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fl -'if- ~ What's Inside ... Health fair blood draw begins 2 Five teachers retire locally__ 3 Martins hike Appalachian Trail 5 Health committee meets in Love// 13 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 107, NUMBER 13 THURSDAY, ;EPTEMBER 6, 2012 75 DAVID PECK Sen. Charles Scott of Casper and Rep. Elaine Harvey of Lovell, pictured Wednesday morning, are chairing the Joint Labor, Health and Social Serves Committee meeting at the Lovell Community Center this week. See story on page 13. Education Department releases ACT report BY PATTI CARPENTER The Wyoming Department of Education released a report this week that provides information on the performance of graduating seniors who took the ACT, includ- ing 5,527 Wyoming students. The report ranked Wyoming students somewhere in the middle com- pared to other schools in the na- tion. The ACT test is designed to measure readiness for college by testing skills needed to succeed in college like English, mathemat- ics, reading and science. The WDE noted in their re- port that "because not all states test 100 percent of their juniors, to compare Wyoming students against the national score could be misleading. The nation as a whole tested 52 percent of stu- dents with an average composite score of 21.1. Wyoming, on the other hand, tested 100 percent of its juniors." "Wyoming is one of the few states that tests every stu- dent," explained Big Horn Coun- ty School District No. Two Supt. Dan Coe. "In other states, it's vol- untary. When we start comparing Wyoming to other states we run into the problem that not every state requires all students to take the test. You also run into the problem than not all states give the ACT test; some give the SAT test instead. So you're comparing apples to oranges really. It's not statistically valid." Coe noted that ACT test scores for Wyoming students have "huge" implications for stu- dents. The test is used to deter- mine the tier of funding students receive in the Hathaway schol- arships and in the future will be the only testing at the high school level in Wyoming. "Students have to score high on ACT to get the top tier fund- ing on their Hathaway scholar- ships," explained Coe. "Addition- ally, starting in 2013, PAWS will no longer be administered to high school students in Wyoming and the ACT test will count for AYP and school accountability to the state." Coe said what administrators are really interested in is how students compare to other stu- dents in the state. In the case of District Two, students score as well as, and in some case better, See 'ACT REPORT,' page 7 Three candidates submitted to the county for clerk of court BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County Repub- lican Party selected three can- didates among 11 candidates Tuesday night for the Big Horn County commissioners to consid- er in appointing a replacement for Big Horn County Clerk of District Court Vickie Larchick. The three names submitted are Big Horn County Clerk Dori Noyes, Circuit Court Clerk Diane Nuttall and Deputy Clerk of Dis- trict Court Randi Lynn Noble. Larchick submitted her resig- nation for retirement at the com- mission's Aug. 21 meeting. She will serve through Sept. 30. Republican Party Chairman Dave Mattis said, "It was a very good process. We had good appli- cants. The party accepted appli- cations for the position through 3 p.m. Tuesday and then the central committee met at the Big Horn County Weed and Pest building at 7 p.m. to interview the candidates. Mattis said 26 precinct com- mittee members participated in the process. Mattis said he will provide the names to the commissioners on Wednesday. By state statute the commissioners have five days to make the appointment. BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County Fair Board voted 4-1 to suspend Fair Manager Deb Schnitzmeier im- mediately without pay at their regular board meeting meeting Monday night. After preliminary business, Chairman Felix Carrizales an- nounced personnel was the next item on the agenda and asked Schnitzmeier if she had a letter of resignation to present to the board. "No, I do not. I don't intend to resign," Schnitzmeier said. Carrizales, who said he had come in to speak to Schnitzmei- er last week about a personal matter, did ask her if she would:': resign. He said if she's not will- i ing to do that he then asked the board if they wanted to take ac- tion regarding Schnitzmeier's employment and board member Andy Perkins moved to termi- nate her employment with Carl Nielsen seconding the motion. Board member Tim Flitner said, "If anyone has mixed emo- tions let's do that in executive session. If not, I call for the ques- tion. Let's keep it simple." He added in supporting the motion, "I do know this, we cannot effec- tively operate with the person that we're discussing and obvi- ously in conflict with." Schnitzmeier's attorney, Jim Hallman, quoted the open meet- ing law to the board regarding executive sessions, which allows a board to convene into execu- tive session "to consider the ap- pointment, employment, right to practice or dismissal of a public officer, professional person or em- ployee, or to hear complaints or charges brought against an em- ployee, professional person or of- ricer, unless the employee, profes- sional person or officer requests a public hearing. The governing body may exclude from any pub- lic or private hearing during the examination of a witness, any or all other witnesses in the matter being investigated. Following the Deb Schnitzmeier hearing or executive session, the governing body may deliberate on its decision in executive session." He said his client, Schnitz- meier, is asking for the public hearing. The board then sought the advice of commissioners Jerry Ewen and Scotty Hinman, both of whom were in attendance. Ewen said the commissioners discuss any personnel decision in exec- utive session but reminded the board that no action can be taken in executive session. Ewen said, "I believe that you can take whatever action you choose. If there are any further questions I recommend a consul- tation with the county attorney because it needs to be done cor- rectly and legally. If she's entitled by law for an opportunity to have her say then she should receive that." Schnitzmeier made one com- ment that when Carrizales came to the office on Thursday he was See 'SCHNITZMEIER SUSPENDED,' page 7 Dean and Teddie Tippetts outside the Republican Convention site in Tampa. BY DAVID PECK "It was a blast!" That's how Dean Tippetts described his time in Tampa, Florida, last week as a Wyo- ming delegate to the 2012 Re- publican National Convention. Tippetts, who lives on Road 7 near Cowley after many years living in and then west of Lovell, attended the convention with his wife, Ted- die, as the official voting del- egate from Big Horn County after being elected during the GOP county convention in the spring. Attending the event was inspiring to Tippetts, who vot- ed enthusiastically as a firm delegate for GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and en- joyed every moment of the con- vention. "It was a great experience," he said. "It's hard to describe the excitement." Tippetts explained that Wyoming had 29 delegates at the convention, which is more than usual. 'Tee were rewarded with more delegates because Wyo- ming is the most Republican state in the country," he said, noting that Wyoming's con- gressional delegation is all Re- publican, the top five elected state officials are Republican and both the Wyoming House and Senate have strong GOP majorities. "Wyoming had as many delegates as states like Michi- gan or Arizona, which only had 30 because they moved their primary up," he said. "It's pret- ty cool that we had that much representation at the conven- tion." Of Wyoming's 29 delegates, 13 were elected at county con- ventions, like Tippetts. He said Big Horn County rotates ev- ery four years with Sheridan County for electing official and alternate delegates. "It was our turn to send a delegate," he said, noting that Sheridan County had the al- ternate. Tippetts was elected at the Big Horn County convention in Basin in March, out-polling Rob DiLorenzo. A third nomi- nee did not accept the nomina- tion. "A lot of people don't un- derstand the process," Tippetts said, "which is why it is always so poorly attended. Each coun- ty has its own convention, and you go to make sure you're be- ing properly represented at the state convention." Precinct committeemen and Committeewomen elect- ed during each primary elec- tion vote on the county plat- form and on the delegates to the state and national conven- tions, but any registered Re- publican can attend the county convention and run to be a del- egate. "Anyone can discuss the platform, give their input and vote," he added. "We each had to get up and speak, and part of it is that you have to declare the candidate for president you support." But although the elected delegate gets to vote for the presidential nominee, he or she is elected by the precinct representatives, '!so in a sense, when precinct committee peo- ple vote, they are casting a vote for a presidential candidate, as well." Both Tippetts and DiLoren- zo declared their support for Romney, Tippetts said. After 13 delegates were elected at county conventions, 14 more were elected at the state GOP convention in April. The governor's office carries an automatic delegate vote, as does the national commit- tee person. Gov. Matt Mead led the Wyoming delegation in Tampa. Tippetts noted that dele- gates must pay their own way to the national convention, or private individuals can help with expenses, but the local and state party cannot fit the bill for delegates. In Tampa, 28 of 29 dele- gates were committed to Rom- ney, one committed to Ron Paul. THE CONVENTION EXPERIENCE Dean and Teddie Tippetts made their plans for Tampa last spring after he was elect- ed, and they traveled on Sun- day, Aug. 26, though Dean said they were certainly scanning the airline flight status infor- mation during the two days be- fore their departure date due to Hurricane Isaac. He said they realized that they could get to Tampa before the hur- ricane hit, and in the end, it tracked to the west, although the fringe of the hurricane hit Tampa with a lot of wind and rain on Monday, Aug. 27. The start of the convention was delayed until Tuesday, and that's when all of the of- ficial convention business was conducted such as voting on the platform and taking nomi- nations for president. Tippetts said delegates are obligated to See 'TIPPETTS IN TAMPA,' page 7