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Campbell County Boy dies in Baseball Accident A 13-year old Gillette baseball player died Wednesday morning as the result of injuries he suffered when he was accidentally struck in the head with a baseball yesterday at Bicentennial Park in Gillette, Wyo. Campbell County Coroner Tom Eekhoff conďŹ rmed with the Basin Radio News that Austin Bowman was pronounced dead at 8:44 a.m. Wednesday morning at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper as a result of suffering a subdural hematoma, or severe brain injury. Bowman was life ighted to Casper. According to Mr. Eekhoff, young Austin was at bat when he was hit in the head by a pitch. Eekhoff described the incident as a “freak accident.â€? Bowman was wearing all the appropriate and required safety equipment including a batting helmet at the time of his injury. Gillette Babe Ruth Baseball is saddened by this tragic accident. Our deepest condolences go out to the Bowman family. Please keep the family in your prayers today, and in the days to come. Grief counseling is available for all players, coaches and families through Campbell County Memorial Hospital’s Behavior Health Services (688-5000). Counseling sessions may be held on an individual basis or on a “per teamâ€? basis. Team counseling and family counseling information will be given to coaches - this information will also be mailed to individual players. All local Babe Ruth baseball games through Friday, June 10th have been canceled. Babe Ruth Baseball takes player safety very seriously, and we will be working with our district representatives to ensure the safety of all of our players. For now, Babe Ruth Baseball, on behalf of the Bowman family, requests that their privacy and the privacy of the players, coaches and families be honored, so that they may honor their friend and teammate, Austin Bowman. The Campbell County Observer gives our thoughts and prayers to the family. Let us know if there is anything we can do.

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Local residents save young girl “Health Buddies� in river from drowning Support for Medicaid Clients By Sandra Boehler

ducks on the other side. While standing on a rock she slipped and the river took her away. She was wearing a sweatshirt that she tried to remove several times however when she would attempt to move her arms out of the sweatThe Gillette City Council unanimously denied Wal-Mart shirt the current would pull her under. She ďŹ gured a Liquor license on Monday night. In the long battle beshe had been in the raging tween Wal-Mart and local residents of Gillette, there were river approximately thirty many speeches, presentations, and emotion. Wal-Mart showed up with a petition signed by 1,035 minutes. 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Community Gillette City Pool open for summer The City of Gillette’s Parks Division recently announced that the City Pool opened for the summer on Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m. Admission is Free. Located at 909 South Gillette Avenue (just south of the City Park and Twin Spruce Junior High School) the City Pool provides the public a safe and pleasant water-oriented recreational experience. The pool facility is operated by the Parks Division of the Public Works Department. The lifeguards are provided by the Campbell County Parks & Recreation Department through a cooperative effort between the City and the County. The swimming pool facility includes a deep well for diving, a lap swim area, a zero depth/shallow pool area, a bathhouse, a concession area, a sand playground, climbing structures, and a sunbathing area, as well as extensive landscaping. A new feature at the City Pool is a new ADA accessible lift to get in and out of the pool.

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Fishing Report

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By Mike and Roxan Smith, Empire Guesthouse & RV Park Pine Haven, Wyoming For those new to Campbell County, Keyhole Reservoir is a State Park about 40 minutes from Gillette. There, you will find a large lake of about 10,000 acres in size. It is a popular lake with fishermen and has walleye, crappie, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and catfish. Keyhole is fishing well right now for walleye with most being caught on minnows and leeches fished with jigs or Lindy rigs. Bank fishermen do well this time of year fishing for them with floating jig heads with about 18” of leader from the sinker. Crappie are ready to spawn and are ganging up in shallow water near weeds and brush. Try fishing for them with a minnow under a bobber or try pitching plastics or beetle spins. Some large catfish are being caught lately with 17 1/4 lbs being the biggest seen so far this year. Try fishing where Wind Creek or Mule Creek run into the lake with cut bait. Fishing after dark is even better. To access Wind and Mule Creek, park along Hwy 113 where the creek crosses the road and walk in. Stay near the water and you will be on public land. Keyhole is an overlooked smallmouth bass lake. Two to four pound fish can be expected. Try crank baits or jigging night-crawlers. The lake is also very popular with campers, waterskiers, and jet skis. It can become very crowded on weekends which make fishing during the week or early mornings on weekends very enjoyable.

Congratulations to our editor Keary Speer. On May 27th she gave birth to a healthy Brandon Kasey Speer at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. We can’t believe you came back to work as soon as you did. Way to tough it out!

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Author to speak about Johnson County War John W. Davis, a Worland attorney, will speak before the Campbell County Historical Society at 7:00 p.m., June 10 at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum. Davis is the author of a recent book about the Johnson County War, titled Wyoming Range War. It is published by the University of Oklahoma Press and is a comprehensive overview

of the April 1892 invasion of Johnson County by big cattlemen, the events leading to it, and its repercussions. Mr. Davis will be discussing his book and answering any questions from the attending public. After the presentation, Mr. Davis will autograph copies of his book. The author has practiced law in Worland, Wyoming

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ley Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Program in Jackson; Evanston Youth Boxing Program; Fathers in the Field Youth Mentoring Program of Lander; Laramie Montessori Charter School; Northwest Wyoming Treatment Center; Powell Medical Foundation for the Elder Lifeline Alert Replacement Project; Wyoming Association of Public Charter Schools; Wyoming Child & Family Development Campbell County Center Project; and YWCA of Sweetwater County Summer Youth Program. “These nonprofits are highly effective at providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “And as a result of their in-

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Daniels Fund announces grant recipients Wyoming nonprofit organizations serving youth, those with alcohol and substance abuse addictions, the aged, and homeless are among the recipients of $1.2 million in grants announced today by the Daniels Fund. Recipients include: Boy Scouts of America Central Wyoming Council; Boys & Girls Clubs of Cheyenne Youth Sports and Recreation Complex; Boys and Girls Club of Park County Upgrade and Renovation Project; Catholic Charities of Wyoming; Central Wyoming Hospice Transitions Program; Child Development Center Region II Capital Project; Cloud Peak Counseling Center Capital Project in Worland; Cody American Legion Baseball Booster Club; Curran-See-

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credible work our communities become better places to live,” she added. The program areas eligible for grants through the Daniels Fund fall under the categories of: Aging, Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Ethics and Integrity in Education, Homeless & Disadvantaged, and Youth Development. Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television who launched his first system in Casper, established the Daniels Fund to operate the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program and the Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Visit www.danielsfund.org for more information.

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Community Governor Mead signs updated Executive Order for Sage Grouse Core Areas Governor Matt Mead has signed an updated version of the Sage-Grouse Core Area Protection Executive Order, which provides more flexibility for management in the core areas and adds language requiring continual reevaluation of the science and data for sagegrouse management. “This is not an action I take lightly or without reservation. However, because the listing of the greater sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered species could cripple the economy of our State I believe this Executive Order is needed,” Governor Mead said. “I believe this effort, which started almost a decade ago represents the most significant conservation measure ever undertaken by a state in support of protecting a species.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has expressed support for Wyoming’s Core Area Population strategy. The agency called it a “sound policy” for conservation of the greater sagegrouse and the Order factors heavily in the agency’s annual status review, which is required under the Endangered Species Act. The

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service previously determined that listing the greater sage-grouse as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act is warranted, but precluded. That means there are higher priority species in need of the federal government’s resources. “There is an active effort to have the sage-grouse listed, but this Order reflects a state effort to develop a compromise acceptable to all sides,” Governor Mead said. “We need more of these state-led efforts to have a voice in protection of species and I appreciate the federal government’s support of this strategy.” This Order reflects the continued hard work of many people. Governor Mead thanked the SageGrouse Implementation Team for its perseverance in balancing the needs of sage-grouse and the needs of the industries that employ many people in Wyoming. Bob Budd, Chair of the Implementation Team, said, “The team appreciates the thorough review that Governor Mead and his staff have done. We be-

Campbell Co. Fire Dept. May 31, 2011

- At 10:37 AM to the area of the Buffalo Cut Across Road for a Engine Generator fire. The fire was extinguished before the arrival of CCFD personnel. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. - At 12:08 PM to 1900 block of Energy Court for the report of an elevator alarm.

lieve the Order lays a good foundation upon which to move forward.” Governor Mead said it is important to ensure the strategy is flexible and the changes he made to the Order help to achieve that goal. This includes allowing some land uses inside the core area if the activities will not cause declines in sage-grouse populations and co-locating disturbances in areas that are already disturbed or are naturally unsuitable for sage-grouse. The Executive Order replaces the Order signed by former governor, Dave Freudenthal, in 2010. The revised order leaves the boundaries of the core area intact. Governor Mead noted that this updated Order provides more clarity to state agencies. It clarifies that the Order does not grant new regulatory powers to state agencies. “All of the regulations used in the sage-grouse core area already exist. The Order does not create new regulation, but clarifies how those regulations are used in the core area.”

June 1, 2011

- At 12:53 AM to the 400 block of Butler Spaeth Road for an EMS Assist. - At 3:36 PM to the intersection of 7th Street and Emerson Ave for a cable line down across the roadway. It was found to be a TV cable line in which the cable company was called. The road was closed off for a short period of time until the cable was removed. There were no reported injuries in the incident. - At 7:18 p.m. to American Lane for an EMS assist. CCFD was cancelled en route.

June 2, 2011

- At 3:48 PM to the address of 1001 Stanley Avenue for a reported structure fire in an apartment. Gillette Police officers initially arrived on scene and reported smoke in the building and that the occupant of the apartment was still inside; they then started evacuating the remaining residents of the building. CCFD fire crews arrived on scene and found the apartment filled with smoke and also found that the fire was contained to the stove top. The single occupant of the apartment was found inside of the smoke filled apartment and was rescued by CCFD personnel; he then was taken to CCMH by ambulance. The cause of the fire was determined to be an unattended cooking fire on the stove. Damage estimate to the apartment and contents was less than $500.00 total. - At 7:05 PM to the 1400 block of Wrangler Road for and EMS assist. - At 8:33 PM to 1401 W. Second Street, Enterprise Car Rentals for the report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival fire department personnel determined that there was no fire but an electrical arch from individuals attempting to jump start a vehicle.

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June 3, 2011

- At 1317 hours to Cattle Trail Ct for an EMS assist. - At 4:45 p.m. to the intersection of 12th Street and HWY 59 for a motorcycle vs. car collision. One person was transported to CCMH-ER with injuries. - At 9:11 p.m. to 5200 Lundock Court for an unknown fire. Upon arrival to the scene it

By Bill McCarthy of the Cowboy State Free Press Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis body to vote against it. voted with fellow Republicans in a symCamp said voting against his bill bolic effort staged Tuesday to create “sends a clear and critical message that political momentum for deep spending the Congress has finally recognized cuts. we must immediately begin to rein in By a vote of 318-97, the House of America’s affection for deficit spending.” Representatives rejected President Lummis said in a statement, “AmeriBarack Obama’s ca’s credit cards are call to increase the maxed out; Wash$14.3 trillion debt ington must make a limit without condisignificant committions. ment to meaningful President Obama reform and take and House Repubaction on spending licans met in secret cuts.” today to discuss The history and budget issues. current level of Lummis attended spending erodes the meeting and confidence among issued a statement trading partners afterward. and bond purchasThe statement ers, Lummis said. said in part: “Though “The inclusion of many challenges lie significant spending Wyoming U.S. Rep. ahead, I am pleased cuts and strucCynthia Lummis there was an optural reforms to any portunity for this increase of the debt important discussion limit is the only way and remain hopeful that this is a step to assure the purchasers of U.S. treatoward addressing the country’s debt suries that America means business problems and getting Washington’s when it comes to getting our unsustainreckless spending under control.” able debt and deficit under control.” Some Democrats supporting Obama’s In the end, 82 Democrats joined every position voted against it after a call Republican to vote against the bill. It from leadership to not be done in by “a would have authorized $2.4 trillion in charade.” additional borrowing by the federal Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer of government. Seven Democrats voted Maryland is the second-ranking House present on the legislation. Democrat. Democrats should not, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has Hoyer said, “subject themselves to a said inaction by Congress on the debt political 30-second ad attack,” by voting ceiling threatens the global economy to raise the debt ceiling when all Rewith dire consequences. publicans are expected to vote no. Rep. Dave Camp, a Republican from To subscribe to the Cowboy State Michigan, sponsored the bill. Camp, Free Press go to www. http://thewyochairman of the House Ways and news.net Means Committee, also advised the

with the Secretary about potential impacts from the Wild Land Order. “The decision to reverse course on the Wild Lands Order is in the best interest of Wyoming and the entire West,” Governor Mead said. Governor Mead and Secretary Salazar talked by phone yesterday. “I have already thanked Secretary Salazar for listening to the

June 5, 2011

- At 5:15 a.m. to mm 146 N. Hwy 59 for a report of a vehicle accident. Nothing found upon arrival. - At 8:27 a.m. to Cow Creek Road for an EMS assist. - At 11:30 a.m. to West 11th Street for an EMS assist. - At 12:10 p.m. to Crestfield Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 12:50 p.m. to 5648 Victoria Road for a vehicle on fire. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found a Ford pick-up truck with fire involving the engine and cab areas. The fire had mostly been extinguished by the owners using fire extinguishers and was totally extinguished by CCFD within a few minutes. The fire started in the engine compartment area and was caused by a malfunction in the carburetor. Damage was estimated at $3000. - At 8:37 p.m. to the intersection of 4th Street and Gurley Avenue for an ATV collision. A female passenger was transported with injuries to CCMH-ER. - At 11:10 p.m. to Union Chapel Road for an EMS assist.

June 6, 2011

- At 10:08 AM to 800 Hemlock Avenue (Wagon Wheel Elementary School) for a fire alarm. Construction dust caused a smoke detector to go into alarm mode. - At 12:39 PM to 1901 Energy Court for an elevator alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled when Gillette Police reported everything okay. - At 3:58 PM to 920 East Laramie Street (Gurley Kwik Shop) for a transmission oil spill that resulted from a two vehicle traffic accident. Firefighters applied three bags of floor dry to the oil spill. - At 4:30 PM to mile marker 149 on Interstate 90 (50 feet north of Interstate) for a grass fire started by a lightning strike. Crook County Fire Department arrived on scene and cancelled responding Campbell County Fire Units. - At 7:40 PM to the 800 block of East 5th Street for a medical assist.

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Governor Mead’s statement on Secretary Salazar’s deceision not to implement the Wild Lands Order The Department of the Interior recently released a memo from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. That memo directs the Bureau of Land Management to take no action under the Wild Lands Order. This Order was signed in December 2010. Governor Matt Mead has opposed the Order since taking office and has spoken on several occasions

was determined that the fire was a controlled burn that had not been reported to CCFD, CCSO, or the DEQ. The property owners were allowed to continue the burn and were informed on the proper notifications needed for controlled burns. - At 9:12 p.m. to Beech Street for an EMS assist.

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Community Ask the Mechanic

Sports Bar’s Wednesday Cruise Night Event

By Jerry Walters

Local business owner, Scott Ostlund, who owns Sports Bar in Gillette, is having the weekly “Wednesday Cruise Night.” Every Wednesday throughout the summer Scott and his staff prepare burgers, brats, salads and all the trimmings for anyone interested in coming for dinner. A cash donation is appreciated and very generously donated back to the community. A different organization is picked weekly to be the recipient. Our community has several non-profit organizations that help in several ways to locals in need.

The first week Wyoming Biker Association was the organization Sports Bar assisted. WBA officers and members would like to thank Scott, his staff, and all who attended for donating $480.00. The organizations sole purpose is to help chronically ill children in Northeast Wyoming. They assist with gas, food, motel and medical expenses when there is a child in need of traveling for medical aide. The organization will have their Annual Steel Stallion Ball on July 23, 2011. You can purchase a ticket for a

rib eye dinner with all the trimmings for $15.00 at the door that evening starting at 6:00 PM. Come support this group who gives very generously to the children of our community. Mark your calendar for Wednesday night’s “dinner cruise date” and invite your friends to join you for the summer. Help support all these non-profit organizations who help the people and the city of Gillette. Hats off to Sports Bar and all organizations that donate their time and work hard throughout the year to make life a little easier for those in need.

Governor Mead seeks Veterans to serve on the Wyoming Veterans Commission Governor Matt Mead is looking for two veterans to fill vacant positions on the Wyoming Veterans Commission. “I appreciate all of the men and women who take time out of their lives to serve Wyoming and I am now calling on two more people to step forward for this very important commission,” Governor Mead said. The Veterans Commis-

sion has oversight of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum and the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery. It provides veterans and their families with assistance with their state and federal benefits, healthcare, and Veterans Affairs disability claims. Commissioners also advise the Governor and the Legislature on state and federal legislation affecting

veterans. Commissioners fill positions to represent various areas of the state. The current vacancies are from Laramie and Natrona Counties. Appointments are for three years and Commissioners may request reappointment. Veterans from Laramie and Natrona Counties interested in filling the vacant positions should complete

the application found on the Governor’s web site: http:// governor.wy.gov/resources/Pages/BoardsandCommissions.aspx Applications are due at the Governor’s office by the end of June. For more information about the Wyoming Veterans Commission, call the Commission’s office at 307-772-5145.

Gillette City Council approves catering permit On Monday night the Gillette City Council approved, on a vote of 6-1, a catering permit for Mingles Lounge on HWY 59. Mingles will be having a mixed martial arts

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Gillette City Council votes to amend ordinance On Monday night, the Gillette City Council had its third and final reading on an ordinance to amend section 14-33 and enact-

ing Section 14-5 of the Gillette City code concerning firearms. This amendment only seeks to mirror the State law concerning carry

The sophistication of your modern vehicle; there are sensors to inform you the oil needs to be changed, proper engine oil level, tire pressure monitoring, engine function anomaly, all of which require attention. Your grandfather took great pride in being able to maintain his vehicle back in the day. Granted, they were simpler. Who is responsible for these items now? YOU ARE! All the research that is done through owner’s manuals on current vehicles states that at every fuel fill the oil level needs to be checked, tire pressures and windshield washer fluid filled. Long gone are the days of full service fuel stations that had a crew converge on your vehicle and do these basic checks while your tank was being filled. Need they return? All at a higher price per gallon. Have we become such a society of prima donnas that we feel it is beneath us to do this? Where has the time honored tradition of a father showing his son basic maintenance on a motor vehicle? Relying on your favorite repair facility for these basic checks can be expensive. I am not saying you should change your oil yourself, much easier to have your oil changed at a reputable facility because they do properly dispose of used oil, etc. Yet, calling or going to have your tires checked at the shop because the low tire icon comes on takes a technician’s time away from some other customer who may be travelling through and need to get home. Every vehicle comes with an owner’s manual. It would do you and your repair guru a great service to have this knowledge of your vehicle. Most concerns may be answered by referring to your manual. Has anyone a question? Please submit questions to “Ask the Mechanic”, openarticles@campbellcountyobserver.com

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Community Road Construction Updates The City of Gillette announces the following road construction updates to Express Drive, Gillette Avenue and Wilson Way.

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Express Drive from Southern Drive to Glock Drive will be closed from Friday, June 3rd through Friday, June 17th while crews install a fire hydrant. Access to the apartment buildings in that location will remain open.

Gillette Avenue

Beginning Saturday, June 4th, a contractor will perform emergency repairs to Gillette Avenue from 1st Street to 4th Street beginning Saturday, June 4th

and lasting through the weekend. During this repair work, traffic on Gillette Avenue between 1st Street and 4th Street will be limited to one-way traffic and may be completely restricted at times. The contractor will work as quickly as possible to repair and re-open the road. This project will take two weekends to complete. The first half of the work will take place the weekend of June 4th & 5th, and the second half will take place during the weekend of June 11th & 12th. (weather permitting) These repairs are to fix concrete panels that have failed due to the moisture

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and cold temperatures this past winter and 4,000 square feet of surface needs to be replaced. Please travel with caution in this area and brake for construction workers. Look for traffic control to be put in place on Friday, June 3rd.

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Wilson Way

Wilson Way from 4509 Wilson Way to Doud Drive will be closed from June 3rd at 7 a.m. through June 17th at 6 p.m. for street reconstruction. This project is part of the City of Gillette’s 2010 Pavement Management Schedule B and funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

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Judge has yet to determine punishment for Seiser Michael Seiser, age 20, appeared before the Sixth Judicial District Court last week upon the State’s petition to revoke his probation. The petition stated that, on March 27, Seiser had arranged for a ride to attend a church service from the Cheyenne Transitional Center, where he was an inmate, at a time when he was only allowed to walk. There was an additional allegation that Seiser observed a staff member from the transitional center and when law enforcement was attempting to stop the vehicle Seiser was riding in, that vehicle was driven into a residential area and abandoned by the driver and Seiser. At the hearing this week, Seiser admitted to this conduct. Judge Perry heard testimony from several witnesses during the next phase of the hearing. At

the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Perry ordered that Seiser’s probation would be revoked. Although returning to prison to serve the remainder of his original sentence is still a possibility, Judge Perry did not enter an order as to what would happen with respect to Seiser’s underlying sentence, as was reported in other print media earlier this week. Instead, he advised that he will be issuing a written decision letter in the near future that will outline his decision. Seiser was originally sentenced to serve 20 to 25 years in prison for his involvement or knowledge of the 2005 murders of two Gillette teenagers. In July 2010, Judge Perry modified Seiser’s original sentence, recommending that the Gillette teenager be transferred to boot camp. After

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boot camp, Judge Perry said he would once again review Seiser’s case. On April 22, 2011, District Court Judge John Perry modified Seiser’s sentence earlier this year on February 28, at which time Seiser’s term of incarceration was suspended and he was released on probation for a term of 25 years. Michael Seiser was the youngest of four people charged in connection with the killing of 16-year old Bryce Chavers and 19year old Jeremy Forquer. Seiser was 15 years old at the time.

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New Exhibit Now Open Horses and Heroes: Behind the Scenes at the Rodeo

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Horses and Heroes: Behind the Scenes at the Rodeo. This exhibit features the people that make each and every rodeo safe, fun, and successful. This includes life-saving pickup men and bullfighters, stock contractors that train the broncs and bulls, entertainers that show off their cowboy skills, and the behind-thescenes staff such as judges and rodeo executives.

Horses and Heroes features northeast Wyoming citizens that have succeeded in the rodeo world for many years and includes photographs, objects, a rodeo clown dress-up area, and a rodeo quiz for kids of all ages. Some of the people and businesses included are Burch Rodeo Company, Powder River Rodeo, bullfighters Scot Allerdings and Cory Edwards, pickup man Jim Wilson, rodeo announcer John Costello, and many others. Horses and Heroes is open now and

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Patriot Flag An enormous American flag that is being flown in all 50 states to honor those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks is coming to Campbell County. Ceremonies are planned in Gillette during the flag’s stay from August 4th until August 8th. Although many of the details are still being finalized, one particular event likely to generate excitement is a visit from retired New York City Firefighter and ground zero survivor Joe Torrillo. Torrillo, who was a Lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department at the time of the attacks, survived the collapse of not one, but both World Trade Center buildings. Gillette Riders and many other groups will be involved. Other local organizations such as the Campbell County Fire Department, the VFW, various color guard units, and local law enforcement are working to put this event on. In fact, the fire department has an important role in ensuring the flag flies. The fire department’s lad-

der trucks will be used to hoist the flag in the air. The ladder trucks have to raise the flag in the morning at sunrise for 52-minutes, the time between the two towers both fell. It will then be lowered and then raised for the rest of the day. The Patriot Flag has been traveling across the country every week since last September. At the conclusion on the yearlong tour, the Patriot Flag will fly in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and New York City on September 11, 2011, in honor of the nearly 3,000 people killed ten years earlier. Gillette is the lone stop in Wyoming for the Patriot Flag. Information given by Paul Wallem of the Basin Radio News Network.

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Business Will we have another Freedom Rally?

Plans have just started to be in the works for another Freedom Rally this year in Gillette. Last June, people from around the county showed up to show support for their Constitutional Rights. There were about 40 people in attendance including key local and State figures Cynthia Cloud, Sheriff Pownell, and more. Most people, including police officers, were open-carrying. “We are leading by example,” said Vincent Naumu. “It is our Constitutional Right. We are the good guys.”

Speakers included a Constitutional lawyer, College Professor Bucky Walters, Nicholas De Laat, Vincent Naumu, who organized the rally, and President of the Wyoming Gun-owners Association, Anthony Bouchard. “We are thinking about having one again this summer. We should have one every year,” Said organizer Mr. Naumu. If you would like to help organize this year’s Freedom Rally in Gillette, contact Vincent Naumu for more information.

What’s Going On during Wright Days? Thursday, June 16 - 8:30 p.m., Movie in the Park, Gibson Memorial Park(behind the Library)

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Friday, June 17 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Photo Contest, Photos will be Displayed @ WBL, Vote for People’s Choice-Winner’s Announced @ Saturday Supper - 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Softball Tourney, Limit 8 Teams So Sign Up Early, Contact Sarah Seamands @ (605)2226964 - 5 p.m., Little Mr. & Miss Wright Days Pageant, Rec. Center - 7 p.m., Demolition Derby, Behind City Shop, Contact Justin Dooley @ (307)2998153 - 8 p.m., Street Dance, Multi-Purpose Building

In need of a clown for a birthday party? Want to send a clown delivered telegram? Feel like clowning around? If so you should contact one of the funniest people in the County, Helen Fuller, owner of Just Clowning Around and someone who absolutely adores her job. Helen has been in Gillette for 17 years now and owns a variety of businesses but her favorite is clowning. “My whole family have been clowns, showmen, musicians, and dancers,” she says. “I just love doing it. There’s just nothing like seeing a child smile,” Just Clowning Around has a variety of different shows available. They perform princess tea parties, singing telegrams, a DJ service, birthday parties, and gag parties. Also, available are characters for St. Patrick’s Day, the Easter Bunny, Mrs. Claus, and Uncle Sam. Helen says she has so much fun performing the balloon animals, face painting, games, and juggling, that it does not even feel like she is working. If you find yourself in need a singing telegram, a gag, Uncle Sam, or a Princess, give Just Clowning Around a call at 682-3394.

Saturday, June 18 - 7 a.m., Run/ Walk, Call (307)464-0198 for more info. - 8 a.m., Pancake Breakfast, Back Parking Lot of High School - 10 a.m., Ryan Zorn Parade, Line- Up @ 9 a.m.,

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Haycreek, Winners Announced @ the Mud Races - 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Mud Volleyball, Call (307)464-0198 for more info. - 11 a.m. Kids Games, Front Lawn of High School - 11 a.m., Rootbeer Floats @ the Museum - 1 p.m., Mud Races - 7 p.m., Supper, MultiPurpose Building - 7 p.m., “Wright’s Got Talent” Show, Multi- Purpose Building Sunday, June 19 - 8 a.m., Kid’s Fishing Derby, Panther Pond - 9 a.m., Golf Tournament, Haycreek Golf Course - 10 a.m., Calf Roping, Call Danny Preston @ (307)4641267 for more info. - 11 a.m., BBQ, Panther Pond - 12 p.m., Tractor Pull, Weigh in @ 9 a.m., Call (307)689-5576 for more info. - 12 p.m., Bingo, Multi-Purpose Building - 4 p.m., Horse Shoe Tourney(After Golf Tournament), Hanks


Our Public Servant

Division Chief Dale Izatt

As soon as you enter Division Chief Dale Izatt’s office at the Campbell County Fire station you can tell what he loves. There are models of old fire trucks, model T’s, Model A’s and a P-40. “I love anything with motors,” he said while looking over at the models. The next thing I noticed while my son (age 1) and I entered the office was the old fire hats. He has one from when he was a volunteer and one from when he became Captain, both hats bearing the number 1005. Chief Izatt has been a firefighter for 8 years now. “My favorite part of the job? Well, it’s all good. Usually when we get a call, it is bad. It means that someone got hurt, or there is something burning. It feels good when we leave and the situation is better than when we arrived.” He remembers one call out a couple years ago where a car in Westover came off a jack stand onto the man working under it. His team was able to lift the car off the man, performed CPR, and the man survived. “Most people don’t survive that kind of crushing.” Dale and his wife grew up in Star Valley, WY. After graduating college at the University of Wyoming, they moved to Campbell County where he earned his first job. For 11 years, he taught at Twin Spruce Elementary. He started volunteering at the fire department 8 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. In his free time, you will find him with his wife and kids hunting, fishing, camping, and riding motorcycles. Dale and his wife of 25 years try to take a vacation every year with his 4 kids (1 at UW, 1 Senior, a 9th grader, and a 6th grader), like the one they took to Jamaica last year, but both LouAnn and him do not know where they are going in 2011.

Chief Izatt is a very busy man, managing his family and the whole of the volunteer side of the department. “I get a great feeling though when we help people. Many people donate to us as thanks. There was a timber fire on the Wyoming/ Montana border a while back, and they gave us a nice donation as a ‘thanks’.” “The summer season is coming up. Make sure you keep the area around your house mowed and protected. The smallest grass fire, with the Wyoming wind, can get out of control quick. Make sure you give us a heads up and call in for controlled burns, just in case. That way, if something goes wrong, we can be better prepared.” “That is a fireman,” I thought, always preaching safety. If you read our blotter, you can see why. There is rarely a good call, and Chief Izatt does not want the citizens of Campbell County’s lives or property hurt in any way. There was one call last week we laughed about and that was a kitten stuck in a tree. The fire department came to the rescue and the kitten was alright. “That is one of the rare good calls.” Division Chief Dale Izatt is a proud member of our community. “It is a great place to raise kids. Lots to do, but not too much to get into trouble.” He is one of our public servants that deserve thanks for the years of service he has done, not only as a firefighter, but as an educator too. He has much we can learn from, so if you see him give him a wave. If you ask him for advice, you will hear “Don’t take life serious. Enjoy people around you; find something to help you relax. Get away from the stress of life.” Chief Izatt is right and it is advice that we should take.

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Public Pulse What’s Going On? Friday, June 10

- Powder Basin Equestrian Assoc., TBA, Camplex Equestrian Area, Call Teresa Craig @ 682-9429 for more info. - Teen Open Play Gaming, 1-4 p.m., CCPL - LAST DAY Teen Summer Reading Sign Up, 2-4 p.m., CCPL - Eric May Band @ Jake’s Tavern - Energy Classic Progress Show, 5-9:30 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion - Senior Center Luau Dance, 5 p.m., Call 6860804 for more info. - Couples Night @ Gillette Golf Course, 5:30-6 p.m., 1800 Country Club Road - Scrapbooking Workshop, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Rockpile Community Center, Call 6828527 for more info. - Razor City Rumble Demolition Derby, 7 p.m., Camplex Morning Side Park - Campbell Co. Historical Society Hosts Wyoming Author John Davis, 7 p.m., Rockpile Museum

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: I believe in unrestricted competition, but in the case of Walmart, it will become monopolized. This can happen when no-one can compete. That would ruin our local economy. I am glad we are keeping them out of the liquor business here. Jerry Silverman Editor: It was good to see all the people show up at a City Council meeting to voice their opinion on the matter. I hope the public keeps that up. They spoke out, and they one. That is what getting involved does. Dear Editor I would like to comment on Little League. Great job by all the volun-

teers for all the effort this season they are giving. You all deserve a great pat on the back by the community. Sara Minstagler Editor: I absolutely agree. These men and women give up a ton of time and most people do not recognize it. The time that they give is not for themselves, money, power, or public recognition; but for the kids and the kids alone. A special thanks also from the Campbell County Observer. Dear Editor: There are weeds in the middle of 59 again. It looks terrible. Is that what our tax dollars go for? Dave Smithe Editor: The only way to solve

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problems is to go to the meetings and state your case to the people who we elect to make the decision. They do listen to their constituents. Contact them and voice your concern. Dear Editor: I liked the editor’s response last week to the letter that asked why you don’t cover world and national news. “If it’s not in Campbell County, we don’t care.” You should make that your motto. Charles Renzee Editor: The website just got changed, and the top of the paper will be changed too. I think your right, what a great motto. Thanks for the input.

Bold Republic Weekly Hey! Let’s Fire the Intelligent Non-Thinkers and The Spineless By Glenn Woods Honor student and Eagle Scout Matthew Whalen, was suspended for violation of Lansingburgh High School’s zero tolerance policy on weapons, even though the knife in question was locked in the trunk of his car as part of his first aid kit. Apparently the school considers it to be a weapon. He’s worried his suspension could affect his chances of getting into West Point. But officials at West Point said that it would not. DENVER - Anthony Saenz just wanted to play cops and robbers with his favorite toy from home. So he pulled out a bright orange and yellow Nerf gun on the McGlone Elementary playground. His mother had bought it for him. Just five dollars at Wal-Mart. He was suspended. “It’s not too harsh of a punishment and we want to make sure all of our students are safe,” the principal said. Strapped in before the Governor, the Warden, the Sheriff, and read his death sentence, Timothy McVeigh, was executed in front of witnesses for the Okalahoma City bombing. After the execution McVeigh was taken for an autopsy because the law says that there must be an autopsy of any prisoner that dies in the prison… in case there was foul play. Kathy and George Norris in their 60’s and grandparents of eight had federals with assault weapons and full body armor ransacking their home in Spring, Texas. The officers emptied file cabinets, pulled books off shelves, rifled through drawers and closets, and threw the contents on the floor. The six agents were with - get this- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a covert government investigation for almost six months in search of…Orchids. That’s right, this was all over rare Orchids. In the stories listed above, and through the many more that I can tell you, why is it that not one figure in

authority along the way thought that what they were doing was, --- how shall I put this --- insane, stupid, beyond the pale? Was there no one among these to stand up and say it? Was there not one officer of the six, in the retired old couple house, to say, “Really? Are we terrorizing these old people over a flower?” Was there no one at any of these schools to stand up and say, “it’s just a six year old with a Nerf Gun,” or “he’s an Eagle Scout, with a knife as part of his first aid kit?” Who are these people who can’t seem to reason? Who are these who won’t take a stand? Let’s separate these people into two categories: First, we have the Intelligent NonThinkers. By hook or by crook these people find their way into positions of power. Many of them have PhD’s from major universities so we know that they can learn, yet, despite their advanced education, somehow along the way they never learned common sense. They never learned how to reason. Second, we have The Spineless Non-Thinker. These are the ones who are afraid to take a stand, ever, on anything. They align themselves under the power of The Intelligent Non-Thinkers, for safety sake. They never learned how to stand up for themselves. They never learned how to stand up for others when they see injustice. They are afraid to stand up for what is right. They simply go along and do what they are told. They are the army of The NonThinkers. Like the officer dressed in S.W.A.T. gear, ransacking an old couple house, looking for a flower. He knows that what he is doing is wrong, but he does not have the nerve to say one simple word ---- no. Or the coroner at the prison who performed the autopsy on Timothy

McVeigh, not having the nerve to refuse, even though he knows it to be a pointless waste of time and money and an obvious misreading of the law that he is told that he is upholding. He does the stupid deed anyway. We hired these people thinking that we were giving our positions of power and authority to reasonable, educated, intelligent, wise leaders. But we were fooled. It should be obvious by now that simply possessing a college degree and tenure is not enough. We must make sure that we are hiring reasonable people. There must me a modicum of common sense and the backbone to use it. The good news, and yes, there is some, is that across America average citizens like you are standing up to the non-thinkers and the spineless, and they are winning. They are winning in court, and in the court of public opinion. The most recent example of this: A federal appeals court has lifted the order banning public prayer at a Texas high school graduation Saturday. The reversal comes on the heels of public pressure and increasing criticism of a federal judge’s earlier ruling that agreed with the parents of one graduating student that religious expression during the ceremony at Medina Valley Independent School District would cause “irreparable harm” to their son. The bad news is that we have a long battle ahead of us. It is not enough to just win the battle. We must remove them and replace them. Many were removed in the last election. Many more need to be removed. My only concern is, I have no idea where to put these people once we fire them. Does anyone have a job opening for highly educated intellectually spineless idiots once they can no longer find work in government?

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- Energy Classic Progress Show, 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion - Trash to Trees Drop-off, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., Gillette College Tech. Center - ACT Testing, 8 a.m., CCHS South - ACT Testing, 8 a.m., Wright - 4-H Horse Progress Show, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena - 4-H County Shoot, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Camplex Barn 3 - Eric May Band @ Jake’s Tavern - Car Racing; CLMA/ WDRA, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway - Don Francisco Concert, 7 p.m., Antelope Valley Baptist Church, $5 donation at the door - Powder Basin Equestrian Assoc., TBA, Camplex Equestrian Area, Call Teresa Craig 682-9429 for more info.

Sunday, June 12

- Energy Classic Progress Show, 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion - Powder Basin Equestrian Assoc., TBA, Camplex Equestrian Area, Call Teresa Craig 682-9429 for more info.

Monday, June 13

- AVA- All Fired Up! 9-11:30 a.m., Fee $60, Call 682-9133 for more info. - Senior Center Scarlet Belles, 11 a.m., Call 6860804 for more info. Chamber Executive Board Meeting, 12- 1 p.m. - AVA- All Fired Up! 1-3:30 p.m., Fee $60, Call 682-9133 for more info. - 4-H Rodeo/Timed Events, 4 - 10 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena

Tuesday, June 14

- Flag Day - AVA- All Fired Up! 9- 11:30 a.m., Fee $60, Call 682-9133 for more info.

- Consignment Auction, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., American Legion, Call 299-6029 for more info. - Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting, First Place Cellular AT&T Dealer, 12:45 p.m., 208 E. 2nd Street - AVA- All Fired Up! 1- 3:30 p.m., Fee $60, Call 682-9133 for more info. - CCSD Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 p.m., ESC

Wednesday, June 15

- Senior Center- First Gold Bus, Deadwood, 9 a.m., Call 686-0804 for more info. - AVA- All Fired Up! 9- 11:30 a.m., $60 Fee, Call 682-9133 for more info. - Energy Exposition, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., 18 & Up Only, Camplex Wyoming Center - One World Many Stories: Safari So Good with Indiana Bones, 10:30 a.m., WBL - GALI Graduation, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Boss Lodge, Call Gail @ 682-3673 for more info. - Senior Center- Cloud Peak Energy Sponsored Dinner, 12 p.m., Call 6860804 for more info. - AVA- All Fired Up! 1- 3:30 p.m., $60 Fee, Call 682-9133 for more info.

Thursday, June 16

- Energy Exposition, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., 18 & Up Only, Camplex Wyoming Center - AVA- All Fired Up! 9- 11:30 a.m., $60 Fee, Call 682-9133 for more info. - AVA- All Fired Up! 1- 3:30 p.m., $60 Fee, Call 682-9133 for more info. - Chamber June Mixer, 5- 7 p.m., Foxy’s Cleaning & F-X Industrial, 5416 Benelli Dr., RSVP by June 13 - City Employee/Citizen Advisory Board Picnic, 5:30 p.m., Dalbey Memorial Park - CC Cowgirls/Cowboys, 6:30 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena - AVA- Painting- Adult Beginners, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., 6 week session Every Thurs., $125(all supplies included) - Wright Days Kickoff (List of Events in Wright Day’s What’s Going On Section)

Friday, June 17

- AVA- All Fired Up! 9- 11:30 a.m., $60 Fee, Call 682-9133 for more info. - Senior Center- Jam Session, 1 p.m., Call 686-0804 - AVA- All Fired Up! 1- 3:30 p.m., $60 Fee, Call 682-9133 for more info. - Children’s Charity Golf Tournament, Bell Nob Golf Course, Need Volunteers 685-1050 - American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 5 p.m. Survivors Banquet; 7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies, Camplex Central Pavilion & Plaza - AVA- Community Show Reception, 6- 8 p.m., AVA - The Seven Sundays Band @ Jake’s Tavern - Open MIC Night, 7 p.m., Brother’s Coffee Co. - Wright Day’s (List of Events in Wright Day’s What’s Going On Section)

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Sports Report What’s Going On In Sports? Friday, June 10

- Roughriders vs. Rapid City Post 320, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 11

- CNFR @ Casper - Roughriders vs. Torrington, 5 p.m. Gillette Girls Fastpitch Softball

Sunday, June 12

- CNFR @ Casper - Roughriders @ Sheridan, 1/3 p.m. Gillette Girls Fastpitch Softball

Monday, June 13

- CNFR @ Casper - Rustlers @ Rapid City 320 Shooting Stars, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14

- Flag Day - CNFR @ Casper - Rustlers vs. Casper, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15

- CNFR @ Casper - Roughriders @ Mitchell SD, 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 16

- CNFR @ Casper - Rustlers @ Ellendale ND Tournament

Friday, June 17

- CNFR @ Casper - Rustlers @ Ellendale ND Tournament - Roughriders @ Cornhusker Classic Tourney, Omaha NE

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Gillette Girls Fast-pitch Association hosts Razor City Invitational The Razor City Invitational was held on June 4 and 5, hosted by the Gillette Girls Fast-pitch Association. Twenty-nine teams were present. Seven of those were Gillette teams. The following are the results of the tournament:

10U Teams

1st Place – Gillette Blue Jays (Coach Shawn) 2nd Place – Douglas Competitors: Gillette Blue Jays (Coach Jim)

12U Teams

1st Place – Rapid City Xtreme 2nd Place – Gillette Blue Jays Competitors: Gillette Heat Douglas

18U Teams

1st Place – Douglas 2nd Place – Gillette Blue Jays Competitors: U.S. Energy – Riverton Casper S.W.A.T

14U Teams

1st Place – Gillette Heat 2nd Place – Rapid City Kayoss Competitors: Riverton Fastpitch Rapid City Rockers

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Little League plays opening day games Little League Plays Opening Day Games. Summer is finally here so it is time to slap on the sunblock for parents who have kids playing Little League. Opening Day was this past Saturday and with games starting at 8 am and lasting most of the day the fields were filled with families out to celebrate the start of another season. Fun on the Go was there providing a slide and a ride for all kids who wanted a ride, and the lines never

stopped throughout the day. It was so busy with patrons that there were no parking spaces left. Many had to walk quite a distance to gain access to the fields. The major and minor teams were battling each other for league supremacy while the T-ballers were focused on fun and fundamentals and judging from the action on the field fun took precedence. The farm league is where the kids are just getting out of teeball and into more of the

finer points of the game. There are outs, innings, and strike outs (5 strikes). Instead of hitting off the tee, a volunteer parent puts the ball through the pitching machine. The games went into the late afternoon under a cloudless sky and a great deal of fun was had by all who turned out to witness America’s game being played by kids and enjoyed by the adults who watched them.

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Our Roots Johnson County War The Johnson County War, also known as the War on Powder River, was a range war which took place in April 1892 in Johnson County, Natrona County and Converse County in the State of Wyoming. It was a battle between small settling ranchers and larger established ranches in the Powder River Country that culminated in a lengthy shootout between local ranchers, a band of hired killers, and a sheriff’s posse, eventually requiring the intervention of the U.S. Cavalry on the orders of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison. Conflict over land was a somewhat common occurrence in the development of the American West but was particularly prevalent during the late 19th century and early 20th century when large portions of the west were being settled by Americans for the first time. It is a period which historian Richard Maxwell Brown has called the “Western Civil War of Incorporation,” and of which the Johnson County War was part. In the early days of Wyoming, most of the land was in the public domain, open to stock raising as open range and to homesteading. Large numbers of cattle were turned loose on the open range by large ranches. Ranchers would hold a spring roundup where the cows and the calves belonging to each ranch were separated and the calves branded. Before the roundup, calves, especially orphan or stray calves, were sometimes surreptitiously branded. The large ranches defended against cattle rustling often by forbidding their employees from owning cattle and by lynching, or threatening to lynch, suspected rustlers. Property and use rights were usually respected among big and small ranches based on who were first to settle the land and the size of the herd. The doctrine is known as Prior Appropriation. Nonetheless, large ranching outfits would sometimes band together and use their power to monopolize large swaths of range land preventing newcomers from settling the area. Many of the large ranching outfits in Wyoming were organized as the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (the WSGA) and gathered socially as the Cheyenne Club in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Comprising some of the state’s wealthiest and most popular residents, the organization held a great deal of political sway in the State and region. The WSGA organized the cattle industry by scheduling roundups and cattle shipments. The WSGA also employed an agency of detectives to investigate cattle rustling against its members. The often uneasy relationship between larger, wealthier ranches and smaller ranch settlers became steadily worse after the poor winter of 1886-1887 when a series of blizzards and temperatures of 40-50 degrees below 0° F had followed an extremely hot and dry summer. Thousands of cattle were lost and large companies began to appropriate land and control the flow and supply of water in the area. Some of the harsher tactics included forcing settlers off their land and setting fire to settler buildings as well as trying to exclude the smaller ranchers from participation in the annual roundup. They justified these excesses on what was public land by using the catch-all allegation of rustling. Rustling in the local area was increasing due to the harsh grazing conditions and the illegal exploits of an organized group of regional rustling outfits was becoming well publicized in the late 1880s. Well-armed bands of horse and cattle rustlers were said to roam across various portions of Wyoming and Montana, with Montana cattle interests declaring “War on the Rustlers” in 1889 and Wyoming interests doing so a year later. In Johnson County, with emotions running high, agents of the larger ranches killed several alleged rustlers from smaller ranches. Many were killed on dubious evidence or were simply found dead while the killers remained anonymous. Frank M. Canton, Sheriff of Johnson County in the early 1880s and better known as a detective for the WSGA, was rumored to be behind many of the deaths. The double lynching of Ella Watson and storekeeper Jim Averell took place in 1889, an event that enraged local residents. A number of additional dubious lynching of alleged rustlers took place in 1891. A group of smaller Johnson County ranchers led by a local settler named Nate Champion began to form the Northern Wyoming Farmers and Stock Growers’ Association (NWFSGA) to compete with the WSGA. The WSGA “blacklisted” the NWFSGA and told them to stop all operations but the NWFSGA refused the WSGA’s order to disband and instead made public their plans to hold their own roundup in the spring of 1892. The WSGA, led by Frank Wolcott, WSGA Member and large North Platte rancher, hired gunmen with the intention of eliminating alleged rustlers in Johnson County and break up the NWFSGA. Twenty-three gunmen from Paris, Texas and four cattle detectives from the WSGA were hired with Idaho frontiersman George Dunning who later turned against the group. Some WSGA and Wyoming dignitaries also joined the expedition in-

cluding State Senator Bob Tisdale, state water commissioner W.J. Clarke, W.C. Irvine, and Hubert Teshemacher, both instrumental in organizing Wyoming’s statehood four years earlier. They were accompanied by surgeon Dr. Charles Penrose as well as Ed Towse, a reporter for the Cheyenne Sun, and a newspaper reporter for the Chicago Herald, Sam T. Clover, whose lurid first-hand accounts later appeared in eastern newspapers. A total expedition of 50 men was organized. To lead the expedition the WSGA hired Canton, a former Johnson County Sheriff-turned-gunman and WSGA detective. Canton’s gripsack was later found to contain a list of dozens of rustlers to be either shot or hanged and a contract to pay the Texans $5 a day plus a bonus of $50 for every rustler killed. The group became known as “The Invaders”, or alternately, “Wolcott’s Regulators”. John Clay, a prominent Wyoming businessman was suspected of playing a major role in planning the Johnson County invasion. Clay denied this, saying that, in 1891, he advised Wolcott against the scheme and was out of the country when it was undertaken. He did help the “invaders” to avoid punishment after their surrender. The group organized in Cheyenne and proceeded by a specially hired train to Casper, Wyoming. Then they headed toward Johnson County on horseback, cutting the telegraph lines north of Douglas, Wyoming in order to prevent an alarm. While on horseback, Canton and the gunmen traveled ahead while the party of WSGA officials led by Wolcott followed a safe distance behind. The first target of the WSGA was Nate Champion at the KC Ranch, of which today’s town of Kaycee is a namesake, a small rancher who was active in the efforts of small ranchers to organize a competing roundup. The group traveled to the ranch late in the night of Friday April 8, 1892, quietly surrounded the buildings and waited for daybreak. Three men besides Champion were at the KC. Two men who were evidently spending the night on their way through were captured as they emerged from the cabin early that morning to collect water at the nearby Powder River, while the third, Nick Ray, was shot while standing inside the doorway of the cabin and died a few hours later.[11] Champion was besieged inside the log cabin. During the siege, Champion kept a poignant journal which contained a number of notes he wrote to friends while taking cover inside the cabin. “Boys, I feel pretty lonesome just now. I wish there was someone here with me so we could watch all sides at once.” The last journal entry read: “Well, they have just got through shelling the house like hail. I heard them splitting wood. I guess they are going to fire the house tonight. I think I will make a break when night comes, if alive. Shooting again. It’s not night yet. The house is all fired. Goodbye, boys, if I never see you again.” With the house on fire, Nate Champion signed his journal entry and put it in his pocket before running from the back door with a six shooter in one hand and a knife in the other. As he emerged he was shot by four men and the invaders later pinned a note on Champion’s bullet-riddled chest that read “Cattle Thieves Beware.” Two passers-by noticed the ruckus that Saturday afternoon and local rancher Jack Flagg rode to Buffalo, the county seat of Johnson County, where the sheriff raised a posse of 200 men over the next 24 hours and the party set out for the KC on Sunday night, April 10. The WSGA group then headed north on Sunday toward Buffalo to continue its show of force. The posse led by the sheriff caught up with the WSGA “Invaders” by early Monday morning of the 11th and besieged them at the TA Ranch on Crazy Woman Creek. The gunmen took refuge inside a log barn on the ranch. Ten of the gunmen then tried to escape the barn behind a fusillade but the posse beat them back and killed three. One of the WSGA group escaped and was able to contact the acting Governor of Wyoming the next day. Frantic efforts to save the WSGA group ensued and two days into the siege Governor Barber was able to telegraph President Benjamin Harrison a plea for help late on the night of April 12, 1892. The telegram read: “ About sixty-one owners of livestock are reported to have made an armed expedition into Johnson County for the purpose of protecting their livestock and preventing unlawful roundups by rustlers. They are at ‘T.A.’ Ranch, thirteen miles from Fort McKinney, and are besieged by Sheriff and posse and by rustlers from that section of the country, said to be two or three hundred in number. The wagons of stockmen were captured and taken away from them and it is reported a battle took place yesterday, during which a number of men were killed. Great excitement prevails. Both parties are very determined and it is feared that if successful will show no mercy to the persons captured. The civil authorities are unable to prevent violence. The situation is serious and immediate assistance will probably prevent great loss of life. ” Harrison immediately ordered the Unit-

ed States Secretary of War, Stephen B. Elkins, to address the situation under Article IV, Section 4, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which allows for the use of U.S. forces under the President’s orders for “protection from invasion and domestic violence”. The Sixth Cavalry from Fort McKinney near Buffalo was ordered to proceed to the TA ranch at once and take custody of the WSGA expedition. The 6th Cavalry left Fort McKinney a few hours later at 2 am on April 13 and reached the TA ranch at 6:45 am. The expedition surrendered to the Sixth soon after and was saved just as the posse had finished building a series of breastworks to shoot gunpowder on the invader’s log barn shelter so that it could be set on fire from a distance. The Sixth Cavalry took possession of Wolcott and 45 other men with 45 rifles, 41 revolvers and some 5,000 rounds of ammunition. The text of Barber’s telegram to the President was printed on the front page of The New York Times on April 14, and a first-hand account of the siege at the T.A. appeared in The Times and the Chicago Herald and other papers. The WSGA group was taken to Cheyenne to be held at the barracks of Fort D.A. Russell as the Laramie County jail was unable to hold that many prisoners. They received preferential treatment and were allowed to roam the base by day as long as they agreed to return to the jail to sleep at night. Johnson County officials were upset that the group was not kept locally at Ft. McKinney. The General in charge of the 6th Cavalry felt that tensions were too high for the prisoners to remain in the area. Hundreds of armed locals sympathetic to both sides of the conflict were said to have gone to Ft. McKinney over the next few days under the mistaken impression the invaders were being held there. The Johnson County attorney began to gather evidence for the case and the details of the WSGA’s plan emerged. Canton’s gripsack was found to contain a list of seventy alleged rustlers who were to be shot or hanged, a list of ranch houses the invaders had burned, and the contract to pay each Texan five dollars a day plus a bonus of $50 for each person killed. The invaders’ plans reportedly included eventually murdering people as far away as Casper and Douglas. The Times reported on April 23, that “The evidence is said to implicate more than twenty prominent stockmen of Cheyenne whose names have not been mentioned heretofore, also several wealthy stockmen of Omaha, as well as to compromise men high in authority in the State of Wyoming. They will all be charged with aiding and abetting the invasion, and warrants will be issued for the arrest of all of them.” Charges against the men “high in authority” in Wyoming were never filed. Eventually, the invaders were released on bail and were told to return to Wyoming for the trial. Many fled to Texas and were never seen again. In the end, the WSGA group went free after the charges were dropped on the excuse that Johnson County refused to pay for the costs of prosecution. The costs of housing the men at Fort D.A. Russell were said to exceed $18,000 and the sparsely populated Johnson County was unable to pay. Tensions in Johnson County remained high and the 6th Cavalry was said to be swaying under the local political and social pressures and were unable to keep the peace. The 9th Cavalry of “Buffalo Soldiers” was ordered to Fort McKinney to replace the 6th. In a fortnight the Buffalo Soldiers moved from Nebraska to the rail town of Suggs, Wyoming where they created “Camp Bettens” to quell pressure from the local population. One Buffalo Soldier was killed and two wounded in gun battles with locals. The 9th Cavalry remained in Wyoming until November. Emotions ran high for many years following the “Johnson County Cattle War” as some viewed the large and wealthy ranchers as heroes who took justice into their own hands in order to defend their rights, while others saw the WSGA as heavy-handed vigilantes running roughshod over the law of the land. A number of tall tales were spun by both sides afterwards in an attempt to make their actions appear morally justified. Parties sympathetic to the invaders painted Nate Champion as the leader of a vast cattle rustling empire and that he was a leading member of the fabled “Red Sash Gang” of outlaws that supposedly included the likes of everyone from Jesse James to the Hole in the Wall Gang. These rumors have since been discredited. While some accounts do note that Champion wore a red sash at the time of his death, such sashes were common. While the Hole in the Wall Gang was known to hide out in Johnson County there is no evidence that Champion had any relationship to them. Parties that were sympathetic to the smaller ranchers spun tales that included some of the West’s most notorious gunslingers under the employ of the Invaders. This includes such legends as Tom Horn and Big Nose George Parrot. Horn did briefly work as a detective for the WSGA in the 1890s but there is no evidence he was involved in the war.

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What’s Going On In Government? Monday, June 13

- Planning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

Tuesday, June 14

- Flag Day - Campbell Co. Economic Development Corp. Board, 7 a.m., CCEDC Board Room - CARE Board, 12 p.m. - Board of Examiners, 12:30 p.m., Community Conference Room

Wednesday, June 15

- City Council Morning Meeting, 7 a.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall - Campbell Co. Joint Powers Fire Board, 6 p.m., Station 1

Thursday, June 16

- Public Health Board, 7 p.m. - Planning Commission Board, 7 p.m.

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Our Roots The Battle of Midway By Mike Borda

Corps planes flew roughly 600 THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY miles west of Midway, finding One of the most important the Japanese fleet. Dropping battles in all of World War II, bombs, the U.S. surprised the the Battle of Midway, was a Imperial forces, but did not turning point in the war, which strike any significant blows. allowed the United States to The next day, Yagain ground against the Japa- mamoto decided to strike nese. The Midway Atoll, a against Midway. One hundred small group of islands in the and eight Japanese planes middle of the Earth’s largest launched towards the islands ocean, played a large role in and were picked up on radar shaping our country. shortly before reaching their With Japan already in targets. The United States control of a vast majority of the forces decided to split, sending islands in the Pacific, America bombers to attack the impendneeded a victory to turn the ing Japanese Navy, while the tide and begin an offensive more maneuverable planes, battle plan. While other areas like Mustangs, were kept at in the Pacific were also seeing the islands for defense. action, such as the Aleutian Is The outcome did not lands in Alaska, a victory was look good for America in the needed that would halt Japa- early stages of the battle, as nese advancement in the main they suffered heavy losses of the Pacific Ocean. in air combat. However, the On June 3, 1942, the anti-aircraft guns proved to Japanese, under the control be valuable, sending many of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese planes down to the were preparing to initiate their ocean floor. plan of luring the American Admiral Nagumo, forces out of the Midway atoll now the leader of this Japaand into open waters, where nese invasion force, decided they could be destroyed by the to use his reserve squadrons much larger Japanese fleet. to finally crush U.S. forces and However, what the Japanese take the islands, along with the did not know was that Ameri- more valuable Midway Airfield. can code-breakers had al- However, one of his scout ready deciphered messages planes, flying past the islands, from the Japanese military and noticed that an American carrihad learned of the planned at- er was on the way for backup. tack days in advance. Given Not noticing the second carrier their information, United States behind it, the scout radioed forces decided to act preemp- back to Admiral Nagumo, who tively. That morning, Army Air now had a difficult decision to

make: Either hope his invasion force takes the islands before the carriers arrive, or abandon the mission. In the end, he did not have much of a choice to make. The battle had already begun, and the United States had already launched a squadron of fighters from the backup carriers, Enterprise and Hornet. However, in another surprising turn, this mission would also lead to failure. Not realizing that the Japanese fleet had changed directions, the planes flew over open ocean, many not finding any sign of the fleet and abandoning their planes upon running out of fuel. Those who did find their target were both outnumbered and outgunned. The resulting battle left only one pilot alive. Although this attack failed, there was another attack at the same time. This time with high-altitude planes the Japanese were not looking for, it was successful in destroying four Imperial carriers, amounting to almost half of all Japanese ships of this size. The Battle of Midway left heavy marks on both sides. However, the Americans had been hoping for a turning point in the war, and Midway proved to be it. Finally repelling a Japanese force that had already conquered most of the Pacific, the United States now had the momentum, which would carry on for the rest of the war.

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