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:/ / NEWS FILE HC 65, BOX 201 Oark, AR 72852-9501 FOUNDED IN 1884 Thursday, March 18, 1999 Issue No. 11 75 Cents I going to have a fabulous year," Jim Miller, Wyo- of Transporta- million in new coming up this year [ finish out the OVer from last year." contracts carried over two-thlrds completed Work ceased last fall. new lets will cover quite an extending from to the south, east to out to the Four Cor- toward MoorcroR, areas within t~Id, "Increase in road con- ' due to the gas L went into effect a ', and we are getting more under the transportation law. and eredlt our Congressional In Washington for this. Worked hard for us." , DOT opened a 8 at Gillette for work state line to rehabilitate pavemenL grind it tnd seal, leaving in place nmterials. The asphalt shoulders will be and replaced. The mate- will be hauled to county funds will contract was low Inc., Buffalo WY, It Is anticipated .. done with the shoulder Work done the following the same day WY State Highway 24 west of Aladdin, over the Bear Lodge, fora stretch some 4.5 miles long between Aladdin and Hulett. Intention is to totally reconstruct the roadbed, which is very narrow with little shoulder;, Miller said with present-day traffic, it is a real prob- lem. The low bidder was Foothills Contracting, Inc., Webster, SD, at a cost of $6.3 million; it is antici- pated to take two summers to com- plete this project. #A contract has been let for 7.5 miles of work on 1-90 starting at the top of Coal Divide and going west. The plan is to rehabilitate the bridges, and to remove old pave- ment and replace it with new, com- pleting the work this summer. Traf- fic will be moved to one lane, for two-way traffic in that lane as the other lane is under construction. Cundy Asphalt, Inc., Gillette was awarded the $7.6 million contract. #Already awarded is a contract to McGarvin-Moberly ofWorland WY, for $1.4 million on Highway 14 between the top of Oudin Hill and Carlile for pavement overlay--that is, to level and put down new pave- ment, adding strength to the exist- Ing roadbed. Miller said this is a preventive measure designed to add years to the life of an existing road. #Rissler-McMurry Co. of Casper has a $1.2 million contract for a similar project on Highway 585, from the Crook county line to Four Comers for a program similar to the Oudin Hlll-Carlile project. #Bids not yet let include one on the Little Missouri county road for replacement of two bridges north of Osh0to. Contract will be let in June; cost sorae $750,000. This work is a coopera- tive effort between D(YrandCrook County. Federal funds are avail- able for thls klnd of project with the federal government paying 80%, and the county 20%. #Intent is to let a contract in May for work on Highway 116 south of Upton, to widen and repave eight miles south of the railroad track. The project comes in at an anticipated $1.75 mil- lion, and it is planned to com- plete it by fall. ##Carryover projects of DOT include seven miles of recon- struction north of MoorcroR on US 14. Emulsified Asphalt Co.. Casper is the contractor; cost at completion will be $5.5 million. ##Another contract to be com- pleted this year is the one from the Crook-Weston county line on Highway 585. northward to- ward Sundance. Paving and fenc- ing will be finished, top soil will be spread and seeded. Contrac- tor is Rlssler McMurray Co.; cost is $4 million. ##The west Sundance project to finish paving, top soil seeding, and the lighting will be com- pleted. This is a $1.7 million Joint venture between Reiman, Inc., Cheyenne, and Hot Iron Inc. of Gillette. ##Work will resume on High- way 24 at Alva to finish paving, seeding, and do erosion control. Emulsified Asphalt, Casper, is the contractor;, cost is $5.9 mil- lion. Miller pointed out that these projects add to the economy of the area, bringing in jobs and workers who spend quite a lot of money locally. Supplies are pur- chased, housing and meads are necessities. "Roads are extremely impor- tant to us," Miller said. 'We have no other transportation locally-- no railway, no airport. It's im- portant to keep them in good shape." I By: Pat Frolander Wyoming Representative Barbara Cubin, guest speaker at the Lin- coln Day Dinner March 13th at Flo's Place, discussed awide range of topics and outlined the priori- ties of the 106th Congress. Sixty-five Crook County residents including county and state offi- cials listened as Ms. Cubin stated, 'The first priority will be the pres- ervation of Social Security." She explained 100% of the money col- lected would stay within the pro- gram with no further borrowing from the fund, 'The second Friority will be to beef up the military." Ms, Cubin cited the buildup of nuclear war- heads in the countries of North Korea and China while the United States has inadequate defense against these warheads. She fur- ther stated our current military I numbers were "spread too thin" and this must and will be changed. Education is priority three, striv- ing to send 95 cents of every dollar back to the local school district rather than the 60 cents currently returned. The last priority will be tax cuts with the dollars being used to pay our national dept. "Sup- pose," Ms. Cubin counseled, "you started a business on the day of Jesus' birth and you lost one mil- llon dollars every day until today? You would have lost approximately one trillion dollars. Our national debt is five and one half trillion dollarsr' Cited were the accomplishments of the current Congress Including welfare reform, balanced budget (although loans were made through borrowing from Social Security), Medicare reform and a reduced crime rate. Work allowing inter- state movement of meat and coun- try of origin labeling was continu- ing as well as processing coal bed methane permits and grazing per- mits, elimination of capital gains tax and the marriage tax penalty. When questioned about the status of Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts Cubin responded, "rhe current administration is govern- ing by Executive Order and we {those in Congress} are trying to hold our own and outlast them." Attendees enjoyed the vocal tal- ents of Mandy Man" and Amber Redfleld and the musical selec- tions of the Sundance Community Handbell Choir. Republican Cen- tral Committee Chairman Jw Nuck- olls acknowledged messages from Wyoming Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzl and thanked those responsible for the success of the dinner. Photo courtesy of Moorcroft Leader 90, between lnyan empty pup overturned creating and MoorcroR was the road block. Plans. hours. No one t little delay in on Friday tractor-trailer-pup on 1-90 created a two hours. The to the investigat- heglanced on his cell phone went overcorrected, of the rig. The empty Went clear across tt that time the Some of the traffic from Sun- dance was diverted to Highway 14. Wee had some very unhappy travelers; some of the motorists became impatient and started to turn around on the interstate-- heading east on the west bound lane," reported Highway Patrol Of- ricer Earl Gill. Ofricer Todd Stutzman from Sun- dance assisted Gill with traffic control--a few citations had to be issued because of the motorists heading down the interstate going the wrong direction. ? ,Jill Hartm Steve Hllty Brenda Grifl J The SHS Music DepL is proud to ' I am cor.cerned and I do plan to "I can not go to the council meet- "I'm not planning to go to the coun-] announce that the one and only attend the meeting." ing; but, I am concerned. In the cilmeeting; however, the ordinance ] "rommyDorseyOrchestra" willbe newspaper article last week I is too vague and seems to need al coming to Sundance. On Tuesday, w ~ ! couldn't get a clear picture where lot of thought and research donel May I I, possibly one of the most : the council is going with the ordi- before the third reading." l nance. Why are we writing an or- dinance?" popular big bands in history will be on the SHS auditorium stage. The group is conducted by one of the great all-tlme trombone plaY- ers, Buddy Morrow. Buddy Mor- row has played with such greats as Paul Whitman, Artie Shaw, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. Buddy was the driving force behind the great Jazz classic "Night Train". Tickets will go on sale March 29 at the Bear Lodge Motel. There is reserved seating only and this con: cert will be advertised in the Rapid In Campbell, Crook,drought disasters can apply. City, Gillette, and Casper areas, so eunties have until Applications and further infor- Sundance area resldents are urged to file applications marion can be obtained by calling to get their tickets right away. Tick- from the SBA toll-free at 1-800-366- ets must be paid for at the time of Admlnis- 6303orTDD817-267-4688forthe reservation and all tlcket sales are Economic hearing impaired, final. The cost is $17.00 per ticket. J John Rogers , u'eavailable These loans are intended to as- This is not a fund raiser for the I 'Thanks to the article in lastweek s ~ependent on farm- sist businesses in offsetting work- SHS Band. We only hope to cover | paper I am now aware of the ordi- Helen Hubbard " , sustaining crop ing capital losses which they suf- the cost of bringing such a class | nance. Yes, I plan to attend; I need ' I am very concerned. I m afrald we l ~x~st~tthatoccunmd feted as a result of the severe act as the TommyDorseyOrches" i to know more about what it is VirgIIVlrchow are pushingthelitflebusiness we[ ~srromJulyl, 1997 weather, reducing the crop income tratoSundance. Moreinfrmatin ]trying to accomplish and how it '~/hat is the ulterior motive for this dohave away. We shouldbe sup-[ ~' 1998and eontlnu,of the area farmers and ranchers, will follow In the weeks to come, |wiUaffectsome of our community ordinance? I'm not sure we need portiveofcommunityprojectsthat] and ranchers are not Smallbusinesse. sclalmingtohave but dont delay in reservlng your | functions such as the Fat-tire Race anymore ordinances. Until it be- are economical and are of interest[ se 8BA loans. How-been physically injured by the spot for the big event on Tuesday, I and the Freeze Your Fanny Run." comes a problem Is it necessary?" to the community." l J that are Victims of weather are not eligible. May I I l ....... ,