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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 28, 2014 CHRONICLE IOHS Parents, students and drivers must pay extra attention next week Patience and planning. Both will be required for all students and parents of students returning to school next week as busy school traffic comes face to face with the Lovell Main Street Project. Supt. Rick Woodford wisely has attended each of the last two weekly progress meetings at the Lovell Fire Hall to discuss the best way to get students from the north side'of town to the ele- mentary and middle schools with construction likely to disrupt the walking route for kids in a two- to three-block area. Of special interest is the route to the Lovell Elementary School on Shoshone Avenue. When school begins next Tuesday, traffic will be detoured to the north at Montana Avenue (the detour began Tuesday night), with an area from Shoshone to Jersey and soon on down to Idaho undergoing water and sewer replacement and street repair work, resulting in open trenches and gaps in concrete pavement. Project officials are setting up a designated crossing area across Main Street on Shoshone and will have crossing guards in place before and after school on Third Street. With points west torn up, parents on the north side of town are urged to direct their children to Shoshone for crossing. Parents are also encouraged to tell their kids to keep off dirt piles and out of construction holes, both of which can be danger- ous. By the end of next week, or early the following week, the detour could shiE one more block west to Shoshone, but that would bring large trucks and other vehicles side by side with students crossing Third and also Main, many of whom like to cut to the east to cross Main on the other side of the Shoshone intersection from the crosswalk to get to Red Apple quicker. Business owners have been amazingly patient, despite suf- feting at the hands of detours and diverted traffic flow, so it's a shame,the:ideuruld remain in place, longer at Montana Ave- nue. on the other hand, student safety is paramount. Things are going to be crazy on th first day of school Tues- day with construction reaching well down West Main, so we urge parents to take the time over the Labor Day holiday to plan and drive their route to school and/or walk with kids to the designated crossing route, while observing the nature of the construction proj- ect and its impact on pedestrians. Likewise, while we always urge drivers to be alert when school begins, extra attention must be paid this year with confusion ex- isting among drivers and pedestrians alike, altered traffic flow and distractions along familiar routes. We urge drivers to slow down, focus, pay attention and watch for kids. School is here, delayed though it may be, and the Main Street Project is in full swing. Here's hoping parents will educate their kids and drivers will watch for students like a hawk while we get through the final stages of the Main Street Project. --David Peck The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers are limited to two letters in any 30 day period.All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p,m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. 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 Editor and Publisher: David Peck Reporter: Patti Carpenter Staff: Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, John Lafk0, Ana Baird, Leonora Barton. www.LovellChronicle.com PICNIC: SEASON "" Trying to figure out Ted and the Tea Party It has been an interesting month. I went to the Tea Party and was sadly disappointed. There was no tea, for one. Ted Nugent was hurting from knee sur- gery, so I'll forgive him for his F Bomb about being a member/not a member of the NRA. Most public speakers know you lose half your audience when you curse. The review in the Chronicle a few weeks back was way different then I heard things. Must be my half heimers or the pain from sitting so long, but all I heard was, "We need to change things." Hmm. Wasn't that the same message we heard six years ago and now we don't even have any change left? But I like to educate people because obvious- ly neither Ted nor the General did their Wyoming homework. When I heard Ted tell us men that we needed to get. our hOdsein order aka put our wom- en:in:rtheil: ple[ce, I ;atized he doesn't know any:: thing about Wyoming because if he did, he would know that our women can shoot, ride and kick tail as well as if not better sometimes than us men. The Big Horn County Sheriffs were there to pro- tect Ted and the General, even though they were outgunned, and when he said the above, I expect- ed the women to pop a few rounds over his head to wake him up to reality, But then, they came from back east, aka flatlanders, and their message was more for those back east. My dad always told me to remember the say- ing: K.I.S.S. So, I would lock myself in my room, put on some KISS records and wonder what I was suppose to remember. When my dad got home, he kicked down the door, smacked me alongside the head and told me - K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid. Maybe I should have listened to more Ted and less Gene Simmons. But the biggest dis- appointment was the opportunity they had. And no, I'm not going to say any- thing that would cause Obama to send his goons after me. Think about it. They are coming to Wyoming. The home state of the Cheneys. Yep, Ted's a hunter, yet they didn't invite Obama, Clinton, Harry Reid, etc. to come to Wyoming with them and go hunting with Ted and Dick Cheney. Problem solved. What's that? Dick doesn't hunt anymore? No problem. His daughter moved to Wyoming and lied on an ap- plication, basically shooting herself in the foot for public office. It runs in the family, Ted! You were coming to Wyoming, Ted! I hope he enjoys my book while lying on his couch recovering. I'm working on book number two, and I do have one more thing to say. The voters shot down the money for the Lovell- Kane Museum. I hope this doesn't discourage you from continuing to make it happen. It wasn't that we don't want a museum, we just could not see vot- ing to give you $200,000 every year for life or how- ever long. There are many places that offer grants and money for projects such as museum. Do some Internet searching and you might be surprised at what you find. The NEA, Gates Foundation, etc. Keep It Simple Stupid. Northern Rockies Skies for September Lyra, the musical instrument oj 't Heavens A monthly look at the night skies of iiii.,, stars in the galaxy but so far .... . ! the northern Rocky Mountains, written by astronomers Ron Canterna, Univer- sity of Wyoming; Jay Norris, Challis, Idaho Observatory; and Daryl Macomb, Boise State University. Right after sunset, located directly overhead as part of the summer triangle, lies the constellation Lyra. Its brightest star is Vega, the fifth brightest star in the night sky. Lyra represents the lyre of Orpheus, the mythi- cal Greek poet and musician. It is a very small con- stellation and difficult to outline due to its faint stars. Sirius was the first star, other than the sun, ever to be photographed and to have its visible spectru.m taken. Due to the Earth's recession, Sirius will be the pole star around 13,750 A.D. Lyra's second brightest star is Gamma Lyra, or Sulafat. It is a blue-white giant star, a very close double star system that varies in brightness in about 13 days. Epsilon Lyra is called the Double Double star. Each of the two stars that one can see is an ac- tual close binary double star. The two most important deep sky objects are M 57, the Ring Nebula, the most photographed plane- tary nebula. It is a shell of ionized gas that was eject- ed in its past during its red giant star phase. The sec- ond object is M 56, a globular star cluster located to the southeast of gamma Lyra. Planetary Watch: Early this month, on the south- west horizon right after sunset, you will see Saturn in Libra and Mars in Scorpio. Jupiter rises about 4 a.m., and Venus can be seen right before sunrise. It is on a journey to become the evening star. September 2014 Interest: Interstellar Travel: Fundamentals (Best URL: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/ physics/Relativity/SR/rocket .html) The vast distances between stars are the first thing astrophysicists consider when discussing space travel. The distances from our star, the sun, to our nearest stellar neighbors are several light years. The distance to the center of our Milky Way galaxy is about 27,000 light years. The difficulties of making even the shortest in- terstellar trip may provide one explanation for Fer- mi's Paradox: Why there are roughly 500 billion we have seen no clear evidence of interstellar travelers. Even before addressing the techni- cal challenges -- development of efficient propulsion, shield- ing from radiation and matter impinging on a spaceship at extreme velocities, and a robust life support system -- we must consider the fundamentals for such a journey, namely the time and energy that will be expended. The "Relativistic Rocket" site (best URL, above) gives correct formulas for calculating the relevant quantities, discussing how speeds close to the speed of light may be attained by traveling for just a few years with a mere constant acceleration of "1 G" -- the acceleration we feel toward the center of the Earth due to gravity. However, some interesting ef- fects ensue with near speed-of-light travel. Einstein's special relativity tells us that the times and distances experienced by the spaceship travelers compared to those experienced back on Earth will be very different. For the travelers, time slows down (time dilation) and distance traversed decreases (length contraction). These effects occur because spacetime is "hyperbolic" -- time intervals and space intervals effectively subtract from each other for travelers speeding by the nearly stationary surroundings. The benefit to the traveler is that the time expended during the journey is shortened, more so as the spaceship gets closer to the speed of light. In a well-executed journey to the Galactic Cen- ter, accelerating at 1 G halfway and then similarly decelerating so to arrive at zero velocity, the trav- eler would age only about 20 years. However, back home, the Earth and everyone on it would age about 27,000 years -- the time that the relativistic space- ship traveling near the speed of light would take for the journey as observed by earthlings. The ratio of required fuel mass to space capsule mass for this journey to the Galactic Center would be roughly 1 billion, assuming that a 100 percent efficient propul- sion system (matter/anti-matter annihilation?) could be developed. Next time we will consider ramifications for a less arduous trip to the nearest stars, including spaceship requirements and what would be encoun- tered along the way.