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CHRONICLE 4 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 5, 2013 II i If you can pull a trailer and have at least one spare hour per month to spare, the Lovell recycling program could use your help. That was the message presented by Christy Fleming at last week Lovell Town Council work meeting at town hall. In a very interesting presentation, Fleming, a recycling organizer and advocate who also happens to be the chief of interpretation for the Bighorn Canyon National Recre- ation Area, told how the local recycling program is nearly becoming a victim of its own success. So many people are using the trailers stationed at the Red Apple parking lot that they are filling faster than they can be taken to the Powell Recycling Center some weeks. And with the National Park Service bearing a significant portion of the burden but facing further budget cuts, our community is going to need to step up if the program is to continue. The nice thing about volunteering through the Nation- al Park Service is that trailer drivers can officially sign up as NPS volunteers, which means they are covered by insur- ance while driving. The Park Service will also provide some training. It only takes about an hour per trip, Fleming said, and the folks at the recycling center in Powell are very helpful when it comes to unloading the trailer. This program is saving our landfill about 90,000 pounds of waste material per year, and that figure is growing. It would be a shame to lose it, As Fleming put it, "We're at a critical mass. Either we don't do it anymore or we come up with a plan. We're at the end of the bridge." If you'd like to help, give Christy a call at 548-5402. The Town of Lovell is also seeking solutions, and ideas would be appreciated at town hall. -David Peck Letters to the editor Dear Editor, We recently held our annu- al family reunion in Cowley and wish to let the community know how beautiful Cowley looks. Main Street looks better than it ever has. The lawns, streets and buildings are clean and well maintained. Thank you for taking pride in our town and for taking such good care of a place that means so much to so many people. Many m our family learned in fourth grade Wyoming history class (teacher Norma Black) that the Meadow- lark (state bird) is easily recog- nized by its song, "Cowley is...a pretty little place." We agree. The McKay and Ina Welling Family Dear Editor, first 10,000th point in NBA his- Big screen TV is great and tory. I saw Meadowlark Lemon, gives you a front-row seat at all Marques Haines and Goose Ta- sorts of events, but nothing can tum of The Harlem Globetrotters replace the experience of seeing and was doused with a bucket of the events live and in person. I confetti. have attended many events that I I saw the 1980 USA gold med- would like to tell about, al Olympic hockey team in an ex- I have seen great parades hibition game and got goalie Jim such as the Rose Bowl Parade and Craig's autograph. I saw the great you could smell the flowers used Indy car driver A.J. Foyt win a on the floats, the Macy's Thanks- 100-mile race and you could smell giving Day Parade in New York the exhaust fumes and the burn- City, the Saint Patrick's Day Pa- ing smell of tires. rade in Chicago when the river I met Grace Kelly at a New turns green and a presidential in- Jersey Shore beach party long be- augural parade in Washington, fore she became a movie star. I at- D.C. tended a live show featuring the At sporting events I watched great comedian Bob Hope and the great quarterback Johnny laughed for hours long before be- Unitas of the Baltimore Colts coming a grumpy old man. I at- complete pass after pass. I played tended live radio shows in 1949 in a touch football game with the when country western singer Bill great running back Steve Van Bu- Haley was just starting out and ren (his brother-in-law was a co- years later I sneaked into the worker of mine) of the Philadel- Grey Rock Tavern (under age at phia Eagles. the time), when he debuted his hit In baseball I saw Mickey Man- song, "Rock around the Clock" be- tle hit a tape measure home run fore it was recorded. and I saw the greatest hitter in Yes, I have attended many baseball, the great Ted Williams, events and on my bucket list are strike out twice in one game and events like the Little League he looked great striking out. I at- World Series, the Mardi Gras, the tended a Philadelphia A's game Kentucky Derby and a Rose Bowl during their 19-game winning game. streak in the 1950s and saw an Big screen TV is fine and you unassisted triple play and a pitch- can kick back in your recliner er hit a grand slam home run. with pizza and a beer, but it will In pro basketball I saw greats never replace the thrill and expe- like Bill Russell and Wilt Cham- rience of live and in person, so if berlain and was at the game you have the chance, go and you when Dolph Schayes, of the old will have a lifetime of memories. Syracuse Nationals, score the Jim Szlemko High temperatures have been not- ed lately in the Big Horn Basin, which is why some people are happy that they can sweat for a good reason. Some hot-tempered people get hot un- der the collar about most everything, in- cluding the weather, which provides a hotbed for discussion about whether it's really hot or just too humid. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it." Sometimes it's so hot that it affects our brains, which causes anecdotes and legends to emerge. Just remember that there's truth in such. Some, anyway. For example, in one state (it is said with a straight face) that it was the middle of corn season and the sunshine was so hot that the corn popped and nearly caused a white- out. Well, there was a herd of cows next to that field and when they saw the popped corn coming down they thought it was snow. What with cows not being known for super intelligence they stood there and froze to death. During times of high temperatures a lot of peo- ple (OK, me and a couple of others) get into discus- sions about hot places and who has been in some and endured the most heat. I'll go first. Here are a few of the most uncomfortable locations I've been where heat and humidity conspired to make me misera- ble: Bakersfield, Baker, San Bernardino (the "Bern" fits), Escondido, Palm Springs, Redding and E1 Cen- tro, all in California. Notice that the first two sites emphasize "bake." That's exactly correct. You feel baked there Then there's Arizona. The entire state includ- ing Yuma, Tucson and Phoenix. To use another an- ecdote, it's reported (dryly) that sometimes due to lack of rain and an abundance of heat, the trees start following dogs around. That : might be a tall tale, but in fact, if you vis- it the Yuma Territorial Prison Historic State Park during summer, it seems im- possible that those held there survived. Or if you tour the ancient Casa Grande Ruins National Park near Coolidge, ap- proximately an hour's drive from Phoe- : : .... nix, you realize that folks had to be real- ly tough to live in such heat. I mean, it's Bob hot! I've also encountered hot heat in E1 Rodriguez Paso, Texas; Sante Fe and Las Cruces, N.M.; and Washington, D.C., although in the latter locale the outrageous humidity makes the conditions worse. You just drip perspi- ration. (I know, TMI). And in E1 Paso it sometimes got so hot that the asphalt roadways would melt a bit and make the white markings wiggly. That's the truth. Besides being in some places made hot by the sun, I've had the experience as a hotheaded, hot dog- ging teen-ager of driving a hot rod (V-8 Olds engine in a small Ford coupe); been accused of being full of hot air; been in the passenger seat of high-powered police and sheriffs units in hot pursuits; and been in hot water. Regarding that last: Not only while bath- ing, but because of dumb actions or comments when I was much younger. I'd rather not discuss them right now because they could destroy my image as a hotshot. Yes, sometimes my bosses made it hot for me and afterward I didn't feel so hot. As I hotfoot it away from the sizzling computer keyboard to eat a platter ofhotcakes I remember the quote hy "Kin" Hubbard, an American humorist who died in 1930. He noted, "Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversa- tion if it didn't change once in a while." BY ROBERT J. STERNBERG When people hear of my passion for intercolle- giate athletics at the University of Wyoming, they sometimes ask me why I care so much about athlet- ics. After all, a university is essentially an academ- ic institution, and so what does athletics have to do with an academic institution? As it turns out, quite a lot. First, land-grant institutions like are ded- icated to educating future ethical leaders who will make a positive, meaningful and enduring difference to the world. If you look at the characteristics of suc- cessful leaders and you look at the characteristics of successful athletes, they are pretty much the same -- drive to succeed, good work ethic, sense of respon- sibility, knowing how to win and how to lose, skill in planning, understanding the rules of a game, treat- ing others including competitors with respect, eth- ical behavior toward others, knowing how to work with teammates and so forth. When we educate ath- letes at UW, we educate the future ethical leaders of the state of Wyoming and our nation. Second, athletics helps promote positive spirit and passion toward the university, not only among the athletes, but also among all the fans. It is one of our greatest sources of "UW Pride." In the end, most citizens of Wyoming do not know exactly how strong one or another department is, but many of them do know how our teams are doing, especially in football and basketball. As a land-grant institu- tion, we serve the state and want people in the state to connect with and be enthusiastic about us. Ath- letics is a major means of promoting connection and enthusiasm. Third, athletics promotes good health habits among our students at UW. We hear about how peo- ple who get out of shape suffer more illnesses and live shorter lives. Collegiate athletics can promote the kinds of good health habits that last a lifetime. And athletics provides something constructive for students at UW to do in their free time, rather than some of the negative activities in which they might otherwise engage during this time. Fourth, athletics helps UW financially. When a university has winning teams, donors are more like- ly to give money, not only to athletics, but also to other endeavors of the university. There is a saying that "nothing breeds success like success," and this saying applies to athletics. Many donors who start off giving money to athletics end up giving money to academic endeavors as well. So winning games not only will help our athletics program, but also our en-: tire university. Finally, athletics helps promote the statewide and national brand of the University of Wyoming. I saw this as a provost and senior vice president at Oklahoma State. When the football team excelled, the university started getting free positive publicity in national media, not only for football, but also for other things. Moreover, applications for admission skyrocketed. People who before hardly knew that Oklahoma State existed now began to talk about the university with enthusiasm. Athletics success helps promote prominence. And let's face it: To get this kind of prominence and attention, a university team has to be Division I. For better or worse, people just don't pay the same kind of attention to teams in Di- visions II and III. The core of a university is its academic mission. But done right, athletics complements that aca- demic mission rather than competing with it. (Done wrong, athletics leads to scandals and bad press -- definitely not what we want for UW!) So now you know why I'm passionate about in- tercollegiate athletics, and about seeing our beloved University of Wyoming win its games. I want you to be passionate, too, so please come to our games. The 2013 home football schedule begins Sept. 7 against the University of Idaho. Athletes play better when they have big audiences to cheer them on. We need you at our games. Go Pokes! Robert J. Sternberg is president of the University of Wyoming. Letter to the editor s must come MEMBER 2013 Dear Editor: presented to a president a plan We note that Liz Cheney that would include how to fund has hit the ground running forit. The president rejected it and the U.S. Senate seat now held would use Medicare funds for by Sen. Mike Enzi. Obamacare. She has in hand a call to We approve Enzi's idea of of- "stand up" for better ethics, fering 100 sheep rather than the Nonetheless, her forefathers $1 million reward the U.S. offers in politics have rejected Chris- Afghans to turn in terrorists. tian questions regarding theirAs a term limits advocate, I stand on who marries, am willing to stretch Sen. En- Yes, their "private lives" arezi's term one more time. Why? their own business until they Because splitting the Republican become public figures and makevote over this "race" is a mis- the laws which govern the resttake. Republicans need to come of us. As we vote, we will choose together, get a (new) platform him who will best maintain ourof ethics to promote media mo- Christian ethics, rality and end PACs and ear- This primary season, Repub- marks -- or face a third-party licans need to explore the me-emergence. dia myth that Republicans had Nora Marie Lewis no health care plan. Sen. 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