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Efickson advises citizens to check their upcoming bgls for the coupon. 4116 the low 30s. 57134 A few clouds. Highs in the u~r 50s and lows inthe mid 30s~ Sat 63134 4/18 Times of sun and clouds. ~: in low 60s and lows in tim mid 30s Sun 52/28 4119 Windy with a .mix of sun ,and clouds. Mon 56132 4120 Times of sun and douds. Highs.in the mid 50s and lows.in the low 306, @2009 American Proft~ Hometown Content Se~Ice Jeff Moberg photos Businesspeople and government officials from across Crook County listen as Bill Schilling discusses demographic and business climate information at Monday's Tour 23 event. President Rog r :lies a handout .during the discussion. BY SARAH PRIDGEON Tour 23 kicked off at the RAM Center this week, the first stop in a statewide effort to un- derstand current economic needs. The tour will stop in at each county over the next couple of months to take a deeper look at what makes each county unique and what economic chal- lenges each is facing. Crook County may have been a natural first stop geographically, says Bill Schilling, President of the Wyoming Business Alliance, but that was not the only factor behind the decision, has its own unique features," he explains. Crook County's historically steady employ- ment also factored in, he continues. In par- ticular, he points to the fact that the county is not experiencing employment growth com- mensurate with the need to provide jobs for graduates wishing to come back to or stay in the county. =It is a natural resource-based county. As a county, the dtizens have tremendous pride in their county and respective communities," Schilling says. "It's also a county of people who are very neighborly and enjoy each other's company." According to Linda Tokarczyk, Rare Ele- ment Resources, who helped to coordinate the meeting, the turnout was outstanding and the venue lent itself perfectly to the event. =Bverybody was invited to partidpate, so even ff you weren~ at the table you had the oppor- tunity to be a part of the breakout groups and =I wanted to start with some rural counties input part," says Tokarczyk. because, when you look at the economic activ- "We tried to do a diverse group of leadership ity landscape in Wyoming, the action tends to move towards the larger populated areas, and See Tour J page 7 yet every county in Wyoming, rural or urban, County to keep rally licenses local BY SARAH PRIDGEON Planning ahead for the 75~ Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the County Commissioners last week discussed their policy on the issuance of temporary food and malt beverage licenses for vendors wishing to capitalize on tourist traffic during Rally week. The commission opted to stick with its traditional view that licenses should be reserved for businesses already operating within the county. Commissioner Jeanne Whalen posed the question with the knowledge that the City of Sundance had already received enquiries for licenses from out-of-area people and that the county was asked last year and said no. Her inten- tion, she said, was to provoke a discussion to ensure that the commissioners are all on the same page. Commissioner Steve Stahla commented that he worked the rally from 1995 onwards and it has always been the case that licenses are kept local, parry because there is a limit on the number of personnel available to control the event and partly because, for people who hold county licenses, rally is a significant portion of their income. =There are legitimate reasons for what you're doing," added County Attorney Joe Baron. Baron explained that busi- nesses already holding a license with the county have already been inspected, know the rules, are usually appropriately in- sured and know the area well. =We want a well-managed event and we're going to keep a handle on it," commented Com- missioner Kelly Dennis. Old West makeover proposed for downtown area chamber, from Land Use Plan- Project has requested Sun- and the Downtown Business BY SARAH PRIDGEON The Sundance Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city and Land Use Planning, is hoping to begin a long-term process to transform Main Street and the business district into a traditional Old West experience. The sugges- tion forms part of the city's de- sire rtO join the Wyoming Main Street Project throughwhich it will welcome visitors and tour- ists to partake Of Sundance's businesses and attractions. =As the first Wyoming town for east to west travelers be- tween Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone, people come roll- ing into Wyoming looking for the Sundance Kid, the Devils Tower- the true western expe- rience," said Steve Lenz, Land Use Planning and Chamber of Commerce, at last week's meeting of the city council. =We don't really provide that at this point. I believe that this would be a very attractive way of presenting our Main Street, but it will take a commitment from the council, from the ning, to set forth some building codes and rules to make that a reality." At last week's council meet- ing, Matt Garland requested a variance to allow Deluxe Harley Davidson to construct an Old West-style storefront between the store and its neighbor, Vilas Pharmacy. According to Lenz, allowing the variance for Deluxe Harley Davidson could kick start an overarching Old West feel. =Their finished product is to make it look like an Old West storefront," said Lenz of the variance. =They'll be using the build- ing in this go-around for some light storage and possibly to sell souvenir items during the Rally event." The council approved the variance later in the meeting to allow the business to create a structure resembling an old livery stable. Switching hats to speak as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lenz commented that the Wyoming Main Street dance apply for a planning grant to assess its facilities and develop a plan to move forward with turning the city into a main street community. Lenz and business owner Katie Allen requested that the city partners with the chamber . District for a $25,000 planning grant through the Wyoming Business Council. The idea, he said, is to redesign the down- town area to be a more western community, finish Old Stoney See Mokeoverl page 7 Jeff Moberg photo Work is underway this week on the new storefront adjacent to Deluxe Harley Davldson on Main Street. uncil passes reso BY SARAH PRIDGEON At this month's regular meet- ing of the Sundance City Coun- cil, the mayor's signature was approved for a resolution in support of a solid waste district for the whole of Crook County. Mayor Paul Brooks explained that all towns have been asked to sign resolutions that can then be taken to the County Com- missioners. The commissioners may choose to hear the idea if all cit- ies agree, he continued. It would then need to go on the ballot for the public to decide. Discussions were held regard- ing reclamation of the old Cole Water Tank site, to which the city is obligated per its original contract with the Cole Ranch LLC. As the hill is sliding, how- ever, debate continues as to how much should be removed and what should be left in place. Some confusion arose from a letter in which it appeared that the LLC agreed to leave the pipe under the surface in place. Larry Cole told the council that the agreement was not that the city should remove no pipe whatsoever and that the LLC is only willing to leave pipe in place that will not be exposed when the hill slides and that meets DEQ regulations. The council stated that more discussion will be needed before a firm decision is made. The council discussed traffic complications for the upcoming 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, expected to bring more visitors to the region than ever before. Suggestions to keep traffic flow- ing around town have included instituting right-hand turns only and temporary traffic lights in the downtown area, said Brooks. The mayor told the council that he is offering advance warning that citizens are con- cerned about traffic. Police Chief Todd Fritz commented that stop signs may be a good idea but pointed out that bikes tend to move in packs, while Council Member April Gill stated that volunteers with flags direct the traffic during Rally in Hulett. Discussion was held regard- ing the necessity for all houses within Sundance to feature their address prominently to allow first responders to find them quickly and easily. Coun- cil Member April Gill suggested that city bills include a question asking whether a residence is addressed and, if the response is no, for the city to send a let- ter explaining why it would be beneficial. Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz shared with the council that the Farmer's Market group led by Joni Spaulding wishes to run a tasteful scarecrow contest later in the year and would like permission to tie the entries to the city's light poles. Discussion was tabled until the council can explore the legal ramifications of allowing this. Dell Atkinson of the North East Wyoming Economic De- velopment Coalition visited the council to share a description of what the organization does, explaining that it has been try- ing to help smaller communities with their economic develop- ment since 1995 and works closely with the Wyoming Busi- ness Council. Every year, said Atkinson, NEWEDC writes a comprehen- sive strategy for the region and See Council [ page 7 SUNDANCE, WYOMING CONTINU NG THE CROOK COUNTY NEWS SINCE 18,8,4 /