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II Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 Thursday, May 20, 2010 Volume 104, Number 49 BY BRAD DEVEREAUX A memorial fund in memory of former Lovell resident Jennifer Elaine Thomas McDougall, 30, has been established at First National Bank and Trust in Lovell to benefit the children left behind fol- lowing her murder Sunday in Spring, Texas. According to Houston- area media reports, Mi- chael Alan McDougall, 37, formerly of Cody, was j ailed Monday in Harris County, Texas, and charged with capital murder in the shoot- ing death of his pregnant wife, Jennifer. Court re- cords show he was booked Monday and ordered held without bail. Jennifer Elaine Mc- Dougall, who was about six months pregnant, was shot several times, according to the Harris County Sheriffs Office. Her unborn child did not survive the shooting. Investigators say wit- nesses reported hear- ing gunfire and a woman scream Sunday morning. Upon arrival, deputies ar- rested McDougall at the house and a handgun was recovered ...... The McDougalls moved to Spring from Denver last year and the couple had three other children. MEMORIAL FUND The Lovell High School Class of 1998, of which Mc- Dougall was a member, es- tablished a memorial do- nation account at First National Bank and Trust. LHS Valedictorian Evan Frost and Salutatorian Ben Long BY DAVID PECK up," Frost said. "In the first couple of weeks A pair of young men with lofty goals back it was hard to make myself do any- and an outstanding academic record have thing, and that got me even further behind, been named valedictorian and salutatorian but I was able to get caught up." at Lovell High School ahead of next Mon-Frost said he enjoys science, although day's commencement exercises, his strongest area on the ACT was Eng- Evan Frost, son of Stuart and Holly fish. He also enjoys music and was selected Frost, is the valedictorian, earning a grade for the all-state choir as a junior, singing point average of 4.0, and Ben Long, the son of Pat and Barbara Long, is the salutato- rian with a 3.8 GPA. Frost, who also earned a 29 on his ACT, plans to enroll at the University of Wyo- ming under the ROTC-Air Force program in pre-med in hopes of eventually enter- ing medical school to become a neurologi- cal surgeon. That goal is fitting in light of the fact that Frost had to battle back from head and back injuries suffered in an automobile accident last fall. "It took Llr emester t6-g 'gffglitl ack " Commencement Anyone is welcome to do- nate to the fund, which will The Lovell High Commencement Cer, benefit her three children, e monies will be held Monday, May 24, at Kim Anderson Cutler 7 p.m. at the Jo ,Winte rhoUer - of Lovell was a friend and nasium. Forty students will reCeive::t}leir classmate of McDougall diplomas Monday: bass. He also plays the guitar and counts instructor Ron McClure as one of his favor- ire teachers. A successful golfer, he placed second at State as junior in Class 3A, fourth as a se- nior in 2A and then won the regional crown Friday and Saturday in Moorcroft. He has participated in choir, guitar class, Knowledge Bowl his freshman year and broadcasting, video and digital imag- ing. "People say you're going the wrong Primary election BY DAVID PECK AND BRENDA TENBOER The filing period for the 2010 Primary Election start- ed Thursday, May 13, and there are already a number of local races blooming. In Lovell, there will be a race for mayor with incum- bent mayor Bruce Morrison receiving a challenge from James Szlemko. Both have filed at town hall. No coun- cil candidates had declared as of Tuesday afternoon. Up for re-election are Bruce Wolsey and Jodi Lindsay. Szlemko has lived in Lovell for nearly 12 years and is a frequent contribu- tor to the Lovell Chronicle editorial page through his letters to the editor com- menting on community is- sues. The primary goal of his campaign is increasing public access to the gov- erning process. He issued a statement this week that will be included in a story next week. In Byron, there were two filings as of Tuesday af- ternoon, according to Town Clerk Vicki Gibson. Bret George is running for may- or, and Linda NeVille has filed for the council seat to which she was earlier ap- pointed. Yet to file, as of Tuesday, were Mayor Mil- ton Meier and Councilman Curtis Abraham. There had not been any filings in Cowley as of and said many will miss her for her friendly and caring attitude. "She was great, she was always so nice," Cut- ler said. "She was a great friend and she was always smiling. She had quite a variety of friends." Cutler said Anderson was always anxious to help friends and will be missed greatly by many. She said her thoughts and prayers go to her parents, Marie and Jim Thomas of Lovell, and the rest of her family. Though the two friends drifted out of constant con- tact over the years, Cutler said they kept in touch on See 'MURDER,' page 7 Wednesday morning. Seats Frost listed Biology I and II as his fa- up for election include May- vorite classes, along with Joshua Sanders' or Roland Simmons and See OP STUDENTS' I ge--7 " c0unm 'members Carolyn Grad night out parties Monday and Tuesday BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Following their respec- tive commencement cere- monies Monday and Tues- day, the Lovell High School and Rocky Mountain High School graduating classes will enjoy a night of games, food, fun and a last chance to be together as a class at the 2010 Grad Night Out parties at the Lovell Com- munity Center. Lovell's party will be held Monday and Rocky Mountain's will be Tuesday. The celebrations will get the newly graduated students dancing. Prizes will be given throughout the night, she said, including a refrigera- tor, iPOD Touch, cash, a computer, a bicycle, and more, Lewis said. The party will shift to Victoi y Lanes for bowling from midnight to about 1:30 or 2 a.m., she said, before heading back to the commu- nity center. Games will begin at See 'GRAD NIGHT,' page 7 begin at 10 p.m. sharp, ac- cording to organizer Geor- gette Lewis. Every senior is invited and may bring a guest, she said. Transpor- tation will be available for guests who need to leave before the party is over. Se- niors are encouraged to stay for the entire night, she said, and may not return if they decide to leave. The night will kick off with burgers, nachos and food before a DJ will light up the community center with some kickin' beats to Barnes and David Banks. There is a race for may- or in Deaver, Clerk Vana Camp said. Incumbent councilmen Don Wenstrom Jr. and Fred Yates have each filed for the mayor's seat currently held by Rod- ney Wambeke. Gary Ful- bright and incumbent Mark Cozzens have filed for the town council. Wambeke and Councilwoman Cindy Phil- lips had not filed as of Tues- day afternoon. The Frannie town of- fice was closed Wednesday, so filings were unavailable. Up for election this year are the seats held by May- or Gerald Dart and council members Marty Roedel and James Beard. STATE OFFICES On the state level, as of Tuesday night, both Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) and Rep. Elaine Harvey (R- Lovell) had filed for the Re- publican nomination to the seats they currently hold in the Wyoming Legislature. They had no challengers as of Tuesday. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Cheyenne) has filed to retain her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and, so far, has no challeng- ers. State office candidates so far include: Governor, Republican - Colin Simpson of Cody, John Self of Sheridan and Ron Micheli of Fort Bridg- er; Governor, Democrat- A1 Hamburg of Torrington and Chris Zachary of Chey- enne. Secretary of State, Re- publican - incumbent Max Maxfield; State Auditor, Re- publican - Bruce Brown of Devil's Tower; State Trea- surer, Republican - incum- bent Joe Meyer. Supt. of Public Instruc- tion, Republican - incum- bent Jim McBride, Cindy Hill of Cheyenne and Ted Adams of Cheyenne; Supt. of Public Instruction, Demo- crat - Mike Massie of Lara- mie. COUNTY RACES Big Horn County Dep- uty Clerk Cynde LaCounte has filed to run in the Aug. 17 Primary Election as a Republican candidate for County Clerk. Incumbent Dori Noyes also filed her intention to run for a third term in of- rice. LaCounte has worked as a deputy in the clerk's of- fice for a total of five years, giving her the qualifications and experience to under- stand how the county oper- ates, she said. During her employment as a deputy clerk, LaCounte said she has been ewarded with increasing responsibil- ity and With tl at additional education and training. "The current county clerk showed appreciation to my accountability and trustworthiness by request- ing that I perform addition- al tasks such as payroll, accounts payable and re- ceivable, elections and pre- serving documents on mi- crofilm to scanned images," she said. LaCounte bases her campaign on compassion by ensuring all people are treated with respect, dig- nity and fairness. She said she is uniquely qualified and will use her knowledge and professionalism while in office, if elected. "I want to promote a productive team atmo- sphere between the employ- ees where I can implement a plan to increase productivi- ty and place the highest pri- ority on the residents of our county and their satisfac- tion," she said. "This means I will listen to the needs of the citizens and other elect- ed officials, which can be achieved through open com- munication." She graduated from See 'ELECTION,' page 7 J 'it survives BY NATHAN OSTER Jim Scott has seen a lot in his 31 years with Burl- ington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad. But nothing will ever compare to what he encoun- tered last Wednesday in the Wind River Canyon. Scott, who lives in Greybull, was the engineer of a southbound BNSF freight train that struck a boul- der the size of a pickup truck and derailed in the Wind River Canyon. See 'TRAIN WRECK,' page 8 Left, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway crews work Friday morning to clean up the site of the derailment that took place Wednesday in Wind River Canyon just south of Thermopolis. Most of the work was completed by Saturday. IIIpl[l!UIjIIl!l!Li!LIIIII