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«a 14 I The Lovell Chronicle January 7, 2021 Lovell Bulldog Wrestling squad rose to the occasion and placed second in the 2A division at the Wyoming State Wrestling Tourna— ment Friday and Saturday in Casper. Senior Quinton Hecker had placed in the top four in his first three years of his high school ca— reer,‘ but he was not going to be denied this year as he won the 126—pound division. Senior Coy Trainor cap— tured his second state title and finished his high school career strong by winning the Z85-pound division. It was the showdown everyone was antici ating: top-ranked and de ending state champion Wyoming Indian vs. second-ranked Rocky Mountain for the 2A West Regional Tournament title. Rocky beat the Chiefs 67—60. 1 Horn County School District No. 2 voted to hire Doug Hazen as the new District Superintendent at Monday night’s regular meeting. Hazen returns to the Lovell school district after serving as the junior high principal for Columbia Falls, Mont, for under a year.‘ The Board of Big Patrons of Big Horn Count School District No. 1 rom North Big Horn County met the five final- ists for principal of Rocky Mountain Elementa- ry School during a special meet and greet event atthe RMES' Gym Monday night that capped a day of inter- views with the school board and individual forums with school staff members for the five. As the coronavirus re— mains a threat on the hori— zon in the state of Wyo— ming, local school districts are preparing for the pos— sibility of the pandemic reaching local students. Is Big Horn County pre- pared to deal with the coro— navirus or similar pandem- ic outbreaks? The answer is a resounding “yes,” ac— cordin to Big Horn Coun- ty Pubic Health Response Coordinator Chad Lindsay, who is also the Communi— ty Prevention Specialist for t e county, and Emily Neb— el, the Infection Prevention and Control Specialist at North Big Horn Hospital. As the coronavirus . creeps closer to the borders of North Big Horn County, North Big Horn Hospital is preparing for the likely onrush of patients. Lovell’s only super— market has not escaped the panic buying that has gripped the nation in the wa e of the growing coro- navirus (COVID-19) pan— demic, with toilet paper and certain cleaning prod- ucts snapped up by cus- tomers as soon as they hit the shelves. Updates from Dr. David Fairbanks, Big Horn Coun- DAVID PECK Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of cars “dragged Main” in Lovell Friday night, April 24, to participate in the “Corona Car Show.” Above, Keith and Carol Rasmussen in their 1949 Ford F1 pickup drive in tandem with grandson Derik and wife Amber in the Rasmussen. family’s ’56 Chevy Bel Air. DAVID PECK LHS graduating senior Elena Garcia smiles and waves, diploma in hand, during ceremony Monday, May 18. ty Health Officer, on the Big Horn County Public Health website state that Gover— nor Mark Gordon has im— plemented a Level 3 Health Warning, which includes eliminating community and faith-based gatherings of any size until April 3. Some churches are suspending public services until further notice. As of Wednesday, March 18, the North Big Horn Se- nior Center will be closed for congregate gathering and all activities through April 3, according to Julie Durham, North Big Horn Senior Center director. The response to COVID—19 is seeing many entities perform a makeover. Wyoming distillers are to begin making hand the drive-up graduation sanitizer. Factories nationwide are re-gearing to construct respirators. And local schools have started printing medical masks with 3D printers. A stroll up and down Main Street in Lovell reveals a variety of effects from the recent Level 3 Health Warn- ing and other measures taken at the county and state levels in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Some businesses, offices and agencies are at— tempting to conduct busi- ness as usual, some have been forced to or have cho- sen to close public spaces and others have temporar— ily closed their doors, hop— ing to wait out the worst of the crisis. Local schools have transitioned from class— ": *ng ‘26, 2020 June 3,2020 RYAN FITZMAURICE Former Lovell Middle School principal Doug Hazen assumed the reins of School District No. 2 as the superintendent in July. room teaching to distance learning. School officials of Big Horn County School District No. 1 and No. 2 state they are prepared as Wyoming extends its school closure order to April 17. As of Wednesday morn— ing, every test has come back negative. North Big Horn Hospital has conduct— ed 39 tests. All results that have come back have been negative, with 11 tests still pending, according to Mar- keting Coordinator Janet Koritnik. .The State of Wyoming will be receiving a mini— mum of $1.25 billion from £3606 Scott Powell I Emery Jo Haskell j > ‘ Emberleigthnn Hooper . p Caleb Gene Hansen ' Gatsby DaVid MCDQWQIF ' Bronx Michaei Cam; ' n Knier gem-8.2%.; the multiple COVID-19 re- lief packages passed. Sen- ator RJ Kost, in a conver— sation Monday afternoon, expressed hope the funds could be used to help small local businesses, non—prof- its and other organiza— tions weather the storm of COVID-19. Bighorn Canyon Na— tional Recreation Area of— ficials last Thursday an- nounced that the Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center in Lovell would close Satur—' day, March 28, and remain closed until further notice in light of the latest guide— lines from federal, state and local authorities to promote social distancing in the wake of the grow- ing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Josie Don McKim -» . : - .ChartiegMae’Coliins Kenna May Kearney Rainah Jeanjfienton ’ :, North Big Horn Hospital is close to entering into an agreement with South Big Horn Hospital, Hot Springs Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis and Cody hospitals to share supplies, staff and medical personnel as they prepare for COVID—19. The COVID—19 crisis has certainly altered life in Lovell, with some busi- nesses struggling and peo- ple forced to change the way they live, but Mayor Kevin Jones and Town Ad— ministrator Jed Nebel said this week that they are im— pressed with the. way c1t1— zens are respondlflg- As the coronavirus makes its way through the state, Lovell High School and Rocky Mountain High School seniors this week said they were disappoint— ed by the state’s school clo— sures, which puts prom and graduation in jeopardy. There won’t be an out— door track and field season for the Lovell High School and Rocky Mountain High School thinclads, nor will there be a spring golf sea— son, as the Wyoming High School Activities Associ- ation cancelled all spring sports due to the coronavi- rus pandemic. Recent days have brought a couple , of significant firsts in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, with Big Horn County reporting its first confirmed case on Sunday afternoon and the state announcing its first death due to the virus on Monday. A second death in the state was announced Wednesday morning. Approximately 25 young adults were found gathered together in a close confined space Friday by Lovell Police in an event Lovell Police Chief Dan Laf— fin called a blatant viola— tion of countywide health orders. It’s been a hectic cou- ple of weeks for local banks, who ran into the proverbi— al buzz saw of applications when enrollment in the job saving Payroll Protection Program fired up on April 3 as part of the stimulus package to help businesses coping with the COVID—19 cr1s1s. As COVID—19 spreads throughout Wyoming, the role of first responders is both more important and more dangerous than it has ever been. As meetings and trainings move online, and supplies become further taxed, the virus scare has done nothing to stop first responders from respond- ing to the scene they are needed. management area 2 plan for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range released by the Bureau CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE A new draft joint