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CHRONICLE 4 I The Lovell Chronicle I As a member of the local Masonic lodge, I was along with other lodge members, to write a letter to brothers in honor of the sealing this week of a time be opened in 100 years. This event is taking place because Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge No. 35 is celebrating the centennial of the lodge char- ter, which originated in Deaver, followed shortly thereafter by Lovell Lodge No. 36. When the two lodges amalgamated de- cades later, with lodge functions continuing at the Lovell lodge hall, the combined organi- zation took the name of the oldest charter - which was TMV No. 35. Anyway, to celebrate the centennial, we've been asked to write a letter to our future selves, so to speak, which I did. I thought about What Lovell and surrounding communi- asked this week, my future lodge capsule that is to David Peck Observations ties would be like 100 years from now. Will the lodge still exist? (Per- haps.) Will the lodge hall still be standing?. (Doubtful.) What will Lovell be like? And Byron, Cowley, Deaver and Frannie? Will this newspaper, the Lovell Chronicle, still be in operation? And if not printed on paper, will the Chronicle exist in some sort of futurBtic form? I sure hope so. As I wrote the letter I also wondered about the future of agricul- ture. Will farmers still be growing sugar beets, malt barley, alfalfa, com, beans and other crops? Will the sugar factory still be operat- ing?. Will ranchers still be raising cattle, hogs and sheep? What will transportation be like? Will folks be zooming around in flying cars or carried from place to place by some sort of futur- istic technological wizardry? We almost have self-driving cars now, and there will surely be a time when driving will be rare, if not a thing of the past We'll be able to sit back and enjoy the ride, reading or watching the world go by. Will small towns even exist, or will most everyone be living in ev- er-growing cities? I sure hope not. In fact, unless the economy pre- cludes it, I envision people willing and able to from home" and: choosing the rural lifestyle to avoid the suffocating urban sprawl. Of course, we all wonder what shape our planet will be in ecologi- cally. Will we be too far down the path to destruction 100 years from how, or will we have somehow reversed the course of environmental harm? Or is it all just cyclical, as some skeptics believe? Some sci- entists say it's already too late. Will humans be living on Mars 100 years from now, or the Moon? Will we be exploring interstellar space? Or will we have stopped ex- ploring space to focus on our own planet or because of the cost? I sure hope not. We are explorers by nature and will always yearn to reach out. Will the United States still be the "shining city on the hill," or will we have taken a backseat to China as a world power?. How many wars do you think we will have fought during the next 100 years? We never seem to learn in that arena. Let us pray that we don't blow ourselves off the planet in the decades ahead. Obviously, only time will tell what our community and our world will be like 100 years from now. Here's what I do know. The essential character of the good people of North Big Horn County will remain the same. Here's what I wrote to my future lodge brothers: "One thing, I am convinced, will remain the same: the good hearts of the people of Lovell, of Cowley, of Byron, of Deaver and of Frannie. The fiber of this community, contained within the hearts and minds of our people, will remain strong, faithful, loving and caring. Only time will tell what our towns will look like in 2119, what our economy will consist of, what institutions will remain, and what will take their place. "But I know this. I believe in our people and you, our descen- dants, bom into a strong community bond and rooted in faith. I be- lieve in the strong, independent spirit of Wyoming And I believe in America, that she will still be a beacon of hope 100 years from how." The year 2119 seems like a long way off, and indeed it is. Here's hoping our descendants and our community will be thriving when they open that time capsule 100 years from now. IF KIDS CAN'T FIND JOBS DURIN' TH' SLIMMER, IT'LL GIVE'EM MORE5 TIME TO FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY COUNTS IN LIFE LIKE LIKE WHAT BAITTH' FISH ARE TAKIN'.! Letter to the Editor Denise has been the can-do director with a smile Dear Editor, back home. What a great write-up on There were three or four oth- Denise Andersen ("Andersen re-er people doing the same thing tiring " May 16). in Lovell. This was very gruel- However, there is one thing ing and wearing my mother out. that was not noted. I went to vis- I thought there had to be a mini it my parents (Shirley and Gerald bus or something that could be Doerr) years ago and my moth- set up that could take all these er was driving my dad to Cody people to Cody at once. I called to have dialysis three times several places like the County, a week. They would have to even Cheyenne, and got nowhere. leave early in the morning, then I went to Denise and told her she would wait five to six hours the problem. She immediately until Dad was done, then drivegot on it and called the State and got action. It doesn't seem like it took very long before she called to let me know they were going to start a mini bus. They even picked up people in Deaver and Powell. What a blessing for this small community to have this ser- vice. Denise has always gone out of her way to help wherever pos- sible. 1 will always be thankful to her for what she did. And she al- ways wears a smile! Judy Doerr Welch Guest column PS Speaking of heros, but not the sandwich variety, a question has been posed regarding whether the Hulk could take on Superman. Doubt that. After all, to the best of my recollection, the only talents held by the Hulk are: He could, af- ter totally losing his temper, turn green and Bob Rodriguez triple his size. He could growl loudly. And he managed to have clothing that covered most of his greenery although shirt sleeves and the bottoms of his trousers became shredded when he went from a medium size shirt to a 4XL and from a 34-inch waist to size Mongo. Big deal. However, it is possible that if the green man challenged the dude in the red, yellow and blue pajamas (including a cape) the latter would be defeated as he "mine" they simply have a terrif- ing into his easy chair to await the ic set of skills and tools, next case before he become so not to mention an un- common load of common Sense and intelligence with which to defeat the miscreants around them. Not disregarding the likes of super Clark Kent, Batman, the orig- inal male Captain Mar- vel, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Wonder Woman and others of their ilk, it is a pleasure to recall two of my favorite heroes. They are (wait for it): Sherlock Holmes and the Lone Ranger. Yes, folks, in their times they were (some might contend) somewhat super he- roes. Holmes and the Ranger ac- tually (to my memory) operat- ed in roughly the mid-1800s. And they were a cut above the normal denizens of those times. Trust me. The Ranger, of course ac- bored that he lapsed into using a 7 percent solution of heroin. Ewww. Anyway, the Lone Ranger als0 should be recognized for always having spotless Clothing and ap- parently eating well despite al- ways sleeping on the ground with his bedroll and consuming bacon and beans. Not good for a steady diet. And he and Tonto never got to drink their coffee because every time their pot began to perk they'd hear a gunshot or a screaming woman (in a runaway stagecoach or aboard a goofy horse) and have to dump the pot (being sure that their campfire was extinguished). Holmes, accompanied by the loyal Dr. John Watson, was unique with ways shared by the Ranger and Tonto. His powers of observa- tion were super. With a glance he could examine footprints that no one else could see or note tobacco ash and a piece of thread. He could laughed himself to death. Or at companied by Tonto, his faith-then tell you that the suspect was least giggled into a helpless pile ful Indian companion, rid the Old a man approximately 6-4 weighing of laughter. After all, Superman West of bad guys: rustlers, bullies, 244 pounds and that he had blue was all powerful, able to leap tall evil bankers and despot ranch-eyes, a black suit and new boots buildings in a single bound, etc. ers, wayward lawmen and otherswith taps. Also that he worked as a So it seems likely that he could in many occupations (all of them chef. And cooked mostly fish. And blow the Hulk over with his super truly evil). Come to think of it, bing bong grunkle, Bob's yer uncle. breath. Especially if he just had a the lonester and Holmes basicallyBeing one of those hero types large bowl of garlic soup. went after similar nasty types, al- probably doesn't pay well. But David Peck last week provided ways triumphing; the Ranger leav- the guys aren't in it for the bucks. the rather immense list of heroes, ing a cloud of dust and a hearty They simply want to triumph super or otherwise. Sometimes "Hi-Yo Silver" (and perhaps some against evil. the characters involved in that road apples) and the renowned So "Hi-Yo Silver" and "Come line of work aren't truly super; British consulting detective laps- Watson, the game is afoot!" Guest column 2017 Award-winning Newspaper Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307-548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Publisher/Editor: David Peck Reporter: Ryan Fitzmaurice Production: Karlie Hammond, Dustin McClure Staff: Dorothy Nelson, Teressa Ennis, Sam Smith, Annette Moss, Marwyn Layne, William Parmer :N i i ii www.LovellChronicle.com BY JIM WALDROP AND CJ. BOX blue-ribbon research companies While Wyoming lawmakers whose methodologies adhere to are working hard to find ways to the strictest standards in the in- increase revenue in the state to dustry: Dean Runyan Associates diversify the economy, unfortu-and Strategic Marketing and Re- search Insights. The insinuation nately many of them seem will- fully blind when it comes to a real opportunity sitting right there in front of them: growing our tourism sector. In the last two years, bills to fund tourism promotion and re- move the agency budget from the general fund were defeated de- spite support from the House and the statewide hospitality industry. During the last legislative session and more recently at the Joint Rev- enue Committee meeting in Land- er, some legislators have publicly announced they don't believe the studies and/or research provided by the Wyoming Office of Tourism that prove definitively that our ad- vertising and marketing campaign is effective in increasing visitation and revenues to the state. that our Board, staff and our in- dustry would allow significant dol- lars to be spent on unaccredited frivolous research is simply un- true, inaccurate and offensive. These respected national firms concluded that in 2018 visita- tion increased to 8.9 million over- nights, that visitors generated $196 million in tax revenue including $83 million in local tax revenues, that the visitor economy supports more than 32,000 jobs and that it's the largest private-sector employ- er in Wyoming. Additionally, the state's tourism advertising cam- paign grew visitation by 24 per- cent. That spending on advertis- ing generated $59.3 million in state and local taxes. Without the visitor is real money that our state needs. Tourism provides a higher quality of life for Wyomingites be- cause in our sparsely populated state tourists support our restau- rants, lodging facilities, activities, festivals, events, outdoor recre- ation opportunities and economic growth. Revenue derived from the visitor economy makes it possible to boost spending on public ser- vices like police, education, infra- structure and health care. Governor Mark Gordon rec- ognized the state's second-larg- est industry recently by signing a proclamation declaring May 5-11 as National Travel and Tourism Week. As the home of America's first national park, first nation- al monument, first national for- est and the envy of destinations all across the country, we have a lot-to celebrate. Let's hope we continue to work together to grow and sta- bilize our economy, not find ways The tourism marketing stud-, economy, each household in Wyo- to intentionally undermine it. ies providedtothe Wyoming Leg, ming would havetopay an average (Jim Waldrop is chairman and islature are not done in-houseof $840 in taxes to maintain the C.J. Box is vice-chairman of the but by two nationally-recognized, same level of public services. This Wyoming Office of Tourism Board.)