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Speer Charged in Cody Oct 8 Abduction Rhonda Zeller (TBC) Amanda Smith (TBC) Jesse Paul Speer, 39, of Manhattan, Montana was arrested in Belgrade, Montana without incident, on the evening of October 13, 2012. Speer was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman, Montana at 11:15 p.m., where he was held on a State of Wyoming hold, with an initial $2 million bond set. At the time of his arrest, he was held on a Park County, Wyoming warrant for Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and Felony Use of a Firearm. On October 15, 2012 Speer had an initial hearing and waived his right to extradition. Authorities transported Speer back to Cody, Wyoming on October 17, 2012 at approximately 3:42 p.m. Speer is currently being held in the Park County Detention Center located in Cody, Wyoming. An arraignment hearing was held on the morning of October 19, 2012 where Speer was advised of the charges against him from Park County Officials. Speer is facing one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated assault and battery (threat of a drawn deadly weapon) and one count of use of a firearm while committing a felony. Honorable Bruce B. Waters, Judge, of the Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial District set Speer’s bond at $2 million, cash only. Jesse Speer, requested a public defender at his October 19, 2012 arraignment hearing, in turn his request was granted. Travis Smith, Park County Public Defender was assigned to represent Speer in future proceedings. A preliminary hearing is set for October 26, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Park County Circuit Court. At this hearing it will be decided if his felony charges will be bound over to District Court. On Monday, October 8 an amber alert was issued by Cody, Wyoming Police for an abduction of an 11 year old girl. Reports stated that the suspect lured the girl to his vehicle asking for help in finding his puppy, and then brandished a pistol at her. She was later that same evening, found by hunters near Carter Mountain Pass and transported to an area hospital. Reports indicated that the girl was released by the suspect not un-harmed. The Cody PD along with the FBI, Wyoming DCI and Yellowstone Park authorities were able to get the license plate number of the alleged vehicle associated in the kidnapping. Cody PD Chief of Police Perry Rockvam stated that authorities were able to place the abductor's vehicle in the Cody area around the time of the abduction, via video cameras from several businesses. "This process took all involved agencies numerous hours to get the clip we were looking for," Rockvam said. At the press hearing on October 15, 2012 Cody Mayor, Nancy Tia Brown stated "This is a huge relief for all of us that this was resolved so quickly."

Charges Filed in July 8th Glenrock Sexual Assault Case Rhonda Zeller (TBC) Michael Dale Iseli, 55, was arrested on September 24, 2012 in Casper, Wyoming. Glenrock Police Department successfully arrested Iseli, with the assistance of Casper Police Department. Iseli was transferred to the Converse County Detention Center on the day of his September 24 arrest, where he is currently being held on a $250,000 cash bond. Court documents show that Iseli is facing nine felony charges to include; one count of Kidnapping (not less than 30 years to life imprisonment,) four counts of First Degree Sexual Assault (not less than 15 years imprisonment,) one count of Aggravated Assault (up to 20 years imprisonment,) one count of Burglary (not less than 5 years imprisonment,) one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (not more than 2 years imprisonment,) and one count of Habitual Criminal (punishable by imprisonment for life.) All of these charges stem from the incident that took place at the Glenrock residence of an elderly woman between July 7, 2012 and the early morning hours of July 8, 2012. At approximately 2:30am on July 8, 2012 Glenrock PD received a call that a masked as-

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sailant had sexually assaulted the woman in her home. Later that morning, Officer Felton of the Glenrock PD found a homemade ski mask in the vicinity of where the assault occurred. Court documents show that the mask along with a SANE kit for the victim was sent to the Wyoming State Crime Lab where it was tested for DNA. According to court documents, the DNA testing results brought forth the factual information that Glenrock PD needed to apprehend Iseli. According to court documents, Iseli was employed by a Casper Wyoming painting company at the time of his arrest. Court documents state that Iseli had painted rooms in the victim’s home earlier in 2012, while he was employed by a painting contractor out of Casper. On September 27, 2012 Michael Iseli had his Initial Bond Hearing, where at that time Converse County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Case set Iseli’s preliminary hearing for October 5, 2012. Michael Iseli requested court appointed counsel, after Iseli completed an Affidavit of Indigency and Order for Court Appointed Counsel, Judge Case approved the order. Converse County Public

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming just completed its third driest year in 118 years and saw its driest March through September period ever, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Wyoming averaged 8.77 inches of snow and rain in the most recent measurement year, which ran from October 2010 to September. Defender William Disney is representing Iseli. On October 2, 2012 Michael Iseli, represented by Disney, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Disney filed a Defendants Demand for Discovery, Demand for Speedy Trial and Demand for Disclosure of Evidence on October 8, 2012 regarding the case, in Converse County District Court. Michael Dale Iseli has an extensive criminal history from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Bird Central Wyoming News does not release the names of victims in the case of a sexual assault.

Glenrock Candidates Hold Meet and Greet for Public

Misty Pritchard (TBC)

The Glenrock Senior Center hosted the 2012 Candidates Meet and Greet along with State Farm Insurance on Thursday night October 18th. The public strolled in with smiles and shaking hands as the Candidates introduced themselves. Tables and chairs where set up, along with a buffet of food. Friendly conversation spread through the room as the Candidates prepared their speeches. As dinner was wrapping up, the Candidates got up one at a time and answered questions from those who attended the meet and greet. The public was invited to ask to questions as Candidates passed around the microphone. Converse County Commissioner, Rick Grant attended the event, along with State Senator Jim Anderson and State Representative Richard Cannady. Representing Converse County School District #2, Jim Williams, Vicki Widiker and Scott “Scotty” Lehner were in attendance however, Stacey Szymanski who could not attend. Glenrock Town Council 4-Year Term, Brandy Popp was also not in attendance, however council candidates Bruce Roumell and Catherine M. Valentine were on site to answer questions. Glenrock Town Council

2- Year Term candidate, Joyce Bryan was present, running against John H Dehler who could not attend. Rolling Hills Town Council 4- Year Term, Donn Kuhn and Jeff VanAntwerp were also not in attendance. Jon Maines and Kenneth Montgomery, also running for Rolling Hills 4- Year Term attended the event and were on hand to answer questions and speak to the public. Incumbant Glenrock Mayor Linda Care made her appearance, speaking to the public and answering questions, as did Sue Dills of Glenrock who is also on the ballot this year in the race for Glenrock Mayor. “ I feel the campaign is going pretty well, this is the first get together, seems pretty positive” said Mayor Linda Care, who has lived in Glenrock over 30 years. Mayor Linda Care was appointed Mayor on December 12, 2011 in order to fill the Mayoral Position after the passing of Mayor Mike McQueary on December 10, 2011." Sue Dills, a 40 year resident of Glenrock and currently the Post Master at the United States Post Office in Glenrock , has spent thirty years serving her community at the Post Office, thus hearing about, and listening to her community member's needs . “ The campaign is going good, I’m talking to people who didn’t vote in the primary that are looking forward to voting in November.”

Third Driest Year for Cowboy State

Only the 1988-89 and 1959-60 water years were drier, said Jim Fahey, a weather service hydrologist in Riverton. The dry year came after several wet years in Wyoming that included record snow packs in 2011. "In the last 20 years I haven't really seen that stark contrast ... as far as the numbers, in what we've seen last year and this year," Fahey said. Most of Wyoming is seeing drought conditions, with 98 percent of the state with at least moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Fifty-seven percent of the state has either extreme or exceptional drought. Fahey said the drought has sapped river basins and reservoirs. Only the Upper Yellowstone River Basin in northwest Wyoming received normal precipita-

tion over the past water year, he said. Most other basins received about 70 percent of normal rain and snow, while the Wind River Basin got just 64 percent and the Lower North Platte just 53 percent, Fahey said. Reservoirs that were brimming from last year's melted snow covered this year's irrigation demand despite the dry weather, he said. Most of the reservoirs still have adequate water, but those in southeast Wyoming have been drawn down much more because of the drought and hot weather downstream in Nebraska. "I think we can handle another dry year in the central and western part of Wyoming with our storage, but we're not looking too good in southeast Wyoming," he said. Fahey said current predictions call for the drier-than-normal weather to continue through November. So far, long-term forecasts are unclear on how the winter will shape up because of uncertainty about development of an El Nino in the Pacific, he said. Depending on its strength, an El Nino is thought to influence how much snow falls in certain areas of Wyoming during the winter. "So we'll just kind of have to sit and wait," Fahey said.

Glenrock Mayoral Candidate Sue Dills. Photo Misty Pritchard (TBC)

Jim Williams - CCSD#2 Candidate . Photo Misty Pritchard (TBC)

Mayoral Candidate and current appointed Mayor of Glenrock Linda Care. Photo Misty Pritchard. (TBC)

House District 6 Candidate Richard Cannady. Photo Misty Pritchard (TBC)

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Glenrock’s Shoreliner Hosts Fundraiser For Wyoming Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program

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Tammy Taylor (TBC) 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:

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

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@

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 wilkinsonh@usa.redcross. org. Their web page is Like them on Facebook.

Glenrock Library News Zdravo!! Hello in Serbian 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. Election Day is around the corner. We do have revised plans for the interior of the library, stop in to see them and get the facts. We also have the financial information available. Bob Kisken photographs the rodeo clown reunion. This event took place at the Sheridan Rodeo, July 2012. The collection features rodeo clowns from past to present. This I have to say is one of his colorful assortments. They may be viewed in our community room. Connect the books! Teen and juvenile book discussions have started! You still have time to join in. We are going through the Indian Paintbrush and Soaring Eagle book nominees. These are the Wyoming book awards. The Wyoming Reading Council and the Wyoming Library Association have teamed up to

make these awards possible. Wyoming kids vote on what book will be nominated. About 15 are selected to be put on the nomination list. Everyone has the opportunity to read at least 3 books and vote on their favorite. The winners will be selected on March 15. Along with the 2 awards mentioned there is also the Buckaroo Book Award. This is open to kindergarten through 3rd grade. Find out if your favorite made it on the list! TAB met on Saturday, October 20 from 12:00 – 1:00. Teen Advisory Board is made up of teens 7th grade up to 12th grade. Have a voice on what your library is doing this year. You can join at anytime. Did I mention pizza will be served on Saturday!!

On Saturday October 13th 2012 supporters of the Wyoming Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program gathered for a "Heroes Hoedown" at the Shoreliner Lounge in Glenrock, Wyoming. The night included dinner provided by Bullwhip Catering, both a silent auction and a live auction, with the highlight being a guitar signed by Hee-Haw star Roni Stoneman, who provided the night’s entertainment along with Glenrock's own The Runaway Band. In January of 2010, the Wyoming Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program was established by the family of Pfc. Corey Hicks, who lost his life May 2, 2008 while serving in Iraq. The family wanted to honor their son’s memory as well as those of the other soldiers who had fallen, so far approximately 27 represented, and they chose to set up a scholarship fund to help Wyoming students pursue higher education. The scholarships are open to any full or part-time student with six credit hours and a GPA of 2.0 who wishes to attend any one of the Wyoming colleges or University of

Wyoming. Applicants must submit an essay saluting an American Veteran, past or present, which will be read at the presentation ceremony. The event was a success, a great time was had by all who attended and over $4,400 was raised for the program. Moe Disney assisted in coordinating this wonderful event and she had this to say: " 'Supporters of the Wyoming Fallen Heroes' Scholarship Program' gathered for a 'Heroes' Hoedown' at the Shoreliner. The supper bell rang and all enjoyed a delicious plate of beef brisket and all the trimmings by 'Bullwhip Catering.' Bidding commenced on both a silent and a live auction raising funds for the program. Special thanks to all who donated from our community and beyond. Hootin' and dancin' filled the room as Glenrock's own 'The Runaway Band' took the stage, and after introducing 'Hee Haw' Star Roni Stoneman, a constant on the well loved show, the crowd went wild. 'The First Lady Of Banjo' Nashville Legend joined our cause and brought joy and laughter to those in attendance as she performed. Her stories and her music were

blended together to delight all, and when the first notes of 'Dueling Banjos' rang out we were on the edges of our seats!! It was one to remember always! We were all there to support the 'Wyoming Fallen Heroes' Scholarship Program.' We, the State of Wyoming, have thirty Fallen Heroe's. Men and woman standing for us when they made the ultimate their loved ones are ours to rally around, to help them heal, to help them keep the memory of their Heroes alive. We hope that through the scholarships awarded that we, and the students that accept the scholarship in one of the fallen's names, will never forget what they gave for us. And never forget who is left behind, Our Gold Star Families. We cheered when our soldiers came marching home again, and thanked God that they survived, but right next door there is another sound, it is the sound of loss and despair. We need to remember them all." Moe Disney-Griffitts

Town of Rolling Hills Goes Paperless Misty Pritchard (TBC)

The Town of Rolling Hills Town Council has decided to go paperless by ordering up Dell Laptop Computers for the Council. “This will help save money on paper by not having to make tons of copies for the council books” says Mayor Mueller.

The Town of Rolling Hills has ordered six computers for the council and the Town's attorney. “It will also benefit us when we sign up for some classes that don’t have text books, they send out a thumb drive instead with all the class info on it, and we then can download the thumb drive onto the computer." says Mayor Mueller.

The computers where purchased from the Town's general operating cost for the council and comes out of the budget.

People use computers as they make their jobs easier. They can be used for communicational purposes (internet), to store and calculate data and to write up massive documents multiple times while only needing to write it up once.

Computers are also more convinient and reliable than the older ways of doing things, like type writers, scales and other counting devices.

For Read Me A Story: October 20- October 27: Bear’s Busy Year by Marcia Leonard. October 27 – November 3: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. Pick up the phone and dial 436-2353 to listen to a great story!! We’re on the web at 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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Are You Registered To Vote? Amanda Smith (TBC) Monday October 22 is the deadline for voters in Wyoming to register ahead of the upcoming November 6 election. Secretary of State Max Maxfield stated that voter registration closes prior to the election so that County Clerks have time to prepare poll books.

resident of Wyoming and at least 18 years of age in order to be able to register to vote. When registering you will need your Wyoming Drivers License. If you can't register by October 22, you may still do so on election day at the polls.

You must be a U.S. citizen, a

Wyoming First Lady Running Against Drinking and Driving CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead is running in the ING New York City Marathon November 4, 2012. She is running as part of a charity team whose mission is to reduce underage drinking and impaired driving. “There are many ways we in Wyoming can improve the lives of our young people. Matt and I believe reducing risky behavior is a key part of this overall effort,” First Lady Mead said. She is running in the marathon with other Wyoming people on a team benefiting the charity Mariah’s Challenge. This charity challenges young people to stay alcohol free and to stay out of vehicles driven by someone who has been drinking. Students who meet the challenge and do not receive a Minor in Possession are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Mariah’s Challenge started in Montana. “Mariah’s Challenge has come up with a great concept for keeping kids from using alcohol and I see many opportunities to bring a similar effort to Wyoming,” said Mrs. Mead. At today’s announcement Mrs. Mead will receive a ceremonial bib for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. That bib will recognize the eight cross country runners from the University of Wyoming killed in 2001. “The loss of these young men profoundly impacted many of us in Wyoming. Our state is small in population but large in empathy, and this tragedy shook our community. It will be an honor to run in their memory and I hope doing so will be a reminder to our young people to avoid risky behaviors like underage alcohol use and impaired driving, and to live healthy lifestyles.” Two parents, Debbie McLeland whose son Morgan and Kerry Shatto whose son Shane were among the eight cross country runners killed on September 16, 2001, will attend the announcement with the First Lady. “The Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving is a positive force to ensure that Wyoming has policies needed to decrease drunken driving. I see an opportunity, as First Lady, to help educate young people and parents about the tragic consequences

of impaired driving graphically illustrated by the loss of Shane, Morgan, Kyle, Cody, Joshua, Justin, Kevin and Nick who were killed by a drunk driver. This tragedy illustrates how each one of us can make choices to prevent drinking and driving and make our roads safer. I thank Debbie, Kerry and the other parents for all the efforts they have put into this cause and I look forward to working with them in the years ahead.” Mrs. Mead also thanks former First Lady Nancy Freudenthal and so many others for their efforts to stem underage drinking, “Judge Freudenthal did some very impactful work at raising awareness for this cause. I am hoping to carry the torch forward.” First Lady Carol Mead’s own initiative - children’s literacy - is aimed at promoting education and healthy behaviors. Mrs. Mead hopes her work will help our children – from preschoolers to high schoolers – thrive and make good choices in school, social settings and at home. She is pleased to embark on a campaign of education and advocacy to reduce underage alcohol use and impaired driving. She feels this is also important to the well-being of kids. New York Road Runners Director of Media Relations, Richard Finn, who will attend today’s event, notes that the marathon has a tremendous impact on charities nationwide. “Last year the ING New York City Marathon raised $34 million for approximately 300 charities across the country,” Finn said. “We are so excited to have First Lady Carol Mead running this year to benefit Mariah’s Challenge and just as excited to explore a relationship between the First Lady and the Marathon in the future.” This year is the 43rd running of the ING New York City Marathon. There will be approximately 47,000 people participating. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Funeral Held For Former Wyo. Treasurer Joe Meyer CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney was among the speakers at services to honor the life of former Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer during Meyer's funeral held Friday, October 19. Meyer, who died earlier this month from cancer at age 71, was best friends with Cheney, going back to when they played football together in Casper as boys. Lynne Cheney was also scheduled to speak at Friday's funeral in Cheyenne along with Gov. Matt Mead and former Govs. Dave Freudenthal and Mike Sullivan. A standing-room-only crowd filled the Wyoming state Capitol on Thursday, October 18 as an honor guard brought in the casket of state Treasurer Joe Meyer. Meyer was to lie in state during the day Thursday, to honor his decades of public service. In addition to treasurer, he also had served as secretary of state and state attorney general. In remarks at Thursday's ceremony, Mead said it was appropriate to pay tribute to Meyer at the state Capitol, where he had spent so many years. "It's in this building that Joe worked the majority of his career, building a better Wyoming," Mead said. "It is here where Joe developed lifelong relationships, fought the good fight, brought his wisdom, clarity of thought and always, always, his great humor." Meyer served as assistant director of the Legislative Service Office from 1971 through 1985. He then served two terms as state attorney general under Sullivan. Meyer was elected secretary of state in 1999 and served two four-year terms. He was elected state treasurer in 2006 and reelected in 2010. Mead said Meyer offered him guidance and mentorship when the governor took office in 2010. Mead told Meyer's wife, Mary, that he couldn't express how thankful he is to have had Meyer's counsel. "I needed Joe here," he said. Deputy State Treasurer Sharon Garland is serving as acting treasurer until Meyer's replacement is selected. She said she loved Meyer's open-door policy, both for his staff as well as for people from around the state who com-

Wyoming State Treasurer Joe Meyer

monly dropped in to visit.

right," she said.

Pat Arp, deputy secretary of state, said Meyer worked unconventional hours. She said he sometimes worked nights only to incur criticism from uninformed people who thought he was out of the office too much. She said he was one of deepest analytical thinkers she had ever known.

The Wyoming Republican Party plans to meet Monday in Riverton to interview people who have expressed an interest in serving as state treasurer.

"Some people you work with and for and some people you love," Arp said. "And so, on behalf of all the people who have worked with and for you, 'boss, we love you.'" Vicci M. Colgan, deputy state auditor, recalled working for Meyer in the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. "Joe wasn't just a thinker, he got things done," she said. "If a settlement would benefit the state, he pushed for it."

State GOP Chairman Tammy Hooper said Thursday that the party intends to inform Mead of three finalists by Monday night. She said Mead plans to interview them on Wednesday before announcing his selection. Several co-workers remembered Meyer at the ceremony Thursday at the State Capitol in Cheyenne as a considerate employer. Mead said he was thankful in his early days as governor for Meyer's guidance. Ben Neary (AP) Edited by Amanda Smith

Colgan said Meyer was tough, but that once he made a deal he stuck to it scrupulously. "Joe, thank you for having the courage to do what you thought was

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Letter to the Editor: As a life - long resident of this county, I will be voting for the one cent – “specific purpose sales and use excise tax” to build a new Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) campus in Converse County. I am Tim Pexton, a rancher and involved citizen who wishes to see this county grow and prosper in a more sustainable way. I urge you to get out and vote and show your support of a better future for this county by voting in favor of the additional one cent tax. It makes sense to use this method of funding for this project now. According to the latest report from the Wyoming Department of Revenue, excise tax collections in Converse County for August 2012 were 136.8% greater than for August 2011. The same report shows a Year To Date increase of 51.9% over the same time period in 2011. When the excise tax data is plotted on a line graph the line for this year is well above the last four years, and they were good. Then, in August the line spikes nearly straight up from around $3.7 million to over $7.5 million. The County Treasurer attributes most of this to a use tax on purchases for mining support which would include oil and gas drilling and recovery activities as well as the coal mining industry. Even if the purchases occur out of state, a use tax is assessed here. It makes sense to complete this project now because the energy related activity here makes Converse County one of the hottest spots in the nation for oil and gas exploration. This should continue for some time as the world’s appetite for petroleum continues to grow. Conservative industry estimates indicate that the increased activity could go on for another seven years or so then slow down to a lower level as the producing wells are pumped for many more years.

That means the County’s excise and use tax collections could very well remain above average for some time to come. It makes sense to build this campus now because the old campus has served its purpose. The North Grade School is an icon to all who have been around here for any length of time but it is an old, worn out building. It was old before EWC started holding classes there over 20 years ago. It was built in 1931, my Dad went to school there as did most older Douglas natives. The soil in the area has a lot of bentonite and did not make for a stable foundation. Walls are separating from the floor and new cracks appear in the old bricks regularly. It is expensive and difficult to maintain and is unsafe. The huge amount of money it would take to remedy its shortcomings would still leave it far short of being able to meet the current and future needs. It makes sense for a new and improved EWC now because business and industry in the area is asking for a more skilled workforce. In order to address those demands and to promote a diversified economy, EWC needs to expand the customized and industry specific training curriculum it already offers. This requires much larger more flexible space than is currently available. Flexibility is critical in order to reconfigure the training space as the requirements change. The planning of a new EWC campus did not happen overnight. It has been the topic of conversation and active planning for nearly five years. Many listening sessions were held asking residents their thoughts and desires. Business and industry needs assessment sessions were conducted to ascertain what their workforce training needs will be. When asked what a community college should be several statements stated that it should meet the needs of the community it

serves and should offer degrees or training that allows students to stay in their community. Basic work skills and internship opportunities with job placement services should be part of the package. Attendees also believed that a community college should continue to provide general education courses related to degree programs and have a connection to the University of Wyoming. The respondents also identified a need for space such as an auditorium where events of a more cultural nature could be held. There is a shortage of large meeting space in the area so perhaps a multi-use room should be included for public use. The point is that, when asked, citizens identify many services, events, and space needs that the new EWC campus could fulfill if designed accordingly. I have lived through a couple of boom and bust cycles in this county. It would sure be nice to smooth out the ride, don’t you think? Diversification of the types of business and industry present can achieve that. We have been making progress to that end. We have a company currently in the business park that makes sport airplanes. There is a seat cover business in town. Glenrock has a couple of firearm companies as well as some innovative courses in their high school. Our hospital is second to none and getting better. They are on their way to becoming a regional health care facility and their training needs are growing accordingly. I know there are many more entrepreneurs out there who are trying to get their businesses going. All this activity and innovation needs the type of educated workforce that a local community college can deliver. This is the right time and place to do this. Please vote to support the new EWC campus and help us build a better, more secure future for Converse County.

U.S. Count Up 4 To 1,839 Rigs Exploring For Oil, Gas (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased this week by four to 1,839. Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous.

A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each. Louisiana and Wyoming were up one piece.

Virginia by one. California, New Mexico and Pennsylvania were unchanged. The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Texas declined by five rigs, Oklahoma by two and West




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Glenrock High School Drama Department Reenacts the Life of Helen Keller

Misty Pritchard (TBC) October 16, 2012 set the evening for Glenrock High School Drama Department to present, Helen Keller, a touching story about a girl at nineteen months of age, who suffers an illness that leaves

her deaf and blind, throughout her journey of life. The play, directed by Ada Jane Pauline, as acted out from members of the GHS Drama Department captured the audience’s every emotion as the story played on.

the play, as if they were living the life of Helen Keller and all that surrounded her. The actors' voices as they sang was indescribable in the harmonic tones that rang out. “The kids did a great job, I am very pleased." stated Pauline. "Ivy Engel, who plays Helen

Knotty Pine Hosts Fundraiser For Breast Cancer

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The Knotty Pine is at it again! On Saturday, October 20th, the Knotty Pine hosted a fundraiser for the “Angels Cancer Care Program”. This year, Knotty Pine Saloon in Glenrock, Wyoming hosted their annual Bra Auction to raise money for the "Angels Cancer Care Program", which is affiliated with the "Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care." The "Angels Cancer Care Program" is designed to provide support to cancer patients and their caregivers while undergoing treatment. Foundation volunteers and the monetary value that comes from the efforts of fundraising, help lend a hand with the tasks that may be forgotten during cancer treatment including housekeeping, making electricity payments, funding gas cards and sourcing transportation

to and from treatment. With October being “Breast Cancer Awareness” month, it was easy to find a theme. Tammy Jueneman, the owner of the Knotty Pine has been collecting bras from patrons over the last year, which were auctioned off on Saturday night. She has collected 50 – 60 of them, and they hang on the wall of the saloon.

A $5.00 cover charge was collected at the door (which will be waived if one is willing to wear their bra on the outside of her clothing and allow it to be auctioned off). Botticelli’s of Casper donated food. There was a live auction as well as a silent auction. Pizzaz Lingerie donated 53 sets of bras and panties, whichwere also auctioned off, along with the bras that were been collected, among other items such as a pink hand-

made hunting knife.

Raffle tickets were sold for a pink Schwinn 150 scooter donated by Karla Underwood, the Scooter was raffled off Saturday night. A redneck bra competition was also on the agenda. This competition consisted of bras made out of household items. Patrons voted on their favorite handmade redneck bra, with a prize for the winner. The band Highway Jones wasscheduled to take the stage tentatively at 9:00 and Qdoba of Casper donated chips, salsa and guacamole later that evening. It was a grand time at the Knotty Pine with good food and entertainment, all “supporting” a good cause with all proceeds going to the “Angels Cancer Care Program.”

Keller, really let herself get into character.” Pauline continued. “All the kids involved in the Drama Department are over achievers. Some of the kids have jobs plus have to maintain their grades to make this work. All the kids get along good which really makes it worth the time.”

Each actor poured their heart and soul out into their character. Their emotion pulled every audience member into

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Breast Cancer Awareness Turns Glamorous Rhonda Zeller (TBC) Amanda Smith (TBC) On October 5th and 20th this year, Sweetpeas Photography owned and operated by Lindsey Renstrom, teamed up with Trends Salon in Douglas and hosted glamour shots sessions to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer during the Pink Month. Ashley Hinkley, Cameo Cox, Desiree Wisecup, Lindsay Ash and Tina Adams added their special touch to each lady, by styling hair and applying makeup.

Rhonda Zeller – TBC On October 17, 2012 Douglas Police Department K-9 Officer, Converse County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 Troopers, teamed up at the request of Converse County School District #1 officials, and performed a lockdown exercise at Douglas High School.

Sweetpeas Photography charged $35 for the Glamour Shots, which included two color photos and two black and white photos for each customer. Trends Salon artists donated their time in hair and makeup to the event. Many area business donated items that were put into baskets that would be raffled on October 20, 2012. Raffle tickets were $20 a ticket and went for one of three baskets. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society of Wyoming for Converse County. On October 5th and 20th this year Sweepea Photography Photographer Lindsey-Newell Renstrom held her own Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser in Douglas, Wyoming, inviting women from all over Glenrock and Douglas and beyond to have "Glamour Shots" created at Trends Salon in

Douglas High School Experiences Lockdown: Local Authorities Find Drugs/Alcohol/Guns on School Grounds

Beth Anderson-Bennett poses for her glamour shot created by Lindsey Renstrom of Sweetpea Photography. Photo Rhonda Zeller (TBC)

Douglas. "Trends donated hair styling and make-up time for the cause" stated Renstrom. Lindsey, a photographer based out of Douglas, but catering to both Natrona and Converse, decided this year to start her fundraiser during the month of October, "The Pink Month" to honor and raise money for breast cancer awareness. So far, Renstrom says that the fundraiser has raised over $2100 and has created glamour shots over the two day affair for 65+ women from the

area. Those numbers and the monies raised are expected to grow before the Glamour Shot extravaganza is over and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society in Wyoming for Converse County. Renstrom plans on holding her fundraiser annually.

awareness for Breast Cancer. To make all women feel beautiful for the day. I know some were shy about getting in front of the camera, as we all know as women we are our toughest critic. I wanted to show them how beautiful every single one of them is!" she said.

"Breast Cancer doesn't just affect the cancer victim, it affects everyone!" stated Renstrom. "I wanted to do something fun for all the women in our community to raise money and

Sidenote from the Editor: And beautiful they all are, Sweetpea! We concur! -The Bird.

Douglas High School students were in attendance on Wednesday and were locked in their respective classrooms while the exercise was conducted. As part of the exercise, law enforcement officials along with the K-9 units, completed a walk through past all school lockers. Consequently, there was no contraband located inside the school. Once outside in the student parking lot at the Douglas High school, K-9 units alerted law enforcement officials to marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Spice a.k.a synthetic marijuana, was found along with what was thought to be cocaine, after testing was completed, it was found not to be cocaine. Beer, liquor

and weapons were all located in plain view inside the vehicles during the walk through. Along with the weapons located, a fake grenade was also found. The weapons found in the vehicles on school property were deemed for hunting purposes only, the weapons were not there as a threat. Weapons on school property are a violation of school policy. “One subject was arrested and several citations issued as a result of this lockdown,” says Douglas PD Chief of Police Steve Annetts. “The investigation is still ongoing, which means that more citations may be issued.” In coordination with CCSD #1 and area law enforcement officials, random lockdowns like this one will take place in the future at area schools. The use of the K-9 units is nothing new to the schools; as they have been used in the past.

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Cheyenne Meteorologist Aided Record Skydive CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A meteorologist from Cheyenne played a key role in preparing for a daredevil's successful skydive from the stratosphere last weekend.

Not only was it the highest skydive, it was the highest manned balloon flight. Baumgartner also became the first person to break the sound barrier while skydiving.

Don Day Jr. owns a company called DayWeather. Day did weather forecasting for the big skydive through another company, ATA Aerospace, of Albuquerque, N.M.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports ( Day's role as weather forecaster was critical. Conditions had to be perfect to launch the massive, helium-filled balloon that lofted Baumgartner into the stratosphere.

Felix Baumgartner survived his jump from an altitude of 24 miles above the New Mexico desert on Sunday. He broke three records in the process.

Economic Index Jumps For Midwest, Western States

(AP) — An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. According to a report released Thursday, the overall Rural Mainstreet index rose to 56.6 for October from 48.3 in September. It was the first time since June that the index rose above growth neutral 50. Survey organizers have said that any score above 50 on the 100-point scale suggests the economy will grow in the months ahead. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss. He oversees the survey of rural bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The confidence index, as measured by the bankers' responses, rose to 50.7 from 43 in Sep-

tember. The index reflects expectations for the economy six months out. "As the Rural Mainstreet economy turned upward for the month, so did (the) bankers' outlook," said Goss. "The turnaround in the housing market is an important factor boosting economic confidence," he said. The survey's October home sales index advanced to a healthy 59.8 from September's 58.8. The bankers were asked whether they expected the country to return to a recession next year. One in four bankers said they thought a recession was likely or very likely in 2013, but almost a third of those who responded said they thought a recession was unlikely or very unlikely. Casey Regan, CEO of Premier Bank in Farmington, Minn., said economic forecasting for next year, "especially business owner sentiment, will depend greatly on the results of what happens on the first Tuesday of November."

El Niño Proves To Be the Phantom of Weather for 2012 U.S. Winter Outlook Rhonda Zeller – TBC

and Western Illinois.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2012 U.S. Winter Outlook on October 18, 2012. “The outlook is probable in nature but not guaranteed”, says Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The Gulf Coast states from the north half of Florida to eastern Texas are forecasted to see more moisture than normal, with this Winter Outlook.

Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say an unsteady El Niño, that was expected to have developed by now, has not. This makes 2012's winter outlook less certain than previous years. The NOAA forecasters stated that there are signs the El Niño could still develop. “This is one of the most challenging outlooks we’ve produced in recent years because El Niño decided not to show up as expected,” said Mike Halpert. “Last month, we witnessed El Niño stall out which is very unique." Areas that were consumed by the extreme drought conditions, most likely will not see much relief from the drought conditions in the upcoming winter months. The 2012 U.S. Winter Outlook, which is December through February favors the 40% chance of warmer than normal temperatures in much of Texas, north through the Central and Northern Plains, west across the Southwest, the Northern Rockies, Eastern Washington, Oregon, California, and the Northern part of Alaska. Very little precipitation may be observed in Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Idaho, Western Montana, portions of Wyoming, Utah and most of Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northern Missouri, Eastern parts of the Dakota's, Nebraska, Kansas,

"At this time time the odds lean towards a warmer than average winter for Wyoming. For precipitation average, much of Wyoming is in the "equal chances" area which means you can't favor a less than or more than average for precipitation. Odds favor the extreme Western part of Wyoming will see a dryer than average winter," said Mike Halpert. By the maps released from the NOAA, the rest of the country is in the equal chance area, which means that this area may experience above, below or normal temperature and moisture. Mike Halpert says, “I foresee the drought continuing into 2013. With persistent heat and low precipitation totals, 2012 will be the warmest year recorded for the last 118 years. The year 1895, was the first year that records were kept on the U.S. weather.” Current drought conditions started in 2011 and are expected to expand in 2013, to the west of the current drought area. This would mean that the drought area would be from the California coast to the Great Lakes, Rockies, the Plains and the Midwest, including Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, with the worsened effect in the Rocky Mountain region.


one Penny “Our students benefit from concurrent enrollment classes at Glenrock High by allowing them to earn college credit through Eastern Wyoming College while still living at home.”

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“Because of Eastern Wyoming College, I am able to take some basic college classes my senior year. This will lessen the stress of freshman year, because I will have those tedious basics out of the way.”

- Serena Brooks GHS class of 2013

“Eastern Wyoming College’s presence in Glenrock High School has provided my children the opportunity to get a jump start on their postsecondary education.”

- Margaret Farley EWC Outreach Coordinator Glenrock High School

“I’m voting FOR question #2 on November 6th because everyone wins when we have access to quality higher education.”

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“It’s never too late to finish what you’ve started. A new campus building will give all of us access to all of the help available through Eastern Wyoming College to achieve our educational goals. I support this special tax and will be voting FOR Eastern Wyoming College on November 6th.”

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“A fresh new campus, without a doubt, will draw more students to EWC to acquire necessary job skills. This is a wise investment for Converse County. Both Douglas and Glenrock will benefit. What’s in the proposal for Wyoming, Converse County, Douglas, and Glenrock? LOTS! It makes sense!.”

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President of the Wyoming Senate

Benefits • Full-time EWC Coordinator, Margaret Farley • Workforce Development classes and access to training • CNAcourses and options for future Health Technology Programs • Community Education classes for kids, youth, adults and seniors • Concurrent and Dual Enrollment Eastern Wyoming College Concurrent and Dual Enrollment Programs are offered at Glenrock High School. These programs allow Glenrock High School students to earn both high school and college credits while students are enrolled in and attending GHS. Glenrock High School students have the opportunity to earn college credits in English, Mathematics, Political Science, Spanish, Music, Culinary Arts and potentially career technical college credits. These classes are free to the student.


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Gun Industry Thrives During Obama's Term In Office WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most antigun president in American history." Gun buyers fear that Obama wants to restrict their purchases, especially if he were re-elected. An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that sales are on the rise, so much that some gun manufacturers can't make enough guns fast enough. Major gun company stock prices are up. The number of federally licensed, retail gun dealers is increasing for the first time in nearly 20 years. The NRA is bursting with cash and political clout. And Washington has expressed little interest in passing new gun laws, despite renewed calls to do so after recent deadly shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin. Obama has made no promises to impose new gun control legislation and doesn't have the support in Congress or among voters even if he did. During this week's presidential debate, Obama suggested renewing a U.S. ban on assault weapons and coming up with an overall strategy to reduce violence, but both Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said the government needs to enforce gun laws already on the books. "The driver is President Obama. He's the best thing that ever happened to the firearm industry," said Jim Barrett, an industry analyst at C.L. King & Associates Inc. in New York. Tennessee lawyer Brian Manookian said he never considered himself a gun enthusiast like others in his state. He owns only one handgun. But the firearms industry has proved so lucrative for him that he's enthusiastic now. Manookian and his business partner, Gary Semanchik, opened a $5 million firearms retail and training complex in September in Nashville. Inventory is selling three to four times faster than they expected since the facility opened. "It is a very strong investment," Manookian said. Others agree. For the first time since 1993, the number of federally licensed retail gun dealers in the U.S. increased slightly in 2010 and 2011, as the country added 1,167 more licensed retail gun dealers, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives records. After the assault weapons ban in 1994, the number of gun dealerships dropped annually until 2010. As of October 2012, there were 50,812 retail gun dealers — that's 3,303 more than in 2009. "Business has been very good," said Frederick Prehn, who a year ago opened a small gun store above his dentistry practice in Wausau, Wis. In the past year, Prehn has relocated twice to larger spaces and gone from one employee to eight. Some gun store owners can't keep shelves stocked, said Brian Jones, owner of Bullseye Shooter's supply in Painted Post, N.Y. Jones said he opened his gun store in November 2010. In his first year, Jones said he sold between 600 and 700 guns. A little more than halfway through his second year, he's already sold 700. For the first time in the company's history, Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. stopped taking orders for a couple months this year. Ruger, one of the nation's largest gun manufacturers, has since resumed taking orders, though gun-sellers say demand is still outpacing production. Obama is not yet through his first term, but the federal government already has conducted about as many background checks for gun owners and prospective buyers on his watch as it did during the first six years of George W. Bush's presidency. In the first 3 1/2 years of the Bush administration, the FBI conducted about 28 million background checks. During the same period of the Obama administration, the FBI conducted more than 50 million. The gun industry uses the number of background

checks on gun owners as a reliable indicator of demand. Ruger and Smith & Wesson represent nearly 30 percent of the U.S. gun manufacturing industry and lead the market in production of pistols and revolvers, according to government statistics. The two companies have been running production lines around the clock, hiring workers and operating at maximum capacity, said Barrett, an industry analyst who also owns Ruger stock. Ruger's sales have increased 86 percent since Obama took office, and Smith & Wesson's sales have gone up nearly 44 percent, compared with 18 percent for overall national retail sales. And the companies have big expectations for the industry's future, as they're spending more money on research and development than ever before. "Wouldn't you want to be in a business where customers are just begging to hand you money?" said Bill Bernstein, owner of East Side Gun Shop in Nashville, Tenn. The NRA itself has done well, too. The lobbying organization has had more cash on hand during the Obama years than it did since 2004, finishing 2010 with more than $24 million, according to the most recent figures available. "Which makes it incredibly ironic that the gun lobby is opposing Obama," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Gross said Obama, who initially campaigned to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired under Bush, has done what he said was "disappointingly little" on gun control. But the gun lobby says the success of the industry does not indicate that Obama is good for Second Amendment rights.

no future political campaigns to worry about will try to destroy this great American freedom," Arulanandam said. It is hard to find a single aspect of the gun world that isn't thriving. Fears of a Democratic president taking office and issuing stricter gun control laws led to an initial spike in gun sales in 2008, giving gun dealers some of the highest profit margins they've ever seen. But even after it became clear Obama was not going to make gun control a priority as president, the industry has continued to do well. Fear of crime may be driving some sales. The number of violent crimes rose by 18 percent in the U.S. in 2011, according to Justice Department figures released this week. It was the first year-to-year increase for violent crime since 1993, marking the end of a long string of declines. Firearms sales typically increase during poor economic times, said Steve Sanetti, chief executive officer and president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the industry. More Americans are hunting and shooting for recreation as well, he said. Sanetti attributes that to military servicemen and women with firearms experience returning to civilian life and wanting to keep up with shooting as a pastime. He also said recreational shooting is a relatively cheap and accessible hobby, drawing in new buyers. Voters have made clear that gun control isn't a priority. A recent AP-National Constitution Center poll found that 49 percent of adults felt laws limiting gun ownership infringe on the public's right to bear arms, while 43 percent said such laws do not infringe on those rights. After the recent mass shoot-

ings in Colorado and Wisconsin, 52 members of Congress sponsored a bill to track bulk sales of ammunition, but the legislation went nowhere. Bernstein and others attribute some of the industry's success to all but one state — Illinois — offering permits to carry a concealed weapon. In some cases, people have been buying guns because they're afraid of the day they won't be able to. "Any gun owner might fear that," said Justin Paulson, a 22-year-old grad student in Nashville who recently purchased a handgun from Bernstein's store. Paulson said he's been collecting guns since he was 18. He's currently up to 16. He purchased his most recent handgun because he thought the one he had was too small to defend himself. And the timing of his purchase was deliberate. "Chances are things might be a little tighter in terms of control come November," he said. Fears about new gun laws mean dollar signs for the gun industry. Bernie Conaster, owner of Virginia Arms Co. in Manassas, Va., has doubled the size of his suburban Washington gun store, hired more employees and paid bonuses since Obama has been in office. "I certainly don't want to stoke the fire," said Conaster, "but I'll ride the wave while it's here." ___ Associated Press writers Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost, AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius, and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

"This is the most dangerous election in our lifetimes," N R A chief executive officer Wayne LaPierre said in February, a point he's made regularly during the NRA's campaign to defeat Obama. The NRA stands by its 2008 predictions that Obama w o u l d be antigun. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam noted Obama's appointment of two Supreme Court justices whom the NRA considers antigun, plus Obama's support of a United Nations arms trade treaty and the botched gun-walking operation called Fast and Furious, which the NRA believes was concocted as part of a plan to enforce new gun restrictions. "Gun owners and hunters fear that a second Obama administration with

Bullying - The Nation's Most Dangerous Epidemic Bullying comes in many forms. There's the bully that yells, the one that hits, then there is threatening, intimidation, sarcasm, and ridicule. I was not bullied as a child, but I was as an adult, and it feels just as helpless. Bullying has become an issue across this nation. I know because I tour coast to coast with Sharkey, the Jack Russell Terrier, speaking to Kindergarten through Third Graders about this very subject. By the time our reading is over the kids are standing up, shouting about the help they need to seek, and from whom. They are more powerful, more aware of kindness, more tolerant of their classmates. And then they return home. As they flip on the television they are greeted with an interesting menu of programs. 'Real' Housewives where the women seem to live to hurt one another - and they make a lot of money doing it. Bridezilla's - in this show people are getting exposure for behaving particularly badly to people who are supposed to mean the most to them. Then there's Jersey Shore with characters like Snooki, the Kardashians, Engaged and Underage, Dog the Bountyhunter, and don't get me going about Toddlers and Tiara's, Gossip Girls, and Here Comes Honey BooBoo! Then there are older shows like Married With Children where the husband and wife take great delight in insulting one another and their children on a daily basis. Two and A Half Men consists of brothers demeaning each other their ex-wives, as well as their children and parents, not to mention rewarding sexual promiscuity as something funny. There are so many of these sorts of sitcoms that to list them would take pages. It used to be that influence was limited to family and immediate social neighborhoods and community places. That was 'back in the day' when I was younger. With the advent of social media, expanded television, and the ability to text constantly the influence has become so broad as to boggle the mind. Is it any wonder, when we glorify and reward bad behavior on such a grand scale, that bullying has become such a problem? When we are seen or heard speaking badly about others, interfering with relationships, being self-centered and self-absorbed, and engaging in social exclusion our children absorb it all. We are directly responsible for the onset of rampant bullying. We glorify it, laugh at it, and ultimately reward it. What else are our children to think when this is what they see at every turn? When people such as our political leaders are seen sneering at their oppositions, yelling and pounding on tables, calling each other names, and treating each other with disrespect what are our children supposed to think? Bullying has become an epidemic for which there is no easy cure. Our public fascination with gossip and scandals, rumors and gawking, public displays of brutal violence, and our rewarding of such, has become the plague of our day. Our political leaders, sports figures, and movies stars - all people that our students emulate, behave in the most deplorable ways imaginable and yet we accept it, condone it by our acceptance, and reward it. I don't have all of the answers. Certainly the networks will continue to glorify the worst in our culture. Can we eliminate the bad behavior of others from our lives or that of our children? No, not if we live in the real world. But we do have the power to be kind. This is what I emphasize in the classroom when speaking about bullying. It's easy to be mean and cruel. It often takes a superpower to be kind. These young students need to know that they have the power within them to change this world and to change how they behave. They have the right and the power to seek help when needed. They have the power to be kind; it's not easy, but the more I experience these students one on one, the more I'm convinced that with the help of the adults who care about them, they have the power, ability, and capacity to change the rampant bullying that surrounds their very lives. They are remarkable children and with each classroom I visit my resolve is renewed. However, if we, as adults don't change our own behavior and emulate the people we want our children to be, there is little hope this epidemic will ever find a cure. Whoever came up with the saying 'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me' is not right in the head.

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This past weekend, as I drove from Colorado Springs to my job in Wamsutter, Wyoming, I endured the screams of a young kitten named Tuxedo, calling out from his carrier. He wanted his freedom. And he knew that I could give it to him, if I wanted. He didn't realize that the reason he was contained was for his own safety. I knew that if he was loose in the car, he might find his way to the floor beneath my feet and interfere with my driving. His safety, as well as my own, was best maintained by his being secured in the carrier. He didn't care. He meowed, growled and spit at me for the full 6-hour drive. I enjoyed silence for about 50 miles or so, other than that, he was the noisiest little critter I have ever heard. And we were both trapped; he in his carrier, me in the car with him. I called my wife and said, "He's never going to make up with me. He will hate me."

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The experience reminded me of a childhood dream. I remember praying to God that He would give me the power to fly. I idolized Superman. So, it only goes to reason that I would want to have his superpower. I thought if I prayed hard enough that God would give it to me. After all, He could if he wanted to… How many times do we do this? Beg, plead, cajole or bargain with God for something that we want. Promising to do something in return if He will only give us what we ask. A better job, more money, heal a sickness, repair relationships – things we know would simply complete our life – but things that remain out of reach. Good things held back by a God who could fix everything if He just would take the time to answer our pleas. Are we like this 8-week-old kitten? We want what we want. Period. We know what is best, if he would just speak the words and provide it. We know he can. We know that, for some reason, He holds back. We become stiff-necked and resistant, we challenge him, we shake our fists at him, we insist that he respond in the way we want. Growling, grumbling, crying and carrying on just like this little kitten. All the while, God isn't holding back just because He can. He holds back because He knows what will happen. He knows the end of the story. His goal for us is only the best. Heaven. With Him. Our temporary comfort is not in our best interest, he is not swayed to give in by our constant complaining. This is not to say that He is unconcerned and doesn’t care that we are hurting in many ways. But He knows these are temporary problems. He is looking toward the future, not the now. Arriving in Wyoming, I released Tuxedo into his new home. The car carrier won't make another trip, since he shredded the netting in several places. Fortunately, he is at his final destination. Not only is he very happy here, but he loves me – it's almost like I never withheld his freedom at all. Heaven is within reach, God knows what is best, even when we disagree. Freedom reigns. Maybe in Heaven, my final destination, I will be able to fly…I can hope, can't I?

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-

lin’ at swirlin’ dust in his sourdugh crock. Cattle nervous restless bawlin’ and the song of the ol nighthawk. Lightning starts to flashin’; thunder booming in the air. Cattle up and millin’; cowboys cursin’ everywhere. Cow boss is a wailin’; boys saddle that stock. You can hear the hooves clatter and the song of the ol’ nighthawk. Chorus The storm is all over it lasted all night . The cattle and the cowboys are tired, but alright. No cattle stampeded. Not one took a walk; on account of the cowboys and the song of the ol’ nighthawk.

Dear Sassy, I wrote to a few months back about my neighbors dog. Thought you should know that after several fines (yes I finally called the police) the dog has seemed to quiet down. I did not hire a teenager to antagonize the dog, however I told her I was going to. I also began buying the dog a bone and throwing it over the fence and now the dog waits for me at the fence when I finally do awake from a restful sleep. I would like to say that I think your answers at least gave me the courage to approach my neighbor. Thanks! email Sassy with your questions: Dear newlydog Lover, That is great to hear you have resolved some issues with the noisy neighbor dog, plus it sounds like after you giving the dog a bone, his life has improved as well. Good for you and thanks for the follow up email. Keep me posted. Sassy

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation have postponed the sale of a ranch they jointly own in southeast Wyoming until a lawsuit over the sale is resolved, the foundations announced Friday. Unsealing of bids on the ranch had been scheduled for Nov. 13 in Cheyenne, under the oversight of two former governors of Wyoming and Colorado. Both sides in the lawsuit, the foundations and the Denver philanthropist suing them, agreed to the postponement, according to a court filing Thursday. In a joint statement, the foundations didn't cede any legal ground but expressed concern that the lawsuit could affect their ability to market the property.

representing the university foundations. "Both sides have retained very experienced and skilled lawyers. It was through these lawyers that the parties reached an agreement that the sale of the Y Cross Ranch should be postponed to give all parties a fair and reasonable opportunity to litigate their issues surrounding this dispute, which now resides in the district court in Cheyenne," Davis' lead attorney, Steve Miller, said Friday. The Y Cross sprawls over some 50,000 acres — about 80 square miles — of pastures, meadows, forests, streams and granite outcrops between Cheyenne and Laramie. The ranch has more than 800 irrigated acres that yield more than 1,000 tons of grass hay per year. This year, the ranch has been home to about 750 cow-calf pairs, according to the lawsuit.

"We believe our Foundations are correct in their positions relating to the operation of the ranch and its sale under the gift agreement and that the sale is in the best interests of the Universities, their students and faculty," the statement read.

Foundation officials say the working ranch never proved suitable as a practical place for learning. They also say proceeds from the sale could be used to establish an endowment that would fund agriculture scholarships.

The foundations remain "deeply grateful" for the donation of the ranch to them 15 years ago and have taken stewardship of the Y Cross very seriously, read the statement attributed to Ben Blalock, president of the UW Foundation, and Kathleen Henry, president of CSURF.

Those scholarships, they say, honor the terms of the gift agreement.

A Colorado real estate broker has been advertising the property. The foundations haven't set a formal reserve price but are seeking at least $20 million, according to the broker. Amy Davis, whose family owned the Y Cross before donating it to the two foundations in 1997, sued last month. Davis and her Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis Foundation claim the two foundations haven't made full use of the ranch as a setting for hands-on agriculture education as the gift agreement requires. The lawsuit filed in Laramie County District Court in Cheyenne asks a judge to rescind the gift agreement and establish a trust to ensure that the ranch is used for agriculture education. Davis' attorneys include former Wyoming Attorney General Gay Woodhouse, while former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan is

Mead Suggests Diverting Money From Wyoming Savings

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says Wyoming should consider putting less money into savings to cover bigticket items coming before the Legislature early next year.

Mead made the suggestion Tuesday in a speech before the Wyoming Taxpayers Association. He

has ordered state agencies to prepare for 8-percent funding cuts in the face of sagging revenues. The Legislature in 2010 rejected Mead's earlier suggestion to tap into the revenue stream to pay for highway work and to support local governments.

1 Alleged Wyo. Case In Scouts Confidential Files CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Newly released files kept by the Boy Scouts documenting child sex allegations mention at least one alleged case in Wyoming.

cil staff closely watched a former scoutmaster who told them he was getting professional help after being confronted by the parents of two boys.

There are no independent and official documents in the files about the Wyoming case, alleged to have occurred in 1971.

Several months later, the council was told the same man was accused in another case involving a Cub Scout and was arrested. The council said the case should be included in the Boy Scouts' confidential files.

The files were released by an Oregon Supreme Court order. The Wyoming file indicates the Scouts' Central Wyoming Coun-

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Terms of the gift allowed the ranch to be sold after 14 years. That date passed about a year ago and soon after the foundations made public their plans to begin to sell the ranch. Some University of Wyoming faculty members have objected to the ranch sale, saying they never knew about or fully appreciated the availability of the Y Cross as a teaching site. Donal O'Toole, a veterinary science professor with a doctorate from Colorado State, has been pursuing a faculty senate resolution seeking postponement of the sale for five years. The universities would use the hiatus to make faculty, staff and students aware of the Y Cross as Davis intended, according to the resolution. The resolution has been scheduled to go before a faculty senate meeting Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if the resolution would still be considered after Friday's announcement.


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"Passage of Time” Each year we live, we grow older. What a revelation! However, on a positive note, it’s a good sign knowing the alternative. Younger guys, the cheerleader you marry today, someday won’t fit into that skimpy little outfit, unless it is made of spandex. And girls, that “hunk” you have in your sights, will most likely be more of a “chunk" who has lost his waist line, hair, muscles, manners, and more. Women who formerly compared their curvy lines to an “hour glass” figure, now speak in lamentable terms that “time is running out.” For their male counterpart, most everything shrinks except growing ears, belly, nose and vanity. Many of us however, compensate. Some opt for new make-up (if the ole barn needs paint, paint it) larger clothing size, a “comb over,” a “new do,” or for some of us there are others just lean back and enjoy it. Deteriorating looks and shifting body parts accompany the aging process. We wake up one day and gravity has visited overnight, and things are never the same. Actually, it sort of sneaks up on us. There are many factors that "shape" our latter years such as genetics, lifestyle, health, stress, eating and a propensity for sedentary habits. One sage declared, “Age mellows some people; others it just makes rotten.” Others pine that “age just comes at a bad time.” We may consider it as a tool to navigate the final stage in our winter years, offering our seasoned wisdom to a younger generation. Some cultures revere the elderly; others tolerate them. Bernard Baruch, tongue-in-cheek, declared, “To me, old age is fifteen years older than I am.” Been there; said that. 80 year old country music legend Mel Tillis, in hindsight quipped, “If I’d known how old I was going be, I would have taken better care of myself.” Few had the foresight that most lacked in their early years. When youthful, we were pre-occupied with what others thought about us; at forty we didn’t care what others thought; after sixty, we discovered they haven’t been thinking about us at all. The often aired commercial for "Lifestyle Lift", introduced by Debbie Boone with her Grammy Award winning song “You Light Up My Life” played in the background, pandering to people of my generation who have more wrinkles than a Chinese Shar Pei. For full disclosure, yours truly confesses to an exercise regimen for the past forty years that is partially driven by vanity and partially driven by getting even with gravity. Ms. Boone has good genes on her side. Her father Pat Boone at age 78, has aged gracefully. Ironically, in Boone's promotion of this less invasive procedure to remove wrinkles, sagging skin and jowls, for an “investment” ranging from $1,200 to $4,000 dollars, with a smile wider than her hips, she states glibly, “I’m amazed at how natural and youthful clients look following the procedure.” Turning back the hands of time? Natural? It’s akin to remarks one may hear at a funeral parlor, as one mourner whispers to another about the corpse, “He looks so natural.” The clincher in this assault on our intelligence, is when one of the Life Lift clients declares, “I never looked this young.” What? How natural is that? We know that “poster child” for face lifts, Joan Rivers, at 77 has had so many face lifts her ankles are now on the back of her neck. The Constitution gives us the liberty to pursue stupid! As the mirror tells its' tale, the temptation to make a few alterations to the “old mug” is considerable. Readers should know that yours truly, being nearly human almost succumbed, texting my photo to one of the surgeons who performs such “lifts.” He texted back almost immediately, with a less than flattering reply, “Save your money!” “Grow a beard!“ Slightly rotund ladies at a fast food restaurant, munching on burgers and fries, discussing the topic of a “tuck here an there” ended in hilarious laughter for onlookers. One lady replied to her “friend,” “My dear, if you are considering such a procedure, you may need to rent a fork-lift and start at your ankles.” Ouch! So much for diplomacy. In this life we are destined to struggle with a laundry list of personal battles. Image or how we look is just one of them. Humor is one way we broach the subject. Seriously, most of us would like to live to a ripe old age and drift off into eternity while slumbering in our favorite chair. What a nice self-serving thought. Recently at a meeting, one man spoke of his grandfather’s idyllic experience, passing peacefully in his sleep. “However,” he added, “those in the back seat of the car he was driving were screaming and not nearly as enamored with his grandfather’s peaceful demise." An original member of Walt Disney’s nationally televised "The Mickey Mouse Club," Annette Funicello in 1955 at age 13 was the heart throb of millions of young boys (count me in), as a TV and silver screen star, and recording artist. Now 70, she is almost unrecognizable, a shell of her former lovely self, stricken by multiple sclerosis at age 50 and relegated to a wheel chair under 24hour care and in constant pain for her remaining years with her husband inseparable at her side. Undoubtedly, given the option, she would have chosen one of our “fairy tale” drifting off unscathed into eternity scenarios. A charmed life can suddenly go south. He alone decides. Deus solus me iudicare potest. (The One God can Judge Me) Finding the proper perspective for aging serves as a balm to my generation. For many of us, the Scriptures play a vital role in balancing the rigors of life and the temporal with that of the external versus the internal. For example, 2 Corinthians 4:16, speaks to this issue, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” Poignant but precious promises are at our disposal. Psalm 71:18, states, “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” His promises are mile markers for the waning life of those who will trust Him. We know that the final earthly adventure that we all must face is that of tasting death. However, even then He has a promise for us. I Corinthians 15:26, tells us, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” As John Bunyan (no relation to Paul Bunyan) in his classic Christian allegory, published in 1678, recounts the journey to the “Celestial City” as the central figure, “Christian” must ultimately “cross the river of death” before entering that magnificent edifice. The Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus has gloriously taken the “sting out of death” in I Corinthians 15:55. The rigors of this life and aging are inseparable. We have no assurance of the length of our days. It is however, unconscionable to think that our culture has been so easily duped into this unholy and cavalier proposition of “death with dignity”: a code word for voluntary self administered “legal suicide.” God has numbered our days for good or ill. Trusting in His ultimate goodness we can do this “aging thing” with His Grace. And, doing it with a good spouse makes our journey of life much lighter, even if the scales say otherwise. What do you think?

Sunday October 21, 2012 The Glenrock Bird Page 10

Air Force Coach Not Dwelling On Wyo. Coach Actions

UW Supports Christensen and Team Ben Frederickson, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

wrong, it is natural for people to become upset.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — One word has been used a lot this Wyoming football season. It's been said by fans and players, as well as UW athletic director Tom Burman.

Burman said he has heard from boosters and fans. Some are simply frustrated like himself. Others are angry. But for those whose anger is directed at Christensen, Burman said he has full confidence in the fourthyear coach.

"Frustration. The one word I've had this year is frustration," Burman said. "We've had years in the past where I have felt, 'We are what we are.' You know that statement. I don't think we are what we are. I think we're pretty good." But the Cowboys have not been pretty good this season. A season created such high expectations has turned grim quick. Wyoming is 1-5 and winless after two games in the Mountain West. Still, Burman said his confidence in the Wyoming football team and its leader Dave Christensen remain high. In his discussion about the football season with the Casper Star-Tribune (http://, Burman first pointed out that he thinks UW's season could be much different if the football team's starting quarterback Brett Smith was not dealing with the misfortune of missing playing time due to the symptoms of head injuries. "Obviously, Brett Smith's condition changes everything," Burman said. "He's truly day-to-day. No one knows when he is going to play again. Hopefully, he will play this week. But we are not going to know until late in the week, and maybe not even until Saturday. It's that day-to-day. It's all determined by symptoms. And he's our guy. I will say this. Jason Thompson is a very good football player and did an unbelievable job against Air Force. But we need Brett. And we need him to get healthy. We are pulling for him. I think if Brett is on the field, it's a different season." When a season with such high expectations goes so

"I think at the University of Wyoming, we have to be patient," Burman said. "We went to a bowl game last year. We went to a bowl game in Dave's first year. We had high expectations this year. We've had a lot of bad luck. Dave has four years remaining on his contract, and I intend to continue to promote Dave and push for Dave. I think he has done a really good job. And I think we are close to being one of the better teams in the league. We have to do it on the field, though. This year has been frustrating. If we can just win a few games down the stretch, and if we can become bowl-eligible, I would be thrilled. I think that would show an incredible turn around. "If we win, Dave's style off the field isn't going to bother anyone. In fact, many people embrace it. If we lose, then they're going to find him distant or whatever adjective they want to throw out. It all comes down to winning and losing. I like the fact that Dave is a no-nonsense guy. This has been a very frustrating stretch for him because we have had some nonsense. That's not what he wants, and that's not what he builds his program around. If he was different than that and had a real loose attitude, and was everybody's friend, I would be panicked right now. But he is going to round them up. He's going to get them together, and they are going to find a way to win a game here. They could go to Fresno and win. Who knows what they could do after that?"

BOB Press


set up the next play without taking a time out.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Air Force coach Troy Calhoun isn't dwelling on the outburst directed at him by Wyoming coach Dave Christensen after the Falcons beat the Cowboys last Saturday.

The referee had announced that Connor Dietz, by rule, had to leave the game because his helmet came off. As Dietz neared Air Force's sideline, he took a knee and was attended to by trainers.

Asked about the situation Tuesday, Calhoun likened it to military personnel having to put up with people voicing dissent about the military.

At the time, Air Force had all three of its timeouts available.

"I think the thing you got to know, as an officer, you're going to fight for those freedoms, for the First Amendment and that First Amendment can be used in various ways," Calhoun said during the weekly Mountain West Conference call with media and coaches. "...You just got to know that can occur, but you march forward, too." Christensen has since apologized and was reprimanded by the conference. He declined to comment further on the matter Tuesday. After Saturday night's game, which Air Force won 28-27, Christensen confronted Calhoun on the field and accused Air Force of feigning an injury to its starting quarterback with about 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter in order to

Air Force ( 3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) scored on the next play when backup quarterback Kale Pearson ran a bootleg in from 5 yards out on third down, giving the Falcons the lead. Dietz returned on the Falcons' next possession. Wyoming (1-5, 0-2) failed to score the rest of the game. Christensen was visibly upset, yelling at Calhoun when the two met on the field. Calhoun remained calm. Christensen continued to lambaste Air Force in subsequent postgame interviews with the media.

UW Punter Named MWC Special Teams Player Of Week

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming true freshman punter Tim Gleeson has been named the Mountain West Conference special teams player of the week. Gleeson averaged 45.5 yards per punt on six punts in Saturday's overtime loss at Nevada.

He placed two punts inside the Nevada 20-yard line, including a 51-yard punt that was downed at the Nevada 14 and a 35-yarder that forced a fair catch at the Ne-

vada 16-yard line.

He also had a second 51-yard punt that resulted in a touchback. His biggest punt under pressure came with about a minute and a half to play in the game when punting from his own 13-yard line, Gleeson hit a 54-yard punt. Gleeson averaged 38.3 net yards per punt.

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