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Not your usual concert: SHS plans special Christmas I e15 Volume 128 Issue No. 50 Thursday, December 13, 2012 www.sundancetimes.com district solicits comments on Public comments on the three proposed calendars ' for the 2013-2014 school year will be taken until December 20, 2012, Input received will be taken back to the calendar committee. who will then develop a cal- endar for next year. As soon as next year's calendar is complete, the committee will begin developing a calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. The calendar survey can be found on the Crook County School District # I's website at: www.crookl .com. USPS holiday mail deadlines are fast approachlng Ready to send that Christmas package~ Don't delayl In order to get your gifts to their recipient by Christmas, the USPS recommends the follow- ing deadlines: Dec. 14- U.S. Parcel Post (ground) packages Dec. 17 "ExpressOverseas Military Mail Dec: i0 - International First- Class and Priority Mail (*) Dec. 19 .... Global Express i*) Dec. 22, Express Mail. (*) Most destinations Early Holiday Scrooge himself couldn't have ignored Christmas in Sundance this weekend as the whole town celebrated around the clock, enjoying a range of festivities wide enough to match every vi- sion of seasonal joy, from shopping for bargains to wagon rides in the snow. For more photos of the weekend festivities see page 18. Photos by Sundance Times Staff Due to the Christmas and Hew Year's holidays, The Sundance T/rues will have early deadlines for the December 27 and January 3 issues. Deadline for the De- cember 27 Sundance Times will be noon on Friday, De- cember 21. Deadline for the January 3 issue will be noon on Monday, December 31. Papers will be mailed on the regular scheduleI Our office will be closed December 24 and 25 and January I. Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the mid 20s. Fri 41/23 12/14 Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the low 20s. Sat 35119 12/15 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 30s and lows in the upper teens. Sun 37120 12/16 Plenty of sun. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the low 20s. Mn : 3s122 12/17 Morning clouds followed by a~er- noon sun. e Gold Wing rally expected next summer BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah@sundancetimes.com Steve Lenz and Paul Anderson of Land Use Planning brought a new zoning code before the council that will update the information with which land use decisions are made. The outdated ordinances currently in use, said Lenz, date back as far as 1970. The completed code, which the council passed a motion to adopt, is the result of two years' work to adapt Hill City's version, revising it line by line to make sure it is complete, correct and meets Wyoming guidelines. Two more read- ings of the code will now take place at successive council meetings. Rich Goetz of Gillette mean- while confirmed that next year's district convention of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association will take place in Sundance. Up to 200 bikers will arrive at the end of June, coinciding with the car show and bringing with them street dances, picnics and a small light parade, permits allowing. Raymond Howard asked the council whether fireworks have been planned for the Parade of Lights, explaining he has a display on hand that could be placed on a float. Although Police Chief Todd Fritz ex- pressed concern about acci- dents, Mayor Brooks about the horses involved in the parade and Council Member April Gill about the potential for fire, the council agreed to allow the display provided Howard's float be at the end of the parade line and followed by a fire truck. Howard also requested that the community be allowed to shoot off fireworks on New Year's Eve, having not been permitted to do so on July 4 due to the burn. The council passed a motion allowing fire- works from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve, contingent on the ground being covered by snow. The terms of a contract that will see the Cole Water Storage Tank relocated to a new loca- tion on the Cole Ranch were further refined and a temporary easement was granted, allowing Trihydro engineers to enter the property to survey and investi- gate the site. Dan Mummert of Trihydro an- nounced that surveying would begin the next day to identify routes and see the location in the field. Arrangements are un- derway for Engineering America to assist in moving the tank for warranty reasons. Trihydro also provided an update on other current proj- ects, with Karla Greaser tell- ing the council that the Well 6 Chlorinator Building should be ready to go to bid in January and asking for the completion date to be extended, as it was originally set to expire at the end of December. Mummert continued by ad- dressing the status of the Level 1 Water Study, through which Tr hydro are currently looking at projected growth areas and creating projections for model- ing both growth and demand. A technical memorandum will also be submitted to the city in January regarding water quality. A change order was discussed for the transfer station project to increase the size of the water line. This will allow the floor to be washed in the summer months when smell becomes an issue and will be presented as a motion at the next meeting of the council. Regarding the installation of a manhole at the swimming pool, Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz confirmed that the plans and specifications are expected to be complete within three weeks and will then need to be reviewed by the state. The project will go to bid in Janu- ary for work to be completed by the spring. A motion was passed to name Mayor Brooks as the voting See Council J Page 16 e Upcoming seminar to provide import program into BY SARAH PRIDGEON sarah@sundancefimes.com Whether you own ranchland stretching for thousands of acres or smaller private proper- ty, the University of Wyoming's upcoming informational meet- ings will help you spot, prevent and treat damage to your trees from mountain pine beeries. In conjunction with Wyo- ming State Forestry and Crook County Weed and Pest, the free public meetings will focus on prevention and control, as well as the financial programs available to assist private land- owners with mountain pine beetle management. "We're putting these on to make sure people are aware of what to look for on their property- early warning signs, because the trees don't turn red until a year after they're infested, explains Brian Se- bade, University Extension Educator. "State Forestry will explain why you want to take care of the problem and how to reduce the risk of the beetles spreading across your prop- erty and onto your neighbors' property." As treating the damage caused by mountain pine beetles can be expensive, the meetings will also address the financial programs on offer to private landowners in Crook County. "Mountain pine beetles can affect anyone, from small acre- age to thousand-acre ranches," says Sebade. "Well be talking about the financial assistance available to help you take care of your trees." The meeting wilI also cover the treatments available, such as sprays to kill the pine beetles or keep them at bay, and how to tell if you have mountain pine beetles on your property, as opposed to less dangerous species that will only infest one or two trees. "If you're curious about pine beetles, it's a good program," says Sebade. "We'll also be talking about their biology, when they fly and lay eggs and so on." The Mountain Pine Beetle Informational Meetings are scheduled for December 18 at Aladdin Community Building and December 20 at Hulett Civic Center, both at 6 p.m. Ad- ditional meetings in Sundance, Beulah and Pine Haven are planned for January. .... SUNDANCE, WYOMING CONTINUING THE CROOK COUNTY NEW SINCE 1884