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T undance "Where the Kid got his name" The favorite county newspaper of Betty Jean Durfee Continuing the Crook Count), news since 1884 Thursday, September 2, Z010 Issue No. 35 75 Cents Sundance, Wyoming 82729 Coming together Jeff Moberg photo A crew from Meak Playground Surfacing spreads a ground rubbelr base over the newly-constructed play equipment at Sundance Memorial Park. Following work on the play surfaces, it is anticipated that final dirt work and grass seeding will be accomplisbed in the next few days. Mayoral candidates speak out By Bob Hadden The elections are only a couple of months away now, and while several offices were as good as determined in the primaries, the Sundance mayoral election was made much more interesting when Steve Lenz announced his candidacy after receiving enough write in votes to. qualify. The city of Sundance faces many of the same issues as small communities across the state and the challenges for the city council and mayor will need to be addressed thoughtfully and intelligently. Recently the Times sat down with both candidates to allow them an opportunity to answer some questions. Well start with current city councilman Paul Brooks: TIMES: When did you first decide to run for mayor? BROOKS: I'd been involved with city government slime the 80's. I was on and off the council a couple of times and when Fred announced that he wasn't going to run again I felt it was my time and I think I'm suited. TIMES: What influenced your decision? BROOKS: First I want to say that I think that we have the nicest city in the Black Hills. Custer, Hill City, none of them are nicer than Sundance. I believe there are a lot of good things happening with our town. Jim Miller did a great job running the city and getting us up to speed. Fred Tchsetter also did a good job running the city. There are just a lot of things working in our favor and I'd hate to see that derailed by someone coming in who, for lack of a better way of saying it, doesn't really understand the workings of city government. TIMES: What are a couple of issues facing Sundance that you'd address immediately? BROOKS: Well, I don't know of any bad issues facing Sundance. Right now it seems the biggest issues are the pool, park, getting the water tank on line 100% and dealing with the landfill. The landfill is going to be an ongoing problem for years. I don't think the public has any idea what it's going to cost to continue using the landfill, but it's a huge concem. One other thing I think we need to take some time and talk to D.O.T. in Cheyenne about all of the gravel trucks driving through the center of our town. I don't think it's safe. The interstate was built for those trucks and I don't like seeing them come through our town day after day, truck after truck. I think this is a huge issue that needs to be addressed at the Cheyenne level, not the local level. 'TIMES: Like Steve Lenz you hve a lot of experience in Sundance city government amd you probably know the inner workings of Sundance a well as anyone. How inportant are your past experiences in regards to the mayor's office? BROOKS: Right now I would tell you that without training and without experience government has become a lot more difficult. Years ago, ff you had no money, the state wras going to step in and bail you out. Today you're going to have to prove to the state that you need that money. I b,elieve that anyone can step in and be a councilman or mayor, but I also believe tlhat without any training or eqrience it would be hard has preciously served on the Sundance City Council and as a Crook County Commissioner. His questions and answers follow:. TIMES: When did you first decide that you'd run for Mayor? LENZ: After only one person filed for Sundance Mayor back in May, I felt the position was too important to have ordy one candidate and that the people of Sundance needed to have a choice when voting. It was during the next few months that I began to seriously consider putting my name in for the Mayoral race.. A week before the primary election and after many phone calls and conversations, I agreed to run for office if I received enough write-in votes. So, when the grass- roots campaign produced (66) people who wrote me in, I filed for Mayor. TIMES: What influenced your decision? LENZ: I love this town. I graduated from Sundance, got married and moved back with to be a good councilman or my wife to raise our family. mayor. We owned and operated Steve Lenz several businesses for twenty Local resident and See Candidates businessman Steve Lenz page 14 65/41 Windy with morning showers. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s. 72/47 Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s. 80/51 Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 50s. Morl 9/6 83/54 77/51 Sunshine. Mainly Highs in the sunny. Highs low 80s and in the upper lows in the 70s and lows mid 50s. in the low 50m Inside: Benefits held for local resident A benefit auction for local resident and heavy equipment operator Jim Bell took place on Wednesday, August 11 during the motorcycle burn-outs. The auction was held throughout the day as items were put up for bid every hour by local auctioneer John Costello at the Dime Horseshoe Bar. Over $3,600 was raised for Jim, who was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Between 40 -50 items were donated by Sundance area friends and Casper resident Ken MiLne added $1,000 to the prize money for the top bum-out of which $875 went to Jim. When Jim's co-workers at Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) learned of his illness, they put together a fund-raiser to help with medical bills and travel expenses for treatment in Rapid City at the Cancer Care institute and with his family doctor in Sundance. A benefit auction was organized by Darwin Hoffer, RMOTC Field Supervisor Wes Reisland and co-worker Mark White to coincide with Salt Creek Days in Midwest during the second weekend in August. The event was hosted by Joe add Cindy Tipton, owners of the Rim Rock Bar south of Midwest. Nearly 60 friends in Midwest and Edgerton and co- workers from RMOTC brought in dozens of personal items for the auction as well as cash donations. Food, beverages and numerous logo items such as t-shirts and umbrellas were donated by Budweiser, Dan's Meat Processing in Evansville, Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Safeway, Sweetheart Distributing, Teton Distbuting, and others TBD. Justin Mayfield, a Midwest rancher who serves as an auctioneer all over the state, donated his time and his voice to keep the bids coming in. Co-worker Wes Reisland raised $200 after agreeing to an impromptu haircut. Wes' bravery under the barber's scissors inspired Brad Whittaker to part with his hair, which was well down his back and had not been cut for many years. A bucket was passed around the room and another $1000 was donated to the total. After the bids were collected and the cash was counted, Jim was incited back to work on Monday August 23. His RMOTC co-workers presented him with a check and cash in the amount of $10,026.50. He is overwhelmed by the expression of support and thoughtfulness and can't say enough about the generosity of everyone who took part. The concern and caring haven't stopped there. Two RMOTC employees have also offered to cover the entire amount of Jim's medical insurance expenses for the next two months. Jim Bellisgreatly appreciative for what has been done for him and wants to thank everyone for their support. He says hell beback to work at RMOTC before the first snow and ready to keep the roads clear. q letting the lign00:s 1)00tck on Jeff Moberg photo PRECorp lineman Rene Watts works on a broken pole just south of Sundance on Hwy 116. The pole, which gave way on Monday afternoon caused a short power outage around the area.