ESSAGE FROM THE CAMPBELL COUNTY
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS What an honor and privilege it is to The Adon Road and Hannum be a part of the wonderful community Road were resurfaced. Force Road known as Campbell County. Looking received a whole new look and back on 2004. we have a lot to be will considerably help traffic flow thankful for. God has blessed this around the county. Due to this county with an abundance of minerals effort, county roads are safer for all and other natural resources, which who travel them. 2004 was an election year, with allowed our yearly revenues to once again increase. Due to this increase, the several candidates vying for the county was able to maintain the same position of County Commissioner. mill levy (property tax) and still have Chris Knapp and Craig Mader were the monies necessary to fund several both re-elected to serve the county needed projects above and beyond the on the board of commissioners for Campbell County Commissioners (left to right): Roy Edwards, Marilyn Mackey, Chris Knapp, Craig Mader, and Alan Weakly. All elected officials are pictured on the back page. another four–year term. core county requirements. Wild land fires were down These projects include the place, straightening the curves on the improving air traffic to the county by expansion of the county courthouse, significantly, despite the dry weather which should be completed ahead of in 2004. Pray for rain in 2005, as the east end and lowering the intersection finding ways to reduce ticket costs and schedule in 2005. This expansion was county is in urgent need of more of Union Chapel and Fairview. This provide flights on a larger aircraft. As we face 2005, it will surely bring greatly needed to meet the needs of moisture for agriculture and to reduce will improve visibility and increase with it many challenges and decisions safety. Also, due to an increase in our growing community. The library the threat of devastating fires. that will affect all of Campbell community heath care needs, we will In 2005, we look towards several was also able to remodel and increase the area of the young adult section projects that will improve the quality begin construction of a new Public County. It is our desire to wisely use of life in Campbell County. One is the Heath Facility to meet this growing the resources and revenues God has by opening up the basement construction of the new fire demand. We will look at a possible blessed us with to continue to make for public use. The Detention station, which will enable capital facility tax for construction of a Campbell County an outstanding Center was expanded, the fire department to house CAM-PLEX Event Center and Wright community in which to work, live, allowing for an increase in Campbell the fire fighting apparatus Event Center this year. We will once and raise our families, not only for the capacity to an occupancy County inside, allowing for quicker again look at County Employee health today but for years to come. of 128. Commissioners response time and longer care costs to find ways to keep our Another of the top Office life for the equipment. health care system solvent and meet priorities for 2004 was to 500 S. Gillette Ave Reconstruction of Union employee’s increasing medical needs. maintain county roads and 682-7283 Chapel Road will take Campbell County Airport is looking at keep them in good repair.
The Department of Human Resources and Risk Management will be relocated in April 2005. Their new offices will be located at the southeast corner of the new addition; Suite 1200. The department’s staff of four serves as a resource for all the departments and agencies in Campbell County. They coordinate and administer all employee benefit plans including the employee classification and
job openings, flexible benefits, the last five years. The department classifications, departments, and stresses the importance of safety much more. and the prevention of accidents The goal of the through educational programs, department is to workplace monitoring and postsupport the Mission accident/incident investigation. Campbell of Campbell County The department can provide County Human through its support assistance in the recruitment, Resources of the county’s most selection and retention of a and Risk valuable resource - its qualified, productive workforce. Management employees. You can visit their web site Department at http://ccg.co.campbell. 500 S. Gillette Ave. wy.us/HR. The HR web site 687-6355 contains information regarding
compensation program and the performance appraisal program. The department is responsible for the safety and risk management programs in the county, which includes the procurement and administration of all property and liability insurance as well as monitoring the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation rates and claims. The county has reduced its frequency and severity of injuries over
Cover photograph by Matthew Sinclair, The News-Record Photographer
As of March 10, 2004
Airport Board Gary Garland-President Hugh Bennett-Vice President Amy Hetzer-Treasurer John Kennedy-Secretary Robert Lowery JAY LUNDELL, MANAGER
Building Code Appeals Board Arlyn Magnuson - Chairman Daryl Orbeck–Vice Chair Larry Long Van Ewing Micky Shober STEVE ANDERSON, DIRECTOR
Children’s Developmental Services Linda Jennings-Chair Clifford Knesel-Vice Chair Ralph Palmer-Treasurer Alice Bratton-Secretary Jennifer Peterson EARLENE HASTINGS, DIRECTOR
Marilyn Mackey -Chair Craig G. Mader Christopher R. Knapp Roy Edwards L. Alan Weakly
Public Land Board Penny Schild-Chair W. Todd Hoese-Vice Chair Anne Ochs-Treasurer Rod Smith-Secretary Chuck Land Everett Boss Mary Kelley
Corrections Board Bill Pownall Dan Price James B. Kelly Denise Fuller Bud Watson Chief Richard Adriaens William J. Edelman Cathy Anderson Ginny Bettendorf Buddy Morman
Public Health Board Barbara Underwood - Chair Dr. Robert W. Barelman - Vice Chairman Kay LaOrange-Financial Officer Dr. David A. Beck Susan Hooker. RPh
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE Tanya Daniels, Director 682-7281
NOLA WALLACE, DIRECTOR
Rockpile Museum Board Bobbie Veatch-Chairman Kathy Kintz-Secretary Bernadette Barlow-Treasurer Leland Turner Fred Harvey
Fair Board Greg Linbloom - Chairman Kevin Geer-Vice Chairman Linda Lynch-Sec./Treas. David Robinson Betty Jo Rogers
BUILDING & PLANNING Steve Anderson, Director 682-1970
ROAD & BRIDGE Gary Lowry, Director 682-4411
BOB KOTHE, DIRECTOR 682-5723
BETTY HOUGH, SECRETARY 687-0200
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES 682-7860
Parks & Recreation Board Tom Schrupp-Chairman Eugene Routledge-Sec./Treas. Tony Didier Scott Newson Wade Burr
Joint Powers Fire Board Steve Thomas, Chairman Dave Daigle Dave Foreman Matt Avery Joe Robidoux Tom Johnson John Bigelow
DAVE MCCORMICK, DIRECTOR 682-7406
GARY SCOTT, CHIEF 682-5319
Planning Commission Robert Ostlund- Chairman Scott Benson-Vice Chairman Bret Wolz Veronica Taylor Vicki Schlautmann
Library Board Sandra Hunter-Chair Christine Parravano Engel-Vice Chair Nancy Squair-Treasurer Bill Carson Dale Belden
STEVE ANDERSON, DIRECTOR 682-1970
PATTY MYERS, DIRECTOR 687-0009
Weed and Pest Board James McCue-Chair Ted Edwards-Vice Chair David A. Shippy-Treasurer Charles Tweedy-Secretary Leslie Drake
Public Health Officer Dr. George McMurtrey 682-7275
DAN BARKS, GENERAL MANAGER
ALLEN MOONEY, DIRECTOR
HUMAN RESOURCES Charlotte Terry, Director 687-6355
OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS 682-7283
ENGINEERING/PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Mike Coleman, Director 685-8061 County Landfill 682-9499 JUVENILE PROBATION Susan L. Cahill, Esq., Director 682-0746
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT David King, Coordinator 686-7477
The year 2004 has kept Susan Saunders and her staff at the County Clerk’s Office extremely busy. The titling department consists of six full time employees. This part of the Clerk’s Office handles titling of motor vehicles and filing of personal, federal and state tax liens. Motor vehicle titles issued totaled 20,528 in 2004. The Clerk’s Office saw an increase in titling new vehicles again this year. The Campbell County Clerk’s Office issued 301 marriage licenses in 2004. The County Clerk’s Office also issues malt beverage and catering permits
have been busy with various for county-wide functions. The recording section (vault) business and residential consists of seven full time subdivisions. Two employees work in employees. This section deals with oil and gas leases, royalty the payroll/accounts payable deeds, warranty and quit section of the Clerk’s Office. claim deeds. Mortgages, oil They handle all areas of and gas liens are also filed in payroll from enrollment of new employees to issuing this part of the Clerk’s payroll checks and payment Office along with of all taxes and benefits overriding royalties, associated with affidavits of heir payroll. An average ship, survivorship of 357 employees Campbell and notary public, r e c e i v e d County military discharges paychecks from Clerk’s Office and powers of this office. On an 500 S. Gillette Ave attorney. The average there are 682-7285 land records approx imately department 500 accounts
The number of new subdivision applications increased again for the calendar year of 2004. Subdivisions have increase each year since 2002, see figure # 1 for the total number of new subdivisions since 1993. This past year subdivision applications increased by twenty-six (26%) percent above 2003, for a total of fifty-four (54). For comparisons to other years, see Figure #1. These numbers do not include parcels of land which are thirty-five acres (35) and larger, as they are exempt from the Subdivision Rules by Wyoming State Statute. The Department of Building and Planning is currently located at 412 S. Gillette Avenue in the main level of the George Amos Memorial Library, which is immediately to the north of the Courthouse. Towards the end of March or the first part of April 2005, it is anticipated that we will be moving back into the Courthouse at 500 S. Gillette Avenue. We now have a full staff of seven (7) full time employees with the addition of Deanna Braunlin, Planner, last fall. The Department of Building and Planning provides two (2) individual services to the residents of Campbell County who live outside of the incorporated areas of Gillette and the
Town of Wright. Using the Subdivision Rules and the Zoning Regulations, the department provides information and assistance for persons desiring to subdivide or zone their property and provides information and help in determining the applicable building codes for new construction, additions, and remodels.
payable checks issued per month. The entire Campbell County Government budget goes through the County Clerk’s Office. There is one full time employee handling just the budget process and disbursement of funds. The Election Department had a busy 2004 year due to the local, state and national elections. The County Election Department is currently looking for new election equipment to meet the federal standards that have been established The Clerk’s Office collected over $701,689 in revenue
Building Inspection The Building Inspection Division provides permitting and inspections for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, septic system, and building permits and plan review for Campbell County. The inspectors provide help and information regarding the minimum type of permitting and inspections required for the many different types of construction and uses of buildings. They answer questions, offer suggestions when appropriate, and help citizens to better understand the building codes and the permitting and inspection processes, as they relate to construction.
The Planning Division administers the County Subdivision and Zoning Regulations. Staff and other agencies review the proposed subdivision application, plat, supporting documents, and zoning applications for compliance with the applicable state and county requirements. Deanna and Lois FIGURE #1: LAND SUBDIVISIONS & ZONING Abrams meet with the applicant MINOR SPECIAL SUBor developer to make sure that YEAR ALIQUOT USE SUBDIVISIONS ZONING PARCELS PERMITS DIVISIONS (5 OR LESS the minimum subdivision (DAYCARE) PARCELS) and zoning requirements are 1993 13 9 complete and that the plat and 1994 13 8 documents are ready to go to 1995 18 18 the Planning Commissioners for 1996 22 19 9 10 11 their recommendations and the 1997 1998 7 5 12 Board of Commissioners for their 1999 9 5 22 review. 2000 20 5 27 The revisions to the 2001 15 5 15 Subdivision Rules started last 2002 22 6 8 11 10 year, was finished in June 2004. 2003 29 20 12 8 10 2004
for 2004 for the recording of various instruments, titles, marriage licenses, and miscellaneous receipts. The County Clerk’s Office is currently researching the implementation of computerizing our grantor and grantee records along with our receiving books. We feel this will be more time efficient for the public and for our office. The employees in this office take pride in their work and continuance of friendly and efficient public service and excellent public record keeping.
FIGURE #2:: BUILDING ACTIVITY PER YEAR YEAR
Campbell County Building & Planning Division 412 S. Gillette Ave 682-1970
The year 2004 was a busy and exciting year for the Clerk of District Court Office. The Governor signed a bill on February 18, 2005 enacting a third District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District. The construction and remodeling of the courthouse is proceeding ahead of schedule, and it is our belief the facilities necessary for the newly authorized third judge will be functional and sufficient enough for the judge to take office on July 1, 2005. We continue to have success with Sandcastles. Recently, we were blessed with the opportunity to have Gary Neuman, the creator and founder of Sandcastles, come to Gillette. He trained and re-trained counselors who facilitate the program. This program requires parents who are going through a divorce to enroll their children ages six to seventeen in a three
and a half hour, one time group session 1,311 new files which consisted of 894 prior to the finalization of the divorce. civil cases, 37 adoption cases, 126 probate It provides a safe environment for the cases, 5 mental health cases, 169 criminal children to discuss issues that worry them cases and 122 juvenile cases. We collected and to ask questions. Parents are invited $142,483.80 funds disbursed to the and encouraged to attend the last half hour county treasurer; $9,907.50 disbursed to of the session in order for them to have a the state for automation fees; $54,025.38 better understanding of what their disbursed to victims comp; $25,605.28 children are feeling and to be able disbursed to public defender fees; to develop a closer relationship $9,192.70 to the Sheriff’s Office for with their children. incarceration fees; $95,297.04 The Clerk of Court also for garnishments; $52,050.00 summons jurors for District for alimony; $13,375.18 Campbell Court jury trials. Jurors are paid in property settlements, County Clerk at the rate of $30.00 per day $108,271.03 for restitution, of District plus mileage, and most trials and $800 disbursed to the Court are completed within three State for pro se packets. 500 S. Gillette Ave days. There was a total of 12 Planning a trip overseas? 682-3424 jury trials. Pick up a passport application The Clerk of Court filed at the Clerk of District Court
Office. Applications are processed by the Clerk’s Office and forwarded to the regional office in Seattle. Beginning March 8, 2005, all those applying for a U.S. passport must pay a passport “Security Surcharge” of $12.00, which will be collected in addition to the passport application fee. The security surcharge will fund multiple security enhancements in the U.S. passport. The $12.00 will be collected along with the regular passport application fee of $55.00 for those age 16 and older (total fee $67.00) and $40.00 for those under age 16 (total fee $52.00). The $30.00 execution fee collected by the county will remain the same. For expedited service the $60.00 “expedite fee” is collected.
The Campbell County Coroner’s Office in 2004 investigated 85 cases, down 4.5 % from 2003. Total statistics can be broken down by several categories including age, manner of death, gender and seat belt use. The following is a breakdown of the death investigations:
and time. I would like to thank my deputies Rita Mashak, Allen Todd, and Nikki Johnson for their help. All the personnel with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Gillette Police Department, the Campbell County Fire Department, Campbell County Memorial Hospital staff and EMS personnel, Dr. Woodward, Campbell County doctors and assistants, Wyoming H i g h w a y P a t r o l , Males Wyoming Females 55% Crime Lab 45% Personnel, Wyoming Division of
Criminal Investigations, the physicians from Forensic Pathology Consultants of Loveland, Colorado and Dr. Habbe from Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota. With out the assistance from all involved, we wouldn’t be able to provide the service to our citizens. Thanks again. Tom Eekhoff Coroner.
Manner of Death Natural 61 - steady Accidental 6 Traffic deaths 10 - down 16% Suicides 7 - up 40% Homicides 0 - down 100% SIDS 0 Undetermined 0
I’m sure there is going to be a of articles in this year’s Annual Report from all of the offices about moving to the new portion of the courthouse or expanding their offices in the existing courthouse. The Assessor’s Office will be moving into the new addition to the courthouse the first part of April. If you enter the courthouse from the main entrance from Gillette Avenue, our office will
AGE OF DEATH Ranged from 7 days to 95 years old.
0-20 – 3% 21-40 –11% 41-60 –26% 61-80 – 27% 81-100 –18%
Seat Belt use in traffic deaths 4/8 belted 4/8 unbelted 2 motorcycle - both helmeted I would like to thank all of the very valuable people who assist the Coroner’s Office in the performance of its duties. I greatly appreciate their assistance
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Campbell County Assessor’s Office 500 S. Gillette Ave 682-7266
be to the south (take a left when you get to the lobby). There will be signs and directions in the main lobby. The Assessor’s Office will have almost double the space in the new addition than we have now. The Mapping/Geographic Information System(GIS) Department will certainly appreciate their expanded office since they were so cramped in the old office. And speaking of mapping/GIS, we are coming along with our GIS technology. I’m certain that the GIS will be used by many county entities. The Assessor’s web page is progressing, too. 5
Campbell County Coroner's Office 600 W. Boxelder 687-6179
In the near future, our web page should be available for the public's use. We will have a press release when the web page is available. The income stream for Campbell County looks bright. As you can see, there is growth in the County everywhere. I expect to see another record year for the assessed valuation, as oil, gas and coal will be at an all-time high. Stop and see our new offices. We will be glad to give you a tour.
Responsibilities in the Treasurer’s office include the licensing of motor vehicles, the collection of sales tax, the collection of property taxes, the distribution of revenues received to the proper entities, the accounting of the revenues and disbursements, the registration of mobile machinery, the movement of mobile homes, and the payment of bonds issue for the hospital, the school, and the county. Shirley Study was re-elected as Campbell County Treasurer in 2002 and will continue to employ 13 full-time employees who share the responsibilities of the office. By the end of June 2004, our office collected and distributed $224,247,539 to various governmental entities. The distribution of these funds is dictated by Wyoming Statutes. Effective July 1, 2003, Wyoming statutes provide for a new firefighter’s license plate. A firefighter employed by the city, county, state or duly created
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the Campbell County Rockpile Museum. The Museum first opened in July, 1974 when the County was in the midst of a coal and oil fired energy boom. The result of a private/government partnership, the Rockpile has grown steadily through the years. The original building has been added to several times and two historic structures, the homestead cabin and the school house moved to the museum site. At first, the Museum was only open in the summer months, but as attendance increased, it became a year round operation. This past summer, in July, over a thousand guests came to the Museum’s celebration and enjoyed buffalo barbeque craft demonstrations and oldfashioned music. Children have the opportunity to try
15, 2009. To date the state has issued refunds. Applications can be turned 647 firefighter plates. into our office or mailed to the State The County Treasurer’s Office has a of Wyoming. The applications must temporary worker decal that went into be received by the second Monday in effect January 1, 2004. It is provided May, and refunds are issued in August. for temporary workers employed in This year the state issued refunds to 13 the state for less than 90 days. These Campbell County residents, for a total can be issued on cars, pickups, motor of $2,534.93. homes, motorcycles, trailers, and house Upon completion of the courthouse trailers. They cannot be issued for addition, remodeling of the existing commercial vehicles. The decals are building will begin, which includes good for 90 days and the fee is $35.00. the Treasurer’s Office. Our office No person shall be issued will expand into what is currently more than one decal in a 12 the County Assessor’s Office. This expansion should handle month period. any future growth needed to W.S. 39-13-109 which accommodate our customers. deals with property tax The employees of the relief was extended Campbell Campbell County Treasurer’s again in the legislature County Office will continue to strive through 2008. The Treasurer’s Office to serve their customers State of Wyoming now 500 S. Gillette Ave with efficient and friendly handles the review of 682-7268 service throughout the year the applications and to come. the issuance of the
fire protection district or a volunteer firefighter as defined by W.S. 359-601 may apply for the distinctive license plates for any motor vehicle owned by him upon registration of the vehicle. If the firefighter became a member of a bona fide fire department after January 1, 1995, he shall have a minimum of one (1) year service with the fire department and be firefighter one certified or engine boss wildfire certified in order to apply for the license plate. The fire chief or his designated assistant shall sign a written statement that the applicant is eligible to obtain the license plate. Application forms for the plate shall be available at the county treasurer’s office. Unless one thousand (1,000) license plates are issued before December 31, 2008, the plate shall be eliminated from production and the department of transportation shall report the cessation of production to the legislature not later than January
their hand at gold panning and roping. The Museum introduced a new program in 2004A Day in a Pioneer School. Students dress in period-style clothing and get to experience a 1890’s school, including writing on a slate board, wearing a dunce cap, and using reproduction textbooks from the turn of the century.
In November, the Museum presented its Ninth annual Native American Artifact Show. Collectors brought their collections of stone points, scrapers and blades to share with other hobbyists and the public.
A crowd waits to start the hike to the top of the Pumpkin Buttes. The Rockpile Museum Association sponsored a day trip to the historic Pumpkin Buttes. A group of hardy folks from Campbell and Johnson Counties enjoyed a picnic lunch, courtesy of the Association, and a brisk climb to the top of the Buttes for breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Another highpoint of the year was the presentation of a Smithsonian traveling exhibition Barn Again. The exhibit explored the history of barns and how many have been restored or adapted for new uses. As part of the project, the Rockpile compiled a database of local barns. The database includes photographs, oral histories and other information. The database has been reproduced as a computer screen saver and is available for purchase at the Museum. The Museum intends to continue 6
history is central to the mission of the Rockpile Museum in 2004. This past year we added a variety of items to the collection, ranging from a adding historic structures to the database and welcomes classic Atwater Kent Radio to suggestions of suitable an oil painting by local artist structures for the project. J.W. Benson. Elderhostael–Each year the Barn Again opened with a well-attended old fashioned Rockpile Museum hosts a series barn dance in the Rockpile’s of educational experiences Implement building. The focusing on local topics. museum offered local folks The events, normally a week the opportunity to find out long, are completely revenue if that old what-not in the supported and designed for attic was trash or treasure in mature participants and draw a home spun version of the people from all over the country. Antique Road Show. Volunteer Planned for the coming year is “There’s More Than Gold experts in general antiques, in Them Thar Hills,” “Little furniture, coins, tools, House on the Prairie,” fishing gear, railroad “If I Could Turn collectibles offered their Back Time,” “Cattle opinions of the value of and Conflict- The Campbell an amazing variety of Basque Experience things. We had musical County in Wyoming,” instruments, glassware, Rockpile and Discover Pretools, cowboy artifacts Museum Historic Wyoming: and lots of just plain 912 W 2nd Fish, Shark, Fern 682-5723 stuff. Collecting the and Dinosaur. artifacts of local
“We keep moving for forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” — Walt Disney
In 2004... • 23,528 Campbell County citizens, including almost 1,500 in Wright, have library cards. • On average, your libraries combined, serve 38 patrons per hour and answer 29 questions per hour. • Your libraries hold a collection of 157,143 items that have circulated 366,695 over the past year. This is a 6% increase in Gillette and a 36% increase in Wright. • CCPL and WBL patrons are staying in touch with their world with help from their libraries. Computer/internet use and library database use both have seen significant increases in 2004. • CCPLS has become a vital source of information for local and non-local citizens as seen by a 52% increase in the use of your library’s home page. • Your libraries are reaching out to the local community by providing library services to homebound citizens nearly 2,000 times last year -- a 21% increase. • Your libraries are a community meeting place. 21,192 citizens attended 526 programs and meeting room useage at both libraries is ever increasing.
campbell county public library 2101 South 4J Road • Gillette, WY 82718 • (307) 687-0009 wright branch library 305 Wright Boulevard • Wright, WY 82732 • (307) 464-0500 library board of trustees Sandra Hunter, Chairwoman Christine Parrvano Engel, Vice Chairwoman Nancy Squair, Treasurer • Bill Carson, Member • Dale Belden, Member county commission liaison • Roy Edwards library director • Patty Myers
To the community... Your libraries in Gillette and Wright are ever changing in order to continue to serve our communities with excellent customer service, cutting-edge technology and opportunities for all our patrons to learn and grow. We are able to do so because of a dedicated, hardworking staff, and a core of outstanding volunteers. Some highlights of 2004 include: • The introduction of a new library director. • Remodeling in Gillette: Lobby restrooms were remodeled to meet ADA regulations. Basement remodeling created a new Young Adult Department, a computer lab, and additional staff work space. An elevator was installed so that patrons can easily access the new space. • Programs and displays in Gillette and Wright were held in support of the Smithsonian’s Barn Again! exhibit on display in the fall of 2004 at Gillette’s Rockpile Museum. • Booksales hosted in Gillette and Wright by The Library Foundation, Inc. raised record-breaking proceeds to support library services. 2004 was a year of change at Campbell County Public Library System. 2005 promises more of the same as we move down new paths. Come along on our adventure. We look forward to traveling with you.
by Jeani L. Stone, Campbell County & Prosecuting Attorney The County Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of criminal offenses occurring in Campbell County and represents and advises the various county entities in civil matters. The County Attorney’s Office is located in the basement of the Courthouse.
Bill Eichelberger, Carol Seeger, Bill Edelman, Jack Sundquist, Jeani Stone, Charlene Edwards, Stephanine Turner & Wendy Barlett
The Campbell County Attorney is Jeani Stone and the Chief Deputy Attorney is Bill Edelman. Jack Sundquist, John Lake, Charlene Edwards, Carol Seeger, Ken DeCock, Stephanie Turner, Bill Eichelberger and Wendy Bartlett served as Deputy County & Prosecuting Attorneys during 2004. Support staff included Myrna Clark, Lyla Fevold, Jessica DeMott, Toni Ellis, Carolyn Waldrop, Sandy Dewey, Dalene McGovern, Sherry Oler, Debra Jennings, Jackie Adair, Patty Johnson, Lorene Stricker and Jill Hampleman. The Crime Victim Office was staffed by Cherilyn Thompson and Jody Ewing. The County Attorney’s Office was also responsible for supervising the Adult Drug Court Program, until recently, when an Adult Drug Court Board was created and now operates under the direction of the Board. The Adult Drug Court staff included Kathy Williams, Coordinator; Doug Marler, Drug Court Clerk; and Jon Mau, Drug Court Case Manager. The County Attorney’s Office supervises the Juvenile Diversion and Early Age Intervention Programs. The Juvenile Diversion Office staff consisted of Diversion Officers Deputy Gene Ferrin, Deputy Tom Walker, Deputy Dennis Brown, Lisa Gray, and Erica Dove. The Early Age Intervention staff consisted of Bryon Lee, Jimmy Hilliard, and Officer Bill Elger. Teresa Kirkpatrick served as the two programs’ secretary. 2004 STATISTICS During 2004, the office prosecuted 187 felony offenders, who were charged with 601 felony counts. The Deputy County Attorneys assigned to District Court had seven jury trials, up one from the previous year. In addition the felony attorneys filed 78 probation revocation proceedings, with 44 of those resulting in sentences to the Wyoming State Penitenitary. In addition, there were 9,464 misdemeanor offenses in 2004, an increase from the previous year by roughly 3,100 offenses. Of the 9,464 misdemeanor offenses, 7,606 were traffic related. There were 447 individuals charged with Driving While Under the Influence, an increase from the year previous of 391. The Deputy County Attorneys assigned to Circuit Court participated in five jury trials. There were 177 new Juvenile Court cases in 2004, a decrease of 26 from the previous year. Of the 177 new juvenile cases, 71 were for delinquency, nineteen for child in need of supervision, 33 for neglect, 41 for probation revocations, and thirteen contempt of courts.
from the year previously. Wendy Bartlett, Stephanie Turner, and Ken DeCock assisted in the prosecution of individuals with Driving Under the Influence charges. In an effort to be proactive in the area of alcohol abuse, a presentation was given in July, 2004, during the National High School Finals Rodeo, entitled “From Their Side of the Fence: The Aftermath of Drinking and Driving.” Gillette’s Debbie McLeland and convicted felon Clint Haskins presented to a sold-out audience at the Heritage Center the aftermath of drinking and driving. The presentation was coordinated by Jeani Stone, Campbell County Attorney, the Coalition Promoting a Drug-Free Community and the Wyoming State Penitentiary Outreach Program. In October, 2004, Students Without Alcohol and Tobacco (SWAT) Team successfully advocated to the Gillette City Council, passing an ordinance requiring liquor stores to track beer keg registrations in the City. Such ordinance provides needed information in the successful prosecution of stores or individuals who provide alcohol to minors. VIOLENT OFFENSES In April 2004 Nicholas Carlson was convicted by jury for felony aggravated assault after threatening a woman with an ax and numerous knives following a jury trial conviction by Deputy Attorney Jack Sundquist. Carlson received a sentence of two to seven years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary. In August 2004, Daniel Ross was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegations of dragging Deputy Keith Graves following a traffic stop. Trial is pending in this matter. In August, 2004, Russell Martin was charged with attempted murder for allegedly hitting his wife in the head with a hammer. Trial is pending in this matter. SEXUAL ASSAULTS, SEXUAL OFFENDERS & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Sexual assaults were prevalent during 2004. During 2004, 21 defendants were charged with first, second or third degree sexual assaults. Of the 21 defendants, six of the defendants were charged in juvenile court. There was one adult first-degree sexual assault, three adult seconddegree sexual assaults, and ten adult thirddegree sexual assaults. There were two juvenile court defendants charged with first-degree sexual assaults, and four juvenile court second degree sexual assaults. The County Attorney’s Office prosecuted eight adults for indecent liberties and one juvenile for indecent liberties. There was one charged with incest and two defendants charged with sexual battery. In February 2004, the Wyoming Supreme Court, remanded for a new trial, a case involving Alvin Hannon, who had previously been convicted of two second-degree, two thirddegree and one attempted third-degree sexual assaults in 2002. The Wyoming Supreme Court stated that a new trial was warranted as Hannon had been denied an opportunity to cross-examine the victim and stated that Hannon should have been allowed to present an expert witness. Hannon subsequently pled to five counts of felony third degree sexual assault, and was sentenced to 50 to 75 years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary, resulting in Hannon’s incarceration for the remainder of his life. Donald Rabuck was successfully prosecuted
The Civil Department continued to be busy, advising the various county entities, collecting delinquent taxes, and handling involuntary commitment proceedings. METHAMPHETAMINE & DRUG-RELATED ACTIVITY With the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse in Campbell County, the courts and Campbell County Attorney’s Office were overwhelmed with the devastating toll those substances have upon this community. During 2004, one methamphetamine lab was discovered in Campbell County and three in Sheridan with the work of the Northeast Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation. As a result of Bill Edelman’s appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, over 25 defendants have been convicted federally for drug-related offenses. This appointment allows the County Attorney’s Office to provide valuable input and assistance in the prosecution of federal cases. The County Attorney’s Office prosecuted cases during 2004, which involved local law enforcement seizing over 31,072 grams of marijuana, and 482 grams of methamphetamine. During 2004, Jeani Stone, Campbell County Attorney, and Representative George McMurtrey successfully passed legislation that increased the penalties for use of a controlled substance from ninety days to six months. In addition, the new law provides that individuals who have been convicted in any other state for two prior misdemeanors may be prosecuted as a felony on a third, which had previously been only convictions in the state of Wyoming. With the Drug-Endangered Child criminal statute taking effect in July, 2004, four individuals were prosecuted under this new criminal offense where they placed children in the presence of methamphetamine. Through collaboration with local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Family Services, both criminal and neglect petitions have been filed on parents who place their children in homes and vehicles with methamphetamine. Jeani Stone serves as a member of the Coalition Promoting a Drug-Free Community. In October 2004, the Coalition brought Susan Webber-Brown, a Drug-Endangered Child Expert, to Campbell County, and provided training to over 200 professionals in the area of drug- endangered children. In addition, the Coalition sponsored Campbell County’s First Annual Red Ribbon Week, a National Anti-Drug Awareness Campaign and with the help of Chris Yager, printed a newspaper insert outlining the County’s drug and alcohol problem and community resources. The Coalition presented community forums on various drug-related topics, including Detective Steve Hamilton and Deputy Quentin Reynolds of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, presenting on the effects of methamphetamine and on the dangers of marijuana and other substance abuse. ALCOHOL ABUSE & THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE RESPONSE Alcohol abuse led to devastating consequences in Campbell County in 2004. An estimated 80% of the cases prosecuted by the office involved either alcohol or controlled substance use at the time of the offense. In addition, in 2004, 447 Driving While Under the Influences charges were handled by the County Attorney’s Office, compared to 392 in 2003, an increase of 56
for felony indecent liberties with minors for videotaping two teenage girls. Rabuck received a 2-5 year sentence. Deputy Attorney Jack Sundquist successfully argued that videotaping young victims in a state of undress constitute felony indecent liberties at the District Court level. Rabuck has appealed the issue to the Wyoming State Supreme Court for consideration, and the decision is pending. In addition, Charles Badwound pled guilty to second degree sexual assault and received a five to fifteen year sentence to the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Kyle Morris pled guilty to second degree sexual assault and three other teens were handled in Juvenile Court for actions taken by them against a female. Morris received 30 to 80 months. In June 2004, the Campbell County Sexual Assault Response Team provided training to seventeen nurses in the area of forensic nursing. Jeani Stone, Bill Edelman, and Jody Ewing serve the County Attorney’s Office representatives on the Sexual Assault Response Team, which formed in 2002. John Lake and William Eichelberger, Deputy County & Prosecuting Attorneys, were responsible for sex offender assessments and classifying 12 sex offenders residing in Campbell County in 2004, as to their risk of re-offending, either low, moderate or high. Of the 12 offenders rated in 2004, 6 were rated low risk for reoffense, 4 moderate, and 2 high. In addition, 13 other risk determination assessments are pending. Overall, there have been 76 offenders rated and residing in Campbell County, of which 7 have been rated as a high risk for re-offense, 22 as moderate and 47 rated low. 2004 domestic violence reports in Campbell County remain the third highest in the state, similar to 2003, behind Laramie and Natrona counties. In 2004, 235 domestic violence victims were served by the County Attorney’s Office. Ken DeCock, Wendy Bartlett and Stephanie Turner were the Deputy County Attorneys primarily responsible for the successful prosecution of domestic violence. Domestic violence dismissal rates were kept at a minimum, with the office maintaining a 22% dismissal rate, comparable to previous years. CRIME VICTIM OFFICE Jody Ewing and Cherilyn Thompson, Crime Victim Witness Coordinators of the County Attorney’s Office were responsible for assisting victims and witnesses throughout the criminal justice process. In addition, Jody and Cherilyn were instrumental in collecting restitution information from victims of criminal acts. The Circuit and District Court continue to enforce and collect restitution orders for victims. JUVENILE CASES Charlene Edwards and Jeani Stone prosecuted juvenile cases in 2004. Juvenile court cases involve neglected and delinquent children and children in need of supervision. There were 177 juvenile cases that proceeded in juvenile court, compared to 203 the year prior. Of those, 71 were delinquent children, 19 children in need of supervision, 33 neglect proceedings, 41 revocation proceedings and 13 contempt of court proceedings. Although the number of cases in juvenile court were fewer overall than the year previous, neglect cases doubled from the year previously. Court ordered treatment, counseling, probation, community service and the importance of education are
emphasized in juvenile court. Neglect cases resulting from parents under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, or who have exposed their children to the potentially fatal ingredients in methamphetamine continued to be prevalent in 2004. Charlene and Jeani actively participated on the community Child Protection Team coordinating efforts to provide services for at-risk families and juveniles. In April 2004, Jeani Stone presented to the Campbell County School Board the benefits of coordinating between the two entities in handling students who were facing expulsion/suspension from school and potential criminal offenses or habitual truancies. Since that time, through coordinated efforts, a number of students have remained in public school or been placed in the Day Treatment Program to meet their educational needs, while receiving services through juvenile court. In May 2004, Deputy Attorney Charlene Edwards, was honored by the Department of Family Services as one of eleven around the state for her efforts in working with juveniles. In addition, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department’s Quentin Reynolds was named as Wyoming’s DARE Officer of the Year. CIVIL DEPARTMENT Carol Seeger, Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney, handled the majority of civil issues for the County Attorney’s Office. The Civil Department was particularly busy during 2004, advising the County Commission on issues ranging from the expansion of Force Road, status of Gold Road, the legalities of the proposed lodging and capital facilities tax, the sale of the County airplane, procedures for service improvement districts, appeals involving assessed valuation of two coal mines, maintaining the counties’ tax interest following Redstone Resources’ bankruptcy, and the legalities of the issuance of bonds to the Two Elks project. Carol obtained judgments on behalf of the Campbell County Treasurer, Shirley Study, in the amount of $101,317 against individuals with delinquent taxes. Carol also handled 57 Title 25 involuntary commitment cases involving individuals who were suffering from a mental illness who posed a danger to themselves or others, and who required court-ordered treatment. Seeger began work on changes to the county zoning regulations at the request of the Campbell County Commissioners. In addition, the Campbell County land use plan has been a topic of discussion during 2004. In May 2004, the legality of video bingo machines came under legal scrutiny and in January, 2005, a Laramie County District Court Judge ruled that video bingo machines constituted gambling and were illegal under state law. As a result, the County Attorney’s Office took measures to shut down video bingo establishments in Campbell County. COMMITMENT TO THE SYSTEM The County Attorney’s Office actively participates on the Sexual Assault Response Team, Child Protection Team, Adult Drug Court, Juvenile & Family Drug Court, Child Support Authority Board, Campbell County Community Corrections Board, Underage Drinking Coalition, and Coalition Promoting a Drug-Free
Community, to name a few. COLLABORATION OF EFFORTS During 2004, several agencies have assisted the Campbell County Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of criminal offenses. The Campbell County Attorney’s Office acknowledges the cooperation and excellent job done by the Gillette Police Department, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Division of Criminal Investigation, Campbell County Fire Department, and the Department of Family Services in the investigation of cases and assistance given to the County Attorney’s Office. Special thanks goes to Former Police Chief Ric Paul, who retired in December 2004, after serving the Gillette Police Department for 30 years. Richard Adriaens was named as Paul’s successor in 2005. ADULT DRUG DRUG COURT COURT SCREENING The staff of the As of Dec. 31, 2003 Adult Drug Court is funded through • 5,411 individuals have been screened federal and state not eligible for the grants. It began in • 4,665 program (for whatever February 2002 and reason) since its inception • 746 met the criteria to participate has screened 5,411 • 61 have been admitted clients of which 20 are still active in the program 746 clients were 11 were active in the program eligible. • program but failed & 61 clients have “dropped out” been accepted into • 30 have graduated the program, with 30 successfully completing the program. Of the 30 graduates, two of them have been rearrested for a drug or alcohol related offense. Of those who did not elect to participate in the program, 54% had an additional arrest following their screening for the program. The Adult Drug Court is a court-sponsored intensive, supervised rehabilitation program that provides an alternative to traditional incarceration and sentencing. Drug courts integrate alcohol and substance abuse treatment with the criminal justice system. The program utilizes a residential facility, intensive supervised probation, electronic monitoring, regular drug and alcohol testing and a comprehensive counseling component to address the underlying causes of alcohol and substance abuse. Participants are required to attend Court regularly where they are held accountable by the judge. Positive behaviors are rewarded, while relapses are dealt with quickly and effectively through the court system. The program deals with all aspects of an offender’s life, including mental health, family and employment, with the hope of modifying the offender’s behavior and reducing recidivism of alcohol and substance abuse offenses. All participants are gainfully employed and contribute to the cost of the program. Campbell County Adult Drug Court is unique in that it deals with both misdemeanor and felony offenses, including Driving While Under the Influence and Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substances.
Jon Mau, Kathy Williams & Doug Marler
JUVENILE DIVERSION & EARLY AGE INTERVENTION PROGRAM The Juvenile Diversion Program’s mission statement is to turn mistakes made by first time juvenile offenders into an educational opportunity and decrease recidivism of criminal activity. The Juvenile Diversion Program focuses on modifying a juvenile offender’s thinking patterns, curtail their criminal activity, improve school performance, improve parent/child communication, boost self- esteem and encourage positive decision making. The Program offers juveniles a record of no conviction if they complete the six to twelve month probation program under the supervision of the Diversion Officers.
Jeani Stone, Campbell County Attorney, Tom Walker,Erica Dove, Gene Ferrin, Connie Scigliano,& Teresa Kirkpatrick
The Juvenile Diversion Team consisted of Diversion Officers Deputy Gene Ferrin, Deputy Tom Walker, and Deputy Dennis Brown of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Lisa Gray and Erica Dove. Bryon Lee, Jimmy Hilliard, and Officer Bill Elger served as the Early Age Intervention Officer. Teresa Kirkpatrick served as the Data Entry Clerk. Connie Scigliano is the Community Service Supervisor who works closely with these two programs. In July 2004, the City of Gillette approved adding two City Police Officers to the Juvenile Diversion Program. To be accepted into the Juvenile Diversion Program, juveniles must meet eligibility requirements and complete a screening process. Youth who have not been convicted of a previous crime and who otherwise qualify for the program must submit to random drug and alcohol testing, maintain a curfew, complete a corrective thinking course, community service, maintain good grades, and often times seek outside counseling services. Statistics revealed that since the program’s inception in September 1999 through December 2004, 2,247 juveniles have been screened. Of those, the program has admitted 573 juveniles. In 2004, 112 juveniles participated in the program, with 68 juveniles completing, 13 failing, and 31 juveniles still in the program. The Juvenile Diversion Program has a 93 percent success rate for juveniles successfully completing the program. Of the 35 juveniles who failed juvenile diversion in 2003 and 2004, 60% of them failed due to drug or alcohol use while on the program and 40% failed due to not complying with program rules or committing a new criminal
offense. The Diversion Program utilizes corrective thinking, a theory based on Dr. Stanton Samenow, which focuses on decision making skills within youth and retraining the thinking process of youth to hold “themselves” more accountable for their actions. We have had great success with these classes as the recidivism rates of youth on Diversion in the last six months have decreased. The Juvenile Diversion Program is currently in its fourth year of operation and is seeing remarkable gains in changing criminal thinking and reducing recidivism. The Diversion Officers’ backgrounds are unique to many other programs in the United States as ours has both members of law enforcement and those trained in counseling. A key component of the program is to improve communication within the family. After completing the Diversion Program, over 75% of the participants believed that the Juvenile Diversion Program helped to improve communication among family members. In addition, education and maintaining grades are emphasized and improved following the corrective thinking class and the diversion program. EARLY AGE INTERVENTION In addition to the Diversion Program, an Early Age Intervention component is also available to youth 5-12 years of age, who are experiencing difficulty in school and are exhibiting disruptive behaviors. The program focuses on parenting, anger management, conflict resolution, and self esteem. Youth do not have to be involved in the court system to benefit from the services of the Early Age Intervention Program.
Connie Scigliano, Jimmy Hilliard, Bill Elger, Jeani Stone and Teresa Kirkpatrick
The Early Age Intervention Program encourages parents to attend parenting classes and counseling with their child. Contact with the school, siblings and parents is a key component of the program. Involvement in community activities is explored. During the past year, the number of youth serviced by the Early Age Intervention Officer has increased significantly. The Early Age Intervention Program serviced 61 youth and their families since the inception of the Early Age program. Twenty-five juveniles were admitted to the program in 2004. Six juveniles failed to complete the program. The program has had a 90 percent success rate for juveniles successfully completing. The City of Gillette agreed to fund two officers to the Juvenile Diversion and Early Age Intervention Programs beginning in July 2004. Both Juvenile Diversion and Early Age Intervention Programs work closely with the Campbell County School District, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Gillette Police Department, and the Campbell County Attorney’s Office.
HOMELAND SECURITY Since the establishment of the federal and state Departments of Homeland Security, the Sheriff’s Office has worked alongside other county agencies toward the goal of improving local ability to respond to Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents. The Sheriff’s Office currently staffs the only Hazardous Device Unit (bomb squad) in the northeast corner of Wyoming. By utilizing Homeland Security grant funds, we have significantly increased our capabilities to respond to a Hazardous Device incident by acquiring important specialized equipment. These equipment acquisitions included: New protective suit for bomb technician, Device disrupter systems, Hook and line kits for remote device access/retrieval, Hazardous Device Unit equipment trailer and tow vehicle. In addition to the above items, we will take delivery of a bomb robot in February 2005. The robot will allow bomb technicians to access devices by remote control, and will significantly reduce the exposure of personnel to these devices.
Possession Marijuana-Misdemeanor With intent to deliver controlled substance Controlled Substance without Prescription Amphetamine/Stimulant Marijuana-Felony Cocaine
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County (553 students), has or will participate in a follow-up program with officers visiting them at school. In 2004, Deputy Quentin Reynolds was voted “Wyoming D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.” This award is the highest honor given to a D.A.R.E. officer in Wyoming. Additionally, Undersheriff Scott Matheny received the “Wyoming D.A.R.E. Administrator of the Year” award.
Obtain Prescription Fraud
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
Use/Under Influence of Drugs
Conspire/Deliver Controlled Substance
Unlawful Clandestine Lab Operation
The Department and County have a great reputation for support of the National Guard and Reserves. Extended deployments of our personnel create unique challenges. When County employees are mobilized, others must step into their positions and assume extra duties and responsibilities. We are very proud of all our employees that contributed both at home and abroad. Four Sheriff’s Office personnel were deployed with their national guard units in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism during 2004. Army Captain Teresa A. Oedekoven returned in May after a one year deployment with the 4th Infantry Division. Senior Airman Bill Ashton returned in October after a ten week deployment with the Wyoming Air National Guard. Command Sergeant Major Gregory A. Bennick and Sergeant First Class Thomas F. Walker returned in December after a one year deployment with the 115th Field Artillery Brigade. As the war on terror continues, it is very likely that these employees and others will be mobilized for active duty again.
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DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION (D.A.R.E.) The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its efforts in educating elementary and jr. high students in Campbell County about the dangers and effects of drug use. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community that offers an educational program in the classroom designed to prevent or reduce drug abuse among children and youth. Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has seven deputies involved with the program. As the only agency in Campbell County currently teaching D.A.R.E., the sheriff’s deputies are teaching the program in the school district’s fifteen elementary schools and its three jr. high schools.
CAMPBELL COUNTY DETENTION CENTER The Campbell County Detention Center is a 128-bed facility. The facility consists of 14 cell blocks. Each cell block houses up to 16 inmates in individual cells and contains a communal day room. The day room gives the inmates the opportunity to watch television and make telephone calls. It is also where the inmates eat their meals. The cell blocks surround centrally located observation towers where detention officers are posted 24 hours a day.
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT All Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies are responsible for traffic enforcement. Because calls for service and other duties often limit the time available for this aspect of the job, the Sheriff’s Office assigned a deputy to fulltime traffic enforcement in 2004. The traffic enforcement deputy focused on high traffic areas and times and, also, on areas where the most frequent citizen traffic complaints occur. This assignment was a success, and will continue in 2005.
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT OFFICER STATISTICS TrafÞc Stops
By the end of the 2004-2005 school year, 595 sixth-grade students are expected to graduate from the D.A.R.E. program. The children will have learned a decision making model and developed skills to help them resist the pressures that influence them to use controlled substances. Upon graduation from the program, each student will receive a diploma CCSO DISPATCH CENTER and a D.A.R.E. t-shirt. TYPE OF ACTIVITY 2001 2002 Additionally, all elementary students will have ongoing Non-Emergency Calls 66,928 81,679 visitations from their 911 Calls 5,944 6,053 D.A.R.E. officers. Also as Cell Phone 911 Calls 6,301 6,448 part of the program, every 79,173 94,180 seventh grader in Campbell Total Phone Calls 10
In 2004, the average daily inmate population at the Detention Center was 95 inmates. During the same period the facility housed an average of four juveniles per day. When the facility is at maximum capacity, the average cost per day per prisoner is $101.56. The average cost for meals is $1.39 per person, per day accounting for a food budget of $13,676.28 per month. Also in 2004 the U.S. Marshall Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Wyoming Department of Education inspected the Campbell County Detention Center. The Detention Center received positive ratings in each inspection.
COMPLETION OF REMODELING PROJECT When the Detention Center was originally built in 1985, it was designed as a 101 inmate bed facility. Due to the rise in average daily inmate population to 100 by 2002, the Detention Center began a remodeling project intended to meet the increasing bed space needs. The first phase of the construction project increased bed space to 117 beds and was completed in March of 2003. May of 2004 saw the completion of the second phase of the Detention Center’s remodeling project, adding 11 additional housing units. The Detention Center now has the capacity to hold 128 inmates. In addition to increasing bed space, the phase two construction project provided additional space for a law library, a multipurpose room, administrative offices, attorney rooms and a commissary room. The newly remodeled Detention Center is technologically state-of-the-art. The design uses the latest in jail management software making inmate information easily accessible and manageable. Fingerprinting is now performed using a Livescan Ten printer that electronically transmits fingerprints to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The facility’s security system (which includes door controls, intercoms, and closed circuit television cameras) operates on single touch screen computer monitors. This system is simple, secure and highly efficient.
2004 FACTS AT A GLANCE Animal Control Calls for Service ............................... 1,563 Busiest Day of Week ........... Thursday Busiest Subdivision ................ Mohan Speeding Tickets ......................... 632 DWUI .......................................... 218 Minor Possession of Alcohol........ 169 Driving W/Suspended License .... 307 Total Citations Issued ............... 2,837 Jail: Booked Adult Females.......... 562 Jail: Booked Adult Males .......... 2,195 Total Responses to Calls for Service .................... 10,900 Town of Wright Calls for Service .................................. 641 Warrants Served ....................... 1,449
“Fair and More in 2004” was the theme for the Campbell County Fair this past year. Fair week kicked off with a dynamic concert by Trick Pony with special guest, Dustin Evans, opening the evening. The rest of the week was jam-packed with livestock shows and 4-H and FFA kids exhibiting their projects in Energy Hall along with Open son, Wes, roved the Class projects. Danny Hooper returned as our Free grounds with his ventriloquism act. Extreme Air performed trampoline Stage entertainment. and highfall entertainment and Jules Danny is one of the Ross, mime, strolled the grounds most popular bands in with his humorous antics. Bill this region. His classic Crowley returned this year to country sounds and perform his magic on his sketch Campbell hilarious stage show pad, producing wonderful County entertained all ages. caricatures of fairgoers. The Fair Board Michael Mezmer, ever-popular petting zoo was 1635 Reata Drive hypnotist, was a 687-0200 back to give kids a hands-on great hit in the free experience with some domestic stage. Michael’s
animals. Other events included the Coal Country Fiddle Contest, youth rodeo, jackpot rodeo and team penning. The week ended with a free Neighborhood Barbecue, sponsored by the methane producers coalition to kick off the Energy Town Pro Rodeo, which was held on Friday and Saturday nights. The rodeo featured some of the top cowboys in the country going up against the great Burch Rodeo stock. Livestock exhibit numbers were up from last year. The livestock sale totaled $280,497 compared to $246,049 in 2003, thanks to the great
supporters in Campbell County. Plans are well under way for the 2005 Fair. The dates will be August 2 - 7, 2005. We hope to add a couple of new events, so make plans to attend the Campbell County Fair - 2005!!
The Campbell County Health Department, Division of Public Health Nursing Service provides direct services in the areas of communicable disease, prevention, and health promotion; maternal and child health; pre-admission screening for nursing home placement; and home health care for all ages. It is also the local provider for many Wyoming Department of Health programs. Most services are provided free or at a reduced rate. Some of the services are funded by grants or contracts. All funds received are deposited to the county treasurer toward the annual budget. Services provided are categorized into specific programs. Following is a summary of those programs:
This program provides skilled nursing service and personal care to the individual in a home setting under physician order. Public Health is no longer certified by Medicare and Medicaid as a home health agency, but is a licensed home health agency through the Wyoming Department of Health.
This includes all community activities not directly associated with specific programs, such as: • general education programs regarding services provided by Public Health • participation in meetings and other community groups and activities • telephone calls, information and referral to other agencies and services • other activities and services, as needed. Continuing education for the staff is also a part of this program.
ADULT HEALTH: Nursing care of the chronic and/or stable adult in the home, office or clinic setting. This includes the various adult clinics, home or office visits under physician order, and special grant and contract programs. Personal care by the Home Health Aide may be included in the plan of care. Staff provided 2,383 home visits and 926 other setting visits in Fiscal Year 2003-2004.
MATERNAL/CHILD AND FAMILY: This program offers services to the mother before, during and after pregnancy, care of the infant to 12 months, the child and support to the parents. This program includes home and office visits for the infant and parents, referral to
appropriate state and local agencies. It also includes the Best Beginnings and presumptive eligibility programs, providing services as the nurse to the Children’s Developmental Center, the Nurse Family Partnership Program, Welcome Home visits, Children’s Special Health Program and numerous other services. There were 2,005 home visits and 751 visits in other settings made in Fiscal Year 2003-2004.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE: Services for the prevention of diseases and promotion of health. This program includes all immunization clinics, including infant, child and adult immunization, flu and pneumonia clinics, world travel immunization and any special immunization clinics. It also includes the throat culture program, HIV testing and counseling, communicable disease follow-up and referral. During Fiscal Year 2003-2004, 1,958 throat cultures were sent to the state lab, 251 people obtained HIV testing and counseling, and 12,361 individuals received 16,186 immunizations, including 7,292 flu immunizations. World travel immunizations Campbell County were administered to Health Department 173 individuals and Division of Public 1,016 tuberculosis Health Nursing skin tests were Service administered. 416 W. Juniper Lane 682-7275
LONG TERM 101: This is preadmission review for the long-term care facility and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid functional assessment for eligibility. One hundred twenty six home visits, 194 visits in other settings for Long Term Care assessments and 428 HCBS visits for skilled nursing and personal care were made in this year. Clinics and classes: Adult Health had 1,529 participants, Communicable diseases had 14,130 participants, Maternal and Child health had 146 participants and the office drop-in clinic had 3,268 participants.
COUNTER-TERRORISM AND ALL HAZARDS RESPONSE: This program was added in January 2003; prior to that time all terrorism-related education and activities were included in the miscellaneous programs. Staff also attended education programs and participated in committees related to terrorism and hazards. July 2004, a Public Health Preparedness and Response Coordinator was hired through a Homeland Security Grant.
WOMEN, INFANTS, & CHILDREN (WIC): This program is contracted with the Wyoming Department of Health to provide nutrition counseling, and supplemental food packages to eligible clients. Pregnant, breast feeding or postpartum mothers, infants and children up to age five who meet nutritional, health and financial criteria are eligible for these services. Outreach clinics were provided in Sundance and Hulett. The active enrollment on 10/04 was 1,063 before the transfer of the outreach clinics to Weston County WIC. The Campbell County active enrollment as of 11/04 is 977 individuals. This program is staffed by a supervising nutritionist, who is also a registered dietitian, a part time nurse, and an office manager. The agency is governed by the Campbell County Board of Health. The nursing policies of the agency are reviewed and approved by the Professional Advisory Committee, including the county Health Officer.
The University of Wyoming Campbell County Extension Service provides educational information and programs in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H and Youth, Horticulture, Cent$ible Nutrition and Economic Development. The Campbell County Extension Office is located at 1000 S. Douglas Highway, next to the County Recreation Center. Janet Thompson, Horticulture Program Coordinator, reports that the Campbell County Master Gardeners had another successful year with the Community Garden. There are 55 plots, and all were filled, with many gardeners selling produce at the Farmer’s Market. Plot holders enjoyed the fellowship and friendship made with other gardeners. Each plot holder has a Master Gardener assigned to their specific plot. The Master Gardeners who volunteer in the Community Garden provide valuable advice for plot holders. Once a month meetings are held in June, July, August, and September and are very well attended.
Campbell County Community Garden There have also been several tours given in the Community Garden to children of varying ages. If you would like to schedule one, call the Extension Office at 682-7281. Master Gardeners are more than happy and willing to give people a tour of theCommunity Garden. There is a new herb area being planted next to the Community Garden. It will take about 2 years to get established, but will serve as a demonstration site for what herbs grow in Campbell County. Daun Martin, 4-H and Youth Development Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) areas as well as the Family Resource Management Educator. She started January 20, 2004, and has been working to develop new programs and determine projects in which youth and leaders are interested. Starting in March with the Children’s Festival, she has given or facilitated project spotlights or events every month. A listing of these include: the allowance game, cake decorating, clothing buymanship, first impressions and other job skills, holiday cookies, pies, pattern and fabric selection, positive discipline, psychology of color, sewing with specialty fabrics, style review practices, team building, yeast breads, and Your Ideal Silhouette. As the word gets out, these spotlights are gaining in popularity. With
a range in attendance from 4-40. Of course the cake decorating at the Children’s Festival in March had an interested audience of over 1,000 children. In June the 2004 Sewing Conference Stitchin’ Strategies was held with 30 interested sewers and 15 adult volunteers in attendance. She says Campbell County is so lucky to have the many talented volunteers to help out with events such as these. In November a questionnaire was sent out to 150 families asking what kinds of FCS spotlights would be of interest to them. The return response rate was 26%, and the suggestions will be put into place in planning the 2005 calendar. Another note of great interest is that our County Commissioner, Marilyn Mackey, has offered to help develop FCS sweepstakes similar to those for the livestock areas, so that those participating in FCS projects will also gain recognition for their hard work. Family Resource Management education is a new area of emphasis for Campbell County Cooperative Extension. Dr. Martin writes a weekly column for Campbell, Crook and Weston County papers entitled Common $ense. This has generated a good readership in the three counties. Fifteen Campbell County families have come in for assistance in developing a spending plan, plugging spending leaks, and developing savings goals. This service is offered free of charge through the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension. Dr. Martin has gathered support from area banks and in March 2005 a workshop entitled Credit When Credit is Due is being offered for a $5.00 charge (normally $50) for the first 20 people to sign up.
Tanya Daniels, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, taught classes on a variety of topics dealing with agriculture. Wyoming Ag in the Classroom field trips and classes were taught to 100 children on topics including bull selection, water quality, range management, and wildlife habitat. For the bull selection classes, students selected a bull from a local rancher and followed that bull as it grew and went to sale. This taught the students not only the economics of raising cattle, but also genetics, math, and deductive reasoning. Two Tri-County Ag day events were held in Campbell County, one focusing on BSE or “mad cow disease,” and the other on Insuring Success for Wyoming Agriculture. A monthly agriculture newsletter is written by Daniels and is sent to over 500 people in Campbell County and across the state. A Risk Management for Ag Families training was held in Campbell County for educators across a four-state region. Following this train the trainer workshop, a series of classes were then held in Campbell County for local producers where they learned about risk management
and the tools available to them to manage risk in their own operations. Other activities for the year included a CBM tour in cooperation with six universities, extension day activities at elementary schools, and the testing of annual forages for nitrate. An estimated 1,500 acres in Campbell County were tested for nitrate, which can be toxic at high levels. Daniels is a member of a state wide issue team focusing on small acreages. The team is currently formatting a newsletter that should be debuting in April of 2005. Daniels also coached the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation 4-H team for Campbell County with the junior team taking second place at the state competition, with two individuals placing in the top 10. Lori Jones, Cent$ible Nutrition Program Educator, provides nutrition, food safety, and resource management education. The nutrition component includes learning what vitamins and minerals the body needs, which foods are good sources of the vitamins and nutrients needed, and how to compare two foods to choose the most nutrient-dense food. Food safety education stresses how to avoid cross-contamination, safe thawing techniques, and the safest way to store food. Resource management includes planning menus, making a grocery list, and learning how to stretch your food dollars to last the entire month. There were 119 families who participated in the Cent$ible Nutrition Program in 2004. Every family demonstrated an increase in the number of servings for all groups of the food guide pyramid with the “others” category being the exception. All participants reduced their servings in the “others” category. This is great news, as the “others” category is for fats and sweets. While few people eat correctly all of the time, participants were not eating enough servings out of each category to give their body the vitamins and nutrients needed. So the increase in servings was welcomed news. The breads, grains, and cereals group showed the greatest increase. This was an unlikely outcome, in light of the popular lowcarb diets. However, once participants learned the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates and made better choices, the allure of the low-carb diets had diminished. Making healthier choices for their family is one habit 62% of the participants developed. Reading labels is a habit 58% of the participants are now practicing. The next biggest change in behavior is in planning meals and using a grocery list at 50% and 42% respectively. Making these changes is how the participants increased their servings and saved money at the grocery store. Rindy West, 4-H/Youth Program Associate, was involved in over 345 4-H events offered in 2004. Functions ranged from the Cloverbuds programs, in which pre 4-H age youth took part in a “Soar with Superhero’s” Day camp, to 4-H Community Pride workshops to “Character Counts” for adults. The annual 4-H Grand Gala, Achievement Night, Leader Trainings and Record Book workshops were just a few of the events. Educator West co-taught youth from Campbell, Crook and Weston counties at the “Dynamite 4- Hers Junior Leader Conference” in Newcastle. Youth learned teamwork,
etiquette, leadership and much more. Youth from Campbell County then served as camp counselors at the annual 4-H Camp in June. Youth from the Boys and Girls club were also reached by 4-H in 2004 with a series of “Wonderwise” workshops on geology, leathercraft and visual arts. Campbell County was represented at 35 state and national events throughout the year. Some of the events included Citizenship Focus in Washington, D.C. and the State Leaders Conference in Laramie, Wyoming. Judging teams from Campbell County excelled in 2004. The Senior Horse Judging Team was Reserve Champion, the Senior Livestock Judging Team was Champion and the Junior and Senior Wool Judging Teams and Junior Livestock were Reserve Champion at state. Additionally, the Wildlife Habitat Team was Reserve Champion at that respective state contest. Many of the teams won trips to National Judging Contests upon their abilities. 4-H youth have been involved in GeoScavenger Hunts in Gillette using the technology project and have plans to do major community service projects using Arc-View software from a Federal grant and high tech GPS units. West has spent time in the schools promoting 4-H through a power point program showing all of 4-H’s finest workshops, projects and events. The program was designed as a self determined project by 9 year 4-H member Darcy Roush. Moreover, Ms. West taught 35 minute workshops to high school students on “4-H and Positive Choices.” Campbell County 4-H leaders hosted more than 25 workshops in the areas of gardening, aerospace, ropecraft, cat, rabbit, poultry and cake decorating during the summer of 2004 and are also proud to add a new and special project entitled “Clover Corrals” to the 20042005 project year. “Clover Corrals” will be an indoor barn facility to house livestock for urban 4-H youth. Additionally, this barn will be used for shooting sports, dog workshops, livestock judging contests and school educational settings throughout the year. “Clover Corrals” will be open for youth in the spring of 2005 and has been the biggest project of its kind in Campbell County 4-H to date. Clover Corrals construction project Pat Christensen and Jacque Hanson, administrative assistants, complete the Campbell County Extension office staff. The public is encouraged to stop by the local Extension office or call 682-7281 if they have any questions or would like a program presented related on one of the educational areas offered.
The Campbell County Fire Department experienced another busy year during 2004. Our service calls continue to increase since our community experienced an influx of people in 2000 resulting from methane exploration. Emergency responses are driven by population and public demands for service. A few less emergency calls were received last year because of the diminished wildland season. Typically, the department handles between 400 & 500 wildland calls per year. The drought has reduced the rangeland fuel loads. Last year the department responded to 1850 emergencies.
This past year the Campbell County Fire Department became a host sight for the newly developed Wyoming Regional Response Teams. There are seven teams throughout the state designed to deal with a number of special circumstances including hazardous materials and threats
of terrorism. Region one includes Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston Counties. Services are provided from a regional response vehicle funded by the State of Wyoming Homeland Security. The most significant issue for the fire department this year has been the planning and development of a new main fire station. The current fire station #1 has served the firefighters and citizens of Campbell County for more than 30 years. Larger equipment, increased staffing, lack of space, and a substantial increase in emergency responses prompted the Joint Powers Fire Board of Directors to make this their top priority. To assist with this goal, the department contracted with two architectural firms to design the new fire station and maintenance facility. The local firm of Malone, Belton, & Abel combined their efforts with Cole & Russell Architects from Cincinnati, Ohio, who specialize
CAM-PLEX had another exciting year period, these performances were year in 2004. Statistically, 330,351 attended by a total of 7551. This year visitors were welcomed at events, with the “Nutcracker” once again graced the 1,322 usage days for the CAM-PLEX stage. This will be the last year of this buildings. China (Shanghai Circus), gift from the trust; however the tradition Russia (Don Cossack Russian Dancers), has been started and will continue in Ireland (Spirit of the Dance and Golden the coming years. Bough), and Austria (The Sound of The 14th Annual CAM-PLEX Winter Music) were just a few of the countries Western in February provided a variety that were represented on the stage of the of entertainment for the community. Heritage Center during the 16th Season The Coors PRCA Rodeo, Town and of the CAM-PLEX Heritage Center. Arts Country Trade Show, Free Stage Shows in Education audiences were delighted in Central Pavilion featuring Rob with the multi-instruments of Todd Staffig, Team Roping, 3D Barrel Racing, Green and the high energy dancing a Petting Zoo and Stock Dog Trials of Fly as well as the haunting and brought competitors and visitors from Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska fascinating sounds of John Twoas well as citizens from several Hawks. Wyoming counties. The Campbell County Public The second annual Land Board wishes to thank Leta Campbell Rotary Wine and Microbrew Tanner and the Record/Tanner County Festival was held in April in Trust for beginning a Christmas CAM-PLEX Central Pavilion. CAMtradition at the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event PLEX partnered with the Heritage Center. The trust has Center two Gillette Rotary Clubs provided the community with 1635 Reata Drive 682-0552 to bring this event to an annual Christmas gift of a Ticket Office Gillette with most of the performance on the Heritage 682-8802 net proceeds going to Center Stage. Over the nine 13
in fire station design. With this partnership, the fire board believes the citizens and firefighters will have a facility that is both economical and
wildland vehicle storage, pallet and rack storage and will also house four large response vehicles. A great deal of effort has been incorporated in the station design to ensure the facilities are comfortable functional. and attractive for existing and future The proposed station will be built on volunteers who will play a crucial role the vacant lot located on the northwest in the around-the-clock coverage for corner of Rohan Avenue and Highway the community. The Joint Powers Fire 14-16 (the old fairgrounds property Board is confident the new facilities now used by traveling carnivals). A will meet the demands of Campbell County presently and for many years to come. The fire board is also confident the new facilities will increase recruitment and retention rates of volunteer firefighters and will continue to be a communitybased fire department. The volunteers, career staff, and members of the Campbell County ground breaking ceremony is tentatively Joint Powers Fire Board of Directors planned for July of 2005. The sincerely thank the Campbell County department hopes to move into Commissioners, the Gillette the new facilities 18 months City Council, the Wright after groundbreaking. The fire Town Council, their station will feature six drive-thru staffs, and the general Campbell apparatus bays, administrative public for their support, County offices, and living areas allowing direction and guidance Fire for 24-hour coverage. The in advancing this project Department maintenance facility includes from a concept to reality. 200 Rohan Ave • four drive-thru maintenance 682-5319 bays, increased parts storage,
local charities. July brought the return of the National High School Finals Rodeo. Once again, Gillette welcomed over 1,500 rodeo athletes and their families, friends, vendors and concessionaires. A total of 881 local volunteers served in areas such as state hosts, queen hosts, contestant check-in, horse stalling, trailer parking, RV parking, ushers, gate security, trade show workers, and RV park hosts. An estimated $5 million was brought into the community’s businesses during this event. The rodeo returns again in 2005. The CAM-PLEX Garage Sales in April and October each year have become events that both buyers and sellers look forward to. Throughout 2004, Energy Hall was host to banquets, school events, meetings, conferences, wedding receptions and training seminars. Central Pavilion was the site of trade shows, craft fairs, gun shows, car shows, cat shows, dances, and other events offering a wide variety of entertainment. East Pavilion and Barn #3 are solidly booked for team
roping, rodeo, barrel racing and general riding. Morningside Park was the site of rodeo performances and events such as the demolition derby, motorcycle races and the fair concert. The Campbell County Fair, produced by the Fair Bord, was very successful in August. Looking forward, in 2005 CAMPLEX will be hosting the National High School Finals Rodeo, North American Dog Agility Competition, Alfa Owners Club Pre- RV Rally and Rally, National Cowboy Mounted Shooters Competition, Club Fleetwood RV Rally, Freightliner Chassis Owners RV Club, the RVing Women RV Rally and the Hitch Hikers of America International RV Rally and nearly 500 local events. CAM-PLEX continues to be the hub of activities in Campbell County. The Campbell County Public Land Board and CAM-PLEX staff look forward to 2005 and beyond. CAM-PLEX will continue to be a facility that our patrons can be proud of while we strive “to enrich the quality of life in our community.”
During the course of 2004, the pace in the Juvenile Probation Office has continued to step up to address the needs of the increasing number of juveniles which were referred to our office from the Municipal, Circuit and Juvenile Courts. The Juvenile Probation Officers handled a total of 424 open cases, 280 of which were newly filed during the year. This represents an 11% increase in new juvenile cases since 2003 and a 24% increase since 2002. The breakdown between the Juvenile, Circuit and Municipal Courts is as follows:
Juvenile Probation Supervision: The backbone of our program continues to be supervised juvenile probation. A youth referred for supervised probation will be assigned to one of four Juvenile Probation Officers: Deb Lind-Adsit, Jim Lyon, Jr., Brenda Parks, or Felice Acosta. Based on the facts of each case and the Order of Court, the juvenile’s supervision will be governed by a variety of terms and conditions which could include some combination of the following: • Regular meetings between the probation officer, the juvenile and his/her parents; • Unannounced visits to the home, school or worksite; • Monitoring of academic progress and remediation, as necessary; • Attendance and participation in various types of counseling; • Attendance and participation in a substance abuse program; • Attendance and participation in the STARS program; • Participation in an approved extra-curricular activity; • Secure and maintain employment to pay Courtordered restitution; • Assignment to a community service worksite; • Observe an assigned curfew; • Cooperate with house arrest or electronic monitoring; • Submit to random urine or breathalyser testing; • Refrain from contact with certain individuals; • Commit no new violations of law. In cases which are referred through Juvenile Court, the juvenile’s parents/guardians are also assigned to a variety of terms and conditions which may include providing adequate supervision for their child, cooperation with the Juvenile Probation Officer and participation in a variety of treatment modalities. Intensive Supervision Juvenile Probation: Unfortunately, not every youth referred for supervised probation is successful, and many require some further measure of intervention. A significant development in increasing the intensity of supervision for selected youth has been the addition of an Intensive Supervision Juvenile Probation Officer (ISJPO). With the addition of ISJPO in November, 2001, through grant-funding awarded by the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program, the Juvenile Probation Office has been able to increase
the degree of supervision to certain high risk juveniles. For those youth who have not proven successful with the standard probation approach, the ISJPO provides “stepped up” services in an effort to avoid an out-of-home placement, sometimes by assuming daily supervision of the youth, and in other cases, by providing additional contacts in conjunction to those being provided by the original Probation Officer. In addition to the general terms and conditions of probation, intensive supervision may also include: • Daily contact with youth at school, work, community service or activity sites; • Weekly home visits; • Closed school campus; • Multiple drug testing per week.
Corrective Thinking Curriculum: The use of Corrective Thinking Groups, which are aimed at teaching youth to become more accountable for their actions and develop their decision-making processes continues into its third year. The curriculum serves two major purposes. First, for juveniles returning to the community following an out-of-home placement, the program strives to reinforce training in pro-social and responsible thinking learned during the placement. For those youth not referred for placement, the program will address their thinking errors and reluctance to be accountable for their actions. In these instances, we will endeavor to provide the youth with the tools necessary to avoid future involvement in the criminal justice system. Boys and girls attend separate groups, with each group meeting once weekly for seven weeks. The Boys’ Groups are instructed by Juvenile Probation Officer Jim Lyon Jr., while Deb Lind-Adsit and Connie Scigliano assume responsibility for the Girls’ Groups.
youth that these orders should be taken seriously, and saving the costs which accrue with delayed compliance. The position of C.S.S. was created in the fall of 2000, through grant funding, but became a very vital Campbell County position in July 2003. Juvenile & Family Drug Court: On April 30, 2002, the Campbell County Juvenile & Family Drug Court commenced operation with District Court Judge Dan Price presiding. Its mission is: to reduce substance abuse and related criminal behavior among non-violent youthful offenders, to strengthen family systems, to improve school performance by offering intensive supervised probation, individualized treatment and intervention services for juveniles and their families, to enhance public safety and assist in the development of productive and responsible citizens. The program utilizes a “team approach” in which the Judge, County Attorney, Public Defender, Probation, Department of Family Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Provider, Family Therapist and School District jointly address the needs of the substance abusing juvenile and his/her family. The Juvenile & Family Drug Court Program is voluntary, open to non-violent, juvenile substance abusers between 13 and 17 years of age and their families and focuses on juvenile crime involving the use or misuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Key elements include:
In addition, the ISJPO, Doug Carter works closely with the An assessment tool, consisting of 20 questions, YES House’s is given to the juvenile participants on the first new Day Treatment Program, in a and last day of classes more concentrated effort to avoid to determine if their placements. thinking patterns have Since referrals began to the improved as a result of Intensive Supervision Program the class. Included in in January 2002, the ISJPO has School Visits 577 the 20 questions are five worked with a total of 73 juveniles, critical questions used to some who were supervised solely Home Visits 1449 assess the participants • Weekly Court sessions w/Judge Price and the improvement of by the ISJPO, and some who were Drug Court Team; supervised jointly by the Juvenile Visits at out-of-home placements 196 their irresponsible, • Substance abuse counseling at Personal Frontiers, Arrestable, and Extreme Probation Officer and the ISJPO. Inc.; The number of community contacts Thinking. The results • In-home family therapy provided by YES House Jail Visits 12 with these juveniles illustrates the of those questions are therapist, Susan Wreidt; above. Both • Intensive supervision probation and frequent intensity of the program: UA Tests Conducted 1299 graphed graphs demonstrate random urinalysis testing handled by a remarkable Jeremy Wagner who is housed in the Juvenile Electronic Monitoring: improvement in the development of responsible Probation Office; Use of electronic monitoring equipment is thinking patterns by the juvenile participants. To • Use of immediate sanctions and incentives available for use in the Juvenile Probation Office and date, 134 youth have participated in the Corrective to address program successes and enables the ISJPO and Juvenile Probation Officers Thinking Classes offered by the Juvenile Probation infractions. to maintain geographic awareness of a youth whose movements or activities may be restricted to certain Office. Community Service: A crucial element of the To date, 22 juveniles and their families, for a total locations or environments, such as when under probation process is to require that the juvenile of 72 participants have entered into the Juvenile & house arrest. make amends to either an individual victim or the Family Drug Court Program. Although occasional Regardless of the Court of referral, or the level community in general. To that end, probationers setbacks are inevitable, thus far the program has may be directed to make payments of demonstrated its effectiveness in strengthening restitution, court fines and reimbursement family bonds and decreasing substance abuse in for Court-appointed counsel, as well as a manner not equally seen in traditional juvenile to perform hours of community service. probation. During the Year 2004, juveniles supervised In the year to come, the Juvenile Probation Office by the Juvenile Probation Office paid will continue to work toward a program of balanced monies or performed community service and restorative justice based on the premises that hours as follows: the disposition of juvenile offenders should always In her capacity as Community Service take into account the best interests of public safety; Supervisor (C.S.S.,) Connie Scigliano that juveniles should be held accountable for the provides service to both the Juvenile harm they cause to individual victims and to the Probation and Juvenile Diversion Programs, community at large; that a primary objective of assigning and supervising community providing treatment is to improve and develop service hour requirements imposed upon the juvenile’s capacities and skills to live as a juveniles through productive citizen; the Municipal, and to encourage $4,298.85 the input of Circuit, Juvenile Community Service Hours Performed and Juvenile & All Courts community citizens, Family Drug including victims, $5,824.98 and organizations Courts, as well as those Restitution Paid to Victims Juvenile Court of supervision, the statistics demonstrate the high which are a condition of in seeking improved percentage of youth entering the system who are $3,706.26 solutions to juvenile Juvenile Diversion. The Attorney Fees Paid Juvenile Court involved with tobacco, alcohol or drugs. benefits of this position are crime. Cases involving alcohol and/or other illegal numerous. Court orders Fines Paid Juvenile Court $1,359.75 substances include charges for DUI, Minor in Susan L. Cahill, are being implemented and Possession (of alcohol), and possession or use of $80.00 Esq., Director, fulfilled in a more timely DrugTesting Fees Juvenile Court Campbell County illegal drugs. The break-out of these charges is manner, serving as an $10,970.99 Juvenile Probation depicted to the right. on-going reminder to our Total Monies Paid Through Juvenile Court
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Our mission is to provide a variety of safe, modern and affordable Parks and Recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well being for all citizens and visitors in Campbell County. Recreation Center Fitness classes are booming at the Recreation Center and several fitness classes such as Power Flex, Balls, Bands & Weights, Yoga, Kick Boxing and Cycling have local residents on their way to a healthier lifestyle. Many members have taken advantage of the reduced fee and have enjoyed exceptional fitness opportunities for as little as $9 a month.
The summer “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” road race series saw 480 walkers and runners in five races. A Kid’s K race series is included each year which makes each race a fun filled family event. Several local sponsors made these races possible McDonalds, CCMH, Kennecott Energy, White-Davis Chevrolet, Monogramming Plus/Silkscreen and All Occasions’s Music Service. Other races during the year include the 5K Turkey Trot and the New Year’s Eve Runner’s Resolution 5K. Corporate Games is always a big event and the 2004 games were no exception. Corporate Games offers friendly competition in several activities including horseshoes, darts, water volleyball, golf billiards, bowling, inner tube water polo, the famous waterslide relay and for the first time in the history of corporate games, school yard kickball. The games were held the last two weeks of June and 371 adults participated. The Annual Fourth of July Celebration provided the community with events throughout the day on Saturday including an early morning Pancake Feed at the Fire Department, the Firecracker 4 Mile Road Race, Parade, Hot Dog Feed, Chalk-It-Up Art Contest, Mud Volleyball, Tug of War, a good old fashioned Pie Baking Contest and Kids Games. The weather cooperated Sunday evening for the largest fireworks display in Wyoming held at the CAM-PLEX Multi Events Center. KOAL 103.9 Radio choreographed music to highlight the “Let Freedom Rock” theme of the day. Other Special Events offered throughout the year by the Recreation Center include the Easter Egg Hunt, Downhill Ski Trips, Fly Fishing Lessons, Inflatable Nights at the Pool, Dog Obedience classes, Jingle Bell Hike to Santa and the Secret Santa Program. Soccer and Kids Camp were the most popular youth programs. Spring and Fall Soccer had 1,190 participants, and Indoor Soccer was up to 185 participants. Kids Camp had an all time high of 448 participants in 2004, and with the need for more summer
kids programs, look for that number to rise. Other programs that continue to do well are 4th - 6th grade Youth Basketball, 1st - 3rd grade Bantam Basketball, Lil’ Slugger Baseball, Girls Softball and Youth Hikes. Youth basketball had 425 kids, and Bantam Basketball had another 325, keeping pace with the year before. Overnighters are still popular with about 115 kids last year. Lil Slugger Baseball also was huge in 2004, with 130 kids involved. Girls Softball stayed steady with about 170 youth. Adult sports had a total of 194 teams with 2,255 participants in 2004. Softball had the largest increase in 2004, bringing in 51 more participants and 3 more teams. Those numbers keep adult softball in the driver seat for league participation and team growth. In the last four years, softball has increased by 506 participants and a steady three new teams each of those four years. While softball is going strong, volleyball seems to be doing the opposite. Over the last two years, volleyball has dropped 10 teams and 53 participants. The combined total for Fall and Spring Volleyball was at 78 teams, with participation numbers at 549. Wallyball lost it’s continued mainstay of 8 teams and dropped 2 teams this last winter to 6 and also dropping 12 participants. Basketball in 2004 had an increase of 1 team and 10 participants. It wasn’t a large increase but it is continuing to grow. This past year the department had it’s first taste of dodgeball; the tournament brought in 15 teams and 120 participants. The First Annual Dodgeball Tournament went over so well that it will definitely become a new event every year with the possibilities of more tournaments or even a league. The Recreation Center and Pool saw a total of 261,345 people visit the facility. The department has five major areas of recordable usage; the cardio room, racquetball/squash courts, pool, gymnasium and weight rooms. Those areas had a total of 161,515 usages. The gym was the most heavily visited area with 58,895 usages, while the pool had 40,693 usages.
Aquatics Division The Campbell County Pool offered a
variety of exciting water activities to increase wellness. Such activities include lap and open swim. Two very popular events that take place are private rentals and birthday parties. Other programs offered are water aerobics, scuba, snorkeling and water safety instructor classes for the public. In 2004 a total of 1,919 individual swimming lessons were provided. 1,868 attended special events and 40,693 visits were made to the pool and waterslide facilities. The largest and arguably the most popular attraction at the County Pool is the High Plains Thunder Run Water Slide. Each summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend the outdoor slide is open for fun in the sun! As the summer comes to its depressing end, the pool offers some fun events to ease the pain. The Fish N’Dip and Dog Daze of Summer gave patrons two last trips to the outdoor pool before returning to school. Wright Recreation Center Once again the invitation of activities brings new people to the Wright Recreation Center. Everyone has the opportunity to meet new friends along with keeping fit. Youth programs are a big part of the center’s year. Outdoor Soccer is enjoyed by Kindergartners through Sixth graders. Sessions are held in the Fall and Spring, and also, Indoor Soccer is played in January and February. Pre-school Indoor Soccer was well received in its second year. There were 92 soccer players combined. The fourth year of Flag Football had 22 youth. Bantam Basketball, played by 1st through 3rd graders, had 34 youth and 4th through 6th grade basketball had 50 boys and girls. Twenty girls joined mini-volleyball, a program for 3rd through 6th graders. BBQ’s, healthy snack socials and swim parties were held after the sports programs for the participants and their families. The pool continues to offer Red Cross swim lessons year round for pre-school and youth. The Center also offers CPR classes, lifeguard training, First Aid, lap swimming, open swimming and water aerobics. The giant submarine inflatable, Yellow Fellow, was in the pool one evening a week during school, and two afternoons a week during summer. This year's pool usage increased to 10,265. The pool is also utilized by the Swim Team. Practices are three times a week during the months of October through March. Aerobics, Aerobic Kick Boxing (AKB), Water Aerobics, Weight Lifting, and Yoga are offered year round. A Wallyball league was held in February and March with three teams. Fitness workshops are offered annually, inviting the public into the facility for trial exercise classes. Dive-in movies are one of the favorite special events offered throughout the year. Over 255 youth were a part of this event. The annual Easter Egg Hunt is also popular. Through the facility, the community became involved with a Christmas cookie/candy exchange. Other special events held during the year included the Water Carnival, Fish & Dip, Preschool Halloween Party, Turkey Shoot Free Throw Contest, three bus trips to the Waterslide at the Campbell County Pool and one bus trip to the Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette. Wright Days in August brought 26 participants to the annual 5K Fun
Run/Walk and over 30 participants to the 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney. Also added were three “Skate/Bingo” family nights. Recreation Center usage for school activities soared this year. This includes Jr./Sr. High volleyball and basketball practices, games and tournaments. Use of the pool by Cross Country, Track, Wrestling teams and Physical Education classes, along with grade school swim lessons had over 6,845 usages for the center, not including audience participation. The biggest hit of 2004 is Wright’s newest feature, a small skate park located next to the center. Youth of all ages utilize the park daily. Junior High/Senior High Intramurals The Intramural Program had another great year. The activities offered to students in 7th - 12th grade have continued to see an increase in numbers. Intramurals kicked off the season with 80 students in Junior High Boys Basketball. Spring Junior High Tennis was a huge hit with 73 participants. There was also 51 boys and girls playing in the Junior High Soccer Program. It was a great spring for everyone. Summer trips were also a blast for the kids. They went fishing three times, hiking around Devil’s Tower twice and enjoyed the Rushmore Water Park and Evan’s Plunge once each. Overall, there were 158 kids participating in the trips. The Fall sports season was kicked off with Junior High Volleyball. 57 girls participated in the league and they were able to travel to the surrounding communities for a few games. The girls basketball league had 32 participants.
The high school intramural program also brought in more teams than previous years. The volleyball league had four teams and had a great season. Flag football had seven teams participate. The weather did not cooperate for the tournament, but they were able to move indoors at South Campus. The basketball league had 19 teams participate. The league has continued to grow and has been divided into three ability levels. Parks Division The Parks Division maintains 28 parks and facilities, which served an estimated 549,262 people in 2004. Park use is calculated on a daily basis and represents people who use the parks for family reunions, picnics, sporting events or just casual relaxation. Improvements to the parks included the replacement of the playground in Sleepy Hollow Park and a new infield material for the baseball fields in Wright. The new playground in Sleepy Hollow Park brings it into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and also upgrades play equipment to provide challenging and creative play activities for continued on page 16
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children. The new infield material greatly improved the playing surface of the fields by allowing water to migrate through the top surface. The material also allows for a smooth yet softer surface, which reduces the possibility of serious injury to players. Several sidewalk areas in Lasting Legacy Park were repaired, with plans for additional work, as funds become available. A major improvement that took place during the fall was the repair of the Recreation Center parking lot. Drainage areas were created, which manages water runoff better, and several areas that were continually breaking up were repaired and overlayed with new asphalt, creating a new parking lot. Also included with parking issues was a new parking area established for the soccer fields at Bicentennial Park. An area north of the soccer fields that may be accessed from Hannum Road was paved and a walking bridge was installed over the Burlington Ditch to make a safe access to the soccer fields for players and spectators.
Parks division staff assist with several community events throughout the year including the Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July activities, Celtic Games and CCHS athletic activities that are held in the parks. Ice Arena & Rockpile Community Center The Campbell County Ice Arena had a good year providing many activities for skaters and visitors using the rink. An estimated 32,000 people used the rink during the 2003/2004 operating season. Usage numbers continue to rise! Hockey and figure skaters use the majority of the available ice time, with church and school groups comprising a small percentage of the building use. Hockey tournaments held on weekends comprise a small percentage of the building use. Hockey tournaments held through the season bring an estimated 150 to 200 visitors each weekend to Gillette. The purchase of a new Zamboni in 2004 has been a great improvement to the quality of the ice. Youth Ice Skating Lessons have been more
popular in the community than ever before. Three very qualified Ice Skating Instructors taught more than 120 kids basic Ice Skating and Hockey Skills. The Rockpile Community Center continues to be a popular place for teen dances, square dancing, wedding receptions and family gatherings. The Soup Kitchen, which is an endeavor of the Council of Community Services, continues to use the Community Hall daily to serve noon meals. An estimated 23,250 people use the Community Hall each year. Bell Nob Golf Course Bell Nob had an outstanding year that was marked with excellent playing conditions, grants awarded and new construction. Maintenance practices continue to build the quality of turf. The year was a success with play numbers that will continue to increase with the opening of the new Par 3 course. Bell Nob applied for and received two grants totaling $200,000 dollars from the United States Golf Association and the Campbell
County Community Public Recreation District. With this money, a Par 3 golf course was constructed. The 2004 summer was spent seeding and growing in the course, which will open in the spring of 2005. With the addition of the Par 3 course, Bell Nob looks forward to increased play numbers from juniors and new golfers. Last year Bell Nob had 812 members, 112 of which were juniors. The junior clinic saw the participation numbers climb to 114. Men’s club had 262 participants and the ladies’ club had 45 members. The total rounds for the year were 25,718. The 18 hole course settled into a greener season, enjoying the continued improvement from the enhanced irrigation system. Improvements in the fall included leveling and expanding seven tee boxes. As always, the staff at Bell Nob continues to strive to improve each player’s golfing experience.
OUR VISION: To promote the value of every child. What Are Our Mission and Goals? All our services are guided by our Mission Statement: “The mission of the Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County is to serve the community by providing comprehensive quality early childhood services for children and their families, in caring and compassionate integrated environments, so that all children may achieve their fullest potential as unique individuals in society.” GOALS Will nurture each child in developing a positive self-image, knowing he/she is accepted as an individual, while maintaining a sense of belonging. Provide maximum opportunities to discover, explore and problems solve, in order to make independent choices within a developmentally appropriate and inclusive environment. In order for families to enhance understanding of child development, opportunities will be given to be involved in CDS-CC programs and greater community. Embrace a comprehensive vision of health in order to promote a wholesome lifestyle. Provide a high quality, safe environment to ensure each child’s right to learn. Honor each child and family’s cultural, linguistic, racial and socioeconomic diversity in order to increase the self-awareness of everyone. The Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County shall serve the needs of children regardless of race, sex, color or national origin. VALUE STATEMENT We believe in maintaining an organization built on integrity, that respects the value of each individual, and promotes personal and professional growth of all who are associated with CDS- CC. The Board of Directors are committed to maintaining and promoting high standards of Early Childhood and Early Intervention services through quality staff in a state of the art early childhood program, and maintaining fiscal responsibility and integrity through proactive governance. SERVICES PROVIDED: What is Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County?
We are a non-political subdivision of County Government which provides early intervention/ early childhood services for infants and preschool age children with disabilities and their families. Without our services, many families would be at a loss as to where to turn for support and direction. We screen infants and young children birth thru five for delays in development. We provide evaluation and planning in partnership with families to design an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children demonstrating developmental delays that can assist the child in developing his/her full potential. Services are provided in a transdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on collaborative consultation utilizing a diverse group of professionals including regular education teachers, special education teachers, physical and occupational therapists, speech/ language pathologists, and the family. We refer to other specialists and agencies as may be necessary to meet the unique needs of individual children and families. We consult with families to help them meet the challenge of raising a young child with a developmental disability. We are the only agency licensed by the State of Wyoming to provide these services in our Region, which consists of Campbell County. We provide quality child care for children 2 to school age, of working parents, with priority given to single low income families and children with developmental delays. We are NAEYC accredited and are a Wyoming licensed child care facility. The child care component provides an inclusive environment for disabled and non-disabled children to participate in regular classrooms with adaptations made for disabilities when needed. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children shall participate in activities with an
age appropriate peer group. We provide Early Head Start services for pregnant women, children birth to age three and their families, in home based and interactional settings. We offer parenting classes throughout the year. Last year, 87 families participated. A total of 139 persons attended the “Causes and Effects of Child Abuse” panel discussion by community organizations whose goal is preventing child abuse. Three major service components: ** Early intervention for children birth to school age with developmental disabilities. ** Early education/child care for children 2 to school age. ** Early Head Start for pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Who Uses the Services? This past year over 599 children were referred to Children’s Developmental Services’ screening and evaluation program. On the average, one out of four of these children are identified as developmentally delayed and in need of early intervention and related services. 141 children and families are currently participating in the early intervention component of the program. Services for children with disabilities has increased 43% since 2000. This past year, Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County has continued a screening campaign “One before Two” in conjunction with Child Development Services of Wyoming. The focus of the program is to encourage all families to have their child screened before the age of two. Early Head Start is funded to provide weekly home visits and twice monthly family interaction activities to 36 families who meet eligibility guidelines. Currently there is a waiting list of 27 families. This past year, Early Head Start provided 1188 home visits and 72 family interaction times to 59 pregnant women, children age birth to three and their
families. The Child Care component is serving 74 children with a waiting list of 351. All of our early intervention and Early Head Start services are provided free of charge to any child who qualifies for these services. A sliding fee scale is established for child care services. Parenting classes were provided 40 weeks of last year to a total of 87 families. The CDS-CC Foundation is presently providing funding for a meal before parenting classes. This enables the participating families to enjoy an unhurried meal together before beginning class-time. Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County has been in the business of serving families for over 32 years and operates a variety of programs accessing local, state and federal funds for the benefit of children and families. It is the belief of this agency that when resources can be combined, yet allocated appropriately, it is a more cost efficient and people efficient way of doing business. The Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County fulfills the function of being able to provide an array of services through one provider, in one building, utilizing a team of professionals and specialists. This is collaboration in its truest sense. Each component of services is not the sole support of all operational costs. Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County operates on sound budget principles, including equitable allocations to all funding sources. Science has produced a compelling body of evidence that children who receive early intervention during a time when 90% of brain development occurs, have a significantly higher rate of success in school. Services provided to children with delays during the preschool years greatly reduces, if not eliminates, ongoing problems that would need to be addressed at greater cost in public school. The monetary return to the community is approximately 3.4 million dollars for 2003 (65 child care families income at a minimum of $10,946 per year equals $711,490; plus $2,753,209.00 in Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County staff wages.) Board of Directors Linda Jennings, Chairperson Clifford Knesel, Vice-Chairperson Ralph Palmer, Treasurer Alice Bratton, Secretary Sandra Napier, Member Craig Mader, County Commissioner Liaison
ENGINEERING Some of the highlights for the Engineering and Surveying divisions this year were the construction and completion of the Force Road Reconstruction Project, Gillette Public Library Basement Remodel and Elevator Project. Landfill #1 Closure and the Courthouse Expansion project. Force Road construction was completed on schedule with minimal delays. We attribute the success of this project to the community for their cooperation and patience throughout the construction. The Gillette Public Library Basement Remodel and Elevator Project was completed, and a Grand Opening was held in December 2004. The Young Adult Room is very popular and enjoyed by many of the community teens. The Courthouse Expansion Project is currently ahead of schedule. In February 2005, the County Attorney’s Office moved into their expanded area and are currently under going remodel work of the existing space. These employees have shown spirit and grit while under going the construction process! The first floor offices are expected to be occupied the first week in April 2005 with the 2nd floor areas scheduled to be completed the end of May. Once the new spaces are occupied, the remodel work on the existing building will begin in earnest.
Public Works would like to take this opportunity to thank the public and County employees for your patience and understanding throughout the
construction of Expansion Project.
SOLID WASTE DIVISION LANDFILL Last year the Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling Association recognized the Landfill for various aspects of operations. The Landfill was recognized for having the best transfer station and recycling operations in the State. The bale field was recognized as the second best in
2004 was a year of change and growth for Campbell County Information Technology Services. The entire staff continues to attend conferences, training, and classes so they can stay current on the latest hardware and software technologies. Our Networking group, Steve Danaher, Phil Harvey and Mike Porter, upgraded various servers and network wiring throughout the county. T-1 and wireless circuits were installed to several remote county agencies, including Wright, which allows quicker and more secure access to the County’s network. 2004 also included implementation of a new high speed internet connection and a new firewall. A new cluster file server was installed, which will allow file and print services to migrate automatically to another server in the event of a failure. Mike continues to centralize Campbell County telephone services. The Road and Bridge Department, Rockpile Museum, Public Library, and the Courthouse all had new telephone systems installed that will better handle their growing needs. Steve upgraded users to the latest version of our e-mail system with very little interruption or change to their daily duties. User Support Analysts Rhonda Larmer, Vicki Burden, and Beth Kirsch, continued to provide daily support to
a household hazardous waste facility. This facility is used to store hazardous materials such as pesticides and paint until it can be packaged and shipped to a proper storage facility. We have trained employees who can recognize and deal with these household wastes, as they are a constant part of our waste stream. The household hazardous waste facility will accept wastes by appointment only, from May to September on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of every month. The Landfill continues to adapt our operating procedures to facilitate new provide the work force to divert batteries, operating guidelines and new facilities. cardboard, glass, steel, some plastics, In the coming year the Landfill will aluminum, office paper, newspapers, and complete the final closure of Landfill household appliances from our waste #1 by constructing a final cover system, stream for recycling. The Landfill also which incorporates the latest design recycles household used motor techniques for preventing the infiltration oil by using it for fuel oil for of water into the closed landfill. In heat during the winter months. addition, we will install and We continue to compost yard operate a Methane Extraction waste, which will be used for System to evacuate methane Campbell Co. closing Landfill #1 located gas from the closed landfill, Landfill Division on Westover Road. In the thus preventing groundwater 909 Westover Road 682-9499 near future, the Landfill contamination by our closed will begin an electronicsfacility. This will be the first Campbell Co. recycling program. methane system in the State Public Works 500 S. Gillette Ave During the warmer of Wyoming and will serve 685-8061 times of the year, the Landfill as a model for other facilities maintains and operates to follow. the State. The staff at the Landfill continues to promote recycling and the proper disposal of community wastes. Landfill staff, in conjunction with RENEW (Rehabilitation Enterprises of Northeastern Wyoming),
over 400 Campbell County employees located inside and been responsible for maintaining and updating the county’s outside the courthouse. Nearly 100 PC’s, monitors and other website while providing support to others with their hardware were delivered and set up for users throughout the department web sites . A major project in 2004 for Austin county, with as little interruption to their work as possible. included working with the Assessor’s Office to develop Considerable time was also spent updating machines online tax information that will be available to the public in with upgraded software, including WordPerfect 12 and early 2005. Nicki worked extensively on downloading tax Microsoft Office. Rhonda maintains the FACTS Court information for the County’s GIS system. In order to comply Management System that currently serves the 6th Judicial with new requirements, reports were developed for payroll Court in Crook, Weston and Campbell Counties, as well clerks to transmit Workers' Compensation via the internet. as Juvenile Probation, Campbell County Attorney’s Rocky installed and modified a new marriage license Office, Juvenile Diversion, Adult Drug Court and application system for the Clerk that saved considerable Juvenile Family Drug Court. Beth led the team of time for both the Clerks and the applicants. He programmers as well as two JDEdwards consultants also installed a new laser printer and updated to a successful conversion on our payroll system. the print server for the County Landfill, which Beth also reinstated the JDEdwards User Support provides a more reliable and stable process for Campbell Group which allows users to share information them. Bob Overman continues to update the County and attend training. The User Support Staff many programs used by the Treasurer’s Office Information continues to provide quality first-line hardware to meet new county and state requirements. Technology and software support to all county departments. An upgrade to the operating system of the Service Programmer Analysts Rocky Marquiss, Bob County’s central computer was completed this 500 S. Gillette Overman, Austin Summers, and Nicki Yager year. Work began in 2004 on data conversion Avenue have provided programming support to users for the new CAMA system in the Assessor’s 682-7860 throughout County government. Austin has Office that will go into production in 2005.
The challenges at Road & Bridge are different kinds of materials, looking for never-ending, but with the professionalism the best fit for us. Crack sealing reduces and expertise of our crews, we get the job moisture penetration into the underlying done. As Campbell County continues base and sub base layers of a road, which to grow, so do the road projects. We are in turn, prevents freeze/thaw/heave that always looking for the safest and best can speed up the deterioration of the possible ways to serve the public. Dust roads. We are hoping with the new control stays at the top of our to do list. machine, that we can add several years Our water trucks put on 19,116 miles. to the life of our roads. They prewatered before mag water and Our belly dumps put on 376,867 then sprayed the mag water. We spent miles. They were kept very busy hauling $244,647.54 just on dust control. We material from our out lying pits to various also used our rotomill/gravel mix to help road projects. They also helped out other with the dust. If Mother Nature would departments hauling in outfield sand from only cooperate, it would make our job Casper, and hauling sand from south of much easier. Wright to CAM-PLEX, When we moved We have a screen plant set up in the crusher back to our Hakert Pit, they our yard to mix rotomill and helped with the move. They also hauled Buffalo gravel. We use this rotomill in from T-7 road and hauled mixture as road base and dust out the rotomill gravel mix. control. Sealing cracks in 14,773 hours were put on asphalt is an ever present and the blades. Being a very dry Campbell sizable task, but one that is year made it a full time job County necessary to extending the trying to keep the gravel roads Road & life of paved road surfaces. in the best possible shape. Bridge We purchased a new crack They bladed, prepped for dust sealing machine in the fall. control, spread gravel and 1704 4J Road 682-4411 This particular machine plowed snow. seals the wider cracks. Our end dumps stayed busy We used it, testing several as well, racking up 197,165
FIXED BASE OPERATOR Flightline, Inc., continues to provide aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, charter flights, hangar rentals, and aircraft fueling services. Flightline’s total fuel into aircraft increased by 14% year over year. For more information concerning their services call Flightline, Inc. at (307) 686-7000.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER The GCC Air Traffic Control Tower realized a decrease of 13% year over year in aircraft landing and take-off operations. The control tower is staffed with veteran controllers that have more than 80 years of combined career experience.
miles. They hauled gravel, rotomill, roto/gravel mix and snow. When winter weather turns treacherous, it’s time to load the snow plows and sanders. They get up before their alarms are supposed to go off and are at the shop and on their way to clear the County roads from snow and dust the ice with scoria chips. They try to keep pace with the frozen precipitation and learn a few lessons in the process. The crusher crew crushed a total of 428,710 tons of material at the Kennedy Pit, and then moving to our Hakert Pit crushing another 24,313 tons. They put a total of 2,970 hours on our crushing unit at a cost of $590,768.50. Putting on 34,206 miles kept our autogate/signing crew busy. They
installed new County road signs along the highways for emergency services
of air fares and size of aircraft. The CCEDC completed follow-up interviews with these local businesses and concluded that an upgrade in aircraft size would help the community and area businesses. During the same time frame, Great Lakes Airlines announced they were no longer profitable within the local Gillette-Campbell County market. CCEDC scheduled a meeting with Great Lakes Airlines to better understand their financial position. After the meeting, CCEDC concurred with Great Lakes Airlines about their unprofitability within
Airline Service The GCC Airport had a total of 28,526 passengers utilize commercial air service from the airport, which was a 5% increase year over year. This figure doesn’t include the private and corporate air travelers using the GCC Airport annually. The Gillette-Campbell County airport was served exclusively by Great Lakes Airlines this year. During the fall of 2004, the Campbell Campbell County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) surveyed area County businesses to analyze business needs Airport 2000 Airport within the community. Results of the Road survey showed area businesses were 686-1042 very concerned with local air service issues. Concerns ranged from price
and the general public to make finding county roads easier. $48,637.54 was spent replacing damaged and worn out signs and posts. They replaced several autogates that were no longer repairable, replaced autogate sills, and cleaned autogates to keep the “livestock” in. Total costs for autogate repairs and replacement were $148,584.77. As always our mechanics, welders and shop people are how Road and Bridge keeps going without a hitch. The service trucks and welding truck put on 41,338 miles chasing pieces of equipment to keep them running. Our tire costs have dropped significantly since our tire person spends more time on preventative maintenance, so tires are lasting longer.
$2,272,432 for grants received from the WYDOT, Aeronautics Division and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Federal grant projects are paid 95% by the FAA, 3% by the Aeronautics Division and 2% by local county match. The grants were used for construction, equipment, and marketing projects.
Construction Projects In the summer of 2004, Hot Iron, Inc., completed a drainage project and S&S Builders Inc., constructed a new taxilane for a future aircraft hangar facility. S&S Builders, Inc., also started construction of the new Fulkerson Airport Operations Facility. The facility is named after the Fulkerson family because of their historical development of the local airport. The new combined facility will house personnel, snow removal equipment, a fire truck, and shop area. Completion is scheduled for February 2005.
our local market. CCEDC conducted a followup meeting with local businesses and decided to apply to the Wyoming Business Council for a state air service enhancement grant. CCEDC was successful in receiving a grant for $275,000 and continues their efforts to raise $91,000 of local funding to match the state grant.
Airport Grant and Aid In 2004, the GCC airport was reimbursed 18
Shelly Besel joined the airport staff last summer as the airport’s financial specialist. Shelly is responsible for the airport’s payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and several other accounting and financial reports. Among her many duties, Shelly prepares all of the financial reports to the airport board and works closely with all of the airport’s tenants. Jay Lundell, Airport Executive Director, received his designation as an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE). Jay had to pass a 180 question test, write a comprehensive management research paper, and demonstrate in the final interview by the board of examiners, his knowledge of airport management, business administration, and transportation economics.
This has been a year of “Homeland Security” for Emergency Management in Campbell County. Although the Wyoming Legislature replaced the words “emergency management” with the words “homeland security” any where they could find them in state statues, we’ll remain known as “Emergency Management” in Campbell County and continue as the county’s smallest agency, with one full-time employee. Officials in New York City and other large cities have said it’s a waste of money to send Homeland Security funding to Wyoming... saying we’ve gotten the most “per capita” from the grants. However, it also costs more “per capita” in Wyoming to build a mile of highway or power line or lay a block of city sewer pipe, but we don’t hear them complaining about that! By the way, New York City spent more for New Years Eve celebration security than the State of Wyoming has received in three years of Homeland Security Funding! Investigators from the House Appropriations Committee Chairman’s Office met with us in February and told us they were impressed at how well agencies in Wyoming have worked together and utilized our funding while some big states have yet to start spending their allocations. Homeland Security grant work has been a major focus for the Campbell County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA), coordinating paperwork, meetings of the various response agencies and working with the Gillette City Council, the Town of Wright and the Campbell County Commissioners on the spending plans for the funding which we have received. The total for 13 different Homeland Security grants FFY 2003 comes to $1.7 million dollars. That includes the next $501,000 we’ve been told is coming this
year. These are 100% grants, meaning local by themself, personal agencies don’t have to come up with any protective equipment including gas masks, match in order to access the funding. For the most part, the grants are directly gowns, masks, gloves to Campbell County. However, the County and a portable digital Commissioners have directed that the Town of X-Ray machine which Wright and City of Gillette be involved in any can be used by the spending decisions, so a working committee Coroner, bomb squad has been established with representatives from or other agencies. Some a variety of local agencies. These include the replacement radios have Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department, also been purchased. Campbell County Fire Department, Campbell On order is a mobile County Memorial Hospital EMS Department, command unit which City of Gillette Public Works, Gillette/ is a bus-like vehicle Campbell County Airport and Public Health. equipped to provide CCEMA works as the group coordinator and on-scene command functions. That unit is point-of-contact. The committee considers scheduled for delivery by June. This working group concept has brought requests for equipment purchases and training costs which are brought forward by together our local emergency response the various agencies, then a recommendation agencies with a common goal of providing is forwarded on to the elected officials the best possible service to our citizens. Our for a decision. Approximately $800,000 has local agencies have focused on multiple-use of been earmarked from two of the grants for anything we have obtained....since we’re just “communications equipment” because of the as likely to respond to serious traffic accidents, WyoLink Communications Project underway shootings, heart attacks, industrial accidents, in the State of Wyoming and it’s potential local blizzards and tornadoes as we might be called cost of between two and five million dollars. to an act of terrorism. We have some potential Equipment purchased with the grants targets for terroristic acts within Campbell County...but we also know other emergencies include a robot for the Campbell and disasters are more likely to occur County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and we need to be ready to deal along with additional specialized with those on a daily basis. bomb unit equipment. Other The Homeland Security grant equipment includes portable Campbell County program requires a local exercise decontamination showers for the program with simulated incidents Fire Department and Public Health Emergency under controlled circumstances Department, evacuation chairs for Management which are evaluated with a all of the county’s ambulances Agency goal of identifying areas for and rescue trucks which can 1000 S. Douglas Hwy. additional training, plan and allow one responder to wheel a 686-7477 policy development, and patient down a flight of stairs
The biggest share of Campbell County has of Agriculture survey shows 57,000 acres of not had adequate rainfall since the Spring of the county with 8-24 grasshoppers per square 1999. That means we have suffered through yard and 14,000 acres showing more than 24 five straight years of drought. Most livestock grasshoppers per square yard. There is also operators have reduced numbers by 30 to 50 an 11,500 acre infestation of mormon crickets percent and if it does not rain in the Spring of NW of Gillette. The most severe grasshopper 2005 there will be more severe reductions. To infestations are in the far NW corner of give you an idea of the severity of the drought, the county. To compound the problem it Campbell County Weed and Pest only did two appears as if Montana and Nebraska are both forage certifications this year as compared to facing tremendous grasshopper problems, 22 last year and 13 the year before that. We and in years past we have had problems are quite concerned that the thousands of tons with a migratory species of grasshopper out of hay that is being imported into the county of Montana. The increases in grasshopper will likely contain noxious weeds that we numbers and the predicted drought for the are not familiar with. The spread of noxious coming year could present very serious and invasive weeds affect either directly or challenges to the ranchers of our county. indirectly the lives of everyone in Campbell County Weed and Pest is the county. We strongly suggest to responsible for the control of noxious and anyone feeding purchased hay to invasive weeds in the rights-ofinspect the general area around way of our county roads and state their feed grounds and report highways. County crews sprayed any new weed infestations to the the noxious weeds on both sides Campbell Weed and Pest. of 945 miles of county roads. County An adult grasshopper survey We hired a commercial applicator Weed & Pest was done in the entire county to apply herbicides on noxious 213 Stocktrail Ave with many areas showing weeds on the rights-of-way on 682-4369 increases in numbers over the 724 miles of state highways. We previous year. The Department were satisfied with the work of
this commercial applicator and will probably use them again next year. In addition to the traditional methods of weed control, we are also using a biological approach with the use of insects and livestock grazing. We employed the services of approximately 600 goats and a herder from Chili, none of which could speak English, to graze leafy spurge on the Big Powder River. The goats weaken the spurge plants and prevent seed formation in areas where it has been impossible to use herbicides because of the trees. We have also been using insects ( Apthona beetles) of which some species have proven to be very effective in reducing leafy spurge infestations. We also have a backpack spraying crew walk and spray the drainages in an area of about 40,000 acres directly East of Powder River to control approximately 70 acres of leafy spurge. The West Nile Virus and mosquito control has been a major concern of everyone in the county. The Campbell County Weed and Pest District applied approximately 60,000 dollars worth of larvicide to control mosquitoes within a five mile radius of Gillette and had mosquito control products available for cost share to the general public. We also had an
additional testing of capabilities. A full-scale exercise was held in late December at Twin Spruce Junior High School, and a number of valuable lessons were learned. Some very specific training needs are being addressed and the “lessons learned” have every potential for saving lives in the future. Campbell County’s fourth class of citizens have completed the 19 hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course, and we are planning for our fifth session as well as activities to sharpen the skills of our graduates. These citizens received hands-on training in fighting small fires, light search and rescue techniques, disaster medical operations, and team organization and disaster psychology. Each class concluded the course with hands-on simulated disaster exercises. CCEMA Coordinator David King received a national honor last June, being named a recipient of the National Weather Service’s “Mark Trail” award in ceremonies held in Washington D.C. King was nominated for the award for his work with the National Weather Service in promoting the new Weather Radio station in Gillette. Five individuals including King, nine governmental agencies, three nonprofit organizations and four corporations received the awards in 2004 during ceremonies held at the Cannon House Office Building.
employee trained to dip areas for larvae so that we could identify areas that were ready to be treated or re-treated. We also had mosquito traps out to identify areas of concern and had one trap stolen that we had to replace at a cost of $400. Weather conditions, acquired immunity and or our larvacide applications have made a large difference in the number of WN cases in the county. As of September 3rd we had only three cases of WN reported in the county, as compared to 71 at or near the same time last year. The coal bed methane industry is certainly having an effect on Campbell County Weed and Pest. The Bureau of Land Management is requiring the methane operators to survey their leases for noxious and invasive weeds and to develop a plan for controlling those weeds. The operators must do these steps before they can get drilling permits on federal leases, therefore, many of these same operators are requesting help in weed identification and current control recommendations. There are some landowners that are requiring the operators to wash vehicles before coming onto their properties to prevent those vehicles from spreading seeds.
Campbell County Commissioner
Campbell County Commissioner
Marilyn Mackey, Chair 682-7283
Chris R. Knapp 682-7283
Campbell County Commissioner
Campbell County Commissioner
Craig G. Mader 682-7283
Campbell County Attorney
Jerry Shatzer 682-7266
Jeani Stone 682-4310
Campbell County Clerk Of District Court
Campbell County County Coroner
Campbell County County Clerk
Nancy Ratcliff 682-3424
Tom Eekhoff 687-6179
Susan Saunders 682-7285
Bill Pownall 687-6160
Alan Weakly 682-7283
Campbell County Assessor
Roy Edwards 682-7283
Campbell County Sheriff
Campbell County Commissioner
Campbell County Treasurer
Shirley Study 682-7268