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r4 ,,', .......... L_ TC:4&;r,,I P.A PERS Happy Easter! 75 SHELTON '.Vs !'o,--,,.., .- 9   II .... ' ........ -,-z.4 II Volume 129 * Issue No. 13 00l'tle 00un(Janc e Thursday. March 28, 2013 00l,lme S www.sundanceflmes.com Brief Officials to discuss new brucellosis cases The Wyorring Game a ash Department and the Wyomg Livestock Board are hosting a publc meeting to discuss new cases of brucelosis found in elk in the Bighorn Mountains. The meet- ing wl begin at 7 p.m. on Aprg 4 at the Bks Lodge in Greybul. Earler this month, WGFD identified two positive cases of bnJcellos in elk that were harvested  the 2012 hunting season in hunt area 40, about 15 roles west of Burgeu Junction. Both hunters subn'/ffed blood samples to the WGFD as part of the depceth't's state- wide voluntary brucellosis surveg- lance program. Through this pro- am,  are cogected from hunters in the fall and eady winter, then analyzed at the WGFD lab throughout the wter. Brucenods has not been documented in Ivestock in this area. .the Apnl 4 meeting vvg give Ivestock producers and others a chance to arn more and ask questions about these recent discoveries, plans for surveikece in elk this year, and tested and proven methods to reduce risk to livestock operations. For more information go to wyo- mingbrucelsis.com. Feds to withhold $53 million from state revenue Over TS3 mi0n in  revenue om me State of wyombg due to .$I0.a mlkbe, v each rnonth between now and Ju. vm the poy Big rig rollover Jeff Moberg photo A semi truck hauling coal on WY Highway 116 overturned late Tuesday morning near the Crook/Weston County line. The driver of the rig was taken to the Sundance Hospital with unspecified injuries. At press time, officials were still Investigating the cause of the accident. EMS and Fire Department crews from Sundance along with the Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to the accident. Governor Matt Mead has reacted to the unexpected letter from 1he Department of  Interior by seeldng advice from the Attorney Generars Office and considet al avalable . "When the State reduced its I:xJdget by over 6 percent, it cki not achieve its reducans by mrcJ revenue," he said. 'atwoUd being  ese's .,  De, Ixdment of the intedr d'KxJId nt be able to meet,s budget reduc- tion by tcng mined revenues  belong to Jhe states under the law." Mead expressed annoyance at the lack of notice, wflh federal action set to begin immedate. "As far as cafions go, this method of pasdng along significant information that greatly tnpacts Wyoming gets a grade of F minus." Weather k Thu 50129 3128 Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 20s. Fri 57134 3129 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid 30s. Sat 49/34 /'" 3/30 Occasional showers possible. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 30s. 3131 Sun 51121  A few clouds. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 20s. Mon 45128 /" 411 Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Public comment sought for Oshoto uranium project issues mandate otherwise, structure such as roads and BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah@sundancetimes.com The Nuclear Regulatory Com- mission is seeking input from the public on its draft envi- ronmental impact statement for Strata Energy's in-situ uranium recovery project. The proposed Ross Project will be situated in Oshoto, Crook County, and is expected to be- gin production in 2014. The NRC is in the process of reviewing the license ap- plication for construction, operation, aquifer restoration and decommissioning of the project, says Johari Moore, NRC spokesperson. The draft includes the NRC staff's pre- liminary recommendation to grant the license, unless safety "As part of the review of the application, the NRC staff has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact State- ment," Moore continues. "The Draft SEIS includes an analy- sis of relevant environmental issues and documents the NRC staffs preliminary determina- tions." The license will authorize Strata to use an in-situ leach process to recover uranium from underground ore and con- vert it into yellowcake for use in the production of nuclear fuel. The proposed project includes a central processing plant to produce yellowcake, corresponding injection and recovery wells, deep-disposal and monitoring wells through- out the project area and infra- pipelines. The draR environmental study summarizes the cumulative impacts of the Ross Project as generating =primarily regional and local costs and benefits" and states that the benefits outweigh the costs. Among the advantages are increased employment, economic activ- ity and tax revenues, while the costs are, for the most part, limited to the immediate area and include small visual, air- quality and noise impacts. The study finds the poten- tial impacts on land use to be small throughout every stage of the project's lifetime. Dur- ing construction and decom- missioning, only 280 of the See Comments J Page 16 Fire warden calls for voluntary fire ban BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah@sundancetimes.corn After a dry winter, with most of Crook County seeing sig- nificantly less snow than usual, Fire Warden Gari Gill is call- ing for residents to exercise extreme caution when burning garbage. =It's ugly out there," says Gill. "We're fortunate here in Sun- dance that were had a little snow and moisture, but two thirds of the county has not - the northwest part is extremely dry already." The fire department requests that residents use common sense when burning and restrict any burning activity to between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. - semi- restrictions that are expected to become oicial next week, if approved by the County Com- missioners. "It docsn1 look like we're going to have a green-up period this year, or itll be later than usual, so the fire danger is already pretty high," Gill continues. "We're behind last year even on moisture and we're the lucky ones. The west of the county had no snow pack whatsoever this winterT The county has notched up ten fires already this year, a number of which were caused by debris burning out of control. The largest of the garbage-burning fires was a 22.5-acre fire north of Hulett on the afternoon of March 7, with a 10 acre blaze in Beulah reported on March 11 and a five acre fire in Moorcroft on March 16. "Please just use extreme cau- tion right now when burning garbage and dumps,  stresses Gill. If you do need to bum gar- bage, he requests that you let either the fire department or the Sheriffs Oice know beforehand to help both departments suc- cessfully identify uncontrolled bums. In preparation for what may be a record summer fire season, Crook County Fire Department is currently in the process of stripping the fire packages from vintage fire trucks from the 1950s that are leased through the State and Federal Govern- ment. The old trucks are slow and donl work well, with some having not seen service in half a decade. "We're putting the fire pack- ages on newer pick-ups and hopefully down the line wel find some good deals to purchase new vehicles to bring the fleet back up," Gill explains. Chamber announces Citizen of the Year BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah@sundancetimes.com The title of 2012 Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Individual is to be awarded to Barbara Byme, who will be honored at next week's celebra- tory banquet at the Aro Restau- rant. She was nominated and selected for her involvement in the community, including her work with Boy Scouts and the Red Hat Society. Also among the nominees were Rick Proctor, nominated for his "dedication to the elderly and disabled and to the City of Sundance" and Joyce Speidel, who received two nominations for her work with church and youth organizations and help with local funerals. Dick and RoseZella Proctor received a joint nomination for their strong support of the Sun- dance community, including RoseZella's involvement with the growth and improvement of the Crook County Library. The banquet to honor both the winner and nominees will be held at the Aro Restaurant on April 6, beginning at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception. The event will also be a celebration of hometown business, says Trudy Pridgeon, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and an opportunity to mingle, meet and share ideas for the coming year. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Aro Res- taurant, At the Twisted Pine Gallery, Best Western, Dillons Hardware, Impressions Em- broidery, Subway and Sun- dance State Bank. The Chamber is meanwhile considering whether to adopt the Code of the West as its mis- sion statement, says Pridgeon. Kathy Lenz, Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Sundance, ap- proached the board at its March regular meeting to suggest the Chamber follow in the city's footsteps in adopting the code. The decision was delayed until the next meeting to invite input from chamber members and expose more people to the code, says Pridgeon, partly through the opportunity to view a video showcasing the merits of the Code of the West and its prac- tical applications around the State of Wyoming. The meeting will take place in the Sundance State Bank meeting room on April 16 at 6:30 p.m.; the board would like to invite chamber members and the public to contribute their opinions at the meeting before a decision is made. =We would like to welcome more people to our Chamber meetings in general," Pridgeon adds. "The more involvement we have, the better the Chamber can serve the city." As part of the Chamber's push to promote business and tourism in the area, this year's Sundance Visitor Guide will be increased from 24 to 32 pages and will include information about economic development, Rare Element Resources, the Vore Buffalo Jump and the Gold Wing Rally. "The publisher will be con- tacting businesses in the area to give them the opportunity to highlight their businesses to locals and visitors to the area," says Pridgeon. "It's a quality product that includes all the things available for tourists to do and gives them a taste of our comer of the world." The Visitor Guide will be dis- tributed from May and will be See Chamber J Page 18 SUNDANCE, WYOMING CONTINUING THE CROOK COUNTY NEWS SINCE 884