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It was like, all of a sudden, it was just there one day. I made an appointment with Billings Clinic on a Monday, they got me in on a Wednesday, they did the biopsy right away, and by Thursday I knew it was cancer. By the following Tuesday, I had a lumpectomy and then I got the call saying that there were still some suspicious cells, and I had the mastectomy." Lohof was 45 years old at the time. "It was like my whole world came to a screeching stop and the carpet was ripped out from underneath me and there was no choice but to deal with this," said Lohof. "At that moment I felt like, from here on, I will never be the same." Lohof said the question "what if?." crosses her mind every day. What if it comes back? "One of the things I tell people who are going through cancer and treatments is that you have to accept that you can't con- trol it," explained Lohof, "because I know I can die of this cancer or I can live to be 95, I can get hit by a car, or die in some oth- er way. I can't control how I will die and I can't let worrying about it consume me today because I can't spend the life I have today trying to control something I can't control anyway." Lohof said that her battle with cancer helped her to realize the things that were really important in her life. "I don't stress about the stupid little See 'RELAY FOR LIFE,' page 3 ! Residents cautioned to watch. for rattlesnakes in town BY PATTI CARPENTER Law enforcement offi- cials are urging residents throughout Big Horn Coun- ty to watch where they step after a teen literally stum- bled on a rattlesnake in Lovell at around 10 p.m., on Monday. The large rat- tlesnake was apparently warming itself on a side- walk located well within city limits. Rachelle Smith, 14, was walking home on the warm summer night when she felt something move under her foot. That "some- thing" turned out to be a rattlesnake. "I didn't see it, I just felt it move and then there was a loud sound," said Smith. "It scared me so much that I ran as fast as I could to the nearest house to call my dad. I was shaking all over and my face must have been pure white." The incident took place on Kansas Street, between Second and Third Streets, near where an alley inter- sects with the sidewalk. "People tell me that I was lucky that I wasn't wearing sandals," said Smith, who fortunately was wearing closed ath- letic type shoes and long pants at the time, which may have protected her somewhat. "It made a lot of noise and tried to bite at me right away. I jumped out of the way and ran as fast as I could. I didn't even look back to see if it was coming after me." Smith's father was at the scene almost imme- diately and ran over the snake with his truck to pre- vent it from striking one of the many children who had now gathered at the scene to see the snake. A nearby resident no- ticed the commotion out on the street and, think- ing there was a fight in progress, called the Lovell Police Department for as- sistance. Within moments Sergeant Noe Garcia was at the scene expecting to break up a teen scuffle only to find a very large rattle- snake stretched across the road. The rattlesnake mea- sured 28 inches and had eight buttons, and in Gar- cia's words, was "pretty much dead" by the time he arrived. "It's unusual to see one right in town like this, but I'm not surprised with the hot dry weather to see one," said Garcia. "You see rat- tlesnakes sunning them- selves on the road like this all the time out in the coun- try, but no so much right in town like this." Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis cautioned that if one snake made its way into town, there may be others in town as well and that Smith, who had never seen a live rattlesnake before, was very lucky to somehow escape a snakebite. "Parents need to tell their kids to stay away from snakes if they see one in town like this," said Lewis. "Most kids who live in town haven't seen a rat- tlesnake before, and they have no idea how danger- ous they are." This is not the first in- cident this week where a rattlesnake found its way into a residential area in the county. A resident of Basin reported one under his porch and called sher- iffs deputies to help him remove it. Big Horn County Sher- iff Ken Blackburn noted that he found one on his own property recently in Cowley. "They're out right now probably looking for water in this hot and dry weath- er," said Blackburn. "Peo- ple really need to keep their eyes open for them. They can turn up any- where." Residents are urged to call 911 for assistance if they see a rattlesnake in town. "If people call us, we'll come out and help them," said Garcia. "It's better to call us, if they're not used to dealing with snakes, than to risk getting bit." Nicholls will be missed in Cowley BY DAVID PECK They gathered in the park Monday night with food, hugs and friendly conversation. They stopped by all day Tues- day to say a final goodbye. If, as has often been said, the post office is the focal point of every small community, it was never more evident than during the last few days in Cowley. The community of Cowley said goodbye to longtime post- master Jack Nicholls, who re- tired Tuesday after 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service: 18 years in Lovell and 15 in Cowley as postmaster. "The Postal Service is do- ing some restructuring and is giving some of us an opportuni- ty to take an early out, a little incentive to leave early," said Nicholls, 65. "I originally was thinking next year." Nicholls took the offer and closed out his career as of July 31. Nicholls was working on his family farm south of Lovell with his father, Wilmer, in 1979 when he spoke to Lovell post- master Dwight Despain about a job for his brother, Max. Max needed fulltime work, and the position in Lovell was only part time, but that was perfect for Jack, who could still work on the farm and also work at the post office. "Dwight talked me into it to supplement my farming," Nich- olls said. "It was a part-time job, and it fit in well." The Nicholls family farmed more than 200 acres in the area, Jack said, about 125 acres of their own and a num- ber of other places, as well. He sold the farm about 10 years ago, he recalled. Nicholls worked for post- masters Despain and, later, Nicholls said. Byron, Deaver and Frannie are slated to be reduced to four hours a day, Cowley to six hours per day. "What our understanding is, this is so people can have their post office and availabil- ity of mail and their own zip code," Nicholls said. "They'll do this over the next two years, by September of 2014." Asked what he'll do now, Nicholls replied, "Watch my grandson play football. I've seen him once in four years." He was referring to grand- son Kade, of Blanchard, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City. Kade is the son of Jared and Cherelle Hessenthaler Nicholls, and will be a senior this year. DAVID PECK Retiring Cowley Postmaster Jack Nicholls gets a hug from Marguerite Strom during his farewell picnic at the Cowley Town Park Monday evening. Elaine Dobbs in Lovell for 18 years, then had a chance to be- come a postmaster himself- in Cowley. He jumped at the op- portunity. "The reason I like it is that I'm the only one here," Nicholls said. "I'm my own boss. People ask, 'What's your perfect job?' This is mine. I always hoped to have the opportunity to come up here, and it did happen." Nicholls said he has ap- preciated the help from Linda Parker over the years. "She was my relief, she's so good," Nicholls said. "We've followed the boys for years and have been able to go places and do things. It's been so good. She deserves a lot of the credit for what success we have had up here." RESTRUCTURING In lieu of a recent decision to not immediately close small post offices across the country, the Postal Service has, instead, produced a plan to cut hours, FULLER TAKES OVER A familiar face will now greet customers at the Cowley Post Office, Cowley's own Deb- ra Fuller, who will be the officer in charge while the Postal Ser- vice seeks a new postmaster. Fuller has worked for the Postal Service for 21 or 22 years, she said, starting out as postmaster relief in Byron, Cowley, Deaver and Frannie. "I was the fill-in for the fill- ins," she said, noting that if the postmaster was going to be out of town and the top relief work- er was unavailable, the post of- fice would call her. She branched out in post- master relief to Shell and Ralston, worked as a fill-in car- rier in Greybull and as a clerk in Basin, then started working as a carrier in Lovell in 1999, then as a clerk. She moved to Cody as a clerk in 2007, then started working in various of- rices as the officer in charge including Meeteetse, Basin, Byron and, most recently, Sto- W, before taking the job in Cowley. Hyart Film Fest just around the corner BY PATrl CARPENTER "Expect variety, expect to see something different at this year's Film Fest," said Hyart Film Festival orga- nizer Jason Zeller. Zeller is pleased with the variety of films the festival will showcase this year, Aug. 9-11, at the historic Hyart Theatre, in downtown Lovell. This will be the third year for the festival, which will present films carefully selected by a committee from submissions in the drama, comedy, action comedy, anima- tion, music video, science fiction, hor- ror and "mockumentar' genres. Zeller describes the "mockumentary" genre as a "spoof presented in a documentary style format with a humorous twist." Zeller noted that he received more films from filmmakers incorporating a "religious theme" this year than in previous years. One such filmmaker is Reed Simonsen, who will be show- COURTESY PH()TO Filmmaker Reed Simonsen will present two films with a religious theme at this year's Hyart Film Festival, which wil!be held Aug. 9-11 at the Hyart Theatre. casing two films, "Molly Goes West" and 'TIost High" at this yeas festi- val. Simonsen has won numer- ous awards for both films in- cluding the Ac- colade Award of Merit, the Telly Award for Outstanding Student Film- making, Global Music Awards and other short film awards. Simonsen is a best selling author, humani- tarian, advocate See 'FILM,' page 7