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********************** FOR ADC 980 ' 350 00-00-00 55P 10T SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC. **C006 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98156-1208 lhh,l,,h,,,lh,lh,lh,,,,lh,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,ll 9 Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Thursday, August 5, 2010 Price 75 Volume 105, Number 8 Council approves hospital/housing grant ap BY DAVID PECK Taylor and Councilman first four units is sched- The Lovell Town Coun- Scott Allred said the town uled for the third quarter cil gave the go-ahead for the will incur some expenses of 2012, under the current Town of Lovell to apply for during the lead-up to the project timeline. a grant to tear down and project, but the cost is"pret- Stephen Fowler asked remediate hazardous ma- ty minimal," Taylor noted, how the town would pay terials at the old North Big For instance, she said, an for water and sewer taps Horn Hospital building on initial asbestos assessment in phase two of the project, East 10th Street last Thurs- cost the town $720, promo- and Taylor said there are a day night following a public tion and advertising for two variety of possible funding hearing at town hall. public meetings cost the sources including USDA The town will seek a town and Lovell Inc. $398 money, Wyoming Housing grant of $490,974 from the and some architectural Opportunities Association Wyoming Business Council drawings were done at no money and county consen- as part of a $533,685 proj- charge, sus money if that source be- ect to abate hazardous ma- Garrett Pike asked if comes available again. terials and demolish the old the lots, when ready for "I just feel anything we hospital to create space for building, would languish can do to improve that area the future construction of like the lots at the Lovell and put up some better a senior housing develop- Clay Subdivision have. He homes there we should do," ment. wondered whether the proj- Elaine Splan said. "It'll ira- During Thursday's ect would "come back to the prove our tax base and bring public hearing, the coun- town." Morrison said the people into town. A lot of cil took comments and an- lots may be deeded over to people our age would like to swered questions from the a newly-formed non-profit downsize and get into those public, and one of the first housing organization to be things (twin homes) in the questions came from Ger- formed in the community, next few years. aid Brinkerhoff, who asked "We're going to push "We want to improve if the town had set a limit this as hard as we can," the town and keep a lot of on the amount of money to Taylor said. "Because of people here who want to be paid for the hospital and DAvm ICK the size of the lots, the loca- stay here. A lot of people land. Mayor Bruce Morri- The old North Big Horn Hospital on East 10th Street in Lovell is slowly decaying, tion, the marketing and the were born and raised here son replied that the town but the eyesore may be removed if the Wyoming Business Council approves a niche being filled...Homes and want to stay here. I has set a limit and "is in ne- grant to demolish the structure, will be built by a private de- want to put my money in gotiation right now" with veloper and sold, similar to my town." owner Elder Care, Inc. the McArthur Subdivision, Taylor noted that "The purchase price is very reasonable terms with taxes and/or bond issues, by the Town of Lovell, al- which is a success." the recent housing study an eligible expense (for the Elder Care," added Lovell and Taylor said the Corn- though she added that the Taylor also noted that showed that, between now grant)," Councilman Brian Inc. Director Sue Taylor. munity Development Block town and Lovell Inc. have the project doesn't have to and 2015, Lovell will need Dickson added. "We do have Jim Szlemko asked if Grant the town is seeking is been able to use some "in- be finished all at once in or- 71 new housing units with it budgeted in there." the project would force res- one of the few grants offered kind" match to enhance the der to qualify for the grant. "We were able to come to idents to incur any more without a required match project. She said construction of the See 'HOUSING,' page 7 Commissioners seek assistance on petition for removal of Antley Hunt BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County commissioners are seek ing advice on how to pro- ceed after receiving a peti- tion seeking the removal of Big Horn County Attorney Georgia Antley Hunt from office. Clerk Dori Noyes said the petition, filed by Leti- tia C. Abromats, formerly known as Letitia C. Jen- nings, was received by her office Monday afternoon and she placed the item im- mediately on Tuesday's reg- ular meeting agenda, while also forwarding a copy of the petition to Hunt. Tuesday afternoon, the commissioners called At- torney General Bruce Salz- burg, who Commissioner Jerry Ewen said advised them that the AG's office advises county attorneys, not commissioners. The commissioners contacted the Local Gov- ernment Liability Pool on Wednesday morning. The commissioners asked Exec- utive Director Mark Pring of the LGLP to provide recom- mendations for an outside attorney. Initially Pring said Bill Simpson, repre- senting the county on suits filed by Abromats, could ad- vise, but Commissioner Jer- Georgia Antley Hunt ry Ewen said Simpson men- tioned in the petition there is a potential conflict. Ewen said they need an immedi- ate answer to the question about the timing of the pro- cess. Philip and Letitia Abro- mats of Greybull were in at- tendance when the petition was discussed Tuesday. Commissioner Ewen said, "We're not here for a hear- ing. We'll be obtaining inde- pendent counsel and proba- bly set up a hearing with a hearing officer." He said his understand- ing of the Wyoming Statute was that the commission- ers had 15 days to start the process, but added, "we need legal guidance." Philip Abromats said, "Our position is that ac- cording to 18-3-907(b) this has to be heard at your next regular meeting." The commissioners' next regu- lar meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 17. There has been discussion about the commissioners moving the meeting since that is Primary Election day. Abromats suggested having the meeting on Aug. 16 so voters have a chance to learn the outcome of the hearing before casting votes. Ewen said he believes the hearing will be a lengthy process and not something they can include during a regular meeting. "We want to do it right and make sure we take the time to do it right so it's fair to everyone," Ewen said. According to Wyoming Statute 18-3-907, "Every county officer not liable to impeachment shall be re- moved from office by the board of county commis- sioners if after proof sub- mitted they are satisfied that the officer has been guilty of any palpable omission of duty, has been guilty of willful or corrupt oppression or partiality in the discharge of his offi- cial duties, has demanded or received any pay for the performance of the duties of his office to which he is not entitled or for any oth- er act which by statute is in violation of his official oath and bond." The statute further states, "(b) The accusa- tion shall be presented to the county clerk in writing and be subscribed and ver- ified by the person making the same. The county clerk shall immediately notify the officer soaccused to appear before the board of county commissioners at the next regular meeting, if it is more than fifteen (15) days from the date of the notice, and if less, at the second regular meeting thereafter. "(c) The manner of tak- ing testimony shall con- form to the provisions of the rules of civil procedure. If a vacancy is declared, the board of county commis- sioners shall immediately fill the same as provided by law unless notice of appeal be immediately given, and the appeal perfected as provided in disallowance of claims. Th e right to appeal to the district court shall extend to both parties." See 'HUNT,' page 7 Three charged in cemetery vandalism BY BRAD DEVEREAUX After a lengthy investigation that was concluded thanks to useful tips from an anonymous source, the people buried at Kane Cemetery and their li- ving loved ones can rest easy as justice is being served to the vandals who de- secrated the cemetery late last year. Three individuals were charged with vandalism before magistrate The- resa McKee at federal magistrate court in Lander Wednesday morning connec- ted to the damages at Kane Cemetery west of Lovell. The charged individuals were minors at the time of the incident, according to Special Agent Les Seago, who is in charge of the central region of the U.S, for the National Park Service. The three juveniles received 6 months probation, a $750 fine and must pay restitution to cover the cost of the damages to the cemetery. Their probation terms include a curfew for 60 days. The National Park Service and Big Horn County Sheriffs Depart- ment have been working on the case since damage to 22 gravesites was dis- covered in early November of 2009. The damage ranged from pushing over headstones to breaking several monu- ments into pieces. NPS rangers were looking at the site one day following the vandalism and returned later in the day to find more damage to the site. Despite being close to the vandalism, they only had footprints as evidence that didn't pro- mise much for the investigation, It wasn't until February of 2010 when the case took a turn for the bet- ter. The investigating agencies recei- ved an anonymous tip from people who had heard information about the crime from two juveniles who allege- dly committed the vandalism. Deputies interviewed the two ju- venile suspects, who admitted to the vandalism, Sheriff Ken Blackburn said. Due to the serious nature of the crime and because the suspects are juveniles, their names will not be re- leased, Blackburn said. "It turned my stomach to see that that happened to one of our cemete- lies," Blackburn said. The Sheriffs Department, NPS and other agencies worked hard on the case, which is a great example of different agencies working together, Blackburn said. More information will be released by th e NPS later this week. Cms VAUGHN MILLER TaiLyn and Dusty Miller were among the crowd that attended the 2009 Meet the Mustangs event at the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. Meet the Mustangs on Saturday Help the Mustang Center at its biggest fundraiser of the year BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The public is invited to the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center for the seventh annual Meet the Mustangs event Saturday. Attendees will get a chance to see Pryor Mustangs up close and ask questions about the herd and enjoy other fun activities for the all-day event. Meet the Mustangs be- gins at 9 a.m. at the mus- tang center east of Lovell on Hwy. 14A. Speakers from the cen- ter will give updates on the state of the horse range and herd dynamics while answering questions from those in attendance. Di- rector Matt Dillon said he would speak Satur- day about issues involving the horse range and proj- ects the center is currently working on. Those attending will have a chance to look at the four mustangs that live in the fenced-in field next to the center. The horses are Pryor horses that were adopted by Dale Hartman, Dillon said. A silent auction will be held with items for sale that were donated by local businesses. Dillon said gift cards from businesses will be auctioned along with photographs and paintings of the mustangs. Kids 12 and under can pick up pictures to color prior to the event for a col- oring contest Saturday. Coloring pictures/entry forms may be picked up at the Red Apple, Lovell Li- brary or Mustang Center and should be finished be- fore the event. BBQ sandwiches will be available from Bob Ac- ton beginning at 11 a.m. The center will provide sal- ads, drinks and desserts along with a BBQ sand- wich for $10 a plate. Dillon said proceeds from the event will go to See 'MUSTANGS,' page 7 . IIIUI!I!!m!III!I!!!!IllU. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217o www.lovellchronicle.com I!i/,l,[lt, ll I/:' ] I, rlfl',[t;lll[llr[l[[l[I Ti:H00ii[![,lf:,l,l[lll,l00flil*,00lll[]l[l, IIlll00llBlill00|00llIHIlll:$ll lJll00i:;i00i[dJ%! i:i,iii]j00i i !!:iiiil [ TTff II ![jl00:HlilllBIIBi/llill[i|lilgllli,'ll , "