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August 23, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle 7 Yummo Cowley Corn Cookout Two-year-old Ryan Grant of Powell enjoyed an ear of fresh corn on Saturday while attending the Cowley Corn Cookout with his grandparents Grizz and Kaylynn Grant of Cowley. PATti CARPENTER PHOTO BY KARLA POMEROY Big Horn County Clerk of District Court Vickie Larchick submitted her let- ter of resignation for retire- ment to the Big Horn Coun- ty commissioners Tuesday. The commissioners ac- cepted the resignation Tues- day. Larchick's letter stated that her resignation will be effective Oct. 1. "I will be retiring at that time. It has been my plea- sure to have served in that position since 2003. I have enjoyed my service to the public, of which I know I will truly miss," Larchick wrote. Larchick is in the mid- dle of her third term as clerk of district court. In accepting her resig- nation, commission chair- man Jerry Ewen said, "I admire Vickie for the ser- vice she's given to the coun- ty. Her department is one you never hear complaints about. She's going to be hard to replace." Commissioner Keith Grant added, "She's done a good job." In honoring her he added, "Maybe we shouldn't accept it." According to state stat- ute, the commissioners will need to notify in writing the chairman of the "coun- ty central committee of the political party which the last incumbent represented at the time of his election," which will be the Republi- can Party. According to state stat- ute, the Republican Party chairman must call a meet- ing of the central commit- tee within 15 days "after he receives notice of the va- cancy. At the meeting the county central committee shall select and transmit to the board of county commis- sioners the names of three persons qualifie.d to fill the vacancy. Within five days after receiving the three names, the board of county commissioners shall fill the vacancy by appointment of one of the three to hold the office." Looking at the time- line, the commissioners will schedule a special meeting in September once they re- ceive the names of the three nominees. Despite cloudy weather last week, the Bighorn Na- tional Forest is still in "very high" fire danger, and will be continuing with fire re- strictions. Six wildfires started from recent lightning have demonstrated that the fuels in the forest are capable of supporting fires. According to fire manager Curtis Ras- muson, "If we had not been aggressive in our initial at- tack, several of these fires would have gotten large." In addition to these lightning ignited fires, there have been three aban- doned campfires that have required suppression re- sponse. One of these fires, the Black Butte fire, was approximately 12 acres, and cost thousands of dol- lars to suppress. Rasmuson further stated, "We would great- ly appreciate the public's cooperation with the fire re- strictions, as none of us can afford the risk and poten- tial loss associated with hu- man caused fires." The For- est Service is hopeful that significant moisture, more than -inch of rain, will fall before the beginning of the archery hunting season to provide conditions to lift the fire restrictions. This did not occur with Wednes- day's storm. Added Rasmuson, "A i :J i:Bigho n N, ati0maL,F, or :Willow Creek,safety:i :s i est managers and members associated with ATV use on of the Forest Plan Steering Committee will assemble at Burgess Junction Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on Tues- day, Aug. 28, for the group's annual field trip. The monitoring and evaluation field trip is open to the public. The trip will conclude around 3:30 p.m. Agenda topics for the field trip include mainte- nance needs at Burgess Junction Visitor Center, livestock grazing near Big highways, dispersed camp- ing, the food storage special order and WYDOT projects on highways that traverse the Bighorn National For- est. The Forest Plan Steer- ing Committee is comprised of Forest Service manag- ers and representatives of local county commissions, conservation districts and State of Wyoming agen- cies. The Committee was formed upon completion of few of the fires were in re- mote areas that we normal- ly would have considered managing to restore vegeta- tive diversity, but this year is too busy of a fire year to secure the firefighting re- sources necessary for that type of managed fire. There are many areas of the For- est that would benefit from wildfire, but conditions now are too extreme." Visitors are reminded to check the restrictions posted on signs, on the For- est's website (http://www. fs.usda.gov/main/bighorn/ home) or by calling or vis- iting a local office or visi- tor center to stay current on the regulations. Revised Forest Plan in 2005 to help the Forest vice monitor forest plan and BY DAVID PECK A one-vehicle rollover east of Powell late last Tuesday night, Aug. 14, claimed the life of a Cowley man and may have also cost Cowley its restaurant, at least for now. Rick Munsinger, 49, owner and operator of the Cowtown Caf6, was east- bound on Lane 9 east of Powell when he lost control of his 1991 Chevrolet pick- up and was ejected as the truck rolled, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said. The crash happened around 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 14, he said. The Park County S.O. responded along with the Powell Fire Dept. and Powell EMS, Steward said. "The driver appeared to have been ejected and had not been wearing a seat belt," Steward said. "There were no signs of breath- ing or a pulse. He was con- firmed dead at the scene." Riding with Mun- singer was his 14-year-old grandson, Eduardo Iribe, project implementation. The Committee meets twice e a year. For more information about the field trip or the committee, please contact Laurie Waiters-Clark at 307-674-2627 or lwalter- sclarkC s.fed.us. More in- formation about the Big- horn National Forest's projects can be found on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/ bighorn/. restaurant owner of Cowley. Iribe was alert and "moving around" when deputies arrived, Steward said, and was treated and released at the Powell Val- ley Medical Center. He was believed to have been wear- ing his seat belt, the sheriff said. Munsinger was travel- ing east on Lane 9 when the pickup drifted off the right side of the road. He over- corrected to the left, and the truck crossed the road and started to roll, making one complete roll - during which Munsinger was eject- ed -- and coming to rest on its wheels. Steward said it does ap- pear that alcohol was a fac- tor in the crash. Munsinger and wife Es- ther Valenzuela took over operation of the Cowtown Caf6 in January of 2010 and transformed the restaurant into a popular destination for restaurant-goers from the surrounding area, in- cluding Munsinger's fa- mous wood-fired pizza. The restaurant is cur- rently closed. Services for Rick Mun- singer were held Monday at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell. A benefit dinner for the Munsinger family will be held Sunday at the Bran- din' Iron Restaurant in Lovell, hosted by the Bran- din' Iron staff and volun- teers. All proceeds will go to the family to help pay for funeral expenses. The dinner will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Brandin' Iron on Sunday, Aug. 26. Thank you for your support; to everyone who helped on my campaign; to voters who trust me to meet your needs in Cheyenne. Representative Elaine Harvey , HarveyOO@tctwest.net Paid for by Elect Elaine Harvey for House District 26 continued from page 1 that no one in the car was hurt and that none of the kids were feeling any pain after the accident," said Hitz. "Davey Crockett and I will have to swap bear stories." Hitz spoke to a local farmer the next day who said he and his neighbors had seen bears in the area recently. The highway pa- trolman on the scene told continued from page 1 tion Party at the Bank of Lovell Tuesday night. "I don't take votes lightly, and I appreciate those who supported me along the way. This renews my faith in House District 26 that people wouldn't let a car- petbagger come in and take over politics." Harvey was referring to the fact that DiLorenzo has lived in Wyoming for less than 10 years after practicing law in Califor- nia for many years. "I will continue to do my best to serve my con- stituents individually and collectively," Harvey con- tinued. "I love this area, and I want to see it suc- ceed." Harvey said the hard- fought election has had at least one positive effect, making her hone her mes- sage. "It's made me intro- spective," she said. "I've had to look inside myself and say this is how I've vot- Hitz that the bear carcass was property of the State of Montana and it was later removed from the scene and taken to the Montana Fish and Game Dept. in Billings. "I was disappointed they didn't let me take the carcass," said Hitz. "All I got from all this is a photo and bits of fur stuck in my bumper." ed all these years and this is who I am. I've had to ar- ticulate my message." Harvey added, howev- er, that she didn't like the negative tone of her oppo- nent's campaign. "In our state term lim- its are at the polls," she said. "I would just hope that every candidate would run on his or her merits in- stead of trying to tear down the other candidate. If I can't run on my own merits - on statewide issues and supporting the local area - then I shouldn't run. "There were many times in his message where I wondered if he was run- ning for a national office and not House District 26. I seldom heard what he stood fol", and I seldom heard him answer a direct question. The legislature is more than philosophy, it's action." DiLorenzo did not re- spond to requests for com- ment by press time on Wednesday. The Brandin' Iron staff and volunteers are honored to host a fundraising dinner for Sunday, August 26, 2012 4-7pm 483 Shoshone Ave. in Lovell Join us for hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. All proceeds go to Rick's family to help pay for his service. Our community lost a friend, father, grandfather and business entrepreneur. Rick had the Cowtown Cafe for almost three years, serving the community. He was a loving partner to Esther Valenzuela, father of four children and grandfather of seven. Shoshone Ave Lovell 307-548-9370