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C 0,000 ' 70 B, School Construction St:art: Seen Q Winter Returns Wyoming summers get shorter and shorter. After a week of spring weather in which temperatures soared to the 70 mark, winter returned to @ r Sundance and Crook county Tues- da~'he mercury hit 70 Sunday and Frank Barrett said today] locate the station at the WarrenI The delay in obtaining the sur- Monday before the rains came Force authorities have ad- I peak site north of Sundance it will I vey has brought the entire program Monday night. Light snow fell .m that they are "still ex-I be necessary for the Air Force to lto a halt, Barrett said. Tuesday and approximately four interested- in the location[make a complete topographic sur-I After the survey is completed, inches fell Tuesday night. Tern- station at Sundance. I vey of the area. I the Air Force will proceed with its peratures also took a plunge. ing senator said thatI Barrett said the Air Force pre-Idesigns including a metes and The readings- unforseen difficulties lfers the Sundance site because of lbounds engineering report. Both Max. Min. Prec. condition of the[the blanketing mountains to the l reports must be completed before March 20 .......... 55 31 0 site that he was quite[west but that the topographic sur- the Air Force can determine the March 21 ........... 49 25 0 tat the Air Force will[vey must be completed in order [exact land that must be acquired March 22 ............ 60 30 0 locate a radar station[ to preclude the possibility of a I for the site. March 23 ............ 59 32 0 lance and that construe. [ geological fault or some other sub- I Barrett said it is anticipated that March 24 ............ 68 35 0 Commence this summer. [ surface factor that would interfere I the Air Force will send out a crew March 25 ............ 70 38 0 :said that before a definite[with the operation~il requirements]around the middle of May to pro-I March 26 ............ 70 38 0 faLlen can be made to]of the Air Force. _ . I ceed with the surveys. J -~---- --- --~------ --- Tw i . o Dr,vers Get . . Bear Lodge FFA raffic Tickets 1[ I Gets Safety Award Violations At State Meeting paid traffic fines being given tickets Possibilities of forming a com-o Vic Melanson. munity recreation council and pro- Schlattman of Moorcroft viding community recreation were $2.00 for failing to go explored at a meeting Tuesday to make a turn. which Was held by the Sundance Ken Killinsworth, address. PTA committee, Which w~gset up . Paid a $10 fine for l to provide a more adequate recrea- s. [tion program for the city. Fifteen adults and two highI school students, representing vat. [ Supt. Blanche Byrd this week re- ious Sundance organziations, at-[vealed new information about tended the session. J teachers' certificates. Out of the meeting came the de-J She said anyone holding extra cision to ask every organization in[credit hours from a college or uni- Sundance to elect one member tel versity who was interested in ob- serve on a board of directors as a J raining a certificate for teaching in community council. J Wyoming should contact Warren Fr . 'M. Brown, Commissioner of Edu- om the beard, five members! . wiU be selected to act as an execu. ] catzon, Cheyenne. tive committee and perform the l The county superintendent also major business of the council.I said that persons holding a life The board of directors is sche-]certificate from the state in place duled to hold its first meeting I of ace, rtificate which represents a April 24 to discuss the procedure]master s degree should also contact of developing a community cotm-[ the state Department of Education. cll ". [ Supt. Byrd said she would like The directors will also start ac-J to bring all material up to date fContinued On Last Page, Sac. 1)]this spring. The Bear Iodge FF9 chapter won the Farm Safety award at the FFA convention held last week in Lan. New Classrooms, Facilities Sought Crook county voters will decide Monday the fate of a proposal to issue $200,000 in high school bonds to be used for additional facilities at the county's high schools in Sun- dance, Moorcroft and Hulett. The Crook County High School board has said the $200,000 could be supplemented with other funds to provide each of the high schools with $70,000 for construction of additional classrooms and other facilities. Briefly, here are the ways in which the funds would be used: At Moorcroft: Construction of a new gymnasium with a regulation floor, adequate seating and a larg- er stage. At Hulett: Construction of four new classrooms, remodeling of the farm shop and locker rooms, seal- ing of the gym walls and installa- tion of seats on the south side of the gym floor. At Sundance: Construction of a central heating plant, construction of two new classrooms, alteration of the old furnace rooms, remodel- ing of present classrooms to pro- vide asphalt tile floors for the der. It was the second time the lrooms and hallways in the high chapter has won the award. I school building and the purchase The chapter was presented with [ of additional equipment in the $10Q ~nd a ce~cate for winrdngjshop and science laboratory. tee award: i Guy" i~Jwler~ was~pre= [ "":;" :: " ' .......... "~ ........ ~ ..... sented the award by Percy Kirk, state advisor. i Jerry Crago of the Bear Lodge chapter won five dollars on his' guitar playing and singing. The top three entertainers at the con- vention were each given five dol- lars. T chers Apply by April 15 Schol ttleI h.-r ation on scholarshi for Qe ps was revealed. his week by ~Yrd. ~ Superintendent Blanche Byrd said that persons in- Wyoming state scholar- ^,,. zeachers should contact v,Zlee. She Said ~Olars1,:_ .all applications for ~z the :~.~ps had to be in the office ~z0~ not~ Department of Educa- "--,..~Jater than April 15. Local Schools to Close GoodFriday Supt. Was Huckins said Wed- nesday that the Sundance schools would be clo~ed this Friday, which is Good Friday. He said the vacation would make the school term 173 days long as compared to the 172 days required by the foundation program. Bids for the construction of aP- proximately 450 miles of line on the Tri-County Electric Assocla. tion'snew E section will be opened at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Manager Law. rence Lorenzen said tiffs week. He said that a large substation west of Osage would be contracted for separately later on. ~h~,'000 Bond Issue Goes To Jury. ~g t~,~tA~ the headline on this week's lead sto concern Ut~l on~,o00 high school bond issue which will be Th 'nOnday by voters in the county. ,a.~Ir~tecu~ty voters are the jury. Arguments for and ~ow _ me Proposed issue have been going on for weeks. dec'.~ou. ~ }~Onday, the county~ voters will make the final" the Af~r studyin~ the e f ts wei m ~ee~- - -. argum nts and the ac , gh" g ~a'~i:~ oz the three county high schools and trying to ~ me financial impact of the i~sue on the county, .. to this conclusion: e.that Crook county voters should support t~ Nz~-~--Itiga school bond issue Monday, qe i~'~'e~raflY, there has to be a reason why we support t county, a state, a nation remain progressive as its citizens contribute creative thinking pay off in successful planning. and planning do not come easily if they Only ~ell-educated people can direct the - whether it be the city, the state or the voters must decide whether or issuing of $200,000 in bonds to further schools in the county. high schools all have pressing needs. needs additional classroom space to mushrooming enrollment. gymnasium is completely inadequate. faced with the problem of handling the expected hen the radar station is Barring any unforseen difficulties, the Air Force radar staUon will be erected here. That means the children of construction workers, who will be here for a year, and of Air Force personnel will constitute an increased demand for classroom space. Classroom space at Sundance would be swamped by any increase in enrollment. The radar station will have an impact upon the economic life of Sundance. LogicaLly, it will have an impact upon the Sundance school system. Sundance must be prepared to handle the problem. There has been criticism of the new gymnasium pro- posed for Moorcroft. There has been comment that ath- letic programs are overemphasized in the schools. Others go so far to say that sports are not important or essential to anyone's education. This is true in a sense. One does not have to be an athlete to get an education. But an athletic program is important to the students and the schools. Sports are interesting, many millions find them so. Activity in sports gives a student confidence in himself. He has a chance to think and a chance to develop leadership qualities which he will find useful in later years. A good athletic program holds the school and the students together. A sharper interest is developed in the school by parents, students and teachers. The financial aspects of the issue also must be ex- amined. The high school board has promised no higher taxes to pay the bond issue. A conversion from fuel oil heating to coal will save an estimated $3,000 per year. This off- sets more than half of the interest each year on the bond issue. However, the majority of the county voters are farm. ers and ranchers. They are concerned about the prices they are receiving. Congress battles to solve the thorny problem. Thus, the farmer and the rancher are interested in whether the bond issue will raise taxes. Crook county's valuation has climbed steadily over the past years. There appears to be no reason why the valuation should suddenly decline. Indeed, there is every reason to believe that it will continue to increase. There is a great shift to the West with its tremendous natural resources and its ample room. The Butte pipeline has already gone through the county, oil is becoming increasingly important at Moor- croft, Sundance eyes the radar station, which in itself will not increase the valuation, but will in other ways, and a possible sawmill. No one can say the valuation will decline or increase or remain the same.' We make no such prediction. How. ever, we must have faith in Crook county and its people. We feel county and its people are progressive and will continue to be. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Crook county now has one high school district. It used to have three. It was only natural that differences should arise. There is but one district now. We ca,mot afford to harbor differences. Instead the entire district must be supported by everyone. Differences must be forgotten, This bend issue is a further attempt to erase inequalities among the three schools, thus making them as near equal as possible. The question of the bond issue is vitatl Whatever your decision may be, we urge the matter Monday. It's important that ,i ,voCe.