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Senator Enzi's Wyoming Tour

August 13, 1999

While in Wyoming during the U.S. Senate's August 1999 recess, Sen. Mike Enzi was traveling the state, talking with constituents. Sen. Enzi drove over 4,000 miles with his wife Diana and visited with hundreds of Wyoming residents.


Aug. 13 - Sen. Enzi visits Cheyenne for OSHA seminar. Photos attached.

To kick off his Wyoming tour, Sen. Enzi attended the sensitivity class put on by Ron Hayes, founder of the FIGHT project (Families in Grief Hold Together). Hayes presented the classes, in conjunction with the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) employees, in Cheyenne and Casper. Enzi introduced Hayes before the Cheyenne class.

Sen. And Mrs. Enzi participate in Race for the Cure events.
Sen. and Mrs. Enzi participated in events for the Race for the Cure 5K, an annual event that benefits breast cancer research. Mrs. Enzi is a co-chair and she participated in the race. She and Sen. Enzi participated in the pasta dinner/fund raising event at the Governor's residence the evening before the race.


Aug. 16 - Sen. Enzi tours "Old Stoney" School and holds ice cream social for Sundance area residents. Photo attached.

Sen. Enzi held an ice cream social for Sundance area residents August 16. Before the social Enzi met up with residents who gave him a tour of "Old Stoney," an historic school building enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. "Old Stoney" has recently been put up for bids by the county. If no acceptable bids are made, the building is in danger of being demolished. The Forest Service, however, is considering purchasing the building to house its offices and possibly the offices of some other U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies.


Aug. 16 - Sen. Enzi visits Hulett, congratulates town on new airport. Sen. Enzi met with Hulett town representatives, toured the Hulett Golf Course and congratulated the town on the newest airport in Wyoming. Sen. Enzi worked to get permission for an airport in Hulett. Crook County is the last county in Wyoming to receive an airport. Sen. Enzi, an avid fisherman, also attended a children's fishing tournament held by the Hulett Lion's Club.


Aug. 17 - Sen. Enzi helps raise money to support Congressional Awards program, and Mrs. Enzi attends luncheon to help raise money to benefit breast cancer research.

Sen. Enzi visited Jackson Hole for the Congressional awards annual golf tournament, held at the Teton Pines Country Club. The Congressional Awards golf tournament raises money to support the Congressional Awards program. Mrs. Enzi attended the Race for the Cure Luncheon with Wyoming state staff member, Lyn Shanaghy. The Race for the Cure luncheon raised several thousands of dollars, which will help pay for mammograms for women in Wyoming who can't afford them.

On their way south to Kemmerer, the Enzis stopped in Freedom. They took a tour of Freedom Arms and took a little target practice with the high tech, super accurate, made in Wyoming firearms.


Aug. 20 - Sen. Enzi presents Ag Citizen of the Year award before State Fair rodeo.

The Wyoming State Fair was Sen. Enzi's destination in Douglas. Sen. Enzi presented an Ag Citizen of the Year award to Mary Owens before the rodeo. Mary Owens is a speech and language therapist in Midwest. Among her extraordinary contributions to agriculture, Owens opens her ranch as a field laboratory to Midwest elementary students, where they learn about range care and carrying capacity. Enzi attended the Douglas Chamber of Commerce dinner at Chutes before presenting Owens her award.


Aug. 23 - Sen. Enzi hosts coffees to discuss issues with Wyoming residents.

Sen. Enzi held coffees in Dubois, Riverton and Lander to visit with constituents about a variety of topics. The coffees are designed to allow Wyoming residents to meet with Sen. Enzi in an informal setting, making it possible for them to talk to the senator about whatever they think is important. Sen. Mike Enzi also met with Beatrice "Bing" Crofts, author of Walk Softly, This is God's Country: 1883-1948 Among Shoshone and Arapho Indians/Wind River Reservation (pictured) and daughter of Dr. John Roberts, the first Wind River reservation missionary who presided over the burial of Sacajawea. Documents from his collection were useful in proving that Sacajawea is indeed buried in Wyoming. The material, now in Crofts possession, helped Enzi push for the new Sacajawea Millennium Coin. The new dollar coin is scheduled to be issued in 2000.


Aug. 24 and 25 - Sen. Enzi participates in Fossil digs.

One of Sen. Enzi's favorite activities this August was his visit to Kemmerer and Thermopolis, where he participated in the Kemmerer Fossil Dig and the Thermopolis Fossil Dig. He found a rare fossil -- only the third of its kind found at this site -- during the Kemmerer dig. The Wyoming Dinosaur Center, located in Thermopolis, is known for some of the largest dinosaur fossil quarries in the world. Since the discovery of dinosaur fossils on the Warm Springs Ranch in 1993, dinosaur material has been located at over 40 surface localities and two main quarries have been opened. You can access the Wyoming Dinosaur Center's website at

Priscara fossils prepared by Carl Ulrich. These are examples of the finds at Fossile Butte National Monument near Kemmerer.

Also, Sen. and Mrs. Enzi visited the Old Wax Museum and Teddy Bear Museum during their visit to Thermopolis.


Aug. 26 - Sen. Enzi tours Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Sen. Enzi also enjoyed his visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) in Cody. The BBHC is widely regarded as America's finest western museum. The BBHC features four museums -- the Whitney Gallery of Western Art; the Buffalo Bill Museum; the Plains Indian Museum; and the Cody Firearms Museum.