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L What's Inside ... New LHS teachers Gridders win big School remodel nears end Paving, sealing to begin 2 8 3_2 15 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 109, NUMBER 18 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014.75 SUSAN PECK Rocky Mountain Preschool student Mylee Morgan is excited to "play fireman" and deploy the fire hose during a visit to the Deaver-Frannie Fire Dept. fire station in Deaver Thursday. Assisting is fireman Shang Clendenen. Other students are (l-r) Leland Hetland, Cache Thompson, Kaedon Carlson and Emalie Gonzales. BY BOB RODRIGUEZ .... Sixteen persons seek- ing various elective posi- tions in the Nov. 4 Gener- al Election consumed two hours outlining their plat- forms and answering au- dience questions during a Meet the Candidates Fo- rum on Thursday night, Oct. 9, in the Byron Recre- ation Center auditorium. The event was co-spon- sored by the Byron Rec De- partment and the Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce, .... Most candidates took time to voice high praise for the sponsors. Un- like the July. 9 forum held for the Aug. 19 Prima- ry Election, the room was chilly rather than warm. There also was a change in format disallowing candi- date statements to be read by someone other than the person seeking office. On Oct. 9 if a candidate was not present, he or she had no voice, finished. Following are dis- Approximately 80 Citi' tillations of statements: zens attended the gather- ing, a decrease of around 100 from July 9. Once again the master of ceremonies was Byron resident Caleb Sanders, who teaches so- cial studies at Lovell High School. Each election hope- ful was allowed a maximum of five minutes to speak fol- lowed by audience ques- tions when all candidates for particular offices were BYRON MAYOR Heidi Brightly, chal- lenger to incumbent Pam Hopkinson, noted her "suc- cessful record" of varied employment through the years from field hand to owning her own safety con- sulting firm. "As I was born SEE 'CANDIDATE OUTLINE PLATFORMS,' page 3 to improve BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Lovell area resident Dee Cozzens, running on the Libertarian Party tick- et for Wyoming governor in the Nov. 4 General Elec- tion, calls himself a "resto- ration Republican," which he describes as a political sentiment rooted in free- dom, small government and the ideas of Thomas Jeffer- son and James Madison. Cozzens, who has a long career in hospital administration and the pharmaceutical and mar- keting industries, is chal- lenging Republican Gov. Matt Mead, who is finish- ing his first term. Cozzens also will face Democrat Pete Gosar and indepen- dent candidate Don Wills. The Lovell High. School graduate is the executive director of the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilita- tion Center. He has a considerable career of at least three de- cades in hospital adminis- tration, having worked at Candidate Dee Cozzens top positions for hospitals in Lovell, Cody and Pow- ell. In several cases he is responsible for major con- struction and innovative programs, he indicated. Be- ing able to work with peo- ple of all levels and ages and directly addressing SEE 'COZZENS FOR GOVERNOR,' page 6 Grad date change for LHS students BY PATrl CARPENTER The Big Horn County School District No. 2 board of trustees voted to move the graduation date up by one week for Lovell High School graduating seniors. The new date, May 18, 2015, allows students to have their grad- uation ceremony and grad night party separately from Rocky Mountain High School graduates. "The decision was made to have our graduation on the same night as Rocky during the summer months when students were not in session," said Supt. Rick Woodford. "It seemed like a good idea at the time, to combine events, but the students felt differently about it." Lovell High School Principal Scott O'Tremba con- curred that students expressed their preference to hold their ceremony on a different night. The decision to move the date to May 18, from the previously scheduled date of May 26, was unanimously approved by the board. BY DAVID PECK On Wednesday, Oct. 8, a Wil- son Brothers Construction crew prepared to place the last pipe in the ground on Main Street in Lovell - the last of thousands in recent years. In this case, it was the final new fire hydrant for Main Street, the last connection to Lovell's wa- ter and sewer system that has been almost completely rebuilt over the last 10 years. There's still work to be done including some concrete work, cleanup and the punch list, but for the most part, the fifth and final phase of the Lovell water and sewer infrastructure project is complete, the last four done by Wilson Brothers. After the difficulties of the North Project in 2006-07, the fi- nal four phases of the project have run smoothly with the ex- perienced Wilson Brothers at the helm, as the project added four more chapters to the storied his- tory of the Cowley company. Wilson was hired to step in and finish the North phase in 2007, then won bids for the next four phases of the project: South- east in 2008, Southwest/Trans- mission Line in 2009-10, South in 2011-12 and Main Street in 2014, the final phase as the water and sewer subcontractor working with WyDOT street repair general con- tractor Reiman Construction. During the eight years, ac- cording to Wilson Brothers co-owner Kim Wilson, there are four workers who have worked on all phases of the project: operator Mike Alcarez, lead foreman Ja- son Coble, foreman Michael Wil- son and operator/trench foreman Kevin Gordon. Kim Wilson has been the superintendent of the four phases, with Lane Denzin as project coordinator, Deb Nor- denstam in the company office and Lovell Town Manager Bri- an Dickson overseeing the project for the Town of Lovell as water commissioner. Looking back at the project, Kim Wilson noted that his neph- ew Michael Wilson is part of the fifth generation of the Wilson Brothers history, and Michael's son Jessee, who works during the summer when not attending the University of Wyoming, is the sixth generation. Wilson Brothers Construc- tion was formed in 1999, spinning off of CA Wilson Construction af- ter Charles A. "Chick" Wilson died. His sons Boyd, Wes, Kim and John formed the new compa- ny. And now Boyd's son Michael, Wes's son Danny and Kim's sons Nick and Jeff are carrying on the family business. The first generation was George B. Wilson, who helped build the Sidon Canal and the railroad grade through Pryor Gap around 1900. George's son Ray Wilson was part owner of Wil- son-Welch Construction, and son Chick Wilson formed CA Wilson Construction. A GREAT EXPERIENCE Kim Wilson said working in Lovell on the four phases of the water and sewer project has been a wonderful experience. "The people of Lovell are great to work with," he said. "We've had very little trouble from the peo- ple, and we've terrorized them, because we go by (a house or busi- ness) twice. The sewer line is laid first, then the water line. They can't be in the same trench to- gether, and the sewer has to be set on grade. "It's been a wonderful experi- ence for Wilson Brothers working with the people, and the town has been great to work with." Kim said the company's vari- ety of experience has paid off over the years. The company start- ed with building logging roads in South Dakota, he said, and key- stone retaining walls along the Snake River between Alpine and Hoback Junction. "We have so much experi- ence," he said. "We've been doing this for 35 years. That's the differ- ence. We were raised on a scraper SEE /VILSON BROTHERS LOOK BACK,' page 3 DAVID PECK Posing with the last fire hydrant for the Lovell water and sewer infrastructure project (with connecting stem to the water main) are (l-r) Lovell councilman and water commissioner Brian Dickson, project supt. Kim Wilson, foreman Michael Wilson and operator Mike Alcarez, all of whom have worked on the final four phases of the massive project. In the cab of the backhoe is Jason Brothers. IlllllUlJlllfllll IIlIl! 45 The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: i48-2217, www.lovellchronicle.com t