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LOVELL What's Inside ... Detour to move 2 Lovell Homecoming 3 Fair building delivered 5 Volleyball teams win 9 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 109, NUMBER 13 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 75 DAVID PECK After removing truck driver Dennis Spurbeck from his cab, Lovell paramedic Scott Murphey (top) and firemen Michael Jameson and Kevin Jones assist the driver to an awaiting stretcher being prepared by EMTs Heidi Christenson and Craig Shidler following the Tuesday morning crash on the west face of the Big Horns. DAVID PECK Lovell Fire Chief Jim Minchow (right) checks out the scene on U.S. 14A 25 miles east of Lovell Tuesday morning where this tanker truck hauling latex crashed into the side of the mountain after its brakes failed. The crash caused the highway to be closed during the initial investigation and also overnight. Tanker truck crashes, spilling latex and closing highway A tanker truck hauling some 5,500 to 6,000 hospital. gallons of liquid latex crashed and rolled about 25 According to information released by the Wyo- miles east of Lovell on U.S. 14A on the face of the ming Dept. of Transportation, 59-year-old Dennis Big Horn Mountains early Tuesday morning, par- tially blocking traffic and sending the driver to the SEE '14A CLOSED AFTER CRASH,' page 7 Blood draws begin ................. in preparation for upcoming Health Fair BY PATrl CARPENTER Residents began lining up to have their blood drawn on Sept. 6 in preparation for the Wyoming Health Fair. The availability of low cost blood draws will continue through Saturday, Sept. 13, in the multi-purpose room at New Horizons Care Center. SEE 'BLOOD DRAWS END SEPT 13,' page 7 Walk to End Alzheimer's set for Sept. 20 BY PA'n'I CARPENTER Someone is diagnosed every 69 seconds with Alzheimer's disease. In an effort to do something about that statistic the North Big Horn Senior Center is sponsoring a "Walk SEE 'ALZHEIMER'S WALK SEPT. 20,' page 7 PATti CARPENTER The Western Sugar Cooperative began its annual beet processing campaign on Monday, Sept. 8. Truckloads of beets from Powell and Montana are already being delivered to the Lovell plant. Local farmers are expected to begin their harvest soon. Sugar campaign begins early BY PATrl CARPENTER Wheels are turning on local roads and at the Western Sugar plant in Lovell as this year's campaign begins a bit ahead of sched- ule. Trucks could be seen rolling through the gate at the Lovell operation on Monday, Sept. 8. The first beet piles are already growing in size and the 24/7 operation of processing them into sugar is in motion. According to the plant's agriculturalist Mark Bjornstead, only one farming operation in the area, Rodriguez Farms in Powell, has started digging beets and delivering to the fac- tory this week. Others are expected to follow suit over the next few weeks. Many of the trucks observed making deliv- eries are from the Clark's Fork area of Mon- tana, where farmers began their harvest a week earlier than the farmers in the Big Horn Basin. Bjornstead said it was too early to com- ment on the condition of the local beets and their sugar content. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548.2217. www.lovellchronicle.com Extreme Weight Loss show filming in downtown Lovell on Sept. 20 BY PATrl CARPENTER A one-block area of Main Street between Nevada and Ore- gon will be cordoned off for a few hours on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 a.m., for the filming of a seg- ment of ABC's Extreme Weight Loss show, which will feature the weight loss journey of Lovell res- ident Jennifer Snell. The event it- self will begin at 9 a.m. The street closure is expected to be in effect until around noon while the film crew documents Snell's return home from a boot camp she has been attending in Colorado for the past several weeks. The series, which features pro- fessional trainers Chris and Heidi Powell, documents the makeover of a number of overweight indi- viduals, who, with the help of the show's staff, set out to lose half of their body weight during a peri- od of one year. Snell was selected three months ago to participate on the show, which will document an entire year of her effort to lose half her body weight, which was at an all-time high of 341 pounds when she became a participant on the television show in May. Snell, a dispatcher for the Lovell Police Dept., is 42 years old, married, with two young chil- dren..Her goal is to lose about 180 i pounds, which is roughly half of her body weight. Her husband Dan and children Hannah, 6, and Timothy, 5, have been supportive of her efforts. According to Snell, she couldn't have done it without them. Producer Serena Settlemi- er said Snell, who originally be- gan her participation as an "alter- nate" candidate for the show, has now been selected as a regular and will be featured in an episode of the show. She said the decision was made because of her efforts. Settlemier said the exact amount of weight she has lost so far is a carefully guarded secret that will be revealed when the show airs next summer. "Jen has made great strides in therapy, which has helped her to understand why she gained the weight in the first place," said Settlemier. "She is doing great and has overcome many obstacles during her weight loss journey." The event on Sept. 20 is open to the public, but the producers of the show are asking the public to sign a release allowing their ap- pearance on the show and must agree to be photographed as they enter the event. They are also asking the public not to take pho- tographs at the event. COURTESY PHOTOS Lovell resident Jennifer Snell was selected to participate on ABC's Extreme Weight Loss show, which will document an entire year of her effort to lose weight. "We are asking people to be respectful of the surprise element we are trying to achieve by not taking pictures and posting them on social media sites until after the show has aired," Settlemier said. "We are also asking people who do not wish to be televised not to show up for the event." Settlemier said the purpose of the event is to welcome Snell home and to celebrate her jour- ney so far. She encourages those attending to bring signs bear- ing messages of encouragement. She said Snell will make a speech about her experience so far. "This is an opportunity to con- gratulate her for making a com- mitment to getting healthy," said Settlemier. "It's also a chance to show her the support she has in her own community for the trans- formation she is undergoing. It's also a chance to show the world that Lovell is the kind of commu- nity that is supportive of people who make this kind of effort." Snell said she was initially at- tracted to the show because it fo- cuses as much on the emotional aspects of being overweight as the physical causes. She also likes the fact that her own efforts can in- spire others, who may be watch- ing the show. "I am incredibly blessed," said Snell. "My new self is emerg- ing. It's been the hardest thing I've ever done, truthfully, but I wouldn't change a thing. ABC's Extreme Weight Loss peeps are the best. I look forward to the rest SEE 'EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS IN LOVEL,' page 7 IIIUr! !!lJ iill!J ! [iLtLi IIII J