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w~,~. LovellC h ron icle.com February 25, 2010 ] The Lovell Chronicle I 7 Northwest Civic Orchestra presents 'Back to Bach' Saturday The Northwest Civic Or- chestra goes "Back to Bach" for its Saturday, Feb. 27, chamber concert in the Nel- son Performing Arts Center Auditorium. The music be- gins at 7:30 p.m. Under the baton of Mau- rine Akin, the orchestra fo- cuses on two large works by J.S. Bach as well as music by some of his contemporaries. The earlier baroque period is highlighted with Pachel- bel's famous and enduringly popular Canon in D. High points of the pro- gram include solo perfor- mances by Akin and Claire Beth Martinez on Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, known as "The Double." Admission is $7; senior citizens pay $5. Continued from page 1 ment council plans to study the Section 300 process dur- ing the interim, hoping to improve the budget public hearing process. Citing one example, Pe- terson said one budget foot- note would fund a distance education center to com- bine and coordinate the dis- tance learning programs for the University of Wyoming, community colleges and public schools. An appoint- ed task force would report back to the governor and the Joint Appropriations Com- mittee. The program carries a $1 million appropriation, Peterson said. Such a footnote doesn't receive the typical scrutiny a stand-alone bill would get, he said. He said there was public testimony during the pre-session budget hearings but not as much scrutiny as a separate bill would re- ceive. "Some senators feel it's getting out of hand," Peter- son said. Another large footnote is the school capital construc- tion budget footnote, which lays out and prioritizes how capital construction would proceed over the biennium. Other footnotes include the school finance recalibra- tion, the local distribution for cities, towns and coun- ties, the Wyoming Pipeline Authority, the UW athlet- ic bridge loan, UW capital construction, a weather su- per computer to be built in Cheyenne, Abandoned Mine Lands funding, supreme court and district court bud- gets and state employee benefits such as health in- surance, life insurance and retirement. Peterson said he will introduce a budget amend- ment Thursday to tweak the hardship formula for coun- ties to add three more coun- ties, including Big Horn, to the six already funded un, der the current formula. He said the formula change would mean some $200,000 in additional funding for Big Horn County. OTHER BILLS After mostly budget work Tuesday, the Senate was expected to consider House bills on the commit- tee of the whole Wednesday, Peterson said, with commit- tee work kicking in to review the House bills. He said senators have received hundreds of e- mails from NRA members in support of liB 95, the Wy- oming Firearms Freedom Act, and HB 113, Concealed Weapons Authority. HB 95 would specify that firearms manufactured, sold, pur- chased, possessed and used exclusively within Wyoming would be exempt from feder- al regulation including reg- istration requirements. HB 113 would allow non-felons to carry concealed weapons under certain guidelines. Peterson said legislators have received so many out- of-state e-mails in support of the bills or opposing them after amendments that a spare blocker was added to their server, which, in turn, prohibited some Wyoming citizens from getting mes- sages through. He added that some bills coming over from the House are "loosey-goosey" and need to be scrutinized better and cleaned up in the Senate. Bills that cleared the Senate in recent days in- clude SF 25, which would tighten up Wyoming's lien laws; SF 13, which would enact a statewide economic analysis for each county to provide information on the manufacturing base, agri- culture base and how pub- lic lands affect the economy; and SF 75, which would al- low school districts to par- ticipate in the state employ- ee health insurance plan. Peterson said the Se- lect Committee on Men- tal Health and Substance Abuse, of which he is a member, and Rep. Debbie Hammons (D-Worland) are supporting a $400,000 bud- get amendment to fund a re- gional, four-bed facility for involuntary commitments in Worland - a kind of half- way house for suspects/pa- tients to stay during their mental health assessment. He said the facility would be an interim step between local incarceration and a state mental health or substance abuse facil- ity. Washakie County has donated a building - the former Red Cross building - for the facility, Peterson said. Continued from page I He said residents of Bil- lings sweep leaves into the street and they are picked up by the city. He said lar- ge vacuum trucks for that purpose are expensive, ho- wever. "We need to maximi- ze access while minimizing garbage," councilwoman Jodi Lindsay said. Morrison said residents are going to have to ac- cept the possibility that the DEQ will no longe rallow open burning in Lovell, alt- hough he said he would talk to agency officials again. He said shortening the burning period isn't the answer, no- ting that the smoke in town was "terrible" during the compacted schedule last fall. "We need more of an open attitude than we've had in the past," he added. "The DEQ said this might be it." "In a world that's going green, composting is a great idea," Lindsay noted. Lindsay said she likes the idea of forming a citi- zens group to look into op- tions in case burning is no longer allowed, and Morri- son said he would like to in- vite the open burning advo- cates to be involved in the process. "I think we need to pur- sue it and not put it off any- more," Morrison said. "May- be we need to get on the horn and start calling some people. Maybe we can set up the group and take some of them to Riverton (.to study composting). I'd like to meet next month." Allred said people for- ming the composting gro- up will need to realize that the group is being formed to find alternatives to burning and that burning is not an option that would be consi- dered by the committee. Morrison said other op- tions could be considered, as well. He said the Lovell Tree Board helped the town purchase a wood chipper a few years ago that was in- tended for public use, but he said the town doesn't have the staff to operate the device for the public. Town Administrator Bart Grant warned that true composting would re- quire specialized equipment and more employees to ma- nage the program. He said the costs would be passed on to residents. "We can't afford another program and more employ- ees," he said. The council will discu- ss the composting group at the March 9 council meet- ing and has tentatively set a public meeting for Thurs- day, March 18, at 7 p.m., at the community center. WATER REPORT Don Richards of the Shoshone Municipal Pipeli- ne Joint Powers Board pre- sented his semiannual re- port to the council Monday night. He ran the council through a series of reports, noting that Lovell's water usage was at its lowest le- vel in the history of the pi- peline last year, in part be- cause of a cool year in 2009. He noted that leakage in the Lovell system is still "unbelievable - about 30 percent." He also" said the cost of chemicals for water tre- atment is up significantly, but he said the board does not anticipate a water rate increase. Richards noted the qua- lity of the water on the sys- tem, recalling that water hardness used to average about 200 in Lovell and would reach the 500 level during the winter, but now the hardness scale averaged only 53 in 2009. "What a fantastic buy this is at the price you're buying it," Richards told the council. "It's the best water in the state and the surrounding states." He added that the pi- peline is "very solvent still" even though there have some setbacks in the project to construct a pipeline adja- cent to the Powell highway east of Cody. "We're producing a good product," Richards said. IN OTHER WORK MEETING ACTION MONDAY: Grant noted that the county has informed the town that it will be passing along a half cent per pound rate increase to municipali- ties for the north Big Horn County landfill. That in- crease will be built into the 2010-11 budget and will eventually result in a gar- bage rate increase, Grant said. The council discus- sed a proposed ordinance to assess a late fee for utility bills not paid after 20 days and that are, thus, conside- red to be delinquent. The council worked on updating the town em- ployee personnel policy ma- nual. Grant told the coun- cil that the town has recei- ved proposals from DOWL/ HKM Engineering, Coffey Engineering and The Com- pany of Lander to re-plat the back eight lots of the Lovell Clay Subdivision so the corner lots will have the same building area while maintaining required set- backs. Continued from page 1 one vote against it Thurs- day. Harvey said .the bill requires inmates to deposit the money they earn in pris- on (up to $1,000) into a sav- ings account. The prisoners are given the balance of the account upon their release from prison. Currently, some released prisoners end up homeless after they are released because they are only given a bus ticket and enough money for one meal. At the start of the ses- sion on Feb. 8, a total of 224 bills were numbered for in- troduction. With less than two weeks remaining in this year's session, 149 bills re- main active. Friday will be the last day for bills to be reported out of committee in the sec- ond house and Monday will mark the last day for Com- mittee of the Whole on bills in the second house. March 2 is the last day for second reading on those bills and March 3 will be the last day for third reading on bills in the second house. Lawmak- ers hope to wrap up the 2010 Budget Session March 5. Harvey said the House would be working heavily on the budget this week. First reading was com- pleted Monday and second reading was Tuesday. On Wednesday legislators were to take a break from the budget to prepare for third reading today (Thursday). The House will then begin to consider Senate Files. March 9 March 11 Greybull Town Hall 8 pm Lovell Annex 8 pm Trapper spirit face painting, $2 Chili & cookie, $3 per person Cabre Gym 5 pm game time Alumni merchandise in lobby ~Enjoy the festivities as we honor our sophomoreTrappers before each game Wyoming Department of Health ~t to y~t healS, Schedule your mammogram and Pap test today! Early detection is the key. If you are a Wyoming resident, without health insurance, and between the ages of 50-64 please call us at 1-800-264-1296. You may qualify for free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic tests. Paid far by tobacco settlement funds. Wyoming Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Prod#am Northwest College w v o M . G .Saturday, February 27 is Fan Appreciation Ni Enjoy two games NWC vs. Casper College -- on us! 3 pm -Women's game 5 pm - Men's Game N6rth e Trapper Booster Club QUESTIONS? Contact Robbi Welch 754.6034 or Robbi. Welch @northwestcollege.edu.