Sunday, November 04, 2012
Volume 6 Issue 9 Proud Member of the Associated Press
363 Women are Fire Ban for Thursday’s Sunrise Over Dave Johnston Candidates in Wyoming’s Converse General Election Still In The Wyoming Women’s Foun- co-sponsors Leap into LeaderEffect dation (WYWF) conducted a ship events with the Wyoming Friendly reminder for Converse County area residents that the fire ban instituted in June of 2012 is still in effect until November 30, 2012. Conditions are still ripe for fires in the area as a result of extreme drought conditions, and fairly dry Autumn this year. The fire ban states the following: All outdoor and open fires and the discharge of fireworks within unincorporated areas of Converse County are prohibited except as provided below: Gas and charcoal fires within enclosed grills, use of acetylene cutting torches and/ or electric arc welders in cleared areas ten feet radius, propane or open fire branding activities in cleared areas ten feef radius, trash or refuse fires between the hours of 6pm and 6am, where such fires are contained inside of containers, are attended, and are provided with spark arresters and located within a cleared area ten feet radius, controlled burns for range improvements, but only with the written permission of the County Fire Warden.
Too fabulous not to share, we decided a nice big, bold and beautiful photo of Thursday’s first of November sunrise over the Dave Johnston Power Plant in Glenrock would make a great front page. There are times when a newspaper’s front page can bring awe-inspiring beauty to the communities in which they serve. These are just one of those times. Photo © The Glenrock Bird Central - Misty Pritchard (TBC)
Sharps Rifle Takes Over A-Square Facility in Glenrock
The fire ban is in effect until November 30 at 5pm. Any violation of the resolution will result in a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $100, imprisonment in the county jail for up to 30 days or both.
Cost of Hunting and Fishing Licenses Could Hike Over 20% AP) — The cost of hunting and fishing licenses could increase by at least 21.5 percent under a proposal from state officials. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials say the hikes are needed to make up for a revenue shortfall of between $8 and $10 million a year. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://tinyurl.com/8ad7rgs ) reported Tuesday that a legislative committee is set to meet next week to decide whether to introduce a bill seeking to increase the fees. License fees were last increased in 2008. Since then, Game and Fish Department spokesman Eric Keszler said costs have gone up because of inflation and new wildlife management policies.
survey of candidates in Wyoming state and local 2012 general elections. It found there are 363 women running for office, including incumbent and new candidates. These 363 women are running for city, county, and state positions. They range from state representative to city council, to hospital board trustee. More than 100 of these women are candidates for school board or school district trustee, which is the most popular position for Wyoming women seeking election this year. The second most popular office women are running for in Wyoming is city or town council, with close to 90 candidates. Big Horn County has the greatest number of female candidates at 44, followed closely by Fremont County with 41, while Carbon and Lincoln Counties come in third with 25 female candidates. However, Crook and Platte Counties have the highest percentage of women candidates, each with 42% of its candidates being women. 30% of candidates statewide are women. WYWF is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that invests in the economic self-sufficiency of Wyoming’s women and the future of its girls. In part, its mission is to create statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency and support systems change to eliminate those barriers. Implementing its mission involves empowering women to seek out leadership positions. Toward the goal of having more women in leadership positions, WYWF annually
Women’s Legislative Caucus. These events offer women campaign training as well as advice and inspiration from women leaders as role models. Nationally, women comprise 23.7% of state legislatures, according to the National Foundation for Women Legislators, while just 16.8% of members of the US Congress are women. In Wyoming, the legislature is currently 14.4% women. There are 12 women serving in the Wyoming House and one woman serving in the Wyoming Senate, for a total of 13 female legislators. That number could increase if 21 of the 22 women running for state representative or senator are elected or reelected (two of the women are running against each other). 97 of 125 female candidates in Wyoming primary elections advanced to the 2012 General Election. Because voters in primary elections primarily decide partisan races, and therefore a small percentage of elected positions are represented on the primary ballot, most candidates on the ballot in the general election were not on the ballot in primary elections. Independent candidates and write-in candidates also joined the race after the primary. The Wyoming Women’s Foundation (www.wywf.org) and the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (www.wyowlc.org) will offer their annual statewide Leap into Leadership event in Cheyenne on January 17, 2013 and local events in Jackson and Riverton in May 2013.
Bronc Rider With Ties To Wyoming Killed In Rollover Crash Amanda Smith (TBC) Misty Pritchard (TBC) The Glenrock Town Council went over that plan for the Sharps Rifle Company and their future production. The Council had a presentation along with Sharps' Chief Executive Officer, Kevin S Tierney, on speaker phone to give the presentation. Jay Lesser, Director of Production and Manufacturing was present at the meeting to answer any questions from the Council or the community. The 30 minute presentation showed the plans that Sharps Company has been working on over the past six months. “We are extremely close to finalizing our capital raise so that we can launch our business in Glenrock” says Tierney. “ We are committed to becoming an industry leader in the firearms community, making Glenrock our home, and creating an environment in which everyone can look to Sharps with pride as we revive the historical firearms legacy of the Town of Glenrock.” Tierney continued. Slide one of the presentation illustrated the status of the $6 Mil-
lion of the $7 Million needed in capital and financing in order for the company to launch. The latest $2 Million of the $6 mil was promised in the last week from Enhanced Capital Wyoming, LLC., a recently formed State of Wyoming “State Focused Fund” that was created by the Wyoming legislature with the primary focus of creating jobs within the State of Wyoming. According to Lesser, Enhanced Capital gave notification to the company that they have agreed to finance the $2million. "It should be pointed out, that the $2million from Enhanced Capital is not a grant, it is financing that will be repaid with interest benefitting the State of Wyoming." stated Lesser. Slide two showed the initial product lines and the planned product over the first three years of business with the Sharps 2545 cartridge, along with the well known Relia-Bolt, as the core products to be manufactured at the Glenrock facility. The Sharps Rifle Company illustrates the current plan for hiring of the production and assembly personnel for our Glenrock facility under the management of Lesser.
"We have developed an attractive total compensation and benefit package for our local Glenrock employees that exceeds the local wages as reported to us by the Wyoming Business Council.” says Tierney. “We not only want our employees to be able to support their families but to also be proud to Ride for the Brand.” Tierney continued “We could never have made it this far without the unwavering support of you, the Glenrock Town Council, the Wyoming Business Council and Senator Anderson.” The Glenrock facility was originally constructed to house ASquare, Inc. A rifle manufacturing company that originated over 20+ years ago, started by Art Alphin. Plans for the ASquare facility fell through and Sharps Rifle came into play, taking over the responsibility of the rent of the facility and pledging to start the new Sharps Rifle corporation. "Former owner of A-Square, Art Alphin is not affiliated in any way with Sharps Rifle Company, or the newly constructed Glenrock facility" stated Lesser. Continued on page 2
(AP) — A saddle bronc rider with ties to Wyoming and Colorado has died after the pickup he was driving rolled over near Rockdale, Texas. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports a memorial service for Travis Darling is planned Sunday at the University of Wyoming's Cliff and Martha Hansen Arena in Laramie, Wyo. Darling had won at least a share of 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc riding titles. He grew up in Steamboat Springs but also lived in southwest Colorado, where he competed in rodeo and wrestling for Ignacio High School. He later earned a rodeo scholarship to Casper College in Wyoming.
Travis Darling prepares for a rodeo. Photo PRCA
His mother, Barb Lynn, said Tuesday that her son had recently moved to Rockdale and was excited about a new job on a ranch.
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BLM Lifts Some Fire Restrictions In Wyoming The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on agency lands overseen by the Buffalo, Newcastle and Casper field offices. Kirk Strom is fire management officer at the BLM's High Plains District Office. He says the agency issued very few citations for violation of the fire restrictions while they were in effect.
and increased moisture have improved conditions enough that the BLM is allowing campfires, smoking, operating chain saws on agency lands in the affected districts. Some other activities, including using fireworks, remain prohibited on agency lands.
Recent cooler temperatures
Join Wyoming Author Scott Haynes for Roadie the Ranch Dog’s Big Adventure
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. The library will be closed to “observe” Veteran’s Day, November 12, 2012. We will resume normal hours the next day. Here’s a bit of trivia about the holiday. Our nation has what is known as the Uniform Holiday Bill, signed into law in 1968, which stated that four major holidays will be observed on Monday in order to give the federal employees an opportunity to help stimulate the economy. By extending the week end, in theory, it made it possible for these employees to have time to travel or spend more money. This worked with all holidays except Veteran’s Day. There was an outcry from the people to keep it as it was and that’s when President Ford, in 1978, signed a law returning the holiday to its original date. The infamous eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month took its rightful place on our calendar.
Veteran’s Day is a day started to commemorate the brave soldiers that fought in World War I but that is the one day we honor all our brave men, women and their families, who know the meaning of war. This Veterans Day please sit back and reflect on how much they have given. –information was taken from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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. Check out the 3m Cloud audio library with your library card!
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
Wind blowing, leaves moving across the ground and tree branches brushing up on the windows. Sun setting, darkness settling in, ghosts, goblins and other Kaylee Montgomery and Gage Brooks portray a scary for those brave enough to enter the famed Haunted costumes ar- sight House. Photo © TBC - Misty Pritchard rive for the 2012 Haunted the weekends. The Wyoming House presented by The Glen- Food Bank of the Rockies rock Health Center and Deer has been serving Wyoming Creek Drug. since 2004. Located in a 15,000 square foot warehouse Kids running around waiting in Mills, Wyoming, WFBR for the doors to open as some works with more than 260 gear up their “Trick or Treat” partner agencies like food panbags for candy. tries, churches, soup kitchens, senior centers, youth centers, The Haunted House was held and others to distribute food at the Glenrock Health Center to the hungry citizens of Wyobuilding on Halloween night. ming.
Rhonda Zeller - TBC As a young whipper snapper, Scott Haynes had a pencil in his hand and began sketching. Growing up in the small ranching community of Saco, Montana along Highway 2, there wasn’t much for Scott to do, so he embraced art. In the past 30 years, Scott has become more pronounced with his artwork. Scott Haynes, at the age of 37, has decided to accomplish one of his lifelong goals of writing a children’s book. Haynes will be releasing Roadie the Ranch Dog, a 32 page rhyming children’s book, written and illustrated with original artwork by Scott, himself.
Scott says, “Roadies story takes place from the moment he wakes up, to the moment he circles to find a nice spot for to lay his head down for the night. Roadie’s favorite place in the whole wide world is in the back of the pickup, is cruising down the dirt roads around the home place and into town.” You may have seen some of Scott Haynes’ work on Leanin’ Tree cards. For the past 12 years, Scott has been a contract artist for Leanin’ Tree. In the popular western magazine, Western Horseman, he has drawn several illustrations as a freelance illustrator, for poem’s published in Western Horseman magazine.
Scott Haynes resides in Newcastle, Wyoming with his wife Erin. Scott has recently completed painting a mural at the Newcastle Elementary School, for all to view as they enter. He is employed with Wyoming DOT, in his free time he has written Roadie the Ranch Dog after crawling in a hole for 10 years and doing very little sketching. The funding for the publishing of Roadie the Ranch Dog has proven to be quite challenging. Scott has set up a funding drive through Kickstarter. If you would like to help get this Wyoming author’s book published, please go to www. kickstarter.com/projects/wwwhilinenationcom/roadie-theranch-dogs-big-day “All of the artwork is finished for the book. I have a few pages left to complete the verbiage for the artwork,” said Scott Haynes. “Roadie the Ranch Dog has been a blast to create. It is a very fun read, for young and old alike.” Throughout the book, Roadie encounters scatterbrained cowboys, fly fishermen, licorice loving antelope, daydreaming horses along with a number of other kooky characters, all from the back of the pickup.
Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Lynnette McLagan of Glenrock, Wyoming are pleased to announce the engagement of Mrs. McLagan’s daughter, Taylor Kline to Neil Malenke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Malenke of Orange City, Iowa.
in Business Administration and Management and is a member of Northwestern’s men’s golf team. A May 26, 2013 wedding is planned and will be at the Flying Horse Golf Club and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Ms. Kline is also the daughter of Steve Kline of Colorado. Both Ms. Kline and Mr. Malenke are juniors at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Ms. Kline is a Pre-med major and a member of Northwestern’s women’s golf team and Mr. Malenke is pursuing a degree
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.
Sharps Rifle continued from front page Reportedly A-Square, which also had a facility that was to manufacture ammunition based out of Chamberlain South Dakota, is allegedly defunct and its facility, name and assets have been repossed in Chamberlain, and an auction is set for everything related to A-Square to be sold, including the name A-Square. The Sharps Rifle Company also has a website for further exploring.
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.
The Haunted House was decorated by Glenrock High School Wrestling team, GHS Drama, Friends of Rachel, Deer Creek Drug, Wind City Physical Therapy, Star K, Mary Phipps and friends and Glenrock Health Center assisted by Stephanie Aurelius.
The Haunted House raised $215 for Totes of Hope, an organization that supplies families and children in the Glenrock area with meals through
Roadie the Ranch Dog will take you on a wild and crazy trip, as you follow Roadie through his big day in the back of the pickup.
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.
M i s t y Pritchard (TBC)
As kids screamed, laughed and held on tight to their parents and friends, the "actors" inside the Haunted House, did an amazing job playing their parts. A handfull of “victims” entered the Haunted House one at a time, while others waited patiently for their turn.
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. For Read Me A Story: November 3- November 10: Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant. November 10November 17: Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston. Pick up the phone and dial 436-2353 to listen to a great story!!
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Hunters More Than Halfway To 1st Wyo. Wolf Quota MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press
has statewide wolf limits this year.
(AP) — Hunters are easily on track to max out their kill limit for the first wolf season in Wyoming since the animals were reintroduced to the Yellowstone region in the 1990s.
In 2009, both states' inaugural wolf seasons were cut short by a judge who suspended them. Montana and Idaho initiated their first full wolf hunting seasons in 2011.
That contrasts with Montana, which fell well short of its statewide limit last year and in a couple months is about to supplement hunting with trapping to help achieve its wolf population goals.
In Wyoming, wolves were removed from endangered species protection for the first time in August.
A trophy game season for wolves in the northwest corner of Wyoming outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks began Oct. 1 and ends Dec. 31. As of Tuesday, hunters had killed at least 27 wolves in that area toward the season limit of 52 animals. Three wolf hunt areas in northwest Wyoming were closed to further hunting after kill limits in those local areas were reached. Might the limit for all 12 areas be reached by year's end? "It's definitely possible. It's really hard to predict that kind of thing, especially since this is the first time we've had a regulated wolf hunt in Wyoming," Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Eric Keszler said Tuesday. Neither Idaho nor Montana
Of the three states, Wyoming is the only one with "dual classification" for wolves. In most of Wyoming, wolves can be killed on sight, without a license, any time of year. In northwest Wyoming, wolves are classified as trophy game subject to licensed hunting during the new hunting season. Wildlife managers intentionally set a low limit for the first hunt in part because Wyoming has fewer wolves than Montana or Idaho. "Also, this being our first season, we wanted to approach it fairly conservatively and be able to adaptively manage in the future based on how this first season goes," Keszler said.
Idaho, where trappers helped reduce that state's total estimated wolf population by at least one-third over a 10-month hunting season that began in August, 2011. About one-third of the wolves killed were taken by trappers. Inspired in part by that success, Montana's first wolf trapping season is scheduled for Dec. 15 through Feb. 28. Wolf trapping could be introduced in Wyoming, depending on how this year's hunting goes, but no decision about wolf trapping has been made in Wyoming yet, Keszler said. More than 4,000 hunters have bought wolf licenses in Wyoming. Nobody has surveyed them, Keszler said, but it appears few have headed into the field specifically to kill a wolf. "I think a large portion of people that are picking up a wolf license are in the area hunting elk or deer or something like that," Keszler said, "and have picked one up just in case they see a wolf, as well."
In Montana, hunters killed 166 wolves in 2011, far short of that year's limit of 220. Montana ranchers and others eager to control the state's wolf population looked to
Sunday November 4, 2012
Chesapeake Makes Donations of iPads and More to Douglas Boys and Girls Club
Misty Pritchard (TBC) Amanda Smith (TBC)
Kids running around, playing pool, doing homework and playing with the newly donated iPads and laptops, is the new "After School Hit" for kids of all ages at the Boys and Girls Club in Douglas. Chesapeake Energy donated 5 Dell lap tops and 5 Apple Ipads to the Boys and Girls Club. Kelsey Campbell CoordinatorCorporate Development and Government Relations was present on the behalf of Chesapeake Energy in donating the computers and iPads, along with Jay Butler who is a board member for the Douglas Boys and Girls Club. “The club is really under pressure with all the new rigs coming to town” says Amy Irene-Sonesen Chief Professional Officer for Chesapeake. With all the new Oil Rigs in town, there's a lot more kids and the club wants to offer more activities. The Laptops and iPads takes the stress off of the computers that the club already had and it gives the kids a chance to work on activities in groups. Some of the games that the club has uploaded can be played by two or more kids at once. “This will give the kids an opportunity to work with programs that will further them in their education” stated Sorenson.
numerous donations from other Energy corporations and businesses which includes new furniture, and a van to get the kids to and from school and other destinations. The Boys and Girls Club was organized to inspire and enable young people, helping them realize their full potential. The Douglas club began in September 2002, as a response to the community’s call for after school and summer programs for the kids. The children really enjoyed their “turn” with the computers and iPads. The Club is located at 135 S 4th St. in Douglas, for any questions or donations, you can contact Amy Irene-Sonesen at 307-3581784. The county of Converse is not immune to the generous donations from Chesapeake who also donated a van to the Glenrock Boys and girls Club last year, and a truck to the Converse County Senior Center.
The kids can also use them to help with some of there homework. The Boys and Girls Club has had
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Federal Bureau of Investigation Issues Warning Regarding Hurricane Sandy Scams The Federal Bureau of Investigation reminds the public to use caution when making donations in the aftermath of natural disasters. Unfortunately, criminals can exploit these tragedies for their own gain by sending fraudulent e-mails and creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions. The FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud have an existing tip line to receive information from the public about suspected fraud associated with the earthquake and tsunami that affected Japan. Tips should be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721. The line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, e-mails can be sent to email@example.com, and information can be faxed to (225) 334-4707. The National Center for Disaster Fraud was created by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region. Now, its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or man-made disaster. More than 20 federal agencies, including the FBI, participate in the NCDF, which allows the center to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to disaster
Natural Gas Vehicles Introduced to Wyoming
Misty Pritchard (TBC)
The FBI continues to remind the public to perform due diligence before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations or individuals offering to provide assistance to the people of Japan.
Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, flyers, mailings, telephone calls, and other similar methods. Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including: Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages, because they may contain computer viruses. Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as members of charitable organizations or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites. Beware of organizations with copy-cat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities. Rather than follow a purported link to a website, verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group’s existence and its non-
To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf. Do not be pressured into making contributions; reputable charities do not use such tactics. Be aware of whom you are dealing with when providing your personal and financial information. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft. Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals. Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services. Most legitimate charities websites end in .org rather than .com. Consumers can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
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As attendees strolled into the McMurry Training Center in Casper, tables were set up with awaiting information about the Wyoming Natural Gas Vehicle and Infrastructure Coalition. The meeting was largely in part presented by Chesapeake Energy and Encana. Discussions filled the air about the latest and greatest new arrivals of natural gas vehicles presented by the Coalition, as lines formed to feast on the buffet of food. Companies introduced one another, shaking hands and gearing up for this exciting new product of the future. The meeting, held on October 25th, was provided as a means to discuss Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs), a driving change in transportation. Natural Gas Vehicles have an increasing appeal as an alternative fuel option. They rely on proven and established technology that delivers similar power to gasoline and diesel. Natural gas vehicles will allow the opportunity for cleaner cities and the reduction of traditional gasoline and diesel use in transportation. The interest in natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel stems mainly from its affordable, cleanerburning qualities, domestic resource base, and its commercial availability. Alexine Hazarian, NGV Sales and Marketing with EnCana, was on hand to greet all who attended. Among some of the information gathered was what the power is behind NGVs.
Ford F-250 Natural Gas driven truck on display during Chesapeake’s meeting on the introduction of Natural Gas Vehicles to Wyoming. Photo TBC Misty Pritchard.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) is an alternative to gasoline that is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG is colorless and tasteless. This environmentally friendly fuel can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 30% and toxic pollutants up to 90%. Many at the event were asking what’s the mission of natural gas vehicles: The mission is to displace the use of expensive traditional gasoline and diesel in the regional transportation sector, improve air quality through reduced emissions, and increase energy security. Why Natural Gas Vehicles? They are fueled by abundant supplies, with more than 100 years supply in North America. NGVs are affordable, with over $1000 annual fuel savings per vehicle and lower maintenance
costs and they are domestic, with “Wyoming First,” using gas produced in the state. NGVs are clean, reducing at least 25% in emissions. As pens hit the paper with abundance of information, the room is directed to each speaker as they give their closing statements. A Ford F-250 was on display outside in the parking lot to be test driven to see the changes of the natural gas driven vehicle. NGVs are available in both light and heavy duty models. Ford, GM, and Dodge are all manufacturing NGVs on the production line. For more information on natural gas vehicles, visit www.CNGNow.com or www.cleancities.energy.gov, where you can find resources provided by numerous companies promoting the NGVs along with pamphlets, print outs and other information
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Fall Special Olympics Tournament Brings Home the Gold in Converse and Natrona Counties
Misty Pritchard (TBC)
As the Special Olympics Fall Tournament started in Glenrock on October 10, 2012, the excitement in the air was evident. The sound of bowling balls rolling, pins being knocked over, surrounded by smiling faces that greeted everyone with a high five. The Special Olympics had an amazing attendance at the fall tournament in Glenrock the week of October 10-17th. 600 athletes from all over Wyoming competed in the fall games that included bowling, soccer, cycling and equestrian competition. Athletes came from Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Douglas, Gillette, Sheridan, Goshen County, Glenrock, Lander, Lovell, Riverton, Star Val-
ing the event and included Glenrock team members, Ashley Eason and Casey McKillip both of whom took home a gold medal in bowling. JT Calvas also participated for the Glenrock team.
For the eighth year in a row, Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Local Glenrockian Tucker Smith, who bowled on the Casper team this year took home the Gold from Sunrise Lanes in Casper along with his Doubles Partner Brian Lorenz.
The World's Forage Analysis Superbowl provides growers from across the United States and Canada an opportunity to vie for forage awards by entering their high quality samples in a dairy or commercial division. Six Wyoming producers competed in the Commercial Hay Division and five producers from the state competed in the Grass/Hay Division.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of the bowling alleys” says Karen Beddoes “Without the donations and volunteers, none of this would be possible.” A special thanks goes out to the everyone in-
Officer Crowell of Casper PD, along with Theresa Simpson and Stew Anderson of Natrona County EM pass out medals during the Spcial Olympics. Photo Amanda Smith
A huge thank you, to Gary Eckhardt for allowing his bowling alley Glenrock Bowl, to be utilized as part of the Special Olympics. All the bowlers in Glenrock this year were presented medals from Converse County Deputy Trevor Wright, Glenrock Police Officers Colter Felton and Cody Buettgenback and Douglas Police Department’s Lieutenant Ron Casalenda . After this tournament, the athletes will start training for the Winter Tournament ley, Thermopolis and Worland.
volved in making this a fall tournament to remember.
“Bowling is the most popular sport” says Venue Director Karen Beddoes.
The following volunteered their time to make this successful; Wayne Miller, Jackie Desmaris, Les Hilbird, Neala Roberts, Russ Dalgarn, Rhonda Jones, Brent Oliver, Cassie Wickett, McCall Garner, and McKenna Hoyt.
There are 1370 registered Special Olympic athletes in the state of Wyoming. Glenrock Bowl hosted 370 teams within two days dur-
Wyoming Hay Producers Place Well At Premier Hay Show
Sunday November 4, 2012
that is held in Jackson Hole Wyoming on February 5th, 6th and 7th of 2013. The winter games in 2013 will include alpine skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. A huge congratulations to all of the Special Olympic Athletes who participated in the annual fall tournament this year.
In the Commercial Hay Division, Kellie Hinman of Lazy 2K Livestock from Wheatland, Wyo. took grand champion. David Hinman with Hardrock Farms in Wheatland, Wyo., was second. Ervin Gara, of Torrington, Wyo., came in third; Wyoming Haybusters with Ervin Gara placed fourth; Kossert Bros. Inc., of Casper, Wyo., was eighth; and David Hinman placed 14th. In the grass/hay division, three of the five Wyoming samples placed in the top 10. Gerry Danko of Powell, Wyo., came in third. Lazy 2K Livestock was fifth; and Epler Farms, of Hillsdale, Wyo., was 10th. Wyoming’s entries to the Superbowl were selected by having the top relative feed value at the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show. The winners of this class had entry fees and any necessary shipping required to send
samples to the Superbowl paid for by the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division. Donn Randall, Crop and Forage Program manager in the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division, said while this year’s drought did affect the number of entries submitted, he believed the quality of the hay samples was better. “Most of the U.S. experienced much better drying conditions due to the drought, which helped make for better visual quality of forage samples,” said Randall. Randall said demand for Wyoming hay from Midwest dairy and horse producers is very high. He also talked with several Asian delegations interested in sourcing Wyoming hay for export to China, Japan and neighboring countries. “As of now, we are seeing export prices of $20 to $40 dollars more per ton than the domestic markets. This is a really lucrative market for our producers and we are hoping to capitalize on it. “Once again, Wyoming hay producers have shown the forage industry that our hay is top notch. Wyoming has earned a reputation as a premium hay producing state making our producers very much sought after,” said Randall.
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Panel Recommends Sterilization of Wild Horses The federal agency charged with managing wild horses and burros that roam freely across 11 Western states should consider sterilizing some mares to control booming mustang populations and protect rangelands, a citizen advisory panel recommended Tuesday. The Bureau of Land Management has long struggled with how to manage growing horse herds on public lands, which can double naturally within five years if left unchecked. Horses have been injected with drugs and vaccines to slow reproduction and rounded up for adoption, but the agency currently has more horses in captivity than are left roaming the range, forcing the emphasis to shift to population control rather than roundups. Nearly 60 percent of the agency's entire budget for the wild horse program is spent on housing horses. Drugs currently used to slow reproduction in wild horse herds must be re-administered regularly because they only work for about a year, and drugs that work longer have not yet been approved for use on wild horses, said Dr. Boyd Spratling, a veterinarian from Deeth, Nev. and chairman of the bureau's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Instead, spaying horses — or surgically removing the ovaries of older mares — eliminates the need for frequent roundups for adoption or to administer drugs, he said. Younger mares could still foal, allowing for genetic diversity in herds. It's not a permanent solution, Spratling said, but a tool the BLM should have available for use in its effort to control herd sizes. "Surgery is never 100 percent safe, but this is considered to be effective and relatively safe and has long been used in the racehorse industry," he said. The BLM estimates there are 37,000 horses on public lands in the West. An additional 47,000 horses have been removed from the range and are being cared for in short-term or long-term holding areas. The agency faces a complicated task of trying to balance the needs of the federally protected herds against competing interests of other wildlife species, livestock, ranchers and hunters amid an ongoing drought and shrinking budgets. Horse advocates have long argued that livestock should be removed from the range at a faster pace than horses, which they say have a legal right to be there under the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971. Ginger Kathrens, founder and executive director of Coloradobased horse advocacy group The Cloud Foundation, called the proposed surgical procedure too dangerous for use in the field. "It's not been done successfully. It's a surgery in a field in a round pen in the dirt," she said. "How will it affect the health of the mare and the dynamic of the horse's family and the larger herd? They don't know." However, board members raised concerns about the health of herds without intervention, pointing to a lack of feed on rangelands damaged by overgrazing and drought. Those are the very conditions that have resulted in mass deaths of wildlife, such as deer, in the past, said Timothy Harvey of Campton, N.H., a board member and longtime horse trainer.
Grizzly Bear Relocated After Killing Cattle On Private Ranch
"I just don't want to see that kind of scenario develop," he said. "Anything we can do as a stopgap measure at this point, to head off the bus that's headed to the cliff, needs to be done."
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated a sub-adult female grizzly bear on October 28, 2012.
In recent months, the BLM also has been criticized for allowing a horse slaughter proponent to buy hundreds of horses over the past five years, potentially for slaughter. The agency acknowledged Monday that the Department of Interior's inspector general is investigating allegations that a Colorado man purchased more than 1,700 horses for slaughter in Mexico.
The bear was captured for killing cattle on a private ranch in the South Fork of the Shoshone River drainage southwest of Cody. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the bear was relocated to the Arizona Creek drainage in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, approximately 40 miles north of Jackson and 4 miles south of Yellowstone National Park.
Current BLM policy requires those who purchase excess wild horses to sign papers promising they won't resell them for slaughter.
The release site is located in currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.
Wyoming is currently home to approximately 3,543 wild horses.
Grizzly bear relocation is a management tool afforded bear management personnel to minimize conflicts between humans and grizzlies. The decision to relocate and the selection of a relocation site is made taking into consideration the age, sex, and type of conflict the bear was involved in.
Since grizzly bears are listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the appropriate land management agency is also made to minimize the chance of future conflicts and maximize the survival potential of the relocated grizzlies. Bears are relocated in accordance with federal law and regulation. When selecting a relocation site, the Department makes every consideration to minimize potential conflicts with livestock and people. Bears can create conflicts after they have obtained food rewards. The Department continues to stress the importance of keeping all attractants (food items, horse feeds, bird seed, and others) unavailable to bears. Reducing attractants reduces human-bear conflicts.
The Wyoming Range Legacy Act Continues To Pay Dividends For Hunters And Anglers
The Trust for Public Lands enters into an agreement with Plains Exploration & Production Company
Trout Unlimited applauded Friday’s announcement by The Trust for Public Land and Plains Exploration & Production Co. to enter into an agreement to retire 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Hoback River Basin. Just three years ago, TU and a coalition of sportsmen’s organizations and businesses dubbed the Sportsmen for the Wyoming Range, worked with U.S. Sen. John Barrasso to pass the Wyoming Range Legacy Act. This historic bill permanently protected 1.2 million acres of the Wyoming Range from future oil and gas development.
“This provision of the bill created a market-based solution to balancing conservation with oil and gas development,” said Dave Glenn, TU’s backcountry lands director based in Lander. “We are encouraged by Friday’s announcement. “This agreement is another milestone toward ensuring a strong sporting heritage for future generations of Wyoming hunters and anglers.” The Wyoming Range is home to elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, sage grouse, a trophy herd of mule deer, and other wildlife. The range also supports three separate subspecies of cutthroat trout and is home to the state’s largest herd of moose.
The act also allowed individuals and organizations to buy and retire some 75,000 acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest already leased for oil and gas development if the lease holders are willing sellers.
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Granite Peak Purchases Lots in Douglas EWC Hopes For Expansion
Sinclair Offers Reward After Apparent Sabotage Edited by Amanda Smith (AP) — Sinclair Oil Corp. is offering a $25,000 reward for information about an apparent sabotage attempt at its refinery near Rawlins. Workers discovered damage to a number of valves on Oct. 18. after noticing strange feedback from instruments on a hydro-cracking unit. Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders confirmed Wednesday that his department is investigating.
CANDO uncommitted lots sold to Granite Peak. Photo TBC - Rhonda Zeller
According to CANDO Board President Tim Pexton, “We have finalized the sale of the remainderof our lots in the business park to Granite Peak. In the next few months we will be looking at ways the proceeds from this sale can be reinvested in our communities through projects and programs. We are confident this money can be greatly leveraged to serve the community development needs of the people of Douglas and all of Converse County far into the future.” As the largest full service commercial real estate development company in Wyoming, Granite Peak’s portfolio includes mixeduse developments, business parks, logistics hubs and industrial centers. They have experienced con-
siderable growth since their start in 2004 and continue to build sound communities while incorporating the natural beauty of the Wyoming landscape. “Granite Peak has a successful track record and outstanding reputation” said Cindy Porter, CANDO Executive Director. “We are excited to have them involved in our community and look forward to working with them in the future.” Granite Peak is pleased to have Eastern Wyoming College as an anchor tenant in the business park and company principals have expressed their desire that future development there be complimentary to the mission of the college.
The refinery has had several accidents and releases over the past several years. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’s (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Sinclair Oil for eleven violations at the Sinclair Refinery in Sinclair, Wyoming.
OSHA issued three repeat serious citations for violations that were previously cited at Sinclair’s Casper Refinery. The repeat serious citations were issued for the employer’s failure to ensure instrumentation had proper hazard detection hardware, lack of proper employee training and failure to ensure employees had an adequate amount of time or protection to complete all steps needed for the process associated with ventilation of chemicals to atmosphere. Other serious violations included the failure to develop and implement safe work practices, among other violations. The company concluded the damage was intentional but Company spokesman Clint Ensign declined to state if there was any signs of a break in.
An OSHA inspection following the May 8, 2012 flash fire catastrophe which caused injury to four Sinclair em-
(AP) — A Riverton woman has been arrested after Fremont County Sheriff's deputies say she made more than 625 prank 911 calls over the weekend.
KCWY-TV in Casper reports investigators tracked the calls to the prepaid cellphone of a 19-year-old woman, who was
arrested on suspicion of misuse of 911 and interference with a peace officer. Reportedly charges could bring one year jail time for each call made.
Deputies aren't sure what the woman's motive was.
Converse Places Well in AG Photo Contest
The Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division has chosen the winners of its 5th Annual Ag Photo Contest.
ticipants both new and returning including one youth contestant. A total of 455 photographs were submitted.
Grand Prize went to Willie Felton of Ten Sleep, Wyo., for his photo “Wild Horse Race - Saddle Your Horses,” taken at the Ten Sleep Rodeo. The Adult 1st Place winner was Jennifer Faulkner of Laramie, Wyo., for “Fencing,” taken in Rock River, Wyo. Adult 2nd Place was awarded to Gwen Shepperson of Arminto, Wyo., for “Cow Horse Life,” taken at Buffalo Creek Ranch in Wyoming. Honorable Mention went to Hailey True of Casper, Wyo., for “Oink!” taken in Douglas, Wyo.
Photos were scored on four criteria: WOW factor, composition, viewpoint, and originality/artistic merit.
Hollie Rae True received the Youth 1st Place award for “Summer's Dusk,” taken in Douglas, Wyo. The Youth 2nd Place award also went to True for “Wrangling Through the Snow,” taken in Douglas. This year’s contest attracted 51 par-
“This year, the Agribusiness Division implemented an online submission for entries which made it easier for contestants to submit their photos,” said Terri Barr, senior marketing specialist for the division. “In fact, the majority of the photos we received were submitted online. We are very pleased with the number and quality of photos we received for the contest. There is a lot of talent out there and it’s always hard to choose winners.” Many of the photographs will be featured in the 2013 AgriCulture calendar, which will be out soon. Winning photos may be viewed at www.wyophotocontest.com
Four lots have been set aside for a new EWC campus and were not involved in the sale. Two lots are owned by CANDO and two lots are owned by the City of Douglas. The EWC project will be on the November ballot to be funded by the 1 cent sales tax.
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CANDO is pleased to announce the final sale of all uncommitted lots in the Douglas Business Park to Granite Peak for $1.5 million and a percentage of future lot sales.
When asked if the FBI was involved in the investigation, FBI spokesman Dave Joly stated "per policy we are not able to confirm nor deny that an investigation exists.
ployees, three of which were serious injuries, resulted in proposed penalties totaling $155,000.
Wyo. Woman Accused Of Hundreds Of Prank 911 Calls
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Letters to the Editor Truth is in the minds of thinkers - vote yes on the library additions. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been several excellent letters urging a "yes" vote for the Converse County Public Library additions. There has been not even ONE letter in opposition. That is good.. There is little I can add to all of the reasons for maintaining an adequate library system that have not already been the subjects of past letters. Perhaps there needs to be some refutation of the one major reason I have heard around town for voting against the libraries' expansion. "We do not need more library than we already have because libraries are soon to become a thing of the past." The argument is that with computers, CD's, iPhones, iPads, Smart Phones, etc., etc., etc., we can have literally at our fingertips all of the information that can be found in a library. Therefore, some
people feel it is unnecessary to spend one penny more on purchases (food, prescription drugs, and gas are exempt) for libraries. Those who have that reasoning are overlooking the fact that everyone does NOT have some or all of the aforementioned hand held electronic devices, and for several reasons may never have them. One reason is that many people find it extremely difficult to master the use of them. Also the expense of purchasing them and paying monthly fees to use them is quite beyond the means of many individuals and families. There is always a new version on the market, with each one being more expensive than the previous one, but it is necessary to have because the older one is out-of-date so far as the information it contains or is capable of containing. The cost and operation of these devices or androids generally are in the hundreds of dollars. General browsing in a library is not like browsing on androids. I myself know from my own experience in graduate school. I was browsing through some periodicals pertinent to my
subject of interest, and there in the biography section in the back of a magazine I saw an item that I thought might be just what I was looking for. I immediately went to the interlibrary loan office at the University and asked if they could obtain that publication for me. They did, and the information was of extreme value in my thesis research. I would NEVER have run across that item in a hand-held device because I would have had to have known of its existence before I could have looked for it. So very much information is readily available in a public library that would be impossible to find on an android. We cannot be assured that what we access on the androids is complete information, but is only that information that publishers choose to include, whereas a library can have all publications that are within their budgets and as their budgets increase can update their acquisitions. Libraries are one of the major pillars of our democracy. Do not allow them to lose their influence and slip away-certainly not because of a penny! Earl Shoemaker Glenrock, Wyoming
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Series in Glenrock.
The Glenrock Library needs an expansion that way the staff can have a bigger meeting area and there can be more room for the people and there can be more books. And for the Douglas Library the expansion would be great, then they can have a larger meeting area and more space for books. Because if you have seen the meeting area they have now, they need a bigger one.
In story time they could have a separate area, so the rest of the library could stay peaceful and quiet. During story time the rest of the library doesn’t need to hear them.
A big library would allow the staff to have much more comfortable meetings, because they would have more space and they would allow more people to come to the Summer Lecture Dear Editor, I would like to encourage everyone to vote for the Library Expansion, because Converse County needs the services that only larger buildings can offer. One of the things I would really enjoy about a larger building would be more outlets where I could plug in my computer. I don’t like having my computer on my lap, so I have to use the table with the laptops and then I have to plug into their power strip to run my computer. It would be nice if I could just plug into a plug-in near a desk that was just for one person. A large meeting room would be so nice for story time, different meetings the library holds,
And the computer area also needs to be bigger that way the people who go there can easily plug in their computers. And there would be more space for more computers.
Bridger Tack (age 8)
and for different organizations who need room to hold their meetings. It is a distraction to the people using the library for reading or computer use when the meeting is happening right next to them. I personally find it distracting when I’m trying to read or work on a report and there is a lot of talking in the background. I like having separate rooms for meetings. The important things to remember would be that the land for Glenrock has already been purchased, the Douglas Library will be not needing more land as a second story will be added, and that the sales tax increase would be for 5 years only. Thank you, Rani Grant
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Refrigerator Art He could barely control his enthusiasm; if you didn’t know what was going on, you’d think the five-year-old was going to wet his pants. But he just danced around, waiting for me to pull the huge roll of brown shipping paper down from the shelf. The first time I got it for him, his eyes bugged out of his head. He decided right then that I was the coolest grandpa ever. Once I got the roll down, he started showing me how big of a piece of paper he needed for his painting. He held his arms as far apart as he could reach, saying, “This big, Grampa.” I tore it off and placed the paper on the table. As he climbed into the dining room chair, he reached for his plastic case of paints. Pulling out the blue, green, red, yellow and purple canisters – then the brushes, and sponges, he was ready to provide me with an afternoon of great entertainment. Grabbing the red, he began to paint across the bottom of the paper – spiking it up in points from the bottom edge. He said he was painting the grass. When I remarked that grass is green, he said “Not in my world. In my world it’s red!” He then grabbed the brush, filled it with purple and started placing streaks down into the grass, and then connected them upwards. I cocked my head for a second and said, “Is that a tree?” “Of course,” he said, “a purple tree. Have you seen a purple tree?” I only smiled. As he continued to add yellow clouds, a green sun and birds of every color that he could mix together – it dawned on me that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. The colors did not make sense to the world I was used to seeing, but in his mind, the colors were perfect. It was then that I realized my colors were my limitation, not his. For him, the possibilities were endless. What a colorful world that God had given us. We are accustomed to the colors we see every day. But God sees us in a different
light. Maybe to him the clouds are yellow, the sun is green, the grass is red, trees are purple – how are we to know? His eyes are so different than ours. After all, to God, we are made perfect. He sent Jesus to us as our Savior, he sees us through a perfect lens, one that we don’t have – but we will have it – someday. When we join him in Heaven, perhaps gold streets will be blue, the tree of life will be red, the pools of water will be brown and it won’t be a bad thing. How do we know for sure what colors mean to him? As my grandson continued to paint, I leaned back in my chair and looked over his shoulder. There – a pink dog next to the tree. What's he doing? Oh no, only a boy would draw that. I laughed out loud. Then came the stick figures, blue for Grandpa, orange for Grandma, green for himself, his three cousins are all yellow, and much smaller than the stick figure of himself… I wondered what that signified, if anything, to a fiveyear-old. Mommy and Daddy were both black with red hands, and bigger than everyone else in the picture. It was interesting that Mommy and Daddy were the only ones with hands at all. Then the final piece was added, a rainbow. Not that there was any reason for a rainbow, he had not even mentioned rain… but what child can have a bunch of different paints and a canvas and not paint a rainbow? As he drew the brushstrokes across the sky and through the yellow clouds, he created a rainbow worthy of the most impressive refrigerator art. I reached for the completed picture and told him that once it dried – it would be displayed with pride on the refrigerator door. After all, those doors were made for grandkids’ artwork. The world in his painting might not mirror what I see, but it is a colorful world. Isn’t that what God planned?
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.
TJ Casey is a singer/ songwriter, storyteller, composer and entertainer. He was raised up on ranches in Wyoming and Montana and now teaches the "Code of the West" and poetry to students all across America. Check him out at: www.tjcasey.net.
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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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.
I have a child who is turning four this month. My husband works and I am a stay at home mom. I want to go back to work, but my husband is very much against my placing my son in a day care or child care setting. He says my wanting to do this is insensitive to the needs of my son, but I feel that it would be good for me to get back out there in to the real world while immersing my son in a social environment. My husband also wants our son home schooled starting at age 5, by me, but I am very much against this. What are your thoughts on this please? email Sassy with your questions: Sassy@theglenrockbird.com Dear living with a controlling husband, As a couple you two should try to decide the course of your child’s upbringing. I see benefits from home schooling and public schooling. The mere fact that you do not want to home school is already a failure. Home schooling is a tremedous commitment and takes time and discipline. Sounds to me like you and your husband need to sit down and hash out what will be the best for your son. I have always been a working woman and I do look back and would give anything to have had the opportunity to stay home with my children until they entered school, because once they start school time flies and you will be begging them for a minute of their time. Although its a great idea to put them in preschool for social reasons, there are many other good reasons as well, perhaps try 1 or 2 days a week. So my recommendation to you is to present the compromise to your husband that, you will not work until your son starts school, then he will go to PUBLIC SCHOOL AND YOU WILL GO TO WORK. We all have to have fullfillment in our lives, but, there is always sacrafice aswell. The balance between the two is the key to happiness. Keep me posted.
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America’s Energy Future Must Include Coal and Gas By: Sen. John Barrasso, M.D. In Montana and in my home state of Wyoming we know how important coal is to growing America’s economy. Coal provides affordable, reliable energy and good jobs. President Obama and other Democrats in Washington should embrace this American energy source and look for ways to expand its production. Instead, they have been trying to shut down America’s coal industry. Our coal exports have soared over the past decade. To meet growing demand worldwide for U.S. coal, there are plans to build five new port facilities in Washington and Oregon. American companies would ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming through those ports to Asia. Like other construction projects, the new facilities will pass through a rigorous environmental review process. The Obama EPA has proposed an aggressive new plan in which the reviews will grow even more burdensome and expensive. Regulators want to consider carbon dioxide emissions potentially generated by American goods not just where they are produced, but wherever in the world they end up being used. We would be left with a new climate change litmus test for American exports -- and higher unemployment. When he was running in 2008, then-Senator Obama bragged about his plan to impose restrictions that would cause the price of coal to skyrocket. "If somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can," he said. "It's just that it will bankrupt them." Senate Democrats have worked closely with the President to keep that promise. They backed the EPA regulations that have led the industry to shed thousands of jobs. Recently, the J.E. Corette coal plant in Billings announced it would join a long list of closures due to Democrats’ efforts. The Obama Administration itself estimates that 175 coal-fired electric power plants will shut down in the
next four years. The natural gas and oil industries have faced similar headwinds out of Washington. Energy production has been strong on private land; but that’s despite President Obama’s policies, not because of them. He blocked access to energy resources on the federal land he controls. As a result, oil exploration on federal lands and offshore areas plummeted 14 percent from 2010 to 2011. The President stopped the Keystone XL pipeline. He’s also pushed more red tape and higher taxes on oil and gas producers. At every turn, Democrats in the Senate aided and abetted President Obama’s terrible energy policies. Instead of developing our abundant and affordable traditional fuels, Democrats in Washington have tried to force expensive alternatives as the sole option. The American people are not buying what President Obama is selling. More than 20 of President Obama’s stimulus-funded green energy companies have gone bankrupt. Another 15 are failing. Sales of the highly subsidized Chevy Volt are well below expectations. Gambling away billions of dollars more will not lower gas prices, create jobs or get our economy growing as we need it to again. Yet President Obama and his allies keep attacking the fossil fuels capable of providing Americans with jobs and affordable, reliable energy today. The workers at J.E. Corette deserve more than devastating overregulation that threatens their jobs and their futures. So do thousands of others in the energy industry in Wyoming and Montana. The American people know we can’t afford to go any further down this road. We need a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. America’s future will be bright, as long as we embrace our abundant and affordable energy sources, and the jobs they create.
Wyoming Jobless Rate Falls To 5.4 Percent In Sept.
(AP) — Wyoming's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in September. The rate dropped from 5.7 percent in August. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says a year ago in September the rate was at 5.9 percent.
The agency says nearly every county in the state saw unemployment rates fall. Big Horn County's rate fell from 6.2 percent to 5 percent. Goshen Coun-
ty fell from 5.8 percent to 4.6 percent. Sublette County reported the state's lowest jobless rate last month at 3 percent, followed by Niobrara County at 3.2 percent, Converse at 3.6 percent and Campbell and Albany both at 3.7 percent. The highest unemployment rates by county were in Fremont with 5.6 percent, Lincoln with 5.4 percent and Laramie with 5.2 percent.
Mark Gordon Takes Oath As Wyoming Treasurer Replaces the Late Joe Meyer BEN NEARY,Associated Press (AP) — Mark Gordon took the oath of office Thursday to become Wyoming treasurer. Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill administered the oath to Gordon, 55, in a ceremony at the state Capitol in Cheyenne. Gordon's wife, Jennie Gordon, stood by as he took the oath with his hand on his personal Bible. Gov. Matt Mead selected Gordon last week from among three finalists selected by the Wyoming Republican Party. Gordon succeeds former Treasurer Joe Meyer, who died in early October. Gordon said after the ceremony that Meyer assembled a great staff in the Treasurer's Office. Gordon said he looks forward to working with them and with other statewide elected officials. "I'll never be able to fill Joe Meyer's shoes," Gordon said, adding that Meyer was almost synonymous with Wyoming. Meyer had served as state attorney general and secretary of state before being elected to the treasurer's post first in 2006 and then re-elected in 2010.
his time at the Federal Reserve bank. He said he's committed to running for the treasurer's office in 2014 and hasn't considered his options after that. Gordon said it's most important to get the treasurer's position well-coordinated and able to work with the Legislature. "That's my sense. I really want to work hard to make sure this office does as well as it can. I will run for treasurer again, it needs the continuity. I haven't thought of anything beyond that," he said. The Treasurer's Office oversees roughly $15 billion in Wyoming's investments from taxes on energy production and other sources. As energy revenues have lagged in recent years, the state has come to rely increasingly on income from its investments to augment spending.
“Actionable Information” November 4, 2012 Most of us by now have heard the morose facts about our dismal national economy: 23 million unemployed: 47 million on food stamps or some form of entitlement: 16 trillion dollar national debt and rising: and unemployment hovering around 8% seemingly forever; ad nauseam. Wyoming and North Dakota have been insulated from this moribund state of affairs, thankfully. There is no paucity of information. For most voters this Tuesday it will be a matter of taking action at the polling places. Our President, the Obfuscator-in-Chief, continues to move from his 2008 promise of “transparency” to a “smoke and mirrors” style of governance, from national security to the economy. More troubling are the more than nine hundred executive orders President Obama has issued in forty months, four times the number of George Bush the younger, in half the time. If one took the time to read some of these draconian measures, it is truly disquieting. Perhaps a newly elected Mitt Romney would extirpate them “his first day in office.” He would be one busy fellow. Realizing that the GOP is not a monolithic voting block, consider the offerings of one the Independent Presidential candidates on the ballot in Wyoming. We have a slate full of local and state elections and ballot initiatives to ponder before we set foot in the booth. Glenrock’s slate will impact our daily lives to some degree with candidates vying for Town Council vacancies, offering a variety of slogans to consider. Consider School Board hopefuls who are tasked to guide and hold accountable our Superintendent. Sue Dills will try to unseat Linda Care. And it won’t be
easy to pry Linda out of that seat that she is accustomed to occupying. The Mayor-Pro-Tem’s campaign literature touted her as an “independent thinker.” In her years as a Town Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem, there is precious little to support such a claim. Your’s truly would characterize her as an “echo.” Under former Mayor Steve Celinski and Mike McQueary, she rarely used her “independent” voice. Perhaps it’s time for a change. Sue Dills is waiting in the wings with her “mean what I say, and say what I mean” approach. Care’s looking for a promotion. Some are voting for retirement. Our State Senator Jim Anderson is running unopposed, and at-large Congresswoman, Cynthia Lummis and U.S. Senator John Barrasso are, in reality, running unopposed, considering their opposition. House District 6 incumbent, nearly octogenarian Richard Cannady, may face a less-than-serious threat from a write-in campaign by pesky Primary challenger Chris Sorge. Voters in Converse County can also decide whether to fund the Eastern Wyoming College measure, and library renovations in Douglas and Glenrock, or not, with a 1 cent temporary tax. In a recent conversation with a college political science instructor, he raised the issue of the disengaged and disenchanted “young voters.” His advice to them, “The government in going to run anyway, on your money, so you might as well have a voice.” Not bad advice for a tired excuse for youthful malaise. In fact, not bad advice for any of us. On a rare occasion of agreement with President Obama, who, at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as his minions booed the Republican approach to running the country, shot back, “Don’t boo. Vote!” So stop booing, and vote. Being bellicose or pugnacious isn’t always bad. The headlines haven’t been printed yet. It’s still the people who get to choose. And, guess who’s in control? What do you think? Mike’s email is Noahwebs@ yahoo.com
"It's going to be a huge flood of information and a lot to work with, but I'm really looking forward to it," Gordon said. He said being appointed gives him less time to prepare for the office than he would have if he had won the office through a conventional election campaign but he said he believes he's prepared for it. Gordon, a rancher from the town of Buffalo, recently resigned from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where he served as a non-banking board member. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 as a Republican. "The work I did there gave me a real acquaintance with the national economy, gave me a sense of where things are going internationally," Gordon said of
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Wyoming Senior Safety Adapts To Bench Role
EWC Men’s Rodeo Team Moves To First Place The Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo team completed the fall 2012 rodeo season at the Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Rodeo in Cheyenne, WY, October 12-14.
(AP) — Wyoming senior safety Luke Ruff is as frustrated as anyone about the Cowboys' 1-7 record. But he is even more frustrated that he hasn't been able to do much about it for nearly a month.
Ruff, one of four team captains, has been ruled out for Saturday's Border War with Colorado State because of a stinger suffered at Nevada on Oct. 6.
The EWC Men’s Team moved into first place in the regional standings and many individuals are holding good positions in the standings.
Prior to the stinger, he had not missed a game in his UW career. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the last game Ruff started and finished was the last UW win — a 40-37 overtime victory at Idaho. Since then, the Cowboys have used three different starting lineups in the secondary. Despite the injury, Ruff is the team's sixth-leading tackler with 34.
Two Wyoming Athletes Dismissed From Teams
“The top two teams in the region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo,” Jake Clark, Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo Coach, said. “It is great to be in first place after the fall rodeos. The Men’s team is full of talent and very competitive; they can’t wait to start up again.”
(AP) — Two Wyoming athletes, including a men's basketball player, have been dismissed from their teams.
Veteran team member Troy Wilcox, of Red Owl, SD leads the region in the all-around standings and the team roping header, he is third in the steer wrestling and seventh in the tie-down roping. “Troy is an EWC Team Ropers (left) Cotey Hanson and (right) Troy Wicox are currently the number one team in the Central Rocky outstanding competitor and a Mountain Region of College Rodeo. Photo credit Brian Gauck great team leader,” Clark said. man Cotey Hanson, of Berthold, NE won the final round of the goat The Lancer Rodeo 2013 will be Wilcox finished second in the ND placed third in the average, tying and placed third in the aver- April 5-7 in Torrington. The Colsteer wrestling average at the extending their first place lead in age. Sierks is in the sixth place lege National Finals will be held LCCC rodeo. Freshman Cam- the regional standings. position of the regional standings. in Casper June 9-15, 2013. eron Morman, of Glen Ullin, ND Photo Caption: EWC Team Ropwon the short round and finished Freshman duo of Dustin Dailey In other regional standings, sopho- ers Troy Wicox and Cotey Hanson third in the average. Freshman and Denum Santero, of Minatare, more team ropers Trae Kautzman, are currently the number one team Dustin Dailey, of Long Pine, NE NE placed fifth in the first round of Walcott, ND and Tyler Wort- in the Central Rocky Mountain placed fifth in the average. of the team roping. man, of Towner, ND are fifth in Region of College Rodeo. the regional standings. In the bull Three EWC teams qualified for In the saddle bronc riding, fresh- riding, freshman Joe Bertus, of the short round in the team rop- man Josh Davison, of Miles City, Avon, SD is fifth in the bull riding. ing. The sophomore duo of Derek MT finished second in the first Dustin Dailey is fifth in the steer Weinreis, of Beach, ND and Levi round and sophomore Trey For- wrestling. O’Keefe, of Mohall, ND won sec- tune, of Milesville, SD finished ond in the average. Weinreis and sixth. The Lancer Rodeo Team will start O’Keefe, are in second place in the spring rodeo season March 15the regional standings in the team For the Women’s Team, sopho- 17 at the Gillette College Rodeo. roping. Troy Wilcox and fresh- more, Mardee Sierks, of Brewster,
The university announced Wednesday that the dismissals of sophomore guard Shakir Smith and wrestler Patrick Martinez are effective immediately.
A press release from the UW athletics department says Cowboys basketball coach Larry Shyatt and wrestling coach Mark Branch would not comment. The 6-foot-1 Smith played in 15 games last season with the Cowboys, averaging just 0.5 points and four minutes a game.
Polls Pick UW Men’s BB Team to Finish Sixth (AP) — The Wyoming men's basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West Conference preseason media poll. The poll picked San Diego State to finish first, followed by UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State and Nevada. Wyoming was predicted to finish ahead of Fresno State, Boise State and Air Force. The Cowboys will play two exhibition games before opening the regular season against
Western State on Nov. 10 in the Arena-Auditorium. In the women's poll, the Wyoming Cowgirls are picked to finish fourth behind San Diego State, Fresno State and UNLV. Cowgirls junior transfer forward Aubry Boehme (bay-ME') was selected as preseason newcomer of the year. The Cowgirls open their regular season Nov. 9 at home against Idaho.
Wyoming Beats Ft Lewis In Exhibition At Ethete
(AP) — Larry Nance Jr. scored 21 points in leading Wyoming over Division II Fort Lewis 82-61 in an exhibition game Wednesday night. The game was played at the Wyoming Indian High School on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Cowboys led by just 5 points at halftime, but outscored
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the Skyhawks by 16 points in the second half. Freshman guard Josh Adams added 12 points, while senior guard Luke Martinez and freshman guard Jason McManamen each had 11. Wyoming has a second exhibition game on Saturday night when it hosts College of Wooster.
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