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What's Inside ... Police help with cleanup 2 Latest Main detours 3 Natural Trap Cave 6 A visit to Nepal 14 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 109, NUMBER 12 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 75q Street project challenges starts in District Two "Hurry up, Mom!" kindergarten student Kate Cooper seems to be saying as her mom, Danielle Martens, snaps a first-day-of-school picture Tuesday morning at Lovell Elementary School. At the right, kindergarten student Nathan Cornia flies off the bus Superman style, such was his excitement to arrive for the first day of school. Also exiting are brother Sam Cornia (middle) and Jastin Joy. DAVID PECK PHOTOS islative committee to meet BY PATrl CARPENTER Issues like the appro- priate length of on-site sur- gery recovery, managed health care, the state's nursing loan repayment program, changes to the state's disability waiv- er program and licensing rules for massage thera- pists are among the many topics that will be discussed at a two-day meeting of the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Labor, Health and So- cial Services Interim Com- mittee in Lovell this week. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held on Thursday and Fri- day at the Lovell Commu- nity Center starting at 8 a.m. each day and ending at around 4 p.m. THURSDAY On Thursday, the meeting will open with a discussion of the state's developmental disabil- ities program. A report from the Dept. of Work- force Services, Department of Health and Governor's Council on Developmen- tal Disabilities on Disabil- ity recent Crossroads Con- ference will be discussed. The committee will review departmental roles, imple- mentation of d.epartmen- tal changes to date and the relationship to new waiver programs. At 9:45 a.m., the committee will look at bud- get amounts for the Dept. of Health and will review its appeal process. The two discussions will be followed by a pub- lic comment period, expect- ed to last until noon. The public comment period will be followed by a break for lunch. The committee will re- convene at 1:30 p.m. with a discussion of changes to the experience modification factor for workers' compen- sation premiums and a re- view of OSHA workplace fatalities, including data and penalty assessments. A public comment pe- riod will follow the two dis- cussions starting at 3:15 p.m. FRIDAY On Friday, the commit- tee will discuss issues re- lated to the State Dept. of Health, including a report on managed care, the re- sults of a hospital cost shift study, issues related to de- velopmental preschools, in Lovell public health nursing con- tracts and an update by the health care facilities task force. At 1:30 p.m. the com- mittee will review the University of Wyoming's nursing loan repayment program. At 1:45 p.m. it will review the Wyoming Ambulatory Surgery Cen- ter Association proposed rule change that would al- low longer on-site post-sur- gery recovery. And at 2:45 p.m. the committee will re- view healthcare licensing for massage therapists. These discussions will be followed by a public com- ment period at 3:30 p.m, The committee will adjourn upon completion of commit- tee business. "This is a great oppor- tunity for citizens in this part of the state to be a part of a legislative com- mittee meeting," said Rep. Elaine Harvey of Lovell, who co-chairs the commit- tee with Sen. Charles Scott of Casper. "Sen. Ray Pe- terson (of Cowley) is also a member of the committee, so even if you don't want to speak, you can observe your representative and senator at work." BY DAVID PECK It's been a challenging summer for Lovell Main Street businesses with the ffust, noise and disruption of the Main Street recon- struction and water and sewer project, but as the project finally moves west of the central business district, business owners feel they've weathered the storm. "I was surprised how well we did, especially in June and July," La De Da co-owner Pat Baxendale said. "Tourists came in. "We were always clean- ing due to the dust and dirt, but business wise we did re- ally well. I thought for sure we'd be way down." Oddly, July was espe- cially strong for the busi- ness at 186 E. Main, and that's when the project was right outside the store's front door, Baxendale said. "In July we did excep- tionally well," she said. "Maybe it was the lo- cal events, but even peo- ple from Cody and Powell were finding us on a regu- lar basis." Baxendale said she ap- preciates the efforts of the construction crew during a project of this scope. "Even when they did our street at Eighth and Washington two years ago the Wilson guys always ac- commodated us," she said. Employees at the new Queen Bee Gardens honey candy storefront at 244 E. Main said the project had an effect on business but the store has bounced back. "Before the street shut- off we couldn't keep up," em- ployee Peggy Fowler said. "But that was also Lovell's Day and the reunions." Business slowed when the "hard closure" shut down Main Street traffic m the 200 block of East Main, but many shoppers were persistent, Fowler said. "Most tourists found us after tasting the candy at the Brandin' Iron or the Mustang Center," she said. "They all said what a mess it was trying to find us." And as the project moved on west, business has returned. 'Tou could tell when they opened up the street," April Christensen said. "Business immediately got better." Employees at Lovell Drug said they were sur- prised how fast the project went on the 100 block of East Main. They said busi- ness has remained strong. "We did well," Car- ol Spann said. "They (the construction workers) kept the sidewalk swept so there was no mess out there. It was only three weeks. They were in and out of here." JoAnn Moody said cus- tomers learned to come in the back door or come around to the front via the park immediately to the east of the building, and she also appreciated the efforts of the construction crew. "They cleaned up very SEE 'BUSINESSES ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES' page 3 BY PATFI CARPENTER Students in Big Horn County School District No. reported to class this Week, and initial enroll- ment numbers show the district is showing a slight increase in overall enroll- ment for the school year 2014-15. Supt. Rick Wood- ford reported an overall in- crease of students enrolled in the district of six stu- dents based on the number of students actually attend- ing classes. It is typical for these numbers to fluctuate in the early weeks of the school year. Lovell Elementary School saw 338 students on the first day of school. The middle school had 154 and the high school had 212 students cross its threshold this week. One year ago en- rollment stood at 335 in the elementary school, 164 in the middle school and 209 in the high school. "These numbers re- flect the actual number of students in attendance on the first day of each school year," explained Wood- ford. "As you can see, the numbers continue to be sta- ble in Big Horn County No. .,, DISTRICT NO. 1 Big Horn County School District No. 1 had an en- rollment of 1,000 students as of Tuesday, but officials expect a bump in atten- dance within the next few weeks due to an addition- al 118 pre-approved appli- cations pending the receipt of final applications to Wy- oming Connections Acade- my, an online school man- aged by the district. Rocky Mountain pre- school held steady with 46 students in attendance compared to 47 last year. Grades K-12 saw 646 stu- dents this week compared to 676 last year. Connec- tions Academy saw 308 compared to last year's 331. The online school Con- nections Academy, in par- ticular, will see growth if those pre-approved actu- ally attend. Teachers in the program provide on- line classrooms to students from all over the state. H0me-schooled students, with parent supervision, use the school extensively. The school has seen steady growth over the past few years. The figures include Burlington schools. "Numbers are fluctu- ating daily," said District No. 1 Supt. Shon Hock- er. "As we approach our 10th school day later this week, the numbers will start to solidify." Since funding for schools in Wyoming is based on "Average Daily Membership," commonly referred to as ADM, school officials carefully monitor enrollments and plan ap- propriately for funding and student needs. Under Wyoming law, if a student is absent more than 10 days in a row with- out notice, the student is re- moved from the enrollment figures and funding to the school is decreased accord- ingly. Funding is based on the actual number of stu- dents attending on the 10th day of school. BY PATTI CARPENTER The sugar campaign will begin early this year on Monday, Sept. 8, when beet trucks begin rolling into town. Local farm- ers are expected to start digging beets as early as this weekend, according to West- ern Sugar Cooperative's senior agricultur- alist Randall Jobman. Normally the cam- paign begins later in September. According to information provided by the cooperative', one acre will normally produce 25.7 tons of sugar beets. Jobman said farmers are expecting to yield a nor- mal tonnage of beets this year, in spite of getting off to a late start due to cool and wet springtime weather. "The farmers have seen really good growth all summer," said Jobman. "Though off to a slow start, the crop looks as good as expected." A ton of beets yields about 285 pounds of sugar or 2.8 tons of sugar. That is 1,150 five-pound bags of sugar that would make a line of bags 810 feet long if you laid the bags end to end, according to information provided by the cooperative. The Cooperative, which is owned by farmers, and will operate 24/7 during the campaign, employs up to 125 workers during the campaign. The campaign nor- mally lasts for about five months and its success depends on weather and many oth- er factors. According to Jobman, the harvest con- ditions are excellent right now and the en- tire process from digging m the fields to transporting the bountiful harvest to the factory and the 24/7 processing operation is set to begin early. The sugar beet crop is a primary source of income for many farmers in the area. Most of the trucks rolling into town next week will be hauling beets from near- by local fields. In an effort to alleviate traffic in town, the cooperative recently changed the location of the weighing station, so trucks can enter from the highway south of the factory instead of from Great West- ern Avenue. The finished product, which is pure granulated sugar, is picked up daily by truck and train and delivered to commer- cial customers all over the country. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com