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Sk:IX.LL TO:./J!'.i -*.PERS i[4C 217 W C O T ;. S SHELTC'I".J V",.,, , 98584-2263 Iq undance "Where the Kid got his name" The favorite county newspaper of Linda Tokarczyk Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 Thursday, August 4, 2011 Issue No. 31 75 Cents Federal help offered to repair flood damage lr  Prleon Following the recent federal disaster declaration from Pres- ident Obama, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday met with Crook and Weston County officials. Their mission is to provide support and financial assis- tance to state, local and tribal governments, and certain private not-for-profit organiza- tions, for disaster relief. The State of Wyoming re- cently received a federal di- saster declaration in the wake of the flooding, landslides and severe storms that occurred between May and duly. Crook A Public Assistance Appli- cants' Briefing, led by Carol Luckenback, Governmental Liaison from the Wyoming Of- rice of Homeland Security, took place atthe courthouse on Mon- day, August 1, during which the process of applying for, receiving and using federal assistance was put into motion. According to Katie Allen, Pub- lic Information Officer, the local area suffered the most damage to infrastructure in the State of Wyoming, mainly affecting roads, bridges and culverts. Some work, for exarnple repair of a culvert on Wagner Road, has already been completed. The repair work for which Wagner road damage. County is among those eligible to receive federal assistance [or repairing and replacing facilities that were damaged during this time. The state will also recoup some of the money that was spent on mitigation, including proactive work by the Wyoming National Guard to protect communities. "I can thank the local coun- ties and emergency managers enough for their dedication to protecting Wyoming's com- munities," Governor Matt Mead said in a press release. This was a record breaking FEMA assistance will be used includes a number of cases of over-topping, which took place on Mona, Goldie Divide, Graz- hag Association, Little Missouri, Barlow Canyon, Inyan Kara Creek, Lytle Creek, Cabin Creek, Forks and New Haven Roads, and on State Highway 24. Nec- essary work includes shale and gravel replacement, the latter also required for cases of gravel being washed from the road on Blacktail Creek and Huseby Roads. Washed out culverts were identified as in need of repair Photos courtesy Crook County Emergency Management Wagner Road after repair work. spring in terms of snowpack and flows ha our rivers. We averted a single major disaster but, cumulatively, Mother Na- ture did inflict damage on public infrastructure. The efforts of our citizens, entire communities, the Wyoming National Guard and Office of Homeland Security deserve our applause. Without this effort, the costs of this spring would have been much hier.  or replacement on Mona, C-oldie Divide, D, Grazing Associa- tion, Little Missouri, Blacktail Creek, Huseby, Inyan Kara Creek and Oak Creek Roads and on the D Road connec- tion, east of Wenandes. FEMA financial assistance will also be used for water erosion and scouring repairs on Huseby Road, landslide damage repair See FEMA page 7 814 78158 Slight chance of a thunder- storm. .:815 78155 Scattered thunder- storrag Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. 76/56 Partly cloudy, chance of a thunder- storm. 80157 Isolated thun- derstorms. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s. 8/8 .... 79155 Isolated thun- derstorms. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. S' 00lne time Sarah Pridgeon photo Members of the Sundance Equipment pig wrestling squad show off their technique during Friday's pig wrestling competition at the county fair. The team finished in third place overall with a time of 45.47 seconds. The "Porky's Pigs" team sponsored by Terry's Auto finished first and the Ainsworth-Benning team was second. For more photos of the week's fair events see page 13. PRECorp members to gather for annual meeting Bob Farmer and Farmers 'Almanac to be featured Powder River Energy Corpora- tion (PRECorp) will give away a commemorative edition of the 2012 The Farmer's Almanac to the first 500 members who reg- ister at the cooperative's 66th Annual Meeting at the Upton (Wyo.) Community Center Sat- urday, Aug. 20. The meeting will include re- ports from PRECorp officials and the election of board mem- bers. The Powder River En- ergy Foundation and Operation RoundUp@ will also have some special promotions during the day. PRECorp is providing a char- ter bus for members to ride to the meeting with pick-ups at Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette and Moorcroff. For more information on the annual meeting or to reserve a seat on the bus, call PRECorp at 1-800-442-3630. The event Opens with registra- tion at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, followed by lunch at 11 a.m. Farmer will perform at 12:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 1:30 p.m. There will be numerous prize giveaways for attending members. The Farmers' Almanac is one of the oldest and most respected publications in the country, and almanac spokesman Bob Farmer will entertain PRECorp members with his unique, down-home style of humorous storytelling. Farmer, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has been character- ized as a good mix between Jerry Clower and Garrison Keillor. Farmer's presentation will inform, motivate and entertain PRECorp members as he laces his performance with anecdotes, remedies and a liberal dose of his unique humor. Powder River Energy Corpora- tion is a member-owned, not-for- profit electric cooperative serving the five northeast counties of Wyoming including Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston. The electric cooperative has more than 160 employees and more than 12,100 members. Approximately 28,700 meters are served across more than 16,200 square miles of north- eastern Wyoming and southern Montana. Volunteers needed for Bike MS Bike MS Close Encounters Ride 2011 is a two-day fund- raising bike ride that benefits the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society, and the 88,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis in Wyoming and Colorado. The Close Encounters Ride takes place on August 20 and 21 and promises to be a great cycling experience attracting cyclists from across the country. Each day around 200 cyclists will leave from Crook County Courthouse at 7 a.m. and will return between 11- 4 p.m. This is the 7th year hosting this event in Sundance and we look for- ward to many more. As the event grows we rely on the support of the local community. The Sun- dance Lion's Club will be prepar- ing the breakfast each morning for the cyclists and Black Hills State administrative sta_ffwill be hosting a rest stop on Sunday. Other businesses in Sundance will also be participating in vari- ous ways. We still have volun- teer opportunities ranging from rest stops to finish line support available if you would like to get involved as well1 If there are any community groups, boy scout troops, cheerleaders, musicians, football team members etc...we sure would appreciate the help! If you can't volunteer, please show your support by putting signs up in your yard or cheering for them from your porch! The National MS Society is a collective of passionate indi- viduals who want to do some- thing about MS now--to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't. In Wyo- ming over 1100 people live with MS. That is one in four hundred people statewide. In most other states, the incident rate is one in one thousand. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, fa- cilitating professional education, providing programs and services and offering financial assistance that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. For more information please contact the NMSS office at 307- 433-8119 or go to www.bikem- swyoming.org. Inside: Cot00ty tourism jpps sp00d the wgR! at i hike... Cem00 provides't into area' ,walk ndow ast...