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January 2, 2014 ] The Lovell Chronicle 111 Year Review continued Big Horn County Sheriffs Dept. received the Wyoming Peace Officer Association Valor Award for risking their own safe- ty to save two toddlers from a gas-filled apartment in Lovell. The two were sur- prised with the award at a special confer- ence held in Casper. Lovell Elementary School is raising funds to help fellow elementary school stu- dents in Colorado who have been affected by recent torrential rains and flooding. 6 Motivated students, great teachers, good leaders and a supportive community have won Lovell High School national recogni- tion as one of the best performing schools in the country. The U.S. Secretary of Edu- cation, Arne Duncan, officially recognized Lovell High School as a National Blue Rib- bon School for 2013 this week. The Lovell Bulldogs are moving back to Class 3A for all sports except football, the Wyoming High School Activities Associa- tion announced recently. October The barricades went up Tuesday morning, sealing off the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area from visitors in the wake of the feder- al budget impasse that has caused fed- eral workers across the nation to be furloughed. The first phase of the new Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 1. A health care exchange of- fered by the federal government is available online for individuals and small businesses from Wyoming to check out the health care options that are available to them. In anticipation of the complexity of un- derstanding the new law, Northwest Col- lege is hosting several informational ses- sions in the area with the Commissioner of the Wyoming State Dept. of Insurance, Tom Hirsig, who will be on hand to answer questions about how the new law will work.  It's a good news/bad news sce- U nario for the fall sugar beet out- look as the 2013-14 campaign Cranks into high gear. The good news is that Big Horn Basin farmers have pro- duced another bumper crop, perhaps a record crop, but the bad news is that a glut of sugar on the market has depressed prices. A love of small towns and an enthu- siasm for what they have to offer has led Jackie Heinert of Lovell to a job she sees as a perfect fit. Heinert was hired last week as the new office manager for the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce. my For the first time since the Cow- l ley Log Gym was closed this summer for not meeting the state fire code, there's good news for the venerable Cowley icon that re-opened in July after an extensive restoration project, only to be locked up days later. Cowley Mayor Joel Peterson said this week that the Town of Cowley has worked out an agreement with the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Office to not only install a fire suppression system but to also re-open the facility for public use. 4 A team of painters from Carr Coatings of Lovell, using a special scaffold, could be seen painting the landmark silos at the West- ern Sugar Cooperative on the west end of town during the past few weeks. The gloom of a partial federal govern- ment shutdown turned to joy at the Big- horn Canyon National Recreation Area Thursday as furloughed park employees PATti CARPENTER A horse drawn carriage travels down Main Street in Lovell during the Mustang Days Parade held in June. returned to work at the visitor center and throughout the park. 1 The Town of Lovell announced in a letter to utility customers this week that water and sewer replacement fees that over time are pay- ing for the town water and sewer infra-: structure project will now continue on all temporarily suspended accounts. Tall structures are now within reach of the Deaver-Frannie Fire Dept. with the recent donation of a pumper truck that is equipped with a 55-foot aerial boom. November There are phases within phases within phases in regard to the on- going remodeling project at Lovell High School, but one thing is clear: folks will hardly recognize the "new/old" LHS building when the work is completed. Lovell schools are getting a little bit safer for students and staff members thanks to an ongoing project to construct security vestibules at the main entrances of the three Lovell facilities. The North Big Horn Search and Rescue Squad successfully found and brought off Little Mountain a 57-year-old hunter from Guernsey who had become exhausted while attempting to retrieve his elk Monday. 1 4 BigHrn Cunty school District No. Two Superintendent Dan Coe announced that he plans to retire at the end of the school year on June 30, 2014. The District No. 2 school board of trustees accepted Coe's resignation at their regularly held meeting on Monday night. Artists and art lovers gathered at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center Saturday morning for an art show and demonstration that was the kick- off to a planned artist in residence program at Bighorn Canyon. The Cowtown Caf has returned to Cowley. After the Prairie Grill closed its doors for a few days, Deanna Lewis of Cow- ley announced last week that she is tak- ing over operations of the popular .Cowley restaurant and returning the establish- ment to its former name. 1 The CPA performing the Town of Lovell's annual audit in- formed the town council last week that the town may be in a position to pay off the water and sewer bonds much earlier than originally scheduled. When you watch the Macy's Thanks- giving Day Parade next week, you might catch a glimpse of a familiar face - or at least the trombone in front of that famil- iar face. Lovell High School junior Justin Mickelson was selected this summer to perform with the Macy's Great American Marching Band. 8 The Big Horn Mountains east of Lovell will be swarming next week with winter sports enthusi- asts passionate about a sport that is gaining popularity around the world - snowkiting. Her first recollection of him was that he was a bit annoying. After all, what kind of guy would carve his name on the back of a girl's chair during a high school class? His first recollection of her was that she was by far the prettiest girl in all of Byron. In fact, the prettiest girl he'd ever seen, with eyes that twinkled like diamonds. Eighty years, three children, 18 grandchildren and 44 (plus two more on the way) great-grandchil- dren later, Edwin and Jeri NeVille spent an afternoon with family and friends in Byron this week celebrating the many happy and productive years of their 80-year marriage. December Members of the Lovell downtown business community and Main Street residents are encouraged to attend one of two information meet- ings next week regarding next week regarding next summer's highway improvemente project in downtown Lovell. Big Horn Basin residents interest- ed in trying the sport of snowkiting are invited to head for the Big Horns this weekend for an introduction to the sport. North Big Horn Hospital has report- ed confirmed cases of pertussis in the local community, the medical staff an- nounced this week. 2 Merchants and business owners gathered at the Lovell Community Center Monday for a pair of meetings designed to continue the process of getting the word out about next summer's wa- ter, sewer and street project on Main Street in Lovell. During a Wyoming water strate- gy "listening session" Friday a rushing stream of ideas, concerns and questions ran freely as approximately 70 attend- ees offered commentary on varied as- pects of the precious liquid at the Lovell Community Center. The cell phone airwaves were buzz- ing Thursday afternoon when a School District No. 1 bus clipped a pickup east of Byron, but parents were relieved to discover there were no injuries.  It's no secret that the road to affordable health care for all citizens has been a rocky one. Reports of glitches in the feder- al government's health insurance ex- change website and negative side effects of the new law, especially in relatively low population states like Wyoming, are rampant in the national news. A clean separation of inpatient and outpatient services, a covered entryway protecting patients from the elements, more square footage for physical and oc- cupational therapy services, more effi- cient centralized check-in and business operations, a bigger emergency room and a layout that provides more priva- cy and less physical distance between patient services are all ideas being ex- plored during the very early stages of North Big Horn Hospital's future expan- sion and remodeling project. 6 The cooperative efforts of employees at a local con- struction site, a brave fe- male undercover officer and a tip from a concerned citizen allowed Big Horn County Sheriffs deputies to nab a sus- pect accused of stealing large quanti- ties of red diesel fuel on at least three occasions beginning around Thanksgiv- ing from construction vehicles parked at a GK Construction site. A Lovell writer has spun a rhyming tale about a little boy who gets himself in trouble with stealing in the children's book "Gary," which has been recently published by WestBow Press. Jaci Hoop- er authored "Gary" many years ago but recently had the story published as the first in a series of children's books. The North Big Horn County Muse- um and Historical Center received the go-ahead from the Town of Lovell to es- tablish a mini-museum in the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Building on Main Street in Lovell during the Dec. 10 council meeting at town hall. We said goodbye to ... 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