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350 MM) _00 ORIGIN MIXED ADC 826 h ((7 gl‘z’lélLLTOWNPAPERS INC 578 if S w RAILROAD Av C005 HELTON WA 98584-3847 'l"l'llll"ll"'lll'll' BY DAVID PECK A spectacular truck fire at the foot of the Big Horn. Moun— tains Saturday morning that sent thick, black smoke high into the sky and featured leaping flames fortunately resulted in no inju— ries, though the fire did hold up traffic on US. 14A for some time. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper Ran— dy Davis, a semi tractor—trail— er driven by Yorry Flerimond of TruCk fire fills the sky Delaware was descendin . . 14A when the brakes on the trail- er overheated. causing the fire. “He doesn’t think his brakes were overheating, but I feel like they were,” Davis said. “He heard a ‘pop, pop.’ It probably got so hot that it overinflated the tires and caused the fire. The tires got hot and popped. I’m just surmis— ing (on the tires), but I do believe the fire was caused by overheat— ed brakes.” 'lll'llllllll'll'll'll'lll'lll'lllllll'll LOVELL LOVELL, WYOMING 0 VOLUME 115, NUMBER 50 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 0 $1 DAVID PECK Lovell volunteer fireman Michael Jameson drags a fire hose uphill to assist Seth Mayes (center) and Lynn Hitz as they battle the Saturday morning truck fire 20 miles east of Lovell on US 14A. with smoke Saturday The truck was hauling a load ' consisting of rolls of plastic en route to CETCO. and when the fire began, the burning plastic sent the black plume of smoke Skyward. The call initially came in as a cattle trailer on fire, but fortunately that was not the case, Davis. said. ' Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Bob Mangus said the call came, in at 11:11 a.m., and the first unit arrived at 11:23. Twelve firemen were on scene. Firemen cleared the scene at 12:33. Davis said the driver did manage to detach the semi from the trailer. “He stopped and lowered his trailer stand, his jack, and pulled the truck forward 50 or 60 yards,” Davis said. “The fire start- ed in the way back of the trailer.” SEE 'I'RUCK FIRE’ page 7 North Big Horn Hospital District approves $15 minimum wage , BY RYAN FITZMAURICE ‘ The North Big Horn Hospital Board of Trustees approved a $15 an hour minimum wage for all of its workers on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The change will impact 77 emplo ees within the dietary, house eeping, EMS, activities, business office, clinic, lab, care center, cardiac and rehab depart- ments of the hospital. The lowest wage earned before the change was $11.70 an hour. Hospital CEO Eric Connell presented the change, stating that an $11.70 starting wage was quickly becoming uncompetitive inua fast-changing market. kooky to enjoy ‘Hollywood Homecoming : ' BY DAVID PECK ‘7 Rocky Mountain High School will celebrate a “Hol— lywood Homecoming” next week, with each ClaSS partic- ipating in a Variety of activi- ties based-on a particular film genre.“ : "According to student Council advisor Vicki Arnold, seniors will celebrate under . theigenre Horror, juniors Ac- tion, sophomOres Mystery and freshmen Sci-fi. " Arnold said there will be ’ no movie night again this year andno Navajo taco dinner, but plenty of other activities remain. i‘ 1, .The various dressrup days are named after movies. Mon- day :is “Ferris Bueller’s Day fo’.’ with students coming sieg‘fRMHsHomecoMINc’ page 8 The Lovell Chronicie, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 - Contact us at: 307—548—221 7 - www.lovellchronicle.com “In a historical context, we said we may not be able to pay the most, but this is a good place to work,” Connell said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It may have been effective, but does the moment we are in right now sup- port that?” Connell offered an anecdote to the board where the Maverik attempted to draw one of their employees away with a $13.50 an hour offer. Many businesses in the area now offer more than $11.70, Connell reported. ' According to numbers pre— sented to the board, the change- would cost the district $128,291 Homecoming wee BY DAVID PECK It’s been a spirited home- coming week so far at Lovell High School, with plenty of stu— dent participation and a variety of activities culminating with the football game against Big Piney this Friday, Oct. 1. Lovell’s 2021 homecom- ing theme is “Home Away From Homecoming,” and myriad activi— ties have already been held. A week of various daily themes began Monday with ‘Mer— ica Monday continued with (ex- tra) Terrestrial Tuesday. The Na- tional Honor Society sponsored water balloon volleyball Monday during flex period and an “alien drop” egg drop from the top of the bleachers during flex. A popular, well—attended powder puff football game was played Tuesday night, with sever— al girls showing excellent speed. Wednesday was Worldwide Wednesday, with each grade per year. “It’s not just a single year in— vestment,” Connell Said. “It’s a multimillion_ investment in our people over the years.” ‘- Connell" also «warned the board that raising the wa e of its lowest paid staff would 1i ely re- sult in wage increases for higher paid employees in time. “If you are making $15.50 and you’ve been working here for 15 years and suddenly everybody gets $15, that may feel a little un- fair,” Connell said. “It’s some— thing that needs awareness, and it’s also an acknowledgment that we’re going to need to address that somewhere in the future.” Most of the board spoke in I support of the proposal. “When we i rst went over our budget, we said, ‘If we were do- ing well, we would invest in our people,’ board chair Dave Winter— holler said. “The question is how much and is it sustainable? Right now, it’s doable.” Winterholler later stated that the hospital’s $11.70 wage was too low. “I hope nobody on the board feels good about our starting wage,” Winterholler said. SEE WAGE INCREASE’ page 7 k conti'uesat Lovell th Schoo Both districts lead state in WY-TOPP scores BY RYAN FI'IZMAURICE Both Big Horn Coun— ty School District No. 1 and Big Horn County School District No. 2 led the state in most areas of WY—TOPP testing according to data from the spring of 2021. “This speaks very high— ly of our teachers and their in— struction,” Lovell Superinten- dent Doug Hazen said, “and what they are able to do in tough circumstances.” Lovell Elementary was largely equal with the state in English language arts testing, with fourth grade scoring three percent above the state average with 52 percent proficient while grade three scored two points below the state average, with 48 percent proficient. In Lovell Middle School, all classes scored above the state, grade six scoring 11 percent higher than the state with 69 percent proficient, grade seven scoring seven percent above the state with 60 percent proficient and grade eight scoring 13 per— cent above the state with 74 per— cent proficient. The high school had simi- lar results in English language arts, with both grades 9 and 10 scoring nine percent above the state average with 61 percent proficient. In math, grade three scored nine percent above the state av- erage at 59 percent proficient, grade 4 scored eight percent above the state average with 58 percent proficient and grade 5 scored six percent above the state average with six percent proficient. \ Lovell Middle School scored very high scores in math, with grade six scoring 32 percent above the state average at 80 percent proficient, grade seven scoring 15 percent above state average at 62 percent proficient and grade 8 scoring 25 percent above the state at 75 percent proficient. . “The middle school was im— pessive," Hazen remarked. In the high school, the trend continued with grade nine and grade 10 both scoring 11 per— cent above the state, grade nine scoring at 53 percent proficient and grade 10 scoring at 56 per— cent proficient. In science, grade eight scored 26 percent above the state average at 72 percent pro- ficient, and grade 10 scored eight percent above the state average at 56 percent. In District No. 1, all schools scored above the state average in all but five instances. Rocky SEE ‘WY-TOPP SCORES’ page 7 DAVID PECK Juniors TJ Scheeler (left) and Ben Nichols heave a water balloon Monday afternoon during a homecoming SEEp‘LHS HOMECOMING’ page water balloon volleyball match sponsored by the LHS National Honor Society organization. |l4879 24558" 8 2 as