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November 2016 Newsletter

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Board of Directors

President: Brian Dickson, Council Member, Lovell Vice President: Paul Brooks, Mayor, Sundance Region One Directors: Andrea Summerville, Council Member, Laramie Rick Kaysen, Mayor, Cheyenne Kelly Krakow, Mayor, Albin Region Two Directors: Paul Brooks, Mayor, Sundance Bruce Jones, Mayor, Douglas Shelleen Smith, Council Member, Sheridan Region Three Directors: Nancy Tia Brown, Mayor, Cody Tim Patrick, Mayor, Manderson John Wetzel, Council Member, Powell Region Four Directors: Buck King, Mayor, Edgerton Lee Martinez, Council Member, Riverton Charlie Powell, Council Member, Casper Region Five Directors: Scott Dellinger, Mayor, Mountain View Hailey Morton Levinson, Council Member, Jackson Saundra Meyer, Council Member, Evanston Region Six Directors: Tracy Fowler, Council Member, Hanna Pete Rust, Mayor, Green River Gary Waldner, Council Member, Wamsutter LTS Representative Randy Adams, Council Member, Torrington WAMCAT Representative Carol Intlekofer, City Clerk, Cheyenne GOSCMA Representative Carter Napier, City Administrator, Gillette Past Presidents: Susan Juskcha, Mayor, Glendo Jim Wells, Council Member, Rawlins

WAM Staff

Shelley Simonton, Executive Director ssimonton@wyomuni.org Laurie Heath, Deputy Director lheath@wyomuni.org Scott Badley, Legislative Manager sbadley@wyomuni.org Earla Checchi, Finance Manager checchi@wyomuni.org Katie Waldner, Member Services Manager kwaldner@wyomuni.org

WAM members met in Casper last month to present the Municipal Finance Report to the Joint Appropriations Committee. L-R Scott Badley, WAM Legislative Manager; Mayor Rick Kaysen, Cheyenne; Council Member Charlie Powell, Casper; Council Member Andi Summerville, Laramie; WAM President Brian Dickson, Lovell; Mayor Scott Dellinger, Mountain View; and Mayor Bruce Jones, Douglas.

NOVEMBER November 8 Election Day November 11 Veterans Day, WAM Office Closed November 15-20 NLC City Summit, Pittsburgh November 18 Joint Revenue Meeting, Cheyenne November 21 Joint Corporations Meeting, Cheyenne November 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday, WAM Office Closed

DECEMBER December 12-16 Joint Appropriations Meeting, Cheyenne December 21 WAM Board Meeting December 25-26 Christmas Holiday, WAM Office Closed

JANUARY January 1-2 New Year’s Holiday, WAM Office Closed January 10 Wyoming General Legislative Session Begins January 11-13 WAM Winter Workshop

WAM Winter SAVE Workshop - T H E - January 11-13, 2017

DATE!

Radisson in Cheyenne


CONTENTS 4 Allied Members 6 Simonton Says 8 Department of Labor Overtime Rules: Options for Counties 10 Election Results 14 Advice from the Trenches 16 WAM Fall Retreat in Thermopolis 19 Community Classifieds

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Simonton Says Being Proactive

Election Results Outcomes for the 2016 Election

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WAM Fall Retreat

Administrators to Treasurers gather in Thermopolis

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Allied Members

Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP Porter, Muirhead, Cornia & Howard

Accountants City Phone Laramie Cheyenne Casper

(307) 755-1040 (307) 634-2151 (307) 265-4311

Equipment

City

Phone

Associations/Councils

City

Phone

Financial/Investments

City

Phone

Geographical Info Systems

City

Phone

Housing

City

Phone

Insurance

City

Phone

Lodging

City

Phone

Mail & Shipping Services

City

Phone

Public Works Materials

City

Phone

Software

City

Phone

Telecommunications

City

Phone

Transportation

City

Phone

Utilities

City

Phone

SENIORx Patient Advocates Casper (307) 472-1770 WY Association of Risk Management Cheyenne (307) 433-9400 WY Business Council Cheyenne (307) 777-2800 WY Conference of Building Officials Gillette (307) 682-1970 WY Press Association Cheyenne (307) 635-3905 WY Economic Development Association Cheyenne (307) 772-9100

Attorneys Freudenthal & Bonds, P.C. Hathaway & Kunz, P.C. Pence and MacMillan LLC

City Cheyenne Cheyenne Laramie

Phone

(307) 634-2240 (307) 634-7723 (307) 745-3626

Collection Services

City

Phone

Community Planning

City

Phone

Collection Center, Inc.

Align Community Builders In.

Construction Materials & Services Concrete Stabilization Technologies, Inc. Desert Mountain Engineering America, Inc. Russell Industries Inc.

Energy Energy Laboratories

Engineers

ACEC of Wyoming Baker & Associates, Inc. Burbach Aquatics DOWL ECS Engineers Engineering Associates HDR Engineering Ingberg-Miller Engineers Jorgensen Associates P.C. KLJ Manufacturing-Works Morrison-Maierle Nelson Engineering Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) Solid Waste Professionals of WY, LLC. Sunrise Engineering Vista West Engineering WLC Engineering, Survey & Planning WWC Engineering

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Rawlins

Cheyenne Douglas

(307) 321-6629 (307) 772-9001 (307) 359-3311

City

Phone

Wheatland Riverton Loveland, CO Casper

(307) 322-3990 (307) 856-9730 (970) 962-9400 (307) 265-9566

City

Phone

Casper

City

(307) 235-0515

Phone

Laramie (307) 745-8100 Torrington (307) 532-5211 Platteville, WI (608) 348-3262 Sheridan (307) 672-9006 Sheridan (307) 675-1919 Cody (307) 587-4911 Gillette (307) 682-8936 Riverton (307) 856-8136 Jackson (307) 733-5150 Gillette (307) 682-9500 Laramie (307) 766-4811 Gillette (307) 685-3780 Jackson (307) 733-2087 Laramie (307) 745-1492 Sheridan (888) 842-1325 Cheyenne (307) 775-9500 Sheridan (307) 672-9310 Casper (307) 266-2524 Laramie (307) 742-0031

Ameri-Tech Equipment Co. Fremont Motor Company Wyoming Machinery First Interstate Bank Kaiser Wealth Management RBC Wealth Management Five V Solutions

WY Community Dev. Authority

Lander Lander Casper

Cheyenne Cheyenne Cheyenne Laramie Casper

(307) 332-4000 (307) 332 8340 (307) 472-1000 (307) 633-8400 (307) 634-1547 (307) 634-7781 (307) 996-6888 (307) 265-0603

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming Cheyenne (307) 442-2376 HUB International Mountain States Limited Sheridan (307) 672-5833 Local Government Liability Pool Cheyenne (307) 638-1911 WY Association of Risk Management Cheyenne (307) 433-9400 Blair Hotels Cody (307) 587-3654 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Cheyenne (307) 635-0006 AMBI Mail & Marketing

Dana Kepner Co., Inc. Black Mountain Software Caselle, Inc.

Casper Casper

Polson, MT Provo, UT

(307) 266-2223 (307) 235-1300 (800) 353-8829 (800) 228-9851

Charter Cheyenne (307) 331-3448 Motorola, Inc. Westminster, CO (303) 877-3128 Union Wireless Mountain View (307) 782-6131 Union Pacific Railroad

Denver, CO

(303) 405-5010

Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Cheyenne (307) 638-3361 Kemmerer/Diamondville JPB Kemmerer (307) 877-2261 One-Call of Wyoming Cheyenne (307) 778-5210 Rocky Mountain Power Rock Springs (307) 352-5202 SourceGas Casper (307) 261-3261 Waterworks Industries, Inc. A Ferguson Enterprise Casper (307) 265-9566


The Sunshine Vitamin: Are You Getting Enough? Winter is coming upon us and it’s time to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D, ‘the sunshine vitamin’. Because our bodies make this hormone naturally in the skin with the presence of sunlight, these shorter days with less sunlight can pose a problem. We need vitamin D for strong bones. All ages require sufficient vitamin D levels, and recent research shows older people with adequate vitamin D levels have better muscle control, lower blood pressure, and fewer illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Your body also needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain and other maladies. Vitamin D may also help in the treatment or prevention of autism, autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, flu, neuromuscular diseases, and osteoporosis.

Why is vitamin D so important? 1. There are some 200 different kinds of cells with receptors for vitamin D, which plays a strong role in boosting immune function and repairing damaged cells. These factors may explain its anti-cancer properties. 2. Vitamin D is a steroid hormone – not a vitamin – that influences virtually every cell in your body, and is easily one of nature’s most potent cancer fighters. 3. Vitamin D influences nearly 3,000 of your genes, and plays a major role in your immune response, including helping your body produce over 200 antimicrobial peptides that help fight all sorts of infections. Our thanks to WAM-JPIC & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming for providing this report.

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Simonton Says... B Y S H E L L E Y S I M O N T O N , WA M E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R

November 9, 2017, the day after. Our state and nation are undergoing change and uncertainty but there is great expectation that creative innovation could brighten the future. As I reflect on the past few months at WAM, I find some interesting parallels to our nation’s story. Like you, I am asking will the new state and national leadership provide new opportunities or more uncertainties? How can we get ahead of the next boom and bust to create self-sustainable and thriving communities? Similar to the national message, WAM is proactively evaluating the reality of the Wyoming economy and advocating for collaborative solutions. Wyoming’s bleak financial outlook began to unfold during the 2016 Legislative Session with validation of the financial realities in a less than favorable October CREG report and drastically reduced monthly sales and use tax distributions. WAM’s proactive approach to these foreseeable and unprecedented municipal financial restraints was to form a Municipal Finance Task Force to review, analyze and develop recommendations. Information gathered from the Task Force experts who represented multiple towns and cities across Wyoming was compiled into the Municipal Finance Report. WAM’s intent in writing this Report was to present a selection of prioritized recommendations that could be used to begin thoughtful dialogue on how best to position Wyoming and its communities to meet current and future fiscal challenges.

RECOMMENDATIONS IN ORDER OF PRIORITY 1. Secure the $105 Million appropriated for direct distribution in this biennium 2. Modify the Direct Distribution Formula adopted by the 2016 Legislature 3. Ensure funding for State Grant and Loan programs to fund capital construction projects 4. Provide more autonomy and revenue generating authority to Local Government 5. Increase state sales tax to 5% 6. Pass a constitutional amendment raising the municipal property tax 7. Evaluate sales and use tax exemptions 8. Incentivize operating efficiencies

Members of the task force and myself presented the report in Casper on October 24 to the Joint Appropriations Committee and are scheduled to present to the Joint Revenue Committee (JRC) on November 18 and the Joint Corporations Committee (JCC) on November 21. The Report has been well received and is accomplishing the intent to create dialogue and to collaboratively find solutions. WAM members are preparing action plans and potential bills to present to the Legislature in January. 6


In addition to preparing and sharing the Municipal We create solutions that build better communities Finance Report, WAM testified at the JCC and Airports ▪ Buildings JRC September meetings advocating for municipal Development ▪ Mining voting boundaries, extra-territorial expectations, and Natural Resources economic development opportunities. In October Surveying ▪ Training Centers engineers ▪ surveyors ▪ planners ▪ scientists WAM hosted five successful Legislative Candidate Transportation Exchanges, inviting the WAM Region members and www.m-m.net Water/Wastewater their respective legislative candidates to dialogue on GILLETTE: (307) 685-3780 | CODY: (307) 587-6281 | SHERIDAN: (307) 672-9310 municipal basics and potential legislative solutions. These first-time events allowed candid conversation with municipal and state decision makers, addressing real concerns that are facing our cities and towns. As the path before Wyoming and our nation remains uncertain, WAM’s message aligns with the nations to find innovative solutions that create self-sustaining and thriving communities. We applaud every person who tirelessly campaigned for a local, state, or national office exemplifying extreme passion to serve your communities. Wyoming is great because of people like you.

WAM believes the Wyoming State Legislature can empower Wyoming’s diverse municipalities by creating a menu of Local Government revenue generating options that will allow every city and town to take advantage of the relative strengths within their local economies. WAM’s recommendations will require significant effort to bring various perspectives together and could likely encompass several sessions of legislative action to achieve. However, Wyoming has faced similar circumstances before and these fundamental questions need to be addressed in a comprehensive, collaborative and communicative fashion in order to ensure the viability of our communities. WAM appreciates the Governor, Legislature, and other relative stake holder’s consideration of these priority options. The Municipal Finance Report is available online at www.wyomuni.org.

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Department of Labor Overtime Rules: Options for Counties By: Pete Obermueller, WCCA Executive Director

On May 18, 2016, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on overtime pay. The rule amends regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that determine which employees are eligible for overtime pay, and nearly doubles the maximum salary for overtime eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476. The rule will take effect on December 1, 2016 and applies to executive, administrative and professional employees – collectively referred to under FLSA as “white collar” workers. Neither State nor Local governments are provided a blanket exemption under FLSA or the DOL’s overtime rules. However, there are several considerations to explore to be sure that your employees will even be affected by the changes in the rule:  • Hourly workers are not affected because they are already entitled to overtime or comp time if they work more than 40 hours. • Workers who only work a regular 40 hour workweek are not affected as long as they do not work overtime, and there is no chance that they will work overtime in the future. • Elected officials and their personal staff and policy advisors who are not subject to civil service laws of the State of Wyoming are not affected by the rule. • If you find that your employees are still affected, or potentially affected by the rule change, you have several options.  One of these options is unique to state and local governments. Option #1: Salary increase – simply raising the salary to the new cap immediately exempts your employee from the overtime rules.  If you have employees that are close to the threshold and have overtime duties, this option may make the most sense.  However, keep in mind that unless something changes, the salary level will continue to increase over the course of the next decade. Option #2: Keep salaries the same, but pay overtime.  Overtime must be paid at time and a half, and can add up if it is significant.  This option makes the most sense if you have employees that are not close to the threshold, and have limited overtime or you can rearrange their work duties to prevent overtime.  You also have the option of simply prohibiting overtime and help workers manage their time and workload to account for that prohibition.  Understandably, that may not be feasible for some jobs. Option #3: Keep salaries the same, but negotiate a compensatory time agreement with your employees if one does not already exist.  This option is only available to state and local governments (not the private sector, which must pay overtime).  In order to avail yourself of this option, you must have an agreement or MOU with any union that collectively bargains on behalf of your employees or an individual agreement with the employee.  It is advisable to then add this policy to your employee manual.  Comp time must be given at time and half: one hour of overtime receives 1.5 hours in comp time.  This option is my preferred option for counties, particularly if overtime is infrequent, or goes through short spikes like elections officials because it will result in the least impact to your payroll budget. 8


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Election Results UNITED STATES President & Vice President Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence - R

Representative

Liz Cheney - R

WYOMING Senate District 2

(Chugwater, Douglas, Glendo, Glenrock, Guernsey, Hartville, Rolling Hills, Wheatland) Brian S. Boner - R

Senate District 4

(Cheyenne) Tara Nethercott - R

Senate District 6

(Albin, Burns, Cheyenne, Pine Bluffs) Anthony Bouchard - R

Senate District 8

(Cheyenne) Affie Ellis - R

Senate District 10

(Laramie) Glenn Moniz - R

Senate District 12

(Rock Springs, Superior) Liisa Anselmi-Dalton - D 10

Senate District 14

(Bear River, Big Piney, Diamondville, Granger, Kemmerer, LaBarge, Marbleton, Opal, Pinedale, Rock Springs) Fred Baldwin - R

Senate District 16

(Afton, Alpine, Cokeville, Star Valley Ranch, Thayne) Dan Dockstader - R

Senate District 18

(Cody) Henry H.R. “Hank� Coe - R

Senate District 20

(Basin, Burlington, East Thermopolis, Kirby, Manderson, Meeteetse, Shoshoni, Ten Sleep, Thermopolis, Worland) Wyatt Agar - R

Senate District 22

(Buffalo, Clearmont, Kaycee, Sheridan) Dave Kinskey - R

Senate District 24

(Gillette) Michael Von Flatern - R

Senate District 26

(Dubois, Pavillion, Riverton) Eli D. Bebout - R

Senate District 28

(Casper) James (Jim) Anderson - R

Senate District 30

(Bar Nunn, Casper) Charles K. Scott - R


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House District 11 (Cheyenne) Jared Olsen - R

House District 16 (Jackson) Mike Gierau - D

House District 12 (Cheyenne) Lars Lone - R

House District 17 (Rock Springs, Superior) JoAnn Dayton - D

House District 13 (Laramie) Cathy Connolly - D

House District 18 (Bear River, Diamondville, Granger, Kemmerer, LaBarge, Opal, Rock Springs) Thomas D. Crank - R

House District 14 (Laramie) Dan Furphy - R House District 15 (Rawlins) Donald Burkhart - R

House District 19 (Lyman, Mountain View) Danny Eyre - R

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House District 27 House District 20 (Big Piney, Marbleton, Pinedale) (Manderson, Ten Sleep, Worland) Albert Sommers - R Michael D. Greear - R House District 21

House District 34 (Dubois, Pavillion, Riverton) Tim Salazar - R

House District 22 (Alpine, Star Valley Ranch) Marti Halverson - R

House District 36 (Casper, Evansville)

(Afton, Cokeville, Thayne) Robert McKim - R

House District 23 (Jackson) Andy Schwartz - D House District 24 (Cody) Scott B. Court - R House District 25 (Powell) Dan Laursen - R House District 26 (Byron, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Greybull, Lovell,) Jamie Flitner- R

House District 28 (Basin, Burlington, East Thermopolis, Kirby, Meeteetse, Shoshoni, Thermopolis) Nathan Winters - R House District 29 (Sheridan) Mark S. Kinner - R House District 30 (Sheridan) Mark Jennings - R

House District 31 (Gillette) Scott Clem - R House District 32 (Gillette) Timothy Hallinan - R House District 33 (Hudson, Riverton) Jim Allen - R

House District 35 (Casper) Kendell Kroeker - R

Debbie Bovee - D House District 37 (Casper) Steve Harshman - R House District 38 (Midwest) Tom Walters - R House District 39 (Green River, Rock Springs) Stan Blake - D House District 40 (Buffalo, Clearmont, Kaycee) Michael Madden - R House District 41 (Cheyenne) Bill Henderson - R House District 42 (Cheyenne) Jim Blackburn - R House District 43 (Cheyenne) Dan Zwonitzer - R House District 44 (Cheyenne) James W. Byrd - D House District 45 (Laramie) Charles F. Pelkey -D

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House District 46 (Laramie) Bill Haley - R

House District 57 (Casper) Chuck Gray - R

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House District 49 (Evanston) Garry C. Piiparinen - R

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House District 50 (Cody) David Northrup - R House District 51 (Dayton, Ranchester, Sheridan) Bo Biteman - R House District 52 (Gillette) William “Bill” Pownall - R House District 53 (Gillette) Roy Edwards - R House District 54 (Lander) Lloyd Charles Larsen - R House District 55 (Riverton) David Miller - R House District 56 (Casper) Jerry Obermueller - R

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ADVICE FROM THE TRENCHES

We express our sincere gratitude to all those who made the effort to make a difference in our communities, our state, and our country. We congratulate those who have won the election. When asked what advice they wish they had when they were first elected, members of the WAM Board replied:

Council Member Randy Adams, Torrington “Don’t shoot from the hip! Do your research, read the material, talk to your constituents, prepare - know what you’re talking about before making a decision!”

Council Member John Wetzel, Powell

“I am not sure when this hit me as a council person but reciting the pledge of allegiance at the start of each meeting I always take to heart ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ This helps me remember all citizens have legitimate concerns and opinions and their voices deserve a chance to be heard and thoughtfully considered at each and every meeting.”

WAM President & Council Member Brian Dickson, Lovell

“Make sure that you get to know the rest of the council so that you can understand their point of view on the different issues that you face. Respect the votes of the rest of the council. The vote counts the same whether it’s 5-0 or 3-2.” 14


Council Member Charlie Powell, Casper

“Two things that come to mind are: recognize that everyone has a story and that criticism or complaint are often based on fears that are very real to the person (and should be taken seriously). Take the work seriously but don’t take yourself seriously- when all is said and done we end up with a photo on the wall that no one recognizes”

Council Member Hailey Morton Levinson, Jackson

“For your sanity, don’t look at emails after a certain time- my cut off is 7:00 p.m. Give yourself a break every once in a while.”

Mayor Rick Kaysen, Cheyenne

“Be extra patient, respectful, flexible, factual, strong enough to say no when appropriate. Even before getting into office, when you make a decision—make sure your decision is in the best interest of the municipality; meaning in the best interest of the residents.”

Council Member Andi Summerville, Laramie

“Never be afraid to ask questions of staff, other elected officials or other organizations. Chances are someone is thinking the same thing, but if you don’t ask nothing ever happens!” 15


WAM Fall Retreat in Thermopolis

Wyoming’s municipal managers, administrators, finance directors and treasurers gathered last month in Thermopolis to discuss the serious financial challenges their communities face. Among many great speakers, the municipal leaders heard from Alex Kean (co-chairman of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG)) on the state’s financial outlook. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to interact with Dan Noble, Director of the Department of Revenue as well as Patrick Fleming, the Chief Investment Officer for the state of Wyoming’s Treasurers Officer. “The subject matter was on point given concerns over the economy and financial impacts to our cities and towns,” shared Steven Weaver, City Administrator for Riverton. “I appreciate WAM providing us the opportunity to interact with other administrators and finance folks around the state each year.”

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“I so enjoy spending time with these folks,” shared Lois Huff, Cheyenne Treasurer. “This event allows me to be part of some very creative and critical thinking moments with Wyoming’s community leaders.” Green River City Administrator, Reed Clevenger visits with Jason Williams from Moreton Asset Management. Moreton sponsored dinner at Stones Throw Restaurant during the retreat.

It was my honor to be asked to appear before this group,” said Dan Noble, Director of the Department of Revenue. “They are a very motivated and passionate group and our cities and towns are in great hands.” 17


Wyoming Community Gas Grant Program accepting Applications Wyoming Community Gas has operated as a hometown supplier since the Choice Gas Program began in 1996. Each year, Wyoming Community Gas reinvests earnings back into Wyoming’s towns across their service area. From planting trees and supporting a local health clinic, to providing college scholarships and park improvements, Wyoming Community Gas is putting money back into the communities it serves helping fund projects that improve the quality of life for its customers.

Learn more visit www.wyomingcommunitygas.org or call Natalie Flood at 888-527-0003.

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Community Classifieds The City of Torrington is accepting applications for Deputy City Treasurer. Applications and resumes may be submitted to City Hall, 436 East 22nd Ave. This job requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field nd 4 years directly related experience with payroll, benefit administration, accounting, and budgeting. This is a full-time position with benefits. For information or applications contact City Hall at 307-532-5666, P O Box 250, Torrington, WY 82240 or on the web at www.torringtonwy.gov. The City of Torrington is an equal opportunity employer and maintains a drug and alcohol free workplace.

The City of Whitefish, Montana is a thriving ski and golf resort and family community nestled next to beautiful Whitefish Lake and located 25 miles from Glacier National Park. This community has an open position for a City Manager. They are looking for a person with a lively work ethic, talented manager and leader who understands all aspects of municipal government. Please visit the City of Whitefish website to download a detailed job announcement and brochure packet at http://www.cityofwhitefish.org/city-hall/ job-openings.php or contact Sherri Baccaro, Human Resources Director, at sbaccaro@ cityofwhitefish.org or by calling 406-8632407. Salary ranges are $100,000 - $130,000 DOQ annually plus excellent benefits. Apply by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (Position open until filled).

Cheyenne Christmas Parade November 26, 2016

You won’t want to miss this annual event that begins at 5:30 PM at 17th Street and Carey. The first float is Toys for Tots. Bring unwrapped toys to the parade and support a great cause! 19


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