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BY RYAN FI'IZMAURICE Coming home to Lovell to lead a district as superintendent for the first time, Doug Hazen couldn’t have picked a more complicated moment. As COVID—19 continues to be a present reality in Wyoming, Ha- zen’s first task comes with no easy answers: What will education look like in Lovell come fall? “It’s been two days now (since I started the job) and that’s all we’ve discussed,” Hazen said. “It’s a dif- ficult issue to tackle for sure. Bap— tism b one. T is is the real deal coming in. Right off the bat.” At least there’s this point of solace, as Hazen begins his rook— ie year as superintendent, when it comes to a problem like this: years of experience don’t always mean that much. “The superintendent I just worked for retired this year. He had between 44 and 47 years of ex- perience. And his last words were ‘Doug, it wouldn’t matter if I had 47 or 77 years of experience, nothing prepares you for something like this,” Hazen recalled. “This is a once in a lifetime issue.” Hazen is a familiar sight with— in Lovell school hallways. His ca- PRISTINE STREAM WW fire. No softballs on this ' reer began at Lovell High School, where current principal Scott O’Tremba hired him as a math teacher. “You all remember me riding Doug Hazen LOVELL, WYOMING I VOLUME 114, NUMBER 48 ' JULY 9. 2020 $1 Coming o: aen begins as superintendent up here with a bike and a backpack looking just like a student 12 years ago,” he told Lovell residents at a March public forum earlier this year. It didn’t take long for him to rise up through the ranks. When he left the district to take a po- sition as junior high principal in Columbia Falls, Mont., just last year, he left behind his post as the Lovell Middle School Principal and Special Education Director for the district. Hazen said he recognized that there was still room for him to rise Within the district when he left last year, but leaving was nec- essary, he said. He needed to ex— perience something different if he was going to be the leader he yearned to be. “This district is a huge part of me, but there was a feeling last year, I had spent my entire career within the district. I take this job as superintendent very serious and I knew there was potential, things had gone very well for me within the district. But I just hadn’t known anything else. I hadn’t seen anything else.” Hazen said. “Would I be prepared? I don’t know that one year necessarily does that, but it gave me a different perspective.” COLUMBIA FALLS At Columbia Falls Junior High, SEE ‘HAZEN BEGINS AS SD#2 SUPERINTENDENT’ page 6 DAVID PECK The light of a summer morning paints a pretty picture of the South Tongue River at the Tie Flume Campground in the Bighorn National Forest. BY DAVID PECK A man with a long record of service to his country and his community has been selected as the parade marshal for the Byron Day Parade this Saturday. Joe Mooney, a 40—year resi— dent of Byron, is a veteran of the Marine Corps, a retired contrac— tor and small businessman, for- mer town councilman, youth lead- er and religious leader who has served both the Gideons organi— zation and a community church in Burlington. “It was a heck of a surprise to me. They’re scraping the bottom of the barrel,” Mooney joked about his selection as parade marshal. Mooney is a city boy who made his way to small—town, rural Wyoming in the 1970s. He grew up on the southwest side of Chicago White Sox territory — but was a Future of local BY RYAN FI'IZMAURICE As the number of confirmed COVID—19 cases in Big Horn County continues to increase, the county is beginning to grapple with what the upcoming school year might look like. The answers to those ques- tions may significantly influence health outcomes within Big Horn County, according to county health officer Dr. David Fairbanks. Mooney named 2020 Byron Day parade maShal The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 Contact us at: 307—548—221 7 - www.love|lchronicle.com closet Cubs fan, he said, because his mother grew up on the north side of the city, Cubs land. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 and served three years of active duty and three years in the reserves, serving six months at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the 2nd battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, a security detachment, and the 2nd Reconnaissance Bat- talion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He came home to the 1970s protests that marked the Vietnam War. “It was a terrible time in Chi— cago,” he said. “We (servicemen) became the enemy of everyone, called baby killers and momma rapists. I had to put everything in my foot locker — until 9/11. You put your head down, go to work and try to make a living.” One positive thing that did happen to Mooney was meeting his wife and love of his life, Pam, his second marriage, and they made a decision together: “We wanted to go where there were more cows than people.” So in 1975 the couple made a slow, 15-day drive from Chicago to Wyoming, getting to know plenty of fishing holes along the way, and arrived in Thermopolis. “I really liked it there,” he said. “That was our adventure, our honeymoon, which has lasted 44 years.” Mooney went to work for the boys school in Worland, then an insulation company. Then he and Pam drove through Lovell one day during the win- ter and were surprised at the lack of snow. He went to work as a brick mason for Jay Wardell and a Joe Mooney I SEE ‘MOONEY PARADE MARSHAL’ page 6 Slimmed down Byron Day set for Saturday BY DAVID PECK It may not have as many events as in past years, but the annual By- ron Day celebration will take place this Saturday, July 11. Event coordinator Rebec- ca Bates said the slimmed down celebration will feature just four events this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, all of them on Satur- day. There will be no Friday ni ht teen dance or family carnival t is yean Saturday’s activities will be- gin with the Byron Days Fun Run at 7 a.m. starting in front of Jones Park. Organized once a ain by Ca- leb and Lexi Sanders, t e fun run features both a mile run and a 5K. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with a $5 fee for each runner. ‘ There will be a drawing for prizes. Call 307-272—0469 or 307- 272-0923 for more information. The Byron Days Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. and will be a normal parade, Bates said, with entries to gather at the east end of Main Street. The parade will run west and back east again on the other side of the street. Gilbert Cordova is again organizing the parade. He may be reached at 307— 548-7543 or 307-272—8788. “We are promoting social dis- tancing and ask people to stay in family groups,” Bates said. Cordova said the theme will be a salute to first responders, 2020 graduates and veterans, but any and all entries are welcome. Entries are asked to gather by 9:45 a.m., and Cordova would like to have all entries by Thursday to set the lineup. He asks that if anyone plans to throw candy during the parade, they are asked to wear gloves. The always popular volleyball tournament is scheduled to be in early again this year 11 a.m. — ue to the expected large number of teams competing and will be held at Jones Park this year, rather than the baseball park. Teams can register ($60 each) by calling coordinator Natalie Col- lins at 307—760—1557. There will be no water slides or games in the park this year, Bates said, due to the coronavirus, but there may be a few food ven- dors in the park for the volleyball tournament or those simply en- joying the park. A Byron High School alumni gathering will be held Saturday at 5 pm. at Town Hall, Bates said. The annual fireworks show will be held at dusk, provided by Dustin Short, who also put on the Mustang Days show this year. Bates said the show will launch from the baseball field this year, and in order to promote social dis- tancing, 24-by-24-foot boxes for families with up to 30 people will be sold for a $100 fee, with six feet between each box. Boxes may be reserved by calling Town Hall at 307—548-7490. Purchasing a box uarantees a place to watch the s ow, Bates said, noting that once the park reaches a certain capacity, “we’re not allowed to let anybody else in.” She added that there will be room for people to be in their cars around the baseball field, and some bleachers will also be available. “We want people to have a good time within the limits the planning committee has been giv- en," Bates said. “We cannot open the field until 7 pm, and we have to count every person. education discussed as COVlD-19 cases continue to climb Three new cases were report— ed this week, bringing the total county case count to 21. The coun— ty has also identified four proba- ble cases. Due to the recent spike in positive tests, the number of ac— tive cases stands at half of the total cases confirmed since the begin— ning of the pandemic. The county currently has identified 12 cases as being active. The 18th case was reported by Big Horn County Public Health on July 3, the release stating that the case is an adult female and was re— lated to domestic travel. On July 4, a 19th case was con- firmed. The release stated this case is an adultmale, and that his exposure to COVID—19 was work related and occurred outside of Big Horn County. On the morning of July 7, the county confirmed the 20th case, an adult male. As of press time, no further information was available on how infection occurred. In another update, Fairbanks revealed in the July 6 COVID—19 Incident Command Team regular meeting that a cluster of six cas- es identified last week was related to the operation of a daycare. The daycare has since been closed, ac- cording to Fairbanks. “The state is working with the owner. Everybod on the staff has been tested, Fair anks said. “Those results have been encouraging.” The county has not confirmed the location of the da care. 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