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a} a 2 l The Lovell Chronicle | July 9, 2020 Farmers market cancelled The Lovell Farmers Market for the summer of 2020 has been cancelled, organizer Sharron Nicholls an- nounced this week. Nicholls said she feels that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, it is “much safer for everyone to simply cancel the market.” Nicholls said she and her husband, Duane, are looking forward to the 2021 market. The Lovell Farmers Market is traditionally held at Constitution Park every Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm. in August and September. Hyart board suspends movies after low attendance BY DAVID PECK The Hyart Theatre will take a hiatus for the sec— ond time this year this week after low attendance over the past six weeks and a lack of new releas— es led to a loss of reve— nue, board president Mike Steenbakkers announced this week. “The board met last week through emails and phone calls and discussed the immediate future of the Hyart, and we decided to postpone showing mov— ies,” Steenbakkers said. The Hyart had closed on March 13 due to re- strictions on indoor gath- erings issued by state and county public health of- ficials in the wake of the COVID—19 outbreak. After restrictions were eased two months later, the Hy— art started showing mov— ies again the week of May 29-30, startin with “Son— ic the Hedge 0g,” which had been scheduled for March 13-14. There are two factors in the decision, Steenbak- kers said. First, Hollywood has again pushed back re- lease dates for new mov— ies. Movies that were sup- posed to come out in July have been pushed back to August or even Septem- ber, he said, because of re— strictions caused by the coronavirus. “The catalogue of movies we had access to were older movies that had played previously, some of them 20 to 30 years ago or more,” Steenbakkers said. The second factor was a loss of revenue, he said. “Our turnout has been minimal since we re- opened,” Steenbakkers Calling all nature enthusiasts Registration for Wyo— ming BioBlitz 2020 is still open. Wyoming BioBlitz is entrees .erefiof-arkieci.ran: :nfial,‘opportunity for fam- ilies“, students and all na- ture—lovers to survey and learn about plants and wildlife in Wyoming. Any— one can participate by sub- mitting observations of wild organisms from any— where in Wyoming us- in iNaturalist.org during Ju y 17-19. For the last 11 years, Wyoming BioBlitz has been an in—person event, but this year they will be holding it statewide virtually due to the coronavirus. For some friendly com- petition, they’ve divided the state into eight regions. Any observations in Wy— oming submitted will au- tomatically be included in the appropriate regional projects. The participants in the region with the most ob- servations will receive a prize, as will individuals and families who submit the most observations. J OllllllY s Tackle 443 EMain St, Lovell, Wyoming All the necessities are here and affordany priced. Locally-loved, one-room space This proud shack has a host of live and fresh bait for any aquatic palate. Ice fishing equipment stocked, too! Open Quilt Day Tuesday, July'21 9AM — 5PM Lovell Community Center All oil/e welcome. Bring fabric pieces to share or use some from the Guild’s stash. Why participate in Wy— oming BioBlitz? Those in‘ Wyoming , already know how fnnifieeaeaciting. it. is to noticeanew or uncom— mon species around you. WyOming BioBlitz feeds that sense of curiosity and discovery by encouraging people to observe every- thing around them, from the moose to the milli- pedes. By dedicating some time to looking for new species, you’re also likely to learn about wildlife you didn’t even know about.‘ Wyoming BioBlitz is also a great opportunity for families to spend time to- gether doing something out of the ordinary. No level of expertise is needed, which means family members of all ages can enjoy a week— end of exploring nature and the biodiversity in it. Finally, participating in Wyoming BioBlitz con— tributes scientific data that are useful to scientists and conservationists working to study and protect Wy- oming’s wonderful plants and wildlife. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 1141 Shoshone Ave. - Lovell, WY Rosary Sunday - 10:30AM Sacrifice of the Mass Sunday — 11 AM Daily Mass & Confessions; Check monthly calendar on www.8tJosephLovellcom Fr. Glen Szczechowski For weekl schedule call 2282 +7. Chamber of commerce banquet cancelled BY DAVID PECK Local events contin— ue to fall by the wayside due to COVID-19 restric- tions and fears of low at- tendance. The latest vic— tim is the annual Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce Community Ban- quet that was originally scheduled for March 27 and had been postponed until August 14. On Monday, the chamber board of direc— tors voted to cancel the banquet for 2020 and try again next spring. Chamber office man- ager Linda Morrison said most of the awards that were to have been giv— said. “We need to average about 325 (attendees) per weekend to cover costs. We can get by with a little less than that, but our cof- fers are not deep. “A PPP loan helped cover some expenses for a few weeks, but that mon— ey is gone. We have failed to have even a hundred in attendance for a weekend since we reopened.” Weekend totals were 89 for “Sonic” on May 29— June 1, 95 for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” June 4—6, 49 for “Field of Dreams” June 11-13, 80 for “The Mask of Zorro” June 18—20 and 91 for “Zootopia” June 25—27, Steenbakkers said. He did not have attendance totals for “Silverado” last week— end, July 2-4. Ticket prices have been decreased from $5 to $3 per ticket over the last BY REBECCA HUNTINGTON Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange I JACKSONV: People, are now required to wear face coverings in many Jackson businesses. The Jackson Town Council raced to approve an emergency mask ordinance, voting 5—0 at a special meet- ing/Friday afternoon ahead of the holiday weekend. BusineSs owners had pleaded with councilors to pass such an ordinance af— ter expressing frustration with customers rebuff- ing requests for voluntary compliance. Councilor Arne Jor- gensen said that fueled his support for the ordinance. His patience “completely vaporized,” he said, “when I started hearing the ver- bal abuse that our business— es and their staff were tak— ing when they were making the decision, in their private businesses, asking people to put on masks.” Jorgensen said the town needed to send a strong message. The emergency Serving Northern 75o Big Horn County Unila/ 9 Mahala: YEARS (Ami. at the corner of Park & Shoshone, Lovell 307-548-7478 Food Pantry Frida s 3-5 PyM Questions Call 307-548-7512 leave a message. en will simply be pushed forward to next spring, and the speaker will be invited back. The sched- uled speaker was Peter Seibert, executive direc- tor and CEO of the Buf- falo Bill Center of the West in Cody. “We will try to bring him back,” Morrison said. She said the cham— ber will hold a Chang— ing of the gavel ceremo- ny at the next general membership meeting on Monday, July 20, as the chamber resumes the monthly meetings. No firm date has been set for a spring banquet. six weeks, and under state rules, customers were re- quired to wear masks to enter the lobby and pur- chase concessions but could remove the masks after sitting down. “With the industry pushing back titles and us not being able to have any new movies to attract larger crowds, we decid— ed to close temporarily with hopes of reopening in August when the indus— try releases new titles,” Steenbakkers said. “I don’t think the masks (require— ment) were much of a fac- tor. We had only one cou- ple who refused to wear a mask. “There will be no more movies (shown) in July. We’ll look at it at the end of the month and may- be reopen the middle of August.” ordinance requires people to wear face coverings when they are inside or waitin to enteryabusiness, inclu ing health care providers, an when riding in public buses or taxis. The ordinance does not include outdoor spac— es except for when people are waiting in line outside a business. ‘ There are medical ex— ceptions, and children un- der the age of 6 and indi— viduals working in their offices are not required to wear masks. The council heard three public comments, written and verbal, before voting. Bob Culver and Glo- ria Courser both pushed for sticking with volun- tary compliance instead of an ordinance, which could carry a citation and fine of up to $750. That’s the typi- cal fee range for a town or— dinance. In written com- ment, Courser said she went to Town Square to observe the situation Friday and saw many people wearing masks or with masks at the ready. Love“ Assembly of God Church % 310 Idaho Ave.. Lovell Services Morning Worship 10:50 AM Wed. Bible Study 7 PM Rev. Dan Jarvis 307-548-7105 The Bible Church Sunday Worship Service 9 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM lst & 3rd Weeks 6 PM Wednesday Prayer 6:30 PM Rev. Kurt McNabb 307-548-7390 56 E. Main St., Lovell www.10vellbiblechurchwy.net Due to the increased number of absentee bal— lots being requested by citizens, the Big Horn County Clerk’s Office has installed two drop boxes for absentee bal- lots to be returned with— out having to come into the clerk’s office. There is a secure ballot box lo- cated at the Annex in Lovell and one located at the back door of the courthouse. The drop boxes are available to voters 24/7 through August 17. Both boxes are monitored ,with cameras and are locked. Ballots will be “Simply based upon my observed numbers today, 66% voluntary compliance 99$ in the ease eirgieryok- ing pretty darn godd,’ she wrote. ' " She also urged coun- cilors to take into account metrics beyond the number of new positive cases. “When you look at deaths and hospitaliza— tions,” she wrote, “the met- rics do not appear dire.” But business owners John Frechette and Chris- tian Burch, who run three ~shops downtown and em— ploy 18 summer workers, echoed comments from other business owners re- porting that voluntary com- pliance wasn’t cutting it. “We need' your help to keep [our workers] safe and healthy as our town is be— ginning to resemble pho- tos of beaches and pool parties in Florida and Mis— souri,” Frechette and Burch wrote to the town. “There are many people visiting from places where wear- ing masks isn’ta common practice.” 5t. goén ’1 Iatga'zan déutcg 5th 6* Montana, 307-548-7127 Rev. Christopher Brandt AM Worship Service 10: 15 AM Bible Study (Marlon (Wafaomal The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 1 SERVICES T‘ Sunday 1-3PM , atAssembly of God Church C 310 Idaho Ave, Lovell Pastor Gerald Cox 970-629-2085 ‘ For special prayer requests call Pastor Cox. 3, removed daily by elec- tion staff 'and logged into the system for pro- cessing on election day. “In order to facili- tate social distancing and voter convenience, we encourage voters to utilize these box— es to return their 2020 Primary ballot,” Coun- ty Clerk Lori Smallwood said. “These boxes will also be available during the General Election in September/November.” Any questions about the absentee voting pro- cess can be directed to the clerk’s office at 307-568—2357. Jackson council approves facemask requirement The shop owners re— ported providing customers With freermasks- butiwamed that approach might; not be sustainable. / , “We are giving away over 100 dispOsable masks per day,” they wrote, add— ing that “our days consist of speaking _of or extinguish- ing aggressions about mask wearing.” ' Supporters argue that an ordinance will lead to higher rates of mask wear- ing, which will help control disease transmission and reduce the risk of having to shut down businesses in the future. The town ordinance ap- plies only within town lim- its and could be replaced by a countywide order submit- ted to the state earlier this week by Teton County Dis- trict Health Officer Dr. Tra— vis Riddell. State attorneys are re— viewing that order. Town At- torney Lea Colasuonno said she was able to speak with the state attorneys briefly and updated the town ordi- nance based on their input. DRIVER'S