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January 2, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 I Year tn Revtew January Twelve post offices in Big Horn and Park counties, all under the 824 zip code exchange, will be seeing reduc- es hours over the coming years, including Byron, Frannie, Cowley and Deaver. National news sources are reporting increased gun sales in stores across the na- tion following recent tragic events and po- litical tough talk that threatens to increase gun regulations. Like other gun stores across the country, CodeRed Tactical in Lovell is also seeing a "spike" in sales. 0 Wyoming's congressional del- egation was divided in their votes during the recent fiscal cliff standoff with Rep. Cynthia Lummis voting against the deal and both Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi voting for it. An interested group of Cowley resi- dents Tuesday night questioned a U.S. Postal Service proposal to reduce hours at the Cowley Post Office as part of a nation- wide effort to prevent post office closures by reducing hours. 1 7 A controversial bill that would greatly change the role and du- ties of the Wyoming Superin- tendent of Public Instruction was heavi- ly debated in the Wyoming State Senate this week and passed on third reading Wednesday. 2 4 The Lovell Chronicle has been judged the top small weekly newspaper in Wyoming in the latest annual contest sponsored by the Wyoming Press Association. It's full speed ahead for the Main Street Phase of the Lovell Water and Sew- er Infrastructure Project thanks to a deci- sion by the Wyoming State Loan and In- vestment Board Thursday to fully fund the final stage of Lovell's long-running project. 1 Should teacher and students be friends on Facebook? This and other issues connected with the use of social media, texting and other computer related means of communication used by teachers, coaches and other school district staff to interact with students was discussed at a special work meeting attended by the board of directors, su- perintendent of schools and principals of Big Horn County School District No. 1 on Tuesday night. New council member Pam Hopkin- son, a fourth-generation Byronite who was seated Dec. 11, was appointed mayor of the Town of Byron on a 3-1 vote during a spe- cial meeting due to the resignation of Ma- rie McCollam, who was appointed mayor on Dec. 11. Councilman Vance Peregoy was ap- pointed mayor of the Town of Frannie during the Jan. 7 council meeting to re- place John R. "Jack" Cordner, who recent- ly resigned. February There's hope for the future of the Lovell Circuit Court thanks to a footnote in the Wyoming Legisla- ture's supplemental budget that would fund the satellite court for one more year. Some of Big Horn County's largest em- ployers are reporting steady times in spite DAVID PECK A wildfire blackened some 1,500 acres of the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area on April 27. That fire, and other area fires, were driven by high winds and kept the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. busy all weekend. of a shaky national economy. As a result, employment has been steady for many workers in the area and small communities aren't experiencing the high unemploy- ment found in other parts of the country. 4 The median strip in downtown Lovell is coming out with the street and infrastructure proj- ect of 2014, and it's not coming back. That was the decision of the Lovell Town Coun- cil following a public hearing prior to the regular council meeting at town hall Tues- day night. Don't be fooled by all of that snow in your yard and glistening in the mountains. It's dry underneath that snow in most of Wyoming's high country, and that could result in a lower-than-average runoff this spring and summer, Friends of Bighorn Lake President Bob Croft said this week. third place at the State Wrestling Tour- nament over the weekend in Casper, and while that placing is one step below their finish of a year ago, the silver lining, well, maybe the gold lining, is that the Bulldogs brought home three individual champions. Seniors Nathan Grant, Jacob Beck and Dino Collins tore through their respective brackets to win titles at 160, 170 and 182 pounds, respectively. 1 The Hyart Theatre "Go Digi- tal or Go Dark" fundraising ef- fort to keep the historic movie theater open by funding a digital conver- sion process has been a rousing success, and that's a good thing because bids for the equipment are coming in much high- er than expected, Hyart Redevelopment Corp. board president Mike Steenbak- kers reported this week. As of this week the local fundraising total has reached $65,545.55, but the equipment estimate has risen to around $155,000, depending on an anticipated bid for electrical work. Considering that they don't have the overall depth of last year's squad, the Lovell Bulldogs turned in a pretty remark- able performance at the 2A West Regional Wrestling Tournament Friday and Satur- day at Hanna-Elk Mountain High School. Lovell finished a strong second to Cokev- ille, 202-163.5, beating 10 other schools in the process. 8 The leaders of many federal- ly funded organizations in the area are on edge as they antic- ipate budget cuts that could kick in if the federal government sequester rears its ugly head on Friday. The Lovell Bulldogs placed a strong New arrivals ... More Lillian Richardson ...................... Dec. 31 2012 Maddox David Ward ........................................ July 9 Jex Bentley Salutregui ..................... Jan. 4 Stacie Jayne Tippetts . ... .........  ,July 11 Zoe Isabel Zelier. ............................................ Jan. 8 Abigail Ella Bazemore ................... .......... i..L. july11 Gage Tyler Angetl ......................................... Jan. 17 Benjamin Darrin Robinson-Loveless ............... July 25 Chase Layton Severeide .............................. Jan. 24 Brett Gilbert Cordova .................................... Aug. 12 Aden Jay Spencer ....................................... Jan. 29 Taya Lynn Schatz ......................................... Aug. 23 Lauren Olivia Robertson ............................... Jan. 29 Zaylee June Rohmr ...................................... Aug. 19 Graysin Reece Jofley .................................... Jan. 31 Milo Lucian Lurid .......................................... Aug, 25 Olivia Rael .................................................... Feb. 27 Josie Jeannette Entel .................................... Aug. 30 James Dylan Btickenstaff ............ , ................. Febi 27 Camden Cooper Blain .................................. Aug. 30 Alia Rae Voelker .......................................... Oakley Sue Abraham ................................ March Kelsey Marie Pierce ................................... March 12 Lincoln, Ethan Puentes ........................................... March 13 Addison Rae Green ................................... March 21 Robert Scott Dillon ................. '. 17 Landyn Kenneth Burnham ......................... March 24 Canyon Eli Weinand ................................... .Sept. 18 Gemma Leise/ Walker ............................... March 25 Roy Thatcher Eckerdt .................................. Sept. 21 Alexandria Lynn Harris .............................. March 25 A/exandra Marie Tones ................................ Sept. 25 Ash/ynn May Hitz ....... ...,,. ............... ............ March 28 Barry Porter VanLake Jo//ey...!....,;.,.........,:Sept, 30 Caison Michael Micke/son ....................... i.. March 29 Lorenzo Alden Silva .................................... ,.,.!Oct. 1 Kata/ina Arece/i Hetland ................................. April 8 = Darien Anthony Crosby,i,,.i.,,,,i..,..,..i:.:, Oct. 4 Clair Jeanette Mumford ................................ April 26 Owen E. James.,...: ...... ;....::...;:._.i...:.i.:L...'.!...Oct. 8 Kylle Lyne Nicholls... ...................................... May 6 Athena Jelena Rigby ..................................... Oct 26 KyZynn Ariing Welch .......... i ........................... May 8 Jasper Essex Eades ............. i ........................ Nov. 6 y 14 Zayde Richard Bowman ............................... Nov. 25 y 16 Pexton Troy Fink,.. ....................................... Nov. 29 Eva/ina Cami//a Garcia ..................... L...:.i.,i May 16 Mada/ynn Legerski.. ................... ,..:.....,:..Nov. 27 Paisley Ann Ma/son .................. :. ...........  ..... May 20 Penelope Wambeke ....................................... Dec. 4 Alden Bret George ........................................ May 30 Lydia Nice/e Robertson..: .......... ..:.;... ............. Dec= 9 Drayken Duane Espinoza .............................. June 4 Elizabeth Dawn Pederson ................. :,.:,....Dec, 18 Alexis Kimbedie Clark. ................................... June 8 ReedA/exander Wiggins ............... .....i ........ Dec. 20 Liam Weston Twomey ................................. June 26 Brody Matthew Walker ................................. Dec. 23 Paige Asay ...................................................... July 5 Carter Cash Cozzens .................... :. ............. Dec. 23 Ma]fa Peari Parks ........................... :.: ......... .....Juiy 8 KARLA POMEROY Jacob Adey and Kade Nicholls leap for joy at the conclusion of Lovell's 46-35 win over Lusk for the Class 2A state basketball championship on March 2 at the Casper Events Center. March Members of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area manage- ment team met on Tuesday after- noon to formulate a plan that will comply with the $176,000 in cuts mandated by the federal government sequester that went into effect on March 5. One of the chief axioms in sports is that defense wins championships, and that was certainly the case with the Lovell Bulldogs Saturday as they shut down the Lusk Tigers 46-35 to win the state basket- ball championship at the Casper Events Center.  They did it again. The Lovell High School Dance Team, un- der first-year head coach Sara Green, excelled in competition against much larger schools at the Wyoming State Spirit Competition last Wednesday, March 6, at the Casper Events Center. The LHS Dance Team placed second in Class 3A dance. The Rocky Mountain cheerleaders placed third. Annual Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce awards were presented Friday night, including School District No. 1 Edu- cator of the Year Judy Jessup, District No. 2 Educator of the Year Caleb Sanders and outstanding citizen for 2013 Mike James- on. Lovell Inc. awards included CodeRed Tactical as Entrepreneur of the Year and the Minchow family with the Trailblazer award. State treasurer Mark Gordon was the keynote speaker. 1 The Wyoming Dept. of Envi- ronmental Quality has severely restricted the Town of Lovell's spring open burning program, at least un- til school is out. The Hyart Theatre will go dark this weekend...but only this weekend, because it's going digital. The long-awaited equip- ment has arrived. The Big Horn County School District No. 2 board of trustees approved a proposal to offer Doug Hazen a contract to take the reins as principal of Lovell Middle School at their regular board meeting held on March 11. Hazen would replace long-time principal Sheri Monk, who is retiring at the end of the school year. 8 It's truly a movie palace. That's how Mark Gulbrandsen and Randy Barker describe the Hy- art Theatre, which is both regal in its history and cutting edge in its technolo- gy thanks to the digital conversion under way this week. Big Horn Rural Electric Co. and Basin Electric Power Cooperative Tuesday pre- sented checks totaling $30,000 -- $15,000 each - to Hyart Redevelopment Corp. board members Mike Steenbakkers and Ed Croft following an extensive tour of the theater's digital conversion project by Randy Bark- er of General Theatrical Supply and Mark Gulbrandsen of Cinema Service. Local anglers and other interested par- ties listened to a plan on Tuesday night presented by Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. biologist Mark Smith that is intend- ed to restore the native Yellowstone Cut- throat Trout population in the upper Por- cupine Creek drainage area. April Earlier this month Gov. Matt Mead signed the bill allowing Wyoming to enter a multi-state lottery or start a state lottery. The law creating a lottery corporation goes into effect on July 1. Members of the Wyoming Constitution Party are sponsoring a visit by Cindy Hill, embattled and demoted superintendent of the public instruction, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Lovell Fire Hall. 1 The Big Horn County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees was treated to a simulated walk- through of Lovell High School's upcom- SEE 'YEAR IN REVIEW' page 10 ! DAVID PECK Aaron and Jonathan Barker of General Theatrical Supply of Salt Lake City stitch in the new, brighter screen at the Hyart Theatre in Lovell in late March. The Hyart "Go Digital or Go Dark" fundraising process was a huge success, raising more than $126,000 toward the $175,000 project.