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Page 6 - Thursday, July 16, 2009 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance Times i 4" q Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk July 25 The 23rd Annual Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Northern Hills Area CASA (NHCASA) Program, will be held Saturday, July 25 and features a com- bined 13.1 mile run and a 5K run/ walk in beautiful Spearfish Canyon. Registration is from 6-6:45 a.m. in Spearfish City Park on Canyon Street. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. Five water stops are provided along the slightly downhill, paved route. Awards are presented to the first three run- ners in each category and medals to all runners who finish the Half Mara- thon. This is a great training race for all athletes. The 5K will begin in the park at 7:15 a.m. The top two runners in each cat- $35 for the Half Marathon and $20 for egory of the 5K run will also receive the 5K Run/Walk if registered before medals. Competing in the timed 5K is July 20. After July 20, registration fees optional. Runners and walkers may are $45 for the Half Marathon and $25 also participate in the event without for the 5K Run/Walk. Refreshments being timed if they prefer, will be provided and door prizes will be The donation entry fee includes a awarded at the end of the race. T-shirt for each participant and is tax Registration forms are available by deductible. Early registration fees are visiting www.nhcasa.com or emailing casaadm@rushmore.com. For more in- formation call the Northern Hills Area CASA office at 722-4558. All proceeds support the Northern Hills Area CASA Program, a local non- profit organization advocating for safe permanent homes for abused and ne- glected children who are in the court system through no fault of their own. Online issue-after big game license sales going smoothly Online sales of issue-after full price elk, deer and antelope licens- es remaining after the initial drawing has gone very smoothly this year according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Chief fiscal officer Rich Reynders said that 3,987 big game li- censes were sold on July 7 and a total of 1,396 licenses have been sold in the six days since that time. Last year 940 big game licenses were sold on the initial date when licenses became available. Instead of a second drawing, hunters had the option this year of purchasing licenses online from their home computers or from license agents on the automated license system. Many hunt ar- eas have had their quotas filled, but there are still a number of licenses remaining. The next major license purchase date is July 21 when reduced price licenses for cow/calf elk, and doe/fawn deer and antelope will be sold. Licenses are available to both residents and non- residents. Hunters have the option of purchasing the licenses via their home computers, from Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional offices or by going to license agents that are on the auto- mated computer system. A listing of agents on the automated sys- tem can be found on the Game and Fish Web site http://gf.state. wy.us. The webslte also has a listing of areas where licenses are remaining as well as instructions for applying for licenses online. Selling issue-after licenses online and through automated license agents replaces the leftover drawing for issuing licenses that has been in place for many years. Licenses will continue to be sold in each hunt area until quotas are reached. Access in areas with remaining licenses is a mixture of public and private lands. Some areas have large amounts of national forest, Bureau of Land Management lands or access through the Game and Fish Walk-In Area program while others are predomi- nantly private. Hunters are urged to research access in areas with leftover licenses, and where necessary, obtain permission to hunt from landowners before applying. Hunters who have questions on hunt areas and applying for licenses can contact the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600 Prescribed fire conducted for wildlife Wildlife and Natural Resource managers from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bridger Teton National Forest and Bureau of Land Management worked together to complete a pre- scribed fire in the Wyoming Range that will promote aspen and im prove habitat for a number of wildlife species. The 2,000 acre bum was conducted in the Maki Creek drainage west of Daniel starting in the fall of 2008 with the final p6ition being completed June 29-30 this year. "Both the fires conducted last fall and this spring resulted in a nice mosaic pattern of burned and unburned areas that should be great for promoting aspen," said Jill Miller, Pinedaie habitat biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "With the slash piles that had been created a couple years ago, we had the flames necessary to kill conifers and with all the spring moisture this year we should see a great response of young aspen and other plants in the coming years." This habitat treatment is part of a larger project to promote aspen all along the Wyoming Range front. "We emphasize aspen because so many different wildlife species depend on it, but there is also a great diversity of grasses, forbs and shrubs that come back after a fire like this." says Miller. it is estimated that over 200 species of wildlife utilize aspen habitat. It is also estimated that over half of the aspen habitat has been lost across the West, primarily due to fire suppression. Additional acres are scheduled for treatment in future years as conditions allow. The next prescribed fire is scheduled to take place in the North Cottonwood drainage. Crews are currently cutting trees to create slash pries this summer. Once the slash piles dry and the right weather conditions occur the burning can begin, possibly as early as the spring of 2010. Miller applauded the work of the many firefighters from the Teton Interagency Fire crews and Bureau of Land Management who contributed to make the Maki project a success. In addi- tion to the agencies, funding for the project was provided by the Governor's Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Fund, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Governor's Big Game License Coalition. "There are always a number of players necessary to pull off a project like this and it's very gratifying when it all comes to fruition, knowing that the wildlife resource is going to benefit for many years to come. Ask the Game and Fish Q. Do I need a life jacket if I'm fishing from a pontoon boat or a float tube? A. Yes for the pontoon boat and maybe for the float tube. It de- pends on your method of propulsion. Float tubes are considered water sport toys in Wyoming boating regulations, and as such, a life jacket is not required. However, if your float tube has a mo- tor it becomes a motorized watercraft and not only is a life jacket required, it must be registered and numbered. For the pontoon boat, a life jacket is required since it is classified as a watercraft rather than awater sport toy. It falls under that designation since it is designed to be propelled by oars or paddles. Watercraft law requires registration of all craft propelled by propulsion machinery of any type including electric motors. Tired of wasting time on your dial-up lnternet service? Get Range DS I 1"800"92 RANG Natrona county pronghorn ties state record A Michigan hunter will always remember the 2008 pronghorn season in Wyoming when he shot a monster buck to tie the state record. Mike Wheeler of Manchester, Mich., was on a combo mule deer/pronghorn hunt with a friend who owns 80 acres in Natrona County. The private land borders state and federal public lands. Both men had already had a suc- cessful mule deer hunt and stalked a couple antelope but could not get close enough. On Oct. 3 they saw the trophy an- telope on a ridge near Ormsby Road. Wheeler's friend was tired so Wheeler pursued the buck on his own. He finally harvested the animal on BLM land. This was Wheeler's second sea- son hunting pronghorn in Wyoming. He took an average sized buck his first year. "But it was nothing like the one I got this year," he said. "I knew it was big, but I didn't real- ize it was anywhere near as big as it turned out to be. We were looking for a big antelope, and this one looked bigger than any other I had seen so I harvested it. It wasn't until I took it to the taxidermist that I realized how big it really was." Wheeler's buck is now tied for the Wyo- Mike Wheeler of Michigan with his state record pronghorn, ming state record with an official Boone and Crockett score of 91-2/8. Bill Boat- man took the other record pronghorn in Fremont County in 1988. The largest base circumference on record (9-2/8) is from another Wyoming buck taken in 1966. Wheeler's buck has base measure- ments of 7-5/8, with 2nd quarters of 9-1,/8 and 8-5/8. Horn length is 14- 2/8 and 14-5/8. Information about Wheeler's prong- horn is featured in Mike Eastman's new,book, "Hunting Trophy Antelope," and on the Boone and Crockett Ciub web site at http://boone-crockett.com. Click on the Trophy Watch icon. It can also be found on the Game and Fish Department web site at http://gf.state. wy.us. Click the Casper Region on the map at the bottom of the page. Wheeler reports thatthe taxidermist just recently completed work mounting the head and it will be shipped to him soon and will be hanging in a promi- nent location on his living room wall. Application period underway for fall turkey, sandhill crane Beginning July 1, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is accepting applications for early season sandhill crane permits and limited quota fall turkey licenses. Applications must be received at the Game and Fish Cheyenne office by July 31 for the sandhill crane permits and Aug. 17 for the fall turkey licenses. Because the normal Aug. 15 deadline for fail turkey is on a Saturday this year, the deadline is extended to the next business day which is Aug. 17. The sandhill crane application is unlike other applications in that residents and nonresidents can apply for crane permits together as a party. The maximum party size is two but water- fowl licensing regulations apply. Drawings for resident and nonresident licenses are separate for fall turkey. Limited quota fall turkey areas include area 4 (Goshen and a p0rtio.=pfplatte County) and area 8 (portion of Laramie Coup). AI! open areas are general license and  can be purc oethe-counter beginning Sept. 15, throu gh the end of thurkey season. Applications and regulations for both species are available at Game and Fish offices, license agents, on line at http://gf.state. wy.us or by calling (307) 777-4600. Preference point application period underway Resident and nonresident moose and bighorn sheep hunters and nonresident elk, deer and antelope hunters are reminded that the preference point only application period is now un- derway. Applications for preference points will be accepted through Sept. 30. Preference points are available for qualifying big game hunters who did not apply for a moose or bighorn sheep license this year and nonresident elk, deer, and antelope hunters who did not draw their first choice license and did not mark the preference point box on their license application. Preference points may be purchased through conventional mail or online at http://gf.state.wy.us. Applications can also be obtained online or by calling (307) 777-4600. Hunters with eligibility questions or other inquiries about preference points can call (307) 777-4600. G&F Calendar July 17 - Hunter Education Instructor Academy begins. Call (307) 777-4563 to register July 21 - Leftover reduced price elk, deer and antelope licenses go on sale via G&F Web site and automated agents July 31 - Application Deadline for early sandhill crane Aug. 17 Application deadline for limited quota fall turkey Aug. 15 - Archery antelope opens in many areas Sept. 1 - Archery elk and deer open in most areas; remaining antelope areas open to archery hunting INYAN KARA CREEK TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE The bridge on Inyan Kata Creek Road is being replaced between the intersection of HKay and Inyan Kara Creek to the first comer, 0.55 mile east. Temporary closure will be between July 17 - August 10, 2009. No detour will be set up. Alternate routes are suggested. i ........ ! .............................. -S ....................................................................... Wyoming WlC Program updates income eligibility guidelines A significant boost in the income ceiling for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will help make services available to more women and children, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. A family of four with a monthly income of up to $3,400 or annual gross income up to $40,793 may qualify financially for the program under the new guidelines, which began July 1= This represents an Increase of more than $1,500 over last year. %VIC works to protect the health of low-income women, infants and children by providing nutritious foods and educating families on healthy eating," said Janet Moran, WIC program section chief with the Wyoming Department of Health. WIC also provides lactation support to breasffeeding women and their infants and promotes childhood immunizations. WIC participants specifically include pregnant women, post partum women, breasffeeding wornen, infants and children up to age five. WIC also serves homeless women and children under special regulations. For families to:be,eligible, incomeleels' mustbe at or below 185 per- cent oftti e U.$. Poverty IrAcome Oues? Womeri and children who participate in the Supplemental Nutritioti Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), Wyoming EqualityCare (Medicaid), and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs are auto- matically eligible for WIC. Moran said food packages provided to participants typically include iron-fortified infant formula and cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vi- tamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, tuna, eggs, cheese, milk, carrots, dried beans and peanut butter. "New options will be added to our food packages beginning in October for enhanced nutrition and choices for morns from various cultures," Moran said. Whole-grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegeta- bles, baby foods Including meat, canned or dried beans or peas, and calcium-rich soy milk are among the planned new food choices. For more information, contact a local WIC office or the WIC state office at (307) 777-7494. Call us today for your FREE Security Analysis Smoke & Fire Alarm Systems Complete Systems with Local Monitoring DVR's & Time Lapse VCR's Toll Free: 1.888310.8170 ADD READERSHIP ADD INTERNET PRESENCE