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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 15, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com S A busy April keeps everyone hopping A little bit about this and that on a sunny April day... Is it just me, or has April become one of our busiest months? It certainly is busy for our schools. I think everyone waits until after basketball season and then piles on the activities during April and May. The busy schedule keeps us news- paper types busy with track meets, golf David Peck tournaments, concerts, school musicals, proms and more. This Friday, for in- stance, there's the Riverside Track Meet during the day and the Rocky Mountain Prom that evening. Saturday brings the Lovell Middle School track meet, the Powell L.A. Kohnke high school track meet, the LHS Golf Tournament and a USA swimming meet at the Lovell pool. Oh, and there's the Ducks Unlimited banquet Saturday night. There was a band concert Tuesday in Lovell and a choir concert is set for tonight (Thursday). Busy, busy, busy. Next Saturday brings the LHS track meet, the Lovell USA Wrestling tournament and Earth Day events at Great West- ern Park. The Lovell Prom is April 30. All of these events drive track and field coaches certifi- ably batty. Whereas basketball, volleyball or football coaches usually have a full squad to work with, track coaches seem- ingly always are missing a few athletes on meet day, from tired prom goers or ACT-takers to music festival partici- pants. The DEQ Air Quality Division has granted the Town of Lovell a setback waiver for the spring open burning period but is requiring the town to sit down and discuss possible alternatives for the future. The DEQ also is holding the town to certain conditions the town offered up when requesting the waiver. Folks who want to burn need to pay attention to the conditions, the most important being that those wanting to burn on a given day must contact the Lovell Dispatch Cen- ter at 548-2215 to inform fire officials about their burning plans. Also, the agreement stipulates that those living north of Main Street may burn on even calendar dates and those living south of Main may burn on odd calendar dates. The south side can beginbuning today. ........ : .... The good news :is that-he buring will be spread out::: over a two-month perlod which should actually ease the ef- fects on those with lung conditions, but here's hoping that the town will continue to investigate a number of alterna- tives to burning. It's too bad Big Horn County Solid Waste will not allow free dumping of yard waste at the county landfills. Maybe it would be a better idea to spread burning out over an even longer period of time. And perhaps there could be limited burning permits issued on a first-come, first- served basis, thereby limiting the concentration of smoke on any given weekend. I am not a fan of professional golf, but it did my heart good to see a nice guy like Phil Mickelson win his third Mas- ters Golf Tournament with his wife Amy - fighting breast cancer - at his side as he finished the course en route to receiving the famous Green Jacket. What a contrast it was to see a family man win the tournament when all the me- dia attention was focused on Tiger Woods and his return to competition following multiple admitted dalliances. Sometimes the good guys win after all. Hats off to Lefty. 2889 MEMSE8 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, ManNyn Layne, Kymbre Moorehead, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Big Horn and Park Counties $25. In Wyoming $35 Outside Wyoming $40 Single py :7 I'VE ALWAYS WANTEDTO BE A WRITER: OF GREAT FICTION - THI00N LAST NIGHT WHEN I WAS DOIN' hW TAXES... I II Letters to the editor Old hospital land should be used for senior citizens but not low.income housing Editor, I am writing to voice my opin- ion on the recent proposal to re- move the old hospital and replace it with low-income housing. I believe the Town of Lovell would benefit far more from a project directly related to senior citizens: a new senior citizen cen- ter, a transitional facility for se- niors (no longer able to maintain their own home but not ready to enter a nursing home) or profes- sional offices/facilities related to healthcare. Senior citizens (especially people looking for an attractive town to retire to) are good town business. Retirees and senior citizens do not cause problems in a well established neighbor- hood. However, once a housing or apartment project is designated "low-income," even if seniors have initial priority, it opens the door to an environment that will low- er existing property values and eventually chase retirees and se- niors away. Ron McClure Enjoying our new life in Lovell Dear Editor, We've been in Wyoming since near the end of 2009 after relocating from S.W. Oregon, and find the Town of Lovell to our lik- ing, except for the lack of a fine dinner restaurant. But we're not :starving. ':': The geology of this area is amazing. I find myself compar- ing it to many locales I've visited or lived in. There is a strong re- semblance in some places here to Eastern Oregon, parts of San Diego County, pieces of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, among others. One habit I've had to break here is picking up empty cans and bottles for the deposit, although I sometimes pick them up because of the Felix Unger (The Odd Cou- ple) neatnik influence. Oregon has its Bottle Bill (not a cowboy relat- ed to Pecos Bill), and lots of folks, including youth groups, make a few bucks by collecting said con- tainers. They're worth a nickel each. Stores have machines that accept them and print a receipt, which is cashed inside the store. Because of the Bottle Bill you will not find many empty containers along roadways or on vacant lots. Of course, it's a pain for the stores because the collection bins inside the machines have to be emptied periodically. And people are rough with the machines, of- ten damaging them. Before the installation of the machines, the empties were counted manual- ly by store employees, and that was quite messy. Sometimes it's a pain for customers with a few containers because of the people who show up with the bed of their pickup trucks full of cans and bot- tles. Overall, Lovell is well ... love- ly, although like so many small towns, it seems to be suffering from the stumbling economy. And I don't want to talk about the so- called economic stimulus because of my _heart condition. I see the same ecnomlc situatio in the city from which we moved, Cave Junction...stores closed or elo- ing, unemployment rising. It's not a good situation. We've noticed that people in this part of the world are way friendly. They smile, wave, say "Howdy." It feels good. People up here also are more independent than the people we've encountered in other locales, and we like that. We wanted to live in a sparse- ly populated red state, so here we are. No complaints; just thinking God, guns and grub. And remem- ber, next year, these will be the good old days. Bob Rodriguez Our hopes were dashed by animal shelter Dear Editor, We recently had an experience with the animal shelter in Powell that I wanted to share. We went in to look for a new dog. We found a shepherd mix that they had just brought in and immediately fell in love with him. We waited two weeks to be able to pick him up and bring him home. We visited the shelter several times during the weeks we were waiting with our 4-year-old son. He would take treats for him and named him Yu- kon. When we returned on the day we were told we could pick him up we were told that there was a mix- up in the vet appointments and we would need to wait another week. At this time for the first time after waiting two weeks and letting my 4-year-old son become attached I was told that there were oth- ers also interested in the puppy and that they would need to talk about it and decide who would get him. This was the first time I was told about this and had I known this could happen and this shel- ter did not run on a first-come ba- sis and ran on a "we decide who we like better or who knows who" to decide who gets the pet I would not have allowed my 4-year-old to become attached to the puppy. I also found being told he had not been neutered odd as we had been to the shelter earlier to see him through the fence and was certain it looked like he had been neutered. I thought there was something funny going on so I called a friend to go to the shel- ter and inquire about the dog. My friend got to the shelter within an hour of when we had been there and our puppy was gone. He had been given to someone else right after we left and after we were told we had to wait another week so he could be neutered. My 4-year-old son had already become attached to the dog, had named him and was planning on bringing him home. My son cried all the way back to Byron because he could not have his Yukon. When contacting the shelter the next day the worker was still not honest about anything and so I contacted one of the shelters board members. In the end we were offered another dog of our choice at no charge. But does giv- ing us another dog really make up for breaking the heart of a 4-year- old little boy and the deceptive be- havior of the shelter worker? Upon talking to others it ap- pears as though when you go to the shelter the worker will sug- gest a pet she thinks is right for you, but if you choose another then it appears as though you get an attitude for picking your own pet. A shelter is set up for people to go and choose a new pet, not a place for you to go and have your pet chosen for you. It is also very unfair to make a 4-year-old little boy wait two weeks for a puppy he was allowed to become attached to, only to turn around and give the puppy to someone else. Is this really the way a shelter trying to place pets should be run? In my opinion there is something wrong with the way things are be- ing done and maybe this needs to be evaluated and changes made so that more people will visit the shelter and perhaps more pets can be placed. No one wants to be told what pet they should have and no one wants to get an attitude if they make their own decision. After thought--we are no lon- ger in need of another pet as since this incident we ended up rescu- ing a severely abused German shepherd from a rescue organiza- tion in Billings. She has a great new home and our son has a new best friend. Cheri Abraham Byron Editor's note: When contacted, officials from the Powell ani- mal shelter said that in many cases there are more than one person on an adoption list and that Cheri was not first on the list. Letters to the editor The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers are limited to two letters in any 30 day period. .............. All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell,  82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E, Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline wil:l be enforced .....