Sunday, April 11, 2010
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27
THE BIRD AT A GLANCE TOP OF THE NEWS Glenrock Soldier Returns Home When National Guardsman Cory Lengkeek hears the word Flea, he thinks of his best pal, his closest friend, the female Blue Healer who never left his mind during his recent deployment in Kuwait.
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GLENROCKIAN SURVIVES HAUL TRUCK ACCIDENT
Rolling Hills Town Council Split Over Streets
See story page 3
Councilman Kuhn states “Dunham was chosen on the advice of an engineer hired by the town. They (the engineering firm) surveyed the streets, and the street most in need of improvement is North Dunham. We’re (those in favor of the project) going on his recommendation.” North Dunham would be the first street to be improved under a proposed 10-year plan. If the plan moves forward, the town will commit itself to spending $3,907,453 (in 2010 dollars) between 2010 and 2020.
Inmate Overload In Converse County On January 31 of this year, The Glenrock Bird reported on difficulties the Converse County Detention Center was experiencing housing inmates.
Wyoming - The Unequal Equality State Wyoming is known for being the “Equality” State. However, when it comes to equal pay, Wyoming comes in dead last.
Brendan Lehman’s one tonpick up truck, shown above and at right, sits at North Antelope Mine after being run over by an (approx) eight hundred thousand pound Haul Truck Tuesday night April 6th. Take a close look at the drivers seat in both photos. Brendan Lehman of Glenrock was in the drivers seat at the time of the accident. He survived. See story page 3
GLENROCK SOLDIER RETURNS HOME
Cory and his pup “Flea” reunited after Cory returned home from Kuwait last week. All Photos this article © “Fluff”
While overseas, Lengkeek was assigned to the
115th Fire Brigade, whose job it was to support field ar-
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Sunny with some cloud coverage High 81 (anyone wanna place bets.) Low 51
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SATURDAY FIRES KEEP GLENROCK/ ROLLING HILLS FIREMEN BUSY
The first fire broke out at approximately 10:00 a.m. in Glenrock. According to Fire Chief Jeff Nelson, the blaze in the 800 block of South 1st Street was “contained to the kitchen area of the house. The fire was in the attic. There was smoke damage, and some damage pulling sheet rock out of the ceiling.” The fire appeared to be related to a wiring issue.
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Two residential fires hit the towns of Glenrock and Rolling Hills on Saturday, April 3. Volunteers with the Glenrock Fire Department ensured that the fires were dealt with quickly and efficiently.
by staff reporter Mark Dosa
When National Guardsman Cory Lengkeek hears the word Flea, he thinks of his best pal, his closest friend, the female Blue Healer who never left his mind during his recent deployment in Kuwait.
all this... and so much more in your Sunday morning newspaper The Glenrock Bird
by staff reporter Mark Dosa
National Guardsman Cory Lengkeek Loves His Flea
Despite differences of opinion, every councilperson and the mayor appear to want what’s best for the town.
The Bird Herd..........................Page 4
While Christians celebrate Easter as an important religious event, there is also a traditional social occasion that has brought joy to children for decades – Easter egg hunts.
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Mention the word ‘flea’ to most people and they’ll conjure up images of blood sucking parasites, unwanted pests worthy of extermination.
Any resident concerned about how the town’s funds are being allocated are encouraged to attend.
Easter Eggs For All In Rolling Hills & Glenrock!
Glenrock Herder Shot Put and Discus throwers excelled during last week's Jerry Campbell Invitational, held in Buffalo on March 26.
Councilman Maines and Councilwoman Mueller question the wisdom of committing the town to a costly project that would force it to either use cash reserves that might be needed for unforeseen future emergencies or encumber the town with loans.
Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The next council meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on April 20.
The issue of street improvement and maintenance in the town of Rolling Hills has been a topic of discussion for years.
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The issue of street improvement and maintenance in the town of Rolling Hills has been a topic of discussion for years.
Mayor Gerry Minton, Councilman Don Kuhn, and Councilwoman Denni Laird recorded the ‘YAY’ votes, while Councilman Jon Maines and Councilwoman Devonie Mueller voiced the ‘NAY’ votes.
Rolling Hills Split Over Streets
HERDER SPORTS & EVENTS - 4
by staff reporter Mark Dosa
Recently, the current Town Council voted 3 to 2 to pave North Dunham Road with hot asphalt mix, a suggestion made by a road engineer contracted by the town. The job has yet to go to bid, but $190,000 has been allocated for the project, with another $30,000 to be put in a sinking fund (in this case, a sinking fund would ensure adequate monies would be available to properly maintain North Dunham).
New hiring will begin soon for a Glenrock business the company’s owner and founder says is essentially recessionproof.
Spring Hath Sprung!
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Nelson continued. “The fire was contained in 30 minutes, and we took about 1 hour to carefully make sure everything was out completely.” Nelson and his crew wanted to ensure that there was no unnecessary water damage. Two pumpers responded, with nine volunteers. While the residents were at the scene, there were no injuries.
Later in the day, another blaze took place at a residence in Rolling Hills. The fire was confined to a detached garage.
The South Weasel fire call went out about 5:00 p.m., with three trucks and nine volunteers responding. Chief Nelson stated that while “the structural damage appeared fairly minimal there was a significant amount of heat, and the roof sheeting may have to be replaced (because of the intense heat).”
“The contents of the garage suffered significant heat and smoke damage,” Nelson continued. Much of what was in the garage may have been damaged beyond repair.
A combination battery charger/ starting booster seems to be the culprit in the Rolling Hills fire. While residents were on the premises at the time of the incident, no injuries were reported.
Many thanks to the volunteer firefighters who give selflessly of their time in order to ensure the safety of the towns’ people and property.
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Glenrock Resident Cora Crawford's Car Creates Work Of Art
OPINIONS So here is my input about the Glenrock community! This little thing that is going around Glenrock about the McMurry's building outside of town...!
by staff reporter Mark Dosa
I honestly disagree with the Town of Glenrock on how this would be such a bad idea... If the McMurry's were to build a hotel or gas station or whatever it is they are going to build, will only benefit the town. Maybe more tourists will come into the town because they will actually know there is a town...
Karl Benz invented the modern automobile back in 1885, and Henry Ford is known as being the force behind the automobile assembly line, which made mass production possible.
You can't see the town from the interstate from either direction so this business outside of town will inform people that there is a town...
One hundred years after the inspired Ford starting flooding the nation with Model T's, today's cars are much like living rooms on wheels, with accessories and abilities the Dearborn inventor never envisioned.
And another thing, I, like hundreds of other people who are out of work and live in Glenrock or Casper who are Kindergarten be held 30, 2010 unemployed.. Registration And can't findwill work in myMarch profession, a at 6:00-7:00 Grant. 4 and 5 year-olds, whose hotel will at p.m. least at give 100 All people a job oppurtunity, a gas station/truck will give atlease 40 15th to 50are newinvited jobs birthday falls onstop or before September thatattend. in itselfRegistration is 150 new job oppurtunities! to consists of (1) an informational Parent Orientation, (2) Completing and/or turning in reSo Glenrock think ofand the(3) positive insteadvisit of being so classself quired paperwork, The child’s to the centered and sheltered, businesses will remain the same rooms. Parents need to bring current immunization reif you have a set clientele they will be loyal to your busicords andif an and original birth All ness and theofficial gas stations didn't close so certificate. early... documents will be returned at the end of the evening. This is a wonderful introduction forwent your tochild and we And how many people have actually Wal-Mart look forward meeting showing to shop I bet attoleast half ofyou the and population has,you isn'taround that our exciting classroom! not supporting your local grocer?
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Yes my fellow Glenrock locals think I amElRegistration packets are available nowabout at theit.Grant 300% for McMurry's building! ementary office, and will also be available on the night of registration. Please return completed paperwork at -Shane Ramseier Registration. All students who are registered by April 1st will be entered in a drawing for free backpacks loaded with school supplies! For more information, please call 436-2774.
down at the driver's side wheel well. What she saw left her amazed. "I couldn't believe my eyes," Cora recalled. What Cora saw was a wheel rim covered with a symmetri-
"I told my husband to come take a look," Cora remembers. "He doesn't get very excited about things, but he did say it looked 'rather unique'."
of the event, Cora went into her house and retrieved a film camera, then took a few photos.
cal ice pattern, something akin to a huge snow flake. Mother nature and modern technology had seemingly combined forces to create a highly unusual, unique work of art.
Cora's son-in-law and grandson came out and took a look at the wheel, and like Cora, couldn't believe what they saw.
hicle may have retired as an artist, as no further creations have been spotted since its inaugural October creation.
According to Cora, her ve-
However, Cora Crawford's car was delivered to her with an option not available on any dealer's add-on list: Cora's car can create art. During the first big snow storm back in October, Cora decided making a trip to Casper to pick up some supplies at Wal Mart would be a good idea. "It wasn't raining when we (Cora was accompanied by her husband Joe) left Glenrock," Cora remembers. "The roads were wet though, and evidently cold enough to freeze (water). When we came back, the roads didn't seem slick." After arriving home, Cora got out of her car and just by chance happened to glance
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Easter Egg Hunts Bring Joy to Rolling Hills and Glenrock Residents by staff reporter Mark Dosa While Christians celebrate Easter as an important religious event, there is also a traditional social occasion that has brought joy to children for decades – Easter egg hunts. Both the towns of Rolling Hills and Glenrock provided children with the opportunity to frolic among the grass in search of the multi-colored orbs. Rolling Hills began the festivities at 10:00 a.m. in Town Park. Despite below freezing temperatures and high winds, a large number of bundled up egg hunters braved the elements to participate in the hunt. Dad Kevin Halvorsen had his three kids, twins James and John, both 6, and daughter Sarah, 8, scouring the grounds looking for hidden treasure. Rollie “Grandpa” Halvorsen was visiting with his family, and enjoying every minute of his grandchildren’s adventures. Three hours later, Glen-
Sunday April 11, 2010
Dad Kevin Halvorsen looks pleased with twins John and James Hunt of Rolling Hills as adoring Grandpa Rollie Halvorsen beams with pride over the twins Easter egg finds at Rolling Hills Town Park. Photo © Mark dosa.
rock gave the go ahead for kids to begin searching for eggs hidden in its Town Park. Though the hunt began at 1:00 p.m., conditions were still cold and windy. Just as in Rolling Hills, the uncooperative weather didn’t deter parents or kids from having a great time.
Brad Knowlton was there with his daughter Izzie, resplendent in the pinkest jacket imaginable. Her bucket filled with eggs, a happy Izzie was content that her hunting exploits were successful.
Congratulations to the Towns of Rolling Hills and Glenrock for offering these event for its youngsters, and to Teresa Montgomery and Mary Kay Kindt for coordinating the events for their respective towns. Photo at left, Dad Brad Knowlton and Daughter Izzie show off a basket full of easter eggs at Glenrock’s Town Park.
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MIRACLE ON NORTH ANTELOPE MINE HAUL TRUCK CRUSHES PICK UP - LOCAL GLENROCKIAN LIVES TO TELL ABOUT IT by staff reporter Mark Dosa
Late on the night of Tuesday, April 6, Glenrock’s Brandon Lehman was hauling some old air filters to a dump adjacent to the North Antelope coal mine in Gillette. Lehman was at the wheel of a one-ton Ford F350, a pretty stout piece of machinery. Little did Lehman know that he’d soon be sitting in a truck that looked like it had been pealed open like a giant sardine can. “I was taking some air filters to the dump. On my way back, I could see the haul truck (a huge 800,000
pound coal hauling vehicle) in the hopper dumping out coal,” Lehman recalled.
ning him in the driver’s seat and temporarily rendering him unconscious.
“The weather was bad and mud splashed on my window. As I was cleaning the mud off with my windshield wipers, I could see the haul truck coming towards me; I could see its headlights. I had the right of way. It just kept coming,” Lehman remembers.
“When I woke up the haul truck was stopped,” Lehman recalls. “It took three people to cut be out of (what was left of) the cab. SMET – the mine safety team – cut me out.”
The 800,000-pound coalhauling vehicle (that’s the weight of one-hundred oneton diesel pickup trucks folks) did indeed keep coming. The right tire of the haul truck (which is over twelve feet tall) road right over Lehman’s F350, pin-
“I’ve got some chipped anklebones and a fractured collarbone, along with road rash on the side of my face,” Lehman related. “My face needed nine stitches. I don’t know if my face was cut by the airbag, the haul truck’s tire, or broken glass.” Campbell County Sheriff Department Captain Roy
GLENROCK’S A-SQUARE READY TO RECRUIT WORKERS by Tom Mast - Star-Tribune staff writer
New hiring will begin soon for a Glenrock business the company's owner and founder says is essentially recession-proof. Art Alphin said ASquare is looking to bring a recruiting class of five workers on board in May. A-Square makes large-caliber rifles and ammunition. Alphin said new employees will be given two weeks of basic training, followed by advanced individual training. "I'm a fanatic about individual training," he said, adding that the more an employee understands about the work, the higher the morale, the greater the pride in workmanship and the better the teamwork.
Machinist skills could be a plus, but won't be a critical factor in hiring. "We are looking for people who are smart, hard-working, with a good work history and the ability to learn," he said. "Some of the best employees I've ever had have been women," Alphin added. When A-Square launches its hiring effort, the jobs will be widely advertised locally. But before that happens, Alphin said fixtures and equipment still must be moved into the company's new building, which A-Square took possession of in January. The building was made possible by a $1.5 million Business Committed grant, which represented about 80 percent of the cost.
Glenrock has a website waiting to be filled with photos of the town. If you’ve taken or plan on taking pictures that capture the beauty and uniqueness of our community, the folks at Town Hall would love to see the images you’ve taken.
Use your imagination. Maybe you’ve got a beautiful picture of a town landmark at sunrise or sunset. Perhaps you’ve snapped a photo of a mule deer bounding over a fence. Could be you’ve got a photo of the longest icicles anyone’s ever seen hanging from your barn roof.
"We've got expansion plans, so no matter what we're producing, we're going to be laying plans to bring in more machinery and produce more at a higher rate," he said.
Seeman stated that the injured Lehman was taken to Campbell County Hospital, with his injuries first appearing serious. Lehman was treated and then released.
When asked if the Sheriff’s Office planned on investigating the incident further, Seeman stated, “I don’t foresee additional action or citations.” MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) will most likely further investigate. Brandon Lehman is the nephew of Shelly Plummer, who with her husband Steve own the Eastgate fuel and convenience store here in Glenrock. The Glenrock Bird contacted Meg Gallagher, Spokesperson for Peabody, in regards to the accident.
“I can say that an incident involving a collision between a coal haul truck and pickup truck occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on April 6 near a hopper at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. The driver of the pickup was transported immediately to the Campbell County Memorial Hospital, where he was later released. The driver of the coal haul truck was uninjured. The cause of this incident is still under investigation, and this is all the detail we can offer at this time.” stated Gallagher.
ITS A GIRL! Jerrad and Jessica Hall of Glenrock would like to welcome a little girl to their family. Alixandria Lacey Hall was born March 16, 2010 at 1246 pm. She was welcomed home by her brothers Austin and Justin. Paternal grandparents are Rusty Cothren of Glenrock and Sheila Cothren of Casper. Maternal grandparents are Tim and Joan Houghteling of Glenrock.
Alphin said he can't make rifles fast enough to sell around the world. "Even if there's a recession going on, somebody's making money somewhere, and he wants to buy some toys and go hunting." A-Square makes ammunition at a facility in Chamberlain, S.D. Stay tuned to The Glenrock Bird for more information on the progress of A-Square.
It includes an underground test-firing area.
Attention Photographers: Glenrock Wants Your Town Pictures by staff reporter Mark Dosa
Within five years, A-Square is obliged to have 20 fulltime employees, but Alphin hopes to go well beyond that number.
Seeman revealed the results of the department’s investigation. “The initial report came in about 21:56 (9:56 p.m.) on Tuesday night, Seeman stated. “There was an incident involving a haul truck and a pickup at the North Antelope Mine. The haul truck had just dumped a load of coal and was returning to the pit. The haul truck hit the pickup as it crossed its path. Weather conditions were not good. No citations were issued.”
LOCAL CHURCH HAPPENINGS
The possibilities are endless, and with so many folks browsing the town website, your photo just might make you a local celebrity. Any picture is fair game, as long as it was taken in Glenrock and showcases the beauty and uniqueness of the town.
Glenrock First Southern Baptist
If chosen, your photo will appear on the town’s website, with full credit given to you as the photographer.
Men’s Bible Study: Tu., Apr 13, 6:30 p.m. at Rec. Ctr.
Submit your photos by emailing them to: email@example.com. Be sure to include a brief description of the photo, along with your name.
Good News Club: Th., Apr 15, 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
GRUB night: Wed., Apr 14, 6:30 p.m.
(Call Colleen at 436-2630 for bus ride from Grant Elem.)
Sunday April 11, 2010
The Glenrock Bird
The Glenrock Bird is proud of Glenrock’s Championship Midget Football Team! In fact, so much, that we chose #40 as our new Herder Sports & Events Logo for the 09/10 Herder School Year.
Herder Throwers Successful at Jerry Campbell Invitational by staff reporter Mark Dosa
Glenrock Herder Shot Put and Discus throwers excelled during last week's Jerry Campbell Invitational, held in Buffalo on March 26. Shaynna Hoyt won the girls' shot put with a throw mea-
suring 33 feet, 7 1/4 inches. Freshman Ashley Stewart also earned recognition for heaving the metal ball 32 feet, 10 inches, close on the heels of Hoyt and good for second place. Sophomore Shayla Wickett threw 25 feet, 2 3/4 inches to take fifth for the Lady Herders.
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On the boys' side, Freshman Taylor Tresch scored sixth place points, heaving the shot 32 feet, 6 1/2 inches. The discus saw Shaynna Hoyt once again victorious for the girls with a throw of 82 feet, 8 inches. Junior Becky Downs was hot on Hoyt's heels with a heave
measuring 81 feet, 6 inches, garnering her a third place finish. Shayla Wickett threw the implement 69 feet 5 inches, scoring points with her fifth place finish. Taylor Tresch scored fourth place points for the boys with a throw of 87 feet, 4 inches, while J. Holder
hurled the disc 75 feet, 5 inches to grab points with a sixth place finish. Congratulations to these fine field athletes for their performances on a very cold Wyoming day in Buffalo.
GLENROCK SOLDIER RETURNS HOME - Continued from front page tillery. But in the military, things can change. “We got stuck with a different mission,” the E4 Specialist recalled. “We were trained for one thing, but ended up doing something else.” That something else amounted to escorting busloads of contract workers to ensure their safety during transit. According to the U.S. State Department, “Kuwaiti citizens constitute only 34% of the country’s population of three million.” “We’d escort a bus from Camp Virginia to Camp A.J.,” Lengkeek remembers. “We were in regular old (Chevy) Suburbans, with sidearm and M4’s. (The M4 is a shorter version of the venerable M16.) While Cory claims this tour of duty (his 7th time overseas) was “a walk in the park,” it’s all relative. The U.S. State Department is emphatic that “Increased security at official U.S. facilities may lead terrorists and their sympathizers to seek softer targets, such as public transportation…” the kind of transportation Lengkeek and his comrades in arms were ordered to protect. The twenty-nine year old 10year veteran of foreign wars appreciated the extra combat pay, and has no complaints
about his service. Nevertheless, the tour had to wear on him. Cory found comfort during his stay in this dangerous land by conjuring up images of his beloved Flea, knowing that she was being taken care of by his good friend Fluff. “I’ve know Fluff for about 4 years,” Cory reminisced. “At first we didn’t get along at all, but we’re like brother and sister now.” Fluff and her fiancé Shane spend much of their time ranching, a line of work Cory prefers when he is in ‘civilian mode’. “Ranching and the military, I love both jobs,” Lengkeek revealed.
“One day a long time ago (Lengkeek has owned Flea for almost 2 years) Flea was following a cow a little to closely and got kicked. Flea was disoriented and ran and hit a fence, then ran and hit another. She seemed OK when I checked her out, and 15 minutes later she was back on that cow, this time following a little further back,” Cory chuckled. MHCC.tif
When not overseas, Lengkeek and Flea both seem born to the ranching lifestyle.
“She’s sharp, mischievous, and loves sugar powdered donuts,” Lengkeek revealed. “She’ll eat anything I eat.”
not afraid of much,” the soldier proudly remarked. “She’s all I talked about when I was overseas.”
“I believe Flea is a one owner dog,” Cory mentioned. “She follows me anywhere I go. I don’t need a leash. One whistle and she comes.” “She runs cows, chases porcupines and bull snakes. She’s
Dogs have often been referred to as ‘mans best friend’. In the case of Cory and Flea, a truer claim would be hard to make.
Welcome Home Cory. Thank you for serving our Country.
Multi-factor Dysequilibrium and Falls in the Elderly
Poor balance and instability in the elderly has generally been described as a “geriatric syndrome”. This is because the specific cause of the imbalance is not always obvious. Poor balance in the elderly is often multi-factorial, with no single abnormality being responsible. Our balance system has built in safety switches. This means that if one system of our balance fails, there are back up systems in place to help out. For instance, when walking in the dark, you may feel more stable if you can touch the wall. Using tactile feedback allows the substitution of touch for the loss of visual information. In the elderly, however, the back up system may also fail, and then there is a loss of balance. Over 50% of geriatric fallers have 4 or 5 risk factors that can affect the system. These risk factors have been identified that increase the likelihood of falling.
Vestibular (inner ear) disorders. Cause dizziness or vertigo and loss of balance. Use of 4 or more prescription medications increases the chance of adverse reactions. Anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications can affect reaction time which is crucial when faced with a potential fall. A drop in blood pressure when standing causes temporary lightheadedness and loss of balance. Weakness or numbness in the feet or lower legs is a sign of decreased nerve sensation and can affect balance. Degeneration of the cerebellum. This is a part of the brain responsible for balance and coordination. Stroke, medications or aging can compromise this system and balance.
Visual disorders. Vision is an important contributor to balance. Depression. Anti-depressant drugs increase risk of falling. Impaired cognition and lack of awareness of surrounding can increase risk of falls.
We can not totally eliminate the possibility of an injurious fall but evaluation and intervention can dramatically reduce the risk of a fall. (Dizziness Reference Guide-Desmond, 2009)
“This dog has more energy than any dog I’ve ever seen in my life,” Cory stated. “She doesn’t seem to care about pain, and loves to play rough.”
Sunday April 11, 2010
The Glenrock Bird
Inmate Overload Continues to Create Fiscal Problems at Converse County Detention Center by staff reporter Mark Dosa
On January 31 of this year, The Glenrock Bird reported on difficulties the Converse County Detention Center was experiencing housing inmates. The facility was designed to house twenty-eight inmates; however, the inmate population often exceeds this number. When the inmate population exceeds the capacity of the facility, it is the responsibility of Jail Administrator Lt.
Cathy Mitchell to "farm out" inmates to other facilities.
per day took place on July 1, 2009.
ways use the least expensive housing option available.
Farming out inmates to facilities in Platte County, Gillette, and Natrona County has been taking place since 2006.
This per day cost is not all inclusive. The Converse County Detention Center is also responsible for transportation costs, medical costs, dental costs, and any other costs associated with the housing of a Converse County inmate at another facility. Total costs are substantial.
On November 30, 2009, Converse County residents were given the opportunity to vote for the creation of a new Justice Center, which would have included a detention facility designed to hold 98 inmates with room for expansion.
Each inmate housed at an off-site location costs the Converse County Detention Center. The most expensive off-site facility is Natrona County, which, as of March 1, 2010, raised its per day cost to house a Converse County inmate from $76 per day to $86 per day. The previous increase to $76
Much of Lt. Mitchell's time is spent determining the most cost effective way in which to farm inmates out. Mitchell makes a concerted effort to al-
The 1% sales tax Justice Center initiative failed at the polls, with 1,028 residents voting 'YES' and 1,214 voting 'NO'.
Wyoming: the unequal “Equality State” by Lauren Furtney, Cowboy State Free Press Reporter
to the national average of 77.5 percent.
CHEYENNE — Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote, to serve on juries and to hold public office, leading to its moniker as the “Equality State.”
However, the inequality is not going unnoticed. On April 8, 2009, Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed a proclamation declaring April 28 as Equal Pay Day with the intent to draw attention to the Wyoming Pay Gap between men and women in the state.
However, when it comes to equal pay, Wyoming comes in dead last. The state has the nation’s largest wage gap between men and women, according to a 2008 study by the U.S. Census Bureau and reported in the 2009 edition of the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues (WCWI) Status Report. Wyoming women earned 63 percent of what their male counterparts earned in 2007. This number becomes even more dismal when compared
While the proportion of women attending post-secondary education facilities in the state has been slightly above 50 percent during the past five years, men continue to earn more than women at every educational level, said Suzey Delger of WCWI. To make matters worse, women with bachelor’s degrees can expect to earn less than men with no more than a high school diploma,” Delger said. But the inequality goes be-
Center for American Progress.
While the state’s “proportion of men to women is about 50:50, women, as a group, are severely underrepresented,” wrote Teresa de Groh, the previous chairwoman of WCWI.
“Women are half of all U.S. workers, and mothers comprise the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families,” the report states.
Since 2000, Wyoming’s female representation in Congress has been one out of three seats, while one out of five of the state elected offices has been held by a woman during that time. This past legislative session, only 2 women sat in the 30seat Senate, and 15 women in the 60-member House. The low numbers beg the questions: Is this equal representation?
And their responsibilities don’t end there. In the 2009 Women’s Issues Survey, Wyoming women reported the top four problems they continue to experience are substance abuse, child care, domestic violence and employment. And their responses showed each of these issues had grown increasingly worse for women since the 2004 survey, said Carma Corra of WCWI in an interview.
Additionally, women are often looked to as a source of income for families, according to The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything released by the
To view the survey and status report, visit http://www.wyomingwomenscouncil.org/
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New Prison Division Administrator and Wyoming Women's Center Warden Named Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) Director Bob Lampert announced today a new Prison Division Administrator and a new Warden at the Wyoming Women's Center (WWC). Dan Shannon, current Warden at the WWC in Lusk, will move to his new position of Prison Division Administrator effective May 1, 2010. His office will be located in Cheyenne. "Dan is an energetic team leader who brings with him a proven record of productivity, quality and integrity," said Director Lampert. Mr. Shannon replaces Patrick Keppler who recently retired. Mr. Shannon has served as the Warden of the WWC since 2007. During his tenure at the Women's Center, he has proven his ability to collaborate well with others to resolve problems, while motivating team members to achieve personal and organizational efforts. He is firmly in support of the vision of the Wyoming Department of Corrections and he is looking forward to continuing to make WDOC a benchmark correctional agency for all to emulate, while continuing to move toward agency accreditation with the American Correctional Association (ACA). Mr. Shannon began his corrections career in 1985 as a correctional officer in Pennsylvania. He then served as a probation and parole officer in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania from 1986 until he became a corrections counselor at the Westmoreland County Prison in 1989. In 1992, Dan took over the reins as Deputy Warden for Treatment at Westmoreland County Prison until he was selected as Warden for the Elk County Prison. During his tenure in Pennsylvania, he was selected for the Department of Corrections' Thomas Fulcomer Award and served as an emergency response team commander, firearms instructor, hostage negotiator and medical first responder. Mr. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also certified as a Cer-
tified Corrections Executive by the ACA and is a trained corrections auditor.
Mr. Phil Myer has been named Warden at the Wyoming Women's Center effective May 1, 2010.
"Mr. Myer's varied professional experience, his broad understanding of both prison security and the vital role of treatment and programming, and his tenure as a leadership team member at WWC will all be assets in his new role as Warden," said Director Lampert.
Mr. Myer has served as Correctional Program Manager at the Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk since 2007. In that position he has been responsible for the management of all program functions within the facility to include: classification, housing, education, programming, chaplaincy program, volunteer program, victim notification and substance abuse areas.
However, he also has a strong uniformed security background. Prior to coming to the Wyoming Department of Corrections in 2007, Phil spent 29 years working in positions of increasing responsibility for the Nebraska Department of Corrections. He began his career in 1978 as a correctional officer for the Nebraska DOC. In 1980 he was promoted to Corporal, then to Sergeant in 1985, and to Lieutenant in 1989. In 1995, Phil became a correctional case manager and served in that capacity until 2000 when he was selected as a Training Lieutenant, a position he held until his promotion to Correctional Program Manager for the Nebraska system in 2003.
In addition to his 32 years of correctional experience in two different states and in a variety of security, training and programming roles, Phil holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree from York College in York, Nebraska.
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COWBOY CORNER Cowboy Poet Columnist TJ Casey
TJ Casey is a singer/songwriter, storyteller, composer and entertainer. He was raised up on ranches in Wyoming and Montana and now teaches the "Code of the West" and poetry to students all across America. Check him out at: www.tjcasey.net.
A POULTRY SADDLE A Poultry Saddle I thought I’d heard about everything; ‘till a magazine came to me. They talked about a poultry saddle; then the ad came on TV. It said “protect your
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bareback hens from gettin’ saddle sores. Put duct tape on your chicks bareback, while yer out there doin’ chores.” Then they talked about this saddle, it had 4 sizes for custom fit.
From turkeys down to miniatures; it could help them quite a bit.
until that ad that day. A custom fit poultry saddle? Only in the old U.K.
It came in different colors; like beige and aqua and cream. If you try it on your chickens; it’ll be your chickens dream.
Honey, would you get the tape measure; we need to custom fit our old hens. If it were me I’d buy band aides or a big ol’ box of depends.
A doggone poultry saddle? Why I couldn’t believe my ears! I was laughin’ so dadgummed hard; my eyes were filled with tears.
I am not paying $30 for a poultry saddle; what’ll the neighbors think? Oh, honey they come in different colors; like red and yellow and pink.
Tears were runnin’ down my face; why I couldn’t see the TV. What did they say the cost was? I knew it couldn’t be free.
Oh my gosh what has this world come to? What are you thinkin’? You’ll have to change ‘em everyday; I know they’ll get to stinkin’!!
I thought I’d heard of everything;
Here we go again.
THE NIGHT HAWK I’m Just Sayin.... Columnist - Susan R. Stoltz
Susan is owner/editor of Women Out West Magazine, featured speaker at writers conferences nationwide including Women Writing the West, Ozark Creative Writers and Writing the Rockies. As a freelance writer Susan has been featured in Open Range Magazine, Cactus Creek Daily and on the website of the National Association of Baby Boomers. Photo © Amanda Smith
Up Close and Personal. An Interview with Award-winning Investigative Reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan “Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is on the air at Boston's NBC affiliate. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution. Along with her 26 Emmys, Hank’s won dozens of other journalism honors. She's been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine working with Hunter S. Thompson.” Bird staff reporter and columnist Susan Stoltz was on hand for the interview, up close and personal. 1. You've interviewed some of the most famous people in the world including Jimmy Carter, Prince Charles and Mohammad Ali. What is your prep process before a personal interview of such magnitude?
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Homework, lots and lots of homework. First, I learn all the facts I can. History, background, articles, personality, previous interviews. And then, I think about the interview subject as a real person—how do they look at the world? How do they face their fame? What do they really want, and what do they care about? And then, the night before the interview, I do the interview in my head. It’s often in that alpha state time right before you go to sleep, when your brain works so nicely and without a filter? I pretend I’m doing the interview. I think—I’ll say this, and then she’ll say this and then I’ll say this…and it becomes clear, as I “practice,” that I know a lot more about the person than I realize. 2. Do you ﬁnd that the succinct style of journalism has helped you past the common stumbling blocks most beginning writers encounter? Too much, too many words, proliﬁc description? I’ve been a TV reporter for 30 years, and every day, I take a complicated subject and write the script that turns it into a little movie. So I may have months of research, and reams of notes, and hours and hours of video. And then if I’m lucky, I get maybe three minutes, 180 seconds, to tell that story on television. And there have been times when my boss has said, “Yeah, I know I told you the story could be four minutes long. But now it can only be three.” And I have to cut it! And I know I have to rewrite and reorganize and rethink so it can be just as good a story in three minutes as it was in four. And—don’t tell my news director—often the shorter version is better. Stronger. Smarter. More compelling. 3. You've mentioned in previous interviews that there is an AHA moment when a book plot presents itself. What was that moment for Drive Time?
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When I saw my husband hand
over our car keys to a valet parker. And when I did several big investigations into automobile recalls. You know every mystery author—and every investigative reporter—is always asking “what if” there’s something more going on here? And in DRIVE TIME, there is!
4. Of all the undercover pieces you've done which was the most dangerous? Which bad guy, in real life, was the most satisfying to expose?
How can I choose? I’ve wired myself with hidden camera, confronted corrupt politicians, chased down criminals. I’ve been threatened with violence, threatened with lawsuits, and had many a door slammed in my face.
We proved the state’s 911 system was sending emergency responders to the wrong addresses. We found there was not one person of color on the federal jury pools in parts of Massachusetts. We discovered why thousands of people were never called for jury duty. We found there were thousands of warrants for peoples’ arrests that were never served. We found people convicted of drunk driving who were still on the road. We found unsafe big rig trucks on the highways and found they were illegally ignoring the weight limits on the state’s bridges, thereby causing expensive and dangerous damage. We found school buses with massive mechanical problems. We found the unit pricing in stores was completely incorrect. We found unscrupulous mortgage companies luring people into foreclosure. At least four—maybe five?—laws have changed as a result of our stories and people have gotten literally millions in refunds and restitution. My most satisfying story? I hope it’s the next one!
5. Having garnered so many prestigious awards for all your varied expertise does the nomination still elicit the same excitement for you?
Oh, yes. Oh, certainly yes. Every one of my Emmys and Murrows means I discovered a secret that someone didn’t want me to tell—and as a result of our stories something changed. I love the newest ones as much as the dear first one—each has different memories and a different struggle and a different journey. And the mystery/ romance world awards—just, amazing. The idea that my colleagues and readers would think I have done a good job— well, it brings tears to my eyes even to think of it. 6. The next book?
Yeah, we’ll see! I’m so excited about two wonderful (crossing fingers) ideas I have. Will there be more Charlie books? Who knows? Depends on the readers! But I do know that there are more books in my future, and I must say I can’t wait to read them.
Thursday, 4.1.10 • Rolling Hills patrol completed x3 • ACO issued a citation for dog at large • Fingerprints taken for employment purposes x 2 • Traffic stop, citation issued for speed x 2 • Theft, report taken • Citizen assist, officer was successful • E-911 medical, one transported to Casper • Vandalism, under investigation • Information logged • Vacation house watch added • E-911 medical, one transported to Casper by POV • Citizen assist, officer was successful
Friday, 4.2.10 • Rolling Hills patrol completed x 5 • Parking citation issued for improper parking • One vehicle roll over I-25 MP 173, no injuries • One vehicle roll over I-25 MP 170, one transported to Mountain View Regional • Officer completed a VIN inspection • Game and Fish was notified about a muskrat caught in a window well • Comm tech notarized a title x 3 • Traffic stop, verbal warning issued for speed x 2 • Vandalism, report taken • Traffic stop, written warning issued for speed • Traffic stop, verbal warning issued for speed x 6 • Traffic stop, written warning issued for stop sign • Traffic stop, driver was driving on a notarized title • Found property logged • Traffic stop, verbal warning issued for passenger side head lamp x 2 • OAA, officer assisted patrol with a traffic stop
Saturday, 4.3.10 • Rolling Hills patrol completed x 3 • Traffic stop, verbal warning issued for stop sign • Traffic stop, DUI arrest, transport to detention center • Comm tech performed a notary • Electrical fire, officer and fire units dispatched • Civil matter, everything was OK • Civil matter, officer spoke with subject • E-911 test call • Theft reported, under investigation • E-911 fire, fire units dispatched • Traffic stop, citation issued for speed
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Information taken and given to department Key to the shooting range was issued Traffic stop, verbal warning for registration Harassment reported Suspicious person, everything OK Traffic accident, report taken Comm tech notarized a paper Traffic stop, verbal warning for no front plate Traffic stop, operating on a notarized bill of sale Traffic stop, written warning for speed E-911 medical, negative transport Traffic stop, verbal warning for expired registration Suspicious circumstance
Tuesday, 4.6.10 • Rolling Hills patrol completed • Comm tech performed a notary x 2 • Ambulance, one transported to Casper • Welfare check completed • Juvenile choking, officer assisted child, no medical needed • Citizen assist, everything was OK • Suspicious circumstance, everything was OK • Suspicious vehicle, Sheriff's office was notified • Suspicious person, officer was UTL • Citizen assist, everything was OK Wednesday, 4.7.10 • Rolling Hills patrol completed x 2 • Family disturbance reported, officer responded • Local records check completed • Barking dog complaint, ACO responded • Lost set of keys reported • Comm tech performed a notary • Traffic stop, citation issued for driver's license required • Driving complaint • Traffic stop, verbal warning issued for stop sign • Alarm, everything was OK • E-911 civil matter, officers responded • Traffic stop, citation issued for possession of a controlled substance • 4 arrested for MIP and one arrested for warrant arrest
Hallo! Hello in Dutch from the library! I need to congratulate Ivy Engel, Kaitlyn Hiser and Austin Lingren for being our official weather forecasters. They’ll have a special place at the library recognizing them. They predicted March would leave like a lamb, which it did but April came in like a lion. The first National Library Week was established May 16-22, 1958. This was made possible with the cooperation of the National Book Committee, the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council for the sole purpose to promote libraries. In 1974 the American Library Association became the exclusive supporter. This coming week, April 11-17, we will be among a host of libraries in our nation that will be focusing on one event, National Library Week. For one week, time stands still and lets us reflect on the importance of our role as a library and how we impact our community. There are an estimated 123,291 libraries in the United States that employ around 400,000 professional and paraprofessional librarians. This is according to www.ilovelibraries.org. The theme for this year reflects these sentiments, “Communities Thrive @ Your Library”. We are a part of this unique history in the making. You are welcomed to come in and experience your library. We will be getting into our “book sale” mode this week. Are you looking for just the right book to read or a movie before you have to go out and start cleaning up your yard? How about an audio book to listen to when you do decide to go out to work on that yard that’s been neglected all winter?! We will be hosting our second annual “Spring Cleaning/Book Sale” April 12-17.
COUNTY OF CONVERSE EIGHTH JUDICAL DISTRICT - Civil Action No. 15756 - IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF JEREMIAH ALEXANDER REYNOLDS - An Adult. NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE TO: ANY INTERESTED PERSON: The undersigned, Jeremiah Alexander Reynolds, of 95 S. Monkey Rd, Glenrock, Wyoming, 82637, hereby provides notice that he wishes to change his name to “Jeremiah Alexander Schuerman” in Civil Action No. 15756, in the District Court, Eighth Judicial District, State of Wyoming. You are hereby notified that, unless objection is timely filed with the Clerk of this Court within thirty (30) days from the last date of the publication of the Notice, said relief shall be granted by the Court. Dated this 11 day of March, 2010- JO WINTERS - Clerk of District Court. Publish: 04/04/10; 3/11/10; 4/18/10; 4/25/10
CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted
Glenrock School District has an opening for a Groundskeeper helper, Mid-April to November. Salary will be $8 per hour. Call 436-5331 or stop by 120 Boxelder Trail for an application form. Deadline for applying is 3:00 p.m., April 16, 2010. Equal Opportunity Employer.
One Bedroom Apartment. Tenant pays electric. $400/ month plus deposit. Call 307436-9756
Talent Needed! Movies, Commercials, TV, Modeling. Earn up to $165 hourly. All ages, experience levels. 801-438-0067
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For Sale By Owner: 2.6 acres in Arrowhead Park. 2-3 Bedroom with 1 Bathroom. 1700 sf; good deep well;out buildings. Moving... must sell. Call 307-436-5628
Senior Shenanigans Happy Birthday this week to Palmer Aust, Robert Fulton and Doug Olsen. Be sure to stop in anytime this month for a free lunch courtesy of Deer Creek Drug. Please contact the center if you would like your birthday or anniversary added to our list.
ing items for our Loan Closet: wheelchairs and shower chairs. Monetary donations to purchase these items are also accepted.
There will be a blood draw at the Glenrock Senior Center on April 16-17 from 7-10 a.m. We will be serving breakfast on April 16from 7:30- 9:30 a.m. We will be having French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, and fruit. The cost is $3 for seniors and $5 for non-seniors.
March Commodities are available for pickup. This month’s commodities are northern beans, instant milk, tomato soup, and egg noodles. The Commodity Program is not limited to senior citizens. If you would like more information about the commodity program, or to see if you qualify, please contact Nancie Fink at 436-9442.
We are in need of the follow-
Please contact Betty Lund at 436-9442 for more information.
SENIOR MENU Monday, April 12 Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Roll, Tossed Salad, Fruit Cocktail Tuesday, April 13 Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Veggie, Roll, Tossed Salad, Fruited Jell-O
Wednesday, April 14 BBQ Chicken, Parsley Pota-
toes, Broccoli, Roll, Waldorf Salad, Apricots
Thursday, April 15 Lasagna, Italian Blend Vegetables, Garlic Bread, Tossed Salad, Pear Crisp
Friday, April 16 Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Lima Beans,Spinach Salad, Roll, Cherry Cobbler
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We will have a few of our miscellaneous items for sale as well. We started cleaning our basement and have come across cameras, copiers, extra computer accessories and even a dell printer. Of course this “small” book sale is a prelude to our big one in August. Read Me A Story for April 10- April 17: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman. Pick up the phone this week and listen to a story for a change! Call 436-2353. Story time is on Wednesdays at 10:00. This is open to anyone 5 years old and under with an adult. We will continue to have story time until the second week in May. You have plenty of time to join our spring celebration.
Sunday, 4.4.10 • Medical, one transported to WMC • Rolling Hills patrol completed x 3 • Motorist assist, all OK • Range key issued • Concerned citizen, everything OK • Barking dog, door hanger left
Monday, 4.5.10 • Rolling Hills patrol completed x 4 • Barking dog complaint, ACO spoke with owners • Traffic stop, verbal warning for speed • Comm tech notarized a paper
GLENROCK PUBLIC NOTICE STATE OF WYOMING LIBRARY NEWS IN THE DISTRICT COURT
We’re on the web athttp:wyldweb.state.wy.us/ glen. Our phone number is 436-2573. Fax number is 436-8525.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 to 5:00. Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 to 8:00. Saturday: 10:00 to 1:00. Closed Sundays.
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