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LOVELL. WYOMING VOLUME 109, NUMBER 52 THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015 75c BY PATrl CARPENTER The students at Lovell Elemen- tary School will not be getting a new school, at least not in the near future. That was the message de- livered by School Facilities Depart- ment Planning Supervisor Troy Decker and Regional Project Man- ager John Rexius to the Big Horn County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees on Monday night. The two traveled from Chey- enne to deliver the news in per- son and to present other options they hope will ultimately be rec- ommended to the Wyoming Legis- lature for funding at their next ses- sion in early 2016. "We had money to do a ca- pacity study, while at the same time, over at your elementary school, there were some structur- al concerns aboutyour food service highest enrollments in the state in area," explained Decker. "So, we its special education program, ac- teamed up withthe school district knowledging that those students and did a structural analysis with a structural engineer out of Casper because we wanted to make sure you had a safe school and a safe environment. "We also wanted to look at your cafeteria and food service area in terms of size and how it will serve the students (in the entire district) in a projected way." Decker said the study used a methodology that looked at ca- pacity and projected future en- rollments based on a mathemat- ical formula used by the state to determine the present and future may have special needs that ideal- ly should be addressed through a restructuring of the building. He went on to explain that the SFD hired the architectural firm MOA out of Casper to analyze and come up with initial concepts to address the structural problems of the food service area and future capacity issues. He noted that the SFD's budget analyst recommend- ed that one of those options under consideration be to build an entire- ly new school building. "We needed to look at this op- tion (new school) because state needs of the school. He said the law tells us we need to look at the study also took into consideratiort~ :: most host-effective remedy," said that LES currently has one of tli~ ~ Decker. Decker said after reviewing all of the options, it appeared that the top two options were to build an entirely new school or to remod- el the food service area and make other modifications to the existing structure. He explained that in a fairly recent Statewide survey, the LES school building ranked well and, when compared to other schools in the state, actually ranked 188 out of more than 400 buildings. "The building structural- ly-wise and condition-wise ranks very well," he said. He qualified that statement adding that their decision was based, for the most part, on the ca- pacity study and not on the condi- tion of the school building. "When you voted (referring to the board) you voted that, of course, in an ideal world you would want a new building," said Deck- er. 'You based that vote not only on your capacity needs but also on your functionality and educational delivery needs. We respect that as an important part of your educa- tion. We, however, cannot support a recommendation of a new build- ing as part of the School Facilities Dept. Once again, you are 188 on the list and we can't start address- ing your condition needs or func- tionality needs." Decker said his group does not recommend a new building, but instead recommends what is now referred to as "Option No. 3" or a slightly modified version of that SEE 'NO NEW SCHOOL' page 7 ! ' - ~ " '!":? . PA'rI~ CARPENTER Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts roiled into Lovell on saturday, June6, ~part of a charitable run to benefit victims of cancer and their families. Here, participants enjoy a free barbecue lunch provided by the 4 Corners Bar on Main Street. un raises more PATTI CARPENTER Members of the Big Horn County Search and Rescue team and others like (I-r) Cindy Allred, Keri Wilske, Shyann Wilske and Shene'a Allred helped direct traffic to ensure the safety of those passing through Lovell on Saturday during the annual Cancer Run in Lovell. Ninker, age 32, and his wife, Sa- sha Louis Ninker, age 28, both of Powell, sustained serious in- juries as a result of the crash. Brock was airlifted to Billings and Sasha was taken by ground ambulance to West Park Hospi- tal. The extent of their injuries as well as their current condi- tion is unknown at the time the release was issued. The release stated that evi- dence at the scene indicates that the Ninkers were westbound on County Road 3LE when they left the road on the north side, trav- eling over 440 feet before strik- ing the dirt embankment and crashing. Prior to being airlifted, Brock reportedly admitted to go- ing at least 65 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour. Preliminary findings indi- cate the cause of the crash to be speed and driver error; but, at press time, no citations had been issued due to the crash still be- ing under investigation. The Ninkers own Hansel and Gretel's Bar and Restaurant in Powell. They also own the Cowtown restaurant in Cowley, which they operated for a while. Bay said she was also trav- eling on that stretch of road around the same time. She noted that it can be a very dif- ficult stretch of road for motor- cyclists to maneuver with lots of turns, gravel and slick condi- tions when wet. BY PA'rrl CARPENTER More than 300 motorcy- cles carrying at least 400 rid- ers roared into Lovell on Satur- day as part of the annual Cancer Run fundraiser spearheaded by Rick "Fly" Brod of Cody. This year's event attracted slightly more participants than last year and generated $23,156 to sup- port families in the Big Horn Ba- sin who are dealing unexpected expenses due to cancer. The riders began their day- long journey in Cody and passed through Powell rolling into Lovell at about 1 p.m. to enjoy a barbecue lunch courtesy of the 4 Corners Bar. Bar owner Au- drey Bay said she and her staff prepared 200 pounds of meat, 60 pounds of potato salad, 40 pounds of macaroni salad and 30 pounds of Italian salad for the Cancer Run participants. She said due to the larger number of participants, the 4 Corners actu- ally ran out of food this year, but was saved by a generous dona- tion of hot dogs and water from their neighboring business the Maverik convenience store. "We are so grateful to Mav- erik for helping us out," said Bay. "Because of their generous donation, we were able to feed another 80 people." Things took a turn for the worse for some of the motorcy- clists who lost control of their bikes, crashing on the roadway near Meeteetse. According to a press release issued by the Park County Sher- iffs Office, they received a re- port of a motorcycle crash with injuries on County Road 3LE approximately one mile east of Highway 120 north of Meetee- tse. When the responding dep- uty arrived on the scene he discovered a green 1998 Kawa- saki motorcycle lying on a dirt embankment. The driver, Brock Kyle , snow BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Despite worries earlier this year about a low water level at Big Horn Lake due to a lack of rain and snow, it's now obvious that the lake is full and that it will remain so through the summer because of recent wet weather. A report from Friends of the Bighorn Lake states, "It looks like all our rain dances have paid off. The spring rains have been plenti- ful, the upstream reservoirs have increased releases, and Bighorn Lake is full." To control the rate of fill, the BOR beg~n increasing re- leases from Yellowtail Dam. The lake is now full due to significant inflows. Noted Steve Keil, presi- dent of the FOBHL Board of Direc- tors, "We continue to have signifi- cantly high inflows." Indications are that 17,000 cubic feet per sec- ond are in process and that similar rates will continue. Keil said that "thanks to Mother Nature" provid- ing large amounts of precipitation and snow, the latter is melting due to warmer weather and area farm- ers and recreation enthusiasts will greatly benefit. According to the National Oce- anic and Atmospheric Administra- tion, "Wyoming May precipitation was around 200 percent of average and current water year precipita- tion is averaging 105-115 percent of normal across the state. The BY BOB RODRIGUEZ After 11 years with the Lovell Police Department and rising to the rank of lieutenant, Noe Gar- cia, who resigned on May 31 from the Lovell force, began a new post as the Town of Byron's lone law enforcement officer on Mon- day, June 8. Garcia was hired Thurs- day night, June 4, during a spe- cial meeting of the Byron Town Council in the Town Hall with a 5-0 vote following a five-min- ute executive session closed to the press and public. Mayor Hei- di Brightly said that the special meeting was called by the council after Garcia was interviewed on Thursday, May 28. He was one of three candidates. He will be paid $20 per hour, and the position also includes benefits. Said the mayor after the meeting, "He will be working 40 hours a week and his sched- ule will be flexible to ensure un: expected coverage. That will be determined as we work together to determine safety and enforce- ment factors for the town. His primary duty is traffic and crim- inal law enforcement. He has ex- tensive drug enforcement train- ing and we look forward to his expertise in that area. Noe will II mountain snow pack across Wyo- ming increased to 95-105 percent of average above 9,000 feet. The agency continued that May pre- cipitation totals across Wyoming were around 200 percent of aver- age. Precipitation numbers varied from nearly 272 percent of average over the Lower Green Drainage (southern Wyoming) to near 120 percent of normal over the Upper Yellowstone Watershed (extreme N.W. Wyoming including the Big Horn Basin). NOAA reported that "Car- ryover reservoir storage figures across Wyoming continue to be above average (greater than 125 percent) for June." In monitoring Big Horn Lake and the dam, BOR said that the lake's 3,621 eleva- tion as of May i already was at 83 percent of being full and that the 843,148 acre-feet of storage then represented 113 percent of aver- age. "Hey, it's full now," Keil said this week. The FOBHL president added, "It's all good news for the lake for boaters, fishermen and others." He said that what's known as the "log boom" at Horseshoe Bend like- ly will be repaired by NPS and in place by mid- to late-June. It was damaged by falling rock and once installed again it will continue to SEE 'BIG HORN LAKE' page 8 In also be enforcing existing town ordinances (such as violations in- cluding abandoned vehicle and weed nuisances) on an as-need- ed basis. "At this time, Noe will be com- ing on board as police officer. We look forward to his involvement with law and ordinance enforce- ment as well as working with the citizens of Byron to make By- ron a safe place to live." Bright- ly added that, "He has previously worked with the Town of Byron under favorable terms and con- ditions. His return and previous orientation and involvement will minimize the break-in period." She was referring to the fact that Garcia worked as an on- call contract officer from 2004- 09 while with the Lovell depart- ment. She also noted that he "has a very good professional relation- ship with Big Horn County Sher- iff Ken Blackburn and other area law enforcement people. We are pleased to have him on our team." Indications are that some- where down the line, the new By- ron officer, who lives in Cowley, could be given the title of chief, but that remains to be seen. "There will be some emphasis SEE 'BYRON POLICE OFFICER' page7 . IIIUI[I!!IIjIII!I!!!!IIIII, The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 8243 . Contact us at: 548-2217, www.lovellchronicle.com ,3,