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Page 5 The Sundance Times Thursday, April 16,201. Cell: 307-680-5555 Email: ogden.driskill@vvyoleg.gov Home: 307-283-I 891 Cell: 307-282-0968 Email: ~er, lindholm@wyoleg.gov, Undholm.com Governor Matt Mead State Capitol, 200 W 24th St, nne WY 82002-0010 Phone: 307-777-7434. Fax: 307-632-3909 Website: govemor.wy.gov US Senator John Barrasso Washington, DC Office:307 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510 Main: 202-224-6441, Fax: 202-224-I 724 Toll Free: 866-235-9553 Sheridan Office: 2 N Main StSte206, Sheridan WY 82801 Main: 307-672-6456 Website: barrasso.senate.gov US Senator Mike Enzi Washington DC Office: 379A Senate Russell OfficeBuUding, + Washington DC 20510 Main: 202-224-3424, Fax: 202-228-0359 Toll Free: 8 Gillette Office: 400 S Kendrick Ave Ste 303, Gillette WY 82716 Main: 307-682-6268, Fax: 307-682-6501 Website: enzi.senate.gov Washington ~ Office: 113 Cannon House Office Build- ing, Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-231 I, Toll Free: 888-879-3599 Fax: 202-225-3057 Sheridan Office: 45 E Loucks Ste 300F, Sheridan WY 82801 - Phone: 307-673-4608, Fax: 307-673-4982 Webslte: lummis.house.gov I have had numerous oppor- tunities to think about com- munity spirit recently, par- ticularly in terms of how that relates to our local emergency services. Volunteerism to the extent that we rely on it in rural America is unlike anything I was previously familiar with - and that's a wonder- ful thing. None of these oppor- tunities, I hasten to point out, involved an actual emergency. I was neither on fire nor in the grip of a medi- cal trauma, simply conversing at leisure with the brave and noble souls who make up our volunteer crews or watching as they performed yet another near-miracle for the benefit of the community. I have never questioned that small-town Americans are among the most generous and community spirited people in the world. I have seen their kindness in everything from the warm welcome I received myself to the sheer number of hours people pour into mak- ing things comfortable for one another. Whether helping a fam- ily member at the weekend or serving on a board of trustees, the residents of this county are there for one another before the hat has chance to drop. That, I think, is what prompts our volunteer crews to donate thousands of their own hours to battle fires or rescue neigh- bors in medical predicaments. In Britain, on the other hand, most of these roles are full-time professions. Our ambulance service is run by the NHS and our fire service is also an em- ployment opportunity. Even our councilmen and women tend to choose public service as a career - rather than on top of pursuing a career. That's not to say that their~ heavy protective suits while service is unappreciated, of warming their cockles fur- course. Those who decide ther on the flames and smoke that their lives should center ahead of them. To be honest, I around helping people in need are the heroes of any cam- This Side of the Pond Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman BY SARAH PRIDGEON munity, big or small, and the NHS ambulance staff and our firefighters are woefully un- derpaid and overworked. But doing so on a volunteer basis is another step beyond the duties of the common man. And that's not even to men- tion the challenges faced by our emergency responders that are seldom encountered back home. Rural hospitals are far flung compared to those in Britain simply be- cause everything is packed so much closer together, so get- ting someone to a doctor is ar- guably less of a trial. Over here, the vast amounts of knowledge and expertise that the UK's paramedics are trained to possess must be reaped using one's own free time and energy. Then there are the fires. Consider, for example, the first large fire in this county that I had chance to learn about, over at Oil Creek. That blaze eventually consumed somewhere in the region of 62,000 acres and, to put that in the context of my own back- ground, covered a swathe of land only slightly smaller than the whole of inner London. Our firefighters must there- fore perform heavy lifting in 100-degree weather, wearing probably couldn't do that even were I standing in an ice bath holding my own air conditioning unit. Without the volun- teers who give their time, wisdom and energy to serve us, this county would be a very different place. I've known this almost since I first landed but, as time goes by, the point is driven home ever more strongly. Community spirit might well be alive and well in the smaller villages and towns of Britain, where everyone knows each other's pertinent details. But I did not live in a small village: I lived in the sprawling metrop- olis of London, where the only person who remembered my name was the guy who owned the corner store and recog- nized me when I stopped in to buy milk. I jumped to Crook County from a situation where you hear very little about your neighbors and even less about the kind acts they perform for one another. Faceless and hidden, each of us goes about our daily business expecting that the minutiae of civiliza- tion will be handled on our behalf. I landed in a place where no- body expects this to happen and each of us has a role to play within our community, whether that means stopping in to visit a sick neighbor; contributing to fundraisers and charity events; work- ing to make life better for the kids; becoming a police offi- cer, deputy or dispatcher; or joining the volunteer emer- gency services. My Wyoming Wyoming's universal truths and fundamental values BY BILL SNIFFIN Wyoming's people have always lived off its land -- its wild animals, forests, agriculture, We eJco.me The wind is our neighbor. Wind was here minerals and scenery. Since Territorial days ~ ~pJnion firSt.of fundamentalWe deal withvalues.it.- Number 14 on the list touristsWe have toeXp rtedenjoy our UruniquePr duCtsblessings.and invited Th~ O~i~i~ns! Section'-- of out When you talk about Wyoming people or Despite being town dwellers or Califor- news~ap~ belongs to you think about our wonderful state, are there spe- nia imports, we will always be the Cowboy fhereade~ We encourage cific universal truths and fundamental values State. You can even see it on our license you to ~se it to express your that come to mind? plates. opinions The Sundance li~sAre they unique to our state and to our pea- does not Solicit any particular pie here? Wyoming Fundamental Values The firefighters of New York City received international attention after the events of 9/11. They were hailed as he- roes all across the world, and rightly so. What I hadn't considered before I arrived here was that the same brand of heroism is witnessed on a daily basis, all across America. Everyone here, in their own way, is will- ing to stand firm between a neighbor in need and poten- tial disaster. If there's nothing else to be taken away from this knowl- edge, it's that the Crook Coun- ty way of life makes us a com- munity of people rather than a bustle of human beings who happen to occupy the same space. Much as London can be an exciting and rewarding place to live, it's sorely lack- ing in inclusiveness. While the same emergency responses, community build- ing and charity work still takes place in London town, it's done without quite the same attachment to the peo- ple whose lives it is touching. This, in turn, makes it dif- ficult to feel the same sense of profound gratitude as I do to the volunteers in our com- munity. Each of you makes it your business to keep me and my own as safe, protected and healthy as you can, and there can surely be no more appro- priate use for the word "hero" than that. NORTHEAST BASIN ADVISORY GROUP PUBLIC MEETING April 20 @ 6 p.m. Campbell County Rec Center Rapids Room 250 West Shoshone Gillette, WY Topics to be discussed: Gillette Madison Pipeline Update - Levi Jensen Pine Haven Well & Tank - Baker & Assoc. Powder/Tongue & NE River Basins - Plan Updates, Jodee Pring, WWDO Probable Maximum Precip Study - Dave Myer, WWDO Governor's Water Strategy & Weather Modification - Harry LaBonde, WWDO For more information, contact: Wyoming Water Development Office: (307) 777-7626 or http://waterplan.state.wy.us/ Turn the page for the solution! 9 oo =, Difficult Sponsored by: ANTIQUES, SILVER, GOLD, COINS a ~ i: VINTAGE,ITEMsRETRO& CURRENCY ~i COLLECTIBLES 414 MAIN ST SPEARFISH * 605-717-8375 OPEN MON-FRI 10-5, SAT 10-2 viewpoi0~and publishes most I always thought so. ~ll{~tters we receive. My quest to identify them started when I ran The concept that small is good means more are ~ ~biished when they for state office back in 2002. It seemed like a here. i be vedfied, when ~ ~ ~nsigned, whe~ good idea then if I could identify them but this We celebrate our clean air, clean water and ~hey~reiibelous, whenthey effort became a bigger task than I thought it a clean environment. in go0d would be. As an entrepreneurial people, we believe in ta~ ~hen they are m~6i For example, it can be argued that the people being persistent. We believe that anything reader, of our state really live within spheres of influ- worth doing is worth doing over and over whenthey ence of neighboring metro areas such as Den- with the goal that if we keep on trying, we ~tain potentially libelous ver, Salt Lake City, Billings, Idaho Falls and will get it right. language is i{i il All letters must Rapid City. Our government is among the most open in physi~a! With all that distraction, what is it that ties the United States. Our elected officials are ~ us all together besides rooting for our football very accessible, x. team? Equality in opportunity and the power of ~ .--~-~-- ~ Folks living on our state's borders who find the individual are celebrated. L~ers that do not themselves traveling to Denver or Billings for Wyoming people are polite. We help out the will beved- just about everything, well, do they feel the needy. We wave at people we don t know. telephone ~author, Letterstothe~ : same kinship with someone from Casper or Wyoming people appreciate good health. Lander or Buffalo or Douglas? Water is perhaps our most valuable re- In recent years some visionary Wyoming folks source. Its value is never over-rated. are writ- developed the Code of the West, which is much In a place often described as a small city "- with extremely long streets - we11, we appre- ciate our good roads. We cherish our pioneers and our veterans. We thank them for what they have done for our state. Hope for the future is alive in Wyoming. We call it a child. No place in the lower 48 states has the wildlife that Wyoming has - we celebrate the diversity of our animals and plants. Wyoming people appreciate seasons, dawns and sunsets plus big storms and lightning- quick changes in the weather. The wind is our neighbor. Wind was here first. We deal with it. We don't like taxes, especially the concept of a state personal income tax. We have learned that the way to deal with power is to share it, not hoard it. We do not drive by a stranded traveler on our back roads. Truth and trust are fundamental in our so- ciety. My word is my bond. You can trust my handshake. All else being equal, we must be fair. We are a God-fearing people. We celebrate our religious beliefs. .~~ ~) b~.$ "1 ain't got any use fer mandatory animal ID, 'cause with cows like mine, it'd be downright " emberrasein'!" If your old truck is an embarrassment, get your new AUTO LOAN here. With PRE- ARRANGED financing, you ll make a better CASH deal on the vehicle of your choice. Member FDIC' ' Equal Housing Lender Phone 283-1074 simpler and was even adopted by the Legisla- ture. I love the Code of the West. Let's compare it with what I came up with 13 years ago: ~e and does not; in p~ ; Wyoming Universal truths fishing them, ~orseany particul~ opinion Wyoming's economy will be based on com- modity values of minerals for decades to come and thus will be vulnerable to the ups and I downs of worldwide prices for energy. Wyoming's future is intertwined with the :e~blication in this hew~per desires of the people running the federal gov- d6~s not guarantee ~i~i~emment since the people of the United States macy of any offer or ~olicBa- through federal agencies administer about half Take reasonable ~teps of the state's land mass. to evaluate an offetbefore A better educated population means better opportunities for all. Because of low population, long distance and isolation, Wyoming's people have unique char- acter traits. We celebrate our individuality. Wyoming people celebrate truth. In Wyoming, people dream. They dream big. Consumer Hope and entrepreneurship is alive. The power Ga tol Bui ng Cheyen ; of an idea is important. WY 82002 (8~} ~5799 i Often we are alone, but we are not lonely. (307) 777-7874i The idea of equality is celebrated in Wyo- ming.