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CHRONICLE II0 e October 11,2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Cowley news Proud of native son J.R. Vezain BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6902 This Wyoming weather some- times makes a person hum- ble. The spring and summer months have been interesting and dry. It seems that spring didn't last very long and we were thrown into extremely hot weather in the months of June through August and into September. Then, all of a sudden fall skipped in and it's been too cold for some of us. People in town have rushed to harvest their crops and to pre- serve their vegetables and fruits, and a lot of canning is in the works. The weather has been un- seasonably cold this past week and the wind has made it feel cold fast. There have been spurts of rain here and there, but we have not seen much moisture. With the blink of the eye, it seems, the lower temperatures have arrived. Beet harvest is in full swing and hopefully the farm- ers will be able to get their beets out before the hard freeze. When the wind is not blowing, the days warm up just a little and the sun- shine still keeps our spirits more hopeful. What strange weather it has been. The Prairie Grill has replaced the Cowtown Cafe with new own- ers and good food. It is wonder- ful to have the cafe up and run- ning again. There seems to be a lot of business, people are in fine spirits with the cafe and we wish them the best as these young peo- ple begin their restaurant busi- ness. The cafe is redecorated, the motif has changed and it is clean and nice and has new partitions in the main dining area. It is love- ly. There have been many cus- tomers and we appreciate having a place to stop, visit and enjoy and eat good food. Last evening I talked to Shi- lo Christman to learn some facts about her son, J.R. Vezain, who is 20 years old. When I was substi- tute teaching a few years ago, he was in high school. He was the valedictorian of the Rocky Moun- tain High School graduating class of 2009. He was an excellent student, very quiet, respectful and liked by everyone who knew him. He had many friends, played sports and wrestled. He was a joy to have in the classroom because he was so smart and quick. J.R. is the son of Shilo and Mark Christ- man of Cowley and Justin Jarrett of Cody. After graduating high school he went to college in Casper and then Vernon, Texas. He then de- cided to pursue his dream and became a bareback rider. J.R. is 5-9, weighs about 150 lbs. and through his hard work and dedi- cation to his profession, he is now a professional bareback rider. He travels all over the United States and Canada to be in the rodeos and this year he became num- ber four in the world as a bare- back rider. Can you believe that a 20-year-old is fourth in the world? What an achievement. This De- cember he will travel to Las Ve- gas to be in the finals. J.R. now rides as a profession- al. He belongs to the PRCA, rides the professional circuit, and qual- ifies as a professional throughout Canada. He told his mother that his goal this year was to be in the top five in the world, and make at least $100,000 this year. He made over $112,000 and is cur- rently fourth. He reached his goal and now his dreams are to push his position in the rodeo world to greater heights. J.R. was quite an asset to this small town and school and now to the rodeo world. And to think he is from Cowley, has grown, pur- sued and dedicated himself to his life's work, has traveled all over the country and other countries, has earned money beyond most 20 year olds' highest dreams and loves his life. We're proud to know this young man and his family, who encourage his every step. We hope to hear more about his success and keep him in the limelight more. We wish him well as he moves up in the world and we can only imagine his hard work, his hard traveling, and his life on the road. It certainly has not been easy for him, but look at him soar. We congratulate his family and this young man who is doing so well in life. It's flu season Sheridan May gives Steve Ramsey a flu shot at a clinic held at North Big Horn Senior Citizens Center in Lovell on Friday, Oct. 5. The center hosts the shot clinic ev- ery year for the Public Health Department. "We always encourage people to take preventative health measures, so it makes sense for us to have the clinic here at the center," said director Denise Andersen. The Public Health Department began offering shots in September and will con- tinue offering shots by appointment. PATTI CARPENTER PHOTO Sydney and Mathew Wilder reception next Saturday Todd and Debbie Wilder will host a wedding reception for Mathew and Sydney Wilder at their home, 30 W. Shoshone in Byron, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. Family and friends are invit- ed to drop in and visit with the new bride and groom. Mat and Sydney were mar- ried in Colorado Springs on Sep- tember 29 and honeymooned in the Bahamas. They will reside in Cody, where Mat is a Civil En- gineer working for GDA Engi- neers and Sydney is a nationally certified massage therapist and provides massage therapy ser- vices at Cody Styling Company. Doerr brothers win truck driving award Wyatt Doerr of Worland and Chris Doerr of Billings, sons of Ted Doerr of Lovell and Ro- zie Doerr of Cody, were recent- ly selected to participate in the Wyoming State Truck Driving Competition sponsored by the Wyoming Trucking Association. Both brothers drive for Ad- mired Transport Corp. of Wor- land. Companies were invited to send their best drivers to test their truck driving skills on an obstacle course. The brothers, Lovell natives, finished third in the competition held in August in Cheyenne. Byron news Byron school haunting BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com In Debra Munn's book "Ghosts on the Range," the first chapter is about the haunting of the Byron School. It tells of young people everywhere quick to invent tales of goblins lurking about the hall- ways or lying in wait in the sci- ence lab, but the author states "some of the most spine-tingling tales come from those who have worked there from custodians to superintendents." October seemed to be the month where most of the "hap- penings" took place. The ghost- ly manifestations at the Byron School have no known cause. Munn concludes, "No one knows, but it's a certainty that few of the town's residents like being alone in the building after dark (especially during October)." mmm Some adventurous spir- its are working hard to establish a spooky Halloween adventure called simply "The Haunt" for ages 13 and up on Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 30. I have been told that even the promoters are a little skittish about doing their work at night alone. I hope the open gym/weight room attendance does not go want- ing because of the tales of spooki- ness. Never fear. There have been no sightings, hearings or haunt- ings during these open gym times and that goes for the senior lunch- es, too. We are a ghost free bunch. Glen and I just returned from a trip to Utah. We decided to come back through Logan and Yellow- stone. The colors were absolutely amazing. What was more amaz- ing were all of the hunters in their bright orange vests on four- wheelers gathering for their ad- venture. I couldn't help but feel a little sorry for the large moose we again? saw innocently walking up a side road into the trees. We stopped for pictures, but he quickly van- ished. Later, on the way to Jack- son, we saw a field of deer just grazing happily along side of the road. I wanted to warn them to stay in the field, but as soon as they thought we were getting too close, off they bounded for the fate that was ahead. Wyoming has a beauty all of its own. I've always been proud to tell people I grew up in a little town in Northern Wyoming just east of Yellowstone Park. "What's the name of the town?" they would ask. I would answer, "Byron, it's in the Big Horn Basin." They would nod and say, "Oh yes, I know someone from there" and then the story would unfold. How could such a small area spread so smoothly throughout the world? It still takes me by surprise. The First Annual Chili Throw Down is going to take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the former School Cafeteria. Gary Petrich, a champ with trophies to prove his skill at the grill, is looking for challengers and you the commu- nity get a free chili dinner. The event will be held in conjunc- tion with "Meet the Candidates Night," which is sponsored by the Eagle Rock Development Group. All three candidates for the Byron Town Council have agreed to attend and take part. David Peck of the Lovell Chronicle will moderate the ques- tion and answer forum, which will begin at 7 p.m., following the chili feast. The cook-off portion will begin at 3 p.m. with all chal- lengers cooking together. Food will be served at 6 p.m. It's open to all, so put on your apron if you want to challenge Gary, and the rest of you come and enjoy the fixins'. Yellowstone Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting Sat. The Yellowstone Weavers and Spinners Guild will meet at the Garland Community Church on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9:30 a.m. There will be a business meeting, show of articles woven, spun and knit by the members and a potluck lunch. During the educational por- tion of the program members will be making a three-dimen- sional needle felt figure and are encouraged to bring their spin- ning wheels or looms and join in the fiber learning. 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