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Volume 1 • Issue 22

September 16 - 23, 2011

June 17 - 24, 2011

“If it doesn’t have to do with Campbell County, we don’t care!”

Half-naked woman says pants were stolen By Paul Wallem, Basin Radio News

The Wyoming Pipe and Drums Band includes (left to right) in front, Caden Lynch, Shanna Kannick, Andrea Hoon, and Joe Lynch; and in back, Dave Mcelhiney, Avery Mils, Thomas Williams, and Chelsea Carey.

Campbell County observes 10th anniversary of September 11

As the people descended upon the County Fire Department Station number 1 to attend the 10th anniversary of September 11th, you could sense an air of benevolence that always seems to radiate from the citizens of Campbell County. Sheriff Deputies, military personnel, firemen, City police, and VFW members stood around in crisp uniforms representing the public service they all perform. There was a solemn look on everyone’s faces in attendance, as they looked around at the antique fire truck, the American flags, and the preparations of the

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ceremony. There was light conversation and some introductions but for the most part it felt like being at a funeral. In a way it was. All over the nation people were mourning what happened ten years before and Campbell County did a great job in doing so in our own way. Chief Huber, of the Campbell County Fire Department, started out talking about how many firemen were killed during the attack while rushing into the buildings to save as many victims as they could. “Ten years seems like a long time, and it doesn’t feel like ten years, but it is here,” Chief Hubert said. “No one knows how many lives were saved that day.” Commissioner Shober spoke a more personal speech about his employee and friend who died in the attack. He went on to speak about the actions of a “madman, recently killed by American forces, justifiably.” Sheriff Pownall told us in his speech about the public service, the number of confirmed murders (and they were murders), and about the public service that our police officers, firemen, and more perform every day. He told us to “Always remember what happened, and we are all aware that the threats are real, and we will continue to respond to action whenever citizens are in danger.” Overall, a great ceremony for a tragic day. But, as always, Campbell County did it right. Many residents participate in a lighted remembrance candle ceremony to show the respect deserved to our great nation.

At 2:47 a.m. Wednesday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home along South Douglas Highway after a half-naked woman showed up to a residence looking for help. “She said that she was at her hotel room in the Wingate Inn with an unidentified male,” describes Captain Roy Seeman with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. “They decided to go for a drive south on Highway 59.” While driving, the 32-year old Minnesota woman asked the man to stop so she could go to the bathroom. “She took off her pants and her underwear so that she wouldn’t soil them,” says Seeman. According to the report, she left her pants containing around $300 and her hotel key inside the man’s vehicle. “Once she was out of the vehicle the male drove off and left her there,” Seeman says. Sergeant Eric Dearcorn with the Gillette Police Department said the case remains under investigation. Dearcorn also said the woman believes her room key was used by the unknown man to steal more cash from her hotel room.

Operation Eagle 2011

Sheriff Pownall and Commissioner Shober speak at the 10th anniversary memorial at the Campbell County Fire Department.

The Eagle Riders #2711 are having a fund raiser called “Operation Eagle 2011.” This is the fourth year that this will be occurring. Member, Lisa Knigge, states, “The Eagle Riders is a group of Fraternal Order of Eagles member motorcyclists who promote the Eagles and its causes, while doing something that we love - riding motorcycles…We will be collecting donations for items through Sept. 30th needed by our military.” You can drop off items to the Eagles Club in Gillette at 210 W. Third St and they will be sent to men and women fighting overseas. Of course, any item donated is appreciated, but some suggested items are: Stamps & Envelopes, Disposable Cameras, Recreational Equipment, Playing Cards, Baby Powder, Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Tissue, Pillowcases, International Calling Cards, Batteries, Postcards, Dental Floss, Deodorant, Body wash, Shampoo, Stationery, Snack Foods, Sports Drink Mix, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Reading Material, Chap Stick, Music, Movies, CDs, Baby Wipes, Shaving Cream, Razors, Soap, Chairs, Blankets, Sunscreen/Lotions, Puzzle Books. Travel sizes work great. Also, cash donations are accepted as well. With only a few weeks left, please come and show your support but making a small contribution in honor of our military men and women.

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Community Warden’s Corner

A massive crowd gathers at Brothers Coffee to listen to music and raise money.

Game wardens and biologists survey antelope populations in August to estimate size and calculate the buck:doe and fawn:doe ratios. Results this year suggest that antelope numbers remain very strong in areas 17 and 23, but have slipped a bit in areas 18, 19 and 24. Overall, it looks to be another good year for antelope hunting in Campbell County.

Steve Oakley Benefit

Well over fifty people showed up to Brother’s Coffee on Saturday, September 10th. This was for the benefit of a local music teacher, Steve Oakley. Oakley, father of two, suffered a serious head injury earlier in the summer, resulting in a medically induced coma and long hospital stay. Though a speedy recovery has blessed Steve and his family, he is by no means 100% healed and has incurred a massive amount of medical debt. This benefit was to help with that. The Lazy L Band, of which Steve is a member, planned the event and played music for the entertainment of the participating community. People were delightfully visiting with each other, eating, drinking coffee, and dancing. There was even a tender moment when Steve took his four year old daughter, Molly, on the dance floor. Not only were donations made but there was also a raffle and a 50/50 drawing. Cody Johnson was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won $265 which he, honorably, gave straight back to the cause. A total on $1,900 was raised that night. If you would like to donate to the cause, you may contact Keary at the Campbell County Observer @ kearyspeer@campbellcountyobserver. com.

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On September 23rd at the Savageton Bar on Black and Yellow Road (Hwy. 50 for those not familiar with our local history) there will be an eating contest. This one is not like your normal hotdog or pie eating contests, but one of epic proportions. You need to eat a full basket of homemade French fries, homemade buns, lettuce/tomato/ onions/and the works, and oh!! That’s right…a THREE POUND burger. Think you can do it in 2 hours? Think you can win the prize? The owner of the Campbell County Observer will be trying and he challenges you to come take him on at the event. Show up at 6:30pm to register (if you finish the meal it is free) and let the eating begin!!

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Obituary GLENN GODBOLD Illinois

Glenn E. Godbold was born in Chicago, IL on August 15, 1974 to the late Garland and Mildred Godbold. He was the oldest of seven children, attending Tilden Technical High school, and Malcolm X College. Glenn was inducted into the United States Army in 1966, at the age of nineteen. During his three year tour of duty, he served in Korea and Vietnam as military police. Becoming a Chicago Police officer in 1976, he worked diligently in numerous units including tactical unit, auto theft, intelligence unit, body guard detail, and organized crime homicide. Becoming a teacher at the academy, he taught applied psychology and took pride in helping the cadets increase their critical thinking skills. He retired from the Chicago Police Depart-

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ment in August 2010. Aside from a police officer, Glenn owned several businesses including but not limited to extermination, landscaping, and construction. In his free time he rode motorcycles, hunted, and was an avid fisherman. Needed motivation, encouragement, or enlightenment? Glenn could enrich your life as he did to so many on a scale that was un measureable. He loved to part with wisdom regardless of who was the listener. He would incorporate real-life scenarios to teach all that he could. Politically active, he ran for State Representative. Though he only lost by 6 votes, he remained active in both the Republican and Democratic Parties through his life. Glenn was a member of MT. Ebenezer M.B. Church. On the afternoon of August 22, 2011 God called Glen Godbold home

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so that he could watch over his entire family at once. He currently is watching over his three sons: Donny (and daughter-in-law Toni) Robertson, Rodney (and daughter-in-law Linda) Godbold, and Jayden Godbold, two daughters: Candice De Laat (and son-inlaw Nicholas De Laat), and Aleania Godbold. Siblings included brothers Keith (and sister-in-law Lillie) Godbold and Vincent (and sister-in-law Stella) Godbold. Sisters: Denise (and brother-in-law Torrence) Banks, Michelle (and brother-in-law Kevin) Farr, Glennda Godbold, and Staci (and brother-inlaw Charles) Stanford. He had three Godchildren and six Grandchildren.

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Readers on the Road Cathy Raney holding the Campbell County Observer in front of the first JC Penny. The original store was built in 1902 in Kemmerer, WY. Thank you Cathy for your contribution in the “Readers on the Road.”


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Community Campbell County Rockpile Museum Antique Appraisal Fair It is time again for the Rockpile Museum’s biennial appraisal fair. Guests are invited to bring their antiques to the museum on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to be identified and appraised by experts from around the region. The museum will have appraisers of general antiques as well as glassware, furniture, Native American artifacts and beadwork, Wyoming books and memorabilia, coins and paper money, bits and spurs, stoneware crocks, Aladdin lamps, vintage purses, fishing equipment,

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We will not forget

A new business, Turf Greetings, shows off at their own house in Sleepy Hollow with a tribute to September 11th.

Bone and Joint Radiology, LLC receives accreditation by the ICAMRL

Bone and Joint Radiology, LLC, operating within Powder River Orthopedics and Spine (PROS), has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the area of Musculoskeletal MRI by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories (ICAMRL). Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an extremely useful diagnostic imaging tool, performed an estimated 28 million times annually in the United States. MRI enables interpreting physicians to visualize the structures and differentiate tissues within the body by way of cross-sectional images. Bone & Joint Radiology, LLC achieved accreditation through the

ICAMRL by successfully completing a comprehensive application process. This process consists of a thorough review of operational and technical components by a panel of experts as well as detailed case studies. The ICAMRL is one of three national organizations approved by CMS to accredit suppliers of advanced imaging services. Accreditation is granted only to facilities found to be providing quality care in compliance with national standards. ICAMRL accreditation acts as a “seal of approval” in which patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts

in the field of MRI. When scheduled for an MRI procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed. “This accreditation ensures our patients that the MRI exam they receive meets national quality standards,” said Dr. Hans Kioschos of PROS. “The availability of an open extremity and spine MRI in our office makes a more convenient option for our patients.” Bone and Joint Radiology, LLC, operates within PROS, and is located at 508 Stocktrail Ave., Suite A., in the lower level of the Wyoming Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Institute (WORI building).

comic books, canning jars, children’s books, Boy Scout materials, and much more. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the fair ends at 3:00 p.m. There is no appraisal fee other than a voluntary donation for the appraiser’s services. Guests are encouraged to bring only a few items that they can easily carry themselves. Feel free to call or email the museum with any questions about the fair. For more information please call CCRM at (307) 682-5723 or visit our website at

What’s Going On In Government? Monday, September 19

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

Tuesday, September 20

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

Wednesday, September 21

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

Thursday, September 22

-Parks & Beautification Board, 5:30 p.m., Community Conference Room, City Hall

-Public Works & Utilities

Campbell Co. Fire Dept. September 7, 2011

- At 12:13 p.m. to Mercantile Drive for a two-vehicle accident. - At 1:01 p.m. to the Clarkelen Road for the report of a possible grass fire. There was no fire found. - At 2:25 p.m. to 2000 Airport Road for the report of a hazardous materials leak. Upon arrival fire department personnel found diesel fuel leaking from the back of a pickup truck located in the parking lot. - At 4:28 p.m. to the S.A. Road for the report of a grass fire. Fire department personnel found a fire burning in grass and timber. The fire was 9 acres in size and was contained by 8:38 p.m. The fire was caused by a malfunction of electrical equipment. - At 4:35 p.m. to the Adon Road for the report of a grass fire. The fire was 3 acres in size. - At 8:51 p.m. to the 2000 block of S. Douglas Highway for an EMS assist. - At 11:23 p.m. to the 500 block of Four J Road for the report of a controlled burn inside of city limits.

September 8, 2011

- At 9:13 AM to the address of 6510 Irving Boulevard for a fire alarm activation in a residence. This was a false alarm due to the home owner setting off a bug bomb in the residence which set off the alarm system. There was no fire and all units were cancelled. - At 10:51 AM to the 200 Block of Lakeway Road for an EMS assist. - At 2:07 PM to the area south of Union Chapel Road for a smoke report. CCFD cancelled en route when it was determined the smoke was actually coal dust from a mine blast. - At 10:01 PM to the area of 409 South Butler Spaeth Road for an electrical

transformer on fire. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival determined the fire was out. CCFD remained on scene until City of Gillette Electrical Division employees arrived and advised no assistance was needed.

September 9, 2011

- At 2:52 a.m. to Dogwood Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 5:30 a.m. to Benjamin Franklin Road for an EMS assist. - At 11:47 AM to the address of 505 S Gillette Avenue for a fire alarm activation. This was a false alarm due to maintenance technicians working on the system. There was no fire. - At 12:37 PM to Allison Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 1:40 PM to the alley behind the 1200 Block of Jack Plane Lane for a 1” natural gas line that had been hit by Construction crews. The line was immediately clamped off by CCFD crews and secured. - At 6:55 PM to Ariel Ave. for an EMS assist. - At 6:58 PM to 2nd St. and Burma for a 2 vehicle accident with no injuries. CCFD crews applied floor dry antifreeze leaking from one of the vehicles. - At 10:53 PM to Towers West Lodge for an EMS assist.

September 10, 2011

- At 7:23 a.m. to Gold Buckle Place for an EMS assist. - At 7:46 a.m. to West 12th Street for an EMS assist. - At 8:17 a.m. to East 3rd Street for an EMS assist. - At 9:41 a.m. to the intersection of 2nd Street and Gillette Avenue for a motorcycle vs. car collision. The 2 occupants of the motorcycle were injured in the collision and were transported to CCMH. - At 1:29 p.m. to railroad mile marker 12.1 on the Orin Line for a grass fire. CCFD responded to the scene and

levels were found in the residence. - At 7:50 PM to 9848 North Highway 14-16 for a motorcycle/truck traffic accident. The cyclist was transported to Campbell County Memorial Hospital.

upon arrival found a 2.1 acre fire burning along the tracks. CCFD extinguished the fire and determined it was caused by sparks from a passing train. - At 3:10 p.m. to Four J Road for an EMS assist. - At 3:16 p.m. to Aleute Lane for a structure fire. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found smoke throughout the building. A small fire was found inside the oven and it was extinguished. The smoke was ventilated from the building and the cause of the fire was determined to be plastic dishes that were in the oven when it was turned on. Damage was estimated at less than $100. - At 7:25 p.m. to the area of North Garner Lake Road near the WYDOT building for a natural gas smell. CCFD responded to the area and determined the smell was coming from a natural gas metering station. SourceGas was notified and upon their arrival they advised that 2 valves were leaking in the facility and that they would fix them as soon as possible. CCFD cleared the scene when SourceGas advised they did not need additional assistance.

September 13, 2011

- At 12:28 PM to 10389 South Highway 59 for a grass fire started by a worker welding. Approximately one acre of grass burned along with a hay stack containing approximately 100 small hay bales. - At 3:25 PM to the 300 block of South Burma for a medical assist. - At 7:21 PM to 4 Sandstone Circle for a motorcycle accident. The driver was transported by ambulance. - At 7:24 PM to railroad mile marker 42.8 (by Highway 450) for a grass fire in the railroad right of way. - At 7:28 PM to South Highway 59 and Union Chapel Road for a medical assist.

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September 11, 2011

- At 8:31 AM to mile marker 147 on Highway 387 for a vehicle accident. - At 9:56 AM to 100 block of Mesa Drive for a medical assist. - At 10:18 AM to North Highway 59 by mile marker 127 (east side of Highway South of Camp Wildwood) for a grass/timber fire. The fire was contained to approximately 40 acres and the cause is under investigation. No structures were damaged. - At 7:29 PM to 5004 Milton Street for a carbon monoxide detector in alarm mode. No elevated carbon monoxide

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Community Memory of the 8 Memorial Run/Walk to take place in Gillette this Friday

Ten years ago, eight UW cross country runners died when a drunk driver struck their car. The Gillette race is sponsored by the Razor City Runners and the family of Morgan McLeland, who was among those killed

in the wreck. They are looking for donations to fund runners’ scholarships for college bound athletes. Donations also go to providing shoes for low income children in Campbell County.

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Late Season Care for your Garden Six things to do now for a better garden next year By Melinda Myers, Gardening Expert, TV & Radio Host, Author and Columnist As the summer garden season nears an end, don’t let your guard down. Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season. Continue weeding. Removing weeds now before they go to seed will eliminate hundreds of weeds next season. Destroy invasive weeds, those that have gone to seed and perennials that may root in the compost pile. And mulch the soil if you haven’t already done so. Keep watering new plantings, stressed and young plants, evergreens, and moisture loving plants as needed throughout the fall. Water thoroughly and whenever the top few inches are crumbly and slightly moist. Check my plant guide for more specifics on your plants watering needs. Properly watered plants are better able to survive the rigors of winter. Reduce future workloads and improve your garden’s health

and beauty. A layer of shredded leaves, evergreen needles or woodchips will help suppress weeds, conserve moisture, moderate soil temperatures, and improve the soil as they decompose. Replace faded annuals with cool season annuals, mums, and other fall plants, decorative squash and pumpkins. And add a few fall containers to your front entrance, patio or deck. It adds color and a feeling of freshness to the garden. Monitor and manage pests as needed. Keeping plants healthy throughout the growing season increases your overwintering success. Hand pick small populations of insects, rake and destroy disease infested leaves, and always use the most eco-friendly products when greater intervention is needed. Keep applying animal repellents. Use a long lasting all natural product like Bobbex. Keeping hungry animals away from your

landscape will help reduce the future risk of critters moving in and dining on your landscape. Editors’ Note: Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and The Garden Book for Wisconsin. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on 89 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers’ web site is

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Another Gun Show in Gillette There was another gun show in Gillette this last weekend. This time it featured more vendors and cheaper prices. Some of the venders sold old war helmets, arrow heads, or Indian jewelry. Jeff Raney of Gillette had more tables than ever with his militaria and antique firearms, while there were many more booths of the newest pistols and rifles.

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At 6:41 p.m. last Saturday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tressa Road in the Malign Valley area for a report of an explosion. As it turned out, the noise was the consequence of an innovative use of bowling balls. “The police officer responded to people out there that were having a

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What’s Going On? Friday, September 16

-Native American Day -Environmental Camp Session 3, Mallo Camp -Senior Center- Jam Session, 1 p.m., 6860804 -Black Cat Ball, 6 p.m., Camplex Energy Hall, 686-6235 -Fizz Bomb Futurity & Country Life Trade Show, TBA, Camplex East/Central Pavilion -Mesa Drive @ Jakes Tavern

Grath added. No information was available as far as what kind of explosives or what size of bowling balls used. The Campbell County Observer, however, would like to extend information to those residents to invite us out next time they perform this project for some pictures and an article on our fellow innovative residents.

Saturday, September 17

-Harvest Hustle 5K & 10K Run/Walk, 7 a.m., Living Rock Church -Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., Gillette College -Trash to Trees: Season Culminating Event, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Gillette College Tech. Center -Wyoming License Plate Society Event, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center -Antique Appraisal Fair, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., CC Rockpile Museum, 682-5723 -Rabies & Microchip Clinic, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., City Animal Shelter, $6 for Rabies, $35 for Microchips -CC Centennial Festival, 12- 10 p.m., Lasting Legacy Memorial Park, Time Capsule Burial Ceremony @ 4 p.m. -4th-6th Grade WiiPlay Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., CCPL -Fizz Bomb Futurity & Country Life Trade Show, TBA, Camplex East/Central Pavilion -Mesa Drive @ Jakes Tavern

Sunday, September 18

-Senior Center- CLOSED -Teens: Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Fizz Bomb Futurity & Country Life Trade Show, TBA, Camplex East/Central Pavilion -Fall Stake Conference(LDS Church Meeting), 10 a.m., Camplex Energy Hall

Monday, September 19

-Teens: Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Environmental Camp Session 4 (Cottonwood, Meadowlark & Pronghorn), Mallo Camp -AVA- Little Tikes, 1 p.m. -PAD Meeting, 4-5 p.m., CCHS- South Music Room -Financial Independence Women’s Workshop, 6-7 p.m., Brother’s Coffee, (218)6892366 -AVA- Life Drawing Class, 7 p.m.

-Environmental Camp Session 4, Mallo Camp -Environmental Camp Session 5(Sunflower, Conestoga & 4-J), Mallo Camp -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -Senior Center- First Gold Bus, 9 a.m., 686-0804 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, All Ages, 11 a.m., WBL -Community Health Luncheon- Walk the Line to Prevention, 11:30 a.m., Primrose Retirement Community -Senior Center- U of WY RX Presentation, 1:30 p.m., 686-0804 -Teen Advisory Board Meeting, 4 p.m., CCPL -AVA: Glaze a Cup, 6:30-8 p.m., 682-9133

Thursday, September 22

-Used Book Sale- CCPL -Teens: Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Environmental Camp Session 5, Mallo Camp -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab 688-1222 -Toddler Time, 18 month- 3 yrs., 9:30 a.m., CCPL -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Senior Center Luncheon, 12-1 p.m. -AVA- Homeschool Kids, 2:30 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m. -AVA- Hand Throw a Cup, 6:30 p.m. -Families & Jammies, Birth- 6th Grade, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -Senior Center- City of Gillette Sponsored Dinner, 686-0804 -First National Bank Customer Appreciation Party, 6-8 p.m., Camplex Energy Hall -Teen Anime Club, 7-8:30 p.m., CCPL -Adult Anime Club, 7-8:30 p.m., CCPL

Friday, September 23

-1st DAY OF AUTUMN -Environmental Camp Session 5, Mallo Camp -Used Book Sale- CCPL -Teens: Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Willie Nelson in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center, 682-8802 for Tickets -Dela Cruz Band @ Jakes Tavern

Tuesday, September 20

-Teens: Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Environmental Camp Session 4 -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab, 688-1222 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m. -Senior Center- Glamme Belles, 11 a.m., 686-0804 -AVA- Pre-School Art Class, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m. -Teen Card Game Club, 4-6 p.m., CCPL -AVA- Hand Build a Cup, 6:30 p.m.

Weekly Trivia Question How many cubic yards of concrete is in the Hoover Dam? A. 4,360,000 B. 1,154,548

C. 10,875,100 D. 1,654,891

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Public Pulse Bold Republic Weekly Hey let’s raise taxes on oil companies! What could go wrong? By Glenn Woods HEY GREAT NEWS! The President wants to raise taxes on oil companies by $40 Billion. Well, that’s a great idea, right? I’m sure raising taxes on oil companies will not come back to the consumer in the form of higher prices at the pump. Not like they would actually pass the cost on to the consumers. No way could that happen. I mean, the President has himself a crack staff of Harvard and Yale educated economists who know just what they are doing. With degrees like that they can’t be wrong. Ok, fine, I know these economists have never held a real job in their entire lives. Sure, they only know what they have read in books, written by other people who did nothing but read books written by other people who wrote books. I mean, why would you want to waste time listening to someone who has actually gotten their hands dirty doing the job that they were reading about? What the heck do those working people know? I’m sure those people working for those oil companies out there in the fields of Wyoming weren’t going to do anything with the money. I mean, how much does rent on a single-wide cost? How much could groceries at The Dollar Store cost? These people don’t need much to live on. Heck, with so much regulation on the oil business they can’t drill as it is. So, why would they need all that money? Don’t tell me that they were going to spend it hiring workers. Not when they are busy laying workers off after receiving another tall stack of new regulations from some nameless faceless bureaucrat who has never worked a rig in his life but thinks he knows what he is talking about. I mean, he must know what he is talk-

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: I would like to talk about the waste of our money with road construction. They always say they will be done on time, but seem to tear up many of the areas they are working on again. They leave the site at 2 in the afternoon, and get the job done a long time after the bid. There has also been a lot of rudeness. At my place, we had an agreement to not block the vehicles, since there is very little parking available in the downtown Gillette area. The workers do anyway. My wife, an E.M.T., asked a construction worker to move his car the other day so that she could go to work and he told her to “bleep” off. They are working off tax payer contracts and completely disrespect the people that are paying them. I hope my wife doesn’t have to respond to a person this worker knows, she won’t be able to if he won’t let her go to work. The City has been good with working with us, but they need to come down on the construction workers and put them in line. I will not accept a line again that tells me that “you don’t talk to my boss, you have a problem you talk to me.” Justin Eadus-Gillette, WY

From Editor Keary Speer: Dear Justin, Thank you for writing in! I agree with what you are saying 100%. It is bad enough that we have to put up with the frustration of early morning noise, slow traffic, blocked roadways, and much more, but we also have to deal with worker misconduct. It is a serious issue. Just recently, while walking with 3 children in a residential neighborhood, I, personally, had to deal with construction workers hollering and making “cat calls” in my direction. It is extremely inappropriate and should be addressed immediately. People need to feel safe and comfortable in their own neighborhoods! I suggest that we, along with any other concerned citizens, continue to call the appropriate people at the city to voice our opinions. I have heard that many of these people working in our town do not actually live in our town. If that is the case, then they need a lesson in respect or not be welcomed back. Dear Editor, I had a kid working for me for 3 years who started doing drugs and quit working for me. When he quit, he stole about $30,000 worth of stuff from me. My problem is that I made a report with a sheriff’s deputy and with the Gillette Police Department. On the

sheriff’s side, a detective lost all the information I gave them and I had to re-file. The kid still is not arrested for the crime against me. On the Gillette PD side, nothing has happened and they have not even contacted me about anything. The kid did not get prosecuted for the crime against me, but did for others. Where are our tax dollars going? A complete incompetence in our local system. Yes, they are good on the street catching drunk drivers, but not good on following through. I am mad!! I also think that you should put in your paper a statement in that all the child molesters, rapists, looters, thieves, gang bangers, and major drug dealers that we will protect each other and our property. They need to stay away from Campbell County, because we can and will protect the lives, liberty, and property of the members of our community. By Bill Fortner From Editor Keary Speer: Dear Bill, Thank you for writing in! I understand how frustrating this probably is to you. There is nothing worse than being treated unjustly. I, personally, have no real knowledge of the process that you, or law enforcement for that matter, would have to go through to get this solved. All I know is that persistence never fails. As frustrating as it may seem to have to literally annoy someone into doing their job, it is an effective method. Obviously, this kid has issues and I suspect he will not be running free for much longer. Whether or not it has to do with what he has done to you, only time will tell. On your other note, I believe we are a strong community sending out the exact vibe you are giving. We do seem to have a surprising amount of those things going on for the size of our community. The best thing we can do is stay informed. There is a site that I love and hate. It is the Family Watchdog website. It lists any and all sexual offenders in any community and shows you where they live. It gives you the information of their name, sometimes pictures, the nature of their crime (i.e. abuse, rape, violence, statutory rape, etc), their sentence, etc. I love this site because it is very good to know if you are living near one of these people, or if your child’s route on the way home from school is close to any of these. I hate it for the reason that it makes me absolutely paranoid to know how many people are so close to home. Hopefully you will find that information useful and remember, you may not use this site to assault/ attack/go after them, just stay informed.

By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News the Mayor will see at least one familiar face in the crowd during his five-minute testimony. “One of the senior Congressional staff members that came here to our community and visited northeast Wyoming three weeks ago was Kathleen Benedetto,” says Murphy. “She is the Majority Legislative Staff for the U.S. House of Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and she is the one that has invited me to testify next Wednesday.” Murphy said he was pleased that last month’s Congressional Fact Finding Trip – which had wide support from the region’s elected leaders – appears to already be producing benefits. “I am very honored to be able to go to Washington D.C. and tell the folks that make national policy some of the concerns, and be able to give a voice to the people in northeast Wyoming and all of Wyoming and hopefully make a difference, and invite more of them to come out and see for themselves how energy development and taking care of the environment can be done responsibly,” the Mayor adds. After the Mayor and other guests testify, each Congressional member on the Committee will have five minutes to ask questions. In the end, Mayor Murphy says this is a chance for Northeast Wyoming to say that Wyoming would love to help our fellow Americans by providing a source of affordable energy. “We’re here to help create more jobs but here’s the issues that we’re facing,” he concludes. The Campbell County Economic Development Corporation is funding the

he flops down in his chair and sulks. “It is really simple Mr. President,” his economic staff tells him. “No matter if things keep getting worse. We just need to keep doing what we have been doing. You just borrow another half a trillion from the Chinese, tax those evil oil companies and regulate them until they can’t move and they finally go out of business, and the extra money you make from the oil companies will be used to pay back the Chinese.” “But,” the President sighs, “if we tax and regulate the oil companies out of existence then won’t unemployment go up? People get mad at me when unemployment goes up. And besides, how can we continue to tax a company that has gone out of business. And won’t the price of everything go up as the price of fuel goes up?” “Mr. President, prices can’t go up on something that does not exist. And don’t you worry about those unemployed oil workers. We just extend their unemployment until the cows come home. Like we have told you, Mr. President, one dollar given in unemployment becomes two dollars in the economy. So you see everything will be just fine. Now, go play some golf. We can handle this.” A giddy president Obama leaps from his chair and heads out to the links, feeling good that he has once again solved another major problem. He is such a smart man. SPECIAL NOTE: The above article is sarcasm. There are some out there who would actually see logic in these arguments. If you are someone who has seen actual logic in any of these arguments, for the LOVE OF PETE! Seek HELP! And STOP VOTING!

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Mayor Murphy goes to Washington City of Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy said he is very honored to be called to Washington next week to testify in front on a Congressional Committee on behalf of the Northeast Wyoming workforce. “The Committee on Natural Resources in Washington D.C. is scheduled to hold an oversight hearing on creating American jobs by harnessing our resources, and specifically domestic mining opportunities and hurdles,” Mayor Murphy explains. “I’ve been asked to go and testify to the committee.” The Mayor continued, “So they’re wanting to see how successful we have been in developing our natural resources, specifically coal, coal-bed methane, oil and gas, uranium, forest products in northeast Wyoming and in the Bighorn range, and how we’ve done that responsibly.” According to Murphy, Wednesday’s testimony provides him an opportunity to spell out some of the hurdles faced by the energy industry in Wyoming. “The lack of a national energy policy, overregulation, carbon sequestration hanging over the heads of a lot of folks that would like to invest in coal-fired power plants,” Murphy describes. The oversight hearing titled Creating American Jobs by Harnessing Our Resources: Domestic Mining Opportunities and Hurdles is slated for Wednesday, September 14, at 10:00 a.m. eastern time in the Longworth House Office Building. The hearing is held by the Committee on Natural Resources, which consists of 45 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Regardless of the committee’s size,

ing about, he’s read all the books and stuff. See --- It is simple logic really: No employees means no work, what do they need with all that money if they have no one to pay? Makes sense, right? Since no one is drilling for oil in America, there is no way that the cost of oil and gas at the pump would go up. RIGHT? I mean, supply and demand says that the less domestic oil we produce the lower the price, right? I’m sure that is how that works, or something like that. It’s not as if the oil companies hired more employees and made money selling oil that it would mean more tax money coming into the government because the oil companies were making more money. It’s not like if there were more people working and earning a living and paying taxes rather than collecting unemployment the government would have more money. RIGHT? Now don’t go off telling me that this is going to ripple off across the economy like a pebble tossed into a pond. Next thing you’ll try to convince me of is that with the higher cost of oil the price of everything will go up. OK, OK. I know. Everything we have has to be shipped across the nation by truck, plane, or train. Yeah I know but don’t you see… with no one producing oil the price won’t go up! How can you charge more for what we don’t have? Simple logic really. I’m sure the President’s advisers tell him stuff like this all the time. I can just see a meeting in the oval office right now: The President is distraught because more bad jobs and economic indicator numbers have come in and he might actually have to work past noon today, plus he has a tee time before the afternoon thunderstorms roll in. Depressed,

Mayor’s trip. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversees American energy production and mining on federal lands – both onshore and offshore. Republicans on the Subcommittee are committed to the environmentally responsible development of America’s vast energy and mineral resources what will expand our domestic energy supply, create new American jobs, lesson our dependence on foreign sources of energy and minerals, and generate revenue for federal and state treasuries. Republicans support an all-of-theabove energy approach that includes alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, biomass and nuclear, along with American-made oil, clean coal, and natural gas.

The Campbell County Observer Staff

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Sports Report

Gillette Edge wins Casper Fall Classic

The U-12 Girls Casper Fall Classic first place team from Gillette WY played their hearts out last weekend at Casper. Their club, The Gillette Edge, (team name The Maniacs) won every game including the championship. The team defeated Sheridan Storm (2-0), Rapid City Rushmore (3-0), Gillette Edge Jones (Semi-final: 4-1 OT) and Rapid City Rushmore (Championship: 4-0). Team members include (left to right) in front, Christina Lacek (Goalie) Kennedy Ayers, Delaney Hallcroft, Grace Roswadouski, Kennedy Schomer, Kylie Hatzenbihler; and in back, Rylee Hladky, Kierra Cutright, Mollie Wilson, Baylee Hamlin, and Coach Alex Ayers.

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It was Toga night last Friday at the home Camels’ Football game. Here, a student, name unknown, has some fun with the theme.

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Chadron Rodeo Results

Gillette College Rodeo Team had their first rodeo of the season last weekend at Chadron State College. The Women’s team placed 5th overall and the Men placed 7th. In the Bareback riding Casey Bruer was 7th in the long go, won the short go

and was 5th in the average. Donny Scantling placed 7th in the long go in the Tie Down Roping. In the team roping, Taylor Miller and Travis Nelson were 10th in the long go, 5th in the short and 5th in the average and Hannah Brown and Dane Mcnenny of CWYC were

1st in the long go. In the barrel racing, Crystal Hershey won the long go and was 5th in the average, Jordan Thurston was 9th in the long go, 3rd in the short and 3rd in the average and Kami Elshere ended up 8th in the average.

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Sports Report Women’s Pronghorn Basketball team consists of four returning players By Vic Wright - Basin Radio The 2011-2012 Gillette College post position for the Pronghorns this Women’s basketball team consists of year. Her ability to rebound, defend, four returning players from last season, and score in the lane will not only be a junior college transfer and eight other paramount to our success as a team, recruits, including Campbell County High but to the growth and progression of our School alum Sara Reile. Five players are younger players throughout the year,” from Nevada, three from Wyoming, one according to Coach Rider. each from Colorado, California, Arizona Transferring from Daytona Beach and Montana and an international player College in Florida is Sophomore Diarra from New Zealand. Carrington, a 5’ Coming back to 7” guard from San play for third year Diego, CA. Rider coach Will Rider mentions “Diarra is Jessica Davis, has exceptional Iesha Greer, Elisha physical strength Hensey and Jordan and quickness at Scott-Benson. the guard position Last season, and will be able to Jessica Davis, take our transition a shooting guard game to another from Spring Valley level on both ends High School in Las of the floor.” Vegas, played a Here are the back-up role, averfreshman recruits aging 4.9 minutes joining the Pronga game in the 24 horns this season: games she played Christina Davis in. Coach Rider is a 5’ 5” freshman BRN Photo by Nathan Kobielusz - Basin Radio says that she “... shooting guard Women’s Pronghorn Basketball from Valley H.S. has come back in Coach Will Rider. great form and is in Las Vegas, NV. battling for a start“Christina is one ing position with the of those players new incoming playwe consider a ers. Her great attitude and ability to shoot ‘triple threat’ because of her quickness, the three point shot accurately will help passing ability, and shooting skill. A very the Pronghorns immensely this season.” quick and athletic guard, she is able to Iesha Greer, a 6’ 0” post and forward defend well, get to the hoop quickly, and from HUD High School in Reno, comes is a deadly three point threat whenever into the 2011-2012 season off of a leadshe touches the ball.” ing performance in field goal percentage Alex Ward is a 5’ 5” freshman shooting for the Pronghorns with 48.5 percent. guard from Burns H.S. out of Hillsdale, She also was a top player in rebounds WY. “Alex is a complete player who last season with an average of 5.8 a defends well, shoots the ball with congame and leads the returning four with sistency, and handles the ball well under points per game at an average of 9.6 pressure. She is a well-rounded player In regards to Greer, Rider boasted with a high basketball I.Q. who gives “Her aggressiveness and athleticism 100% effort on every play and is capable around the basket has really elevated her of playing either the point or the 2 guard scoring potential for this season and she position.” continues to play hard and consistently Anastasia Champlin is a 5’ 8” freshday in and day out.” man guard/forward from Deer Valley Elisha Hensey, a 5’ 7” point guard H.S. in Glendale, AZ. “Ana is the kind of from Shadow Ridge High School in player that can start at the point, play at Las Vegas, was a strong player for the the 2 or 3 guard positions as a shooter, Pronghorns. She started in 14 of the 29 and can to take it to the hoop and finish games she played in. She did not score in the paint on the drive. She is a versamany three-pointers last season, but her tile player who runs the floor well and can first made attempt of the year was the beat you in a lot of different ways.” most definitely the most thrilling. It was Kenosha Wright is a 5’ 10” freshman the buzzer-beater that sent the game forward from Canyon Springs H.S. in Las against Northwest College at the South Vegas, NV. “Keke comes to Gillette ColCampus into overtime. lege as a two time conference MVP from “Elisha set a number of Pronghorn asher former league in Vegas. She is a sist records last season and has returned long, athletic, and aggressive player who to improve upon those numbers this year. covers a lot of ground as a defender and She is a quick and deceptive player who a rebounder. She is the kind of player can get to the hoop off the bounce and that is hard to keep out of the scoring finish or feed the post as the situation column because of all the things she is dictates,” said Rider. capable of doing.” The final returning player is Jordan Jordyn Croft is a 5’ 6” freshman guard Scott-Benson, a 6’ 0’ post player from from Roberts H.S. out of Roberts, MT. Mullen High School out of Aurora, CO. “Jordyn brings to the program a great She leads the returning four in boards skills set that allows her to play multiple per game with 6.6 last season. She also positions and contribute in a variety of averaged 6.1 points per game in the 28 ways. She is an excellent passer and games she played in. makes great decisions with the basket“Jordan’s power & strength will once ball able to find the open player with conagain make a great contribution to the sistency. Combined with a great attitude

and a great work ethic, Jordyn will help us get better every day.” Kim Caywood is a 5’ 9” freshman guard/forward from Tongue River H.S. out of Sheridan, WY. “Kim brings a calm, consistent, and intelligent game to the program. Her ability to shoot the ball makes her an outside threat and yet her athleticism and tenacity makes it hard for defenders to keep her off the offensive boards and score in the paint. We’re excited about Kim’s potential for improvement on top of what she is already accomplishing every day.” Chanee Amato is a 5’ 11” Freshman Forward/Center from Lower Hutt, New Zealand. “Chanee is the first international player to enter the Pronghorn women’s program and we are very excited to have her on board this year. She is a talented, skilled, and athletic forward who can run the floor, and score from any area on the court. We are fortunate to have a player of her caliber joining our team this season.” Sara Reile is a 6’ 0” freshman center from Campbell County H.S. right here in Gillette, WY. “Sara comes to us from an outstanding high school program that is just coming off a state championship season. We hope to capitalize on her championship attitude and experience as she brings that to the Pronghorn program. Sara is an active, hard-nosed post player who can get up and down the floor quickly, defend the post with intelligence, and get to the offensive boards. Her potential for growth is huge and we look forward to watching that development.” The Pronghorn Women were in the top 10 in the nation in scoring with 77 points per game and in the top 15 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage; going 18-8 last season. This coming season will be the college’s third year of participating in Region IX of the National Junior College Athletic Association. You will be able to hear select games this season for the Women’s and Men’s Gillette College basketball teams on News/Talk 1270 KIML and online at kiml#menus. Check back to basinsradio. com in the near future for the Basin Radio Network’s broadcast schedule of Gillette College Basketball!

What’s Going On In Sports? Friday, September 16

-WJSH Football @ Big Horn, 1 p.m. -CCHS Football (SO/V) @ Kelly Walsh, 3 p.m. -WJSH XC @ Douglas, 3 p.m. -CCHS XC (JV) @ Jackalope Invite/Douglas Golf Course, 3 p.m. -WJSH Volleyball @ Big Horn, 3:30 p.m. -CCHS Tennis (V) vs. Cody, 4 p.m. -CCHS Volleyball (SO/JV/V) @ Cheyenne East, 4 p.m. -CCHS XC (V) @ Liberty Bell/Heritage HS, Littleton, CO, 4 p.m. -CCHS Girls Swim/Dive @ Riverton, 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

-CCHS Girls Swim/Dive @ Riverton, 9 a.m. -CCHS Tennis(V) vs. Powell/ Gillette JV Invite, 9 a.m. -WJSH 9th Grade Volleyball @ Gillette, 9 a.m. -WJSH Volleyball @ Lusk, 9 a.m. -CCHS Volleyball(SO/JV/V) @ Cheyenne Central, 10 a.m. -CCHS Football(JV) vs. Kelly Walsh, 11 a.m., North Campus

Monday, September 19

-WJSH Football vs. Glenrock, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20

-Rozet Swimming Begins, Aquatic Center -WJSH Volleyball @ Sundance -CCHS Volleyball(SO/JV) vs. Natrona, 4 p.m., North Campus

Thursday, September 22

-CCHS Football(SO) @ Rapid City Stevens, 4 p.m.

Friday, September 23

-CCHS Tennis Regional @ Jackson -CCHS Volleyball(JV/V) @ Casper Invite -WJSH Volleyball vs. Tongue River -WJSH XC @ Saratoga, 2 p.m. -CCHS XC @ Rapid City Invite, 3 p.m. -CCHS Girls Swim/Dive vs. East Jackson, 4 p.m. -CCHS Football(V) vs. Laramie, 7 p.m. -WJSH Football vs. Newcastle, 7 p.m.

Two Gillette Camels get selected for All-Wyoming Football Team: Jordan Roberts (RB), Campbell County, Senior - Had 1,281 rushing yards and 16 TDs in 2010 Caleb Olson (OL), Campbell County, Senior - Earned a spot on Class 4A All-State second team

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Gillette College Prep Camp

Gillette College will be running a High School Basketball camp at Campbell County South High School on October 1st, from noon to 5 pm. Cost is $100 and each participant will receive a pair of Gillette College training shorts for competing in the camp. This camp is a way to continue to promote the Gillette College men’s basketball as well as evaluate some local talent the Gillette area. Gillette College coaches and players will be running the camp. The camp will primarily teach competitive individual and group workout drills to challenge players when they workout in the pre or post season. Age for the camp is 9th-12th grade. To register e-mail Assistant Coach Joe Kittell or call (701) 212-0774.


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Gillette improves to 3-0 By Ted Ripko - Basin Radio Sports The Gillette Camels made a statement to the rest of the state that they are once again a team to beat in 4A football as they took down previously unbeaten Cheyenne East 30-21 at Camel Field Friday night. The Camels once again used the legs of Nick Bazemore to carry them to victory as he finished with 384 yards of total offense and for the 2nd time this season he scored 4 TDs. All of Bazemore’s scores came on the ground with runs of 58, 7, 97.5 and 46 yards. He finished the game with 315 yards on the ground, while his counterpart from Cheyenne East, Jeremy Woods, ended up with 316 on the ground with all 3 of the East TDs on runs of 80, 70 and 6. The game started out like it was going to a shootout as both teams put up 14 points in the 1st quarter, but then the defenses would step up and neither team would score in the 2nd quarter. The next points of the game would not come until 3:25 left in 3rd quarter when Gillette reclaimed the lead on Bazemore’s unbelievable 97.5 yard TD run. East would tie the game up at 21 early in the 4th quarter only to see the Camels score the final 9 points of the game and force the game’s only turnover with just over 2 minutes remaining when Jake Golombeski fell on Jeremy Woods’ fumble.

That set up Bazemore’s final TD run of the night. For the 2nd consecutive game, Kade Wasson showed promise with his passing ability as he finished 10 of 19 in the air for 174 yards and most importantly no interceptions. He connected with 5 different receivers as Bazemore would finish with 3 catches for 68 yards, Burke Burgess caught 2 for 29, Dani Fischer had two receptions for 35 yards, Tanner Moser also caught two for 33 yards and Travis Tweeten’s 1st catch of the season went for 9 yards. With the win Gillette improves to 3-0 on the season and East drops to 2-1. Now only two teams remain undefeated in 4A football as Natrona County hung on for a 20-13 win over Cheyenne Central. Other scores from 4A include Laramie’s 1st win of the season as they dominated Kelly Walsh 41-14. Sheridan had no problem with Cheyenne South winning 62-6, and Evanston beat Rock Springs 34-14. Tune in on Friday when the Camels travel to Casper to take on 0-3 Kelly Walsh at 7pm. Tune in for the Shell Food Mart Pre-Game Show beginning at 6:30pm on your 1st choice for Camel Football 97.3 KAML FM and online at kaml#menus.

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Autos, Trucks and Vans 1981 Harley Davidson FXB-Sturgis, 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! 2008 Hyundai Sonata LMTD, 40,000 mi. $13,500, Call 307-660-2532. ‘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 dualplugged to run regular-gas, had burn-out time at Hog-Jam! Ben 680.7464.

Tri-level house for sale 4 bed 2 bath $209,000 (307) 670-1925. Gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath with den. 1800 sq.ft/Culdesac lot. Financing available. For a personal showing, call 6870333.

Large Private RV/Camper Lot for rent. Big yard, trees. All utilities available. $400 per month, $400 deposit. 1 year lease. Call (307) 660-1007.

Camping/Fishing 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 307-756-3454.

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.

Sporting Goods Like new Horizon Elliptical. $300 obo. Call 299-7058 for more info.

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Home Appliances/ Furnishings Small washer. Needs new belt, $25. Email Microfiber couch with 2 recliners combined. Green. $100 Call 299-4967. Booth Table. L-shaped. With Chairs. Seats 6. $500.00 Call 299-4967

I Buy Militaria. Swords, uniforms, bayonets, medals, guns/parts, field gear. 6827864 Newspaper vending machines. Contact us at: CampbellCountyObserver@gmail. com WILL PAY CASH FOR CAMPERS. Call Scott (307) 680-0854.

Toys (ATV’s, Boats, etc.)

1994 Ford Ranger. Black. With Topper. Boat for Sale with trailer. Needs work. Call Runs Good. 85k Miles. 2300 obo. Call 670-8980 for info. 307-299-0223 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (White) with 137,000 mi; $6500. Call 307 - 689 – 0966

Pets Welsh Corgi Puppies. 3 females, and two males. 682-2598


Heavy Equipment/Trailers 6x10 trailer. Great shape, fits your biggest Harley. $1,400 obo. 299-4967.

Child Care Need a full time babysitter in the Gillette area? Available any time, including nights and weekends, for shift workers. Call 307-461-7120, ask for Dee.

Merchandise 1939 HA Selmer Trumpet $750 OBO. 6871087

Toy Parts & Accessories Stock pipes for Sportster. 500mi. Stock pices for Dyna Wide Glide. 1500mi. Email for info.

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Our Roots Theodore Roosevelt By Mike Borda

Theodore Roosevelt will always be remembered by history for being one of the most energizing and patriotic Presidents our country has ever seen. From his humble roots to his term as Secretary of the Navy, his charge on San Juan Hill to becoming President of the United States, “Teddy” is fondly thought of by most. However, perhaps his most influential contribution to the history of our country is remembered by far less of our citizens. An avid outdoorsman, Theodore Roosevelt felt it very necessary to save the wilderness that he felt made him the man he was. Between 1901 and 1909, he created the first five national parks, and other executive orders allowed him to save many more parts of our country. The following are all great places in our country that we can thank Teddy Roosevelt for saving.

Original National Parks

• Crater Lake, Oregon • Wind Cave, South Dakota • Sullys Hill, North Dakota • Mesa Verde, Colorado • Platt, Oklahoma

Antiquities Act of 1906

• Devils Tower, Wyoming (After Antiquities Act of 1906) • El Morro, New Mexico (Antiquities Act) • Montezuma Castle, Arizona (Antiquities Act) • Petrified Forest, Arizona (Antiquities Act)

Executive Order

• Grand Canyon (Executive order)

Saved & Named In His Honor

• Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota) • Many other sites and parks in New York and around the country (data found from the National Parks Service at http:// ) We all love to get outdoors and experience nature, and are lucky that during a time when American industry was booming and cities were expanding, one man in power decided that we needed to preserve what was left of the natural world. Theodore Roosevelt will always be remembered politically and historically, but should also be remembered by all who love the beauty of the American outdoors.

The Mystery of Henry Doose By Jeff Morrison Around 9:00 p.m. on the night of December 12, 1904, Burlington train No. 45 was rumbling west at about 22 miles per hour. Engineer L. I. Meserve and Fireman T. M. Colson were making a return run to Sheridan after a short turn around in Gillette. About two miles east of Felix, Meserve, who had been ringing the bell non-stop since leaving Gillette, spotted something ahead and blew the whistle in alarm. He then informed Colson, who had been looking out the other window, that they had struck a man. The water stop of Felix, roughly fifteen miles northwest of the Gillette depot, would be considered the middle of nowhere by today’s standards and even more so in 1904. “The first I saw of him,” Meserve reported later, “he came up over the running board and rolled down the dump.” He did not stop the train, however. “Owing to orders I had I went on to Felix and reported the matter to the Superintendent and asked for instructions.” Although a man on the tracks was about the last thing one expected to see in the middle of the night near Felix, both engineer and fireman suspected they had seen this man before. Later, when a party was sent to recover the body, their suspicions were confirmed. Earlier that same day, on their journey to Gillette from Sheridan, this time about 3 miles west of Felix, Meserve had called Colson’s attention to a man wandering up the tracks. Meserve blew the whistle several times to get the man to step off the track. According to Meserve, he “seemed to either be intoxicated or off mentally. After, he did step off the track,” the engineer added, “and the train had partially passed him he stepped up to [the] train and acted as if he were going to try to get on, and then suddenly stepped back into the ditch as if badly scared.” The victim appeared to be a man in his 40s, about 5’10” tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a new blue checked suit and hat, with about fifteen cents, a comb, a pocket watch, a couple of keys and a Pabst beer bottle opener in his pockets. Also found among his possessions were a conductors hat check and two business cards for restaurants in Omaha Nebraska. On one of these cards, written in lead pencil were the words: “John Grosjean, 714 So. 17th Ave.” Dr. Oftedal, who had been with the recovery party, examined the body. “Deceased had one leg broken, badly bruised about the face and internally injured,” he reported at the coroner’s inquest. “He was apparently struck on the feet and thrown in the air, his death apparently being instant. There was no evidence to show that his death was caused otherwise than being struck by a train.” The doctor also noted that his hands showed evidence of him being a laborer. The body was brought to Gillette the night of the 14th, and the coroner sent for. In 1904, Gillette was part of Crook County, so the coroner, Dr. David Darlington, had to come from Sundance. He arrived on the 16th and promptly formed a coroner’s jury

and held an inquest. After taking the statements of Meserve, Colson, Dr. Oftedal and another witness who helped recover the body, the coroner concluded the stranger had apparently been a passenger on a west-bound train, had somehow left the train, became disoriented and began wandering the tracks, where he was accidently struck by No. 45 and killed instantly. A brief funeral was held and his body was buried in the cemetery. But several unanswered questions remained. Who was he? What was he doing walking on the tracks in the middle of nowhere? The conclusion by the railroaders who had seen him when alive was that he was “mentally unbalanced” but was he really? One of those questions was answered just after the New Year, when two gentlemen arrived from Elk Horn Nebraska, identifying themselves as the deceased’s father and brother. The body was exhumed and identified as Henry Doose, who had, indeed, been a passenger aboard a train bound for Sheridan, Wyoming from Omaha, Nebraska. Doose’s family had read the description published in newspapers and realized who it must be. According to the elder, Mr. Doose, his son Henry was a hard worker who had no bad habits, nor did he ever show any signs of being mentally unbalanced. The only explanation he could offer for why his son would be wandering alone along the tracks was that he may have been drugged and robbed. At the time of his departure, Henry had $60 and a train ticket to Sheridan, neither of which were found on his body. The Doose’s returned to Nebraska with Henry’s remains, where he was once again laid to rest – this time with a name for his headstone. Everyone concerned was relieved at the conclusion of the affair. But the rest of the mystery remains to this day. Of all the plausible ways Henry Doose could have found himself wandering in a disoriented state on the afternoon of December 12, 1904, probably the least likely was that he was “mentally unbalanced.” Even the coroner’s report mentioned that “he had every appearance of being a respectable hard working man.” Although his actions on the afternoon of the 12th where erratic and strange, that is hardly conclusive evidence of the man’s mental condition. One explanation that jumps to mind is intoxication. Certainly, that might account for his behavior that Meserve and Colson observed that afternoon west of Felix. One might even speculate that Doose, being drunk while on board the Sheridan passenger train, mistakenly stepped off the train while it was stopped at Felix and missed its departure. He then may have wandered in the direction of the west bound train, where Meserve and Colson passed by him around 1:30 p.m., then decided to head toward Gillette, making it two miles east of Felix by 9:00 p.m. where he was struck and killed. A similar incident

had actually occurred in the 1890s when the Gillette to Buffalo stage accidently ran down one of the company’s remount wranglers who was wandering the hills in a blind drunk. However, there are a few holes in this theory. For one thing, no alcohol was found in his possession by the recovery party, as it was not reported at the inquest. The bottle opener found in his possession would have been a common enough item for anyone to be carrying about their person in those days. Drunkenness would have been highly suspected as a contributing factor in Doose’s death and although Dr. Oftedal could not perform a drug/alcohol screen in the middle of nowhere Wyoming in 1904, he would have at least been able to smell it on the body, even a day later. Also, his father specifically mentioned that his son had “no bad habits”, inferring no doubt that Henry was not given to strong drink or drugs. But, if Doose was not drunk, then what happened? There is a more sinister possibility - Henry Doose may have been mugged and tossed from the train by a person or persons unknown. Dr. Oftedal catalogued Doose’s extensive internal injuries and considerable facial bruising coming to the understandable conclusion that they were received as a result of being hit by a freight train. But what if some of those injuries had already been sustained as the result of a beating and/or a fall from a moving train?


From the time Meserve and Colson first passed Doose at 1:30 p.m. to the time the train struck and killed Doose on the return trip at 9:00 p.m., 7 ½ half hours later, Doose had only managed to walk five miles. Although he may have spent a considerable amount of that time waiting for a train to arrive at Felix, it is also possible that he spent that entire time wandering in a daze, especially if he had suffered a concussion. The fact that Henry Doose was found dead with no train ticket, no money and no luggage would lead to the obvious conclusion that he did not intentionally depart from his train. The mystery, now 107 years old, is unlikely to ever be solved. The Gillette News, in reporting the positive identification of Doose’s body made a point of mentioning that the Burlington railroad “did everything in their power for the comfort and convenience of the bereaved ones during their stay and sad labors here, clearly demonstrating their usual courteous and generous dealings in such unfortunate and deplorable affairs.” Apparently, said dealings did not include investigating the possibility of foul play occurring on one of their trains. Nor is there any evidence that the law, beyond the initial inquest, looked into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Henry Doose any further. Any investigation into the matter ended when Mr. Doose and son claimed Henry’s body and returned to Nebraska.

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