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The Sundance Times Page 4 Thursday, May 7, 2015 Relay coming soon The 2105 Relay for Life event is fast approaching. Please plan to attend Sat- urday, May 30 from 6 p.m. until Midnight at the Devils Tower KOA. The next planning meet- ing is Saturday, May 9 at the KOA from 10 a.m. to noon. Call the event chairwoman Florence Reynolds for more information at 467-5604. Last minute teams can sign up at www.relayforlife.org/ crookwy or call Brittany at 307-399-3014 and she will do it for you. If you are a survivor and want to register for this event please call Freida Dent at 467-5790. The 2015 Grand Mar- shalls / honored survivors are Beau Wood of Hulett and Raymond and Jeanne Shep- herd of Oshoto. Jumping for joy Community campaign enables Yore Buffalo Jump to open for the summer The Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation is to host a cel- ebration on June 6 in grati- tude for supporter dona- tions to its recent Capital Campaign cause. Thanks to the community's efforts, the tourist attraction will be able to open this summer. Insurance safety regula- tions left the foundation stranded when it was dis- covered that insurance safe- ty regulations require that guard and hand rails be in- stalled around the sinkhole. In response, the founda- tion received donations from supportersthroughout the . . ~ . regton,~dmg _one from a single donor that funded paving of the path leading into the sinkhole. The foun- dation was also able to ac- cess a grant from the Wyo- ming Cultural Trust Fund to help put up the rail. The Vore Buffalo Jump will be opening on June 1 thanks to the donations. A celebra- tion is scheduled for June 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no admission charged. viol causes Inyan BY SARAH PRIDGEON Firefighters from Wyoming State For- estry and Crook County Volunteer Fire- fighters were called to tackle a blaze near Inyan Kara Road on Saturday afternoon, says Fire Warden Gari Gill. The fire was caused by a person burn- ing his fire pit. "It was about 80 degrees and about 3 p.m. on Saturday," says Gill. "It burned 95 acres, 90 percent of it on state land and it's a heavy timbered canyon." The fire presented particular difficul- ties thanks to the terrain, says the fire warden. "It was really nasty because we couldn't hardly find a place to put a line to stop it," he explains. "We got a big dozer in and pushed over a few trees, got ahead of it enough so that we started a burnout and in- creased our line a little bit. It stopped right there." On the first night, 13 engines and 39 people were called out to fight the fire. "It almost wasn't enough," says Gill. "We had it basically contained at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, after about 12 hours. We called it controlled at 5 p.m." The Inyan Kara fire brings this sea- son's total to around 15. The person who began the pit fire was issued a citation for not following the county buming restrictions that are currently in place. "For the most part, everybody is fol- lowing the restrictions, but we've got enough dead grass out here yet that it's even burning the green grass that's coming up because it isn't tall enough yet," says Gill. ! compo BY SARAH PRIDGEON The City of Sundance is in the process of implementing a pilot program to com- post animal carcasses as a means to reduce costs for vets, meat processing and government agencies, as well as to remove an additional item from the gar- bage stream. The Department of Environmental Quality is considering the idea of allow- ing the city to compost animals using sawdust, says Council Member Brad Marchant. "The DEQ is wanting us to get the fluids out of the animal, because that's what they're concerned with," he says. "After the fluids are all out, then you can dispose of it." The program will have benefits for nu- merous local activities. Veterinarians, for example, must find a place to take animal carcasses. "In some places they are incinerating - they have natural gas, so they can get an incinerator and burn," Marchant says. "One of the things we're looking at is composting [instead]." Meanwhile, incoming regulations from the DEQ may require WYDOT to haul any road kill found on Wyoming high- ways to landfill facilities for disposal. "If WYDOT is having to bring in all of our road kill, we'll be bringing thou- sands," he says. Meat processing companies must also dispose of certain parts of any animal processed at the facility. "The idea is that the city would have to haul all the guts - we'd have to transfer it somewhere through our transfer sta- tion," explains Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz. "The fee we would have to charge for that would be so high that it could put people out of business. That's what we're trying to combat - we're trying to come carcass up with mitigation on how to make it af- fordable for them to get the stuff to us, hence the pilot program of composting it." The compost program would likely in- volve using sawdust-lined bins to dry out the animals and remove all fluids before burying them in the C&D pit at the land- fill or hauling them to a lined pit, March- ant continues. "In calving season they go through probably 300 cows and in hunting sea- son there may be 800-1200 deer. The cows you're fine with but, for the deer, you've got to do something different be- cause they could have chronic wasting disease," he says. The sawdust used to dry out cattle can be used as a soil amender for gar- dens, but the same is not permitted for sawdust used to dry deer. Though the contamination that could theoretically impact the groundwater is in the fluid, which evaporates, the city is not yet sure what will be necessary for deer carcasses and sawdust used to dry them. "That's one of the things that's up in the air right now: whether you can push it into the C&D pit or if you've got to haul it to a lined landfill," says Marchant. "DEQ is going to see what their regula- tions say as to what we can do with [the deer]. More than likely we will have to take all that stuff and haul it to a land- fill." The carcass compost area will likely be situated in the contaminated soil area, says Lenz, because it is not a highly used part of the landfill site. "One thing we want to keep away from is the composting area that we're using now for grass. We l have a different pile for this stuff, out of the way, so that peo- ple aren't trying to drop grass clippings in the middle of it," says Marchant. "We're going to try it and see how it works and see if we stay within levels." Rally: continued from page 1 has undergone changes in its de- mographics. "The rally is not how it used to be. I think the crowd has been getting older every year," he says. "From back in the old days to now, the crowd is a lot meUower, they're older and they tend to keep things quieted down a bit more. It's inexperienced riders that have the accidents a lot of the time." Shoring up for emergencies At the Crook County Sheriffs Office, preparations have begun to ensure that sufficient law en- forcement is available for rally week- and that no potential emergency is left to chance. "As far as law enforcement is concerned, we ce been doing this long enough that we don~ need to reinvent the wheel. Were got eight to ten people coming up to pair up with our officers that are on the street now, most of them have been up here before," says Sheriff Hodge. IYaffic will be our main issue, along with the stray criminal ac- tivity, which is sometimes not even rally-related." The extra officers be spread across the county, centrally lo- cated between Beulah, Hulett and Sundance and also in Moor- croft. Meanwhile, the Sheriffs Of- rice must consider incidents that could occur concurrently with the raUy. "My biggest concern is our com- munications to do with fire. I'm working with Homeland Security and they're going to bring anoth- er communications trailer up in case things blow up and wekTe got fires," says the sheriff. "My biggest worry is that our communications center gets overwhelmed. With all the towns bringing extra officers and us having extra officers, with a big fire breaking out they could get overwhelmed, and if that hap- pens, [Homeland Security] will be able to assist us." The county is also expecting ex- tra traffic and congestion during the event, for which traffic control will be necessary. "Highway Patrol is going to how to improve traffic control. bring more stop lights out and "One of the things I really hope put them at Hwys 24 and 111, I we can do is to have some added think the frontage road on Hwy traffic control so that We can get 111 and possibly up by Devils them in and out of town. My big Tower. That l help with some of concern is that, to get into town, the congestion and accidents," Hodge says. "We're coordinating with Life- Flight to try to get pre-designated landing zones and once again communications with them. There are going to be a lot of bik- ers but I think it$l be spread out, though obviously our big day is the Wednesday." On the other hand, he adds, the extra visitors could bring their own version of a silver lining to the roads of Crook County. "We,re seen in the past that, the more bikes you have, the fewer acddents you have, because they donl have the chance to get their speed up," says the sheriff. Improving the experience For the City of Sundance, pre- paring for this year's rally will not merely be a ease of addressing the city's infrastructure. "More garbage, more sanitation and portapotties too," says Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz. "It's nice this year because the Chamber of Commerce has des- ignated other groups to look at it: It doesn all fall on the city this year, we can all work together." As well as hiring the usual two extra police officers and booking more portapotties than usual, the Sundance City Council must con- sider questions such as whether to allow extra vendor permits and you have to turn across traffic," says the mayor. "I think that, if We don make it easy, they'll sit there in the middle of the street looking at the place they want to be, which is down- town, and I think they'll get frus- trated and blow on through." The council will also consider whether to allow more permits for malt beverages and foods during the rally's busiest day. "I would love to think that the council Hill allow some extra con- cessions," Brooks adds. "I understand there's some law enforcement issues associated with that but the fact of the mat- ter is that, if there are 25 percent more people, we're going to have to have added concessions just to accommodate them." Overall, the city hopes to have its plans in place ahead of time and be ready to Welcome the bik- ers to enjoy their experience. "While normally we don l even begin to talk about rally until the June timeframe, Were been talk- ing about it since before the first of the year," says Brooks. "I think we need to continue that dialogue, I think we need to incorporate the opinions of the various groups talking about it and try to have the best possible tourist experience for those com- ing to Sundance." Summer fun for the kids BY SARAH PRIDGEON Sign-up is now open for a number of city-sponsored activities to keep the kids entertained while school is out for the summer. From baseball to crafts, there's something for every little one during June and July this year. Two levels will be included in this year's summer base- ball program: majors and minors, encompassing kids from ages eight to 13. Eight- year-olds are invited to choose between little league and T-ball, depending on their level of readiness. The cost for basebaU is $20 per child and checks should be made payable to the City of Sundance. If your child has a uniform from last year, please bring it with you to school or practice. T-ball for kids aged 4-5 and 6-7 will take place be- tween May 28 and June 30, with practices on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and games on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the elementary school field. The cost per child for this activity will be $15. Soccer will also be divided into two age groups, from kindergarten to third grade and from fourth to seventh grade, although experienced third graders may play in the older age group. Soccer will run from June 3 to July 1 at the elementary school field with practices for the younger group from 1-2 p.m. and for the older group from 2-3 p.m. Basketball will be split into three age groups: kinder- garten to second grade from 1-2 p.m., third to fifth grade from 2-3 p.m. and sixth to eighth grade from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the old high school gym. There will be no basketball on July 2 I. Volleyball will also be di- vided into three age groups and will take place from June 8 to July 13 at the old high school gym. Kids from kindergarten to third grade will play from 1-2 p.m., from fourth to fifth grades will play from 2-3 p.m. and from sixth to ninth grades from 3-4 p.m. Volleyball camp this year will take place from July 20- 22. Arts and crafts will take place at Cindy Lambert's home at 222 Canyon Road on June 29 and 30 and July 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Lambert will be introducing new craft ideas as well as some old fa- vorites and kids must have completed kindergarten to attend. Two classes will take place: 9-10:15 a.m. and 10:30- 11:45 a.m. All activities ex- cept for T-ball and baseball will be $7.50 per child. Kids should be registered for their chosen summer ac- tivities by May 28. Registra- tion forms are available from city hall and sign-up can also be accessed online at www.cityofsundancewy.com Riverton: 750 East Sunset, 307-856-6993 Casper: 3861 Denis Drive, 307-234-7727 A lllL, Co,akv tkm~,,. |uuiMi~j~ Vdk, r f,d~d ~,~q~ [e Im ~. Sl~#s g.td (~i~s.S~lqle ~m Vista West Annual Budget Approval Meeting will be conducted at the June 11,2015 Board Meeting 7 p.m. at the Crook County Public Library in Sundance Developing the Bear Lodge Critical Rare Earth Project 2209 E. Cleveland Ave., P.0. 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