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July 12, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 BY PATTI CARPENTER In an effort to make summer school somewhat enticing to their students, Rocky Mountain Mid- dle School teachers Ryan Boettcher and Freda Miller are incorporating the cur- riculum from a program called "Project Archeology" into their summer school program to enhance their studies. The curriculum provid- ed by Project Archeology uses archeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures, improve social studies, pro- mote science education and enhance citizenship edu- cation while at the same teaching students to pre- serve the legacy provided by archeology. As part of their sum- mer program, the middle school students took a se- ries of field trips recently with a group of adult stu- dents from the Big Horn Canyon NRA Archeologi- cal Field School and helped map the site of ancient tipi rings located in the Big Horn Canyon National Rec- reation Area. Boettcher said the trip complemented this sum- mer's classroom theme perfectly, which focuses on learning about people based on their shelters. "We get funding from the Bridges program for our summer school program and we use those funds to come up with enrichment- type programs like this for our students," explained Boettcher. "These are pro- grams that allow us to think outside the box, and we are fortunate where we live to have all of these re- sources that add to our pro- PATTI CARPENTER Lizzy Crawford, a sixth grade student from Rocky Mountain Middle School, learns how to use special instruments to measure tipi rings from Janice Baldwin-Rowe, a high school sophomore from Burlington, Ind., who is studying with the Big Horn Canyon NRA Archeological Field School this summer. gram." Boettcher and Miller have been working togeth- er for about five years to develop a summer school program that would be in- teresting for their students. "We try to come up with a theme every summer and to wrap our subject areas around a curriculum or theme," explained Boettch- er. "Essentially, we're able to incorporate every subject area into the theme we fo- cus on during the summer." To that end, the stu- dents are using their math skills this summer to mea- sure the tipi rings and to learn how to use GPS devic- es. Students are also learn- ing how to use the data they gather in the field to learn about their environment. "The program Proj- ect Archeology provides is flexible in that it allows us to get out and actually see things, and so we try to schedule a lot of field trips and I think we have a few more kids in our pro- gram right now because of that," said Boettcher. "Be- ing out in the field opens a lot of doors for conversa- tions back in the classroom. It makes the program so much more interesting for the students and for the teachers, too." Students had the op- portunity to rub elbows with archeology students from Northwest College and Native Americans from both the Crow and North- ern Cheyenne tribes this summer who are studying and mapping the tipi ring site. "We hope an experience like this teaches our stu- dents how important it is to preserve an archeological site like this, and teaches them how to use the equip- ment that is associated with preserving it," said Boettcher. "We're excited to be able to do something like this." "We learned early on that it is no good to run a summer school where kids won't show up because they think they are going to be bored. The idea here is to create something interest- ing that makes them look forward to coming to sum- mer school, while teach- ing them something at the same time." PAI-rl CARPENTER Northern Cheyenne tribe member Arlee Harris of Lame Deer shows Rocky Mountain Middle School seventh-grader Jonathan Allred how to officially record the location of a tipi ring on a field trip held on Thursday in the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area. "I've been wanting to coordinate with the local schools to get more kids out here, and combining our programs like this is a great way to do that," said Big Horn Canyon NRA ar- cheologist Chris Finley, who helped create the ar- cheological field school with his son Chris Finley. "Our program teaches kids how to use their lan- guage skills, and math, and this .kind of field trip allows them to apply those skills to something concrete," said Miller. "Finding peo- ple like this who are willing to share their knowledge with our students enrich- es our program and makes learning much more fun for them." BY DAVID PECK Summertime proj - ects are moving full steam ahead, it was reported at Tuesday's Lovell Town Council meeting. Engineer Frank Page of DOWIJHKM Engineer- ing said the South Phase of the water and sewer project has picked up the pace and is "going fairly fast." Page said once the Mountain Construction paving crew is freed up, the company will pave both Wy- oming and 10 Street on the hill, and maybe even Sev- enth and Eighth below the hill west of Nevada, start- ing the week of July 23. North Big Horn Hospi- tal has been tied into the new water and sewer lines, and Wilson Brothers Con- struction is working on the alley north of the hospital and New Horizons Care Center, with Page working with a family on an ease- ment that could allow an al- ley turn to be made easier. Work through the Na- tional Guard Armory prop- erty was "interesting," Page said, with the Wilson crew finding some unexpected lines and challenges under- ground, but the new sewer line has now been extend- ed to Seventh Street and is ready to be hooked up when the project reaches that point. New water line has been finished on Eighth from Nevada to Shoshone, Montana from Seventh to Ninth and Ninth from Mon- tana to Shoshone. The council discussed and passed two change or- ders for the project and an amendment to the engi- neering services contract. The first change order was for a sewer line relay on Montana Avenue to the tune of $7,166, and the sec- ond was to allow 90 addi- tional days for the projeCtm to be completed, necessi- tated by early spring utility delays. Page said the project, under the current 'contract, is supposed to reach sub- stantial completion by July 31, but due to the late start in the spring, an additional 90 days would be a reason- able request. The change would require a change to the engineering contract for time and services, which could cost up to $141,060, but he said DOWI2HKM and Wilson Brothers hope to complete the project ear- lier than the 90-day exten- sion. The council voted unanimously to accept the change orders and contract change. LOVELL INC. The monthly Lovell Inc. report included a reminder that Lovell Inc. is hosting a commercial property open house on Friday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. and that any commercial property in Lovell and the surrounding area is eligible to partici- pate. The open house is be- ing advertised throughout Wyoming and in Billings and Red Lodge. The report written by Director Sue Taylor also stated that the asbestos abatement at the old hospi- tal is progressing well with very few problems. The council then accept- ed a proposal from Northern Industrial Hygiene for con- sulting and testing services at various stages of the as- bestos abatement project, which would then allow the building to be cleared for demolition if it is deemed to be clean. The proposal costs $3,550. Under new business, the council considered at length an idea discussed between Mayor Bruce Mor- rison and Montana-Dako- ta Utilities representatives regarding the relocation of a high-pressure line in the north part of town. Al- though the line is being located by boring, there would be a bore pit where a 90-degree turn is made at Third and Hampshire, causing the intersection to be torn up. The mayor and MDU discussed the town grant- ing an easement that would allow the line to instead run along the north side of Great Western Park along the tree line (actually under the trees, the mayor said), but Morrison said MDU is not willing to pay for an easement. "Personally, I don't want that intersection dis- turbed," Morrison said. "This seems like the logical thing to do." Councilman Scott Allred said he had no prob- lem with receiving no com- pensation for the easement, since the proposal would benefit the town. Morrison said Town Attorney Sandra Kitchen reviewed a proposed ease- ment agreement prepared by MDU and suggested a few minor changes, includ- ing making sure that the easement would not be an exclusive easement in case other utility work needs to be done at the same loca- tion. The MDU proposal stipulates that no building be constructed atop the line for safety reasons. The council voted to ap- prove the easement subject to the utility agreeing to the changes suggested by Kitchen. O, to the customers, communities and businesses we have served. And thank you to Big Horn Federal and its employees for their su throughout the years. 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