Cornerstone Group © 2023 JUNE 2023 HONORING OUR FATHERS AND OUR FLAG Each year, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, and Flag Day is observed on June 14. Both holidays may tug a bit at our heartstrings. We honor the fathers and father figures who enhance our lives as well as the enduring symbol of our nation’s freedom. Range hopes you make it a month to remember. FIND RANGE AT THESE SUMMER EVENTS SUNDANCE MOVIE IN THE PARK Sundance, Wyoming July 6 SHERIDAN WYO RODEO Sheridan, Wyoming July 12-15 ROSEBUD TREASURE COUNTY FAIR Forsyth, Montana July 19-22 WESTON COUNTY FAIR Newcastle, Wyoming July 29 – August 5 WILD WEST BREWFEST Dubois, Wyoming July 29 NOWOODSTOCK Ten Sleep, Wyoming August 11-13 Check out our social media for more information on our summer event schedule!
RANGE TEAM SPOTLIGHT: CONSTRUCTION TEAM The Range construction team is responsible for the hard work of physically building out our network in Wyoming and Montana. They do all the earth digging, rock moving, and pipe laying so our customers can enjoy highspeed internet even in the most rural areas. If you see them in the field this summer, be sure to give them a wave! FIBER EXPANSION PROJECTS FOR SPRING AND SUMMER Carpenter Our Carpenter FTTP build will reach 169 homes in the Carpenter, Wyoming area. Construction began on March 24 and is now complete. Ucross/Dow Prong Our Ucross/Dow Prong FTTP build will reach 88 homes in the Ucross, Wyoming area. Construction is underway and is scheduled to last through June 30. Down River/Highway 13 Our Down River/Highway 13 FTTP build will reach 19 homes in Baggs, Wyoming along highway 13. Construction will be underway soon and is scheduled to last through mid-June. Custer Highlands Our Custer Highlands FTTP build will reach 186 homes in Newcastle, Wyoming. Construction is underway and is scheduled to last through June 30. Dinwoody East Aerial Our Dinwoody East Aerial FTTP build will reach 22 homes in the Crowheart, Wyoming area. Construction is underway and is scheduled to last through May 31. North Broadus Phase 4 & 5 Our North Broadus Phase 4 & 5 FTTP builds will reach 47 homes in Broadus, Montana. Construction is delayed due to sage grouse restrictions and is scheduled to start on July 10 and last through September 15. Our Network Engineering teams have been hard at work planning and designing our upcoming Fiberto-the-Premise (FTTP) expansion projects. As soon as the snow melts, we’ll build fiber to 531 homes in six communities across our serving area. Below are details on each project, including our construction schedules barring any significant delays due to weather. For updates, visit range.net/fiber-updates. KORY BORTZ Construction Foreman Kory has worked for Range for almost 23 years and has been in the telecom construction industry for 35 years. He started as a laborer and worked through various positions until being promoted to Construction Foreman. JEFF FOWLER Construction Technician Jeff joined Range 23 years ago. Prior to then, he worked for Pinnacle Bank in Cody.
JUNE 2023 What do you enjoy most about working for Range? Bryan: I enjoy the people. They make it effortless to come to work every day with a smile. Kory: Each day is different and brings its own challenges. I also enjoy teaching skills to those who are new to the industry. Jay: We’re always working in different exchanges. You’re never in one spot long enough to get bored. Jeff: It’s the camaraderie of a crew setting. Kevin: Best part of the job for me is the wide variety of projects. How do you help make Range customers’ lives better? Bryan: By completing the tasks to the best of my ability and making sure the customer is 100% satisfied. Kory: We try our best to work in a timely fashion and give customers faster and better internet. Jay: By deploying the latest technology to improve their phone and internet services. Jeff: We’re installing and splicing fiber, setting new cabinets, and expanding our network to get better service and speeds to our customers. Kevin: Building out the high-speed fiber network to rural areas. Is there anything you’d like to share about your family and/or hobbies? Bryan: I enjoy spending my free time in the mountains — hunting, shed hunting, and hiking. Walker: I like rodeoing with my wife and three daughters and traveling to watch our daughters play sports and dance. Kory: I’ve been married for 29 years, and we have one son. We love camping with our two cats and extended family. We’re both active in the Boy Scouts of America and currently serve on the Montana Council Board. Jay: My wife Kelli and I have been married for 25 years. We have two sons and five grandkids, which keeps us plenty busy with different activities throughout the year! Jeff: I’ve been married to my wife Julie for 20 years. We have four kids and enjoy camping and fishing together. Kevin: I enjoy time in the outdoors, including hunting and hiking. What’s your favorite place to visit in Wyoming or Montana? Bryan: The mountains above Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Kory: I can’t tell you or you’ll find me! It’s a place with no cell service! Jay: My favorite place to visit inWyoming is anywhere outside. Jeff: In the Bighorn Mountains for hunting, fishing, backpacking, or sightseeing. Kevin: Any place outdoors. JAY MOORE Construction Supervisor Jay has been with Range for 22 years — 12 years as a construction tech, followed by five years as a network tech, then back to construction as the Construction Supervisor. Before working at Range, he and his brother were partners in a welding business. KEVIN LESEBURG Outside Construction Supervisor Kevin has worked for Range for 24 years. He was previously employed by TCI in Gillette, Wyoming. WALKER SMALL Construction Technician Walker joined the Range team eight months ago. Prior to that, he worked for various road construction companies, operated equipment, and hauled cattle over the road. BRYAN VIKTORIN Construction Technician Bryan previouslyworked for Range as summer help, and he’s been a full-time employee for just under a year. He attended college at the University of Wyoming.
Cornerstone Group © 2023 JUNE 2023 The journey of Blair’s Market began in 1980 with Blair and Norene Foulger. They’d just become empty nesters and had the opportunity to purchase the former Max’s Market. They had 24 hours to decide if they wanted to embark on this new adventure. Their answer was simple: “Let’s go for it!” RANGE BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: BLAIR’S MARKET Members of their family eventually joined the business, and Blair’s Market entered the third generation of family ownership in January 2022 when Brandon and Shalene Yule purchased the Worland location. Through all the growth and changes, the same family values endure. As Brandon said, “Our guests are everything, and our employees are part of our family.” Brandon was born in Worland and has called it home for most of his life. He graduated fromWorland High School in 2004 and joined the Army National Guard in 2002, completing basic training in Oklahoma between his junior and senior years. He deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a medic from 2005-2007, and again as a team leader from 2009-2010. He and his wife Shalene were married in 2007 following his return from his first tour to Iraq. After his second tour, Brandon decided to jump into the grocery business with Shalene, where she worked for her father Kent, the owner of Blair’s Market at the time. Brandon worked as a Store Director for about seven years prior to the purchase. Brandon and Shalene have two boys—Corbin, born in 2011, and Terek, born in 2014. Blair’s Market is their life, but they enjoy traveling with the kids and making memories. Brandon is also a Captain with the Worland Volunteer Fire Department. Community service is important to him, and he feels there’s nothing more rewarding than helping those in need. His love for the grocery business developed as he interacted with people throughout the community. He said, “Worland is a place where you can go to the grocery store, and 9 times out of 10, find someone you can have a positive conversation with.” Blair’s Market strives to offer all the items the community needs or wants, and its employees make guests feel welcome when they walk in the door. The store also regularly partners with local organizations, helping with fundraising for groups such as the Food Bank and Senior Center as well as large community events and other nonprofits. Voice and internet connectivity are vital at Blair’s Market. It uses a 3CX Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone system from Range, which Brandon described as “working great since installation with only very minor issues.” The store needs excellent internet service due to the demands of electronic payments, coupons, and other online services. Range offered a faster and more cutting-edge service then what was previously available to theWorland area —fiber internet. Brandon said, “I can count on one hand the number of downtimes during business hours in the last five years. Anytime I have a concern, Range is there quickly to help. Their team knows we need to stay connected.” Blair’s Market is located at 1801 Big Horn Ave in Worland. You can call them at 307-347-8500 or visit www.blairsmarket.com. GaryWantulok, CPA Brandon and Shalene Yule