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February 16, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 Labor department bends on child farm labor exemptions BY PATTI CARPENTER After a firestorm of protest from farmers and agricultural groups like the FFA, the U.S. Labor Department relaxed its proposed child farm labor rules, saying that it would exempt children under the age of 16 from child farm labor rules in cases where a parent is either part owner, member of a partnership, or an officer with substantial owner- ship interest in the farm. The original proposal ex- empted children only in cases where the farm was "wholly owned" by the child's parents. Children who are not exempt under the family rule would not be allowed to perform many work ac- tivities on farms like driv- ing tractors, working with large animals, herding on horseback and even rounding up chickens for slaughter under the cur- rent proposal. Although the recent- ly expanded exemptions help family farms, they don't do much for educa- tional programs like the FFA and 4-H, where chil- dren who may not neces- sarily come from a farm or ranch family are afforded the opportunity to have a true "hands-on" agricul- tural learning experience through supervised proj- ects like raising beef for market or learning to op- erate farm equipment. "This is one more step of taking future ag- riculturalists out of the field," said FFA advisor for Lovell High School Wil Zollman. "It would take away a possible career choice." Zollman has 31 stu- dents enrolled in the FFA program at Lovell High School. Fifty-two students attend the ag classes he teaches at the school. Zollman estimates that at least half of the students in the FFA program he su- pervises would be affected should these new rules go into effect. Currently, two of his students are participating in a work-study project where they learn by work- ing on a farm along side another student and his grandfather. Should the new rules pass, this type of arrangement would not be possible. Rocky Mountain High School's FFA advi- sor Christin Shorma is also "concerned" about how these proposed rules would affect her program. "Whatever the rule ends up being, the kids still should be allowed to have their fair proj- ects and their super- vised learning experience (SAEs) outside of class," said Shorma. Shorma has one stu- dent in her group who started a horse training business as his FFA proj- ect. "He does a great job with it, his parents sup- port him doing it and he is safe about how he does it," said Shorma. "I think when you learn at a young- er age how to work with large animals and how to respond to them appropri- ately, it serves you well, and helps you later in life. To me it's really an impor- tant skill to know." The labor department continues to review pub- lic comments from farm groups, politicians and producers and is expected to release a new propos- al this summer. The new proposal will be followed by another comment pe- riod. Speech and debate team does well in Jackson BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lovell/Rocky speech and debate team traveled to Jackson to compete against 18 oth- er schools on Feb. 10 and 11. The students had a chance to showcase their talents against 425 en- tries. Dylan May and Cole Moncur made the semi-fi- nals with their duet "Cin- derella." The Birkholz twins, Emily and Eliza- beth also made the semi- finals with their duet "Wicked." Elizabeth performed a new piece for her humor entry. Emily won fourth place with her poetry. Mary Schwope made it into the finals in "super congress," where she com- peted for two additional rounds. Coach Deb rink was pleased with how well the team members did against such a large field of com- petition. "All are improved, im- proving and getting better in every competition," said rink. The students will trav- el to Buffalo on Feb. 24 for a two-day competition. At least 15 schools are expect- ed to compete and rink ex- pects the team to do well and gain valuable experi- ence at the meet. This will be their last meet of the season. "I'm very pleased with how hard everyone has worked this year," said rink. The team will be hold- ing a special "open house" performance for the public on March 6 in the Lovell Elementary School Gym, starting at 6 p.m. Commissioners mull options in replacing land planner BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County commissioners have not made a determination on how best to replace outgo- ing Land Planner Jim Waller. Waller said he worked up a list of duties that the office has completed recently, rather than write up a job description to help the commissioners see all that's involved. He said he is recommending that the current staff of Nick Wilson and Stefanie Padil- la handle the duties and see how it works for the county. "I would like you to allow the opportunity for the current staff to fill the vacancy and then look at fill- ing their vacancies," Waller told the commissioners at the regular meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 7. Chairman Jerry Ewen said, "We haven't made any decision on which direction to go." Padilla told the commissioners that there is 'nothing in the office that either she or Wilson haven't already been a part of and that they could handle the work. OTHER BUSINESS In other business Tuesday, the commissioners heard a plea from South Big Horn County Senior Citizens Center Director Cynthia Johnson and board members for help seeking grants for new doors and windows. Johnson and the board members said that the county assisted the North Big Horn Senior Center with new windows and it's only fair that the south building, which is about the same age, get the same treatment. Johnson said when she contacted the county grants administrator to see if any grants had been found to assist the center, she was told that they were a low priority. "We want to know why," Johnson said. Padilla said the consensus' block grant funding was used for the north project but the south might be eligible for energy retrofit grant money, however an energy audit or benefit cost analysis would need to be completed first. The commissioners encouraged Johnson and the board to contact Eastman again and seek assistance in applying for grant funding. Scotty Hinman said, "We'll visit with Maria and tell her how important it is." Free health events offered by NBHH BY PATTI CARPENTER North Big Horn Hos- pital will also be hosting a free mini health fair called "Hometown Healthy Liv- ing" on the first Tuesday of every month, with the first session beginning on March 6. Reduced price blood work will be offered and oth- er health information de- signed to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle. Participants who want to take advantage of reduced price blood work will need to fast for 12 hours prior to certain tests like lipid pan- els and blood sugar checks. Diabetics should not fast. A registered dietician will also be available and will speak on various top- ics, and a different speaker will be featured each month at the fair. NBHH is also offering a free healthy living pro- gram called "Lovell's Big- gest Loser and Healthy Liv- ing Program" The program is free to hospital staff and community members and will be led by Dr. Debo- rah Brackett. The program will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at New Horizons Care Center start- ing on Feb. 21. A variety of topics will be covered over a 10-week period including nutrition, healthy cooking, fitness, workout routines that can be done at home, restau- rant dining, recommended screenings, cardiovascular health, BMI and glucose in- dex, dealing with stress and negative eating behaviors. To make things fun, participants will have the opportunity to contribute a nominal amount of cash to a pot of money that will be awarded to the "biggest loser" in the program at the end of the 10 weeks. For more information contact Janet Koritnik at 548-5240. Thursday, February 16 Lovell Cancer Support Group, New Horizons Care Center Multi-Purpose Room, 7 p.m, Tuesday, February 21 Mustang Days Committee Meeting, Big Horn Federal Hospi- tality Room, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 Wyoming Citizen Corps CERT course, County Planners Of- fice, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 Big Horn County Republican County Convention, Basin City Arts Theatre, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10 73rd Annual Meeting of Big Horn Rural Electric Company, Greybull High School gymnasium, 11 a.m BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd TueSday, RMES, 8 p.m. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7p.m BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, ga.m.- 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Care in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. Home School Club, twice monthly, Friday, 1 p.m. Call Wendy, 548- 9336, for more information. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, place tba. Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm. LoveU Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 1st Friday, 7 p.m., call 548-9918 for loca- tion. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. Narcotics Anonymous, Mondays at Big Horn Federal at 7 p.m., contact Permillia, 272-8384. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-5410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Mayes Fabric, 406-788- 9689. TOPS @ WY169, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church base- ment in Powell, 6 p.m. 664-2394 Sponsored by Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, @ 2nd Thursday, din- ner 6:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. WyDOT Driver Licens- FDIC Insured [ll[t[lk' ing Facility open in Lovell every Tues- Big Horn day, 9:30 a.m. to 4 pm Federal II ( Call the Lovell Chron- icle at 548-2217 to list your club here. Greybull, Powell, Thermopolis, Cod)', Worhmd, Lovell Lovell's Healthy Living Program 1 O-week program promoting a healthy lifestyle Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm in the Multi-purpose room NEW HORIZONS CARE CENTER Program begins Feb. 21 Classes lead by Deborah Brackett, M.D. Initial cost is Sl 0 and participants will pay Sl each :ics time they do not lose a percent of their body weight. At the end of the 10 weeks Lovell's Biggest Loser will get the pot of money. Participants can join the first two weeks and only need to pay if they want to have a chance for the pot of money. 1115 Lane 12, Lovell, WY 307-548-5200 www.nbhh.com This fun and educational program is open to all community members who want to join with others to behav ors improve their health and have a good time. Go local ... Advertise now on Wyoming's #1 rat00.00d 'small weekly newspaper' Call 548-2217 website ... www. Lovel I C h ron icle. com