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Library hosts "Dinosaurs ROAR!" storytime Crook County Library had fun with dinosaurs recently. After storytime at Little Ones Preschool on Feb. 20, the kids received dinosaur picture books donated by Crook Coun- ty Sheriff Steve Stahla through the Volunteers of America. During Dinosaur Storytime on Friday Feb. 21 the kids had fun mak- ing stand up dinosaurs out of paper plates. And of course they loved mak- ing their dinosaurs ROAR[ Join us for Transportation Storytime Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the library in Sundance. Inyan Kara Homemakers Inyan Kara Homemakers met in the Library meeting room on Wednesday, Feb- ruary 19, for their regular monthly meeting. JoAnne Moore led the group in reciting the Pledge of Al- legiance. Five members answered Roll Call by sharing the following: What famous person {dead or alive) would you like to meet - and what would you like to ask this person? We had an interesting range of persons noted, and it was enjoyable to discuss them. We each then shared a Thought for the Day. The minutes of the Jan- uary meeting were read and approved as read. The treasurer reported that there was no change in ex- penditures or income from last month. Correspon- dence included two thank you notes regarding our donations to them in De- cember. There was no Old Busi- ness. Under New Business, Peggy Symonds said that since we have three mem- bers who now live at the Long Term Care Facility, she wondered about our having one of our meetings there so Thelma, Lottie and Elizabeth could meet with us. There was some discussion, and it was agreed that Peggy would contact Amy and make the arrangements. Kathleen Streeter will be our next month's hostess on March 19, and she agreed that we meet there. The Annual Blood Draws will be held in April. The dates for the Sundance Clinic will be April 5, 12 and 19. The Health Fair will be on April 26. The only date that our club could possibly work would be the 12; Peggy will check to see if that date would be available to us. April 5 is the Spring Fling, sponsored by the Home- makers' Council. There will be more information regarding this event at our March meeting. Kathleen shared that she will be gone from the area during a part of April. There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned. Barb then gave us a Show and Tell about felted wool items. She showed us some mit- tens she had made from an old sweater, as well as oth- er items using old sweat- ers and the fabric from old coats. JoAnne then served dessert and coffee and dis- cussions continued. Submitted by JoAnne Moore 00o00e.,.o,un.on00e,,me. Neighbors Thursday, February 27, 201 Moskee family wins Tree Laureate Tau BY ILENE HOOPER Farmer of the Year award BY SARAH PRIDGEON For the Jacobsons, caring for the forest is a way of life. At their property in the Moskee area, the family works together to keep 172 acres of forest healthy and pristine, an ac- tivity for which they have been awarded the prestigious Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award by the American Tree Farm Sys- tem. "I'd have to say it's quite an honor to re- ceive itf says Paul Jacobson. "We joined Tree Farms to better manage the property that we have here in the hills." Paul and LuAnn Jacobson and their chil- dren have been involved in forestry for as long as they have been a family, from the log home and furniture business they ran in Minnesota to managing the Black Hills prop- erty that they purchased in 2010. "We bought some property and we wanted to take care of it," says Luann Jacobson. The couple bought the land from their employer at Moskee Land Corporation and worked with Wyoming State Forestry to create a manage- ment plan for it. Their land was once owned by the Home- stake Mining Company for timber production and was most recently the property of the Moskee Land Corporation. Of the 243 acres the Jacobsons now own, 172 are forested ground covered in ponderosa pine, quaking aspen, chokecherry and thornapple trees and the remainder is hay ground and open meadow. The property became a Wyoming Tree Farm in 2011 and, since that time, the fam- ily has focused its time on managing it for timber production, grazing and wildlife and recreational use. The family team includes Paul and LuAnn themselves, as well as son Josh, daughter Cassie and son-in-law Chris Waltz. Paul and LuAnn began their conservation activities as children, both growing up on small farms in Minnesota and then starting their log home and furniture business. They harvested red pine from stands in need of thinning and hand-crafted it to create unique pieces that were sold from the retail store in their century-old barn. Today, they apply these same practices to their Moskee land and both work full time for the Moskee Land Corporation, a 30,000- acre expanse of managed land that is also a certified Wyoming Tree Farm. They Can often be found thinning trees by hand across the forest, using Chainsaws or small equipment. The family works together to manage their forest's health through thinning and com- mercial harvesting, providing wildlife habi- tat and increasing grazing potential. At the same time, they manage mountain pine bee- fie outbreaks and focus on fire suppression, all of which can be through these manage- ment practices in a holistic approach to for- est health. "Were learned through experience, work- ing here at Moskeef says Paul. "Managing the timber is basically something we've been doing most of our fives, whether it's here or in Minnesota." All the work that the family does is complet- ed with as little disruption as possible to the ground, vegetation and wildlife. Buildings on the property have been sited to cause mini- mal impact and noxious weeds are controlled on an annual basis to prevent infestation. For the Jacobsons, managing a tree farm contributes to the cause of protecting the whole forest by protecting each individual part of it. "Tree farms, for the American Tree Farm Program, can be woodlands of 10 to 10,000 acres. In this area, there is a lot of property that falls into that category and a lot of the reason right now that we have the mountain pine beetle we have is that a lot of the wood- lands have been poorly managed for various reasons," explains Paul. The main reason the Jacobsons bought the property, they say, was to enjoy it. This makes it a top priority to maximize the po- tential recreational activities, such as hik- ing, horse-riding, hunting and snowmobil- ing. "We intend to keep it in the family - our son, Josh, has a home there now and Luann and myself hope to build there some day," says Paul. The family is also active in the Wyoming Tree Farm Program, attending the national conference for American Tree Farm Leader- ship and serving as members of the WTF committee. Paul, LuAnn and Josh are also volunteer firefighters for Crook County; participants in workshops throughout the area focusing on such topics as biofuels and mountain pine beetles; and eager to spread the word to the community about the ben- efits of sustainable forestry. "We try to promote the American Tree Farm Program and one of the first things a lot of people will ask us is, 'Are you planting trees?  says Paul. "Tree farming isn't about planting trees, necessarily - in this area the trees do a very good job of planting themselves. Promoting forest industries and management is what it comes down to overall." The Jacobsons were nominated for the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award by Dick Terry, State Forester and Tree Farm Inspector. "The Jacobsons have been very proactive in the fight against the mountain pine beetle. The whole family are out spotting...infested trees not only on their own land, but also on the nearly 30,000 acres of Moskee Land Corp," he said in his nomination. "Paul and son Josh spend most of their waking hours cutting and directly control- ling infested trees. Paul is always talking about forest management and the American Tree Farm organization to anyone that will listen." The family welcomes enquiries from in- terested parties who are thinking of estab- lishing their own tree farm or would like to see how the management technique works. They can be contacted on 283-1738. "We'd surely be glad to show [people] what we've been doing," says Paul, suggesting that State Forestry is another excellent source of information. "Right now, Wyoming State Forestry is probably doing the most for tree farms in Wyoming." The Jacobsons will receive their award at 1 p.m. on March 6 at the Wyoming State For- estry Division Office in Newcastle. Devils Tower adopts new black-tailed prairie dog management plan A new Prairie Dog Manage- ment Plan is implemented after a Finding of No Signifi- cant Impact report was re- cently finalized. The plan will implement an adaptive strat- Rene Ohms, chief of resource management. The Finding of No Significant Impact report describes that staff will monitor the popula- tions {i.e. numbers, locations, egy for the black tailed prairie dog. The plan aims to maintain a healthy prairie dog popula- tion, protect Monument re- sources and infrastructure, and ensure human health and safety. "Prairie dogs are a keystone species of the mixed-grass prairie habitat of Devils Tower, and are pop- ular with park visitors.  said the management of and effectiveness of treat- ments} and allow for flexibil- ity in adjusting treatments to respond to any changing con- ditions. Adjustments may in- clude changing the preferred treatment method, treatment The plan also allows for the use of new treatment methods as they become available. Public comments were re- ceived and can be viewed in the report along with the re- sponses to those comments. The Finding of No Significant Impact report can be viewed at: parkplanning.nps.gov/ deto To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument, location, timing or frequency contact 307-467-5283, or go of treatments to effectively to our Facebook page at Dev- deal with prairie dogs, or the ils-Tower-National-Monu- need to treat prairie dogs in a ment-Official-NPS-Site: www. location not currently affected, nps.gov/deto Crook County Historical Society The Crook County Historical Society met on February 12 at the Crook County Library meeting room. Members in attendance were John and Ginger Shoffstall, Ellen Griffis, Don Stoner, Rocky Courchaine and Peggy Symonds. The minutes of the December meeting were read and approved. There was no meeting in January. Treasurer John gave the treasures report showing a balance of $1874.95. Don returned a check for $32 for a bill that had been paid twice. Rocky turned in $150 from book sales through the muse- IZITI. A thank you was read from the Library Foundation thanking the society for the $100 donation. John discussed the Ranch A Pro- posal H R 1684. It is waiting consideration from the Senate. Rocky talked to the group about a program he did for the library titled Crook County Oddities. A full house attended. The group talked about Rocky doing a program for the society in the future and inviting the public to attend. The March meeting will be held on the 12th in the Court House Jury Room at 11 a.m. Lunch will be potluck. After lunch and the meeting, the group will meet with Clerk of Court Tina Wood. She will explain the duties of her office and how records are being pre- served. Anyone interested in Crook County or Wyoming History is invited to attend the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at12:30 p.m. Submitted by Peggy Symonds, Secretory The 308 meeting of Laureate Tau PL2073 met at the Sundance State Bank meeting room on Feb. 24, 2014. We had seven mem- bers attending, three excused and two snowbirds. We celebrated in style as our past Valentine Queen Jacquie Mclnemey crowned our new queen, Gail Kaiser. We drew names and each person made a Valentine for a member of the group. The room was so quiet as each person worked on their masterpiece. We enjoyed a delirious ice cream cake, beverages and other treats. Next Meeting: Carol Sisk will be our hostess on March 10 at the Crook County Library meeting room. We will have the election of officers so be prepared to take on a new office. Stay warm and sprmV SemJek: continued from page l year," Semlek explains. =Last Friday, the House effectively killed 35 bills that were not heard because we ran out of time before the deadline." HB11 I, School Safety and Security, gave school districts the authority to adopt rules and regulations to allow the possession of firearms by employees with a valid concealed carry permit on or in any property in the district, he says. "For thosewhowould oppose everhax;ingguns allowedin schools, I would agree with you if we could be assured that no one with evil intent could enter our schools with a weapon. Past experiences have sadly shown that it is nearly impossible to prevent - unless we fortified our schools as we secure our prisons," Semlek states. "For those who would oppose the government exerting the au- thority to decide who and where the dtizens can be armed be- cause of our Constitutional Rights under the Second Amend- ment, I would submit that the defense of our students, who are the most innocent and vulnerable among us, deserves our consideration for their protection as potential targets by a de- ranged killer." Semlek co-sponsored the bill, he says, because he be- lieved this option was a measured approach to al- low local districts the opportunity to defend and pro- tect children in the horrific event of a shooter in a school. Whe irony of school shootings in the past is that they occur very rapidly and it is sometimes difficult in rural areas to have law enforcement available at the right time and right place, fast enough to respond," he says. "Having local law enforcement available would in no uncertain terms be my first choice. These individuals have the necessary training to effectively manage a crisis, as in a school shooting, and this proposal is intended to supplement and not supplant their efforts." Most individuals outside of law enforcement do not have the training to respond to an event of this nature, he adds, and that is the downside of the proposal. He suggests, however, that the ability for districts to implement this policy might act as a deter- rent even if no person in a school was legally carrying. Semlek envisioned that districts would be able to determine for themselves whether this law could assist in the safety and security of the students and then make use of the rule-making authority to determine how to implement it. =Loeal.districts!s'e in thebest posi to evalute what their needsmight be anageL'risis shtn:fld it ever:cur in their community schools," he says. The issue is moot this year, says the representative, but should stiU be considered over the coming year. "Perhaps, in the months to come, we can continue to figure out how best to protect our school children. While we would all hope that a tragedy like in the Sandy Hook school never occurs in Wyoming, we need to have good plans in place," he says. "Perhaps taser gun protection and crisis management training would provide appropriate security and the debate about guns could be less of a distraction to school safety and security. I ap- predate the thoughtful comments that have come from many of you on this subject on either side of the debate." Semlek recently had a "very instructive" meeting with some of the Trustees and the Superintendents of Crook and Weston County School Districts. He concluded, he says, that shared perspectives can lead to common solutions. Whe Legislature and the School Districts share a very impor- tant responsibility in working together along with parents, com- munity leaders and other stakeholders in providing educational opportunities to our students," he continues. "I was grateful for the insight and the good advice that came from these discussions and I believe the legislative process could be informed and enhanced if the legislators could communicate more effective to develop better information when we make need to make derisions." Medicade Expansion Medicaid expansion is likely to take the form of a study that will only allow the executive branch, the Department of Health and Wyoming's Insurance Commissioner to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Health for a demonstration waiver to pro- vide Medicaid coverage for all eligible persons, subject to several provisions. "The provisions are fairly lengthy and can be found in the House's third reading, amendment number 34 to the budget bill," says Semlek. The House and Senate began hearing files from their opposite chamber this week. "If you have any concems regarding any proposals within the Senate files, please contact me," says Semlek. Parenting Class Begins Tuesday, March 11 "Nurturing Parenting," a program for famih'es with teens Clames wiU run every Tuesday, from 8:30 to 8:30, for six weeks, mzUng Mar n. If tlmr8 is enough intermit, add/tional 8mndons will be off.red. Contact Bo or Ernie at 283-2942 for more information o to enroll. Coat is $30 per hunil Who will benefit from this class? Parents who have eyez  "I feel llke I doa't know how to conne with my teon!" (6nd who ous ham never 8oid thatl) will ie=rn techmques to re-nnec wih =rid to ejoy thet teen children, Sd tSeXlS who  ever said, "My paeme j do understand me!" will learn how to cotmicate wth their parents, These classes are designed for wbo fa mll4ea, not ju parent=, Each n will begin with teens and adults m separate rooms, learmng teechntque, followed by a mead prepantd by the ICLA, followed by tee and adutts meeg together to practice what they have learned.