Volume 5 Issue 15
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Two angels on wings of steel, on a mission from Christ, to help us heal.
Check Out Our Gorgeous Wedding & Travel Section On Pages 3 And 4!
At&T Customers Experience Downed Signals In Converse Last week, the second week in February, residents of Converse County noticed a drop in service to their AT&T cell phones. From texting, to making and receiving calls, along with internet usage, the service suddenly started becoming sporadic, if not non-existent. The problem appears to have started sometime on or around Tuesday February 7, 2012 when both Glenrock and Douglas customers began to experience the fluctation in their cellular service. Some customers reported that for two to three days, they could not use their cell phones within Converse County at all, and had to either drive towards Wheatland, or into Casper to receive a working signal for their cell phones. Calls from customers to AT&T proved discouraging as both customer service and technical support continuously advised those calling in to report the problem, that it was their individual phones. Some customers reported that they were on the phone several different times with either customer service or tech support for upwards of an hour or longer. Tech support did finally state on Friday morning February 10th that there was a problem with the AT&T service in the area and that the repair time could be anywhere from 3-5 business days. It was unclear at that time what was causing the interruption to AT&T cell service in Converse County, however, technicians assured those calling in that they were looking into it.
Two Community Members Lose Lives in Plane Crash Utah.
"Air Traffic Control was in communication with the pilot on Thursday after take off, when the plane dropped off the radar. At approximately 7:30pm Thursday evening Civil Air Patrol was notified to begin a search and rescue for the craft, and the beacon for the craft was located early Friday morning." stated Lt. Steve Miller, Civil Air Jennifer Sebesta of Glenrock, Wyoming Patrol Public RelaPhoto courtesy Andrea Moffatt tions Officer. The communities of Glenrock The plane was loand Douglas are mourning cated by a rescue aircraft flying the loss of two very beauti- overhead during search and ful and special people. On rescue efforts at approximately Thursday, February 9th, Jen- 11:30 a,m., Friday morning nifer Sebesta of Glenrock and about 250 feet down a ravine. “Pilot for Christ” Pilot Daleray Madewell of Douglas, lost Jennifer Sebesta worked for their lives when the plane they Memorial Hospital as a nurse were flying en route to Con- since 2003 and was well loved verse County Airport in Doug- and well respected for her las, crashed approximately 9 skills as a nurse, as well as for miles from Mountain Green the generosity in her heart that Airport in Morgan County, she selflessly showed not only
to her patients, but also to her family, co-workers and friends. Daleray Madewell was a well known and gracious Pilot from Douglas who flew missions for Wyoming’s “Pilots for Christ” a non-profit, volunteer organization, made up of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, dedicated to those in need of emergency care. (www.pilotsforchrist-wy.org) Jennifer and Daleray were en route back from a mission for Pilots for Christ, when the crash occurred. “The Memorial Hospital family was deeply saddened to learn of Jennifer’s death. She had been part of our nursing staff since 2003 and was a valued member of our Labor and Delivery Team. Her tragic loss is only amplified by the death of Daleray who had volunteered countless hours flying families and patients to regional healthcare facilities as a “Pilots for Christ” pilot. Both families have our deepest sympathy and condolences.” Ryan Smith, CEO Memorial Hospital of Converse County.
Community News Jackalope Jumps for Special Olympics - page 2 Glenrock Business Survey Results - page 2 CC UW Honor Roll - page 2 Monies to be Raised for G-Rock Food Bank - page 2 G-Rock Wrestling Hosts Tourney Takes Third - page 3 A Fools Errand - Page 3
Converse County and Beyond BLM announces selections for Wild Horse and Burro Boards -pg 6 Heart Problems Concern in Wyoming - page 6 XL Pipeline - page 7
News From The Nest - Pg 7
Bird Odd’s and Ends
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! COMING FEB 26th - Susan Stoltz NEW COLUMN!!
Bird Business Directory Area Businesses - Page 9 Bird Classifieds - Page 9
Results Are In For Glenrock Businesses The need for additional hotels/ motels topped the list of the type of business most needed to improve the overall economy in Glenrock. Additional manufacturing entities and a fast-food restaurant were also top requests in a recent business survey completed by Glenrock business owners and managers.
Board and Glenrock Economic Development Corporation (GEDC), engaged CBI to conduct the business surveys and to develop an economic baseline study of Glenrock. The surveys and business inventory will help measure the success of future efforts to strengthen the downtown area and general business community.
Fifty percent of those downtown businesses responded to the business survey. “The survey results provide great insight into the perceptions of current business owners and building tenants, regarding the major assets, benefits and obstacles facing them," added Fitzhugh.
Approximately 50 people attended a public meeting Monday, January 30, 2012 in the Glenrock Town Council Chambers to hear the findings of the business survey and an independent economic analysis. Consultants from Community Builders, Inc. (CBI) summarized the results of the business survey and presented an economic analysis of the Glenrock economy.
Using the surveys and a visual door-to-door inventory, CBI developed a business database specifically for Glenrock downtown area designated as the “Main Street District.” CBI also developed another database that includes the greater Glenrock business community.
Seventy percent of the survey respondents own their building, and 73% report the condition of their building as being in "good" to "excellent" shape. “These are very positive attributes of a vibrant downtown environment,” said Fitzhugh. “That, together with an extremely low vacancy rate downtown, places Glenrock in a strong position to grow further.”
The Glenrock Main Street
"Approximately 170 total commercial businesses were identified, with 75 of those located in the downtown area," CBI consultant Bobbe Fitzhugh said.
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February is upon us, and with six more weeks of winter on the way, it looks like the great Cowboy state is going to continue to give us a plethora of frosty opportunities for some great Winter shots. Photo Amanda Smith
Community Message Board
Meetings in Glenrock Where: The Senior Center East Door (thrift store entrance.) When: Monday nights from 7pm - 8pm
Bird Special Announcements!
Special Olympics WYOMING Jackalope Jumps scheduled in 2012 A “Polar Plunge” type fundraising event benefiting special olympics wyoming WYOMING – Dressed in crazy costumes, residents all over WYOMING will jump into freezin’ cold waters to raise money for Special Olympics Wyoming athletes! When the day of the jump arrives, there is excitement and anticipation in the air as friends gather to share the afternoon, celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes, and prepare to jump! There will be delicious snacks and hot beverages to enjoy, opportunities to win awards and prizes, fun costumes, and great fun! This fundraiser is a familyfriendly, community event bringing together local residents, friends from neighboring towns, as well as brave individuals of all ages representing caring companies, civic organizations, local schools and law enforcement. Jackalope Jumps are open to the public, and all are encouraged to
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: www.rollinghillswy.org
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 Ciao!! Hello in Italian 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. Love My Library Week is around the corner, February 13-18. This is a chance to tell your special librarian how much you love the library!! In honor of the week we will be running a “guess the number of jelly beans in the jar” contest. The contest has started and will run through February 17. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 17. On Saturday, February 18, the TAB (teen advisory board) has issued a challenge to kids ages 12-17 to see how many heart marshmallows one person can consume! Come in and join in on their Heart Marshmallow Eating Contest! It starts at 11:30. For more information please call 436-2573. If you want to be a part of the TAB group come in and sign up. We are always looking for teens wanting to get involved with their library!
Converse County UW Students Honor Roll
come out to cheer on the brave jumpers or register to jump themselves! All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Wyoming programs. There are tem more Jackalope Jumps scheduled in 2012, they are scheduled as follows: · February 18th CASPER @ The Casper Aquatics Center 10:00 a.m. · February 25th GILLETTE @ The Campbell County Rec. Center - 12:00p.m. · February 25th RIVERTON @ City Hall Parking Lot 10:30 a.m.
Proximity to Casper and Douglas was rated positively by 40% of the survey respondents, while 24% felt that proximity to those towns was an obstacle to their business success. "These different perspectives are probably a function of the survey respondents’ type of business," said Fitzhugh. "If you're selling fine dining experiences, proximity is an asset, while competition for grocery business probably suffers with nearby big-box stores who are able to provide greater variety at lower prices.” CBI also presented their economic and demographic analysis of the Glenrock area. Although the Converse County economy is dominated by the mining and public administration sectors, those industries are less prevalent in Glenrock. Instead, the Utility, Wholesale, Retail, Service, and Accommodations & Food Service sectors provide most of the jobs in and around Glenrock. “The Glenrock downtown area has a good mix of retail businesses. More broadly, the Glenrock area has strengths in the Sporting Goods, Other Motor Vehicle Dealers, and Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages),” said Joe Coyne, another CBI consultant. There are several retail sectors
· March 17th DALE @ TBD
· March 21st LANDER @ Lander Valley High School 2:00 p.m. · March 24th BRIDGER VALLEY @ The Lyman Aquatics Ctr. - 11:00 a.m. · March 24th STAR VALLEY @ The LSR Parking Lot - 12:00 p.m. · March 31st LARAMIE @ LaPrele Park - 10:00 a.m.
· March 10th JACKSON @ JHMR in Teton Village - Time TBD
For more information about the Jackalope Jump or to register please visit www.specialolympicswy.org or call the Special Olympics Wyoming office at (307) 235-3062.
· March 17th SHERIDAN @ Lake DeSmet - 1:00
Douglas held their Jackalope Jump on February 3rd.
G Rock Business Survey Continued From Front Page Survey respondents were also asked how they would rate a number of qualities in the community. "Safety, friendliness of merchants, and cleanliness ranked very high," according to Fitzhugh. "At the other end of the continuum, variety of goods and services, and availability of qualified workers were ranked fair to poor."
in Glenrock that are “leaking” sales to other market areas. “Automobile Dealers, Grocery Stores, and Gasoline Stations are three sectors that are leaking more than a million dollars each to other markets,” said Coyne. “There are several other sectors that are losing business out of Glenrock, but big box stores in Casper dominate the small retailers in this region.” According to Coyne and Fitzhugh, one strategy that Glenrock could pursue is to improve their marketing efforts. “Many Converse County residents know that Glenrock has great restaurants, but advertising may help growth,” said Fitzhugh. “Another strategy is to tap into the travel market on Interstate 25,” said Coyne. In particular, the data suggests that there is an opportunity to sell more gasoline, open a fast food restaurant, and a motel,” he added. "This is the first step in a process to help businesses plan for the future," said Glenrock Community Development Director Kathy Patceg. "Our Main Street Board and the Glenrock Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) will now dig into this information in greater detail and develop some strategic plans and goals," she said. "This initial process focused on the perceptions of the business community. Seeking feedback from the entire community will be a next step," she added.
Pampered Chef, Community Members Join Hands to Raise Funds for G-rock Food Bank Pampered chef is working with hostess Cindy Armstrong raising money for the food bank in Glenrock! This famed Pampered Chef show is open until the 19th of February with all proceeds benefitting GRock’s food bank.
University of Wyoming Fall Semester Provost’s Honor Roll: Converse County February 3, 2012 -- The University of Wyoming lists 13 students from Converse County on the 2011 fall semester Provost’s Honor Roll. The Provost’s Honor Roll consists of undergraduates who have completed at least six but fewer than 12 hours with a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester. For more information about the University of Wyoming visit www.uwyo.edu. Students are: GLENROCK Donald Lee Coulter Lisa R. Coulter Kellie Mulanax DOUGLAS Tyler Brooks Alder Jennifer M. Barker Kalee Felton Shelby K. Fitzhugh Tricia Marie Jensen Robert Kent McKee Jessica L. Rodman Shelby LaRee Shatto Laura E. Smith Samantha D. Wiederrecht
All unglazed stoneware is 20% off during this special, and any round up from the heart trivet adds another $2.00 to the cause. Book your own show and another $3 will also be added. Catalogs are available at the Glenrock Library and all Glenrock schools. Orders can also be placed online at www.Pamperedchef.Biz/ sarabackhaus Click shop online and enter Lucinda Armstrong as your hostess and start giving to your local food bank today.
Grand Jeep Cherokee For Sale
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The planning project is funded by a combination of a Wyoming Main Street Technical Assistance Grant and GEDC funds.
The library will be closed for President’s Day, February 20. It’s a day to reflect on the visions all of our presidents, past and present, have had for the United States. President George Washington put it so profoundly when he said, I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love. George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789. Quote found at www.marksquotes.com. The Library Board of Trustees will meet at the Douglas library located at 300 Walnut Street, on February 27 at 4:30 pm. The public is encouraged to attend. For Read Me A Story February 12-18: Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. February 18-25: George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora. Pick up the phone and dial 436-2353 to listen to a great story!! We’re on the web at http:wyldweb.state.wy.us/glen or at www. conversecountylibrary.org. 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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A Fool’s Errand “A Fool’s Errand!”
Glenrock Wrestling Club Hosts Tourney - Takes 3rd Submitted by Karie Moulton
The Glenrock Wrestling Club hosted their annual wrestling tournament on February 5, 2012 at the Glenrock High School.
Glenrock’s tournament had 296 kids wrestling in the tour-
• Gavin Guerra - Photo courtesy Karie • Moulton
nament resulting in the Glenrock wrestling Club boasting a tie for 3rd place in points. Dustin Simmons 9-10 age bracket won the Fast Pin and received a wrestling bag. Very special thanks to Shawn McCoy of Glenrock’s Sale Barn, for stepping in at the last minute and announcing the event. The club would also like to send out another thank you to our Head Pairer Tione Willox and Head Mat Official Jack Vines. On behalf of the Glenrock Wrestling Club we THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.
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Peewees 40 lb bracket Jarrett Guerrera placed 2nd. Peewees 45 lb bracket Keegan Roumell placed 4th. Peewees 50 lb bracket Ayden Moulton placed 3rd. Cyler Lewis - Intermediate - Photo courtesy Pewees 55+ lb Karie Moulton bracket Raiden Miller placed • Novice 75lb bracket Da3rd. kohta Reynolds placed Bantam 40 lb bracket 1st. Makalup Barnes placed • Novice 75lb bracket Zane 6th. Moore placed 2nd. Bantam 50 lb bracket Lo- • Novice 80 lb bracket gan Jones placed 2nd. Weston Knight placed Bantam 70 lb bracket 4th. Landon Horton placed • Novice 80lb bracket Ian 5th. Arnold placed 2nd. Intermediate 65 lb bracket • Novice 98-103 lb bracket Allyssa Hicks placed 6th. Noah Halsey placed 3rd. Intermediate 65 lb bracket • Novice 113-120lb bracket Cyler Lewis placed 4th. Derrick Robinson placed Intermediate 70 lb bracket 2nd. Gavin Guerrera placed • Novice 113-120lb bracket 6th. Cody Pinkerton placed Intermediate 75 lb bracket 1st. Jonah Young placed 2nd. • School boy/girl 69-77lb Intermediate 75 lb bracket bracket Connor Lewis Casey Sebesta placed 1st. placed 4th. Intermediate 75 lb bracket • Schoolboys/girl 98lb Dustin Simmons placed bracket Trenten Kraft 1st. placed 5th. Intermediate 113-121 • Schoolboy/girl 105lb bracket, Caden Stoldt bracket Christopher placed 2nd. Raines placed 3rd. Novice 75lb bracket • Schoolboy/girl 112lb Charles Kidd placed 2nd. bracket Kayla Likes
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placed 1st. Schoolboy/girl 112lb bracket Logan Pickett placed 3rd. Cadet 132-147 lb bracket Shae Simmons placed 2nd. Wrestling hard but not placing were: Peewee 45lb Chad Preston Bantam 55lb Kal Thomp-
Jossilyn Miller - First year wrestler. One of four female wrestlers. Photo courtesy Karie Moulton
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son Bantam 55lb Jason Howell Bantam 60lb Cedar Guerrera Intermediate 50lb Hunter Pickett Intermediate 55lb Ronald Hicks Intermediate 80lb Jossilyn Miller Novice 80lb Brody Cathcart
Freddie Mercury’s “We Are the Champions” ring tone jars you from a night’s slumber at about 1:00 a.m., and on the other end you hear a friend is sobbing frantically, phoning from her favorite “watering hole” following a heated dispute with her drunken “significant other.” She pleads with you to come and mediate the “issue” of another woman. In this event, an amicable settlement is virtually unattainable, and your fate may be worse in the end, than the two adversaries. And, as history reminds us, both combatants may turn on you, pounce upon you and pummel you severely about the head and shoulders and hate you. That, my friend, is a “fools errand.” Former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, described, in her voluminous 734 page memoir, No Higher Honor, an attempt to broker greater integration and enhanced relations between the triumvirate heads of troubled Bosnia and Herzegovina, which, by its constitution required a rotating chair of the trio of Presidents, with three agendas, as a “fool’s errand.” Her conclusion: this is going nowhere. And, much to her chagrin, it didn’t. Many of us have been thrust into similar circumstances of which we had little control, often compelled by duty or obligation, and we understand that the best must be made of an otherwise inalterable choice. How does one inoculate one’s self from such exposure? Too often, we charge headlong into a situation where angels wisely fear to tread, with our eyes wide open and brain in “park.” Perhaps, for some, it’s a “rescue mentality” that has plagued us for years. For many, we have yet to learn to utter that two-letter word “No!” And, lastly, we may just be obtrusive and willing to pay the high price to enter a fracas fraught with peril. The following two scenarios may qualify for the title of “a fool’s errand.” Appearing on the
“Ellen DeGeneres Show” trying to coax her, and “marriage” partner Portia de Rossi, to speak at a Focus on The Family conference, demanding the Obama Administration enforce DOMA( the Defense of Marriage Act, that denies federal recognition of same sex marriage,) signed into law by the Clinton Administration in September,1996. Tread carefully nimble feet. After a protracted, hand-wringing verbal exchange with your implacable mother-in-law, about your Dad’s inopportune “odiferous proctologic discharges,” on bended knee, she implores you to “ talk to your Dad” about it. The “issue” has been largely ignored for years. Now, what are you, his loving daughter to do? Short of buying your mother-in-law a self adhesive, removable scented nose clip, and your Dad an “auto emitting air freshener” for his “boxers,” you’re trapped like a rat. Be forewarned, you are on a “fool’s errand.” In his 1879 best seller, “A Fool’s Errand,” Albion Touree, portrayed a barely fictional account of the “Reconstruction” effort, recounting the tragic and beleaguered years of rebuilding the post Civil War South, and the relentless pursuit that the author described as “a fool’s errand.” Wiktionary defines it as “a foolish undertaking, especially one that is purposelessness, fruitless, nonsensical or certain to fail.” It’s akin to walking through a mine field wearing concrete boots. Simply put; when one enters into a situation rife with potential failure, where the end result is predictably combustible, (borrowing from Pyatt’s “almost Latin glossary”) it’s absurdium messyum. Please don’t go hither! What do you think?
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Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic provides quality basic medical care to the communities of Glenrock and Rolling Hills. Unlike other Rural Health Clinics, Oregon Trail is part of Memorial Hospital of Converse County, one of the most trusted healthcare providers in the area. Memorial Hospital operates Oregon Trail RHC as an extension of care. The clinic is connected to the hospital by a dedicated high-speed network, and more importantly, dedicated providers who ensure their patients receive the best possible care. Our clinic, combined with some of the most respected healthcare providers in the area, creates a unique healthcare experience for Glenrock and its neighbors. In addition to stuffy noses, sore throats, and wellness exams, the clinic staff also perform EKG’s, minor surgery procedures, women’s health services, blood tests, physicals, and much more. Carla Bloem, PA-C, and her team provide healthcare services Monday thru Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM; closed over the noon hour.
Glenrock resident Carla Bloem is a Certified Physician’s Assistant trained and licensed to practice medicine in Wyoming under the supervision of Memorial Hospital doctors. Carla has been treating family and friends in Glenrock for more than a decade. Her background in medicine and love for Carla Bloem, PA-C small town living provides Glenrock area residents the perfect mix of Advanced Medicine and Hometown Care. Carla’s experience, combined with the clinic’s diagnostic services, ensures Glenrock area residents have access to basic health services close to home. In addition to Carla, Dr. Brian Retherford— Memorial Hospital’s Board Certified obstetrician and gynecologist—also sees patients at Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic. Dr. Retherford is trained in a broad array of women’s reproductive health issues as well as all aspects of pregnancy healthcare. He Dr. Brian Retherford performs yearly gynecological checks and deals with common women’s disorders such as endometriosis, infertility, urinary incontinence, and menstrual problems. Dr. Retherford also performs minimally invasive surgeries for gynecological disorders.
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United Adds Additional Summer Flights To Casper Casper / Natrona County International Airport officials announced that United Airlines will add a fifth regional jet flight between the Airport and Denver this summer, increasing daily capacity to 250 seats.
"We’re very happy to see the added capacity," said Glenn Januska, Airport Manager. "The United flights have been averaging between 85% and 90% full the past few months so demand is certainly moving past capacity. Since demand peaks in the summer, the timing of this additional flight is perfect."
6507 7:01 pm Denver CRJ
United Airlines Flight Schedule
6377 12:50 pm Denver CRJ
July 1, 2012 - August 27, 2012
5352 9:50 am Denver CRJ 6377 12:25 pm Denver CRJ 6486 4:27 pm Denver CRJ
6468 10:32 pm Denver CRJ DEPARTURES 5592 6:15 am Denver CRJ 5352 10:17 am Denver CRJ
6486 4:57 pm Denver CRJ
Heart Disease Serious Problem in the Cowboy State
The lifestyle choices we make everyday can help or hurt our heart’s ability to do its job effectively, according to Wyoming’s state health officer.
“Cardiovascular disease is a serious problem in Wyoming and across the nation,” said Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and senior administrator of the Wyoming Department of Health’s public health division. In 2009 heart disease was the top cause of death in Wyoming with 937 deaths. “Understanding the heart’s ‘job’ can help us appreciate why certain choices can be so potentially harmful to our health,” Braund said.
Braund said a heart is about the size of a fist and is one of the hardest working muscles in the body. “During an average life span, the heart beats about two and a half billion times without ever taking a break,” she said. “That’s quite a career.” “So what does your heart really do for you? Hearts move our blood throughout our bodies,” Braund said. “Our blood must keep moving to deliver oxygen from our lungs to our body tissues.” Blood also carries harmful waste to the kidneys to be removed, transports hormones from our glands to various parts of our bodies and delivers vitamins and nutrients from our di-
BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has made selections for three positions on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The BLM has chosen Callie Hendrickson of Grand Junction, Colorado, as a new appointee for the category of General Public; June C. Sewing of Cedar City, Utah, as a new appointee for the category of Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy; and Boyd M. Spratling, DVM, of Deeth, Nevada, as a re-appointee to the category of Veterinary Medicine. These individuals will each serve threeyear terms as members of the Advisory Board. Ms. Hendrickson is Executive Director, White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts, and owner and consultant for E-Z Communications. As executive director of the conservation districts, Ms. Hendrickson has extensive experience in addressing public rangeland health concerns for the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts. Her career is focused on natural resource policy development and education. She has served on the Colorado Foundation for Heart Health in Wyoming Cont gestive tracts. The average adult has roughly five liters of blood flowing through the body. “When blood vessels become more narrow and stiff due to a build up of plaque caused by cholesterol and fat, our hearts are forced to work harder to keep blood flowing around
Water Education, Mesa County 4-H Foundation, Mesa County Farm Bureau, and the Mesa County Cattlewomen. Ms. Hendrickson replaces Janet M. Jankura. Ms. Sewing is Executive Director and Secretary for the National Mustang Association, for which she has worked since 1985. Her current responsibilities include management of the association’s wild horse sanctuary. Ms. Sewing has also served as the president of various charitable organizations, as trustee on the Cedar City hospital board for 20 years, and on a local committee dealing with the endangered Utah prairie dog. Ms. Sewing has received a Citizen Volunteer award from the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Realtors, and Southern Utah University. Ms. Sewing replaces Robin Lohnes. Dr. Spratling is actively engaged in the practice of large animal veterinary medicine in Elko County, Nevada, where he has lived since 1963. He has been involved in the practice of veterinary medicine since he graduated from Washington State University in 1975. Dr. the body. It becomes a matter of harmful high blood pressure,” Braund said. “Diet and our personal activity level are certainly primary causes of this trouble with our blood vessels,” Braund said. “In addition, smoking harms our hearts by speeding up the process of hardening the arteries. Excessive alcohol use can also make the heart work harder than
Spratling, a current member of the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, has twice served as President of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association; he also serves on the Board of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. BLM Director Bob Abbey commended the outgoing members, saying, “Robin Lohnes and Janet Jankura served during challenging times and I commend each of them for moving the BLM forward in its efforts to achieve a ‘new normal’ for the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Robin also deserves kudos for her years of outstanding leadership as chair of the Advisory Board.” The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roamit should.” Braund offered some simple keys to keeping hearts pumping: *Eating healthier foods and avoiding choices that are high in sodium and fat. *Maintaining an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise.
ing Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions.
The BLM manages more land – over 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multipleuse mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands
*Avoiding the use of tobacco products.
*Avoiding long-term excessive use of alcohol.
*Listen to the treatment advice offered by medical professionals if high blood pressure or high cholesterol is identified.
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Xl Pipeline: Abandoned Once, Not Forgotten
Better Economy Would Come With International Tax Changes
Bipartisan group of senators pickup banner of job-creating pipeline
Enzi legislation levels playing field for U.S. companies
Washington, D.C. – Wyoming’s U.S. Senators haven’t given up on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. They are cosponsoring a bill that would advance the pipeline despite President Obama’s rejection of the project. The bill, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of 44 senators, would “put the crucial economy-improving project on the path to completion,” according to Enzi and Barrasso. The Keystone XL pipeline has been subject to rigorous environmental analysis for more than three years, and was on schedule to be decided on by the U.S. State Department by the end of 2011. By contrast, the original Keystone pipeline took two years to review and became operational last year. “The economy matters,” said Enzi. “Wyoming’s energy sector is at the heart of the state’s economy and the nation depends on our domestic energy production to power the country. Approving of the Keystone XL pipeline will create the jobs
that will rebuild our economy.” “Our bill authorizes the construction of one of the largest shovel-ready energy projects in the United States,” said Barrasso. “In Wyoming, we have firsthand knowledge of how energy projects create good jobs for working families. The Keystone XL project is no exception. With 8.5 percent national unemployment, Washington cannot afford to say no to a privately-funded pipeline project that is estimated to create 20,000 American jobs.” Under this bill, a Presidential Permit would no longer be needed for the Keystone XL pipeline. Congress can approve the project under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. The legislation would require the strong environmental and safety standards already finalized by the Secretary of State. At the same time, the bill would direct state and local laws relating to private property rights by ensuring those laws are not changed in this process.
Barrasso: Administration Should Support New Nuclear Reactors
WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (RWyo.), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, released the following statement in response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) approval of its first license for the construction of new nuclear reactors since 1978: “I’m pleased the that NRC has taken a historic step today to support American energy development. Nuclear power is a reliable source of American energy that must be a part of our energy mix. “As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee that oversees NRC, I look forward to working
with the agency to ensure that we move forward in a responsible way to protect the public and provide reliable energy to all Americans. “I also call on the Obama Administration to ensure the construction of these reactors go forward. The President said during his State of the Union speech that ‘This country needs an allout, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy.’ If President Obama really supports a wide range of energy development, he will encourage his allies in the extreme environmental movement to also support this important project.”
Washington, D.C. – Fifty-yearold tax laws would no longer disadvantage American-based companies if Congress passes a bill introduced today by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Enzi’s predecessor in the Senate and co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Al Simpson, commended Enzi for working on this important part of the commission’s plan. The United States Job Creation and International Tax Reform Act of 2012 would allow U.S.based company earnings currently sitting offshore to be brought back to America at a reduced tax rate; provide an exemption from U.S. tax for foreign earnings already subject to taxes in a foreign country; and reduce
the U.S. tax burden on certain income derived from ideas and inventions.
nesses, our economy will be the punching bag of the rest of the world,” Simpson said.
“This bill would modernize the United States tax code, giving U.S. companies incentives to create jobs and invest back in the United States,” Enzi said. “American companies would be competing on a level playing field with their foreign counterparts under this bill.”
Enzi, who is an accountant and member of both the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Budget Committee, acknowledged that some will argue these lower tax rates will take money out of federal coffers.
Updating this part of the U.S. tax code was a recommendation of the Simpson-Bowles debt commission. “Reforming our tax code was a key provision of the fiscal commission and I’m so pleased to see Senator Enzi driving this point home. If we let our tax laws restrain American busi-
“The opposite is true. The current tax structure acts as a great wall, keeping money outside of U.S. borders. The new tax structure creates a breach, the good kind, that allows money to flow back in. This increase in capital not only will mean more jobs and a more stable U.S. economy, it will mean more tax revenue for our indebted federal government,” Enzi said.
New Obamacare Mandate Targets Religious Freedom Washington Power Grab Forces Religious Institutions to Take Actions that Contradict Their Beliefs. Sen. Barrasso Quotes 1st Amendment of the Constitution During Today’s 2nd Opinion Speech. The list of Obamacare victims continues to grow longer each week. On January 20th, President Obama’s health care law found a new target: religious liberty. The Obama Administration is now mandating that religious institutions provide services that undermine their beliefs. Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) discussed how this unprecedented power grab by the White House tramples over the First Amendment of the Constitution by violating Americans’ right to freedom of religion. Excerpts of Senator Barrasso’s remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate:
“This ruling tramples over one of the Amendments of the Constitution. It's the one that protects the rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. “Reading from the Constitution, Amendment number 1: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ “If you take a look back at our nation’s history, the right to freedom of religion is one of the main reasons that many people came to America in the first place. “So what's someone to do? Well, Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl has expressed the dilemma that many institutions face. He did it in a letter last week. “What he said was that the mandate will allow a Catholic school just one of three options. “Violate its beliefs by providing coverage for medications
and procedures that Catholics believe are immoral. “Number two, another option. Cease providing insurance coverage for all of its employees and then face ongoing and ultimately ruinous fines. “Or three, attempt to qualify for the exemptions by hiring and serving only Catholics. Exclude everyone else. “Many Americans understand that all three of those options are indefensible. “Americans from across the political spectrum are speaking out against President Obama's big government power grab. “Others have likewise criticized the administration for being unwilling to offer a broader conscience exemption to religious-affiliated institutions. “Now that the President's liberal allies are even opposed to this unprecedented power grab, the White House is trying to clean up the mess.
“It has signaled that it is willing to compromise on its decision. Instead of a mild compromise, the regulation in the entire health care law needs to be fully repealed.
“As ‘The Wall Street Journal’ editorial board puts it, ‘in any case, H.H.S. would revive this coercion whenever it is politically convenient sometime in Mr. Obama's second term.’ They go on to say ‘religious liberty won't be protected from the entitlement state until Obamacare is repealed.’
“I think all Americans should be afraid of the course that this White House is on with this regulation.
“This debate isn't about women's health. It's about power. Washington should not have the power to force religious people and religious institutions to take actions that contradict their beliefs.”
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TJ Casey is a singer/ songwriter, storyteller, composer and entertainer. He was raised up on ranches in Wyoming and Montana and now teaches the "Code of the West" and poetry to students all across America. Check him out at: www.tjcasey.net.
What a Day
a t-bone steak divine.
I sit and watch a magpie fly high up in a pine. Then I hear the cold wind sigh; through the power line.
A toast, we raise our glasses high; a water glass of wine. I chug it down with teary eye; in one second less than nine.
Snow starts falling from the sky; feather like and fine. Winter time has not passed by; your place, nor not mine. I see the mountains way up high; they’re yours, they’re ours, they’re mine. To the top, I’ve gotta try; I’ll perch up there and dine. I hear a lonesome coyote cry; I hate to hear them whine. The moon is orange, I wonder why. What makes the darn thing shine? Across the field, why did she die; One of my big bovine? Old I guess, and she was dry;
Then I grab a flask of Rye and to my mouth align. I should have eaten mincemeat pie and the stout stuff then decline. Now I’m drunker than a spy; who stole some bomb designs. Stinkin’ like a sow’s pig sty; I messed my Calvin Kleins. Desperately I really try; to remove me from some splines. I’m feeling young, I’m feeling spry; I fall into the vines. It hurts so bad I start to cry; I’m tangled in the twines. All because I watched a magpie fly; high up in the pine.
Chuck Wagon Pecan Bread Recipe This recipe is over 100 years old. It is from a cook who served it to cowhands along the Pecos River 3 1/2 cups sifted allpurpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt
Lumens, CFLs and LEDs: A light bulb guide for new regulations (ARA) - You've probably been hearing the talk of federal light bulb regulations for years, but in January 2012, the talk will become reality, and these regulations will begin to take effect. While California residents began the transition in January 2011, the federally mandated phase-out of less efficient incandescent light bulbs begins with the 100-watt light bulb on Jan. 1, 2012, so now is the time for the rest of the country to make the switch to more efficient bulbs. Before you begin considering your options, here's a quick review of how the new regulations will work: * Incandescent, or traditional, 100watt light bulbs for general purpose, household shape lamps will
Hey there Glenrock and beyond! I was just sitting here, eating a hard-boiled egg and some cheese and thinking to myself – what should I write about? Then I decided I wanted to write about taking care of yourself – no, not giving you another “New Year’s Resolution” type lecture, but some advice I think more people should take to heart for their own good. This whole thought actually came from the idea of counting your blessings. How can you count your own blessings if you can’t care enough for yourself to count your own? I’m taking about taking care of YOU. A very close friend and I recently had to have a heart to heart conversation. He’s early 30’s and slightly overweight, but he’s a big person in general. We were talking and he was telling me about how he get so sore from doing his job and how he has no idea why his body is tired and sore all the time. Now, I’m no doctor, but I asked him what kind of work
no longer be available in stores beginning January 2012. Retailers will be able to sell-through any existing inventory, but the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulbs will not be replaced on the shelf. * Incandescent 75-watt light bulbs will be unavailable in 2013. * Incandescent 40-watt and 60watt light bulbs will be phased out in 2014. As these rules phase in gradually, it's a great time to educate yourself on the different types of energy-efficient light bulbs available. Lowe's is joining the effort to advise consumers on the types of options available. In addition to offering a comprehensive light bulb buying guide on its website, Lowe's offers the following tips as you bring your lighting into the future. Learning about lumens For example, the following light bulbs all produce roughly the same amount of light (450 lumens): 40watt incandescent, 29-watt halo-
he’s been doing. Being in the construction industry, he’s on a dirt crew and runs all different kinds of machines: scrapers, bulldozers, rollers, excavators – look, if it ends in “er” and is a tractor, he probably has to drive it. I asked him what his diet was like and like most Americans (I’ll admit, even me, as much as I hate it) he doesn’t have that great of a diet planned out. However, the biggest thing that all of these machines he runs have in common is that he’s always sitting, bouncing around, and getting tossed all over the place – while he’s staying stationary. Think about that for a second, you’re bouncing around and your person isn’t moving. No wonder he’s sore. Then I asked him what he does for exercise. He said nothing. BINGO! Glenrock and beyond, my point isn’t to tell you all about my average American friend. It’s to give you some advice. You need to take care of yourself. My friend is sore and cranky and tired all the time.
3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk 2 cups chopped pecans 1/4 cup melted lard 1 egg
loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Turn out and cool on rack. Keeps well when wrapped tightly.
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch
gen, 11-watt compact fluorescent (CFL) and 9-watt LED. It's still important to pay attention to wattage to make sure you don't exceed the recommended level for your lamp, but it's increasingly unlikely that you'll exceed that level as you purchase more efficient bulbs. Types of bulbs available As you move on from incandescent bulbs, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the different types of more energy-efficient bulbs available. These bulbs will consume less energy and last longer, saving you money on monthly utility bills. Compact fluorescent: CFL bulbs are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but use up to 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times as long, making it easy for you to quickly recoup the money you spend on them. You can save up to $70 per year by placing CFLs in your five most commonly used lamps, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. You've likely seen them in spiral
He thinks it’s because his job is too physical, but I proved him wrong. I called him out and drug him into the gym with me. My goal was to get him to just walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes just to see how he would feel. The next day, he called me and asked me if I wanted to go with him the next night. Just 30 minutes of being active helped so much with his sleep, joints, and soreness. Sometimes we get into these drudges where we get wrapped up in work, or errands, or our own tiredness that we forget to just take care of ourselves. You need to remember to do that. Take care of your body, and your body will thank you. After all, it’s all you’ve got. If you’re sore and tired all the time – change it up! Go for a walk with your spouse (I’ll bet he/she would enjoy it). If you feel you’re overweight but you’re already exercising, maybe going the next step by cutting out soda, or changing your diet and sticking to it will help! On the flip side, if you are feeling down and out or
or tube-like shapes, but CFLs also come in the A-line form common in most incandescent bulbs. Halogen: These bulbs use the same technology as incandescent bulbs but last up to three times longer and are about 50 percent more efficient. Halogens are known for producing the highest quality light but aren't as efficient as CFLs. When changing halogens, you'll want to make sure you use a rag because oil from your skin can reduce the bulb's longevity.
Dear Sassy, Let me first say I’ve been reading your column since the first time it came out in the newspaper and I really love your black and white responses. I have a daughter who is 17 and ready to graduate this year. She has a new boyfriend who graduated last year and is moving to Texas to work for an oil company out there. My daughter is making plans to not finish out her school year and graduate from here but rather re-enroll in a school in Texas and graduate from there. My concern is that I feel she is too young to make this sort of life changing decision in her life but she refuses to listen to her father and I. What can we do? Do we just let her disregard our requests to finish her schooling here and then think about such a move? Or do we stand our grounds and can we/should we not allow her to do this? Sincerely, (please don’t print my name) Dear Please Don’t Print My Name, Well I would not let your daughter go anywhere but where she is right now. Graduation is important and to go and play house in Texas is ridiculous. She has the rest of her life to make impulsive and bad decisions without your input, but now, while she is only age 17 (I'm assuming you bought her car and most of her belongings) you still call the shots. Period. If this guy is so fabulous and they are so in love then he will be there waiting for your daughter when she graduates. I would tell her unless she plans to walk to Texas in a stolen towel from a motel then she will appease her loving parents and graduate from the school she is prestently attending and her graduation gift from you two is to move her to Texas AFTER SHE GRADUATES. Now see? Parents don't just think of themselves, do they! Keep up the good work, your concerns are valid ones, and remember, until she is 18 years of age. She doesn’t get to call the shots. Keep me posted. Sassy Have a question for Sassy? Email her: Sassy@theglenrockbird.com
LED: Lowe's began offering the industry's first Energy Star-qualified LED bulb this year - the GE Energy Smart 9-watt LED light bulb. LED bulbs take the efficiency and durability of CFLs even further, as this bulb is rated to last more than 22 years and uses slightly less energy than a CFL bulb that also produces 450 lumens. For more information on what the light bulb legislation means for you, visit the Lowe's YouTube channel for a light bulb tutorial.
stuck in a rut and you haven’t gotten yourself something new in a while, get out there and go shopping! Find a new outfit, or accessory for your truck or car, or get that new paint for your house you’ve wanted to get. If you’re bored all the time and find yourself being a couch potato and you are quickly finding that your hobby is watching shows about other people’s hobbies, go try one of those hobbies for yourself! Keep yourself entertained, healthy, and happy! When I start feeling down and out, and worn down, and in a rut I always think about the little statement my dad told me to consider: “Wes, look in the mirror on a daily basis, and say: “I am going to be healthy, happy, and today is going to be a great day.” Do what you need to do to make your day the best. Little changes to ourselves are what make us better people on a regular basis. Don’t forget about you!
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