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Gillette histories - Gillette News Record: Opinion

Gillette histories

March 7, 2013

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:27 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

From the March 20, 1951 News Record:

Campbell County farmers and ranchers will have a rainmaking program again this year, reports W.W. Smith, secretary of the Campbell County Weather Research Association, provided there is enough money raised to carry on the program. At a meeting of the board of directors held Monday, it was voted to secure the services of the North American Weather Consultants of Denver. By a majority vote of the directors this company was chosen, instead of Dr. Krick and Associates, who had the contract last year. The board entered into an agreement for a contract as soon as sufficient funds have been subscribed to pay for the program. The contract price will be $21,500 for Campbell County alone, but if four counties join, the price for Campbell County will be $16,224. If only three counties join, the price for Campbell County will be adjusted on a percentage basis. A 30-day weather forecast will be furnished by the contractors to each subscriber, Mr. Smith reported. It is very important that the money to carry on this program be raised immediately, said Mr. Smith, so as to get the rainmakers on the job as soon as possible. Rainmaking is recognized to be more or less in an experimental stage, but there is no farmer or rancher in the county who can afford not to support the program, if nothing more than to do his part toward giving the program a chance to prove whether rainmaking is possible or not.

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