Sunday, September 23, 2012
Volume 6 Issue 6 Proud Member of the Associated Press
Judge Rules in Favor of Media Rules Court Hearings in Glenrock Abduction Case Do Not Need To Be Closed
New Converse County Organization to Lease Sand Dunes in Rolling Hills The Converse County Motorsport Complex has taken over the lease for the state owned, Sand Dunes in Rolling Hills.
by two CCMC board members which will allow the track to be open seven day’s a week from dusk till dawn.
It will cost the new organization $3165.00 a year. “ We are looking forward to making the track more family oriented, hosting races and allowing smaller children to enjoy the fun as well.” says John Moulton registered agent of the CCMC.
To access the track , all individuals must either have a membership or a day pass. Riders can get a day pass through Glenrock Motorsports (other locations for day passes will be available soon.)
The track will be maintained
Membership fee’s will be $65 per year for singles and $100
per year for families up to four members. All memberships will include a key to the gate. Day passes will also include a key to the gate which will have to be returned the same day. The dunes are open again as of September 19. Photo Sand Dunes in Rolling Hills © The Bird Central - Misty Pritchard
Amanda Smith (TBC) Torrington, Wyoming District Court Judge Keith Kautz ruled in favor of several Wyoming newspapers, the Wyoming Press Association and t he Associated Press, denying a Motion to Dismiss filed by the Defendant the Circuit Court of the Eighth Judicial District in and for Converse County, Wyoming. The media groups challenged the closure of court proceedings in the case against Robert Parks, who in May of this year, allegedly kidnapped and sexually abused a girl in Glenrock. The groups claimed that the Circuit Court in Converse County improperly closed the case file and excluded the public from all proceedings in the case. In a phone interview this afternoon with Media Lawyer Bruce Moats, the attorney who represented the media in this case, Moats stated "this is a victory for the public and their access for important matters in court. The Citizens realize the importance of this ruling." He also stated that "protecting the victims of these kinds of crimes is of utmost importance and they deserve careful and delicate attention by the media." Moats followed his statement by also stating that the public should have information from the media about these crimes, and the ways in which these crimes are prosecuted. Parks faces three felonies in the May 19th Glenrock kidnapping: Larceny, Kidnapping and Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree. All of which Parks plead not guilty. Parks trial is set for November 8, 2012. -The Glenrock Bird Central Wyoming News does not release the names of victims in a case regarding a minor, or in a case regarding sexual allegations.
Glenrock Bird Central
Kinder Morgan To Pay $316,000 Over 2 Wyo. Plants
(AP) — Federal regulators say Kinder Morgan Upstream LLC has agreed to pay $316,000 for violating risk management plan provisions at its natural gas plants in Casper and Douglas, Wyo.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday the company has agreed to establish new operating procedures, improve equipment maintenance, and perform tests to reduce the possibility of accidental releases of hazardous chemicals at both facilities.
Kinder Morgan says it has taken all necessary corrective actions to address the 2011 EPA violations it received to ensure such issues don't occur again. The Clean Air Act requires facilities with hazardous and flammable substances above certain thresholds to develop risk management plans. EPA inspectors say Kinder Morgan hadn't adequately implemented those regulations at the Casper and Douglas plants.
USDA Fines UW $8,571 for Kid Goat Neglect MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press
Converse County Files Application to Intervene in Duke Energy Tax Protest Duke Responds
The Converse County Commis-
lend, "public support and avail-
be far less, and approximately
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined the University of Wyoming more than $8,500 for neglecting some genetically modified kid goats. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the young goats included two that were very thin and one that died of an intestinal parasite. The goats had been genetically engineered for research into producing fibers as strong as
sioners have filed an application with the Wyoming State Board of Equalization requesting the Board allow Converse County to intervene in Duke Energy's appeal of taxes due on their wind farm. On July 3, 2012, Duke Energy notified Converse County that it was appealing the Department of Revenue's valuation of Duke's "Top of the World" wind farm, located in western Converse County. Duke objected to the Department's fair market valuation of $414.7 million for the 2012 tax year, which would have generated $2.89 million for taxing entities in Converse County. Duke's appeal claims that the wind farm value should not exceed $225 million and asks the Board of Equalization for a 46% reduction in their tax liability. If the appeal is upheld, Duke Energy would owe the County $1.57 million in taxes for 2012. Converse County appealed to Governor Mead on July 17, 2012, asking the Governor to
able resources to the Department of Revenue, as it strives to uphold the Wyoming tax principles that fund our communities." The county received no response from the Governor's Office. In its application to the Board of Equalization, Converse County asks to intervene because it, "has a major interest in this appeal, and served as a critical entity in determining the Petitioner's ability to develop the wind farm, and this appeal will dramatically affect the valuations and budgets for Converse County." The county's application also notes that when Duke Energy filed for its permit with the Industrial Siting Council, Duke estimated that the fair market value of the completed project would be $401 million and that they would pay $2.77 million in taxes in 2012. "While that is very close to what the Department of Revenue determined to be proper," the county's application states, "the Petitioner now argues that its taxes should
spider silk. The federal agency alleged two Animal Welfare Act violations. One was for not notifying a veterinarian about the problems with the animals. The other was for failing to remove expired veterinary medication from treatment areas so that the medicines wouldn't be used. The problems turned up during a 2010 inspection. University spokesman Chad Baldwin says the university acknowledges the problems and has paid the $8,571 fine.
$1,680,000, creating a genuine issue for Converse County." The Board of Equalization is expected to consider the county's application during their meeting on September 17. The Bird Central asked Duke Energy to respond: Duke Energy Renewables spokesperson Tammie McGee stated that the Wyoming statute requires that Duke Energy Renewables pay property tax on the current fair market value of our assets in the state. Based on the amount of electricity the Top of the World Windpower Project generated in the past and by projected future revenues, a thirdparty, independent appraiser assessed the wind farm at a lower value than the state’s estimate. One factor affecting future revenues is a new generation tax in 2013 and thereafter, which manDuke Continued Page 3
Fall drives have started in Wyoming as weaning season begins, and preparation for another calving season is set underway. Photo Amanda Smith - Converse County.
Community Message Board
Process Power & Control, Inc. Makes New, Bigger Move in Glenrock Tammy Taylor (TBC) Process Power & Control, Inc. of Glenrock, Wyoming has defied the odds that many small businesses are faced with during this trying economy.
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
Meetings in Glenrock Where: The Senior Center East Door (thrift store entrance.) When: Monday nights from 7pm - 8pm
Process Power Control, Inc. is an industrial electrical contractor that does business throughout Wyoming, Nebraska and North Dakota. Their work involves industrial electrical, gas, oil and coal instrumentation, and PLC’s. Jared Williams of Glenrock, began the business in June of 2005
with the help of a single apprentice. Since that time, the business has grown to approximately 45 – 50 employees with a second location in Worland, Wyoming, which is run by his partner and brother, Jonathan. When asked how Williams managed to grow the business so dramatically, his wife Nicole responded, “A lot of long hours and hard work.” Upon realizing that the current Glenrock location on Third Street was becoming too crowded, with little room for trucks and equipment, Williams decided he needed to do something. He ap-
proached Kevin Rothschild, the previous owner of the sale barn in Glenrock, about the possibility of purchasing a few acres. Rothschild had been looking for an interested party to purchase the sale barn and run it as it was, but never could find that person. Ultimately, Williams purchased the entire 44-acre property and began construction of an even bigger and better Process Power and Control. Currently, the new Process Power and Control building is being finished and the hope is to move into it by the end of October.
American Legion Jessie Martin Post # 9
American Legion Jessie Martin Post # 9 is a non-profit organization in Glenrock. They can be reached at #307-436-4908 or m1f1w111@ yahoo.com
American Red Cross
American Red Cross has a local office located in Casper WY. They are located at 318 West “B” Street and can be reached at #307-2378436, Fax#307-265-0324, or emailed to email@example.com. org. Their web page is www.wyomingredcross.org. Like them on Facebook.
Glenrock Library News Oyj!! Hello in Guajajara from the library! Visit our Mango Foreign Language database on line. 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 and it’s free!! Come in and find out how to get connected. Library Closures!! We will be closed September 27 – September 28, Thursday and Friday. This is for the staff to attend the Wyoming Library Conference in Casper. We will reopen Saturday, the 29th with regular hours. If your genre is crime fiction you will enjoy Laura Lippman’s latest book, And When She Was Good. The protagonist, Heloise has to make difficult choices to save herself and her son. In the end just how safe are any of us? This book goes on the, “need to read” list. Another book on that list is, Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is a dark hunter novel. An ancient Keetoowah warrior of the Cherokee, Ren Waya who has come back from
the dead and Kateri Avani, make up an unlikely duo that hold the key to the survival of the entire world. Am I seeing red? Well, no wonder!! Clifford is having a birthday, September 24, 2012!! We will be celebrating during story time, Wednesday September 26 at 10:30. Norman Bridwell is author of this ageless, loveable character. Clifford turns 50 this year! Would you believe his name was originally going to be Tiny? Emily Elizabeth is named after his daughter. Come join us and find out more fun facts about Norman Bridwell and Clifford.
The new Process Power building is being constructed on property of the old Sale Barn in Glenrock. Process Power purchased the Sale Barn property earlier this year. Scheduled move in date of the Glenrock business is by the end of October. Photo © Tammy Taylor.
For Read Me A Story: September - – September 22: Johnny Appleseed by Benet. Pick up the phone and dial 436-2353 to listen to a great story!! We’re on the web at http:wyldweb.state.wy.us/glen or at www.conversecountylibrary.org. Our phone number is 436-2573. Fax number is 436-8525. Be sure to “friend” us on Facebook!! Just look up Glenrock Library.
Community Baptist Church, 301 S 2nd St, Glenrock, Regular Information: Worship service 10:30 AM Sundays, nursery provided. Sunday School 9:00 AM. Every month: open communion first Sunday, potluck last Sunday at noon. Info: 436-9091. Church of Christ, acappella, 420 S 2nd St - worship service communion 10:00, sermon 10:15 Sundays; Bible study Wed, 6 PM. Assembly of God, 201 N 3rd St - 10:00 Sundays. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 939 W Birch St Regular Info: worship service with communion 8:30 AM Sundays, children's Sunday School after service; Bible study Mon 7 PM, 10 AM Wed. Church of the Resurrection, 506 W Birch St - worship service 8:30 AM Sundays. St. Louis Catholic Church, 601 S 5th St: Regular Information: Mass Sat 5:30 PM, Sunday 9 AM and 7 PM. For more information, call 436-9529 Glenrock Baptist Church, a Bible-believing New Testament Church, 125 N 7th St - Sunday Bible study 9:45 AM, Sunday morning service 11 AM, Sunday potluck 12:30 PM, Sunday afternoon service 2 PM, Wed evening service 7 PM. Les Potter, 3153218. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 219 Lookout Dr, 4362217. Sacrament meeting, Sunday, 9:00 AM. Visitors welcome. Sunday School, 10:10. Glenrock First Southern Baptist Chapel, 485 E Birch St, 2516688. Sunday services 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM; Sunday School 9:30 AM; youth at Boys and Girls Club 5:30 PM. Tuesday Men's Bible Study at Rec Center 6:30 PM. Wed service 7:00 PM.** See Ad PAGE 4 For 30th Pastorial Anniversary information. Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W Cedar St, 436-8804; Summer schedule: Sunday worship service with communion, 10:45; NO Bible study or Sunday School. Sunday Service for Christ Episcopal Church 9:30 AM with Sunday School convening at the same time. Confirmation classes are being held after the service.
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Wyoming Stands To Lose Up To $700 Mil Eastern Wyoming College Announces Over The Next Decade Under A Six-Month Glenrockian as State Merit Award Winner Eastern Wyoming College’s EWC program in September Budget Extension Expected To Win Adult Basic Education program 2010 but had to put it on hold announces that GED graduate to take care of her husband Lanay Shippert, of Glenrock, when he became ill. She then Approval In Washington WY received the 2012 State enrolled again in August of Last week, the U.S. House passed the measure which is aimed at avoiding a government shutdown when the current budget expires Sept. 30. At issue are Abandoned Mine Lands program funds from taxes paid by coal producers for abandoned mines. Half goes to the federal government and half goes to states. A previous transportation bill capped payments to states at $15 million. The budget measure restored payments to other coal states but not to Wyoming, the nation's top coal producer. It's the only state that was expected to get more than $15 million next year. U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lum-
mis, R-Wyo., calls it a "raid on Wyoming."
coal and energy research and infrastructure projects.
"For the past two years Wyoming's been paying into the fund more than all the other states combined," Lummis said in her weekly video.
For many years, the federal government used the money to pay for non-reclamation projects, causing a backlog in payments to Wyoming. The federal government began making those back payments in 2006. Wyoming got more than $150 million in 2012, with $50 million of that going to the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources.
Sen. John Barrasso, RWyo., has vowed to fight the change. "This is far from over, and we are not going to rest until the money that belongs to the people of Wyoming is fully restored," he said in a statement. Since Wyoming has cleaned many of its abandoned mines, it can spend the money however it wants. The state traditionally has used the money for coal reclamation, clean
Merit Award for ABE students at the ABE Fall Institute in Lander on September 12.
Lanay left high school in 1934 to marry her sweetheart. They went on to raise four children together. Between 2004 and 2011 she lost both her husband and a child due to illness. Her oldest daughter married before graduating from high school and went on to earn her GED. It was during this process that Lanay, with encouragement from her daughter, began thinking about getting her GED. She enrolled in the
Lanay’s accomplishments were recognized in several ways. She was the EWC ABE Student of the Month in March 2012, was inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society and was the guest speaker at the GED graduation ceremony held in Douglas. “We are very proud of Lanay Photo Lanay Shippert of Glenrock, and feel she is very deserving Photo courtesy EWC. of this award” said Diane McQueen, EWC’s ABE Director.
Duke Energy Continued from Front Page dates that the energy company pay an estimated half million dollars in additional taxes ($1 per megawatt generated) to the state. This new tax will decrease Top of the World’s profitability, which lowers the fair market value of the property. "Remember that the value of our wind farms is assessed annually, and Top of the World is the only one of Duke Energy Renewable’s four Wyoming wind farms for which we identified a need to correct a property tax discrepancy. If more wind power is generated in the future
and the fair market value increases, the taxes paid for Top of the World will increase as well. It’s important to note that at the same time that we contend Top of the World’s fair market value has decreased, the fair market value has increased at Campbell Hill Windpower Project. This has driven the taxes we pay to Converse County for Campbell Hill higher than previously estimated." stated McGee. McGee continued by stating that "Duke Energy Renewables has paid and will continue to pay its fair share of taxes. Our tax rev-
enue paid in Converse County from 2009 to 2011 totals about $5.78 million. And, we continue to demonstrate our strong commitment to this community by ongoing support for cultural events and nonprofit organizations. By sponsoring causes as diverse as the Glenrock and Douglas Boys and Girls Clubs to the Douglas Garden Club Veteran’s Memorial, we continually seek to be a positive presence in Converse County."
Dear Patients and Friends, As many of you know, I will be leaving Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic and Glenrock in October to pursue other healthcare opportunities in Oregon. I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life and grateful to the Glenrock Community for your support, friendship, and kindness over the years. The last day I will personally be providing you medical care will be October 12, 2012. The staff at Memorial Hospital of Converse County and Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic have every intention to continue to meet your healthcare needs and are excited to introduce Nas Keyl, PA-C to Glenrock. Some of you have already met Nas, as she has filled in at the clinic for me from time to time. She has worked the last several years at Memorial Hospital’s Register Cliff Rural Health Clinic in Guernsey, Wyoming and is excited to be part of the Glenrock Community. I believe her experience and love for small town living is a perfect complement to Glenrock. You should continue to call the Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic at (307) 436-8838 for medical questions, medication refills, and appointments. Request for medical records can be sent to 111 South 5th Street, Douglas, WY 82633
525 East Birch Glenrock, Wyoming (307) 436-8838
Thank you again for the opportunity to care for you over the years. I have truly enjoyed my time in Glenrock. Sincerely,
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Resident’s in Rolling Hills Consider Neighborhood Watch Program
Misty Pritchard - (TBC)
Even though the Town of Rolling Hills has a contract with Glenrock Police Department to patrol the areas within the town, it may not be enough to tame future incidents. The town's Neighborhood Watch program would be a start for the residents in the Rolling Hills area to take charge.
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that stresses education as it teaches citizens how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in the neighborhoods.
Glenrock Police Chief Tom Sweet stated if the residents can get neighbors together, he would be happy to look into a Neighborhood Watch program for
Neighborhood Watch groups typically focus on observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime and employ strategies that range from simple promoting social interaction and “watching out for each other” to active patrols by groups of citizens.
Town Chip Seals Roads Misty Pritchard - (TBC) The Town of Rolling Hills began chip sealing roads throughout the town, on September 19th. Roads that are included in the Chip Seal project are North and South Coyote, North Bobcat, North Badger and North Roundup. 71 Construction out of Casper is doing the project.
Monies from an SLIB Grant, a 50/50 grant that County Commissioners split with the Town of Rolling Hills, were utilized to bring the project to fruition. Chip Sealing of the roads was scheduled to be completed by Saturday September 22nd.
Hunters: Respect Private Lands
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds sportsmen to be respectful when hunting on private lands enrolled in the Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program this fall. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department & Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office personnel are currently investigating an incident at a Walk-in Area in Sheridan County in which some equipment and other property was damaged and destroyed. With hunting seasons approaching, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges sportsmen to be respectful of landowners who generously open their private lands to hunting and fishing.
on private lands. Private lands play an integral role in sustaining wildlife diversity and populations in Wyoming. A Walk-in Area is a tract of private land on which the Wyoming Game and Fish Department leases hunting or fishing access for public enjoyment. Most lands enrolled as Walk-in access for sportsmen are privately owned and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department pays the landowner for the leases. However, the land is still privately owned and a landowner can remove the lands from public access at any time.
Please run this in the Glenrock Bird, in your “Please respect the lands, the Sunday issue, as a 2 inch by 2 inch AD. and wildlife, and the landowner help keep these lands open to Thank you!! sportsmen,” Withroder said. “It is a privilege to hunt or fish on any lands enrolled in the Private Lands Public Wildlife program and sportsmen must conduct themselves appropriately when accessing these lands,” said Matt Withroder, PLPW regional access coordinator in Casper. The PLPW Access Program allows public access to excellent hunting and fishing opportunities
Glenrock High School Fall Play Production is Scheduled The Glenrock High School Drama Department will be presenting the story of Helen Keller this fall. The poignant story of one of the most amazing women in America’s history will be portrayed with a moving background of music which springs from the hearts of those who surrounded her and her struggle against immeasurable odds to step out of the darkness of blindness and deafness to see and speak in her own way. Helen Keller was born a nor-
mal, healthy child, but, at the age of nineteen months, suffered a debilitating illness which left her unable to see or to hear. As her early years passed, she became more of a feral being than a child, given to tantrums driven by the heartbreak of not knowing the world around her. Through the work of a young woman who suffered failing eyesight herself, Anne Sullivan, Helen gradually learned to emerge from the darkness and to become a strong and
bright writer and speaker who inspired generations of Americans with her achievements. You are urged to attend this production on October 16-17 at the GMS auditorium, for you will surely be inspired, as well. As always, the Drama Department thanks the town of Glenrock for your unwavering support.
“Helluva Hunt” Makes Dreams Come True in Converse for Disabled Hunters Tammy Taylor (TBC) The Helluva Hunt gears up for its annual activities, happening September 30th through October 3rd. The Helluva Hunt is a program that allows disabled persons to come to Douglas, Wyoming from all over the country and hunt, something that many thought they would never do again. The idea came about in 1985 by Jim Zumbo, who at the time was the Regional Editor for Outdoor Life Magazine. He spoke with his friend Bill Brown and they then contacted Gary and Jane Stearns of Douglas, Wyoming. Together they worked to make it a reality. Each year, there are upwards of 60 applicants for the hunt, but only 15 are selected. Area ranchers donate a total of approximately 60,000 acres for the hunt, many of them not allowing regular hunters access until the Helluva Hunt is over. The Wyoming Game and Fish issue disabled hunter permits, which allows shooting from vehicles.
There are also numerous local and national contributors to the hunt, making the entire activity free to the hunters. The only cost is transportation to and from Douglas. On September 31st, the hunters and their family or friends will arrive to Douglas, meet their guides, sight in their rifles and do some trap shooting. They will attend the evening banquet and then begin their hunt the morning of October 1st. Later that night, dinner will be at the
Moose Lodge and following that the Helluva Hunt Benefit Auction. Typically, most of the tags are filled the first day of hunting, but there is a second day for those still needing to make their shot. The group will finish up that evening with an awards banquet on October 2nd at 7:00 at the American Legion. For more information on the Helluva Hunt, go to www.wildlifestudio.com. Photo courtesy Helluva Hunt.
Anyone who witnesses vandalism or any other illegal activity while hunting on private lands is encouraged to notify the Wyoming Game and Fish Department immediately. Tips can be made to the Stop Poaching Tip Line at 1-877-WGFD-TIP or on the WGFD website at wgfd. wyo.gov.
LEPC MEETING The Local Emergency Planning Committee will be meeting at : Glenrock Town Hall Wednesday September 26th, 2012 1:00 p.m. For more Information contact:
Russ or Mary (EMA) 307-358-6880
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Allegiant Announces Nonstop, Low Cost Travel Between Casper/Phoenix Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces new, nonstop jet service between Casper, Wyo. and Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz. beginning Dec. 20, 2012. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $69.99* one way. “We are pleased to announce a new, affordable and convenient travel option for Casper on the same day we celebrate four years of service at Casper/ Natrona County International Airport,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “We are confident area residents will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Phoenix and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together.”
The new flights will operate twice weekly between Casper/ Natrona County International Airport (CPR) and PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport (IWA) beginning Dec. 20, 2012. "I am both thrilled and excited about the new Allegiant service to the Phoenix/Mesa market," said Glenn Januska, Airport Manager. "I know the community, the county, and frankly the entire central Wyoming region will support it just like they have done with the Las Vegas service the past four years. Frankly, ever since Allegiant started serving the Mesa market, that is all people have asked me about."
Final Testing Under Way For Wyoming Supercomputer MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences. Research is expected to begin this fall on the new computer, called Yellowstone, which has enough power to rank among the top dozen or so fastest supercomputers in the world. So how fast is it, exactly? The computer will run at a speed of up to 1.5 petaflops, or 1.5 quadrillion operations per second. Put another way: If you counted one number per second, it would take a lot longer than your entire lifetime or anybody else's to get all the way up to 1.5 quadrillion. Try more than 47 million years. The roughly $30 million IBM machine fills much of a 153,000-square-foot, custombuilt facility. The Boulder, Colo.-based National Center for Atmospheric Research already has lined up 11 initial research projects that will get time on its machine starting this fall, center spokesman David Hosansky said. One of the upcoming projects will model air movement inside hurricanes and tornadoes. Another will examine how weather and air quality could change in North America in the
years ahead. First, the machine needs to pass its final tests. The process is more complicated than trying out a new laptop. "These complex systems need extensive testing and analysis before we could formally accept it," Hosansky said Wednesday. The National Center for Atmospheric Research hopes to wrap up testing and accept the supercomputer in October. A ribboncutting ceremony featuring Gov. Matt Mead and National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh is scheduled for Oct. 15. The supercomputer is 30 times more powerful than the machine currently in use at the center's Mesa Laboratory in Boulder. The National Center for Atmospheric Research has a long history of using supercomputers. One of the world's first, the Cray 1-A, crunched numbers at the center from 1977 to 1989. The Yellowstone supercomputer will be 9.7 million times faster with 3.4 million times the disk capacity and 19 million times the central memory size of the Cray 1-A, according to NCAR. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Wyoming Legislature committed $21 million for the supercomputer project in 2007.
Hundreds Of Oil Wells Possible In Converse/Niobrara Hundreds of oil and gas wells could be drilled in the months ahead in an area spanning Converse County and part of Niobrara County in east-central Wyoming. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently completed three environmental studies for potential drilling in three areas that together cover almost 1,200 square miles. As many as 444 new oil and gas wells could be drilled, the Gillette News-Record reports (bit.ly/SaTWCN). "Right now, the southern Powder River Basin is a hot spot in the country," geologist Bj Kristiansen said. "There are multiple hundreds of permits out there now." The development could boost revenue for northeast Wyoming communities. "With this oil and gas coming in — and it's oil predominantly — their assessed valuation will
Rule To Allow Raw Milk Sales Goes To Gov. Mead
climb appreciably," he said. About 20 companies have applied to drill in the area, including Chesapeake, EOG and Samson Oil and Gas, said Joe Meyer, manager of the BLM's Casper Field Office. Interest in drilling in northern Converse County has picked up since last year. The Casper Field Office presently has between 300 and 350 applications to drill in Converse County. "For our office, it is quite a bit of activity. Normally, we would have done 100 permits or less per year for the whole field office," Meyer said. The BLM's Buffalo Field Office is preparing environmental assessments for 100 possible wells in southern Campbell and Johnson counties. The BLM plans to release those studies this fall.
Casper Airport Reports Record Growth Since 2005 Casper / Natrona County International Airport announced a 23.6% increase in passenger enplanements (passengers getting on aircraft) in July compared to July of 2011.
gional jets in July, United adding the 5th daily regional jet flight, and Allegiant upgrading their aircraft to 166 seats. Not since 2005 have we seen this type of passenger level.”
“July was a very, very strong month for us,” said Glenn Januska, Airport Manager. “I think this increase is directly attributable to Delta adding re-
Passenger enplanements show a 6.7% increase through July compared to the same period last year.
Sweetpeas in the Fight Against Breast Cancer Sweetpeas Photography by Lindsey Renstrom and Trends Salon, LLC 955 East Richards in Douglas are going to hold Glamour Head Shots for women of all ages the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness. We will be donating money from the shoot to American Cancer Society's local chamber to help the women in our community. We will have two fun filled days for this project Friday October 5th and Saturday October 20th. The shoot will take place at Trends Salon, and the wonderful ladies there will be doing
hair and make-up if requested. The sessions will only be about 15-20 minutes and the cost will be $35.00. You will get 4 edited pictures (2 black and white , and 2 color) on a CD to use however you please. I am so excited to work on this project to help our community and to help raise awareness. If you are interested please contact Sweetpeas Photography by Lindsey Renstrom or call 307351-4209. You must call me to schedule for your spots, thank you, Lindsey Renstrom
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to change Wyoming's food safety rules to legalize some raw milk sales is pending before Gov. Matt Mead. The Casper Star Tribune (www.trib.com ) reports that the proposed change would allow people to buy raw milk as long as they owned a share of the animal that produced it. Such arrangements, called herd shares, are currently prohibited
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Direct sales of raw milk to the public would remain illegal. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture has been working on updates to the state's food safety rules for more than a year. Dean Finkenbinder is consumer health services manager for the Agriculture Department. He says it's possible that the new rules would allow more people to get sick from drinking unpasteurized milk, but says the public says it wants the change.
Peabody Asks Converse County to Nominate Local Educators
Award honors inspiring educators in five states, offering grants and recognition throughout the school year to dozens of teachers, administrators and other school personnel. WHAT: Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program honors education professionals who inspire students to succeed. By honoring educators—from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors—Peabody recognizes the heroes in education who help our children achieve their true potential. The Leaders program rewards these dedicated and compassionate professionals with community recognition and a $1,000 award. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders. WHERE: The Leaders program recognizes educators in the communities of five states (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming) where Peabody Energy operates. WHEN: The program will begin accepting nominations on
August 1, 2012, and will continue throughout the 2012-13 school year. WHO QUALIFIES: Any employee of a public, private or independent school serving students in kindergarten through grade 12. Candidates must have worked in education for at least three years.
live and work. Each year, Peabody commits strategic social investments that empower communities, improve education and encourage our employees to give back. The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program is an investment to strengthen education and create a strong future for children.
Finalists are recognized throughout the school year, each receiving a $1,000 award. A single Educator of the Year will be chosen by the judging committee. The chosen winner will receive an additional $5,000 award. HOW: Nominate at: www.peabodyenergyleadersineducation. org Join the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/peabodyenergyleaders
WHY: The Leaders program was developed in Missouri in 2009 and reflects Peabody’s commitment to making a positive impact in the communities where the company’s employees
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Drought Hurts Rural Economy In 10 States (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states continued to look weak in September as the drought weighed down agricultural businesses. A new survey of bankers in the region released Thursday showed that the overall economic index remained in negative territory at 48.3 in September. That was slightly better than August's 47.1 and July's 47.9, but any score below 50 on the 1-to-100 index suggests that the economy will contract in months ahead.
omist Ernie Goss says the drought is already hurting businesses linked to agriculture like ethanol and farm equipment dealers. The survey covers rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The confidence index was also weak at 43 in September, up from August's 39.6.
Man Convicted In 2009 Hammer Attack Gets Jail Time After Positive Drug Test
Peter Potter was convicted in 2009 of felonious restraint. Prosecutors charged that he beat a woman with a hammer and kicked her with steel-toed boots. He received two suspended sentences and was ordered to serve five years of probation. The Natrona County District Attorney's office petitioned to revoke Potter's probation after
AP) — More Wyoming schools failed to meet federal education benchmarks last year. Fourteen of Wyoming's 48 school districts and 180 schools didn't meet what's called adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law. The Casper Star-Tribune (bit.ly/UcM2JK) reported Wednesday that state education officials couldn't name the districts. Natrona County School District officials say the district was labeled as not making progress but they're appealing.
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper man who was convicted of beating a woman with a hammer in 2009 faces three months in jail after failing a drug test.
More Wyo. Schools Fail To Meet Federal Benchmarks
he tested positive for methamphetamine in late August. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (www.trib.com) that District Judge Catherine Wilking on Monday agreed to a joint recommendation from prosecutors and the defense that Potter receive a sentence of up to two and one-half years with all but 90 days suspended.
101 schools didn't show adequate yearly progress. No Child Left Behind requires states to have every student performing at grade level in math and reading by 2014, which most educators agree is an impossible goal. Wyoming superintendent of public instruction Cindy Hill says her department will keep working to meet 100 percent proficiency but she'd prefer "more reasonable expectations."
Last year, eight districts and
Park County Leads In Wolf Licenses Sold POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Park County leads Wyoming in the number of hunting licenses sold for next month's wolf hunt. The Powell Tribune reports (www.powelltribune.com ) sales of the licenses began Friday. Eric Keszler is spokesman for the game department. He says that as of 9 a.m. Monday, 834 wolf licenses had been sold statewide. Park County hunters had purchased 157 licenses. Teton and Fremont
and Sublette counties followed with 141, 136 and 119, respectively. Ten non-residents also had purchased wolf licenses. Licenses cost $18 for Wyoming residents and $180 for non-residents. Although there's no limit on the number of licenses that may be sold, hunting will close after quotas are reached in specific areas. Wolves are classified as unprotected predators in most of the state.
Fremont County Sex Assault Explains Homicide Secrecy LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities in Fremont County have confirmed they are relying on a state law that allows restricting information about sexual assaults to withhold the names of both the victim and suspect in a recent homicide. Deputy Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun said a court order signed by Circuit Court Judge Robert Denhardt prevents releasing the identity of either man involved in the Sept. 11 shooting in Lander, The Riverton Ranger reported Thursday. LeBrun said he couldn't say whether the alleged sexual assault victim was the shooting suspect, the victim or another person. He said the records could become public if the case advances to district court after the defendant has a preliminary hearing. "Once the matter is in district court, it will not automatically open, but we will ask the court to make it available," LeBrun said. "At the end of the day, it's the court's decision." Denhardt filed an order restricting release of information in the case on the day of the shooting. The order states, "while the case is pending in Circuit Court, neither the names of the alleged actor or the victim of the charged offense nor any other information reasonably likely to disclose the identity of the victim shall be released." The Fremont County Attorney's Office had filed a motion seeking the order, citing a section of state law dealing with sexual assaults as justification for with-
holding the information. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said his office is working on the investigation. "We are close to presenting the case for prosecution," he said. Carey has confirmed that the suspect is a 24-year-old Lander man while the victim was a 32-year-old St. Stephen's man. Police received a call in the early morning of Sept. 11 about the shooting. Officers found the dead man with a single gunshot wound to the head inside the home. Media organizations have challenged the practice of sealing circuit court records in another sexual assault prosecution. District Judge Keith Kautz, of Torrington, ruled last week in favor of the Wyoming Press Association, the Casper Star-Tribune, the Douglas Budget, the Glenrock Independent and The Associated Press in their challenge to a Circuit Court's order closing court proceedings in the case of a Casper man accused of kidnapping and sexual abuse of a young girl in Converse County this summer. Kautz noted in his ruling that state law prohibits the disclosure of the names of the defendant and the victim in sexual assault cases in circuit court. However, he wrote, "It certainly seems possible that the circuit court could have complied with these requirements without sealing the file or closing hearings."
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Governor Mead’s Health Care Initiative Moves Forward CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead is supporting an initiative to deliver primary care through medical homes. Medical homes are directly linked to lower health care costs and improved outcomes for some patients. The funding from Governor Mead and the Legislature is providing assistance for 16 medical practices to explore medical homes. The Wyoming Integrated Care Network and a consultant are assisting interested practices. Two hospitals in Wyoming already support medical practices, which have implemented the medical home model. According to Governor Mead, “Medical homes are a solution driven by the private market and they have shown promise in improving the delivery of health care in Wyoming. Specifically, medical homes could reduce costs and improve outcomes in a way that respects the needs of Wyoming people. I thank the physicians and health care providers who are willing to explore this model, and I appreciate patients who choose to see if this option works for them.” Governor Mead has laid out a health care strategy directed at improving affordability and accessibility of care with improved value of care for people across Wyoming. This strategy looks to improve health outcomes, improving care for individuals, and maintaining or reducing per cap-
ita costs of care. “Medical homes show a lot of promise. They provide an alternative for physicians and health care professionals on how care is provided and this model rewards better patient outcomes and better coordination of care,” Governor Mead said. Medical homes refer to a teambased approach to providing health care. Primary and specialty care providers coordinate and collaborate. This team of health care professionals work together to meet each patient’s needs. Through better coordinated care, patients with chronic illnesses stay healthier, have fewer complications, and use fewer hospital and specialty services. Patients of a pilot medical home operating in Cheyenne saw a reduction in emergency room visits and in avoidable hospital admissions. At the same time these patients had improved health outcomes. “Medical homes present a great opportunity for Wyoming as we continue to explore options to improve our health care system. They match up with the philosophy of many doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. We look forward to seeing if this is successful and can be a part of health care reform,” Governor Mead said.
Barrasso: Paychecks Shrink In Obama Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – , U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about how President Obama’s economic policies have failed to produce the results, the accountability, and the solutions the American people deserve.
“In 2008, that was before President Obama’s election, the poverty rate was 13.2 percent and 39.8 million Americans were in poverty.
Excerpts of his remarks are below:
“Poverty rate remains stuck at its highest level since 1993.
“I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about our economy.
“I made many of the same points last week in response to the president’s weekly address, but I feel that it’s important to make them again.
“This speech is not about the economy that we wish we had. This speech is not about the economy that we used to have. This is about the economy that we have today. “By now, Americans are all too familiar with the bad economic news. “The front page of today’s ‘Wall Street Journal’ provides little respite from the bad news. It reads ‘Household Income Sinks to 1995 level.’ “The president talks about moving forward, but the reality is that American paychecks are moving backward. “The article goes on to describe a report from the Census Bureau. A report that illustrates what millions of Americans already know. “We are not better off than we were last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. “In fact, the Census Bureau’s data shows that household incomes in 2011 fell for the fourth consecutive year. “Hardworking American’s don’t need census data to tell them this. They know it. “All they need to do is look at their paycheck. For many, it is significantly smaller. “While paychecks continue to shrink, the cost of everyday living has gone up. “Gasoline prices have gone up another 30 cents a gallon in just over a month. “Americans recently paid the highest price ever on a labor day weekend.
“This week’s numbers show a 16 percent increase in just 3 years.
“While many Americans worry about their shrinking paycheck, far too many others have no paycheck at all. “Today, today, 23 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Many are our friends, our neighbors, and family members. “The undeniable truth is, President Obama is on track to have the worst jobs record of any president since World War II.
Senate Majority Asleep At The Wheel No budget, no jobs and mountain of debt Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said today the current Senate majority and the president’s idea of leadership is regulation, red tape and bills with good titles, but bad substance. Enzi’s full statement in below: “The president, the administration and the Senate majority have failed to govern during a crucial time for our nation. There is a willingness to kick our problems down the road with the hopes that the next election will suddenly inspire action. Rome burned while Nero fiddled. We have had enough fiddling. The president’s answer to jobs in the economy was to have his
failed budget. Three times it was voted on without a single vote in favor, not even a single Democrat in favor. Over 23 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Government regulations and red tape stunt business growth. That’s not leadership. That’s being asleep at the wheel. Their answer to jobs is a bill with a good title and a poison pill that comes right to the floor, and it’s set up so the poison pill can’t be amended out and then they wonder why the bill doesn’t pass. That’s politics. That’s not legislating. What’s their plan for America? We have yet to see one. Lack of a budget shows they don’t have a plan, and inaction remains the status quo. Republicans are prepared to lead today and in the future.”
Create Jobs, Not Dependency Enzi joins resolution to block gutting of welfare work requirements Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration’s recent decision to unilaterally grant itself the authority to waive federal welfare work requirements is the target of a congressional resolution of disapproval that U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is supporting. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work requirements – a central element of bipartisan welfare reform enacted in 1996 – require that welfare recipients engage in work or work related activities while receiving government aid. “The welfare work requirements have been very successful at moving people from dependency on government to sustainable work,” said Enzi. “By granting itself the authority to waive whatever provisions of a law it does not like, the Administration is saying that it knows better than Congress and is relying on
constitutional authority that does not exist.” The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released an analysis that waiving the work requirement qualifies as a rule and must be submitted to Congress for review and potential disapproval, under the Congressional Review Act. “Encouraging people to rely on a government that is already $16 trillion in debt isn’t good policy, it’s an election year distraction that doesn’t create a single job or put a single person back to work.” The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the ability to disapprove of rules and regulations pushed by the Administration. The legislation was introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch and Rep. Dave Camp. It requires a simple majority for passage in the Senate. It is the only legislative vehicle available to stop the welfare work requirement change from moving forward.
Our Magnificent Voice! The audible voice, the mechanism that powers our many words is another gift we often take for granted, or rarely think of it at all. Our vocal cords, or folds as they are accurately named, are the main producers of sound we humans. These two small folds of tissue stretch across the larynx, a section of air passage in the throat, that is located between the back of the tongue and the trachea, or, as most of us call it, the windpipe. The larynx is often referred to as our “voice box” since it contains our vocal cords. When we breathe, we relax our vocal cords, and they form a V-shaped passage that permits air to pass through. However, when we speak, the vocal cords are pulled by the attached muscles, narrowing that passage. Then, as we propel air from the lungs through the larynx, the air vibrates the tightened vocal cords, or folds, and produces sound. The greater the cords are stretched, the higher the sound. The more relaxed the cords, the lower the sound. Thus, we have sopranos, tenors and baritones, and some can even carry a tune in the proverbial bucket. Most of us know that the male’s vocal cords are longer than females, which, in part, account for the lower pitch in the adult male voice. Over the years, some of us have made better use of our voice than others. The sounds produced, the myriad of words at our disposal, may be used for good or ill, to bestow a blessing or a curse on others around us. The voice has been used to propel men to war for centuries, turn one nation against another, or to blaspheme the beneficent God who gave them the breath to hurl those evil barbs. Or, as many of us have, used our voice to whisper sweet words in the ear of a child, or those that we love most dearly. The ability to speak, to use our voice, is an extension of God’s creative act, as He spoke into existence the heavens and the earth, according to Genesis 1:1. At one time there was the original universal language, until man early on distorted the gift of speaking, to rebel against the One who granted the ability to use their voice, as noted in Genesis 11. Some things just don’t change much. According to the Linguistic Society of America, the human voice comes in about 6800 distinct languages worldwide. The most widely spoken, they maintain, is that of Mandarin Chinese-about 800 million native tongues. Spanish and English battle for the number two spot on this orb upon which we walk. There are languages that have “died out” or become extinct as civilizations or people groups disappeared or quit speaking a language. As four score and eight year’s shadow will very soon cast itself over my laptop, by the Grace of God, most of my faculties and memory are still relatively in tact. However, one fear that has haunted me most in recent years is the loss of memory of the “voices of those who have passed.” Most of us can recall or visualize what our deceased loved ones looked like. We have pictures to jog our memory. Some may have archived audios to listen to when the “heart aches” to hear their voices once again. Regrettably, some of us do not. Parents and friends have passed from our presence, and we reminisce about many events that link us to them. However, it appears that it is the voice that escapes most easily. What many of us wouldn’t give for an audible memory, a CD, or even a relic 8 Track tape would be a trove. Wouldn’t it? Few of us enjoy the luxury of a singing career, whose voice, such as Elvis, survives immemorial, and literally has outlived his life. There are still others whose voices shall be a heritage to a generation they will never know through the medium of song or entertainment. Someone once said, “I could have been a famous singer, if I had someone else’s voice.” There is a hint of fear and trepidation of my own voice slipping into eternity, leaving only pall of silence on this planet. Perhaps a few of these articles may survive leaving a trail of opinions and ideas that would otherwise be absent. But, nay, the voice will be absent. Alas, before slipping into a morose state, there is good news. We can almost immediately give heed to the voice that we love most; the one we fell in love with, not just once, but with renewed effort, we can fall in love each time we hear their voice. Paradoxically, it is the one we love most, whose voice or words most often irritate us or make us angry. We all must live here in “Realville” and admit that we are in such a state where we are both drawn and repelled by the ones we care most about. Nevertheless, we can attach new significance to those words, and exert greater care to listen to the tones, and the emotion behind the voice. So, we can elect to move from toleration to anticipation. Even when others ignore our voice or denigrate its value, we can take joy, solace and a palliative balm from the Scriptures, that proclaims, “I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned his hear toward me, I will call on Him as long as I live.” What about your voice? Are you using it for good or ill? Lest we forget, one day all of our voices were be muted. Will it be missed? What do you think?
“When the president was hyping his so-called stimulus program, his economic team claimed that unemployment would not go above 8 percent, and that it would be below 6 percent by now. “Instead, it’s been above 8 percent for 43 straight months. “According to last week’s jobs data, unemployment dropped from 8.3% to 8.1%. “Well, why did that happen? It didn’t drop because of newly created jobs. “It dropped because 368,000 Americans simply gave up looking for work. They just gave up. “As I said at the beginning of this address on the floor of the Senate, it’s not about the economy that we wish we had or that we used to have. “It’s about the economy that we have today. “It’s about reality. “Instead of giving President Obama four more years to continue the policies that have not worked and are not working, it’s time for a change.”
“One out of every seven people in America is now on food stamps.
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The Song of the Ol’ Nighthawk The cattle now are bedded; they’re settled for the night. A northern breeze is blowing; the fire, flickering bright.
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Cowboys in their bedrolls; too tired now to talk. You hear the sound of an old cow horse and the song of the ol’ nighthawk. Chorus Hush now cattle; sleep all night. Tomorrow you’ll trail with the sun shinin’ bright. Settle down dogies; everything is alright. You’ll be on the trail with the first morning’s light. Clouds are now a buildin’; no stars twinklin’ in the sky. A last coyote’s howlin’ with the wailin’ wind and sighs. Camp cook’s cursin’ grow-
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Oilers, Flames Players Say Lockout Is Illegal Lawyers for players on the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are trying to have the NHL lockout declared illegal under Alberta law. The NHL has argued before the Alberta Labour Relations Board that a league spanning two countries cannot operate under different laws for each team. About a half dozen players attended the hearing, including Oilers forward Sam Gagner, goaltender Devan Dubnyk and veteran Ryan Smyth. The lockout began last weekend and some players are already signing with European teams for the season. There have been no formal talks between the two sides since Sept. 12. Training camps were to have opened Friday. The league has already canceled preseason games through Sept. 30. NHLPA lawyer Bob Blair told the panel that the two teams are Alberta businesses, so pro-
vincial labor laws must be followed. "No one gets to choose what labor laws apply to them in this province," Blair said. "The law is the law is the law." He said players from the Oilers and Flames never agreed to forgo their rights under the Alberta Labour Code. "It applies to every employer and employee," he said. "That is the starting point." NHL lawyer Peter Gall pointed out that 23 of the 30 teams are in the United States and work under the same rules because labor laws there are federally regulated. "So all of the players on all of the teams have been included in one bargaining unit," Gall said. "The NHLPA has never bargained with individual teams. It has only bargained with the NHL." Bill Daly, the league's deputy commissioner, told the panel
there has never been individual bargaining between players and their teams. He said it's important all teams operate under the same rules.
tion. No date for those hearings has been set.
Blair countered by saying the way the league and union operated in the past is irrelevant.
The NHL believes too much money is being paid in salaries and has proposed a system to address it. Its most recent offer called for the players' share in revenue to be set at 49 percent next season — down from 57 percent in the deal that expired last weekend — and proposed that it drops to 47 percent by the end of the six-year deal.
It's unclear what might follow if the board were to rule in favor of the NHLPA's request, but Daly said he couldn't imagine the fallout if that were to happen. "It would be extremely destabilizing to how we do business and how we conduct this sports league," he said. "I don't know how we would proceed in the face of separate units in Alberta." Last week, players from the Montreal Canadiens launched a similar case in Quebec. The labor board there turned down their request for a temporary injunction against the lockout, but also ruled that more hearings are needed to make a final decision on the applica-
The two sides remain far apart on key economic issues.
Ewc Men’s Team Second at CWC Rodeo
The Eastern Wyoming College Men’s rodeo team finished the weekend in third place in the team standings at the Central Wyoming College rodeo. The EWC team finished with 390 points third behind U.W. who earned 625 points. In the tie-down roping, Troy Wilcox, sophomore from Red Owl, SD, finished the weekend in 2nd. He was second in the Men’s Allaround. The team of Wilcox, and Cotey Hanson freshman, from Berthold, ND were second overall in the team roping. Shane Suchy, fresh-
man, from Tryon, NE and partner Logan Macomber, sophomore, from Arthur, NE were 4th. Trey Fortune, sophomore, from Milesville, SD, was 2nd in Saddle Bronc Riding and Joe Bertus, freshman, from Avon, SD was 2nd in Bull Riding. “We are off to a great start.” “We are learning and getting better each week,” said coach Jake Clark. The rodeo teams will next travel to Chadron, NE for the annual Chadron State College rodeo.
The union tabled an offer in which the salary cap would be set to fixed increases of 2 percent, 4 percent and 6 percent over the next three years. The system would then revert to a percentage-based system for the final two years.
'Serious' Gaps Divide NFL and Officials WILNER,AP Pro Writer
The NFL and its locked-out officials met the last two days, but a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday the sides remain far apart and no further talks are scheduled. The person said in an email to The Associated Press that there are "significant and serious economic gaps." The person requested anonymity in characterizing the negotiations because they are intended to remain private. Michael Arnold, counsel and lead negotiator for NFL Referees Association, acknowledged the discussions, saying his group reached out to the league last week and the NFL agreed to meet. He said there may be additional talks, but it is "not appropriate" to comment on specific issues. The NFL locked out the regular officials in June and has
been using replacements as the season enters its third full weekend. Many players, coaches and fans have been upset with what they say is poor officiating. The NFL has warned teams that it won't tolerate confrontational behavior toward the new officials. The NFL locked out the regular officials after their contract expired. Negotiations with the NFLRA broke down several times during the summer, including just before the season. This is the first time the league is using replacements since 2001. The collection of small college officials working the games has drawn tough criticism from those on the field. Monday night's game between Atlanta and Denver underlined the matter, with Broncos coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio engaging in heated arguments with officials.
In response, the league, according to NFL.com, said Thursday night that senior NFL officials called owners, general managers and coaches from all 32 teams to tell them that respect for the game demands better conduct. NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson noted "unacceptable behavior" and added "we're not going to tolerate it." He said flags, fines and suspensions are possible for coaches or players who cross the line. "There's no doubt the integrity of the game has been compromised not having the regular officials out there," Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka has said. "We've got to get that taken care of." What the fans seem most annoyed with is the lack of pace to games, notably Monday night's win by the Falcons that dragged on past midnight. The NFL has said that it is try-
ing to upgrade the officiating through training tapes, conference calls and meetings. The league and the NFLRA, which covers more than 120 on-field officials, are at odds over salary, retirement benefits and operational issues. The NFL has said its offer includes annual pay increases that could earn an experienced official more than $200,000 annually by 2018. The union has disputed the value of the proposal, insisting it would ultimately reduce their compensation. "We just all hope, and I'm speaking on behalf of all 31 other head coaches, we hope they get something done," Rams coach Jeff Fisher has said. "We're trusting that they will."
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