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March 5, 2015 I The Lovell Chronicle 13 BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Michael Beyer, the new may- or of Deaver, is a hard-working farmer who wants to cultivate a greater interest in the munic- ipal government among town folks while aiming for various im- provements and attractions for all plus instilling a greater sense of community. With a number of short- and long-term goals in mind, he of- ten arises at 4 a.m. so as to have enough time for his farm la- bors and his duties as the high- est-ranking officer in the town government. But, he notes, he has a standing promise to his wife that he will always be home at 5 p.m. for dinner with her and their three daughters. His wife is the former Anna Higgins, who is from the Deaver area. Her father, Mike Higgins, teaches at Rocky Moun- tain Middle School in Cowley. Beyer, who was sworn into of- fice on Jan. 6 after being elected to a four-year term as mayor in No- vember, replaces Fred Yates, who served four years and chose to not seek a second term. The new may- or previously was appointed to the council to fill a vacancy and then ran in 2012 for a four-year coun- cil seat. The remaining portion of his council term will be filled by Kayla James, who was appointed by the council on Feb. 3. Regard- ing his run last year, Beyer ex- plained: "I enjoy being involved in the town and anything that I'm a part of. I didn't necessarily really want the job as mayor, but hav- ing served on the council has giv- en me some understanding of the town's needs as well as its prob- lems, so I felt that I would be a good person to take care of the problems at hand." He notes that the main diffi- culty, "like all small towns, is the lack of money. All small towns," he continued, "depend heavily on the state for funding. We have old infrastructure and the costs of construction and maintenance keep going up. With our popula- tion" the income isn't that great. He said that although the high- way sign reads "178" for popula- tion, "there actually are around 100" who are taxpayers. What happens, he said, is that what BOB RODRIGUEZ New mayor Michael Beyer and town clerk Allison Weber are hitting their stride as top officials for the Town of Deaver. funding exists goes for needs rath- er than wants. He stated that with farming 160 irrigated acres for hay, plus having 40 cows and farming an- other approximately 100 acres for his wife's grandfather, he has "a skill set" for handling the aspects of his endeavors including plan- ning, finances and meeting chal- lenges. As part of his education related to farming he attended the Nebraska Technical College of Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., and Chadron State College, also in Nebraska. "I find farming quite enjoy- able and I like to work using pa- tience and dedication," he said. Originally from Sidney, Neb., he grew up on his family's 40,000- acre farm, which also includes a feeder tot with 2,000 head and 1,000 cow/calf pairs. "I was taught well growing up," he recalls, "that if farming is your job, enjoy it, but create your own schedule" so it won't ruin family life. "It's important to me that I love farming and my work for the town," he said. More public involvement in town government is one of his short-term goals. The council and mayor meet on first Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the town hall and he wants to receive input from citizens. He also is looking toward updating some of the town ordinances and is interested in perhaps enlarging the activities of Deaver's "great Recreation Committee." He envi- sions "town events where people of varying generations can talk with one another and find com- mon ground." Beyer is certain that Deaverites "care for each oth- er and care about the town," and wants to be sure that the best en- vironment exists to nurture those qualities. "With a lot of houses being purchased we are seeing some new residents, people younger than 40," he observed, "so we need to do what we can to keep rents low and have ordinances" aimed at keeping neighborhoods looking nice. And as the town provides water-and-sewer and electric ser- vice, as well as irrigation water during summers, he has in mind keeping utilities up and running well and is highly complimentary of Todd Phillips, the town's public works supervisor, for his efforts. As for possible economic de- velopment, Beyer said that RDX Technologies Corp., formerly Rid- geline Canada Inc., continues to rent the former Deaver Mid- dle School from the town. RDX is a water treatment and energy technology firm that could build a facility in Deaver or use por- tions of the school for manufac- turing and increase employment opportunities. The mayor's long-term goals include "having Deaver be afford- able and an attractive place to live with an active community." He recalls from the small town of Curtis, Neb., during part of his education, that people visited one another in the evenings, perhaps walking about as others sat on their porches. "Small towns can be like that," he said, "and Deaver has some of it, but I'd like to see more. It's the idea of caring for the town and watching out for one another." WEBER NEW CLERK/TREASURER Besides having a new mayor, the town also has Allison Weber as its new clerk/treasurer, replac- ing Vana Camp, who served for 23 years. "She has a wealth of knowl- edge," said Weber, "and is a true supporter and believer in the town itself. I aspire to fill the shoes she left upon retirement." Beyer is highly complimentary of Weber's work. Weber is a native' of Tus- tin, Mich., which she describes as "a village with a population of around 250 people, so it's slight- ly larger than Deaver. Most of my schooling was in Saint Clair Shores, just north of Detroit. I moved to Wyoming in May 2011 and fell in love with everything about it." Weber was apointed to the Deaver position by the council on Jan. 6 this year and had pur- chased a home in the town in Oc- tober last year. "The beautiful surround- ing views and the affordable cost of living were my main draws to this area," she said. "The fact that I now live and work in Deaver is beyond a stroke of good fortune. I walk a block to work and home each day and I spend my lunch- time with my beloved pups. As a new home owner I am learn- ing to enjoy gardening and home improvements. "This town has endured," she said, "because its population cares deeply for it. I am happy to be part of that as an employ- ee and a resident. My hobbies are hiking with my dogs, rock hound- ing and water activities, weather permitting." Prior to her clerk/treasur- er job she was "in the reception- ist/financial field for the past 12 years." She added, "I immensely enjoy work with the public." Saturday, March 7: Open House for Lomand Fowl- er's 80th Birthday, Senior Center, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 12: Byron Drainage District meet- ing, Byron Solid Waste Disposal District office, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12: Big Horn Little League Base- ball tryouts, Lovell Middle School Gym, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18: Big Horn Little League Baseball tryouts, Cowley Log Gym, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 19: NBHH Lumps & Bumps Day, schedule an appointment by calling 307-548-5201. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Tuesday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC School District No. 2 Board (L0vell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospec- tors Association of America, Skyline Cafe 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, 12:30 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. Community Garden Club, 2nd Thurs- day, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. CLUB and BOARD MEETINGS Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce gen- eral membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, place ffia. Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday. Big Horn Federal Hospi- tality Room, 7 pm. Friends of the Library, 2nd Wednesday, Lovell Library, 5:00 p.m. Contact Linda Mangus, 548-2031. Lovell Library Family History Time, every Monday, 1-4 p.m. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tues- day, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 1st Friday, 7 p.m., call 548-9918 for location. 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. North Big Horn County Health Coali- tion, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating loca- tions, 548-6410. North Big Horn Hospital Hometown Healthy Living, 1st Tuesday, 7-10 a.m., at NBHH. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, check Mayes Fabric for details. TOPS @ WY169, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church basement in Powell, 6 p.m. 664-2394 TOPS Wyo 318, every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., New Horizons Care Center Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548-2217 to list your club here. Sponsored by LOVELL 234 E Main, Lovelt, WY.307-548-2217 l 9 Al d s Corners Ca]i~your ~r in now and Gynecology pick it up at the drive through! 195 W. Main, Lovell 307-548-7493 Minchow's FOOD COURT 353 E. Main, Lovell 548-7979 Rheumatology Mon.-Sat.: 10am-1Opm Sun.: 10am-9pm Open Monday-Saturday 13am-7pm f-F Hwy. 310 in Deaver at.in Lovell (Switchback) 307-272-9695 Main dish choices include: Orange chicken, black pepper beef, honey glazed pork, Mongolian BBQ pork, Kung Pao chicken, beef w/peppers. Add your choice of side dish... 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