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areas. A large rehabilitation gym and activity areas on the second floor will provide space for hobbies and enable patients to receive focused rehabilitation for shorter stays, such as care for hip replacements. A spa and hair salon, library and game room and theater complete the building’s many amenities.

The drawings (pictured) are not finalized yet and show what the facility could look like. There are still many decisions to be made on important things like heating and air handling systems, location and size of offices and the final number of resident rooms. Once all these decisions are made, the hope is to break ground in late fall.

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JAMES WILLIAMS Funeral services for James Williams was held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating. James Andrew Williams went to sleep on the evening of February 13. On the morning of February 14, he woke in Heaven. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of love, strength, and faith which gave him the grace to walk through the many trials of life. Born on July 30, 1928 to T.R. and Anna Vada Williams, James was raised in Carlsbad, N.M. with his sister, Virginia Ann, and his double-cousin, Billy Jack Williams. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1946, and proceeded to Whitworth College in Spokane, W.A. There he joined the ski team, and also began to excel in chemistry. His interests led him to become a chemical analyst in the potash mining industry in N.M. for the next forty years. In the late 1940’s, he met Mary Nell Gough during his summer break

from college. The two fell in love, and were happily married on December 9, 1949. Over the years, they were blessed with three children: Susan Elaine married to Jim Bergauer of Los Alamos, New Mexico, James Andrew, II of Gillette, Wyoming, and Mary Anita married to Daniel Weischedel of Recluse, Wyoming. As time went on, their family grew to include six grandchildren: Heather Deck of Shertz, Texas; Simon Bergauer of Los Alamos, New Mexico; Melissa and Jennifer Williams of Lewisville, Texas; Tamaira Morel of Gillette, Wyoming and Erin Dycus of Ft. Collins, Colorado and six greatgrandchildren. All of them were enriched by James’s wisdom, precision, faith, hugs, and great love. Throughout his life, he regularly taught in the Sunday Schools at his churches both in New Mexico, and here at New Life Wesleyan after they moved up 1991. James instilled a love of fishing into his family, and he also liked to hunt. He always enjoyed the outdoors, and was a Troop Leader for The Boy Scouts of America. James’s precision and attention to detail were cultivated throughout a lifetime of stamp and coin collecting. The many small hands of his children and grandchildren were distracted for hours as they turned over those bright and shiny treasures. He would patiently explain each one, for he was a man of deep passions. However, no passions were ever greater for him than those he had for his family and his faith.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in James’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

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RONALD REINTS Memorial service for Ronald Reints was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Walker Funeral Home, Gillette, WY with Father Cliff Jacobs of St. Matthews Catholic Church officiating. Interment at Black Hills National Cemetery will take place at a later date. Ronald Reints, age63, of Gillette, Wyoming died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Ronald’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyoming 82716. Condolences may also be sent via the website www. walkerfuneralhome.com

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Gillette Community Theatre to hold Improve Workshop The Gillette Community Theatre will hold an improve workshop taught by Daniel Emmons open to all skill levels aged 14-18. The Improve Workshop will be will be held from 6pm -9pm on Saturday February 23rd at Suite Escape: 211 S Brooks Ave, Gillette WY 82716.

The cost for the workshop will be $10, which will include dinner provided by The Dog House. For questions please contact GCT at 257-5161, or email gctgillette@yahoo. com.

CAM-PLEX Heritage Center to host “Gillette’s Got Talent”

CAM-PLEX Heritage Center is proud to present the fourth annual Gillette’s Got Talent on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. Applications are due Friday, February 22nd by 5:00 p.m. The registration form, rules, and regulations are available online at www. cam-plex.com or contact the CAM-PLEX Ticket Office at 307-682-8802. Please note the CAMPLEX Heritage Center will only accept the first 25 applications and participants

must be at least 16 years of age by 3/16/2013. All groups and individuals will compete against one another and multiple prizes will be awarded. All acts must be four minutes in length or less. Applications may be submitted electronically, by fax, or you may to drop your application and $15.00 entry fee off at the CAM-PLEX Main Office or Ticket Office. If you submit your application electronically or via fax, please contact the CAM-PLEX Ticket

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Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving a burglary that occurred at the Huff N Puff Smoke Shop located at 807 South Douglas Hwy. on 02-09-13 at approximately 0112 hours. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into Huff N Puff by breaking the rear bathroom window. The same window has been used as an entry point in past burglaries. If you have information that can solve this or any other crime please call Crime Stoppers at 686-0400. You can remain anonymous and may earn up to $1,000 in reward.

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Downtown Revitalization Planning Project - Gillette Avenue Urban Design Concept The City of Gillette’s Planning Division invites the public to view the proposed Gillette Avenue Urban Design Concept in the Cedar Room at the George Amos Memorial Building (412 S. Gillette Avenue) on Wednesday, February 20th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The design concept is the result of

an eighteen-month process involving downtown merchants, City of Gillette staff, and a consultant. This project is part of a process to revitalize the downtown area, which will also coincide with the South Gillette Avenue Reconstruction project. The reconstruction project is slated to begin work in the Spring of 2014, and

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the public and seeing familiar faces.” The CSA will be stationed at the Information Desk just inside the main entrance. In addition to valet parking, patients can request assistance with wheelchair transportation within the hospital, such as moving from the Campbell County Clinics on the 3rd floor to another service, like x-ray. “The new main lobby and other features of the expansion project are really wonderful,” said CCMH Board Trustee Nancy Tarver. “But it also really increased the distance that patients have to go to reach things like the Lab and x-ray. I’m really glad that we were able to bring back this service for our community.” Patients and visitors can request CSA service before they arrive by calling 688.1547.

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UW Professor uses supercomputer to model snowpack’s effect on Alpine Region Agriculture

Many regions around the world, including Wyoming and much of the western United States, rely on coldseason precipitation and snowmelt for their water supplies. Using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), Noriaki Ohara plans to use data from the Andes Mountains in Bolivia to focus on how snowpack affects agriculture in alpine regions -- information that can easily translate to the Rocky Mountain region. “Since the South- and North-American monsoon systems share many important features, we expect that the outcomes from this research will also be relevant to the climate prediction problem over the mountainous United States,” which includes Wyoming, says Ohara, a University of Wyoming assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering. Ohara says he has always been interested in cold region hydrology, especially in snow and glacier processes. He says the Andes is a critical region and will continue to be vulnerable to climate change, which includes drought. He referenced the 18,000-year-old Chacaltaya Glacier in Bolivia that became barren in 2009. Ohara will collaborate with Thomas Reichler, an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of Utah, on the project, titled “Dynamic Regional Downscaling of Hydro-climate Over Complex Terrain.” The project is supported by the Bolivian Ministry for the Environment and Water. As

part of the International Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), the project also is funded by the World Bank. The primary objective of the research is to develop a clear understanding of the expected changes in hydro-climate over tropical South America during the next 50 years. Ohara’s research will target simulating, understanding and predicting changes in climate and water resources over mountainous regions. Changes in the hydro-climate of mountains may alter water availability in many world regions, which could result in dire economic impacts, he says. Ohara hopes the research will strengthen the ability of water resource managers in that region, which is dependent on agriculture and mining, to better plan for various climate-change scenarios and be able to adapt such plans to future changes. Plans could include the creation of better flood protection, the regulation of river flow through dams, or possibly even relocating populations, he says. Making the model A controlled simulation, using climate data for the Andes from 1991-2010, will be used to represent today’s climate. This simulation will be used to test the basic performance and climatology of the system. It also will serve as a reference against which climate change simulations can be compared, Ohara says. In addition, Ohara will conduct five 20-year climate change simulations. These will be driven by predictions

from five different global climate models (which he will average) conducted in support of the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Simulations will be created to show resolution for 100-kilometer areas. Those will be downscaled to 1-kilometer simulations, which will provide more topographic details, Ohara says. The downscaled global climate model output variables -such as air and ground temperature, snow and rainfall, humidity, wind field and radiation -- by the supercomputer will provide the essential atmospheric information for his snow and glacier model, Ohara says. These simulations will be used to discover, among other things, expected changes in hydro-climate over the Andes region by the year 2050; how snow and ice storage amounts change in the mountains; and reasons for those changes. “The simulated snowpack conditions will be crucial for the disaster management strategies and the infrastructure design” for the Andes region, Ohara says. “Moreover, the findings and better understandings of the large-scale snow processes will be directly applicable to Wyoming.” NWSC is the result of a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the operating entity for NCAR; the University of Wyoming; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power.

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CAM-PLEX Heritage Center to present “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie”

Please join the CAMPLEX Heritage Center staff for the presentation of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Story Books on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Story Books is brought to life by Theatreworks USA’s musical revue based on seven popular children’s literature stories. Performed by a multi-racial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children. Books featured in the show include: • “AMAZING GRACE” follows young Grace as she attempts to break stereotypes in an effort to play the title character in her school’s production of Peter Pan. • “BORREGUITA AND THE COYOTE” is the classic Mexican tale of a little lamb, or borreguita, who uses her wits to escape a hungry coyote. • In “IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE,” a boy

shares his snack with a hungry, demanding mouse, and learns a hilarious lesson about cause-and-effect. • In “IMOGENE’S ANTLERS,” young Imogene is delighted to wake up with “cool” antlers, but soon discovers that her parents and school principals do not share her enthusiasm. • “MARTHA SPEAKS” is the adventurous tale of a family dog who literally becomes outspoken after dining on alphabet soup. • Based on a Nigerian tall tale, “MASTER MAN” concerns a man whose muscles are as big as his ego, who earns his comeuppance when he claims to be the strongest man in the world. • “MATH CURSE” playfully addresses the phobia some kids have when tackling seemingly difficult math problems. • “OWEN” just can’t bear to part with his beloved blanket, Fuzzy – a problem, since he is about to start kindergarten. Owen’s understanding mother pro-

vides a clever solution. For more information on You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Story Books go to www.theatreworksusa. com. Due to generous grant funding and local sponsor-

ships, tickets are only $6 for Adults, $4 for Youth/ Senior/Military. For more information, contact the CAM-PLEX Ticket Office at 307-682-8802 or visit our website at www.cam-plex. com.

February 22 - March 1, 2013

Joke of the week Submitted by Ruth McCarthy To: Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury Washington, DC 20001 Enclosed is my 2003 Form 1040, together with payment. Please take note of the attached article from USA Today archives. In the article, you will note that the Pentagon paid $171.50 each for hammers and NASA paid $600.00 each for toilet seats. Please find enclosed in this package four toilet seats (value $2,400.00) and six hammers (value $1,029.00). This is in payment for my total tax due of $3,429.00. Out of a sense of patriotic duty, and to assist in the political purification of our government, I am also enclosing a 1.5 inch Phillips head screw, for which HUD duly recorded and approved a purchase value of $22.00, as my contribution to fulfill the Presidential Election Fund option on Form 1040. It has been a pleasure to pay my taxes this year, and I look forward to paying them again next year in accordance with officially established government values. Sincerely, Another satisfied taxpayer

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Wyoming National Guard soldiers promoted

During a promotion ceremony held at the Gillette Armory on February 10th, Alpha Battery 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery based out of Gillette, WY were able to promote four of their Soldiers. Jesse Critel, Ty Joslyn and Patrick McBride of Gillette, WY, and Nicholas Haller of Torrington, WY were promoted to the rank of Specialist in the Wyoming Army National Guard. Critel is a Mulit-Rocket Launcher System Driver for Alpha Battery and

has been a member of the Guard for 3 1/2 years and is employed with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Gillette. Joslyn is an Ammunition Specialist for Alpha Battery and has been a member of the Guard for 2 years; he is attending College at the Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY. McBride is a Fire Direction Specialist for Alpha Battery and has been a member of the Guard for 2 years; he is employed with Magna in Gillette.

Haller is a Supply and Amorer Specialist for Alpha Battery and has been a member of the guard for 3 years; he is attending College at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY. “These four Soldiers have shown true leadership and dedication to the Wyoming National Guard, it is a privilege to have them promoted within our unit” said Captain Jason Ruff the unit commander for Alpha Battery.

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Scholarship Opportunity

As our second anniversary at the Campbell County Observer quickly approaches, so does our second time upholding our potentially annual tradition of giving out a scholarship to a local student planning to attend Gillette College in the Fall. Any student, whether they are a high school student or already in college, is encouraged to participate. To enter into the scholarship contest, the student must draft a 1,000 word (or less) essay. The subject must regard, “What is economic wealth, and how does that apply to the United

States of America in the Present future?” The student who addresses this question with the most astute answer, will be rewarded with $500 for the Fall semester at Gillette College. *Spelling, punctuation and grammar WILL be a factor in deciding the winner. The deadline for this essay contest will be Wednesday, May 1st. E-mail the Campbell County Observer with your contact information and the essay in PDF format to campbellcountyobserver@gmail.com. Good Luck!

Participate in your local weather

The National Weather Service is asking the public to consider providing them real-time Precipitation Reports by using a free App on either your iPhone or Android Smart Phones. The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) needs YOUR help with a research project! (PING) wants YOU to watch and report on precipitation type. PING is looking for young, old, and inbetween volunteers to make observations—teachers, classes and families too! We have collected tens of thousands of observations since 2006, already making PING successful because of your help. PING volunteers can spend a little or a lot of time making observations. The basic idea is simple: NSSL will collect radar data from NEXRAD radars in your area during storm events, and compare that data with YOUR observations. Why? Because the radars cannot see close to the ground, we need YOU to tell us what is happening. “Are snowflakes fallin’ on your head? Are you getting pinged by hail? Tell us where you are and what is hitting the ground. NSSL scientists will compare your report with what the radar has detected, and develop new radar technologies and techniques to determine what kind of precipitation—such as snow, soft hail, hard hail, or

rain—is falling where.” The report is easy! You can use our mobile apps, or make your report from this website by clicking on either the “Report Hail” button (to report hail), or the “Report Winter Weather” button (for snow, sleet, or freezing rain and mixtures of these). There is no commitment, and no minimum amount of reports. The new program is part of a research project being conducted with the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma...and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Susan Sanders of the Rapid City Office of the National Weather Service says the data will be available to their office immediately, so you’ll be providing them information about the rain/ snow/hail falling wherever you are at the time of your report.

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Boards in Surgery help guests track loved ones

Late last month, the Surgery Department implemented a system that allows doctors, staff and patients’ families to stay updated on the operating schedule—an electronic scheduling and tracking board. Years before Surgery moved into its new space, Lynn Wyllie, Surgery Manager, had her eye on an electronic scheduling board—in fact, it’s been a long-term goal of hers since 2010. “It was reinforced when Trustee Harvey Jackson approached me about an electronic tracking board that he had seen at Denver’s Children’s Hospital, as well as an employee who had experienced a similar tracking board in a hospital where they had been a patient,” Lynn said. “We just didn’t have the space to do it in the old Surgery department,” she said. Once the information was collected, and Meditech (an electronic program used to chart patient information) confirmed they had the capability to do it, all that Lynn needed was to move the department into the expansion. The only cost was the three additional television monitors needed in the waiting area, in Pre-Op and Surgery. The screens in Pre-Op and Surgery are synced with Meditech. When the patient is discharged or leaves the surgery area, their name drops off the board. “There is no extra work for the staff. Someone simply has to log on to the boards in the morning, and that’s it. It’s just displayed electronically now—in the past, this was all tracked via a dry-erase board,” Lynn said. The portion of the technology visible for the patients is a TV monitor mounted on the wall of the Surgery waiting area near the Coffee Shoppe. To comply with HIPAA regulations, patients undergoing a procedure are assigned a number, which is then given to the patient’s family or friends in the waiting area. Where the patient is in the procedure c an then be tracked by the purple numbers that run along the left side of the screen, and information like patient location, time and operating physician are posted on the right. It’s important to note that the board does not replace the updates that patients’ families or friends receive from nurses via the phone. “This is a simple way for the patient’s loved ones to be put at ease and not left wondering while they are waiting. It’s important for families to still speak and receive updates from a person,” Lynn said.

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Gillette-Campbell County Airport reports January passenger traffic

Gillette-Campbell County Airport recently reported passenger traffic for the month of January. In the first month of 2013, a total of 4,199 passengers traveled through the airport, marking an 11 percent decline versus January 2012 which was the airport’s highest on record. About Gillette-Campbell County Airport: The Gillette-Campbell County Airport is located in Northeastern Wyoming in a major energy producing part of the country known as the Powder River Basin. Gillette

is at the hub of this basin, and the Airport serves the commercial service and general aviation needs for a large portion of this corner of the state. The Airport sees approximately 56,000 passengers come through yearly and is currently served by

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation to Denver, Salt Lake City, and Rock Springs, Wyoming. The Gillette-Campbell County Airport and tenants currently employ approximately 260 people in the surrounding area.

January and Year-to-Date 2013 Passenger Totals

January 2013 4,195

January 2012 4,715

Chuck Coon named “BIG WYO” winner

This year’s recipient of the annual “BIG WYO” award was Chuck Coon. The tourism industry recognized Coon who has served as the tourism media manager for the Wyoming Office of Tourism for nearly 25 years. Coon retired in December of 2012. The award is sponsored by the Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association and recognizes an outstanding travel and tourism person of the year. “Chuck in the epitome of my definition of the perfect public relations professional,” said Gene Bryan, former tourism director who hired Coon. Coon has been the “voice” of Wyoming tourism for countless promotional videos and is more notably responsible for creating the Cowboy Marketing

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the award, “When I look at the beacons of our business who have received this recognition, I am not certain that I measure up. I did what I was hired to do by the state and took great pleasure in performing those tasks to the best of my ability. I am humbled and deeply appreciative.”

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Service announces annual Endangered Species Day youth art contest

Navar Holmes helps Pioneer Manor residents build the Bird Holmes kits he put together.

Bird Holmes a hit with Manor residents

As a member of the Neighbors of Pioneer Manor Advisory Committee, Allen Todd is always looking for ways to improve the residents’ quality of life at the Manor. And, his latest suggestion he found in his neighborhood. In his spare time, Navar Holmes, Information Systems, enjoys building bird houses of all shapes and sizes. And when his neighbor Allen saw the houses Navar was building, he asked Navar if this would be something the residents at Pioneer Manor could do with the Activities Aides. “I drew up a few designs, tested them out and finally decided on a winning pattern that the residents can do with little assistance,” Navar said. “They can put these outside for sparrows to fly in and out of, hang them inside for decoration, or give them to friends and family members.” For his design, coined Bird Holmes, Navar picked cedar wood because it’s known to be weather resistant and it doesn’t need to be painted, should the resident not want the birdhouse decorated. For the first run, Navar built 19 houses. He cut each piece of the pattern, drilled all the holes needed to put it together and took the time to label the pieces and create detailed instructions. He even put each of the

kits together and took them apart to make sure everything would come together smoothly for the resident. In early February, armed with screw drivers, mallets, paint brushes and prepackaged Bird Holmes kits, a group of residents spent the morning in the main dining room with the Activities Aides and put their kits together. Navar and Allen, and a few other members of the Advisory Committee, were also there to help if needed. According to Marla Russell, Pioneer Manor Activities Aide, the activities the residents participate in encourage socialization, provide entertainment, relaxation and fulfillment, and improve daily living skills. Marla also said that it’s important for residents to have access to a variety of

activities in order to appeal to everyone’s interests and to enhance the residents’ well-being. Other activities residents participate in include bingo, glass jewelry making, trivia and games, as well as regular entertainment and other services. “You know why I chose the color red?” quipped resident Delbert Carson to Allen. “I’m a Sooner—from the great state of Oklahoma.” Delbert went on to speak with Allen about some favorite childhood memories while he painted his birdhouse. And, eventually, a few more residents took interest in building one of their own. If you have an idea for a Pioneer Manor activity, please contact Jonni Belden, Pioneer Manor Interim Administrator, at extension 7112.

Parents, teachers and scout leaders tell your kids to start the drawing engines and 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 http://www.endangeredspeciesday. org/. 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 http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ 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 www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook. com/usfws, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.

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February 12, 2013 - 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.

Allen Todd and Delbert Carson trade stories from their childhood while working on birdhouses.

UW names new Dean of College of Arts and Sciences A scholar in cell biology and neuroscience who has served as a dean at two universities has been named dean of the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences. Paula Lutz comes to UW from Montana State University, where she was dean of its College of Letters & Science for five years and was a professor of cell biology and neuroscience. She will succeed the retiring B. Oliver Walter, who has led UW’s College of Arts and Sciences since 1989. “Dr. Lutz’s record of accomplishments includes innovative teaching and curricular initiatives, programs to advance research and graduate education, diversity enhancement, faculty hiring and career development, budget management and strategic planning,” says UW Provost Myron Allen, who announced Lutz’s hiring Tuesday. “In addition to her outstanding work on behalf of her faculty colleagues as dean, she has an exemplary teaching and research record of her own. We’re delighted she’s bringing that great depth of experience and talents to UW.” Lutz will begin her work at UW in July, leading the college with the largest enrollment of UW’s academic units, with bachelor’s degree programs in 43 disciplines, 42 master’s programs and 11 doctoral programs. Lutz completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) and received a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at Duke University. She did post-doctoral work at both Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before joining the faculty at UMR, now the Missouri University of Science and Technology. In nearly two decades at UMR, Lutz won more than a dozen outstanding teaching and faculty excellence awards. She became dean of the UMR College of Arts and Sciences in 2002, leaving in 2007 to become dean of the College of Letters & Sci-

ence at Montana State. She has continued both teaching and research throughout her administrative career, including research into the effects of lead on children’s immune systems. Lutz was selected from a list of three finalists produced by a 13-member search committee that included Arts and Sciences faculty members, two UW vice presidents and the director of the Wyoming Humanities Council. Chairing the group was Bill Gern, vice president for research and economic development. “Their hard work and attention to detail produced a slate of three superb interviewees,” Allen says. “I’m especially grateful for the committee’s balanced and persuasive assessments of the candidates’ relative strengths.”

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Paula Lutz will begin her duties as dean of the UW College of Arts and Sciences in July.

February 13, 2013 - At 8:07 a.m. to the intersection of 4th Street and Four J Road for a 2 vehicle crash. Upon arrival to the scene a collision was found between a passenger sedan and pick-up truck/trailer combination. No one was injured in the collision and CCFD disconnected the involved vehicle’s electrical systems, contained fluids leaking from them, and assisted with traffic control. - At 9:06 a.m. to Larch Street for a smoke odor inside of a building. Crews investigated the odor and confirmed there was no fire. - 12:02 p.m. to Dalbey Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 12:39 p.m. to 1002 Elon Avenue, Apt B, for a smoke smell. Upon arrival to the scene CCFD checked the residence and found no signs of smoke or fire. The source of the odor was undetermined but CCFD did find several electrical problems in the apartment. - At 2:08 p.m. to Boxelder Road for an EMS assist. - At 2:29 p.m. to the area of the Saunders Road for a small grass fire in a field that grew to approximately 3 acres due to high winds. The fire was started when a fire burned outside of an unattended burn pit that the land owner was burning, and got into the grass in the field. The fire did burn close to one structure but it did not sustain any damage. Fire crews were able to quickly contain the fire once they arrived on scene. - At 5:25 p.m. to Desert Hills Circle for an EMS assist. - At 7:18 p.m. to Ariel Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 7:19 p.m. to Gordon Street for an EMS assist. - At 9:03 p.m. to 909

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Camel Drive for a structure fire. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found light smoke on the first floor of the complex. The building was evacuated and searched. CCFD found a pot of burnt chilis in an apartment and ventilated the smoke from the building. No damage was caused to the building.

February 14, 2013 - At 6:05 PM to Sleepy Hollow Blvd. for a traffic accident. Firefighters applied floor dry to vehicle fluids that leaked onto the roadway. - At 9:34 PM to the 1100 block of Buckskin Drive for a medical assist. February 15, 2013 - At 3:25 AM to the 100 block of West Valley Drive for a medical assist; - At 08:20 a.m. to Hwy 59 near P & H for a motor vehicle crash. Units cancelled en route as it was apparently an old accident and no one was around the vehicle; - At 11:29 a.m. to Westover Rd in front of the County Solid Waste Baling Station for a cut gas line. BC5 and Engine 5 stood by while crews repaired the break; - At 7:56 p.m. to Gold Buckle Place for an automatic fire alarm. Units were cancelled en route after a Deputy arrived at the home and was told that they had burned food; - At 8:08 p.m. to Partridge Ct for an EMS assist; - At 9:37 p.m. to Force Rd for an EMS assist; - At 9:46 p.m. to Inexco Dr for an EMS assist; February 16, 2013 - At 11:20 AM to Quail Meadows for a medical assist. - At 12: 28 PM to the 700 block of West 6th Street for a medical assist. - At 2:54 PM to 408 Ross Avenue for a residential fire alarm. There was no fire. The occupant brushed against the alarm panel causing a fire alarm. - At 3:52 PM to Skylark Court for a medical assist. - At 4:24 PM to South Garner Lake Road (north of Highway 59 intersection) for a two vehicle traffic accident with one injury. Firefighters

applied floor dry to fluid leakage on the roadway. - At 4:54 PM to West Lakeway Road (west of 4J intersection) for a one vehicle rollover accident with injury. The vehicle rolled onto its side and came to rest next to the God Fathers Restaurant. February 17, 2013 - At 4:32 AM to the 800 block of North Gurley Avenue for a medical assist. - At 8:15 AM to Sammye for an EMS assist. February 18, 2013 - At 7:06 AM to the 2100 block of Cheryl Avenue for a medical assist. - At 9:09 AM to the 1900 block of Kenadie Drive for a medical assist. - At 10:01 PM to the 100 block of Mesa Drive for a medical assist.

February 19, 2013 - At 8:29 AM to the 400 block of Meadow Rose Ave for a medical assist. - At 11:43 AM to the 600 block of Exchange Avenue for a Fire Alarm activation. This was caused by a salamander heater that was being used for heating purposes. There was no fire or damaged caused. The alarm was reset back to normal operation. - At 2:25 PM to the address of 625 Force Road for a smoke smell in a residence. This was caused by an electrical short in an outlet. The only reported damage was contained to the outlet itself and a short section of wiring. Fire crews checked the remaining part of the residence and cleared without finding any more issues. The home owner was advised to call an electrician to come out and look at the problem and get it fixed. - At 6:59 PM to Rodeo St. for an EMS assist. - At 7:35 PM to Interstate 90 near mile marker 138 for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival the engine compartment was fully involved. The interior sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. The fire was quickly brought under control by the first due engine. The vehicle was a total loss. The cause of the fire was mechanical.


Community Public Pulse

February 22 - March 1, 2013

UW Professor sees clouds as key to better weather forecast, climate predictions Submitted by the University of Wyoming Zhien Wang makes no bones about it. He believes meteorologists could do a better job of predicting the weather. To do so, he believes the clues are in the clouds. “With a weather forecast, we talk about tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, (what’s going to happen) within a week,” says the University of Wyoming associate professor of atmospheric science. “For a climate forecast, we are looking at what the climate will be like in Wyoming over a longer time period, such as 400 years later. We’re trying to build the blocks to forecast better. Clouds are so important.” To build an accurate forecast for precipitation, you need to know how clouds are created, how they change and how precipitation is generated, Wang says. In other words, meteorologists cannot take a “one cloud fits all” approach to weather forecasting. Wang hopes that his use of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) this winter will provide improved weather models that meteorologists will be able to use. His project is titled “Understanding Tropical Convection and Mid-Level Stratiform Cloud Formation by Combining Cloud-Resolving Model Simulations and Remote Sensing Measurements.” “We have a lot of (cloud) data from aircraft and satellites. Just that data is not enough to study what’s happening inside clouds,” says Wang, who has been a NASA satellite science team member for 13 years. “This (supercomputing) project allows us to run high-resolution models. We will be able to compare model simulations and observed clouds, and combine them to understand the process.” He stresses one has to be able to input accurate cloud processes -through observation and understand-

ing of clouds -- into the computer model for the information to be relevant. That means forecasting the type and number of clouds in a particular area or region; the amount of water in each cloud; the descent rate of raindrops, etc. Wang says these data are crucial because, during the summer months, rain often falls only in small areas, making such storms more difficult for meteorologists to pinpoint for the public. Weather forecasters typically use Doppler radar to issue thunderstorm and tornado warnings, but are not able to rely as much on modelpredicted dynamics and microphysics now, Wang says. “There is knowledge we have to know first if we can tell it (the computer) the kinds of clouds you can expect to be in your (computer) grid box,” he says. “It will help provide better forecasting, and earlier and quicker storm warnings.” Most current climate models have 200-kilometer grids, roughly the distance from Laramie to Denver, Wang says. However, most clouds are smaller than that, but their impact still has to be measured within that larger grid. With the supercomputer, individual clouds can be analyzed by using models with smaller grids. This could lead to improved accuracy and details of cloud behavior in climate models. “The more computer power we have, we’ll be able to simulate better clouds,” Wang says. “If we can simulate better clouds, we can provide better forecasting.” Weather and climate affect daily life Short-range climate affects so many aspects of the public’s daily lives that it’s sometimes easy to overlook its overall impact, Wang says. For example, he says seasonal climate predictions can be useful for farmers when planting crops, and help

them predict corn or soybean futures based on rain or drought conditions, Wang says. If drought is predicted, corn or soybean production will be lower than normal, meaning their prices would be higher based on lack of supply, which affects many aspects of the public’s lives. In addition, energy companies can use seasonal climate predictions to better understand future consumer demand for natural gas and electricity based on how warm or cold the weather will be. Hydrologic power companies can manage or gauge how much water they release to communities based on available water reserves and how much precipitation is forecast in the next three months to a year, Wang says. “Weather or climate is essential to our daily lives,” Wang says. “It’s not just pulling out an umbrella.” NWSC is the result of a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the operating entity for NCAR; the University of Wyoming; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power. The NWSC is operated by NCAR under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NWSC contains one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers (1.5 petaflops, which is equal to 1.5 quadrillion mathematical operations per second) dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate change, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geo-science topics. The center also houses a premier data storage (11 petabytes) and archival facility that holds historical climate records and other information.

Independent Attorney to lead inquiry of concerns from Department of Education

For several months, employees at the Wyoming Department of Education have expressed concerns about a range of issues at the agency. Governor Matt Mead has assembled an outside team of individuals to provide Department employees an

opportunity to discuss these concerns with individuals from outside of the agency. Cathy MacPherson, a longtime Wyoming attorney and past President of the Wyoming Bar Association, will lead the inquiry. This team will sort through facts

related to human resources, budget issues and operations at the Department of Education. “This process allows us to shine a light on the agency, which is something that the public has asked for and is entitled to,” Governor Mead said.

UW Professor’s computer models designed to enhance, optimize carbon sequestration Submitted by the University of Wyoming To Ye Zhang, sequestering and storing carbon dioxide in deep subsurface reservoirs offers potential environmental benefits. But she also knows the process is primarily a “cost center,” meaning there is no money to be made from such ventures. Zhang, an assistant professor of hydrogeology in the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics, hopes to reduce such project costs by developing computer models of subsurface reservoirs that could help determine how to store carbon dioxide more efficiently. “How fast carbon dioxide flows depends on the characteristics of subsurface reservoirs,” Zhang says. “With a realistic subsurface model, parallel computing can provide us with a lot of details of where/how much carbon dioxide is coming through, where carbon dioxide is stored, or whether we have a problem with carbon dioxide leakage.” To store carbon dioxide in the deep subsurface, the gas is compressed under high pressure to form a liquidlike fluid before being injected into a geological formation. “When we simulate carbon dioxide storage, we need to solve equations,” Zhang says. “When the subsurface model is large, there are many unknowns in the equations that cannot be solved using a traditional PC. These models require parallel computing.” A closer look underground To obtain the required parallel computing, Zhang will use the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne this winter to conduct her research. She will use the supercomputer to model underground injection of carbon dioxide into deep subsurface rock formations for long-term storage in a variety of sedimentary environments. Subsurface conditions in these settings determine the movement and possible leakage pathways of the injected car-

bon dioxide. Her primary goal is to develop cost-effective simulation models to represent complex subsurface conditions. “I’m trying to find out how much detail a model must have to safely store carbon dioxide,” she says. “It’s fundamentally important. We don’t have a good handle on it.” How fast carbon dioxide can be injected and how much of it can be stored in the subsurface is determined by the porosity and permeability of the subsurface, Zhang explains. Porosity of a rock or sediment consists of the spaces between the grains. Permeability determines the speed at which fluid, such as carbon dioxide, can move through the pore space. Using gravel or clay in separate tubes to represent potential subsurface rock strata, Zhang demonstrated how much easier it is to inject carbon dioxide into a gravelly rock -- which is more porous -- than clay, which is less so because it consists of tightly packed, fine-grained particles. Subsurface rock porosity and permeability, however, are highly heterogeneous, which is defined as variability or lack of uniformity in the material. Subsurface reservoirs often consist of highly porous and permeable rock strata among various other strata that are lower in porosity and permeability. Carbon dioxide flow and storage is strongly influenced by this variability, as it flows more easily in the high porosity and permeability zones, while low porosity and low permeability zones create barriers to flow, Zhang says. “Heterogeneity is a main issue in the oil industry, too,” says Zhang, who in 2004 worked as a research intern for Chevron in San Ramon, Calif. “A better model of reservoir heterogeneity will help us make better drilling and reservoir management decisions.” But detailed heterogeneity can only be obtained at great cost, as most of the subsurface is inaccessible, she says. In the real world, obtaining more

reservoir details requires more drilling. And that requires more investment, Zhang says. “We wish to spend a moderate amount of money to characterize and build reservoir models with a sufficient level of detail to capture the real world, while making accurate predictions of the reservoir performance,” she says. Injecting technology for assistance That’s where Zhang’s computer models can help. With the supercomputer, Zhang says she can test various scaling methods by building a high-resolution synthetic model and increasingly simplified application models with fewer details. “For a given performance goal, such as injecting 10 million tons of carbon dioxide into a proposed deep reservoir, what detail do we need to build these application models to capture the behavior of the (true) high-resolution model?” Zhang asks. “A computer model helps us predict what is going to happen,” she says. “This project is about how we, as reservoir engineers, can build these models efficiently and cost-effectively.” NWSC is the result of a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the operating entity for NCAR; the University of Wyoming; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power. The NWSC is operated by NCAR under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NWSC contains one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers (1.5 petaflops, which is equal to 1.5 quadrillion mathematical operations per second) dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate change, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geo-science topics. The center also houses a premier data storage (11 petabytes) and archival facility that holds historical climate records and other information.

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Joke of the week Submitted by Connie Turner Some one-liners on taxes by different television show hosts. “Two things you need to know about taxes. They’ve extended the deadline to April 18, and when you write your check, just make it out to China.” –David Letterman “Every year, I include a piece of chicken in the envelope with my taxes. Not as a bribe, just a little treat for the guy at the IRS who opens it.” –Jimmy Kimmel “I’m not going to pay taxes. When they say I’m going to prison, I’ll say no, prisons cost taxpayers a lot of money. You keep what it would have cost to incarcerate me, and we’ll call it even.” –Jimmy Kimmel “Tomorrow is the day to mail in your tax returns, which means tonight is the night to start making fake receipts.” -Jimmy Kimmel “Regis Philbin’s back in primetime, hosting 11 new episodes of ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.’ But because of Obama’s tax plan, it’s been retitled ‘Who Wants To Win Just Under $250,000.’” --Jimmy Fallon “So, it’s pretty crazy. Look, we’re bailing out Wall Street, we’re bailing out banks, we’re bailing out car companies. In fact, did you know there’s a special box on your tax form this year you can check if you want a portion of your taxes to actually go to running the government?” --Jay Leno “President Obama has announced a task force to review the tax codes. He’s concerned there are too many loopholes and too many people manipulating the system to avoid paying taxes. And that’s just in his administration.” --Jay Leno

Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week Who placed the first ever newspaper advertisement asking for Fur Trappers?

William Ashley

Missouri Lieutenant Governor William Ashley places an advertisement in the Missouri Gazette and Public Advisor seeking 100 “enterprising young men” to engage in fur trading on the Upper Missouri. A Virginia native, Ashley had moved to Missouri just after President Thomas Jefferson concluded the Louisiana Purchase from France, which made the region American territory. Young and eager to make a name for himself, he entered into a partnership with Andrew Henry to begin manufacturing gunpowder and lead, two commodities that were in short supply in the new nation. During the War of 1812, Ashley’s business prospered, and he also joined the Missouri militia, where he eventually earned the rank of general. When Missouri became a state in 1822, he used his business and military fame to win election as lieutenant governor. Casting about for opportunities to enrich both Missouri and his own pocketbook, Ashley realized that St. Louis was ideally situated to exploit the fur trade on the upper Missouri River. Ashley recruited his old friend Henry as a partner, and the two men placed their famous advertisement asking for robust, adventurous young men to come west to join a fur trapping expedition up the Missouri. Among the scores who responded and came to St. Louis were such future legendary mountain men as Jedediah Smith and Jim Bridger, as well as the famous river man Mike Fink. In time, these men and dozens of others would uncover many of the geographic mysteries of the Far West. In 1822, Ashley and a small band of his fur trappers built a trading post on the Yellowstone River of Montana in order to expand outward from the Missouri River. Arikara Indians, though, were deeply hostile to Ashley’s attempts to undercut their long-standing position as middlemen in the fur trade. Arikara attacks eventually forced the men to abandon the Yellowstone post. Out of desperation, Ashley hit on a new strategy: instead of building central permanent forts along the major rivers, he decided to send his trappers overland in small groups traveling by horseback. By avoiding the river arteries, the trappers could both escape detection by hostile Indians and develop untapped new fur regions. Almost by accident, Ashley invented the famous “rendezvous” system that revolutionized the American fur trade. In order for the trappers to obtain necessary supplies and deliver their furs, Ashley told the trappers to meet with him in a large meadow near the Henry’s Fork of Wyoming’s Green River in the early summer of 1825. This first fur trapper rendezvous proved a huge success. Ashley took home a tidy profit for his efforts, while the fur trappers not only had an opportunity to trade for supplies, but a chance to enjoy a few weeks of often drunken socializing. After organizing a second highly profitable rendezvous in 1826, Ashley decided to sell out. His rendezvous system, though, continued to be used by others, and eventually became the foundation for the powerful Rocky Mountain Fur Company. With plenty of money in the bank, Ashley was able to return to his first love, politics. He won election to Congress three times and once to the Senate, where he helped further the interests of the western land that had made him rich.


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Bills signed by Governor Mead last week

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Enrolled Act Bill Number Title HEA0026 HB0021 Peace officer immunity. HEA0027 HB0028 Disabled hunter programs. HEA0028 HB0037 Hunting license raffle. HEA0029 HB0053 State land violations. HEA0030 HB0082 Interstate sales of health insurance. HEA0032 HB0013 Livestock revisions. HEA0033 HB0011 Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Act. HEA0034 HB0078 Budget review process. HEA0035 HB0111 Tips and gratuities–sales tax. HEA0036 HB0116 Select federal natural resource management committee. HEA0038 HB0069 Highway funding. SEA0018 SF0004 Livestock disease reporting and liability. SEA0019 SF0027 Limited mining operations. SEA0020 SF0062 State board of education-membership. SEA0021 SF0124 Frivolous liens. SEA0022 SF0030 Special districts. SEA0023 SF0068 Sales tax-zapping. SEA0024 SF0006 Office of consumer advocate-revisions. SEA0025 SF0037 Office of consumer advocate-revisions 2. SEA0026 SF0091 County commissioners-election to modify numbers. SEA0027 SF0019 Hospital district-elections. SEJR0001 SJ0001 Qualifications for University of Wyoming trustee. SEA0029 SF0051 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act compliance. SEA0030 SF0094 Public library endowment challenge program extension. SEA0031 SF0076 Bighorn sheep relocation. SEA0032 SF0043 State parks-acquisition of lands. HEA0006 HB0054 High school equivalency certificate. HEA0007 HB0059 Banking act amendments. HEA0008 HB0060 Money Transmitters Act amendments. HEA0009 HB0061 Banking division-nationwide licensing system. HEA0010 HB0064 Data center co-location tax exemption. HEA0011 HB0002 Election code-revisions. HEA0012 HB0003 Effective financing statements-duration. HEA0013 HB0009 Election code-revisions 2. HEA0014 HB0014 Crime victims compensation and restitution. HEA0015 HB0020 Child support guideline tables. HEA0016 HB0023 Juvenile parole eligibility. HEA0017 HB0029 Game licenses-landowner coupons. HEA0018 HB0040 Eminent domain-wind energy collector systems. HEA0019 HB0049 Legislature-certificates of attendance. HEA0020 HB0050 Distribution of bills. HEA0021 HB0057 Constituent service allowance. HEA0022 HB0062 Innocent landowner amendments. HEA0023 HB0063 State primacy on greenhouse gas regulation. HEA0024 HB0080 Healthcare provider retention program-sunset date. HEA0025 HB0110 Off-road vehicle gasoline tax distribution-sunset. SEA0011 SF0017 Community juvenile services. SEA0012 SF0026 Authorization for certain radioactive waste facilities. SEA0013 SF0033 Search and rescue program donations. SEA0014 SF0038 University of Wyoming board of trustees. SEA0015 SF0039 Uniform Adult Guardianship Jurisdiction Act. SEA0016 SF0082 Game bird farm licenses-expiration. SEA0017 SF0098 Motor vehicle-lemon law.

Tipping is NOT a City in China And is NONE of YOUR business By Glenn Woods

Governor signs Bill changing requirements for oil and gas supervisor, search continues Governor Matt Mead signed Senate Enrolled Act 3 into law this week. The bill changes the criteria to serve as the Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor. Previously state law required the Supervisor to be a professionally licensed petroleum engineer or petroleum geologist. Now the Supervisor must be a petroleum engineer or petroleum geologist with at least 10 years of experience in his or her respective field of exper-

tise, but does not have to be professionally licensed. With this change in place, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission continues to seek applicants for the State Oil and Gas Supervisor position. “We have received interest from many great candidates and we now have clarity from the Legislature about the requirements for the position. I hope others will put in an application. We would like to fill this im-

portant position as soon as possible,” Governor Mead said. “I again express my thanks to Bob King for his work as Interim Supervisor and thank the other members of the Commission for their work in finding our next Supervisor.” Anyone interested in applying for the position should contact Interim Supervisor Bob King at (307) 234-7147 or Bob.King@ wyo.gov.

Leave it to a liberal lawmaker from Jackson, Wyoming to write a bill regarding tipping your waitress. Currently, when you give your waitress a tip the exchange is between you and the waitress, and the money is the sole property of the waitress. When you go to a restaurant you have two bills. The first bill is to pay for the food, the cook, and ambiance, and so on. The second bill is usually unspoken. It is between you and the waitress. The better the service the more you tip. That is supposed to be the deal anyway. A waitress is paid below minimum wage by the restaurant. There is a minimum wage for tipped employees set at $5 an hour. The money a waitress is paid by the restaurant is more of a retainer, plus a little extra for the prep work that she is required to do in order to serve her customers. A waitress does not make a living off of the pittance of a check that she gets from the restaurant. She makes a living off of collecting tips. Now, most of us understand this. But, apparently, State Representative, Ruth Ann Petroff, of Jackson, Wyoming. She, in this last legislative session, actually proposed a law that would allow restaurant owners to come up with a

Lines of Opportunity units with specific population centers. Consequently, states like Wyoming, with the eighth best wind development potential among the states, are leaving too much on the table when it comes to economic development and energy independence. Transmission lines of 400 kV or larger are needed in greater numbers if these states hope to integrate more wind power into their energy portfolio. But a recent Center for Rural Affairs report (http://files.cfra. org/pdf/OpportunityontheLine.pdf) found that current transmission infrastructure in the ten states with the highest potential for wind

system for pooling and distributing tips. Now let me pause for a moment and say that I am not sure if this law even got out of committee or made it through the house and senate so I can’t, and will not, address if this will become a state law or not. In this article I am looking at motive and intent. Plain and simple, tipping is between you and the waitress. The only part the government has in it is that the waitress must pay Federal income tax on her tips. FEDERAL, not State Income Taxes. Wyoming does not have a State income tax so why is anyone in the state of Wyoming sticking their noses into this? The idea of pooling tips is absurd. It’s also socialism, if you think about it. Let us not reward people who are working hard but let us take the money and dump it into a pile and then evenly distribute it to everyone at the restaurant, no matter what they get paid or how hard they worked. I tried waiting tables once, when I was young. It did not go over too well. If a customer came in with a bad attitude I did not put up with it. That’s not good for business, so I left and found another job. But while I was a waiter

I made sure to work my butt off to make as much tip money as I could. Customer satisfaction was key. Except for the jerks. I just did not care if they got good service or not. I even shared some of the tip money with the busboy as soon as I figured out that he would work harder for me if he made a little extra on the side. I have seen restaurants where they pooled all the tip money and split it between the employees, but that was a voluntary agreement between the management and employees. There was no government law regarding or regulating one way or another. Senator Curt Mier was able to change the bill to say that pooling would only be allowed once the employees or an employee reached the minimum of $5 an hour, which is minimum wage for a tipped employee. The House of Representatives rejected the change. Here again –why are they even talking about this. Can we please just file this bill under MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS and leave it at that? No, not when you are a busybody politician who thinks that there needs to be a law regulating everything under the sun.

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By John Crabtree - Center for Rural Affairs johnc@cfra.org Tapping America’s vast wind resources requires a commitment to building high capacity transmission infrastructure. An improved electrical grid will create rural jobs in both transmission and wind industries, bring more wind energy online and help secure a clean energy future in regions rich in wind potential. Unfortunately, the existing transmission network was not designed to penetrate lightly populated regions of the Midwest and Great Plains, a region brimming with wind energy potential. Instead, the grid was designed to connect large, individual generating

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February 22 - March 1, 2013

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Spring is in the Air

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free trees The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2013 and receive 10 free white pine trees. “White pines are a versatile tree that will break heavy winds and add beauty to your home,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These fast-growing growing landscape trees are known for their

soft needles and graceful branching, making them an ideal fit for any yard.” The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members

also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE WHITE PINE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410, by March 30, 2013. Or join online at arborday.org/march.

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Drones fly over Wyoming A Commentary by Calvin Thompson - Wyoming Liberty Group Drones have arrived in Wyoming. Yes, unmanned aerial vehicles, used for several years to kill terrorists in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and which the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports are notorious for their ability to kill nearby innocents, including children, are soaring in Wyoming skies. Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration released a drone authorization list, thanks to a lawsuit from the watchdog organization Electronic Frontier Foundation. This list reveals 81 different government entities that have applied for FAA permission to use drones. Though this list only reveals institutions which applied for FAA permission through October, one of the applicant groups already operates drones in Wyoming. According to the EFF, the U.S. Department of Energy received permission to use a SiCX-12 Mongoose helicopter drone at the Rocky Mountain Oil Field Testing Center, near Casper. The stated purpose is to collect data for “fugitive methane emissions,” “fugitive carbon emissions,” atmospheric sampling, and research and development. Some nearby states have programs with a more overtly sinister tone. Law enforcement agencies in Utah, Idaho,

Colorado, and North Dakota have all applied for permission to use drones. While some of these applications have been denied, others like the Mesa County Sherriff’s Office in Colorado are active now, according to EFF reports. North Dakota even has the dubious distinction of being the first state in the U.S. with a recorded arrest assisted by a drone. While the drones for law enforcement agencies exist primarily for surveillance and reconnaissance, many civil rights groups have noted that the use of drones can severely infringe privacy and other civil liberties. The ACLU noted that it may be easier to spy on people with drones and then get a warrant later, or not even bother with a warrant at all. Law enforcement in La Plata, Maryland, used a drone to patrol around town and look for troublemakers at a motorcycle rally, while police in Gaston County, North Carolina, even used a surveillance drone without FAA permission. On top of everything else, this FAA information release coincides with the Department of Justice releasing its explanation of when it is acceptable to execute American citizens with drones. This killing can come without any due process or trial and has already been used on multiple Ameri-

can citizens, including Anwar Awlaki, an American citizen killed in Yemen in September 2011. His 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman was killed a couple of weeks later in a similar strike. While Awlaki the elder had known terrorist connections, the Department of Justice’s infamous “white paper” does not reserve this power to kill American citizens just in other nations, and the rationale for executing Americans is quite broad. And on February 10, MSN reported that the most recent prey of drones was located on American soil. Christopher Dorner, the alleged killer of three members of the Las Angeles Police Department last week, died in a fire under strange circumstances on the night of February 12. Reports indicate that drones were likely used in the effort to hunt him down. While drones are only now coming into use in Wyoming, citizens in other states are taking a stand against these craft. The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, has banned the use of drones. A few architects are putting thought into drone-proof communities, and some online activists have even published information on how to kill drones. Perhaps Wyoming could learn from such fine examples.

Local Air Force Active Duty Volunteer

Will Knutson, son of Vickie and Kevin Knutson from Gillette, WY, enlisted on active duty for the United States Air Force on 31 Oct 12. Will, a 2008 graduate from Campbell County High School, is scheduled to attend Air Force basic training

at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 19 Feb 13. According to SSgt Benino Villa, the local Air Force recruiter in Gillett, WY, Carl will earn credits toward an associate degree in applied sciences through the Community College of the Air Force upon completion

of basic training and technical training school. For more information on Air Force opportunities, call Local Air Force Recruiter SSgt Benino Villa at 301-7292137, call 1-800-423-USAF or visit www.airforce.com.

Water Wasting on Mondays biggest concern for council A larger crowd than is typical attended last nights Gillette City Council Meeting. One of the items drawing public comment was the councils first of three readings of an ordinance to amend a section of Gillette city code concerning water wasting. Gillette City Councilman, Ted Jerred addressed concerns brought up by citizens that they would not be allowed to water between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m during key watering months. “ I’d like to make a motion to remove section B1ii, which would take out the hours of 7 to 7”---Jerred The council voted 7-0 to approve that amendment. As far as the vote on the ordinance itself, on the first of three readings the only no vote came from councilman Forrest Rothleutner, who said he wanted more information on who would be enforcing the ordinance and how they would be enforcing it. Rothleutner also said he thought the ordinance should include

assurance that restrictions would “sunset” once the Madison Pipeline project is complete. “What we’ve got here is a supply/ demand issue, where we don’t have enough water to go around, and so its necessary at this point for us to say who is going to use it and who is not going to use it, and what times and all that just so we can all have enough to go around; and I think as soon as we are finished with that, as soon as we have enough to go around, we should pull those things back, and let people make those personal choices.”--Rothleutner City Administrator Carter Napier said city staff would look at the request. “Research the idea a little bit and bring back for next meeting a proposal that council could evaluate and determine whether or not it meets the spirit of the amendment that councilman Rothleutner is proposing”---Napier

Napier said he is confident that that information will be gathered in time for the second of three readings on March 4th. After the meeting, Public Information Officer, Joe Lunne went over where the ordinance sits right now. “ The no-watering function has moved ahead, so there will be a fine (if this passes two more readings) if you are watering on Mondays between 12a.m. and 12 p.m.”---Lunne Lunne also noted the volunteer restrictions by the public have been much appreciated and helpful and they will be encouraged to continue. “So we encourage people to water on the odd/even days; we really strongly encourage people not to water during the day if you can avoid it. It is really a cost savings for you. If you are watering during the day, 20 to 40 percent of that water is just being evaporated.”---Lunne

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Every week, the Observer prints one article, paragraph, or section of either the U.S. or State Constitution for your information. U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post Offices and post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

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Public Pulse

Campbell County Observer

February 22 - March 1, 2013

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 CampbellCountyObserver@gmail.com

Nicholas DeLaat

Glenn Woods

The Issue: Should Wyoming’s Mythical Creature be the Jackalope?

The Sides: Nick (Newspaper Publisher) is debating against the bill, and Glenn (CCO Columnist and Radio Personality) is debating for the bill. Nicholas: So there is a bill that is sponsored by: Representative(s) Zwonitzer, Dn., Brown, Campbell, Cannady, Davison, Gingery, Goggles, Harvey, Teeters, Throne and Zwonitzer, Dv. and our own Senator Von Flatern from Campbell County. The bill was written by Representative Dan Zwonitzer. The bill reads: AN ACT relating to the official mythical critter of Wyoming; declaring the jackalope as the official mythical critter; Now, you like to joke about our local myths around here about the jackalope, so I figured you would be for this bill. Are you? Glenn: You know Nick, I’ve been here for three years now. I’ve never seen one. Have we hunted so many that they are endangered? I’ve seen plenty of them stuff and mounted as hunting trophies. You’ve seen them I’m sure. You should hear the hunting stories people tell me. They always have the same funny smirk on their face when they tell the story. I’ve seen plenty of the does around. Personally, I’m against naming the Jackalope as “MYTHICAL.” We will never get it on the endangered list if we call it “Mythical.” I’m afraid we are hunting them out. Nicholas: That’s funny, do you think we should shut down the drilling rigs when the jackalopes are in mating season? Anyway, my problem with this is the time wasted on this bill. There were over 300 bills introduced during this session. Some very good ones have failed (like HB105 for example) and some very bad ones have passed (the fuel tax for example). Don’t you think the time of our part time legislature could have been better used than this useless piece of legislation that has nothing to do with our economy, rights, land, etc… Glenn: First off, I’ve not lived in Wyoming less time than you, but even I know that if you spot a Jackalope hole you are likely to find oil. Jackalopes populate around oil rigs.

Dear Editor, As a professor at the University of Wyoming, I don’t want guns in my classroom. My resistance is not rooted in political ideology, nor in lofty philosophical arguments, nor in the hypocrisy of politicians excluding guns from the legislature while permitting them in classrooms, nor in messy sociological data about mass shootings, nor in clever interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Although all of these might make for lively debate, I’ll grant the reader whatever view s/he wishes to defend. If you believe that you have a right to carry a concealed weapon into a school, I won’t argue. My resistance — perhaps I should say my deep disappointment or even sadness — emerges from a belief that doesn’t divide liberals from conservatives or pacifists from gun owners but rather from a perspective that unites Wyomingites. I’ve lived in this state for 27 years, and the best teacher I had regarding what it means to be rooted here was the late state representative Jim Hageman. I helped him understand rangeland grasshoppers, while he helped me understand Wyoming. I had the easier lesson to convey. Jim maintained that we didn’t need lots of government-funded social services, not because people weren’t in need but because helping folks was what neighbors should do. And he walked the walk. Jim and Marion cared for a slew of foster children, and he was named National Parent of the Year in 1996. The nearest I can come to a term for the Wyoming way is communitarian libertarianism: If we look after one another, then we don’t need government looking after us. You see, if we really care for our neighbors, we don’t need to carry guns into our schools to shoot the student who intends to kill his classmates and teachers. We’ll have communities where the single parent struggling with the disturbed child is noticed and re-

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More oil rigs, more Jackalopes. Any oil rig worker will tell you that they see them all the time. Funny, they always have that same weir smirk on their faces when they tell me this. Anywho – If the legislators are just offering up a bill for fun, why not? Let them have the occasional laugh. It’s not like it’s going to a committee for commission for discussion. Add to that, the Jackalope is part of Wyoming heritage. So let’s honor it. Nick: Ok, we already have a state flag, motto, nickname, seal, slogan, mammal, bird, reptile, fish, flower, grass, tree, dinosaur, fossil, gemstone, sport, song, and coin. What’s next, a state rug, paint color, or type of lawn? How about a state roof, I mean seriously. Talk about a waste of time, and the tax payers and voters should be insulted at this. We elected and pay these people to create just laws, protect our freedom, and protect a free market economy. What does an official state mythical creature have to do with any of these categories? Couldn’t their time be better used, or if there is really nothing to be done that is important, can’t they go home before they do more damage? Glenn: I’m looking back here and I’m seeing that we actually do NOT disagree, but for two different reasons. I don’t want this to bill because I don’t want the Jackalope declared a myth. Did you know you can get a Jackalope hunting permit from Douglas Wyoming? I say kill the bill. Then write a new one. Declare it endangered – like the oil wells. Nicholas: You’re right, oil wells are becoming an endangered species, so I say write a bill trying to ad them, and probably coal in the future, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife endangered species list. We can also try to ad productive workers, tax payers, real conservatives, producers, and humans with common sense (though my father always told me that there is nothing common about sense). But I still have to say, STOP WASTING THE TIME, RESOURCES, MONEY, AND INTEGRETY OF THE VOTERS! Glenn: Well, I’m off. See you Monday. A rancher in Douglas has told me that his land is infested with Jackalope. I’m off to try to photograph one of them in the wild. Apparently I have to head out into the snow at 3am wearing nothing but underwear, pink fuzzy socks, and a mongoose hat while making duck calls noises while flapping my arms. He said it attracts them. He had that same smirk on his face. The same smirk on your face right now. See you Monday Nick. Nicholas: No, I will see you tonight (Friday) for our weekly man cave, where we get together with certain local leaders to save the world one cigar at a time. By the way, I wouldn’t take that call unless the rancher is going snipe hunting! By the way, you have made a valid point without saying it and I finally understand, so I will have to concede this debate. The point I think you are trying to make is that the longer our government is wasting time is this silliness, the less time they have to screw up our rights, economy, and individual wealth and property as they so inevitably do. So let’s hope this debate lasts a long time! Glenn: I love snipe. Nicholas: Bring one over; I’ll help you skin it!

What Our Readers Thought?

Should Wyoming’s Mythical Creature be the Jackalope?

No - 52.6% Yes - 47.4% Results are from 1,203 votes counted. To vote on the next “On the Contrary” subject, go to our website at www. CampbellCountyObserver.net and click on the “polls” page.

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ceives help, where the angry and depressed college student has professors who aid him in accessing mental health services, and where the bullied and isolated kid has a community that provides a sense of worth and dignity. Allowing guns in schools and on college campuses is an admission that we don’t look after one another, that we aren’t living up to our ideals — and that we’re defeated or, even less Wyominglike, that we’re quitters. As much as we aspire to be a place where people care for one another, HB 105 was a heartbreaking expression that we are prepared to abandon our identity. Our legislature was poised to admit that we lack the courage of our convictions. It is this poignant realization, not whether a particular bill passed, that demands our deep and continuing consideration. Unless we confront the meaning of HB 105, don’t be surprised if similar recognitions of our cultural decline appear in future legislative sessions. And if they do, maybe we should resurrect our old slogan: “Wyoming. Like no place else on earth” and revise it to declare: “Wyoming. Just like every other place in America.” But we have the potential to be different. Wyoming towns — and even what passes for our cities — are small enough to pull off this sort of neighborliness and compassion. They’re not like where I grew up. Albuquerque has 553,000 people, about the population of Wyoming. There weren’t nearly that many people when I was a kid and most of the neighborhoods were safe in the 1960s. At least the houses didn’t have burglar bars on the windows and doors like they do today. I remember going back for Christmas when our kids were little to find that my parents had installed these devices. I was overwhelmed by two feelings — a sense of sadness that the city of my youth had failed so miserably that the people resorted to locking

themselves behind bars, and a sense of gratefulness that my children lived in a state where people were free of such debilitating fear. My parents were free to live behind bars to protect their property, and the legislature sought to free me to arm myself in the classroom. Somehow, these don’t feel like liberties. We can argue about the weapons, motives, and mental states of mass killers, but here’s one aspect that seems clear. They are local. These violent young men live in the communities where the murderous rampages occur. If teachers are toting guns in Torrington, they’re not protecting themselves from a kid who spiraled down into evil while living in coldhearted, urban anonymity. No, they are prepared to shoot a young man who lives in their own community. “But wait,” you say, “carrying a gun allows me to protect myself and others.” No matter how it might be phrased, in the end we are protecting ‘us’ from ‘them.’ When did our towns become usthem places? What if we look after ‘them’ through the lens of compassion rather than through the sights of a gun? It’s as if we’ve all been deputized into a new government agency — the Personal Security Administration (PSA). Not unlike the feds giving into terrorism and filling our airports with TSA agents who violate our privacy, Wyoming’s PSA gives into fear and fills our schools with statesanctioned vigilantes who know what’s best for us. I want to live someplace special, where communities feel an obligation to look after everyone, not to prepare to shoot anyone. And I want to work for a public university that afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted, a place that is big enough to provide students with a hundred opportunities to make a difference and small enough to talk to one anguished student and thereby make a difference. Maybe I’m safer if a student in my seminar is carrying a

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gun, and maybe I’d be safer if I wore a Kevlar vest while teaching, but I don’t want to live and work where we prepare to shoot and be shot. I don’t want to be a part of failure. I want a Wyoming where people know which family is in trouble and which kid is in decline. Maybe the NRA slogan about people, not guns, killing people is right in some sense. But I think Wyoming has — or had — a more profound observation: Guns don’t protect people; people watch out for each other. By Jeffrey A. Lockwood-University of Wyoming Professor Fellow Republicans, There are three subjects on which I would like to share some thoughts of mine with you. I would beg to ask that you please bear these in mind as you prepare to elect county, then state Republican Party Officers. 1. Lois Van Mark’s statement near the end of the day on Saturday, 9 February I found gravely alarming and greatly saddening. When she noted that the state party should be careful of taking a stance regarding the performance of the legislature because “they control the money” I was utterly appalled. In a republic when the people fear the actions of their elected representatives you have tyranny. When the elected representatives of the people fear the actions of the voters you have democracy. Or, are we all truly bought and sold leaving our ethics at the door and silently falling in line behind elected representatives that we may not trust and may not respect out of fear? I thank God that our founding fathers were better people than this or we would not be here today as a nation. Sadly, we may not be here much longer if this attitude of fear is held by some of our party and public leaders. 2. Our values as a party should be a continuum from the most recently registered republican to the most senior leadership in the

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RNC. If at any level in this chain of trust we find that our elected republican office holders are intentionally violating our collectively espoused values any and all of us must speak up and correct them. This means individuals and it also means county, state and national party leadership. If the party at any level does not stand up to support that which we believe in and to openly oppose that which we do not believe in, what is the value of the party besides as a fund raising machine to get leaders elected that may well then ignore our values? The Wyoming GOP has been AWOL on this subject for as long as I have been involved with it. After all, if one does not exercise their proclaimed values, defending what they believe to be right, do they really have those values or is it all just sophistry? Where is our moral courage as a party? Have we none? Winning for the sake of winning (elect and re-elect “republicans”) is useless if your candidate(s) turns out not to be as they marketed themselves and then we do nothing about it as a team. If we do not police our own ranks no one will for us, and we will lose the trust and confidence of the public. 3. During Superintendent Hill’s address to the central committee on Saturday afternoon Chairman Hooper repeatedly rolled her eyes and made sarcastic faces. Superintendent Hill is an elected republican office holder; the people overwhelmingly elected her. Surely as we cow-tow to many far more offensive elected “republicans,” so too can our state party chairman show a modicum of civility and respect, leaving the adolescent behavior at home. We do not need, nor should we want anyone in a position of leadership representing all of us whom thinks that such is acceptable public behavior. I am gravely disappointed. A public apology is required. Respectfully Offered, Paul Miner, Chairman Platte County Republicans


Public Pulse

February 22 - March 1, 2013

Campbell County Observer

Submissions requested for UW Students’ Owen Wister Review Journal

Submissions are now being accepted for the spring semester’s Owen Wister Review, the University of Wyoming’s nationally acclaimed student literary and arts journal. The submission deadline is Monday, March 4. Published and edited by an editorial staff composed of UW students, the review recognizes exceptional art. Although the review has customarily had a traditional Western theme, the 2013 staff is searching for alternative visions of the West, says Editor Shaun Milligan. “I grew up in Wyoming

Dear Editor: “There, but for The Grace of God, go I.” I have said this to many people over the years. I must also look in the mirror and say this to myself; loud and clear ! I have witnessed many things, in my life, where I had a better job, more money, better health, and so on and on. To say that I should pen these words to others, “I do not believe that I am wrong in doing so.” I have seen much in my 54 years. Much of which I remember, but would rather forget! I guess God, or whatever you believe in, allows us to remember these things so that perhaps a majority of people can say, “I could have it much worse!” I would say that many of us have good jobs, but our human nature leads us to want better. I would say that many of us have more than enough to eat, but we might envy those who have better quality and variety. Speaking of variety, many are blessed with a good monogamous marriage, but many believe that multiple relationships are the key to a satisfied life. Many have more than enough money than is needed, but many including me, are somewhat afraid to part with savings in order to be ready for the proverbial “rainy day.” Perhaps I, nor any other person on the face of this earth, have the right to pen such a letter. I admit that it reads as though I am guiltless about these life choices. I view this letter as an admission of my guilt as well as the guilt of others. I will end by saying, “Ask yourself are you guiltless in these matters ? If not, ask how you can change for the betterment of others !” Timothy (Tim) Monroe Bledsoe Dear Editor, Throughout history, citizen disarmament generally leads to one of two inevitable outcomes: Government tyranny and genocide, or, revolution and civil war. Anti-gun statists would, of course, argue that countries like the UK and Australia have not suffered such a result. My response would be – just give them time. You may believe that gun control efforts are part and parcel of a totalitarian agenda (as they usually are), or, you may believe that gun registration and confiscation are a natural extension of the government’s concern for our “safety and well-being”. Either way, the temptation of power that comes after a populace is made defenseless is almost always too great for any political entity to dismiss. One way or another, for one reason or another, they WILL take advantage of the fact that the people have no leverage to determine their own cultural future beyond a twisted system of law and governance which is, in the end, easily corrupted. The unawake and the unaware among us will also argue that revolution or extreme dissent against the establishment is not practical or necessary, because the government “is made of

and have a strong appreciation for the West,” Milligan says. “I think it is important to recognize the diversity of perspectives that construct, reconstruct and deconstruct the West as we know it today. It is important to realize how complex our notions of the West are, and we see this complexity when we get to view art that shows an alternative perspective to stock images and stereotypes.” Journal editors will select original works of fiction, poetry, photography and art to include in the latest edition. Submissions are open

to artists, authors, poets, photographers or designers of any age. All submissions, regardless of media, must be unpublished, original works and may not be simultaneously submitted elsewhere. “We are looking for work that really pushes the limits of how we define the West,” Milligan says. The Owen Wister Review has won two Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the college equivalent to a Pulitzer Prize, and has published several award-winning authors.

“The review has already received some great work this year,” Milligan says. “But we would like to see more submissions. Wyoming has always been a haven for great artists and it would be nice to see the diversity of work that is being produced here.” Submissions also are accepted online. For detailed submission requirements and contact information or to order an issue of The Owen Wister Review, visit the website at www.owenwisterreview.wordpress. com.

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

Small ranch 7 miles north of Airport on Hwy.14/16

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regular people like us, who can be elected or removed at any time”. This is the way a Republic is supposed to function, yes. However, the system we have today has strayed far from the methods of a Free Republic and towards the machinations of a single party system. Our government does NOT represent the common American anymore. It has become a centralized and Sovietized monstrosity. A seething hydra with two poisonous heads; one Democrat in name, one Republican in name. Both heads feed the same bottomless stomach; the predatory and cannibalistic pit of socialized oligarchy. On the Republican side, we are offered Neo-Con sharks like George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, who argue for “conservative” policies such as limited government interference and reduced spending, all while introducing legislation which does the exact opposite. The recent passage of the “Safe Act” in New York with extensive Republican support proves that Republicans cannot be counted on to defend true conservative values. The Democrats get candidates like John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, who claim to be anti-war and against government abuse of civil liberties, and yet, these same “progressive and compassionate” politicians now froth at the mouth like rabid dogs sinking their teeth into the flesh of the citizenry, expanding on every tyrannical initiative the Republicans began, and are bombing more civilian targets in more foreign countries than anyone with a conscience should be able to bear. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; the government is not our buddy. It is not our ally or friend. It is not a “part of us”. It is now a separate and dangerous entity. A parasite feeding off the masses. It has become a clear threat to the freedoms of average Americans. It is time for the public to grow up, snap out of its childish delusions, and accept that there is no solace or justice to be found anymore in Washington D.C. Once we understand this fact, a question then arises – What do we do about it? If we cannot redress our grievances through the election process because both parties favor the same authoritarian direction, and if our street protests are utterly ignored by the mainstream media and the establishment, and if civil suits do nothing but drag on for years with little to no benefit, then what is left for us? Is the way of the gun the only answer left for the American people at this crossroads? I cannot deny that we are very close to such a conclusion. Anyone who does deny it is living in a candy coated fantasy land. However, there are still certain options that have not been exhausted, and we should utilize them if for no other reason than to maintain the moral high ground while the power elite continue to ex-

pose their own despotic innards. State And County Nullification The assertion of local authority in opposition to federal tyranny is already being applied across the country. Multiple states, counties, and municipalities are issuing declarations of defiance and passing legislation which nullifies any future federal incursions against 2nd Amendment protections. For instance, the Gilberton Borough Council in PA in conjunction with Police Chief Mark Kessler has recently adopted a resolution defending all 2nd Amendment rights within their municipal borders up to and including the denial of operations by federal officers: http://oathkeepers. org/oath/2013/02/03/firstmolon-labe-town-in-america/ Approximately 283 county Sheriffs and multiple police officers have taken a hard stand, stating that they will either not aid federal enforcement officials with gun control related activities, or, that they will not allow such activities within their county, period: http://cspoa.org/ sheriffs-gun-rights/ This trend of dissent amongst law enforcement officials debunks the nihilistic view promoted by disinformation agents that “no one in law enforcement will have the guts to stand up to the government no matter how sour it turns”. It has also shaken the Obama Administration enough that the White House is struggling to counter it by wining and dining police unions and sheriff’s departments in order to form their own “coalition of the willing”. Obama seems to believe that holding press conferences using children or police as background props will somehow earn him political capital in the battle for gun rights, but I have my doubts: http://news.yahoo. com/obama-asks-policehelp-pass-183056466.html http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/55716645-90/ com-congress-doing-enforcement.html.csp Multiple states have legislation on the table to nullify as well, and it would seem that the violent push by the establishment to extinguish the 2nd Amendment has actually sharply rekindled the public’s interest in States Rights and the 10th Amendment. This does not mean, though, that we should rely on nullification alone. While the gun grabbers are stumbling into severe resistance at the national level, some representatives are attempting to supplant gun rights at the state level, including New York, California, Washington State, and Missouri. The goal here is obvious; counter state’s rights arguments by using anti-gun legislators to impose federal controls through the back door of state legislation. They will claim that if we support state’s rights, then we have to abide by the decisions of regions like New York when they ban and confiscate firearms. It’s sad how gun grabbers lose track of reality. Neither federal authority, nor state author-

ity, supplants the legal barriers of the Constitution itself, meaning, no federal or local authority has the right or power to remove our freedom of speech, our freedom of assembly, our freedom of privacy, OR our freedom to own firearms (including firearms of military utility). The Constitution and the Bill of Rights supersede all other legal and political entities (including treaties, as ruled by the Supreme Court). At least, that’s what the Founding Fathers intended when they established this nation. The point is, a state is well within its rights to defy the Federal Government if it is enacting unconstitutional abuses, and the people are well within their rights to defy a state when it does the same. Economic Nullification There is actually a fantastic economic opportunity to be had by states and counties that nullify gun control legislation. Many gun manufacturers and retail businesses are facing financial oblivion if the establishment has its way, and moving operations outside the U.S. is not necessarily practical for most of them (gun manufacturing is one of the last business models we still do better than the rest of the world). Municipalities could offer safe haven to these businesses, allowing them to continue producing firearms and high capacity magazines, fulfill expanding public demand, and create a surging cash flow into their area while at the same time giving the federal government the finger. This strategy does not come without dangers, though. Many states and counties are addicted to federal funding, and some would go bankrupt without it. The obvious first response by the feds to protesting local governments will be to cut off the river of cash and starve them into subservience. This brand of internal financial warfare can be countered by local governments by nullifying a few other unconstitutional regu-

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lations, including those issued by the EPA and the BLM. States and counties could easily disable federal land development restrictions and begin using resource development as a means to generate supplemental income. North Dakota is essentially doing this right now in the Bakken Oil Fields, becoming one of the few states in America that is actually creating legitimate high paying jobs (instead of part time wage slave jobs), and growing more prosperous every year. This tactic is not limited to state governments either. Counties also have the ability, with the right officials involved, to regain control of their economic destinies anytime they want. All it takes is the courage to rock the establishment boat. Refuse All Registration Schemes National firearms registration and gun databases are almost always followed by full gun confiscation. The process is usually done in a standardized manner: First demand extensive registration and cataloging of gun owners. Second, ban more effective styles of weaponry, including semi-automatics and high capacity rifles (Let the sport hunters keep their bolt actions for a time, and lure them onto your side with the promise that they will get to keep their .270 or their 30-06). Then take all semi-auto handguns. Then, ban high powered magnum style bolt actions by labeling them “sniper rifles”. Then demand that the gun owners that still remain allow official “inspections” of their home by law enforcement to ensure that they are “storing their weapons properly”. Then, force them to move those weapons to a designated “warehouse or range”, locked away for any use other than recreational shooting. Then, when the public is thoroughly disconnected from their original right to bear arms, take everything that’s left. Keep in mind that the federal government and certain state governments are act-

ing as if they would like to skip ALL of the preliminary steps and go straight to full confiscation. I am not discounting that possibility. But, they may feign certain concessions in the near term in order to get the one thing they really want – full registration. Registration must be the line in the sand for every single gun owner in this country, whether they own several semi-automatics, or one pump action shotgun. Once you give in to being registered, fingerprinted, photographed, and tracked wherever you decide to live like a convicted sexual predator, you have shown that you have no will or spirit. You have shown that you will submit to anything. After a full registration has been enacted, every gun (and maybe every bullet) will be tracked. If confiscation is utilized, they know exactly what you have and what you should not have, and exactly where you are. Criminals will still acquire weapons illegally, as they always have. The only people who will suffer are law abiding citizens. It’s a recipe for dictatorship and nothing more. By Brandon Smith

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Campbell County Observer

February 22 - March 1, 2013

State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships 2013 3A and 4A Swim teams descend on Gillette for the 2013 State Finals

One of the biggest stories of the swim season is that of the Lander Tigers. Again. Bruce Gresly’s team has won the past 16 State 3A titles and looks poised to make it #17 this weekend. Last year his team won the title without winning a single individual event or relay. Depth is the key factor and the Tigers have plenty of it again this year. Buffalo and Worland have very strong teams this year, too, but are not likely to oust the Tigers from the top spot.

3A Returning Event Winners: Zach Cain (So Raw) 200 IM Austin Rettinghouse (Jr Wor) Diving Conner Petty (So Wor) 100 Free Neil Medders (Sr Buff) 500 Free Nate Holt (Sr Buff) 100 Back 4A appears to have five teams the could potentially hoist the top trophy. Central is perhaps the front runner after having an undefeated season. The Indians,

though, will get stiff competition from last year’s Champion Gillette as well as Laramie and also Rock Springs and Kelly Walsh. 4A Returning Event Winners: Collin Baldacci (Sr Gil) 200 IM, 100 Back David Bowersox (Jr Gil) 50 Free 4A will swim prelims Thursday afternoon with their finals on Friday morning. 3A has their prelims Friday afternoon with the finals on Saturday morning.

Indoor Track to simpot games in Idaho results By John Gabrielsen Wyoming Indoor track and field teams took part in one of the biggest and most prestigious events in the country this weekend. Indoor track athletes raced at the Simpot games in Idaho over the weekend. For the boys, Wyoming brought home a trio of titles from the prestigious event. Rock Springs’ Gatorade cross country runner of the year Ricky Faure won the 1600 meters at the tape. Michael

Rotellini of Sheridan was sixth in that race. Burlington’s Ben Mancuso won the high jump at 6’9 while Cody’s Leighton Blanchard went 14’9 in the pole vault to win. Other placers saw Lyman’s Bobby Wingeleth place 4th in the long jump competing for Evanston. Douglas runner Ty Etchemendy was 5th in the triple jump and was just outside the scoring in the hurdles. Garrett Lynch of Star Valley was third in the shot put. Gillette’s Tichaun

Men 200 Meter Dash - Finals

Men 400 Meter Dash - Finals

1 Mead, Alexander 12 Angel Flight,Aurora 21.70 3 2 Spano, Jacopo 11 Wildcat Trac,Woods 22.09 3 3 Johnson, Troy 12 Mountain Vie,Lovela 22.11 3 4 Thompson, JaiShun 12 Fast Trax Tr,Colora 22.25 3 5 Bernard, Isaiah 12 New Image Tr,Ladera 22.32 1 6 Lewis, Casey 11 Lewis, Casey,Arvada 22.39 1 7 Hall, Ronny 11 Gardena Core,Garden 22.51 1 8 Aipperspach, Tichun 11 Cchs,Gillette WY 22.57 1 9 Simon, Morgan 12 New Image Tr,Ladera 22.62 3 10 Tellier, Daniel 12 New Image Tr,Ladera 22.68 2 11 Ellis, Blake 12 Ellis, Blake,Highla 22.70 2 12 Fuery, Darrell 12 Gardena Core,Garden 22.94 3 13 Hagen, Levi 11 YMCA Team Id,Boise 22.97 2 14 Landgen, Parker 12 Mercury Trac,Salt L 23.04 1 15 Brown, Isaac 12 Cchs,Gillette WY 23.26 2

1 Wallin, Josh 12 YMCA Team Id,Boise 48.49 3 2 Savage, Ahkiel 11 Newburgh Eli,Newbur 49.01 3 3 Skudneski, Travlor 12 Centennial TC A,Aur 49.45 3 4 Carter, Christian 12 Eoydc,Oakland CA 49.46 3 5 Walker, Brandon 11 Riverton Tra U,Rive 49.84 3 6 Hall, Ronny 11 Gardena Core,Garden 49.92 1 7 Vanderberg, Zane 11 Ric Rojas Ru,Broomf 50.08 1 8 Lambourne, Clay 11 Riverton Tra U,Rive 50.13 2 9 Livingston, David 12 Star Valley,Afton W 50.29 3 10 Ellis, Blake 12 Ellis, Blake,Highla 50.37 2 11 Vassell, Dueth 11 Vassell, Due,Denver 50.37 1 12 McArthur, Alek 12 Speed Denver,Denver 50.57 1 13 Baldachi, Matthew 12 Tri-Valley F,Tracy 50.73 2 14 Dopp, Cam 11 Wildcat Trac,Woods 50.74 1 15 Ewell, Michael 12 Long Beach B,Long B 50.89 1 16 Wilson, Michael 12 Central Oreg,Bend O 51.12 2 17 Erisman, Dallas 12 Cchs,Gillette WY 51.43 2

Men Pole Vault - Finals

1 Blanchard, Leighton 12 Cody TC,Cody WY 14-09.00 2 Beck, Kyle 12 Hillside Tra,Alta L 14-03.00 2 Thomas, Adam 12 Thomas, Adam,Venici 14-03.00 4 Eichenberger, Will 12 Cchs,Gillette WY 14-03.00 5 Jones, Tanner 12 Trojan Track,Rigby 14-03.00 6 Torres, Jacob 12 Centennial TC P,Pue 14-03.00 7 Erisman, Dustin 11 Cchs,Gillette WY 14-03.00

Women 60 Meter Dash - Finals

1 Sant, Marybeth 12 Angel Flight,Aurora 7.42 3 2 Bouyer, Kennadi 12 Flying Aj’s,Tacoma 7.45 3 3 Westbrook, Ky 11 Westbrook, K,Chandl 7.47 3 3 Sanni, Zainab 12 Angel Flight,Aurora 7.47 3 5 Cantrell, Gabriella 11 Eoydc,Oakland CA 7.50 3 6 Barnett-Smith, Destiny 11 Catc,Oakland CA 7.63 2 7 Ries, Chyna 11 Speed Denver,Denver 7.67 3 8 Davis, Jerayah 11 Kelly Walsh,Casper 7.72 2 9 Collier, Reonna 9 Isc Internat,San Jo 7.74 2 10 Morgan, Emily 11 Morgan, Emil,Vancou 7.80 2 11 Buckley, NyErin 11 Eoydc,Oakland CA 7.83 2 11 Williams, Brandi 12 Flying Aj’s,Tacoma 7.83 1 13 Pzinski, Makayla 10 Cchs,Gillette WY 7.84 1

State Wrestling 2013 Preview

Lovell’s Dino Collins squares off against Tevis Bartlett of East in the title match at the Ron Thon Memorial in Riverton

Women 1600 Meter Run - Finals

1 Feeny, Sarah 11 Ogden Track,Ogden U 4:56.26 2 Rich, Emily 12 Rich, Emily,South J 5:03.55 3 Warner, Chiara 12 Warner, Chia,Townse 5:08.47 4 Gilfillan, Darby 11 Gilfillan, D,Denver 5:08.99 5 Anderson, Alaina 11 Ric Rojas Ru,Broomf 5:09.13 6 Scholl, Tabor 10 Scholl, Tabo,Kremml 5:09.19 7 Walker, Ali 12 Walker, Ali,Park Ci 5:10.86 8 Snyder, Alyssa 10 Snyder, Alys,Coalvi 5:11.57 9 McKinnon, Sam 11 YMCA Team Id,Boise 5:12.46 10 Hamlin, Emily 10 YMCA Team Id,Boise 5:15.16 11 Child, Ellie 12 Davis Track,Kaysvil 5:15.31 12 Baird, Sophie 9 Caveman Trac,Americ 5:16.77 13 Bench, Maddie 10 Caveman Trac,Americ 5:17.98 14 Malone, Hannah 11 BE Malone,Brigham C 5:18.78 15 Wolff, Emily 11 Warrior Expr,Centen 5:21.07 16 Serpe, Louisa 12 YMCA Team Id,Boise 5:21.51 17 Trapp, Cheryn 12 Canyon Track,Nampa 5:21.75 18 Morrison, Molly 12 Mountain Vie,Lovela 5:22.48 19 Holbrook, Millika 10 Wildcat Trac,Woods 5:23.15 20 McGovern, Rachel 9 Indian Track,Pocate 5:23.44 21 Simmons, Tabitha 9 Cchs,Gillette WY 5:23.91 22 Piaia, Karli 10 Rock Springs,Rock S 5:24.15 23 Christianson, Sara 9 YMCA Team Id,Boise 5:24.85 24 Johnson, Chelsey 11 Davis Track,Kaysvil 5:25.44 25 Clark, Makenzie 12 Wildcat Trac,Woods 5:25.49 26 Payes, McKenna 10 Ric Rojas Ru,Broomf 5:26.32 27 Destefano, Quinn 11 Cchs,Gillette WY 5:26.39

By John Gabrielsen State Wrestling 2013 begins Friday and culminates with the finals on Saturday night at the Casper Event Center. Moorcroft, Powell, and Gillette were the #1 ranked teams going into regionals by wyowrestling.com. Powell was knocked off in the 3A West by seven points by Star Valley. The 3A race could be the most competitive with four teams with a shot at the title in Powell, Star Valley, Worland, and Douglas. Three of those teams have all won it in the last three years, Douglas 2010, Worland 2011, and Powell last year. Star Valley last won a wrestling title back in 2007. As of late Cokeville has been on a tear, winning 7 of the last 10, and six out of the last seven 2A State Titles. They are a favorite to do it again this year with their biggest competition coming from Moorcroft. The Wolves took over the #1 spot after beating the Panthers and the rest of the field at the Carbon County Invite to end the regular season. Moorcroft last won a title in 2005. Gillette has won the last 10 straight 4A titles and looks like a lock for #11 this weekend. Who was the last 4A team to win that WASN’T Gillette? Green River, back in 2002. It was their third in a row before the Camels have rattled off 10 straight. Individual Highlights: Thanks to Spencer Condie and Champ Stats Dani Fischer from Gillette: This young man stands a very good chance of becoming only the 14th athlete in our state to reach the top of the podium in each of his 4 years as a high school wrestler. He will be challenged as he always has been by a few young men who will be giving him their best effort to not let that happen at

145 pounds. There are 4 athletes that will be attempting to gain their 3rd titles, and they are Lukas Poloncic, a senior from Gillette at 160 pounds. Brigham Teichert, another senior from Cokeville at 145. Bryce Meredith a junior from Cheyenne Central at 132 pounds and Justin Lewton another junior out of Worland competing at 126 pounds. Lovell’s Dino Collins is looking to add to his resume after finishing as the only undefeated wrestler in Wyoming last year and of course winning the state championship at 182, he is back at the same weight looking for #2. By my count, there are 13 young men vying to become 2 time champions this weekend and interestingly enough, 5 of them will find another fellow state champion or multiple time champion in their bracket waiting for them at state. 1) Andrew VonRein , Lander’s sophomore returning champion will be competing in the same weight class as Worland’s returning 2 time champion junior Justin Lewton at 126 in the 3a ranks. If the seeding holds true, these two could possibly meet in the semi-final round, keeping one of them out of Gold medal contention. Returning champion 2) Blaze Cress from Cheyenne East will find a similar situation awaiting him at 138 pounds, as he and Kelly Walsh’s 3)Tanner Galey could potentially meet in the semi-final round. Returning champion 4) Luke Lovett from Moorcroft could possibly meet up with Cokeville’s Brigham Teichert, at 145 pounds, but with a much bigger prize at stake as these 2 would likely meet up in the championship finals if they wrestle true to their seed. Finally, if 5) Brayton Sand-

Aipperspach was 8th in the 200 meters. Kelly Walsh runner Jerayah Davis placed 5th in the 200 and 8th in the 55 meters. Cassidy Meade of Laramie was 5th in the 800. Gillette’s Stefanie Wagner was 7th in the pole vault. Below are the placement results of Campbell County High School Students:

ers is able to come away with a second title, he will have earned it big time as he will need to go through the champion from last weekend’s regional championship Brecken Biggs of Natrona, and possibly awaiting him in the finals would be Gillette’s Poloncic. Once again, only if the bracket plays out as the seeds stand at the moment. Others that will be seeking title #2 that do not have returning champions in their weight class, but by no means face an “easier” road to the finals include: In the 4a tournament, Natrona County brings back senior Colter Bentley, at heavyweight. Cheyenne East will be looking for back to back titles from junior Brody Cress at 120 pounds and sophomore Tevis Bartlett who will be competing at 195 pounds. With the exception of Lewton and Vonrein, all 12 of the other champions in class 3a were seniors last season leaving this class as the most wide open to a new batch of champions. Last but certainly not least in the 2A/1A ranks, Cokeville brings back a pair of Teicherts seeking titles in consecutive years from Junior Brock, competing in the 152 pound weight class and sophomore James, and wrestling at 126 pounds. Senior Luke Zeller from Greybull will look to end his career as a 4 time place winner, and 2 time champion at 160 pounds. And finally, returning at the same weight class, (106 pounds) for a second consecutive year is Thermopolis sophomore Vinny Castle. Castle is seeking to become the schools very first athlete to win multiple titles. With 2 more years in addition to this weekend, I like his chances to accomplish that “first” for a “second” title.

1 McCabe, Megan 2 Sidor, Annie 2 Okoronkwo, Chinne 4 Dingle, Aleksei 5 Shippen, Eliza 6 Jeffries, Allison 7 Wagner, Stefanie

Women Pole Vault - Finals

11 Centennial TC A,Aur 11-09.00 12 Central Oreg,Bend O 11-03.00 9 Okoronkwo, C,Lynnwo 11-03.00 12 YMCA Team Id,Boise 10-09.00 12 Trojan Track,Rigby 10-09.00 12 YMCA Team Id,Boise 10-09.00 12 Cchs,Gillette WY 9-09.00

Another OT loss for the Wild

The Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III (26-12-4) team wanted get 4 points from Missoula (24-18-1) in their 2 home games this weekend at Spirit Hall Ice, but they missed that goal by just 1 point after falling 5-4 in double OT on Saturday night. After taking down the Maulers 5-1 on Friday night, the Wild struck first on Saturday night as Tyler Johnson gave Gillette a 1-0 lead on a power play goal assisted on by Moco Willis and Trent Dillinger just over 5 minutes into the game. Missoula’s Anders Nord tied the game up just past the midway point of the first period and the game stayed that way until just :71 seconds into the 2nd period when Tyler Cavan found the back of the net. However, the Maulers then went on to score 3 unanswered goals in a 7 1/2 minute span to make it 4-2. Johnson got his 2nd goal of the game with 3 minutes left in the period to make 4-3 heading into the 2nd intermission. In the 3rd period Wild captain, Cavan, tied the game up on a Shorthanded goal at the 13:40 mark and then both teams skated the rest of the 1st period and 1st OT scoreless. The Maulers got the game winner off the stick of Christian Manning just : 34 seconds into the 3 on 3 2nd OT.

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With the weekend split with Missoula the Wild were able to pick up a point in the Maulers in the standings and now have a 6 point lead and are still in 3rd in the AWHL standings. Gillette has 56 points and Missoula has 50. Both teams are looking to sew up a spot in this year’s playoffs. Helena has already clinched the top seed in the layoffs while Yellowstone has all, but sealed up the 2nd seed. The Gillette Wild hit the road once again to close out the weekend Sunday night in Billings against the Bulls at 7:30pm from Centennial Ice Arena. Gillette is 5-1 this season against Billings.

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February 22 - March 1, 2013

Gillette Edge soccer brings home four championships from Spearfish

The Gillette Edge U12 Rascal boys played extremely well as a team at the Spearfish Winter classic this past weekend. It was exciting to see so many of the things we needed to work on after the Laramie tourney play out in our favor in Spearfish. The tournament would have been completely different if not for the great effort that our keepers put forth. The keepers that played this weekend were Nate Dawg, Cameron Durgin, & Zach Milliron. In their first action of the tournament, the Rascals got off to a slow start against the Spearfish Titans. The game remained scoreless until the very end of the first half. The Rascals started to play much better in the second half and scored three quick goals to win 4-0. Goals: Zach (2) & Cole (2) with assists from Cole, Nate, Isaac, & Aron. In their second game against Belle Fourche, the Rascals came out on fire. They scored three quick goals in the first three min-

utes of the game with the first goal coming in the first 30 seconds of the game. They added 3 more goals to win 6-0. Goals: Isaac, Cole, Cameron, Zach, Willy, & Tanner with assists from Zach (3), Isaac, & Aron. In their third game they took on a very determined Spearfish team that played us very tough the whole game. This game remained scoreless well into the second half. The Rascals broke the scoreless tie and then added 3 more quick goals to win 4-0. Goals: Zach, Isaac, Aron, & Willy with assists from Cole, Willy, & Aron. In the Championship game Vs Belle Fourche, the Rascals set the pace early with 3 quick goals in the beginning of the first half. Then a mental breakdown by the Rascal defense led to Belle fourche scoring a goal. The Rascals ended up scoring 3 more goals in the second half to win their first Championship of the indoor season. Goals: Zach (3), Isaac, Nater, & Tanner with assists from Nater,

Isaac, Cole, Zach, & Tyler. “The Rascals had a great tournament and really played unselfish soccer in all four games. Even when they would get off to a slow start, one of the Rascals would provide the spark (with a great pass, a great stop, or a goal) and then everyone would play great team soccer.” The Rascals are: Cole Deimling, Nathan “Nater” Delgrande, Cameron Durgin, Isaac Howell, Nathan “Nate-Dawg” King, Willy Knigge, Zach Milliron, Aron Molina, Tyler Schroyer, & Tanner Smolick. Three other teams bringing home championships were the U12 girls,U10 girls and boys high school. The U16 girls ended up 1-2 overall and lost the first game 4-3 to a Rushmore team. Then we won 10-1 against a Gering Nebraska team, and finished Sunday morning with another 4-3 loss to a different Rushmore squad.

Boys and Girls Basketball Rankings for Feb. 20 Submitted by Kevin Koile - wyopreps.com March Madness is starting a little early in Wyoming. 2A and 1A teams are now in post-season mode, so this is the final rankings of the season for them, while the final 4A and 3A polls come out next week. Boys: Very little change in the rankings in all classes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a big game here and there. 4A has Gillette at #1, with all but 1 first place vote, which went to Riverton who is still #2, followed by Laramie, Evanston and Kelly Walsh. The Wolverines and the Red Devils have already secured the top 2 spots for the regional tournament, and an automatic bid to the state tournament, but the Red Devils can swipe the top seed for regionals, if they can wn Saturday home vs. the Wolverines. 3A still has Star Valley at #1, despite their loss last week to Lyman who has jumped up to #3. The attention this weekend is on the east, which has Rawlins at #2, Buffalo at #4 and Douglas #5. The Bearcats and Bison

both trail the Outlaws by 1 game, and play each other this Saturday at Buffalo, but if either team wants a chance to get the top seed in the east, they both need to cheer for Wheatland to upset Rawlins Friday night. The Outlaws will also play what should be an entertaining nonconference on Saturday at home vs. Lyman. 2A has little change, although Lusk got brought back to earth, and Moorcroft snapped out of their funk last weekend, when they surprised the Tigers. The poll going into regionals has Lovell as the unanimous #1, followed by Wyoming Indian, Big Horn, Lusk and Moorcroft. 1A had no change, and the west regional looks to be very competitive as 4 of the 5 ranked teams will be play in Lander. It’s #1 Burlington (unanimous), #2 Ten Sleep, #3 Little Snake River and #5 Encampment. Meanwhile #4 Guernsey will be at the other regional tournament in Douglas. Girls: Going 1-1 on their northern road trip enabled East to hang on

to their #1 ranking, but Sheridan is breathing right down their neck at #2. However, the Lady Broncs have other things to concern themselves with, and that’s taking care of business at home Thursday vs. #4 Gillette. If The Lady Camels win, and the Lady Thunderbirds do their part at home vs. #5 Laramie and South…there would be an interesting 3-way tie for the top seed in the East. Meanwhile Natrona holds steady at #3, heading into Thursday’s Peach Basket game vs. Kelly Walsh. Nothing changed in 3A, and there’s only one ranked game of interest. Douglas is still the unanimous #1, followed by Star Valley, Rawlins, Powell and Lyman. The Lady Eagles visit the Lady Outlaws on Saturday. Just a slight change in 2A. Tongue River still locks down the top spot, and Lovell hangs on to #2, despite their loss last week. Southeast and Thermopolis are tied for the #3 ranking, and Wind River rounds things out at #5. Both regional tournaments should prove to

be very interesting. 1A didn’t change much either. Cokeville has all but 1 #1 vote, and Lingle-Ft. Laramie has it. They are followed by Little Snake River, Rock River and Upton.

Camel kids wrestling results from Moorcroft

On Sunday, February 17, The Camel Kids Wrestling club traveled to Moorcroft to compete in the Deb Allison Memorial hosted by the Moorcroft Mat Masters. The club had 28 wrestlers participat In the PrePeeWee division Drew Wasson placed 2nd in the 36-40 pound class and CJ Cogan placed 3rd in the same weight class. In the PeeWee Division Skylar Howe placed 2nd in the 31-34 pound weigh class. Cameron Sisneros placed 3rd in the 35-37 pound class. Ethan Cox placed 4th and Brayden Peralta placed 6th in the 38-39 pound class. Brendan Ahlers placed 5th in the 41-42 pound class. Delbert Blake placed 6th in the 42-44 pound class. Aden Smith placed 5th in the 44 pound class. Dane Wasson placed 4th in the 44-47 pound class. Draedyn Johnson placed 2nd in the 47-49 pound class. Larson D’Agosta placed 2nd in the 51-53 pound class. Gracin Peak placed 3rd in the 51-53 pound class. In the Bantam Division Tyson Merdink placed 3rd in the 48 pound weight class. Jais Rose placed 2nd in the 49 pound

class. Carter Johnsen placed 5th in the 51-53 pound class. Brent Sims placed 6th in the 53-54 pound class. Brody Sorenson placed 4th in the 53-54 pound class. Blake Sims placed 2nd in the 5558 pound class. Deyton Johnson placed 1st and Mason Brown placed 2nd in the 57-59 pound class. Dawson Debusk placed 4th in the 62-65 pound class. In the Intermediate Division Jarek Sorensen placed 5th in the 71-76 weight class and CJ Blomberg placed 3rd in the 72-74 pound class. In the Novice Division Dylen Johnson placed 2nd in the 103-105 pound class and Terren Swartz placed 1st in the 132145 pound class. In the Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Division Alan Blomberg placed 3rd in the 8086 pound weigh class. Randy Hawley placed 5th in the 90-95 pound class. Adrian Alvarado placed 2nd in the 138144 pound class. Next up the Camel Kids will travel to Casper on 2/24 for the Casper Wrestling Club Memorial Invitational Tournament.

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Weekly Sports Trivia Answer from Last Week Who holds the NBA record for most points in a single game?

100pts - Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia vs. New York at Hershey, PA March 2, 1962

Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is widely considered one of the greatest records in basketball. Chamberlain set five other league records that game including most free throws made, a notable achievement for the poor free throw shooter. The teams broke the record for most combined points in a game (316). That season, Chamberlain averaged a record 50.4 points per game, and he had broken the NBA singlegame scoring record (71) earlier in the season in December with 78 points. The third-year center had already set season scoring records in his first two seasons. In the fourth quarter, the Knicks began fouling other players to keep the ball away from Chamberlain, and they also became deliberate on offense to reduce the number of possessions for Philadelphia. The Warriors countered by committing fouls of their own to get the ball back. The game was not televised, and no video footage of the game exists; there are only audio recordings of the game’s fourth quarter. The NBA was not yet a major sports league and struggled to compete against college basketball. The attendance at this game was over half of capacity, and there were no members of the New York press at the game.


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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 ( james.bernard10@live.com) 2 AKC Registered Tea Cup Yorkies Puppies for free. They are male and female. If interested contact james.bernard10@live.com 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 ( james.bernard10@live.com ) 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. www.facebook.com/AcePill 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 22 - March 1, 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

Townhouse 680-1449

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 Corsair115@yahoo.com Refrigerator (white) Great condition $100 307-2995918 Blue Dual Reclining Sofa. Good shape $100 Call 6802982. Can text photo if you like. Spyder Semi-auto paint ball gun. cal..68 Special Edition. Only used twice! New $300 For you $175 plus two canisters. Call 680-1302 If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108. Great Jerky http://www.rberlinger.jerkydirect.com/ For sale: whirlpool refrigerator, brand new patio propane heater, still in box Cabela’s shower tent, large dining room dark blue/red rooster rug, 10” wet tile saw, treadmill. Call 682-6353. Kojac series One, two and three dvd $65.00 $98 value 307 - 670 - 1887 Two place aluminum snowmobile trailer. $1,600. 307689-0202

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 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora. Black. Leather interior. Good condition. 87,400mi. Power everything. Front wheel drive. New tires. Call Charlene 307-660-7316. 1993 Chrysler LHS for sale or trade. Needs tie-rod and alignment. Runs good. $1,500.00 OBO. Email KevlarGrease@gmail.com 1994 Plymouth Voyager for sale or trade. Runs/ looks great. 188,000 miles. $2,000.00 OBO. Email KevlarGrease@gmail.com 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

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

Foothills View Apartments Hot Move In Special! Cool, Clean, Quiet Apartments. A/C, 2 Bdrm. $695 1Bdrm. $595. Showing anytime Call 307-686-6488 C3-28-2v Apartments for rent. Foothills View Apartments. Clean and Quiet. One and Two bedroom units starting at $595.00. Call for showing andmove in special 307-6866488 (c3-42-3v) Spacious & new, 1, 2, &3 bdrm affordable apartments available now! Call 6858066. Washer and dryer in every unit. Private sunny patio or balcony. Special move-in rate, 1 bdrm: $694, 2 bdrm: $777, 3 bdrm: $888. Move in now and deduct $ 200 off first month while special lasts. Call Konnie or Celeste at Highland Properties 685-8066.

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February 22 - March 1, 2013

Campbell County Observer

Campbell County Public Library kicks off Cabin Fever Reliever with Arts in the Stacks

Babe Ruth By Mike Borda

The Colossus of Clout. The Home Run King. The Sultan of Swat. The Great Bambino. The Babe. He was more than a baseball player. He was a national celebrity, a folk legend, and a hero to children across America. The Babe was a complex figure, one who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most legendary figures in American sports history. Born George Herman Ruth, Jr. on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, he was not a star from day one. Ruth’s father owned several neighborhood bars, but did not make enough money to give them an overly comfortable living. In addition, although the family had seven children, only two (including George Jr.) survived into adulthood. Given these struggles, George Jr. was eventually sent to a Catholic boarding school at the age of seven. It was here, however, that Ruth discovered his place in life. At St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, George Jr. took a mentor in one of the monks at the school, Brother Matthias Boutlier. Brother Boutlier would transform George Jr. from a troubled adolescent into an athletic teen through the wonders of baseball. In 1913, while Ruth was pitching for his school, several people began noticing his considerable talent. One of these people was Jack Dunn, owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Dunn saw something special in Ruth, and signed the 19 year old to a contract. Because he was so young when he first came into the professional locker room, his teammates called him Dunn’s new “babe”. The name stuck, and the legend had begun. The following year, Babe was traded to the Boston Red Sox. However, as the Red Sox already had a full roster, Ruth was sent to their minor league team, the Providence Grays. In 1915, he pitched for the Red Sox,

performing extremely well for a young man. But it was not his pitching that attracted the awe of baseball minds. It was his power. Ruth switched over to full-time hitting and fielding in 1918, and showed his value from the start. He either tied or led the league in home runs during his first two seasons hitting for Boston. Then, at the end of 1919, he was traded to the New York Yankees. From this point, most sports fans know what happened. He went on to become one of, if not the most memorable player in baseball history. His accomplishments included 714 home runs, 2,217 RBI’s, and 7 world championships. Babe Ruth retired from baseball as a player in 1935. A year later, he was one of the first players elected to the newly founded Baseball Hall of Fame. He would not let go of the public spotlight all together, though. He continued in radio throughout the next decade, while also working in movies such as Pride of the Yankees, about his former teammate Lou Gehrig. Sadly, though, Ruth would not live as long a life as his fans hoped. In 1946, he was found to have a tumor on his neck, which was removed. He responded better than most to this aggressive cancer, surviving the operation and even showing signs of improvement. It would be short-lived, however, and Babe Ruth died on August 16, at the age of 53. George Herman Ruth, Jr. was, like many, a complicated man. Although he was an icon to so many, he also had his personal problems. The difference between Ruth and so many other players lost to history, however, is that Babe’s legend surpassed anything he did in reality. From the “Curse of the Bambino” to his famous “Called Shot”, Ruth left a legacy that will forever live in the minds of baseball fans.

Are the winter blues starting to get to you? Are you feeling the need to get up, get out, get going? Campbell County Public Library System is here to help with our Second Annual Cabin Fever Reliever (CFR). This series of events is sure to cure your fever and help The Library Foundation raise endowment funds to “Bring Bucks Back” to Campbell County libraries. CFR begins with Art in the Stacks on Friday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s events are all “food” themed in conjunction with the Museum on Mainstreet traveling exhibit Key Ingredients: America by Food which will be at CCPL March 16-April 25. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Wyoming Humanities Council. Locally, CCPLS and Campbell County Rockpile Museum are partnering to host local events exploring the cultural and historical forces that shape American regional cuisine and the connections between Americans and the foods they produce, prepare, preserve, and serve. Advocacy for Visual Arts (AVA) is assisting with Art in the Stacks this year by inviting their affiliated artists to show their “food” themed art at the event. Entertainment for the evening will feature groups from Gillette Community Theatre, Powder River Symphony, and Campbell County High choirs. Refreshments will be served and your $5 ticket price will be donated to your county libraries’ endowment fund. The Wyoming Public Library Endowment Challenge Program began in July of 2008. Every dollar raised for Campbell County libraries during this Challenge is matched by the state up to $686,957. The Library Foundation has raised $310,000 since 2008 only another $376,957 to reach our goal and a million dollar endowment! This endowment will allow our libraries in Gillette and Wright funds for collection development, programming, equipment, staffing,

Powder River, Let’er Buck By Jeff Morrison

When I was growing up in Gillette during the 1960s and ‘70s, one of the largest and best attended events was the annual three-day rodeo held in the original fairgrounds, located in the shadow of the Rock Pile, where the Campbell County Fire Department headquarters now stands. I can remember one July afternoon in particular. It was about half-way through the saddle bronc competition and the summer heat was making the spectators drowsy. As the arena crew clustered around one of the chutes making ready for the next ride, the people in the grandstands yawned, glanced at their watches, and wondered how long it would be before the bull riding started. Suddenly a deep, baritone voice carried out from inside the chute, loud enough to rouse the spectators, “Powder River – Let ‘er Buck!” The once sleepy crowd surged to its feet in unison as the gate swung open and the bronc came out with its rider spurring and fanning the air with a ten-gallon cowboy. All these years later, I can’t remember who the cowboy was, or even if he won that day, but I will never forget the raucous standing ovation he received after the ride, when he tipped his hat and bowed theatrically, a la Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West. I can also remember thinking that shout was the corniest thing I’d ever heard. Little did I know, the rider was continuing a cowboy tradition with a phrase that was nearly 100 years old and

heard all over the world. Few people today are familiar with the Powder River slogan. Among those who are, most think the phrase was coined in World War II. But the slogan actually goes back to the early 1880s, just as the great cattle boom was getting into full swing. The most credible account of the slogan’s origins came from the reminiscences of Edward J. Farlow, a cattleman from the Lander area. In 1939, he wrote about first hearing the saying. “Some hands trailing cows to the railroad at Casper in the autumn of 1893 bedded down near the headwaters of Powder river, near the present Hiland, Wyoming, one night. They talked about crossing Powder River repeatedly the next morning, and spoke of getting their swimming horses. The next morning one cowboy, Missouri Bill Shultz, changed horses to get a good swimmer. Making their various crossings, they discovered that in the fall at that place, Powder River was just deep enough to wet a horse’s hoof, and had barely enough energy to trickle from one hole to another. “When they got to Casper, Missouri Bill toasted the hands like this: ‘Boys, come and have a drink on me. I’ve crossed Powder River.’ They had the drinks, then a few more and were getting pretty sociable. When Missouri Bill again ordered he said to the boys, ‘Have another drink on me, I’ve swum Powder River,’ this time with a distinct emphasis

on the words Powder River. ‘Yes sir, by God, Powder River,’ with a little stronger emphasis. When the drinks were all set up he said, ‘Well, here’s to Powder River, Let ‘er Buck!’” Evidently the various cowboys sharing drinks with Missouri Bill liked his impromptu toast to Powder River well enough to adopt it as their own. Today, we would describe its immediate, widespread popularity as “going viral.” Soon the slogan was in everyday use among Wyoming cowboys, much like we use the expression, “let ‘er rip” today. Organized rodeo was also established in the late 1800s, and the cowboy expression instantly became the preferred method for riders to signal the wranglers when they were ready to ride. The slogan was so widely used by 1898, that the Wyoming National Guard adopted it during the

and beyond. Cabin Fever Reliever events are scheduled monthly through May. Key Ingredients: America by Food Opening and Scavenger Hunt will be on March 24 followed by the 4k Run/Walk on April 13 and Cupcake Wars on May 2. Details to come as each event nears. In addition to Cabin Fever events, CCPLS and the museum have formed countywide partnerships and are coordinating events and exhibits in conjunction with Key Ingredients. Following is the entire list of events: •February 19, 5 p.m., Free • “Food” Movie Discussion @ Wright Branch Library • 5 p.m. • The Cider House Rules • Thanks to a Campbell County Community Public Recreation District grant. •February 26, 5 p.m., Free • “Food” Book Discussion @ Wright Branch Library • The Cider House Rules by John Irving •February 22, 5:30 p.m., $5 • Art in the Stacks @ CCPL • Local artists “foodthemed” art show. Gillette Community Theatre, Powder River Symphony, and Campbell County High School’s Crescendos and Harmony choirs will provide entertainment. •March/April, Free • Paper or Plastic @ Campbell County Rockpile Museum • Paper or Plastic: The History of Grocery Stores in Wyoming, a Wyoming State Museum traveling exhibit, will be on display at the museum combined with What’s Cookin’, a local exhibit of retro kitchen utensils and photos. •March/April, Free • Aprons & Recipes @ Wright Branch Library • The library, school, Wright Museum, and Thunder Basin Belles are

collaborating for this exhibit. •March 24, 1:30 p.m., Free • Key Ingredients Opening Celebration & Scavenger Hunt @ CCPL • Search the library for delicious tastes of local restaurants and explore the exhibit for answers to our Scavenger Hunt questions. Entertainer Bill Rossiter will present Songs in the Key of Food. •April 6, Free • Saturday University: Folklore and Foodways @ Gillette College • Food, agriculture and environment. Details and time to be announced. April 13-20, Free • National Library Week • Key Ingredients @ Your Library (CCPL & WBL) • The week will feature our Run/Walk, County Extension Day, a cookbook history program as well as food-themed children’s storytimes, and a teen iron chef contest. •April 13, 8 a.m., $20 • Cabin Fever Reliever 4K Run/Walk @ CCPL • This family-friendly event will feature “food” challenge booths along the route. •April 14, 1:30, Free • County Extension Day @ CCPL • 4H Food Demonstrations •April 15, 6:30 p.m., Free • Cookbook History @ WBL presented by Ara Anderson, CCPL Reference Librarian, and Mary Kelly, Campbell County Historian •April 21, 2:00 p.m., Free • Cookbook History @ CCPL presented by Ara Anderson, CCPL Reference Librarian, and Mary Kelly, Campbell County Historian •May 2, 5 p.m., $5 • Cabin Fever Reliever Cupcake Wars @ CCPL • Bakers and tasters are invited back for our second annual “war.” For more information and to make a donation to your libraries, call 687-0009.

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Spanish American War. It is said that the best use of the battle cry was during barroom brawls in Manila. If a group of Wyoming guardsmen found themselves outnumbered, they would yell out, “Powder River!” Reinforcements from the other side of the bar would then answer, “Let ‘er Buck,” to let them know help was on the way. When America entered World War I in 1917, Wyoming soldiers took the Powder River battle-cry with them. Both the 362nd Infantry Regiment of the 91st “Wild West” Division, and the 148th Artillery Regiment, 66th Field Artillery Brigade (Wyoming National Guard) used the slogan during the war and later adopted it officially as their mottos. A French Regiment stationed near the 148th was so taken with the sound of “Powder River, Let ‘er Buck!” before each outgoing salvo from the American guns, that they began shouting, “Poudre Riviere,” when they went “over the top.” The regiments returned to action in World War II and Korea, taking their battle-cry with them. In the late 1920s, a competition was held to create a new “fight song” for the University of Wyoming. The winning entry, “Come on Wyoming,” was written by Lorna Simpson, Governor Milward

Simpson’s wife. The last line of the song gives tribute to the cowboy slogan: “Come on, Wyoming, we all depend on you; We are loyal through and through; Powder River, let’er buck, let’er buck, Wyoming!” At some point in time, the original use of the phrase was expanded by someone with a poetic turn of mind. What was once a drunken salute meant to be hollered at the top of the lungs became a witty rhyme of the “over the teeth and through the gums” variety: “Powder River, Let ‘er Buck! It’s a Mile Wide and an Inch Deep; Too Thin to Plow and Too Thick to Drink!” For all its popularity during the late 1800s and early to mid1900s, the Powder River slogan was quickly fading into obscurity by the late-1900s and early 2000s. It probably would have gone the way of “23 Skidoo” had it not been for a Nebraska native, former University of Wyoming Head Football Coach, Joe Glenn. Glenn coached the Cowboys from 2003 to 2008. Exactly where he learned the phrase is unknown, but he liked to end press conferences and public speaking engagements with this classic Cowboy toast, “Powder River, Let ‘er Buck!”

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