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"F 12 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 30, 2015 + Stopping by the Georgia-Pacific display during the Lovell Earth Day festivities on April 18 at Constitution Park and visiting with G-P representative Brooke Fink were (l-r) Casey, Sarah' and Emma McNiven, Isabella Gallagher and Celecia Gallagher. At the right, Ben Zeller cruises along in the Earth Day Fun Run. DAVID PECK PHOTOS Grow Big Horn County talks strategy with county BY BARBARA ANNE GREENE Grow Big Horn Coun- ty Director Sue Taylor met with the Big Horn County Commissioners April 7 to re- view the economic develop- ment organization's request for guidance on projects and priorities moving forward. Taylor said there was nothing pressing but want- ed to remind the commis- sioners that they had not re- turned the survey she asked them to fill out in February and was due back by March 24. Taylor said it was hard to work on the action plan without knowing what the commissioners would like from them. Taylor asked the ques- tions on the survey to the commissioners to get their input. The first question was: "What do you feel are your top three projects for this upcoming fiscal year?" The answers did not have to be in order of importance. Commissioner Jerry Ewen's response: Tourism and Recreation Develop- ment, Business Directory. Commissioner John Hyde: Courthouse securi- ty, Natural Resource Plan, grant writing. Ewen discussed how im- portant the travel dollars are to the economy, especial- ly with the drop in oil and gas prices. His comment on the business directory was that he wasn't sure how it would work with businesses coming and going. He added that the chambers, the coun- ty and the Big Horn Moun- tain Country Coalition do have web sites and that peo- ple are turning to the Inter- net to find what they need. Hyde expressed that the Natural Resource Plan was going to have a huge eco- nomic impact on the county and that it would impact in- dustry, recreation and qual- ity of life. Ewen added that the new travel management plan for the BLM in the Big Horn Basin would also have an impact. He said that he would take courthouse security off the table as far as economic development since that was a project that had to be done in house. "I'm looking at grant writing. As poor as a coun- ty as we are, with the needs that we have as far as the county goes, t wish we had a little better access to grant writing skills." Taylor said that grant writing was an area that she is capable of doing. It just depends on how many she is asked to do at one time. "One of the things that we prefer doing as an or- ganization is we like writ- ing them," she said. "That's great, that's fine, that's good. When it comes to the financial management we would prefer Lori (Small- wood) handle it." Commissioner Felix Carrizales asked who wrote the North Big Horn Coun- ty Hospital District grant. Taylor said she thinks Janet Koritnik. He followed up by asking if most people like to write their own grants. Tay- lor answered that it is all over the place. "We've been asked for some input from time to time," Taylor said. "Linda Harp was working on one for Cowley. She sat down in the office and we went through it. I made a few suggestions. So that worked well. When it comes to private non-prof- its the direction is one of where to look and how to get started." She said that she had worked on some for the Town of Lovell for quite some time and one for Byron that didn't get submitted for a couple of different reasons. "I fully intend and my board fully intends for me to be more involved with the government bodies in writ- ing the grants," she said. "Of those four proj- ects that are mentioned, if you had to put a priority on which was most important would you say that the Nat- ural Resource Plan would be the most important?" Tay- lor asked. Ewen said, "Yes, along with the travel man- agement plan. Travel, tour- ism and recreation would rank very high. We have to have access to public lands." Hyde said he would put grant writing as a priority. The second question put to the commissioners was, "How can our organization be more helpful to the com- missioners?" Carrizales said that the chambers do a lot without a lot a funding and wanted to know if Taylor could work with the cham- bers. Taylor said she was waiting to hear back from the chambers on a survey that was sent out to them "to find out what they think they are best at and what they would like to do and how we can complement what is going on. So that really is what we are form- ing our basis of roles and responsibilities. We want to be very clearly defined so we are not stepping on anybody's toes and we don't have any gaps." Question three was, "What would be your mea- sure of success for our orga- nization? Determine if you have received a return on your investment." Hyde said tangible re- sults. Ewen said going back and looking at questions one and two and seeing how they did. "Sometimes with eco- nomic development it is not a week to week, month to month success story," Tay- lor said. "Sometimes it is a long-term investment sim- ilar to a retirement fund. You know it is building the momentum. And if and when we choose to look at that quarter cent sales tax everything we have done up to when it is on the bal- lot will help us to determine if we have been successful. And if you are going to ask for us to write some grants for you, the success of those grants is going to be anoth- er way to determine success, I guess." Carrizales asked what she wanted from the com- missioners and what was the financial relationship. Taylor answered none in the commissioners current fiscal year, although Ewen did point out that the county did help with a match for the strategic plan. Taylor added, "That is why we are asking for some July 1. One other time, five or six years ago, there was a one- time, $10,000 amount paid to the organization." "Where is Grow Big Horn County getting their funding?" Carrizales asked. "Since we started, roughly 90 percent has come from the Town of Lovell," Taylor said. "Ten percent has been private donations. This fiscal year that we are in we also received monetary contributions from the town of Greybull and Burlington." Taylor said this has been a transition year as she has been weekly in Greybull and doing legwork for oth- er communities, mostly on Lovell's dime. Carrizales asked if Taylor knew what was going on in Basin. She indicated she did not. "I have not been actively working in Basin," she said. "We have made an offer with them in the past to have UW write a business plan for a restaurant. Since our fund- ing did not come from them we did not actively pursue that." Ewen asked if Taylor was going to initiate some efforts toward the quarter cent economic development sales tax. She answered, "If we are funded, yes. It is re- ally what it comes down to. I think all the elected officials throughout the county can see that we can't make that happen without continuing effort. At each of the for- mal request meetings with the councils, we have talked about it." Taylor also discussed a shop local campaign that would focus on businesses giving a 9 percent discount to local shoppers one day a week and a proposal the mayor of Greybull has about adopting the principals of the Main Street Program. "We are still undecided on how that is going to pro- ceed in Greybull," she said. NEUROLOGY Allen Gee, M.D. May 1 1-307-578-1985 PODIATRY Big Horn Foot Clinic May 6 & 21 1-888-950-9191 MIDWIFE f i f rth B+g orn osp tal +str+ct 1115 Lane 12, Lovell, WY- 548-5200 www.nbhh.eom CARDIOLOGY K. Scott-Tillery, M.D. Please use the clinician's May5 phone number as listed to 1-406-238-2000 GENERALSOR6Ei 'Y schedule an appointment. Charlie Welch, M.D. May 12 ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT the North Big Horn Hospital and New Horizons Care ORTHOPEDICS Center provide services to persons utilizing Sharae Bischoff, APRN May 13 1-307-754-7770 DERMATOLOGY Jared Lund, M.D. June 1-800-332-7156 Jared Lee, M.D. May 26 1-307-578-1955 FOOT CLINIC 307-548-5226 for appointment and information the facilities without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion or handicap. www.nbhh.com Harvey explains BY PATrl CARPENTER Medicaid expansion failed in both the House and the Senate, leaving hospital administrators across the state wondering how continued write-offs for bad debt and charity care will affect their orga- nizations in the future. Representative Elaine Harvey made an attempt to answer that question during an unscheduled visit to the Board of Di- rectors of North Big Horn Hospital at their regularly scheduled meeting held on April 21. Harvey said though many hospital administra- tors contacted her during the session expressing their desire for Medicaid expansion in the state, the "numbers just didn't add up." She said the reason it failed was because it did not include "cost controls." She said many legislators wanted to see an enroll- ment period requirement, a health savings account component and/or a work requirement as a means of L . II;.--a J 1~ ~t- {he federal government would not allow those provisions. "The sentiment in gen- eral was that we weren't incentivizing people to better themselves," said Harvey. She explained that when expansion began to fail in the Senate, alter- native ideas were present- ed to help hospitals cover some of their costs for char- ity care. One idea present- ed by Sen. Ray Peterson of Cowley did pass, provid- ing much needed funding to small hospitals through- out the state. NBHH re- ceived about $200,000 of that funding. Harvey noted that five small hospitals in the state having less than 100 days worth of cash on hand and one hospital having less than 19 days cash on hand benefited from some additional funding made options to NBHH available through a hospi- tal endowment fund. Since NBHH was in a better fi- nancial position than those hospitals, it did not benefit from that fund. Harvey explained that this was always intend- ed to be a one-time fix and that many other ideas are currently in the works that may provide more long- term relief. "This didn't cover the more than $1 million you have in uncompensated charity care," she said. "We know that, but we hope it will help keep you alive." She said one of the benefits of the Medicaid ex- pansion discussion in the legislature is that it drew a lot of interest in the finan- cial diff~culties hospitals are facing throughout the state. "It's the first time we had senators get truly se- rious about the true effects of ACA (Affordable Care Act) and what it's going to do to hospitals and what it's going to do to patients and what it's going to do to uninsured people and em- ployers who cannot afford to buy insurance for their employees." She noted that the spotlight was on hospitals during the session and out of that session came two committees that will take a deep look at hospitals in the coming months. She said some of the ideas being discussed in- clude a i mill levy state- wide, having mandato- ry mill levies in certain districts and using sales tax dollars to support hospitals. "In the end, whether we have Medicaid expan- sion or not, our hospitals are the last door that many people have," she said. "We do not want to close that door." She said extensive study is already in progress to come up with a solution to the problem that works in the State of Wyoming. Cafe presents NOnTalCoh lic drinkI specials, Cable TV, Pool, Darts, Touchtone music ::coming soon 'Environment, Food Available Karaoke EveryThursday 5 PM - 9 PM by Kitty's Party Productions Tues: -Thurs. 10 AM - 8 PM Fri.-Sat. 10 AM - 9 PM Sun. 8 AM - 2 PM 3t E. Main St Cowley WY 307-548-2990 Now through May3h Open burning allowed in Town of Lovell. See rules in the advertisement in this week's paper. CLUB and BOARD MEETINGS BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Tuesday, board room, 7 p.m. 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. - l p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospec- tors Association of America, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, lstMonday, Extension Office on Hwy. 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 p.m W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m NHCC multi-purpose room. Community Garden Club, 2nd Thursday, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m 307-664-2235. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce gen- eral membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, place tba. Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospital- ity Room, 7 pm. Friends of the Library, 2nd Wednesday, Lovell Library, 5:00 p.m. Contact Linda Mangus, 548-2031 Lovell Library Family History Time, ev- ery Monday, 1-4 p.m. Loveli Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. FDIC Insured Lovell Riders, lnc. meeting, 1st Friday, 7' p.m call 548-9918 for location. 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. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. North Big Horn Hospital Hometown Healthy Living, 1st Tuesday, 7-10 a.m at NBH H. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, check Mayes Fabric for details. TOPS @ WYI69, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church basement in Powell, 6 p.m. 664-2394 TOPS Wyo 318, every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m New Horizons Care Center Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m lodge meet- ing 7:30 p.m. WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the LoveU Chronicle at 548-2217 to list your club here. Big Hom~ Federal l ( Greybull, Powell, Thermopolis, Cody, Worland, Lovell