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What's Inside ... Biggest/oserprogram begins 6 County clerk finalists 10 LIS Homecoming photos _ 12 Visiting nurse program ____ 18 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 107, NUMBER 17 THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 2012 75 DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs capped Homecoming Week with a resounding 54-16 win over the Greybull Buffs Friday night. Here, senior Cody Savage hauls in a long touchdown pass from Dylan Hultgren. See more homecoming photos on page 12. BY PATTI CARPENTER U.S. Senator John Barrasso made a house call of sorts to Lovell residents via the Lovell Health Fair, which was held at the Lovell Community Center on Saturday. Wyoming Health Fairs and North Big Horn Hospital sponsor the health fair jointly. Barrasso, a medical doctor turned senator was instrumental in getting Wyo- ming Health Fairs started, a program that brings low-cost health screening exams to people all around the Cowboy State. He also served as medical director for the pro- gram for almost 20 years. "The whole Wyoming Health Fairs program has been set up to help people with early detection of medical problems," explained Barrasso. "All of the booths here have to do with education of folks, and the more we know in terms of what to look for in health problems, and how to detect those problems early, the better we can get full and successful treatment and the least costly way to get that treatment." Barrasso is a strong proponent of health care programs that offer early de- tection and prevention but doesn't believe the government should play a large part in those programs. He noted that the Wyo- ming Health Fair program is fueled by vol- unteer efforts, not government money. "Vqashington tends to want one size to fit all, but when something works for Los Angeles, it most likely won't work for Lovell," said Barrasso. Barrasso said he believes that each community should design what works best for them and that the community should PATTI CARPENTER Senator John Barrasso chatted with one of the Lovell Health Fairs organizers John Mangus at the health fair held at the Lovell Community Center on Saturday. See 'BARRASSO BELIEVES IN HEALTH FAIRS' page 6 Super heroes converge on RMHS for Homecoming 2012 BY DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain High School will celebrate homecoming next week to the theme "Super Heroes Homecoming," Stu- dent Body Secretary Mandee Leonhardt announced Tuesday. Theme days will begin Monday with Twins Day, with students pairing up to dress as twins. Tuesday will be Super Hero Day, and students will dress, by class color, as spe- cific super heroes. Seniors, black, will dress as Batman; juniors, purple, will dress like Ninja Turtles; sophomores, blue, will dress like Superman; fresh- men, red, will dress like Spider-Man; and See 'RMHS HOMECOMING NEXT WEEK,' page 3 BY DAVID PECK People in north Big Horn County are invited to mark their calendars for the first Fall Festival to be held in conjunction with the annual Lovell Craft Fair on Fri- day and Saturday, Oct. 19-20. The festival is a spinoff from and an addition to the Lovell Pumpkin Festival and is being tied in with the Craft Fair at the Lovell Community Center, said Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor, one of several or- ganizers of the event. The Craft Fair will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 19, Taylor said, and tenta- tive plans are to move the Lovell Farmers' Market out to the community center for its final time this fall, starting at 4 p.m. that day. See 'FALL FESTIVAL EVENTS' page 3 moose BY PATTI CARPENTER On Thursday, a moose was spotted moving to and then bedding down in a field just outside of Byron. The moose caused quite a stir and several people got close enough to photograph it. Somewhat annoyed by the attention, the moose headed to town creat- ing even more of a spec- tacle before moving on. Another moose was seen the next day running at a lope northbound on the west side of U.S. Highway 310 south of Lovell. Both moose were males. According to Lovell Game Warden Jim Hobbs, it is unusual to see moose this close to town in this area but not unusual for a bull moose to travel long distances during the mat- ing season to find a female. Hobbs cautioned residents to keep their distance. "More people are harmed by moose than bears, mountain lions or wolves," said Hobbs. "These are powerful ani- mals that can be danger- ous if disturbed." Hobbs said a bull moose can exhibit protec- tive behavior when in the company of a cow moose during the mating season. Also, like all mothers, a cow moose can be extreme- PHOTO COURTESY OF E. DENNEY NEVILLE On Thursday, a young bull moose was seen moving to and then bedding down in a field just north of the town of Byron. Later the same day, the moose walked through town causing quite a stir among residents. ly protective of her young. "They will trample people if provoked," said Hobbs. "I've seen them chase people and I've been chased myself for getting too close. They have long legs and those legs can stomp awfully hard." Hobbs said he is more worried about interac- tions between people and moose than any other animal. "It's exciting for peo- ple to see a moose, we're not used to seeing them so close to town in this area, but people need to be very careful and give the moose plenty of space in order to be safe," he said. DAVID PECK The new crew at the Prairie Grill in Cowley are (l-r) Kip Heintz, Frank Hiltz and Brock and Sasha Ninker. Prairie Grill o BY DAVID PECK The anticipation in Cowley has been building following papered windows at the former Cowtown Caf about a new restau- rant opening its doors. Some folks have even ventured inside for a peek. Then somewhat quietly, the new Prai- rie Grill opened its doors Tuesday and is poised for a grand opening this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. Brock and Sasha Ninker are the new proprietors of the Prairie Grill. They recent- ly bought a place two miles west of Cowley, and it was their realtor, JLee Steed, who when they said they were thinking about opening a restaurant asked, "What about a place with everything in it?" Brock said. "We came and looked at it," he said. "We already knew Ernie and Laura Work- man (building owners)." Brock and Sasha bought the building and fixtures. Brock Ninker grew up in Powell where his mother, Colleen, cooked for the Eagles Club and Brock often helped her. "I grew up chopping onions," he said. After attending Powell schools for years, including high school, he moved to Cody High School for his senior year and grad- uated in 2001, then went into the welding program at Northwest College. He farmed and drove trucks for David Northrup for seven years, worked as a mechanic at a coal mine in Gillette and drove a truck for Big Horn Redi Mix and Big Horn Co-op. "My mom always talked about it (run- ning a restaurant), and I love to cook," he said. "I love people and being with peo- ple. The opportunity arose and I jumped on it." Sasha McMillan grew up in Powell, then finished up at Kemmerer High School, graduating in 2005. She attended Western Wyoming Community College for a year, then switched to NWC, working on a degree in elementary education. She has experi- ence waiting tables, working at Adriano's in Cody, the American Legion in Gillette and 8th Street at the Ivy in Cody. She will be in charge of the wait staff at the Prairie Grill while Brock runs the kitchen. Brock and Sasha married in 2011. ,. Also on staff are Frank Hiltz, baker and soup maker, and Kip Heintz, dishwasher and Brock's best friend. "We've done a lot of jobs together,":i Brock said of Heintz. "I could not, in good : conscience, take on something like this without Kip. I've known Frank for a long :,' time, too. CHANGES MADE After purchasing the building about a month ago the Ninkers and comrades have worked hard cleaning and then remodeling the facility. "We spent about two weeks on our hands and knees with wire brushes," Brock said of the effort." The main dining room features a por- table divider to allow more intimate din- ing, and the menu features Brock's spe- cialties like Mom's Famous Green Chili, Brock's Marinated Steak, teriyaki chicken and fresh, homemade baked goods. There are also basics like rib-eye steaks, burg- ers, chicken fried steaks, Philly steak sand- wiches and fresh salads. Like late Cowtown owner Rick Munsinger initiated, wood fired pizza will be on the menu. Breakfast includes huevos rancheros with Brock's green chili. "I'm a good, old farm boy," Brock said. "It'll be meat and potatoes with a slight Ital- ian flavor twist. I get that from my mother. A lot of our specials will be German. "Our marinated steak is made with an Italian-garlic blend that's locked in a vault in the back with Mom's chili." Asked what his number one goal is, Brock answered: "People leaving happy. There's nothing more I want than that. As long as people enjoy it and I have fun, that's good enough for me. "I cooked more than 100 steaks at our own wedding. I love making people happy." The Prairie Grill is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.