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undance the Kid got his name" The County Newspaper of Karla Wickwire Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 ters give nods Burch, Gill retains House Seat and the ballots were cast and incumbents ap- have had ~Upper hand in Tuesday's 7 election. |e highlight of the fling's races was the contested county race. Harold narrowly de- Reynard Mills by a of just 6 votes in a be esti- until the final ballot The unofficial showed Burch with Votes and Mills at 651. close finish automati- a recount of the is expected within tilTIe. In the race for State Repre- sentative, Moorcroft resident Mark Semlek held on to his seat as he slipped past chal- lenger Ogden Driskill of Dev- ils Tower by a margin of 1376 - 395. The race ap- peared only slightly closer Ln Weston County where Senllek held a lead of 491 - 214 at press time. In the Sundance city con- test for two council seats. Voters chose April Gill, who received 276 votes followed by incumbent councilperson Norms Peterson who received 269 votes. Incumbent candi- date Paul Brooks finished third with 164 votes. The three candidates wiU each be able to compete in November's general election. Statewide, the most watched race was the battle for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Represen- tatives currently held by Barbara Cubin. Cubin faced a number of challengers in this year's battle but ap- peared to be cruising toward a victory at press time. Cubin will likely go on to battle with Wilson resident Ted Ladd who appeared to be closing in on the Demo- cratic nod. Final counts for the state races were not available at press time. A complete rundown of the county election results is printed on page 12. Bob Cronn places the marked ballot of Verda Swenson into the locked ballot box during Tuesday's primary election. Rally effort benefits hospice The Crook County Hospice program is a little bit stronger financially thanks to a $660 donation from a group of Powder River Energy employees. The donatio,1 represented the prof- its earned from a vending booth staffed by the group of employees during the "Burnout Wednesday" mo- torcycle rally festivities. "Their kindness is greatly appreci- ated" mild Lundborg. "The patients will definitely appreciate it," she added. Lundborg noted that they don't yet know for sure what they will do with the donation but are leaning toward purchasing a stereo system for the hos- pice room at the hospital. Pictured left to right, front row, Cindy Hadden, Ruth Lundborg, Yvonne Moberg; center row, Nancy Steedley, Karri Blasi, Lorl Newlin, Jo Anne Hoffine; back row, Darla Mouat and Alison Roberts. Along wlth the Powder Rlver employ- ees, HDR Englneerlng, Western States Electrlc, Terex Utllltles, Fresh Start and Schwan's each cont~ed to the fund- ralslng effort. nother Rally on the books Sturgis Motorcycle for him and his officers. "We had "All of us covered most of the i T came to a close on 15. With the last rumbling for parts local and county law officers, emergency teams, and hospital catch up on some sleep and reflect Impact Rally had on their had mostly good- people," said Sheriff "Most were friend- noted this was his P, aIly and he was pleased the year had been a good one. "Everyone same hours and I'm stressing. It's not if, but so far we've been There were outlaws and in the county, but they It was a good were cited aqui- despite the fact that was up ty highways. Sheriff a guess, *I think in their tents more got more rest. It nights and to imagine riding a mo- at 70 mph in those was pleased to even the people who citations were reason- "They knew the law." Sundance Chief of the Rally went well seven officers and we took a count of 2,000 bikes between 2nd and 3rd sweets on Wednesday. We did a pretty good job of controlling a crowd that size. We had some Rally bikers (who were law en- forcement agents in their home- towns in Colorado) come up to us wondering how we do it with so few officers." One vendor was cited prior to the Rally for breach of peace and one arrest was made on Wyoming Wednesday for an assault and bat- tery. Fritz concluded, "We bad a few events that we handled just fine." Becky Hughes, local EMT and a member of Dione Moon's EMS team, was enthu~astic regarding the lackof serious accidents and the positive outcome for the medi- cal community. week. On Wednesday, everyone was at the fire hall with the fire department. Each year more and more bikers stop at the fire hall wanting to exchange patches. The Orange County Choppers stopped and some LA firefighters lined up with our oldest fire truck for tons of photos." Hughes said they usually see numerous exhaust burns, alcohol dehydration, fatigue, sun burns, and of course accidents. This year, however, she at- tributed the cooler weather to a quieter Rally. "We had a bike go down on Rupe Hill and an assault and bat- tery on Cleveland, but for the most part, there were no rally related accidents." Crook County EMS hosted a f'n'st aid sta- tion near the gazebo on the Courthouse lawn for the first time this year. Items on sale were pocket first aid kits with the proceeds to be used for a memorial fund and to pay for an EMS class to be held in Sundance. Several EMS members worked the crowd answering questions and peddling the first aid kits. Hughes was grateful for the county dispatchers. "ff we didn have the dispatchers we do...Those women are truly what makes it all click. They are the lifeline for law enforcement, fire, Sundance Police Chief Todd Fritz keeps a watchful eye on the Sundance Burnout Wednesday EMS, and 911 calls. They handle everything from wrecks to lost dogs right in the middle of Rally. They are truly heroes and handle it all so well.~ Dione Moon, Paramedic and EMS director, experienced her first Sturgis Motorcycle Rally week and was happy with the out- come. "We only had three wrecks around Sundance and they were from soft shoulders, not high speed. The bikes got into pea gravel and wrecked." Moon was one who rode her bi- cycle through the crowds during Wednesday's e~vent in Sundance. She indicated lots of people via- Red with them and they had the opportunity to meet and visit mo- torcyclists from other states who were part of search ~ rescn;e teams. "We also sold a couple first aid kits, handed out a cold pak and applied a couple band- aids,~ she said.