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Page 7 The Sundance Times Thursday, S e pte 2OT ,j I rec ng og n BY SARAH PRIDGEON The City of Sundance has been recognized for its outstanding recycling program by the Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling Association (WSWRA) through its Annual Recycling Award. The award is given to government programs with a population of less than 5000 who are making an outstanding contribution to recycling efforts in Wyoming. "Our engineering company, Trihydro, actually put us in for this award," says Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz. "I'm not so sure there are a lot of communities of 5000 and under that have adopted the recycling theory as Sundance has, but what it has done for us has made us an example across the whole state, whether for a community under 5000 or the largest communities for what we have done. I think our citizens should be so proud." Since the inception of their recycling program in May 2011, the city has established a city-wide, curbside recycling pro- gram to make recycling convenient for the public. It has also done a significant amount of community outreach to commu- nicate the importance of recycling. "We can't thank the citizens enough because they are so re- sponsive and so responsible and they've really grabbed onto this. That is why we won this award, because the community just embraced it," says Lenz. "Even though recycling was mandated, they have also made it what it is by going ahead and taking care of as much as they can - we have questions all the time, like 'What can we do about cat litter?' They're thinking of other things that are heavy and cause trouble with our landfill." In 2014, the city became the first Wyoming community to implement mandatory recycling, the final step in the process. At present, Sundance is diverting an estimated 156 tons per year from the landfill, which equates to around 0.7 lbs per person, per day. Around 80 tons of white goods were also recycled in 2014, while 1500 cubic yards of yard waste went into the compost- ing program. "Next month, our recycler is going to come and give us a report of just how much tonnage we have reduced from going into the landfill," says Lenz. The knock-on effect from diverting so much of the garbage from the transfer station - around half the city's trash doesn't need to be hauled, says Lenz - is that it keeps resident utility fees as low as possible. "If we had to haul it, we would have to pay for every tonnage," she says, estimating that every ton hauled to Moorcroft costs a total of around $50 in tipping fees and transport. "Our garbage has to be self-sufficient, so it would have to be passed on to the consumer." The city is proud that the efforts of the community whole have been recognized for their success. "It was a great honor to be selected and to be showcased for what we're doing and we couldn't be prouder," says Lenz. 0 ..... lrihydro's Ken Schreuder accepts the award on behalf of the City of Sundance from Craig McOmie of the Wyo- ming Department of Environmental Quality Solid and Haz- ardous Waste Division. Crook County focus on improvinglanguage arts Wyoming's NAEP/TIMMS Math by Trustee Gray to take a short scores, scores also ranked first in the recess at 7:03 p.m. Motion car- School District Sandra Neiman, Director of Western states and eighth in the fled. Special Education, spoke about world. The statistical calculations REGULAR SESSION - Chair- #1 Board of the TEACHH Autism Training by the National Center for Edu- man Pearson called the meeting Trustees held last week for district staff cational Statistics also showthat back into regular session at 7:11 members; it went very well; Re- Wyoming is statistically tied for p.m. CALL TO ORDER - The regular nee Brazil and Lydia Hughes did number two in the world in sci- CONSENT AGENDA - Chair- meeting of the Board of Trustees a nice job teaching the class, ence, behind Finland." man Pearson asked ff any board of Crook County School District PRINCIPALS - Brian Hartwig, * He expects to enter into amember or member of the audi- # 1 was held in Sundance, WY, Sundance Elementary Principal, memorandum of understanding ence would like an item removed Monday, August 17, 2015, at the spoke about the kindergartenwith the Town of Moorcroft for from the Consent Agenda. Trust- hour of 6 p.m. at Central Office. preview days last week; the open use of the old elementary gym ee Haiar asked to remove F1. ROLL CALL - The meeting house this Tuesday from 5-6;so athletic practices can be held Trustee Marchant asked to re- opened with the following pres- the new playground equipment; there move G. Trustee Rathbun asked ent: Chairman Josie Pearson; and the process being started to * New teachers met last week at to remove H. Trustee Gray asked Trustees Don Clonch, Marlene receive teacher input on colors, central office to remove N. Motion was made Edwards, Rick Gill, Thayne Gray, countertops, and carpeting for * The all staff meeting and by Trustee Gray and seconded Keith Haiar, Brian Marchant, and the new building, breakfast was this morning; by Trustee Clonch to approve the Ken Rathbun. Trustee absent - Mark Broderson, Sundance thanks to the SHS junior class remaining items on the Consent Dena Mills. Administrators pres- Secondary Principal, reported for making breakfast and to Uni- Agenda (minus F1, G, H, and hi). ent - Byron Stutzman, Superin- today was the first day for sports versal Athletics for donating gift To approve secondary princi- tendent; Teresa Brown, Director practice; the open house is to- cards and back packs pals as official WHSAA represen- of Chan-iculum; Sandra Neiman, morrow at 6 p.m.; and his appre- * Paperwork regarding the wa- tatives for the 2015-16 WHSAA Director of Special Education; ciation of the custodial crew, who ter supply for the new Sundance Membership Resolution. Linda Wolfskill, Hulett School do a great job every summer[Elementary building and an up- To approve 2015-16 student Principal; Jason Moss, Moorcroft Darlene Hartman-Hallam, Beargrade to the fair loop road is mak- attendance/memorandum of K-8 Principal; Brian Brandon, Lodge High School Principal, in- ing its way through the proper understanding agreements with: Moorcroft K-8 Associate Prin- formed board members that the channels i. Belle Fourche School District cipal; Becky Waters, Moorcroff first day of school would be a field * Thank you, Tom Necklason #9-1,2. Campbell County Vh'tual High School Principal; Brian trip to the Badlands; and she is and all the custodians for the School Hartwig, Sundance Elementary on the Wyoming Altemative Ac- incredible job getting the MK8 To approve resignations: 1. Principal; Mark Broderson, Sun- countability Committee to de- building ready for school! Adelita Gerstner- MK8 Part-time dance Secondary Principal; and termine priorities for alternative * Thank you, tech department: Custodian, 2. Charity Lindholm Darlene Hartman-Hallam, Bear education. JaneU, Travis, and Justin for - Hulett Nurse, 3. Justine Reid- Lodge HighSchoolPrincipal. Jason Moss, Moorcroft K-8 working hard to have the MK8Hulett Head Cook APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Mo- Principal, reported enrollment is building wired and ready forTo approve Moorcroft extra-du- tion was made by Trustee Halar 460; there is a reading training in school! ty contracts: 1. Debra Harrison and seconded by Trustee Clonch Hulett on Tuesday; Wednesday is * Thank you, Pam Garman, - Technology Instructional Facili- to approve the minutes of the the open house at 6 p.m. - Gover- for your hard work this summer tatar (.5), 2. Dustin Petz - Girls' nor Meade will be attending; and completing the numerous and Basketball Head Coach, 3. Andie regular July meeting. Motion car- there have been minor changes time consuming, required WDEHubbard - Girls' Basketball As- ried. made to the music schedule, reports! sistant Coach, 4. Mary Hunter - ADOPTION OF AGENDA- Mo- Becky Waters, Moorcroft High * Monday, August 24, is the Head Track Coach tion was made by Trustee Haiar and seconded by Trustee Gill to School Principal, reported open WSBA2015 Fall Roundup in Up-To approve district-wide ex- house is Tuesday from 6-7 p.m.; ton tra-service contracts: 1. ITEM adopt the agenda. Motion car- the MHS commons was painted * He is scheduling a Monday,REMOVED, 2. Teresa Brown - fled. VISITORS - Cindy Corean, Sun- green this summer (no more blue September 14, work session at Principal Mentor, 3. Kathy Eddy dance area resident, expressed or maroon); and the football field central office to cover student - NewTeacher Mentor, ITEM RE- her appreciation to board mere- lights are up, so night games can data and start working on the MOVED., ITEM REMOVED. bers for beginning their meeting be scheduled, strategic plan To approve 2015-16 requests to Linda Wolfskill, Hulett School * He is scheduling a Monday,home school: 1. Penney Weast, with the Pledge of Allegiance; she Principal, reported kindergarten October 12, work session to fo- 2. Ginger Gerstner, 3. Rodney has 2 sons in special forces. FINANCIAL - Motion was made boot camp was held last week, cus on the district's mission, vi- and Tonya, Throckmorton, 4. by Trustee Gray and seconded by and she has openings for twosion, and strategic plan Douglas and Sammie Hilliard, Trustee Marchant to approve the employees: a nurse and a cam- * The 2015 WSBA Annual Con- 5. Brandon Juliano and Fylicia financial reports as submitted, munity education coordinator, ference is November 18-20 inHolsworth, 6. John and Melissa Motion carded. SUPERINTENDENT Byron Casper Bums, 7. John and Tina Ulmer, CONSTRUCTION - Tom Neck- Stutzman, Superintendent, in- * The 76th Annual NSBA Con- 8. Katy Wiseman formed board members ference is April 9-11 in Boston To approve 2015-16 isolation lason, owner rep, gave a report on the new Moorcroft K-8 build- * It has been a busy monthl * A question was asked aboutrequests: 1. Judd and Latrisha ing and the Sundance Elementa- Thanked the leadership team; MK8 library and music schedul- Bilbrey, 2. Leroy and Theresa ry building project. He answered he is glad to have them back this ing; Superintendent Stutzrnan Curren, 3. Ben and Lori Garman, questions from board members, schoolyear; even when they don~t asked Jason Moss and Becky 4. Wesley and Melissa Jones, 5. BOCES AND BOCHES - No re- agree, they collaborate Waters to give an explanation of Justin and Charlee Kuhbacher, He attended a recalibration changes 6. Chris and Stephanie March- port. SPECIAL PROGRAMS - Teresa meeting the end of July. CHAIRMAN - Chairman Pear- ant, 7. Shaun and Sherri Moeller, He asked Trustee Rathbun to son said it was suggested that the 8. Kyle and Shelley West, 9. Di- Brown, Director of Chamculum, read out loud the article (which board reach out to retiring era- ana Wood, 10. Tommy and Ban- spoke about the successful sum- Trustee Rathbun had shared ployees, so she had written per- nie Schwindt mer school program, which was funded through the 21st Cen- earlier with board members) sonal letters to each retiree; she ToappmveHulettSchoolextra- from the August 14 edition of requested board members signduty contracts: 1. Kenneth Mer- tury ~aming Community Grant; there was great attendance. The the Casper Star Tribune stating each letter before being mailed, win - FBLA Sponsor, 2. Bailee ".... California Sacramento State She asked board members to Clarkson-Fremont- New Teach- 21st century grant will also fund University presented numbers to read district's policies and let her er Mentor, 3. Lila Kennah - New the after school program this the CSG-West that show Wyo- know ffthey feel any policies need Teacher Mentor, 4. Josh Willems year; projects include KNex con- struction kits and BMX bikes, ming leading the Western states revising. -Technology instructional Facili- She reported the district had in NAEP/TIMSS Science scoresRECESS - Motion was made by tatar (.5), 5. Ken Merwin - Tech- good PAWS math scores and will and ranking s~h in the world. Trustee Rathbun and secondedSee School: page 1 2 Nancy Hawken photo Blessings in a Backpack volunteers, Grace Anderson, Janet Lake, Sundance Elementary Principal Brian Hartwig, Kenny Denzin and Resann Pixley. September 17 was "Blessings in a Backpack Day" - a national recognition of the program which provides bags of food each weekend for students qualifying for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. reps BY SARAH PRIDGEON Wyoming's three representatives in Washington have thrown their support behind the local public consensus that Devils Tower National Monument and the populated place nearby should retain their current name. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Represen- tative Cynthia Lummis introduced legislation this week that seeks to preserve the name of the features at Devils Tower. As America's first national monument and an important Wyo- ming landmark, the delegation says that it's important for Con- gress to preserve the name "Devils Tower" in statute for the community and the region. The legislation, according to the Wyoming delegation, sup- ports the public response to a petition submitted to the State and U.S. Board on Geographic Names by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation. The petition requested that Devils Tower be renamed to "Bear Lodge", call- ing the Devils Tower name offensive and a mistranslation. The Wyoming delegation said the public had the opportunity to comment on the issue and it is clear that those in the com- munity and the state would prefer to keep the name. The Crook County Commission opened the question to the public in March and received almost 1000 comments, the vast majority supporting the name of the Devils Tower. A total of 92.87 percent called for the summit itself to retain its name, with a total of 886 votes, while 89.27 percent voted for the pop- ulated place to keep its name, with a total of 855 votes. The legislation calls for the geographic feature and place to be known and designated as "Devils Towel~ and for any reference in law, map, regulation, order, document, paper or record to be deemed a reference to "Devils Tower~. Lummis introduced the bill in the House of Representatives on September 16 and it was referred to the Committee on Natu- ral Resources. Barrasso and Enzi introduced their identical bill to the Senate, where it was read twice and referred to the Com- mittee on Energy and Natural Resources. Join the Black Hills National Forest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 for a moonlit hike and to learn about the history of fire lookout towers in the Black Hills. Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will waLk a total of one half mile roundtrip on a trail over uneven terrain. This is an easy hike with little elevation gain. Featured speaker, Tom Willems, retired archaeologist from the Black Hills National Forest, wiU present historical information on local fire lookout towers while portraying Roy Williams, an early day ranger who served during the time of the inception of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS}. The program will be held at the Summit Ridge Fire Lookout Tower which was converted to a USFS rental cabin. WiUems spent the last 11 years of his federal career on the Black Hills National Forest serving as a district ar- chaeologist, recreation planner and volunteer coordinator. Amy Ballard, Moon Walk Coordinator, said, vViUems has treat- ed Moon Walk visitors to past programs with his early day ranger character and wears a historic Forest Service uniform from the turn of the last century. The program transports visitors back 100 years." To reach the Moon Walk site, travel west from Custer, SD on Highway 16 approximately 28 miles to Forest Service Road 117, Boles Canyon Road. Turn right or north on Boles Canyon Road for approximately 12 miles then turn left on Forest Service Road 265, Summit Road. Follow Summit Road for approximately three miles to the Summit Ridge Cabin which is on the left. The Forest Service suggests that visitors bring flashlights, wa- ter, and bug repellant and dress for cooler fall evening tempera- tures and hiking on uneven terrain. Long pants and sturdy foot- wear (hiking boots or athletic shoes} are recommended for your comfort and safety. The program may be cancelled unexpectedly for unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be cancelled due to rain unless lightning is spotted. Please arrive early to aid in parking vehicles as over 100 visitors per walk have been attend- ing the programs. For more information about the program and summer sched- ule go to www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call the Black Hills Na- tionai Forest at 605-343-1567.