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Monday, July 30, 2012, 8:00 p.m. Heritage Center Theater at CAM-PLEX
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performances nightly at 7:00 p.m. CAM-PLEX Morningside Park Gillette, Wyoming
MICHAEL MEZMER HYPNOTIST Free Stage Tent, Aug. 2 – 5
AXE WOMEN LOGGERS OF MAINE Plaza at the Fair, Aug. 2 – 5
YOUNG GUNS WILD WEST FUN PARK Wyoming Center, Aug. 2 – 5
COPPER MOUNTAIN BAND Free Stage Tent, Aug. 2 – 4
MANGO AND DANGO Wyoming Center, Aug. 2 – 5
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elcome to the northeastern corner of Wyoming and the western Black Hills. In the heart of the nation’s richest coal fields, between two of the West’s most beautiful and historic mountain ranges, on the path to our great national parks and monuments ... stop for a while in Gillette, Wyo. Look inside for information on Buffalo, Thermopolis, Devils Tower, Keyhole State Park, Moorcroft, Spearfish, S.D., Crazy Horse, area golf courses, lodging, food and a complete list of what’s going on from the Big Horns to the Black Hills.
Here’s what is inside: Recreation Center................................................. 4 Thunder Speedway.............................................. 6 Melodrama............................................................ 8 Rockpile Museum................................................ 10 Historic downtown walk...................................... 12 Open mic nights................................................... 12 Fourth of July....................................................... 14 Golf courses................................................... 16/18 Art community..................................................... 18 Donkey Creek Festival........................................ 20 Festivals............................................................... 22 Moorcroft............................................................. 24 Durham buffalo ranch........................................ 26 Hiking areas........................................................ 28 Coal production.................................................. 30 Minerals.................................................................31
Keyhole State Park............................................. 34 Fishing holes....................................................... 34 Devils Tower........................................................ 36 How far is it?....................................................... 37 Bradford Brinton................................................. 38 Big Horn lakes..................................................... 40 Fitness centers.................................................... 41 Bluegrass jam sessions...................................... 42 Spearfish Canyon............................................... 43 Crazy Horse........................................................ 44 Wind Cave/Jewel Cave....................................... 45 Sylvan Lake......................................................... 46 State laws............................................................ 47 Rapid City attractions........................................ 48 Road construction.............................................. 50 Calendar of events......................................... 51-56
On the cover: It may look like Devils Tower, but the 42-foot climbing tower is only a replica at the Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette. News Record Photo by Nathan Payne For the latest news, weather, sports and event listings, visit www.gillettenewsrecord.com 2
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Tyrell Ehnes of Spearfish, S.D. works his way up a route worth 2,600 points, which was the most difficult route on the wall, during the second annual Gillette climbing competition sponsored by the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department.
Climb the tower — at the Recreation Center, that is By Jon Frank News Record Writer email@example.com
From the easygoing exerciser to the most avid fitness enthusiast, the Campbell County Recreation Center has more than enough to keep everyone in the family busy. The centerpiece of the 190,000 square-foot building is a gargantuan 42-foot rock climbing wall. Modeled after Devils Tower — right down to the coloring and pitches — the structure has more than 15 routes for climbers of all experience levels and features crack climbing routes, as well. There also is a 138,000-gallon leisure pool with squirting toys, two waterslides and a lazy river. A 258,000-gallon pool is available for swimmers who want to get in some laps. The pool room also has a hot tub and each locker room is equipped with a sauna. The center of the facility has three sleek wooden basketball courts with volleyball nets. Racquetball and handball courts also are available by reservation. Upstairs is an extensive cardio area with 11 treadmills, 16 elliptical machines, seven stair steppers and 13 stationary bikes. Runners can take advantage of the upstairs walking path — seven laps equals one mile. There also is a six-lane 200-meter track in the 80,000 square-foot Field House. The Field House 4
has jumping pits and five tennis courts. It is open to the public, except when in use by the Campbell County School District, house competitions, or practices forced indoors by inclement weather. During the course of the last year, the $52.4 million building has continued to grow as a favorite spot among the community. In 2012, average daily visits reached 1,240 through mid-March, up from 978 in 2011. The facility, which opened April 7, 2010, is highly regarded as one of the top of its kind in the region. Officials hope to draw national competitions to the Field House in the coming years. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department wants to put in a bid to host the 2014 NCIA Division II track and field championships and has been in talks with the University of Wyoming to host an indoor track meet.
If you go S Location: 250 W. Shoshone Ave., Gillette S Cost: $4 for a one-day pass for adults, less for children S Hours: From 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays S Details: Call 307-682-8527 S More fitness options: Turn to Page 41
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A broken down car gets a push off the track at Gillette Thunder Speedway. Races are scheduled at the track all summer long.
Want to hear the engines roar? By News Record staff
They run hard and fast on Saturday nights at the Gillette Thunder Speedway, and this racing season will feature a fair share of special events too. The Championship Late Model Association’s DIRTcar circuit swings through Gillette twice this summer June 2 and July 28. Those races bring in cars and drivers from the Front Range in Colorado, as well as some of the best from the Rocky Mountain region. The Blood, Sweat and Tears circuit IMCA modifieds also brings their brand of racing to northeast Wyoming on three separate occasions this summer. “The Blood, Sweat and Tears is a big deal. We’ll have cars from Utah, New Mexico and as far North Dakota,” said track promoter Ed Kirchoff. “They’ll be in for the Mac’s Gunworks IMCA 38 Special July 7 and back again for the East/West Clash (Aug. 31-Sept 1-2), which is the grand finale for our track. The East/West Clash will also be the culminating event for the Blood, Sweat and Tears circuit. The speedway also has scheduled the Pepsi Challenge race for Midwest modifieds June 9 and the Late Model Chip Night Black Jack Special on June 23.
May 26: Regular Race June 2: DirtCar Late Models* June 9: Pepsi Challenge race for Midwest modifieds June 16: Regular race* June 23: Late Model Chip Night Black Jack Special June 30: Regular race July 1: Demolition derby, Thunder Stocks & Midwest modified July 7: Mac’s Gunworks IMCA 38 Special* July 14: Harold Allen Memorial Twin 20’s Midwest Mod. Special July 21: Regular race July 28: NAPA Night DirtCar Late Models* Aug. 4: Regular race* Aug. 11: Closed Aug. 18: Regular race Aug. 25: Budweiser Season Championships* Aug. 31: East/West Clash with limited late models, mod-fours, thunder stocks and IMCA mods. Sept. 1: East/West Clash with limited late models, mod-fours, Midwest mods, late models and IMCA mods* Sept. 2: East/West Clash with Thunder Stocks, Limited Late Models, Mod-fours, Midwest mods, late models and MCA mods* * Denotes late model races
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William Snook, Heather Steiner and Alec Campese rehearse a scene from "Bulldog Saves the Day, Or I Was the Teacher's Pitt" during summer 2011. The Gillette Community Theatre offers melodramas in June and August. News Record Photo/ Steve Remich
A melodrama? That’s entertainment By NEWS RECORD STAFF
When was the last time you went to the theater? We’re not talking about the movie theater, with its high-octane car chases and pyrotechnic explosions, but live theater. Gillette is home to an accomplished local theater company, the Gillette Community Theatre. Every summer, the company places its tongue firmly in its cheek and hosts a summer melodrama. This summer, the theater will present “Last Chance Inn,” featuring such well-named characters as “Sahara Hartburn,” “Princess Prettyfoot” and “Horace Prickley” of the law firm Gimme,
Gimme and Gimme. While the theater will ham it up in the melodrama, actors and crew also will present an evening of one-act plays, including “Portrait Without a Face,” an adaptation of a 1944 radio drama by member Lucas Studle.
Summer 2012 schedule S June 3: Evening of One Acts. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” by Christopher Durang; “Sure Thing,” by David Ives; and “Portrait Without a Face,” adapted by Lucas Studle. S August: Summer Melodrama “Last Chance Inn.” Date and times, TBA For tickets or questions, call Gillette Community Theatre at 307-257-5161.
Thunder Speedway: Check out the season ender Continued from Page 6
The Harold Allen Memorial Twin 20’s Midwest Modified Special is a popular night of racing, and this year it’s scheduled July 14. The Gillette Stock Car Racing Association, beginning its 42nd year, has seven classes that take to the speedway’s 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval located east of Gillette on Highway 51 almost every Saturday evening. Late models, limited late models, B-mods, Midwest mods and mod-fours are the classes sanctioned by Wissota. Thunder Speedway also offers a thunder stock class and officials are making plans to run sprint cars on a limited basis. Some special races have been planned through8
out the summer to showcase talented drivers. S East-West Clash: The season-ending EastWest clash of Wissota points leaders is scheduled Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Speedway. Some of the closest and most exciting racing of the season takes place in this event, which returns for its fourth straight year. The field has been as large as 163 cars and normally draws around 140 cars at the track three miles east of Gillette on Highway 51. “The last couple of years we’ve really shined with this weekend of racing,” Kirchoff said. Races will start at 7 p.m. each night at the track, with pits opening at 5 p.m. and the spectator gate opening at 6 p.m. For details, call Kirchoff at 680-9362.
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The “Grandma’s Attic” exhibit at the Rockpile Museum lets visitors dress up in clothing from decades past to see what older fashions looked like.
Rockpile Museum will introduce you to rough-and-tumble West By TOM FAGIN News Record Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rockpile Museum, located off Second Street in Gillette, is a must-see for anyone who is interested in Western heritage, archeology, pioneers or prehistoric animals. Displays take visitors on a tour of the hardscrabble existence of the early settlers. They include everything from the large Kintz Room rifle collection, through the tar-paper shack that an early rancher called home and the clothing worn by pioneers who came to settle the area. Existence, then as now, depended on the bounty of the land, whether it was the wild game that ran the Plains, the wide open spaces for grazing, or later the deposits of coal, petroleum and natural gas that still drive the energy industry in the region. The museums’ revamped energy exhibit covers the history of coal mining in the region up through local uranium extraction, as well as some of the more recent developments inside the county such as the burgeoning coal-bed methane industry. There is a section on the 1967 fire at the Simpson oil well near Gillette, which had been filmed by the crew of the John Wayne movie “Hellfighters.” Going a little further back in history, the museum holds a selection of arrow points and stone 10
blades used by the centuries of tribes that have called the Powder River Basin home. This summer, there will be a fossil exhibit of the Pleistocene mammals that lived in Wyoming hundreds of millennia ago. Collections of wagons and farming tools testify to the tenacity of the settlers, who carved out an existence in the inhospitable land. As a larger population moved into the area, it brought more tools, furniture and the comforts of home life. The museum has preserved these goods and put them together in recreations of their time. It is possible to relive the rough-and-tumble environment of the old saloons or see the evolution of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office through the years of local development. Visitors also can step inside the old OrivaMorrish schoolhouse and see the Soda Well School. Children and adults who enjoy dressing up can try out the “Grandma’s Attic” exhibit, which allows people to try on clothing of the past, everything from 19th century hoop skirts to the zoot suits of the 1940s. Other hands-on exhibits include cash-registers and artifacts concealed in boxes that allow you to feel your way over a Western object and try to guess what it is. See Rockpile museum, Page 12
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Take a historic walk ... By News Record staff
A stroll down one of the most common parts of town can be an opportunity to delve into Gillette’s historic past. The Gillette walking tour sticks to the downtown area surrounding Gillette Avenue and includes several historic buildings. A free brochure from the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce explains development in the area and characters who lived and worked there in the past. The tour starts at the old train depot on the west side of south Gillette Avenue by Lula Belle’s Coffee Shop and leads up the west side of the street to what is now Twin Spruce Junior High. It loops back on the east side of the street, but it’s possible to start and end anywhere along the downtown strip. The total tour is about seven blocks long. Much of the information traces today’s store-
fronts on Gillette Avenue back to their original roots. But many have secrets that even some of the oldest locals don’t know about. Some secrets include the simultaneous existence of three theaters located on the 100 and 200 blocks downtown in 1939, and the main water supply for Gillette residents being a spigot at the front of what is today The Center Bar. Wander through Country Elegance to the back door, cross the patio, and you’ll find the entrance to the old jail cell. One of the most recent pieces of history includes the old post office building now on the National Register of Historic Places. Free brochure: Stop by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce on Gillette Avenue or at the Flying J Rest Stop on South Douglas Highway near the exit off Interstate 90. More history: For a closer look at the area’s history, check out the Rockpile Museum at 912 W. Second St.
... sing a tune on open mic night By NEWS RECORD STAFF
While enjoying the spectacular sights and activities in the region, perhaps you should take a moment to enjoy the sounds the area has to offer, as well. Several bars and coffee shops from the Big Horns to the Black Hills host open mic nights. The evenings allow anyone willing the chance to pick out a tune, belt out a song or read a poem. If you’re visiting the region and have a song in your heart you want to share, the mic is all yours. S Gillette, Brothers Coffee: The coffee shop hosts an open mic night every first and third Friday of the month. The first act starts at 7 p.m. Call 307-682-4199
S Gillette, Bev’s Brew: The coffee shop/health food store hosts an open mic night on the second and fourth Friday of every month starting at 7 p.m. Call 307-686-7177. S Buffalo, Occidental Saloon: The saloon hosts a world famous bluegrass jam every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Players have come from as far away as Australia to sit in and jam with the locals. If you think you’ve got the chops, bring your instrument down. Call 307-684-0541. S Spearfish, S.D., Flanagan’s Irish Pub: This local spot for music hosts an open mic night every Monday starting at 8 p.m. Call 605-722-3526. S Rapid City, S.D., Thirsty’s: This local watering hole hosts an open mic night every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Call 605-343-3104.
Rockpile Museum: Small museum, big on variety Continued from Page 10
Visitors can walk over to the nearby annex building, containing the Staley Archibald homestead and an old-fashioned newspaper exhibit with a press from the Gillette News Record. The museum also has a blacksmith shop from a historic ranch and artifacts from Gillette’s early auto days. Visitors can walk into an old Burlington Northern railroad caboose that contains an exhibition on the railroad business. This summer, the museum will offer its “They 12
Served With Honor” exhibit on local veterans. Those who might have visited the museum in the past, should consider dropping in again. The museum has recently added or updated many of its exhibits. The face of the Rockpile Museum seems to change just as much as the community that it calls home. “I really like working at small museums because, with the small staff, there’s so much variety,” Museum Director Terry Girouard said. “It’s never dull.”
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It’s ‘Red, White, Boom’ on Fourth By NEWS RECORD STAFF
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Enjoy the sun, food and entertainment at this year’s Fourth of July celebrations. This year’s theme is “Red, White and Boom.” A four-mile community run/ walk will kick off the day full of events. It’s followed by volunteer firefighters and their traditional pancake feed. This year, the Recreation Department is having a “Fourth of July” themed costume contest. Wear your favorite patriotic colors, dress up like Uncle Sam or just deck your bike out in red, white and blue. Prizes will News Record Photo/Joy Lewis be awarded for the best cosThe free fireworks show starts tume. The day ends with one of at 10 p.m. at Cam-plex. Wyoming’s largest fireworks displays.
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S 6 to 10 a.m.: Volunteer Fireman Pancake Feed at 106 Rohan Ave. S 7 a.m.: Universal Athletics Firecracker 4-mile run/walk at the Bicentennial Park soccer fields. S 10 a.m.: The annual parade route will be on Second Street, starting at 4J Road and ending at Osborne Avenue. S 11:30 a.m.: Registration starts for all activities
S Noon: Free hot dog feed. Chalk-It-Up art. Kids’ water games and a variety of activities for youth ages 12 and younger at Sampson Field. Mud volleyball at mud pits on the north side of Bicentennial Park. Firemen water fights begin. S Noon to 2 p.m.: Kool 105.3 hosts the Boogie Machine Band on the north side of the concession building. S 12:30 p.m.: Strong man/ woman challenge begins at softball field 3. S 1 p.m.: Judging of the costume contest. Evening
S 10 p.m.: Aerial display will include a 20-minute fireworks show at Cam-plex. It’s accompanied by music broadcast live on KOAL 105.3 FM and coincides with a ground show.
Pine Haven S July 4: 3K walk and luncheon at Keyhole State Park S July 7: Fireworks July 7 at dusk at Coulter Bay of Keyhole Reservoir.
Five RV rallies will call Cam-plex home By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Along with the performance spaces and rodeo facilities, Cam-plex also boasts 1,730 recreational vehicle sites in six separate camps across its grounds. Cam-plex is playing host to five RV rallies throughout the summer and already has two scheduled for 2013. The five this summer was a substantial increase over the one Cam-plex hosted last year. While the rallies do not plan to put on any public events, they will reach out to the community. Many, including the Heartland International Owners Club RV Rally, will look for local charities to help benefit while in town. “We try to seek out where the needs are,” said club member Jim Letty. If you have any questions about the rallies or want to find out more about parking your own RV at Cam-plex, call Elly Pickett at 307-682-0552 or visit its Website at www.cam-plex.com. 14
Summer 2012: S Heartland International Owners Club RV Rally June 14 to 17, 200 rigs and 400 people are expected. S Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally June 25 to 27. About 350 rigs and 700 people are expected to attend. S RV’ing Women Rally July 2 to 9. About 200 rigs and 400 people are expected to attend. S Holiday Rambler National Convention July 16 to 21. About 250 rigs and 500 people are expected. S Rocky Mountain FMCA RV Rally Aug. 11 to 15. About 350 rigs and 700 people are expected.
Summer 2013 S Family Motor Coach Association National RV Rally June 19-22. S Escapade RV Rally June 30 to July 5.
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Golfers Reggie Stanton, Shane Viger and Roger Hefner shared the fairway on hole 1 with a group of pronghorn antelope during a Bell Nob Men's Pro-Am tournament.
Let the pronghorn play through By News Record staff
Northeastern Wyoming offers some of the best golf courses in the Cowboy State. Bell Nob Golf Course in Gillette and Powder Horn Ranch and Golf Club in Sheridan remain in Golfweek magazine’s top five public places to play in Wyoming. Gillette’s golf scene is truly unique with Bell Nob, which is about four miles west on Highway 50. It is an 18-hole links course that has some of the longest greens in Wyoming. And, it’s not uncommon to dodge a few pronghorn antelope as you play through. The course’s rolling fairways, thick roughs and large sand traps also make it a must stop in Gillette. The layout is a very challenging links style with very few trees or water hazards in play and demands accuracy tee to green. The course also offers a 9-hole executive par-3 and driving range. If municipal courses are more your thing, the Gillette Golf Club is about three miles east of town. The 9-hole Gillette Golf Club course features all the hallmarks of Wyoming golf. It is a favorite with locals and the layout includes many trees and water on four holes. The club also plans to expand to a full 18-holes in the near future. There are more than a dozen courses within driving distance of northeastern Wyoming. They all offer challenging play to golfers of all handicaps. 16
Perhaps the hardest is Powder Horn in Sheridan. The 27-hole championship course costs $120 for 18 holes during the peak period with a twilight rate of $65 after 2 p.m. Campbell County courses
S Bell Nob at 4600 Overdale Drive in Gillette is an 18-hole, links style par-72 course. There also is a 9-hole executive par-3 course. Yardage from the championship tees is 7,062 yards. Memberships are available. Green fees are $25 for 9 holes and $35 for 18. A cart costs $15 for 18 holes and $10 for 9 (per person). The pro is Kirk Wasson. Call 686-7069. S Gillette Golf Club at 1800 Country Club Road in Gillette is a 9-hole, par-72, traditional course with water in play on four holes. Yardage from the championship tees is about 6,600 yards. The pro is Lonnie Reed. Green fees Monday-Thursday are $20 for 9 holes and $30 for 18. On Friday-Sunday, fees are $25 for 9 and $35 for 18. Carts cost $10 and $15, respectively. Memberships are available. Call 682-4774. S Haycreek Golf Club at 1229 East Elkhorn in Wright is a par 36 course, has 9 holes and plays at 3,527 yards from the championship tees. Daily green fees are $17 for 9 and $27 for 18. Carts cost $11 and $17, respectively and memberships are available. The golf pro is Cameron Brown. For tee times call 307464-0747. Big Horns & Black Hills courses
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Pick out something by an area artist, or make your own By NEWS RECORD STAFF
In 1998, the building on the corner of Second Street and 4J Road was an abandoned Campbell County Transportation facility. By 2003, it became the Advocacy for Visual Arts Community Art Center, a bustling arts hub hosting classes, gallery shows and other events. The building’s vibrant exterior alone is enough to stop and take a look. Various events are scheduled and new things are always coming. The AVA Center has made art an important part of life in Gillette, too. Programs run the gamut from gallery shows by local and national artists to open studio hours in which Gillette artists can work and bounce ideas off each other. The center offers classes in a wide range of visual arts — pottery, drawing and printmaking among them — for an equally wide range of ages, from the pre-kindergarten set to adults.
Not an artist yourself but still enjoy seeing the stuff? AVA also hosts a number of events for the casual art fan, such as regularly displaying exhibitions by artists in a variety of mediums. Summer exhibits (tentative): S May 1-30: Featured artists, Jenny Braig and Mark Wigner. The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. May 18. S June 1-30: Featured Artists, Karen Barton and Will Lopez. The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. June 15. S July 1-31: Community Art Show featuring artists of all ages. The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. July 13. S Aug. 1-31: Metal Art Show featuring all types of art made from metal. Artists reception will be from 5:30-10 p.m. Aug. 29. Reception for the show will feature live music. Tickets for the Metal Art Show will be $15. Want to know more? Call AVA at 307-6829133 or log onto www.avacenter.org.
Golf courses from the Big Horns to the Black Hills S The Powder Horn Ranch and Golf Club in Sheridan is an award-winning 27-hole par72 championship course. It has been rated the state’s top public course by Golfweek and among the best statewide by Golf Digest. Peak-season rates (May-September) are $70 for nine and $120 for 18 holes. Carts are included. The twilight rate is $65 after 2 p.m. Marathon Monday is $65 for all day, beginning at 10 a.m. Head golf pro is Jeff Rafferty. Call 307-672-5323 or go to www.thepowderhorn.com S Golf Club at Devils Tower in Hulett was rated by Golf Digest magazine as one of the country’s top 10 new public courses after the 7,111-yard, par-72 championship course was completed. It went private in 2007. Call 307-467-5773 or go to www.golfclubdevilstower.com. S Horseshoe Mountain Golf Club in Dayton is a par-35, 9-hole course that plays over 3,000 yards from the championship tees. Weekend green fees are $22. Call 307655-9525. S Sundance Golf Club in Sundance is a par 36, 9-hole course with a length of 2,915 yards. Call 307-283-1191. S Newcastle Country Club in Newcastle
is a par-36, 9-hole course that plays 3,167 yards. Call (307) 746-2639. S Kendrick Municipal Golf Course in Sheridan is a par-72, 18-hole course. The championship tees play more than 6,600 yards and it has a USGA rating of 70.7. Daily green fees are $18 for nine or $30 for 18 holes. Cart costs are $10 and $14 per person, respectively. Season passes are available. Call 307-674-8148. S Sheridan Country Club in Sheridan is a par-36, 9-hole course. It’s private. Call 307674-8135. S Buffalo Golf Course in Buffalo is a par-71, 18-hole course that sports a 69.8 USGA rating. The fees are $16 for nine, plus $10 for a cart per person and $32 for 18 holes, with an additional $18 for a cart. Membership is available. The course PGA pro is Bill Poirot. Call 307-684-5266. S Keyhole Country Club in Pine Haven is a par-35, 9-hole course that plays a little less than 3,000 yards. Call 307-756-3775. S Cedar Pines Golf Course in Upton features a 9-hole, 36-par layout. Call 307-4682847. S In Gillette: For a list, turn to Page 16
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Festival highlights art, jazz By News Record staff
For the avid art observer, Gillette offers a rare opportunity to see 15 new temporary sculptures and more than 80 pieces of permanent art along Gillette’s avenues during the summer. Ask Mayor’s Art Council member Patti Davidsmeier which one is most interesting and she’ll say “they’re all worth seeing.” Thirteen new pieces are going up along 4J Road and Gillette Avenue. It’s all part of the art council’s Avenues of Art project. Artists from around the globe apply to display their work in Gillette for one year with the hope it will be sold. The council and local individuals have bought many of the sculptures, making Gillette their permanent home. The council will host a reception to celebrate the new collection starting at 5:30 p.m. June 22 at the Gillette College Technical Education Center. The reception will kick off the three-day Donkey Creek Festival. Music, art, cars, food and more are on the lineup for Gillette’s third annual Donkey Creek Festival. The festival merges some of the city’s most popular summer events into one weekend of fun and entertainment. “We have three really great headliners. ... It’s a pretty diverse set of musicians,” said Joe Lunne, chairman of the Donkey Creek Festival. “It’ll be a lot of fun and it’s free to the public,” Lunne said. The third annual Donkey Creek Festival is from June 22-24 on the Gillette College campus. Performers include, Sophie B. Hawkins, James McMurtrey, Matt Hard, Pokey Laforge and the South City 3, Boom Chick, Big Swing Trio, Joe and Vicki Price, The Steeles, Nicole Madison with Keith Phillips Duo, Big Horn Big Band, Square Peg, Blind Dog Smokin’, Pam Drews Phillips Trio, Freddy Rodriguez Quintet, and Euforquestra. 20
What’s going on? Friday, June 22
S Mayor’s Art Council’s Avenues of Art
Reception at 5:30 p.m. at Gillette College Technical Education Center. The public is invited. S The Donkey Creek Festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Headliner Sophie B. Hawkins, 8 p.m. S Vendors and beer garden will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
S At 7 a.m., the Campbell County Parks and
Recreation Department’s Donkey Creek Festival will host a 5K walk/run. S At 8 a.m., Boy Scouts of America will host a pancake feed. All of the proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America. S Listen to 12 full hours of music from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. S Spend the afternoon in the sun at the Car Show and Shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. S Vendor booths, including food and art, will open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. S A beer garden is open from noon to 9:30 p.m. S Wine tasting is from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Feeling festive? Story Days Get acquainted with Story, Wyoming, on Aug. 25 at the small Big Horn Mountain’s annual festival. The day will begin with a fireman’s pancake feed at 7:30 a.m., includes a parade at 10 a.m. and will be filled with a variety of other familyoriented fun. For more information, call Joan Griffen at 307683-2102.
Big Horn Mountain Festival At the nape of the Big Horn Mountains, blue grass and folk music will take over during the eighth annual Big Horn Mountain Festival from July 6-8 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Buffalo. The three-day festival will be crammed with food and craft vendors, a pancake breakfast, great country folks and a lot of jamming. The 2012 lineup features local and national artists including Houston Jones, Northern Departure, Travers Chandler & Avery County, The Jalan Crossland Band, Springcreek, Troxel & Krieger and more. The festival also will have the Wyoming mandolin and banjo championships, old-time fiddle and guitar contests. The winners of the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle contests all receive guaranteed slots at the Walnut Valley Festival contests in Winfield, Kan. Also, don’t miss the Band Scramble on Saturday afternoon and a variety of workshops hosted by the performers. You also will have a chance to win a Bighorn A model mandolin or a donated guitar in the festival’s raffle contests. The drawing will be on July 8, and you do not have to be present to win. For more information and ticket details, go to www.bighornmountainfestival.com.
Pine Haven Days Pine Haven’s birthday is in February, but the Labor Day weekend is the time to celebrate. Pine Haven Days draws families itching for their last summer vacation and seasonal residents. A fish fry at 5 p.m. Sept. 1 in downtown Pine Haven kicks off the weekend. The Pine Haven Days parade takes place Sept. 3 along Main Street in front of the town hall. Locations for some of the events are to be determined. For more information, call the town hall at 307-756-9807.
Keyhole Rhythm & Ribs Festival This Aug. 11 event in Pine Haven is an outdoor music festival and rib cook off. The festival is in its fourth year but draws bands as far away 22
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as Nashville, Tenn. Up to 1,000 people will listen and dance to music ranging from country and folk, to rock and even soul. The barbecue is put on by local cooks. For more information, call the Pine Haven town hall at 307-756-9807.
Moorcroft Jubilee Days The weekend event, July 13 through July 15, includes a family fun night, pancake breakfast, parade, free barbecue, bed races and a street dance. The events will take place throughout Moorcroft, although many will take place in the downtown area. For more information, call 307-756-2652.
Wright Days This annual celebration will take place June 14-17, with events that are fun for all ages. Try your luck at Bingo, compete in a golf tournament or check out the demolition derby and mud races. The event also features a pancake breakfast, barbecue and a community supper. For more information, call 307-689-3257.
Jackalope Days Railroad Days, June 7, and Jackalope Days and Takin’ It to the Street Festival, June 9 Douglas is in a festive mood in June. Railroad Days starts out with a free hot dog lunch and concert, followed in the evening by another free concert and a classic movie, “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again,” at the park. For Jackalope Days, there will be free concerts, performances, dunk tanks and bouncy castles. The day is capped off by a free evening at the Douglas Water Park. If concerts and dunk tanks aren’t your thing, you can catch the Knight Kruiser’s Car Show on Third Street followed by the Third Annual Main Street Douglas Street Dance on Walnut Street. The dance goes from 4 p.m. through midnight with the beer garden open from 4-11 p.m. For questions, call 307-358-2950.
Newcastle Black Powder Shoot Try out your shooting skills at the Tubb Town Muzzle Loaders Black Powder Shoot July 20-22. The event includes shooting and knife throwing competitions. For more information, call Bill Morris at 307746-2142. See festivals, Page 24
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Close to the Black Hills of South Dakota and Devils Tower, the town of Moorcroft offers rich history and is a great stopover point for travelers on their way from Yellowstone to Mount Rushmore. The cattlemen and railroad are to thank for the town’s humble beginnings. Starting in 1887, Jacob Kaufman, better known as Jew Jake, saw his chance to make money off of the weary cowboys coming up the Texas Trail, by operating a store/saloon and roadhouse known as LaBelle. This “town” was several miles to the west of present-day Moorcroft along the major crossing point of the Belle Fourche River. During the first years, the store served as a stage stop and post office for a mail run between Buffalo and Spearfish, S.D. However, the inspector for the post office didn’t like how the mail was being handled and moved the office to the AK Ranch. Stocks Miller ran the office and named it Moorcroft, after his home town in Scotland. The Chicago Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) Railroad laid its tracks east of this little spot in 1891, following the Texas Trail route. It had Moorcroft as its northernmost point. Subsequently, the post office was moved closer to the railroad. With the post office at the depot and a new community springing up, the name Moorcroft was transferred. This was perfect for large ranch-
es to ship cattle via the railroad. Thus, humble Moorcroft eventually became the largest cattleshipping station in the country. LaBelle was abandoned, and soon Moorcroft became a thriving community receiving lots of homesteaders. The herds of cattle waiting to be loaded on the train are a distant memory, but coal trains still rumble through. The community follows the ebb and flow of the surrounding communities, but has a character and voice all its own. The town of about 1,000 has its own attractions with three public parks, several restaurants, a grocery store, two gas stations, two motels and a wide range of other amenities. History buffs will enjoy the West Texas Trail Museum and its displays showcasing the diverse history of the area. Jubilee Days are every summer during the second weekend in July. This celebration features a parade, free barbecue lunch, bed races and street dance. If you’re passing through, be sure to make plans to stop. For those with more recreation in mind, Keyhole State Park boasts enjoyable fishing, hiking, swimming, boating and camping. The state park is about 15 miles to the northeast, and is a hot spot for locals and visitors. There is no fear of being too far away from necessities when visiting Keyhole, as nearby Pine Haven offers everything from fine dining to live bait. Want to know more? Call the Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce at 307-756-3526 or visit www.moorcroftchamber.com.
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Upton Fun Days Looking for some good, old-fashioned family fun? The Upton Fun Days will start at 10 a.m. on July 20 with a parade. The weekend event will also include games in the park, a kids’ rodeo, a barbecue, a golf tournament and a 5K Fun Run/Walk. For more information, call Kelly Millar at 307468-2751.
Hulett Ham & Jam Business owners in Hulett host a party of food and music around the time of the Sturgis, S.D., Motorcycle Rally. Bikers are welcome. The events are collectively known as Rally in the Alley. Jam: From Aug. 4-11, the owners of the Ponderosa Cafe & Bar, 115 Main St., bring in bands to play live music daily. The bands play in an alley between the cafe and the city park. Ham: On Aug. 8, owners of the Rodeo Bar, 101 N. Highway 24, roast a pig. Food is free. For more information, call 307-467-5959. 24
Sturgis, S.D., Motorcycle Rally A 72-year-old tradition, this year it takes place Aug. 6-12. Last year, more than 500,000 people entered the city during the festivities. There are vendors, music, parties, Air Force jet flyovers, and organized rides through the Black Hills, including the Mayor’s Ride on Aug. 6 that features Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen and state legislators. For more information, visit /www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com.
Spearfish, S.D., Festival in the Park This annual arts and crafts festival brings thousands of visitors to Spearfish, S.D., each year. The festival takes place July 20-22 in Spearfish City Park, and it includes outdoor concerts and more than 200 booths and 30 food vendors. Other features of the festival include free onstage entertainment throughout each day, children’s activities and artist demonstrations. For more information, call 605-642-7973.
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Young bison come down a hill to feed on the Durham Ranch near Wright. The 109-year-old ranch has a herd of around 2,500 bison on 60,000 acres.
This is where the buffalo roam By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Some of North America’s largest bison herds lie just 30 miles south of Gillette along Highway 59. As many as 3,000 head of the large mammals roam on both sides of the road near a pull-off at mile marker 78. When you see the taller, extrasturdy fences, you will know that you are in buffalo territory. By April or May, the females should have given birth to about 1,000 calves. These buffalo are the working kind. Most bulls are sold for meat, served in restaurants all over the United States and in several foreign countries. They make steaks, roasts and buffalo burgers, coveted for their taste and the fact that they are low in fat. Most of the females are sold on the breeding market. The plains buffalo, the symbol of the Wyoming state flag, once faced extinction because of reckless slaughter by early American settlers. At the turn of the century, fewer than 1,500 of the animals roamed the Prairie. Nationwide, numbers have expanded to more than 250,000 and are growing still. Much of the large animals’ popularity is attributed to the rarity of ranching such a bold, strong and unique creature. Media mogul Ted Turner owns about 17,000 bison on ranches in Montana, Nebraska and New Mexico. They are also good money-makers for ranchers and a good beef alternative for those watching what they eat. Bison meat is higher in protein and lower in cholesterol. And it just tastes good. “It tastes a little bit sweeter than beef, but it’s 26
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to see the Big Horn Mountains from a high point. It is important to keep your bearings while exploring. Make note of where you parked your car because once you are far enough out, it will shrink out of view. One way to find it again is to follow the canyon back toward the road and then cut southwest. If you explore the canyon-land further out, make note of where the taller buttes stand, or use a compass in order to navigate your way back successfully.
Want to hike closer to town but maybe get off the beaten path? Look no further than the Burnt Hollow Recreation Area. This landscape of stark buttes, sagebrush and hidden canyons should appeal to any lover of big empty places. Located about 20 miles north of Gillette, drivers should go north from the airport onto Highway 59 toward Broadus, Thunder Basin Mont. Continue north past National Grassland the Dry Fork power station. The grassland is similar to Burnt Although Highway 59 generHollow, but flatter. Standing at ally runs along a north-south the entrance to one of these vast trajectory, at Burnt Hollow, the expanses of grass and sage can road runs from the southwest feel a bit like overlooking the edge to northeast, putting the main of an ocean. entrance to Burnt Hollow on News Record Photo/Tom Fagin Simply drive north on Highway the southeast side. 59, past Burnt Hollow and the You will be close to the Burnt Hollow is about 20 grasslands will swallow you up. entrance when you pass a tall, miles north of Gillette. There is the occasional butte or striped ridge of tan mud and rise, but for the most part, the clay towering up. Drive past the butte and look for a large wooden sign that marks land is flat and vast. In the northern section of the grassland, it is the entrance to a gravel parking lot. (If you pass a possible to look east to the Bear Lodge Mountains metal ranch building, you have gone past it.) Visitors can unhitch the gate at the back of the near Devils Tower. Herds of pronghorn antelope are a common lot and roam over the uniquely Wyoming terrain. Scenery includes the striped buttes, hundreds sight along the plains. There are a few highway pull-out points for of feet tall. The strange formations are remnants from a time when the surrounding landscape had those who want to walk in on foot. been much taller. When millennia of wind and water wore away the softer soil, these tough for- More grassland The southern section of the grassland near the mations of stone and clay remained standing. Town of Wright can be tied in with an adventure Exploration to Durham Ranch or to Pumpkin Buttes. The Rochelle Hills section of the grassland is There are a few cattle paths in the area, but the easiest way to explore is to walk off in any direc- between Wright and Newcastle. It offers wooded areas similar to the Black Hills, but more open. tion. From the town of Wright, go east on Highway A small canyon lies to the east of the main entrance. If you travel for about a mile past the 450 and past the major coal mines. While exploring the grassland, hikers, hunters main buttes, you can explore a complicated canand fishermen should note that much of the land yon-land, suffused with pines and animal life. It also is possible to find remnants of old drill- is privately owned. Look for access points around School Creek, ing operations and a geological survey marker. If you follow the main foot path out from the Macky and Reno roads. A Bureau of Land Management map, availentrance, you will arrive at an abandoned windable at places such as the Gillette Chamber mill for pumping water. The buttes themselves may challenge the espe- of Commerce and Rocky Mountain Discount cially adventurous, but climbing is often steep and Sports, can be a handy guide for those who want slippery. Try to find something with a gentle slope to learn the boundaries of public and private and be sure that you can get back down. Should property in the area. you have the nerve to tackle a climb, it is possible 28
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Coal is king around these parts By Laura Hancock NEWS RECORD WRITER email@example.com
Think about coal mining. What images come to mind? Men with smudged faces and miners’ hats, walking in and out of railroad track-lined shafts in the mountains? Canaries? The mining scene in northeastern Wyoming is quite a bit different. The mines are open pit. Most Wyoming miners rarely touch the bottom of the pit with their two feet. Instead, they drive large trucks, dozers and shovels. The distinction is important because the Appalachian mines that almost everyone associates with coal are fading, and coal from northeastern Wyoming is increasing in importance. About 40 percent of all coal mined in the United States comes from what’s known as the Powder River Basin, according to the Energy Information Administration. Coal from the mines is loaded on rail cars. About 80 trains take coal from the area daily. Each train is 1.5 miles long and carries 14,500 tons of coal in 128 cars. The cars transport the coal to some 30 states with utilities that burn Powder River Basin coal to produce electricity for homes, businesses, and electrical outlets that charge smart phones, digital cameras and computers. An increasing amount is used in Asia, transported on rail cars to Pacific ports and loaded onto large freight ships. The Powder River Basin is 24,000-square-miles and located in Wyoming and Montana. Most of the coal mines in the basin are in Wyoming, where it’s easiest to mine because the coal is closer to the surface. To get to the coal seam, dirt, rock and other sediment known as “overburden” is hauled away. The coal seam is about 70 feet thick. There are 12 active mines in Wyoming, many owned by large, multi-national mining companies: St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp., St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc., Bristol, Va.,-based 30
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. The mines, which employ about 6,000 people, and related mining industries provide high-paying jobs to residents in northeastern Wyoming: In Campbell County, the median household income from 2006-2010 was $76,576, according to the U.S. Census. That’s higher than the state’s average of $53,802. Nationally, the median household income was $49,445 in 2010. Wyoming doesn’t have a state income tax. In its place are taxes collected from the minerals industries, called “severance taxes.” That money is used to help pay for education and government services throughout the Cowboy State. The mines are mostly on property owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service. When the federal government leases the underground coal to the mining companies, it gives them permission to operate on the surface, too. State and federal laws require land be “reclaimed,” or returned to its natural state after mine operations cease. Last year, mines produced 426.4 million tons of coal. Geologists estimate there could be 510 billion tons of coal in the entire basin. To experience coal mining up close: S Eagle Butte Mine offers two free tours a day, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, from June 5 through mid-August. To sign up for a tour, contact the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 307-686-0040 or at 1-800544-6136. S A public viewing area of Eagle Butte mine is north of Gillette on Highway 14-16 near mile marker 100. There, you’ll view the mine from above. The viewing area features a hands-on display with a mammoth loader tire, a 23-cubic-yard bucket and coal and scoria samples. It is open to the public during daylight hours, except during blasting. S Equipment formerly used for coal and oil production is on display at the Energy Equipment Exhibit off Highway 51 on Reata Drive, north of Cam-plex. Equipment include a train engine, haul truck and shovel scoop.
A Cyclone Drilling Inc. oil rig was in operation off of Bell Road south of Gillette a few years ago. News Record Photo by Joy Lewis
Area is rich in mineral production By Laura Hancock NEWS RECORD WRITER firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyoming is the No. 2 energy-producing state in the United States, ranking just below Texas, according to federal government estimates. In addition to coal, Wyoming produces oil, gas, coal-bed methane and uranium. Most of it is produced in the Powder River Basin, the area between the Black Hills and the Big Horns.
Oil During the recession, drilling activity slowed in Wyoming. But with oil prices topping $100 a barrel, the southern part of Campbell County and neighboring Converse County are booming. Oil companies are using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to get to the oil and natural gas. Wells can be up to 15,000 feet below the surface. The horizontal leg can be up to 10,000 feet. For “fracking,” drillers pump a high-pressure mixture of sand, water and chemicals into the shale. That opens up the shale, releasing the oil, which flows into the well. Drillers frack to obtain natural gas, too. Environmental groups are concerned that the chemicals used in fracking are dangerous. A recent study in Colorado showed that the chemicals can affect air quality.
Natural Gas Wyoming is No. 3 in natural gas production, after Texas and Alaska, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Those numbers could change once data for 2011 is released. Drillers have begun producing a lot of natural gas in the Eastern United States, in places such as Pennsylvania. That’s driving prices down and affecting state coffers. Wyoming has no state income tax and receives most of its income from minerals extraction taxes. Natural gas wells look similar to oil wells. Indeed, most wells produce both.
Coal-bed methane Coal-bed methane is different from the conventional natural gas. It’s extracted from the ground in a gas form at much shallower depths than conventional natural gas, a liquid. Across the Powder River Basin, drillers have punctured into the ground 27,000 coal-bed methane wells at depths ranging from 300 to 2,500 feet. The gas is formed over time by microscopic bacteria living off the organic material in the coal, which produces methane as a byproduct. Water, which courses through the coal seam, pressures the gas into the coal. To produce coal-bed methane, drillers draw off the water to lower pressure. The methane is released from the coal and then flows to the well. The wells usually are hidden under boxes, about the size of dog houses, that are painted beige to blend in with the landscape. Underground pipelines transport the gas from the well heads to Cheyenne. The gas moves to the Midwest and South to heat homes and businesses.
Uranium Formerly closed uranium mines are opening again in the Powder River Basin, resulting in what has been termed a “uranium renaissance.” Two mines opened in 2011 near the Pumpkin Buttes in southern Campbell County. Another company wants to open a mine near Devils Tower National Monument. About 30 years ago, uranium mines in the area had closed. There were accidents at uranium power plants and a large stockpile of the ore. New uranium wasn’t needed. Through the 1990s, uranium supplies were abundant as Russia and the United States re-purposed uranium for energy that was in their weapons. But the stockpiles have dwindled, and the concerns about global warming have made people reconsider nuclear energy. The uranium oxide produced in Wyoming is processed into a powdery concentrate called yellow cake. The yellow cake is transported to a facility in Illinois for more processing for nuclear fuel rods. 31
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Keyhole State Park has it all By Jon Frank
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Whether you want camping, swimming or boating, or all three, Keyhole State Park is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend getaway. The Tatanka camping area added four cabins with running water and electricity, which are by reservation only. The area is open for the first time in a few years after being under construction. But plan ahead, it could be a hot spot this summer. “It’s going to be a big improvement,” park superintendant Ronald Siefert said. “I look for that to be booked up all season long. A lot of your over-the-road campers from out of the state want water and electric, and there’s getting to be more and more Wyoming people that want it.” There are also 33 campsites with gravel pads, two universally accessible sites with cement pads, fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms. Reservations for the site can be made by phone by calling 307-756-3596 or by visiting http://wyoparks.state.wy.us online. Looking for a more grass roots approach to camping? No problem. Keyhole has 49 campsites and more than 250 places to camp, many of which border the reservoir. Both developed and undeveloped sites are ready for recreational vehicles and tents. Camping doesn’t officially start until May 1, but Keyhole is open all year. The summer fishing season begins as soon as the ice melts in late spring and the reservoir usually has two fishing tournaments during the later months of the summer. Fishing hits its peak in July and August. The Keyhole Marina, located off exit 165 off I-90/US-14/ ES-16, offers groceries, gasoline and other necessities. The marina also features a small hotel and 10 camping sites with electricity.
S Phone: 307-756-3596 S Daily: $4 entrance ($2 for historic sites) for Wyoming residents: $6 entrance ($4 for historic sites) for non-residents S Annual daily: $33 resident; $53 non resident S Guided tours: $3 resident and nonresident S Single-night camping: $10 resident; $17 non-resident/Annual camping: $40 resident; none available for non-resident Fishing marina
S Phone: 307-756-3596 S Electric camping: $15 per night (excludes park pass) S Tent camping: $9 per night (excludes park pass) S Motel: $45 per night Fishing licenses Available in Gillette at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Walmart, Smith’s Supermarket and Ace Hardware. S Daily: $6 resident; $14 non-resident S Annual: $24 resident; $92 nonresident Note: Annual licenses require a Wyoming Conservation stamp, which costs $12.50
There are numerous places to throw a line in By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Fishing opportunities in the northeast part of the state vary like the Wyoming weather. Brown, rainbow and golden trout are the mainstay of Wyoming fishing, but waterways also feature a variety of warm-water fish like walleye, tiger musky and smallmouth bass. Lowland lakes and ponds will be in excellent shape right away. Reservoirs such as Keyhole near Moorcroft, Cook Lake in the Black Hills, Lake DeSmet south of Sheridan, and LAK near Newcastle will all provide excellent early season fishing opportunities this summer. Here are some popular angling areas in northeastern Wyoming: S Area ponds at the Sheridan Fairgrounds, Buffalo Wetlands, Panther Pond in Wright, Mavrakis Pond, Gillette Fishing Lake, Ranchester 34
City Pond and Sundance Fairgrounds Pond will provide great trout fishing opportunities. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department stocked the Fishing Lake with 100 lake trout in December. The majority of the trout are at least 23 inches long and weigh nearly five pounds. S Sand Creek south of Beulah is a spring-fed creek less affected by run-off than other streams in the region. Hard-to-catch browns are abundant, but are especially wary in the clear water. S High mountain alpine lakes in the Big Horns should produce some quality angling. Stocking programs, in conjunction with wild fisheries, have created good trout populations in most of the popular lakes. Cutthroat trout are the most common species stocked, but there are diverse opportunities for brown, rainbow, golden, brook trout, grayling, lake trout and splake. See fishing, Page 39
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It’s been more than 100 years Climbing since Devils Tower became America’s first national monuDevils Tower is one of the ment. To this day, it’s still the world’s renowned climbing desmost recognizable silhouette in tinations and attracts thousands the Wyoming skyline. of brave souls to make the ascent The formation, crystallized out each year. of molten rock, stands 1,267 feet There are restrictions on where above the winding Belle Fourche climbers are allowed on the monRiver. No doubt, a large part of ument, according to park officials. the formation’s appeal is its soliA 1995 climbing management tude. The strange pillar stands plan includes a voluntary ban on alone amid the ponderosa pine scaling the tower in June, because and surrounding rangeland, and the month is important to the yet its vast proportions and othregion’s American Indians who erworldly shape seem to give it a consider the monument sacred. mastery over the landscape. Many cultural, traditional events No wonder that the tower has are hosted during the month. been a sacred object for many News Record Photo/File Also, various climbing routes American Indian tribes within have been banned entirely at varithe region. ous times between mid-March President Theodore Roosevelt and late summer because of nestproclaimed the iconic formation as the first ing prairie falcons. Climbing and rappel route national monument in 1906. closures may change based on the location and As lonely as it may seem, the tower, located behavior of the nesting falcons. Climbers must within the surrounding 1,347-acre Devils Tower consult with park officials to determine which National Monument Park, draws close to half a routes are available over the summer. million visitors each year. However, more than 190 other climbing routes The busiest season is usually from Memorial on the tower remain open. Day to mid-September, according to park offiPlan a visit cials. About 1,000 cars pass through Devils Tower’s Because it is a national monument, it is posgates each day during the summer, but those sible to access the tower at all hours of the day or numbers increase during busy weeks. night. The backdrop of the tower and its isolation Many visitors are content to wander the base from the lights of towns makes it a one-of-a-kind of the massive rock formation or scramble on the location to view the night sky. boulder field at its base. A paved, 1.3-mile trail Entrance fees are $10 per car and $5 for those surrounds the tower and includes exhibits along walking or riding bicycles or motorcycles. The the way, such as a view of some wooden stakes fee covers seven days. Also, visitors can buy an left by the first climbers to ascend the tower. annual pass for either Devils Tower or all nationThose who want to get a longer hike can ascend al parks for $20 and $80, respectively. the Red Beds Trail from the park’s entrance or Camping is available inside the monument and detour over to the Joyner Ridge trail. at the nearby KOA campground. Prices vary. Keep an eye open for local wildlife. The area is home to both mule and white tail deer, porcu- Friday evenings pines, bob cats and mountain lions, and prairie The amphitheater at the site hosts programs at falcons. Bald eagles and golden eagles spend win- 8 p.m. during the summer season. They’ll feature: ters around the tower. S Storyteller Willie Leclair’s presentation on Another favorite attraction of the park is the the Northern Arapaho. prairie dog town at the base of the monument. S Les Ducheaneux will talk about the Northern The town, home to thousands and thousands of Cheyenne. scurrying prairie dogs, can be viewed by visitors S An appearance by Theodore Roosevelt entering the park. impersonator Gib Young S Astonomer Nello Williams Pets S Rock climbing veteran Frank Sanders will Pet owners should be aware that pets are not talk about scaling the tower. allowed on the trails around the tower. Park reguS Impersonator and musician Buffalo Bill lations also forbid owners from leaving their ani- Boycott will make an appearance with Northern mals alone in vehicles. However, they are allowed Arapaho Dancers. to be walked on the park road, parking area or Dates have not been finalized yet, but the inforpicnic area. The National Parks website recom- mation should soon be available at the National mends boarding animals at the nearby Crook Parks website at www.nps.gov/deto or call 307County Veterinary Service in Sundance. Gillette 467-5283. 36
How far is it from Gillette? Wyoming S Buffalo: 68 miles (1 hour) S Big Horn: 101 miles (1.5 hours) S Sheridan: 103 miles (1.5 hours) S Wright: 40 miles (0.7 hour) S Moorcroft: 28 miles (0.5 hour) S Hulett: 70 miles (1.3 hour) S Keyhole Reservoir: 42 miles (.75 hour) S Upton: 48 miles (0.75 hour) S Sundance: 60 miles (1 hour) S Devils Tower: 61 miles (1 hour) S Newcastle: 78 miles (1.5 hours) S Douglas: 113 miles (2 hours) S Kaycee: 114 miles (1.5-2 hours) S Casper: 136 miles (2 hours) S Thermopolis: 193 miles (3.5 hours) S Greybull: 198 miles (3.5-4 hours)
S Cheyenne: 242 miles (4 hours) S Cody: 250 miles (5-6 hours) S Yellowstone: 304 miles (6-7 hours) S Jackson: 412 miles (7-8 hours)
South Dakota S Spearfish: 90 miles (1.5 hours) S Sturgis: 105 miles (1.5 hours) S Deadwood: 105 miles (1.5-2 hours) S Custer: 117 miles (2 hours) S Rapid City: 140 miles (2 hours) S Mount Rushmore on I-90: 160 miles (2.5 hours)
Other places S Billings, Mont.: 243 miles (3.5 hours) S Denver: 350 miles (5-5.5 hours) S Washington, D.C.: 1,850 miles (25 hours) S Disney World: 2,085 miles (28 hours)
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Bradford Brinton has a few surprises By NEWS RECORD STAFF
The Big Horn Mountains offer more than just opportunities for outdoor adventures. Tucked in one corner of the Big Horns is, quite possibly, one of Wyoming’s best kept secrets — and a perfect daytime excursion. Towering plains cottonwoods rise beside blue spruce, box elder and Scotch pine on the sprawling grounds of the Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum. Inside the ranch house, dating to the early 1900s, Remingtons hang with Kleibers, Audubons with Tenneys. It’s impossible to describe the collection housed at the attraction named for the collector who once lived there. It’s too eclectic, random and all at once surprising. It is a bargain with $4 admission for adults, $3 for students and seniors and children 12 years or younger get in for free. Summer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. It’s south of Sheridan on 239 Brinton Road. Watch for signs on Interstate 90. Call 307-672-3173 for details.
Some things you won’t want to miss: S The books: Brinton loved books, and his collection includes a miniature copy of John James Audubon’s “Birds of North America Octavo” — a seven-volume set from 1840 to 1844. Several full-size pages from Audubon’s “Birds of America: The Double Elephant Folio” are framed and hanging from Brinton’s bedroom walls. Only a few complete sets were sold, by subscription, and fewer than 175 complete sets are believed to exist today. They were published between 1826 and 1838. There are first editions by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), of whom Brinton was a great fan — some bound before they were published. A rather flat looking book bound in black leather sits in the living room. It’s called “A Unique Personal Relic of R. L. Stevenson.” A woven lock of the author’s first haircut hides within its cover. S The art: The ranch home is a gold mine for Western art lovers. Works by Charles M. Russell, E.W. Gollings, Will James, Joe De Yong, Frank W. Benson, Winold Reiss cover the walls and shelves. A room is dedicated to Hans Kleiber, which includes original etchings of the Brinton home; the Charles Russell self-portrait sculpture, “Night Herder;” and two night paintings by Frank Tenney Johnson. The house is littered with pieces that many art lovers come to see and return to show their friends: The Frederic Remingtons. Most notable (because of the relationship to the area) is “Fight on Little Bighorn or Custer’s Last Stand,” which hangs above the living room fireplace. The frieze in the Brinton living room was painted by famed Western artist Edward Borein. 38
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The cabin is a must-see attraction. The two were friends, of sorts, and Brinton has several hand-written letters from the famous artist, each with a personal illustration. Read them — they demonstrate the ornery relationship of the two men. A lithograph that hangs in the library beside the doorway could be easily missed. It shows the moment Luis Firpo knocked Jack Dempsey over the ropes and into the press box below on Sept. 14, 1923. Artist George Bellows (1882-1925) saw it from his ring-side seat and reproduced it for the world (even including his self-portrait in the lower left-hand corner of the audience.) S Rare documents: Besides art and books, Brinton’s collection boasts a number of old — and random — documents. There’s a letter from Abraham Lincoln to a Mississippi congressman, a 16th century bill of sale written by George Washington and an indenture signed by William Penn. Lincoln’s is a letter Honest Abe wrote to Mississipi Rep. Joshephus Howett on Feb. 13, 1848, in support of the Electoral College. “Perhaps you have forgotten me. Don’t you remember a long black fellow who rode on horseback with you from Tremont to Springfield nearly 10 years ago, swimming your horse over the Mackinaw on the trip? Well I am that same one fellow yet,” Lincoln writes, before trying to persuade Howett of the virtues of the Electoral College. S The grounds: There’s a horse barn showcasing Brinton’s saddles dating from 1890 to 1920. There’s the carriage barn with the 1923 J.I. Case range truck with its original glass. It also has the 1936 Coupe Brinton ordered from the manufacturer right before his death. He never got to drive it (his sister Helen Brinton did, though she could barely see over the steering wheel. Her will established the memorial and museum.) Don’t miss the Little Goose Creek Lodge. Brinton originally built the log cabin, with the front deck overlooking the river, as a guest house. It was a trophy room. Mounted on the walls are the heads of lions, numerous gazelle and antelope and the head of a black rhino killed during Brinton’s two African safaris. There’s a grizzly bear rug, the hides of a gray wolf and a cheetah, and a moose head.
Fishing: Forecast for anglers good this year Continued from Page 34
S Tie Hack Reservoir, west of Buffalo just off Highway 16, offers anglers an opportunity to catch brook, cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout and is easily accessible to most vehicles. Check with the Bighorn National Forest in the spring to make sure the access road is open. S North Tongue River and Bull Creek, west of Burgess Junction along Highway 14-A, have enhanced fishing opportunities for anglers seeking catch-and-release cutthroat trout fishing. This reach of sections of the river has become popular with fly and lure anglers who enjoy catching and releasing larger cutthroat trout.
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S Keyhole Reservoir is in southwestern Crook County near Moorcroft. Water levels are near capacity. Fishing is already pretty good from the bank and should improve by summer. The reservoir contains many different kinds of fish including walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, crappie and channel catfish as well as trout.
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S Muddy Guard Reservoirs No. 1 and 2, located south of Buffalo should also provide good angling this year. This summer’s trout, approaching 20 inches, will provide great angling opportunities. The population of fish at Muddy Guard No. 2 is primarily maintained with stocking of rainbows, which provides opportunities for anglers.
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S Lake DeSmet should be good this year for trout fishing. Rainbow trout and cutthroat that were stocked in recent years are now reaching about 18 inches. Although walleye have established at DeSmet, not many anglers are successful catching this illegally introduced species. S LAK Reservoir, on private land southeast of Newcastle, contains walleye, tiger musky and smallmouth bass. Walleye and tiger musky are stocked in the reservoir to control green sunfish and provide great angling opportunities. S MW Reservoir is on private land south of Newcastle. Trout are stocked annually and grow rapidly in this lake. A free access card obtained from the landowners is required before fishing at LAK and MW. A card for LAK can be picked up at Hardware Hanks in downtown Newcastle. Cards for MW are available at the Four-way Gas and Go located at the junction of highways 85 and 16 in Newcastle. S Walk-in areas should be checked out. Use the maps found in the 2012 Walk-In Fishing Atlas available at local license selling agents. An addition to the Walk-In areas last year was Geier Reservoir near Newcastle. This reservoir should provide good trout fishing again in 2012.
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Big Horns offer simple hikes and rugged backwoods treks By News Record staff
The wilderness seems endless, and the same could be said for the opportunities for recreation starting at the Cloud Peak Wilderness’ Circle Park Trailhead. From the most rugged backwoods adventurer to the less-experienced city dweller, the location has something for everyone and boasts extraordinary scenery to boot. There’s great fishing, quiet camping and fine hiking for outdoor enthusiasts of every ability, all in the shadow of the 12,000-foot faces of Bighorn and Darton peaks. Because the trailhead is on the east side of the mountains, it is possible to drive out to the splendid isolation in little more than an hour from Gillette.
Destinations in the area S Circle Park Trailhead: Take Highway 16 out of Buffalo and head west until you see the sign pointing to Circle Park. Ride the gravel road down a couple of miles — no need for four-wheel drive here — until you see a sign pointing to the trailhead. Turn left, and find a shady spot to park in if you can. S Sherd Lake: Fill out a backcountry registra40
tion form and start the hike up the gently rising trail 182. The hike starts in a broad meadow with a pair of large cairns to mark the way, but it soon narrows and leads into the forest. Just before you reach Sherd Lake, you might want to stop at an unnamed lily pad pond where Easter-egg yellow flowers bloom from beneath the water and dragon flies dart across the glassy surface. Continue hiking up, and you’ll eventually reach the serene Sherd Lake at the junctions of trail 095 and 046. S Willow Lake: Continue hiking on trail 046 as it doglegs around Sherd Lake. Beware of getting lured onto trail 047 if you want to continue working west. The trail continues climbing, but the footing remains solid — helped, in part, by frequent horse traffic. Eventually, the trail reaches the intersection with trail 087 that marks the first tough decision you’ll face. Trail 087 leads to Willow Lake, an easy hike into a neighboring valley. It’s a great spot to camp. Or you could continue on to Otter Lake. S Otter Lake: Continue south along trail 046 as it drops steeply into a valley and eventually a large grassy meadow with great pasture. Across the meadow, you’ll see Otter Lake. See circle park, Page 42
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Adams lures in the Big Horn lakes and streams. However, he said anglers could also have good luck using bobber-andline-type lures.
S Old Crow Lake: Head back into the forest and start working back up a gradual hill until you reach trail 090. Maps are essential This trail leads a short distance west to Old Crow Lake. A good map and compass, With so little undercover and along with the skills to use them, so many fire rings, it appears are essential for navigating the more like a city park than a area, especially if you venture wilderness area. beyond established trails. S Lame Deer Lake: It’s more S Quads: The U.S. Geological of a challenge. Maps show Survey’s 1:24,000-scale quadthat the trail ends at Old Crow, rangles are the old standbys for but keen-eyed hikers can work hikers looking to get around the their way through the brush backcountry. They offer great along unmarked trails. Small detail but also cover enough cairns mark the way, but bring area to get someone through a a map and compass. The forgood, weekend hike. The Circle est will end at the expansive Park area is covered by “Lake boulder fields that lead to the News Record Photo/Nathan Payne Angeline” quad. These can slopes of Bighorn and Darton be ordered from the USGS or peaks. Hop over the rocks bought at many sports stores for generally northwest, using a On a small lake along trail 046 a between $6 and $8. good map to lead you to Lame water lilly blossom stands above S Trails Illustrated: National Deer Lake. A solid pair of hik- the dark water. Geographic’s Trails Illustrated ing poles are invaluable. This series of maps is a good alterpart can be risky for children native to the traditional quadand pets. The persistent fisherman will find peak- rangles. These maps are made of water- and reflecting waters with hungry fish leaping for insects tear-resistant paper that makes them virtually every few seconds. Good numbers of brown and indestructible even when crumpled in a pants rainbow trout swim in this lake. pocket. Map 720 “Cloud Peak Wilderness” covS Firehole Lakes: This trio of lakes is connected ers the entire wilderness area, which helps hikby a stream that flows just southwest of the Circle ers plan longer-distance trips and avoid switchPark trails. Follow the stream at the end of trail ing between quadrangles. However, the 1:43,636 090, near Old Crow Lake, and then make your scale means it doesn’t have the fine detail of the way to a promising spot. This can be a good place quadrangles, making it less effective in picking to snag some mackinaw and golden trout. routes to a summit, for example. The Cloud Peak map can be bought for about $10 at local book Mountain Fishing stores and sports stores. John Hockett, an employee at The Sports Lure S Software maps: Computer mapping programs in Buffalo, is a former science teacher and 12-year are constantly improving and offer many advantagveteran of the U.S. Forest Service, who has been es over their paper counterparts. Finding map inforfishing Big Horn waters since 1968. Even after all mation is often only a mouse click away. Nothing these years, Hockett still likes to head into the integrates better with Global Positioning System mountains for some fishing. devices. And you can design a map to fit a specific “It’s just away from more people, and it’s kind trip. However, check the program against a reliable of quiet,” he said. map before setting out for the backcountry as they S Flies: Hockett said fly fishermen have good can also be inaccurate. DeLorme’s TopoUSA 6.0, luck with Chernobyl ants, elk hair caddis and for example, was missing several Circle Park trails.
Check out the entertainment before you head up By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Check out the weekly bluegrass jam sessions every Thursday night at the historic Occidental Hotel on North Main Street in Buffalo. Starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, a group of local musicians gather in the Occidental Saloon to wow the audience with some of the best bluegrass, western and folk music in the land. 42
The event started with a very humble beginning and has now grown into a hugely popular local event. Not only does the jam session showcase local talent, it often is a venue for other skilled musicians who may be passing through and are welcome to sit in. The jam is always open to the public, and there is never a cover charge. For more information, call 307-684-0451.
Spearfish Canyon has an adventure around every corner By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Spearfish Canyon has variety — from an afternoon guitar get-together to a rowdy jump in the lake. The 22-mile byway through the canyon, Highway 14, is more like a daylong vacation than a quick scenic drive. To fully explore Spearfish Canyon, 95 miles from Gillette, make frequent stops and explore outside the car. While many beautiful features are within eyesight of the road, others take more effort to discover. Here’s how to get the most from the trip:
Bridal Veil Falls The waterfall should be your first stop in the canyon. It is visible from a pullout on the right side of the road, but a stroll over the crosswalk offers a better view, and a short but steep embankment takes you directly to the base of the 60-foot falls that flow from a high canyon wall.
Devil’s Bathtub It is tricky to find. There are no trail markers. It crosses over the water several times, so be prepared to get wet. Schedule in a couple of hours because once you get there, you won’t want to leave. S Why the hike is worth it: Tree roots hang precariously on the hillside edge. The sun peeks through leaves, branches filtering just enough light to take off your sunglasses. A few butterflies dash in and out of the green all around you. Below, rainbow trout tempt fate by jumping above the water’s surface. After working up a sweat during the hike, a quick dip in Devil’s Bathtub will cool you off quickly. A short moss-covered rock allows for a smooth slide into the waist-deep watering hole and the flat rocks around the tub are perfect for a picnic or nap. The surroundings of the natural wonder contradict its hellish name. S How to get there: Turn onto Cleopatra Place, head down the gravel road and park near the bridge. Past the bridge is a path to your right. Hike for about 35 minutes upstream. There is little incline, but the trail often requires nimble footing and is not well-tred. You will cross the stream about 10 times. The trail is subject to disappearing often, so if you get confused, stop and look across the water to the other bank where the trail should start again. There are some fallen logs or rocks around to help you cross without getting your feet very wet. With about five minutes to go, the area around the stream starts to spread out, showing flat rocks that mark the path of once higher waters. At the same time, you will come across a watering hole that is often mistaken for Devil’s Bathtub. Keep on trekking. The real thing awaits just beyond this point.
S Getting back: The trek back may take as little as 20 minutes. This is in part because it is on a gradual decline and you are more familiar with the surroundings.
Hydro plant pullout Built in 1917 by the Homestake Mining Co., the Maurice Homestake hydro-electric plant is one of two plants on Spearfish Creek. A system of flumes and tunnels were used to make a 12-mile diversion of the creek. For almost 100 years, the plant was a power source for the company’s underground gold mine operations in Lead.
Kissing rocks Two large boulders rest tip-to-tip in the middle of the stream, near mile marker 20. While the stream flows well below the road’s edge, the tops of the rocks tower high above. It’s best to stay at the water’s edge. The rocks disrupt water flow, causing undercurrents. The obtuse angles of the rocks make them interesting to look at, but tricky to climb.
Spearfish Falls Trail A walk along the 0.75-mile path offers an informative hike with at least 15 signs describing flora and fauna. The sound of water crashing to the rocks below precedes the waterfalls. Water mists viewers when the wind blows just right.
76 Trail It’s a Forest Service hiking trail that begins at Savoy. The trail is not for amateurs. It ascends 1,000 feet in one mile to Buzzard’s Roost on the rim. Along the trail, hikers can find various Frank Lloyd Wright quotes that are set out as markers. From atop the canyon, where once only eagles dared, is a panoramic view.
Roughlock Falls and Picnic Area A mile past the junction of Highway 14 and 222, a packed dirt road leads to a favorite stop for many visitors. Two paths branch off just past the well-maintained picnic grounds. The left-most path offers a short downhill walk with a distant view of the falls. The main path is handicapaccessible and provides a better close-up view. Once back on the main road, after a visit to Roughlock Falls, you have several options. A trip down the remainder of the Spearfish Canyon byway will take you southeast where you can stop at the Cheyenne Crossing Store. At this point, your official trip through the canyon is over. You can return to Spearfish via the byway, or continue up through Lead, S.D., and then west to Spearfish via I-90. If you choose to continue past Roughlock Falls, a winding gravel road will take you past several campgrounds and the remnants of old mining towns. Follow the signs. The road crests at the top of a hill. The view opens to Iron Creek Lake. 43
Crazy Horse is a work in progress By News Record staff
Drilling and blasting continue on the colossal Crazy Horse sculpture in the Black Hills. Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving (it will be 563 feet high and 641 feet long when completed, however there is no scheduled completion date yet) is the focal point of a nonprofit educational and cultural project intended to honor not only the famous Sioux Chief Crazy Horse but all American Indian peoples. “Native Americans say that all of life is a circle, and we see that as the memorial grows and evolves,” said Ruth Ziolkowski, wife of the late Crazy Horse sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski. “It is amazing and ironic that four separate things happened in 1939, all of which connected to result in the memorial we know today.” It was 73 years ago that Ziolkowski: S Worked briefly on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. S Won first prize for sculpture by popular vote at the New York World’s Fair for his twice lifesize, marble portrait called “Paderewski: Study of an Immortal.” S Was invited to the Black Hills by Chief Henry Standing Bear and his fellow Lakota Sioux chiefs to carve Crazy Horse’s image after reading about the artists’ prize and contributions to Mount Rushmore. S First met Ruth Ross, who in 1950 became his wife and partner in the Crazy Horse dream. She and her family have continued the work on the sculpture since his death in 1982. Project leaders continue to insist on using only donations and do not accept state or federal funding. Carvers are continuing to focus on developing Crazy Horse’s outstretched hand that rests atop a horse’s head along the skyline. In blocking out the horse’s head, the mountain carving crew will come to within 20 feet of the finished surface. In the future, more detailed blasting and supersonic torching will conclude the carving. “We still have a long way to go to complete the mountain and carry out more fully the important educational and cultural goals which are our primary purpose. The nonprofit project certainly could progress faster with additional funds, and we need and encourage individual and corporate participation to speed our overall progress,” Ziolkowski said. 44
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Crazy Horse Events Schedule S Memorial Day Weekend: May 26-28. Free admis-
sion for S.D., N.D., Wyo., Mont., and Neb. panhandle residents. American Indian artists will be featured in the Indian Museum of North America and Culture Center. S Dedication anniversaries: June 3. The 64th anniversary of the 1948 dedication of the Memorial and first mountain blast. It also marks the 14th anniversary of the dedication of finishing the face of Crazy Horse. Admission to the monument is free with a requested donation of three cans of food per person. S 2012 Volksmarch: June 2-3. The 10K (6.2 miles) round trip hike is the only time the public can hike to the mountain carving in progress. S Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo & ‘A Gift From Mother Earth’: June 15-17. Great Plains Rodeo Assn. Rodeo and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assn. Rodeo events and an arts and crafts sale. Daily rodeo admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of 6 and 13. Children under 6 are free. S Night Blast: June 26. Mrs. Ruth Ziolkowski’s birthday and the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. A special program will precede the night blast. S Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 1-3. Free admission to S.D., N.D., Wyo., Mont., and Neb. panhandle residents. American Indian artists will be featured in the Indian Museum of North America and Culture Center. S Night Blast: Sept. 6. Observance of dual anniversaries—1877 death of Crazy Horse and 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski. There also will be a raffle for a 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide with custom artwork honoring mountain sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.
Wind Cave may see expansions By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Wind Cave is one of the most complex underground caves in the world, with great geological significance because it contains nearly 95 percent of the world’s known boxwork formations. These intricate, honeycombed structures are formed through a mysterious process still debated by geologists, and the unique combination of events and chemistries used to form the structures has rarely been repeated. Wind Cave National Park celebrates its 109th birthday this year, and preservation has kept much of the rare formations much like the ones explorers first encountered in the late 1800s. The park is about 135 miles from Gillette in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It features a vast labyrinth of rooms, crawlways and passages in one of the world’s largest underground caves. Some 130 miles of passages have been surveyed, but barometric wind studies estimate that just about 5 to 10 percent of the total cave has been discovered. The National Park Service in 2011 acquired 5,555 acres of former ranchland to expand the cave. The land includes a thousand-year-old buffalo jump and an historic homestead. Buffalo jumps are cliffs or steep banks that American Indians used to kill bison by driving them over the edge. Congress in 2005 approved expanding the park, and in 2011 approved money to do it. The Conservation Fund acquired the property at auction from a private family and has transferred it to the Park Service.
The land is now closed to the public while the park begins to draft a plan for what to do with it. The park will host public forums this summer to allow the community to provide input on what they would like to see done with the land. A public review of the information gathered during the public forums will occur in June or July. The last major expansion of the park occurred in 1946, and it took the park more than five years to develop the land. It was named for the wind that blows out of or into the natural opening, a small hole in the side of the hill. Changing atmospheric pressure outside the cave causes the air inside to adjust. One- to four-hour cave tours are available with varying difficulties. There also are cave tours for people with special needs. Adult prices range from $7 for standard tours to $23 for the wilder hands-and-knees tours. Reservations for candlelight tours and wild cave tours are recommended up to a month in advance due to their popularity. For reservations, call 605745-4600. The park features 33,000 acres of mixed-prairie ecosystem that is home to buffalo, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, coyote, elk, deer and other animals. It has camping, hiking, self-guided nature and wildlife tours and scenic driving routes.
If you go The Visitor Center is 11 miles north of Hot Springs off U.S. Highway 385 (about one half mile west from the highway)
Jewel is world’s second-longest cave By NEWS RECORD STAFF
At more than 160 miles, Jewel Cave is the second-longest cave in the world. Its passageways feature calcite crystals, flowstone and long ribbons of mineral deposits known as cave bacon. The park offers four types of interpretive tours of the cave, varying in length from half an hour to four hours. Some tours are handicapped accessible, while others are more strenuous and require you to crawl through tunnels on your hands and knees. Jewel Cave National Monument also is home to eight species of bats that hibernate there each year, taking advantage of the cave’s variety of climatic and structural conditions, including one of the largest hibernating colonies of Townsend’s big-eared bats anywhere in the world, according to a release from the park. A recent survey by bat biologists and park staff counted more than 1,200 bats, all found within a quarter mile of the cave’s historic entrance.
But the national monument is more than just a cave, said Bradley Block, chief of interpretation of the park. Jewel Cave National Monument also offers about 10 miles of hiking trails, with opportunities for wildflower viewing, bird watching and exploration of Ponderosa pine forests. Over 120 species of birds inhabit the park, including great horned owls and woodpeckers. The park also offers junior ranger programs that focus on the park’s wildlife and fire ecology. Block recommends making cave tour reservations up to seven days in advance of your arrival to the park. Call 605-673-8300 for details or check it out online at www.nps.gov/jeca/.
If you go: The Jewel Cave Visitor Center and cave entrance are 13 miles west of Custer, S.D., on Route 16. 45
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The cool, clear water of Sylvan Lake along with the dramatic rock formations of the Black Hills creates a destination spot for travelers from around the world.
Sylvan Lake is quite the reward after a 3-mile Black Hills hike By NEWS RECORD STAFF
Stand in the old fire watchtower atop Harney Peak and you’ll see the surrounding Black Hills National Forest from a height of 7,200 feet above sea level. Lush ponderosa pines, birch, Douglas firs and other trees carpet much of the mountainous terrain surrounding North America’s highest point east of the Rocky Mountains. The Black Hills are a unique ecosystem that gets much more moisture than the surrounding areas, making it a cool, inviting haven for both wildlife and humans alike. Something else at the apex of the three-mile hike: Sylvan Lake, one of South Dakota’s premier watering holes in the Black Hills. The multi-faceted recreational combination is about six miles north of Custer, between Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore. It’s about 120 miles from Gillette, so the round-trip journey is easily done in a day. Keep in mind: A day might not be long enough. The best route to Sylvan Lake and its two trail heads that lead to Harney Peak is through Custer, the Black Hills’ most prominent tourist trap community. It’s about 15 minutes from Custer to Sylvan Lake’s entrance, and the path is lined with all things green: trees, hills, pastures. After paying the $5 per person cover charge to get into Custer State Park, ditch the car and head out on foot. 46
There are two main avenues from which to pick: take a hike or head for the lake. Either will not disappoint. S Sylvan Lake: For the lake-goers, there’s the variety of water activities available, including boat rentals, swimming, fishing or just sitting on the shore and soaking up rays or having a bite to eat. The view around the lake is soothing, with its one rocky side mingling with the enveloping trees and hills. A jutting rock formation extends more than 40 feet into the air from the water’s surface and provides a nice gathering place for those willing to venture into the reflective pool. S Harney Peak: Give yourself about four hours for the trek — three miles each way — including time to stop and watch deer, sit by the lake and soak your hot feet and eat a picnic lunch. The two hiking trails leading to the peak are considered moderate. There’s no need for any special equipment, but definitely bring water and maybe a light snack. A general store near the entrance will provide most any of the basics needed, so don’t worry if something is forgotten. A must-have is a camera, maybe two, because there are some wonderful vistas that define the Kodak moment. Then there’s the peak, featuring a long-abandoned fire watchtower that now serves as a finish line for the occasionally strenuous hike. The view from the top is like staring from the bow of a ship floating thousands of feet above massive forested, rocky, sunlit waves.
Is that legal? Drinking In Wyoming: You must be at least 21 years old to consume any form of alcohol. Many bars and liquor stores will ask anyone who appears younger than age 30 for identification. Package liquor sales are legal starting at noon on Sundays in Gillette, and bars are open until 10 p.m. Restaurants with liquor licenses can serve alcohol on Sundays. Liquor sales are legal from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. the rest of the week. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed inside vehicles. In South Dakota: The same drinking rules apply. In Rapid City, you can buy alcohol in bars from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Liquor stores must stop selling alcohol at midnight.
Seat belts In Wyoming: Seat belts must be worn, but officers cannot stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt. Several years ago, state laws were enacted regarding seat belt and child-safety restraint use. Children who have not reached their ninth birthday must be in child safety restraint systems. An officer can write a ticket for a seat belt violation without issuing any citation before the seat belt ticket. If the driver is not wearing a seat belt, the person will be responsible for a $25 fine. In South Dakota: The seat belt laws and fines are identical. Children younger than 5 years old must be buckled into a child safety seat.
Concealed weapons In Wyoming: Wyomingites do not need a permit to carry a concealed weapon within the state’s boundaries based on a law passed in 2011 so long as they meet a handful of criteria S At least 21 years old S Are a U.S. resident S Have not been convicted of a crime that would suspend your rights S Have not been committed to a mental institution If you’re not from Wyoming, you will have to have a state-issued concealed-weapon permit from your home state and that state must be one from which Wyoming recognizes permits. There also is a list of places you can’t carry a concealed weapon. Anyone planning on carrying a concealed weapon should call the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 307-682-7271 for more information. In South Dakota: You need a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon. But if a gun is carried in the open and is identifiable, you don’t need a permit. You can’t carry a gun into a bank, bar, school or government building. Log on to www.sdsos.gov for more information.
Snakes, bears, mazes and mysteries abound By NEWS RECORD STAFF
The road to Rapid City is rife with signs promising adventure and excitement ahead on Highway 16 in South Dakota. Signs tick out the progress of motorists — “one mile ahead” or “½ mile ahead” — as reliably as any odometer as you drive among the Ponderosa pines of the Black Hills. Perhaps you are heading to Mount Rushmore National Memorial or Custer State Park or some other legitimate tourist destination. And perhaps, for a moment, you are intrigued by the prospect of meeting a crocodile named “Maniac.” Instead of chastising yourself for considering these tourist traps, you should embrace these roadside spectacles for a trip filled with mysterious mazes, cute creatures and slick tricks of the mind. Just be sure to pack your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and shoes made for walkin’. All you have to do is follow the signs.
Black Hills Maze After the two-hour drive from Gillette to Rapid City, hang a right on Highway 16 and you’ll hit a tourist’s drag. Just outside of town, one of the first sites you will come upon is the Black Hills Maze. Plan to spend at least a half hour to 45 minutes here winding your way through 1.2 miles of walkways, bridges and towers. It’s the largest permanent maze in the Midwest and one of the three largest in the United States, according to owner Conrad Rupert. You’ll be given a card with a faceless Mount Rushmore illustrated on it. The object is to navigate the labyrinth to find each of the four towers along the way. Each tower has an ink stamp to fill out the presidential lineup. But come prepared with a bottle of water and sunscreen. On warm days, the gravel you have to slog through absorbs the heat like a beach and the wooden walls around you reflect it. If the maze doesn’t wear out the kids by the end, there’s also a batting cage, a rock climbing wall and a miniature golf course to work off that extra energy. S What: Black Hills Maze S Where: Three miles south of Rapid City; 6400 S. Highway 16 S Hours: Open May 1 until Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It opens at 10 a.m. Sundays and stays open until 10 p.m. Fridays. S Price: $8.99 for adults, children under 5 are free; fees for extra activities such as the batting cage and rock climbing wall S Phone: 605-343-5439 48
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Reptile Gardens is a large park with a lot of slithering creatures.
Reptile Gardens Just five miles south of Rapid City is Reptile Gardens. Anyone with an aversion to all things that creep and crawl need not enter. It’s a deceptively large park with lots to see, so set aside at least an hour-and-a-half to see a show and peruse the assortment of creatures. From the outside, the front building is a pastel green stucco affair with Mayan-looking glyphs of fearsome snakes and lizards. Once inside the park, an impressive glass dome housing all manner of creatures predominates the landscape. Inside this well air-conditioned structure is one of the largest crocodiles you’re likely to see in these parts — a 15.5-foot male saltwater crocodile named Maniac. There also is a thorough collection of snakes, See attractions, Page 49
A cynical person might say whoever engineered the illusions at the Cosmos Mystery area was good with a level. They might say it’s a miscommunication between your eyes and your brain. Others might claim it’s an optical illusion. None of that will take away from the remarkable experience. News Record Photo/File
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both venomous and non-venomous, including the black mamba of “Kill Bill” fame and our own less exotic but familiar prairie rattlesnake. One of the big draws of the Reptile Garden is a show where self-described croc and gator wrestlers stroll around a small pen literally swarming with 40 of the reptiles. Children in the crowd gasp as a gator wrestler leaps astraddle a 6-foot alligator in the fashion of the late Steve Irwin. Check out the park’s special events at www. reptilegardens.com. S What: Reptile Gardens S Where: Five miles south of Rapid City S Open: Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. S Cost: $16 adults, $11 children 5-12, under 4 are free S Phone: 605-342-5873, 800-335-0275
Bear Country USA Once you’re back on Highway 16, it’s on to warm-blooded things. The next stop is Bear Country USA, nine miles south of Rapid City. It’s a drive-through zoo of sorts, which provides the opportunity to spot bobcats, badgers and beavers from your car window. It takes about 30 minutes to drive through the park, but the baby animal zoo at the end can take at least another 45 minutes. As soon as you enter the park, you’re on a switchbacking road that you can cruise at your own leisure. Elk, bighorn sheep, bison and Arctic wolves roam the hills beneath the ponderosa pines — not all together, of course. Mountain lions lay beneath shelters. Grizzly bears and black bears congregate roadside, munching on hot dog buns, blocking traffic and scratching their rumps on felled logs. Speaking of hot dogs, there is a little restaurant that grills buffalo burgers made to order. When the tour ends, there is a collection of baby animals to watch and coo over. The bear cubs are particularly popular.
S What: Bear Country USA S Where: Eight miles south of Rapid City S Open: May through late November; open daily, but hours vary S Cost: $16 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, $10 children 5-12, under 4 free or $60 for a carload S Phone: 605-343-2290
Cosmos Mystery Area After a large dose of cuteness, some may feel the need to experience something truly odd and random. Another eight miles down the road is a true tourist trap. But it is one that will challenge your mind. You’ll spend at least 30 minutes here, depending on how long it is until the next tour. You’ll be led uphill on a winding path to a cabin whose architect appears to have thrown all the rules of construction out the out-of-plumb window. The crowns of a cluster of trees nearby are all bent toward a central point on the hill that tour guides say is caused by natural phenomena of the “Mystery Spot.” As everyone enters the cabin, most begin stumbling like drunks. One tour guide claimed that a plane took an overhead infrared picture of the site once, and it showed up red, indicating heat. To drive her point home, she placed a ball at the edge of a windowsill and, inexplicably, it began rolling uphill. Then she stepped on two boards at the corner of the house and leaned forward with her entire body, appearing to levitate. Throw everything you ever learned in physics class out the window and the Cosmos is nothing short of remarkable. S What: Cosmos Mystery Area S Where: About 17 miles south of Rapid City S Open: 8 a.m. to dusk June through the end of August; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the offseason S Cost: Adult $9.50, children 11 or younger are admitted free with a parent S Phone: 605-343-9802 49
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Kristina Pille, left, and Katrina Memmel erect construction signs along Westover Road in Gillette. Travelers may find road construction throughout northeastern Wyoming and parts of South Dakota this summer
Summer means orange cones by Abby Collins news record writer firstname.lastname@example.org
You know summer is here when you see orange cones blocking lanes on the highway and forcing reduced speeds. If you’re driving from the Big Horns through the Powder River Basin and into the Black Hills, road work is expected to be minimal, so it should be a fairly easy ride. But here are some projects you should be aware of: S Throughout Wyoming: There will be ongo-
ing pavement work on all the highways in Wyoming to help increase the roads’ durability. The work will be done in patches and will last several days in each place. Bridges across northeastern Wyoming also will receive some overlay work, but that will be minimal and no delays are expected. S Sheridan area: About 10 miles of Interstate 90 south of Sheridan will undergo resurfacing and slide repair from mileposts 28 to 38. There shouldn’t be delays, but traffic will be moved to the westbound lane while the eastbound lane is worked on. The scheduled completion is in October. S Buffalo area: Interstate 25 south of Buffalo
from mileposts 280 to 290, and from 264 to 272, is expected to be resurfaced this summer. If so, expect small delays and one-lane traffic. It is 50
expected to be completed October.
S Gillette area: About seven miles of roadway, roughly 30 miles north of Gillette on Highway 59, will be widened with a new overlay this summer. The road will remain open to traffic with lower speed limits, but the construction will require a wait for a pilot car at times. The project is scheduled to be completed in October. The final overlay project for Highway 59 south of Gillette from Antelope Valley to Bishop Road likely will result in some delays until the project is wrapped up at the end of June.
S Sundance area: There will be a reconstruction project on Highway 116 south of Sundance from mile marker 22 to 28. It is scheduled to be finished in June. S Newcastle area: The road from mileposts 237 to 238 on Highway 85, north of Newcastle, will be relocated and realigned to avoid a sharp turn and slide area. It’s expected to be finished in October. S Rapid City area: Interstate 90 through Rapid City will have construction at Exit 52 on the tunnel over the DM&E Railroad line near Black Hawk, S.D. The project is expected to be complete late this spring or summer. Also expect construction work on the eastbound lanes of I-90 until early August.
What’s going on? May 25 Gillette: Mark Wills with Double Vision. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
584-1100. Custer, S.D.: National Trails Day at Custer State Park. Call 605-673-2244.
June 2-Sept. 29
Gillette: Fifth annual Spring Classic Tournament. Roughrider Stadium, corner of Warlow Drive and Gurley Avenue. TBA.
May 26 Gillette: Double Vision. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Gillette: Car Racing, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287.
May 26-Sept. 3 Custer, S.D.: Grand Magic Show at Custer Show Barn, 7:30 p.m., nightly. May 26-28 Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: Free admission to residents of S.D., Mont., N.D., Neb., and Wyo., with three cans of food per person. Call 605-673-4681. Sheridan: Hang Gliders Fly-In, Bighorn Mountains Sand Turn, west of Sheridan. Call 307-751-1138.
May 26 to Oct. 8 Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: Legends in Light laser show nightly at dark. Call 605-673-4681.
May 28 Douglas: 8 a.m., Memorial Day Breakfast, Glenrock Senior Center. Call 307-436-5652. Vore Buffalo Jump: Open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Digging is prohibited. Watch the University of Wyoming graduate students unearth the site from July 10-20. Hot Springs, S.D.: 9 a.m., Memorial Day program, State Veterans Home.
May 31 Belle Fourche, S.D.: Hershey Track and Field, 5:307:30 p.m. at Lou Graslie Field. Call 605-892-2467. Worland: Voices of the Basin History in their own Words Exhibit, Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, 307-347-4102.
June 1-2 Gillette: Dakota Country. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Buffalo: Big Horn Mountain Showdown, Buffalo High School. Come and watch the best clogging competition around. Call 307-620-0282.
June 2 Statewide: Free fishing anywhere in Wyoming by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department to celebrate National Fishing and Boating week. Wright: Durham Ranch Buffalo Stampede 5k run/ walk, 7:30 a.m., Durham Ranch. Call 307-682-7406 or 307-464-0198. Gillette: Car Racing; dirt car late models, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287. Lead, S.D.: Mickelson Trail walk/run/ride. Call 605-
Custer, S.D.: Farmers’ Market at Way Park.
Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: Crazy Horse Volksmarch. 27th annual organized hike up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. Free. Call 605-673-4681. Pine Haven: Golf Cart Giveaway Tournament, Keyhole Country Club. Call 307-756-3775. Sheridan: Hoop Jam, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Whitney Plaza in downtown Sheridan. Call 307-642-2382.
June 3 Lead, S.D.: Mickelson Trail Marathon. Call 605-5841100.
June 7 Gillette: White’s Frontier Motors 2 mile run, 7 a.m., White’s Frontier Motors, 444 Skyline Drive. Call 307682-8527. Douglas: Railroad Days, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free hot dog feed; 6-8 p.m., steak dinner; 6-8 p.m., free concert with The Tremors; 9 p.m., “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again” movie with free popcorn, Locomotive Park.
June 8 Gillette: Razor City Rumble Demolition Derby, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Morningside Park.
June 8-9 Gillette: The Devonshires. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
June 9 Gillette: Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife State Convention, Frontier Hall at Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Gillette: Car Racing; Pepsi Challenge race for Midwest Modifieds, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287. Douglas: Jackalope Days, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jackalope Square. Worland: Big Horn Mammoth Run/Walk, Worland High School Warrior Stadium. Visit www.worlandchamber for more information. Worland: 11th Annual Culture Fest, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Worland Community Center Complex. Belle Fourche, S.D.: Hay Fever Run/Walk, 8:45 a.m., Belle Fourche Area Community Center parking lot. Call 605-892-2467.
June 9-10 Hulett: Hulett Rodeo, 1:30 p.m. daily, Hulett Rodeo Grounds. Call 307-467-5929.
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June 12 Lead, S.D.: Lead LIVE, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music, food, games for the kids, a Farmer’s Market and much more.
June 14-17 Gillette: Heartland International Owners Club RV Rally, Cam-plex Wyoming Center.
June 15-16 Deadwood, S.D.: Wild Bill Hickok Days. Call 605-5781876.
June 15 Gillette: Seven Sundays. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Gillette: American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Cam-plex Central Pavilion and Plaza.
June 16 Gillette: Bagger Ball with Seven Sundays. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Gillette: Car Racing, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287. Chugwater: Chugwater Chili Cook-off, Chugwater Town Park. Belle Fourche, S.D.: 25th Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally, Herrmann Park. Call 605-8922676. Lead, S.D.: The Big Mick Bicycle Race, starts at the Lead Trailhead and ends in Edgemont, S.D. Call 605890-1385.
June 15-17 Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: 22nd Annual Crazy Horse Rodeo and Gift from Mother Earth Celebration. Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association & PRCA rodeo events. Call 605-673-4681.
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Skylar Kinney and Dillon Glick fish while Marcus Glick and Evan Robbins stalk crawfish and turtles with their net during a family barbecue at Fishing Lake.
June 21 Sheridan: Street Festival, 5-9 p.m., Historic Main St. Sheridan.
June 22-23 Gillette: Apec, Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
June 22-24 Gillette: Donkey Creek Jazz Festival, jazz musicians, artists and food, Gillette College, 300 W. Sinclair. Avenue of Arts reception, Gillette College Technical Center. Free. Hot Springs, S.D.: Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival, Centennial Park.
Sheridan: Annual Big Horn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Runs. Runners from across the U.S., Australia, Germany and more compete in 59 and 100 miles, 30k and 50k races west of Sheridan. Call 307-673-7500.
Gillette: Car Racing; Late Model Chip Night Black Jack Special, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287. Kaycee: Hole in the Wall Tour, registration begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and breakfast, speakers begin at 8:30 a.m. Call 307-738-2381. Cost is $85 per person. Dayton: Battle under the Bighorns 3-on-3 basketball tournament, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Scott Park. Call 307655-9419.
June 15-July 1
Big Horn Mountains: Wild flowers peak season — Meander through the mountains on Scenic Byways 14 and 14A experiencing wild flowers and wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, bears, lions and marmot. Fort Phil Kearny: Bozeman Trail Days. Call 307-6847629.
Gillette: Match Play Classic golf tournament, Gillette Golf Club. Douglas: Relay for Life, Wyoming State Fair Park. Call 307-358-8405.
June 17 Keystone, S.D.: Father’s Day Special, dads ride the 1880 Train for the price of a child. Call 605-574-2222 or online at www.1880train.com for tickets.
Kaycee: Dull Knife Battlefield Tour, check-in begins at 9 a.m., depart by 9:30 a.m. Call 307-738-2381. Cost is $75 per person. Devil’s Tower: Old Settlers Picnic. Free.
Belle Fourche, S.D.: South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals, Roundup Grounds. Call 605-210-2318 or 605-208-6388.
Gillette: Newmar Kountry Klub International RV Rally, Cam-plex Wyoming Center.
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June 26 Wright: Hay Creek Golf Club Demo Day, 3-6 p.m. Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: Night blast celebration for Ruth Ziolkowski’s 86th birthday. Call 605-6734681.
June 27 Gillette: Bell Nob Golf Club Demo Day, 1-6 p.m. Custer, S.D.: Nature Day Camp, Kids Fishing Day, Custer State Park. Call 605-673-2244.
June 28-July1 Gillette: Hladky Memorial Tournament. Roughrider Stadium, corner of Warlow Drive and Gurley Avenue. TBA.
June 29-30 Gillette: Grease Monkeys. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Newcastle: Cambria Coal Mine Days.
June 30 Gillette: Car Racing, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287. Sheridan: Extreme Rodeo for the Kids, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 561-914-0915. Sheridan: Karz Rod Run, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., historic downtown Sheridan. Call 307-672-7574. Moorcroft: Moorcroft Police Department Pig Roast. Deadwood, S.D.: Northern Hills Shrine Circus. Call 605-580-5997.
June 31 Gillette: Car Racing; Demolition Derby, Thunder Stocks and Midwest Modified, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287.
June 30 to July 1 Hill City, S.D.: Sculpture in the Hills, 10 a.m., Main Street.
July 1-4 Belle Fourche, S.D.: 93rd Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, Roundup Rodeo grounds. Call 605-892-2676.
July 2 Gillette: U.S. Army Band Concert, 7 p.m., Cam-plex Heritage Center, free. Douglas: “Rio Lobo” movie, 9 p.m., Locomotive Park. Free.
July 4 Gillette: 6 to 10 a.m., pancake feed; 7 a.m., firecracker run; 10 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m., register for activities at Bicentennial Park; noon, games, hot dog feed, Bicentennial Park; 12:30 p.m., strong man/woman challenge; 1 p.m., water fights; fireworks at Cam-plex. Custer, S.D.: Patriots’ Parade with kids’ parade, downtown Custer, 10 a.m. Fireworks at Pageant Hill at dusk. Belle Fourche, S.D.: 4th of July Parade, 10 a.m. Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: Independence Day Blast. Call 605-673-4681. Sheridan: Fireworks at the Big Horn Equestrian Center. Ucross: Fireworks. Ten Sleep: 66th Annual 4th of July Rodeo. Visit www. tensleeprodeo.com. Lead, S.D.: Gold Camp Jubilee Days, Manual Brothers Park. Hot Springs, S.D.: Fourth of July celebration; 8:15 a.m., Firecracker Mile 5k/10k run, Chautauqua Park; 10 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m., community barbecue at the Mueller Center; 1 p.m., duck race; 2 p.m., demolition derby; 5 p.m., barbecue cook-off at American Legion; fireworks at dusk.
July 5-9 Gillette: RVing Women RV Rally, Cam-plex Energy Hall.
July 6-7 Gillette: Rebel Raised. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Sheridan: 6th Annual Chris LeDoux Spurs and Spikes Memorial Golf Tournament, Powder Horn Golf Club. Call 307-672-9715.
July 6-8 Buffalo: Big Horn Mountain Music Festival, Johnson County Fairgrounds.
July 7 Gillette: Car Racing; Mac’s Gunworks IMCA 38 Special, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287. Gillette: Chad Doege Memorial golf tournament, 1 p.m., Gillette Golf Club. Pine Haven: Fourth of July celebration, Water’s Park Potluck Picnic at Water’s Park, drinks and burgers, bring salad or dessert to share; children’s games; fireworks; 8 p.m., free park entrance. Call 307-756-9807.
July 8 Mystic, S.D.: 42nd Annual Mystic Mountain Run, 7:30 a.m. Call 605-348-7866 for information.
Hill City, S.D.: 1880 Train Independence Day Shootout, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Call 605-574-2222 or visit www.1880train.com for tickets.
Douglas: “Maverick” movie, 9 p.m., Locomotive Park. Free.
July 3-4 Custer, S.D.: Old Time Country 4th Celebration at Way Park.
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July 11-14 Sheridan: 82nd Sheridan Wyo. Rodeo. For event details, tickets and schedules, visit Rodeo Central at www.sheridanwyorodeo.com.
July 13 Gillette: Class of 1971 Ice Breaker with Lazy L Band. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Gillette: MEGA Monster Truck Tour, 7:30 p.m., Camplex Morningside Park.
July 13-15 Moorcroft: Moorcroft Jubilee Days. Family fun night, pancake breakfast, parade, free barbecue, bed races and a street dance. Call 307-756-2652.
July 14 Gillette: Steel Stallion Ball with Lazy L Band. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Gillette: Little Levi Rodeo, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Camplex Wrangler Arena. Gillette: Car Racing; Harold Allen Memorial Twin 20’s Midwest Modified Special, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287. Lead, S.D.: Neutrino Day, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake. Visit www. sanfordlab.org. Hill City, S.D.: 32nd Annual Heart of the Hills Run, 6:30-9:30 p.m., starts at the 1880 Train Depot. Call 605-348-7866 for information. Spearfish Canyon, S.D.: Northern Hills CASA 26th Annual Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon, Spearfish City Park. Call 605-722-4558.
July 15 Sheridan: Shakespeare in the Park “Twelfth Night,” 6:30-8 p.m., Kendrick Park Bandshell.
July 16 Douglas: “True Grit” movie, 9 p.m., Locomotive Park. Free.
July 16-21 Gillette: Holiday Rambler National Convention RV Rally, Cam-plex Wyoming Center.
July 19 Sheridan: Street Festival, 5-9 p.m., Historic Main Street, Sheridan.
July 19-21 Spearfish, S.D.: Black Hills Corvette Classic.
July 20-22 Spearfish, S.D.: Festival in the Park, Spearfish City Park.
July 20-21 Gillette: Stone Monkey Band. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Buffalo: Art Chalk Festival, Crazy Woman Square. Call 760-445-7217.
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The Campbell County Visitor Center is on South Douglas Highway just off of Interstate 90 next to Flying J. The center offers hundreds of visitor guides, maps, and information about attractions, lodging and restaurants. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information, call 307686-0040.
July 20-29 Cheyenne: Cheyenne Frontier Days. Visit www.cfdrodeo.com.
July 21 Gillette: Car Racing, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287. Gillette: United Way 5k, 7 a.m., Gillette College. Call 307-682-8527.
July 23 Douglas: “Bite the Bullet” movie, 9 p.m., Locomotive Park. Free.
July 23-27 Spearfish, S.D.: National Impala Convention, Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center. Show-n- Shine, July 26, 5-8 p.m., downtown Spearfish.
July 24-28 Deadwood, S.D.: Days of ’76. Call 605-578-1876.
July 25 Custer, S.D.: Nature Day Camp, Follow that Footprint, Paw and Hoof, Custer State Park. Call 605-673-2244.
July 26 Spearfish, S.D.: Ridin’ for the Brand - Heritage of the American West, High Plains Western Heritage Center, 6 p.m. Call 605-642-9378. Tickets are $12.
July 26-29 Dayton: Dayton Days.
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Sheridan: 7th annual Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan College Campus. Visit www.bigwestartsfestival.com.
July 27-28 Buffalo: Crazy Days and Crazy Nights, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Crazy Woman Square. Call 307-684-5544. Belle Fourche, S.D.: Cowboy Crazy Days, all around Belle Fourche.
July 27-29 Custer, S.D.: Gold Discovery Days, downtown Custer. Call 605-673-2244.
July 28 Gillette: Car Racing; NAPA Night Dirt Car Late Models, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287.
July 28-Aug. 4 Sheridan: Sheridan County Fair, Sheridan County Fairgrounds. Call 307-672-2079.
July 28-Aug. 5 Newcastle: Weston County Fair, Weston County Fairgrounds.
July 29-Aug. 4 Buffalo: Johnson County Fair and Rodeo, Johnson County Fairgrounds. Call 307-684-7357.
July 30 Douglas: “Little Big Man” movie, 9 p.m., Locomotive Park. Free.
July 30-Aug. 3 Worland: Washakie County Fair, Washakie County Fairgrounds.
July 30-Aug. 5 Gillette: Campbell County Fair, Cam-plex.
Aug. 2-12 Custer, S.D.: Custer Cruisin’, downtown Custer. Visit www.custercruisin.com.
Aug. 2 Gillette: Big O Tires Lyle Cottrell Memorial, 6:15 p.m., Campbell County Recreation Center. Call 307-6828527.
Aug. 3-4 Gillette: Earl Ware and Haywire. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
Aug. 3 Keystone, S.D.: Carrie Ingalls Day. Free admission to the Keystone Historical Museum with cake and punch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free.
Aug. 4 Gillette: Car Racing, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287.
Aug. 4-8 Keystone, S.D.: Annual Biker Rally breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Keystone Community Center. Call (605) 5744467.
Aug. 4-11 Hill City, S.D.: Hill City Senior Center Biker Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Hill City Senior Center.
Aug. 6-12 Sturgis, S.D.: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Aug. 8 Hulett: Ham-n-Jam.
Aug. 9-12 Custer, S.D.: Custer County Fair, Hermosa, S.D.
Aug. 10-12 Sheridan: Sheridan County Rodeo, Sheridan County Fairgrounds, Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at the gate. Ten Sleep: Nowoodstock Music Festival, Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vista Park.
Aug. 10-11 Gillette: Face Lift. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
Aug. 11 Pine Haven: Keyhole Rhythm and Ribs Music Festival, 1 p.m. to midnight. Call 307-756-3224 or 307-756-3817.
Aug. 12 Buffalo: First Big Horn Tire Show and Shine, 8 a.m. Call 307-684-7416 or 307-684-8200. Hill City, S.D.: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tucker Day Rodeo at the Double Diamond Ranch. Call 605-574-4560. Sheridan: Taste of Sheridan, 3-7 p.m., Thorne-Rider Park.
Aug. 13 Douglas: “Rango” movie, 9 p.m., Locomotive Park. Free.
Aug. 13-21 Douglas: The 100th Celebration of the Wyoming State Fair, Wyoming State Fairgrounds. Call 307-3582398.
Aug. 14 Lead, S.D.: Lead LIVE, 5:30-8:30p.m. Music, food, games for the kids, a Farmer’s Market and much more. Lead, S.D.: Lead Ladies Marathon. Call 605-6422382. Continued on next page
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Aug. 14-15 Gillette: Energy Symposium, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camplex Energy Hall.
Aug. 15 Custer, S.D.: Nature Day Camp, Nature Explorers at Custer State Park. Call 605-673-2244.
Aug. 16 Sheridan: Street Festival, 5-9 p.m., Historic Main Street. Sheridan.
Aug. 15-18 Nisland, S.D.: Butte/Lawrence County Fair, Nisland Fairgrounds. Call 605-892-3371.
Aug. 17-18 Gillette: Jackdanny Band. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway. Gillette: Jesus Little Levi Rodeo, Cam-plex Wrangler Arena. Worland: 8th Annual Pepsi Wyoming State Barbecue Championship and Bluegrass Festival, Washakie County Fairgrounds. Call 307-388-4065. Custer, S.D.: Crazy Days in downtown Custer.
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Seth Knight applies a special conservator's wax to,“JJ & Murphy” by George Lundeen at McManamen Park in preparation to “hot wax” the sculpture, which protects the bronze. Gillette has nearly 100 outdoor sculptures by artists from around the world as part of its Avenues of Art program, which is overseen by the Mayor’s Art Council.
Aug. 31- Sept. 1 Gillette: Walker Williams Band. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
Gillette: Car Racing, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307689-1287. Custer State Park Game Lodge: 6:30 p.m., South Dakota Bat Festival. Activities and presentations to help visitors understand the myths and facts associated with bats.
Deadwood, S.D.: Kool Deadwood Nights. Call 605578-1876.
Gillette: Car Racing; Limited Late Models, Mod-4, Midwest Mods, Late Models and IMCA Mods, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287. Pine Haven/Keyhole State Park: Pine Haven Days, 4 p.m., Keyhole Fishing Association Fish Fry. Hill City, S.D.: 1880 Train Labor Day Shootout, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Call 605-574-2222 or visit www.1880train. com for tickets.
Aug. 24-25 Gillette: Montage. Jakes Tavern, 5201 S. Douglas Highway.
Aug. 24-26 Gillette: Christian Motorcycle Association State Rally, Equality Hall at Cam-plex Wyoming Center.
Crazy Horse Memorial, S.D.: Free admission to residents of S.D., Mont., N.D., Neb., and Wyo., with three cans of food per person. Call 605-673-4681. Sheridan: Hang Gliders Fly-In, Bighorn Mountains Sand Turn, west of Sheridan. Call 307-751-1138.
Gillette: Car Racing; Budweiser Season Championship, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287.
Gillette: Car Racing; Thunder Stocks, Limited Late Models, Mod-4, Midwest Mods, Late Models and IMCA Mods, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287.
Sheridan: Sheridan Elks Youth Rodeo, Sheridan County Fairgrounds. www.sheridanelks.org.
Sheridan: Don King Days, Big Horn Equestrian Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gillette: Car Racing; Limited Late Models, Mod-4, Thunder Stocks and IMCA Mods, 7 p.m., Gillette Thunder Speedway, Highway 51. Admission fees vary. Call 307-689-1287.
Pine Haven/Keyhole State Park: Pine Haven Days. 11 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m., lunch in the park.
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