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'p/ / Y News -, 201 O rk, AR 72892 Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 Thursday, September 30, 1999. Isk, ue No. 39 n 75 Cents ! Phases of work on 1-90 take place, Cundy Asphalt is tbove taking advantage of the fall weather to remove % Schelling proceedings have been suspended murder case of Jerald Dennis Kearns. stands accused of attempted murder following the Lynd was stabbed at the 1-90 exit to Pine Ridge Road between Sun- Moorcroft. a resident of Natrona County, allegedly gave Lynd, 55, was hitc "hhiking along 1-90. assisted by passing motorists who summoned the He was transported to the Campbell County Hospi- where, ironically, Kcarns happened to go for an medical problem. spotted in the hospital's emergency waiting room County officer who was there to interview Lynd. arrested at that time and is being held in the Crook Facility. hearing was held before Justice of the Peace on August 20 and a preliminary hearing was sched- 27. hearing was reschcduled for September 23, after Public Defender Russell Hanson was granted to Suspend Proceedings on September 2. proceedings will be held until the evaluation is corn- family member recently reported to the SUNDANCE Kearns has been "in trouble all of his life" and has made physical threats to various family members. :. ::: : / ~iii!i ): ? { / i!ti}i:i i!iiiii: i ; :f :7~: ,!i ? ".9:i :.:f ?i,/!t~ :i : . .... ~iN k: %9 tO, ~ !7: _ ~ / :% :!i ii:;~ : ; :R= i XI' the existing asphalt. They will be laying a new surface yet this fall. II Bruce Brown, chief financial officer of Devils Tower Forest Products in Hulett, was one of two Wyoming delegates to a na- tional manufacturing summit in Washington, D.C. this past week. Brown was quoted in a Univer- sity of Wyoming release as saying that he was looking forward to the Manufacturing Summit and the opportunity to network with other manufacturers. "We're somewhat isolated at our loca- tion, and this is an opportunity to meet with our peers and find out more about the newest and best industry innovations," he said. Brown and Mike Wandler. vice president of L & H Welding & Machine Company in Gillette, were invited by the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Cen- ter (MAMTC} to participate in the national event. MAMTC is a part- nership of the Wyoming Busi- ness Council. the University of Wyoming Office of Research. and the UW colleges of Engineering, Business and Agriculture. The summit gives small manu- facturers the opportunity to meet with members of the House and Senate ManufacturingTaak Force to discuss the challenges and barriers they face, to make rec- ommendations, and to share thelr Successes. Devils Tower Forest Products is a family-owned business founded more than 50 years ago by A.C. Nelman. The company manufac- tures industrial and residential use lumber, and sells its prod- ucts nationwide. Devils Tower employs about 220 people. In 1998, the company purchased the Continental Lumber Com- pany, according to the UW re- lease. Four generations of the Neiman family have been or are, involved with business, civic, and allied activities in Crook County, in Wyoming, and in South Dakota. Their interests include Nelman Tlmber, Nelman 77 Ranch, Dev- ils Tower Golf Course, Mountain West Millworks, and Rushmore Forest Products. They have been instrumental in furthering the development of the airport at Hulett. County Road and Bridge Su- perintendent Elvin Rush cau- tions area residents that the fire danger remains fairly high around the county. ~Even though weX, e had cool, moist weather, when it gets hot and breezy in the afternoon, fires can spread easily," Rush said. So, whether you're burning garbage, hosting a controlled bum, smoking, or whatever, everyone is reminded to be careful. The Sundancc and Hulett fire departments responded to an escaped fire that started on the Dorrance Ranch near Hulett and was finally contained on property owned by Terry and Rose Peterson. The Saturday afternoon fire burned nearly 100 acres of tim- bcr and grass. The Hulett Fire Department returned on Sunday to finish the mop up work. Earlier in the week, the Sun- dance fire department re- sponded to a grass fire at Pope & Talbot near Moskee. Due to the good response by the local fire department, the Forest Service and county crews, the grass and timber burn was contained to less than half an acre. Pope & Talbot pumpers mopped up after the county crew was gone. THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY Mostly sunny Clouds and Mostly cloudy Clouds and and breezy sun; breezy " and breezy sun; flurries H 63 / L 36 H 57 / L 28 H 47 / L 22 H 46 / L 24 Max UV: 5 Max UV: 4 Max UV: 2 Max UV: 4 WHP trooper Don Dorcas re- sponded to a one-vehicle rollover that occurred at 1-90 milepost 183 about 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 25. The westbound vehicle, driven by Billy Joe Valenta, appeared to have crossed the median and roiled, ejecting Valenta. Due to a massive brain injury, Valenta was transported to the Rapid City Regional Hospital by lifeflight helicopter and was listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon. Valenta was reportedly re- leased from the Crook County Detention Facility on Friday after serving time on a DUI charge. AlcoholAs considered a fac- tor in the Saturday morning rollover. Valenta, who is in his 40s, was working as a ranch-hand in the area. Devils Tower To Host n House Devil's Tower National Monument is in the process of developing a General Management Plan that will guide management decls s for the next 10-15 years. An informa- tlonal open house will be held on Wednesday, October 6, at the Hu- lett Civic Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This informal gathering will provide an opportunity for local residents to ask questions of park planning team members, express concerns and issues they have re- garding the park, and convey their feelings on how the park resources should be managed. Visitors are welcome anytime dur- ing the open house hours as there will be no formal presentations scheduled. For additional information, call planning team member, Todd Suess at 307-467-5283, extension 12. __ __ __ l l ii ii 0:! II pt transfer who has been stationed at Devils Tower with the National the pest three years, has accepted a transfer to the I in south-central Utah. Mitchell will be Interpre- supervising the visitors' center and overseeing the st Capitol Reef. The new location will be some 45 miles , end her husband, Andrew Kmroly, a retired professor own. The couple will be leaving October 14. By: Evonna Schelling The Alan Clark residence in the 8-Mile Subdivision west of Gillette received a surprise visit from a female mountain lion on Sunday, September 19. According to Alan's mother, Verna Clark, of Sundance, the Clarks were hacking out of their driveway at about 11:00 that morning wher~ a neighbor jumped the fence to inform them that a mountain lion had gone under the deck of.their home. The Clark's two "Heinz 57" dogs had cornered the large cat in an area where the Clark boys, Andrew, 1 I, and Jonathan, 9, usually play. In the interest of protecting the neighborhood, the moun- tain lion was put down and sent in for rabies testing. A negative report was received.' A Campbell County game warden said he was puzzled by the mountain lion's daytime appearance as the animal is typically a nocturnal creature. The mountain lion appeared to be 2-3 years old and in healthy condition. It will be mounted for display in the Chamber of Commerce building in Gillette. This female mountain lion was destroyed recently after 8-Mile Subdivision, located along 1-90, west of Gillette. !ii wandering suspiciously near homes in the