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Officials urge public to avoid exposure to orange, brown cloud By Basion Radio Administrator A brown and orange colored NOx cloud hovered over eastern Gillette Monday afternoon, prompting local emergency officials to caution anyone in the vicinity of the cloud to move inside and close all doors and windows. Officials say the cloud is not poisonous, but warn long-term or

repeated exposure can cause health effects. “It’s not going to send you to the hospital, but if you did have compromised lungs – COPD or something like that – it would be something that could affect you more than somebody else,” explains Campbell County Emergency Management

Coordinator David King. Such clouds are a by-product of blasting, as ammonia nitrate is affected by moisture or blast-hole slumps. The NOx cloud is produced when conditions are right at the time of the blast.

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to the SLIB for final approval. During its Dec. 1 meeting in Cheyenne, Wyo., the Business Council board recommended funding for eight BRC applications totaling $6,233,392 million, leaving $37,664,490 available for this biennium. The SLIB is made up of the five statewide elected officials: Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Treasurer Joe Meyer, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.

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Bricks for Vets committee to host Casino Night By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News The Bricks for Veterans committee is planning a Casino Night for Friday, January 27 at Boss Lodge. Committee member Everett Boss says the evening will help advance two years of hard work to place the United We Stand sculpture at Lasting Legacy Park. “Between fundraisers and the public buying bricks, plus grants that we got, with all of those things put together we actually paid off the United We Stand sculpture,” Boss explains. “Of course the artist gave it to us at half price too.” Boss says the committee will move the sculpture from their current position at Gillette City Hall to a permanent spot at Lasting Legacy Park.

“They’ll be on pedestals; the bricks will be around the pedestals and the statues will be on their own pedestals,” Boss says. According to Boss, tickets to Friday’s event are limited to 200 to 250. Tickets are $50 each, which includes your meal and $250 in play casino money. “With that play money you can bid on the silent auction items, and your ticket will also go in for the grand prize,” Boss says. In addition to hoping for a big turnout, Boss says the committee is hopeful the public will donate a few more prizes to help honor the veterans. “If somebody would like to donate prizes we would really appreciate that,”

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The military veterans of NE Wyoming, along with interested local residents, have formed a consortium to profile the premise that “All Gave Some and Some Gave All” in the ongoing fight for freedom in the United States. Lasting Legacy Park in Gillette has a war memorial listing all conflicts local residents fought in and the names of the soldiers who lost their lives. It is now the intention of the committee to expand this memorial to a wall of heroes, giving all citizens the opportunity to have any person who has served in the Armed Forces be recognized on a plaque or brick. This area will become the home of “United We Stand”, a sculpture by Ben Foster of Lander, of a family saluting the American flag. We intend to also add sculptures of the various military branches along with appropriate landscaping, benches and lighting. This will be an area of remembrance, honor and where residents can hold patriotic ceremonies or simply reflect on the sacrifice that so many gave to protect America.

Bricks

Any person who has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces is eligible to have a stone inscribed with his or her name and placed in the Lasting Legacy Veterans Memorial Park located at 1000 S. Douglas Highway. Groups and organizations wishing to dedicate a memorial in honor of military personnel to be placed in the park are encouraged to do so. Bricks are 4”x8”, black granite and are laser inscribed. Inscriptions on bricks must be no more than 3 lines and 20 characters long (including spaces) per line. Bricks are $110 each. Also available is an 8”x8” brick with no more than 9 lines and 20 characters for $250. Included on the brick is an American flag and a branch of service emblem. Those who don’t have a vet to put on the wall, but believe in the project and wish to contribute are encouraged to do so.

Sponsorship

Any individual, group, organization or business is eligible to become a sponsor of the Lasting Legacy Veterans Memorial Park located at 1000 South Douglas Highway, Gillette, Wyoming. For a $500 donation, a bronze plaque will be made in the donor’s name and placed in front of the wall. Donations can be made payable to: Bricks for Vets Mail to: Bricks for Vets P.O. Box 4469 Gillette, WY 82717-4469 Bricks for Vets is a non-profit organization.

says Boss. “We got some for the silent auction table. Any type of prize we’ll have there and then they can bid on it. If anybody has a bigger prize we’ll put that as one of the grand prizes.” For tickets, call Everett Boss at 687-0513 or Brian Pownall at 680-1318. For more information on Bricks for Veterans, visit their website at www. BricksForVets.com.

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The Chamber welcomes new member, Agriculture Television. The concept for Agriculture Television is simple: a data service that uses the internet and the variety of mobile devices to provide our subscriber and the industry with up to date news, information, and a variety of data for the industry and a satellite distributed nationwide television channel featuring our unique blend of programming content. Utilizing state of the art technologies to merge the internet, mobile devices, television, and satellite distribution will provide just enough initial information that the viewers will want to turn to our television service and get the full benefit of our original program content. Agriculture Television solves the issue of the agriculture industry not having a dedicated and focused media network and brings the industry into the media technology age. For information on becoming an investor with Agriculture Television, or if you have ideas for the service, contact Patrick Murphy at (307) 631-2810. Visit www.agtvnetwork.com.

The Chamber welcomes new member Active Living Chiropractic. Chiropractors Matt Arnio and Bob McIntosh have a broad diagnostic background with training in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as nutritional and healthy lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic physicians focus on drug-free and nonsurgical treatments for disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system (brain, spinal cord, and skeletal system), and their effects on general health in adults, infants and children. The clinic provides active rehab, chiropractic care and massage. Stop in at 110 E. Lakeway Rd. or call (307) 670-9426 for more information. Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, noon-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit www.activelivinggillette.com or www.facebook.com/activeliving.chiropractor.

The Chamber welcomes new member Adz in Motion - mobile scrolling billboards on vehicles. Kory Burr, also of Big Screen Entertainment, invites you to let Adz in Motion take your business past the competition! Contact him at (307) 689-4277 for ad rates and more details.

The Chamber welcomes new member Adriano’s Italian Restaurant. Located in the west end of the Powder Basin Shopping Center, Adriano’s is Gillette’s only authentic Italian restaurant serving pasta, pizza, steaks, seafood, chicken, veal, Panini’s and subs. Chef Adriano D’argento has a lifetime of classical training throughout Italy and Europe. Adriano and Beverly welcome you to stop in and enjoy one of their speedy lunch specials or have a nice relaxing dinner. They offer a 10 percent Chamber member discount on dinner food purchase! They also offer a delectable catering menu for your holiday party or company meeting. Have your next business lunch at Adriano’s at 2610 S. Douglas Highway, Suite 220. Call (307) 670-9005 for catering information.

The Chamber welcomes the Town of Wright, Wyoming as a new member! The ribbon cutting was combined with the Town’s first Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House. Mayor Tim Albin said “the new partnership with the County Chamber will be a good opportunity to market Wright as a great place to live as well as do business.” The Town of Wright has several projects planned for 2012, including the construction of the new Wright Recreation Center, the Wright Visitor’s Center and the Haycreek Golf Course kitchen renovations. Long-term projects include the construction of a new Town Hall, the development of the Southern Campbell County Equestrian Center, renovating existing Town Hall into the Campbell County Senior Center/Community Services Center and the addition of a Community Auditorium. For more information, contact the Town of Wright at (307) 464-1666 or visit www.wrightwyoming.com. The Chamber welcomes new member Gillette Wild Junior Hockey. The 2011-2012 Season is the Wild’s inaugural season in the American West Hockey League. The Wild play all home games at CAM-PLEX Spirit Hall. Tickets are available on the team’s web site, www.GilletteWildHockey.com. On January 31, the Wild hosts Ladies’ and Left Wings, a beginner’s hockey class for women. To register, contact Erin Conway at (605) 7073750. For more information about the Gillette Wild, visit www. GilletteWildHockey.com or call (307) 696-7764. GO WILD!

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Are the winter blues starting to get to you? Are you feeling the need to get up, get out, get going? Campbell County Public Libraries are here to help -- Cabin Fever Reliever is coming your way. What’s that? It’s a series of events to cure your fever and help The Library Foundation “Bring Bucks Back” to Campbell County libraries. The series begins with “Art in the Stacks” on Friday, February 24. Did you know the library boasts one of the most extensive art collections around? Come by CCPL for a guided art tour by local experts and learn more. This is a great chance to meet up with other enthusiasts, plan a date night, or simply come learn something new – all while supporting your local library! Drop in between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for this after-hours event. Refreshments will be served and it will only cost you $5 – all while supporting your

local library. Next up to get you going is a “Scavenger Hunt” that will run Friday, March 2 through Friday, March 9. Think you can put together a team, solve some riddles, collect items, and do it in record time? Pick up your packet from CCPL any time starting March 2 and return it by 4:30 p.m. March 9. You have a whole week to collect and cache items for this city-wide scavenger hunt – but the fastest time wins! Grand prize worth $200 and three other prizes valued at $50 each. Cost: $50 per team. Guaranteed fun while supporting your local library! Now that you’re warmed up, how about a 5k Run/ Walk on Saturday, March 24? Life’s a journey, right? Well, so is this fun run/ walk that starts and ends at CCPL! Complete challenges along the way for extra tickets for a chance to win a prize at the end of the event. You never

know what challenges are ahead, but you will know your participation is for a good cause – your local library! Grand prize worth $200 and other prizes valued at $50 each. Register by March 1 and the cost is only $20. Register on race day and pay $25. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. on the 24th and the Run/Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Cabin Fever Reliever will wrap up Thursday, April 12 with “Cupcake Wars.” Come to CCPL and taste test a variety of locally made cupcakes and vote on your favorite – favorite cupcake, favorite booth – between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.! Bakers will have a chance to win a great prize with your vote. April 8-14 is also National Library Week so this event will be a double celebration. Enjoy free a free concert, a free cup of coffee, homemade goodies and celebrate your local library! The cost to taste and vote

is $5 for a packet of tickets. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Want to be a baker? Space is limited. Call CCPL at 687-0009 for details. Proceeds from these events will benefit The Library Foundation’s goals in The Wyoming Public Library Endowment Challenge Program. This fiveyear program began in July of 2008. Every dollar raised for Campbell County libraries during this Challenge is matched by the state up to $500,000. The Library Foundation has raised nearly $235,000 for county libraries since 2008 – only another $265,000 to reach our $500,000 goal and a million dollar endowment! This endowment will allow our libraries in Gillette and Wright funds for collection development, programming, equipment, staffing, and beyond. For more information and to make a donation to your libraries, call 687-0009.

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By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News A 33-year old female driver from Grand Junction, CO and her 40-year old male passenger from Gillette were arrested Thursday night after attempting to elude law enforcement. According to Gillette Police Lieutenant Brent Wasson, police initially responded to the east Maverik in Gillette just after 7:00 p.m. after they received a complaint that a male suspect was kicking propane takes and possibly stealing items from the convenience store. “Upon arrival officers were told that the suspect was leaving in a minivan,” Wasson explains. “Officers located and attempted to stop the van, and it continued on Highway 51.” The gray 2000 Dodge Caravan had Wyoming license plates from Fremont County, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheny.

Wasson says officers pursued the suspects as far east as T&T Guns & Ammo, at which point Campbell County Sheriff deputies continued the pursuit. Sheriff Deputies eventually stopped the minivan after deploying spike strips near Rozet Elementary School. Matheny says the suspects drove over the spikes, which flattened the front passenger tire. “The driver of the suspect vehicle continued to travel east on Highway 51; sparks were coming up from underneath the vehicle,” Matheny describes. “The suspect vehicle was also dragging the spike strip behind the vehicle.” They finally stopped about one-quarter mile east of Rozet, Matheny says. “It appears the vehicle was mechanically unable to continue.” Matheny says the male passenger cooperated with

deputy’s commands to exist the vehicle. The woman driver, on the other hand, originally refused to exit the vehicle, according to Matheny. “It wasn’t until we said we were going to Taser her if she doesn’t get out of the vehicle,” says Matheny. Matheny says the 33year old female had a warrant out of Fremont County for felony DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and interference with a police officer. Regarding the 40-year old male, Wasson concluded, “The investigation at the east Maverik indicated that the man had attempted to shoplift a bag of nuts valued at $8.99, so we cited him for shoplifting.” The 33-year old female was charged with five misdemeanor charges, while the man faces two misdemeanor charges.

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Community What’s Going On? Friday, January 27

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Jake’s Open Pool Tournament @ Jakes Tavern -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -Gillette Workforce Center: Wyoming Preference Act of 1971 Seminar, 9-10:30 a.m., Gillette College, 682-9313 -Microsoft Office Basics 2010: Outlook, Excel & Word, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA Fundraiser Reception, 6-8 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center, Carol Treide, 682-9133 -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Saturday, January 28

-Jake’s Open Pool Tournament @ Jakes Tavern -Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -SAT Testing, 8 a.m., CCHS North Campus -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -AA- Discussion, 8:30 a.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -4-H Horse Clinic, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Cam-plex Barn 3, Jessica Gladson, 682-7281 -RCM Barrel Racing, 10 a.m., Cam-plex East Pavilion, Carol Mackey, 680-4105 -Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA- A Night at the Louvre, 6 p.m., Cam-plex Energy Hall, 682-9133 For Tickets -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Last Call Group, 10 p.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy.

Sunday, January 29

-Senior Center- CLOSED -Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Jake’s Open Pool Tournament @ Jakes Tavern -ABATE Meeting @ Jakes Tavern -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -AA-Morning Spiritual, 10:15 a.m., 2910 S Douglas Hwy. -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Pilobolus, 7-10 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center, 6828802 For Tickets -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Monday, January 30

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Level 2, 9 a.m.- 12 noon, K2 Technologies, 6863025 -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -K2 focused Seminar: Automating Tasks (Using Macros), 1-4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -AiE Advisory Board Meeting, 4 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center -Adult Reading Discussion, 5-7 p.m., WBL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Tuesday, January 31

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Senior CenterVet’s Breakfast, 8 a.m. -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -K2 Focused Seminar: Dynamic Data-Presenting Pivot Tables, 1-4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -AVA- Preschool Art, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -Teen Card Game Club, 4 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Planetarium Open House, 6:30-8 p.m., Sage Valley Jr. High, 687-4542 -AA-Beginners, 6:45 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -CCSD Choir Gala Concert, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Wednesday, February 1

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast, 6:30-8 a.m., Clarion Inn, 682-3673 -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, All Ages, 11 a.m., WBL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 4-7 p.m., Public Health -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Thursday, February 2

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -NE Wyoming Furniture Restorers, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion, Jim Britt 682-8442 -Senior Center, The Lodge Bus, 9 a.m. -Toddler Time, 18 months3 yr., 9:30 a.m., CCPL -Targeting Your Volunteer Recruitment Message Workshop, 10 a.m.-12 noon, Call 686-3672 for Location -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA- Homeschool Art, 2 p.m. -Young Adult Super Bowl Program, 3-5 p.m., WBL -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m. -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Men & Women Living with Cancer Support Group, 5:307 p.m., CCMH, 688-1950 -WWA: Winter Wildlands Back Country Film Festival, 6 p.m., Gillette College, (307)217-0337 -AVA: Painting with Nancy, 6:30-8:30 p.m. -Lakeview 1st Grade Music Program, 6:30 p.m., Lakeview -Families & Jammies, Birth6th Grade, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -Meadowlark 3/4th Grade Music Program, 7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -Teen Anime Club, 7 p.m., CCPL -Prenatal Series, 7-9 p.m., Series of 4 Classes, 6882200 for More Info. & to Register -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Friday, February 3

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

Tuesday, February 7

-Tickets for the Chocolate Basket Raffle on Sale Now Jan. 9-Feb.10, 1 for $1 or 6 for $5, Drawing 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10, CCPL -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AA- Mid-day Serenity, 12 noon, 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AVA- Preschool Art, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -Teen Card Game Club, 4 p.m., CCPL -AA-Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -Lakeview 2nd Grade Music Program, 6:30 p.m., Lakeview -AA-Beginners, 6:45 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy. -AA-Hopefuls(BB), 8 p.m., 2910 S. Douglas Hwy.

Saturday, February 4

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

Featured Crime Arson (Jan. 14)

Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving an arson that occurred at WalMart on 01-14-2012. At approximately 1:53 pm a fire was reported in the recycle yard at WalMart. A brick wall and 70 bundles of card board were damaged in the fire. Several juvenile males 14 – 16 years old were seen in the area prior to the fire being set. If you have information that can solve this or any other crime please call Crime Stoppers at 686-0400 or the High School Crime Stoppers at 682-4185. You can remain anonymous and may earn up to $1,000 in reward.

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Community Woman tussles with baliff

Joke of the week

By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News

Submitted by Dale Hennings

Authorities say a 23-year old Gillette woman lost her court case, threatened to damage a truck and then defied orders from a courtroom bailiff. “She was the defendant in a small claims case. She lost her case and decided to leave the courtroom at about 11:15 [a.m.] but she did not take her paperwork,” Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheny describes. According to witnesses, as she was leaving the courtroom the woman made a comment to the plaintiff in

whom she threatened to blow up his Blazer. “While she was making this comment, she pushed the small, swinging door in an angry manner, throwing them open,” says Matheny. Matheny notes those doors are in place to separate the court from the audience. “One of the doors fell to the ground with pieces of wood and hardware flying in the air,” Matheny says. The bailiff ordered the woman to

stop but she resisted, according to police. She was eventually placed against the wall and arrested. She is charged with misdemeanor breach of peace and misdemeanor destruction of property. The swinging doors were not the only things damaged in the confrontation, Matheny says. The bailiff’s tie tack was also damaged. “The price to replace the tie tack is $9.99,” Matheny adds.

Loan funding still available for licensed child care providers in state The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Child Care Facility Loan Program still has funds available to provide reasonably priced loans to licensed child care providers in Wyoming. The purpose of the loan program, jointly funded and administered by the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, is to create jobs for low and moderate income people, expand child care capacity for existing providers, increase the number of licensed providers, and alleviate greater workforce and economic development constraints posed by the lack of available licensed child care within Wyoming communities. A pre-loan questionnaire must be submitted to either the Business Council or Women’s Business Center offices in person or via e-mail by 5 p.m. Feb. 29. Following that review,

a loan application must be submitted to the Wyoming Women’s Business Center no later than March 31. All forms may be found at: http://www. wyomingbusiness.org/program/cdbgchild-care-facility-loan-program/5403. All loan recipients must be licensed child care providers. If interested participants are not currently licensed, they will be required to become licensed as part of the loan agreement. Home-based providers may apply for loans ranging from $1,000 to $35,000; and center-based providers may apply for loans ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Loans may be used for new and existing child care facilities and operations in their start-up or expansion, or for improvements related to health and safety. Funds may also be used to upgrade or improve kitchens, air conditioning and heating systems, natu-

ral lighting, roofs, plumbing including additional toilets and sinks, electrical upgrades, installation or renovation of egress windows, playground equipment, security systems, smoke alarms and fire alarms, accommodations to serve children with special needs or to comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), interior reconstruction to expand capacity, and other improvements that increase capacity or are made in an effort to comply with licensing standards. If newly created jobs are still in existence three years after the completion of the improvements, 50 percent of the original loan amount will convert to a grant. For more information regarding the loan program, contact Julie Kozlowski at 307-777-2812or julie.kozlowski@ wyo.gov; or Farrah Rhea at 307-7602698 or email frhea@uwyo.edu.

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“Cows & Politics Explained”

A CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor. A SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. AN AMERICAN REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what? AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous. A COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage. DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government. CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows. BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain. AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.


Community Part II of the Campbell County Observer’s public information on Gun Laws Federal Laws

US Code — 18 U.S.C. § 922

Next week will be Wyoming Open Carry Issues, an article that will be written by Anthony Bouchard, President of Wyoming Gunowners Association. Includes references to IRS (tax) code being used to regulate Firearms– (a) It shall be unlawful (1) for any person (A) except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, or in the course of such business to ship, transport, or receive any firearm in interstate or foreign commerce; or (B) except a licensed importer or licensed manufacturer, to engage in the business of importing or manufacturing ammunition, or in the course of such business, to ship, transport, or receive any ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce; (2) for any importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector licensed under the provisions of this chapter to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm to any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, except that (A) this paragraph and subsection (b) (3) shall not be held to preclude a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector from returning a firearm or replacement firearm of the same kind and type to a person from whom it was received; and this paragraph shall not be held to preclude an individual from mailing a firearm owned in compliance with Federal, State, and local law to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector; (B) this paragraph shall not be held to preclude a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer from depositing a firearm for conveyance in the mails to any officer, employee, agent, or watchman who, pursuant to the provisions of section 1715 of this title, is eligible to receive through the mails pistols, revolvers, and other firearms capable of being concealed on the person, for use in connection with his official duty; and (C) nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as applying in any manner in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any possession of the United States differently than it would apply if the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the possession were in fact a State of the United States; (3) for any person, other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to transport into or receive in the State where he resides (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, the State where it maintains a place of business) any firearm purchased or otherwise obtained by such person outside that State, except that this paragraph (A) shall not preclude any person who lawfully acquires a firearm by bequest or intestate succession in a State other than his State of residence from transporting the firearm into or receiving it in that State, if it is lawful for such person to purchase or possess such firearm in that State, (B) shall not apply to the transportation or receipt of a firearm obtained in conformity with subsection (b) (3) of this section, and (C) shall not apply to the transportation of any firearm acquired in any State prior to the effective date of this chapter; (4) for any person, other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, to transport in interstate or foreign commerce any destructive device, machinegun (as defined in section 5845 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), short-barreled shotgun, or shortbarreled rifle, except as specifically authorized by the Attorney General consistent with public safety and necessity; (5) for any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector) to transfer, sell, trade, give, transport, or deliver any firearm to any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector) who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, does not maintain a place of business in) the State in which the transferor resides; except that this paragraph shall not apply to (A) the transfer, transportation, or delivery of a firearm made to carry out a bequest of a firearm to, or an acquisition by intestate succession of a firearm by, a person who is permitted to acquire or possess a firearm under the laws of the State of his residence, and (B) the loan or rental of a firearm to any person for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes; (6) for any person in connection with the acquisition or attempted acquisition of any firearm or ammunition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, knowingly to make any false or fictitious oral or written statement or to furnish or exhibit any false, fictitious, or misrepresented identification, intended or likely to deceive such importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector with respect to any fact material to the lawfulness of the sale or other disposition of such firearm or ammunition under the provisions of this chapter; (7) for any person to manufacture or import armor piercing ammunition, unless (A) the manufacture of such ammunition

requested) a copy of the sworn statement, together with a description of the firearm, in a form prescribed by the Attorney General, to the chief law enforcement officer of the transferee’s place of residence, and has received a return receipt evidencing delivery of the statement or has had the statement returned due to the refusal of the named addressee to accept such letter in accordance with United States Post Office Department regulations; and (3) the transferor has delayed shipment or delivery for a period of at least seven days following receipt of the notification of the acceptance or refusal of delivery of the statement. A copy of the sworn statement and a copy of the notification to the local law enforcement officer, together with evidence of receipt or rejection of that notification shall be retained by the licensee as a part of the records required to be kept under section 923(g). (d) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person (1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; (2) is a fugitive from justice; (3) is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)); (4) has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution; (5) who, being an alien (A) is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or (B) except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26))); (6) who (!2) has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; (7) who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship; (8) is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child, except that this paragraph shall only apply to a court order that (A) was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had the opportunity to participate; and (B)(i) includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or (ii) by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury; or (9) has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. This subsection shall not apply with respect to the sale or disposition of a firearm or ammunition to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector who pursuant to subsection (b) of section 925 of this chapter is not precluded from dealing in firearms or ammunition, or to a person who has been granted relief from disabilities pursuant to subsection (c) of section 925 of this chapter. (e) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to deliver or cause to be delivered to any common or contract carrier for transportation or shipment in interstate or foreign commerce, to persons other than licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, or licensed collectors, any package or other container in which there is any firearm or ammunition without written notice to the carrier that such firearm or ammunition is being transported or shipped; except that any passenger who owns or legally possesses a firearm or ammunition being transported aboard any common or contract carrier for movement with the passenger in interstate or foreign commerce may deliver said firearm or ammunition into the custody of the pilot, captain, conductor or operator of such common or contract carrier for the duration of the trip without violating any of the provisions of this chapter. No common or contract carrier shall require or cause any label, tag, or other written notice to be placed on the outside of any package, luggage, or other container that such package, luggage, or other container contains a firearm. (f)(1) It shall be unlawful for any common or contract carrier to transport or deliver in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm or ammunition with knowledge or reasonable cause to believe that the shipment, transportation, or receipt thereof would be in violation of the provisions of this chapter. (2) It shall be unlawful for any common or contract carrier to deliver in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm without obtaining written acknowledgement of receipt from the recipient of the package or other container in which there is a firearm. (g) It shall be unlawful for any person (1) who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; (2) who is a fugitive from justice;

is for the use of the United States, any department or agency of the United States, any State, or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State; (B) the manufacture of such ammunition is for the purpose of exportation; or (C) the manufacture or importation of such ammunition is for the purpose of testing or experimentation and has been authorized by the Attorney General; (8) for any manufacturer or importer to sell or deliver armor piercing ammunition, unless such sale or delivery (A) is for the use of the United States, any department or agency of the United States, any State, or any department, agency, or political subdivision of a State; (B) is for the purpose of exportation; or (C) is for the purpose of testing or experimentation and has been authorized by the Attorney General; (!1) (9) for any person, other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, who does not reside in any State to receive any firearms unless such receipt is for lawful sporting purposes. (b) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver (1) any firearm or ammunition to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than eighteen years of age, and, if the firearm, or ammunition is other than a shotgun or rifle, or ammunition for a shotgun or rifle, to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than twenty-one years of age; (2) any firearm to any person in any State where the purchase or possession by such person of such firearm would be in violation of any State law or any published ordinance applicable at the place of sale, delivery or other disposition, unless the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the purchase or possession would not be in violation of such State law or such published ordinance; (3) any firearm to any person who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, does not maintain a place of business in) the State in which the licensee’s place of business is located, except that this paragraph (A) shall not apply to the sale or delivery of any rifle or shotgun to a resident of a State other than a State in which the licensee’s place of business is located if the transferee meets in person with the transferor to accomplish the transfer, and the sale, delivery, and receipt fully comply with the legal conditions of sale in both such States (and any licensed manufacturer, importer or dealer shall be presumed, for purposes of this subparagraph, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to have had actual knowledge of the State laws and published ordinances of both States), and (B) shall not apply to the loan or rental of a firearm to any person for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes; (4) to any person any destructive device, machinegun (as defined in section 5845 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), shortbarreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle, except as specifically authorized by the Attorney General consistent with public safety and necessity; and (5) any firearm or armor-piercing ammunition to any person unless the licensee notes in his records, required to be kept pursuant to section 923 of this chapter, the name, age, and place of residence of such person if the person is an individual, or the identity and principal and local places of business of such person if the person is a corporation or other business entity. Paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of this subsection shall not apply to transactions between licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors. Paragraph (4) of this subsection shall not apply to a sale or delivery to any research organization designated by the Attorney General. (c) In any case not otherwise prohibited by this chapter, a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer may sell a firearm to a person who does not appear in person at the licensee’s business premises (other than another licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer) only if (1) the transferee submits to the transferor a sworn statement in the following form: “Subject to penalties provided by law, I swear that, in the case of any firearm other than a shotgun or a rifle, I am twenty-one years or more of age, or that, in the case of a shotgun or a rifle, I am eighteen years or more of age; that I am not prohibited by the provisions of chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm in interstate or foreign commerce; and that my receipt of this firearm will not be in violation of any statute of the State and published ordinance applicable to the locality in which I reside. Further, the true title, name, and address of the principal law enforcement officer of the locality to which the firearm will be delivered are ___________________ Signature _________ Date ____.” and containing blank spaces for the attachment of a true copy of any permit or other information required pursuant to such statute or published ordinance; (2) the transferor has, prior to the shipment or delivery of the firearm, forwarded by registered or certified mail (return receipt

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(3) who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)); (4) who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution; (5) who, being an alien (A) is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or (B) except as provided in subsection (y) (2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26))); (6) who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; (7) who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship; (8) who is subject to a court order that (A) was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had an opportunity to participate; (B) restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; and (C)(i) includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or (ii) by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury; or (9) who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. (h) It shall be unlawful for any individual, who to that individual’s knowledge and while being employed for any person described in any paragraph of subsection (g) of this section, in the course of such employment (1) to receive, possess, or transport any firearm or ammunition in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce; or (2) to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. (i) It shall be unlawful for any person to transport or ship in interstate or foreign commerce, any stolen firearm or stolen ammunition, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the firearm or ammunition was stolen. (j) It shall be unlawful for any person to receive, possess, conceal, store, barter, sell, or dispose of any stolen firearm or stolen ammunition, or pledge or accept as security for a loan any stolen firearm or stolen ammunition, which is moving as, which is a part of, which constitutes, or which has been shipped or transported in, interstate or foreign commerce, either before or after it was stolen, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the firearm or ammunition was stolen. (k) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to transport, ship, or receive, in interstate or foreign commerce, any firearm which has had the importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, or altered or to possess or receive any firearm which has had the importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, or altered and has, at any time, been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. (l) Except as provided in section 925(d) of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to import or bring into the United States or any possession thereof any firearm or ammunition; and it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been imported or brought into the United States or any possession thereof in violation of the provisions of this chapter. (m) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector knowingly to make any false entry in, to fail to make appropriate entry in, or to fail to properly maintain, any record which he is required to keep pursuant to section 923 of this chapter or regulations promulgated thereunder. (n) It shall be unlawful for any person who is under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm or ammunition or receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. (o)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun. (2) This subsection does not apply with respect to (A) a transfer to or by, or possession by or under the authority of, the United States or any department or agency thereof or a State, or a department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or (B) any lawful transfer or lawful possession of a machinegun that was lawfully possessed before the date this subsection takes effect.

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Community Information on Gun Laws... Continued from page 8 (p)(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm (A) that, after removal of grips, stocks, and magazines, is not as detectable as the Security Exemplar, by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Security Exemplar; or (B) any major component of which, when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component. Barium sulfate or other compounds may be used in the fabrication of the component. (2) For purposes of this subsection (A) the term “firearm” does not include the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (B) the term “major component” means, with respect to a firearm, the barrel, the slide or cylinder, or the frame or receiver of the firearm; and (C) the term “Security Exemplar” means an object, to be fabricated at the direction of the Attorney General, that is (i) constructed of, during the 12-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subsection, 3.7 ounces of material type 17-4 PH stainless steel in a shape resembling a handgun; and (ii) suitable for testing and calibrating metal detectors: Provided, however, That at the close of such 12-month period, and at appropriate times thereafter the Attorney General shall promulgate regulations to permit the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of firearms previously prohibited under this subparagraph that are as detectable as a “Security Exemplar” which contains 3.7 ounces of material type 17-4 PH stainless steel, in a shape resembling a handgun, or such lesser amount as is detectable in view of advances in state-of-the-art developments in weapons detection technology. (3) Under such rules and regulations as the Attorney General shall prescribe, this subsection shall not apply to the manufacture, possession, transfer, receipt, shipment, or delivery of a firearm by a licensed manufacturer or any person acting pursuant to a contract with a licensed manufacturer, for the purpose of examining and testing such firearm to determine whether paragraph (1) applies to such firearm. The Attorney General shall ensure that rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this paragraph do not impair the manufacture of prototype firearms or the development of new technology. (4) The Attorney General shall permit the conditional importation of a firearm by a licensed importer or licensed manufacturer, for examination and testing to determine whether or not the unconditional importation of such firearm would violate this subsection. (5) This subsection shall not apply to any firearm which (A) has been certified by the Secretary of Defense or the Director of Central Intelligence, after consultation with the Attorney General and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, as necessary for military or intelligence applications; and (B) is manufactured for and sold exclusively to military or intelligence agencies of the United States. (6) This subsection shall not apply with respect to any firearm manufactured in, imported into, or possessed in the United States before the date of the enactment of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988. (q)(1) The Congress finds and declares that (A) crime, particularly crime involving drugs and guns, is a pervasive, nationwide problem; (B) crime at the local level is exacerbated by the interstate movement of drugs, guns, and criminal gangs; (C) firearms and ammunition move easily in interstate commerce and have been found in increasing numbers in and around schools, as documented in numerous hearings in both the Committee on the Judiciary (!3) the House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; (D) in fact, even before the sale of a firearm, the gun, its component parts, ammunition, and the raw materials from which they are made have considerably moved in interstate commerce; (E) while criminals freely move from State to State, ordinary citizens and foreign visitors may fear to travel to or through certain parts of the country due to concern about violent crime and gun violence, and parents may decline to send their children to school for the same reason; (F) the occurrence of violent crime in school zones has resulted in a decline in the quality of education in our country; (G) this decline in the quality of education has an adverse impact on interstate commerce and the foreign commerce of the United States; (H) States, localities, and school systems find it almost impossible to handle gun-related crime by themselves – even States, localities, and school systems that have made strong efforts to prevent, detect, and punish gun-related crime find their efforts unavailing due in part to the failure or inability of other States or localities to take strong measures; and (I) the Congress has the power, under the interstate commerce clause and other provisions of the Constitution, to enact measures to ensure the integrity and safety of the Nation’s schools by enactment of this subsection. (2)(A) It shall be unlawful for any individ-

transferee, stating that the transferee requires access to a handgun because of a threat to the life of the transferee or of any member of the household of the transferee; (C)(i) the transferee has presented to the transferor a permit that (I) allows the transferee to possess or acquire a handgun; and (II) was issued not more than 5 years earlier by the State in which the transfer is to take place; and (ii) the law of the State provides that such a permit is to be issued only after an authorized government official has verified that the information available to such official does not indicate that possession of a handgun by the transferee would be in violation of the law; (D) the law of the State requires that, before any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer completes the transfer of a handgun to an individual who is not licensed under section 923, an authorized government official verify that the information available to such official does not indicate that possession of a handgun by the transferee would be in violation of law; (E) the Attorney General has approved the transfer under section 5812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or (F) on application of the transferor, the Attorney General has certified that compliance with subparagraph (A)(i)(III) is impracticable because (i) the ratio of the number of law enforcement officers of the State in which the transfer is to occur to the number of square miles of land area of the State does not exceed 0.0025; (ii) the business premises of the transferor at which the transfer is to occur are extremely remote in relation to the chief law enforcement officer; and (iii) there is an absence of telecommunications facilities in the geographical area in which the business premises are located. (2) A chief law enforcement officer to whom a transferor has provided notice pursuant to paragraph (1)(A)(i)(III) shall make a reasonable effort to ascertain within 5 business days whether receipt or possession would be in violation of the law, including research in whatever State and local recordkeeping systems are available and in a national system designated by the Attorney General. (3) The statement referred to in paragraph (1)(A)(i)(I) shall contain only (A) the name, address, and date of birth appearing on a valid identification document (as defined in section 1028(d)(1) (!4)) of the transferee containing a photograph of the transferee and a description of the identification used; (B) a statement that the transferee (i) is not under indictment for, and has not been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, and has not been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; (ii) is not a fugitive from justice; (iii) is not an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act); (iv) has not been adjudicated as a mental defective or been committed to a mental institution; (v) is not an alien who (I) is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or (II) subject to subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26))); (vi) has not been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; and (vii) is not a person who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced such citizenship; (C) the date the statement is made; and (D) notice that the transferee intends to obtain a handgun from the transferor. (4) Any transferor of a handgun who, after such transfer, receives a report from a chief law enforcement officer containing information that receipt or possession of the handgun by the transferee violates Federal, State, or local law shall, within 1 business day after receipt of such request, communicate any information related to the transfer that the transferor has about the transfer and the transferee to (A) the chief law enforcement officer of the place of business of the transferor; and (B) the chief law enforcement officer of the place of residence of the transferee. (5) Any transferor who receives information, not otherwise available to the public, in a report under this subsection shall not disclose such information except to the transferee, to law enforcement authorities, or pursuant to the direction of a court of law. (6)(A) Any transferor who sells, delivers, or otherwise transfers a handgun to a transferee shall retain the copy of the statement of the transferee with respect to the handgun transaction, and shall retain evidence that the transferor has complied with subclauses (III) and (IV) of paragraph (1)(A)(i) with respect to the statement. (B) Unless the chief law enforcement officer to whom a statement is transmitted under paragraph (1)(A)(i)(IV) determines that a transaction would violate Federal, State, or local law (i) the officer shall, within 20 business days after the date the transferee made the statement on the basis of which the notice was provided, destroy the statement, any

ual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone. (B) Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm (i) on private property not part of school grounds; (ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license; (iii) that is (I) not loaded; and (II) in a locked container, or a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle; (iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone; (v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual; (vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or (vii) that is unloaded and is possessed by an individual while traversing school premises for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting, if the entry on school premises is authorized by school authorities. (3)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), it shall be unlawful for any person, knowingly or with reckless disregard for the safety of another, to discharge or attempt to discharge a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the person knows is a school zone. (B) Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the discharge of a firearm (i) on private property not part of school grounds; (ii) as part of a program approved by a school in the school zone, by an individual who is participating in the program; (iii) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in a school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual; or (iv) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity. (4) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as preempting or preventing a State or local government from enacting a statute establishing gun free school zones as provided in this subsection. (r) It shall be unlawful for any person to assemble from imported parts any semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun which is identical to any rifle or shotgun prohibited from importation under section 925(d)(3) of this chapter as not being particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes except that this subsection shall not apply to (1) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for sale or distribution by a licensed manufacturer to the United States or any department or agency thereof or to any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or (2) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General. (s)(1) Beginning on the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this subsection and ending on the day before the date that is 60 months after such date of enactment, it shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer a handgun (other than the return of a handgun to the person from whom it was received) to an individual who is not licensed under section 923, unless (A) after the most recent proposal of such transfer by the transferee (i) the transferor has (I) received from the transferee a statement of the transferee containing the information described in paragraph (3); (II) verified the identity of the transferee by examining the identification document presented; (III) within 1 day after the transferee furnishes the statement, provided notice of the contents of the statement to the chief law enforcement officer of the place of residence of the transferee; and (IV) within 1 day after the transferee furnishes the statement, transmitted a copy of the statement to the chief law enforcement officer of the place of residence of the transferee; and (ii)(I) 5 business days (meaning days on which State offices are open) have elapsed from the date the transferor furnished notice of the contents of the statement to the chief law enforcement officer, during which period the transferor has not received information from the chief law enforcement officer that receipt or possession of the handgun by the transferee would be in violation of Federal, State, or local law; or (II) the transferor has received notice from the chief law enforcement officer that the officer has no information indicating that receipt or possession of the handgun by the transferee would violate Federal, State, or local law; (B) the transferee has presented to the transferor a written statement, issued by the chief law enforcement officer of the place of residence of the transferee during the 10day period ending on the date of the most recent proposal of such transfer by the

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record containing information derived from the statement, and any record created as a result of the notice required by paragraph (1)(A)(i)(III); (ii) the information contained in the statement shall not be conveyed to any person except a person who has a need to know in order to carry out this subsection; and (iii) the information contained in the statement shall not be used for any purpose other than to carry out this subsection. (C) If a chief law enforcement officer determines that an individual is ineligible to receive a handgun and the individual requests the officer to provide the reason for such determination, the officer shall provide such reasons to the individual in writing within 20 business days after receipt of the request. (7) A chief law enforcement officer or other person responsible for providing criminal history background information pursuant to this subsection shall not be liable in an action at law for damages (A) for failure to prevent the sale or transfer of a handgun to a person whose receipt or possession of the handgun is unlawful under this section; or (B) for preventing such a sale or tran sfer to a person who may lawfully receive or possess a handgun. (8) For purposes of this subsection, the term “chief law enforcement officer” means the chief of police, the sheriff, or an equivalent officer or the designee of any such individual. (9) The Attorney General shall take necessary actions to ensure that the provisions of this subsection are published and disseminated to licensed dealers, law enforcement officials, and the public. (t)(1) Beginning on the date that is 30 days after the Attorney General notifies licensees under section 103(d) of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that the national instant criminal background check system is established, a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer shall not transfer a firearm to any other person who is not licensed under this chapter, unless (A) before the completion of the transfer, the licensee contacts the national instant criminal background check system established under section 103 of that Act; (B)(i) the system provides the licensee with a unique identification number; or (ii) 3 business days (meaning a day on which State offices are open) have elapsed since the licensee contacted the system, and the system has not notified the licensee that the receipt of a firearm by such other person would violate subsection (g) or (n) of this section; and (C) the transferor has verified the identity of the transferee by examining a valid identification document (as defined in section 1028(d) of this title) of the transferee containing a photograph of the transferee. (2) If receipt of a firearm would not violate subsection (g) or (n) or State law, the system shall (A) assign a unique identification number to the transfer; (B) provide the licensee with the number; and (C) destroy all records of the system with respect to the call (other than the identifying number and the date the number was assigned) and all records of the system relating to the person or the transfer. (3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a firearm transfer between a licensee and another person if (A)(i) such other person has presented to the licensee a permit that (I) allows such other person to possess or acquire a firearm; and (II) was issued not more than 5 years earlier by the State in which the transfer is to take place; and (ii) the law of the State provides that such a permit is to be issued only after an authorized government official has verified that the information available to such official does not indicate that possession of a firearm by such other person would be in violation of law; (B) the Attorney General has approved the transfer under section 5812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or (C) on application of the transferor, the Attorney General has certified that compliance with paragraph (1)(A) is impracticable because (i) the ratio of the number of law enforcement officers of the State in which the transfer is to occur to the number of square miles of land area of the State does not exceed 0.0025; (ii) the business premises of the licensee at which the transfer is to occur are extremely remote in relation to the chief law enforcement officer (as defined in subsection (s)(8)); and (iii) there is an absence of telecommunications facilities in the geographical area in which the business premises are located. (4) If the national instant criminal background check system notifies the licensee that the information available to the system does not demonstrate that the receipt of a firearm by such other person would violate subsection (g) or (n) or State law, and the licensee transfers a firearm to such other person, the licensee shall include in the record of the transfer the unique identification number provided by the system with respect to the transfer. (5) If the licensee knowingly transfers a firearm to such other person and knowingly fails to comply with paragraph (1) of this subsection with respect to the transfer and, at the time such other person most recently

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(6) Neither a local government nor an employee of the Federal Government or of any State or local government, responsible for providing information to the national instant criminal background check system shall be liable in an action at law for damages (A) for failure to prevent the sale or transfer of a firearm to a person whose receipt or possession of the firearm is unlawful under this section; or (B) for preventing such a sale or transfer to a person who may lawfully receive or possess a firearm. (u) It shall be unlawful for a person to steal or unlawfully take or carry away from the person or the premises of a person who is licensed to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, any firearm in the licensee’s business inventory that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. [(v), (w) Repealed. Pub. L. 103-322, title XI, Sec. 110105(2), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2000.] (x)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer to a person who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is a juvenile (A) a handgun; or (B) ammunition that is suitable for use only in a handgun. (2) It shall be unlawful for any person who is a juvenile to knowingly possess (A) a handgun; or (B) ammunition that is suitable for use only in a handgun. (3) This subsection does not apply to (A) a temporary transfer of a handgun or ammunition to a juvenile or to the possession or use of a handgun or ammunition by a juvenile if the handgun and ammunition are possessed and used by the juvenile (i) in the course of employment, in the course of ranching or farming related to activities at the residence of the juvenile (or on property used for ranching or farming at which the juvenile, with the permission of the property owner or lessee, is performing activities related to the operation of the farm or ranch), target practice, hunting, or a course of instruction in the safe and lawful use of a handgun; (ii) with the prior written consent of the juvenile’s parent or guardian who is not prohibited by Federal, State, or local law from possessing a firearm, except (I) during transportation by the juvenile of an unloaded handgun in a locked container directly from the place of transfer to a place at which an activity described in clause (i) is to take place and transportation by the juvenile of that handgun, unloaded and in a locked container, directly from the place at which such an activity took place to the transferor; or (II) with respect to ranching or farming activities as described in clause (i), a juvenile may possess and use a handgun or ammunition with the prior written approval of the juvenile’s parent or legal guardian and at the direction of an adult who is not prohibited by Federal, State or local law from possessing a firearm; (iii) the juvenile has the prior written consent in the juvenile’s possession at all times when a handgun is in the possession of the juvenile; and (iv) in accordance with State and local law; (B) a juvenile who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard who possesses or is armed with a handgun in the line of duty; (C) a transfer by inheritance of title (but not possession) of a handgun or ammunition to a juvenile; or (D) the possession of a handgun or ammunition by a juvenile taken in defense of the juvenile or other persons against an intruder into the residence of the juvenile or a residence in which the juvenile is an invited guest. (4) A handgun or ammunition, the possession of which is transferred to a juvenile in circumstances in which the transferor is not in violation of this subsection shall not be subject to permanent confiscation by the Government if its possession by the juvenile subsequently becomes unlawful because of the conduct of the juvenile, but shall be returned to the lawful owner when such handgun or ammunition is no longer required by the Government for the purposes of investigation or prosecution. (5) For purposes of this subsection, the term “juvenile” means a person who is less than 18 years of age. (6)(A) In a prosecution of a violation of this subsection, the court shall require the presence of a juvenile defendant’s parent or legal guardian at all proceedings. (B) The court may use the contempt power to enforce subparagraph (A). (C) The court may excuse attendance of a parent or legal guardian of a juvenile defendant at a proceeding in a prosecution of a violation of this subsection for good cause shown.

(y) Provisions Relating to Aliens Admitted Under Nonimmigrant Visas. (1) Definitions. – In this subsection (A) the term “alien” has the same meaning as in section 101(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a) (3)); and (B) the term “nonimmigrant visa” has the same meaning as in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)). (2) Exceptions. – Subsections (d)(5)(B), (g)(5)(B), and (s)(3)(B)(v)(II) do not apply to any alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, if that alien is (A) admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes or is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States; (B) an official representative of a foreign government who is (i) accredited to the United States Government or the Government’s mission to an international organization having its headquarters in the United States; or (ii) en route to or from another country to which that alien is accredited; (C) an official of a foreign government or a distinguished foreign visitor who has been so designated by the Department of State; or (D) a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business. (3) Waiver. (A) Conditions for waiver. – Any individual who has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa may receive a waiver from the requirements of subsection (g)(5), if (i) the individual submits to the Attorney General a petition that meets the requirements of subparagraph (C); and (ii) the Attorney General approves the petition. (B) Petition. – Each petition under subparagraph (B) shall (i) demonstrate that the petitioner has resided in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 180 days before the date on which the petition is submitted under this paragraph; and (ii) include a written statement from the embassy or consulate of the petitioner, authorizing the petitioner to acquire a firearm or ammunition and certifying that the alien would not, absent the application of subsection (g)(5)(B), otherwise be prohibited from such acquisition under subsection (g). (C) Approval of petition. – The Attorney General shall approve a petition submitted in accordance with this paragraph, if the Attorney General determines that waiving the requirements of subsection (g)(5)(B) with respect to the petitioner (i) would be in the interests of justice; and (ii) would not jeopardize the public safety. (z) Secure Gun Storage or Safety Device. (1) In general. – Except as provided under paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any handgun to any person other than any person licensed under this chapter, unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device (as defined in section 921(a)(34)) for that handgun. (2) Exceptions. – Paragraph (1) shall not apply to (A)(i) the manufacture for, transfer to, or possession by, the United States, a department or agency of the United States, a State, or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, of a handgun; or (ii) the transfer to, or possession by, a law enforcement officer employed by an entity referred to in clause (i) of a handgun for law enforcement purposes (whether on or off duty); or (B) the transfer to, or possession by, a rail police officer employed by a rail carrier and certified or commissioned as a police officer under the laws of a State of a handgun for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty); (C) the transfer to any person of a handgun listed as a curio or relic by the Secretary pursuant to section 921(a)(13); or (D) the transfer to any person of a handgun for which a secure gun storage or safety device is temporarily unavailable for the reasons described in the exceptions stated in section 923(e), if the licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, or licensed dealer delivers to the transferee within 10 calendar days from the date of the delivery of the handgun to the transferee a secure gun storage or safety device for the handgun. (3) Liability for use. (A) In general. – Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who has lawful possession and control of a handgun and who uses a secure gun storage or safety device with the handgun, shall be entitled

to immunity from a qualified civil liability action. (B) Prospective actions. – A qualified civil liability action may not be brought in any Federal or State court. (C) Defined term. – As used in this paragraph, the term “qualified civil liability action” (i) means a civil action brought by any person against a person described in subparagraph (A) for damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of the handgun by a third party, if (I) the handgun was accessed by another person who did not have the permission or authorization of the person having lawful possession and control of the handgun to have access to it; and (II) at the time access was gained by the person not so authorized, the handgun had been made inoperable by use of a secure gun storage or safety device; and (ii) shall not include an action brought against the person having lawful possession and control of the handgun for negligent entrustment or negligence per se.

By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News A report from a concerned citizen that a fleet of UFOs were landing south of Gillette turned out to be much ado about nothing. According to Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheny, a deputy was in the Red Hills subdivision when the called came in just before midnight on Saturday. That deputy traveled south on Highway 50 near Bell Road to investigate the claim that extraterrestrial creatures were invading Gillette. After failing to find any unearthly activity, Matheny says the deputy went to the home of the 49-year old man who reported seeing UFOs. Once there, the man pointed to some lights on the horizon that he claims belonged to UFOs. The deputy, however, was quickly able to identify the objects as homes in the new Red Hills subdivision. “He told us it had been a long time since he’s been awake at night and he never noticed these lights before.”

Campbell Co. Fire Dept. January 18, 2012

- At 5:15 AM to the 1100 block of Buckskin Drive for a medical assist. - At 2:05 PM to West Fourth Street for the report of a possible structure fire. Fire department personnel found no emergency in the area when they arrived. - At 2:17 PM to the 2300 block of Mahogany Circle for a medical assist. - At 6:44 PM to Aleute Lane for a medical assist. - At 8:53 PM to the 200 block of Primrose Drive for a medical assist.

January 19, 2012

- At 10:10 AM to North Highway 59 (South of Biddle, Montana) for a report of a tanker truck accident. Campbell County Fire Units were cancelled when it was learned there were no injuries. - At 1:41 PM to the 4800 block of Milton Street for a medical assist. - At 7:31 PM to the northbound lanes of South Douglas Highway (by Interstate 90) for a one vehicle accident resulting in one injury. Firefighters assisted EMS Personnel in loading the patient into the ambulance, applied floor dry to contain leaking antifreeze and disconnected the vehicle’s battery to prevent electrical arcing.

January 20, 2012

- At 7:38 AM to Raymond St. for an EMS assist. - At 11:59 AM to Flying J Truck Stop for a report of a leaking propane tank, upon arrival the valve was shut and it was determined that another valve was partially closed and had leaked about 5% of tank volume overnight.

- At 1:17 PM to Dogwood Ave. for an EMS assist. - At 4:39 PM to Ledoux Ave. for an EMS assist.

January 21, 2012

- At 8:12 a.m. to Smithie Road for an EMS assist. - At 12:56 p.m. to 308 West Lakeway Road for a gasoline spill. CCFD applied FloorDry and BioSolve to the spill and referred clean-up to the property owners. - At 12:59 p.m. to 2103 South Emerson Avenue for a report of flames coming from a home. The fire was reported by a passerby. The fire burned the back exterior side of two townhouses (2103 and 2101 South Emerson). The fire was declared under control at 1:20 PM. The fire started on the back wooden deck of 2103 South Emerson Avenue and spread to the back siding and burned into the attic of 2103 South Emerson Avenue. Firefighters moved furniture from the dining area, placed protective tarps sown and pulled the ceiling to remove smoldering blown-in insulation. The tenant of 2103 South Emerson Avenue is Ms Sarah Braswell and was not home at the time the fire was reported. The Owner of 2103 South Emerson is Ms. Jenell Hodges. The fire is believed to have been started from a discarded cigarette butt. Preliminary damage estimate to both townhomes is $50,000. - At 7:14 p.m. to 2716 Cascade Court for a residential fire alarm activation. CCFD cancelled en route when CCSO dispatchers advised the alarm was caused by smoke from burnt food. - At 8:16 p.m. to Oregon Avenue for an EMS assist.

January 22, 2012

- At 07:18 a.m. to Autumn Ct EMS assist. - At 10:13 a.m. to Vivian Ct EMS assist. - At 2:09 p.m. to Gunpowder St. for a reported vehicle fire. Prior to arrival, the vehicle owner had extinguished the fire with an extinguisher. Upon arrival, it was determined the vehicle was never on fire, but the grass below it was. The owner jump started the vehicle which after running for some time the grass was ignited. Damage to the vehicle was unknown. - At 5:47p.m. to Stanley Ave EMS assist - At 11:03 p.m. to Foothills Theater EMS assist

January 23, 2012

- At 9:52 Am to the 8000 Block of Chukar Drive for an EMS assist. - At 6:04 PM to the 1800 block of Warlow Drive for the report of a structure fire. Nothing was found upon arrival. - At 9:12 PM to the 2600 block of Ledoux Avenue for and EMS assist.

January 24, 2012

- At 3:45 AM to Foothills Blvd for a medical assist. - At 9:05 AM to the 300 block of Sunflower Lane for a medical assist. - At 10:16 AM to 5001 Hidden Valley Road for a manure pile on fire. The fire was extinguished without incident. The cause of the fire is believed to be from discarded ashes. - At 9:05 PM to the 900 block of EZ Street for a medical assist.

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Community UW leads in energy research with Micro Imaging Instrument

With the installation of the most advanced high-resolution 3D X-ray microscope available, the University of Wyoming becomes the first university in the world to put this state-of-the-art tool in the hands of faculty and researchers to increase their understanding of underground reservoirs of oil and natural gas. The custom-designed equipment, which is being installed this week in the College of Engineering’s EnCana Research Laboratory, will enable UW researchers to obtain ultrahigh resolution micro-images of porous media. Once scanned, these micronscale three-dimensional maps of pore space can be used to more accurately characterize and model flow and fluid occupancy in reservoir rocks relevant to subsurface reservoirs, which can contain oil and natural gas. Mohammad Piri, project director and associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, says he believes the equipment coupled with UW’s research goals will substantially advance the understanding of conventional and unconventional reservoir systems such as tight gas deposits and significantly improve the ability to model oil and gas recovery processes. “The new laboratory addition will give UW a significant scientific advantage in performing cutting-edge flow in porous media research with direct applications in advanced oil and gas recovery and the potential geologic storage of environmentally damaging gases,” Piri says. The installation of the Xray microscope is the second of a three-phase project and marks a significant milestone in UW’s effort to advance its research and development of porous media characterization and subsurface modeling. The first phase of this initiative, the installation of a meter to millimeter resolution scan-

ner, was completed in 2008 and has since generated novel scientific data, attracted substantial external funding, and drawn visitors from an esteemed national and international list of research and academic institutions as well as energy companies. The complete installation of phase two means that UW is the first university to integrate both pieces of equipment for oil and gas recovery applications. The third and final phase of the initiative calls for installing nano-level imaging capabilities to map the smallest of media and equip the facility as a whole to gather images ranging from meter to nanometer resolution. “This project has allowed UW to create a truly worldclass research facility to train, educate and support high-caliber undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and research scientists,” Piri says. The new equipment, and the progressive research efforts poised to apply its output, is predicted to attract leading faculty, scientists and students to UW. “The X-ray microscope is the newest, latest, and fastest instrument of its kind on the market,” Piri says. Vahan Tchakerian, vice president of Global Sales and Field Operations for the California-based Xradia Inc., says, “We are very excited to see this first adoption of the VersaXRM-500 by a university for research into oil and gas recovery. We are confident that Dr. Piri’s work at the University of Wyoming of characterizing models for fluid flow in porous media will enable oil producers worldwide to have confidence using models more extensively to optimize well production.” Piri says the project would not have been possible without the support and leadership of UW’s School of Energy Resources. “Investment of School of Energy Resources funds in this multi-stage research program started with an

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important gift from EnCana and has been paramount in significantly strengthening UW’s research enterprise in oil and gas recovery from conventional and unconventional resources such as tight gas reservoirs, shale oil and gas,” Piri says. Mark Northam, director of the School of Energy Resources, says that supporting this research is an investment in Wyoming’s future and an important part of the research efforts taking place at UW. “Developing a fundamental understanding of how reservoir fluids move in micro-porosity networks is an essential first step toward improving the ultimate recovery of hydrocarbon resources. Successful outcomes from Dr. Piri’s innovative research hold great potential for increasing Wyoming’s oil and gas production for many years to come,” Northam says. “With investments like these, we’re contributing to knowledge and building expertise in unconventional reservoirs.” Piri says he believes this facility will help put UW at the forefront of research and development in multiphase flow in porous media disciplines. Piri credits UW, SER, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, among others, for completing phase two of the project.

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Project director Mohammad Piri says UW is the first university in the world to use the most advanced high-resolution 3D X-ray microscope for oil and natural gas research.

Tenth Annual Art Gala

This Saturday, the 28th, will mark AVA Art Center’s tenth annual black-tie event. “A Night at the Louvre” is this year’s theme at the Cam-plex’s Energy Hall. The event will hold a live auction, as well as a silent one, selling art by local artists. There will also be a prime rib dinner provided, as well as a dance entertained by a live band. The night will begin at 6 pm with cocktails and an elegant evening to follow. Also, there will be a raffle held. A silver Vespa and an

Eiffel Tower will be raffled off during the Gala. Tickets for these raffle items are limited and still available for purchase. The art is available for the general public to view, for free, at the AVA Art Center until January 27th. Also, on that day, there will be a free Public Art Reception. Tickets for the black-tie event are available at AVA for $125 per person. All proceeds go to help the art center continue to provide exceptional services to the community.

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Community Inventions Day at Campbell County Rockpile Museum

The final FREE Rockpile Museum Family Day event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon on February 11, 2012. In honor of National Inventors Day in America, the museum staff invites all young inventors to join us for a morning of science and fun. This event is open to interested children age pre-school to 12 years old and their parents or grandparents. Space is limited to 50 young inventors, and reservations are required. All museum family day events require children to be accompanied by an adult. Call 682-5723 today to reserve your spot! Campbell County Rockpile Museum is at 900 W Second St in Gillette.

Eastside RV, Sunshine RV, Wyoming Marine, and more came together to hold the 18th annual RV and Boat show at the Cam-plex last weekend. There was a huge turnout from local citizens for the

show, and events included donations all over for Isabelle Peace, a fellow community citizen and 4 year old with cancer. Sales were great, and the weekend was fun for all who participated in the event.

The Best Training Ground for Democracy: A Business or a Church?

First annual Campbell Co. Observer Anniversary 5k First Annual Campbell County Observer Anniversary 5k Join us in celebrating our first full year of business by participating in our 5k Run/Walk in April. Keep your eyes open for the official Time/Place on Saturday April 7th to help us raise money for local charities and or scholarships to be announced in Febuary! We will be having fun and helping a good cause all in one!

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By Paul V.M. Flesher Many successful businessmen and businesswomen in America run for public office thinking their business background is good preparation for a leadership position in government. This is especially true if they managed a company and guided it from humble beginnings to a multimillion-dollar organization. But perhaps there is a better preparation for government leadership -namely, being a successful pastor of a church. Say what? Put simply, a business aims to balance the conflicting interests of four groups: investors, managers, employees and customers. The investors paid to set up the company and want to make a profit on that investment by selling to the customers the goods or services produced by the employees. Investors want to sell the product at a price that ensures a profit, but not so high the customers won’t buy it. The employees constitute much of the cost. A company needs employees to produce the product or service and so must pay them. Of course, employees want high wages, while investors desire the opposite. In a successful company, managers balance the competing goals of the other three groups: the customers who want to minimize the purchase price, the employees who want to maximize wages, and the owners who want to maximize profits from the price by minimizing wages and other costs. In most churches, by contrast, the investors and customers comprise the same group of people: the congregation. Furthermore, apart from the minister herself or himself, most of the “employees” are actually volunteers from the congregation: Sunday school teachers, choir members, ushers and so on. (Of course there are a few other employees: the secretary, janitor, organist and choir director.) “Management” also is volunteer; apart from the

pastor, most management tasks are undertaken by committees of congregants. So rather than the separate, competing groups underpinning a business, a church consists of one group of people who move among roles comparable to a company’s four constituencies. Management in a church is not about balancing competition between groups, but about balancing the different interests coming from the same group. A church needs to maximize products and services to the parishioners as customers -- whether matters of worship, education, social interaction, comforting and counseling, or spiritual uplift and salvation. At the same time, the church’s management tries keep down the costs so that the parishioners as investors do not complain about them. Of course, a church’s goal is not monetary profit, but lies in the intangible benefits which the congregation receives. In other words, the products and services themselves comprise the “profit.” A church’s management challenge is to provide what the congregation as customers want, for the cost that the congregation as investors are willing to pay through their tithes and donations. If the management fails in this balance, they can be removed. So, which position is better training for government leadership in a democracy -- management of a company or a church? The management of the organization a government is most like, namely, a church. In a democracy like the United States, the customers and the investors are essentially the same people -- namely, the citizens. The government provides goods and services for the citizens as customers while the citizens as investors pay for them through their taxes. As investors, the citizens also vote to hire and fire the management from among themselves

who, in turn, are responsible for hiring and firing employees from among the citizens. Why does a church provide training for democratic leadership? Because the similarity in organization gives ministers experience in the same human dynamics the government encounters. In a business, management can play off the interests of customers against those of investors against those of employees. And if managers fail, only the investors can fire them. In a democratic government and a church, the customers and the investors are the same, and the managers and the employees are just a subset of them. On the one hand, if the customers-investors are unhappy about either products or cost, they can fire management. On the other hand, significant changes in management and employees impacts the welfare of the customers-investors. A reduction in investment (taxes) means a reduction in the number of employees who can function as citizen investors. That, in turn, forces reductions in goods and services to the citizen consumers who need them, which makes them unhappy and desirous of voting out management. In the end, good democratic management skills are not those that pit different groups against each other, but those which understand that there is only one group of people who exhibit those differing interests. The ideas in this column were inspired by Paul Krugman’s Jan. 12 column in the New York Times, “America Isn’t a Corporation.” Flesher is director of UW’s Religious Studies Program. Past columns and more information about the program can be found on the Web at www. uwyo.edu/relstds . To comment on this column, visit http://religion-today. blogspot.com.

Buffalo, Wyo. attains Main Street program’s top track, Gillette, Wyo. joins program

Wyoming Main Street approved an application from Buffalo, Wyo., to advance a level in the program’s tier system and accepted the city of Gillette, Wyo., into its program. Gillette, the fifteenth community to join the Wyoming Main Street program, was accepted as an Affiliate community. The Affiliate track is designed for communities exploring downtown revitalization, but may not have resources in place to support a more developed community-based Main Street program. Volunteers in Gillette have been working with local partners and Wyoming Main Street since early last year to create a new organization that will guide local revitalization efforts. “We congratulate Buffalo in its work to achieve the Certified track and are very pleased to welcome Gillette into the Wyoming Main Street program. We look forward to working with these communities as they strategize ideas for downtown revitalization,” said Scott Wisniewski, program manager at Wyoming Main Street. The Wyoming Main Street program helps communities capitalize on their unique downtown areas by using historic preservation to generate economic and entrepreneurial growth.

Submitted by John Blake (USN) A seaman meets a pirate in a bar. The two men take turns boasting of their adventures on the high seas. The seaman notes that the pirate has a peg-leg, hook, and an eye patch. He asks, “So, how did you end up with the peg-leg?” The pirate replies, “We were in a storm at sea, and I was swept overboard into a school of sharks. Just as my men were pulling me out a shark bit my leg off.” “Wow!” said the seaman. “What about your hook”? “Well,” replied the pirate, “while my men and I were plundering in the middle east, I was caught stealing from a merchant. I was arrested and my hand was cut off.” “Incredible!” remarked the seaman. “How did you get the eye patch?” “A sea gull dropping fell into my eye,” replied the pirate. “You lost your eye to a sea gull dropping?” the sailor asked incredulously. “Well,” said the pirate, “it was my first day with the hook...”

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The program comprises a two-track system designed to meet the varying needs of communities across the state and minimize local costs. Communities may participate at an Affiliate or Certified level depending on specified criteria for each track. Communities are chosen using criteria that evaluates a program’s organizational capacity, historic preservation ethic, and support from the community, among other criteria. Once an application is accepted, the state coordinating program acts as a partner providing training, information, research, referral services, and technical assistance. Community selections are made by a panel of seven governor-appointed members of the Main Street Advisory Board and representatives from Main Street partner organizations including the State Historic Preservation Office, Wyoming Department of Transportation, and the Wyoming Business Council. The Wyoming Main Street program was established by the Wyoming Legislature in 2004 to help communities with downtown revitalization. Wyoming is one of 37 states using the Main Street approach.

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Public Pulse Local group to plan tobacco prevention goals By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News The Tobacco Prevention Committee of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) continues to examine tobacco prevention efforts in Campbell County. According to SAAC representative Spring Wilkins, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently awarded Campbell County a $6,000 grant and additional technical assistance to help the committee to increase the capacity of the coalition and the work they can accomplish. “The $6,000 will go for an educational media campaign about the impacts of smoking in the workplace and secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace,” Wilkins explains. Wilkins says the Campbell County Public Health Department will be the fiscal agent of the grant and they will work with NACCHO. “They’re already a member of the Tobacco Prevention Group, but they’ll be partnering with us very specifically with the NACCHO folks to do the strategic plan,” she says. On February 22, NACCHO will facilitate an eight hour meeting between the groups. Nonetheless, the local tobacco preven-

Bold Republic Weekly Why am I not surprised? By Glenn Woods

10:30am, Monday morning. Paul, our news man at the radio station (News Talk 1270 KIML), came into my studio with a sheepish smiles on his face. This usually means that he is up to no good. I like it when Paul is up to no good. “Turn up the monitor,” he said with a smile. He plopped himself down in a comfortable chair and gave his body a moment to settle in as the smile grew and stretched across his face. I reached over and turned up the sound to hear the local news just in time for the headline to come across: “Deputies investigate UFO sighting south of Gillette.” Paul let out a laugh. I leaned back in my chair, hand over my eyes, and heard the following words escape from my mouth: “OH FOR THE LOVE OF…..” Paul loves stories like these. I like them too but, well, I’ll get into the “BUT” in just a moment… Paul continued laughing and throwing snaky remarks across the room at me as the story played on in the studio. I let out another sigh. “Why am I not surprised?” I whispered. Later that day the story was posted on the Basin Radio website (www.BasinsRadio. com). It reads: “A report from a concerned citizen that a fleet of UFOs were landing south of Gillette turned out to be much ado about nothing. According to Campbell County Undersheriff Scott Matheny, a deputy was in the Red Hills subdivision when the called came in just before midnight on Saturday. That deputy traveled south on Highway 50 near Bell Road to investigate the claim that extraterrestrial creatures were invading Gillette. After failing to find any unearthly activity, Matheny says the deputy went to the home of the 49-year old man who reported seeing UFOs. Once there, the man pointed to some lights on the horizon that he claims belonged to UFOs. The deputy, however, was quickly able to identify the objects as homes in the new Red Hills subdivision. ‘He told us it had been a long time since he’s been awake at night and he never noticed these lights before.’” Look folks, I mean, you, the reader. Listen - ok? I understand that we live in Wyoming, under the big sky, and out between the rolling buttes. As Wyoming we have a certain image, most of it well-earned, that we need to protect. But it’s not like we are as bad as those elitists back in Boston think that we

are. OK, fine, we have people walking around downtown with guns on their hips. I get it. I even understand and support it. And yes, we have a large section of our community who love The Lord and cling as hard to their Bibles as they do to their guns. I get it. And I understand that there are those who think that “the end is nigh,” and so they have dug themselves a hideaway and stocked if full of enough MRE’s (meals ready to eat) to last a decade or so. I know these people. And yes, people out here ride bulls and get drunk and fight. Just for the fun of it. Sometimes they even get the bull drunk and punch the bull in the face and get into a fight with it. I like these people. I respect these people. Even if I don’t always agree with these people or understand their Wild West ways. But people, really, do we need to have the UFO sightings too? Ok I suppose we do. I mean, we do have nuclear missiles and an air force base. So, why not? But if we are going to have UFO sightings here in Wyoming, can they at least be real UFO’s and not street lights from a sort of new neighborhood? What I’m trying to say here, folks, is that we here in Wyoming have a reputation to protect. It is a weird and wild reputation, but, by golly, it is ours and we should be proud of it. If you are going to get drunk and get into a fistfight with a bull, make it a big, mean, drunk bull with a foaming mouth and plenty of snot flinging about! If you are going to cling to your guns and your Bibles make it a big sucker of a gun that would scare the hell out of anyone who is going there in a hand basket. If you are going to see fleet of UFO’s in the middle of the night and call the cops at least make sure that you have real video footage of something that would really freak out everyone on YouTube to the point that you end up as a guest on Coast To Coast, (that national overnight radio spook show). If we do it right, those freaks that are escaping from California by the thousands every month will make a point to drive around Wyoming with their foot to the floor. **Recently, I also learned that a local apartment building will be taking place National University Study because it is most likely the most cockroach infested apartment building in North America…Way to go, Gillette!

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What’s Going On In Government? Monday, January 30

-City Council Special Meeting, 6 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Conference Room, City Hall

Wednesday, February 1

-Joint Powers Lodging Tax Board, 5 p.m., George Amos Memorial Building

Thursday, February 2

-Gillette Public Access Commission, 12:15 p.m., 1st Floor Conference Room, City Hall

Monday, February 6

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

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

Tuesday, February 7

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

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tion committee will come up with their own strategic plan. “They’re going to come and meet with us - Public Health and the coalition - and they’re going to facilitate the meeting but the coalition will come up with the strategic plan, and we’ll work on what the larger big picture goals of the coalition in Campbell County are,” says Wilkins. “So they’re going to help us work through what we want our goals to be and the steps that need to happen to meet those goals, and then also to help our coalition members understand their individual roles and responsibilities within the coalition.” A few potential goals that may emerge from the strategic planning include increasing cessation and reducing as much secondhand smoke exposure as possible. “Increasing cessation and that includes adults and youth,” Wilkins says. “The other one is to increase the number of smoke-free environments in Campbell County.” The topic of smoke-free environments is a heated topic in Gillette and the surrounding region. Officials in the cities of Deadwood, SD and Casper, WY have

been in the headlines regarding smoke-free environments. “We’re researching what the community’s reception would be for a smokefree ordinance for the City of Gillette and if there’s enough community support to pursue something like that, or if we will stick to what we’ve been doing, which is really just pushing businesses to go [smokefree] on a voluntary basis and getting as many businesses to go voluntarily as possible,” she says. Wilkins emphasizes they are still in the preliminary stages of their research, and they do not plan to present any policy recommendations to the Gillette City Council in 2012. “We have no plans to put anything forward to the city council this year,” Wilkins says. Overall the goal of the planning, according to Wilkins, is to strategically align public health endeavors with the efforts of the council to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in Campbell County. “The whole idea is for them to increase the effectiveness of local boards of health to reduce chronic disease,” she says.

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Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week How many Union Generals were in the battle of Gettysburg? 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7)

* George G. Meade Daniel Butterfield: * John F. Reynolds: * Abner Doubleday: * John Newton: * Winfield S. Hancock: Daniel E. Sickles:

8) David B. Birney: 9) * George Sykes: 10) * John Sedgwick: 11) * Oliver O. Howard: 12) Carl Schurz: 13) * Henry W. Slocum: 14) * Alfred Pleasanton:

Brigadier Generals 1) * Marsena R. Patrick: 2) * Seth Williams: 3) * Rufus Ingalls: 4) * Gouverneur K. Warren: 5) * Henry J. Hunt: 6) * Robert O. Tyler: 7) James S. Wadsworth: 8) Solomon Meredith: 9) Lysander Cutler: 10) John C. Robinson: 11) * Gabriel R. Paul: 12) Henry Baxter: 13) Thomas A. Rowley: 14) George J. Stannard: 15) John C. Caldwell: 16) Samuel K. Zook: 17) * John Gibbon: 18) William Harrow 19) * Alexander S. Webb: 20) * Alexander Hays: 21) * William Hays: 22) J.H. Hobart Ward: 23) Charles K. Graham: 24) * Andrew A. Humphreys: 25) Joseph B. Carr: 26) * James Barnes: 27) * Romeyn B. Ayres:

28) * Stephen H. Weed: 29) Strong Vincent: 30) Samuel W. Crawford: 31) * Horatio G. Wright: 32) * Alfred T. A. Torbert: 33) Joseph J. Bartlett: 34) * David A. Russell: 35) * Albion I. Howe: 36) * Thomas Hewson Neill: 37) Alexander Shaler: 38) Frank Wheaton: 39) Francis C. Barlow: 40) * Adelbert Amos: 41) Adolph Wilhelm August Friedrich, Baron Von Steinwehr: 42) Alexander Schimmelfennig: 43) Alpheus Starkey Williams: 44) * Thomas H. Ruger: 45) * Henry H. Lackwood: 46) John W. Geary: 47) * George S. Greene: 48) * John Buford: 49) * Wesley Merritt: 50) * David McMurtrie Gregg: 51) * Judson Kilpatrick: 52) Elon J. Farnsworth: 53) * George A. Custor:


Public Pulse Six agencies will lose city funding under preliminary criteria

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Good evening! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. We are very excited about the upcoming year and the great speakers we have planned. January’s meeting we will be introducing the new officers and the program for the upcoming year. The meeting will be held Monday, January 30 from 5:30-6:30PM at the Public Library. Registration begins at 5PM. This meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please RSVP by replying to this email or call Michelle Rodgers at 689-4070. We hope to see you all there. Michelle Rodgers CCRW President From Editor Nicholas De Laat: It is always great to see people getting involved. Non-involvement is one of my pet-peeves. Please keep it up!

By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News During Monday’s Gillette City Council meeting, City of Gillette administrator, Carter Napier, presented council members with three recommendations designed to reverse a trend the administrator called unsustainable. That trend is an 82 percent increase in the city’s budget allocated to social service and outside agencies over the last four years. In fiscal year 2011-12, the City of Gillette allocated over $1 million to provide funding to social service and outside agencies, up from a budget of under $600,000 just four years ago. The challenge rests with finding a balance between being a service-rich community and delving into things that are simply not good business practices for a municipal government entity, Napier says. “The goal that we were really trying to secure is the notion of identifying a series of core values that the council could rally around and support with regard to agencies that didn’t have those same purposes in their mission,” says Napier. According to Napier, the city council was successful in setting up criteria that would qualify or disqualify agencies requesting money from the city. While those criteria were not as ambitious as he had hoped, Napier says it’s something he will be able to work with. “It’s certainly something that I could embrace and support and make sure we move forward with,” he says. Under the new criteria the city council tentatively agreed to, any social service or outside agency seeking funds from the city will have to be a nonprofit organization that relates to a scope of city services that would ordinarily be provided by a municipality. In addition, they will have to demonstrate an appropriate need and comply with new accountability standards set by the city. The qualifying and disqualifying criteria in the three recommendations Napier presented to the city council Monday night proposed to cut $225,000 to $888,500 a year from the city’s social service and outside agency budget. In the end, the city council revised the criteria at the lower end of the spectrum which would cut $144,000 by excluding six agencies from receiving city funds. After revising the criteria and reaching a preliminary agreement, funding to the fol-

lowing agencies would be eliminated: • Bell Nob Golf Course, $25,000 • Lasting Legacy Park, $15,000 • Fourth of July parade, $4,000 • Gillette Thunder Speedway, $25,000 • RENEW, $60,000 • Campbell County Drug Court, $15,000 Napier emphasizes that the list of agencies that qualify and disqualify for financial support from the city are not yet set in stone. Rather, a public hearing will ultimately take place before any resolution is finalized. “We don’t always have a public hearing with regard to the passage of a resolution, but in this particular case where the council is making a fairly significant policy change that does affect the livelihood of some agencies I think it is appropriate to have a public hearing on the matter,” says Napier.

To the Campbell County Observer staff, What a wonderful paper. It is good to see you guys doing what you do for the community, from the reporting positive to the events you put on to help the people of Campbell County who are in need. I am so happy that you are here and doing what you do. Is there anything I can do to help? By the way, thank you for all the ads you do for local businesses and charities. I can’t find them anywhere else. Margery Baycoc From Editor Keary Speer: Thank you so much for all of the kind words! It really does feel good to do good! If you would like to help, you may do so by keeping us informed on events that you feel are worthy of covering or even writing about them yourself for publishing! We are also always looking for great ideas on how to give back to the community.

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City of Gillette Administrator Carter Napier proposed the city should establish objectives regarding how it funds social service and outside agencies in order to curb the growth in the City’s funding of such organizations.

Come by and see us anytime and/or find us on Facebook and/or e-mail Nick or me to chat about anything you desire! From Editor Nicholas De Laat: A huge help would be to shop locally. If you walk into one of our advertisers stores, tell them about the ad you saw. Let them know that it is working! Dear Editor, About the interview with Senator Barrasso you did on the Glen Woods show. Did he say yes to the question you asked (that is what I heard) about introducing a balanced budget amendment? I expect him to introduce one now. Jake Greison From Editor Nicholas De Laat: I just listened to it again, and he more responded with a “yea” to start a sentence. He did talk about his budget bill, and said he was going to introduce it again, but a constitutional amendment (thought absolutely needed) might be too much to ask. As I sat at a board of education meeting recently, I was told that if I didn’t like what the board was doing, elections come up every two years and to vote. As I had voted, I felt extremely miffed, because I voted based on statements made during the campaign process. I (and other voters) have no way of knowing if a candidate has two brain cells to rub together and how ethical that candidate is. As I sat there with those words still ringing in my ears, I thought that voters have no guarantees when they vote. There are no proficiency and ethical exams required of any candidate to assure voters that this person can think creatively and that he or she will do what is right by those who voted that person in. I look at our elected officials in Wyoming, and I see

the same thing. The candidates require no qualifications. They aren’t required to get degrees in history, economics, constitutional law or, most important, ethics. The only thing they are required to have is money -money to get elected. Why in this day and age are we attacking teachers, who are certified, when we aren’t certifying elected officials, yearly, before they are allowed to run for office? It seems that we need to rethink the election process. Shouldn’t all elected officials have to pass proficiency and ethics tests before they run? Teachers, nurses, etc. need to pass tests; even students must pass proficiency exams to get funding. Why are we not requiring at least that of our elected officials? Peg Podnar From Editor Nicholas De Laat: There are many watchdog groups that ask most candidates to fill out questionnaire. Many of these questionnaires are evolved around a specific subject, so you have to research the watchdog or lobbyist groups to see the answers on their particular quiz. For example, the Wyoming Gunowners Association sends out a questionnaire to all state-candidates every year, and sends the results/recommendations to their e-mail and mailing list. I remember filling out about 50 when I ran for State Representative last election cycle. As far as having qualifications, no. The U.S. and the State Constitutions already have these, and kept them to a minimum. I think having “certifications” or “qualifications” would take away from the integrity of the people running for office and our democratic process. There is no reason that a poor high school grad shouldn’t be able to run…

Sports Report Touch of Gold wrestlers wrap up busy weekend TOG wrestlers who placed at the over this past weekend include:

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Camel kids wrestling results from Fall Guy tourney By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports The Camel kids wrestling group competed at the Fall Guy Tournament in Newcastle Saturday and Terren Schwartz (132 lbs) and Alan Blomberg (80 lbs) each came in first in their respective weight classes in the 11-12 year old age group. Coming in second place for the Camel Kids were Deric Johnson (130 lbs, 13-14 age division) and Dalton McRae (65 lbs, 6 and under age division).

In third place were Dylan Johnson (92 lbs, 11-12 age division), Carson Haukaas (89.5 lbs, 9-10 age division) and Adrian Alvarado (130 lbs, 13-14 age division). Also placing in the top eight in their respective age and weight classes were Draedyn (7th place at 45 lbs, 6 and under)and Dayton Johnson (8th place at 52 lbs, 7-8 age division).

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Gillette Edge weekend tournament results After a full weekend of play, Gillette Edge, Gillette’s competitive soccer club, brought home several first place wins. Multiple Edge teams took part in the Rocky Mountain Indoor Cup in Casper Jan. 20-21. Teams placing first this weekend in Casper were the Gillette Edge High School Boys Gold, the Gillette Edge High School Boys Silver, Coach Jurewiczs’ Gillette Edge U14 Girls, and the U12 and U10 Girls Gillette Edge teams both coached by the Roswadovskis. Not far behind were the Gillette Edge U14 Mahylis team, lead by Coach John Guernsey this weekend and Coach Cornacchio and Jeremy Guernsey’s U10 Gillette Edge Purple Boys team with a third place victories. Two of the Gillette Edge teams took part in the Rapid City Rushmore Indoor Winter Classic this weekend as well. Bringing home first place finish was U19 Girls Gillette Edge GC United. The U10-U12 Gillette Edge Rascals finished with a 3-2 record falling short in the semis. However, Coach

Milliron said, “All-in-all, I’m very proud of how the Rascals have improved and are playing so much better as a team.” The Gillette Edge will host the 2012 Gillette Edge Winter Blast Indoor Tournament Feb. 11-12 at the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Field House. For more information on the Gillette Edge soccer club visit www.gilletteedge.com or call Dan King, president, at 686-3025, or the club’s public relations representative, Jami Albrecht at 605641-5256.

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“Cows & Politics Explained” A CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor. A SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. AN AMERICAN REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what? AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous. A COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage. DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government. CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows. BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain. AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.


Sports Report Gillette WIld that much closer to the playoffs By Ted Ripko - Baisn Radio Sports This past week the Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team once gain ended up splitting their games as they took down Bozeman 3-2 and fell to Helena 2-3. With the split the Wild (14-17) still have a fairly comfortable hold on the fourth position in the America West Hockey League (AWHL) with 28 points, which puts them 10 points in front of Bozeman (9-24) and 17 points behind third place Billings (22-8). In Thursday’s win over the Icedogs, Gillette Wild Head Coach Tom Winkler was frustrated because the Wild have been down to Bozeman going into the third period in their last three meetings, but still found a way to win. He feels his players just aren’t coming out ready to play until the third period. “We certainly come out on a mission in the third period, but if you look at it we’re always behind the eight-ball, because of our failure to come out and play at that level in either the first or second period,”

he explains. “So it’s a little frustrating to find ourselves down like that going into the third period.” Gillette spotted Bozeman a two-goal lead going into that decisive third period. However, in a span of less than four minutes in the third period the Wild were able to tie it up on goals by John Burke and Taylor Motsinger. Gillette finally gained the lead for good when Andrew Lillard took an assist from Curtis Scholten and scored on Bozeman’s goalie Jordan Lehr at 8:35 of the third period. After that, the Wild’s defense was able to hold of the Icedogs the rest of the way. Against Helena on Friday Coach Winkler knows they had the opportunity to get the win, but just didn’t capitalize on their opportunities. “It’s difficult, because we had so many opportunities to win,” Winkler says. “Our power play was nonexistent again, which in my opinion was a major factor for not winning the game.

We had several opportunities come up late. We just haven’t found the cure for what ails us with the power play.” Gillette has the worst power play percentage in the league as they score on just 11.68% of their chances, while Helena is tops in the league at 33.55%. On a positive note Coach Winkler thought this was the toughest the Wild had played in Helena all season. “That was the hardest we competed in that building all year and we played hard, Nick Vittori was outstanding in goal,” Winkler praised. “He made some unbelievable saves, he stopped a penalty shot. (He) really gave us a lot of confidence as the game went on.” Vittori made 69 saves on the 72 shots he faced, including 17 of 17 in the scoreless third period. Matt Rose put the Wild out in front early at 12:45 of the first period on assists by Tyler Cavan and Tyler Johnson, but the Big-

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Gillette Wild Head Coach Tom Winkler says Goalie Nick Vittori was outstanding against Helena Friday, despite losing 2-3. Vittori made 69 saves on the 72 shots he faced, inlcuding 17 of 17 in the scoreless third period. horns would catch a break on a powerplay goal with just two seconds to go in the period when an errant shot ricocheted off a Wild defender and slid through the pads of Vittori. Helena struck first in the second period when Cody Bloom scored at 3:05 of the period. Six minutes later, Adam Pecht tied the game up on assists by Chris Miracle

and Casey Moneer. However, the Bighorns scored the eventual game winner when Danny Fazio netted the final goal of the game at 15:19 of the second period. This weekend the Wild can get that much closer to clinching a playoff spot if they can sweep the weekend series away from Bozeman at Spirit Hall Ice Arena. If they do so Coach

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Lady Camels dominate Lady Bison, 79-32 By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio SPorts The Lady Camels had four girls in double figures during an offensive performance in which they defeated the Lady Bison 79-32 at Cheyenne South High School on Saturday. The Lady Camels improve to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Conference. In the first ever meeting between these two teams at the varsity level, the Lady Camels started off slow but managed to jump out to a 15-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter, however, belonged to Gillette as they blew the doors open to outscore the Lady Bison 29-5 to take a 44-12 halftime lead. From then on, the game was never in doubt. Every Lady Camel who suited up to play on Saturday scored. Sierra Toms led the way with a game-high 20 points, as she was effective in the paint all game long and shot 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Lexi Hill added a career-high 12 points, while Shelby Johnson and Julia Seamans each chipped in 10. As a team, Gillette was 6-of-10 from the free throw line. Stephanie Dickinson led the Lady Bison with 16 points, just three shy of her career high.

Cheyenne South shot 6-of-18 from the charity stripe, below their 47 percent season average. Next, the Lady Camels have their sights sets on playing the other Cheyenne schools at home in the Castle of Chaos. Gillette hosts Cheyenne East on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Cheyenne Central on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. You can hear both games on Fox Country 100.7 and online athttp://www.network1sports.com/ station/kgwy#menus beginning 15-minutes prior to tipoff with the Shell Food Mart pregame show.

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Lady Camels Scoring Summary

Sierra Toms – 20 points Lexi Hill – 12 points (career high) Shelby Johnson – 10 points Julia Seamans – 10 points Dani Williams – 9 points Michaela Anderson – 6 points Lexi Wilde – 5 points McCorra Ford – 2 points Dacia Lyman – 2 points Haley Shackelford – 2 points Stephanie Casteel – 1 point

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Lexi Hill’s career-high 12 points helps the lady Camels overpower the lady Bison at Cheyenne South High School on Saturday.

Pronghorns keep it close, but fall to T-Birds By Vic Wright - Basin Radio The Pronghorn Men tried numerous times to get back in the game against Casper College (13-5, 4-3), but just couldn’t get enough momentum in the second half to do so, as Gillette College (13-6, 4-2) lost, 84-79. The Pronghorns kept it close throughout the game, tying it up in the first half at 2-2 and 2323. They trailed by only six points, 42-36 at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Thunderbirds stayed just out of reach for the Pronghorns with plenty of eight, nine, ten and 11-point leads. The Pronghorns kept cutting it down, but just couldn’t find a way to tie it or take the lead. The Thunderbirds success from beyond the arc and at the free throw line is what kept Gillette College from catching up. Casper College made nine treys and 19 out of 24 free throws. Jerrold Brooks made four of those nine threes and four Thunderbirds were perfect from the charity stripe. Gillette College will try and get back to winning, as they take on Northwest College on Wednesday at the South Campus. Game time is 7:30pm and you can catch all the action on News/Talk 1270 and online at http://www.network1sports.com/station/kiml#menus.

On Sunday, January 22, the Camel Kids Wrestlers competed in the Windy City Wrestlers Folkstyle Tournament in Casper and they had eight wrestlers place in the top six as Terren Schwartz at 130 lbs in the novice division was their lone champion. Coming in second place were Deric Johnson and Brody Swenson. Antonio Avila came in third place in the 50 lbs pee wee division as did Dylen Johnson in the 95 lb novice division. In fourth place was Alan Blomberg who pinned one of his opponents in just 20 seconds and coming in sixth place for the Camel Kids were Jerek Sorenson and Diamond Decker. The following Wrestlers placed: Deric Johnson-130 lbs, schoolboy division, 2nd place Dylen Johnson-95 lbs, Novice division, 3rd place Terren Swartz-130 lbs, Novice division, 1st place Alan Blomberg-80 lbs, Novice division 4th place, had a 20 second pin Jarek Sorenson-70 lbs, Intermediate division, 6th place Brody Sorenson-54 lbs, peewee division, 2nd place Diamond Decker-65 lbs, Intermediate division, 6th place Antonio Avila- 50 lbs, peewee division, 3rd place

Ladies and Left Wings The Gillette Wild is hosting a beginner’s hockey class at the end of the month just for women called Ladies and Left Wings. The night will be filled with dinner, drinks, games, and a little lesson on hockey presented by the Gillette Wild coaching staff. This event will not only be social in nature, but educational as well for all ladies who would like to learn the finer points of the game. The Hockey 101 Workshop for Women will include: • Basic Terms • Equipment • Goaltending • Breakouts • Neutral Zone • Offensive Zone • Attacking Strategies • Special Teams

Pronghorns Scoring Summary George Edwards-23 Reece Maxwell-15 James Hunter-11 Kash McKinney-7 Matt Strickland-7 Kalen Foreman-6 Asante Smiter-5 Lucas Reller-3 Tony Lowry, Jr.-2

Winkler knows it could be a swing of eight points in the standings. This is by far the biggest weekend of the year,” says Winkler. “We’ve positioned ourselves that coming out of this weekend with two wins we can basically clinch a playoff spot with one more victory.”

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George Edwards led the Pronghorns with 23 points.

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Ladies and Left Wings are on Tuesday, January 31 at Shanks at Bell Nob Golf Course from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and include the presentation, a sit-down dinner, soft drinks, dessert and a gift bag. There will be a cash bar available.


Sports Report Lady T-Birds too much for Pronghorns By Vic Wright - Basin Radio When a team goes seven for 35 in field goal attempts, you know that can’t be good. That was the case for Gillette College (11-8, 4-2) Saturday Night at the South Campus in the first half, as the Pronghorns fell to the Lady Thunderbirds of Casper College (17-1, 7-0), 77-55. The Pronghorns only made 25 percent of their shots from the floor in the game and could not stop KeArrow Jenkins, as she led all players with 24 points. Iesha Greer led the Pronghorns with 11 points and was the only Gillette College player to score in double digits. Elisha Hensey, who had been hot the last few games, cooled off against the Lady Thunderbirds. She was held to six points. Other than field goals, the Pronghorns were close with Casper College in other categories like fouls (22 each) and rebounds (54 for Casper versus 52 for Gillette). The Pronghorns just couldn’t find the basket when trying to make field goals. Gillette College will wrap up the twogame home stand against Northwest College on Wednesday at 5:30pm. You can hear the game on News/Talk 1270 KIML and online athttp://www.network1sports.com/station/kiml#menus. Pronghorns Scoring Summary Iesha Greer-11 Diarra Carrington-8 Elisha Hensey-6 Jordan Scott-Benson-5 Alex Ward-5 Anastasia Champlin-5 Jordyn Croft-4 KeKe Wright-4 Jessica Davis-3 Kim Caywood-2 Christina Davis-2

Friday, January 27

-WJSH HS B/G BB vs. Tongue River, Wright -CCHS BBB (SO/JV/V) @ Cheyenne East, 4 p.m. -CCHS GBB (SO/JV/V) vs. Cheyenne East, 4 p.m., CCHS North Campus -CCHS WRE (JV/V) vs. Laramie/ Cheyenne South, 5 p.m., Cheyenne South -WJSH HS WRE @ Greybull, 5 p.m. -Gillette WILD vs. Bozeman, 8 p.m., Cam-plex Spirit Hall

Saturday, January 28

-Gillette College Indoor Track Meet @ Black Hills State, Spearfish, SD -CCHS BBB (SO/JV/V) @ Cheyenne Central, 10 a.m. -CCHS BSW @ Kelly Walsh, 10 a.m. -CCHS GBB (SO/JV/V) vs. Cheyenne Central, 10 a.m. -CCHS WRE (JV/V) @ East/Central, 10 a.m. -WJSH HS WRE @ Greybull, 10 a.m. -Gillette College WBB @ Sheridan College, 5:30 p.m. -Gillette College MBB @ Sheridan College, 7:30 p.m. -Gillette WILD vs. Bozeman, 8 p.m., Cam-plex Spirit Hall

Monday, January 30

-WJSH Dev B/G BB @ Newcastle

Tuesday, January 31

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Iesha Greer led the Pronghorn women with 11 points Saturday night.

Warrior Wrestling Results 2011 Summary Submitted by Jeff Wagoner The Warrior Wrestling A Team ended the season with 13-3 duel record, and a 2nd place finish at the district tournament. A Team district champions include: Mason Bonar, Logan Wagoner, Lane Barbour, Zach Clark and Blake Griffin. Mason Bonar was a 3-time district champion for the Warriors. Earning 2nd place: Austin Cunningham, Gavin Mills, Ariel Dixon, Ethan Allard, and Colby Chandler. Earning 3rd place: Kaleb Gossel, Michael Cunningham, Hunter Rawlins, and Tyson Keith. Earning 4th place: Dalton Mckenzie and Jeremiah Mills. In B Team action, the Warriors had the following district champions: Rhys Wandler, Dylan Kirkpatrick, Tyler Anthony, Laura Mckinney, Jesse Austin, Tucker Gorton, Dallas Hartman, Pedro Mendez, Tanner Potter, Travis Tatkenhorst, and Devon Belt. Earning 2nd place: Corbin Vasser, Travis Gammon, Colton Sills, Houston Tag-

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gart, Colter Adams, Cody Switzer, Jeremy Hullinger, Randy Carillo, Allen Hack, and Jose Ramirez, Earning 3rd place: Mike Essen, Troy Fisk, Tyler Bennett, Taylor Chope, Tommy Pennington, Esragel Gonzalez, Andrew Coleman, Paul Vincent, Zane Fichter, Brandon Meyers, Daniel Olson, Derek Clements, and Hayden Niehoff, The following Warrior Wrestlers earned individual team awards: Most improved 6th graders: Alvin Ross and Zane Fichter Most improved 7th grader: Tyler Anthony Most improved 8th graders: Laura Mckinny and Brandon Meyers Most Inspirational Warrior: Brett “Pinner” Brumley Most Wins/Pins: Logan Wagoner 33/30 Andy Pointer Heart Award (Award honoring the contributions of Warrior Wrestlers to be selfless leaders with a goal of making others better): Blake Griffin, Logan Wagoner, and Zach Clark

Gillette Wild drops two to Helena at home By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports The Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team spotted Helena a three goal lead Friday night at Spirit Hall and couldn’t climb all the way back as they fell 4-2 in their first of two meetings with the Bighorns this weekend. Scoring for the Wild were Tyler Cavan on a power play early in the third period and Taylor Motsinger scored Gillette’s final goal less than four minutes later. Then, on Saturday, the Bighorns jumped out a 5-0 lead and held off the Wild 6-2 to hold Gillette winless this weekend after having won four of their previous 5 games. Motsinger scored on a power play late in the second period to put the Wild on the board and then midway through the third Casey Moneer netted the Wild’s final goal of the game on assists by Andrew Lillard and John Burke.

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There are still seats on the bus heading to Sheridan for the Gillette Pronghorns vs. Sheridan Generals this Saturday, January 28th. Call 299-4958 for more information. Let’s support our Pronghorns!

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-CCHS BBB (SO/JV) @ Rapid City Central, 4 p.m. -CCHS GBB (SO/JV) vs. Rapid City Central, 4 p.m., CCHS South Campus -CCHS WRE (JV/V) vs. Rapid City Central, 5 p.m., Rapid City Central -Gillette WILD: Ladies & Left Wings, 6:30- 9 p.m., Shanks at Bell Nob Golf Course, (605)707-3750

Thursday, February 2

-WJSH B/G BB vs. Moorcroft, Wright -CCHS BBB (SO/JV/V) vs. Sheridan, 4 p.m., CCHS North Campus

Friday, February 3

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

Saturday, February 4

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

Monday, February 6

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

Tuesday, February 7

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


Our Roots The Louisiana Purchase By Mike Borda While there have been many eventful days in the history of America, few have yielded as much in the form of raw benefits as April 30, 1803. On this day, James Monroe, Robert Livingston, and Barbé Marbois signed what is today known as the Louisiana Purchase. This one document nearly doubled the area of the United States, and gave us a strategic dominance in the Western hemisphere for the first time. After a series of costly wars in both manpower and dollars, France was looking to regain some of its power in the world’s eyes. One way Napoleon decided he could accomplish this task, was to get rid of land France was not currently using to its full benefit. Fortunately for President Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana territory was one such piece of land. Although it had originally belonged to Spain, Napoleon acquired it in 1800 after he

had gained a military dominance in Europe. Oddly enough, many Americans were not in support of the Louisiana Purchase at the time. However, given the enormity of the consequences, this is understandable. This acquisition meant that as a country, we were finally realizing our power on the continent. We finally accepted the fact that we needed to expand westward, and that it was achievable. It is easy to describe the events of the Louisiana Purchase, but its impact is far more impressive. Here are a few of the ways this event has influenced our country today: • The total area of the Purchase amounted to 828,000 square miles. • The cost was around $15,000,000 – which would amount to $220,000,000 today. • The $15,000,000 equals around $0.42 per acre obtained.

• Today, 15 states and 2 Canadian provinces include land that was acquired. • Land purchased comprises 23% of the United States today. • This was one of the few times Jefferson strayed from his strict interpretation of the Constitution. In the Constitution, the President is not specifically given the power to buy land. • One of the reasons Lewis and Clark set out was to map the land, because Spain had called the borders into question. The Louisiana Purchase was one of the most influential signings in American history. It is difficult to imagine the United States today if we had not expanded westward, and it is impossible to predict what would have happened had we not given ourselves more land. Surely, however, America is better off today for having signed the Louisiana Purchase.

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

Campers & Motor Homes 1997 32ft. Class A Motor Home. Sleeps 6, Only 31,000 Miles. Asking $17,000. Call (307) 660-7520. Large Private RV/Camper Lot for rent. Big yard, trees. All utilities available. $400 per month, $400 deposit. 1 year lease. Call (307) 6601007. 5th wheel camper for sale. Call Skip (307) 680-0073

Toy Parts & Accessories Stock pipes for Sportster. 500mi. Stock pices for Dyna Wide Glide. 1500mi. Email baxtersmom62@gmail.com for info. Harley Accessories for sale. Call 307-670-8980. Ask for Tammy.

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

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

Services Homeowners and renters insurance for house, trailer, or apartments. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520 Auto insurance preferred and SR-22’s. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520 Motorcycle and ATV insurance. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520

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

Homes for Sale Home for sale by owner in Western Way. Asking $239,000 for the 1,800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with an unfinished basement and a two car garage. Fully fenced, large landscaped yard with a sprinkler system. Home is within walking distance to the new recreation center and the new elementary school that is being built. Please contact me at 307-670-1209 if you are interested. Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925. Gorgeous land home package set up in Wright. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, hickory cabinets throughout, front porch, central air, and much more. Financing available. For a personal showing call (307) 687-0333 40+ Acres 2 miles south of Wright 1999 Atlantic Oak Modular. $250,000 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374

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

Guns for Sale .38 Colt detective’s special. $525.00 obo Call (307) 6827864 .380 Smith and Weston Bodyguard. Built in laser site. $450.00 firm. Trades possible. Call (307) 6827864. 1903 Springfield. 30o6 Cal. U.S. Military. $700 obo. Call (307) 682-7864

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

Ranchett for rent. 20mi. south on Hwy 59. Three Bed, 2 bath. 2.5 car heated garage on 94 acres. $1,600.00 per month.689-2338 FSBO 2,688 SF home on corner lot with fenced back yard. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, upgraded kitchen, finished walkout basement, oversized garage. $259,000. 307-680-9180.

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. 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.

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

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

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Microfiber couch with 2 recliners combined. Green. $100 Call 299-4967.

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Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967 Three antique pressedbacked oak chairs. Excellent condition. $85 each. 6820042 Storage Unit Sale!!!!! Home stereo, car speakers, 2 dressers, mattress and box spring sets $20, chests, coffee table, chairs, end tables and much more. Call (307) 682-7864

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

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

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Miscellaneous Exterior door with window, interior light fixtures, and computer supplies. E-mail Corsair115@yahoo.com

Autos, Trucks and Vans 1986 Toyota Tercel 4x4. $1050.00. Call 307-2995918 Chopper - Custom built frame, s&s engine, carb, etc. 80ci. Evolution engine. Wide glide front end. Low. Torn apart down to frame. Have all parts, could be built in two days with under $200.00. Asking $5,500 or best offer. Price:$5,500obo. Contact: 307-670-2037

Autos, Trucks and Vans 1983 Ventura (Chevy) for sale. WORKING WET BAR. Closet, fold down rear seat bed, caption swivel chairs. Great shape. Needs carburetor adjustment. Newly rebuilt Transmission, 400 Turbo. $4,000.00. Call 307670-2037. ‘76 Electra-Glide would consider trade on Pan or Knuck if ya know of anyone, ‘81 sent it to LA-S&S, 11.5to1 and dual-plugged to run regular-gas, had burn-out time at Hog-Jam! Ben 680.7464.

1993 Chevy 1500 4x4 350 Engine, runs great. 5 spd. manual, transmission needs rebuilt. Transfer case in great condition. No other problems other than transmission. Asking $2,000 or best offer. Price: $2,000obo. Contact: 307-670-2037

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!

2004 Yukon Denali XL,6.0 Motor, Loaded $14,000 OBO 660-9351

2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (White) with 137,000 mi; $6500. Call 307 - 689 – 0966

1982 Chevy Ventura Van. 350 Engine, 400 Turbo newly rebuilt transmission. Interior in GREAT shape, has a working electric wet bar and built in cooler in back. Carb. needs re-jetted, other than that there are no problems. Must see. Asking $3,500 or best offer. Price:$3,500obo. Contact: 307-670-8980

2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532.

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Our Roots University of Wyoming Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls: Campbell County The University of Wyoming lists 62 students from Campbell County on the 2011 fall semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls. The honor rolls consist of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade point average. To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades. Local students named on the list include: Gillette: Chelsea Shay Aguilar, Sasha M. Andrie, Kylee Kay Ashton, Kaylyn Brook Bahnson, Brooke Ann

Benson, Amy Vee Bradley, Shaylie Christine Brown, Paul J. Burke, Scott P. Cheney, Marci N. Christensen, Kaia E. Christofferson, Matthew J. Christofferson, Richard Robert Cisneros, Nicole Lee Clikeman, Rex Arnold Corliss, Devin Mary Diedrich, Jennifer Duran, Tyler D. Dvorak, Jackson Douglas Fry, Lacy Fry, Kayci Suzanne Fuller, Amber Marie Gangestad, Jennifer Renee Gauthier, Tara Lynn Golden, Jason M. Gray, Kyle B. Hanson, Jami Danielle Hitt, Lexie M. Hoffmann, Nicole Marie Hoffmann, Ashleigh K. Hopp, Benjamin J. Ireland, Cody John Kalbfleisch, Justin M. Klein, Talayna Ann Leonard, Alexis Lorraine Lunberg, Gretta Shea Macdonald, Jennifer Alysse Morke-

mo, Sabra Helen Napolitano, Kelsey Amber Persian, Kolten Ryder Powell, Jordan M. Reed, Kyle M. Rhoades, Brodie Rice, Rochelle Tami Rice, Edward Rosier, Lauren Ruth Seamans, Josie L. Skinner, Sheree Elizabeth Small, Taylor D. Sutter, Joshua K. Telkamp, Hannah Marie Thorfinnson, Daniel James Tryon, Travis L. Vliem, Lindsey Marie Waetzig, Sadie A. Wilson, and Cailin Tyler Wuensch. Rozet: John Downey and Shaylee Rae Thar. Wright: Joseph L. Greger, Nathan Scott Huseth, Duncan C. Jones, and Katlyn Nicole Thomas. For more information about the University of Wyoming, view the Web page at: www.uwyo.edu.

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The Other Livestock Boom By Jeff Morrison In the 1850s, mountain man, guide and entrepreneur, Jim Bridger, put together a small herd of sheep that he pastured near his trading post in southwestern Wyoming. At the time, he probably didn’t know that it would be the first herd among thousands that eventually permeated what would become the Cowboy State from border to border. Nor could he have foreseen how controversial those docile creatures would be when they arrived, or the violence and bloodshed their very presence would cause. Emigrants moving to the west coast in the 1840s and 50s established the first flocks in California and Oregon. It was from these herds along the west coast that the migration of sheep spread eastward, back along the trail that was used to herd their ancestors west. Unlike the veritable flood of Texas longhorn cattle that announced the great cattle boom of the 1880s, the sheep boom in Wyoming was a slow moving wave that expanded and contracted with the changes in range conditions and market prices from year to year. In northeast Wyoming, sheep were particularly late in arriving. The first large flock was brought into the Powder River Basin by D. A. Kingsbury in 1883, and another shortly thereafter by George Beck. By this time, herds had already been established in the Salt Creek area and later to the Douglas area with the arrival of the railroad. As was the case of their cattle ranching colleagues, these early flockmasters suffered a severe set-back during the winter of 1886-87. Called the “Great Die Up”, thousands upon thousands of herd animals, unable to forage in the deep, frozen snow, died of starvation and thirst, or else drifted before the wind until they came up short at a fence-line or other obstacle and were trampled down and suffocated by the press of animals behind them. But while the worst winter known to Wyoming crippled the cattle industry and effectively put an end to the cattle boom, the sheep boom was just getting warmed up. More and more sheepherders arrived to the area, trailing flocks of up to 3,000 or more woolies to take advantage of the open range that was now missing several thousand head of cattle. Buffalo quickly became a hub for the sheep industry in the Powder River region. Kingsbury, Beck, and the several flock masters who followed them into the western Powder River country in the 1890s and early 1900s used a style of range management introduced to the West by the Basque sheepherders of northern Spain and southwestern France, called transhumance – the practice of wintering flocks in the low country and trailing them into the mountains during the summer months. A sheepherder lived with the flock and moved them to fresh grass as the range conditions required. A lone herder, assisted by a trained sheep dog, could manage flocks of 3,000 or more, requiring additional as-

sistance only during lambing, docking of shearing. The herder might be the sole owner of the flock or else be employed by a flock master, who might employ several herders and own several flocks of sheep, scattered all over the open range. Thus it was not unheard of for a large sheep outfit to have flocks scattered from Texas to the Canadian border. Just as the sheep industry followed the arrival of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad into the North Platte Valley, a similar influx of new herds cropped up along the Burlington route through Weston, Crook, Sheridan and what would later become Campbell Counties. One of the first structures built in the new community of Gillette in 1891 was a large wool warehouse set on pilings north of the railroad tracks just west of Brooks Avenue, which stood for 90 years before it was torn down. Other communities that served as supply depots and shipping points for the newest livestock boom were: Moorcroft, Newcastle, Thornton (now a ghost town) and Marino – better known today as Upton. As wool and lamb prices increased in the dawn of the 20th century, the sheep population in northeast Wyoming exploded, and with it the demand grew for more sheepherders. French and Spanish Basque immigrants had been heavily involved in the evolution of the sheep industry of the American West. Economic conditions in Europe drove the migration of younger sons, who did not stand to inherit the family flocks, to seek their fortunes overseas. Many found their way to America where their particular flair for tending sheep made them a highly sought-after commodity by flock masters. Most Basque sheepherders preferred to take their pay in sheep, which they mixed with their employer’s flock until they had enough animals to break out on their own. They in turn would send to the old-country for a replacement herder and the cycle would repeat itself. By the early 1900s Basque sheepherders were arriving in the Powder River Basin. Several factors contributed to the inevitable conflict between cattlemen and sheepmen. A common misconception among cattle raisers was that sheep ruined the range for cattle. Although not true, it did not help the sheepmen’s cause that sheep could (and did) overgraze and trample grass when a large herd was concentrated into a small area, such as when being trailed from winter grounds to the mountains. Competition for water was another major bone of contention that led to another erroneous claim that cattle would not drink from a pond or stream that sheep had drunk from. Still fresh in the memories of the cattlemen was the over-stocking and overgrazing that occurred in the years leading up to the vicious winter of 1886 and greatly contributed to the horrendous stock-loss that resulted. From their perspective it seemed likely that the booming sheep busi-

ness was bent on following the path of the foolish Cattle Barons twenty years earlier. Warnings to the sheep companies were issued. Then the cattlemen established arbitrary “deadlines” that sheepherders and their flocks were not to cross. Finally, when the herders either ignored the deadlines or found it impossible to avoid, full blown violence resulted. These encounters were mainly a one-sided affair. There was little a lone sheepherder could do tostop a raid by five or six gunwielding cowboys. If they were kind, the cowboys would tie the herder up, shoot his dog, burn the sheep wagon, and club the flock to death or run them off a convenient cliff. If they weren’t kind, they shot the herder and set fire to the dog as well as the wagon. At least one flock owner refused to take the losses without a fight. The Empire Sheep Company, established near Moorcroft in 1899, by Silas Guthrie and partners, was one of the largest sheep operations in northeast Wyoming. Empire flocks ranged from Broadus Montana down to the Douglas area. Like many sheepmen before him, Guthrie received a written warning not to put herds into the open range between Moorcroft and Sundance. Guthrie, and his partner, Rodney

King, refused to be bullied. After one of his herders was shot, sheep killed, several wagons and one house burned, Guthrie and King put out a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. They also enlisted the aid of a range detective who eventually came up the names of the culprits. Guthrie, who was also a lawyer, sued them, and won a substantial settlement after a lengthy court battle. Violence and vandalism against the Empire Sheep Company ended. The range war came to a violent end in Wyoming after the conviction of five cattlemen for their participation in the Spring Creek Raid near Ten Sleep Wyoming. During the night of April 2, 1909, seven men attacked the sheep camp of Joe Allemand, killing him and two others. Even the most hardened cattleman was appalled by the murders. By this time, it was becoming hard to tell the sheepherders from the cattlemen. More and more cattlemen were seeing the wisdom of owning sheep as well as cattle to take full advantage of fluctuating livestock markets. This required fencing to better manage both cattle and sheep, which minimized the need for close supervision of both cattle and sheep. By 1910 the numbers of sheep in Wyoming had

reached a zenith of nearly 7 million animals. Although open range herding continued well into the mid 20th century, and still continues in a limited fashion in the summer pastures of the Big Horns, the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 spelled a drastic change in the industry. Land ownership and grazing permits were prerequisites for grazing animals on public lands. This meant that the flock owner had to actually own land, and could not subsist on free grazing alone. Even with this change Wyoming remained a leader in sheep industry of the United States for many years. The sheep boom faded as slowly as it climbed, but eventually it did fade. The scales that balance market prices against production costs have tipped in the wrong direction, leaving a shell of the once vibrant industry. The three-story shearing barns have dry-rotted and collapsed. The stone cairns known as “sheepherder monuments” have mostly fallen down. Sheep wagons have become museum pieces. But every July, in Buffalo Wyoming, the North American Basque Organization pays tribute to the bygone hey-day of the sheep industry and the culture of the people who so greatly contributed to its success in northeast Wyoming.

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