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Volume 5 Issue 12

Sunday, December 25, 2011

For on this day, a Child was born.... Merry Christmas Glenrock & Beyond!

A letter from President Obama on the ending of the war in Iraq

Glenrock Sky High Proposal Captures Love of a Lifetime Community News CC WAVES - Page 2 When I am an Old Horsewoman... - Page 2 Birth Announcement! - Page 2 Santa Makes a Special Trip to Rolling Hills - Page 3 Mayor Mike McQueary Obituary - Page 3 Pyatts Pieces - Page 3 Engagement Announcement - Page 4 Bowling Tournament - Page 4 Boys and Girls Club Christmas - Page 5

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 Good afternoon, After nearly nine years, our war in Iraq is ending. In recent days, many of our troops have come home and been reunited with their families for the holidays. Over the next few days, a small group of American soldiers will begin the final march out of Iraq. This moment of success is because of their sacrifice. More than 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq. More than 30,000 of these brave men and women were wounded. Nearly 4,500 gave their lives. America’s military families have borne a heavy burden. As we mark the end of this war, we need to show our veterans and their families that they have the thanks of a grateful nation. Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it. It's not enough to honor our heroes with words; we must do so with deeds. That's why we've worked to send 600,000 veterans and family members back to school on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. That's why one of Michelle's top priorities as First Lady has been to support military families and why she's worked with the private sector to get commitments to create 100,000 jobs for those who've served and their spouses. That's why we worked with Congress to pass a tax credit so that companies have an incentive to hire vets and have taken steps to help veterans translate military experience to the private sector job market.

by Amanda Smith On Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 Trisha Noonan-Brown experienced the surprise of her life. A proposal like no other. A skyhigh one at that. Noonan and her then "boyfriend" Dustin Brown live on the Bixby Cattle Ranch just outside of Glenrock, Wyoming along with the couple's four year old son. On November 29th Trisha received a call from Brown who told her that he and Vic Ohman (a pilot that lives in Glenrock) were going to perform a fly over of the ranch in order to make sure that all of the Bixby cows were "where they needed to be." Brown invited Noonan to come along and loving the ranch life she was living, she readily said yes. "We headed out to Vic's plane and loaded up" stated Noonan. And up into the wild blue yonder

You can be a part of this effort to honor our heroes.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ iraq Thank you, President Barack Obama

"Look out the right side of your window, Trisha" Brown said to the mother of his child.

pastures. "Trisha Will You Marry Me" complete with a huge heart also cut into the grass in the field below. "I was in awe" stated Noonan. "And of course, I said yes! I still can't believe that I am the one that gets to be blessed with such a wonderful man." Brown used a swather to cut the message into the grass, and then readied himself for the big proposal.

And so she did. Much to the young mother's surprise a very special message had been cut into the grasslands below on one of the Bixby's many

So that's the story folks, on one very unique proposal by one very unique man, to one very unique and special lady. Congratulations Trisha and Dustin. On behalf of the Bird and your community we wish you a lifetime of beautiful blessings.

Retired Glenrock Librarian Shows Spirit of Christmas to Kids

In America, our commitment to those who fight for our freedom and our ideals doesn't end when our troops take off the uniform.

Help mark this moment. Write a quick note that troops and veterans all over the world will be able to see:

of Wyoming's blue skies the trio went.

by Amanda Smith Lorie Hinton of Glenrock is one very special lady. Retired in 1988 from the Glenrock Library as the library's first official "Children's Librarian" for approximately twenty years, Hinton still comes around during Christmas time to enlighten the children of Glenrock with her reading of her

favorite Christmas story "The Polar Express" written by Chris Van Allsburg. Hinton has read her favorite story to these eager listeners for the past three years. And with her charming ways she captures their ears for a moment while she whimsically tells the tale of a young boy who doubts the spirit of Christmas and boards a train headed for the North Pole. "I have invited her for the last three years and she is a neat lady." stated Rita Heath, the library's current Children/Young Adult Librarian. "I am glad that se comes and reads to the kids, they enjoy the change instead of

me reading" Heath laughingly continued. Hinton read the story during the Library's annual Christmas party earlier in the month. Over 40 children and parents attended the party, enjoying a visit with Santa Claus, who most assuredly put to rest any doubts any little girl might have had over the spirit of Christmas, perhaps just as the conductor of the Polar Express did for the little boy in the fabled story. As quoted in the Polar Express and read aloud by Hinton; "At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." Merry Christmas everyone!

Converse County and Beyond Game and Fish Announcements - Page 7 Rocky Mountain Power to Raise Prices - Page 7 Department of Health Taking Medical Donations - Page 7 News From The Nest Barasso Becomes 15th US Senator - Page 8 Barasso on the Keystone Pipeline - Page 8 The Bird Has a New Home(page)! - Page 8

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

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


Community Message Board

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

Bird Special Announcements! The Converse County Extension Office will be closed from December 23rd to January 2nd. Office hours will resume on January 3rd. "Have a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year from everyone at the Extension Office."

Birth

Announcement

Paityn Ryleigh Rogers Born to Zane Alan Rogers and Elizabeth Marie Beaugureau of Glenrock on Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 3:45pm. She was 6 pounds 6 ounces and 20 inches long. She was welcomed by her Big Sister Skylee Kaye and Big Brother Slader Shawn. Elizabeth Beaugureau is the Daughter of Brenda Jo Beaugureau. Zane Rogers is the Son of John Rogers and Vickie Rogers.

"A baby girl... one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know, and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today."

Glenrock Library News Weihnachtgrube!! Christmas greetings in German 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. We made a trip to the Senior Center to take all the nonperishable goods that we collected during our Food For Fines. I do believe that there are a few of you starting your New Year fine free!! We want to thank the community for helping us fill our tree this holiday season. We are going to load all the mittens, gloves, hats and scarves up on December 30 and head to the Senior Center. There is still time to contribute what you can to make this winter season a bit warmer for some of us. We truly have a very generous community! Story time will start back up on January 11, 2012. We will be celebrating the New Year, come join us!! Story time is open to anyone under 5 years old with an adult. On the morning of December 16, I had the privilege of visiting with one of Glenrock’s true historians, Mrs. Annie Danaher. I enjoyed sitting down with her to sip on a cup of tea and talk about the library’s past. What I took away from the visit is that we should find some time to just enjoy each other’s company; life passes us by way too fast. This is a great thought for the season!! Come read the history of the library with segments of what Annie Danaher recalls. For Read Me A Story December 24-31: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. December 31- January 7: Missing Mittens by Stuart Murphy. Pick up the phone and dial 436-2353 to listen to some great stories!! We want to extend a big thank you to Jeremy Huck for taking the time to come in and reading for RMAS (read me a story). If you would like to have your voice reach a lot of our kids come in see how it’s done!! We’re on the web at http:wyldweb.state.wy.us/glen or at www. conversecountylibrary.org. Our phone number is 436-2573. Fax number is 436-8525. Be sure to “friend” us on facebook!! Just look up Glenrock Library.

Photos © Amanda Smith by Amanda Smith

team of their own.

Converse County Waves (dubbed CC WAVES) is a small chapter that is part of Wyoming Swimming, Inc., a member of the USA Swimming nationwide program. CC Waves is a non profit corporation run by a board of volunteer parents who hire swimming coaches and contract with local pools for swimming practice.

CC Waves coach Tycie Smith of Douglas, Wyoming took on the role of Swimming Coach this past May. Smith is the head coach for Glenrock having received her coaching certificate in 2009.

Douglas has participated in the USA program for years, and although there has been an attempt at bringing the chapter to Glenrock, this is the first time where a Glenrock group has come together consistently to form a

There is no age limit for Glenrock kids to jump in and join CC Waves and Smith encourages kids of all ages to come join. "Even I compete once in awhile!" stated Smith. "USA Swimming is like any other USA program, it is a competitive sport, however, you are not required to compete." stated Smith. "We encourage, but do

not require our members to compete. CC Waves is a year-round program with two seasons: Summer and Winter. Summer is Long Course season (AprilJuly), and is swam in 50 meter pools (Olympic sized pools)"there are none except Gillette in Wyoming so we travel a lot." Some of the teams' travels include Nebraksa, South Dakota and Colorado. "We've even sent swimmers to California and Hawaii" continued the enthusiastic Smith. The Winter season includes the team participating in either 25 yard of 25 meter pools and the team swimmers travel all over the state from Septem-

ber through March. "The age level of competitions are: 8U, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 1516, and seniors." stated Smith. Events are dependant upon the age of each group of swimmers. Smith coaches the kids in the technique of competitive swimming as well as stretching exercises and proper ways to breathe. Currently there are approximately 30 kids from the Glenrock area participating in this wonderful sport. And one never knows... we just might have the making of an Olympiad here!

When I am an Old Horsewoman... When I am an old horsewoman I shall wear turquoise ...and diamonds, And a straw ...hat that doesn’t suit me And I shall spend my social security on White wine and carrots, And sit in my alleyway of my barn And listen to my horses breathe. I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night And ride the old bay gelding, Across the moonstruck meadow If my old bones will allow And when people come to call, I will smile and nod As I walk past the gardens to

the barn And show instead the flowers growing Inside stalls fresh-lined with straw. I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair As if it were a jewel And I will be an embarrassment to all Who will not yet have found the peace in being free To have a horse as a best friend A friend who waits at midnight hour With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes For the kind of woman I will be When I am old. - Author Unknown

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Santa Makes Special Visit to the Town of Rolling Hills Sprinkles and dots were eagerly passed around as each child created their own edible Christmas masterpiece. This was the first annual "Cookies with Santa" gathering in the small town that is nestled just above the Town of Glenrock and Mayor Mueller was pretty impressed with the turn out. "We really wanted to have something available to the kids of Rolling Hills during Christmas time, and a visit with Santa was pretty easy to put together with the help of Theresa (Montgomery) and her family." Stated Mayor Mueller. "I called up Santa and he was pretty excited to make another trip to this area and particpate." And participate he did. by Amanda Smith On Thursday December 15th none other than Santa Claus himself took a much needed break from his toy shop at the North Pole and made a special trip to the Town of Rolling Hills. Approximately 20 Rolling Hills children happily took their turns sitting on the lap of the great and wonderous Claus, telling him in great detail about everything they wanted and everything they wished for this Christmas. Santa, who had just recently flown in on his great red sleigh to visit the Boys and Girls Club in Glenrock was just as jovial and compassionate about the little ones' requests as he listened intently to the excited whispers and very se-

Mayor Mueller took advantage of Santa's visit herself, telling Ole Saint Nick her own wishes for Christmas this year. Her request was a pretty big one, but it was pretty sincere... and we're pretty sure she'll be getting exactly what she hoped for this Christmas, but you'll have to ask her yourself. Special thanks to the Town of Rolling Hills for putting on such a great gathering. We'll look forward to "Cookies with Santa" next year. "He sprang to his sleigh, and to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

rious questions and desires each child poured from their heart. Town of Rolling Hills Mayor Devonie Mueller was on hand to assist the many children (and adults too!) that showed up for the grand affair, in partaking in the age old art of cookie decorating. Each child was given freshly baked cookies, and all the frosting their little hearts desired, provided by Rolling Hills Town Clerk Theresa Montgomery, Montgomery's husband and their daughter Kaylee. It didn't take long for the cookie decorating to get underway and pretty soon their were cookies of every shape and size, covered from edge to edge with frostings that came in just about every Christmas color one could think of.

Mayor Mueller takes a seat on Santa’s lap!

Obituary: Mike McQueary

On December 10, 2011 as the lunar eclipse passed it was symbolic of Michael’s life and his passing to his “Next Great Adventure” at the age 63. Michael Lee McQueary was born April 24, 1948 in Casper, WY to Charles and Lois Mae (Thorn-

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ton) McQueary of Glenrock. The family moved from Glenrock to Rawlins, WY about 1959. In his senior year of high school, the family moved to Pendleton, OR where he graduated and then attended college at Oregon College of Education obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Michael returned to Wyoming in 1972 where he worked in construction and the oilfield. In 1976, he married Pam Park and started a hydrogen sulfide safety service (S.A.F.E International) and later Palladin’s Shooting Range. Mike later worked as an independent appraiser in southern WY and he worked in Arizona for the state as a trainer to County Assessors. He finally returned to Glenrock in 2002 due to poor health. Mike withstood several serious illnesses and injuries over the last 17 years, including two lung transplants and numer-

ous other serious surgeries. He proved to be a true fighter as he endured each new complication with great strength, optimism, and perseverance. Mike was a very loyal and devoted man - to his family, friends and community. This past year, Mike was elected as Mayor of Glenrock, which he served proudly and passionately as the place of his birth and his family’s heritage. He was a man who greatly valued his family and interacted often with his children and grandchildren, his siblings, his nieces and their families, and the many members of his extended family. He was a dedicated friend who cared about and kept in contact with his friends from all the different times of his past He is survived by his daughters Ashley Ujvary and spouse, Jason, and grandchildren, Presley and Cohen, of Casper; Amber McQueary of Denver; dear

friend and ex-wife Pam McQueary of Casper; sister Rene Crane and husband, Charlie, of Longmont; brother Pat McQueary of Casper; along with two nieces, Bridgett and Jackie Crane and their children of Longmont. His faithful companion, Aspen, preceded him in death, as well as his mother, Lois Mae, and father, Charles “Chuck”, McQueary. A Memorial Service will be held December 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Glenrock Middle School Auditorium. A reception will follow at the Glenrock Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to: University of Colorado Hospital Foundation. 12401 E. 17th Ave. Mailstop F485, Aurora, CO 80045. “Dad, the best gift you ever gave us was the quality of time spent together, not the quantity.”

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“An Open Christmas Wish List to the New Mayor”

So, you asked for a “Tickle Me Elmo” doll when you were a kid, and you got a “Stuffed Cross-Eyed Bear” instead. You didn’t give up, did you? Most wouldn’t quit that easy, right? Political “wish lists”, you recall, don’t play by the same rules, because most politicians aren’t at all like Santa. In fact, it has been reported that most politicians aren’t inclined to “making a list or checking it even once” kind of folks.

meet the community members at their homes, the park, or place of wok, to get a feel for what they think.

Councilwoman Linda Care was sworn in as Mayor by Town Clerk Donna Geho, after she was appointed by the other Town Council members following the death of Mike McQueary. She will remain in that post until a new Mayor is elected in a 2012 general election. She vowed to “…work toward his goals and go forward keeping our hometown the wonderful place to live that is has always been.” The Town could benefit from a “fresh” vision of her own.

7. Refrain from a defensive stance when citizens ask “unwarranted” questions or lodge charges with which you adamantly disagree . Carefully examine and research such charges, before responding.

If it were possible, the following list would be prominently placed on Mayor Care’s desk on Christmas morn, next to a plate of cookies and a glass of milk, of course. 1.Be a voice for all the citizens of Glenrock. That may require higher visibility in Town, and demonstrate a willingness to listen to all citizens, not just those who attend a Town Meeting. 2. Establish routine and regular office hours so that citizens may visit or make an appointment when they have a concern or care to express their opinion. Be accessible. 3. Return phone calls within 48 hours or two working days. This would facilitate open dialogue with citizens. It should be clear by now that not all citizens are at ease expressing their concerns at an open forum. Develop other avenues of two-way communication. 4. Conduct small open meetings, or “brown bag” lunches at various locations in Town at times that are convenient for the citizens to attend. 5. Do not rely solely on surveys conducted on-line. Get out and

6. Conduct a Town Meeting at a neutral location occasionally, rather than Town Hall, and attempt something new. Offer to transport those citizens who are infirmed or unable to drive after dark to a meeting. Actively make the meetings more interesting and attractive to the public.

8. Consider establishing a Citizen Advisory Panel, designed as adjunct to the Town Council, to augment communication from the public, even though your predecessors dismissed the notion out-of-hand. Be an innovator.

9.Bring transparency to hiring practices, and guarantee all vacancies are advertised to provide all interested citizens the opportunity to apply.

10. Avoid denying or “being offended” at the mention a “two tier” or “good ole boy” system, but rather, put in place some of the above or similar practices, listen carefully to all, and, in time, such charges, may not disappear altogether, of course, but will be reduced dramatically.

And, lastly, Honorable Mayor, as a belated Christmas gift, buy each Council Member their own copy of Robert’s Rules of Order. We would all be thankful.

Like most “Christmas Wishes” they all may not be delivered this year. However, be of good cheer, Christmas is that time of year that most anything can happen. And, for my readers who reside in Glenrock, there is a now a vacancy for the Town Council. Let the Mayor know if your interested. This could be your gift to the Town. What do you think?

Do you have questions or comments for Mike? Email him: Pyatt@theglenrockbird.com

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Annual Glenrock Bowling Tournament Shows Awesome Spirit - Gives Back

Teams of four with an average of 777 or less then competed for 12 spots on Sunday December 18th. Those 12 teams then competed in six games competing to have the highest accumulated total. Bowlers in 12th place earn their $120 dollar entry fee from Sunday back and McGrady takes $100 dollars from the tournament expenses and finds a local cancer related organization and donate that money in the name of the Annual Frank Lyons Memorial Tournament. "If any of these organization would like to contact me about donating to their organization, please e-mail me. dndmcgrady@msn.com.com." stated McGrady.

Winning team players Jason Sandercock, Sean Casey, Carla Bloem and Todd Lingren. year Frank, who was battling a by Amanda Smith terminal disease, lost his battle For six years now the Frank Ly- with Cancer prior to the annual ons Memorial 777 Tournament gathering and players voted to has been taking to the lanes at rename the tournament to the Glenrock Bowl, showing true Frank Lyons Memorial 777 sportsmanship in team camara- Tournament. derie and giving a little back to those in need. During the Tour- "We gather sponsors from nament's early days it it was around the state and add prize simply dubbed the 777 Tourna- money to the winnings." stated ment. During year one, Frank FLM 777 member Deana McLyons and his team of bowlers Grady. On Saturday Decemwon the infamous 777 tourney, ber 17th the bowlers bowled proudly taking home the win- for three qualifying times at nings. Within the following noon, 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

"We also raised money during a 50/50 Raffle for one Cancer Patient money recipient. His mother is an avid bowler and bowls on two leagues. He had just been diagnosed last week." stated McGrady. Teams from Casper and Glenrock participate in the annual tournament and occassionally from other cities and towns from around the great Cowboy state. This year a team also came from Cheyenne. Results are listed in the table below.

Frank Lyons Memorial Bowling Tournament Results Position

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

Game 5

Game 6

Accum.Score

Ck #

Pay Out

3 Pokes & A Poony

824

928

911

822

848

828

5161

$525.00

11482

Wood Walkers

870

875

916

808

823

850

5142

$425.00

11481

Roto-Grip

876

775

858

828

902

837

5076

$375.00

11480

Beast Mode

830

812

858

836

819

894

5049

$325.00

11464

Dirty Russ's

856

847

821

743

826

810

4903

$300.00

11463

Cock Sandwich

887

821

790

762

787

814

4861

$220.00

11462

The Ruh-tards

816

832

815

751

829

804

4847

$190.00

11461

What the Duece

833

777

828

758

841

788

4825

$150.00

11460

Righty House

790

746

862

807

825

781

4811

$146.00

11459

Whatever's Clever

787

812

850

787

806

764

4806

$135.00

11458

Smoke and Mirrors

828

886

749

744

780

749

4736

$125.00

11457

The Foot Longs

820

854

877

725

703

740

4719

$120.00 $3,036.00

11456

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Boys and Girls Club Christmas Carnival Gives To Community - Receives In Return by Amanda Smith

And how did this Van come about? Through donations from BNSF ($3,000.00), Chesapeake Energy ($7500.00), Duke Energy ($2500.00) and the largest donor of monies towards the van was Cameco Resouces donating a hefty $10,000.00. The 10k from Cameco sealed the deal for the van, making it possible for the club to use monies donated rather than utilizing monies the club had raised this year for other important needs.

Boys and Girls Club President Andrea Barker On Saturday December 10th, 2011 the Glenrock Boys and Girls Club held its 4th annual Boys and Girls Club Christmas Carnival. There were well over a hundred adults and children alike in attendance including some pretty fantastic volunteers from Cameco Resources of the Smith Ranch-Highland uranium mine near Glenrock, Wyoming. And a visit from none other than Santa Claus himself, was just one of the many great surprises in store for the kids that night. Along with those volunteers came a pretty nice gift for those in attendance that wonderful eve, the keys to a brand new van for those boys and girls of the Glenrock Club. Having utilized a less than adequate van for transportation over the years, word got around that it was time to get a better form of transportation for these kids that not only take full and gracious advantage of what this great club has to offer, but they also give back to our community pretty regularly.

"Purchasing the van would not have been possible without all the very generous donations from each of these great companies" stated Megan Park, the Glenrock Club's Vista. Park is from Illinois and is here working with the Glenrock club for one year. Her job as a Boys and Girls Club Vista is to provide support for the organization. Park was responsible for locating and obtaining the donations for the much needed van, as well as locating and obtaining other support for the Glenrock Club. "She is a valuable part of the success of our club, and we will miss her when her time here is finished. Stated Kay Taylor, local Glenrockian and Branch Director for the Club. President of the Glenrock Boys and Girls Club Andrea Barker had this to say about the club's Branch Director "Kay does an amazing job with this Club and every year she finds a way to make it better. Not anyone can just walk in and do her job.... she has a way with the youth of Glenrock and is highly respected."

Tebow and The Favor of God by Bill Wilson The Daily Jot

Boys and Girls Club Old Van fourth annual carnival pulling in $1300.00 this year that will go to the needy families in our community. "I think it was a great turnout and the help and support was amazing this year, and it just keeps getting better!" stated Barker. Kenneth Vaughn, Investor, Corporate & Government Relations for Cameco Resources was on hand during the carnival, and had this to say about Cameco's generosity within the Town of Glenrock. "We are always looking for opportunities that make sense to give back to the communities that we work with. So many of our employees live in Glenrock and Douglas and we were happy to show our appreciation for what the Glenrock Boys and Girls Club does for their community, and they really needed a new van."

We hardily agree, Andrea! This was the Glenrock Club's

President of Cameco Paul Goranson was also on hand for the festivities stating "We met with our employees here in Glenrock and asked them what non profit organizations were in town that might be in need of assistance, since the Boys and Girls Club gives so much back to the community and yet has needs of their own, the idea in participating in making the Club's van a reality was unanimous." stated Goranson. "We want to thank Cameco for volunteering their time by helping work the games and chili supper. They really showed the true spirit of giving! The van is just the icing on the cake!" Barker stated. Merry Christmas Boys and Girls Club! A gift well deserved!

One of Tim Tebow's pastors has created quite a stir in the sports arena and it has crossed over into the mainstream. Of the Denver Broncos' Wayne Hanson of Summit Church told TMZ, "It's not luck. Luck isn't winning six games in a row. It's favor. God's favor." Immediately, the buzz went out. Sports commentators were saying that God only favors Tim Tebow and that all other teams and Christians on those teams were obviously not favored by God. Many raised questions that God's favor was only to those who He chose and all others who believed in Him were not favored. The remarks came after Denver's come from behind win over the Chicago Bears, whose coach Lovie Smith is also a committed Christian. The remarks stirred nationwide controversy. For example, if God favors Tebow, God must not favor Marion Barber who ran out of bounds stopping the clock too early and who also fumbled the ball away when the game was on the line for the Bears. Why isn't Barber favored, too? Many questioned whether God even cares about sporting events. Let me say this. I have coached football and basketball over a 40 year span. I have seen tremendous athletes compete, win and lose. I have seen some with great ability never perform up to their talent because of their attitudes. I have seen others, who have great faith in Jesus Christ, perform far above their abilities. I have seen some Christians who were not good athletes.

one team over another? My answer would be that God can do whatever he wishes for his own results. But my observations are that many athletes who sincerely have a relationship with God can do amazing things. My son is an example. He prays before games. He reads the Bible. He readies his mind to play. And when he gets on the field, good things happen for him and his teammates. Does his team win every game, no. But is their a spirit, or presence of God on the field, yes. I have seen kids injured to the point that they shouldn't be able to play. But after prayer and by their faith, they are able to get back in and do well. Galatians 6:7 says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Tim Tebow and his parents have sown good seed. Tebow is reaping that seed as he walks out his faith. The broadcasters, analysts, critics, and opposing fans have mocked Tebow's ability and his faith. It seems the more they mock the better he does. Favor with God is a wonderful thing. Proverbs 8:35,36 says, "For whoso finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate me love death." You know, everybody that participates in life does not get a trophy. You reap what you sow. Sow in such a way that God's favor is upon you!

The favor of God is a wonderful thing. Do I think that God favors Boys and Girls Club New Van

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MHCC Adds Valuable Service

Memorial Hospital of Converse County has announced the addition of Sleep Studies to their list of services. One out of every six people suffers from some type of sleep disorder with over 60 different sleep disorders documented. When a person is suspected to have a sleep problem or disorder, the primary care physician typically refers his patient to a sleep lab where he or she will participate in a sleep study. Before now, Douglas area patients had to drive a minimum of an hour to find a sleep lab, but not anymore. Western Sleep Medicine supports the sleep studies at MHCC in one of two study bedrooms located on the third floor of the hospital. The rooms provide a quiet, private setting for patients, and according to Respira-

tory Therapist Kathy Summers, participating in a sleep study is a very simple test. “Aside from the diagnostic equipment, participating in a sleep study can be similar to spending the night in a hotel room. Patients normally check in around 8:00 PM and leave by 6:00 AM the following morning.” The noninvasive test records a variety of body functions during sleep. Electrical activity of the brain, breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate, and muscle tone are all monitored. The results are read by Dr. Norman Imes, who is triple boarded in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Imes then shares the results with the patient’s primary physician and offers treatment suggestions.

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Dr. Capron is trained in all aspects of foot, ankle, and lower limb care. From diabetic foot exams to bunions, hammertoes, and everything in between, Dr. Capron specializes in keeping his patients healthy and on their feet.

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New Fishing Regulations Take Effect January 1, 2012

waters December 1 rather than the current November 1 closure date. There are some exceptions to this, including Flat Creek, which will maintain a November 1 closure date.

If you head out to go fishing after the holidays remember that the new year brings changes to the fishing regulations. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, anglers can now keep six trout of any size in lakes and reservoirs throughout Wyoming, but only 3 trout from a river or stream, with only one of the three trout over 16 inches. Additionally, anglers may keep only one cutthroat trout over 12 inches across most of western Wyoming, or Areas 1, 2, and 4, which include the Snake, Green, and Wind/Bighorn River drainages. There is also a new statewide lake trout regulation of 6 lake trout with only 1 over 24 inches. The creel and possession limits for brook trout and mountain whitefish will also change. Previously, anglers could keep up to 16 brook trout, but only six of these fish could be over eight inches. With the new regulations, anglers will be able to keep and possess up to 16 brook trout of any size. The mountain whitefish limit has been reduced from 25 down to six fish daily. In the Jackson Region, a change for most Snake River tributary streams is a move to close those

“The Dec. 1 closure is consistent with local big game winter range closures,” said Jackson Fish Supervisor, Rob Gipson. “Also, with a fishing license included in the purchase of a full price elk license, we feel this would provide elk hunters some additional opportunity with no biological impact to fish populations.” The Snake River proper will remain open to catch & release fishing from November 1 through March 31. One other change will remove the age restriction for anglers on Flat Creek through the town of Jackson, which allowed youth only. “We’re certainly supportive of providing kids as much fishing opportunity as possible, but we didn’t feel like this particular regulation was achieving that goal,” said Gipson. “It actually made it illegal for adults to provide much assistance to kids and it prohibited adults with disabilities from fishing those waters.” In the Pinedale Region, both Rock Crib and Wagon Creek lakes near Union Pass will now have a limit of six brook trout per day to help protect those populations. “We also removed the age restriction on the Spring Creek channel near Cokeville,” said Pinedale Fisheries Supervisor, Hilda Sexauer. “We felt this

would make it easier for parents to fish with their kids, creating more opportunity for anglers of all ages.” In the Lander Region, Shoshone Lake and Shoshone Creek will have a slightly later opening date, being moved back from June 1 to June 15. The main reason for this change is to prevent resource damage that was being caused by anglers trying to access the lake in early June prior to trail readiness. The creel limit at Shoshone will increase from 4 brook trout to 6 brook trout because of healthy fish populations and relatively light harvest. A regulation of six fish daily was added for Upper Brooks Lake due to concerns that excessive harvest of brook trout from this small water could significantly reduce the average size of the catch by anglers. Fishing regulations are reviewed every two years with changes occurring at the start of even numbered years. It is always a good idea to check the regulations prior to fishing, but it is particularly important to check for any changes at the beginning of an even numbered year. Any changes in the regulations will be highlighted in the new regulation booklet. Please pick one up at your nearest Game and Fish Department office, license selling agent or online at http:// gf.state.wy.us. Anglers are also reminded to purchase a 2012 fishing license before heading out on the first fishing trip of the new year.

Remember New Licenses for 2012! Wyoming hunters and anglers are reminded that 2011 licenses expire Friday, Dec. 31. The 2012 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and conservation stamps are available at local license selling agents statewide or online at: https://gf.state.wy.us . The new 2012-2013 fishing regulations are also available at license selling agents. For regulation changes new for 2012 anglers need to check information concerning the water they intend to fish.

When buying your new licenses for 2012 don’t forget to donate to the AccessYes program. In 2011 anglers were able to enjoy WalkIn access to about 5,000 lake or pond acres and more than 100 miles of streams. Hunters were provided access to 3.58 million acres of land. All dollars donated to the program go towards purchasing access. For every dollar donated to AccessYes, the access program can provide around 4.2 acres of access.

Hunters and anglers who have continuously resided in Wyoming for at least 10 years may want to consider purchasing a lifetime game bird/fish/small game license or a lifetime fishing license. Anyone can purchase a lifetime conservation stamp. A lifetime license or conservation stamp is a great gift idea for last minute shoppers with a hunter or angler on their list. Once a lifetime license is purchased it can be used even if the owner moves out of the state.

Hunter Education Instructors Needed

JACKSON – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for persons age 18 or older interested in becoming volunteer hunter education instructors. According to Hunter Education Coordinator Jim Dawson, there is an ever-present need for new volunteer instructors to teach hunter education throughout Wyoming, and recruitment of new instructors to meet public demands is an ongoing task. Dawson said demand for hunter education classes increases at the beginning of each year, with a steady demand for classes in most Wyoming communities throughout the year. For those interested in becoming a volunteer instructor, now is the time to look at hunter education class schedules to get teamed up with a mentoring instructor. This fulfills one of the requirements to become a volunteer instructor. All upcoming classes are posted on the Game and Fish website http://gf.state.wy.us. In 2011, Wyoming’s more than 350 instructors conducted 215 classes and certified 4,972 young hunters. Volunteers are not paid, but Dawson said many volunteers have expressed satisfaction

in knowing they have helped enhance hunting traditions and values while promoting safe, responsible, and ethical hunting practices. Wyoming’s volunteer instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including game wardens, professional educators, and the general public. Those wanting to become an instructor must work with a mentoring instructor and follow these steps: * Must have completed a hunter education certification * Complete the hunter education application form * Attend the entire class of a mentoring instructor * Teach one lesson of the class under the direction of the mentor * Submit a formal lesson plan in writing to the Wyoming hunter education coordinator * Complete the Instructor Worksheet with the help of the mentor * Have the mentoring instructor complete the practice teaching evaluation form * Complete the Wild Work vol-

unteer form * Completion of Child Abuse/ Neglect and Adult Central Registry Screens and Wyoming Criminal History Record Prescreens. * Submit all paperwork for review to the State hunter education coordinator. * Attend a new instructor orientation within two years of certification. The orientation academy is conducted over a weekend each summer at the WGFD Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp at no charge to the new instructor. The 2012 New Instructor Academy will be conducted June 22 -24 and is filling quickly. Persons interested in becoming a hunter education instructor can call the state Game and Fish office in Cheyenne at (307)7774538 or Jim Dawson at the Casper office at (307) 473-3439 for more details. All Hunter Education Forms are on the WGFD Education web-page at: http:// gf.state.wy.us/services/education/huntereducationhome/index.asp

Laramie, Wyo. company receives funds to continue protein research for medical applications CASPER, Wyo. – GlycoBac, LLC, a Laramie, Wyo., company, has received funds to pursue a federal grant that would help them develop a platform for producing various proteins, or biologics, with clinical applications in human and veterinary medicine. The company received a $5,000 Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) Phase 0 award that will support its efforts in preparing and submitting a National Institutes of Health Phase I SBIR proposal. GlycoBac is working to develop an improved version of an insect virus/insect cell system that will be the major technology offered by the new company. “This proposal will provide the initial funding needed to support our research and development efforts,” said company President

Donald Jarvis. “The Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative award is an instrumental step in the early development of our new biotechnology company, as it will allow us to pursue the additional funding needed to refine and begin to market our new technology.” “GlycoBac, LLC is an excellent example of a newly formed Wyoming small business that can be provided a leg-up in the process of obtaining seed capital from the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program,” said Gene Watson, WSSI program manager. “This WSSI Phase 0 award will assist GlycoBac in preparing a competitive proposal which could lead to a $700,000 Phase I SBIR award that would allow them to begin the commercialization of their important research project.” 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 email wssi@uwyo.edu

Department of Health: Donate Unused Medications to Help Others Wyoming residents may donate unused medications to help others who may have trouble affording needed prescription drugs through the Wyoming Department of Health’s Medication Donation Program. The program helps residents who are low-income and without insurance or who are underinsured. “Our program brings together people who find they have unused medications on their hands with others who may need those very same medications but can’t afford them,” said Natasha Gallizzi, Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist. • A Wheatland program client: “I was having a choice, pills or food, pills or bills. So thanks to this program, I can still have the medication I need.” •From a Casper client: “Without the great help from the Wyoming Department of Health... I would have to stop my meds and with depression that can be very dangerous…” •A Cheyenne client said: "The medication donation is an amaz-

ing program and I'm not sure my husband would be alive without their services.” Any medication may be sent to the program, as well as certain medical items such as diabetes testing supplies or wound care materials. “We will sort it out,” Gallizzi said. Donations acceptable for passing on to help other residents include: • Medications in sealed packages • Unexpired medications • Medications that do not require refrigeration • Medications that are NOT controlled substances Donations not appropriate for sharing are destroyed via incineration. “This option safely disposes of the medicines to avoid potential prescription drug abuse and without causing water pollution, which can be a result of flushing medications,” Gallizzi said. Residents may call the program toll free at (855)-257-5041 to see if they qualify and if the medica-

tion they need is available. “We can mail medications to qualified residents throughout Wyoming,” Gallizzi said. To donate unused medications: • Mark out any patient identifying information (name, address, phone number, Rx number), but leave the drug name on the container. • Complete a donor form, which is available online at http://www. health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/ pharmacy/DonorToolkit.html • Mail donations to: Wyoming Medication Donation Program, Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Healthcare Financing, 2508 E. Fox Farm Road, Suite 2A, Cheyenne, WY 82007. In Cheyenne, donations may also be dropped off at the same address Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Gallizzi thanked those who have donated medication and made it possible for the program and the clinics it supports to serve people needing help. “We appreciate donors taking the time to prepare and mail donations to our program,” she said.

Rocky Mountain Power to Petition Raise in Pricing Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Wyoming Public Service Commission for permission to increase its prices in Wyoming. If approved, changes would likely take effect in October of 2012. Requested price increases vary for different types of customers, based on the utility’s costs to serve them. For an average residential customer, the requested increase would amount to about $6 more per month. Most residential customers with lower electricity use would see lower percentage increases. Rocky Mountain Power says that for all electricity provides, it continues to be a very good value for its Wyoming customers. Prices will unavoidably increase over the next decade, however, primarily due to growing electricity use by the utility’s Wyoming customers (nearly 18

percent increase in overall electricity use in about 5 years) and environmental regulations. More than half of the costs included in this price increase request are related to producing electricity. The other major items include environmental controls at coal-fueled power plants, new substations and other infrastructure projects to meet our customers’ growing electricity needs. This price increase request does not include any new large wind or transmission line projects. Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Jeff Hymas said the company recognize the economic stress its customers, Wyoming communities, our region and our nation are experiencing, and that Rocky Mountain Power will continue to hold down costs within our control. Between 2006 and 2010, he says the company reduced its own ad-

ministrative costs by more than 32 percent. “We are delivering higher quality service, and our employees are doing more with less,” said Hymas. Hymas said the utility has proven programs to help customers save money by making energy efficiency improvements at their homes or businesses, and that customers can visit their website at www.wattsmart.com to learn more. He said they also have programs to help customers experiencing difficulty paying their bills. “We’ll continue working together with our customers, utility regulators and other stakeholders to keep electricity a good value now and into the future,” said Hymas. For more information about this price request, visit www.rockymountainpower.net/ wyomingprices.

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Barrasso becomes the 15th U.S. Senator, the first from Wyoming, to serve as Chairman of RPC since its inception in 1947. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (RWyo.) released the following statement after he was elected to serve as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Barrasso becomes the 15th U.S. Senator, the first from Wyoming, to serve as Chairman of

RPC since its inception in 1947. “I am honored by my colleagues’ support and I look forward to serving the people of Wyoming and all Americans at the Policy Committee next year. “Republicans remain focused

on the best ideas to create jobs, cut spending, develop our energy and protect our nation. As Chairman, I will work to insure the RPC remains a strong voice for American policy solutions and a valued resource for every Senator.”

Enzi congratulates Barrasso on leadership win

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, RWyo., made the following statement after Senate Republicans elected his Wyoming colleague, Senator John Barrasso, Policy Committee chairman. Policy Committee chairman is the Senate Republicans’ number four

leadership post. “Our conference appreciates Cowboy State common sense and work-driven energy. John has both in abundance,” Enzi said. “He ran un-opposed because he’s already done such a

good job as Republican Conference vice-chair. I congratulate John for moving up so far, so fast and putting Wyoming in a better position to help our country meet the challenges we face.”

Governor Mead Asks for More Thorough Testing of Wells in Pavillion

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has asked for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperation in the scientific review and analysis of groundwater quality. Governor Mead’s priority remains the health and safety of Wyoming residents and ensuring they have a long-term source of good drinking water. The EPA’s testing identified contaminants in test wells outside of Pavillion, Wyoming. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Governor Mead highlighted professional expertise within Wyoming and urged a cooperative approach between the state and the EPA to best serve a scientific, credible inquiry. Governor Mead’s letter brought up the need for more data and requested public hearings in Wyoming as part of the process. “I hope we can work together

to move the work surrounding Pavillion water to a more cooperative, logical and scientific approach,” Governor Mead wrote. “The status, safety and the source of any contaminants to the water supply are issues I take seriously and I know you do too.” This letter comes after the EPA released a draft report that suggests a link between contamination of test wells with hydraulic fracturing. In the letter Governor Mead asks Administrator Jackson to get more samples from the test wells before a peer review process begins and asks that Wyoming be a partner in the testing and the peer review. “I would like to see efforts based on a cooperative, fully sciencebased analysis that truly serves the interests of Wyoming’s people, particularly citizens in the Pavillion area, Wyoming’s resources and industries, and the

public at large,” Governor Mead wrote. Governor Mead also asked that the EPA consider Wyoming’s expertise when assembling the peer review, urged the EPA to hold any peer review panel public hearings in Wyoming and asked for a response to these questions: • What is the specific charge to be given to the peer review panel? • Will peer review panel member selection give deference to the unique geology and hydrology of the Wind River and Fort Union formations? • Is it your expectation that peer review panel members develop one final consensus report; or rather do you anticipate five independent reports? This letter was sent to Administrator Jackson today.

Barrasso: Keystone XL Pipeline Creates Jobs Now “It is time that the President started to say ‘yes’ and stops saying ‘no’ to jobs and to energy.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (RWyo.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of the Keystone XL pipeline. Excerpts of his remarks are below: “The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the largest shovel-ready infrastructure projects in the United States. It would bring oil from North Dakota and from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest. “The pipeline would strengthen America’s energy security and create tens of thousands of new jobs. These are good-paying jobs. “Just consider what representatives of organized labor have had to say. “The President of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, said: ‘Any discussion of the Keystone XL project begins and ends with one word: Jobs.’ “He went on to say that: ‘Throughout America’s Heartland, the Keystone Pipeline represents the prospect for 20,000 immediate jobs…without one single dollar of government assistance.’

production. “In response, the President of the United States discussed the Keystone XL pipeline. He said: ‘… importing oil from countries that are stable and friendly is a good thing…” “However, now on November 10th, the President reversed course and showed a different side. “After protests from environmentalists, the President decided to punt his decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 presidential election. “Many in the press say the President delayed his decision so that environmental activists would turn out on Election Day to support him. “If true, the President’s decision to delay the approval of the pipeline was not only political. It was also cynical. Cynical because these activists believe they can shut down Canadian oil sands production. “They believe they can shut down the production by stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. And that simply isn’t true. And the President knows it.

“Until recently, President Obama suggested that he too believed the pipeline could be in the interest of the United States.

“So why are the Canadian oil sands going to be developed? Well, because the oil sands are a huge national asset. And Canada will not allow that asset to be stranded.

“On April 6th, the President held a town hall event in Pennsylvania. There, he received a question about Canadian oil sands

“Canada will continue to develop its oil resources whether or not Keystone XL or any other pipeline is built.

“President Obama, is once again, failing to lead. That he, once again, is failing to be forthright with the American people. And that he is failing to make difficult decisions. The President is showing that he thinks his job is really the only job that matters. “Of course, we all know that Canada will not sit idly by. Canada will add additional pipeline capacity—whether or not Keystone XL is built. “Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has said that the decision to delay approval of Keystone XL demonstrates: ‘the necessity of making sure that we're able to access Asian markets for our energy products.’ “In other words, Canada has a tremendous amount of oil. And Canada will ensure that its oil is brought to market. It may go to the United States. Or it may go to China, may go to another country. But Canada’s oil will be brought to market. “Thus, the question for President Obama is very simple and straightforward. “Is it in America’s interest to reduce our dependence on oil from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela? “Is it in America’s interest to create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time of 8.6 percent unemployment? “The answer, of course, is ‘yes’. “It is time that the President started to say ‘yes’ and stops saying ‘no’ to jobs and to energy.”

Governor Mead Expresses Deep Concern About Million Pipeline Project in Comments to FERC Governor Matt Mead sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today. That letter expresses the Governor’s deep concern about the proposed water pipeline from the Green River in Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range. Governor Mead’s comments are meant to protect Wyoming’s economy and resources and show the project is not feasible. “This project would cut a vast swath across southern Wyoming, with the potential for huge impacts in many significant sectors of our economy and aspects of critical resources to Wyoming and Colorado,” Governor Mead wrote. He added, “The proponent has stated this project will cost $3 billion to construct but little is known about the future cost to consumers or others from such a massive project.”

FERC is considering a preliminary permit for this project, which is now billed as a hydroelectric endeavor. It had been before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until the Corps withdrew the application earlier this year. The project applicant then took it to FERC. Governor Mead expressed concern that FERC is not the correct entity to review this proposal, “The proponent has, by all appearances, shifted federal permitting venues to short-circuit the regulatory process and/or sidestep fundamental issues. I do not believe FERC should be the lead or initial permitting agency for this project.” In terms of Wyoming’s water rights, Governor Mead wrote that the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact must be given full consideration because no

project can disrupt Wyoming’s potential to develop its remaining appropriation under that Compact. While most of the water for this project would supposedly come from whatever Colorado’s unused portion of the compact is Governor Mead noted, “The applicant is proposing use of 25,000 acre feet of water per year from Wyoming’s undeveloped allocation under the Compact, and Wyoming has not agreed to this allocation.” Governor Mead also raised concerns about the impact on recreation opportunities in the Flaming Gorge and the Green River as well as impacts on endangered species recovery programs in the Green and Colorado Rivers. Wyoming Game and Fish Department has also filed a notice of intervention with FERC.

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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. 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.

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.

Directions In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings. Cook beef, onion and green pepper in drippings until meat is no longer pink. Add beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, salt, pepper and bacon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add cheese. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted. Spoon into English muffins halves.

Most homeowners are accustomed to using salt to clear ice from sidewalks and driveways in the winter. But over the past decade, the variety of ice melt products has greatly increased. What used to be a simple salt purchase has now become a confusing choice between salt, salt alternatives and salt blends.

Rock salt is the old standby. Economical and reliable, it easily melts ice in temperatures down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit and keeps sidewalks and driveways clear and safe. Rock salt is particularly good for moderate climates and is safe to handle and store. But, be sure to use it carefully around landscaping, as some plants might be sensitive to chlorides.

Sunday December 25, 2011

I’ll ride my faithful pony where I hear the thunder boom. I’ll ride across this nation; where the highest mountains loom.

Ingredients 4 bacon strips, diced 1 pound lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 2 tablespoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt

of benefits beyond simply melting ice."

Now, let’s talk holidays. We’re definitely starting to get away from the true meaning of holidays, aren’t we? Holidays used to be about spending lots of time with our families, pigging out on some delicious grub, and for a lot of us sharing in prayer with friends, family, and neighbors. This year I have definitely noticed a change. With the economy sort of picking back up in the retail scene, retailers are opening earlier, closing later, and shoving advertising down our throats like it’s a Christmas Day peppermint mocha. Not to mention Black Friday fights, pepper spraying, and even worse –death. Some of us are guilty of being greedy and looking for that great bargain, but is it really worth our sanity? Simply put – it’s not. The truth of the matter is that retailers LOSE money on days like that. They want you to come into the store so your money is in their pockets and then return to them for accessories, services, and even more product. They care little about the hardship this puts on all their employees, the time they rip away from families, and more. Trust me, the working end is no better. Remember when retailers were closed on Sunday, and most of us took the day off to just relax with our family?

I’ll ride through grassy meadows; where the wild flowers bloom. I’ll ride the western prairies; where a man has lots of room.

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Battling ice and snow? Choose the right weapons

Merry Christmas Glenrock and Beyond! Welcome to Wesley’s Way! My new column telling all the young folks and old folks exactly like it is and the way it should be.

I’ll ride across the desert amidst the dunes of sand. I’ll ride to destinations; where a cowboy makes a stand.

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tures as low as minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit, yet it is gentle on landscaping and concrete. It also produces minimal residue, so it is less likely to be tracked indoors, and if it is, it is easily cleaned up with water.

"All ice melters work in basically the same way, by lowering the temperature at which water freezes," says Jerry Poe, technical director for North American Salt Company, which markets the Safe Step line of residential ice melters. "But many of today's ice melt products provide a host

I’ll ride to gather cattle across this western land. I’ll ride south from the Yellowstone; to the flowin’ Rio Grande.

Because magnesium chloride's natural form has water molecules attached to it, it dissolves quickly to make brine. The brine spreads through the melting ice, breaking the ice's bond with the driveway or sidewalk, and it works for longer periods of time than many other ice melters. Calcium chloride also works well in colder temperatures, but it requires homeowners to wear goggles and gloves when applying it to concrete because it can burn skin. It can also cause more damage to landscaping and concrete, and it produces a slippery residue that can be difficult to remove if tracked indoors.

For colder, more severe climates, salt alternatives such as magnesium chloride or calcium chloride offer increased melting power. Magnesium chloride is an excellent choice for homeowners. It melts ice in tempera-

Ice melt blends are another option for homeowners that can be economical and may also provide some additional benefits beyond simply melting ice. Blends typically contain rock salt mixed with magnesium chloride, calci-

Now retailers are taking away holidays such as Thanksgiving, and it’s becoming just another day for some. That’s something that’s not okay. We are a country built on the foundation of tradition, respect, and integrity. By disrespecting employees by requiring those employees to be at work on days like Thanksgiving or the day after Christmas with threats of losing their job is simply wrong. Their pocketbook can wait another day, and so can yours.

family traditions, personal traditions, or simply just celebrate and appreciate the fact that we all are here to enjoy another day on this earth. What am I looking forward to? I’m looking forward to opening presents at a crazy hour of the morning, spending time with my mom, dad, and brother, eating eggs benedict and enjoying the company of my family. I look forward to seeing my friends the day before and stopping by their houses and wishing them a happy holiday (and a happy holiday in advance for those I won’t get to see!).

So what are the holidays really all about? What should you do to preserve what they’re there for? Well, enjoy your time with your family and friends. Make the time to spend with them, and don’t give it up. Show those people that you appreciate them by just being around them and even telling them that simple fact. This Christmas, I want you to wait a week before making your holiday returns and keep your mom, dad, children, family and friends close. We all need that break from reality for a little while. Cook a big meal, open those gifts, go for a family weekend getaway, whatever it may be just remember to relax. Call grandma or grandpa (I’m sure they’d love it), stop by your neighbors with a few cookies, thank your public service people for being there to protect you even on these great days. There’s no rush and no hurry. We are all there for a reason, and that reason is to celebrate. Celebrate your religious beliefs,

um chloride, and other additives to provide enhanced melting power, protection for concrete surfaces, safety for pets and even coloring to assist with even application. If homeowners need strong ice melting power and have landscaping or concrete concerns, Poe says magnesium chloride is the best choice. It's safer than calcium chloride, and it's available to homeowners as a 100 percent magnesium chloride formula as well as in ice melt blends.

Hi Sassy, My name is (name deleted at submitter's request.) I guess you mostly get questions from girls but I'm a guy with a serious question: I'm a hard working man, 27 years old. No education besides high school and a sad attempt at a year of College, but I make pretty good money and I'm a pretty good person when it comes to being able to hold a conversation, and treating women right. I was dating this lady pretty seriously for about two years, never though anyone was prettier or more lively than her. I just found out she's been sleeping with another man. She said its just been one time, but I found out because something was up. She travels back and forth between her workplace and her home alot and something was telling me she was up to something. So I checked her phone (I pay her phone bill so I get the bills) record and there was one number she called a lot. I checked on it and it was a guy that owns a oil change place. A man she always says was "That cute guy at the lube place." So I got a little curious. I've been hurt before so I was telling myself maybe it was nothing. She's a really great gal. Anyway, it turns out it was him that she had the "one night stand" with. But I believe that its been going on for some time. I don't really want to lose her. I wonder sometimes if this happens to me because I'm a laborer instead of a business owner. Or a "higher up kind of worker" as she puts it sometimes. I treated her great. She actually is really great to me. Except that she cheated on me. Do I give her another chance and how do I confront her now that I know its been going on for longer? Please don't use my name if you print this ok? ----------

Magnesium chloride also works well for households with pets. Because it is gentler than other ice melt products, it doesn't burn paws that have been cracked in cold temperatures, and it is less likely to clump between a pet's paw pads.

Oh Lordy Lordy, a "Higher Up Kind of Worker?" Ugh! What is that? A person should fall in love with the person, not for the job or title they hold. If one does otherwise, they are doomed from the start.

Whether you're looking for low melting temperatures, environmental friendliness or a combination of both, today's variety of ice melt products can meet those needs. A bit of education and planning before the first storm hits can help you have a safe and enjoyable winter.

Every day life is hard enough to grind through even when you ARE surrounded by people you love that are in love with you. But, I do believe in second chances, everyone I believe (in the right circumstance) should get a "do over." However, this situation may not qualify.

First of all, most of the time a person's instincts are correct, so if you believe it was more than one time, it probably was. Why did she cheat? Did she feel you weren't giving her enough attention? Does she have some crazy sexual fantasy or is she simply a selfish gal who will probably do this her whole life? One thing you need to always remember is that we teach people how to treat us, and we should treat people how we want to be treated. Would you do that to her? Simple as that.

If you let people cross the boundaries you set (in any kind of relationship,) you will have a life filled with disappointment.

What really irritates me even more, is that you said "Maybe this happened to me because I am a labrorer and not a business owner." Don't you ever make excuses for why it is "ok" for someone to mistreat you, in any way, shape, or form! Ever!

My gut tell me you already know this gal is probably going to hurt you again, so get out there and find someone who appreciates everything about you, and you HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH. It is clear you have a good job, making good money and you should be proud of yourself.

I've given you my answer. The choice is yours. Just remember there are plenty of fish in the sea, so don't "settle" for an immature and selfish guppy who is clearly wearing a facade so she can have her cake and eat it too. By the way, if you can't confront her. Dump her. Keep me posted.

Merry Christmas Friends, and keep those letters coming! Sassy

Do you have a question you'd like to submit to Sassy? You can email her at: Sassy@theglenrockbird.com

To all Glenrockians, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday! Want to know Wesley's Way about something? Email me at wes@theglenrockbird.com and I'll look into writing about it!

The Glenrock Bird

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