The sun slips behind a hillside Sunday evening east of Moorcroft illuminating haze caused by wildfires burning throughout the west. Campbell County was spared from any significant fires this weekend, aside from one Friday sparked by lightning that burned about 180 hay bales in the Weston Hills area, but smoke from wildfires burning throughout the west, including 16 in Yellowstone National Park alone, continues to linger in the area.
I had a good mix of opportunities the last couple months and staying on my toes helped me capture a few photos I’m proud of. The weather is starting to turn, which I never look forward to, but there’s nothing I can do to stop it. So instead I’ll hope winter brings more spot news. I’m coming up on two years here in this small community and the repetition is setting it. But I’m embracing the challenge and pushing myself through occasional boredom by trying to find a newer, perhaps better way of seeing something I’ve already covered several times. Anyway, here’s a recap of stuff I made for the News Record in July and August.
Volunteers Kari Rodgers and Josh Walker unload cases of peanut butter from a trailer Tuesday and into the Blessings in a backpack warehouse on West First Street.
Bub Lara digs a post hole Friday alongside Joe Barton while building a playground behind the CASA for the Sixth Judicial District building on Carey Avenue.
Wayne and Sandra Holyoak listen to a trivia question Monday at Gillette Brewing Company. In honor of the city’s 125th anniversary the weekly trivia night Monday carried a Gillette history theme.
Horses walk a hillside Monday morning along Highway 14-16 in a field near the Office Saloon. Tempuratures are expected to reach the mid 90s today with a sharp drop to an over night low of 57 degrees. Tuesday’s high is predicted to be in the 70s.
Katherine “Kat” McGreary drives her 66-seat propane-powered Bluebird bus along Overland Drive after dropping off students Monday at Prairie Wind Elementary School.
Varisty back Austin Clemetson jumps over a defender and into the end zone Friday during a Camels scrimmage at CCHS North Campus.
Susan Sherwood of Glennrock gives customer Lori Kirchoff a hug at the Pat’s Peaches and Produce standing Gillette on Aug. 5. Sherwood’s mother owns the business, which buys produce in Colorado and transports it to Gillette weekly to sell.
Zander Kumm, 7, watches his brother shoot Thursday during a gun camp for kids at The Range in Gillette.
Armando Gutierrez, left, and Scott Cates man the grill Thursday during a pot luck dinner to honor peace officers at Family Life Church.
A family rescues horses from a pasture as a fire burns Wednesday off Heptner Road north of Rozet.
A fire fighter watches a fire line Thursday as flames consume grass and sagebrush off Heptner Road north of Rozet. The fire, started by lightning, burned an estimated 200 acres threatening homes, oil equipment and horses pastured in the area. Single engine air tankers dropped retardant on the fire to bring it to containment.
Election official Jennifer Mitchell does her part to “promote the vote” Tuesday during election day at Cam-plex Equality Hall.
Street stock cars race into a turn Friday evening at Thunder Speedway.
Mark Porter, from left, his son Chris and Reland Littleshield topple Saturday the last section of trunk from the blue spruce tree that once towered outside of the old City Hall building in downtown Gillette. The tree was about 30 percent dead after being infested by a beetle when the city decided it needed to be removed. The blue spruce was planted in front of the old city hall building when it was just four-years-old. Seventy six years later, the tree was felled.
Pastor Kim Beardon, right, talks Thursday with Steve Fowler at Antelope Valley Baptist Church. Fowler is a planting pastor at Emmanuel Baptist in Billings, Mont., which is sponsoring and overseeing a renovation project at Antelope Valley.
Library employee Elizabeth Albin approaches author of the Longmire series Craig Johnson of Ucross during a luau Friday hosted by the Campbell County Library at City Park in Gillette. The library compensated Johnson to make an appearance at the event with a case of Rainer beer, as per his usual request.
Laura Leonard pets one of her horses Tuesday on her property in the Freedom Hills subdivision east of Gillette. A tornado tore threw her property Aug. 7, destroying the shed her horses were sheltered in. The storm also pushed the Leonard’s home several feet off its foundation.
Campbell County fire fighters respond to the scene of a crash Wednesday evening that left a pick up truck parked part way into the back of a work trailer on Garner Lake Road near Caitlyn Lane. The driver was charged with driving under the influence.
Gillette College cross country runners work out Wednesday morning on the 2.4 mile trail around the Energy Capital Sports Complex.
Matt Diedrich blasts a clay pigeon out of the sky Saturday during a day of trap shooting for mine employees and mining industry vendors hosted by the Gillette Gun Club.
Members of team L & H Industrial Pete Thompson, from left, of New Mexico, Wes Clausen and Billy Conzelman, both of Gillette, watch a teammate putt Saturday during the Powder River Invitational at Bell Knob Golf Course.
Senior Dalton Young reacts to the fit of a new helmet Thursday in the locker room at CCHS North Campus as Camel football players pick up their equipment to begin the season.
A Campbell County fire fighter signals to another after coupling hoses together Tuesday as flames engulf an equipment garage at Curry Garage Door on Southern Drive. The fast burning fire left the building a complete loss.
Caitlyn Kiehn, left, shares flavored ice with her friend Hali Goff, both 9, as during the evening swim session Monday at the City Pool. Residents can expect the pool to stay busy, as temperatures are expected to rise well into the 90s Tuesday.
Connor Gietych,8, pictured Friday before an evening of bowling at Family Fun Frontier Center in Gillette, made a trip to Indianapolis this month for the Junior Gold Bowling Championships.
A sign marks the road leading to the Lander’s ranch east of Gillette. The property is now owned by the Martinson family who inherited it from Gladys and Leland Landers after acting as their caretakers for many years before their deaths.
Two boys take cover under the eve of a building Wednesday along 4J Road as marble size hail showers down around them.
City softball team players Loise Carter-King, from left, Mick Wolf and Tim Carsrud watch their teammates Tuesday during an inning of play against the county softball team during a charity softball game organized by Personal Frontiers, Inc., at the Energy Capital Sports Complex.
A smoke column builds over the Cedar Draw fire burning about five miles into the Burnt Hollow Management Area north of Gillette. The fire was estimated at about 500 acres Saturday and Believed to be sparked by lightning.
A Type I helicopter drops water Saturday on the Cedar Draw fire about five miles into the Burnt Hollow Management Area about 20 miles north of Gillette. The fire is believed to be sparked by lightning.
Pilot David Baker sits Monday in the cock pit of “Maid in the Shade,” a World War II era B-25J Bomber at the Gillette Campbell County Airport before a flight over Gillette. The World War II era combat plane will be stationed until July 24 as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s Flying Legends of Victory Tour.
Flight Crew Chief Col. Bob Taylor and Shelly Besel with the Gillette-Campbell County Airport look out the windows of a B-25J Bomber as it approaches the airfield after a flight around over Gillette on Monday. The World War II era plane “Maid in the Shade” will be stationed until July 24 as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s Flying Legends of Victory Tour.
Gillette Little League all-star Mason Newlin fields a ground ball during practice Friday at Dalbey Memorial Park.
Tanner Clark, 12, and his sister Autumn, 9, spend time together Wednesday in one of the animal pens on their family’s property north of Gillette. It’s time that has been limited for the siblings in the past, as Tanner suffers from an apparent nerve affliction doctors are having a hard time diagnosing. When water contacts his skin, it often sets of days or weeks of burning skin which immobilizes him.
Jade Harrington hits the dirt while competing in the steer riding competition Saturday of the Little Levi Rodeo at Wrangler Arena.
Koa Fowlke takes one for his team the Theodore Roosevelts during a mud volleyball game Monday at Bicentennial Park.
Shelby Price, 4, gets a drink of water Monday during the annual Fourth of July celebration at Bicentennial Park.
Jacob Hughes leads the annual Fourth of July parade Monday along West Second Street in downtown Gillette.