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14 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 13, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Isaac Atkinson tests hiding places while trying out some of the merchandise up for auction at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet held on the weekend of April 17 at the Lovell Community Center. Aubry Jordan presents Tyler Angell with a gun he won during one of the raffles at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet April 17 in Lovell. It was also Angell's birthday. CHRISTY VAUGHN MILLER PHOTOS O iiiii!iiiiiiuiiiiiiiii!i ............ ......... NEWS Fair board sets fees for food, commercial vendors BY BRENDA TENBOER Crook County $100, Camp- a $1,500 gold sponsorship The Big Horn County bell County $300 and Hot donation from the Bank of Fair Board Monday night Springs County not charg- Greybull. voted to increase the fees charged to food and com- mercial vendors. In the past, Fair Man- ager Howard Gernant said, he charged major food ven- dors like B&B and Miner- va's $250 to set up for the entire week, while smaller concessionaires paid $35 per type of item sold and vendors with only one spe- cialty item such as sno- cones were charged $75. Board members ap- proved a motion to set fees at $250 per week for all food vendors. Commercial vendors like those setting up tents to sell jewelry and trinkets will pay a $150 fee. Vice-chairman Willie Bridges, with the board's agreement, said the fees should be standardized. ing any fee. Some fairs like Carbon County set different rates for food vendors with high- er rates charged for vendors from out of the area. Gernant said he esti- mates 8,000 to 10,000 peo- ple passed through the mid- way of the fair for each of the past five or six years. "That might be a little high though," he added. Under new business, Mitch Shelhamer discussed plans to put in a new fence along the highway at the front of the parking lot as well as along Holdrege Ave- nue, creating one entrance/ exit route on each side. Chairman Alfred An- derson said traffic control would be needed in that situation. Shelhamer said he The Town of Basin is considering the installa- tion of a sidewalk as part of its overall Safe Routes to School plan currently being developed, Gernant said. The ash tree is marked for removal because it in- terferes with power lines and the two elms could be removed by the town dur- ing that project, he said. Shelhamer said he would like to see the corner cleaned up and a strip of grass planted between the sidewalk and the fence. "I'd like to see a gate or an archway at the entry to the west onto the high- way," he said, adding that new trees could be planted along the fence for an ap- pealing entrance. Anderson said time doesn't allow the beautifi- Big Horn Lake gearing thThfeair:t:tsih?hg:dt:tY vary greatly with Park County charging $250, up for summer As the days grow lon- ger and warmer, the Na- tional Park Service is get- ting ready for a summer of activities at the Bighorn Canyon National Recre- ation Area. As of May 2, the lake level was 3,630 and public docks were in at Horseshoe Bend, Barry's Landing, and Ok-A-Beh. Concession docks will be installed at Horseshoe Bend and Ok-A- Beh by Memorial Day, ac- cording to BHCNRA Rang- er Christy Fleming. Floating restrooms are located at Black Canyon, Day Board 9, Box Canyon and Dryhead Creek. Float- ing restrooms at Devil Can- yon and Medicine Creek will be in place by Memo- rial Day. All campgrounds are open. The electricity and water to the Horseshoe Bend campsites will be turned on Saturday, May 15. The sites cost $15 per night. Registration slips and the pay station are lo- cated near the restrooms in Loop A and B of the camp- ground. Unimproved sites at Horseshoe Bend and the sites at Trail Creek and Afterbay campground are free. Dump and fill sta- tions are located at Horse- shoe Bend and near the Af- terbay Campground. Fish cleaning stations at Horse- shoe Bend and Ok-A-Beh are operational. Hiking trails are also open. Campground programs and guided tours of histor- ic ranches will be sched- uled throughout the sum- mer months on both ends of the park, Fleming said. Schedules will be posted online at www.nps.gov/bica and on campground bulle- tin boards. PWC RESTRICTIONS Bighorn Canyon does allow Personal Water Craft (PWC) on Big Horn Lake with some exceptions. PWC are not allowed in the following areas: In Big Horn Lake and shoreline south of the area known as the South Nar- rows. Personal watercraft users are required to stay north of the boundary de- lineated by park installed buoys. Crooked Creek Bay In the gated area south of Yellowtail Dam's west side to spillway en- trance works and Big Horn River from Yellowtail Dam to a cable 3,500 feet north. Afterbay Dam from fenced areas on west side of dam up to the dam. Afterbay Lake, the area between dam intake works and a buoy/cable line 100 feet west. At government docks as posted. At the Ok-A-Beh gas dock, except for customers. From Yellowtail Dam upstream to the log boom. In an effort to remove litter from the Big Horn Lake, decrease the cost of trash collection, and de- crease bear activity at boat- in only campgrounds, Big- horn Canyon has removed all trash cans located on the lake. Bighorn Canyon is asking boaters to Pack It In, Pack It Out and Re- cycle. In addition, the NPS asks visitors to help de- crease the human footprint on the lake by: keeping a clean camp. not burning food or trash items in the fire pits. not placing trash in the floating comfort station pits. using the aluminum and plastic recycling bins. RULES FOR PETS IN THE PARK: Pets must be kept on a leash when in developed areas and in areas of con- centrated public use. This is for their protection and the safety of other visitors. Pets should leave no traces other than foot- prints. The owner is re- sponsible for clean-up and disposal of all pet feces. Dogs are not allowed in the backcountry except when being used in support of hunting activities in ac- cordance with federal and state laws. Pets are not allowed on the swim beach. There are a couple of changes in the Yellowtail Habitat area on the south end of Big Horn Canyon. One of the most dramatic changes is the new South Habitat Boat Launch, ap- proximately two miles south of the Mason/Lovell Ranch, according to Flem- ing. The launch area is accessed from the Crys- tal Creek road and ac- cess roads have been wid- ened and covered with road base. A total of eight culverts were added. The parking area has room for three to four trailers and a loop to turn around in. The launch is usable when the Big Horn River is flowing at 1,000 CFS or higher. For current lake con- ditions or help planning a visit, contact the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center at 307-548-5406 or the After- bay Contact Station at 406- 666-2452. could get the work done with volunteer labor and suggested the materials could be purchased through cation project to be start- ed until this fall and plans were tabled for future dis- cussion. Fair board sets new road rules, lower entry fees for demo derby BY BRENDA TENBOER Demolition derby driv- ers have a new set of rules to follow at the 2010 Big Horn County Fair and a special division for pickups has been added. Fair manager Howard Gernant and board mem- ber Karen Sylvester met with a half-dozen drivers last Wednesday night and reported back to the fair board at its regular meet- ing May 10. The annual derby is popular with drivers be- cause reinforcements and enhancements were not as restrictive as others der- bies. Derby drivers sign waivers to participate in the event, but that may not be enough. "The liability of what we were doing was enor- mous because of the beefed up cars," Sylvester told the board. "It's time to go back to making the derby about the drivers and not the cars." Every driver who par- ticipated last year was in- vited to the meeting, Ger- nant said. Steve VanderPloeg of Basin agreed to manage the event this year. New rules mean zero tolerance for drivers run- ning fuel with a higher oc- tane rating than 91. Fuel will be tested and violators banned for a minimum of two years. '%Ve need to make sure we're not dealing with jet fuel, which has been a prob- lem," Sylvester said. Any vehicle spilling gas or catching on fire will be disqualified. Driver's safe- ty is encouraged through the use of roll cages, dash bars and door-to-door rein- forcement bars. Under the new guidelines, fenders cut for wheel clearance may be bolted or welded back to- gether, but the use of extra metal is not allowed. The size of the driv- ing area in the arena will be shrunk by about 30 feet through the use of dirt berms. The large distance previously allowed made it possible for cars to pick up speed and collide with ex- cessive force. The entry fee is more driver-friendly also. The fair board voted to return the fee to $50 and keep a $2,000 guaranteed purse. A special pickup divi- sion was also voted in with member Matty Moody say- ing she believed it is a "fun and different aspect." A full set of rules is post- ed on the Web site at http:// bighorncountyfair.org. CLOSED MEETING The fair board went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter with Dallen Smith of the University of Wyoming Ex- tension Office. The budget discussion listed on the agenda under old business was moved to the closed session. The board instructed Gernant to limit hiring un- til the beginning of the new fiscal year. Gernant said last year he had two hired grounds people to assist before July i but this year only one as- sistant is allowed. BUDGET The board submitted a preliminary budget request to the county clerk's office Tuesday with estimated ex- penses totaling $250,425, a drop from the previous year's request of $283,600. In comparison, the ap- proved operating budget from fiscal year 2008 - 2009 was $275,800. The estimated cost for grounds operations for fis- cal year 2010 - 2011 is $39,000, a decrease from FY 2008-2009 when $61,700 was approved by the coun- ty commission. Payroll expenses have increased over the years, going from an approved budget in FY 2008 - 2009 of $36,300 to an estimat- ed cost for next year of $48,925. A reconciliation sum- mary dated April 30, 2010, and presented at the meet- ing showed an ending bal- ance of $12,980. Fair secretary Vangi Hackney reported $36,000 in advertising sales this year for the fair book, an in- crease of about $6,000 over last year. The cost to print each book is roughly $6. The deadline to pay for advertising was set by the board at May 1, before the book was sent to print. Roughly $7,000 remained unpaid as of Monday night's meeting, but Gernant said arrangements had been made to collect the pay- ments. WIND/BIGHORN BASIN ADVISORY GROUP PUBLIC MEETING May 20 @ 6 p.m. Fremont Community Room Central WY College 2660 Peck Avenue Riverton, WY Topics to be discussed: WSGS GW Plan Draft Final Report NationaIWeather Service Update WRDS Digital Products Update For more information, contact the Wyoming Water Development Commission: (307) 777-7626 or htto://watervlan@state.wy.us/ 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 548-221L 2. Burning on the north side of Main Street is permitted on even days 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 widl 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. Burnin must be conducted in a manner to prevent the spread of fire to other material. , To be able to burn in town is a privilege we are i  ....  , trying to preserve  Please a(there to the above stipulations. Thank you, Town of Lovell Take the Scenic Route Construction has forced a new temporary route to Big Horn Engraving & Sign .., From Lovell :s" Main Street, turn south on Kansas, right on 8th St. and enter the Lega:v Subdivision. Go through the subdivision and park on 7th St. Please do not park in the subdivision. BIG HORN ENGRAVING & SIGN 320 W. 7th St. Lovell, WY 548-7136