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Au ust 6, 2015 The Lovell Chronicle I3 Artist Denney NeVille gives Cameron Carpenter a few tips during a special workshop for aspiring comic strip artists held at the Lovell Public Library. BY PATl'I CARPENTER Well-known local art- ist Denney NeVille of By- ron treated an enthu- siastic group of young people to an art lesson at the Lovell Public Library this summer, finding two young artists (Camer- on Carpenter and Rhin- ney Leonhardt) who rose above the rest in the pro- cess. The workshop, which was very well attended, focused on cartoon strip drawing. “I wanted to leave it wide open to the imagi- nation,” said NeVille. “I told them to come up with whatever came to mind, like veggies talking to each other or whatever. I advised them to keep it short and sweet and to get to the message quickly.” Carpenter’s cartoon strip featuring potato plants appealed to NeV- ille’s quirky sense of hu- mor, though the ending was a bit sad with the PATTI CARPENTER PHOTOS Rhinney Leonhardt of Lovell is pleased with a comic strip he created during a special workshop led by local artist Denney NeVille at the Lovell Public Library earlier this summer. Cartoon strips get a little extra ink potatoes ending up in a frying pan. Leonhardt’s comic strip was all about pizza, with a very simple punch line that was “a bit cheesy,” even for NeVille’s taste. NeVille said he was very impressed with the work of all of the young cartoonists who attended. He said he thought most of them had great ideas and he enjoyed their very imaginative drawings. As a special surprise, NeVille continued from page one lack of communication be- tween town officials and the department. On Monday, yet anoth- er fulltime dispatcher, JJ Callahan, also submitted his resignation, giving two weeks notice. Callahan has worked as a dispatcher for the Lovell Police Depart— ment since October of 2012. His last day on the job will be Aug. 14. Callahan said, “There’s just too much going on and I don’t want to deal with it anymore. I feel like nothing is being done to alleviate the problem.” Fire Chief Jim Minchow expressed understandable concern since his depart- ment makes a significant fi- nancial contribution to cover the cost of dispatch services required by the fire depart— ment. He said that he is concerned that there are currently not enough dis- patchers left to cover the tasks at hand, including pro- viding dispatch for fire, po- lice and ambulance services. He said, though he has con- sidered the option of con— tracting for dispatch services through the sheriffs depart- ment in Basin, he would pre- fer to have it based in Lovell. “It seems like we are maxing the dispatchers out as far as possible,” said Min- chow. “The ones left (Jenni- fer Massey, Angie Morley Brown and two casual re- lief operators) are bending over backwards to get the job done.” He added that it made him feel sad to see the com- munity lose so many good of- ficers and dispatchers at one time. Northwest College WYOMING “All we can do is move forward and stay positive,” said Minchow. “I think the mayor and the council need to work together. It doesn’t have to be this way.” In an interview with the Lovell Chronicle on Tues- day, Mayor Angel Montanez said interviews are already scheduled for Friday to fill the vacant positions left by those exiting the dispatch center. He noted that at least one of the candidates has previous experience and he anticipates that the posi- tions will be filled within a short period of time. Montanez said he was somewhat surprised by the resignation last week of Sgt. Steve Allred, who had told him during a chance en- counter at the Brandin’ Iron Restaurant the Saturday be- fore his resignation that ev- erything was going OK. He denied that all of the officers were putting in mas- sive overtime hours, noting that the Town Clerk Valerie Beal told him it was mostly Allred who took on the over- time. He said he felt Allred had control of the delegation of overtime, since he was act- ing in a supervisory capaci- ty, and could have spread it out among the other officers. Montanez indicated that Allred’s resignation may have been somewhat prema- ture, since he had already appointed a hiring commit- tee (Dan Anderson, Kris Brimhall, Brandon Jolley, Steve Coleman, Jason Beal, Scott Allred and Minchow) and the committee was al- ready in the process of inter- viewing several good candi- dates for police officers. He GET FWXE” nwc.edu/schedule 800.560.4692 noted that since Allred’s res- ignation part—time officer Matt Koritnik was promot- ed to full-time, Luke Welch was added as a full-time of- ficer and David Blankenship was hired as a part-time of- ficer, essentially shoring up the vacant positions on the police force. Koritnik began his ca- reer with the Lovell Po- lice Department but left for a relatively short peri- od of time to work with the Lander Police Department. Montanez said he checked with Koritnik’s employer in Lander and they were very impressed with his work. “It was kind of a no—brainer,” said Montanez. “He is very experienced, he passed all the required tests, had good references and he was already working for us part-time. So, when a full- time position came up it made sense to hire him.” Though Welch is new to law enforcement, Montanez said the committee was very impressed with him and he thought Welch gave a very intelligent interview, adding that, though he sat in on the interviews, he pretty much went with the committee’s recommendations. Blankenship is new to the area but has law enforce- ment experience and is cer- tified in another state with more than 1,000 hours of post-academy training. He also has some criminal jus- tice college credits and fami- ly ties in the area. Montanez said though the search continues for a chief, there are two candi- dates that have expressed interest and are under NWCIS AN EOI (961' MOVE MEWS DELWEV'ED. Subscript. How! can ng—zzm inked the drawings made by Carpenter and Leon- hardt and said he planned to present them to the boys as a gift. “I held very true to their pencil drawings,” said NeVille. “The ink just brought out what was al- ready there.” NeVille said he real- ly enjoyed working with the kids and hopes he’s in- .Vited by the library staff to come back again next summer. consideration. “We’re still looking, but I don’t just want to take any- one,” said Montanez. “I want to make sure it’s the right person and they are serious about the position.” In the meantime, he said, Dan Anderson is acting as lieutenant. “I think the ones who left (the police department) were going to leave any- way,” said Montanez. “I think we have a good group now. There was a lot of nega- tivity with the old chief leav- ing. These people have made their choice to stay and I be- lieve they are honestly here for the community.” Blackburn expressed a certain amount of concern regarding the turmoil in Lovell, but said his depart- ment stands ready to assist in any way it can. “Lovell has been without a police chief for (several) months and what I do know is that it has created a tre- mendous strain on officers,” said Blackburn. “Leadership is critical for the direction of any department. “People are prone to ra- tionalize and make excuses and to ignore the facts. The facts are that this has been a drain on everyone, including the citizens of Lovell. I will not speak ill of the public ad- ministration in this matter; they are trying to do the best job they can. “I am not going to get into the politics of any situ- ation. 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