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BY RYAN FITZMAURlCE The community watch continues to succeed in Byron. Big Horn Sheriff Ken Blackburn said the group, now almost a year old, has proven to be a great asset for both the community of By— ron and the Big Horn Sher— iff’s Department. Now signs have been posted through— out the community alerting residents and visitors to the group’s presence. “We meet monthly and in these monthly meet- ings, we talk about different types of safety, the neigh— borhood watch model or the community watch mod- el. It’s the police, commu- nity and the citizens work- ing together to approve the lifesty e of their citizens,” Blackburn said. “It’s not limited to just criminal ac— tivity, it’s also public safety.” Public meetings have been suspended since COVlD-19 hit, but additional meetings should be sched- uled soon. In the meantime, the group has still been as active as ever. “It’s really brought us together, especially with COVID—IQ. We still stay in contact with each other, we still call people,” member Todd Wilder said. “There’s an outreach piece of this that’s really working well.” Deb Wilder, a founder of the group, said as commu- nity members were quar— antining, the group played a pivotal role in keeping the community tight knit. “We’d even just send each other little jokes, some laughs, just to light- en up the situation,” said Deb Wilder. Blackburn said one of his favorite things watch— ing the group is seeing the bond that has grown among its members. “It’s fun to see the uni- t that’s developed among t is group,” Blackburn said. The group has played a crucial role in other situa- tions, as well. When 8,000 cubic feet per second was released into the Shoshone River last week, the com— munity watch helped keep children in the community safe and dry. “It gave us the oppor— tunity to say keep the kids home, keep the grand- kids home, make sure they don't play in the river until it drops back down,” Black— burn said. “It was just a good notification of emer— gencies. in the area, and that’s what community watch is designed to do. It’s apolitical, and we’re work- ing for the good of every citizen.” The group has also started an incentive pro— gram for children. If a child is caught 'doing a good RYAN FITZMAURICE Members of the Byron Neighborhood Watch stand together in front of the Byron town sign. Above them to the left a second sign recently placed informs visitors of their presence. From left to right stand Harriet Jackson, Duane JacksOn, Savanna Nash, Deb Wilder, Todd Wilder, Heidi Brightly, Joyce Zarate, Linda NeVille, Pam Hopkinson, Sheriff Ken Blackburn, Deputy Austin Leonhard and Deputy Nathan Krieder. deed, they’ll receive a cer- tificate for a free candy bar from the post office. The Community Watch began July 2019, when By- ron transitioned their law enforcement from a town police force to being pro— tected solely by the Big Horn County Sheriff’s De- partment. Mayor Pam Hop- kinson said the group al— lowed that transition to be positive. “It gave us an opportu- nity to get to know our of— ficers, and our sheriff has been so great in supporting us and making sure we had the resources to start the Cowley Pioneer Daycoming together BY DAVID PECK ' ' ‘Details are comingin about the Cowley Pioneer Day'cel'ebration, which will take place next Friday and Saturday, July 17—18. According to commit— tee member Sherie Monk, COVID—19 restrictions and other factors have forced the cancellation of four events: the Heritage Pro— gram at the church, kids games in the park, the vol- leyball tournament and the evening variety show. Many events remain, however. Here’s a look at theevents as planned: . Friday. July 17 .7 Ice Cream Social at the town park, 7 pm. Saturday, July 18 Fun Run, 7 am, one mile and 5K run, 5K and Cannery bike race. Register a 6:30 am. Line up on Main Street in front of Town Hall. Call Jodi Winland about any questions. Kiddie Parade, 9:30 am. Line up in front of Town Hall. No motorized vehicles. Pioneer Day Parade, 10 am. Line up begins at 9 am. at the city shop at the west Road -' end of town. Call Janeen Blackburn at 307-254f13f32 fer more information_,“j" “ ' - Classic Car Show, noon, Rocky Mountain El— ementary School. Show moved this year due to the water tower construction. - Horseshoe tourna— ment at the park, 1 pm, or— ganized by Butch Fink. - Cornhole tournament in the park, 1 pm, spon- sored by the Cowley Recre— ation District. Pioneer Day Rodeo, 2 pm, sponsored by the Cow- ley Riding Club. Call 307— 664—2235 for information. FireWorks in the Park, 10 pm, sponsored by the Town of Cowley and the Pi- oneer Day Committee. Monk said those watch— ing the fireworks are invit— ed to do so from their own yard or from a‘car, in or— der to help promote social distancing at the park. The fireworks will be launched from the baseball diamond, she said. There will be multiple food options around town, Monk said, as well as sever- al retail vendors at the park. Northwest College annoUnces fall 2020 reopening plan After receivin a proval July6by the Boar 0 Trust— ees, Northwest College has released a reopening plan for fall 2020, which includes precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID—19 and a mixture of flexible in—person and online course options for students. The approach aims to be as disruption-re- sistant to student learning as possible. “While our goal is for students to have a nor- mal, uninterrupted semes- ter, we also want to keep them safe,” NWC President Stefani Hicswa said. “This plan puts us on the right path toward reducing the spread of COVID—19 while remaining student centered and focused on delivering high-quality education.” Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be re— quired. All employees and students will be required to wear face coverings, main- tain social distancing prac— tices and limit in—person ‘ gatherin s. Members of the public w 0 visit campus are required to do the same. “We’re excited to wel- come students back in the fall, but it’s important to note that our priority is to keep students safe and support them in completing fall se- mester successfully,” Hicswa said. “Students should be as- sured that if they begin the semester online or in—per— son, we will have resources available to help them finish the term successfully, even if we are directed to close campus by county or state health officials." Increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces are also part of the plan. In addition, students who choose to live on cam— pus will live in a single room for a reduced rate, and work is underway to modify din— ing services to maintain so- cial distancing. There are six designated objectives that guide NWC’s strategy for responding to COVID—19, which include the following: protect employ— ees’ and students’ health and safety, communicate regu- larly and clearly, maintain continuity and integrity of services, when/where pos- sible, limit or reduce finan- cial or legal impacts when/ where possible, establish and maintain contacts and connections with federal, state or local officials and restore regular college op— erations partially or entirely when/where possible. The plan is desi ned to be adaptable to al ow for up-to—date information and changing conditions. Full implementation of the plan is contingent on NWC re— ceiving federal fundin from the Coronavirus Ai , Re- lief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information, visit https://nwc.edu/covid. &1 Mile Fun Run at ,:}';Town Park/Center Street . assentry fee. Drawing for prizes at 1 the end of the run; ,‘Cbntact Caleb, Sanders at , soy—azz-oezseptexi Sanders at H 30742:?2z-0469for. more‘information, Market Row Vendors: around Town Parkl‘g v Center Street Therewi'aib'e ' ' a limited amount of vendors located ' : around the park. _' I. Y. Food Vendors: Andy’s Donuts, 'Elj'orft' Hawg Heaven, Munchies, .. Topp 01a Concessions Paradeo . ain'Stree'tii V .,.(fie/d opens at PM) a July 9,2020 The Lovell Chronicle I3 The new Cowley ANNETTE Moss water tower appears to be a surrounded by a hu e shower curtain during painting work recently. Resi ents of Cowley have been watching the progress of the project with great interest. Cowley News What is going on with the water tower? BY DENA MOSS 406—531-0681 Over the past few months We noticed changes occurring to the new water tower. First, these metal protrusions from the outside of the top came into View, mak— ing it appear like a huge birdie that you would play badminton with. Then a huge curtain surrounded the entire tank, making it look like a great big show— er. The next day the show- er curtain down and it didn’t look any'djfferent. Nothing magical had hap- pened behind the curtain that I could see. After vis— iting with the crew, I now understand more of what is happening. They have been sand- blasting inside and out in an effort to get rid of any rust that had devel— oped over the winter from the raw metal being ex— posed to the moisture. it was very visible under- neath the tank, and an ob- vious difference where it had been sandblasted and primed. By the time it is completed the tower will have received, thorough- ly and throughout, at least three coats of paint and primer. One morning as I was walking/jogging with two of my grandsons from out of town we saw a few men who appeared to be in har— nesses attached to ropes scaling the outside of the water tower. The boys be— gan cheering and holler— ing because they were so impressed. I made quick note to hush them since I imagined how dangerous it must have been work— ing that high. I informed them that those men were risking their lives to build the new water tower so we would have a better wa— ter supply and should be shown some reverence in order for them to con- centrate on the work the were doing. I’m sure al the safety measures are in place. A man basket is at— tached to the side of the tower, along with paint— er rings to attach to it, as well. Improvements that will happen include a larg— er volume of water and a mixer or agitator inside the tank to circulate the water, keeping it fresh- er'jTW'o‘ lines Will be going into the tank, 'one going in and one going out, where the old tank only had one line going in and out both. The water pressure will increase by 10 pounds. When all is complete it will look like the old wa- ter tower, with maroon, not red, lettering with the name of the town dis— played, much taller and more visible. When asked how things are oing, the man- ager state that the wind was a real problem for a while, but now things are going well. In fact, the wind broke the flag pole, but they were able' to re- attach it. The flag is look— ing a little tattered, like our country it has had a few problems, but judg- ing by the fireworks on the Fourth of July in Cowley, we love our country and support her with dramat— ic spirit! FYI: Boost’s Steam Camp will be held at Cow- ley Town Park during the month of July, free for all Rocky Mountain Elemen— tary students. Those with questions can call or text 307—202-2468 (Jerry An- derson, RMES Boost Site coordinator). The cam actually started on the St of July, but kids could start late, if necessary. CO-ED v”? ‘Toumam "cash: prizes for winners. Registration . j ,l'd'eadiine is Friday, July 10, by 8 AM. 1’ 'Pl Se contact Natalie Collins to Due to social distancin’ ' i setting up reservations}; _ I, baseball field for a smallvf"