“With eighty men I could ride through the entire Sioux nation.” The story of the Fetterman Fight, near Fort Phil Kearney in present-day Wyoming in 1866, is based entirely on this infamous declaration attributed to Capt. William J. Fetterman. Historical accounts cite this statement in support of the premise that bravado and contempt for the fort’s commander, Col. Henry B. Carrington, compelled Fetterman to disobey direct orders from Carrington and lead his men into an ambush by an alliance of Plains Indians.
In the aftermath of the incident, Carrington’s superiors positioned him as solely accountable for the “massacre” by suppressing exonerating evidence. In the face of this betrayal, Carrington’s first and second wives came to their husband’s defense by publishing books presenting his version of the deadly encounter. Although several of Fetterman’s soldiers and fellow officers disagreed with the women’s accounts, their chivalrous deference to women’s moral authority during this age of Victorian sensibilities enabled Carrington’s wives to present their story without challenge.
Tuesday, April 23, 6 pm at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Shannon Smith, Executive Director, Wyoming Humanities will give a presentation on Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight. She is the author of “Give Me Eighty Men”: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight, winner of the 2009 Wyoming State Historical Society non-fiction book award and is working on a biography of Frances Grummond Carrington, one of the officers’ wives who wrote about her experiences in Wyoming Territory.
In 2013, Shannon was selected as the sixth executive director for Wyoming Humanities, our state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils. She grew up in Gordon, Nebraska, 15 miles south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1982 and worked for two decades in the software industry in New York City, Boston, and Denver. Shannon returned to the University of Nebraska where she received a master’s in American History in 2001 and began her teaching and writing career focusing on women in the West and in Wyoming in particular. From 2002-2009 she taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is located at 900 W 2nd Street in Gillette. This presentation is free, and open to the public.
"I have enjoyed hearing how the Gillette Area Leadership Institute has evolved since I was a part of it. I have always encouraged everyone to be a part of GALI, to learn about our fabulous community and all that it offers, as well as participating in the many networking and marketing opportunities that are available at an exceptional value to its members."
Not every G.A.L.I. class has had the opportunity to fly in a Black Hawk helicopter as part of the group's annual visit to the state legislature. This year's class got to visit the Wyoming Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne in February, but due to strong winds (in Wyoming? Who knew!), the choppers were grounded for the day.
Brigadier General Gregory C. Porter generously offered to bring the Black Hawks to Gillette later on in the year. On April 8th, G.A.L.I. students, both from the present class and past classes, were able to take a ride around the skies over Gillette. Thank you to the Wyoming National Guard for visiting us!
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Press release from March 15, 2019:
Legend Communications of Wyoming is pleased to announce that Ted Peiffer has been named General Manager of the seven radio stations of the Basin Radio Network, serving Gillette, WY, Campbell County and the surrounding basin.
Legend Communications of Wyoming is the owner of the Basin Radio Network stations and has a total of 22 radio stations across the state of Wyoming.
Legend’s owners, Larry and Susan Patrick, stated that they were thrilled to bring Ted Peiffer on board to manage the Gillette stations. “Ted has had a very successful career in radio management having spent many years managing stations in the Rapid City market. He has significant management and marketing experience. Ted’s leadership will enable the Basin Radio Network to continue to super serve our communities, our listeners and our advertisers throughout region.”
Mr. Peiffer commented that “I am very excited to join Legend Communications and the Basin Radio Network. Larry and Susan are outstanding broadcasters and we have a terrific staff in Gillette. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.”
For more information contact Ted Peiffer at (307) 686-2242
Basin Radio Network stations include: KIML-AM, KAML-FM, KGWY-FM, KDDV-FM, KLED-FM and two translators.
"I think it’s really important to educate our members and the community on the ability and success of the Chamber when it comes to advocacy. The support we’ve seen over the years from the Chamber in terms of advocating for the coal industry is incredible. I want our members and the citizens of Campbell County to understand the role the Chamber can play, and has played, in advocating for issues that matter to our community and businesses.
"Before being on the Board of Directors, I didn’t realize how much the Chamber did. Beyond the ribbon cuttings and gold bucks, there is so much more to the services and support that the Chamber provides. I do my best to educate members and the community on the great things the Chamber does for Campbell County. Cloud Peak Energy supports a number of programs in the area and encourages our employees to get involved as well.
"Cloud Peak Energy greatly benefits from having a voice at the table. The network the Chamber has provided with regard to exposure of industry issues and supporters has made a significant impact on our business."
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.1% in December to 4.0% in January. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was the same as the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.0%.
From December to January, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. Jobless rates usually increase in January because of seasonal job losses in construction, retail trade, government, transportation & utilities, and other sectors.
From January 2018 to January 2019, unemployment rates decreased in 14 counties, increased slightly in eight counties, and remained unchanged in Lincoln County. The largest decreases occurred in energy producing counties. Campbell County’s rate fell from 4.9% to 4.0%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 276,100 in January 2018 to 281,300 in January 2019, a gain of 5,200 jobs (or 1.9%).
- Report courtesy the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
Bee City USA® has renewed Gillette’s certification for 2019 following a rigorous renewal application process.
This completed the efforts of the Campbell County Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Committee to accomplish this recertification, the facilitating committee for Gillette’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator-friendliness.
Bee City USA is a national nonprofit organization that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world's wild plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.
Mayor, Louise Carter King said, “Our City Council understood the importance of sustaining pollinators when we voted to become a Bee City USA affiliate in 2016. We commend the Campbell County Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Committee for again achieving recertification.”
“We would like to thank the Mayor, City Council, and the City Parks Division for continuing to support the efforts of Gillette's Pollinator Committee. With the help of our volunteers and local community, we have been able to add more pollinator awareness events each year, including a Pollinator Party with the 4-H Cloverbuds and pollinator counts at the Urban Orchard. The Gillette Pollinator Committee would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating our amazing pollinators during our 3rd Annual Gillette Pollinator Day Celebration at the Garden and Landscape Educational Expo on Saturday, April 6."
The Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Committee meetings are held throughout the year with dates and times advertised on the Campbell County Master Gardener webpage and invites all residents of Gillette to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.
To see Bee City USA affiliates’ annual reports, visit Bee City USA online.
Click here to read 2018's Bee City story.
"When I started working at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, I kept hearing mentions of G.A.L.I.," writes Finance Director Brandi Brockmoller.
Brandi has been a Chamber employee since Fall of 2017, and joined the 2018/2019 Gillette Area Leadership Institute class this year. (Three of our six employees have already been through the program.) G.A.L.I. was started in 1986 to bring like minded individuals together who wanted to serve their community as a leader.
Each month the group spends at least one day touring entities and facilities within the community. They learn the inner workings of, and meet the individuals who are leading teams that work in the public sector. February was the annual class field trip to Cheyenne to meet with legislators (and our new Governor). Brandi and her class saw the signing of Senate Resolution 1, declaring a day to recognize the 150th anniversary of Wyoming Women's Suffrage.
She writes about her experience so far with the Gillette Area Leadership Institute:
A new study from financial technology company SmartAsset ranks the most affordable places to live in Wyoming. This is SmartAsset’s fifth annual study on the Most Affordable Places in America. These communities are ranked on an Affordability Index weighing property taxes, homeowners’ insurance fees and mortgage payments relative to income.
Gillette was ranked the second most affordable.