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January 19, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 County 4-H wants to reach 250 members BY KARLA POMEROY Big Horn County 4-H set a goal to have 250 mem- bers this year participate in the youth organization. Big Horn County Uni- versity of Wyoming Coop- erative Extension Service educators Gretchen Gasvo- da-Kelso (4-H), Kristy Mi- chaels (Cent$isble Nutri- tion) and Dallen Smith (ag and county coordinator) presented future plans for the year to the Big Horn County commissioners Tuesday, Jan. 17. Kelso said there are 237 current 4-H members and they have set a goal of get- ting 250 members for the 2011-2012 year. She said Big Horn County has 51 leaders, but not all of them are active She would like to see the number at 60 active leaders this year. There are 11 active clubs with a new club on the north end this year. Also new this year is Clover Buds for youth age 5-8 She said they are not officially enrolled in 4-H since 4-H is for youth older than 8 years. Clover Buds gives the youth an intro- duction into 4-H, though, and provides some basic life skills and teamwork, She has partnered with the Greybull after-school program on Mondays. She is also working with the Lovell after-school pro- gram. She said there is an interest for a Clover Buds pro- gram in Burling- ton, as well. Kelso re- ported the 4-H program has re- ceived verbal word that they received a Na- tional Rifle As- sociation grant for $5,000 for the shooting sports pro- gram. She said there is a minor issue to clear up with the sheriffs depart- ment's name somehow get- ting on the grant applica- tion. She said the funds will be used to purchase materi- al and equipment for shoot- ing sports. Upcoming dates, Kel- so said, include tagging in the north end this Saturday and in Basin next Sunday. She said they are trying a Sunday this year to work around sports schedules. Commissioner Keith Grant asked if problems in the past between the fair board and tagging dates have been addressed, and Kelso said alternatives have been provided for 4-H members that cannot make it to either tagging event. Kelso also presented re- sults of a survey about the 4-H program that was tak- en during 4-H Achievement Night. "There were some concerns about the fair and fairgrounds. I think it will take care of itself with time and communication," Kelso said, adding that the live- stock sale is big concern with parents and 4-H kids. Kelso said, "So far the 4-H program seems to be growing; it's exciting. I love the kids I work with and the parents. For the most part it's been great." Chairman Jerry Ewen said, "I encourage all of you to keep a line of communi- cation with fair board and new manager" Kelso said the new fair manager, Deb Schnetzmei- er, "seems to be easy per- son to work with" and she is asking lots of questions, which is good. "Sometimes it's good if someone doesn't know how it's been done; it brings in new ideas," she said. Smith said he has ob- tained a grant to conduct rangeland monitoring to begin next summer He said he will also be conduct- ing an enterprise budget workshop and pesticide ap- plicator training in March. Anyone using restricted- use pesticides must have a private applicator license, he said. He has also applied for a grant for a small acreage workshop. Michaels said she is ex- cited to be part of UW Coop- erative Extension and the Cent$ible Nutrition team. She said she and Kelso have teamed up to provide cooking classes at Greybull Middle School. Adults Cent$ible Nu- trition classes are starting this month in Lovell and Greybull. Michaels said she is also working with Basin's after-school program and making presentations to elementary classes around the county. "My goal is to reach out and educate as many fami- lies in the county as I can to eat better for less," she said. Local Sage Grouse Working Group seeks new member The Big Horn Basin Sage Grouse Local Work- ing Group is seeking a new member to fill a va- cant "public-at-large" posi- tion. Any resident of Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park or Washakie counties may ap- ply. The Big Horn Basin group is one of seven lo- cal sage grouse working groups in the state estab- lished by the Wyoming Game and Fish Depart- ment. The group compris- es local citizens represent- ing groups interested in sage grouse conservation. The role of the group is to develop and implement projects consistent with lo- cal sage grouse conserva- tion plans that benefit the species and reduce the like- lihood of sage grouse being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Tom Easterly, working group member and wildlife biologist with the depart- ment, said the successful applicant will serve on the board as a regular member and will be expected to at- tend two or more meetings per year. "The primary focus of the group in 2012 will be drafting an addendum to the 2007 Big Horn Basin Sage Grouse Conserva- tion Plan," he said. "Little homework or activities out- side of participation in reg- ular meetings would be re- quired, unless the member is willing to take on added duties." Interested persons are encouraged to submit a short letter of interest to Chris Pfister, Sage Grouse Local Working group, 3900 Gooseberry Road, Worland, WY 82401 or lasher@wild- lblue.net. Letters of inter- est should include general background information of the applicant. The "public- at-large" vacancy is a vol- unteer position; however, reimbursement for travel is available. To obtain more infor- mation regarding duties of a working group member, contact Easterly at tom. easterly@wyo.gov or (307) 765-2742. Yellowstone Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting The Yellowstone Weav- ers and Spinners Guild will be meeting Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at 2408 Carter Ave. in Cody. In addition to a busi- ness meeting, show and tell and a carry-in lunch, the day will be spent learn- ing tapestry weaving from Vernice Myers. Some tapestry looms will be provided, but please bring your person- al looms, also. Guests in- terested in weaving and spinning are always wel- come. For questions, call 307-587-6448 or 307-754- 5898. On Jan. 21, the YWSG will present weaving and spinning demonstrations at the Cody Library Win- ter Gathering from 1 to 5 p.m. in front of the fire- place at the main entry. Lovell senior dance team member Tiana O'Tremba looks like a ballerina in this photo, but she and her teammates had just completed a hip-hop dance routine during halftime of a recent Lovell basketball game. DAVID PECK Range, crops, landscaping among topics at WEST! Ag Days in Worland Range and livestock topics, crop issues, pesticide certification and landscap- ing are among more than 30 sessions at this yeas Wyo- ming Extension's Strategical- ly and Technologically Infor- mative (WESTI) Ag Days in Worland. Specialists and educators from University of Wyoming Extension will join other agri- cultural experts Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7-8, at the Worland Community Center Complex. The theme is Part- ners in Agriculture. A full schedule is avail- able online at http://bit.ly/xX- VTR6. ' "WESTI Ag Days is one of the best opportunities for farmers and ranchers to learn what is new and help- ful in the Big Horn Basin and throughout Wyoming," said Ron Cunningham, program coordinator and UW Exten- sion educator based in Fre- mont County. "It was developed by re- tired UW Extension educator Jim Gill and has grown and developed into a first-class event." Cunningham will pres- ent the three-session pes- ticide certification course, and the Wyoming Business Council and Progressive Farm Marketing Inc. of Ar- cadia, Neb., is having a five- session risk-management marketing workshop. All programs and lunch- es are free and sponsored by the Big Horn Basin Ag Ambassadors. Each day be- gins with registration, rolls and coffee at 8:30 a.m. Ses- sions start at 9:15 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m. Seasonal closures protect wildlife The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office reminds the public of  seasonal' winte' closures in the Bald Ridge, Carter Mountain, Little Mountain and Twin Creek Trail areas. These closures are meant to limit disturbance to wildlife and big game in crucial winter ranges. "Ar- eas where big game feed become less and less avail- able with increasing snow," said BLM Wildlife Biolo- gist Destin Harrell. "These areas also become more important to wintering wildlife as the season ad- vances. Low elevation win- ter ranges serve as calving and fawning grounds where adults wait to feed on the first shoots of green grass to begin raising their young." The following BLM- administered lands are in- cluded in the seasonal clo- sures: Bald Ridge: closed through April 30 to all use including hunting and trapping. The Hogan/Luce Campground remains open to camping and the Hogan and Luce Reservoirs re- main open to fishing. Carter Mountain: closed Nov. 15 to June 15 to all motorized travel. The area remains open to foot and horseback travel. Little Mountain: closed Dec. 1 to April 30 to all mo- torized travel in the high country. The area remains open to foot and horseback travel. Signs and maps are posted at key locations to assist the public. The Lit- tle Mountain Travel Man- agement Map can be down- loaded at www.blm.gov/wy/ st/en/field_offices/Cody/rec. html. Twin Creek Trail: closed Jan. 1 to April 30 to all use where the trail easement passes through private land and on BLM- managed public land. The trail closure begins on the west side of the South Fork of the Shoshone River. For more information, or for maps of the season- ally closed areas, please contact BLM Outdoor Rec- reation Planner Shirley Bye-Jech at 307-578-5900, or stop by the Cody Field Office at 1002 Blackburn Street. Please recycle this newspaper