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Smith reflects on lo ‘ BY RYAN FITZMAURICE It could be argued that fate had a fair amount to do with Big Horn County School District No. l Superintendent Ben Smith both beginning and ending his educa— tion career in District One. His grandpa, Russell Smith, helped bring the logs down from the Pryor Mountains to build the Cowley log gym in the early 20th century. Just a few miles away, his grandfather on the other side, By- ron Sessions, settled Byron, be— coming its namesake. Smith’s fa— ther went. to school in the same building that Smith works in as su erintendent now. Smith him- se f grew up in Greybull, near Shell Creek, but often found himself on theother side of Big Horn County. “I’ve been coming to Cowley my whole life,” Smith said. But more than fate, what’s brou ht and kept Smith in Cowley is a esire to serve both students and community. _j Ben Smith “One of "the things I’ve tried to be Cognizant of is to make a dif— ference where you’re at,” Smith said, “to leave where you go bet— Lovell council kills BY DAVID PECK The chickens will not be coming to roost in Lovell any time soon with the defeat Tues— day night of the now famous or- dinance that would have allowed the barnyard birds to be kept within the Lovell town limits. The council tabled the ordi- nance on second reading in May after passing it on first reading in April, when a large number of citizens weighed in on the top- ic, both pro and con. It was also Lake advocates eXplain concerns 0 Rep. BY DAVID PECK North Big Horn County’s lake ambassadors last week took yet another federal official on a tour of the Bighorn Canyon~ Nation— al Recreation Area to instruct her about the issues concerning the lake and recreation area. Former Big Horn County com— missioner Keith Grant, former state representative Elaine Har- vey, current commissioner Bruce Jolley and local businessman Ken Grant escorted Holly Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s senior ag— riculture policy advisor, through the south district of Bighorn Can- yon NRA by land and water Friday evening, June 4. Keith Grant, in an interview Tuesday, said Rep. Cheney’s office staff recommended the tour for either Kennedy of Chief of Staff Kara Ahern as arrangements were bein made for Cheney’s visit to Love 1 on May 27. “The office suggested we get a hold of them (Ahern and/or Ken— nedy) about lake issues," Grant said, noting that Kennedy, in a May 28 email, stated, “An over— view of the issues you are facing would be helpful, as well as any- thing you would like me to see.” ‘We got in contact with her and provided information on the sediment issue and the lake level issue and invited her to come for a boat ride,” Grant said. V The group met at the visitor center at 4 pm. Friday and drove north to Barry’s Landing, visit— ing the Devil’s Canyon overlook in the process and discussing is- sues, Grant said. The returned to Horseshoe Bend an took a boat trip north as far as Devil’s Canyon, exploring the canyon and return— ing to Horseshoe Bend. ' “We had a good visit with her,” Grant‘said. “She wanted an over- view of the issues we are facing, so Elaine and I worked on the most pressing issues as we felt they are.” ' discussed during a May 25 forum hosted by the Lovell Police Dept. But the end came quietly and quickly Tuesday with no further public input and only a handful of citizens in attendance. After considering 10 other or- dinances on the agenda Tuesday, the council took up Ordinance 1001 — Allowance of Chickens. Af— ter removing the ordinance from the table, town attorney Sandra Kitchen read the title and coun- cilman Dan Anderson made 3 ng and varie ter than how you found it. When thinking of the influence that my teachers and my coaches had on me, if I can have that influence and make that difference for kids, that’s what I want to do.” Despite a long and fruitful ca- reer in education, it wasn’t easy for Smith to get his foot in the door. Smith graduated from BYU in 1985 with a major. in physical education and a minor in driver’s ‘ education with every intent to get a job in education. But when all his applications ended up on a bottom of a stack, Smith found himself taking a ca— reer route he did not expect. “I went into law enforcement,” Smith said. “I spent three years as a cop in Greybull from ’85 to ’88. As “part of that stint, I was the active chief. That was quite the experience.” As Smith worked law enforce— ment, a horse accident left his fa— ther unable to carry all the re— sponsibilities of the ranch back home, so Smith took that on, as well. He. was a police chief by night and a ranch hand by day. Finally, at the end of 1988, su- perintendent Grant Sanders vis— ited the ranch to offer Smith the position of the health and physical education teacher. Smith was up ,on the mountains pushing cattle, so Sanders made the presentation to his mother. “It 'ust felt like the good Lord opene up the doors at that point in time,” Smith said. “I had applied for teaching positions for three years and things hadn’t happened. I kind of decided, well, maybe I’m staying in law enforcement. May— be I’d become a ran er, or the FBI, maybe run for sheri f.” With Sanders’ offer, though, the pieces finally fit, and Smith began his educational career SEE ‘SMITH REFLECTS 0N EDUCATION CAREER’ page 7 chicken ordinance motion to approve the ordinance on second reading. Mayor pro tem Carol Miller, running the meeting in place of the absent mayor Tom Newman, called for a second and hearing none from council members Bob Mangus or Ray Messamer quickly declared that the ordinance had died for lack of a second. With no second to the motion, there was no public input taken. The defeat of the ordinance ends several months of research "it hey adyisgr by the town staff and consider— ation by the council after the or— dinance was requested by a cit— izen last year as a way to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of advo— cates came forward once the council took up the ordinance this spring, countered by others who vehemently opposed allow— ing chickens in town. Several area communities al— low chickens in the town limits on a permit basis. COURTESY PHOTO Keith Grant chats with Rep. Liz Cheney’s senior agriculture policy advisor, Holly Kennedy, at the Devil’s Canyon overlook during a tour of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Friday evening. Grant and Harvey presented a letter to Kennedy outlining the lake issues in order of importance after introductory paragraphs spelling out the history of the rec— reation area and the long-sought Big Horn Canyon Parkway. “Our most immediate need is someone from the federal govern— ment whose number one job is to negotiate an agreement with the Crow Tribe to allow completion of the Trans Park/ Bad Pass road,” the letter states. ‘Since 2005 NPS at Bighorn Canyon has had fOur superintendents. I believe the longest term was two and a half years, with as much as a year with onl temporary superintendents in etween. None of them were interested in seeing completion of the road. “We have met with several tribal chairmen and found all of gr; ’ ‘* was them interested in the benefits to both the tribe and to Wyoming opportunities, but we have no au— thority to negotiate." In short, Grant said in a fol— low—up interview Tuesday, “We need someone with the authority and gumption and oomph to deal with the Crow Tribe and get our road built. We talked to her (Ken— nedy) about the superintendents we get and, at times, the lack of superintendents. It seems like we usually get older guys who are ready to retire.” Thus, as Grant pointed out, the number one issue listed in the letter was, “We must have a quali— fied federal employee with the au— thority and desire to negotiate an agreement with the tribe.” The number two issue is the road project itself, with the let- ter listing it as “Completion of the Simply the best. Trans Park/ Bad Pass Road; it was approved by Congress and built as far north as Barry’s Landing.” The letter continues that the right—of—way for full development of the park through the Dryhead country could be funded by the federal Land and Water Conserva- tion Program by purchasing prop— erty originally planned for inclu- sion in the park. “There is a ranch for sale in Dryhead," the letter states. “Most of this ranch lies west of the pro— posed park but is much better grazing land than the property east of the proposed park bound- ary. It should be easy to swap properties, thereby completing the park boundaries as originally proposed. Completion of the road hinges on Crow Tribal approval." SEE ‘LAKE CONCERNS’ page 8 Medical OncologylHematology 307.578.2000 Radiation Oncology 301573.21” visit ManlomleMaw LOVELL Chronicle LOVELL, WYOMING ' VOLUME 115, NUMBER 38 - JUNE 10, 2021 $1 d career in education Day of Goodwill a this Saturday After a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pan— demic and accompanying re- strictions, the Lovell Commu- nity Day of Goodwill will be held once again this summer, but in a different format. , Held in past years at the LDS Gym on Shoshone Avenue in Lovell, this year the popular “freemarket” will be held out- side at the Lovell Stake Center parking lot on Saturday, June 12. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to June 19. Any church or‘ community organizations who would like to help with donations are wel- come to bring the items to the parkinglot between 7 and 9 am. the da of the event and help place t em on the tables pro- vided. Volunteer help throu h- out the day is also welcome . According to a Lovell Stake Center Relief Society an— nouncement, “The use of the large parking lot will help us to adhere to any COVID—19 rec— ommendations and help us to spread out for social distancing and good health practices. We r also hope that the early date in June will help us as it should not be too hot yet at that time and will also not interfere with the many community activities coming up in June and July.” Free shopping will be held‘ from 9 am. to 3 pm, with cleanup from 3 to 4 pm. Flag retirement ceremony Monday in Lovell BY DAVID PECK What was observed by many to be a solemn and mov— ing ceremony two years ago will be conducted again Mon- day evening. Robert Boyd Stewart Amer— ican Legion Post 11 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony for American flags Monday, June 14, at 6:30 pm. at the down— town veterans park next to Val- ley Flowers, post commander Rich Fink announced this week. During the, Flag Day cere- mony, which has been ada ted by the local Le ion post rom a Boy Scouts 0 America pro— gram, Fink said, the flags will be burned, which is proper et— iquette for the American flag, when done properly. The Legion members will first retire a flag ceremonially, carefully cuttin , removing and burning each 0 the 13 stripes, with each stripe representing a different aspect of American histor . A ter the ceremony, other. flags will be retired and burned, collected by American Legion members or given to members of the post before the event. Fami— lies can contact any post mem— ber ahead of time or bring the flag to the ceremony themselves. Fink said the public is invited and encouraged to attend. “It’s a very touching ceremo— ny to learn what all of that signi— fies,” he said. Fink said, after a quiet year due to the COVID-19 pandem- ic the Lovell Legion post could use some new blood in the hon— or guard, noting that a veter- an need not.be a member of the Legion post to participate. If interested, contact Fink at 272—1931 or stop by a Legion post meeting. The post meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. at the fire hall in Lovell. ml” ‘ i i I . ' t I | . II|l4879 2455B"