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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 19, 2011 www.LovellChronicle.com BRAD DEVEREAUX Department of the Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science John Tubbs met with local residents Tuesday at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell. Tubbs (right) speaks with county commissioner Keith Grant (middle) while looking at a map of Big Horn Lake. Lovell residents Jim Minchow and Ken Grant are pictured behind. LAKE Continued from page1 ming, and we don't think we're getting our fair share," she said, noting that Lovell business development has dwindled for the past few decades. Harvey added that ne- gations have recently re: kindled to regarding con- struction of the transpark highway to connect the north and south ends of the recreation area. Several area business owners were  in attendance to stress the importance of adequate lake levels at Horseshoe Bend and the positive affect that the full lake has on the local econ- omy. Jim Minchow, . owner of Minchow's Service and Food Court, said the sum- mer tourism business is vi- tal to places like the Food Court. Minchow said he also feels the influx in busi- ness at his full-service gas station when the lake is full enough for recreation, not- ing a drop-off in years when the lake is dry. Minchow said the com- pleted transpark highway would essentially "open an- other gate" to Lovell and would be a benefit to local businesses. Ken Grant of Midway Auto Sales said boat sales, which Midway began in 2007, are doing well. He said it is important to his business and other local businesses that the lake stays full during the recre- ation season for visitors. "We have to have con- sistency from year to year," Grant said. Mark Garrison owns and operates Hidden Trea- sure Charters, a scenic boat tour business, based at Horseshoe Bend. When lake levels are too low to launch at Horseshoe Bend, Garrison said he can launch one of his boats at Barry's Landing, but not his larg- er tour boat. He said the current low lake level has caused him to cancel a few large tour groups he had booked for the spring. Gar- rison said he expects a nor- mal season to be from May 1 to Sept. 30, but this year he probably won't be able to launch his largest boat until late June. Garrison talked about the need for dredging a chan- nel at Horseshoe Bend to al- low boats to get in the water even with low water levels and extend the business season for Hidden Treasure Charters and the operator of the HSB Marina. After the meet and greet at the visitors center, Tubbs traveled by car with Supt. Jerry Case to Horseshoe Bend and Barry's Landing. They launched a boat at Barry's Landing to tour the lake as far south as possible before Tubbs continued his tour in the north end of the district. BBBS fundraiser, Run For Kids Sake, this Saturday BY NATHAN OSTER What do you know about Big Brothers Big Sisters? Chances are, not as much as you probably should. Jennifer Prentiss, the program director for BBBS, is trying to change that -- and is hoping that a "Run for Kids Sake" event on Sat- urday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Greybull city park will not only generate much-needed funds but also stimulate interest in the BBBS program. "Even though other groups have asked us to par- ticipate in their events, or benefit from their events, we actually only run one big fundraiser a year and this is it for Big Horn Coun- ty," Prentiss said. "We real- ly want to promote families getting outdoors and doing things together. "This will be a fun fam- ily event with things for all ages." There will be a one-mile kids fun run, a 5k fun run/ walk and a team 20k run (for teams of up to four people). Here's how it works: Runners of all ages can col- lect pledges for BBBS. Those who do will be eligible to win two tickets to the Univer- sity 'of Wyoming-New Mex- ico football game Nov. 19 in Laramie, two lift tickets to the Red Lodge Mountain Resort, a Target gift card or other prizes still to be an- nounced. The Run for Kids Sake begins at 10 a.m. and will utilize the walking path that runs along the dike. "You don't have to be a runner to participate," Prentiss said. "The point is, to participate and be there to support the cause." The Greybull Recreation District is also getting in- volved, and will be setting up its bounce house, weath- er permitting, and obstacle course for children to enjoy between 10 a.m. and noon. To top it off, there will be a $5 barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Big Horn Co-op agreeing to pro- vide the help. In addition, there will be face painting services provided by a local church group, as well as a si- lent auction. Prentiss said every dol- lar that is raised will stay in Big Horn County. Prentiss said the BBBS program relies heavily on federal grants. In fact, grants pay for 100 percent of her position, and for the programs that she runs for the "littles" across Big Horn County. For more information about the event or to sign up, contact Prentiss at 765- 9303 or,by e-mail at jprent- iss@bbbsnwwy.com. ORGANIZATION Since taking over as program director last fall, Prentiss has made 28 matches. Seven of those are "com- munity based" matches, in which an adult 18 or older is matched with a child be- tween the ages of 5 and 17 and the two spend time to- gether doing positive activ- ities that they both enjoy such as fishing, biking, gar- dening and reading. These community-based matches typically meet for one hour a week or two hours every other week. In the four "lunch bud- dy" matches, volunteers eat lunch with their "little" once a week. The rest of the matches are "school based," which are run in conjunction with the after-school programming at the elementary schools in Greybull, Lovell and Cow- ley. In those, high school- ers are paired with a child in the after-school program and help the "littles" with their games as well as play games and talk with them. She noted that at the present time there are eight 'littles" waiting to be match- es. "Overall, things have been going well," she said. "But it's a challenge to let people know the opportuni- ties that are available with- out pressuring anyone. It's like I'd like to let the com- munity know how easy it is to become involved ... I just don't think the general pop- ulation understands that as little as one hour a week can really change someone's life ." GRADS the valedictory address. Music will include a se- nior ensemble singing "For Good," a prelude by Lorrie Brost and the procession- al and recessional by the RMHS band. Counselor'Tim Jones will present scholarship awards, and Principal Tim Winland will present the graduates. Diplomas will be presented by the School District No. 1 Board of Trustees. GRAD NIGHT OUT Following both com- mencement exercises, graduates will attend the Grad Night Out parties at the Lovell Community Center - an annual event designed to keep students safe on the biggest night of their young lives. "We think this is our 20th year, so that's excit- ing," longtime organizer Georgette Lewis said. Lewis said seniors may bring one guest, and she asks all students to be on time when the party begins at 10 p.m. and to stay all night, until the event ends around 4:30 a.m. Guests are also welcome to stay all night, but transporta- tion will be provided if the Continued from page 1 guest wishes to leave ear- lier. Once any student leaves the community cen- ter, he or she may not re- enter the event. The party will begin with food at 10 p.m. Volun- teers will be grilling ham- burgers, and Stan Hedges will provide music. "I hope everybody comes hungry," Lewis said. Students will go to Vic- tory Lanes for bowling at midnight and return to the community center at 1:30 a.m. for games to the theme of "Game On." "We have some new games," Lewis said. "We're giving away a lot of cash. Students can win a chance to get in the money booth and win $200." Games will include Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune and the Price is Right. Lewis emphasized that "everybody wins" at the end of the night, but top prizes will include a computer, TV, microwave, iPod Touch, a Blu-Ray player, luggage and a video camera. Breakfast burritos will be served around 4 a.m. DAVID PCK Prospector Mathew Savage talks about life On the Oregon Trail during the Lovell fourth-grade Celebrate Wyoming historical play Tuesday night at the Lovell Elementary School ,tudents traced the state's history from the Nati#e Americans to statehood. USPS Continued from page 1 that a contract employee would be paid less than a USPS employee and would receive no benefits or pension. Other residents were concerned about "just anyone" beinghired to sort their mail for slightly more than mini- mum wage. A few residents spoke up about how residents are try- ing to stimulate the local economy, but losing the post of- fice is a step in the wrong direction for new businesses. At the close of the meeting, the USPS officials thanked those in attendance for their input and encouraged resi- dents to stay informed throughout the review process and appeal the plan if they choose to. New merchandise arriving ... Must make room! for graduation! j