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Page 14- Thursday, September 2, 2010 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" Devils Tower 00New school staff National Monument to conduct prescribed burn Dependent upon weather and fuel conditions, park managers at Devils Tower National Monument will im- plement a prescribed fire be- ginning Thursday September 2, 2010. A total of 210 acres are planned for burning dur- ing this prescribed fire; 109 acres inside the monument and 101 acres on adjacent private lands, through per- mission granted by the own- er. The burn will be ignited inthe Red Beds unit, located in the northeast corner of the monument, and extend across those private lands to the Belle Fourche River. This planned perimeter will result in a more secure fire bound- ary and increase the benefi- cial objectives of the fire on a landscape level. Ignition is scheduled to be completed within one day, with mop-up and monitoring to follow for several additional days. During the prescribed fire, moderate smoke volume and decreased visibility may oc- cur on the main park road. If visibility poses a safety problem for travel on the road, park personnel will as- sist with traffic control. Park roads and trails may experi- ence temporary closures. Prescribed fires are con- ducted at Devils Tower Na- tional Monument in most years, to simulate natural fires. Prescribed fires remove the build-up of dead fuels, lessening the chances of a catastrophic wildfire. The goals of the Red Beds pre- scribed fire are to decrease exotic-plant density, main- tain native grass ecosystems, and rcduce woody and her- baeeous growth within the burn unit. Unlike wildfires, prescribed fires are carefully planned. They are conducted within an approved boundary and ignited only under specified weather conditions. Prior to ignition, fire profession- als reinforce the burn unit boundary by reducing fuels and placing hose lays. Dur- ing ignition and throughout the burn, the boundary is patrolled in order to prevent fire escape. Factors such as humidity, fuel moisture, wind speed and direction, and short- and long-range weather pat- terns are all considered in establishing the acceptable conditions for conducting a prescribed fire. If the pre- scribed set of conditions does not exist on a specific day, the planned prescribed fire will be postponed. If the fire is not ignited as planned on September 2, then it may be delayed until 2011. Anyone with questions about the upcoming pre- scribed fire should contact Mark Biel, Chief of Resource Management, at 467-5283 extension 212, or mark_ bieps.gov. New staff members this year for Crook County School Dist. # 1. Back Row: in the tie Jared Hardman - SHS Spanish, James Benvenga -SPED at SHS and BHS, Joe Back - SHS SPED, Brittany Phillips - SES 2nd grade, Kara Fladstol - MHS English; front: Joe Kissack. MES Music, Amber Burch - MES 6th grade, Jodi McGuire. MES 6th grade, Michelle Davis - MES K/lst grade, Sarah Merchen - MES 1st grade. Not shown is Jim Pannell, HHS Ag. Ed. These energetic teachers have been attending workshops since the 19th of August and will be ready to go for the start of school on the 1st of September. Their youth, training, expertise, and experience should prove to be an added asset for our school system. As their instructional facilitator I am looking forward to working with each of them. Please extend a warm welcome to , our new staffl ..t CCFV offering Assertiveness Classes Come join Crook County Family Violence in their new Assertiveness Classes begin- ning September 7 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. This is a three-week class being held September 7, 14 and 28. This class is designed to assist those who lack assertiveness skills to gain them through an interactive and fun atmosphere. Please call ahead of time if you are in need of child care or transportation. The classes will be held at the Crook County Family Violence office at 116 N. West Street in Sundance. Please call 283- 2415 if you are interested. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Candidates: continued from page I years, and now our kids have all moved back to live and raise their families here, too. I believe when you're vested in a community, you can't sit on your hands and not participate in helping the town survive, grow and prosper. It was with that thought in mind that I realized I couldn't stay "retired" from politics, Aft twelve consecutive years in office, I chose to step aside four years ago so other people interested in politics would file. However, I now realize that when you love the people and place where you live, the best thing to do is stay involved and use the skills acquired from a lifetime of work and service to continue to make a difference in whatever way you know how. TIMES: What are a couple of the issues facing Sundance that you'd address immediately? LENZ: The first task I would address in the City is working with the Coundl to make sure the projects that are already underway are finished, such as; the parks, swimming pool, daycare, landfill/ transfer station and numerous water weli, storage tank, and water transmission issues. Before any new projects and major purchases are considered, I'd like to see the current administration's agenda completed. Given the diminishing revenue streams from State and Federal agencies, we need to be sure the City is financially sound enough to continue addressing infrastructure improvements, equipment upgrades, and to focus on fiscal stability. Secondly, I'd like to initiate an administration that values empowerment; or more precisely an open door policy where city employees--and citizens, too--feel their expertise, insight, and opinions are welcomed by the Mayor and City Council. I believe by encouraging the flow of good ideas, advice and wisdom from a variety of sources the City will function more efficiently. TIMES: Many people already know, but some may not, that one of the City Council candidates, Reggie Gaylord, is your son. If both of you are elected some might worry about possible nepotism clouding your decisions. Can you comment on this? LENZ: Absolutelyl The first thing I'd like people to know is that the Mayor is not "the boss" of the City Council and conversely, the City Council is not "the boss" of the Mayor. A Mayor's set of duties revolve primarily around city administration which is the business of running a city on a daF- to-day basis. The Public Works Director, Police Chief, Clerk/Treasurer and Fire Chief report directly to the Mayor. Routine duties for the Mayor often consist of issues ranging from regular garbage pick-up and free flowing sewers to community security, fire protection, and paying the City's monthly bills. Big issues that clearly require a decision by the City Council (the governing body of four elected persons) are quickly identified and scheduled for presentation at the monthly city council meetings. The Mayor may participate in the footwork of gathering data, hold preliminary meetings with representatives of the issues, and then present those details to the City Council. The Council in turn discusses and votes to make the final decision. The Mayor rarely votes unless a tied vote situation arises between the council members --even though he/she is entitled to do so, on any or every issue. This delineation between Mayoral and Council responsibilities and the absence of authority over one or the other satisfies any nepotism issues found in Wyoming Statutes. Having said that, yes, Reggie Gaylord is my son. I am proud to say he is a fine, upstanding young man in our family and in our community. He is a great husband, father, businessman, and current Councilman who feels compelled to participate in Sundance politics despite the fact that there is little or no benefit in doing so. Anyone who knows Reggie knows he will continue to make the right decisions for Sundance every time regardless of our being related or of my position as Mayor and his as a Councilman. The Sundance Times Vietnam Wall coming to www.nhcinema.com 1830 N Main St., S S.D 57783 Gillette September, 2010, from the 8th to the 12th the American Vet- erans Traveling Tribute wiU be in Gillette, Wyoming, to honor Veterans. The Wall is a 360 foot long, 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. In ad- dition to recognizing Vietnam Veterans, the tribute has dis- plays to honor all veterans from the Second World War through present day conflicts. The dis- play also hosts a memorial for victims of9/11. The exhibit will be open to the public at Camp- bell County's Cam-Plex Park during the entire five days. The days of tribute will be opened on Wednesday, Sep- tember 8 in Cam-Plex Park with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., followed by a concert by Michael Peterson, a nationally known country recording star. The festivities will continue until Sunday 12 September with a ride of honor, and closing ceremonies in Cam-Plex Park. This tribute is sponsored by the Gillette Riders Organization, a coalition of rider organizations in Northeast Wyoming with the support from The Marna M. Kuehne Foundation, VFW Post 7756 and The American Legion Campbell County Post 42. The Vietnam Wall will be open free, 94 hours a day for public viewing. Events include, Michael Peterson Concert, guest speak- ers, The 67th Army Band, 7th Cavalry from Sheridan, Powder River Symphony Orchestra, fly- over by Pilots for Christ and lo- cal Bands. Saturday, September 11, will be filled with a Parade down Gillette Ave., 67th Army Band Concert, 7th Cavalry performances, Fire Department Memorial 911 Tribute, Commu- nity Picnic, Switchpoint concert and fireworks. The GRO Web Page (www. gro2010.org) has a full schedule all activities which will be up- dated regularly. Come out and get to know our veterans' contri- bution to this great country. 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Accreditation engages the school community in meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous improvement process, and engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. Comments should be sent to Public Comment on Eastern Wyoming College, the Higher Learning Commission, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 24OO, Chicago, IL 60602. According to commission guidelines, comments must address "substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic progrmns." Guidelines require comments to be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential. For more information, contact EWC College Relations Director Tami Afdahl, communications coordinator for the College's Accreditation Self-Study Committee, at 307.532.8206 or tami.afdahl@ewc.wy.edu.