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( i/ Page 8 - Thursday, September 30. The Sundance David M. Pieper District Congratulations to the Sundance Bulldogs football team and coaching staff for a great game and victory on homecoming day last Friday. It was a good day to play football and the team responded well. During homecoming week many activities were planned by the student body and school administration and contributed to the success of the week. I am, however, concerned about one activity that has become a "tradit~n" during the week andis not part of formally planned activities. Beginning early homecoming week a nightly bonfire is set somewhere within a few miles or so of Sundance. While I have absolutely no problems whatsoever with bonfires, I do have some concerns wlth their location, the materials being burned, the litter left behind, and them not being extinguished but left to smolder unattended in the national forest or elsewhere. The forest is becoming very dry and susceptible to fire this time of year. Above average rainfall has stimulated the growth of grass and forbs, providing much fuel to feed a fire. In the forest, fires should be contained with a grate or rock fire ring to prevent escape. Tires should never be burned or used to start fires. Besides being illegal to burn, toxic fumes can be deadly or cause serious injury. All debris and litter should be picked up and discarded appropriately. And finally, a fire should never be left unattended or allowed to burn out on its own. Last a year a mess was left at the Sundance Campground and Trailhead. This year a bonfire was left unattended above Reuter Camp- ground in the rifle pit. Charred tires and logs from the bonfire were still smoldering when I found it the next morning. In both cases I had to dispatch people to clean the area and put the fire out. I have discussed my concerns with the principal and some students. A bonfire can be exciting and fun. All I ask is that it be done safely and legally. An escaped fire could have devastating consequences, not only for the land but for the people responsible for its start. I have offered to meet with administrators and student council representatives to dis- cuss this situation and suggest some alternatives. Perhaps the student council, a service club such as the Kiwanis, or local booster club could sponsor such activities. I also recognize the spontaneity and no adults around make bonfires and such events more fun. I don't know what the answer is but maybe we can find some common ground. We'll see. Again, congratulations to the "Dogs" football team and other athletes who competed successfully during homecoming week. "Conserving Wildlife -- Serving People" Well, it took longer than I had anticipated, but the repairs to the dam are finally com- pleted at Medicine Lake, east of Sundance. This spring the breech in the dam was leaking at a rate of five or six hundred gallons per minute. Terry Everard and Mark Emrick, with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, de- signed and engineered the project. These NRCS guys had the knowledge and experi- ence to solve the problem while keeping the repair expense reasonable. Gerald Mcinerney was the contractor on this project. He dug out the old overflow culvert that was sticking up in the air and laid a new culvert, which is now accommodating the flow that was going through the dam. He also laid a new culvert at the north end of the dam. The old one had washed out some time in the past. After these two new culverts were installed, he dug out the bad spot. This was repaired with plastic sheeting, bentonite and fill. The repaired spots are still somewhat soft, so a gate was placed across the dam to keep vehicle traffic off the seep and new culverts. Doug Watson dug the post holes for the gate and the Wyoming Department of TransportaUon Maintenance Crew provided a couple of surplus wooden guardrail posts to plant in the holes. Powder River Energy Corporation provided their cable cutter so that I could cut a piece of surplus cable to length for the gate. This gate is far enough along the dam to provide easy launch access for small boats and canoes. Pedestrian fishermen will be able to negotiate the low strung cable and readily walk down the face of the dam to their favorite fishing spot or minnow trapping location. The Sundance Rod and Gun Club provided a substantial financial donation for this worthy endeavor. The membership unanimously supported the repair project so that we can maintain this productive little fishery. As you can see. this was truly a community project and all of these people deserve to be thanked by every fisherman who uses the lake. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Seeley and the Medicine Lake Ranch Corporation for allowing public fishing access these past thirty plus years and for footing the bulk of the repair costs. Maybe if we keep the gate closed on the highway right-of-way fence. pick up our trash and respect private property rights, we can fish Medicine Lake for another thirty years. Thanks everybody. Members of Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) directors at their Annual Membership Meeting in Gillette, Saturday, September 25, 1999. This election marked the three year merger transition period between what Electric Association and Sheridan-Johnson REA and number of directors on PRECorp's board from PRECorp members elected to the board and the represent are as follows: Campbell County: Bob Tarver and Tom Davis Crook County:. Bob Wenande and Paul Baker Johnson County: Pam Kinchen and Ken Sheridan County : Leo Ankney and John Buell Weston County: Chuck Townsend and Walter Powder River Energy Corporation is a member-owned, electric utility, serving over 20,200 meters at residences, mines, businesses, and industry in Campbell, dan, and Weston Counties in northeastern Wyoming. iiiiili !iiiiiiii!ii iii ! !i !iiiii!i :.iiiiiiiiii:: .iiiiiiiiiil iiiiiiiiii/ i! + ..... "::* ii iiiiiiiii Bunch iliiiiiiii f o, ,oo gO1 State Str a iii! i ii Ph. Fax (805) (605) ! Email: ' AII Lawn EP Garden Barbecue Items" out our Save UP To 50% On Selected Items. New Itetpl$ ,,,, ,, ,,,,, ,,*, , ,, ,,,, r i , , ,1, By: Karla Wlekwire Hello for this week, Are you enjoying the fall colors? We really are, out here. We have had a hard frost, so most everything is picked and done, except for the members of the cabbage family. They are all still growing. Here Is a hodgepodge of different infor- mation that I want to share with you thia W~L.. *As you prepare for winter, any of you cutting and hauling in firewood should be aware of the wood you bring in. Bug infested wood could cause you prob- lems. I know a man In Gillette who lives in a log cabin type home. He had cut infested wood and brought it home to burn. The bugs Just transferred to his wood home and caused extensive damage. He thought that because of the cold the beeries had died off. So Just be aware. *Most ofyour perennials can be cleaned up now. Anytime the foliage starts to turn yellow or brown, it's time to cut the foliage bac Tulips and such apply, too. "Strawberries need to have some attention now. I was asked about cutting runners off. You need to decide how wide you want yotw rows. Leave enough runners to fill in the row and cut the rest. Old beds or rows need to be cleaned up, the old plants taken out, the dead leaves raked away and the beds rmrrowed and fertilized, Use a complete fertilizer (I0-20-20}. Apply at a rate of one pound per 25 feet of row. Apply R as a side dressing. (Side dressing in fertilizing means to apply it not directly on the plants, Just next to them, on the side):We would use compost wlth a small amount of manure. When you use manures you need to be careful to not burn your plants. When using manures as in listening to manure-filled stories, a little goes a looong way, It *If any ofyou would like to try growing garlic, hOWls the time to plant it. You can order it from catalogs or some greenhouses carry it. A great book on how to is: Great Gar/ by Ron L Engeland. There are two main types of garlic. There is soft neck and hard neck. Each has different qualities, You need to read to see which would be best for you. I recommend trying both. *Ifyou store vegetables for the winter, most need to be cured to store. To cure them you need to wipe off the dirt and place them in a warm dry room for a week or so. Eighty degrees is about the right temperature for curing. V in ter squashes, onions, and potatoes are the primaryones you need to cure. "As the g wing season is coming to an end be sure to take some time to relax and enjoy the fall. The thought for the week is: Fall is our reward for working hard all slu~u~ler. Karla You can locate your hunting partner's game, field dress it, pack it out and even eat it, But accord- ing to Wyoming law, you can't shoot it. Often referred to as party hunt- ing -- the tradition of hunters shooting their partners' game to fill all I/cerises in camp -- is legal in some states, but in Wyoming it can land offenders a fine of up to $500 and forfeiture of the animal and several years' hunting privi- leges. The computer drawings for the Springer and Olendo special pheasant hunts and the Bump Sullivan Managed Goose Hunt were held last week and some openings are still available for each hunt. Hunters are reminded special management permits are required for the hunts. In order to hunt pheasants at Springer, Glendo, walk-in areas or any G&F habitat area a 1999 pheasant permit is required. Bump Sullivan hunt- ers are required to have a 1999 goose permit and a 2000 permit ff hunting in the new year. The permits are $10 each. For more information on open- ings still available contact the Cheyenne, G&F office. 7" LI,O) LORIN~ ONTEST _,, Kids - Pickup your [" entry blanks - now through Oct. 30th Jig i Crook Countg public fl lth tne udg: om tn8 Cc troJ Paps pt sle ls flW Tcstl 8t Co n In I I II I I II III IIII Two Classes: 1 Pre-School- Third Grade | Fourth Grade- Sixth GradeJ PRIZES AWARDED IN EACH CLASS. Each child entering will receive a free on ineoul coloring book! Cat1 s.tt for AWyoming hunting license gives the purchaser, and the purchaser alone, the privilege to hunt and lawfully take game in Wyoming. Anyone other than the license holder harvesting game with that license will be in violation of Wyo- ming wildlife laws. Hunters are encouraged to com- pletely read their regulations be- fore going afield and contact their game warden or G&F office if they have any questions about regula- Uons or laws. I ASK THE GAME&FISH Q. "I've developed a super load for my .22-250, and I'm really a great shot. So can I use that rifle to hunt deer and antelope this fall?" A. Although we're glad y~m%-e, found a good load and you're a heck of a marksman, the answer is "no." The law states your firearm must be at least .23 caliber to hunt big game in Wyoming. There Is no prov ion for smaller calibers no matter how big the bullet, how fast the load. how well you shoot or any other reason. 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