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2 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 2, 2014 OBITUARIES PleaSe submit obituaries to us via emait: tcnews@tctwest,net; fax:307-548-2218; or bring to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell, Wyoming. Cynthia Yvonne Langseth March 31, 1939- Dec. 28, 2013 Cynthia Yvonne Langseth, 74, died of health complications on Dec. 28, 2013. She was known best as "Cindy" by her friends and family. Cindy was born Cyn- thia Yvonne Mitchell on March 31, 1939, in Bridge- port, Conn.. During her life, she resided in the states of Connecticut, Califor- nia, Oregon, Wyoming and Minnesota. Cindy met her husband Edward Langseth in Reno and preceded him in death after 53 years of marriage. Cindy was preceded in death by her eldest son Leif Eric Langseth, of Kenai, Ala.; her parents, George Mitchell and Eve Michaud Jones; and her siblings Doreen Born of Georgia, George Mitchell of Missou- ri and Jacqueline Bee of Wisconsin. Cindy is survived by her husband Edward Langseth of Byron; daugh- ter Laurie Kraft and grand- children Ken Fisher and Kade Fisher of Fort Collins, and son Mitchell Langseth and grandchildren Alex- ander Langseth and Dan- nielle Langseth of Weston, Wis. Cindy was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Lovell. A celebration of life will take place at St. John's Lutheran Church on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at noon. John P. Richards, Jr. June 22, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2013 John P. Richards Jr., 91, died at his home Dec. 22, 2013. He was born on June 22, 1922, to John P. Richards and Vivian (Verse) Richards. He lived and worked (and worked and worked and worked) on the family homestead east of Frannie until 1989 when he retired and moved to Powell. John Jr. graduated from Deaver-Frannie High School in 1940 and took over the family farm short- ly thereafter. He improved the land through hard work and installing conserva- tion practices, making it into one of the most produc- tive farms in the Frannie Project. He loved hunting big game, small game and game birds and was very accomplished and accu- rate with rifles, pistols and shotguns. He loved taking drives up the north and south forks of the Shoshone River and into Yellowstone National Park. He married Hilde- garde Larsen-Nichols known as "Hilde" on March 28, 1948. She brought to this union a son, Frank A. Nichols Jr., whose father had lost his life in World War II. Later born into the union were Jane Ma- rie and John III. Although sometimes having an awk- ward way of expressing it, he loved his family, espe- cially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He survived two forms of cancer for 30 years. Being quite stubborn and deter- mined not to be a burden, he live&and subsided pret- ty much on his own since his wife's death in 2000. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson through mar- riage, Matthew A. Nichols, grandson Jeremy J. Rich- ards and his wife Hilde. He is survived by a son through marriage Dr. Frank A. Nichols Jr. (Caren) of Tu- pelo, Miss., daughter Jane M. Hadden (Dan) of Pew- ell and son John P. Rich- ards III (Kendy) of Cowley, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His wish was to be cre- mated and cremation has taken place. His ashes will be interred next to his wife's at the Denver Ceme- tery in the spring of 2014. Memorial services are be- ing planned but have not been finalized. DEATH NOTICE Lera Mae Margaret (Wagner) Howe Lora Mae Margaret (Wagner) Howe, 87, died on Sun- day, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Eagle Cliff Nursing Home in Billings. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Denver United Methodist Church. Burial will take place immediately afterward at the Denver Cemetery. A full obituary will be printed in next week's paper. Sheriff's Department makes ends meet with free surplus equipment BY PATTI CARPENTER Big Horn County Sher- iffs deputies will be sharing a newly acquired armored personnel carrier worth $683,000 with joint tacti- cal response teams from sheriffs departments in Washakie and Hot Springs counties. The beauty of it all, is that it isn't costing the citizens from any of the three counties a dime to purchase the equipment, according to Captain Blaine Jolley. Jolley acquired the piece of surplus military equipment from the feder- al government through a special program called the "1033 program." The pro- gram makes used equip- ment available to autho- rized law enforcement agencies. The department gets free use of the equip- ment in exchange for main- taining it and making it available to the federal gov- ernment, if needed. Jolley has been taking advantage of surplus give- away programs offered by both the state and the fed- eral government for several years, acquiring everything from military-style water canteens to specialized mil- itary vehicles like the most recent acquisition. He has also used the programs to se- cure other free-for-the-ask- ing treasures like Humvees for the Search and Rescue team, sleeping bags, hand shovels, generators and duf- fle bags. He's even acquired weapons like pistols and M14s to add to the sheriff de- partment's arsenal. Agencies acquiring sur- plus equipment through this resource are only required to foot the cost of picking it up and maintaining it. In the event that the equipment be- comes too costly to maintain, the agency can just give it back, explained Jolley. Use of the equipment is subject to audit and, so far, the depart, ment has passed every audit with flying colors. This latest piece of equipment, called an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected), is used to protect personnel as they are shut- tled into a dangerous site in- volving massive small arms fire like a hostage situation or an ambush. The three counties will share the cost of the equip- ment, which Jolley said COURTESY PHOTO Big Horn County Sheriff's deputies acquired a used, armored personnel carrier for free through a special federal program designed to place equipment not in use by the Dept. of Defense with law enforcement agencies in small communities. should be minimal because the International Truck and Engine Corporation, the equipment manufac- turer, makes parts readily available. The MRAP was used strictly for training purpos- es at the military base in Fort Lewis, Wash., and nev- er saw combat action over- seas. Several deputies with military backgrounds have already been trained to use the equipment through their military service. "Sometimes people ask why we need such a thing," said Jolley. "I use Sandy Hook and the most recent incident in Colorado as ex- amples of why we need this. And I ask, if it protects our citizens, officers and depu- ties and it's free, why not?" Jolley said he first start- ing securing the essential- ly free equipment through a state program. His contact through the state program taught him later how to se- cure equipment from the fed- eral government. Sheriff Ken Blackburn noted, that a recent radio re- port ibat stated the equip- ment was purchased for more than $600 thousand dollars is false. "We have gotten very good in Big Horn County at acquiring surplus property acquisitions and that prop- erty is free and we use it for the good of the county," ex- plained Blackburn. "For ex- ample, the semi-trucks that have camouflage on them that people see throughout the county were free for us to go pick up and drive back and they are currently be- ing used by road and bridge. There are also front-end loaders out at the dump right now that were picked up for free and the Solid Waste Dis- trict is using them. That's the same way we acquired this armored personnel car- rier. It was free for us to pick up and we took advantage of that." Blackburn said he hopes the tactical team doesn't have the need for this type of equipment like they did approximately 15 years ago when a shooter barricad- ed himself in a house in the county and deputies had to risk their lives to go into the dangerous situation. In that particular instance, the shooter spent more than six hours shooting at deputies, and patrol cars were riddled with bullets. "This is a piece of equip- ment that protects our per- sonnel, for free," said Black- burn. "It is-not a toy. It's something, that is 'available to us now and I hope we never have to use the dang thing. In fact, I pray that we don't have to use it. ILovell Bible Church ' Worship Service  Prayer 7 am 9:00 am Vlk rev. Kurt Mcnabb / Sunday School [ 10:30 am  548-7390 I [ Bible Lesson 6 pm  8th & Jersey l - ' Lovell I ) "People want to think that nothing wrong can hap- pen in Big Horn County but the fact of the matter is that we're just one snap away from a major incident, just like everywhere else. In the event that something like that were to happen, we want law enforcement to have the best possible equip- ment to deal with it." Blackburn noted that budgets are so tight in Big Horn County this year that he had to cut one deputy po- sition. "It's great that Captain Jolley has taken the time to acquire these deals for us," said Blackburn. "So far, he has acquired more than $2 million in property just for Big Horn County. It takes hours upon hours for him to search for this stuff and to do all the paperwork involved to get it for free. He does much of that on his own time, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. That helps us do more with less. "Captain Jolley has done an excellent job and a lot' of it he is not compensated for; The work he is doing directly saves the budget in Big Horn County and we appreciate his efforts." Feith Southern BepUst :.\\; Church b> OE3rOS,,ove,, I Pastor Mi:;a;516MlcKnig ht Services: Sunday School 9:46 am Morn. Womhlp 11 am Eve. Womhlp 6 pm Wed. Bible Study 7 pm CG00d 5th & Montana, 548-7127  I Rev. Christopher Brandt 9:15 am Bible Study & Sunday School 10:30 am Worship Service Wednesday Service 7:30 pm The Lutheran Church-Missoun Synod St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1141ShoshoneAve. Sunday- 11:30 am Thursday- 12 noon Reverend Glenn Whewell Louell flssembly of God Church 310 Idaho floe., Love, Services Sunday School -- 9:45 am Morning Worship -- 10:50 am Sunday Night -- 6:30 pm Wad. Bible Study -- 7 pm Rev. Dan Jarvis 548-7105 ' t ' \\; Serving Northern .T Big Horn County U.itd Chh years at the corner of Park & Shoshone. Lovell Pastor Paula Morse Church: 548-7478 8:30 Deaver Worship 10:30 Lovell Worship immlllll mmm, I I The Wassmers at I =Rocky Mountain I and : Big Horn Storage I wish everyone a 1 I Happy New Year 307-548-6966 ,' !  I >,College4 P B 548- 7021 www.hya rttheater.com THE HUNGER GAMES SPECIAL SHOWING Thursday, Jan. 2, 7 pm THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE Rated PG-13 = 146 minutes Friday, Jan. 3, 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 4 3&7pm Special thanks for the generous donation to the Hyart Digital Conversion to Lovell Drug, Miller,s Fabrication, Bairco, Bank of Lovell, GK Construction and Midway Motors. ATTENTION MINERS WELLNESS TESTING FOR WYOMING MINERS The Wellness Testing program done through the Miners' Hospital Board has been terminated. Due to the financial demands of our other programs, the Wellness testing performed by MOST Healthcare and Campbell County Memorial Hospital has been terminated. We will continue to provide financial assistance to registered miners for qualified cardiac and respiratory testing through the Miners' Medical Assistance Program. Refer to our website for further details. http://mhb.state.wy.us