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14 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 29, 2010 BY DAVID PECK bus. I said yes, so as of Jan- until the water went down had a couple of kids that A career as a school bus uary of 1993, I was back to some. I don't think they be- tested me, but they moved driver can certainly havean eight-hour day." lieved me back at the office so everything was great." its adventures, and Nancy Working in the lunch- because it wasn't even rain- At the end of each Walker's career is no excep- room and driving the school ing back in town, but when school year, Walker treated tion. bus was rewarding for they closed down Highwayher students to ice cream Walker, who retired Walker, mostIy because of37 because of flooding they or soft drinks at SaveWay this year after driving bus how the jobs put her in con- got a little worried. I didn't (later Red Eagle). for Big Horn County School tact with students, get home until about 7 p.m."Red Eagle was so good District No. 2 for 17 years, "You get to know the that evening." to my kids and to me," she paused this week to reflect kids very well and learn to On another occasion, said. "My kids just loved on a career filled with be- love them," she said. Walker learned a lesson going there. I had kids that loved students and interest-Walker had a few in- about being extra careful had ridden my bus and af- ing experiences, teresting experiences while while making the eveningter they were grown they Born in Billings and driving the bus. Her first run east of town. commented about how raised on a farm near For- route was the Crooked "I saw this car coming, much they had looked for- syth, Mont., then Nancy Creek Route, which took but she was slowing down, ward to the trip to Save- Martens moved with her her out to the Tillett Ranch to almost a stop, so I let the Way or Red Eagle at the family to a new family and the Wyoming Game kids off," Walker said. "All end of the year." farm near Lovell in 1961,and Fish Tillett Springs of a sudden she sped up Walker said She also when she was a sophomore FishRearing Station. Out and then slammed on her enjoyed her time at the in high school. She gradu- and back, it was about a 50- brakes hard, turning side- lunchroom. ated from LHS in 1963 andmile round trip, she said. ways. Scared me to death! "I served the middle married Ned Walker that "I saw several different "My kids told me theyschool kids along with Mar- June. animals on my trips," sheremembered what I said to lene Schmidt and Kathy In 1969, Walker start- said. "I saw one mountainthem: 'If something looks Bischoff," she said. "We ed working as a substitute lion, one wolf, one moosewrong, the safest place for had kids work for us help- at the Lovell Post Office, and an albino deer, but no them was right in front of ing us serve. Their moms then went full-time in 1977. bears, even though they my bus,' so they followed my trained them well, because Overall, she worked at the were out there. I saw lots of advice. After that, I made we had some really hard post office for 19 years, fox, coyotes, deer, turkeys, sure that the oncoming car workers and we appreciat- After her third child, badgers, skunks, etc." was to a complete stop be- ed all of them. Chuck, was born in Decem- One time, Walker's busfore I let my kids off." "The staff was also the ber of 1987, Walker quit got caught in a flash flood.Walker smiles when best in both schools. Co- work to stay at home for a "It was on the eveningshe talks about "her kids." couldn't ask few years, run," she said. "I took the "I think I had the best to work around better peo- "I didn't want to work Tillett kids home and it kids youcouldhave on both ple. Mr. Coe, our super- summers anymore, so Iap- started to rain hard. When ofmyroutes," she said. "I'm intendent, was one of our plied at the Lovell schools I arrived back at the Cor- not saying that when I first best, and we appreciated as an aide," she said. "I was rals, the water was already went to work driving bushim a lot. My co-workers an aide for a couple of years up to the bottom of my that that bunch didn't test on the busses were great, and then was hired on for a school bus door. I found a me to see what I was made along with Dale Walker four-hour job at the lunch- high spot and parked the of for a couple of months, and Cheryl Bowers. 1 room. bus. Then everything seemed to "It was a great 17 "Being that I had to "I called in and told the even out and the rest was years, and now as my hus- have a CDL license to drive office about my predica- great, band says, it's time to hang the lunch bus to the middle ment and that I was going "I drove the west end of it up, but I'm going to sub school, they asked me if I to stay put and keep the Lovell for about five years. (driving bus) some, so I'll woulddrive a regular school fish hatchery kids with me They, too, were the best. I still be around." in Y BY BRAD DEVEREAUX credit hours. The policy will der of funding will come school year. With the 2010-11 school be in effect during the 2010- from major maintenance The board approved year only weeks away, the 11 school year and will be funding from the School Fa- a motion to pay a $25 fee Big Horn County School applied to students differ- cilities Comission. to join a partnership with District No. 1 Board of ently based on their current Simmons told the board Wyoming colleges to re- Trustees made changes to grade level. Next year's in- that the substantial comple- ceive professional develop- the district grading scale, coming freshmen will be tion date on the 6-12 facility ment for staff. Hocker said graduation requirements required to earn 26 credit is Friday, July 30. The fa- in 2007, 46 percent of Wy- and made some personnel hours, while next year's ju- cility should be nearly com- oming school districts par- changes to prepare for the niors and sophomores will plete by then, he said, but ticipated in the program. school year at their regu- require 25 credits and cur- there will be a few things Hocker said the district is lar monthly board meeting rent seniors will need 24. that work will continue on the first district in Big Horn Wednesday, July 21. Any freshman class en- during the beginning of the County to join the program, The board approved pol- tering the school follow- school year. and nearby districts in Pow- icy IK- academic achieve- ing 2010-11 will requireThe board approved a ell, Thermop and Worland ment, which changes the 26 credits for graduation if support staff salary sched- are already members. district grading scale to the policy is passed on final ule as submitted by Supt.The board accepted the award one credit toward reading. Hocker. resignation of RMHS sci- GPA for grades of 65 percent Hocker notified the The board approved pol- ence teacher Charles Pol- and higher. Grades of 64.5 board of an award that the icy IE, which cleans up lan- lart. and below will receive an F district received from the guage in the policy to state The board accepted the or no credit for the course. Wyoming Department of that the middle school and resignation of bus driver The district had previously Education for best practices high school are now located Wes Yates. cut off credit for any grades and body of evidence, in Cowley. The board approved a below 70 percent. Simmons said the dis-The board approved a recommendation to hire "-We feel that 65 percent trict would open bids Thurs- list of out-of-district stu- Kathy Kifer as a speech creates a better playing day at 1 p.m. for the Burl- dents as submitted by Supt. therapist for the district. field," Superintendent of ington Shop project. Hocker. The board approved a Schools Shon Hocker said. Simmons said the dis-The board approved a recommendation to hire "At 65 percent, they're still trict was to open bids at recommendation from Supt.Penny Tollman as assis- eligible, but they have a Groathouse Construction in Hocker to apply for a class- tant cross country coach at true indicator that they are Cody Tuesday, July 27, for room size reduction grant. RMHS and Burlington. close to failing the class." the Burlington Track proj- The board approved a The board approved a The board voted to ap-ect. Simmons said the dis- motion to utilize the WASA recommendation to hire prove a policy on first read- trict was recently approved catastrophic liability insur- Kristen Shorma as a science ing to increase graduation to begin the first portion of ance for each of the district's teacher at Rocky Mountain requirements from 24 to 26 the track, and the remain- buildings for the 2010-11Middle School. bert. You're working harder. You've tightened your Government should do the same. That's why I'LL bring ZERO-BASE WWW WWW ...... i a greatPlace for Chicks Nancy Walker L ] Have a great time [ at the fair! / Best of luck to all participants. Don't miss the Junior Live Stock Sale. Fri., Aug. d, -]Phone: 568-2234 Owner: Ray LemaYr-- ":' O Lunch Buffet $675 Tues. - Fri. 11 am - 2:30 pm Sat. & Sun. 11 am - 4 pm Dinner Buffet $925 Tues. - Fri. 4:30 - 9 pm Sat & Sun. 4 - 9 pm 151 E. Coulter, Powelt, 754-7924 Open Tues. - Sun. ; ......... 11 am = 9 pm ~ili;iiiiiii:i!iliiiiii~i~~ Carry-OutAvailable iiiiili!ili!i!i!ii~i~~: Saturday, July 31 Big Horn Basin Jr. Rodeo, 12 p.m. at the Cowley Rodeo Grounds. For more information call Todd Nunn, 548-7709. August 2 - 8 Big Horn County Fair, Basin. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Thursday.. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9am.- 1p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Care in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 7 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, lstand3rd Tuesday, Byron Town Hall, 7 p.m. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Compassionate Friends Support Group, last Wednesday, Long Term Care Center Conference Room, West Park Hospital, 7 p.m. Contact Melodye Trusty, 578-2416. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm. Lovell Guitar Club, Thursday, 8 pm. Call Steve, 548-7227. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 2nd Thursday, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. NAMI Big Horn County, 1st Thursday, 548-2431, 548-6865. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Horn Federal hos- pitality room. Spokes-n-Folks, call 548-2431; 548-2883. TOPS @ WY169, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church base- ment in Powell, 6 p.m. 754-2652, 654-2394 Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. VFW Meeting, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m,, Big Horn County Annex bldg, Lovell. Veterans Representative, 1st Wednesday, Powell Workforce Center, 9 am - noon; 2rid Thursday Frannie Town Hall, 9 am - noon & Lovell Police Dept. 1 - 4 pro; 3rd Friday, Greybull Town Hall, 9:30 - 1:30 am & Worland Workforca Center 12:30 - 2:30 pm. V~DOT Driver Licensing Facil- ity open in Lovell every Tues- day, 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548- 2217 to list your club here. Sponsored by FDIC Insured Big Horn Federal Gzeybun, PowelL Thern~opolis, Cody, Worb..~ [,oven