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*******************ALL FOR ADC 980 350 00-00-00 37P liT SMAL.LTOWN PAPERS INC. **C006 5()26 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEAITLE WA 98].36-1208 ll,l,,l,,l,,,,ll,,ll,,lh,,,,ll,J,lll,,J,,h,,l,IJl,,,h,ll Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 DEQ allows open burning with restrictions BY DAVID PECK Given the go-ahead by the Wyoming Dept. of En- vironmental Quality, the Lovell Town Council vot- ed this week to approve a spring open burning period, though there are restric- tions. Open burning will be- gin today (Thursday, April 15) and will run through Thursday, June 10. The DEQ granted a setback waiver on April 8. As the town council started debate on Resolu- tion 2010-5 - the typical resolution passed over the years by the council -- dur- ing Monday's regular April council meeting, Council- man Scott Allred said he liked the idea of spreading out the burning period so smoke won't be concentrat- ed on certain days. Councilman Brian Dickson then noted that the letter from the DEQ allow- ing the open burning period not only requires the town to meet with the DEQ with- in 45 days of the April 8 let- ter to form a plan to comply with Wyoming Air Quality Regulations but also to fol- low certain restrictions the town had offered in a March 19 letter from Lovell Town Administrator Bart Grant to DEQ Air Quality Direc- tor Greg Meeker. "As I understand this letter, we're bound by this plan," Dickson said. Attor- ney Sandra Kitchen agreed with Dickson, noting, "You have to include them all (the conditions in the Grant letter). You have no author- ity to waver from the let- ter." Some of the conditions are included in the origi- nal resolution, but some are new. The conditions in- clude: mml A. To promote good dis- persion techniques, burn- ing is to be conducted only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. A burn-down pe- riod will be permitted, how- ever all smoke and embers shall be extinguished by 6 p.m. B. The Town will be di- vided into two areas, north of Main Street and south of Main Street. Burn days will be alternated. The north area will be permitted to burn on even calendar days and the south area allowed to burn on odd days. C. Only leaves, limbs, grass clippings, weeds, brush and other forestry type waste may be burned. No other type of garbage or refuse will be permitted. D. Burning is to be lo- cated in a manner to pre- clude the spread of fire to other materials. See 'BURNING,' page 8 Thursday, April 15, 2010 Volume 104, Number 44 Concert season begins Members of the Lovell High School band play during a pre-festival concert Tuesday at the LHS band room. Pictured are (l-r) Rochelle Henton, Shyann Wilske and Tony Rodriguez. DAVm lCK Wyoming State Auditor Rita Meyer spoke about her pride in Wyoming and America's men and women in uniform during her keynote address at the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Community Banquet Friday night. Chamber banquet Meyer honors veterans, Wyoming people BY DAVID PECK Members of the Lovell Area Cham- ber of Commerce gathered for their annual community banquet Friday night at the Lovell Community Cen- ter, enjoying good food and good com- pany, presenting annual awards and hearing from Wyoming State Auditor Rita Meyer, who spoke about Wyo- ming's pride in those who serve in the military. The evening included the pre- Sentation of the annual outstanding educator and citizen awards (see re- lated stories). Rocky Mountain El- ementary School first-grade teacher Chris Townsend was noted as the Dis- trict One outstanding educator, al- though she could not be present to re- ceive the award. LHS Principal Scott O'Tremba then presented the District Two Outstanding Educator Award to LHS special education teacher Karen Wardell. Ray Peterson of Cowley then ac- cepted the Outstanding Citizen Award. The evening also included re- marks by outgoing Chamber Presi- dent Bart Grant, who listed many of the programs and accomplishments of the Chamber during 2009 and early 2010 including a new slogan for the Chamber: "Your Outdoor Adventure Starts Here," a project to rework the billboard west of Greybull, repairing the information kiosk at the Bighorn Canyon NRA visitor center, the "great turnout" for the Holiday Mingle, the annual Christmas Lighting Contest and the addition of a downtown light- ing award, and more. Grant thanked Chamber Director Suzanne Winterholler for the work she puts in throughout the year for the Chamber. MEYER SPEECH Before getting to her main topic, Meyer began by saying she appreci- ates the leadership of the Chamber for putting together Friday's program, and she also noted the "fabulous" leg- islators north Big Horn County enjoys in Sen. Ray Peterson and Rep. Elaine Harvey. During her keynote address, Mey- er spoke about her pride in the men and women who serve in the U.S. mil- itary, but she said that without the families and communities that sup- port them, "it would be difficult, if not impossible, for them to serve." She added, "Thank you for what your community does to support our men and women in uniform." Meyer noted that Lovell and other Big Horn Basin communities under- stand what it's like to send young men and women into war, "because you've been doing it for over 100 years." A year ago, she said, Wyoming people said goodbye to more than 700 Wyo- ming National Guardsmen for their deployment and who have now, "by the grace of God, returned safely home." Servicemen and women, she said, take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and do- mestic, and the unspoken part of that oath is a willingness, when called, "to lay down one's own life to protect and secure certain freedoms for others." Every generation has found Americans with courage equal to the tasks of our country, Meyer said, and she said the farms, ranches and small towns of Wyoming have always pro- duced an abundance of young men and W0.en willing to assume the dis- cipline and duty of military life, "the kind of men and women and families we see here tonight." "No one has the ability to under- stand how or why the spirit of a patri- ot takes roots in the heart and mind of an individual," Meyer said. "But I tru- ly believe there must be something in the Wyoming wind that nurtures the spirit of patriots because our young men and women continue to willingly and honorably answer the call to mili- tary service." Meyer said she read a New York Times article recently that said it was time to "wind down talk about the tragedy of 9-11," implying that Ameri, cans are growing weary remembering the events of that day. "I believe we need to do just the opposite," Meyer said. "I believe we need to turn up, not down, the volume of rhetoric and action against the face See 'CHAMBER' page 8 Lovell boy recovering from discus blow BY DAVID PECK A Lovell seventh-grader was ex- pected to return home this week af- ter undergoing emergency surgery in Denver Saturday to repair his skull af- ter he was stuck in the head by a dis- cus during the Powell middle school track meet that morning. CJ Murphey, son of Scott and Shel- ley Murphey of Lovell, was waiting in line to take his turn during the discus competition around 9:30 a.m. Satur- day when an errant throw by a fellow competitor struck him "point blank" on the head, Scott Murphey said. The discus struck CJ on the right side of the head above the temple, Scott said, above the major arter- ies that run through the temple and about even with his hairline. CJ was rushed to the Powell Hos- pital, and at first it was thought that he could be treated there, but then emergency medical workers realized the damage was greater than they first thought. "They realized it (the depression) was deeper than that," Scott said. "He had a pretty big brain bruise. It got into the dermis - the lining of the brain and a little portion of the brain, creating a little void. There was no brain swelling but avoiding infection is key." The impact caved in a portion of CJs head a little larger than a sil- ver dollar, Scott said. He said his son doesn't remember the impact but oth- er than that has no short-term mem- ory loss. "He can tell you the whole story," Scott said. CJ was stabilized at the Powell Hospital and taken to the Powell Air- port, where a medical emergency air- plane from St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings had landed. CJ and Shelley were flown to Denver and transport- ed to The Children's Hospital in Au- rora, a facility that is about two years old, Scott said. He got to the hospital around 1 or 2 p.m. "He was met by the trauma team for a quick assessment, and it was very positive, but serious," Scott said. "They wanted to get the pressure off his brain because of the depression." CJ went into surgery around 2:30 or 3 and came out around 6:45, Scott said. The surgical team relieved the pressure and took out some small bone chips. They then screwed in a titanium plate and stapled him up, Scott said, adding that the doctors left almost all of his hair intact. During all of the morning dra- ma, Scott was heading to Lovell with members of the Lovell FFA Chapter who had been attending the state con- vention in Cheyenne. At first, he fig- ured on seeing CJ in Powell, but when the bus was around Wheatland, Scott was informed that CJ would be taken to Denver. Scott was heading in the wrong direction but knew he had to get the FFA students home. Dale Walker vol- unteered to meet the bus with Scott's Suburban and trade vehicles, taking the students on to Lovell while Scott made an about face. The two vehicles met near Moneta and Scott hurried on to Denver, driving straight through as fast as he dared. ICU was closed when he arrived, then reopened around 7:45 p.m., he said, when he was able to see his boy. Meanwhile, Shelley was getting support from her sister, Kenna Steele, and niece Tommi Osburn, who drove from Casper to be with Shelley. Back home, oldest son Jonathan was taking care of his younger brothers Jake and Trace. Since the surgery, CJ has been making remarkable progress, Scott said. There have been some ups and downs, but while doctors thought ini- tially that he would return home no sooner than Friday, by Monday night they were saying he could be released See 'CJ,' page 8 Rocky Mountain hosts junior prom Friday night BY DAVID PECK "Out on the Town" is the theme of the Rocky Mountain High School Junior Prom, which will take place this Friday night for the final time at the RMHS Gym in Byron. According to junior class sponsor Geranne Ras- mussen, the prom will run from 8:30 p.m. to mid- night with the grand march scheduled for 9 p.m., fol- lowed by the annual promenade and the crowning of the junior prom royalty. Prom costs $7 per person or $10 per couple, and spectators attending the grand march will be charged $3 each. Spectators are asked to come in the back door behind the school next to the boys locker room. Colors for the 2010 prom are black and silver with a little red, Rasmussen said. Students were to be decorating after school all week, she said. Students are invited to attend a practice tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the DJ "Enigma" of Powell, and the photographer is Pistachio Alley of Powell. Sally Bernhisel, Teddie Tippetts and Emily Sim- mons have choreographed and taught the prome- nade. The junior class sponsors, along with Rasmus- sen, are Dave Beemer, Richard Mayes and Berta Newton. Following the prom there will be a bowling party at Victory Lanes from 12:30 to 2 a.m. with parental chaperones on hand. The Lovel Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com @ III I I IIIIIIIIIIII1' III I IIII1' II III III1[11111 IIIII II . IIIUI!I!UljIII!I!LI!U III _ II11111 Ill 1111 II - _ _- .................................. IlIM--: ....... I1