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January 1, 2015 I The Lovell Chronicle 13 COURTESY PHOTO Payten Day, Jaden Minor and Lane Day enjoy a visit with Santa, who personally delivered gifts of food, clothing and toys to their family during Christmas week. COMMUNITY RESPONDS continued from page 1 Touched by her story, Coleman offered to take Sarah to the store to buy food for her family. Sarah said she was hesitant but desperate to feed her fam- ily, especially baby Amberlynn, so she modestly ac- cepted Coleman's offer, which unbeknownst to her led to an outpouring of generosity by the entire sher- iffs dept., dispatch and jail staff, local firemen and others, who brought gifts, cash, gift cards and food to the family over a period of several days. "This is the best Christmas we have ever had, thanks to the sheriffs dept. and everyone else who helped us," said Sarah. "It was especially wonderful for my son Lane, who celebrated his second birthday on Christmas day." The family is currently living in temporary hous- ing provided by members of the Bible Church. They have since found permanent housing in Lovell. From the school employee who quietly slipped Sarah a $100 bill to the entire sheriffs dept. arriv- ing with a trailer full of gifts and Santa, Sarah said the Colten family is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community. "We were actually thinking of living in Cody be- fore this happened," said Sarah. "After this, I don't think we can ever leave this wonderful communi- ty. We feel truly blessed to be here and we are very grateful for the help we have received from the peo- ple here." TOP 10 STORIES continued from page 1 reation complex. At the same time Lovell received a nearly $32,000 grant to modify and upgrade the town's free camper park in the north- east corner of town. Byron also com- pleted its Memorial Park in the early summer. LJohn Bundy was named as the pnew superintendent at the Big- horn Canyon National Recre- ation Area in August, and following the semiannual Bighorn River Sys- tem Issues Group meeting in Bill- ings, county commissioners and the Friends of Bighorn Lake asked the public to speak up in favor of main- taining lake levels with the Bureau of Reclamation taking comment on the operating plan through Jan. 16. 1 Perhaps the biggest news uhnlocal sports was Lovell gh School's return to Class 3A starting with the 2014-15 school year. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are competing in the 3A West conference with Cody, Jack- son, Lander, Mountain View, Pi- nedale, Powell and Star Valley in volleyball, golf, cross country, bas- ketball, wrestling and both indoor and outdoor track. Back in Class 2A, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies boys basketball team had an out- standing season in 2014, playing to a 19-10 record and finishing sec- ond at the State Basketball Tour- nament in Casper after a strong run at the title. Then a week lat- er, a strong group of seniors led both the Lovell High School dance team and the cheerleading squad to state championships in Class 3A State Spirit competition in Casper, a major accomplishment against much larger schools. The Lovell Lady Bulldogs won the State Class 2A track and field championship in May, their fourth state title in five years. ALL STATE CHOIR continued from page 1 structor Nick Tolman. "He is also a great leader and was choir president this year. He is very respon- sible and always on top of things." Banks said he has al- ways liked singing and comes from a very musical family. He said he thought the audition was very challenging. This is the second year in a row that RMHS soph- omore Gerardo Beltran made all-state. As a fresh- man he was Tenor I, but due to a voice change made Bass I this year. Tolman said this is pretty common with boys his age. "Gerardo is a real- ly hard worker," said Tel- man. "For him, that is a big thing. He knows how to manage his time and he works very hard preparing for the audition. "I think 90 percent is due to hard work. Some have natural ability, but it is those who work hard who get this honor. That in- cludes kids like Gerardo." Wyatt Horrocks, a freshman, said he was very surprised to make all-state. Though Tolman encourag- es all freshmen to audition, not many receive the honor. "Though this is his first year making the all-state choir, it has been in the making for some time," said Tolman. He is a good s!nger who won his room last year at Showalter (music festi- val) and he put a lot of ef- fort into preparing for this audition. I wasn't surprised by any means. His attitude is really good. He is very positive -and -alw.ay on top of things. He works hard to be the best he can be." Tolman said he encour- ages his students to begin auditioning as early as pos- sible because the audition is very difficult and getting used to the rigors of the au- dition takes time for some students. "It's not just preparing the material," he explained. "It is like a live perfor- mance. You only get one shot and that is when they turn on the microphone. There are no 'do-overs,' which creates a lot of pres- sure on these kids." LHS LHS Instructor Linnea Dickson said she is very pleased to see nine of her outstanding vocal students receive this honor, includ- ing Emilie Asay (Alto II), Afton George (Alto II), Ja- mie Kite (Soprano II), Kait- lyn Mickelson (Soprano II), Paul Montuy (Bass I), Hunter Tippetts (Tenor II), Drake Welch (Tenor II), Mi- rando May (Soprano II) and Logan Hitz (Bass II). Dickson described May as a "hard worker, who loves music and has a great ear." This is the sec- ond year receiving this hon- or for May, a sophomore, who also made all-state as a freshman. George is a strong alto, said Bieksou, who wi],l work on her part until she gets it. This is the second year George, a junior, has made all-state. She also made all-state in her sophomore year. Dickson described Kite, having a "light lyri- cal voice." She added that Soprano II is a very com- petitive part and that Kite worked very hard to receive this honor. Sophomore Mickelson is also making all-state for the second year in a row. "She has a very beauti- ful, clear soprano voice and reads music very well," not- ed Dickson. This is the first time Montuy, a senior, has been named for all-state choir. "I would say Paul is the most improved singer I have this year," said Dick- son. "He can sing tenor or bass and he keeps every- one else on track with his singing." This is also the first year of making all-state for sophomore Tippetts. Dickson noted that Tip- petts can also sing tenor or bass, reads music very well and is a hard-worker. This is the second time Welch, a senior, made all- state. He made all-state, as a junior. Dickson said, "He has a beautiful high tenor voice and can sing just about nythg." May, a junior, is also making all-state for the sec- ond time. "She has a beautiful dark soprano voice, can also sing alto, writes her own music and plays guitar very well," said Dickson. Hitz, a freshman, is making all-state for the first time. "This is quite an hon- or for a young man to make all-state as a fresh- man," said Dickson. "He reads music very well and has a nice developing bass voice." With around 600 vo- cal students auditioning for the honor of all-state choir, Dickson noted that the audition is very com- petitive. She added that she has been pleased in her many years of teach- ing vocal music at LHS to have so many rise to the top in their abilities. "I think part of it is the churches, part is in the blood and it just keeps recycling year after year," she said. "I'm teaching kids of kids I taught before and the talent seems to be just endless." MEDICAID EXPANSION ATTEMPT continued from page 1 reviewed for fiscal viabili- Health that would require ual lawmaker and will also ty and there may be some participants to pay a pre- be reviewed by the full leg- modifications to make it mium and copays for their islature at the upcoming work in that regard, coverage, similar to private session. The committee did not health insurance coverage. "I really like the health advance a program called Harvey said the committee savings aspect of the com- the "Share Program" en- has already been informed mittee's plan because it dorsed recently by Gov. that the share program will helps people learn to man- Mead and the State Dept. of be sponsored by an individ- age their health care costs," said Harvey. "This shouldn't be treated like free money. I think the work aspect is good, too." The legislature will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 13, with Medicaid expan- sion expected to be a hot topic for debate. North Big Horn Hospital Clinic will close at noon Wed., Dec. 31, be closed Jan. 1 and reopen Jan. 2. New Year Horn Hospital Clinic NI,TIi 'i, i "m 'it,i"I)ir, icr 1115 Lane 12 Lovell 307-548-5201 31G HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC www.nbhh.com Town of Lovell New Year's week Garbage Route Schedule The Thursday, Jan. 1 route will be picked up Friday, Jan. 2. Now open MY PRIVATE GALLERY Landscapes from the American West Open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-5 pm 295 Carmon Ave., Lovell Or by private appointment. Call 406-855-0234 Richard Morrison 9pm-2atn, .... North Big Horn Senior Center 757 Great Western Ave., LovelI,WY ' 307448-6556 00Iter ChriStmaS ALL* Christmas items 50% off *lxclmlin, "Willmv Tree Cards Oift Wrap Ornaments 6iftware off LL CHRIRTMA9 ITEM9 CK HARDWARE 70 E. Main St., LovelI, WY ' 307-548-7120