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Road Closure Information Stanley Drive - Express Drive

The City of Gillette’s Utilities and Engineering Departments announce road closure information for Stanley Drive and Express Drive.

Stanley Drive

Stanley Drive from 7th Street north to the dead-end will be closed from May 25th through June 8th for the installation of a water main. This project is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

Express Drive

Express Drive will be closed from Southern Drive to Glock Drive until June 17, 2011 for the installation of a ďŹ re hydrant. Access to the apartments will be open.

West Nile Virus Prevention Remains Important

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America Legion and VFW Posts “Health Buddies� hold Memorial Day Services Support for Medicaid Clients

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Westwood holds Graduation Ceremony “I have never had a principal who would get even with me instead of getting mad at me” said Catherine Aloisio, as she spoke at the Westwood graduation ceremony. Last Thursday, 102 kids dressed in silky black made their way across the stage and took last steps as children and their first steps into adulthood. Granting the diplomas was Susan Shippy. She offered a great piece of advice for the graduates to hold on to. “Find out who you are, not who your friends think you are. At the end of the day, you will want to say that I am glad I did it, not that I wish I had.” “I would like say good job to Principal Kelly Morehead,” Cataline Flores said. “Without staff help we would not have made it.” “Now is a good time to ask everyone for money,” said Michelle Campbell. All the young adults looked very excited while waiting for the walk across that stage. Ryan Emmerate sat in the front row with a look of determination on his face that told us that he was ready to take on the world. Two Montgomery GI Bills were given to Ashley Ryun and Ernest Kwek. They will be making our Nation proud one day. Brianna McGee’s father talked during the ceremony about how proud he was of

her. “Now time for the next step.” Afterwards, the grads went through the process of a thousand pictures with various family members and friends that had come to watch the biggest moment in their lives, so far. We at the Campbell County Observer were very proud of the seniors this year. We personally knew 2 from Wright High School, 6 from Campbell County High School, and 3 from West-

wood High School. You have made us proud, and we are confident that you will continue to do so. We would like to apologize for not covering the other two graduations, as we are stretched very thin. We are asking the community to become their own writers. If you go to an event, send in your article and pictures so that the community will know about it.

Governor Mead: Wyoming Mineral Valuation in 2010 is Second Highest Ever Governor Matt Mead announced today that the total value for minerals produced in Wyoming for 2010 hit $15.5 billion. That is up 23% from 2009 and is second only to the value from 2008. Governor Mead also said the oil, natural gas, coal, bentonite, trona and uranium all saw increased values in 2010. “This is another sign that in Wyoming we are headed in the right direction,” Governor Mead said. “It is also a reminder of how big a role mineral production plays in providing us with revenue to keep taxes low and build our schools.”

This information will be provided to counties by June 1st and used by the local assessors to establish how revenues inside counties are distributed. “The money from this mineral production is a shot in the arm for our counties that are still coming out of the recession,” Governor Mead said. “I will continue to push for the state to share its portion of the revenue with cities and counties so they can invest now when the cost of construction is down and the prospects for economic development are high.” The taxable value of oil

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production statewide was up 34% in 2010 compared to 2009. Natural gas was up by 30%, surface coal by 6%, bentonite increased by 89%, trona by 7% and uranium by 44%. The only production that showed a decline in value was sand and gravel, which went down by 13%. “I will continue to push for consistent and predictable regulations from the federal government for these industries. This is needed for Wyoming’s prosperity and for the nation’s energy security,” Governor Mead said.

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Community Joint Training and Experimentation Center finds home on Wyoming Guard Base By 1st Lt. Christian Venhuizen Public Affairs Specialist, Wyoming National Guard In an unassuming, weather worn building, on a secluded military training center in eastern Wyoming, operates one of the nation’s leading field robotics programs. Software, avionics, electrical and mechanical engineers with the Joint Training and Experimentation Center (JTEC), maneuver through the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps uniforms preparing for combat at the Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, in Wyoming. There is a possibility that some of those same troops may end up using the equipment JTEC tested and refined. When it comes to technology, “We develop and evaluate robotic systems with an eye on operational utility. Our goal is to determine if it is going to be useful and usable to the warfighter without adding an operational burden on the unit,” said Keith Reedy, JTEC office manager. Providing the troops the expert knowledge to use the tools provided is just one aspect of the program, which was established in

2004. When JTEC first opened its shop, it was a partnership between the Wyoming National Guard, the University of Wyoming and the Department of Defense’s Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise. The initial idea had JTEC assisting military units with the testing and use of unmanned ground, air and sea vehicles, while assisting the university with the development of a robotics program. In its current state, JTEC took on new tasks. The first is to host a robotics competition for the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Air Force Research Laboratory. The competition, called the Robotic Range Clearance Competition, focuses on “using advanced robotic technology used in range clearance operations in order to increase operational effectiveness while providing greater safety for range clearance team members,” Reedy said. “The problem with range cleanup is the danger level.”

Unexploded ordnance is not just a problem dealt with in combat zones. Ranges, like the ones at Camp Guernsey, have impact areas where aircraft can drop 500-pound bombs and field artillery can shoot in high explosive rounds. Some leave duds that still may explode. “It’ll be a lot safer if you send in a robot, if it blows up, no one gets hurt,” Reedy said, noting human lives are more valuable than the cost of the robot. The robots would take on jobs like vegetation removal, geophysical mapping, surface debris clearance, and sub-surface debris clearance. The other task taken on by JTEC involves incorporating more unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into military operations. Specifically, JTEC is conducting research and development of UASs to demonstrate their capabilities in conjunction with current military operations. “JTEC is currently focusing on a UAS that has sense and avoid capabilities, and we will demonstrate its use-

fulness in current integrated base defense missions,” said Reedy, noting the 90th Ground Combat Training Squadron, an active duty Air Force unit, based at Camp Guernsey, will be the unit to test out the system, in 2013. Reedy said the JTEC team is finding ways to introduce UASs to the civilian and law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Wyoming, assisting with their operations. “(JTEC) determined that there is a need for UAS in this community and we hope to be able to provide that asset and support our local and state agencies,” he said. “It’s not that we want to take the men out of the aircraft, we just want to give them another tool in the bag.” Additionally, JTEC is staying close to its original Wyoming roots, working with the University of Wyoming to develop its robotics program. “JTEC is proud to provide high tech jobs to the Guernsey area and is working to keep these experts in Wyoming,” Reedy said.

Governor Mead signs Executive Order to help counties prepare for flooding Governor Matt Mead signed an Executive Order today directing the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and Wyoming National Guard to deploy small teams to help counties prepare for possible flooding. The order comes after careful analysis of snowpack levels, weather forecasts, moisture content in the ground, river levels and future runoff. “This is a continuation of our efforts this spring to be out in front of possible flooding,” Governor Mead said. “Unfortunately the mountains are still full of snow and if certain conditions come together some of our communities could be significantly impacted.” Governor Mead also said, “The federal government generally requires an emergency and then provides an after-the-fact response, in this case Wyoming has the ability to be proactive and considering all the available information I believe the State should

move ahead to do our best to protect property. It is what a rancher, small business owner or any homeowner would do.” There will be five teams that will deploy early next week. The teams are made up of 23 National Guard troops and they will go to counties with the highest potential risk. The Adjutant General, Major General Luke Reiner, said the teams will assist local efforts in emergency preparation and sandbagging. “We look forward to assisting the residents of Wyoming and proactively working to minimize the effects of potential flooding by working side-by-side with our local emergency managers to lessen the impact flood waters could have on Wyoming,” Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner said. “I deeply appreciate the contribution these Guard members are making,” Governor Mead said. “They will take time away from their families and jobs to protect our State. I thank

Friday, June 17

-10 a.m.-5 p.m., Photo Contest, Photos will be Displayed @ WBL, Vote for People’s ChoiceWinner’s Announced @ Saturday Supper -10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Softball Tourney, Limit 8 Teams So Sign Up Early, Contact Sarah Seamands @ (605)222-6964 -5 p.m., Little Mr. & Miss Wright Days Pageant, Rec. Center -7 p.m., Demolition Derby, Behind City Shop, Contact Justin Dooley @ (307)299-8153 -8 p.m., Street Dance, Multi-Purpose Building

Saturday, June 18

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them and their families for this commitment to Wyoming.” The Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Guy Cameron, said, “We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Right now there could be some big increases in runoff, especially in the communities above Wyoming’s dams.” The weather forecast calls for temperatures to rise midweek and that means the snowpack could start to melt. The snowpack is over 200% of the statewide average. In addition to Homeland Security and the National Guard, several other agencies are preparing to lend assistance, including the Department of Health and WYDOT.

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Hugh - A Veteran who attended the Honor Flight to Washington, DC

Alisa Cochrane - State Veterans Service Officer

Hometown Veterans Breakfast By Sandra Boehler Armed Forces FreedomRide Coordinator, spoke on the nationwide ride that took place on Saturday May 21. She was thankful to those who attended, especially the riders, as it was rainy and very windy. The ride was a success and greatly appreciated by the Buffalo Veterans Home and also the Sheridan Veterans Hospital. Keri presented a check for $1,200.00 to the Hometown Veterans Breakfast for funds raised on the ride in breakfast and dinner donations, and the selling of t-shirts and patches. Paul Woessner spoke on the recent Honor Flight to Washington, DC which took place on May 17 & 18. This flight is for World War II veterans to have the chance to fly to Washington and visit the war memorials. Hugh, a Gillette veteran, was honored to make that flight and

told the crowd what a great experience it was for him. He encouraged everyone to get fellow veterans to participate in the upcoming Honor Flight which will be sometime in September 2011. Paul announced that this may be the last Honor Flight that is offered. So, if you know of a World War II veteran please encourage them to take this trip. They can find out information either by visiting the website or contacting Paul Woessner 682-2769. Terry Stanclift, a licensed professional counselor for the state of Wyoming, was the key speaker at the monthly breakfast. Terry works with the Military Family Life Program in Wyoming and is one of three counselors in the state. Terry is based in Sheridan at the National Guard and

covers the northern portion of Wyoming. His job is to provide mental health and mental wellness services to military service members and their dependents. Terry will travel to any area that requests his services. His services are free of charge and confidential and he does not report to chain of command. He is allowed to meet up to 12 times in a one year period. He encouraged everyone to call his office if they or anyone they may know is in need of his help. Returning from the service can be traumatic for many and it is great to know there is help for coping with their experiences. If you know of a deceased veteran who has family members who need Terry’s services, encourage them to call and receive the free help. You can contact Terry at 307-251-5211. Paul ended the breakfast with a thank you to speakers and also all who attended today along with an invitation to next month’s breakfast being held on June 28.

City Council will decide on Liquor Community’s Health On Monday, June 6th, the Gillette City Council will be deciding on what could turn out to be a big issue. Wal-Mart has applied for a liquor license and local small business owners are not happy. This is one of the reasons why they have formed the Campbell County Liquor Association. Their concerns are mostly business, which they say that if Wal-Mart gets the license, it would affect businesses in communities in Wright, Moorcroft, and Pine Haven. “Nobody will buy from Pine Haven when they go out to the lake anymore.” Other reasons for concerns are: -Theft from minors -Local businesses cannot sell for under cost -Police cannot stop children that may have liquor with probable cause -Job cuts to local distributors and sales -Lower prices encourage more consumption -Package stores will have no choice than to become bars. The businesses are worried and they should be. According to a recent government study, for every job that Wal-Mart has created in a community, 1.4 people’s jobs are lost. Where are the jobs going to be lost here? The ripple effect could be astounding. “We are local, and buy local. Whether that is ads in the newspaper, on the radio, eating at a restaurant, buying coffee, liquor from local distributers, clothes, and more. We own local,

so we help support other business in buying local. I doubt you will see Wal-Mart executives doing buying a sandwich at coffee friends in downtown Gillette. It is not just us that are affected, but the whole community. Wal-Mart is currently passing around a petition in the store for employees to sign. The Association is doing the same. “We can’t have this. When Albertsons got their liquor license, many package stores had to turn into bars. We don’t sell clothes, food, and cleaning supplies. Just think of what Wal-Mart will do.” It is estimated that WalMart will need to hire 8 more employees to run the liquor store. There are other concerns with safety involved. “In liquor stores, there are no kids. But what if you get a drunk coming to buy more beer and are driving through that parking lot? How many kids do you want him to hit?” Also, many RV’s and campers park in the parking lot. There is a concern of danger with the easy accessibility. Police are concerned also. If someone who looks like a minor walks

out of a liquor store with a bag, they have probable cause to search that bag. If it is Wal-Mart, they have no right. So, there is not a good way for the local law enforcement to make sure that minors are not stealing, or being sold to. “Wal-Mart does not vote here, we do” is a phrase that you will hear more in the future. Wal-Mart plans to be at this Monday’s City Council Meeting to state their case. “Any local citizen that owns or works for a local business can be impacted by this decision. I hope they show up to help us out at Monday’s meeting.” The new association made up of the owners of Eastside, Jakes, Sports Bar, Good Times, Chop House, and many more are also extending an invitation to the Sheriff’s office and the Police Department to attend their meetings. Here, they can receive advice from the law enforcement office, and the departments can learn of the problems the owners may be having. “Working together with the police would benefit all of us, as well as the community as a whole.”

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The Hometown Veterans Breakfast was served at 8:00 AM on Tuesday May 31. The cooks at the Senior Center, once again, cooked an amazing breakfast. The program began with a welcome to all by Anne Rouse, Assistant Director at the Senior Center, and Paul Woessner. Dennis Miller gave the Morning Prayer and Gary Pettigrew led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. After breakfast, Alisa Cochrane, State Veterans Service Officer, announced that her new office should be opening by July 1st and will be located at RC Ranch. She reminded everyone that she is there to assist with veterans claims and encouraged veterans to seek the help that her office provides free of charge. She also thanked all the veterans for their service to our country. Keri Mann, National

Community What’s Going On? Friday, June 3 -Students’ Last Day of School (except Paintbrush), Early Dismissal -Teen New Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Senior Center 1st National Bank Birthday Dinner, Call 686-0804 for more info. -WWA Hike: Bighorn Basin, 15 Mile Basin Campout & Hike(moderate), Call WWA @ (307) 672-2751 or email to sign up -Jackdanny Band @ Jake’s Tavern -Cowboy States Reining Horse Association, 8 a.m., Camplex East Pavilion Barn 3 -Teen School’s Out Party, 1 p.m., CCPL (Next Year’s 7th Graders are “Officially” Welcome to the Teen Room Today!) -Wyoming Women’s Foundation’s Gillette Friendraiser, 6-9 p.m., Chophouse Restaurant & Catering -Live 2 Dance Recital, 7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -Open MIC Night, 7 p.m., Brother’s Coffee Co. -AVA- Uncorked!, 7 p.m., Class fee $35 (Must be 21 to Attend This Class) Saturday, June 4 -FREE Fishing Anywhere in Wyo., By the Wyo. Game and Fish Dept. To Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week -LAST DAY Teen New Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Jackdanny Band @ Jake’s Tavern -Buffalo Stampede, 7:30 a.m., Durham Ranch, RSVP @ CC Rec. (307)682-7406 or Wright Rec. (307)464-0198, for more info. Email buffalo@vcn. com -Cowboy States Reining Horse Assoc., 8 a.m., Camplex East Pavilion- Barn 3 -SAT Testing, 8 a.m., CCHS North -Trash for Trees Drop Off, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Gillette College Tech. Center -4-H Horse Judging Clinic, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena -Hershey Track Meet, Registration 9 a.m., Events Start 10 a.m., Ages 9-14, CC Rec. Center -Consignment Auction, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., American Legion, Call 299-6029 for more info. -Energy Capital of the Nation Car Show, 10 a.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -Live2Dance Recital, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -4-6th Grade Wii Play Saturday, 1-4 p.m., CCPL -Teen Open Play Video Gaming, 1-4 p.m., CCPL

-4-H Working Horse Cow Clinic, 4 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena -Car Racing; CLMA/ WDRA, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway Sunday, June 5 -CCPL Closed -Cowboy States Reining Horse Assoc., 8 a.m., Camplex East Pavilion- Barn 3 -Energy Capital of the Nation Car Show, 10 a.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -Senior Center Carry In Game Day, 12 p.m., Call 686-0804 for more info. -4-H Horse Clinic Progress Show, 1-9 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena Monday, June 6 - D Day, Normandy, 1944 -Paintbrush Students’ Last Day- Early Dismissal -18th Annual Performing Arts Workshop, Camplex Heritage Center, Pre-Registration is Required, Call Jaymi Gilmour @ 682-0552 -Teen Summer Reading Sign Up, 2-4 p.m., CCPL -4-H Rodeo/Timed Events, 4-10 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena -Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 11 a.m., Campco Federal Credit Union -QuickBooks for Service Businesses Workshop, 6-8 p.m., $50 fee, Gillette College, Call 686-0254 ext. 4501 for more info. -AVA- Summer Little Tikes, 18months- 6 yrs., 10-11 a.m., Call 682-9133 for more info. Tuesday, June 7 -FREE Coal Mine Tours Start for the Season, 6/7/11-8/19/11, M-F(no weekends), Reservations are Required, Call 6860040 or email -Story Time, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Teen Summer Reading Sign Up, 2-4 p.m., CCPL - Teen Yu-Gi-On Card Game Club, 4-6 p.m., CCPL -QuickBooks for Service Businesses Workshop, 6-8 p.m., $50 fee, Gillette College, Call 686-0254 ext. 4501 for more info. -Paper Making Class, 6:30-8 p.m., AVA, for more info. Call 682-9133 Wednesday, June 8 -Story Time, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -One World, Many Stories, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., CCPL -One World, Many Stories, 1 p.m., WBL -Teen Advisory Board, 1 p.m., CCPL -Teen Open Play Gaming, 1-4 p.m., CCPL -Teen Summer Reading

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Sign Up, 2-4 p.m., CCPL -Community Forum: Chronic Disease & Tobacco, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Gillette College Tech. Center, Call 688-8051 for more info. -QuickBooks for Service Businesses Workshop, 6-8 p.m., $50 fee, Gillette College, Call 686-0254 ext. 4501 for more info.

When he looks at it, he’ll be reminded that the best part of being a Dad was all the time he got to spend with you.


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Thursday, June 9 -Powder Basin Equestrian Assoc., TBA, Camplex Equestrian Area, Contact Teresa Craig @ 682-9429 for more info. -Senior Center Tin Lizzie Bus, 9 a.m., Call 686-0804 for more info. -Toddler Time, 18 months- 3 yrs., 9:30 a.m., CCPL -AVA- Rain Stick Making Class, 10-11 a.m., Grades K-6th, Call 682-9133 for more info. -Story Time, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Senior Center Rehab Presentation, 11 a.m., Call 686-0804 for more info. -Teen Summer Reading Sign Up, 2-4 p.m., CCPL -QuickBooks for Service Businesses Workshop, 6-8 p.m., $50 fee, Gillette College, Call 686-0254 ext. 4501 for more info. -CC Cowgirls/Cowboys, 6:30 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena -Families & Jammies Story Time, Birth- 6th Grade, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -AVA- Painting- Adult Beginners, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 6 week session every Thurs., $125 (all supplies included) Call 682-9133 for more info. -Teen Anime Club, 7-8:30 p.m., CCPL

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Friday, June 10 -Powder Basin Equestrian Assoc., TBA, Camplex Equestrian Area, Call Teresa Craig @ 6829429 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 -4-H 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 -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

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Community Wyoming Army National Guard providing military honors for veterans A state-wide effort to help bring closure to families who lost a veteran began last June with monthly memorial services conducted by the Wyoming Army National Guard’s Honor Guard Team, in partnership with the Wyoming Veterans Commission. The goal is to provide military honors to a larger number of deserving

Wyoming veterans. The service opens with the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer, the reading of the names of the Wyoming veterans who died during the month, a rifle volley, the playing of “Taps” and the folding of the U.S. flag. The Wyoming Army National Guard provides free military honors for vet-

erans’ individual services; however, some veterans, for one reason or another, never receive the honors due. Veterans’ organizations interested participating in future services should contact the Wyoming Army National Guard’s military funeral honors office at 307-772-5136.

Open Carry in Wal-Mart Last week, a citizen walked into Wal-Mart while “open carrying” a firearm. He was approached by the store manager, Randall Wienzierz, who asked him to conceal it. “We received a complaint from a customer. So, I asked him if he could conceal the weapon.” The man said he did not have a permit and he chose to leave. There were small rumors, at first, that the man had gotten kicked out but these rumors were false. The man was not violating any laws and was not causing any harm. The Wal-Mart policy on the issue

is that they follow whatever the State law says. If a customer complains, then they ask that the gun be concealed or removed. “This has never been an issue before,” said Mr. Wienzierz. “If the State allows you to open carry, so does Wal-Mart.” “Wal-Mart is our mall, and we need to protect ourselves from the crazy person who ignores a sign or policy. A weapon is the only way to do this,” said Vince Young, a Campbell County gun rights organizer. “Wal-Mart’s policies are good, and the situation was handled correctly.”

Phone calls about the incident came into the Wyoming Gun Owner’s Association President, Anthony Bouchard, quickly. “This incident has been handled and there is not an issue here,” Mr. Bouchard said. “Mr. Wienzierz was only enforcing policy, and that is his job. He did nothing wrong in our eyes.”


Campbell Co. Fire Dept. May 24, 2011

- At 8:50 AM to the 2800 block of Fern for a natural gas line that had been hit by a backhoe. Upon arrival fire crews pulled a protection line and firefighters clamped a 1” steel natural gas line. - At 1:59 PM to 1001 Desert Hill Circle apt.43 for a fire alarm activation. Crews replaced all of the battery backups and restored the alarm system. - At 5:18 PM to Interstate 90 mile marker 148 at the request of Crook County to assist with a multiple vehicle accident. Upon arrival we were advised that they had the incident under control at did not need our assistance. - At 8:02 PM to 2740 Cascade Ct. for a report of electrical malfunction with a burning smell. Upon arrival were advised that the homeowner had shut down the electrical service to the residence, the residence was checked with no signs of fire or smoke. City electric workers arrived and no longer needed our assistance. - At 8:41 PM to 199 Overbrook for a malfunctioning smoke detector. It was determined that the faulty detector needed to be taken out of service and new detector installed. - At 9:24 PM to Warlow Dr. for an EMS assist.

May 25, 2011

- At 8:22 a.m. to union Chapel Road for an EMS assist. - At 8:50 p.m. to 7891 Rimrock Drive for an animal rescue. CCFD firefighters climbed approximately 15 feet up a tree to rescue a kitten that had climbed into it and been stuck for a few hours.

May 26, 2011

- At 7:26 AM to Union Chapel Road for a one vehicle rollover with minor injuries to the two occupants. - At 8:50 AM to the 600 block of Tyler Avenue for a medical assist. - At 11:56 AM to the 200 block of Shoshone Avenue for a medical assist. - At 4:10 PM to the 2400 block of Dogwood Avenue for a medical assist. - At 5:53 PM to 608 Fairway Drive for a report of a lightning strike. Firefighters arrived on scene to find in the back yard that lightning had struck a tree and traveled into the ground causing a natural gas line to rupture and catch on fire. Homes on both sides of the residence were temporary evacuated and a portion of Fairway Drive was closed during the incident. The fire damaged the tree. The natural gas was allowed to burn until Source Gas Crews were able to shut the gas line off (this prevented dangerous buildup of unburnt natural gas). A city of Gillette Vac Truck was used to assist with uncovering the gas main. Flames from the fire did not damage any homes. - At 7:27 PM to 505 South Gillette Avenue (Cloud Peak Energy) for a fire alarm that was initiated by a smoke detector activation. Burnt popcorn had activated the smoke detector. - At 11:55 PM to the 1700 block of Sunridge Avenue for a medical assist.

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- At 8:26 a.m. to Brorby Boulevard for an EMS assist. - At 11:32 a.m. to 501 South Burma Avenue for an automatic fire alarm. CCFD was cancelled en route when it was determined the alarm was caused by construction activities. - At 3:10 p.m. to 1901 Energy Court for an elevator emergency alarm. CCFD was cancelled en route when it was determined that the alarm button had been activated unintentionally.

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- At 4:27 PM to Dinwoody Drive for a medical assist. - At 4:32 PM to 114 Four J Road (Way Station Apartment #5) for a report of a fire alarm. Burnt food caused a smoke detector activation. The apartment was ventilated with a fan and the fire alarm panel was reset without incident. - At 7:36 PM to 1603 Plumcreek Avenue for an outside fire. An unknown person(s) dumped gasoline on a cardboard box and started it on fire. - At 8:15 PM to the 1500 block of Harvest Moon Drive for a medical assist.

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Ask the Mechanic By Jerry Walters It’s time. Your children are out of school, plans have been made. Deposits on motels, routes planned and relatives apprised of your scheduled arrival. On the morning of your departure, the “Check Engine” light illuminates on the dash board of your car. “What is this”, you wonder when you call your favorite repair shop and ask a recommendation as to what to do. You are informed the next available appointment to examine you concern is four days from now. Sound

familiar? Of all the things to remember when planning your vacation this year would also be to review any maintenance that may be required on your vehicle before your departure. Forbid you forgot this very important item and are either stranded in an unfamiliar area or forced to delay your departure for a day or days because of repair shop congestion or a major repair that will take days or a part not being in stock. Too often, I personally, have had individuals ver-

bally abuse me because their vacation was delayed or interrupted because of their neglect. My recommendation is to have your transportation one of the first priorities in vacation planning. Oil change, fluids checked, tire inspection/rotation, all part of normal weekly/monthly/ yearly checks that need and should be done. Do this and have an enjoyable time on the road while on vacation with peace of mind that you’d had it done before you’d gone.

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Traffic on Gillette Ave. will be restricted to one-way traffic during the repair work The City of Gillette’s Streets Division announced today that a contractor will perform emergency repairs to Gillette Avenue from 1st Street to 4th Street beginning Saturday, June 4th and lasting a couple of

days (weather permitting.) 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

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

-Corrections Board, 5:15 p.m., Gillette VOA -City Council Workshop Citizen Advisory Board Interviews, 6:30-7 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room- City Hall -City Council Pre-meeting, 7-7:30 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room- City Hall -City Council Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers- City Hall

Tuesday, June 7

-Commissioners Meeting, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Chambers 1- City Hall -Mayor’s Art Council Meeting, 5-6 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room- City Hall

Thursday, June 9

-Library Board, 4 p.m., CCPL -Parks & Beautification Board, 5:30 p.m., 2nd Floor- City Hall -Campbell Co. Public Land Board, 7 p.m., Camplex Board Room

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Bold Republic Weekly Bold Commencement Speech By Glenn Woods

Each year, colleges trot out speakers to tell a class of starry-eyed graduates that their rooms are still available back at their parent’s house for the next twenty years, Mom will still do their laundry and Dad will still buy their health insurance. They can still party all night and work only half the week while living rent free. Well, that’s not exactly what they are told but that’s what most of these kids will hear no matter what the speaker says. With that in mind I have decided to offer my own, more realistic, yet inspiring, commencement speech. *** (Microphone Feedback) Hello Students… I …. Pardon me. I’m sorry? What do you mean I have to put out my cigar? This is a no smoking area? It’s a twenty dollar cigar, you don’t just put it out. Besides I think better when…. Ok, fine. Fine have it your way, just so we can get on with this. Now, where was I? oh yes…. Hello students. First let me say, I’m glad you made it. After benders, body shots and keggers you’ve managed to stay awake in class long enough to pass a couple of tests. After you leave here you’ll have a few days to detox then it’s off to the real world, degree in your hand to continue in pursuit of your dreams. First, let me encourage you to follow those dreams. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. Never give up. Work hard. Become successful. Despite what some have tried

to tell you, success is not a dirty word. Wealth is not a dirty word. As long as you earned it honestly, it is ok to become rich. If you achieve it, congratulate yourself and enjoy it. But please, do not walk out of here thinking that success and riches will just be handed to you. You will have to work hard for it. Harder than you have ever worked in your life. College is nothing. Here comes the real world. In the real world, there are no do-over’s. You will fail. You will fail again. It will hurt. You see, while the degree that you have earned gives you a leg up on the competition out there are no guarantees. As you step out into the real world you find that you actually know very little. Final exams were NOTHING! This is where the real schooling beings. This is where you gain what you are now lacking. The word is - EXPERIENCE! At some point, if you have not already, you will find yourself working the lowest of the low jobs. Do not be ashamed. Hard work of any kind is honorable. No job is too small. There is a reason they call life beyond these walls “The School of Hard Knocks.” Do not be afraid of failure or setbacks. Do not be ashamed, either. Everyone has had them. You will have many. Count on it. A setback is a time to figure out what you might have done wrong, or, what you need to be doing, as you learn yet another of life’s many lessons. Get used to those lessons. Life never runs out of them.

Do not take it to heart when the doors of opportunity are slammed in your face. Take it as a lesson learned. Push on twice as hard as before. You are young, motivated, energetic, creative. You can do this. Understand that, in the real world, you do have rights. But that still does not mean that anything is handed to you. A right is not a service provided to you for free. That is not what the word “right“ means. Nothing that is worthwhile is handed to you. For example, having a right to healthcare means you have the right to purchase the services of a doctor, or a hospital, or buy medication. But you do not have the right force other people to buy it for you. You do not have the right to take what you have not earned form anyone, no matter if you took it yourself or had the government take it for you. That is called theft. You do not want to be a thief. There is no honor in thievery. Be suspicious of bureaucrats and politicians bearing gifts. They had to get them from someplace. Anything that they are offering you as a right was acquired by taking a right from someone else. If they are willing to take from someone else then they will have no problem taking from you. Yes, you are privileged to live in America. But do not think that the world owes you anything just because you are here. No one owes you anything. On the other hand, you owe yourself - everything. You owe it to yourself to push your-

self and become the best you can be. To do this you will have to elevate those around you and encourage them to be the best that they can be. There is honor in this. Do not be a victim. Help those who are in need. Be honest. Now, in moment I will relight my cigar and we will begin passing out diplomas. Come when your name is called, shake my hand and take what you have earned. And I don’t want to hear diddly-poop about second hand smoke. If I see so much as a scowl on your face, no diploma. After receiving what is yours you will then proceed to that door over there. At that point you will be greeting by your parents. You will pose with them for a photo, then you are to open the door and turn and face outward. At which point your parents will kick your immature little backside out into the side parking lot. Don’t bother trying to find your parents afterward or follow them home. They will be long gone. The locks have been changed. They have rented your room. We are doing that is best for you. We are turning you out on your own to struggle and fail. That is because a degree in trying, failing, and trying again, is far more valuable than the $100,000 piece of paper we are about to hand you., I’d finish by saying “good luck,” but success in life has little, if anything, to do with luck.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, At the little league ball park on Tuesday night one of the Gillette Police officers was there to give out parking tickets. We had the same trouble during football season. Is it revenue time? There is not enough room to park, and that is obvious. To give tickets but not provide space is unethical. I would like to tell everyone who received a ticket on Tuesday night to fight it. Jerry Sindman Editor: Fighting for what you believe in always a virtue. Many of our problems exist only because people would not stand up.

One of the most fascinating things to me about getting older is how much faster things move. I’m not talking about the advent of the automobile or even the internet for those who know I am still young enough to have missed the former. I’m talking about change. Not the change in your pocket which also seems to move at an accelerated pace as do their paper cousins in your wallet, I mean how quickly whole scenarios and how things operate and social mores and values and rules. The pace seems astounding though being one who can fail to notice many things in a timely manner I have to consider the possibility that it’s me not becoming aware until the change has come full circle. After all I was among the last to realize that no one was wearing bell-bottoms jeans anymore (around 1998. My supply from 20 years prior ran out and I couldn’t find them for sale anywhere) and my propensity for not noticing changes within the structure and décor of our household is nearly legendary, so it could be one of those “Maybe it’s me” moments (note: if you even consider it might be you, it’s you). This one though crept up on me in a sinister fashion and has suddenly been thrust into my feeble awareness. The dominance of ads for pharmaceuticals. When did this happen? Was it gradual or did some law change? I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago and it made me pay attention a bit more closely (When in school it generally took a rap on the back of the head by Mr. Timmer to pay closer attention) and I was literally astounded by the dominance of these. There’s also a creepy kind of aura that surrounds these ads. Obviously due to our everincreasingly litigious society they (The Pharmaceutical companies known hence forth as the Pushers or Dealers) are required to list every side effect that has happened or may possibly occur in these ads. So what starts out as soft music or lively music or pleasant, caring voices promising relief for any number of possible ailments (I’m not mentioning RLS. Really, the hate mail needs to stop.), ends up with a marketing nightmare. How do you relate the awful possibilities that await you if you take these drugs, in a manner that makes them appear as though they are unimportant? So far I’ve seen several approaches. None of them seem to ease my mind in any way if I were considering buying products from their stash. The approach of having a guy sit in an office with an actor doing a truly lousy impersonation of a doctor puzzles me. For one, how many times when you visit your doctor do you find the time to sit in his office just hanging out and chatting in an unhurried way about the side effects of a drug you’re about to purchase? If by chance you do, does he mention every one possible? “Well, it might cause suicidal thoughts, impair your liver function, turn your tongue into a furry mess, and enlarge your right ear , oh and in rare cases it can bring about hallucinations and violent tendencies when combined with being around people who are prone to narrow-mindedness, so if any of these occur talk to me right away.” “Huh?” Have you ever tried to talk to most doctors ‘right away’? Their reception people are more protective than most secret service agents. Besides after that little chat I’m hardly going to be enthused as to the benefits of Pfizer and Libby’s research team’s efforts. Other ads try the gentle voice-over where a kind, almost maternal intonation informs you of the horrors that may await you as a possible result of this attempt to find drugrelated relief to whatever ails you. “While taking ____ you may experience discomfort in your joints, heart palpitations, and migraine headaches and you should not use ___ if you are of Dutch descent or own a mini-van. This option calls to mind a ‘Mommie Dearest’ persona (“I said no iron supplements Ever!”) and doesn’t exactly spring forth a wealth of trust. The other one I’ve noted is a kind of machine-gun approach that seems more indigenous to the companies (see Dealers) playing on your desperation to feel different. “May-cause-chronic fatigue-hairloss-footswelling-kidneyfailure-weightgain-trialseparations-changeinmusicaltastesobsessionwithBritneySpearsnews, but wouldn’t you really like to stop feeling so blah?” When not inundated by these Dealers that are required to enlist the use of physicians to push, oops I mean market, their drugs, there exists an astonishing array of nonprescription relief for nearly anything you want to change, or to use their terms with some products, enhance. Wow. I mean, I’ve always been a proponent of working on one’s self but I always lean more toward a change in attitude or my need for more humility rather than wholesale cosmetic and psychic catharsis. What surprises me the most about the whole phenomena is how it seems to have just crept up on me. It makes me wonder if I am more deficient than I thought with regard to paying attention. I asked a friend, if he thought this was an issue and he suggested I look into whether or not I’m attention deficit. “They have stuff you can take for that, you know.” Are there any side affects? “Well, the ads say not to venture into wooded areas or use in conjunction with ice cream, but that’s only in a few cases. Want me to get the name of it so you can ask your Doc?” Uh, probably not. Paying attention seems kind of overrated to me anyway.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, How come you guys never report on the Libyan crises, or about the National affairs? It seems odd for a newspaper. Jamie Singer

You may submit your letters to the editor the following ways: Mail your letter to 5105 Tarry St., Gillette, WY 82718 or Email your letter to: All letters must be under 250 words and must be signed with a valid name and telephone number. We reserve the right to not publish any letter for any reason. We will call you before printing your letter for verification that you wrote it for two reasons. The first is that we do not want to print a letter that has the wrong name on it, and the other is that it is the position of this newspaper that any public opinions or writings where the source is hidden is not worth being printed.

Editor: There is already a newspaper in Gillette that covers that. We have a motto, “If it doesn’t concern Campbell County, we don’t care.” Most world and national news you have seen all day on T.V., or heard on the radio. With internet and cell phones, it is pointless in our opinion to read about it again the next evening. We are here to bring you local news and community events that you cannot find anywhere else.


Sports Report Gillette Roughriders 2011 Riders Schedule Hitting Stats Player Position Matt Fogle OF/C/P Kadison Wass IF/P JT Zigray OF/P Gavin Reimer IF/P Turner Lofing OF/P Keegan Williams P Austin Tennant C/P Robert Markve OF/1B/P Doyle Hanson UTL Drake Kelley C/IF/P Dalton Cowen IF/P Westin Hinkel IF/P Alex King IF Mason Stillman P Dalton McCann OF Wyatt Estabrook P Andrew Kaufman P/DH

G 19 21 3 17 21 8 16 17 10 20 2 21 19 7 20 10 13

Inn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PA 65 91 3 67 90 3 63 63 16 90 4 99 69 1 90 0 9

AB 52 72 2 46 71 2 48 48 13 65 3 72 50 1 71 0 7

R 17 24 4 14 24 1 13 17 6 28 3 37 13 1 35 0 0

1B 9 16 1 11 20 1 16 13 3 14 2 20 14 1 17 0 1

2B 3 7 0 2 9 0 5 1 1 7 0 3 2 0 4 0 1

3B HR RBI 1 0 11 1 1 21 0 0 0 0 0 14 3 4 42 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 8 0 0 2 5 2 28 0 0 0 1 1 22 0 0 14 0 0 0 3 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 1

BB Sac 9 1 15 0 0 0 8 2 10 5 1 0 14 0 11 1 3 0 24 0 1 0 20 5 12 2 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 0

SO 19 9 0 8 7 1 11 9 4 11 1 8 9 0 8 0 2

HbP 3 4 1 11 4 0 1 3 0 1 0 2 5 0 5 0 2

RE 4 9 0 5 3 0 3 4 1 2 0 4 3 0 6 0 0

FC 2 3 1 3 1 0 4 4 1 1 0 3 2 0 5 0 0

SB 8 4 1 5 4 0 0 0 1 10 1 11 5 0 11 0 0

CS 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

OBP .385 .484 .667 .478 .556 .667 .571 .444 .437 .589 .750 .475 .478 1.000 .467 0

Slg .346 .514 .500 .326 .887 .500 .542 .312 .385 .785 .667 .458 .360 1.000 .479 0

OPS .731 .997 1.167 .804 1.443 1.167 1.113 .757 .822 1.374 1.417 .933 .838 2.000 .946 0

Avg .250 .347 .500 .283 .507 .500 .437 .292 .308 .431 .667 .347 .320 1.000 .338 0

Gillette Roughriders 2011 Riders Schedule Pitching Stats Player Matt Fogle Kadison Wass JT Zigray Gavin Reimer Turner Lofing Keegan Williams Austin Tennant Robert Markve Doyle Hanson Drake Kelley Dalton Cowen Westin Hinkel Mason Stillman Wyatt Estabrook Andrew Kaufman


G 2 7 1 4 5 8 1 3 1 5 1 7 7 10 7

GS 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 2 3 1 4

CG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

IP 3.33 13.66 4.00 6.00 3.33 11.00 2.33 2.34 .33 22.67 3.00 13.00 17.33 17.67 20.00

P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BF 11 76 15 38 20 54 15 15 7 109 10 65 78 84 103

ER 0 5 0 14 2 5 5 3 5 15 0 8 7 11 20

Hits 1 14 4 15 5 12 4 3 4 29 1 19 20 15 36

HR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3

SO 6 10 8 2 2 8 0 1 0 17 7 20 9 12 9

Wlks 1 14 1 7 3 7 5 4 1 9 1 8 8 10 7

IBB HBP 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 3

By Keary Speer

tennial and a great way to celebrate it. To register for the half marathon the cost is $55 through July 1st, $65 through August 30th, and $70 any time after that up to the health expo. For the 5k it is $25 through July 1st, $30 through August 15th and $35 after. For the Kids “Fun Run” it’s $10 through July 1st, $15 through August 15th, and $20 for any time after that. With events such as this, it is important to learn about them far in advance so participants have ample time to prepare for this feat without causing injury. An expert in the fitness area has provided some bits of advice for healthy training: Things to keep in mind when starting a training program 1. If you are currently not very active, it is a good idea to see a doctor or a trained professional (ex: an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified trainer or specialist) to make sure you are healthy enough to engage in such training. ACSM specialists are easily found in fitness facilities and have been trained to use appropriate assessment tools such as physical activity readiness questionnaires (PAR-Q) and various physical fitness tests. If he or she deems that there is actual health concern, then you will be referred to a doctor however this is a good place to start because it is much cheaper to see an ACSM certified individual than it would be to see a doctor. 2. Start out slow. Don’t try and make it the full 12 miles the first day. Begin with 1 or 2 miles and see how it goes. The best way to thwart your training program is to injure yourself and not be able to

continue. 3. Develop a goal and stick to a plan. Develop a specific training plan, or see a trainer to help you develop a periodized training program and then stick to it. This way, you are making progress toward your goal in a systematic fashion and will be less likely to fail. Mark in a calendar what you are supposed to be doing each day, then DO IT! 4. But, remember that training programs are DYNAMIC. Especially if you are a beginner. If you run 3 miles one day and wake up so sore it is hard to get out of bed, then do not train that day. It is very important to give your body time to recover in order to make progress. Breaking down and building back up (bigger and better) is the way our bodies make physical advancements. If you do not rest and allow your body to build itself back up, you will not be progressing to your goal and injury will most certainly happen. So stick to a plan, but remember that your plan is flexible. 5. Warm up and cool down. Every training program includes a warm up and cool down portion. The warm up section usually entails 5 or 10 minutes of small movements and dynamic stretches (vs. static stretches, which are highly recommended AGAINST and this could be a topic for another article?) just enough to get muscles warmed up and the cardiovascular system engaged. The general rule is that once you have broken a small sweat, you are warmed up. This is key for injury prevention (pulling a muscle, spraining an ankle, etc). Cool down is again 5 or 10 minutes and is utilized to bring your heart rate back down to a normal level.

6. Make sure you are getting adequate nutrition. Your body needs carbohydrates (40-60% of your diet), proteins (15-40%), and fats (15-30%) every day to refuel energy stores, especially during intense training programs. www. is a really awesome FREE resource for safe diet and nutrition information. 7. Drink LOTS of water. Dehydration leads to nasty things such as cramping, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, etc. 8. Seek out support. Having someone who is training with you for the same goal is a great way to stay on track and keep motivated. There are many different training programs that can be obtained online, or you can possibly go to the local Recreation Center to seek advice from one of their fitness trainers. For more information on the event itself, you can go to www. and to register for the race online, please go to com.

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” - William Arthur Ward

out the evening. We also have an outstanding concessions stand planned with numerous homemade meal options. Hope you are able to attend and bring your families. It should be an enjoyable evening. Also note, the All-Star Banquet for athletes, par-

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ents, coaches, host families, and Booster Club members is this Thursday, June 2nd beginning at 6:00 pm in the Technical Education Center. All Pronghorn Booster Club Members are welcome to attend. See you at the games!

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ERA 0 2.56 0 16.33 4.20 3.18 15.02 8.99 105.01 4.63 0 4.31 2.83 4.36

The Wyoming Free Fishing Day will be held on Saturday. The Wyoming State Legislature created the free fishing day in 2003. Residents and nonresidents can fish for free. Free Fishing Day does not cover waters in Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. All fishing regulations such as creel and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours, and stream closures still apply.

What’s Going On In Sports? Saturday, June 4 -Rustlers @ Casper Tournament, TBA -Roughriders- Alumni Game, TBA Sunday, June 5 -Rustlers @ Casper Tournament, TBA -Roughriders @ Rapid City Post 22, TBA Tuesday, June 7 -Rustlers @ Spearfish, 5:30/7:30 p.m. -Roughriders @ Casper, 5:30/7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 -Rustlers vs. Miles City, 5:30/7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10 -Roughriders vs. Rapid City Post 320, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

Sports Question of the Week What is your opinion of dome stadiums for outdoor sports? “We grew up playing in the weather, why can’t the rich ballplayers?” - Donnie Scocher


Wyoming/South Dakota All-Star Basketball Games The Wyoming/South Dakota Girl’s & Boy’s All-Star Basketball Games will be held in Gillette this Saturday, June 4th at North Campus. The Girl’s Game begins at 5:30 pm and the Boy’s Game at 7:30 pm. We will be honoring past all-star players, coaches, and organizers through-

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Calling all Gillette runners! An upcoming event has challenged the Campbell County to live a more fit lifestyle. This September, Rapid Running Events Management is bringing the first ever half marathon to Gillette. Taking place at the Cam-plex, it is anticipated to be an extreme turn-out of sponsors as well as participants. They are hoping to accumulate a total of 1,000 runners for the half marathon, 5k and kids “fun run.” So far, it is known that the race with start and finish at the Cam-plex, however, many local organizations will have a hand on the lay-out of the running course. It will be designed to showcase the beauty of Gillette in its wilderness as well as hopefully showcase parts of downtown as well. Drink and aid stations will be provided every 2 miles equipped with water and sports drinks. This is a two-day event where on the first day, September 3rd, there will be a health expo, packet pick-up and runners banquet for the participants. The following morning is when the races will be held starting at 7:30. The half marathon runners will receive tech shirts and custom “finisher” medals. Over 150 awards will be offered to 3 people in each age group of the races as well. Volunteers and 5k runners will also receive t-shirts. Runners will be greeted at the finish line by a live band and refreshments, found to be very popular in previous running events thrown. This will be the 7th of 14 stops for Rapid Running and is the furthest West they have ever travelled for an event. It is also incredibly appropriate that they decided to stop in Gillette this year as it is our Cen-

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Our Roots The signs of weather When “sun dogs” or northern lights appear in the sky they for-tell snow and cold weather. If snow fleas blacken the drifts beneath the pine trees, it is a sign of a thaw with more deep snow to follow. A white Christmas ushers in a winter with copious snowfall. A black winter brings a full graveyard. A blue-purple cast on the hills presages a spell of extremely cold weather. When flies and gnats bite viciously it is a sure sign of a thunder storm. When the Yellow Hammers (Large woodpeckers) make their peculiar flickering call, it will rain before the evening. If chickens go in their coop when the rain begins to fall it is a sign the storm will soon be over, but if they stay outdoors to receive a drenching the rain will last for several days. Rain that falls in big drops or snow that floats down in large flakes means the storm will be of short duration, but when the moisture falls in fine precipitation the ranchers know a good rain or snow is due. To ranchers living in remote sections the distant rumble of trains and the sound of whistles becoming noticeable louder and more reverberating indicate an atmosphere heavy with storms. To those living in the hill country the peculiar soughing of the pines and the

faint, greenish tint on the landscape presages a violent thunderstorm. When fish leap clear from the water to snatch at a low flying insect or continually send up air bubbles the fisherman knows a shower is near at hand. If it rains while the sun is shining it will rain tomorrow. The hill dweller firmly believes that when the wind blows up the creek, there will surely be a storm. The stockman dreads the cold east wind, for he believes it will bring a blizzard or a cold spell of weather. A sudden change of the wind from cold to warm westerly currents may mean a “Chinook” with accompanying thaw. An extremely brilliant red sunset may mean the following will be windy. A dry, windy April means a dry, windy summer. The cry of the rain-crow from a very high treetop means rain within 3 or 4 days. If it starts raining before 7am it will quit before 11. Fleecy clouds in the sky for-tell calm, clear weather. Smoke hanging low over the ground means a storm is in the offing. When the moon is on its back, it denotes weather wet or mild; when on the end, it denotes frost. Should the new moon lie on it’s back it is a sign it will be dry that month, for the moon would hold water. The hunter says he can hang his powder-horn on it. But should the new moon

stand vertically it will be a wet month, for the moon will not hold water and the powder-horn would slip off. The moon changing in the west denotes that fine weather will prevail during that moon. If the moon changes near midnight there will be fine weather. The nearer to midnight the finer the weather. A disk or ring around the moon indicates bad weather, rain or snow. In some localities the number os stars inside the circle denotes the number of days until it will rain. Whichever way the ring opens the wind will blow in. If it does not open there will be fine weather. The bigger the ring, the nearer the bad weather. If the new moon is of light color there will be a frost; if it is red it will be mild for a month. The weather of the new moon governs the month’s weather, at least during the first quarter, after which it remains the same. The moon being red near midnight with blunted corners or horns portends mild weather for that month; if the corners are white and sharp there will be frosty weather. The Indians told the first settlers that if the moon lay well on her back the weather during that moon would be dry. “Big snow, little snow” is a common Indian saying, and they also believe that if the weather is unusually hot there will be rain within the week.

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Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin founded or helped found numerous organizations and institutions - fire-fighting clubs, academies, hospitals, libraries, and insurance companies. Although important, his roles in those institutions take a back seat to his part in helping found the United States of America. Of all the founding fathers, Franklin has the unique distinction of having signed all three of the major documents that freed the colonies from British rule and established the United States as an independent nation: the Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Paris, and the United States Constitution.

Declaration of Independence

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pation on poor health. Jefferson sent his finished draft to Franklin for review. Franklin put on his editor’s hat, but made only a few slight changes to Jefferson’s prose. When the draft was submitted to Congress, however, sentence after sentence was either deleted or changed, much to the dismay of Jefferson. Later, Jefferson recalled a story that Franklin told him as members of Congress picked away at the draft. “I have made a rule, whenever in my power, to avoid becoming the draughtsman of papers to be reviewed by a public body. I took my lesson from an incident which I will relate to you. When I was a journeyman printer, one of my companions, an apprentice hatter, having served out his time, was about to open shop for himself. His first concern was to have a handsome signboard, with a proper inscription. He composed it in these words, ‘John Thompson, Hatter, makes and sells hats for ready money,’ with a figure of a hat subjoined. But thought he would submit it to his friends for their amendments. The first he showed it to thought the word ‘Hatter’ tautologous, because followed by the

words ‘makes hats,’ which showed he was a hatter. It was struck out. The next observed that the word ‘makes’ might as well be omitted, because his customers would not care who made the hats. If good and to their mind, they would buy them, by whomsoever made. He struck it out. A third said he thought the words ‘for ready money’ were useless, as it was not the custom of the place to sell on credit. Everyone who purchased expected to pay. They were parted with, and the inscription now stood, ‘John Thompson sells hats.’ ‘Sells hats!’ says the next friend. ‘Why, nobody will expect you to give them away. What then is the use of that word?’ It was stricken out, and ‘hats’ followed it, the rather as there was one painted on the board. So the inscription was reduced ultimately to ‘John Thompson,’ with the figure of a hat subjoined.” After several drafts, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The actual document was not signed until August, when Benjamin Franklin signed his name along with the fiftyfive other representatives of the thirteen colonies.

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