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2 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 27, 2015 + BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Because of some com- plaints about scheduling and when loads can be ac- cepted at the Basin land- fill, the Big Horn County Solid Waste Disposal Dis- trict Board of Directors has decided to use a more "business-oriented, pub- lic relations" approach for dumpers, especially com- mercial users. The five directors agreed to that approach during their meeting in the Lovell Fire Hall on Tues- day night, Aug. 18. Con- sensus was readily reached following comments by Di- rector Carl Olson, who told his fellow directors and the audience of one several times that concerns by Paul Mayville, a district employ- ee, needed to be addressed. Mayville appeared to be seeking direction from the board regarding aspects in- cluding handling biowaste material, "special needs" situations and especially deadlines for allowing large commercial loads into the site. Agreement was reached by the board, with Olson stating that dumping reg- ulations at the Basin site "need to be worked out to be more flexible and lenient" to accommodate large loads that arrive close to or only a short time past the dump- ing deadline. The board agreed that dumpers, for example the Town of Basin, can be allowed some lee- way, especially ifa call is re- ceived that a load is coming, but that it will be a bit late. "We need to run more like a business," said board Chairman Ron McArthur. He said, with OKs noted by the board and District Man- ager Gary Grant, that mod- erate overtime periodically would be acceptable. The matter was ap- proached by Olson after a complaint last month and after he attended a meet- ing with the Basin Pub- lic Works foreman. Olson said he "got his ass chewed" about the lack of communi- cation between the district and the town regarding the dump schedule and too- strict deadlines, but that he understands the situation and believes that it can be remedied. Somewhat in connection with the dump schedule, Olson brought up a situa- tion involving a dump em- Bighorn Canyon end-of-season campfire talks scheduled Bighorn Canyon NRA has final summer campfire talks coming up in late Au- gust and early September 2015. The prehistoric peo- ple who once lived around Big Horn Canyon had to be creative in order to sur- vive their harsh environ- ment. One of the weapons they made to hunt with was known as the atlatl (spear thrower). Join Rang- er Shawn Williams on Au- gust 28 to learn about the atlatl and how it was used, You can try it for yourself if you wish. Two hundred years ago, the mountain men used the Bad Pass Trail that me- anders around Big Horn Canyon while they were trapping in the West. Join Ranger Williams on Sept. 4 to learn about the moun- tain men who traversed the Big Horn Country and the mountain man era. Ranger Williamswill also discuss, and fire, a Hawken Rifle, which is often associated with the mountain men. The campfire talks will be held at the Horseshoe Bend Campground Amphi- theater at 8 p.m., weather permitting. FULL MOON PARTY For the final weekend of the season, August 28 and 29, Hidden Treasure Charters is hosting one more Full Moon Party at Horseshoe Bend Marina. There will be a free con- cert, food served until late and beer available to pur- chase both nights. For more information about campground pro- nnl ployee who lists the number of hours he's worked each day, but not the times. The board agreed with Olson that the worker must speci- fy his times of arrival, when he takes lunch and for how long and when he's back at work. Grant was directed by the board to speak with the employee to explain and re- solve the matter. The board meeting opened at 7 p.m. and was led initially by Vice Chair- man Dean Wolvington un- til the arrival of McArthur 12 minutes later. He led the group until two unofficial adjournments at 8:06 and 8:14 p.m. Among other mat- ters the board: *Reviewed and ac- cepted with a 5-0 vote the nine-page financial report from Cynde Braten, dis- trict bookkeeper. Included was payment of bills total- ing some $36,794, the trans- fer of $50,000 to the Bank of Lovell for a higher-paying CD and moving other mon- ies to the district account for the equipment reserve fund. Said Braten, "We did good," referring to the point that "payroll is our only li- ability" and explaining that the district as of July 31 has assets of $2.2 million. Agreed to begin the procedure to have a Cater- pillar track loader repaired instead of purchasing a new or used machine. The cost is estimated at $12,000 to $20,000 depending on what's needed. Funds are available and Olson recom- mended the action. OK'd payment of $176,114 to Diamond Point Construction Inc. of Buffa- lo for the most-recent work at the forthcoming Basin Transfer Station. The pay- ment was recommended by Howard Johnson of IME, who attended the meet- ing via a conference call, as he was unable to appear in person due to a family gathering. Gave the go-ahead for Grant to attend the an- nual WSWRA conference in Laramie this week with Johnson. The latter indi- cated that much useful in- formation is derived from the conference and that it will be especially useful for the district in connection with the current project in Basin and a similar one that will affect the North Big Horn County Landfill near Cowley. BY PATTI CARPENTER A book drive begins this week in memory of Sara Kate Mason, a baby who died of a rare heart defect after only five days of life. Her parents, Reid and Kris- ten Mason of Cowley, decid- ed to host a children's book drive as a way to honor her short life. The book drive will be- gin on Sept. 6, which is her date of birth, through Sept. 12, which is the date she died. The public is invited to donate new children's books in her memory during this time period. ents. 'Wge'd like to pay-it- forward by sharing our love of children's books and sup- porting our local libraries with #Stories4Sara. "She would have been celebrating her first birth- day on Sept. 6. We would like to encourage you to share a book you love to share with your children or one you enjoyed as a young child." Sara was diagnosed with a congenital heart de- fect at birth (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Atrioventricular Septal De- fect), after being born eight The books can be weeks early. Unfortunately dropped off at the main of- she was too small at only 4 rice of Rocky Mountain Ele- pounds and her lungs were mentary School, the Cowley too underdeveloped to have BY PATTI CARPENTER Luke Welch has joined the Lovell Police De- partment as a new offi- cer. Welch, 25, grew up in Lovell. This is his first job in law enforcement, which he said is a career change he has thought about for a long time. "I've thought about be- coming a police officer for many years," said Welch. "It's always been some- thing I've been interested in, but life didn't let it hap- pen right away. When this opportunity opened up, I decided to apply and things just worked out." Previously Welch worked at one of the local bentonite plants for about five years. He studied crim- inal justice very briefly, but found it difficult to balance school, a full time job and family, so he discontinued his studies. Welch began study- ing at the Wyoming Police Academy in Douglas on Monday of this week. He will study at the academy for the next 13 weeks and will need to pass a num- ber of rigorous tests be- fore becoming a full-fledged officer. "I'm not looking for- ward to being away from my family but at the same time, I am looking forward to focusing on what I need to focus on to become a po- lice officer," he said. "It will probably be a lot easier to learn that way. I'll still be able to come home on the weekends." Welch is married with one small child, KyZynn, 2, and another child on the way that will be born while he is attending the acade- my. He and his wife Kjirs- tyn have been married for eight years. She is also from Lovell. Both still have fam- ily in Lovell. He is the son of Dr. Scott Welch and Val- erie Welch. Kjirstyn is the daughter of Dan and Meg Anderson. Dan has been a police officer for many years and Luke said he has always admired that. "We like it here and we'd like to stick around," said Welch. "This job is an opportunity to do that. It's an opportunity to raise our LUKE WELCH kids here and to be close to our families." He said he see's this is an opportunity to build a career and a better life for his family. He said his wife has been very supportive of the career change. When Welch returns from the academy, he will continue field training in the same vehicle with an- other officer for another four to eight weeks. "There's really no set amount of time for the field training," he said. "It's re- ally a matter of when they feel it's the right time for me to go out on my own and also when I feel comfort- able being out there alone." Welch said he likes the idea of interacting with the public. "I like the idea of be- ing a part of making ev- erything safe, not only for the town but for the family also," he said. "If you have to enforce something, you need to enforce it because that is the law. That's our job as police officers, but I also think it's our job to help people as much as we can. That includes get- ting out there and getting to know people and having them get to know you. "I think it's also a part of our job to explain things and be helpful. It can be something as simple as helping somebody put the license plate on the front of their car, if they don't know how to put it on themselves. Sometimes you have to just listen to people. That in- cludes listening to both sides of a story sometimes." grams, call the BighornMercantile, the Cowley Post the type of surgery that }n Church ] Canyon Visitor Center at Office, the Red Apple Super- could remedy her condition, get, of e Bible 548-5406. For more in- market and the Lovell Li- Congenital heart defects the Chronicle at the Wor,hipSorvice nayerTpm/ formation about the Full brary. All of the books will occur in one out of l00 births [9:00am Rev. K.~McNabhl Moon Party, contact Markbe donated to local libraries, and are the leading cause of Byron Town Hall /so.d.yso.oo, [ 10:30 am 56E. Main [ Garrison at the Horseshoe "Her life. inspired so infant deaths. For more in- or Byron Bar! L6pm/slbleLe .... 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