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Ag & The Sundance Times Page 6 Thursday, December 4, 2014 (J, utdoors Local FFA members learn leadership througll FFA conferences Sundance FFA members attending FIRE. Sundance FFA members worked on devel- oping their leadership and advocacy skills as part of the 2014 Wyoming FFA fail leadership conferences, held November 21-22, 2014 in Cody. MaKayla Meisner, Haiey Marchant, Ethan Streeter, Braylon Brekke, Bailey Middleton, Rebbecca Meisner and Ray Blais attended the FFA's Finding Inspiration and Reaching Ex- cellence Conference, or FIRE. The conference, designed for younger FFA members, focuses on student growth and includes themes such as virtues, growth and collaboration. Taitlyn Bethea and Sophia Hoist attended the Chapter Presidents' Conference (CPC), where they worked on state FFA issues as delegates and learned about chapter development and the importance of agricultural advocacy. ".Participating in the Chapter's President's Conference, I feel as though I have the skills to better advocate for agricul- ture and lead our chapter. I gained a sense of unity being FFA board with other chapters around the state and obtained a bet- ter confidence speaking in The Sundance FFA is front of large groups of peo- ple," said Taitlyn Bethea, asking local ranches to Sundance FFA President. bring their branding irons "I definitely recommend at- to the high school Ag shop tending this conference to after the Parade of Lights members. The skills and this Friday. All iron types values I gained through this are welcome. conference I can use for the The Sundance FFA is rest of my life." working on a project to More than 400 Wyoming hang in the entry way of FFA members attended FIRE the Ag building and would and CPC. Members also had like to incorporate brands the opportunity to participate from local ranches. Your in an agricultural industry brand will be displayed on tour in the Cody area, hosted our sign to commemorate by the Wyoming FFA Founda- local ranches. tion. "Each year, the Wyoming FFA Foundation hosts a tour in conjunction with our state's fail leadership training," says Wyoming FFA Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Womack. "We launched these tours to provide FFA members an opportunity to learn about ag- riculture in different parts of the state. This year's tour attendees visited the George fam- ily's dairy near Cody, livestock ear tag manu- facturer Y-Tex and up-and-coming meat pro- cessor, Wyoming Gourmet Beef. Each stop on the tour provided a wealth of information and opened students' eyes to a new aspect of their industry. We truly appreci- ate those who work with us to make this learning opportu- nity possible." "I enjoyed learning about the dairy cattle industry and all the nutritional factors that go into operating a dairy farm," said Sundance FFA sopho- more Haley Marchant. "The tours were really cool and informational and I gained a better of understanding of how diverse agriculture really is." The Wyoming FFA Asso- ciation is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. This youth organiza- tion has more than half a mil- lion student members nation- wide, and more than 2000 in 50 chapters in Wyoming. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their po- tentiai for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural edu- cation. Game and Fish to hold public meeting on access to public records and license lists The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a public meeting in Casper Dec. 9 on proposed regulations governing access to public records and licenses and permits. A comment period on these proposals will be open through Dec. 29. Game and Fish is proposing that parties requesting hunter license lists will only be charged for the labor to compile and mail the list, instead of the current complicated reim- bursement formula. The simplified proposal is predicted to lower costs for list requests. All references to hard copy lists (license books) will also be deleted from the regulation since all licenses are now produced electronically. The Game and Fish proposal would expand those eligible to qualify for a landowner license to include siblings of the landowner. Other sig- nificant license regulation proposals include: simplifying resident elk license quotas to be the number of licenses approved by the Com- mission in April minus the number issued to nonresidents in February, prohibiting Gover- nor's, Commissioner's and Super Tag license holders from hunting in Grand Teton National Park and changing the alter/withdrawai date of big game license applications to the last day of the application period. All interested parties are encouraged to at- tend the public meetings at the Casper Game and Fish office. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Written comments will also be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 29 by mailing: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Gasper,WY 82604 or through the Game and Fish website. Copies of the proposed regulations are available at the same address or on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov.A11 signed comments will be presented to the Game and Fish Com- mission before they address the proposals at their Jan. 22-23 meeting in Cheyenne. The state of Wyoming supports the Ameri- cans with Disabilities Act. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the corresponding Game and Fish office. Anglers warned to use caution on ice at State Parks With ice beginning to form on lakes and reservoirs through- out the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails system, anglers are reminded of potential dangers on the ice. Ice fishing and other ice- However, ice is always in a weight. state of flux, so anglers and Fishermen are reminded other recreationists are re- that they are responsible for minded that driving any kind the cost of removing their ve- of motorized vehicle, and in hicle from a lake or reservoir some instances even walking in Wyoming's State Parks. on the ice, is risky. Please call the respective Pressure ridges can cause State Park for up-to-date ice related activities are a great thin patches in the ice that conditions. way to enjoy Wyoming's state cannot support a car, pickup, parks and sites in the winter. ATV or possibly human body Thgundance Times Get the news every week! A subscription to the Times is just $30/year! (U.S. address) For: Address: City: ST: Zip: Mail along with your check to PO Box 400, Sundance WY 82729 or call us at 307-283-3411 to pay with a credit card. A Private Nonprofit Agency Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Open Enrollment Oct 15th-Dec 7 th Call today to ensure you're in the most cost effective plan for 2015 800-856-4398 **Services provided free of charge** Ask Game and Fish Q. Can I use an electronic call to hunt coyotes? A. Yes you can. In general, Wyoming has no regulation prohibiting use of electronic calls for most hunting. The only type of hunting where electronic calls are not al- lowed is for migratory game birds. But even with migrato- ry birds, electronic calls are allowed to take light geese during the dates of the Light Goose Conservation Order (Feb. 23-Apr. 12, 2015) Watershed lessons i::i ] r iiiii!ii i  ii i :  On 25 Nov., 2014 Crook County Natural Resource District worked with Sundance first graders. They found out about the Belle Fourche River Watershed and why it is important to keep it clean. They came up with ways our rivers become polluted. After that they thought up ways can help to keep them clean, they shared their ideas. Students then drew a picture and wrote sentences about what they learned. Sudoku Solution Puzzle on previous page Sponsored by: 414 MAIN ST., SPEARFISH 605-717-8375 OPEN MON-FRI 10-5, SAT 10-2 6541 89237 912473586 378625419 891257643 423816975 765934821 246791358 1,39548762 5 87 ...... 36 .... 219 ..... 4 Black bear survey underway The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking black bear hunters to take a few minutes and participate in the har- vest survey now underway for the 2014 black bear season. Game and Fish has sent 2,397 surveys via mail and another 1,970 via email, to both resident and nonresident hunters who held 2014 bear licenses. This is the first year the harvest sur- veys are being emailed. Hunter survey coordinator Gail Sheri- dan said the online method is more efficient. The survey is an important tool for the Game and Fish to esti- mate harvest, hunter success, effort, and provides information to help wildlife managers plan the next year's hunting season. The Game and Fish emphasizes it is still very important for all surveys to be completed even if the hunter was unsuccessful or did not go hunting.