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March 8, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle 17 HARVEY continued from page1 can't be experts in every field and that's why we have boards to help with these de- cisions." "Under the plan, livestock owners will voluntarily use a unified system to identify cattle like micro-chipping or special tags. The program has the potential to help track diseases, and Harvey thought producers would find it to their advantage to participate since the sys- tem will allow them to elimi- nate a single diseased cow instead of having to elimi- nate a whole heard in cases where disease is detected. A bill allowing separate liquor licenses for ski resorts passed. Harvey voted no on the bill and was disappoint- ed that it passed because she felt it didn't provide suf- ficient protections for people. "I don't think it is a good idea to sell liquor to people going 60-plus miles an hour down slopes shared by oth- ers," she said. "I also didn't want them to drink on the way home, either." The House passed a bill allowing vehicles to travel 80 mph under certain con- ditions on interstate high- ways, but the bill was de- feated in the Senate. The House also passed a bill requiring welfare re- cipients to be tested for drug use, but the Senate killed the bill, citing that there was question of its constitu: tionality. The House also passed a bill that allowed for the change of formula of drugs used for lethal injection Representative Elaine Harvey due to hard-to-obtain or ob- solete drugs. Harvey said the reason for the bill was that many drug companies stopped making the drug that is used for this purpose. The House passed a bill that removed gray areas in the rules regarding removal of appointed board members. The bill would allow removal with cause of board members from predator management boards, planning commis- sions, airport boards, public recreation boards, museum boards, solid waste disposal district boards and county health boards. A bill regarding work- place safety was also passed by the House that would pro- vide training and assistance to small employers to help them improve safety in the workplace. She described the pro- gram as a "carrot" versus a "stick," in that it will help small employers improve safety and the culture of safety instead of waiting until there is a violation and then imposing a fine on them. Harvey thought this was a step in the right direc- tion to reduce the high acci- dent and death rate caused by workplace accidents in the state. A bill extending the crit- ical access hospital endow- ment challenge program also passed the House. Har- vey thought it had the po- tential of really helping lo- cal hospitals. Although it did not appropriate "new money," it allowed the mon- ey left in the fund from two years ago ($1.5 million) to be used, extending the time hospitals have to receive matching money. The way the program works, a hospi- tal district must levy 6 mils to be eligible for the 100 per- cent match and 3 mils for a 50 percent match. "North Big Horn Hospi- tal accessed 100 percent of the funds allowed to them," said Harvey. "South Big Horn Hospital did not par- ticipate." A bill passed the House this week that will allow Game and Fish the author- ity to revise rules and regu- lations related to the type of guns and ammunition used for hunting specified game animals. It will also allow them to alter the rules for baiting large game animals. Another bill passed the House that deemed a board of county commissioners to have special expertise on all subject matters for which it has statutory re- iii:::ii::ii:i:i:il ::i ::i:: sponsibility. Har- iii Yote ot[ii vey described this ii{iiiii:i:iiiii!{:i!il i::iiii::i!:i:i::iiiii!: !i ::: iiSti t_37ii::: ::::ii:iii!:::!::: iiii.::::!i :i:i::i:i::: bill as "huge" for iiiii,ii:iiiiiii:: ,: ::::::::0webihtt//]eg!websatei. :: :: i : i: : : Big Horn County because it gives commismoners more "clout" when dealing with the fed- eral government in matters related to the health, safe- ty, welfare, customs, culture and socio-economic viability of the county. The House also passed several resolutions, which are mostly symbolic but send a message to Congress and other government lead- ers. One resolution passed declaring the state's sup- port for developing energy in the country and "weaning our dependence from foreign oil," Harvey said. It also passed a reso- lution asking Congress to pass a comprehensive defi- cit and debt reduction plan and urged the support of the President for such a plan. It also asked Congress to reverse the policy of Health and Human Services regard- ing health plan coverage of sterilization, abortifacients (morning after pills) and contraception. Providing a much-need- ed moment of comic relief, a resolution was passed that offered to send a breeding pair of wolves to New York City in support of the city's Central Park Wilderness proposal. According to Harvey, the bill was presented for enter- tainment purposes during an intense week of long hours of more serious discussion. On third reading the House heard 62 bills be- tween Tuesday of last week through Monday of this week. The legislative ses- sion is expected to end sometime this week. Only bills that pass both the House and Senate will cross the governor's desk for his signature. DURTSCHE continued from page1 Durtsche was also the gym for hours watch- said Bighorn Canyon Na- known for supporting ath- ing teams," Jameson said. tional Recreation Area letics in both the Lovell "I thought a lot of him, he Supt. Jerry Case. "He was and Rocky Mountain and his whole family." the go-to guy for anything lay. tin_re "Mike leaves behind a you might want to know ere was a game. proud legacy of his work about the park because" of eou would gee him in with the Park Service," his long history there. We COUNCIL tax passes, a community can benefit from the funds. If and when enough reso- lutions have been passed, they would go to the county commissioners, who would have the final say in go- ing forward with the ballot measure. Not every project has to be for the same amount of money, Graham pointed out. Greybull could seek $2.6 million, but Lovell or Cowley could seek $1 mil- lion. He said a community might as well select a proj- ect since, if the measure passes, it would be better to at least have a project than to be paying the tax but not receive any benefit. That's why he is urging commu- nities to meet and come up with a project. Councilman Scott Allred asked Graham how Greybull businesses feel about an added sales tax, and Graham replied that they have been very sup- portive of the pool project. He said a small poll showed great support for the proj- ect among citizens, too. He pointed out that the council would not be mak- ing a decision on the sixth cent but rather would be making a decision to put the matter in front of con- stituents to let them decide. LOVELL MEETING The Lovell Town Coun- cil met for a work meeting Monday to talk about the sixth cent, and in an inter- view Tuesday, Councilman Brian Dickson said that some of the county's mayors will be getting together to- night (Thursday) to discuss the matter further. "We are a little unsure when they want a yea or nay vote as to whether the Town of Lovell supports that being on the ballot," continued from page 1 Dickson said. He said the council talked about a couple of po- tential projects: 1) Improvements at the rodeo grounds. The funding could be used for new con- cession stands, restrooms, running a water line and a sewer line and/or a septic system., 2) Paving some ad- ditional streets in town. Dickson said the council is checking into whether sales tax can be used to pave streets in this manner. "We're just bouncing things offthe wall," he said. "We're not advocating any- thing. We feel the chamber of commerce needs input, because this could put us at a disadvantage compared to Powell. "We want to have some public meetings. The town council can't say we think or don't think people ought to pass the tax. It's like a bond issue. Our role is edu- cation and information. We really can't take a stand on it." Dickson said the town welcomes community in- put. "We're open if anyone has any ideas about some- thing someone would like us to do," he said. "That's why we want to have at least one public meeting." He noted that all area residents, not just people in the town limits, would be invited to provide input, especially in the case of the rodeo grounds, which are used by residents who live in and out of town. Dickson said he be- lieves Aug. 27 is the date by which any town resolu- tion must be submitted to the county commissioners in order for the measure to be placed on the November ballot. will all miss him, certainly me in particular." Durtsche leaves wife Aletha and six children: Michelle Thompson, ..... Shane," Justin, PatriCk; ::'- .... Steve and Samantha. " For more information: ..... http://wyominga rts.blogspot.com/p/ or 307-777-7742 Lovell's Healthy Living Program i :,'00ii00i:iiiiiii Tuesday, March 13 5:30-7 pm Multi-purpose room at 1115 Lane 12, Lovell, WY  ,rfii'li!i'ir ;i,:!iii")ima 307-548-5200 " ' .ww.nbhh.corn NEW HORIZONS CARE CENTER Join us on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm "Freedom Through Unity" Big Horn County Republican's Lincoln Day Dinner and Auction Guest Speaker at 5:30 pm Governor Matt Mead held at Lovell Community Center 1925 Hwy 310 (Highway 310 & Highway 32 Jct.) Silent & Live Auctions Call (307) 272-4188 or (307) 765-9667 for tickets or to donate auction items or contact your Precinct PAID FOR BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CLICK! is a collaboration between the Wyoming Arts Council, Pipeline Art Project University of Wyoming Art Museum and Pinedale Fine Arts Council and sponsored by: Works of Wyoming, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Sublette County Library, Wyoming Women's Business Center and the Pinedale Travel and Tourism Commission www.visitpinedale.org OU The Lovell Riding Club would like to thank everyone who Donated items Supported the auction Helped with the auction and the Byron Bar for hosting Thank you again for helping make it a success! ]rile Lovell Riders Invitation to all members of Big Horn Rural Electric Co pany 75 th Anniversary Annual Meeting [Sat., March 10, 2012 ] Greybull High School Gym Company Reports will be presented. 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