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hr 8 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 22, 2015 CHRONICLE AWARDS continued from page one convention in Cheyenne based on items selected and sub- mitted by the Chronicle staff. Chronicle Production Manager Pat Parmer received a second-place Pacemaker award in the category of open page design for a page entitled "3A Dance Winners" - the March 20, 2014, front page with a photograph of a fire truck carrying Lovell High School dance and cheer team members into town after both squads captured the Class 3A state titl in Casper. Parmer (design) and Peck (information) collaborat- ed on the second-place information graphic detailing the state track meet finishes for the LHS track team from 2005 through 2014. Judges wrote: 'Very creative. Origi- nal. Provides pertinent information yet catches the eye. It was the first thing I noticed when I looked at the whole page - effective! Good use of color. The white track lines really help the black text stand out." The Chronicle's Parmer, Peck and Layne won a sec- ond-place Pacemaker under the Plus Business Advertising Idea for the paper's Funny Face selfie contest, and Parmer won second place for the Lovell and Rocky Mountain 2014 graduation edition. Judges wrote: "Smaller schools allows for unique sections and this was well done. Great front page photo. Good ads." Peck also won an honorable mention ribbon for his sports story entitled "Reloading Bulldogs, a story about the LHS football team's 28-19 loss to Big Horn in the Class 2A semifinals in November of 2013. In the photography category, Peck's Christmas con- cert photo won first place in the feature photo category. : %= This photo of then Lovell kindergarten student Declan Mayes searching for his parents during the LES Christmas concert in December of 2013 won the small weekly newspaper sweepstakes award during the annual winter convention of the Wyoming Press Association Saturday in Cheyenne. Pictured with Declan are Jay Mayes, left, and Ciara Twomey. BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn Coun- ty commissioners officially put the federal lands policy position on the backburner with a motion at Tuesday's regular meeting. The commissioners in December had adopted a job description and set a budget for six months for the position, with the in- tent of hiring outgoing commissioner Keith Grant to the position, in order to retain his knowledge and expertise regarding public lands. Public outcry through emails, letters to the edi- tor and an online petition prompted the commission- ers to table action at the Jan. 6 meeting. This week, Chairman Jerry Ewen said, "We've had no public discussion to speak of and there have been some new develop- ments," (which is why the item was on the agenda). "I think it was obvious we were attempting to re- tain Keith's knowledge and expertise on public lands issues. That did not work out," he added. The commissioners re- ceived a letter from Grant that he would no longer accept that position if was offered. According to the letter, 'Grant wrote, "I would like to thank the commission for considering me for the position of federal lands policy advisor. Due to cir- cumstances in my life at this time, if I were offered the position, I would have to regretfully decline the offer." He offered his ex- Museum asking Vietnam veterans to share experiences The Wyoming Veter- ans Commission is seeking Vietnam War veterans will- ing to share their story in a 'statewide historical docu- mentation project. The project will take recorded histories from Wyoming's veterans and archive them at the Wyo- ming Veterans Memorial Museum. "Everbody's story is im- portant," said John Goss, museum director. '%Ve are seeking stories from all branches of service, men and women, clerks to infan- trymen to nurses to pilots to sailors, inductees, enlist- ees, officers, and civilians who served in Vietnam, in another overseas location or remained in the United States. We would like to gain an understanding of military service from 1955 to 1975." The documentation will coincide with the state's Vietnam Veterans Reunion, which will be held June 4-7 in Casper. A similar project was also completed for Wy- oming World War II veter- ans in 2011. Many of these stories will be published in Wyo- ming newspapers and on Wyoming PBS TV over the next two years. Vietnam veterans in- terested in sharing their ex- periences can contact John, Goss at (307) 472-1857, or. john.goss@wyo.gov, to schedule an interview. pertise and institutional knowledge as the county awaits the final version of the Bureau of Land Man- agement Resource Man- agement Plan. "I would be available on a-strictly as needed, volunteer basis," he wrote. Grant expressed con- cerns he has about the fi- nal revision. He wrote, "I have been the lead commissioner for Big Horn County on the Big Horn Basin Bureau of Land Management Plan Revision, with the BLM, the State of Wyoming, Park County, Washakie County, Hot Springs Coun- ty and seven conservation districts. This planning process has not gone in lo- cal government's favor, de- spite the sound science and quality data the coopera- tors have provided, mainly because of the Washington office over regulation." He said the final ver- sion of the RMP will come out this year and "I am confident the final version will be more restrictive than the draft plan was." He said the cooperators will need to consider pro- testing and possibly litigat- ing to protect resources in the county. The commissioners were to meet with the co- operators in a teleconfer- ence call on Wednesday. The commissioners discussed ways to replace Grant's knowledge with Commissioner John Hyde noting that he and Ewen have been going to the same meetings, but Grant has been reading govern- ment documents for 16 years. "I suspect we'll be a little bit behind, but we'll still know what's going on and we'll still participate and we'll still handle it be- cause that's our job," Hyde said. "But we've lost a real proponent and we've lost him for reasons other than his knowledge and it's too bad that that couldn't have been the underlying fac- tor. And as a commission we probably botched it. We could have went about this in a different way and prob- ably retained him without the public animosity being expressed the way that it was toward an individual rather than to his knowl- edge and that position." Hyde then moved to set aside the position at this time. During dis- cussion, Felix Carrizales asked Planning and Zoning member Dave Neves his thoughts on the position. 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