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Volume 1 • Issue 31

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“If itTommy doesn’t have to do with Campbell County, we don’t care!” Lubnau on the left and Austin Clemetson on the right both dressed as women for Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving several Larcenies and Destruction of Property Halloween. crimes that have occurred on Energy St., En-

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terprise Ave. and N Butler Spaeth in the Energy Park. An unknown person(s) are siphoning gas, stealing items out of vehicles and in one instance drove a vehicle through a chain link fence. Other items taken from the area includes a 20 pound fire extinguisher. Total property damaged or stolen is estimated at over $1000.00. If you have information that can solve this or any other crime please call Crime Stoppers at 686-0400 or the High School Crime Stoppers at 682-4185. You can remain anonymous and may earn up to $1,000 in reward.

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Teacher Kathy Stephens honored as first local Peabody Energy Leader in Education By Nicholas DeLaat It started with a re-location drill. The children of Hillcrest elementary filed in the gym not knowing what to expect, and soon found that it was a training that the school does on educational goals. These included “be here,” “positive attitude,” and “don’t give up.” Soon though, there was a surprise for the students and teachers that were not expected. The whole training was a mask for an award that was being given out. When the announcement came out that it was Kathy Stephens, the crowd turned around and saw a surprised face that would be a classic on a television. She marched down the stairs and to the front of the audience with a big smile on her face and not much to say. The surprise worked. Miss Stephens was named the first local Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2011-12 school year and awarded $1,000 for her commitment and dedication to students. As a second grade teacher, Stephens works to build strong relationships with her students and creates personalized curricula to keep students interested and engaged. She

sets high goals for her students and is willing to give them extra time and support to achieve those goals. During statewide placement exams, she identifies her students’ weaknesses and develops educational classroom activities and computer games to help students improve their skills. The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated education professionals—from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors—who inspire and motivate youth to succeed. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders. “Kathy Stephens is a shining example of excellence in education. She engages students and inspires them to achieve their true potential,” said Vic Svec, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Peabody Energy. “Peabody created the Leaders in Education program to give outstanding educators like Kathy the recognition they deserve.” The Leaders program was developed in Missouri in 2009, and reflects Peabody’s commitment

to make a positive impact in the communities where the company’s employees live and work by honoring those who inspire students. The 2011-2012 award program is continuing to accept nominations and is open to educational professionals of public, private and independent schools in designated communities where Peabody Energy employees live and work. Nominations may be made at Winners are selected from a diverse group of educators. They can range from veteran teachers to individuals in support staff roles such as administrators, coaches or counselors. “I am probably going to spend half of the money on the kids in my classroom somehow, and I don’t know what I am going to do with the rest,” she said. The Campbell County Observer staff offered a suggestion, a day at the spa, and she said that she would think about it. “I love education kids, and that love hasn’t gone away in my 27 years of service, it has only grown.”

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By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News On Monday, the Campbell County Commissioners awarded Intermountain Construction and Materials (ICM) of Gillette the contract for the first phase of the Northern Drive project. ICM’s bid came in roughly $675,000 below the county engineer’s estimate for the project, according to Campbell County public works director Kevin King. Of the three bids the county received, ICM’s low bid was in the amount of $7,894,826. “I think the commissioners are

very excited about Phase I now being out for bid. The bids came in under the engineer’s estimate,” says Campbell County Commissioner Steve Hughes. “It’s been a project that’s been on the radar screen and it’s now going to get started, and I think it will be an improvement to our community when it’s completed.” According to King, the entire Northern Drive project was originally supposed to consist of three separate phases. However, he says the commissioners wanted to

combine Phase II and III into just one phase. “So potentially we will have Phase II under construction at the same time that we’re completing Phase I, and if everything goes well we could actually have both phases done a year from November,” King says. The construction for Phase I, meanwhile, should begin within a couple of weeks King says. “[Phase I] should be done by November 30 of 2012,” King describes. “The only thing that could

possibly carry over to the spring of 2013 would be the wearing course which is just the very top ¾ of an inch or so of asphalt that goes on top of the final paving.” According to King, Northern Drive Phase I will involve the reconstruction of Garner Lake Road from Warlow Drive north. “Then we’ll have a brand new roadway that bends to the west and then heads straight west over to Little Powder Road, that will be Phase I of Northern Drive,” says King.

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Road Construction Updates Southern Drive / Enzi Drive intersection

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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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 1% Sales Tax.

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Arrowhead Drive will be under construction from Saturday, September 17th through Wednesday, November 23rd. Work on

Arrowhead Dr. will include asphalt milling, asphalt pavement repair, overlay, concrete sidewalk and subgrade prep. This work is part of the City of Gillette’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

Wednesday, November 23rd. Work will include asphalt milling, asphalt pavement repair, concrete sidewalk and subgrade prep. This work is part of the City of Gillette’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.

Fitch Drive will be under construction - sections of which will be temporarily closed at various times throughout the construction process - from Saturday, September 17th through

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

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Wyoming Business Tips Submitted by Leah Bruscino, Wyoming Business Council Northwest regional director “I know customer service is important, but it is expensive to provide customer service training to my employees. How do I know that the training will pay off?” Heather, Cheyenne On a recent shopping trip I encountered stellar customer service -- service good enough to write about. I keep thinking about how this excellent service made me part with a lot more money than I normally would and how happy I am about it. The stellar service began with a friendly clerk in a clothing store asking, “How can I help you?” I told her I was looking for

an outfit, business casual, not a dress and that I hate to shop. She showed me a few options to get a bead on what I like, set me up in a dressing room and then brought me clothes to try on. She left me alone to try things on but checked back and brought a few more things that she thought I might like. She gave me good advice about what looked well, what could fit better in a different size and how I could change a few things out and create several outfits. The clerk gave me advice on what should be tucked in, what shouldn’t, how to make a sum-

mer top work into winter. The employee worked hard to find things that I liked. I spent $365 on some great clothes that I’m happy with and wear a lot. I had such a good experience that four months later I went back to that store and found the same clerk and told her how much I appreciated the help and asked her to help me with another outfit. She remembered me and even remembered what I had purchased months earlier and helped me find some new things, giving me ideas to make the new items work with my earlier purchases. I ended

up spending more than $500 on clothes -- again was happy to part with my money. The customer service was the key to my happy shopping experience. The clerk was helpful but did not badger me. I did not feel pressured to buy, but wanted to. The clerk obviously had been trained well and knew what she was doing. I hope she made a commission on the sales. I can guarantee that I will seek that store out and ask for that specific clerk. This store’s investment in training -- or good hiring --certainly paid off.

This year’s Halloween night was definitely not ideal for trick-or-treaters. Not only was it very chilly but it was also windy. Any child with a typical costume made from typical synthetic fabric would not have stayed warm enough to collect a good amount of candy going door to door. This might explain why hundreds of people showed up in droves to wait in line for this year’s “Treat Street” put on by the News Record. The wait was close to an hour but most of it was inside and out of the foul weather. Although there were many kids, younger and older, waiting for what seemed like an eternity, there were very few tantrums during the long wait. This was perhaps because of everything there was to look at. The line was more of a showcase of the community children and their costumes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle and had a great time pointing out characters they knew or cute babies dressed as animals. Some families themed their costumes while others all expressed their individuality by dressing as their favorite thing. Once inside, it was a frenzy of things to look at and candy to be had. There were dozens of businesses from hair salons to oil and gas companies and tax specialists to construction companies handing out candy. Each booth had their own costumes and decorations as well as an entire Rubbermaid full of treats. Kids got books, hats, cans of soda, and all the candy they could handle. There is absolutely no way a child could get as much candy by trick-ortreating. Also, because it was right next door to the Harvest Festival, this was one-stop holiday fun for everyone. Treat Street is highly recommended to parents and grandparents of children of any age. If you missed it this year, you may have been one of the only ones! So, do not miss your opportunity next year for a warm and reliable trickor-treating experience to which you do not have to go home and check all of your child’s candy.

Fun with Pumpkins On Saturday October 29th, the AVA art center put on their annual pumpkin carving. Participants had a good time carving and decorating pumpkins. Come and join them next year!

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If you stopped by the American Legion last Saturday, you would have been dancing, singing, and playing. But you may have been scared. There were witches, werewolves, and the scariest of all…a 70’s disco dude. It was a Halloween party for kids. “My sister-in-law had done this for years, but stopped because people quit coming. We decided to do it again,” said Marissa Kuhbacher. “We love Halloween.” There was great games for the kids, including but not limited to ring toss, bobbing for apples, and basketball. “The real credit needs to go to my sister, Shereen Kuhbacher. She put on the party and did all the work.” So next year, if you are ready for a treat or a trick, come to the American Legion for a great party for the kids. Leave You Mark on Campbell County...

What once was a small church gathering to provide a safe haven for young children on Halloween night, has turned into one of the biggest “hot spots” for the community. The annual Harvest Festival was a smashing hit again this year with hundreds of people showing up to celebrate Halloween. Some local businesses like Just Gotta Dance were there hosting games, handing out candy, and offering their services at a discount. Many churches were there doing basically the same. They were hosting games, handing out candy, and providing information on their place of worship. All the children and many of the parents showed up in their costumes ready to play. They could do a cake walk, ring toss, bean bag toss, and even a chance to throw soggy sponges in the faces of clowns. Families could also get their pictures taken together for a small fee. The biggest hit, by far, was the bouncy houses. The bouncy obstacle course was attracting the older kids while the Shrek and Sponge Bob houses stole the hearts of the younger ones. The inflatable slides not only provided fun for the kids but entertainment to the spectators as it was incredibly fast. Along with all of the good, wholesome fun was good food as well. For $5 one could eat all the chili they wanted in lieu of having to go home after a long night of festive fun to cook dinner. Warm drinks were also being sold with an extra kick of caffeine so the parents could keep up with those sugar-soaked children! Not only were families provided a warm alternative to the cold outdoor weather, but they were provided a sense of security that their kids were in a safe and fun environment. Also, the event was of no charge so it was open to literally anyone and everyone who wished to attend. If you missed out on it this year, it is definitely recommended for next year and will be here for many years to come.

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The Campbell County Rockpile Museum in Gillette, Wyoming is pleased to announce the opening of The Unquiet Utes, a temporary exhibit showcasing the journey of approximately 400 Ute Indians who left the Uintah Reservation in Utah and traveled through Wyoming towards South Dakota in 1906. Frustration with the opening of their lands to white settlement led the Utes to seek a new place to live where they could be free from government control and live life the way they chose. Due to rumors of violence and crime, the U.S. Cavalry was called out to intercept the Utes. The national press took notice and Collier’s Weekly sent out photographer Thomas W. Tolman to Gillette to document

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AVA Auction By Keary Speer

With the astounding number of negative statistics there are regarding Breast Cancer, it is no wonder that there is an entire month dedicated to spreading awareness and helping this cause. This particular event in Campbell County has had weeks of anticipation with all of the classes and articles leading up to the 28th of October and it finally arrived. The C-Cups Auction took place that night at the AVA Art Center with a huge outpouring of support for the cause. Throughout the previous weeks, people had come to AVA Art Center to glaze coffee mugs made by local artist John Werbelow and

a few others. These cups were set to be auctioned off in a silent auction for Breast Cancer victims. A total of approximately 93 cups, including some cup-style ornaments and tea sets were made. There was something there for everyone. Dozens of people showed up every few minutes to enjoy the oer d’oeuvres and look at the impressive number of beautiful mugs. It was also a child-friendly environment with a coloring station to keep them busy and away from the breakables. Within the first half hour every mug had at least one bid and throughout the two hour event the bids just

kept getting higher. It was not until someone called out the last ten minutes of bidding that it got really intense with people trying to win their favorite mug. In the end, many people walked away with their favorite mug, or even mugs, and supported a great cause. There were two women from the community nominated to receive the funds raised from this event. Connie Pate and Shannon Eurich each received $1,170.00 thanks to everyone who participated in the glazing classes, donated, and bought mugs.

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By Keary Spear Saturday, October 29th was a crisp morning perfect for running and that is just what many community members did during the Ghostly Gallop. Many people showed up at the Gillette College to run or walk the 5K and the 10K route offered by the organization. Costumes were worn by many for a contest. There were crayons, Super Mario Brothers, and many more geared up to run. The staff, who put on the run, also dressed in their finest costumes to direct the runners on where to go. There was also a poker game of sorts to be played. Each runner was handed a playing card at each kilometer. Whoever had the best 5 card hand won a prize as well as the people who took first, second, and third in the appropriate age group. Each runner and walker who signed up got a black long sleeved t-short that had music playing ghosts that glowed in the dark to commemorate their feat. They were also entered into a drawing for door prizes at the end that included more t-shirts and symphony tickets. This 5k/10k run was to raise money for the Powder River symphony. The Powder River Symphony is made up of talented community member who practice tirelessly to bring the culture of classical music to our community in a big way. They only perform a select few times a year but happen to have their “Sounds of the Holidays” performance coming December 11th at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. This was their second annual Halloween run, indicating that there will be more in the years to come. Hopefully, with all of the participants who showed up, they raised plenty of money to keep doing what they love and blessing this town with beautiful music. Mark your calendars for next year’s run to have fun and help a good cause.

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Public Pulse Form versus Function: Artist reception for Bob Trowe

Gillette resident Bob Trowe owns and operates a metal art and specialty fabrication business and shop. Because Trowe works on all kinds of things, not just art, he prefers to call his work space a shop rather than a studio. As a long time inventor and artist, Trowe works in various media, from wood to ceramic tile, to all kinds of metals. While metal is his first love media is not a constraint for Bob, who finds inspiration to create from all around him. If he feels inspired to create something using a media unfamiliar to him, he is unafraid to dive right in and learn all about

its history, traditional usage, and work methods. This inspiration then carries over to his enthusiasm for teaching others and sharing his knowledge. Bob has produced many commissioned works including: a walnut, steel, and granite fireplace mantle; several large hanging copper wall fountains; a mosaic tile topped chest of drawers; and custom sets of stainless steel grilling tools. After working in the corporate world for ten years as an Information Technology manager Bob threw off the shackles of the 9 to 5 world and now devotes all his time to creative pur-

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Submitted by Melinda Myers Gardening Expert, TV & Radio Host, Author and Columnist Go green, or should I say brown. Recycle fall leaves into compost, a soil amendment or a nutritious topdressing for the lawn. It saves time, improves your landscape, and is good for the environment. Shred fall leaves with your mower and leave them on the lawn. As long as you can see the grass blades for the leaf pieces your lawn will be fine. Those shredded leaves will break down adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil. It is also a good time to make your last application of fertilizer for your lawn. Use a slow release organic nitrogen fertilizer, like Milorganite, that won’t burn the lawn. Plus, the phosphorous is non-leaching and recent research found when the microorganisms break down this fertilizer some of the phosphorous and potassium tied up in the soil is released for plants to use. Northern gardeners with bluegrass, fescue and rye grass lawns can make their last application in late fall before the ground freezes. Those in the south growing Bermuda, St Augustine and other warm weather grasses can make their last

fertilization about one month before the lawn goes dormant. That’s about the time of the first killing frost. Fertilizing later can result in winter damage. Bag any leaves you do not want to leave on the lawn and dig them into annual flower and vegetable gardens. They will break down over winter improving the soil. Use any remaining shredded leaves as mulch on the soil around perennials, trees and shrubs. The shredded leaves help conserve moisture, moderate temperature extremes and reduce weed problems. And once decomposed, help improve the soil. Still leaves left? Start a compost pile by mixing fall leaves with other yard waste. Do not add aggressive weeds or those gone to seed. Leave insect and disease infested or chemically treated plant debris out of the pile. Do not add fat, meat and other animal products that can attract rodents. Moisten and occasionally turn the pile to speed up the process. Soon you will have a wonderful soil conditioner to put back into your landscape.

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Campbell Co. Fire Dept. October 26, 2011

- At 5:59 AM to Alex Way for a medical assist. - At 7:00 AM to North Highway 14-16 for a traffic accident. A pickup swerved to miss an animal and rolled onto its side. There were no injuries. - At 8:06 AM to the intersection of West 2nd Street and 4J Road for a two vehicle traffic accident. Firefighters applied floor dry to fluid leakage. - At 11:53 AM to 209 Limestone Avenue (Intermountain Construction) for a fire alarm. Dust in a smoke detector was blamed for the alarm. The Fire Alarm Company is working on correcting the problem. - At 8:25 PM to 330 Oregon Avenue for a possible chimney fire. Firefighters arrived to find some hot embers coming out the chimney as the fireplace was being used – there was no chimney fire. - At 9:07 PM to 600 West Boxelder Road (Campbell County Detention Center) for a burning electrical odor in the kitchen. Firefighters found water from a sink had leaked into an electrical wiring junction box for an under the sink hot water heater. The water caused the electrical wiring to arc creating an arc hole in the metal bottom. The electrical breaker was shut off until repairs can be made. The incident was contained to the kitchen and the building was not evacuated.

October 27, 2011

- At 4:02 p.m. to mm 90 on South HWY 59 for a 2 vehicle collision. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found a bus versus truck collision that occurred after an involved truck unintentionally spilled its load of gravel on the roadway. No one was injured in the collision. CCFD checked the involved vehicles for leaking fluids and

hazardous materials, and assisted with traffic control. - At 11:18 p.m. to Gold Road for an EMS assist.

October 28, 2011

- At 6:24 AM to 2577 South Douglas Highway (Fairview Inn) for a fire alarm. A smoke detector had activated due to some burnt food. - At 10:55 AM to the 100 block of South Carey Avenue for a medical assist. - At 1:22 PM to 905 North Gurley Avenue (YES House) for a fire alarm. Responding fire units were cancelled when it was learned there was no fire. - At 5:31 PM to East Interstate 90 for a traffic accident. Responding fire units were cancelled when it was learned the accident was in Crook County. - At 6:27 PM to 605 Emerson for a carbon monoxide detector activation. Firefighters arrived to find the home had been air out and that there was no longer any carbon monoxide inside the home. A burner on the cook stove had been accidently left on causing the detector to go into alarm.

October 29, 2011

- At 3:34 PM to Skyline Dr. near White’s Frontier Motors for a small grass fire, unknown cause the size was less than 1 acre. - At 4:34 PM to 4507 Dakota for an automatic residential fire alarm, upon arrival it was determined to be burnt food, no fire. - At 10:29 PM to E. Lincoln for an EMS assist.

October 30, 2011

- At 12:26 AM to Warren Ave. for a medical assist - At 1:43 AM to Jakes Tavern for a medical assist. - At 2:42 AM to Sierra Circle for a medical assist. - At 7:38 AM to the 2300 block of Bluffs Ridge Drive for a medical assist.

- At 10:11 AM to 111 Stetson Drive for smoke odor inside the residence. Firefighters identified the gas boiler as the source of the odor. The scene was turned over to Source Gas (natural gas utility). - At 1:35 PM to North Highway 59 for a medical assist. - At 7:01 PM to 411 4J Road for a residential fire alarm. A smoke detector malfunction caused the false alarm.

October 31, 2011

- At 9:57 AM to 1801 Four J Road for unknown odor. CCFD personnel monitored the air inside the building. No abnormal readings were found. - At 3:56 PM to the intersection of 4th Street and Carey Avenue for a two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. CCFD personnel did apply floor dry to some fluids that were leaking from one of the vehicles. - At 6:29 PM to 507 Ross Ave. for an open burning complaint, upon arrival we found a resident burning a pile of leaves. He was informed of the city ordinance that bans open fires with the exception of cooking (BBQ grills). - At 10:50 PM to Castle Pines for an EMS assist.

November 01, 2011

- At 8:43 a.m. to the 300 block of Sunflower Lane for a medical assist. - At 10:26 a.m. to the 5300 block of Gunpowder for a medical assist. - At 1:29 p.m. to the 300 block of Newton Road for a medical assist. - At 5:09 p.m. to 800 Hemlock Avenue for an automatic fire alarm activation. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival was advised that a manual pull station was activated by an occupant of the building and the alarm was false. CCFD assisted with resetting the alarm system.


Public Pulse Wyoming can still find 1,000 Roads to Liberty Ending a decade of contentious litigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a controversial opinion last Friday upholding President Clinton’s “Roadless Rule.” The rule in controversy was issued in the last days of the Clinton Administration and was designed to prohibit access to millions of acres of public land as well as to prevent new road construction for timber harvests, mining or natural resources development. The State of Wyoming originally won in the United States District Court for Wyoming, but the Tenth Circuit ruled, unanimously, that Wyoming’s challenge was without merit and that the Roadless Rule would have the full force of law. Wyoming and its supporters did not challenge the Roadless Rule on its substance, but rather under the Administrative Procedure Act. Basically, their argument rested on technicalities. On each claim, the Tenth Circuit upheld the broad power of federal agencies to manage federal land holdings. Wyoming’s challenge did not bring up issues of constitutional law or other property rights claims, but this is understandable since states are often on the losing end of such challenges. With some fortuitous timing, the Wyoming Liberty Group just released “One Thousand Roads to Liberty,” a comprehensive study focusing on how local communities and states can regain control of certain roads running over federal lands. (The paper is available at http://www.

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Alisa Cochrane, state veterans service officer for the Wyoming Veterans Commission, will be conducting outreach to assist veterans and their families with their state and federal benefits, claims, and healthcare. She will be available at the Crook County Courthouse, 309 Cleveland, in

Sundance, on Nov. 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. She will be available at the Weston County Courthouse, 1 W. Main St., in Newcastle, on Nov. 9, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. During periods of inclement weather, please check with the staff at the outreach locations to ensure

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Public Pulse Bold Republic Weekly HEY GILLETTE! Here’s your Sign! By Glenn Woods I know it shouldn’t bother me. But it bothers me. I just can’t help myself. It’s a good thing I sit in a padded room and talk to myself four hours a day or I would have blown a gasket a long time ago. See, a couple of time a week I like to stop by Dalbey Park, also known as The Fishing Pond, in Gillette. It is a relaxing place where I like to go and wind down. I wander the pathways, watch the fall leaves change, and see where those little dogs leave those fun surprises for the Frisbee golfers to step in. (BTW, please remember to pick up your dog’s poop). (On second thought - never mind - I need the laugh). ANYWAY! Each time, as I stroll, and I approach the bridge from the parking lot, I find myself mumbling, “Ignore it. Ignore it.” But I can never ignore it… To the right of the bridge, next to the floating pier, is a little railed in area, with a hardened surface. It sits between the handicap parking area and the pond. There is a sign in front of this little area that reads: “HANDYCAP FISHING ONLY” I’ve been going to that park for two years. I jog there some mornings on the weekend. I have never seen anyone in a wheelchair using that so called Handicap Fishing Area. I began to think that if a fellow with a handicap were to fish there he might just enjoy some company. Anyone’s company, handicap or not. At that point I had to won-

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What’s Going On? Friday, November 4

-Senior Center- 1st National Bank Birthday Dinner -Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, 6 p.m., Cam-plex Energy Hall -Gillette Gun Club Banquet, 5-11 p.m., Cam-plex Wyoming Center -AVA- Uncorked! 7 p.m. -CCHS Musical, 7-10 p.m., North Auditorium -Face Lift @ Jakes Tavern

Saturday, November 5

-SAT Testing, 8 a.m., North Campus -3rd Annual Bulb Bonanza, 9 a.m., City West Building -16th Annual Native American Artifact Show, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Rockpile Museum -RCM Barrel Racing, TBA, Cam-plex East Pavilion -AVA- Van Gogh Kiddos, 10 a.m. -All About Women Christmas Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Lakeway Learning Center -CCHS Musical, 7-10 p.m., North Auditorium -Snow Ball 9 (Fundraiser for Miss CC Scholarship Fund), 7-11 p.m., Cam-plex Wyoming Center --Face Lift @ Jakes Tavern

Sunday, November 6

-Daylight Savings Time Ends -UMF Meeting @ Jakes Tavern -WRCHA Club Clinic, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., Cam-plex East Pavilion -Senior Center, Carry-In Game Day, 12 p.m. -Wyoming Outlaws to Visit County Libraries, 1:30 p.m., CCPL

Monday, November 7

-Adecco: Canned Food Drive, 11/7-11/14, Drop Sites: Adecco & Campbell Co. Chamber of Commerce -Prairie Wind Picture Retake Day, 8:30-10 a.m. -Senior Center, Medicare Part D, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. -Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Level 1, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -AVA- Pine Needle Basket Class, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. -AVA- Little Tikes, 1 p.m. -Green Advantage/Green Construction Training, 3-5 p.m., Gillette College, 307674-6446 ext. 4505 -AVA, Life Drawing, 7 p.m. -Conestoga 5/6 Grade Program, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center -Cottonwood 3/4 Grade Music Program, 7 p.m., Cottonwood -Prairie Wind 5/6 Grade Music Program, 7 p.m.,

CCHS Auditorium -Wyoming Outlaws to Visit County Libraries, 7 p.m., WBL

Tuesday, November 8

-ELECTION DAY -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -Basic MS Access 2010, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Gillette College -Microsoft Windows 7 Basic, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -AVA- Pre-School Art, 2 p.m. -Green Advantage/Green Construction Training, 3-5 p.m., Gillette College, 307674-6446 ext. 4505 -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -AVA- Pottery with John Werbelow, 6:30-9 p.m. -Book Discussion with Young Adult Author S.L. Rottman, 7 p.m., CCPL -CCHS Veteran’s Day Concert, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, November 9 -Early Release, 1 p.m. Secondary, 1:30 p.m. Elementary -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health

Wednesday, November 9

-Worksite Wellness Workshop: Employee Health Costs Cutting Into Your Profit Margin?, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Gillette College Tech. Center 888582-9002 -Optimist International Club Meeting, 12 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 605-6451102 -AVA- Early Release, 2-5 p.m. -Green Advantage/Green Construction Training, 3-5 p.m., Gillette College, 307674-6446 ext. 4505 -The McManus Comedies, Poor Again Dagnabbit!, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center, Call 682-8802 for Tickets

Thursday, November 10

-NO SCHOOL- Parent/ Teacher Conferences -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 6881222 -K2 Focused Seminar: Taming Your Email, 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Senior Center- Tin Lizzie Bus, 9 a.m. -Downtown Revitalization Meeting: Review of Corridor

Assets & Liabilities, 12 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -AVA- Homeschool Kids, 2-3:30 p.m. -Green Advantage/Green Construction Training, 3-5 p.m., Gillette College, 307674-6446 ext. 4505 -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m.

Friday, November 11

-VETERAN’S DAY -NO SCHOOL -Lilli Jean @ Jakes Tavern -Online- Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2A, 9-10:30 a.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Online- Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2B, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Online- Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2C, 1-2:30 p.m., K2 Technologies, 686-3025 -Veteran’s Day Parade, 1:30 p.m., Linda Eldridge 680-8341 to Enter -Ladies Night Expo, 5-9 p.m., Cam-plex Central Pavilion -AVA- Photography Invitational Reception, 6-8 p.m. -Rotary Cajun Night, 6-10 p.m., Cam-plex Energy Hall -Bricks for Vets Quilt Raffle, 7 p.m., AVA, 687-0513

Saturday, November 12

-Lilli Jean @ Jakes Tavern -ACTRA Team Roping, All Day, Cam-plex 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 -Stock Dog Trials, 10 a.m.5 p.m., Cam-plex Barn 3 -Church of Christ Youth Rally, 7-10 p.m., Cam-plex Wyoming Center

2011 Chamber of Commerce award nominees

This year, the Chamber honors six organizations and professionals at the Annual Chamber Awards. All nominees are current Chamber members. The awards are: Chamber Award of Excellence - Nominees are actively involved with the Chamber, have more than 25 employees and have an established business in Campbell County for the past five years. Nominees include: • Animal Medical Center of Wyoming • Collins Communications • Gillette College • Greg’s Welding Inc. • Powder River Dental • Schilling Companies LLC • Subway Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Nominees have fewer than 25 employees and have been in business for at least three years. Nominees include: • Theresa Kokesh, Aloha Scuba and Travel • Kati Sipe, Brothers Coffee Co. • Christina Hjorth, First Place Cellular • Jim West, Go West Games LLC • Bruce and MaryAnn Marshall, Marshall Jewelry • Dustin and Heather Martinson, Rehab Solutions

Sunday, November 13 -Senior Center- CLOSED -ACTRA Team Roping, All Day, Cam-plex East Pavilion -WRCHA Club Clinic, 12-6 p.m., Cam-plex Barn 3

Monday, November 14

Friend of the Chamber Award - Businesses or individuals who have helped the Chamber staff immensely throughout the fiscal year. Nominees include: • Wes Johnson and John Davis, 4 Seasons Events • Karl DeCock, CTA Architects Engineers • Sandy Hart, Fantastic Sam’s • First National Bank

-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., Cam-plex Heritage Center

New Chamber Member of the Year Award - Members who joined the Chamber in the previous 18 months leading up to the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2011). Nominees include: • Blue Butterfly Boutique • Big Horn Dental Clinic • Big Screen Entertainment • Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steak House • Claus LLC • CTA Architects Engineers • Dynamic Homes LLC • Joe’s Pet Depot • Schilling Companies LLC • SignBoss LLC Spirit of Gillette Award - Nominees generously give their time and talent to community projects, and must not have held a public office in the last 12 months. Nominees include: • Basin Radio Network • Charlene Busk, City of Gillette • Tami Erb, First Interstate Bank • Ric Schuyler, Pokey’s Smokehouse & Barbeque • Mary Silvernell, Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Joke of the week Q: How many municipal employees does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Seven – two to administer the Civil Service examination for the Light Bulb Administrator position, the Commissioner of Public Works, who ends up hiring his brother for the position anyway, one to plow the mayors driveway, a Summer Youth student to actually screw it in, and a Union steward to protest that it’s the electricians job to screw in light bulbs.

cast, blindly to a floating dock where people are sitting. AH yes, --- your government in action. Here again I can’t help myself. Let’s add it up. How much did it cost to pave the area? How much for the railing? Did the city plant those reeds? How much? How much did labor cost us on this fine idea? How much is the fine if I am caught fishing here? Finally - how much for that STUPID sign. OK - look - I know whoever’s bright idea this was meant well, but at this point I have to ask, was anyone thinking here? At any time did anyone working for the city stop and look at any part of this situation and say - you know - this just ain’t working. Let’s just scrap the whole idea. Considering the waste of taxpayer money I’m thinking of staging a protest. I might just pitch a tent in that restricted fishing area and stay a couple of month. I’m going to call it, OCCUPY HANDICAP FISHING LAKE - or something. The problem is that winter is close and there is no way I’m camping out in sub-zero temperatures. Look for me this spring. Actually, I have a better idea --- could someone slip out to Dalbey Park and remove that STUPID SIGN? I don’t need to know who you are, and I don’t care if you work for the city or not.

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der whose dumb idea was it to install a handicap fishing area right there in that spot. I mean, it’s next to the dock, and next to the bridge, with so much foot traffic that it is not exactly an ideal fishing area. Then, one evening, I strolled out on to the floating dock and halfway out I stopped and looked back and noticed that I could not see the fishing area through all the reeds that had grown up in front it. In fact the reeds were so high there was no way that a man, even if he was standing, could cast a line over the reeds into the pond. I continued walking to the end of the pier and it is then that I realize that the pier itself is in a lousy spot in relation to the handicap fishing area. There is a good chance of a fisherman hitting the dock with their baited hooks. Add to that --NO ONE CAN SEE OVER THE RIEDS WHEN THEY CAST! There is a good chance that people relaxing on the pier will get hooked by someone who is casting but can’t see where they are casting too. Ok, so, let’s review: We have a fishing area, in a real sucky place for fish, marked and railed off with a sign that restricts it to only people who are most likely sitting down and can’t get up, and we have allowed or have planted reeds between the fishing area and the pond that no one could cast over even if they were standing, leading them to

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Public Pulse About Nothing By Ken DeLaat I’m never going to be anything close to a gourmet cook. I came to the art of preparing food rather late in life somehow surviving my early single years away from home through discovering ‘cheap eats’ venues or showing up at friends houses around dinnertime and staving off hints about leaving until managing to wangle an invitation to join in (a strategy that only works if not repeated too often lest the friendship be threatened). Although I’ve developed my culinary capability over the years I’m still not at any level close to, say, a short order cook at a greasy spoon or a burger flipper at a fast food joint. Oh, being of the male gender I can grill pretty well, but, really, it’s not as if you’re doing much besides slapping something over a few coals and hoping to not burn it for most of us grillers. Acquaintances I’ve known try to make it seem like some type of art form particularly when they add sticks to the coals for flavoring or develop other special touches, but seriously, when it comes down to it we’re just slapping something over a group of hot coals and hoping to find that window between being undercooked and coming out looking like overdone jerky. Lil, on the other hand can create epicurean outlays of edible provisions fit for the finest tables and in my desire to be helpful so as to establish a hassle free environment that promotes frequent efforts on her part the task of prep cook often falls my way. That’s how we ended up with It. During one of my impulse driven periods I purchased a set of knives that were on sale at a local grocery store thinking I had found a bargain. Alas, like so many bargains the knives proved to be woefully inadequate so I haven’t used them in the 4-5 years since their purchase but remain too cheap to toss them out and settled for using the one knife I kind of like. Once at a kitchen store I purchased a rather expensive paring one and loved it until it came up missing one day with no clue as to how this might have happened. After an appropriate period of mourning we were in another kitchen store (marvelous places to browse) and I saw another like it. High priced or not, I took it upon myself to make the purchase and a few days later gave it a whirl. I suffered a slight cut which I passed off as being my unfamiliarity with the new member of our kitchen arsenal. A couple of days later Lil and I were collaborating on a small banquet for two and it slipped again leaving me bleeding fairly profusely, though a bit short of requiring stitches. The next few times I kind of ignored the newcomer, then one day I noticed Lil holding a compress to her hand. What happened? “Oh, I cut myself with that new knife.” I know. I’ve done it twice. To tell you the truth I kind of think she’s evil. “It’s a knife. It can’t be evil. Besides why is it a she?” I just kind of sense it’s a her. Lil flashed the look I’ve grown accustomed to that exemplifies the mixture of perplexity peevishness and patience she’d keenly developed over the years and with a sigh and a shake of her head went back to working on dinner. But she didn’t use The Knife anymore that day and I veered away from it from then on. It was kept in a separate spot from its brethren encased in a cardboard sleeve it had come with. Often I opened the drawer and saw it lying there, waiting for me to pick it up but there it remained, untouched, unloved. Recently there’s been a spate of odd events around the house. A door open here, an item misplaced there. Nothing wildly disturbing but just small clusters of strange occurrences such as those. Then the other day I opened the drawer and saw the empty sleeve. The Knife had escaped. I held back a small feeling of panic and looked in other drawers, the dishwasher, a cupboard or two, but to no avail. I didn’t tell Lil, no sense in alarming her when it could just be hiding, but a couple of days later I found it lying in the drawer next to the previously empty sleeve. I (warily) slipped it back in and spent the next couple of days checking on it periodically. During those days Lil noticed that our boat had a small piece of rope tied to the front of it. She asked if I had done it (I didn’t. I don’t even drive the thing) and we sat puzzling over how it had gotten there. Many scenarios were pieced together none of which made sense, then I thought for a minute and said: Do you suppose The Knife had anything to do with it? Yep. Same look.

What’s Going On In Government? Monday, November 7

-City Council Pre-Meeting, 6-7 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall

Tuesday, November 8

-Board of Examiners, 12:30 p.m., Community Conference Room, City Hall -Mayor’s Art Council Meeting, 5 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall -Planning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall

Thursday, November 10

-Parks & Beautification Board, 5:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Conference Room, City Hall -Campbell County Public Land Board, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Board Room

Monday, November 14

-City Council Work Session, 6 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Conference Room, City Hall -Wright Town Council Workshop, 7 p.m., Council Room, Town Hall -Wright Town Council Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Council Room, Town Hall

Wyoming Liberty Index Submitted by the Wyoming Liberty Group

The Wyoming Liberty Group released its ninth annual Wyoming Liberty Index today, which rates all final bills in the House and Senate from the 2011 General Session and shows whether they support or inhibit liberty. “Many of these bills have a strong impact on personal liberty and the Index gives people a sense of how liberty friendly their legislators were during the 2011 session,” said Charles Curley, project lead of the Wyoming Liberty Index. “The Index will allow constituents to either thank their legislators for their support of liberty or question legislators on their lack of support.” Liberty Index citizen volunteers

rated each bill on a scale of -3 (most hostile to liberty) to +3 (most favorable to liberty) to create a scorecard for each bill. The volunteers then matched up each bill to issues such as federalism, individual rights, limited government and taxation. Then, each legislator’s voting pattern was automatically calculated. “The Index will help legislators see where they stand on issues important to citizens living in a free society and see where they can improve if they value liberty,” said Curley. “It also helps constituents in each district see how liberty-friendly their legislators are and adjust their votes accordingly.”

Legislators voted on 275 bills in the House and 162 bills in the Senate. Out of this total, the Liberty Index showed that 49 liberty-supporting bills passed and 67 failed. Additionally, 57 liberty-inhibiting bills passed while 88 failed. The Index also showed the top liberty-friendly member in the House was Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R-Hot Springs), and in the Senate, Senator Cale Case (R-Fremont). The House representative most in need of improvement was Representative James Byrd (D-Laramie) and in the Senate, Senator John Hastert (D-Sweetwater).

The 2011 Wyoming House Index

This table shows the weighted liberty score and weighted liberty percentage for each representative. The highest score, earned by Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, shows a weighted score of 61.67. NAME PAR DIST DISTRICT LOCATION Joseph Barbuto D 48 SW Fremont/Sweetwater Rosie Berger R 51 Sheridan Stan Blake D 39 Sweetwater Gregg Blikre R 53 Campbell Dave Bonner R 25 Park Jonathan Botten R 30 Sheridan Bob Brechtel R 38 Natrona Kermit Brown R 14 Albany Edward Buchanan R 4 Goshen Donald Burkhart, Jr R 15 Carbon James Byrd D 44 Laramie Rita Campbell R 34 Fremont Richard Cannady R 6 Converse Pat Childers R 50 Park Cathy Connolly D 13 Albany Bernadine Craft D 17 Sweetwater Kathy Davison R 20 Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater Amy Edmonds R 12 Laramie John Eklund R 10 Laramie Ken Esquibel D 41 Laramie John Freeman D 60 Sweetwater Gerald Gay R 36 Natrona Keith Gingery R 23 Fremont/Teton W. Patrick Goggles D 33 Fremont Mike Greear R 27 Washakie Matthias Greene R 45 Albany Steve Harshman R 37 Natrona Elaine Harvey R 26 Big Horn/Park Hans Hunt R 2 Niobrara/Weston/Converse/Goshen Peter S. “Pete” Illoway R 42 Laramie Allen Jaggi R 18 Uinta/Sweetwater Norine Kasperik R 32 Campbell Kendell Kroeker R 35 Natrona Samuel Krone R 24 Park Thomas Lockhart R 57 Natrona Bunky Loucks R 59 Natrona Thomas Lubnau R 31 Campbell Michael Madden R 40 Johnson/Sheridan Robert McKim R 21 Lincoln Del McOmie R 54 Fremont David Miller R 55 Fremont Glenn Moniz R 46 Albany Bob Nicholas R 8 Laramie John Patton R 29 Sheridan Frank Peasley R 3 Converse/Platte Bryan Pedersen R 7 Laramie Owen Petersen R 19 Uinta Ruth Petroff R 16 Teton Lorraine Quarberg R 28 S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park Jim Roscoe D 22 Lincoln/Sublette/Teton Mark Semlek R 1 Crook/Weston Lisa Shepperson R 58 Natrona William “Jeb” Steward R 47 Carbon/Albany Tim Stubson R 56 Natrona Matt Teeters R 5 Goshen/Platte Mary Throne D 11 Laramie Clarence Vranish R 49 Uinta Sue Wallis R 52 Campbell Dan Zwonitzer R 43 Laramie David Zwonitzer R 9 Laramie

WEIGHTED WEIGHTED SCORE PERCENT -33.5 16% -13.17 34% -19.67 28% -10.17 37% 1 46% 10.83 55% 53.5 93% 8.83 53% 21.83 65% -0.17 45% -51.67 0% -1.67 44% -0.5 45% 6.33 51% -30.33 19% -36 14% 9.33 54% 45.5 86% 8.33 53% -12.67 34% -18.17 30% 49.17 89% 3.5 49% -21.67 26% 14.83 59% -7.17 39% -1.67 44% -1.83 44% 20.17 63% 9.83 54% 41 82% 1.83 47% 55.5 95% -11.83 35% 10.33 55% 17.83 61% -3.17 43% 33.33 75% 22.5 65% 4 49% 27.83 70% 4.83 50% -1.83 44% 6.83 52% 49 89% 5.67 51% -5.5 41% -18.67 29% 61.67 100% -14 33% 41.33 82% 35.83 77% 20.17 63% 7.33 52% 47.5 88% -21.17 27% 13.67 58% 34.67 76% -2.17 44% 8.5 53%

The 2011 Wyoming Senate Index

This table shows the weighted liberty score and weighted liberty percentage for each senator. The highest score, earned by Sen. Cale Case, shows a weighted score of 67. WEIGHTED WEIGHTED NAME PAR DIST DISTRICT LOCATION SCORE PERCENT Jim Anderson R 2 Converse/Platte 3.33 43% Paul Barnard R 15 Uinta -26.33 17% Eli Bebout R 26 Fremont 11.33 50% Bruce Burns R 21 Sheridan 29.67 67% Cale Case R 25 Fremont 67 100% Leland Christensen R 17 Teton/Fremont -30.17 13% Henry H.R. “Hank” Coe R 18 Park 12.33 51% Stan Cooper R 14 Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta -22.17 20% Dan Dockstader R 16 Lincoln/Sublette/Teton 10.33 49% Ogden Driskill R 1 Crook/Weston/E Converse/Niobrara/NE Goshen 2.33 42% Fred Emerich R 5 Laramie -11 30% Floyd Esquibel D 8 Laramie -40.67 4% Gerald Geis R 20 S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park/Washakie 4.83 44% John Hastert D 13 Sweetwater -44.83 0% Larry Hicks R 11 Albany/Carbon -12.33 29% John Hines R 23 Campbell 0 40% Kit Jennings R 28 Natrona 13 52% Wayne Johnson R 6 Laramie -21.83 21% Bill Landen R 27 Natrona -26.33 17% Marty Martin D 12 Sweetwater/Fremont -21 21% Curt Meier R 3 Goshen/Platte -18.5 24% Phil Nicholas R 10 Albany 14.83 53% Leslie Nutting R 7 Laramie -16 26% Drew Perkins R 29 Natrona 14.83 53% R. Ray Peterson R 19 Big Horn/E Park -3.17 37% Tony Ross R 4 Laramie -9.17 32% Chris Rothfuss D 9 Albany -27.17 16% John Schiffer R 22 Sheridan/Johnson 3.33 43% Charles Scott R 30 Natrona -20.33 22% Michael Von Flatern R 24 Campbell -19.33 23%


Public Pulse Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, I thought an email was more than called for to thank you for running the article about our roller derby team. We’ve received a great response from the people who have seen it and it will be in all of our scrapbooks for years to come! We have run into our fair share of problems with other publications and really appreciate you willing to allow us to get the word out about the Betties. We look forward to working with you in the future. Thank You So Much! Alexandria “Beefcake Bettee” Chiesavia email. From Editor Keary Speer: Dear Alexandria, We are all about helping people in the community and the way we do that is by spreadin’ the word! There is no need to thanks us for simply doing our jobs here at the Observer! Just keep being fabulous and let us know of your upcoming events and we will be there. Dear Editor, Let’s play 260 Questions. “What time did this person usually leave home to go to work last week?” “How many times has this person been married?” Answer the questions accurately or you will be fined $1000 according to Title 18 § 3559 & 3571. No, I wasn’t visiting Communist Russia. I was right here

“A government is never in a position to give direction, teach morals, or instill ethics on a people. As a matter of fact, quite the opposite is true.” - Nicholas De Laat-Owner of the Patriot Publishing L.L.C.

in Gillette wondering what ------business the U.S. Census Bureau had to force me to answer personal questions like these on a 28 page form. At least if I had robbed a bank I could have pleaded the 5th Amendment. If you don’t mail in the questionnaire they will invite themselves over to your home to violate your rights. But they assured me I wasn’t being picked on. They said everyone will be selected eventually. Gary Dawson Gillette From Editor Nicholas De Laat. After some research, I have some information for you. In 2000, nobody was fined, so I can’t imagine any fines will be given in 2010, although with this current government I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. The census is used for many things. Say a Red Lobster wants to move into Gillette, they can look and see how often people go out, what they like to eat, how big is their family, can the locals afford to eat at one on a regular basis, and more. This is one example of how these questions can be used. Should the government be able to fine you for not answering? Absolutely not and those statutes should change. However should you participate in the census? That is individually up to you, and I believe the freedom should remain to say “Yes” or “No.”

Sports Report Jireh’s Light Book and Gift Store Specializing In:

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Joke of the week “Unfamiliar with a term” Submitted by Ron Kasslebeck

Cindy Mullaney steels the ball and runs down the court for a layup in 5th and 6th grade rec center basketball.

These four guys were walking down the street, a Saudi, a Russian, a North Korean, and a New Yorker. A reporter comes running up and says, “Excuse me, what is your opinion about the meat shortage?” The Saudi says, “What’s a shortage?” The Russian says, “What’s meat?” The North Korean says, “What’s an opinion?” The New Yorker, says, “Excuse me?? What’s excuse me?”

The children start in 1st grade and work their way up until High school.


What’s Going On In Sports? Friday, November 4

Friday, November 11

-CCHS Football(V) Semi Final (11/4 or 11/5), TBA -The Nick Carter Law Firm & Coach America Classic Pronghorn Basketball Tournament, 5:30 p.m. Women’s, 7:30 p.m. Men’s, CCHS South Campus -Gillette Wild vs. Helena, 8 p.m., Cam-plex

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

Saturday, November 5

-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

-The Nick Carter Law Firm & Coach America Classic Pronghorn Basketball Tournament, 5:30 p.m. Women’s, 7:30 p.m. Men’s, CCHS South Campus -Gillette Wild vs. Billings, 8 p.m., Cam-plex

Saturday, November 12

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

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Sports Report

Sage Riss participating in the 100 Butterfly.

Photos by Campbell County Observer Photographer Clint Burton

Brittany Van Auken competed in the 500 yard Freestyle.

Lucky Number 7 By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports

Hanna Ostrem dives to a 3rd place finish at State Diving this last weekend.

The Gillette Lady Camel swimming and diving team held off Cheyenne East on Saturday at the Aquatic Center to claim their seventh consecutive State Swimming and Diving Championship. Coming into the state meet, Gillette’s Head Coach Josh Bott knew that either East or Laramie would give the Lady Camels a run for their money, and both of those school pushed Gillette on the final day of competition with East coming in second place, just 31 points behind Gillette’s 289 total team points. The Lady Camels won two of the 3 relays and 7 total events. Jade Ely, who was swimming in her final high school competition, brought home victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Shaya Schaedler, who was also swimming for the Lady Camels for the last time, swam her way to her fourth consecutive state title in the 100 backstroke and came in second in 100 free. Kelsey Ocshner, just a sophomore, won both the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Casey Van Patten gets ready for her next heat at the Girl State High School Swimming Championships.

Also helping Gillette to the title were there divers as they had three girls finish in the top six: Hannah Ostrem, Haylie Mills and Kelsey Lunberg came in third, fourth and sixth respectively. Joining Ely and Schaedler on the championship 400 freestyle relay team were Haley Hance and Carly Fuller. In the first final of the day, Raleah Cisneros helped Ocshner, Ely and Schaedler to the title in the 200-medley relay.

Who’s Brand is this in Campbell County? Find out in next week’s Campbell County Observer

Racquetball tournament comes to Gillette

Derek Izzi has been in Gillette for five years but has yet to see a Racquetball tournament. He loves the sport, and felt that it was time for Gillette to have one. He got the ball rolling and a few months later, 33 contestants showed up for the first Racquetball tournament in at least five years. “We have a lot of local talent, and this is the best way to show it.” Derek did a great job. There was food provided by Perkins and Godfathers Pizza, prizes, trophies, and new rackets to give away. Next year, Derek wants to have 100 contestants, which will make the cost of the tournament break even. “We have that much talent in the area; I think we can do it.” Watching the tournament, men of all ages competed vigorously for the tournament championship and with the results of the locals, showed that Campbell County has athletes of all ages. The following are the local participants with their results: • David Castelli - 2nd place in Men’s 55+, 1st place in Men’s B doubles (with Sam Siebert) • Martin Crump - 2nd place in Men’s B Doubles (with Bronson Haley) • Curtis Dearborn - 3rd place in Men’s C

• Kevin Griffith - 3rd place in Men’s 45+ • Bronson Haley - 1st place in Men’s A, 1st place in Men’s B, 2nd place in Men’s B Doubles (with Marty Crump) • Derek Izzi - Semi-finalist in Men’s Open.... lost to tournament winner Matt Majxner 13-15, 15-7, 11-10 • Christopher Nannemann - 3rd place in Men’s B Doubles (with John Barnes) • Chad Nannemann - 2nd place in Men’s B singles

• John Barnes - 3rd place in Men’s B Doubles (with Chris Nannemann) • Merle Nannemann - 1st place in Men’s C Singles • Will Rider - 2nd place in Men’s C singles • Samual Siebert - 3rd place in Men’s B singles, 1st place in Men’s B doubles (with Dave Castelli) • Tyler Thielen - did not place in Men’s open, but first tournament in years. • Al Wieweck - 1st place in Men’s 55+.

“If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.” - Bud Wilkinson


Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week Who won the battle of Lexington and Concord? British won in Lexington, and Americans in Concord. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America. About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, were given secret orders to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Through effective intelligence gathering, Patriot colonials had received word weeks before the expedition that their supplies might be at risk and had moved most of them to other locations. They also received details about British plans on the night before the battle and were able to rapidly notify the area militias of the enemy movement. The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia was outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they searched for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 500 militiamen fought and defeated three companies of the King’s troops. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory. More militiamen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smith’s expedition was rescued by reinforcements under Brigadier General Hugh Percy. The combined forces, now of about 1,700 men, marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown. The accumulated militias blockaded the narrow land accesses to Charlestown and Boston, starting the Siege of Boston. Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his “Concord Hymn”, described the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge as the “shot heard ‘round the world.

Sports Report

Gillette Pronghorn Mary Nelson sprints to the finish line.

Mary Nelson leads Gillette Pronghorns Cross Country to best team finish ever

Adrian Jackson

Dylan McCoy

Talking with Debbie McLeland, who sponsored the team, we found that there is a love for the sport and a large local following. Her sons ran for the Camels and for the Wyoming Cowboys, and she wanted to the local College cross country team. “They are the only junior college team in the region, so all their competition is with 4 year schools.” She also takes a personal interest in the children. “Their good kids, great kids. I’ve had them over to my house for dinner.” They work hard and have “been training since August” according to Mary Nelson. Come and cheer on our Pronghorns for their next event, the National Championships on November 12th. GO PRONGHORNS!!!

Article by Chris Kozlowski GC Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach (Submitted by Ruth Benson) The Pronghorns had a great meet on Saturday on our home course. The women’s team had our best team finish ever, with a 3rd place team placing out of 6 teams. The women were led by Mary Nelson, whose time of 15:56 for the 4k course placed 7th overall. Mary’s time was over 1 minute faster than her performance on the same course during the team’s time trial in August. Felicia Boyd placed 17th with a time of 17:44. That time was 2 minutes faster than her time trial performance. Jamie Geho rounded out the scoring team for the women with a time of 18:31. An exciting twist in the women’s race was that the current GC women actually tied in the team placing with the GC Women’s Alumni Team that featured 2 former All-Americans for the Pronghorns. The men’s team placed 4th out of 6 scoring teams. Devvin Hayden led the way for the men with a 5th place overall finish, and a time of 21:35 for the 4 mile course. Jesse Shutts placed 11th with a time of 22:02, while Dylan McCoy rounded out the scoring team for the men with his 13th place finish and time of 22:17. Adrain Jackson also ran a time of 27:02 for the Pronghorns. We had one of our largest crowds ever for a cross country meet. Thank you to everyone that came to cheer on the Pronghorns. Up next for the team is the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships on November 12, in Hobbs, NM.

Felicia Boyd, Mary Nelson, Jamie Jeho


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Girls 5k Run CC Class 4A

Phillips, Abby DeStefano, Audra Jeffries, Jessi Sharp, Sarah Fischer, Demi DeStefano, Quinn Roberge, Haley

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Boys 5k Run CC Class 4A

Myers, Derek Rodrigues, Jamon Andrew, Thomas Simmons, Harrison Doherty, Matt Bobbitt, Jeremy Sarcinella, Zach

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Event 6 Boys 5k Run CC Class 4A

1 Rock Springs High School Total Time: 1:28:40.19 2 Cheyenne Central High School Total Time: 1:29:03.90 3 Laramie High School Total Time: 1:29:39.86 4 Campbell County High School Total Time: 1:30:00.90

70 1 Average: 75 3 Average: 91 6 Average: 92 5 Average:

12 13 16 17:44.04 7 11 21 17:48.78 8 10 31 17:55.98 15 18 22 18:00.18


20:05.94 20:30.61 21:08.28 21:17.08 21:24.99 21:54.06 22:04.09

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Candy Cane Holiday Pageant November 12, 2011 1:00 p.m. Campbell County High School Auditorium

Sponsored by Wyoming Center Stage Productions

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This pageant is for girls 12 months to age 13.

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Compete in formal dress, holiday costume of choice, & photogenic.

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Entry fee: $50.00

Event 5 Girls 5k Run CC Class 4A

1 Laramie High School Total Time: 1:45:05.29 2 Campbell County High School Total Time: 1:44:26.90 3 Natrona County High School Total Time: 1:46:37.02


52 6 7 8 11 20 24 Average: 21:01.06 54 2 5 13 15 19 29 Average: 20:53.38 82 10 12 16 17 27 30 Average: 21:19.41

Category winners receive crown, trophy, and stocking.

Entry fee due by November 8, 2011

Pick up entry forms at Top Notch Auto 1502 W. 2nd St. Gillette, WY 82716


Enter Extra Categories $10.00

Best Smile, Best Hair, Best Personality, Best Eyes, and Best Holiday Costume of Choice.

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Our Roots Herbert Hoover By Mike Borda

While being one of America’s Presidents is undoubtedly a great honor, some Presidents will be remembered for the things they did not do rather than the things they were able to accomplish. It is one of the inherent risks associated with holding the highest of offices in our country. While successes are engrained in textbooks and schoolchildren, so too are the failures. Unfortunately, for one man what is viewed as his economic failure remains one of the greatest in history. Herbert Hoover was born August 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa. The son of a blacksmith Quaker, he endured a difficult childhood. By the age of 10 both of his parents had died, and Hoover was an orphan. After living in the homes of several different family members and friends, he eventually found his way west, settling in Oregon with his uncle. In one of the more interesting facets of Hoover’s life, he never actually attended high school, instead taking night classes at a local school. By 1891, Hoover had learned enough to make his way into Stanford in its inaugural year, graduating in 1895 with the intent to become a mining engineer. He accomplished this two years later, moving to Australia to mine for gold. After marrying and starting a family, the Hoovers actually found themselves stranded in China upon the start of the Boxer Rebellion. Herbert, having worked in the area, was able to help America even in this foreign land. He directed the soldiers in the building of

barracks, tutored them as to the terrain, and even rescued local children. During the First World War, Hoover first became known to the public, helping several humanitarian organizations in their efforts. When America entered the war in 1917, he was chosen to lead the United States Food Administration by President Woodrow Wilson himself. The public quickly came to call his policies “Hooverizing”, and he was known for asking the American people conserve food whenever they could in order to help soldiers. After the war, Hoover was courted by both Republicans and Democrats, who believed he would become a force in American politics. Eventually he chose the Republicans, though it is not clearly known what really motivated that choice. Throughout the 1920’s, Hoover served honorably as Secretary of Commerce for Presidents Harding and Coolidge. While his actions are too many to name in this small article, they were indeed far and beyond what the normal Secretary of

Commerce performs. It was this hardworking attitude that earned Hoover the respect of many, and set the stage for his Presidential run in 1928. His likeability and political savvy led to a landslide victory. Hoover captured 58% of the vote, even taking several southern states that had traditionally voted Democratic. The first few months of his Presidency were viewed by many as extremely positive. He did not hire a press secretary, instead answering all media questions himself. He also aided the police and government agencies in the prosecution of gangsters, most notably Al Capone. Unfortunately for Hoover, however, he was about to experience a problem no one had predicted. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 happened only seven months after Hoover took office, transforming the country. Whether or not he caused it, or even had any impact on it, President Hoover was stuck with this crisis. And although he did try things to help the country, none of

them worked and the public quickly made him the focus of their anger. Hoover believed that it was the responsibility of local groups and volunteers to take care of the downtrodden – this view did not sit well with the many newly poor Americans. It was a difficult Presidency by any standards. However, even though Hoover did not want to run again, he did because he believed he was the best person to help American through the depression. He lost in a landslide to Franklin Roosevelt. Done with the Presidency, Hoover led an interesting later life. In the years after he left office, he remained out of the public eye, often going on trips to small camps where he would not even be recognized. However, by the start of World War II he was beginning to speak out again, even warning America after Pearl Harbor that we should not ally with the Soviet Union, as this would inevitably lead to a communist Europe. Later, he worked in commissions under Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, helping once again with food distribution and aid. President Herbert Hoover died in 1964 at the age of 90. While he has often been labeled as the cause of the Great Depression, it is important to note his real role in the crisis. Hoover did what he thought was right, and in the end remains one of the most interesting Presidents our country has seen, as well as one of the most controversial.

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Our Roots

An Unusual Fort By Jeff Morrison The mule skinners and timber cutters of the Gilmore and Proctor Company could not have guessed how vital their wagon boxes would prove to be as they prepared to remove them from their wagons in the summer of 1867. Contracted to supply wood for nearby Fort Phil Kearney on the banks of Piney Creek in present day Johnson County Wyoming, the civilian workmen had used the wagons to haul in the supplies and equipment they would need for the upcoming season. They established a base camp about six miles away from the fort and closer to the timber they would be cutting. The wagon boxes were removed from the running gears and converted into log haulers, similar to the motorized semi-truck versions we see hauling timber today. The fourteen boxes that were removed were then set on the ground and arranged in a large oval to create a corral for their mules. The wagon boxes themselves would also be used for storage of food for the men and fodder for the animals. During their labors, the contractors were under the close protection of an infantry detachment sent from the fort, and for good reason. Fort Phil Kearney was the focal point of a bitter conflict with Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians known as Red Cloud’s War, in which the U. S. Military was tasked with keeping the Bozeman Trail open and safe for gold seekers travelling from the Oregon Trail to Virginia City Montana via the shortest overland route, while the Indians were equally determined to cause so much havoc and mayhem in order to force the while men to abandon it. One of the primary targets for Indian attack was the wood trains that hauled timber from the foot of the Big Horn Mountains to the lumber mill that had been built near the fort. It was one such attack the previous December that culminated in the ambush and annihilation of just over 80 U. S. soldiers, two civilians and its commanding officer, Captain William J. Fetterman. This victory, along with the apparent unwillingness of the U. S. Military commanders to go on the offensive, emboldened the Indian leaders who were eager to strike another devastating blow. During the annual sun dance, the war leaders of the various bands discussed their next move. Among them was Red Cloud who, while not the only war leader involved had quickly become the dominant voice and driving force behind the war. He favored turning up the pressure on Fort Phil Kearney from which the white commander directed the three

forts along the trail. Others argued that Fort C. F. Smith, located just below present day Yellowtail Dam in Montana, was more vulnerable. In the end it was decided that they should split forces and attack both forts. On the morning of August 2, 1867, Captain James W. Powell, commander of Company C, 26th Infantry, had charge of the woodgathering security on Piney Creek. Powell divided his men into three groups: and NCO and 12 men to guard the wood cutters and their camp near the trees, another NCO and 12 men to escort the wood train back and forth to the fort, and the remaining 26 soldiers along with Powell and his 2nd in command, Lieutenant John C. Jenness to guard the wagon box corral. About 8:00 a.m. two civilian teamsters who had been hunting deer became alarmed by smoke signals and sought the shelter of the wagon box corral. The lookout above the fort, six miles away signaled a warning about what they could plainly see for themselves. The hills were filling with Indian warriors. Powell directed his 27 men and four civilians at the corral to begin preparations for an attack. They began by emptying the contents of the wagon boxes and using the contents to fill the gaps between them. It had always been a contingency plan to use the corral as a fortification against Indian attacks, and several of the wagon boxes had two inch rifle slots carved into the outward facing sides. The gates were lowered on both ends of the boxes to allow for easier movement between them, and ammunition was placed around the barricade. While these activities were going on inside the corral, Red Cloud’s warriors had launched a simultaneous attack on the wood cutter’s camp and the mule herd that was grazing inbetween the camp and the corral, a couple hundred yards away. The wood cutters and soldiers, attacked by around 500 warriors were able to slip into the timber and make their way to the fort. The mule herders were able to hold off the 200 or so warriors attacking the herd for a few minutes but soon the mules had been scattered and herders themselves came under attack. Captain Powell launched an attack into the rear of this Indian force, which allowed the mule skinners to make their escape into the timber as the wood cutters before them had done. This now left Captain Powell and his small band of defenders surrounded inside their make-shift, five foot tall fortress by somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000 Indians. The time to deal the white enemy another costly defeat had come. Red Cloud

and his fellow warriors knew that the muzzle-loading rifles used by the frontier soldiers took a long time to reload. By feinting a charge at the white soldiers they would entice them to fire a volley, and then overwhelm the soldiers in a full-force attack while they reloaded. Such was the tactic used in the Fetterman fight with devastating effect. What the Indians didn’t know was that just a month earlier; the army had replaced their muzzle-loaders with the new Model 1866 Springfield trapdoor breach-loading rifle. The warriors who had gone north to attack the soldiers at Fort C. F. Smith had already been introduced to the Model 1866 the day before, when around 800 Cheyenne and Arapaho attacked a hay cutting party guarded by 19 soldiers armed with the new rifle. Using the same tactics Red Cloud intended to use against the soldiers hiding behind the wagon boxes on Piney Creek, the Indians at the Hay Field Fight discovered to their dismay that the new breach-loaders could be reloaded in a mere fraction of the time it took to reload a muzzle-loading rifle. The result was a continuous lethal hailstorm of bullets. Unfortunately, word of their defeat hadn’t yet reached Red Cloud, and he would have to learn about the new rifles the hard way. From a nearby ridge, Red Cloud watched as wave after wave of mounted attacks against the small fort were repulsed by the withering fire of the defenders. The volume of fire coming from the soldiers wasn’t the only tactical problem facing the Indians. The terrain was fairly flat and treeless for several hundred yards in most directions, giving the soldiers an excellent field of fire. The only protected approaches to the wagon box fort were from behind some stacked logs that were waiting delivery to the fort, and the valley slope that came within 100 yard of the north side of the barricade. Eventually, the Indians mounted a massive charge on foot from these areas. Red Cloud’s nephew led this new charge, but was killed at the onset. Some of the Indians closed to within 5 feet of the wagon boxes and killing two of the soldiers before being driven back to shelter. One warrior refused to retreat and found shelter in a depression about thirty feet away from Sergeant Max Littman’s position. From time to time the Indian would jump up into the air and loose an arrow over the wagon box tops into the middle of the defenders. Eventually Littman managed to kill the brave warrior. All during the battle, Captain Powell positioned himself at one end of the wagon box oval, while Lt. Janness

took charge of the other end. Janness encouraged the men around him to be careful not to expose themselves and to make each shot count. At some point a soldier advised Lt. Janness to take cover himself, to which Janness is said to have replied, “I know how to fight Indians.” He was immediately struck in the head with a bullet fired from one of the few rifles in the Indians’ possession and died instantly. Four and a half hours after the battle for the wagon box fort began, a cannon shot was heard by attackers and defenders alike. It signaled that a relief force of over 100 men from the fort was on its way. Red Cloud and his warriors were forced to leave the field of battle. The brave defenders of the make-shift fort of wagon boxes emerged victorious to greet the relief party. For their reward, each man was given a drink of whiskey from a keg the post surgeon had thoughtfully brought with him. Unknown to the defenders at the time, the Wagon Box Fight would be the greatest victory won by the U. S. Army in Red Cloud’s War. The U. S. Army abandoned the forts along the Bozeman Trail in the spring of 1868 and officially closed the road, and returned the Powder River country to the Indians. Powell estimated the Indian dead somewhere around 60 dead and 120 wounded while losing three soldiers. Captain James W. Powell resigned from the military 1869. Some say his nerves were shot after the Wagon Box Fight and that he never recovered. He was awarded a brevet rank of Lieutenant Colonel for his role in the battle. Along with Powell’s


his leadership role in the war, to his participation in the key battles of the Fetterman and Wagon Box Fights has been disputed by historians, depending on their points of view. Regardless, one fact remains: Red Cloud is the only Indian chief in the history of the American west to negotiate at treaty with the United States government as the Victor.

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