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www. LovellChronicle.com February 18, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BOB RODRIGUEZ Sign of the times? Maybe only in Lovell would you rind a parking sign that actually demonstrates how to do it. This one, perhaps the victim of an errant motorist, is on Oregon Avenue at Third Street across from the library. McKee joins Sheriff's Dept. BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The towns of Frannie and Deaver are collaborat- ing with the Big Horn Coun- ty Sheriffs Office to make some personnel changes to 'save money while continu- ing to provide law enforce- ment in the rural areas of north Big Horn County. The switch involves of- ricer Mike McKee joining ,the Sheriffs Department, according to Sheriff Ken Blackburn. McKee will re- main with a focus in the Deaver,Frannie - area, but h',will: alsb haan addi- tionaDpatrol radi: outside of the towns. Blackburn said he met with the mayors of both towns after they had con- cerns about revenue short- falls and didn't want to lose the law enforcement presence. Blackburn came back with a proposal that the Sheriffs office assume some of the expenses of the officer including his vehicle and insurance, fuel, train- ing, uniform and dispatch- ing. The towns will still pay McKee's salary and ben- efits, but the BHCSO will foot the bill for time spent outside a 3-mile radius of Deaver or Frannie. Deputies are also be- ing sworn in as munici- pal officers in the towns, Blackburn said, so that the towns can realize the reve- nue when a deputy within the municipality writes a ticket. Blackburn said the new setup benefits the towns and the Sheriff Depart- ment. The arrangement has been in place for a few months, Blackburn said. "I commend the town councils for their foresight," Blackburn said. "It's a fan- tastic idea and a classic ex- ample of synergism. Great things can happen when people work together to seek creative solutions in hard economic times." PETERSON Continued from page 1 money that reverts back to the SFC due to competitive bids and the $50 million could grow by the following year, he noted. Cities, towns and coun- ties are still scheduled to take a hit over the next two years, Peterson said, al- though the JAC did restore $20 million to the direct dis- tribution formula for local governments, increasing the budget from $60 million to $80 million. "We expect some amendments from the floor," Peterson said. "The community commissioners association said they would like to spread the wealth in the hardship formula to disperse it more evenly. But there's a lot of hurting out there." Peterson said the SAC is trying to hold the line on tapping into state reserves, although the $20 million added back for local govern- ment came from "spillover" from the Permanent Miner- al Trust Fund. "We felt like we're open- ing the door," he said. "It's hard for us to defend our ac- tions. The battle will be try- ing to stave off attacks on our reserves. "The theme this year is there are a lot fewer fills and attention is focused on the budget and constitu- tional issues." BILLS OF NOTE Two bills of note passed the Senate on third read- ing Monday. Senate File 20 would prohibit texting while driving in Wyoming and passed the Senate 23-7 on third reading Monday with Peterson voting in fa- vor. The bill would prohibit the use of "electronic wire- less communication de- vices for sending text or electronic mail messages" while operating a motor vehicle "on a public street or highway," making it ille- gal to write, send or read a text-based communication while operating a vehicle. Exclusions include tex- ting while the vehicle is lawfully parked, texting to contact an emergency response vehicle and writ- ing, reading, selecting or entering a telephone num- ber or name in a device for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call. Also exempt are those op- erating an emergency re- sponse vehicle or perform- ing official duties as an emergency responder. Debate centered on the ability to enforce such a law, Peterson said, noting, "It's a tough bill to enforce." Efforts were made in the committee of the whole to make texting while driving a secondary offense rather than a primary offense, so that a person could only be cited after being stopped for another violation, but an amendment to do so failed. Also passing on third reading Monday, 29-1, was a bill (SF19) to en- hance penalties for driv- ing while under the influ- ence. Sponsored by Sen. Tony Ross (R-Cheyenne), the bill would increase the jail time for long-time re- peat DUI offenders, make it illegal for people to oper- ate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and also police officers to test a driver's blood alcohol lev- el within two hours of the suspect being behind the wheel and/or arrested. The bill would also in- crease the time during which second-, third- and fourth-offense penalties can accrue from five years to 10 years after the first- offense conviction. HARVEY Continued from page 1 HB 55 - Elementary for- sign language instruction. The bill would eliminate the foreign language re- quirement for elementary schools. Harvey said she supported the bill because it has been difficult to find enough qualified teachers for the foreign language re- quirement. The bill passed the House 49-9 Friday. HB 13.- Underage drinking-passed 55-1 on third reading in the House Tuesday. The bill would make it a crime for minors to attempt to enter a "21 and older zone" of a liquor store or drive up to a ser- vice window that serves li- quor. The bill would also extend offenses to minors who have consumed alco- holic beverages. Under the current law, Harvey said,, a minor would be in viola- tion if he was in possession of an alcoholic beverage, but not in violation if he had already consumed the beverage and discarded the container. There are some exceptions provided in the bill, she said. HB 26 - Medical review panel - passed the House 55-1 Tuesday. The bill aims to strengthen the medical review panel, which allows Wyoming residents to bring a claim before the panel be- fore bringing the case to court. The panel sometimes encourages settlement on valid malpractice claims or can advise a claimant that the claim does not look'val- id. The bill would make it so anything said in the pan- el is not admissible in court. If a claimant decides to sue anyway, even after being advised not to by the panel, none of the findings of the panel could come into play in the courtroom. Harvey said the bill should encour- age more people to use the medical review board and ultimately encourage set- tlements and reduce mal- practice insurance costs. . HB32 passed: unani,.. mously with 57 votes in the House Tuesday. The bill would allow the board of nursing to complete in- vestigations on nurses who are accused of abus- ing patients or otherwise abusing their licenses. Currently, Harvey Representative Elaine Harvey said, these nurses can choose to surrender their licenses upon investiga- tion and the board of nurs- ing must  the inves- tigation. lffe :nrs are then free to seek employ- ment in a different state, she said. HB 37 - Judicial re- tirement - would repeal the rule that states judges of the Wyoming State Su- preme Court and district courts must retire at the age of 70. The bill passed 52-5 Tuesday and is con- tingent upon the passage of a constitutional amend- ment - HJ 4 - that would have to be approved by a vote of Wyoming residents in November. "This an acknowledge- ment that there is no mag- ic age and a review system is in place now that works well," Harvey said, adding, "I hate to lose the wisdom. 70 is not as old as it was 100 years ago (because of) medical gains:" Harvey said it has been a "really good ses- sion" for her so far and the process is handling things in a positive way. "Everything is being handled in such a good way," she said. "Folks are being really thoughtful of the things they are bring- ing forward. A lot of that is because of the financial situation." Beginning Monday of next week, the House will begin hearing Senate Files in House committee meet- ings, Harvey said. iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii;i;iiiiiii HYPE Continued from page 1 Hyart performance. Davis said he would highlight his hair Lovell blue if at least 450 people attend the Hyart perfor- mance. The free program is be- ing sponsored by Big Horn County School District No. 2, the Lovell Police Depart- ment and the Big Horn County Health Coalition. Other local businesses are helping promote the event, Davis said. Performers will be stay- ing in host family homes while in town, Davis said. He has contacted sufficient host families, but Davis said any help preparing meals for performers would be appreciated. Love, Dillon, Alyssa & Jason BIG HORN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH Participating in Wyoming Department of Health Program FREE VACCINES FOR UNINSURED ADULTS AGES 19 TO 64 WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE OR 00 NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT COVERS IMMUNIZATIONS FOR A LIMITED TIME VACC1NES AVAILABLE AT BIG HORN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH Hepatitis A. Hepatitis B Tetanus Human Papillomavirus for females ages 19-26 Pneumonia shot for smokers and adults with chronic disease Shingles shot for ages 60-64 E ii .... ...... ::!:! !!::: ii::i:ii::i 9 ) Call for more information and appointments: |ni[ 765-2371 in Greybull and 548-6591 in Lovell i l Cancer Support Group Meeting .... 7 pm, Thursday, Feb. 18 Open Discussion Meeting N,,. Cancer Patients, Caregivers, Family Members, Survivors, Everyone is welcome. Multi-Purpose Room . NEW HORIZONS CARE CENTER 548-5200 * 1115 Lane 12 * Lovell, MVY 82431 00ing for a Urologist? 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