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July 26, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 BY DAVID PECK A benefit auction for Lovell Post Office letter carrier Wendy Pickett has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, and organizers are seeking donations for the auction. Pickett has been unable to work since March 20, when she had a severe reaction to an antibiotic, husband Bill Pickett said. On that day she felt like her throat and tongue were swelling up and experienced numbness and tingling in her arms and legs. During three days in the hospital, doctors told her the antibiotic might have triggered a condition like rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia, but after weeks of little progress, she has been referred to the Mayo Clinic for further testing. Meanwhile, she has been unable to work, Bill said, suf- fering from tendonitis in her arms, as well as muscle and joint pain that makes it very difficult for her to walk. She has used up her medical leave and is soon to run out of va- cation time. The fundraiser is being held to help the Pickett family with medical bills, loss of income and travel to future medi- cal appointments like the Mayo Clinic. The auction will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Oasis, with John Nation as the auctioneer. Arrangements for donations may be made by calling Kallie Ayotte at 272-8813 or 548-7605. Checks can be made out to Wendy Pickett, and cash donations can be made at the post office, where the money will be kept in a safe. The auction is co-sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which will match up to $500. COURTESY PHOTO The Byron High School class of 1962 held a reunion on Friday, July 13 in Byron town cafeteria. Members attending include (back row, l-r) Dean Hile, Larry Sessions, Louis Englert, Carolyn Lewis Kay, Ralph Watts, Kim Hatch, (front) Kathy Brost Isle, Carolyn Neville Sharp, Sandra Wirth Watts and Keith Cowgill. BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Major changes at the North Big Horn County Airport near Cowley could take flight at some point, but it's unlikely that they'll occur anytime soon unless a need for improvements is demonstrated to the Feder- al Aviation Administration. Significant funding could be available from the state via what essentially are user fees incurred by aircraft owners and pilots, as well as federal monies. However, everything hinges on the number of flights in and out of any airport, plus the size of aircraft using fa- cilities such as the site near Cowley. Thosewere among points made by Rick Patton of GDA Engineers in Cody during a public meeting about the airport master plan on Thursday evening, July 19. Patton conducted the meeting with Carl Mey- er, the county's airports manager. Six private citizens at- tended the hour-long, infor- mal gathering in the pilot lounge at the airport. Half of those present are mem- bers of the Big Horn Soar- ing Club, whose members are involved with gliders. Based on their comments, Patton urged them to put into writing the group's pri- orities for some improve- BOB RODRIGUEZ Rick Patton from GDA Engineers of Cody discusses possible runway improvements at the North Big Horn Airport in Cowley with Dr. Greg McCue of Cody, a member of the Big Horn Soaring Club at a meeting on July 19 held at the Cowley airport. ments. He then would place it would not infringe on the it in the master plan andairport proper for propeller- seek funding. Club mem- driven aircraft. bers indicated that they seePatton continually a need for a graded towing sought comments from the runway and a better safety audience as to the types zone/staging area. It wasof improvements they see indicated by Meyer that needed as pilots at the gen- there is a good chance that eral aviation facility, which the county public works accommodates certain sizes department could accom- of airplanes including air plish the work needed, asambulances. He outlined the numerous and various FAA criteria for improve- ments at airports. Items encompass a wide range in- cluding the lengths of run- ways depending on the size of aircraft using an airport, the types of paving, park- ing for ground vehicles and specific measurements for the widths of runways and taxiways, depending on us- ages. Meyer said that the master plan is a long-term plan that set goals at the airport for the next 10 years and that such plans are re- quired by the FAA. Patton said that it's im- portant to look at aviation needs during the next five, seven and 10-year periods. He stated that an Instru- ment Landing System does not appear in the cards for the Cowley facility, as they are expensive and the usage at the airport does not justi- fy ILS. But GPS approach- es are likely, he said. Major extensions of runways and taxiways for the NBH site, as well as revising the ac- cess road, need to be part of the master plan, he said. He added that his job is to see that airport needs and FAA requirements are met. Reduced Rate Lab Testing Every Tuesday from 7 to 10 am at Big q-lorn q-tospital istrict 1115 Lane 12 ,'1 ovell, WY. 307-548-5200. www.nbhh.com Braden Fink of Lovell graduated from the University of Montana on May 12, and as he departed, he was named to the UM Dean's List for the spring semester, according to the school press release. In order to be named to the Dean's List, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits. No grades below a B-minus are allowed for a student to make the list. Fink earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in manage- ment information systems from the School of Business Ad- ministration at UM and is now living in Billings and work- ing for Computers Unlimited. Persons interested ined a valid hunter education attending a Wyoming hunter course. education course are invited Students will learn to attend a course to be given about their responsibility as at the Big Horn County An- a hunter, the selection and nex in Lovell on Friday, Aug. safe use of firearms and ar- 10, from 6-9 p.m Saturday, chery equipment, survival Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and techniques, wildlife identifi, continuing Aug. 17-18 and cation and proper fie!d care Aug. 24-25 techniques. Those who suc This class will be open cessfuUy complete the course to the first 35 students that and final exam will receive pre-register and pick up their card on the final day af- their reading assignments ter the test. Those interested by Tuesday, Aug 7. Stu- in a concealed carry permit dents under 18 are to have need to attend such a class a parent or guardian attend also. the first hour of the course. Instructors for the class Anyone born since Jan. 1, will be Art and Patti Hol- 1966, wishing to hunt or zer. Cost of the course is any adult of any age wish- $10 per person, which helps ing to hunt the National cover course materials. For Elk Refuge, Yellowstone or more information or to reg- Roosevelt Thoroughfare is ister, call the Holzers at 548- required to have complet- 7024. TO FRANNIE VOTERS, FROM YOUR MAYOR: YOUR TOWN NEEDS THREE GOOD PEOPLE WRITTEN-IN ON THE AUGUST 21st PRIMARY BALLOT In the "FOUR YEAR TERM" box: TWO write-ins are needed here. The name of one candidate appears in this box. However this candidate's attendance at Council meet- ings has been spotty. The minutes on file in the Town Clerk's Office will show that he has been absent for the last two meetings and, at least, one other meeting before that. He has made some contribu- tions, but he has also spent a seemingly equal amount of time on attacking and stirring-up distractions. In the "UNEXPIRED "I3NO (2) YEAR TERM" box: ONE write-in is needed here. The names of two candidates appear in this box. However, of these two candidates, I feel only NADINE KREUTZER should continue onto the November ballot. The other candidate is a very kind person. However, her recent vote, in favor of approving a second bar, appears to show a lack of under- standing of the best interests of the Town. The second bar was defeated due to a 2 - 2 vote. Anything the Council votes on must have, at least, 3 "yes" votes to pass. So, you now know who I favor, and don't favor, among the candidates who's names appear on the ballot. When it comes to which three names should be written-in, I don't have any specific names, but I have some ideas: THE TIME BEFORE JANUARY, 2007: Many of us can remember some truly dedicated Council- members and Town employees who served before January, 2007. In my view some of these people embodied the idea of a Council that listened to everyone. These same people also valued the idea that the Council Meeting Room was a place for reaching a consensus, rather than achieving "glory" through obstructionism. I would urge you to contact some of these people about their being a write-in candi- date. I know Council service does take time - but many of us miss you! Finally, for anyone considering becoming a write-in candidate: The pay for Councilmembers has been to $20 a meeting, effective January 7, 2013. I would also recommend write-in candidates making a flyer and leaving them on doorsteps in Town. If a write-in candidate gets enough votes to have their name printed on the November ballot they must then register to vote (if they are not already registered) and they must pay a $25 filing fee. Both of these things can be done at the Town Clerk's Office. As always, I look forward to visiting with you, during my Saturday constituent hours, at Town Hall, from 11:00AM to 1:00 PM. PAID FOR BY JACK CORDNER