"Point-in-Time" counts have been conducted across the country since 2005. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a count of all sheltered people in the last week of January, in order to identify the need in each community for federal funds to help combat homelessness.
Currently, the state of Wyoming receives $292,329 in funding, but last year 553,742 people in the Cowboy State experienced homelessness. That's an increase from 2016, a continuing trend that has seen homelessness in Wyoming jump by over 50% in the past seven years.
On January 26, the Council of Community Services will be conducting their PIT count at an event called "A Day of Hope." A free lunch at the Rockpile Community Center will be provided to those who need it from 12:00 - 1:00, and anyone who would like to set up a booth to offer services to those experiencing homelessness can do so by contacting the Council.
You can check out their event page on Facebook for more information.
Last year ended on a bad note for Wright residents when it was announced in mid-December that Don’s Supermarket, the town’s only grocery store, would close.
But 2018 is off to a great start with an announcement that the store re-opened Thursday under new ownership.
Troy and Cathy McKeown, who have owned Don’s market in Gillette since 2008, bought the Wright Don’s on Dec. 23.
Troy said the decision to buy the store wasn’t an easy one to make, but it was something he felt compelled to do.
“(Wright) needed a grocery store, and it was available,” he said.
Now Wright residents won’t have to make the 80-mile round trip to Gillette to do their grocery shopping.
McKeown said that although the store is under new ownership, everything else should stay the same, adding that he’s most excited to help out the community and the employees who had faced unemployment.
Wright Mayor Ralph Kingan said he was surprised that the McKeowns were able to reopen the store so quickly. He stopped by the Wright Don’s on Thursday to thank them, especially for rehiring the 14 workers who had lost their jobs when the store closed.
“He hired all the employees back. That made me really happy,” he said. “That’s a big help in the town.”
-- Written by Jonathan Gallardo, originally published 1/5/18 in the Gillette News Record
This month we'll be talking a lot about encouraging Wyoming women to take more of a leadership role in their communities, as part of our January Luncheon topic: "If Not You, Then Who?"
As we discuss the impact of gender representation in politics, it's important to remember that Wyoming was not only the first state to allow women to vote, it was the first government in the world to do so unconditionally. Governor Matt Mead's Council for the Wyoming Women's Suffrage Celebration is planning for the 150th anniversary of women's equality in the Equality State. They are calling for anyone with a little bit of that history to contribute it towards the celebration of women's voting rights in the Cowboy State, to begin in 2019.
“The historical record is sparse on how many women voted, who they voted for, how they felt about voting, even, in that period. Any observations from family letters, or from clippings that might have been lost, or from other records, or even oral histories that have come down in some form would be of interest," Wyoming League of Women Voters representative Robin Hill told Wyoming Public Media.
You can submit your memorabilia here, either by donating it, or making copies available for display. The council will help those who do not know how to preserve or duplicate their family correspondence.
The 150th anniversary commemoration of Louisa Swain's historic vote will take place in downtown Laramie on September 6, 2020.
The 10th annual Guns & Hoses blood drive is happening this week at the Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette. It's the second day for this event, which continues through Friday. Local police, fire, and first responders kick off the drive with a tug of war.
"Team Fire" won the contest again this year, making their record 7-3 over "Team Law." Last year over 400 donors helped more than a thousand patients in Campbell County. To donate this year, you must be at least 16 years of age. Schedule a time by calling 877-827-4376 or visiting unitedbloodservices.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The Chamber no longer keeps records of private landowners who allow hunting on their property. Game Wardens do not maintain a list, and neither does the Campbell County Visitor's Center and Convention Bureau.
However, the Campbell County Assessor's Office makes it possible to search local areas for hunting, and lists landowner information.
By visiting the Assessor's website, you can search properties by map, owner name, or street address.
1. Click on Property Search
2. Read & Agree to the disclaimer (if you don't, it won't allow you to proceed to research)
3. Choose Selection Criteria: Search by Last Name, Company Name, Street (Physical) Address or Legal Description - Enter as little information as possible due to the system being particular.
You can then use the Online Mapping System to research the areas & see if this is the correct area you are looking for.
1. Read & Agree to the disclaimer (if you don't, it won't allow you to proceed to research)
2. A new window will appear with the Campbell County, WY Online Mapping System
There is also the Wyoming Statewide Parcel Viewer website that can be used to find hunting areas outside of Campbell County.
For help you can always call the Chamber. Bureau of Land Management maps are available for sale at the Campbell County Visitor's Center, which is located on South Douglas Highway at the Interstate 90 exit, outside the Flying J Truck Stop.
Desert Run Apartments is putting together "goodie bags" for new residents, and are looking for Chamber businesses interested in participating. Whether you have promotional merchandise, a sales flyer, coupons or any other business information (like a take-out menu!), Desert Run is open to any kind of information to include to give to new residents.
There is no cost or minimum requirement to provide items for these welcome bags.
Bring your promotional items to Desert Run's main office at 1001 Desert Hills Circle, or call them at (307) 682-0177 for more information.
Congratulations to the Campbell County Convention & Visitor's Bureau! They have been nominated for a SportsEvent Reader's Choice Award. Gillette, along with Casper, are being considered as the best Wyoming has to offer in terms of sports and event venues.
Voting is open now and will continue through Noon CST on Friday, November 10th.
Click here to cast your vote for Gillette!
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September 27, 2017
Dr. Mark Englert
Vice President, Gillette College
Mr. Phil Christopherson, CEO
Energy Capital Economic Development
Dear Dr. Englert and Mr. Christopherson:
The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce commends Gillette College and Energy Capital Economic Development on their partnership on the proposed ¼ cent optional tax to be put before the voters on November 7. Both entities are vital to the growth of our community in preparing workforce and diversification of our economy.
Gillette College has seen increased enrollment year over year and has responded in the best way possible. The infrastructure and course offerings are impressive given the funding limitations the College has recently faced. They have responded to the needs of the businesses in our region by providing training specific to those industries.
Energy Capital Economic Development has worked tirelessly with limited staff and resources to develop programs that will allow the expansion of the use of our coal resources readily available in our community. Diversification is key to our region and they have proven they are champions of this effort with such projects as the Advanced Carbon Products Innovation Center and the business incubator in the Sinclair Building.
The Chamber of Commerce values the partnerships we have developed over the years with Gillette College and Energy Capital Economic Development and we look forward to working together on future projects.
The Chamber recognizes the need for sustainable funding for both the College and Economic Development in our community. The vitality of these entities is critical to the success of Gillette and Campbell County. It is the hope of the Chamber of Commerce that voters will take the time to educate themselves on the issue and make an informed vote on November 7.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
What is the ¼ Penny?
The ¼ cent economic development tax would apply to taxable goods purchased within Campbell County. This tax does not apply to food, gasoline, home purchases, prescriptions, or rental payments.
Who pays for it?
Anyone who buys taxable goods in Campbell County contributes to the total collected. Guests to our county, tourists, and part-time residents will cover an estimated 20% of the tax burden.
Is it permanent?
The citizens of Campbell County would vote on the ¼ penny every four years, providing an additional measure of accountability.
How are the funds to be used?
Funds generated by this effort will support both Gillette College and Energy Capital Economic Development, in an effort to create economic stability and growth in Campbell County.
How much will the tax cost me?
A ¼ cent tax costs the consumer one penny for every four dollar purchase of taxable goods. A family of three, with an average income of $45,000, will pay an estimated $27 per year, or slightly more than 50 cents per week.
Here are a few examples of how the ¼ cent would impact purchases:
What are the current sales tax rates?
For Campbell County, 5% for a $1.00 purchase. Goshen County is the only county in the State currently utilizing the economic development sales tax, bringing their rate to 5.25%. Below please find the current sales tax rate in adjacent counties:
Crook County 6%
Converse County 5%
Johnson County 5%
Sheridan County 6%
Weston County 6%
What is the voting procedure?
The vote will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please check with Elections Office for polling locations. The polling locations are the same as 2016. You must be a Campbell County Resident to vote in the election.
How do I absentee or "early" vote?
Absentee ballots are available from September 22 to November 6. You may request an absentee ballot by phone, in writing, or in-person from the Elections Office. Absentee ballots must be mailed before November 7, as they will not be accepted after 7 p.m. on election day. On November 7, you will not be able to absentee vote instead you need to vote at your designated polling place.
Wyoming government, industry and academic leaders will welcome Japanese energy officials for a conference on the future of coal Sept. 21-22 in Gillette.
Organized by the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources at the CAM-PLEX Wyoming Center Equality Hall, the “Wyoming/JCOAL Workshop: The Future of Coal” is a result of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Gov. Matt Mead and the president of Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) in July 2016.
Topics scheduled for discussion are areas of potential collaboration, knowledge sharing and partnership between Wyoming and JCOAL in the areas of coal trade and exports; economic development; clean-coal solutions; and carbon capture, utilization and storage.
The two days of panel discussions and other presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. each day. The opening session will include a welcome and remarks by Mead and by Osamu Tsukamoto, president of JCOAL.
More details of the workshop, including a draft agenda, may be viewed at the University of Wyoming website.
JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba.
The MOU covers technical cooperation, research and development, communication and information exchange, and facilitating coal exports and sales. The university, the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and the Wyoming Business Council are the primary agencies working with JCOAL.