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As summer farmers markets in Wyoming wrap up, a few Wyoming communities are bundling up for a winter push. Cheyenne, Laramie and Riverton will all be offering residents and visitors a chance to shop for produce and other items at winter farmers markets. “The winter markets have been wildly successful,” said Kim Porter, Farmers Market and Education Program manager for the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness division. “Coming off our recent report on farmers markets’ economic impact on Wyoming, which is substantial, we encourage communities to think about winter markets in addition to markets they may offer during traditional seasons.” In a recent report compiled by the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division, farmers markets contribute more than $1 million to Wyoming’s

economy every year. Read more here: http://www.wyomingbusiness. org/news/article/farmers-marketshave-big-economic-impact-/6806 The Cheyenne Winter Farmers Market is in its fourth year, Laramie is holding its third annual winter market this year and Riverton will offer its second. “Other communities are thinking about and working toward winter markets,” added Porter. “Gillette is close and may be holding its first winter market this year.” The Cheyenne market will occur Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, 2012, and Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6 and May 4, 2013 inside the Cheyenne Historic Train Depot downtown. Laramie holds its winter markets in the Laramie Plains Civic Center Oct. 13 and Nov. 10, 2012. Riverton’s dates are not finalized at this time. “The nice thing about winter mar-

kets is they offer the same produce as summer and fall markets, except they have a bigger offering of storage crops such as carrots, onions and potatoes,” said Porter. “And, if your community does not yet hold a winter market, there is a year-round online farmers market available to folks in southeast Wyoming.” The Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative is an online farmers market focused on southeastern Wyoming including Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties. For more information on the Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative, visit: For more information on Wyoming farmers markets contact Kim Porter at 307.777.6319 orkim.porter@ Visit the Business Council’s online farmers market directory at: program/farmers-markets/1302.

Study: Energy Efficiency could save Wyoming consumers $900 million Utility programs that save energy could create an economic windfall of $900 million for Wyoming, according to a major new study. The study, The $20 Billion Bonanza: Best Practice Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and Their Benefits for the Southwest, was released today by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project based in Colorado. The report shows that every dollar invested in energy efficiency programs returns more than two dollars in savings on business and household utility bills in the southwest, including the equality state. It is available along with state-by-state findings at “By scaling up energy efficiency programs, utilities serving Wyoming can avoid spending over $1.5 billion constructing and operating power plants,” said Howard Geller, executive director of SWEEP and principal author of the report. “Helping households and businesses save energy is the lowest cost, cleanest and least risky resource available to utilities today. All utilities should implement best practice efficiency programs.” These programs would educate Wyoming utility customers, offer technical assistance, and provide financial incentives.

Geller said that 610 new jobs would be created in Wyoming by 2020 if all utilities serving the state fully implement such programs and measures. The report finds that it is feasible to achieve a 15% reduction in electricity by the year 2020 from energy efficiency programs implemented 20102020. Reaching the target would save the equivalent of electricity used by 240,000 typical households in Wyoming and require an investment of $1.1 billion. The investment would be split between utilities and their customers and yield a resulting savings on energy purchases along with public health benefits of $2 billion—or a net savings of $900 million for the state’s ratepayers, the study concluded. “Beyond the financial return, there are other major benefits of saving energy,” said Geller. “One of the biggest is that utilities can retire older, dirtier power plants without compromising their ability to provide safe, dependable power to customers. Closing old plants improves public health by significantly reducing air pollution.” Other benefits he cited if Wyoming utilities implement best practice efficiency programs: • Avoid or close 2.4 large power plants in the region.

• Reduce CO2 emissions from power plants equivalent to taking 690,000 passenger vehicles off the road by 2020. • Save 1.8 billion gallons of water per year by 2020 through less power plant operation. The report identifies the most effective utility energy efficiency programs across the country and analyzes the costs and benefits of implementing these programs in the southwestern states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The report includes descriptions of the programs, state-by-state analysis, and a roadmap that policymakers can follow to achieve the 15% energy savings goal and benefits by 2020. “Policy reform is critical to realizing the $900 million bonanza for Wyoming,” Geller said. The report notes that energy efficiency efforts are modest to date in Wyoming. It recommends that the state’s Public Service Commission adopt energy savings goals and allow utilities in Wyoming to earn a profit when they implement effective energy efficiency programs for their customers.

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DONALD BATES Funeral services for Donald George Bates were held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Jared Tucher officiating. Burial was follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #42 and VFW. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Don Bates, age 84, of Gillette, Wyoming died of natural causes on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Donald was born November 9, 1927 in Gillette, Wyoming. He was raised and educated in Gillette. In 1945, Don entered the military serving in the United States Army during WWII in Germany. He married Elsie Mary Olsen on April 7, 1950 in Harden, Montana. Shortly after the couple married Don, was called back into the service, serving in, Fort Eustis, Virginia and Korea. During this time the couple had their first child, Donna. After Don’s honorable discharge the family returned to Gillette where their second child Donald David was born. The family lived in different towns throughout the state where Don worked at various jobs, providing for the family. Don and Elsie’s family was complete with the adoption of their third child Gail. The family then made their home in Gillette when Don began working at Wyodak in 1958. The family moved to Sheridan in 1976, where he worked for Big Horn Coal until 1993 when he was diagnosed with cancer and the family returned to Gillette. Don was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and NRA. He enjoyed hunting, camping and traveling. He enjoyed singing and was a self-taught guitar player at a very young age, playing for his family, singing in church choir and most recently at the senior center. Donald is survived by her daughters: Donna (James) Foster of Gillette, Wyoming and Gail (Andrew) Layden of Elizabeth, Colorado; brother, Scott John Bates of Lead, South Dakota; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie; son, Donald as well as his brothers: Dick Bates and Jim Bates. Memorials are suggested to benefit the American Cancer Society of Wyoming, Gillette Relay For Life team 29. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Don’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at

CAROLYN SCHUYLER Private family services have taken place for Carolyn Schuyler. Carolyn “Sue” Schuyler, age 50, passed away embraced by her family on Saturday, October 5, 2012. She was born August 22, 1962 in Casper, Wyoming to her loving parents Al and Opal Whitman. Sue grew up in Shirley Basin and blew into Medicine Bow where the homecoming queen graduated from Bow Basin High School in 1980 shortly before marrying her husband of 32 years, Ric, on May 24, 1980. From this union came a son, Eric, and a daughter, Jennifer, who were the light of her life. Sue moved with her family to Gillette in 1982, where she endured the life of a coal miner’s wife until she purchased the Main Bagel Company, which she ran until 2007. She sold the business to focus on building Pokey’s Barbeque and Smokehouse with her family. Sue enjoyed nature’s flora and fauna and everything it provided. Sue was a master gardener and volunteered her time and skill planting and maintaining flower beds in Campbell County. She loved spending time in her yard—what she called her “Park.” She enjoyed fishing, or rather catching; she left the fishing to everyone else. Sue also loved spending time with her “adopted” grandbaby, Brooklyn Elizabeth, and Brooklyn loved her Mimi. Sue’s was a generous soul, treating everyone who came into her life like family. She was not only a loving wife and mother, but also the played the role of mother for her children’s friends. This wonderful woman will be greatly missed by her family and all she touched with her kindness.

throughout her life; always being asked for advice and gladly giving it on cooking, sewing, and much more. What Marcia enjoyed the most was the time she spent with her grandchildren: teasing them, playing games with them, attending their school plays, and cooking their favorite meals of homemade chicken noodles and homemade stew. Marcia is survived by her husband of 35 years, Roy Wineteer of Gillette, Wyoming; children: Curtis Wall, Robert Wineteer and Jessie Ott all of Gillette, Wyoming; sister, Lila Smith of Idaho; brother, Fred Kleysteuber of Gillette, Wyoming; four grandchildren: Taylor, Tori, Damon and Angela; two great-grandchildren(one to be arriving in December) and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Marcia’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at

Sue is preceded in death by her sister, Pricilla Kay Solis (November 11, 1951 – November 27, 1975), and is survived by her devoted husband, Ric, and her children: Eric Freeman and Jennifer Lorayne Schuyler, her parents, Al and Opal Whitman, her siblings and their families: Mike and Sherry Padilla, Kathleen and Rock Roop, Lynda Padilla Whitman, and Patrick and Patricia Whitman, nieces and nephews: Michael, Christopher, Kandi, Kristye, Lance, Derrick, Stacy, Erin, Brian, Allen, Robert, Kayla, Kasey, Kristi, Laura, and many grandnieces and nephews. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Sue’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at

MARCIA WINETEER Funeral services for Marcia Ann Wineteer was held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012 at First Baptist Church with Pastor Dave Stene officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Marcia Wineteer, age 62, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away at her home on Friday, October 5, 2012 of obstructive pulmonary disease in the company of loved ones. Marcia Wineteer was born on August 29, 1950 in Lewistown, Montana the second of three children of Maurice and Twila (Schlmerdine) Kleysteuber. She was raised and educated in Roundup, Montana. Marcia was married to Claude Wall, with whom she had a son Curtis the couple later divorced. She married Roy Wineteer of Gillette, Wyoming with whom she had a son, Robert and daughter, Jessie. For 23 years Marcia owned, and ran Powder Basin DryCleaners before retiring. Marcia loved to read, be it the newspaper, tidbits, or the many books her son Robert would give her. She enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting with friends in person or on the phone. She was a fountain of wisdom learned


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The Gillette Police Department would like to recognize two (2) Police Officers who have saved the lives of two (2) separate infants who were choking. On September 7, 2012, Officer Ryan Mahylis responded to an emergency call where a 15 month old

child was choking and unable to breath. He performed back strikes and chest compressions until he was able to dislodge a piece of yo-yo that the child was choking on. On September 13, 2012, Officer Alex Samkovich responded to an emergency


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Boy Scout cleans up State Trust Land near Casper Submitted by Cathy Lujan Seventeen year old Nate Hanley of Casper briefed the Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners regarding his efforts to complete his Eagle Scout Project, which involved the clean up of a heavily abused parcel of state trust land located about sixteen miles southwest of Casper on Thursday. Typically, Eagle Scout Projects are an opportunity for young men in Boy Scouts of America to demonstrate leadership while performing a project for the benefit of their community. Hanley planned, organized and carried out his work on Saturday, September 29, 2012. He was able to recruit forty volunteers from his church, school and community to help with the clean up. Casper area business owners were central to Hanley’s efforts, as they provided donations of shovels, rakes, trash bags, work gloves, bottled water and gift cards. A local waste collection business volunteered equipment to remove the trash. After an estimated 170 work hours, which included planning and cleanup, volunteers were able to remove over seven tons of trash from the parcel. Trash included litter, tires, propane tanks, shell casings, shot up appliances and furniture. The parcel on which Hanley focused his Eagle Scout Project has seen a history of abuse. In the spring of 2006, the parcel was cleaned up by 225 volunteers who removed 56,840 pounds

of trash and 14,520 pounds of scrap iron from the site. Governor Matt Mead presented Hanley with a Certificate of Recognition from the Board of Land Commissioners, which consists of the Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mead remarked that, “Nate’s efforts to clean up this state land are an inspiration to other prospective Eagle Scouts and to all of us, reminding us that we can make a difference in our great state. I thank him on behalf of the Board of Land Commissioners.” Hanley viewed the clean-up day as a success as he expressed his thanks for the community’s support, along with the assistance he received from the staff from the Office of State Lands and Investments, Natrona County Sheriff’s Department and the many volunteers who helped with the Project. “I am proud of my friends who supported me,” related Hanley. “When I was unsure I would be able to pull this off, my friends came to me and said they had my back.” While Mr. Hanley remarked that there was still a lot of trash left on the parcel, he expressed his hope that his Project inspires others to help clean up Wyoming state trust lands. Hanley’s Project follows the volunteer efforts of airmen from Warren Air Force Base to clean up trust lands near Cheyenne earlier this year. In

recent months, the Board of Land Commissioners has also initiated work to clean up state trust lands near Burlington and Greybull, Wyoming at a cost nearing $3 million. State trust lands provide income to support K-12 education in Wyoming and other beneficiaries such as the Veteran’s Home, University of Wyoming, Wyoming Life Resource Center and Miner’s Hospital. The Board of Land Commissioners administers 3.5 million surface acres and 3.9 million mineral acres of state trust land. State trust lands are distinguishable from federal public lands, as state trust lands are managed for the exclusive financial benefit of Wyoming public schools and other beneficiaries. The public is only able to access and recreate on state trust lands because the Board has extended the privilege to do so. Recreational use of state trust lands has been limited or precluded by the Board where abuse to trust lands threatens the Board’s ability to generate revenue for its beneficiaries or creates a threat to the health or safety of the public. For more information about state trust lands, or how you can help clean up state trust land parcels near your community, please visit the Office of State Lands & Investments webpage at or call 307-777-8510.

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Governor announces results of Natural Gas Vehicle push for Wyoming Bid awards were announced from a multi-state Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase natural gas vehicles from American auto manufacturers. This is part of an effort involving 22 states to encourage U.S. auto manufacturers to produce more functional and affordable compressed natural gas vehicles. All natural gas vehicles purchased by the State of Wyoming will come from Wyoming licensed dealerships. “This initiative makes a lot of sense for Wyoming. It allows us to get a sense of where the market

stands on natural gas vehicles because this has to be a market-based effort,” Governor Mead said. “It allows efficiencies because moving fleet vehicles to run on natural gas will have a savings for taxpayers over the life of those cars and trucks. It also matches up with my energy strategy by adding value to an abundant Wyoming resource. We are the number three producer of natural gas in the nation and using more of this fuel source supports our economy.” The bid awards show which dealerships will be eligible to sell vehicles

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Veterans Day is coming, an annual opportunity for communities and families to honor former U.S. service members. And as these heroes age, it’s important to keep their stories and sacrifices alive by listening and learning. Here are some great ways to commemorate veterans this holiday: Listen to a Story You may not think about it much, but everyone has a lesson to share and a story to offer. World War II for example, which killed and injured more people than any other war in human history, impacted an entire generation -- from soldiers on the frontlines of battle, to children at home participating in the war effort. Learn about both world history and your family’s history by talking to older relatives and friends about their experiences and trials. You may even consider tape recording the conversation so you can share the personal account with others. If you have a story yourself, consider writing it down or retelling it at the next family gathering. Read a War Memoir While reading and understanding the past is possible by delving into a standard-issue textbook, there is nothing like an eyewitness account to get a true feel for a crucial time in history. Such accounts can deliver a unique perspec-

tive on a familiar story. The tales you discover can help you better connect with history. One such book, the newly released “Terror Before Dawn: A Child At War,” by Anne Raghnild Fagerberg and William Sterling Williams, presents Fagerberg’s account of her childhood experience during World War II under Nazi rule in Norway. Williams, Fagerberg’s son, found her notes after she died of cancer in 1998. She had completed her story shortly before she passed away. Though only a child during the war, Fagerberg did what she could to contribute to winning the war, distributing newspapers and literature of the underground resistance movement. “The reflections of a war survivor offer lessons about courage, survival, rebuilding and freedom,” says Wil-

liams. “Her piece of history needed to be preserved.” More information can be found at such websites as by searching for “Terror Before Dawn.” Teach Your Children No one is too young to learn about and honor the past. While children might enjoy a holiday parade, be sure to explain the true meaning of the day so they understand the reason for all the fanfare. Many schools choose to honor veterans by inviting them to speak at assemblies and before history classes. Find out what programs are happening at your school. Visit for ideas on how to talk to kids about war, history and the sacrifice of veterans. Don’t let this Veterans Day pass by unrecognized. Take the time to honor the past.

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I have been receiving several phone calls this season regarding the SD card available for Garmin GPS units. These GPS units coupled with the maps on the SD card are a powerful navigation tool, but they are not without their inaccuracies. I spoke to a man the other day that had been hunting on a piece of land that his GPS told him was state land. He was contacted by a man that informed him that he was hunting on private land and he asked the hunter to leave. The hunter was confused and thought he had been chased off public land. The current BLM map of the area shows the section as private and the Campbell County Assessor’s website shows the section as being privately owned as well. These inaccuracies are rare on the SD cards but they do happen. I have contacted the company that produces the maps on the SD cards and they will make the correction to their maps. Using a map and consulting the Assessor’s office in addition to using your GPS will ensure you are hunting public land.

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An Early Start to Flu Season seen in Wyoming

With reports of illness showing flu season is off to an early start in the state, Wyoming’s state health officer is encouraging residents to get their annual flu vaccination. Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator with the Wyoming Department of Health, said reports of influenza activity in Wyoming have been confirmed, especially in Sheridan County. “While flu season officially runs from October through May, Wyoming’s typical peak time is February and March. So we do think this early activity is important to note.” Braund said almost everyone who is six months or older should get an annual flu vaccine because they are a key tool to help prevent influenza. “Whether you choose a flu shot or a nasal spray vaccine, getting immunized is safe and is the single most effective thing most people can do to help prevent getting ill with influenza or passing it on to others.”

Why your Flag was at Half-Mast Governor Matthew H. Mead ordered that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Wyoming be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset for 15 days starting, October 6, 2012 in memory of State Treasurer Joe Meyer. He passed away on October 6, 2012.

Free music from Campbell County Public Library system Free, downloadable music is just a click away thanks to Campbell County Public Library System and a new online music service called Freegal, a product developed by Library Ideas, LLC. Public libraries across the nation (and overseas) have begun partnering with Freegal (free + legal), a new service that allows library cardholders to download new mp3s every week. All of the tunes come from Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog, which includes hundreds of thousands of songs across 100 genres of music. All music buffs required to access

the entire Sony catalog is a library card and pin number. Cardholders can download three songs a week and keep the music. Freegal keeps track of each download, cuts users off once they’ve reached their three download max, and resets at midnight every Sunday. Music can be accessed from both PCs and Macs, will play on any mp3 player (including iPods) and can be transferred to iTunes or burned to a CD. Visit your library’s website at ccpls. org and click on the “Digital Library” icon in the left column of the page. Next click on the “Freegal” icon and you will be directed to the CCPLS

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. “Some people are certainly more vulnerable when it comes to flu complications, and that’s why influenza causes hospitalizations and even deaths each year,” Braund said. “Healthy people get the flu too. “They usually get better in a few days, but can still miss school or work. Unfortunately, they can also infect others who may not be able to recover easily.” Influenza vaccines are available in many locations around Wyoming, including local public health offices, workplaces, doctors’ offices and retail stores. “Flu vaccines are not expensive and many insurance policies reimburse patients for the costs,” Braund said. In Wyoming, the cost of the vaccine itself is covered for many children through the Wyoming Vaccinates

Important People (WyVIP) program. Children who qualify for free vaccines include those covered by Medicaid, uninsured children, American Indian or Alaska native children and some children considered to be underinsured. Braund said it’s important to realize it takes several days for flu vaccines to protect against the virus. “Every year, unfortunately, we hear from folks who blame the vaccine for giving them the flu. If you’re exposed to the flu virus before the vaccine has had the time it needs to protect you, you may still become ill with influenza. But it will not be caused by the vaccine.” Basic common-sense measures can also slow the spread of influenza. “Simple steps such as covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze and cough; frequently washing your hands; and staying home from work, school, day care and errands when you are ill can help,” Braund said.

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Governor invites state to join in Broadband discussion

Governor Matt Mead looks forward to the Wyoming Broadband Summit, which will take place on October 23rd in Cheyenne. The summit is co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, the Wyoming Business Council, LINK Wyoming and the State of Wyoming. It will showcase how broadband contributes to a better future. “Broadband access is part of the transformation of the economy. It is important to our education system, the way health care is delivered and how services are provided by government,” Governor Mead said. “I appreciate many people coming to-

gether in order for us to continue to build broadband access in Wyoming. The expansion of high-speed internet connections is essential for our citizens and businesses, and for the growth of a tech sector here.” The summit encourages participants to discuss best practices in broadband expansion, network with internet service industry professionals, meet leaders in the state, address broadband innovation and growth, and identify strategic actions to build a better broadband future. “Better broadband access means a better competitive edge for Wyoming

when it comes to attracting business or helping our current businesses grow. It is a digital world that we live and do business in and we can’t afford to be behind the curve. Broadband access is key to economic growth now and in the future,” said Business Council CEO Bob Jensen. The summit will take place at Little America in Cheyenne from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is no charge to attend. A tour of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Microsoft data center site is available on October 22nd prior to the opening of the summit.

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Business Council seeks public comment on grant program rules

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Family and Friends mourn the loss of State Treasurer Joe Meyer

State Treasurer Joseph B. (Joe) Meyer, 71, passed away October 6, 2012 in Cheyenne with his family by his side. Joe was in his second term as Wyoming State Treasurer having been re-elected to that position in 2010. Upon hearing about Joe’s passing, Governor Matt Mead said, “This is a tremendous loss for all of Wyoming. Carol and I send our deepest condolences to Joe’s wife Mary and their children. Joe cared deeply about this state and its people and always put Wyoming first. His legacy of service is unmatched. He will be remembered for his wisdom and his wit. I feel most fortunate to have had his counsel and friendship.” Joe’s reach went far beyond the borders of Wyoming and thoughts were expressed by longtime friend Vice President Dick Cheney. “Joe was my great friend,” said the Vice President. “The two of us were dear friends for over fifty years, and had so many shared memories that it is hard to think of the world without him. He was a friend to be proud of, one of the finest public officials ever to serve the people of Wyoming. I know of no one who knew more about the workings of government than Joe. He put his knowledge to work for the benefit of our state, and he shared it generously. If you had a question, he had the answer, and no matter how busy he was, he would sit down with you and explain it¬ and make the process enjoyable, too. The nation and our state were better because of Joe Meyer.” Throughout his life, Joe made a significant contribution to his native state and was recently honored for his 40 years of service to the state of Wyoming by Governor Mead. During those 40 years, Joe served as State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Government Affairs and Communications Assistant to the President of the University of Wyoming and Assistant Director of the Legislative Service Office. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Joe used his education and talents to better his community and state and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Wyoming in 2012 for his outstanding achievements. Said Governor Dave Freudenthal, “Joe had the greatest public service record in recent history. He was a lifetime friend of Nancy and me and a lifelong friend of Wyoming. He will be sorely missed.” Joe received his Bachelors degree in Mathematics/Chemistry from the University of Wyoming in 1963 and went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate degree from the UW Law School in 1967. He married Sheridan native Mary Orr in his second year of law school and the couple moved to Lander, Wyoming after graduation. There he served as Fremont County deputy county attorney and later was a practicing attorney in Lander at the Smith and Meyer Law Firm. Joe’s call to public service quickly consumed his life. In 1971 he was recruited to be the assistant director of the newly created Legislative Service Office in Cheyenne. Working with LSO Director Ralph Thomas, they developed a consistent legislative process that has been in place for 41 years. Joe’s accomplishments while at the LSO included modifying programs to prevent the financial failure of the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Fund. In 1987, Governor Mike Sullivan ap-

pointed Joe Wyoming Attorney General. He served in that position more than eight years and remains the longest serving AG in Wyoming’s history. During his two terms, he argued several cases before the Wyoming Supreme Court, including the school finance case in 1994. Besides his impact at the state level, he was lead attorney for the 50 state attorneys general on Indian gambling and taxation issues and frequently, on western water law consultations and negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“Joe Meyer was a true son of Wyoming,” said Governor Sullivan. “As my Attorney General he provided me with support, friendship and representation as he did for the people of the state with extraordinary confidence and judgment. During his entire career he and his wife Mary served the people of Wyoming with common sense, good judgment and good humor. His passing leaves a large void in state government he loved and served so well.” After his tenure as Attorney General, Joe returned to his alma mater as Government Affairs and Communications Assistant to the President of the University of Wyoming. There he worked with legislators and other UW administrators and faculty to obtain more funding and to improve and expand the physical plant. Joe entered his elective political life in May of 1998 when he filed for office in the open-seat race for Secretary of State. Joe enjoyed the campaign trail because it allowed him to re-connect with friends, old and new, throughout Wyoming. He was also known to throw a few side trips into the hills to hunt rocks or find the next fishing hole for himself, and his sons and grandsons. He was elected Secretary of State and went on to be instrumental in implementing the historic Help America Vote Act. After eight years as Secretary of State he ran successfully for State Treasurer, where he oversaw the state’s $15 billion investment portfolio. As one of the five state elected officials, Joe was also an active member of the Wyoming State Retirement Board of Directors, the Wyoming Community Development Association Board, the State Land Board, the State Loan and Investment Board and the State Building Commission. Former State Auditor Rita Meyer said, “Knowing and working with Joe was an honor for me. He was a tremendous source of knowledge in my days as Chief of Staff to Governor Geringer and as a colleague when we were both elected officials. I will miss our conversations and that knowing smile. He and Mary are dear friends and my heart goes out to her and the family.”

Joe spent his life serving the public in many capacities. He was Chairman of the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America, governing board member of the National Association of Secretaries of State, Chairman of the Frontier Certified Development Company, chairman and senior Western States attorney general of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, and Chairman of the Western Conference of State Treasurers. He was also on the transition team for the Bush-Cheney team in 2000 after their historic election and was very involved in the Wyoming Futures Project during the Governor Herschler years. In 2007, Joe was honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America. Joe was an avid fan of all things UW. He has held his fifty-yard line football tickets from the day the upper west stands were opened and held the strong conviction that you never left a game before the clock ticked out, no matter the weather. He and his wife Mary were lifelong members of the UW Alumni Association and longtime members of the Cowboy Joe Club. He was awarded the UW College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni award in 2010 and is to be honored during this year’s UW Homecoming as one of three new University of Wyoming’s Distinguished Alumni. Joe’s legacy lives on in Wyoming through many friends and colleagues he worked with over the last 40 years. His knowledge of Wyoming and statesmanship were an asset to all who knew him. His approachable manner, good humor and complex understanding of government had him serving as political counsel and mentor to hundreds of candidates and campaign workers throughout his life. Joe was a life-long Republican who championed doing the right thing for Wyoming’s citizens and had a hand in shaping the Wyoming that exists today. Said Senator Mike Enzi, “Joe made a difference whatever he did, whether establishing the LSO, serving as Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer or just attending football games. His contributions and enthusiasm will be missed by everyone. All of Wyoming has lost a friend.” Deputy State Treasurer Sharon Garland echoed Senator Enzi comments. “The staff at the State Treasurer’s Office is deeply saddened by the passing of our boss and friend, Joe Meyer,” said Garland. “Treasurer Meyer was a great leader, a very intelligent man, strong, yet gentle with a great sense of humor, a truly wonderful man. He worked tirelessly for the people of Wyoming during his 40-year career in state government, a great example to all of us. As his staff, we saw how much Joe loved his work as State Treasurer, but we saw even more¬ how much he loved Mary and his family. We are proud and honored to say we worked for such a great man. We will all truly miss him.” Born in Casper, Joe graduated from Natrona County High School. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Orr Meyer, his sons, Vince, and Warren (Cory), grandsons Ethan and Devin, all of Cheyenne and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Services are under the direction of Schrader Funeral Home in Cheyenne. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Award-Winning Children’s Author to speak at Campbell County Public Library Make plans to hear children’s author Bruce Coville speak at Campbell County Public Library October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Wyoming Room. From the author’s web site: “I was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. Except for one year that I spent at Duke University in North Carolina, I lived in and around central New York until September of 1990, when I moved to New York City, where I lived for two years. Now I am back in Syracuse. I grew up around the corner from my grandparents’ dairy farm, which was three miles outside of a small town called Phoenix. As a child I loved Mary Poppins and Dr. Dolittle, and I can remember getting up ahead of everyone else in the family so that I could huddle in a chair and read The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle. I also read lots of things that people consider junk (Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and zillions of comic books). My only real regret is the time I spent watching television, when I could have been reading instead. (After all, mind is a terrible thing to waste!) The first time I can remem-

ber thinking that I would like to be a writer came in sixth grade, when our teacher, Mrs. Crandall, gave us an extended period of time to write a long story. I loved doing it. I started working seriously at becoming a writer when I was seventeen. Like most people, I was not able to start selling my stories right away. So I had many other jobs along the way to becoming a writer, including toymaker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually I became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders. When I was nineteen I married Katherine Dietz, who lived right around the corner from me. She was (and is) a wonderful artist and we began trying to create books together. However it was not until 1977 that we finally sold our first book, which was called The Foolish Giant. We did two other books together; Sarah’s Unicorn and The Monster’s Ring. Kathy and I have three children: a son, Orion, born in 1970; a daughter, Cara, born in 1975; and another son, Adam, born in 1981. Though we lived apart for many

years, Kathy and I are now sharing a house again and happily working on new projects, such as the Moongobble and Me series. Sharing the house with us are two cats; Dickens, a large bundle of white fluff, and Mo, a sweet tabby cat who came to us via Tammy Pierce. I also have a cat named Perdita living in my office, which is in a separate building. “Perdita” was the lost girl in Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, and this Perdita was also a lost girl, so the name seems to fit. Kathy and I have done many more books together, including Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World’s Worst Fairy Godmother. I feel like a very lucky person. From the time I was young, I had a dream of becoming a writer. Now that dream has come true, and I am able to make my living doing something that I really love. Books will be available for sale and autographing following the presentation. This event is sponsored by Campbell County Public Library and a Campbell County Community Public Recreation District Grant.


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Bold Republic Weekly Big Bird’s on Welfare? some sort of animal. We’ll go with a type of mammal I think. Then there is Clifford the dog, and many other cartoons as well as kid’s shows with live actors. Each of these programs brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing each year. At this point I have only named a few kids shows. If you will, go back just a moment and try adding up, off the top of your head, how much money this represents. Now think of all the other PBS shows out there and how much money they bring in through endorsements alone. Can anyone out there explain to me how it is that we need to send taxpayer dollars to PBS? Now, this is not the first time that the issue of funding PBS has come up. Each time that it does, members of Congress come out in front of the Capitol with PBS cartoon characters standing next to them, calling those of us who want to de-fund PBS cruel and evil. Let’s be clear here: I grew up on PBS. Sesame Street first aired in 1969. I was 5 years old and my mother plopped my little poopie bottom in front of a black and white TV to watch it. I still remember some of that show to this day. But now, all grown up, I’ve learned a thing or two. Like how shows that earn billions of dollars a year do not need tax payer funds to keep them going. If PBS went out of business today, the Disney Channel would make an offer on most of their kid’s shows that very afternoon. Heck, Sesame Street could start its own network if it wanted to, it makes so much money. On second thought, I don’t think that we need a Public Broadcast station anymore. Despite what the politicians

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and the folks at PBS tell you, we now have cable, satellite TV, and internet. I no longer watch TV I watch internet. There are now a multitude of programs out there, from science, to art, drama, kids programming, and so much more, for free to the public with limited commercial interruption. Personally I find that these new networks and shows do everything that PBS does, but better and they don’t ask for any taxpayer money. To be fair, a good share of the money given to PBS by the government goes to keeping open small market stations where, normally, people would not have ac-

cess to such programming. Or so you are told. Fact is that this sort of programming is available in many different ways, for free. Broadcast television is the old way of doing things. These days I find even the poorest of the poor can slap a satellite dish on the roof of their mobile home to watch TV or surf the internet. Is it really so hard for people to get off the public dole once they are on it? I look at shows like Sesame Street and think that perhaps it is. Once someone offers up hundreds of millions of dollars in free money it is hard to turn it away, even if you are earning billions.

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U-Turn on the Roadless Road to Ruin A Commentary by Steve Klein - Wyoming Liberty Group Imagine an energy company running a pipeline across your land when empty federal land sat right next door. Since energy companies may exercise the power of eminent domain in Wyoming, this has happened many times over the years and continues to be a threat to landowners, farmers, and ranchers alike. It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it’s time to drive home a new solution the problem of private property violations because the courts are making things worse. Last week the United States Supreme Court said it will not hear an appeal to a Wyoming lawsuit decided in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals nearly one year ago. The Tenth Circuit’s decision overturned a Wyoming court ruling that prohibited the enforcement of the so-called “Roadless Rule,” and now that reversal will uphold the federal rule over Wyoming. The rule ads millions of acres of “roadless” area across federal lands and prohibits new road construction while restricting timber harvesting except for stewardship purposes. The case against the rule was largely an administrative challenge to how the Forest Service went about crafting the rule, but the rule itself remains most controversial. However, there’s a silver lining: Wyoming has many rights-of-way over our vast tracts of federal land, but neither the state nor many Wyo-

Mayor says Gillette has never been in better financial situation

At the October 1st Gillette City Council Meeting the council had a public hearing to consider amendments to the Gillette City Budget for fiscal year 2012/13. Last week while appearing on News-Talk 1270 KIML to speak with host Glenn Woods, Lunne said the city wanted the public to be clear what the amendments meant. Lunne said when people hear “twenty three million dollar budget amendment” they may mistakenly think the City has decided to spend twenty three million dollars more this fiscal year. Lunne says this is not the case. During the public hearing, nobody in the council chambers came forward with any questions or concerns about the amendments. Gillette mayor Tom Murphy said last week, that he believes Gillette has never been in better financial shape.

By Glenn Woods If you caught the first presidential debate, you heard Mitt Romney say that he would de-fund PBS. If you watch Saturday Night Live you saw Big Bird on their news segment make fun of it. It was actually very funny. After Romney’s comment the internet was abuzz with people both for and against cutting off funding for PBS. I listened to the comments from both sides and saw that once again people were forming their opinions based on what they thought they knew, but few were actually bothering to take the time to look a few things up. Don’t worry. I know you’re busy. So I’ve looked it up for you. 1). PBS makes enough money through private and corporate donations to fund themselves just fine, with money left over. About 6% of PBS’s budget comes from Government. PBS does not need a dime of this money. Still, the money is offered, and PBS is more than happy to take it. 2). The television show Sesame Street is, quite literally, a multi-billion dollara-year business. Just think about the marketing alone and you will get what I mean. Video games, toys, clothes… the list is endless. Walk into any store that sells children’s items in any shape or form and see how many Sesame Street items you can find. Adding to that are movies, direct to video shows, food items that you can find in most any store, endorsements, reading books, coloring books. Heck, Big Bird alone could fund all of PBS. No, really, just Big Bird, without Sesame Street. 3). In addition to Sesame Street, PBS has kid’s shows like Arthur. I never was quite sure what Arthur was supposed to be. He looks like

October 12 - 19, 2012

ming counties have taken the time to document their existence. During westward expansion in the mid-1800s, the U.S. Congress passed a bill entitled “R.S. 2477,” part of the Mining Act. It allowed for anyone to build “highways” across federal land, and recognized those rights of way. When Congress passed the Federal Land Policy Management Act in 1976, it repealed R.S. 2477, but recognized any pre-existing right of way. So long as these rights-of-way over federal land-be it trails, two-tracks, or paved roads-existed before 1976, they are valid. And they don’t just count for travel, because as under state law, rights-of-way may be used for power lines, oil pipelines or the like. The 10th Circuit recognizes the Roadless Rule, but a few years back it also recognized R.S. 2477 claims for counties in Utah, and these claims are superior to roadless designations under the law. This isn’t a matter of judicially challenging or otherwise defying federal law, because these rights are recognized in the United States Code. It’s simply a matter of giving counties the power to undertake the documenting of these rights-of-way and enabling them to work directly with the federal government to ensure that they are recognized. Wyoming state law is somewhat of a mess when it comes to roads

and rights-of-way. State law finally recognized R.S. 2477 in a 2010 revision that allows for county commissions to recognize rights-of-way over federal land when they are used to access “a private residence or agricultural operation.” But this is simply not the limit on R.S. 2477. County commissions should have the power to recognize any identifiable right-of-way over federal land that existed before 1976. In the process, these county bodies will have to answer to their constituents, preventing the recognition of rightsof-way that have long been abandoned or that would interfere with nearby property interests. It’s a shame that the Roadless Rule is so restrictive and that “conservation” is often defined as never using the land for anything, ever. It’s equally shameful that the first place oil pipelines and other utilities go in Wyoming is over private rather than public land. But with some changes to state law, Wyoming counties could secure many rights-of-way for productive access, recreation, transportation and even oil pipelines. This will not entirely push back land management from Washington, D.C., but it’s a step in the right direction that would give Wyoming residents a louder voice in land management and enhanced protection for their own property.


Dear Editor, With the presidential election less than a month away, small-business owners will be listening for what the two candidates have to say about the next four years. Smallbusiness owners and entrepreneurs are the job-creation engine of America, employing more than half of America’s workers. They have created more than 60 percent of all new jobs over the past 15 years, yet they currently are facing uncertainty in the current economic climate. Main Street is tired of political parties and candidates fighting one another and continually engaging in a political tug-ofwar while nothing gets accomplished in Washington. As someone who talks to small businesses and entrepreneurs, I can say with certainty that we are sick and tired of the mentality of kicking the can down the road, with the single focus of most politicians being their next election. As we listen to President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, small-business owners want to hear what these two candidates have to say specifically about the issues and topics that concern and affect us every day. Don’t just tell us that you will be helping small-business owners and entrepreneurs — explain how. Government-fueled uncertainty is hindering businesses when it comes to making hiring decisions, planning for the future and, ultimately, leading an economic recovery. It’s time for our two presidential candidates to speak to us directly and tell us what they will do — and then we, as small-business owners and entrepreneurs, will decide which candidate will best be able to lead to our country and help bring jobs back to Main Street. Derrick Parks Dear Editor, The unemployment rate is manipulated. A cursory look at the unemployment statistics reveals a disconnect. The rate decreased in September while the number of jobs gained also decreased. How can the percentage of people who are unemployed decrease in the same month that the number of jobs gained decreases? It would seem that if there are fewer jobs gained, there will be fewer people employed, and the unemployment rate should increase. Why did the opposite occur? The unemployment rate uses only the number of people who are looking for work but cannot find work, and does not include those who are unemployed but not looking for work. Thus, the answer to the question seems to be that a number of people who are unemployed but are not looking for work has increased enough to more than offset the fewer number of jobs gained. President Obama changed the work requirement in the welfare-to-work law so people on welfare are no longer required to seek work. Previously, people on welfare were required to look for employment and were included in the number of people seeking work. Thus, they were included in the unemployment statistic. However, with the change, people who are in the welfare-to-work program and who remain unemployed are no longer included in the unemployment rate, since they no longer need to seek work. As a result, the unemployment rate declined at the same time the number of jobs created dropped because far fewer people were included in the data. The president changed a successful welfare-to-work program so he could tout his jobs creation. Terry Gernstein Dear Editor, There is a kind of refreshing honesty in Mitt Romney’s remarkably stupid comments about the 47 percent of Americans he evidently regards as dependent slackers suckling at the public teat. [“Romney words spark fireworks,” page one, Sept. 18]. To have Romney’s elitist, Randian view of humanity confirmed is a relief. It raises questions about his fitness to lead the country. I guess I fall into the category of “dependent” Americans because I receive Social Security. Yet, I worked for 45 years. I still pay taxes. Next year I will qualify for Medicare, putting me squarely in the middle of the vast pigpen of Americans feasting at the public trough. That’s 45 years with my shoulder to the capitalist wheel, not asking for a handout but only a fair shake, to live a modest and secure life, happy to pay taxes as the dues for membership in the greatest society in the world. I feel insulted to have my efforts to lead a self-supporting, ethical life so casually dismissed by Romney. Has he not benefited from the services government provides? Would he turn America into a Third World nation that provides few services, protects the wealthy and keeps the majority in subservient penury? What a vision. Carl M. Milner Jr.

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Sports Report

October 12 - 19, 2012

Campbell County Observer

Week 7 Football Rankings

Things are tightening up on the field and the rankings as the season progresses. In weeks past, we’ve said, “very little change in the Coaches and Media Football poll.” Well, this week we mean it more than ever. Two polls are exactly the same as a week ago; two others have the same five teams, just a different order while the fifth has the same 1-4 spots but a newcomer at #5. #1′s are the same in Natrona, Powell, Lyman, Cokeville, and Dubois. 4A has the exact same five as a week ago going Natrona, Gillette, Sheridan, East, and Central. 3A is identical to last week with Powell, Star Valley, Green River, Douglas, and Riverton. Four of the

Players (left to right) Maddison Robertson, Brooke Carrol, Jorie Medran, Lady Camel Stephanie Casteel, Emerson Schultz and Ella Partlow worked together at the full day of basketball camp on Saturday.

top five 3A teams play each other this weekend. #2 Star Valley goes to #3 Green River while #5 Riverton battles at #4 Douglas…the winner of that game wins the 3A East Conference. 2A is where the most indecision comes. Lyman is #1 with 18 of 25 #1 votes. Big Horn is still #2 and got three top ballots. Newcastle moves into third this week with 4 #1 votes. Lovell is moved to fourth while Wheatland jumps over Glenrock into the five spot despite Glenrock beating the Bulldogs 49 to 13 in Week 3. The Herders are OUT of the top five this week. #5 Wheatland goes to #3 Newcastle on Friday night. 1A has Cokeville a unanimous #1. Lusk is one vote shy of having all #2 votes. Burlington remains third

with Southeast 4th. Upton/ Sundance is back in the top five at #5. The Patriots were ranked in the preseason poll but suffered a Week 1 loss to Shoshoni at home. The Pats can prove they belong this weekend as they take on #4 Southeast in a key 1A East conference match up. Six men keep Dubois #1 with all but 1 top vote. Little Snake River took that other vote and is #2. Midwest remains third. Meeteetse moves up a notch after surviving Ten Sleep and Guernsey-Sunrise falls to fifth. Big games in this division sees #3 Midwest going to #2 LSR, which will determine the #1 seed in the south, while #4 Meeteetse goes to #5 Guernsey-Sunrise.

Gillette splits with Quake to open the season

McCora Ford taught her group of girls how to be more vocal on the court while playing with teams saying “We’re girls, we love to talk”.

Lady Camels host All Girls Basketball Camp By Valarie Terry - Observer Sports Reporter The Lady Camels hosted an all-girls basketball camp last Saturday morning which turned out to be a huge success. The doors opened at 8 am for young girls in 1st through 5th grades and at 8:30 am for girls 6th through 9th grades. Parents of the Lady Camels basketball team volunteered and ran the registration booth in the lobby of the High School. By 9:30 the gym at the south Campus High School was flooded with enthusiastic girls learning from some of the seasoned players of the Lady Camels basketball team. About 50 girls from the Gillette area participated in the camp which taught them various skills and techniques. Some of these talented young girls will be trying out for the Lady Camels basketball team some time in their future when they reach high school, some will make the team and become one of the players they aspired to be like. Ten girls from the basketball team volunteered their time to teach the younger girls and be a part of the camp. Julia Seemans, Shelby Johnson, Whitney George, Faith Carson, Bridgett Cargal, Stephanie Casteel, McCora Ford, Sierra Toms, Dani Williams and Haley Schackelford were among the girls from the basketball team who helped coach at the camp last Saturday. Each one of the girls had their own station and

had equal teaching time with these aspiring young girls. “I love working with younger girls. We get to teach them the skills they will need and it prepares them for their season in basketball.” says McCora Ford when asked about what she liked about being a coach at the camp. Ford is a member of the Lady Camels Basketball team and has been playing since her sophomore year. She says she has been playing basketball ever since she can remember and is very excited about her future in basketball. The Camp was offered this year but is not an annual event and hasn’t been offered for about three years. The coaches of the Lady Camels Basketball team offered the camp this year as a fundraiser for the girl’s basketball team who will be traveling to Phoenix in December for the Nike Tournament. Gillette has not sent our Lady Camels to compete in the tournament for four years making this a very big event for the community as well as the Lady Camels. Sending a team to the tournament is up to each school’s coaching staff to determine whether they have a team capable of winning. Head Coach Mitch Holst is more than confident his team can bring home a win.

The Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team opened up their 2nd season with a hard fought 4-3 win over the Yellowstone Quake in Cody on Friday night. With the score tied at 3 with less than a minute remaining in the 3rd period after receiving a penalty the Wild created a 2-1 opportunity at the blue line and Tyler Johnson was able to bang home the game winning shorthanded goal with: 42 seconds remaining in the game. After giving up the game tying goal with just over 3 minutes remaining Head Coach and General Manager Tom Winkler said his guys never gave up, “Our guys didn’t get down, we battled back and after an unfortunate penalty. Our penalty kill was outstanding that game and the guys created the scoring opportunity for (Tyler) Johnson.” Winkler added, “I thought the game was up and down and back and forth and I thought we played

extremely well in certain areas and there were areas we need to continue to get better at.” Gillette fell behind early 1-0, but then 1st period goals by Johnson and Trent Dillinger gave the Wild the lead, which they never relinquished as Boris Knyazev tallied the 3rd goal for Gillette. Then on Saturday the Wild fell to the Quake 6-4 as Yellowstone jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the 1st period. The Wild pulled to with 5-4 in the 3rd period on goals by Alex King, Knyazev and Steve Patafio, but it wouldn’t be enough. Despite not coming away the 4 points Winkler had hoped for going into the weekend he was pleased with how well the Wild’s special teams performed against the Quake, “I thought out special teams overall were much better than they were at this same point last year.” The Wild are now getting set to open up their home schedule on Friday,

October 12th at Spirit Hall against the Helena Bighorns at 7pm. Helena is 2-0 on the season after walloping Glacier 9-2 on Friday and 15-0 over Bozeman on Saturday and Winkler knows just how tough Helena is, “We know we’ve got a tough opponent coming to town. I’ve told (the Wild) that championships aren’t won in October, but playoff berths can be lost if you don’t get your act together right out of the gate.” Coach Winkler knows that limiting Helena’s opportunities will be key to success this weekend at home, “(The Bighorns) skate well, so we have to really limit their opportunities coming out of the neutral zone.” Winkler also added, “We can’t let them gain speed from the top of the circles to their blue line. That’s where a team like that is extremely dangerous.” Both of this weekend’s games have the puck dropping at 7pm at Spirit Hall at Cam-Plex.

Second annual Izzi Racquetball Tournament By Valarie Terry - Observer Sports Reporter The Campbell County Recreation Center will be hosting the 2nd Annual Izzi Racquetball Tournament Friday October 19th through Sunday the 21st. The first games will start on Friday around 1PM. The tournament is a tier 4 satellite event with only three of the top eight players being allowed to play in the event. The tournament tier is determined by the total amount of prize money being offered in the pro division. A $2,000 prize is being offered to the top pro division winner making it a tier 4 tournament. A total of $4,000 is being offered to the winners at this tournament. The tournament is limited to the first 100 entrants who include three local players Tyler Thielen, Dave Castelli and Derek Izzi.

There are several divisions and prizes given to winners up to 4th place. Men’s Singles IRT Pro Men’s Singles A, Men’s Singles B, Men’s Singles CPRT 40+, Women’s Singles Open, Men’s Doubles Pro/Open, Mixed Doubles Pro / Open, Men’s Age Singles 50+. With several divisions there are plenty of opportunities for these players to win in their division and win a pretty hefty sum of money to take home. Derek Izzi is the event coordinator for this event and is thrilled to be able to bring pro level racquetball players Gillette to show our community what racquetball offers as a sport and as a career. The tournament taking place at the Campbell County Recreation Center is open to the public

to watch the tournament. Racquetball has come a long way from the year that it hit main stream and became a beloved sport among many American’s. In 1968 Joe Sobek designed the first “Racquet” paddle and asked NJ Magnum Co. to make some for him. The Racquet ball was created by a friend of Sobek at the Canfield Rubber Co who went to a seamless rubber co. to have the ball created, they named the ball the “Sobek Ball”. The game needed rules and structure so in 1957 they National Paddle Racquet Association were formed. The first clinic was held in 1957 at the Brittany YMCA in Massachusetts and the 1st National tournament was held in New Britain, Connecticut in 1963.


Seniors Day at the high school Volleyball Match UP.

Photo by James Grabrick

Sports Report

Campbell County Observer

October 12 - 19, 2012

Cross Country Regional Preview Cross country heads to the post season this weekend as they prep for state. Cross Country have several venues ready to race as a final prep for state. 4A races will go down in Riverton at the Wind River Golf Course and in Laramie at Red Jacoby Golf Course. 3A West races at the Snake River Athletic Club near Jackson. Glenrock hosts the 3A East, or Absaraka conference meet. Despite being 2A, the Burns/Pine Bluffs team will race in Glenrock with the 3A’s. There is no conference meet for their area, so, they are allowed to race up a level for the weekend. The PB/Burns girls team actually won the meet last year on their way to a 2A State title the following weekend. The Powder River Conference meet aka…2A NE, is at the Devils Tower Golf Club in Hulett. It will be held Thursday afternoon. The 2A NW runs at Foster Gulch Golf Course in Lovell. Rocky Mountain hosts the event on Thursday afternoon.

Nass T Vixen races past the pack and gets lead jammer, she was also voted best jammer of the bout.

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Zombetties on the Track By Valarie Terry - Observer Sports Reporter

The Powder River Roust About It Betties were out on the track last Friday night wearing their best zombie faces. The Betties showed up ready to attack the score board with as many points as they could for their last game of the season. Despite their best efforts they were defeated by the A’Salt Creek Roller Girls from Casper. As promised the half time show was very entertaining and the girls went out with one heck of a bout. The house was packed as the teams hit the track for their final game of the season. The Betties knew it was going to be a tough bout but they were excited and determined to win. The Betties made a call and borrowed three Cheyenne Capidolls for the bout. The bout was jammed packed with heavy hits and hard falls from the beginning. The Betties did very well in the first half keeping up with A’Salt Creek. At half time the score board read Betties 54, A’Salt Creek 101, not a very bad score for the first half according to roller derby standards. When the second half began the Betties came out with one heck of a fighting spirit and both teams were giving the crowd one heck of a show. Luckily there weren’t any substantial injuries to either team and they all played a fair clean game. The Betties were never able to regain the lead and lost the bout 20568 with A’Salt Creek taking home a win. Nass T Vixen

was voted best jammer of the bout muscling her way through the pack and scoring point for her team Debbie Mercury was voted best blocker for being able to hit hard and block the A’Salt Creek’s jammer’s. The Betties have had their Zombie theme planned since last month but nobody was prepared for the exciting evening the Betties planned for their fans. Besides the sensational show both teams put on while skating, the Betties had a very entertaining half time for the fans in attendance. The Betties did their signature rubber ducky toss, push cart races and children’s red light green light race. The red light green light race was a little different at this bout having two different age groups making it easier for the little ones to have a shot at winning. They also had a monster mash dance contest for their younger fans. The derby kids hit the center of the track and showed the crowd their best zombie moves while dancing with TwinKill Toes from the Betties. Last but not least, they ended the half time show with a young adult zombie costume contest, the winner received tickets to their next bout which will be in 2013. It was a very fun evening for the derby community, don’t worry you will be seeing the Betties around town doing their various community duties.

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What’s Going On In Sports? Friday, October 12

• Northwest Barrel Racing Assn. Finals, TBA, CAMPLEX, East Pavilion Barn 3 • Camels Football VS Cheyenne, 7 pm, Gillette

Saturday, October 13

• Northwest Barrel Racing Assn. Finals, TBA, CAMPLEX, East Pavilion Barn 3 • Camel JV Football VS Rapid City, 11am, Gillette

Sunday, October 14

• Northwest Barrel Racing Assn. Finals, TBA, CAMPLEX, East Pavilion Barn 3

Monday, October 15

Friday, October 19

• HS Volleyball Regionals, TBD, Gillette

Saturday, October 20

• HS Volleyball Regionals, TBD, Gillette • Camel JV Football VS Natrona, 11 am, Gillette

Sunday, October 21

• HS Volleyball Regionals, TBD, Gillette

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TwinKill Toes was one of the many women who got zombied out for the bout last Saturday night for their zombie themed bout in honor of Halloween.

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Campbell County Parks and Recreation registrations By Valarie Terry - Observer Sports Reporter The CCPR is now opening registrations for the following sports programs. The recreation center offers a wide variety of sports for all age groups and ability levels. Session 2 swimming lesson registrations start on October 15th through the 19th and are $30.00 per child. Registration begins at 7AM on the first day of scheduled registration. You have the option to pick up a number for registration at 4:45AM and return at 7AM or you will be skipped. There will not be an option to register over the phone until the second day of registrations. The CCPR has many different levels and are customized to help your child progress in each level. Junior High Girls Basketball (C teams) grades 7th through 9th began on October 1st and will run through October 29th. This traveling league is designed to build on basic basketball skills and give these young ladies the opportunity to play against our surround-

ing areas. Bussing will be provided and all practices will begin on Monday October 22nd from 3-5pm at the CCPR gym. Registration forms are available at the two Junior High Schools but can be picked up at the Recreation Center. High School Co-ed 5 vs 5 Basketball League, for 10th through 12th grades, registrations will begin on Monday October 1st and will be $150.00 per team. All rosters will be due on November 5th by 10PM and games will begin on Tuesday November 20th at the North Campus High School gym. Affiliated athletes will unfortunately be unable to participate in this League. An Organizational meeting will be held on October 24th at 3:15 at the North Campus. Anyone is invited to attend this meeting to offer any suggestions on how to improve the program. Men and Women’s Basketball information packets are available now at the recreations center for anyone who is interested in

participating in the 20122013 season through the recreations center. Packets will be available starting October 1st. Tennis Leagues at the Recreation Center start on October 17th and go through December 12th for men and women players. The Tennis League offered is a league where you compete against other player of similar ability and skill levels. The league is for individual players and you do not need to be part of a team to compete. Upon registering for the league the Rec Center will match you according to your skill level with other individuals of the same stature. Balls and court times will be provided upon registration. The league days will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm and will be $30.00 per person. There is also a drop-in day on Thursdays starting on October 18th though December 13th at 7:30pm that will be offered to league players.


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Future Camels play in perfect Football weather! The teams playing on October 5th during Campbell County’s first snowfall of the year were the Bengals and the Broncos. These future Camels played their own “snow bowl,” some of the best football weather there is.


October 12 - 19, 2012

Guns for Sale

Guns for Sale


Czech CZ-82 Pistol. 9X18 Caliber, semi auto. High quality steel construction made for field use. 12 round capacity magazine, cock and lock style safety, super accurate polygonal rifled barrel. Comes with extra magazine, cleaning tools, and original issue military holster. Regular price $387.93, On sale with this ad for only $315.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad.

Wyoming Mountaineers now offers easy payment plans on any in stock firearm. Your debit card is your line of credit. Purchase any firearm that is in stock making 4 payments weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Processing fee and payment plan fee apply. Call Wyoming Mountaineers for more details. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad.

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Taurus Model 827, 38 SPL revolver. 7RND, 4” barrel, Stainless Steel. MSRP $664.00. Mention this ad and get MSRP for $350.00 (4 easy payments of $102.03) Wyoming Mountaineers, call or text 307-299-2084 D132-TFN

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Taurus Model 827, 38SPL Revolver. 7rnd, 4” Barrel, Stainless Steel. MSRP: $664.00 on sale with this add $575.00. or make 4 payments of $163.20 each. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Remington model 770 Sportsman with 3x9 scope. 270 win. 22” barrel, black syn. Stock. MSRP $375.00. Mention this ad and buy same MSRP for $325.00 (or 4 payments of $95.40). Wyoming Mountaineers, call or text 307-299-2084 D132-TFN Savage Arms/Stevens Model 350 12 Ga. pump shotgun. 3” chamber, 28” barrel, 4+1 Capacity, Black soft touch synthetic stock. Screw in chokes comes with modified choke. Bottom eject makes this an excellent waterfowl and upland bird hunting gun. Regular price $294.95. On sale with this ad for only $250.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 299-2084 and mention this ad. Get a piece of history. Mosin Nagant Russian M91/30 Surplus Rifle. Very good to Excellent condition 7.62X54 Caliber. These are a very accurate rifle shooting 4” groups at 1000 yards. Open sights are adjustable to yardage with a push of a button. Great gun for hunting deer or elk very cheap ammo available for target practice ($85 per 440 rnds) Comes with military issue sling, sling pouches, bayonet, and cleaning tools. Retailing as high as $175.00 on sale with this ad $145.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad.

Gunsmithing Special of the week. Electrolysis Barrel Cleaning. Increase the accuracy of your firearm, get ready for hunting season or a summer of shooting fun. Most cleanings complete overnight and your gun is ready the next day. This week only $25.00. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Before you buy, make a call to get a quote. We can order any gun you are looking at and just may be able to save you a ton of money. Call for a free quote. $15.00 FFL Transfer Fee on all internet purchases. If you find that smoking great deal on the internet we transfer guns for only $15.00 per gun. Call Wyoming Mountaineers 2992084 and mention this ad. Colt AR-15, Sporty Target. Pre-ban, INCREDIBLY LOW SALE NUMBER. Great condition $1,500. (307) 6894339. D1-32-2V 1903 Springfield. 30o6 Cal. U.S. Military. $700 obo. Call (307) 682-7864

Pets Basset Hound pups for sale; 9 weeks old; need shots. Rust and White and Tricolor $250.00; One Lemon and White female $300.00. Transportation cost additional if I deliver @ 25 cents per mile. Serious Inquiries Only! Please call 307-382-9282.

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Looking to buy a new computer? Why waste the money? “Your Computer Store” has refurbished towers and laptops rebuilt right here in our store. Plenty of memory, disc space, and advice. Come by and see our inventory at “Your Computer Store,” where YOU come first! 802 E. Third St next to Ice Cream Land Powder River Mechanics. We have the cheapest labor rates, but the best quality repairs in town. We offer full services on Foreign and domestic vehicles, ATV’s, Snowmobiles, motorcycles, jet ski’s, boats, and more. Let us put you on a Preventative maintenance schedule so your vehicles run miles past your warranty. Call for an appointment. 307-6967713. Avenue Mall - Over 30 vendors, come check us out! 217 Gillette Ave. Mon-Fri. 9AM to 7 PM, Sat. 9AM- 5 PM, Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM Computers have become like cars, and they need repaired. Want the best quality repair work in N.E. Wyoming? Bring your computer to “Your Computer Store.” Quality work at a quality price. “Your Computer Store,” where YOU COME FIRST 802 E. Third street next to Ice Cream Land. Auto insurance preferred and SR-22’s. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520 Motorcycle and ATV insurance. Call Elizabeth Jones Agency 307-682-6520

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Autos, Trucks and Vans ‘76 Electra-Glide would consider trade on Pan or Knuck if ya know of anyone, ‘81 sent it to LA-S&S, 11.5to1 and dual-plugged to run regular-gas, had burn-out time at Hog-Jam! Ben 680.7464. 2004 Yukon Denali XL,6.0 Motor, Loaded $14,000 OBO 660-9351 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532. 2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4 1/2 Ton Pickup. New tires, ext. cab, long bed. 148,000 mi. One owner. 307-6700858 or 303-250-4096 97’ Chevy Long Box Extended Cab. ¾ Ton, selling for Parts. $1,000 OBO. 307680-7431 1982 Chevy Ventura Van. 350 Engine, 400 Turbo newly rebuilt transmission. Interior in GREAT shape, has a working electric wet bar and built in cooler in back. Carb. needs re-jetted, other than that there are no problems. Must see. Asking $3,500 or best offer. Price:$3,500obo. Contact: 307-670-8980 1952 Chevy Dumptruck, hauls 5 tons of coal $1500 307-682-1172 1986 Toyota Tercel 4x4. $1050.00. Call 307-2995918

Yard Sale Garage sale - 2524 gallery view dr (crest view) Cloths of various sizes $0.50 for all articles of clothing with the exceptions of a couple items. Saturday Starting at 7AM


Homes for Sale

1939 HA Selmer Trumpet $750 OBO. 687-1087 Exterior door with window, interior light fixtures, and computer supplies. E-mail

Home for sale by owner in Western Way. Asking $239,000 for the 1,800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with an unfinished basement and a two car garage. Fully fenced, large landscaped yard with a sprinkler system. Home is within walking distance to the new recreation center and the new elementary school that is being built. Please contact me at 307-670-1209 if you are interested.

Refrigerator (white) Great condition $100 307-2995918 Blue Dual Reclining Sofa. Good shape $100 Call 6802982. Can text photo if you like. Spyder Semi-auto paint ball gun. cal..68 Special Edition. Only used twice! New $300 For you $175 plus two canisters. Call 680-1302 If you are interested in purchasing Nutrient Rich Ranch Raised Beef grown locally, call 307-340-1108. Great Jerky Five roasts and twelve pounds of hamburger for a flat rate. $150.00. All ranch raised beef. This is an approximate savings of 10% on the total. Contact Jason Walker at 307-686-0577 For sale: whirlpool refrigerator, brand new patio propane heater, still in box Cabela’s shower tent, large dining room dark blue/red rooster rug, 10” wet tile saw, treadmill. Call 682-6353. Kojac series One, two and three dvd $65.00 $98 value 307 - 670 - 1887

Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 6701925. 40+ Acres 2 miles south of Wright 1999 Atlantic Oak Modular. $250,000 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 Great House - 4 bedroom, 2 bath, computer room, huge island kitchen, fireplace. Must see! call 307-687-0333 C1-23-tfn 3 bedroom 11/2 bath C1-39-tfnh

FSBO 2,688 SF home on corner lot with fenced back yard. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, upgraded kitchen, finished walkout basement, oversized garage. $259,000. 307-680-9180.

Two place aluminum snowmobile trailer. $1,600. 307689-0202

Home Appliances/ Furnshings Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967

Wanted to Buy I Buy Militaria. Swords, uniforms, bayonets, medals, guns/parts, field gear. 6827864 Wanted: Old Batteries. Call 307-670-1675. D4-30-8P WILL PAY CASH FOR CAMPERS. Call Scott (307) 680-0854.

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Three antique pressedbacked oak chairs. Excellent condition. $85 each. 6820042 Storage Unit Sale!!!!! Home stereo, car speakers, 2 dressers, mattress and box spring sets $20, chests, coffee table, chairs, end tables and much more. Call (307) 682-7864

Local Foods Grass Fed Beef and Draft Horses Come to our website for all our available products. Owned by local Campbell County Rancher.

Accepting Entries 9/16/12 thru 12/8/12 during the 2012 Hunting Season! 7 Divisions of Contest:

Antelope • Muledeer • Whitetail Deer • Elk • Big Horn Sheep • Moose • Youth INFORMATION 1. Each entry will receive a chance for 1st place prize ($500 off a new set of tires) in each division. 2. Weekly drawings(gift certificates –various businesses and service) 3. Each entry will be posted on our website . 4. A big buck contest wildlife series cap ot t-shirt will be given to each contestant with a valid entry. 5. One entry will be drawn out of all participants for the grand prize of a rifle. 6. Entries will be judged on the following in each division: · Size. · Appearance. · Uniformity. · Measurments can be submitted but will not determine the winner. · Photos - we encourage quality photos for the judging process. · Comments on hunt and area info as well as stories are encouraged. 7. Information can be obtained on our website and entry forms can be picked up at store locations or online, 8. Photos will be uploaded on the website and posted at both stores. RULES OF COMPETION 1. Entrant must possess a current/valid Wyoming license for division entered . 2. All entries must adhere to all Wyoming Game & Fish rules & regulations. 3. Entry must have been taken in the 2012 season in Wyoming. 4. Photo of contestant/harvest must accompany entry form. 5. Entry form and photo must be dropped off to either store location in Buffalo or Gillette , Mailed to 501 Westside Drive, or emailed to or by December 8th 2012.


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Help Wanted Cook needed at Lu La Bells. Motivated and Energetic. Days Only. Apply at Lu La bells. Powder River Roofing, a growing company in N.E. Wyoming, is hiring full time roofers. Call 307-696-7465 for an interview. Personal Assistant needed to organize and help. Basic computer skills needed, must be good with organization. I am ready to pay $600.00 per week. Interested person should contact: deans995@ Bl-32-2V Full Time Flooring Installers wanted. Must have experience. Bring resumes in to Carpet Express Direct on Hwy. 59 next to the Prime Rib Restaurant. Exciting new career. Unlimited income potential. Think you can sell? Call 307-2994662. We offer commission, fuel allowance, and much more. Sell in the Bighorn, Casper, Powder River, and Black Hills Area. Powder River Mechanics is hiring one shop mechanic. Must be able to perform efficiently, but with the best quality in town. Relaxed work environment. Duties include repairing all domestic and foreign vehicles, atv’s, jet ski’s, motorcycles, boats, and more. Call Powder River Mechanical at 307-670-2037 to set up an interview. Are you a friendly outgoing individual? Do you connect with people casually? Are you looking for supplemental income? Do you need to be in charge of your own hours? We are looking for an independent contractor for commissioned based ad sales. For more information call Sandra at 307-689-0028 or email at State Wide Sales people. Print Advertising Sales for new State-wide newspaper. Call 307-299-4662

Work Wanted Skidsteer with Operator. For all your Snow Removal and Dirt needs. Call Ken at 307680-5947

Apartments for Rent 1-5 bedroom units available for rent. Please contact Real Estate Systems of Gillette Inc at 307-682-0964 for all the updated details. Foothills View Apartments Hot Move In Special! Cool, Clean, Quiet Apartments. A/C, 2 Bdrm. $695 1Bdrm. $595. Showing anytime Call 307-686-6488 C3-28-2v Spacious & new, 1, 2, &3 bdrm affordable apartments available now! Call 6858066. Washer and dryer in every unit. Private sunny patio or balcony. Special move-in rate, 1 bdrm: $694, 2 bdrm: $777, 3 bdrm: $888. Move in now and deduct $ 200 off first month while special lasts. Call Konnie or Celeste at Highland Properties 685-8066.

Wyoming Country Party Convention The Wyoming Country Party would like to invite you to our first party convention. Thinking of running for office? We are looking for viable candidates. Find out more at Want to come to the convention? The Wyoming Country Party convention is this Saturday, August 11th at 1pm at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper. Paid for by the Wyoming Country Party.

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

For Rent 2 Bedroom Duplex, with one car garage, washer/dryer, no pets. $700rent/$700deposit. 307-689-0202 Room for Rent. Nice Room for Rent for one responsible person. $480.00 per month. 689-9358.

Child Care Full Time babysitter available in Sleepy Hollow at my home. CPR Trained, accepting 2 children. Cost is $100.00 per week per child. Hours are 7:30am-5:30pm. Call 307-257-2306 for more information, and to meet and interview.

Toys (ATV’s Boats, Etc.) BOAT FOR SALE. 18ft 120 port jet outboard bass tracker for sale. Call 307-680-5947 International Tractor 300 Utility For Sale. $2000 Artic Cat 4X4 2001For Sale. $2000 Call Bill 307 - 660 – 8563 1988 Honda Gl1500 for free if interested contact me at ( ) 2010 Polaris 550 eps with less than 100 miles, books for $8,000. make and offer. Call Steve Terry at 307-2992992 Chopper - Custom built frame, s&s engine, carb, etc. 80ci. Evolution engine. Wide glide front end. Low. Torn apart down to frame. Have all parts, could be built in two days with under $200.00. Asking $5,500 or best offer. Price:$5,500obo. Contact: 307-670-2037 1981 Harley Davidson FXBSturgis, 1st dual-belt drive to commemorate Hill-Climb @ Sturgis, Jack-Pine Gypsies rally started in ‘41, 50th anniversary model. 12K on straight-up original paint, new Moetzler’s driven-by beefed Shovel, 102hp at wheel. Perfect in every aspect, serious inquiries only, loan is $15K and value of over 25K. Ben 680.7464, 3-other older bikes and this has to go to the right person! Custom Harley Soft tail. Being built, need to sell now. Almost finished. Chopper, built in Sturgis, SD. Asking $5,500 and will help you build it. HAVE ALL PARTS! Call 257-2306 Boat for Sale with trailer. Needs work. Call 670-8980 for info.

Toy Parts & Accessories Stock pipes for Sportster. 500mi. Stock pices for Dyna Wide Glide. 1500mi. Email for info. 1999 Vortec 350 intake and heads make offer 622-0825 A1-39-tfnh Rare Find 1969 Pontiac Motor 390 H.P. and 470 ft. torque stock from factory. Aluminum Edelbrock intake goes with motor best offer takes it! 307-622-0825 A1-39-TFNH Four 16 inch rims, five hole, with caps.$90 307 - 670 1887 Harley Accessories for sale. Call 307-670-8980. Ask for Tammy.

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Licensed daycare now open. Spots available full-time and before and after school. Close to Rozet school and the post office. Monday through Friday 6:30am to 6pm. Ages 3 and up. Call 307-299-1915

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

Bring your catch by the Empire Guesthouse for photographs which may be published in this newspaper with our fishing reports. Along with that, the Guesthouse staff will be awarding monthly prizes for those that let us photograph them and their catch. It doesn’t have to be a trophy to enter and there will be special prizes for those 12 and under. Carp shooters are also welcome to enter. Check with the Guesthouse for more details.

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Large Private RV/Camper Lot for rent. Big yard, trees. All utilities available. $400 per month, $400 deposit. 1 year lease. Call (307) 6601007. 5th wheel camper for sale. Call Skip (307) 680-0073

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

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Heavy Equipment/ Trailers 6x10 trailer. Great shape, fits your biggest Harley. $1,400 obo. 299-4967. 1981 Circle J 4-horse Horse Trailer. New floor, paint and wiring. $2500 OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374 1981 Circle J 4-horse Horse Trailer. New floor, paint and wiring done in shop class 2 years ago. No rust only used once since redone. $2500 or OBO Call 307 - 680 – 2374

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Campbell County Memorial Hospital recognized for quality care

Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health-Wyoming on September 27, 2012, during the Wyoming Hospital Association convention in Cheyenne. CCMH was awarded the Commitment to Quality Award for its outstanding performance in giving excellent care in the nationally measured areas of heart failure, pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), infection prevention and surgical complications. Quality of care rather than quantity of care is now the standard being

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used to assess hospital performance. The award also recognizes CCMH’s strong leadership support for quality and patient safety. “This award is an acknowledgment of the quality care we provide for our patients,” said Bob Morasko, CEO. “The staff works very hard to make sure we have processes in place to ensure that our high standards are achieved. We are all here for our patients.” This is the third year Campbell County Memorial Hospital has received a Hospital Quality Award. 2012 marks the tenth year Mountain-Pacific has presented Wyoming medical facilities with Hospital Quality Awards.

CCMH Emergency Department Door under construction Campbell County Memorial Hospital’s West entrance will be under construction beginning Monday, October 8, 2012. A temporary entrance into the Emergency Department is scheduled to open Monday, October 8. The temporary entrance is necessary to begin construction of a new entrance and vestibule for the relocation of the Walk-in Clinic. The public will enter through what is now the access door to the helipad stairwell, and be directed into the waiting area. Security will be located in the helipad elevator lobby. The goal is to limit the patient traffic through this

entrance to Emergency Department patients only. Patients going to Lab, Radiology, Surgery, Behavioural Health and 3rd Floor Clinics should use the main entrance. The Emergency Department parking lot will also have limited access. This lot will be accessible from 6th Street and Burma Avenue but will not allow for vehicles access to part of the lower parking level. Appropriate signage will be posted to direct traffic to the temporary access. The vestibule will be completed in late December or early January to coincide with the relocation of the Walk-In Clinic.

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Shootout in Sheridan By Jeff Morrison Earl Foree was a dangerous man. When Earl Foree returned to northern Wyoming in June of 1914, he was a dangerous man bent on revenge. Foree was born in 1879 and lived most of his adult life in Powder River Country, working as a ranch hand for several of the large cattle outfits of the day. While Foree was working in the Pass Creek area near Parkman, Wyoming, his brother, Osa Foree and an accomplice were caught and convicted of stealing cattle from local ranchers Edwin Dana and E. C. Woodley. Although not involved in the rustling, Earl Foree carried a major grudge against the two ranchers. In 1903, Foree was arrested for setting fire to some haystacks, a barn and some machinery belonging to Woodley. He was sentenced to 15 years, to be served in the Wyoming State Penitentiary, in Rawlins. Foree’s family continuously petitioned the Governor on his behalf. In 1906, Foree was released on parole, just two years into his 15 year sentence. It turned out to be one of the worst clemency decisions every made in the Cowboy State. Not long after he was freed, Foree returned to the prison with 48 sticks of dynamite and a pistol, and somehow managed to smuggle them into the prison yard in a plot to free inmate Adam Eckert. Eckert bungled the escape. In the process, he shot and killed a guard before turning the pistol on himself. Foree escaped to Colorado, where he was later located by Wyoming authorities while awaiting trial for horse stealing in Grand Junction. Foree pled guilty to the horse-stealing charge to avoid extradition to Wyoming where he now faced murder charges. He was sentenced to eight years in

Colorado, of which he served six years. In May, 1914, Foree was once again a free man. It turned out that Wyoming did not pursue their charges of murder, as most of their witnesses were ex-convicts who had served their time and could no longer be located. Foree was no wiser for his time behind bars, nor had his thirst for revenge been quenched. He worked his way north with one thought in mind – to get even with those responsible for sending him and his brother to prison. Around June 5th, Foree had made it as far as Basin, Wyoming. Along the way he had compiled a list of the people he was going to kill. Foree had convinced himself that Edwin Dana had financed the cost of prosecuting his arson case. Along with Dana, Foree sought revenge against Woodley, whose property he had set fire to; attorney E. E. Lonabaugh, who had been the prosecutor; William Burks who gave testimony against him; and Dave Towns, who had testified against his brother. While in Basin, Foree procured transportation over the Big Horns by stealing a fine horse. Unfortunately, this horse happened to belong to Basin’s Undersheriff, Deputy Frank I. Rue. Rue had been in Billings at the time of the theft, but on his return was able to track Foree over the mountains, where he learned of Foree’s revenge plot from a sheepherder the ex-convict had confided in over a campfire meal. By this time, Foree’s intended victims had also learned of his plans, as well as the Sheridan Police and Sheriff’s Office. Edwin Dana was in town on business and rooming at the Sheridan Inn. On the morning of June 13th, he was having break-

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October 3, 2012 - At 1:41 AM to Edwards Rd; RR MP 48.5 for a grass fire on the east side of the tracks. Fire crews contained the fire to approximately half an acre. The cause of the fire was most likely a passing train. - At 2:06 AM to 4120 Crestfield Court for smoke detector activation with no fire. The smoke detector was determined to be faulty. - At 3:06 AM to the 900 block of Mountain Meadow Lane for a medical assist. - At 9:18 AM to south east of Sleepy Hollow subdivision for a smoke sighting. No smoke was found but personnel did note alkali dust blowing off a dry pond that had the appearance of smoke. - At 9:59 AM to the address of 6 Redtail Street for a smoke detector activation in a residence. This was a false alarm due to cooking. There was no fire or damage in the residence. CCFD cleared without incident. - At 2:14 PM to the Turnercrest Rd. for a grass fire. Fire crews contained the fire to approximately 100 acres. The cause of the fire was hot ember and ash from an oil well treater. October 4, 2012 - At 1:49 PM to the 8000 Block of Pheasant Drive for a medical assist. - At 7:39 PM to 713 Express Drive for a fire alarm caused by burnt food. Firefighters used a positive pressure fan to clear the smoke/ odor out of the apartment building. - At 8:23 PM to Ruby Street for a medical assist. - At 10:18 PM to 5201 South Douglas Highway (Jakes Tavern) for a fire alarm that turned out to be a false alarm. - At 11:21 PM to North Highway 14-16 (by Middle Prong Road) for a one vehicle rollover accident. - At 11:52 PM to the 2500 block of Dogwood Avenue for a medical assist. October 5, 2012 - At 7:25 AM to W. 8th St. for an EMS assist. - At 10:36 AM to a residence on the 1100 Block of Vanscoy Drive for a Carbon Monoxide detector activation in a residence. CCFD

fast in the dining room when he spotted Earl Foree in the lobby. “I looked at him and caught his eye,” Dana later told the Sheridan Enterprise. “When he saw me looking at him, he immediately backed out and disappeared.” Deputy Rue was met at his hotel by Deputy William H. Veach. Veach, a family man with a wife and two daughters, was well known around town. He had been a sheriff’s deputy for many years and had risen to the rank of Under Sheriff. Although the two deputies did not know Foree’s exact whereabouts, they reasoned that Rue’s horse might be easier to locate and used to set a trap for Foree. But in the meantime, William Burks spotted Foree at a real estate office and alerted Deputy Perry Cooper, who went to the hotel and alerted Rue and Veach. The three officers set off to apprehend Foree, gathering up a fourth deputy enroute. At the real estate office, Rue and Cooper went inside but were unable to recognize Foree before he left. Since Foree wasn’t actually wanted for anything, the deputies decided they would have to follow Foree to see if he would lead them to the stolen horse. Foree went to a second-hand store belonging to J. F. Oliver, an acquaintance of his, located on Broadway. As Deputy Veach neared the store, Foree came out to confront Veach, insinuating that the deputies were harassing

arrived on scene and found elevated levels of CO inside the residence possibly from when the vehicle was started up in the attached garage, which leaked into the residence. CCFD had to ventilate the residence and verify that all CO was cleared form the residence before the residents were allowed back inside. - At 11:10 AM to Four J Ct. for an EMS assist. - At 3:40 PM to the area of mile marker 138 on East Highway 51 for a two vehicle collision with injuries. The Highway was closed for a short period of time while emergency crews took care of the injured patients. - At 6:28 PM to Hwy 387; Behind Panther Pond Storage Unit for an EMS assist. - At 5:37 PM to 508 Stocktrail for an automatic fire alarm. It was determined to be accidental pull station activation, the alarm was reset. - At 9:33 PM to Crestview Ct. for a good intent call, no emergency was found at the address. - At 11:04 PM to the Bishop Rd. for an arcing power line, CCFD crews secured the area until Powder River Energy could secure the equipment.

October 6, 2012 - At 6:47 AM to 501 South Burma Avenue (Campbell County Memorial Hospital) for a fire alarm that was activated by a pull station. No fire – false alarm. - At 7:10 AM to mile marker 81 on North Highway 14-16 for a gas odor. A gas monitor did not register any flammable gases in the area. - At 1:29 PM to the 4100 block of Windmill Drive for a medical assist. - At 2:11 PM to the 1000 block of West Lakeway Road for a medical assist. October 7, 2012 - At 1:19 PM to the Greenough Rd. for a 2 acre grass fire started by burning refuse. October 9, 2012 - At 12:06 pm to #9 Greasewood Ct. for a carbon monoxide call, after checking the residence it was determined that there was no carbon monoxide in the residence. - At 4:54 pm to the Bishop Rd. for a report of a vehicle accident, units were cancelled en route as the vehicle had left the scene. - At 10:03 pm to Dominoes Pizza on Lakeway for a possible structure fire, upon arrival it was determined that the smoke was from a pickup doing a burnout, there was no fire and all units cancelled.

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him for no reason. Veach began to question Foree about the horse, when Deputy Rue stepped up and pointedly demanded to know where Foree had hidden his horse, and informed the exconvict that he was placing him under arrest. Foree responded by pulling his .45 caliber revolver and shooting. An eye-witness later said that the three men were within three feet of each other and all three began firing at nearly the same instant. In less than a few seconds, the gunfight was over, but all three men were on the ground. Foree had been shot three times. One bullet had shattered his upper-leg bones, and another had grazed his head. The third bullet had pierced his stomach. Deputy Rue had been shot only once, with the bullet passing through his thigh without striking any vital arteries or bones. Deputy Veach had been shot twice and died within a few minutes. One bullet had entered his lower body and the other had passed through his chest. The gunfight began and ended so fast, no one could agree on what actually happened, or exactly how many shots were fired. Foree’s stomach wound was not discovered until after he had been moved to the city jail. “When we three met and the shooting began,” Deputy Rue later said, “things were so confused then that I simply cannot remember how they happened. All I know is

that we were all shooting, and the next thing we were all down.” An examination of the firearms used revealed that Foree had fired three times, while Rue had emptied his .38 revolver. Veach had fired only once. As the story was retold in the days to come, Deputy Rue was painted as being the hero of the day, and it was surmised that he had fired the bullets that brought Foree down. In truth, both Deputies were using .38’s, so it would have been impossible to determine. Fears that a lynch mob would storm the jail, coupled with Foree’s expressed desire to end his own life, prompted the acting police chief to put Foree under constant guard. It was not believed that the gunman would live more than a few days at most. But a week later, doctors convinced the jailers to move the prisoner to the state hospital, as it appeared he would recover enough to stand trial. But a month after the shooting, Foree’s stomach wound became infected and it was evident that he had hours to live. But before he died, Foree was given the ironic news that he would not have been convicted of murder had he lived. An autopsy had been performed on Deputy Veach that revealed the fatal wound was made by a .38 caliber bullet. Which could only have been fired by Deputy Rue.

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