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I I,,i,,h,,, ,,ll,,IT,,,,,il,,l,[li,,,I,,[,,,I,I,il,,,],,ll l Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 Thursday, July 22, 2010 Volume 105, Number 6 The Rocky Mountain 6-12 School ceremonyFriday.Districtstakeholders will be featured at a ribbon cutting have waited for more than six years for plans of the $23.5-million facility to become reality. The school features BRAD ~VX PHOTO two gymnasiums and a cafetorium. BY BRAD DEVEREAUX School Student Council President Kyle Pe- ficient use of space, said facilities manager heating, ventilation and air conditioning The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the terson. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m.Michael Simmons. RMHS is 87,457 square system will be an improvement in eflicien- Rocky Mountain 6-12 School in Cowley has Following the 15- or 20-minute pre- feet and RMMS is 48,182 square feet, for a cy and should keep the building cooler. been a long awaited event that will signify sentation, the facility will be opened to the total of 135,639 square feet, while the new Though the gymnasiums aren't air condi- the new school progressing from plans to a public for an open-house style tour, with building is 78,175 square feet, including an tioned, Hocker said the overall lower temps reality. It is an event district patrons have student council members stationed inside auxiliary gym funded by the district,achievable in the building would make it been awaiting for the better part of a de- the facility to explain things and answer Hocker said one of his favorite aspects of more comfortable during basketball games cade. questions, Hocker said. the building is that it has two gymnasiums, when the stands are packed. Other updates With design talks on the school begin- TCT West has donated free food forwhich is essential for running both a high with modern building methods will be no- ning more than six years ago, the district be- the event and everyone in attendance is school and a middle school PE program and ticeable throughout the facility. gan construction in November of 2008 after welcome to eat before exploring the new holding after-school sporting events. Hock- "Modern facilities are just nice," Hock- numerous delays. The school will be handed school. The open house will end around 7 er also noted that the new building is wired er said. over to the district on July 30, with only a p.m., Hocker said. to be tech-friendly, with a smartboard in A few features are missing from the few minor items yet to be completed. The school, which combines middle every room and infrastructure to link tech- school including an auditorium not covered Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony will and high school aged students, represents nology throughout the facility. Hocker said under SFC funding guidelines. Instead, the consist of comments by Superintendant of a loss of about 57,646 square feet as the funding to purchase smartboards was giv- facility has a multi-use "cafetoruim," that Schools Shon Hocker, Board Chair Dave district switches from Rocky Mountainen through an ARRA grant that Mick Es- will allow them to hold concerts in the cen- Monk, Dan Odasz of Plan One Architects, Middle School in Deaver and Rocky Moun- quivel and Wes Townsend applied for on tral part of the school. Fred Bronenberg of Groathouse Construc- thin High School in Byron to the new facil- behalf of the district. The building is highlighted with neu- tion, Brian Monteith of the School Facili- ity. However, what is lost in space will be Not as noticeable but still an important tral colors throughout, with stained con- ties Commission and Rocky Mountain High made up for in new features and more ef- part of the building, the new geothermal See 'RIBBON CUTTING,' page 6 Family reunions Gib Fisher is being hon- Saturday will begin with ored as the Citizen Emeri- a fun run with registration and pioneer remembrances BY BRAD DEVEREAUX / Cowley Pioneer Days is about remembering the town's pioneer roots, enjoy- ing fun activities around Cowley and getting togeth- er with friends and family. tus and Shirley Busteed is the Grand Marshal. THREE DAYS OF ACTIVITIES The first event of Pio- neer Days is the Pioneer Memorial Scholarship Pag- eant Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Hyart Theatre (see related story). The pag- eant awards scholarships in memory of pioneer women The Pioneer Day has who lived in the area near been busy preparing for Cowley Pioneer Days this year, and the event prom- ises to be a big one, with many expected to make a homecoming to the area for an all-class reunion. The 2010 lineup of ac- tivities is fresh and fun, and most of the events will serve as a place where fam- ily and friends can meet, ac- cording to Randy Peterson, who has served as commit- tee chairman for five years. Because a limited num- the turn of the century. "It's not atypical for a girl who is competing to have a pioneer woman as a grandmother or a great- grandmother," Peterson said. Friday will begin with a golf tournament at 9 a.m. at Foster Gulch Golf Course in Lovell. Rod Winland is organizing the three-per- son team contest. Alumni who arrive in Cowley are asked to sign in at the City Park beginning at 3 Peterson said at 6:30 a.m. at town hall. There will be a one-mile and 5k run, and a 5k+ Cannery Road bike race this year. Cost is $10 and helmets are required for bike racers. The Kiddies Parade will start at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Pioneer Day Parade at 10. The Pioneer Heritage Program will feature a talk by Matt Crosby about pio- neer ancestors and singing by the alumni choir. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church. A new event, the classic car show, will start north of City Park at noon Saturday afternoon. Rick Grandalen is hosting the car show and attendees will help by judg- ing a people's choice award as they look at the classic cars. There will also be a best in show award deter- mined by judges and given to one vehicle owner. I, Bn~ Dm~nsavx Local cancer survivors include (back row, l-r) Jan Ellis, Sharon Hallman, Diane Conley, Virginia Zeller, Bessie Zeller, Dorothy Bush, Patrick Moen (front row, l-r) Teddie Tippetts, Trevor Johnson and Carol Fink. More than 9 million men, women and reception for all cancer survivors and their ber of families (maybe 15 or Ray Peterson will over- youngsters in the United States can proudly caregivers will be held in the survivor's tent 20) came to north Big Horn alumni are encouraged tosee the barbecue at noon in call themselves cancer survivors. This sum- from 6 to 7 p.m. before the Cancer Survivor County in the early 1900s, sign up so others in town the park, with any proceeds mer, a good representation of those individu- Lap. t many of the current resi- can see who is here for the supporting the senior league als will be walking in the American Cancer "We're not only encouraging all the can' dents are related as pio- neer children formed new branches on their family trees in the area. "It's a big family re- union, that's what makes the celebration unique," Pe- terson said. "When every- body comes home, seeing aunts and cousins, there's a familiarity and a love for each other." The Petersons were latecomers to the area, he said, arriving around 1925, but they have settled in to call the small community home. Peterson said the theme, "We all come home to Cowley," was chosen because it goes well with the all-class reunion and family get-togethers. De- spite the name, he wants to make sure people from neighboring communities know they're invited to en- joy all of the events going on in Cowley. "It's not exclusive," Pe- terson said. "Everyone is welcome and if you're not from Cowley, come on over and we'll make you feel like you're at home." celebration and try to meet baseball program. Prices Society Big Horn County Relay For Life. cer survivors in the area to walk the opening with old friends. "If you know they're there, you can look for them," he said. The Pioneer Day sched- ule has a hole in it to allow patrons to go to the Rocky Mountain school ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at 5 p.m. (see related story). While the event is sepa- rate from Pioneer Days, Pe- terson said the school is a great addition to the town and he invites students and patrons from throughout the school district to join in at the ceremony. Ice cream will be served at City Park from 7 to 9 p.m., and George Welch will be the MC for kara- oke in the park. Alumni in town for reunions, families, individuals or other groups are invited to sing their fa- vorite songs and challenge other groups to sing-offs in the park. "Singing is quite a tra- dition of people," Peterson "Growing up, sang or are $5 for a BBQ sandwich and $3 for a hot dog. There will be games for kids hosted at the park be- ginning at noon. A volleyball tourna- ment will also be held at the park. The Pioneer Day Rodeo begins at 2 p.m. at the ro- deo grounds. The rodeo will feature saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull rid- ing, mutton busting, a wild horse race, barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping and steer riding. Admission to the rodeo is $8 for adults and $5 for children; 5 and under are free. Contestants pay haft price of admission to enter the arena. The Calcutta will be Friday at 8 p.m. at the Wa- terhole No. 1 Bar in Cow- ley. Each section of the ro- deo will be auctioned off to top bidders at the Calcut ta. Money bid on riders in each section will be put into a pool, with the bidder who you bought the top rider win- were just ning 75 percent of the pgt. See 'PIONEERS' pag-e' The Big Horn County Relay For Life islap, but also to join or form a team," Fink set for Friday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lovell said. "Al r all, no one can be more inspira- High School Track. tional or knows the value of funding cancer Carol Fink, chair of the survivorshipresearch more than someone who has al- committee of the Relay For Life, has invited ready heard the words: Tou have cancer. all area cancer survivors and their caregiv- To learn more about the American Can- ers to register to walk the traditional can- cer Society Big Horn County Relay For Life cer survivors lap of the event, which immedi- or the cancer survivors lap, contact Carol ately follows the opening ceremonies. A free Fink at 548-6281. St. John's Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School students (l-r) Sara Grace Miller, Ryan Nunn and Kameryn Allphin enjoy themselves during the outdoor playtime section of the school. I![11[ I!lp!lii!l ! LILILI IIII.