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IF'" It's Homecoming Week - Good Luck Patriots and Bulldogs! 75 Volume 128 Issue No. 39 www.sundanceflrnes.com ",'i - Troops retumto the :- lgils on Thursday ;: After spending Me last year = in Afghanistan the 842nd = Engineering Coy will ' return to the Northern Hills -," this week. :at the Donald E. Young ' Center at Black Hills State University in Spearfish at 2:30 ":- p.rn, this Thursday. The event - is open to the public. Folowing the ceremony, aparade Jhrough Belle EoUrche, Whitewo, Sturgis and Spearfish is planned. The 160 members of the . company, made up of troops from around the Black Hills and Northeastern . Wyoming. arrivedat Fort B[, Texas early last:week and began the de-mobiliza- " fion process,' j, the week i year's to oH ,: Parents I for Jeff Moberg photo A blanket of golden Aspens cover the landscape on a southern slope of the Beadodge. Fall colors are currently at or near their peak around the region. Pine beetle plan moves ahead BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah @s undancetimes,com Following completion of its Final Environmental Im- pact Statement (FEIS) for the Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project, the Black Hills National Forest Service has proposed action that in- tegrates comments received from the public during the review process. The preferred alternative to prevent the spread of the beetle infesta- tion is to focus on treating forest land in advance of the beetles, addressing concerns about safety and access on roadways. "This is a collaborative, large scale environmental project that uses new approaches to address the mountain pine beetle epidemic, says Craig Bobzien, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor. "It's our most widespread public con- cem. This project identifies the areas we anticipate moun- tain pine beetles to occur, then allows us to act quickly using a variety of tools." Over the last 15 years, the mountain pine beetle has in- fested more than 400,000 acres of the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest and continues to expand. Re- cent projects have treated a quarter of the affected land, but new means are required to keep the forests resilient. The Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project (MPBRP) proposes treating portions of around 242,000 acres of for- est at high risk of becoming See Beetles I Page 7 so please Construction set to begin on transfer station BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah@sundancetimes.com Sundance's new transfer station will be operational by July 2013, weather per- mitting, and is to be phased in over the remainder of the year. The bidding process for construction of the sta- tion is underway, with work set to begin at the end of October. "Depending on the winter, ideally we would like to see all the concrete work com- pleted before the weather gets too cold," says Larry Schommer, Public Works Di- rector. =We can then work on the metal fabrication over the winter and begin construction of the scales in the spring.  Bids for construction will be due at City Hall on October 2 and reviewed by Trflaydro, City Engineers, by October 9 with the contract awarded the next day. The notice to proceed win be issued on October 15 and work is expected to begin on October 20. Once the station is complete, trash is expected be hauled by private contractors to either Mooreroft or Belle Fourche, says Schommer. Any change in fees for hauling residents' trash will be determined once the destination and haulers have been final/zeal. =We don't want to change the cost for residents," explains Schommer. =We're not out to make money, the transfer sta- tion just needs to sustain it- self. We'll be working on a cost analysis." Recycling will be a key fac- tor in maintaining costs. As wen as keeping a significant percentage of trash out of the station, it's the cheaper alter- native. "Well be making a bigger ef- fort in recycling, particularly with public involvement and marketing," says Schommer. "Well be looking to expand on what can be recycled. That we have mandatory recycling shows we're making a great effort to reduce trash in the landfill- that opens more funding doors for us down the road. We're one step ahead of the state with this, as legisla- tion for mandatory recycling is just now coming down the pipeline." Once a haulage contract is in place, a plan will be See Station n Page 18 SHS Royals Jeff Moberg photo Trent Bush and Kara Mouat were selected as this year's SHS Homecoming King and Queen during Monday evening's annual coronation ceremony. Joining the pair in the royal court were Mandee Stutzman, Mallory Cross, Kory Butts and Logan Fossen. Homecoming events continue throughout the week culminating with the Patriots foot- ball team taking on Hill City at home at 3 p.m. on Friday and the Bulldog volleyball squad battling Big Horn (in Big Horn) on Saturday afternoon. SUNDANCE, WYOMING CONTINUING THE CROOK COUNTY NEWS SINCE 1884