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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 1, 2013 CHRONICLE lOllS Taking responsibility for weeds Lovell Chief of Police Nick Lewis takes a large degree of responsibility for Lovell weed epidemic in a Cop Beat ar- ticle this week. While it good to see the chief take ownership of enforc- ing ordinances in the town code, there a better way to de- termine responsibility for weed control in our community: Look in the mirror. Chief Lewis has already sent out nearly 100 weed or junk vehicle letters this summer, and some people are re- sponding. But why does it need to get to that point? If every property owner would simply take responsibility for his or her home, business or lot, we wouldn't have this problem. Granted, weeds can spring up and grow, well, like weeds - especially after a gully-washer like the Fourth of July storm and Tuesday night deluge. People are busy and some folks are too frail to get out and pull the big, green giants. But it too bad that it takes a weed letter and the threat of a fine to get some landowners to pull or spray weeds. As Lewis points out in today column, one of the prob- lems is that many lots are owned by people who live out of town and don't have to see the ugly plants growing tall. It just the neighbors and others who have to endure the ghastly growth. Another problem is determining ownership. One notori- ous lot in town is part of an ongoing bankruptcy case, and after two lawyers denied ownership, Lewis decided to have the weeds cut and find out how to bill the action later. Unfortunately, some of the tallest weeds are growing on land owned by the Town of Lovell, the very entity asking for the ordinances to be enforced, and yes, Chief Lewis has written weed letters to the town. Seems like the town should be setting the example. Lovell police have better things to do than write weed letters, but our commtL:has_, ' b:!known for its well kept homesl business and ad this issue really sticks in the craw of many folks. So Lewis is spending a lot of time dealing with it. Let all meet the chief halfway. We should all look at our properties from the perspective of someone approaching the place for the first time. If there a great big weed - or a forest of weeds - in front of your place whack or pull them. And if you need help, give someone a call. Many church members are helping in various parts of town. It is important for our community to make a good first impression for visitors. And sometimes it simply a matter of pride. Do we have pride in our community? If so, let prove it - one place at a time. -David Peck The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Let- ters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be discard- ed. Writers are limited to two letters in any 30 day period. All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. WYOMING PRESS ASSOCIATION #1 IN GENERAL and ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE for Wyoming Small Weekly Newspapers 2012 Award-winning Newspaper Weed responsibility starts with the chief I would like to clear up some mis- in our Town Administration and I want conception about the weed problem in Lovell. I've been given the respon- sibility to try and keep up with noti- fying residents and non-residents to maintain their property by the Town Administration. I would like to ask for your patience in this task because once a property is in need of a notice then I generate a notice for the property owner. Once the notice is served or received via certified mail there are 14 days from when the notice is given to have the property cleaned up. This also holds true for the unlicensed vehicles in our community. If after the 14 days it's not cleaned up then I find someone to clean the prop- erty. The Town pays for the cleanup and the prop- erty dwfif:is: billed: If the owners of the property or the vehicles do not comply with the notice then I issue a citation and they must appear in court for the violation. I've heard citizens blaming other people with- Chief Nick Lewis Cop Beat the community to know that it has been my responsibility for several years and depending on my other duties some- times I can keep up with this task and sometimes I simply fall behind. This year I've fallen behind, but I'm desperately trying to catch up. I've sent out more than 97 notices with more com- ing. I've sent notices to Oregon, Florida, Utah and many other states because non-residents own many of these prop- erties and don't have to drive by or live by the properties like you and I have to. Again, it's been my responsibility for several years because I work the day shift so I can see which properties need attention. If you have properties that need a notice, please contact me so I can go past the property and see if it warrants.a notice within our ordinance. ,, ' The buck on this problem stops at my desk, and I'm definitely trying to get these problem proper- ties cleaned up and the vehicles in compliance. Letters to the editor Was a new fence necessary? Dear Editor, Almost daily I drive past the Lovell Elementary School play- ground and teacher parking lot and I see the cyclone-type fence enclosing both. Now I notice the fence has been taken down and a brand new fence being installed. Not being an expert in the field of fencing, I can only go by what I can observe. To me, the old existing fence did not appear to be in disrepair or rusted out and seemed to be doing the job it was intended for, keeping the school children confined to the playground. However, occasion- ally a kickball did make its way over the fence and into the street and I have stopped and thrown it back over. So the question in my mind in a time when all budgets are be- ing reduced, is this: Is replacing this fence the best use of taxpayer funds? Possibly a better use of the fence money might have been for more and better educational materials or instructional type items. Young children in elemen- tary school deserve the best pos- sible opportunity to learn as that will follow through their entire school career. Also, possibly more field trips (could be taken) to plac- es of educational, historic or cul- tural importance to get young children interested in the history of this state or country. For many residents the best use of those funds spent on the fence might have been a new, im- proved air purification and filtra- tion system so the residents could get back to the regular burning of leaves and grass and not just on weekends when school is in session. While I do not have any chil- dren in the Lovell school system, a large portion of my property tax goes to the school system and I do not like to see my tax dollars used on what I call unnecessary items. I realize the school board faces many difficult decisions, but pos- sibly a questionnaire sent home with each child for comments or suggestions might be considered before making commitments. Jim Szlemko How important is our Constitution? Dear Editor, On Saturday, July 27, I drove in the Cowley Days Parade car- rying a sign promoting Taylor Haynes for governor. His picture was on the sign. I received a very rare thumbs up, mostly stares, some glares. This man has a better under- standing of the Constitution than anyone I have met. The average American will pay lip service to the U.S. Constitution without having read it or really under- standing it. It is what has made this country the symbol of free- dom for well over 20 years. Is race more important to you than your freedom, or your partic- ular interest, be it farming, edu- cation, 'free' money, (stimulus) grants ad infinitum? Our free- doms are in peril as never be- fore, they really are. Many want to alter that document or even eliminate it. Many of these are in Washington, D.C. If you have serious concerns about your freedom, contact Glynn and Joyce Collins or my- self regarding Taylor's amazing resume. Robert Yorgason Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck Reporter: Patti Carpenter SUBSCRIPTION RATES Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, InBig Hornand Park Counties $30 Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, In Wyoming $44 Teressa Ennis, Cheryl Jolley, Outside Wyoming $50 Chelsey Eades Single copy 75 www.L0vellChr0nicle.c0m Scorpius and the Perseid meteor showers A monthly look at the night skies of the northern Rocky Moun- tains, written by astronomers Ron Canterna, University of Wy- oming; Jay Norris, Challis, Idaho Observatory; and Daryl Macomb, Boise State University: In August, always a good time for viewing the Milky Way, one can easily explore a myriad of faint stars, dark dust clouds and many star clusters with the naked eye and binoculars. Vis- ible on the lower southern horizon around 10 p.m. is Scorpius, the scorpion, and its brilliant red star, Antares. Located near the center of the Milky Way, Scor- pius is one of the oldest and most interesting constel- lations. With its inverted "question mark and curli- cue" formation, Scorpius houses many intriguing stars, star clusters, dust-forming regions and gas- eous nebulae. In Greek mythology, it was the scor- pion that killed Orion the hunter. Antares, the red star "rival of Mars," is so large its visible sur- face would reach outside the orbit of Mars! There are many star clus- ters and nebulae within the con- stellation. One of the most unique is the "Cat's Paw Nebulae," which is a vast region of concurrent star formation. Get out those binoculars and small telescopes, and view the Scorpion's wonders. The Perseid meteor showers will last up to four days and is centered around its peak dates, Aug. 13- 14. You may see up to 60 meteors per hour. Look in the direction of the constellation Perseus in the northern sky after midnight. You can see Venus on the western horizon and Saturn in the southwest near Spica, in Virgo, right after sunset. Jupiter and Mars will rise in Gemini after 4 a.m.