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www. LovellChronicle.com April 22, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 PLAN Harvey said Stewart agreed to not ticket viola- tors for the time being and Harvey and Grant urged him to hold another public meeting so that interested citizens who were part of the process three years ear- lier could understand why the comments given then were not incorporated into the final plan and why mil- lions of federal dollars were spent for public land that could not be easily accessed from the east. The BLM agreed to host last Thursday's meeting. At first, Harvey said, the agency simply scheduled an open house for looking at maps and making com- ments, but Harvey said "we knew from the last meeting that the comments, if not written down, would not be included in the plan," add- ing, "We wanted a public meeting with open dialogue where people could voice their opinions and know that they were heard." The BLM then added a question-and-answer ses- sion to the meeting Thurs- day, and each question and comment was written down. Harvey said the BLM has agreed to hear the com- ments and modify the plan. During the open house portion of Thursday's meet- ing, Grant said he is pleased that the BLM was willing to open the plan back up, take comments and modify the plan. "I appreciate them. Mike Stewart has been great," Grant said. "They're going to modify it almost back to where we thought we had left it. They're tak- ing notes at the tables (with the maps), and they've nev- er done that before. They're putting sticky notes on fa- vorite roads. I really appre- ciate what they're doing." The compromise on Mexican Hill will allow the road on the west end of the hill to re-open, but the roads over the top will re- naiil sed d'rsion, Graii said. Wl:immons Canyon road is more prob- lematic, he said. Q&A During the question and answer period Thurs- day, Stewart opened by say- ing the decision on the trav- el plan was signed in 2006, but the BLM finally had the money to purchase signs in 2009 and then started to implement the plan. When people started seeing the signs, he said he started re- ceiving feedback to the tune of, "What happened? You're closing off the mountain." He said he scheduled the Thursday meeting to ask, "Did we miss something? Should that road have been left open?" or to hear, "The one didn't make sense to me." As the questions began, Ethan Brost asked why roads were being closed, Continued from page 1 and Stewart said the cri- teria are spelled out in the travel management plan. Specifically, he said, the short roads in the Mexican Hill area were closed due to erosion concerns. Randy Armstrong said it makes no sense to close the Simmons Canyon road, which he said has always been a good access road for hunting and is needed for game retrieval. He said the area doesn't have much feed anyway and is mostly rock and timber. Stewart said the Sim- mons Canyon area does provide a safe area for elk and does provide cover, not- ing that the road was closed to motorized traffic to pro- vide an area with security for elk and to provide an op- portunity for hunters who like a primitive hunting ex- perience. Ethan Brost suggest- ed that the road could be closed during calving sea- son and then opened back up during hunting season. "What's the difference between a four-wheeler go- ing in there or someone walking in and shooting at them?, Brost asked. "I un- derstand that you have to leave it closed a little longer during the calving season." Armstrong said that most elk are just passing through the area anyway and when the first shots are fired will drop into Devil's Canyon. Terry Brost said that many people don't have ac- cess to horses and due to age or physical problems can't move a harvested elk uphill to the road that would be left open. He said they could get an elk to an ATV if the Simmons Can- yon were to be left open, but closing the road makes it impossible for many to hunt in that area "because of in- firmities." Stewart noted that some areas have game re- trieval roads that are only open certain hoprs, noting, "I have seen it work in Mon- tana." "That wouldn't be a bad solution for that area," Bro- st noted. "I like the idea of a game retrieval time. That makes sense to me." Harvey noted that some roads, like the Simmons Canyon Road, simply pro- vide access to some truly beautiful country and said it would be a shame if the public could not reach cer- tain areas. The topic of enforce- ment came up, and some wondered if game retriev- al times would be on the honor system. One person mentioned that in the Jack- son area as many people as needed can enter an area to retrieve an animal, but they cannot hunt. Someone sug- gested that a hefty fine is needed. Stewart said the road could be signed rather than gated, with an emphasis on enforcement during key times. Jerry Altermatt not- ed, however, that some- one merely having to open a gate during road-closed times might make them think twice. Suggested retrieval times included 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 10 a.m, to 1 p.m. and then again right after dark. "We need to enforce it ourselves," Grant said. "If we don't the roads will be closed. We'll lose some roads if we don't enforce it." But Armstrong asked how to enforce a road-closed rule with an unknown par- ty. "Do you take a photo?" he asked. "You can't con- front 'em." Stewart said to call the BLM and they would re- spond. BLM Wind River/Big Horn Basin District Manag- er Eddie Bateson said every- one is going to have to work together on Little Moun- tain on management and enforcement, with BLM, the Game and Fish, the Big Horn County Sheriffs office and the public working on enforcement as a group. Harvey said bear hunt- ers want to place their bait before May 1, but the sea- sonal closure lasts through April 30. She asked if a spe- cial permit could be issued just to the few bear hunt- ers. Bateson said limited exceptions could be grant- ed in consultation with the Game and Fish. Other issues discussed included: Prescribed burns on Little Mountain. Opening up more of the area by purchasing the Lowemiller Ranch. Access to the Devil's Canyon Road. The availability of a travel map for Little Moun- tain. Grant said he would like to post a large, updated map at the fire hall. ! FRIENDS Continued from page 1 path led him to Los Ange- les, where he appeared in feature films such as the X- Files and television shows like Just Shoot Me and the Jamie Foxx Show. Traywick also appeared on the Disney Channel in a cable television movie op- posite Beau Bridges and in numerous national commer- cials for companies like Mc- Donald's and Circuit City. Soon after meeting his future wife, Traywick left "the biz" to pursue a degree. He is currently working in the Organizational Devel- opment Dept. at the Bill- ings Clinic. Hutchinson to deploy Kris Hutchinson, a 2009 graduate of Lovell High School, has joined the Unit- KRIS HUTCHINSON ed States Army Infantry. Hutchinson completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., where his training was a combina- tion of both basic and ad- vance training due to his status as an infantryman. While there, he had to go on 12-mile marches with a 60-pound backpack. Sol- diers learned advanced ri- fle marksmanship, close quarter combat and combat drills. Upon finishing basic training, Hutchinson was given his first duty station, joining the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. He will be deploying some- time in May to Afghani- stan. FOUND! Found dogs are usually lost dogs. Make someone really happy ... place a classified ad in the Lovell Chronicle to find his owner today. The Lovell Chronicle 548-2217 Local classified ads just $2/week Volunteers at the New Horizons Care Center were honored for their gracious work throughout the year at a volunteer appreciation luncheon Tuesday. Pictured are (back row, l-r) Janice Mangus, Elaine Splan, Judy Quarles, Lorna Fowler, Arlene Ross (front row, l-r) Dorothy Winterholler, Kathy Harrison, Marian Leonhardt, Janice Allen and Rose Tippetts. Thanks to all the.reat volunteers at New Horizons Care Center anti North 15i Horn Hospital. We appreciateall tha} 9ou clo! 1115 Lane 12 .,"f_OV' 548-5200". 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