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.Page 4- Thursday, July 16, 2009 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" Wagon Box Fight anniversary observed with tour To celebrate the 142 anniversary of the famous Wagon Box Fight, a bus tour is being offered on Sunday, August 2, to several of the important historic sites relating to Fort Phil Kearny and the Wagon Box battle. Pre-registration is required. This is a rare opportunity to visit locations of the fortified blockhouses built by soldiers and woodcut- ters for protection from Native American attacks while they harvested lumber for Fort Phil Kearny. Most are on private land today and are not accessible to the public. The tour will also include the locations of historic bridge crossings, and the site where it is believed the Native American wounded were treated after the Wagon Box battle. The event will conclude with a guided tour, weapons demonstration and wrap up discussion at the Wagon Box Fight Site. The bus will leave Fort Phil Kearny State His- toric Site at 10 a.m. and return approximately mid-afternoon. A sack lunch and refreshments will be provided during the tour. Cost for the tour is $35 per person, which includes bus transportation, sack lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is required. For more information or reservations, please call Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site at (307) 684- 7629 or (307) 684-7687 daily between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The tour is being co-aponsored by Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site and the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association. Fort Phil Kearny State Historic is located three miles off of Interstate 90 at Exit 44. Wyoming swine flu case count passes 100 The number of laboratory-con- firmed swine flu (novel H1N1) virus identified in Wyoming resi- dents to date has risen to 103 as of Monday. Of the lab-confirmed cases, 57 are from Laramie County, 17 are from Sweetwater County, and 13 are from Lincoln County. There are also three each from Natrona and Uinta counties, two each from Albany and Fremont counties, and one each from Campbell and Johnson counties. Three related hospitalizations have been re- ported• Counts provided by the depart- ment only reflect cases confirmed by the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory or another state lab. The departroent expects the num- ber of actual infections around the state to be higher because many ill persons do not seek medical care or are not tested specifically for the swine flu strain. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some patients have also reported diar- rhea and vorhiting. Steps recommended to help prevent the spread of illness include: • Staying home from work, school or travel while ill with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. Those who are severely ill Isuch as having trouble breath- ing) should seek medical care. • Frequent hand washing with soap and water or the use of an alcohol-based hand gel. • Covering noses and mouths with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throwing used tissues in a trash can. Avoiding contact with ill persons. • Persons at high risk for com- plications from influenza (such as persons 65 years or older, children younger than five years, pregnant women, and persons with chronic medical condi- tions) should consider avoiding crowded or large gatherings if ill persons may be present. More information about swine flu in Wyoming is available on- line at www.health.wyo.gov, Wyoming sales tax revenues drop significantly in May, June Sales tax revenues fell by more than 15 percent in June, the Wyoming Department of Revenue an- nounced last week, following a prior drop of nearly 28 percent in May. "On average, the state experienced a 21 percent decline in sales tax revenues in the past two months compared to the same months in 2008, which will impact both state and local governments," said Dan Noble, Excise Tax Administrator for the Wyoming Department of Revenue. Sectors showing the most significant reductions include mining, wholesale trade (heavy equipment and construction sales) and retail trade (including automobile sales). The decliaes mean a loss of about $15 million for local governments in Wyoming, which receive roughly one-half of sales tax revenues generated in the state. The impact wiU vary by county, as the tax is distributed based on where the sales occur. The reduction will affect the estimated $517 mil- lion drop in revenues for the 2011-2012 biennium that was projected in the May 2009 Consensus Revenue Estimating Group report, although it is difficult to determine just how much at this point, Noble said. To read the June 2009 report, visit: revenue, state.wy.u s/PortalVBVS/uploads/ag- gregatejune09.pdf ........................................................................................   , -, .... DEQ encouraging better landfill management practices This summer, the Solid and Hazardous Waste Division (SHWD) of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be distributing information to municipal officials and all solid waste landfills in Wyoming to encourage better landfill management practices. "These are simplified guidance to assist landfill management and operators to comply with state landfill regulations and to inform the general public concerning proper solid waste management practices," said Bob Breuer, environmental program manager for the SHWD. This material will also be available on the department's website at: http://deq.state.wy.us/shwd/downloads/anounce- ments.asp. According to Breuer, the information provided in both public brochure and poster formats will focus on better waste disposal practices, litter management, surface water control, record keeping, and other environmental and human health issues that are potentially impacted by solid waste disposal actions. During the next few months, statewide landfills are scheduled to begin implementation of in- tegrated solid waste management plans that were mandated by the Wyoming Legislature to be submitted to the department by July 1, 2009. These planning actions require local government landfill operations in Wyoming to evalt,mte and consider reasonable and cost effective alternatives for solid waste:disposal, such as landfill regionalization. "It is our intent to provide more of an illustrated, plain-language, supplement for the solid waste regulations to help emphasize some of the more important aspects of site management and minimize the impacts from solid waste disposal," said Breuer. "Focusing on these solid waste ele- ments is intended to benefit compliance by local landfill operators and to inform the public of the regulatory concerns." The public brochures and posters will be sent out to the municipal officials and landfills in July. You've seen the signs The Wyoming Department of Transportation has arise when utilizing the traffic signal poles and the issued a reminder: state law prohibits people from posting signs on WYDOT traffic signal poles or in the highway right-of-way. Signs mounted on utility poles, traffic signs, or highway markers announcing a garage sale... Signs on the shoulder of the road or anywhere inside the highway right of way announcing a yard sale or advertising a house for sale or giving direction... Are illegal and can cause safety problems. "Wece seen an increase in the number of signs our maintenance crews are having to remove from traffic signal poles and the right-of-way fence or from the right-of-way itself," according to Ronda Holwell, WYDOT public involvement specialist in Sheridan. "We understand signs are placed to help businesses or individuals, but safety issues rights-of-way. Wyoming statute (W.S• 6-6-301-307) prohibits the placing of signs or objects within highway rights-of-way. Fines and even jail time can be inflicted on those who don't comply with the law. Wyoming statute (W.S. 24-10-104) mates that outdoor advertising must meet certain conditions for placement. These objects can cause safety concerns, said Holwell adding that WYDOT's number one goal is to provide a safe travel experience. =We don want to be liable for an injury or death because we allowed someone to place objects in the right-of-way, which therefore obstructed someone's view or distracted them, causing an accident," she said. Available Locally From: organic matter clogging the biomeat to Aladdin Store, Geiss Honey Wagon, Sand Creek Trading Post, allow the field to begin draining properly Sundance Mercantile, Forsberg inc, htte://www.lbiotechnoly.com/home oe.htrnl .CCNRD Resource Roundup Welcome to the District, Dave By Sarah Barton The District is happy to announce that we have finally found a qualified person to conduct our wa- ter quality monitoring re- gimel Dave Schrall and his water quality background will be a great asset to the District, and we are glad to have him on board! The CCNRD monitoring regime usually begins in May, but due to staffing issues, we have not been able to get anyone in the field. Although we will not be able to collect a whole season's worth of data, we will now be able to moni- tor for the second half of the summer. Monitoring water quality in Crook County is a critical part of the District's mission, To Provide Coordinated Leadership in Resource Conservation to Assist and/or Meet the Needs of Resource Users• For the last eight years, the. District has been mon- itoring water quality on the Belle Fourche River and Donkey Creek. The main focus of this monitoring is to build on the data that has been collected since 2001 and to determine whether improvement practices along the river and its direct tributaries are reducing of the amount of fecal coliform bacteria in the stream. Fecal coil- forms and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are indica- tors of general fecal con- tamination and can pose serious health risks, and therefore, protection from pathogenic contamina- tion is very important for waters used for recreation. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has set accept- able level standards for both fecal coliform and E. coll. These standards de- pend on the time of year, class of water and location relative to sewage treat- ment plant outfaUs (WDEQ 1990) and are used in de- termining whether or not a water body is impaired. The CCNRD water quality monitoring regime was de- signed to measure whether and, if so, to what degree these standards are being exceeded. Sections of the Belle Fourche River have been found to have higher than acceptable levels of two other pollutants, am- monium and chloride, and the District has started sampling for these as well. The District also monitors turbidity, pH, tempera- ture, conductivity and to- tal dissolved solids. Since 2007, CCNRD's monitoring regime included the instal- lation of stream gauges used to calculate water flow. Together, this infor- mation indicates whether water quality on the Belle Fourche River and Donkey Creek is improving or de- clining over the course of nearly ten years. If you have questions about this or any other natural resource issue, please call the District at 283-2501. The Sundance Times I CCFFA to meet July 23 Crook County Fire Fighters Auxiliary will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 in the Courthouse Community Room in Sundance. Individuals who took the RT130 Safety Course will need to provide some information required to get their red cards. If the storage space in the basement is ready, we will have a work session moving our items into there. All directors need to be in attendance and everyone interested should attend. Crook County Natural Resource District June 2, 2009, Meeting ATTENDEES: Board Members: Wayne Garman, Jim Geis, Tom Ferrell Employees: Sarah Barton, Jinx Hilty, Terry Everard (NRCS) CALL TO ORDER: 6:20 p.m. by Chairman Wayne Garman MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING: Minutes from the May Regular Meeting were reviewed by the Board. Motion made to approve, seconded. All ayes, motion passed. D.C. REPORT: Terry presented a water quality improvement project to the Board. A site visit has been conducted by Jason (NRCS). Mo- tion made to give Preliminary Approval, seconded• All ayes, motion passed. Terry suggested that the District contact WDEQ and take ap- propriate steps to dose a previously approved application for a project which will no longer be completed. Terry agreed to provide technical assistance for the Fair- grounds Beautification project. FINANCIAL VOUCHER: Jinx presented the Financial Voucher for Board review and approval. Motion made to pay bills as presented, seconded. Discussion followed. All ayes, motion passed. Tom (Treasurer) opened and reviewed a bank statement for the checking account• The Board will need to hold a special meeting at the end of the month to work on the budget• CORRESPONDENCE: Phone call to WDEQ 6/2/09: BFR TMDL contract stalled due to issues relating to ARRA (stimulus) money. CCNRD should be updated by next week, and the selected firm should begin scheduling meetings soon. "Public Notice" mailing from WDEQ: WDEQ is soliciting aU available credible water quality data for the 2010 Integrated Report. Deadline: July 15, 2009. =Thank you" card from Moorcroft Beautification Committee for discounted trees OLD BUSINESS: Cost-Share Program: The recent mailing generated several requests for applications. Applications will be processed and ranked as soon as they are submitted to CCNRD. Water Quality Monitoring: The District still needs to hire someone (the applicant we had considered is no longer avail- able)• Wayne will contact a consulting firm to get a bid for their doing the work. Monitoring materials need to be inventoried and possibly reordered, or if a firm is going to monitor, they might need to supply their own materials. UAA Training: Sarah and Wayne attended• The process looks like a good approach for minimizing water quality issues on the LMR. However, there is probably quite a bit of time involved, and the District may need to hire someone. Nephi Cole (WACD) will train Sarah to use ARCGIS and NRCS maps. Trees Sale: Orders were way down this year, but we managed to sell most of our surplus• Because we discounted overstocked trees and materials, our profit was significantly reduced. We still have a few rolls of weed barrier. NEW BUSINESS: Dump Site Reclamation Project aka Fairgrounds Beautifica- tion Project: Eighty trees have been planted at the Crook County Fairgrounds. The main goal of the project was to address the dumping near Sundance Pond and the adjacent riparian area. Associated outcomes include education/outreach for the school and 4-H groups who volunteered and increased positive vis- ibility for the District. The District will hang banners or signs near the trees as well as at the Fair. In-kind donations made this project possible and may be necessary to finish the fencing and watering systems• If we can have materials ready, labor can be furnished June 9th when the Honor crew comes to maintain Vista West. The District will continue to seek dona- tions for the project. Vista West Windbreak: The Honor crew will come June 9 to repair the fence and plant a few juniper trees. Olin Sims Memorial: The District has received an American flag to be flown in Olin's memory, photographed, and sent on to the next district• The District will plant a tree in each com- munity in Crook County in Olin's memory. .BMP Training: Sarah will attend the training July 22-24 in Buffalo. Bulk mailings: The District needs to hire someone to handle the time consuming task of folding and labeling mailings. Ads in the newsletter have expired. Ad holders will be contacted about renewals. The cost will stay the same. A local contractor is interested in advertising with the District. The layout may need to be adjusted. The District may also include a call for donations for the fairgrounds project. With no further business, meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 7 at 6 p.m. in the USDA office. Submitted by Sarah Barton FR I DAY %00FESTi VML ...... IN THE PARK JULY 17 4 P.M.-8 P.M. SS WRISTBAND REQUIRED Abbey Road Band - 6 P.M. SATURDAY JULY 18 9 A.M.-7 P.M. S U N DAY JULY 19 IO A.".'4 P.M.00 2009 SPONSORS City of SPEARFISH WILLIAMS & SSOCATE5 W