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LOVELL ************************ FOR OC 980 50 00"-00.-00 t'I,qLL TONNppFRS, [NC 29P ,17 N COT . - . . 9T SHEL TO; '.' ST " **C005 I1'1"1"1"1'1'1"1',1,,I,,I,1,,I,1,11,,,,11,,,,111,,,i,1,1,1 What's Inside ... Firemen snuff attic blaze Page 2 Trucker survives rollover Page 5 'New look' Lovell prom Page 11 Arbor Day in Lovell __ Page 15 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 106, NUMBER 47 THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 75 Folks attending the North Big Horn Hospital Foundation's Evening With Friends fundraiser at the Lovell Community Center Saturday night enjoyed magician Shawn Preston of Denver. At the left, Preston has Jesse Piper choose a number out of the phone book at random while (below, l-r) Dominique Allred, Betsy Piper, Peggy Stringer and Devan Fink (she's the dash) magically reveal the same number from envelopes they were given. DAVD PECK PHOTOS Labor department dumps proposed child labor rules BY PATTI CARPENTER The U.S. Department of La- bor (DOL) formally withdrew its controversial proposed restric- tions on youth working on farms and ranches last Thursday fol- lowing months of fierce opposition from farmers, agricultural groups like the FFA and 4-H and pres- sure from elected officials from agriculturally based states. The proposed rules would have prohibited youth under the age of 18 from working with cer- tain animals, including perform- ing chores such as herding on horseback, rounding up chick- ens for slaughter, vaccinating, hoof trimming and other com- mon practices. The rules would have prohibited youth from han- dling most animals more than six months old, which those in op- position felt would have severely limited youth participation in 4-H and FFA activities. The rules would have also prohibited youth from operating most farm machinery, includ- ing tractors and any other equip- ment over 20 PTO horsepower and would have prohibited youth from completing tasks at eleva- tions over six feet high, like work- ing in barns and from working at stockyards and grain bins. Some critics of the rules claim, the lan- guage of the proposed rules was so strict that it would have even banned youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose. Following a barrage of let- ters, the DOL yielded somewhat a few months ago, by stating that it would bend the rules a bit to ex- empt children under the age of 16 from child farm labor rules in cas- es where a parent is either part owner, member of a partnership, or an officer with substantial ownership interest in the farm. The original proposal exempted children only in cases where the farm was "wholly owned" by the child's parents. Although the expanded ex- emptions helped family farms, they didn't do much for educa- tional programs like the FFA and 4-H, where children who may not necessarily come from a farm or ranch family are afforded the op- portunity to have a true "hands- on" agricultural learning experi- ence through supervised projects like raising animals for market or learning to operate farm equip- ment. Consequently, the pressure to withdraw the rules continued to mount. As the chorus of pro- tests from the ag community grew louder, elected officials began po- litical maneuvers that took aim at the DOt until it finally dropped the proposed rules altogether. "This proposal was a clear in- trusion on the family farm by the government," said U.S. Rep. Cyn- thia Lummis of Wyoming. "I'd like to thank the families across the country that took the time to voice their opposition to this pro- posed government intrusion and firmly drew a line in the sand. This is truly a victory for the fam- ily farm and the dedicated, time- tested student organizations like 4-H and FFA that were target- ed by this proposal. I will see to it that this proposal or anfihing like it moving forward, does not receive one dime from the taxpay- er." Lummis, who grew up on a ranch in Wyoming, is a member of the House Appropriations Com- mittee and has been an outspoken opponent of the measure since it was first introduced. In a political maneuver designed to block the proposal, she and Rep. Denny Re- hberg of Montana worked togeth- er to literally cut off funding for it in the Department of Labor's an- nual appropriations bill. See 'CHILD LABOR,' page 7 PATti CARPENTER Lovell High School Students Kristin Cerroni and Amanda Allred demonstrated how to saddle horses for a group of elementary school students at a recent FFA event held in Cowley. Had the proposed child farm labor rules gone into effect, the two girls would have not been allowed to work with animals this large. Lovell council chooses four sixth-cent projects BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Town Council Tuesday night selected four proj- ects to be funded should voters in November pass an optional sixth- cent sales tax for Big Horn Coun- ty municipalities. Meeting in special session ahead of a planned meeting of the nine Big Horn County mayors Thursday night in Dearer, the council voted not only to present two projects already discussed but to add two more. All of the projects present- ed by town councils throughout the county will be presented in a proclamation that will go before the county commissioners this summer, and if they approve, to voters at the General Election in November. The Town of Lovell initial- ly considered three projects for sixth-cent funding: a building for the fledgling Lovell-Kane Muse- um, improvements to the Lovell Rodeo Grounds and an addition to the Pryor Mountain Wild Mus- tang Center. Projects must be on town-owned land, and that led to the elimination of the wild mus- tang center from consideration. With the museum building remaining at an estimated $1.1 million including design work and a new restroom/concession stand building among improve- ments at the rodeo grounds es- timated to cost $110,000, Mayor Bruce Morrison then offered up a new cart barn for the Foster Gulch Golf Course, estimated to cost $40,000. Then as the council discussed the projects, Councilman Scott Allred asked if street paving could be included in the projects, noting that there are portions of several streets in town that re- main unpaved. "It's a prime opportunity to do it all," Allred said. Town Clerk/Treasurer Valer- ie Beal noted that the town has a recent estimate for simple pav- ing, without curb and gutter, from compiling a list of possible proj- ects for county consensus money from the State of Wyoming. She said the estimate for engineer- ing and paving was$186,375 and said areas that could be paved included Big Horn from First See 'PROJECTS,' page 7 Coe named Wyoming Superintendent of the Year BY PATTI " .......... Big H0rn trict No. 2 Supt. Dan Coe was named the 2013 Wyoming Su- perintendent of the Year by the Wyoming Association of School Administrators (WASA). Coe has been superintendent of the dis- trict since 2005. Prior to taking on the role of superintendent of the district, Coe was principal of the middle school in Lovell. "This is a most prestigious award for any superintendent," said WASA Executive Director Dan Stephan in a letter to Big Horn County School District No. 2 Board Chairwoman Judy Rich- ards. Coe will have the honor of representing Wyoming at the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Educa- tion, which will be held in Los An- geles this year. Coe will be one of 50 state winners who attend the conference and will be recognized on stage during the opening cer- PATTI CARPENTER Big Horn County School District No. 2 Supt. Dan Coe was named the 2013 Wyoming Superintendent of the Year by the Wyoming Association of School Administrators (WASA) last week. See 'COE,' page 7 Deaver could unveil Ridgeline Energy plan in two weeks BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Indications are that in ap- proximately two weeks a signifi- cant development involving the Town of Deaver and use of the former Deaver school by Ridge- line Energy Services Inc. in con- nection with manufacturing part or all of a water storage system used by the oil and gas production industries could be announced. Trustees of Big Horn County School District One voted 5-0 on Thursday, April 26, to extend the lease of the Deaver school facili- ties an additional two weeks for the town, as the original lease was to expire on April 30. The vote during the five-minute-long telephone conference came dur- ing a special meeting resulting in board Chairman Dave Monk being authorized to extend the lease, said Superintendent Shon Hocker. Trustees Brett Crosby and Joan Zier were absent. Ridgeline, which has been working with the Town of Deaver since around mid-2011, is exam- ining whether it wants to uti- lize the former school site, which could result in new employment and a lift to the area economy. Unconfirmed implications are that at least part of a water stor- age system could be built by the company in Deaver. Noted Hocker, "On or before Monday, May 14, the Town of Deaver will decide if it wants to acquire the old school facilities from the school district. If they decide to acquire the facility, they will enter into a long-term agree- ment with Ridgeline Energy. In two weeks the Town of Deaver may have some very exciting news." Although not officially un- veiled yet, the forthcoming an- nouncement appears to be in re- lation to Ridgeline's identifying "the need for a simple and cost- effective solution to water stor- age issues in the fracing cycle and for produced water. Market research confirms an established and growing need for storage sys- tems in the oil and gas production sector. Our team has engineered the Zero Impact storage system to meet the needs of our customers, including easy transportation and assembly of the units." That information is from the firm's website. It continues in part that, '%Ve have designed an enclosed stor- age unit to help our clients deal with evaporation issues which they have expressed can be (of) significant concern. 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