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Volume #2: Issue #40

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Sunday, March 29, 2009


Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power are planning to Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power are planning to build a high voltage transmission line across southern Wyoming build a high voltage transmission line across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. This project will supply present and future needs of and southern Idaho. This project will supply present and future needs of Mike Velasquez - Staff Reporter customers and improve electric system reliability in the service territories customers and improve electric system reliability in the service territories Preliminary Corridor Rocky Mountain were on hand Map in Glen- future transmission needs. “It doesn’t make much sense to conof both companies. In addition, the project will Power enable deliveryrepresentatives of new Preliminary Corridor Map of bothrock companies. In addition, the project will enable delivery of new and Study Area to make a presentation and to answer questions on Monday, struct a transmission line that will only handle the present demand generating resources, including wind, to more customers in the region. and Study Area generating resources,16th, including wind, to more customersthe in the region. March concerning proposed corridor for the upcoming for electricity. Because customers continue to use more electricity The companies are proposing to construct, Known as Gateway West, line segments are scheduled to be completed The companies Landowners are proposing to construct,were every year, future growth can’t be overlooked when planning conKnown$6 as Gateway West, lineGateway segments are scheduled completed billion Westto betransmission project. operate and maintain approximately 1,150 miles in 2014. operate andother maintain approximately 1,150 parmiles all230 in 2014.invited to attend the meeting, along with struction of a major transmission line,” explained Hymas, noting of new kilovolt (kV)interested and 500 kV electric of new 230 kilovolt (kV) and 500 kV electric ties, to allow the division of Pacifi Corp a chance to explain the At certain times of high customer demand, transmission lines reach full that it can take several years to permit and build a project of this transmission lines between the planned Windstar At certain times of high customer demand, transmission lines reach full lines between the planned Windstar the path thattransmission the 1,150 mile transmiscapacity.issues Idaho Powerfaced and Rockywhile Mountain choosing Power are committed to ensuring Corridor continued on page 10 Substation near Glenrock, Wyoming to the planned capacity.sion Idaho Power Rocky Mountain Power arethe committed to ensuring substation lineand take from Windstar GlenSubstation nearjust Glenrock,outside Wyoming to the planned reliable electric service towill customers and respond to others requesting use of Hemingway Substation near Murphy, Idaho. reliablerock, electric service to customers and respond to others requesting use of to the substation Idaho. Meetings Hemingway Substation near Murphy, Idaho. the transmission system. WorkHemingway has begun to complete this project in the nextnear Murphy, the transmission Work has begun in to complete this project inare the next like the held Glenrock key to receiving valuable input five to seven years. five to from seven years.landowners used to determine the path of the project.

The proposed project, according to Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Jeff Hymas, will be constructed to meet current and

URBAN LEGEND? GANG SHOOTING THREAT “TEXT HOAX” HITS WYOMING Jessica Smith - Staff Writer - Amanda Smith - Editor

A text message circulating last week regarding gang activity at a Casper Wal-mart was determined to be false by the Casper Police Department. The message stated that there would be a gang initiation at a Wal-mart where three women would be singled out Hoax continued on page 19

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Community MABUHAY MOTEL OPENS IN GLENROCK! = WELCOME! Jessica Smith - Staff Reporter

The rooms also contain wonderful amenities such as microwaves and mini-refrigerators, along with 42” flat panel TVs. The ‘double’ rooms are also graced with two sinks--one in the bathroom and one in the vanity area for ease of use by the motel‘s patrons. When asked how she felt about her new business, Erlinda responded, “I am very proud!” And proud she should be of such a beautiful building and wonderful addition to the downtown businesses of Glenrock! The rates for the Mabuhay rooms are $75 for a single and $100 for a double. If you are interested in renting a room, please call 436-5468 for more information.

(Mabuhay (pronunciation: mah-BOO-high) motel owner Erlinda Schefelbine stands proud in one of her double rooms - Photo © Jessica Smith.



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Community ANNUAL REENACTMENT OF THE LORD’S PASSION SCHEDULED FOR PALM SUNDAY Saint Louis Catholic church will be presenting their annual still life portrayal of the final acts of Jesus leading up to and culminating with His crucifixion, death and burial. This presentation will be prayerful experience for the entire community of Glenrock and the surrounding area. The portrayal of the Lord’s Passion will take place

in the Glenrock Middle School auditorium,located at 645 S. 3rd Street in Glenrock, on Palm Sunday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. There is no charge, and all are welcome. This reenactment will be presented by the youth of Saint Louis Church. Come one; come all.


The Aspiring Main Street Program met on Wednesday, March 25th to finalize the plans for the new signs intended for the downtown area. Scott Gilbert was in attendance showing the beautiful finished designs to the committee for approval. The five approved designs are of: fly fishing; team roping; an elk bugling; a Triceratops; and a Conestoga wagon. The signs will be copper-colored and powder coated for weather protection and should be ready to hang in apSunday, March 29, 2009

proximately six weeks. Also discussed was the Super Flea Market to be held at the Rec Center on April 18th. Booth space is still available at $25 per 10’ x 10’ space, or 2 spaces for $40. For more information or to reserve your booth space, call Lana at 436-2639.

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Community GLENROCK BUSINESS OWNERS OPEN ROCKY MOUNTAIN BUILDING OUTLET A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, April 4th at the Rocky Mountain Building Outlet, 5150 Reserve Drive in Evansville. Four businesses are calling the new 37,750 square foot building home. Rocky Mountain Window Distributors, Rocky Mountain Electric, The Blind Guy and the Stucco Store have moved to Evansville’s new Rocky Mountain Building Outlet. Theresa and Andy Stellpflug, longtime residents of Glenrock, are the owners of the new building and moved their two businesses, Rocky Mountain Window Distributors and Rocky Mountain Electric into the new center from the previous Glenrock location. “We have a vision to provide area residents and contractors with a one stop shop for all their building needs,” said Andy Stellpflug. They also recently opened the Blind Guy to become part of the center. “We hope customers will appreciate being able to shop for everything from windows and their coverings, to siding and stucco for

their home’s exterior all in one spot,” his wife, Theresa, added. The celebration will include a drawing for a free exterior door, including installation, as well as free burgers, hot dogs and pop being served from noon to 4 p.m. Rocky Mountain Window Distributors offers a full line of home remodeling products including wood and vinyl windows, interior and exterior doors, siding, granite countertops, and cultured stone. Rocky Mountain Electric offers commercial and residential electrical services. The Blind Guy specializes in custom window coverings and awnings and the Stucco Store is Wyoming’s only full line stucco store. For more information you can contact the businesses at their respective phone numbers. The Stucco Store/237-0917. Rocky Mountain Window Distributors/472-3300. Rocky Mountain Electric 472-3336 and The Blind Guy/577-1300.


In a poll conducted by Gallup for Healthways and America’s Health Insurance Plans, Wyoming ranked third as America’s “happiest” state. The poll, taken by more than 350,000 Americans ranked Wyoming behind, Utah (first) and Hawaii (second) as the place where people are happiest according to their mental, physical and economic health.

work and be more productive, and it’s about feeling engaged in a community and wanting to improve that community.” The pollsters hope to use the information to generate information on what employers can do to generate more healthy, happy workers. According to the researchers, the poll will be conducted over a 25year period, and the results will be compared annually.

The poll asked 42 different questions and took about 15 minutes to conduct. According to pollsters, the results were somewhat predictable. When it came to well-being, the higher scores came from the west, while the lower scores were from the south. Also, higher scores tended to be scattered among places where the economy was more stable, while lower scores came from poorer regions. Experts wouldn’t explain just what these differences made in the scheme of things. They felt more study of the results needed to be done in order for explanations to become clearer. “It’s not just about physical health,” said Eric Nielsen, a spokesman for Gallup. “It’s about their ability to contribute at Sunday, March 29, 2009

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The Legal Eagle A Weekly Law Enforcement Bulletin By Glenrock Police Officer Michael Kavenius

SHOPLIFTING - IT WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE Peer pressure is one reason why people shoplift. Some might do it to seem cool or daring. Some do it because their friends shoplift and they want to be part of the group. Some people shoplift because they want things their classmates have but can’t afford them. Some people shoplift to see what they can get away with. They may do it as a way to challenge authority or be nonconformist. Or they may get a rush out of doing something risky that has the potential to get them in serious trouble. Others do it as a way to get attention from parents or friends. A few people shoplift because they see it as a way of getting back at a store they don’t like or a company whose values they question. But shoplifting rarely affects the store as much as it affects the people who shop there. Some stores may add the cost of shoplifting into their prices. So the people shopping there are the ones paying extra, not the stores. Getting caught shoplifting can be a lot more serious than people may think. Some of the things that can happen to shoplifters are: * They may be arrested and paraded through a store in handcuffs. * They may face charges for theft. * They may be banned from stores or malls. * People who have been arrested for shoplifting — especially if it’s more than once — may end up with a criminal record. This can make it harder to get a job, get into college, or do the other things they want. * Even if people who shoplift aren’t prosecuted, their names can end up on a national database that some companies look at when

making hiring decisions. People don’t have to get caught for shoplifting to affect their lives. Some people may feel guilty or ashamed of what they’ve done. It can cost the person self-respect or the respect of others. Sometimes people lose friends who decide they don’t want to be close to someone who doesn’t have the same values. Anyone caught shoplifting in the Town of Glenrock will be charged through municipal court. If the action continues to be a problem with the person shoplifting, they will be charged through Circuit Court or juvenile court were punishment becomes more harsh. In a small town like Glenrock, it’s easy to get caught because everyone knows everyone. Always think about it before and realize the consequences.

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Washington, D.C. – Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) has been awarded the “Spirit of Enterprise” award. The honor recognizes his strong support and leadership of critical business issues during the 110th Congress. “It is more important than ever to stand up for American businesses,” Barrasso said. “Small Business is the engine that drives our economy. It creates more than half of all new jobs in America. I will continue to fight against increased taxes and other regulatory burdens on small businesses.” “Last year in particular, Congress had to make some tough choices, and Senator Barrasso clearly demonstrated his commitment to the economy and keeping America competitive in an everchanging global market,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “The Chamber is proud to present Senator Barrasso with the Spirit of Enterprise Award on behalf of businesses large and small.” The Chamber’s award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings for critical business votes. The votes encourage business owners to expand their ventures and spur nationwide economic growth.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, RWyo., has voted in favor of a bill providing increased funding for the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildland fires in Wyoming and throughout the West. The bill passed the House by a vote of 412-3. The bill, the Federal Land Assistance, Management, and Enhancement (FLAME) Act, H.R. 1404, would create a specified fund for emergency catastrophic wildfire suppression and directs the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to develop a cohesive wildland fire management strategy within one year. “Public land managers in Wyoming and the West can only be expected to make smart and balanced management decisions if they are given the resources to implement them,” Lummis said. “The FLAME Act will ensure the Forest Service will have an increased ability to effectively fight our most extreme wildland fires without having to do so at the detriment of other important on the ground programs.” “Summer is fast approaching and so is the wildfire season for those of us in the West. I urge the Senate to pass this bipartisan bill quickly to ensure the Forest Service and BLM have the resources they need to combat fires in the West.” Lummis also supported bipartisan amendments to ensure an increased agency focus on areas where insect infestation has created an extreme risk of wildfire, such as the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyoming. The overall cost of fire suppression has risen dramatically and created budgetary challenges for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Forest Service, which have primary federal responsibility for fire suppression. Wildfire suppression activities account for 48 percent of the Forest Service’s budget. These costs have exceeded $1 billion in five of the past 8 years. H.R. 1404 also requires the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to establish an accounting system for the FLAME fund, including an annual report to Congress regarding the use of the funds, with a focus on administrative control and oversight.

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Computer Corner Exit Bulky Computer, Enter Netbook Robert Smith - Staff Reporter

Little more than two years ago, a new kind of laptop computer began to emerge on the PC market, and it isn’t what you would normally think of as a laptop. It’s about the size of a portable DVD player, lightweight, and not as expensive as other pricey laptops. Even so, most people don’t refer to laptops as ‘laptops,’ but as “notebooks,” because the size of a typical notebook computer resembles that of a typical spiral bound writing pad. Well, this new smaller laptop is kind of like that, and its official name is “netbook.” The reason why someone might prefer a netbook to a notebook may vary. Netbooks are priced economically based on what is typically included with it. Because these are smaller computers, they typically do not have a CD or DVD ROM drive attached. Their performance is waned by a cost-effective hardware bundle – slower CPUs, smaller amounts of memory, and a lower capacity hard disk. But for people who are looking for a low-cost computer that “just works,” the netbook might be the right solution for you. Bear in mind that laptop computers are fundamentally different from the desktop towers we normally use on a day-to-day basis. Laptops are made for portability and thus the idea of upgrading RAM or other hardware components was paid little to no mind. You might think of a low-cost laptop as a bargain deal, but make sure you know what you’re getting as part of the package – with notebooks and netbooks what you see is what you get. Now, upgrading hardware in a laptop


computer is not impossible, it’s just not advisable. You also stand a good chance at voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. The basic rule of thumb here is: unless you know exactly what you are doing, don’t. Most new netbooks come with Windows XP preinstalled because of the lower hardware requirements the operating system was designed to work with. It is possible to install Windows Vista to your netbook computer, but I wouldn’t do it unless you have at least a gigabyte of RAM installed. Windows Vista uses more hard drive space that XP and its hardware requirements dwarf XP in comparison. If you do decide on Vista, you might see a performance impact with your netbook. If you wish to upgrade your operating system, your best bet would be to wait for Windows 7 to hit retail store shelves sometime later this year or early next year. With Vista or Seven, I recommend using the Home Basic version, as it is designed with installed components that work better with lower-end hardware. The aero interface is a no-no on low-cost desktops and laptops and will usually fail to work on lower end machines. You can find netbook computers at local retail stores, such as the Acer AspireOne, Asus EeePC, and HP Mini. They usually run in an area between $300 and $400.

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Hunting/Ranching/G&F WG&F ADVISES TIME TO REGISTER YOUR BOATS With the recent warmer weather, many waters throughout the state have opened up and Wyoming boaters are busy getting their boats ready for the coming season. To ensure registrations are received in a timely manner, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges boaters to register boats as soon as possible to prepare for the upcoming season. The following are the most often asked boat registration questions. * Where can I register my boat? You can register your boat, if it is a renewal, at any Game and Fish regional office or the Cheyenne headquarters. If it is a new boat or a transfer of ownership is involved, it must be registered at the Cheyenne office. * What do I do if I lost my registration renewal card? Simply go to or call any Game and Fish office. Registrations are computer-

ized and they can look up your information and provide you with renewal information at that time. Can I keep my boat number if I sell my boat? The boat number stays with your old boat. If you get a new boat, you will be issued a new number. * Do I need to register my canoe or rubber raft? You do if it has a motor. Any watercraft with a motor, electric or internal combustion, must be registered. No registration is required of craft without motors. * How long does it take for registration through the mail? Generally, you should receive your new registration within a week to 10 days after it is received in the office. Currently, registration of boats is in full swing. The Game and Fish processes around 25,000 boat registrations annually. -WGFD-

SPORTSMEN BE ADVISED OF WATER FLOW INCREASE ON NORTH PLATTE The Wyoming Game and Fish Department cautions sportsmen to be aware of sizeable increases in water flows in the North Platte River beginning March 30 as part of a flushing flow project. The Department has requested the flushing flow in order to clean fine sediments from fish spawning habitats and to increase production of invertebrates that fish depend on for food. The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from Gray Reef Reservoir in the early morning hours beginning Monday, March 30. Flows, currently at 500 cubic feet per second, will increase to 4,000 cfs and will then gradually decrease back to 500 cfs each day, with the maximum flow occurring between 3-7 a.m. The schedule will be repeated on March 31, and April 1, 2 and 3. The flows below Gray Reef Dam will then be stabilized at approximately 2,000 cfs. The Game and Fish Department advises sportsmen to be aware of the potential dangers related to flushing flows. Sportsmen wading or floating the river during this time should consider the fluctuating water levels. Areas that can be waded effectively at 500 cfs may not be accessible at 4,000 cfs. This year’s flushing flow is about two weeks later than usual to allow for bridge construction at Tank Farm Road and in Douglas. The fall flushing flow on the North Platte River was canceled due to bridge construction. Flushing flows have been a regular occurrence on the river since the ‘90s and have shown remarkable success. The number of fish per mile continues to be very good and has remained relatively constant during these drought conditions. Sunday, March 29, 2009

Flushing flows are especially important to fish populations during years of drought when the lower flows increase sediment accumulation. Flushing flows are normally scheduled for completion by March to avoid impacting spawning rainbows. -WGFD-

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County News CONVERSE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY RESCHEDULES VOTE TO ELECT OFFICERS, PREPARE FOR 2010 Converse County Democratic Party Chair Liz Batton announced today that local Democrats have rescheduled their meeting for Sunday March 29, 2009 to elect officers who will serve through 2010. The meeting is scheduled for 2 PM at 100 N 2nd Street, Douglas (Money Express). The rescheduled election was necessary due to the blizzard that roared through here on Monday and Tuesday of last week.

consecutive elections since the early 1980s. Nationwide, Democrats won the White House and increased their majorities in the U.S. House and Senate. Any registered Democrat is eligible to seek a county party office. The meeting is open to the public, but only current members of the county central committee may vote. Converse County Democratic Party Meeting and Officer Elections

Liz said Democrats would use the meeting to prepare for 2010. “After the success of Democrats in the last election, our party is ready for the next campaign. We’re going to keep talking about our positive vision for Wyoming’s future and recruiting candidates who will fight for our families.” In 2008, Democrats had a net gain of two seats in the Wyoming Legislature, marking the first time the party has gained seats in two

WHEN: 2 PM WHERE: Money Express 100 N 2nd Street, Douglas, WY - Sunday, March 29, 2009

UW’S PROPOSED HIGH PLAINS GASIFICATION CLOSER TO ANNOUNCING FINAL SITES March 25, 2009 -- Evaluation of three sites identified for further review for the proposed High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center will continue into April. Initial site visits to locations in Campbell, Goshen and Laramie counties were held during the first week of March. Thorough invesGasification continued on page 10

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County News & Beyond Gasification continued from page 9

tigations of the sites are under way, and an announcement of a final site will be made once all investigations are complete. The High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center is being developed jointly by GE Energy and the University of Wyoming. The agreement signed in October outlines the framework for the joint development, design, construction and operation of the facility. The university will own the facility and be responsible for its operation.

The proposed center would consist of a small-scale gasification system that would allow UW and GE Energy researchers to develop and validate advanced coal gasification technology solutions for Powder River Basin and other Wyoming coals. The plant is expected to allow engineers to gain experience in advanced coal gasification processes, and will provide students an opportunity to learn about coal gasification. For information on the project, visit

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size. cerns would be properly addressed. “We understand that there are According to Hymas, the need for the updated transmission going to be concerns. That’s why we have these meetings, to find system is at a critical point. In order for Rocky Mountain Power out about local issues and concerns so that they can be considered and Idaho Power, who are jointly undertaking the massive project, before a final decision on the route is made,” Hymas explained. to provide for future electrical demands of their consumers, the Hymas explained that studies are currently underway that will new system has to be constructed. Explaining things on a more include environmental studies, including land surveys, documenlocal level, Hymas stated that total electrical usage by the utility’s tation of cultural and environmental conditions and soil borings. Wyoming customers, which includes consumers in the Glenrock The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service will and Douglas areas, will have increased by about 21% over a five also study the proposed route of the transmission project and will year period between 2005 and 2010. A major transmission up- also offer plenty of opportunity for landowners and the general grade hasn’t been undertaken in the region in more than 20 years. public to voice their concern. The BLM draft Environmental ImThe current system already runs at or near capacity under certain pact Statement will be issued in August of 2009. After that, there conditions. On average, residential customers in the company’s will be a 90-day comment period before the next step in the proservice area are using about 25 percent more electricity today than cess. they did 20 years ago. This makes the need for increased transmisThe law is very specific when dealing with the rights of landsion availability more clear when you consider the many products owners when obtaining easements on private land. According to that require electricity that were not around or used as much 20 Hymas, landowners can expect Rocky Mountain Power to follow years ago, including computers, big screen TVs, central air con- guidelines set for purchasing the right to cross private land with ditioning, etc. the project. The company will negotiate with landowners, and ofThe March 16th meeting began as an open house, with fer fair market value for the easements RMP will need to complete landowners in the area viewing maps of the proposed eastern and the project. Landowners may also obtain their own property value western corridor areas that initiate near Glenrock. The proposed assessments and negotiate with the company until they come to a eastern route, labeled 1E, consists of a 230-kilovolt line that fair and equitable agreement. would begin at the Windstar substation and take an easterly route The Gateway West project is still very much in the planning and to Aeolus substation, near Medicine Bow. The proposed western permitting stages, and a target date of 2014 is set for completion. route, labeled 1W, includes a set of new 230kv and 500kv lines Rocky Mountain Power urges landowners and area residents to and upgrades to an existing 230kv line. The 1W segment would visit the Gateway West project Web site to learn more about the take a more westerly route to the Aeolus substation. The transmis- project, keep up-to-date on its progress and view project maps. sion line would then head west across southern Wyoming and into The Web site can be accessed at the following link: www.gateIdaho. Also discussed was an alternate eastern corridor that would The company also encourages the public to run along Ft. Fetterman Road. Rocky Mountain Power believes provide input about the Gateway West project by phone, e-mail both an eastern and western route between the Windstar and Aeo- or letters. All comments will be shared with the BLM. Contact lus substations are needed, in part because of the large amount of information is available on the project Web site. “The information new electrical generation, including wind projects, under devel- submitted by landowners, area residents and others will be used opment and being considered in the area. After the open house, by the companies and federal agencies to make a final decision company representatives presented information to the landowners on where the transmission lines will be located. An exact route about the Gateway West project and the line routes being consid- has yet to be determined. We are open to feedback that will assist ered and then had a question and answer period. us in determining the best possible route for the project and we Landowners voiced their concerns about the impact such a proj- continue to encourage public participation in the process,” stated ect would have on their land, the environment, and their pocket- Jeff Hymas. books. Rocky Mountain Power assured landowners that these conPage 10 Sunday, March 29, 2009 The Glenrock Bird





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The following letters are taken from an actual incident between a London hotel and one of its guests. The Hotel ended up submitting the letters to the London Sunday Times!

The American Cancer Society has been an active member of Converse County for many years offering a number of patient and family services, cancer support groups, tobacco control programs and lifesaving research. We continue our mission thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff. The American Cancer Society Relay for life is a community event in every sense of the word. It is a chance for the community to come together for one common cause. Being a part of the Relay For Life means I’m part of a national grassroots movement to fight cancer. Being a relay for Life volunteer means I’m making life better for cancer survivors, patients and their families. However, we are faced with a critical shortage of volunteer leaders. With the challenges of our day to day demands, time has become a premium and many people are finding it more difficult to participate in community service. It is because of the volunteers who preceded us, however, that certain types of cancer are now highly treatable or even curable. With more help, we will continue to win the war. The American Cancer Society needs your help now. Plans are underway for the 2nd annual fundraiser Relay For Life, held in Glenrock on May 29th and 30th, to support cutting-edge cancer research, help provide free transportation to hospitals, help prevent youth smoking, publish lifesaving literature, and develop a new generation of weapons to fight cancer. Now is the time for individuals, families, organizations, schools, religious groups, corporations and small businesses to build a team and join our fight to reduce the burden of cancer across America. Relay For Life can be the site of a company picnic or family gathering while supporting a great cause. To sign up to participate or learn how you can volunteer for other patient dervices, call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit us on the web at Sincerely, Kimberly Becher RFL chair of Converse County 1275 Sweetwater Ct. Douglas, WY 82633 307 359-1130

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dear Maid, Please do not leave any more of those little bars of soap in my bathroom since I have brought my own bath-sized Dial. Please remove the six unopened little bars from the shelf under the medicine chest and another three in the shower soap dish. They are in my way. Thank you, - S. Berman -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Room 635, I am not your regular maid. She will be back tomorrow, Thursday, from her day off. I took the 3 hotel soaps out of the shower soap dish as you requested. The 6 bars on your shelf I took out of your way and put on top of your Kleenex dispenser in case you should change your mind. This leaves only the 3 bars I left today which my instructions from the management is to leave 3 soaps daily. I hope this is satisfactory. Kathy, Relief Maid -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Maid - I hope you are my regular maid. Apparently Kathy did not tell you about my note to her concerning the little bars of soap. When I got back to my room this evening I found you had added 3 little Camays to the shelf under my medicine cabinet. I am going to be here in the hotel for two weeks and have brought my own bath-size Dial so I won't need those 6 little Camays which are on the shelf. They are in my way when shaving, brushing teeth, etc. Please remove them. S. Berman ----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Mr. Berman, The assistant manager, Mr. Kensedder, informed me this morning that you called him last evening and said you were unhappy with your maid service. I have assigned a new girl to your room. I hope you will accept my apologies for any past inconvenience. If you have any future complaints please contact me so I can give it my personal attention. Call extension 1108 between 8AM and 5PM. Thank you. Elaine Carmen - Housekeeper -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Miss Carmen, It is impossible to contact you by phone since I leave the hotel for business at 7:45 AM and don't get back before 5:30 or 6PM. That's the reason I called Mr. Kensedder last night. You were already off duty. I only asked Mr. Kensedder if he could do anything about those little bars of soap. The new maid you assigned me must have thought I was a new check-in today, since she left another 3 bars of hotel soap in my medicine cabinet along with her regular delivery of 3 bars on the bath-room shelf. In just 5 days here I have accumulated 24 little bars of soap. Why are you doing this to me? S. Berman continued page 13

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Dear Mr. Berman, Your maid, Kathy, has been instructed to stop delivering soap to your room and remove the extra soaps. If I can be of further assistance, please call extension 1108 between 8AM and 5PM.Thank you, Elaine Carmen, Housekeeper -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Mr. Kensedder, My bath-size Dial is missing. Every bar of soap was taken from my room including my own bath-size Dial. I came in late last night and had to call the bellhop to bring me 4 little Cashmere Bouquets. S. Berman -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Mr. Berman, I have informed our housekeeper, Elaine Carmen, of your soap problem. I cannot understand why there was no soap in your room since our maids are instructed to leave 3 bars of soap each time they service a room. The situation will be rectiďŹ ed immediately. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience. Martin L. Kensedder - Assistant Manager -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Mrs. Carmen, Who the hell left 54 little bars of Camay in my room? I came in last night and found 54 little bars of soap. I don't want 54 little bars of Camay. I want my one damn bar of bath-size Dial. Do you realize I have 54 bars of soap in here. All I want is my bath size Dial. Please give me back my bath-size Dial. S. Berman -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Mr. Berman, You complained of too much soap in your room so I had them removed. Then you complained to Mr. Kensedder that all your soap was missing so I personally returned them. The 24 Camays which had been taken and the 3 Camays you are supposed to receive daily. I don't know anything about the 4 Cashmere Bouquets. Obviously your maid, Kathy, did not know I had returned your soaps so she also brought 24 Camays plus the 3 daily Camays. I don't know where you got the idea this hotel issues bath-size Dial. I was able to locate some bath-size Ivory which I left in your room. Elaine Carmen - Housekeeper -----------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Mrs. Carmen, Just a short note to bring you up-to-date on my latest soap inventory. As of today I possess: - On the shelf under medicine cabinet - 18 Camay in 4 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2. - On the Kleenex dispenser - 11 Camay in 2 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 3. - On the bedroom dresser - 1 stack of 3 Cashmere Bouquet, - 1 stack of 4 hotel-size Ivory, and 8 Camay in 2 stacks of 4. - Inside the medicine cabinet - 14 Camay in 3 stacks of 4 and 1 stack of 2. - In the shower soap dish - 6 Camay, very moist. - On the northeast corner of tub - 1 Cashmere Bouquet, slightly used. - On the northwest corner of tub - 6 Camays in 2 stacks of 3. Please ask Kathy when she services my room to make sure the stacks are neatly piled and dusted. Also, please advise her that stacks of more than 4 have a tendency to tip. May I suggest that my bedroom window sill is not in use and will make an excellent spot for future soap deliveries. One more item, I have purchased another bar of bath-sized Dial which I am keeping in the hotel vault in order to avoid further misunderstandings. -S. Berman

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Glenrock Police Beat Saturday, March 21 -Ofcrs responded to fight in local establishment. One subject arrested. -Citations issued for fight in local establisment -Controlled burn reported -Report of a vehicle being egged -Littering reported -Barking dog complaint -Driving complaint - UTL -Fire - EMS units dispatched -Controlled burn reported -Noise complaint. Officer advised subj to keep noise down. -Officer answered questions from a concerned citizen. Sunday, March 22 -REDDI Report - UTL -Range key issued x3 -Dogs at large. Transported to pound -Dog bite, ACO notified -Citizen assist, officer complied -Property damage, info documented. -Comm tech performed a notary Monday, March 23 -E911 - Ambulance - negative transport -E911 Rollover. One transported to Casper -OAA - stranded motorist on I-25. UTL vehicle -CCSD#2 Reported school closing early due to blizzard

-Request for msg delivery. UTD - No one home. -Request for street plowing from ambulance personnel. Msg left for PW -Citizen assist completed -Ambulance request - one transported to Casper -Emergency message delivered Tuesday, March 24 -Rolling Hills Patrol Completed -E911 Ambulance - negative transport -Parking complaint - vehicle legally parked -Animal welfare check - Animal is fine -E911 - verbal domestic. Parties separated before officers arrived -Dog at large transported to pound -Officer unlocked veh for sub x2 -Trespassing and property damage -Civil complaint, rented property not returned -Threats reported, report taken. -Domestic dispute reported -Burglary report taken -Shoplifting report taken -Stolen vehicle reported - unfounded -Fire reprted. Unfounded - Oven overheated -Ambulance request - one transported to Casper -Citizen complaint - snowball thrown at vehicle Wednesday, March 25 -Warning for liquor est open after hours -Rolling Hills Patrol completed -Deceased deer reported. PW notified

-Ambulance - negative transport -Rolling Hills Patrol completed -Comm tech performed a notary x5 -Hit and Run - Report taken Thursday, March 26 -Sanding requested -Extra patrol requested -Dogs at large. ACO spoke with owner -Comm tech performed a notary -Damage to raodway reported to PW -Abandoned veh. Owner notified to move vehicle. -E911 Hang Up - Everything Okay -Officer performed a welfare check -Fire alarm - fire units dispatched -Missing dog - left msg for ACO Friday, March 27 -Traffic stop -warning issued -Fire Alarm at High school - no fire -Routine patrol of Rolling Hills -ACO patrolled Rolling Hills -Dog at large taken to pound -E911 hang up - everything ok -Suspicious vehicle - BOLO -Traffic accident - report taken -Fraud reported - referred to CCSO -Traffic stop - verbal for brake lamp -Traffic stop - Written for red light and vitation for no DL -Protection order violation reported

MARCH GOES “OUT LIKE A LAMB?” Mike Velasquez - Staff Reporter

For those who subscribe to the old theory that March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, Monday morning came as a bit of a shocker in Central Wyoming. The Cowboy State awoke on March 23rd to over a foot of snow, with plenty more on the way. And just for kicks, Mother Nature added a little wind to move the wet, heavy white stuff around, mostly to the center of the highways around the Cowboy state. Before the storm was over, some parts of the state were covered with well over two feet of snow, and in some places drifts were between six and ten feet high, according to weather officials, who claimed that winds had in some places, gusted to between 60-80 mph. Many schools were closed, roads were impassible, and Wyoming had once again made national news for the severe weather they suffer. Law enforcement and weather officials began as early as Friday evening, warning residents of the impending storm. For the most part, residents in Wyoming know how to deal with severe spring storms. But spring is also the time when new life comes to Wyoming ranches in the form of calving and lambing. A heavy spring storm like last week’s can deal a harsh hand to ranchers who are deep into their respective seasons. By Wednesday morning, the wind had died for the most part in the state. Highway Department employees were busy opening the last of the closed roads and most residents had completed the daunting task of shoveling themselves out from underneath the thick, wet white blanket Sunday, March 29, 2009

deposited throughout the state. Ranchers were busy assessing the damages caused by the “Spring Blizzard of 2009,” and warily looking at the weather forecast for the next storm that officials warned could arrive by the end of the week. 2009 will go down in the books as one of those years that March went “out” just like it came in, like a lion. Chris Aspinall and Darci Eckhart of Glenrock photographed this photo while they were on their way to feed horses in Monday’s blizzard (yes folks, if there were animals to be fed, even the blizzard won’t stop the ranchers!) Headed South on I-25 in Glenrock at the East Glenrock Interchange. Photo © Chris Aspinall (FYI, they did not need to access the freeway, so no laws were broken by the brave couple.)

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Revitalization Association for Main Street Next Rams Meeting Where: Hunt Room of the Hotel Higgins When: Wed. April 1 @ 6pm

Next R.A.M.S Event: The Taste of Glenrock! When: Saturday June 20th Stay tuned for more information on The Taste of Glenrock! call 436-5447 TO RESERVE YOUR FREE BOOTH NOW!.

Kindergarten Registration!

Mark your calendars for April 18th for the first annual ‘Super Flea Market’ hosted by the Aspiring Main Street program.. The event will be held in the Rec Center gym from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Booth space is $25 for a single or $40 for two spaces and participants must provide their own tables. The event is for one day only, so don’t miss out on the chance to buy and/or sell your antiques, collectibles, and crafts. For more information or to reserve your booth space, call Lana at 436-2639.

Kindergarten Registration will be held March 30, 2009 at 6:007:00 p.m. at Grant. All 4 and 5 year-olds, whose birthday falls on or before September 15th are invited to attend. Registration consists of (1) an informational Parent Orientation, (2) Completing and/or turning in required paperwork, and (3) The child’s visit to the classrooms. Parents need to bring current immunization records, an official and original birth certificate, and a recent photo of your child. All documents will be returned at the end of the evening. This is a wonderful introduction for your child and we look forward to meeting you and showing you around our exciting classroom! Registration packets are available now at the Grant Elementary office, and will also be available on the night of registration. Please return completed paperwork at 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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Glenrock Historical Commission 2nd Tuesday of each month 7:00PM at the Deer Creek Museum - 935 W Birch The Relay For Life Is On

The Relay For Life is ready to get started for 2009 If you would like to be on the committee or volunteer for the Relay in an capacity please join us. If you have any questions about the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life please give me a call. Hope to see you at the meeting. American Cancer Society, Great West Division, Inc. 333 S. Beach Casper, WY 82601 307-577-4892 or Rich Blakeley 436-2205

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The “Bird Word” Search Think SPRING! Word Search "...the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” -Isaiah 40:4

Flowers Rain Warm Tulips Easter Mothers Day Picnic Buds Daffodil Blooming Grass No More Snow Sunshine Puddles Melt Rainbows Lilacs Green Lily Robin Whoever turns in a copy of the solved puzzle first, will receive a FREE Glenrock Bird ceramic mug Sponsore by Reliant Federal Credit Union. Turn in solved puzzles to 214 S. Fifth Tues - Thurs after 9am. Due to the popularity of the weekly word search – it is necessary for us to make this new rule …


Lets give EVERYONE to opportunity to win themselves a Glenrock Bird mug. :) Thank you, The Staff Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Hoax continued from front page

Bird Seed

and shot--which Wal-mart the violence would take place at was said to be unknown. The Casper PD, after investigating thoroughly, believes that the message actually originated somewhere in the Southern United States, but cannot determine who actually created it--all that is known for sure is that the message was definitely a hoax. The message circulated from March 19th through the 27th in almost every state in the Union and as far north as Calgary, Canada where the same threat was circulated in an email, according to Calgary Police. The potential threat wreaked havoc on Wal-Mart security guards, as they scurried to warn consumers. Casper Police Department fielded 30-40 calls on March 19th and 20th regarding the potential threat, which has now been deemed a hoax. GLENROCK CENTENNIAL INFORMATION

The committee that is organizing the nearly year-long celebration of Glenrock’s centennial is still asking for the help of the community in finding families who have had their roots in Glenrock for the past 100 years. If you belong to a ‘founding family’ or know someone who does, please contact Kathy Patceg at Town Hall 436-9294, ext. 314, or Mary Kay Kindt at the Glenrock Chamber of Commerce 436-5652. Deadline for submissions is April 15th, so don’t delay--help us honor these wonderful families!

HEAD START LUNCHES Tuesday, Mar. 31 - Breakfast: Apples, dip, crackers - Lunch: Hamburger, bun, French fries, relish. Wednesday, April 1 - Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, bananas - Lunch: Stone soup, fools rolls, fruit surprise. Thursday, April 2 - Breakfast: Quick bread, apricots - Lunch: Cheesy chicken, peas, rolls, grapes. Friday, April 3 - Breakfast: Oranges, hot cereal - Lunch: Egg sandwich, green beans, pears. SCHOOL LUNCHES Monday, Mar. 30 - Taco salad, All Tuesday, Mar. 31 - Soup and sandwich, All Sunday, March 29, 2009

Senior Shenanigans Happy Birthday this week to John C. Miller, Leonard Miller, Betty Carpenter, Flora Day, & AJ Clark. 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. Fun Night, which was scheduled for March 26, 2009, has been cancelled. Our Annual Spring Pancake Breakfast will be April 5, 2009 from 8am-12pm. Anyone who would like to volunteer can sign up at the center. There will be a Blood Draw held at the Glenrock Senior Center in the basement April 17 & 18 from 7am-10am. We will be serving breakfast both days from 7:30am-9:30am. The cost for breakfast is $3.00 for seniors and $5.00 for non-seniors. The next “Driver Safety” class is scheduled for April 6, & 7, 2009. The cost for the class is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. Stop in or call the center to sign up. The Commodities are in. This month’s items are Milk, Green Beans, Dry Pasta.

SENIOR LUNCH MENU Monday, March 30th Chili, Fritos, Salad Cinnamon Roll

tatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, whole wheat roll, pumpkin pie

Tuesday, March 31st Chicken Fried Steak Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Capri Vegetables, Mixed Fruit Cup

Thursday, April 2nd - Spaghetti with meat sauce, California vegetables, garlic bread, pear crisp

Wednesday, April 1st Sushi, Wasabi Sauce, Rice, Saki and Chopsticks

Friday, April 3rd - Fish patty, macaroni and cheese, carrots, roll, salad, ice cream

APRIL FOOL! You’re really having: Roast turkey, mashed po-

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The Bird Herd GLENROCK PLACES 2ND AT STATE CHESS TOURNAMENT Jessica Smith - Staff Reporter

On Saturday, March 21st, three students from Glenrock Intermediate Middle School competed at the state chess tournament in Green River, Wyoming. Dusty Horn--grade 8; Garrett Tvedt--grade 6; and Christopher Sater--grade 5 matched their chess skills with the best in the state.

last year, approximately 70 students attended. The 128 students that turned out this year showed Mr. Harper a very pleasant trend. He stated how happy he was that in a world so inundated with technology and video games that there were still kids interested in games with “no internet connection required”. “I think everyone had a good time and the kids enjoyed making new friends,” he stated, “I wish I had a trophy for all the kids-there were lots of champions Saturday!”

There were 128 students competing on Saturday at Green River High School, and this chess tournament is believed to be the largest of its kind Juanita Grissom, of Glenrock in the state. The tournament Intermediate Middle School, is was sectioned into three divithe Coach for the Chess Club and sions: K-4 division; 4-6 divithough she was unable to attend the sion; and 6-9 division according to tournament, could not be more proud of grade. The point scale was based on 1 her boys. Chess Club is held each Thursday pt. per win, ½ pt. per stalemate (a game in at the Middle School from 3:00 to 4:00. which no one can win), and 0 pts. per loss. There Christopher Sater (l), Dusty Horn (ctr) and Garrett Svedt (r)- Photo Jessica Smith were 5 games played in all. Tvedt ended the tournament with 2 ½ points and Sater with 3 ½ points overall. While Tvedt and Sater played well, the multiplayer tie for second place was left to the computer to decide and the rankings did not come out in Glenrock’s favor. Horn fared better…. Dusty Horn took second place in the 6-9 division missing first place by yet another computer ranking system. Dusty had 4 ½ points after the 5th round and was very pleased with his near-perfect record. Horn was extremely happy with the win stating, “That’s the best I’ve ever done in a tournament!” While chess may not be the ‘sport’ for everyone, Ron Harper--the tournament organizer-was extremely pleased with the turnout for this year. When the tournament was held in Casper Sunday, March 29, 2009

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