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July 12 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 continued from page 1 9 BY KARLA POMEROY ceived $902,000 in PILT After adjusting reve-funding. During discussion nues and making cuts on Monday, with PILTfunding capital improvement proj- uncertain for next year, the ects on Monday, the Big commissioners opted to put Horn County commission- only $450,000 in revenue to ers were still faced with better prepare themselves making some additional for cutting the full amount cuts on Tuesday in order to next year. try and balance the 2012- The commissioners 2013 budget, also estimated revenues The annual budget for the Forest Reserves for hearing will be at 6 p.m. the Secure Rural Schools Monday, in the commis- and CommunitySelf-Deter- sioners' meeting room in mination Act at $200,000, the courthouse in Basin. about half of what they are According to Clerk Dori actually anticipating, again Noyes, the commissioners in preparation for losing all still had about $11,000 to of the funding nextyear. either cut or find additional On Tuesday, as the com- revenue sources for. missioners looked at just However, revenue sourc- cutting $11,000, Chairman es have been hard to come Jerry Ewen said, "We need by this year. The Payment to look at every department In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) was to prepare for next year." funded for at least one more Sheriff Ken Blackburn year by the federal govern- told the commissioners that ment. PILT is paid to states he is proposing to cut 3.5 with federal land since that positions in his budget in land cannot be assessed order to bring his requests property tax. back down to the 2011-2012 County Treasurer budget level. He said the Becky Lindsey said the fed- cuts would mean that there eral government used Aban- would only be one dispatch- doned Mine Land funding er on duty during a shift. to fund PILT for one year, He added he has cut out the majority of that mort- all overtime and put eight ey coming from Wyoming's employees on salary to help AML fund over the next 10 alleviate that overtime. He years, is also looking at a man, In the fiscal year that datory furlough day each just ended, the county re- month. the edge of the canyon," bers, Steward said. Teton County Search and The search resumed Joe said. "It's a small trail, The chopper crew was Rescue, employees of area on Sunday with about 35 a horse trail. The ride usu- unable to land due to the ranchers, other volunteers searchers concentrating on ally takes two hours, but he steep, 400-foot cliffs and and Hatch family members, areas from the Majo Ranch made it in about 45 min- dangerous water condi- Saturday's search in-as far downstream as 15 utes. He was going pretty tions, and two kayakers, a cluded several search miles. quick on that little trail." member of the Park County teams deployed on foot and He noted that his moth- Search and Rescue and an- horseback, Steward said, to THE FAMILY er, Janene, also went into other volunteer, went into search both side ofthe South Kevin Hatch is a 1996 the water a while after the canyon and by 8 p.m.Fork. Boat teams floatedgraduate of Rocky Moun- Tyler did when her horse reached the area where Ty- the river downstream to tain High School, where he reared over backwards, ler had been spotted, only search areas not accessible was an excellent basketball Son Jake raced in front of to discover that the body by foot or horseback. Sev- player, going on to play in her, jumped off his horse was no longer there, having eral search dog teams were college. He and Terri have and caught her just before been washed downstream, deployed, as well. Five kay- five children: Haley, 11, Ty- she would have entered the Steward said. aks were packed by horses ler, 9, Ashlin, 7, Ali, 5, and same canyon where Tyler Searching continued and mules approximately Maiah, 3. was swept. Tuesday with kayakers six miles upstream aboveKevin is finance direc- Joe called Jacob's grab and on foot, on Wednesday where Tyler was last seen tor for Marlin Equity, a pri- "a miracle" in the swift wa- with ground searchers, dog and once again navigatedvate equity firm. ter. teams ,and a helicopter and the steep canyon to search. Joe Hatch said Tyler on Thursday with kayakers A Park County Sheriffs air- was "a great kid," adding, again, plane and another private "He enjoyed life" and was Friday was a mobiliza- plane assisted the search as having a great day with his tion day leading to a mas- weather permitted, family the day of the acci- sive effort on Saturday, "The kayakers sure did dent. Steward said, involving a good job," Joe Hatch said. Services for Tyler are some 65 searchers includ- "They're a pretty impres- scheduled for Saturday in ing Park, Sheridan and sive group." Eagle Mountain. THE SEARCH Authorities responded quickly, and by 2:15 p.m. a helicopter provided by the Collier family of Val- ley Ranch was in the air with a Park County deputy on board to search the area where Tyler was last seen, Steward said. The helicop- ter was able to make just one pass through the can- yon before being forced out by strong, gusty winds. The helicopter and Park County Search and Rescue members continued to search, and at around 4 p.m. under more favorable flight conditions, the heli- copter team was able to re- enter the tight canyon and after several passes spotted Tyler's body about a half mile below where he was last seen by family mem- The annual Drinking Water Quality Report (CCR) for the Town of Cowley is ready. A copy may be obtained at the Town Hall in Cowley, 20 S. Division. Be informed; please take the time to read it. 7 p,m, Jul Reduced Rate Lab Testing Every Tuesday from 7 to 10 am at Big Rlorn q-lospitaiistrict 1115 Lane 12 ,'l_ovell, WY. 307-548-5200 www.nbhh.com i :, ............ TEST Lipid Profile (cholesterol; tr!glycer des, CBC/Chem Packaae** HDL, LDL) . ............... ,; ............................... 25 (mdu" ,. des comprehensive. ....... ......... Chemlst~ rypa; ........ ne~ ** $ Comprehensive Chemest Panel ........ 25 and com plete bl~ count): i i il TSH ................................ , ......... ...: ........................ $25 ' : l : 1 ~=~1~" a ~ ~ S~n l "*~"* 12-hour fast recommended, unless diabetic, take l l PSA s35 medicines as usual wi~h smaFl amount of water l : ; :; WYOMING EDUCATION Have you ever considered why the Kennedy, Obama, or Clinton families, do not send their children to public schools but to private "academies"? First, the education their children receive is far superior than public schools; and, Second, they have the money. The rich always have school choice, the rest of us do not. In fact, public schools are insulated from the forces that would bring about improvement! This lack of competition is the oldest and most effective justification that progressives have for public education. "Don't question what we do." "Don't ask to see results." "Just give us more money." The average literacy rate has fallen, college admission tests are "dumbed down." Fewer and fewer students know their own history, science, or math. Ask a high school senior what makes the U.S. Constitution an exceptional document. You would be shocked at the response. The federal government involvement in public education began in the 1978 when it formulated the U. S. Department of Education. We have spent many hundreds of billions of dollars on that department with not one percentage point in improvement! What waste! Progressives hate private schools, charter schools, home schooling and the voucher system because it would destroy the monopoly they have to indoctrinate your children into their mode of thinking. Public schools are funded and managed by government with all the coercive and legal power that entails. The parent's choice and values are removed from consideration. Thus, if values and lessons are going to be presented then the government gets to decide which values and lessons are to be taught. In most cases, government decides NO values are to be taugh[.": , , t .... In Wyoming, we spend $7.6 billion for education, nearly 39% of the entire budget. We spend $I 3,840.00 per student, the 7th highest in the nation! Can we honestly say that our children's performance is 7th in the nation? No we cannot. Only one (I) high school in the entire state is nationally ranked at #914[ What school's lack is competition to improve. Charter schools are popular simply because they succeed, which is why the teacher unions hate them. They succeed because they are given autonomy to educate kids as they see fit: longer school days and school years, merit pay for teachers, firm discipline policies, required parental involvement, absence of teacher tenure - can't teach, your fired. Back east, parent's wait in long lines and submit to lotteries to get their kids in charter schools. Unfortunately, in Wyoming, charter schools have a difficult time getting funding. We have only four charter schools in the state! Democrats and progressives keep voting down the funding. My opponent's opposition to charter schools is unreasonable and means that charter schools will never be a force in Wyoming and the children will always have limited choice and a second rate education. Vouchers are another option my opponent is against. Some children simply do better in private or parochial schools. My sister certainly did when we were kids. We were amazed at how well she did compared to a public school. For some children redirecting the flow of education funding to the child's family is the best bet. Besides, competition between public and private schools will improve education for all children. Home schooling is yet another option parents can make. Title 21 gives parents that option. What I like about home-based education is that values can be taught and kids are insulated from all the negative peer pressure they sometimes get. The home schooled kids I have seen are usually better educated and more mature. My opponent's opposition to both charter schools and vouchers is in conformity to progressives always repeating the same, tired mantra: "the schools, the schools." They NEVER emphasize: "the children, the children." Or, as Albert Shanker, the late President of the United Federation of Teachers in New York said: "When the students start paying union dues, we'll protect their interests." Need I say more? Cowley Town Hall Meet & Greet Meeting at the Cowtown Cafe Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. We are supplying the Pizzas! Come and join us! Go to robforhouse.com, eMaih rob@robforhouse.com I ask for your support and your vote on August 21st! Paid for by the Candidate, Rob DiLorenzo