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www.LovellChronicle.com April 22, 2010 The Lovell Chronicle I 3 00People @ the news Cowley news Cowley Lumber kicks off growing contest DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 Doug Larson is the new manager of Cowley Lumber and a welcome addition to the company. At this time he is staying with Rudy and Dorine, un- til his wife Vickie and his six children move to Cow- ley permanently in the first week of July. Doug is a graduate of Brigham Young Universi- ty with a B.S. in business management finance. He spent the first 15 years of his working life in life in- surance sales and as the VP of Business Develop- ment at Encore Window Coverings in Denver. He said he has always enjoyed building and has stayed active in the in- dustry by doing many side jobs. In Doug's spare time he coached basketball and baseball with his kids in Colorado. He decided to try to be active and form a local Little League Char- tered District in the Big Horn Basin and coach a 9-10-year-old baseball team here in Cowley. Doug's wife, Vicki, has been a full-time morn for the past 12-plus years and graduated from BYU with a degree in math educa- tion and a history minor. She taught high school ge- ometry, algebra and trigo- nometry prior to the birth of their first Child and looks forward to getting back to teaching again as soon as her children are old enough. Vicki is Dorine Strom's sister but Doug said he .ew00 ...... COURTESY PHOTO The staff at Cowley Lumber includes (l-r) Doug Arnold, Jennifer Massey and Curtis Hennrich. was sold on our commu- everybody knows you by nity when they visited the name when you come in, Cowley Corn Festival last or at least when you leave, year and the event began the store. with a prayer. He said they will con- "Wow, a community tinue to work to keep their that is not afraid to stand prices low and competi- up and be counted as a tive with the surrounding God-fearing community," Wyoming and Montana he said he thought during market and they value the event, customer input. Cowley Doug said he wants Lumber has an honest to build on the rich tradi- staff with Curtis Hen- tions of the company since nrich as the yard manag- its inception in 1982 by er and Jennifer Massey as Marguerite and the late the office manager. Moody Strom. They wish Doug said he is pleased to keep the small town to announce to all commu- business strengths and nities that they have an friendly service where extensive line of Burpee Garden seeds for vegeta- bles, flowers and herbs, along with seed start- er kits. They also have a small but growing lawn and garden section with rakes, shovels, hoes, gar- den/lawn hoses, sprin- klers and sprayers. To kick off their new line of garden seeds they are offering a great Pump- kin and Watermelon Con- test. Those interested can go to the lumber yard and register to participate by May 31. Prizes will be given for the largest pumpkin and watermelon grown from the lumber- yard's seeds. "Gardening is quick- ly becoming more than a hobby and is a source for reducing home budgets, teaching the law of the harvest and also provid- ing food storage," Mr. Lar- son said. Also in conjunction with their line of garden seeds they will have a BBQ propane tank exchange program. If you haven't used this service before, you just bring down your empty 20-pound propane tank and exchange it for a full one in a matter of minutes. The tank is the common size for most BBQ grills and small campers. The service is expected to begin around May 1. Doug stated, "If you haven't been in the store lately and thought we only offered lumber and nails then you really need to stop down and check us out as we offer a whole lot more." Lions club auction Saturday ber convinced the other council members that vol- unteers were available for the tasks and the decision to do away with a paid po- sition was made. Since that time the rec dept. has had four different directors who simply "burned out" or could not provide the neces- sary time to continue those events. Our current council is willing to negotiate on the prospect of a paid director, however, they would like to table the idea until after fi- nalizing the next budget. Around the first of the month, the 2010 Census packets were delivered. If you haven't taken the time to fill it out and mail it, I encourage you to do so. It doesn't even take 10 min- utes to fill it out and there is no cost for mailing. Even if you do not believe that the census does any good, do it anyway. Public funds are determined by the cen- sus. If there is any inclina- tion that it could possibly help our community, we as citizens owe it to ourselves to honor this simple civic duty. As always, have a great and safe week. GARY GRUELL 548-2220 The time for Byron Li- ons Club auction has come. The auction will be held this Saturday at the Byron Bar beginning at 6 p.m. The By- ton Bar has been accepting items this week with the ex- cepti0n of large items. Due to the full schedule of the Byron Bar, items are not being brought in until Fri- day or Saturday. With the installation of the new playground equip- ment at Jones Park, sever- al people have inquired as to what will become of the old equipment. The town council has decided to leave the old equipment in place along with the new equip- ment. The position of "ditch rider" for the irrigation sea- son has been withdrawn by the council. The council de- termined that the mainte- nance department, along with part-time help and youth work agreement par- ticipants, could provide the maintenance of the ditches at no additional cost to the town. There were six indi- viduals who submitted an application to fill the posi- tion. At last week's council meeting, the first reading of the raw water ordinance was conducted. Mayor Meier stated that prior to the final reading of the new ordinance, a public hearing will be held to explain the need of the ordinance and provide public input. The repercussions from the de- feated pipe delivery system at the special election last fall are now upon us. The current council inherited the nearly $200,000 in debt to the State Water Commis- sion, and with the commis- sion's denial of leniency to the debt, the town is faced with payment in full. It ap- pears that the council has no other option but to pass the debt to the users of the open ditches. The Byron School Facil- ity Committee met with the Big Horn County School Dis- trict No. 1 Board of Trust- ees at their regular meeting on April 7. The committee's main concern was taking possession of the cottage that is currently the Home Ec Building. They informed the school board that it was vital for the town to take possession of the building in order for Positive Progres- sions to operate during the reconstruction of the main facility, which may take up to two years to complete. The school board said that the cottage is consid- ered an asset to the district and it cannot be given away. They did, however, say that Positive Progressions will be able to use the cottage with a "no bail" contract for five years. If the cottage should become vacant for a period of time, it would go back to the district. There is some consider- ation about paying for the position of recreation direc- tor. Former Mayor Brooke Abraham did have a paid position for rec director. He, and the council at that time, knew the tremendous work- load of the director and only thought it fair to compen- sate for the countless hours served by the director. Dur- ing that time the recreation department provided open gym, swimming, weightlift- ing, dancing, arts and crafts and bake days, which took approximately 50 hours per week. A former councilmem- iiiiiiiiiiiil Get Growing,,, with Gary Emmett Hoping to out-hop the grasshoppers Signs of spring are starting to pop up in our area: Tu- lips are starting to show their color, willow trees are yel- lowing quite nicely and pansies can be planted outside without any thought to the nights that might still freeze. One cannot forget the other sign of spring, the tradi- tion of burning leaves, weeds and other dead material, followed by the occasional fire siren. Ahhh...the signs, sounds and smells of spring. Pretty soon, we will be scouring the ditch banks look- ing for the wild asparagus that most of us have grown to love. Just leave my patch alone down No Tell'em Lane. We will also be planting our gardens, hoping that a rouge frost won't take out our early endeavors of planting toma- toes too soon. Many people have stopped me and asked what can be planted this time of year. Here are a few items that can be planted early, but remember that the last average frost date is still in mid,May. As the ground is starting to warm, you can plant peas nice and early. Most root crops such as carrots, beets and radishes can be planted now also. I will also plant my broccoli and cabbages around this time, too. If we do get a hard frost, it can stunt the plants growth. Soon you can plant your potatoes, however, if the weather does call for a frost, be prepared to cover your potatoes if they have started to break out of the ground. I usually wait until the first of May for planting my pota- toes. We are just on the cusp of planting. Remember pa- tience. Unless you follow the old saying of plant early and plant often. Don't plant tomatoes, peppers, beans, or corn yet. It is way too early for them. t t  Now what do we do about the grasshoppers that plagued us last year? Reports indicate that this year might even be worse than last year. We know we had a problem last year and grasshopper outbreaks go in cycles, so this year we are still going to have it bad. Last year I used a biologi- cal control on the grasshop- pers called NOLO. This is an effective product when used at the correct time. Timing is es- sential in controlling grasshop- pers and understanding their life cycle and eating habits also helps. NOLO can be ordered off of the Internet from a compa- ny in Colorado. However, due to the severity of the grasshop- pers this year, I am going an- other route. I am following the suggestions of the Big Horn County Weed and Pest Control to use EcoBran Bait. ., coBran Bait is a bait at is laced or injected with a chemical called Carbaryl. lit is Metro Creative Connection a neurotoxin that, as the grass- hopper and other insects eat and/or come in contact with, at- tacks their neuro system and kills them. Being a granule, it must be applied to the ground. The bait attracts the bugs and the bugs will eat it. However, when rain or wa- tering takes place where the bait has been used, you have to re-apply EcoBran. Always read and understand the label and instruc- tions of how to use this product and all other chemicals. EcoBran bait can be purchased through the weed and pest department. For more information contact the office at 765-2855. This is best when applied before June 1 and the county has indicated that they don't know if they will be able to keep up with the demand. If you don't want to use this bait, you can still pur- chase a couple of other insecticides locally. Carbaryl, also known as Sevin, can be purchased as a liquid and also as a granule without the bait. Remember, that carbaryl is very deadly and toxic to honey bees and should be used with ex- treme caution. Grasshoppers are very mobile insects and the liquid chemical sprays are not very effective as a con- trol. Carbaryl will also breakdown within a few days and has to be re-applied again and again. Another insecticide that I like to use is a product that contains the chemical deltamethrin. This is a pyrethroid type of chemical and it is very safe around children and pets. It is a stable chemical that does not break down in the sunlight or when watered in. It offers great results as a granule control for most ground dwelling insects, includ- ing grasshoppers that have been hibernating in the soils and lawns. Make sure that you apply this to your lawn and surrounding area where you know the grasshoppers have been prior to their emergence. Again, make sure that you read, understand and follow the instructions for the chemicals that you use. Don't give up hope, or think that all ]s lost. There are many ways that you can enjoy your garden and yard this year without having grasshoppers jumping at your every step. If all else fails, catch some grasshoppers and go fish- ing. Open Burning The DEQ has approved a setback waiver for the Town of Lovell to conduct open burning between April 15 -June 20, 2010 with the following stipulations: 1. Each day before burning a person must call for approval from the Lovell Dispatch Center at 548-2215. 2. Burning on the north side of Main Street is permitted on even clays of the month. 3. Burning on the south side of Main Street is permitted on the odd days of the month. 4. Burning will be allowed from 7am to 4pm with all smoke and embers out by 6pm. 5. Only grass, leaves, weeds, limb and other vegetative material is to be burned. 6. No burning of garbage or other materials will be permitted. 7. Burning must be conducted in a manner to prevent the spread i of fire to other material.  To be able to burn in town is a privilege we are ., L  trying to preserve  A Please adhere to the above stipulations. Thank you, Town of Lovell I00m00miiidilIIlaJ00em|iIiIiII]||00iIIii IIIT:,!I |00100Tll!00IIi00l!IIi00II,