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00i00iill LOVELL LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 110, NUMBER 01 THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015 75C Taylor accepts job in Montana BY DAVID PECK Lovell Inc. CEO Sue Taylor announced this week that she has accepted a new position as Economic Development Direc- tor for Beartooth Resource Con- servation and Development - a five-county economic develop- ment district in Montana with headquarters in Joliet. Over the last two years, Lovell Inc. has attempted to ex- pand its service area to include all of Big Horn County, form- ing the countywide organiza- tion Grow Big Horn County. Funding for the organization, which has been primarily borne over the years by the Town of Lovell, was to be spread among the nine county municipalities, along with the Big Horn County government. When it was learned that most of the municipalities and the county commissioners had opted to not include the invest- ment in Grow Big Horn Coun- ty in their 2015-16 fiscal year budgets, the Lovell Inc. board of directors and Taylor had some tough decisions to make, Tay- lor said, noting that the Town of Lovell's requested investment of $20,226 was included in the budget being prepared by the Lovell Town Council. That amount would have al- lowed Taylor to work only two days a week, so she began to ex- plore options. Her new job will begin in July, and the Lovell SUE TAYLOR Inc. board and the Town of Lovell will work on a transition plan and decide if and how to continue economic development in the future. Taylor was hired in April of 2008. "I've really enjoyed my time here and can see the difference a consistent economic develop- ment effort has made," Taylor said. "I hope the positive for- ward movement will continue into the future. I wish the com- munity well." Current Lovell Inc. board of directors members include Elaine Harvey, Joseph Shum- way, Sarah Johnson, Tom New- man, Valerie Beal and David Peck. Follies to honor 'Hometown Glory' BY DAVID PECK Entertainment with a home- town touch promises to delight the audience next Wednesday and Thursday when the annu- al Mustang Follies variety show is staged at the Hyart Theatre in Lovell. "Hometown Glory" is the theme of the Follies, inspired by a painting of the same name by Lovell native Krystal Welch Brown depicting Lovell Main Street looking west toward the sugar factory. "We love the words, but we're using the picture also, a digi- tal image on the screen as peo- ple walk in and at times during the show," co-chairman Cristy Jameson said. "Krystal will be here with prints for sale, too." The evening begins each day at 7:15 p.m. with the Dollies of the Follies and the Mustang Band, directed by Michael Mon- tanez, performing on the street in front of the Hyart. Dollies, cho- reographed by Nicole Hender- shot, are Sara Green, Sara Fink, Kari Angell, Shannon Warman, Stephanie Wagner and Danielle Peck. SEE 'HOMETOWN GLORY' page 6 COURTESY PHOTO Members of the North Big Horn Hospital's board of trustees joined CEO Rick Schroeder at a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. Celebrating the start of a much anticipated construction project are (l-r) Chad Lindsay, Don Minchow, Bruce Wacker, Schroeder, Bill Camp, Mary Mathews and Linda NeVille. North Big Horn Hospital breaks ground for construction project BY PATTI CARPENTER North Big Horn Hospital fi- nally got the green light to break ground on a project contractors hoped to start more than two months ago. According to Mitch Goplen, Vice President of Facil- ity Services for Billings Clinic, and Ric Heldt, of A&E Architects, staff changes and other ineffi- ciencies at the state level caused the approval to be delayed. Oth- er hospital projects throughout the state experienced similar de- lays in approvals required to start projects. Goplen and Heldt updated the hospital's board of trustees on the project at their regularly sched- uled board meeting on Tuesday night. Members had participat- ed in a groundbreaking ceremony earlier that same day. Goplen assured the board, that, in spite of losing a full two and half months on the project while waiting for state approval, he was confident the exterior as- pects of the project could still be complete by the time winter sets in. He said, once those aspects are complete, crews will be able to continue to work on the interior projects even in winter conditions. Goplen said hiring a third party plan reviewer helped move the project along. With "paper in hand" explained Heldt, general contractor Sletten Construction, of Cody, is now able to proceed with the foundation and framing while other aspects are reviewed by the state. He said the remain- ing plans are in the reviewer's hands and he is waiting to re- ceive additional comments early this week. Both Goplen and Heldt felt confident that, with the help of the third party plan review- er, they can keep the project on track. Goplen explained that the state is now requiring NBHH to agree to changes to some existing areas to comply with certain re- quirements before the new work can be approved. Those require- ments include adding fire sprin- klers in certain areas and moving some doors and windows, chang- ing how the walls are rated for fire protection in certain areas and changing how the care cen- ter connects to the hospital. He said he expects that some of the changes will actually reduce the budget somewhat, especially re- moving windows on the south- west wall in the lobby/registra- tion area. Some board members expressed concern about losing natural light in the area, but both Goplen and Heldt assured them that the lighting system designed for the system would be adequate and aesthetically pleasing. Heldt said he was planning to meet with contractors on Wednes- day to go over the required chang- es and to get new bids. He said he expects impact to the budget to be fairly minor, because deletion of windows in the lobby/registration area will actually reduce the cost of the project by about $30,000, acting as a "counterweight" to the cost of the other required changes. The two reported that the general contractor jumped right on the project as soon as the dis- trict received the word that it could proceed with the founda- tion. The contractor has already fenced off the area where the new foundation will be built and has already rented a nearby empty lot for its onsite portable office and equipment. In the interest of time, Goplen asked the board to authorize the core construction team to make changes that amount to a cost of $10,000 or les without board ap- proval. The request was approved unanimously. COURTESY PHOTO An Eraser, played by Ethan McDowell, left, searches for some rebels during the science fiction film "RZ-9." The first feature length film to be shown at the Hyart Film Festival, "RZ-9" will be screened tonight (Thursday) during the science fiction session of the festival, along with two short films. Hyart Film Festival this weekend in Lovell nights," Zeller said. Each session will run just about two hours, he said. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus the animated session Saturday at 3 p.m. Here's a look at this year's lineup: Thursday, June 18, is Sci-Fi Night, featuring two short films: plus the full-length feature "RZ- 9" - the first feature length film SEE 'FILM FESTIVAL' page 6 BY DAVID PECK The sixth annual Hyart Film Festival kicks off tonight (Thurs- day) in Lovell with a bang and continues through Saturday night at the historic Hyart Theatre. Festival director Jason Zeller said the festival will feature a sci- ence fiction night and the best of the animated films from the fes- tival, plus some past favorites, a full-length feature film and the sequel to last year's award-win- ning "Absaroka" filmed in North- west Wyoming. Films have already been pre- judged, but festival attendees will still vote for the annual People's Choice Award. There is no horror category this year, Zeller said, but a new genre has been added: historical film, some of which have already received high marks from judges. "We have a pretty good dis- tribution of quality over the three Actor Ethan McDowell, LHS grad, returns to Lovell for film festival BY DAVID PECK A lifetime love of movies has taken a former Lovell resident and Lovell High School graduate to the silver screen - and he'll be in Lovell tonight (Thursday) to talk about his experiences as the sixth annual Hyart Film Festival opens. Ethan McDowell, a 1998 graduate of Lovell High School, stars in the science fiction film "RZ-9" - the first feature length film to be shown at the festival. The 90-minute movie will be shown during tonight's science fiction session along with short films "Schnitzel" and "Phoenix." McDowell also plays a lead- ing role in the newly made sci- ence fiction film "Space Command Redemption," continuing to build his acting resume. And it all be- gan in Lovell, where McDowell lived for around seven years af- ter moving with his family, father and mother Jon and Kim McDow- ell and brother Tyler. "I've always loved movies," McDowell said during an inter- view last week from Los Angeles. "Even in high school my buddies and I made a film as a book report for LB Kummerfeld's class based on the short story 'The Lottery.' "Looking back, it (the film) was absolutely ridiculous. It was horrible. But it was a lot of fun.? He also recalls a walk-on bit part in the Mustang Follies one year. ETHAN MCDOWELL After two years at North- west College, McDowell earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and exercise sports science at the University of Wyoming, graduat- ing in 2003. During his senior year at UW he took a beginning acting class as an elective and said he did well in the class. "The teacher said if I want- ed to do something serious with it (acting), I should pursue it," he said. "That was kind of neat to hear." McDowell moved to Califor- nia and was working in the An- telope Valley area near Lancast- er and Palmdale north of Los SEE "MCDOwELL RETURNS' page6 lll[l!!JIIl!l!!![lllli"0000 ' o The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-22 7 www.lovellchron=cle.com