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The Whole Town's Talking: What one small town is thankful for
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The Whole Town's Talking: What one small town is thankful for

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It was only two days before Thanksgiving, and the whole town could have been grocery shopping and pre-preparing pies and cleaning for the impending arrival of relatives.

Instead, the townsfolk were taking on extra chores, in the true spirit of the holiday season, and giving a little instead of receiving.

Huntley is the kind of town that makes Wyoming special: population 20 or less, shopping malls zero and hearts two sizes too big.

A story in The Midweek Telegram tells of donated time and equipment, harvesting and hauling, and lifelong - or longer - friends and neighbors.

Floyd Bower was a Huntley farmer for more than 60 years until he died in late August. His wife, Idell, still owns the farm, and when the time came for a corn harvest, the other residents of Huntley cancelled their plans to help Idell.

Now that's Thanksgiving.

Space for Scientology?

The Daily Rocket-Miner calls it a 'mystery project.'

Why did International Ground Support Systems buy more than 3,700 acres of land in Sweetwater County? No one will talk. No one will tell. How's a reporter to react?

A tax document says the company is 'among the largest service providers to Scientology,' according to a recent Rocket-Miner article.

The article goes on to describe links between the company and Scientology's affinity for building underground chambers for storage of religion-related documents. Just those kind of archives may be what's in store for the Sweetwater County land.

Let the gossip begin.

High flying high schooler

Turning 16 took Tristan Chartier to new heights - literally.

The Sheridan teen, once terrified of flying, piloted a plane solo for the first time on his 16th birthday, according to a story in The Sheridan Press.

The high school student, who flew a Cessna Skyhawk 172 without assistance, decided to learn how to fly after playing a friend"s flight simulation computer game. He works a part-time job to finance flying lessons, which he's been taking since he was 13, and he someday hopes to make a career out of piloting planes.

Contact reporter Megan Lee at (307) 266-0616 or megan.lee@trib.com

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