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No land- slides took place, but the Forest Jeff Moberg photo Service launched an investiga- tion into what they believe to be a high landslide danger at the site. The landslide in question is located directly above the lake itself and, according to FS geolo- gist Karl Emanuel, is the most dangerous in a county that boasts more than 1550 active slides. During its most recent public meeting in September, Emanuel stated that the For- est Service is sure the slide is moving and knows that slides of this type can move incredibly quickly. The FS announced that it would continue to investigate the stability of the slope and had placed monitoring around the slide to determine its full nature. After what Emanuel described as J 1 above-average years for precipitation, with 2013 being the wettest on record for the area, the recreation site was kept closed due to the FS's heightened level of concern that "loading In September, Emanuel an- nounced that there is evidence of movement including cracks opening up, trees at a 20-degree angle and the need to replace a bridge more than once. While a large rainfall can be the trigger for a fast flow, he said, it can take up to 18 months between cause and effect. The public meeting will provide updates on September's infor- mation and inform the public on the current landslide conditions at Cook Lake. It will" be held on ~.~/ednesday, May 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room. On May 3, 2015, twenty-five young citizens were recognized by the congressional delegation for earning Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Awards. Senator John Barrasso, Secre- tary of State Edward F. Murray III, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Baiow presented the medals for initia- tive, service and achievement at the state ceremony held in Laramie. Grace Anderson of Devils Tower earned her Bronze Medal and was one of the twenty-five recipients. Each recipient was honored for setting challenging goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal devel- opment, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. Goals are determined by per- sonai interests and skills and individualized to each partici- pant. Earning a bronze medal requires at least a seven-month commitment, while earning the gold medal involves two or more years and 400 hours of service. The gold medalists also re- ceive a $1,000 higher education scholarship and a trip to Wash- ington, D.C. for the national ceremony to be held on June 17 in the U.S. Capitol. The Wyoming Congressional Award was established in 19T9 to recognize initiative, achievs- ment and service in young people. Nationally recognized as the only youth service award given by the United State See Award I 'page 12 Grace Anderson Getting Officials prepare for the largest Sturgis Motorcycle Rally yet BY SARAH PRIDGEON With the 75 Sturgls Motor- cycle RaUy set to bring more visitors to the Black Hills than ever before, local officials and businesses are already prepar- ing for the influx. From fully booked hotel rooms to extra law enforcement, advance preparations are underway to meet the needs of up to one million motorcyclists this August. "I think" everybody agrees that the rally is going to be much larger than it has ever been before. I think the com- munity of Sundance needs to talk about improving the expe- rience for those folks coming here so that they want to come back or potentially even relo- cate here," says Paul Brooks, Mayor of Sundance. "We're talking somewhere in the 24-25 percent increase from the biggest rally we've ever seen, a huge number of people. Just to accommodate them is not going to be easy, to improve their experience is going to be very difficult." Limited vacancy Local motel bookings support the rumors that attendance at this year's rally could more than double. David Mathis re- ports that rooms began filling up early at the Rodeway Inn and Best Western Motel. "Bookings for rally broke into a frenzy in early Septem- ber 2014, much earlier than usual," he comments. "Both hotels were fully booked through Wednesday of rally." y Jeff Moberg photo Closer to the epicenter in Sturgls, he adds, hotels could command around $500 per room during the event. "We still have a few rooms available for the last three days of rally, [but were had] amaz- ing early demand and zero rate resistance," Mathis says. Ken Parrnar of the Bearlodge Motel agrees. Though this will be his first time catering to the rally crowd after taking over the motel at the end of last summer, he too has noticed a high level of demand. "Currently, we are totally booked for the rally and still we have people asking for reserva- tions," he says. "I'm trying my best to accom- modate the previous owners' goodwill customers7 Though plenty of the motel's occupants will be previous raily-goers, he adds, he has also had a number of online reservations from new visi- tars. "I have seen that people are making reservations before the rally and after the rally - they know that it's going to be very heavily crowded," he says. "[I e been told] thcyYe start- ing earlier than they used to in Sturgis and winding it up later after the rally." Older and wiser Some rally veterans are pre- dicting that this year's crowd may differ slightly from usu- al. "It may be an older group," says Brooks. "What they're telling me is that a lot of these people made it to the 50 and they can get to the 75th, but they won't make the 100th, so I think we're going to have a very calm, older crowd? Sheriff Jeff Hodge agrees, noting that the rally overall See Rally l page 4 aln Designation could provide access to technical assistance and support for downtown revitalization The seeds of a Main Street Program for Sundance were planted last week around the table of the 1875 Gallery meet- ing room, with community and business members listening tO Rocky Courchaine's experience of the National Main Street Con- ference in Atlanta, GA. Simultaneous to these discus- sions of the logistics of creating an entity for the program, the Chamber of Commerce is work- ing with the City of Sundance to apply to the Wyoming Business Council for a planning grant to conduct a feasibility study in the downtown area. The Main Street program has its roots in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for the purpose of economic develop- ment through historic preserva- :: tion. Working with stakeholders throughout the community and beyond, anyone interested in downtown Sundance can part Ucipate. The committee will be lool - ing for people with specialties or interests in things such as volunteer recruitment, design promotions and events, busi: ness development and more. ~i At the national conference, Courchaine had the opportu- nity to interact with several other main street programs See Committee I page 3 Courtesy photo Diane Moon, Crook County Museum & Gallery Foundation; Pare Thompson, Old Stoney Committee; Steve Lenz and Katie Allen, Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce; Rocky Courchaine, Crook County Museum; Kathy Lenz, City of Sundance; Lisa McGuinness, Crook County Museum ; Andy MiUer, Sundance State Bank; Doug Crisp, Autumn Cook & Resann Pixley, downtown business owners; and Dave Spencer from the Wyoming Business Council.