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6 1 The Lovell Chronicle I January 28, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Local Bighorn Sheep slated for Seminoes On Jan. 14, the Wyo- ming Game & Fish Com- mission approved a capture operation to remove up to 12 bighorn sheep from the Devil's Canyon area east of Lovell. The sheep will be used to supplement the De- cember 2009 release of 20 bighorn sheep from Oregon into the Seminoe Moun- tains of Wyoming. A planned January re- lease of 40 bighorns from Utah into the Seminoe Mountains was cancelled after Utah biologists docu- mented significantly few- er sheep than previously thought available. With Utah bighorns no longer available, the department began to focus on the Dev- il's Canyon area. "We thought and the WGF Commission agreed that capturing and moving up to a dozen bighorns from the southern end of the Devil's Canyon area would accomplish two important goals: maintaining separa- tion between wild and do- mestic sheep in the Devil's Canyon herd and providing additional animals to aug- ment the Seminoe bighorn herd," said department bighorn sheep coordinator Kevin Hurley. According to Hurley a small group of bighorn sheep have established their home range too near an area seasonally used as a livestock driveway for do- mestic sheep. "We do not want to risk potential contact between domestic and bighorn sheep because of possible disease A pair of Big Horn Sheep clambers over the loose Canyon. FILE PHOTO rocks near Big Horn transmission concerns," Hurley said. "The state of Wyoming's Domestic Sheep/ Bighorn Sheep Interaction Working Group has worked hard over the past decade to maintain separation be- tween wild and domestic sheep." "Devil's Canyon north- east of Lovell had a popula- tion between 50-60 bighorn sheep through the 1990s," said Tom Easterly, Game & Fish wildlife biologist in Greybull. That small popu- lation was all that remained following a 1973 release of 39 bighorns from Whiskey Mountain near Dubois. In November of 2004 and January of 2006, 60 bighorn sheep were trans- planted to the Devil's Can- yon area to supplement the herd. Winter 2009-2010 population size is estimat- ed at 160 bighorns with a population objective of 200, Easterly said. "Each of the adult big- horn sheep released in 2004 and 2006 were fitted with a radio tracking device that allowed biologists to track movements and collect oth- er important information," Easterly said. Through monitoring, Easterly discovered that three ewes from the Mon- tana transplant moved ap- proximately four miles south to Cottonwood Can- yon by summer 2006. A December of 2009 flight documented at least 11 big- horns south of Cottonwood Canyon, within three air- line miles of Highway 14A, where two domestic sheep grazing permittees trail their stock to and from na- tional forest grazing allot- ments. DEQ: No4in!e. ..-eeded for GreybuIl te; Landfill boa d vOtes to raise rares slightly BY BRENDA TENBOER The South Big Horn County Landfill is safe for nOW. The Wyoming Depart- ment of Environmental Quality recently ruled that a liner with a price tag of upwards of a million dol- lars is not needed at the Greybull landfill. The DEQ has undertak- en the task of re-evaluating all past decisions regard- ing the need to line future disposal areas with an en- gineered containment sys- tem (liner) with leachate collection at all operating municipal solid waste land- fills in Wyoming, according to Carl Anderson, Ph.D., administrator of the DEQ's Solid and Hazardous Waste Division. The evaluation at the South Big Horn landfill was evaluated based on in- formation gathered from boring logs and monitor- ing wells. The facility op- eration, groundwater data, local climate data and cam- puter modeling was also used to make the determi- nation, according to Ander- son. After careful consider- ation, the DEQ determined that the weight of informa- tion available "does not, at this time, conclusively sup- port the need to design and construct future disposal areas with an ECS with leachate collection." Big Horn County Com- missioner and regional landfill planning chairman Keith Grant said the ruling is good news for the people of the county. "Park County is look- ing at spending $6 million on their lined landfills," he said. "Here, the south landfill is on gravelly soil so they worried about that a little and in the north the water isn't near that low, but the clay soil keeps anything from leaking," he said. Grant said in retro- spect, the whole plan- ning process as required by state lawmakers would have been much easier had the DEQ analyzed the data gathered over a one-year period from the monitoring wells before ordering talks of regionalization. The South Big Horn County Waste Disposal District is reimbursed by the state for 75 percent of the costs associated with the monitor wells now re- quired at all operation- al landfill sites as well as closed sites. The District must cov- er the engineering fees and lab costs for 25 percent of well costs through gate fees gathered at a rate of 3.5 cents per pound of gar- bage. GATE FEE INCREASE At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the board voted to increase the gate fee by an additional half of a cent beginning July 1, taking the fee to an even 4 cents per pound. Board member Jim Morris of Basin said let- ters go out this week to all business account custom- ers and municipalities for budgeting purposes. The increase will apply to both the Greybull and Lovell landfills. The DEQ ruled last year that the Lovell site does not need a liner. The last increase was made two years ago from 3 cents to 3.5 cents per pound, according to Morris. Grant said that recy- cling efforts within the county need to continue to move forward, because ul- timately that is what will preserve the lives of the landfills. "Recycling is the right thing to do," Grant said. Morris said the solid waste district board contin- ues to discuss the purchase of a baler for use at one of the facilities. "We could haul the gar- bage to one end of the coun- ty to be baled," Morris said. "It's worth it, it saves that much." Have a news tip? Call or email the Loveil Chronicle 548-2217 or Icnews@tctwest.net Februaw 6 & 7 BHC4-H Steer tagging Feb. 6, Burlington and Cowley, Feb. 7, Basin. For more information call 765-2868. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Thursday." BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board morn, 7p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Hem Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of Amedca, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Hem County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 7 p.m. Big Hem County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, Byron Town Hall, 7 p.m. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Compassionate Friends Support Group, last Wednesday, Long Term Care Center Conference Room, Wast Park Hospital, 7 p.m. Contact Melodye Trusty, 578-2418. Cowley Riding Club, 3rdMonday, 7 p.m. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm. Lovell Guitar Club, Thursday, 8 pm. Call Steve, 548-7227. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m Lovell Lions Club, 2ndFriday, noon; 4th Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., 548- 2431. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 2nd Thursday, Fire Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Hem Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. NAMI Big Hem County, 1st Thursday, 548-2431, 548-6865. North Big Hem County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Plndroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Hem Federal hos- pitality room. Spokas-n-Folks, call 548-2431 548-2883. TOPS @ WY189, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church base- ment in Powell, 6 p.m. 754-2682, 664-2394 Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 8:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. VFW Meeting, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Horn County Annex bldg, Lovell. Veterans Representative, 1st Wednesday, Powell Warkforce Center, 9 am - noon; 2nd Thursday Frannie Town Hall, 9 am - noon & Lovell Police Dept. 1 -4 pm; 3rdFriday, Greybull Town Hall, 9:30 - 1:30 am & Wodand Woddorce Center 12:30 - 2:30 pm. WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548-2217 to list your club here. Sponsored by the|OVe _C l]nide MINCHOW'S FOOD COURT 353 E. 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