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Co00d play: Winter sports season approaches lPage 12 75 _ , Volume 130 Issue No. 49 00Flle 00un(tance .... . . ': i :) www.sundancetimes.com Prescription for Br ef Governor a..ou.ce, retirement budget PrOPosal Governor Matt Mead pre- sented his recommendations for next year's supplemental budget earlier this week, emphasizing the need for a _ thoughtful discussion about Wyoming's fiscal porky. The state's permanent savings total $6.8 billion in the perma- nent mineral trust fund and $3 billion in the common School Permanent Land Fund. Liquid savings accounts available for expenditure total $5.9 billion. In addition, the Legislature may want to identify proceeds for capital gains not included in the fiscal PrOfile, said the governor, who also pointed to reversions from the past bien- nbm of over $] O0 million. With the available resources, Mead recommended a budget of around $17millior! for state government operations and $51 million, to be matched by private donations, for research, athletic programs and a high altilude training facility at the university, as well as $30 million for local governmenls. He recommended $2.1 million for construction of passing lanes on state highways, with Hwy 59 between Douglas and Wright as a top priority, "Revenues are substantial and ongoing ex- penditures are relatively fiat. It is the right time to ask questions and begin to make decisions about the right amounts for saving and the right amount for vestmenfS in infrastructure." or Mead said. Rollover kills three A single vehicle rollover north of Gillette resulted in three fatalities on November 25. The driver, a 60-year-old man from California. lost control of the 2012 Ford van for unknown reosons, crossing the north- bound lane and leaving the highway, where it slid down an nkrnent and rolled. One passenger was not wearing a seat band was ejected dur- ing the crash, while two others also sustained fatal injuries. Speed. tire condition, driver fatigue and the ice-covered conditions of the road are all b investigated as possible causes. Weather Thu 43128 12/4 Plenty of sun, Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s, . r "'# Fd 42/27 t2/6 Sunshine. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Sat 44/28 12/6 Plenty of sun. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Sun 39124 12/7 Sunny, Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the mid 20s. Mon 37123 12/8 More sun than clouds. Highs in the upper 30s'and lows in the low 20s. 009 American Proflte Hometown Content Service t Curt Moberg photo Virgil Vlrchow bids farewell from his familiar digs at Hillside Pharmacy. The Vlrchows - Virgil and Charlene - will retire from the store on January 1 but plan to remain in Sundance. Hillside Pharmacy changes hands Longtime Sundance business Hillside Pharmacy was recently sold. Owners Virgil and Char- lene Virchow have decided to retire after many years in the pharmacy and drug store busi- ness. They will retire January 1 and will continue to reside in Sundance. The new owner is Vilas Phar- macies of South Dakota. Sun- dance will be their first location in Wyoming. Jim Stephens, owner of Vilas Pharmacies, says, "We are proud to be a family- owned, independent buM- ness. The first Vilas 'ore opened in downtown Pierre, SD in 1910, and from that very first day we 'have done our best to be good mem- bers of the communities we serve. "We are honored to be join- ing the Sundance community and we hope to contribute to Sundance being not only a viable but a vibrant place to live. We very much appreci- ate the extremely warm wel- come that we have already received from the people of Crook County." In addition to the Sundance pharmacy, a "Vilas Health- care" store will be opening in Moorcroft, also in January. This will be a full drug store minus the pharmacy. Prescriptions will be filled in Sundance and delivered to Moorcroft for same-day pick- up five days a week. Same- day'pres(ription pickup will also be available in Hulett, as has been done for many years. Vilas will accept nearly every available prescription insurance plan. Both stores will include a full line of over-the-counter medications and vitamins, as well as Montana Silver jewelry, a large selection of home d6cor and gifts, cos- metics, school and office supplies and a digital photo processing kiosk. Hallmark greeting cards will be added later in the winter. The Sundance store will be remodeled in stages in the coming months. Current Hillside pharma- cist Louise Negaard wilt be the pharmacist-in-charge, and all other Hillside staff members will also continue at the store. I[ll|llllll iIr,]flql|[ir ilnllllll ..... / ), .... :'  :: ,i  mblm th'h'" "" roads result in multiple wrecks BY SARAH PRIDGEON Over the last two weeks, since the snow began to fall, Wyoming Highway Patrol has responded to and seen evidence of numerous crashes and slide-offs, says Lieutenant Marry Noonan. As winter seems to be sticking around, he advises caution and constant attention to all motorists. Since November 17, says Noonan, Highway Patrol has re- sponded to approximately 20 crashes locally, some of them caused by deer but most by the weather. Of those crashes, around ten were rollovers. One rollover took place earlier this week, for example, on the roads north of Hulett. The driver was not found until the fol- lowing morning and his most severe injuries were caused by exposure to the cold. A serious accident took place on November 25 at the inter- section of the frontage road and Hwy 111, although it does not appear to have been related to the weather, says Noonan. Two cars were involved and one of the occupants was transported to hospital with serious injuries. There is also evidence that a high number of slide-offs have taken place during the time since the snow began to fall, Noonan says, each one causing minimal damage or none at all. These generally are not reported, he explains, but troopers often see "fresh evidence" in the mornings that slide-offs have occurred. Most crashes in winter weather are caused by motorists trav- elling too fast for the conditions, failing to slow down or pay attention to the road, says Noonan. Avoid using cruise control when there is a chance of slick roads, he advises, and be aware that the roads can appear clear but still be dotted with icy patches, particularly where ice has built up in shaded areas and on bridges. Keep your distance from the driver in front of you, says Noo- nan. Most importantly of all, make sure to keep your attention focused on driving - if the road is bad, he says, it doesn't take much to find yourself in trouble. Tri-state search turns up aircraft wreckage BY SARAH PRIDGEON A priest from South Dakota was found deceased in his crashed aircraft on Sunday after a search that involved air and ground crews from both Wyoming and across the border. Peter Kovarik, age 50, was reported missing after failing to turn up at church on Saturday evening, says Sheriff Steve Stahla. Kovarik took off in his Cessna 170 from Spearfish Airport on Friday at 11:30 a.m., says the sheriff, but did not I'tle a flight plan. He was reported missing the following evening. South Dakota authorities confirmed with staff at the airport that he had been seen there the previous day. Kovarik's vehicle was found at the airport and his plane was found to be missing. Crook County Sheriffs Department received a call at 9:39 p.m. on Saturday, says Stahla. Signals from the plane's emergency locator beacon suggested that Kovarik may have been located this side of the border. Along with Deputy Sheriff Jeff Hodge, Stahla worked on logistics until 1:30 a.m., preparing for the search to begin the next See Search l page 7 "Winter Wonderland" to light up Sundance this week BY SARAH PRIDGEON Christmas will be in full swing for the residents of Sun- dance this weekend, with the annual parade of lights fill- ing the streets with cheer on Friday evening, to the theme of Winter Wonderland. The first drawing for the Sundance Bucks Shopping Spree Raffle and the chili supper and Fes- tival of Trees will take place on the same evening. Head to the Longhorn Saloon & Grill at 5:30 p.m. for the raffle drawing if you haven't already purchased one of the 250 tickets, you can do so for $10 at Dillon's Hardware, Country Cottage, The Sun- dance Times or Sundance State Bank. The first ticket drawn this Friday will receive $50, or $25 if the winner is not present. A total of 50 tickets will be pulled and eliminated from the raffle. After the drawing, head out to Main Street to watch the Pa- rade of Lights in all its Christ- mas glory. Line-up begins at 6 p.m. at East Main on 8 TM Street and the parade itself will begin half an hour later. There's still time to enter the parade, whether on a float, in a vehicle, on foot or on horseback. Call 283-1000 for a form and email it to sun- dance.chamber@gmail.com by December 4. Entries this year will be judged on five categories: best use of theme, best youth, best organization or group, best business and most unique. There is no entry fee for par- ticipants and no prizes -just fun and community recogni- tion. The Annual Festival of Trees will follow the pa-ade in the Courthouse Community Room, immediately following the Christmas Light Parade. The Crook County Library Foundation will host a chili supper at the same time. Vote for your favorite tree by purchasing a ticket. One ticket represents one vote and will cost $1, or $5 for six. The proceeds for the Festival of Trees will be split between the sponsor of the winning tree and the foundation. To enter a tree, head to the com- munity room between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday with your tree, decorations and exten- sion cords. The raffle will continue on December 12, when the first ticket pulled will receive $75, or $25 if the ticket holder is not present, and a total of 75 tickets will be eliminated. On December 19, the first ticket drawn will receive $125, or $25 if not in attendance, and 125 tickets will be pulled and eliminated. The third place prize for this year's raffle is $100, second place will take $300 and the grand prize winner will receive $1000 in Sundance Bucks, which are redeemable Jeff Moberg photo This year's Christmas Light Parade wlll hit the streets at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Line up for the event begins at 6 p.m. near Main and 8th Streets. with any Sundance chamber member and at local retail locations. Everyone who attends all three drawings will be entered into an additional drawing for a prize of $100. If you are eliminated and in attendance, you will receive a donated prize. Watch out for open houses and sales at other local busi- nesses throughout the festive season.