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.

Coal Downturn

One of the first things I learned about Gillette even before I moved here is that Gillette is a coal town. pretty much everything revolves around the coal economy, and if you've been following along, things aren't going so well in that department. At least three coal companies have filed for bankruptcy so far, and in early April more than 450 people were laid off at two of the nations largest mines, both here in Campbell County. We've covered this downturn from a few angles, focusing on the impact to surrounding businesses, as well as the impact on individuals directly affected by layoffs etc.

Here are a handful of photos I've made while working on telling this story.
 

Early Signs

 Spencer Garcia looks for work through an online job search website while his newborn daughter Devyn sleeps beside him in their apartment in Gillette on March 1, 2016. Garcia was laid off from a temp job as a haul truck driver at North Rochelle Antelope Mine, his last day of work came about a month after signing a 12-month lease for the apartment and just days after the birth of his daughter. "It hit me hard when I first got the news," said Spencer, "(Kayla) was pregnant, I had just signed the lease. I was pretty sour about it"

Spencer Garcia looks for work through an online job search website while his newborn daughter Devyn sleeps beside him in their apartment in Gillette on March 1, 2016. Garcia was laid off from a temp job as a haul truck driver at North Rochelle Antelope Mine, his last day of work came about a month after signing a 12-month lease for the apartment and just days after the birth of his daughter. "It hit me hard when I first got the news," said Spencer, "(Kayla) was pregnant, I had just signed the lease. I was pretty sour about it"

 Owner Kristene Partlow fills out paperwork for a storage unit rental for Alferdo Olveda at KP Management on March 25, 2016. According to Partlow, Olveda wasn't able to get a U-Haul truck and instead had to rent a storage unit to store his stuff while he moves to Colorado. Olveda, a drywall contractor, said his work has been steady but for "a lot of people I know, it's pretty slow" he said. Partlow is renting out more storage units and U-Hauls than usual as more and more people leave the region to find new work.

Owner Kristene Partlow fills out paperwork for a storage unit rental for Alferdo Olveda at KP Management on March 25, 2016. According to Partlow, Olveda wasn't able to get a U-Haul truck and instead had to rent a storage unit to store his stuff while he moves to Colorado. Olveda, a drywall contractor, said his work has been steady but for "a lot of people I know, it's pretty slow" he said. Partlow is renting out more storage units and U-Hauls than usual as more and more people leave the region to find new work.

 Heidi Buen gets out of a U-Haul truck after getting it ready for a customer Friday March 25, 2016 on the lot at KP Management where she works. The lot is mostly empty these days as the trucks are hard to come by everywhere from Billings to Rapid City. "The whole region is wiped out," said KP Management owner Kristene Partlow, "There's way more demand than supply."

Heidi Buen gets out of a U-Haul truck after getting it ready for a customer Friday March 25, 2016 on the lot at KP Management where she works. The lot is mostly empty these days as the trucks are hard to come by everywhere from Billings to Rapid City. "The whole region is wiped out," said KP Management owner Kristene Partlow, "There's way more demand than supply."

465 Miners Laid Off

 A note on the door of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services alerts clients to the office's extended hours on Friday April 1, 2016. After more than 450 local mine workers were laid off, state and local agencies worked extra to get them help, including setting up a temporary resource center at Gillette College.

A note on the door of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services alerts clients to the office's extended hours on Friday April 1, 2016. After more than 450 local mine workers were laid off, state and local agencies worked extra to get them help, including setting up a temporary resource center at Gillette College.

 Matt Johnson waits at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services offices in Gillette on Thursday March 31, 2016. 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 within 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 March 31, 2016. 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 within 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."

 Polly Bernard fills out a resume at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services on Friday April 1, 2016 after getting laid off from Black Thunder Mine Thursday morning."It's not good, I know there are a lot of people who are going to leave," she said. But moving isn't something Bernard is interested in, with her daughter and two grandkids living in Gillette, "If it wasn't for them I would be outta here," she said.

Polly Bernard fills out a resume at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services on Friday April 1, 2016 after getting laid off from Black Thunder Mine Thursday morning."It's not good, I know there are a lot of people who are going to leave," she said. But moving isn't something Bernard is interested in, with her daughter and two grandkids living in Gillette, "If it wasn't for them I would be outta here," she said.

 Kuillin Orcutt waits for a friend in the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services office Friday April 1, 2016 after getting started looking for work. Orcutt, who comes from a family of mine workers, was laid off Thursday from the North Antelope Rochelle mine along with more than 230 of his coworkers.

Kuillin Orcutt waits for a friend in the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services office Friday April 1, 2016 after getting started looking for work. Orcutt, who comes from a family of mine workers, was laid off Thursday from the North Antelope Rochelle mine along with more than 230 of his coworkers.

 Shauna, 4-year-old Jacob and Kuillin Orcutt pray before eating lunch on Saturday April 2, 2016 at their apartment in Gillette. Kuillin, who led the family in prayer, asked for help through this tough time as he begins looking for new work after being laid off from the North Antelope Rochelle mine on Thursday.

Shauna, 4-year-old Jacob and Kuillin Orcutt pray before eating lunch on Saturday April 2, 2016 at their apartment in Gillette. Kuillin, who led the family in prayer, asked for help through this tough time as he begins looking for new work after being laid off from the North Antelope Rochelle mine on Thursday.

Community Support

 Patty Norstegaard takes a box of food from Levi Morgan during a food drive benefiting the Council of Community Services Saturday April 2, 2016 at Smith's grocery store. Nadine Decker decided to organize the drive after reading about all the layoffs in the community and contacted Smith's, who not only gave the okay but also pledged to donate almost $1,000 worth of food.

Patty Norstegaard takes a box of food from Levi Morgan during a food drive benefiting the Council of Community Services Saturday April 2, 2016 at Smith's grocery store. Nadine Decker decided to organize the drive after reading about all the layoffs in the community and contacted Smith's, who not only gave the okay but also pledged to donate almost $1,000 worth of food.

 Supportive messages are written in chalk outside the Heritage Center before the Friends of Coal town hall meeting on Thursday April 14, 2016. Members of Friends of Coal, as well as miners and other coal industry representatives came to Gillette to speak about how to strengthen the perceptions around coal.

Supportive messages are written in chalk outside the Heritage Center before the Friends of Coal town hall meeting on Thursday April 14, 2016. Members of Friends of Coal, as well as miners and other coal industry representatives came to Gillette to speak about how to strengthen the perceptions around coal.

 Former coal miner Jack Laasko tears up as he talks about what coal has done for him and his family, including helping pay for his children's education through taxes funding the public schools across the state, Thursday April 14, 2016 during the Friends of Coal town hall meeting at the Heritage Center Theater.

Former coal miner Jack Laasko tears up as he talks about what coal has done for him and his family, including helping pay for his children's education through taxes funding the public schools across the state, Thursday April 14, 2016 during the Friends of Coal town hall meeting at the Heritage Center Theater.

March Update

March was a busy month, I traveled to Casper for the state basketball tournament where I tried out some overhead remotes. We had another big feature on the economy (this was BEFORE two big coal companies announced layoffs) and regular daily stuff.

 A worker with Van Ewing Constructions talks to another crew member through a window Wednesday afternoon at while working on the new dorms at Gillette College.

A worker with Van Ewing Constructions talks to another crew member through a window Wednesday afternoon at while working on the new dorms at Gillette College.

 The Gillette Camels track team including, from left, Dillon Buckmeier, Ruth Sifuma, Logan Myers, Ashlyn Erisman and Colter Fuller, are comfortable going into the state indoor meet this weekend, held on their home track at the Recreation Center Field House.

The Gillette Camels track team including, from left, Dillon Buckmeier, Ruth Sifuma, Logan Myers, Ashlyn Erisman and Colter Fuller, are comfortable going into the state indoor meet this weekend, held on their home track at the Recreation Center Field House.

 Gillette College guard Nakedra Burke goes up for a shot Thursday night during the second half of the Pronghorns 67-61 win over the Western Wyoming Mustangs in the Region IX tournament at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns will move on to face McCook Community College in the semi-finals Friday night at 7 p.m.

Gillette College guard Nakedra Burke goes up for a shot Thursday night during the second half of the Pronghorns 67-61 win over the Western Wyoming Mustangs in the Region IX tournament at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns will move on to face McCook Community College in the semi-finals Friday night at 7 p.m.

 Gillette's Logan Myers celebrates as he crosses the finish line Saturday as the boys 4x400 team wins first place at the 4A Indoor Track Championships at the Recreation Center Field House.

Gillette's Logan Myers celebrates as he crosses the finish line Saturday as the boys 4x400 team wins first place at the 4A Indoor Track Championships at the Recreation Center Field House.

 Gillette senior Dalton Holst, left, watches the Camel girls play in the semifinals of the girls 3A state basketball tournament Friday night at the Casper Event Center. Gillette beat Cheyenne East 58-46 and will play Natrona for the title Saturday evening.

Gillette senior Dalton Holst, left, watches the Camel girls play in the semifinals of the girls 3A state basketball tournament Friday night at the Casper Event Center. Gillette beat Cheyenne East 58-46 and will play Natrona for the title Saturday evening.

 Gillette senior Kain Morehead fights to keep control of the ball during the semifinal match-up against Cheyenne South Friday night at the Casper Event Center. Gillette lost 66-60 and will play Kelly Walsh for the third place spot, while Cheyenne South will play Cheyenne Central for the state title Saturday.

Gillette senior Kain Morehead fights to keep control of the ball during the semifinal match-up against Cheyenne South Friday night at the Casper Event Center. Gillette lost 66-60 and will play Kelly Walsh for the third place spot, while Cheyenne South will play Cheyenne Central for the state title Saturday.

 Gillette seniors Lauren Hallcroft and Jessie Geer hug after winning the 4A state basketball title, beating Natrona County 84-62, Saturday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in Casper.

Gillette seniors Lauren Hallcroft and Jessie Geer hug after winning the 4A state basketball title, beating Natrona County 84-62, Saturday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in Casper.

 Gillette's Abby Moerkerke boxes out a Natrona player as the Camels score during the championship game against Natrona County Saturday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in Casper. Gillette beat Natrona 84-62 to win the 4A state title for the second year in a row.

Gillette's Abby Moerkerke boxes out a Natrona player as the Camels score during the championship game against Natrona County Saturday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in Casper. Gillette beat Natrona 84-62 to win the 4A state title for the second year in a row.

 Gillette Kalina Smith ices her nose after getting hit in the face during the second half of the championship game against Natrona County Saturday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in Casper. Gillette beat Natrona 84-62 to win the 4A state title for the second year in a row.

Gillette Kalina Smith ices her nose after getting hit in the face during the second half of the championship game against Natrona County Saturday afternoon at the Casper Events Center in Casper. Gillette beat Natrona 84-62 to win the 4A state title for the second year in a row.

 Gillette's Kierra Cutright tries to get the ball from a Natrona player in the championship game Saturday at the Casper Events Center. Gillette beat Natrona 84-62 to win the 4A title for the second year in a row.

Gillette's Kierra Cutright tries to get the ball from a Natrona player in the championship game Saturday at the Casper Events Center. Gillette beat Natrona 84-62 to win the 4A title for the second year in a row.

 Abby Millburg, 6, a first grader at Prairie Wind Elementary laughs as she beats her grandparents Ross Rohde and Judy Rohde at a game of Thumbs Up, Monday evening in the Prairie Wind cafeteria. The event, Grandparents and Games, was started last year by the Parent Teacher Organization at Prairie Wind with help from Teacher's Corner/Kid's Mart. This year the store provided more than 10 different games for families to play, and will donate 10% of the sales of games to those families back to the school.

Abby Millburg, 6, a first grader at Prairie Wind Elementary laughs as she beats her grandparents Ross Rohde and Judy Rohde at a game of Thumbs Up, Monday evening in the Prairie Wind cafeteria. The event, Grandparents and Games, was started last year by the Parent Teacher Organization at Prairie Wind with help from Teacher's Corner/Kid's Mart. This year the store provided more than 10 different games for families to play, and will donate 10% of the sales of games to those families back to the school.

 Snow covers the park next to the County Courthouse Wednesday morning after about five inches of snow fell onGillette Tuesday night. According to the National Weather Service Gillette could see more snow coming on Friday night.

Snow covers the park next to the County Courthouse Wednesday morning after about five inches of snow fell onGillette Tuesday night. According to the National Weather Service Gillette could see more snow coming on Friday night.

 Girls soccer players Hailey Jensen, from left, Sonya Crone, Kenisha Melanson, Ashley Wilcox and Emma Jurewicz, all seniors, prepare for their final season as Camels Tuesday at CCHS South Campus.

Girls soccer players Hailey Jensen, from left, Sonya Crone, Kenisha Melanson, Ashley Wilcox and Emma Jurewicz, all seniors, prepare for their final season as Camels Tuesday at CCHS South Campus.

 "Curious Savage" director and Campbell County High School English teacher Tim Bessette watches as Tiffany Holm, left, and Tori Christopherson rehearse a scene in the CCHS North auditorium Monday night. "Curious Savage" runs Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at North Campus.

"Curious Savage" director and Campbell County High School English teacher Tim Bessette watches as Tiffany Holm, left, and Tori Christopherson rehearse a scene in the CCHS North auditorium Monday night. "Curious Savage" runs Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at North Campus.

 Canada geese walk across the blanket of snow at Bicentennial Park Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service rain Thursday night is expected to turn to snow around midnight, continuing into Friday morning.

Canada geese walk across the blanket of snow at Bicentennial Park Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service rain Thursday night is expected to turn to snow around midnight, continuing into Friday morning.

 Gillette's Kennedy Schomer loses the ball in a challenge with Buffalo keeper Maddy Killian Thursday afternoon during the Camels' 10-0 win over the Bison at CCHS South Campus.

Gillette's Kennedy Schomer loses the ball in a challenge with Buffalo keeper Maddy Killian Thursday afternoon during the Camels' 10-0 win over the Bison at CCHS South Campus.

 Heidi Buen gets out of a U-Haul truck after getting it ready for a customer Friday afternoon on the lot at KP Management where she works. The lost is mostly empty these days as the trucks are hard to come by everywhere from Billings to Rapid City. "The whole region is wiped out," said KP Management owner Kristene Partlow, "There's way more demand than supply."

Heidi Buen gets out of a U-Haul truck after getting it ready for a customer Friday afternoon on the lot at KP Management where she works. The lost is mostly empty these days as the trucks are hard to come by everywhere from Billings to Rapid City. "The whole region is wiped out," said KP Management owner Kristene Partlow, "There's way more demand than supply."

 Nathan Neely practices flux core arc welding during a welding class at the Gillette College Technical Education Center Tuesday afternoon. Gillette College is hosting the Skills USA diesel technology and welding fabrication competitions Friday and Saturday at the tech center, starting at 7:30 a.m. Both competitions will require the students to prove their knowledge through practical tests, as well as written exams.

Nathan Neely practices flux core arc welding during a welding class at the Gillette College Technical Education Center Tuesday afternoon. Gillette College is hosting the Skills USA diesel technology and welding fabrication competitions Friday and Saturday at the tech center, starting at 7:30 a.m. Both competitions will require the students to prove their knowledge through practical tests, as well as written exams.

 Sage Valley seventh graders Kameron Engle, left, and Wyatt Titus play a game of one-on-one basketball at Sage Bluffs Park on Wednesday afternoon. The pair has spent their spring break so far playing sports and watching movies, "We saw 'Batman v Superman' last night," said Kameron, "we've just been playing football and basketball."

Sage Valley seventh graders Kameron Engle, left, and Wyatt Titus play a game of one-on-one basketball at Sage Bluffs Park on Wednesday afternoon. The pair has spent their spring break so far playing sports and watching movies, "We saw 'Batman v Superman' last night," said Kameron, "we've just been playing football and basketball."

As always, thanks for taking a look!

February Update

February felt like it was filled with sports, and not much news. I shot a rodeo, high school and college basketball, high school and youth wrestling, and the high school state swim meet. I managed to get a few other assignments in while bounding from gym to gym to pool though.

Here are some of my favorite images from February.

 

 Matthew Davies sings "Brotherhood of Man" from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Tuesday night at the Heritage Center Theater. Davies and the rest of the Young Ambassadors, a choral performance group from Brigham Young University, were in Gillette performing Heatsongs, a collection of love songs from popular culture.

Matthew Davies sings "Brotherhood of Man" from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Tuesday night at the Heritage Center Theater. Davies and the rest of the Young Ambassadors, a choral performance group from Brigham Young University, were in Gillette performing Heatsongs, a collection of love songs from popular culture.

 Jeremy Geiser sits on his bed with a selection of his 25 different Broncos jerseys Thursday evening. Geiser also owns at least 50 Broncos hats, a Broncos laundry basket, razor, and a model of some of the 1998 Broncos team, including his favorite Bronco, John Elway.

Jeremy Geiser sits on his bed with a selection of his 25 different Broncos jerseys Thursday evening. Geiser also owns at least 50 Broncos hats, a Broncos laundry basket, razor, and a model of some of the 1998 Broncos team, including his favorite Bronco, John Elway.

 Justin Nelson from Rapid City, South Dakota, looks at the brackets Saturday for the grappling portion of the Wild West wrestling tournament at the Wyoming Center.

Justin Nelson from Rapid City, South Dakota, looks at the brackets Saturday for the grappling portion of the Wild West wrestling tournament at the Wyoming Center.

 Mario Coppe of O'Neil Company directs the truck carrying the 100-year-old house that sat at 604 S. Gillette Ave. onto the road Thursday morning as the truck makes its way to its final home adjacent to the Heppner Ranch north of Rozet. Just before the house was set to be demolished, Mike Cote contacted owner Christie Williams and offered to move it to his ranch, where he will restore it to it's original condition.

Mario Coppe of O'Neil Company directs the truck carrying the 100-year-old house that sat at 604 S. Gillette Ave. onto the road Thursday morning as the truck makes its way to its final home adjacent to the Heppner Ranch north of Rozet. Just before the house was set to be demolished, Mike Cote contacted owner Christie Williams and offered to move it to his ranch, where he will restore it to it's original condition.

 Kiara, a 4-year-old Miniature American Shepherd, exercises on a treadmill on February 4 in the basement of owner Jerisha Ganske's home on Highway 50. Ganske and Kiara are preparing to go to New York City this week to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Kiara, a 4-year-old Miniature American Shepherd, exercises on a treadmill on February 4 in the basement of owner Jerisha Ganske's home on Highway 50. Ganske and Kiara are preparing to go to New York City this week to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

 Travis Nelson of Philip, South Dakota, rides saddle bronc on Friday during the first night of the Coors Pro Rodeo at the Cam-plex East Pavilion.

Travis Nelson of Philip, South Dakota, rides saddle bronc on Friday during the first night of the Coors Pro Rodeo at the Cam-plex East Pavilion.

 Gillette's Beth Sutter goes up for a shot Wednesday night during the Pronhorns win against Little Big Horn Collegeat CCHS South Campus.

Gillette's Beth Sutter goes up for a shot Wednesday night during the Pronhorns win against Little Big Horn Collegeat CCHS South Campus.

 Gillette's Michael Cunningham wrestles Laramie's Arsenio Lemus in the 120-pound weight class during 4A East Regional wrestling tournament Friday as CCHS South Campus.

Gillette's Michael Cunningham wrestles Laramie's Arsenio Lemus in the 120-pound weight class during 4A East Regional wrestling tournament Friday as CCHS South Campus.

 Ty Williams sits on the diving board the the Campbell County Aquatic Center Monday afternoon. At the four 11-dive meets this season Williams has outscored his closest competition by an average of 65.4 points and is the favorite to win the state diving title this Saturday.

Ty Williams sits on the diving board the the Campbell County Aquatic Center Monday afternoon. At the four 11-dive meets this season Williams has outscored his closest competition by an average of 65.4 points and is the favorite to win the state diving title this Saturday.

 Hunter Sylte, left, and Joe Quinn are wrapping up their Camels careers this year, with their final home game this Friday night. The duo have been playing basketball together, along with fellow seniors Kain Morehead and Dalton Holst, since their traveling team the Outlaws in fourth grade.

Hunter Sylte, left, and Joe Quinn are wrapping up their Camels careers this year, with their final home game this Friday night. The duo have been playing basketball together, along with fellow seniors Kain Morehead and Dalton Holst, since their traveling team the Outlaws in fourth grade.

 Gillette freshman JR Albers swims in the consolation heat of the 100-yard backstroke Saturday afternoon during the 4A state swim and dive championships at the Campbell County Aquatic Center. Albers finished with a time of 59.42 while fellow Camel freshman Gunnar Poley finished first in the state with a time of 53.79.

Gillette freshman JR Albers swims in the consolation heat of the 100-yard backstroke Saturday afternoon during the 4A state swim and dive championships at the Campbell County Aquatic Center. Albers finished with a time of 59.42 while fellow Camel freshman Gunnar Poley finished first in the state with a time of 53.79.

 Buffalo swimmer Ian Cohoon swims in the second heat of the 100-yard butterfly Thursday afternoon at the Campbell County Aquatic Center in Gillette. Cohoon came in fourth in his heat with a time of 1:02.3.

Buffalo swimmer Ian Cohoon swims in the second heat of the 100-yard butterfly Thursday afternoon at the Campbell County Aquatic Center in Gillette. Cohoon came in fourth in his heat with a time of 1:02.3.

 Gillette freshman Gunner Poley, center, and the rest of the Camels swim team celebrate Saturday afternoon on the top of Engine 1 as the Campbell County Fire Department drives the new state champions around town.

Gillette freshman Gunner Poley, center, and the rest of the Camels swim team celebrate Saturday afternoon on the top of Engine 1 as the Campbell County Fire Department drives the new state champions around town.

 Gillette senior Dalton Holst drives to the basket Friday night during the final regular season game against Sheridan at CCHS North Campus. Holst lead the team with 17 points, helping the Camels beat the Broncs 72-66 in overtime to finish the season 8-2, second in the East.

Gillette senior Dalton Holst drives to the basket Friday night during the final regular season game against Sheridan at CCHS North Campus. Holst lead the team with 17 points, helping the Camels beat the Broncs 72-66 in overtime to finish the season 8-2, second in the East.

 Gillette senior Jessie Geer drives past Sheridan's Robbie Ryan Friday night during the Camel's 63-51 win over the Broncs at CCHS North Campus.

Gillette senior Jessie Geer drives past Sheridan's Robbie Ryan Friday night during the Camel's 63-51 win over the Broncs at CCHS North Campus.

 Marla Brooks performs an aerial dance routine on silks during Saturday's Gillette's Got Talent competition at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. Brooks, along with her sister Beaux Brooks and fellow dancer Aubrey Garnica danced to a cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space."

Marla Brooks performs an aerial dance routine on silks during Saturday's Gillette's Got Talent competition at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. Brooks, along with her sister Beaux Brooks and fellow dancer Aubrey Garnica danced to a cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space."

 Trevor Rook performs the guitar part from Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark at the Moon" Saturday night during Gillette's Got Talent at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. Rook tied for fourth place in the judge's choice category along with vocal group Fifteen Minutes of Fame.

Trevor Rook performs the guitar part from Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark at the Moon" Saturday night during Gillette's Got Talent at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. Rook tied for fourth place in the judge's choice category along with vocal group Fifteen Minutes of Fame.

 Jim Berman, dressed as Elvis, walks up the stairs at the Heritage Center Theater Saturday evening after playing a song in the Gillette's Got Talent competition.

Jim Berman, dressed as Elvis, walks up the stairs at the Heritage Center Theater Saturday evening after playing a song in the Gillette's Got Talent competition.

January Update

Welp, looks like I skipped November AND December! New year, new start or something right? This month was a good one, I made what I feel are some of my strongest images since moving to Gillette, so hopefully that trend continues.

Here are a few of my January favorites (I'll throw in a few from November and December at the end since I didn't post any of them yet.)

JANUARY

 An employee with Salt Lake City based Brimley Neon works to install signage on the Frontier Auto Museum Tuesday January 5, 2016, on the corner of West Second Street and Ross Avenue. The museum featuring regional gasoline and automotive industry relics, founded by L&H Industrial Vice President Jeff Wandler, opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

An employee with Salt Lake City based Brimley Neon works to install signage on the Frontier Auto Museum Tuesday January 5, 2016, on the corner of West Second Street and Ross Avenue. The museum featuring regional gasoline and automotive industry relics, founded by L&H Industrial Vice President Jeff Wandler, opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

 One of three rotating Hairball singers, dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS, throws a guitar pick into the crowd Friday January 15, 2016 at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Hairball, performing for over 15 years, returned to Gillette for their third time Friday.

One of three rotating Hairball singers, dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS, throws a guitar pick into the crowd Friday January 15, 2016 at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Hairball, performing for over 15 years, returned to Gillette for their third time Friday.

 Joel Lindberg with Wind Creek Services prepares to install a 20 foot tall post on East Third Street in downtown Gillette on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Some community members have objected to the location of the post, part of the city's 3rd Street upgrade project, as it will block part of Harvey Jackson's 1999 mural.

Joel Lindberg with Wind Creek Services prepares to install a 20 foot tall post on East Third Street in downtown Gillette on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Some community members have objected to the location of the post, part of the city's 3rd Street upgrade project, as it will block part of Harvey Jackson's 1999 mural.

 Kristy Oshiro, an 8-year veteran with New York City based Taikoza, performs Monday January 25, 2016 at Hillcrest Elementary School. The group, specializing in Japanese Taiko drumming is visiting various schools around Campbell County this week before a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Center Theater.

Kristy Oshiro, an 8-year veteran with New York City based Taikoza, performs Monday January 25, 2016 at Hillcrest Elementary School. The group, specializing in Japanese Taiko drumming is visiting various schools around Campbell County this week before a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Center Theater.

 16-year-old Austin Borrego runs back across the bridge at Gillette College after finishing the Razor City Runners New Years Eve race on January 1, 2016. Borrego ran back in order to finish the 5k with his friend Brett Dally.

16-year-old Austin Borrego runs back across the bridge at Gillette College after finishing the Razor City Runners New Years Eve race on January 1, 2016. Borrego ran back in order to finish the 5k with his friend Brett Dally.

 Thayne Arnoldi stands in his bedroom at Second Chance Ministries on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Arnoldi is the first resident to move into the organization's new 11-bed living space. Deputy Director Jeannie Miller says housing is one of the biggest keys to success for folks returning from incarceration, and "to be able to finally meet (that need) is huge."

Thayne Arnoldi stands in his bedroom at Second Chance Ministries on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Arnoldi is the first resident to move into the organization's new 11-bed living space. Deputy Director Jeannie Miller says housing is one of the biggest keys to success for folks returning from incarceration, and "to be able to finally meet (that need) is huge."

 Members of the combined sixth grade string orchestra, from 12 local elementary schools, perform Tuesday January 12, 1016 at the Campbell County School District Strings Gala at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. The gala featured students from sixth grade through high school as well as additional accompaniments by teachers and staff.

Members of the combined sixth grade string orchestra, from 12 local elementary schools, perform Tuesday January 12, 1016 at the Campbell County School District Strings Gala at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. The gala featured students from sixth grade through high school as well as additional accompaniments by teachers and staff.

 Local pastry chef Shawn Sweeney, photographed in the kitchen at Westwood High School on January 6, 2016.

Local pastry chef Shawn Sweeney, photographed in the kitchen at Westwood High School on January 6, 2016.

 Gillette Wild defender Brett Kramer passes the puck during the Wild's 4-2 win over the Great Falls Americans Saturday January 1, 2016 at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

Gillette Wild defender Brett Kramer passes the puck during the Wild's 4-2 win over the Great Falls Americans Saturday January 1, 2016 at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

 Gillette College Pronghorn Kavell Bigby-Williams dunks the ball Wednesday January 20, 2016 in the second half of the Pronghorn's 91-71 win over the Miles Community College Pioneers at CCHS South Campus.

Gillette College Pronghorn Kavell Bigby-Williams dunks the ball Wednesday January 20, 2016 in the second half of the Pronghorn's 91-71 win over the Miles Community College Pioneers at CCHS South Campus.

 Gillette's Trevor Jeffries waits on the mat Saturday January 30, 2016 while his opponent Tommy Neal gets looked at by a trainer during the Camels duel against Cheyenne East at CCHS South Campus. The camels beat the Thunderbirds 41-28.

Gillette's Trevor Jeffries waits on the mat Saturday January 30, 2016 while his opponent Tommy Neal gets looked at by a trainer during the Camels duel against Cheyenne East at CCHS South Campus. The camels beat the Thunderbirds 41-28.

 The Gillette College bench celebrates as Taylor Deaton gives the Pronghorns a late lead with a 3-pointer Wednesday January 27, 2016 at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns went on to beat the Sheridan Generals 54-51.

The Gillette College bench celebrates as Taylor Deaton gives the Pronghorns a late lead with a 3-pointer Wednesday January 27, 2016 at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns went on to beat the Sheridan Generals 54-51.

DECEMBER

 Lakeview principal Dale Petersen rides Zeke Williams's new bike down the hallway on December 22. The bike was donated to Williams by the YES House who worked with local businesses to give away 74 new bikes to children around Gillette.

Lakeview principal Dale Petersen rides Zeke Williams's new bike down the hallway on December 22. The bike was donated to Williams by the YES House who worked with local businesses to give away 74 new bikes to children around Gillette.

    Donna Hottell has been working as an aide on one of Campbell County School District's special needs routs for the past five years. Hottell has forged an incredible and deeply personal bond with many of the students who ride her route, and can often be found spending time with them outside of school as well.

 

Donna Hottell has been working as an aide on one of Campbell County School District's special needs routs for the past five years. Hottell has forged an incredible and deeply personal bond with many of the students who ride her route, and can often be found spending time with them outside of school as well.

 Jessie Geer is returning for her final season at Campbell County High School before departing in the fall for Utah State University. Geer has been supplementing her basketball workouts with a CrossFit training program, "Pretty much Crossfit and basketball are my life. That's all I do," says Geer.

Jessie Geer is returning for her final season at Campbell County High School before departing in the fall for Utah State University. Geer has been supplementing her basketball workouts with a CrossFit training program, "Pretty much Crossfit and basketball are my life. That's all I do," says Geer.

NOVEMBER

 Johnathan Peel, 10, catches air while sledding Saturday at Sage Valley Junior High.

Johnathan Peel, 10, catches air while sledding Saturday at Sage Valley Junior High.

 Kara Felmlee demonstrates a move to her Ballet Level 1 & 2 class Tuesday evening at Backwards and in Heels dance studio. Felmlee has been teaching the class since the program started in August.

Kara Felmlee demonstrates a move to her Ballet Level 1 & 2 class Tuesday evening at Backwards and in Heels dance studio. Felmlee has been teaching the class since the program started in August.

 Misteen English, right, playing Jane Banks watches Anna Capron, center, and AnneMarie Gutierrez, Miss Andrew and Marry Poppins, during the final rehearsal for Campbell County High School's production of Mary Poppins, which opens Thursday night.

Misteen English, right, playing Jane Banks watches Anna Capron, center, and AnneMarie Gutierrez, Miss Andrew and Marry Poppins, during the final rehearsal for Campbell County High School's production of Mary Poppins, which opens Thursday night.