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i,+, i :t u u,:,mi:,.,qiqi 4i:ii LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 110, NUMBER 36 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 75 + + ) Committee to get creative with walking path design BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Walking Path Committee started focusing in on the design aspects of a planned path at Constitution Park, injecting some creative ideas into the process during the committee's latest meeting last Thursday night at the Lovell Fire Hall. The committee met at length with Town of Lovell Parks Direc- tor Gary Emmett about the idea of starting a community walking path system at the park. Com- mittee members have centered Earth maps of the park for the committee to work with and said the committee's "homework as= signment" is to take a map and use it to come up with ideas for where a meandering path might be located within the park. The timing of the walking path project is perfect, Emmett said, in that his goal is to reno- vate the park during the next two years, noting that the sprinkler system is antiquated with tree roots breaking lines and trees in "desperate need" of pruning and thinning. And with more soft- in on the park as the first stage ball, plus baseball, being played of an eventual community sys-on the diamond !n the southeast tem, with some saying they like corner, the park s electrical sys- the idea of a path at the park so tem needs to be brought up to they can watch their kids playcode, as well, he said. while walking. "It's just an old park" he said. "The idea was to see what "This is a great time for a master the possibilities are" Emmett plan for the walking path and the said. "I have no problem with park, all in one. There are grants doing a perimeter walking path. available for health and fitness. We have parking aprons around "They can go after a grant the park that we can adapt or can identify as a walking path without any problem. That could be an initial starting point." During discussion, Emmett said, someone mentioned that it would be boring to simplywalk ina rectangle, so Emmett said he posed the possibility of a me- andering path through the park itself. Committee member Jen- nifer Schneider said she liked the idea and a discussion en- sued, with Emmett reported- ty telling the committee, "I hate straight lines in landscaping" Emmett brought Google and the town can go after a grant. Then we'll come togeth- er for a great plan to kick off a walking path throughout the town. This can be a catalyst for that walkingpath2 Emmett said he wants the committee to "scope it out, get the highlighter out and put ideas down" of what members would like to see in a walking path at the park "to keep in contact with kids but not just with a round- about path:' "At the next meeting we'll SEE 'CREATIVE WALKING PATH DESIGN' page 6 RER ELAINE HARVEY in on this week BY PATTI CARPENTER The question of how to best handle a suicidal subject is one of the major topics under con- sideration in the current session of the Wyoming Legislature. A number of bills are being consid- ered this week that could affect how hospitals and mental health professionals handle court man- dated involuntary holds of peo- ple at risk of doing harm to themselves or others. Rep. Elaine Harvey of Lovell said she didn't think any of the bills under consideration would negatively impact the VOS pro- gram at North Big Horn Hospi- tal, one of the few hospitals in the state where patients are ad- mitted for a short-term stay and a period of evaluation by mental health professionals. "We've got three bills deal- ing with how involuntary holds are handled (HBO060, HBO078 and SF0058) and we're trying to merge those bills into something SEE 'LEGISLATURE 2016: HARVEY' page 7 SEN. RAY PETERSON Legislature passes halfway mark with work on budget BY DAVID PECK The 2016 Budget Session of the 63rd Wyoming Legislature passed the halfway mark this week heading toward a March 4 adjournment by doing some heavy lifting on the 2016-18 fis- cal year budget, Sen. Ray Peter- son reported this week. Friday - Day 10 of the 20- day session -- was the last day for bills to be considered in the committee of the whole (first reading) in their house of ori- gin. Monday was the last day for second reading, and Tuesday was the final day for third read, ing, the so-called "crossover' day of the legislative calendar. "Last week was pretty bru- tal;' Peterson said. "We worked late but got most of our Sen- ate files out, and we had second and third reading of the budget. There must have been 90 or so Senate files we sent over (to the House)?' Peterson said the Senate expected to see a lot of House SEE 'LEGISLATURE 2016: PETERSON' page 6 PATTI CARPENTER Volunteer Cory Meyer of Powell and Worland Game Warden Matt Lentsch carry a sheep to an awaiting ewe hauler during a sheep transplant operation held in the Cottonwood Canyon area east of Lovell. BY PATTI CARPENTER collared, tagged, DNA profiled, il's Canyon herd has always been On Saturday, a helicop- checked for diseases, vaccinated, cultivated as a "source herd" for ter hovered over a herd of big- treated for parasites and load- transplants into similar habitats horn sheep in the Devil's Can- yon area. In a matter of seconds, a net dropped, capturing an un- suspecting ewe. Moments later a wrangler or "mugger;' as they are sometimes called, jumped from the helicopter as it hovered pre- cariously several feet above the ground. The wrangler blindfolded, hobbled, administered a mild tranquilizer and carefully placed the ewe in a bright orange pad- ded bag designed for the sheep's safe transport to a nearby staging area. The operation took place in a matter of minutes. The wrangler, Shane Love- ridge of New Zealand, works for ed into an appropriately labeled "Ewe Haul" trailer, before being transplanted to the southeast- ern part of the state where they joined the Ferris-Seminoe herd of sheep awaiting another genet- ic infusion. Ultrasound was also used to determine how many of the female sheep were pregnant on the day of the gather. State wildlife veterinarian Mary Wood said she was pleased to find that most of the yearlings were in fact pregnant, which is the sign of a healthy herd. The wild sheep gather plucked 25 bighorn sheep from the Devil's Canyon herd that were transported that very same day across the state to Rawlins. The sheep were set to be released the Native Range Capture Services, a company that specializes in cap- turing wildlife for scientific pur- morning after their arrival to join poses for game and fish agencies the herd in the Ferris-Seminoe worldwide. Loveridge said it was business as usual. Just another Mountains. A similar gather took place at the same time last year, trans- planting about the same number of sheep to augment the herds in that area. According to Wood, all of the sheep survived last year's transplant and are thriving at their new location, in part due to the robust nature of the Dev- il's Canyon herd. She added that a lot of lambing occurred, which is another good sign of how well the transplanted sheep adjusted to their move. According to information provided by Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Dev- day in the life of a professional wildlife wrangler. Loveridge said he was "filling in" for another wrangler who had broken his leg. He said he began his career as a wrangler through friends who worked in the field and thought he would be good at it, admitting that it isn't exact- ly the kind of career you set out to do. Jumping out of helicopters isn't for everyone, he chuckled. The gather began at day- break, and by noon each sheep had been examined by a team of scientists and veterinarians, in other parts of the state. To maintain the health of the herd, a population of about 175 sheep, plus or minus 20 percent, is maintained in the Devil's Can- yon herd, through transplant op- erations like the one that took place on Saturday and through very limited hunting permits (two to four per year). According to Game Warden Gregg Hyatt, who manages the area the sheep are being trans- planted to, the population goal for the Ferris-Seminoe herd is 300. Currently, there are an esti- mated 100 sheep thriving in that area. He said gradual infusions, like the transplants of sheep this year and last year, are slowly im- proving the health of the herds in his area and are gradually ramp- ing up its population. He said the sheep from the Devil's Can- yon herd have been the most successful. "These sheep adapt well with the Seminoe herd;' said Hyatt. "They are very healthy and we've had a lot of success with them:' Wood noted that the desti- nation herd is tested for diseas- es prior to the transplant to make sure the healthy sheep being transplanted are not exposed to diseases. Lovell Game Warden Jim Hobbs explained that keeping the SEE 'MORE SHEEP TRANSPLANTED' page 8 . IIItl!!nl)lll!!!l!LIII112 The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-22 7. www.lovellchronicle.com