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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 23, 2018 BY DAVID PECK Bighorn Battlefield Supt. When newly appoint- Wayne Challoner as two of ed Bighorn Canyon Nation a quadrant of parks work- al Recreation Area Supt,ing together. Tranel has Mike Tranel was taking abeen tasked with supervis- boat trip on Big Horn Lake ing the superintendents of shortly after his appoint- three other Park Service ment, his wife, Mary Tid- units in the region: Little low, looked at the stunning Bighorn Battlefield Nation- canyon walls andsaid, "This al Monument, Devils Tow- is just beautiful. Why aren't er National Monument and there more people here?" Fort Laramie National His- As he works into his toric Site. So in that regard, new position, Tranel hopes Bighorn Canyon as his main to find answers to that es- otnce is pretty centrally lo- sential question and more. cated, he said. He said he'll After spending the last 25 years of his 33-year Park Service career in Alaska, the last seven as supt. of the Klondike Gold Rush Nation- al Historical Park in Skag- way, Tranel is coming home ina way, with his new post- ingather started June 8. He grew up in northern Wyo- be on site at the other parks about once a month, not- ing, "It's an 1,100-mile lo.op." The parks will be able to share some staff duties and potentially some bud- get items, he added. Tranel said it's im- portant for the superin- tendent to develop rela- ming and southern Mon- tionships with leaders in tana in communities not far Big Horn County, noting, from Bighorn Canyon NRA. "There's a real need for the Tranel lived on a ranch Park to interact more with near Big Horn during his el- ementary school years and said he has many memories that part of his life, then the town of Lovell and Big Horn County" to coordinate on things like the lake lev- el issue. "There are real advan- went to junior high in Miles City and high school at St. rages to being in Lovell and Labre School in Ashland, having that perspective ' he Mont before graduating added, noting that he can from Billings Central High talk to Keith and Ken Grant School. The family still has and Elaine (Harvey) about a ranch north of Broadview, the lake or with the sheriffs and Tranel has relocated to office and Ken Blackburn Red Lodge, with his new of- on search and rescue and rice at the Bighorn Canyon emergency services. visitor center in Lovell. "I feel like there's some "I'm one of 10. The ma- work to do and a real need Jbority of my siblings were for increased engagement orn in Sheridan, and mostwith the city and the coun- of them still live in Mon-ty" he said. "That was a sig- DAVID PECK Supt. Mike Tranel, on the job just a few weeks, already sees great possibilities for Lovell and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. meaningful dialogue is very of Reclamation is better at important, adding, "Thereengineering than we are, are tremendous amounts but the National Park Ser- of factual information that vice has expertise and ex- we can use, and we will, but perience with doing public real question." Tranel said he recently met with Elaine Harvey and Diane Shober (Wyoming Division of Tourism) and "People who visit there are going to have that per- sonal connection ' he said. "It's not just about see- ing places or reading about them, it's what it feels like to be there. That's what I think are the attributes of restoring that place. Ev- ery time I've been there I've seen visitors walking around. There's lots of in- terest. We've restored the orchards, we're taking care of the out buildings Right in the middle of it fight now we have charred re- mains and a foundation. So let's fix it, and let's have that landscape." Tranel said he would love to develop living histo- ry programs at the historic ranches. READY TO GO TO WORK Tranel said he is ready to get going. "I used to say I'm young and idealistic, and I'm still idealistic ' he joked. "I have high energy daughters who keep me young. The talent I'm looking for (at the park) is a high energy team play- er, and I need to model that myself. "We have a wonder- ful mission. I believe in be- ing efficient, and my father taught me the value of hard work We need to build on our strengths. We've got some great employees who have been here a long time from the local communi- ty. How do we find more people like that in the lo- cal community who really care? In Alaska we had lo- tana ' he said. "My moth-nificant factor in feeling ultimately the discussionmeetings that we can bring said people visiting fromcal hire authority. We don't er lives in Billings Our kids like making Lovell my main needs be, 'OK, what are to the equation:' the Midwest or the East are have that here, but ! would were missing out on time office would be a good way you really asking for here?' TOURISM DEVELOPMENT "kind of hammered with like to recruit and retain with cousins and time with to go" How do we operate Horse- There's also a con- what's available in the Black people locally as much as Grandma. That's pretty While park headquar- shoe Bend, for example, for cern about economic de- Hills" by the time they reach we can." meaningful to us, and be-ters will remain at Ft. Smith, a meaningful length of the velopment and tourism inWyoming and may be seek- Tranel said his wife, ing close to Billings,was im- Tranel said future division season? How do we have Lovell, Tranel noted, star- ing something authentic. Mary Tidlow, also works for portant. Fort Smith s a little chiefs will have the option the right levels in the river ing, "That's a big issue that's As for paving the roadthe Park Service in facili- too far away. of operating out of either so the fishing communityimportant to me and means to Fort Smith, Tranel said ties management, working "Red Lodge gives us Ft. Smith or Lovell, but he can still do what they'd like a lot to me, because I grew the controversial proj- from home on such things the abiliby to go back and said any "number two per- to do,there? up in Wyoming. I think ect is "a longer term thing" as deferred maintenance forth add for my mother to son" would need to be lo- Ive been to probably there's a lot to see, there's with much of the road onand energy management be able tovisit. We're small cated at the other end of most of the national recre- a lot to offer. I can tell you the Crow Reservation and town people, not big city the park. ation areas and many of the t wouldn't be in this job if it some proposed wilderness people." ISSUES IN THE PARK lakes that the National Park weren't for having grown up in the area of the road. Tranel also said Red- Asked about some of Service manages, and Big- next to the Big Horn Moun- While saying he's toothe lake mentioned at the Lodge provides an easi- the issues affecting Bighorn horn Canyon is pretty con- rains and going Up into the new to take a position On top of the article, Tranel er transition from the cli Canyon, Tranel said the wa- strained as far as how it can mountains a lot" the road, he did note, "I'm said, "That's a pretty good mate the family was used ter level in the lake is an im- operate because it's withinGrowing up near Big very interested in the back- summation. Those are very to in Alaska, adding that the portant issue, such a deep canyon. And so Horn gave him his love of ground and hearing from accurate insights of what I members of h!s family are "The Bureau of Recla-the flexibility for how high the outdoors and of west- the different perspec- think. We hear that in Red all skiers and he is a musi- marion has been working or low the lake can go is ern and Wyoming history,tives on pros and cons. I've Lodge. I talk to people who cian, playing drums in Red on it a long time, and I'm very much subject to that. he said. worked on controversial is- say that's Montana's se- Lodge and Billings. a newcomer ' he said. "It's"So what we need from "That needs to be sues for the last 25-plus cret Let's keep it a se- Though he will spend really important that wethe Bureau of Reclama- shared, so I see Highwayyears of my career and acret. It's a beautiful place. plenty of time at park head- identify what are the in- tion, I guess, is to be able 14A as being underutilized ' lot of times there's a reso- It's just underutilized, so quarters in Ft. Smith, he terests, and I'm always go- to find out exactly whatTranel said. "I regularly take lution that is different from how do we get more people said it's important to have ing to put the condition on, those constraints are. The that route to Little Bighorn what either side was think- interested? a superintendent's pres- when I meet with the Bigdialogue also includes the and other places that I go, ing initially that comes to"There's the whole ence in the south district of Horn River Alliance, that Friends group for the lake and it could handle morelight when you start hay- tourism marketing (as- the park at Lovell, which he you don't get to say that the and what works for recre- tourism. Lovell certain-ing meaningful discussions pect). I'll be working with and efficiency. Referring to Mary's comment on the beauty of said has been "missing for a other side is less import- ational opportunities. Then ly could, and how can we about it. Diane (Shober) for the while." And, he added, there ant. I'm not swayed by any we have the unpredictabil- contribute to that in ad-"I'm open on the ques- Wyoming side and work- is the opportunity to build arguments that the river ity of weather and climate dition to the recreational tion. It's much more corn- ing with Brenda Moss (of on some successes, recreation is more import- and siltation in the lake. opportunities on the lake? plex than 'everybody agrees Southeast Montana Tour- "I feel like there are ant than the lake andvice "It'salottosortthrough, I see the historic ranches on this and let's just get ism) on the Montana side. some things that are suc-versa but my immediate plan I've as underutilized. Whenev-some money to build it" I I'm interested in being cessfulin the south district"The purposes of the communicated to Ken and er I've been to places like don't see it as quite that very much engaged with of the park can translatepark are very much fo- Keith Grant and to Elainethe Lockhart Ranch or anysimple." them. At the local level we into more success in the cused on the lake, the rec- Harvey is I'd like to have the of them, really, you see vis- Tranel said he's a strong have Elaine Harvey, who s north district, as well," he reational opportunities and National Park Service host itors walking around and proponent of rebuilding clearly a great park sup- said. 'We've got some g0od scenic and historic values, some of those meetings - they're having a great time, the Ewing-Snell Ranch. He porter and great propo- projects and some good which includes the historic meet in LoveU or meet in Ft. but there could be more. said the ranch offers a cul- nent of 'let's get more peo- people working here" ranches." Smith so we're fully en- "How do we market rural landscape in a beau- ple to come see this area.' Tranel said he .already When it comes to the gaged in that discussion. ! that authenticwestern his- tiful setting that resonates I plan to put some energy works closely with Littlelake level issue, Trane] said would say that the Bureati tory to visitors? That's the with people, into tourism marketing." 70ct. Spiral Notebooks 4/$ t 2 Pocket Portfolio 15 8ct. Wood #2 Pencils B9 10ct. Bic Pens 99 Round or Cristal Combination Lock s699 Fiskars Scissors $2/4 Blunt or Pointed 500ct. Copy Paper Select Backpacks 25% off 150ct. Notebook Paper 24ct. Crayola Crayons Index Cards 10ct. 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