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CHRONICLE HIOHS 4 I The Loven Chronicle I March 8, 2012 Hard work. teamwork pay off for Lady Bulldogs ItL been a remarkable run for the Lovell Lady Bulldogs, who completed back-to-back state titles with a champion- ship game victory over the Thermopolis Bobcats Saturday night in Casper. In the last two years, the Lady Bulldogs have compiled a 49-4 record, with three of the four losses coming to the tough, Class 3A Cody Fillies, and they have"run the table" as the top-ranked team in Class 2A from day one of the sea- son to the final weekend. ThatL a lot of pressure on a group of high school ath- letes, but this group of teammates weathered the pressure to win very well under the guidance of head coach Chris Edwards and veteran assistants Dave Scheffler and Bruce Morrison. And they weathered it together, forging a tight bond as teammates. The Lady Bulldogs were a true team, and we can learn a lot from that. No player averaged in double figures this sea- son. Top four scorers averaged something like 8.8, 8.5, 8.5 and 8.3 points per game. If a team tried to stop one player, another would step up. Indeed, Coach Edwards said that there was no jealousy among teammates if a particular player had a great night scoring, because it would be a different player the follow- ing night. The team averaged around 13 assists a game, and some- times there would be 18 or 20 assists. It was similar at the other end of the court, where the Lady Bulldogs attacked opponents with deadly efficiency on defense with their full-court pressure and in the half court, whether playing zone or man to man. That takes communication and shared effort and desire. But what perhaps set this group of athletes apart is their dedication to the sport and to preparation and condition- ing. After last yearL championship, rather than resting on their laurels, the team worked even harder, working in the gym and running during the summer months to get ready for the volleyball and then basketball seasons. And now track ......... &apos; ,This group of athletes has a chance to three-peat in track and field this spring, having already taken the last two state championships. The boys track team will be a force, too, with athletes reportedly coming out for track who didn't come out last year in order to challenge for a title. ItL a remarkable run for Lovell High School athletics: a state title in football, second place in volleyball, second place in wrestling, first place in girls basketball, second place in boys basketball and a chance to win titles in boys and girls track and field. If it was just pure talent - and certainly there is some ex- cellent talent - that would be one thing, but our schools right now have some truly dedicated and hard-working stu- dents who excel in many areas of school from athletics to speech to FFA to Skills USA to dance, music and art. The Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate our students' achievements at the annual banquet on March 24. There will be a lot to celebrate. -David Peck -Letters to the editor The Lovell Chronicle wel- comes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be print- ed. Letters must be signed and include the address and tele- phone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be dis- carded. Writers are limited to two letters in any 30 day pe- riod. All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tues- day deadline will be enforced. < Clock talk: Time to change It's about time: daylight-saving time, to be exact, or as close to exactness as we can get. Yes, beginning Sunday, March 11, and continuing until Nov. 4, we will have more daylight. In a manner of speaking. Some people call it "daylight-savings time." But there are no savings; it's merely an ex- tension, a modification of our timepieces. Some people don't like it. Some love it. Arizona and Hawaii eschew the time change, possibly because their leaders are smart enough to avoid such an arbitrary change without a shadow of a doubt. So- called daylight-saving time has been used since around World War I and is cheered by many as a way to have more light without paying for elec- tricity. Something like that. I still have trouble with daylight until 8 p.m. or so as it just doesn't seem right. Maybe I'm ahead of my time. Some people believe that DST came about be- cause of farmers wanting more sunny time to har- vest crops. Somehow that doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't it work just as well to get up early and keep our clocks ticking or humming without revision? The timing seems wrong. DST got me in trouble several years ago in Ore- Bob Rodriguez gon at the weekly newspaper that Jan and I ran. Actually, it simply was my fault, be- cause somehow I was off time. I printed an incorrect date for when to change the hands or the digital numbers. Let me tell you, never believe that people do not read their community newspaper and pay at- tention to what they read. Myerror meant that plenty of folks had a goofy Sunday whether they were going to church, work or any other activity involving a schedule and being there at the correct time. Wow. I had so many people angry with me. But eventually most of them got over it. (Time heals all wounds). However, there was one woman so agitated about being late for work because of my wrongness that I gave her a year's subscription for free. She had a timeworn gripe. If you have time for the time being, there is a wealth of time-consuming information on the Web concerning the history of DST: where it came from, how it's used, reasoning and rationale, and on and on. There is no advice on resetting a sundial. But on Saturday night remember in time-hon- ored fashion to "spring ahead" clockwise (literally) in your own good time. Who needs sleep? Proposed Multipurpose Building I would like to inform the public on some of the thinking behind those that have been working on the proposal for a multipurpose building at the fairgrounds in Basin. The plan is to have a building in which we can hold events year round. The arena in Thermopolis is used every week of the year. The arena in Riverton is used every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. I un- derstand we are not Thermopolis or River- ton, which has a college, but if the facility is designed properly and we have the right amenities that make for a comfortable at- mosphere for events, this facility will get used on a regular basis. It will take some promoting for people to come. Things that we see as part of the de- sign of the building are a 100 x 200 riding arena, an area for spectators to be able to watch comfortably, handicap bathrooms with show- ers and a full:commercial kitchen. Phase three would  include a: floor for indoor soccer and:0ther events. We do not have a facility in Big Horn County with the infrastructure that I described. The kitchen would also be able to be used for events in the present meet- ing room and the outdoor arena. The bathroom and shower could also be used by those using the camp area. Many of those that would use the arena for cut- tings and horse shows have living quarters in their trailers. Events that can be held in a multipurpose build- ing such as this are car shows, gun shows, lawn and garden shows, home shows, tractor shows, tractor pulls, high school rodeos, ranch rodeos, cuttings, ropings, barrel racing, dog clinics, horse breaking Dallen R. Smith BHC Extension Agent clinics, cutting horse clinics, horse pulls, ag-expo, farm safety workshops, county livestock shows, the junior livestock sale, 4-H fun day, 4-H/FFA prospect livestock shows, indoor soccer, indoor football, family reunions and even weddings. It is just not the money that is brought in with the rent of the building, but it is the restaurant, motel, gas stations and the other local businesses that benefit from those who come to these events. I know Basin does not have a lot for motels and restaurants, but Greybull is only seven miles away and has the infrastructure that is needed. My sister managed an events center such as this, the Agridome, in Cardston, Alberta. The population in Cardston is 3,500 and the population of the county is 4,167. The population of Basin is around 1,300 and Greybull is 1,800 and Lovell 2,360 and the county has a population of 11,710 so I believe a building like this is feasible. "   ' ....  On March 9 and 10 we will be holding a farm safety course at the fairgrounds for youth. It will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on .Saturday. It will include instructional mov- ies instruction on ATV safety, tractor safety, electri- cal safety, how to use a fire extinguisher, livestock safety and hands-on operating of ATVs and tractors. This course is targeted to youth ages 14 to 18. We are not discouraging younger youth from partici- pating. Older youth and adults may attend if they feel it would be beneficial to them. Contact the ex- tension office if you are planning on attending at 307-765-2868. Forest Service advisory Be careful during winter outings in the Bighorn National Forest BY BOB COCHRAN Due to the current conditions on the Bighorn National Forest, there have been several recent search and rescues to help a num- ber of lost or stranded snowmo- bilers get off the mountain. Some unfortunate recreationists found themselves staying out overnight unintentionally. Snow leVels are rather deep and there is not much of a base in most areas so even very experi- enced snowmobilers are becoming stuck. Another problem is low vis- ibility and people become disori- ented and lost very easily. It is best not to go out when visibility is low and if conditions become poor while already out wait until it clears or improves and proceed very cautiously. If you do go out make sure some- body knows where you are go- ing and have a check-in time. Always go with enough survival gear to spend the night if need- ed. Know the avalanche con- ditions and the avalanche po- tential in the area that you are going. Know the weather fore- cast before going out and make or cancel travel plans according- ly. Know how to repair common breakdowns. The following are some of the items folks are recommended to carry while snowmobiling: Protective equipment includ- ing helmet, gloves, goggles, extra clothing including gloves. Protec- tive facemasks and coveralls are recommended. Fire starter, matches and a lighter. Gas, repair kit and spare parts for the snowmobile such as tow rope, tools, extra plugs and belt. Extra food and water. Snowshoes and headlamps. Avalanche beacon, probe poles and snow shovels. Know how to use these items and prac- tice. Finally know signs of hy- pothermia and frostbite and be conscious of other party mem- bers' conditions. Look for white or discolored splotches on faces or hands which indicate frost- bite. Look for signs of hypother- mia such as shivering, slurring of speech, slowed reactions and disorientation. Take breaks when you feel fatigued and make sure to stop and take the time to warm up before you reach the initial stages of hypothermia. The Bighorn National Forest employees hope you have a great time out on the forest but please use extreme caution, avoid un- reasonable risks and get home safely. UPSP321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307.548.22170 FAX 307-548.2218 Email: lcnews@tctwest.net David Peck, Editor and Publisher Editor ................................................................................. David Peck Reporter ................................................................. , ...... Patti Carpenter Office Manager. .......................................................... Gladys McNeil Production Manager ................................... . ....................... Pat Panner Advertising Manager ................................................ 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