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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 29, 2011 Football, hoops and Main Street improvements A little bit about this and that on a perfect autumn day: Football fans who acquired tickets and made the trek to Laramie Satur- day for the Wyoming-Nebraska foot- ball game enjoyed a marvelous experi- ence at War Memorial Stadium. The weather was stunning, and the War was packed to the gills with rabid Wyoming and Nebraska fans - a sea of red and gold. Some pundits on the Wyoming David Peck internet fan boards are complain- Observations ing that the university shouldn't have scheduled an opponent like the Corn- huskers to come to Laramie, that it was embarrassing that Nebraska fans were able to purchase so many tickets. But I disagree. The atmosphere was incredible, and the Cowboys held their own against the Huskers, showing how far Coach Dave Christensen has brought the Wyoming pro- gram. In fact, had the Pokes not dropped a long pass and missed a field goal, the 38-14 score would have been much closer. As for the tickets, Wyoming fans have no one to blame but themselves if they don't scoop up all of the extra tickets that were available for the game. Speaking of UW, it is truly sad to see the basketball ca- reer of Lovell Kristen Scheffler come to an end due to her continuing back problems. Kristen has been a spectacular player at Lovell High School and UW, easily one of the most talented players to don a Bulldog or Cowgirl uniform. Kristen could drain multiple three-pointers and make jaw- dropping moves to the basket. We will miss seeing her on the court, but she made the right decision to apply for a medical DQ that will end her playing days but allow her to keep her scholarship. The situation is disheartening for Kristen and her very supportive extended family, but here what Kristen needs to remember: Her competitive drive will take her far in life off the court, and she will make her mark as much for her friendly good nature and many talents off the court as for her success on the court. Even without basketball competi- tion, she has a very bright future. Yc Yr The Town of Lovell wants to spruce up the town entry- ways, and the town council wants your help. Mayor Bruce Morrison is seeking volunteers to come up with ideas and/ or serve on a committee for "entryway enhancements." The improvements could include anything from walking paths to trees. Let the mayor or town hall know if you are interested, or attend a meeting called for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at town hall. Letters to the editor The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers are lim- ited to two letters in any 30 day period. All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or de- livered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. 2011MEMBER Postmaster: Send address changes to: The L0vell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, L0vell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at L0vell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck Reporter: Patti Carpenter Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, ManNyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller, Chen/I J011ey, Stormy Jameson \\;\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\, \\;\\\\\\\\\ OU BUCK'S BEEN GOLFIN' WITH ME FOR 30 YEARS, AN' HIS TRIPLE BY-PASS YESTERDAY WON'T CHANGE A THING - NOT AFTER HE RI00COVERS! TILLTHE00N, IT'S HITTH'BALL, PRAG BUCK, HITTH'BALL DRAG BUCK... Letters to the editor Alternative energy is the future To the Editor, I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time last Friday to see a beautiful sight. I was walking the dogs by the rail- road tracks when I heard the fa- miliar train whistle. We stopped to watch the train go by and I was surprised to see an unusual shaped object on the first flatcar. It was white, very long and I thought at first it was some kind of odd shaped pipe. By the third car I realized it was a propeller but way too long and too large to be for an airplane. That's when it dawned on me they were blades for wind turbines! A lot of them, car after car. I didn't think to count them, but every two to three blades rep- resented one turbine. We own a few shares of Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky Project, and I wondered if they may be going there to expand the field. Heaven knows, we need all the alterna- tive power sources we can get! It seems to be a little known fact, especially in this part of the country, that Peak Oil occurred in 1971 and the profit-driven pe- troleum industry is willing to say and do anything to preserve the illusion that there's still plenty of gas and oil out there - some- where - tar sands, shale, deep water, polar reserves, just wait- ing for the usual government subsidies to make it possible to extract it. The truth is, as fields deplete, extraction becomes more and more cost prohibitive. Whereas, if we'd just stop listening to the lies and propa- ganda and start installing solar panel arrays on our homes and business buildings, which is even better than fields of solar panels and acres of wind turbines, we'd be prepared when the oil finally runs out. There's no transmis- sion lines and no corporations that you have to pay for the priv- ilege of powering your own home. You own it! Wake up before it's too late. In the meantime, I sure enjoyed watching those white propeller blades go by and picturing them when they're up in the sky, catch- ing the wind ..... Sandra Scouten-Ford Pipeline Board defends prequalification process Dear Editor, :' Our Wyoming resident engi- For over 20 years Shoshone' Municipal Pipeline has main- tained a solid reputation for providing high quality service to its constituents and has always supported local businesses and contractors. Most importantly, Shoshone Municipal Pipeline provides a critical, life sustain- ing product to the communities it serves, quality water. Sho- shone Municipal Pipeline has the responsibility to provide an uninterrupted water supply to several communities, without which emergency providers, fire protection, hospitals, schools, businesses and residents could be in jeopardy. For the past several weeks, Shoshone Municipal Pipeline has been criticized by newspa- per editors, several legislators and state officials regarding the prequalification process, which was open to all contractors, for the 24-inch pipeline relocation project required by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). With the exception of a couple reporters, and one leg- islator, not one of these individ- ual parties has taken the time to even attempt to contact Sho- shone Municipal Pipeline to in- quire about the prequalification process or to verify the informa- tion and stories they have been hearing, much of which Shosho- ne Municipal Pipeline disputes as being inaccurate. It is unfor- tunate that some people are so ready to be critical of this pro- cess that they will not take the time to try to get accurate infor- mation and facts. The pipeline relocation proj- ect requires a qualified con- tractor that can work with the landowners upon which the easements are located and has the ability to complete a com- plex project involving three bores, two under Highway 14A and one under private proper- ty, and two critical tie-ins. The project will involve installing pipeline in difficult terrain, in- cluding steep grades, a creek crossing and the highway cross- ings. Because of the critical na- ture of the pipeline, it was de- termined that each of the tie-ins must be completed within a 24- hour period, which includes the time to drain and refill the pipe- line at the tie-in locations in or- der.to avoid potential damages to the customers who rely on the water for their emergency, business, and personal needs. neers determined that this proj- ect would require a contractor to possess both the experience and resources necessary to complete a tightly sequenced project. At the suggestion of our engineer and as expressly authorized by state law, Shoshone Municipal Pipeline deemed it appropriate and in the best interests of the citizens it serves to prequali- fy contractors in order to se- lect only those who possess the qualifications to perform the proposed work at a performance level that met the Board's ex- pectations and as a means of en- suring that the proposed project was built on time and within budget. It was never the intent of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to exclude anyone, but only to ensure the best chance for this project to reach a suc- cessful conclusion. There were more than double the number of out-of-state contractors com- pared to in-state contractors that were not prequalified. The prequalification package required an extensive amount of information, yet only a small component of the prequalifica- tion criteria seems to ever be discussed by anyone choosing to criticize Shoshone Municipal Pipeline. Wyoming state law, which was appropriately passed and adopted by the Legislature, allows a mechanism for cities and towns to prequalify contrac- tors based on such criteria as the project type and experience, expertise, professional qualifi- cations, past performance, staff proposed, schedule proposed, fi- nancial strength, qualifications of supervisors proposed to be used, technical solutions proposed, or references. The prequalification package of Shoshone Municipal Pipeline followed State statute (W.S. 15-1-113(c). Shoshone Municipal Pipe- line was required to submit the prequalification package to Wy- oming Water Development Com- mission (WWDC) for review and approval. WWDC reviewed the RFQ package, made some rec- ommended corrections, which were all complied with, and ap- proved the process. As expressly allowed by statute, many munic- ipal entities have prequalified contractors for the sole purpose of selecting qualified contrac- tors, which is consistent with the ethical and fiduciary duties of the representatives elected to administer those entities. In the RFQ, there is specifi- cally a provisidti' allowing Sho- shone Municipal Pipeline the right to reject any and all state- ments of qualifications as well as to waive irregularities there- in in determining the firm's qualifications. Accordingly, if a contractor had been able to pro- vide appropriate information to demonstrate its qualifications, even though the contractor may not have done specific work on 24-inch pipeline but rather only on a 20-inch pipeline, it is an ir- regularity that could have been waived. Additionally, there have been newspaper articles that have contained information re- garding our RFQ that are either misleading or completely inac- curate. Furthermore, the focus was only on Wyoming projects, yet the RFQ was not limited to Wyoming. Wyoming contractors could have turned in work done anywhere in our geographical region that included five states. There were projects in Wyoming tha.t would have qualified. The fact is, the contrac- tors that were not prequalified would not have been prequali- fied even without the request to submit information regarding work on 24-inch or larger pipe- lines. Some of the complaining contractors submitted incom- plete or inadequate information and others did not even provide any of the required prequalifi- cation information. There has been nothing im- proper with the Board utilizing the statutory process allowed by state law to try to prequali- fy contractors who have the ca- pabilities to perform the job on time, within budget, in a cooper- ative manner with the citizens upon whose property the project will be located, and in such a fashion as to not disrupt or en- danger the lives of the numer- ous people who will be served by this project. Shoshone Municipal Water Joint Powers Board Don Richards, Chairman, Lovell Representative Bryan Lee, Vice Chairman, Frannie Representative Craig Sorenson, Secretary, Deaver Representative Steve Miller, Treasurer, Cody Representative Dwain Jackson, Byron Representative Jim Mentock, NRWD Representative Jim Hillberry, Powell Representative