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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Volume 6 Issue 18 Proud Member of the Associated Press

New Oil and Gas Supervisor Hired The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has hired a new Supervisor. Grant Black will take over the job on May 1st. Black held the same job in Arkansas from 1999 to 2004 and has 30 years of experience as a professional geologist. Governor Matt Mead is a member of the Commission. He said he is pleased with the decision that the Commission reached. “Grant has a wealth of experience in private industry and also in the public sector as a regulator. His track record in Arkansas doing this same job is an asset,” Governor Mead said. “Grant comes well recommended. He has a strong sense of what it takes to support industry and do so in a way that balances the environment and other industries important to Wyoming, like agriculture and tourism.” Black has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in geology from Oklahoma State University. “This is an extraordinary opportunity because of Wyoming’s leadership in producing energy for the nation and in developing models for the country that make sure energy production is done responsibly. I hope the skills I have developed over my career will serve the people of Wyoming well,” Grant Black said. Governor Mead also thanked Bob King for his excellent work as the interim Supervisor. “Bob has been a great leader and brought ideas to improve the Commission. I also want to thank the other members of the Commission who worked hard to find the right person for this job.”

Converse County Boasts Ownership of Top 100 Hospital - AGAIN! Memorial Hospital of Converse County has been named a Top 100 Hospital for 2013, making the list for the second year in a row. iVantage Health Analytics released its list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals this month. The top hospital evaluation is based on the group’s Hospital Strength Index, which compares all hospitals against national peer groups on market strength, value-based strength, and financial strength. Other key index components include market share and financial strength, both of which Memorial Hospital received high marks. The Hospital Strength Index compares 56 different measures of performance to help identify those hospitals best prepared for success under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The index includes a unique

set of measures as key pillars for benchmarking and goal setting. The index is designed to provide the 1,327 Critical Access Hospitals across the United States with balanced scorecards and comparable ratings of their performance. Memorial Hospital in Douglas is one of four Wyoming hospitals on this year’s Top 100 list. Other Wyoming hospitals include Afton, Wheatland, and Worland.

named a Top 100 Hospital again,” said CEO Ryan Smith. “Our staff is working hard to ensure our quality standards are met, and that our patient satisfaction scores remain high, two very important components of the Hospital Strength Index.” stated Smith.

“We are very proud to have been

Bronco Building Up For Renovation

Erica Caves (TBC) Amanda Smith (TBC)

The Lincoln building is about to make a reappearance to the Glenrock downtown community.

The town received a CDBG Feasibility grant in 2012 and hired Randy Hein an architect from Casper, who will assist the town

On Saturday March 9th Converse County Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen elected officers for the Converse County Republican Party. The new officers, a cross-section of long-time residents and relative newcomers, include Chairman Kathy Russell, State Committeeman W. Frank Eathorne and Secretary Gigi Leman of Douglas, State Committeewoman Terry Henderson from Shawnee, and Vice-Chairman Walter (Mike) Pyatt and Treasurer Mary Ann Pyatt, both of Glenrock.

by Wyoming’s republican ideals.”

Their two year term will carry through the next general election in 2014. Russell noted “We have two primary tasks. The first is to drill down in our neighborhoods to recruit, educate and train new voters and new public servants. The second is to recruit and support strong candidates who will commit to consistently applying the principles of the Republican platform as they govern on our behalf.” Their first Executive Committee meeting will focus on laying out an outline for that work.

Russell stated that one of the more notable ballot items may well be a referendum aimed at removing from state statute, the law, SF104, that was passed this session, that eliminated Cindy Hill's elected position of State Superintendent of Public Education.

“We deeply appreciate the trust that’s been placed in us. This is a passionate group who love our home County and our State, and we look forward to working with all our Precinct Committeemen and women, as well as all current and new Republicans, to strengthen our Party and build on the strong tradition of governing

More commonly known as the Bronco building this staple to downtown located on the corner of 5th and Birch in Glenrock, is slated for some much needed renovation and repair. In 2011 the town of Glenrock purchased the building from the Paleon, Glenrock's famous Dinosaur Museum. The purchase was possible because of the use of an Economic Development Infrastructure Grant through the Wyoming Business Council Community Development Block Grant program. The town purchased the building for $200,000.00, and a volunteer committee was started. The committee decided to rename the building the Lincoln Building, which was its' original name when it was first constructed back in 1919.

Converse County Republican Party Elections

-------------------------------------Amanda Smith (TBC) According to Kathy Russell, the 2014 elections will be significant for statewide races for Governor and U.S. Senator and Representative, with the possibility of Liz Cheney campaigning for a Senate Bid or Represenative bid. Wyoming State Representatives will also be up for election.

A number of important local races for elected city and county officers in Converse County, will also be on the ballot. "Given how Converse County was chopped up during the latest redistricting, we have the potential to affect races outside our county and others have the potential to influence ours. So it's even more important than ever that we find ways to unite in purpose with our neighbors in bordering Counties." continued Russell.

US Rig Count Up 24

Glenrock’s Bronco Building. Photo The Bird Central © Mary Kay Kindt

with an engineering survey, and a feasibility study of the building's infrastructure in regards to how the building can be renovated. The committee is working on interior space planning along with determining the future use of the building. According to Kasey Drummon, Town of Glenrock Building Inspector and Code Compliance Officer, the Paleon will continue to reside in the Lincoln building.

The changes are being made to the building in order to help promote and market the downtown area of Glenrock, and will become a much needed space for business and economical development within the town. "This is a very exciting project that will benefit the entire town." stated Drummond, "the building will be restored back to its original beauty and house [both] existing, and new businesses."

US rig count jumps 24 this week to 1,776 (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. has increased by 24 this week to 1,776.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained eight rigs, Oklahoma seven, Texas three, New Mexico and Pennsylvania two each, and North Dakota and Wyoming one apiece. West Virginia was down one. Alaska, Arkansas, California and Colorado were unchanged.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,341 rigs were actively exploring for oil and 431 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes counted 1,984 working rigs.

The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

blazer into Horton’s Corner in Chugwater, Wyoming, is awaiting trial on charges in the incident that occurred at

approximately 6:20pm on December 30, 2012.

Future of Horton’s Corner On Hold Erica Caves (TBC)

Many of us have heard about the destruction of Hortons Corner, the gas station in Chugwater, WY, that went up in flames after a car crashed into it, but what has not been heard, is what the furture has in store. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information about Hortons future. Co-owner Vicki Johnston says that they are waiting on further discussions with their insurance company before they consider their options. The impact that the loss of this business has had on the community is large, and according to Chugwater Mayor LaDonna Sand the community of Chugwater will feel the loss of this business even more in the up-

coming spring and summer months.

Hortons Corner was the only gas station between Wheatland and Cheyenne, which encompasses about 70 miles of open interstate. Travelers often stopped to refuel. The lack of fuel will be inconvenient for both travelers and the Chugwater community. The Chugwater community was made up of four businesses but with the loss of Horton's, is now down to three. The loss of the gas station is a loss of 25 percent of their businesses. 14 people lost their jobs and with the limited number of jobs In the community one can only wonder where those employees will go, or have gone to find new jobs.

According to Mayor Sand the community has come together because of this destruction. The Soda Fountain, Wyomings oldest and still operating Soda Fountain, has stepped up to the plate and is carrying more grocery and medicine items that were previously available for purchase at Hortons. Sand stated that the people of Chugwater also work together in order to get key items that residents of Chugwater need, from either Wheatland or Cheyenne. For their community right now, communication is key. The future of Hortons Corner is unknown at this point. What is known is that the absence of this business leaves both travelers between Cheyenne and Wheatland, and the community of Chugwater, at a loss for

convenient fuel and other necessary goods. The suspect that crashed his

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Glenrock Town Council Minutes Erica Caves (TBC)

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

Glenrock Town Council held their bi-monthly meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Town Hall. Prior to the meeting, council held a workshop with the Glenrock Economic Development Council. The regular council meeting started at 7 pm., with minutes from the February 25, 2013 approved. Mayor Dills presented a report on the Wyoming Association of Rural Water meeting that she attended, stating that she was very pleased with the training from WARW and though it was very educational.

American Legion Jessie Martin Post # 9

With no items from the floor so the council moved on to new business.

American Red Cross

Matt Keating of Linc Energy presented the council with a public awareness plan. He handed out a very comprehensive packet containing information about safety hazards, community safety, and who to contact in the instance of an important or dangerous situation. The council was pleased to see the concern this company has for its community and also pleased to see the progress the company is making in moving their offices into the Commerce Building. The next item of business was to approve the request submitted by Dave Johnston Power Plant to have an open container permit for their

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Glenrock Library News Aloha!! Hello in Hawaiian from the library! Visit our Mango Foreign Language database on line. Go to There are over 60 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. Teen Tech Week was March 1016! With all of our technology all around us the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has designated one week to focus on teens in our community. To put it simply, libraries want to make their environment teen friendly! Right now your public library offers, ebooks, audiobooks, databases, DVD’s, video gaming, social networking, and a homework friendly area for the teens that walk through our doors! As we look to the future of your new library, we are interested in your voice being heard on how you want your teen space to look like and the technology you want!! Get a little crazy and “Check in @

your Library!” Calling all CD audio and playaway fans!! We just received a brand new shipment full of audio books and playaways! For the playaways, Fern Michaels, Tuesday’s Child. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. For the CD audio we have, Catch Me by Lisa Gardner, Beyond Eden by Catherine Coulter plus lots more. Come in and check them out! For Read Me A Story: March 16- March 23: Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick by Alice Schertle. March 23 – March 30: Here Come’s Peter Cottontail by Mary Man-Kong. Pick up the phone and dial 4362353to listen to a great story!!

company picnic that is scheduled be held at Glenrock's Town Park. The council approved the permit request. Council also approved Resolution 2013-08-Surplus Property Bid, to sell items that were not bid on during a previous auction. Council also approved a second reading of the change to Ordinance 663 Mobile Home Definition. See story page 3. Council approved Ordinance 664 Chapter 7 amendment allowing the adoption of Intl. Building Code by resolution. The next ordinance approved was Ordinance 665 adoption of Energy Efficiency Code, along with Ordinance 2013-09 WYDOT STPE Agreement change Order No. 1 was approved. More information on this can be obtained by calling Town Hall at 436-9294 or visiting the Town of Glenrock website at: The last item of business was the WAM-JPIC nomination. The council nominated Glenrock Town Clerk Donna Geho to the Board of Directors. Bills and claims were then approved and the meeting was adjourned.

Rolling Hills Town Council Minutes Erica Caves (TBC) Rolling Hills Town Council met on March 5, 2013. The council approved the minutes from February 19, 2013 and approved the bills and claims for March 5, 2013. The first item on the agenda was the Rolling Hills Easter Egg Hunt which will take place March 30, 2013 starting at 11 am. The Zoning Committee meeting will now be held on the second Tuesday of each month, the committee is currently working on a questionnaire that they want to get out to the public. The Joint Powers Board meeting will be held on April 3, 2013. Junior councilwoman Breanna Farley gave a report of the events going on at Glenrock High School. The council was then given a report concerning possibly cleaning the water wells in the near future. The next topic was the swing set. The pea gravel purchased from 71 Sand and Stone was delivered, and the anticipated date to set the swing set in place is March 18, 2013. The area needs to be prepped before then, and a backhoe is needed to complete this. Councilmember Jerrad Hall is donating his time to clear the area and complete the prep work. On to new business. Stacey Szymanski from Converse County Motorsports Complex, a.k.a., the Sand Dunes, presented an update to council on their progress. The committee for CCMC is currently trying to schedule races to be held on location. The committee is also trying to encourage new membership, and are holding raffles to raise money for the newly acquired Dunes. CCMC

have created a Facebook page and a website, www.ccmscomplex. com. They are constructing race gates and other items that will be needed. On April 21, 2013, they have scheduled a Fun Day, this is tentatively scheduled and they will have more information in the near future. The next item of business was to address the payment of retainer to 71 Construction. The retaining price is 6,614.25; they are going to address an issue on warranty for pot holes in the roads that were supposed to be fixed. Council then discussed the issue they were having with the lighting of the Rolling Hills entryway. The lights were blinking so they had Process Power come to fix them but now the lights have completely stopped working. Because the lights shine onto the American Flag at the entryway, the flag was taken down off the flag pole, temporarily, until the lighting problem can be fixed. Council members are looking at bidding a different electrical company and it will be discussed again at the next meeting. The final issue addressed was the use ACH direct deposit for payroll of town employees. Council would like to implement this to save time, money and to allow for easy monitoring of the payroll account. Council members will check with the State for approval of use, and ask town employees if they would use the service. Further discussion on ACH Direct Deposit will be continued at the next council meeting. The public meeting was then adjourned and Council went into an executive session.

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Community Baptist Church, 301 S 2nd St, Glenrock: Easter morning breakfast, 9:00 AM; Easter service, 10:30 AM. 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 - Regular service 10 AM; Sunday School after Praise and Worship. Communion - 1st Sunday of the month. Ladies Monthly Meeting - call 436-9263 for information. Palm Sunday - potluck after service Easter - breakfast, 9 AM, service 10 AM. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 939 W Birch St: Lent - Every Tues Soup supper, 6:00 PM; Service, 7:00 PM. Good Friday service, 7:00 PM. Easter breakfast, 9:00; service, 10:45 AM. Regular Info: worship service with communion 10:45 AM Sundays, children's Sunday School 9:45 AM; 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: Mass Sun, 9:00 AM. Daily communion services M-F: Mon and Wed, 7:00 PM; Tues, Thurs, Fri, 7:00 AM.. Lent - Lent Eucharistic Adoration 7:30 AM -7:30 PM all Tues of Lent; Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM all Fri of Lent. Holy Thursday and Holy Friday: mass, 7:00 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, 315-3218. 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, 251-6688. 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. Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W Cedar St, 436-8804; Sunday service 9:30 AM with Sunday School convening at the same time. Call 307-436-8804 for service information. Lent -Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper - each Wednesday, 6 PM, thru March 20. --Maundy Thursday service - March 28, 7 PM Children’s Stations of the Cross - Friday, March 29, 5:30 PM; Good Friday Service of Tenebrae - March 29, 7 PM Sunday Easter Service - March 31, 9:30 AM, with brunch to follow.

HAVE A HAPPY AND VERY BLESSED EASTER! Sunday March 17, 2013 The Glenrock Bird Page 2

Special Olympics Town Makes Changes on Regulations of Wyoming Summer Sports Mobile Home Residences Coaches Training Erica Caves (TBC) commission began a workshop members came to the concluOn Saturday March 23rd Special Olympics coaches from around the state will gather at the Pinedale Aquatics Center for the 2013 summer sports coaches training. Sports offered are basketball, athletics (track & field) and aquatics. Special Olympics Wyoming will be holding Unified Sports® and Sports Specific coaches trainings Saturday. The classroom training will take place at 10:00a.m. and run through 12:00p.m. Sports Specific training will begin at 12:00p.m. and last through 3:30p.m. Lunch will be provided for all registered coaches. Coaches Trainings are offered as part of the Special Olympics Coaches Certification process. Unified Sports Coaches Training focuses on coaching methods for Unified Sports teams (a team comprised of athletes with intellectual disabilities partnered with athletes without an intellectual disability) and the philosophy behind the concept. Sports specific training will provide volunteers with the knowledge and experience to be an effective coach in their respective sport. A classroom session will cover equipment, clothing and rules. The practical skills session will include technique, skills progression, safety and

other issues pertaining to the sport. For more information about the Coaches Training or to register please visit or call the Special Olympics Wyoming office at (307) 235-3062. Special Olympics Wyoming is a not-for-profit organization providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities; offering them continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Special Olympics Wyoming changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. Visit Special Olympics Wyoming at Engage with us on Facebook:; Twitter: or our event picture galleries: sowy.

A New Position in the Glenrock Athletic Program by Erica Caves Glenrock High School is welcoming a new addition to their athletic program. JR Larsen is the new athletic trainer for the High School. JR is employed by Wind City Physical Therapy, but spends his time at the High School. Larsen is the first athletic trainer for the Wind City program, and they are testing the waters here in Glenrock. Having an athletic trainer at the high school will be a huge asset. Larsen lives is Douglas but travels here for work. He found the position through the National Athletic Trainers Association. He jumped at the chance to move back to the Converse County Area. Larsen was previously working in Powell, WY for four years as an athletic trainer. It was under very similar circumstances. This type of outreach is very nice for both the schools and the therapy companies. They increase business by reaching a large market of athletes yet they are also giving back to the community by providing such a needed service at no cost to the school. Larsen keeps himself busy during the winter seasons. He oversees boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling and indoor track. He looks forward to traveling with the teams, but covers whichever team is in Glenrock. He also hopes to travel to Regional and State Events. When asked about traveling Larsen

said, “I hope to travel, especially with varsity football, just because the prevalence of injury.” He believes that is it great to have athletic trainers available at the athletic functions in case of serious or minor injuries and he is very qualified to take care of either type of injury. Athletic training is much more than just a job for Larsen, it is truly a career. He loves sports and loves to still be vital part of the team. “All the pros of getting to stand on the sidelines and going to state events, emotional rollercoaster wins and losses, I have had a lot of fun in the four years I’ve been doing this and I’m really excited about Glenrock.” As much as he looks forward to working here at the High School, the coaches also love having him. Coach Tony Lehner said in regards to Larsen, “It’s a wonderful thing. We are very excited about it, it’s something we desperately needed and I can’t tell you how pleased I am that Wind City is doing that. I think it’s great, and it’s going to help all of our athletic programs.” The athletic department is very thankful to Wind City for providing the High School with an athletic trainer. Everyone is excited to reap the benefits from this new position and they look forward to having Larsen for many years.

On March 3, 2013 the Glenrock Planning Commission held a meeting and a workshop to discuss a change that was being proposed, to the mobile home definition in the town of Glenrock. The planning commission is made up of President Stan Taylor and members Twink Wickett, Bonita Hunt, Kathy Miller, Mary-Leigh Williams, Lana Richardson, and JC Cane. After the meeting adjourned, the

with Glenrock Town Council to discuss the mobile home definition. The commission wanted to change the requirements from the current length allowance of a mobile home from 32 feet long to a minimum of 40 feet long, also requiring that all mobile homes must be made before 1994, meet manufactured home standards and be constructed in a manner to meet Wyoming weather conditions.

After a lengthy discussion concerning the length of the mobile homes, planning commission

sion that they would not change the length of the mobile home requirement but rather would implement that mobile homes had to be constructed in 1994 or newer, and comply with all safety standards. If the mobile home was made before 1994 it would still be allowed if it met all safety standards. The committee finished the alterations to the definition and requested the changes be placed onto the Glenrock Town Council agenda to be passed and approved at the next meeting.

Gardening Time Just Around the Corner Five Easy Steps to a Low Maintenance Eco-friendly Landscape Gardening expert Melinda Myers provides a plan to transform your landscape It’s possible to create a beautiful landscape and be kind to the environment even with a busy schedule and while staying within budget. “All it takes is a bit of planning and a few low maintenance strategies,” says gardening expert and author Melinda Myers. Myers recommends these five strategies to create a low maintenance eco-friendly landscape this season. Be Waterwise Save money on the water bill, time spent watering and this precious resource, water. Start by growing drought tolerant plants suited to your growing environment. Once established they will only need watering during extended dry spells. Mulch with shredded leaves, evergreen needles, woodchips, or other organic matter to conserve moisture, reduce weeds, and improve the soil as they decompose. Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer, like Milorganite, that promotes slow steady growth instead of excessive greenery that requires more water. Plus, it won’t burn even during drought. Put rainwater to work all season long by using rain barrels to capture rainwater off your roof or directly from the sky. Recycle Yard Waste in the Landscape Minimize the amount of yard waste produced, reuse what can be in other areas of the landscape and recycle the rest as compost. These are just a few strategies that will save time bagging, hauling, and disposing of yard debris. And better yet, implementing this strategy will save money and time spent buying and transporting soil amendments, since it will be created right in the backyard. Start by leaving grass clippings on the lawn. The short clippings break down quickly, adding organic matter, nutrients and moisture to the soil. Grow trees suited to the growing conditions and available space. That means less pruning and fewer trimmings that will need to be managed. Make Compost at Home Recycle yard waste into compost. Put plant waste into a heap and let it rot. Yes, it really is that simple. The more effort put into the process, the quicker the results. Do not add insect-infested or diseased plant material or perennial weeds like quack grass, annual

Melinda Myers photo credit - Mark Avery weeds gone to seed, or invasive run more efficiently and be sure plants. Most compost piles are to collect and use any water they not hot enough to kill these pests. produce for container gardens. And do not add meat, dairy, or Incorporate these changes into bones that can attract rodents. gardening routines and habManage Pests in Harmony with its over time. Soon these and many more strategies that help Nature save time and money while beA healthy plant is the best de- ing kind to the environment will fense against insects and disease. seem to occur automatically. Select the most pest-resistant plants suited to the growing con- Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & ditions and provide proper care. columnist Melinda Myers has Check plants regularly through- more than 30 years of horticulout the growing season. It is ture experience and has written easier to control a few insects over 20 gardening books, includthan the hundreds that can devel- ing Can’t Miss Small Space Garop in a week or two. And when dening. She hosts the nationally problems arise, look for the most syndicated Melinda’s Garden eco-friendly control. Start by Moment segments which air on removing small infestations by over 115 TV and radio stations hand. Consider traps, barriers, throughout the U.S. She is a coland natural products if further umnist and contributing editor control is needed. And as always for Birds & Blooms magazine be sure to read and follow label and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspadirections carefully. per column. Energy Wise Landscape Design Melinda also has a column in Use landscape plantings to keep Gardening How-to magazine. homes warmer in the winter and Melinda hosted “The Plant Doccooler in the summer. Homes tor” radio program for over 20 will have a more comfortable years as well as seven seasons of temperature throughout the sea- Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. sons and energy costs will be She has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine reduced. Gardening and was a columnist Plant trees on the east and west and contributing editor for Backside of a house to shade win- yard Living magazine. dows in the summer and let the sun shine in and warm it up Melinda has a master’s degree in through the south-facing win- horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instrucdows in winter. tor with tenure. Her web site is Shade air conditioners, so they

Sunday March 17, 2013 The Glenrock Bird Page 3

When I was a Young Man

Legend of Cheyenne An arena where world champions are made, The daddy of them all, Memories and legends not for sale-or-trade, Bronc-Stompers to bucking bulls, Team ropers and rodeo clowns, Stirring up and acting like fools, Listening to Merle Haggard, And mama tried, Living not on love’ but pure pride, Cowboys are stubborn and raw to kind words, They don’t much like thieving, Or them lying Kerr’s, From Laramie’ clear to Cheyenne,

A cattle drive for miles, To the arena” cowboys with their own brand! Riding the evil-where, they buck, Cowboys ridin for a fall, With a check’ hoping for that luck, Cheyenne frontier days, “The Daddy of em all” Where legends are born’ where cowboys stand tall, Crank it to the left’ crank it to the right, Bull shifts gears, Blows up and gives you the fight Broncs bucking clever, Belly roll so they can throw ya, You hold that rigging like a rocket lever, Cheyenne has made our hero’s, A bitter-or-sweet battle, We’ll never go home, with a score of zero. © Denny Paul 2013”

When I was a young man; merely a boy. I remember what Dad said to me, “Respect all this land that gives your heart joy; protect all the beauty you see.” When I was a young man; a little bit older. The whole world, I wanted to see. I took me a stand and became a young soldier; but that’s not what I wanted to be. You can be what you will if you make up your mind; your own heart will show you the way. You can climb o’er the hill just to see what you’ll find; but you might see, you’ve just gone astray. When I was a young man I made up my mind; to be good at what ever I do. Be a steward of the land; my own axe I’d grind to my own heart and country

be true. When I was a young man to myself wasn’t kind; I took me a big chance or two. If ya didn’t have sand or ya got in a bind; you had no one to blame but you. When I was a young man not too long ago; I recall all the places I’ve been. Lord I came from the land my oats I did sow; if I had to, I’d do it again. Now, I’m still a young man to folks a bit older; but some how it’s different than then. This life sure is grand with no chip on my shoulder and I’m ready, when the good Lord says when.

A New Flat Screen for Dad Written by Michael Lee Joshua When I arrived, I had to park across the street from dad’s house. A delivery truck from one of those big electronic stores in his drive. The delivery guys were just walking through the doorway, carrying a box that was marked “60 inch flat panel” between them. My dad closed the door behind us and directed the men to take the new television up to the stairs to the family room. He called out, “I’ve cleared a place for you to mount it on the wall. You’ll see it.” He grabbed me and held me in a bear hug, which was always his style. “Hello, son. How are you?” “Dad, what are you doing? You bought a big flat screen? Why didn’t you call me?” “Well, son. You’ll never believe my luck. Come on upstairs, I want to make sure these yahoos get the TV in the right place. You know they only make 7 bucks an hour.”

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At the top of the stairs, I saw a new couch, two recliners, sofa table, end tables, lamps. Looking to my left into the kitchen, I saw a brand new refrigerator – the new kind with the freezer in a drawer at the bottom. My mom gave me a peck on the cheek as she skittered past me in the hallway and made her way to one of the new leather recliners. She looked up at me and smiled while reaching for her knitting basket. “Mom, what’s going on?” “Dear, you’ll never believe it. Your dad has had the most wonderful thing happen!” As was like mom, ever since the Alzheimer’s was diagnosed, she went back to her knitting and did not finish the story.

gerian Republic. You have been selected from many Americans to help me transfer money from my government in the amount of $640,000 USD…” It was at this point that I stopped reading. “Oh, dad…” “What, son?” “Dad, this is a scam.” Dad snatched the letter from me and said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” “Dad, this has been going around for years. It’s set up to get you to take their phony money and transfer real money to them in return. By the time you find out their check is no good, they already have your money. Please tell me you didn’t send them any money.” “I sure did. Here’s the copy right here!” As he shoved a framed Western Union document into my hand, he stormed down the hall to the master bedroom. I followed him into the bedroom. He had already taken a seat on the foot of the bed. When I sat next to him, I saw his shoulders droop. “I’m sorry, dad. I’m sorry.” “Do you really think I’m that stupid, son? That I would jeopardize the money that your mother and I have laid back for retirement?” “Well…” “Son, I knew what this was when I got the email. Strange enough, after the email, someone called me. Asked if I wanted to make some money by helping him get his money out of another country. He needed a US bank account to make it happen – and he told me how much he would pay me to do it.”

I looked back toward dad. He was busy with the installers telling them how to hang the mounting bracket for the TV. The young men were showing quite a bit of patience with him, but it was clear that he was in the way. One of the men motioned toward me so I walked over and asked dad to show me his new refrigerator.

I nodded, encouraging him to continue.

Standing in the kitchen with the cold air from the freezer blowing out at me, I asked, “So where did you get the money to buy all these things, dad?”

“The FBI gave me the money to pay them, and gave me a reward besides.”

He responded by handing me a framed email to read. As I began to read it, my heart sank. “Dear. Mr. Waithers,

“Well, I called the local police and the next thing I knew, I had two FBI agents at my door. Somehow the FBI had determined that this particular scam was being run within the US, not like most of them, from another country.”

“I’m not your doddering old dad, son.” I wiped the tears from my eyes. “I love you, dad.” “I know you do, son, I know you do.”

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Dear Sassy, love your column and your shoot from the hip responses, which is why I thought I'd write to you. I have a beautiful tree in my sideyard that blooms pretty pink flowers in the summertime. Because the flowers fall off, and sometimes blow into my neighbors yard, I've received a letter (taped to my door) from my neighbor asking me to chop the tree down, or transplant it. The letter states that she is sick of picking up the dead flowers out of her yard and is dreading the upcoming summertime because of it. I don't feel I should have to do anything to my tree. It was in full bloom when she and her family moved in two years ago. What would you do? (I'm not comfortable leaving my name, but if she reads your paper, she will know who I am anyway. I hope) Dear ms. trashy tree, It all boils down to the relationship with your neighbor, if the roots and limbs are all on your property line but mother nature blows them in her yard, well thats to darn bad. I have battled crappy neighbor lawn keepers and their dandeloin problem my whole life, just because I kill my dandelions and keep my yard up and the next dooneighbor doesnt do their up keep, so their seeds blow in my yard, causing me more work and oh yes I would love to leave nasty notes about how white trash they keep their yard, but having a mature relationship with the neighbor is more important, after all you might need them to watch the place from time to time, so maybe offer to rake up the dead flowers and keep them happy, let me know what you decided

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Teruko H. McClain No funeral service will be held for Teruko H. McClain, 83, at this time. There will be a collective scattering of Teruko and Dale in the summer of 2013 with announcements sent out later to family and friends. She died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at her daughter’s home near Douglas, Wyoming. She was born in Morioka City, Japan on December 23, 1929 the daughter of Kensaku and Ushi (Ushida) Horiochi. She was married to Dale G. McClain in 1955 in Japan. They had three children, Connie, Lesslie, and Joann. She worked as a cook in restuarants.

She is survived by her children, Connie Horner of Douglas and Lesslie McClain of California; six grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale, on October 16, 2003 and daughter, Joann Stoddard, on December 13, 2009. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Edith Margaret Miller Funeral liturgy for Edith Margaret Miller, 73, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Father Steve Titus as the Celebrant. A Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel in Douglas. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery. Edith Miller a life-long resident of Converse County died Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas. Edith was born December 22, 1939 in Douglas, Wyoming the daughter of Asa Fleming and Mae D. (Spracklen) Miller. She was raised and educated in Douglas, and graduated from the Douglas High School in 1957. She was married to Donald “Doc” Alexander on November 8, 1958 in Douglas, and they later divorced. She was married to Gerald Hoffman on March 8, 1980 in Douglas, and they later divorced. She was a leader in numerous organizations in Wyoming. She managed ranch and construction businesses for several years and enjoyed worldwide traveling and snowmobiling.

Edith is survived by her sons, Richard (Dedri Schwear) Alexander of Pueblo, Colorado and Todd (Dorothy Sonnenberg) Alexander of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Charlottre Tighe of Douglas; and grandchildren, Katie Rogers of Waco, Texas and Ricky Alexander of Douglas. She was preceded in death by her father, Asa Miller, on April 1, 1980 and her mother, Mae Miller, on June 20, 1992. A memorial to the Saint James Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society, or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Cobb, Howard Huxtable, Robert Haefele, Mark Alexander, Tom Tighe, and George Etchemendy. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Keith Ivester. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Obituaries James J. "Jim" Livers A funeral service for James Joseph “Jim” Livers, 65, were held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Wheatland United Methodist Church in Wheatland, Wyoming. Inurnment was at the Wheatland Cemetery. Jim died Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Kindred Transitional and Rehabilitation Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming of natural causes. He was born July 4, 1947 in Grand Island, Nebraska the son of Christopher W. and Charldean F. (Holloway) Livers. He was the middle of five children. Jim graduated from high school in Stapleton, Nebraska, in 1965. He and Marilyn Johnson married in October 1969, after meeting at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. In 1972 they moved to Wheatland, where his parents were pastoring the Assembly of God Church. Jim and Marilyn had two children and raised them in Wheatland. He worked in construction and built onto his home twice. He later worked for the Wyoming

State Highway Department for twelve years before his health worsened. He took up his father’s hobby of fishing at an early age. He loved the outdoors and hunting. He gave his life to the Lord at a young age and served as a Sunday school teacher, a youth leader, and a deacon in the churches he attended. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Marilyn, of Wheatland; daughter, Deborah of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; son, Timothy of Cheyenne; brother, Glenn of Lincoln, Nebraska, John of Cheyenne, and Kent of Wheatland. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth Hassler. A memorial to the Kennedy’s Disease Association, P.O. Box 1105, Coarsegold, California 92614-1105 would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland.

Loren L. “John” Love Funeral services for Loren L. “John” Love, 83, were held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyoming with Pastor Donnie Holt of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Inurnment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors . John Love died Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas. John was born July 28, 1929 in Panora, Iowa the son of Clarence Fred and Alma Irene (Lieske) Love. He was raised and educated in Panora. John served in the United States Marine Corps from November 15, 1950 to December 10, 1958 attaining the rank of Sergeant. He first worked in the ranching and farming business, and then began a career in the oil fields in the mid 1950’s. He worked in the Rocky Mountain region and finally settled in Douglas in 1976, where he resided until the time of his death.

He was married to Lula G. “Tillie” Hunter on March 22, 1958 in Walden, Colorado. He enjoyed his family, especially the grandchildren, riding horses, John Wayne movies, Ford pickups, dancing, and reading Louis L’amour books. He is survived by his children, Donna (Harold) Hastings of Glenrock, Wyoming, Patty (Don) Detimore of Lander, Wyoming, Jackie (Peter) Camino of Buffalo, Wyoming, Joann (Dave) Yates of Douglas, Ervin (Diane) Watkins of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Vickie (Monte) Stringham of Saint George, Utah; siblings, Jim Love of Loveland, Colorado, Joyce Wilkson of Grove, Oklahoma, and Ned Love of Longmont, Colorado; 26 grandchildren; 64 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and good friend, Jean Blair of Douglas. John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Tillie Love on March 10, 1997; son, Jeff Watkins on August 19, 1996; siblings, Mervin Love, Melvin “Bud” Love, Margaret Werner, Thelma Stout, and Jean Claassen; and grandsons, Alan Branson on August 23, 1988 and Andrew Watkins in May, 2001, Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. A memorial to the Douglas Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 192, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming, 111 West Second Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601 would be appreciated by the family. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyomingwas in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Charles Kennedy Stock No funeral service for Charles Kennedy Stock, 88, will be held. Charles a lifelong resident of Douglas died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas, Wyoming. Charles was born December 30, 1924 in Douglas the son of August Frederick and Leona (Leonard) Stock. He was raised and educated in Douglas, graduating from the Douglas High School. He started working various jobs in the Douglas area and then began working for Knisely-Moore until they sold out. He went to work for Rissler-Murray working for 25 years, and he retired as a superintendent of the rock crusher. In his retirement years he worked as a private contractor in the Douglas area. He was married to Lucille Blackburn on June 30, 1953 in Douglas. He enjoyed rodeo, training horses, and working. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Stock, of Douglas; sons, Carl (Echo) Stock of Eunice, New Mexico and Dick Stock of

Dubois, Wyoming; grandchildren, Sarah Acord and Dustin Zimmerscheid; and great grandchildren, Zoe and Hunter Acord. He was preceded in death by his father, August, on February 4, 1955; his mother, Leona, on September 30, 1970; siblings, Ora A. Shaffer, Hazel E. York, Melvin A. Stock, and Lewis L. Stock Sr.; step-brother, Ralph L. Moss; and step-sister, Vireda L. O’Brien. A memorial to the American Cancer Society in care of the Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the Douglas Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 192, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Myrna Lee Eastman

A funeral service for Myrna Lee Eastman, 70, were held Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Wheatland United Methodist Church in Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor Skip Perry officiating. Interment was at the Wheatland Cemetery. Myrna Eastman passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 from cancer at her home in Wheatland surrounded by her family. Myrna was born January 9, 1943 the daughter of Herbert E. and Opal M. (Baker) Carden in Glasgow, Montana. She was raised in Fort Peck, Montana, where she met and married the love of her life, Thomas Royal Eastman on March 13, 1959 in Glasgow. After they were married they lived in several areas throughout the United States before making their home in Wheatland in 1978. While in Wheatland Myrna owned and operated MC’s Hallmark store for several years. Some of her hobbies included bowling, camping, fishing, golfing, and loved to travel with her sister, Sandy, but most of all she loved spending time with her family. Myrna is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Rick) Freed of Newcastle, Wyoming; son, Robert (Jen) Eastman of Appleton, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Kristy Opdahl of Pinedale, Wyoming, Douglas Opdahl of Casper, Wyoming, Kayla Opdahl of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Alex Eastman, Jackson Eastman, Peyton Eastman, and Christian Eastman all of Appleton; great granddaughter, SheaLee Opdahl; brother Lyle

Carden of Los Angeles, California; and sisters, Carol Binett of Kalispell, Montana and Sandra Carden of Parker, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom Eastman on February 2, 1999; infant daughter, Doreen Kaye Eastman; and sisters, Velma Wilcox and Mavis Stroud. Serving as pallbearers were Alan Madsen, Rick Freed, Doug Opdahl, Dustin Freed, Lonnie Bartlett, and Ed Buchanan. In lieu of flower memorials to the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home New Building Fund Chapel/ Hospice Space, P.O. Box 1148 Wheatland, Wyoming 82201 will be appreciated by the family. Friends and family may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements.


Graveside service for D. Hugh Goodfellow, 87, were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyoming. Hugh Goodfellow died Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas. Hugh was born February 10, 1926 in Creston, Iowa the son of Hugh and Minnie (Shelky) Goodfellow. He spent his childhood in the Sandhills of Nebraska with his sisters, Genevra and Vivian. He attended rural school until the eighth grade, and then attended the Gordon High School in Gordon, Nebraska where he studied agriculture. He graduated from high school in 1945. He joined the United States Army on July 26, 1945 in Fort Logan, Colorado serving during World War II. He received the Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal and served seven months in Korea. He was married to Lois L. Purdy on December 28, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gordon, and three children, Roger, Susan, and Ron were born into this union. They lived on a farm north of Gordon from 1950 to 1956, when they moved into Gordon. He and Lois were associated with his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ernest and Dorothy Purdy, in Purdy Studio for 12 years before becoming a partner on January 1, 1967. He

had attended the Winona School of Photography in Winona, Indiana. He was the photographer in Gordon and surrounding towns until his retirement in 1993 taking pictures of babies, school pictures, senior pictures, class reunions, and weddings. He, Lois and Dorothy sold the Studio and moved to Douglas in 1993 to be closer to family, and he has resided here the past 20 years. The last seven years they have been residents of the Douglas Care Center. Hugh enjoyed of course photography, his children’s events, golf, traveling, bicycling, motorcycle riding, walking, old movies, senior citizens center, and wildlife. He was a member of the Lions Club in Gordon and Douglas and First Presbyterian Church in Gordon. He was very active in his church holding many offices, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and read his Bible daily. He is survived by his wife, Lois Goodfellow, of Douglas; children, Roger (Rita) Goodfellow of Scranton, North Dakota, Susan (Randy) George of Douglas; and Ron (Jim Kirkness) Goodfellow of Seattle, Washington; brother-in-law, Reverend Roger (Maureen) Purdy of LaMirada, California; grandchildren, Ryan (Karen) Goodfellow of Scranton, Rhonda Goodfellow of Scranton, Abbey (Eric) Edling of Laramie, Wyoming, and Shaley George of Douglas; great grandchildren, Mikaela, Cody, Alison,

and Damon all of Scranton; seven nephews; and ight nieces. Hugh was preceded in death by his parents; mother and fatherin-law; and two sisters, Genevra Cobb and Vivian Rock. A memorial to the Douglas Care Center – Alzheimer’s Unit, 1108 Birch Street, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the First United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 464, Gordon, Nebraska 69343 would be appreciated by the family. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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EWC New Douglas Facility Design/Planning Begins The Douglas City Planning Department has provided the address of the new Eastern Wyoming College Douglas Campus to EWC officials. That new address will be 800 South Wind River Drive. Citizens in Converse County voted in November to build the facility and the project continues to gain momentum.

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“Shaped by a positive vision for serving student in Converse County, the new Eastern Wyoming College campus will provide an attractive, modern facility that will offer a strong core of academic transfer programs as well as up-to-date career and technical programs,” shared EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.

December 18, 2012 – Received draft Architectural Service Proposal from GSG

“Current and recent high school graduates will be able to access college credit courses to complete associates degrees while being able to stay at home and, in some cases, within a quicker timeframe. Students who are seeking to return to college after some time away from the educational setting will also find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where they can explore traditional studies or pursue career training.” The following timeline is a reflection of this projects progress since the election in November 2012. Where EWC has been….. December 5, 2012 – EWC officials met with Converse County Commissioners, discussed property title transfer from CANDO

December 7, 2012 – Focus group meeting to gather suggestions on building layout December 13, 2012 – Field trip to Casper College with GSG to see new audio/visual items in the Sharon D. Nichols facility

ference with Rimrock Group to develop Information Technology (IT)/Audio-Visual (AV) standards March 6, 2013 – Focus group meeting with GSG to finalize room layouts and Teaching Kitchen requirements

general classrooms. In addition, the workforce training end of the building is being defined to include the training classroom and the industrial classroom to include flexible space for various trainings including welding, electronics, or some light construction.

Completion of the Joint Powers Board to administer the bond financing is expected by June. This will assist with the cash flow needs of both projects in relation to the proceeds from the sales tax. Preparation of construction and

December 20, 2012 – A/V review by EWC IT personnel January 10, 2013 – Met with GSG for Program Verification of the new Douglas Outreach site January 29, 2013 – Received revised floor plan and site plan drawings from GSG February 5, 2013 – Met with GSG, working on building footprint and internal room placements, discussed building placement on property and reviewed proposed budget February 11, 2013 – Met with Converse County Commissioners, discussed financing, GSG contract, property titles February 11, 2013 – Douglas Advisory Council meeting, project update February 19, 2013 – Met with Dennis Egge, State of Wyoming, Department of Administration and Information, Construction Management March 5, 2013 – EWC telecon-

Drawing GSG Archictecture of Casper, Wyoming March 7, 2013 – Site survey completed by CEPI

bid documents – April 30, 2013 – August 8, 2013

Schematic drawings were delivered to EWC the week of March 11, 2013. A geotechnical study will be scheduled as soon as site placement of the building is decided.

Bidding – August 12, 2013 – September 13, 2013

"While these are not yet final, they show options for building placement on the land and room layouts. We hope to finalize those details soon." Stated Tami Afdahl, Director College Relations Where we are going…..

“We continue to see demand for health technology classes such as CNA, CNA II, and Med Aide,” shared EWC Vice President for Learning Dee Ludwig. “We will work closely with Converse County Hospital for other health directions we may take. Other areas that continue to have demand are education including elementary and secondary, preprofessional nursing, business, and social sciences.”

Construction – September 30, 2013 – August, 2014 Programs and course offered in this new facility will build upon core areas as well as address the needs of the community. Specific classroom layouts include a Health Technology classroom, teaching kitchen, resource area, biology lab, computer classrooms, art room and






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Love Covers All When You See Her Smile A Sparkle in Her Eye It Refreshes Your Soul Like a Clear Mountain Sky The Sound of Her Voice Touch of Her Hand Your Love is Renewed Again and Again The World Can Be Tough And Challenge Your Love It is Not of This Earth But From God Up Above The World May Mock And Say That It’s Wrong Hold Tight to Each Other Your Love Keeps You Strong The Life That You Lead Is Busy and Stressed Keep Knowledge of Heart How You’ve Been Blessed Don’t Let This World’s Things Or the People Who Hate Distract You From the Ways That Make You Two Great When You Look in Her Eyes And She Into Yours Know Always and Forever It Shall Open All Doors

Don’t Ever Lose Sight Of Things That First Made The House of Great Love The Foundation You Laid Never Forget the Things That Brought You Together Each Acts as a Stitch Like seams in Soft Leather The Hardness of This Life Will Pull Hard at the Seams Hold Tight to Your Love Focus Clearly Your Dreams Things of This World Be They Riches or Fame Shall All Fade Away Tis’ Only a Game As Fast and as Fleeting As the Change of a Season It All Can Be Taken For Seemingly no Reason But the Love That You Hold And Keep in Your Hearts Will Help You Get Through It And Make a New Start As Long as She’s Yours And You Cleve to Her Your Times of Great Joy Together are Sure Let Not Your Eyes Wander Nor Your Heart to Another She is Your Best Friend Your Partner Your Lover To Contain Her Sweet Love Give No Other the Chance With Petal of Flower Or Furtive of Glance Have Her Always to Know With the Breath of Each Day Your Two Hearts are One Not a Thought E’er to Stray You Gave Her Your Love She Gave You Her Life For Today, Ever, Always She is Forever Your Wife

Wyoming Gives Go Ahead to Locals to Open Roads to Yellowstone Governor Matt Mead has decided that Wyoming Department of Transportation equipment and labor will be made available if the Cody and Jackson communities raise money to pay the state to get the roads to the east and south gates of Yellowstone National Park open on time. “This is a uniquely Wyoming solution that benefits the entire country because it gives the public the access to Yellowstone it has typically enjoyed. Yellowstone is spectacular - one of the crown jewels of the National Park system, and we want all to be able to experience its many wonders as they have in the past,” Governor Mead said. “This is also a win for Wyoming’s economy because businesses can start hiring on time and providing jobs that people and communities count on.” Governor Mead credits the cities of Cody and Jackson for helping to develop this idea. The Office of Tourism stands ready to get the message out about the Park gates being open to travelers as usual. Governor Mead, the gateway communities, and the Park Superintendent have worked to come up with this solution.

Previously the Park Service had said the roads would not open on schedule as part of federal spending cuts. The Governor did express his frustration with the manner in which sequestration was handled. “In Wyoming we just made significantly greater percent cuts than sequestration. We took a year making hard decisions that allow us to cut costs but keep the roads open, keep the lights on, and provide essential services. The federal government must do more cutting and do so in a way that is neither last minute or seemingly random,” Governor Mead said. He explained why it is not appropriate to commit state dollars to plow federal park roads. “If Wyoming begins the process of trying to backfill lost federal dollars at every turn, we will destroy our own budget and put an additional burden on Wyoming citizens, Wyoming taxpayers. In addition, covering federal budget shortfalls with state dollars provides a mask for a process of fiscal mismanagement that should not be excused. To commit these dollars means we would be going down a road with no end in sight.”

Wyoming Ethanol To Pay $49,000 For Violations At Torrington Facility

Company cited for risk management planning and chemical reporting violations

The EPA announced on Thursday, March 7 that the company Wyoming Ethanol, LLC, located in Torrington, Wyoming, will pay $49,000 in penalties to settle claims related to the facility’s Risk Management Program and chemical reporting requirements. The alleged violations are associated with the use of hazardous chemicals and the failure to appropriately report chemicals used on site in violation of federal right-to-know laws. “Companies that use chemicals and substances which pose a potential danger are responsible for reporting those chemicals to the Toxic Release Inventory and having a robust risk management program in place,” said Mike Gaydosh, director of EPA’s enforcement program in Denver. “Failure to do so places the environment, employees, and the nearby community at risk. We are encouraged that Wyoming Ethanol has been cooperative in correcting the violations and coming into compliance.” Today’s agreement stems from an EPA inspection conducted during May of 2012 which found deficiencies in the facility’s risk management plan required under the Clean Air Act. These plans ensure the proper management of toxic and/or flammable chemicals and to prevent and respond to releases of chemicals that may occur. Wyoming Ethanol’s Torrington facility is subject to the Risk Management Program regulations because it stores flammable or highly toxic chemicals above the regulatory threshold amount. By agreeing to the settlement, the company

has certified that they are now in compliance. Effective risk management plans help companies, industries, and municipalities operate responsibly, assists emergency responders by providing vital information necessary to address accidents and other incidents, protects the environment by preventing and minimizing damage from accidental releases, and keeps communities safer. According to EPA’s Denver office, Wyoming Ethanol also failed to accurately file Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) forms listing chemicals processed, manufactured, or used at its facility. These inventory forms are required by the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

Obama Wants Research To Wean Vehicles Off Oil Matthew Daly Associated Press Nedra Pickler Associated Press (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to authorize $200 million a year for research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil. Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address, but he was putting a price tag on the idea during a trip Friday to the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago — $2 billion over 10 years. The White House said the research would be paid for with revenue from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and would not add to the deficit. The money would fund research on "breakthrough" technologies such as batteries for electric cars and biofuels made from switch grass or other materials. Researchers also would look to improve use of natural gas as a fuel for cars and trucks. Obama got a firsthand look at some of the cutting-edge vehicle research in a tour of an Argonne's lab, including a room that can go to extreme temperatures to test the impact on fuel efficiency. He talked to engineers working on electric car batteries and on an engine that runs on diesel and gasoline to reduce fuel costs. "We want to keep on funding them," the president said as he looked at the engine, developed with public and private funding from Chrysler. "That's what I'm trying to tell Congress" The proposal is modeled after a plan submitted by a group of business executives and former military leaders who are committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence. The group, called Securing America's Future Energy or SAFE, is headed by FedEx Corp. Chairman

and CEO Frederick W. Smith and retired Marine Corps Gen. P.X. Kelley. The nonpartisan group says its goal is to "break oil's stranglehold on the transportation sector" through alternatives such as electric cars and heavy-duty trucks fueled by natural gas, but it had proposed a much larger $500 million annual investment. Creation of the trust would require congressional approval at a time of partisan divide over energy issues. Republicans have pushed to expand oil and gas drilling on federal land and water, while Obama and many Democrats have worked to boost renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Obama tried to appeal to both parties by pitching the trust plan not just as an environmental issue but as a job-creation plan that would help the United States remain a technology leader. "If a nonpartisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we," Obama said in his State of the Union address. "Let's take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we've put up with for far too long." There were signs agreement may be possible. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has called it "an idea I may agree with." Murkowski, senior Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, did not fully endorse the plan, which is similar to one she has proposed to use revenue from drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands that previously were offlimits to energy production to pay for research on new energy technologies. White House officials said the president's proposal would not require expansion of drilling to federal lands or water where it is now prohibited. Instead, they are counting on increased production from existing

sites, along with efficiencies from an administration plan to streamline drilling permits. The government collects more than $6 billion a year in royalties from production on federal lands and waters. Obama's push for the energy trust came as the Environmental Protection Agency released a new report Friday indicating that fuel economy standards rose last year by 1.4 miles per gallon — the largest annual increase since EPA started keeping track. The agency said the improvement was due to better availability of highperforming cars and more options for consumers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers suggested that rather than encouraging research on fuel-efficient cars, the government should focus on making diverse fuels more available and improving transportation infrastructure. A spokesman for the energy security group SAFE welcomed Obama's plan, even though it does not call for expanded drilling. A plan released by the SAFE group in December recommended using revenues from expanded offshore drilling and increased production in Alaska in areas where it is now blocked. "At the end of the day, we still think it's a proposal that can have bipartisan support and that can help reduce oil dependence," SAFE spokesman Brad Goehner said Friday. Argonne is one of the Energy Department's largest national laboratories for scientific and engineering research, staffed by more than 1,250 scientists and engineers. White House officials said it was chosen as the site of the president's speech because of its tradition of research into vehicle technologies.

The failure of a facility to submit information to the TRI deprives the local community of its right to know about chemicals present in the area. EPA’s action is expected to encourage compliance with EPCRA reporting requirements and to ensure that the community has information about chemicals being processed, manufactured, or otherwise used in the area. The required information also helps inform health studies based on the TRI database and assists federal, state, and local authorities prevent pollution and plan for potential releases. For more information on the Clean Air Act risk management and EPCRA 313 requirements:

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Casper Ducks Unlimited Chapter Recognized Nationally The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. The Casper chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters over the last year. “These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the grassroots force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said DU President John Newman. “It takes a great deal of effort to achieve the President’s Elite level, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors.” The Casper chapter earned a spot in the President’s Elite out of the more than 2,650 DU chapters nationwide. DU’s event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937. “DU chapters across the country are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our drinking water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their commu-

nities,” Newman said. “The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage. I would like to personally thank all our President’s Elite chapters for their achievement and look forward to seeing them among our distinguished chapters next year.” Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit Connect with us on our Facebook page, follow our tweets at and watch DU videos at youtube. com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

New Computerized GED Test System Offered at EWC

...Helps More Adults Earn GED Credential at EWC

After one year of successful implementation, and with more than 40,000 tests delivered across 35 states, GED Testing Service has found that adults who take the GED test on computer are passing at higher rates and finishing faster. GED Testing Service introduced the new computer-based delivery system in 2012 to help more adults earn a GED credential and to prepare for the launch of the new GED test in 2014.

ing the test on computer is about half that of those taking the test on paper.

• Adults testing on computer were 59 percent more likely to retake a failed test instead of giving up and dropping out of the program.

“Last year’s results demonstrate how the new benefits help test-­ takers succeed,” said Trask. “This new offer is meant to encourage more adults to enter the GED testing system and earn a GED credential, which is a stepping stone to career and college programs.”

• On average, adults who tested on computer completed their exams an hour and a half faster than their paper-­and-­pencil contemporaries. GED Testing Service is now offering a unique opportunity to encourage the one in five Ameri“We’ve been hearing for months cans without a high school diplothat testing on computer is sim- ma to try the test on computer. pler and less stressful for test-­ Through May 31, 2013 any adult takers,” said Randy Trask, Presi- who chooses to begin their GED dent of GED Testing Service. test on computer will receive one “Our first year results show that free retake if they fail. In addiGED test-­ takers are ready for tion, adults who began theirGED technology, comfortable with test on paper will be eligible testing on computer, and even if they live in a state where performing better.” computer-­and paper-­based test scores can be combined. To view Key data from GED Testing Ser- full details of the new offer visit, vice’s analysis: • The failure rate of adults tak-

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flushing flow on the North Platte River, important to area residents & sportsmen due to potential safety issues from high water levels, and because many people like to fish the river during the flush. Please note the spring flush will run for 10 days this year, instead of the usual 5 days.

flows began in 1995, the trout population averages more than 3,500 per mile and stocking has been eliminated upstream of Casper.

registration and scheduling, instant unofficial score reports, and a more self-­paced testing experience. States are offering the test on computer to prepare for the new 2014 GED test, which is scheduled for release on Jan. 2, 2014 and will only be delivered on computer. Eastern Wyoming College Testing Center in Torrington, WY is one of the sites where you can take this GED test. For more information please call the EWC Testing Center at 307.532.8288.

North Platte Flushing Flow to Run for Ten Days

North Platte Flushing Flow To

Run For 10 Days The Wyoming Game and Fish Department cautions sportspeople to be aware of sizeable increases in water flows in the North Platte River for 10 days beginning March 22 as part of a flushing flow project.

On March 18 and 19, the Bureau of Reclamation will evacuate Gray Reef Reservoir to inspect radial gates. Although river flows will remain at the current rate of 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) during the reservoir operation, some fine sediment will be introduced into the North Platte River from Gray Reef Reservoir. Following the gate inspection, Gray Reef Reservoir will be refilled to its normal operating level and flushing flows will be initiated to flush fine sediment from the spawning gravels in the river. In recent years flows were increased for five days each spring and occasionally repeated for another five days in the fall. However, the fall flush has been problematic — it dislodges aquatic vegetation and moves it downstream, causing loss of vegetative cover and invertebrates in the upstream reaches of the river. The Game and Fish Department suspects that a 10-day flush in the spring may be better able to maintain high-quality spawning habitat for trout. “Data show these flows are important to trout spawning and to the numbers of trout in the river,” said Al Conder, Game and Fish fisheries supervisor for the Casper Region. In the past, the trout population dropped to less than 400 per mile, even with stocking. Since annual flushing

The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from Gray Reef Reservoir in the early-morning hours beginning Friday, March 22. Flows, currently at 500 cfs, will increase to 4,000 cfs then will gradually decrease to 500 cfs each day, with the maximum flow occurring from 3-9 a.m. The schedule will be repeated daily through March 31. The flows below Gray Reef Dam will then be stabilized at approximately 500 cfs. Game and Fish advises sportspeople to be aware of potential danger related to flushing flows. The flush will span two weekends during which more people wade in or float on the river. People using the river during the flushing flow should consider the fluctuating water levels and be aware that areas that can be waded effectively at 500 cfs may not be safe at 4,000 cfs. Biologists will collect spawning habitat data before the flush, after five cycles, and after flushing is complete. Additional data on sediment transport will be collected each day of the flush. The data will be used to evaluate the respective values of five and 10 cycles to determine whether the additional cycles provide additional benefits. Flushing flows are usually scheduled to be completed in March to avoid affecting spawning rainbow trout.

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The Glenrock Wrestling Club Traveled To Douglas To Take Part in the Bearcat Brawl March 9th and 10th. Folkstyle Results: PeeWee - 36-38 5th Place - William Thompson of Glenrock Wrestling Club PeeWee - 38-39 5th Place - Brody Allen of Glenrock Wrestling Club PeeWee - 43-45 2nd Place - Jarrett Guerrera of Glenrock Wrestling Club

2nd Place - Kauy Thompson of Glenrock Wrestling Club


Schoolboy/girl - 112 4th Place - Trenten (TJ) Kraft of Glenrock Wrestling Club

4:14pm Karie Moulton Peewee 55-57 1st place Ayden Moulton Intermediate 87 5th place Caleb Bennett Intermediate 87

Cadet - 106 3rd Place - Kolten Thompson of Glenrock Wrestling Club

PeeWee - 55-57 2nd Place - Ayden Moulton of Glenrock Wrestling Club Intermediate - 50 4th Place - Kamden Thompson of Glenrock Wrestling Club Intermediate - 55 6th Place - Christian Jones of Glenrock Wrestling Club Intermediate - 87 3rd Place - Lane Raney of Glenrock Wrestling Club 5th Place - Caleb Bennett of Glenrock Wrestling Club Novice - 75 5th Place - Dakohta Reynolds of Glenrock Wrestling Club 6th Place - Dustin Simmons of Glenrock Wrestling Club Novice - 85 3rd Place - Weston Knight of Glenrock Wrestling Club Novice - 100 1st Place - Julih Pittsley of Glenrock Wrestling Club Novice - 130 2nd Place - Noah Halsey of Glenrock Wrestling Club Schoolboy/girl - 77

Noah Halsey at the Sheridan Shootout. Photo courtesy Karie Moulton Cadet - 145 2nd Place - Shae Simmons of Glenrock Wrestling Club

Cadet - 195 1st Place - Austin Bennett.

3rd place Lane Raney Intermediate 120+ 1st place Joseph Torres Novice 75 5th place Gavin Guerrera Novice 80 5th place Dustin Simmons Novice 85 2nd place Weston Knight Novice 130 2nd place Noah Halsey Schoolboy 112 3rd place Trenten Kraft Cadet 195 1st place Austin Bennett

Freestyle Results:


Cadet - 195 1st Place - Austin Bennett of Glenrock Wrestling Club Greco: Novice - 80 4th Place - Dustin Simmons.

A New Position in the Glenrock Athletic Program by Erica Caves Glenrock High School is welcoming a new addition to their athletic program. JR Larsen is the new athletic trainer for the High School. JR is employed by Wind City Physical Therapy, but spends his time at the High School. He is the first athletic trainer for the Wind City program, and they are testing the waters here in Glenrock. Having an athletic trainer at the high school will be a huge asset. Larsen lives is Douglas but travels here for work. He found the position through the National Athletic Trainers Association. He jumped at the chance to move back to the Converse County Area. Larsen was previously working in Powell, WY for four years as an athletic trainer. It was under very similar circumstances. This type of outreach is very nice for both the schools and the therapy companies. They increase business by reaching a large market of athletes yet they are also giving back to the community by providing such a needed service at no cost to the school. Larsen keeps himself busy during the winter seasons. He oversees boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling and indoor track. He looks forward to traveling with the teams, but covers whichever team is in Glenrock. He also hopes to travel to Regional and State Events. When

asked about traveling Larsen said, “I hope to travel, especially with varsity football, just because the prevalence of injury.” He believes that is it great to have athletic trainers available at the athletic functions in case of serious or minor injuries and he is very qualified to take care of either type of injury. Athletic training is much more than just a job for Larsen, it is truly a career. He loves sports and loves to still be vital part of the team. “All the pros of getting to stand on the sidelines and going to state events, emotional rollercoaster wins and losses, I have had a lot of fun in the four years I’ve been doing this and I’m really excited about Glenrock.” As much as he looks forward to working here at the High School, the coaches also love having him. Coach Tony Lehner said in regards to Larsen, “It’s a wonderful thing. We are very excited about it, it’s something we desperately needed and I can’t tell you how pleased I am that Wind City is doing that. I think it’s great, and it’s going to help all of our athletic programs.” The athletic department is very thankful to Wind City for providing the High School with an athletic trainer. Everyone is excited to reap the benefits from this new position and they look forward to having Larsen for many years.


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Taliban Attacks Not Down After All Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, tacitly acknowledging a hole in its widely repeated argument that violence is easing and that the insurgency is in steep decline. In response to Associated Press inquiries about its latest series of statistics on security in Afghanistan, the coalition command in Kabul said it had erred in reporting a 7 percent decline in attacks. In fact there was no decline at all, officials said. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is among the senior officials who had publicly repeated the assertion of an encouraging drop-off in Taliban attacks last year, was disturbed to learn of the error, said his spokesman, George Little. "This particular set of metrics doesn't tell the full story of progress against the Taliban, of course, but it's unhelpful to have inaccurate information in our systems," Little said. A coalition spokesman, Jamie Graybeal, attributed the miscounting to clerical errors and said the problem does not change officials' basic assessment of the war, which they say is on a positive track as American and allied forces withdraw. The 7 percent figure had been included in a report posted on the website of the coalition, the International Security Assistance Force, on Jan. 22 as part of its monthly update on trends in security and violence. It was removed from the website recently without explanation.

After the AP asked last week about the missing report, coalition officials said they were correcting the data and would re-publish the report. As of Tuesday afternoon it had not reappeared. It was not clear whether or how the Pentagon might correct a separate report — its semi-annual report to Congress on security progress in Afghanistan, which used some of the same Taliban-attack statistics. The report was sent to Congress in December. "We'll look at any adjustments that need to be made" to that report, Little said. U.S. and allied officials have often cited declining violence as a sign that the Taliban have been degraded and that Afghan forces are in position to take the lead security role across the country when the last U.S. combat troops leave Dec. 31, 2014. In mid-December, Panetta said "violence is down" for 2012 and Afghan forces "have gotten much better at providing security" in areas where they have taken the lead. He said the Taliban could be expected to continue to attack, "but overall they are losing." Little said Panetta was briefed only "very recently" on the erroneous data. U.S. and alliance officials try to measure progress against the Taliban from a variety of angles. Those include, for example, indications that the Taliban have lost much of their influence in population centers. "The fact that 80 percent of the violence has been taking place in areas where less than 20 percent of the Afghan population lives remains unchanged," Little said.

The Taliban have lost a good deal of territory since a 2010 surge of U.S. forces in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, and they failed to recover it during the past two fighting seasons. Even so, they are resilient, and they are expected to severely test Afghan forces as the U.S. and its coalition partners step further into the background this year and complete their combat mission next year. Many people, including coalition officials, have cautioned against the heavy reliance on statistics in assessing war progress. Yet the figures often are highlighted when they fit the narrative being promoted by leaders in Washington and other allied capitals.

updates. "After including this unilateral ANSF (Afghan National Security Force) data into our database, we have determined that there was no change in the total number of EIAs (enemy initiated attacks) from 2011 to 2012," Graybeal said. "This was a record-keeping error that we recognized and have now corrected," he added. While ISAF routinely reports trends in Taliban attacks, it does not reveal exact numbers of attacks. Judging from its illustrative charts, however, it appears that there were more than 28,000 Taliban "enemy initiated" attacks in 2011.

"It is disturbing that, after 10 years of war, no reliable count of trends in violence exist even in terms of deaths, the most visible form of violence and one that is only a small portion of the actual causes and patterns of violence in the war," Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote in February 2012.

The coalition defines enemy initiated attacks as those by small arms, mortars, rockets and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. But it does not include IEDs that are found and cleared before they explode.

Graybeal did not fully explain erroneous reporting of 2012 Taliban attacks by the International Security Assistance Force. It was not clear, for example, at what point the data errors began or who discovered them.

Others include the state of security in populated areas, the number of coalition and Afghan casualties, the level of economic activity, the degree to which civilians can move about freely and the performance of Afghan security forces.

"During a quality control check, ISAF recently became aware that some data was incorrectly entered into the database that is used for tracking security-related incidents across Afghanistan," Graybeal said earlier. He said an audit determined that portions of the data from unilateral Afghan military operations were "not properly reflected" in the trends ISAF had reported in its monthly

Trends in Taliban attacks are one yardstick used by ISAF to measure war progress.

Graybeal said that even though the number of 2012 Taliban attacks was unchanged from 2011, "our assessment of the fundamentals of campaign progress has not changed. The enemy is increasingly separated from the population, and the ANSF are currently in the lead for the vast majority of partnered operations."

“A Quiet Water-Shed Event”

With a back drop of our President breathing threats of an ominous shadow, cast as a “blunt instrument” known as the Sequester, and its over-hyped aftermath, on March 9th, approximately forty republicans from Wyoming assembled quietly but resolutely in the Converse County, Wyoming Courthouse Community room to elect new officers for the Converse County Republican Central Committee. Newly elected officers will serve new two-year terms. The majority in attendance were voting members, charged with nominating a full slate of officers from Chairman to Secretary, including State Committeeman and Committeewoman. Outgoing Chairman Frank Eathorne, displayed “nonpolitician” courage, choosing to vacate that seat, resisting the “this is my office” urge to foster a dynasty, and turning over the reins to another. Once the meeting was gaveled to order, after invoking God’s blessings, as our forefathers did at the first Continental Congress, and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the first half-hour was used credentialing those in attendance. Credentialing required two forms of identification, validating one’s residence as a registered voter in Converse County. We discovered that a “note from my mother,” though touching, was an unacceptable form. Last year’s minutes approved, Chairman Eathorne opened the floor for nominations. Kathy Russell, current Vice Chairman, was nominated and elected as Chairman. Considered, a “working position,” she ran unopposed. Vice-Chairman, voting members nominated Glenrock residents, Rosalie Goff, and your’s truly, to fill the

vacancy. After the vote, your’s truly prevailed. Mary Ann Pyatt ran unopposed and was elected Treasurer, while current Secretary, Gigi Leman, was reelected as Secretary. Former Chairman Frank Eathorne, and Chuck Engebretsen, former Treasurer, were nominated for State Committeeman, and Frank prevailed. His counterpart, Terry Henderson ran unopposed and was re-elected as State Committeewoman. Absent rancor, polarizing speeches, soaring rhetoric or incivility, the elections transacted unaltered. In fact, in post-meeting discussions, some expressed their delight and surprise that there was not a bump-in-the road, and that nominees and nominators appeared to be percipient. A “no elitist” tone characterized the assembly. What are the chances of that? Slim and none. The hard work begins transitioning to engaging the citizenry, from slating candidates to slaying any malaise, apathy, and complacency that may persist in Converse County and beyond. John Adams opined in his dire warning in 1815, “democracy never lasts long.” The framers knew, as we do, that Government, at any level, unchecked, is a Terror. To that end, how might one describe our new slate of officers? Perhaps ordinary people, building on a solid foundation, committed to extraordinary service, to vigorously support and advance The Constitution of the United States, its strict interpretation, the approved Converse County Republic Platform, The Wyoming Constitution; and holding our elected officials, both local and statewide, accountable to the voters and citizens. They will be tough-minded, proactive, well-informed, attentive to their constituency, reaching voters and citizens who are convinced that public officials work for them, not the other way around. They will tenaciously guard our God-given liberty and rights with uncompromising principles and transparent action. Come join them! What do you think? Mike’s email is

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Balanced Budget Begins With a Penny Washington, D.C. – Ending years of $1 trillion deficits is possible with just a penny, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who introduced a bill today that would balance the budget by cutting a single penny from every dollar the government spends each year for each of three years. Enzi’s legislation, the One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2013, also called “the Penny Plan”, sets forth a simple and direct plan to achieve the spending cuts necessary to right the fiscal ship of the United States. The bill balances the budget in 2016 by reducing government spending each year by a total of one percent. When a balanced budget is achieved, the bill places a cap on total spending each year. The new level of spending would be roughly 19 percent of America’s total economic output. Over the 10 year budget window, the bill would cut spending by approximately $6.1 trillion from currently projected levels.

“Too often in Washington you hear that we can’t find a single penny to cut from anything the federal government does,” said Enzi. “But that’s exactly what we need to put us on a path out of debt: one penny. My penny plan is not only simple and straightforward, it is something Americans can relate to with their individual and family budgets. No fudging numbers, no smoke-and-mirrors accounting, just cutting a single penny from every dollar we spend.” If the spending reductions required by this bill are not made by Congress, across-the-board cuts would automatically kick in until the necessary spending reductions are achieved. This mechanism is meant to guarantee spending reductions are implemented and to encourage entitlement reform. This would also force Congress to debate the merits of every cut. While the across-the-board cuts in the Penny Plan may appear similar to those implemented under the sequester provision of the

Budget Control Act, the Penny Plan does not exempt any program, agency, or department from cuts. This allows for a true across-the-board cut and is restricted to a one percent reduction each year, limiting the effect on any one area of spending, according to Enzi. “The Penny Plan is the injection of fiscal sanity that I hope all my colleagues can get behind. It makes sure everyone has some skin in the game and everyone feels a little pain. Let’s take away the federal government’s credit cards. Let’s take a stand not just for the taxpayers, but for future generations that will have to pay for our inaction on our debts. There’s light at the end of the tunnel if we are willing to act.” Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., David Vitter, R-La., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., are cosponsors of the legislation.

Wyoming Senators Seek To Stop International Threat To U.S. Gun Freedom

Washington, D.C. – Negotiations on the UN Arms Trade Treaty are set to continue next week in New York. That concerns a group of lawmakers who introduced a resolution today warning that because, among other concerns, the agreement represents a threat to the Constitutional right of U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms, the treaty is going nowhere.

“The Second Amendment was put in place to guarantee Americans a vital freedom. There are efforts underway domestically in Congress to take away and restrict this guarantee. With this UN arms treaty we see an attempt by those from outside our country to also undermine these rights. In Wyoming we understand just how important it is to be able to keep and bear arms and I will continue to stand up for those rights on both foreign and domestic fronts,” said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

“This irresponsible treaty would effectively allow the United Nations to maintain a gun registry of all U.S. gun owners,” said U.S. Senator John Barrasso, RWyo. “Our resolution sends a clear message that the President should not sign the treaty and the Senate should not ratify it.”

The Wyoming senators joined with Senator Jerry Moran, RKan. and 26 other senators in introducing a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the treaty, “poses significant risks to the national security, foreign policy, and economic interests of the United States as well as to the constitutional rights of United States citizens and United States sovereignty…”. The resolution encourages President Obama not to sign the agreement and reminds proponents that no treaty can take effect unless it has been signed by the president, ratified by the Senate and Congress has

passed legislation to implement it. That prospect is made less likely by the senators’ introduction of the resolution. In addition to Second Amendment concerns, the resolution outlined concerns that the UN Arms treaty could impede U.S. arms transfers to its allies, open up the U.S. to “lawfare” from other countries abusing criteria in the treaty and transfer authority to an international bureaucracy not accountable to U.S. citizens. To read the resolution text, go to: uploads/un.pdf To read a short history on the UN Arms Trade Treaty, go to:

Biden Swears in New CIA Director Vice President Joe Biden swore in CIA Director John Brennan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 8, 2013. Members of Brennan's family

stood beside him as the newest Director for the CIA was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington's personal hand-

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