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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 11,2010 www. LovellChronicle.com How do we escape the burning conundrum? Local officials and citizens are certainly on the horns of a dilemma as they wrestle with the vexing problem of what to do about yard waste in town now that the DEQ has put the kibosh on open burning in Lovell. It is not a certainty that the DEQ Air Qual- ity Division will no longer grant a setback Waiv- er for spring burning, but the handwriting is on the wall. It took weeks of pleading by the Town of Lovell and petitions by local citizens before the DEQ grudgingly granted two weekends of burning last fall, agreeing that the town had no chance to make other arrangements. So what is the town to do? It is unlikely that the state will give in to local pressure. The DEQ is run by unelected agency officials who really don't have to answer to anybody, though it seems mighty odd that two complaints about smoke in town - legitimate though they may be - trumped hundreds of citizen signatures stating that they de- sire open burning for their community. Some people insist on blaming the Town of Lovell, as if municipal officials had decided unilat- erally to stop the burning last fall, but that's simply not the case. The DEQ refused to grant the set- back waiver requested by the town. Some folk s want the town to repeal its no- burning ordinance in defiance of the state and al- low burning anytime, anywhere, but then the DEQ would likely send agents to town to dole out large fines, and that wouldn't make anybody happy. Strangely, other towns appear to be able to burn without even obtaining a setback waiver, but then nobody ever said all is fair in love and, well, .government. : ,,:i !,: That leaves the Town of Lovell in a tough spot, and wondering what to do as an alternative to burning. In that light, the town has called a meet- ing for tonight (Thursday, March 11) at 7 p.m. at the community center to talk about alternatives to burning, including composting, and ways to help people who don't have the means to haul yard waste to a central location. Town Administrator Bart Grant has contacted most, if not all, of the town governments in the region to see how they handle yard waste, and he will explain the various methods at tonight's meet- ing. The town is also counting on citizens to come up with some innovative ideas on how to deal with the situation. Lovell has always had great pride in its well- maintained and manicured yards and gardens. The DEQ has put people in a bind, and folks are going to have to figure a way out. Here's hoping for a big turnout at tonight's meeting. --David Peck 2009 MEMBER 2008 AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck News Editor: Brad Devereaux Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Erin Henson, Marwyn Layne, Kymbre Moorehead, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller. Look for new ways to deal with pests The Big Horn Basin Ag Ambassadors are reminded to gather up at the Washak- ie Learning Center at noon this Thursday, March 11. Want to learn more about the Ag Ambassador program? Join us Thurs- day or call 307-347-3431 and we'll razzle and dazzle you about the program. We don't have membership fees, initiations or tedious meetings. All you need is an inter- est in agriculture. Our mission is basically dedicated to bringing information and ed- ucation to the farm and ranch families of the Big Horn Basin, which will help them achieve their business and family goals. Many ag producers are putting to- gether their business plans for the coming year, many of you are visiting with your ag retailers about product choice to deal with anticipated weed and in- sect problems in the coming year. Whether you are a rancher or farmer, dealing with pest problems is a critical component of any management scheme. So, where am I going with this, you ask? Well, I encourage you to consider mixing it up when it comes to dealing with these pest problems. It's easy to get into a rut so to speak of applying the same pesticide product we used last year to deal with an anticipated weed problem, fly infestation, internal parasites of livestock, etc. If we continue to throw the same chemistry at a given pest problem year after year after year, pesticide resistance will follow, guaranteed. This will hold true with the ge- netically modified crops, as well. Ear tags to control flies on cattle are a good ex- ample. Producers are encouraged to use an ear tag Jim Gill Ag Chat to suppress flies treated with an organo- phosphate one or two years and then switch to a tag treated with pyrethrum or other recommended chemistry in an al- ternating year. This significantly helps to break that chain of genetic resistance the flies are developing to continue feeding on your cows, horses, etc. Again, ask your re- tailer how best to mix it up, so to speak. Stay out of that rut. Many growers like to maintain long- term alfalfa production. When the plant density of existing alfalfa stands declines to a point where alfalfa production is no longer profitable, renovation becomes de- sirable. Unfortunately, seeding alfalfa into prior stands is not successful. Spiking thin alfalfa stands by re-seeding does not work primarily due to what is known as auto- toxicity. Alfalfa releases a Water-soluble chemical that inhibits or delays germination and growth of new alfalfa seedlings and plants. It is difficult to pre- dict when this process is most likely to occur. It is more common in older stands. Alfalfa leaves have the highest concentration of the chemical. Since the chemical is water-soluble, soil type and moisture in- fluence how concentrated the chemical might be in a site. Density of the existing stand and length of time since destroying the existing stand also influ- ence the concentration. The best advice I can give is to rotate an old stand of alfalfa with oats or other crops. This allows the leaching away of the autotoxin, so one can re- plant back to alfalfa at a later date. Keep those trees alive Lack of moisture may be on many of your minds right now. Looking at where we are in the towns here in Big Horn County, Greybull is the driest; we are sitting at 32 percent of normal for the water year. The water year starts the first of October and ends the end of September. Lovell is the second dri- est town with 54 percent of normal, Shell and Basin are around 70 percent of normal, Deaver is at 86 percent and Emblem is at 95 percent of normal for the water year. What does this mean as far as yard plants go? I would be most- ly concerned about watering my large trees and shrubs in town. That is more important since towns have less mois- ture this watering year. First, you will want to deep water all your trees. My trees are starting to bud already Dallen R. Smith BHC Extension Agent UPCOMING EVENTS On March 18 at 7 p.m. there will be a meeting to discuss current livestock is- sues. Also, Steve Paisley, the Livestock Specialist from the University of Wyo- ming, will be coming to demonstrate how to use CowBytes, afeedlot balancing ra- tion that he highly recommended for the use in feedlots. National Ag week is March 14-20. Take the opportunity to thank an Ag Producer you know that week. National Ag Day is March 20, so our annual Ag Days will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 19, for all third and fourth grade students at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds in Ba- sin. There will be several stations offered such as egg incubation, cracked corn, how to plant, all about piglets, water quality, animal by products and organic growing. since we are having such warm days. The way to deep water a tree is to run a garden hose to the tree and turn.it on very low so that the. hose is just barely running. Let the hose,run 12 to 24 hours depending on the size of tree. If water is flowing all over the yard, you have the hose turned on to high. You want the water to soak in at the base of the tree. Watering this way will get water down to the roots of the tree; this will also make your tree a deeper-rooted tree. Deep-rooted trees are healthi- er, they withstand wind without blowing over and they can go through dry spells better. I recom- mend watering mature trees every two weeks and small trees should get watered every week. You could also water your bushes, but I would be less concerned with them at this time. This is a great learning tool for our community. I hope that many will take advantage. ........ : University of Wyoming Copative,Extenion Big Horn County is putting on an Fnterprise Budget Workshop for farmers and ranchers. John Hewett will be coming from Laramie to give a short presen- tation and work sessions on computers doing the actual enterprise budgets. There will be 10 laptops available, but you are welcome to bring your own, as well. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to p.m., Wednesday, March 31, at the Big Horn County Weed and Pest building just west of Greybull. Call the office to get signed up. The 10 computers will be on a first come, first served basis. If you would have any questions, call the Extension Office at 307-765-2868 or Dallen's cell at 307-272-9317. Pillars that hold up freedom BY GENIELLE BROWN In Clark Jensen' new book, 'Tolves in Sheep's Clothing: Liberalism, Formula for Failure," he out- lines the three pillars of freedom as faith, capital- ism and constitution. For faith, he quotes Benjamin Franklin: "Here is my creed. I believe in one God the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion." Then Clark presents this plea: "It is time for good people who believe in God to work together politically. For the second pillar he discusses Murray Roth- bards statement: "Free market capitalism is a net- work of free and voluntary exchanges in which pro- ducers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products of others through prices voluntarily arrived at." The practice of exchanging something of value from one person for something of equal value from another. Clark states: "As far as fiscal conserva- tism is concerned...we can't ask government to leave us alone fiscally and at the same time ask them for assistance." I agree. Taxes are high because the aid must come from somewhere. The American people have always been a charity giving people, but not when government will take care of us instead. In the chapter on pillar number three, he ex- plains the separation of powers, checks and balanc- es of power and limited government, which the Con- stitution gave us. Then he sums it up with "Nothing about liberalism works in real life. It is a wonder it has gained so much traction, because everywhere it has been tried, it has failed ... truth and goodness are always opposed ... it is no mystery that some- thing as amazing as our Constitution is under at- tack constantly." It was fun to read something from one of our own, raised in our local area and having the gump- tion to write and promote his beliefs. Pillars hold up a building. TheSe pillars hold up freedom. Anywhere total socialism has been tried eventually turns out to be tyranny and totalitarianism. 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