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Camels unable to stop Sheridan BY TED RIPKO-BASIN RADIO SPORTS PHOTO BY NATHAN KOBIELUSBasin Radio On Friday night, in Sheridan, Wyoming, the Gillette Camels were unable to not just stop the Sheridan Broncs, but they could not even slow them down as Gillette fell in their third consecutive state semifinal 45-29. Sheridan jumped out to a nearly 14-0 lead after the first quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Bakkehaug to Riley Ryan, and Jordan Roberts’ first of five rushing touchdowns. Gillette got on the board early in the second quarter when Kade Wasson executed a naked bootleg to score from one yard out on fourth down. When the extra point was blocked, the score was 14-6 in favor of the Broncs. Sheridan would add two more touchdowns on runs by Roberts. Then with less than one minute to go in the first half, Nick Bazemore scored from two yards out to make it 28-13 at half. Then, in the third quarter, the Broncs scored on a 8-yard touchdown run by Roberts and a 27-yard field goal by Ryan, making the score 38-13 in favor of Sheridan going into the final quarter. Bazemore added his second rushing touchdown of the night with 11:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then, Wasson added the 2-point conversion as the Camels cut the lead to 38-21. Roberts added his fifth and final touchdown midway through the fourth to cap the Broncs’ scoring. Gillette scored their final points of the season on a 1-yard touchdown run by Taylor Bigelow with under one minute to play in the game. Even though Gillette won the turnover battle by picking off one Bronc pass and recovering a fumble, it would not be enough as Gillette was unable to keep Roberts and the Bronc offense off the field. Roberts finished the game with 43 carries for 267 yards and five rushing touchdowns, giving him 34 touchdowns on the season. In addition, Kevin Bakkehaug completed 10 of 15 passes for 144 yards, and Riley Ryan caught 6 passes for 94 yards and 1 touchdown. As a team, the Camels ran for 196 with Bazemore racking up 109 yards

on 20 attempts. In the end, Bazemore fell just 11 yards shy of breaking the single season rushing record in Campbell County history. When Wasson had enough time to pass, he was effective. However, Gillette was unable to come up with a big play when they needed it the most. Wasson finished the game 8of 19 for 122 yards. For the second game in a row, Wasson did not turn the ball over. With the loss, the Camels failed to advance to the 4A state championship game where they have not played since 2008. Meanwhile, the Broncs advance to their third straight title game, and they will be looking for their second title in three years when they meet up with Cheyenne East on Saturday, November 12, at 4;00 P.M. in Laramie from War Memorial Stadium.

The Thunderbirds advanced to this year’s title game by upsetting No. 1 and previously unbeaten Natrona County 24-19 in Casper. This is East’s first trip to the state title game since 2007 when they defeated Evanston 24-14 for the state championship. You can hear the 4A state championship game with Jeff Rickett on 98.3 The Peak or online at www. WyoPreps.com. In other playoff action across the state, Douglas defeated Buffalo 2014 and Powell beat Green River 2321 in 3A football. In 2A, Lovell beat Newcastle 23-20 and Lyman defeated Glenrock 22-14. In 1A, it was Southeast over Riverside 35-7 and Cokeville over Lusk 28-7. Finally, in 6-man Little Snake River defeated Kaycee 66-7 and Dubois beat Midwest 75-47.

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City Council approves Bricks for Vets funding request By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News During Monday night’s Gillette City Council meeting, the council approved a $15,000 funding request from the Bricks for Vets committee for their project at Lasting Legacy Park, contingent upon a matching donation from Campbell County. The money will go towards the $60,000 United We Stand sculpture currently in front of Gillette City Hall. Bricks for Vets recently received a $30,000 grant from the Marna Kuehne Foundation for the statue as well. Likewise, the committee will only receive that money if they can match the funds. Bricks for Vets is hoping to receive the final $15,000 from Campbell County when they make their request before the commissioners on November 15. Bricks for Vets wishes to construct a veteran’s me-

morial at Lasting Legacy Park by expanding the existing war memorial to a wall of heroes. The wall of heroes will afford all citizens the chance to have any person who has served in the armed forces be recognized on a plaque or brick. Originally, the idea for Bricks for Vets came from Gary Welper. Basin Radio Network first documented this man’s dream of a monument for local veterans in April 2010. Welper attended Monday’s city council meeting. He says that after nearly two years of effort, it’s exciting to go from day one to where they’re currently at. “I know it’s going to happen,” Welper says. “We’ve got a great community with good community support, and I’m just so happy that we’re this far right now.”

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Even though it is supposed to be a jovial time of year, we, as adults, seem to get bogged down by finances, holiday weight-gain, poor weather, and getting a million things done to prepare for the holidays. It is so easy to forget the good things to be thankful for even though we are about to celebrate a holiday based on exactly that. The one material thing that this holiday, Thanksgiving, centers around is probably one of the main things the more fortunate take for granted, and that is food. Gillette’s poverty level has soared over 7% in the last two years and the reality that families are going to have non-traditional, if any, Thanksgiving meals is something we all should be thinking about. This was certainly something that was deemed unacceptable by one local woman, Stephanie Elliott. Growing up in Havre, MT, she was a part of a family who received baskets from community do-gooders to help them with their holiday feast. Now that she is an adult, with a family of her own, she wanted to give back the way she was helped as a child. Recently, she started a small organization called “Give-a-Gobble.” Basically, she put on a food drive in order to collect full meals for less fortunate families in the Campbell County community. First, she went on the hunt for the families. She called all of the local churches as well as the Boys and Girls Club to search for some leads. In the end she found five families to help out. Next, she did her best to spread the word to the area by printing

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Submitted by Kim Deti - Wyoming Department of Health state’s adult population. Of these, about 31,000 Wyoming adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and about 23,000 Wyoming adults have pre-diabetes/ borderline diabetes. “Physical activity can really help because it burns more calories and can help a person maintain a healthy weight,” Schick said. “For people at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, losing just 10 pounds – if you weigh 200 pounds – can make a big difference in lowering your risk.” “Even if you know what you should be doing to improve your health, figuring out how and fitting it into your daily routine can be a challenge,” Schick said. “But it shouldn’t be overwhelming and is a challenge that can be met if you make a plan.” Schick offered the following suggestions to help people prevent or manage

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A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice. After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?” “I give it to them,” replied the lawyer, “and then I send them a bill.” The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.

fliers and creating a Facebook page for the cause. In days she had already received two turkeys and the donations kept coming in. Now, she already has a turkey for every family as well as various canned goods. She is still in search of extra trimmings like stuffing, cranberries, etc. The deadline to donate is Monday, November 21st, and 3 volunteers will deliver the complete Thanksgiving meals to the families thereafter. If you would like to help out by donating something you can call Stephanie at (307) 670-0796. You can either drop donations off with her or she is definitely willing to pick them up. Five families will be blessed with beautiful Thanksgiving gift baskets with a complete dinner inside and really have something to be thankful for.

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diabetes: 1. Think about what is important to your health. What are you willing and able to do? 2. Decide what your goals are. What changes do you want to make? Choose one goal to work on first. 3. Decide what steps will help you reach your goal. 4. Pick one step to try this week. The Wyoming Diabetes Prevention and Control Program recommends residents take advantage of the helpful resources provided by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) or the American Diabetes Association. To learn more about preventing type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications, visit www. YourDiabetesInfo.org orwww.diabetes.org, or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337) or 1-800-DIABETES (800342-2383).

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The new domain name will be www.gillettewy.gov On February 20, 2012, the City of Gillette will change its web domain name to www.gillettewy. gov The new domain name (www.gillettewy.gov) works now and will re-direct to the existing page. After February 20th, visitors to the site will need to use www.gillettewy.gov to navigate to the city’s home page. The City of Gillette encourages everyone who uses the website in their printed or electronic ma-

terials, such as web links, calendars, guides, mailing lists, flyers, etc. to please use the new domain name. On that same day in February, all city email addresses will change due to the new domain name. To convert your address book to the new email address, just use the existing user name and add the new domain name. For instance, if Madonna worked at the City of Gillette her email address would be: madonna@ ci.gillette.wy.us*

Her user name is madonna. add @gillettewy.gov and you get: madonna@ gillettewy.gov *For the record, no one named Madonna works for the City of Gillette, but you get the idea of how easy the email address changeover will be. It’s pretty simple, but keep in mind the email change won’t take place until February 20, 2012. So, don’t begin using the new email addresses before then.

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City Offices Closed Friday, Nov. 11 in Observance of Veterans Day

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Veterans Day Parade on Gillette Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Friday! All City Offices will be closed Friday, November 11th in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday. There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick up on Friday. Solid Waste crews will run a double route on Monday, November 14th and pick up Friday and Monday’s trash, recycling and yard waste. City offices will re-open on Monday, November 14th at 8 a.m.

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Traffic violation turns into Drug Bust

Saturday evening and into Sunday the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle west of Gillette along I-90 that was traveling eastbound in excess of 80 mph. The information provided by the driver did not add up and, as a result, deputies called in a K-9 Unit for a free-air sniff procedure.

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Shadwick participates in Talent Quest 2011 By Sandra Boehler Talent Quest 2011 was held in Laughlin, fond memories of singing Gospel in the NV on September 18-25. The singchurch choir along with his Mom, Dad ing contest was held at the Tropicana and two sisters. His family had a Gospel Express. Eight local talented competitors Quartet as did his Grandfather. Jim contraveled to the eight day event. Area con- siders himself very blessed to have had testants were sponsored by Jim and Barb the opportunity to at one time sing with Hays of Jake’s two of the original Tavern. members from In order to particihis Grandfathers pate in this compeQuartet. Jim is a tition each contesvery talented bass tant must first make singer as was his it through their Grandfather. local competition. Jim sings lead Jim Shadwick was and bass with one of the local the Gillette Guitar contestants to acGuild. Those of complish that. He you who attended participated in local the early bird dinkaraoke at Jake’s ner at the American Tavern, American Legion may reLegion, Sundance member the group Lounge, Fireside as our evening Lounge, “R” Place entertainment. Jim and Otherside. was also honored He won first to sing the “Nationplace at Otherside al Anthem” at the then advanced to Legion Roughriders win first place in Baseball tournathe region at Jake’s ment and sings Tavern in the Male often for American Country category at Legion Events. Talent Quest 2011 Even with his busy in Gillette. Jim work schedule Jim performed durnow finds time to ing four rounds in Laughlin on Monday, host karaoke at “R Place” in Pine Haven. Wednesday and Friday. If you love a good bass voice or enjoy He sang songs including “Wouldn’t Be singing your own karaoke tune come out A Man” and “Your Man” by Josh Turner and have a good time with one of our loalong with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by cal talented young men. Our community Keith Whitley. After a long eight days of is proud to have a talent such as you. competition Jim finished 19th out of 42 Keep up the great singing at our local contestants in the Male Country category. events. Jim won an eight hour recording session and a ten track CD at Chart Buster Karaoke Studio in Nashville, TN (for winning first in regional competition). He’s also won free vocal lessons with Katie Powell who is the founder of Powell Method which is vocal training. He has auditioned for “The Voice” which is in Los Angeles and is a national talent contest show. Jim grew up in Apison, Where is this picture taken? TN and has lived in Gillette Answer from last week for two years. He has Wright, Wyoming been singing since he was three years old. He has

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The Chamber rolled out the red carpet for its premier black-tie event, the Annual Chamber Awards, on November 4 at CAM-PLEX Energy Hall. This year, the Chamber honored seven businesses and professionals at the event. The award recipients are: Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year: Robert Mills, O.D. Spirit of Gillette Award: Ric Schuyler Chamber Award of Excellence: Powder River Dental Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Kati Sipe, Brothers Coffee Co. Friend of the Chamber Award: Wes Johnson and John Davis, 4 Seasons Events Friend of the Chamber Award: Karl DeCock, CTA Architects Engineers New Chamber Member of the Year Award: SignBoss LLC

UW College of Law students practice their trial advocacy skills in the Summer Trial Institute, one of the many experiential learning opportunities at the law school. The students include (left to right) Kyle Ridgeway of Casper, Sarah Jacobs of Laramie and Graham Hersh of Centennial, Colo.

UW College of Law ranked among nation’s best values

PreLaw Magazine ranks the University of Wyoming 15th for providing the best value among the nation’s more than 200 law schools approved by the American Bar Association. “The best value study is not designed to identify the schools where students can get their greatest return on investment or where they will earn the most upon graduation,” the publication noted. “Instead, this study is designed for students who want a quality legal education at an affordable price. As such, we weighed bar passage and job placement figures with tuition and average indebtedness upon graduation.” UW College of Law Dean Steve Easton says the study did not include some quality criteria that would rank UW even higher on the list. “For example, most of our students get the opportunity to participate in clinics and, therefore, practice law with real clients and real cases before graduating. At many schools, only a few students get that opportunity,” Easton says. “Our students get a tremendous set of opportunities for a very reasonable tuition cost, at least when compared to other law schools, at both the resident and non-resident rates.” The small classes are one of UW’s attractions, Easton adds. “The law school has a very low student-to-faculty ratio of 10-to-one, so our students get to know their professors,” he says. While many schools are cutting back due to state budget cuts, that’s not the case in Wyoming. UW College of Law thirdyear student Brooks Tuet-

ing says, “(Attending UW) was a value-based decision, the lowest cost for the quality of the school. It’s also close to my home in Fort Collins. It couldn’t have been better. I got a great education for a great price.” Tueting accepted a position with a major patent law firm in Houston, Texas. Easton says UW has worked hard to improve its bar passage rate, in part because the state has a fairly tough test that asks 11 essay questions related to 17 different topics, including oil and gas law and water law -- areas not usually on bar exams. “This past spring, we started something new,” Easton says. “We have practitioners come in to each do a half-hour lecture on a different section of Wyoming law. For example, for oil and gas we had a lawyer volunteer from Casper who is one of the country’s leading experts in energy law.” PreLaw magazine, a publication of the National Jurist, is the leading news source in its markets. National Jurist reaches an estimated 100,000 law students. PreLaw, read by more than 45,000 prospective law students, is a source for students seeking knowledge and advice on preparing and choosing a law school. Today, both publications deliver news stories, trends and advice to law and prospective law students. “There are great values if you’re open to moving to a state where you can find low tuition, great academics, a lower cost of living plus good job prospects,” according to the best value study.

Plenty of suggestions for “Field of Dreams” project By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Close to 40 people attended a public meeting Wednesday at the Gillette College Presentation Hall. The topic was the Field of Dreams, a 320-acre plot of land the City of Gillette purchased from the State of Wyoming. Throughout the meeting, the public made all types of suggestions as to what should be done with the property. Those suggestions ranged from using five acres to construct a dog park, to a covered stadium with a 10,000 seat capacity. Other ideas involved rugby, golf, archery, horseshoes, and any sport that includes a bat, among other ideas. “I am with the Razor City BMX,” said Karen Johnson who wants to raise public support for the expansion and stability of Razor City BMX. “We are trying to get a permanent location for our track. We have over 60 racers with full memberships and 87 racers with temporary memberships.” Wednesday’s public meeting was the first public meeting regarding the Field of Dreams. Its purpose was to explain the intent and process of the project, present needs assessment findings, and to gather input from the general public. Generally, the public meeting was designed to show the general public that all interests are being identified and that needs and concerns of the public will be addressed. Bruce Dees & Associates principal Bruce Dees guided Wednesday’s public meeting and listened to the public’s feedback on the design process. Dees added that another public meeting will take place in February. “We’ll be back with another public meeting on February 8. In the meantime there will be meetings with the Ad hoc committee. We’ll be here essentially every other week for ten

meetings over the period of the project.” In addition to the two stakeholder meetings that have already taken place, eight additional stakeholder meetings are planned over the next several months. According to City of Gillette public information officer Joe Lunne, the stakeholder meetings consist of stakeholders from the community who represent approximately 19 different agencies such as the school district, Campbell County Parks, City Parks, archery, baseball, and soccer. Then, during the final public meeting on February 8 Bruce Dees & Associates will present the preliminary master plan and cost estimate. They will explain the entire process and basis for their decisions. During the final phase, the Field of Dreams master plan will go through two more stakeholder meetings before finally going before the Gillette City Council on March 12, 2012.

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Community Hantavirus Death reported in Southeast Wyoming Submitted by Kim Deti - Wyoming Department of Health

A Carbon County man’s late October death was due to Hantavirus, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, said rodent exposure is a very real risk factor for the disease. “Rodent infestation in and around the home and in outbuildings such as barns is the primary risk for Hantavirus exposure,” he said. Infected rodents shed the virus through urine, droppings and saliva. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is transmitted to humans when dried, contaminated materials are disturbed. “Typically in these cases, humans become infected by breathing in the infectious aerosols that result,” Murphy said. “While hantavirus is uncommon,

it should not be forgotten,” said Kathleen Vernon-Kubichek, Albany County coroner. “Hantavirus is clearly a dangerous and often deadly disease.” The man, who experienced rodent exposure, died in an Albany County hospital. Initial hantavirus symptoms are severe muscle aches and fatigue, followed by difficulty breathing, headaches and dizziness, chills, and often vomiting and diarrhea. Suggestions for safe and proper cleanup of rodent-infested areas include: • During cleaning, wear rubber, latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves. Spray gloves with disinfectant before removing and wash hands with soap and water after removing. • Spray rodent urine and droppings with a disinfectant or 10

percent bleach solution until soaked, then wipe or mop clean. • To avoid generating potentially infectious aerosols, do not vacuum or sweep rodent urine, droppings, nesting materials or contaminated surfaces. • Wash any bedding or clothing with laundry detergent in hot water if you see rodent urine or droppings. Do not shake off. • If the building has been closed and unoccupied for a long time, open doors and windows for at least 30 minutes before beginning work. Nine HPS cases have been reported to the Wyoming Department of Health since 2000. Two unrelated 2008 cases in Carbon County resulted in death. In Wyoming, the deer mouse is the primary carrier of Hantavirus. Photo by Campbell County Observer Photographer Clint Burton

Campbell Co. Fire Dept. November 2, 2011 - At 01:07 a.m. to Aleute Lane for an EMS assist. - At 6:50 a.m. to Conestoga School for a leaking propane tank. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival determined there was a minor leak around the valve assembly. No fire or explosion hazard existed and the scene was turned over to school district maintenance staff for repairs. - At 2:35 p.m. to Richards Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 6:41 p.m. to the intersection of Spruce Avenue and Kluver Road for the report of a natural gas odor in the area. Fire department units checked the area and did not find a natural gas leak. - At 8:20 p.m. to the intersection of Stone Place Avenue and Red Hills Road for an EMS assist. November 3, 2011 - At 10:14 AM to the address of # 51 Desert Hills, for a small cat that was rescued out from underneath a building. The animal was taken to the animal shelter and was uninjured. - At 3:26 PM to the 900 block of Vanscoy Drive for an EMS assist. - At 3:39 PM to Hemlock Street for an automobile versus pedestrian run-over. The patient was transported with injuries to CCMH-ER. November 4, 2011 - At 6:34 AM CCFD was cancelled en route to an automatic fire alarm activation at 2403 Wyoming Avenue. - At 6:54 AM to Hitt Drive for a medical assist. - At 12:00 PM to the 6800

block of Streamside Drive for a medical assist. - At 12:02 PM to the 900 block of Mountain Meadow Lane for a medical assist. - At 2:52 PM to the address of 1596 for a reported structure fire in an addition to a mobile home. Fire fighters arrived on scene and found that everyone was outside of the residence and then contained the fire to the addition of the residence. The fire was started by an electrical failure on the outside of the residence. Preliminary damages were estimated at less than $2500.00 total. - At 3:19 PM to Cow Creek Road for a grass fire. Firefighters were able to contain the grass fire to less than five acres in size. The cause of the fire is believed to have been started by a hot ember from an earlier trash burn pit. - At 4:44 PM to Bishop Road (approximately 4 miles east of Highway 59) for a vehicle fire. The fire heavily damaged the engine compartment and dash area. The insured vehicle is a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and is owned by Cindy Allen. The fire originated in the engine compartment and the cause is being investigated as a possible backfire as being the ignition source. Preliminary fire damage estimate is $5,000. The road was temporary closed during fire suppression activities. - At 6:30 PM to the intersection of 4J Road and Westover Road for a two vehicle traffic accident with injury.

- At 1:23 PM to the 300 block of W. 1st Street for a fire alarm, cancelled enroute. - At 9:41 PM to the 900 block of Granite Street for an EMS assist.

night. The system is a private system and the operator was contacted. - At 9:39 AM to S. Gillette Ave. for an EMS assist. - At 11:44 AM to E. Warlow Dr. for an EMS Assist. - At 12:31 PM to OR Dr. for a report of a possible natural gas smell. We monitored several businesses in the area and did not detect any natural gas, it was possibly sewer gas from a dried out trap. - At 12:41 PM to 1000 Camel Dr. for an automatic fire alarm, the activation was caused by some exhaust from the automotive shop. - At 2:53 PM to 1700 Warlow Dr. for an alarm going off, it was determined to be a boiler alarm and not a fire alarm. - At 3:26 PM to Midland Rd. for an electrocution and grass fire. Two men were operating a boom truck with a propane tank suspended when the boom came into contact with some power lines. One patient was transported to CCMH, the grass fire burned less than 1 acre. - At 5:09 PM to E. Boxelder for an EMS assist.

November 6, 2011 - At 6:53 AM to 811 East Laramie Street (Wyoming National Guard) for a fire alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled when it was learned cooking had caused a smoke detector to go into alarm and that there was no fire. - At 7:12 AM to Hitt Drive for a medical assist. - At 10:59 AM to the 1200 block of Middle Fork Drive for a medical assist. - At 1:09 PM to 13656 Highway 51 for a control burn that got out of control. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to approximately one acre in size. - At 3:40 to M&M Circle for a smoke report that turned out to be a fire in a fire pit. - At 11:02 PM to 1401 Michelle Street for a traffic accident involving a pickup hitting a tree. Firefighters applied floor dry to spilled fluids in the streets as the driver of the vehicle tried to drive the pickup away. - At 11:16 PM to Hitt Drive for a medical assist.

November 8, 2011 - At 9:07 AM to the 300 block of Newton Road for a medical assist.

November 7, 2011 - At 2:56 AM to Milton for an EMS assist. - At 8:37 AM to Crazy Woman Campground for an EMS assist. - At 9:06 AM to Garman Rd. for a report of a frozen fire hydrant, the hydrant had some valves and adapters that had frozen and broke during the

November 5, 2011 - At 1:15 PM to the 900 block of W. 8th Street for an EMS assist

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Crews will be installing a steel utility casing along the southern part of Southern Drive at the Souther Drive/Enzi Drive intersection from Monday, October 31st through Wednesday, November 23rd. The speed limit at the intersection will be reduced to 30 MPH and the southern shoulder of Southern Drive will be closed during the construction. The steel casing is being installed in advance of the Madison Pipeline going through the area. Once the casing is installed, work will begin to install traffic signals at the intersection.

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By Keary Speer What is usually a horrifying adult experience was mellowed down for kids of all ages the Sunday before Halloween at Red House Haunting. Families could come with their children for a daylight adventure together for some mild spooks and frights. The line to the door of the haunted house was in constant movement with a continuous amount of people arriving and leaving. Although it was a dulled experience, there was still a lot of jumping a screaming around every corner. The frights came from noises, frightening laughter and bursts of air instead of the more gory escapades of the night time crew. Throughout the haunted house candy was being handed out at a series of checkpoints to motivate the kids to keep going through the scary path. Once out of the house, Jack Skelington offered face painting and then led the people down to the last piece of the haunting were an incredibly loud horn startled anyone walking through. Once finished with all of the screams, the concession stand offered some great snacks and warm beverages to ease the adrenaline. It was the perfect amount of scary for a child or scaredy pants mom. The owner would like to express that they donate what they can of the concessions money to Relay for Life. Sometimes it is not much because of the costs that need to be covered but every little bit helps the cause and they like to contribute. Do not miss out on all the fun next year. This was their second year in operation and it was an incredible success. The community will be seeing much more of this event to come every year. Although it is hard to imagine it being much more scary, they will strive for improvement each year to come.

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Harder Drive will be under construction from Saturday, September 17th through Wednesday, November 23rd. Sections of Harder Drive will be temporarily closed at various times throughout the construction process. This construction work is part of the City of Gillette’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

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These three streets will be under construction from Friday, September 30th through Wednesday, November 23rd for asphalt milling, asphalt pavement repair, asphalt overlay, waterline installation and subgrade prep. This work is for the City of Gillette’s Pavement Management Schedule A work and is funded by the Optional

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Community Buffalo will be roaming Tanner Drive By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News The new elementary school that will be located just up Tanner Drive from the Campbell County Rec Center will be called Buffalo Ridge Elementary. That decision was made during Tuesday evening’s Campbell County School Board meeting by a majority of the board members. “I think it was a very good choice and I’m sure those kids will be excited to work on a mascot,” says Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Dr. Alex Ayers. According to Ayers, the name Buffalo Ridge was submitted by the students at Sunflower Elementary

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If you have wanted to learn to make wine, the Knights of Columbus was the place to go last Sunday. Chad Ekberg, also known in the community as “Swede,” is the most knowledgeable person in the area for making beer and wine, and his demonstration proved it. “I can’t stress it enough, sanitation, sanitation, sanitation, sanitation. This is the difference between great wine and rotten wine.” He went through all the steps of the demonstration for the crowd of people who showed up to ether learn to make wine or to improve on their skills. Afterward, Swede had over 15 bottles of different house wines for everyone to taste including Chianti, Merlot, and other fine kit

on Buffalo Ridge Elementary will be completed next summer, and the school will open its doors to students in the fall of 2012. “We’re currently having discussions about redistricting attendance areas in our community and so we’ll be doing some work on that and hope to announce that just after the first of the year just prior to kindergarten registration,” Ayers says. In the meantime the school’s principal, Kevin Sinclair, has started the hiring process and will be staffing the new school over the next six months, according to Ayers.

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wines that he had all made himself. Everyone was very impressed with the great tastes, and more impressed that it would only cost around $5.00 to make a $50.00 bottle of great wine. Lesson is, if you ever want to save money, have a great tasting wine, and drink the benefits of your labor, contact Swede. You can find his advertisements in our newspaper. He will take the time to instruct you on how to sanitize your equipment, he will sell you the equipment you need, and he will provide you with the customer service that only a local business can offer, and if you ever want to just talk beer, you will learn more about it than from anyone else.

In what famous battle was this quote? “Tell the men to fire faster! Don’t give up the ship!” Battle for Lake Erie Tradition has it that Captain James Lawrence said these heroic words after being mortally wounded in the engagement between his ship, the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, and HMS Shannon on 1 June 1813. As the wounded Lawrence was carried below, he ordered “Tell the men to fire faster! Don’t give up the ship!” Although Chesapeake was forced to surrender, Captain Lawrence’s words lived on as a rallying cry during the war. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the motto sewn onto the private battle flag flown during the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813.

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Many county residents will be off work today in honor of our nation’s veterans. Some of you will take this opportunity to hunt big game or game birds around the area with your families and friends. I hope you will join me in thanking the veterans of our area today and throughout the year. Take the time to walk up to veterans and shake their hands, look them in the eye and tell them you appreciate their service- I know they will appreciate you doing so. Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank you to all the veterans in Campbell County and across the country.

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What’s Going On? Friday, November 11

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Saturday, November 12

-Lilli Jean @ Jakes Tavern -ACTRA Team Roping, All Day, Camplex East Pavilion -Canned Food Drive Presented by the Heart of Gillette, 11/12-11/19, Downtown Businesses -YES House Bazaar, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., YES House Tammy Hladky Center of Hope, for Booth Call 6867539 -Recluse Holiday Bazaar, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Recluse Hall -Teen Dungeon’s & Dragon’s, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., CCPL -Stock Dog Trials, 10 a.m.5 p.m., Camplex Barn 3 -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1-4 p.m., CCPL -Church of Christ Youth Rally, 7-10 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center

Sunday, November 13

-Senior Center- CLOSED -Artist of the Month: Nancy Yelland- CCPL -ACTRA Team Roping, All Day, Camplex East Pavilion -WRCHA Club Clinic, 12-6 p.m., Camplex Barn 3

Monday, November 14

-Children’s Book Week, CCPL -Bring Your Brands- Centennial Christmas Tree, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bicentennial Parks Shop, 682-8527 -Microsoft Access 2010 Level 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Senior Center- Scarlett Belles, 11 a.m. -Prairie Wind PTO Meeting, 12 p.m. -AVA- Little Tikes, 1 p.m. -AVA- Mad Platter, 6-9 p.m. -Paintbrush 5th Grade Program, 6:30 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center

Tuesday, November 15

-Children’s Book Week, CCPL -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Bring Your Brands- Centennial Christmas Tree, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bicentennial Parks Shop, 682-8527 -K2 Focused Seminar: Dynamic Data-Presenting Pivot Tables, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025

-Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AVA- Preschool Art, 2 p.m. -Ribbon Cutting: Adriano’s Italian Restaurant, 2:30- 3 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -Teen Card Game Club, 4-6 p.m., CCPL -Pearls of the Prairie Meeting, 5 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -AVA- Wrap It Up, 6:30- 8 p.m. -Sage Valley Jr. High Concert, 7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -Hillcrest 5/6 Grade Music Program, 7 p.m., CCHS Auditorium

Wednesday, November 16

-Children’s Book Week, CCPL -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -Bring Your Brands- Centennial Christmas Tree, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bicentennial Parks Shop, 682-8527 -Senior Center- First Gold Bus, 9 a.m. -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, All Ages, 11 a.m., WBL -Microsoft Office Basics 2010: Outlook, Excel & Word, 1-4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Airport Board Meeting, 4 p.m., Fulkerson Conference Room

Thursday, November 17

-Children’s Book Week, CCPL -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Toddler Time, 18 month- 3 yr., 9:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Senior Center- Senior Book Club, 10:45 a.m. -K2 Focused Seminar: Google Docs, 1-4:30 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -AVA- Homeschool Kids, 2 p.m. -Family Wii Party, 3- 7:45 p.m., WBL -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m. -November Mixer: Campbell County Memorial Hospital, 5-7 p.m., AVA -Society of Mining Engineers Consultants Night, 5-9 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center -AVA- Scarf Felting, 6 p.m. -Guns, Gorillas & Laptops: How We Are Unwittingly Connected, 6 p.m., Gillette College -Downtown Revitalization Meeting: Review of Corridor Assets & Liabilities, 6 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -AVA- Pottery With John Werbelow, 6:30 p.m. -Families & Jammies, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -CCSD Elementary Strings Gala, 7 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -The Unquiet Utes Exhibit Reception, 7 p.m., Rockpile Museum -Adult Anime, 7- 8:30 p.m., CCPL

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Friday, November 18

-Children’s Book Week, CCPL -Mesa Drive @ Jakes Tavern -Ring Wars, All Day, Camplex Wyoming Center -Roper Barrel Futurity, All Day, Camplex East Pavilion -Christmas Wreaths on Display, 11/18-12/22, Mon.Fri., 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -Senior Center- Hobby Harvest, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. -Festival of Trees, 11/1811/20, 9 a.m., Camplex -K2 Special Seminar: Create Your Holiday Newsletter, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Up in the Arms Gun Show, 3-7 p.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -Kids Night Out, 6-9 p.m., 1st-5th Grade, Rec. Center, $12, 682-8527 -AVA- Uncorked!, 7 p.m. -Open MIC Night, 7 p.m., Brother’s Coffee

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Sunday, November 20

-Children’s Book Week, CCPL -Senior Center- CLOSED -Roper Barrel Futurity, All Day, Camplex East Pavilion -Up in the Arms Gun Show, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Camplex Central Pavilion -Festival of Trees, 11/1811/20, 9 a.m., Camplex

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Tuesday, November 15

-Campbell County Economic Development Corporation Board, 7 a.m., CCEDC Board Room -City/County/Town of Wright Luncheon, 12 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Room, City Hall

Wednesday, November 16

-Public Works & Utilities Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m., Engineering Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall -Campbell County Joint Powers Fire Board, 6 p.m., Fire Dept. Community Room, Station 1

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Public Pulse Governor Mead ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on Nov. 4

Governor Mead appoints Patricia Frolander as Poet Laureate of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed an Executive Order naming Patricia Frolander as Poet Laureate of Wyoming. Frolander is Wyoming’s fifth Poet Laureate and is a rancher from Wyoming’s Black Hills. At the signing ceremony today, Governor Mead noted that Frolander has won several awards for her work and been published in anthologies, literary reviews, magazines and newspapers. Governor Mead complimented Frolander for her book of poetry titled, Married Into It. “It’s great work and it resonates with me and should resonate with all of Wyoming because it speaks about Wyoming and speaks about our people.” The Poet Laureate of Wyoming posi-

Governor Matt Mead ordered both the U.S. flag and the State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-mast statewide from sunrise to sunset on Friday, November 4, 2011 in honor of

former Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court, Walter Urbigkit. He passed away October 31, 2011. Mr. Urbigkit was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1985 and served

as Chief Justice from 1992 to 1993. Mr. Urbigkit also served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1973 to 1985, including 2 years as House Minority Leader.

Jeff Schulz to lead Wyoming Peace Officer standards and training

Governor Matt Mead announced today that the Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission recently appointed Jeff Schulz as the Executive Director of the Commission. “This Commission is important to ensuring law enforcement agencies across the state are well prepared and compliant with the required professional standards and certifications,” Governor Mead said. “I believe Jeff has the right background and initiative to lead.”

tion is an honorary title and Frolander will serve without compensation. She can submit writings for occasions of her choice. Today, Frolander came to the Capitol with a group of fellow writers. She said receiving this distinction was a great honor. “It’s a privilege and I am excited to serve the State of Wyoming. I not only want to further poetry, but literature in general. I think this is a wonderful opportunity and I would like to thank everyone who accompanied me and all of those poets in Wyoming whom I dearly love.” Governor Mead also expressed thanks to the Wyoming Arts Council and its board for the help in selecting a Poet Laureate.

Schulz previously worked at the Cheyenne Police Department where he was a Captain and served as the interim Chief of Police. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and the 214th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue to provide professional services to the men and women who keep our state safe,” Schulz said. “My goal at POST will be to assist the commission in performing its oversight duties effec-

tively and efficiently.” Schulz serves on the board of directors of the COMEA House, the Cheyenne Capitals Youth Hockey Association, and the Wyoming Amateur Hockey Association. The Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission currently certifies over 4,000 peace officers, detention officers, corrections officers, coroners, and dispatchers and oversees all related training statewide.

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Those WACKY! Campbell Criminals By Glenn Woods When you are the ENEGERY CAPITAL OF THE NATION, reputation is everything. This is especially true when those darn radical environmentalists are always trying to drag that reputation through the mud. With this in mind I’m sure that, somewhere, deep in the bowels of some county office, The County has hired some poor fellow that is charged with promoting, and maintaining, a strong and positive image of our great county. I actually feel bad for that poor slob. It must be hard work to promote the reputation of the nation’s ENEGERY CAPITAL! He probably works late into the evening, making phone calls and dreaming up press releases. Imagine the political class he must rub elbows and, let’s face it, suck up too, in order to build that reputation. I’m sure that our county officials have given him a nice office, down in the basement, with all the trimmings, like a thirty year old coffee pot, and a hot plate where he can cook his lunch, which, I am sure, comes from a can. A can of spray to kill the mold. It is just too darn bad that all of this hard work, a labor of love I am sure, is suddenly outdone by a drunk Gillette couple in Orlando Florida, making their nine year old kid the “designated driver.” That story made national news and every morning radio show in the country had a field day with it. What’s more is the drunken Gillette couple did not spend nearly as much time or money, “fixing” our local reputation. And I’m sure they had a lot more fun doing it. Reading this headline our dear friend can be found rubbing his temples. He lets out a heavy sigh and puts the story in a stack that he can never seem to get to the bottom of. Radio stations coast to coast will be talking about this. Not sure how repair the damage here… but that’s the job. Then there is that story

about the creepy guy standing outside someone’s hotel room rocking slowly with a shotgun in his hands got us a little mileage, as well. If it involves gun and inebriation, it makes national news out of Campbell County. That brings up an interesting point: Why of all places did our hero have to pick this place. Was it the challenge? Take, for example, Savannah Georgia. Savannah would be easy. Savannah’s good reputation writes itself. It is an old Southern town with a long deep history and so many ghosts stories that every story about that town begins with someone who is DEAD! Funny how every story that makes news in Campbell County beings with someone who is DRUNK! Anyway… speaking of drunk, I’m sure at this point our friend is reaching under his desk for his hidden flask. At this point, I hardly blame him. He needs a snort. As he tilts his head back and gulps his eye catches the computer screen where there is the news story about the couple that got into an argument in front of the Shell Food Mart. An officer was called to the scene. The woman was then accused of ramming her 2008 Ford Expedition into her husband’s 2004 Dodge pickup. The impact was enough to deploy the airbags on the Expedition. Plus, the impact to the left rear of the pickup is believed to have resulted in a broken axle. Both vehicles had to be towed. No big surprise here but ---- the woman was arrested for driving under the influence. Gee, didn’t see that last part coming, did you? OH, and, YES, their kids were present to see the entire thing. We will call that last part the cherry on top. A whimper escapes our poor friend’s lips as he tries to figure out how he is going to explain this next item that has landed on his desk. It is a file that can also be found online. “Campbell County’s

Most Wanted.” “But at least these people like to show that Campbell County is a ‘friendly’ place to live.” He thinks. But he knows that he is getting desperate at this point. Scrolling down the list of criminal photos he sees that so many of our favorite convicts in Campbell County have big smiles on their faces as if they were posing for their high school year book. Funny, their driver’s license photos never looks as good. If they are not smiling, they are cross-eyed in a mental fog. Either way it shows that the people of Campbell County know how to have a good time, before they get arrested. Maybe that is something to work with… Okay, maybe not. Perhaps he can spin the news to say that, in some sick way, these stories keep our local police officers in good spirits. I mean, imagine coming home at the end of a busy day patrolling the streets of Campbell County and saying to your wife, “You will NOT believe what I had to deal with today!” That means that we have the happiest police officers in the nation. He mumbles a curse at his own stupidity an crumples up the idea, tossing the paper toward the trash can that is over flowing with this week’s bad ideas. Yes, I feel sorry for that poor guy in charge of building Campbell County’s reputation. At this point his head is down on his desk. His secretary can hear the usual gentle sobs from his office. The phone rings. Seems some woman was standing naked in her front window, near a busy street. She was arrested. Lord knows what she was high on. The Onion News is on line two. The secretary reaches over and closes the office door to muffle he sounds of our hero, sobbing. She hangs up the phone and chooses not to pass these new messages on.

To listen to Glenn Woods morning radio show tune in to 1270am KIML Gillette Monday through Friday from 6 - 10 a.m. www.boldrepublic.com

The Wyoming Liberty Group released an analysis of state and local government employment data showing that in Wyoming, the burden of government is going up while in most other states it is going down. “Even more bureaucrats in Wyoming are a move in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Sven Larson, Research Fellow at the Wyoming Liberty Group. “It means workers in the private sector will have to pay higher taxes to fund bureaucrat salaries and private sector employers will have more difficulty finding qualified employees.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wyoming has more government workers compared to private sector workers than any other state, and by a large margin. As shown in the table below, Wyoming’s burden of government employment

grew from 299 per 1,000 private sector workers to 318, the highest of any state. Additionally, Wyoming now has almost twice as many government-to-private-sector workers than the national average. “Wyoming has a good business tax environment but the burden of government regulation means the overall business climate is deteriorating,” said Larson. “As the state becomes more dependent on government employment, wealth creation in the economy is hampered by regulation - a hidden tax. If we want a future for our children and grandchildren in this state, we must turn this trend around.” For more information, please contact Sven Larson, Research Fellow, Wyoming Liberty Group, 907-602-5217

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Glenn Woods’ column about that sign and handicap fishing landing was right on. What another example of non-thought out wasteful spending that nobody seems to do anything about. These local politicians need to be put in check! Sent via. E-mail by Charles Gurnsey From Editor Nicholas De Laat: Make sure you go to a City Council meeting and state the case. I am sure that once aware of the problem the proper action will be taken. If not, keep putting a bug in their ear. Involvement is the best action.

Dear Editor, How come you only publish columns by Glenn Woods? I would like to see different points of view than just one person. Sent via. E-mail by Etta Wellington From Editor Keary Speer: Dear Etta, I am sometimes inclined to agree with you on this! However, Glenn is not only a well-loved individual by our staff and many community members, but he is also very entertaining! We have him as our columnist because he is a good fit and, truthfully, is probably on the same page as the majority of our readers. However, we are starting a new columnist who will be contributing an article once a month to add to our content. Keep your eyes peeled for her column, along with more information about it, coming soon! Dear Editor, Will the government change? No it will not. The people must change it. I love your answers to letters where people need to get involved, and I believe

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that people are starting to listen. They see that from all levels of government that we are heading down the wrong track. They see that we can do things locally to change the governments that affect us most. Most government officials believe, though they will not say, that they know what is best and that is why we elected them. They believe, though they will not say, that they hold an inherent power over us and we should just shut up and listen. They believe, though they will not say, that we should not have an opinion and we are too stupid and feeble to have the freedoms that many of us have fought for for generations. Thank you for your responses telling people to get involved. I believe that it is working. P.S. Love the paper, keep it up. John Bordenhammer From Editor Nicholas De Laat: I agree. Our government is set up to be run by the people, so the only way that it will change is through the people. I am not sure if we can characterize all of them on thinking this way. I know some of them personally, and believe that most are in politics for the best intentions. There are absolutely some that think the way that you described, and they need to be voted out. Keep getting involved, that is the only answer!!! Dear Editor, I am told that you are a veteran. I would like to take the time to thank you for your service. I am very proud of what you have done for our country, and I hope this newspaper of yours becomes great. You deserve it. I hope to meet you sometime. Ella Smithe From Editor Nicholas De Laat: Yes, I am a veteran of

Afghanistan and Kosovo. It is always good to hear people who are proud of what we do and to know that our service has not been forgotten by the people we serve. I would like to emphasize though that the greatest sacrifice came not from us who came home, but to those who did not. These great men and women are always to be national heros on a scale above all others. Veterans Day is a day usually forgotten, and one of the three most important holidays our nation has (along with Memorial and the 4th). Thank you very much for recognizing veterans and supporting our efforts. I can assure you that our newspaper will become great because we have advantages of having a great group of employees, veterans mentality, and having a lot of fun any chance we get! On a side note, I have started a new veterans group that is a little different than most. We are calling it “Combat Comrade” and it is different than most combat veterans groups as all people involved are veteran. If you are interested in helping or joining, please feel free to contact me any time. Leave Your Mark on Campbell County...

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Sports Report

Gillette Pronghorns Boys Basketball Team

Gillette Pronghorns Womens Basketball Team

Photo by Nathan Kobielus - Basin Radio

Freshman George Edwards led the Pronghorns with 19-points Tuesday night against Rocky Mountain College.

Pronghorn Men advance to 3-0 on season By Vic Wright - Basin Radio The Gillette College Men’s basketball team had another easy game Tuesday night against the JV squad of Rocky Mountain College, as the Pronghorns defeated the Bears 106-65. Six Pronghorns were in the double digits by the end of the game, and George Edwards led the Pronghorns with 19 points. As for the rest of the team, Kashaune McKinney put down 17 points, Tony Lowry Jr. made 15 points, and Ezekiel Odonkor had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. James Hunter and Lucas Reller also scored 11 points each. Sophomore Matt Strickland scored 8 points, and Reece Maxwell put down 6. Delorian Heard, who got his first action of the season, scored a three-point shot towards the end of the game and freshman Jelani Carpenter and Asante Smiter had 2 points apiece. Kalen Foreman finished the night with 1-point from the line. For the second time in as many games, Hunter was charged with a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Meanwhile, Rocky Mountain College had trouble against Gillette as the Pronghorns forced 12 steals and 5 blocks. The Pronghorns shot 56 percent from the field, com-

Gillette Pronghorns Rodeo Team

Gillette Pronghorns Cross Country Team

Guadalupe Gonzalez paints a sign for the pep rally

What’s Going On In Sports?

Dancing after the pep rally

Gillette Pronghorns hold Pep Rally The Gillette Pronghorns held a pep rally last week to start off the basketball season. There were many students and faculty in attendance

while the announcement of all the Pronghorn 2011-2012 teams were announced. It started off with a speech from the class president and

ended with dancing. The Campbell County Observer will announce the next pep rally for you to come and cheer on our Pronghorns.

Gillette’s Nick Dillinger verbally commits to UC-Berkley Written and Submitted by THESWIMMERSCIRCLE.COM

Gillette’s Nick Dillinger has verbally committed to attend the University of California-Berkeley to be part of their defending national champion swim

team. There will be a signing party on Wednesday, November 9, at the Aquatic Center at 5:45pm.

pared to only 46 percent for the Bears, as Gillette outshot Rocky Mountain with 28 more opportunities to score from the field, making 44 of their 78 field goal attempts. The leading scorer for the Bears was Zack Bymaster with 16-points. The next games for the Pronghorn Men will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12 during the USAFA Prep Tournament. The next men’s game broadcast by Basin Radio Network will be against Lake Region State College on Friday, November 18. You can catch all the action on News/Talk 1270-AM and online at http://www.network1sports.com/station/ kiml#menusbeginning with the pregame show at 7:15 p.m. The Pronghorn Women’s next game is against the College of Southern Idaho on Friday, November 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The next women’s game Basin Radio Network will broadcast is on Thursday, November 17 versus Colorado Northwestern Community College. You can hear that game on News/Talk 1270AM and online athttp:// www.network1sports.com/ station/kiml#menus beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show.

More information can be found on this story at TheSwimmersCircle. com

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Friday, November 11

-Gillette Wild @ Missoula, 7:30 p.m., Glacier Ice

Saturday, November 12

-CCHS Football(V) Championship, TBD -Gillette Wild @ Missoula, 7:30 p.m., Glacier Ice

Monday, November 14

-WJSH WR 1st Practice, 6:15 a.m. -WJSH B/G BB 1st Practice, 6:15 a.m. -WJSH State Drama Rehearsal, 5-10 p.m., Town Hall

Tuesday, November 15

-WJSH State Drama Rehearsal, 5-10 p.m., Town Hall

Thursday, November 17

-WJSH State Drama Rehearsal, 5-10 p.m., Town Hall

Friday, November 18

-WJSH WR Weight Certification, 5:30 p.m., CCHS North Campus -Gillette Wild vs. Billings, 8 p.m., Centennial Ice

Saturday, November 19

-Gillette Wild vs. Billings, 7:30 p.m., Camplex

Monday, November 21

-WJSH State Drama Performance, 7 p.m., Town Hall


Sports Report

Photo courtesy of Jannie Miller

Taylor and Trevor Jeffries earlier this year in Iowa for the 2011 ASICS/USAW Folkstyle Nationals Tournament.

Photo by Campbell County Observer Photographer Clint Burton

Gillette Wild stun Helena

The Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team pulled off their biggest win in franchise history Friday night as they handed previously unbeaten Helena their first loss of the season 4-2 at Spirit Hall Ice Arena. Matt Rose got the scoring started for Gillette midway through the first

period on assists by Taylor Motsinger and Tyler Cavan. Trent Dillinger put the Wild up 2-0 early in the second period, and Cavan added 2 shorthanded goals in the third period to seal the Wild’s fifth win of the season. Goalie Grant Friesen had the game

of his life as he stopped all but two shots Friday night! Gillette will look to even their season record Saturday night when they host Billings at 8pm at Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

A brief note from the Gillette College Pronghorn Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches concerning the past weekend’s opening games Submitted by Will Rider Gillette College Head Women’s Basketball Coach/Assistant Athletic Director Women’s Results

The Pronghorn women’s basketball team hosted Stone Child College from the Rocky Boy Reservation near Boxelder, MT on Friday, and Northeastern Junior College from Sterling, CO on Saturday. We were victorious over Stone Child, 86-27 but fell to Northeastern, 66-74 after getting behind by 10 points, bouncing back to go ahead by 6, before failing to score late in the game in the loss. Hopefully with les-

sons learned & improved upon this week, we will bounce back on the road in Idaho as we play College of Southern Idaho on Friday and North Idaho College on Saturday in Twin Falls. Both are ranked in the preseason top 10 nationally and NIC are the defending 2010-2011 National Champions. Wish us well in our travels and in our competitions and as always, you can read more on the outcomes of our games as well as any player or team

information at our website at www.gcpronghorns.com . Thanks again for all your help and support. Will Rider - Gillette College Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director

Men’s Results

Friday: Gillette College 121 Stone Child College 55. Saturday: Gillette College 78 Air Force Academy Prep School 68. Go to www.gcpronghorns.com to read more about the

games. Next Game is Tuesday, November 8th at South Campus at 7:30pm – Gillette College Pronghorns vs. Rocky Mountain College. Thanks for your support – the crowds were great! Shawn Neary - Gillette College Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Sage Valley Dual Submitted by Jeff Wagoner

Loren Jackson Invitational Tournament On Saturday, October 29th Twin Spruce hosted its annual invitational wrestling tournament in memory of long time wrestling coach and positive mentor Loren Jackson. There were 398 wrestlers; Twin Spruce had 30 wrestlers who placed in the top three: Champions- Travis Tatkenhorst, Mason Bonar, Gavin Mills, Lane Barbour, Colby Chandler, Blake Griffin, and Colter Adams.

Submitted by Jannie Miller Some of the Peak Wrestlers traveled to Denver Nov. 5th and 6th to compete in the Rocky Mountain National Monster Match competition on Saturday and the Big Horn Nationals competition on Sunday. The only wrestler to place at a very competitive Monster Match was Trevor Jeffries who got second in the 12 and under 82-pound division. Competing but not placing included Brady Carlson, Cooper Cook, Mason Miller, Tanner Cook, Brady Vogel, Drayson Hladky, and Taylor Jeffries. On Sunday, at Big Horn Nationals, Trent Olson was first in the 14 and under 95-pound division, Taylor Jeffries was first in the 14 and under 115 division, Trevor Jeffries was second in the 12 and under 80-pound division, Brady Carlson was third in the 8 and under 65-pound rookie division, and Brady Vogel was fifth in the 14 and under 110-pound division. Competing but not placing included Mason Bonar and Drayson Hladky.

“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.” - Michael Jordan

Prizes awarded for Radio Show Quiz

Twin Spruce Warrior Wrestling Update

On Friday, October 28th, the Warrior wrestling “A” team was tipped 43-42 in a hard fought dual to begin the season. Seven Warriors were victorious, all by pin: Austin Cunningham, Wyatt Rising, Mason Bonar, Lane Barbour, Zach Clark, Ethan Allard, and Blake Griffin. The following B team wrestlers were victorious: Coy Rumfelt, Kurt Kremer, Devon Belt, Jeremiah Mills, Derek Clements, Jose Ramirez, Pedro Mendez, Hayden Niehoff, Dallas Hartman, Colter Adams, Andrew Coleman, Wyatt Bulkley, Corbin Vassar, Travis Gammon, Mike Essen, Rhys Wandler, Laura Mckinney, Tyler Anthony, Daniel Gould.

Peak Wrestling results from Nov. 5 and 6

2nd Place-Austin Cunningham, Hunter Rawlings, Jose Ramirez, Logan Wagoner, Johnny Ross, Daniel Gould and Ethan Allard. 3rd Place- Michael Cunningham, Wyatt Rising, Derek Clements, Dallas Hartman, Skyler Lewis, Coy Rumfelt, Ariel Dixon, Dylan Kirkpatrick, Tyler Anthony, Colten Sills, Zach Clark, Rhys Wandler, Travis Gammon, Kaleb Gossel, Jesse Austin, and Gabriel Guzman.

Sundance, Hulett Dual

On Tuesday, November 1st Twin Spruce traveled to Sage Valley with a select group to dual both Hulett and Sundance. Against Sundance, the Warriors won 13 of 20 matches: Tyler Anthony(2), Wyatt Bulkley, Derek Clements, Daniel Gould, Xavier Smith, Kolter Izatt, Kaleb Gossel, Troy Fisk, Jesse Austin, Gabe Guzman, Gavin Mills, Logan Bulkley. Against Hulett, the Warriors won 14 of 18 matches: Kolter Izatt, Fathan Dixon, Tanner Potter(2), Devon Belt(2), Alvin Ross, Daniel Gould, Michael Cunningham, Kurt Kremer, Zane Fichter, Laura Mckinney, and Colter Adams.

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Mike Danial and Eric Robert Scalzo (Pictured) won the trivia Questions last week during the Basin Radio Gillette football show by each answering one question. Ted Ripko from Basin Radio Sports and Nick De Laat from the Campbell County Observer (Pictured) asked two trivia questions during Gillette’s loss to Sheridan last week. The first question asked was “Who did the Camels beat in their last State Championship?” The answer was sent in correctly by Mike Daniel. Green River. During the second half, Ted asked “Which 4A teams did not make the playoffs this year.” Eric Scalzo had to pull over in his car to answer Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne South. Mike received a Patriot Publishing-Campbell County Observer coffee mug, and Eric received a Patriot Publishing-Campbell County Observer coffee mug and a Cowboy State Free Press coffee mug. Congratulations to the winners and thanks for listening. To listen to Ted and Nick call all of next year’s home Gillette Roughriders games, tune in to KIML Gillette for the best sports radio show in the area.


Our Roots First man on the Moon By Mike Borda

Man has long strived to conquer the unknown. First, there were jungles, deserts, and mountains. The next frontier was the ocean, and what many considered the edge of the world. And most recently, there was space. Nevertheless, just as those other obstacles were eventually overcome, so was space. It was first conquered by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. However, the crowning achievement in our space exploration happened in July of 1969 when three American men finally landed on the moon. The three men were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Although all three had been in space before, this mission was very different. There were thousands of people camped out near the launch site, all waiting to see the take-off (not to mention the millions of people watching on television). While previous launches had been popular, none had the pressure of Apollo 11. At around 9:30AM on July 16, 1969, they launched. Three days later, they had reached the moon. They took thirty orbits around the moon, mapping out the view of their landing site. On July 20, they began their descent to the moon in the landing craft. Things did not go as smoothly as predicted. Their path was off by seconds, landing them miles from their intended goal. They also experienced several alarms, though none was bad enough to put the landing in danger. Finally, when they finally located where they were set to land, they noticed it was rocky, not smooth like the original location. Armstrong eventually took manual control of the craft, and with Aldrin’s help landed the craft (known as Eagle) in a better area. The landing done, it was time for the most important part of the mission. After a few moments, Buzz

Aldrin spoke words that are not often quoted, but very powerful in their own right: “I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” (Courtesy of NASA, http://www.hq.nasa. gov/alsj/a11/a11.postland.html) After more than two hours of preparation, Neil Armstrong finally exited the Eagle and took his famous first step on the moon (It was his left foot) and uttered his famous line: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Soon after, Aldrin also walked on the surface, they planted an American flag, and history was made. The men returned to the craft, after some hours of experimentation and further preparation, returned to the Columbia, and rejoined Collins. They left behind a plaque, which on the surface of the moon reads: Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind. The mission was nothing short of an astounding success. The men, as we all know, are still regarded as national heroes (Armstrong most of all). Perhaps one of the most telling things about the popularity of the mission is the amount of backlash unleashed upon it by conspiracy theorists. The fact that so many are obsessed with exposing what they see as the “truth,” only shows how popular and influential it actually was. While we may not visit the moon again for many years, it is imperative that we remember our first trip there, and how momentous a day it was for all of humanity.

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John A. Campbell and the invention of Wyoming Submitted by Tom Rea Editors note: Tom is the editor of WyoHistory.org, a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society which is a new online encyclopedia of Wyoming State History. Wyoming’s first governor was no longer quite young when he arrived in the brandnew territory, stepping off the train in a Cheyenne rainstorm. Unmarried, 33 years old, John A. Campbell was good-looking, with hair a little thin on top, and a thick beard below. He had been appointed governor just a few weeks earlier, by President Ulysses S. Grant. Grant himself had been president just a few weeks longer than that. Like most of the men the new president was giving government jobs, Campbell (below, left) had served on the Union side in the Civil War. He’d done well, entering the army as a private and ending up a brigadier general. Before the war he’d worked as a printer and writer on a newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. After the war he stayed in the Union Army for a while, working with a General Schofield in northern Virginia to get political systems set up and going again. Not only had the war killed hundreds of thousands of men, it had flattened crops, ruined businesses, and ended politics-asusual across the South. It had also freed the slaves. After the war, the nation quickly approved changes in the Constitution guaranteeing the right to vote to men of all colors. Campbell’s job included redrawing the areas in Virginia that sent representatives to the state legislature, and setting up elections. That would have meant knowing something about the countryside and population of each area. And if he was doing his job right, it would have meant making sure the freed slaves could in fact vote at the new elections. Perhaps this work, reinventing politics in northern Virginia, had made him seem a likely choice for governor of Wyoming Territory. In Wyoming he would have to invent politics and government in a place where very little had existed before. Campbell arrived on May 7, 1869. Cheyenne then was still a drab, treeless place of shacks and thin-board buildings, with garbage blowing by and dogs running loose. The new governor would normally have been expected to give a speech, perhaps from the platform at the rear of the train. But the rain made that impossible, and anyway the governor wasn’t feeling well. The motion of the train may have made him carsick. Later, some people sang songs for him. “Was serenaded at night,” he wrote in his diary, “but too sick to respond.” With Campbell on the train were other territorial officers, also appointed by Grant: Campbell’s second-in-command, Territorial Secretary Edward M. Lee; the three judges who would run the territorial courts; and the head police officer for the territory, a U.S. marshal. Wyoming Territory had existed on paper before they came. But their arrival made it a real thing. Because these men had been appointed, not elected, a territory was more like a colony than a state. They had been sent by the federal government in Washington to govern a place that up until now had been divided among Utah, Idaho, and Dakota territories. These men did not know the people they had been sent to govern, and the people did not know them. Like the other towns along the Union Pacific Railroad, Cheyenne had boomed when the graders and tracklayers came, along with the gamblers, storekeepers, saloon keepers, and prostitutes to help them spend their money. Then the town shrank after the workers moved on west. Meanwhile, the newcomers had set up something like a Cheyenne town government, a county government for a brand-new Laramie County, and had even sent a Laramie County representative to the Dakota Territorial Legislature in Yankton, on the Missouri River 450 miles northeast of Cheyenne. Early in 1868, a bill to make Wyoming a territory had been introduced in Congress, and in August of that year it had passed. The president, Andrew Johnson, appointed a whole batch of territorial officials but Congress, which hated the president at that time, refused to approve his appointments. So nothing happened until after Grant was elected, took office in March 1869, and appointed a new batch. Everyone knew that Grant was a great general. President Abraham Lincoln had made Grant general of all the Union armies in 1864. Grant was willing to make the horrible decision to send large numbers of men to their deaths in order to win battles, and so his armies won the war. No one knew yet that he would be a poor president, often regarded as the worst.The man who had been so clear headed in war was uncertain in politics. Grant(left) filled the government with his Union Army friends and connections, yet didn’t have the heart to be a tough boss when people didn’t do their jobs. This would matter in Wyoming. Like the president, the new officers of Wyoming Territory, including Campbell and Lee, were Republicans. The Republican Party at the time was still the party of Lincoln—the party that had freed the slaves,

opposed hard liquor, won the war, and saved the Union. Only after the war was it becoming the party of business and property owners. Grant made sure to appoint Republicans because more Republicans in the territories (and everywhere else) would help him hold onto power in Washington. The first job facing Wyoming’s new officials was similar to the work Campbell had done in Virginia—draw legislative districts and set up elections. Since nearly all the non-Indians in Wyoming lived along the railroad, the new Territory was divided into five counties, each with its railroad town. Then as now, Cheyenne was in Laramie County, Laramie was in Albany County, Rawlins in Carbon County, Green River City, as it was called, was in Carter County (soon renamed Sweetwater County), and Bear River City, later Evanston, was in Uinta County. The counties were huge. They ran all the way from the south border of the territory to the north. Each county, according to its population, would send representatives to the new territorial Legislature in Cheyenne. The Legislature would have thirteen representatives in its House, and nine councilors in its Council (essentially a Senate.) And the whole territory would elect a delegate to the U.S. Congress, who would be able to talk and persuade once he got there to represent Wyoming, but not to vote. That right would only come with statehood. At that time, however, real power in Wyoming belonged not so much to any government, as it did to the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad was the largest private landowner in the territory, and the largest non-government employer. Two days after Campbell arrived in Cheyenne, he rode the railroad west to Utah, to make sure Wyoming Territory was represented at the famous golden spike ceremony marking the completion of the transcontinental road. The railroad owned the towns, too. Anyone who wanted to start a store or build a house in town first had to buy the real estate from the railroad. Campbell and the other territorial officers had been in town less than a month when Grenville Dodge, chief engineer for the Union Pacific, offered them each a free town lot in Cheyenne. [Campbell Diary, 10]. Whether this was meant as a gift, something more like a bribe, or something else, Campbell does not make clear in his diary. He also does not say whether he accepted it. (Left, the Union Pacific depot and hotel, Cheyenne, 1869, where Campbell disembarked in the rain.) The first territorial elections were held September 2, 1869. The Democrats had long been the party of small farmers, drinkers, and the common man. During the war many northern Democrats had wanted to settle the conflict early, by negotiation. Now they opposed votes for black people. Stories circulated that they were buying votes around Cheyenne. Whether they were or not, every man elected from the Territory— to the House, the Council, and the lone delegate to Congress—was a Democrat. “Election. Lt. Adams dined with me,” Campbell wrote in his diary that day. “Beaten at election,” he added. Campbell himself hadn’t been beaten, but the Republican Party in Wyoming had been whipped. The Grant government in Washington began to look on Wyoming as a problem. Because their jobs—and the money to run their Territorial government—depended on the good will of people in Washington, Campbell and the others always had to work hard to stay on good terms with the nation’s capital. Campbell spent months each year in the East visiting politicians, generals, and railroad tycoons. Yet as time went on, a kind of free-for-all developed, with Wyoming Republicans often working behind each others backs to make their fellow Republicans look bad to the higher ups in Washington. When the people elected a Republican delegate to Congress a year later, in 1870, it was a rare success for Campbell’s image back East. As for the railroad, its officials assumed they had the right to steer Wyoming politics. But when they told Campbell they would be selecting the Republican candidate for Congress in 1870, the governor stood up to them. He wrote Grenville Dodge that he counted on the railroad’s support for the Republicans no matter who the candidate might be. Dodge (right) backed off, agreeing the railroad would stay neutral. In the future, railroad officials were more careful to cover their political tracks. Even though the Wyoming Republicans slowly began winning seats in the Territorial Legislature, bickering among them just got worse. By the end of 1870, the territorial officers had split into two factions, with Campbell, the editor of the Laramie newspaper and their allies on one side, and the U.S. Marshal, and the new territorial secretary (who also edited one of the Cheyenne papers) on the other. Grant made the problem worse, firing men when he heard

complaints from one side, then reinstating Photo Credits: The photo of John Campthem when he heard howls from the other. bell is from the Wyoming State Archives Everyone in territorial government had to website. The view of the railroad grade is keep an eye on Washington and on his from the Union Pacific’s excellent online own job, which left little time to get much collection of historical photos. The Grant done of any value. photo is from the Library of Congress. The real problem was deeper. Wyoming The photo of the Cheyenne depot and railwas simply too poor. Some gold mines road hotel is No. 46 in the U.S. Geological boomed near South Pass, but played out Survey’s catalog of Jackson photos from by 1870. Afterward, Wyoming had almost 1869. See the online listings above, for deno gold, silver, or copper mines like the tails. The Grenville Dodge photo may be ones that built the wealth of California, found among several in this Google selecUtah, Idaho, Colorado and Montana in the tion. middle and late 1800s. It also had almost no farmers growing crops, like the ones that steadied the wealth of Nebraska, Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Dakotas during the same years. The Territory got in the habit of depending on a single industry—the railroad— Candice De Laat - Owner/Publisher and on the federal governCandiceDeLaat@CampbellCountyObserver.com ment to keep money flowing Nicholas De Laat - Owner/Editor in. All through the 1870s, NicholasDeLaat@CampbellCountyObserver.com about an eighth of all workers held railroad jobs, and Keary Speer - Editor about a fourth held federal KearySpeer@CampbellCountyObserver.com jobs. These were mostly soldiers, stationed at forts Anne Peterson - Advertising Sales Manager to keep an eye on Indians. AnnePeterson@CampbellCountyObserver.com As for Campbell, he was Brittany Miller - Sales/Marketing reappointed in 1874. In BrittanyMiller@CampbellCountyObserver.com 1875, Grant offered him a middle-level job in the U.S. Traci Jefferson - Sales/Marketing State Department. He took TraciJefferson@CampbellCountyObserver.com it, and left Wyoming—not a Cyndee Stoneking - Sales/Marketing great politician but still one CyndeeStoneking@CampbellCountyObserver.com that left behind a structure that would allow for a steadiOwen Clarke - Ad Design er kind of government, once OwenClarke@CampbellCountyObserver.com politicians became more skillful. And at least twice-Ken McCoy - Distribution Manager -once to the railroad as we Pattie Ladd - What’s Going On have seen, and once, as PattieLadd@CampbellCountyObserver.com we will see, to the Legislature when it tried to repeal Clint Burton - Photographer votes for women—he had ClintBurton@CampbellCountyObserver.com the nerve to stand up and do the right thing, without Writers knowing if it would hurt him Sandra Boehler or not. And that counts for a (Charities/Fundraisers/Veterans Events) lot. SandraBoehler@CampbellCountyObserver.com

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