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www. LovellChronicle.com July 14, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 DAVID PECK Jesse Winzenried, left, of Cody enjoyed the Byron Days free barbecue in the park Saturday with his daughter, Suzan Carlston. Jesse is a 1939 graduate of Byron High School. American Colloid issues statement on July 4 accident The American Colloid Co. Wednesday issued an of- ficial company statement on the July 4 accident that sev- ered the right hand and fore- arm of Tracey 'Prey" Englert of Lovell at the Colloid plant east of Lovell. According to the compa- ny statement, immediately following the accident, ACC's onsite team secured medical attention for the injured em- ployee, work was stopped, the accident site was se- cured, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was notified. MSHA arrived at the site on July 5 to conduct a thorough investigation, which is now complete. As a result, ACC received one citation for inadequate con- struction and maintenance of equipment guards. This citation has been addressed and terminated. Regular plant operations have now resumed and employees have been allowed to re-en- ter the area where the acci- dent occurred. "ACC regularly reviews and updates its safety pro- grams to safeguard our employees andprevent ac- cidents," the statement con- tinued. "We will continue to monitor our processes to maintain a safe environ- ment for our employees and prevent a similar situation from occurring again. "The health and safety of ACC's employees is our highest priority. We are deeply saddened by this ac- cident and are doing every- thing possible to ensure a safe workplace for all of our employees." The company statement did not state the nature of the July 4 accident except to say that it resulted in the loss of the employee's hand, but an MSHA preliminary report on the incident stat- ed that Trey Englert was working on a plugged auger when the injury occurred. MSHA spokesman Amy Louviere was out of the office on Tuesday and Wednesday but told the Billings Ga- zette last week, citing an- other preliminary report, that Englert was trouble- shooting a screw conveyor when his right hand "con- tacted the operating flights of the conveyor and was amputated," adding that "a hole had been cut in the 12-inch screw conveyor and covered with duct tape that had been hidden by (dust)." Commissioners mull revenues before cutting budget BY KARLA POMEROY With just less than a week before Monday's bud- get hearing for the county, the commissioners were busy recently working on the rev- enues and seeing if cuts were going to have to be made. Last Thursday the com- missioners met for 3 hours and went over revenue esti- mates. The county received more this year in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), es- timating $780,000 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that just ended and receiving $1.24 million. Commissioner Keith Grant said the same amount is expected but to be conservative the county estimated $1 million in rev- enues, up from an initial es- timate of $650,000. The county received $900,000 in 4-cent sales tax funds this past year and is estimating $800,000 for the new fiscal year. They re- ceived $521,191 in 1-cent op- tional sales tax for 2010-2011 and are estimating $450,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Big Horn County received $118,479 in 1-cent optional use tax the past budget year and is estimating $100,000 for the new budget. The county received $148,390 for gasoline tax and estimates $125,000 for the new budget; received $249,664 for diesel fuel tax and is estimating $225,000; and received $4,545 for cig- arette tax and is estimating $3,500. On Monday, the com- missioners discussed the detention center revenues with Sheriff Ken Blackburn. Big Horn County Treasurer Becky Lindsey said final fig- ures for the 2010-2011 fis- cal year show a loss of about $500,000. Blackburn said Mon- day that the Bureau of In- dian Affairs contract will have to carry the deten- tion center in the new year. "We're putting all of our eggs in that basket," he said. Last fiscal year the BIA pro- vided $351,969 in revenue for the detention center and this year they are estimating $4OO,OOO. Blackburn said he is esti- mating less revenue from the U.S. Marshal's service. The county received $182,874 from the Wyoming U.S. Mar- shal's Service, below the $215,000 estimated. They are estimating $150,000 this year. Grant suggested con- tacting the Sen. Mike Enzi and Sen. John Barrasso af- ter Blackburn said that the Wyoming U.S. Marshal's Of- fice sends prisoners to Scotts- bluff when there are three jails in Wyoming that can ac- cept their prisoners. ''hat money is going to Nebraska," he said. The U.S. Montana Mar- shal's Service provided $166,961 in revenue, be- low the $180,000 estimat- ed. They are only budget- ing $65,000 in revenue this year. Blackburn said Mon- tana has a preferred con- tract with Shelby, Mont. He said they do have a contract with Fremont County now that will bring in some revenue. The Wy- oming Medium Security Prison in Torrington is full and the county may start to see state prisoners again at the detention center. State prisoner income is estimated at $50,000. They received $69,000 in the past fiscal year. The sheriff also went over proposed expenditures for the detention center and law enforcement budgets. The detention center current requests are at $1,865,651, up from the 2010-2011 bud- get of $1,723,343. He said any increases are to cover the 15 percent health insurance increase and the step raises that the county asked each depart- ment to include. "We have the largest department and because we missed some step raises (with salaries frozen), we're playing catch- up. He said they also fig- ured in overtime for both detention center and law enforcement budgets. The new law enforce- ment proposed budget is at $1,713,789, up from $1,342,700 last year. Blackburn said the only other area to cut would be services. He said they are trying to track man hours and overtime for coverage of special events such as Days of 49 and Mustang Days to get an accurate picture of what the coverage costs the department. He said dispatching fees to the municipalities and other agencies have not gone up in the past few years. With some of the rev- enue adjustments, the com- missioners were still look- ing at a budget that would require 13 mills to be levied, thus needing to cut" enough to cut one mill. Clerk Dori Noyes said the newest figures pro- vided to the commission- ers on Monday did not re- flect changes the sheriff had made to his budget or rev- enues, but did include the step raises and also a pos- sible 3 percent increase for all employees. Cost of the 3 percent cost-of-living raise is $154,000. Currently the budget is at $17 million for the gener- al fund, capital construction, county fair, library, enter- prise fund, county road fund and county airport. Last year's budget was $23.1 mil- lion, which included about $6 million in grant fund- ing for the South Big Horn County Airport runway ex- pansion project. The bud- get without the airport last year was $16.5 million. From our files Bighorn Canyon NRA 'gem without crowds' 75 YEARS AGO The Lovell Chronicle July 16, 1936 The Lovell Drug Store has been doing some chan- ging in interior arrangement this week, giving a most im- proved appearance. The pres- cription department has been brought out into the store where the compounds used, and the actual filling of the prescription can be watched by the customer. Further changes in the store in kee- ping with modern merchan- dising trends are planned. 50 YEARS AGO The Lovell Chronicle July 13,1961 The Lovell-Cowley-Byron airport came in for high prai- se this week from H.T. Kim- bell Jr., District Airport En- gineer, Denver, following his annual maintenance inspec- tion of the facilities. Kimbell noted in a letter to the com- missioners that the termi- nal area was neat and well maintained, with hangars in excellent condition, and com- plimented the county on the new road constructed from the Cowley city limits to the airport. 25 YEARS AGO The Lovell Chronicle July 17, 1986 In the June 1 editi- on of theMinneapeti Star and Tribune, the Bighorni Canyon National Recreati- on Area was listed as one of eight "gems without crowds." It was one of eight areas re- commended by the National Park Service that are "com- monly overlooked." Accor- ding to the article, 'rhe Big Horn River below the af- terbay dam offers excellent trout fishing. There's a 71- mile long lake and a canyon with walls 1,000 feet high, an 1880s ranch, and wildlife of all kinds, including wild horses." Tracey was injuredin a work-related accidentat American Colloid  on July4. Benefits Planned for Tracey Englert Rib Dinner Enjoy Lovell Firemen's delicious Rib Dinner at the Fire Hall Friday August 5 Get your tickets at the American Colloid Company office or at the Fire Department. Car Wash Get your car clean and help Trey Saturday July30 Stop by the Main Street Car Wash in LovelL Events sponsored by the employees of American Colloid