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LOVELL .;i,:i . 00*coo!! c.L ton (#tt 7858.,,2:!5.  , 'Mll'JPImlh'l'JP'lll"lllllI.PIl,lill.ttlliml00Pll,ii What's Inside ... Hunters featured on TV show__ 10 Little League teams 13 Solid waste options 13 Byron mulls ordinances  18 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 108, NUMBER 8 THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013 75 DAVID PECK People, many of them from oat of town, linger to chat and recall memories during the open house at the Cowley Log Gym Saturday afternoon. Public turns out BY DAVID PECK After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors celebrating the Cowley Pioneer Day theme of "Thanks for the Memories" en- joyed a lot of memories Saturday afternoon as they poured through the doors of the newly-restored Cowley Log Gym and lingered to talk about good times in the "like new" facility. Mayor Joel Peterson conduct- ed the ribbon-cutting ceremony during which he thanked every- one who made the project come to fruition. Peterson thanked the town council members - Di- ane Badget, Rob Johnson, Dexter Woodis and Dennis Woodward - for their vision, the communi- ty, the Wyoming Business Coun- cil, the State Loan and Invest- ment Board and local businesses S&L Industrial, GK Construc- tion, Wilson Brothers Construc- tion, Pryor Mountain Engineer- ing, Synergy, the Office Shop and Mountain Construction for pro- viding funding. He also thanked the Cowley Recreation District, School Dis- trict No. 1 and the Big Horn County Health Coalition for part- nering for programming. One person who stood apart from the rest, Peterson said, was Linda Harp, who laid most of the groundwork to obtain nearly $1 million in grant money for the Cowley Log Gym ceremony DAVID PECK Rodney Crosby and Jim Tucker admire the newly restored Cowley Log Gym during Saturday's open house. project. In fact, it was Harp who cut the ribbon inaugurating the new era for the Log Gym. Though there was an initial rush of around 200 people, the Log Gym stayed open for the rest Fire suppression issue threatens future use of Log Gym BY DAVID PECK The newly-restored Cowley Log Gym was opened to the pub- lic Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Pioneer Day Variety Show. Then it was all but closed. Mayor Joel Peterson said he was contacted by Northwest Re- gion Fire Marshal Dale Link of Worland, who informed the mayor that he will not issue a certificate of occupation for the building until the Town of Cowley installs a fire suppression system in the newly-restored facility. Peterson said the recent restoration and renovation project was done under the UBC Code, which does not require a fire sup- pression system for facilities under 12,000 square feet (the Log Gym is roughly 6,900 square feet, the mayor said), and the project is merely the restoration of a historic structure that never had a fire suppression system. "There are five exits from the building- one to the east, one to the north, two to the west and one to the south," Peterson said, "and the furthest point from any exit is 45 feet." Peterson said the certificate of occupation is Link's preroga- tive, but he said the Town of Cowley is pushing the issue "up the chain" to the state fire marshal's office. 'TCe'll see what the state says," Peterson noted. "We've adopt- ed the UBC Code and are under it by 5,000 square feet, and we SEE 'LOG GYM FIRE SUPPRESSION,' page 7 of the afternoon, and many more visited the gym throughout the day, Peterson said. The project was funded by a $991,960 Community Facilities Grant awarded in March by:the Wyoming Business Council:'nd confirmed m April by SLIB2ii!ar- lier, the Town of Cowley obtained an energy efficiency grant-:!un- der the American Recov:and Reinvestment Act of 2009.:f0r a new heating and air condition- ing system that was installed last spring. Earlier, new energy effi- cient doors and windows were in- stalled under the same grant. The grant monies were matched by the value of the build- ing itself, and no additional mon- ies were spent by the town to match the grants. Work on the final restoration began in September of 2012, and over the next nine months general contractor Synergy Construction of Cowley tackled the main proj- ect, which included sand blast- ing the outside and acid washing the inside of the building, repair- ing and re-sealing logs, repairing the foundation in spots, re-chink- ing the logs with latex chinking, installing a newly insulated roof with fireproof metal shake shin- gles, two new restrooms, two new circular stairs to reach the bal- SEE 'LOG GYM RESTORATION,' page 7 Fundraisers planned to help Mangus family BY PATTI CARPENTER Once again community mem- bers are rising to the occasion to help a family in need with sev- eral fundraisers in the works for the Brandon and Amber Mangus family, who are anticipating the birth of a child with a rare medi- cal disorder called heterotaxy. According to the Heterotaxy Foundation, the syndrome causes certain organs in the infant's body to form on the opposite side of the body from where they would normally form. For example, the heart forms on the right side in- stead of on the left side. It is also known to affect the development of the heart and other major or- gans like the liver, lungs, intes- tines and spleen. As is common with many ba- bies, the Mangus baby was diag- nosed with the disorder prior to birth after routine tests drew at- tention to a heart problem. She will most likely require a pace- maker at birth and odds are that she will face multiple surgeries that are major in scope, like a liv- er transplant and bowel surgery. Heterotaxy is so rare that only one in 1 million babies are diagnosed with the disorder. The family learned that their unborn child had the disorder on July 3 during a routine prenatal exam, where the baby was found to have an extremely low heart rate. Although both Amber and Brandon work in the medical field, they said it was the first time they had even heard of the disorder and noted that even a pediatric heart specialist seemed to struggle to explain the disor- der to them. Brandon said that the couple will not know the nature of the surgeries that may be required at birth because each case is com- pletely different. "We were told that each case is like a snowflake," explained Brandon. "Each case is complete- ly different, but often there are major complications that require multiple surgeries." In anticipation of these prob- lems, the couple has already made arrangements for the birth to take place at Primary Chil- dren's Hospital in Utah, where specialists are readily available to perform the major medical pro- cedures that could possibly be re- quired to correct the abnormali- ties that are common with the disorder. They will travel to Utah on Nov. 14 in anticipation of the birth. According to the Heterotaxy Foundation, the exact cause of heterotaxy is not known. The prognosis usually requires signif- icant corrective surgeries for the child to survive beyond the first year of life, depending on how many organs are inv(iid. With so much uncertainty on the hori- zon, the couple is already antici- pating major expenses for travel, medical and loss of income due to missed work during their ordeal. The first in what most likely will be a series of fundraisers will take place on Monday, Aug. 5, at the softball field in Lovell, when the Lovell fire crew will take on the Deaver-Frannie fire crew in a softball game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the game and additional donations collect- ed at the game will be donated to the family. A raffle is also in progress, with half of a swine, cut and wrapped, offered as first prize. Additional prizes include two head-to-toe massages donated by Roy and Jackie Hooper. The drawing is expected to take place some time in late August. A special fund has also been set up for the family at Big Horn Federal Bank in Lovell, and a Facebook page has been set up by Matty Moody. A fireman's rib dinner benefit is also in the works, but the exact date of the event has not been set yet. For more information about how to help the family, contact Moody at 899-0598, Tina Toner at 272-4834 or Sara Walker at 272-3751. Bromley named acting superintendent Cassity Bromley, a 13-year veteran of the National Park Ser- vice, has been appointed the act- ing superintendent of the Big- horn Canyon National Recreation Area. The interim appointment was announced by the National Park Service's Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels. Bromley assumed her duties as acting su- perintendent of the park on July 28 and will remain in the position for no more than 120 days or un- til a new superintendent is an- nounced. Jerry Case, the previ- ous park superintendent, retired earlier this month. In making the announcement Wessels said, "Cassity brings to this acting superintendent posi- tion the proven ability to work with diverse groups of people to reach common goals. Her back- ground in resource protection will serve her well in this position." Bromley has most recently served as the park's chief of re- sources. She began her NPS ca- reer at Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area in Cali- fornia as a biologist. Bromley has worked at Bighorn Canyon NRA for the past nine years in the Re- source Management Division, based in Lovell. "I love working at Bighorn Canyon NRA," said Bromley. "I'm excited about getting new per- spective on the park and I look forward to working closely with the Crow tribe, the fishermen, boaters, local communities and other park visitors to protect and Cassity Bromley enjoy this special place." As chief of resources at the park for the past four years, Bromley has worked on projects with the Bureau of Land Man- agement, the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept., university re- searchers and other community organizations to manage the wide range of resources at the park. Her work recently received a Na- tional BLM team award. Bromley has a Graduate Cer- tificate in Leadership for Public Lands and Cultural Resources, a Master's degree in wildlife bi- ology from Utah State Universi- ty and an undergraduate degree in biology and environmental sci- ence from Williams College. Illlll!l!l!l!lll!l!i[iLi[lllll The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com