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2 the Kid got his name" The County Newspaper of Roger and Bonnie BaHou Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 @ 1sm JOHNSON secret elves have begun to ensure that Sundance students, and families a memorable Christmas sea- Cochair Becky Roll said the to Santa's workshop were 3 in the band room of high school, and distribu- will take place between I:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. elves, community members are busy collecting food Christmas Baskets, warm children's toys, and cash Boy Scouts conducted their Saturday, Dec. 8. Sev- student groups are also food, and the FFA, one effort's biggest supporters, buy sleds. The Wyoming & Fish and hunters typi- donate meat, and CNA cuts and wraps it as their of Santa's elves wish to re- like the woman mends coats donated for "A lot of ~ople that," Rolf said. Whey say their God or their faro- hat." A lot of the were recipients of the pro- in previous years who come t and say, *Now it's my turn to JOHN~K)N Dodge pickup was totaled roll-over that occurred 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. vehicle was eastbound on 90 when the driver, Pringle, Gillette, lost con- of it near the Inyan Kara exit 172. and a passenger, Jeffrey were transported to the hospital where they were and released. SO | "This is totally a community ef- fort," Rolf said. "The whole com- munity comes together. All the schools really work with us." She added that often when teenagers drop off donated items and see Santa's Workshop, they are over- whelmed by the generosity of the community. "It's good for them to see that," Rolf said. Although Christmas is the big time of the year for Santa's elves, it's not the only time. "Sometimes teachers call us for help. A student doesn't have gym shoes or can't provide snacks for a treat, or they need colors and glue. That's when a secret Santa steps in and makes sure little Johnny has shoes," she explained. "It may be in December, but it also may be in September or May. ~ The number-one priority with Santa's helpers is providing chil- dren with warm clothing. "All chil- dren receive gloves and a hat," Rolf said, "but if they don't have a warm coat or snow pants, we provide those, too." Appl/catlons. Santa's workers are now taking applications from those who need a little help dur- ing the holiday season. Realizing that many people are too prou~i to ask for help, Rolf encouraged them to apply. "All applications are kept very confidential, she said. "Our primary aim is to help people who are working but don't have the money for gifts. They're going through a bad time for a short time." No application, however, is refused unless it is blatantly phony. Roll also encouraged senior citi- zens tO apply. "Sometimes they just need a blanket or have different food needs," she said. "I am always surprised about the needs of our seniors. TheyYe often too proud to ask. So our seniors are taken care of very gently and with all due re- spectf Rolfagain stressed the confiden- tiality of their work. "No two people know who the applicants are. Only one person has that i~ame," she said. If you need an applic.:ation, you may call Rolf at 283-19 20 and one will be mailed to you; q:,r you may pick up an applicatioff at the So- cial Services office. What you can do. Ifyou want to help, there are a numh,er of ways to do so. You may: Provide food througt~,, one of the many drives by Scouts, students, and other organization'~ or directly to Santa's Workshop; Buy a gift for a SlZ~cific indi- vidual. Stop by the Boo1; Tree at the Country Cottage and t:~uke a boot. It will have the gender and age of the child written on it., Donate coats and tither warm clothing to Santa's Workshop. They prefer new coats for old, :r students and will accept good usFd clothing for younger children. Make a cash donatio,n either by depositing it directl3, into the Christmas Baskets recount at Sundance State Bank or by mail- ing it to Christmas" Ba.skets, P.O. Box 159, Sundance. "If we end up with too much food,~ Rolf continued, "we donate it to the Family Viollence and Sexual Assault office. T hey have a year-round food pantry'., sot he giv- ing continues." Rolf cochairs Santa's Workshop with Jean Jones. Both w,omen have served the community in this ca- pacity for 11 years. Some of the other volunteers include Judy Hart, Carol Jones, Kathy Lenz, Susan Worthington, and Cindy Waller. According to Roll, the organiza lion formerly served Moorcroft and Hulett as well. Eighteela years ago, Wyoming Fish & Gan~te donated $1,800 tO the project, at! which time each of the three town-~ began its own program. "We are so blessed i3n our com- munity,~ Rolf conclude d. "The ma~ jority of our people m'e generous and gracious, and we r ~.~ally appre- ciate themf i By LINDA JOHNSON Last October, The Wyoming De- partment of Transportation an- nounced that "new fiat license plates" would replace the em- bossed ones manufactured by in- mates at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. The change coincided with the Governor's office deciding to shut down the license plate factory in the north unit of the penitentiary to evaluate what it would cost to update'that plant. In the meantime, WYDOT con- tracted with 3M, St. Paul, Minn., to manufacture the plates. In a press release issued Oct. 18, WYDOT listed the advantages of the new plateS. "Flat plate production is much safer, faster, requires less man- power, and offers more versatil- ity," Don Edington, WYDOT'S Motor Vehicle Services manager, said. Personnel in the Crook County Treasurer's office are not so sure about the advantages. In fact, they pointed out some disadvan- tages of the new plates and diffi- culties dealing with 3M. * A plate made at the peniten- tiary cost $1.45 each. The new plates cost more than $4 each. - If you ordered a prestige plate, the inmates could produce it in about two weeks, whereas the wait now is closer to six months. "I don't understand what the benefit to the state isf Kuhl com- mented, "when the cost is three times as much and production is taken out of the state. "The people at the pen liked making the plates, they did a wonderful job, and the delivery time was excellentf she contin- ued. got superior production out of there." Not so with the 3M production, she added. The first prestige plate ordered in Crook County since the change (shown at the right in the above photo) bears "the designation "TRK" even though it is for a car. "We waited months to get this one," Kuhl said, "and when we called and asked how we could get it correcied, we Wei'e t01d to submit another application. That means we'd have to wait several more months." The WYDOT press release ad- vised that anyone who experi- enced a delay with prestige plates can purchase a numbered plate when they need to renew and then pay an $8 transfer fee to change plates when their person- alized plates arrive. Kuhl also produced a letter from WYDOT warning county treasurers that the first four of six orders placed with 3M con- tained pieces of metal either still connected to the corners of the plates, inside the box itself, or possibly protruding from the box. Personnel were asked to "be alert and use caution when handling the boxes, opening the boxes, and handling the platesf "If a square corner is still at- tachedf Kuhl said, "we're just supposed to cut it off." Pointing to a bar code at thd bottom right-hand corner of th~ plate, Kuhl said she was told that in the future cameras will be posted at stop lights and will be able to identify vehicles from the bar code. "A little Crook Count~ mud should take care of that~ Kuhl commented. She said the treasurers wer not involved in the decision-rock= ing process. "We would have liked to have had input, but the DOT just decided it.~ Although Crook County re: ceived its first hipment of the fiat plates around the first of Sep- tember, Kuhl's office is just be- ginning to sell fiat plates for trail- ers and prestige plates. "We still have between 400 and 500 embossed plates for cars and trucks," she said. While the fiat plate won't go away, WYDOT hopes to have a new production plant in Chey- enne operational by early March. They will contract with Magic City Enterprises to provide the manpower for the plant, creating job opportunities for mentally and physically disabled citizens. Results of the Governor's study will indicate whether or not it's considered feasible to continue having some plates made at the penitentiary. Griffis reminds chairman of the Sundance Chamber $1,000 shopping sp 'ee, Rocky that she was not plenning to be one of the first 100 names drawn from the board. will be held once again this Friday at Sundance Mercantile st 5:30 p.m, If the lucky is in attendance they will receive $100 in Sundance Bucks. If not the prize will drop to Fifty more names will be drawn leaving fifty for the final drawing on Dec. 21 for the big prize. By LINDA JOHNSON A contingent of concerned offi- cials were on hand at the regu- lar meeting of the Crook County Commissioners to hear discus- sion of 911 rural addressing. Tom Sandvick, 911 Coordina- tor for Lawrence County S.D., presented the steps and proce- dures Lawrence County took to establish their current rural ad- dressing system. His audience included EMT Sandy Neiman from Hulett EMS, Inc., Deputy Assessor Tim Lyons, Assistant Deputy Assessor Dee Griffis, County Assessor, Susan Red- ding, Assistant Fire Warden Paul Pollat, County Undersheriff Tom Adams, Dispatch Supervisor Sylvia Sharp, Pine Haven EM Co- ordinator at Heinz, and Elvin Rush, Road and Bridge Superin- tendent and Fire Warden. Although a rural addressing system has been in effect, it needs to be updated. Most ad- dresses were okay, and local emergency personnel knew where rural residences were lo- cated. As emergency services were expanded and personnel shifted, many of the newcomers don't have common knowledge of locations. The construction of more roads, private drives, and new rural homes necessitates the modification. The County Assessor's office is in the process of updating and correcting the current rural addressing system. A Global Positioning System velop their health awareness pr0; (GPS) will be used to come up grams. with exact locations. Some ad-RAC nominees, The Commis,' dresses will be changed accord- sioners met with a panel whose ingly, purpose wasto review the app!l ; I "We want to keep the addresses cations received for the Crook : ! as much the same as possible,County Resource Advisory Corn- and we respect the desire for pri- mittee. Of the 30 applicants, IS ~ ~i vacy,'AssessorGriffissaid, "but names were submitted to the: we also need to be able to fred Secretary of the Department of: you in case of an emergency.~Agriculture for final approval, ~:,: Haatitlt ~nraa. The Commis- Serving on the selection sioners heard discussion regard- mittee were Gene Bassett( ing H/V and health concerns in ing Bearlodge District Ran the County. Following presenta- tions by Crook County School District Superintendent Jeff Car- tiers, Public Health Nurse Barb Coy, and Denise Canfield, Sun- dance High School Student Council president, the Commis- sioners approved making $5,000 available for grants to provide funding to the CrOok County high school student councils to de- Dave Pieper, former Bearh District Ranger; Mike Surber , Range Land Management Spe;'~ cialist; John Twiss, Forest Su~; pervisor, USDA Forest Service ' Anita Fish, member, and Lindg: Tokarczyk, sub-committeeo member of the Crook County Land Use Planning and Zoni i Commission; and Joe Baron,.: County Attorney. :' Sundance school students will make three Christmas pre- sentations next week. Monday, Dec, 17 -- Grades I through 3, Christmas mu- sic program, Sundance Elementary School 0n'nnasium, 7:00