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What's Inside ... Harp runs for commissioner 3 Two-car crash 5 Top athletes at LHS 8 50-year pen pals 13 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 109, NUMBER 52 THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014 75q PATti CARPENTER Bank of Lovell teller Kristie Clausen plays along with a fake bank robbery portrayed by Stacy Bair, Heather Fogg and Sandy Harrison during the making of a music video on Thursday, June 5. Thursday's bank heist BY PA'n'I CARPENTER To the casual observer, it may have looked like a bank rob- bery in progress on Thursday, June 5, at the Bank of Lovell, but it was actually a staged perfor- mance for a music video in pro- duction by local filmmaker Jack Brinkerhoff. The video was being made as a birthday gift for Cowley res- just a performance ident Larami Leonhardt. Her mother Sandy Harrison and friends Heather Fogg and Stacy Bair played the part of the bank robbers, while Levae Leonhardt drove the getaway car, a bright red 1966 Pontiac Catalina, owned by Devin Bair. The video, which was set to one of Larami's favorite songs, "Paper Planes," by MIA, will be shown to her for the first time on Saturday, June 21, at the Hyart Film Festival in Lovell. The faux robbers put on quite a show with rubber masks paired with fancy dresses, while po- lice blocked the street during the filming. While in the bank, tellers played along with the performers while Brinkerhoff kept the cam- era rolling. BY DAVID PECK The Lovell: vet i'ans Park on Main Street has been chosen as one of the sites in Wyoming for the 2014 Tour of Honor, and visi- tors and citizens alike are invited to "decorate" the park with Amer- ican flags. Motorcycle riders from across the USA and Canada will visit the various sites across the coun- try this summer and fall, Wyoming and Colorado State Sponsor Janet Lennox said in a letter to the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed the tour. Proceeds from the ride will benefit three charities this year: the Fisher House Foundation, Op- eration Comfort Warriors and Po- lice and Fire: The Fallen Heros. The Tour of Honor is the vision of brothers Steve and Dave Brooks, who created the ride in 2011. The tour has grown from' eight states three years ago to 49 states in 2014, Lennox said, and is sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Associa- tion and the Iron Butt Association. "Our riders tell us that the Tour of Honor has a profound and lasting effect on them," Lennox said. "Many of the riders, like my- self, are veterans." LOCAL PARTICIPATION The Town of Lovell and the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered to make Lovell a special stop on the tour, Chamber Director Jackie Heinert said, with local businesses donating funds to purchase handheld flags. Visitors and local citizens can donate to the Tour of Honor char- ities, place a flag in the Veterans Park and receive a Lovell rose pin as a keepsake by making a do- nation at any of several par- ticipating loca- tions in town. Heinert said the chamber is asking businesses if they would be a host site for flag donations. A sign will be placed at participating businesses, which will also be acknowledged at the Veterans Park. Call 548-7552 if interested. Heinert said flag locations so far include Big Horn Federal, the Brandin' Iron Restaurant, the SEE 'LOVELL A TOUR OF HONOR SITE,' page 6 BY DAVID PECK There are a few tweaks to the lineup for the 2014 Mustang Days celebration, with some events de- leted and others expanded and/ or improved, Mustang Committee member Linda Mangus reported this week. The annual celebration takes place June 23-28. Gone is the free concert on Monday night and the quilt show, but the trap shoot has expanded to two days, the Mustang Follies fea- tures a melodrama again and the Family Fun Night has some new additions. This year's theme is "Once Upon a Time." Ticket sales begin Mondayl June 23, with Mustang Follies tickets ($4 for reserve seating) on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce office, 287 E. Main. Family Fun Night tickets are also on sale at the same location from noon to 6 p:m. Ticket sales continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the chamber office. TRAP SHOOT Mustang Days events begin Monday, June 23, with a Lovell Rod and Gun Club trap shoot at 6 p.m. at the Lovell Gun Range. The entry fee is $25 for 50 targets using the Lewis Scoring Method, and Annie Oakley and Budd Shoot events are also scheduled. A second trap shoot will be held Tuesday, also at 6 p.m. The free concert was not sched- uled this year due to declining at- tendance and budget tightening, Mangus said. The annual Artist Market and Show will begin Wednesday, June 25, running from 1-9 p.m. at the Lovell Recreation Building, 143 E. Main. There will be a youth art- ist's workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. led by Denney NeVille (cost $10). Call Gladys McNeil at 548-7600 for more information. The Artist Market and Show will continue Thursday and Fri- day during the same hours for the show with a high school ($10) and adult ($20) workshop Thursday (1- 3) and a painting party for all com- ers Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. The annual Mustang Fol- lies will take the stage at the SEE 'MUSTANG DAYS SCHEDULE SET,' page 6 "BY PATrl CARPENTER Taylor David Tholin waived his right to a speedy prelimi- nary hearing in district court in Lovell this week. According to the clerk of the court, a new hearing had not been rescheduled, as of Tuesday. According to district court records, Tholin is being held on $100,000 cash bond at Big Horn County Detention Center in Ba- sin after being arrested and charged with two counts of fel- ony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, following an inci- dent that took place in Lovell last weekend. Tholin was arrested following an altercation, which took place in an alley between Kansas and Jersey avenues and Third and Main streets in Lovell on May 31. He is accused of stabbing Ray- mond Montanez multiple times with a knife during the incident. According to Chief of Police Nick Lewis, Montanez was seriously injured, requiring surgery, and was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in Billings. After the stabbing occurred, police searched for the suspect, Tholin, for several hours. Even- tually, officers from the Powell Police Dept., acting on a tip, were able to locate Tholin at a resi- dence in Powell and detained him until Lovell Police officers arrived to make the arrest. Bend. open for launching BY DAVID PECK Big Horn Lake is continu- ing to rise, and boat launching is now open at Horseshoe Bend, National Park Service Chief In- terpreter Christy Fleming said Wednesday. The lake level reached an el- evation of 3619.56 feet Wednes- day morning, climbing toward 3620, according to information on the Bureau of Reclamation website, and Fleming said the courtesy dock is not in place ad- jacent to the boat ramp. Fleming said the lake level is good for ski and fishing boats, though she cautioned that opera- tors with larger boats that draft more water may want to wait an- other week before launching at Horseshoe Bend. Park Service personnel are working to install the log boom at Horseshoe Bend, and Fleming said it should be totally in place by Monday. She said the rental slips and dock will also be in by next week. For current information, contact the National Park Ser- vice visitor center at 548-5405 or check the Friends of Bighorn Lake website at www.bighorn- lake.com. BY PATTI CARPENTER After nine years, Dan Coe is leaving his post as superintendent of Big Horn County School Dis- trict No. 2. With his departure he also leaves a legacy behind includ- ing a massive remodel of the high school campus, a surge in student academic achievement and a top- notch team of administrators and educators. "I think the thing I feel most proud about is improvement in stu- dent academic achievement," said Coe. "That more than anything is an example of the dedication and commitment of the hard work and expertise of the staff, administra- tors and the board. Their laser-like focus on student education is what we're all about." Though modest ,about his role, under his watch the district has achieved high graduation rates and low dropout rates, student test scores have surged and a cohesive- ness and team spirit among staff members has grown. He said the district, like oth- er schools across the state, had to "up its game" in terms of adapting to federal (No Child Left Behind) and state (Wyoming Accountability in Education) standards. To do this he focused on recruiting the best teachers he could find and fought to up their salaries in order to keep them. He also made sure their pro- fessional development was a top PATII CARPENTER After nine years as superintendent of Big Horn County School District No. 2, Dan Coe is leaving exiting his position on Friday to pursue other interests. priority. "There were two things that concerned me when I became su- perintendent," he explained. "One thing was the low salaries. We were second from the bottom out of all the schools in the state on teacher's sal- aries. Nine years later, we are in the top five in the state in regard to our administrator and teacher salaries. 'Tfhen we do entry interview with our teachers and we ask them why they came here, they talk about the good family-oriented commu- nity that is welcoming, they talk about the good performance of stu- dents in the schools, they talk about a good system to work in because of the positive culture that exists in the district and they invariably also mention salaries. I'm not saying sal- aries is the be-all-end-all, but it is a big factor in obtaining and retaining quality staff." The second thing that con- cerned him was that the schools seemed to operate as separate en- tities. Coe said 'he worked hard to overcome this by encouraging a sys- tematic approach throughout K-12 staff and administrators. "It's not one building doing one thing and another building doing another," he explained. '%Tsing this systematic approach helps students make an easier transition from ele- mentary school to middle school to high school because we are doing similar things with curriculum and approach." For this reason, he gives full credit to all three of the schools for achievements like the recent Blue Ribbon Award achieved at the high school level. He attributes this ap- proach to taking the district "from good to great." THE REMODEL One of the most visible achieve- ments from Coe's time as super- intendent is the complete remodel of Lovell High School. The remod- el took six years and is in its final phases this summer. In the year 2001, the State School Facilities Department ex- amined and scored all schools in the state. LHS was ranked in the bot- tom third. Though funds were avail- able to completely rebuild a new high school facility, Coe and the dis- trict's board of directors opted to re- model instead. %Ve conducted a study and SEE 'SUPT. COE RETIRES,' page 6 . 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