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CONTENTS

2013 edition

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Gillette wright and Campbell county, WY

8 Welcome to Campbell County An introduction to the community

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Things to Do 2 Downtown 1 Main Event

Downtown works to gain national recognition

6 Music 1 Sounds Like Fun

Gillette’s music scene is thriving and varied

20 Local Flavor You’ve Got Good Taste 2 Arts & Culture 2 Rave Reviews

Arts and culture scene earns praise

4 Sports & Recreation 2 Room to Roam On The Cover Artist Blanche Guernsey paints in her home studio in Gillette. Photo by Michael Conti

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Living

Business

30 Health A Picture of Health

2 Working Here 4 Powered Up

Campbell County Memorial Hospital evolving to meet community’s needs

Energy producing coal companies drive Gillette, Campbell County economies

35 Health Healthy Living

44 Energy Picture Perfect

36 Education Grading Spaces

39 Community Profile

Area coal companies take stewardship to heart

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48 Business Climate Big Growth

Many Gillette businesses expand or launch in 2012

2 Chamber Letter 5 Back in Black

53 Economic Profile

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At A Glance

Gillette, Wright and Campbell County A quick, comprehensive overview of what’s great about the community Welcome to the Energy Capital of the nation. The coal produced in Campbell County and the Powder River Basin supplies 40 percent of all coal used to produce electricity in the U.S. You’ll discover the energy that drives this thriving community as you flip through the following pages. It’s in the eclectic shops and restaurants in downtown Gillette. It’s in the parks, playing fields and recreation centers and in the people who call Campbell County home.

MONTANA WYOMING

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Location Campbell County is in northeastern Wyoming, between the Big Horn Mountains and the Black Hills.

COunty POPULATION

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Time zone Mountain

Distances to three major cities nearby Sheridan, WY: 104 miles Billings, MT: 231 miles Denver, CO: 346 miles

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National Average: 30”

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Best of the West Located in the northeast corner of Wyoming, not far from Devils Tower, America’s first national monument, Campbell County offers wide-open living. Residents get to experience the adventure and excitement of the West. Hunters flock here to track down mule deer, antelope and trophy American bison. Many residents enjoy horseback riding, hiking and blazing trails on ATVs and snowmobiles. Lakes in and around Campbell County offer opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating. CAMPLEX, the largest events facility in the West, hosts rodeos, concerts and rallies. Sports leagues are run by the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees a large recreation center with workout facilities and an indoor climbing wall. Strong Economy The construction of new homes is a sign that Campbell County’s economy is growing. New businesses open their doors here each year, and the county’s hospital is completing a major expansion. Work is never hard to find here. Five of the area’s top employers are connected to the coal mining industry, which is developing clean and efficient ways of extracting, transporting and using coal.


See the Sights

An American bald eagle sculpture, created by Don Marquiss, is located in Gillette’s Lasting Legacy Park near the Campbell County Recreation Center. The bronze sculpture shows an eagle swooping down to catch prey.

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Things To Do Campbell County’s must-do attractions, activities and dining

Hit the Rink

Watch teams take the ice at the Wyoming Center at CAM-PLEX, or get out and hit a puck with friends. The 177,000-square-foot facility hosts events such as hockey games, figure skating, rodeos, banquets and concerts.

Golf

History

Tour

Exercise

Play Golf

Learn About the Land

Take a Walk

Raise Your Heart Rate

Tee off at one of three challenging golf courses in the area. The 18-hole Bell Nob Golf Course and the nine-hole Gillette Golf Club are both located in Gillette. Haycreek Golf Club, located in Wright, also offers nine holes.

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Experience Wyoming history at the Rockpile Museum in Gillette. The museum displays collections of weaponry and Native American artifacts, and there is a dress-up area and interactive exhibits for kids.

Get exercise and a history lesson on a self-guided walking tour through historic downtown Gillette. Grab a booklet or a map from the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce office to guide you up and down Gillette Avenue.

Ride your bike on one of the bike paths in and around Campbell County including in the Wyoming Black Hills. The area has open highway and mountain trails for bikers and other recreation options.


Things To Do

Have an Adventure

Climb to the top of the rock tower at the Campbell County Recreation Center. The structure, which measures 74 feet around and 42 feet tall, is a replica of Devils Tower, a national monument located nearby.

Baseball

Park

Lake

Recreation

See a Ballgame

Relax Outside

Enjoy the Water

Love Science

Catch a legion baseball game at Roughrider Stadium in Volunteer Park, which is the home field of the Riders, a varsity team for the Post 42 Baseball Program and 2008 state champions. A collection of teams with players ranging from 8 to 18 also play at the park.

Take a stroll through Lasting Legacy Park, which is home to the Campbell County War Memorial. The walking trail measures 1,750 feet, and other facilities include a soccer field, playground, amphitheater and open-play areas.

Cast a line from the shore into the Gillette Fishing Lake, which measures 19 acres and is located at Donkey Creek in Dalby Park. Previously caught fish include rainbow trout, black bullhead, carp, largemouth bass and yellow perch.

Explore exhibits and living creatures at the Campbell County School District Science Center. This 10,000-square-foot center features more than 60 interactive exhibits and animal displays, the center also serves as an extension to area science classrooms.

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Things To Do

Creative Community

Sculptor Patrick Love works on a creation at First National Bank during the Downtown Gillette Art Walk.

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Downtown Gillette works to gain national recognition, boost business traffic

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hether it’s runners, groups of art lovers or just shoppers looking for the best deals, folks know that downtown Gillette is the place to be these days.

Gillette Main Street The city’s center has always been a strong business hub, but now several efforts are in progress that are, literally, putting it on the map. Chief among those is Gillette Main Street, the city’s affiliation with the state’s Main Street program, itself a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s countrywide effort to recognize and support thriving historic urban centers. “We have absolutely loved being in the program, because it’s allowed us to plan some events for downtown, and work on storefronts and facades and do the things that will continue to bring visitors and residents back into the area,” says Tara Lindblom, manager of Country Elegance and a second-generation Gillette business operator.

Downtown Art Walk/5K Gillette’s Downtown Main Street team has been busy with a roster of special events. Those include the Downtown Art Walk, which was held on the second Thursday of each month from October through December, and connected 25 different artists with 23 businesses, and will likely return in spring 2013, along with a summer festival. Another big hit was the Paint The Town 5K, which was Gillette Main Street’s first event. It was held the first weekend in June and is also set for a return appearance. With all this success, it’s hoped that within two years the program will have its own executive director and be a fully certified Main Street program, says John Cosner, who serves as president of Gillette Main Street. l i va b i l i t y. c o m /g i l l e tt e

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Everything Kids

Gillette Cheese House

South Gillette Avenue

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Guests dine at 311 Lounge in Gillette.

Chophouse Restaurant & Catering

West 2nd Street

East 2nd Street Pat’s Hallmark Cook’s Nook

Blue Butterfly Boutique Crazy Woman Mercantile

Teacher’s Corner/ Kid’s Mart Lasting Memories Sole Mates Mike’s Hardware and Paint Avenue Mall Country Elegance Deb’s Bed & Bath Scrubs & More

East 3rd Street

West 3rd Street Brothers Coffee Co. Campbell County Chamber of Commerce

311 Lounge

Coffee Friends

West 4th Street

“We’ve had tremendous turnout for our events, and we have a lot to build on,” Cosner says. “The more business our merchants have, the more they can reinvest in their businesses and see those prosper. The pace is picking up, so we’re making sure that we have goodquality programs so that we can keep building our momentum.” Lively Downtown Restaurant Scene Downtown Gillette benefits from a strong group of restaurants, including the 311 Lounge, which serves up everything from fine wines to burgers and beer, Brothers Coffee Co. and Coffee Friends, and the Chophouse Restaurant, a steakand-seafood mainstay since 1999.

Special Event

Customers join the checkout line at a “Cash Mob” event at Joe’s Pet Depot in downtown Gillette. The event was hosted by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

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Retail Mix Continues to Grow And as far as shopping’s concerned, downtown merchants have got you covered with clothing, toys, cookware and more. On the clothing front, Country Elegance and Crazy Woman

Mercantile offer women’s attire and accessories, as does the Blue Butterfly Boutique and Sole Mates, which sells shoes and clothing. And for special events, pick up that designer dress, tuxedo or even bridal gown at Lasting Memories Bridal & Formal Wear. Parents of growing children are frequent shoppers at Everything Kids, a consignment store that carries everything from clothing to furniture, toys, books and bedding. Children’s needs also are front and center at the Teacher’s Corner/ Kid’s Mart, which has toys, puzzles, art kits and classroom supplies. If any of your purchases are a gift, swing by Pat’s Hallmark for the perfect card or maybe a little something extra to slip into a gift bag. If that gift bag’s for a do-ityourselfer, chances are you’ll find more treats at Mike’s Hardware, which offers a catalog of more than 7,000 items, not to mention free pickup and delivery. And if the restaurant scene isn’t enough, foodies also keep the Gillette Cheese House’s aisles full.


Everything from Wisconsin cheeses to meats, jams and jellies can be found here, as well as gift baskets. After a stop there, those in the know head on over to Cook’s Nook for gourmet kitchen accessories and cookware.  by Joe Morris  by staff photographer Michael Conti

Snapshot

Located in downtown Gillette, Country Elegance off ers women’s clothes, jewelr y and acc essories.

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Members of the Energy City Voices, which is a troupe of singers and dancers, perform at the Gillette College Technology Center.

Fun Sounds Like Gillette’s music scene is thriving and varied

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n Gillette, they’re playing your song with a variety of fun musical groups and events. And there’s something for everyone. “We have lots of great opportunities to enjoy the musical scene here and it’s wonderful to watch,” says Tracy Mathews, a resident of Gillette in Campbell County. “There is lots of talent in Gillette, and it absolutely inspires me to see so many talented people who go out and perform for no money in the community. It definitely makes the community a better place to live.” Most famous is the Donkey Creek Festival, which is aptly named: Those who attend get a kick out of it. Begun by Gillette College in 2006 with the Big Horn Big Band and an audience of 50 people, the event has now become a summertime tradition in Campbell County. It is a three-day festival packed with music (everything from jazz to blues to gospel and more), food vendors, artist booths and thousands of guests who can’t wait to enjoy it all. And that’s just the start.

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Making Big Music

Comprising 17 musicians from Gillette, Wright and Douglas, the Big Horn Big Band performs in Gillette. The group also takes the stage during the Donkey Creek Festival each year.

Music to Your Ears The Energy City Voices, a Gillette College musical theater troupe of singer/dancers, made its debut this year and is already causing a buzz, according to the group’s director, Cheryl Ringer. “We have had an overwhelming response from the community. They have seen just a portion of the show and they are so very excited,” she says. “I get calls and questions daily on when their performances are. They will be a big hit! The community has been waiting for something like this and now that it is here, they are thrilled.” The Powder River Symphony Orchestra, much like symphony music itself, brings an extra touch of beauty and regal quality to Campbell County. More than 60 members lend their talents to 17 different types of instruments to give guests a memorable musical experience. Don’t be surprised to find visiting choirs from nearby schools partnering with the orchestra for concerts and events. Speaking of beauty and regality, the Gillette Chamber Singers have brought it to the city as well. Started in 1986, the mixed adult choir began with 16 members and is now up to 40. They are from different backgrounds and occupations but are all brought together by one thing – a love of singing.

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In the House The CAM-PLEX Heritage Center is one of the venues that hosts the


Haycreek Golf Course

Gillette Chamber Singers, and for good reason: The finest singers in Campbell County should have the finest facilities. The center features a 919-seat proscenium theater that has hosted Broadway productions, live concerts, dancing performances and more. The building also features dressing rooms, shower facilities and a makeup room, and can be rented out for private events. For live, casual music lovers, Brothers Coffee Company features an open mic night the first and third Friday of each month at 7 p.m. For those who are ready to rock, or enjoy watching others do it, Jake’s Tavern, established in 1994, gives live bands a stage for rock ‘n’ roll, blues and the occasional bit of country and rockabilly acts.  by Chris Russell  by staff photographer Michael Conti

THINGS TO

Wright Boulevard

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Things To Do: Local Flavor

You’ve Got Good Taste

People will find something to please their taste buds in Gillette Across Campbell County those with a taste for good cuisine are in for a real treat. Several of them, in fact. The variety of dining opportunities in and around Gillette is as wide open as the Wyoming sky. Farmers Market

Take Home Farm Fresh food The Gillette Farmers Market gives Campbell County residents a true taste of local flavor. Held each Saturday morning between July and September in the Gillette College Technology Center parking lot, the market is run by local master gardeners and features fresh meat, produce, prepared foods and crafts.

“The Main Bagel is my favorite breakfast spot in Gillette, hands down, and it is also an excellent option for a light lunch. Their lunch sandwiches are fresh and delicious, and their breakfast options are real homemade treats.” Stephen M., Yelp Reviewer

Casual Dining

relax, chow down At Bootleggers Grill & Speakeasy, guests can enjoy a fun throwback theme to the days of gangsters and flappers as well as a menu stacked with burgers, seafood, pastas, sandwiches and vegetarian dishes. There is also a full bar with an extended wine list. The Chop House serves hand-cut, aged Angus beef steaks and has fish flown in directly from both coasts. Desserts are made in-house, and all meals get prepared when ordered. Pokey’s BarBQue & Smokehouse features an extensive salad bar. The new microbrewery at Skyline Grille gives guests a chance to choose the best brews with sample trays, 64-ounce growlers or on tap. The menu includes sushi, fresh seafood, steaks and pasta. Pizza and Italian Food

Grab a slice or two Pizza Carrello lives up to its name. In Italian, “carrello” means “trolley,” and this mobile wood-fired pizza-oven catering service operates just as that, providing Italian food at festivals, fairs and events. Need more? Check out Adriano’s Italian Restaurant for white-sauce pizza, lambrusco and steaks.

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Try a Bite

In Wright, diners at the Open Range Steakhouse can feast their taste buds on a variety of soups, pastas and specialty entrees. Favorites of the menu include Certified Angus Beef burgers, salmon BLTs and braised buffalo short ribs.

Fine Dining

enjoy an upscale experience Patrons of the Prime Rib Restaurant and Wine Cellar will see why the eatery has won multiple awards for its world-class wine selection. With 8,000 square feet of dining space and a rich, soft atmosphere, a memorable experience awaits. The 311 Lounge features unique menu items in downtown Gillette. Dishes such as salmon mousse ravioli and smoked duck breast are available, as well as more than 85 beers and drinks. By Chris Russell


Eating In

What’s cooking Grilled Flat Iron Steak With Spicy Rub Cattle ranching became a way of life in Campbell County during the late 1800s. Beef continues to be a favorite entree in the wide-open West and finding fresh cuts of meat here is easy. A variety of beef is offered at the local farmers market and butcher shops, allowing chefs to make a hearty entree that satisfies Western cravings. Ingredients • 1 pound skirt steak Spicy Rub • ½ teaspoon cayenne • ½ teaspoon garlic powder • ½ teaspoon onion powder • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs Recipe courtesy of FarmFlavor.com

Instructions 1. Mix together rub ingredients. 2. Place steak under plastic wrap or in a freezer bag. Pound with a mallet (smooth side) until steak is about ½-inch thick. Remove from wrapping and coat with rub. 3. Grill to desired temperature and slice thin to serve. Prep Time: 15 minutes

Wright hotel and open range SteakhouSe

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Located in the center of the Powder River Coal Basin in the town of Wright, Wyoming. All 71-rooms are designed to meet your business and lodging needs. With its distinctive Western decor, vaulted ceilings on the entire third floor and panoramic views of the 65,000-acre Durham Ranch, your stay will be comfortable and enjoyable.

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Things To Do: arts & culture

Rave Reviews

Arts and culture scene earns praise The arts and culture scene in Gillette deserves a standing ovation, for good reason. Gillette and Campbell County have a number of entertainment options along with special attractions – and even poignant memorials.

Fast fact The Campbell County Rockpile Museum has collections of history, art, archaeology and natural history, and is next to a natural rockpile formation.

Memorial

Children’s Memorial Walkway Children’s Memorial Walkway at McManamen Park is a place of art and trees dedicated to the memory of all local children who have passed away. After the untimely death of a young girl as the result of an accident, the walkway has become a place of peace and tranquility for those in Campbell County who have lost a child far too early in life. On the first Saturday of every May, a remembrance ceremony is held for families and friends to remember, mourn and celebrate the lives of their children.

Enjoy the Arts

The AVA (Advocacy for Visual Arts) is a nonprofit organization that hosts numerous exhibitions and is located in the heart of Gillette. Each summer, it is home to the Community Art Show where local artists can put their work on display. You’ll also find a variety of art classes at AVA, ranging from pottery and painting to birdhouse making and sculpting.

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“Our community is so fortunate to enjoy the high caliber of performing arts that the Powder River Symphony and Gillette Chamber Singers provide. Their seasonal programs and performances have become traditions for our community. I can’t imagine a Gillette without these wonderful musical opportunities.”

Honoring, Remembering Local Veterans

The Bricks for Vets Committee is giving residents the opportunity to honor area veterans for their service. Bricks for Vets is an engraved walkway at Lasting Legacy Memorial Park that salutes local veterans who fought in any military conflict. The slogan for the memorial is “All Gave Some and Some Gave All” and features an area of remembrance and honor. For more information, visit www.bricksforvets.com.

Ida Snead, Campbell County Resident

Continue exploring Campbell County’s cultural scene at livability.com/gillette/ wy/attractions.

Fun for Kids

gaze at the stars The Campbell County School District Planetarium at Sage Valley Junior High School has been an entertainment staple since 1981. The facility has one of only three Goto Chronos II projectors installed in the world, and can show more than 8,000 stars on its 30-foot-diameter ceiling dome. Night shows are free to the public, and laser shows are often accompanied by rock music. The planetarium is maintained by funds from Campbell County School District No. 1 and donations.

get creative Hands On Pottery allows children and adults to design and paint among the studio’s hundreds of ceramic pieces available. Clay, paint, glaze, greenware and other art supplies are provided, and the craft room is especially colorful. Hands On Pottery opened in May 2012 in downtown Gillette. By Kevin Litwin

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Things To Do: sports & recreation

Play Ball

The Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette features basketball courts, racquetball courts, a weight room, cardio area, three exercise rooms, two party rooms and swimming areas.

Room to Roam

Sports, recreation options are abundant A lot of busy bodies can be found in Gillette and Campbell County, thanks to a generous amount of sports and recreational opportunities that are available to residents and visitors. Youth Leagues

kids get active Several athletic options are open for local children including leagues in floor hockey, ice hockey, basketball, baseball and swimming. The most popular offering is the Gillette Soccer Club, which has two official seasons: from August through March and then March through July, as well as an indoor season. Teams play in regional tournaments in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, and Gillette has hosted national tournaments. Gillette also hosts little league baseball district tournaments. Lake

cast a line, reel one in Burlington Lake is formed by Gillette Dam on Stonepile Creek, a tributary of Donkey Creek in Campbell County. Anglers will find a variety of fish in the 145-acre lake including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout. Spinning, bait-casting and fly fishing are all encouraged.

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Parks

fun in the sun The Campbell County Parks & Recreation Department maintains more than 30 parks and beautification areas, plus operates the year-round Campbell County Pool. All parks are open from 5 a.m.-11 p.m., with many offering picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball courts, horseshoes, barbecue grills, basketball courts and fishing. The most visited site is Dalby Park, which has seven baseball/ softball fields and 65 picnic tables. Golf

tee it up, take a swing Campbell County has three golf courses. Bell Nob Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 championship venue, plus there is a separate nine-hole par three course. Meanwhile, Gillette Golf Club is a nine-hole course that opened in 1969 and plays to a par 36 over its 3,500 total yards.


Recreation Center

family-friendly activities, amenities Campbell County Recreation Center had its grand opening in April 2010 and has amenities that include a 42-foot climbing wall designed to resemble aspects of Devils Tower Monument. Other offerings include a six-lane lap pool, three-meter diving platform, leisure pool with two water slides, basketball courts, racquetball courts, elevated walking track, and a kids zone used for babysitting. There are also five tennis courts, two tanning beds, a weight room and three exercise rooms. By Kevin Litwin

Play a Round Find more opportunities to get active in Campbell County at livability.com/ gillette/wy/activities.

Located in Wright, Haycreek Golf Club has nine holes and measures 3,527 yards. The course includes water hazards, sand traps and more to enhance the golfing experience.


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Things to do: see the county

Go For a Ride

The Razor City BMX park holds races April through November and is open to boys and girls. See more photos that showcase Campbell County’s fun attractions at livability.com/gillette.

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Head of the Class

Part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, Gillette College offers a variety of associate degrees and certificates in fields such as criminal justice, mining technology, elementary education, nursing and more. The school is also home to a thriving sports scene with basketball, rodeo and cross country. Check out more photos that show what Campbell County has to offer at livability.com/gillette/wy/photos-video.

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living Schools, health care, and neighborhoods in Campbell County

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LIVING

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Health

Hospital evolving to meet community’s needs

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illette’s regional health-care hub is growing. Campbell County Memorial Hospital is adding new services, spaces and specialists to meet the health-care needs of northeast Wyoming. “We are fortunate to provide the facilities and types of physicians that you’d normally see in a much larger community,” says CCMH interim CEO Andy Fitzgerald, FHFMA. “Access to health care is one of the things that contribute to a great quality of life.” 30

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Growth at CCMH A three-year, $68 million expansion of the hospital was completed in December 2012 to accommodate the growth within the community and at CCMH. The addition includes extensive interior remodeling, a parking structure, a

helipad, and a new surgical unit featuring larger operating suites and enhanced pre- and postsurgical rooms. The expansion also paved the way for new technology to be implemented. Family and friends of patients undergoing surgery at


CCMH can now track the progress of their loved ones as they move from pre-operation into surgery and out into recovery, thanks to a large TV monitor in the surgery waiting area next to the coffee shop. And, surgery patients can opt to receive a video via email that outlines pre-operation instructions as well as personalized instructions from their physician after their procedure—the first hospital in Wyoming to test such technology. In 2013, CCMH will break

ground on a $30 million, 144-bed nursing home to provide long-term and transitional care as well as short-term rehabilitation. The continuum of care also include palliative, or comfort, care and end of life care at Close to Home, the new hospice house located across the street from the hospital. “We have a fast-growing segment of retirees who should have confidence about the level of care available here,” Fitzgerald says. Another valuable tool for

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seniors is the addition of geriatric specialist Bernadette Meade, D.O., who joined CCMH in 2011. “CCMH is very proactive and supportive of doctors,” Meade says. “They are willing to get the best technology, facilities and staff to provide great medical care to the community. I’m very happy to be here.” Additional services at CCMH include 14 specialty clinics, dialysis, medical and radiation oncology, an intensive care unit, behavioral health services, and rehabilitation services. Plans for future growth include expanded radiology services, cardiology program and cardiac cath lab.

students at Gillette College. In 2008, CCMH, the city and the college partnered to build the Herbert A. and Dorothy P. Carter Health Science Education Center, home to the Gillette College Nursing Program and CCMH’s clinical education services. The hospital supplies two full-time faculty members for the nursing program, and employs many nursing graduates. “We’re heavily involved in investing in the future of health care practitioners,” says Fitzgerald. “CCMH is one of the community’s largest employers, with some 1,200 people throughout CCMH’s health care system.

processes and capabilities to better engage and inform patients, according to Fitzgerald. “We put our patients and residents at the center of everything we do by listening to their concerns, understanding their needs, honoring their choices and keeping them informed.”

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LIVING: Health

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Campbell County offers medical services for all stages of life Campbell County may be rural in population, but the region’s quality health-care services rival those of many larger cities. Women’s Health Services

Chiropractic Care

Physical Therapy

Women’s health services in Campbell County are as close as Dr. Donald Parker, veteran obstetrician and gynecologist, and his team at Associates in Women’s Health. Also in Gillette, Dr. David A. Beck of Gillette Women’s Healthcare PC provides obstetrical care and cosmetic procedures. Obstetrics, infertility assistance, gynecologic surgery, urinary treatment, hormone replacement therapy and liposuction all are offered at the practice. Cosmetic procedures include laser hair removal, photo rejuvenation, microdermabrasion and more. Another women’s health partner in the Campbell County area is Gillette Reproductive Health, which provides various medical services such as breast exams and blood pressure screenings, as well as counseling and educational programs.

At Petersen Chiropractic, Dr. Clinton Petersen provides experienced care to patients in Gillette, Wright, and the surrounding communities. HealthSource of Gillette is part of the national chain of HealthSource chiropractic and progressive rehab facilities. Locally, their chiropractors treat patients with neck stiffness, sports injuries, arthritis, migraines, back or leg pain, disc degeneration and other chronic medical conditions. Also in Gillette, Atlas Chiropractic is a wellness center that is committed to improving lives through chiropractic care and wellness services designed to help patients optimize their health and their lives. And Lifestyle Chiropractic puts an emphasis on patient education and determining the cause of subluxations.

North Platte Physical Therapy’s Gillette clinic offers patients a comprehensive outpatient facility, in-home care and early childhood development programs. North Platte also is a frequent partner of Campbell County public schools and provides athletic training assistance to high school athletes.

Medical Imaging In 2012, Black Rock Advanced Medical Imaging LLC opened their outpatient diagnostic imaging center in Gillette to provide digital x-ray and MRI services. The center, which has state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by radiologists, provides same-day services and a 24-hour routine turnaround time for all radiology reports. By Melanie Kilgore-Hill

Stay Well at Work

Rehab Solutions offers spine and orthopaedic physical therapy to help patients get back to their everyday lives. Rehab Solutions also offers workplace treatment programs through their Industrial Solutions program. The plan helps maintain the health and safety of a workforce through evaluation, prevention and reconditioning of injured workers. Women’s health services regarding incontinence and pelvic pain, and bodily changes due to pregnancy and childbirth are also available.

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LIVING: Education

Grading Spaces

Schools in Campbell County are class acts Students and parents: You receive extra credit for knowing there are plenty of good academic options in Gillette and Campbell County, from pre-kindergarten through college. In addition, the area is home to top-notch programs and activities for students to enjoy. Private Schools, Programs

plenty of opportunities Campbell County students have access to a variety of education options beyond public schools. John Paul II Catholic School at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Gillette offers faith-based education for children from preschool up to fifth grade. Also in Gillette, the Preschool Academy offers a customized, faith-based curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of each child. The school offers preschool and pre-kindergarten classes, which are open to students ages 3, 4 and 5. The Boys & Girls Club of Campbell County offers several programs for school-aged children including tutoring, educational activities, civic lessons and fine arts classes. The group serves students before and after school, and all day during the summer months.

Higher Education

University of Wyoming Northeast Regional Center

Earn Associate Degrees, Certificates

The two-year Gillette College has associate degrees in the arts, fine arts, science and applied science as well as certificate programs. Students may also enroll in career training, professional development courses and/or vocational/technical programs, plus master’s and doctoral programs are available through distance learning agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

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The UW Northeast Regional Center is in Gillette on West Sinclair Street, with a mission to extend the University of Wyoming’s educational programs to students beyond the main Laramie campus. Students in Gillette can study toward degrees and certificates at the Center by utilizing distance education technology, audio teleconferencing, video conferencing, correspondence study, on-site education and online instruction. A full-service office handles admission, registration, financial aid and advising.


Engaged in Education

At Cottonwood Elementary School in Wright, which is part of Campbell County School District No. 1, fourth grade students participate in a math lesson taught by Mrs. Johnson. Serving approximately 275 students from kindergarten to sixth grade, the school is one of 15 elementary schools in the district. Public Schools

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CCSD No. 1 is the third-largest district in Wyoming, serving about 8,400 students in 20 schools and covering 5,000 square miles of northeast Wyoming. The district keeps a 19:1 student-to-teacher ratio, and all facilities are equipped for technology. Campbell County No. 1 was recently recognized in Wyoming for the district’s excellence in planning‚ use of funds‚ achievement, and relationships with students and parents. The CCSD plans to open a new elementary school and a high school in the fall of 2014.

Buffalo Ridge is the newest school in Campbell County, having opened in Gillette in October 2012. Kevin Sinclair is principal at the two-story building, which is painted in browns, beiges, tans and other earth-tone colors . Buffalo Ridge is the third elementary school to open in Gillette in recent years. By Kevin Litwin

Learn more about Campbell County’s schools at livability.com/ gillette/wy/schools.

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cost of living

$78,975

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$717

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Coal is King

BNSF Railway Company, one of the largest freight rail transportation networks in the U.S., moves coal through Gillette on its network of railroad tracks. Campbell County’s railroad system contributes to the area’s strong and thriving business climate. Discover more images of Campbell County’s unique offerings at livability.com/gillette.

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energy Producing Coal companies drive Gillette, Campbell County economies When Gillette is referred to as the “energy capital of the nation,” it’s not just big talk. More than 40 percent of all coal used to produce electricity in the U.S. comes from here, thanks to many major players and the area’s rich coal reserves. Traditional mining is still going strong, and with new coal extraction technology and use, the future remains bright for this booming bedrock industry. Many businesses in this industry are among Gillette’s top employers. 42

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Fast Facts About 65 percent of the state of Wyoming’s tax revenues come from energy-rich Campbell County. Oil exploration began in Gillette in the 1940s, and the first commercial oil field discovery was made in 1968.


Clean Energy Efforts

Powered by the Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency, the Dry Fork Station power plant is seven miles north of Gillette. The coal-fired, state-of-the-art plant has around $334 million of environmental controls installed, ensuring that it’s as environmentally sensitive as it is technologically advanced.

Business Spotlight Each year the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce recognizes and celebrates the work, leadership and progress of all its members with awards nominated and chosen by member business leaders. The following awards were presented on Nov. 2, 2012. The winners are:

Chamber Award of Excellence (Small Business): Basin Radio Network www.basinsradio.com

Chamber Award of Excellence (Large Business): Cloud Peak Energy www.cloudpeakenergy.com

New Chamber Member of the Year: FourFront Design Inc. www.4front.biz

Entrepreneur of the Year: Pizza Carrello LLC www.pizzacarrello.com

Transportation

Coal Production

The Campbell County area benefits from a strong transportation grid. State and national highways complement a strong rail system, and the Gillette-Campbell County Airport takes care of the airways. The airport, located just five miles northwest of Gillette, is served by both passenger and cargo airlines that include Great Lakes Airlines, which connects to United Airlines and Frontier Airlines hubs. The facility’s meeting room can hold 40 people, and its rentable T-hangars will accommodate most single-engine aircraft.

One-fifth of all U.S. coal production originates in the Powder River Basin, largely due to such major players such as Peabody Energy and Cloud Peak Energy. Peabody has three mines in the area. The biggest is North Antelope Rochelle, which has produced more than 1 billion tons of coal. The company also operates the Caballo Mine and the Rawhide Mine. Cloud Peak Energy has three mines in the basin, and controls 1.3 billion tons of recoverable coal, sought by energy producers. By Joe Morris

Friend of the Chamber Award: First National Bank www.fnbgillette.com

Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year: Sam Saunders president of First National Bank

Spirit of Gillette Award: Erik Bergquist, owner of Master of Ceremonies www.mocwyo.com

Find out more about Campbell County companies at livability. com/gillette/wy/business.

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Just ask Gary Rivenes, chief operating officer for Cloud Peak Energy. “I live in Gillette,” he says. “I participate personally with a lot of community and youth activities. It gives you a really proud feeling to walk around the community and know that you’ve helped to make it better.” From energy conservation and safe handling of hazardous materials to land reclamation and protection of birds of prey, the coal mines operated by Cloud Peak and Peabody Energy have for years been recognized for their protection of the environment and their efforts to help maintain the beauty of Gillette. “Reclamation is of great value to us,” Rivenes says. “We’re a Western people and we enjoy the outdoors. Putting the land back to the way it was given to us is important.” Efforts Get Noticed Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the Cordero Rojo mine just south of Gillette as well as the Antelope mine farther south and the Spring Creek mine in Montana, has been honored numerous times with environmental awards from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM). In addition, it received OSM’s Good Neighbor Award in 2011 for its education outreach programs in reclamation, biodiversity and mining skills.

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Wyodak Resources development corp. near gillette is the oldest surface coal mine that is still operating in the united states.

Mining activity takes place at Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine.

“We conserve energy wherever we can, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make sure we put the land back as good as we found it if not better,” Rivenes says. “I think we’ve reclaimed something greater than 8,500 acres and reseeded them.” Peabody Energy has earned a similar reputation for a multitude of efforts in environmental responsibilities. The world’s largest private-sector coal company, Peabody was honored with a U.S. Department of the Interior 2012 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award for its protection of raptor populations at its flagship North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Campbell County. The honor came after nearly three decades of monitoring showed that populations of raptors – including eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey – have been successfully sustained even as mining activities increased. North Antelope Rochelle has a history of excellence in stewardship including recognition for a quarter-century of successful land restoration and wildlife protection from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Enriched Livelihoods The efforts of Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody are not lost on the community. Dr. Dustin Martinson, CEO of Rehab Solutions, a physical therapy center in Gillette, says the area’s coal industry does an excellent job of countering any negative perceptions of coal power. His enthusiasm for the companies’ environmental responsibilities led him to start an advocacy group known as Friends of Coal – Wyoming. “This is our economy, our livelihoods, not just the coal miners’ but mine as well,” says Martinson, a lifelong resident of Gillette who treats miners for injuries and helps with preventive programs. “My livelihood depends on the coal miners having jobs.”  by John McBryde  by staff photographer Jeff Otto l i va b i l i t y. c o m /g i l l e tt e

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Blue Sky Ice Expands

Crushed ice is packaged and stored at Blue Sky Ice in Gillette. It currently has five full-time employees, and the company anticipates adding 10 to 20 more part-time employees in the next year.

“Our business environment here in Campbell County has always been very strong,” says Frank Latta, a former mayor of Gillette and founder of the new ice manufacturing company, Blue Sky Ice. “It’s been said around here a lot that if you need work and can’t find it in Gillette, it’s ‘cause you’re not looking!” One reason that Campbell County’s economy held its own over the downturn of the last few years is its strong position in the energy industry. Known as the energy capital of the United States, Campbell County is one of the leading producers of coal in the country, and oil and gas production also contribute heavily to the local economy. According to the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, the population has grown to 46,618 residents, and the average median income is more than $78,975 per 50

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year. All of these factors have led to growth and expansion or new businesses in the area. Expanding or Growing Industries Here are some highlights detailing some of the manufacturing or industrial firms that have expanded or increased their presence in Campbell County over the last few years. • Yates Petroleum added new rigs to expand its operations in Campbell County. • Devon Energy also added more rigs in Campbell County. • Interstate Power Systems recently built a new 20,000-square-foot facility. • Liebherr Mining Equipment doubled the space of its facility. • Major Metal Service has doubled its capacity for flame and plasma cutting.

New Industry In January 2012, Blue Sky Ice, a new ice manufacturer, opened its facility located just off Interstate 90 on the east side of Gillette. It currently has five full-time employees, and one of its founders, Frank Latta, says the company anticipates adding 10 to 20 more part-time employees in the next year. New or Expanded Retail Stores/Services In addition to new or expanded industries, companies have also expanded or opened new locations in Gillette. These include: • A Prairie Dawn relocated to a 5,000-square-foot facility on E. Boxelder Rd. • Main Elements Apparel doubled the size of the store after moving to a new location. • Universal Athletic is expanding from 4,000 square feet to 7,000


“There is still a very steady base of employment that doesn’t change, which gives the area a lot of stability.” Dawn Pfeifle, owner of A Prairie Dawn

square feet when it moved from its existing location to the Energizer Fitness Complex. • Avenue Mall, located at 217 Gillette Ave., was opened in April of 2012 by the nonprofit group All About Women. • FourFront Design, an architecture firm, opened an office in Gillette in 2012. • Martin Engineering opened an office in Gillette in August of 2012. Despite the continued uncertainty of the economy, businesses are optimistic about the environment in Campbell County. “We continue to broaden service capabilities in niche markets and remain confident that we will add five to 10 additional employees through 2013,” says Russ Groombridge, branch manager of Interstate Power Systems. “There is still a very steady base of employment that doesn’t change, which gives the area a lot of stability,” says Dawn Pfeifle, owner of A Prairie Dawn.  by Kelly Kagamas Tomkies  by staff photographer Michael Conti

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business: Chamber Report

Back in Black

Chamber fights for coal industry There are many misconceptions about the coal industry, with some people only hearing about mining cave-ins and black lung disease in the eastern United States. “That might be the perception, but the truth is that coal in the eastern U.S. is mined a lot differently than it is in Wyoming,” says Julie Simon, president/CEO

of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. “In Wyoming, there is open-pit mining done mostly by machinery, and Wyoming has a low-sulfur coal.” Simon adds that Campbell County and Wyoming residents live where coal is mined and don’t have any higher rates of related diseases than anywhere else.

Speaking Up The chamber is vocally addressing energy – especially coal – because so many regulations have been placed on the industry. “It has gotten to the point where in order for our local companies to survive, they are looking into other types of revenue including exporting coal to China,” Simon says. “To do that, they can transport the coal to Canada or Texas to ultimately export, although it would be much more cost efficient and convenient to ship from the port of Seattle and other states. But Seattle is putting up resistance, so we at the chamber are hoping to set up informative presentations in Seattle to address all the misconceptions of this industry.” Small towns between Gillette and Seattle are resisting the idea because open rail cars will need to pass through their towns to transport the coal to Seattle. “Even though the coal is treated and barely loses any dust upon transport, resistance continues,” she says. “Exporting the coal from Seattle would create many jobs for that city because until regulations are lifted and the U.S. is allowed to become more energy independent, tons of coal are exported to foreign countries.” Part of the Fight Simon is working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the Institute for 21st Century Energy; and the Energy, Clean Air, and Natural Resources Committee to push advocacy for the energy industry in Wyoming. “The voice of reason for energy advocacy must come from Wyoming,” she says. “If we don’t win this battle, the federal government will eventually close us completely down. That would be devastating and unfair for such a natural industry.”  by Kevin Litwin

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economic profile

White-Collar Jobs

28%

Top Employers

Blue-Collar Jobs

 Campbell County School District No.1, Peabody Energy, Arch Coal

education level  High School Graduate

Taxes

 Associate Degree  Bachelor’s Degree

6%

 Master’s Degree

City Sales and Use Tax

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1,500+

599250

72%

1,499600

Workforce

 Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Cloud Peak Energy, Alpha Coal West  Campbell County, Walmart, Buckskin Mining, City of Gillette

Transportation & Shipping

household income

$693M

Gillette-Campbell County Airport

Annual Retail Sales

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Air-Cooled Plants Provides Power

Covering 36 acres near Gillette is the Wyodak Energy Complex which includes air-cooled power plants that provide reliable, safe power to north and northeast Wyoming. The Plants are owned by Rocky Mountain Energy/PacifiCorp, which continues to work to reduce its environmental impact on the surrounding area. See more photos that illustrate why Campbell County is a great place to live and work at livability.com/gillette.

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Contractors Supply Inc. ERA Boardwalk Real Estate Inc. www.eraboardwalk.com

Farmers Insurance Group

Source Gas South Fork Apartments

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Susan McKay, CPA LLC

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Tom’s Hot Shot Service Inc.

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First Interstate Bank

Wright Hotel & Open Range Steak House

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L&J Operating Inc.

Cloud Peak Energy

Collins Communications Inc.

Gillette

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Ad Index

23 Arbuckle Lodge Gillette

34 Big Horn Pediatrics

C2 ERA Boardwalk Real Estate Inc.

46 Farmers Insurance Group

1 Contractors Supply Inc.

51 BW Insurance Agency Inc.

1 Cam-Plex Multi-Event Facilities

51 First Interstate Bank

C3 Campbell County Chamber of Commerce

53 First National Bank of Gillette

32 Campbell County Memorial Hospital

46 Gillette College

C4 Campbell County School District

34 Gillette Optometric Clinic PC

52 Cloud Peak Energy

37 L&H Industrial

46 L&J Operating Inc.

46 Long’s Plumbing & Heating Inc.

4 College Park 25 Collins Communications Inc.

2 Joy Global


Ad Index

46 Marshall Jewelry

6 Powder River Dental Associates

39 Premier Home Mortgage 4 Source Gas

15 South Fork Apartments

38 Susan McKay, CPA LLC

38 Tom’s Hot Shot Service Inc.

21 Wright Hotel & Open Range Steak House

19 Wright Wyoming


Teaching Effectively – Learning Successfully

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