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"Where the Kid got his name" ~)~ Y WllUaml annual rite of summer all come to know as Rally has come and gone. The background drone of the extra traffic and excitement and novelty are ~Ver for another year. ~a activities return to normal of us look ahead to the of the school year, Wednesday and all its deserve one last look aspect of Rally Week that to have been universal is it made on the en- levels of everyone involved. local residents who they were particularly out" from all the activity. it was the combination Week and Rally Week fel- on each other's heels. the long, hot streak of days couldn't been helpful. For whatever the most common corn- voiced was a desire for recovery and recupera- all the excitement. survey of a number of downtown businesses most by Rally Week revealed the economic impact of the about the same as the year. Several bar own- stated that the crowds were to arrive this year than but that once they did show r were thirsty. Tracy Lewis Dime Horaehoe Bar said business figures this year an NEWS FILE HC 65, BOX 201 OARK AR 72852-9501 The County Newspaper of Brett Penning Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 99 ~ i' The statue of the Sundance Kid has finally arrived in Sundance. The bronze stat- ute has been a several year project by the Sundance Chamber of Commerce. The Kid arrived in Sundance Tuesday afternoon and is on display in the win- dow of the building beside the Wild West Video and cof- fee shop. The statue will re- main at this location until the base and background has been constructed at the final resting place. Gary Williams Crook County Coroner Michael Frolander resigned his post effec- tive August 15. Citing increased demands on his time and frustra- tion with a lack of salary increase, Frolander tendered his resigna- tion to the Crook County Com- missioners in a letter dated Au- gust 11. The text of the letter is printed on page nine. Natural causes listed in death at Keyhole On August 2, 2003, Keyhole State Park personnel found 20- year-old Michael Kenneth Wyckoff, dead in his tent. The Bowman, North Dakota resident was camp- ing at Pat's Point, located on the east side of Keyhole reservoir. According to autopsy results, natural causes were cited as the cause of death. The Crook County Sheriff's department and Keyhole State Park personnel performed the investigation. All State Parks and Historic Sites employees extend their con- dolences to the Wyckoff family. We deeply regret Michael's death. The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) recently ex- pressed an interest in purchasing the Moskee Land Tract as an in- vestment for the state. Prior to determining whether or not it had the authority to pur- chase and manage this real estate, the SLIB requested an opinion on the legality of the purchase from State Attorney General Patrick J. Crank. Attorney General Crank's letter to Lynne Boomgaarden, Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments, is printed verbatim on page three of this issue. $5000 anonymous donation to Fire Fighters Auxiliary By Suzette Moline Crook County Fire Fighters Auxiliary (CCFFA) recently received an anonymous donation of $5000. We wish to publicly thank the individual{s) responsiblel Other donations have included cash, a case of foam plates from Sundance Office Supply, and one complete meal for the firefighters from the Rollin' Smoker vendor who came to Sundance for the rally. CCFFA provided the evening meal for the Sundance business fire as well as sack lunches and hot meals for several area wildfires. CCFFA includes anyone who is willing to help out by attending monthly meetings, making sack lunches, donating cookies or sliced cooked roasts for sandwiches, making meal items, or bringing food to locations. When the local folks have exhausted their resources, CCFFA is able to provide meals, water and delivery service. The worst of our fire season could be ahead. Please consider making donations. Cash donations are used to purchase food for meals also. All donations go to feed fire fighters. Currently, CCFFA needs prepared sliced roasts for sandwiches, cook- ies and assorted snack items such as listed below to send out with the fire fighters as they leave the fire hall. They never know how long they will be gone or how long until a meal will be served. Items can be taken to the fire halls when they are open in your town. (Sundance Fire Hall open each Thursday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.}, to the Farm Bureau office in Sundance, or Crook County Saloon. Snack items can include hard candies, fruit and granola bars, indi- vidual packages of peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc. jerky, cracker and cookie packs, or whatever other item that will travel well and provide quick energy for the fire fighters. CCFFA greatly appreciates everything the entire county has done in support of the fire fighting efforts. ....... e The Second Annual Community Garage Sale, sponsored by the Sundance Area Chamber of Commerce, will be Friday, August I 5 and Saturday, August 16, beginning both days at 7:30 a.m. There are 18 locations on the maps available at the Texaco, Amoco and Conoco. There may be others set up that are not on the map. There will be no charge to set up tables on the courthouse lawn as well. Don't forget the sports swap on the courthouse lawn at 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Bring any kind of sports equipment to sell (i.e. football shoes, wrestling shoes, ball gloves, musical instruments). Have your items marked. If your child will be needing these items, please stop by and see if you can find their size. The local merchants will be setting up for Crazy Days, too. If you have any questions, call Helen Emrick at 283-3766 or Lianna Lenz at 283-2525. Let's go shopping[ 0000 were about the same as the year before. "It could have been busier. That would've been fine with me,~ he stated, "but it wasn't bad. It was pretty much the same as last year.~ Arley Maynard at The Longhorn Bar around the corner from Lewis' Dime Horseshoe was pleased with the results this year. "It was a much better year,~ for her than the year before, she noted. Maynard agreed that this year's crowd was slower to show up than last year's, but said that once they arrived, they stayed later and spent more. The restaurants did well again this year. According to Trudy Pridgeon, co-owner of the Are Res- taurant, this was an outstanding year. It was steadier, with higher volume than the previous year and she said they were pleased with how well things went. As always, law enforcement was busy. Lt. Will Zilka from the Wyo- ming Highway Patrol office in Gillette was in an upbeat mood this week as he measured Rally Week from a law enforcement perspec- tive. This was the first year of heightened enforcement during the week prior to Rally Week, and he felt that the Patrol's efforts had paid off in safety. "This was our third year without any Rally-related fatalities," here in northeast Wyo- ming, he noted, and he was defi- nitely pleased to be able to make such a statement. "We feel like we're making progress on enforcement," he said. He pointed out that the department wrote 200 more warnings this year, with 538 warnings and 187 cita- tions. He also listed 10 motor- cycle-related wrecks, 0 fatalities, 11 DUI's and 8 arrests for pos- session of controlled substance. There were 47 troopers patrolling northeastern Wyoming during the week of the Rally, according to Zilka. Crook County Sheriff Steve Stahla was also pleased with the performance of his department for the week. Most of the Sheriff's de- partment statistics show an in- crease in activities this year over the previous year for his office, as well. They investigated 9 accidents versus 3 a year ago, processed double the number of arrests from last year's fourteen-28 for 2003, as well as conducting 63 traffic stops, 13 motorist assists, one theft and a significant number of assists to other agencies during the week. Sheriff Stahla said that the ar- rests included 16 DWUI, 4 pos- session of controlled substance, 2 assaults, 1 indecent exposure case and 2 public intoxication cases. Sundance Police Chief Todd Fritz had not responded to inquiries by press time, but it was clear that there were significantly more city law enforcement personnel on hand, particularly for Burnout Wednesday, than are available on a typical day. The statistics seem to indicate that, with some exceptions, it was an enjoyable and relatively safe week of celebration throughout Crook County. A record number of bikers converged on Sundance last Wednesday to watch the sport of "Burnout". Each competitor receives points for the event. The points are based on 1. the smoke cloud, 2. style of performance, 3. length of time burning, 4. blown tire, 5. run- ning on the rim, 6. crowd noise. The above photo captured by Jeff Moberg shows the effort of a burnout contestant. $900 was collected and donated to local charity on behalf of the Burnout event. I I 'i !!!1