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Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 Thursday, August 19, 2010 Volume 105, Number 10 Banned until further notice Court ruling states GM beets can stay in the ground, but can't be planted next spring BY BRAD DEVEREAUX A ruling issued Fri- day, Aug. 13, could cause chaos among beet grow- ers throughout the Unit- ed States next spring, as they will be forced to tem- porarily switch from wide- ly used genetically modi- fied Roundup Ready beet seeds to non genetically- modified seed. The request for an in- junction and reevaluation of GM beet seed was filed by the Center for Food Safety. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is listed as the defendant in the case in the United States Dis- trict Court for the north- ern district of California. The plaintiff states in the complaint that the USDA failed to complete an En- vironmental Impact State- ment (EIS) when approv- ing the use of genetically modified beet seeds. The decision signed by United States District Judge Jeffery White will force the USDA's Animal and Plant Inspection Ser- vice to perform an EIS be- fore the genetically modi- fied seed can be cleared for use. Completing an EIS includes mandatory pub- lic comment periods and usually takes two or three years. The decision denies the Center for Food Safe- ty's request for a perma- nent injunction banning the use of GM beet seed. But with RR seed mak- ing up about 95 percent of total planted acreage last year, growers could have trouble finding enough seed to go around for next season. With sugar beet growers supplying rough- ly half of the world sug- ar supply (the other half coming from sugarcane), the decision could have an affect on sugar prices and the sugar industry. The decision also af- fects Monsanto Co., the manufacturers of Round- up Ready sugar beet seed and other GM plant seed. Farmers have widely ad- opted the GM seed be- cause it is resistant to the Roundup herbicide and saves them time and la- bor. Inquiries for com- ments from Monsanto were not responded to by press time. The decision included a ban on planting of any genetically modified sug- ar beets after Friday, Aug. 13, the date of the ruling. The decision in no way af- fects GM beets planted be- fore Aug. 13, and any beets already planted may be harvested, stored and sold as sugar, according to the decision. Plaintiffs listed along with the Center for Food Safety are the Organic Seed Alliance, Sierra Club and High Mowing Organic Seeds. Along with Vilsack, other defendants listed include the Western Sug- See 'BEETS,' page 8 DAVID PECK PHOTOS Mike Jones and Susan Green write results on the results chart at the Bank of Lovell during the Primary Election Party Tuesday night. Gerald Brinkerhoff places his ballot in the ballot reader as election judge Caryl Turner assists at the Lovell polling place - the National Guard Armory - during Tuesday's Primary Election. Burns wins back County Attorney BY KARLA POMEROY MicheUe McColloch Burns of Greybull was re- elected as County Attorney -- afar a four-year absence. After being defeated in the 2006 election by Geor- gia Antley Hunt, Burns de- feated Hunt in a tight race, 1,849 to 1,527, according to unofficial results from the Big Horn County Clerk's Office. "It was a whole lot clo- ser than it needed to be," Burns said. "I want to thank everyone who supported me during my campaign. We worked to get the facts out so voters could make an educated decision." She added, "I am ab- solutely ready to hit the ground running," and she is ready to work with those in Micheile Burns the office to make Big Horn County a place "we can all be proud of," she added. Burns said, "I'm loo- king forward to Mrs. Hunt turning over her office in a professional manner and making the transition as smooth as possible." Hunt said, "I'd like to congratulate Mrs. Burns. I'd also like to thank everyone for their support. The well- being of Big Horn County is still my No. 1 focus." Burns won eight of the 13 precincts Burling- ton 122-63, Frannie 31-22; Deaver 50-22; Byron 91-76; Cowley 206-95; Lovell 592- 314; Shell 90-87; and Otto 42-32. Hunt won Basin, 318- 227; Emblem 25-12; Hyatt- ville 48-10; Manderson 58- 43 and Greybull 367-333. Burns should be unop- posed in the General Elec- tion unless there is an eli- gible Democratic write-in candidate. Sheriff Blackburn wins by 545 BY BRAD DEVEREAUX It was a convincing vic- tory Tuesday for Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Black- burn, who won the Repub- lican nomination and is on track to be re-elected to a second term Tuesday, reel- ing in an unofficial 2,072 votes compared to 1,527 for opponent Ben Mayland. He will likely be unop- posed in the General Elec- tion in November, barring a write-in nomination. Blackburn said he would like to thank voters and everyone who helped during the busy cam- paign season. He thanked deputies who have "held down the fort" a few times while he attended political events. "Now, it's time to get back to work," Blackburn said, adding he would hold a staff meeting Wednesday to talk about the next four years and continue toward Ken Blackburn achieving 5- and 10-year goals that have been set. Blackburn carried a large percentage of the vote in the north end of the county: Lovell, 775 votes (81 percent), Cowley 290 votes (90 percent), By- ron 157 votes (86 percent), Deaver 51 votes (66 per- cent) and Frannie 45 votes (88 percent). He also won in Burlington with 142 votes (69 percent) and Otto with 54 votes (71 percent). Mayland did well in the south end, winning Basin with 396 votes (68 percent), Greybull 531 votes (69 per- cent), Hyatville 48 votes (70 percent) and Shell 125 votes (67 percent). Mayland edged Blackburn in the two remaining precincts, Em- blem and Manderson, Blackburn won 57.49 percent of the vote and Mayland made up 42.37 percent, with the remain- ing. 14 percent write-ins. Blackburn said he would be happy to be able to stop talking about himself and center his focus on the people of Big Horn County. He said campaigning did however give him a chance to hear concerns from many & See BLACKBURN, page 7 Come on down to the Hyart Film Festival BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The Hyart Theater will be open for its regular hours this weekend, but the historic theater won't be showing its normal schedule of recent feature- length films. Instead, the theater is being taken over by artists from around the world for a chance to show their films at the first-ev- er Hyart Film Festival in Lovell on Friday and Sat- urday. Tickets for the event can be purchased for one two-hour block at a time or on a sliding scale depend- ing on how many blocks are purchased. Tickets for one block are $4, two blocks $7, three blocks $9 and four blocks (all films) $10. A free hour show will be held Fri- day from 5 to 6 p.m. to give the public a taste of what to expect for the rest of the weekend. The festival will fea- ture 45 films from 13 coun- tries ranging from drama to comedy and animation to science fiction. Having pre-screened all the material to be shown this weekend, organizer Ja- son Zeller said the festival is full of variety and should offer something that every- one will like. "If you're like me, you'll laugh," Zeller said. "I don't normally cry at films, but some people could easily cry. There are some off- the-wall films and some that will make you think. I'm hoping to get the whole gamut of reactions." The festival includes such films as "Azaad 26/11," a music video from In- dia with no accompanying translation. Zeller said the film centers on Mumbai at- tacks in India that occurred Nov. 26, 2008, and the film speaks for itself without an English translation. Another film, "The Des- perate," is an emotional tale set in a WWII concen- tration camp, Zeller said. The plot involves the dy- ing son of a Nazi, and the only person who can save the boy is a concentration camp prisoner. Several of the films have local or Wyoming ties. "West Divided," direct- ed by and starring 1998 See 'FILM,' page 8 Cockpit, written and directed by Jesse Griffith, will be a science fiction film featured at the Hyart Film Festival this weekend. The festival includes films in the categories of drama, animation, comedy, sci fi, action, and more. Town responds to DEQ open burning request BY DAVID PECK The Town of Lovell has presented its response to the Wyoming Dept. of En- vironmental Quality, which asked that the town to come up with a plan to mitigate and manage the effects of open burning in the town before the DEQ will issue any future setback waiv- ers. Councilman Scott All- red worked on the issue, re- sponding to a request from DEQ Director John Corra to respond to five questions, and the council voted to ap- prove the response at the regular council meeting last Tuesday, Aug. 10. The re- sponse will go to Corra un- der the signature of Mayor Bruce Morrison. The plan relies heavily on police dis- patchers to determine the conditions for burning. The letter asks Director Corra to accept the letter as a drafL proposal for the town's Vegetative Material Open Burning Management Plan and said the town will attempt to address the fol- lowing issues outlined by Corra in his June 7 letter: 1) Identify weather con- ditions that would allow burning. Allred wrote that town dispatchers would be able to call the National Weath- er Service office in Riverton to obtain weather condi- tions during a burning pe- riod, though he wrote that it is "generally not possible" for dispatchers to obtain enough data to accurately predict conditions that are ideal for burning. "Obviously, light winds are favorable as opposed to no wind, which would not allow smoke to disperse," Allred wrote. "The prevail- ing winds during the burn should be away from any occupied residence likely to be affected by the smoke to the best extent possible." 2) Define criteria the dis- patch will use to deter- mine acceptable days for burning and/or areas of the town where open burning will take place on a given day. In his answer, Allred noted the town prohibition on burning hazardous ma- terials and "environmental- See 'BURNING,' page 8 IIILtl!t!t!tJtll!t!!t!t[tllll The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com