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Mar 24, 2014 - From staff reports

St. Stephen's Indian School Educational Association selects board members

The St. Stephen's Indian School Educational Association had its annual meeting March 11, preceding an election for the group's three open board seats.

Norman Willow for District 1, William C'Hair for District 2 and Dominic Littleshield for District 3 were selected to fill the vacancies. All three served previously on the board.

Each member will serve a two-year term and join community at-large members John Goggles and Maryln Groesbeck.

Willow earned 59 votes, defeating Paul D. Blackbear Sr. William C'Hair gathered 58 votes against Alberta Oldman. In a close race, Dominic Littleshield beat Ronald Oldman and Eugene Ridgely Jr. Littleshield garnered 31 votes.

Superintendent Mike Hejtmanek said roughly 70 people attended the meeting and participated in the election.

Veterans assistance available

A State of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services throughout December in Fremont County.

Lori McGee will be available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA health care.

Her office is located at the Lander National Guard Armory, 31 Leedy Drive, in Lander.

She also will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2, April 16, April 23 and April 30 at the Riverton VA Clinic, 2300 Rose Lane and most weekdays by appointment at the Lander National Guard Armory.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call McGee at 438-2101.

Reproductive rights next 'Hot Topic'

Women's reproductive rights will be the subject of a Central Wyoming College "Hot Topic" discussion at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre.

Members of the CWC Speech and Debate team will lead the discussion during the forum.

A complimentary light lunch will follow the discussion.

Getaway offered to veterans

Wyoming veterans are invited to apply for the Operations Black Hills Cabin program.

"We grant a one week respite with a stay in our three-bedroom, two-bath, fully accessible cabin, which includes meal and attraction vouchers so that a qualified veteran and his immediate family can re-connect," said Pat Baird, retired veteran and co-founder of the project.

The program's founders said that since the beginning of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 50,000 troops have returned to the United States combat disabled.

To say thank you to this veterans group, the program's organizers began Operation Black Hills Cabin in Custer, S.D.

"Last summer, we hosted a veteran from Louisiana, who said that during his stay it was the first time he felt peace in his life," Baird said. "Veterans wrote a blank check with their life by serving our country and this is our way of saying thank you to those who have returned from the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan with a disability."

The project is a nonprofit, 100 percent volunteer organization inspired by Tom Brokaw who interviewed veterans on an Oprah show in January 2011.

During the show, Brokaw asked the audience to remember the veterans who have served.

To apply, visit operationblackhillscabin.org.