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I~' 5!:iI:~ (l~J ()( c : 6~:;i::, j !:i-f ::! i ;~ iI ~" l:I I f:~ :; ] ('.l':i'.[l:'iii i" ,iliq'idiill,i[ "h ,i'|i" ii"i', "i i'" I,i,I,I lb. ,h ,I! I'I h'! "%"Oeh'dl LOVELL, WYOMING - VOLUME 112, NUMBER 49 ,' MAY 31, 2018 ,* 75 Commission election roster swells to six BY NATHAN OSTER The filing period for feder- al, state, county and municipal leadership positions closes at the end of the business day on Friday, June 1. As of Tuesday morning, the most sought-after positions at the local level appear to be the two expiring seats on the Big Horn County Commission. Six candidates have already entered the race for the Republi- can nomination, including incum- bent Felix Carrizales of Burling- ton; Joe Wildman and Lisa Kimsey, both of Manderson; Clayton Drag- goo of Basin, and Keith Grant and Nick Lewis, both of Lovell. John Hyde, the other incum- bent at this time, is not seeking re-election. Grant is a former four-term county commissioner, having served in that capacity from 1999 until he was unseated in 2014. Lewis is employed at North Big Horn Hospital and is the for- mer chief of police in Lovell. Draggoo owns Atwood Family Funeral Directors, with locations in Greybull and Basin. Word Tuesday night was that a young candidate, 22-year-old Nash Jolley of Lovell, also planned to file for county commission this week. No one has filed for the Dem- ocratic nomination for county commissioner. No new fliers have emerged for the county department head positions. As things stand right now, the only primary race is for the Re- publican nomination for clerk of the district court. Incumbent Ser- ena Lipp, who is completing her first term in office, is being chal- lenged by Lisa Delucci. The other incumbents have filed and, as of now, face no com- petition for the Republican nom- ination. They include Treasurer Becky Lindsey, Sheriff Ken Black- burn, Coroner Del Atwood, Clerk Loft Smallwood and Assessor Gina Anderson. Marcia Bean, who is complet- ing the term of Kim Adams, is the only filer for county attorney. MUNICIPAL SEATS As of Wednesday morning, there had been relatively few ill- ings for mayor and town council SEE 'FILING UPDATE' page 8 PATTI CARPENTER PHOTOS Lovell Elementary School music teacher Chauna Bischoff (far right) and her students (front row, l-r) Gavin Robertson, Stetson Asay, Anastyn Leithead, Kenadee Rael, Whitney Hendershot, Addie Woodford, (back row) Taggart Shumway, Chareasa Zeller, Libby Miekelson, Breeah Jones, Marie Hillman and Charlee MacPeek perform patriot songs in Byron on Memorial Day. The group also performed in Cowley and Lovell in celebration of military men and women from the area. MemorialDay Revolution to Afghanistan BY DAVID PECK Grey skies and a bit of rain did nothing tO dampen the spirits of the many citizens who turned out Monday morning for Memo- rial Day services at the Byron, Cowley and Lovell cemeteries. Those attending were treat- ed to an inspirational speech by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Ken Badget of Cowley and beau- tiful patriotic songs performed by fifth-graders from Lovell Ele- mentary School under the direc- tion of Chauna Bischoff. The services were held at 8 a.m. at the Byron Cemetery, 9 a.m. at the Cowley Cemetery and 10 a.m. at the Lovell Cemetery under the direction of longtime Wyoming National Guardsman Rich Fink, now retired, who is also Commander of Robert Boyd Stewart American Legion Post 11. During his moving speech, Badger reminded attendees of the sacrifices made by service- men and women from the Civil War, after which Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, was first celebrated, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Today we are gathered to . pay our respects to those gallant men and women who have giv" en their lives in defense of this country ' Badger said. "It is aday of remembrance - a day to honor the sacrifice that was made that a0U and I might live and raise our milies in a strong, free country" Badger explained the history of Memorial Day, first celebrated as Decoration Day in Waterloo, SEE 'MEMORIAL DAY' page 8 Memorial Day events organizer Rich Fink and speaker Ken Badger bow their heads during a moment of prayer on Monday at the cemetery in Cowley. BY PATI'I CARPENTER A nurse known equally well for her kindness as for her medical experience was celebrated by her patients, co-workers, family and friends at a retirement party held in her honor at North Big Horn Hospital last week. Ruth Montanez is retiring from the hospital after spending 32 years of her 35-year career as a registered nurse serving patients at the hospital. Montanez said she has seen many changes over the years, including several changes in administration and procedures, with improvements along the way. "I'm the person I am today be- cause of the good people I have worked with over these year ' said Montanez. "I think we have a very good team here right now" NBHH CEO Rick Schroeder spoke highly of Montanez. "Ruth is a wonderful woman," said Schroeder. "She has grace, dignity and a deep abiding faith in God. She is a wonderful nurse. I have heard many times from pa- tients about how much they loved being in her care. I have passed years, Ruth still had things she as- pired to be better at. She never thought she was perfect. She al- ways tried to be her best and nev- er once thought she knew it all or couldn't learn from her coworkers. She was very humble that way.' "Ruth has enormous faith: and gratitude. She would never accept a compliment without reminding us that it was a 'team effort: She made a difference in our hospital and in our community and is re- membered and loved by many" Toner also noted how patient Montanez was with her patients. "She would patiently describe things to her patients -- a proce- dure that was about to happen, a medication she was giving them -- explaining what things the pa- tient should call her for ' Toner said. "She would laughingly refer to herself as a 'dinosaur' but she would adjust to changes and saw many of them over her years. Ruth became very proficient in every one of those changes and served as an example to others through her work ethic and attention to detail. "I am better for knowing her those compliments on to her, but PATti CARPENTER and fortunate I was chosen to work stie always says it is a 'team - ef- New Horizons Care Center nurse Debbie Salyer bids farewell to retiring nurse Ruth Montanez last week with her, during the last years of fort' and that she is just part of the at a retirement party held for Montanez at North Big Horn Hospital. her career. I read something re- team. "Several years ago, when our were going to be in very capable also spoke highly of Montanez. granddaughter was unexpected-hands. "It was so inspiring for me to ly born in our emergency room, I "Our facility and our commu- watch Ruth graciot sly accept the heard that Ruth was on duty that nity are going to miss seeing Ruth . well-wishes of her family, friends, day. When I heard that, I knew that as often. So am I:' - coworkers, community and past our daughter and granddaughter Chief of Nursing Tina Toner patients, as we wished her good- heart of gold are all things I'm so pleased to have experienced. "Even being a nurse for 32 cently that stated that it is a rare bye this week;' said Toner. "Her thing when a calling and a profes- professionalism, grace, years of sion combine. Ruth is truly a ser- experience, starched uniform and vant leader, caring forher patients as a calling, not a job. She has made our profession very proud and she The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY i2431 o Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com mr~,It:II-: :::i -- : Nqlrlrl :: :::Z: will be greatly missed"- . IILli!lJUlJI INU: Iltl