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Volume 5 Issue 14

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Bird Newspaper Makes History Amanda Smith, Editor/Publisher and Wesley Taylor, Graphic Editor of the Glenrock Bird Newspaper have announced a major first step in the Wyoming Newspaper Market. In a state known for "firsts", like the first state to grant women the right to vote, and the Nation's first National Park, the Glenrock Bird, is the first small, non-daily newspaper in the Nation to launch on both the Kindle and iPad. And the first newspaper in the State of Wyoming to launch on both. After six months of statistical study, The Bird has once again demonstrated that it is on the cutting edge of technology and takes the lead in the State of Wyoming Newspaper industry in yet another "first". A remarkable feat for a small town newspaper publisher competing in this culture of a 24/7 news cycle. In 2007, The Bird, as it has been affectionately named by its readers, entered the newspaper fray with a simple idea that providing leading edge technology, informative factual community-oriented news, combined with international news when appropriate, was the essential mix to compete in the Wyoming market. Although the first few years were daunting, with tenacity and following its simple strategy, The Bird has grown and expanded in popularity and customer loyalty. In 2009, The Bird launched its first "real" digital version of the print copy issues, and most recently implemented a "community alert system for members of Converse and Natrona County utilizing social media networks including Facebook. Smith made a decision that ereaders, like the Kindle, and tablets like the iPad, were the next logical step in remaining current with reading trends and convenience of information as it became the first newspaper in the State of Wyoming to launch the Kindle and iPad. Publishers nationwide to include Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, Chicago and California contacted The Bird to gain insight into the launch and to congratulate them on such a momentous and significant step forward. The Glenrock Bird shall continue to stay abreast of current technology and relevant trends in the highly competitive publishing industry in order to continue to effectively serve their Wyoming and national readers with reliability and accuracy in the future, as they have in the past. It is with great pride and humility that they embark on this new endeavor and be the "leader in print and digital press" in Converse County, Wyoming and beyond.

Glenrock’s “Wyoming Winter” Proves We’re in for “Moo”re Snow Community News Glenrock/Douglas Senior Centers Receive Truck Donation pg2 Chesapeake named fortune 100 - pg 2 TOPS Glenrock Awards - Pg 2 Will more RIGS come to Converse - pg 4 Pyatt’s Pieces - Pg4

It might be snowing still in the Great Cowboy state but these Converse County cows don’t seem to mind the harsh winter that Mother Nature has put upon us these last few weeks. Photo Amanda Smith

Chesapeake Donates Truck to Glenrock/Douglas Senior Centers See Story Page 2

Converse County and Beyond Coal Gasification Facility Commissioned in Laramie - pg 6 Wyoming asks for public input on Broadband - pg 6 OnStar Chase Continued - pg 6

News From The Nest - Pg 7

Bird Odd’s and Ends

NEW! Wesley’s Way - Page 8 Cowboy Poetry - Page 8 Bunkhouse Recipes - Page 8 Straight Talk With Sassy, The Parrot and so much more in this issue of The Glenrock Bird!

Bird Business Directory Area Businesses - Page 9 Bird Classifieds - Page 9

Glenrockian Receives Prestigious Award Kelsey Campbell hands over the keys of a 2006 3/4 ton Ford Pick Up to Jill Kingston after Chesapeake Energy generously donated the vehicle to the Glenrock and Douglas Senior Centers: Converse County Aging Services. . From left to right: Douglas City Council Marilyn Werner, Glenrock Senior Center Board Member Louise Hammersmark, Coordinator for Chesapeake Kelsey Campbell, Converse County Aging Services Director Jill Kingston, Douglas Mayor Bruce Jones, County Commissioner Major Brown, County Commissioner Jim Willox and Wyoming State Senator Jim Anderson of Glenrock. Photo Amanda Smith - See Story Page 2

“OnStar” Teams Up With WHP In Chase To Recover Stolen Vehicle Cheyenne – An early morning chase yesterday of a stolen vehicle that began in Wyoming has ended in Colorado. The stolen vehicle, a 2006 Cadillac Escalade, has been recovered and the driver has been taken into custody. The owner of the Escalade reported the vehicle stolen to the Thermopolis Police Department early this morning. All “OnStar” equipped vehicles have Stolen Vehicle Tracking, which can provide the police with the vehicle's exact location. According to “OnStar” here's how it works. The vehicle owner who is the “OnStar” subscriber files a stolen-vehicle report with law enforcement and contacts “On-

Star” to request their Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance. “OnStar” and the police locate the vehicle through its GPS. Shortly after 5:00 a.m. “OnStar” contacted the Wyoming Highway Patrol to report they were tracking the stolen vehicle southbound on Interstate 25 with a location of just south of Chugwater. “OnStar” personnel and Wyoming Troopers worked together and the vehicle was observed by a Trooper approximately 2 miles north of Cheyenne. The suspect driving the stolen vehicle failed to stop when the Trooper attempted to stop him and the suspect began to elude the Trooper.

A Cheyenne Police Department Officer set out spikes near the Randall Interchange in Cheyenne and the vehicle did run over the spikes. A second Trooper also laid out spikes near mile marker #4 south of Cheyenne on the Interstate and the vehicle ran over those spikes as well. Now traveling with two flat tires the suspect continued to attempt to flee at approximately 35 mph. Colorado State Patrol Troopers were notified as the chase crossed the Colo/Wyo State Line. Two Wyoming Troopers continued to follow the stolen vehicle which was now traveling story continued on page 6

Laurie Boner holds the H.W. Bito Award plaque to which her name was added for her service to CWL during 2011. Photo Amanda Smith Glenrock’s own Laurie Boner received the Central Wyoming Livestock H.W. Bito Award for her selflessness in going above and beyond in her role at Glenrock’s well-known Sale Barn. “I was surprised, I didn’t know I was chosen for this.” stated Boner after receiving her

award. “I just want to do whats best for the Sale Barn.” Steve Flowers and Shawn McCoy presented the award to Boner in front of an appreciative crowd at the Sale Barn last month.

Community Message Board

Meetings in Glenrock Where: The Senior Center East Door (thrift store entrance.) When: Monday nights from 7pm - 8pm

Bird Special Announcements!

Glenrock Childcare Providers Take Note

Loan funding still available for licensed child care providers in state CASPER, Wyo. – The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Child Care Facility Loan Program still has funds available to provide reasonably priced loans to licensed child care providers in Wyoming. The purpose of the loan program, jointly funded and administered by the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Women's Business Center, is to create jobs for low and moderate income people, expand child care capacity for existing providers, increase the number of licensed providers, and alleviate greater workforce and economic development constraints posed by the lack of available licensed child care within Wyoming communities.

The Town of Rolling Hills - Where the deer and Antelope really do play! If you haven’t done so already, check out the Town of Rolling Hills great website. Chock full of information so be sure and check it out:

Spotlight on Murder!

The Glenrock High School Drama students are involved in a murder!! The Red House Mystery, a novel by A.A. Milne—yes, the author who brought us Winnie the Pooh!—has been adapted for the stage. As the play opens, we find ourselves at a 1920’s dinner party at the home of Mr. Mark Ablett. Among the guests are Mrs. Norbury and daughter Angela, Mrs. Major Rumbold, Mr. Antony Gillingham, Mr. Bill Beverley, and Miss Ruth Norris. Also present are household members Mark Cayley, Mrs. Calladine and daughter Betty, and the servants, Elsie Wood, Audrey Stevens, and Mrs. Stevens. But who among those present has murder in mind? Enter Inspector Birch and Deputy Joe Turner. Ahh, we soon learn that virtually everyone could have had a motive. In fact, the characters themselves begin to suspect

one another as the story unwinds. Featured on stage are Lewis Allen, Alyssa Biffle, Clarissa Bryner, Christine Davis, Amanda Dority, Mara Dority, Ivy Engel, Steven Flynn, Jessica Grant, Nathan Hansen, Alex Hawkins, Ana Kroll, Caitlyn Kumpula, Amanda McGrady, Cole Nelson, Logan Peasley, Aimee Potter, Toni Thomas, and Gideon Williams. Ben Grilley will once more be acting as Technical Director, running lights and sound for the production. Brooke Kissack will be in charge of hair and make-up. And Barb Kumpula returns as Costumer. You will most surely enjoy this good, old-fashioned who-dunit, so mark your calendars— February 21 and 22 at 6:30 PM—and be sure to join the entertainment in the Glenrock Middle School Auditorium.

Glenrock Library News Boldog ui evet!! Happy New Year in Hungarian from the library! Visit our Mango Foreign Language database on line. Find out how to get connected. There are over 80 languages to choose from. Learn from the comfort of your own home. This database comes to us courtesy of the state library. The library will be close on January 16 to observe Martin Luther King Day. We will reopen the following day with our regular hours. I came across this and thought it was an appropriate New Year’s wish to our loyal patrons from the library. “Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of the New Year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus. We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year. Some people make ambitious new year’s resolutions; others just take a deep breath and hope for the best.…”-- Complete Speaker’s Almanac, p. 22.

A pre-loan questionnaire must be submitted to either the Business Council or Women’s Business Center offices in person or via e-mail by 5 p.m. Feb. 29. Following that review, a loan application must be submitted to the Wyoming Women's Business Center no later than March 31. All forms may be found at: http://www.wyomingbusiness. org/program/cdbg-child-carefacility-loan-program/5403. All loan recipients must be licensed child care providers. If interested participants are not currently licensed, they will be required to become licensed as part of the loan agreement.

Home-based providers may apply for loans ranging from $1,000 to $35,000; and centerbased providers may apply for loans ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Loans may be used for new and existing child care facilities and operations in their start-up or expansion, or for improvements related to health and safety. Funds may also be used to upgrade or improve kitchens, air conditioning and heating systems, natural lighting, roofs, plumbing including additional toilets and sinks, electrical upgrades, installation or renovation of egress windows, playground equipment, security systems, smoke alarms and fire alarms, accommodations to serve children with special needs or to comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), interior reconstruction to expand capacity, and other improvements that increase capacity or are made in an effort to comply with licensing standards. If newly created jobs are still in existence three years after the completion of the improvements, 50 percent of the original loan amount will convert to a grant. For more information regarding the loan program, contact Julie Kozlowski at 307-777-2812 or; or Farrah Rhea at 307-760-2698 or email

Chesapeake Donates Truck to Glenrock/ Douglas Senior Centers Continued From Front Page Glenrock and Douglas Senior Centers received a generous donation from Oklahoma based Chesapeake Energy Company. The company, who’s presence has been known in Converse County since the oil boom began, donated a pick up truck to the Converse County Aging Services, an organization that services both Glenrock and Douglas Senior Centers. The 2006 white 3/4 ton pick up couldn’t have come at a better time, not long after the two centers co-joined. With the twenty or so miles between both centers, the truck will come in handy for transportation as well as for hauling items between the two centers. A much needed mode of doing so since the two centers came together. “Its really going to help out in a lot of areas concerning both Senior Centers,” stated Director of CCAS Jill Kingston. “We are very thankful to Chesapeake for thinking of us.” Chesapeake allocates donations of their used trucks throughout their region in the west, yearly.

“Chesapeake allocates their used and in good condition trucks to non profit organizations in the areas that Chesapeake services. When we put the word out that Chesapeake wanted to donate one of their trucks to a non profit in Converse County the Converse County Commissioners along with Senator Jim Anderson readily pointed us toward the Glenrock and Douglas Senior Centers. stated Kelsey Campbell, Coordinator for Chesapeake Energy. “We were excited to donate the truck to Convere County Aging Services.” County Commissioner Jim Willox stated that a vehicle decal will be added to the new Senior Center truck which will clearly state “Courtesy of Chesapeake Energy.” Chesapeake donated $7500 towards a van for the Glenrock Boys and Girls Club in 2011 and also allocated a truck to the Converse County Extension Services.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation Included On Fortune “100 Best Companies To Work For” List – Fifth Consecutive Year See Related Story Page 5 Company Moves Up 14 Spots to Rank #18 For the fifth consecutive year FORTUNE Magazine named Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) to its list of “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” Moving up 14 spots from 2011, Chesapeake ranked #18; the top ranked natural gas and oil producer. FORTUNE specifically noted Chesapeake’s high-paying career opportunities and employee perks and benefits as reasons for Chesapeake’s strong showing in the annual list. The full list and related stories will appear in the February 6 issue of FORTUNE and is now available at www. “While we celebrate any recognition of Chesapeake’s dynamic corporate culture, we are most proud of the people who work for this company,” said Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Chief Executive Officer. “Our more than 12,500 employees are what make Chesapeake a great place to work. Through teamwork and a commitment to quality and safety, the Chesapeake team is fueling a brighter energy future for our country.” Last year Chesapeake ranked #32 on FORTUNE’s list. Chesapeake’s climb in rank recognizes the company’s continued efforts to offer the best in career growth, benefits and work environment. In 2011, Chesapeake added new benefits for its employees, including a state-of the-art, 63,000-square-foot child development facility in Oklahoma City, two full-time chaplains available to all employees and a comprehensive pregnancy wellness program for expectant mothers in all of the company’s operating areas.

These benefits are in addition to a $1,500 cash incentive for employees to practice healthy lifestyles, four hours of company time for volunteer work with nonprofit organizations and a full company match of 401(k) contributions up to 15% of an employee’s salary, including performance bonuses. The company emphasizes career growth, and employees receive performance reviews, with opportunity for raises and bonuses, twice per year. “It is Chesapeake’s goal to be the most competitive employer in both our industry and the country,” said Martha Burger, Chesapeake Senior Vice President – Human & Corporate Resources. “The benefits we offer, in addition to our outstanding career opportunities, allow us to recruit and retain top talent. Chesapeake’s employees are the driving force behind the success of our company. We are committed to caring for each other as colleagues and caring for the communities where we do business.” In 2011, Chesapeake hired approximately 4,800 new employees, nearly doubling its work force to more than 12,500. As energy demands increase, and domestic oil and natural gas production continues to grow, the company plans to hire 5,000 employees in 2012 in operating areas across the country. In the Western Division, including North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, Chesapeake expects to hire more than 500 team members – from truck drivers and righands to engineers and geologists. More information about Chesapeake careers can be found at careers.

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Glenrock December Awards Three of our KOPS weighed in four weeks in a row. Jo Ann Loos, Greta Peppersack, and Peaches Richards. As of December 16th, Peaches Richards has been a reinstated KOPS member for one and a half years. As of December 14 Betty Carpenter reached her goal and became a KOPS. She was awarded with a charm and $5.00. Dorothy Snell was our best monthly loser with a loss of 6.2 pounds. Bev Voyzey lost 2.2 pounds, and Janet Maines lost .2 pounds. Great job everyone! Keep it going "down!" You're doing awesome!

Story time will start a new on January 11 at 10:00. Anyone 5 years old and under with an adult may join us for some stories and the craft for the day. January 11 we will be toasting the New Year with winter stories and creating your own spin drum. January 18 we are celebrating National Popcorn Day (January 19). We’ll read stories about snowmen and you’ll design a “popping” snowman to call your own. We are starting early! Please remember the library on Election Day, November 6, 2012!! Vote to expand the libraries, both Glenrock and Douglas. The expansion will keep our communities moving in the right direction for the future. Seek out one of our Library Board of Trustees or Foundation Board members or the staff of each of the libraries to learn more. For Read Me A Story January 7-14 : Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner. January 14-21: Popcorn by Frank Asch. Pick up the phone and dial 436-2353 to listen to some great stories!! We’re on the web at or at www. Our phone number is 436-2573. Fax number is 436-8525. Be sure to “friend” us on facebook!! Just look up Glenrock Library.

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With Lowering of Natural Gas Prices Will Chesapeake Bring More Rigs to Converse? • Chesapeake Plans to Reduce its Operated Dry Gas Drilling Rig Count to 24 Rigs, a Decline of Approximately 50 Dry Gas Rigs from its 2011 Average Operated Dry Gas Rig Count

• Chesapeake Plans to Curtail its Gross Operated Gas Production by up to 1.0 Bcf per Day and Plans to Defer New Dry Gas Well Completions and Pipeline Connections Wherever Possible • Chesapeake to Redirect Capital Savings from Curtailing Dry Gas Activity to its Liquids-Rich Plays that Deliver Superior Returns • Chesapeake’s Undeveloped Net Leasehold Expenditures in 2012 Projected to be Approximately $1.4 Billion, Down from Net Leasehold Expenditures of $3.4 Billion and $5.8 Billion in 2011 and 2010,

Respectively On Monday January 23, 2012 Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) provided an update on additional steps it is taking to continue creating

shareholder value in response to the lowest natural gas prices in the past 10 years. First, Chesapeake plans to further reduce its operated dry gas drilling activity by 50% to approximately 24 rigs by the 2012 second quarter from 47 dry gas rigs currently in use and by 67% from an average of approximately 75 dry gas rigs used during 2011. Chesapeake’s operated dry gas drilling capital expenditures in 2012, net of drilling carries, are expected to decrease to $0.9 billion, a decrease of approximately 70% from similar expenditures of $3.1 billion in

2011. This anticipated level of dry gas drilling capital expenditures is the company’s lowest since 2005. Specifically, during the 2012 second quarter, Chesapeake plans to have reduced its drilling activity in both the

Haynesville and Barnett shales to six operated rigs each and to 12 operated rigs in the dry gas area of the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania. Second, the company plans to immediately curtail approximately 0.5 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day, or 8%, of its current operated gross gas production of 6.3 bcf per day, which is about 9% of the nation’s natural gas production. If conditions warrant, the company is prepared to double this production curtailment to as much as 1.0 bcf per day. In addition, wherever possible, Chesapeake plans

to defer completions of dry gas wells that have been drilled but not yet completed, and also plans to defer pipeline connections of dry gas wells that have already been completed. As a result of lower drilling and completion activity and production curtailments in the Haynesville and Barnett shales, Chesapeake projects that its combined gross operated gas production in these plays will decline during 2012. Because the Haynesville and Barnett shales have accounted for virtually all of the nation’s approximate 14 bcf per day of gas production growth during the past five years, lower production in these two plays will likely lead to flat or lower total natural gas production in the U.S. in 2012. "Because Chesapeake is realigning our rigs to move from dry gas production to liquids production, Wyoming may see more rigs drilling for Chesapeake. However, we don’t yet know if more rigs will be coming to Converse County. Chesapeake is active in a number of liquids plays across the country and the rigs may move to those areas. I don’t yet know if any rigs will be moved to Wyoming." stated Kelsey Campbell, Coordinator - Corporate Development and Government Relations for Chesapeake Energy. Chesapeake Energy and Chesapeake MidContinent employ about 40 people in the central Wyoming area. A number of them live and work in Converse County.

New Year New Leader New Direction Join us in Welcoming our new CEO Ryan Smith, discover his vision for our future, and reconnect with Memorial Hospital Doctors and Staff as we begin our 70th Year of Service in Douglas.

Open House Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Memorial Hospital Lobby

“So What’s an Evangelical?” The 1976 election of Jimmy Carter, former Georgia Governor and peanut farmer, as President, a self professed “evangelical”, was initially forecast as a watershed event for evangelical Christians. Despite some commonalities, the evangelicals quickly became disenchanted with Carter’s policies, particularly his choice to not appose his own Democratic Party’s pro-choice platform on abortion. That same year under the leadership of Rev. Jerry Falwell, Pastor of the ten thousand member Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, launched the beginning of “The Moral Majority”. This southern evangelical based movement encouraged political action committees, financially strong chapters and well organized state memberships that grew rapidly to over twenty states and boasted more than three million active members at its peak. They quickly organized support around Ronald Reagan to ensure the ouster of one term President Carter in the 1980 landslide election, and bolstered Reagan’s subsequent re-election in 1984 to defeat rival Democratic challenger Walter Mondale in a race that was virtually over before it began. Although the evangelical vote has been the focus of the last two election cycles, a minority of Americans didn’t’ know who the evangelicals were and their influence in the American political arena. An Ellison Research Survey in 2008 found that only 56% of Americans had the slightest notion of just what an “evangelical” was when asked, or what it meant, and the remaining 44% couldn’t even hazard a guess. Some who were polled thought evangelical meant “worship of angels” or a reference to some ethereal spiritual being. If one has only cursorily followed the recent Republican Primary, and innumerable debates, it should be apparent that much has been reported and discussed by the pundits, news anchors and pollsters regarding the vitality of the “evangelical vote” in the 2012 Iowa Caucus and South Carolina Primary. This past week Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum grappled for their share of the “evangelical vote” in South Carolina. Many observers of the political process questioned how many evangelical Christians in those primary states would vote for Mitt Romney, an avowed Mormon. It was, of course, not an issue in the overwhelmingly “irreligious” state of New Hampshire, where evangelicals left a small footprint as a block of voters. In the 2008 General Election face-off, though many evangelicals were wary of GOP candidate John McCain, he garnered almost 75 % of the evangelical vote, compared to Democrat Barack Obama’s 25%, according to Christianity Today magazine. When polled, few were persuaded that McCain was a “card carrying” evangelical. However, Obama’s years of warming the pews of a Chicago church where the pastor preached black liberation theology, didn’t play well with the evangelical faithful. The President failed to win a majority of their vote in any state.

Evangelicals represent a broad spectrum of Americans that cuts across ethnic and racial boundaries, from small and large churches in both rural and urban settings, irrespective of income, educational status, or one’s station in life. A common feature of evangelicals is that they generally hold conservative social and political views on issues such as abortion, opposition to provide legal standing for same-sex marriage, for example, hold a high view of the Scriptures, and believe in theVirgin Birth of Christ. They generally reject a wholly secular and monolithic view of our society, and are convinced that the “public square” should not be naked in terms of a Christian influence in public policy and are determined to resonate a clarion voice in public life. Despite basking in the recent “political sunshine“, for centuries evangelicals established and sponsored Christian organizations such as hospitals, rescues missions, the Salvation Army, colleges and universities, missionary societies, and other agencies to help mitigate the burdens and vicissitudes of this life for the multitudes, while retaining the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The scriptural underpinnings of the evangelical stance can be unearthed in the New Testament in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman believers, where he proclaimed, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth;(Romans 1:16). The notion of declaring or announcing that message is further supported in the First Epistle, or letter, of Peter, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man when asked for a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”( I Peter 3:15). Contemporaneously “Tebow Mania” is at the heart of this issue. Tim Tebow’s fame as quarterback for the Denver Broncos has been largely overshadowed by his kneeling stance, bowing his head and praying after a touchdown or at game’s end. Characterized as a polarizing figure, to many he is ostentatious, and his detractors counter that there is no place for such antics in the public generally, and NFL football specifically. Those who know or understand him support his expression of faith as a natural extension of his love for the Gospel of Christ and, therefore, recognize it as his method of “evangelizing” or declaring the “good news” before a watching world. Simply put, an evangelical is one who is a follower of Jesus Christ, and is compelled to tell the truth and the story of historic Christianity to an otherwise materialistic world. While the “evangelical revolution” continues, evangelicals are, however, divided on the extent of public displays of faith. But knowing the intent of the heart; now that is another matter. What do you think?

The National Association of Evangelicals, established in 1942, that currently represent forty-nine denominations and over three-hundred para-church agencies world-wide, defines an “evangelical” as a Christian who believes in the authority of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, has been “born again” and is compelled to share this message of their faith. The word describes an action by a group of believers generally affiliated with a “protestant evangelical church” whose purpose is to “evangelize” non-believers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or “the good news” of this message. The Anglicized word “evangelize” comes from a Greek word “to announce the good news or, to bring a message”.

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Coal Gasification Facility Commissioned in Laramie

Emery Energy Company, LLC of Salt Lake City has completed commissioning of a 10-ton-perday FlexFeed TM coal gasification test facility at Western Research Institute in Laramie, Wyo. Funded by Emery Energy Company, the Wyoming Clean Coal Technologies Research Pro-

lutants in the gas produced, and flexibility in the feedstocks that can be used. “This new gasification facility creates a great opportunity to demonstrate the Emery technology at an industrial scale to obtain critical data necessary for technology scale-up,” Emery Energy Company President Ben Phillips says.

how Wyoming coals are used and to develop commercialscale, low-carbon Emery coal gasification plants within the state.” “We’re very pleased to partner with Emery Energy for this project. It’s the kind of work we’re uniquely situated to do,” WRI Senior Vice President Vijay Sethi says. “We have the facility, the ability, the resources, and – perhaps most importantly – the elevation to execute this project.” The Wyoming Clean Coal Technologies Research Program was established by the Wyoming State Legislature in 2007 to stimulate research and development in the area of low-emissions and advanced coal technologies that expand markets for Wyoming’s coal resource. In the coming months, the newly constructed FlexFeedTM gasifier will undergo substantial operational testing using Wyoming coal and biomass feedstocks to determine operation and maintenance costs and the economic feasibility of creating a commercial-scale facility for the production of power, fuels and chemicals.

Emery Energy Company’s FlexFeed TM gasification plant at Western Research Institute in Laramie, Wyo. (Emery Energy photo) gram, and the Department of Energy, the FlexFeedTM gasifier combines technology from both fixed-bed and entrained flow gasification processes to allow greater feedstock flexibility and heat integration. Gasification is a process that turns coal into syngas and subsequently into power, chemicals, hydrogen and transportation fuels; and it can also be used to capture carbon from coal for sequestration or used in enhanced oil recovery. Emery’s combined design allows for improved cold gas efficiencies, a reduction of pol-

“The installation will also establish the ability to test technologies developed by others, ranging from synthesis gas cleaning to liquid fuels and chemical production,” Phillips says. “By locating at WRI’s Advanced Technology Center in Laramie, Emery is able to draw on the depth and knowledge of WRI scientists and staff who bring years of experience in a variety of thermal and catalytic processes,” he says. “Ultimately, we hope this demonstration plant lays the groundwork to diversify

The next phase of the project will be funded by the Clean Coal Technologies Research Program and the U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program to test biomass feedstocks. “Investing in this kind of research is unquestionably one of the most prudent moves we can make,” Clean Coal Task Force Chairman Ron Harper says. “Finding new, more sustainable and profitable uses for Wyoming’s vast coal resource benefits so many across the state and the nation. We’re making good progress and the state’s investments are starting to pay off.” Since 2007, the Clean Coal Technologies Research Program has committed more than $25 million to 40 research projects aimed at finding new ways to use Wyoming coal.

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Wyo. Residents Around State Asked To Help Gauge Gaps In Regional Broadband Service

Northwest, southeast residents have already completed a survey CASPER, Wyo. – Residents around the state except the northwest and southeast regions are asked to participate in an online survey to help identify and address broadband gaps in Wyoming.

mation on a geocoded map or to remain anonymous. Data will only be shared with the LinkWYOMING regional planning teams and the statewide broadband coordinator to identify and address broadband gaps.

LinkWYOMING, a statewide initiative funded through a 2009 federal grant to map broadband access in the state, has created a survey to assess Wyoming’s broadband Internet usage and the needs of Wyoming's health care organizations, businesses, and the general public.

To take one of surveys, visit http://www.wyomingdashboard. org/node/434. For questions or for assistance in completing the survey, please contact Melinda Johnson at 307.674.1696.

Data from the survey will be used to map locations where unmet demand exists for broadband. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and the deadline for submitting the survey is Feb. 28. Participants have the option to include their broadband infor-

LinkWYOMING regional planning teams have been meeting since January 2010 to identify and address broadband needs in their region. Those interested in joining a regional broadband team will have the opportunity to express their interest through the survey. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 made funding possible for

broadband projects, including mapping and planning, infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable adoption programs. States' broadband mapping and planning projects are made possible through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) grant program.

In November 2009, Wyoming received a grant of nearly $1.8 million to fund the state's SBDD project for years one and two. An additional $2.36 million grant was awarded in September 2010 to fund project years three through five. This project will serve as a catalyst for increased access to and use of broadband to better serve Wyoming citizens. For more information, visit

WHP OnStar Chase Continued From Front Page at 75 mph on two flat tires. Colorado State Patrol Troopers met up with the chase approximately 8 miles south of the border at the Carr Interchange. The suspect exited the Interstate at the Carr Interchange and continued westbound at approximately 20 mph on a gravel county road. Several miles down the county road the suspect stopped the vehicle and he was taken into custody by Colorado Troopers with the assistance of the two Wyoming Troopers. The suspect has been identified as 33 year-old Ryan R. Webster who listed an address in Denver, Colorado. Webster is being held in Colorado pending extradition back to the State of Wyoming where he will face a variety of misdemeanor charges related to the fleeing in Laramie County and the felony theft of the vehicle in Thermopolis.

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Barrasso: 1,000 Days Without a Budget by Democrat-Led Senate EXCERPTS FROM FOX INTERVIEW: MARTHA MACCALLUM:

This is the third time that the Adgministration has postponed the -release of their budget. What is -going on? n dSEN BARRASSO: s eWell, I think that the Democrats sdon't want the American people -to see just how reckless and irredsponsible the spending continues )to be. The President, by law, has to submit a budget. The beginning of February, and then both ghouses of Congress have to by 8law, by April 15th, pass a budget. DIt’s now been a thousand days .since the Democrat-controlled nSenate under Harry Reid, has ractually passed a budget. Last eyear the President put out a budlget, it was felt to be a budget that dwasn't very serious, and it failed, d0-97. Not even one Democrat -voted for the President's budget. t MACCALLUM: That was a huge failure. They may be trying to avoid that this time around as we wait for them to release the budget. He will have 1.2 trillion in cuts because of the failure of the super committee. That was the deal. What do you think we'll see in those cuts when we do get the budget? SEN BARRASSO:

I want to see what the budget is and the President ought to talk about that tonight in the State of the Union. He has a responsibility to own up to the American people in terms of the direction and the spending, but just since we started talking this country has borrowed another $2 million. We are going to borrow $4 billion today. A lot of it from China. That is just not right. We need a budget. Families have a budget. States have a budget. In the state of Wyoming we balance our budget every year, families do that. It is time for America to do what families all across the country do, and it falls on the Democrats in Congress and Harry Reid to pass a budget. The House passed a budget last year under Congressman Paul Ryan and it really did have a directional shift in terms of focusing on ways to get our fiscal house in order. The Democrats have been irresponsible. MACCALLUM: We have a little piece of sound from John Boehner in terms of what he expects tonight. Lets listen to that. SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER:

MACCALLUM: I mean the President is going to blame Republicans. He has in the past, for not being able to come up with a budget that was passable by Democrats in the Senate. That’s what they'll say. SEN BARRASSO: Well, the people all across the country believe that this country is heading in the wrong direction, and the President has been ineffective. When you look at what the President has promised over the last several State of the Unions, he said, pass this healthcare bill, and it will lower the deficit. We know that not to be true. He said, pass this and we'll get all of these people back to work. We now know we have over a million and a half more people out of work now than when he became President. So on point after point what the President's rhetoric is, is very different from the reality of what the American people have seen, which is why so many people are very disappointed with this President. He inherited a bad situation, and made it worse.

The President has been in total campaign mode since Labor Day. Since the campaign apparently wrote the speech, I expect we'll hear a campaign speech.

Barrasso Begins Chairmanship of the Senate Republican Policy Committee WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, January 26th, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement on his first day as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee (RPC): “Senate Republicans have proposed strong policies that will improve the quality of life for all

Americans. Our ideas will shorten the unemployment lines, cut red tape, and help hard working Americans succeed. “We are committed to making it easier for the private sector to create jobs, cutting spending, developing American energy, and protecting our nation. I look forward to supporting these ideas as

Chairman of the RPC. “If President Obama and Senate Democrats want to get our country moving in the right direction, they’ll work with us to make sure good policies from both sides of the aisle become law.”

Vote Against Raising Debt Ceiling Fails 44-52 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a senior member of the Budget Committee and one of the Senate’s two accountants voted today against raising the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion. Because the vote failed, 44-52, the debt ceiling will be raised. “The promise of future fiscal responsibility cannot be the bait dangled in front of the American

First Business West of the Missouri River: In 1834, Fort William was erected at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers by veteran fur traders William Sublette and Robert Campbell. Thus, the first trading post west of the Missouri River was established.

people every time the president fails to lead and sidesteps addressing our debt crisis,” said Enzi. “Rather than raising the debt ceiling automatically, we should couple it with additional spending reforms that put our country on a path to a balanced budget. In the future, if the President wants to raise the debt ceiling, he should begin by explaining to every person in this country why continuing to bor-

row money from China is a better course than cutting spending and beginning to work our way out of this $15 trillion hole.” President Obama submitted a request for an increase in the debt ceiling on January 12. Unless a resolution of disapproval is enacted into law within 15 days of the request (which is Friday, January 27), the $1.2 trillion increase will go into effect.

Governor Asks EPA to Respond to Wyoming’s Questions on Pavillion Test Wells CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead sent a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying that the State of Wyoming still has not received a response to questions raised by scientists and engineers working for the State. Governor Mead said a response would provide clarifications to draft report findings from two test wells drilled near Pavillion, Wyoming. Governor Mead wrote that the majority of the State’s questions remain outstanding. “I ask you to work with me to ensure that the EPA responds to the remaining questions and requests for information as quickly as possible. The response is necessary

to conduct a complete analysis and interpretation of the data and findings contained in the report. Those responses will clarify information for both the public and the peer panel as they review and comment on the report.”

ly provided. This extension will provide the public and the peer panel opportunity to review additional information provided by EPA’s response and to consider it in their comments,” Governor Mead wrote.

Governor Mead pointed out that the public comment period on the draft report ends in less than two weeks and without a full response from the EPA and time to assimilate that response it will be difficult to comment. “Therefore, I request that EPA, in addition to posting its responses to the questions on its Pavillion webpage now, also extend the public comment period for an additional 30 days from the date requested information is public-

“Both Wyoming and the EPA should have a common goal of an unbiased, scientifically supportable finding open to the public. I believe providing answers and information, making these available to the public and the peer review panel, and extending the comment period accordingly are the best ways to accomplish this,” Governor Mead wrote to Administrator Jackson.

Governor Pushes to Enhance Safety Efforts in Workplace CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On Tuesday January 24, 2012 Governor Matt Mead said Wyoming must do more to make workplaces safer. All employers want to run a safe operation and the Governor believes there are ways to support Wyoming’s businesses in their efforts to accomplish this. In conjunction with legislative support, Governor Mead’s plan is to hire more Wyoming OSHA consultants, quickly employ a new Occupational Epidemiologist, and find other means to expand and improve existing safety programs. “Over the last few years there has been a growing emphasis among Wyoming workers, Wyoming companies and state government to keep employees safe,” Governor Mead said. “My office and the Department of Workforce Services want to augment those efforts and that is what we are proposing today.” This effort would create three new positions in the Wyoming

OSHA program by moving vacant positions in other divisions of the Department of Workforce Services to Wyoming OSHA. This movement of vacant positions can be done without legislation. In addition, Governor Mead is working with the Legislature to craft a bill that would provide five more OSHA consultants, funded out of the Industrial Accident Fund. This fund allows for expenditures related to workplace safety programs. New OSHA employees, whether three or eight, will be housed in Wyoming OSHA within the Department of Workforce Services. If the number is eight, Governor Mead and Director Evans are proposing seven employees for safety consultations and one additional compliance inspector. “These additional people can respond to requests from companies and employees who want a safety consultation,” Governor Mead said. “There are 23,000 employers in Wyoming and only

six people to do safety consultations or inspections. This proposal is an important step in supporting companies who want to improve safety procedures and a needed step to keep workers safe.”

Director of the Department of Workforce Services, Joan Evans, is making it a priority to hire a new Occupational Epidemiologist as soon as possible. “Having the State Occupational Epidemiologist on staff at the Department of Workforce Services means he or she will have a closer tie to Wyoming OSHA, the Workers’ Compensation division, and the data compiled by the Research and Planning division,” Director Evans said. “We are also working on a reorganization of Wyoming OSHA that will put this person in a leadership role, which allows us to carry out the recommendations of the last Occupational Epidemiologist and look for new opportunities with stakeholders.”

Barrasso: Americans Appreciate a Good Speech, But They Want Results President Obama’s Policies Have Made the Economy Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (RWyo.) delivered the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

spending, higher taxes, higher health insurance premiums, and wasteful projects like Solyndra. He made it clear tonight that his plan for this year is more of the same.

“The American people appreciate a good speech – but they want results. The President’s rhetoric sounds admirable but his record has been awful. President Obama’s previous State of the Union speeches delivered billions of dollars in more

“Three years into his term, 13 million Americans are looking for jobs while the White House is looking for votes. Out of work Americans are more interested in opportunities on job sites than on the political calendar. They want both parties to work together to

make it cheaper and easier for small businesses to create new jobs. “If the President is serious about trying to turn the economy around, Republicans stand ready to work with him. Our doors are open. We are committed to cutting spending, reforming the tax code, strengthening our energy security and eliminating Washington red tape.”

Wyoming Boasts First In Many Areas of U.S. pointed February 17, 1870 in South Pass City.

Library System was organized in August of 1886.

First All Woman Jury: The first all woman jury was sworn in March 7, 1870 in Laramie.

First National Forest: By an Act signed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891, Shoshone National Forest became the first national forest. Wyoming now has 9 national forests.

First Women to Vote: John A. Campbell, Wyoming’s first Territorial Governor, signed a bill December 10, 1869 making Wyoming the first state to grant women the right to vote.

First Woman Bailiff: In 1870, Martha Symons Boies - Atkinson of Albany County was appointed the first woman bailiff in the world. First National Park: In 1872, Congress named Yellowstone National Park in northwestern Wyoming as the first national park in the world.

First Woman Justice of the Peace: Esther Hobart Morris was ap-

First State to Have a County Public Library System: The Laramie County Public

Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming was designated the first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.

First Ranger Station: Wapiti Ranger Station was established in the Shoshone National Forest in 1891.

First Town in America to be Governed Entirely by Women: The city of Jackson, from 1920 to 1921, had a woman mayor, town council and town marshal. One of the councilwomen defeated her husband for her council seat.

First Woman Statewide Elected Official: Estelle Reel Meyer was elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1894. First National Monument:

First Artificially Lit Evening Football Game: The first interscholastic football game to be played under artificial light took place in Midwest, Wyoming in 1925.

First Woman Governor in the U.S.: Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected to complete the term of her husband who died in office. She served from 1925 to 1927. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her the first woman to head the U.S. Mint, a position she held until 1953.

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Freedom, is a horse on the wind swept western plains. An eagle soaring ‘cross the sky; field of golden grains. Freedom is a horse on a mountain trail up high. A river flowing to the sea; a lone wolf’s eerie cry. Freedom is a horse

a dust devil spinning loose. A cloud afloat across the sky; the flight of a Canada Goose. Freedom is a horse a thunderous frantic stampede. Lightning flashing thru the air; an ever growing seed. Freedom is a horse, a bird, a bear, a bee. A world of war and discontent; but Freedom isn’t free….

My boyfriend recently asked me to marry him. I'm not sure I should. We have been together four years, I have worked at the same restaurant for three of those four years in Casper, he has had sporadic jobs over the years of our relationship and is currently not employed.

He did not present me with a ring but said he would get me one when he can and that he just wants to make sure I'm his and he's mine.

I love him for the good person that he is, we don't live together as I don't feel comfortable supporting both of us and he has asked to move in post his proposal. I said no. He took the proposal back stating if you can't love me now while things are tough then I don't want to marry you. I'm flabbergasted but somewhat relieved.

I would like to continue our relationship but only if he can get a job, a real job and stick with it. I guess what I'm asking is what do you think about all that has transpired and what are your suggestions for helping him find work and committing him to keeping a job. Then maybe we can talk marriage again...if he still wants to. Thanks Sassy. Looking for answers in Evansville COWBOY GOULASH 2 pounds ground beef 1 tablespoon oil 1 large onion, chopped 1/4 cup parsley, chopped fine 2 celery stalks, chopped 4 large tomatoes, chopped 3 jalapeno peppers, chopped 2 cans red beans, drained 1 (10 ounce) package spaghetti, cooked 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper salt to taste pepper to taste

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You know, for a while there I thought I was alone. I thought that I was one of the only people willing to go above and beyond for somebody close to me and give the shirt off my back (literally, if I had to) if they needed it. Glenrock, you’ve impressed me yet again. Just when I thought Glenrock couldn’t get much better than it already is, so many people have stepped up for a single family in need yet again. Now, without getting into too much detail, I want to thank you for helping a family that is very close to my own. Try to place yourself in these shoes: A widower father of two beautiful children, whose wife who he loved dearly passes a few short months ago, suddenly finds himself homeless. This close family friend of mine lost his home to a terrible fire that leveled his home to the ground along with everything in it. By everything – I mean EVERYTHING. He and his children lost photos of themselves, their wife and mother, and their family as a whole (grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins and the like included). They lost family movies, keepsakes, and more. Not only did they lose these memories, but they lost their

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basic necessities like clothing, pots, pans, toothbrushes, body care, and more. They literally only had the shirts on their backs after that day. Now, I expected my family to step up and offer any help we could, but never in a million years would I have thought Glenrock would extend such care by placing donation cans in places like the grocery store, donating clothes, food, and more to this family. All of your help and selflessness has helped tremendously. They are now living in Casper, and slowly but surely getting back on their feet and it was made so much less devastating thanks to the citizens of Glenrock for helping any way they can. Now I can go on all day thanking you for helping somebody who is like family to me, but the real thing you should think about is the things you’re doing to help your community. It shows just by those actions that Glenrock is a community of people that truly care and are involved. You aren’t turned off, you aren’t out of the loop, and you’re not afraid to give or be selfless. If you contributed to this cause, you should feel great about yourself

1 tablespoon chili powder 2 cups Parmesan cheese Brown the ground beef lightly in oil. Add onion and celery and cook until the veggies are softened. Add beans, tomatoes, parsley, jalapenos, spaghetti, seasoning plus 1 and 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese. Place in a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees F until hot and bubbly (about 20 minutes). During last 5 minutes, top with remaining parmesan cheese and remove from oven just before the cheese browns.

tion cooktops, which use a noncontact method of heating using magnetic fields to transfer energy directly to cookware. The induction element stays cool, while the target object heats up rapidly for extremely efficient cooking. Like gas, induction is exceptionally easy and quick to control. The ability to precisely control the power makes induction perfect for all types of cooking. It is highly reactive and exceedingly safe. The cooking surface is cool in operation and only generates heat where the pan sits on it. As soon as the pan is removed, the flow of heat stops immediately. For more information on the various types of energy efficient appliances available, visit www. Young, savvy, environmentallyconscious consumers are at the forefront of the green movement. Programs like the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon allow this demographic to create and design an energy efficient home.

because you made a change in somebody’s life forever. By doing what you did for that family, you made an impact on their lives that they will never forget and will be forever grateful. And - for those of you that did donate time, money, clothes, food, etc. - NEVER lose that side of you, because it’s something that is slowly dying in today’s rapidly declining social atmosphere. People all over our country have taken less of an interest in caring for others, and it’s quite unfortunate. If you see a person stranded on the side of the road, stop and offer help. Call a friend you haven’t heard from in a while just to say hello – you might make their day brighter. Donate your time to a local charity. Offer the elderly family next door help carrying their groceries in. Giving even just a little bit of yourself to somebody else can make an everlasting impression on somebody’s life and can change their lives for the better. I can think of countless friends and family members that I have helped, and I can also think of countless friends and family members who have helped me out in a time of need as well. Nobody deserves to be alone, and nobody deserves to have

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Well, Miss Evansville, you told me what you need to tell him! "I would like to continue our relationship but only if you can get a job, a real job and stick with it." Its a new year and time to start fresh. A woman should awlays have standards and high ones at that.

We should always have the desire to be with someone who completes us, challenges us and makes us better with that person than we are by ourselves. So this fellow... the only thing he has going for him is that you "love him." Sometimes love just isn't enough. He is an adult and if wants to marry you then "be the man women want." Be a partner in providing, loving and contributing.

As for his "marriage proposal?" Honey, a proposal without the ring is BS. If you don't mean enough for him to make it perfect and well thought out, forget it.

His proposal is most likely for other reasons, like this case he needs a place to live and you to pay the bills. So sweetie, start fresh or flat lay out your expectations and he can decide if you are worth him getting his life together.

Keep me posted and good luck! Sassy Have a question for Sassy? Email her:

"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Miele on our entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition," says Brian Grieb, University of Maryland Team WaterShed's faculty project manager. "Miele has a reputation for providing elegantly designed, environmentally conscious, cost-efficient products that are constructed with longevity in mind. These attributes are exactly the qualities we were seeking to include in the WaterShed home."

nothing. Something all of my friends know about me is I am willing to do whatever it takes to help them in a time of need, and do whatever they need done. I am not beyond driving as long as it takes to rescue a friend or offer help, and my life’s goal is to change as many people’s lives as I can for the better. I’ll always be there for anybody who is close to me, and I’ll always help those in need. It’s something I strive for, and I owe it not only to my own family for instilling me with those values, but also to the community in which I was raised. I don’t think I would be the same person I am today if I hadn’t come from Glenrock, Wyoming. “You find out who your friends are, somebody who’s gonna drop everything, run out and crank up their car, hit the gas, get there fast and not stop and think: “What’s in it for me? Or, “It’s way too far.” They just show on up; with a big ol’ heart. You find out who your friends are.” – Tracy Lawrence. Questions or topic suggestions for Wes? Email him at wes@!

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