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The farm has been in their family for several generations. i: Tl~:fact~y ~ccepts the beets from the Cmsby operation and other local farmers on a schedule that is dictated by weather conditions. An agricultural biologist care- fully monitors the schedule throughout the processing season to be sure piles of beets never sit in the hot weather for very long. The factory, a cooperative owned by lo- cal farmers, operates 24/7 to process the beets into sugar. The finished product, which is pure granulated sugar, is picked up daily by truck and train and delivered to commercial customers all over the country. According to a spokesperson at West- ern Sugar Cooperative, one acre of beets will produce approximately 25.7 tons of sugar beets. A ton of beets yields about 285 pounds of sugar or 2.8 tons of sugar. That is 1,150 five-pound bags of sugar that would make a line of bags 810 feet long if you laid the bags end to end. The sugar beet crop is a primary source of income for many farmers in the area. The factory employs up to 125 local work- ers during the processing season, or "cam- paign," as it is more commonly known. Clinics prepare residents for flu season BY PA'B'I CARPENTER When it comes time to fighting the flu, the best defense is plenty of hand washing and, for some, getting a flu shot. "Every year they come up with a new guess as to what antigens are going to show up in the virus," explained Dr. David Hoffman of North Big Horn Hospital Clin- ic. "Essentially, what they are saying (for this year's vaccine) is that it is the same vaccine as last year with the indication that it is still good to have a flu shot every year because your immunization falls off. So, it is still recommended that you have the vaccine even if you were vaccinated last year." The immunizations are delivered in two ways, either as a shot or inhaled. The inhaled version is not egg based like the shot version but contains a live virus. The inhaled version is recommended only for healthy individuals within a certain age range. Hoffman suggests that individuals consult their health care provider about which version of the immunization would be best for them, especially if they are al- lergic to eggs. "Most vaccines are inactivated," ex- ploined Hoffman. "They can't cause dis- ease. The biggest problem we have with vaccines is that people have allergic reac- tions to egg-based vaccination where eggs are used to cultivate the virus." Generally, the flu accompanies a change in the seasons. According to Hoff- man, health providers in North Big Horn County see the flu sometimes in late fall, again in winter, and then sometimes again in the spring. '~You want to time it (getting the vac- cine) so you get it before influenza hits the community," said Hoffman. "So you have your immunity built up before it actually strikes." No shortages of the vaccine are antici- pated like last year. The vaccine is avail- able through special clinics or by appoint- ment. According to Hoffman, it is recom- mended that "everybody of all ages from six months and up get a flu shot." He also recommends frequent hand-washing and that people who have the virus to wear masks in public to curtail its spread. He also recommends that people with the flu avoid others who may be vulnerable like infants, the elderly or those who have com- promised immune systems. See 'INFLUENZA VACCINE' page 6 BY PATTI CARPENTER One of the best crime fighting tools out there is a good information system. According to Lovell's Chief of Police Nick Lewis, the Lovell Police Department more than doubled the kind of information available to dispatchers and officers in the field with their brand new state-of-the-art system that went into effect this week. The new system is called RIMS and is used by over 150 police depart- ments all over the country. The advanced data base features of the system put critical information at the fingertips of each and every officer in the field. Officers will now walk into situa- tions knowing the complete history of calls to the loca- tion, all prior contact and arrest information about everyone at the location and even details about weapons and vicious dogs that may be present at the site. "Information is avail- able to officers for every parameter entered in the system," explained Betsy McNutt, professional train- er for Sun Ridge Systems, the maker of the system. The system is so sophis- ticated that if a red car is mentioned in a report, the officer will be able to get a list of all red cars registered in the area. The same goes for partial license plates See 'LPD,' page 6 BY DAVID PECK Any citizen interest- ed in the continuation of the Lovell Senior Housing Project at the site of the old hospital on East 10th St. in Lovell is invited and en- couraged to attend a meet- ing next Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, at the Big Horn Federal community meet- ing room. The meeting is sched- uled from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and all area contractors, potential buyers and po- tential investors are invit- ed, Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor said. A light break- fast will be served. Taylor said the meeting is being held to once again gauge interest in the senior housing project. The Lovell Town Council recently ap- proved a subdivision plat for the land, which has been recorded with the county. "It's been a while since this project has been in the forefront of builders' minds," Taylor said, "and now that the council is getting close to deciding whether to proceed or not, we need to find out if build- ers are still interested. "We also want to get a better idea of what they feel is a reasonable sell- ing price for a custom- built house. Our original target price was $95,000 to $120,000, and we want to see if we're still in that ballpark." Potential buyers of the senior homes are invited to the meeting, to show build- ers that there is interest in the project, and potential investors are invited: "any~ one interested in partici- pating in a possible private land trust that will hold property for the long term to allow affordable housing to be built," Taylor said, adding, "Also, an investor could work with a builder to construct a home to rent to seniors." It's an opportunity for networking and to renew contacts with people who have been interested in the project from the beginning, Taylor said. If interest is shown on Tuesday, the town coun- cil may be more willing to proceed with demolition and site development, Tay- lor said. If the council de- cides to proceed, the next step would be accepting a $491,000 grant awarded to the town from the Wyo- ming Business Council. De- molition of the old hospital could proceed as soon as the bidding process is fin- ished and weather permits, she said. Though the plat has been approved and filed, the town has not taken ownership of the property, Taylor noted. "This meeting is a criti- cal step to help them deter- mine if taking possession and proceeding is in the town's best interest," she said. "The end use (of the land) must be tied to the housing project." Those unable to attend the meeting or who have any questions prior to the meeting may contact Tay- lor at 548-6707. DAVID PECK Students and teachers alike dressed up for Character Day at Rocky Mountain High School Tuesday during homecoming week. Pictured are (l-r) Dorothy (Karli Leonhardt), Lady Gaga (Cait Sorenson), Katy Perry (Ciera Coleman) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Shilo Christman). Grizzlies 'Rock the Wranglers' this week BY DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain High School is con- tinuing with its annual homecoming cel- ebration this week to the theme of Rock the Wranglers, leading up to Friday after- noon's game against the Shoshoni Wran- glers in Cowley. Student council sponsor Lea Sorenson students decorated the school earlier this week, with awards for the best sidewalk, bulletin board and banner to be presented later in the week. Dress-up days are continuing with Thursday being Geek/Nerd/Gangster Day. Friday is Brown and Gold Day. The annual Homecoming Olympics was held in the auxiliary gym Wednes- day after lunch, and on Thursday, boys will gather wood for the bonfire while girls paint the football field. The annual Navajo Taco Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Great Hall, followed by the pep rally and bonfire on the football field. Homecoming royalty will be crowned. The Homecoming Parade will be held Friday at 10 a.m. and will include floats, the school drum line and banners. The pa- rade will wind its way to the elementary school, where students will conduct a pep rally for elementary students. The pa- rade will be preceded by a talent show and awards assembly announcing decorating winners and the winner of the spirit tro- phy at 9 a.m. The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies will host PATT~ CARPENTER Haley Strom and Jessica Allred dress in colorful outfits from the 60s. the Shoshoni Wranglers at 3 p.m. Friday, a change from the earlier schedule due to shorter fall days. "Senior Night" parent/ player announcements will be held before the game for the football, volleyball, cross country and cheerleading programs. An evening volleyball match against Bridger has been cancelled, but there will be a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Great Hall. . IIpI!I!JIII!I![ILILIIIII. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle corn