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Volume 1 • Issue 25
September 23 - 30, 2011
June 17 - 24, 2011
Vaccination reminder for all school age children
“If it doesn’t have to do with Campbell County, we don’t care!”
The Campbell County School District is reminding families that new state immunization requirements are in effect for varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and all other required vaccinations as well. All students must provide proof that they have received two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or that they have had the disease. Students who do not have proof of their immunization on ﬁle by 7:30 a.m. September 30 will not be allowed to attend school. Students who claim a religious exemption must also have the paperwork ﬁled by Sept 30. The Campbell County Health Department will host walk-in vaccination clinics from 8”00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday with an additional walk-in vaccination clinic from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the ﬁrst Wednesday of each month. Bring a current immunization record to 2301 S 4-J Road. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. State required vaccines are administered at no cost. All new students and incoming kindergartners also must have record of the required vaccines for their age group, and incoming seventh-graders must have proof of a Tdap vaccine. These shots can be provided by your regular health care provider or by the Campbell County Health Department.
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Brent Daly honored as Teacher of the Year Local Chemistry Teacher, Mr. Brent Daly (above, right), was honored in front of hundreds of students, last Tuesday, by the superintendent, with the “2012 Teacher of the Year” award. “I aspired to do as well as they do,” he says. “I was lucky enough to have some really great science teachers then, so if I get those as models it’s hard to live up to them, but it shows me how to do it. So I am very lucky to have had those people.” A few of the very teachers who taught and inspired him were present as he got the award for doing the same. He has provided a heightening of education to the county as this award is state wide. He is the second local teacher to receive it. Campbell County High School English teacher Alice King was the state’s 2009 Teacher of the Year. Bridget Simmons (pictured, above left), a local high school student stated, “He was one of my
favorite teachers…I spent a lot of time with him between having him as a teacher and the extra-curricular activities he ran and he is just a lot more fun than most teachers… tries to make everything relevant. My favorite part about him is that he is really easy-going and you’re able to be yourself around him. In that kind of environment, you learn the best. When you are able to be yourself, you are more comfortable and you work hard to do your best.” Another student, Charlie Harris, even though he has never had him as a teacher, also added, “The ceremony showed how much respect people have for him.” Not only has he been recognized as a teacher by his fellow staff and the students around him, but now he is ofﬁcially, and deservedly, recognized by the state. Congratulations go out to Mr. Daly from us at the Campbell County Observer.
The primetime network television winner of ﬁve Emmy Awards Sunday night is taking “Modern Family” on a Wyoming dude ranch vacation in its season premiere episode this week. Even before the national broadcast Wednesday, state tourism ofﬁcials say a half-million dollars in publicity has been garnered by hosting the cast and crew of the ABC sitcom on Lost Creek Ranch in Teton County last month. Jackson Hole residents along with town and county ofﬁcials provided ﬁnancial backing and other incentives to entice show producers to choose a Wyoming location. “It’s much more beautiful here than it would have been had we faked it in California,” noted Steve Levitan, executive producer of the hit comedy. The show is also hoping to qualify for a cash rebate from the Wyoming Film Ofﬁce program known as “FIFI” – Film Industry Financial Incentive. That program was extended by the state legislature in the 20ll session. Diane Shober, Wyoming tourism director, says a media evaluation service is collecting and assessing publicity values. So far more than 400 newspaper, magazine, and website feature stories have been published about the “Modern Family” premiere set in Wyoming. Shober says the coverage would have cost $492,000 if purchased as advertising. “Once the show is broadcast combined with the re-airings that follow the state will attain publicity on a scale we could never afford in our tourism marketing budget,” Shober added. Shober’s ofﬁce bought television time to run Wyoming tourism advertising during the “Modern Family” broadcast Wednesday night in key markets across the country including Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Portland and St. Louis. That purchase totaled $84,600. The state tourism ofﬁce has also built a new landing page on its website -www.wyomingtourism.org - that will move into play this week. Site visitors who show interest in “Modern Family” can be registered to win a free Wyoming vacation at the same ranch where the show was shot. “We truly believe that not only the guest ranches but all of Wyoming’s tourism industry is poised to gain a major boost from this popular show,” Shober said.
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Community Warden’s Corner
Time to Clean Up
John Holliday takes some practice shots with his new .44 Mag. Afterwards, Mr. Holliday took the time to pick up all his shells, his target, and many clay parts that someone else left in the field.
Hunting has started, and many have practiced or sighted in on the public land on Union Chapel. On Saturday October 1st, the Campbell County Observer is asking the community to help us clean up this area again. “It is in great shape compared to last year,” said David Breenkly. “No carcasses and no furniture. But we should still clean it if we want to keep using it. Especially before it gets too bad.” The Cleanup will be at 10am on Saturday, October 1st. Please bring 2 grocery store bags and be prepared to walk in a line.
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Road Construction Updates East 2nd Street
East 2nd Street from Conestoga Drive to the Cul-de-Sac below Rocky Mountain Cummins and R.S.C. (in Industrial Park) will be under construction to replace damaged concrete panels in the road from Thursday, September 15th through Saturday, October 15th.
Arrowhead Drive will be under construction from Saturday, September 17th through Friday, October 21st. Work on Arrowhead Dr. will include asphalt milling, asphalt pavement repair, overlay, concrete sidewalk and subgrade prep. This work is part of the City of Gillette’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
Fitch Drive will be under construction - sections of which will be temporarily closed at various times throughout the construction process - from Saturday, September 17th through Friday, October 21st. Work will include asphalt milling, asphalt pavement repair, concrete sidewalk and subgrade prep. This work is part of the City of Gillette’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
Harder Drive will be under construction from Saturday, September 17th through Friday, October 21st. Sections of Harder Drive will be temporarily closed at various times throughout the construction process. This construction work is part of the City of Gillette’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
Wall Street will be closed to through traffic with detours around work area from Tuesday, September 20th through Tuesday, September 27th. The closure is to cross Wall Street with a box culvert. This work is associated with the Interstate Industrial Park Drainage and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
Shalom Avenue from Chara Avenue to Butler Spaeth Road will be closed Wednesday, September 21st from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for paving. This work is part of the City’s 2011 Pavement Management Schedule B and is funded by the Optional
Hunters who would like to help needy families will be able to donate their game meat again this year. What began as a few concerned sportsmen working to slow the mounting waste problem in Campbell County has grown into a successful program sponsored by local businesses. Beginning October 1, hunters can take Irah Leonetti carcasses in good S. Gillette Game Warden condition to Olds Processing and pay $20 to cover part of the processing fee for the donated meat. Funds contributed by local businesses will pay the rest of the fee, and the meat will be taken to the Council of Community Services for distribution. Thank you to all who participated last year, and to those who donated money this year – you have made this effort a success.
1% Sales Tax. Westover Road / Madison Pipeline work As part of WYDOT’s Hwy 50 construction project, a portion of the new Madison Pipeline along Highway 50 between Westover Road and Lakeway Avenue has recently been installed. This week, the contractor and City crews will be filling the new 36-inch PVC pipeline for pressure testing and sterilization purposes. Motorists will notice a lot of activity in the vicinity of Westover and Skyline as this line is being filled and disinfected. Fire hoses and temporary piping will be installed across Westover as the new line is filled. Please drive accordingly and observe and obey posted construction and traffic control in the area. Next week, the City and contractor will drain water from the pipeline after the pressure testing and sterilization process has been complete. The City and the contractor will treat (remove the chlorine from) the drinking water before it is discharged to a natural drainage near Lakeway and Hwy 50. Fresh drinking water will replenish the new pipeline after the sterilization process has been complete. The waterline should be pressurized and operational by the end of September. The City does not anticipate any disruptions to existing customers during this process. However, customers within the immediate vicinity of the project might notice a slight decrease in water pressure and/or cloudy water during this process. This is normal. The water should clear up and pressures restored after the line has been filled.
1st Street from 200’ east of 4J Road to Richards Avenue will be closed from Sunday, September 4th through Sunday, September 18th for the installation of a sanitary sewer drop manhole. This work is part of the Stonepile Sanitary Sewer Project.
Wilderness Drive, Granite Court & Foxhill Avenue
Wilderness Drive, Granite Court and Foxhill Avenue will be under construction from Wednesday, August 31st through Friday, September 30th. This construction is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax and is for the City’s Pavement Management Schedule A and includes activities such as asphalt milling, asphalt pavement repair, asphalt overlay, waterline installation and subgrade prepa-
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Enzi Drive construction is not complete, but the additional lanes are presently open. There will be lane restrictions in both directions as crews continue completion of the project. Please observe and obey speed limits and construction signage in the area. The Enzi Drive Widening Project is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
Church Avenue from Highway 14/16 South to 500’ south of 5th Street will be under construction from Friday, September 2nd through Friday, September 30th for the removal of the existing surface, sub-grade preparation, installation of concrete improvements and road paving.
- Saunders Alley will be closed from Tuesday, September 6th through Friday, October 11th while crews replace the asphalt surfacing with concrete. This project is part of the City’s 2011 Alley Pavement Management Schedule. - Closing alley east of Rohan Avenue from the intersection of 3rd Street to 4th Street. 3rd Street will be closed to through traffic from Rohan Avenue to 4J Road from Saturday, September 17th through Wednesday, September 21st. This sewer installation is part of the City’s 2010 Sanitary Sewer Main replacement and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
The Par Drive construction has been extended through Friday, September 16th. Construction activities include: asphalt pavement repair, asphalt overlay and subgrade prep. This project is part of the 2011 Pavement Management Schedule A, and is funded by the Optional 1% Sales Tax.
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Bikers Against Child Abuse attend the Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference Diversity was on the agenda! Diversity (politics), the political and social policy of encouraging tolerance for people of different backgrounds. (according to wikipedia.org) This conference was made up of more than 400 Attorneys, Judges, Law students, paralegals, legal assistants, legal administrators, support staff, spouses, and guests. This was a great opportunity for two very different groups to learn more about one another. Who are the Bikers and what are they doing here? Was the question of the day on Wednesday September 14th at the beginning of the Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference; as members from Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) mingled among the conference attendees, visited at their information table and wondered the halls. Members of B.A.C.A. first and foremost are bikers. They all share a common
love of the open road on two wheels and the brotherhood and sisterhood that can only be found in the biker community. Professionally, members of B.A.C.A. come from all walks of life. There are professionals, blue collar, and everything in between. B.A.C.A. members also share a common passion of empowering abused children. In addition to becoming a presence in the life of wounded children, B.A.C.A. also provides for the children by attending court proceedings and parole hearings with them, escorting them to and from school or errands if necessary, and many other ways to insure that the children are free from fear and can return to their previous level of adaptive functioning. Therefore it was essential that the attendees of this conference became aware of B.A.C.A. and what they do; as they may see them walking through the hall of their courthouse, sitting quietly in their court room,
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The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of ﬁsh and a Gaggle of geese. However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls. Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And, what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not .......a Congress! I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington! You just can’t make this stuff up.
With the hospital being public land, should ﬁrearms be allowed in the County Hospital? Yes, it is legal and public owned land 43.75% (42 votes) No, it is dangerous 4.17% (4 votes) Yes, in non-sterile areas i.e. surgery, paternity 47.92% (46 votes) No, ﬁrearms should be outright banned 4.17% (4 votes) Visit www.campbellcountyobserver.com to vote in our Poll of the Week
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Joke of the week Submitted by Nick Bradding
In the year 2005, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in the United States, and said, “Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated and I see the end of all ﬂesh before me. Build another Ark and save two of every living thing along with a few good humans.” Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard .... but no ark. “Noah”, He roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?” “Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah. “But things have changed. I needed a building permit. I’ve been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Development Appeal Board for a decision. “Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to the sea. I argued that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it. “Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls. But no go! “When I started gathering the animals, I got sued by an animal rights group. They insisted that I was conﬁning wild animals against their will. As well, they argued the accommodation was too restrictive and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a conﬁned space. “Then the EPA ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed ﬂood. “I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew. Also, the trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark building experience. “To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. “So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least ten years for me to ﬁnish this Ark.” Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean, You’re not going to destroy the world?” “No,” said the Lord. “The government beat me to it.”
By Keary Speer Our Little Miss Beauty Pageant By Keary Speer Dozens of girls showed up for the “Our Little Miss” Beauty Pageant at the Campbell County Library on Sunday, September 18. The crowd was full of proud friends and family members and the girls showed off their casual wear, party dresses, and answered some questions for the MC. Many formerly crowned young ladies came to help out guiding the contestants across the stage and representing the pageant. The pageant started with the youngest girls, ages 6-18 months. Their mothers assisted in their “walk” as the MC read off their proﬁles. The babies were dressed beautifully and some of them were already hamming it up with big smiles. This was followed by the 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. They were judged and
awarded separately on personality, best smile, best hair, and, of course, beauty. This was intended to be a “natural beauty” competition with a banner reading, “It’s nice to be important… but more important to be nice.” Most of the girls did well in being an example for their motto. This was a competition for the area. The winners of each age group got an invitation to attend the state competition in Cheyenne. If they do well there, they will go on to regional, national, and/or world competitions. For participating in this event, the little ladies got goodie bags and all of the girls walked away with a trophy, ribbon and/or sash. Everyone won something but it was the ones crowned “Queen” of their group that have the opportunity to move onto the next round. They also held a “Sweetheart” vote. This is where anyone from the audience could vote for any one of
the contestants by paying $1. There was no limit to how many times anyone could vote or for whom. Whoever got the most votes was crowned the pageant’s “Sweetheart” and awarded a pink rhinestone tiara, pink sash, and a pink satin pageant jacket. They also receive half of the money from the votes while the other half went to a scholarship fund. The winner, Avery, was in the 6-18 month category. The “Sweetheart” raised a total of $738. This is “Wyoming Our Little Miss’” 50th year doing pageants. Though the Gillette pageant has come and gone, there is still time to attend one in a nearby town. On September 24th, Casper and Riverton are holding pageants and Rock Springs is holding one on October 8th. For more information, you may go to: www.wyomingourlittlemiss.com.
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Antelope decide to crash the party. “That’s the cool thing about Campbell County,” said John Lacek, who took the photos. “They want to play too.” This herd ran through a soccer match at Bicentennial Park last week.
Wyoming case linked to Cantaloupe-related Listeria outbreak Submitted by Kim Deti Wyoming Department of Health ofﬁcials believe a recently identiﬁed case of listeriosis in a Laramie County man is linked to an ongoing multistate outbreak connected to Colorado-grown cantaloupe. “After reviewing this case, we believe it is likely part of the current listeria outbreak,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. “The individual did have exposure to cantaloupe and risk factors and underlying conditions known to place people at higher risk for developing listeria illness.” Murphy said public health investigative efforts have linked the outbreak to eating whole “Rocky Ford” cantaloupe from Jensen Farms of Granada, Colorado. “We are recommending that Wyoming residents not eat “Rocky Ford” cantaloupe shipped from this farm. A recall is underway
of this product, but consumers may already have them in their homes.” According to the federal Food and Drug Administration, the affected cantaloupes may not have stickers on them and Wyoming is one of the states that received shipments of the recalled fruit. The cantaloupes are packed in cartons labeled: Frontera Produce,www.fronteraproduce.com or with Frontera Produce, Rocky Ford Cantaloupes. Both cartons also include: Grown and packed by Jensen Farms Granada, CO and Shipped by Frontera Produce LTD, Edinburg, Texas. “We realize it may be tough for consumers to determine if a particular cantaloupe in their home is potentially affected,” Murphy said. “We suggest people should not take any chances because listeriosis can be serious and life-threatening for some. If you’re not sure it is safe,
don’t eat it.” Listeriosis is a rare and serious illness caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria. Murphy noted this is the ﬁrst time such an outbreak has been reportedly linked to whole cantaloupe. A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches. Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups such as older adults, people with compromised immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions, unborn babies and newborns. In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and serious illness or death in newborn babies, though the mother herself rarely becomes seriously ill. Persons who think they might have become ill should consult their doctor.
Study reﬂects success of ACC’s Door-to-Balloon campaign
The City will also host the Fall 2011 Stop and Drop on Saturday, September 24th at Campbell County Public Health ( 2310 S. 4J Road) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The “Stop and Drop” allows the public to drop off old computers (hard drives WILL BE destroyed), TVs, monitors, printers, stereo systems (no speakers) that will be responsibly recycled. Powder River Shredders will also be onsite to safely destroy sensitive material. The shredding service is only available for residential use, no commercial or businesses will be permitted. Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States and the responsible shredding of your documents helps prevent identity theft. The Stop & Drop will also be held in conjunction with a free Child Safety Seat Check.
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Ken is ill and in the ICU. Everyone here at the Campbell County Observer hopes for a speedy recovery for him and his family.
Joke of the week
Submitted by Barbra Jessings An English teacher often wrote little notes on student essays. She was working late one night, and as the hours passed, her handwriting deteriorated. The next day a student came to her after class with his essay she had corrected. “I can’t make out this comment you wrote on my paper.” The teacher took the paper, and after squinting at it for a minute, sheepishly replied, “It says that you need to write more legibly!”
More than 90 percent of patients requiring emergency angioplasty are now treated within recommended 90 minutes A study published this week that shows that heart attack patients are now being treated on average 32 minutes faster than they were ﬁve years ago provides evidence of the success of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Alliance for Quality Campaign, a national campaign started in 2006 in order to improve the timeliness of heart attack treatment. More than 1,000 hospitals have joined the national campaign to date, including ﬁve hospitals in the State of Montana. The study, “Improvements in Doorto-Balloon Time in the United States: 2005-2010,” published August 22 in Circulation, found that the average time from hospital arrival to treatment declined from 96 minutes in 2005 to just 64 minutes in 2010. In addition, more than 90 percent of heart attack patients who required emergency angioplasty in 2010 received treatment within the recommended 90 minutes in order to reduce heart damage and costs associated with treatment, up from 44 percent in 2005. “These remarkable results show that we are on the right track: in ﬁve short years we have achieved tremendous improvements in D2B times. This is a true testament to what we can accomplish with an evidence-based approach to quality improvement,” said David Holmes, MD, FACC, president of the ACC. “This study provides evidence that
the ACC’s leadership in the D2B Alliance for Quality is paying off in terms of quicker treatment for heart attacks, resulting in lives saved, better quality of life after a heart attack, quicker recovery and reduced treatment costs.” “We are not done,” Dr. Holmes added. “We intend to remain focused on providing training and feedback in the form of data from our registries to maintain these gains while continuing to look for ways to improve. Another piece of the timeto-treatment equation is time lost when patients are transferred in to a referral center. Coordinated systems of care in which patients are taken directly to a hospital equipped to perform angioplasty and insert stents or are transferred quickly are crucial to continued improvement.” “This initiative saves lives, improves the quality of life for heart attack patients and their families, and reduces health care spending,” said J. Scott Millikan, MD, FACC, Governor of the Montana Chapter of the ACC. “But I want to remind Montana residents that this is a process that begins before a patient arrives at the hospital. The patient and caregivers must do their part to understand the warning signs of a heart attack, which can vary among patients, and call 911 without delay.” The study also has a major health policy implication since it illustrates how evidence-based practice can
reduce the cost of healthcare in the long term. “Campaigns like the ACC’s D2B Alliance can reduce variation and improve patient outcomes and longterm health, with a documented 30 percent reduction in morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease over the past decade,” said Jack Lewin, MD, CEO of the ACC. “While doctors and hospitals are working together through the use of ACC data and the National Cardiovascular Data Registries to deliver quality care, we have received no incentives or rewards for this amazing progress. Imagine if Medicare and private insurance companies would incentivize the diffusion of our registries and quality improvement tools and programs across the nation. Cardiovascular disease currently represents over 43 percent of Medicare costs, and we could save billions of dollars and millions of lives by applying the science and best practices we have already developed to the entire U.S. healthcare system.” “The doctors and hospitals in the D2B Alliance receive no ﬁnancial incentives, even though there are costs to participate,” added Dr. Lewin. “With new partnerships between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, employers and insurers, we could reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality by another 30 percent in the next ten years. Let’s do it.”
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Community What’s Going On? 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
Saturday, September 24
First annual Monte Carlo Night held on Sept. 17 By Sandra Boehler The 1st Annual Monte Carlo Night was held on Saturday, September 17, at the American Legion. The evening started with a welcome from Rick McCabe, followed by a prayer given by Jerry Hight and the Pledge to the Allegiance. As guests arrived they were given $250.00 in tokens and chips to either play slot machines or try their luck on black jack, poker or Roulette. Dinner was served at 5:00 PM which consisted of prime rib, chicken, baked potato, corn, beans, salad, and cake. After everyone enjoyed a fantastic meal they were ready for some
fun gambling. Slot machines were so busy that people waited their turn to spin the wheel and make their fortune. The gaming tables and the Roulette table were also very crowded. A big thank you goes out to the members of “The Elite Flies” for volunteering their evening to be dealers. The crowd enjoyed their dealers who made the night fun and profitable for all who played. Rules were not quite as strict as you would see in a regular casino which added to the fun. During the dinner and throughout the evening guests were entertained
with music provided by “House of Magic” whom also brought in all the slot machines and game tables. When the gambling was done participants had their winnings counted and were given a voucher to use to bid on auction items. Several bidders were hanging onto their winnings to bid up the Sawyer Brown concert tickets that were donated by Jakes Tavern. The highest bidder was fortunate to have other people donate their vouchers which provided him enough funds to outbid the crowd. Two round trip tickets to Laughlin, NV with hotel accommodations for
two were also drawn. The guests were so pleased with an enjoyable evening that they have requested another Casino Night to take place in the next year. A great time was had by all. Thank you to head cook, Jerry Stouffer, Jerry Hight and Jerry Walters for cooking a fine meal. All proceeds will go to benefit the Post 42 Scholarship fund. Thank you to all who attended and had a wonderful evening. Thank you to Donna Walters for organizing the event. Keep your eyes and ears open for the upcoming 2nd Monte Carlo Night to take place soon.
-Fee Free National Park Day -Used Book Sale, CCPL -Teens: Volunteer Sign Up, CCPL -Banned Books Week, CCPL -Doggy Dash 3K, 8 a.m., CC Humane Society, Camplex Park Shelter 5, 6827465 -Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m.12 p.m., Gillette College -Thar’s Ranch Sorting, 9 a.m., Camplex East Pavilion -Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., CCPL -Community Stop & Drop, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Public Health -Teen Open-Play Video Gaming, 1-4 p.m., CCPL -4-6th Grade WiiPlay Saturday, 1-4 p.m., CCPL -Campbell County Centennial Event- Monkey Business: The Story of Roy Montgomery, 4 p.m., Montgomery Bar, 660-7630 -Kiwanis Hunter’s Feed, 6 p.m., Camplex Energy Hall, FREE to Public -Dela Cruz Band @ Jakes Tavern
Sunday, September 25
-Senior Center- CLOSED -Used Book Sale, CCPL -Banned Books Week, CCPL -ABATE Meeting @ Jakes Tavern -Thar’s Ranch Sorting, 9 a.m., Camplex East Pavilion -4-H Horse Development Royalty Tryouts, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Camplex Barn 3
Monday, September 26
-Used Book Sale, CCPL -Banned Books Week, CCPL -Prairie Wind Picture Day -Senior Center- Benefits Check, 8-11 a.m., 686-0804 -AVA- Little Tikes, 1 p.m. -Senior Center- Benefits Check Up, 1:30 p.m., 6860804 -Library Board Meeting, 4 p.m., CCPL -AIE Advisory Board Meeting, 4-5 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center -CCHS State Drama Auditions, 6-8 p.m., North Campus Auditorium -QuickBooks for Small Business, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gillette College, 307-6746446 ext. 4501 -AVA- Life Drawing, 7 p.m. -WJSH State Drama Auditions, 7:30-9 p.m., Town Hall
Tuesday, September 27
Safe Kids Campbell Co. proudly supports National Child Passenger Safety Week Each year, Child Passenger Safety Week (CPS) is celebrated across the country to remind parents and caregivers of the need to keep children of all ages properly restrained in the seat that meets their weight and height requirements. Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be present at Campbell County Public Health on Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 2 pm to ensure that families are using the right restraint whether it is a car seat, booster seat or seat belt. All it takes is following a few basic guidelines so parents and caregivers can determine which restraint system is best suited to protect their children in a vehicle. Unfortunately, car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In efforts to reduce this, Safe Kids USA’s multifaceted child passenger safety program – Safe Kids Buckle Up (SKBU) – has been working diligently for the last 14 years. By inspecting 1.4 million car seats; holding 65,000 car seat checkup events; and donating close to 500,000 car seats to families in need, Safe Kids Buckle Up has
reached more than 21 million people through events and community outreach efforts. This year is particularly significant because Safe Kids USA spent the course of a year collecting research data from 79,000 child safety seat inspections. A key finding in the Safe Kids USA research showed that less than 1/3 of the forward facing child seats arriving at seat check events used a top tether. A top tether is a strap at the top of the car seat that hooks to a tether anchor in the vehicle, and which provides added protection to children by helping reduce the forward movement of child’s head in a crash. On Saturday September 24th be sure to come out to Campbell County Public Health for a safety seat checkup. It is a great time for you and your family to make sure that your child safety seat is installed correctly and to learn when it is time to from one seat to another based on your child’s age, weight and height. No-back booster seats will be available on a first come basis free of charge while supplies last, all other seat replacements available for a $30 expected contribution. To receive
a booster seat free of charge there must be a current need, a parent or caregiver, the child and the car they normally ride in must be present. For additional information please call 688-SAFE (7233) or firstname.lastname@example.org
-Banned Books Week, CCPL -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab 6881222 -Senior CenterVet’s Breakfast, 8-9 a.m., 6860804 -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AVA-Pre-school Art Classes, 2 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Pottery, 4 p.m.
-All About Women Monthly Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Brothers Coffee -CCHS State Drama Auditions, 6-8 p.m., North Campus Auditorium -AVA- Hand Build a Cup, 6:30 p.m. -WJSH State Drama Auditions, 7:30-9 p.m., Town Hall
Wednesday, September 28
-CCSD Professional DayEarly Dismissal -Banned Books Week, CCPL -Wyoming Chamber Partnership Fall Conference/Annual Meeting, 307-322-3977 -Children’s Immunization Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m., Public Health -College Planning, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., CCHS North Campus -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -AVA- Early Release Class, 2 p.m. -CCHS State Drama Auditions, 6-8 p.m., North Campus Auditorium
Thursday, September 29
-Banned Books Week, CCPL -Wyoming Chamber Partnership Fall Conference/Annual Meeting, 307-322-3977 -HealthCHECK Testing, 7-11 a.m., CCMH Lab 6881222 -Telephone Doctor Nancy Friedman Presents: How to be an Island of Excellence in an Ocean of Mediocrity, 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., Clarion Inn, 307-322-3977 -AiE “Soul Street” for 8th Grade, 9:45- 10:45 a.m., Camplex Heritage Center -Storytime, 3-5 yr. olds, 10:30 a.m., CCPL -Senior Center- Tin Lizzie Bus, 2 p.m., 686-0804 -AVA- Home School Kids, 2:30 p.m. -AVA- Grade School Kids Club, 4 p.m. -City Of Gillette Auction, 5:30 p.m., 808 W. Warlow Drive, 686-5200 -CCHS State Drama Auditions, 6-8 p.m., North Campus Auditorium -PACA Regional Corriente Convention, 6-9 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion -Families & Jammies, Birth- 6th Grade, 6:30 p.m., CCPL -AVA- Painting Class for Adults, 6:30 p.m. -QuickBooks for Small Business, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gillette College, 307-6746446 ext. 4501 -Soul Street Dance Company, 7-10 p.m., Camplex Heritage Center, 682-8802 for Tickets
Friday, September 30
-Banned Books Week, CCPL -Rawhide Picture Day -Wyoming Chamber Partnership Fall Conference/Annual Meeting, 307-322-3977 -PACA Regional Corriente Convention, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Camplex East Pavilion -Annual Hunter/Rancher Chili Feed, 5 p.m., Wright Town Hall -Scholarship Dinner, 6 p.m., Gillette College Tech. Center, 686-0254 ext. 1304 -Ringwars, 7 p.m., Camplex Wyoming Center -Double Vision @ Jakes Tavern
Joke of the week
“How Government Works” Submitted by Laura Hamilton
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said,”Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?” So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports. Then Congress said, “How are these people going to get paid?” So they created the following positions, a time keeper, and a payroll officer, then hired two people. Then Congress said, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?” So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary. Then Congress said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over budget, we must cutback overall cost.” So they laid off the night watchman.
Public Pulse Both sides prepare for server age, liquor license debate By Paul Wallem Even though Wyoming State Statute permits 18, 19, and 20 year olds to carry alcohol from a restaurant’s bar to the tables they are serving, Gillette City Ordinance currently prohibits it. Bruce Kelley and his brother own restaurants in Gillette and the region, including the Grub and Pub restaurants of Humphrey’s, Sanford’s, and Uncle Freddie’s. Kelley says in the restaurants he owns and operates in Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, and South Dakota, servers between the ages of 18 and 20 are permitted to bring alcoholic beverages from the bar to their respective tables. As a result, Kelley believes restaurants in Gillette are at a disadvantage. He also believes that lowering the server age will make it easier for 18 to 20-year olds to seek employment in the food service industry. “One of the places where young women and men get their jobs is in the restaurant industry,” Kelley said during a City Council pre-meeting on August 15. “They can’t get hired on. They can get hired on as a host or something like that and it’s hard to get into the service aspect or even give them that job because they can’t fully do the job correctly.” In an email to Basin Radio Network earlier this month, project coordinator for the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Kellie Furman said the current city ordinance is in place to protect the community’s youth. The current ordinance, she writes, sends a strong message to local youth that they cannot possess, consume, or handle alcohol in any manner until they reach the age of 21. On the
other hand, making exceptions to the current restrictions would send a confusing message, according to Furman. “[Making exceptions] puts our youth at risk of potential peer pressure situations, such as having to I.D. underage friends or having those friends ask to be served alcohol, even though it is against the law,” Furman says. In addition, following the regular city council meeting, on October 3, the issue of what to do with the city’s three available retail liquor licenses will be revisited. “Primarily liquor license holders and those who have a potential interest in gaining a liquor license will be the ones invited to participate, but it’s certainly open to the public to come and make comment,” explains City of Gillette administrator Carter Napier. Earlier this month, Napier said the city originally expected to use the retail liquor licenses to entice other businesses and restaurant chains to enter Gillette. However, local business owners want the city to permit them to apply for the licenses as well. Pokey’s BBQ and Smokehouse owner Ric Schuyler says he will be at both meetings. He wants servers between the ages of 18 and 20 to be able to serve alcohol in his restaurant, and he also wants to be considered for one of the three retail liquor licenses. On August 15, Schuyler said that a retail liquor license would enable him to expand his product line as it relates to his catering business. Currently, he has to outsource the sale of alcoholic beverages during catered events.
“There’s a couple of restaurants in town that do have the retail liquor license, and they’re able to underbid me per plate because they have the alcohol; they’re going to make the money on their alcohol sales,” explains Schuyler. “It doesn’t promote underage drinking. It has nothing to do with any of that. It’s just a plain and hard fact that we could really use these liquor licenses, and there’s three out there available.” As a result, Schuyler is one of many working to ensure his position is well represented at these meetings. He also says he is also looking for people beyond the liquor association. “I’m hoping to pick up a lot more voices,” says Schuyler. “I’ve talked to a lot of folks and they’re willing to come down and pack the house if we need to.” So far, Schuyler says he believes the city council has been listening to his concerns. He says the council is made up of a good group of Gillette people who want to see the city grow. “Is it going to be imperative that they get new businesses in here? I think in the future yes. We’re all looking for that,” says Schuyler. “Competition doesn’t hurt a thing, but I think they’re listening.” In particular, Schuyler wants the council to take into consideration how long established businesses have been in Gillette, the challenges they’ve endured such as lengthy construction seasons, and their use of philanthropy to improve the city.
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City of Gillette Public Auction Thursday, September 29, 2011 – 5:30 p.m. 808 W. Warlow Drive The following items will be sold as is at Public Auction
Bikes: Several bikes that include Mongoose, BMX style, Next, Roadmaster, Huffy, Schwinn, skateboard. Miscellaneous Items: Jewelry, video games and equipment, fishing equipment, cameras, numerous Gnomes, suitcases, bale feeders, horse panels, GPS, bill inserter, 100 amp lighting contactor, 100 amp breaker panel, size 3 pump panel, street lights (400 watt 208 volt), shop light 150 watt HID, fused disconnects (30, 60 & 100 amp) circuit breakers 400 amp, Yagi antennas 900 Mhz, Omni antenna 900 Mhz, Freewave Radios 900 Mhz Ethernet, and several other miscellaneous items. Tools: Floor jack, hydraulic floor jack, shovel, Dremel accessories, drill bits, Snap-on pliers, wrenchs, Craftsman drill driver, Dewalt Worksite radio, and various other tools; lawn equipment; tires, Turfco & Stihl Edgers; Shindaiwa Weed Eaters, Stihl Blower/Vacuum; Stihl Chain Saws, Stihl Pole Prunner Office/Furniture Items: Misc. desks, chairs, tables, file cabinets, book shelves, planning tables, stove Electronics: JVC SR-V101US SVHS video cassette recorders; Magnavox VHS VCR; Samsung DVD recorder and VCR (bad DVD deck); 20” Magnavox TV (RF Connection only); Panasonic Video Imager; Leightronix Pro 16 Router; Leightronix Mini T Pro Router; JVC BR-S622U Video Cassette recorder; ProMaster Digital 4 tripod (missing plate) (3) TV wall mounts; AV cart; TV’s Computers/Copiers: Misc. computers, printers, misc computer equipment Vehicles: 2002 Chevy Impala, 4door; (4) 2003 Chevrolet Impala 4 door; 1999 Ford Crown Victoria; 1995 Caterpillar 426B 4x4 Backhoe; 2000 Johnston 3000SP Sweeper Broom; 2005 Ford F150 XLT Ext Cab 4x4 Long Box; 1991 Chevrolet V3500 Crew Cab long box w/aluminum topper; 2003 Sterling Automated Garbage Compactor.
The Bill of Rights Institute celebrates Constitution Day with free educational resources edge duel! Also new for this Constitution Day, the Institute created a short video on the constitutional principle of representative government to help explore the key differences between republics and democracies. Exciting visuals from current events, an engaging historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, familiar music, and memorable quotes make this 7-minute video perfect for use on Constitution Day! A short viewing guide is also available. Additional activities include “Life without the Bill of Rights?” which explores how life would change without our constitutionallyprotected rights and Madison’s Notes are Missing, which allows you to “travel through time” to converse
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UW Trustees extend Buchanan’s Contract
On September 16, 2011, the Bill of Rights Institute will celebrate Constitution Day with engaging educational games, videos, and activities for people of all ages, and classroom lessons for teachers across the country. The Bill of Rights Institute’s newest resource, The Constitution Duel, is a 15-question quiz that challenges you to defend your constitutional honor. Individuals will be asked 15 multiple-choice questions from four categories; the Constitution, primary source documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and historic people. Take the quiz as an individual, or as a team - even challenge another classroom, family, or workplace to a Constitution knowl-
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with the Founders and report on the Constitutional Convention. The Bill of Rights Institute is partnering with the National Constitution Center to provide resources for Constitution Day. Tune in to Constitution Hall Pass, a free webcast which allows teachers and students to learn more about this historic day while chatting live with the National Constitution Center’s education staff. This year’s episode, Constitution Hall Pass: Freedom of Expression brings the story of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to life. The episode will be available on the Center’s website on September 16, with a live chat from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
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Cash – All Items Sold As Is City of Gillette P.O. Box 3003 – Gillette, Wyoming 82717 Phone: (307) 686-5210 The City of Gillette has the right to add or remove any item(s) from this list without notice
Public Pulse Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, I would like to take the time and talk about the City workers. They work very hard and have done a wonderful job this year of maintaining roads, sweeping streets, and everything else that they do. I believe that we take them for granted and would like to publicly thank them for all the work they do to make Gillette a great place to live. John Billings From Editor Keary Speer: Dear John, I agree that our City’s maintenance crew does a great job of keeping our community looking great! They don’t seem to get the recognition they deserve. Behind every beautiful city are hard-working people and they are worthy a little gratitude on our part.
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Dear Editor, I like the articles you have been doing in Wright, WY. I hope to see more, but it is nice seeing many of the sports stats. Keep it up. From anonymous e-mail.
Teaching Dissention to the next generation
From Editor Keary Speer: Yes, we are trying to reach out to Wright much more than we used to. We have our very own writer who specializes in that area. Her name is Elizabeth Albin and she is doing all of the work in that area! I am glad that you are impressed with her work and I know she will continue to do so. Also, if there is anyone else out there who would like to contribute from Wright, we would love for them to contact us.
By Glenn Woods
Minnesota. Another lemonade stand is shut down by local authorities. This time it was a ﬁve year old girl who was just trying to raise money to buy a few accessories for her Barbie dolls. She clutches to her mother’s skirt and the police ofﬁcer explains that the child does not have the proper permits to run a business, and that the neighborhood is zoned residential, so no one is allowed to open a business in the area. It does not matter that it was just a little girl’s lemonade stand. Rules are rules. “Well,” said the little girl’s mother to local reporters, “I told my little girl that we have to listen to the police. There really is nothing we can do about it. I have to teach her respect for authority, after all.” I sat watching the video of this Mom thinking, “I wish I knew this woman’s number. I’d call her right now and let her know that, in fact, she was teaching her little girl the wrong lesson. America was not founded by people who caved every time the ‘powers that be’ slapped us with another idiotic rule. Just the opposite. America was founded by independent minded, free thinkers, who had just about enough of overbearing, snobbish, elitists.” Yes, respect for authority is an important lesson for your children to learn. But another I think is just as important of a lesson that should be taught is that of DISSENTION! I would have liked to have seen the Mom take her little girl by the hand and lead her down town, telling her along the way that what had happened to them was wrong, and needed to be changed. After a polite meeting with city ofﬁcials, which I am sure would yield no results, the child should then be taken around to the local newspapers, television stations, and radio stations, where they can tell the shocking story of how a little card table lemonade stand was shut down by cold hearted, un-American, anti-capitalistic, city ofﬁcials. Next, the child should help Mommy make ﬂyers, a call to action, on their computer. She could put those ﬂyers in her bicycle basket and ride around the neighborhood speaking to people and passing them out. “Those city ofﬁcials are WRONG!” Mother should tell her little girl. And we are going to make sure these rules are changed. While we are at it we are going to make sure that those who have written this rule lose their jobs. We can’t have people in charge who think its ok to make rules like this. You see, while we might be successful in crushing this
rule they will just make more like it. We can’t have that. “We can’t wait for somebody else to take action,” Mom should say. “Somebody else never comes. We must take action and we must take the lead. These so called city ofﬁcials will just continue to grab more power until we can’t even decide what sort of light bulb we have in our house or what sort of milk we want to drink. --- Wait, come to think if it they have already done that. Well, ok, those things are next on our list.” An organized meeting in a church or rented hall should bring hundreds of concerned citizens, just the right venue for the press to record a sad little ﬁve year old girl break down in tears as she describes how a police ofﬁcer came and shut down her innocent little lemonade stand. “Winter is coming and my Barbie doll needs a coat or she will freeze. I thought the nice ofﬁcer was going to buy a cup of lemonade.” After the meeting mother should pat her girl on the head for giving such an emotional speech. Between the press, the public pressure, and the cry for a recall election, the law regarding lemonade stands can be changed. And in doing so we have shown a child what it means to stand up to repressive government. Who knows, along the way this might inspire a few adults to take action. The lesson that we must teach the next generation is the lesson that many in the current generation have forgotten: THEY WORK FOR US! And when “THEY” get too big for their britches it is up to us to remove “THEY” from their ofﬁces and replace them with --- “US!” We must teach the next generation how the system works, and how it is designed to work against us. Attacking the bureaucrats will not work. Bureaucrats have nothing to lose, as they see it. They have job tenure and are mostly beyond the reach of lawsuits. We can attach through the courts but the courts are not always on our side. We can remove the rule makers through the ballot box and through the power of recall elections when we can muster the votes. I am sorry to say that this little girl I saw while watching this video was not taught a good lesson by her mother. Taking back America for the next generation and keeping American in the hands of a freedom loving next generation, comes only through teaching them the process of dissention --- now. Dissention, after all, is the American way.
Dear Editor, It is very stupid that they will not allow beer at the new Gillette Wild hockey games. The board that made that decision should all be ﬁred. Have you ever been to a professional sports game and they didn’t sell it? In hockey, usually they stop sales at the start of the third period. Baseball the 7th inning. Who do these board members think they are? You don’t know what is good for me nor is it your job to regulate this kind of action. We fought hard for a professional hockey team, but we are going to treat it like a high school event. I would like everyone to know that these people believe in control. Complete and utter control. There goes freedom, revenue, and fun. What’s next, is board members in Gillette going to try to ban beer in Denver? I wouldn’t put it past these hard core liberals that I am sure are calling themselves
conservatives. The worst part about this, I know it is wrong, and I don’t drink. I haven’t in 22 years. John Greybeck From Editor Keary Speer: Although I am inclined to agree with you on this subject, you may want to look at it from another perspective. Yes, we should have the option, and no, they should not be able to take that right away from us. It is, after all, an adult game. However, demanding they be ﬁred seems extreme. They probably weren’t thinking, “Oh I’ll get those community members under my control by denying them beer!” They were probably thinking more along the lines of safety for our community members. They may have over-stepped a little, but probably with the best intentions. Yes, it should change, but no one should be ﬁred. Thanks for writing in! Dear Editor, It is nice to see you working with the Basin Radio Network. I know that there are other news sources in town, but we have the two best working together. I am very proud of you guys, and hope you have a great and bright future. Cindy Godseng From Editor Keary Speer: Dear Cindy, We are happy to be working with Basin Radio as well! We have a strong relationship with Glenn Woods (as you already may know) as well as Paul Wallem and Ted Ripko. They provide us with a tremendous amount of support and, I dare say, it would be difﬁcult to do it without them! A huge thank-you should go out to them. Dear Editor, Is Sandra Boehler still writing? I haven’t seen her in a while and I really enjoy her veterans/bikers articles. Anonymous E-mail From Editor Keary Speer: Yes! Sandra is still writing for us! As you will see, she has an article in this paper. She enjoys writing about veterans and bikers and does so as she manages to see ﬁt. Hopefully, you will continue to see many more from her in the weeks, months, and years to come. Dear Editor, I am tired of all the politicians around here spending our money like Washington Democrats. They call themselves Republi-
cans, but they are all rhinos. They talk conservative around election time, but all of their actions point to socialist liberals. Somebody needs to do something about them. Darryl Smith-Campbell County Resident From Editor Nicholas De Laat: I agree that much of the spending is out of control from the Federal down to the local level and getting worse, but I completely disagree with you on two points. First, you categorize them all in one group as the same person. Every elected ofﬁcial has different views about virtually every subject. The key is for them to work together for common ground, or work together to completely dismiss bad proposals. The second thing I disagree with you on is that somebody needs to do something about it. Someone Else? If you don’t like it, change it. Don’t sit and wait for someone else to change something, get up and do it yourself. In the last election, I ran for ofﬁce, and I still get involved in politics when I see something that I believe needs my ﬁght. I don’t ask other people to do all the work for me, I work my ﬁght and I ask for help when needed. If you want it changed, then change it. Even if you lose, you learned for next time and you tried. Then you ﬁght another day. But when I hear that someone else should or has to do this or that, I ignore that person. My advice, if you don’t like it, stand up and ﬁght. Attending meetings will go a long way. Running for ofﬁce even farther, but don’t ever expect in the workforce or in Government that people should do all the work for you. Dear Editor, I would like to say what a great job the construction crew did on 4J road. It looks beautiful, and was well worth the money for City beautiﬁcation. Kerry Forden From Editor Keary Speer: Dear Kerry, Thank you for writing in! I am glad to see that all of this tedious road construction is actually making a difference. It gets hard to believe that it will ever be complete or that it makes much of a difference when we are in the thick of it. However, now that parts of it are done, maybe most of us will come to see it as a beneﬁt.
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Commissioners approve $1.2 million grant for airport By Paul Wallem - Basin Radio News Gillette-Campbell County Airport director Jay Lundell spoke to the Campbell County Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting regarding a grant offer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The commissioners approved that grant agreement between the FAA and Campbell County for Phase II of the expansion of the North General Aviation Apron. The grant offer is for $1,207,574. “This has been approved for this current fiscal year,” Lundell told the commissioners Tuesday. “The Airport Board approved and signed the grant offer on August 17 at their board meeting.” After Lundell’s presentation to the commissions on the particulars of the grant, Campbell County Commis-
sion Dan Coolidge asked Lundell if he could see in the future to give them some sort of idea on how the federal budget crisis in Washington may affect the Gillette-Campbell County Airport. “To answer your question, I believe we’re in continuing resolution # 21,” describes Lundell. “This grant offer here interestingly enough should have been probably offered to us several months ago. And what they have been told – the FAA – is that to get all these airports that have the entitlement grants of $1 million per year plus whatever the rollover was all under one grant. This grant can actually be revised into other projects if we need but this is an aggregate amount they said we wanted under grant so here’s
the total amount of money so we can definitely have earmarked if resolution 22 comes through.” Lundell went on to explain to the commissioners how airports are funded through the Aviation Trust Fund, which is provided for through user taxes and can in turn be used for construction projects at airports. “Who knows what Congress will do, what levels they will fund it at. It certainly will continue to be funded, but we’re not sure at what levels,” says Lundell. “We always like to have a multiyear type of bill so we know what’s coming up and what airport funding will look like three or four years down the road.”
“By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.” - George Carlin I always admired the work of George Carlin. Irreverant, cynical, scornful, at times a bit over the edge, I mean what’s there not to like? I am most fond of his work regarding language. Carlin was able to poke fun at the climate of political correctness our society has been driven to embrace. The irony of how careful we have become to sugarcoat our intent via language is how during political campaigns all bets are off and civility itself is tossed out the window but that’s a separate matter that I’ve recently beaten to a pulp according to friends who have recommended I leave that one be awhile and move on so….. I recently read about an incident at a school where a video made by former students and shown on YouTube created a stir among parents and administration due to its violent content. The principal sent a letter to parents regarding the matter and said the situation had “Given the district the opportunity to reinforce with staff and students what is acceptable in a school environment.” I read this opportunity as meaning ‘don’t try this again or your rear will be in a sling,’ but perhaps that’s just me. It got me thinking though about other complicatedly concealed communications that create confusion. “Niles is a bright and energetic child whose enthusiasm and desire to learn, presents us with some challenging opportunities at times.” Niles talks too much “Your car has experienced a reduction in its ability to follow through with its intended purpose requiring intervention that might require an evaluation of current resources.” Your engine’s shot. We either drop in an expensive new one or you junk it. “We’ve reached a collaborative decision regarding your unique method of communication and behavioral interplay utilized within the current social milieu and have chosen to move toward a more exclusionary approach to your presence.” You’re not invited to the party be-
cause you’re crude, obnoxious and no one likes you. “While your occupational performance can be lauded for its creative utilization of the non-mandated periods of independent production it’s felt that more productive endeavors might strengthen your ability to maintain your current status within the company.” If we catch you playing computer games again you’re fired. “The application of your relationship skills while undoubtedly promising under self-evaluation, seem to struggle when assessed from not only a subjective level but additionally under significantly more objective viewpoints.” You’re a selfish slug, all my friends agree, and I’m breaking up with you. I’m not sure about you but rather than having to decipher everything delivered verbally, I’d just as soon hear it straight out. I feel I can take it since I generally tend to possess little sensitivity, even toward criticism, and am accepting of the reality of my limitations and that of the world around me. A healthy dose of veracity might hurt a tad but it beats finding out later that what one thought one meant when one said something wasn’t what one had meant at all or something like that. It makes one of my favorite all-time bumper stickers more relevant than ever. “Eschew Obfuscation” So when I hear; “Your written explorations while at times imaginative and even whimsical oftentimes segue into superfluous expressions of irrelevant self-absorption creating a less than stellar reactionary manifestation of discontentment among readers.” It generally means; The Observer’s still letting you write for them? Whose life did you once save or did you maybe recently buy the thing? “Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.”-William Jennings Bryan
Governor Mead establishes Agency Teams to enhance coordination
Governor Matt Mead continues to work to improve efficiencies in state government. He announced the creation of teams made up of his agency directors focusing on communication and collaboration. The seven teams will emphasize areas important to Wyoming like energy, job creation and health care. “The underlying question each team should answer is: how can we add value and efficiency to our services and resources,” Governor Mead said. “Our state agencies do quite well at communicating within their own agency, but I want agencies to find synergies by working with each other and deliver the best possible service to the public without redundancies.” The Governor’s Office
will be represented on each team with Governor’s staff serving as facilitators. The teams will be comprised of agency directors, but there may be work groups that come from these teams that consist of other staff from the agencies. “The purpose of these coordinated efforts is threefold: to create a sustainable framework to advance policy initiatives; to support and coordinate individual agency activities; and identify cross-agency performance indicators,” Governor Mead said. Governor Mead previously combined the Workforce Services and Employment agencies so those in need of job training or other employment related issues would only have to deal with a single agency.
What’s Going On In Government? Monday, September 26
-Wright Town Council Workshop, 7 p.m., Council Room, Town Hall -Wright Town Council Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Council Room, Town Hall -City Council Work Session Meeting, 6-7 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, City Hall
“What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from’.” - Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade
Weekly Trivia Answer from Last Week How many cubic yards of concrete is in the Hoover Dam? A. 4,360,000 The first concrete was poured into the dam on June 6, 1933, 18 months ahead of schedule. Since concrete heats and contracts as it cures, the potential for uneven cooling and contraction of the concrete posed a serious problem. Bureau of Reclamation engineers calculated that if the dam was built in a single continuous pour, the concrete would take 125 years to cool and the resulting stresses would cause the dam to crack and crumble. Instead, the ground where the dam was to rise was marked with rectangles, and concrete blocks in columns were poured, some as large as 50 feet square and 5 feet high. Each five-foot form contained a series of 1 inch steel pipes through which first cool river water, then ice-cold water from a refrigeration plant was run. Once an individual block had cured and had stopped contracting, the pipes were filled with grout. Grout was also used to fill the hairline spaces between columns, which were grooved to increase the strength of the joins. The concrete was delivered in huge steel buckets 7 feet high and almost 7 feet in diameter—Crowe was awarded two patents for their design. These buckets, which weighed 20 short tons (18 t) when full, were filled at two massive concrete plants on the Nevada side, and were delivered to the site in special railcars. The buckets were then suspended from aerial cableways, which were used to deliver the bucket to a specific
column. As the required grade of aggregate in the concrete differed depending on placement in the dam (from pea-sized gravel to 9 inch stones), it was vital that the bucket be maneuvered to the proper column. Once the bottom of the bucket opened up, disgorging 8 cubic yards of concrete, a team of men worked it throughout the form. Although there are myths that men were caught in the pour and are entombed in the dam to this day, each bucket only deepened the concrete in a form by an inch, and Six Companies engineers would not have permitted a flaw caused by the presence of a human body. A total of 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete was used in the dam before concrete pouring ceased on May 29, 1935. In addition, 1,110,000 cubic yards were used in the power plant and other works totaling 4,360,000 cubic yards. More than 582 miles of cooling pipes were placed within the concrete. Overall, there is enough concrete in the dam to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York. Concrete cores were removed from the dam for testing in 1995; they showed that “Hoover Dam’s concrete has continued to slowly gain strength” and the dam is composed of a “durable concrete having a compressive strength exceeding the range typically found in normal mass concrete”.
JV Volleyball Submitted by Lori Matheny
After a slow start and a loss in the ﬁrst game 13-25, the Camel Ladies came back to win game two 25-14. They then won the third game 25-14.
Ali Joslyn (above) setting up for a team mate’s spike during Tuesday’s win over Natrona County Lady Mustangs. Sydney Matheny and team mate (right) block a hard spike by Natrona’s Samantha May. Natrona had a hard time with the Lady Camels on Tuesday night.
What’s Going On In Sports?
By Chuck Sebastian The Sheridan Boys and Girls teams opened their seaon with wins over Jackson in Gillette Thurs. The Boys won 3-2 while the girls won 4-1. At #1 singles Reed Ritterbush from Sheridan defeated Hayden Leeds in 3 sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
#2 singles Adam Berry (SHS) lost to Matt Bowlin (Jac) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(0). #1 doubles, Brad Peterson and Lachlan Brennan (SHS) lost to Billy Frank and Chase Gerard(Jac) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Cameron Ellis and Kit Price (SHS) defeated Da-
vid and Josh Gilmore (Jac) 6-1, 6-1 at #2 doubles. #3 doubles was won by Logan Garstad and Trace Addlesperger (SHS) against Kevin Krause and Ben Fairbanks (Jac) 6-2, 6-4.
Football Standings Conference Glenrock 2-0 Big Horn 2-0 Newcastle 2-0 Moorcroft 1-1 Wheatland 1-1 Burns 0-2 Wright 0-2 * Tongue River 0-2
Overall 3-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-3 0-3 0-3
Class 2A - West Conference
Conference Greybull 2-0 Lovell 2-0 Lyman 1-1 Kemmerer 1-1 Mountain View 1-1 Thermopolis 1-1 Big Piney 0-2 Pinedale 0-2
Overall 3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 0-3 0-3
• Denotes that Tongue River has forfeited its season due to a low number of players.
Casper Natrona County JV at Burns, 1 p.m. (Replaces Burns’ game with Tongue River, but does not count in the standings) Wheatland at Moorcroft, 2 p.m. Big Piney at Lyman, 4 p.m. Lovell and Mountain View, 4 p.m. Big Horn at Glenrock, 6 p.m. Kemmerer at Thermopolis, 7 p.m. Newcastle at Wright, 7 p.m. Pinedale at Greybull, 7 p.m.
Class 4A Casper Natrona County Gillette Cheyenne East Sheridan Evanston Laramie Cheyenne Central Rock Springs Casper Kelly Walsh Cheyenne South
Tuesday, September 27
-WJSH Volleyball @ Glenrock -CCHS Volleyball(SO/JV/V) @ Sheridan, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 24
-CCHS Girls Swim/Dive @ Mandan, ND -CCHS Tennis(V) State Meet, Gillette -WJSH Volleyball vs. Big Horn -WJSH Football @ Tongue River, 2 p.m. -CCHS Football(V) vs. Sheridan, 7 p.m.
-CCHS Tennis Regional @ Jackson -CCHS Volleyball(JV/V) @ Casper Invite -CCHS Girls Swim/Dive @ Sheridan, 10 a.m. -CCHS Football(JV) vs. Rapid City Central @ Deadwood, 3 p.m.
By Jeremiah Johnke Class 2A - East Conference
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.
Overall 4-0 4-0 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-4 0-4
Thursday, September 29
-CCHS Tennis(V) State Meet, Gillette -CCHS Football(SO) vs. Kelly Walsh, 4 p.m.
Friday, September 30
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Camels hang on against Kelly Walsh By Ted Ripko In a game that did not add up on paper, it really added up to be quite the contest on the ﬁeld at Harry Geldien Stadium at Kelly Walsh High School as the Gillette Camels held on for a 30-23 win over the Trojans. In a game that was supposed to be a mismatch, Kelly Walsh head coach Jon Vance really had his team prepared to take on the unbeaten Camels. Gillette got things started early in the ﬁrst quarter when Kade Wasson connected with Taylor Bigelow on a 67-yard touchdown pass to put them ahead 7-0 with 10:37 to go in the ﬁrst quarter. Kelly Walsh responded less than four minutes later as Trojan quarterback Jacob Tapp tossed a beautiful fade route to Terry Jackson. After the missed extra point, Gillette’s lead was down to 7-6. After Casey Keith intercepted a pass from Wasson late in the ﬁrst quarter, the Trojans would grab their ﬁrst lead of the season when Tanner Fischer connected on a 33-yard ﬁeld goal with just 8-seconds gone in the second quarter. Gillette reclaimed the lead on a 2-yard touchdown dive by Taylor Bigelow. After the missed extra point, Gillette led 13-9. The Camels would once again be knocking on the Trojan’s doorstep when Kelly Walsh came up with a crucial fourth down stop on their own one-yard line to keep the Camels out of the end zone. Gillette added their ﬁnal points of the ﬁrst half on Tanner Moser’s career long 43-yard ﬁeld goal with no time on the clock. Gillette went in to the locker room up 16-9 at the half. In the third quarter, Kade Wasson was picked off for the second time in the game. This time, Terry Jackson would take it back for a touchdown to even the game up at 16. With 3:20 left in the third quarter, Connor Dewine pounced on a Trojan fumble, and with 48-seconds to play in the third quarter, the Camels were able to capitalize on the fumble recovery as Tichun Aipperspach scored his ﬁrst varsity touchdown from four yards out to put the Camels ahead for good. Aipperspach then gave the Camels their largest lead of the game when he scored on a ﬁve-yard touchdown
run with 7:46 left to play in the game. Kelly Walsh gave it their all as they put together a 7:31 drive, which culminated in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Happ to Jackson with just 0:15 seconds remaining in the game. The Trojans recovered the subsequent onside kick but they were unable to capitalize as Nathan Driver intercepted the Hail Mary pass by Happ as time expired. Nick Bazemore went down early with an apparent ankle injury, and he was not much of a factor during the rest of the game. Although the full extent of Bazemore’s injury is unknown, assistant head coach Jason Gill seemed to think Bazemore would be ready for their next game against Laramie. In the meantime, Taylor Bigelow stepped in and didn’t miss a beat as Bazemore’s replacement. Bigelow ﬁnished with 149 yards on the ground and 1 touchdown while catching 4 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Kade Wasson ﬁnished the game with 147 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. As a team, the Camels rushed for
274 yards, which is below their season average of 312 yards per game. Next up for Gillette, they will once again put their unbeaten mark on the line when the Plainsmen come to town on Friday, September 23. Laramie is coming off their second consecutive win as they took down Cheyenne South 56-6 at Bison Field. Don’t miss a minute of the action, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Shell Food Mart pregame show on your ﬁrst choice for Camel football 97.3 KAML-FM and online athttp:// www.network1sports.com/station/ kaml#menus Other ﬁnal scores from 4A football include Cheyenne East’s 21-14 victory over Central in the Capital Bowl, Natrona County remains unbeaten after shutting out Rock Springs 43-0, and Sheridan hung on to beat Evanston 42-35. In other scores around Northeastern Wyoming, Upton beat NSI 14-8, Pine Bluffs shut out Sundance 20-0, Buffalo needed overtime to take down number one Green River 1714, and Wright lost their third game of the season 31-0 to Big Horn.
Pre-K soccer player, Anabell Speer, warms up before her soccer game, Tuesday night.
Gillette kid’s soccer is well under way for the fall season. Bicentennial Park is buzzing virtually every evening with parents, children, friends, and family coming to soccer games of all ages. Ages preschool through teens practice and play regularly. Put on by the Parks and Recreation department, this is one of the biggest, most participated in, activities for kids in Gillette. There are many opportunities to participate in youth soccer as there is a fall and spring season each year. Participation costs only $25.00 and the children receive jerseys with their team color. All refs and coaches are
volunteers and deserve some gratitude for the donation of their time and knowledge. The Rec Center is always looking for more volunteers as well. The more people who participate, the easier the demand on the volunteers’ time. This is a great way for kids to stay active and social throughout the year while teaching them teambuilding skills and the importance of commitment. Do not miss your chance to register your child for spring season. Fall season ends the ﬁrst week of October. Come out to Bicentennial Park and support your local youth.
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Taylor Bigelow unofﬁcially rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown, and caught four passes for 82 yards and another touchdown.
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Gillette Camels Band playing at half-time.
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Sports Report Varsity Volleyball Rankings 4a
1 – Kelly Walsh (16-3, 6-0) 2 – Laramie (15-2, 4-1) 3 – Rock Springs (12-4, 1-2) 4 – Gillette (13-3, 4-1) 5 – Sheridan (13-4-1, 4-1)
1 – Wright (25-2, 1-1) 2 – Big Horn (10-10, 2-0) 3 – Lovell (16-4, 4-0) 4 – Pine Bluffs (9-1, 4-0) 5 – Tongue River (5-9, 0-1)
Swimming Updates Riverton Invite
Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 12
1. Campbell County High School 291 2. Cheyenne East High School 255 3. Cheyenne Central High School 177 4. Kelly Walsh High School 175 5. Laramie High School Swim/Dive 158 6. Rock Springs High School 86 7. Green River 55 8. Cody High School Broncs 53 9. Sheridan 49 10. Riverton High School 48 11. Lady Outlaw Swim/Dive 42 12. Natrona County High School 6
The Lady Camels sophomore volleyball team won another match Tuesday night against Natrona. Katie Wilson (above) serves up an ace and Kristin Henaghan (right)spiking the ball for a point.
Pronghorn Men’s rodeo team pulls off biggest win in school history By Will La Duke (Submitted by Ruth Benson)
A 12 and under soccer participant kicks with all his might at practice for the Gillette Edge team.
Gillette Wild impressive in debut The Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team opened up their exhibition schedule last Thursday after less than a week of practices off the ice and they took down the Boulder Bison 7-3 at the DJ Automotive Cup in Helena, MT for the ﬁrst win in franchise history. Gillette’s very own Tyler Johnson started off by scoring the ﬁrst goal in Wild history and he ﬁnished with a
hat trick with Andrew Lillard and Ronnie Wilshusen assisting on his ﬁrst goal and Taylor Motsinger assisting on his second goal and his ﬁnal goal was assisted by Casey Moneer. Edward Smirnoff scored 2 goals while Brandon Miller and Tyler Cavan each added their ﬁrst goals in their Wild careers. Grant Friesen picked up the win in the net by stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced and
also seeing some time in the net was Nick Vittori who made 18 saves. Next up for the Wild in Helena Friday they’ll take on Missoula at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday, they take on Bozeman at 12:30 p.m. to close out the tournament. For more on the Gillette Wild Junior Hockey Tier III team please visit their website www.gillettewildhockey.com
After the slowest start in school history the Pronghorn Men’s rodeo team pulled off its biggest win in school history. For the ﬁrst time since the program was started 5 years ago the men went to Riverton and defeated the CWC Rustlers in their home arena. The team not only beat the Rustlers but the rest of the ﬁeld by 190 points. This victory now puts the men right back in the race for a regional title. While the men set school records the girl’s team had their struggles for the second straight weekend. The two-time defending regional champs ﬁnished 8th and now sit 7th overall in the regional team standings. Leading the men’s team was Texas Howard Junior College recruit Jason Schaffer winning the steer wrestling and the team roping. These combined two titles also earned him the men’s all-around title for the weekend. Other Men contributing to the victory were Dane Kissica (3rd in Calf Roping), Casey Bruer(3rd in Bareback Riding), Ace Thurston (4th in Bareback Riding and 5th in Steer Wrestling), Travis Nelson (5th in Saddle Bronc Riding), Rance Maddox (3rd in Bull Riding), and Taylor Miller (5th in Bull Riding). Leading the way for the girls was Jordan Thurston of Lance Creek ﬁnishing 5th in the Barrel Racing. One other girl on the team Megan Belus of Buffalo WY placed in the long go in the goat tying. Next weekend ﬁnds the team traveling to Sheridan for the 3rd rodeo of the season. Below are the results for the weekend.
year; each team battled hard,” West says. “This is a much sweeter victory. It’s not often a game ends with a score of 2-1. The girls played with their hearts and guts, and it paid off.” They lost their second game against Rock Springs in their one and only loss and, once again, pummeled Casper in a 12-0 win. The game only lasted 2 ½ innings!
1. Central Wyoming College 315 pts 2. University of Wyoming 225 pts 3. Northeastern Jr. College 220 pts 4. LCCC Cheyenne 210 pts 5. Colorado State University 190 pts 6. Lamar Community College 120 pts 7. Eastern Wyoming College 115 pts 8. Gillette 80 pts 9. Chadron State College 20 pts
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Lady Camels Softball Tournament
Success was had by the Gillette Lady Camels Softball team in Rock Springs last week. Varsity went 3-1, making them 8-1 in conference play and 9-7 on the season. They won their ﬁrst game in a landslide victory over Casper with a 15-0 score. They took the second game against Rock Springs with a 2-1 score. “This by far was one of the most fun games of the
1. Gillette College 600 pts 2. Eastern Wyoming College 410 pts 3. Casper College 410 pts 4. Chadron State College 285 pts 5. Central Wyoming College 275 pts 6. University of Wyoming 170 pts 7. Northeastern Jr. College 165 pts 8. Colorado State University 130 pts 9. LCCC Cheyenne 60 pts 10. Sheridan College 15 pts
Lacey Gojkovich batted an amazing .1000 during one came and pitcher, Taylor Constable, closed out another. The Lady Camels will host a series of games at home this weekend. Saturday’s games at Sampson Field start at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. On Sunday, games begin at 9:00 am and 11:00 am.
“Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.” - John Leonard
GOOD LUCK TO ALL CAMPBELL COUNTY STUDENTS IN 2011 AND 2012
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Our Roots Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe By Mike Borda
“Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hulsote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” With one speech that was attributed to him, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe both surrendered in his fight, and made history for his people. However, the man who history remembers for this one speech was far more than that. He was a revered yet controversial leader, a skilled diplomat for his tribe, and above all a man that worked for peace through horrifically violent circumstances. And while it is not confirmed by history that these words are what he said exactly, his life does confirm his great character. Born Hinmahtooyahlatkekt (“Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain”) in Oregon in 1840, he became known as Joseph because his father was given this name when he was converted to Christianity. His father, Joseph the Elder, had long been the leader of the Nez Perce. It was under his reign that the first settlers began moving into land then inhabited by the tribe. While many other bands of the tribe sold some of their land to the American government, Joseph the Elder was among those who opted to keep their land. In 1871, Joseph officially took control of his band of Nez Perce after the death of his father. He was, however, not without immediate pressure. His father, on his deathbed, made Joseph swear to never sell the land of his parents. He tried to do so, negotiating with the American government several times in order to keep his land, all the time remaining peaceful. This peace, however, would not last. In 1877, the government changed its agreement with the tribe, and threatened military action if the Nez Perce did not move to a new reservation. Joseph, knowing his people could not win a large scale
war with the Americans, argued vehemently for peace within his tribe, providing a calming presence during undoubtedly stressful times. Unfortunately, his calls for peace did not convince all the members, as several young men later killed a group of settlers in retaliation for the slaying of a tribe member. Facing inevitable conflict, Joseph finally relented in his vow to stay on the land. Rather than watch the deaths of his people, he decided to move his people to the closest free land in Canada. After three months of fleeing, with soldiers constantly in pursuit, the chief finally surrendered, only 40 miles from the Canadian border. The previous days had been filled with bad weather and heavy fighting, and Joseph simply to end the horrors his people had been enduring. Following the surrender, the Nez Perce were split. While many returned to the negotiated settlements, others were sent to prison. From there they were moved to reservations in Oklahoma, finally returning home in 1885. Joseph, himself, had earned a small amount of fame within military circles, garnering compliments from such men as General William Tecumseh Sherman and even President Rutherford B. Hayes. Chief Joseph died in 1904. In legend, his doctor recorded his reason of death as a broken heart. While many of us know the speech Joseph gave, it is important to remember that it was more than these few words that built his legend, and set an example we can all follow.
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Our Roots Campbell Co. Fire Dept. September 14, 2011
- At 11:17 AM to Towers West Lodge for an EMS assist. - At 1:26 AM to the Way Station at 114 Four J Rd. for an automatic fire alarm. The alarm was reset and the cause of the alarm is unknown. - At 2:16 PM to 5 miles east of North Highway 59 on the Heald Rd, then 2 miles north to some tank batteries and pump jacks for a report of a possible exposure to hydrogen cyanide. The patient was transported to CCMH ED. CCFD crews monitored the area and did not find any H2S while on scene. - At 5:42 PM to Estes Lane for a report of a power pole on fire, City Electric was notified and arrived. They began the repair work and released the fire department from standby. - At 7:28 PM to Cypress Lane for an EMS assist.
September 15, 2011
Photo courtesy of Fort Laramie Historical Society Painting by Phoebe Blair
John “Portuguese” Phillips arriving at Fort Laramie with news of the Fetterman disaster, 1866.
September 16, 2011
The famous ride of Manuel Felipe Cardoso and Daniel Dixon By Jeff Morrison On a bitter cold Wyoming night, in 1866, two men saddled their horses and began a dangerous 190 mile journey. After the ride was over, one man would be lauded a hero and become an icon of Wyoming history; the other man would return to obscurity and never gain much more recognition for his participation beyond a trivial side-note many years later. On the evening of December 21, 1866, Fort Phil Kearney, on the banks of Piney Creek, a few miles north of present day Buffalo, was in a state of highalert. Earlier that day, Captain Fetterman, Lieutenant Grummond, and 80 men were decoyed over a nearby ridge by Sioux Indians and utterly annihilated. Although the fort still housed a sizable enough garrison and plenty of armed civilians to easily repulse any attack, there was a legitimate concern that the Indians could choke off the wood trains and food supplies the fort depended on for survival in the harsh Wyoming wilderness. To this end the post commander, Colonel Carrington asked for volunteers to carry a report to the nearest telegraph, Horseshoe Station, located on the banks of the North Platte, 190 miles south. With any luck, Carrington thought, the army would send reinforcements and the virtual siege they had been under all winter would be lifted. Two civilians came forward and agreed to take the dispatch. They were Daniel Dixon and Manuel Felipe Cardoso – better known as John “Portugee” Phillips. The two men had arrived at the fort earlier that fall. They were prospectors who had decided to spend the winter in the relative comfort and safety of Fort Phil Kearney before resuming their quest for gold in the spring. They left that night for Fort Reno, over 60 miles southeast. Although some historical accounts say that they left separately, for most of the journey they travelled together. It is possible that their departure was staggered in the hopes that if Indians pursued the first courier he might be able to draw them off for the second courier to make a clean break. As it turns out, neither one of them was followed. They arrived together at Fort Reno without having seen a single Indian en-route. They spent ten hours warming up and resting at the fort, located on the Powder River just west of the Pumpkin Buttes, before resuming their journey. Before they left, the post commander, Lt. Col. Wessells gave them another travelling companion, Robert Bailey, and a second dispatch to be delivered to the post commander at Fort Laramie. This would lengthen their journey by another forty miles in the subzero weather, but they agreed to do as asked. The journey from Fort Reno to Horseshoe Station took two more days. In those days, winter travelling in Wyoming was something to be avoided at all costs. Riding long hours in a saddle reduced blood circulation to the legs, and one had to get off and walk occasionally to keep from having frozen legs and feet. Too much walking would work up a sweat, which would freeze in the cold, dropping the core body temperature and making hypothermia a very real threat to even the hardiest frontiersman. Sleeping outdoors only increased the danger, and yet the three men did so twice on their way to the telegraph station on the North Platte. On Christmas morning, around 10 a. m., the telegrapher at Horseshoe Station spotted three semi-frozen men approaching the station. As the three weary travelers warmed up by the fire, the operator sent the dispatches off on the wire and relayed the first account of the Fetterman Massacre to the world. A few hours later, Phillips prepared to continue the last 40 miles on to Fort Laramie. Traditional history says that Phillips made that part of the journey alone, however at least one account states that Dixon continued on as well. There would have been no reason for him not to, having already travelled 190 miles to deliver the same messages. The question may never be answered. This part of the journey should not have been neces-
sary. The telegraph lines ran through Fort Laramie on their way east, and the operator there should have relayed the message up the line when it was sent from Horseshoe Station. The second dispatch, to be given to the commander of Fort Laramie, could also have been sent from Horseshoe. Perhaps it was and the operator did not receive an acknowledgement. Perhaps because of the very nature of the dispatch it was decided it should be hand-delivered to someone in authority. Either way, Phillips, with or without Dixon, arrived at Fort Laramie around 11 p.m. Christmas night, where his arrival and subsequent message disrupted the holiday festivities being held at the fort. A relief column was assembled the next day, but could not leave the fort due to weather for another week. For their service, Phillips and Dixon received $300 from the U. S. Army a month later. Not a bad compensation in those days. As far as history goes, nothing more is said about Daniel Dixon. It is likely he returned to the gold fields, where he may or may not have struck it rich. John Phillips decided to take a contract delivering the mail for the army. After the Bozeman Trail forts were abandoned in the late 1860’s, Phillips drifted south where, among other things, he hauled freight and furnished supplies for the forts along the North Platte. Later, he started a ranch on Chugwater Creek and founded the town of the same name. Neither Phillips nor Dixon made a big deal about their ride in 1866. To them it was just a long, brutally cold trip. But the legend of their ride - or the legend of Portugee Phillips at least - grew. With each re-telling, “facts” were added, and facts were omitted. Before long, Portugee Phillips, renowned frontier scout and Indian fighter, rode alone and non-stop to Fort Laramie, battling Indians and a raging blizzard the whole way, his horse keeling over dead from exhaustion as he stepped out of the saddle to deliver his dispatch; his heroic ride saving the day for the besieged garrison at Fort Phil Kearney. That extreme version and many others with perhaps fewer exaggerations have been told and retold even to this day. Daniel Dixon is missing from most of those versions. John “Portugee” Phillips was born Manuel Felipe Cardoso in 1832 on the island of Pico in the Azores, where he lived until the age of 18 when he left aboard a whaling ship bound for California. He married Hattie Buck in 1870 and the couple had many children. One of their children they named Paul Revere Phillips. John died in 1883 in Cheyenne. He led a very interesting life. Daniel Dixon, in all probability, led an equally interesting life. It is a shame that, due to the fickleness of history, we will never know.
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- At 10:12 AM to 1906 Cypress Circle for a fire alarm – cancelled enroute. - At 10:31 AM to 905 Gurley Avenue (YES HOUSE) for a fire alarm that turned out to be a system malfunction. - At 12: 46 PM to 714 Sako Drive for a fire alarm – cancelled enroute. - At 5:31 PM to the 1100 block of Church Avenue for a medical assist. - At 6:32 PM to 3705 Miranda Avenue for a fire alarm – cancelled enroute. - At 9:28 PM to 702 Sako Drive for a report of a smoke odor and smoke detector activation. Firefighters discovered the furnace was turned on for the first time and the protective oil coating on the heat exchanger was burned off (normal operation for first time furnace operates). - At 8:59 A.M. to the intersection of North Gurley Avenue and East Seventh Street for the report of a possible structure fire. Fire department units responded to the scene and did not find a fire, however, they did find a chimney functioning properly. - At 9:26 A.M. to the 2700 block of Kristan Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 3:45 P.M. to the 3400 block of Hidden Valley Road for a carbon monoxide investigation. There was no carbon monoxide found inside the residence. - At 5:58 P.M. to Fawn Court for an EMS assist. - At 7:37 P.M. to the intersection of Edwards Street and South Highway 59 for a one vehicle accident. - At 8:22 P.M. to the Rozet Post Office for an unknown fire. Fire Department units arrived on scene and found a controlled burn at a residence nearby. - At 9:51 P.M. to Interstate 90 mile marker 132 for a one vehicle accident.
September 17, 2011
- At 12:27 a.m. to the 800 block of East 5th St. for an EMS assist. - At 8:00 a.m. to north HWY 14-16 for an EMS assist. - At 5:55 p.m. to the intersection of Brooks and 2nd Street for a 3 vehicle collision. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival assisted CCMH-EMS with patient care on an injured occupant of one of the involved vehicles; the patient was transported to CCMH-ER with injuries. CCFD also assisted GPD officers with traffic control and disabled the involved vehicles electrical systems.
September 18, 2011
- At 1:16 PM to North Highway 50 for a report of a motorcycle vs. antelope, 1 patient was transported to CCMH. - At 2:17 PM to Mountain Meadow Lane for an EMS assist. - At 6:01 PM to 506 Weatherby Ct. for a residential fire alarm, units were cancelled prior to arrival by the homeowner. - At 6:07 PM to 3805 Triton for a residential fire alarm, units were cancelled by the homeowner prior to arrival. - At 7:22 PM to Tanner Dr. for an EMS assist. - At 10:41 PM to W. 8th St. for an EMS assist.
September 19, 2011
- At 4:09 AM to Grandview for an EMS assist. - At 7:03 AM to the area of HWY 59 and I-90 for someone huffing and driving. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly driving erratically and was up on the sidewalk at one point. CCFD responded to the area and upon arrival GPD officers had the vehicle pulled over at the intersection of Camel Drive and HWY 59. The driver was uninjured in the incident and no assistance was needed from CCFD. - At 1:56 PM to the parking lot in front of Bighorn Tire on Westover Road for a vehicle fire. The fire was out prior to the arrival of CCFD and was started by an electrical short in wiring under the dash of the vehicle. - At 4:15 PM to Church Avenue for an EMS assist. - At 6:48 PM to Union Chapel Road and Streamside Drive for a possible gas leak. CCFD responded to the scene and upon arrival found an exposed gas line that was being pressure tested with compressed air. A valve had been left open on the line allowing the air to escape which was mistaken for leaking gas. SourceGas representatives shut down the system and Union Chapel Road, which had been shut down for a short time, was reopened.
September 20, 2011
- At 3:38 PM to West Echeta Road for a smoke report resulting in nothing being found. - At 8:34 PM to 184 Prairieview Drive (Wright) for a cooking grease fire.
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