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i !~i;;iii !i iiI ) Days of Goodwill this week in Lovell BY DAVID PECK to Go and Road 7 (the Cannery A multi-year project to widenRoad). When the project was first the Lovell-Cowley highway andproposed in 2008, he said, data at widen or replace three bridges the time showed that there had will kick off the week of July 24, been 59 crashes within the proj- Wyoming Dept. of Transporta- ect limits from 1997 to 2006 from tion resident engineer Mike Mill- Road 9 to Cowley, 39 percent of er said Monday. them between Road 7 and Road 9. An earlier press release fromThe project will include road self will be widened to four traf- fic lanes, after which the highway will again be five lanes until about the Cannery Road, after which it will taper back to two lanes. Beyond the Cannery Road to the north, the highway will be moved and rebuilt just to the east of the existing highway and new would like compared to new bridges and it's 80 years oldT' hav- ing been built in 1937. "It was determined that it needed to be refurbished or re- constructed" Miller added, not- ing that the bridge also doesn't meet current standards for verti- cal and horizontal clearance - the The Lovell Community Days Of Goodwill event is happening this week. The collection and arranging of clothes and small household items will be held to- day (Thursday) and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the LDS gym on Sho- shone Ave. Volunteers are needed to help sort items and keep the ta- ment project is designed pri- "By widening the road andconstructed. marily to improve safety near the including a five-lane highway, North of the railroad bridge Oasis Junction and replace an it will help alleviate congestion, and then curving west to Cowley 80-year'old bridge north of the Miller said. the highway will not be recon- junction on U.S. Highway 310/. He said the project will wid- structed but will receive an over- Wyoming 789. en the highway into five'lane lay and leveling work. Miller said the primary rea- highway from where current- Miller noted that the prima- son for the project is to improve ly begins to taper to two lanes ry reason for the bridge replace- safety west of Lovell between west of Lovell to the Shoshone merit is that the railroad bridge County Road 9 just west of Good River Bridge, and the bridge it- has "a lower load rating that we bles straightened. The gym will WyDOT had stated that the proj- widening, widening the bridgebridges built over Sage Creekhe!ght and width of the bridgebe open for "free shopping" this ect would beginthis week, but over the Shoshone River, replac- and the railroad track. That way piers. Since the bridge would Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to there was a minor delay, ing the Sage Creek and nearbytraffic can continue on the ex- be higher, it wouldn't match the 6 p.m. and on the afternoons of The Sll,7 million Sage Creek railroad bridges, asphalt paving isting highway while the new Sage Creek Bridge height and July 17 and 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. highway and bridge improve- and more. highway and bridges are beingslope, so that bridge will also be On Wednesday, July 19, at 8 replaced, Miller said. The Sage Creek Bridge was built in 1968, he said. MINOR DELAYS Traffic delays will be minor this summer, Miller said, since - CELEBRATING BYRON PATH CARPENTER Jared Bates takes a shot at parade spectators in Byron on Saturday with his refreshingly cool water gun, while his mom Becky Bates and Serena Hessenthaler look on from the Byron Recreation District float. SEE 'HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE PROJECT BEGINS' page 6 DAVID PECK Look out below! Little 3-year-old Rilee Clark careens down the water slide during the games in the park Saturday afternoon for Byron Days. Look for more photos of the big celebration inside. a.m., volunteers will begin to box up what is left. "Please consider helping during this event ' said commit- tee member Susan Peck. "Please bring clothing in good condition. We ask that no electronics be brought to us. "We appreciate the corn- munity and their willingness to share witti others. Because of the volume of donations, we would greatly appreciate the cloth- ing being presorted into male/ female/ teen/children catego- ries and into sizes. Also, it would really help if you have time to help set the bags near the ap- propriate tables and/or help put them away." George Welch _to direct Day choir BY DAVID PECK One of the highlights of the 2017 Cowley Pioneer Day cel- ebration will be a gathering of local singers to perform under the direction of Cowley native George Welch, who started his music career in Cowley schools and later directed the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir. According to Welch, the Pi- oneer Day Choir is open to any- one from north BigHorn County, including high school students, and all are invited to sing with the group. He is bringing enough music for 150 people. Practices will be held Thurs- day, July 20, at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Middle/High School. The choir will be the con- I . BY PATTI CARPENTER resenting the state (Senators John There's no doubt that changes Barrasso and Mike Enzi and Repre- to the laws relating to health insur- sentative Liz Cheney) for answers. ance are on the horizon. The ques- In the meantime, NBHH conducts tion remains what those changes business as usual with an eye to- will be, how they will affect ru- ward delivering a health care sys- ral hospitals in sparsely populat- tem that is efficient, economical ed states like Wyoming and when and doable for its patients, while those changes will go into effect, at the same time maintaining an to dealing with patients who are search and analytics of the Mis- uninsurea and underinsured, or souri Hospital Association, the are on government programs like Senate's proposed Better Care Medicare or Medicaid that pay Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) only a fraction of the actual cost of will "fundamentally alter the Med- medical expenses, icaid program by contracting (re- About 14 percent of its total ducing over time) the federal patient base relies on Medicaid to funding for Medicaid expansion pay all or part of its medical bills, included in the ACA and transi- cluding performance of the 2017 Pioneer Day Variety Show, which will be held July 22 at 7 p.m. at RMMHS. George Welch is a proud Cowley native. As the son of Art and Mary Welch, he attended Cowley schools before leaving to attend Utah State Universi- ty. Over time he earned Bache- lor and Master of Music degrees from Utah State and an Edu- cation Specialist Degree from Brigham Young University. He returned to Cowley for his first two years of teaching and then spent a total of 41 years North Big Horn Hospital CEO attitude of optimism that .the or- Medicaid is the single highest pay- tioning the program's state-fed- in public education. He remains Rick Schroeder spoke to officials ganization will be able to adapt to er of long-term care for patients at eral partnershipS' noting that the active as a guest conductor and at the Wyoming Department of whatever changes are in store for New Horizons Care Center. changes would have both "long music festival adjudicator, hav- Health last week and said, "They're the future. Thirty-one states expanded and sho ,-term implications for ing adjudicated in five different taking the approach that there is "I'm basically an optimist ' re- Medicaid coverage through feder- all states. Reidhead highlighted states. no law yet. Before it's even voted sponded Schroeder to the ques- al subsidies under the Affordable the fact that states that did not ex- Welch served for 31 years as on, before it goes into effect, they tion of what the hospital district Care Act. Wyoming is among the pand Medicaid (like Wyoming and director of the Salt Lake Sym- are expecting lots of amendments, would do if massive numbers of 19 states that did not. 18 others) will experience "signifi- phonic Choir, conducting con- With pretty much all of the demo- its patients lose their health in- Under the current Senate cant federal funding inequity" cre- certs throughout the United crats opposing the Senate bill and surance coverage as predicted by bill, without amendments, those ating a $737 billion gap in funding States, three provinces of Can- many republicans as well, we're not many experts, including the Amer- states that expanded Medicaidfor non-expansion states, ada, Armenia and Russia. expecting anything to happen real ican Hospital Association, the Wy- will continue to benefit greaterSchroeder explained that He said he has never for- soon. What we do know, though, is that the current law is unsustain- able and there will be have to be some change in order to deal with that:' Schroeder said he and other members of the Wyoming Hospi- tal Association continue to press the congressional delegation rep- oming Hospital Association and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). "We believe in doing what is best for our patients andwe have asked our delegation in Washing- than those that did not expand, and the Medicaid expansion pro- gram implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) itself will phase out over time. ton, D.C. to do what is best for Wy- According to an analysis sub- oming;' said Schroeder. mitted to the AMA recently by Mat This district is accustomed Reidhead, Vice president of Re- Medicaid serves a multi-faceted pool of recipients from young chil- dren to elderly residents in care. centers across the nation. He said it was unclear how each group will be affected if the current legisla- SEE 'NBHH CEO REFLECTS ON HEALTH CARE LAW' page 6 gotten his Wyoming roots, and there was never a program pub- lished for a concert he served as conductor that did not identi- fy him as a native of Wyoming. He said he considers it a great honor to be able to come home and make music with the people he loves. i' 4 IIIUI! I]l!jlll[I !!!0 IIII The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217, www.lovellchronicle.com ...... .............. I : ...... - ........................ iiii i i. ][ IIII LI ? LIIII ii L