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www.LovellChronicle.corn January 21, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Ohman zaps nuclear power question for geography bee win BY DAVID PECK Dylan Ohman's knowledge that Ja- pan is the island nation that is third in the world in nuclear power production behind the United States and France propelled the Lovell seventh-grader to the champi- onship of the Lovell Middle School Nation- al Geographic Geography Bee last Thurs- day, Jan. 14, at the LMS Commons. Ohman correctly answered one of the three questions in the final round to win the contest. Fellow seventh-grader CJ Murphey placed second. Other finalists included eighth-grad- ers Alannah Wardell, Brandon Dickson, Kassi Renner, Calin McArthur and Katie Hoover, seventh-grader Zeke Collins and sixth-graders Madison Harper and Ethan Robertson, who was the high scorer in the preliminary round. Ohman's win in the LMS bee quali- fies him for the state geography bee this spring. The winner of the state bee ad- vances to the national contest on May 25- 26 in Washington, D.C., for a chance at winning a $25,000 college scholarship as the national winner. DAVID PCK PHOTOS Moderator Bob Geiser (standing) and judge Josh Decker, history teachers at Lovell Middle School, check answers during the LMS National Geographic Geography Bee Thursday at the Commons. Above, LMS sixth-grader Ethan Robertson, left, and eighth-grader Brandon Dickson concentrate on a written answer during the National Geographic Society Geography Bee Thursday afternoon. were the top two finishers in the Lovell Middle School Geography Bee Thursday afternoon. DEAVER Continued from page 1 like gas and telephone so close. The alleys are so narrow. We're just sneaking by all the time, but we're equipped for it. We have the narrow buckets. "We've had tougher jobs, but not many." Camp said the community is thrilled to have a new sewer sys- tem, and the town is thrilled to have the 100 percent grant. "It's been one of the most ex- citing things to happen to Deaver," she said. "I'm Glad Rod saw that article. When they said it would be 100 percent (grant funded), we were just flying around here." Quite an off-road vehicle! Dave Bernard drives a packer into a trench where a newly-completed section of sewer line has been installed during work on the Town of Deaver Sewer Replacement Project Tuesday afternoon. David Peck photo GOVERNOR Continued from page 1 and I'm not trying to be insensitive. We are in a lot better shape than almost ev- ery other state in the union except North Dakota," he said. "We're not doing furloughs and one reason we're not is the 10 percent budget cuts last year." The Wyoming Business Council is no longer funding Business Ready projects but Business Committed grant applica- tions are being considered. "If you want to build a business park, we probably won't do it," he said. On the other hand, business parks that are already constructed are like mon- ey in the bank, even if it takes eight years to develop them, he said. "Just be careful of those who promise too much," he added. The unemployment rate in the state is still higher than Wyoming has seen in the last quarter of a century, but some aspects of the economy are looking up. "We saw $6.22 for natural gas last week and the budget was based on $3.25," he said. Again, he said, it's too early to know if mineral sales will boost the economy be- cause a warm spring and cool summer will mean no gain. Coal reserves are being used at record rates, meaning there will be room to store production soon, which could be a means out of the downturn, according to Freu- denthal. "It won't be the donut hole of prosper- ity in the Rocky Mountain states like in the '90s, but our railroads have the capac- ity to move coal at a much greater rate than ever before," he said. One area where Freudenthal has tak- en a tough stand on is education reform, saying there are two schools of thought on recalibration. "We get an 'A' for funding and a 'C' for results," he said. "We are below 30 on per- formance and that is not acceptable." Freudenthal said he supports PAWS testing with the $17 million price tag it carries each year. "It takes two to three weeks of institu- tional time; that's a large chunk," he said. But the investment is worth it in the end, he said. "We have parents asking why their child who gets As and Bs in high school, has to take remedial classes at the com- munity college. It's not an unfair question to ask, he said. "Instead of putting new wine in old wine skins, let's look at the whole system," he said .... : , Freudenthal dodged several media attempts o-find out what the governor's plans are, if any, for seeking a third term in office, but did say he is much more qual- ified to run now with seven years of expe- rience under his belt. Folks shouldn't take the comment as a campaign speech just yet. Freudenthal said he is taking a long, heartfelt look at his future and how it affects his family. "My son said to me, 'Dad, you've only got about 20 years left to live. Is this really what you want to be doing?" PINK Continued from page 1 and members of the Lovell girls basketball team, as well as the LHS Student Council. T-shirts are $10 each, and $6 from each sale goes to the Race for the Cure. T-shirts are currently available through the Student Council and can be obtained by calling any council member or Lohof at 548-2256 or -6492. Orders are also being taken by the Lady Bulldogs and their coaches and should be placed this week. There will also be items for sale at the game including baked goods, pink pom- poms and beads, awareness bracelets and "funky hats," Lohof said, adding that she needs to raise at least $2,500 in order to join Cori in the Race for the Cure walk. An account has been established at the Bank of Lovell. Call Lohof for more information. Send some Valentine's love with a donation to people in Chronicle staffers win awards Haiti With the news of last week's destruc- The Lovell Chronicle staff won several individual Pace- maker awards at the Wyo- ming Press Association annu- al winter meeting Jan. 15-16 in Casper. News Editor Brad De- vereaux won first place in in- depth reporting in the small weekly division for his cover- age of the issues surrounding the 2009 Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range roundup, which took place last summer. Advertising Manager Erin Henson also won a first-place ribbon for best information graphic for her timeline of the various charges filed against Bianca Wilson in the death" of Justin Marchant over a five- year period. Devereaux and Chronicle production manager Pat Par- mer captured second place in the same category for a graph- ic in the form of a chalkboard outlining the costs of the new Rocky Mountain Junior-Se- nior High School. Parmer won second place in the category of best de- signed ad for a Red Apple Val- entine's Day ad, and she and Henson won second place in the best institutional ad cat- egory for a Lovell Drug ad. Devereaux won second place in the news feature cat- egory for his story about the Town of Frannie taking over use of the former Frannie- Deaver Elementary School. The Chronicle staff took second-place honors for best Web page, front page design and headline writing. In the photography judg- ing, Devereaux won a second- prize ribbon in the spot news category for his photo of two teens being rescued during a time of high water in the Sho- shone River near Byron. Chronicle publisher David Peck won honorable mention in the sports photo category for a picture of Gwen Loftus and Veronica Flood express- ing their agony after missing a putt during the North Big Horn Hospital Friends of the Hospital Golf Tournament in September. tive earthquake in Haiti, people across the nation are looking for ways to help the people affected by the natural disaster that collalsed buildings and turned many lives upside-down. Lovell Elementary School, Lovell Mid- dle School and Lovell High School are joining the effort to aid people impacted by the earthquake by collecting donations to be sent to the American Red Cross, ac- cording to LES Principal Cheri Hoffman. Large jugs were placed at the three school offices last week. The jugs will also be at sports games and other locations for the next four weeks, ending on Feb. 12, Hoff- man said.