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LOVELL li,:l J' ! s,iii!l '"' ; ',:r' ?i  H'i''/''I''/';'I''I''/''f''I'/''!,I,H,,,,H,,,,H/,,,/,/,I, I What's Inside ... Film Festival winners __ Kids enjoy bike rodeo Gridders, netters win __ Memory Walk Sat. __ Page 2 Page .3 Page 9 Page 15 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 106, NUMBER 14 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 75 Flag that flew over Afghanistan raised over Lovell BY DAVID PECK A solemn and meaningful ceremony was held at the Lovell Police Dept. Sunday morning in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and of those serving in the military overseas. Four law enforcement agencies were represented at the ceremony during which a flag that flew on a combat mission over Af- ghanistan was raised and flew on the flag- pole at the LPD for a day before being re- turned for display in the annex lobby. The flag was presented last fall to the LPD by Stuart Levi Yates, a 2002 Rocky Mountain High School graduate.Yates is the son-in-law of Lovell police officer Noe Garcia, who organized Sunday's dedication ceremony. Yates, who is married to Noe's daughter Natasha Garcia Yates, is a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force. He was serving in Afghanistan a year ago when the flag was carried aboard his airplane during a recon- naissance/surveillance mission on 9/11/10, the ninth anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington. Stuart and Natasha now live in Oklaho- ma City, where Stuart is stationed at Tin- ker Air Force Base. When the bound-for-Lovell flag flew on an Afghanistan mission, Yates was a senior operator aboard an MC-12, the Air Force's newest manned intelligence, surveillance . $5 . and reconnaissance plane, flying with the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squad- ron. "A lot of people ask what makes the MC- 12 better than the unmanned planes and the answer is simple. It's manned," Yates said in an e-mail to Noe. "We're not half- way around the world sitting in a box, we're right over top of the guys on the ground." The display in the annex lobby will in- clude the flag, a certificate of the flag's ride aboard the MC-12 and four patches: a U.S. Air Force Central Command patch, a squad- ron patch for the 4th ERS, which carries the motto "Looking for Trouble," a wing patch for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing and a small morale patch. Sunday's 8 a.m. ceremony around the flagpole in front of the annex included of- ricers and dispatchers from the Lovell Po- lice Dept. and officers from the Byron Police Dept., the Big Horn County Sheriffs Office and the National Park Service. Yates said he will be promoted to staff sergeant in December and is looking into retraining into some form of law enforce- ment. DAVID PECK Lovell police officers (l-r) Noe Garcia, Randy Davis and Jessica Flood prepare to raise the flag that flew with Stuart Yates on a reconnaissance mission above Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2010, during a dedication ceremony Sunday morning in front of the Lovell Police Dept. Music, food and fun on tap at fundraiser BY PATTI CARPENTER An evening of lively en- tertainment and home style cooking is planned for the Lovell-Kane Area Museum fundraiser to be held Satur- day, Sept.-17, at the-Lvell Community Center, starting at 6 p.m. Already more than 300 tickets have been sold. More tickets are available at the door for those wanting to attend the fun-filled eve- ning and to support efforts to raise money that will be used to either obtain a build- ing or build a new structure to house a museum offering historical artifacts and infor- mation about the area. Poet, singer, songwriter Bret Marchant will perform his original music about events in the area, including songs about the Big Horn County Fair, the Pryor Moun- tain fire, Devil's Canyon and a tune about the legendary hermit John Blue. Marchant was born in Lovell and spent his summers at the Dryhead Ranch with his grandfather, Bret Marchant who piqued his interested in local history. Also perform- ing with Marchant will be country western music per- former Kathy Allred Leon- hardt. Both Marchant and Leonhardt have roots going back to the original settlers of this area. Mallory Estes of Deaver and Olivia Frost of Cowley will add their own unique performances to the eve- ning's lineup of entertain- ment. Frost, a third grade Kathy Leonhardt student from Rocky Moun- tain Elementary School, has already attracted local interest with recent perfor- mances at other events in the area. Frost writes and performs her own music af- ter only one year of musical study and will debut a new song she wrote at the event. Estes is known locally for her country western style perfor- mances. Bob Acton is cooking one of his famous pulled pork dinners. The dinner will also include baked beans, cole- slaw, dessert and drinks. Wilma Scott Terrell will be on hand to autograph a book written by her father Bill ScoLt entitled,'Pioneers of the Big Horn," which was recently reprinted. A raffle will be held for a quilt featuring old photos of Lovell, Kane, Hillsboro, the ML Ranch and other histori- cal locations. A knife made by Wayne Spragg will also be raffled. The winner will have his or her choice of ei- ther a folding or hunting style knife. A silent auction will in- clude an antique gumball machine filled with antique marbles, a bear sculpture made by artist Jeff Rudolph of Cody, an 18-inch wooden Indian figurine, a collectors stein from Germany, a beau- tiful watercolor painting of a horse by Betty Hubbell, Jan- ice Fink's homemade "kraut- See 'MUSEUM' page 8 Wilson Brothers awarded Lovell South Project BY DAVID PECK Finally, after months and months of planning, en- gineering, negotiating, document swapping, easement work, meetings, bidding and financial magic, the long- awaited South Phase of the Lovell Water and Sewer In- frastructure project is just about ready to begin. Wilson Brothers Construction of Cowley was the ap- parent low bidder after bids were opened on Thursday, Sept. 1, but even that lowest bid was much higher than the engineer's estimate, Frank Page of DOWL/HKM En- gineering revealed in a funding analysis presented at a special meeting last Friday. Wilson's bid of $3.6 million was $264,461 higher than the construction estimate, leaving a funding shortfall of $92,272 for construction, plus required contingency fund- ing. Lovell Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal explained that the estimated construction cost was $3,372,033, and Wil- son's base bid came in at $3,602,494, $230,461 over the estimate. With monies the town planned on having for the project from the USDA Rural Utilities Service, the State Loan and Investment Board and the town match, including a contingency amount of $172,189, the budget See 'SOUTH PROJECT' page 8 DAVID PECK Dressed in their brightest colors for Neon Day Monday are Lovell High School students (l-r) Maddison Baxendale, Kendra Scheid, Randy Carter and Traci Averett. LHS students are celebrating homecoming this week. LHS q00;lebrating 'booming' homecoming BY DAVID PECK Lovell High School students are celebrating Home- coming 2011 this week to the theme "Here Comes the Boom," student council sponsor Katie Hernandez report- ed. As usual, the week began with with fun dress-up days. Monday was Neon Day, with students dressing in bright colors, and Tuesday was Fake an Injury Day, fol- lowed Wednesday by Super Villain Day. Thursday is Class Color Day as follows: freshmen, green; sophomores, purple; juniors, red; and seniors, black. Friday will be Blue and White Day. The annual pep rally for the student body and com- munity is scheduled for tonight (Thursday) at the LHS Johnny Winterholler Gym from 7-8:15 p.m. The spirit walk from the elementary school to the high school will begin around 6:45, Hernandez said, and the annual chili and scones dinner will be held from 5-6:30 at the elemen- tary school but with a twist. It will be a chili and cinna- mon rolls dinner with longtime organizer Josephine Cros- by scheduled to be out of town for her son's wedding. A bonfire, with snacks provided by the Bulldog Boost- er Club, will immediately follow the pep rally, lasting un- til around 9:30 p.m., and Hernandez said there will also be a car bash during the bonfire with proceeds going to the student council. Friday's schedule includes the homecoming football game against the Lyman Eagles at 7 p.m. followed by a dance at the high school gym lobby with music provided by Brett Savage. The volleyball team will host Riverside Friday at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. . III[II[I!(IIjIII!I![ILIUIIII. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com