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8 J The Lovell Chronicle J January 5, 2012 Numerous fundraisers help Winterholler family during crisis BY PATTI CARPENTER When Lovell High School student Krystina Croft heard about a family in need in her community, her first instinct was to help out. "I heard about the ac- cident that Katey Winter- holler was in and I felt bad for her and her family and I wanted to do something to help," explained Croft. Croft decided the best way to help would be to make helping the family her FCCLA project. She called upon businesses throughout the communi- ty. Nearly every business she called donated an item to be sold at a silent auc- tion including a bronze sculpture by Vic Payne of Cody, an original draw- ing by Sara Anderson and many other items. With the help of her mother Michelle, who is a Zum- ba dance instructor, Croft scheduled a dance event and silent auction that raised more than $3,600 for the family. Although the Winter- hollers attend the same church, Croft didn't really know them well. It didn't matter. She just wanted to help. When Lovell Ele- mentary School's princi- pal Cheri Hoffman heard about the accident, her first instinct was to help. She set up a large jar in the lobby of the school to collect "Coins for Katey." The jar was full in a mat- ter of days, raising $1,900. Students at Lovell High School followed suit, rais- ing more than $650, and numerous other individ- uals reached into their hearts and their pocket- books to help the family during their crisis. The Winterholler fam- ily narrowly missed a hor- rible tragedy when Katey Winterholler rolled her pickup on a slick portion of the highway south of Lovell on Nov. 15. Win- terholler was nine months pregnant at the time and was life-flighted to Bill- ings. Her baby was born healthy but Winterhol- ler required emergency back and neck surgery. The family does not have health insurance. The simple idea of putting a jar in the lobby at Lovell Elementary School netted $1,900 in donations to help accident victim Katey Winterholler and her family experience a slightly brighter holiday season. TOP EMPLOYERS Continued from page 1 vember, said Randall Jobman, area agricultural manager. The Western Sugar Coopera- tive processing plant in Lovell went into high gear in late September and it's anticipated that the annual campaign will wind up early in March, Job- man said. Additionally, he noted that the crop averaged 28.9 tons per acre with 17.23 percent sugar content. "This is above average," said the ag manager, "and is being considered as an excellent year." Therefore, the overall picture looks great, he indicated. The plant employs 50 full- time workers and some 67 part-timers from the Big Horn Basin, many of whom are re- hired year after year, during each year's processing cam- paign. "We expect no major changes in our business opera- tions next year," Jobman said, either in harvesting or pro- cessing. And it does not appear that there is a need for any major alterations to the facil- ity or the equipment used. The plant runs with three shifts for a 24/7 operation to slice approximately 3,000. tons of beets daily. The crop comes from at least 18,000 acres of sugar beets grown by farmers in areas including Lovell, Cow- ley, Byron, Powell, Otto, Cody and Burlington. BENTONITE PERFORMANCE MINERALS LLC (BPM) "We had a great year in 2011," stated Alan Snyder, Lovell plant manager. "We had no recordable or lost time in- cidents in 2011," he said, ex- plaining that, "BPM received the Wyoming governor's safe- ty award for 2011, Industrial Minerals Association-North America (IMA-NA) national safety award, state mine in- spector's safety award and Mine Safety & Health Admin- istration (MSHA) sentinels of safety award. "Production levels were set very high in 2011," he contin- ued. "We had the second best year since the plant reopened in 1994." Snyder also said that there currently are 79 em- ployees, and that during 2011, "There were no major changes." Regarding the outlook for the new year, the manag- er commented, "Expectations have been set very high for 2012, which I am very confi- dent that the plant will ex- ceed." (Editor's Note: Wyo-Ben Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Corp. each were telephoned sev- eral times to be included in the preceding review, but did not re- spond.) COWLEY ANIMALS Continued from page1 plained that the group felt that lot size has nothing to do with the quality of care animals received by their owners. It eliminated any speci- fied rules regarding insect control because it was felt that this was part of the "cleanliness" rules. Although it kept the section that prohibited own- ers of livestock from allow- ing their animals to make loud or incessant noise, it removed the words "which may be annoying or discom- forting to neighbors in close proximity." Rusch said the group felt those words left too much open to interpre- tation and opinion. It simplified the per- mit application process by requiring far less informa- tion with regard to the spe- cific owner of each animal, the description of animals, ihe description of the ar- eas where the animals will be secured and the require- ment to list the name and physical address of all ad- joining property owners who may be affected. Most importantly, it took away any requirement to get per- mission from neighbors owning nearby properties, in order to keep animals. It reduced the time pe- riod for obtaining permits and called for one permit for lhe entire property. The permit would not dictate the number of animals kept on the property. This would allow property owners to decide how many animals they can keep and still sat- isfy all of the requirements for cleanliness and care of the animals kept on their property. The hefty fine of up to $750 per day for non-com- pliance was left intact to mo- tivate compliance. It also clarified the com- plaint process to specify a warning period where ani- mal owners are given the op- portunity to comply before a hearing is scheduled. The group met twice pri- or to making their presenta- tion to the town council and appointed Rusch to make the presentation on their behalf. As a result, the meeting was orderly and efficient, sav- ing the council from hearing what could have been hours of arguments. "We felt like we wanted them to see that this means something to us," said Rusch. 'Ne didn't want to come into this meeting half-cocked." Mayor Joel Peterson ex- pressed his gratitude to the group for their well-orga- nized presentation and for the civil discussion that en- sued afterward. For the most part, the group's proposal was well- received by the town coun- cil. The council will now for- ward the written proposal to the town's attorney for review. "This is for the better- ment of everybody in this town," said resident Cindy Fannon. "We rearranged it (the ordinance) through this group so it will be a lit- tle more satisfying to every- body." A second working meet- ing has been scheduled for Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. to dis- cuss comments made by the town's attorney. Any refine- ments to the proposal will be made at that time. Once the terms of the ordinance are finalized, the town council will read it at two more separate public meetings, as required by law, before voting on it. The next reading is ex- pected to take place in Feb- ruary and will be followed by a final reading in March. The ordinance is expected to take effect in April of this year. "I commend the may- or and the councilmen for their objectiveness," said resident David Rael. "They did a very good job and they didn't slam this ordi- nance down our throats. They were receptive and they listened and I appre- ciated that very much. The last thing we wanted to see at this meeting was a dog- fight. We're all neighbors. We're all Cowleyites." "It's nice we weren't throwing chairs at each oth- er," added Fannon. "We just wanted to work things out without a big fight." APPLICATIONS REQUESTED=== Letters of Application are requested from residents of Big Horn County who are interested in serving on the Big Horn County Predatory Ani- mal Board. Per W.S. 11-6-202 (v) County Commissioners, to the great- est extent practical, shall select a sportsman to ensure representation from as broad a geographic distribution of the district as possible. 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