April Update

April was a fun month, we had a lot going on. It started with a large round of layoffs with more than 450 coal miners losing their jobs. Baseball started up, we had the democratic caucus, and the community began to emerge from its winter hibernation. Take a look!

 Matt Johnson waits at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services offices in Gillette on Thursday afternoon. Johnson was working for Big Horn Tire servicing the vehicles at Black Thunder Mine when he went into surgery to have a brain tumor removed. He expected to return to work in about two weeks when he got the call telling him he had been laid off. "They let me go and I just got done with a brain surgery, so..." he said, "I'm kinda without a paddle."

Matt Johnson waits at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services offices in Gillette on Thursday afternoon. Johnson was working for Big Horn Tire servicing the vehicles at Black Thunder Mine when he went into surgery to have a brain tumor removed. He expected to return to work in about two weeks when he got the call telling him he had been laid off. "They let me go and I just got done with a brain surgery, so..." he said, "I'm kinda without a paddle."

 US Navy veteran Bryan Pownall, center, carries a flag with fellow veterans as part of the honor guard for the "Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day" Tuesday afternoon at Rozet Elementary School.

US Navy veteran Bryan Pownall, center, carries a flag with fellow veterans as part of the honor guard for the "Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day" Tuesday afternoon at Rozet Elementary School.

 Tank, a 20-year-old retired roping horse, yawns in the parking lot behind Red Hills Veterinarian Hospital after seeing Dr. Nicole Cressey for a scratch on his eye on Wednesday morning.

Tank, a 20-year-old retired roping horse, yawns in the parking lot behind Red Hills Veterinarian Hospital after seeing Dr. Nicole Cressey for a scratch on his eye on Wednesday morning.

 The Gillette Roughriders warm up Thursday evening before their season opener against the Sturgis Scoopers at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

The Gillette Roughriders warm up Thursday evening before their season opener against the Sturgis Scoopers at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

 Gillette Roughrider Josh Hughes stops the ball during the Riders season opening 7-0 win over the Sturgis Scoopers Thursday evening at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

Gillette Roughrider Josh Hughes stops the ball during the Riders season opening 7-0 win over the Sturgis Scoopers Thursday evening at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

 Sturgis Scoopers pitcher Caleb Bates throws a pitch to the Gillette Roughriders Thursday night during the Riders 7-0 season opener at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

Sturgis Scoopers pitcher Caleb Bates throws a pitch to the Gillette Roughriders Thursday night during the Riders 7-0 season opener at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

 Gillette's Josh Kuhbacher throws a pitch to the Sturgis Scoopers during the Roughriders' 7-0 win over the Scoopers in their season opener at Hladky Memorial Stadium on April 7, 2016.

Gillette's Josh Kuhbacher throws a pitch to the Sturgis Scoopers during the Roughriders' 7-0 win over the Scoopers in their season opener at Hladky Memorial Stadium on April 7, 2016.

 Wearing a Bernie Sanders pin JJ Onkka, 3, plays on his mother's phone during the Campbell County caucus on Saturday April 9, 2016. JJ's mother Ashley supported Sanders during the caucus citing "All of his policies," she said, specifically his plans for making college tuition free and healthcare for all. "It's just amazing that someone has made it this far with that platform," she said. Sanders won 12 delegates in Campbell County, while Hillary Clinton was awarded six.

Wearing a Bernie Sanders pin JJ Onkka, 3, plays on his mother's phone during the Campbell County caucus on Saturday April 9, 2016. JJ's mother Ashley supported Sanders during the caucus citing "All of his policies," she said, specifically his plans for making college tuition free and healthcare for all. "It's just amazing that someone has made it this far with that platform," she said. Sanders won 12 delegates in Campbell County, while Hillary Clinton was awarded six.

 Brad Smith puts the finishing touches on a mule deer mount at Rusty's Taxidermy on April 1. The Western Regional Taxidermy Championship will be in Gillette Wednesday through Sunday at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center.

Brad Smith puts the finishing touches on a mule deer mount at Rusty's Taxidermy on April 1. The Western Regional Taxidermy Championship will be in Gillette Wednesday through Sunday at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center.

 Peak Wrestling's Seamus Casey wrestles University of Wyoming wrestler Bryce Meredith during a workshop at Sage Valley Junior High Saturday afternoon. Meredith is the first wrestler from Wyoming to go to the NCAA Final, held this year at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Peak Wrestling's Seamus Casey wrestles University of Wyoming wrestler Bryce Meredith during a workshop at Sage Valley Junior High Saturday afternoon. Meredith is the first wrestler from Wyoming to go to the NCAA Final, held this year at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 John Bozovich crosses the finish line in the first heat of the boys 400-meter dash Tuesday afternoon during the Camel-Bronc Dual at CCHS North Campus.

John Bozovich crosses the finish line in the first heat of the boys 400-meter dash Tuesday afternoon during the Camel-Bronc Dual at CCHS North Campus.

 Tanner Clark sits by a heater at home on Tuesday during one of his many flare-ups caused by his rare skin condition that causes his skin to burn for days after coming in contact with water. One side effect is that he always feels cold, even with heaters going and the temperature set to 85 degrees. During flare-ups Tanner has to stay home from school, and any contact with anything causes his skin to burn, so he spends his time in mesh chairs and hammocks with as little surface area as possible.

Tanner Clark sits by a heater at home on Tuesday during one of his many flare-ups caused by his rare skin condition that causes his skin to burn for days after coming in contact with water. One side effect is that he always feels cold, even with heaters going and the temperature set to 85 degrees. During flare-ups Tanner has to stay home from school, and any contact with anything causes his skin to burn, so he spends his time in mesh chairs and hammocks with as little surface area as possible.

 Lifetime Gillette resident Tom Butler stands among his collection of local artifacts at his home on Monday afternoon. Butler, whose family has been in the area since 1916, bought one of the 53 pioneer banners to celebrate the city's 125th anniversary this summer. The banners will hang from the 53 light posts on Gillette Avenue between Twin Spruce and the train track on the north end.

Lifetime Gillette resident Tom Butler stands among his collection of local artifacts at his home on Monday afternoon. Butler, whose family has been in the area since 1916, bought one of the 53 pioneer banners to celebrate the city's 125th anniversary this summer. The banners will hang from the 53 light posts on Gillette Avenue between Twin Spruce and the train track on the north end.

 Kinsley Switzer, 14, and her brother Harlen Serrano, 5, listen to Cloud Peak Energy's Luke Malyurek read a book during Eat, Read, Grow Tuesday night at Wagonwheel Elementary School. Eat, Read, Grow is a program rotating around different schools where volunteers visit with kids, read to them, and the kids and get to take home a new book and a bag of groceries.

Kinsley Switzer, 14, and her brother Harlen Serrano, 5, listen to Cloud Peak Energy's Luke Malyurek read a book during Eat, Read, Grow Tuesday night at Wagonwheel Elementary School. Eat, Read, Grow is a program rotating around different schools where volunteers visit with kids, read to them, and the kids and get to take home a new book and a bag of groceries.

 Gillette Community Service Officer Steve Wageman places a parking ticket on the windshield of a car on Gillette Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The city is hoping to cut between $450,000 and $500,000 by only filling two of the currently, or soon to be, open positions in the department.

Gillette Community Service Officer Steve Wageman places a parking ticket on the windshield of a car on Gillette Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The city is hoping to cut between $450,000 and $500,000 by only filling two of the currently, or soon to be, open positions in the department.

 Logan Lampman, 15, from left, Luke Lampman, 18, and Josh Campbell , 17, help shuck corn Friday evening in preparation for the 33rd annual Society of Petroleum Engineers' crawfish boil at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center.

Logan Lampman, 15, from left, Luke Lampman, 18, and Josh Campbell , 17, help shuck corn Friday evening in preparation for the 33rd annual Society of Petroleum Engineers' crawfish boil at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center.

 Gillette throwers Makayla Tucker, clockwise from back left, Jordan Fink, Taylor Smith and Shantell Gladson, photographed Thursday at the CCHS shot put pit, have all qualified for the state track meet in either the shot put or discuss, less than halfway through the season. Gladson won the indoor shot put title with a throw of 35 feet and 10.5 inches.

Gillette throwers Makayla Tucker, clockwise from back left, Jordan Fink, Taylor Smith and Shantell Gladson, photographed Thursday at the CCHS shot put pit, have all qualified for the state track meet in either the shot put or discuss, less than halfway through the season. Gladson won the indoor shot put title with a throw of 35 feet and 10.5 inches.

 Science Center Technician Candy Morgan collects materials Friday morning for a science kit that she's prepping for next fall. Once the kits get used and returned, Morgan goes through them and refills any materials that are needed, and repairs anything that's broken or worn out. "A lot of the new ones, we test them and make sure that they work," before sending them out to the classrooms she said.

Science Center Technician Candy Morgan collects materials Friday morning for a science kit that she's prepping for next fall. Once the kits get used and returned, Morgan goes through them and refills any materials that are needed, and repairs anything that's broken or worn out. "A lot of the new ones, we test them and make sure that they work," before sending them out to the classrooms she said.

 Scott Sorenson, foreman for the Gillette water division, opens a fire hydrant on Gurley Avenue Monday afternoon as the city crews begin flushing the city's water lines. The annual flushing of the water lines clears any sediment and debris that has settled in the pipes, and allows crews to check on water pressure and make sure the hydrants are working properly.

Scott Sorenson, foreman for the Gillette water division, opens a fire hydrant on Gurley Avenue Monday afternoon as the city crews begin flushing the city's water lines. The annual flushing of the water lines clears any sediment and debris that has settled in the pipes, and allows crews to check on water pressure and make sure the hydrants are working properly.

 Kelby Biley, 3, pets a turkey at the annual Campbell County Conservation District's Agriculture and Natural Resources Expo Tuesday afternoon at the Cam-plex East Pavillon. Third graders from around the district came to Cam-plex to learn about the agriculture industry, "I love being with the kids and teaching them about ag," said Wright Future Farmers of American member Adrienne Mackenzie, "I think that's something not enough kids get exposed to."

Kelby Biley, 3, pets a turkey at the annual Campbell County Conservation District's Agriculture and Natural Resources Expo Tuesday afternoon at the Cam-plex East Pavillon. Third graders from around the district came to Cam-plex to learn about the agriculture industry, "I love being with the kids and teaching them about ag," said Wright Future Farmers of American member Adrienne Mackenzie, "I think that's something not enough kids get exposed to."

 Gillette's Emma Jurewicz collides with Cheyenne Central's Alexa Becerra during the teams' 1-1 draw Friday night at CCHS South Campus. Jurewicz was shown two yellow cards during the game and was ejected during extra time.

Gillette's Emma Jurewicz collides with Cheyenne Central's Alexa Becerra during the teams' 1-1 draw Friday night at CCHS South Campus. Jurewicz was shown two yellow cards during the game and was ejected during extra time.