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Ii~ i,~~ : , i':, ", ,..i. ilti i..ii,iii :i=~iii:=;:i:iii:i i i iFii: What's Inside ... IDEA Center formed 2 CERT c/asses schedu/ed __ 8 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 107 NUMBER 39 THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013 -75 DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs made a triumphal entry onto Lovell's Main Street atop a fire truck Sunday afternoon after beating Lusk for the Class 2A boys basketball title Saturday night in Casper. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 25-1 record. Arts Council's final act: donation to the Hyart BY DAVID PECK For 11 years the North Big Horn Arts Council sponsored a variety of programming for art and music lov- ers in North Big Horn County. The organization became dormant in 2003 as members of the board of directors ...... grew weary of fighting to keep the group afloat. The council did, however, have some money left in an account -- $6,900 - that the remaining officers of the organization have decided to do- nate to the Hyart Theatre's "Go Digi- tal or Go Dark" fundraising effort. Arts Council President John Lee Mangus on Tuesday presented a check for that amount to Mike Steen- bakkers, president of the Hyart Rede- velopment Corp. board of directors. The arts council was organized in 1991 and sponsored its first concert - Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn- on Jan. 22, 1992. The group was incor- porated that same year and over the next 11 years sponsored more than 65 events in the local area, original board member and first president Lorece Doerr said, including summer artist in residence events, the Tumblewords reading program, the Missoula Chil- dren's Theatre - all of which provid- ed opportunities and artistic develop- ment for local school children. The arts council also sponsored performing dance ensembles from BYU, the University of Wyoming Centennial Singers, Montana Shake, DAVID PECK North Big Horn Arts Council President John Lee Mangus presents a $6,900 check to Hyart Redevelopment Corp. president Mike Steenbakkers Tuesday for the "Go Digital or Go Dark" fundraising project, putting to good use the money held by the now dormant arts organization. speare in the Park, U.S. military tour- the Roof," "Joseph and the Amazing ing bands and a number of vocal and Technicolor Dream Coat" and "Tom instrumental soloists and ensembles. Sawyer." Scholarships were awarded to high "A lot of people donated, and we school students from both Lovell and really appreciate that," Mangus said Rocky Mountain High School. in presenting the check Tuesday, not- Mangus also directed three corn- ing that the three community theater munity theater performances featur- SEE 'ARTS COUNCIL DONATION,' ing local cast members: "Fiddler on page 6 Nourish the Basin by buying local BY PATTI CARPENTER "It's extra work for a school to Consumers looking for naturally deal with us instead of dealing with grown food products grown right here an entity like Sysco that deals in huge in the Big Horn Basin are joining forc- quantities," said Schilthuis. es with small local food producers to He noted, though, that there are create a co-op or other type of organi- already successful models, like the zation to facilitate a buying arrange- one in Greeley, Colo., where a simi- ment. The group met last Thursday lar relationship has been tested and night at the annex in Lovell to ham- seems to work. mer out the details. A group discussion ensued about "I'm hoping we can find a waythe difficulty of small producers com- to work together, to cooperate," ex- peting with the prices offered by large plained organizer Kevin Schilthuis. suppliers like Sysco Foods. "We're not doing anything new, we're 'Tou have to kind of wonder growing food and we're growing it what kind of beef they're getting (the properly. We're growing healthy food schools) at $2 per pound," said Burl- and that means something. To me ington organic farmer Stanley Jones. it's exciting and we have a lot of road 'Tou have to wonder what they start- maps to go by regarding how healthy ed with and what they added to it, to food can be grown and marketed, be able to ship it in here at two bucks Hopefully, we can pick one that works a pound. You have to wonder what we for our area." are feeding to our kids in that beef." The group discussed the USDA's The conversation shifted to the "Farm to School" program and wheth- possibility of setting up a distribution er or not the group could sell their operation at a fixed location like the homegrown products to local schools, old Byron school facility. Schilthuis Schilthuis said he felt that educating said the idea was presented to local of- the public about healthy food grown ficials there and they were receptive. without pesticides or genetically mod- He said the facility would be ideal for ified seed would create a demand, that type of operation because it has walk-in freezers, a kitchen, a 20-foot deep pool and other amenities that might be worthwhile to explore. Other possibilities for distribution were discussed like a model similar to Bountiful Baskets or somehow sell- ing locally grown products alongside that already existing distribution site'. Local Producer Scott Brown talk- ed about a CSA (community support- ed agriculture) seminar he recently attended. "It was very informative and re- freshing to me to see there are as many people thinking in this direction as there are," said Brown. "Hopefully, we can establish a network. There are a lot of good ideas out there." The group discussed various ways of making the availability of their products known using Facebook or a specially designed website for that purpose. Consumer Christina Robertson offered to act as a facilitator for the budding organization. Keri Schil- thuis offered her expertise to devel- SEE 'FOOD NETWORK BEGINS,' page 6 BY PATTI CARPENTER Members of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area management team met on Tuesday afternoon to for- mulate a plan that will comply with the $176,000 in cuts mandated by the federal government sequester that went into effect on March 5. "The meeting was great and I feel very lucky to work with such a great group of people," said Chief of Interpre- tation Christy Fleming. "Every division came to the table with something and everyone will feel it in their area, but we'll make it work the best we can with our visitors and park resources in mind." According to Fleming the group was able to avoid any layoffs of active personnel but will take a number of other cost-cutting measures that will go into effect immediately. Law enforcement will reduce patrol within the park. Permanent positions that are currently vacant will not be filled by new hires. Instead, current personnel will as- sume as many of those duties as possible. Hours have been reduced for lifeguards and student employment op- portunities have been drastically reduced. The archeology department may not proceed with certain projects. Trash and cleaning services will be cut back. 'Wisitors may notice that the bathrooms are not as clean as usual, and they may see more trash around," said Fleming. "It would be great if visitors could do their part by packing it in and packing it out when they visit the park. Every little bit will help." SEE 'SEQUESTER HITS NRA,' page 7 Treasurer Gordon tb eak" Wyoming State Trea- surer Mark Gordon will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lovell Area Cham- ber of Commerce commu- nity banquet Friday night at the Lovell Community State Center. treasurer The evening will begin Mark with a social hour at 6 p.m., Gordon followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The Chamber will present its annual Outstanding Citi- zen and Outstanding Educator awards, and L0vell Inc. will present its third round of entrepreneurial awards: the Trailblazer Award for longtime business leadership and the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Bruce Wolsey will be the master of ceremonies. Gordon was appointed treasurer by Gov. Matt Mead on Oct. 26, 2012, following the death of Treasurer Joe Meyer. He grew up on a family ranch west of Kaycee and recently served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He ran for the U.S. House of Representa- tives in 2008. As Treasurer, Gordon's principal duty is to safeguard and invest all the funds of the state. He serves as admin- istrator for the Wyoming State Treasurer's Asset Reserve (WYO-STAR) and Wyoming Unclaimed Property. He also serves on eight boards and commissions: the Board of De- posits, Board of Land Commissioners, Financial Adviso- ry Council, State Building Commission, State Canvassing Board, State Loan and Investment Board, Wyoming Com- munity Development Authority and the Wyoming Retire- ment Board of Directors. He will tour the Lovell area Friday afternoon to ob- serve projects the SLIB has funded in recent years. SEE 'GORDON AT CHAMBER BANQUET,' page 7 Prom Closet opens Friday BY PATTI CARPENTER A newly formed organization called the Prom Closet will host its first event at the Rocky Mountain High School auxiliary gymnasium on Friday and Saturday. The group has received donations of 60 formal dresses and will be offering them to high school girls looking for something special to wear at upcoming proms or other formal events. The event will offer options of purchasing dresses and accessories like shoes, jewelry, purses, wraps and shawls at low cost. Dresses will also be available to rent or, in some cases, for free. Any proceeds from sale of dresses and accessories will be donated to the school the buyer attends. High school girls can also swap a formal dress if the dress is in good condition. The first day of the event will take place on Friday from 2 - 5 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be available on both days to give make-up tips, teach dance etiquette, help pick out dress- es and share ideas for the perfect prom hairdo. For more information contact Amber May at 548-7769 or 272-848. The Rocky Mountain High School prom is scheduled for April 12. The Lovell High School Prom is scheduled for May 3. IIIUl! I!!ll ,11!1! [ILl[I IIII The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431, Contact us at: 548-2217, www.lovellchronicle.com