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0O Lovell walking path project could be revived BY DAVID PECK The community walking path proposal that stalled a few years ago could be revived if the Lovell community gets behind a proj- ect being proposed by a Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area leader to tie in with a Park Service project already being developed. Bighorn Canyon Chief of In- terpretation Christy Fleming said this week that she would like to see if the walking path project could be resurrected, noting that the Park Service is moving ahead with a project to connect the vis- itor center with the Pryor Moun- tain Wild Mustang Center with a walking path. Fleming said Tuesday that the Park Service/Wild Mustang Center pathway project is an ex- tension of landscaping project the Youth Conservation Corps and park maintenance staff have been working on under the leadership of Jennifer Schneider. The path would come off the east sidewalk at the visitor center and cross the pasture to the mustang center. The Town of Lovell a few years ago extended sidewalk on East Main on the north side of the street around the corner to a point at the Mike McArthur residence directly across U.S. 14A from the visitor center, and Fleming's idea is to tie into that sidewalk and take the project even further if the community is willing. At the very least, Fleming would like to see the sidewalk in front of the visitor center extend- ed along new flower beds being developed and on out to the Town of Lovell sidewalk. Within the SEE 'LOVELL WALKING PATH' page 3 This group of freshmen and sophomores got into the spirit of "Decades Day" Pictured are (l-r) Brenden Lundberg, Paige Bischoff, Megan Cornia, Nathan McArthur. DAVID PECK for homecoming Tuesday at Lovell High School. Beal, Zachary Tirrell, Hailee Nielson and Meyja BY DAVID PECK Wednesday. Thursday is Class Lovell High School students Color Day: red for freshmen, have been preparing to "Stuff purple for sophomores, camo for the Buffs" as they enjoy thejuniors, black and white for se- 2015 homecoming celebration niors and blue for staff. with a variety of activities, cul- Friday is Blue and White minating with a game againstDay, which applies to the game the Mountain View Buffaloes only since there is no school. Friday night. Classes are engaging in the Homecoming Week began spirit stick compe t on and with American Day on Mon- class banner competition. day, followed by Decades DayThe annual chili and cin- Tuesday and Tacky Tourist Day namon rolls dinner is tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held in the multi-pur- pose room at the high school, moving from the Lovell Elemen- tary School cafeteria, where the event was held for many years. With the new location of the dinner, there will be no spirit walk. -The pep rally begins at 7 p.m. at the LHS Winterholler Gym, followed by the bonfire for students only. The pep rally will include class competitions, the LHS dance team, cheerlead- ers, the recognition of fall sports teams and activities and the an- nouncement of the homecoming royalty. Kickoff for the Lovell-Moun- tain View football game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, and the homecoming royalty will be introduced at halftime. A dance will follow the foot- ball game Friday night. BY PATI'I CARPENTER Following several months of what some perceive as turmoil and others welcome as change, the dust may finally start to settle at the Lovell Police Department. With the appointment by Mayor Angel Mon- tanez of Chief Jason Beal and his scheduled start date only a week away, the employees of the police department will soon have leader- ship again. "When Jason showed interest in the position, I knew right away that's who I wanted for the chief," said Montanez. "He lives here, he grew up here in Lovell, he knows people, he's well-rounded and he has a lot of contacts (with different agencies and organizations) in the area. And, he doesn't have any is- sues, at least none that I've heard of." Beal said he is excited to take on his new responsibilities starting on Oct. 1. He said he isn't planning to make any sweeping changes un- til he's had the opportunity to work side by side with the current staff and is able to fully appraise the sit- uation at hand. Currently the department is staffed with two full-time police of- ricers (Matt Koritnik and Brandon Jolley), one school resource officer (Kris Brimhall), one part-time an- imal control officer (Christian Men- doza) and one full-time officer in training, Luke Welch, who is mid- way through a 13-week training program at the police academy in Douglas. He is expected to gradu- ate in November, at which time he will be field-trained working along- side an experienced officer. The de- partment is currently advertising for an additional hill-time officer, with a deadline for applications of Friday, Sept. 25. Interviewing ap- plicants and hiring a new officer will be one of Bears first priorities. In the interim, Cowley Police Chief Dan Anderson has assisted the department, along with the Big Horn County Sheriffs Department. "Dan has actually been a great asset to holding this department to- gether," said Montanez. "He hasn't been out there to be in the spot- light, he's just been willing to help in on DAVID PECK Mayor Angel Montanez congratulates new chief of police Jason Beal following a swearing-in ceremony at town hall Friday afternoon. Beal will assume his new post on Oct. 1. out and to do whatever needs to be the personnel we have and I think done to get the job done." Jason has the opportunity to train The dispatch department cur- them the way he would like to see rently has two full-time dispatch- them trained." ers (Jennifer Massey and Angie Montanez said one of his goals Morely-Brown), two dispatchers in is to see an officer from the LPD training (Daniel Anderson Jr. and back in the local school system. He Jessica Throssell) and is currently said he would like to see new posi- advertising to fill a part-time dis- tions filled by locals and by young patch position, with a deadline for people who have moved away to applications in early October. continue their education who would During several weeks of being like to return home. short-staffed, dispatchers at the "I would like to see an officer sheriffs department in Basin have back in our own school system, right covered shifts. Montanez said he here in Lovell," said Montanez. is grateful for the help the depart- Montanez said he has had a lot ment has received from the sheriffs of complaints from his constituents department, about excessive traffic stops, espe- "The majority of my supporters, cially on Main Street. He said he who voted for me, felt we needed would like to see that type of patrol change in the police department," spread out more in the community. explained Montanez. "That change In particular, he would like to see needed to start from the top. I real- more side streets patrolled. ly wasn't looking past that in terms "I think it's a deterrent to any- of other personnel. I think we are one coming through here, to see so at a new beginning right now with many patrol cars parked on Main those who have decided to stay Street," said Montanez. ' rou don't and those who are new. We have a chance for a fresh start now with all SEE 'LPD FUTURE,' page 3 Economic future meetin next week BY DAVID PECK Members of the Lovell busi- ness community, industry offi- cials, community leaders and members of the general public are invited to weigh in on the future of economic development in Lovell during a public meeting next Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Lovell Se- nior Citizens Center. The 7 p.m. meeting is being Town's vision for the future by re- specting community values, en- abling the area to thrive with ap- propriate, aesthetic land use that promotes responsible economic growth through suitable business development.' "It is always good to have pe- riodic reviews of where we are and to recommit ourselves to building such a future. To accomplish this, jointly hosted by the Lovell may- we should have discussions on the or and town council, Lovell Inc. To 's vision for the: future, our and the Lovell Area Chamber of communi values: : i d how we Commerce. c :prom te econ0 ,wth." "When running for may-: : : Montanez at- or, I thought it was important to tend the meeting into engage the businesses and the the discussion, addifi i "All of the community in general in having host organizations are partner- thoughtful discussions about the ing to make this meeting and the future of our great community," work resulting from this forum a Mayor Angel Montanez wrote in real success. Looking forward to a letter of invitation being mailed seeing you there!" to many community members this Lovell Inc. interim CEO Dave week. Reetz said he is happy to talk with "When our town master plananyone about the future of eco- was created in 2006, the mis nomic development in Lov ll. He sion of that task was to 'Create ]5'e reached at 548-6707 or an adoptable plan to achieve the 307-254-0980. Lovell Inc. to appeal IRS BY PATTI CARPENTER form is not a tax return and does Lovell Inc. is in the process of not require payment. appealing a notice of penalties as- "It's not very complicated, sessed by the Internal Revenue there's no tax due," he explained. Service for failure to file a 990 re- "You simply need to file the form port'mg form ,for the years 2012 every year (by May 15). Any and 2013. IRS form 990 is an an- non-profit is required to do this. nual reporting form required by It's basically a reporting of the all non-profit organizations. Lovell year's activities." Inc. is a non-profit economic devel- Reetz said the form was pre- opment organization created ap- pared and submitted by an ac- proximately eight years ago with counting firm in the year's 2008 the goal of bringing new business- and 2009. He said Taylor assumed es and jobs to the community. Sue responsibility for submitting the Taylor served as director of the or- form in 2010. According to records ganization during those years, kept by Taylor, after requesting According to Dave Reetz, who extensions, she filed forms for the is managing Lovell Inc. on an in- years 2010 and 2011. However, she terim basis following the depar- failed to file the form in 2012 and ture of Taylor, the organization re- 2013 in a timely fashion and did ceived a notice from the IRS at the not request an extension. end of August assessing penalties totaling $7,962.10 for failure to file SEE 'LOVELL INC.,' the forms. Reetz clarified that the page 6 !11[11!1!1!1!111!1!!1![11111 o The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com