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.... _ '3',,dl, p=.PKFt 5 Timber tribute : Area family wins Tree Farmer award J Page 7 :" 75 c:-2:ii / L ?;i4-2:: Volume 130 Issue No. 9 00tle 00un(tance -- Thursday, w February 27, 2014 J'l es www.sundancetimes.com Br ef to Mental 11 & 18, 6 p.m. Introduction to cake deco- rating: March 26, 5 p.m. Starting an indoor garden: March 29, 8 a.m. & 24, 5:30 p.m. Jewelry making for beginners: April 12, 9 a.m. All classes are held at Sun- nce High School. Call 307- 2902770 to pre-register. EnN publishes reform Senator Mike Enzi has pub- Usheda new website telling the story aT the Obamacare bill from his own perspec- tive; The timeline begins with Enzi's ten-step guide to transform health care inAmerica and follows his work to see the bipartisan billrealized. The site, says Enzi, explains what he has done every step of the way and what he continues to do to give alternatives to the 'operoble, complex, government-centered health care system. = cenzi.senate. gov/publJcl Application deadline big game permits The deadline to apply for  moose, bighorn sheep, wild bison and mountain goat permits is this Friday, Febru- on that date and must be submitted online through wgfd,wyo. gov as the paper applica- tion process has now been phased out for efficiency be required to submit the full fee at time of application, as with other species. Weather Legislature 2014 Inaugural run for county pipeline policy BY SARAH PRIDGEON The County Commissioners will hold a public hearing next week to determine whether the Belle Fourche Pipeline Company has complied with its policy for the installation of commercial pipelines on or across county roads. This will mark the in- augural run for the new policy, which was made official at the beginning of the year. "We're not expecting any surprises," says Commissioner Jeanne Whalen. "It's nice to have in black and white what we need to do and I think the pipeline companies are going to appreciate that - it's not a moving target for them." The County Clerk, Road and Bridge Department and Growth and Development met recently to go over the policy and dis- cuss what will be needed to implement it, she adds. Belle Fourche Pipeline Com- pany is seeking the permit to allow it to replace the old Texas Trails Pipeline. At next week's meeting, scheduled for March 5 at 9 a.m., the Board of Commis- sioners will determine whether the licensee has complied with the policy and mitigated any actual and reasonable public health and safety concerns related to affected county roads. They will either grant or disallow the Commercial Pipeline License and determine whether a second hearing is necessary. Following the hearing, the meeting will continue to allow the commissioners to consider whether to rescind an order that was signed in 1955. "They got that permit a long time ago. Theye been operat- ing under that and figured it was still pertinent today - but nothing stays the same," says Whalen. "Nobody who signed it is still around today." The commissioners do not yet know why the company wishes to keep both permits or what makes the 1955 permit so valuable to them. This wiU be discussed at the second hearing, immediately following the first. IRS warns of scam BY SARAH PRIDGEON The IRS has issued a warning about emails and phone calls that use the IRS name and logo and fake websites that are de- signed to look real. Scammers tend to send out an email or call that lures victims to reveal their personal and financial information, which they then use to commit identity theft or steal your money, says the IRS. They may call you to demand payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer, for example. The IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for this informa- tion, either by phone or email. They will also never use text or social media to request your personal data. If you do receive a suspicious email, the IRS recommends not replying to the message. Never give out your information and ignore any attachments or links, which could include malicious code to infect your computer. If you receive an unexpected See Scam I page 3 Poker runners Jeff Moberg photo Despite a frigid start, a good turnout was on hand Sunday for the Bear Lodge Snowmobile Club's Jeremiah Jundt Memorial Poker Run. This year's event drew participants from around the region and just over 80 hands were sold. The day's big winner was Justin Keller-Decoteau, John Costello was second and Glenn Engelhaupt was third. Proceeds from the event are used to support Post Prom, the club's annual Easter Egg Hunt, scholarships and more. District calls for Common Core Standards support Stutzman: Bill to ditch standards is 'throwing out the baby with the bathwater' BY SARAH PRIDGEON With the Legislature consid- ering a bill that could see the Wyoming Common Core Stan- dards ditched completely, Su- perintendent Byron Stutzman and Curriculum Director Teresa Brown are concerned about the local impact. The standards are just what our schools need, they say, and a lot of work has already gone into implementing them. House Bill 97 modifies the process of adopting the stan- dards and establishes an ad- visory council. It also prohibits participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consor- tium, which creates tests to measure a student's progress according to the Common Core Standards. But evaluation of the Common Core Standards has already taken place, says Stutzman - four years ago. Though he was in Idaho at the time, he believes the process was not much dif- ferent here. "We've done this process of vetting out the standards al- ready. We had the open meet- ings, we had discussion about a Common Core state standard and, in Idaho, it was at the teacher level," he says. "I understand that people need to understand what has happened, but do we need to do it again?" The standards are an im- provement on what the schools were working with before, he says, and have been developed with plenty of assistance from teachers in the classroom. "There has been a lot of input from stakeholders, mainly edu- cators, and that's why I think they're such a good set of stan- dards to go by," he nods. Brown stresses that the stan- dards have not been developed by anonymous faces on the other side of the nation, but by our own Crook County educa- tors. It's a "very organic" pro- cess, she says. "We have teachers who were on the committee to review these standards and we have two teachers right now devel- oping questions to assess our students - it's our people doing it," Brown goes on. "The reality [if they do get rid of the standards] is that we waste the human and physical resources we,re already expend- ed for the last two years." For Stutzman, the frustration lies in the amount of time and effort that Wyoming educators have spent to get the standards right. "It may not be perfect, but we will continue to work to get it right - let's don't throw the baby out with the bathwater," he says. "These two young teachers, who are strong academically and energetic, are working hard to make this right - to make it perfect and the best thing for our students." Stutzman and Brown believe that much of the backlash against the Common Core See District I page 14 Local control concerns still exist Some educational stake- holders are concerned about the Common Core Stan- dards being introduced to Wyoming's school districts. As explained by Ted Davis, local home-schooler and concerned citizen, many be- lieve that they remove local control over the education of children and have inherent problems. Top of the list of concerns, he said, is that the stan- dards will be implemented. nationwide, but not all stu- dents learn or are taught the See Concerns J page 14 Educational issues remain atop legislative session agenda BY SARAH PRIDGEON The Legislature has com- pleted its work on the State's two-year budget, says Repre- sentative Mark Semlek, and the deadline has now passed to introduce new bills for con- sideration. Educational issues have thus far dominated the session. The final outcome of the budget process will be revealed after a conference committee from the House and Senate meets to work out the differ- ences between the House and Senate positions, says the representative. "I remain confident that the funding for local governments will stay at $175 million for the next two years and the appropriation for continuing the [pine beetle] work will be around $2 million per year for the next two years," he explains. Standards Issues related to education again dominated legislative debate this year, particularly regarding the Common Core Standards, Semlek contin- ues. "The issue, as with so many other education issues, is [that it's] sometimes difficult to find a clear and common path between the stakehold- ers," he says. "It would appear at this time that the standards for math and English will go forward, which our districts seem to agree with, but the standards for science see to be more con- troversial. There was a bud- get amendment that limited funding for the State Board of Education to move forward with adopting these standards at this time." School Safety and Security A bill co-sponsored by the representative that would have seen school districts granted the authority to bring guns onto school property will not be advancing - but is likely to return in the future. "HB 1 11 will not be heard this See Semlek [ page 7 SUNDANCE, WYOMING CONTINUING THE CROOK COUNTY NEWS SINCE 1884