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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 13, 2015 CHRONICLE Without much discussion the Lovell Town Council and Mayor Angel Montanez voted unanimously on Tuesday night to move forward with a proposed water tower project. Councilman Scott AIIred was not present to vote, due to an excused absence. Little discussion was required due to a well-attended community forum that was held the week be- fore at the Lovell Community Cen- ter, where the $3.5 million project was hashed and re-hashed until one community member finally said something like, "Sounds like a no-brainer, can we just get on with it.~7 The project will include a new 140-foot tall, 400,O00-gallon wa- ter tank, a new pump station and Patti Carpenter telemetry system for water moni- Impressions toring and much-needed new wa- ter lines on the hill. The project will greatly improve our town by improving ser- vices to our neighbors on the hill, which includes New Horizon Care Center residents and North Big Hom Hospital patients and staff. It will benef us all, because, let's face it folks, we will all need those services at some time in our lives. Hats off to Councilman Brian Dickson and anyone else who worked hard to get us a grant that will pay for most of the ex- penses. Hats off, as well, to those who insisted on bringing it before the public. Though it did eat up some extra time, no one who took the time to attend can say they came away with a lot of questions. There was plenty of back and forth discussion and more than enough opportunity to ask questions or to speak out on the matter. Some attending expressed that maybe it was a waste of our time to have a public meeting on something that was obviously a good idea. I disagree. Perhaps it was a no-brainer, but as a resident of our fine town, I personally think the meeting was good practice for all of us. If nothing else, it was a relief for me to see our town council, mayor and the good citizens of our community agree on some- thing. Maybe this little bit of practice will help us resolve some of our other problems--like what's going on at our police depart- ment. Speaking as a citizen, not as a reporter, I encourage our lead- ers to have the courage to let the public in On more of the issues we are dealing with as a community. Who knows? Maybe someone will have a good idea, if nothing else, maybe it will be a healing experience for us all. I think the way this decision was handled is a sign that we can put our heads together to find solutions, as opposed to knocking them together, which only creates more headaches. Letter to the Editor "Love Thy Neighbor" lawn cooperation Dear Editor, will only take 30 minutes and in- As one rides around the Town crease the value and appearance of Lovell today, we find there are of your home. many homes that are vacant or Even just two or three times have short term renters in them. of mowing during the summer These homes are being neglect- months and once before win- ed and need the help of a lov- ter arrives can make a tremen- ing neighbor. Many short term dous difference and help control renters have not yet invested weeds. Every homeowner can be in a lawn mower or a weed eat- responsible to help the neigh- er. Many vacant homes have not bor on both sides of his proper- had weeds or grass cut for many ty. What a difference this would months, make in our community. As a responsible neighbor,Let us help each other, while contact that renter or missing improving our own property. homeowner and arrange to mow Think about this..."Love Thy and weed eat his property when Neighbor" by lawn cooperation. you do your own. Just cutting and Let's make Lovell a more beauti- trimming the front yard of the ful place to live. neighbor adjoining your property Marilyn Haskell WYOMING PRESS ASSOCIATION l 2014 Award-winning Newspaper 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 Publisher: David Peck Editor: Patti Carpenter S BS iP ON RATES Staff: Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, John Lafko, Leonora Barton, Kadie Voss, Dustin ingie copy 75 McClure www.LovellChronicle.com eVeN / OSOtlITO S ARe PART OF NATURe'S @ 0 Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, was disappointed that she wasrice in the county, and if the coun- Big Horn County held its an- unable to do the job with less, as ty treasurer would fire one of her nual budget hearing July 16 in promised, but encouraged thatemployees, then the county would the commissioners' chambers of she felt she could operate the of- have the additional funding she the courthouse in Basin. Being rice with the same budget thewas requesting. At this meeting interested in the county budget, previous county attorney had.her stunning attire with a daring I attended. It is the opportunity My comments were heard and neckline did not seem very profes- everyone has to make comments considered, sional for the occasion. on the budget and to be heard and But it seems I was wrong. Sometimes a popularity con- their comments considered. At the Aug. 4 meeting of the test at the polls does not achieve I was the only member of the Big Horn County Co nmission, the best prosecution of criminals. public to attend; there were no Ms. Adams attacked the commis- What were we thinking? objections to the budget -- from sioners, telling them they were I would like to thank our com- the public or any of the elected making Big Horn County the missioners for their fiscal respon- officials, laughingstock of the state because sibility in disbursing taxpayer The budget that held the most they declined to increase her bud- dollars and holding to their ap- interest to me was the county at- get. When she found out the coun- proved budgets that were accept- torney's budget. Ms. Adams ran ty could not just print money, she ed and approved by all, public and for office on the premise that she also attacked the county treasur- elected officials alike, at the an- could run the office better with er, telling her that the attorney's nual budget hearing. less budget. I commented that I office was the most important of- Keith Grant Guest Column purr- There are some misconceptions re .... ture and damage doorjambs with their claws. garding domestic felines (or for those :: Cats are good at catching mice and we who enjoy Latin, Fells catus). And appreciate that. What we don't appreciate is sometimes our furry friends, because when they bring mice or small rabbits into the of humans who have problems with the house for us to admire. But that's fine. In fact, critters, have been described as those it's the cat's meow. "X@X#**%!" cats. But I can say truth- Once in Lovell we acquired two more fe- fully, after having had numerous fur lines. Tasha Tiny-Dancer, a muted calico, was snakes for many years, that they are brought to our door after she was found in the smart (often too smart) and enjoyable, middle of Main Street, where some unkind Cats, of course, are considerably person dumped her. A couple were going door- different than dogs (Canis lupus fa- BobRodriguez to-door asking if anyone knew where she be- miliaris) for a number of'reasons. The longed. Of course, my wife, Jan, said that we'd most obvious is that dogs bark and take her if an "owner" wasn't found. I had no growl while kitties provide cat chat choice in the matter, but that's OK. We later with their meows, growls and purrs that often sound became the foster parents of Miss Kitty, a peach-col- like words. Pet owners (dog lovers) also notice that ored orphan, who was mewing piteously at 3 in the canines seem much more affectionate toward their morning in a neighbor's tree. We eventually retrieved owners, leaping and barking in joy when their own- her and she has allowed us to be her caretakers. Un- er comes home, often followed by an outburst of hand fortunately, we recently lost Tasha after donating licking. Cats, on the other hand, could not care less her to a school for wayward girls. She kept attacking when their human (whom they allow to exist to feed Miss Kitty and after trying for several years to reme- and care for them) comes home and often act disdain- dy the situation we reluctantly gave her away. Then fully. If a cat deigns to lick its human, it hurts be- she disappeared and we miss her greatly. cause of raspy tongues. Kitties can be affectionate; The sometimes scary part of having cats, besides they just don't show it often, watching your furniture slowly disappear, is observ- Because cats were venerated in ancient Egypt, ing their ability to figure out how to open doors or it's commonly believed that they were domesticated cupboards. It's good that they aren't equipped with there. But some researchers point to instances of do- raccoon-type paws or they'd take over a good part of mestication as early as the Neolithic period from ap- the countryside. Cats also are good at leaving hair- proximately 9,500 years ago (7,500 BC). Thankfully, balls and (occasionally) other deposits on floors, so the saber-toothed tigers died out some 11,000 years one learns never walk around the house at night ago, so Neolithic time dwellers did not have to con- without turning on lights. Once you've stepped in tend with large punctures while their "pets" licked certain piles of "stuff," that lesson sticks (no pun their hands, intended). When we moved to Lovell at the end of 2009 weWe hope that persons who keep cats have them brought our four cats with us: Bubba Bigfoot (Sia- neutered because too many people allow them to mese), Flint Westwood (all black), Jellibunny (tuxedo have multiple litters and don't care for the furry bud- model) and Scrappy (tiger striped). Anyone who has dies. And those who dump cats in residential areas traveled with four felines in a car and looked for mo- or turn them loose in rural areas are not my favorite tels can tend to pity us. However, we were fortunate kind of humans. Such actions are cruel. Sorry for the during our drive to Wyoming because we were able catty remarks that make me sound like a sourpuss to find cat-friendly accommodations although secu- and might rub someone's fur the wrong way, but if rity fees were added to the room fees. Motel owners one is going to have cats they must be responsible are well aware of the ability of cats to destroy furni- for them. 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