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December 2012, Vol. 40, Issue 12

Casper Events Center

New travel information screens make debut



Friends, WYDOT coworkers a blessing

Sick leave donations to the rescue

My family and I would like to express our gratitude to our friends and coworkers at WYDOT for their support and prayers during the time of my son’s death. Your kindness during this time of grief and hardship was greatly appreciated. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

I would like to thank everyone who generously donated sick leave on my behalf. As anyone with a cancer diagnosis knows, treatment takes a long time – in my case it will be a little over a year. Since I had only worked at WYDOT District 5 for a year, there was no way I had accumulated enough sick leave to handle the situation. All the donations are greatly appreciated. It helps so much to know that people care, and are willing to donate time. Thank you all again.

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Interchange is published for employees of the Wyoming Department of Transportation by its Public Affairs Office and a number of field correspondents. Interchange invites submissions from all employees. Please send them to either your district correspondents or to: Carlie Van Winkle, Interchange editor, 5300 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY, 82009-3340. The Public Affairs Office may also be contacted by phoning (307) 777-4165, faxing (307) 777-4289, or sending e-mail to

Carole Blakeman District 5 Data Controller - Basin

Break Time

Can you spot the five differences in the photos below? Check your answers online at:

Staff WYDOT Director: John F. Cox Public Affairs Manager: Doug McGee Editor/Art Director: Carlie Van Winkle Contributors: Bruce Burrows Public Affairs Dave Kingham Public Affairs Carlie Van Winkle Public Affairs Ross Doman District 1 Jeff Goetz District 2 Stephanie Harsha District 3 Ronda Holwell District 4 Cody Beers District 5 Sgt. Stephen Townsend Patrol Photography: Rick Carpenter Public Affairs



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Also in this issue


Letters.....................................2 Break Time.............................2


District briefs.........................4 District news.......................11


Extra Mile Awards..............12 WYDOT by the Numbers....13 Passings................................14 Training at a Glance..........14



6 Battle Pass Scenic Byway

Area rich in scenic vistas recognized

7 Wildlife reflectors to be studied

Can we influence animal behavior

8 Casper Events Center

Travel information screens a success

13 You Drink, You Drive, You Lose. Be sure to check out the online version of Interchange at, or click on the link found on the employee’s internal Web site home page.

Natrona County kicks off campaign

On the cover: The license plate tree was built by the owners of the Sugar Shack in Greybull as a tribute to the 2010 decision to place a Wyoming Christmas Tree at the U.S. Capitol. The owner said, “We just haven’t had the heart to take it down.” Photos: WYDOT file

December 2012




District Briefs


Robertson Road reopened

Laramie – Crews from WYDOT and the Knife River Corp. took advantage of the fine weather the first week of November to remove topsoil for the construction of a road to the Jonathon Quarry. The project is located approximately nine miles north of Laramie off US 30. The new road will be three and a half miles of paved surface built by WYDOT then four and a half miles of gravel surface built by Pete Lien and Sons Corp. ending at the hilltop quarry. Construction is scheduled to continue into the middle of December building a dirt grade on the WYDOT section of the project. The dirt will be left to settle through the winter. Construction will resume in the spring with the placement of base material and paving. Quarter-mile acceleration and deceleration lanes are slated for the intersection at US 30 to bolster safety for both motorists on the highway and truck traffic entering and exiting the quarry road. The work is scheduled to finish next year. This project is jointly funded between WYDOT, Albany County, and Pete Lien and Sons Corporation. The cost to WYDOT’s Industrial Road Program is $3 million.

Casper – Robertson Road, a Natrona County road just west of Casper, has reopened following several months of realignment and resurfacing work. The work was undertaken to accommodate the first phase of Casper West Belt Loop project, which began this past spring and will continue well into next year. The belt loop, to be designated as WYO 257, will connect WYO 220 southwest of Casper to US 20-26 directly opposite the west end of the US 20-26 (Shoshoni) Bypass just outside Mills. The current project consists of building roadbed for the future route, with work including construction of two new bridges. A second belt loop project, for surfacing, will follow at a later date. Construction of the belt loop required realignment of a section of Robertson Road, which runs north-south, and also of a portion of Poison Spider Road, which runs east-west.

Bird’s-eye view of the newly cut road north of Laramie off of US 30.

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Photo: Jeff Goetz

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Transportation Commission has awarded a $3.1 million contract for construction of Wyoming’s first diverging diamond interchange. Gillette’s S&S Builders submitted the low bid to build the diverging diamond at the College Drive Interchange on Interstate 25 in south Cheyenne. The interchange experiences heavy truck traffic getting off the highway to access three truck stops and a McDonald’s restaurant, and then getting back on the highway. The existing interchange doesn’t adequately accommodate current traffic volumes, and proposed developments in the area will put additional strain on it. The diverging diamond configuration eliminates the need to make left turns across oncoming traffic and will improve traffic flow and reduce delays at the interchange. It will improve traffic operations to meet projected traffic demands for the next 20 years without requiring structural changes in the existing bridge over I-25. The diverging diamond also will be compatible with a future expansion to four lanes when traffic demands make that necessary. The new interchange is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.

Construction of arterial road off US 30 under way

Photo: WYDOT

Contract awarded for first diverging diamond interchange

New asphalt being driven on by a WYDOT vehicle after the recent resurfacing project.

Please designate a sober driver.

Rock Springs – Three miles of US 191 leading south from I-80 toward Flaming Gorge will be widened under terms of a contract let this fall to Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction. The firm, based in Draper, Utah, submitted the low bid of $14.5 million during the October bid letting. The project includes rebuilding and widening the first mile of US 191 south from I-80, starting from the Flaming Gorge Interchange, exit 99. The road will go from the current two lanes to five lanes; two travel lanes in each direction plus a center turn lane. The next two miles of the highway to the south will remain two lanes, but will get a new layer of asphalt pavement and be widened to include turn lanes. Wadsworth’s contract carries a completion date of Oct. 31, 2014.


VSLs in place in South Pass area Lander – Variable speed limits (VSLs) are now in place on the high elevation section of WYO 28 in the South Pass area, thanks to the recent installation of remote-controlled electronic speed limit signs. The signs allow the posted speed limit to be lowered, in 5 mph increments, to as low as 30 mph in accordance with road and weather conditions. The speed limit changes can be made promptly after maintenance personnel or Highway Patrol troopers recommend a reduction or increase to staff in the Transportation Management Center at headquarters.


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US 191 widening project area

Photo: WYDOT

US 191 southwest of Rock Springs set for widening

Variable speed limit signs will help in preventing road closures due to crashes.

is the fifth stretch of Wyoming highway now served by VSL technology. The other four sections are on I-80, where 128 miles are equipped with variable signs. “I know drivers on I-80 do slow down when the signs tell them to,” Detimore said. “The results there have been fantastic, and I think we’ll see the same improvements up here.” Long-term statistics show unsafe speed is a factor in more than 70 percent of wintertime crashes in Wyoming. WYDOT is using VSLs and its “Ice and snow? – Take it slow!” information campaign to counter that problem.

VSLs on WYO 28 Five sections between mile markers 30 and 62

The VSLs are in place on five sections of WYO 28, ranging in length from two to 12 miles, between mile markers 30 and 62. WYO 28 climbs to a high point of nearly 8,300 feet near mile marker 51 and is prone to severe wind and surface conditions during storms, and it carries substantial heavy traffic as well. “This is really going to help the traveling public and our maintenance guys up there,” said Don Detimore, WYDOT’s area maintenance supervisor in Lander. “Reducing speeds will help tremendously in preventing road closures due to crashes that can be avoided if drivers just slow down for conditions.” The South Pass section of WYO 28

Know before you go. December 2012




Commission designates Battle Pass Scenic Byway A 28-mile section of WYO 70 in the Medicine Bow National Forest between Encampment and Baggs has been designated as Wyoming’s 16th scenic byway. Battle Pass Scenic Byway crosses the Sierra Madre Mountains, reaching a peak elevation of 9,955 feet in an area rich in historic and cultural sites, scenic vistas and recreation opportunities. The route was nominated for byway designation by the Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment. The Wyoming Transportation Commission approved the designation at it’s November meeting in Cheyenne. The route passes between Bridger Peak and Battle Lake, and near the Huston

Park and Encampment River wilderness areas and Hog Park Reservoir. It crosses the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and in addition to hiking, the area offers numerous opportunities for camping, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and hunting. The route also passes near the remnants of once thriving mining and timbering communities at the Battle and Rambler townsites and Copperton, and the Ferris-Haggerty Mine, which at its peak in 1897 was the 27th largest copper mine in the world. The byway intersects with Sage Creek Road, which provides access to Aspen Alley, a popular destination for viewing fall colors, and it features eight turnouts providing views of scenic, historic and geologic significance. To be designated a scenic byway a

route must have at least one of six intrinsic qualities: scenic, recreational, historic, archeological, natural and cultural. “The Battle Pass Byway has all of those intrinsic qualities,” said Talbot Hauffe, WYDOT’s scenic byway coordinator. “This designation says this is a unique part of the world. We think it’s worth driving. You’re going to see places and views that are uncommon.” Designation as a byway makes a route eligible for federal grants to preserve and promote features along the highway, however, there is no grant money available under the current federal transportation budget. Since the scenic byway program began in 1992, Wyoming byways have won nearly $14.3 million in federal grants. – Dave Kingham

The 28-mile section of WYO 70 (mileposts 22-50) within Medicine Bow Nat’l. Forest now designated as Battle Pass Scenic Byway

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Photo: Rick Carpenter

Deer on the road can cause serious damage to vehicles and certain death for the animal.

Study launched to determine effects of wildlife warning reflectors on wildlife-vehicle collisions

Photo: Cody Beers

WYDOT and Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools are beginning a three-year study this fall to evaluate the effects of wildlife warning reflectors on wildlife-vehicle collisions in Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties. “More than 55,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions have been recorded in Wyoming during the past two decades, and of these, 6,000 have occurred within a 60-mile buffer of Thermopolis,” said Embere Hall, principal investigator of the

A wildlife warning reflector being used in various sections of highway on routes US 26, and US 16-20.

Conservation Resource Center of Teton Science Schools. More than 17 million vehicle miles driven are recorded daily in Wyoming, and Fremont, Big Horn and Hot Springs counties rank seventh, 18th and 23rd, respectively, as counties with the most daily vehicle miles driven. But Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties also rank first, third and sixth, respectively, in the most wildlife-vehicle collisions per vehicle mile driven in Wyoming. In 2007, WYDOT began installing wildlife warning reflectors (deer delineators) throughout Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties. “Wildlife warning reflectors are a relatively low cost wildlife-vehicle collision mitigation tool, especially when compared to wildlife overpasses and underpasses,” Hall said. “But little information exists on whether or not these delineators have reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions.” Between 2007 and 2010, wildlife warning reflectors were installed west of Riverton on 4.7 miles of U.S. 26 between Kinnear and Riverton, and just north of Kinnear; on six miles of U.S. 16-20 between Greybull and Basin; on 3.3 miles of U.S. 20 between Wind River Canyon and Thermopolis; and on 8.9 miles of U.S. 20 between Thermopolis and Lucerne. Field research on the three-year study is scheduled for this fall and winter in the three counties. The Teton Science Schools research team will be parking near the highway this fall and winter to conduct its research in the three counties. Hall said the study will determine the effect of the wildlife warning reflectors on the wildlife-vehicle collision rate; will quantify factors that influence wildlifevehicle collisions; and will examine the effects of wildlife warning reflectors

on deer highway crossing patterns and behaviors. “A properly installed modern wildlife warning reflector system consists of a series of roadside posts with unique reflectors mounted to face across the roadway,” Hall said. “As vehicles pass with headlights on, light is reflected in a moving pattern across the road at various angles. Approaching wildlife will notice the reflected light, causing them to halt until the vehicle and lights have passed.” The manufacturer of the reflector system (Strieter Corp.) reports a 78 to 90 percent reduction in deer-vehicle collisions, but results of independent studies have varied on systems installed throughout the United States. “Current information does not provide a definitive conclusion on whether modern deer delineators are effective, nor is it clear if they influence deer behavior,” Hall said. “Our study will provide muchneeded data on deer delineator efficacy as a wildlife-vehicle collision mitigation tool. It will address the effect of deer delineators on roadside deer behavior, and it will develop an understanding of deer road crossing selection.” Hall said results of the study should help WYDOT make future “informed decisions regarding transportation planning, roadway improvements and mitigation recommendations.” – Cody Beers

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Photo: Rick Carpenter

travel information screen success

Photo: Rick Carpenter

Have you ever been at an event are a great addition to the and by the time it’s over, the weathEvents Center. er has taken a turn for the worse? “There was inclement At that point, have you wondered weather during the recent State how on earth you will ever make High School Volleyball Tourit home? nament,” Dovala said. “The Employees at the TMC in Cheyenne update weather conditions on the Well, with the help of Vince public was very glad to have travel screens at the Casper Events Center and UW Arena Auditorium. Garcia and the crew at WYDOT’s them. They were well used.” GIS/ITS Program, folks attending events at the Casper Events Prior to the WYDOT travel information screens, the CEC had Center (CEC) and the University of Wyoming Arena Auditorium been using eight outdated and very large cathode ray tube televican rest assured that before they exit, they can view updated sion box sets for advertising at concessions. GIS/ITS replaced road and travel information drawn from the WYDOT 511 Travel those sets with web-based monitors and added six monitors near Information service that can help their decision-making process exit locations to better serve guests leaving the facility. for getting home safely. GIS/ITS used the monitor frames and brackets that had been A recent installation of travel information monitors was in use by CEC with minor modifications, including locking unveiled at the Events Center. Garcia and other GIS/ITS staff mechanisms, to hang the sleeker web-capable monitors on them. oversaw the installation of more than a dozen 42-inch monitors The GIS/ITS team supplied installation work. The CEC provided screens with built-in web capability. their own electrician to help with the wiring and connectivity The screens refresh every five seconds to show a different issues. traveling route. The routes shown at the CEC are I-25 north- and Federal 402 grant monies were instrumental in funding the southbound, WYO 220, and US 20-26. CEC project. Garcia credits Matt Carlson and other Highway The information screens show real-time information from the Safety Program personnel for finding a way to provide grant 511 Web site ( Transportation Management funds used to purchase the electrical support from the CEC, as Center (TMC) employees keep the information updated with well as the 14 new monitors, the locking monitor brackets, and a click of their mouse. As soon as the changes are made in the installation costs. TMC database, the changes to the maps are automatically pushed The travel information monitors at the CEC, although new out to the event center monitors. to Casper, were not the first of their kind in the state. The UW CEC manager Bud Dovala says the travel information screens Arena Auditorium in Laramie had been utilizing six travel infor-



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Photo: Vince Garcia

Casper Events Center screen updates event-goers about weather they may encounter on their way out of the venue.

mation monitors, two monitors per exit, and a touch screen, trip generator kiosk for some time. Suzie Roseberry was responsible for creating the coding behind the Web feed that cycles travel information to both venues. Roseberry built the pages for the routes from UW Arena Auditorium; I-80 east- and westbound, US 287 southbound and US 30-287 northbound. Once those pages had been established, it was easily converted to cover the information needed at the CEC. Each venue has a tailored Web site feed. The UW travel kiosk, basically a 17-inch “laptop on a stand,” allows the user to point and click with a touch screen interface, to check weather and road conditions for specific areas not shown on the travel information monitors. The kiosks allow more functionality to select routes of interest for each user. Kevin Cox has been instrumental in developing the kiosk trip generators and looks to have a kiosk installed at the CEC in the near future. The UW travel information project was funded with the GIS/ ITS budget to purchase the six 42-inch Web-based monitors to broadcast travel information at the arena. The Wyoming travel information monitor innovation has served as fodder for GIS/ITS staff when making presentations to their peers via a nationally broadcast webinar. “The idea was well received by the attendees,” Garcia said. “To my knowledge, no other agency is utilizing the Web camera and travel information monitors in event centers. It may become a trend.”

These travel information monitors have great potential within the state, Garcia adds. For example, Powder River Mines is looking into putting WYDOT Web information up on their current hardware in three or four of their locations. Many other buildings have potential for this type of streaming media. Ports of Entry, Travel and Tourism Information centers, and even privately run businesses such as ski areas could benefit from this technology. The travel information that WYDOT GIS/ ITS sends out would be tailored for whomever needs the information. Garcia was manager of the Information Technology Program when the first WYDOT Web camera, located at the I-80 Summit Interchange, went live nearly a decade-and-a-half ago. Since then, WYDOT has averaged about eight new Web camera installations annually, with the current total approaching 120. Another WYDOT employee who has been instrumental in expanding the agency’s travel information service is Brian Peel, who along with Garcia and Kevin Cox, is one of the three employees remaining with the GIS/ITS since the program’s inception in the fall of 2003. Peel’s early work on WYDOT’s Road & Travel service (predecessor to 511 Travel Information) was recognized early on, being honored with the “Computerworld Smithsonian Award” in 1998. The award was focused on innovative work accomplished in simplifying and automating the data recording and distribution process used to update Road & Travel reports. – Carlie Van Winkle December 2012




Retirees and their guests are invited to the

WYDOT Retiree Christmas Party Thursday, December 13 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cheyenne Airport Golf Club Bring a potluck dish to share (don’t forget the serving utensil!)

Meat, place settings, coffee, tea and iced water will be provided. Cash bar. Please RSVP prior to December 13: Rick Eccli - 634-3231; John Lane - 638-6348; Pat Collins - 635-2344; Pam Hendricks - 632-9151; or Ron Kisicki - 632-8413



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District News Headquarters

District 2 District 1


Service Awards

Joy Badwound, Highway Safety; Forrest Bright, Patrol-Capitol Service Protection; and Thomas Markos, ITS/GIS.

Ty Nelson, Laramie Construction – 10 years; Sidney “Miles” Slater, Rawlins Maintenance – 10 years; Richard Demoney, Cheyenne Mechanics – 5 years; and Benjamin Schlosser, Rawlins Patrol Field – 5 years.

Huston Twitchell, Office ServicesPrinting – 40 years; Julia Francis, Environmental Services – 35 years; Kerry Casner, Driver Services-CDL – 30 years; Michael Patterson, Bridge Operations Inspection – 30 years; Tracy Quinn, Materials-Surfacing – 30 years; Ronald Downey, Financial ServicesGeneral Ledger – 25 years; Andrew Freeman, Materials-Bituminous – 15 years; Larry Sheridan, Telecommunications Administration – 10 years; and Melinda Harmon, Motor Vehicle Services-Registration/Title – 5 years.

Retirements Michael Glass, Information Technology Support; Joyce Knapp, Patrol Dispatch; Laurie Wagner, ProcurementBuying; and Earleen Weaver, Motor Vehicle Services-Registrations/Titles.

Submissions deadline for the January issue of Interchange: 12/12/12

Service Awards Marc Drazick, Casper Maintenance – 5 years; and Randy Starkey, Douglas Patrol Field – 5 years.

District 3

Welcome Drew McMartin, Rock Springs Maintenance; Reed Brandvik, Wamsutter Maintenance; and Derek Podleski, Kemmerer Maintenance. Miles Slater

Richard Demoney

Congratulations Shop Technicians who have completed FOS testing recently: Mervin Breazeale, Cheyenne – power trains, general shop, electrical and hydraulics; Jeremy Chatfield, Laramie – engines and electrical; Carl Malone, Laramie – engines and rigging; and Daniel Thompson, Rawlins – general shop.

Congratulations Kevin Lebeda has been chosen as the new Land Management Program Manager I, replacing Michael J. Miller in the Right of Way Program. Kevin assumed his new duties on Oct. 24.

Bryce Clements, Douglas Maintenance; and Kenneth Washburn, Midwest Maintenance.

Danny Thompson

Mervin Breazeale

Service Awards Bob Graham, Evanston Construction – 30 years; David Racich, Pinedale Construction – 25 years; Brenda Phillips, Kemmerer Port of Entry – 10 years; Tara Green, Pinedale Construction – 5 years; Andrew Jackson, Jackson Patrol Field – 5 years; Clara Kindler, Rock Springs Construction – 5 years; and Chad Ludwig, Jackson Patrol Field – 5 years.

Bob Graham

David Racich

Jeremy Chatfield and Carl Malone

Cradle Call Congratulations to Rawlins mechanic Danny Thompson and his wife, Stacy, on the arrival of their new son Garrett Riley Thompson. Garrett entered the world on Nov. 9 at 4:23 a.m., weighing in at 7 pounds 15 ounces. Congratulations!

Photo: Danny Thompson

Service Awards


Garrett Riley Thompson swaddled up tight.

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District 4

District 5



Stephen Tarbotton, Reno Junction Maintenance.

Angela Munger, Worland Maintenance; and Tamara Robertson, Driver Services-Lander/Dubois/Riverton.

Service Awards Rebecca Kobielusz, Sheridan Construction – 30 years; Ernest Grow, Gillette Maintenance – 20 years; and Shelly McDonald, Sundance Port of Entry – 5 years.

Becky Kobielusz

Service Awards Shelby Carlson, District 5 Administration – 25 years; Keith Compton, District 5 Construction staff – 25 years; Bruce Johnson, Lander Construction – 25 years; Eric Gaasland, Lander Construction – 5 years; and Robert Cecrle, Lander Patrol Field – 5 years.

Carlson reaches career milestone

Ernie Grow

Congratulations John Collins transferred from Kaycee Maintenance to Sheridan Maintenance; Robbie Goodnough, selected as Moorcroft heavy equipment operator; and Misty Wood, Sheridan Construction.

Shelby Carlson of Greybull has earned a 25-year service award. Carlson has served as WYDOT District 5 Engineer in Basin for more than

Compton earns 25-year service award Shelby Carlson

Extra Mile

AWARDS Congratulations October recipients! WYDOT salutes the following Director’s Extra Mile Award recipients. The award is presented to individuals who have traveled the “extra mile” in service to WYDOT. Don Legerski

Dallas Ortiz

Serene Nordwick

Matt Phillips

Brandon Hamilton

Jared Nuhn

James Kladianos

Bodie Ernst

Paul Vanderbloom

Sue Palmer

Robin Clapp

Craig Walker

Lois Neckel

Shane Pugh

Jim Whetstone

Erin Howard

Larry Anesi

Jessica Stevens

Mike Miller

For more information about the Extra Mile Award or to nominate someone, contact Janet Farrar at or Mel Anderson at 12


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8.5 years. Prior to her promotion to district engineer in Basin, Carlson was a construction staff engineer for five years in Cheyenne, principle engineer in project development for five years in Cheyenne, and a field engineer for five years in Cheyenne. Carlson has worked for WYDOT since 1989. She also worked at the University of Wyoming for two years. The Riverton native is a 1981 graduate of Riverton High School. She graduated in 1984 from Central Wyoming College in Riverton with an associate’s degree in engineering, and she graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming. Carlson and her husband, Michael, have two daughters. She enjoys outdoor activities and watching youth sports in her spare time.

Keith Compton of Worland has earned his 25-year service award with WYDOT. Compton has served as District 5 construction engineer in Basin for more than eight years. Compton was most Keith Compton recently WYDOT’s construction staff engineer in Cheyenne. Prior to that, he served as principal engineer-bridge in Cheyenne, and his original WYDOT position was as a field engineer in Gillette. Compton has worked for WYDOT since June 1988. The Gillette native is a 1982 graduate of Campbell County High School. He received an associate’s of applied science degree in drafting from Casper College in 1984, and a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1988. WYDOT District 5 covers northwest Wyoming, including South Pass, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, Thermopolis, Worland, Ten Sleep, Basin, Greybull, Lovell, Powell, Cody, Meeteetse and Dubois. Compton and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters and one son.

In The Community Submissions deadline for the next issue of

WYDOT Outdoors:


Dallas Laird, a Casper criminal defense attorney, spoke out against drinking and driving at the kick-off news conference for the 2012 Natrona County holiday drunk driving campaign. Laird has been outspoken against drinking and driving as well as other forms of distracted driving. The “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.” campaign is a multi-agency effort in Natrona County to reduce drunken driving through education and encouraging residents to call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. – Jeff Goetz

Photo: Jeff Goetz

Get your photos published! Dallas Laird speaking out against drinking and driving at a press conference in Casper.

October and November Service Award Recipients

Total number of employees: as of Oct. 31, 2012


Photo: Rick Carpenter/WYDOT

One month ago


One year ago


Service award luncheons are held by the Transportation Commission for employees celebrating milestones of 25 years of service or greater. This month’s service award recipients: (clockwise from top left) Keith Compton, Shelby Carlson, Ron Downey, Kerry Casner, Becky Kobielusz, and Lt. Doug Dome.

December 2012




Randall J. Fuqua, 65, passed away Oct. 5 in Harrison, Arkansas after a short battle with cancer. Fuqua was part of the Meeteetse maintenance crew for more than 13 years Randall Fuqua prior to his retirement in Jan. 2009. All who knew him will miss his wry wit and sense of humor.

Richard “Dick” Hand Richard T. “Dick” Hand, 79, of Cheyenne, died on Nov. 15 at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center. Hand retired from WYDOT Project Development in 1995. Hand moved his family from Laramie, where he was hired by the Wyoming Highway Department in 1961, to Cheyenne Dick Hand in 1968 where he continued his career with the Highway Development Program. Hand was instrumental in the development of the earthwork design system and project control systems within Highway Development. During his career at WHD and then WYDOT, he distinguished himself as the recipient of the International Highway Engineers Exchange Program’s Glen Close award in 1994. He was a board member of the Wyoming Highway Department Employees Association and chairman of the WyHy Credit Union. Hand had served in both the United States Marine Corps and Army. He served one tour in post-war Germany. Hand enjoyed all Wyoming had to offer. He was an avid reader of Wyoming history and enjoyed its wide open spaces, dirt roads and “alternate routes.” He enjoyed the sports of hunting, fishing and golf. His final golf shot was a hole-inone on the ninth hole of the Cheyenne



Airport Golf Course. He was an active volunteer at the Cheyenne Old West Museum, was a Life Member of the BPO Elks and was a regular performer in the XJWC “Red Stocking Revue.” Dick is survived by many family members and friends. Pat Hand, one of Dick’s surviving brothers, is a former Transportation Commisioner. A funeral Mass was held Nov. 29 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne.

Marvin D. Leff Marvin D. Leff, 87, passed away Nov. 6. Leff worked for the old Wyoming Highway Department, WYDOT’s predecessor agency, as a Right-of-Way land appraiser until his retirement in 1990. Leff was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Cheyenne. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and attended Texas A&M University. From 1943-1946, he served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, for which he earned two Bronze Stars.

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A 60-year-volunteer for Cheyenne Frontier Days, he was recently inducted into the annual fair’s Hall of Fame. He is also a past president of the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club. After Leff and his wife moved to Denver in 1993, he began volunteering at Bonfils Blood Center. A graveside service was held at Emanuel Cemetery, Denver on Nov. 8.

Editor’s note:

The How It’s Made program featuring Mike Schulte and his jade golf putters has been delayed. Evidently, Hurricane Sandy caused some scheduling changes on the Science Channel. The program is now scheduled to air on Sunday, Dec. 30 on the Science Channel. Check Schulte showing Interchange staff his your local listings for more informa- jade putter during his 2011 interview. tion.

Training ata Glance

Here are upcoming training opportunities from WYDOT University and the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) Date Class Location Dou ble Dec 5 Header Dec 6 Dec 10-14 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 18 Triple Dec 19 Header Dec 20 Dec 19

Business Writing Today Cheyenne Problem-Solving and Decision-Making WYDOT-only TLN New Employee Orientation (NEO) Cheyenne Advanced Facilitation Skills TLN Context Sensitive Solutions and Related Tools and Options TLN Strengthening Our Emotional Intelligence Cheyenne The Mentor Relationship Cheyenne Living the Less-Stress Lifestyle Cheyenne Alternatives to Paving TLN

Coming up in January 2013: Jan 8-11

New Supervisor Orientation #1 (NSO)


To register, or to find out more details, call the Training Program and talk to David Talley (777-4792), Jim Boyd (777-4791) or Rhonda DeLeeuw (777-4790). When you call, ask about the videos, books and audiotapes available from the Training Resource Library.

Photo: Rick Carpenter

Passings Randall J. Fuqua

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