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Effective Friday July 1, 2011 residents of the state of Wyoming will now be allowed to carry a concealed handgun without a license or permit. The law also authorizes residents 21 years or older to carry a handgun without obtaining or carrying a concealed handgun permit or taking a concealed handgun safety class.
The bill, signed by Governor Matt Meat in March, was one of the most controversial and discussed suggestions during Wyoming's Legislative session this year. Those convicted of a felony or domestic violence, or those who have addictions to illegal substances or under or subject to a restraining order, may not carry a concealed handgun. Although a permit is no longer necessary to carry a concealed handgun, the new statute does not allow people to enter bars, schools, places of worship, law enforcement facilities, mental institutions, federal buildings such as a post office, bank, BLM offices etc., The law also does not allow those carrying a concealed weapon to enter any government meetings including Town Council and County Commissioner Meetings. Doing so will bring a misdemeanor charge punishable by a $750 fine, six months in county jail or both.
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A Baker Hughes Rig rolled over on Tuesday July 5th while traveling down Ross Road in Converse County. Casper Fire EMS and Casper EMS responded to the Converse County roll over but did not need to do any clean up. According to Dave Baker of Casper Fire, Baker Hughes advised they would do the clean up work. One person was transported to Casper Hospital with minor injuries. The spill was minimal. Photo © Amanda Smith
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Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker stated "Its the law, and that's fine with me, but what concerns me is those people who don't have proper training to understand how to carry a concealed weapon. Its a large responsibility to carry a handgun." Becker also stated that its important to remember that the law does not pertain to anything other than a concealed handgun. It does not pertain to other weapons such as knives and numbchucks. He asked that the public educate themselves by visiting the website www. attorneygeneral.state.wy.us., which gives full details on the new law. Wyoming is the fourth state in the country to eliminate the concealed handgun carry law. As of Friday July 1, 2011 the cowboy state joins Alaska, Arizona and Vermont.
“Early Morning Prayer” - Photo © Amanda Smith This cowboy was captured leading his horses back from a cool drink on a hot Wyoming day. The photo was created down at Glenrock’s South Recreation Complex just outside the rodeo grounds near what most Glenrockian’s know as “Low Water.” Commonly referred to as “South Rec” Glenrock’s rodeo grounds are a prime spot for horse lovers and equine activity enthusiasts all summer long. Check with the Town of Glenrock for information on upcoming equine events. Photo © Amanda Smith
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An increase in the income ceiling for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will help make the program’s services available to more women and children, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
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A family of four with a monthly income of up to $3,446 or annual gross income up to $41,348 may qualify financially for the program under the new guidelines, which begin July 1. This represents an increase of more than $500.
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“WIC works to boost the health of the women, infants and children who qualify by providing nutritious foods and educating families on healthy eating,” said Janet Moran, WIC program section chief with the Wyoming Department of Health. WIC also provides lactation support to breastfeeding women and their infants, promotes childhood immunizations and provides healthcare referrals. WIC participants specifically include pregnant women, post partum women, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five who qualify
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With 19 local agencies and 18 outreach clinics in Wyoming, WIC serves approximately 12,500 women and children around the state.
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To help Wyoming residents avoid a deadly disease for dthemselves, pets and liveestock, the Wyoming Depart-ment of Health is promoting -rabies prevention strategies, -including animal vaccination yand quarantine. s nRabies can infect any mam-mal, including pets, livestock,
small wildlife and humans. The virus affects the central -nervous system, causing payralysis and ultimately death. hSymptoms include behavior 0changes, including aggression dand agitation, and also excesnsive salivation. , tSince 2000, rabies has been dconfirmed in Wyoming bats, ;cats, cows, dogs, foxes, hors,es, squirrels and skunks. dDr. Karl Musgrave, state pubdlic health veterinarian with hthe Wyoming Department
of Health, reminded people about the importance of ani8mal vaccinations. “This can ,keep pets, horses and livestock yfrom getting rabies, and help nprotect pet owners should pets be bitten by a rabid wild animal,” he said. Musgrave said oit is also important to report lanimal bites to local animal Ccontrol officials and to fol. low recommended quarantine guidelines. “After an animal bite or other form of potential exposure happens to a person, there is sometimes uncertainty about whether the involved animal was infected with rabies, especially if the animal isn’t available for quarantine or testing,” Musgrave said. “Because rabies is almost always deadly if the disease develops, healthcare providers will often move ahead with preventive treatment.”
sible in the first place is certainly the best strategy.” In 2010, 20 skunks, 12 bats and two calves tested positive for rabies in Wyoming. So far in 2011 there have been 10 positive skunks (most from Laramie County) and one calf. Musgrave noted the numbers of cases confirmed by testing are likely far lower than the true number of rabies cases. Tips for preventing rabies: · Vaccinate dogs, cats, ferrets, horses and other selected livestock for rabies and keep vaccinations up-to-date. · Keep pets under supervision in a yard or on a leash to minimize contact with wild animals. · Enjoy wildlife such as skunks, bats, raccoons and foxes from a safe distance. · Never adopt wild animals or bring them into the home. Do not try to nurse sick or injured animals – call animal control for help. · Teach children to never approach unfamiliar dogs, cats or wildlife, even if they appear friendly. · Report animals acting strangely to city or county animal control departments. · Treat animal bites with soap and water and contact a medical professional immediately. · People waking to find a bat in their room or a child’s room should contact a medical professional immediately as bats have such small teeth even unknown or minor contact with bats has led to rabies infection. For more information visit http://www.wyorabies.org/ or call Musgrave at 307-7775825.
Glenrock’s Grilley Tells Tales of Early Settlements in G-Rock Nena Grilley, one of Glenrock's finest storytellers, captured her audience's full attention last Thursday evening as she shared her knowledge of Deer Creek's early settlement. Through Grilley, attendees at the Glenrock Summer Lecture Series gained insight into the characters and personalities that first settled in the Glenrock area. From Mormon persecution, the Civil War and the Pony Express to the Indian Wars, the Oregon Trail and Deer Creek crossing, Grilley's audience learned Glenrock history from the early 1840s to the late 1880s. Grilley's pioneer attire was the icing on the cake to her informed presentation. Her separation of myth and fact created a clear picture of how the town really developed. It was another success in the summer program: “One Town Many Stories,” a collaboration between the Glenrock Library and the Deer Creek Museum. Four chances remain for Glenrock residents to enjoy rousing tales of the area's history. This free program (refreshments served) continues this coming Thursday evening at 6 P.M. when Rachel Grant tells the tale of the Sno-Shoe Ranch. Attendees will hear how Ulysses Grant, an early homesteader, created not only a family cattle business but the foundation of Glenrock's relationship with area ranches. On July 7th members of Glenrock's library staff will explain how a barber shop housed Glenrock's first library and the power of a women's book club to create a legacy spanning 50 years. The program will include a discussion of the library's present role in the community and the impor-
“For people, treatment after rabies exposure to prevent illness involves five or six shots given over a month with a cost ranging from several hundred dollars to several thousand,” Musgrave said. “There is no question that preventing rabies exposure as much as pos-
For the second consecutive time this year residents and visitors in Wyoming enjoyed a fatality free holiday weekend. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers reported zero highway related fatalities over the three day Fourth of July weekend across the State. The holiday reporting period began Friday, July 1st at midnight and ran through Monday, July 4th ending at midnight. The Wyoming Highway Patrol had extra Troopers out working overtime shifts and high visibility saturation patrols. Troopers were to take a stance against and have a zero tolerance for underage drinking, driving under the influence and speeding or for not wearing a seatbelt. During the long weekend Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatchers created and handled approximately 7,007 dispatch events. Preliminary numbers statewide show Troopers investigated approximately 61 crashes of which 10 were injury crashes, made approximately 5,034 traffic
tance of public space in history. The lecture will conclude with a discussion on the library's future and how technology and Glenrock residents will help to shape that future. On July 14th former National President of the Pony Express Association and Glenrock resident Les Bennington shared his vast knowledge of the Deer Creek Home Station and its role in the life of the Pony Express. The following week Kathy Patceg, city building inspector and head of the Main Street Program will talk about the buildings in Glenrock's downtown area, their history and their importance to local businesses and the preservation of America's main street. Programs start at 6 P.M. Thursday evenings at the library. Everyone is invited to attend. The program is suitable for all ages.
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by Mike Pyatt Until 1973, the American Psychology Association, under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, considered homosexuality as abnormal behavior, regarding it as maladaptive behavior that could be treated. Of course the changing attitudes now consider such behavior as an alternative lifestyle, or one reported “scholarly” study claimed it was a genetic disorder. Anyone who dares to proffer an apposing view is generally tagged as “homophobic”, “hateful” or “uninformed”. From this shift in cultural acceptance of formerly “deviant behavior” the consequences has delivered same sex marriage to six states in the Union, most recently in New York State, all found their life through the legislature, not voted on by the citizenry. For eons marriage between one man and one woman has been the linchpin of familial solidarity in most civilized cultures. So now a political agenda has trumped science. There exists a segment of the US population that is old fashioned enough to refuse to jettison a model that has worked for centuries. The Old Testament speaks of the pair God fashioned for that first model, and just to be clear, it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. It makes a mammoth difference. Dr. Jeffrey Satinover’s book, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, chronicles the APA’s preemptory removal of homosexuality, from a condition to a “non condition” and the Trojan horselike symbol of opening the gates for a frontal assault on established sexual customs and mores’, while ignoring over 70 years of serious and scholarly studies by psychiatrist, psychologist and educators. In the past few weeks Neil Patrick Harris, aka, Doogie Howser, M.D., declared that he and his same sex partner are going to adopt a child. When Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, legions of celebrities from Hollywood were vociferous in their opposition to the “will of the people”. From across the pond, Sir Elton John and his mate too have heralded their intentions to adopt children. In recent years a litany of “stars” have “come out of the closet” like Meredith Baxter, “Family Ties” fame, Puerto Rican vocalist Ricky Martin, and former Idol Star, Clay Aiken, to mention a few. That “closet” must have been cavernous. Once the notion that ho-
mosexuality or lesbianism was just one of many normal, legitimate and loving lifestyles, the slide to same sex marriage began at warp speed. Ideas have consequences. From a Judeo-Christian perspective, from both the Old and New Testament, there are unambiguous condemnations of homosexual behavior and lifestyles. However, the Scriptures also condemn other sins such as greed, gluttony, stealing, adultery, backbiting, lying, and divorce(except for adultery). While procreation is not the only purpose of marriage, it is a primary role. Some are unable or elect not to “help multiply” the population. And, yes, there are single parents toiling, doing their very best to rear caring, responsible and disciplined children with all the challenges that come with the task. The fact that the “two shall become one flesh” was reserved for husband and wife alone is not the result of a capricious act. That is the real “planned parenthood”. And, “No!” the monogamous marriage of a man and woman is not perfect. The divorce rate is far too high. Children suffer as do the parents. But that is no reason to replace it with a more severely doomed relationship. Supposed “longitudinal studies” that claim lesbian and homosexual couples rear happier, more well adjusted children than do heterosexual relationships is about as scientific as the study that found a genetic link to homosexuality. Thus the claim of “God made me that way”. The just and loving God I have come to know over the years wouldn’t simultaneously condemn a behavior as sin while “making someone with that inclination”. It is incongruous to contemplate. He condemns stealing and lying as roundly. Is there a genetic link for theft or lying? How about pride? Or murder? There is only one path to release for the fallen nature that haunts us all. Jesus invited all who are “weary and heavy laden”, and he promised to give us rest. He is not a liar. The topic generally produces much more heat than light. The number of dependent children reared by homosexual or lesbian parents is estimated at 1 to 8 million. Will these millions turn out to be gay? That is, in the old lexicon: happy, merry, lighthearted and joyous. What do you think?
stops, and made 47 arrests. However, some drivers failed to heed the warning displayed on WYDOT’s variable overhead message signs across the State which read, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” or they failed to get the word about the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s “zero tolerance” policy targeting impaired drivers. 36 of the 47 documented arrests were made for driving while under the influence. This holiday period mirrored the 2011 Memorial Day Holiday weekend during which there were also no fatal crashes investigated by Troopers. The last fatality free Independence Day Holiday was in 2009. Last year during the 2010 Independence Holiday period Troopers investigated two fatal crashes with two fatalities. So far this year there have been 50 reported fatalities across the State. At this same time last year there had been 61 reported fatalities.
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Governor Mead Wyoming Farmers Land $10.4M To Protect Sage Grouse Secretary Tom Vilsack said in gered species list. Because pri- Freudenthal-era executive order And Secretary Salazar Move Dustin Bleizeffer prepared statement. “GRP will vate property owners often bear continuing the “core areas” plan U.S. Department of Agri- provide these states with another the costs of species protection it to restrict development in prime Towards Returning Control Of The culture announced on Thursday tool to conserve this at-risk spe- is good to see funds provided to sage grouse habitat in Wyoming. it will provide $18.2 million to cies and also protect important offset some of the costs associ- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife SerWolves To Wyoming three western states to conserve ranch lands.” ated with protecting a species.” vice recently commended WyoCHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead met with Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, Thursday July 7 in Cheyenne. The Governor discussed wolf management with the two federal officials. Afterward Governor Mead said the meeting was a move towards a solution that works for Wyoming. “I am pleased to report that we agree in principle on major issues and have worked on details that have been stumbling blocks to an approved Wyoming plan.”
have Congressional consent as well. Thursday July 7, Governor Mead thanked the Congressional delegation for its assistance in moving this process forward. “I feel we are much closer to an agreement than we have been since I took office,” Governor Mead said.
sage grouse habitat through the Grassland Reserve Program. Wyoming’s share will be $10.4 million.
Idaho will receive $5.5 million, and Utah will receive $2.3 million. “USDA and its partners are taking a proactive approach to maintaining large and intact grazing lands that support healthy sagegrouse populations,” Agriculture
This is on top of $17 million the state received from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program earlier this year. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued this statement: “I am pleased that the federal government is backing up its words of support for our sage-grouse plan. Our plan is an effort to keep sage-grouse off the endan-
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The chair of the Sage-Grouse Implementation Team, Bob Budd, said this is a voluntary program and that it targets the right areas. “The funding specifically would go to deal with fragmentation,” Budd said. “The US Fish and Wildlife Service identified fragmentation as the number-one threat to sagegrouse habitat in the west.”
ming for its “core areas” sage grouse plan and said it is an integral tool in protecting sage grouse and avoiding a listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act. However, the FWS also warned that the effectiveness of the plan depends on the scientific accuracy of determining prime habitat locations and actual implementation of restrictions to protect the habitat.
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Where’s “Gov Dave” Now?
by Bill McCarthy CHEYENNE – Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has joined the law firm of Crowell and Moring LLP as senior counsel in the firm’s Environment and Natural Resources Group. He will advise on a wide range of domestic and international environmental-and-natural resources issues, the company says.
on energy, environment law and economics. Freudenthal is also a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming. Crowell and Moring’s Environment and Natural Resources Group consists of more than 40 attorneys, public-policy advisors, and scientific consultants nationwide with a range of in-
The international firm will draw on Freudenthal’s expertise in mining, oil-and-gas resource extraction, electric transmission, alternative energy, and other energy policy issues “We are confident that his experience will be of great value to our national and global clients interested in developing energy projects in line with increasingly complex environmental regulations,” said Crowell & Moring chairman Kent A. Gardiner, in a statement. In January, Freudenthal completed two consecutive terms as Wyoming’s governor.
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NEWS FROM THE NEST by Bill McCarthy WASHINGTON – Wyoming’s senators joined most other Republicans on Tuesday June 28th in an unsuccessful bid to reject President Barack Obama’s deputy U.S. attorney general appointment. On a 55-42 vote, the Senate confirmed James M. Cole as second in command at the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder. The nomination had been stalled in a partisan split over terrorism trials and access to documents. Wyoming U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both Republicans, voted against the confirmation. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, had blocked the confirmation. The Washington Post reported that Grassley lifted the objection after the Justice Department agreed to allow
oversight into a botched undercover operation involving guns being sent from the U.S. into Mexico. Cole has been working in the position because the President appointed him during a congressional recess. Many of the Republicans opposing Cole also said they objected to a 2002 article he wrote that appeared in Legal Times. Cole referred to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a criminal act and compared it to Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. The prosecution of McVeigh and others such as those involved in the 1993 attempted bombing of New York’s World Trade Center, showed American criminal courts were capable of prosecuting terrorists. Many of those opposing Cole said he is soft on terrorism.
Rude And Dangerous Behavior During Legislative Session By Bill McCarthy
CHEYENNE – A committee is looking into potential rule changes governing attendance of Wyoming legislative sessions and committee meetings because of concerns about rude and dangerous behavior during last winter’s session.
The committee and Legislature face the challenge, Ross said, of “balancing people’s right to know, which none of us want to exclude, and maintaining proper decorum and some ability to control the atmosphere in which we are trying to deliberate and create public policy.”
“This will be an important topic that we have to have on our fall schedule,” said Rep. Rosie Berger. The Republican from Big Horn is co-chairman of the Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on Technology and Process. “We’ve had a fairly calm existence to this point, but we do need to be proactive,” Berger said. Senate Vice President Sen. Tony Ross told the committee Wednesday that the Legislature’s leadership and Management Council would like the committee to propose potential rule changes. Ross said complaints included people hanging over the glass from the balconies above the chambers attempting to video or audio record what was happening on the floor with cell phones and other devices. Lawmakers complained of intimidation in the lobbies, disruptions in committee meetings and surreptitious recording of private conversations. Some citizens complained about flyers being handed out and other behavior in the lobbies and hallways of the Capitol. The Management Council, Ross said, would like the committee to consider policy governing audio-and-video recording as part of its recommendations. Ross, a Republican from Cheyenne, is not a member of the committee but is a member of leadership and Management
Ross said the Management Council does not want to raise the height of the glass fronting the balconies in the chambers because it puts more distance between the lawmakers and constituents.
Enzi’s New ‘One Percent’ Bill Would Mean ‘Huge’ Budget Savings
Washington, D.C. – Cutting spending by only one percent each year would compound budget savings and go a long way toward solving our country’s budget problems, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo, who introduced legislation earlier today that would implement such a plan.
the past 30 years, roughly 18 percent of America’s total economic output. Over the 10 year budget window, the bill would cut spending by approximately $7.5 trillion from currently projected levels. The bill was previously introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.
The One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011 sets forth a straightforward method to achieve spending cuts necessary to right the fiscal ship of the United States, according to Enzi.
“Fiscal sanity in Washington begins with returning to one of the most basic functions of government- watching out for tax payer dollars,” said Enzi. “If Congress can’t reduce spending by a single percentage point, each year, it basically has given up and decided to leave this huge and growing debt pile to tower above our children and grandchildren, casting a grand shadow over their future.”
“This proposal is simple, effective and real. That’s a winning combination that I hope my colleagues can get behind. If they can’t, I hope the people who elect them will,” Enzi said. The legislation balances the budget in the eighth year by reducing government spending each year by a total of one percent as specified by Congress. When a balanced budget is achieved, the bill places a cap on total spending each year. The new level of spending going forward would be the average level of spending over
If spending reductions required by this bill were not made by Congress and the President, across-the-board cuts would automatically kick in until the necessary spending reductions are achieved. This mechanism is meant to guarantee spending reductions are met and to force Congress to debate the merits of every cut.
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Wyoming receives More Funds for Sage-Grouse Habitat Protection
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Days after the US Fish and Wildlife Service agreed that Governor Mead’s Executive Order will protect sage-grouse habitat the USDA announced it is sending $10.4 million to Wyoming for conserving critical sage-grouse habitat on private land. This is on top of $17 million the state received
from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program earlier this year.
Governor Matt Mead said, “I am pleased that the federal government is backing up its words of support for our sage-grouse plan. Our plan is an effort to keep sage-grouse off the endangered
species list. Because private property owners often bear the costs of species protection it is good to see funds provided to offset some of the costs associated with protecting a species.” The chair of the Sage-Grouse Implementation Team, Bob Budd, said this is a voluntary program
and that it targets the right areas. “The funding specifically would go to deal with fragmentation,” Budd said. “The US Fish and Wildlife Service identified fragmentation as the number-one threat to sage-grouse habitat in the west.”
Bird Cartoonist and Elsewhere Kent Lambertson is taking a much needed break from “cartooning” - he sent this to let us know of his reprieve and we thought it appropriate (and cute) to print in this week’s issue of The Bird. After all... everyone needs some time off even from the things that drive their passion! Have a great time off my friend. - Amanda Smith - Editor/Publisher
The next session of the Wyoming Legislature is in February. It is a budget session. So, it may not be as raucous as last winter’s session when same-sex marriage legislation brought passionate people on both sides to the Capitol. Committee co-chairman Sen. Cale Case said, “If it’s not intrusive and interruptive, we should permit” recording of committee sessions. “It’s more about civility and how we act in public,” Berger said, than it is about the changing technology. Committee member Rep. John Patton added, “It cuts both ways.” Lawmakers and committee chairmen occasionally treat people rudely, as well, the Republican from Sheridan said.
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tell me true, what is the word.
The magpie is a crazy bird, he’ll never let TJ Casey is a singer/songyou say a word. writer, storyteller, composer He’s always in and entertainer. He was raised a frantic flight; up on ranches in Wyoming and mouthy bird, Montana and now teaches the you can’t be "Code of the West" and poetry right. to students all across America. Check him out at: www.tjcasey.net.
Cowboy Poet TJ Casey Hey Hey Hey Magpie The magpie, is a mouthy bird; who never speaks a quiet word. In fact he squawks as though in pain and causes others much disdain.
The magpie has no lick of sense, standing on the rail fence. Squawking o’er his stinkin’ prey, this is all he has to say. Hey, hey, hey, magpie; no one wants to hear your cry. Hey, hey, you mouthy bird,
The magpie is a true alarm, he don’t mean no one, no harm. With bird around, you find no prey; unless he’s hungry, hey OK.
this is the story of the mouthy magpie. The magpie he’s the darnedest sight; his color’s just like day and night. You’ll never get to say one word, ‘cause the magpie is one mouthy bird. Hey, hey, hey, magpie; no one wants to hear your cry. Hey, hey, you mouthy bird; tell me true, what is the word. Hey, hey, hey, magpie; no one wants to hear you cry.
The magpie is a flighty bird, in case you folks have never heard. He likes to squawk when he flies by,
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I’m Just Sayin.... Columnist - Susan R. Stoltz Susan is owner/editor of Women Out West Magazine, featured speaker at writers conferences nationwide including Women Writing the West, Ozark Creative Writers and Writing the Rockies. As a freelance writer Susan has been featured in Open Range Magazine, Cactus Creek Daily and on the website of the National Association of Baby Boomers. Photo © Amanda Smith
I’m Just Sayin... Innocent Until PROVEN Guilty
“I did not say she was innocent,” said Ford, who had previously only been identified as juror number 3. “I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be.”…
Guilty until proven innocent – that’s what today’s drive-by media mania would have you believe just to keep your eyes glued to the television to up the ratings. What is wrong with that? Everything.
My personal feeling aside about the Caylee Anthony case, it’s the job of the prosecution to produce evidence that can convict beyond a reasonable doubt. There’s no denying that this young woman lied, was negligent, and is in need of some serious psychological counseling.
There’s probably no doubt in anybody’s mind that she killed her young daughter or was at least part of the scheme to do so. Finding a body bound in duct tape and stuffed into a plastic bag, in my opinion, is pretty damning. But there was no solid evidence that she did the deed other than her complete lack of sorrow, remorse, or an air of uncaring impossible for most of us to comprehend. Those are not cold, hard facts.
Have there been times when the innocent have been convicted? Absolutely. Have there been times when the guilty have gone free? Case in point. But the American system of trial by a jury of your peers is the best system in the world. It requires decisions to be made on ‘findings of fact’ rather than personal bias or circumstantial evidence. It eliminates biased decision making for popular of personal reasons – hence this recent trial.
Being found guilty in the eyes of the public is nothing new. But what if your son or daughter were on trial? You would certainly want a jury of unbiased people to hear the evidence and make a decision based upon fact rather than conjecture no matter what the circumstantial evidence looked like.
So in spite of the inherent flaws in the systen that occasionally let the guilty go free I'd say that in America at least, you can rest easier at night knowing that, by and large, most of the guilty are put where they belong - behind bars. I’m just sayin……
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GLENROCK LIBRARY NEWS
“Call 811 before you dig.”
Halla! Hello in Swedish 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. On Monday, July 11 both libraries in Glenrock and Douglas will be closing at 4:00 for our annual employee picnic. We will open with our regular hours the next day.
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These days more and more power lines are located underground, and the truth is, you don’t know where they are, but we do. So before you pick up a shovel, pick up a phone and call 811 48 hours before you dig. Whether you’re planting a tree, digging holes for fence posts or installing underground sprinklers, knowing where the power lines are buried could © 2011 Rocky Mountain Power
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Summer reading programs: July 13-Business clean up, we will be cleaning up the parking lot between the Glenrock Independent and Deer Creek Drug starting at 10:30. We are making arrangements with Cinema Café to include them in our clean up. Deer Creek Drug, Cinema Café along with Flicks, have donated to the summer reading program. Please let them know they are appreciated!! Thursday, July 14 at 10:30, Story Time takes us down under to Australia. We’ll explore the cuisine with the help of Mem Fox’s book, Possum Magic. You’ll be leaving with your own boomerang in hand. For Read Me A Story: July 9 – July 16: Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich. This summer we are again having kids choose their books to read. This week we have Kryla. Pick up the phone and dialing 436-2353 to listen to Kryla read the book she chose. 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 4368525. Be sure to “friend” us on facebook!! Just look up Glenrock Library.
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Happy Birthday this week to Don Jaeger, Tyke Chase, Cliff Hammer, June Likes, Ken Walker, Louise Walker, Ken Yung, Jackie Gallinger, Margaret Stewart, & Darlene Wheeler! Be sure to stop in anytime this month for a free lunch courtesy of Deer Creek Drug. Please contact the Center if you would like your birthday added to our list. Every Friday at the Glenrock Senior Center….lunch for a buck! Non-Seniors are $5.00.
Fun Night is Thursday June 22, 2011 starting at 4pm. We will be having Burgers and Brauts for dinner. Please call or stop by the center to sign up.
Forms for the Elderly and Disabled Tax Rebate are now available. Applications will be accepted until August 30, 2011. Please call to schedule an appointment or for more information to see if you qualify. Purchase a 10 punch meal ticket & save!!! 10 meals for $23.00…that is only $2.30 a Meal!
June Commodities will be available for pick up starting at 9am June 22, 2011 at the Glenrock Senior Center. June’s items are Applesauce, Whole Kernel Cork, and Milk. Commodities are available on a first come first serve basis. The Commodity Program is not limited to senior citizens. If you would like more information about the Commodity program, or to see if you qualify, please call 436-9442.
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BIRD ODDS and ENDS Senators: National Day Of The American Cowboy Is Officially July 23, 2011 Washington, D.C. – For the seventh year in a row the U.S. Senate has declared a National Day of the American Cowboy. This year the day falls on July 23, 2011. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., introduced the resolution that the Senate passed unanimously to honor the accomplishments and contributions of cowboys across the nation. U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, who served Wyoming in the United States Senate from 1995-2007, started the tradition of naming the fourth Saturday in July “National Day of the American Cowboy” in 2005. The day coincides each year with Cheyenne Frontier Days. Since Thomas’ passing, Enzi has continued the tradition in honor of his legacy. “Senator Thomas was a true cowboy and it is a fitting tribute to continue honoring him and all of the nation’s cowboys in this way,” said Enzi. “The American Cowboy is Wyoming’s icon, representing our traditions, values and way of life,” said Barrasso. “Senator Thomas was an unwavering advocate for the Cowboy way and upheld the cowboy’s commitment to honesty, integrity and hard work. I look forward to joining the rest of Wyoming in honoring all of our American
cowboys and cowgirls.” A copy of the resolution is below. RESOLUTION Designating July 23, 2011, as `National Day of the American Cowboy'. Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as `cowboys', helped establish the American West; Whereas the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism; Whereas the cowboy spirit exemplifies strength of character, sound family values, and good common sense; Whereas the cowboy archetype transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations; Whereas the cowboy is an excellent steward of the land and its creatures, who lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environment; Whereas cowboy traditions have been a part of the culture of the United States for generations; Whereas the cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy through the work of many thousands of ranchers across the Nation who contribute
to the economic well-being of every State; Whereas millions of fans watch professional and working ranch rodeo events annually, and rodeo is one of the most-watched sports in the Nation; Whereas membership and participation in rodeo and other organizations that promote and encompass the livelihood of cowboys span every generation and transcend race and gender; Whereas the cowboy is a central figure in literature, film, and music and occupies a central place in the public imagination; Whereas the cowboy is an icon in the United States; and Whereas the ongoing contributions made by cowboys and cowgirls to their communities should be recognized and encouraged: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-(1) designates July 23, 2011, as `National Day of the American Cowboy'; and (2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Converse/Natrona Special Olympics Athletes Returning Home From Greece WYOMING – Welcome back Team USA! Special Olympics Wyoming Athletes MEGHEN BLUMBERG of Casper and TIM HECKERT of Worlandand Coach SARAH CALL of Cody will be returning home tomorrow after spending more than two weeks in Athens, Greece representing Wyoming as part of Team USA at the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
“We were confident that Meghen, Tim and Sarah would serve as great ambassadors for Wyoming. Their success in Greece is icing on the cake, we are all anxious for them to arrive safely back in Wyoming and share their stories with everyone. We are thrilled!” – Priscilla Dowse, CEO Special Olympics Wyoming.
Special Olympics Wyoming is a not-for-profit organization providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities; offering them continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Blumberg will be flying into Natrona County International Airport in Casper on Wednesday, July 6th at 4:37 p.m. Heckert and Call will be flying into the Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody airports on Wednesday, July 6th at 4:43 p.m.
Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run® representative DEPUTY BOOT HILL of Sheridan arrived home safely last week after participating in the three week long Law Enforcement Torch Run® which delivered the "Flame of Hope" to Opening Ceremonies.
Special Olympics Wyoming changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. Visit Special Olympics Wyoming at www.specialolympicswy.org.
Equestrian athlete, Meghen Blumberg won a Silver medal in Team Relay, placed 4th in Working Trails and placed 6th in English Equitation! Aquatics athlete, Tim Heckert won a Gold medal in the 50 meter Backstroke, placed 5th in the 50 meter Freestyle and 8th in the 4X50 Freestyle relay!
Blumberg, Heckert and Call had the opportunity to learn about the Greek culture through several different Host Communities along with 7000 other Special Olympic Athletes from 180 different countries. The next Special Olympics World Games will be held in 2013 and hosted by Seoul, South Korea.
Engage with us on Facebook: facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsWyoming, Twitter: http://twitter.com/SpecOlymWY or our event picture galleries: sowy. smugmug.com.
Wyo. Specialty Food Producers May Registration Now For Canada Trade Trip Wyo. – Registration is now open for Wyoming specialty food companies to participate in a trade mission to Canada. The trip is designed to bring natural and specialty foods suppliers to Canada to promote their product line in key Canadian markets. The United States and Canada have the world’s largest bilateral trading relationship with $17.8 billion in U.S. agricultural exports to Canada in 2009. About 30 percent of that total, or $5.4 billion, were exported from Western states. The Canada Specialty and Natural Foods Outbound Trade Mission will take place in Toronto, Sept. 12-14. A registration fee of $600 is required to reserve participation and is due by July 22. Registration includes: · One-on-one meetings with qualified local buyers with table top showcase · Market analysis for one product prior to the visit, information on import regulations, and a competitive analysis · In-market briefing in Canada, retail tours, a marketing and labeling seminar and assistance with lead follow-up Participants are responsible for obtaining proper documents to enter Canada, meals,
airfare, lodging and incidental expenses. “This trip is an excellent opportunity for Wyoming food producers to explore a very friendly and close international market in Canada,” said Donn Randall, Crop and Forage Program manager for the Business Council. “Participants will meet with local buyers, learn about the specialty food market, and have an opportunity to put their product before a very interested consumer audience.” Products suitable for participation in the trip include, but are not limited to: · Ethnic and Specialty foods · Snacks, beverages · Processed foods · Retail grocery items · Foodservice products · Fresh fruits and vegetables Products must be at least 50 percent U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. The Colorado and Hawaii Departments of Agriculture and the Wyoming Business
coordinating participation in the trade mission. WUSATA is a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the Western region of the United States. WUSATA, in conjunction with its 13 member states, provides a wide range of services to facilitate trade between local food companies and importers around the world. For additional information, please contact Donn Randall at 307-777-6578 or email@example.com.
The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www. wyomingbusiness.org.
Council, in cooperation with WUSATA (Western United States Agricultural Trade Association), Food Export Midwest and Food Export Northeast are
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