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Community 00o,o, Thursday, March 28, 2013 Your newspaper editor has been muttering something about ducks and depressing musicians for the last couple of weeks and I have finally managed to work out what I've done wrong: apparently, an English musician refused to join the cast of Duck Dynasty on Jimmy Kimmel's show, calling them "animal serial killers." It is a travesty, indeed, that my countryman should cast as- persions at the most entertaining characters currently gracing my television screen, but he does have a point. Unfortunately, it's not a point that's relevant on these shores. Morrissey, I should explain, has been bad-tempered for sev- eral decades - he's made a career of it. His songs are miserable, his voice is miserable, even his hairdo is a bit miserable. The problem is, he's also the frontman of The Smiths. You know those bands who stick their pins into the musical map, leaving permanent marks along its path? For England, The Smiths was one of those bands, and Morrissey its much- loved singer. He is a vegetarian, an animal activist and a man with a noisy brain, unafraid to trumpet his opinions from his highly re- spected perch. The world needs people like Morrissey; they act as moral barometers against whom the rest of us can check our sanity. Whether or not you agree with his views, he has no intention of letting you remain ignorant of the issues. I would wager a guess, though, that he is working to a very different ethical standard than the cast of Duck Dynasty. I know this because I share his nationality and am thus aware that, to he and I, hunting is not the same thing. Allow me to explain: Back in days of old, England was littered with hungry people whose only chance of surviving the winter was to poach game from the lands of the aristocracy. From the 12th century, those lands encompassed a full third of the south of the country: the Royal Forests. The punishment for such audacious survival attempts tended to err on the harsh. Anyone who was caught hunt- ing deer, boar, rabbit or wolf would re- turn home that day with a hand struck off, or blinded in both eyes. You can imagine the people's indig- nation that, while they gnawed de- spondently on the end of a turnip, the monarch and aristocracy could hunt the forests as they pleased. The land was reserved for the wealthy; its meat was destined for their tables. Perhaps more importantly, hunting then evolved into a sport that was surprisingly blood-thirsty. Claiming to be ridding their chicken coops of the notoriously nefarious fox, English hunters would don red blazers and gather on horseback, accompanied by barking hounds. The whole outfit would chase the fox until it fled underground, usuaUy for many miles. If the dogs were successful in digging it out, they would often complete the day's festivities by ripping it to shreds. Fox hunting was finally banned last decade, after years of controversy and activism. Despite its proponents claiming tra- dition and pest control, its main offense was deemed to be that, This Week at Your Library brand. Three young women, burdened with three very different traumatic con- flicts, come together to escape, relax, and enjoy the sun in Nantucket's calm- ing air. THE HEART'S FRONTIER: BOOK 1 by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith. Kansas 1881Mhalfway through a six-day journey to visit relatives, Emma's family is robbed of all their possessions, leav- ing them destitute and stranded on the prairie. They pray to the Lord for some- one to help. A dusty cowboy comes to the rescue and leaves Emma thinking, the Lord might have cleaned him up first. A PLAIN AND SIMPLE HEART: BOOK 2 by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith. Kan- sas 1884---After losing her heart as a girl to a dusty cowboy near her Amish settle- ment of Apple Gove, Virginia learns that he has returned and she has decided that she must see him again. THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kel- ly. Caroline's mother has a list of men she hopes will ask for her daughter's hand in : BY TANYA BREKKE Library Programming: LUNCH BUNCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets every third Thursday at 11:30 a.m., and they . are reading "The Secret Scripture" by Se- - bastian Barry. The FEEDER READERS DISCUSSION GROUP is reading "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. : CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD usu- : ally meets every first Wednesday after the  first Tuesday of each month (usually). Location rotates between the libraries in Sundance, Moorcroft, and Hulett. Meet- ings open to the public. CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD usu- ally meets every third Thursday at 1:30 ,. p.m. Location rotates among the three libraries. SUNDANCE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY meet every second Tuesday, September through May, at 11 a.m., new members always welcome. Major projects include the annual book sale, Valentine's bake sale, and Open House luncheon. National Library Week: April 15-19. Pro- gram,by .tenda Bell Researching, Ca- ,. marriage, But Caroline only has eyes for  lamitdarle', rAp126 irltlleiibrary-meet ..... ,Jack Cuihane, ,an Irish-Amer/can Bach- elor. AFTIR CLARE by Marjorie, Eccles. 1922. Lady Emily has returned to the country house where she spent her child- hood. After living abroad, Emily finds that the house brings back many memories, especially of her older sister, Clare, who vanished one day after going for a walk, never to return. New Young Adult Fiction: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Tiefvater. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoy- ant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. A WORLD AWAY by Nancy Grossman. Sixteen-year old Eliza This Side of the Pond Peek at the Past ingroom, 7 p.m. Staff Reads: Violet is reading "Deadly Stakes" by J.A. Jance. Jill is reading "Te- hanu: The Last Book Of Earthsea" by Ur- , sula K. Le Guin. Tanya is reading "Mrs. Lincoln's Dress Maker  by Jennifer Chia- verini, and "Heartsick  by Chelsea Cain. New Non-Fiction: NO TIME TO CRY by Vera Leinvebers. Vera Leinvebers remem- bers her beloved homeland of Latvia just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Her early childhood is filled with joy and mu- sic, but this idyllic, carefree existence is irrevocably silenced by the drumbeats of war. New Fiction: BAREFOOT by Elin Hilder- Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman 115 Years Ago March 30, 1898 That the horse raising industry promises to be a paying busi- ness before many years is evidenced by the fact that the de- mand for western horses has increased to a very satisfactory degree during the past few weeks. Only a short time ago Hmrry Dickinson of Inyan Kara creek received an order from a St. Louis firm for fifty head of geldings from four to ten years old and from fourteen to sixteen hands in height. The best informed horsemen feel confident that the horse industry will be greatly revived during the next few years. Miller has never made a phone call, nev- er tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She's never even talked to someone her age who isn't Amish, like her. New Junior Fiction: UNDERWORLDS: THE BATTLE BEGINS by Tony Abbott. Owen Brown is your average fourth grad- er. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared. Right in front of his face. Through the floor of the school. UNDER- WORLDS: WHEN MONSTERS ESCAPE by Tony Abbott. Owen, Jon, and Sydney managed to rescue Dana from the Under- world. But if they don't fulfill their end of the bargain with Hades, she might be headed back--forever. UNDERWORLDS: REVENGE OF THE SCORPION KING by Tony Abbott. Loki is waging war, and Pinewood Bluffs is about to become his battlefield. Owen, Dane, Jon, and Sydney know they have to stop him. Theyal do whatever it takes. UNDERWORLDS: THE ICE DRAGON by Tony Abbott. Owen, Dana, Jon, and Sydney-have to prevent: Loki from finding, the powerful,Crystal. Rune. That rarans they need to find it firstl But tracking down the rune is only the beginning. New Junior Non-Fiction: PRE-SCHOOL PARTIES: EASY IDEAS FOR PRINCESS- ES, PIRATES, & OTHER PEOPLE by Col- leen Mullaney. New Easy Readers: RUNAWAY PONIES by Catherine Hapka and illustrated by Anne Kennedy. New Picture Book: BEAR SAYS THANKS by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. DI- NOSAUR PET by Marc Sedaka, inspired by "Calendar GirF by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. tad for the insane. She has been very unfortunate in this way. Several times during the past ten years she has been mentally . deranged, and in 1892 was in the state hospital for some time. 'i Mr. A., who is averse to having his wife taken to the asylum, in- forms us that on one occasion several years ago he took care of i her for fourteen months when her condition was as critical as :; at present. Mr. A and the little daughter have the sympathy of i all in their misfortune. It is hoped that the unfortunate woman will soon recover. i 75 Years Ago i March 31, 1938 in the form of mosquitoes, sand fleas and like insects which might make the life of a nudist somewhat of a problem. Dr. Hertzog and his party spent several days looking at sites where his group might establish a summer camp for in the neighbor- hood of 250 sunbathers. Dr. Hertzog said that while the camp would be established primarily for the convenience, entertain- ment, and health of members of the association, he could see no reason why many local members might not be added to the roils. "Nudism,  Dr. Hertzog said, "is rapidly becoming accepted as one of the outstanding accomplishments of this era in the promotion of public health and public morals.  Mrs. G. A., who has been ailing for several months, was tried SCHOOL ACTIVITIES -Boxing Toumament - FEATHER for her sanity last Thursday and adjudged insane by a jury of WEIGHT - David Landers and Murray Platter. Billy Hopson six men. Mrs. Ashdoum will be cared for at the state hospi- and Jess SRruight. Le.roy Arnold and George Olds. LIGHT- WEIGHT - Edw/n Wells and Bobby Crago. MEDIUM WEIGHT - Chad Yeoman and Dennis Kaiser. Sloan Reynolds and Mer- rill Hack. LIGHT WEIGHT- O.C. Dinkins and David Wells. Cec/l Crago and Bill Pannell. HEAVY WEIGHT -/.ester Sher- rard and John Harney. Floyd Grubb and Frank Dinkins. 50 Years Ago March 28, 1963 Ben. Gale McGee (D-Wyo) announced last week that a con- tract has been signed for the purchase of Ranch A at Beulah as the first step in the development of a fish genetics laboratory there. The laboratory will be used to develop heartier strains Giving added credence to a rumor that has been under discus- of game fish to cut down on hatchery and transplanting losses sion here recently, was the presence in Sundance last week of and to provide better and healthier fish. Dr. Atreus K. Hertog, said to be secretary of a western nudist Funds totaling $270,000 have been released by the air Force for the construction of an 18-unit family housing project at the Sundance air Force Station. 25 Years Ago March 31, 1988 Two Sundance High School students, Oarrett Smith and Da- vid William, received outstanding soloist awards from the National Association of Jazz Educators at the Chadron Jazz Festival Monday. Certificates of merit have been presented to Lester Mauch and Tommy Clark for their work with the USDA Forest Ser- vice, Bearlodge Ranger District, as enrollees of the Senior Com- munity Service Employment Program. Mauch and Clark were commended for their work and dependability that earned them the certificates and cash award. Clark has been a program en- rollee since December 1980 and Mauch since April 1986. association. Dr. Hertzog and his party of Californians visited Sundance seeking information as to climatic conditions, pests BY SARAH PRIDGEON Your Local Dish Retailer. Call for current promotion Pdrne Entertainment Communications 605-892-4565 NZTWOZtKo 11013 US Hwy. 212, Belle Fourche, SD IIIBIIBB IIilCBI unlike similar sports over here, the emphasis of the pursuit is on the kill, rather than the chase. And therein lies the point: to a man who grew up watching terrified foxes scramble across the countryside, hunting seems cruel and unnecessary. From Morrissey's stand- point, it is not a family bonding exer- cise, a training in life skills, an appre- ciation of the wilds or a gathering of meat for the family. Were he not also looking at this from a vegetarian point of view, I might in- vite Morrissey to spend some time here in Sundance, where he'd soon be cured of his misconceptions. I would send him out for the day with any one of our hunters and ask him, when he returned, if he had endured a single moment of animal serial killing. I would force him to join me in watching endless repeats of Duck Dynasty and point out each example of a family caring for its own and indulging a genuine love for the natural world. I would show him how being a hunter here goes hand in hand with being a careful custodian of the land. Unfortunately, he would probably be too busy being misera- ble to read my email, so I won't be getting the spare room ready just yet. Such a shame that a man who shares his deep appre- ciation for nature will never understand the antics of Uncle Si. Wyoming all over national news BY BILL SNIFFIN Good going, Dick, Rulon, Christy and Kenny and sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. These are all Wyoming folks who have been in the national news in recent weeks. How could I have missed all this? Oh yeah, we were win- tering someplace 1,246 miles away. But as soon as we got home, there appearing on TV and in magazines (which pried up while we were gone), were national news stories involving Wyoming folks. It was at a level that seemed out of proportion for a state with just 565,000 people. So here goes: It sure felt good to settle into my favorite recliner in front of the cable TV. The Showtime Network was featuring its documentary The World According to Dick Cheney. The film largely mirrors much of Wyoming resident Cheney's own book In My Time, but most folks are hearing this story for the first time. The unrepentant Cheney says he would do it all again - meaning the Iraq war, et al. The show has been heavily promoted. And although re- portedly not viewed in a favorable lightby Cheney himself, I thought it treated him pretty well. The former vice-president voluntarily spent 20 hours in front of the camera. :"M of Chehey's critics cannot comprehend how the for- .................... Congressman could turn into whom they called Darth Vader while Veep to President George Bush. It has always made sense to me that both Cheney and Bush reacted to the 9/11 tragedies in a way that any normal person would react. You would be forever changed. And you would stop at nothing to prevent another tragedy of that type from occurring again on your watch. Later that evening, here comes Afton wrestler Rulon Gard- ner chatting up Olympic wrestling to Jay Leno. Rulon is a legendary gold medal winner and did very well offering good reasons why the recently announced decision to eliminate wrestling should not happen. He claimed the mara- thon and wrestling were the first two Olympic sports. "How could you cancel one of those?  he asked. While I was watching TV, a pile of magazines was on my lap vying for attention. In the Forbes Magazine annual issue about billionaires, it was interesting to see Jackson Hole's Christy Walton listed as the 1 lth richest person in the world with wealth at $28.2 billion. She is the widow of John Walton who was killed in the crash of a small plane in Jackson in 2005. There were big stories about Wyoming folks in Sports Il- lustrated. Taking up an entire back page was an article about the amazing Kenny Sailors, the Wyoming basketball star who in- vented the jump shot. Kenny is 92 and still going strong. He led Wyoming to its only national championship win in 1943 and was featured in LIFE Magazine for his invention of that most common shot. He always said he invented it because, at 5-10, he could not have shot over his 6-5 older brother without it. People forget, which SI reminded, that Sailors was renowned as the best ball handler in the country. He was called "daz- zling  in that LIFE profile. Another big story in Sports Illustrated was the death of one of the most prominent sports franchise owners in the USA. Jerry Buss, owner of the LOs Angeles Lakers, was referred to in that magazine as the "best owner  in all of professional sports. He won 10 NBA titles while owner. Few people know he grew up in Kemmerer, where it was re- ported he and his mother once had to stand in food lines. He also attended the University of Wyoming. His net worth at his death was $600 million. Not bad for a kid who once wondered where his next meal was coming from. A third story in Sports Illustrated was about a football kicker who is going to try to make the team at UW. Nathan Noble is hoping to become the Cowboys kicker at the advanced age of 29. He is a former soccer star who head- ed off to two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The magazine reported he consistently booms field goals from 60 yards away. He works out in little Versailles, KY. He is reportedly moving 1,200 miles to Laramie and hopes to walk on. Stay tuned on this one. This story was worth three pages in Sports Illustrated. It will be interesting to see how this plays out here in the land of high plains and strong winds. Check out Bill Sniffin's columns and blogs at www.billsniffin.com. He is o longtime Wyoming journalist from Lander who has written tour books. His most recent book is "Wyoming's 7 Greatest Natural Wonders" which is avoiloble at www. wyomingwonders. com.