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LOVELL What's Inside ... Child abductor sought 5 Four-day school week? __ 11 Joe Meyer mourned 12 Rodeo cowboy excels __ 13 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 107, NUMBER 8 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012 75 PATti CAP.ENTER Three huge piles of beets are growing daily, as truckload after truckload of freshly dug beets are delivered to the Western Sugar Cooperative inLovell for processing ..... Sweet expectations for sugar harvest BY PATTI CARPENTER The full sugar beet harvest began on Oct. 2, and the Western Sugar Cooperative in Lovell is already about a third of the way into harvesting what is expect- ed to be a record beet crop into sweet profits for local farmers. According to information provided by the co-op, one acre will normally produce 25.7 tons of sugar beets. Some farmers are expecting to yield as much as 30 tons per acre this year. 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 factory, a cooperative owned by the farmers, operates 24/7 to process the beets into sug- ar. The finished product, which is pure granulated sugar, is picked up daily by truck and train and delivered to commercial custom- ers all over the country. According to Western Sug- ar Cooperative's senior agricul- turalist Randall Jobman, the harvest conditions are excellent right now and the entire process from digging in the fields, trans- porting the bountiful harvest to the factory and the 24/7 process- ing operation is going well. "So far, the tonnage and sug- ar content are excellent," said Jobman. "Just what we were hoping for." The sugar beet crop is a pri- mary source of income for many farmers in the area. The facto- ry employs up to 125 workers during the processing season. Jobman said it was too early to predict how long the campaign will take to process the huge yield this season. The campaign normally lasts for about five months and its success depends on weather and many other factors. Albers ppointed clerk BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County com- missioners unanimously select- ed Deputy Clerk Lori Albers to be the new county clerk through 2014. Albers' duties started imme- diately since former clerk Dori Noyes began her duties as clerk of district court Oct. 1. Albers will finish Noyes' four-year term through 2014. She was one of three candidates interviewed by the commissioners. Albers, Dep- uty Clerk Deb LaBudda and for- mer deputy clerk Beth Lampman were selected as the three candi- dates to submit to the commis- sioners by the Republican Cen- tral Committee. Commission Chairman Jer- ry Ewen said, "We had two can- didates currently Working in the office. Any of the three could have done the job." He said Albers had quite a varied background and experi- ence that could prove beneficial in the role of clerk. "Her positive, energetic man- agement style will serve the pub- lic well," Ewen said. Big Horn County Clerk Lori Albers He praised the work of the Republican Central Committee for narrowing the list to submit to See 'ALBERS NEW COUNTY CLERK,' page6 Officials: Sales tax projects in Frannie, Deaver badly needed BY DAVID PECK The sixth-cent specific use sales tax that will be on the bal- lot in Big Horn County in Novem- ber has been viewed by some op- ponents as a way to fund wants rather than needs in various com- munities. But for municipalities in north Big Horn County's small- est communities, the sales tax is seen as the only way to get some badly needed projects completed. Frannie Mayor Jack Cord- ner and Deaver Town Clerk Vana Camp said in interviews Tues- day that the sales tax is a fund- ing mechanism that would allow projects the towns have needed for many years to finally come to fruition. Without it, they are sim- ply too small to generate enough revenue to even match a grant, they said. Frannie is seeking $1,262,655 from the sales tax, most of which is to fund an irrigation well that has slowed to a trickle in recent years. The rest is for a pickup for public works that would see dou- ble duty as a snow plow in the winter. The pickup, a Ford F350, is expensive at $46,405, but Cord- ner said the F350 is one of the few vehicles manufactLtred can take a snow plow kit with- out voiding the warranty. He said the truck would back up the town back hoe for plowing. The real need,+he said,:ia the town's irrigation well, either re- pairing the existing well or re- placing the well. Cordner explained that the well started producing water in 1955, a year after the town was incorporated. It was originally drilled by a man by the name of Kirk and was thus registered as Kirk #1. It was drilled with the expectation of hitting oil, C ordner said, but the well - some 4,800 feet deep - produced water in- stead. Kirk sold the well to the town, which then developed Fran- nie's first water system. The well was the town of DAVID PECK Frannie Mayor Jack Cordner shows off the badly rusting irrigation water well intake pipe and valve at the well house in Frannie Tuesday afternoon. Frannie's potable water sup- ply until the Shoshone Munici- pal Pipeline was completed in 1991. Around that time, Cordner said, the Environmental Protec- tion Agency tested the well water and declared that it was no longer suitable for human consumption. After the Shoshone Munici- pal Pipeline was constructed, the town added surface valves for each water customer to allow the well water to be used for irriga- tion. Homes in Frannie have two water lines each, Cordner said, a See 'FRANNIE TOWN PROJECTS,' page 3 Town settles with Excel Construction BY DAVID PECK The four-year legal battle between the Town of Lovell and Excel Construction is over. After years of litigation over contract obliga- tions and work performed during the 2006-07 North Phase of the Lovell Wa- ter and Sewer Infra- structure Project, the two sides have reached a settlement. According to the terms of the settlement, Mayor Bruce Morrison said at Tuesday's town council meeting, all of Excers claims against the town and the town's claims against Excel and its bonding company will be "fully and completely released." The construction retainage and payment of "only items accepted by the project engineer" will be released to the contractor and the project closed out, Morrison said. As part of the settlement, citizens who appropriately and in timely fashion submitted claims that have not already been paid will receive compensation for damage, Morrison said. "The town is pleased to have this litigation re- solved and be able to move forward with complet- ing the sewer and water reconstruction project," the mayor said. Morrison read the settlement terms during Tuesday's meeting, noting that all claims between the parties have been dismissed with prejudice (per- manently dismissed) and the town will release funds held for the project and make a final payment to Ex- cel to close out the project. Payment will only be made for those portions of the project that were sat- isfactorily completed and accepted by the engineer. The council voted to authorize the mayor to sign the settlement documents. "The town is pleased to have this litigation resolved and be able to move forward with completing the sewer and water reconstruction project." Lovell Mayor Bruce Morrison BASEBALL TALK Tuesday's meeting began with a request from Senior League Baseball General Manager Sen. Ray Peterson for the town to look into constructing a Babe Ruth Baseball field in Lovell. For many years Babe Ruth and American Le- gion teams practiced and played at the baseball field at Caboose Park, but in the last few years of that fa- cility's use the field was used for practice only due to the lack of a permanent fence, Peterson. The new field in Cowley was opened five years ago and has grad- ually been improved ever since. But it is only one field, Peterson said, and with the improve- ment in the local Little League Baseball program has come greater inter- est in the Babe Ruth program and pressure on the facility. "In past years we've had four to five players wanting to continue playing baseball after Lit- tle League," Peterson wrote in a letter provided to council members. "This past year we had 10 new players that forced us to have a second team. The Little League committee reports to us that we can expect another 10 to 12 players next spring, as well. "This number will increase our Babe Ruth play- ers from 24 this year to 34 next season. This num- ber of players will cause our committee to consider a third Babe Ruth team. These numbers will also increase the possibility of having two Legion teams with a JV and varsity team." The eventual goal, Peterson said, is to have four Babe Ruth and two Legion teams, putting a lot of pressure on the sole facility for practice and game time. The Senior League Baseball Committee is ask- ing the Town of Lovell to begin efforts to acquire land and build a new Babe Ruth/Legion-size base- ball field. "Considering the six years it has taken us to build the field in Cowley and the numbers and needs See 'NEW BASEBALL FIELD IN LOVELL,' page 3 + , ........................ 1, ............ t ..................................