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14 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 11, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Fire department keeping busy with weed fires BY BRAD DEVEREAUX With' the weather hea- ting up and not a lot of moisture in the ground, area farmers are starting to burn their fields and, inevi- tably, the Big Horn Coun- ty Fire Protection District No. 1 is responding to a few out-of-control grass fires. The burning season is here earlier than last year, according to fire captain Bob Mangus. The depart- ment has been out to assist with three grass fires so far this spring. Mangus reminds those who are burning to first re- port their controlled burns to the Lovell Police Depart- ment at 548-2215. Calling in burns prevents the fire department from having to respond when a concerned passerby reports the fire. "It costs the depart- ment money every time we go out, whether we have to put out a fire or not," he said. Mangus recommends avoiding windy days to keep fires under control. He said raking debris away from power poles before burning is also a good idea. Someone should be present to monitor the fire while it's burning, he said. "Someone needs to watch the fire," Mangus BPD DWUX Lovell firefighters douse the flames that started on Bill Terrygs property and moved east to BLM land Monday. Firefighters urge area citizens to report any planned controlled burns to the Lovell Police Department before burning. said. "If it goes on to so- meone else's place, you're liable if it started on your property." He said if a controlled burn gets out of control, burners should not hesita- te to call the department if they think they could have a problem. Burning yard waste is currently not permitted wi- thin town limits. Burning in town is regulated by the DEQ. Mangus is the 2010 friend of the school BY BRAD DEVEREAUX In a world where there are many distractions and negative influences that could hinder students from reaching their full poten- tial, the Big Horn Coun- ty School District No. 2 is making sure that the peo- ple who have a positive im- pact on students are also acknowledged. The Lovell School Board recognized Keela Mangus Monday at their regular board meeting and present- ed her with the 2010 Friend of the School Award. Board members said Mangus has volunteered her personal time to the Bulldog Boost- er Club and has been an invaluable resource to the district over the years. Nancy Cerroni gave a presentation about the up- coming 2010-11 review that will be carried out by the North Central Association Commission on Accredita- tion and School Improve- ment. Cerroni said teams from the association would review all buildings in the coming months. The dis- trict's goal is to receive full accreditation at each build- ing, she said. Cerroni then gave an update on PAWS testing, which was scheduled to be- gin last week, but was fac- ing delays as of Monday because of glitches in the PAWS system. She said students were unable to log onto the tuto- rial program for PAWS on Thursday and Friday, and the school later learned it was a problem being expe- rienced by districts across the state. A small group of stu- dents was able to log in for the tutorial this week, she said. "It's a huge mental bur- den on everyone," Cerroni said. "The kids are poised and ready to go, and when they try to log in, it just says 'unable to load student data." Cerroni said the abnor- tiial testing circumstances would make her question the reliability of the scores received from PAWS next year. Chairman Judy Rich- ards agreed and said, "I question the authenticity of the scores if they're contin- ually put off." Cerroni said she was concerned about how the schedule changes would af- fect teachers, who were re- lying on PAWS as their les- son plan for the day. "They really stepped up to the plate to quickly re- group and bring in another lesson," she said. Supt. of Schools Dan Coe reported that Ron Massine was headed to the School Facilities Commis- sion meeting Tuesday in Casper and would report back about the meeting. Coe told the board that he would give a presenta- tion Monday at the Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce meeting about the conceptual plan for the LHS remodel project. RECOGNITION: The board recognized LMS students who did well at the MATHCOUNTS com- petition Feb. 24 in Powell (see related story). Keesha Savage was honored as the student of the month for March by the board. LHS principal Scott O'Tremba said Doug Hazen nominated Savage because of her exemplary work in his college algebra class. The board recognized Tyler Anderson whowas se- lected as a football scholar athlete for 2009 by the Na- tional Football Foundation Hall of Fame. His name will be inscribed at the National High School Football Hall of Fame in Indiana. In other action Monday, the board: oApproved a one-time only retirement offer for staff. To qualify an employee must be full-time and have a minimum of 20 years of ser- vice in the district. The one- time offer of $10,000 would be paid by the end of June, 2010, minus taxes. Qualified employees must submit a resignation letter to Supt. Coe no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 4 p.m. to take ad- vantage of the offer. Coe said school districts will not receive additional funds from the Wyoming Legislature, and though they are still waiting to see figures from the Wyoming Dept. of Education, the dis- trict will probably not be able to give salary raises this year. "This retirement offer can be made because it pays for itself," Coe wrote in an e-mail. "If a staff member with 20-plus years resigns then that position is either not filled, filled from within, or the incoming staff mem- ber has less experience, thus placed lower on the salary schedule." Members of the board decided to up the offer to $10,000 in an effort to at- tract more eligible employ- ees to take the early retire- ment offer. They said they offered a $5,000 early retire- ment bonus in recent years and didn't have many tak- ers. Approved the draft 2011-12 district calendar. The schedule will have to be changed to accommodate state and regional tourna- ments if the Wyoming High School Activities Association moves the district to class 3A, Coe said. *Approved a Joint Pow- ers Agreement with the Big Horn County Juvenile Ser- vices Board. Approved offering con- tracts to all current admin- istrators and supervisors. *Approved resignation letters from Kisha McAr- thur, Nancy Walker and Lee Meador effective the end of the schoolyear. Invitation to all members of Big Horn Rural Electric Company 71 st Annual Meeting Sat., March 13, 2010 Greybull High School Gym Company Reports will be presented. Registration- 9:45 a.m. Meeting- 11:00 a.m. Lunch- 12:00 p.m. Your Touchstone Energy' Cooperative Also, there wilt be great prizes and a GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for $250 credit on electric biLL WEAR A NEW ON ELECTION HAT DAY ...WORK AS AN ELECTION JUDGE Your county needs more election judges to work the polls for the 2010 elections. Requirements You must be a registered voter, reside in the county that hires you, attend a short training session Benefits Be a part of our democratic process, Earn a little extra money, Say hello to your neighbors I WE NEED YOU! I Call Dori Noyes, County Clerk 307-568-2357 Saturday, March 20 Big Horn County 4-H Carnival, 6 - 8 p.m., Big Horn County Fairgrounds. Saturday, March 27 Big Horn County Republican Lincoln Day dinner, Greybull Community Center, 5:30 meet the candidates, 6:15 dinner. BHC School District No. t Board, 2nd Thursday. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 7 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, Byron Town Hall, 7 p.m. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Compassionate Friends Support Group, last Wednesday, Long Term Care Center Conference Room, West Park Hospital, 7 p.m. Contact Melodye Trusty, 578-2416. Cowley Riding Club, 3rdMonday, 7 p.m. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm Lovell Guitar Club, Thursday, 8 pm. Call Steve, 548-7227. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Lions Club, 2ndFriday, noon; 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., 548- 2431. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 2nd Thursday, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. NAMI Big Horn County, lstThursday, 548-2431, 548-6865. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m, North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Horn Federal hos- pitality morn: Spokes-n-Folks, call 648-2431; 548-2883. TOPS @ WY169, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church base- ment in Powell, 6 p.m 754-2652, 664-2394 Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m, lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. VFW Meeting, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Horn County Annex bldg, Lovell. Veterans Representative, 1st Wednesday, Powell Workforce Center, 9 am - noon; 2nd Thursday Frannie Town Hall, 9 am - noon & Lovell Police Dept 1 - 4 pm; 3rd Friday, Greybull Town Hall, 9:30 - 1:30 am & Worland Workforce Center 12:30 - 2:30 pm. WyDOT Driver Licensing Facil- ity open in Lovell every Tues- day, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548- 2217 to list your club here. Sponsored by Rm LENDER FDIC Insured Big Horn Federal =, Gteybull, Powe]J, Tenopolis, Cod},, Worlan Love] "  .... tf I