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Neighbors Thursday, March 28, 2013 Richards takes on cat show in Casper Tairyn Richards and her cats, Pebbles and Daisy, competed ,- in the 15 th annual All City Cat Show February 23 in Casper. The theme for the show was Western Cats". Tairyn, a member of the Range Riders 4-H Club in Sundance, competed in 4-H, Open Class and the Knowledge Bowl. This is the second year Tairyn competed in the Casper Cat Show. Tairyn, Pebbles and Daisy received the following ribbon in the show theme "Western Cats  - Best Costume - Champion Ro- sette; in the Decorated Cage/Bed entry - they received a Re- served Champion Rosette. In the following 4-H categories, Tairyn and Pebbles received the following ribbons: Showmanship - Champion Purple Ro- sette, First place Purple Ribbon - Shiniest Cat Short Hair - Fourth Place - Best Trick - Fifth Place. In the Open Class categories, Tairyn and Daisy received the following ribbons: Long Hair Domestic Female - Champion - and First Place Ribbon - Fluffiest Cat - Second Place Ribbon - Most Colorful - Fourth Place Ribbon. Tairyn placed Fourth in the Knowledge Bowl. : Tairyn Richards shows off her cats and awards. , Inyan Kara Homemakers On March 20, 2013, five members of the Inyan Kara Home- - makers' club met in the home of hostess Kathleen Streeter. ' Kathleen led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. ( E'dhflirnber'ariwered roll Call' by'sliaring an Easter ory. We then shared our thoughts for the day. T Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. " The treasurer's report Was given and accepted. There was no , correspondence. Old business: Peggy reported on her recent meeting with Pat Liebsack of the Give and Gain club. There is a poster advertising the upcoming Hobby Day to be held on April 6, in place of our regular Council meeting date. Peggy will also be announcing the date on the radio. Several women will : be demonstrating various subjects, including quilting and | weaving. We finalized our plans for decorating for the meet- ; ing. : New business: our next meeting will be in the home of Jes- t sie Tschetter on April 17. The roll call subject is to share an Irish blessing. A helpful hint from Jessie is to use old news- i papers to help soak up standing water - she uses the entire ' paper and places it onto the puddle and leaves it until all is e soaked. She did advise that the wet paper tends to be quite v, heavy. Peggy read an essay from and Ideals Magazine to us; it told - how the egg came to be associated with Easter. There was J no further business and the meeting was adjourned. Our hostess then served a delicious and unique dessert and we continued visiting. .Submitted by JoAnne Moore Forest health project hopes to curb pine beetle epidemic BY SARAH PRIDGEON The Buttes Forest Health Project, intended to reduce the risk of infestation from moun- tain pine beetles in an area of forest located seven miles southeast of Sundance, has been given the go-ahead by Acting District Ranger Julie Wheeler. "Beetle populations are rapidly increasing and pine forest in the project area is largely at high risk of infestation," said Wheeler. "The project is also needed to reduce the potential for severe wildfire that could spread to adja- cent lands." The project is to be located on 7525 acres of National Forest land and 3420 under alterna- tive ownership. Landmarks within the project area include the Black Buttes, Fish Mountain, Duling Canyon and Silver Creek. Among the planned project activities, com- mercial and pre-commercial thinning will take place, as well as sanitation of infested trees and shelterwood management. Fuel reduction is to occur along the National Forest bound- ary adjacent to developed private land, along with prescribed fire. A total of 78 percent of the pine acres in the project area are at risk, according to Wheel- er. The project will reduce this to 21 percent, while upping the proportion of acres at low risk from 22 to 69 percent to decrease the risk of widespread infestation. Public input varied on the worth of the proj- ect, with local government, state agencies, landowners and the forest products industry offering strong support. Other commenters, however, were skeptical that the proposed ac- tivities would actually reduce infestation and were concerned that the project may negative- ly affect wildlife within the forest. According to Wheeler, however, studies show that reducing stand density can decrease the risk of infestation, especially if done before it reaches epidemic levels. "Because infestation in the project area is currently scattered, though clearly increasing, and thinning will occur in most of the vulner- able stands, I believe that taking action in the near future will reduce the risk of widespread infestation," she said. The project area will enjoy a reduced risk of infestation for up to 20 years, according to Wheeler, although the effects will diminish over time. The project is expected to reduce fire hazard in the area. "I believe that the selected action, with planned disposal of logging slash, will reduce the potential for crown fire and the likelihood of fire crossing ownership boundaries," said Wheeler. A number of environmental issues were con- sidered during the final decision-making pro- cess, the first of which was the project's poten- tial negative effect on wildlife. Changes were made to the plan to address the reduction in habitat diversity and alter thinning proposals to increase variability within stands. The planning team also revisited high-risk stands where no treatment had been pro- posed and added more treatment acres to the project. "Still, approximately 22 percent of pine acres in the project area will remain at high risk of beetle infestation," said Wheeler, explaining that these acres are mainly in por- tions of the forest where the lack of roads, rug- ged topography and geologic instability would render treatment infeasible and prohibitively expensive. The action to be taken will, Wheeler added, have no significant effect on the quality of the local human environment and therefore an environmental impact statement will not be prepared. It will, for example, have minimal impact on public health and safety, is unlike- ly to be controversial and no known unique characteristics of the area will be adversely affected. "The actual work on the ground is currently scheduled to start in 2015," says Elizabeth Krueger, Bearlodge District Resource Plan- ner. For more information, contact Krueger on 283-1361. Field trip American Legion Auxiliary American Legion Auxiliary Post #45 held a breakfast meeting on March 4, with District 5 President Peggy Miller visiting. Do- nations were received for the food pantry and coupons to send to overseas military commissaries. President Donna Allen called the meeting to order. The min- utes were read and corrected; the treasurer's report was re- viewed. : Girls' State Chairman Tanya Brekke reported that six girls have applied to attend Wyoming Girls State in June. A training meeting will be held on March 20. District 5 President Peggy Miller presented her report. She explained the Wyoming Department's involvement with various Operation Military Kids activities, including the Wyoming State Family Assistance Centers and Purple Up Day on April 15 for Celebrate the Month of the Military Child. She also reported " that she is making a quilt to be raffled off to benefit the Queens r for the Rodeo - local member Regina Bowmen will do the quilt- " ing. The District meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on April 7 in Sheridan. The meeting was adjourned. Our next regular meeting will be Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. at Crook County Library. Submitted by Jill Mackey iGARE L Marlboro (Marlboros 72s $34.91) ................................. s44"91 " l "  ................................................................................ "36.00,1,. I ...: ............................................................................ $30A7 . [[n Spirits ....................................................................... s49.90 .. ................................................................................ 39.oo.- : ,o ,o,, =, i :T Aladdin General.Store li i [ 1-3074396-2226 OPEN 7 Days A Week 17 Mil w.a Il  Virginia Costello photo Some local Tiger Cub's from Pack 62 look on as $tan Homing teaches the boys a little about the newspaper business. The scouts visited the office of The Sundance T/rues earlier this week as part of a field trip which also included a hike around town. Give and Gain The Give and Gain Home- The Spring Council meet- makers Club met on Wednes- ing will be on Saturday, day, March 13, 2013, at 1:30 April 6 in the Court House p.m. in the library meeting basement. G&G will help room. Pat Liebsack presided and Doreen Meier led with the Pledge of Allegiance. Eight members were pres- ent. Previous minutes and the treasurer's report were approved. We spent some time updating our member- ship list. Pat received a thank you note from the family of Ev- elyn Sisson in regard to our memorial contribution. Report from the Fair Com- mittee: They recently met at Vivian Kipp's home. The 2013 theme is "Country Roots & Cowboy Boots." There was good discussion and input about outfitting our pig for the float, material needs, etc. Tentative parade date is Sat- urday, July 27. with the program which will be a Hobby Day open to the public. We discussed presenters. Inyan Kara and Aladdin will meet later and Pat will receive further in- formation from them as to their involvement. At pres- ent, Doreen will be display- ing her embroidered cat quilt. Ruta will bring her embroidery machine. Mari- lyn Rogers will display paper piecing techniques. Theresa Mertz will display stained glass arts. From the other clubs we have some prelimi- nary agreements with Do- ris Benoit, Carol Sisk, and Barbara Byrne. Lunch will be a carry-in soup/salad pot luck. Set up time is 9 a.m. The business meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be at noon. The public is invited for lunch with a suggested $3 dona- tion. Demonstrations will begin at 1 p.m. We discussed the Blood Draw in connection with the April 27 Health Fair. Doreen is coordinating volunteer help. Hostesses, Marilyn Rog- ers and Zona Unruh, served dessert and coffee while Pat Liebsack led a discussion about computer and tele- phone seam awareness. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8, loca- tion to be determined. New members are always wel- come. Please call Pat Lieb- sack, 283-1298 for further information. Current mem- bers are encouraged to bring a friendI Submitted by Marilyn Rogers Strata to offer energy scholarships BY SARAH PRIDGEON Strata Energy Inc. has an- nounced a new scholarship program for Crook County's students, offering financial aid to students who intend to pursue careers in the min- eral industry. Each four-year scholarship awards $2000 per academic year and will be granted to one new recipi- ent per year, ramping up to a continuing commitment to help four students at a time achieve academic success. Strata Energy is currently developing the Ross uranium project near Oshoto, expected to begin production in 2014. The scholarshtp is part of the company,;s o/going commu- nity invoiverrient program. Strata states that it is commit- ted to the concept it refers to as 'Community Energy,' a core belief of which is that partner- ship is implicitly crea'(ed with the communities in which it operates. Creating opportuni- ties for young people to pursue educational success is part of the company's efforts to foster this partnership. To be eligible for the scholar- ship, you must be a graduating senior attending high school in Crook County or an accredited home-school program. You must also be intending to enroll at the University of Wyoming, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Colorado School of Mines or Colorado State University, although other schools with robust programs in the appropriate fields will also be considered. Eligible academic programs include chemical engineering, geology, geological engineer- ing, hydrology, metallurgy, materials engineering, mining engineering, environmental engineering, nuclear science and engineering and health physics, as well as other engi- neering programs such as civil, mechanical and electrical and geophysics. Recommended academic criteria comprise a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and a SAT: score of 1200+ or ACT score of 24+, although applicants who don't meet the criteria are still encouraged to apply. Final decisions will be based on all-round candidacy, including extra-curricular and additional academic activities, rather than exclusively on academia. The scholarship is primarily intended for undergraduate programs, but can be applied to a graduate-level program on a case-by-case basis if a re- cipient completes their under- graduate program in less than four years. Recipients of the scholarship will not be required to re-apply each year, but will be asked to submit academic progress reports at the end of each semester, including reaffirma- tion of enrollment on an eligible academic program. For more information about the Community Energy Scholarship and its requirements, visit www. stratawyo.com or contact the company directly at (307) 686-4066. The deadline for this year's scholarship submission is April 15. Bowling Old Timers - Mar. 6 Team Standings Happy Jax 62-41 Sexy Seniors 58-46 Sagebrhshers 54-49 Sod Busters 52-52 Snow Birds 50-54 Odd Balls 3,5-69 Team High Game Snow Birds i 137 Happy Jax 1108 Sagebrushers I 108 Sexy Senioirs 1083 Team Hlgh Sedes Happy Jax 3203 Snow Birds 3146 Sagebrushers 3030 Men High Game Don Sharkey 235 Sam Haptonstall 214 John Plemmons 213 Men High Series Don Sharkey 635 Sam Haptonstall 586 John Plemmons 577 Women High Game Cheryl Trigg 246 Arlene Parrent 198 Margaret Holmes 196 Women High Serles Cheryl Tdgg 627 Arlene Parrent 515 Margaret Holmes 485 Unlque Scores Barb Barritt 3-10 Mary Lou Petersen 5-6 Cheryl Trigg 3- I 0 Dave Allan 5-7 Johnella Lambed 5-6 Margaret Holmes 2-7 Keith Barritt 3- I 0 Wanda Mated 3-I 0 John Plemmons 3- I 0, 2-5-7 Madlyn Longthome 5-6 Rhonda Smith (sub) 4-5-7, 5-7 (