raised four sons. Dean and Iola were great supporters of the 4-H youth program in Campbell County and were instrumental in forming the Deaf Association of Wyoming. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, attending the Wyoming State Fair annually and visiting with all their many friends across the nation. One of their favorite camping groups was the Wyoming Talking “N” Flying Hands Camping Club. Lola enjoyed living on the ranch, she was a founding member of the Thunder Basin Belles homemakers club. She spent quality time doing specialty embroidery, going to craft fairs and trying her hand at different craft projects. She enjoyed playing Bingo at Pioneer Manor. Lola was adept at reading lips and loved to visit with people; always willing to teach sign language to anyone who was interested in learning. Lola worked at the Gillette News Record while her boys attended high school in Gillette. She retired in 1984 and remained on the ranch until 2006 at which time she moved into the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Gillette. Lola is survived by her four sons and four grandchildren: Barney of Riverton, Wyoming and (Patrice) of Allen, Texas and their son, Zackery; Danny (Carleen) of Buffalo, Wyoming; Marv (Thelma) of Wright, his daughters: Michelle and Candace and John (Maggie) their daughter Anna of Gillette, Wyoming; 2 sisters: Louise Cornelius of Grant, Ne-

braska and Vivian (Vickie) Hayden of Hayward, California and 2 brothers: Ervin Price of San Leandro, California and Robert Slocum of Shelton, Nebraska; two brother–in-laws: Jim Cosner (Bernice) of Akron, Colorado and Ted Cosner (Dianna) of Wright, Wyoming, plus numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dean, brother, Carlos Price of Bonita, California and sister, Edna Walz of Ogallala, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Iola’s name have been set up for educational sign language materials or the Wyoming State Fair Legacy Tree program. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at

CHARLES MANKIN Funeral services for Charles Mankin will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013 at First Presbyterian church with Kenna Lou Rose and Pastor George Moore officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Private family interment at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery will be held at a later date. Charles D. Mankin lifetime resident of Campbell County passed away on February 12, 2013 after a brief illness. Charles was born on August 23, 1925 to Charles A. and Mildred Mankin at the 4-J Ranch 17 miles SW of Gillette, Wyoming. He attended New Hope and Bundy rural schools in Campbell County and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1943. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1944 attaining the rank of Sergeant and was an “Expert Rifleman”. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1946 and served three years in the reserves. Charles married Christie Raitt and to this union two daughters were born. The couple later divorced. Charles graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Agriculture. Upon graduation, he taught the Veteran-onthe-Farm Agricultural program for several years and in the mid-1950s sold life, health, causality, and hail insurance. Charles also established a yard and tree spraying business in the late 1950s which he sold in early 1980. In 1963 he

went to work for the Campbell County School District as an Activity Bus Driver working his way up to Transportation Supervisor when he retired in 1987. The American Legion played an important role in Charles’ life. He was active in the` Legion for over 65 years serving as District 5 Commander, Vice Commander, and Adjutant. He was a member of the Post 42 Drill Team for over 50 years and a member of the Post Everlasting Drill Team for 15 years. Charles became a Master Mason and member of Gillette Lodge No. 28 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons over 63 years ago. He was also a member of the Royal Arch Masons, Gillette Chapter No. 17 and a member of Kalif Shriners of Sheridan for over 50 years. He was also a life-time member of the Eagles and a member of the Moose. Charles is survived by his wife of 39 years, Donna (Boesiger) Mankin of Gillette, Wyoming; daughters: Hilda Stricker and Nancy (Bobby G.) Smith both of Henderson, Nevada; stepgrandson, Kelly (Harmony) Smith of Phoenix, Arizona and their 3 children: Nicholas, Noah and Ashley; grandson, Bradley (Sara) Smith of Sandpoint, Idaho and their daughter, Sage; sister, Alice Lee (Bud) Christensen and sister-inlaw, Ruth Mankin all of Gillette, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Richard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Drill Team and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Charles’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at www. gillettememorialchapel. com.

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When should you call the pediatrician?

For parents of newborns, those first months can be exciting, challenging and even a little frightening. While your instincts will kick in to guide you through many parenting challenges, when certain issues arise, it’s important to seek help from your best-informed resource: your pediatrician. “Whether you’re having difficulty breastfeeding or have questions about vaccinations, your pediatrician is the best person you can turn to for answers,” says Dr. Thomas McInerny, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Certain problems can worsen if they aren’t addressed quickly, so keep your pediatrician’s number accessible.”

Feeding and Nutrition

Breastfeeding is a great step mothers can take to safeguard their baby’s health. Human milk benefits the immune system and protects your baby from infections. Research suggests that breastfeeding may help protect against obesity, sudden infant death syndrome, and some cancers. To ensure a successful start, McInerny advises: • Take breastfeeding classes before giving birth. • Place your newborn skin-to-skin against your chest or abdomen within an hour after birth. • Sleep in the same room as your newborn.

• Breastfeed eight to 12 times a day. • Monitor urine and stool output. If you’re having problems, find a lactation consultant or talk with your pediatrician. Waiting to seek help could interfere with your ability to produce milk or your baby’s ability to get crucial nutrition. And dehydration can be dangerous or even life-threatening. McInerny advises new mothers experiencing any of the following symptoms to call their pediatricians right away: • Nursing sessions are consistently briefer than about 10 minutes or longer than about 50 minutes during the first few months. • Your baby still seems hungry after most feedings or is not gaining weight on the recommended schedule. • Your newborn frequently misses nursing sessions or sleeps through the night. • You’re experiencing pain that prevents you from breastfeeding. • You think you’re not producing enough milk. “Pay attention to your baby’s pattern of feeding,” advises McInerny. “Don’t stop asking for one-on-one guidance from your pediatrician or lactation specialist until you get the help you need.” At your appointment, your pediatrician will weigh your baby to make sure he or she is on track nutrition-

ally and can observe your feeding technique and offer guidance.


Newborns need vaccinations in those first months to protect against potentially dangerous diseases, including hepatitis B, polio, whooping cough (also known as pertussis), tetanus, diphtheria, Hib, pneumococcal and rotavirus. The pediatrician can discuss recommended immunizations at each visit. A new report from the Institute of Medicine confirms the vaccine schedule is safe and significantly reduces your child’s risk of disease. “Talk with your doctor about whether you need a whooping cough booster or flu shot yourself,” says McInerny. “Whooping cough can be deadly to young infants. Immunizing family members creates a ‘cocoon’ of protection around them.” Mothers should receive whooping cough vaccine and flu shots during pregnancy. Anyone who will be around the baby should also be immunized. More information on keeping newborns happy and healthy can be found at When in doubt, call your pediatrician sooner rather than later.

Special sales for bred and replacement heifers a success

The Wyoming Premium Heifer Program successfully closed its first year of sales yielding positive results for livestock producers who participated in the initiative. Two combined internet video and live sales were conducted for 772 bred heifers and 774 replacement heifer calves at the Torrington Livestock Market and the Buffalo Livestock Auction in November 2012 and January 2013. Certified bred heifers at the Torrington sale brought $22 more per head than the market average for commodity Wyoming bred heifers during that same time totaling a premium of $7,216. Certified bred heifers at the Buffalo sale brought $81 more per head, or $35,964 total, over the market average at the time of that sale for a total premium of $43,180 for both sales. The Wyoming Premium Heifer Program is a joint venture with the University of Wyoming’s Animal Science Department and the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division. It is designed to develop and market bred and replacement heifer

calves that are certified under a standard set of guidelines and that would ideally demand a higher price per head at market. John Henn, Livestock and Meat Marketing Program manager in the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division, said the beef cattle industry is experiencing the lowest cow numbers since the early 1950s. The low calf and cow numbers have created an alternative market opportunity for cow-calf producers for replacement and bred heifers. “Over the next few years we will see a very high demand on heifers from several segments of the industry creating a great marketing opportunity for cow-calf producers in the state,” Henn said. “The Wyoming Premium Heifer Program is providing the ability for producers to create and capture that added value sought by buyers across the country. As the program grows over the next several years and is promoted in and out of state its reputation and recognition will be realized in the industry by sellers and buyers.”

A grant from ExxonMobil will support science and technology education programs at the University of Wyoming, including research into technologies that improve the production of oil and gas, UW announced today (Thursday). ExxonMobil is contributing $2.5 million to provide laboratory equipment for the university’s Improved Recovery Program, which is part of the newly created Center for Advanced Oil and Gas Technologies. The center is part of the School of Energy Resources and focuses on oil and gas extraction from unconventional reservoirs. “This contribution is part of our commitment to support math and science education and technological advancement in the field of energy,” says Randy Broiles, vice president, Americas, ExxonMobil Production Company. “We believe that by investing in Wyoming’s higher education, an even greater number of students will be able to contribute to the next generation of energy development.” Expansion of the Improved Recovery Program has direct implications for the future of the state and its citizens, as Wyoming’s economy is based on natural resource extraction. Wyoming is believed to hold significant unconven-

tional oil and gas resources. When combined with enhanced production from existing reservoirs, there is the potential for new and additional jobs and revenues that will benefit the state. The ExxonMobil contribution will be matched by the state, resulting in a total gift of $5 million. State matching funds help UW pursue partnerships with industry leaders. “It is encouraging to see that ExxonMobil and other industry partners are contributing so significantly to the University of Wyoming. This shows confidence in the university, the state and the people of our state. I thank ExxonMobil for this generous gift -- its impact is major and should not be understated,” says Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. Teaching and research programs at the School of Energy Resources include reservoir geo-mechanics, hydraulic fracturing, characterization and flow, drilling and completions, and improved recovery. The school will focus specifically on increasing faculty expertise, research facilities and outreach. “Energy extraction from unconventional reservoirs is a vital area of research for the University of Wyoming and for the future of our state,” UW President Tom Buchanan says. “We

are grateful to ExxonMobil for its generous gift in support of energy engineering research. UW’s students and faculty will benefit greatly from continued research into oil and gas recovery.” The significant UW fundraising initiative also supports the construction of the Energy Engineering Research Facility, a new facility that will provide the space and infrastructure to house and support largescale research related to energy development, conversion and conservation. Space within this researchfocused facility will be designed so that it can quickly be converted to house a variety of projects. The energy and engineering facility projects are tied to the work of the Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force, which recently released its strategy for creating a “Tier 1” engineering program at UW. “ExxonMobil’s partnership with UW is another defining statement regarding the importance of the university’s advanced energy agenda,” says Ben Blalock, UW Foundation president. “UW takes great pride in ExxonMobil’s investment in UW’s students and faculty. Partners such as ExxonMobil bring remarkable leadership and prestige to Wyoming’s university.”

Transforming your Start-Up into a process-driven company Tony Nevshemal, COO of DeltaNu in Laramie, will tell his story of guiding a technology start-up into a process-driven company on February 26th at 5:30 PM at the Gillette College Tech Center at 3251 S. 4-J Road in Gillette. Tony helped grow Del-

taNu from a small UW spinout to a leading Raman spectroscopy company that was acquired in 2007 by Intevac Inc. (NASDAQ: IVAC) Tony has worked in technology companies since 1993 when he began his career in the labs of DuPont.

In 2006 Tony became COO of DeltaNu, which develops precision instruments that enable real-time, nondestructive materials identification. Tony oversees the company’s product manufacturing, delivery of services, and new product development.

CCSD Kindergartner numbers expected to rise At last night’s Campbell County School District Meeting, trustees received a presentation from Associate Superintendent For Instruction Dr Boyd Brown. Brown presented the board with current registration information for kindergarten. Brown said that projections indicate the next kindergarten class will exceed 900 students. On Febru-

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ary 12th, Brown previewed some of the numbers presented last night. Last night at the board meeting, staff described the influx of new faces as a good problem to have. While it is exciting to see the district continue to grow, school officials are aware of the strain to maintain desirable student to teacher ratios as well as

provide suitable room for all the students in the district. Trustee Joe Lawrence said that he felt if any staff is up to the challenge it is the staff of the Campbell County School District. Brown said earlier that the growth of the district is a challenge they have been preparing for.


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February 15 - 22, 2013

Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week When was the Toledo War, fought between Michigan and Ohio, finally resolved?

1973 in the U.S. Supreme Court (Michigan vs. Ohio)

Chad Nanneman stands in front of one of two ATV’s that this year’s Razor City Cancer Run will be giving away. For more information on how to participate in this year’s Razor City Cancer Run contact organizer Chad Nanneman. The Razor City Cancer Run is locally organized and 100% of the money goes to the local cause.

Service announces annual Endangered Species Day youth art contest Submitted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to have their students participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on May 17, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species. This year also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s rarest plant and animal species. The Youth Art Contest provides students from kindergarten to high school with an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Young artists who are home schooled and participate in youth groups are also eligible to submit their art. Previous winners have come from California,

Minnesota, New Jersey, Louisiana and as far away as Alaska. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. This year, the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest finalists will be judged by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers and conservationists, including Wyland, renowned marine life artist; Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild; David Littschwager, a freelance photographer and regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine; Susan Middletown, a photographer who has collaborated with Littschwager and whose own work has been published in four books; and Alice Tangerini, botanical illustrator for the Smithsonian Institution. The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) will select the 40 semifinalists from thousands of entries. It takes empathy, direct action and awareness to prevent the extinction of endangered species. Art can certainly play an important role. The Youth Art Contest is an ideal platform to engage the next generation. Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8

and Grades 9-12, and will receive plaques and art supply gift packs. In addition, one grand prize winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy and receive a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C. with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prize winner will also receive art supplies and a special art lesson (via Skype) from Wyland, the artist. The Youth Art Contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation. For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit Many of the Service’s field and regional offices will be hosting events in their communities and providing unique programs to visitors on endangered species conservation in celebration of Endangered Species Day. For more information on how you can find an event near you, please visit http://www.fws. gov/endangered/ESDay/ index.html. America’s fish, wildlife

and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. To learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program, go to where you can download podcasts and find links to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit Connect with our Facebook page at, follow us on Twitter at, watch our YouTube Channel at com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at photos/usfwshq.

Council to consider fines for water wasting At last night’s Gillette City Council Work Session, the council had a discussion of an ordinance to amend section 17-32 of the Gillette City Code concerning water wasting. The possible ordinance would focus on irrigation, such as yard or property watering between June 1st and October 1st. City staff said its main focus would be to forbid watering on Mondays during that time period and on any day between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Fines issued to violators would add some teeth to what is currently a voluntary set of guidelines to discourage the wasting of water. Continuing to water with leaking or damaged irrigation components after 10 business days written notice to repair is also touched on in a draft of the ordinance. Fines being considered for the proposed ordinance got a great deal of discussion from council members. Councilwoman Louise Carter-King wanted to know if warnings would be issued to residents before they are hit with the initial fine of $100. Sustainability Coordinator Michael Foote said that two warnings could be expected before a fine was issued. The amount of the fines also dominated large portions of the conversation. An initial draft of the ordinance showed a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense, a $500 fine for a third offense and a $750 fine for every offense thereafter. Councilman Robyn Kuntz said he could not support any consideration of fines that high. After hearing Kuntz’s concerns, Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy solicited feedback from every council member. Councilman Ted Jerred suggested leaving the amount of a fine for a first offense at $100, but only raising the amount of the fine in $50 increments for

The Toledo War, also known as the Michigan– Ohio War, was the almost entirely bloodless boundary dispute between the U.S. state of Ohio and the adjoining territory of Michigan. Originating from conflicting state and federal legislation passed between 1787 and 1805, the dispute resulted from poor understanding of geographical features of the Great Lakes at the time. Varying interpretations of the law caused the governments of Ohio and Michigan to both claim sovereignty over a 468-square-mile region along the border, now known as the Toledo Strip. When Michigan sought statehood in the early 1830s, it sought to include the disputed territory within its boundaries; Ohio’s congressional delegation was in turn able to halt Michigan’s admission to the Union. Beginning in 1835, both sides passed legislation attempting to force the other side’s capitulation. Ohio’s governor Robert Lucas and Michigan’s 24-year-old “Boy Governor” Stevens T. Mason were both unwilling to cede jurisdiction of the Strip, so they raised militias and helped institute criminal penalties for citizens submitting to the other’s authority. The militias were mobilized and sent to positions on opposite sides of the Maumee River near Toledo, but besides mutual taunting there was little interaction between the two forces. The single military confrontation of the “war” ended with a report of shots being fired into the air, incurring no casualties. During the summer of 1836, Congress proposed a compromise whereby Michigan gave up its claim to the strip in exchange for its statehood and approximately three-quarters of the Upper Peninsula. The compromise was considered a poor outcome for Michigan at the time; nearly all of it was still Indian territory, and voters in a state convention in September soundly rejected it. In December 1836, the Michigan territorial government, facing a dire financial crisis and pressure from Congress and President Andrew Jackson, called another convention (called the “Frost-bitten Convention”) which accepted the compromise which resolved the Toledo War. The later discovery of copper and iron deposits and the plentiful timber in the Upper Peninsula more than offset Michigan’s economic loss in surrendering Toledo. While the border on land was firmly set in the early 20th century, the two states were still in disagreement on the path of the border to the east, in Lake Erie. In 1973, the two states finally obtained a hearing before the United States Supreme Court on their competing claims to the Lake Erie waters. In Michigan v. Ohio, the court upheld a special master’s report and ruled that the boundary between the two states in Lake Erie was angled to the northeast, as described in Ohio’s state constitution, and not a straight east–west line. One consequence of the court decision was that tiny Turtle Island just outside of Maumee Bay and originally treated as being wholly in Michigan, was split between the two states. This decision was the last border adjustment, putting an end to years of debate over the official boundary line.

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every offense after that, until repeating at $250. Sustainability Coordinator Michael Foote began last night’s discussion by presenting data on a very dry 2012 and what indicators are showing to be anther notably dry year in 2013. Foote said the goal is to keep water usage in the city below 10 million gallons per day. Foote said that equates to about 150 gallons per person, per day, on an annualized basis. Mayor Murphy said he believes that everybody in Gillette needs to take water conservation seriously, and the council needs to send a message loud and clear that water conservation is serious business. “None of us want to have the (water) tanks to a level where a wild land grass fire comes in and burns up some buildings, and we can’t (adequately) fight the fire.”---Murphy The public will have some time to discuss the issue and contact their council members or city staff with comments and concerns. The first of three readings for the ordinance is expected to be February 19th, 7pm, at Gillette City Hall.

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President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition. “Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.” In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent). Under the Americans with No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance. Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires. Finally, the Americans with No Abilities Act contain tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?” “As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lugnut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. “This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.” With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Said Sen. Dick Durbin: “As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

February 15 - 22, 2013

Public Pulse

Campbell County Observer

Barrasso statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) delivered the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “President Obama missed a clear opportunity to prove that he is focused on the economy and helping Americans find good jobs. Instead of announcing new taxpayer funded projects, he should have announced his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. “The people of Wyoming know better than to believe his promise that his new proposals won’t add a dime to the deficit. I agree with President Obama that we have to invest in the future – but it doesn’t have to be through expensive new government pro-

grams that burden our children and grandchildren with even more debt and make them pay higher taxes. Instead, President Obama and Congress should invest our time and energy in eliminating wasteful spending, cutting red tape and making it easier for folks in Wyoming and across the country to find work in their communities. “As we know from his previous State of the Union addresses, the President’s actions in the months ahead mean more than his words tonight. I encourage President Obama to work with Congress on confronting the challenges that prevent hardworking Americans from achieving their dreams.”


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February 15 - 22, 2013

Bold Republic Weekly Which house did you grow up in? By Glenn Woods There really is a big difference in how we are raised and how that upbringing affects the rest of our lives. Were you raised by parents who coddled you or were you raised by parents who insisted that you learn things the hard way? Last Monday, my sister sent me a video that she knew I would love. From the way I saw it, this video explained EVERYTHING about the two different ways parents can choose to raise their kids. The video was about eight minutes long. It began with the cutest little yellow puppy I have ever seen at the top of a short flight of stairs. Let’s just name the puppy, Puppy. Mommy dog is a big yellow dog, and she is trying to encourage her little yellow Puppy to take its first steps down the scary flight of steps. Little yellow Puppy proves to be yellow inside and out. Puppy puts a paw out, then pulls it back, turns its body a bit, sniffs the step, puts the other front paw out, hesitates then pulls it back again. This goes on for a while so Mommy goes up the stairs, turns around and walks down the stairs, all the while looking back to see if her little one is watching. Little Puppy tries again. Mommy demonstrates again. Back and forth the process goes with Puppy never making it down the

first step. Finally, little yellow Puppy gives up and turns around, discouraged, it whimpers, and walks away, its head hung in defeat. It was such a pitiful sight that even I let out an “awww.” Mommy scampered up the steps and turned her little Puppy around, nudging it back to the stairs. With some more encouragement she was finally able to convince Puppy to try again. Like before there was a lot of demonstrating by Mommy and a lot of failed attempts by. More than once turned around and whimpered off, but Mommy never gave up, always rushing down the hallway to turn her little one around and bring it back to the edge of the stairs. This goes on for seven minutes solid until, finally, Puppy gets its nerve up, reaches way over and down, placing its paw on the first step down. The second paw eventually follows. Now, for the all-important back legs. --- Houston, we have a problem. At this point Mommy reaches down and places her mouth gently on the back of Puppies’ neck. Puppy feels it, and understands that should it fall Mommy will catch it by grabbing the back of the neck and lifting it up over the scary steps. Together, the both gently walk down the steps with

Mommy guiding Puppy all the way down. And again I hear myself say, “Awww.” Seven minutes and fifty seconds into the video and the two are finally down at the bottom of the steps. At this point the video jumps to a kitten at the top of a flight of higher and much scarier stairs. A rickety-looking fold-up attic stairway. Little kitten at the top. Fumbling paw searches for the first step down. Mama Cat watches for about two seconds and --WHAP! Kitten catches a BUTT FULL of MAMA CAT CLAW! Kitten lands of the first step and has no choice but to use the next three to slow itself down or its tailover-end all the way down. By the third step Kitten has grasped the idea of how these step thingies work, and it prances the rest of the way down to the bottom. I howled with laughter, then wrote back to my sister; “Which house did WE grow up in? Yes, my mother was the cat. I’m glad that she was. In my house we learned by DOING! Often, that meant that we learned the hard way. But in the end we had an understanding of where things came from and how the world worked. No illusions with my mother’s

kids. I look out today at a world of coddled “PUPPIES,” who have no understanding of how things work in the real work or where things come from. I hear a lot of talk about “Saving America.” When I hear this talk I often find myself thinking, ‘it begins with the children.’ Here, in America, our parents built a bubble of

protection around us to protect from the realities of the world. Most of the rest of the world lives under dictatorship, in slavery, and poverty. It is good that we, in America, have given the next generation so much. But what was forgotten was to teach them the realities of life. Freedom is not free. You only deserve what you have created with your

own mind and your own hands. Bad people in a bad world will rob from you and enslave you if you do not have the intestinal and intellectual fortitude to fight to maintain your freedom. Sometimes, the best way to learn is to give your child a good kick in the pants, let them fall, and then teach them how to get back up.

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Letters to the Editor

Your Help Needed with Wyoming Senate

Dear Campbell County, HB-103 is a State Preemptive law that would make it illegal for cities, towns, and counties to create their own firearm ordinances beyond State Law. HB-104 would make it illegal for Federal Agents to enforce anti-assault weapon and high compasity magazines within the borders of the State of Wyoming. HB-105 would have made it legal for parents with a Concealed Weapon Permit to legally carry a weapon when escorting their own child into school. The Judiciary committee hearing has finally been scheduled for HB103 and HB-104. Plan on being in Cheyenne on Wednesday Feb 20th at 7:30am. (Meeting starts at 8am in Rm. 302) Remember to bring family and friends to this important hearing on gun rights legislation. As a side note -- while in Cheyenne you can let the members of the senate education committee know (in person) how disappointed you are with them for killing HB-105. I look forward to seeing your there! To Liberty, Anthony Bouchard Executive Director Wyoming Gun Owners

What is your opinion on Mental illness, is it still a Catch-22?

Dear Editor, How are severely mentally ill patients getting treatment today? Are these our forgotten people left on the streets of major cities, hiding behind tunnels, left for the chosen few who can recognize what they are seeing, to wither and die? Or are they are part of the rash of new violence plaguing us today? In 2005 there were 3000 severely mentally ill patients’ to one hospital bed. Today we have less than 100,000 mentally ill patients in state hospitals. This is a national problem, people with Paranoid Schizophrenia or Bipolar illness, are the ones who desperately needs long term hospital care but like so many it is just not available. Antipsychotic

medication, developed decades ago was not a cure but for Schizophrenia but allowed many patients to function more in society (when taken). SSI program provides minimum income to those mentally ill who could not work. Those people were to be cared for by the community mental health centers. Which for people with severe mental illness who have no idea they are ill don’t go to, and stop taking any form of treatment. Why? They have no insight and deny illness so they will even deny taking SSI like my sister and the thousands of others do not want the stigma when are not sick. And as the many mental health and legal professionals have said to me over and over they have a right to be sick or mentally ill, immediately followed by as long as they are not a danger to themselves or others. We went in the opposite direction we were at in the 50’s and 60’s where it was easy to get into a mental hospital and now the polar opposite is true. When did we get on this track that you practically have to be foaming of the mouth under a bed before you can be hospitalized against your will? The Supreme Court in 1975 restricted involuntary hospitalization for the case O’Connor v.Donaldson, and any treatment had to take place in the “least restrictive environment” Afterwards court decisions have prevented mandatory treatment except for emergencies. I know it took 10 years before a psychiatrist took my sister to Court in Nassau County Medical Ctr. and won to treat her against her will. Dr. Ray noted there was significant damage to her brain already from lack of treatment that she has a moral obligation to save her life. She was treated for three months by injection. But here is the other part that doesn’t make sense once you are released from the hospital as severely mentally ill treated against their will, no one can force you to take medication once you are out. All these decisions are based on the fact that this is a lifestyle being mentally ill and this lifestyle choice should not be interfered with unless you are in danger to yourself or others. Another secret that should be worth mentioning that in prisons across the country there are at least 16% of the prison population are mentally ill. Some are just waiting for a hospital bed. Also the economic

cost for untreated mental illness is 100 billion dollars each year in the US as quoted by both NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Nami is a very helpful organization that has been helping families for decades including mine. The social worker in my area Joyce Benz, Dir. of NAMI in Union county, NJ, has been putting out fires and working around the system for a long time. Joyce is an unusual social worker who cares about the outcome not only dollars. Usually when you are released from a hospital where you are treated against your will they wait until the patient has stabilized. There mandatory 14 day holds which my sister Lora had and at Nassau Medical center they took her for three months. Then you are in the hands of the DSS (Department for Social Services). Social workers at the DSS, who are there to save money and care little about a patient. They told my sister they had no housing for her but to come back and they would give her a bus ticket to Ca. without money and food. Across country, that is what Joyce Benz said is called in the business as a geographical cure. We need to re- examine the American mental health care policy of the last 50 years. Federal court decisions establishing rights to refuse treatment and restricting involuntary treatment should be reconsidered. We should replace “least restrictive environment” with most therapeutic place to be, which balances the interests of the patient with public safety. Those released from state hospitals must continue treatment as an outpatient care even after the crisis is over. Our state hospitals need to be re-expanded with acceptance of the fact, patients may need real long term care. This is not denying liberty to anybody. Lastly, legislators should reject those who want to put restrictions on psychiatric hospitalization or treatment with psychiatric medication. If we continue to treat these individuals as leper’s of society with no treatment, no where to turn and continue to put barriers on treating of the mentally ill, then we as society will continue to pay a high price and the violence that has become so much a part of our lives now may be repeated many more times than we even imagine. Melinda Khan 450 Henry St. Roselle Park, NJ


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Public Pulse

February 15 - 22, 2013

Bogus Budget Cuts Camouflage Charade

In December 2011, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead called on state agencies to cut their budgets by between five and eight percent. An eight percent budget cut would have amounted to $75 million, and this news created quite a bit of stir in some quarters, and quite a bit of confusion in others. While some asked: how will people survive such draconian cuts; others asked: how could a government, with a biennium budget of approximately $8 billion, cut its budget by eight percent and arrive at a $75 million reduction in spending? Simple. The government isn’t cutting its budget by eight percent, it’s cutting a small part of one part of it’s budget by eight percent. Find out how this trim trickery works at This cartoon is free and provided to media outlets and opinion leaders by the Wyoming Liberty Group for reprint with attribution. The Wyoming Liberty Group is a 401(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan research organization. The Group’s mission is to prepare citizens for informed, active and confident involvement in local and state government and to provide a venue for understanding public issues in light of constitutional principles and government accountability. If you have any questions please contact Maureen Bader at 307-632-7020.

On the Contrary...

On the Contrary is a column in debate format originated by the Campbell County Observer. The opinions expressed in this debate do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the writers of this column, the Observer staff, or of the Observer itself. To show two sides of a debate, many times one of the guest columnists or regular writers may be playing devil’s advocate. This article is not to push political agenda’s or opinions, but to show both sides of the debate. To become a guest for “On the Contrary” email us a request at

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Candice DeLaat (Owner)

The Issue: Should the City of Gillette fine people for over watering?

The Sides: Nick is debating against the fine and Candice is debating for the fine. Nicholas: At last night’s Gillette City Council Work Session, the council had a discussion of an ordinance to amend section 17-32 of the Gillette City Code concerning water wasting. The possible ordinance would focus on irrigation, such as yard or property watering between June 1st and October 1st. City staff said its main focus would be to forbid watering on Mondays during that time period and on any day between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Fines issued to violators would add some teeth to what is currently a voluntary set of guidelines to discourage the wasting of water. Continuing to water with leaking or damaged irrigation components after 10 business days written notice to repair is also touched on in a draft of the ordinance. Fines being considered for the proposed ordinance got a great deal of discussion from council members. Councilwoman Louise Carter-King wanted to know if warnings would be issued to residents before they are hit with the initial fine of $100. Sustainability Coordinator Michael Foote said that two warnings could be expected before a fine was issued. Now you say that you are for this fine. Why? Candice: Because we live in a desert-like climate. Water is a precious commodity in this area. If we continue to have droughts like last summer, the City’s water system will not have the capacity to keep up with the need of the lawns in the city. If you prioritize the use of water, it is first needed for drinking (although I don’t drink the City’s water without major filtering). The second use for water on the priority list is cooking. Next comes bathing, cleaning, and finally watering lawns. If the City’s water system is stretched to the max during the summer months than decisions have to be made, does this person go without drinking water because this person wanted a green lawn? Nicholas: Yea, I can’t even make coffee at our office without filtering the city water it tastes so awful. Back to the point, I am in agreement with you that the City’s water infrastructure is stretched to the max during the summer months, especially last year. But that is why the state tax payers bit off half of the cost of the new Madison pipeline project, and the rest of Campbell County is paying for the other half, specifically so the City of Gillette can double its water supply. Now, this is not paying for an expansion of water treatment, storage, distribution, pumps, waste water distribution, treatment, and disposal…but the screwed up politics behind the Madison Pipeline project is for an-

other On the Contrary debate all together. As soon as it’s done there should be plenty of water available, so why then create a fine? Candice: Well, it will still be some time before the Madison pipeline is finished. Also, like you said, we will be forced to vote back in the 1% sales tax because of the great politics through intentional lack of planning by the elected officials, appointed officials, and residents that pushed for the project. This means that it will be many years before the water need to supply green to lawns will be available. Until then, water in the summer months are stretched thin, and we need to conserve that. Nicholas: You are right again, but let me define what the problem is here, the City. The City is a prime example of how a government can mess up anything it touches. So you have water (and not very good water by the way) that costs a lot of money to produce and distribute. Since there is not enough, they regulate how much water each person can have, and when they can use it. When they break the rules, they get a $100.00 fine, which I can define these types of fines as legalized theft, as they are taking my personal property (money) that I earned because I wasn’t following their rules. Can you see anything right in that? Anything at all? Candice: Well, the City of Gillette has to look out for the welfare of all of the people it represents. So this person has a right to use as much water as they want which will hurt all the other members of his community without penalty? You do know that rules are not enforceable without penalties. Nicholas: Yes I do, but there is a better way to handle it. I am on the Sleepy Hollow Homeowners Board, and we have our own water system that we pay for and take care of. We charge a set rate per month, and allow 5,500 gallons per household. Gallons not used are not pro-rated. If you go over the max gallon amount allowed you pay per gallon and a decent price at that. I have seen people pay over $100 in a month for going over. Also, we have a private water contractor taking care of our system instead of a bureaucracy of government workers. Now you have reduced cost and the city will probably produce better water, as we all know that the private industry thrives with quality and efficiency, while the public industry thrives on the back of the private industry. Next, you give a gallon rate and charge for extra gallons. This way, the people who can afford to waste money on green lawns when water is expensive, will. Most of the people can’t. If I spent a ton of money on my lawn, I sure would never let the city ruin my investment if I can help it. Now, because most people can’t afford to go over their allowance of water, the city would keep their water usage to the necessary level, probably make more money than they would with a fine. Also, the few people that would go over the limit would be giving up their money (property) voluntarily instead of have it taken by force. Candice: I agree with you, and it would work much better your way. So, let’s go have a nice cold glass of the great tasting straight-out-of-the-tap Sleepy Hollow water, that we paid less than half for than do people who live in the city. Oh, and we have to thank Dwayne Faucet who owns “The Water Guy” private business and takes care of our system. Great job! Nicholas: “Dwayne Faucet” who owns “The Water Guy?” Well, I guess him starting a water business was just fate.

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Brunton named Friends of NRA Title Sponsor

The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce that Brunton will serve as the Title Sponsor of the Friends of NRA television show for a third consecutive year. Friends of NRA airs Sundays at 10:00 PM EST on the Outdoor Channel. Now in its third season, the show follows retired Major League Baseball player Matt Duff and professional shooter Jessie Duff as they explore the history and impact of Friends of NRA, the multi-million dollar grassroots fund-raising program. “It’s important to us as a company to support the National Rifle Association and its membership,” said President of Brunton Outdoor Group, Erron Sorensen. “Brunton has had a long relationship with NRA and we look forward to continuing it for years to come.” A renowned manufacturer of equipment for the outdoor enthusiast, the Brunton brand has been

known for its quality, reliability and long life. Their expansive list of products includes binoculars, shooting scopes, tripods and more. Additionally, Brunton will be the exclusive optics sponsor of Friends of NRA’s third season. Visit their website at http://www. “We really appreciate the support Brunton has given the Friends of NRA program, especially as title sponsor of our TV show for three years running” said National Manager of Events & Marketing John da Silva. “We’re glad to have them as a member of the Friends of NRA family and hope to continue this relationship into the future.” Learn more about Friends of NRA by visiting their website at http:// For sponsorship inquires, contact National Manager of Events & Marketing John da Silva at (703) 267-1356

Governor appoints Kara Brighton to Public Service Commission

Governor Matt Mead has appointed Kara Brighton to the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC). She will replace Deputy Chairman Commissioner Steve Oxley who is retiring. The PSC regulates public utilities that provide services to consumers in Wyoming and ensures public utilities in Wyoming provide safe and reliable service at reasonable rates. Brighton’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Wyoming Senate. “I am pleased Kara is willing to join the Public Service Commission, which works diligently on behalf of Wyoming utility customers,” Governor Mead said. “Kara did a great service for the people of Wyoming in working on the North Platte River Settlement Agreement and I appreciate her continuing commitment to the state.” Brighton is partner at the law firm of Hageman & Brighton. She previously worked for the Wyoming Attorney General and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. Brighton serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “I am honored Governor Mead would consider me to serve such an important role for the people of Wyoming,” Brighton said. “I look forward to working with Commissioners Minier and Russell and delving into the various facets of utility regulation and safety.” “I thank Commissioner Oxley for his years of work on the PSC and his leadership in national and western electrical transmission organizations. He has helped tackle some challenging questions facing Wyoming and the nation,” Governor Mead said. Commissioner Oxley said, “Most of my 30 years of service to the State of Wyoming have been with the Public Service Commission, the last six as Deputy Chairman. The Commission has given me the opportunity to work on important issues for Wyoming and the West, and it has allowed me to make some of the best friends I ever had. There was never a day in all this time that I did not look forward to coming to work.”

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Public Pulse

Campbell County Observer

February 15 - 22, 2013

Lummis responds to President’s State of the Union Address

Gillette teens among Cadets of Class 16

The Wyoming National Guard’s Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy congratulated 35 teenagers who were chosen to be full cadets of Class 16 during a recent recognition ceremony, following two weeks of Pre-ChalleNGe. The 35 cadets include 31 males and four females from 14 Wyoming counties and Colorado. The Cowboy Challenge Academy, designed to help high school dropouts get their lives back on track, provides the teens with a regimented 5 1/2 month in-residence program helping them to reclaim their lives and develop the skills they need to be successful. Core components of the program include academics, citizenship, life-coping skills, civic service, leadership and physical fitness. Attendees must be between 16-18 years old and cannot be ordered to attend by the court. All cadets enter the academy voluntarily

and can leave the program at any time. The Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy is now accepting applications for its next class which begins in early April. All applications and supporting documentation must be received by the close of business, March 29. Attendees will arrive and begin training at the program’s campus, in Guernsey, on April 7. Class 16 members are: Kyle D. Atkinson of Clearmont; Nyklas M. Barr of Worland; Noah A. Bouck of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Christopher D. Carey of Thayne; Justin M. Carreras of Sundance; Kevin Carrillo of Greeley, Colo.; Kauner D. Charlebois of Cheyenne; Tyson T. Christensen of Cody; Shaun Z. Chriswisser of Hanna; Austin M. DeWitt of Buffalo; Carter M. Drake of Worland; Robert Duran III of Cheyenne; Cody L. Edwards of Riverton; Tristan

A. Elisson of Rock Springs; Jessica A. Ellis of Worland; Cleve A. Jordan of Casper; Landon J. Lester of Evanston; Jamaal C. Lohr of Eaton, Colo.; Ray M. Phillips of Casper; Forest G. Renaud-Fontaine of Laramie; Keenan M. Rivera of Casper; Zain A. Robidart of Gillette; McKenna C. Ruby of Gillette; Ryne D. Sandercock of Casper; Michael J. Schmitt of Casper; Maksim S. Shakirov of Rawlins; Derek B.N. Shreffler of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Dylan B. Tarris of Cheyenne; Laci LeeAnn Thompson of Dubois; Jade E. Tilton of Gillette; Trystan J. Waldhart of Laramie; Kameron M. Walker of Rock Springs; Devon W. Willson of Cody; Andrew V. Wolfrum of Aurora, Colo.; and Brandon A. Zacevich of Rawlins. For information about the Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy, cadet applications, or information on becoming a mentor, call 307-836-7500.

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening for his annual State of the Union. US Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) issued the following statement in reaction to the President’s address: “There is a clear disconnect between reality and the version of ‘reality’ this President thinks America is living in. “It’s ironic to hear the President tout his jobs agenda, when time and again he shoots down job creating projects like the Keystone Pipeline and shackles America’s job creators with heavy taxes and piles of regulations; it’s even more ironic when you consider our unemployment rate has remained at almost 8% since 2009. “We’ve witnessed four years of attacks on the

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podium tonight. His policies belie his feigned support of small businesses and the middle class. “Reigniting the private sector begins by getting the government out of the way, not continuing to expand it. It begins by enacting a progrowth tax code, securing our country’s finances, cutting federal spending and reducing the scope of the federal government. “Our country needs an authentic commitment from Washington to address our crushing $16 trillion debt. It needs real entitlement reform. But most of all the country needs Washington to get out of the way allowing the private sector, America’s small businesses, job creators and the middle class the autonomy to succeed.”

Governor lets House Bill 223 become law without his signature Governor Matt Mead will not sign House Bill 223 today. The Governor said he wants the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees to finalize its search for a new President under the terms of the search the Board established at the beginning of the process. But, Governor Mead also said he is concerned about the precedent set by this bill and wanted to signal lawmakers he would not favor any further expansion of this exemption to the open records law. “By not affixing my signature to this bill I wanted to express my concern about

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private sector, an Administration dead set on killing abundant, affordable energy sources and a massive influx in the size and scope of the federal government. Our middle class continues to be hit with a slow growing economy, rising energy costs and taxes increases. “In what world does piling thousands of pages of regulations on small businesses create a system that encourages private sector job growth? In what market does one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world equate to more job creation? How is killing coal, an abundant source of American energy, the answer to lowering electricity costs? “A well delivered speech cannot validate a falsehood. There is a four-year track record that followed President Obama to the

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Rep. Wallis gets Bob Barker’s attention TV icon Bob Barker has sent a letter on PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) behalf to Wyoming state senators. In the letter, Barker urges the lawmakers to block House Bill (H.B.) 126. House Bill 126 introduced by Rep. Sue Wallis’, R-Recluse, would make it a misdemeanor to record video or audio at a farm under false pretenses. Opponents of the legislation that cleared the house earlier this week, fear it would prevent well meaning whistle-blowers from exposing abuse. When contacted about the letter yesterday Wallis said via e-mail that she was unaware of the letter sent to senators, and requested a copy of the letter.

creating another exemption from disclosure under the Public Records Act,” Governor Mead said. “I did, however, want the search process at the University of Wyoming to play out under the conditions established for the applicants who put their names forward. I do not want to change the process midstream.” The Governor has sent this bill, House Enrolled Act 1, to the Secretary of State, meaning it becomes law without signature. “I asked the Trustees to find the very best person possible to be the next President of the Univer-

sity of Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “After careful consideration, they identified a process to deliver on that request. Their intentions were for the best and reflected a belief they were within the bounds of the Wyoming Public Records Act.” Governor Mead said Wyoming does have a strong Act. “Personnel matters are not public in most cases but I believe the Press Association raised important points about the need for transparency at UW and our community colleges. We should avoid further expansion of this law.”

Enzi announces “listening sessions” across Wyoming

Enzi announces “listening sessions” across Wyoming Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will use next week’s congressional state work period to hold “listening sessions” across the state to hear the ideas and solutions Wyoming residents have for solving America’s problems. If you live in or near Gillette, Sheridan, Casper, Wheatland, Cheyenne, Powell, Thermopolis, Riverton, Rock Springs, Pinedale, or Jackson, Enzi will be stopping in your area, ready to listen and take notes. “These listening sessions are just what the name suggests. I’m not planning to give a long speech. I plan to address some of the issues brought up at the session as I can at the end, but this time is for residents to say what is on their mind, and for me to listen. I hope to hear common sense, realistic and workable solutions. These are typical in Wyoming, but harder to come by in Washington,” said Enzi. A schedule of Enzi’s public listening sessions are as follows: Sat. Feb. 16, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Gillette Listening Session at Gillette College Tech Center at 3251 So. 4J Rd.



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Gillette Swimming Results (4A North Boys Conference) Boys 200 SC Meter Medley Relay (Final) 1 Campbell County High School ‘A’ 1:57.91 1:53.28 32 27.01 59.71 1:27.26 1:53.28 Boys 200 SC Meter Freestyle (A - Final) 2 Beaver, Noah M 15 Camels 2:14.52 2:07.68 27.84 59.19 1:32.83 2:07.68 5 Knottnerus, Taylor 14 Camels 2:19.38 2:18.79 31.95 1:06.55 1:42.61 2:18.79 6 Brown, Casey 15 Camels 2:24.73 2:20.41 32.84 1:08.04 1:44.56 2:20.41 Boys 200 SC Meter Freestyle (B - Final) 7 Mitchell, Dakota 17 Camels 2:27.21 2:28.40 31.15 1:07.86 1:47.26 2:28.40

1 Baldacci, Collin 27.10 57.62 4 Apodaca, Andrew 29.45 1:05.42


10 Mager, Kendal 36.66 1:22.69 12 Antonovich, Jarod 44.80 1:39.29

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Boys 1 mtr Diving (A-Final) 16 Camels 231.80 323.55 13 15 Camels 229.40 318.20 12 15 Camels 226.60 318.05 11 14 Camels 207.20 288.25 9

Girls Basketball There are only a small handful of games remaining, in the regular season. Here are the latest girls basketball standings, as of February 10th. Some scores are still missing. Standings will be updated, as the missing scores are reported in. 4A East: (Conference record listed first, then overall record) Sheridan 6-1, 17-2 Gillette 6-1, 15-3 East 5-1, 17-2 Laramie 2-5, 12-7 Central 1-5, 10-9 South 0-7, 4-16

Tongue River 7-0, 20-0 Big Horn 5-2, 12-9 Sundance 3-3, 9-10 Wright 3-5, 9-12 Moorcroft 0-8, 4-17

Seamus Casey - 66 lb - 4th place Tristan Wornkey - 78 lb - 2nd place Brady Carlson - 78 lb - 3rd place


Boys 400 SC Meter Freestyle Relay (A-Final) 1 Campbell County High School ‘A’ 4:01.55 3:56.26 32 27.26 57.02 1:24.02 1:55.37 2:23.51 2:55.25 3:24.42 3:56.26

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Rayce Mason 57 lb - did not place Seamus Casey 65 lb - did not place Brady Carlson 70 lb - did not place

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Boys 100 SC Meter Breaststroke (A - Final) 1 Beaver, Noah M 15 Camels 1:16.30 1:14.82 16 34.59 1:14.82 5 Knottnerus, Kory G 18 Camels 1:19.94 1:20.45 10 37.73 1:20.45


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2A Northeast: (Conference record listed first, then overall record)

Peak Wrestling results bers of the Peak Wrestling club competed and placed in the top six the Rocky Mountain Nationals Wild West wrestling tournament. Top wrestlers from several states traveled to Gillette to compete in this event. Warren Carr placed 2nd in the 10 and under 89 lb division while Trevor Jeffries also placed second in the 15 and under 95lb division.

Boys 100 SC Meter Butterfly (B-Final) 17 Camels 1:19.59 1:22.69

Event 10 Boys 100 SC Meter Backstroke (A-Final) 1 Fuller, Ethan D 14 Camels 1:08.37 1:07.30 16 32.77 1:07.30 4 Apodaca, Andrew 16 Camels 1:09.60 1:09.39 11 33.51 1:09.39 Event 10 Boys 100 SC Meter Backstroke (B-Final) 8 McKeown, Ty D 16 Camels 1:13.64 1:15.16 5 36.26 1:15.16

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2A Northeast: (Conference record listed first, then overall record) Big Horn 6-1, 16-5 Moorcroft 5-3, 15-6 Wright 4-4, 8-12 Tongue River 3-4, 9-11 Sundance 0-6, 2-16

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Boys 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay (A-Final) 1 Campbell County High School ‘A’ 1:45.79 1:41.58 32 25.41 50.87 1:17.66 1:41.58 38.59 1:19.76 1:54.71 2:33.82

Basketball Standings

4A East: (Conference Record listed first, then overall record) Gillette 7-0, 17-2 Laramie 5-2, 15-4 Sheridan 3-4, 8-11 East 2-4, 5-13 Central 2-4, 7-9 South 1-6, 8-12


Boys 400 SC Meter Freestyle (A - Final) 1 Baldacci, Conner D 15 Camels 4:51.15 4:37.85 16 30.11 1:03.33 1:38.10 2:13.67 2:49.91 3:26.52 4:02.92 4:37.85 3 Knottnerus, Kory G 18 Camels 4:54.54 4:53.28 12 31.47 1:06.78 1:44.01 2:21.88 3:00.69 3:39.44 4:17.55 4:53.28 5 Knottnerus, Taylor 14 Camels 4:58.82 4:59.90 10 33.19 1:09.73 1:47.31 2:25.93 3:05.11 3:44.04 4:23.28 4:59.90 6 Brown, Casey 15 Camels 5:04.96 5:01.01 9 33.62 1:09.90 1:47.47 2:25.46 3:04.56 3:44.31 4:23.74 5:01.01

Boys 50 SC Meter Freestyle (A - Final) 1 Bowersox, David A 16 Camels 25.57 25.75 16 5 Ely, Brayden G 17 Camels 27.13 26.92 10 Boys 50 SC Meter Freestyle (B - Final) 10 Mager, Kendal 17 Camels 28.58 28.29 3

Boys Basketball Another week is in the books, and for 2A and 1A teams, there’s only 1 week to go before the post-season starts. Here are the latest standings as of February 10th:

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Boys 100 SC Meter Freestyle (A - Final) 1 Bowersox, David A 16 Camels 57.06 57.63 16 27.63 57.63 3 Ely, Brayden G 17 Camels 59.43 1:00.35 12 28.51 1:00.35 Boys 100 SC Meter Freestyle (B - Final) 10 Mitchell, Dakota 17 Camels 1:06.96 1:06.88 3 31.73 1:06.88 11 Tolman, Daniel 16 Camels 1:12.59 1:13.50 2 33.95 1:13.50


Boys 200 SC Meter IM (A-Final) 1 Baldacci, Collin 17 Camels 2:12.73 2:08.84 16 27.99 59.91 1:38.68 2:08.84 4 Baldacci, Conner D 15 Camels 2:34.77 2:30.88 11 31.24 1:08.71 1:54.41 2:30.88 Boys 200 SC Meter IM (B-Final) 7 Fuller, Ethan D 14 Camels 2:38.82 2:36.73 7 31.62 1:07.79 1:58.47 2:36.73 8 McKeown, Ty D 16 Camels 2:38.34 2:37.68 5 34.63 1:13.65 2:01.80 2:37.68

2 Carson, Alex 3 Kalkhoff, Brandon 4 Klamm, Tyler D 6 Ludwar, Anthony

Boys 100 SC Meter Butterfly (A-Final) 17 Camels 59.42 57.62 16

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Help Wanted Cook needed at Lu La Bells. Motivated and Energetic. Days Only. Apply at Lu La bells. “It’s just the right time.... for Avon”. By becoming an AVON representative, you help make your clients look and feel beautiful by selling them great products, while giving you the extra income to have a financially stable lifestyle. For information about this great direct selling opportunity call Sandi at 307-670-2724,an Independent Sales Representative for the World’s No#1 Beauty Company. Call today or email Sandi at wyavonlady@ Looking for CDL to work in North Dakota full time. Call 307-670-3629. PERSONAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED: We are looking for an Office Assistant. Duties include greeting clients, answering phones, and routing mail, data entry and retrieve,scheduling and calender maintenance,Ideal candidates will have proven customer service skills in an administrative setting and experience with Microsoft Office applications email resumes to IF INTERESTED Powder River Roofing, a growing company in N.E. Wyoming, is hiring full time roofers. Call 307-696-7465 for an interview. Personal Assistant needed to organize and help. Basic computer skills needed, must be good with organization. I am ready to pay $600.00 per week. Interested person should contact: deans995@ Bl-32-2V Full Time Flooring Installers wanted. Must have experience. Bring resumes in to Carpet Express Direct on Hwy. 59 next to the Prime Rib Restaurant. Exciting new career. Unlimited income potential. Think you can sell? Call 307-2994662. We offer commission, fuel allowance, and much more. Sell in the Bighorn, Casper, Powder River, and Black Hills Area. Are you a friendly outgoing individual? Do you connect with people casually? Are you looking for supplemental income? Do you need to be in charge of your own hours? We are looking for an independent contractor for commissioned based ad sales. For more information call Sandra at 307-689-0028 or email at State Wide Sales people. Print Advertising Sales for new State-wide newspaper. Call 307-299-4662

Child Care Child Care in Sleepy Hollow. Room for 2 children. $20 per day per child. Call 307-257-2306.

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

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

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

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

Business Opportunities

Toy Parts & Accessories

Looking for investor in local business. Call for Details. 307-257-2306.

Stock pipes for Sportster. 500mi. Stock pices for Dyna Wide Glide. 1500mi. Email for info.

Exciting career available Now! No weekends, holidays, or nights. Unlimited income potential. 20% commission plus gas allowance selling print advertising. Call Anne Peterson (advertising manager) at (307) 299-4662 or email AnnePeterson@ CampbellCountyObserver. com Health problems? Try doTERRA certified pure essential oils. 307-680-0363. www.


Rare find. 1969 Pontiac Motor. 390 HP and 470 ft. torque stock from factory. Aluminum edelbrock intake goes with motor. Best offer takes it home. 307-6220825 (a1-39-tfnh) 1999 Vortec 350 Intake and heads. Make offer. 307-6220825 (a1-39-tfnh) Four 16 inch rims, five hole, with caps.$90 307 - 670 1887 Harley Accessories for sale. Call 307-670-8980. Ask for Tammy.

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

Toys (ATV’s Boats, Etc.)

RV Winterization starting at $99.95 at YOUR house. Call Randy at 307-660-3091 (b340-tfnh)

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

Powder River Roofing is N.E. Wyoming’s top quality roofing, with the highest safety standards in the area. Call for your FREE estimate today for metal/wood/shingle removal, install, and repair. (307)-696-7465. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Want To Get in Shape?Like to have Fun? Learn The Graceful moves of American Oriental Belly Dancing! The 3rd Sunday of every month. Call Leanna Tabatt 307-6808457 Looking to buy a new computer? Why waste the money? “Your Computer Store” has refurbished towers and laptops rebuilt right here in our store. Plenty of memory, disc space, and advice. Come by and see our inventory at “Your Computer Store,” where YOU come first! 802 E. Third St next to Ice Cream Land Powder River Mechanics. We have the cheapest labor rates, but the best quality repairs in town. We offer full services on Foreign and domestic vehicles, ATV’s, Snowmobiles, motorcycles, jet ski’s, boats, and more. Let us put you on a Preventative maintenance schedule so your vehicles run miles past your warranty. Call for an appointment. 307-6967713. Avenue Mall - Over 30 vendors, come check us out! 217 Gillette Ave. Mon-Fri. 9AM to 7 PM, Sat. 9AM- 5 PM, Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM Computers have become like cars, and they need repaired. Want the best quality repair work in N.E. Wyoming? Bring your computer to “Your Computer Store.” Quality work at a quality price. “Your Computer Store,” where YOU COME FIRST 802 E. Third street next to Ice Cream Land. Auto insurance preferred and SR-22’s. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520 Motorcycle and ATV insurance. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520

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

Pets Basset Hound pups for sale; 9 weeks old; need shots. Rust and White and Tricolor $250.00; One Lemon and White female $300.00. Transportation cost additional if I deliver @ 25 cents per mile. Serious Inquiries Only! Please call 307-382-9282. 2 AKC Registered Bulldog Puppies for free, THEY ARE MALE AND FEMALE. IF INTERESTED CONTACT ( 2 AKC Registered Tea Cup Yorkies Puppies for free. They are male and female. If interested contact D7-45-3H

International Tractor 300 Utility For Sale. $2000 Artic Cat 4X4 2001For Sale. $2000 Call Bill 307 - 660 – 8563 94 Mazda MX3 for sale. $1500 obo. 307-670-2037 1988 Honda Gl1500 for free if interested contact me at ( ) 2010 Polaris 550 eps with less than 100 miles, books for $8,000. make and offer. Call Steve Terry at 307-2992992 Chopper - Custom built frame, s&s engine, carb, etc. 80ci. Evolution engine. Wide glide front end. Low. Torn apart down to frame. Have all parts, could be built in two days with under $200.00. Asking $5,500 or best offer. Price:$5,500obo. Contact: 307-670-2037 1981 Harley Davidson FXBSturgis, 1st dual-belt drive to commemorate Hill-Climb @ Sturgis, Jack-Pine Gypsies rally started in ‘41, 50th anniversary model. 12K on straight-up original paint, new Moetzler’s driven-by beefed Shovel, 102hp at wheel. Perfect in every aspect, serious inquiries only, loan is $15K and value of over 25K. Ben 680.7464, 3-other older bikes and this has to go to the right person! Custom Harley Soft tail. Being built, need to sell now. Almost finished. Chopper, built in Sturgis, SD. Asking $5,500 and will help you build it. HAVE ALL PARTS! Call 257-2306 Boat for Sale with trailer. Needs work. Call 670-8980 for info.

Miscellaneous Licensed daycare now open. Spots available full-time and before and after school. Close to Rozet school and the post office. Monday through Friday 6:30am to 6pm. Ages 3 and up. Call 307-299-1915 Bring your catch by the Empire Guesthouse for photographs which may be published in this newspaper with our fishing reports. Along with that, the Guesthouse staff will be awarding monthly prizes for those that let us photograph them and their catch. It doesn’t have to be a trophy to enter and there will be special prizes for those 12 and under. Carp shooters are also welcome to enter. Check with the Guesthouse for more details. ACE will reduce your appetite and give you energy. The natural way to lose weight. 660-2974

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

Home Appliances/ Furnshings Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967

February 15 - 22, 2013

Homes for Sale

Guns for Sale

Guns 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.

With the current controversy of gun control you can expect changes. One of these changes will be permanently attached low capacity magazines. Make your current guns compliant to this regulation. Call for quotes on all your gunsmithing needs. Call Wyoming Mountaineers (307)299-2084 to get yours today.

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

For Sale. 3br Townhouse. 1.5 bath. 307-680-1449 (c139-tfnh) Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925. 40+ Acres 2 miles south of Wright 1999 Atlantic Oak Modular. $250,000 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 Great House - 4 bedroom, 2 bath, computer room, huge island kitchen, fireplace. Must see! call 307-687-0333 C1-23-tfn 3 bedroom 11/2 bath C1-39-tfnh

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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.

Merchandise 1939 HA Selmer Trumpet $750 OBO. 687-1087 18v Dewalt tools - sawzall, hammer drill, one battery and one charger. $150 obo. call (307)299-1382 Exterior door with window, interior light fixtures, and computer supplies. E-mail Refrigerator (white) Great condition $100 307-2995918 Blue Dual Reclining Sofa. Good shape $100 Call 6802982. Can text photo if you like. Spyder Semi-auto paint ball gun. cal..68 Special Edition. Only used twice! New $300 For you $175 plus two canisters. Call 680-1302 If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108. Great Jerky For sale: whirlpool refrigerator, brand new patio propane heater, still in box Cabela’s shower tent, large dining room dark blue/red rooster rug, 10” wet tile saw, treadmill. Call 682-6353. Kojac series One, two and three dvd $65.00 $98 value 307 - 670 - 1887 Two place aluminum snowmobile trailer. $1,600. 307689-0202

Apartments for Rent 1-5 bedroom units available for rent. Please contact Real Estate Systems of Gillette Inc at 307-682-0964 for all the updated details. Immaculate 1-2 bedroom apartments, fresh paint, and new flooring. (no pets). Call for move-in special starting at $595 307-686-6488 Apartment for Rent in WindRidge Appts. Water/Trash/ Washer/Dryer. Air and Heat. 3bs/2bth. Must qualify for low income housing. $740.00/ mo. Call 307-685-8066

Get a piece of history. Mosin Nagant Russian M91/30 Surplus Rifle. Very good to Excellent condition 7.62X54 Caliber. These are a very accurate rifle shooting 4” groups at 1000 yards. Open sights are adjustable to yardage with a push of a button. Great gun for hunting deer or elk very cheap ammo available for target practice ($85 per 440 rnds) Comes with military issue sling, sling pouches, bayonet, and cleaning tools. Retailing as high as $175.00 on sale with this ad $145.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Chinese Type 53 Carbines 7.62X54R. These guns have been fully restored and are excellent shooters. They are a shorter model of the Mossin Naugant making them easy to carry through the brush and trees. Large caliber with plenty of take down power for the largest and most dangerous game. Ammo is still available and still very reasonably priced. This gun comes with a fold down bayonet permanently attached. Adjustable sights on an elevation ramp rear sight makes this package very versatile. permanently attached floor plate magazine holds 5 rounds with one additional one in the chamber. These guns are selling fast at the remarkable price of $175.00 with mention of this ad. Call Wyoming Mountaineers (307)299-2084 to get yours today. A friend of mine called the other day and tells me he has 2 friends that are looking for some AR-15’s do I have any? I told him yes I do, They are M4 style scope ready models and priced at $695.00. Great, he says, They will be right over. They never showed up so a few days later I asked him if his friends were still interested. He told me nope, they bought them online for $1500.00. So, here they come with UPS, I still made my $15.00 for the transfer but while they were there they looked at the rifles I had in stock and discovered they were the same models they ordered with the same features and they could have bought 2 from me for the same price they paid for one they ordered. Don’t let this happen to you, Any gun, Any models, Any features can be ordered or built for a lower cost. Call for a free quote. Call Wyoming Mountaineers (307)299-2084 to get yours today. Wyoming Mountaineers now offers easy payment plans on any in stock firearm. Your debit card is your line of credit. Purchase any firearm that is in stock making 4 payments weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Processing fee and payment plan fee apply. Call Wyoming Mountaineers for more details. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad. Colt AR-15, Sporty Target. Pre-ban, INCREDIBLY LOW SALE NUMBER. Great condition $1,500. (307) 6894339. D1-32-2V

Gunsmithing Special of the week. Electrolysis Barrel Cleaning. Increase the accuracy of your firearm, get ready for hunting season or a summer of shooting fun. Most cleanings complete overnight and your gun is ready the next day. This week only $25.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Before you buy, make a call to get a quote. We can order any gun you are looking at and just may be able to save you a ton of money. Call for a free quote. $15.00 FFL Transfer Fee on all internet purchases. If you find that smoking great deal on the internet we transfer guns for only $15.00 per gun. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad.

Autos, Trucks and Vans ‘76 Electra-Glide would consider trade on Pan or Knuck if ya know of anyone, ‘81 sent it to LA-S&S, 11.5to1 and dual-plugged to run regular-gas, had burn-out time at Hog-Jam! Ben 680.7464. 2006 Dodge Mega Cab 4x4 Laramie 102,000 miles $16,000 307-689-7290 1993 Chrysler LHS for sale or trade. Needs tie-rod and alignment. Runs good. $1,500.00 OBO. Email 1994 Plymouth Voyager for sale or trade. Runs/ looks great. 188,000 miles. $2,000.00 OBO. Email 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4. New BF Goodrich Tires, Runs good. $1,200.00. 307299-4662. (a141-tfnh) 2004 Yukon Denali XL,6.0 Motor, Loaded $14,000 OBO 660-9351 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532. 2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4 1/2 Ton Pickup. New tires, ext. cab, long bed. 148,000 mi. One owner. 307-6700858 or 303-250-4096 97’ Chevy Long Box Extended Cab. ¾ Ton, selling for Parts. $1,000 OBO. 307680-7431 1982 Chevy Ventura Van. 350 Engine, 400 Turbo newly rebuilt transmission. Interior in GREAT shape, has a working electric wet bar and built in cooler in back. Carb. needs re-jetted, other than that there are no problems. Must see. Asking $3,500 or best offer. Price:$3,500obo. Contact: 307-670-8980 1952 Chevy Dumptruck, hauls 5 tons of coal $1500 307-682-1172

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February 15 - 22, 2013

Campbell County Observer

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

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

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New treatment for patients with Coronary Artery Disease

Whether you are at-risk for developing a heart condition or you’re one of the 13 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease, arming yourself with the facts you need to stay healthy can help. February is National Heart Health Month and it’s a great time to learn about coronary artery disease, its symptoms and about the latest developments in treatment. Coronary Artery Disease Coronary artery disease is caused when plaque buildup creates blockages or narrowings in the arteries. The blockages restrict blood flow and reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart, potentially putting a person at risk for a heart attack. Common symptoms of coronary artery disease include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and overall weakness. Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent and manage coronary artery disease. These include managing obesity and high blood pressure, living an active lifestyle, making healthy dietary choices and stopping smoking. Improved Treatments Staying on top of the latest medical advances helps ensure you and loved ones secure the best treatment available. One advancement in treatment is supported by new results from the FAME 2 Study funded by St. Jude Medical and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that use of a blood-flow measurement technology, called Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) during treatment of stable coronary artery disease will result in better health outcomes. FFR technology offers physicians a better assessment of where blood flow blockages occur

in the coronary arteries and whether treatment to open an artery narrowing, along with medication, can help lower a patient’s risk of chest pain and heart attack. From less likelihood of a patient being readmitted to the hospital for urgent care, to a reduction in health care costs, FAME 2 research demonstrates that patients who receive FFRguided treatment experienced better outcomes than those treated with medication alone. “The FAME 2 Study results offer further evidence that FFR should be considered the standard of care for treating patients with coronary heart disease,” said Frank J. Callaghan, president of the Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies Division at St. Jude Medical. If you believe you have coronary artery disease, consult your physician for additional information and to determine best treatment options. More information on FFR is available at:

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A First Class Flouring Mill By Jeff Morrison

Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, dry land farmers in northeast Wyoming were in need of a reliable market for their goods. Getting a profit from wheat crops was not only a matter of having a good yield and a good market price, but the cost of shipping the produce to market had to be factored in as well. A closer market meant a lower shipping cost and better profits. In January 1905, George C. Getchell presented plans to the Newcastle Commercial Club to “erect and equip a first class flouring mill” in the booming Wyoming town. Getchell and the club membership knew that a community that could build a commercial milling operation would instantly become the major center of the farming industry in the region. The plans for a 100 barrel mill were finalized that March and construction began in early summer. The mill was ready and opened in time for harvest season in early September, earning Getchell a $3,000 bonus for a prompt delivery date. The three-story mill, built of timber and stone quarried north of town, housed a variety of milling machinery powered by a 70 horse-power, coal-fired electrical generator. As it turned out, the generator could not only produce enough electricity to run the mill, but an ample surplus of generated power could be used for other purposes. Getchell was granted a contract to supply electricity for the Newcastle street lights the same week as the opening of the mill. His new enterprise was officially named The Newcastle Milling Company and Electric Light Plant. The mill produced a variety of flour products, seed and livestock feed. Nearby acreage was turned into a feed-lot. The operation not only serviced local farmers but the greater northeastern Wyoming area as well, thanks to the proximity of the railroad. By 1907 a siding had been constructed to bring grain cars directly to the site and the mill had a capacity of 65

barrels in a 24 hour period. Most of the flour produced at this time was sold under contract to an Omaha grocery firm. The mill had also become one of the major employers in Newcastle and would remain so for many decades to come. Late in 1907, the day-to-day operations were taken over by A. C. Church, formerly of the Sundance Milling Company, who leased the mill in November. Church changed the name to The Newcastle Roller Mills in 1909 and began heavy advertising of “White Satin Flour” which had been a product of the mill since before he took over. In the next ten years he would expand the market for White Satin to include grocers and bakeries as far as 200 miles away. Church eventually bought the mill outright and continued to produce and promote flour products for more than a decade, outlasting a brief partnership with F. O. Yeats along the way. In the fall of 1919, Church sold the Newcastle Roller Mills to a Spearfish, South Dakota pioneer, D. J. Toomey, who renamed the business the D. J. Toomey Produce Company. At the time of this purchase, the operation was the largest flour mill in Wyoming, producing 80 barrels per day. Under Toomey’s management, the mill began a period of physical expansion which continued until 1947. In 1920 he contracted a Kansas City construction firm to build a concrete grain elevator which had first been proposed by his predecessor, A. C. Church, and had been in the planning stages just prior to Toomey’s purchase of the property. Over the next three-plus decades the original building was expanded to include a warehouse and offices plus two wooden silos behind the elevator. D. J. Toomey turned the daily operations over to his son, Howard, who managed the family business until his death in 1964. Under his leadership the mill officially became Toomey’s Mills, and gained

international notoriety. At some point Howard began developing self-rising flour mixtures. Using family friends as an unofficial “focus group”, Toomey perfected recipes for flapjacks and later biscuits. At this time, prepackaged flapjack mixes were rare. After he perfected his flapjack mixture, so the story goes, Toomey asked a local restaurant manager to try it out on his customers. The manager was reluctant to feed his customers an un-proven product until Toomey agreed to let him try a case for free. When Toomey later returned to see how the customers liked the mix, the manager promptly ordered another case. Toomey’s Flapjack Flour and Toomey’s Biscuit Mix were huge successes for the mill. Their distinctive yellow boxes with bright red lettering became familiar sights in homes and restaurants all over the Midwest and West Coast during the mid-20th century. The packaging has since become collector’s items. Milling operations ended at Toomey’s Mills in 1965. The buildings and all the milling equipment they contained were left abandoned for the next ten years. In 1974 the property was bought by two couples, Tom and Judith Mitich, and


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

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