After lifetime in bowling, alley owner wins national award

By Jake Goodrick | Gillette News Record via Wyoming News Exchange

GILLETTE — It’s not hyperbole to say that Mike Divis has spent his life at Camelanes.

In the almost 30 years that the 20-lane bowling center in Gillette has been in his family, it has continually evolved while maintaining its essence as a community bowling alley.

Divis replaced the carpet and implemented digital scoring. He replaced the ball return machines and the wood lanes. In the late weekend hours, cosmic lights now make the lanes glow in the dark.

But to the locals who measure the passage of time by their bowling league calendars, the center’s charm remains untouched. Inside, the air is still heavy with the scents of deep fryer oil, popcorn and draft beer. The unassuming exterior still hides the building just off Second Street, right where it has always been.

Recently, Divis’ lifetime spent at the bowling center in northeast Wyoming was recognized nationally by the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America, which named Divis its 2020 BPAA Proprietor of the Year.

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