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i Page&- Thwatay, August 14, 2003 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The CCNRD Regular Meeting Minutes July 2, 2003 Attendees: Board Members: Wayne Garman, Ted Moline, Tom Ferrell and Jim Geis. Assisting the District: Chris Galloway and Terry Everard. The meeting was brought to or- der at 6:50 p.m. The board reviewed the regular meeting minutes and the Local Work Group minutes from June 4. They also reviewed the special meeting minutes from-the June 24 meeting with Bobbie Frank, WACD Exec. Director. Following some recommended wording changes, Ted made the motion and Jim seconded to approve the minutes with the corrections. Motion approved. Ted made the motion and Jim seconded to approve the special meeting minutes as written. Mo- tion approved. Terry reviewed the current sta- tus of the 14 EOIP contracts that he had written so far and passed out a list for the board. Following each contract review, Wayne signed off the contracts as CCNRD Chairman. Ted then made the motion and Tom seconded to approve the plans. Motion ap- proved. Terry also reviewed current in- formation received for the Grass- lands Reserve Program, one of the two new programs offered through the Farm Bill. There are three main goals for this program: • To protect grassland from con- version to non-agricultural uses, • To maintain grazing opera- tions, • Maintain the biodiversity of the grasslands Wyoming has July 23 as a batching date for applications. Contracts are to be funded by the end of September. According to a list of rental rates for Wyoming, Crook County will pay a rental rate of $6.S0/acre. It is unsure how much Crook County will receive to administer this program, but Terry mentioned that he already has three interested landowners. The second new program offered through the Farm Bill is the Con- servation Security Program which targets landowners who apply pro- gressive conservation practices on their land. The program's criteria are still being finalized. Not much is known at this point regarding the specifics of the newer programs, but Terry men- tioned to the board he would keep them informed as he got further information. Chris reviewed with the board information she had received from Zindie Meyers, District Clerk in Lawrence County {Spearfish), SD that NACD no longer sells the larger signs. The board suggested that Chris keep checking on other avenues for sign replacements and continue to coordinate efforts with Lawrence County. Chris then reviewed the prelimi- nary budget. Ted made the motion and Tom seconded to approve the financial report. Motion approved. The board reviewed Correspon- dence. Following the last meeting where the board reviewed the landowner application for the Wyo- ming Water Development Com- mission Small Developments P~- gram, Chris was asked to draft a letter to the landowners. Chris presented the board with a draft of the letter for their review prior to sending out. Jim suggested making a reference in the letter ~that the district will support the project if the landowner was will- ing to procure the engineering assistance and administrative assistance through WWDC. Chris passed out copies of a draft agenda and information re- garding the next Area Meeting in September hosted by Sheridan County CD. The CCNRD had received a let- ter of request fordonations to sup- port the Moorcroft Jubilee parade this summer. The board re- quested that Chris send the chairman of the parade commit- tee a letter stating that since the CCNRD is not a mill-levy funded district, we weren't able to con- tribute the extra funds. Old Business included Chris re- minding the board of the upcom- ing Land Use Planning and Zon- ing Commission meeting that was coming up on July 8. The LUP&Z requested the presence of a CCNRD representative to discuss the possibility of a septic systems inspector position and coordina- tion with the county.Chris was planning on attending and Ted and Wayne said they would try to make it if possible. The board revisited the issue of continued monitoring this sum- mer. The board decided to bring it to the attention of the advisory committee at the meeting on the 9th and give them the option to de- cide. New Business included tabling the auditor checklist for discus- sion until Bud could attend the next meeting. Chris discussed the subdivision checklist that was put together by Wyoming Dept. of Ag. The board requested that Chris take copies of the checklist to the LUP&Z meeting and get their input. Chris reviewed with the board a draft copy of the funding applica- tion for the next biennium {2004- 2005). The board suggested that attendance at the 319 advisory meetings, the AFO-CAFO work- shop held this spring, and the possibility of AFO tours also be included in the application. The board also reviewed the draft Dis- trict Operations and Capacity Building Grant for the next bien- nium and made suggested changes to the goals. Chris will incorpo-~ rate the changes by the next meet- hag and have the board sign the proposal. Chris passed out copies of the Annual Plan and Report to the decided to hgld off . signing the land0~ner/dzstrzct agreements for water monitoring until after visiting with the advi- sory committee about sampling this summer. Chris passed out copies of the draft Watershed Plan that had been drafted by Rik Gay, Water- shed Coordinator, for review prior to the upcoming advisory meeting. Chris was asked by the board to get in writing that Campbell County will coordinate with Crook County on their Belle FourcheTom made the motion and Ted sec- River sampling data from thisonded to approve the CCNRD FY summer. 2003-2004 budget for total anticipated The board reviewed three sub-incomeof$235,917andtotalprojected division soils reviews for Tenk~-.~ expenses of $254,561.82. Motion ap- Speidel, Juniper Hills, and Ed "llrpved. Collioud. Wayne signed the re- Chris had drafted a letter to Dave ports. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be on August 6, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at the USDA Service Center Con- ference Room. Budget Hearing Minutes July 16, 2003 Attendees: Board Members: Ted Moline, Jim Geis, Wayne Garman and Tom Ferrell. Assisting the District: Christine Galloway The special meeting of the Crook County Natural Resource District was brought to order at 6:35 p.m. Regular business included a re- view of the Whitlaw pump conver- sion project as a possibility for the CCNRD funds generated by the G&F Commissioner's licenses. Terry included drawings of the pump pit/cistern set up and a list of the items necessary to com- plete the project for Chris to show the board. Chris mentioned that bids were still out and Terry just estimated the projected costs be- tween $4000 and $6000. The board would like to consider the project for funding. The comment was also made to keep the Game and Fish notified of the anticipated use of the funds for wildlife projects. Wayne and Jim signed the check to Kaycee's Office Variety for two boxes of address labels. Wayne and Chris visited with the rest of the board regarding the lunch meeting held that day with Ed Burton and Dave Hoveland (NRCS State Conservationist and Assistant State Conservationist.) Wayne discussed with Ed the pos- sibility of the NRCS providing as- sistance to have a technical posi- tion for the District under the Belle Fourche 319 Grant. A~fter the discussion, Ed granted his ap- proval to help provide the district with the financial support neces- sary to provide the NRCS field of- fice additional technical assis- tance for the Farm Bill programs and provide the district with a technical engineer/watershed co- ordinator/possible septic systems inspector. Discussion was also held re- garding a 50/50 cooperative agree- tance for the Farm Bill program contracts and the NRCS would cost share 50% of the district em- ployee time/wages. This coopera- tive agreement would only go un- til the end of the federal fiscal year, September 30, 2003. The Budget Hearing was opened at 7:13 p.m. and the board re- viewed the final budget summary. Following the review, with the additions and corrections noted, Hoveland/NRCS regarding the re- position description quest for assistance by the District engineer that the board4 for technical persormek Copies were as an example then presented to the board for their scription for the review and approval was granted on position. the content. With no further Chris then passed out copies of a By Elizabeth Canfield I was searching through the 1936 issues of THs SUNDANCE rl.~S on an unrelated subject when I came to the July 9 issue that headlined: "BEAR LODGE IN FLAMES - Roaring into a cmwn fire shortly after being discovered, and pushed by a heavy southwest wind, a forest fire, the greatest in the history of the county has been sweeping over a large section of the Bear Lodge since Monday. Hundreds of men, ranchers, CCC enroll- ees and WPA workers have been battling the fire night and day under the direction of Ranger Ted Cochran. A number of ranches were threatened and personal be- longings of a num- ber of ranchers were moued to safer ground. " It would seem from the June and July issues of the T/~s that the county was very vulnerable to just such a ,~_.~,~ conflagration. New records for heat had been set the previous week. The ther- mometers regis- tered 105 de- grees -- the highest ever registered since the local weather station had been established in 1889. The TIMES reported other fires. A barn, garage, two cars and harnesses had been burned on the Ben Vines ranch. A fn'e on the Emil Evey place started in grass, reached up to buildings and burned a barn and some equipment. A blaze on Pfiefer Hill burned 200 acres of heavy jackpirle, and a grass fn-e was extinguished at the A.H. Hewes ranch. The county struggled in the throes of blasting heat, lack of precipitation, and hordes of insect pests, according to news items. Crops had been devas- tated. Blister beetles were destroying gardens in less than 24 hours. Government programs to bring in feed for starving livestock were under consider- ation. Mormon crickets and grasshoppers were win- ning their battle to devour whatever was left in the county. (The outcome of this would come in 1937J And now here was this fire. One report stated that it started "a couple miles north of Sundance on Frank Caulkins' homestead." A later issue placed it as beginning 1'/2 miles north of Sundance in Mauch's pasture. It was believed to have been started by picnickers or a tossed cigarette. Nobody thought deliberate arson was involved. The fire spread in all directions. Starting on Mon- day, July 6, it was estimated that, by Tuesday, 1,000 men were on the fire line in shifts. The wind was Water was at a premium to take care of domestic needs of Sundance and the men fighting the fire. Officials of WPA came from Cheyenne and within 24 hours, water from a new spring owned by the city was pouting into the city reservom quartered in Sundance. Hotels, cal people worked 24 hours a day servingl putting up thousands of lunches to firelines. Hundreds of weary men stretched house lawn and at the fairgrounds along The high school gym, Legion hall , city county courtroom were made available. of the men used the lake at the fair ing and swimming to get away from the [ 8,200 acres burned in the worst fire ha since 1878. It was a "spotted" fire, by consuming every bit of vegetation in leaving some good timber in others. mated that timber kill would ingly, no reports of domestic livestock in the Fu'e were given in the TZM~, was agreement that wildlife suffered. Forest Service timekeepers worked checking men in and out during the fire. 30¢ per hour were paid, with 5¢ per hoUr ducted for board. Miraculously, no were reported. It was estimated the cost the Forest Service $20,000. The county's travail did not end here. mometers continued to hover in the 90s; ciable precipitation was recorded• The ued to list pages and pages of delim Then - and it must have seemed to that their tribulations equaled those Bible - on Saturday, August 8, a fire the Moskee area, covering the country smoke. It was located mainly in the est, with the Homestake Mining hundreds of acres of valuable timber. It mated that more than 2,000 men were during the course of this fire, with the of some 8,000 acres. Two deaths were attributed to this B.C. Yates, general superintendent died of a heart attack believed to on by exertion, and Archie Murphy, of South Dakota, a CCC enrollee, was failing tree. And we here in Crook County had a rough summer! 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