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...I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. Whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
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Drug smuggler fails in attempt to deliver marijuana load - See Story Page 5 -
Mustangs: Myth and Manipulation in the American West See Story Page 3
Our heartfelt thanks and great appreciation for any and all who took part in any aspect or way, in the recovery of Converse County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan P. Gross.
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By coming together at this tragic time, it was a testimate to the fiber of which this department and community are made.
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In the end, our prayers and actions could not change the outcome, but by recognizing the man we show tribute for, and his unselfish act perhaps without knowing, we are all changed in some small way for the better.
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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 GEDC Appointment: The purpose of the Glenrock Economic Development Corporation is to encourage growth in local income and employment by working with existing businesses to aid in their development and expansion and to solicit new businesses to locate in the area. The GEDC Board currently has an open position for a Rolling Hills representative whose term would expire in June 2012. Would you like to be a part of this exciting planning committee? Call the Town Hall at 307-436-5348 today!
Kindergarten Registration will be held March 30, 2010 at 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Grant. All 4 and 5 year-olds, whose birthday falls on or before September 15th are invited to attend. Registration consists of (1) an informational Parent Click Orientation, Completing it, or get (2) a ticket. Whp andand/or local PDturning will in required be paperwork, and (3) The to the classhanding out tickets if youchild’s are notvisit wearing seat belt. rooms.your Parents need to bring current immunization records and an official and original birth certificate. All No if’s, and’s or but’s! documents will be returned at the end of the evening. This is a wonderful introduction for your child and we Alcoholics Anonoymous Meetings look forward to meeting you and showing you around in Glenrock our exciting classroom!
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Glenrockian artist and all around incredible woman, Ginny Butcher, sought out to make some of her dreams come true, and she did... with a little paint, a blank canvas, a vision and a brush.
During the first and second week of August Butcher hosted a gathering of artists at Thistle Hollow, providing a workshop for the artists, on Plein Air Art.
On Tuesday morning, August 9th Butcher led the way for the artists up Boxelder road in the area of the Grant Ranch, and Turtle Rock Ranch. The artists, some from as far away as Colorado, spent the early morning hours creating masterpieces out of oils and acrylics, of the surrounding landGinny Butcher (above) turns old things scape and intriguing new with her amazing artistic abilities. objects (like the inSeveral years ago Butcher de- famous Grant Ranch Barn) that cided to turn the lower level of grace the land, perfect for any her home into a quaint living artist at heart. area for travelers looking for a unique place to stay. She calls Butcher calls this area of Wyothe new bed and breakfast like ming "The undiscovered counquarters "Thistle Hollow"... and try" commenting on the beauty its as adorable as the name im- of the rolling country side and plies. Though Ginny doesn't the many historic outbuildings necessarily follow the theme of that are any painters dream. bed and breakfasts, its the closest this writer can come to des- Dru Marie Robert (pronounced cibing it. Just off the Old High- Robear) traveled from Longway in Glenrock Ginny and her mont, Colorado after learnhusband Dwayne offer separate ing about Butcher and "Thistle rooms and a private bath on Hollow" while participating in the lower level of their home the Prairies to Peaks Show in and provide a continental sort Cheyenne. "Wyoming is a difof "wake me up" of coffee and ferent kind of beauty, having pastries. traveled through it but never really visited, I decided I just had But you don't just have to be to paint there, and so here I am" a traveler coming through the stated Robert. Robert has been beautiful town of Glenrock, painting since she was about 13 Butcher caters to those who fol- and other than being involved in low the same passion she does. a car accident which caused her to take a hiatus of sorts from her
Supreme Court says rapist will spend life in prison
by Bill McCarthy
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Supreme Court said today a 54-year-old rapist will spend the rest of his life in prison. Warren W. Rathbun, who had two prior first-degree sexual assault convictions, tried to kidnap a woman in a parking garage east of the state Capitol in Cheyenne. Rathbun, who is incarcerated now, had been out of prison about two weeks before he punched the woman in August 2009. He ran when the woman screamed. She was the third woman he had approached in the parking garage that day, supposedly seeking directions. Rathburn had been held for more than 19 years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary for firstdegree sexual assault. He had first-degree sexual assault convictions in 1989 and 1990. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle
reported during Rathburn’s sentencing that Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar argued for the life sentence. Rathbun had a “long criminal career” that began in 1977. Rathbun has spent three to five years out of incarceration in 30 years and tried to reentered society five or six times, Homar said. In his appeal, Rathbun argued that an attempted kidnapping charge amounted to double jeopardy. Rathbun had been sentenced to six months for battery of the woman after a circuit court judge said there was not enough evidence to warrant a felony kidnapping charge. Homar, however, filed the felony charge a second time based on new evidence. The Supreme Court said that battery and kidnapping are different crimes. He also unsuccessfully argued that the judge used the wrong penalty range when sentencing him.
artwork, she has been creating works of art ever since. "I heard
he could paint up here in the cowboy state and was pleasantly surprised with Buther's workshop "I've only had the interstate view of Wyoming, and now that I'm here and experiencing it for myself it really is 'a hidden state.' "
Butcher decided to hold the type of Plein Air Workshop where she can "lead" artists to great places to paint, rather than just have the artists fend for themselves in search of great painting opportunities in which to create great works of art. "There are so many beautiful places to paint up here on Boxelder, there's always something new to paint." Dru Robert depicts the classic States Butcher. barn scene here under a gorgeous blue sky. Austin and Butcher both entered paintings in the Wyoming State about Ginny's generous offer Fair Plein Air event with Butchand I just had to take her up on er taking home the Wyoming it" stated Robert about her stay Land Trust purchase award at Thistle Hollow and Butcher's for her painting titled "Sumworkshop. mer Serenade." The painting was created up off Boxelder in Cliff Austin lives just outside Glenrock at Lester and Norma of Denver and traveled to Wyo- Jean Grant's ranch "Turtle Rock ming for Butcher's workshop. Graduating from Rocky Mountain School of art in 1980 he started out with watercolor and pastels but Cliff Austin’s artwork depicting classic vehicles recently has been painting with oils. Never having Ranch." Austin took home the visited Wyoming before, Austin Overall Best of Show in the was pretty nervous about what Plein Air event with a painting
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Mustangs: Myth & Manipulation in the American West [This article was originally published in The Progressive Rancher Magazine, and was sent as a response to Time Magazine after their publication of a biased and inaccurate article - Billionaire Pickens' Wife Battles for Wild-Horse Sanctuary - TIME] By Linda Bunch & Becky Lisle Since its passage in 1971, the Wild Horse & Burro Act and the animals it protects have become a powder-keg in the West, generating a great deal of passion from various sides of what has become a volatile and highly polarized issue. Unfortunately, but probably not surprising, misrepresentations and distortions of truth have become standard throughout the entire debacle because of mustang advocacy groups' perception and very vocal, wel¬lorchestrated, and well-financed campaign to the effect that great cruelties and injustices are suffered by the mustangs at the hands of the BLM and public land users. As area rancher and neighbor of the Mustang Monument, Hank Vogler was heard to
quip when quoting Wyatt Earp: "If the truth gets in the way of legend, print the legend!" Some of the misinformation, circulated widely and without discretion as truth, is so outlandish that long-time wild horse advocate and activist Willis Lamm was compelled to write an article with the intention of distinguishing true advocates from fringe groups. He noted that the wild horse advocacy movement has lost much credibility in recent years because of what he referred to as the Hysteria Corps, laptop experts, and self promoters. Of the Hysteria Corps, Lamm stated: (they) "are addicted to sensationalism. They are invested in bizarre, fantastic stories such as truckloads of horses disappearing in the night, BLM
running horses off cliffs and a host of other ludicrous concoctions. " Lamm explained about the laptop experts that "anyone with basic internet savvy can start a web page or a blog and portray himself or herself as a journalist and/or expert in any subject," and of the self-promoters, "there are a few individuals who see the cause as a means to increase their own esteem, to sell something and/or to collect money. Oftentimes the self promoters will present themselves as experts, in some instances offering credentials that they don't actually have." The ever-present theme is that greed of the natural resource industry is the underlying reason for mustang removal, and the rallying cry of mustang advocacy groups is "let them run free." Some groups go as far as to sugcontinued on page 6
by Mike Pyatt Most of my readers should recall those crazy mirrors at the fair or carnival that distort your image to appear very thin and elongated or wide as a barn and squatty looking. Fortunately, you knew it wasn’t how you actually appeared-merely a “trick of the mirror”. That was for fun. Consider this: we cannot see our face. With the possible exception of staring down either side of our proboscis, depending on its size, absent the aid of a mirror or similar object that casts a reflection, we’re limited to view the frontal part of our body, and a small portion of the back of our limbs. Not our face. We must rely on a mirror or someone else to describe our visage, or what they think we “look like” in a facile manner. Even a quick survey at our own hand can merely estimate the curve of our face, the soft or rough lines of our cheek or brow, or plumb the depth of the inset of our eye socket, for example. But such a facial scan is but an incomplete picture. A close, but slightly myopic, friend of mine from my Hoosier State insists, every time we reunite, that I haven’t changed since high school. He is generally
not prone to flattery. His assessment compels me to compare my vintage high school photo to any mirror in the house. The “mirror screams back loudly”. The unvarnished truth is now apparent. My friend surely meant that those who knew me back then may recognize me from my basic features that haven’t changed drastically over the years. Our 50th high school reunion in 2012 will test that theory. Not surprisingly, we who have resisted “wrinkle removers”, “face lifts” or “laser surgery” that promote an elusive “fountain of youth” look, know they are nothing more than “quick fixes”, or worse over time. To test my skepticism, try applying one of those “wrinkle removers” to a raisin. One Hollywood starlet has had so many facelifts, her knees are now on the back of her neck. Genetics play a major role in our predominant endomorphic, ectomorphic, or mesomorphic physique. For the most part we will drag that basic frame to our grave. For my male counterparts who are proud members of the “bald eagles club” know that the paucity of hair is primarily the work of genetics. Next month will mark my 67th birthday, and, though my crop is graying, and cut short, with minor revisions, the original version is intact. No bragging rights. Just thankful each time the brush runs through it. Some of us still use hair gel, while others opted for “mop and glow” or wear a “rug”. Although it is unlikely that many covet baldness, more are even less inclined to wear a hair-piece that is
about as undetectable as a 3 year old in a candy store. Gravity will have its way with all of us sooner or later. It’s only a matter of time. For those inclined to “remodel” the “old kisser”, most everything below the neck line slipped long ago. In comparing the two, it is a confusing picture. “No Speedos,” please! And thongs should be worn only on the feet. Vanity has infected the entire race. Some more than others. To that degree most of us compensate for that aging process. Your’s truly follows an almost obsessive work-out regimen to mitigate the ravenous effects on the aging body. There’s nothing funnier or sadder than an aging person of either gender dressing like their offspring. Compensation masquerades itself in many forms. It is, in fact, a commendable trait to look one’s best. That trait has fallen on hard times. When’s the last time you attended a wedding or funeral? Sandals, coveralls and bare midriff? Get the drift? The line betwixt “looking one’s best” and trying to “fool the mirror” is a fine one indeed. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” That famous phrase uttered by the furious, wicked witch in the 1812 Brothers Grimm, “Snow White“, is a question better left to the witch. What do you see? “The Mirror Tells the Tale!” What do you think?
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Home repairs for when the kids head Draft environmental impact stateNEWS FROM THE NEST back to school ment for Gateway West Transmission Line available for public review Laramie, Wyo., company creates Drug smuggler fails in attempt program for military mental to deliver marijuana load health therapy
(ARA) - As your family heads back to school, take some time to complete a few simple home repairs. Doing your "home"-work projects now will allow you to spend more time with your family and less time fixing, cleaning and repairing things this fall.
Get outside for some yard work After a summer full of outdoor fun, it's time to tidy the yard before winter comes. Clean and safely place any outdoor furniture in storage. Once the furniture is put away, give your deck or patio a good power washing. Bring your indoor plants back inside and prune your trees and shrubs to encourage healthy growth. You should also remove any leaves or debris from your gutters to avoid clogs or other drainage issues. Inspect the driveway While you're outside, check your driveway and patch any cracks or potholes that may have resulted from the summer heat. You may also want to consider
resealing your driveway in the fall to keep it smooth and even all year long. Sealing your driveway will also protect it from any winter snow or ice damage.
Organize your garage Fall is an ideal time to clean the garage and clear out any unwanted items your family has collected over the summer. Invest in a good storage system that will keep you organized, and clear pathways around vehicles and doors. Move your rake or leaf blower to the front of the garage and consider placing holiday or winter items in an accessible spot for the coming season.
Install a remote thermostat With the kids back in school, your home may now be unoccupied for a large portion of the day. Lowering your thermostat while the family's away can provide substantial cost savings. A programmable thermostat will allow you to create custom temperature settings for the hours you are home and away. Some
models, like the AccuLink(TM) Remote Thermostat from American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning, allow you to set and control your home's temperature remotely using most Web-enabled cellphones and computers.
Check and seal your windows Proper insulation will not only keep your family comfortable, but it may also help to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. Air drafts are often easy to spot. First, make sure your windows are tightly shut. Then, feel around the edges of your windows for air leaks. If you feel a draft, you can easily seal the leaks with do-it-yourself caulk or weatherstripping. Seasonal maintenance will help to protect your home and prepare it for winter. With a little effort this fall, your "home"-work will be sure to make the grade.
A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing a proposed electric transmission line between Wyoming and Idaho has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for public review and comment. The public has until Oct. 28 to review and comment on the draft EIS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of availability of the document on July 29 which started the comment period. This project is jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, and would result in construction of nearly 1,100 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. The project proponents have applied to the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for right of way grants to construct, operate and maintain transmission lines from the proposed Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyo. to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho, approximately 20 miles southwest of Boise. Construction of Gateway West would add 3,000 megawatts (MW) of transmission capacity. The transmission line will serve present and future needs of customers, enhance electric system reliability and transmit electricity generated from new and existing resources, including wind.
The BLM is the lead federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act process for this project, and is working with cooperating agencies including the USFS; National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Bureau of Indian Affairs; states of Idaho and Wyoming, including the Idaho Army National Guard; Cassia, Power, and Twin Falls counties in Idaho; Carbon, Lincoln, and Sweetwater counties in Wyoming; the SaratogaEncampment-Riverside and
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Medicine Bow conservation districts in Wyoming; and the City of Kuna, Idaho.
The BLM, local, and state cooperators have worked together to develop a range of reasonable alternatives to this proposed action that will be discussed during public information meetings. Those meetings are planned for: Idaho – Boise, Kuna, Murphy, Melba, Mountain Home, Twin Falls, Burley, Almo, Fort Hall, Montpelier, American Falls and Pocatello; Wyoming Kemmerer, Rock Springs, Rawlins, and Douglas; and Jackpot, Nev. Specific dates for meetings will be announced at least two weeks in advance. All meetings will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To submit comments and to review the draft EIS and related documents, including detailed maps, visit the project website at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/ gateway_west. Copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations: • BLM, Wyoming State Office, Public Room, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming; • BLM, Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming; • BLM, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins, Wyoming; • BLM, Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs, Wyoming; • BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 N., Kemmerer, Wyoming; • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, 2468 Jackson St., Laramie, Wyoming; • Medicine Bow-Routt National
Forest, Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards St., Douglas, Wyoming.
Copies of the DEIS will also be delivered to public libraries inCrile Carvey Consulting, Inc., project-area communities. A (CCC) of Laramie, Wyo., is limited number of copies of theworking on a proposal to fill a document will be available asfederal request for a web-based supplies last. To request a copy, authoring program that would be contact Walt George, Projectused for military mental health Manager, Bureau of Land Man-therapy. agement, Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 20879, Cheyenne, Wy-The company received a $5,000 oming 82003, 307-775-6116. Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) Phase 0 award to assemAll comments must be post-ble a team and submit a proposal marked by Oct. 28 and will beto the Defense Advanced Reincorporated into the final EISsearch Projects Agency (DARthat PA) to pursue a Phase I SBIR will be used to make a final deci-award. sion on the proposal.
CCC’s research and developComments can also be made toment division, OtraTech, is the BLM via the project Web siteworking on the project, which at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/ is to design, develop, prototype, cfodocs/gateway_west, via thetest and commercialize a tool for project E-mail address (Gate-creating online, graphics-based way_West_WYMail@blm.gov)novels for therapeutic storytellor in ing. The tool must be easy to use writing to Bureau of Land Man-and proven to be therapeutically agement, Gateway West Project,effective for both active service P.O. Box 20879, Cheyenne, WYmembers and veterans. 82003. To be most useful, public comments should be received byCrile Carvey, the company’s Oct. 28. CEO, said OtraTech is wellsuited to managing the project The BLM manages more landand has combined their own - more than 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, by Bill McCarthy
software and database skills with professional, industry-recognized graphic artists, experienced military resources, and two established therapists, each with decades of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy experience. “DARPA’s request for a webbased graphic novel authoring tool was an opportunity for us to combine our creative and analytic expertise to design innovative software that will help today’s overburdened warfighter,” said Crile. “Crile Carvey Consulting is extremely well-qualified to receive this WSSI Phase 0 award,” said Gene Watson, WSSI program manager. “They have assembled a team of balanced experts who have the necessary skills, experience and leadership to produce a winning approach to addressing the PTSD issues identified by DARPA. We wish them well in their pursuit of this worth-while project.” For more information about
Crile Carvey Consulting, Inc., visit http://www.crile.com/
The Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative is sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council and administered by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. The mission of the partnership is to increase the number of federal SBIR awards received by Wyoming small businesses by providing funding assistance through the WSSI Phase 0 program. The program facilitates the preparation of competitive proposals in the annual national $2.5 billion SBIR competition for Phase I (up to $150,000) and Phase II (up to $1 million) awards. Any Wyoming techbased, for-profit small business or individual desiring to submit a Phase I proposal to any of the eleven participating federal SBIR agencies is eligible to apply for a WSSI Phase 0 award. For further information on the WSSI and SBIR programs, go to www.uwyo.edu/sbir or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protections return for the Preble’s mouse in Wyoming
with a budget of about $1 bil- CHEYENNE – As of Saturday, lion, also administers 700 mil- the Preble’s meadow jumplion acres of sub-surface mineral ing mouse is again protected in estate throughout the Wyoming under the Endangered nation. The BLM's multiple-use Species Act. mission is to sustain the health The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serand productivity of the public vice is reinstating protections for lands for the use and the mouse in the Cowboy State enjoyment of present and future to comply with an order issued generations. The Bureau accom- by a federal court in Denver. plishes this by managing such The mouse is found only by activities as outdoor streams on the plains and among recreation, livestock grazing, the hills along the Front Range mineral development, and en- of Colorado and southeastern ergy production, and by conserv- Wyoming. ing natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
While found in both states, the number of human beings and related development affecting habitat differs in the two states. The Fish and Wildlife Service had listed the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse for protections in Colorado in 2008 that it felt were unneeded in Wyoming. Five local and national conservation organizations, however, filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s interpretation of the law. U.S. District Judge John I. Kane reversed the agency’s decision. The ruling reinstates protections
that date back to 1998 when the mouse was first listed. The Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the status of the mouse. It plans to have that review done by June 2013. Special regulations will now govern some agricultural operations, landscaping, weed control, ditch maintenance and other activities that affect the mouse’s habitat.
Cheyenne – An alleged drug smuggler has failed in his attempt to deliver his 188 pound load of high grade marijuana to points east of Wyoming. The load of high grade marijuana had originated in California and according to the smuggler was to be delivered in Pennsylvania.
In fact, when first contacted by Troopers Richburg failed to put his truck in park and it continued rolling.
by Bill McCarthy In its annual rankings, released this week, Forbes ranks UW at No. 10 on its list of “Best Colleges for the Money.”LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming has been ranked as one of the best value colleges in the United States by Forbes. The “value” ranking, prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability, measures the overall cost of each school relative to the quality of
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NNA's board said it would continue its fight for six day mail delivery. NNA's postal expert Max Heath has also offered to help
members affected by the USPS' announcement July 26 that 3700 post office outlets throughout the country are being eyed for possible closure.
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Richburg has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The marijuana has a street value of approximately $1,128,000.00. Troopers are being assisted in this investigation by Special Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
Fifty-six year-old James Richburg was stopped by a Trooper on Sunday on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 15 miles The Wyoming Highway west of Cheyenne after A view of the Budget rental truck after being Patrol K-9’s are trained a motorist called in to to detect narcotics and opened by Wyoming State Troopers report that Richburg had are utilized to conduct run into the complainant’s vedrug sniffs of vehicles to locate hicle while traveling through a A Wyoming Highway Patrol narcotics being transported from construction zone. drug detection K-9 was deployed one location to another. The around the outside of Richburg’s Wyoming Highway Patrol drug Troopers were able to determine rental truck and did alert indicat- detecting K-9, Trooper and K-9 that Richburg’s Budget Rental ing the presence of drug contra- training and the K-9 equipment truck had possibly run a vehicle band. Troopers opened the rear were purchased with a fedoff the road in the construction of the truck and discovered 19 eral grant secured from HIDTA zone and Richburg may have boxes of high grade marijuana (High Intensity Drug Trafficking not known it at the time. While hidden under and comingled Area). questioning Richburg Troopers within a load of household furnoticed that he was very nervous. niture. Inside the boxes were
Deadline approaches for Wyoming tax refund program
The August 31 application deadline for the Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program is quickly approaching, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The program financially helps qualified applicants by providing a financial benefit intended as a refund of sales and use taxes, property taxes and utility and energy costs. Those eligible, by statute, are in-
dividuals 65 years of age or older, or 18 years of age or older and 100 percent disabled for one full year prior to the application date. Income limits, based on 2010 income, are $17,500 for single individuals and $28,500 for married couples. Refund amounts are based on actual income with the maximum benefit for a qualified single person currently set at $800 and $900 for qualified married couples.
NNA Responds To USPS AnnounceForbes ranks UW in top ment To Close 3,700 Post Offices 10 for value The National Newspaper Association Board of Directors met with Postmaster General Pat education. Donahoe July 22 to discuss preThe highest ranked schools offer serving Saturday mail. Donahoe free tuition to all students. They outlined the U,S, Postal Servicare the U.S. Military Academy, es's deep fiscal problems during U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. that discussion. He said painful Naval Academy and Cooper cuts in the number of post office Union in New York. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was fifth in the “value” rankings, followed by College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Berea College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Brigham Young University-Idaho.
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COWBOY CORNER 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.
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I’ll Ride I’ll ride across the prairies; I’ll ride where no man goes. I’ll ride to destinations; thru rain and sun and snow. I’ll ride atop the mountains; to the valley far below. I’ll ride across the nation; Wyoming’s where I’ll go. I’ll ride my faithful pony across the great divide. I’ll ride the lonesome trail; on down the other side. I’ll ride until I’m feeble and the last coyote’s cried; then when I’m called up yonder, you can bet your boots I’ll ride.
I’ll ride to gather cattle across this western land. I’ll ride south from the Yellowstone; to the flowin’ Rio Grande. I’ll ride across the desert amidst the dunes of sand. I’ll ride to destinations; where a cowboy makes a stand. I’ll ride through grassy meadows; where the wild flowers bloom. I’ll ride the western prairies; where a man has lots of room. I’ll ride my faithful pony where I hear the thunder boom. I’ll ride across this nation; where the highest mountains loom.
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Fill a large jar (about one gallon) with small to medium cucumbers. Add two tablespoons of salt, and a large bunch of dill. Fill the jar with boiling water, put the lid on, and set in the sun for about two weeks. After the pickles were gone, the cook would sometimes add some hard boiled eggs to the pickle juice and let it set for a week or so, and offer the cowboys another treat. -Legends of America MUSTANGS, from page 1 gest that all captive mustangs be returned to the range, regardless of the ecological disaster it would create. In Australia, pressure from activist groups and the resulting "let them run free" policy has resulted in a monumental crisis with both feral horses and feral camels. The Australian feral horse population is estimated to be as many as 400,000, and the feral camel population is well over 1,000,000. Both species are classified as pests in Australia because of not only their devastating environmental impact, but also the destruction to private property and safety risks they pose to people. Thousands of feral horses and camels must be regularly, systematically gunned down by shooters hired by the Australian government. Like Don Quixote fighting windmills, the misdirected efforts of the Hysteria Corps undermine what real progress could be made in viable, holistic solutions that include mustangs as part of the rangeland ecosystem. The radical mustang advocacy camp's most common general fallacies are listed below, followed by rebuttals. Mustangs are native to North America: Ted Williams of Audubon Magazine wrote: "The argument that equids are "native" to this continent because their progenitors were present during the Pleistocene -a mantra from the wild-horse lobby-makes as much sense as claiming that elephants are native because woolly mammoths were here during the same
period. Roughly 10,000 years after the extinction of North American horses, Spanish explorers introduced a larger domesticated species. But the continent's plant communities, having coevolved with ungulates that had cloven hooves and lacked upper teeth, were ill-equipped to handle solid hooves and meshing incisors. Result: ecological havoc. Another mantra from the wild-horse lobby is that the "mustangs" extant in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming are closely related to animals unleashed by the conquistadores. They are not; they are mongrels-a genetic morass of breeds issuing mostly from recently escaped or discarded livestock." Mustangs were once prolific in the American West: Another myth perpetuated by wild horse advocates is that wild horses dominated the landscape of the inland West much like the buffalo herds of the Great Plains. In Peter Skene Ogden's Snake Country Journals which are a daily diary of his explorations of the northern Great Basin from 1827-1829, no mention is made of herds of wild horses although he frequently refers to the lack of game and the necessity to kill their own horses and mules for food. The theft of their horses by the Indians was a constant problem and the source of most of the trapper-Native American hostility. Logic dictates that if the indigenous inhabitants of the area had access to beautiful, shiny wild and free mustangs, they wouldn't brave the powder and ball of the fur trappers in order to
acquire one of their weakened, grass-deprived mounts which in Ogden's words were "of questionable quality". Mustangs are going extinct: The BLM states: "the current on-therange population of wild horses and burros (approximately 38,500) is greater than the number found roaming in (the year the Wild Horse & Burro Act was enacted) 1971 (about 25,300). The BLM is seeking to achieve the appropriate management level of 26,600 wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands, or nearly 12,000 fewer than the current West-wide population." Mustangs are being removed from the range to make room for cattle: The BLM states: The removal of wild horses and burros from public rangelands is carried out to ensure rangeland health, in accordance with land-use plans that are developed in an open, public process. These land-use plans are the means by which the BLM carries out its core mission, which is to manage the land for multiple uses while protecting the land's resources. Authorized livestock grazing on BLM-managed land has declined by nearly 50 percent since the 1940s; actual (as distinguished from authorized) livestock grazing on public rangelands has declined by 30 percent since 1971. The BLM utilizes cruel gathering and handling practices: The BLM states: Two reports issued in the fall of 2010 - one by four independent, credentialed equine professionals and one by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General - found, without any ideological or political
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bias, that the BLM's gathers of wild horses are conducted in a humane manner. The Inspector General determined that the BLM's gathers are "justified" and reported that the agency "is doing its best to perform a very difficult job." Member of the Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Committee, Dr. Boyd Spratling, stated that the mortality rate directly from gathering and transport is 1%. Despite such data and the expert opinions solicited in the effort to ensure unbiased, objective results, the Hysteria Corps has accused the BLM of an elaborate "whitewash" scheme. Mustangs are sent to slaughter: While the Wild Horse & Burro Act states: "The Secretary shall cause additional excess wild free-roaming horses and burros for which an adoption demand by qualified individuals does not exist to be destroyed in the most humane and cost efficient manner possible," it has become the policy of the BLM to simply ignore this, and instead house mustangs for decades at taxpayer expense. Bob Abbey was quoted as saying that the options of slaughter or even euthanasia of excess mustangs are "off the table." Thus, the BLM has actually been found by the Government Accountability Office to be in "non-compliance" with law. Enter Madeleine Pickens, whose highly- publicized eco-sanctuary in Elko County, NV, is touted by Pickens herself as being a "forever home" for mustangs, and also able to save the taxpayer money. In early June 2011, Pickens turned out 500 horses on her property and stated on
It needs to be strongly emphasized that the wild Paiute horses that she acquired are not "mustangs," as they were not owned by the BLM, and thus, by the American taxpayer. Pickens' acquisition of these horses is not saving the taxpayers a dime-the horses were privately owned by the Paiute tribe and were being disposed of in a manner entirely consistent with sound management practices of private property. She, or rather her "agents", simply placed the highest bids. If Pickens wants to run a rescue for privately owned horses on her private property, which is totally within her rights, her ranch should be promoted as such. Calling wild Paiute horses "mustangs" is intentionally misleading, but is par for the course considering the liberties Pickens has taken with her Native American persona. The National Tribal Horse Coalition actually publicly protested Pickens' use of the Native American image and cultural heritage, specifically for her 2011 Rose Bowl Parade appearance. Their statement reads as follows: "The NTHC is opposed to animal rights groups like the Madeleine Pickens Wild Mustang Foundation who have freely used the symbolism of the North American Indians and horses to promote agendas in direct opposition to the tribes' position, this float is a perfect example of the romanticism affiliated with the North American Indians and their horses, therefore, the NTHC calls on the leadership of the Rose Bowl Parade and any and all other decision makers to prevent this float from being in the parade as it is an abuse of the reputation of the North American Indian." Pickens does intend to acquire actual mustangs and return them to nature, and while this fans the flames of romanticism, the truth is that forcing horses to revert to foraging after having been handfed in captivity for years does not do the horses any favorsespecially when differences in climate are taken into consideration. The often harsh winter conditions of Pickens' property are a stark contrast to the mild winters of the BLM holding facility in Palomino Valley north of Reno. Continued on page 7
tional Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA). All such environmental documents require a period for public review and comment before being finalized. Existing law would need to be changed. The BLM does not have the legal authority to reimburse a private party for grazing titled horses (i.e., formerly government-owned horses now privately held) on either public or deeded land; reimburse a private party to graze untitled (that is, still government-owned) wild horses on public lands; or manage wild horses on public lands outside Herd Areas that were legislatively created in 1971. To ensure the American taxpayer receives fair value, the Saving America's Mustangs Foundation would need to submit a formal proposal in response to a BLM solicitation that would be open to the public for private-partner preserves. The BLM is developing such a solicitation. The BLM is concerned that in some of the areas proposed for the Nevada sanctuary, forage and water exist to support a maximum of 970 wild horses, far below the 10,000 the Foundation has indicated it would like to support. In spite of such information, her website states: "The stocking level of horses will be phased in over time, starting with about 10,000 animals and increasing about 4,000 animals per year until the appropriate stocking rate is reached. This phase-in of stocking is necessary for additional forage production projects to come on line. The maximum number of horses the ranch can support is near 30,000. Rumor has it that in addition to the 500 mares and foals "rescued" thus far, Pickens has also purchased or adopted a number of stallions. Pickens' website states that "From 2001 to 2008, the BLM removed more than 79,000 wild horses and burros from their rangelands while placing only 47,000 into private care through adoption." When the very essence of her eco-sanctuary plan is to help manage the excess mustangs, why, then, would Pickens be purchasing breeding
A BLM statement also says: "Mrs. Pickens' plan proposes to take the animals from private pastures and facilities and instead graze them on private and public lands on a large ranch in Nevada. However, current Federal law prohibits the BLM from using allotments associated
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the fence from Pickens' Paiute mares. Not much can stand in the way of the call of nature, not even a barbed wire fence. Then there is the issue of gates which are frequently left open intentionally or "accidentally" by other users of the public lands. But perhaps keeping her horses contained isn't really Pickens' intention at all, and her ranch is just the gateway to the Hysteria Corps dream come true: letting the mustangs run free. (Thank you to Demar Dahl, Elko county rancher and Elko County Commissioner, Sue Wallis, Wyoming rancher, legislator, and United Horsemen vice-president, and many others who have offered input and encouragement to move forward.)
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All of this sounds well and good, unless you happen to be familiar with fences and the challenges of keeping mile after mile maintained enough to keep livestock contained, especially in a scenario like that of Pickens' property and the surrounding area. There are already mustangs all around Pickens' property, including stallions that will be directly across
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One of the pressing questions regarding the Pickens property and intentions for it is: "how will she keep 'her' horses (mustangs and otherwise) separate from mustangs already present in the area?" Her website states: "The Ranch boundary is securely fenced. Fenced railroad & highway right-of-ways are major portions of the boundary. The fenced boundary in the high country would not be pressured by large numbers of horses. The high country boundary fences may be damaged as a result of winter snow and ice, but would be inspected and repaired prior to the horses returning to the high country each season. Agreements would be honored to ensure a good neighbor policy. Cattleguards would be installed on all roads that access through the ranch boundary."
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According to a representative of the sale yard where the horses were purchased, the horses actually came from multiple private (read: not BLM) sellers over a period of time. The horses were taken to a feedlot as the herd was gradually accumulated from September to December 2010.
Pickens of course plans to sup- MUSTANGS, continued plement with hay when necessary but still claims to be ablewith that ranch for grazing wild to somehow save the taxpayerhorses. The Wild Free-Roaming money. However, a BLM state-Horses and Burros Act restricts ment says: "The Foundation hasanimals to the areas where they indicated that it will be preparedwere found roaming when the to provide holding services onAct was passed in 1971. Unforland in Nevada by next fall andtunately, none of the BLM grazthat it would result in a "sig-ing allotments that Mrs. Pickens nificant cost savings." Withoutproposes for her sanctuary were a written, detailed proposal, theareas where wild horses roamed BLM cannot determine wheth-in 1971." er this is true. However, Mrs. Pickens in her prospectus hasIt's reasonably certain that these suggested a stipend of $500 (ad-points are not being included justed to inflation) per horse, perin Pickens' recent presentations year, for the life of each animal.to various community groups This would exceed the BLM'sand elementary school children. existing cost per animal in long-Hers is a tactic very successfully term holding of $475 per year.utilized by another mustang adHer prospectus, as presented,vocate forty years ago-Velma B. does not demonstrate an obvi-Johnston, aka "Wildhorse Anous cost savings to the Americannie", who also targeted school children in an emotion-laced taxpayer." campaign with the help of WeekWhen she claims to be able toly Reader magazine-a publicasave the taxpayer money, Pick-tion for elementary school chilens often refers to the annual costdren-which extolled its readers of horses in short-term holdingto write to Congress. The result facilities, which is significantlywas a barrage of tear-stained lethigher than the cost of long-termters being delivered to the offices holding. Plainly , this is likeof Congressional delegations. comparing apples and oranges,Their pleas to "save the horses" since her "forever home" for theand "don't let horses become horses would fall into the cat-extinct" did not fall of deaf earsegory of long-term holding. Herthe result was the passage of the website states: "The FoundationWild Free-roaming Horse and provides the government with:Burro Act in 1971. (1) abundant long term capacity for horses at about the sameMrs. Pickens' plan, while grancost, $500 per year per horse,diose and surrounded by much as its current long term holdingfanfare, still has a long way to go facilities, (2) significant savingsbefore reaching the point of beconsidering the cost of short-ing remotely feasible, which is term holding is about $2000 perperhaps why she felt compelled year per horse, (3) an alternativeto purchase horses that are not to attempting to locate more longmustangs, lest she appear to be term holding capacity on privatelosing ground. lands through standard contracting procedures and (4) reducedThe BLM states the following in shipping cost of relocating hors-regards to Pickens' intentions: es from western states to central To implement the Foundation's states." concept as presented, under Pickens works hard to remainexisting law and regulations, in a gray area with plans for herthe BLM would be required ranch. She was quoted as sayingto transfer title of wild horses in recent presentations that "it'sthrough sale or adoption to Mrs. too expensive" to adopt horses,Pickens and change the class of and apparently, that's where shelivestock authorized on several draws the line where her own ex-Nevada allotments from cattle penditures are concerned, evento horses. This would require a though the out-right purchase ofland-use plan amendment and horses from a sale yard is accept-additional site-specific environable. It would seem that hermental analysis (under the Nareasoning is that if she does not assume actual ownership of any BLM horses, she will not have to follow the rules that other BLM permit holders do regarding grazing seasons and removal of stock during certain parts of the year. If the BLM still owns the horses, (and let's not forget, paying Pickens to run them on BLM ground) they would not fall into the category of privately owned livestock, and therefore not be subject to the same regulations.
her website, "Yesterday, we were blessed with the arrival of the first truckload of the Paiute mares and foals. These are the lucky mustangs that were rescued days from slaughter last December."
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By implementing a few recycling tactics across your home and encouraging the same behaviors in the classroom, you can turn your student into a green "hero" and help her embrace earth-friendly habits. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 30 percent of consumer waste is recycled each year. This presents a great opportunity for children to use their green thumbs and take part in saving the planet. Here are a few ways to get your children started:
1. Give paper some TLC Paper accounts for as much as 50 percent of landfill space. Rather than add to this waste, implement a designated paper recycling bin that can be easily accessed where you tend to use paper most in the home or in the classroom. Or, better still, put your paper products to good use by challenging your kids or students to create paper craft projects. Then encourage them to recycle any scraps when finished. 2. Get crafty In addition to paper products, all kinds of waste can be "upcycled" into useful or decorative items. For example, a painted egg carton can make a unique storage box for small objects like beads or paper clips and tissue paper
glued to a clean spaghetti sauce jar makes for an attractive vase. The possibilities are endless, so you'll not only be saving trash from a landfill, you'll be inspiring creativity. 3. Better together Recycling is often more effective when multiple people take part. Teachers can set a goal for their classroom, school or even individual students to recycle a specified amount of paper, plastics, aluminum and glass before the end of the school year. Parents can support this effort by encouraging children to not only recycle at home, but to also take recyclable materials into the classroom to participate in the school's project.
4. Adopt a program Encouraging your children to take part in a recycling-focused program can develop valuable habits while encouraging some fun. One such program is the Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program, a classroom resource designed to teach children how they can help save the planet, gives recycling-related lesson plans as well as fun and engaging projects for their students. Throughout the year, the classroom or school collects empty glue bottles and glue sticks to be recycled through TerraCycle. For additional information on the Elmer's program, visit ElmersGlueCrew.com and Facebook.com/GlueCrew.
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