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T undance NEWS FIE tic 65. BOX 201 ON'K, N~ 72852-8501 "Where the Kid got his name" The County Newspaper of Carol Petersen Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 Service offers Bearlodge Ranger District will be holding an house for concerned citizens to better under- and share concerns over the proposed man- plan for the Black HiLls National Forest. open house will be held from 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 on Monday, October 18 at the Bearlodge Dis- offices in Sundance. One of the more controversial measures included I the preferred management alternative is a pro- unity to learn, t on plan vision which calls for five Researched Natural Areas (RNAs). The RNA designation, which is aimed at providing undisturbed parcels of land for educational and scientific use, would severely restrict traditional activities and access to the affected areas. A total of nearly 5OO0 acres are targeted for RNA's under the preferred alternative, just over 4000 of which fall within Crook County. ounty polling places .A.V.A. approved C G~,tr,~Lt Jl "f Y BJ[ 3-;t,!% f County Clerk Connie Tschetter announced t Week all precincts in Crook County passed a H.A.V.A. inspection and are ready for resi- to cast their votes in the upcoming Novem- election. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed legislation for all polling across America to be handicap accessible [to be ADA compliant by August of 2004. help facilitate the transition, Federal funds set aside for counties to apply for in the form Unfortunately, the entire state of Wyo- was given only $I00,000 to upgrade polling in all twenty-three counties. Since then, has been working with precinct persons Crook County to meet the 2004 dead- them I would not be able to guarantee we get those grant funds," said Tschetter, re- how various people took it upon themselves their voting communities involved. *They had out of their own pockets--not knowing if get refunded with grant monies." , surrounding the upgrades began back H.A.V.A. passed. The Wyo- ' Clerks met during their meeting in January 2003 at Cheyenne to the logistical problems, to network with other, and to get questions answered by the representatives. of 2003," continued Tschetter, "l to all registered voters in the pre- amt would be affected to let them know their have to be ADA compliant. I asked for r input if they wanted to upgrade their polling date with another polling place." True to Wyoming's stalwart nature, Tschetter indicated the general consensus was to keep the polling places and to make the changes needed to preserve their pre- cincts. In her typical take charge fashion, Tschetter im- mediately began the paperwork to apply for the grants and her diligence secured the necessary funds for improvements. "We received 100% of the Federal funds we applied for. If we hadn't applied, other counties would have got the money." Last week, two agents from the Protection Advo- cacy System, an ADA compliant group, toured the polling places in Crook County to analyze the fa- cilities and either approve or reject the handicap accessibility of each. "They were extremely pleased with what they saw," said Tschetter. She verified the authenticity of thd group and the legitimacy stm'otmding their authority. "They are a group who can file legal complaints and sue you (the county)." Several components were necessary to meet the ADA requirements. New ADA voting booths, handi- cap accessibility, and installation of a statewide voter registration system, were mandatory. Crook County polling places passed all areas ,and received kudos for the handicap accessible restrooms the county paid for during the primaries. The final H.A.V.A. requirement is forthcoming with ADA and new electronic voting equipment to be installed by 2006. "I want to thank all the people involved in all the communities for upgrading these polling places," said Tschetter. "Because of them, we are able to keep all our voting places open in Crook County. It Crook County Clerk Connie Tschetter, left, watches as Sheila Christoph runs sample ballots through the county'b counting machine last week. Crook County Democrat Chair- man John Shoffidall was an official observer to validate that the machine was calibrated to fairly record each ballot. Christoph has been delegated as the chief operator of the ma- chine and for several elections has kept the machine operating smoothly with problems only occurring on the night of the election. Friends of NRA to ,hold banquet October 30 The Crook County Friends of NRA are holding their Board decides from the applicants where the money First Annual Banquet October 30, 2004 in Sundance. The banquet is a fundraiser to establish an in- door shooting range at the Crook County Fair- grounds. This range will be open to the public and will be used for the benefit of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. The funds raised are sent to the NRA Foundation and then the Wyoming State Grant will be used. The money is not used for political support or wages. Donations and underwriting for the banquet make it possible for the Friends of NRA to be successful. The Crook County group would appreciate any dona- tion you would be willing to give. If you have any questions, call Linda Schelldorf at 307-283-2071. Commis oners illlellsy consider alliance In the wake of sweeping changes recently announced in the form of Research Natural Areas on Forest Service lands in Crook County, the Commissioners are considering teaming up with a company whose sole purpose is to identify pending policies from government agencies and to then alert their clients of proposed changes affecting their interests. Kara Brighton, Executive Direc- tor and co-founder of the Wyoming Conservation Alliance (WCA), gave a presentation to the Crook County Commissioners in their regular October 6 meeting describ- hag her business and their unique research and legal services avail- able for hire. According to the mission state- ment provided by Brighton, WCA intends to organize, educate, en- courage and fadl/tate participation of Wyoming businesses, ranchers, industry groups and local govern- merit entities in the Federal regu- latory ~. %re specifically help with agricul- ture and natural resources,~ said Brighton. "There are not a lot of alternatives for legal counsel in Wyoming on these issues." The WCA outlines a method where resources are pooled, which provides a cost effective means of participating in the federal regula- tory process. In the presentation, Brighton highlighted issues her firm currently disseminates infor- mation to its members, such as; water development, management and use, grazing permits, forest management and timber produc- tion, agricultural issues, natural gas exploration and development, endangered species listings and management, and multiple use of and access to Federal lands. In addition to researching the daily Federal Register reports (which ends up each week in a hardcopy book four inches thick), the WCA then emails or sends per- tinent information via US Marl on proposed changes regarding issues identified by their members. Brighton said, "If it directly affects a client, we call you up and say, "Did you see this?" For a fee, the WCA will take fur- ther action in the form of draft com- ments, letters or legal action. Pro- posed Federal rulings have rela- tively short comment periods rang- ing from 30 to 90 days. If a group or government entity does not re- spond within the comment period, "they waive their rights to future litigation" and "are barred from the table during the rule making pro- eess.~ "Right now we're representing the Wolf Coalition of 29 individu- als and have filed our case in Fed- era] Court,~ said Brighton. She re- ported several pending cases her firm currently represents for a group in Nebraska on endangered species and waterworks issues and a Forest Service roadless case for a Wyoming group. pt~se ~ commissioners page & Cowboy footballbus tickets still available Tickets for the bus trip and UW football game are still available for the upcoming battle between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Air Force Falcons on October 30. The tentative plans call for the bus to make stops in MoorcroR, Sun- dance and Newcastle along the way. Cost for the trip will be $75 per per- son. For more information regarding the trip you can contact Ralph Goodson at 283-1952 or 283-3633 or in Newcastle contact Jim Bunch at 746-2737. o Know the ssues. Citizens are reminded to get out and meet the can- didates and learn about the issues at stake in the upcomhag election during Monday's political forum. The event, sponsored by the Sundance Chamber and Representative Mark Semlek is set for Monday evening, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the PRECorp com- munity room. Candidates for the office of Sundance Mayor and school district trustee are expected to be in atten- dance. ~s and experts will also be on hand to dis- cuss the state constitutkmal amendments which will be ~ on the ballot. Four amendments, deal- ino ,t4th an nrrav of i~.qHoe ,,,;11 ~,~ ,,n for ~-':" : " year. Amendment A would allow the removal of lim- its for the recapture of school funding revenues. Amendment B would add a provision which allows local governments to use local sources of revenue for specific types of development if approved by local voters. Amendment C will allow the legislature to enact laws which would provide alternative methods of resolving a conflict with a health care provider before a lawsuit can be filed. Amendment D would allow the legislature to enact laws which limit dam- ages for "noneconomic loss" awarded for injuries or death caused by a health care provider. Organizers also plan to have a discussion on the