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May 24, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 iiiiiiiiiiiZi iiiiil ii : i!ii  ......... A group of students from Bob Geiser's sixth, seventh and eighth grade history classes spent part of an afternoon last week clearing debris and weeds from the old gravesites and adjacent areas at the historic Mexican Cemetery located on U.S. Highway 310 west of Lovell. The large group of students who worked on the clean up project included, (kneeling in front l-r) Heather Bartling, Cortni Jolley, Samantha Chambers, Amber Mayes, Nyckalas Harvey, Kaitlyn Grant, Warren Allen, Kaitlin Stevens, Logan Nunn; (front and center) Robbie Nowak; (group standing on the left l-r) teacher Bob Geiser, Mike McArthur, Emily Snell, Keylmynie Kojakanian, Ashleigh Chambers, Shadelle Allred, Charri McArthur; (group standing on the right l-r) Curtis Purcell, Sierra Montanez, Will Lilland, Chase Lewis, Lane Hoover, Antonio Garza, Jeremy Schneider, Chance Wilson, Scott McCollam and Colby Sessions. Students clean up historic cemetery and install signage STORY AND PHOTOS BY PATTI CARPENTER A group of students from Bob Geiser's sixth, sev- enth and eighth grade history classes visited the his- toric Mexican Cemetery located on U.S. Highway 310 west of Lovell last week and made improvements while they were there. The students made and installed a sign marking the historical site and spent part of an afternoon clear- ing debris and weeds from the old gravesites and ad- jacent areas. The sign is decorated with the colors and national symbol of Mexico. The idea to take on the project came from eighth- grade student Sierra Montanez, who heard about the old cemetery from her father Angel Montanez. A few gravestones at the site bear the name of her family and the site is the burial place of some of her family's ances- tors. The old cemetery is believed to be a resting place for agricultural workers from a bygone era when many Mexican nationals came to the area looking for agricul- tural work. The need for agricultural workers has di- minished over time due to modern agricultural meth- ods that require less labor. As a result, some of the people buried in the cemetery no longer have relatives in the area. The new signage is bold and designed to help the public to find the site, which, without signage, has been hidden in plain view for many years. Montanez hopes that marking the site will encourage others to remem- ber and respect those buried there. She and her fam- ily have also placed barrels painted with the colors of Eighth grade student Sierra Montanez called upon her classmates at Lovell Middle School to help clean up the historic Mexican Cemetery located on U.S. Highway 310 west of Lovell last week. Mexico and a cross marking the spot, which can easily be seen from the highway now because of the improve- ments. Extension update 4-H growing; other programs successful, too BY KARLA POMEROY There are more than 200 youth participating in 4-H in Big Horn County, according to 4-H Educator Gretchen Gasvoda-Kelso. Gasvoda-Kelso and her fellow University of Wyoming Cooperative Ex- tension educators Dallen Smith and Kristy Michaels presented a report on their activities to the 'Big Horn County commissioners May 15. There are 237 mem- bers in 4-H and 64 leaders. Gasvoda-Kelso said there are 12 active leaders that are part of the 4-H Leaders Council. "They are eager to help the program grow," she said. Of the 237 4-H mem- bers, 22 of them are part of the Junior Leaders Council. "They: are active, ea- ger and ready to take on the world," Gasvoda-Kelso said. The group has been involved in educational op- portunities, fundraising and community service. They are seeing growth in the traditional 4-H pro- gramming. Gasvoda-Kelso said there is a new shoot- ing sports club in the north and the participation in the cake decorating clinic has doubled from last year. Ten beginners participat- ed in the recent dog clinic and a new family signed up for 4-H at the April Ham Shoot. Upcoming events in- clude a horse clinic, mock dog show, fitting and show- ing clinic, public speaking clinic and a jackpot show sponsored by the awards committee to take pressure off area businesses to help pay for awards during the county fair. CENT$1BLE NUTRITION Michaels reported that since coming on board she has completed three adult classes for Cet$ible Nu- trition with 17 people par- ticipating and graduating. She has provided lessons in schools, preschools and af- ter-school programs around the county. She said she is attend- ing the commodities distri- bution to recruit members for the nutrition classes and to promote the programs of- fered by Cent$ible Nutri- tion. She said she tries to find out ahead of time what type of food is being distrib- uted to provide recipes and proper handling of the food being distributed. More adult classes are being planned this fall, and she will be participating the Rural Connections Summer Camp in Basin next month. "My overall goal for Big Horn County remains the same -- to reach out and ed- ucate as many families as I can on how to eat better for less," Michaels said. AGRICULTURE Smith said after the suc- cessful farm safety work- shop in Basin he was asked to provide a similar work- shop in Park County for the Catholic Boys Ranch. "Both were well attended and we received a lot of positive feedback," Smith said. He said he is getting ready to start the range health assessment program on public lands and is work- ing with the Forest Service on the proper monitoring, noting concern from some grazing permittees about using the Rebel Pole meth- od. During a meeting in 2010, an official of the For- est Service said the Rebel Pole method would be used to monitor grasses and veg- etation, but if there is a spe- cific site with unique char- acteristics, the pole might be recalibrated for that site. He also said they pur- chased a whiz bang chicken plucker that will be demon- strated this Saturday. The chicken-killing demonstration will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Larry Werner residence, 945 Hwy 20 South, just a mile south of Basin. Smith said they will teach the low stress ethical harvesting of chickens us- ing cones and demonstrate the whiz bang plucker that can be rented from the ex- tension office. "We will demonstrate how to clean them and put them in shrink-wrap bags and they closely resemble chicken that you purchase in the store," he said. The plucker can pluck a chicken clean in 15 sec- onds, he told the commis- sioners. K( 44v RELAY "UF: FUNDRAISER ! ) S I L pA DA JEWELRY OPEN HOUSE Thursday, May 31 6-8 pm 307-272-5393 Big Horn Federal meeting room ove High School March, 2012 McKayan May McKayan May, a senior at Lovell High School was se- lected as the March Student of the month by the LHS staff. He was nominated by LHS Physical Education teacher, Joe Koritnik for his outstanding leadership and great example to other students in EE., as well as his performance in athletics McKayan was a top finisher on the PAWS last spring. His future plans are to attend the University of Wyoming. He is the son of Amy and RI May. Promoting Excellence In Education Fkst B00.k " 00fWyommg 1 Where fOJ are FIRST, flrstZ:!SmlLl::om CR LIQUOR located in Red Apple Supermarket 9 E. Main, Lovell Drink responsibly ... don't drink and drive. i750 ML Hot Damm/Buttershots Schnapps s 10.70 750 ML Barcardi Gold Rum $11.65 24 Pk Pabst Blue Ribbon cans $ i681] 18 ek. Busch/Busch Light cans $13.30 Stock up on your favorite drinks today! CITY OF POWELL LIFEfiUABDING SES Classes held June 4-June 8 8:00am to 5:00pro at Powell Aquatic Center POWELL AQUATIC CENTER Active, Retired or Eligible Contractors FREE Wellness Testing MOBILE WELLNESS SCREENING PROGRAM: Blood Prssure, Blood Chemistry, Chest X-ray, EKG, Urinalysis, Complete Blood Count, Hearing Screening, Pulmonary Function, Vision Screening, Weight, Height, Body Fat Analysis, Stool Screening, PSA and Wellness Screening. Riverton: June 12, 13, 14 -- Central W, College, Professional Tech Building, Peck Ave. & Day Drive - Asphalt. Greybulh June 15 & 18 -- Ron's Food Farm, 909 North 6th St. Lovell: June 20 & 21 -- County Annex Building parking lot, 5th & Oregon. 1-800-828-6678 By Appointment only Miners MUST pre-register with EBMS and present their ID card at time of testing Sponsored by: Wyoming Miners Hospital Board