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The shelter has eight kennels for dogs and 18 for cats and other small ani- mals like ferrets. Daily calls to impound stray animals fill those cages very quickly. "Unfortunately, we can't keep them forever," said Animal Control Offi- cer Phil Angell. "We try to keep them as long as pos- sible, and to find them new homes whenever we can." Many of the animals were picked up as strays in the area and desperately need to be adopted. Now. Currently there are several dogs and cats at the shelter that would make fine pets, including a beau- tiful red and white Sibe- rian husky with blue eyes that would melt any heart. There is also a pair of ap- This very friendly mixed breed dog is one of Officer Angell's favorites at the shelter. proximately four-month- old pups that appear to have some herding breed in them, who would love to find a home on a local ranch or with a family in town. A lovely "all-American" breed dogis looking for a special person to love and a big fluffy cat needs someone to make him purr again. "Some of these dogs and cats are really nice, and I hope we can find homes for them soon," said Angell. "Unfortunately, the shelter is getting full and we need to get them adopted out as soon as possible." Angell is an animal lover himself who brings his own dog with him everywhere he goes. He interacts with the animals as much as he can, and cares for them as best as he can during their stay at the shelter. "It breaks my heart to see so many animals end up in the shelter like this," he said. 'Tney all deserve bet- ter than this." There is a fee to adopt pets from the shelter, but the adoptee is referred to a vet in town who will vaccinate and examine the adopted animal for free. According to local ordi- nance, all dogs must be cur- rent on their rabies vaccina- tion and must wear a collar and special license in town. The license can be purchased at the Police Dept. in Lovell for a nominal fee of $2.50 for dogs that are spayed/neu- tered and $10 for intact an- imals. Nearby towns have similar ordinances. For more information about how to adopt animals from the shelter, or to make an appointment to view the animals, contact the Lovell Police Department at 548- 2215. BY PATTI CARPENTER the holidays. It seems like the people are hi- Law enforcement officials saw the ef- ways medicated or impaired when we arrive, fects of a struggling economy and the arrival and I think it is the stress that they are feel- of sophisticated computer technology, used ing in their lives that leads them to become to both commit and combat crimes, on the rise in the past year. Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis and Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn both noted an increase in domestic violence, espe- cially during the recent holiday season. They also noted an increase in Internet crime, drug use, sexual crimes and property crimes. "I think any increases in larceny, theft and domestic abuse crimes we are seeing right now go hand-in-hand with the econom- ic times," said Blackburn. "People are feel- ing the pressure, and in some cases are us- ing drugs and alcohol, which compounds the problem and leads people to make bad deci- sions that get them in trouble." "People are definitely a lot more stressed these days," said Lewis. "We're seeing a lot more domestic violence cases now than we have in the past 10 years, especially during impaired and then they will just fight about whatever." Blackburn expressed his concern about increased drug use and sexual crimes, espe- cially molestation crimes against children, noting that every single deputy on his team has had to investigate some sort of sex crime at one time or another since they have been with the department. 'Tee are making great strides in this area," said Blackburn. %Ve have a great team working together for the good of the victims. This includes the crisis advocacy group CARES, the County Attorney, Depart- ment of Family Services and others." He added that he is seeing more citizens, especially third parties, having the confi- dence to come forward to report suspicious See RIMINAL ACTIVITY,' page 8 Y BY DAVID PECK A varied and interest- ing life has led Dr. Debbie Brackett to Lovell, where she will practice what she rural medicine in a small community. Dr. Brackett joined the staffat North Big Horn Hos- pital and the NBHH Clin- ic and started work Jan. 3, moving to Lovell from Big Piney/Marbleton in western Wyoming. She will practice family medicine in Lovell, with a special interest in women's health and a love for rural medicine. "Being in rural medi- cine, a lot of that is being part of the community," she said. "Otherwise, you don't understand your patients. I like being in a small town and being part of the com- munity. That's one of the things that appealed to me about Lovell." Dr. Brackett and her husband, Bob, have lived in towns all across the USA, and even in Iceland, first following his military career and now her medical ca- reer. A longtime chiroprac- tor, seeking new challenges led her to a new career as a medical doctor. Born Deborah Barton in Van Nuys, Calif., Deb- bie moved with her fam- ily often as her father fol- lowed a number of career paths that took the family to North Carolina, Massachu- setts twice, back to Califor- nia twice and finally to Or- egon. Her father worked as a scientist, helping to design the heat shield for the ear- ly Mercury capsules, as the science advisor to the gover- nor of California, as a small business owner, as a finan- cial planner and finally as a rancher in Oregon. After graduating from high school in Dallas, Ore., not to be confused with the better-known The Dalles, Ore., she said, Debbie Bar- ton attended college at Western Oregon State in Monmouth, where she ma- jored in art history, hoping to become a history teacher because her favorite teacher in high school taught histo- ry. Working two jobs to pay for college, she eventually quit and "floundered for a couple of years," she said. At the age of 22, she de- cided to attend chiropractic college, finishing her basics at New College of Califor- Deborah Brackett, M.D. nia in San Francisco, then entering the Palmer Col- lege of Chiropractic in San Jose. She earned her Doc- tor of Chiropractic Degree in 1990. About a year before earning her degree, she met Bob Brackett, who worked as a fraud investigator for the Naval Intelligence Ser- vice. The two fell in love and were married three weeks before her graduation. After a brief stint in Al- abama while Bob attend- ed polygraph school, the Bracketts returned to Cali- fornia and Debbie opened her first practice in Walnut Creek. Their first son, Josh- ua, was born in 1992. After Joshua was born, Bob was transferred to Washington, D.C., and the family lived in southern Maryland. Debbie worked for doctors in Waldorf and La Plata, and two more sons were born: Caleb in 1993 and Samuel in 1995. Shortly after Samuel was born, Bob was trans- ferred to Iceland, starting a new and interesting chapter in the family's life. "The kids and I land- ed in a blizzard in Iceland in December of 1995," she said. "It was a military flight. It was blowing so hard that the Marines took the kids off the flight and I had to use a rope to stay up- right while walking to the terminal." The Bracketts spent two years in Iceland. Bob worked as a liaison among the NIS, the Icelandic De- fense Force and NATO, and the family lived in NATO housing on a military base with neighbors from Den- mark, Canada and France. Debbie was the first chi- ropractor given permission to practice on NATO base, but she had to learn Icelan- dic, working hard to learn the language. "I can yell at my kids in Icelandic," she joked. Given a choice of trans- ferring to Washington or North Korea in 1998, Bob chose to retire, and the Bracketts opened a chiro- practic clinic in Charlottes- ville, Vs., Bob running the business side and Debbie See 'DR. BRACKETI',' page8 f