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+ August 7, 2014 1 The Lovell Chronicle I 7 VERDETI'O A SURVIVOR continued from page one his wife at a fairly young age and raised four daugh- ters on his own. Though he died in 2010, she said his indomitable spirit inspired her and it helped her get through her ordeal. An example of that toughness is when she asked Mike to shave her head instead of letting her hair gradually fall out as a side effect of her chemo- therapy. She said by shav- ing her own head before the chemotherapy took it out for her, she felt empowered and, in some way, in control of the situation. To show his support, Mike shaved his own head, as well. "The good Lord bless- ed me with a good husband, a great family, wonderful friends and a great com- munity," she said. "People rallied behind me, because that is what people do here. They tried to help as best as they could. That support still means a lot to me." She said there were times during her treatments when her pain was over- whelming and seemed like it would never end. She said she made it through the or- deal, literally "one moment at a time," during those tough times, always focused on getting through it. "I've learned that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not an on-coming train," she chuckled. "There is an end to it and what is most im- portant is to keep fighting." Paula continues that fight moment by moment, with her husband Mike by her side. She still has reg- ular checkups and has re- mained cancer-free for more than two years. Editor's note: The Relay for Life, taking place on Sat- urday night, at Rocky Moun- tain High School, starting at 5 p.m., celebrates the life of sur- vivors like Paula and caregivers, like Mike, who supported their loved ones through their battle with cancer. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society. TOURIST ACTIVITY SLOWS DURING CONSTRUCTION continued from page one the concern about Nevada Avenue. Likewise, Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce President Craig Trumbull said Main Street area busi- ness owners are experienc- ing mounting frustration about disrupted traffic pat- terns, but he said everyone would agree that the fire hall issue is more import- ant. Safety is the top priori- ty, he said. Trumbull said he also has more empathy for what businesses like Minchow's Service and Food Court went through earlier in the proj- ect, because tourist traffic at his Brandin' Iron Restau- rant has slowed significant- ly since the project blocked Shoshone Avenue, though locals are still supportive. He said he hires five or six extra people for the summer season but will likely have to lay off the extra employees due to the slowdown. "It's going to affect us that much," he said. Dickson said the goal is to keep the trucks detour- ing at Oregon but opening up two blocks to local traf- fic. Taylor suggested that one way to help traffic flow would be to remove barriers on south side streets on the east end of the project such as at Fifth and Oregon. "I don't mind local traf- fic on Nevada; I just don't want the big trucks on Ne- vada," Dickson said. Wulf said there are still issues with drivers not heeding road-closed signs, and he said a case of van- dalism took place early Saturday morning when someone tipped over an ex- pensive electronic arrow sign on the east end detour. Those caught in such an act face a hefty fine, Wulf said. After the meeting end- ed, Wyoming Dept. of Transportation Project In- spector Paul Koenig said keeping Oregon as the east end detour point had been confirmed and approved. VOTERS TO DECIDE MUSEUM DISTRICT FATE co.tinued who recommended the for- mation of a museum dis- trict, Fink and Spragg said. "We started to look at the (district) borders, and people said to do it for the whole area," Fink said. "A lot of people came forward to say that. After the sales tax failed, a lot of them said we will do (support) this. They wanted a large muse- um district that would cov- er everybody and all of the history of North Big Horn County." The district, if approved by voters, would match the hospital district boundar- ies, Fink said. In order to get the dis- trict on the ballot, the board had to obtain signatures from landowners represent- ing one-quarter of the as- sessed valuation of the hos- pital district, at least $86 million worth of landown- ers. The board obtained $98 million in signatures during the process. "We obtained signa- tures from all areas in the district - Byron, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie and Lovell - people from inside all of the towns and outside all of the towns, all around," Fink said. The board attended many events to gather sig- natures, publicizing the museum district. A public hearing was held on April 1 at the court- house in Basin, and al- though the hearing was ad- vertised with a legal notice in the newspaper on Thurs- day, March 27, only three people attended the hear- ing: Fink, Spragg and Peg Snell, plus a newspaper reporter. With no opposition, the county commissioners passed a motion to put the district on the ballot. "Next, we needed peo- ple to run for the board," Fink said. "I signed up, Karen signed up and Craig Trumbull signed up. We contacted and contacted people and passed out (sig- nup) forms. Nobody came through. We went back to the towns and asked them to select somebody to rep- resent the towns. Only one town provided a name (Flor- ence Wambeke in Deaver). ' vVe want people to say, '1 want a say in where my money goes.' We're not taking money from any districts. We are asking taxpayers to pay to (operate a museum). It's the citizens' and the taxpayers' decision to make." Rich Fink "We requested and at- tended many council meet- ings in Lovell, Byron, Deaver and Frannie. People accepted and were recep- tive to it. There are no des- ignated spots on the board, but we pushed and pushed. We wanted people from all of the areas." VOTERS TO DECIDE Fink agreed with Pe- terson that the district is a tax issue, but he said it's a chance for the voters to approve or disapprove the district. "We want the voters to decide, not the politicians," he said. "We want people to say, 'I want a say in where my money goes.' We're not taking money from any dis- tricts. We are asking tax- payers to pay to (operate a museum). It's the citizens' and the taxpayers' decision to make." The district will ap- ply for grants, Fink and Spragg said, but it's no dif- ferent than special districts competing against districts from all over the state. "Are they supposed to shut down to not compete?" Fink asked. "Existing dis- tricts in the county will not lose a dime." As for the lack of by- laws, Fink and Spragg said no district can form bylaws until the board is elect- ed and the district formed. Neither can the current board make any promises or obligate the future dis- trict board. "We cannot sit here and say this is the way it's going to be," Fink said. "We can't pledge or promise anything. We're not in this for politi- cal promises." As for the Lovell-Kane corporation, it is simply a 501c3 non-profit enti- ty that allows donors to write off a donation, a way of raising money for a spe- cific purpose, Fink said. It was formed three years ago to begin the fundraising process. The district would be a separate entity under the auspices of the coun- ty, falling under the rules and regulations of the state and county government, Fink and Spragg said. As a county district, the annu- al budget would be posted for scrutiny by taxpayers, and "anybody who wants to could come in and look at the books," Fink noted. As for exhibits, Fink and Spragg said they have no intention of taking an- other museum's artifacts or exhibits. "We don't want to take anything from other mu- seums, we want to add to the history," Fink said, not- ing that the museum board would like to obtain enough acreage to display large museum pieces like trac- tors, wagons, farm equip- ment or an old cabin. TYING PEOPLE TOGETHER The North Big Horn County Museum and His- torical Center would tell the history of all areas of North Big Horn County, Spragg and Fink said, like Himes, the Mexican Colony, Hills- boro, Kane, Spence, Crystal Creek and more, along with the five communities. "The history ties us to- from page one gether," Fink said. "Any- body who lives in North Big Horn County has relatives and friends in all five of the communities. We're all to- gether. We're all related in some way. We're all one big community. No, we don't want to take money out of their museums, but there could be projects to help those museums." "Their museums should benefit from this district," Spragg added. Fink and Spragg said the North Big Horn Coun- ty Museum and Historical Center has about $49,000 in the bank after several years of fundraising. It's not enough to operate a mu- seum, hence the need for the district, they said, but some of the money could be used to purchase land. "We're looking at that," Fink said. Fink and Spragg said the museum has received strong support from senior citizens, even though most are on fixed incomes. "The elderly are the ones really pushing us to do what we're doing," Fink said. "They've told us we've got to get a museum to pro- tect their history, get things put away and saved. They are the main supporters. They want it and say we need it." Fink and Spragg said the 1 mill levy doesn't have to stay at that level forever and, in fact, could be eventu- ally lowered to three-quar- ters, half or one-quarter mill or even could be re- scinded at some point. "We want to build a mu- seum that's handicapped accessible and gives the history of all of the area for all to see," Fink said. "It would be a place to show school classes a history of the whole area and a place to do research. "Museums are economic development. This museum can be as good as we want it to be and do so many neat things for our kids and our descendants. It would sell the area and be a draw to this area. People talk about growing the tax base, but you're never going to do that unless you pass things and do some things." + ELECT Big Horn County Commissioner Big Horn County resident for 20 years 35 years as Wyoming Game Warden 4 years as Big Horn County Emergency Management Coordinator Dyed-in-the-Wool Wyomingite "To be effective, Commissioners need to put in many hours every week. It is impossible to schedule your time around the needs of being a Commissioner. 1 don't know how anyone could possibly serve as County Commissioner and have other employment commitments. Experience and "Time to Serve" is what I have. With your help it will be my "T IME TO SERVE" p ese ts a i iiiii!ii,i, August 16, 6:00 p.m. ........... ....... Lovell Community Center .......... Y sit w th friends, WIN door prizes and watch SLIDESHOWS featuring historical PHOTOS of Byron, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Kane and Lovell. : Tickets available at the Chamber Office or by per calling 307-272-1931, ticket307-.548-7212 or 307-548-6706 iii!:iii~ili~i Sponsored by the North Big Horn County Museum Board i,