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Lovell will celebrate its 92nd Commencement Mon- day, starting at 7 p.m. at the LHS Johnny Winterhol- ler Gymnasium. The Class of 2011 motto is "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail," quoting Ralph Waldo Em- erson. The class colors are blue, black and silver, and the class flower is the white rose with a blue tip. "Won- derwall" by Oasis is the class song. There is no commence- ment speaker at LHS this year, but Jennifer Long will give the valedictory ad- dress and Ethan Croft the salutatory address. Stu- dent Body President Jani- ka Steenbakkers will also speak. Special music will in- clude a bagpipe and trom- bone duet by Peter Moncur and Nicole May Emmett, who will play "Amazing Grace," and the vocal solo "Never Alone" by Rachel Carter. The LHS band will play the processional and recessional. School board vice chair- man Bruce Jolley will pres- ent retirement honors, and Supt. Dan Coe will pres- ent the senior class. School board members will pres- ent diplomas. Rocky Mountain will celebrate its 28th Com- mencement but the first at the new building in Cow- ley Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the main gymnasium. The Class of 2011 motto is "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years," quoting Abraham Lincoln. The class colors are brown and gold, and the class flower is the chrysan- themum. The class song is "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. Cowley Mayor Joel Pe- terson is the commence- ment speaker and will be introduced by Senior Class President Leslie Black- burn. Kyle Peterson will de- liver the salutatory ad- dress and Sheralee Lynn See 'GRADS' page 6 Getting acquainted with Big Horn Lake BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Department of the In- terior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science John Tubbs met with local stakeholders at the Bighorn Canyon Visi- tors Center Tuesday before taldng a boat ride on Big Horn Lake to view the re- sources up close. Appointed in 2009, Tubbs said the purpose of the visit was just to take a look 'at resotr.ces in the spring, when the issues of water management are vis- ible. With the lake at an el- evation of 3,607 feet during Tubbs' planned boat ride, he got a view of Horseshoe Bend while it was too low to launch a boat and most- ly mud except for a wind- ing channel of water. While local stakehold- ers were curious about the reason for the visit, Tubbs said he was not invited to tour the area by congres- sional representatives of either state. "The bureau has been doing great work," Tubbs said. "This is just an op- portunity to come see the issues at the forefront of management." During the Lovell meet and greet, Tubbs heard from State Rep. Elaine Harvey and County Com- missioner Keith Grant about the recent history of management from their perspectives. Harvey drew attention to several docu- ments that she and other lo- cal stakeholders unearthed in recent years that man- date specific outflows at Yellowtail Dam and laws that stress preference for recreation opportunities at Big Horn Lake rather than Montana fisheries. "The reason I'm going through all of these docu- ments is to let you know what the law is. Because we feel, on our end, busi- ness hasn't been tended to," Harvey said. She talked about the thousands of acres that were converted into gov- ernment land and the farmers who were forced to sell their land during the construction of Yellow- tail Dam and the creation of the Bighorn Canyon Na- tional Recreation Area. She said the change was meant to create a tour- ism economy to replace the farming economy that was lost, but because of factors like an incomplete trans- park highway, the area has not experienced the tour- ism boom it was promised. "Tourism is the num- ber two industry in Wyo- See 'LAKE' page 6 DAVID PECK The Lovell High School boys and girls track and field squads swept the first-place trophies at the 2A West Regional Track Meet Saturday in Lander. Here, members of the winning team circle the track with a victory lap. Pictured at the front of the pack are (l-r) Nicole Emmett, Kyle Wilkerson, Kenneth Moncur, Kale}) Leithead and Darren Ballard. Bid approved for work on U.S. 14A BY BRAD DEVEREAUX A bid was awarded Thursday, May 12, to a lo- cal contractor to remove a rocks from a landslide that partially blocked Hwy. 14A east of Lovell in mid-April. Out of five bids sub- mitted, WyDOT awarded EHC, llc., of Deaver the project. EHC was the low bidder at $237,000 out of five bids received, accord- ing to WyDOT. The approved bid was 4.9 percent above WyDOT's estimate of $226,000. The project involves blasting, scaling, loading and hauling rock three miles to a stockpile along Hwy. 14A. The rocksllde occurred at mile marker 73.4 between Lovell and Burgess Junction. As of Monday, EHC was working to get paper- work signed and in order to start work as soon as pos- sible. The completion date for the project is June 3. Why Byron? Citizens state case for Byron Post Office BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Marcela Juarez Rive- ra handed a home-printed business card to a patron at Tuesday's meeting regard- ing the future of the Byron Post Office. "Budget cuts," she said. "We're doing everything we can." Rivera's card states she is the Post. Office Review Coordinator for the Colo- rado/Wyoming District. Be- fore taking questions and comments from Byron resi- dents, Rivera explained the grim financial situation fac- ing the U.S. Postal Service. "With the wave of elec- tronic media we've encoun- tered in the last decade, our our first class mail volume has decreased," she said, noting that the USPS expe- rienced an $8.5 billion def- icit for the 2010 fiscal year and 2011 doesn't look much better, with estimates of a $6.5 billion deficit this FY. "The postal service is hav- BRAD DEVEREAUX Tom Langston Sr. was among the crowd in Byron Tuesday evening to discuss the future of the Byron Post Office. Byron residents questioned the cost savings of closing the office in Byron. ing to respond and make some dramatic changes." She said the USPS has eliminated positions at ev- ery level, adjusted carri- er rates, frozen executive spending accounts and cut expenses in all areas to try to correct the problem. Look- ing at post offices across the country for possible closure or reorganization is anoth- er cost-saving measure the USPS is taking. Rivera said the USPS is going through the review process in Byron and in a few other Wyoming commu- nities. Post offices under re- view were selected based on one or more of the following: declining volume, vacancy of a career postmaster, sub- standard building condition or declining revenue. After the Byron office was selected for the review process, Rivera said Byron residents were sent a ques- tionnaire to fill out and re- turn to give feedback. She said there were a large num- ber of written comments re- ceived and more people at- tended the Byron meeting Tuesday (nearly 200) than the other eight or so meet- ings held recently. Rivera said the majori- ty of cost savings that could come from shutting down the Byron Post Office would be in savings to the cost of the building and a decrease in salary expenses. Cur- rently, Byron's postmas- ter also works as a clerk in Cody. Contracting with a Byron business to provide postal services would allow the current postmaster to be used elsewhere within the Organization. After the meeting, USPS officials will compile the public comments and submit a report to USPS national headquarters in Washington, D.C. A pro- posal drafted in Washing- ton will then be posted at the Byron Post Office and at town hall for 60 days, which will give residents a chance to make sure their comments were properly in- corporated and the proposal is factually correct. After 60 days, the USPS will make a final determination, which will be posted for 30 days. Residents have the op- tion to appeal the decision within the 30 days and if a decision is approved after the 30-day waiting period, residents have a chance to appeal the decision to the Postal Regulatory Commis- sion, which would extend the process by 120 days. Gary Sims, Manager of Post Office Operations for Area 5 Wyoming, told the crowd that if the proposal goes to USPS headquarters without showing a substan- tial savings, the Byron of- fice would not be closed. The USPS could decide to re-organize the post of- rice, possibly contracting with an existing business to provide most postal ser- vices. Delivery could be re- structured to either a con- The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217, www.lovellchronicle.com I I / II I II I I I II lilllll II I i III tracted rural route, cluster boxes or be left at a location for pickup. Tom Langston Sr. said many people in Byron like to "do it the old-fashioned way" and send letters and packages via USPS, but he thought limiting services in town could push more res- idents to use a competing carrier or e-mail for com- munications. "I'm wondering how many people will be pushed away by the postal service," he said. He went on to say that the post office plays a vital role in the town of Byron, as a meeting spot and a place to exchange information. "It's not just a post of- rice, it's an important part of our community," he said. Karma Sanders ques- tioned the cost savings of closing or reorganizing the post office, and pointed out See 'USPS' page 6 . IIIUI[I!I!IJIII!I!!I!!IIII, iH[lltll:It00il00ll00]lll[Blillg00l ill00l [I00III00i00H. l]0000Illl111NIg00 Illnili| IIIL00 ilM,:..lil00li0000l 1 ii r,lltn ::][i it !till i lllii|:i ILit! i:00mnlti ............