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'l' hl'q'l%'hJil,fll,mlliq.HqlJl.Nl.lq,ll,lli LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 112, NUMBER 36 * FEBRUARY 22, 2018 75 NBHH makes national honor roll for flu shot mandate BY PATTI CARPENTER A mandate requiring all employees at North Big Horn Hospital and New Horizons Care Center to either get a flu shot or wear a mask during flu season has kept confirmed cases relatively low compared to hospitals that do not have a mandate. NBHH infection control specialist Janel Thatch, R.N. said the mandate has been in effect for two years. This year, only 12 out of 272 em- ployees declined the vaccina- tion, opting to wear a mask in- stead. Prior to the mandate, only about 40 percent of staff members were vaccinated. Thatch said the vaccine is of- fered to all employees prior to flu season and to all new em- ployees hired around the time of flu season. For its efforts to combat the flu virus, the hospital re- cently made a national honor roll put in place by the Immu- nization Action Coalition (IAC), along with about 650 other hospitals nationwide. Only two staff members have had confirmed cases of the flu this season, both em- ployees of New Horizons Care Center. Thatch said both em- ployees had the flu vaccina- tion, so they most likely will not have a prolonged period of illness. In an effort to protect Care Center residents, a quaran- tine was put in place earlier in the month. To date no pa- tients have tested positive for the flu, though some have had pneumonia and other respira- tory illnesses. The lab at NBHH has seen 20 confirmed cases of flu, so far and there has been one hospitalization due to com- plications of the flu. The clin- ic at NBHH has administered more than 1,000 flu shots this season. Though the hospital has been particularly busy during the flu season, Nursing Chief Tina Toner said it was due mostly to a high number of pneumonia cases requiring hospitalization. Dr. Clinton Seger, Chief Medical Officer for Billings Clinic regional af- filiates, reported that, though the flu has been rampant in the Billings area for the past few months, he is only now re- SEE 'NBHH FLU SHOT HONOR page 6 BY PATTI CARPENTER ed seropositive for the disease, said the time for maximum ex- Though risk of transmission during surveillance conducted by posure is from February through ofbruCellOsis is relatively low be- the Wyoming Game and Fish De- June, which is not a time wild elk tween cattie and elk who share partment. State Veterinarian Jim and cattle mingle, since it is not a the same grazing areas in the Big Logan pointed out that a seropos- typical time for ranchers to pas- Horn Mountains, concern is high itive result does not mean the an- ture their cattle on the mountain. among ranchers who potentially imal is contagious or is shedding Brucellosisl a zoonotic dis- could "suffer economic hardship the disease, especially since most ease caused by the bacteria Bru- if.their cattle.pick up the disease of the sampling has been done in cella abortus, is endemic in elk from wild animals. At a meet- the fall during hunting season, and bison of the Greater Yellow- ing heldon Feb. 16 at the Lovell Community Center, a team of veterinarians, researchers and other specialists met with local ranchers discuss the risks and steps they could take to prevent transmission of the disease to their herds. So far, nine wild elk have test- which is nottypically a time of the stone Ecosystem, according to year the disea'se is transmitted, a recent Wyoming Game:and fish Though a seropositive result report. In elk, the disease typical- indicates the animal has been ex- posed to the disease, Logan noted that the odds of cattle becoming infected that share grazing areas with infected elk during the sum- mer months is almost "zero. He ly causes abortion from Febru- ary to mid-June and is transmit- ted primarily through contact of SEE 'BRUCELLOSIS MEETING WELL A'R'ENDED' page 8 ,: DAVID P CKi Members of the Lovell High School dance team light up the gym with their yellow outfits as they ! perform their jazz routine at halftime of a basketball game Saturday. In the foreground are Brooklyn ! Mayes (left) and Kelsie Mollett. The State Spirit Competition is March 7 in Casper. ! HouSe works budget bills .in session's second week BY NATHAN OSTER and the Department of Human tasked with doingS' she said. Rep. Jamie Flitner said she and Services. While they are two dif- Flitner said she hasn't made up colleagues in the House were "div- ferent departments now, there her mind, personally, as to which ing into the budget bill on Tues- was a time when they were to- view she supports. day, going over the recommenda- gether, she said. Lawmakers are also talking tions of the Joint Appropriations ',I'm hearing from people on about ways to save money in Committee for the upcoming both sides - those who think it education. biennium, would be a good deal and those A footnote in the budget bill "It's a big bill, a billion dol- who think it would be a bad deal;' calls for the funding of a feasibil- lar bill" she said. "It's too soon to Flitner said. ity study on bulk purchasing for know what kind of an impact it will Proponents of the merger con- school districts. have on Big Horn County:' tend that it would save the state Lawmakers generally support One of the big topics of dis- money. Opponents say the two cussion has been a possible merg- entities "have very different ap- SEE 'LEGISLATURE 2018: ing of the Department of Health proaches, in terms of what they're FLITNER' page 8 Byron Town Council Fireworks to be held in 2018 BY SYLVIA ALBER Byron Recreation Depart- ment director Rebecca Bates reported to the Byron Town Council at their Feb. 13 regular meeting that she has been suc- cessful in locating a producer to contract with to keep the Byron fireworks display going for another year. A meeting of volunteers had been held Feb. 1 to seek in- put and volunteers to work to- gether for a Byron Days cele- bration in 2018. A number of people attended, and as a re- sult, plans for the 2018 cele- bration are taking shape. After some searching, Bates located an individual from Idaho who has agreed to come to Byron and produce a 15- to 18-min- ute fireworks display on July 14 for $12,000. Mary Bair spoke briefly, saying that she thought $12,000 was a lot of money to spend for "20 minutes of flam- ing fame" The council gave Bates permission to enter into a contract for a fireworks dis- play in Byron at the tradition- al baseball field location on the evening of the second Satur- day in July. The group is still needing more volunteers, but events in the planning stage for By- ron Days are the annual alum- ni dinner, a 5K fun run, parade, community wide yard sale, a market place, with the com- munity selling spots for people to set up booths and sell their products or produce, a vol- leyball tournament, kids car- nival and live music. They are ready to consider more op- hY tions if there is interest. The theme that was selected by the group for this year's celebra- tion and parade was Roamin' in Wyoming. Councilman Allan Clark said there has been discus- sion on how to finance the fireworks without using town money. He said Frank Cina had suggested and agreed to help with a gun raffle. He said they felt a pretty nice gun could be purchased for about $300. All money raised over the pur- chase price would be used to help pay for the fireworks. The council gave Clark permission to work with Cina to proceed with those plans. Other suggestions offered to help finance the fireworks and pay other expenses for the celebration were selling Byron Days T-shirts, charging admis- sion for preferred seating at the fireworks and asking for donations from those attend- ing. Councilman Alan Bair said, SEE 'FIREWORKS A GO" page 6 Editor's note: This is the third Lindsay loves a challenge, in of four features about this year s in- whatever form it takes. cluctees into the Lovell High School In a way, he said, it all began Athletic Hall of Fame. The four are with some perceived laughing that being featured in order of their grad- fueled his initial drive to succeed. uation date from LHS: Grant Go- As a high school freshman odrich (1949), Tim Winland (1986), in Hawthorne, Nev Lindsay was Chad Lindsay (1989) and Janis Beal learning the fine art of throwing (2001). The four were inducted Sat- the shot, but he had a lot to learn. urday, Feb. 10, durin9 the Lovell vs. After switching to track and field Rocky Mountain basketball games, from his first love, baseball, he BY DAVID PECK managed a throw of only 38-9 in To say that Chad Lindsay is his first meet. driven would be a massive under- "It was my first meet, and statement, and it all started when I thought the guys from other he was young, schools laughed at me ' he said. "I In a way, theyoung man who made it my, mission in life to beat rose to state and national promi- those guys.' nence as one of the top throwers in Mission accomplished - and the track and field shot put event then some. had to be self-motivated after his Lindsay placed second at Re- arents died when he was young, gionals that season; throwing 50- ut he's also the first to credit oth- 6, then placed second at Nevada ers, even the whole community, for helping him on his pathway to success. CHAD LINDSAY tionals and threw 52-6. Not a bad self-motivated after losing both of wounded ducks. I didn't know how his parents. His father, Chet, was to grip the thing (discus)" killed by a drunk driver when he Near the end of his freshman was 4, and his mother, Joy, died year in Nevada, he went out for of ovarian cancer when he was 12. baseball but was told he wouldn't He bounced around after that, liv- ing with Carvel and Patty Despain, Dale and Carol Walker, sister Jodi in Nevada and back to the Walk- ers until graduation. In a way, he said, he was raised by the entire community. He didn't even go out for track and field as a seventh-grad- er, he said, noting, "I didn't even know about throwing:' Then as an eighth-grader he came out late af- ter healing up from a hernia opera, tion, and after being entered in six events in his first meet, he found something he. liked: throwing. He ended up placing first in the con- play much, just once every five days or so on the mound as a pitcher and some first base, so he switched to track. After being challenged by the chucklers in Nevada and find- ing success his freshman year on a state championship team, he moved back to Lovell and became a four-sport athlete, playing Babe Ruth and then American Legion baseball in the summer, football in the fail, basketball in the winter and track and field in the spring. He es- pecially excelled in track and foot- ball, but he was also a rugged post for the basketball team, a mem- ber of the 1987 state championship ference meet in the shot put and Class A State (similar to3A in Wyo- beginning for a guy who had only lso placing in the discus, team, and a strong baseball player ming) as a freshman, throwing 51-2. been throwing a little over a year. "I didn't know how to throw ' He went on to Junior Olympic Na- Chad Lindsay had to be he said. "My throws looked like SEE 'HALL OF FAME: LINDSAY' page 6 , IIILIl!ll!lljIIl!l!!klklllll, The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com III III IIIIII II11111111 .111111 II1'11 1 '.11 -