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On Thursday, Jan. 9, law- makers heard testimony at spe- cial meeting held in Casper re- garding a number of bills being reviewed by the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services In- terim Committee. The committee voted to advance two bills. Each bill would address the issue of Medicaid expansion but in an en- tirely different way. "The issue of optional Med- icaid expansion is not black and white," said Gov. Matt Mead in a statement released after the com- mittee's decision. "It is appropri- ate for the Legislature to move these bills forward to continue to debate what approach is best for Wyoming. I continue to believe that an optional expansion is not in the best interest of Wyoming. The ACA is poor in design and implementation. I point out the problems as the federal govern- ment struggles with implemen- tation and it delays certain provi- sions of the law." SEE 'MEDICAID BILLS,' page 8 Sugar factory shutdown Western Sugar Factory idled by FDA BY DAVID PECK The stacks stopped belch- ing steam at the Western Sugar Factory in Lovell Sunday as the company shut the factory down temporarily in response to an or- der by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Western Sugar Cooper- ative ceased operations at the plant in Lovell while the compa- ny implements a sanitation plan that was "requested and ap- proved" by the FDA. The shut- down came after the FDA, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Wyoming Dept. of Agriculture contacted Western Sugar follow- ing the death on Saturday, Jan. 4, of a factory employee, com- pany spokesman Kent Wimmer said in a prepared release issued Tuesday in response to ques- tions by the Lovell Chronicle. Anfesa Marie "Ky" Galak- tionoff, 28, of Lovell and Deaver was killed Jan. 4 after falling into a piece of industrial equip- ment. A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Lovell Bible Church. The company continues to mourn the death of Galaktionoff and provide support to her fam- ily and co-workers, the company release stated. As part of the agreement with regulators, the company has isolated sugar products pro- duced at the factory since Jan. 4, Wimmer said, adding, "No prod- ucts intended for human con- sumption have left the factory. Wimmer added that, at the request of regulators, the com- pany has recalled agriculture byproducts from the factory that were intended for use as live- stock feed. "Western Sugar will contin- ue to work with regulators re- garding the proper disposition of sugar and sugar byproducts," Wimmer said. "The plant is expected to re- sume operations within the next two weeks," the release stat- ed. "In the meantime, Western Sugar continues to work coop- eratively with regulators, as well as the Occupational Safe- ty and Health Administration. The company is also conducting its own investigation into the incident that took the life of its employee. "Western Sugar places the highest value on the safety of its employees. The company is also committed to meeting all standards for food quality and safety." Truck crash Tuesday morning spills 2500 gallons Tanker truck crash spills oil south of Lovell BY DAVID PECK A morning tanker truck crash south of Lovell kept Lovell volun- teer firemen and cleanup crews busy well into the night Tuesday to contain oil that drained from the ruptured tank. Wyoming Highway Trooper Scott Hall said a Geodyne Trans- port semi-truck with a tanker and a pup driven by 59-year-old Bruce Siggard of Salt Lake City was traveling south on U.S. 310 Tues- day morning about 9:52 a.m. some seven miles south of Lovell at the Georgia-Pacific turnoff when Sig- gard lost control on the slippery highway and entered the west ditch in a broad-side skid. The tractor and lead trailer tipped over, and the pup disconnected and rolled off, Hall said. The roll ruptured the main tank, spilling some 2,500 gal- lons of hot oil bound for Utah from a Montana refinery, which flowed into the borrow ditch. Hot oil is used for tarring roads, Hall explained. COURTESY PHOTO Lovell firemen and EMTs scale the Geodyne Transport semi that rolled seven miles south of Lovell Tuesday morning to free driver Bruce Siggard from the cab. Siggard was treated and released at North Big Horn Hospital. "It's basically one big tar pit out there," Hall said. A Worland Fire Dept. hazmat team came to the site and as- sessed the situation, the trooper said, then diked the spill to con- tain it. He said the trucking com- pany or its insurance provider will be responsible for cleaning the spill. Siggard was transported to North Big Horn Hospital with back pain, treated and released, Hall said. Lovell firemen and EMTs assessed him in the truck at the site, then helped him climb out the door and down a ladder. He was cited for speed too fast for conditions. Also assisting at the scene were Trooper Dan Walker, Sher- iff Ken Blackburn and sheriffs deputies. Off duty trooper Blain Mollett was one of the first on the scene and called emergency re- sponders to the scene. He also as- sisted in getting the driver out of the truck. School Board trustees begi BY PATTI CARPENTER The Big Horn County School District No. 2 Board of Trust- ees has begun working on their strategy to find a new Superin- tendent to replace Dan Coe, who recently announced his plan to retire at the end of the school year after nine years as superin- tendent for the district. The mat- ter was discussed at great length at the district's regular school board meeting on Monday night. Board Chairman Bruce Jol- ley said Mark Higdon, Executive Director of the Wyoming School Boards Association in Chey- enne, is helping with the search. Trustees are hoping to meet with Higdon in a special board meet- ing to review applications. The date to screen applications is not yet confirmed, but sometime in early March seemed to be the n search for target. Since the meeting is dis- cussing personnel issues, it will most likely be held behind closed doors in an executive session. Once the top applicants have been selected, interviews will tentatively take place the week of March 24. Each candidate will spend a day in the district. Some of the activities planned for the day are district and community tours, a meeting with a staff forum, a similar meeting with a public fo- rum and an interview with the board of trustees, who will ulti- mately make the decision of who will fill the very big pair of shoes being vacated by Coe. A considerable amount of discussion took place regard- ing the qualifications for the po- sition and changes to the board policy were made since much of new superintendent the language was written more than 20 years ago and is consid- ered by the majority of trustees to be out of date. The need for certification was a point discussed at great length. Coe noted that when he was hired, certification was a statutory requirement, which is no longer the case. The board decided to remove that require- ment, which many felt would open the field to many more can- didates, while at the same time requiring the applicant be eligi- ble to become certified as a K-12 superintendent. The timetable for becoming certified would be set by the board of trustees. Many expressed that they felt the individual should have a background in the educational SEE 'SCHOOL BOARD,' page 8 Mustang Committee future Mustang Days committee members sought BY DAVID PECK Current leaders on the Lovell Mustang Days Committee say they need some new members to help plan the 2014 festival. Longtime committee mem- bers Mike Jones and Keela Man- gus said Tuesday that four of the five members of the current com- mittee will soon be unable to con- tinue in their present positions for one reason or another. Jones has received a recent church calling that is taking a lot of his time, and Keela Mangus, Nicole Hendershot and Linda Mangus need to step aside for various reasons. Jones and Keela Mangus said they un- derstand that Sandy Bush is able to remain on the committee, but she will be very busy organizing the Mustang Follies. Mustang Days is scheduled for June 23-28. : .... The current quintet forms the core board that oversees the festi- val, plans events and handles the financial details of the event. Oth- ers help by chairing certain events, either individually or as a compa- ny or organization. For instance, the Lovell Police Dept. coordinates the Mustang Breakfast, but the committee pays for the supplies. Mangus and Jones said the current model for the festival has worked well, with committee members sharing duties, though they said it is impoi'tant to have at least one member with financial acumen. SEE 'COMMITEE,' page 8 Barrasso introduces bill calling for more security on healthcare exchange BY PATTI CARPENTER U.S. Senator John Barras- so teamed up Senator Mike Jo- hanns (R-Neb.) to introduce legislation last week they say is designed to protect private health information entered by citizens using the federal insur- ance exchange website. "Americans know that fraud and identity theft are big con- cerns," said Barrasso in a state- ment to the press. "It's been clear from the start that the health care exchange was vul- nerable to con artists, to hackers and actually information went out from the government saying, be careful with your information because of the concerns of con artists and hackers. So that's a problem, and it's something that I think Washington and this body needs to take seriously." The Health Exchange Securi- ty and Transparency Act, which already passed the House of Rep- resentatives on Jan. 10, requires the Secretary of Health and Hu- man Services to notify Ameri- cans within two business days if their personal information has been stolen due to a breach of se- curity on the Obamacare insur- ance exchanges. "That should be the mini- mum that we require from Wash- ington--keep Americans' private information private," Barrasso explained. "Then if government fails to keep that information safe, we should have to admit it and tell people what happened. "So all this bill says--it's a single page--Americans are con- cerned about their safety on-line, about having their identity sto- len and this bill would give peo- ple at least the reassurance that they would be informed that if there are issues with their iden- tity theft, that they would know about it." To illustrate his point, Bar- rasso noted a recent incident in- volving a security breach at the Target department store chain. "Look at what just happened to the Target stores. It now looks like 70 million people had their personal data compromised. "Now, they ran a full-page ad, in the Washington Post, talking about what happened with their 70 million customers. They apologized for it. "The same ad that ran here in the Washington Post and ran in the New York Times, the Wall SEE 'SECURITY,' page 8 . II1[11!1!!11!111!1![1![11111, The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. 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