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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 5, 2012 Fire ban in effect in Big Horn County, Bighorn Forest Big Horn County is- sued a partial fire ban last Thursday until further no- tice. County Fire Warden Brent Godfrey said the com- missioners agreed to the partial ban and Chairman Jerry Ewen signed a reso- lution outlining the restric- tions last week. The fire ban is autho- rized through state statute when, according to the res- olution, "fire danger in the county is extreme because of drought, the presence of any excessive amount of flammable material or for any other sufficient reason." The partial ban is for all state and private land within Big Horn County. Under the ban, dis- charge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in unimproved areas, de- fined as cropland, agricul- tural land and undeveloped land which predominately remains in its natural for- ested or range condition. Exceptions to the ban are: • Trash or refuse burned between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. inside containers equipped with spark arrest- ers and are located within a cleared area that has at least 10+foot radius, and comply with all other laws and requirements. • Camp fires contained with an established fire ring at an established camp- ground provided the fire is in compliance with BLM, Forest Service and Nation- al Park Service regulations in effect at the time. • Charcoal fires within enclosed grills. • Use of acetylene cut- ting torches or electric arc welder provided the torches or welders are used within cleared area with at least a 10-foot radius. *Propane or open fire branding activities pro- vided the branding activi- ties are conducted within a cleared area with at least a 10-foot radius. *Use of chain saw pro- vided the chain saw has spark arresters properly in- stalled and functioning. • Federal, state or local fire or law enforcement of- ricers participating in fire, emergency, and law en- forcement activities. • Fireworks discharged on private land only be- tween the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. through July 3, and from 8 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. July 4. Fireworks, as always, are prohibited on county land, state land and other public lands. Violation of the fire ban could result in a fine of up to $100 and/or imprison- ment of up to 30 days in jail. Fireworks are allowed in Lovell on July 4 only from 8 a.m. to midnight. FOREST RESTRICTIONS Stage I fire restrictions went into effect on the Big- horn National Forest at midnight Sunday, July 1. Low snowpack and an unseasonably warm and dry spring have prompted the restrictions. "The three main reasons I decided to put the order in place are the dry fuel conditions, the excessive number of unat- tended camp fires on the forest, and the depleted fire fighter resources," said For- est Supervisor Bill Bass. The following prohibi- tions are in effect until fur- ther notice: • Building, maintain- ing, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler, grill, or barbecue, or a coal or wood stove with- out a permit, except within agency approved fire grates at Forest Service designat- ed developed campgrounds, picnic grounds, or in an area posted by a Forest Officer allowing fires. Liquefied and bottle gas stoves, lan- terns, or heating devices, or a fully enclosed (sheepherd- er or large tent-type) stove with a ¼ inch spark arrest- er type screen may be used, provided such devices meet the fire underwriters speci- fications for safety *Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a mini- mum rating of 2A, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or build- ing, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. *Welding, or operat- ing acetylene or other torch with open flame or arc; ex- cept within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment, and with an 8 ounce chemical pressurized fire extinguisher. Violation of these reg- ulations is punishable as a class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organiza- tion, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both. Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wild- land fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire. As people plan Fourth of July celebrations, the Forest Service reminds ev- eryone that fireworks are il- legal on federal lands. Any- one discharging fireworks can be fined up to $5,000 and spend up to six months in jail. For more information, contact Bighorn National Forest offices in Sheridan, Lovell, or Buffalo, or vis- it the Bighorn's website at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/. will be doing AERIAL 9PRAYINO for mosquitoes FRIDAY, JULY 6+, the early morning hours, weather permitting, or the 00ext available day. Call the tow00 office at 54-8-6799 VOTE VOTE Lovell Inc. to host commercial property open house July 20 BY DAVID PECK North Big Horn Coun- ty residents with commer- cial property for sale or lease may want to mark their calendars for Friday, July 20, and participate in the commercial proper- ty open house being spon- sored by Lovell Inc., Direc- tor Sue Taylor announced this week. Taylor said the open house is designed to show- case available commercial property in the area and is free of charge to property owners wanting to partici- pate. Lovell Inc. will bear the cost of advertising the event. The open house will run from i to 4 p.m. on July 20, and Taylor said owners would ideally be on hand and have the building open during that three-hour pe- riod. The Lovell Inc. build- ing will be open to showcase the business incubator and to pass out maps. "Property owners should contact us and we'll compile a list and a map," Taylor said. "We have a variety of properties avail- able, some that are move- in ready and others that would take some work to suit the tenant. We'll show- case property both for lease and for sale, and we know there's property available both in Lovell and Byron, but there may be others in the surrounding area. "It works very similar to a regular open house, allow- ing people to view a proper- ty from the inside and talk to a representative." Taylor said Lovell Inc. will run advertising in Billings, Powell, Cody, Casper and other areas to invite those who may wish to purchase or lease a prop- erty. "That's one of our roles (at Lovell Inc.), to do some property matchmaking," Taylor said. "We felt it would be a fun and novel approach to do an afternoon with multiple available properties." Loveli council wraps up budget year BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Town Coun- cil met in special session Friday to tie up some loose ends before the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended June 30. The council voted to ap- prove a resolution - 2012-9 - providing for the transfer of unappropriated surplus funds from one area of the budget to another. Town Clerk/Treasur- er Valerie Beal explained that some departments had higher-than-expected ex- penses in certain areas and it was necessary to trans- fer funds from budget line items that were not used during the fiscal year. She said the overall budget re- mained the same. Funds were trans- ferred, under the resolu- tion, in the following areas: • Police Dept., trans- ferred from Economic De- velopment - Investigation expense, $807.90; animal control, $3,908.56; hiring expenses, $1,214; vehicle fuel and service, $2,228.18. • Streets Dept., trans- ferred from Economic De- velopment - Sweeper up- keep, $7,087.23. • Parks Dept., trans- ferred from Area Promo- tion - Vehicle maintenance, $3,942.85. The council also voted to pay bills that were re- quired to be paid under the 2011-12 budget. On a different topic, Bart Haskell of Technical Edge Consulting of Billings discussed with the council research he conducted re- cently in regard to comput- er problems experienced by the Lovell Police Dept. Beal said the PD's server has had issues, noting that the problems have not affect- ed the recently purchased RIMS dispatching system. Haskell briefed the council on the needs in the areas of hardware, the op- erating system, network configuration and data res- toration, as well as possi- ble maintenance and pro- tection options. Costs are estimated to be $12,000 to $15,000, Beal said, depend- ing on what Haskell finds as he gets into the project. The council voted to proceed with upgrading the Police Dept. computers. NORTHWEST RURAL WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE The regular monthly meeting of the Northwest Rural Water District Board of Directors has been changed from Tuesday, July 10, 2012 to Tuesday, July 17, 2012 to allow for the public hearing on the budget for fiscal year 2012-2013. The meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Park County Annex in Powell beginning at 7:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call 307-527-4426. Dossie Overfield, Manager CONSIDERING A I Dr. Gregory Stewart Why not have it done by the only board certified urologist located full time in the basin? D.. GREGORY STEWARY UROLOGICAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN WYOMING 1 PC Specializing in the "no needle/no scalpel technique." 15 minute office procedure. Frequently done on Friday with the possibility of back to light-duty work on Monday. Vasectomy reversals also available at competitive pricing. Clinics held in Greybull (Midway Clinic) and Thermopolis (Hot Springs Co. Memorial Hospital) 225 W. YELLOWSTONE AVE., SUITE g • CORY, WY To schedule an appoinlment please call 307-587-5131 HEALTH CARE The subject of health care is critical since a federal take over will kill the freedoms we now enjoy, preserved by past generations. Obamacare has little to do with health care and everything to do with federal control over the citizenry and redistribution of income. For the first time, Obamacare has granted the Feds the power to mandate every citizen to purchase a commercial product - health insurance! Since the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the mandate as a "tax," now the federal government can mandate anything it wants as long as it is termed a "tax!" Next they will mandate the purchase of helmets for horsemen! (Since the gov't is now paying your MD bill!) If you think I am kidding, look at New York City where they have banned transfat and salt on restaurant tables, and are now outlawing sugary soda in excess of 16 oz! Your freedoms are dying at an alarming rate. To illustrate this control, review the following taken out of Obamacare: • A government committee decides what treatments you receive, and have directaccess to your : bank account for funds transfer! • The government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life. • The 18S will monitor your purchase of health insurance or tax you to death. The Feds will use this control to "fundamentally change" America. A recent administration's mandate "ordered" religious institutions to provide medical insurance that guarantee free birth control, tubal ligation, etc., all of which violate Church doctrine on the sanctity of life. Catholic leaders have declared that they would go to jail than to abide by the regulation. This is religious, anti-Christian persecution! It is leftist tyranny by mandate. The left can now impose their agenda on the entire country by calling their mandates "insurance". Abortion on demand is next. We will soon be forced to subsidize the entire wish list of the San Francisco City Council recast as "Health Insurance". This is the trashing of the Constitution. On what authority does it say that the President can order a private company to provide a service at no charge? This is dictatorship! Government by presidential decree is done all the time. That is, if you live in Cuba or Venezuela! By increasing such mandates with the demand that they not charge a fee, fewer insurance companies will remain in the business. The left wants them all gone so they can have a complete take over of all healthcare! Here is my solution to this issue: Brain surgery not needed here. These common sense solutions will have a dramatic effect on lowering the cost of healthcare and insurance making it more affordable and more patient-centered. 1. Tax free healthcare savings accounts. When you have skin in the game, you make far better choices. 2. Health insurance should work similar to auto insurance. Auto insurance does not cover you for maintenance such as oil changes, but, is for unexpected, catastrophic losses. So should healthcare. Health insurance should protect you from financial loss from the cost of heart attacks, cancer and so on. If YOU choose an insurance plan to cover preventive medicine, you would pay a higher premium. However, that would be YOUR choice. 3. Interstate compacts with other states. Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, North and South Dakota should form an interstate compact to increase the marketplace for health insurance. It's called COMPETITION! 4. Medical providers should compete. They should publish their rates and hourly charge to increase competition. 5. Tort reform. Sorry fellow lawyers, but, tort reform is a must and will reduce malpractice liability premiums, and will bring down the cost of health insurance. 6. Health insurance premiums should be tax deductible. 7. We need a state run health insurance exchange separate from the feds. Gather as many insurance companies to this interstate compact to compete for business. This exchange would be an internet marketplace displaying all the companies, the policies they offer, the services, plans they offer and the prices. This will reduce costs and increase competition. There are far too many "Republicans" in the State House, including my opponent, willing to surrender our state sovereignty for the nickels and dimes the federal government gives them, but fails to consider the strings, regulations, mandates, and long term consequences, that come with the pennies they receive. Only Wyoming is able to properly design a health care system for Wyomingites. Go to robforhouse.com + eMail: rob@robforhouse.com I ask for your support and your vote on August 21stI Paid for by the Candidate, Rob DiLorenzo ....... IIII III ...... ! ....... III ............... UI ! .......................... J ............................................. ........................................ 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