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Senate President Dockstader Clarifies He Was Not Attacked by House Members

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If you were attending the proceedings of the Wyoming State Senate on Monday morning, you may have thought from a distance that Mikhail Gorbachev was in charge.

Not because of any policy discussion he was leading but because of the mysterious spot on his forehead that looked strikingly similar to that of the former leader of the Soviet Union.

It turns out that the senate was not overrun by the Russian Army but rather Senate President Don Dockstader was just involved in an accident with his garage door.

Natrona County Sen. Bill Landen, R-Casper, was curious about the mark and asked Dockstader if he got in an altercation with members of the Wyoming House.

“Mr. President, I know you had a meeting on Friday after many of us had left and you were headed down to the House. I just want to apologize for whatever happened to you,” Landen said, drawing laughs from the chamber.

“If you need us to go down there and do some light work, I’ll grab some of these big old boys and head down there,” he said.

Not missing a beat, Dockstader laughed and said he would appreciate an escort the next time he goes to the House.

Then he explained what really happened.

He said his garage door wasn’t fully up and while he was moving some things around in his garage, he walked into said garage door “at full speed”

“You’ll get to enjoy this look for the week,” he said to laughter.

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Teton County Democrat Introduces State Income Tax Bill

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

A Teton County legislator is hoping his proposed legislation to create a state income tax will at least encourage discussion about ways to help Wyoming through its current fiscal problems.

Rep. Mike Yin, D-Jackson, is the primary sponsor for House Bill 182, which proposes a flat 4% income tax for all Wyoming residents, which would raise an estimated $337 million a year for education funding.

Yin said his goal with the bill, which has not yet been introduced or referred to a committee, is to get legislators discussing funding options for the state.

“The intent is to move the conversation along and see what it takes to get bipartisan support,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “The goal is to have the conversation without tying anyone down.”

A state-level income tax has been proposed a number of times in the past, but has been regularly rejected by the Legislature. In 2020, Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, sponsored legislation that would have imposed a 4% income tax on those making more than $200,000 per year.

But Yin said a number of organizations asked about an income tax favored an equal tax on all wage earners.

“A lot of folks that we’ve heard from before want a broader based tax,” said Yin, whose co-sponsors on the bill are Connolly and Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie. “This is a bill written so people can’t dismiss it out-of-hand.”

With lawmakers eyeing millions of dollars in cuts for the state’s schools, officials have to look at doing anything they can to maintain needed services, Yin said.

“My thought is my community wants to make sure they have their great education system and tackle other problems in the community and we can’t do that with cuts,” he said.

Yin admitted his idea has not been popular with everyone.

“I have gotten a few emails, including one that said I was acting like a communist,” he said. “But I think our charge is to figure out how to solve problems. This bill by itself closes the deficit in the School Foundation Program fund.”

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A Virus Hangs Over The Capitol

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By Nick Reynolds, WyoFile

In normal years, the first day of the legislative session in the Wyoming Capitol has certain hallmarks.

Lawmakers smile from their seats, applauding speeches from leadership. School children, lawmakers’ families and sharp-eyed lobbyists crowd the galleries to watch the first “easy” day of the legislative session.

In the hallways, hundreds of footsteps reverberate from the marble checkerboard floors. In one well-loved tradition, former lawmaker and Sweetwater County Democrat Stan Blake would yell out “play ball!” after the Pledge of Allegiance in a refrain that would echo throughout the House floor.

But the last time Blake made his utterance, and the last time those familiar scenes played out, was before COVID-19 arrived.

This year, another scene unfolded. The typically crowded galleries sat mostly empty, just a handful of masked staff and onlookers to bear witness. Blake — along with a handful of other long-serving lawmakers — had been swept out in an election in which the pandemic played a prominent role, leaving other members to take up the tradition instead.

Few children roamed the halls, and just a handful of chairs scattered through the once-packed committee rooms were occupied, with plexiglass barriers separating them from the lawmakers at the front of the room. 

Lobbyists, members of the public and journalists could no longer send slips of paper to legislators on the floor to arrange a meeting in the hallway — a longstanding practice. They were instructed instead to text or email the lawmakers directly.

In normal years, an electricity hums through the air. But as Wyoming and the world at large entered the second spring of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hard to ignore that energy was missing in the Wyoming Capitol, and even harder to ignore the cloud of a virus hanging over the proceedings.

In the House chamber, the Rev. Bob Thomson opened the session with a prayer for those who had contracted the virus, those the virus had taken away, for frontline workers and for the vaccines that are hastily being administered throughout the state — as well as for the health and strength of the Legislature itself as it begins a fast-paced, month-long session.

As the House began to work through bills, Gov. Mark Gordon — who himself contracted COVID-19 in November — rehearsed his State of the State address in the Historic Supreme Court Chamber as the rest of his staff isolated from one another after being exposed to a staffer in the office who had recently contracted the virus.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee gently joked with Sen. Drew Perkins, R-Casper, about his mobility around the Capitol following his own serious bout with the virus earlier this year. During the interim, the virus caused some lawmakers to miss meetings, including Sen. Bo Biteman, (R-Ranchester) while others — like Sen. Jim Anderson, (R-Casper) — worked through interim committee work from home while grappling with symptoms. One House lawmaker— Rep. Roy Edwards, (R-Gillette)  — died from complications of the virus in November.

The virus had made its presence felt in other ways, including in the dynamic of the Legislature. Lobbyists who once relied on in-person relationships and working closely with the legislators on paper amendments have had to rely instead on video meetings, phone conversations and other measures that have robbed their discussions of nuance and personality. Complicating things further is the fact that much of the Legislature is new this year. 

But in all those virtual meetings — and despite the endless tech challenges like reminding people to unmute themselves — the lawmaking has plodded forward. 

“From my perspective, we’re on day 55 of the legislative session,” said Jerimiah Rieman, the executive director of the Wyoming County Commissioners’ Association. “The reality of the remote session committee meetings is that what looks like downtime to everybody on the outside of the process really isn’t downtime. You’re working different bills and amendments over the course of weeks, and we’ve been doing that since January. This is just the in-person part of that session.”

The virus’ presence has also seeped into the policies the body is considering. As of this writing, seven bills had been filed looking to reform the scope of Wyoming’s public health orders. One bill sought to politicize the position of the state health officer. And the state Legislature prepared to ratify tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts drafted in response to the crisis the pandemic had wrought.

“It takes a strong mind to know the balance between your values, to know the values of your neighbors, know the values that represent the state of Wyoming,” Rep. Mike Greear, (R-Worland), said in a speech on the House floor Monday morning. “It takes a strong mind in this political environment. It takes a strong mind not to listen to the loudest voices. Listen to that inner voice.”

That advice holds more weight than ever now, several lawmakers noted, as Wyoming prepares for deep cuts to its budget that — in many cases — will hurt back in their home districts. In other remarks, members of leadership preached unity in times of division.

At a time of deep cuts, Rep. Cathy Connolly, (D-Laramie), said in her own speech, the Legislature’s obligation to its citizens involves providing good healthcare and a robust education system. It means broadband access, infrastructure and a corrections system that accomplishes what it intends to do. This session, many of those programs now find themselves on the chopping block.

Achieving that tricky balance, she said, would require all factions working together to “build a Wyoming our neighbors don’t want to leave.”

“As state lawmakers who are duly elected, what’s our response when our people ask for help?” Connolly asked. “I think we need to listen.”

But it also requires vision. In an address to members of the House, newly-elected House Speaker Eric Barlow, (R-Gillette) — who, on the floor, announced his retirement after the conclusion of his current term — said he had read 10 speeches by former speakers, only to find similar themes running through all of them. Education, economic diversity, the need for new revenue, the budget, infrastructure, health care, individual liberties, “They keep reoccurring,” Barlow said.

It now falls on the 66th Legislature to come up with its own solutions. Which survive and which fail will become apparent in the coming weeks.

“Some will rise. Some will fall. Some will be gut-wrenching,” Barlow said. “So let’s continue to listen, learn and consider possibilities and, most important, take care of each other.”

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Legislator Introduces Bill To Recall Elected Officials

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By Ryan Lewallen, County 17

The power to recall elected officials of all levels could be placed in the hands of the Wyoming people, if a bill and a resolution granting such power advances through the Wyoming State Legislature.

House Bill 74, along with a non-numbered resolution, both of which are sponsored by House Representative John Bear (R-Gillette), are currently in the works within the state legislatures’ 2021 general session.

“It’s really important to be able to hold our elected officials accountable and recalling them is one way that the people can do that,” Bear said.

The legislation applies to city and town officials only and establishes a way for elected officials in Wyoming cities and towns to be removed from office via public petition.

Any such petition would need to include grounds for removal and an appropriate number of signatures based on a percentage of the local population.

Cities and towns with 4,000 or more residents would need a petition signed by 25% of the population, 30% for municipalities with 500 to 3,999 residents, and 35% for cities and towns with 499 or fewer residents.

With the right number of signatures for the municipality’s population, the petition would need to be filed with the city or town clerk and would kick off a special removal election that would need to take place within 30 days.

The bill would enable the official sought after for removal to participate as a candidate for the special removal election, though any other candidate would need to be nominated via application and potentially through a special primary election, according to the bill’s text.

Combined with the resolution, the result is a legal mechanism allowing Wyoming residents to recall and replace elected officials from the governor’s office all the way down the ladder to city and town councilmen.

The resolution would apply to state senators as well but would not extend to officials elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, which would require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to Bear.

Similarly, Bear’s resolution would also entail a change in a constitutional amendment, but only at the state level. There are several hurdles the resolution must leap in the coming days within the state legislature, including a two-thirds vote of approval in both the House and the Senate.

Bear acknowledged that some legislators may not be comfortable with the idea of putting forth a legal mechanism that could cost them their jobs should they do something their district doesn’t approve of.

“There are reasons people don’t want to be recalled, I understand that,” Bear said. “But it’s about accountability for me.”

If the resolution passes both the Senate and the House, it would go on the ballot for the Wyoming people to decide in 2022.

Should it be approved, the resolution would go back to the state legislature to have all the final rules and regulations for removal established.

All told, it could be up to four years from the point the resolution passes to the point it becomes law through a constitutional amendment, and that is the best-case scenario, according to Bear.

HB0074 is a slightly different situation. A legal mechanism for recalling city and town elected officials already exists in state statute, but it only applies to cities and towns with a commission-style government in place which currently doesn’t exist.

Bear’s bill could be enacted much quicker than the resolution.

“Here’s the bottom line. If this passes, you could hold a recall at the mayor or lower level in your cities and towns by this summer,” Bear said.

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Gordon, Legislators Outline Plan for March Session During Pandemic

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Wyoming State Legislature will abide by a hybrid in-person and remote session schedule when it convenes next month.

To ensure the safest possible experience for those who must participate, Gov. Mark Gordon, President of the Senate Dan Dockstader and Speaker of the House Eric Barlow have committed to a joint plan to ensure increased safety for the session.  

“Our priority is keeping people safe and preventing COVID-19 infections while fulfilling the constitutional functions of the Wyoming Legislature,” the three said in a joint statement.

The approach for the March session will still allow remote participation by lawmakers, the public and the executive branch.

To allow for public access and to keep people safe during the March hybrid session, there will be requirements to social distance and to wear masks in public spaces.

“The virtual session format has served us well through the initial work of this Legislature as we completed our constitutional requirements and considered well-vetted interim committee bills,” Dockstader said. “We are now entering a phase where the general appropriations bill and individually sponsored bills will be considered.  Limited in-person interaction between legislators and staff members is critical to working these bills and optimizing the legislative response to the difficult issues facing the State of Wyoming.”

Legislators, the legislative service staff, Capitol building custodial staff and certain credentialed journalists will also be eligible to be vaccinated. 

In addition, because they will not have access to the vaccine as part of this strategy, the governor has worked with the legislature and directed all executive branch staff, including the governor’s office, to participate in the March session remotely. This is an effort to keep them safe, reduce the risk of spread and exposure and ensure the continuity of government services. 

The three leaders agreed that a legislative session this spring is necessary to define the state’s budget and work together on Wyoming’s path to recovery.

“In order for this session to proceed safely and successfully, it is important that all Wyoming legislators are able to fully and completely attend to their legislative responsibilities. Wyoming citizens expect nothing less,” Gordon said. “Committing these resources to this purpose is an important step to preserving equal representation for our citizens. I want to acknowledge the work of the Speaker and the President in accommodating virtual access for all citizens and their respect for the executive branch by allowing remote participation. I am thankful for the thoughtful work of our legislature and look forward to working with them on the significant challenges facing Wyoming. ” 

While details could change, the steps agreed to by the Governor, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House will include:

  • The governor will direct all executive branch employees to participate in the legislative process virtually.
  • Both branches agree to continue the preference of virtual meetings between branches. If an in-person meeting must be held, COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.
  • Legislative bodies will limit the number of non-legislator presentations on the floors of the House and Senate.
  • The Legislature will take precautions in its physical environment. These precautions will include the following direction:
  1. Do not attend in-person if you are feeling ill, or believe you have had recent COVID exposure.
  2. Mask usage by legislative members is required in legislative spaces unless the member is seated at their desk or when proper social distancing can be maintained.
  3. Masks are required in other parts of the Capitol per state health orders.
  4. Mask usage is required for the public in legislative spaces. 
  5. Social distancing will be required in all committee rooms, galleries and hallways. 
  6. Hand sanitizer, masks and temperature scanners will be placed throughout the Capitol Complex. 
  • The public participating in-person during the session will be required to comply with public health orders in place at the time of the session.
  • The Legislature and the Governor will make every effort to ensure robust public engagement be allowed by virtual means. All legislative meetings will be broadcast online and include a feature allowing public comment remotely.
  • Legislative staff members who are not able to perform their work responsibilities virtually will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Members of the Wyoming Legislature will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure equal representation for all citizens of Wyoming.
  • Capitol building custodians, who are unable to perform their work responsibilities without their physical presence in the Capitol Building, will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. No other Executive Branch employee will receive the vaccine through this plan, as their participation will be accommodated through virtual means.
  • A limited number of frontline journalists who cover the state Capitol in-person on a regular basis will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • This strategy requires fewer than 100 vaccines.

“We appreciate Governor Gordon’s willingness to work with us to further our common goal of conducting a safe legislative session,” Barlow said. “Vaccination of legislators and legislative staff against the virus which causes COVID-19, in conjunction with other health and safety measures and continued virtual participation, is vital to maintaining a safe session.”

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Wyoming Lawmakers Consider Sales Tax Hike To Address Budget Issues

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As the administration of President Joe Biden places new restrictions on the oil and as industry and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect state economies, Wyoming lawmakers are discussing tax increases to shore up budget holes.

A report by the Wyoming Taxpayers Association (WTA) shows the state ranks among second in the nation, only behind New York, in K-12 education spending.

Gov. Mark Gordon and the Joint Appropriations Committee are presenting a balanced budget for the general fund, Ashley Harpstreith, executive director of the WTA, told The Center Square.

“The problem lies in the [Wyoming] School Foundation Program which is outside our general fund, and there’s still a $298 million deficit,” Harpstreith said.

While there is proposed legislation for school finance recalibration, the WTA has not yet determined whether to support it, Harpstreith said.

Wyoming House Bill 61, introduced Jan. 12, would provide “for additional sales and use taxes in amounts, if any, determined necessary to fulfill constitutional requirements.”

Using sales taxes to fund education is a novel approach when most states use property taxes.

When the WTA first issued its Tax Reform 2000 report, Wyoming’s budget was about 75% backed by the minerals industry. Harpstreith said now it is closer to 53%, adding diversification has been a key economic topic for decades.

“This has been an age-old conversation in the state of Wyoming, since they implemented the severance tax in the 1970s,” Harpstreith said.

The severance tax applies to the state’s mineral production.

Another recent analysis by the Wyoming Center for Business and Economic at Laramie County Community College examined Wyoming’s capacity to raise tax rates to cover budget shortfalls.

Wyoming’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) issued its most recent report earlier this month.

In a letter to the governor, the CREG co-chairs wrote, “The increase to total General Fund and Budget Reserve Account funds available for appropriation, including the reversions and federal funds transfers is $131.8 million for the FY 2021-22 biennium, and an increase of $32.5 million for the FY 2023-24 biennium, as compared to the October 2020 report.”

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Bill Would Boost Cigarette Taxes By 24 Cents A Pack In Wyoming

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s Legislature is set to review an increase in tobacco taxes that would add 24 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes if approved.

When the Legislature resumes its work late this month, one of the bills it is slated to review is House Bill 55, which would boost the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes from 60 cents to 84 cents.

The bill would also increase the excise tax on snuff from 60 cents per ounce to 72 cents.

The excise taxes are applied in addition to sales taxes and federal taxes also paid on the products.

According to a fiscal note accompanying the proposed legislation, the tax increase would generate about $6.1 million per year for the state’s main bank account and $920,000 per year for local governments.

Wyoming currently has the 44th-lowest excise tax on cigarettes in the nation, coming in just ahead of South Carolina at 57 cents per pack and just behind Tennessee at 62 cents.

If approved, the bill, sponsored by the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee, would raise Wyoming to having the 39th-lowest rate, where the state would join Colorado, according to figures from the salestaxhandbook.com.

The country’s highest excise tax rate on cigarettes is found in New York at $4.35 per pack, according to salestaxhandbook.com.

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Wyoming Legislature 2021: Fuel Tax Increase, Per-Mile Fee Eyed To Fund Highway Work

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s Legislature is looking at two ways to raise money for maintenance and repair of the state’s roads, a fuel tax increase of 9 cents per gallon and a proposal to charge vehicles for every mile they drive in the state.

The two bills, both sponsored by legislative committees, have both been pre-filed for consideration by lawmakers when they reconvene on Jan. 27 for an eight-day virtual session.

The “road usage charge” bill, House Bill 37, would impose a per-mile tax on vehicles ranging from 1.3 cents per mile for motorcycles and multipurpose vehicle such as all-terrain vehicles to 14.3 cents per mile for semi-trucks with multiple axels.

The tax for passenger cars would be almost 2.2 cents per mile, while the fee for larger vehicles such as pickups and vans would be almost 2.9 cents per mile.

The fee would be imposed on any vehicle traveling on roads maintained by the state, counties or towns.

The bill, sponsored by the Legislature’s Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee, is designed to offset shortfalls in funding for road repair and maintenance in the state.

According to a fiscal note accompanying the legislation, the fee would bring in about $136.5 million per year for distribution to the state, counties and towns. The cost to administer the program would be about $12.8 million per year, the note said.

Drivers would be required to record the miles they travel on Wyoming roads 

If approved, the bill would impose the road usage fee on top of the state’s existing fuel tax of 24 cents per gallon. It would also allow for an increase of road usage charges should fuel tax income decline.

“As revenue from fuel taxes continues to decline based on increased vehicle fuel mileage and conversion to electric vehicle technology, it is intended that the pay by mile system may eventually replace fuel taxes and be the main funding mechanism to ensure a safe and effective surface transportation system in Wyoming,” the bill said.

The fuel tax increase bill, sponsored by the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee, would raise fuel taxes from 24 cents per gallon to 33 cents per gallon on gasoline and diesel, an increase of 37.5%.

According to the fiscal note accompanying House Bill 26, the additional tax would raise $60.3 million, including $40.2 million for the state highway fund and $14.2 million for county road funds.

Also receiving some of the money would be city and town street and alley funds, $5.9 million, and the state’s parks, almost $1.2 million.

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Wyoming Legislature To Convene For One-day Virtual Session

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The 66th Wyoming Legislature will convene at Noon on Jan. 12 for a one-day virtual session to fulfill the requirements of the Wyoming Constitution.

Gov. Mark Gordon’s message will take place at 2 p.m. During the convening of the 2021 General Session, the Legislature will address all necessary business in accordance with the Wyoming Constitution, including but not limited to:

• Election of Legislative Leadership;
• Adopt rules for the 66th Legislature;
• Receive a message from Gov. Gordon.

A video livestream of the House and Senate proceedings will be available on the Legislature’s website at: www.wyoleg.gov. Gov. Gordon’s message will be livestreamed separately on Wyoming PBS’s YouTube channel at 2 p.m.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the proceedings online. The public may contact members of the Legislature directly using the contact information available on the Legislature’s website at: www.wyoleg.gov/Legislators.

Members of the 66th Legislature will be sworn in during the week of Jan. 4 and the morning of Jan. 12 prior to the Call to Order.

The Wyoming Legislature will resume the 2021 General Session at a later date.

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Gov Gordon Lowers Flag For Former Legislator Clark Smith

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Governor Mark Gordon has ordered the Wyoming State Flag be flown at half staff at the Capitol in Cheyenne and in Laramie County from sunrise to sunset on November 24, 2020 in honor of Clark A. Smith.

Mr. Smith served in the Wyoming House of Representatives in 1965. He passed away November 19.

Please note that this notice is only for the Wyoming State Flag and only at two locations in the state – at the Capitol Building and in Laramie County. Other flags should remain at full-staff.

The following is Smith’s obituary courtesy of Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home in Cheyenne.

Clark Arthur Smith, 95 of Cheyenne passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on November 19, 2020.

Clark was born in Pine Bluffs on January 8, 1925 to Ralph H. Smith and Bernice (Beatty) Smith . His grandparents, Hubert and Laura Burns Smith ( Laura Burns direct descendant to Robert Burns, the Scottish Poet who wrote “Auld Lang Syne”) moved his family from Kansas to homestead and ranch in Pine Bluffs.

Clark’s father, Ralph Smith, a rancher and champion Bronc Rider, rode in early Frontier Days and also broke polo horses for F.E. Warren.

While attending Cheyenne High, Clark was an all around talent in athletics, played jazz trombone, and started an aeronautical club winning many competitions.  He also was a Champion Rifle Marksman in ROTC -7th Region.

In 1943, Clark graduated midterm at 17. Received an appointment to NACA, at Langley Field, VA. NACA was a precurser to what is known as NASA today in Houston, TX.  He worked with aeronautical engineers designing WWII Fighter planes (P-51) and the XP63 which were flown in the biggest free Flight Wind tunnel.

 Clark was later selected by the Army Air Corp college training Flight Officer Program at Beloit College and became a Cadet Colonel.

As a WWII Army Air Corp trained single engine pilot, Clark was tagged a “hot pilot” because he liked flying acrobatics in the Stearman and A-6.

In1945 Clark, a cadet Colonel was honorably discharged while training Chinese pilots at Luke Airfare Base in Arizona.

After College at University of Wyoming and Beloit College, Clark played jazz trombone with the Wayne Morrison Big Band around the state. He courted

 Ann Dinneen (1947 Miss Frontier, and daughter of William J. Dinneen).  They married during Lent with special permission from Bishop Hartman in 1951.

That same year, Clark was called back into service for the Korean War, at the Northeast Air Command, stationed in St. Johns Newfoundland with his wife, Ann and first born son, Clark Jr.

Clark & Ann moved back to Cheyenne and opened Clark Smith Real Estate office. He served in the Wyoming Legislature and was appointed FHA Director.

Clark and Ann had seven children, Clark Jr., Timothy, Christopher, Paul, Amy, Annie and William. Later, Clark was offered a position to develop golf courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico and California including Pebble Beach. While living in California, he also owned Clark Smith Chevrolet in Martinez, CA. Later Clark and Ann became licensed brokers, owned and operated a Century- 21 Real Estate office in the Bay Area of California.

When Clark & Ann moved back to Cheyenne, they opened up some of the first Century 21 and ReMax franchises. They also started the multiple listing exchange and Real Estate Auction business for BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Oil and Gas Leases.

Clark was involved in various civic organizations in CA & WY: Past President of Chamber of Commerce in Martinez, Director of Northern CA Board of Directors & Auctioneers Assoc.  In Wyoming: Past Director Greater Cheyenne Kiwanis Club, Past President Cheyenne Auto Dealers Assoc. and appointed State Representative of the Governors Committee for the employment of the handicap.

Clark is survived by children, Tim Smith (Sue), Chris Smith (Diane), Paul Smith, Amy Smith Meier (Scott), Annie Smith Jackson (Edward) and William Burns Smith; grandchildren, Casey, Katie, and Alisa; step grandchildren, Jack, Maggie, Caroline; Micheal, Patrick, Philip; and great grandchildren: Eliza, Levi, Elsie, Harrison and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; and his son, Clark, Jr.

At 95, he still pulled out his trombone to play on special occasions. His favorite place to go was the Bunk House to hear the talented musicians and friends who always saluted him and thanked him for his service. Of course, his Saturday breakfast at the Country Club with son, Paul. He read profusely, biographies, journals, and history. He enjoyed working with his sons in Clark Smith & Sons Real Estate Business. Clark was honored to meet the Vice Commander General of 20th Air Force. He would get tears in his eyes when he talked of his family. He loved our Country and Wyoming as he exclaimed often in song “W-Y-O-M-I-N-G”.

Funeral liturgy will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral, 10:30 am Tuesday with Father August celebrating. Interment will be private.

Friends may contribute to Cheyenne Kiwanis Club, High School Jazz Bands , VFW, and Veterans of FE Warren, Old West Museum, Cheyenne Symphony, St Mary’s & Holy Trinity.

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