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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 11, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.corn DAVID PECK Participating in the MATHCOUNTS competition in Powell in February were (l-r) coach Annette Ellis, Kimberly Shumway, Justin Mickelson, Kassi Renner, Brandon Wolvington, Brianna Harvey, Alex Sawaya and Mariah Harford. LMS students-show off math skills What is the mean of all the positive three-digit multi- ples of three that are less than 100? This is an example of a question asked at the recent MATHCOUNTS competition in Powell on Feb. 24. Seven Lovell Middle School students competed in Po- well against five other schools, according to coach Annette Ellis. In individual scoring, Brandon Wolvington placed first. In team competition, Wolvington, Mariah Harford, Justin Mickelson and Alex Sawaya placed second behind Cody. Also competing in team competition were Kassi Ren- ner, Mariah Harford and Brianna Harvey. Students practiced once a week at lunch time to prepa- re for the competition. The students planned to head to State on Saturday, March 6, in Laramie, but didn't make the drive Friday due to weather conditions, Ellis said. By the way, the answer to the math question is 150. Brandon Wolvington took first place overall at the recent MATHCOUNTS competition in Powell. COURTESY PHOTO Lawmakers give crisis money to Worland hospital; mental holds process continues to improve BY BRENDA TENBOER Governor Dave Freu- denthal rejected a request to fund a crisis stabilization center in the Big Horn Basin because it would have been an inappropriate use of the Wyoming Retirement Cen- ter facility. Darwin Irvine, Big Horn Basin Counseling Center di- rector, is disappointed after putting in a lot of legwork to make the project work. "We did a lot of prelim- inary work to try to get it here if it came out on a Re- quest for Proposal (RFP)," he said. "Three years ago we made a regional plan and did some footwork to buy the building formerly occupied by the Seventh Day Adven- tist Church." The project would have allowed patients in a men- tal health crisis to be housed in a safe, supervised envi- ronment while evaluations and plans for future servic- es were made. And it would have meant jobs and income in this county. On a positive note, Ir- vine said he is pleased to have additional crisis beds in the area. The Joint Appropria- tions Committee of the 60th Legislature approved $850,000 in funding for cri- sis beds at the Washakie Medical Center for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010. The funds will be adminis- tered by Cloud Peak Coun- seling Center of Worland. An additional $500,000 was appropriated to fund crisis beds at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center if the hospital meets Wyoming Department of Health re- porting requirements. The Big Horn County commissioners signed off on a letter of support for more crisis services for the area during a February meeting. "It's good to have it in the region, it was put on the bill to go to Washakie Medi- cal Center and that's good that its at a medical facil- ity," Irvine said. The need is definitely there with three emergency detentions, also known as Title 25 holds, just last week in Big Horn County, accord- ing to Irvine. It is not clear yet how many county residents will get services in neighboring Washakie County using the newly approved funds. TITLE 25 Locally, a grass roots task force headed by Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn is making prog- ress on smoothing out the mental health holds pro- cess. The issue has long been a topic of discussion with ad- vocates speaking out against mental patients being held 1 Family, Friends, Fans discounted school rate for all! el" S kYcsper 'I Call toll-free: S 1-866-500-1110 I_L in jail. Most folks agree that jail is no place for someone in crisis, but sometimes pro- viders are left with few op- tions. Now, thanks primarily to efforts by Lovell Chief of Police Nick Lewis, an agree- ment is in place at the North Big Horn Hospital that al- lows patient room rates to be waived and specially trained volunteers to stay with the patients while they await a move to a state facil- ity or are awaiting the out- come of an evaluation. The task force has met three times with a focus on improving communication between the courts, county attorney, law enforcement, medical providers and men- tal health professionals with the best interest of the pa- tient in mind, according to Blackburn. The sheriff pointed out areas he feels need to be fol- lowed in the case of invol- untary detention with law enforcement being the first notified. Big Horn County and Prosecuting Attorney Geor- gia Antley Hunt or a dep- uty county attorney who is on call will be called next, which was a missing step in earlier processes. Next, Hunt and a health care professional will de- cide who will do the evalu- ation within 24 hours. From there, the patient is moved "to the best place to hold the individual," according to Blackburn. Another point of confu- sion that Blackburn said he has cleared up is that previ- ously providers were reluc- tant to forward a patient's medical file because of pos- sible HIPPA violations. He said, "The paperwork can follow the individual, even if they are sent to the jail." Medical costs for each patient will first be billed to private insurance, according to Blackburn, but the coun- ty is responsible for the per- son's care costs when on a Title 25 hold. Blackburn said another task force meeting will not be scheduled at this time and he would like all in- volved to use the draft poli- cy and see how it will work, according to minutes kept of the Feb. 9 meeting. vinyl Starting at 85 Fair board moves parade back to Saturday morning BY BRENDA TENBOER The Big Horn County Fair board of trustees met Monday evening in Basin and worked out a few re- maining scheduling issues for the 2010 county fair. Last month members decided to make some major schedule changes including moving the Jr. Livestock Sale to the new time slot of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6. The 2010 Big Horn County Fair Parade, which begins at the Basin Library, was moved to Friday after- noon at last month's board meeting, but after further consideration it was moved to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Fairgrounds manager Howard Gernant said a few details still needed to be firmed up but that a com- plete list of events will be available soon. Administrative assis- tant Vangi Hackney of Cow- ley produced a draft of the 2010 fair book, which she said will cost roughly $6 per book to print. That cost is up slightly from $5.50 last year, even though Hack- ney worked to condense the book. Hackney and Gernant are now working to sell advertising countywide to help cover costs to produce the 600 fair books. Mitch Shelhamer said the rodeo should be bigger and better than last year. "If things go according to plans, I'm hoping to have a lot more contestants and more events than team rop- ing and barrel racing in the slack," he said. Mutton busting will likely be added to the list of events and take place im- mediately prior to the ju- nior rodeo. Shelhamer said a group of young sheep riders could be released from the chutes at one time. Willie Bridges, vice- L chairman, said mutton busting is a crowd favorite- and a big spectator draw.,: The event is not timed and, helmets are required. Gernant reported th average fees charged for, concessionaires such as electric bull operators aver-:, age between $100 and $250 depending on whether elec- tricity is required. The board will make a decision on those fees ate: the next monthly meeting, which is 8 p.m. April 12, in Lovell. Shelhamer said he is working to put together a business plan to be used for grant applications and fund-. ing requests, but because the fair is "a different sort of animal" than most busi- nesses, he will rely on his-: torical information and fig- ures from the Hot Springs County Fair and others. The beginning cash balance in the county fair checking account was  -$2,652.12 but accounts re- ceivable totaled $15,285. After the February bills were paid in the amount of $7,545.97 the remaining balance was $5,086.91. Events scheduled in the main hall in March include an American Legion dinner March 13, Ag Expo March 19, 4-H carnival March 20, Farm Bureau banquet March 23, State Business. Council March 24, Ba- sin Chamber of Commerce swap meet March 27 and a wedding show on April 3. The board also voted to allow Kelly Mercer to orga- nize a prospect show and clinic for youth showing steers with the date to be announced at a later time. The board members vot- ed to end the regular session and convene into an execu- tive sesSioia: to discuss per-. sonnel Ratters and invited county Cdmmissioner Jerry. Ewen to join the meeting. Town Lunch Buffet $6 50 Tues. - Fri. 11 am - 2:30 pm Sat. & Sun. 11 am - 4 pm Dinner Buffet $8 99 Tues. - Fri. 4:30 - 9 pm Sat & Sun. 4- 9 pm 151 E. Coulter, Powell, 754-7924 Open Tues. - Sun. 11 am - 9 pm Carry-Out Available i::i::!::i::i::ii!